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Sunrise kisses. I am calm. Soon we will have a heart to heart. Face to face. We have been guided to slow down and connect. I am inspired by people, sharing and the tender sunrise kisses I get everyday. A global pandemic comes with many changes, and I believe this time will create a fundamental shift in our values. This has been a journey that has changed history and ourselves. Flatten the curve, they said. I did. And I have enjoyed many moments of the wild journey. The time not taken for granted. My passion to support local has grown even stronger, making this edition my biggest issue to date. A focus on a selection of businesses who survive and thrive. This digital content runs the gamut from local features to vibrant international art. Judge Judy inspires independence and wisdom through her personality and drive. David Yarrow inspires the freedom of being wild. Executive Yacht took us on a journey of water and wanderlust. FreshSpoke reminded us of our business ecosystem providing an ecommerce solution for fresh, local suppliers. The art in this edition is inspired by an emotional response, as it relates to many. What I want to say to you all individually would take too long: take the time to take deep breaths filled with compassion, kindness, forgiveness, create art, listen to music, sing, dance, write your story, communicate and love. I am essentially me, being the best I can for us. Pie Media Group curated content in a time when emotional branding was delicate. Focused on community, and supported who we could as a Pie family. Ultimately, it came down to my sweetheart and I, caring for each other, in our cozy nest. Home is where we are. I truly believe this time has been one of reflection on our understanding of humanity.
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Freshspoke AN INDUSTRY FIRST BY_MANDY JOHNSON
An industry first, FreshSpoke’s sales & logistics
Additionally, a fractured system in which consumers
platform makes local food more accessible by
are expected to place orders over multiple sites,
providing wholesale buyers with the ability to source
incurring various delivery fees, is exhausting and
directly from local food suppliers and delivering to
causes friction with consumers.
Sobeys and Foodland stores using the excess capacity
With interest in local food and home delivery/
that already exists in commercial delivery.
no-contact pick-up at an all time high, the greatest
“Instead of putting more trucks on the road, we’re
opportunity local food suppliers have to generate sales
tapping into what already exists and goes largely
and create resilience is through the adoption of
unused”, explains Marcia Woods, CEO and
e-business. Providing an organized e-commerce
co-founder of FreshSpoke. “This reduces food miles
solution creates consistent cash flow while addressing
and delivery costs.”
the concerns of local suppliers; food safety,
The Covid-19 Pandemic has upended traditional sales
integration, and delivery logistics. This will not only
channels used by small to mid-scale Ontario local
sustain their business now, it will allow for growth far
food producers and processors to generate sales.
into the future.
This has left many local suppliers scrambling to adopt
Since 2019, FreshSpoke has generated over $1M
an e-business strategy to sustain revenues and keep
in sales for local food suppliers through its wholesale
pace with the demand for no-contact grocery delivery
sales channel. Now, FreshSpoke is expanding to in-
clude home delivery and curbside pick-up from
Online platforms, like Shopify, provide e-commerce
a distribution hub in Barrie that has been secured
tools to facilitate sales transactions. However, they do
for this purpose. This facility will serve Simcoe County,
not address the requirements of delivery, logistics, and
Muskoka and York Regions and provide storage
traceability, which continue to be a barrier for most
and order processing for frozen, refrigerated
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Their deep experience in food distribution and
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GFREEWIFEY COOKBOOK RECIPE BY CAL BARRON
Cinnamon Cookies INGREDIENTS
4. Next add vanilla extract and eggs one at a time,
mixing after each one and scraping down the sides of
2 3/4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
5. With mixer on low, gradually add the bowl of dry
1/2 tsp salt
ingredients and mix only until incorporated, do not
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter
6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in freezer for
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
15 minutes to chill. You do not have to chill the dough,
1/4 cup brown sugar
but it is much easier to roll into a little bar if chilled.
2 large eggs, room temperature
7. Measure about 1/2 Tbs of dough, roll into a ball then
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
roll in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Cinnamon Sugar: 3 Tbs granulated sugar 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350Â°F and line a baking pan with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. 2. In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, salt, 1 tsp cinnamon and set aside. 3. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and granulated and brown sugar.
Bake for 9-12 minutes.
PAM ROCCA HEALTH COACH & NUTRITIONIST
CHOCOLATE IS HAPPINESS THAT YOU CAN EAT! INGREDIENTS Cookies: 1 cup peanut butter (I like to use crunchy) or almond butter 1 large egg ¼ cup chocolate protein powder (can sub for cacao powder) 1-2 tablespoons cacao powder 1/3 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla ¾ teaspoon baking soda ½ - cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs
DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl add in peanut butter, egg, honey and vanilla. Whisk until all combine together. 3. In another medium sized bowl add in protein powder, cacao (or cocoa) powder, baking soda and chocolate chips. Stir to combine, add to wet mixture and again stir to combine. 4. Using a cookie scoop, scoop balls onto prepared tray. 5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes 12 Cookies
CHEF MELLISA OF MJ'S COCOJUANAS
CannabisSugar THE BEAUTY OF INFUSED SUGAR IS THERE IS SO MUCH LESS CANNABIS FLAVOUR AND COLOUR IN THE FINISHED PRODUCT. THE AMOUNT OF CANNABIS USED DETERMINES THE LEVEL OF THC IN THE FINISHED PRODUCT. INGREDIENTS
3. Line the strainer with a coffee filter and place it
6 grams of Cannabis, ground finely
over a bowl. Pour the alcohol solution through the
1/4 cup granulated sugar.
coffee filter to strain off the plant matter. Gently
~yields: about 600mg THC total
press with the back of a spoon or your fingertips,
1 teaspoon =50mg THC
being careful not to break the filter. 4. Place the sugar in a heat proof glass pie dish. Add
the strained alcohol solution to the sugar and bake
2 Mason jars
for 30-60 minutes, stirring well every 10 min, until
the liquid has evaporated and the sugar is evenly
coloured. (The colour can change to light to dark
Small heat proof baking sheet
Heat proof pie dish
5. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
High proof alcohol (100 proof if possible)
There is no need to refrigerate. Cannabis sugar is good for 1 year.
DIRECTIONS 1. Decarboxylate (gently heat) the Cannabis: Preheat oven to 250°F. Put the cannabis in a small, heat proof baking dish and place in the oven. After 15 to 20 minutes, check the temperature of the cannabis with your digital temperature gun; once it has reached 250°F, put it back for 30 minutes, checking the temperature frequently. If it goes over the correct temperature it will burn and turn the THC to CBC and you will lose potency. 2. Remove the baking dish from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 200°F. Transfer the Cannabis to a mason jar. Pour in just enough alcohol to cover the Cannabis and seal the jar. Shake the jar every 3 to 5 minutes for 20 minutes, then open the lid.
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A PLACE FOR CONNECTING WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
COOKING WITH CACHET
An intimate supper club BY_KERRY JOHNSTON
When Covid-19 hit, restaurants across the country
The group dinner party has a set start time each week,
locked their doors. Some of their owners would
and you can get your friends and family to join in and
eventually just have to walk away. Others were nimble
interact with other online diners too.
and managed to pivot to a new model. They kept the
It’s not just about the food, either. Each event starts with
chefs working, put the waiters on the phone lines,
live music from local musicians, bringing that restaurant
and turned to curbside pickup and delivery. Problem
atmosphere into your home, and some events throw in
solved, right? Customers got their food and everyone
fun extras like yoga stretches or instructions for floral
arrangements. There are even games and prizes. Then
Of course, something was still missing. The camaraderie,
you and the chef get to work, and you learn all the tricks
the interaction, the socialization were all gone. Eating
of the trade, so even the most inexperienced chef can
an isolated meal at home in front of the TV just wasn’t
produce a professional quality meal.
the same. Jennifer McLachlan, owner of Newmarket’s
For McLachlan, it was originally a chance to keep her
Cachet Supper Club, knew she had to come up with a
staff working and her restaurant in business during a
better option. At a time when businesses were flocking
time of crisis. It was also a great way to support other
to Zoom for virtual meetings, and when restaurant
links in the restaurant industry chain, many of which
customers were sitting at home looking for anything to
were feeling the strain. She also folded in support from
relieve their boredom, McLachlan figured out a way to
other community businesses. For her customers, it was
blend tech and entertainment: virtual dinner parties,
a chance to go out for dinner without leaving the house
known as #CookingWithCachet.
and get some much-needed social interaction at a time
It starts with something similar to the popular meal
when many of them were suffering from cabin fever.
kits. The day of the event, a box of fresh ingredients is
Now the fun continues. McLachlan is being credited
delivered to your door, all perfectly portioned and ready
with creating a clever revenue stream for her industry:
to go. Customers also have the option to add wine or
a virtual dinner party that lets restaurants reach out to
beer designed to pair with the food on the menu.
