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It's been an issue of abundance, hectic lifestyle, limitless energy and exceptional friends. Our writers and photographers have been busy scouring the globe seeking stories that reflect the adventure and spirit of The PIE Society. With a new edition coming to a close, I'm already looking forward to what PIE will showcase next. Yes, as soon as this glorious issue is put to bed, I'm running off to the beach to shoot the next bookazine. In PIE's special upcoming anniversary edition, friends and photographers hit the sand and surf to capture the beauty, fashion, celebrity, and truly intimate stories you've come to expect within these pages. If you haven't already guessed, I love to travel. There are always new places to explore and new mountains to climb! My friends and I are thrilled to share them with you. All of the destinations PIE features have affordable luxury in mind; places where you can indulge in adventure or relaxation all while still getting a little bit of work done. PIE's mission has always been to push the boundaries of what a magazine can be. In this issue of PIE, we bring to you a number of interesting interviews with faces recognized around the world. Gracing the cover are intimate portraits taken by the acclaimed Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The snaps of celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen illuminate a world in which we are no longer divided; instead, we live in a world where we are all "us". The portraits featured in the pages of PIE highlight change and move equality ever forward. I'm pleased to bring you an interview with Pamela Anderson about her philanthropy, and the inspiring story of Greg Swales and his mission to bring art and culture to the remote Amazon. Saturday Night Live invited us behind the scenes with their costume designer, who reminisced about a few favourite celebrity appearances. After all these years, SNL is still good for a laugh. Canadian business leaders Christine Magee, John Sleeman, Leonard Brody, Will Poho, and others get PIE mag's spotlight shone upon them and their success, while up-and-comers you should know about also get the feature treatment. Photographer Richard Sibbald captured a classic era of fashion with vintage dresses and decadent furs. Korby Banner continues to adore charming, intimate portraits and we tease you with a few images we took on our adventure to the Turks and Caicos to capture the myth and fantasy of the islands. (More to see next issue). In addition to these two PIE luminaries, a bevy of artists, photographers, and intellectuals confess their lust and obsession to create as well. Back on the home front, PIE is excited to plan our journey to Mexico, Costa Rica and Ibiza with fierce glamour in tow. Sometimes, I feel like the luckiest person in the world - capturing magic, moods, and being a part of history one page at a time. Making my wildest dreams come true. As PIE grows and the pressure and pace to produce new issues increases, I am grateful for my team; they are truly my family and friends. My new friend, Shauna Ireland has me scheduled for dinners, parties, and shows. Always sharing the love and always trying to get me in a sexy party dress! To my team of family and friends, for your love and perseverance, I need to say "Thank You!" Soaring into the realms of imagination,
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ELLEN Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen talk about stereotypes and breaking social boundaries
Infusing Tequila & Vodka
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Contributors ABC DESIGN
Designing is my passion.
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His career spans 3 decades as an internationally published photographer & 20 years on television as a beauty expert.
A commercial, editorial and advertising photographer. Originally hailing from Slovakia, the Heart of Europe.
An award winning short fiction author.
A Registered Financial Consultant and President of Equitable Financial Inc.
MICHELLE WALTER Writer/Business Relations
With a diverse background in fashion and politics, working for Pie Magazine seemed like a natural fit.
Always inspired by the extremes of beauty
An accomplished advertising, editorial and celebrity portraiture photographer with numerous awards and accolades.
Luxury lifestyle writer and ardent traveler and lover of haute cuisine and fashion
On bad hair days, he enjoys a good hat and a glass of scotch. On other days, he mostly just enjoys scotch
Author of thirty-five books. He is professor at Georgian College and Victoria College at the University of Toronto.
mannequinmedia.com has been photographing, filming fashion, music and celebrities for 8 years.
Realism artist, aspiring model and coffee enthusiast
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JENNI LIN BALDWICK Make-Up Artist
Make up is an experience. It has the ability to change out moods and sense of style.
Hair & Make-Up Artist
A contemporary photographer, Ian's main focus is people and portraiture.
Working with celebrity clients like Justin Bieber, Keira Knightley and gracing magazine covers like Vanity Fair & Elle.
Loves spending time and sharing stories with her children and friends.
The author of thirty published books and a artist who has exhibited internationally
BA in English Literature and Philosophy from York University and an artistic spirit is only fulfilled through writing and photography.
The face you have at 25 is the one that god gave you the one you have at 50 is the one you've earned
An entertainment journalist, senior publicist at SI PR, visual artist and an active mom of 3
Event Photographer One frame at a time
Studied Photography in Berlin and moved to Toronto in the late 80's. He has been taking pictures all over the world, ever since.
Enhancing natural beauty and escalating self esteem
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Time travelling, dream weaving and reading far passed bed time
Behind the curtain is a life of rehearsed spontaneity, studied carelessness and meticulous nonchalance
DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX Whisky Expert A highly respected whisky advocate and author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert.
To all contributors listed throughout these pages.
Photography: Gabe Toth (gabetoth.com) Styling and Recipes: LeeAnne Wright represented by Judy Inc
Molecular Gastronomy Infusing
Watercress Parmesan Spaghetti with Tequila, Tomato and Balsamic Pearls The molecular gastronomy technique used in this recipe is gelification using agar-agar which is a vegetarian friendly product made from red algae. It does have to be heated to 185F to form a solid gel, so be sure to have an instant read thermometer. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups vegetable oil 2 cups packed spinach 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese 3/4 cup water
2 1/2 tsp agar-agar, divided 1/2 cup tomato juice 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup tequila
1. Place a tall glass filled with oil in the freezer 30 minutes prior to starting. 2. Puree spinach, Parmesan cheese and water in a blender. Pour contents into a saucepan and stir in 1 tsp agar-agar. Bring to a boil, heating until it reaches 185F. Pour spinach into a bowl and using a kitchen syringe, fill with spinach. Attach a long silicone tube to syringe and fill tube with spinach. Place tube in ice water. Repeat with remaining mixture and tubes. 3. Heat tomato juice with 1/2 tsp agar-agar over high heat to 185F. Using a pipette, slowly drip larger tear shaped balls into cold oil. They will gel as they are dropping to bottom. 4. Repeat process with balsamic vinegar and tequila into same oil. 5. When ready to plate: attach the empty syringe to tube and apply pressure to the plunger and extrude spinach spaghetti; Strain pearls and plate with spaghetti.
Vodka Bloody Caesar on a Plate Using water soluble gelatin, you get all the flavours of a Vodka Bloody Caesar but you eat it with a spoon. 2 servings
INGREDIENTS: 2 oz vodka 1 1/2 cups bloody Caesar mix 1 tsp water soluble gelatin
2 sticks of celery 2 lime wedges celery salt
1. Combine vodka, bloody Caesar mix and gelatin together then pour mixture into a very round small bowl or into one half of sphere ice cube mold. Let mixture sit until firm. 2. Unmold on a plate and serve with celery, lime and celery salt.
Caesar Salad on a Spoon In this molecular gastronomy dish, a siphon with a N2O cartridge is required in addition to xanthan gum.
INGREDIENTS: 6 slices of bacon 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp vodka 1 romaine heart, trimmed and chopped 1 anchovy filet 1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp xanthan gum Salt and pepper
1. Heat oven to 400F. Stir honey and vodka together in a small bowl. Lay bacon on a sheet pan. Brush each piece with the honey and vodka. Bake bacon for 10 minutes then brush again. Bake another 5-7 minutes or until crisp and browned. Remove from oven and brush generously with remaining mixture. 2. Combine remaining ingredients and puree in blender. Pour ingredients into a chilled siphon whipper, load N20 cartridge and chill for 1 hour with unit upside down. 3. Shake siphon and serve in a decorative spoon garnished with half a piece of bacon.
Macarons with Sweet Beet Foam Soy Lecithin is used to transform beets into foam to make this small treat that combines both sweet and savoury flavours perfectly. Makes 12 bites. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups canned beets including liquid 1 tsp Soy Lecithin 12 macaron shells
4 boconcini balls, sliced into 12 slices 1/4 cup prepared lemon curd 1 tsp water soluble gelatin
1. Puree beets and liquid from can. Using fine cheese cloth, squeeze out juice. Add soy lecithin to liquid and using a hand blender, whip mixture incorporating air to create bubbles. 2. Top each macaron shell with a slice of boconcini and a layer of curd. Top each with a spoonful of beat foam. Serve immediately.
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Strawberry and Lemon Margarita with Salt Air This recipe uses two molecular techniques - gelification to create layers and emulsification to create foam. Makes 2 drinks INGREDIENTS: 8 strawberries, hulled and sliced 3 oz tequila 1 oz Cointreau 1/4 cup simple syrup, divided 1 tsp cold soluble gelatin (4 gr)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon, divided 1/4 cup water 1 tsp Soy Lecithin (2 gr) 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1. Puree strawberries with 1 1/2 oz tequila and 1/2 oz Cointreau, 2 tbsp simple syrup and 1/2 tsp gelatin. Add a few splashes of water if mixture is too thick. 2. Pour 1/2 strawberry mixture into each glass to halfway point. Chill for 15 minutes or until mixture has firmed up enough to support the next layer. 3. Add remaining tequila and Cointreau to a bowl. Stir in 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp of syrup and remaining gelatin. When strawberry layer firms, pour lemon mixture in slowly over the back of a spoon placed at the edge of the glass. Chill for 15 minutes or until lemon layer is firm. 4. Combine remaining lemon juice with water, soy lecithin and salt. Using a hand blender or hand held milk frother, whip mixture incorporating air to create bubbles. Spoon mixture over the top of each glass and serve.
Tequila Sunrise Using the pearl gelification technique, you have balls of orange juice and grenadine floating in ice cold tequila.
INGREDIENTS: 2 cups vegetable oil 1 tsp agar-agar
1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 cup grenadine 2 oz tequila, chilled in the freezer
1. Heat orange juice with 3/4 tsp agar-agar over high heat to 185F. Using a pipette, slowly drip larger tear shaped balls into cold oil. They will gel as they are dropping to bottom. 2. Repeat process with grenadine into same oil. When ready to serve, strain pearls and rinse off oil with running water. 3. Pour tequila in a glass and drop pearls into glass.
The Lee Legacy FINE FOOD & FAMILY When I first moved to Toronto in 2000 to pursue my tv and radio career - I knew I wanted to work in the food and hospitality industry. Toronto's food scene was just about to explode and there was one man who everyone was talking about. Susur Lee - Canada's original food star! What hasn't this man accomplished? He has taken ingredients to the next level, won several culinary awards, starred and appeared in TV and radio shows around the world, been on the cover of every top food and lifestyle magazine, cooked for royalty, and is expanding his empire to the USA. This man is a NINJA when it comes to food! He is the King of Culinary and has put Canada on the map as a destination to dine! As a former VIP Host in the nightclub scene, I have taken care of everyone - from David Beckham to Janet Jackson. The first time I actually met Susur Lee was when security paged me to the front door of Ultra Night Club (now CUBE) on a mental night during the Toronto International Film Festival. I had just seated Academy Award winner Heath Ledger â€“ may he rest in peace - and was told to get a VIP table ready because they were about to walk in Chef Susur Lee. I was way more nervous to meet and greet Chef Lee! This was the King of The Canadian Food Scene! We have all heard stories about Chef Lee and it is no secret that
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this man runs a tight ship. I would never have lasted 5 minutes working for this man. Servers ironing table clothes at 2 pm, learning and understanding the menu that changes every day, and delivering A plus service to match his A plus food! Chef Lee demands respect for food, respect for service and respect for his customer. At the top of his game in 2013 Chef Lee has never been happier. This food Icon that has accomplished so much is fueled by one thing. Chef Lee is all about his family. His wife Barbara Bent has designed every inch of every venue - and now his 20 year old boys have taken center stage and are running two of the number one restaurants in the Canada â€“ Bent and Lee! Located at Dundas West, Bent is run by Susur's sons, Levi and Kai ......While most kids are swinging from neon lights at the Guvernment Night Club these boys are creating food and cocktail magic and making mom and dad very proud! So what is Chef Lee's secret? Fear? Pain? Money? Bribery? Nope - these boys chose to do this all on their own and wanted to carry the torch and bring the Lee name to the next level. The Lee boys are now teaching dad what's cool and what's trending. At work the boys address Susur Lee as Chef and when they are at home they call him dad!
While the boys are running Bent and Lee, it allows Susur to focus on launching his new restaurant in NYC with design elements from his talented wife Brenda. Now don't forget there is another Lee boy, Jet, and Chef Lee aka Dad is very proud to say he is focused on school and playing a mean game of tennis. The Lee family is all about giving back - while running number one restaurants, launching in the USA, and starring in TV shows on food channels all around the world - The Lee Family is all about a food initiative called My Food My Way. My Food My Way is an organization that the Lee Family takes very seriously. This year at The Food Network Delicious Food Show - Starring Martha Stewart – Chef Lee took the Home Depot Celebrity Stage and delivered a powerful message. His goal is to change the culture of food in Toronto’s homes, schools and communities. And we know we can’t do that by saying eat this and don’t eat that.
No one likes being told what to do. So no, Chef Lee is not going to come to your home to yell at you. What he wants to do is to transform the experience of food through things like design, technology, music, celebrity culture, competitions and go-to events. My food My way is going to educate and empower young people so they can make healthy choices and make positive changes for themselves. www. myfoodmyway.ca Susur Lee - A Food Icon that is cooking up delicious things with his family. I have always been a major foodie. I have no idea how to do anything in the kitchen and I am scared of pots and pans! But I love the Canadian Food scene. So many talented chefs and so much action. After sitting down with Chef Lee and his family you really come to understand the power of food and how it brings people together.
