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of household names. It certainly lends itself to the province’s credo
the business behind travel,
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fascinating community movers
Also in this edition, we’re proud to feature mega-legends of
and shakers, and features
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that represent relaxed luxury
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COMMUNITY HEALTH MARKET
Destination: Awesome ! BY
Corrine Dayman | PHOTOS Stephen Plumley
trolling down main street Barrie, you
freshly painted doors. With a combination of
can’t help but take notice of the nostalgic,
holistic nutritionists and health experts on hand,
yet cheerful health food market that
as well as the creation of their newly constructed
stands prominently on the corner of
Community Education Space, located in the upper
Maple Avenue and Dunlop Street. A cornerstone
level of the building, the team of experts continue
for many residents of the area, the owners of
to create new and exciting ways to deliver value
Nutrition Plus Community Health Market,
added information to the public.
formerly Nutrition Plus, have made every effort to
Though it took some effort to convert the
stay true to its heritage, while keeping pace with
overall space, the building’s footprint has doubled
the growing needs of the ever evolving health food
in size since the couple first took it over. Now
and supplement industries.
complete with a café to enjoy a healthy smoothie
For Barrie natives Kim Gooderham and Jason
or nutrient dense snack, Jason and Kim couldn’t
Ing, the feeling of pride of ownership goes hand in
be more satisfied with how the expansion has
hand with bringing top quality goods and services
rounded out their goals of providing a welcoming
to the community where they grew up.
environment to educate the community on health
Nestled in the heart of the bustling city, the couple jumped on the opportunity to purchase the
related topics. “We carefully leap into decisions! We have
beloved shop from the original owners five years
amazing buying teams, manager and assistant
ago. As Kim describes, it was an “all or nothing”
manager and we try to bring everyone’s energy,
decision. “As a couple, it is an integral balance of
thoughts and spirit to the table, while figuring out
how you are going to move forward. For us, it was
the best possible way to roll out our ideas.”
small business, health related, legs to grow and to
One of the best feelings of being part of the
do things that were education based. We knew it
nutrition business, they confide, has been the
was a 100% commitment for both of us.”
camaraderie felt with their frequent customers.
With a self-imposed mandate to make
In many cases they have become their eyes and
education a top priority in their every day
ears, making product recommendations and
business activities, the duo have taken great
scouting out new trends.
strides to invite the community through their
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e like to think of ourselves as a partner in health. It is an amazing feeling when people
want us to be part of their journey.” Whether it is touring schools with their Healthy Habits Program or helping an overwhelmed parent of an autistic child to make an informed buying decision, the Nutrition Plus Community Health Market team feels fortunate to be able to bring a range of products and services to those who are in search of a healthier lifestyle. “It is awesome. It motivates you every day to get up and do what you do.” Honoured to have received the Canadian Health Food Association Brock Elliott Memorial Award for Excellence in Retailing, Kim and Jason credit their team for a job well done adding, “it was a very humbling experience, and we have an incredible team that has helped us get to where we are today.” When asked if there were ever any doubts or regrets about getting involved in the new business venture, Kim and Jason jokingly agree that when they showed up the first day, “it was on, and it has continued to be on for the past five years.” Staying true to the “Nutrition Plus spirit” and holding fast to their goals of a healthier community, Kim and Jason are optimistic for the future. Feeling settled, Jason remarks, “if I look back seven years ago, not in a million years could I have imagined what we would be doing now. Looking back though, I couldn’t have imagined a better fit.” Feet firmly planted, discussions and planning of how they can continue to make strides in delivering an exceptional experience to improve the health of their devoted customers, will continue to be the driving force of this truly awesome destination.
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TAKING FLIGHT WITH BARNSTORMER BREWING AND DISTILLING CO. BY
Corrine Dayman | PHOTO Scott Cooper
rom the moment I saw the
of being a pilot and aerospace engineer. I was
Barnstormer Brewing and Distilling
having a few drinks with my friends and within 10
name, I knew I was in for a special
minutes after the Barnstormer name came up we
voyage. For Dustin Norlund, it was an
had a full line up of beers named — many of which
idea hatched at his workshop that would soon take
are still around today.
flight into one of the few authentic independent craft beer journeys. Not your average craft beer, the brew house
Why did you choose Barrie as a home to build
the brewing company?
and restaurant have become a popular destination,
offering up a piece of aviation history and the
here doing what we do. We thought it was perfect
freshest pints with an endless variety of styles
since there are so many commuters travelling from
available in the restaurant and retail beer store.
Barrie to Toronto every day. We knew craft beer
Intrigued by the Barnstormer Brewing identity,
At the time, there were no other breweries
was very popular in the big city, and that there
I wanted to find out more about this nostalgic
are great environments there to support it. We
brand and the man behind the story. Chatting with
felt that Barrie was a market that would enjoy the
Dustin it is easy to understand how this savvy
same high quality experience commuters found
businessman has created a truly independent
during lunches and dinners in Toronto.
brand, which has been supported very well by our local community. Recent gold and silver winners at
the “Can Can” awards, in the categories of Brown
background helped you navigate the brewing
How has your engineering and aviation
Ale, Fruit Beer and Saison, I was excited to learn
more from the driving force behind the company,
and get a sneak peak at what makes Barnstormer
history of managing large groups has made
beer so special.
the transitional growth and selection of team
Having a technical background and a
members easier. In the beginning I was doing PIE:
How did you choose the name Barnstormer
everything myself. I was the brewer, bartender,
server and accountant. I was lucky to find Jeff who
Barnstormers were pilots who flew
was working at another brewery. As a result of the
throughout the country selling airplane rides and
company’s internal growth, our General Manager,
performing stunts during the roaring twenties.
Eliza, has grown into taking over the day-to-day
We were looking for a good name that would be
something that would encompass my background
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How has your business enriched your life?
Watching the Barnstormer team members
be seeing some increase in demand for these selections as well!
grow as people and learning new skills has been very rewarding. I have been fortunate to
fill my team with driven individuals who have
In what way does Barnstormer Brewing support
helped take over the day-to-day running of the
business, and they have been integral in making
childrenâ€™s hockey teams, ball hockey and donating
the company what it is today. Employing over 35
to shelters throughout the year. It is hard to keep
people makes for one heck of an extended family! I
track of it all, but we enjoy it and know how
am proud to give each and every one of them a job
important it is to give back. I am always amazed
that can support their livelihoods.
at the mass of thank you cards we get each year at
We support many charities including
You are selling the brand in LCBO and The Beer
Store. What has this experience been like?
How do you relax?
We are in around 200 LCBOs right now
You are a man with a very demanding schedule.
and quite a few Beer Stores. It has definitely
been a learning curve with both entities between
to see something new.
I truly enjoy being on a sailboat or traveling
paperwork and logistics, but it has been a wonderful journey overall. It has definitely
Combining his love of aviation and engineering,
elevated the business and we are lucky to be able
Norlund has created the craft beer experience that
to participate in something of that magnitude.
is steadily soaring to new heights. Take a stroll
We also sell quite a bit of beer through our retail
through the doors at Barnstormer Brewing and
store located at the microbrewery restaurant. With
Distilling, where the tap is always pouring and the
our recent awards, in the categories of Brown
friendly attendants are ready to take your in-flight
Ale, Fruit Beer and Saison, I suspect that we will
order. Your craft beer adventure awaits you!