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But instead of just using a paper card to guide you
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JUDGE JUDY No Holds Barred
BY_DAVE GORDON | PHOTOGRAPHY_ SONJA FLEMMING CBS BROADCASTING
“There is a message of personal responsibility which
“Do I have stupid written on my forehead?”
permeates 90% of the cases that we do. I really think
That’s the stuff of TV’s most famous Judge, Judy
that most people long for a world where people accept
Sheindlin — the Brooklyn-born gal with the no-
personal responsibility for the things they create –
nonsense attitude, never taking any guff. As odd
both positive and negative – in families,
as some of the cases can sometimes be, they are
and being good neighbors, and doing the right thing
all treated with the weight of the law – and the full
in the community. I think that people really like that,”
weight of her tongue-lashing admonitions.
Sheindlin has presided over her own courtroom series,
“They seem to, in some areas, be missing it. So, for
Judge Judy, since 1996, and in the process winning
an hour or so a day, they get to see a good guy who
three Emmys, and an Emmy Lifetime Achievement
is doing the right thing be rewarded, and the bad guy
Award in 2019.
gets slapped around.”
Today, Judge Judy is the number one rated daytime
Fourteen years prior to the launch of her show, in
show in America, regularly drawing upwards of ten
1982, she was appointed as a judge by New York
million viewers each day. Why it’s such a hit is, of
City Mayor Ed Koch, beginning in Family Court, and
course, attributable to its straight-talking star, but
later, as Supervising Judge in Manhattan. It was one
she also believes she fills a void, as the show taps into
thing to have an impressive 20,000 cases heard in
people’s inner desire to see the guilty pay for the harm
the course of her judicial career. It was another that
she became known for her spiked barbs, and swift decisions, her now-famous signature style. It quickly caught the attention of various media.
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Her outspoken reputation resulted in features in Los Angeles Times, and CBS’ 60 Minutes in 1993, with the then-50year-old garnering not just national recognition, but opened the door for her first book, Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining, a critique of the family court system. Two critical moments provided an opening for Sheindlin to be courted for her own show: Judge Wapner’s People’s Court had ended in 1993, and the public had renewed interest in courtroom drama from the OJ Simpson trial in 1995. In addition to her televised cases, she has imparted her signature wit and wisdom in seven books, many of which have become bestsellers. Among them are: Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever; Win or Lose By How You Choose, and You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover. Keep It Simple, Stupid: You're Smarter Than You Look, shares her brutally honest insights on solving family issues, borrowing not just from real cases on the bench, but values assuredly influenced by what she learned in her own home growing up. “You know, I was sort of lucky. I didn’t have to go past my own door to find a person who I wanted to fashion my life after. That was my father… He had a sense of fairness and community,” she explained, also adding that her mother was a shining light in “how she wanted to give to everybody.” In that spirit, Sheindlin noticed how few youth today have people they look up to, and sought to help others have great role models. Along with her stepdaughter Nicole Sheindlin, they created an initiative to help young women move ahead in life, and reach their full potential. Dubbed “Her Honor Mentoring”, it teaches them practical skills, and how to launch their professional careers. It began when she visited a “state of the art” detention center for delinquents in the American South, that had computers, indoor pools, and a track and field.
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On route, she said she noticed a contrast with a public middle school that was “totally deteriorated, but still a functioning school.” It had no air conditioning; the grounds weren’t being taken care of, she noticed. “Isn’t it interesting that the squeaky wheel, the ones who cause the trouble, the ones who make it difficult to learn, the ones who have to be removed from the community, get all the attention. And the kids from the same community are neglected.” The Sheindlin ladies took steps to remedy what they saw was a serious issue plaguing young women, the lack of resources for those who need it. Today, program recipients — typically firstgeneration college students, often coming from single parent homes — are assisted with career coaching, and paid internships in the fields of their choice. Imagine having that on a resume: a mentorship in an organization led by one of the most successful women on daytime television. And successful she is: after a quarter-century of the show in 2020, her net worth was said to be about $400US million. Her brand was so trusted, that in 2014, Hot Bench, a new courtroom program she created and her Queen Bee Productions, produced, debuted in national syndication. Most weeks it ranks as the #3 show in daytime television. After decades of being at the top of her game, what’s that one piece of advice she offers to get the most out of a career? “You have make yourself indispensable, no matter who your boss is. Even if it’s your own company. You usually do that through hard work and excellent performance,” she insists. “It all starts with the premise that you try to find something to do that you are good at, and that you enjoy, so it doesn’t feel like work.” And take it from someone who is good at what she does – and shows no signs of retiring the gavel.
JUDGE JUDY airs in Canada, the U.S. and all over the world. (check your local listings.)
Judge Judy Sheindlin received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 2006. Pictured are Judge Judy Sheindlin and Judge Jerry Sheindlin. Photography Craig Mathew/CBS Paramount Television 2006
DAN AYKROYD Don't Give Up BY_DAVE GORDON
As a much-loved Hollywood star, it is fair to say that
Then, when I was originating my projects; that is
a great many movie fans would be relieved to know
selling a piece of material, setting a value, brokering
that Dan Aykroyd didn't pursue his initial career plan
a deal. So, I’ve been in ‘show business’ all the way
to become a priest. Instead of following that path of
through. It’s not too hard to look at the numbers
spirituality, he pursued acting, for which he is best
in another dimension.
known for battling evil spirits in the 1984 box office
What are some key qualities to leadership?
The first thing is that you have to respect what other
Aykroyd has delved into the business of another
people are doing for you, respect that they have skills
kind of spirits - alcoholic drinks - selling both tequila
and abilities that you may think you know something
and vodka. He was also one of the co-founders of
about, but you don’t, because you don’t do that
the successful franchise, House of Blues, a themed
particular function within an organization. Let them
restaurant business. As well, he lent his likeness
do their work. Let them teach you. Learn about it.
to Blues Brothers Coffee, partnering with the late
Lay back and enjoy the results.
(great) John Belushi’s widow. The move into the
The other thing, in a team, is to immediately make
alcohol industry came in 2005, when Aykroyd set up
the decision as a leader to remove any poisonous
a company to import Patron tequila into Canada. Two
elements, any elements that are going to be clashing
years later he launched his pride and joy – made-in-
with personalities because of a fault with a person.
Newfoundland Crystal Head vodka. Dissatisfied with
You meet people sometimes and you think as a
the existing vodkas available, which he claims contain
leader or executive, ‘They are so skilled and great, but
additives, oils and artificial flavours, he decided to
their behavior is appalling. If their mother and father
create a pure version for the market. The unmistakable
couldn’t alter their behavior, it’s not my job to do that.’
bottle – a glass skull – was a “mystic Indigenous
Those people have to go.
element.” Within fifteen years, 13 million units were sold and distributed across 70 countries. The vodka has won scores of high marks at worldwide competitions. What have you discovered about the business world? The moment I entered the acting trade I was in ‘show business’, and I had to market and broker deals for myself. Any actor who goes into the business has to work with a broker or agent who establishes ones’ value and make a sale. Every audition is a sale, then you have to follow it up with a contract, union obligations, tax planning, as well as – if you have a good job as an actor – investment.
“Don’t give up. Keep at it. Prepare for disappointments, but those disappointments will filter your experience.”
STEVE SMITH The Duct Tape King
Steve Smith is likely one of the most generic names in
Pie Digest caught up with Steve, er Red, and picked his
the English language, but there’s nothing generic about
brain about life, the universe, and the Zen of
the television character the actor created, Red Green.