Whisky SEVEN GENERATIONS LATER IT'S STILL CALLED RYE By Davin de Kergommeaux
A gentle summer breeze riffles rhythmically through endless fields of golden grain. This is a classic Canadian image, and so it should be: Canada is one of the most productive farming nations in the world. It is also one of the world’s great whisky nations. Whisky and farming are intertwined; whisky itself is an agricultural product. Ferment it, distill it and age it, and in three short steps grain has been transformed into aqua vitae, the water of life. Agriculture was already well established in Ontario when settlers began clearing ancient forests and converting them into productive fields of grain. Aboriginal peoples employed long-established farming practices to grow indigenous crops that thrived in the Canadian climate, but were unfamiliar to settlers arriving from Europe. One of these crops, maize, has been cultivated here in North America for untold millennia. Planted along with beans and squash in low mounds rather than rows, maize was one of “three sisters.” When grown together, these plants support each other as they mature, in a way that only sisters understand. Today, we know maize as corn. Although much Canadian whisky is now made from corn, that wasn’t always the case. “Small grains,” especially wheat, dominated settlers’ fields, and in pioneer days, it was these that were used to make whisky. But if corn grew so well here, why did the early settlers plant other grains instead? Quite simply, it was their tradition. They preferred crops that were familiar, planting seeds they had brought with them from their homelands. They assumed European grains were more productive, so those early farmers began by growing rye grain because it thrived in poorly cultivated or recently broken soil. Rye grew tall and was easy to harvest by hand. As soon as rough land became tilled fields though, farmers would switch from rye to wheat. Wheat meant flour and familiar “old-country” bread-making. And most importantly, the high starch content of the wheat meant it was easily fermented into beer and distilled into whisky. Joshua Booth was one of those early farmers. He was a miller and a politician who lived at Lot No. 40 near Millhaven, Ontario. He also made whisky. Seven generations later, his great-greatgreat-great grandnephew, D. Michael Booth – a distiller by trade – revived this family tradition with a whisky he aptly named Lot No. 40. Strictly speaking, the younger Booth did not follow a family recipe that had been passed down through the generations. In Booth Senior’s day, whisky was made from whatever grain was leftover after milling for flour. That was not always the same from one harvest to the next. Instead Booth (the Younger) looked back over Millhaven’s farming history and re-created an all-rye whisky, one that now plays a leading role in the rebirth of interest rye-grain whisky.
Rye is an odd and misunderstood whisky grain. It is incredibly easy to grow – it seems the worse the growing conditions the tastier the rye. However, rye grain is not easy to distill. It provides only small amounts of starch and does not yield much alcohol. And once it is mixed with water it becomes stickier than glue. But rye just bursts with flavour, as anyone who has ever tasted rye bread will tell you. As rye contains very little gluten, wheat four is added to it when making rye bread. Perhaps this is where Canadian distillers got the idea to add a bit of spicy rye to wheat whisky to intensify its flavour. The resulting whisky was so much more flavourful than common wheat whisky it became an immediate favourite. Customers began demanding "rye" – wheat whisky with a small amount of rye grain added. Eventually, the grain itself was almost forgotten as “rye” became the Canadian word for whisky. Today, as micro-distilleries spring up across Canada, many hope to revive the “tradition” of all-rye Canadian whisky. But it’s a tradition that exists more in the imagination than in reality. Back in the early days of whisky making, once the land was sufficiently well cultivated to grow wheat, distillers stopped using rye, except in small amounts for flavouring. Still, D, Michael Booth, a distiller with years of experience behind him, chose rye, the first grain grown on newly cultivated land, to re-create the whisky his ancestors enjoyed. Distilled in the very un-micro, 12,000-litre copper pot still at Hiram Walker distillery, it is a run-away success. Rye spirits can be very spicy. They exude sweet floral tones found in no other spirit. As hard as nails and as hotter than wasabi, a little rye spirit goes a long way. It is simply lovely stuff in the hands of a master distiller and D. Michael Booth is a master distiller. Lot No. 40 is one of the best examples of all-rye whisky available today. When you try it, on the nose you’ll first sense Christmas candy, dark fruits, sour rye bread, and the essence of pickle juice, delivered in a wagonload of dry hay. Sweet fruity acetone soars high above muddy earth tones. As roasted rye grain begins to surge forward it brings waves of bitter rye bread and beckoning farmy aromas with it. When savoured, Lot 40 starts out hot, with cinnamon hearts, cloves and sizzling ginger, followed by searing pepper that dissolves into sweet and sour sauce and delicately bitter rye bread. The peppery warmth sets your lips and tongue afire until rich dark fruit flavours return. Tart grapefruit, hints of oak, bitter citrus pith and sweet mandarins segue into a long and lingering finish that finally washes away on a tsunami of sour rye bread. Simply dazzling. Joshua Booth, you never met your seven-generations-removed nephew Michael, but he has secured your reputation as a distiller with Lot No. 40, the whisky he created in your memory.
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As hosts of their weekly television show, One Sip At a Time, The Wine Ladies - sisters Georgia and Susanne - share their passion for wine and delicious food pairings. Here, on the pages that follow, The Wine Ladies detail a few of their recent wine discoveries. A day in the county - a promised land for elegant, seductive wines tinged with limestone and an undeniable minerality, "It's due to the dirt," the locals say. Prince Edward County, Ontario's newest wine region, sits on a limestone plateau made up of billions of sea-creature fossils. It's an integral part of this region's terroir,
Rosehall Run Winery
Rosehall Run is a winery to be reckoned with! Founded in 2001, partners Dan and Lynn Sullivan, along with brother-in-law Cam Reston, bought up this particular 150-acre farm due to its proximity to Lake Ontario and the remarkable Hillier clay soil sitting atop a limestone base. It starts "in the vineyard" as many a winemaker would say. Twenty-five acres of Rosehall Run's estate vineyards
a composite of the land, the climate, and of its people. Located just 2.5 hours east of Toronto, this island, surrounded by Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte, is already routinely producing award-winning wines. Endearing and picturesque, the landscape remains quaint and quite rural, albeit with a sophisticated slant, due to a plethora of celebrity chefs, artists, and poets who have come to call the county their home. We visit four of the county's wineries, each unique and with their own distinctive personalities.
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now include plantings of winemaker Dan's award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. As early as 2006 one of Canada's top wine writers, David Lawrason featured Rosehall Run's 2004 debut Pinot Noir as one of "Six wines that define Canada's future". Since then the accolades and awards keep on coming. Lynn and Dan, passionate about the county and their wines make a dynamic duo, a force in Prince Edward County wine country. We selected two Rosehall Run JCR Vineyard wines, a tribute to co-founder John Campbell Reston, made from grapes sourced exclusively from 100% Estate Grown vineyards.
Rosehall Run JCR Rosehall Run Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 - $39.00 Did you feel that? It was an explosion of vibrant red fruit wafting out of the glass, cherry and raspberry in the nose, with notes of cassis and spice to follow. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, two-thirds of which are new, for sixteen months. This Pinot Noir has length, good balance and is most pleasurable with its fruit, spice, and county minerality.
Rosehall Run JCR Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 - $29.95 The hot, dry summer, and a perfect temperate fall allowed for premium vineyard conditions. So it is evident in this Chardonnay. With grapes harvested a touch early with intention to capture lively acidity, this Chardonnay brings intensity, yet restraint, delish in its youth, with capacity to age. Rich and complex, beautifully aromatic, forward with hints of oak, and backbone of apple, ripe pear, citrus and county flinty minerality. www.rosehallrun.com
Waupoos Estates Winery
The oldest winery in this bourgeoning wine region, Waupoos is also the only winery on the water. It sits majestically on a gently sloping hillside overlooking Lake Ontario. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with a stunning landscape, including lush flower gardens, vineyards, and roaming ducks, geese and friendly goats. There is also a beautiful century-old restored home that serves as a guesthouse. Waupoos is a driving force in this region's wine industry, and has been praised and awarded for its pioneering efforts and award-winning wines. Waupoos Estates Winery Auxerrois 2011 - $16.95 Auxerrois is a grape that is related to the family of Burgundian vines. Here the 2011 Waupoos Winery Auxerrois presents itself with an aroma of apricots and peaches, and also with a hint of floral notes. It is crisp and dry, marrying well with appetizers or enticing as an aperitif. Waupoos Estates Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 $29.95 Although this grape often stands in the shadow of the other red Bordeaux grape varieties, it is the Cabernet Franc that is best suited to our shorter growing season. Here at Waupoos winery, winemaker Amy Dickinson crafts an elegant Cabernet Franc with a seductive red fruit aroma of raspberry and cherry, and hints of spice, with subtle floral notes of violets. Enjoy with lamb or one of our favs, mushroom risotto! www.waupooswinery.com
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Casa-Dea Estates Winery is much more than just a winery. It is a place of passion for the vine, for creating elegant wines, appreciating the beauty, and the unique sense of place and terroir that characterizes Prince Edward County. A beautiful, serene, and friendly destination where you can enjoy not only award-winning wines, but delicious fresh local dishes at Casa-Dea’s cozy Cucina Italiana, overlooking the vineyards and the gardens. Relatively new as a winery, having been founded in 2009, growing and providing premium grapes from the Casa-Dea vineyards to many appreciative PEC wineries is an important part of their vinous history. Casa-Dea Estates Winery Pinot Gris 2010 - $18.95 Pinot Gris, a French vine variety otherwise widely known as Pinot Grigio does “excellently in the county and is underutilized,” says winemaker Paul Battilina. This Pinot Gris is very inviting on the nose, with floral notes and an abundance of beautiful fresh peaches and apricots; it is fresh, crisp, and seductive. The minerality of the county shines through supported with bright citrus on the palate and a lingering finish. Casa-Dea Estates Winery Cabernet Franc 2009 - $18.95 A Cabernet Franc fan will be sure to enjoy this delicious, medium-bodied, soft and smooth red wine. On the palate, it's wonderfully satisfying with notes of plum, black cherry, and the hint of chocolate, accompanied by slight minerality and good acidity. Fresh and crisp, this Cab Franc is most enjoyable, particularly as an aperitif or paired with a great burger. www.casadeaestates.com
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Winery Huff Estates Winery is no ordinary winery. It is a destination that encompasses not only an impressive high tech production winery and gravity-fed barrel cellar, but also a stunning art gallery, beautiful inn, and a patio for delicious casual dining. “I love the whole ambiance of wine. Wine is more than drink,” says proprietor Lanny Huff. Founded in 2004, Huff Estates is also a pioneer, in that they were the first in the county to produce a traditional method, or methode-champenoise sparkling wine.
South Bay Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 - $29.95 Forget about the ABC Club (anything but chardonnay), and be sure to experience a glass of the multi-awarded South Bay Vineyards Chardonnay, vintage 2010. Wonderful intoxicating nose of toasted oak, hints of spice and tropical fruit giving way to a soft, creamy palate with touches of vanilla, alongside nuances of lemon and orange. It is layered and complex, with a long finish. www.HuffEstates.com
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Have you heard of the Aphrodisiac Diet?
By Shakaya Leone
I once dated a guy who was one of those early birds and he used to bring me breakfast in bed. Heâ€™d squeeze me fresh orange juice, put a flower in a little jar and massage my feet while I sleepily sipped away and awakened gently. I married him, and now what we do before breakfast is worth getting up early for. I always say food is a love letter, and fruits and veggies are natureâ€™s aphrodisiacs. If I were a fruit, I bet I'd be a pomegranate; a little exotic, but very good for you. Or maybe I'd be a clementine. They're sweet and mostly everyone loves them, yet there's also that unmistakable tanginess. Did you know that fresh, raw fruit and vegetables are more than just heroic health crusaders? Historically, fresh plant foods (fruit and veggies) have been known for being erotic aphrodisiacs! This should come as no surprise when you consider the sensual shapes, tactile textures, attractive aromas and eyecatching colors of fruit and vegetables. And then there are those juices, that drip and ooze and squirt- expert tantalizers that tease and seduce us to lick and suck every last divine drop!
I like to think sexy thoughts about strawberries. They're so ripe and lovely, powerful and rich, tart and sweet...seedy. To me, a strawberry needs chocolate. So I find the best dark chocolate around and melt it so it’s really smooth and creamy and good enough to lick from your finger. Then I dip those plump strawberries in there and let them set. Then I eat them in a hot, steamy bath. By the way, you know when you’re hot? Like really hot? Keep some grapes in your freezer. Let them get as solid as a rock. When the heat gets you, grab them and eat them, roll them over your body, share them with your lover. You’ll cool right down and fill yourself with a little bit of fresh sweet love.
SEXY FOOD FOR THOUGHT Did you know the word aphrodisiac itself derives from the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure– Aphrodite? Aphrodisiacs work by sending blood to all the right body parts and these flirty fruits and virile veggies are probably stored in your fridge right now, poised and ready to get your juices flowing: Apples glisten and they know it! They had the power to tempt Adam and even though I couldn’t find any science to back up their aphrodisiac status, I do feel sexy and beguiling when I eat them. Arugula, in Ancient Roman times, was consecrated to Priapus, a minor fertility god who was portrayed as having an enormous phallus. The Romans also used it in various love concoctions, as it was believed to be a potent stimulant. Either way, this spicy green is sure to heat things up! Asparagus are the sexy green fingers of summer. This erotic veggie is not actually a vegetable at all; asparagus is a member of the lily family. It is high in folic acid and vitamin E, which increases blood flow and oxygen, and is known to help produce good amounts of healthy sex hormones. Lauded for its aphrodisiacal properties, 19th Century grooms consumed three courses of asparagus, hoping to boost their sexual prowess. Avocados name comes from the Aztec for “testicle tree” since avocados hang in pairs, bearing resemblance to the male genitalia. Their divine inner cream, rich in B vitamins and certain phytochemicals replenishes the fabulous fat of certain fertile fluids. With their shape and baby-like pit nestled in its center, avocados look like the area they nourish most, our womb, and are known for helping to increase sexual potency in men and women. Bananas with their creamy texture and phallic shape inside a sheath, it isn’t surprising they contain nutrients like potassium necessary to produce the manufacturing of sex hormones, and tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin, a neurotransmitter hormone that induces relaxation and enhances mood and sexual performance. Basil has long been thought to increase fertility and libido. The smell of basil is particularly exciting to men; women have even been known to scent their breasts with it in hopes of attracting a lover. Also reputed to increase circulation, thereby making it an effective male enhancer. Black sesame is traditionally used in Chinese Medicine to increase fertility (seeds = fertility). It is thought to purify the kidneys where the ‘essence’ is held.