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Newfoundland Food from the Source BY
Chef Jeremy Charles of Raymond’s | PHOTOS Sébastien Dubois-Didcock
or the longest time, I just felt in
We’ve got a pig project on the go, and work-
Newfoundland everything that came
ing with a few guys that do heritage pork breeds,
from away was always better than what
Brookshire and Tamarthy, and showcasing wild
we had here. It kind of took time for
game, things that are unique to the rest of Canada
us to realize that things around us were amazing, unique, authentic. We’ve put a big push over the last several years
and North America. It’s not every restaurant in North America where you are able to have wild game. I really
to start working with farmers to start growing
think that’s a big part of who we are and a big part
different vital vegetables and supporting them.
of our menu. >
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eople come here for that experience.
developing all the relationships with all the
When you come to Raymond’s, the plates
growers and fishermen, to just showcase all of the
are made here, our flowers are from a bog
wonderful things we have.
up the southern shore, and everything on the plate
The older people of Newfoundland are always
is from here. You should be feeling and tasting
taken aback that you can have a seven course
and smelling all those things, and that’s what we
tasting, and there is rabbit, moose and partridge,
strive to do.
and all of these things are probably in their deep
We’re a small island, and all of the sudden
freezer in a milk carton that we’re serving at a fine
the best new restaurant in Canada is in St. Johns,
dining restaurant. And they’re being told it’s one
Newfoundland, and people are like “what in the
of the best restaurants in Canada. They can’t get
Jesus is going on?”
their heads around it.
That obviously raised a lot of eyebrows and
It opens their eyes, and makes them realize
drew a lot of attention. I am super proud of my
how unique and special the things are that we
whole team and staff.
have around us.
I started to realize how unique and special
We’re so lucky to walk out my door and pick
the ingredients are that we do have here. Why
beautiful chanterelles and picking lichens, and
am I ordering pineapple, when I have beautiful
blueberry, and catching beautiful sea trout. I can
partridge berries from my back yard?
do all of that in the morning before work. There’s
I started making those connections and
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Nous & Vous PHOTOS
ous & Vous’ mission is about
He too, worked across Europe, in some of the
creating new culinary experiences
finest three-star Michelin restaurants, before
for guests or clients — to experience
opening Langdon Hall Relais & Châteaux with
Michelin-star quality food, that’s as
unique as it is tasty.
His passion brought him to Toronto to lead
Catherine Dubois, founder and hospitality
large culinary teams at The Sutton Place Hotel and
professional, grew up in the French countryside,
The Granite Club, North America’s most reputable
immersed in French home-cooked meals. A
graduate of the hospitality program in Vichy, she
Nous & Vous guests can not only eat their
has worked throughout Europe, and shared her
food, but create it too, learning from the various
foodie passions in everything — from teaching
cooking classes offered, for every skill level.
cooking classes to sourcing food in local markets.
Their personnel seek to impart the idea that one
Prior to opening Nous & Vous, Catherine worked for several Relais & Châteaux (a prestigious
should get the most out of ones food, and to create memories and unforgettable experiences.
hotel designation) across Europe before coming to
Nous & Vous can also help change the way
Canada, where she opened the reputable Langdon
people experience food, offering consultations
Hall Relais Châteaux in Cambridge, Ontario, as
on kitchen designing, or what to purchase for a
head of reception and hospitality.
Nigel Didcock, culinary director, meanwhile,
From the kitchen, to the dining room, to their
developed his expertise while a teenager,
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becoming one of Canada’s most notable chefs.
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A COMMUNIT Y INSPIRED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE BY
Corrine Dayman | PHOTOS Nat Caron & Amy Rozario
arrie is one of the fastest growing
shopping experience that is second to none.
cities in Canada. Delivering nothing
Beautifully manicured lawns, well lit walkways, and
short of a superior shopping
conveniently placed outdoor seating to relax and
experience, and keeping pace with the
rejuvenate, are the features that make the complex
shifting trends of the savvy consumer, the newest destination retail center is receiving tremendous
so special, while defining the Park Place vision. Built on the premise of providing a pedestrian-
reviews from visitors and locals within the
friendly village for community members and
visitors to enjoy, the Park Place event staff has
Known to many as a shopping, dining,
transformed the concept of shopping into a family
entertainment, and community-gathering place,
friendly affair. Whether it is an outdoor movie
Park Place opened its first set of retail doors with
night projected on an enormous inflatable screen,
Bed Bath & Beyond in June of 2011. Located in the
the open mic night highlighting local talent, or the
south end of Barrie, this multiuse international
enchanting Christmas Village presented by the
open-air complex has quickly become a sought
village retailers, Park Place is committed to make
after destination for shoppers, outdoor enthusiasts
meaningful connections with their customers and
and anyone looking for a place to unwind.
bringing the community together to make lasting
With its easy access off Highway 400, the Park Place dream development team, North
memories. Resting on 200 beautifully manicured acres,
American Development Group, has captured the
visitors to Park Place can spend the day enjoying
essence of a luxury mall that one might find when
a host of services and activities. Whether it is
vacationing in the southern states. Terry Coughlin,
an afternoon at the spa, a pleasurable dining
Managing Partner at NADG says that his vision
experience, or a walk through Lover’s Creek,
was to “Create an interesting, fun, and rewarding
there is no doubt that Park Place offers something
experience. And we’ve done it! With the roaring
fireplace, multi-screen TV and the soon to be opened fountain in the courtyard, surrounded by great tenants offering the best in the business, Park Place is my ‘Happy Place.’” In keeping with the charm that makes our vibrant city such a sought after place to call home, Park Place has delivered a community centered
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THE BURGER’S PRIEST
Marcel Mignault, General Manager “We are thrilled with the opportunity of bringing The Burger’s Priest to Barrie. We are lucky to have found such a great location at the Park Place Shopping Centre which draws in many Barrie citizens to our location because of its wide variety of stores, accessibility, and location on Barrie’s busiest street. We have been overwhelmed with the positive feedback and support we’ve received from everyone who has come out to try it. Guests seem to love the burger and we look forward to serving the community for many years to come.”
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Dale Chapman, General Manager “We LOVE being a part of all that Park Place has to offer as its customers seek to Shop, Dine and Unwind. At Goodness Me!, we like to keep things local — this means growing our own certified organic produce, supporting local dairy, meat and produce farmers, and other local food producers. It’s our way of staying true to our roots as a 100% Canadian, family owned business.”
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Kimberly Osbourne, Marketing Manager “Thanks to Park Place and the great marketing campaigns and efforts put out in the past years, Cabela’s has seen an overwhelming return and support from the community and surrounding area. It has been amazing to be a part of this shopping centre and experience and see the growth over the past years. Cabela’s is proud to call Park Place home and we are excited for future endeavours.”
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ISADORE sharp Four Seasons Hotels Chairman on Leadership, Luxury and Legendary Service BY
Dave Gordon | PHOTOS Courtesy of Four Seasons
sadore Sharp is modest when asked to
Suffice it to say, the company’s name is
describe his lifetime of accomplishments:
synonymous globally with the highest level of
“I’ve been fortunate to be a reasonable
hotel service. Sharp summarized his fifty-plus
years of entrepreneurial experience and business
From all objective standards however, his
fundamentals in his book, Four Seasons: The Story
success has been more than reasonable, and can
of a Business Philosophy in 2009. He has never
even be described as exceptional.
made his formula to building a successful first-
Sharp is founder (and current chairman) of the
class hotel chain a secret.
Four Seasons Hotels chain; as of 2016 located in 33 countries, with 99 hotels — and another seventy on
“It comes down to one principle that
the slate to be built.
transcends time and geography, religion
Condé Nast Traveler ranks 18 Four Seasons
and culture. It’s the Golden Rule — Do unto
hotels in its worldwide “Top 100” list, more
others as you would want done unto you.
than three times the next most cited chain. Four
The simple idea that if you treat people
Seasons has been named one of the “best 100
well, the way you would like to be treated,
companies to work for” by Fortune Magazine each
they will do the same.”
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The rest, as they say, is commentary.
harp and his three sisters were born to
became known as the best among the best, in 1970.