Launched in 1990, The Red Green Show centred
Why did you decide that this last tour was going to be
around the bumpkin handyman, in a lampooning of
your last tour?
home improvement and outdoors shows.
Well, it's been a lifelong pattern of mine to not be the
The show’s famed segments include “Handyman
last one to leave the party. I don't want to do that one
Corner” and “Possum Lodge Word Game,” as well as
tour too many for a live performance. Just trying to
the obligatory DIY contraptions cobbled together with
make it a pleasant experience for everybody and a
his trusty sidekick, duct tape. Because "…if the women
good memory, rather than you know, ‘you ruined it,
don’t find you handsome, they should at least find
and you ruined a 40 year career in the last six months.’
you handy.” The show lasted until its 300th episode,
Ha ha. It doesn't seem like a good idea. Honestly, let's
in 2006, making it one of Canada’s longest running
leave it on a high note.
Are they laughing with you or at you?
Since the time the series ended, Smith has brought the
I would say with me, because there's definitely an
Red Green character to the stage in sold out shows
affection for the character. I don't think you laugh at a
across the US and Canada, but is considering shelving
character that you like.
the duct tape.
Fair enough. What has made the character so
But that doesn’t mean new and old fans are left
without their dose of this quirky handyman’s legacy.
It's a strange combination of characteristics
There’s always Smith’s four books, written in character,
in Red Green. I think at some basic level, there's
including Woulda Coulda Shoulda Guide to Canadian
common sense, and some of the things he says, there's
Inventions, and Red Green’s Beginner’s Guide to
a lot of creativity and ingenuity in the things he does.
Women. Online, the shows continue to be watched,
And what that equals to, is a tremendous amount of
and have accrued millions of views, and Red Green’s
self-reliance and self-sufficiency. I mean, when
homepage offers regular messages from the Lodge.
something breaks in Red Green's world, the last thing
He grabbed the duct tape one last time in 2019, for
he reaches for is the telephone.
a North America-wide live tour of his much-beloved
He's going to grab a roll of duct tape or some zip ties,
television character. One of the last shows, on the
or bailing wire, or something. Anything to make it work.
“This Could Be It Tour,” was at Barrie’s Georgian
And people like that. It kind of gives you that sense of
Red Green was on PBS, and PBS folks used to say to
It connected me, connected the Red Green char-
me: ‘you know, this show is smart.’ I said: ‘Oh yeah. It's
acter, with something much bigger than that, that a
not a lack of intelligence it's a waste of intelligence. It's
lot of people related to. It really helped me boost the
a much higher calling.’
brand by associating it with duct tape.
What is Red Green's proudest contraption?
I'm surprised that there isn't now a Red Green com-
If I had to pick one, it would be the very last episode,
pany label of duct tape.
episode number 300. I made a perpetual motion
You know there probably should be. We went to 3M
machine, that would have worked, but I couldn't get it
very early and said: ‘we think you're selling a lot more
duct tape.’ They said: ‘we absolutely are. Thanks, what
To me that to me says it all.
do you want?’
The perpetual no-motion machine.
What’s the most valuable relationship advice you can
There have been a lot. I do "a clip of the week" (and
one was) the amphibious car, where I mounted an
Here's the one I would deliver: If your wife is having
aluminum boat under the car, rather than on the roof,
fun and you're not, you're still having way more fun
because I thought it was too dangerous on the roofs. I
than when you're having fun, and she's not.
put tractor tires on a Honda Civic, like the rear tractor
Would Red Green, the character, in the 21st century,
tires, the big ones, four of them on there. And then I
be any different?
decided it's probably amphibious, so I drove that into
Absolutely no. And this is something that struck me,
as society changes a lot, more than men do. They're
A question from Facebook, from Rita: "What advice
being dragged, kicking and screaming, and Red is such
would you have for a woman who just moved to Sault
a simple person.
When I ended my tour, I ended with a wish, that my
[Laughs] Don’t unpack.
fans would have a simple life.
How did Duct Tape become so central to your char-
Try to be as self-sufficient as you can be. Don't com-
plicate your life.
I really thought that the duct tape was kind of... the
What trait can Red Green teach us, to be better
physical world's version of Red Green.
You know, it was kind of a quick fix. Somewhat effec-
I would say be a low maintenance friend. If you've got
tive, short term results. But it allows you to get on with
a friend who only calls when they need something, and
life. So, it really was a metaphor, for the whole Red
they call every day for a year, it's time to cull the herd.
Green attitude. And it's funny, because it really reso-
Hospitals have intensive care units, not intensive need
nated as soon as I started using duct tape, and called it
units, so that's a step in the right direction.
the handyman’s secret weapon.
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EXECUTIVE YACHT Water, Wealth and Wanderlust BY_MANDY JOHNSON
Derek Mader, president and CEO of Executive Yacht,
That “trophy” often personifies the accomplishments
provides the alchemy to turn dreams into reality for
of the client and it is a symbol of success and “arrival”.
his Canadian and international clients. As an industry
So, who is the typical investor in luxury watercrafts?
leader in the sales and resale of luxury yachts and
Executive Yacht’s Head Office may be in the heart
superyachts, EY is providing full-service education,
of Toronto but that does not mean that the reach is
consultation, management and acquisition of a
limited to the Canadian borders. EY primarily works
signature boating experience. For busy executives,
with the Canadian consumer but also works with
investors and business owners, Derek and his team
clients in the US and European markets as well.
work to exceed his client’s expectations while tailoring
“We meet the client where they are,” Derek
a vessel that fully represents a mark of achievement
emphasizes. These consumers are busy with business,
for its owners.
travel and family so they do not depend on the physical
A genuine enthusiasm for boating was always part of
office in Toronto only. EY will travel to meet them
Derek’s DNA and, even as a young boy, boats were
directly. Technology also plays a big part in the process
very much a part of his joy and focus. “My passion
and our world today can facilitate the exchange of
with boats goes back a long way. I started boating as
information and continue to move the process along
a kid with my family and I built my first boat with my
when physical meetings are impossible. True to our
dad before I had a driver’s licence. It was something
domestic roots, the Canadian investor is surprisingly
that I was invested in at a young age and I just never
modest when it comes to “visible wealth”. As of 2019,
really left the business. I got hanging around boats and
North America represented approximately 43% of the
marinas and that bug just never left. It stuck with me
global collective of affluent purchasers so EY is, very
forever.” This early interest speaks to the passion at
much, well positioned to service this discriminating
the core of his business and his understanding of a very
group. The yachting industry has always been part of
specialized industry of luxury watercraft.
this culture but what is interesting to note is that the
Those early years provided the foundation for lifelong
clients accessing this market typically have not come
passion that led to Executive Yacht’s special place
from a boating background. Derek points out that
in the yachting market. These boats are far beyond
over 85% have never owned a boat previously.
the utility vessels that the mainstream recreational
So, entry is not exclusive to the experienced boater.
enthusiast would enjoy. The product lines that
Some will use the craft for personal use, some will
Executive Yacht represent, speak to the affluent
enter into a charter program and others will do both.
client that is investing in a bespoke yacht or superyacht
There is much flexibility in ownership and EY
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Charter programs are helpful to assist with carrying
The Ferretti Group represents a product line of Italian
charges when the yacht is not being used for personal
distinction and mastery that includes: Ferretti, Riva,
enjoyment. All these options carry different financial
Pershing, Wally, Custom Line and CRN. Ferrari, who
and opportunity costs and a full understanding of the
is also a stakeholder in the manufacturer, aligns their
ownership picture is tantamount to the patron
brand with this signature company and further defines
motivation. Clients today view the investment in a
the exclusivity that translates to couture crafts. In this
yacht much like a real estate investor would view
arena, anything is possible. Executive Yacht is the
purchasing a cottage. What has changed in recent years
conduit to “make real” the contemplations of his
have is that it is not an “either” “or” choice between a
clients. How the crafts will be used is one of the first
vacation home and yacht - these investors will probably
conversations. Other parts of the macro conversation
have both. Let’s talk products…..Executive Yacht is
may be: how many guests, what features are important
working with some of the world’s signature brands and
(eg. Hot tubs, beach clubs, etc), will there be a need for
shipyards in the Industry.
a crew, where will the vessel be used, etc.