Celery contains androsterone, a male hormone, which research has shown, is released in sweat to attract females. Celery has been used through the ages as a cure for impotence and is rumored to increase the volume of male emissions. Cherries don’t actually come from the cherry blossom tree, but both are so rich in sensual beauty! A quote from my favorite poet, Pablo Neruda, to make you swoon~ ‘let me spread you out among yellow garlands. I want to do to you what spring does with cherry trees.’ Pablo! Ooohhh soft, round, ruby cherries are exotic! The fleshy stone fruit of cherries symbolizes female beauty and sexuality. They are very rich in melatonin, which promotes beauty sleep and delays aging due to its flavonoids, isoquercetin and quercetin, two anti-oxidant angels that help us stay sexy. Ba da bing! Figs are treasured for their glistening, luscious flesh and delicate fruity perfume. They played an important part in the diet of ancient Mediterranean women. Notice how they grow in pairs, resembling our breasts. Maca are popular among raw foodists. This superfood tones and balances our hormones, increasing both fertility and sexual appetite. Try it and see for yourself! Mango is known as the queen of fruit and is savored for its sweet, bright flesh and delicate perfume. The flower of the mango tree, according to myth, represents cupid’s arrow; its fruit, succulent breasts producing highly aphrodisiac nectar believed to increase female virility. Pineapple is a remedy for erectile dysfunction. It also contains enzymes purported to sweeten the taste of sexual secretions. Pomegranate has been revered by ancient cultures the world over for its alluring ruby seeds. Having appeared in poems and legends as well as works of art for thousands of years, it is known as the fruit of life, and is the symbol of fertility and rebirth. The goddess Persephone was imprisoned to the underworld for months every year after being tricked by Hades, who said its seeds were jewels to be kissed and savored. Helen of Troy, said to be the most beautiful woman in Greece, was known to use the juice of pomegranate as a beauty elixir, and as rouge for her lips and cheeks. Strawberries –According to myth, when Adonis died, Venus wept inconsolably and her tears, upon hitting the earth, transformed into heart-shaped strawberries. Another superstition has it that when you halve a strawberry and offer it up to a potential mate, he/she can’t help but fall in love with you. Moreover, due to its high Malic acid content, strawberries are a natural toothwhitener; eat them to make your mouth extra kissable! Vanilla beans come from the fruit of the only orchid that produces an edible substance. Vanilla is anti-carcinogenic. It is also an aphrodisiac. Scientific studies have shown that men can’t resist the aroma of women who wear it as a perfume. You’ll fall in love with food packed with life-force and liquid love, and drenched in sunlight- raw fruits and veggies! Eating aphrodisiac foods lush from the Earth, ripe with her beauty, playfulness and allure, is truly an ecstatic experience to awaken your body and dreams! With agave and flowers, Shakaya PHOTOGRAPHER: CORRADO CARUSO MUA: LISA MICHELLE HAIR: CHARISE BAUMAN STYLIST: JOSHUA SHIER PIE MAGAZINE
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Do Not Disturb... LOOKING FOR SOME HELP GETTING TO THE BEDROOM? THESE APHRODISIACS WILL GET YOU TO BED EARLY AND OFTEN. By Laura A. Collins It’s time to turn up the heat. Unlike in the movies, not everyone’s always ready to go and some of us need a little help getting things started in the bedroom. Aphrodisiacs are often suggested when there’s a lacking libido, female or male, but do they really work? Are some better than others? Worried about looking like a fool trying to re-enact a scene from a rom-com? Take note of these tips and treats and the fire you’ll be starting won’t be in the fireplace. Oysters, arguably the most famous aphrodisiac, come with a health punch that goes beyond the bedroom. Not only are they a great source of lean protein, they also have high levels of potassium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids to keep your heart happy. And it won’t just be your heart that’s happy when munching on these underwater delicacies. The massive amounts of zinc found in oysters revs up men’s sperm count and testosterone levels, which will bring his libido along for the ride. Scientists have found that oysters are also rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones in men and women. Well, now we know why famed 18th century lover Casanova ate twenty of these slippery snacks every morning for breakfast. Let's be honest, not all men will rush to slurp down some oysters. There’s a solution to that: meat. Trufflelino to be exact. Trufflelino is a Canadian Salami made with Black Italian Truffles. Long regarded as an aphrodisiac, black truffles are the underground fruit of a mushroom. The black truffle has a musky, earthy scent that resembles male pheromones that can be seductive to females. Though truffles may sound like an intimidating extravagance to fit into the menu, Ramelli’s Trufflelino can easily be paired with wine as an anti-pasto to start off your romantic rendezvous. Next on the shopping list is chocolate. You can never go wrong with chocolate, specifically, dark chocolate. As if you needed more reason to eat it, dark chocolate contains alkaloids that work as an aphrodisiac.
These alkaloids increase the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that induces the feeling of pleasure in the brain, bringing a wave of emotion over the entire body. The act of eating chocolate can also be stimulating on its own. Its sweet flavour, melt in your mouth texture, and air of sinful indulgence all add to the chocolate eating experience. Another way to get your temperature rising is with a nice, hot pot of tea. Tea has risen in popularity in the past couple of years and is one of the world’s highest consumed beverages for good reason. Teas are packed with antioxidants and have many stress-fighting effects. With so many blends available, it can be hard to figure out which one will get you hot, but high-end tea producer teALCHEMY has created a male sexual tonic for just that. Their Get Lucky Tea is a combination of Pu’erh tea, chocolate cocao nibs, stimulating ashwagandha root, ginseng, sweet vanilla and spicy red pepper flakes. What really makes this tea an aphrodisiac is the ashwagandha root, which has been used in southern Asia to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase make fertility. Creamy, stimulating, sweet and spicy, this tea is sure to get you whistling in no time. This last aphrodisiac may not be the first ingredient you reach for when cooking, but maybe it should be. Garlic has been known throughout history to promote heat in the body and was even banned in some cultures for arousing sexual desires. This potent plant is packed with antioxidants and anti-clotting properties that help with blood circulation - literally helping to get your blood flowing. Though there isn’t any medical research proving that garlic is an aphrodisiac, this super food is packed with so many other health benefits your body will have plenty of energy for the nights ahead. So there you have it, five foods sure to help you and your partner get in the mood. Remember, it’s all about what works for you. So play around, have some fun, and don’t forget to hang the Do Not Disturb sign on the door.
Health is Wealth WITH DAVID 'AVACADO' WOLFE By Melissa Bessey Celebrated Nutritionist, Natural Beauty, and Health & Wellness Expert, David ‘Avacado’ Wolfe, is considered the superstar of the superfood and longevity world. Everyone, from America’s top CEOs, to Hollywood celebrities and busy professionals, to the most influential buyers of all - moms, look to David for expert advice in natural health, beauty, and chocolate! To say that David Wolfe is on the pulse of new products and innovations in clean eating would be an understatement. His passion for health, wellness, and all things Eco has enabled every project that he’s worked on over the past twenty years to blossom into success. David is the celebrity spokesperson for NUTRiBULLET™, the Superfood Nutrition Extractor that breaks down ingredients to their most nutritious state. David is also co-founder of online health magazine, TheBestDayEver.com, and is President of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, whose mission it is to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth. But, he goes far beyond being a natural health entrepreneur and business owner. David is also a best-selling author, who lives and breathes natural beauty, health and wellness, and empowers others to take charge of their own health through conferences, TV appearances, and at live events. With his wealth of expertise in healthy living, David shares with PIE his top tip for longevity: “I think the number one tip for anyone, and it’s such an amazing experience, is to get into fresh vegetable juice, like carrot-celery, or kale-apple-celery - really easy stuff to start.” He goes on to explain the difference between juicing and making smoothies (often misperceived as the same thing by beginners): “A juicer is going to expel the fiber and give you the juice that’s within that fiber, it’s a great thing for beginners. In the old days, it was all about the raw juice, because it gave you such
a rush, whereas using a blender is more of a lifestyle choice. I like blending, because you’re not just getting the juice - it’s all in there.” When he’s not busy writing new books on healthy living, David loves organic farming and is always working on his farms. One of David’s favorite places is his chocolate farm in Hawaii that grows its own chocolate, bringing it all the way from the soil to the bar. It is the only organic operation in the world to do that. The chocolate farm started seven years ago out of a love of organic farming and chocolate shared between David and some friends. David loves discussing the many health benefits of eating raw chocolate. Raw cacao is the world’s highest natural source of antioxidants and is a superior source of magnesium, chromium, vanadium, copper, zinc, and phosphorus, which are stressfighting and bone building major and trace minerals. The farming seed was first planted in David as a child when he moved from the Jersey shores to California in the 1970’s and planted fruit trees on his uncle’s ranch, where he felt connected to the Southern California ethic of health, vitality, fitness, and natural foods. “My connection to healthy foods really blossomed in my early twenties, when I went to college and bought my own food, and started realizing I had a wheat allergy. That was back twenty-five years ago, when no one was talking about gluten intolerance or dairy allergies, but I worked out that that’s what was going on with me and that’s what got me started as a nutritionist, because I had to figure out for myself how I was going to get my calcium and nutrients if I couldn’t have wheat or dairy,” he explains. David Wolfe is the author of many best-selling books including Eating for Beauty; The Sunfood Diet Success System; Naked Chocolate; David Wolfe on Raw Foods, Superfoods, and Superherbs; Amazing Grace; Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future; and his latest book, Longevity Now. Whether you’re already in tune with a natural approach to health and beauty, or a beginner wanting to help your family get healthy, David’s books are an invaluable resource that anyone can learn from.
Lynda Budd THE ANCIENT ART OF ALCHEMY ALIVE & WELL THROUGH MODERN TEA RITUALS By Mike Riley Photography Christoph Strube
The fine art of tea alchemy entered Lynda Budd's life like a lone tealeaf leisurely carried by a gentle breeze, from its shrub downward into an unsuspecting cup. Similarly, Lynda Budd has an inspirational impact on nearly everyone she meets, encouraging them to “create some chemistry.” Defined as the act of blending to create new tea and tea products, Lynda developed a fascination with natural health, including tea, from a young age and she continues to carry out her creative natural health vision today, through her company teALCHEMY. A trip overseas a decade ago really opened Lynda’s eyes to tea’s huge potential and its myriad of variations and flavors. She decided to learn everything she could about these ancient brews by completing the intensive Tea Sommelier course at George Brown College. Her new insights and an enthusiasm for the product prompted her to leave behind a career in corporate planning and real estate development in the summer of 2010 to establish teALCHEMY. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Ms. Budd seeks out the finest teas and ingredients from around the world to blend her inspired offerings in a harmonious relationship with the natural world. This has been her focus since she went into the tea business, and with the launch of her website, she has created an inviting online shopping experience that also offers extensive research and information about teALCHEMY. A visit to her cottage up north this summer prompted Lynda to combine 1800 tequila with her Berry Blast tea to create a distinctive TEAquila Cocktail, that has become one of her personal favorites. Berry Harvest Margarita has become a new favorite in the fashion and beauty worlds, reinforcing that tea is never going out of style. On a recent family trip to France, Lynda was inspired by hummus, which is prevalent along the west coast. She created variations on hummus with her company's matcha and rooibos tea powders, to create some truly unique new products. Lynda has also set her sights on baking, using the matcha and rooibos powder to create delicious confections. Her rooibos scones are a great and tasty example of what you can create with the matcha. The powders can also be used in lattes and smoothies to a similarly delectable effect. A rather atypical blending resulted in teALCHEMY’s delicious tea rub, which is perfect on a variety of meats and fish. It features a blend of black tea and spices like brown sugar, cinnamon, curry powder, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, cayenne, star anise, cloves, fennel seed, and ginger. The tea rub tastes great on any roast and can also be added to soups and stews. teALCHEMY rubs are perfect for dinner with the family or equally as effective to spice up a homemade meal on a date night in.
Using her alchemic wizardry to fill the bathtub instead of the teapot led Lynda to introduce a relaxing and healing Chamomille Roobibos Tea Bath. Chamomile flowers, Roobibos leaves, lemon balm leaves, lemon verbena, linden flowers, anise, cinnamon, oat straw, orange pieces and epsom salts all mingle together in this enchanting concoction. teALCHEMY’s website also features many exciting recipes to try at home, bringing your online teALCHEMY shopping experience into your kitchen. Lynda promises nearly two dozen more in time for the holiday season. Tea rituals transcend time, quite a few different cultures, and tea types. Ms. Budd wants to build upon these ancient rituals and put forth modern ones that will fit into her clients' day-to-day lives. She achieves this by having a direct relationship with them, and tailoring tea selections to their specific and unique tastes. Tea looks after the mind as well as the body, as its taste, aroma, and even the act of making it are viewed as a relaxing and transcendental experience. A vast array of tea blends are offered by teALCHEMY, including rare blends like 2 Doves Silver Needle the "champagne" of teas, which is made with minimally processed tea leaves from China's Fujian province and has hints of rose, peaches and cream, and exhibits a delicate nuttiness or toast flavor. Another highly recommend tea is the Double Black Diamond, a Kenyan black tea blended with an aged Chinese Pu'erh tea that gives off hints of malt and plum and can be enjoyed in all seasons. For the past three years, she has been driven to travel far and wide, working hard to create the finest tea blends possible, stoking the passions of tea drinkers everywhere. She will continue her work, fully embodying teALCHEMY’s new mantra: "Blend it, Sip it, Rub it, create your own Chemistry."
