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I LOVE PIE As one book closes another book opens… and always the last insertion: the Editor’s letter. To be honest, I write this with a tear of joy in my eye as my plane is descending onto a special set of islands known as the Bahamas. It happens to be where the first story of Part 11 begins, before this edition of the Bookazine even hits the printers. I'm sincerely humbled by the wonderful friends I have made in the journey of the tenth edition - from the easy, creative moments, to the high pressures of perfection as I know it. As I recall, when Pie came to fruition, it was quite sweet that it identified with something that would trigger an emotion, a memory, a scent, and even better, a taste. The name stands for (as cliché as it sounds) ‘a piece of the PIE’. An all-encompassing plan to create and coalesce beautiful photography with interviews of people of interest, at all different levels of success, but with the same thing in common: passion. Creating and collaborating can be just like the baking of a pie, and this is something that’s integral to our publication’s success. Adding artists from across the globe, this issue was baked with a little added love, as I forged new relationships internationally, and strengthened partnerships with old friends, close to my home and my heart. This edition is the root of my inspiration: the beach, the pool, the sun and beautiful skies. The tenth anniversary issue ‘Swimsuit Edition’ of PIE is ready. Recently my deep rooted passion for travel has my business taking me to new exotic locations and back to some I visited many years ago to make some brand-new magic happen with all the amazing connections and resources at my disposal today. Viva la dolce vita – in sexy swimwear obviously! Part 11, we will take you on a virtual tour of just how much we love this publishing life. It’s these successful stories that were the true inspiration behind choosing this issue's cover model: Janice Dickinson - a true icon. Not only in the sense that she has overcome and withstood what some may refer to as multiple career missteps and personal struggles beyond any average measure, but she is a testament to the endeavor of achievement and reaching one’s personal best. Our interview with her revealed a lot of the heart behind the tough exterior, granting her a true spot in the hearts of Pie. She truly defines success, love, power, and collaboration. Not to mention she makes being over-50 look hotter than ever. Taking pride in maintaining successful relationships and successful careers is a prominent characteristic of most of our feature stories in this edition. I'm glad I can share in that type of success with my man, Chris, and my beautiful mother, Eileen. A special thanks to Miss Shauna Ireland, who has been a great partner in creating inspiring stories and images for this issue, acting as a connector in my life, she is going to be packed in my suitcase as we take the journey to even more exclusive and exotic destinations in the next edition. I take this opportunity to share with you, on behalf of us, your piece of the pie. Enjoy. Baked with love, Sandra Roberts To advertise in Pie Magazine contact us at Pie is published in Ontario Canada by Pie Media Group. National Distribution Disticor Magazine Distribution services.


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The Best Brunch in the City

Experiencing Rum in Barbados




Cruising the lake in her Sno Bear

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Photographer/Make-Up Artist

She has a gift with aligning people and organizations together to create shining projects. ALIGN AND SHINE

An award winning short fiction author.

His career spans 3 decades as an internationally published photographer & 20 years on television as a beauty expert.



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Financial Journalist

A contemporary photographer, Ian's main focus is people and portraiture.

A Toronto based producer and fashion stylist who celebrated 30 years in the fashion industry this year.

A Registered Financial Consultant and President of Equitable Financial Inc.






The creator of the Abandoned Fashion Series where he uses fashion to create artistic pieces of work in abandoned locations in his home country of the UK and abroad.

I'm passionate about what I do, and I apply it with equal measures of creativity, common sense, poise, laughter, hard work and professionalism.

Always inspired by the extremes of beauty




Realism artist, aspiring model and coffee enthusiast

Her work focuses on capturing feminine sensuality, strength and playfulness

Food/Travel Editor He is a TV Director/Producer/ Writer/Chef sharing his epicurean adventures.



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MICHELLE WALTER Writer/Business Relations With a diverse background in fashion and politics, working for Pie Magazine seemed like a natural fit.

KAJA BLACKLEY Writer/Illustrator He was named one of the 100 Canadians to Watch by Maclean’s magazine.




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When Lisa is not living her passion this avid soccer player can be found traveling the world in search of new inspiration and trends

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A poet, playwright and author who lives in Barrie with her two cats and an army of dust bunnies under her bed.

The author of thirty published books and a artist who has exhibited internationally





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An entertainment journalist, senior publicist at SI PR, visual artist and an active mom of 3

Armed with passion and creativity, Conrad has the ability to capture the real life emotions of any subjects.

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Enhancing natural beauty and escalating self esteem

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Restaurant reviews are often jam packed with heady debates over a cities hottest post 11pm hipster hangouts, it's best burger under 40-bucks, or an underground exploration of the many usages of elderflower. Okay, lean closer… as an ex-chef, here's a little secret I got for you - The unsexy truth is that any decent sized city can offer a world-class version of just about anything. However, what quickly becomes the defining factors are the interior design, price point, and the celebrity chef who may or may not have had anything to do with the food you’re devouring. Brunch however is a different kettle of fish. Whether it’s purpose is a culinary contradiction of the previous nights debauchery, spending tender time with a loved one, or



By Mike Ward

simply “let someone else wash the dishes for once”, brunch can be a wonderful epicurean treat, or the equivalent of a dull do-it-yourselfer. It’s also the one meal of the week where the menu is traditionally handcuffed to a few limited, but anticipated ingredients: eggs, some type of pork product, a fried batter thingy, fruit, and baked goods. This creates a playground where a chefs technical skills and ingenuity can really make or break this odd little meal with its own title. So, as a writer who takes his research seriously, I made sure I was appropriately inebriated the evening before, lifted my heavy lids around 11am, skipped the shower, grabbed my darkest sunnies and embarked upon an adventure. Albeit with a waft of vodka in tow.

Soho House Toronto – 192 Adelaide Street West The only buffet to make the list is sadly a members and their friends exclusive experience, but don’t let this turn you off. Text everyone and anyone you know who might be a member. Trust me, it’s worth the bother. This upscale hipster haven is where Toronto’s creative folk hang. An eclectic farm style feast is the fare, and at only $28 you’re guaranteed to blissfully over-eat yourself enough to avoid another meal until you return next Sunday. Highlights include fresh-shucked oysters (Yep! On a buffet.), the roasted porketta, and more pastries than a bakery, freshly baked on site. Luckee (Susur Lee) – 328 Wellington Street West When Toronto’s much adorned Chinese Celebrity Chef does something, he does it right. Such is so with his latest offering, Luckee Restaurant and Bar, in the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Described as "Nouvelle Chinoise", Chef Lee’s little silver cart of Dim Sum delights is a country mile ahead of his Chinese counterparts a few blocks west on Spadina. Finally, Dim Sum done well, lacking fluorescent lighting and waiters in ill-fitting suits. Highlights include chicken rice roll with tofu, ginger, green onion & soya juice, and a melt off your fork beef brisket with edamame. School – 70 Fraser Avenue School Bakery and Café, located in Toronto’s Liberty Village is the go-to brunch joint you hit when you wanna go back to bed – smiling. Everything on this brunch-menu-on-steroids is an eleven. Comfy but not hokey, School knows what its crowd comes for: all the brunch classics, but with a hefty seasoning of fun and frivolity. Highlights include the super cheesy bacon French toast with syrup, and black n’ blue flapjacks with brown sugar butter (I could have eaten an entire plate of the brown sugar butter). Le Select - 432 Wellington Street West If you’re after a tamer, more classic brunch experience, then Le Select on Wellington St. delivers flawless classic French technique, but don’t mistake perfect culinary execution with predictability. The eggs are open-air raised on Mennonite farms... and although the atmosphere screams “Sacre Bleu”, I think that means “classic French”(?), Chef Albert Ponzo is a true blue farm to table guy with a few surprises up his sleeve. Highlights include the seasonal beet millet risotto with poached egg, kale, and parmesan, and the kefir pancake with candied root vegetables, brandied pear and whipped apple cider (this ones not for sharing – meaning, you won't want to!). Lady Marmalade – 898 Queen Street East This quirky, mismatched-table-and-chairs style brunch hot spot does homemade impeccably. By homemade I don’t mean what people actually make at home… Let’s not kid ourselves; the kitchen is stocked with humans that actually know how to cook. Striped of any pretense, Lady Marmalade does all the dishes we’ve come to love for brunch, but with a curious nod to Mexico. You will line up to get in, it’s part of the charm… but once you’re in the food flows fast. Highlights include the famous Lady Marmalade bennie served with lemony hollandaise, and the Mexican tomato-chipotle meatball soup. Tune in next issue where I’m hitting the Big Apple in search of New York’s hottest brunch bites. Until then amigos, I’m going back to bed.



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As hosts of their weekly TV show "One Sip at a Time", The Wine Ladies share their adventures around the globe spreading their passion for travel and the many pleasures and treasures of the palate! On these pages, The Wine Ladies discover the beautiful island of Barbados. Barbados beckons… and delivers a bounty of beauty under the sun, from the white and pink sandy beaches and calm Caribbean Sea to the mesmerizing rugged Atlantic coast and spellbinding sunsets. It is an island of both serenity and of excitement, a paradise for your every mood. As we boarded the plane in Toronto little did we know of the paradise that awaited us - Barbados and the glorious Saint Peter's Bay Resort, located on the north west coast of this breathtaking island.






Barbados, the most easterly of the Caribbean chain of islands, is twenty-one miles long and fourteen miles wide. It is the diversity of the landscape, from east to west and north to south, that contribute to making this a fascinating, exciting, and fun-filled island to explore and enjoy. With so many vistas and activities to embrace, it is simply intoxicating! Even more seductive is the endless energy for life that the local Barbadians or “Bajans” all seem to have, with a warm and endearing charm that makes you feel welcome, relaxed, and happy all at once. Here we are happy to share a small slice of our one week “Bajan” life. Saint Peter’s Bay Resort and Luxury Residences is our home away from home located on the north west coast of the island. Boasting beautiful beaches, it is referred to as the “Barbados Riviera” and is known for its rich history and genuine charm.

The entire property, fifty-seven beachfront homes, are all surrounded by glorious lush gardens, steps away from a beautiful lagoon style pool and just a few more steps away from the beach and the brilliant turquoise Caribbean. The units are spacious and tastefully decorated, with attention paid to every detail. Truly an oasis! Saint Peter’s Bay is a part of UNNA properties, whose focus is on offering a "private club" experience to the guests or owners in an elegant, top-notch, and relaxed environment. A "Bajan brand" if you will, nicknamed as the place for "flipflop millionaires", no pretensions here, where you can do as much or as little as you wish, taking in the sun, the sea, the spa, or the gym. And if your timing is right, you might get a chance to experience one of the highlights here at Saint Peter’s Bay - the release of the baby sea turtles right on the beach just steps from your patio. Protecting this once endangered species is important to the resort and it is truly a sight to behold. Of course rum is a staple here on the island, believed by many to be the world’s oldest distilled alcoholic beverage with its first commercial variation occurring here in Barbados in 1637. Chesterfield Brown, International Brand Ambassador for the world’s oldest rum distillery, Mount Gay Rum, gives us a lesson in mixology saying, "Shake it up baby!” Just a "taste" of the full service amenities abundant here at the resort include UNNA's personal Chef Anthony Junior, available to prepare a delicious meal for you, your family, or your dinner party! All you have to do is ask! We took advantage of the opportunity to have Chef Anthony Junior come to our suite and cook us up a storm of local cuisine, including the national dish of flying fish and one of the Chef’s specialties, fried pumpkin fritters, which were absolutely divine! Between food and drink, we enjoy the beach and the therapeutic effect of the water, including the joy of playfulness and feeling so alive, at one with the beauty and power of the Atlantic Ocean. Back inside, in the stunning penthouse, bright and spacious, the view overlooking the Caribbean is enchanting and serene. It is also the perfect environment and space to showcase a very special art exhibition called, “Barbados Revisited." Worldrenowned painter, Andrew Hewkin, returns to Barbados after forty years to share this collection, a blend of the old and the new. The exhibition is hosted in association with Chattel House Realty. At St. Nicholas Abbey The Wine Ladies become the Rum Ladies... temporarily! A historic building, dating back to 1650, St. Nicholas Abbey gives the visitor a great sense of that time with an awesome tour that includes the ground floor of the house, containing many antiques, the rum and sugar museum, as well as the gardens, and the rum distillery. We particularly enjoy the distillery, as we witness the harvesting and the

crushing of the sugarcane, which is done with the use of a restored 19th century steam-mill. St. Nicholas Abbey rum, still produced in the traditional process that made Barbadian rum famous over 350 years ago, produces a fifteen-year-old rum with notes of banana and caramel that is rich and delicious! Of course another form of recreation is shopping, and in Barbados, particularly at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, there is plenty on which to feast your eyes and taste buds. Here you will find a unique blend of both local and international boutiques, delis, cafes, gourmet foods, and an art gallery. Check out the LOVE Bracelet from Cartier, a romantic piece of jewelry that requires a special key to unlock once the clasp has been closed on ones wrist. Absolutely beautiful! Taking a break from all the excitement, we rest on the rocks in the Animal Flower Cave, located at the most northerly point of Barbados where the Atlantic and the Caribbean clash! This spectacular cave of limestone and coral is so named due to the sea anemones found in the water.



What a glorious week we have had here at Saint Peter's Bay, from the sun, to the sea, to the people and the beauty and variety of sites, to the activities and historical tours we have enjoyed on the island. Thanks to our host Saint Peter's Bay Resort and Residences, where every moment was memorable in the most beautiful, relaxing, and invigorating home away from home, where our every wish was granted. As they say in the movies, “We’ll be back!" Wardrobe provided by Jewellery provided by





"It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people. A lot of people who come to my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans. I seem to be a safe alternative for people who don’t think they’re being represented in society. They come because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there, and that makes me really proud." -MARGARET CHO


Controversial Comedian By Leslie Goodreid Photography Austin Young

Margaret Cho puts stitches in sides with the same precision as a combat surgeon. But the controversial Korean-American comedienne uses wit not thread to bind the wounds. Fans both love and identify with her often painful quips from the stage. Her routine is a hilarious but unapologetic confession, with the occasional bird flipped at social conformity and expectation. Born and raised in San Francisco, Margaret went to primary school on Haight Street in the 1970's. The area was still thriving with Summer of Love counterculture; hippies, exaddicts, burnouts, drag queens and Asian minorities. It was a refuge from her unhappy school experiences where she was bullied. She also developed Anorexia and Bulimia at the tender age of ten. Using comedy to break free of her pain, she was performing professionally by age sixteen. Today she is a strong albeit quirky voice for the bullied and the marginalized. She's a vocal supporter of the LGBT community. Busting stereotypes with a no holds barred approach, she often delves into uncomfortable territory such as body image, sexuality, and culture shock.



Besides her standup tours, Margaret has received high praise for her acting (stage, TV and the movies), singing, and variety style podcasts. She won an Emmy for an appearance on 30 Rock as Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il. That performance netted her a new TV Sitcom produced by Tina Fey called, Cabot College, where she'll play the president of a women's college. It's expected to be released sometime this year. An astute businesswoman, she's taken charge of her career, making sure her values and her comedy aren't muted by more conservative industry voices. Her routine is a reflection of her person. Early in her career, she felt pressure to conform. The powers that be worried that an Asian woman with tattoos, a fluctuating waistline, and liberal views would alienate audiences. She proved them wrong. "I love austin young, and our collaboration knows no bounds! we were just having some fun around the house and around the fruit town and he made magic!! i have never thought fruit could look so sexy!"







The concept of “selling cool” is far from novel when it comes to marketing and advertising. However, it’s the act of defining “cool” that proves to be the challenge, due to the fact that the definition is in a constant state of flux. There was a time when cars, cigarettes, and bigbox brand names defined the “cool” consumer. But the market has seen a shift. “Wellness is the new cool,” says Shauna Ireland, founder of Shauna Ireland Communications, an up-and-coming PR, branding and marketing agency focusing exclusively on wellness-related clients and sustainable, health conscious products. “People are more interested in buying things that will improve their lifestyle both inside and out, not just the material stuff that will make them look and feel good in a superficial way, for a short period of time.” In the early 2000’s, the wellness industry was at $200 billion in sales, doubling annually. Today, wellness isn’t just a marketing angle; it’s a way of life, and a goldmine for advertisers. With a degree in communications, Ireland quickly absorbed the fast-paced PR lifestyle, only to learn that the long hours and demanding schedule didn’t agree with her body. “I became very ill, very quickly, and I knew something had to change.” And so a change she made. “I have led two lives,” says Ireland, who worked for upwards of 10 years, doing PR, events and marketing for large-scale fashion and entertainment brands. “There was my work life, which consisted of lavish travel, cocktail hours, early morning deadlines, and late night schmoozing. Then there was my personal life, my real life, was about eating right, practicing and teaching yoga, connecting with my spiritual side, and trying to be a healthy, more present person overall. I decided to blend the two.” Ireland’s enthusiasm and genuine sense of self is apparent from the moment you meet her. She’ll greet you with a warm hug, rather than a firm handshake. She believes the best deals are sealed over a healing cup of tea in a peaceful space, rather than in a sterile boardroom or a noisy bar. It’s not to say that she never lets her hair down, taking time away from the yoga mat to cut up the dance floor. To Ireland, balance is the key to success. “Balance is so important,” says Ireland, as she sits at the edge of a wood-topped communal working table in her downtown Toronto office.

It’s a warm, inviting space, without walls to divide Ireland and her associates. Shauna Ireland Communications officially launched in 2011, and has since garnered the attention of the health and wellness industry, and many of its top movers and shakers. Positioning herself as a wellness expert and communications savant, Ireland presents potential clients with an offer they can’t refuse. “I can connect with that market, because I am that market, and I think my clients appreciate the organic approach I take.” Shauna’s signature - The Power Hour - sets Ireland apart. “You must understand and believe your message before the world can receive you,” says Shauna of her one-on-one ideation method. In a small, quiet room, meditation cushions and all, Shauna meets clients to hash things out, and get down to the crux of their business. “We want to give our clients the tools and platforms to be the best version of themselves that they can be. Help them to discover who they truly are, and what they truly offer.” Tackling campaigns from a holistic point of view, helping her clients identify what they need, integrating it with what they want, and executing across the board, Ireland has created her mantra: Align and shine. Ireland and her growing team live by these three words everyday, seeking to find the most tactical and innovative ways to help clients align with their true audience, speak to them in a language they can understand and appreciate, and then shine as a result. “We don’t consider our clients to be clients, we consider them to be partners, even family. Because I believe so strongly in what it is they’re selling, or doing, I truly believe that their success is my success, and their disappointment is my disappointment,” she says earnestly. “I believe in collaboration. The alignment of brands with brands,” she says. “I’m doing things differently because I believe that identity is key. If you know who you are, you can and should own that.” She has networking down to an art, and despite her rapidly growing client list, Shauna remains modest about her achievements. “I’m doing what I’m doing because it makes me happy, and because I know it works,” says Shauna. “Authenticity is a powerful thing.”