Polish parents who immigrated to Toronto
The building hasn’t stopped since.
before his birth in 1931. Fortunately,
The luxury brand took it up a high notch when
his parents fled Poland a few years shy of an
the Four Seasons pioneered the idea of shampoo
oncoming Holocaust, to a country that provided
in the shower, 24-hour room service, bathrobes,
the opportunity for their son to become one of
same day cleaning and pressing, among other avant
Canada’s most successful businessmen.
garde (at the time) services that have since become
At age 21, he graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in architecture, later
hotel staples of virtually every chain on the planet. Additionally, superb customer service, coupled
working with his father, Max Sharp, in the
with a dedicated crew, were key ingredients in
construction business. While building a motel
standing out above the already crowded hotel
for a client, the light bulb went off in his head to
create one for himself, one that he would own and operate. (He knew nothing about the hotel
“I was quite able to hire people with
business at the time.)
excellent skill sets, and give them the responsibility and room to grow themselves.
“But when the spark doesn’t go out, you
That helped the company grow. It’s not
just can’t understand why people don’t see
about what I can do; it’s about what we can
this as a good idea. Well, in the evenings
do, and ensure job satisfaction.”
after work I’d be promoting and talking to people, to buy into this idea. It took five
Meanwhile, in order for the business to truly
years to find all of the investors. When you
succeed, teamwork was essential on the home
have a passion, a belief about something, it
front, too. He doesn’t hesitate to credit his wife of
allows you to persevere.”
sixty years, Rosalie, for supporting the vision, and filling in family obligations. Together, they have
He finally founded the first Four Seasons Hotel in 1960, opening on Jarvis Street in downtown
three sons, Jordan, Gregory and Anthony. Christopher, another son, succumbed to
Toronto, a modest motor hotel with 125 affordable
melanoma cancer in 1978 — a year after Terry Fox
rooms. “I needed a lot of land, and that seedy area
was diagnosed with cancer during his famed cross-
was the only part of town I could buy a lot of land
country Marathon of Hope. With timing being
that was quite cheap,” he recalls.
everything, Sharp was inspired by Fox’s drive to raise
“I wasn’t intending to go into the hotel business; I hired people to run it, and then expected I’d
awareness, and to help science find a cure for cancer. When Fox had to cut short his run due to his
sell it. It paid off; I paid off the people I borrowed
deteriorating health, Sharp sent a telegram to
from. I decided that this worked so well, I’d build
Fox’s bedside, vowing to continue the work, and
a second. The second was even more successful,
create a marathon event in his honour. Sharp
close enough to the city that it would accommodate
helped originate and is director of the Terry Fox
those coming into the city. A phenomenal success
Run, Canada’s second largest non-government
— the Inn on The Park in Toronto.”
fundraiser for cancer research. Today, almost a
Ten years later, his hotel experience had
half-billion dollars has been raised for cancer
secured international renown. In London,
research in Fox’s name and the event is now held
England, competing against several known long-
in over 40 countries. >
standing high-class hotels, the Inn on the Park
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ISADORE BUILDING HIS FIRST HOTEL ON JARVIS STREET
he Sharp family philanthropy has now
Achievement Award. He received the Lifetime
become legion — as they passed their
Achievement Award, from the International Hotel
name and legacy onto reams of charitable
causes including the Four Seasons Centre for the
Still, when asked what he believes is his
Performing Arts, the Ontario College of Art and
crowning achievement, it all comes down to the
Design, Mount Sinai Hospital, and a list a mile
individuals who are each an integral link in the
long. “It’s important to make people’s lives better
in any way you can,” notes Sharp, who has been honored on countless occasions for his successes
“Today, we have close to 45,000 people
and his giving.
that work in the company. When people
To name a few: In 1992 he was made an Officer
talk about my success, I succeed because
of the Order of Canada. In 1998 he was inducted
they succeed and vice versa. Their lives
into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. In
have been impacted, and were enhanced
2003, he received the Ontario Ernst & Young
and enriched, because of the company’s
Entrepreneur Of The Year Program’s Lifetime
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THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN BY
Corrine Dayman | PHOTOS Scott Cooper | DRESSER Kevin Richards | GROOMING Headquarters Salon
etting to know entrepreneur,
he unveiled Talk Is Free Theatre, and the first of
and artistic producer of Talk is
many successful dramatic productions.
Free Theatre, Arkady Spivak, is comparable to engaging in therapy
Recalling some of his favourite moments producing and running a theatre company, he
for the heart. As we settle in for a coffee at a
playfully confides, “it is the depth of thought and
local downtown eatery and begin to peel back
emotion that I am able to provoke in my audience,
the layers of this unassuming creative genius, I
that means more to me than the applause.”
am soon swept away by his playful, yet brilliantly enlightened views of the human condition and all
“I particularly like when a couple leaves the
theatre and they argue about the performance.
Growing up backstage at a theatre company where his mother worked in his native home,
Because when they both say ‘we loved it’, it isn’t authentic.”
Moscow, Russia, Arkady felt drawn to the theatre at the age of ten. Assisting backstage, he learned
Pulling from his roots as a translator for Russian
the inner workings of a theatre institution and
immigrants, Arkady understands all too well the
felt that he belonged within the close-knit
power of spoken language. Challenging human
community. As fate would have it, Arkady and his
emotion is a key element to the work he does
family would immigrate to Canada, and he would
with artists, and it is his innate artistic ability and
place his aspirations on hold while he sought
unique perspective that transports his audiences,
out regular work and an education. It would not
and brings them back for more.
be until several years later, that Arkady would continue on his theatrical journey and explore his
“Theatre polarizes people into harmony. If we
true calling in life.
are doing the job just to please someone, it is not extraordinary.”
“I want to demystify the artistic process as much as possible.”
Arkady knows all too well that all great business decisions are made by instinct and that every
A Russian Jewish immigrant, and with his
great show never goes off without a hitch. As he
understanding of various languages to fall back on,
describes, even his best-planned performances
Arkady enrolled in Theatre and Business Studies,
may not work exactly as intended, because one
with a dream of one day running his own theatre
must always plan for divine intervention.
company. In 2001 this dream would take form, as
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“I think that people are absolutely their happiest when they can be themselves.”
“You cannot plan for the perfect show, but you have to try to make room for the magic to happen!” Admitting that his schedule is typically grueling before opening night, Arkady lightheartedly acknowledges that it is the “organized chaos” that continues to drive his vision. “Live theatre is dangerous! I highly recommend it!” Kicking off his 15th season at Talk Is Free Theatre, Arkady Spivak is making room for the magic, and looking forward to taking his audiences to places they might never have visited. Perhaps best known for his notable artistic endeavors for the stage, I encourage everyone to get to know this mystical man behind the curtain.
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THE BUSINESS OF SOLVING PROBLEMS
Roofco Ontario Inc BY
Corrine Dayman | PHOTOS Stephen Plumley
It was 1994 when Gary Kopp opened the doors to Roofco Ontario Inc. Today, with over 20 years of commercial flat roofing experience, it is easy to see why Gary and his team have earned their esteemed reputation for quality workmanship and innovation in the highly competitive commercial and residential roofing industry.