The Gourmet Dad By Mike Chault Photography Chris Woods After twenty-seven years in show business, pounding the pavement, auditioning, producing, raising a family, and being in the spotlight, Dean McDermott - Toronto-born actor and personality - decided to bring it all back to the kitchen. The Hollywood father of five and husband to Tori Spelling is expressing his love for food in print and on TV and has never been happier. Dean is ready to launch his first cookbook that makes being in the kitchen with Dad a really delicious time. The Gourmet Dad started off as a website written by Dean. Now, his dream of publishing a cookbook has turned into a reality. "It's nice to give your wife a break and who says Mom has to do all the cooking anyway? Dads that cook are cool! Dads who cook with their kids are even cooler." On the television side of things, as the winner of Rachel vs. Guy's Celebrity Cook Off, Dean's kitchen prowess landed him his dream job as host of Chopped Canada. Dean loved working with the hilarious Lynn Crawford, the magical Michael Smith and Top Chef Master Susur Lee. Watch out for appearances from the likes of Chuck Hughes, John Higgins, and Roger Mooking. Canadian Chefs going head-to-head will be intense! In addition to Chopped Canada, Dean makes a return to reality television with Tori and Dean: Cabin Fever, filmed in Orillia, Ontario, where the couple rehab a cabin, taking it from total shambles to a cozy familyoriented and stylish pad right in the middle of the wilderness. The couple enjoyed their success on the highly-rated Tori and Dean's Backyard BBQ. Dean is also busy giving back. Recently announced as the host of the Cooking for a Cure Charity, Dean will be working with top Canadian Chefs in the fight to end cancer. He was also one of the celebrity volunteers in the Rally for Sick Kids. Truly a man with a heart of gold and a sweet taste of personality.
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WHEELS ON FIRE: GARY NICHOLLS AND THE RIDE YOU WANT TO WEAR
Gary Nicholls is a man going places, but what separates him from others on the road of life is that he is going to get there in style. He thinks others should do the same. From flaming street rods to classic restorations, Nicholls breathes new life into rides that were written off as junkers or cast aside for newer models. For Nicholls there is no end of the line for a classic car. “A great automobile is a work of art, and given the right care, restoration, and tender loving care, a great car can last a century or longer.” Restoring cars is no longer the domain of just car enthusiasts. The great cars say something about how a person imagines himself. A fine ride can collapse time, bring families together, and make the years of one’s life disappear better than any anti-aging cream. “I wish a car could talk,” says Nicholls wistfully. “Each one tells a story of who owned it, where it has been, how it has been altered, and what it meant to those who drove it. I trace the provenance of every vehicle I restore, if I can. I love to contact the previous
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owners when the vehicle is restored. One man wept when he saw a car his Dad had owned. I had restored it, right down to the last detail. The owner’s son got his family together and they all took it on a picnic. That meant a lot to him. It meant a lot to me. The past was alive again.” The owner of Barrie’s Radical Rods, Rides and Restorations, has taken the long, often winding road, to fulfill his mission in life into a roadworthy reality. Cars are his canvas and he is their Michelangelo. “You’d be surprised how little it costs to bring a great car back to life. If more people knew what they had and what possibilities exist in that old clunker or that rusty shell out in the field, they’d realize that cars have a much longer life than we assume.” Originally from Vancouver, Nicholls grew up close to his father who worked in a Ford dealership there. Cars have always been his life. “My first car was a 1964 Chevy Chevelle. That car was built for power. I built that car before I had my driver's licence. I started on it when I was fifteen years old,” he says.
Nicholls has a few favorite cars, from the early two-seater Cobras, to early street rods like the 1932 Ford and those that belong to the fat-fender car era, which started in the late 1930's and early 1940's. “Some kids wanted to be doctors, some firemen, some policemen. I wanted to make cars come alive again.” Nicholls moved to Toronto in his late teens and spent every hour fixing transmissions for the racecar drivers at the Cayuga Speedway just outside of Toronto. “I’d fix them up and sell them. Then I moved on to the whole car. I realized that a really great car was a rolling work of art. When I looked at the design, the lines, heard the purr of the engines from those vintage works from the Forties, the Fifties, and the Sixties, I realized that a car could and should last a century or more and stay roadworthy. That’s what made me want to restore each car, as best as I could, to its glory. I use only original parts, though original parts are getting harder to find. A whole aspect of our lives and our society was disappearing right before our eyes – that idea that a car was not just about where you are going but how you got there. That’s what style on the road was all about.” Nicholls eventually stopped in Barrie and fell in love with a town that has always been in love with the car. Barrie is, after all, the home of Canada’s largest outdoor annual auto show. In a carfriendly town, Nicholls was among friends. Radical Rods, Rides and Restorations has steadily grown over the years. In the last six years alone, it has gone from a 2500 square foot shop to its present facility, which covers 17,000 square feet, with a large addition planned in the next few months. He also employs 10 people and between them they have an unimaginable amount of experience in automotive restoration. "I have assembled the best team of car builders. Our paint department alone has over a hundred years of experience, so there is no job we can't tackle."
Nicholls goes on to say that, "We are the complete one stop restoration shop, with all our different departments housed together. From stitching our own interiors, to engine building, electrical, paint, and fabrication, all aspects of a restoration are covered under one roof." Over the years, the market has shifted from hot rods to classic cars, custom and classic motorcycles, and custom built show cars. Radical Rods, Rides and Restorations also has another division that restores items like classic beverage coolers and antique gas pumps, just to name a few. Nicholls explains that as his business grew so did his perception of what could be saved. “You don’t just throw away history,” he says with the passion of the open road in his voice, “when it is so much a part of today.” In today's world, that history is not hard to recapture. “The truth is that a classic car is not out of anyone’s reach financially. Because of that, the popularity of those vintage cars has created a demand that exceeds that of the hot rod. You see classic cars on the road. When a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air pulls up to a stop light everyone turns and looks. People shout out their windows about how much they love the restoration. I think it makes other drivers happy to see something that is real and beyond the ordinary and that puts them in touch with that little bit of themselves they might have forgotten.”
the key to canada’s prosperity By Louis J. Sapi, CPA, CA, MBA Photography Brian Muller
If one studies failed societies around the world, the key common factor for their collapse would be a failed economy. If one then studies the failed economy, the key common factor would, in turn, be the absence of a robust entrepreneurial small business sector. It is high time that our society recognize the critical importance that small business (a company employing up to 50 people) and the families that own and operate them play in our economy. We need to help this sector help us. To do so, we must first recognize that there are far too many archaic and painfully foolish policies hindering this key economic engine of our society. We need to initiate a new thought process regarding how families who run small businesses are viewed and treated by society and all levels of government. We all know that general business and tax policies are used to motivate economic sectors as well as ensure the government generates enough revenues to carry out its socioeconomic mandates. As an experienced Chartered Accountant helping small businesses for over 25 years, I have gained insights into what the small business sector really needs and thus what Canada needs. I do not simply accept typical regulation and laws without first asking “why” and then challenging the status quo. In my view, many of these policies are misguided when applied to families who run small businesses. There is a very serious disconnect in the Government’s understanding and appreciation of the small business sector. This disconnect manifests itself in the way certain laws and tax policies are set at the same level for all businesses, irrespective of size and substance. With respect to my “disconnection premise” first let me explain who the small independent businesses are. In the vast majority of cases, small businesses are made up of Entrepreneurial Families (EFs) that have taken on the opportunities, threats, and obligations that come with running a small business. These EFs create the bulk of employment in our economy – some statistics suggest up to 80%! These are the people that Canada must nurture and embrace to assist their courage and fortitude as oppose to hinder it with poorly thought out policies. It is my belief that we need to educate the various government bureaucracies, who when dealing with EFs must understand they are dealing with people and not just a business, and that their policies need to recognize the difference between the two. It is irrelevant that EFs run a business through an incorporated entity. These people and their families deserve the same protection under the Charter of Rights as any individual and should not be expected to share the same legal burdens as large corporations. Our governments have been fixated on worker rights over the last 50 years, so now is the time to focus on the rights of entrepreneurial families.
CEOs and the presidents of big companies do not have anywhere near the number of personal obligations facing EFs, because almost all laws, be they labor laws or taxation policy do not differentiate between a business like General Motors and a small family owned retailer or manufacturer. What are the effects of these laws? CEOs of big businesses do not have their personal homes as collateral on the business operating line. They (and by default, their families) do not have the direct and personal liability to labor costs like unpaid vacation, payroll, or the payroll taxes that EFs have. Corporate HST is also a personal responsibility to EFs but not big business CEOs since their companies are large enough to indemnify them from personal liability. These same CEOs also have more flexibility through much greater resources and fluid capital to deal with challenges of the business that may result in civil liability. They can afford Directors & Officers, or Errors & Omissions insurance, whereas many EFs cannot. Unlike big business CEOs, the numerous challenges faced by EFs directly affect their families. Because size does not matter to the government, the legal and tax obligations thrust upon the EFs effectively create a significant social injustice. This injustice is the result of disproportionate burdens and risks being placed upon EFs, which ultimately hinders Canada's single largest economic engine. Entrepreneurial Families are not only being taken for granted, but are also being abused. This is evidenced by the irrationality of WSIB policy toward EFs, the biased inequity in the way payroll taxes are structured, the injustice and, quite frankly, the discrimination against EFs that our labour laws propagate. Income taxation policy also needs to change to effectively motivate EF small businesses to create more wealth and employment. Statistics suggest that small businesses may represent up to 80% of all employment in Canada. Imagine the benefit to our society if we could make entrepreneurialism so attractive that thousands of people would be motivated to start and grow a new business, while current EFs, feeling unshackled, would grow and hire more people. Canada’s economy would explode towards new heights of prosperity. I believe that taking away the unfair economic policies that currently impact small business is the first key step to unlocking the single greatest economic asset we have in Canada – the Entrepreneurial Family. All it would take are a new clarity of understanding and action by our government and the people. hsp-ca.com
ken craig's altaview By Colin Keddy Photography Rémi Theriault If you have read any of my past articles, you will know my interest in investing goes beyond the scope of the stock market. For several years, there has been massive growth in the exempt and alternative market space. For those of you less familiar with this space, it’s where investing is done outside of the stock market. Typically, you will see such things as syndicate mortgages, private equity deals, and real estate investment trusts and land banking. The consistent fundamental difference in this industry is that it’s not swayed by the volatility of the stock market. For many, this has become a safe haven for investors who are looking to escape the turmoil of the stock market. With fixed rate of returns ranging from 5 to 12+% that pay quarterly and monthly in some cases, I’m not surprised this type of investing has become big business. Like anything, it has its risks, but in a highly competitive and regulated market, dependability and security have given investors greater comfort with this new model of investing. Now, I have to qualify new, as this investment model may just be new to the general public. The wealthy have been using the private equity and exempt market for years. I was reading a survey recently that tracked two hundred families worth ten million dollars on average, and found that in many cases half or more than half invested outside of the stock market, which begs the question, what do they know that we don’t? Ken Craig, founder of Altaview financial group has made it his personal mission to get that question answered. Having grown up in his father's hugely successful financial firm, Ken is no stranger to the financial industry. He eventually gravitated to a lesser-known area of the financial sector, known as land banking. Ken was a top leader for his organization that now has international recognition and billions under management. Over time, Ken’s interest in the industry has only increased and he's looking to boost his bandwidth on the opportunities of what is still considered an untapped market. After cutting his teeth as a successful advisor in this alternate market, Ken left to pursue the creation of his own practice, which offers multiple products and services, and over 20 staff advisors and partners from many financial sectors, servicing Ontario and as far east as Halifax. Ken has his eye on national growth for the Altaview group with what he is calling, "an unprecedented business model."
“The consumer’s perception of the industry has changed, and in many cases for the worse. For most people who have worked in this industry they are reluctant to embrace the chance to do what is necessary. Instead, they are waiting and hoping things will go back to the way they were. The problem is they are hoping with their clients’ money in hand, and the client wants change.” Ken also added that, “Clients are tired of paying for investment advice without yield. Change is being demanded in the industry and for good reason, and I want to be a part of it.”