Likewise, the details can be as specific as matching
As Derek points out, exceeding the client’s
the stitching to that of their sportscar seating or the
expectations is the fulcrum of Executive Yacht.
colour palette of the interior design. Oh, and let us talk
From face to face meetings at the Italian shipyards,
size. The typical yacht ranges in size up to 100ft and
consultations at private homes or zoom meetings across
the superyacht starts at 100ft plus. It all depends on
continents, the task of building “the vision” is an exciting
the dream. And when you have the ability to enter this
process. Creating a product experience that is tailored
market, your dream is both limitless… and very short
and custom every step of the way is the
lived. Surprisingly, the yachting investor will replace this
cornerstone of Executive Yacht. It is an exciting
purchase with new yacht every 1.5-2 years. Once bitten
business that is never passive. The desires of the
though, the possibilities are endless, and clients are usually
client, the changing technology and manufacture of the
discussing the next purchase on delivery day of the
yachts themselves and the ability to create synthesis
and integrated collaboration, where vision and execution meet, is the highest reward for EY and its partners.
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What features do you look for when choosing a
in how and what we choose to spend our money on.
Eve Cork's mission is to support your belief that style
Classic style, artistic details, roomy compartment, or
can include a positive, ethical impact. Not only are we
is it more about the way you wear your bag: across the
providing other people with a means to make a living,
body, over the arm, or as a handbag? Perhaps there are
but our choices say a lot about our values. We know
other factors in your decision-making process.
that the production of everything we see has a cost,
As consumers, we are beginning to understand how
that there are raw materials involved. What are those
our choices make an impact. There is incredible power
materials, and who does the making?
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Some people are asking the question: can living things
but Jennifer wanted to see for herself what was
really be deemed raw materials?
involved in the production of these gorgeous bags.
Is that what I believe? Ideally, we want a product that
Everything Eve Cork carries is imported from Portugal,
aligns closely with our own values.
where the process from harvest to artisan takes place,
Jennifer Vandervelde is the name behind Eve Cork
and where Jennifer met with her supplier. She wanted
premium vegan handbags. Her journey was gradual;
to make sure that she was taking on a truly sustainable
she had always loved animals and recalls that in her
and fair product that she would be proud to represent,
teens, she just didn’t feel right about eating meat. She
and that would fill a growing need: informed, aware
began to make changes. By the time she was in
consumers who want high-end options.
university, she was vegetarian. Her awareness grew.
What she discovered is the incredible cork oak tree.
She chose to educate herself further, learning more
While there isn’t actually a shortage of cork, it must
about the animals that we traditionally raise for food.
be harvested responsibly. Eve Cork bags begin here,
She began to search for leather alternatives, so that
where the bark of the cork oak is carefully cut by hand
she could feel good about what she was wearing on
and laid out to dry. The outer layers are utilized in other
her body, and carrying, as well as what went into it;
products, but the softer, inner bark is the real magic
this proved to be quite difficult. She recalls travelling
of these bags. Once cut, the trees are carefully
abroad in those early years of awareness and getting
marked with the year of harvest. Sustainable practices
excited about merely spotting some advertisements
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for a vegan shoe company – a rare treasure.
9 to 10 years.
Things have changed, and there are growing numbers
Meanwhile, harvesting the bark is actually good for the
of people who are interested in a plant-based diet and
tree! The cork oak grows stronger and lives longer as
lifestyle, but finding good products is still challenging.
result of this careful, knowledgeable process, allowing
Leather alternatives are often lacking in quality; the
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In addition to this assurance, there is an added benefit:
the scent are factors. Additionally, consumers who are
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the brand is powerful, and it speaks to the passion
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she is her ideal customer: buying with an ecological
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conscience and supporting cruelty-free practices and
Jennifer was eager to take on the company, making
products. She urges us all to “think about what you’re
only the slightest adjustment to the logo, while keeping
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the excellence of the product intact.
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When he was twenty years old, in 1986, David Yarrow
In recent years, he has set price records for photos.
snapped the now-famous London Times photograph
At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London in
of Diego Maradona holding the FIFA World Cup
May 2017, Yarrow’s iconic image from South Sudan,
in Mexico City. It was the harbinger of what was
“Mankind” sold for $75,000. In April of 2018 “The
to become a multi-decade stellar career as one of
Wolf of Main Street” – with a real wolf standing on
the foremost living fine art photographers. Yarrow’s
a bar table– sold for $100,000. And in December
evocative photography has earned him a following
2019, “The Wolves of Wall Street,” a depiction of the
among art collectors, and placed him as a regular
partying elite business class, sold for $200,000.
feature at established art fairs and galleries.
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Even the casual observer will note that whether it’s
And we’d been told that happened for the previous five
wolves, or other beasts of the wild, Yarrow’s signature
nights – so we spent the day preparing, then when it
work involves peering face to face with some of the
came to the night not one elephant turned up.
Earth’s most exotic creatures.
There’s not much you can do about that.”
“The hardest animals to shoot well are the most
But even with a hundred elephants showing up, the task
dangerous and the most scarce, so that would probably
isn’t anymore to grab a snapshot in time.
be the polar bear and the tiger,” he explained. “They
The goal is to be relentlessly compelling, since in
both have their own issues in terms of photographing
recent years, people have become insatiable consumers
them, and because they are not that common, you get
a visceral rush when you see them. I think the big tusk
“We are the most visually content generation that
elephants – there’s probably only about 19 left in the
ever lived. This is true of the moving picture as well as
world - when you come face to face with them, that’s
the still picture. We are visually spoiled and are more
probably my most exciting.”
discerning than we used to be. For what I do, I have to
As much dedicated to immortalizing animals on film
try five times as hard,” he lamented.
as he is to saving them, in 2016, the royalties from his
“I think, to put more interesting stuff in now is a high
book Wild Encounters were donated
bar, because everyone has seen everything. So, our
to Tusk, the British NGO focusing on African
threshold for what is mundane is much higher than
what it was.”
“Tusk has relationships (in Africa) that are two or three
Mobile devices have changed everything.
generations long, and that helps,” he said, noting the
“I think Instagram has made photography go from
importance of funds being trusted to go where they
a peripheral art, to a mainstream art. It is the most
need to go.
relevant art form for our children, and therefore for us
“But if you had to pick out the two animals that we are
all,” he notes.
most concerned about, it would be the lion – we do a
“For photographers, what has happened is like what
lot of work for lion conservation – and then elephant
Dickens says in A Tale of Two Cities, ‘It’s the best of
conservation,” he said. The book received major
times and the worst of times.’ It is the best of times
endorsements: a foreword written by The Duke of
in the fact that the medium is totally recognized and
Cambridge (Prince William), and was awarded Art Book
appreciated. It is the worst of times in that there is a
of 2017 by Amazon.
plurality of content.”
After Wild Encounters he followed up with the 2019
With decades behind the camera, and hundreds – if
photography book, David Yarrow, with royalties again
not thousands – of subjects represented in his art, the
donated to Tusk, and WildAid in the US. Showcasing
question must be asked: which is his favourite?
150 eye-popping images, it features a foreword written
“I think the best answer to that is, ‘I haven’t taken it
by NFL star Tom Brady and an afterword by American
yet,’” he noted.
supermodel Cindy Crawford.
“I think you always have to have a mentality that your
Suffice it to say, being in the field to set up a shot with
best work you haven’t done yet. If I thought that the
the unpredictable nature of nature, is one of the job’s
best picture I took about eight weeks ago was never
going to be bettered, that’s a miserable way to wake up
“We had a shoot in Botswana. It was a complicated
shoot, it was a nice shoot, but the previous night a hundred elephants showed up in this watering hole.
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WHAT’S ON THE KNITTING NEEDLES? Ýrúrarí A STATEMENT FROM TEXTILE DESIGNER BASED IN REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND.