When asked to describe what makes his roofing company special, Gary’s succinct answer impressed me: “We are problem solvers.” Gary entered the roofing business following many years in technical sales and service. Recognizing that there is no one-application-fitsall solution in the roofing industry, and pulling from his vast experience as an analyst of safety systems and technical program development, Gary is continually identifying ways to deliver the best possible products and solutions to his customers. “We work with portfolio managers who need information to do their job and to make the best decisions for their company. They need to be able to manage their projects with the right information.” Roofco’s invaluable “leak report” is just one of the ways in which the company has differentiated itself from other roofing companies. Following
careful inspection, measuring, photographs and
experience first-hand how the rising success of the
gives prospective clients several options to resolve
Roofco enterprise has created a strength within
their roofing needs, and provides builders, owners
the company’s structure, while securing a deeply
and managers with a clear understanding of the
rooted commitment to their valued customers.
extent of the problem and the solution.
ecently, I had the opportunity to spend
information gathering, the team thoroughly
time with Gary and members of the
reviews their findings and makes the necessary
Roofco team. It was refreshing to
recommendations in written form. The leak report
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GARY KOPP WITH HIS WIFE, BRENDA
Sheldon Gowen, head of sales for the commercial side of the business explains: “It is imperative
not necessarily work well in Ontario,” says Gary. Roofco’s reputation for service and customer
to not only give prospective clients the specs for
support has earned them well-deserved recog-
the job, but to also offer cost-effective solutions so
nition in a highly competitive industry. It is their
that managers can do their jobs more effectively.”
commitment to exceed expectations that has
This type of dedication to customer education
helped the team to expand portfolios and win new
has been a key element to the integrity of the
business. Sheldon admits, “Sometimes it can take
Roofco brand. Recognizing their responsibility to
two or three years to get the opportunity to stand
bring the best roofing solutions to the table, and
in front of a client to offer our services and let
that every prospective client comes with varying
them see what the difference is. When that does
degrees of knowledge about roofing systems, the
happen, we generally get the business.”
Roofco team sees each exchange with commercial
Backed by a savvy customer service
and residential customers as an opportunity to
department, the Roofco team has made it a priority
educate and empower the consumer.
for each client, big or small, to feel comfortable
“We put ourselves in the information business and we are an educator for the consumer. If we can help the consumer to make a more informed
with their investment and the team that works alongside them. At the heart of the business is Gary’s daughter
decision, then we are all about that,” adds Sheldon.
Amanda, Roofco’s office manager. Amanda is the
Roofco is always looking for new innovative
first point of contact for clients and tracks every
roofing products and maintains a close relationship with manufacturers. Their hands-on approach to
stage of a project’s lifecycle. With an honours degree in business and 17
material testing helps them understand installation
years at Roofco, she has earned the respect of
methods before sending products to market.
many in roofing’s male-dominated industry.
“We take new materials to the shop and our
Amanda is quick to give credit to Tammy and
senior people use and test them. I am told that is
Andrea for the smooth running of the office’s daily
unusual in this business, but we feel it is necessary.
operations, as she oversees Roofco’s receivables,
What may work well in a California climate may
payables, payroll and produces each leak report. >
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THE ROOFCO FAMILY
t is a business that I find extremely
investing in new home builds, and cottagers
rewarding. There is a lot of return busi-
looking to replace and upgrade to higher-quality,
ness and word of mouth, so I develop
weather-resistant roofing materials.
very good relationships with managers and can
As a certified installer for Owens Corning,
help navigate the process and anticipate what they
CertainTeed and Euroshield, Roofco is able to
need,” says Amanda.
fulfill requests for a wide range of clients who are
Amanda works in close contact with Justin
looking to guarantee the lifetime of their roof, or
Malcolm, Roofco’s superintendent of operations
interested in improving the overall aesthetic of
and chief problem solver. Justin manages day-to-
their home’s exterior.
day operations, oversees the placement of work
Roofco takes pride in partnering with local
crews, and is responsible for quality control and
custom builders and looks forward to growing
customer relations on Roofco job sites. “If things
this side of the business. According to Gary,
don’t go according to plan, Justin is the first
“Partnering with custom builders has allowed
person we turn to for a solution to the problem,”
us to work closely with clients who are looking
for quality products as well as an exceptional
Gary insists that safety remains a top priority for Roofco. By using state-of-the-art technology,
experience.” The enthusiasm and passion of the Roofco
they have taken significant steps to make the esti-
team is inspiring. As our time together comes to
mation process safe, and to avoid any hazards with
a close, I am drawn in by the camaraderie and
customers or team members climbing onto roofs.
dedication of the team before me. Amanda admits
“We have invested in technology that allows
that the people she works with are more like an
us to use satellite information to develop the
extension of her own family. With this, it is easy
estimate. We can produce an estimate right from
for me to see why the company has made such
a lasting impression within the community, and
The residential side of the business has opened up over the years, with prospective clients
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we can be certain that the success of Roofco will continue for many years to come.
THE KOPP FAMILY
THE ROOFCO TEAM
SHELDON GOWEN Sr. Commercial Division Estimator
DWAYNE BYLOW Estimator & Business Development
JOHN INGALLS Commercial & Duradek Estimator
JUSTIN MALCOLM Commercial Superintendant
ANDREW CHAPMAN Residential Estimator
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UNLEASH YOUR INNER GODDESS! BY
ucked inside the five
unique qualities and pinpoint
corners of Barrie’s
how she can “go the distance” to
thriving city centre
help them find what makes them
is what some people
feel fabulous! “When customers come
might refer to as a little piece of heaven. Ali MacIsaac, owner
through the door and they can’t
of Sinfull Delight Boutique,
find what they want, I give them
has created quite a buzz in the
my catalogues so that they can
downtown core. Whether it is her
go through them. I don’t mind
romantic window displays, high
ordering whatever they are
quality Canadian made yoga wear,
looking for, as long as they find
or the coveted waist training corset
what they need.” Combining fashion and
worn by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, passerbys are taking
fun, the social butterfly has
notice of what this trendy, yet
made it her mission to uphold
relaxed environment has waiting inside. An entrepreneur at heart, MacIsaac has been
her promise to deliver the very best quality and service to her clientele. Whether her customers
outfitting her female clients for over a decade,
are shopping for a new yoga pant or feeling
becoming a trusted source for women looking for
overwhelmed with the task of choosing the perfect
a little more variety than the average lingerie shop
swimsuit for an upcoming vacation, MacIsaac offers
has to offer. Drawn to beautiful fabrics at a young
her professional, yet down to earth advice, making
age, Ali was aware of her internal calling to “one
even the most apprehensive customer’s experience,
day dress women of all shapes and sizes” in an
an enjoyable one.
“accepting and comfortable environment.”
“I am hoping that this is the environment that
“There was always something about having a
women will want to come to. It doesn’t matter
beautiful bra with matching panty that made me
what size you are. You should feel confident in
feel very confident in being a woman.”
being a woman.”
Inspired by the lack of personal service from
Whether she is laughing with her clients or
“big box” stores, Ali confides that she did her
dressing her window for the upcoming season, Ali
homework before moving ahead with her dream,
is staying true to her initial vision; that her shop
and finally chose Barrie to open up her retail store.
will build confidence, independence and empower
Admitting that she felt immediately at home in the
women to embrace their femininity and unleash
downtown setting, she hopes to connect with her
their inner goddess.
customers on a one-to-one basis, to identify their
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personal best. Chuckling, she remembers, “people
FULL CIRCLE BY
would come to class unmotivated and I would be the piss and vinegar in their life to get them going!” Admitting that she has “grown a lot” since those early years, Lorann says that it was those building blocks, which have allowed her vision to become a reality. Today, with her full time career in medical sales, Lorann has seen first-hand the devastating effects of unhealthy living. “The pharmaceutical world has opened up my eyes to the need for people to understand their health.”
As her company name, Balanced Energy suggests,
orann Sutton is a woman who has
Lorann has found a way to share her passion, and
always known what she wanted.
deliver her message of health and wellness with
With her full-time career, two kids, a
the concept she hatched so many years ago — life
husband, and a dog to walk, the small
coaching for health.
but mighty firecracker explains how at an early age, she was already carving out her life’s purpose. Recalling the time when she sat with her father
One of her most gratifying achievements, she says, comes from keynote speaking to various groups, and guiding her clients to achieve
at the family kitchen table, at the age of eighteen,
balance in their everyday lives. Acknowledging
Lorann vividly remembers divulging her plan
that “balance” looks different for everyone,
to help people to achieve optimum health and
she customizes healthy lifestyle plans that
encompass each individual’s goals, building a
“I have always liked to inspire people to realize that their health is in their control, and to take it into their own hands.”
formula for long-term success. “Quite simply, my role is to equip my clients with a toolbox for life.”