Regardless of what industry you are in, it’s difficult to argue with Ken's point. In business, you either evolve or get eliminated. As someone who has been in this in this industry on the side of plan analysis, I have come across many people who are looking for this type of fresh approach. While I think it is easier said than done, Ken has dedicated his career to being part of that change. The world of investments is in a constant state of change, or in many cases survival. I read a headline a few weeks ago that declared, “flat is the new up,” referring to no returns in the market as being the new norm. Depending where you are invested in the market, it’s a sad truth. Many investors have come to the realization that the model might just be broken. At one point, you couldn’t keep the mutual fund applications on the shelf and now you can’t keep the redemption forms in stock. It's been a long time that this level of uncertainty has loomed over the market like a black cloud. In many ways, it’s not just the mutual fund market that people have been avoiding, it’s also been some of the larger securities firms and banks as well. Not that long ago it was very common to see investors sell off their stagnant mutual funds with high
management fees and head to the firms that offered more hands on trading and lower deductible fees. That to seems to lack luster these days. As a nearly twenty year veteran of the industry, and having left one the many private firms that sold off to big banking just three years ago, I have been watching to see who will rise from the ashes of the 2008 market collapse. Many advisors and firms have had continuous struggles over the past five years and still look to recover losses. “We are not an anti-stock market firm. We recognize it’s extremely difficult to get good advice,” says Ken. “I personally don’t have all the answers when it comes to market conditions and many statistics suggest that the chances of finding an advisor that could beat the market index are very rare. We know our clients are going to want to have market exposure and we are meeting that expectation. We have partnered with a private firm in Toronto whose its owners have put their own personal wealth side-by-side with their investors and have outperformed the market considerably with only a third the volatility. These guys have been industry leaders for years and now manage more than a billion dollars for some of the wealthiest families
in the county. They're not big like the banks, but they are exceptional at what they do.” I was curious as to who such a firm catered to. Ken mentioned this boutique shop manages wealth for many of Canada’s elite families. I wanted to know what the accessibility was to the average client. Although somewhat reluctant to divulge the secrets of this partnership, he did tell me how they negotiated a deal to structure an offering that was in reach of today's investor. "When I looked at the model, it was classic discretionary management and consistent rebalancing. The team consists of best-in-class managers with a global outlook. The barrier for most investors is the entry point, as this type of management requires millions just to get in the door. This firm was no exception, but we were able to make an arrangement where we manage the relationship and they manage the money, the same way they do for their high net worth clients. And we can now do so with less than 100k," explains Ken. “We are all about leveling the playing field for the everyday investor.” “I was always taught that when a problem arises it’s an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and better reposition oneself for the future. Altaview is doing exactly that," says Ken. “It’s not just the issue of market volatility; there are a number of things that contribute to the issues and client dissatisfaction." From the Advisors Perspective: “We are striving to create an atmosphere where our Advisors can feel good about what they’re doing for clients and about the products and services they are providing. People say when the market is down advisors tend to go under a rock or are nowhere to be found. To some degree, management needs
to take responsibility, helping the advisor feel empowered and confident in the solutions that their firm offers. A motivated advisor will want to be in front of his or her clients.” From the Clients Perspective: “I think it’s fair to say clients are disenfranchised with the relationships they have had with their advisors and the big institutions. Dozens of movies and books have been written about brokers and big business being the only ones to profit in the past decade. The trust just isn’t there. We have made a big investment in our client relationships. We have a full back office to provide planning and advice to clients. In many cases, we will higher lawyers and accountants to provide additional services to our clients looking for a full solution to their financial well-being. It can be costly, but the clients are worth the investment. It’s not uncommon for a client to be serviced by two or three people on our team. In many cases, we will meet with clients four or more times a year.” “We constantly run educational workshops and events for our clients. It’s not all business. Recently, we had past mayor and successful businessman Larry O’Brien in for a book signing as a gift to our clients. We have also started a monthly wine club where we can interact in a more social environment with our clients. People say you should get to know the people you work with to better the at-work relationship; surely, that must apply to the clients as well. We work hard to serve our clients and we're having fun doing it, and we think they are to. We want to inspire our staff and clients to be the best version of themselves that they can be.” If that’s not a winning formula for success, I don’t know what is. Change is constant; you just need to be prepared and willing to do what’s necessary to keep ahead of the competition.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Hadfield BOTH FEET FIRMLY PLANTED
"It's a rich, challenging environment right on the edge of human experience," says Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield about his life aboard the International Space Station. For five months, Hadfield was the Commander of the International Space Station - the first Canadian to ever hold the position. While living and working in Earth's orbit, Hadfield gained celebrity status by reaching out to a global audience, using social media technologies to share the experience. He would tweet updates about daily life and the experiments being performed, along with posting pictures and video of the station and planet Earth below. In his free time, Hadfield even managed to record original music and is the first person to film a music video in space - a cover of David Bowie's iconic, Space Oddity. Hadfield never aspired to become the most famous astronaut since the Apollo 11 crew took mankind's first steps on the Moon. Instead, he wanted to share the 'poetry and purpose' of living in space. "The experience of leaving Earth is still very new for humanity," says Hadfield. "For twenty-one years, I've been travelling around the world trying to explain what it's like to fly in space and why we're doing it, and what it means to people - what it means for our species." So before launching, Hadfield resolved that while he must take responsibility for the safety of the crew and the space station, and accomplish the science he was tasked with, he was also responsible for ensuring that everyone had the opportunity to understand life in outer space. He made it his mission to create a shared experience for everyone that funds the space program and everybody who benefits from it.
By Aaron Reynolds Photography NASA/CSA "It's way too good a thing to keep to yourself," he says. Now back on Earth, with both feet firmly planted, Hadfield is readjusting to gravity. "Without the constant pull down of gravity, your body gets used to a whole new normal. My body was quite happy living in space without gravity," says Hadfield, adding that, "Weightlessness is really just a superpower. You can move a refrigerator around with your fingertips. You can fly effortlessly and it's a wonderful, liberating feeling." He felt anything but superhuman upon returning home. "Right after I landed, I could feel the weight of my lips and tongue. I hadn't realized I'd learned to talk with a weightless tongue." Unlike those who came before him, Chris Hadfield isn't worried about the schism of life in space versus life back on Earth, or what Buzz Aldrin called, 'The melancholy of all things done.' "I've been an astronaut for twenty-one years," he says. "I've already flown in space twice. I don't spend my life going, 'Gosh, I went to Mir in 1995 and now everything else is boring!' I'm not a person who looks backward and wishes that my past was the present." Several weeks after returning to home, Hadfield announced his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency and the end of his career as an astronaut. But that doesn't mean he won't continue looking to the stars. The fighter pilot, turned test pilot, turned astronaut, turned celebrity already has his next mission planned - as a lecturer and speaker to students, CEOs, and government officials. Hadfield believes there is still much to explore when it comes to outer space and that someone has to inspire the next generation of astronauts to take up the charge.
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"Make sure that you understand the life you want to lead and what that life looks like. Then try to figure out what kind of business it is you want to start," advises prolific start-up entrepreneur Leonard Brody. As a technology entrepreneur whose been responsible for the success of numerous companies and made a personal fortune in the process, Leonard Brody says having a picture in mind for the kind of life you want to live is the most important advice he can give anyone thinking of becoming an entrepreneur. Do I want to have a family? How much time do I want to spend at home? Do I want to have X amount of money? How many hours a day am I willing to work? What about how many hours a week? According to Brody, these are serious questions that must be asked and answered before anyone starts up a business, because when times get rough in either life or business, and they will eventually, having the answers will keep you going. Brody uses immigrants to North America as an example to illustrate this point. If you ask them why they started their own business, you're likely to hear two answers: 1.They wanted to provide for the education of their children. 2.They wanted to put a roof over their family's heads. When times get tough for these people, knowing what they want and why they do it is very grounding. It took the first few companies Brody got involved with to learn this lesson. Answering these questions has helped Brody to map out his life's foreseeable future. "I could retire right now if I wanted to, but I don't," says the fortytwo year old Brody. "I have another twelve to fifteen solid sprint years left in me." That's quite the statement coming from someone who's already spent much of his life building one start-up company after the other. Brody's first major success came as part of the team at Onvia, an online marketplace for businesses seeking to secure government contracts. After the company went public to the tune of $240 million and was later sold to Bell Actimedia, Brody moved on. Since then, he's found success starting NowPublic. com, a user-generated social news site. When Clarity Digital purchased NowPublic.com, Brody came on board as President and helped expand its web presence across the globe. He's also served as Head of Digital Innovation for the Anschutz Corportation, the parent company of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a sports and entertainment juggernaut. Brody cofounded GrowLab, a Vancouver-based start-up bootcamp for entrepreneurs and also managed to somehow find the time during all this to write two books, becoming a best-selling author in the process. He's currently a co-owner of a British soccer team. Leonard Brody grew up watching and playing soccer, or football as it is referred to by true fans of the sport, and early on in his career even worked as a player agent for football players.
By Aaron Reynolds Photography Andy Vanderkaay
While working as an advisor for a professional team in the U.K., Brody seized an opportunity to get involved with the Coventry City Football Club. As one of the owners of Coventry City Football Club, Brody knows there's a big difference between owning a North American sports team versus owning a European one. While North American sports fans know they're only customers, fans of the 130 year old Coventry club believe it to be community property belonging to them. "In Europe, the fans believe, and rightfully so, that they are the owners and that the actual owners are financial stewards of the club for the community," explains Brody. And if fans don't like what's happening with their football club, they will call for the owner to be removed - not just the coach or the GM like what happens in North America, but the owner. While Coventry City F.C. has suffered some setbacks over the recent years, Brody is optimistic about the work he and the other owners are doing to restore the club to its previous level of success. Leonard Brody's knack for building success in his life is a gift handed down from his family, and from having his uncle and Canadian media mogul Izzy Asper as a mentor. "It was part genetics and part having been exposed to people who were successful entrepreneurs and realizing the kind of possibility that was available," says Brody. Uncle Izzy offered a young Brody more advice on life than business, stressing the importance of a good education. However, when the choice of what subject to pursue at school arose, Uncle Izzy advised Brody that a law degree would be better for an entrepreneur to have than a business one. Nowadays, Leonard Brody finds he's the one being sought after for advice. A side effect of his success is that he is now in demand for his skills as a public speaker. Talking to the media about his companies got him noticed, eventually landing him public speaking gigs across the world in front of audiences keen to hear his thoughts on technology and the changes taking place in business and around the world as a result. Along with his public speaking work, Brody also advises governments and businesses about what the potential future might hold. He sees Canada as being in a position to provide leadership on critical issues facing the global population. According to Brody, the world's major problems over the next fifty years are going to be finding the space for people to live and the arable land to grow food, and dealing with shortages of fresh water and non-renewable natural resources. Brody believes Canada contains a lot of the answers to the problems the world needs to solve. Now, if he would just start a company that aimed to find these answers, Leonard Brody might have another success on his hands.
Mattress Lady THE QUEEN OF SLEEP
By Aaron Reynolds Photography Andy Vanderkaay MUA Jenni Lin Baldwick
As the President of Sleep Country Canada, and together with her partners Steve Gunn and Gord Lownds, Christine Magee built Sleep Country into a successful cross-country retailer, challenging established department stores by grabbing market prominence in the highly competitive mattress sales market. Christine and her partners concluded that no one in the country was really paying attention to the retailing of mattresses and seized the opportunity to become the number 1 retailer of mattresses in Canada. Along with her partners, Christine studied what the competition was doing, but more importantly, what they weren't. The success of Sleep Country is due to Christine and her partners challenging the conventional approach to mattress sales. “There was an opportunity for us to develop a business plan that set out to address the customer’s every need," explains Christine. "It was important to provide a level of service and experience to our customers that was previously unavailable in the market place. "Our vision was to exceed our customer’s expectations and we identified three critical factors to do so: create top-brand awareness, provide an exceptional in-store experience, and provide a home delivery experience that is delightful, convenient and professional. "It was really trying to eliminate every objection and answer every question a customer would have, so that they would have a great experience. Our ability to focus and execute on these allowed us to achieve a dominant position in the market." With the understanding that it is women who make the final mattress purchasing decision, “we challenged convention with respect to how we advertised, choosing to brand the company around a spokesperson," says Christine. As a woman, Christine is able to directly engage her target demographic and is someone to whom female customers can relate. Christine Magee is very proud of Sleep Country's charity involvement and the work they do in the community. From inception, one of the services they offer when they deliver a mattress is to take away the customer’s old mattress, offering it to charity through their donated bed program. The company's decision to offer free delivery of new mattresses and pickup of customer's old ones solved an obstacle to mattresses sales and proved a huge success.
"We thought it would be great if we could take away the mattresses customers no longer need, and if they're only gently used and still in shape, then we could donate them to individuals, agencies, and people who can't otherwise afford a mattress. Those that cannot be donated are 100% recycled,” Christine explains. The Donated Bed Program resonates with both customers and company employees. As witnesses to the huge impact the donations have had on communities, Christine and Sleep Country have championed numerous charitable initiatives and important public issues that support women, children, and families in communities all across Canada and beyond. Being active and giving back to the community is very important to Christine and Sleep Country. As part of her strong philanthropic commitment, Christine often speaks to charity groups, schools, and at conferences, mentoring students through her involvement with such distinguished programs as ‘20 Under 20’, the Ivey School of Business, and the Women’s Executive Network Mentoring programs. "It's inspiring to take part in the '20 Under 20' program and see how talented these young adults are. They epitomize the hope and talent, the passion, vision, and intelligence of the next generation. They really are the future," she says. Christine’s recognition of the impact young people can have on the world is demonstrated by her desire to expose her own children to the event. "I've brought my daughters, along with some of their friends and schoolmates, to allow them to see what they can do with an idea, a dream, and some support," Christine says. When mentoring these young adults, Christine is often asked how she determined the direction her life would take. She tells them that it was the result of trying a variety of things and eliminating the undesirable options. Christine tries to communicate the message: “Dare to dream and dream big, because dreams are important in setting one’s goals and aspirations. In life, there are many paths to your final destination." Christine offers up her own life as an example. In university, she considered going into either medicine, journalism, or business, but in the course of her first year, she made the decision to go into business. "I went into banking right out of business school, because I really wanted to take the opportunity to learn different industries, different management styles, and hone my analytical business skills," Christine says. As a final bit of mentoring, Christine advises '20 Under 20' winners and other colleagues, “that in life there are going to be challenges, but each decision you make is an opportunity to learn and move forward." After all, it's an approach Christine tries to live by, one that has helped bring her great success. PIE MAGAZINE
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Beer Chairman By Aaron Reynolds Photography Andy Vanderkaay
From beer-making pirates of the 1800's and beer bootleggers of the 1930's to legitimate brewery operations in England and Canada, the Sleeman family has a storied history of producing sought-after suds. The Sleeman's founded their first Canadian brewery in 1834 and operated it until 1933, when their liquor license was revoked for smuggling beer to Al Capone. Call it fate or dumb luck, but John Sleeman managed to find his way back into the beer business and carry on the family legacy, despite no one sharing with him the details of the family history while he was growing up. John dropped out of high school and moved to England where he became enamoured with British pub culture and beer. He returned to Canada and opened a successful English-style pub, importing British beer for his patrons. When others bars began requesting imports, he sold his pub and became a beer importer. This success spurred his aunt to reveal to him the family history and recipe book, and Sleeman seized upon the opportunity to resurrect the family business. "There are an awful lot of times when I look back on things that have happened in my life, and I'm not a particularly religious or superstitious person, but I do ask questions once in awhile about why certain things have happened, and how, and at what time. So, believe me, I have often wondered what are the odds of some guy dropping out of high school, getting into the beer business, and discovering that his ancestors owned breweries in England and in Canada," John reflects. Sleeman is quick to admit his fascination with his family's heritage. "I think I'm pretty bloody lucky to have this kind of family history. This is the kind of stuff people write books about and dream about - you know, a bunch of pirates and smuggling to Al Capone." History aside, what's it like running a modern-day brewery? "The beer industry is a business that makes going to work every day fun. People are generally happy. It's not like trying to solve Middle East peace," he says. "It's an entertaining, fun kind of business." One of the problems John is trying to solve is demand. His brewery has orders for more beer than it can fill.