By Aaron Reynolds Kimberley Greenwood never set out to be a Police Chief. As a young woman who'd just finished high school and had been accepted to several universities, Greenwood instead opted to follow in her Father's footsteps and become a Toronto police officer for one simple reason - she wanted to catch bad guys. "At the dinner table we would always talk about the fun side of policing. It was never the paperwork side, the administrative side, or the dangerous side of things," says Greenwood. "A lot of our friends and their families were part of policing, so I grew up very much immersed in the police culture." While she might have followed her Father's lead in choosing a career, Greenwood is also the person she is today, with the values she holds, because of her Mother. "My mom was the true matriarch. Dad was a Unit Commander in 22 Division, but she was in charge of number 12, which was our address. She looked after the whole family, very much the traditional caregiver, but with a strong opinion on what was right, what was wrong, and what needed to be done. She was an actionoriented person." With the values and ethics instilled in her by both parents, Greenwood took to justice and action from a very young age. In elementary school, she wanted everyone to be treated fairly, while in high school she worked with youth groups, was a swimming instructor, and was active in sports. A lot has changed since Greenwood started out as a cadet. Female officers were still wearing skirts, there were no bullet proof vests, officers carried revolvers, and squad cars only had two prongs one for sirens and another for the flashing lights. Today, officers carry Glock pistols and expandable batons, and drive cars equipped with a full console of technology to ensure safety and make policing more effective. And while people joining the police service now are older, come with more life experience, and possess postsecondary educations, some things still remain the same. "You have to have a will to work with people and the ability to immerse yourself into a very structured environment," says Greenwood. "Being part of the community is the key to success. I really do believe in Sir Robert Peel's Principles of Policing that, 'The police are the public and the public are the police'. Police services are only as good as the relationship they build with the community."



For Greenwood, that means engaging individuals, neighbourhoods, and the entire community. She spent much of her career engaging the people of low-income/high-density/high-crime areas, but enjoyed the challenge of policing in those areas where a presence was needed to help communities mobilize themselves and better themselves. Working in 51 Division, Greenwood was part of the successful effort to revitalize the Regent Park area. She also worked in 31 Division's notorious Jane & Finch area helping to reduce crime and build community trust. "The majority of my time was spent in communities, in the neighbourhoods in uniform," says Greenwood. "I spent time in frontline operations because I thought it was very important. The foundation of what we do is the uniform response - it's 24/7. When people need help, they call the police first. They want someone to show up and help them with their situation." As if those assignments weren't tough enough, Greenwood also spent time in sexual assault, youth crime, and child abuse units. "I spent approximately eight years in child abuse investigations, dealing directly with the victims and the offenders. Bringing it through the criminal court system to a successful conviction so that the offender is held accountable for their horrific abuse and working with the victims so they are referred to the right agencies, so they could move on from the abuse they endured." Today, child exploitation units and officers working to stop the abuse and exploitation of children are discouraged from working for long terms in those areas to ensure their own well-being. While she admits to having a heightened sense of danger that other parents might not have, she never allowed her work in child abuse investigations to interfere with her children doing normal kid stuff and experiencing the joys of childhood. As for her own life, Greenwood has an excellent support system of family, friends, and colleagues she can talk to and spend time with when not working. In fact, her parents are so supportive that when she and her family moved to Barrie in order to continue her policing career they followed. On March 26, 2013, Kimberley Greenwood, a thirty-year veteran of Toronto's Police Service was officially sworn in as Barrie's first female Chief of Police. She earned the position after being selected over numerous other applicants by Barrie's Police Board.

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Being the first woman to hold the position is nothing new for Greenwood. "Firsts don't define me," says Greenwood. "Being a woman is not an issue. Everyone faces challenges and it's how you overcome those challenges that define who you are. The 'brass ceiling' of policing is no longer invisible or cracked, it is in fact smashed." So, what's a day on the job as Chief like for Greenwood? "There's no average day. That's why policing is such an exciting career, because not one day is the same as the next." While her job as Barrie's top cop means a huge portion of her day is now spent in an executive role, one benefit of being the Chief is that Greenwood still gets to do a little bit of everything as she oversees the entire police service. While that means a lot more responsibility, that oversight allows her to build relationships that are more personal with the officers and civilians under her command, and it also helps her connect with the entire community on a personal level. With her knowledge, experience, and principles, Greenwood brings a lot to the job. She's a veteran police officer and an accomplished leader who knows how to handle multi-million dollar budgets, and believes wholeheartedly in the duty of the police to serve the public. "This was an opportunity for me to impact not just policing in Barrie, but policing across the province at an executive level," says Greenwood. As a Chief of Police, she is now in a position to develop policies and procedures as opposed to just implementing them. Safety and security for the city and her officers are her number one priorities. Next, her goal is to mobilize the communities of Barrie to take appropriate action to dealing with crime, traffic, and order. She also wants to ensure both officers and civilian workers of the Barrie Police Service get continuous training and development, and have opportunities for advancement. And with the rising high costs of policing, Greenwood plans to make policing in Barrie sustainable while still remaining effective and efficient. Lastly, but certainly no less important is the desire to deliver a quality, professional police service with integrity for the community and each other. Chief Greenwood has come a long way in her career and wants more than to just catch bad guys like she did when she started. As a force for positive growth and change, she wants to impact the community she serves, making it better and setting a standard for other communities to aspire toward. "As corny as it might sound," says Chief Greenwood, "I want to make a difference and be the difference."





It might be private, but it's no longer a secret OPENING THE MARKET TO YOU I recently attended the 2014 Private Capital Markets Conference (PCMA) in Toronto. Previously known as EMDA, for those of you not familiar, and I’m sure there will be many, the private capital market is the segment of the market in which informed investors and investment managers have had great success despite market conditions. That’s not to say it is without its risks, but it represents a significant source of investment opportunity that has not been available to the masses. Why should you care? Well, you should care because this market will soon open up to you. Historically, this market is not an area of the investment world most people are familiar with but it is far from new. While there have been a few name changes over the past few years, the investment options are familiar options such as oil & gas, futures, real estate, factoring, mortgages and REITs, etc. The fundamental difference is that the private capital markets, are relatively unaffected by stock market conditions. So, during stock market ups and downs, private capital investments remain



By Colin Keddy

consistent. It is important to note that, Canadian securities commissions and regulatory authorities regulate private capital markets. In the depths of the market correction just five short years ago, some investors in private capital markets were experiencing high single and double-digit returns when many in the stock market were experiencing 20% to 40% losses. Private capital markets cannot protect the investor from investment risk as all investment has some level of risk. To mitigate risk, private capital market investments are simply kept separate from stock market trading. In the eyes of many investors, that means security and diversity against unpredictable markets. To provide perspective on the size of the private capital market space; last year, issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange raised a combined $43.6 billion in 2013, that's $39.9 billion on Toronto Stock Exchange and $3.8 billion on TSX Venture Exchange ( According to PCMA, more than $140 billion has been raised through exempt distributions in the private markets as reported to the Ontario Securities Commission ( That is a staggering

amount of investment dollars going into a market place that, to many Canadians, is virtually unknown. Up until now in Ontario, you needed one million dollars of liquid investable assets, a total net of five million dollars to qualify, or hold an individual income of $200,000. So as you can probably guess, that is less than the top four percent of Ontario's population. This fact likely explains why the private capital market is not common knowledge to the everyday investor. If you are from Western Canada, chances are you do not experience the restrictions faced in Ontario. The market space is the west has been open to a far broader investor base. Many people who work in the private market now migrate to the private capital space. Tyler McCabe is a retailer of financial services in Ottawa and is no stranger to private capital. He has been working in this industry for the last five years, which is a considerable tenure considering the infancy of the industry. Previously, McCabe worked in the more common area of financial services, mutual funds, but was finding the market disturbingly unpredictable. The news would contradict itself one week to the next. During the 2008 meltdown, McCabe felt compelled to point out that change was imminent. He needed it and his clients needed it. The opportunities in the market were changing and McCabe and his clients needed to adapt with the changing times. As his knowledge grew and clients' needs to further diversify grew, McCabe’s natural evolution was to move to a platform where he could offer a suite of products and build his clients a true portfolio of private capital products alongside their core assets.

The next step is they build and develop the property based on the approved plan, and lastly, they market the property to homebuyers or property investors. Although they follow the same model, the distinctive difference with A2A Capital is that they provide investors the opportunity to benefit on the appreciation of the value of the property at each stage of the development process. Clients diversify their real estate investment portfolio while mitigating many aspects of real estate investment risk. Essentially, A2A Capital allows the average Canadian investor to participate in an industry that has typically been reserved for large corporations or very wealthy individuals. Without question, history has proven that real estate and the stock market are not directly correlated. Many will recall great returns in their homes, cottages, and rental properties regardless of what the market was doing. This is a considerable driving factor for businesses, such as A2A Capital, to operate in the private space. It’s no surprise to see real estate so dominant in this space. These types businesses specialize in seeking out opportunity that even the most sophisticated of investors don’t have time to vet. Also, even the wealthiest of clients would be a little gun shy at taking on projects in the tens of millions on their own. This industry is not limited to real-estate. Even industries such as oil and gas, which are more commonly associated with the stock market, choose private markets to set themselves apart. Canadian Coyote Energy Trust, for example, is an investment designed to provide individual and institutional investors with the opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of oil and gas

"That is a staggering amount of investment dollars going into a market place that, to many Canadians, is virtually unknown." I asked Tyler why most people are unfamiliar with this industry given its market share: “It is a unique segment of the market that also requires a specific licensing. A lot of advisors are unable to hold EMDR licensing, in addition to the license that they have now. Our governing bodies don’t allow advisors to discuss areas of the market in which they are not licensed. So, for the typical investment advisor it not an option to discuss private capital markets with their clients,” said McCabe. The private capital market has been readily available to the wealthy and has not gone unnoticed by the big pension funds of this country. They have been ahead of the curve for years. If you are someone who has a pension, you may have noticed that their performance has exceeded most mutual funds and undiversified investors. Why? Without question, much of that success has to be attributed to the private capital market. So as the legislation changes and the market opens up to the everyday investor you may find yourself asking….who are these businesses and what do they look like? Take for example A2A Capital, They provide investors the opportunity to co-develop residential & commercial projects, for attractive investment returns. Essentially, A2A Capital is a developer and follows a model familiar to the development industry: first they acquire undeveloped land which has a great potential for residential, commercial or mixed-use development, then they work with a zoning plan to realize the highest and best use for the land.

wells in the mature Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. The mandate of Canadian Coyote Energy Trust is to acquire proven producing assets (oil wells) that will provide a predictable income stream to investors without exposure to the traditional risks (exploration and development) associated with oil and gas investment. Canadian Coyote Energy Trust is managed by a team of accomplished oil and gas executives with over a century of combined industry experience. This team of professionals has come together from various disciplines to focus on the creation of a new model in the Canadian Energy sector. In a recent conversation with president and CEO Erich Boechler of Canadian Coyote he felt that the private capital market offered an opportunity for investors to have energy exposure within their investment portfolio without taking on the systemic(market) risk typically associated with traditional E&P (exploration and production) companies. The list of investment opportunities in private capital markets is extensive and covers many industries beyond these notable businesses. Like any investment, it requires research and duediligence to ensure it’s the right fit for you. While the guidelines and rules are not yet definitive for the Ontario market, it is clear that private capital markets will be open to a far wider range of investors. Regulators need to give a great deal of consideration of the investors' best interest as well as the issuers of these investments. That being said, two things are for certain; it’s a market that can’t be overlooked, and it has found a permanent footing in the world of investment. PIE MAGAZINE


Business for Self THE NEW WORLD OF NETWORK MARKETING IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK By Colin Keddy Photography Phillipa Maitland One of the things I love about my line of work is meeting new people. I particularly enjoy great “rags to riches” stories. In many cases, it’s a start-up tech company, or an entrepreneur who put in 80 hours a week and built something from nothing, or the hometown hockey star turned pro... the list goes on. Recently, I was referred to local entrepreneur Jason O’Toole and his wife and business partner Jennifer. I knew little about their background initially. They are mid-30s, successful and outgoing, and their busy schedules made it challenging to set our first meeting. That's because they are always in motion, figuratively and literally. The couple fly internationally over fifty times a year and have phones that never stop ringing. Jet-setting Jason and Jennifer are classic movers and shakers. The couple was interested in organizing their new found wealth and I was intrigued to know its source. In every discovery process, I spend time learning about a client’s background, both personal and business, but I was not expecting what Jason told me. I wish to first note, before I continue this story, that Jason has



not solicited me to market him or his business - I’m not a new sales agent. I simply asked if I could tell his story and I think it’s one worth reading. If you search Jason on the web you are likely to come across his blog, where you can see him speaking to crowds of thousands of people. Not yet forty years old, he has become a self-made multimillionaire. There is little doubt in his passion and conviction in creating entrepreneurs. I found myself asking, how had he accomplished this and where did it all start? His story begins in Lincoln, New Brunswick, where he was born and raised. He spent his childhood living below the poverty line. His mom stayed at home with the kids while his dad worked hard taking whatever jobs were available, even traveling across the country, in the hopes of eventually changing the family’s financial circumstances. Through hard work and resourcefulness, they were able to do just that. Jason grew up learning the value of hard work and entrepreneurship. He is the first of his family, on both sides, to go to university.

“I’ve done a few different things. My education is in computer science. I have worked in computer security specific to hacking. I was hired to hack my way into a company or agency's computer system, identify the weaknesses, and then show them how to fix the problem. These clients were not your mom and pop businesses, I was hired to hack some of North America’s largest agencies and banks. I was successful but I found myself overworked and nearly burnt-out before turning thirty. I was sick of trading time for money. I needed a change. I discovered the concept of residual income when I discovered the industry of network marketing. I put countless hours of research into all areas of the market. In total, I looked at over 100 business opportunities before making my decision. I wanted something that could offer

Considering that Jason had reviewed over 100 business opportunities, I wondered why he chose this business. What sets the “The Project 10 Challenge” apart from the sea of network marketing options out there? “ViSalus’ commitment to the customer and focus on the newest person stood out right away. I recognized ViSalus’ emergence as an industry interruptor and innovator. For example, we were the first mobile sales force to be able to run a business from a phone app incorporating swipe card technology, creating one of the world’s largest mobile sales forces. That is only one of many innovations and future-focused marketing systems and technologies that the brilliant team behind Vi has brought to the table.

"In any business you will always have bad apples. That includes network marketing and every other business from Wall Street to Main Street." me leveraged income, something that I could build once and walk away from. I knew that I never again wanted to exist in the mouse wheel of trading time for money,” says O’Toole. I admit to expecting Jason to say that he was interested in buying a franchise or purchasing a local business, but 'network marketing' surprised me. From my days in the insurance world, I remember what it’s like to bring up a profession and scare off a room. I really didn't know much about the industry other than a certain network marketing company known for selling soap a few decades ago. “Network marketing is probably not what you think it is, or at least it doesn’t have to be. Lets address the ‘pyramid’ thing. The only difference between the hierarchy within a network marketing business model, and that of a traditional business model are the names you call the levels. For example, the ‘pyramid’ of a traditional business model goes CEO, President, Vice President, Management, Supervisors, Ground Level employees. Unlike traditional business models, in network marketing the newest person to get started has equal opportunity to make more money than the CEO. They become their own CEO,” says O’Toole. Network marketing has seen its fair share of stigma since its inception. However, just like anything, it has come a long way from its troubled infancy. “In any business you will always have bad apples. That includes network marketing and every other business from Wall Street to Main Street. Nevertheless, network marketing has proven to be the right business for the right people. Look at me, I’m living proof. I certainly didn’t inherit this business. I sought out a business with values in line with mine and applied the same relentless determination I would to any career,” says O’Toole. “Many have looked at this industry as an opportunity to get rich quick, and I don’t deny that possibility if it’s backed up with 110% conviction. It’s a career. It may take you five years to learn the ropes, however, the upside is limitless. With hard work, tenacity, and an unwavering belief in our company mission, in just 4 years we have become multimillionaires through this industry… not by stepping on the heads of colleagues competing in climbing the corporate ladder, but by reaching down to the newest person in the team and helping them succeed in accomplishing their goals. We have created 18 millionaires in our team already. We get paid based on our ability to create successful entrepreneurs. It’s amazing,” says O’Toole.

This was no longer your traditional idea of a network marketing sales pitch with a crappy compensation plan that only paid the people at the top. This was a fun, easy, sexy marketing message, with yummy tasting, quality products, proven to work, wrapped up in a fair and balanced compensation plan focused on rewarding the ‘middle class’. We discovered immediately how fun it was to 'Challenge' everyone we love and care about to join us in losing some weight and getting healthy, all while not adding any additional cost to their monthly expenses,” says O’Toole. Jennifer O’Toole speaks to the mission of Vi as a business and the couple’s commitment to personal growth and community. “It’s not just a business - it’s a cause.



The mission is to fight the worldwide obesity epidemic by providing healthy fast food options for busy families. I am a registered nurse and aware of the long-term implications of obesity. Weight issues are often linked to perceptions of esthetics, but the issue is much bigger than that. Obesity is tied to many co-morbid conditions that put your life at risk. I recently read a study quoted in the Globe and Mail saying there were '2.1 billion overweight people worldwide in 2013'. They stated that that is a 28-per-cent increase in adults, and up to a 47-per-cent increase in children since the 1980’s. We are teaching our children how to live unhealthy lives directly linked to illness and premature death. We as adults need to lead our children by example. The Project 10 Challenge provides the opportunity to do just that.” “My passion for entrepreneurship and designing my own life, combined with the company I have chosen to partner with, has changed the course of my life forever. I now take full advantage of the power of residual income and I’m fulfilling my dream of creating and teaching tens of thousands of entrepreneurs.

COLIN KEDDY IS A REGISTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT AND PROVIDES A "FEE-FOR-SERVICE" FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, AS WELL AS ESTATE PLANNING AND INVESTMENT ADVICE. Colin can be reached in Ottawa at 1-613-225-3515 or the GTA and central Ontario at 1-855-225-3515 E-mail Colin at: 44


I’ve come a long way from the little East Coast boy living below the poverty line,” says O’Toole with a smile. Jason and Jennifer demonstrate that the network marketing business model, with clear benefits to clients and their communities, can work. Network marketing seems well suited to Vi’s energy driven Project 10 Challenge campaign against obesity. Without question a compelling story and issue, as Jason says to me, “from adversity comes opportunity.” Jason and Jennifer are trying to make the world a better and healthier place. It was great to meet them and wonderful to share their story.