Confirming that her
As Lorann describes, Balanced Energy is a program
proposal was sound,
for anyone looking for a one-on-one coaching
her father encouraged
experience, or is simply searching for pillars to
her to continue with
kick-start a healthy lifestyle that includes health,
education and to get her
exercise and mindful living, while cultivating
degree. Holding on to
presence in their life. Whether that means un-
the notion that one day
processing your diet, or decreasing inflammation,
her dream would come
Lorann’s main objective is to show her clients’ how
to fruition, Lorann
to “listen to their body.”
put her dreams on the backburner and enrolled
Inspired by her deep-rooted belief that “we are
in university to earn her degree in sociology,
our best healthcare providers”, it is obvious that
anthropology and languages.
Lorann Sutton is living out her true calling and
Though she enjoyed her classes, the need to include health and fitness into her lifestyle was stronger than ever. She spent her free time
that her dreams of delivering health and wellness have come full circle. For more information about Balanced
working as a certified fitness instructor, motivating
Energy or to work with Lorann personally
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Kaitlyn Porter GIRL ON A MISSION BY
New experience is what life is all about. Just ask entrepreneur and socialite, Kaitlyn Porter. A graduate of the Interior Design Program at George Brown College, and owner of KAJ Design, Kaitlyn is in the business of making the most out of life and broadening her horizons.
t just twenty-eight years old, Kaitlyn is taking on new challenges that may not be for the faint at heart. In 2012, she would complete her
first mission with Habitat For Humanity Global Village, an organization that helps to eliminate
Off the beaten path, yet armed with her deep-
poverty housing. As she packed her bags for the
rooted notion to help those in need, Kaitlyn seized
two-week journey to Kenya, she was unaware of
the opportunity to immerse into local traditions,
the lasting impact of that fateful voyage.
and embrace the culture of the poverty stricken
“It was a very humbling experience,” Kaitlyn recounts. Initially enrolling into the program as a way to clear her head and filling her need for adventure, Kaitlyn would soon be entrenched in a way of life that was anything but familiar.
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community. Making friends with her host family and creating bonds with the women and children as they went about their daily routines, her deep awareness of her journey became very clear. “The children are playing in the dirt, and the family has so little, but they are always so happy.”
As the mission came to an end, and she said
“how warm and beautiful the Philipino people
goodbye to new friends, Kaitlyn felt a fire that
were when their home was nonexistent, and yet,
had ignited within, and she felt compelled to do
they are determined to make things better.”
it all again. As fate would have it, a humanitarian mission
Though the building project was intense, it was the locals’ hospitality and camaraderie that
called her to Pinamalayan, Philippines. This was
made each day that passed even more special, she
a recovery mission to build homes for families
recalls. Nearby masonries joined the effort and
whose lives were in peril, following typhoon Nona,
soon the freestanding structures were ready for
a horrific natural disaster that destroyed the small
families to move in.
village. Setting out to assist, the group of devoted
After the successful build was complete,
humanitarians would soon experience first-hand
Kaitlyn happily gifted her belongings to her less
the heartbreaking wreckage.
fortunate new friends, and recalls her overwhelm-
“People were displaced and there was rubble
ing feeling of gratitude to be part of something so
everywhere. Our team built temporary homes to
special. “It makes you realize that you don’t need
give them immediate shelter.” Overwhelmed by
all that stuff. It is the bonds that we made with the
the devastation, yet inspired by the community
Philipino people that I carry with me.”
support, it was yet another reminder to Kaitlyn
Setting small achievable goals, and with hopes
of her purpose. She recalls the ruins of the homes
to engage in a humanitarian trip each year, Kaitlyn
and crumbled schoolhouse. There was nothing to
Porter is a young woman who has experienced
salvage, and sadly they were starting over.
first hand the selfless act of paying it forward.
Despite this heartache, they all worked together and started putting people’s homes and lives back
Not entirely certain what her future holds, she is undeniably a girl on a mission.
together. Most of all, Kaitlyn remembers thinking,
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SOUNDS OF FUTURE STARDOM BY
Perry Lefko | PHOTO Vanessa Heins
It’s been several years since she wrote an upbeat jingle for Wal-Mart that received a shout-out from pop teen queen Taylor Swift, but Hannah Georgas may be poised to breakthrough as the next big Canadian singer-songwriter.
Yet her parents didn’t prod her into a musical career. If anything, they pushed back against it. “My parents didn’t want me to do music because they were scared it was a tricky path to take,” she says. “I know my family wanted me to go to school, but I just wanted to get out of Newmarket and give (music) a whirl.” She also wanted to break away from growing up in a family of four siblings, all of them girls. She is the second eldest. She enrolled in psychology at the University of Victoria and planned to follow a career in music therapy, but what she really wanted to do was write songs and perform. “I just wanted to give it
eorgas, who is in her early 30s, has
a try because it was weighing on my shoulders so
built up a career that includes an
much, so I stopped and moved to Vancouver and
EP and three albums, her latest of
just focused my efforts on it,” she says.
which, For Evelyn, named after her
98-year-old grandmother. Georgas has received multiple Juno nomina-
In 2009, she released an EP, The Beat Stuff, that received industry support. The bouncy, upbeat jingle she wrote, “You’ve Got A Place
tions and has had some of her songs featured in
Called Home,” that Wal-Mart used as as part of a
TV shows such as Defying Gravity, Flashpoint and
commercial caught the attention of Taylor Swift.
Girls. It’s heady stuff, indeed, more so when you
She tweeted that the story in the commercial
consider she is pursuing a path that her parents
about a mother helping her daughter prepare her
room for college made her cry.
The Newmarket native took piano and singing
But it was Georgas’ first full length album,
lessons growing up, pushed by her mother, who
This Is Good, released in 2010, that garnered her
wanted her to compete in festivals. Her father
serious industry and fan support. Georgas showed
performed as a pianist in clubs prior to giving it up
her ability to write complex personal songs about
and starting a business teaching swimming lessons.
relationships and feelings. She also took a bold
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it happened it wasn’t a big shock for me. It was something I was ready for in a weird way. Someone acknowledged to me how hard that would be to go through that. I think I’m just realizing what that whole process was for myself, how step performing a video for the song, “Thick Skin,” in the nude. It was a bold move considering it was the first video of her career. “That took some courage I think to muster that
big of a deal it is and dealing with it the way I did.” Hannah soon afer received Juno nominations for Best New Artist Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year. She’s also received two more Juno
up,” she says. “That wasn’t specifically my idea, but
nominations for her second album, entitled simply
it inspired me because it related so well to what I
was trying to say with the song. At the time I just thought it was pretty cool and I wanted to try it. “My family was like ‘what are you doing?’ My Mom was not impressed. I guess sometimes she doesn’t understand what I am doing. I think people responded well to it.” Tragically, her father, who had been battling diabetes, passed away during the recording of the album. But Georgas pushed her way through
For Evelyn, her first album in four years, has been well-received, in particular for the song, “Don’t Go,” in which Georgas wonders how she would cope if she lost her mother. She recorded the album in Toronto and decided to live there full-time for professional and family reasons. “You realize as you get older you want to be closer to your family,” she says.
the process. “I was kind of always waiting for it, expecting it,” she says. “It was a process for me.
You can find the music of Hannah Georgas on
Over the years I was preparing myself, so when
Dine Alone Records.
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he essence of The Sadiesâ€™ story can be summed up with the powerful image of the aurora borealis adorning the cover
of their latest album, Northern Passages. Ever since the quartet, comprised of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and
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drummer Mike Belitsky, first arrived on the North American scene 20 years ago, their music has never been less than awe-inspiring, with no embellishment necessary.