That's a problem most business would kill to have. While 85% of the beer Sleeman produces is consumed in Canada, the remaining 15% isn't enough to quench the rest of the world's thirst. He's being forced to expand the family business in order to try and meet demand. If serving up his family's beer to eager customers has him working harder at his job, it's a job John Sleeman is happy to perform. The growth and demand for Sleeman's beers is all the more impressive considering beer has lost some of its market share to wine and liquor sales in recent years. However, John Sleeman doesn't sweat the competition. "The beer business is a pretty stable and reliable industry," he says. In addition to running a brewery, Sleeman also serves as the Chairman of the Brewer's Association of Canada. "I look at the beer industry as a gentlemen's club. I feel very fortunate to have been admitted," John says. His role as Chairman is to bring the membership together to discuss and deal with the non-competitive issues of the industry, such as quality control, advertising regulations, and research into treating the effects of alcohol abuse. "I need to make sure as Chairman that I show leadership and leave the competitive issues at the door, and get everybody around the table to deal with the things that need dealt with," he explains. As the third-largest brewery in Canada, Sleeman's position in the market puts it right between the industry giants, and the regional and local producers. "We're in the middle. The government looks to us sometimes for an opinion that represents what's in the best interest of the small breweries, as well as what's in the best interest of a larger brewery." John is pleased to occupy the positions he does within the industry. In less than a few decades, he's restored the family business and grown it well beyond its former glory, while acting as a bridge between his fellow larger and smaller brewers. But most of all, he's happy to be providing customers with his family's famous beer
Marshall Jay Kaplan THE REALITY IN REALITY TV Photography Jeff Buchanan
Marshall Jay Kaplan loved television growing up. When he wasn't watching it, he was imagining the shows he'd create. Creating television shows became his lifelong dream. After a successful twenty-year career in advertising, Kaplan felt he had peaked in the field and decided to follow his television dreams. For a man already in his forties, with a wife and children to support, switching careers while he was at the top of his game was a risky move. The job jump paid off as Kaplan is now in high demand and recognized as a top senior producer of reality television. Kaplan always believed he could translate his success in the advertising game to the world of television. The jobs aren't as uncommon as one would think. Both fields require him to be present from the initial idea phase right through to the final product. "I'm with a show from Day One until it gets delivered to the broadcaster," he says. As a television producer, Kaplan overseas the entire creation of the television show he's working on, from the first episode all the way through the entire season. He is responsible for both the creative and operational sides of the show. This means hiring crew members, like the director, camera operators, sound technicians, and editors, and then working to create the show by ensuring the crew got the right shots, that the editors can put those shots together to create a story, and that sound engineers and composers get the right mix and music for the episode. Kaplan's latest project is Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's new reality show for HGTV-US, titled, Tori and Dean: Cabin Fever. After four weeks following the pair around, he's back in the production offices putting the show together. Working on a celebrity reality TV show is nothing new for Kaplan. He's previously worked with celebs on The Brides of Beverly Hills and on Totally Tracked Down. While celebrities are fun, no matter who Kaplan is focused on he must ensure his subjects will let their guard down, open up for the cameras, and be truthful about themselves. There's no script on his shows and he's never fed anyone lines. "For me, when I go to bed at night, I know I've done my best to make sure what I'm producing is true," he says. In his work, he's capturing people at the highest and lowest moments of their lives, from pure joy to gut-wrenching sadness. Location Hotel Saint Germain
He's not out to get people to cry, but if they're hurting and he can't get them to express their feelings honestly, then he's not doing his job and not capturing their truth. When people express their feelings, the audience is able to connect with them the same way they do with fictional television characters, but with real people, the audience cares more about their stories. This is the reason why reality television is so popular and why Kaplan is so successful. "The audience needs to be invested," he explains. Out of all the work he's done, Kaplan's favourite experience with reality television is the show he created, produced, and hosted himself - the Gemini-nominated Totally Tracked Down. Every week saw Kaplan trying to find an iconic television star from years past. Being able to share on-screen time with the stars he grew up watching was a thrill. "Imagine growing up watching the TV show Batman and then getting to sit inside the original Batmobile and interview Batman himself, Adam West." With a slew of credits, including Giving You the Business; My House, Your Money; Instant Cash; The Brides of Beverly Hills; Totally Tracked Down; and Style By Jury, Marshall Jay Kaplan will soon have another credit to his name, this one for producing his first film, a documentary about fame and celebrity. Those interested can check out The Fame Cafe on Facebook for more info.
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The Fine Art of Pursuing Happiness By Melissa Bessey Photography Korby Banner Terry Coughlin first became interested in real estate when he was sixteen, while his father spent the summer developing lake front property up near Parry Sound. That same summer Terry got involved in construction, helping to build cottages on the lots. He noticed right away that the salesmen made much more money than the contractors. The following summer, at the tender age of seventeen, Terry found himself selling lots and his passion for pursuing happiness and success through real estate was ignited. Today, over 50 years later, Terry is a core member of the North American Development Group, one of North Americaâ€™s most successful commercial real estate development firms and a passionate pursuant of happiness. He shares with PIE how he achieved success, complete with a little slice of Muskoka, in his own Thornhill (North Toronto) backyard. With both parents in the business, it is no surprise that Terry discovered his passion for property development at such an early age, but it was his ability to discover new development opportunities that no one else had seen before him that motivated Terry the most. By age twenty-one he had become a licensed Sales Representative and did his first major real estate development deal when he was only 24.
Terry formed a brokerage firm in 1975, but felt that even as a brokerage owner, working for commission, finding and buying properties on behalf of others, meant that, ultimately, he was not in control. Working in real estate development gave him the opportunity to be in control of the decision-making process and “identify opportunities that everyone else has overlooked.” Thirty years ago, Terry joined the North American Development Group, which has not recorded an unprofitable year in over 30 years in business, even during difficult economic times. One of Terry’s greatest successes with the firm is Park Place Barrie, a large open-air shopping mall that sits on what was formerly Molson Park. Park Place dedicated 31 acres of land to the city, 22 of which are dedicated to preserving the woodlot and Lover’s Creek. “The longevity of our team shows the success of the people, as well as the company,” Terry says. Not bad for a Canadian company that has expanded throughout North America and today has grown even bigger in the US than in Canada. Outside of real estate, Terry also has a life long interest in landscape photography and a passion for travelling the world with his wife. He points out the similarities between his ability to find property that no one else has seen as an opportunity and the way his photographic eye captures moving images, in an otherwise still landscape, that no one else would view quite the same way. “You go on a discovery mission to find a shot, get the right lighting conditions, find a bird in the right spot, or something unusual that someone else who came along two minutes later wouldn’t capture, and I’m not sure, but I think that creative bent helped me in finding properties and vice versa,” he says. Balancing the fine art of landscape photography with his passion
for achieving business success has allowed Terry to understand what he most enjoys in life and he loves the thrill of capturing different locations all over the world that are not ‘the standard’ shots. He feels that the number one piece of advice he could give anyone is to be happy - period. “Pursue happiness. Most people don’t pursue happiness because it’s a state of mind, not things. We can’t control what happens but your control is how you react,” he says. Terry also has an open state of mind about his multiple ‘close encounter’ dives with sharks. He and his wife are advanced divers who travel the world on diving trips. To date they’ve been to most of the Caribbean, Belize, The Great Barrier Reef, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and more. “We really like that kind of adventure and if we don’t see any sharks, we’re disappointed. We find the reef sharks won’t bother you but my first time diving, seeing them was absolutely terrifying,” he says. The real estate landscape has changed greatly over the past few decades, but the principles of what it takes to be successful in business remain the same. When asked what he thinks new real estate developers should know, Terry replies: “It’s important to understand markets first and to know that timing is extremely important, which is true for any type of real estate. There are few people who can identify a need in the market and then capitalize on it. There are a lot of people in real estate who understand financing, but you also have to consider who the people are that are going to use the real estate, what they want, when they want it, what they can afford to pay, and back everything up from there in order to figure out what to provide."
“Love what you do. If you don't love it, change. You'll never be successful if you're not happy in your work, and if you are, it's not work, it's a labour of love.” TERRY COUGHLIN
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By Michelle Walter Photography Brian Muller Make up Jenni Lin Baldwick PIE Bookazine has always embraced our audience of young and old, men and women, and people with very different lifestyles and backgrounds. It is the people we meet along our wonderful path to publication that come to fill the pages of our Bookazine. Each unique individual has a story to tell and it is these stories that engage our reader’s issue after issue. PIE had the wonderful opportunity to work with and interview four outstanding women who are all over the age of eighty. I simply listened as they spoke and allowed their stories come to life in the pages of the Bookazine. Biddy Matthews was born in Barrie, Ontario and returned to the city to retire. She is a self-proclaimed “Church Mouse” and described herself as “duller than ditch water”, yet a fifteen minute conversation with this woman had me laughing, crying and traveling back in time to a city long before the population boom and growth that we now know Barrie for. Biddy has lived in places such as Winnipeg, England and the Alaskan Highway, however she still calls Barrie her home. She reminisced on the phone with me about walking the main street of Barrie and seeing the big stuffed bear in front of the Simmons Department Store. She remembers the beauty and allure of Fred Grant Square and the Allandale Train Station when they were still being built. Her retellings of the city took me back to a much simpler Barrie and yet Biddy says that she still loves to walk everywhere and enjoys the change and the hopeful restoration of the downtown core. Biddy has attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace where she stood beside Jane Fonda when was she was only eighteen. She has survived Cancer thirty-five years ago and again five years ago. Biddy has recently received her 50 Year Pin for Volunteer Work at the Royal Victoria Hospital and she now passes her time knitting scarves for street kids. Each scarf is finalized by a label, which states, “Made with Love” because in Biddy’s view everyone needs to feel loved, always. This mother of four and grandmother of ten is anything but dull. She is extraordinary and one of the beautiful people PIE has met along the way. Janice Laking is a name that is renowned in Barrie for the monumental work that she has done for the city. She was a schoolteacher by profession however, when asked why she decided to go into politics she responded, “You think you have forever to do things and when you realize you don’t, it is time for a change.” Janice decided to run for the Barrie City Council in 1972. She was a member of Council for twenty-seven years and was Mayor of Barrie from 1988 to 2000. In her years as Mayor the population of Barrie more than doubled and yet when her term was up, the city of Barrie was left with no debt.
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She worked on opening the doors of the Maclaren Art Centre and the gates to the Barrie Skate Park. She fought for the restoration of the old Barrie Hospital, which is now a long-term care centre for senior residents. “I love Barrie. Where else can you swim in a lake, ski out the back door, and be in Toronto in an hour.” Janice served as a Citizenship Court Judge until she was seventy-five years old. She was an Honoree Colonel at Base Borden for nine years and is the recipient of an Honoree Degree from Laurentian University. Janice now sits on a Provincial Tribunal for Mental Health. And we can now say that this outstanding woman has graced the pages of PIE Bookazine. Jeanie McFadyen is eighty-two years old. She lived in the country for most of her life and has come to call the hustle and bustle of Barrie, Ontario her home for the past sixteen years. Jeanie is not your typical eighty-two year old; she drives around town in her convertible PT Cruiser and passes her time doing volunteer work at the Parkview Centre as a member of their council. It is no wonder that PIE tracked her down to be apart of the “Over 80” story. Jeanie has worked in a doctor’s office, in retail and has even delivered parts for her son’s automotive company. She was into her 50s when she decided to go back to school to become a Registered Nursing Assistant. After a few years as an RNA she even decided to give modeling a go. With such a wealth of interesting experiences Jeanie had a hard time pinning down the most memorable moment in her life until she began reminiscing about singing in her husbands rehearsal band. You could hear the emotion in her voice when she remembered back to the days of singing and traveling with her beloved husband. Jeanie now looks back on her experiences and feels content and happy with life. She has embraced all that she has done and looks forward to new experiences. One such experience includes meeting the biological mother of her adopted son who she fondly credits for “Giving me my family. I had my adopted son and was finally able to relax enough to give birth to my other wonderful son. Being told we were accepted to adopt a child and then being told that we were pregnant a short time after stands out as a very best memory for me.” Jeanie loves making people laugh and going on new adventures. We are proud to call her an honorary PIE girl.
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David Bowie Is By Kirsten Garbutt Born David Robert Jones in 1947, David Bowie has been a pop icon for over four decades. A true chameleon, Bowie has re-invented himself time and again through fashion and music, creating personas like Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke. With 26 studio albums, 109 singles and an estimated 140 million records sold, David Bowie is widely regarded as the most influential and innovative musician of his era. In 1996 he was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame. With the highly anticipated release of his most recent album, The Next Day, Bowie and long-time collaborator Tony Visconti have silenced the critics with what is being coined by Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph as a “bold, beautiful and baffling electric bolt through its own mythos” while The New York Times calls it “Bowie’s twilight masterpiece”. Selling an astounding 94,048 copies in the first week of its release, The Next Day debuted at #1 on the UK charts, where it remained for several weeks. It has since been nominated for the UK’s highest musical honor: The Mercury Prize. Despite being known primarily for his music, David Bowie has also made massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. Bowie is to star in Louis Vuitton’s upcoming L’Invitation au Voyage campaign. The Execs at Louis Vuitton were obviously paying attention to David Bowie’s retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London which became the museums fastest selling exhibition ever.
David Bowie’s newest exhibit, David Bowie is arrives at The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) for its first North American stop on an unprecedented world tour direct from the V&A, London. This amazing collection of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive is set in a totally immersive multimedia environment, which celebrates the ground-breaking artist’s many collaborations and is accompanied by a Sennheiser audio guide as part of the experience. David Bowie is — acclaimed by The New York Times as “united in sound and vision in a way rarely seen in a museum” — is the first international presentation dedicated to the British-born musician and performer. This show will take its visitors on a remarkable and interactive trip through Bowie’s numerous personae and legendary performances. Including handwritten set lists, lyrics, diary entries, instruments and sketches, David Bowie is also includes more than 50 stage costumes, music videos, set designs, photographs and excerpts from films and live performances. Share your David Bowie is experiences at the AGO and find updates on the exhibition with #BowieAGO on Twitter and Instagram.