Mike Ward

TV DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/WRITER/CHEF Photography Richard Sibbald We arrive to meet Mike Ward at Bosk, located in Toronto’s ShangriLa hotel. Texting him 20 minutes earlier to mention we were running late, he graciously took the liberty of ordering a table brimming with dishes for us to enjoy upon our arrival. “I wasn’t sure what you like so I ordered us a whole whack of my favourites,” says this tall, well-dressed man in a disarming Australian accent. At first glance, my already salivating tastes buds agree with his choices. Starting his work life as a chef in Sydney, Australia, Mike had the good fortune to cut his culinary teeth on a handful of Sydney’s hot spots. “Australia is a blessed nation from a raw ingredient standpoint. We import virtually nothing, and almost everything is available all year round.” Mike then moved to Toronto, Canada in 1995, and cooked at Prego in Toronto’s Yorkville under then Head Chef, Massimo Cipriano, now of restaurant Mistura fame. Disillusioned with the restaurant business, he purchased a computer and taught himself motion graphics. Within twelve months, he was producing commercials for Toronto based TV stations Citytv and MuchMusic. This fast-learning Gemini award winner then moved to directing and producing series television, including international hits such as Look-A-Like and Healthy Gourmet. He is currently working on the HGTV series Mike Holmes Makes It Right. Never loosing his passion for cooking, travel and writing, Mike has come full circle and is now broadening his focus to contributing for several outlets as a food/travel writer, hence the reason we are talking with him today. We at PIE magazine are proud to have this articulate ex-pat aboard. “The medium may well change, but when you have the urge to create something, that feeling of achievement you experience from provoking a thought or emotion is the same,” says Mike as he makes light work of a caviar donut with egg, chive, shallot, crème fraiche from Executive Chef Damon Campbell’s tasting menu. Mike believes this is a golden age for restaurants and chefs. “With the popularity of food blogging, Instagram, and certain cooking shows, people are now exposed to foods they never were before. This affords chefs an exciting, almost limitless creative range. Consumers are more open than ever to innovative ideas and new cuisines.” Mike explains how hotels are exemplifying this curve saying, “Up until just recently, major hotel chains were not destinations known for leading edge cuisine, and certainly not recognized for harnessing and promoting young hot shot chefs." At only 39 years of age, Bosk’s Executive Chef Damon Campbell is at the helm of Toronto’s Shangri-La hotel. A Canadian boy, Campbell returned home after four years in Asia, putting in time at ShangriLa properties in both Kuala Lumpur and Manila. In 2009, he was nominated by Time Out magazine for 'Chef of the Year.' “What Campbell is doing here is on par with any restaurant in the world, let alone a hotel restaurant. I applaud Shangri-La management for letting Chef Campbell take risks in the menu he’s created. It’s paying-off."

Shangri-La has been greeted with open arms by both Toronto’s nightlife set and the foodie crowd. Praised as a triple threat destination, it’s perfect for après-work cocktails and best of city dining, all without leaving your hotel. “You have to try this,” Mike enthusiastically demands as he passes a plate of picture perfect medium rare Cumbraes strip loin with wild mushroom truffle jus. “I admire today's chefs. The game is entirely different nowadays. Social media has allowed chefs to harness themselves as brands. The restaurant is no longer the destination, the chefs are. This excites me. For many years, I slogged it out in hot kitchens with zero recognition. These guys and gals deserve the praise they get.” In stark contrast to the long-term investment of the Shangri-La hotel, Mike believes the often short lifespan of restaurants can be good for a city's food scene. “High-end food is no longer defined by marble washrooms and Riedel stemware. This means talented chefs can open a place more readily and get their creations out there. And, if that incarnation of the chef's vision only lasts two years, then that’s okay. They take their learning, regroup, and re-open down the street.” But, with lower cost openings comes more competition. The ability to open inexpensively, combined with a lack of promotion can be a double-edged sword, explains Mike. “Not unlike the entertainment industry, many good restos become innocent collateral damage. How many clever, well-written TV shows have we seen last only one season? It’s the same for restaurants. Gifted chefs offering great value and innovative ideas whose doors close within months… all because the right people never knew they were there. For good or bad, if you don’t hire a publicist, or at minimum get your social media in order, you can easily go by the wayside.” As my dinner date with Mike winds down, it’s hard to determine what I’ve enjoyed the most, whether it was my third glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, the Nova Scotia scallops, or Mike’s Australian accent. Either way, his passion for food is contagious, and we at PIE look forward to him sharing that boyish enthusiasm with you as he comes aboard and takes us on his epicurean adventures. PIE MAGAZINE



Beautiful by nature GOVERNING THE GLAMOUR OF THE TROPICS By Michelle Walter Photography Jeff Buchanan

With a country motto like “Beautiful by Nature” it is little wonder why Turks and Caicos is a premiere tourism destination. Pristine, turquoise water and white, sandy beaches define the picturesque landscape. However, it is the inner workings of the islands that truly define the beauty of Turks and Caicos. A stable political system and a focus on economic development have put this overseas territory of the United Kingdom on the map. PIE had the opportunity to sit down with the Premier of Turks and Caicos, Mr. Rufus Ewing to discuss the politics of the country and what makes Turks the ideal destination for travel and foreign investment. Mr. Ewing was elected Premier of the Islands in the 2012 General Elections. Prior to becoming Premier he was a Medical Doctor who studied at the University of the West Indies and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. When asked why he decided to shift his focus to politics he responds, “In medicine, you can treat one person at a time and your goal is to see them get better and to look after their welfare to ensure they live long and productive lives. As a public health practitioner, you look at population health with an individual focus on the population to ensure that the population lives long, productive, healthy lives. As a politician, I help to create policies to ensure that persons and the country are living a long and productive life. The bottom line is that persons want to live longer and want to live healthy with a strong quality of life.” Mr. Ewing’s training in medicine, public health, and now in politics allows him to foster the knowledge to help contribute to the policies that ensures an overall strong quality of life for the population of Turks. He has worked hard to restore the country to political stability after the United Kingdom suspended the office in 2009. He now has plans to further foster the relationship between Canada and Turks and Caicos, and has even given new life to the topic of annexing Turks and Caicos to Canada. Although the topic was not discussed,



Mr. Ewing’s fondness for Canada seemed apparent in the interview. He explains that the banking system and even the island’s electricity is a Canadian investment. He also states that he hopes to help the youth of the islands by fostering linkages with Canadian universities to help them prosper at universities abroad. “Everything that I do that I can see will advance the cause of the people and make their lives better is a proud moment for me,” Mr. Ewing tells PIE. A strong relationship with Canada is seemingly natural due to the British lineage that both countries share; however, Turks is very much its own unique country, offering a wealth of opportunity and discovery within the boundaries of its own coastal lines. Mr. Ewing explains that tourism is the island’s main industry; however, Turks is relatively unknown, which means that there are many opportunities to pioneer something wonderful. That goes for industry as well esthetics. Much of Turks and Caicos is untouched and it is not unusual to find beaches that stretch for miles without a footprint to be seen. When asked what Turks and Caicos best kept secret is, Mr. Ewing explains that it is the thrill of discovery. “Turks and Caicos is so undiscovered that you can still find places like this serene beach where you feel like you have discovered it yourself and you could just put a flag there and say, "This is mine!" The same goes for the underworld. If you go diving in Turks and Caicos you will say, "This is the best kept secret in the world!” With a description like that, it is hard not to count down the days to when we will be back visiting the beaches and enjoying the unprecedented hospitality. And we are in luck, because as the Premier of Turks and Caicos, Mr. Ewing is extending an invitation to all of you to visit Turks and Caicos, and since you should never turn down an invitation from the Premier, we will see you all there!






By Aaron Reynolds

Costa Rica is a paradise where tropical rainforests and crystal beaches meet modern living. It is a gem for vacationers and travellers at the heart of Central America that can also boast of having some of the happiest, healthiest, and long-lived people in the world. Located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is the Nicoya Peninsula. This region is one of only five geographic regions worldwide known as Blue Zones due to the long life spans of the people that live there. The other four regions are Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California; and Icaria, Greece. The people of these regions live long and healthy lives, with many surpassing one-hundred-years of age. It's not uncommon for the one-hundred-plus aged residents of the Blue Zones to be seen chopping wood, fishing, or climbing mountains. In a 2005 National Geographic cover story, the people of the Nicoya Peninsula were discovered to be the longest-lived people in the Western Hemisphere. The reasons for their longevity are that they put family above all else, are socially active in their communities, engage in daily physical activity, eat a healthy diet consisting of mostly fresh food, and smoke less than other people around the world - if at all.



Real Estate agent/investor Alex Szinegh, who built twenty-four luxury beach homes on a two-hundred-acre subdivision in the area by working with a German builder/developer, believes the Nicoya Peninsula to have therapeutic effects. He credits the region's clean air and water, fresh food, and serene environment for extending the life and happiness of his wife, Cindy, for a few more years while she battled cancer. Costa Rica itself is one of Central America's most politically and economically stable countries. Initially a Spanish colony, it has been an independent democratic republic since 1821. In 1949, it officially dissolved its military and is known as the 'Switzerland of the Americas' because of its peaceful nature. But how safe is Costa Rica really? Just listen to what Alex Szinegh has to say: "Last year, in a country with close to five million people, one American was killed in San Jose, Costa Rica in a known drug area. Birmingham, Alabama, where I was staying for awhile has a population of 228,000 people and eightytwo people were killed. Costa Rica is safer than most American or Canadian cities." In addition to having the lowest crime rate of the Central American region, Costa Rica also has the highest literacy rate.

It is nearing the goal of its government to provide its residents with universal access to education, healthcare, clean water, sanitation, and electricity. Despite the high standard of living, residents and tourists also enjoy the country's low cost of living. It is cheap to live and build in Costa Rica, and unlike places like Mexico, you don't have to be a citizen to own property. Apart from its status as a Blue Zone, the Nicoya Peninsula is known for its vast expanse of beaches. From these scenic locales, tourists and ex-pats can relax on the beach and soak up the sun or enjoy a swim in the clear blue waters of the ocean. The area is also great for water sport activities like boating, surfing, fishing, diving and snorkeling. Dotting the beaches are tiny villages, each offering its own unique charm and experience for travellers and explorers. The people of Costa Rica are happy, healthy, easy-going, and educated. So, while Spanish may be the official language, many people also speak English. The countryside of the Nicoya Peninsula is a hotspot of ecotourism. Whether hiking on trails or trekking through the jungle, the diverse ecology of the area provides views of beautiful and exotic plant and animal life unique to the region. Additionally, the Nicoya Peninsula has several protected nature and wildlife preserves. Visitors can experience turtle beaches, explore underground caves, or go bird watching at these preserves.

The clean air, water, and food of Costa Rica and its Nicoya peninsula, coupled with the country's laidback lifestyle, attracts busy professionals looking to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of their lives. Celebrities also flock to the area to escape the limelight and enjoy some privacy. The list of personalities that have visited the area is extensive and includes the likes of Mel Gibson, Madonna, Bruce Willis, Meg Ryan, Michael Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tiger Woods, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, William Baldwin and Bill Gates, among others. When actor Stephen Baldwin stayed in the Nicoya region, at Alex Szinegh's subdivision after a television shoot, he remarked that it was, "Life unplugged... a total place of rest." "The most fun for me is the unique individuality of this experience. It's off the beaten path, but at the same time the houses are so beautiful with all the amenities," Baldwin says. For more information about Costa Rica and the Nicoya Peninsula, visit The site features tips on vacationing and moving to Costa Rica, a blog detailing all that the country has to offer, and real estate listings of beach house properties for rent and for sale at a fraction of the price of comparable properties in the US. These homes all come fully equipped with furniture, dishes, cutlery, linen, in-ground pool and landscaping. Contact Alex Zoltan Szinegh directly at

Photography Robin Waters




By Aaron Reynolds Photography Lisa Shorts Before his Costa Rican real estate developments, the Childcare franchises, the audience-packed rooms at his training seminars, his many websites, and earning the rarified status of being in the top one percent of realtors in North America, Alexander Zoltan Szinegh was a fourteen-year-old Hungarian immigrant who arrived in Canada with his family on October 31, 1963. Call it luck or fate, but the date of Alex's arrival would shape the rest of his life. "October 31 is Halloween and we don't have Halloween in Hungary," explains Alex. "We didn't speak any English at all. We stayed with some Hungarian friends that night and they taught us how to say, 'Trick or treat, give me something good to eat!' That's all the English we knew. We got ourselves some bags, put on masks, and went door to door and said, 'Trick or treat, give me something good to eat' and people gave us candy. We thought we found gold coming to Canada. We went home about eleven o'clock with a ton of candy. "The next day, around 5:30 pm, my brother and I got dressed and went out again. At the first door we said, 'Trick or treat, give me something good to eat' and the lady at the door looked at us strange, but since we didn't speak any English we couldn't understand anything she said, so we just kept saying, 'Trick or treat, give me something good to eat' and eventually she threw a bunch of candy in our bags. At the next place, the guy looked angry and slammed the door in our faces. "We went to other doors and people gave us candy after giving us what I realize now must have been a lecture, while others ignored us or shut the door in our faces. I said to my brother two things, 'Hey, we got here before the competition' and 'Man, yesterday people were much nicer.' That day when we went home our friends laughed at us and told us, 'It's not Halloween everyday!'



"I learned three lessons that day that have helped in my career," explains Alex. "Lesson number one is that if you persist some people will respond positively. The second lesson is that if you don't let people talk you out of your dreams you can succeed. The third lesson I learned is that the right script, or saying the right words, even on the wrong day will work." Despite this knowledge, it would be years before Alex found sustained success. A high school dropout, he worked every conceivable job in Toronto's restaurant business until winning a pizza joint in a game of poker. He took over the business and opened two more locations before eventually going bankrupt. With his first marriage at nineteen and three children soon to follow, Alex found himself continually broke. Working crappy jobs in restaurants and factories didn't cut it for him. In order to achieve success again, Alex knew he'd have to take charge and make his own future. "I believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to if you really want it. If the Why is big enough the How is easy," Alex says. Alex got into the real estate game after attending a seminar in 1983. It was a rough first six months, “the only house I sold was my own, because I couldn’t afford the mortgage payments at 18% interest” Alex says. However, everything changed once he learned to communicate and deal with people more effectively using the DISC personality system. In the next nine days, Alex made thirteen sales and another hundred over the next six months. He would go on to become a Certified Personality Behavior Consultant. Eventually, he bought the real estate company he was working for and co-authored a best-selling book about using DISC in real estate sales with Dr. Robert Rohm, called "Hey…are you talkin’ to me?".

Additionally, Alex has co-authored two other best-sellers, "Speaking of Success with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, and Stephen R Covey"; and "Everything is subject to change with Greg S. Reid". Thanks to all he'd learned, Alex developed what he calls the Platinum Rule of Sales. Whereas the Golden Rule says, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you', the Platinum Rule says, 'Do unto others as they want it done.' The Golden Rule is great for life, but bad for sales because everybody wants something different. Offering a customer the thing you desire just doesn't work. Developing the Platinum Rule and finding out what people want and then giving it to them is yet another example of how Alex achieved his tremendous success. "I focus on what people are looking for and give them what they want," Alex explains simply. Aware of his strength in sales and his ability to inspire, Alex founded Superstar Performance Inc., a world-class training, teaching, and coaching company for sales/real estate professionals. In addition to training seminars and personal coaching, he created www. to offer his training to individuals and businesses around the globe. By following the online curriculum, students get the sales and business training they need to become peak performers, generating increased revenue for themselves and their company. "My whole focus is to teach people how to do better in real estate and in life," says Alex. Now immensely successful with his real estate and training ventures, Alex decided to follow a lifelong dream of owning a beach house. Having bought real estate franchises for Nevada and Hawaii in 2003, and opening offices there, Alex looked into beachfront properties but was shocked at the price tag of homes located in Hawaii compared to other, more desirable locations. In 2005, Alex discovered Costa Rica and was pleased to learn that a beach house property that would cost $5.4 million in Hawaii only cost $500,000 in Costa Rica. Due to the low cost of construction and the low cost of living, Alex decided to build. Working closely with a German real estate developer, Alex set about building twenty-four luxury beach houses on a 200-acre subdivision. Located just off the beaten path in the jungle, the homes are for executives, millionaires, and entrepreneurs who want to get away from their busy lives and not be bothered, all while still enjoying amenities like high-speed internet and swimming pools. Anyone interested in buying or renting one of Alex's homes can check out The website doesn't just showcase the extravagant homes Alex built, but also offers tips and useful articles about life in Costa Rica, and a blog about all the country has to offer. However, Costa Rica isn't the only option Alex has in his real estate empire for people seeking a sunny getaway. At www., people looking for a winter retreat or thinking of making the move south permanent can check out Florida real estate listings to find exactly what they're looking for. By this time in his life business couldn't have been better, but Alex's life was about to take a dramatic turn. Everything changed when he found out his second wife, the woman he'd been married to for twenty-three years, and the woman who was the love of his life, was diagnosed with breast cancer and was simultaneously pregnant. Despite treatment, a few years after his daughter was born, Alex's wife succumbed to her cancer.

Alex lost the love of his life, but gained another in the form of his daughter, Chantal, and he credits her for saving him from giving up to despair. "I would be a drunk on the beach in Costa Rica if it wasn't for her," says Alex. Throughout the years, Alex has weathered personal setbacks and market downturns by remaining true to the lessons he learned on Halloween and continuing to work in real estate. His persistence and drive to never give up on his dreams resulted in earnings of more than $500,000 a year, and the selling of over 2,500 properties over a thirty-year career. During this time, he would work with EXIT Realty, helping transform the Canadian company into a continental real estate power. When Alex started, Exit Realty had two offices, and eventually they would grow to over 1,250 with over 36,000 agents thanks to his help. A serial entrepreneur always on the lookout for new opportunities, Alex is also involved with former protĂŠgĂŠ, Wayne Cochrane, franchising state of the art Willowbrae Childcare Academies all across America, Willowbrae sets itself apart from other childcare providers with its high level of service and dedication to extraordinary childcare. Willowbrae ensures the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children all while making updates and reports available to parents online. Now at age sixty-four, Alex plays two hours of racket ball a day, beating opponents half his age. He still sells properties and continues to provide training, but says his eleven-yearold daughter is his priority. Alex wants to ensure she's put on the right path so that she can enjoy even more success in life than he has. To learn more about Alex, see the services he offers, and to stay up to date with his event schedule, check out his personal website portal at To book Alex for a private speaking or training event, email him at alexszineghcoach@aol. com or call 702-334-5570.





How does it feel to celebrate 25 years of ETERNITY Calvin Klein, a fragrance you created? It is thrilling to know that I helped create an enduring classic. What about ETERNITY allows the fragrance to remain relevant 25 years later? Both the women and men’s scents represent the two most popular fragrance families…floral for women and fresh fougeres for men. Also, they are both damn good scents. What were you trying to accomplish when you originally created ETERNITY back in 1988? The first two fragrances in Calvin’s portfolio, OBSESSION and OBSESSION for men, were rich, warm orientals. It was important that this new fragrance be completely different in character to tell a different story and appeal to different women and men which is why a floral bouquet and fresh fougere were chosen. How did you capture the sentiment of eternal love when creating ETERNITY? What better expression of eternal love than a fragrance comprised of floral bouquet overflowing with roses? What impact did ETERNITY have on the house of Calvin Klein and the fragrance industry in 1988? Coming shortly after the blockbuster hits of OBSESSION and OBSESSION for men, the success of ETERNITY cemented Calvin’s importance as not just a fashion designer, but as a fragrance designer as well. What do you think made signature ETERNITY so successful? The scent is a true work of art. It is beautiful, has fantastic trail and signature, and is of great recognizable quality. Can you describe the development process in creating ETERNITY? Both Calvin and his partner, Barry Schwartz, were very much involved. This was not the first fragrance selected. Calvin decided that the first fragrance needed more work, and then when he smelled the scent that became ETERNITY, he knew it was right. What story did you want the fragrance to tell olfactively? We wanted the fragrances to be fragrant interpretations of the concept. What makes this fragrance appealing to women when men wear it, and to men when women wear it? Both fragrances are very identifiable. The women’s is decidedly feminine and the men’s is decidedly masculine. It is a pleasure to be close to those who are wearing them. How has the fragrance industry changed over the last 25 years since ETERNITY launched? Yes today, there are thousands more scents than there were when ETERNITY was launched, all the more a credit to the magic of the fragrances.