I started making my knitted masks in the beginning
I didn't really make the masks to wear, in my mind they
of April 2020 when the virus was at its peak here
are more like wearable sculptures, not made for safety
in Iceland, but we are very lucky on how well we‘re
more as a fun approach to the rule of keeping distance,
recovering from it. Before the change of the everyday
if you look scary enough people will stay away! The
I was working on a big show of upcycled sweaters
masks could work as fashionable covers over the real
collaborating with the second-hand stores of the Red
deal face masks. I am offering People my experimental
Cross of Iceland for Design March in Reykjavík and
DIY tongue knitting pattern. (www.yrurari.com/shop).
now after this mask adventure I’m putting my focus
People with basic knitting knowledge can
back to that project.
easily transform that pattern to something similar
Now face-masks are becoming such a necessity and
to my masks. I think this is the time to develop some
part of our life I thought it could be interesting to
new skills and knitting has proven to be soothing for
translate my ideas into that form, inspired by current
events. I was not expecting to connect well with the
I‘m very happy with the responses for my masks,
form of the face mask, but it makes sense, I do use
and they seem to give people some laughs, smiles
forms of the face and expressions a lot in my usual
and maybe the occasional eye rolling, which is just
work. I was not expecting them to become so popular
fantastic, this is a good time to spread out some joy
and being written about all around the world, I’ve seen
while we keep on following all safety measures, take
articles in Russian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Chinese,
care of each other.
Arabic and now Canada with this article.
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Love , Bryan This music section is dedicated to a special person, Darryl Weeks. Darryl was my brother, my best friend and my hero. Darryl and I grew up in a typical rural Ontario household with hockey games on Saturdays and Sunday dinners with family. Starting at a young age Darryl always had a passion for music. While other kids were listening to hair bands of the 80’s Darryl was listening to bands such as New Order and The Smiths. All of this influenced him into the obsession of the Manchester music scene and Manchester culture. Darryl always had an ear for the “next” cool band. I remembered as teenagers he used to come home excited with new music from The Charlatans, Oasis and Verve. Later in life he would advise me about upcoming bands such as TOY and Average Sex. When Darryl and I were in school we did not have much money to spend as students. Sometimes, we had to make choices on whether to purchase groceries or the new Primal Scream CD. We always chose the Primal Scream CD. As life goes, Darryl got married and had a beautiful loving family of his own. With the support of his new family, Darryl launched Stage Fright Publicity where he had the opportunity to represent his favorite band The Charlatans and many other great Canadian and International artists. Darryl became accomplished and well known in the Canadian music industry. Stage Fright Publicity was not just a business to him, but it was his way of sharing his love of music to the world. Personally, I will miss going to record shops and concerts with Darryl, we used to get so excited to see our favorite bands. I will also miss flipping through his record collection showing me his latest purchases, and explaining to me in detail why the records were significant to own. Most of all having him as a brother. To everyone, please enjoy this music section, go out and support your local record shops and go to concerts as soon as you can. I will miss my brother, my best friend, my hero forever Bryan Weeks
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incorporating a city into music BY_BRYAN WEEKS
One to Another, peace to my brother.
My biggest influence isn’t necessarily another artist -
In the fall 1990 my 16-year-old brother came home
my son is 6 years old and he has an amazing world view.
with two of the first three cd singles (The Only One
As far as other musicians, everyone from Bryan Ferry
I Know and Then) from an up and coming band from
to Quelle Chris - I’m always checking out new music
Manchester called The Charlatans. Little did we know
too. I’ve been making music for over 30 years, so it’s
the impact that these two CDs would bring. With the
ever changing too.
Manchester scene echoing across the world The Char-
We hear The Charlatans are in the studio. Any hints
latans were becoming the benchmark of cool. The lead-
what the next record is going to sound like?
er singer Tim Burgess would become a major influence
Well that could be awkward as they must be doing it
on two teenage boys from Barrie. The Charlatans would
without me! We played a few gigs over the summer and
release over 13 incredible albums over the next 25 years
have a couple next month but we’ve not been recording.
and with each album was a history lesson in music. The
I’ve just finished a solo album and I was tweeting photos
Charlatans introduced us to Bob Dylan, Curtis Mayfield
from the studio, so that might have confused people.
and Northern Soul. In the last eight years Tim Burgess
Some of the recording was done at Rockfield where
created record label O Genesis and released three solo
we’d recorded lots of classic Charlatans tracks but the
albums and published two books an Autobiography –
record has its own sound - with strings and even some
Telling Stories (2013) and Vinyl Adventures (2016)
castanets making an appearance. So, yeah, no new
which every record collector should read. With no grass
Charlatans songs yet but never say never.
growing under his feet he has released his third book,
Any plan to write another book?
One, Two, Another, which is an arm chair guide to Tim’s
It’s not really crossed my mind. It’s more of a case of
enjoying the events around the publication and taking
Explain the process of writing music. Who is your
some time away from the typewriter. Maybe it’s like
biggest influence in music?
when people run a marathon, straight after finishing, it’s
There are different processes, some are solitary when a
not something that you consider, until you wake up one
song lands in your brain and it’s a case of translating it
morning and think about doing it all again. I’ve never
into music and words. At other times it could be with all
run a marathon, by the way. That could be an idea for a
of The Charlatans, or sometimes one of them - often
Mark. So, it’s a case of finding the circumstances that
What records are you listening to right now?
make songwriting possible and seeing what happens -
Chastity Belt, Daniel O’Sulivan, 10CC, Miss World,
often not much, and then it can hit you like a bolt from
Keel Her, Claire Welles, George Clanton, Boy Pablo
and Sky Ferreira.
Love , Bryan
BORN RUFFIANS Canadian Rock Indie
Born Ruffians are an energy packed indie rock band
Even with the creepy lifelike sculptures that occupied
from Midland, Ontario. Uncle, Duke & The Chief
the place and water that smelled like farts, the charm
(2018) featuring single Forget Me should be on
of sleeping under the same roof and getting up excited
everyone's playlist as it was on my brother's. Be aware
to play music was worth it.
Born Ruffians' spirit is very contagious. They are great
What was the first album you purchased?
supporters of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust,
I had some regrettable first albums. Some I wouldn't
which is a music therapy service to help improve the
even consider albums. The WWF Theme Music
mental, physical, and emotional health for Canadians.
soundtrack. The soundtrack to the Austin Powers movie. I loved Barenaked Ladies but I'm pretty sure
Mitch Derosier, Bassist
my dad bought me those records. The first record I
Where is one of your favorite places to write music?
remember going into a store and buying it with my own
We've been to just about every jam space/rehearsal
money was The White Stripes' Elephant. I cherished it
factory that Toronto has to offer, which all range
almost as much as the WWF record.
from grim and dank to very chill and dank. When we
Where is your favorite place to play?
first started this band and moved to the city, we lived
We have been to a lot of places. I love the hospitality
together and had a dank basement to practice and
and sightseeing in Europe. You get to a show in
write in. Ever since then I think we've been chasing that
Germany and they've put out a meat and cheese
feeling of being able to wake up and head downstairs
spread, and then say, "Hey we're all going for dinner,
whenever an idea struck. We've rented places outside
c'mon". I love the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. It's
of Toronto that has more space where we can live,
connected to its own hotel so after your show you can
sleep, eat and jam whenever we please, as opposed
stumble out of the venue and fall face first into your
to booking a time and clocking in and out at a rehearsal
bed. I love the Hume in Nelson, BC. It's a magical
space. My favorite has to be an old church that
place that may only exist in our minds. Really I could
has been renovated into a loft a few hours outside
go on forever because we've been really fortunate to
do this for our job for so many years and travel to so many places. I want to be able to put Japan on this list.
Love , Bryan
RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
The Humble Folk BY_BRYAN WEEKS
The Rural Alberta Advantage is a humble folk song
Jones and the Dap Kings, Bahamas, St. Vincent, The
writing trio (Amy Cole, Paul Banwatt and Nils Edenloff)
Tragically Hip, and so many others perform from the
with Alberta roots and now in Toronto. The band has
side stage at music festivals we get to play too are
released four stomping studio albums in the last ten
special moments that I never take for granted.
years, debuting with Hometowns in 2008 that gained
Paul: There are a few- Playing Coachella was one.