As the light swirled with each album The
Their album, Northern Passages, was recorded
Sadies have made, the overall picture took on
in the basement of Dallas and Travis’ parents’
more defined colours. After several incredible
home north of Toronto. The familiar surroundings
collaborations with great artists including
and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gord Downie, and Neil
feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The
Young — eventually, more time was taken in
between albums as focus shifted to their original
With Northern Passages, the time has come to
songwriting, and what was once the best live band
make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-
in Canada became the best band in Canada, period.
punk trip, and we’ll be better off because of it.
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ALMOST A CENTURY OF IMPACT BY
t was July 17, 1944. Twenty year old Canadian pilot Richard Rohmer was in the air, on a routine reconnaissance run through France’s countryside. But as it turned out,
there was nothing routine this time around. Peering down from the cockpit, he spotted a Nazi car whizzing at high speeds. He radioed in the codeword “Kenway,” signaling any nearby Spitfire to strike. The hit, coming a few minutes later, was perfectly on target. Later, history will reveal that car contained notorious German General Erwin Rommel inside — and history would also reveal the Allied victory was hastened because of Rohmer’s keen eye. But it wasn’t Rohmer’s first brush with history. Weeks earlier, he flew a P51 Mustang over
an American president that strong-arms Canada to
Juno Beach on D-Day, and fought the Battles of
give away Arctic oil. He has since authored thirty
In the seventy years since, Rohmer became the
PIE Digest caught up with Collingwood-based
most decorated citizen in Canada, having received,
Richard Rohmer, to ask him a few questions about
among countless accolades, the Order of Canada
his historic service to his country, and some of the
and France’s Legion of Honour.
fascinating events in his life.
Born January 24, 1924, Richard Rohmer has been a war hero, a lawyer, a bestselling author and
organized international war commemorations
with Queen Elizabeth in attendance.
birthday, and that was January 24, 1942. We were
After the war, he entered the legal profession, and one of his claim to fames as a land-use lawyer
When did you first enter the military? I first entered the military on my 18th
at war and I wanted to participate, and I wanted to be a pilot.
was playing a role in the development of the lands that now contain the CN Tower and Ontario
Also an accomplished best-selling author, his most popular novel was Ultimatum, in 1973, about
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Were you afraid? Oh, absolutely not. In those days every-
body was ready to take on Hitler. No reticence at all at any time.
Tell me about when Erwin Rommel’s car was
16 years old, flat hat on, polka dot scarf, flying boots. He’s well into his 50s, tall and good looking,
I was doing air recon in France, July 17,
cap on, ivory handled revolvers, one on each hip.
1944… following a side road, looking for whatever
He looks down at me; looks up at the airplane. He
I can see. I saw a (Nazi) staff car running south
says, “boy, how old are you?”
quickly, with its top down. Two men in front and
And I said, “20 sir.”
three in back. I didn’t know who it was, but knew
And he pointed at the airplane, and said, “do
it was brass, higher command.
you fly that Goddamn airplane?”
Ten days before we were instructed that we
I said “yes sir.”
were so valuable for photographic recon, that we
And he said, “son of a bitch.”
would no longer be permitted to hit targets of
And off he walked; he was astonished.
opportunity, even though we had machine guns. Command said, “don’t take chances.” There were
enough Spitfires to look after attacks of opportunity.
the tape of his D-Day speech, his widow insisted it
When they saw us, Rommel and crowd knew we wouldn’t attack. They didn’t try to get out of
Legend has it that when Life Magazine acquired
be destroyed rather than be transcribed, because it contained a lot of profanity. They complied; was
the way, but kept going. I was instructed to call
destroying it a good thing?
control centre, radio people in touch with Spitfires,
and gave them the exact location of this staff car.
In terms of Patton, his speech was so badly laced
History turned up all of the facts after the war. It was Rommel, on the way back to headquarters
Yes. Some things said are best left behind.
with the F word and everything else; let’s think about what the future would say if people knew.
on Seine, on the way back to run battle against Americans. Five minutes later, a Canadian pilot (Charley
How would your job be different if you
Fox) flew his British Spitfire from the north, and
shot up Rommel’s car. The car flipped. Rommel’s
1,500 feet, simple surface to air missiles would
driver was instantly killed. Rommel was in the front
take us out of sky. We were faced with 8 mm, 20
seat, map reading. His head smacked into the front
mm guns, hitting us each day. In Afghanistan,
windshield. He was within an inch of dying. He was
today, we are dealing with people dressed in the
taken to hospital and ultimately survived. But it
clothes of the population, no uniforms. That’s
badly handicapped the Germans, with his absence.
You’ve met a lot of famous people, including leg-
Well, it’s technology. If we flew low at
What should the government do more of, for
endary US General George Patton, Senator John F.
Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower (during the war)
and even President George HW Bush at a cocktail
ing on treating to the best of its ability wounds of
party. Who was your favorite to meet?
the body and mind, that have happened to people
who are placed in battle. We are now understand-
My favourite one, of course, is meeting
The government should be keen on focus-
General Patton — in May of ‘44, just before D-Day,
ing battle stress, more than we ever did before.
after a training session, near a base in Liverpool.
There is an obligation of the government, when it
General Patton came in to inspect. Aircraft were
sends people into battle, to make sure they’re well
lined up on grass airfield. Along comes Patton, and
taken care of when they come back.
he does not stop until he gets to me. I look about
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BILL MURRAY’S Strange World BY
Dave Gordon | PHOTO
You might call it four decades of love-aBILL-ity. When Bill Murray belted out a lyrical version of the Star Wars theme as Nick the Lounge Singer on Saturday Night Live in 1979, there was just something quite undeniably loveable and endearing about it (even if it was off-key). A year later, his Meatballs summer camp chant, “it just doesn’t matter!” would be more than just a catchphrase. It would evolve, in a sense, into the future Hollywood star’s trademark magical, spontaneous comedic moments. 72 PIE DIGEST
he campers, of course, loved him — and so did we. It’d be irreverently channeled during
the quirky Ra-zzle Da-zzle marching song of Stripes, or flirt-slapping sexy co-star Sean Young on the tuches with a spatula. And it wasn’t enough he stole an entire episode as a substitute teacher in the much-forgotten Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle Square Pegs (1983). But he let sixteen year old co-star Jamie Gertz take a joyride — for hours — in his Mercedes convertible, instigating much panic amongst the crew about the suddenly disappearing duo. When they returned, Bill had explained, matter of factly, that when he heard Jamie got her license, he let her drive his car. They grabbed some burgers. Because … Bill. Like a Cracker Jack box, you know there’s a prize, but you never know what it’s going to be (or when it will appear). That approach was tapped vigorously when his career exploded after Ghostbusters. Dr. “Back off man, I’m a scientist” Venkman is forever seared into our psyches as an iconic character because of Bill’s come-out-of-nowhere sardonic seasoning. >
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ince that time, he’s starred in what could
time, what roles he takes. Those ‘in the know’ call
only be categorized as a long string of
his 800-number, and make a pitch.
timeless classics, undoubtedly due more
to instruments of Bill Murray’s charming genius than screenplay, set pieces or cinematography or a combination thereof. Of special note is his ability to embody humour, versatility and poignancy. From Zombieland’s “I did eighteen holes, and
If he feels like it he picks up, or returns calls. Or not. Director and screenwriter Sophia Coppola had to harangue him countless times just to star in Lost in Translation (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.) A similar (but not unexpected) experience
no one bothered me,” to the man searching for a
occurred with this issue’s featured cover
son in Broken Flowers, to a guy in Japan who found
photographer, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
love in an unusual place in Lost in Translation,
“When I was asked to photograph Bill Murray,
to the Zen perfection of Groundhog Day, to the
I was given his 800-number and told to arrange it
improvisational waiter in Coffee and Cigarettes, to
myself. He didn’t have a publicist. ‘It won’t be easy,
the man who found himself in the right place at
the wrong time in The Man Who Knew Too Little,
“I pick roles where I can light a spark. Anything. An idiosyncrasy, even…”
Greenfield-Sanders called Bill several times, trying to arrange for the actor to visit the photographer’s Manhattan studio. “But, there was always an excuse. Finally, I said, ‘Bill, I’ll come to you with my giant camera.’” Bill agreed, and the next day, they convened at Bill’s basketball gym, a building formerly a dance
to a not-so-crazy fellow acting a little crazy in
studio. “It was huge, with beautiful hardwood
What About Bob?, and a crooked clown in Quick
floors. A perfect studio,” Greenfield-Sanders
Change … Only a skilled thespian of his caliber
explains. “Bill was a delight. So inventive on set,
could deftly carry Hamlet and Charlie in Charlie’s
so fun to be with. After the last shot, he had pizza
Angels in the same year. And Every Single Wes
delivered and we all sat in a circle around him,
listening and laughing with the legend himself.”