Is it rare for a fragrance to maintain momentum over a 25 year span? Yes! The percentage of those fragrances launched that become classics is quite low. What are today’s emerging trends in the fragrance industry? How does ETERNITY fit into this trend? Florals never go out of style and are as popular now as when the fragrance was launched in 1988. The concept of eternity and enduring love will surely never go out of style. Do you envision the ETERNITY fragrance to continue its success for another 25 years? I actually do, as it has proven to be such a true classic, and classics endure.

"As long as intimacy goes on, so will ETERNITY." - Calvin Klein 56



By Donna Zibresky Photography Bliss Photographic

Capturing natural healthy sunshine, minus the harmful UV rays, and translating that into a cross Canada multi-franchise empire is no small accomplishment. When Shannelle is asked how she pulled off such a big feat at such a young age, she just giggles and explains she’s a nonstop energizer bunny, that’s passionate and dedicated to her thriving baby, OrganicTan. Mix in equal parts hard work, innovation, and a commitment to keeping things fun and fresh, Shannelle has worked tirelessly to bring her safe and natural products and services to the Canadian mainstream. It's a business that hasn’t stopped growing from day one, with franchises popping up all across Canada, offering a one of a kind custom airbrushed tanning experience, along with her complementary organic skin care line, SunnaTan. Sourced by Shannelle herself, and a botanical chemist, her unique products and spray tan solution are unmatched on the sunless tanning market. Born into a family of sun gods and goddesses, Shannelle vacationed regularly to tropical destinations and longed to maintain that beautiful bronze hue year round. Also having suffered acne, eczema, and psoriasis due to sensitive and problematic skin, tanning beds were her only reprieve. After her parents were both diagnosed with skin cancer, Shannelle quit tanning beds immediately and went in search of a safe and natural alternative that would soothe her hypersensitive skin, and still provide her with the healthy glow she craved. After much trial and error, and skin flare ups from chemical spray tan solutions, Shannelle was frustrated and unhappy with what was available. Recognizing the opportunity and a market sweet spot, she decided to start her own organic luxury airbrush tanning business. Fast-forward three years and 40 franchises later, OrganicTan has been a labour of love for Shannelle. She works tirelessly with her team in supporting and growing their franchises, maintaining the

highest level of customer service and care in each interaction with her clients. Her 17 hour days start by sifting through emails, warehouse inventory for incoming orders, reviewing potential franchisees and marketing strategies for where OrganicTan will go next, all before most of us have had our morning lattes. Shannelle understands that her success is hinged on the success of her franchises, and provides them with regular support and guidance, while communicating with them on a daily basis. “When you love what you do it doesn’t feel like work. My franchises have become my inspiration and they are the reason I never want to stop growing this amazing business," says Shannelle. With a product and service people were eager to be a part of, franchisees flocked to join the OrganicTan team. “It was something that was so successful for me that I thought it would be a great opportunity for other women to be able to enjoy the same success. Helping others to enjoy financial freedom is another reason I’m thankful I decided to embark on this journey.” What started as a one-woman mobile operation has now emerged into a vibrant network of energy and passion, and there’s no sign of things slowing down. Business aside, it all comes down to understanding her client’s needs and providing them with the most superior tanning solution on the market today. “If I could describe our typical client it would be someone who cares about the ingredients in the products they use on their skin, and won’t sacrifice health for beauty. OrganicTan is for people that want the illusion of having just stepped off the beach, without anyone realizing they’ve had a spray tan or used a self-tanner.” Shannelle pauses to reflect on the past three years, excited, inspired and ready to see what the next three will bring.




By Aaron Reynolds

For Jon Silver it all starts with something unique. It doesn't matter if it's water, energy drinks, soda, or other functional/new age type beverages - in order to attract his attention, a product must standout. His drive for promoting and selling high-end, distinctive products resulted in the formation of the import and beverage distribution company, Unique Foods Canada Inc. Jon learned the food distribution business from his father and grandfather by working his way up from the ground level. He got his start loading trucks and doing deliveries at age sixteen, then moving into the warehouse, and eventually onto purchasing and sales for the business. But it was an encounter at a trade show that would result in Unique Foods Canada Inc. "Canada was lacking in unique sodas. It was the same colas of the world - boring!" says Jon. "I went to a trade show in 1996 and I met the owner of Stewart's Fountain Classic sodas. Next thing you know, it's eighteen years later and we're still selling Stewart's soda pop." From selling pallets of soda out of the trunk of his car, Jon has grown Unique Foods into a national turnkey food and beverage distribution company headquartered in a loft-style office building near bustling Griffintown, Montreal. "We look after everything from the time it's imported, warehoused, marketed, distributed, and sold right across the country," says Jon. "There aren't many people who do what Unique Foods can do. They might be strong provincially, but not on a national level like we are." That strength is what has companies knocking on Unique Food's door to market and distribute their products across Canada. "We target every class of industry, trade shows, gas and convenience stores, wholesale, food service, grocery, health and wellness, etc. We're able to hit many different target markets." Always a pioneer, Unique has been the exclusive Canadian distributor of HYPE Energy drinks since the energy drink market first emerged. A mix of natural juices, vitamins, and caffeine, but without any preservatives or artificial colouring, HYPE Energy drinks enjoys enormous success thanks to Unique's efforts. Unique's achievements marketing and distributing products like Stewart's Fountain Classics soda and HYPE Energy drinks are about to repeat with the addition of Aquahydrate to their roster. Co-owned by celebrities Mark Wahlberg and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Aquahydrate is a purified, high pH alkaline water supercharged with electrolytes and minerals. Aquahydrate raises the body's natural pH from 7 to an alkaline state of 9 pH or higher, helping to improve health and recovery time. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs likes to drink Ciroc Vodka all night while partying, then drink Aquahydrate to cure any potential hangover.

As for that claim, Jon has tried it for himself and backs Combs up. "It's been proven that the more alkaline your body is the less carcinogenic you become," Jon explains. "Aquahydrate detoxifies and purifies. It puts electrolytes back into the body like other electrolyte beverages, but without the sugar, colouring, calories, or artificial preservatives." The health-conscious Wahlberg is a firm believer in his product and drinks Aquahydrate regularly, whether on a movie shoot or on the golf course. You can always see him with a bottle in hand on his family's television show, 'Wahlburgers'. When they're not promoting at tradeshows, Unique is busy putting on events. 90,000 people attended the HYPE-sponsored Igloofest in Montreal, and both HYPE and Aquahydrate are sponsoring events at Montreal's Grand Prix weekend, which sees Crescent Street closed off to approx. 500,000 people where they can enjoy live concerts, parties, and vintage car shows. Always on the lookout for that new, next big thing to import and distribute across Canada, Unique Foods believes Activate vitamin water to be just that. "Every thirty days that other vitamin-based waters sit on the shelf, they deteriorate by 15%. Activate's technology stores the vitamins in the cap and only releases them when you twist the cap, dispensing them into the liquid and making the vitamin water 100% potent," Jon explains. With his gift for discovering and marketing unique beverages, Jon Silver and the talented team at Unique Foods are a Canadian powerhouse that continually builds upon its successes and shows no signs of slowing down. PIE MAGAZINE



By Dani Kremeniuk Photography Lorne Bradley

As a root canal specialist and a travel aficionado, Dr. Gary Glassman lives his life with both passion and compassion. An Endodontist who prides himself on creating and nurturing positive and progressive relationships, in both his professional and personal life, Dr. Glassman would make a great motivational speaker if he weren’t so busy saving smiles. Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Glassman graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, and is now a staff member of the U of T Graduate Department of Endodontics. Following a year of general, practice he decided to specialize and continued his studies at Temple University, graduating from the Endodontology Program (the study of root canals). With the desire to help his patients improve their overall health, it makes sense he went straight to the root. “I wanted to be an expert in one thing. I like seeing my patients, solving a problem, and making a difference,” says Glassman. And he does in many ways. As a founding member of the Bridle Bash Foundation, he is dedicated to helping raise money for charities focusing on health research, treatment, and support. The Bridle Bash Foundation is largely supported by the Bridle Bash rock concert, which in 2013 was headlined by the Tragically Hip and raised nearly a million dollars. Gary also travels to Jamaica several times a year. This journey began in the late ‘90’s as charity work, and while he is now an Adjunct Professor of Dentistry and Director of Endodontic Programming for the University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica, it's still on a volunteer basis. While on his way to Jamaica for the first time he had no idea that he was soon to become as known for his knowledge as he was for his practice. “I was on vacation in Negril and I contacted the Jamaican Dental Society about teaching a continuing education course. I flew to Kingston and expected there to be four or five dentists in attendance. I walked in and there were 75 dentists waiting for me. I realized quickly that they were thirsting for continuing education.” Lecturing across the globe in spectacular countries and places such as China, Ireland, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Romania,



Dr. Glassman has a special place in his heart for Barcelona, Istanbul, and Amsterdam – perhaps because his favourite thing to do is walk for exercise while exploring. “I love the culture, the museums, and the outdoor cafes. These are amazing walking cities and I just can’t wait to explore and talk to local people. I relish the chance to visit these places.” He adds, “I absolutely love travelling with my kids. Whenever I travel for business I have so much fun when I bring them along. Whether it is Washington, D.C., with my son, Cory, and attending an NHL or NFL game, or Las Vegas or New York with one of my daughters, Jaime or Jordana, catching a show. I am so proud of my kids. They are the light of my life. I like to spend as much time with them as possible.” But his absolute favourite place to be is not too far from home and his eyes light up at its mention. “I have a little log cabin that I spend a lot of time at during the summer. It is on an island in Killarney Provincial Park. It’s my retreat.” The hectic schedule at Dr. Glassman's downtown Yorkville practice consists of not only seeing patients, but actual lectures in the state of the art learning facility within his practice. His time will soon be divided yet again after a recent investment in a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. “My favourites are Malbecs, which Argentina is known for. We bought four hectares of a vineyard in the most prime area in Mendoza, surrounded by well-known wine producers, and we just harvested some Chardonnay and Malbec. It’s exciting,” he says with an animated expression that reveals just how much. Having mentioned earlier he could not live without his wine cellar, his foray into wine production is an intriguing turn. He smiles, his eyes descriptively reminiscent, before saying, “Going through my wine collection helps jog my memories of the great experiences I have of globe trotting.” But even with a license to drill, and an arsenal of oral health expertise, learning that Dr. G’s altruism fuels his ambition is what left us grinning from ear to ear. Now you can keep up with his tireless journey around the globe on Twitter @doctorg007.


By Carli Stephens-Rothman The definition of entrepreneurship has long been anchored in the concept of newness. Embarking upon a business venture in promotion of something novel and exciting, entrepreneurs weigh reward against risk, measure the market, and seek to find their place. Because of this, when you think of 'The Entrepreneur', your thoughts might wander toward the media mogul, the tech tycoon, or the imaginative engineer. Surely, a chiropractor is not the first to come to mind. “Despite what most people think, things have changed, things are different now. Pain treatment needs to be new because pain, the nature of pain, the cause of pain… all of this is new too,” says chiropractor Dr. Chris Oswald, founder and CEO of MuscleCare, a line of scientifically proven and naturally produced topical pain treatments. “Relaxing the muscles restores normal circulation, which physically pushes inflammation away. Instead of just blocking, or pacifying it, we’re just simply stopping it.” Our collective change in lifestyle, our sedentary routines, all contribute to the 'new pain' we deal with as a western civilization. “Kids used to play Red Rover in the yard, now they play Grand Theft Auto on the couch. The average workday used to be spent lifting and moving things, now we hunch forward and stare at computer screens,” Dr. Chris explains, “it's like I tell my patients, the way we live now is like an open invitation for pain. Essentially, sitting is the new smoking. It’s just bad for you. That’s it.” Four years ago, Dr. Chris officially took the leap from chiropractic care exclusively, to chiropractic entrepreneurship, launching MuscleCare to the public. While his plan wasn’t to make more money, or monopolize the pain treatment market, he quickly did both, beating the top leading pain products by a landslide in a double-blind test, and quickly becoming the "new" pain relief of choice on QVC. Nine years ago he built the first ever Canadian ergonomic product line to reduce the negative effects of sitting and sleeping. Despite his mounting success, Dr. Chris stays humble. “Honestly, MuscleCare was born out of frustration," he tells PIE candidly. “We were prescribing expensive topical pain treatments and pain-reducing pillows and chairs to all of our patients only to have them come back with complaints. The stuff we were suggesting just wasn’t working, and as a doctor, I have to stand by what I prescribe.” “It’s proven that stress is a leading cause of back and muscle pain. And what stresses people out most? Finances, money, or lack thereof,” explains Dr. Chris. “When the market crashed in 2008, my patients were experiencing higher than usual volumes of stress, and as a result, increased levels of pain. How could I, in good conscience, suggest that they spend a whack of money on products that I knew they couldn't really afford?”

Everyone from professional athletes, to contractors, to gamers, to gardeners quickly took notice. However, it’s not the manageable price point that made MuscleCare the success it is today. “We looked at what was out there, what it was doing, what it wasn’t doing, and began working from there,” says Dr. Chris. For starters, unlike other products, MuscleCare does not contain any petroleum or waxes that prevent the product from penetrating the skin and reaching the source of the pain. There are no parabens, or harmful preservatives or chemicals to speak of, and it’s entirely topical. “Why go through your stomach to treat an ache in the neck? It just doesn’t make sense,” he laughs. The son of a chiropractor, Dr. Chris learned from a very early age that working in the field spoke volumes about a person. It wasn’t only what his father did, it was who is father was. “Growing up, my dad didn’t ever sit me down and say 'Son, I’d like you to be a chiropractor like me,'” says Dr. Chris, who smiles fondly in his recollection. “It was in watching him, seeing his passion for the practice, the satisfaction he got, and how truly tactical and creative he had to be in order to be successful as a businessman, as well as a doctor, that got me thinking, 'Hey, I think I could do that too'. Dad was making a massive difference in people's lives, and I knew right away that I was cut from the same cloth.” Today, Dr. Chris has a thriving practice, treating 10,000 patients, is a regular contributor and lecturer for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Northwestern Health Sciences University and the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and was recognized by the Canadian Chiropractic Association as one of the profession’s top 20 leaders under 40 years of age. Whether you call him a chiropractor, or you call him an entrepreneur, there is no denying that Dr. Chris Oswald is an innovator at heart. “I do what I do because I enjoy it, and because it’s important. If we are dealing with a new kind of pain, we need a new kind of treatment for it,” he says. Lead the way, Dr. Chris. Lead the way.



Scott Hurst


By Leslie A. Goodreid Photography Ian James Hopkins Scott Hurst is a storyteller, a self-described shaman who believes that artists have a sacred trust to help 'grow the light' of their communities. And he's put his money where his mouth is. He's a man of many hats: actor, director, singer, dancer, teacher, playwright, gay activist, Reiki Master, humanitarian, spiritualist, and community advocate. Well-respected in his field, he's played on every notable stage across Canada and even travelled to Russia with an international troupe. He's also the acting chair of the Barrie Arts and Culture Council and manages to find time in his busy schedule for volunteer work. But even with this illustrious resume, there's still something quite extraordinary about Hurst. He 'co-wrote' an experimental one-man play with British thespian, Charles Laughton, best known for his compelling performances on stage and screen. With a little help from the Stratford Festival, the Ontario Arts Council, and the great beyond, Laughton Common was born. What makes this venture especially uncommon is that Laughton died in 1962 when Hurst was just three-years-old. While writing Laughton Common, Hurst became interested in spiritualism. He engaged in channelling and automatic writing and believes that Laughton contacted him from the other side. The thespian not only guided Hurst in writing the play, but also helped him draft his own personal philosophy for living. “There was a level of help that came into all these recordings and automatic writings. I think Charles died wanting to pass on some information. My path took me to a place of being able to access that information,” says Hurst. There are many similarities between the two men. Hurst sometimes talks as if he is an extension of Laughton. “I've come to think of it as our story because there are places where we've mirrored each other.” But he says Laughton was very specific about drawing a distinction between them. “In one of the channellings he [Laughton] expressly said, 'You are interpreting me. You are not imitating me. You are not performing me. You are not being me.'” Hurst was twenty-four when he lost his father and found Laughton. While reading a biography of the deceased actor, he had what he calls an 'aha' moment. “There was a commonality to the experience of being overweight, having the realization that you're different from other people, and realizing you're gay. There also was a love of the stage.” Hurst can relate to Laughton's struggle with being unlovable. “There was a sense that you'll always be a character actor. You'll never be a leading man.” Bullying by peers was another commonality. Hurst feels that his spiritual mentor taught him to be more self-accepting and aware. Location Hotel Saint Germain



“One of the things I'm learning as I move through my particular journey is: what you think of me is none of my business and what I think of you is none of yours. And that's a huge burden to let go of in its simplicity. Charles has taught me to live in a state of appreciation.” Hurst knew he was made for the stage at fifteen when he ran down the aisle and dove onto the stage in his first performance, and the audience responded with laughter and applause. “It was like someone had put medication to soothe and calm down all those frayed ends in my life.” Those ends were frayed by a high school bully who threatened to expose Hurst's homosexuality. “He just wanted to lord that power over me. After a couple of years of living in that fear, I said, 'This is stupid. Why am I giving him such power over me?' So I just started coming out to people, and all of the sudden his power was no longer there.” Hurst and his partner have been together twenty years. His voice grows tender as he talks about their first meeting. He believes they knew each other in a past life. “Internally there was a voice, 'Oh, it's you.' And I knew we'd be getting the white picket fence and live the rest of our lives together." Although he feels no push to formalize his own partnership, Hurst is a big supporter of gay marriage. “We've fought for so long as a community to have the right to do it.” Hurst takes his role as a storyteller quite seriously, for not only the gay community, but the greater community at large. He says actors as shamans 'offer up their souls for the community', even when it's painful for them personally. “It can be cathartic and purge that sense of being in isolation when you realize that someone else is telling your story.” Laughton Common continues to evolve. Hurst hopes to take the expanded version on the road along with a miniature Laughton museum that he's incorporated into the show.