International attention as the highest selling act ever at
Our first show in the U.S. was another – it was a sold
the time on eMusic Selects, a popular US Indie Music
out show at Pianos in New York City, and people knew
website. The RAA’s follow up album was Departing
all the words to our songs. The most unforgettable
(2011) which was nominated for the 2011 Polaris Music
moment, though, was touring with The Hip, and getting
Prize and two Juno Awards. Departing contains my
to play “Canada Geese” and our song “Stamp” with
personal favorite song, “Under The Knife”, and a chilling
video for single “Tornado '87" about the devastating
What inspires you to write music?
Edmonton tornado of 1987, which occurred while Nils
Nils: I really do enjoy playing shows- getting out on
Edenloff was living there. Mended with Gold (2014)
tour, seeing the songs touch people in vastly different
is a faster paced and progressive album that The RAA
ways and meeting people after we play is something I
propelled with vigor. They came back to more of their
don't think I will ever get tired of. However, as anyone
original folk sound with The Wild (2017) and the single
close to me can attest, there is nothing that causes
“White Lights”, which is just simply a perfect song for
more stress and anxiety than writing new songs. I
a beautiful album. The band is currently working on
thought it would have gotten easier with a few albums
their fifth studio album, a process that started off in
under the belt, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to
their rehearsal space and now has progressed to much
be the case.
different socially distant recording sessions from their
Some days it feels like a futile effort trying to will
something into existence. That moment when you
Explain your favourite music memories?
figure out what makes a song work, and it all comes
Nils: There have been a number of moments over
together- there is no greater feeling.
the last couple of years where I have had to stop for a
Who is your biggest influence in music?
second and just try to take it all in. But recently, I’ve
Nils: I don’t think it really comes as a surprise but I’ve
been thinking back to the first show that Amy, Paul and
always been drawn to singer-songwriters in general, of
I played in Feb 2006.
which Canadian ones have always had a special place in
For a sliver of time The Rural Alberta Advantage existed
my heart. My dad was always a fan of Gordon Lightfoot
as 5-piece. We played a couple of shows, most of which
which I have fond memories of as a kid. That led to
went ok, some better than others. After a particularly
discovering Hayden in highschool, then Leonard Cohen
bad show, Paul and I decided less is more and went the
and Gord Downie’s solo music in University. That
2-piece route. We realized that something important
being said, I feel like musical influences are more of a
was still missing and we coaxed Amy to come back and
tapestry, so it’s hard to pick out one major influence
starting practicing with us. From the very first show
that we played as a trio (Clintons in Toronto), there
Paul: Honestly, these days my bandmates are my
was something special that worked and connected with
biggest influence. Nils and Amy have really different
people at the show. It was the first step towards getting
musical taste, and in our space we’re always bringing in
to where we are today.
different references. I’m always learning from the kinds
Amy: We are lucky to have been a band for this long
of things they’re feeling, and it inspires me to try things
for many reasons, one of which is that we've gotten to
outside my comfort zone. Amy and Nils said I’m their
experience a lot of my favourite music memories with
biggest influence too, right?
each other. Watching amazing musicians like Sharon
Love , Bryan
QUALITY TIME ON THE PORCH “MUSIC IS POWERFUL. AS PEOPLE LISTEN TO IT, THEY CAN BE AFFECTED. THEY RESPOND.” ~ RAY CHARLES
You’ve probably never heard of Porch FM.
The program was borne of a simple idea to capture
In the era of iTunes and Spotify, there is becoming
sessions that were already happening, quite literally,
less and less humanity in the art of making a playlist.
on the porch of the show’s producer, Mic#1. Sharing
Algorithms and artificial intelligence have taken over
the show with a wider audience became possible with
the roles once occupied by select friends and family
the discovery of mixcloud.com, a website platform
responsible for helping guide one’s musical journey,
that takes care of copyright issues that would
and establish a unique sense of self that only
otherwise prohibit broadcasting music globally. That
evolves as one dives deeper and deeper into the
was when the project really gathered momentum. It
music they discover.
rapidly gained followers and listens from around the world, and continues to grow steadily.
Porch FM is here.
A relatively new wrinkle in the growing archive of shows is the development of more focused programs
The principal contributors: Mic#1, HitGirl, D-Wreck,
entitled the “Showcase” series, that take specific
and Dr. Weirdstuff, along with an ever-evolving
subjects or areas of interest (Mute Records, Steve
cast of characters, curate an entertaining, eclectic,
Albini, Sabresonic Studios, Canadian punk rock), and
weekly mix of music that features everything from
present the material in the context of a historical
brand new material to deep cuts from the familiar
document. These shows often feature first-hand
and the obscure. Their decades of collective
accounts and anecdotes from those that were there
experience in and around the music industry informs
(Dave Dysart, Don Pyle, Jagz Kooner, Gary Burns),
a tremendous cross-section of genres, eras, and
and is dedicated to informing an audience in much
styles that coalesces into a real treat for the listener.
the same way as Alan Cross’ The Ongoing History
Touchstones for the program include indie rock,
of New Music series or BBC’s legendary John Peel.
new wave, post-punk, and electronica, but it’s not unusual to find them venturing into broader
Come for a visit, and spend some quality time
territories on a regular basis.
on the Porch.
THE FIRST 10 RECORDS FROM THE FRONT OF DARRYL’S SPECIAL SOUL RECORD BOX 1 - STONED LOVE The Supremes
2 - LOOKING FOR YOU Garnet Mimms
3 - I'VE BEEN GOOD TO YOU Brenda Holloway
4 - MISTER HIP Detroit Soul
5 - SEND HIM BACK Pointer Sisters
6 - I'LL DO ANYTHING Doris Troy
7 - THE GAME Wayne Gibson
8 - GO AHEAD ON Dusty Springfield
9 - OH BABY DON’T YOU WEEP Luther Ingram
10 - MAKE ME YOURS Bettye Swan
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an unexpected musician BY_KERRY JOHNSTON
There are countless musicians who played out their
Wide, barren spaces and brutal weather are external
passion in university pubs and gigs in their twenties,
forces that can have just as much play on our
never to pick up a guitar again. Singer/songwriter
emotions as internal ones.
B. Knox might have been one of those. He hung
His style is known as Americana, or alt-country,
up his performance shoes, got to work as a teacher
blending blues, country and roots rock, with both
and didn’t think much about a future in music. It was
acoustic and electric guitar, plenty of storytelling, and
more than a decade later when he started to pick up
a voice that’s not afraid to show vulnerability. There
the odd chance to play in local Ontario restaurants
are keening vocals full of longing, pedal steel guitar
and bars. That’s when he realized how much he was
and lyrics about madness and deceit that leave you
feeling like you just read a great novel.
The intervening years also gave him something else:
Knox was hoping to take those stories on the road, but
life experience, good and bad, that gradually turned
as the old saying goes, man plans, and God laughs. A
into a full slate of songs about love, loss, redemption,
global pandemic was what it took to derail the tour,
and more. That, combined with encouragement from
and put a damper on bar and restaurant performances
friends and family, led to the release of a few singles,
for a while to come. That won’t hold him back, though.
and now, his very first album.
He’s already making plans to head back into the studio
Titled Heartbreak & Landscape, it features powerful
to lay down a whole new series of great stories and
emotional lyrics that look at decisions made, regrets
gravelly tracks, ready to tug heartstrings all over again.
that followed, the passing of time, and eventually learning to hope again. As someone originally from Newfoundland, Knox says he was also influenced by Canada’s landscapes, from lush and verdant to tough and resilient, and those themes are folded into the album as well. PIE DIGEST 199
DAVID BOTTRILL molding a cohesive sound
Record producers are often unsung heroes; they
What is the one album you wished you produced?
are quietly working in the background and only the
I don’t know if it’s a fair question, as the records
utmost curious listeners will dive into albums credits to
I love, had I produced them, then they would be
discover whom the team members are. A producer's
different records. Having said that, one that comes
role is critical in helping bands develop their sound,
to mind is Grace by Jeff Buckley. It has such a great
they coach musicians to be the best that they can be.
combination of stellar musicianship and passion that at
They help mold an album into a cohesive sound that
least I would have loved to have been a witness.
reflects the artists’ musical personality and talent.
Who are some of the bands you are working with
Meet David Bottrill, an internationally regarded
Canadian record producer. He is the recipient of
I am working on 4 great projects at the moment, all
three Grammys, and over the course of his 30-year
are slated to be released in 2020. I recently travelled
career he has been credited on over 100 albums,
to Pioneertown, California to record with Chris
many of which reached #1 on international charts.