Very few actors can say they’ve had some seventy acting gigs in the course of four decades. Bill is indisputably prolific, respected, likeable, and yes, loveable. Yet a most mystifying actor of our generation. Part of this allure, to be sure, includes living “off the grid” so to speak. Elusive, because he bristles at the Acting Establishment’s cartel of managers and agents so much he just decides on his own, and on his own
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It is any surprise his (foregone) conclusion was: “Yes, he is a mythic figure. He runs on his own schedule and in his own world.” Another case in point: this interview, taking place at the corner of East 59th and Park Avenue — ‘cos that’s how Bill rolls. No disguise; not even a fake beard or a curled down ballcap. Just the open fresh air, and Bill. “I just like to walk, you know. I’ll just start walking and see where it goes,” he noted.
hat aimlessness sounds a lot like the time
with shaving cream all over my face. Told him he
in the late 1970s when Bill volunteered to
was nuts for panning the film.”
take Lorne Michaels’ (his SNL boss) car
Fly by the seat of your pants, and see where it
from New York to Miami. Michaels was plotzing
goes, Bill-style. That’s how only Bill Murray could
that he didn’t hear from Bill for weeks. Lo, the
get away with spray painting David Letterman’s
driver finally arrived; the odometer with manifold
set-desk in 1993.
number of miles it was supposed to have on it. The icing on the cake? While on the road, Bill had a brand new car stereo installed for Michaels. The choices of what films to accept follow
He is predictably unpredictable. Loveably so. There’s legendary times he just… shows up. A Forrest Gump-like everywhereman. He photobombed an engagement photoshoot
the same kind of laissez faire ethos. “I pick
in Charleston, South Carolina. He dropped
roles where I can light a spark. Anything. An
in a stranger’s house party and did the host’s
idiosyncrasy, even,” he said, as his eyes looked
dishes. He guest bartends, on a whim, at his
skyward as though he was searching for a point of
son’s Brooklyn pub. He shows up at New York
focus. “It might just fall into my lap.”
City poetry readings (and sometimes does
“Hit your funny bone; but, instead of tingly pain, it makes you laugh.”
readings of his own). He owns a minor league baseball team in Charleston (and sometimes shows up to games). And in October 2016, he just
Indeed, his two minute cameo role in the
“showed up” in front of the White House press
2016 pilot of TV’s Vice Principals came about
corps, decked in a Chicago Cubs’ uniform, and
precisely that way: the director, never having met
riffed on the team’s awesomeness.
Bill before, plopped next to him in the stands at a
Days later, at the Cubs-Indians World Series,
minor league baseball game, and handed the actor
a man sitting behind Bill tapped him on the
a script. Et voilá, a cameo was born.
shoulder, “Hey, could you leave a message on
As for what he looks for in the characters he plays, the response is a hybrid of horoscope and
my answering machine?” Sure, Bill said, as he dutifully took the man’s cell phone.
fortune cookie: “Hit your funny bone; but, instead
of tingly pain, it makes you laugh.”
“You’re a complete and utter idiot.”
Does he like being a celebrity? “I’m not a celebrity.” Seriously, though?
Then Bill hung up. That, in sum, is the enigma, lovability, and thrill of The Bill.
“Yeah, seriously.” As for the most bizarre interview moment? “Roger Ebert came into my hotel room to interview me after Scrooged came out. I had been shaving in the bathroom, came out talking to him
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MORE TO THE COUNTRY LEGEND BY
Dave Gordon | PHOTO Courtesy of Webster PR
fter sixty years of being in the music industry, Kenny Rogers has finally hung up his cowboy hat, signed off on a last concert tour at age 78, and
is now looking forward to spending time with his family and his hobbies. If you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s, chances are you could recite the entire chorus to “The Gambler.” It’s stuck in your head — an indelible mark on our psyches as much as Rogers has made an indelible mark on the music industry. Few recall that he had a thriving career two decades beforehand — and certainly the three decades since his powerhouse hit, “The Gambler.” Beginning in the 1950s with a doo-wop group, he slid effortlessly into psychedelic rock, and moved seamlessly into the world’s best-known country-pop crossover artist, with some sixty Top 40 singles as a solo act. “I think that I’ve been really fortunate to have
the girls started screaming, and I thought I could live with that. So that’s how I got the name Kenny
been around that long,” he said humbly. Some of
Rogers. Absolutely, for the girls — why you go into
that had to do with talent of course, but there were
this business in the first place.”
other unexpected motivating factors along the way — including a change in name. Up until 1960, Kenneth Rogers — as he was called then — excitedly took up the opportunity of his first television appearance, on the Larry Kane
Thousands of screaming girls later, in 1967 — the year the Beatles released their Magical Mystery Tour – Rogers’ next band, First Edition, began recording. They chalked up a string of hits on both the pop
show, otherwise known as “Houston’s American
and country charts, including “Just Dropped In
(To See What Condition My Condition Was In),”
There was just one hitch. “Larry said that I couldn’t call myself Kenneth on a record, because it wasn’t catchy enough. But I told him that was my name!” Rogers recalled. “But then he introduced me as Kenny, and all
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“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “Reuben James,” and “Something’s Burning.” Something was not only burning — his career was on fire, particularly when he launched his solo act in 1976, after the band’s breakup.
ince that time he raked up no less than two
that will trigger the delivery of this book. I think
dozen number one hits, including “Islands
it’s a wonderful book, and it shows the things that I
in the Stream,” “The Gambler,” “Lady,”
care about photographically.”
“Coward of the County” and “Lucille.” He has
Peculiarly, as Rogers has positioned himself as
recorded 67 albums — nearly one for every year
one who brings joy to the ears, and with his photo
he’s lived — and sold over 175 million records.
books bringing pleasure to the eyes, the senses
“It’s hard for me to imagine, that’s a lot of
are rounded out with delights of taste. In 1991,
records. So to hear that really kind of wakes me up
he entered the fast food arena, opening a chicken
a little bit,” said a gob-smacked Rogers.
restaurant franchise, Kenny Rogers Roasters. Many
But as tends to happen, it was time for the
might also know the name from it being famously
Gambler to finally fold, leave the table, and go
featured in the “The Chicken Roaster” episode of
spend time with wife Wanda and his twin boys.
the hit sitcom Seinfeld.