By Samantha Devillez

Leah wears many hats. She is a wife to her incredible and supportive husband, Chris, adoring mother to two outstanding beautiful girls, Emily and Isabelle, a businesswoman and successful entrepreneur. After being born and descending from a long line of entrepreneurs, it was only a matter of time before Leah took the brave leap into starting her own business. While on maternity leave with her first daughter, Leah was approached by her aunt and uncle to go into business together. Certain that the three of them would make a great team, their business Active Beauty Supply Ltd. was established. With the knowledge, experience, and contacts that came from Buzz and Barb’s previous success before partnering up with their niece, it was only a matter of time before their company grew. The first Beauty Supply Outlet was opened in 2003, followed closely after by their second store at in 2004. “The Beauty Supply Outlet is a one stop for all your hair needs,” says Leah. The store carries over forty different professional salon product lines and features a full-service salon. With two growing businesses in the Barrie community, Leah reached out five years ago to expand her company Active Beauty Supply Ltd. and began to franchise Supercuts - a pocket-friendly hair salon with top notch hairstylists, providing the latest cut. Supercuts first opened, and can still be found in Wasaga Beach. After the booming success of the first store, Leah opened up two more locations in Barrie, bringing her score of successful local businesses to five, but that certainly was not it for Leah. This year, Leah launched the BSO Blow Dry Bar located conveniently inside her Beauty Supply Outlets. For this endeavor, Leah partnered with Sexy Hair Concepts. The BSO Blow Bar is one of the first blow dry bars. Featuring a variety of blow dry options including The Classic, The Big & Beautiful, The Sleek

& Sexy, and the Bombshell Curl, all completed by professionally trained hairstylists. “My team was educated in how to and what to use to achieve the look the customer wants,” says Leah. Leah will be the first to admit that being a successful entrepreneur with businesses in five locations and approximately thirty-five employees comes with advantages and disadvantages. “I can be aggressively proactive at pursuing exciting new ideas for products/services and love the adrenaline factor. I’m challenged and surprised every day. I love to provide opportunity, security, confidence, and guidance to develop my team,” says Leah. As much as she loves the satisfaction that comes with making a customer happy, there are aspects of the job that are challenging and always hard for business owners to do. For Leah, the worst part of being a business owner is the necessary action of firing. “I have not found the magic potion to hire only great people or prevent the economy from slowing down. I admire and adore my team, some have been with me for so long that I have watched their kids grow up and they have watched mine. I believe in development and promoting and coaching. So until you have sat across from someone, looked them in the eye and told them they no longer have a job, you can’t possibly understand how terrible it is.” So what is the key to Leah’s success? Staying local! Leah stays active in supporting local charities, sports teams, and schools. She can be found at many charity events in town or cheering her daughters on at cheerleading tournaments, baseball and hockey games. Leah has successfully found a balance between being an accomplished entrepreneur, and an active mother and role model to her children. She will without a doubt continue to provide excellence in beauty, and whichever new adventures she chooses to pursue.





People in leadership positions will tell you there are key ingredients to being successful, such as perseverance, focus, vision, goal-setting, and risk-taking. I have spent the last several years in various capacities interviewing a range of achievers and, from what I have uncovered, concur that these ingredients are most definitely common elements underlying any success story. But there is more to the story. Four years ago, when I came up with the name for my television show, Extraordinary Women TV, I was often asked what it means to be “extraordinary.� If I'm being honest, I will tell you that, at first, I looked to the outside world for the answer. Since we often look to Hollywood, big business, or the media around us for definitions of ourselves, that is where I immediately went for my definition. We can probably all agree that successful celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Sir Richard Branson, and Martha Stewart are extraordinary. By comparison to these titans, I didn't feel extraordinary. I suspected that if I didn't feel it, then there was a good chance that others felt the same way.



I realized that looking through the media lens at Hollywood celebrities and big business leaders did not give me the full picture. What about the Canadian indie artist who recognizes her musical talent and produces her own album, such as Toronto-based singer/ songwriter and voice actor, Tajja Isen? Or, local fashion designers like Diane Kroe and Monica Mei who start their own apparel lines, or creative entrepreneur Noura Sakkijha who launches a unique online jewelry company? And, what about a young woman who launches an innovative business from her kitchen table, like Heather Reier, founder of Cake Beauty? Or, how about the artistic visionary who creates the magazine you are reading at this moment? Could they not also be considered extraordinary? I wanted to know what is it that sets them apart from the person who dreams the same dream, but doesn't have it come to fruition for them. And so, I went deep within myself to find the answer. To me, being extraordinary is having courage to act on our heart’s whispers. Sometimes that whisper is faint, at other times it is a scream. It takes courage - the stuff that enables us to do something scary - to put into motion the heart’s deepest desires, especially when the head tries to quash those murmurings. One needs to be brave to start a business, travel the world solo, ask for a raise, or make a lifestyle change. It is daring to write a memoir and then share it with the world. It also takes courage to fall in love and start a family. An extraordinary person is someone who's taken that one step beyond ordinary. “Ordinary” is the space where nothing changes. Can we all be extraordinary? Well, I suppose that is up to each individual. In my mind, we certainly can all feel extraordinary. It is all about perspective. It is a matter of taking a step toward your dream and beginning with the desire to do so. When we recognize what our heart’s desires are, and admit to ourselves what we want, the heart guides us. When that desire is strong enough (and yes it can come from pain), we find the strength inside of us to move beyond any obstacles. When we do, we are purposefully living an extraordinary life, we are true leaders coming from a place of inspiration – and we, in turn, inspire others to do the same. Being extraordinary is a choice. At the heart of it is courage.









By Anna Proctor Photography Veronica Cinnamon Take a page out of the barefoot movement of the 60's, add a sensibility to sustainable living and some boho inspired chic fashion, and see how designer Sue Kenney has redefined footwear as we know it. Sue, who has walked thousands of kilometres on the Camino, a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain, has a mission to take people by the foot, back to nature. A big proponent of going barefoot for a multitude of health and spiritual reasons, Sue was out walking barefoot in Muskoka one day when she decided to stop in at a local café. “No shoes, no service,” the barista told her. She asked herself the question, "Wouldn’t it be great if people were free to walk barefoot anywhere they wanted, in a shoe that didn't have a sole, and still look sexy and stylish?" And the idea of Barebottoms™ was born. Sue started creating her design, which she cut by hand from re-purposed leather jackets gathered at local second-hand stores. Convinced that she had a business concept with market potential, she auditioned for and was chosen to go on CBC’s Dragon’s Den TV show, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls who have the cash and the know-how to make it happen. This lead to a whirlwind nine-month frenzy of design development, manufacturing the shoes in suede, and marketing to the yoga, dance, and earthing market right up to and after the show aired, in January 2014. Although Sue didn't attract a Dragon investor, she secured another backer as a result of the show and now she is marketing and selling Barebottoms all over the world. Sourcing a vegan-friendly material for her barefoot shoes was another challenge until she discovered that neoprene was a perfect material. These amphibious shoes are a fashionable sole-less shoe for the beach, swim, surf, and Stand Up Paddleboard. They are vegan friendly, reversible, offer UV protection on the top of the foot, and stylish. Quick drying and comfy, neoprene Barebottoms are available in four designer colours and two sizes, one each for women and men, with strap options available as well. Both versions of Barebottoms are also practical for yogis and dancers. The shoes help their feet to grip the floor and mat, thus giving more stability and a feeling of comfort and being grounded. The shoes compliment both dance and yoga lifestyle clothing in the studio and beyond. Sue's designs have proven that it's not necessary to give up fashion to be barefoot. The shoes are sold in stores across Canada, the US, in Europe, and online. Optimistic about success for both lines of Barebottoms, Sue sees fashion potential in the resort, water sports, yoga, and dance market. The excitement and passion for this unique footwear is growing as more people strive for a real connection. “Wearing Barebottoms offers us the freedom to let our true inner beauty shine in harmony with nature - soul to sole," says Sue. Earthing enthusiasts and cafe lovers everywhere have Sue Kenney to thank for making their two passions easier to combine. Sue Kenney is also the author of the Canadian best-selling book My Camino.



“Being a good mom and owning a growing company, I feel there is no balance, for me work life balance does not exist but being successful at both is what I work hard at every day.”


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As one of Toronto’s premiere charitable event planners, Jennifer Bassett lives and breathes upper echelon event planning and is happily committed to pursuing her passion every day. She walks a fine line between creating luxurious and memorable events while considering the end goal of the organizations she works with and not ‘blowing the bank’ for ambiance’s sake. PIE catches up with Jennifer as she takes a quick pause from business owner and super mom duties to talk Panda Balls, non-existent work-life balances and what the future has in store for Bassett Events. If you’re familiar with Jennifer’s accomplished 14-year career, you probably know that she’s the daughter of media mogul Douglas Bassett and much like her father (and grandfather, CTV founding CEO John Bassett) she shares the determination to work hard and entertain large while placing firm emphasis on philanthropy and giving-back. “Instilling a strong work ethic was very important to how I was raised. One could argue that I come from a privileged background but working hard and giving back were ingrained in my upbringing.” With Jennifer’s father being CEO of CTV when she was growing up, her parents entertained a lot. She feels that her flair for topnotch party hosting comes naturally and if you’ve attended or even seen pictures from one of her events, we admit we must

agree. Since she began her career Jennifer has become known for over delivering on both the event experience and fundraising ends of the party-planning spectrum and she attributes this success to her personal dedication to supporting the causes she works with throughout every step of the process. About 90% of the business that Bassett Events generates each year comes from organizing gala fundraisers, which enables her team to work with some of the best charities in the country. The remainder of her business comes from planning exclusive, highend weddings and private affairs and Jennifer is very proud that the majority of her business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. Even in difficult financial times charities need to host their annual galas because they are often their primary annual fund raising events. So while luxury corporate events may have been negatively impacted by the economic times, Bassett Events has thrived by helping charities achieve and surpass their annual goals. Some of the events that Bassett handles annually include the World Wildlife Fund’s Panda Ball, The Bi-Annual David Foster Foundation Gala and The Hilary M. Weston Award for NonFiction. If you’re wondering how Jennifer juggles event planning and family time, you may be surprised by her honest reply.



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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment from an apparent overdose on February 2, 2014. Authorities described a home containing numerous photos of Hoffman's three young children and over seventy bags of heroin, two of which lay empty beside him. Hoffman did not leave a note; his death has been ruled accidental. He was forty-six years old. Screenwriter and personal friend, David Bar Katz, told reporters later that day, “I saw him last week, and he was clean and sober, his old self. I really thought this chapter was over.” Hoffman discussed his struggles with addiction during a 60 Minutes interview in 2006: “I got sober when I was twenty-two years old… [I did] anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all.” When asked what provoked the decision to get clean, the actor answered, “You get panicked…I was twenty-two and I got panicked for my life…I have so much empathy for these young actors that are nineteen and suddenly they’re beautiful and famous and rich… I’m like; oh my God I’d be dead!” The screen and stage star had been sober for twenty-three years before relapsing in 2013. Hoffman claimed to have been using heroin for a week before checking into a detox facility for ten days in May of last year. This dark aspect of his life may have helped him connect with some of the off-kilter and emotionally complex characters he was known to play. The New York Times called him “a chameleon of especially vivid colours”; Hoffman brought an attitude of a craftsman to the set, transforming himself into crazed villains (Mission Impossible III), frustrated artists (Synecdoche, New York), and comedic slobs (Along Came Polly). He was famed for his realistic portrayal of such characters as a maverick CIA agent in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), a sexually deviant priest in Doubt (2008), and a sociopathic cult leader in The Master (2012). For all three movies, Hoffman was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The actor appeared in more than fifty films during his twenty-five year career. Although his often-unkempt appearance and quirky personality did not fit the typical image of a Hollywood leading man, Hoffman was more than capable of fulfilling that role. After playing Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote, and winning the Oscar for Best Actor, Hoffman was deemed one of the finest



working actors under the age of forty. Hoffman’s early fascination with the theatre led him to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Following his graduation and first rehab experience in 1989, Hoffman became involved with smaller, indie film productions. After his 1997 breakthrough role in Boogie Nights, the actor was named an icon of indie cinema. Staying true to his theatre roots, Hoffman directed and acted in many of New York’s Labyrinth Theater Company's off-Broadway plays. He had been nominated for a Tony Award for his work in Death of a Salesman (2012), True West (2000), and Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003). The Executive Director of the Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin, called Hoffman “a true artist… [with a] boundless and profound talent.” In New York, the marquees of Broadway theatres were dimmed in Hoffman’s memory on the evening of February 5, 2014. Despite his fame and recognition, Hoffman preferred to live life outside of the spotlight. The actor had an incredible fear of being in front of people, especially when it came to directing and acting on Broadway. In a 2010 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, Hoffman mentioned his fear and the task of managing it: “sometimes you implode and you just try to get through it.” Hoffman conveyed that trust is an important part of the acting process, as the industry can oftentimes be isolating. Of acting, Hoffman said, “Acting is a lot of terror…It’s being in front of people…but it’s a thrill and [there’s] obviously a lot that goes into it.” Hoffman was at a high point in his career, with his involvement in the Hunger Games trilogy; preparation for his second directorial effort, Ezekiel Moss; and a new series, Happyish, to begin shooting. Hoffman is survived by his mother, Marilyn, whom he admired greatly; his beloved children, Cooper, Tallulah and Willah; and the mother of his children, Mimi O’Donnell. A wonderful father and son, as well as a revolutionary actor, Hoffman's life and work will continue to touch the lives of millions.

Bring Peace to the World A SHIRLEY TEMPLE COMMEMORATION By Angel Hill

Shirley Temple will always be loved and remembered as a woman of style and character. A child star during the Great Depression, fans loved her and were comforted by the magic captured in her performances. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was even quoted as saying that, "as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right." A child with no time to dream her own dreams before reaching super stardom, this three-year-old dimpled little cutie earned and still maintains the title of Most Famous Child Actor. Temple made her first appearance in the film Runt Page (1932), a short film where the child actors were voice-over dubbed by adults in a comedic fashion. Her work there led to her first leading role by age three and Temple was paid $10 a day for starring in her first film. By 1934, her quick rise to fame had her earning over $1,250 per week at just six-years-old, the equivalent to over $21,000 a week today. Temple was a highly valuable asset to the film company 20th Century Fox, which at the time owed $42 million from bankruptcy before Shirley graced their studios. She was greatly loved by fans and her films were successful enough that she was credited with singlehandedly saving the company from imminent bankruptcy and even turning profit in tough economic times. Shirley Temple starred in forty-three feature films, her last being A Kiss for Corliss (1949). She retired from Hollywood screen acting at age twenty-two and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

She carried her style and sparkle into her older years saying, "When I was fourteen, I was the oldest I ever was. I've been getting younger ever since." After her retirement, Temple became politically active, joining the Republican Party in California. In 1967, she ran for office in a special election in a California District as a Conservative but lost. In 1969, Temple was appointed Representative to the U.N. General Assembly by President Richard Nixon. Shirley Temple served several times as a United States Ambassador. Her first appointment was from 1974-1976 as United States Ambassador to Ghana, appointed by President Gerald Ford after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger heard Temple talk about Namibia at a party and, in her words, was, “surprised that I even knew the word.� Her political career continued as she became the first female Chief of Protocol in the United States from 1976-1977. President George H. W. Bush appointed Temple her final assignment as Ambassador, this time to Czechoslovakia from 1989-1992. Temple was once quoted as saying, "There are many of us who should be in a position to bring peace to the world." She was right, and many of us are in a position to make a difference every day. It's people like her who lead the way by showing us how. Shirley Temple Black died in her home in Woodside, California, surrounded by family at 85 years young from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.




By Cece M. Scott Park Place, a 900,000 sq. ft. open air shopping experience, located in Barrie, Ontario, boasts a long list of retailer firsts. Target’s first land purchase in Canada was Park Place; Cabela’s, a sporting goods store from Sydney, Nebraska, will open their first Eastern Canadian retail outlet at Park Place in July 2014; fashion retailer Marshalls, opened their first retail outlet north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) at Park Place; and eateries Panera Bread and the family run Il Fornello Restaurant have now both opened what is their first restaurants north of the GTA. “We think of Park Place as being thoughtfully fashioned,” says Steve Bishop, the charismatic Vice President of Park Place's Development Services. “Our philosophy, when looking for retailers, is to find tenants unique to the market - unique to Barrie. Not only are we offering Barrie residents retailers that haven’t previously been north of the 401 highway, we are becoming a meeting place of sorts, somewhere convenient where people can connect as they make their way to the cottage. Barrie is really a hub, a gateway to cottage country; the entrance way to what I like to call the Greater Simcoe Region (GSR).” The fact that Park Place is a hub to the GSR provides strong market opportunities for unique retailers like Cabela’s, who provide specialized products, equipment, clothing, and licences for northern-geared pursuits, such as fishing and hunting. “I see people driving down from North Bay and Sudbury to Cabela’s in order to buy their one-of-a-kind products,” says Bishop. With fifteen stores currently open, and another fifteen to twenty stores slated to open by fall of this year, Park Place is focused on catering to a diverse population: from the sports enthusiast, to the fitness buff, to the fashion plate, to the interior designer, to the foodie aficionado. “It comes back to the theme of finding retailers unique to Canada and to Barrie,” Bishop says. “For instance, Goodness Me! Natural Food Market, is the first full-size organic store in Barrie. At nearly 20,000 sq. feet, the consumer can choose from a breadth of international products, fresh produce, and meat. The store has a classroom for organic cooking classes and a fresh juice bar to rejuvenate your shopping psyche.” Because Park Place’s intent is for locals and tourists to enjoy all the benefits of the complex - aptly defined by their slogan: Shop, Dine, Unwind - pedestrian connectivity is a top priority. “The great thing about Park Place is that all of the restaurants have patios, some with fireplaces and some with heaters.



People can sit and have a meal or drinks before or after events they are attending. We are right beside the Barrie Molson Centre where the Barrie Colts hockey team plays," Bishop says. "We will also have a park feature at the north end of Park Place, with a fireplace and a food court, so people can sit outside and enjoy a meal.” While Park Place is focused on developing a diverse base of retailers to enrich its 900,000 square feet of shopping and dining opportunities, they are also devoted to enriching and partnering with the community. “Park Place is deeply committed to supporting the community that supports us,” Bishop says. “For instance, Park Place partnered with the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Barrie and paid for the theatre there, called Park Place Theatre. We also work extensively with various organizations in the city of Barrie around event planning in the community.” Another unusual contribution that Park Place has made to the community is the donation of land for the DOLRA program, or the Dogs Off Leash Recreational Area, a space where both small and large dogs can roam and romp within their own individual enclosures. Additionally, Park Place donated 22 acres of woodlot to the city of Barrie, with trails that residents can hike as they celebrate nature within the city limits. From a business perspective, as well as from grassroots forward thinking community contributions, Park Place is definitively solidifying its gateway position to the GSR for both residents and travellers of varied interests and needs. 2015 will see another fifteen to twenty stores opening, which will continue to position Park Place as the ultimate destination for people who want to kickback and enjoy superb shopping and delicious dining. “As people start their weekend, the first thing they want to do is get out of Toronto as quickly as possible,” Bishop states. “What’s a natural place to stop on the way up the highway?” The answer, unquestionably, is Park Place. Start your engines cottagers…it’s time to Shop, Dine, Unwind!

StageFright Publicity DARRYL WEEKS CELEBRATES WHAT HE LOVES-MUSIC By Aaron Reynolds Photography Vanessa Hines It was the front cover of the Oasis single, "Cigarettes and Alcohol", that first sparked a possible career idea for Darryl Weeks, one that would start him on the path to eventually running his own successful public relations business for musicians, StageFright Publicity. "It's a picture of them: the band, their friends, and music industry people that work for them partying in a hotel room. One of the people in the photo was labeled as their publicist. I thought that looked like a lot of fun. I dabble in music a little bit, but not to the point where I could be a professional. But I really wanted to be involved and that looked like a really fun way to be involved. I thought maybe I should do that for a living," says Weeks. That idea became a dream for Weeks, and even while enrolled in Media Relations at Humber College he knew it would be music publicity and not corporate spin-doctoring that would be his career. Subjects like 'Crisis Communications' held no interest for him. "I never wanted to be in front of people apologizing for a corporation," says Weeks. So what exactly does a publicist do? "I get media exposure for my clients," says Weeks. "I'm taking people who have very little profile in the media to either some profile, or a whole bunch of profile." While two or three times a year he'll find himself on red carpets with musicians helping them engage with the journalists covering events like the Junos or the Polaris Music Prize, ninetyfive percent of Weeks' work takes place in his home office. There his goal is to expose everything his clients do to the media by staying in contact with media/entertainment writers across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. "There's two facets to what I do," explains Weeks. "First is doing publicity for albums - pieces of music - and the other half is supporting a band's tour dates with media. I let the media know there's a record coming and encourage them to review it, or I'm calling every stop along a tour and making sure that when one of my clients is playing there's media exposure there and that people know a show is happening." Weeks has earned a reputation in the industry for working with artists who produce great music, like Bon Iver, Toy, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Sam Roberts, and Born Ruffians. Both musicians and record labels seek him out for his services to the extent that he gets more requests than he can manage. This allows him the freedom to work with acts he likes, choosing art over commerce rather than taking on clients to pay the bills.