Corner (IAMX) http://iamxmusic.com, I am producing
David has produced an array of genres over the years,
and mixing an acoustic album of some of his material
from progressive rock, alternative music, metal and
spanning his career. I have also been spending time
world music. He produced acts such as Peter Gabriel,
in Montreal, Quebec to produce and mix a project
Dream Theater, Tool, Muse, Silverchair, Godsmack,
for an artist named Elsiane, http://www.elsiane.com/.
Placebo and The Smashing Pumpkins, just to name a
Later this month I’ll be entering the studio with a
few. David has worked across the globe but is always
group of seasoned Toronto musicians, who recently
happy to return to his home base in Toronto. Feeling
formed a new band called Imperial Ashes. This will be
the importance of giving back, David has also been
their inaugural album. And in the summer, I began
on the Board of Directors of Make Music Matter for
pre-production with a new young American band
the past 10 years. MMM is a non-profit program that
from Chicago called Doublespeak, which we will be
provides support through music therapy for survivors
recording later in the fall.
of sexual violence and other traumas.
What album(s) changed your life?
Who where your idols growing up?
Definitely the aforementioned Bruce Springsteen
I had many musical idols growing up. Early on I would
album, and also of course his Born to Run album. I
sneak into my brother’s record collection and there I
tell people the first 4 albums I saved up and bought (I
found bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. The
never ever bought just one album when I went to the
music was dangerous and as an early teenager, that
record store) were Led Zeppelin 4, Hotel California
was exciting. Then my brother, who also was an idol of
by the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Joe’s
mine, took me to a concert. I knew nothing about the
Garage Vol 1 by Frank Zappa. Those and really, my
artist playing, but the show was so long and exciting
brother’s entire record collection changed my life.
that it truly did rearrange how I thought about music.
He didn’t leave them under the bed as he was leaving
The artist was Bruce Springsteen and the tour was for
town like in the movie Almost Famous, but the results
the Darkness On the Edge of Town album.
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WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR FACE? The goal is to accentuate, to soften. “I’m pro-aging!” Dr. Weber trained at McGill Medical School in
she says emphatically. “It’s all about balance –
Montreal and completed her residency in Family
youthfulness comes from within.”
Medicine at the University of Toronto, opening her
Dr. Weber is enthusiastic about meeting new patients
practice in 2001. In 2005, Dr. Stacie Weber’s
who are looking for comprehensive care and an
Cosmetic & Facial Rejuvenation Clinic opened its
individualized plan. She has a loyal team with their own
doors in Barrie, Ontario. At first, she kept part time
areas of expertise. She has patients who have relied
hours at the medical spa, but her passion grew. In addi-
on her team for over a decade – it’s an indication of
tion to the experience she gained working as a surgical
a positive, caring relationship as well as results. Many
assistant in plastic and reconstructive surgery, she took
of her clients work in the medical field themselves – a
on additional training. After 15 years as a regular care
considerable vote of confidence that suggests a
physician, Dr. Weber closed her family practice and
reputation of integrity.
devoted herself entirely to medical aesthetics. While
“We have a tendency to take care of things that
she is organized and meticulous, she’s also creative and
we find beautiful,” Dr. Weber observes, noting that
artistic. The change was about a more specific voca-
many of her patients report an improved motivation
tion; it was about joy. “I get to make
to eat well, exercise and maintain healthy routines for
people feel better about themselves… it’s fun!” (her
themselves following procedures. Her goal, aside from
eyes light up) “but it’s serious, too.”
giving the best medical care possible, is for all of her
While there is a science to beauty and what the human
patients to feel that way - to be able to see their own
brain finds aesthetically pleasing, the goal isn't neces-
beauty and let that be the beginning of a powerful,
sarily to bring patients closer to that formula. This is
positive relationship with themselves. From that very
where artistry, medicine and experience intersect. It
first meeting, Dr. Weber provides patient education
should not be an assembly line sort of process, since
and confidence in care - but it's also an opportunity for
each person is unique.” The consultation process is
patients to explore their perceptions and feelings about
crucially important, and it’s why Dr. Weber offers a
their own appearance.
complimentary preliminary meeting. “It isn’t about
"There is something beautiful about everyone",
altering your features to look like someone else –
Dr. Weber smiles, "and it's quite a privilege to help
it’s about highlighting your natural beauty.” Her
them find and enhance it.”
understanding of the complexity of underlying facial structures and artistic mastery enable Dr. Weber to deliver the ultimate in medical aesthetic treatments.
Connection + Purpose = Joy
If you were to ask Sharon Smith of Connect Hair
The Sassoon’s culture pushed all boundaries and
Studio to give a single word to describe her almost
expected every stylist to meet their internationally
four decade journey in the crazy, creative world of
renowned standards and then go beyond.
hairstyling, she would say ‘joy’. As a master stylist
Another huge impact on her career has been
she is an artist, educator and entrepreneur who has
the work of Dr. Lew Losoncy, a psychologist who
given countless hours to promoting the industry she
focuses exclusively on the beauty industry. His
loves so much.
work has helped her better understand the intensity
Her journey began with persistence and a bit of good
of relationships created between stylists (and their
fortune. Early in her training, a group of stylists
artistic egos) and their clients. Dr. Lew emphasizes
left Vidal Sassoon’s and, through necessity, the
the power of human touch.
apprentices were put on an accelerated program
What was so challenging to attain in the beginning
which saw them being trained by some of the icons
is easy to give and Sharon finds joy in being able
of the industry at the time.
to teach and develop new talent stylists, especially
Legends such as International Art Director, Tim
those who are truly hungry to learn. If she had a
Hartley, as well as teachers and art directors from
single piece of advice to give an upcoming stylist she
Great Britain, Los Angeles and New York instilled a
would tell them to always be open to learn. Learning
work ethic which would direct her throughout her
is a lifelong experience and the truly outstanding
career. Perfection was demanded – mediocrity was
stylists push themselves and learn from others all
not an option. Less than perfection sent you off
the floor and back to training. Being a part of the
In recent years, apart from her volunteer work, joy
‘Sassoon’ culture was highly demanding, but exciting
for Sharon is specializing in creating make-overs: a
and fulfilling at the same time.
totally new look for clients who are ready to embrace
To graduate, hopeful stylists had to present a
themselves in a different light. It is not simply the
choreographed final show – make up, music and
cut or colour that changes. The stylist must bring
wardrobe in different categories demonstrating
their client on a journey of trust that prepares them
different aspects of cutting styles from men’s to
psychologically for a completely different image. The
Sassoon’s famous geometric creations. If a stylist
client must feel confident that the change will reflect
did not meet expectations they were only given one
them and make them feel good about themselves as
they step back into their world.
What Sharon learned, beyond the skills of precision
The best cut is nothing unless the client is truly in
cutting and the artistry and science of hair, was an
love with it.
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THE VAGUS NERVE Stress Release
DOCTOR ALYSSA RUNYON DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC, ACUPUNCTURE PROVIDER, BASC.