Pierrot (or "Blue Clown") costume, 1980 Designed by Natasha Komiloff for the "Ashes to Ashes" video and Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album cover. Photograph by Brian Duffy Photo Duffy @ Duffy Archive Courtesy of the David Bowie Archive Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
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COSTUME TALK WITH TOM BROECKER Tom Broecker doesn’t get a lot of sleep and he’s fine with it. He just really loves designing costumes. He’s been at the helm of SNL as the costume designer since the 90s, but he also dips his hands in theater, movies, fashion consulting, and TV series like House of Cards. We chatted with him about juggling it all and trying to give each of his projects enough time in the air.
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"Over the sixty minutes needed to make SNL, the costume has to do everything" What are you most proud of? I love my work on Saturday Night Live, there’s an exhilaration to how all of that happens, but I have to say it’s definitely House of Cards. I loved working with David Venture and all the other directors on House of Cards; it’s an intense labor of love. How is designing costumes on SNL different from a show like House of Cards? With House of Cards, I can develop through a slower pace and give it time to develop subtly with what transpires and so that you have more psychology built into each outfit, and each outfit informs the next outfit along the arc of the character. Over the sixty minutes needed to make SNL, the costume has to do everything. You’re not giving the character a psychological life. You’re giving it more of a visual life that you still want to ring true to the actor that has to play it. You have to find the underlying truth of a six-minute character as opposed to ones who get sixty minutes. At SNL the characters and their arc is so fast that it’s instantaneous. You just have to give them the character's costume because you don’t have time to develop it over episodes. What do the projects you’re passionate about have in common? I think what they have in common is that I’m always attracted to a really good story. I will always read the text first and then respond to it. Sometimes I find something in the story that no one else has seen. I’ll make really weird connections that other people don't read.
What do you think makes you a particularly good fit for sketch comedy? Wow, I have been trying to figure that out. The way Alec Baldwin is with comedy is that it’s a very serious business. I would watch him and talk to him and he treats comedy like it’s Shakespeare, Ibsen, or Chekov - that there is a truth to it. That’s the thing I find really interesting is finding that universality of truth. Being able to find the humor is one of the things that's allowed me to stay at SNL as long as I have. First of all, I have to say that it’s an amazing job and that Lorne Michaels is just the most amazing person ever. But, you have to be able to throw everything out, just throw the costumes out, and not be attached to any one costume or design. It keeps you having to think and move forward, because all of the sudden you can be faced with the situation where the wardrobe boxes don’t come in for show time, because someone marked them with the wrong delivery date. In those moments, I feel like Holly Hunter in Broadcast News. So, it’s constantly forcing me to think – to create to those things and situations. You must have stories of wearing crazy costumes of your own. I guess so, yeah. My friend and I would go to the grocery store in the middle of Indiana dressed up in different clothes just to see people’s reactions. We would wear Hawaiian print shirts, with plaid shorts, and knee socks and sandals. We got looks and reactions like, "Who are these people?"
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Man of Wax and Soul Story and Photography Greg Kieszkowski Greg Angus may be a Canadian artist, but deep within his humanity beats a universal soul. Born in Burlington, Ontario, in 1961, he studied fine art in the mid eighties at Queens University and the University of British Columbia. He has participated in art exhibitions throughout the globe, but it was while living in Japan, almost nineteen years ago, that he discovered his own unique esthetic. Besides his love of art, Greg has a fierce passion for martial arts and that is why he made the journey to Japan. He became a stranger in a foreign land in order to study these ancient warrior arts. While in Japan, he explored and continues to explore identity as a major theme of his works. He was very frustrated as an artist and felt like a ship without direction, drifting aimlessly on the aesthetic sea. “I was playing around with the images, always looking for something. At that time, the Japanese government mandated and added our fingerprints to our identity cards. Many people were terribly upset because they felt they were being treated like criminals. At the time, I thought that if this foreign government wants my fingerprint, I will do a big painting of it," Greg says. Greg was not upset with the new mandate, but rather grateful, because using fingerprints has become a process that has defined and consumed him. Greg’s unique technique involves mixing oil paint with melted wax (encaustic). He layers a myriad of colours over one another on a large board. He then scrapes and carves the fingerprint patterns, unearthing what lies hidden beneath. His unique technique results in a detailed sculptural painting. Amazingly, he must remember which colours are hidden within the multiple levels of encaustic medium on the board and try to release and shape them into something reflective of the human fingerprint. Icon Series (Pop Culture Icons) His Icon Series has just begun. Through Verve Projects and Nicole Potvin, Greg met with eighty-three year old Canadian icon William Shatner, who was very excited to participate in the project. After flying to Los Angeles to meet with William, he brought the fingerprint impressions home to Toronto and began looking for three or four clear patterns. He enlarges each print and either uses a single one, or creates a collage. The colours of each piece represent Greg’s personal connection and impression of the person. “When I am talking to the person, I sometimes get a rush of colours. This happened with William Shatner. It didn’t happen during our meeting, but later on when I was reflecting on our encounter. I didn’t see the full composition, but I could see the colours,” says Greg. The fingerprint is extremely important to Greg because it shows the deeply human connection to nature and the whole universe. We have a common bond on both a micro-biological level, but also a macro-astronomical level.
Electronic Musicians Series The Electronic Musician series will debut as an exhibition in Los Angeles, in the year 2014. This will be a solo exhibit featuring the fingerprints of the top twelve electronic musicians in the world. The list includes Crystal Method, Amon Tobin, Digitalism, FatBoy Slim and many more.
Above everything else, Greg strives not to be ironic or negative in his art. “A lot of art that is made is ironic or negative. It is easy. There are a lot of problems in the world, and it is easy to point them out. I prefer to make something that is positive and transformative,” he explains. He hopes that people who have a chance to see his work are energized and inspired by looking at the paintings. His art is intentionally designed to slow you down. “The paintings are bright and poppy, but you can sit there for a long, long time and you can go on many journeys. My desire is for my paintings to sustain you for long periods of time,” says Greg. In a materialistic, consumer society, Greg Angus strives to create art that forces the world to slow down. Many of us take it for granted that we have fingerprints. Many of us also take the miracle of existence for granted. Greg's art helps people recognize the value of life. For more information about Greg's work, you can visit www.gregangus.com PIE MAGAZINE
Irina in Bloom ARTIST IRINA GRETCHANIA AND THE FINGERPRINT OF HER EXISTENCE "I think of my art as a fingerprint of my existence," says artist Irina Gretchanaia. Irina fills as much of the day as she can painting. She spends every free moment available to her living the artist's life and creating detailed, vibrant works of art. Born in formerly communist Moldova, Irina immigrated to Canada at the age of eighteen and immediately became aware of the opportunities available to her in her new homeland. Free of the limitations of her birthplace, she seized upon every opportunity to
follow her dreams. Originally, Irina's dream was to be a fashion illustrator. She took private art classes in order to get her portfolio together and ended up falling in love with oil painting. As someone who enjoyed art from an early age, Irina found painting to be her life's joy and it has become the driving passion of her entire being. There's a common idea of an artist's life being one filled with poverty and hardship, as the artist struggles to afford materials and to sell their work. The history of the art world reinforces this idea with examples like Monet and Van Gogh. However, Irina played it smart. While continuing her private art training, she finished her education at Ryerson University, got a job in the fashion industry, and continues to work until the day she can make the permanent jump to fulltime artist. Irina learned the detail and discipline traditional art requires from internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Jacob Pichhadze.
By Aaron Reynolds Photography Ian James Hopkins MUA Rich Halliday He taught Irina the same classical styles and techniques of realism that he himself learned from his teachers. Irina's artistic skill set belongs to a lineage that has been passed down from master to student over centuries. From artists who once painted the walls and ceilings of cathedrals to those whose canvases now decorate the walls of museums and galleries. Irina spends countless hours in her studio, using her artistic abilities to create works that showcase the details of the world she paints. But, with each painting she is also baring a piece of her soul, captured on canvas with colours of oil. This must be the reason her art contains so much life. Irina is attracted to traditional art more than modern or abstract act. According to her, traditional works of art can be passed down from generation to generation without it being necessary to have to explain what they are and what they mean. "When you look at the Renaissance and all the old masters' art, it is pretty incredible how detailed it all is," she says. Irina is always pushing herself to try new things in her work. She challenges herself to paint difficult subjects and objects in order to keep growing and get stronger. However, no matter what she paints, the starting place of her inspiration is always the same. "It all starts with colour," Irina says. "It can be a flower, landscape, a person sitting in a field, but the colour is where it all begins." The vibrant, realistic work she paints has proven to be a success. Since she began showcasing and selling her art at Barrie, Ontario's Kempenfest in 2009, Irina's sales have increased every year. "I can't keep my work in the studio, so I must be doing something right," she says. "People come back that bought paintings four years ago and they tell me that they fall in love with my work more each day." Other buyers have commented that when they purchase her work, they redecorate their homes around her paintings. "Nothing is more satisfying than walking into a house and seeing a work I painted years ago, still there for everybody to look at and for visitors to see." For Irina, the best feeling an artist can experience is the one they get from people and the reactions they have to the work. While she still finds it hard to accept people's compliments, the reactions of love and appreciation she gets for her paintings are far better than the alternative. "An artist's biggest fear is that their work is going to end up in someone's garage sale, or just sitting in a corner someplace," she says. This is not something Irina has to worry about. She has shipped her work to buyers around the world, and will be featured in Contemporary International Masters Volume VIII. As she lives her life as an artist, Irina remembers the words of her teacher: "The artist never dies. The book needs to be read, the music needs to be played, but the art is right there for everybody to see."
SEXYto sympathetic Most people know Pamela Anderson as the sexy blonde bombshell from “Baywatch”. But the 46-year-old actress and vegetarian deserves more credit – she has become known as an activist for animal rights and an ardent supporter of Inga Foundation. Though she now lives on the California Coast, Anderson has never forgotten her Canadian roots (she grew up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia). In this interview, we speak with Anderson about her unique travels, extensive charity work and what her Canadian heritage means to her.
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"I fall in love easily but the best is yet to come – I am in a relationship with myself right now…" PAMELA ANDERSON PIE: You recently traveled to Haiti to focus on agriculture and reforestation. Tell me about the charity you are working with in Haiti. Pamela Anderson: I've been to Haiti twice – once just after the earthquake to help with local food distribution in tent camps and to visit Grace Children's hospital and Mother Theresa Orphanage, where I held the most beautiful baby boy all day. At that time, our focus was working with local farms – buying their produce, bringing big bags of vegetables and fruits to families, helping get through the initial days of confusion and hunger. I went back again recently with my brother, Gerry. He is a young filmmaker and I wanted him to see Haiti for himself. He was in shock that a country so close to America is in so much need. It's an absolute shame and hard to fathom why America hasn't invested in this beautiful country more. We went from Honduras with Inga Foundation's founder, Mike Hands, a tropical ecologist at Cambridge (where I recently spoke about the environment and the devastating impact the meat industry plays). Inga Foundation has had such success in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras coming up with alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture (bad for soil and the environment). Inga is thriving and, I thought, let’s bring this to Haiti, where it is almost completely deforested. In my work with Vivienne Westwood and Cool Earth, saving the rainforest, I made these connections. I had a connection at J/P RHO [Haitian Relief Organization] who put me in touch with Clinton Foundation, which was very helpful getting us around. We also met with smallholder farmers, agricultural schools and other Haitian environmental groups trying hard to reforest but dealing with politics and trouble finding ways to produce and distribute effectively – with selfsustainability and in free trade. PIE: What was the highlight of this last trip to Haiti? Pamela Anderson: Have you ever had an organic Haitian Mango? It is like nothing else. I have a soft spot for Haiti and for my friend Sean Penn [who is also involved in Haiti-targeted charity]. I admire his gutsy "just go there and do it" attitude. Sometimes you just can’t wait for someone else – or a camera crew – to get things done, you are drawn to doing them. [Sean] has broken the mold and created a new kind of awareness structure – a brilliant formula of how a person can help. He has unique resources and isn’t afraid to use them. He is a man first. I feel the same way – that loving humanness. I want to just go and help as a woman first, an entertainer second. Nurturing, protecting, doing what I can. Using my unique resources. The world is so small, but so diverse when it comes to need. PIE: How did you get involved in charity work? Pamela Anderson: I have been an animal activist since birth, I think. A defender of animals. I have an affinity to them, for sure. I have always put my feet in the ocean wherever I am and vow
to help protect it – if the ocean dies so do we. It is a mysterious but essential world we take for granted. It breaks my heart. Sea Shepherd is a great protector of the sea and a good place to help, if the ocean resonates with you. PIE: Tell me about growing up in Canada. Do you still feel ties to the country? Pamela Anderson: I have a beautiful spot on Vancouver Island that I am transforming, slowly but surely, into an artistic/healing retreat – a spa with cabins and a small dock for small boats. There are cabins nestled into the trees and it is a place for people to come and write, paint, heal and be healthy. It is a labor of love and will take me a few years yet. I'm doing it entirely on my own – without partners – so now that I've finished my house in Malibu, I will make this my priority. I love design and want to build sustainable furniture and home products. This will be the perfect showcase. PIE: How long have you been a vegetarian? Pamela Anderson: 20 years PIE: What is your favorite vegetarian restaurant? Pamela Anderson: Crossroads! It is new in L.A. and incredible. It’s 2013… evolution! PIE: Your work for animal rights has brought you around the world – from promoting a ban on seal fur in Berlin to lobbying to free a whale shark in Dubai. How does your role as an activist change depending on where you go and the cultures you meet there? Pamela Anderson: Everywhere I go there are different animal issues and my other groups know where I am at all times. I get to speak to governments – almost always I take meetings and drop off letters everywhere I go. Sometimes I need to be somewhere so I'll do something as silly as a club appearance, but my motives are otherwise. I've been fortunate. PIE: What do you do to pass the time when traveling by plane? Pamela Anderson: I am a multitasker: I listen to music, write and read at the same time. I always have a journal to scribble my poetry in and lots of pencils, favorite pens and good playlists – when I can't get Pandora. I listen to Gustavo Santaolalla, blues or Gotan depending on my mood. Definitely something sexy and inspiring as I am a romantic. I carry Pablo Neruda books and am usually a reader of short stories by Anais Nin, Dorothy Parker or Edith Wharton. These are just what are in my bag right now. I sleep well on planes and have my aryurvedic lotions, natural remedies and sprays, and I do not drink alcohol on planes – those days are over. PIE: What is the most romantic vacation you've taken? Pamela Anderson: I always feel romantic and swept up wherever I go. I fall in love easily but the best is yet to come – I am in a relationship with myself right now… I've looked after so many people and have two beautiful, conscious teenage boys.