"I can't ever work on a project where I don't believe in the art." This attitude and reputation for promoting great music makes it easy for Weeks to talk to journalists and music reviewers. If he's really hardcore about an act, they know it's awesome and something they need to pay attention to. Now, while the digital age of music and communications has certainly changed the playing field of the music industry, the game remains the same. While bands can get pretty big on their own thanks to social media and networking, in order to breakthrough to the masses they still need someone on their side to talk about them to the people Weeks calls the 'unconverted'. That means having a publicist who can get mainstream media attention for musicians like Weeks can. Weeks uses the radio and television program 'Q' hosted by Jian Ghomeshi as an example. It attracts a wide-ranging audience and is a better endorsement for a band than thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook likes, or any kind of marketing and ad campaign. "That's a whole new audience who may have never heard of you," says Weeks, adding that speaking and playing to audiences is the only thing that will convince them to become fans. Thankfully, getting an artist or band to do those things isn't difficult as they love to perform and enjoy talking about their work. "They like that the media is interested in what they do. It validates their career to themselves and their family," Weeks says. As for Darryl Weeks, his validation comes from watching his clients become successful and from being able to work in an industry that produces and celebrates something he loves - music! PIE MAGAZINE


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By Aaron Reynolds According to Costume Designer Meredith MarkworthPollack, getting the chance to work on a period drama like Reign is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Set in the 16th century, the series dramatizes the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Unlike other period dramas about royal intrigue and political machinations, Reign doesn't adhere to ideas of 'strict historical accuracy', instead it combines historical costumes with modern fashion pieces to appeal to the CW network's young audience. "I like to use pieces our fans (young women) can go out and shop for and achieve on their own," says Meredith. On social media, fans seek out her help in finding a certain dress or accessory to recreate Reign's look. While it's unlikely many teenagers could afford the Alexander McQueen and Gucci couture gowns worn by Queen Mary, they can find dresses from Free People or accessories from Anthropologie. Always intrigued by fashion and film, Meredith had no concept of costume design until film school opened her eyes to this entirely new world. After graduating film school in Santa Barbara, she headed to NYC to turn her interests into a career, working in fashion while cutting her teeth in film. Her first real world experience of what it takes to be a costume designer came while working as an intern on 2005's The Notorious Betty Page. Of her experience working on the film about 1950's pin-up queen Bettie Page, Meredith says, "There's such a divide between a contemporary show and a period show. Having my first experience be on a period show made me realize the amount of thought, approvals, and fitting that go into just one little piece." Meredith's next gigs in the costume department were working on contemporary shows like Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie. Her earlier work as a stylist for New York fashion

shows and photo shoots made her the perfect choice to design wardrobe on such fashion conscious series. Working her way up from Assistant Costume Designer on Gossip Girl to Head Designer on Hart of Dixie, she created looks to match character's personalities all while influencing the fashion choices of today's younger generation. Ultimately, these efforts earned her the accolade of one of the "Ten Hot Costume Designers in New Hollywood" according to Entertainment Weekly and had Reign's producers clamouring for her services. Now, Meredith finds herself in the enviable position of running a full service costume department employing sixteen people, including four seamstresses who work all day cutting, sewing, creating, and repairing Reign's wardrobe. Whether she's dressing actors as nobility or telling loyal fans how to look like a Queen, it's clear Meredith has found success and is living her dream.





ARTIST Lex Creates Living Art

By Leslie Goodreid Photography Ian James Hopkins Creativity comes in many surprising forms, but none as enigmatic as the reluctant artist, Lex. He's not reticent about his art, which has garnered accolades from private collectors around the globe, but the spotlight that comes with it. He is the dichotomy of a man who just wants to create what he dubs living art, but resists the fame that comes with it. For the first time, Lex is drawing back the curtain to meet the world. “As an artist, I have a hard time giving that away, giving my life away,” he says, easing back into a dusty antique chair in the middle of his shop, face genuine and welcoming. He seems in his element, surrounded with found things and tools of the craft. The air is thick with turpentine and paint fumes. “Right now I'm just floating through life, doing what I'm doing. I'm just happy in my little bubble.” He began his career in 1981 working in construction, but soon realized his heart wasn't in it. When he found his path all the pieces fell into place, but it's taken him until now to feel comfortable enough in his artist's skin. Describing himself as shy, he smiles and says, “I'm ready to meet head on with the world. I feel like I'm an artist now. It's taken years to feel comfortable with myself. There's no one out there in the world who does what I do. There's only one Picasso. There's only one Dali. There's only one Kush. There's only one Lex.” Both the man and his creations are one of a kind. His motto is: If you can't buy it or find it, I will build it. Lex envisions and constructs bold and dynamic pieces that incorporate a variety of mediums and techniques that include woodworking and metalsmithing. Each piece is engraved with the longitude and latitude of his workshop. As an eighth generation blacksmith, working with his hands comes naturally. “I used to live behind a Mac's Milk and a hardware store. When I was three, my mom used to give me a quarter to buy a chocolate bar, and I used to come back with a bag of nails. You can see how long I've been swinging a hammer. See how flat my thumb is? I've been swinging a hammer all my life.”





Lex makes his own steel and has developed some unique ways to create the effects for his art. “I put a sheet of steel out in the parking lot on the gravel and let cars roll over it for six months until I got texture. To get the copper just right, I hammered it on the gravel. People say, 'Why don't you make a machine to do it?' And I always say, 'I have to be hands on. I'm selling a piece of furniture that has my blood, sweat, and tears in it.'” Despite the fact that he is skilled in several trades, Lex doesn't want to be limited by labels. “I don't consider myself a construction person, carpenter, electrician, interior designer, or a blacksmith. I'm everything under the umbrella as an artist.” He's self-taught, a freedom that has allowed him to break the rules and be innovative. It started when he was in Catholic grade school. “One semester, I got 68 lates. They used to spank people for three or four. They would bring me to the principal's office and offer me deals. 'Either we can suspend you, or you paint a mural.' There are a couple of murals still there.” Now he breaks the rules stylistically. Likening himself to the Group of Seven, he says, “When they were painting, people were saying, 'You put the paint on too thick.' I get the same thing. 'Why do you do it crooked? There's nothing straight on that cabinet'.” Lex acknowledges that he has an adoring fan base, but wonders if his peers will embrace him. It's one of the reasons he hasn't had a gallery showing. “Maybe I won't be accepted by the art world. Maybe I haven't proven myself to be at that level yet.” There is a genuine humility about him when he speaks about his peers, but it's clear he believes in the importance of what he's doing. “If you build a square room and you hang drywall and paint it white, a hundred people will walk through that and not say one word. I try to create conversation pieces where people will stop and go, 'What the hell is that?' And they try to figure it out for themselves. Controversy is good, even when it's bad. Make people think. That's what I try to do. You're doing something if you're making people talk.” Although he sometimes wishes he could keep his creations, Lex beams with pride that others value his work. “To see a vision, a drawing come to real life – you can't put a price on that. Something from your head is sitting in 3D in someone's house, where they're enjoying it. I learned a long time ago: if you can change one person's life, influence them just once, you've done your job. I'm changing people's lives. I don't know if it's for the better, but I'm changing them,” he says with a wide grin. Although he's adamant money isn't his motivation, he commands top dollar for his work. “The clients I work with, they don't want you to go to aisle five in Home Depot. These people are successful in their own right, worth millions of dollars. So, if it's a $100,000 piece of artwork or a $50,000 piece, they don't care. They want something different, that when they go to their friends, they don't have the same piece.” One of his bigger fans is Sue from Toronto. “Lex emits an upbeat positive energy which makes dealing with him so much fun. You get captured in his world of creativity and when he delivers your final project, you are rendered speechless. It is always far more than you expected.”



Lex takes a lot of pride in getting to know his clients and tailoring his art to suit their lifestyles. “I'm inspired by the person I'm building for. I design around their personality, their work, their ethic.” Sue's favourite Lex design was inspired by her daughter's love of movies. “A couple of old movie reels, a surfboard fin, a peace sign, a California license plate, a car hood ornament, headlight and voila - the illuminated Hollywood sign was created.” Lex is booked one year in advance by word of mouth alone. It's always been this way. He's never had the lean years that many in his craft do. He's the alchemist with the Midas touch and he's living every artist's dream. “I learned a long time ago: do what you love and the money comes easy. Now it's not about money anymore. It's about time.” He explains his work is an evolution that can't exist within borders. Lex needs to be free to let the art invent itself through him. “If you work with a timeline or a budget, as an artist you're stifled.” Lex's workshop is packed with relics from his travels: pews, doors, reels, surfboard fins, lumber, lights, signs, headlights, knockers, taillights, and grills from old cars. He has an airplane wing bolted to the wall. “I surround myself with artifacts. Maybe I'm an old soul. I just love the beauty of history.” He points to a surfboard suspended from the ceiling that belonged to Jimmy Z, a famous surfer from the sixties. “That might sit up there for two, three, four years,” but eventually it will find its way into a piece. Lex's son often accompanies him on his antiquing trips. He beams when he says his son is his greatest accomplishment. “We have a deal for the rest of our lives, that even when he's married, we'll always spend one week together travelling the globe, until I'm in the ground.” Lex has some exciting projects in the future, but like his namesake, Lex Luthor, he's cagey about revealing them. Stay tuned.



DAYS GONE BY "Aw, most people influenced me. I was just lucky enough to play with them people. When you think of some of the people that have been in my band, they're superstars" -RONNIE HAWKINS Ronnie Hawkins. It is a name that should reverberate deafeningly in the hallowed halls of rock and roll, but is decidedly under acknowledged and appreciated outside of Canada. It has outlived many, but has outshone few of those he has called cohort and collaborator, in a career spanning some five decades. Hawkins-alumni include, most notably, The Band and he has been able to count the likes of Kris Kristofferson, John Lennon, Gordon Lightfoot and Jerry Lee Lewis as either chum or colleague. A native of Arkansas, Hawkins came to Canada under counsel from Conway Twitty – then a budding rockabilly singer, performing under his given name of Harold Jenkins. Sirened by the hum of neon lights on Yonge Street in Toronto, once considered a musical Mecca before the influx of x-rated establishments and shoddy store fronts, Hawkins carved out both a formidable livelihood and reputation as a top showman in the burgeoning days of rock and roll, enjoying a residency at the famed Le Coq d'Or nightclub. Eschewing studio work and the chart success it yields in favour of the toil and graft of gigging around Ontario, Ronnie became the consummate performer, writhing and wriggling in a style akin to Elvis. Backflips, go-go dancers, and an early incarnation of the moonwalk, known then as the camelwalk, were all set staples. Ronnie and the Hawks, a name bestowed upon the revolving reserve of his backing band, played a kind of music that married R&B, rock, and country & western, while his rockabillious younger years certainly showed their influence. The plaudits rolled in for Hawkins' brash brand of blues, picking up nicknames like Rompin' Ronnie, Mr. Dynamo, and the Hawk; as well as a Juno award and an honorary Order of Canada along the way. Nowadays he is as formidable as ever, despite lapsing into excusatory, self-deprecation on the few occasions when his memory or body don't act in the manner his regimental mind demands. His drawl belies a wisdom and natural intelligence, while his manner is that of a southern gentleman who has been made that much more polite by his years spent in Canada; though he isn't one to shy away from bawdy boasting or to sneak away for a sly dance with Mary Jane. He is a ribald raconteur, regaling all in earshot with raunchy stories that paint him as a kind of honky-tonk Hugh Hefner, with self-pointing references to both Rudolph Valentino (or Rudolph Vaselino, as Ronnie referenced him) and Caligula thrusting themselves into the conversation. We sat down to speak at his ranch, Hawkstone Manor, during a brief recess from the photo shoot.

By Dylan-Thomas Childs 92


"I am probably the biggest fan of Canada that there ever was. Me and Stompin' Tom Connors. If you said something bad about Canada to him, he'd be liable to fight you." -RONNIE HAWKINS



I wanted to start off by hearing about your formative years in Arkansas: Alright, I'll tell you what - Northwest Arkansas is a wonderful place to grow up in. There's parts of Canada that look exactly like Arkansas in the summer. I don't think our winters are nearly as bad. It was wonderful. Growing up, seeing all the things. Country. You don't learn nothin', but when you go back, you like seeing all of it. I was asked once about drugs. I said, "Well, drugs for me are kinda like my home town - I don't live there anymore but I don't mind going back for a visit every now and then." You studied at the University of Arkansas? Straight through for four years? Well, it took me five and I didn't graduate. I still have half a semester. I changed. I went from arts and science to education. Is this true - I've heard you wanted to be a phys-ed teacher? What I wanted, I may not have gotten. I wanted to teach high school girls, but I don't think they were going to let me do that. What do you think shaped you more, your time spent in Arkansas or living in Canada? Canada. I left Arkansas when I was in my early twenties. I've been here fifty-six years. Canada has been, and still is, the promised land. I spotted your broken-down tour bus outside. When were you primarily in that? The 1960s? 1970s? Yep, we put that together in the 1960s and drove it all through the 70s and parts of the 80s. Could you tell me something that happened on that bus that you may not have told anyone? Well, I don't wanna drop names, else they'd have to go in hiding. The statute of limitations may not be out on some of that stuff. No, there have been a lot of heroes on that bus. Big time heroes. A few parties - wild, I'm telling you what. They always used to ask me in interviews, they'd say, "Ronnie, what about them orgies?" "Orgies? What in the hell y'all talking about. We didn't have any orgies, for chrissakes." Nasty. We might have had fourteen or fifteen people in love, a time or two in that bus, but no orgies. It was a time for free love, after all. That was the 60s, boy, and the 70s got a little loose. I'm not kidding you. It was a boy's dream, cos those girls would come on, baby. They'd come on heavy in the sixties and from then on. They were something else. They wanted freedom. They were tired of being held back. It was wild. You were on Roulette Records? I was on Roulette, for several years. That was such a great, interesting story. Morris Levy. I don't know if you've heard of the notorious Morris Levy? [Roulette's founder and owner] Infamous. I got to meet him in person and I loved that guy. Man. He was something else. He would have probably made me a superstar if it hadn't have been for that disc jockey convention when they got busted. Payola. 1959. It was right in the middle of when he was promoting me. Every record company had a big problem there for some time. What time in your life, what period as a musician, do you look back upon with the most fondness? The fondest was when we first played Le Coq d'Or, on Yonge St. We had lineups every night. Seven o'clock at night, we had a lineup. How many nights were you playing? Six nights. We'd play Toronto or we'd load up and head to Port Dover or Grand Bend. There were three or four places that we went to, but Port Dover was my favourite.



As an American transplant in Canada, what does Canada mean to you? I've been to twenty-five or thirty countries, playing here and there, and some of them are beautiful, but they ain't got nothing on Canada. I mean, my goodness, Canada's got the land, the water, the natural resources, and they've got the loveliest girls on the planet. I was waiting for you to mention the women. What is better than that for an old country boy? You seem to have had your fair share of vices, but women seem to be number one. Oh my gosh. Women were the reason we tried to make it in music. Girls went for those musicians. Boy, once I found that out I decided to stay in music. The girls, I'm telling you what, they came around - they still do. Music gets 'em. In the early days it would really get 'em - it was the start of rock and roll and those little ol' girls would line up. It's a wonder I didn't wind up in the penitentiary. I toured with Bo Diddley and there was a big difference between me and Bo. At break time we'd both grab a little girl and take 'em outside. I'd back one up against the building, walk up and put it in, but Bo Diddley would put it in, and then walk up to her. Oh, Bo. He's gone now, but boy we had some laughs.

I've been to twenty-five or thirty countries, playing here and there, and some of them are beautiful, but they ain't got nothing on Canada. I mean, my goodness, Canada's got the land, the water, the natural resources, and they've got the loveliest girls on the planet. - RONNIE HAWKINS

You've helped build so many careers, with people coming up around you, like The Band. I've heard that all my life. Why did I have such unbelievable bands? I paid a hundred dollars more than anybody else in the bar business paid their bands. Also, I only travelled three months out of the year. I stayed in one spot: Le Coq d'Or. Things were that good then. Oh man, things were wonderful. Unbelievable. I could put great bands together. I'd just see somebody that can do something good and think, boy, I wish I could do that. What I try to do is get five or six of them type of guys in my band. One of those that you helped was the actress Beverly D'Angelo. She was auditioning for you as a singer... At the Nickelodeon. She was eighteen years old. She was a hot little thing. Funny and talented. Boy, was she funny. After her audition she quoted you as saying, "Stick with me honey and I'll have you fartin' through silk." Does that ring any bells? She said that on the Johnny Carson show! He didn't beep it or nothing. She was so talented. She could have done anything, but there are politics in movies - and in music. That was the drug period there and everything was going on. I let 'em know no drugs, no cocaine near anybody, and I said, "If you're gonna smoke a little, don't smoke near the club." It was still illegal as hell to have grass, in those days.

Even in Canada? Before they changed the law. You might as well have had heroin as grass, so you had to be real careful. Beverly used to sing with a friend of hers called Nancy, and one time they came to me and said, "Ronnie, a friend of ours in here, a dope dealer, has pure cocaine and before he cuts it we'd like to have one little spoon." Remember them spoons they used to carry around their necks? They said, "Do you care if we try one little spoon of that real good, uncut stuff." I said, "Are you serious? What they hell, go ahead." So when she and Nancy came back in they had, tied around their necks, one each of those big soup spoons that fits a whole bowlful. That's the kind of joke she used to pull, which was funny at the time. Who do you think you had the most influence upon? Aw, most people influenced me. I was just lucky enough to play with them people. When you think of some of the people that have been in my band, they're superstars. Levon Helm. He was a talent you wouldn't believe. I was just with Robbie Robertson. He's halfIndian and half-Hebrew. The Hebrew side is managing the Indian side and they're doing real good. He's doing well. He's big time, Robbie is. I've been lucky, having all those cats help me. David Foster. He's some kinda genius, man, I'm telling you. He did an interview and they asked him about his bands and who he'd been with. He said he'd learned more in the Ronnie Hawkins band than in all the other bands put together. Except, he said, it had nothing to do with music. PIE MAGAZINE


Ronnie Hawkins School ‌of hard knocks. What record of yours has the most personal meaning to you now? Well, I think the one that means the most, the strongest in the lyrics, is Days Gone By. An Arkansas boy wrote it and I recorded it with The Band - Levon and them - in Woodstock. Was about getting together with the old boys, just one more time. At this point in our conversation Ronnie burst into nostalgia-tinged song, singing about those "Days Gone By" for nearly a minute and a half. ‌I'd bet there are fifty of my musicians who are dead now. Lot of the big ones. Levon, Richard Manuel, Ricky Danko, King Biscuit Boy. Too many, too young. Way too young. I know the drugs had to do with a lot of it, but still they died too young. Are you surprised to have outlived so many? Nobody can believe it. I was dead, ten or twelve years ago. Pancreatic cancer. They gave me ninety days to live. We came back here and partied. God almighty. We had bands singing. Whiskey, dope, everything. They were filming it. They were going to film me until I died. Finally they had to call it "Alive and Still Kicking" cos I didn't die on 'em. Pissed the film crew off as they had to change the ending. Shit, it cost them money. You are sat with me wearing your Order of Canada medal. What does it mean to you? Yeah, I wear it to sleep. I wear it in bed at night. It means more than anything you could ever get.