When it comes to the stress in our lives, it can take
A great example for you to envision is a library and a
a toll on our mind, body and energetic body. As a
librarian. The sub-conscious mind is the library that
chiropractor and acupuncture provider, Dr. Runyon
holds books on anything and everything you could
addresses all three components with meditation,
ever imagine. The books hold all of your feelings,
spinal alignment and auricular acupuncture. The
emotions and past experiences. While the conscious
latest research in psychology has shown us that
mind is the librarian. It is the librarian's job to choose
the mind has a unique ability of protecting us from
the most appropriate books to help solve the issue it’s
stressful states if it believes we are in harm's way.
currently facing. And more importantly, just like you
To accomplish this, the conscious mind can consult
can go through a library and update books with new-
our sub-conscious mind for past experiences and
found knowledge, you can do the same thing with
emotions or it can harness information from the
your sub-conscious mind through meditation!
body via the vagus nerves. It usually does both
The oldest part of our brain houses our twelve pairs
simultaneously in the blink of an eye to form the
of cranial nerves. They control our ability to see, hear,
most appropriate reaction to the world around us.
taste, chew, smell, smile, swallow, turn our head and
However, that ‘appropriate’ action is all in the eye of
feel our face. The longest and most unique pair is
the vagus nerves. “Vagus” is Latin for ‘wanderer’ and
The mind is divided up into two parts: the conscious
it was named this because of it’s massive length and
part and the sub-conscious part. The conscious part
many innervations. The left and right pairs of vagus
is responsible for keeping us alive and executing
nerves are for mostly receiving information from our
our decisions. It coordinates our breathing, our
tissues and transmitting it back to the brain, but they
digestion, our movement and even our short-term
are also responsible for activating and shutting down
memory. However, there is a limited storage capacity
tissues with commands being transmitted from the
in our conscious mind. When it comes to the sub-
brain. The vagus nerves alone innervate the following
conscious mind however, there is an unlimited
seventeen structures: ears, taste buds, soft palate,
amount of storage space available. So much so, that
vocal cords, thyroid, thymus, lungs, heart, stomach,
the capacity of the sub-conscious mind is still an
liver, gallbladder, small intestine, pancreas, spleen,
elusive scientific question.
kidneys, urinary bladder and the majority of our large intestine.
You’ve probably read somewhere that the nervous
Probiotics – preferably lactobacilli and bifidobacter.
system in our body is divided up into sympathetic
These have been shown in double-blinded,
(fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and
randomized, placebo-controlled studies (which
digest). The sympathetic nervous system is primarily
are the gold standard in research) to decrease
located in the middle of our back. You know that
psychological distress after 30 days of daily
unrelenting upper back pain and stiffness? This might
consumption. If you’re not into taking pills, you
be because you are overusing your sympathetic
can reach for more fermented foods like: yogurt,
nervous system due to all the stress in your life!
kombucha, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, etc.)
The sympathetic nervous system is meant to be a
Gag reflex – you can do this in the morning while
back up system for times of life-threatening stress.
you brush your teeth to activate the vagus and start
The problem with our lives today is that a Monday
your day from a calm state or before bed when you’re
morning deadline for work is now being perceived
brushing your teeth again
as a life or death scenario. Your mind will spend all
Singing Loudly – it doesn’t matter how good or bad
weekend mobilizing your fight or flight system so
you are at singing, just put on some songs that you
you won’t be able to sleep, digest your food properly
absolutely love and sing them in all different pitches.
or think of anything else except for the deadline. If
This will get your vocal cords vibrating at a tone of
this is you and you find yourself ‘always falling asleep
different frequencies, creating a symphony of vagus
during meditation’ you are experiencing sympathetic
Evoking a sense of safety – in places where you
This sympathetic system was meant to be a back-up
need to de-stress. Feng shui your bedroom so it does
system only so it’s resources are limited. Ideally, you
not stress you out. Remove tv’s or digital devices.
want to spend 80% of your day in rest and digest
Cover your alarm clock if it is a lit-up one. You should
mode where those vagus nerves are fired up. If your
not walk into your house and feel unease. The easiest
nervous system has been out of balance for a long
and cheapest way to evoke a sense of safety in your
time and you find it hard to relax, consider getting
home is by de-cluttering. Other ways that are not
a vagus nerve treatment. This is a one-of-a-kind
décor-related are: making connections with loved
proprietary protocol that was developed by Dr.
ones, hugging, laughing, kissing
Runyon. It combines the power of deep breathing,
Loving-Kindness meditation – this is a traditional
meditation, fascial release and acupuncture. You will
Buddhist meditation that has been consistently used
leave the treatment having felt like a reset button has
in research setting. For the most part, this particular
meditation is the factor behind all those headlines
Breathing – is by far the MOST profound way to
that read “meditation is good for our health”. It is
take control of your nervous system and ignite the
believed that its success is attributed to the fact that
vagus nerve into action – emphasis on the slow
it’s non-denominational. Although it’s a Buddhist’s
meditation, there is no religion or dogma in it. It is
Diving reflex – splashing cold water on your face,
simply a meditation that focuses on visualizing your
holding ice cubes to your face or drinking very cold
ideal self, giving so much love to that self that it spills
water and holding it in your mouth
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THE GARDENS The well-tended gardens surrounding Langdon Hall Country House and Spa were originally designed by the Olmsted brothers, who had completed numerous high-profile projects, many of which remain popular to this day, including the United States Capitol and White House Grounds, Yosemite Valley, and New York's Central Park. The grounds and gardens have been created as natural spaces that give people not only pleasure, but relief from stress, and spiritual freedom. Today, Langdon Hall boasts a garden wonderland, with 75 acres of Carolinian Forest, beautifully manicured lawns, and cultivated displays of colour. The gardens are brought to life and expertly maintained by Head Gardener, Mario Muniz.
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THE GUESTROOMS Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa has 60 guestrooms and suites, all spacious and beautifully appointed, many furnished with fine antiques. With some of the most luxurious accommodations in Canada, all rooms feature feather beds with down duvets: many have a sitting area with wood burning fireplaces. Some rooms also feature private terraces overlooking the gardens. Guests are welcome to enjoy the amenities of Langdon Hall, which include the comfortable sitting rooms; the tennis court and croquet lawns; 12 km of walking trails; whirlpool and sauna; indoor exercise room; and Langdonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed vegetable and flower gardens. No matter what you decide to indulge in, the staff at Langdon Hall will arrange a day for you to remember. Some on site activities include: shopping at the Spa & Gift Boutique, exploring woodland trails, participating in cooking demonstrations, relaxing at the outdoor pool, taking archery lessons, indulging in wine tastings, using sports equipment and the exercise room, and taking advantage of the wonderful garden and history tours.
THE KITCHEN GARDENS The gardens are just as useful as they are beautiful; the kitchen garden serves as constant inspiration for Chef Bangerterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterful creations, with fresh homegrown ingredients being foraged and harvested to be incorporated into 5 Diamond cuisine.
CHEF JASON BANGERTER Notably an influential leader in the culinary industry, Chef Jason’s unbridled passion for excellence is fueled by his dedication to supporting and developing sources for sustainable, responsibly produced ingredients. As a focal point of his culinary vision, Chef Jason recognizes the importance of preserving a “sense of place” throughout his work and its impact on the future. As a champion for Canadian products, Chef Jason ensures over 80% of all food and drink in the restaurant is sourced from the Ontario region. This includes ingredients grown in Langdon Hall’s own kitchen garden, foraged from the surrounding Carolinian Forest and through supporting the local food community. When sourcing beyond Langdon Hall’s estate and surrounding region, Chef Jason’s commitment to quality and sustainability does not waiver. That is why he ensures every seafood and fish item on his menus are an ocean and fresh water certified choice. This enables guests to have an experience rooted in ethical choices that protects the health of the environment and the biodiversity of our food systems for generations to come. Chef Jason has successfully crafted a talented team that shares his philosophy and vision. Living by example, he is equally proud of his role as an innovator and a mentor, continuing to have a profound effect on Canada’s culinary scene. Notable accolades include: • Slow Food Canada Hero Award, 2019 • CARE’s Ethical Chef Days, Canadian Representative, 2019 • Ranked 4th top restaurant by Canada’s 100 Best 2019 • Iron Chef Canada, Champion 2018
THE RESTAURANT The creative, award-winning cuisine at Langdon Hall starts with looking out the kitchen windows. It is inspired by the seasons, wild produce growing in abundance on the property and the bounty of the kitchen gardens. Relationships have been built with local farmers, foragers and artisans who hold similar beliefs of providing wholesome natural products that have been prepared with care and respect. They create dishes with purpose, embraced with a story behind each product and a glimpse at the terroir of Langdon Hall. All the ingredients combined, create an experience like no other, so grand, so captivating that it is impossible to forget. As the seasons change, the menu changes to reflect the reaps of the harvest. Langdon Hall proudly supports local farmers, foragers and artisans. As a Feast On certified and Ocean Wise partner, they are committed to ensuring their menu items are sustainably and responsibly sourced. In addition, they also have the luxury to forage wild produce growing on the property and harvesting from their kitchen gardens. This allows menus to be created to showcase a unique â&#x20AC;&#x153;sense of placeâ&#x20AC;? experience.
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