TRIPLCART The Art Project of Unforgettable Experiences STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY GREG SWALES
We stopped at the top of a muddy hill, with a van full of art supplies and a driver who refused to risk getting stuck in the mud or sliding off the road into the Amazon River. We decide to get out and walk the last kilometre to the school. So, the three of us grab as much as we can carry, and sludge our way to meet our group of anxious art students of the Brazilian Amazon. The torrential rain has already made us late, and we can't wait anymore. We arrive at the school with heavy mud covering our shoes up to our ankles, Puuri is barefoot. We meet the twenty or so children and the youth workers, and they walk back to the van with us to collect the rest of the art supplies for the week. Day one of a long awaited project TRIPLICART, created by Brazilian Lavoisier Clement with the help of United Nations worker Fransisco Nery. They have invited dance instructor 'Puuri' Priscila Mimoto (Brazilian Japanese) to teach dance classes, and I've come from New York to teach painting and photography. Lavoisier will be covering the clothing/textiles classes, and there will be violin taught off site by Jeane Necklaces who is from the
Amazon state where she works in education. The week before, I was speaking with Lavo and he was telling me how he couldn't sleep last night because of gunshots outside his window. Someone had been murdered on the street in Tabatinga, the closest town to the Indian reserve, where the teachers would be staying during the workshops. Situated on the Brazilian side of the triple border with Columbia and Peru, which is how the project got its name, triple border art project, Triplicart! It's an area known for cultural diversity, fresh fish, a lot of motorcycles, and unfortunately for being a route of heavy drug trafficking. Something told me this was going to be an unforgettable experience…. Umariaçu is a community of Tikuna, part of Brazil's largest indigenous population, where there are often recorded instances of violence between rival youth group between communities. Triplicart would function to attract the attention of these young people and involve them in creative activities. Lavoisier had the privileged opportunity to be invited to Umariaçu with his friend
Fransisco who was giving health education. It was during a cultural and dance presentation that Lavoisier had observed the creative potential of children and adolescents that was not being explored as it should be. Over the next few months, he managed to gain the financial support of mayor's office of Tabatinga, who received funding from the Brazilian government, and found other excited artistic individuals to join him for a week. I arrived a week before the workshops, to help organize and search for scarce art materials in Tabatinga and the nearby towns in Columbia and Peru. The scavenged materials were of poor quality and much more expensive than you would find in a store in North America, making it very difficult for young people there to explore their artistic abilities. Lavo recalls some Tikuna children he taught younger than 10 years old who were able to sew garments better than students he had studied fashion with in university. I was also very impressed at the drawing skills of many of the young kids in my classes. My goal was to teach them new techniques that I learned in art school, like mixing any colour imaginable from only the few basic colours that we found in the shops in Columbia. Two days before the workshops started, we held a meeting to introduce ourselves to the community and see the kind of art being created there. The room was full of enthusiastic young girls hoping to learn dance routines from around the world, but only
two students raised their hand for photography class, and very few seemed to be interested in painting or textiles. While this had me envisioning small intimate classes, that turned out not to be the case. Each day the classes grew larger and larger, starting at around fifteen in each group, and by the end of the week around thirty students per class. The supplies we had brought were just enough that we were scraping the bottom of the paint containers upon completing the giant mural on the back wall of their event/sports space. Monday we began rain soaked and muddy with a room full of students who had no idea what to expect, but were ready to absorb everything they could from us, teachers who had seen more of the world than they believed they ever would. As the week progressed, we all had common goals, to work together and paint a giant mural that represented Triplicart and the Tikuna community, and to have an incredible final presentation and celebration. Reaching our goal, all the work went on display and we celebrated with an afternoon of music, dance, and a fashion show. We plan to go back next year for round two. I think enrolment will be more than double after seeing almost a hundred children show up for the presentation. We also have several other communities around Brazil that we are looking into reaching with Triplicart.
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Out-Side in "I was never really conscious of ‘Oh my god! If I come out I’ll never work again!’ I just wanted to make sure I presented myself in a way that allowed me the best opportunity to find work… And then I got a job on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and I figured, that’s interesting ‘cause I’m playing a very, very overt heterosexual on that show." NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
A look at how 'The Out List' documentary helps break social boundaries while providing an intimate look at some of your favourite celebrities. Stereotypes and pop culture have always existed hand-in-hand. Their symbiotic relationship is intertwined, a codependency required for either to survive and thrive in society. Without one, there is no other. Television and film use the stereotype - the simplified, distilled version of a person - not only as a form of entertainment, but also as a politically correct tactic to smooth over social issues. This is always done by “incorporating diversity” and ever since the 1960s, whether it’s the token black guy or more recently the token gay guy, it’s always the same: a novelty. As entertainment and in the name of diversity, this serves a purpose, to help the masses relate to what may still be slightly taboo. And, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, as this dynamic helped spark important and new social discussion. Unfortunately, because there was never room for more than one representation of “diversity” per primetime special, it tended to misrepresent the subcultures themselves. There was never the time or the opportunity to see the different types of personalities and people who existed behind all the labels. Stereotypes continued their reign, stalled progress, and turned the media into a multi-cultural wasteland. With The Out List, photographer and filmmaker, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, hoped to alter the landscape. His extraordinary documentary, which first premiered on HBO, presented an often touching and yet complex look into the hearts and minds of today’s wide-ranging LGBTQ community.
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"I never felt sexually comfortable in my skin. And that I think was exacerbated by the fact that I was not only recognizable, but had this very strange nickname everywhere I went. So, it made me less of a raconteur to be called ‘Doogie’, than to be acne ridden." NEIL PATRICK HARRIS PIE MAGAZINE
Through remarkably candid interviews with A-list stars, CEO’s, and public servants, Greenfield-Sanders manages to capture the unexpected. While known worldwide for his intimate photographic portraits that have the uncanny ability to encapsulate and define a person, he has with his films, successfully extended that art into the realm of documentary cinema. These ‘docu-portraits’ feel like the subject is speaking directly to you, the viewer. Greenfield-Sanders is no stranger to subverting the norm and his world seems remarkably free of boundaries. His own colourful story includes adventures in New York during the early 70s, watching Andy Warhol’s Factory from the shadows, and then moving to Los Angeles to learn film, just in time to witness the golden age of the movie studios flicker away. While studying film at The American Film Institute he fell in love with photography. He learned lighting tricks from Alfred Hitchcock, was befriended by Bette Davis, and had legends like Ingmar Bergman and Francoise Truffaut sit for his camera. Returning to New York in 1978, he became a photographer and eventually, a famous one. Twenty years later, Greenfield-Sanders directed his first film, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart. Eventually, he figured out how to combine both passions, film and photography, and in 2004 created Thinking XXX, an HBO film, a best selling book and multi-gallery portrait exhibition. He repeated this winning formula in 2008 with The Black List series, an award-winning doc on struggle, achievement, and identity within the African American community. The Latino List: Volumes 1 & 2 followed focusing on leading Latino Americans. What is especially fascinating in The Out List, is how these sixteen LGBTQ Americans achieved success on the road to understanding their LGBTQ identities. The journey to out and proud was not an easy one and the film beautifully captures the humour and tears along the way. There is something quite admirable about the approach Greenfield-Sanders has taken in this film, because here, the celebrated subjects show us who they really are, beyond mere labels. They are remarkably open and don’t allow themselves to be limited. There are dark moments in the film, but they provide an important perspective into what it’s like being on the outside and of the value of being on the outside. This adversity is highly relatable. As with Greenfield-Sanders’ previous “list” films, the subjects, as members of a minority, have experienced discrimination. What resonates most is that beneath the surface, pain and pride still affect all of us in very similar ways. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders creates intimate cinematic portraits of people sharing deep, difficult, and moving memories. He manages to film these moments in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting there with them. The beauty of The Out List, is that these wide-ranging, candid, celebrity interviews allow us a remarkable look into a stereotype-free representation of a subculture. By dissolving boundaries, the film assists us on our journey to become more connected as a human race. All photographs accompanying this article are portraits taken by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, featuring just a few of the subjects from his documentary The Out List.
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Grandmaster At the age of twenty, most people are just finding their own way in life, whether it's with college or their first career. Many athletes have a couple of more years before they can even think about turning professional. In 2012, at the age of twenty, Eric Hansen became a world-recognized chess Grandmaster. Growing up in Alberta, Canada, Hansen was athletic but not as academically inclined as his parents would've liked. Rather than have him at home playing video games, Hansen's parents pushed him into joining his school's chess club. "It was a way to challenge my brain, because I wasn't the academic type," says Hansen. "It teaches you problem solving and patience." Hansen didn't take to the game at first, but kept playing for reasons other than enjoyment. "A lot of my friends were in the club, so it was a social activity. At some point, I progressed and showed talent. I became good at it," he says. Quick to admit he's no genius, Hansen credits his success with hard work and practice. On average, he practices around twenty hours a week to both keep his edge and further hone his skills. Hansen's chess skills have taken him all around the world. He's battled opponents across Europe, Russia, Vietnam, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. "I like to travel a lot," says Hansen. "When I was younger, I used tournaments as an excuse to travel."
Early on in his career, it was Hansen's parents who supported him by paying his way to various chess tournaments. Nowadays, he earns a living as a professional chess player and has moved from Canada to Valencia, Spain in order to be closer to a more concentrated group of elite players. Unlike Canada, Europe has a culture of chess that stretches back hundreds of years, and views chess as a sport on the same level as any athletic endeavour. For a twenty-one year old who has achieved the chess world's highest rank, the environment and attitude Europeans have toward chess is what keeps Hansen playing. "I moved to Europe to find better competition. The stronger competition motivates me. I still have ambition. I know I still have a lot to learn." Since his move, Hansen definitely learned a lot facing off against fierce European opponents. He suffered a number of defeats at tournaments before adapting, upping his game, and resuming his ascent up the ranks of the chess world. Hansen has also benefitted from the chess friendships he's made on the Continent. More than just social relationships, these friends serve as sparring partners, helping each other grow in their game. Even with tournaments and sparring partners, the majority of Hansen's practice is against players from around the world. Using websites like chess.com, Hansen has a global pool of talent to draw upon.
The accessibility of online chess is a great tool for players who don't have the physical access to the skilled opposition that Hansen does. For people in remote areas, those with physical limitations, or people who just want to learn, Hansen recommends chess websites as a good place to play the game. "Not everyone likes to play sports. Chess is a type of game that anybody can play - girls, boys, young people or old. It's a nice social game to make friends and have fun." Despite his Grandmaster status, at just twenty-one years of age, Eric Hansen knows he still has years of professional-level play in his future. He might even continue to play into his golden years. "Chess is a game you can play your whole life," he says. "It keeps your mind sharp." Follow Eric Hansen's journey on his site: http://hansenchess. com/
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5 Interesting Facts about Sports in Canada: WE’RE BETTER THAN YOU THINK
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When you think sports in Canada, you often think hockey and, well, more hockey. The topic of conversation doesn’t stray far from the NHL and how Sidney Crosby is doing this year. Your knowledge may not go deeper than the NHL teams within our fine Canadian borders either. However, Canada has an illustrious past when it comes to sports. From breaking down barriers to upholding traditions - Canada has done it all!
1. The oldest program in Canadian broadcasting history is Hockey Night In Canada. The first time Canadians heard Hockey Night in Canada, it was on the radio in 1931. By 1952 it was being broadcast on TV by the CBC. To this day, it is still being produced weekly. Now the broadcast includes more than just hockey. Recently, Hockey Night in Canada and Arcade Fire partnered up to make a visually and audibly stunning introduction to the game for a recent HNIC broadcast.
2. The Stanley Cup was created in Canada In 1888, Lord Stanley of Preston held the position of Governor General of Canada. Lord Stanley and his family were big hockey fans. Lord Stanley decided that there should be a championship between teams to celebrate the best team in the country. He purchased the big decorative bowl that would become the trophy known as the Stanley Cup. Additionally, the original Stanley Cup is no longer even used in celebrations. It was awarded until 1970 and now resides in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
3. A Canadian Invented Basketball Dr. James Naismith, who grew up in Almonte, Ontario, invented the game. Dr. Naismith was teaching in Springfield, Massachusetts and was told to create a new indoor sports activity. Even though the game was invented in America, ten of the players in the first game were from Quebec. Additionally, the first NBA game ever played took place in Toronto between the New York Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies in 1946. Currently, after years of stifling gasps over a Canadian in a NBA jersey, things are starting to turn around. With players such as first overall pick Anthony Bennet, and upcoming star Andrew Wiggins, there is an increasing Canadian influence in the game 4. The Grey Cup wasn’t intended to be a football trophy. Originally, the Grey Cup, the trophy bestowed to the best team in the CFL, was supposed to be a hockey trophy. Albert Grey, the 4th Earl Grey, commissioned the trophy for the senior amateur hockey championship. Sir H. Montagu Allan beat Grey to the punch, however, by donating his own decorative cup to the league. The Earl had already paid a whopping $48 for his trophy, so he decided to donate it to the national championship in Canadian football. 5. Babe Ruth’s First Home Run was in Canada Babe Ruth’s first professional home run in the minor leagues was hit in Toronto. He was playing with the Providence Grays at Island Stadium near Hanlan’s Point. The homer came in the 6th inning against the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 5th, 1914. It was the only home run that Ruth hit in his minor league career.
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