I am probably the biggest fan of Canada that there ever was. Me and Stompin' Tom Connors. If you said something bad about Canada to him, he'd be liable to fight you. Canada has been such a wonderful place. The timing worked out beautiful for me, because when we landed rock and roll was just starting. No rock and roll bands, no nothing. We was about the only ones that was even trying, so we chiseled out a real good circuit, you know, for the times, and it kept getting better, cos they started playing rock and all this shit. We got known, got some albums out and a few in the top ten here. Things were real good. We were popular on Yonge Street and that was good enough for us. It's the promised land, if you wanna work and hustle. It's been said that you're not that keen on music anymore that you're burnt out musically. Is that true? Some good friends of mine, I thought was friends, took me for every penny I had. We tried one more big venture and they fooled me. I could have retired at fifty. I had buildings, bars, everything. That's the past, but I had to keep playing and, after awhile when you're forced to play more than you want to, you grow tired of it. You get tired of answering the same old questions, travelling to gigs, the sound checks. Burnt me out a bit. I hardly listen to music at all. I do meet and greets, and don't mind that. I answer questions and tell lies. But to play a ninety minute gig, I have to have four long days of rehearsals in my barn. That's a lot. Is there to be another gig? In Hamilton. They said I played this venue there twenty some years ago. I can't remember anything, anymore. My mind is gone.

RONNIE HAWKINS ROCKS AND ROLLS INTO MUSIC HISTORY Cambria is proud to congratulate our friend, brand advocate, and rock pioneer, Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins for receiving the Order of Canada. Rock on, Ronnie! You’re an inspiration to us all. PIE MAGAZINE



best kept secret

The Trews are one of Canada’s most interesting—and one of the hardest working—bands on the music scene today. They are also one of its best kept secrets. For every dedicated Trews fan, and there are many, there are equal numbers who have never heard of them. If there was ever a band deserving of your attention and support, it is The Trews. Kaja Blackley sat down with guitarist John Angus-MacDonald to briefly cover The Trews’ history, their struggles toward success, and what to expect from them in the future. By Kaja Blackley Photography Brad Conrad 98


PIE: How and when did the Trews become a band? Was it a gradual process or relatively quick? Where is each member from? John-Angus MacDonald: Colin, Jack and I are all from Antigonish, NS. Colin and I moved away from the Nish for about 10 years and when we returned in '96 we started playing together with Jack. We were still in high school then and we played mostly dances and all-ages shows. When our cousin Sean moved to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland to go to school and joined us on drums the band really started up in earnest. That was around the summer of 2001. PIE: Did the band face any struggles in the early days of touring? Was it a fight to make ends meet? Are there some particularly memorable hurdles the band has faced that you would care to share with Pie’s readers? J-AM: Once we were all outta school we relocated to southern Ontario to try and move things along. We ended up renting a dumpy old house in Niagara Falls for about $700 a month and it was a pretty serious struggle to come up with that month to month. We had a “no day jobs” pact so we had to resort to busking some months to make ends meet. PIE: Was there a turning point at which everyone in the band knew that your music was going to allow you both creative and financial security? What would you say has made the band successful? J-AM: When “Not Ready to Go” hit and we were hearing it constantly on the radio I think we had an inkling that something cool was going on. We were touring so hard in those days that we didn’t look up very often to smell the roses so we probably didn’t even notice that our lives were changing. As far as what makes it successful, I like to think that it’s the enthusiasm that we bring to the performances and the strength of the material. PIE: Is there something that makes the Trews a specifically Canadian band? Has being a Canadian band been a consideration in the course of your career? J-AM: Well, we are all from here and we worked really hard to build a career here. It just sort of evolved that way. PIE: What and who are the band’s key creative influences? J-AM: We cut our teeth playing along to '60’s and '70’s classic rock records. There are certain records and bands I can always fall back on for inspiration when I feel the well is running dry – The Beatles, The Who, T Rex, Zep, Jeff Beck, the Velvet Underground, Neil Young. PIE: Would you be able to point to any of your recordings as having been more creatively challenging or more creatively rewarding than the others? Which recording was your most successful? J-AM: Our last studio album Hope and Ruin was an interesting experience because we entered the studio without much material. We recorded the album as we wrote the songs, which presented certain challenges but was also rewarding in that it made for some very spontaneous and inspired moments. As far as success goes, there are so many ways to gauge that…There’s your best-selling (in our case that would be Den of Thieves to date), there’s songs that have a lot of viral reach like Highway of Heroes, which has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and has led us to play gigs all the way from the middle east to the Grey Cup, and there’s artistic success, which I define as a project achieving it’s intended goal - I believe our latest self-titled album did just that. We set out to make a heavy hitting modern sounding album that packed a rock-n-roll punch but still managed to highlight all the many aspect of our sound that have evolved over the last decade. PIE: Among your output of four studio albums, some EPs and two live albums is one single not included on an album, and that’s “Highway of Heroes”. How did the collaboration with Gordie Johnson on “Highway of Heroes” come about? Would you tell our readers a little about how you came to write the song? Do you plan any more collaborations like the one you did with Gordie Johnson on “Highway of Heroes”, or was it a response to very specific and moving event? J-AM: The song was inspired by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard in Afghanistan. She was the first female soldier killed in that conflict and she happened to hail for our hometown of Antigonish, NS – Jack and I went to high school with her. As I recall it, Colin came to me with the chorus and the structure of the song pretty much intact. When we decided to focus on Nichola’s story (and more generally the plight of all soldiers who lay their lives on the line for their country) we brought in Gordie Johnson to help us flesh out the lyrics. Anyone who knows Gordie knows that he’s a great storyteller and that talent extends to his lyric writing. He helped us communicate the message in a very direct way. When it came time to record it we brought him in to produce, as we have a long history of studio collaboration together, and the whole thing took on a life of it’s own from there. PIE: You have a new CD coming out – April 2014 – right? Gavin Brown has become one of the most sought-after music producers in North America. Where on The Trews do you most feel his influence? J-AM: Gavin really held our feet to the fire from a quality control perspective. He was really quick to trim fat and ditch redundancies. He also wanted everything we recorded to end up on the album because, as he put it, “If it’s not good enough for the album why record it?” From a technical perspective he brought along a slew of more modern recording technics that we played around with for the first time. He and I had a great time weaving sonic tapestries with guitar effects into the background of a number of songs. He also likes to work fast which was fine by us! Visit for more information about the band. PIE MAGAZINE


It's a sound that one fan describes as,

"Two wonderfully different vocals, one gruff and harsh and one sweet and melancholy, but when mixed together you get a tight sound that will feed your ears."

PETER DREIMANIS TALKS THE TALK By Aaron Reynolds Photography Brad Conrad

In the moment Leah Fay accepted the acoustic guitar being passed around a candlelit Toronto bar and began to sing, Peter Dreimanis knew he was hearing something special and had to meet her. The pair combined their musical talents with Josh Warburton, Ian Docherty and Danny Miles to form the indie-rock band, July Talk. While the description of the band's sound as "Tom Waits and Amy Millan shouting whiskey-soaked lullabies while backed by Crazy Horse" might seem strange, the result of the back and forth between Dreimanis' gravely cries and Fay's bewitching vocals is like sugar and spice, or yin and yang. The



two distinct vocal styles contrast one another, but also come together to create something special and profound. It's a sound that one fan describes as, "Two wonderfully different vocals, one gruff and harsh and one sweet and melancholy, but when mixed together you get a tight sound that will feed your ears." Fans rave about the experience of witnessing July Talk perform. The band consistently delivers upon its wellearned reputation for audience-engaging, high-energy live shows. The atmosphere the band creates transforms bars and concert halls into venue-wide parties. Sober or drunk, audiences dance and sing along.


It's these raw, intense, sexy, energetic, and fun performances July Talk is known for that earned the band nominations for CBC Radio3's Bucky Award for Best Live Band and the Juno's Breakthrough Group of the Year Award. The band won the Sirius XM Indie Award for Alternative Artist/Group or Duo of the Year. Eager to take their electrifying, sold-out shows beyond Canada's borders, July Talk's ruthless tour schedule takes them to places across the U.S., the UK and Europe, earning new fans at every stop. At the SxSW Music fest - a music fan's dream event the band's series of wild performances had people talking and proclaiming them a breakout band to watch.

From the success of touring internationally, July Talk landed deals with international record labels. Polydor UK, Universal Music in Europe, and Island Records in the U.S. all released distinct EP's comprised of selected songs from July Talk's self-titled album. With their continued growth at home and abroad, July Talk show no signs of slowing down, as bar room shows turn into huge festival stages and intimate audiences become packed crowds. With plans to keep touring and showcasing their extraordinary sound and high-octane live shows to music lovers everywhere, July Talk ensures that when people talk about music, they're talking about them.



By Kirsten Garbutt From the woman who brought us "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Little Liar," and the wicked cover "Crimson and Clover," Joan Jett is still as hardcore today as she was thirty years ago. With her penetrating voice, aggressive guitar playing, and trademark black leather, Joan makes you love Rock 'n' Roll. Her recent album, "Unvarnished", will reassure you that she hasn’t changed her soulful sound or Bad Reputation. The album features songs about the tragic passing of her parents, how Hurricane Sandy personally affected her town, and even the triumph of the human spirit. “The past twenty years of business has changed a lot, but I tend to do things the same way as I did years ago - including the touring. Not much of that changes for me. I’m not a big social media person, it’s not what I do. I do use social media when it’s necessary to get out information to our fans, or our audience, but as far as personally using that, I like to have a little mystery. Having mystique was always part of what a star was no matter what kind of star you’re talking about: a movie star, a TV star, a pop star, a rock star - there was a mystique about them. You didn’t know everything. There was always something more to learn, and now I think when everyone puts everything out there it’s much easier for the audience to look it all, read it all, devour it all and say, 'Okay, I’m done. I’m bored. Move on'. I think there’s a value on having a mystique, or mystery, and not putting everything out there. I mean personally, I’m not that kind of person, I’m more private but then that’s just me." The album also features a collaborations between Joan and Dave Grohl on the hit song "Any Weather", which touches on the subject of Hurricane Sandy, and Laura Jane Grace on "Soulmates to Strangers", which is the result after countless emails back and forth. As a part of the recent Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction of Nirvana, Joan took to the stage singing their hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit". “It was scary and thrilling at the same time, and I was really happy to be asked," says Jett. Being an American rock guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer, Joan wanted to let the world know that women can accomplish whatever they want. She proved her point when she became the first female artist to have direct control over an independent record company.



"Early on, we wanted to sign with a major. We had albums and material ready, and we sent them to all the majors and minor labels at the time - 23 to be exact, and got 23 rejection letters. At the time, we took Kenny Laguna’s infant daughters college fund - she was about only 6 months old at the time and it probably consisted of about 1000 dollars - and we printed up our own records and started selling them out of the trunk of the car at gigs and that became the beginning of Blackheart Records." "We did want to sign with a major, but as things had it the rock 'n' roll gods said, 'No, you’re going to do it yourself!' and we did and we are so glad that we didn’t get signed by a major, because now we own all of our stuff and if we had been signed we wouldn’t. So things worked out." Still touring today, Joan’s music plays on countless radio stations across the world, spreading the word to inspire all up and coming female artists in the industry. She offers advice to women trying to make it in the industry with the following: "What I would say is it’s a tough gig and you’re going to have your days of tears along with your good days. And, what I would say is if you really love this and it's what you really want to do, you have to really give it a shot and give yourself a chance for your dream to flourish, 'cause if you don’t you will always, always regret it. Whatever you aspire to be in life, you have to fight for it. Especially being girls and women, people tend to want to limit you. 'Girls don’t do this, women don’t do that' until they do it. So you’ve got to just do what you love and be who you are. Everything else will fall into place as long as you stick to your guns." That's certainly the case when it comes to Joan, both in her songs and in the causes she supports. She became a vegetarian because of her love for animals "It’s a moral thing about who you are as a person," explains Jett. Now she promotes vegetarianism/veganism and speaks out against factory farming and the enormous environmental impact it has on the planet. It has been a long and twisting road with no end in sight, where being true to her sound and beliefs has made all the difference. "I think I'm a thousand different people at different times of the day." A true rock 'n' roll pioneer who has paved the way for all that follow in her path. "I do love rock 'n' roll - this is true - so I mean on one level that is a personification of me because I love what I do, you're a part of all the music you put out there."






You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet MUSIC VIDEO + PHOTOS BY DEAN KARR By Roland Wilhelm

Presley left home at 17, eight years after Elvis’ passing. Then at a young 25, she inherited his estate, but she didn’t start her recording career until 2003. Her albums and songs have charted at No. 5 and No. 16 on Billboard. Musical collaborations include Richard Hawley, Pat Benatar, Kylie Minogue, Coldplay, Michael Bublé, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt and more. In 2007, Lisa Marie drops “In the Ghetto”, originally released in 1969 by dad Elvis. Interestingly, she performs a duet with Elvis in her successful version of the song that reaches No. 1 on iTunes. Lisa Marie is an active humanitarian and has been involved in much charity work. She has successfully addressed a congressional committee regarding the mandatory use of drugs to treat schoolchildren with behavioral issues and focuses much of her efforts on children and the homeless in her home town of Memphis. Awards include the Humanitarian Award from the World Literacy Crusade and accolades for her work with and for children, as well as official recognition of her contributions by various political figures. In 2010, four times married with four children, she and music-producer husband Michael Lockwood broke with the destructive environment of Los Angeles and

moved to their 50 acre farm 'Coe's Hall’ near the village of Rotherfield in East Sussex, England. Then, in 2012, Lisa Marie Presley released "Storm & Grace" – her first album in seven years (third overall) and one she describes as a new beginning and an intimate index of who she is. It is, perhaps, a reflection of her new atpeace environment. Subsequent to the release of the CD, she engaged director Dean Karr and his producer Arthur Gorson (Wild Indigo) to create a music video for the "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" track. The video was released in 2013. A story-telling image-invoking lullaby, which Entertainment Weekly called a "smoky, spooky" single, the song is a perfect match for Dean's creative sensibility. Part of the film production process is to create and agree on a "Film Treatment", a 2-4 page document that takes a single-page concept outline to the next step, where the story is told in the present and comes alive - and even direction, sample images and notes may be included. Presented here are excerpts from the Treatment and photos. You can find the video online and take pleasure in matching up the Treatment to the final product.



Lisa Marie Presley “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” Video Treatment by Dean Karr © 4/9/12 by Wild Indigo, LLC Opening tight on a woman’s hands on an old antique trunk. We are inside a small cabin-like house. Someone is packing up. We now cut to a tight shot of Lisa Marie’s eyes. She is on a mission.

Confident and always illuminated in the most beautiful

light, we will follow Lisa Marie as she sets out on a venture into the swamp-like night. Never seeming to be performing to camera, we are more like secret witnesses to her secret mission. The antique trunk rolls behind her on old squeaky metal wheels as a rope is tightly wrapped around one hand. The swamp is lit in midnight blue; her face is bathed in a soft beautiful white light that follows her through the mossy forest. Styled in a tone to match the “Storm and Grace” album cover, we find her, barefoot, in the half-light. Lisa Marie comes to a smoky clearing in the swamp. Here rusted bits of the past (farm objects, wheels, tractor tread, etc.) have become permanent fixtures in the forest, covered in moss and vines. They are positioned in circular formation. Within the circle, we find several swamp couples slow dancing to the track. Going back in time, they have numbers on their back as if we’ve come across an endless Appalachian dance marathon. They have uniformity about them and wear monochromatic wardrobe. Details of great character actors faces will add a certain bayou magic moment to the middle of our song. An old phonograph spins an old 78. A black crow may sit perched next to the phonograph. Lisa makes her way through the center of dancers, singing to herself. “I don’t belong, I’ve lost the plot.”

Our camera

follows her through the crowd. She seems to be about to join their monotonous dance motion…the costumed dancers begin to all push in tight around her, as in a scene from an epic ballet. Tighter and tighter they keep coming. Lisa expresses discomfort with this moment of claustrophobia, but at last breaks free. Free of conformity! (We will repeat and inter- cut bits of this footage throughout the balance of the piece.)

She then continues on her mission, tethered to the trunk.

Lisa, now alone again, comes to a rickety dock

which extends out upon a dark

wetland. The time has come! She kneels down and inserts a key into the rusty trunk. Peeling away the old lock, she opens the top. Inside, we reveal a woman’s private belongings. Lisa will throw each item into the black bog with a look of satisfaction on her face. “You ain’t seen nothing yet…”

As each item breaks the

surface of the dark water, we will follow with beautiful slow motion details as it sinks to the rhythm of the track. She is clearly discarding items from her past. These will be executed in a controlled setting and provide us with strong visual elements that can be intercut throughout the piece. Lisa emerges from the swamp. Her hand slowly reaches for an old doorknob and twists it open.

Lights flare our lens. There is a moment of transformation as… we now find

Lisa Marie (in a new wardrobe) free of the swamp, facing a bright future.


great last shot of Lisa Marie now singing directly into camera– “You ain’t seen nothing yet, am I a disruption to your corruption, you ain’t seen nothing yet.” Fade to WHITE.





It is very unlikely Dean Karr's work has somehow passed you by. The Seattle native's impressive body of work includes, for example, he's shot hundreds of album covers and music videos for such artists as Marilyn Manson, AC/DC, Stevie Nicks, Tommy Lee, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden to name just a few. His impressive commercial success in both photo and film for fashion, music and art is in part due to his very unique, and often imitated, sense of imagery, his ability to see through contemporary good looks and find beauty in decay, the not-so-perfect and even grotesque. That is not to say that Dean rejects traditional beauty as "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" reveals ... yet even the very beautiful Lisa-Marie leaves us with a sense of haunting, of ephemeral life. Dean's highly collectable art is available via his website Music Videos - Commercials - Still Photography -



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Ascension Ryan Christopher and Miranda Cobbett are two people that were made for each other. It didn’t take long for these two to fall in love after meeting on a rooftop patio over 6 years ago. Before long their equal passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle lead them to join forces and establish Pyradigm Fitness. “Our mission is to try and shift people's paradigms with our guide to a successful, healthy, fit, and abundant life,” says Ryan. “Ultimately we seek to create an ‘aha’ moment for our clients when they experience the connectivity of the body, mind, and spirit being in perfect harmony. This is the moment of the paradigm shift,” says Miranda. With the approach of combining mind, body, and spirit into their programs the inspiring couple help people become reconnected with their heart centre. Their positive aura and philosophy on living a healthy lifestyle easily entices everyday people to make positive changes in their lives. Living in the moment is easier said than done for some. In society, people often dwell in the past, or worry about the future. The ability to live presently in the moment can be a challenge, but to Ryan and Miranda they believe it is key to living a healthy life. “We must tune into our inner beings and be mindful of our bodies, our feelings – both physical and emotional, to listen to the heart and mind, and be able to create a harmony that can eb and flow pleasantly and seamlessly,” says Miranda. “Lifestyle is all about balance,” says Ryan. Being mindful of the things we do to our bodies and not over-indulging are key balances that can trigger establishing a healthy lifestyle.






The World Is My Playground Making a difference in this world is what Ryan and Miranda strive to do each and every day. Social media plays an active part in the success of their business and provides followers with inspirational videos, healthy eating habits, and motivational tips. Followers of Ryan and Miranda’s social media accounts will immediately be intrigued by #TWIMP – The World Is My Playground. “TWIMP was started to promote getting outside and understanding that you do not necessarily need a gym to get active,” says Ryan. “It is an outlet to inspire individuals that are already fitness-minded by posting unique ways to use your surroundings to workout without equipment, yet still be challenged.” The power couple’s goal is that they will inspire people to get creative with working out. As the two of them continue to grow their business, Miranda has taken a leap into becoming a yoga teacher. Ryan and Miranda will soon be leading acro and partner yoga workshops, so stay tuned to their website for details if you would like to learn how to flow and fly! “Yoga has truly changed my life and brought a newfound sense of clarity, calmness and serenity,” says Miranda. The practice of yoga has helped Miranda become completely present and conscious in changing the way she lives her day-to-day life, so it was only natural that these realizations would lead her to become certified so that she can spread her love for yoga to others and inspire them.



Not only do they actively promote their philosophy on life daily, but they look good doing it too! Ryan and Miranda have recently started selling Buddha Pants on their website. Buddha Pants are unisex organic cotton harem pants that pack up and fold into a little pouch, making them easy to bring everywhere. “Buddha Pants are pants you fall in love with. From the moment you put them on, you will want to bring them everywhere,” says Miranda. Her attitude towards rocking an outfit? Confidence! “I encourage people to try something new. Don’t think you can’t pull something off just because it is outside your comfort zone. Be confident and go for it!” They have successfully grown their business and actively provided people with tips and motivation to live in the present moment and live a balanced lifestyle. “This body is the only one we get for this life and it is important to make healthy choices, to ensure that we experience the most out of life,” says Ryan. This magnificent couple constantly produces positive energy and their philosophy towards life produces a ripple effect that causes clients and followers of their social media sites to get active, live healthy, think positive, and live their best life possible.




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HITLER’S OLYMPICS A PERSONAL MEMOIR BY C. ABBOTT CONWAY (1914-2001) 1936 CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM (800 METRES) They called me Abbott the Rabbit, the Huntsville Hare. I was a successful middle-distance runner under Coach Hec Philips, competing for the University of Toronto and the West End YMCA during the mid-nineteen-thirties. In 1936, the Olympics were in Berlin and of course I tried out for the Canadian Team. The Olympic trials were in July at Molson Stadium in Montreal. I placed third in the half-mile, behind Phil Edwards and Jack Lyttle, which put me on the team. The Berlin Games were held at the peak of Nazi pre-war enthusiasm. It was a tremendous show, organized with great precision and efficiency.



The Olympic Village was about ten miles from the centre of Berlin. We were two or three to a room with good accommodation and had our own dining room serving us our familiar kinds of food. I roomed with Dr. Phil Edwards, the Captain of the Canadian Team. Phil came from British Guyana, but studied medicine at McGill and ran for Canada in three Olympics, winning five bronze medals altogether. Jogging with him around the Olympic Village you heard his name spoken with respect in many languages. He was a great gentleman and a fine sportsman as well. He did not worry about fast times, but ran to win and loved tactical battles. The Olympic stadium itself was a huge affair seating 110,000 people.

Half was below ground level and half above. It was filled to capacity every day and the roar of the crowd was something to hear. Large blocks of seats were allocated to Nazi Party supporters. When a German won the stadium filled with the strains of Deuchland uber Alles and Horst Wessel, the Nazi Party song, and the Olympic fire flared up—quite Wagnerian. There were many wonderful events. Some, like Jesse Owens' four medals, remain part of Olympic history. To my mind, the 800 metres final was one of the finest tactical races ever seen. Phil Edwards commanded the race, but was unable to hold off Woodruff of the United States and Lanzi of Italy in the final 80 metres. For myself, I ran better than ever before, finishing second in my heat but eliminated in the semi-finals. I would have liked to do better, but in all fairness I did about as well as I expected. At all times, we were surrounded by military preparations of the German armed forces. Fighter aircraft commonly flew above the Olympic Village. The women were awakened many mornings by machine-gun fire from a target range near their residence. We rode to training areas in army troop carriers. The Olympic Village was to become an Officer Training Centre when we left. Hitler often attended the games, his route lined with S.S. troops—a grim-looking lot. Groups of Hitler Youth marched single file around the Olympic Village, the leader giving the Nazi salute and "Heil Hitler!" as they passed. They looked well-scrubbed and inoffensive, like Boy Scouts. When I saw them again eight years later they looked different. The German people were friendly and helpful. We got on well with them. The German press had told them to be particularly attentive to English-speaking athletes and visitors. I believe the Olympics were used by Hitler as a massive Public Relations exercise to buy more time for preparation for war. I think they probably succeeded and fooled most of us into believing that the Germans, despite all the military panoply, were friendly and peace-loving. I think Hitler may well have bought an extra two years with those Games. It was perhaps the first time that the Olympics were so political. The Canadian team had a meeting to decide whether the team should give the Olympic salute at the March Past, because the Nazi Party had taken it over as their salute. We decided to retain it, and this was taken by the crowd as a sympathetic gesture by Canada to Nazi aims. Maybe we were naive, but as athletes we simply felt that politics should not deprive us of an important Olympic symbol. Not to give the Olympic salute would have been a victory for a political force we did not support. After the Olympic Games, the Canadian Team returned to London for another meet: the British Empire vs. the United States. Afterward, a few of us had the chance to take in post-Olympic meets in Sweden and Norway. Finally, it was on board the Empress of Australia for Canada and back to our homes and families. What a wonderful experience we had had! PIE MAGAZINE






“Young is not a number; it’s your attitude. Accept what is going on, it is a part of staying young.”

By Shaganaa Sivaloganathan Photography Paul Alexander

We are brought into this world as innocent impressionable beings. As we grow older, we gain new experiences, meet new people, cry for all the hard times we face and laugh at the funny moments life brings. We’re born and instinctively love ourselves, then we age and stop. Beauty isn’t about being young; it is about what you do throughout your life that defines you. All of these ventures in life can only happen to the ones who have experienced living: the veterans of life. It would be hard to find someone who understands this more than Mary Tripi. As you walk into her salon, The Private World of Mary Tripi in Toronto and meet Mary, the 74-year-old director

and owner, for the first time, you can’t help but notice her calming demeanor and youthful glow. The matriarch of Toronto’s hair industry has created the fountain of youth with her worldclass services. Emphasis is placed on having no limitations on what you can do at any age. Maturing doesn’t mean having to have your hair curled up with rollers; it’s about the way you cut your hair to the style of clothes you wear that makes any age a youthful effervescent one. When asked about the meaning of beauty, Mary responded boldly by stating beauty isn’t just about how you look.

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“To me, a person who is comfortable in their own skin but also has the freedom to be open to change their looks all the time, that’s beauty. Variety is beautiful,” says Tripi. “Age means nothing. Never lose excitement for life and adventure.” As we age we should accept, love and treat ourselves. Try new styles and trends in fashion and beauty. Maturing doesn’t mean limiting ourselves to the traditional ideals of age appropriate beauty. Mary Tripi explains, “If you have an open mind and look at new trends, you will be the judge of what you take from it. It’s about reinventing yourself, all the time.” When discovering the new you, to most, there is still that stigma and misconception of what happens when we age, not realizing that most issues can be treated. Mary explains the main concerns women who visit her salon ask about are thinning hair and scalp health. As women age, our bodies respond differently, but that is not to say that we can’t try new and preexisting remedies. Aging doesn’t mean just allowing Mother Nature take her course; there are different methods to help combat your problem areas. For women concerned with hair loss and maintaining vigorous

looking hair, treatments like Mary Tripi’s S.H.O.C Hair Therapy can truly transform damaged tresses. This fortified treatment has the ability to restore the hair back to a healthy stage. Women who don’t have the time to book an appointment can always try massaging their scalp daily to stimulate new growth. Hair loss isn’t only associated with aging women. Nowadays, women deal with more stress and responsibilities than their predecessors. Factors like these can really take a toll on the hair. As women, we have the right to take care of our overall health, starting with your Me time. Take some time out of your busy schedule to visit a salon and get pampered. There are hundreds of products that promise to combat aging dilemmas, but it’s important to find a product for your particular esthetic issue. “In our salon, we have a prescription to what you need and we only carry the best,” says Tripi. Confidence and self-acceptance comes with experience and maturity. We have to remember that beauty never expires, it’s everlasting. With Mary’s advice and easy to follow tips, you’ll not only look younger but feel it to.









More than meets the eye We’ve all been there – seemingly pitted against all odds, no end in sight, and a glass ceiling apparently made of steel holding us back from achieving our one, true destiny. All too familiar, this story may be one of the best examples of the modern day fairy tale, even if it doesn’t always conclude with a happy, Hollywood ending. Struggle is a defining characteristic in the building of our true selves. Through this, we undo the façade and face the reality of who we truly are. Confronting that version of herself has been a long, successful, and storied road for this issue’s cover star, Janice Dickinson, but equipped with her thick-skin, common sense, and good looks, the rise of this icon is nothing short of inspiring and adventurous. Having the opportunity to speak with someone who possesses so much life experience and wisdom, not to mention a personality like a firecracker, is a rare chance to connect and dig into the whole of who someone is. Fortunately for Pie, Janice didn’t hold back in getting to the heart of what matters to her. Whether it was discussing the inner circle of her kids, fiancée, and friends; the rise and fall of her legendary modeling career, where she affectionately coined the term ‘supermodel’ and simultaneously became ‘the first’ of the kind; success in television; her modeling agency; and her experiences as an author, Janice gave Pie a true portrait of a person that is so fricking excited to be at this point in her life. Over three years sober, and truly living life to its fullest, she is a proud mom of her two grown children; Savannah, home for the summer from college, and Nathan, who works in TV as an executive producer. Closest to her is her fiancée Rocky, a retired psychiatrist, who as fate would have it, was introduced to Janice on a blind date set up by her son. It’s clear that Janice’s inner circle has a lot of influence in her life, and that family, and Rocky, as she says so herself, keep her grounded more than anything. Starring in the E! Network’s television series “Botched”, a show where plastic surgeons perform corrective surgery to previously done procedures, Janice's appearances on the show garnered the network the highest ratings it has received for a long time. No stranger to the knife, it is a fitting return to primetime for her.

“I got my first breast augmentation at 33. As a model, I don't highly recommend them. Designers like clothes to hang, and my body proportions were off.” Originally occurring at a time when the whole idea of plastic surgery seemed like science fiction, our girl is now back in front of the lens, baring it all for us to see. It just goes to show that as much as we love the veneer of fashion and beauty, as a society we just can’t get enough of what’s behind the veil. To our benefit, this is something Janice has always seen as an avenue for her own success, appearing in numerous hilariously entertaining reality TV series, propelling herself directly into our homes. Her career in TV began when Janice appeared as a judge on the first four seasons of the famous “America’s Next Top Model” series. It was there that a world outside of fashion got the chance to get to know and love the fabulous character and personality that is Janice Dickinson. Not only did this give Janice the stage to spread her message of love and fabulousity to anyone with access to cable TV, but it also gave her the chance to open her own modeling agency in Los Angeles. It was something that she was always keen on doing, seeing as it was and always has been her true passion. Staying true to the modern day fairy tale archetype, the beginning of her career in modeling was when Janice encountered the brunt of her own Berlin Wall of rejection. It was the early 1970s and Janice was determined to find success in New York and internationally as a top model, but was rejected repeatedly for her unconventional, “exotic” looks – aka brown hair and brown eyes – in a world saturated with campaigns featuring the blue-eyed, blonde hair So-Cal beauties popularized at the time. With nothing but sheer perseverance and endearing clout, Janice caught the eye of the famous model agent Wilhelmina, and as RuPaul says, “her modeling career took off.” Never taking no for an answer and working day and night doing runway shows, campaigns, editorials, and travelling the globe, it all paid off when Janice received her first illustrious Vogue cover - soon to be followed by thirty-seven more. Not to mention the multiple other magazines like Elle, Cosmo, Harper’s, Marie Claire, and even Playboy - whose glossy fronts she also called home.



As with any true Hollywood story, nothing is ever as it seems and Janice, unfortunately, was no exception to the rule. It’s appropriate that the title of her first book and autobiography is, “No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel” (2002), as a lifeguard is exactly what some of us, including Janice, could have used at many points in our lives - someone to protect us and divert us from danger. For Janice, it was the years of physical and verbal abuse she suffered at the hands of her father that became her biggest demons. “My childhood issues didn’t pop ‘til my 20s,” she says. After leaving home at the ripe age of 17 with no money in her pocket, her past behind her and nothing but modeling dreams for fuel, she was determined to make it. “Thrival,” Janice says, “Another term coined by me, which is a combination of thriving and survival!” It’s Janice’s own special brand of being able to be human, loving, kind and compassionate, but at the flip of a switch, the hard-talking bitch-on-wheels coach or judge she has to be that gives her the transparency that we’ve all come to love. Janice can represent the caring mother, sultry seductress, smart businesswoman, and endearing friend in every woman. It’s that multi-faceted persona that attracted her to Pie and audiences everywhere. “I’ve been thanked by thousands of people for writing this book as abuse is such a taboo subject. Being verbally abused and knowing he was molesting my sister, Alexis, and other kids too, it’s scarred me for life.” Janice recalls with strength in her voice, “I take any opportunity I get to talk to young girls about modeling, and especially the dark side of it…the drugs, alcohol…and lecherous men.” Janice wants to make it clear that things are not always



beautiful beneath the surface. She was born into it, and always felt enormous guilt for never coming forward. “I have a duty to reach out to young girls and always like to include in articles, [that if they] are experiencing abuse at home, [and are] reading this article, to seek help from a teacher! Or someone you can trust to help you through it!” I guess if we’re truly lost, we can always consider Janice our own personal ‘lifeguard on duty’. With her past behind her, surrounding herself with good people, living well, and staying true to herself, it’s seems as though Janice has been able to ultimately cultivate the dream life she always imagined. While she set out and achieved her goals, it only takes a short while speaking with some of the people she considers close to find that home is definitely where the heart is. Janice's BFF of over ten years, Steven - who she says is “always on my right arm and we are always having fun together.” - explains a side of her that most don't get to experience. “She is a helper,” Steven says of Janice. “She loves to help others in her community. People who have experienced trauma can help heal themselves by helping others.” When asked about something else that no one may know about our cover girl, we thought we were in for something juicy, but much to our surprise, Steven answered as honest as he could, “A secret about Janice that is unique and nobody knows is that she loves to garden! She loves spending time in her garden, connecting with herself and life around her!” And what pisses her off most? “That the gays can’t get married! Gay rights is her passion… She really gets heated and it gets under her skin.” Even talking to Rocky, her ‘rock’ and fiancée, he can only say the sweetest things about Janice. When asked to describe her in one sentence, he replies, “A bundle of dynamic energy. She’s a Ferrari engine and I help with the brakes and the stalling.” Rocky recalls them meeting across a crowded room, “Va-va-voom, and there she was! Our eyes met, it was very romantic and still is. We are riveting together.” It’s this kind of love that definitely keeps a passion burning. Whether in the bedroom with her fiancée, on your TV in the living room, or in the boardroom, passion has always been Janice’s driving force, and her secret to keeping consistent in her vision and goals. Just simply through talking to her in this interview, it’s easy to see the affect love, ambition, gall, and the right support can have on a person’s outcome. Although the end of Janice’s modern day fairy tale is yet to be written, it seems as if it’s looking like quite the picture perfect ending. Throughout all the ups and downs, the accomplishments and missteps, it’s never too late if you never give up.






























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Be grateful. "I realise I am lucky to have good genes. I notice my skin changing but I accept it."

Anna Bertram is a stunning beauty. At forty-one years old, this mother of two and stepmother to three more, can still call herself a professional model. After immigrating to Montreal from Warsaw with her family at age four, Anna went on to win a national modelling contest at age sixteen. From there she modelled in Paris, NYC, and Tokyo during breaks from summer school. With brains to match her looks, Anna holds a Master's in Journalism and spent a decade working in advertising. Now she enjoys the balance of being a Mom while working as a model. The first to admit genetics play a big part in her beauty, Anna's attitude and lifestyle are also major factors.



Don't fear the sun. "I have a tan. I believe the Sun's vitamin D is good for the soul. I wear protection, but I don't obsess about it. There is a reason people are happy when it's sunny. A little sunshine is good energy and gives you a healthy glow."

Get out of the house. "My happiest memories are ones where I was in nature. I feel happiest in the forest or looking at the ocean. I love the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. I think I might be a bit of a Pagan!"



Exercise. I do yoga,I find it relaxes me and gives me strength, both mentally and physically. It's like a massage. I also play tennis and go for long walks.

Eat fresh food. "Long before the word 'organic' was ever spoken, I was fed nothing but homegrown foods. My grandfather had a huge garden. Everything we ate came straight from the earth: carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, walnuts, and cherries - you name it, he grew it! I go grocery shopping every other day. I don't like accumulating huge amounts of food that just sit there." Eat well. "I don't worry about what I can't eat, but focus on what I can eat. I have never been good at following diets. I don't have that kind of discipline and love life too much to restrict myself. I try not to eat after 8 pm. I prefer to avoid processed or starchy carbs in the evening. Treat yourself. "As for vices... well I must confess to enjoying a small can of Coke a day and a little piece of dark chocolate with sea salt on top. My daily moment of heaven."

Want Anna's look for yourself ? Read on. "For the beachy, messy look, I like 'Bumble & Bumble' surf spray," says Anna. "Funny enough, years before B&B launched their products, they had just one salon in NYC. I did a hair shoot for them back when I was just seventeen! Using their products always makes me smile when I think back to that." "I love Aveda's Rosemary Mint Shampoo," says Anna. "I recently discovered a root boosting volumizer by Moroccan Oil and now cannot live without it!" "Having dry skin, I find I need to moisturize a lot. I mix in a bit of vitamin E oil into my daily moisturizing cream. I like Khiel's, Biotherm's Aquasource, and Skinovage by Babor," says Anna. "I also use Lumene's Vitamin C Bright Skin Radiance Nectar." "Once a week I exfoliate my face with a homemade technique. I slice a tomato in the middle and dip each half into castor sugar, and then apply them to my face by squeezing and scrubbing. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants!" As for makeup, Anna doesn't wear any during the day, but when she does she uses MAC and Laura Mercier cosmetics.





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