In Sept. 2015, he announced his retirement, now settling more into husband-hood and fatherhood. And he’s taking it quite seriously. “I have talks with them every day. I have no
“Oh, I thought it was hilarious,” he recalled of the show. But it wasn’t the only time the two had appeared together. After Seinfeld ran its course,
patience with rudeness, or having a tantrum,” he
its television star had opened for the country star’s
concerts. In true comedic fashion, Seinfeld had lost
“We were at a friends’ house and they (the
his way to the venue of opening night, missed the
kids) got really silly, and I tried to correct them. I
show entirely, and drove aimlessly looking for the
finally went to them after it was over, and I said,
‘you know, I love you with all my heart, but that’s
“Then he said he wanted to ride on my tour
my job is to teach you right from wrong.’ They said,
bus,” recalled Rogers. “I said ‘no — that’s not how
‘yeah we know daddy,’ but I don’t think that’s going
this works.’ We played with him a little bit. We had
to stop them next time.”
to give him a little lesson in road seniority. But as
Meantime, when he’s not seeing things through the paternal lens, he’s peering through the photographic lens, a great passion of his. “I’ve done some beautiful landscape shots, and I’d like to do those again. The problem is positioning is everything in photography,”
usual, he was and is always, a great sport.” There are assuredly no shortage of anecdotes to fill a tome with his six-decade long adventure, but the best ones for him, are the ones that touch people’s souls. “You know, you meet people all the time that
explained Rogers, who has also been given an
tell you stories, like the couple who had been
honorary master’s degree from the professional
married 25 years, and the first song played when
they met was ‘Lady.’ And that couple danced to
“You’ve got to be able to get down to the bottom of waterfalls and things and I can’t do that anymore. So I have a brand new camera, and I want to get out there and try to shoot something new.”
‘Lady’ at their wedding,” he recalls fondly. “Those are great stories.” There’ll be time enough to count ‘em, when the dealing’s done.
After three already-published photography books, he’s planning on a fourth, when the time is right. “Sooner or later there will be one picture
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Joe Mimran CANADA’S FASHION DRAGON BY
Dave Gordon | PHOTO Courtesy of CBC
oft-spoken, reserved, thoughtful. Hardly
“It’s like being tossed onto a canoe trip with
the epitome of a dragon. Yet, Joe Mimran
four people that you’ve never met before,” Mimran
is on the panel of investors on Dragons’
explains. “You eat together, you’re in the same
Den, CBC’s hit entrepreneur reality show.
makeup room, you’re always sitting beside each
The Canadian fashion designer, clothier icon
other, and there’s nowhere to hide. It really is
and entrepreneur best known for launching Club
quite a bonding experience — you get to know the
Monaco, Alfred Sung and Joe Fresh, is also a
other Dragons quite well after that kind of intense
partner in Gibraltar Ventures, investing in early
period of time together.”
stage digital businesses. Born in Morocco and a childhood immigrant to Canada, he has spent nearly his entire life immersed in business ventures, on his own or
A recurring theme he notes from the pitches he’s seen thus far is that some entrepreneurs simply aren’t cut out to be entrepreneurs. “They just haven’t developed the skills,” he
with family members, particularly in the clothing
says. “Or they fell in love with an idea that appears
bad to me or to the other Dragons. People throw
“I was always inspired by the design and aes-
their lives into the idea, throw their life savings
thetic world,” he tells Pie Digest. “I like designing
into it, and you can empathize. But it really comes
products and great prints. That’s what inspired me
down to the hard cold facts: we’re not a charity.
to want to become an entrepreneur.”
That doesn’t help anybody.”
So, to the Den mix Mimran adds fashion
Before any of this dragon-sized success came
sense, business sense and pragmatism. And when
humble beginnings. At an early age, Mimran
you join him with two young women (Buytopia’s
assisted his mother, Esther, in her Toronto-
Michele Romanow and Minhas Breweries’
based home boutique garment outlet. When
Manjit Minhas), a flamboyant merchant
that business grew, necessitating the purchase
banker (Michael Wekerle) and a grandfatherly
of a small factory in Toronto’s garment district
franchisee (business baron Jim Treliving), the
in the mid-1970s, Mimran took over operations,
manufacturing and finance.
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That business evolved into Ms. Originals,
That success caught the eye of Polo Ralph
tailoring suits and pants for women. Soon, Joe and
Lauren Corp., which purchased both Club Monaco
his brother Saul hired designer Alfred Sung with
and Caban — another Mimran line — in 1999.
a goal to create their own modern line of clothing.
And the success stories haven’t stopped. He
Hiring Sung was a risk, but one that paid off. The
launched a women’s line called Pink Tartan with
Alfred Sung collection swiftly soared in popularity
his wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran. Appearing
across the continent.
in high-end retail outlets such as Holt Renfrew and
“If you’re not a risk taker and abhor taking risks, entrepreneurship is not for you,” Mimran advises. “If you don’t have ability to think through financial situations, it’s just not for you.” By the mid-1980s, he launched yet another line. Based on the idea that a plain, white quality cotton shirt was unavailable in the market, the nowiconic Club Monaco brand was born. “There were many people along the way who
Saks Fifth Avenue, Mimran has remained at the forefront of Toronto’s fashion and retail industries. “How you succeed is to fill a void, to create something new or give people what they don’t have. That’s always the best place to start,” Mimran says. In 2006, he did just that. Available in supermarkets across Canada, Joe Fresh became a private-label apparel line for Loblaw Companies
said, ‘You’re crazy, don’t do this or don’t do that or
Ltd. The brand eventually opened its own free-
why are you wasting your time?’ I’ve stuck to my
standing stores — the first in Vancouver in 2010
guns. Sometimes you need to tell naysayers that
and later in New York City in 2011 — and soon
you have to pursue your dream.”
expanded to kids apparel, sleepwear, swimwear
At first, it seemed as though the naysayers were right. The Bay and Eaton’s department stores
and even cosmetics. Despite the string of accomplishments,
were disinterested in carrying the product. This,
Mimran knows that success isn’t always
after Mimran had already purchased and manu-
guaranteed. The apparel industry and general
factured the Club Monaco merchandise.
merchandise, according to Mimran, are among
“We realized that we had all these goods com-
the most competitive industries in the world.
ing in and the only way we could move forward
Because of this, he says he can empathize with
was to open our own stores,” he says.
entrepreneurs who have had tough breaks when
And so they did. They rolled the dice on a 5,000 square foot store, and opened on Toronto’s trendy
they come into the Den. “There’s a level of humility,” he says. “I’m not
Queen Street West in September 1985. The day it
smarter than everyone else out there, because
opened, there were lineups just to get into the store.
you’re only as good as your last season. And, no
“From adversity often comes something terrif-
matter how good you are, or what you know, you
ic,” Mimran says. “As we opened our own stores, we
can still fail in our business. It keeps you pretty
realized we would cut out the wholesale margin.”
At that time, such a move was unheard of.
He continues: “A lot of business people,
Retail stores would typically have bought through
having had lots of problems in the past, will try
a wholesaler, such as Gap selling Levis, he explains.
to dissuade other people. But your idea might be
Ten years after opening his first Club Monaco
done in a new way, might resonate in a way that
store, Mimran himself dove in. He not only opened
this very experienced person didn’t, couldn’t,
a flagship Club Monaco store in New York City on
anticipate. There’s always an idea that surprises
Fifth Avenue, but also opened another 120 stores
people, and that leads to success.”
over the next few years.
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ROGER GINGERICH’S FASHIONING OF IDEAS BY
Dave Gordon | PHOTO Paul Koziorowski
anada’s leading fashion broker Roger Gingerich would be quick to point out how that descriptor might not fully cover the seven different other
things he does, and does well. From outsourcing materials, being a go-to fashion expert for corporations and celebrities, to helping supply apparel for clientele, Gingerich does in fact wear many fashion hats. The fashion bug bit at age 15, when working part time for a sporting goods repair shop. While in high school, he learned pattern making, leather cutting and sewing, landing coveted gigs repairing hockey gloves and equipment for NHL and CFL teams. It wasn’t long before the company he worked for went bust, spurring him to go his own way — he bought a sewing machine on borrowed money, and in no time, partnered with the Edmonton Eskimos. That led to work with the Edmonton Oilers, where he rubbed elbows with none other than hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Soon enough, he toiled in promotional apparel in Vancouver, and created an apparel line in Toronto. Fast forward thirty years, and he’s a
To add to his bona fides, he’s also busy as a board member of the Fashion Group International, on the Advisory Council of Toronto Men’s Fashion
renowned guest speaker on fashion and trends,
Week, on the Advisory Council of Toronto
manages clothing lines for celebrity clientele,
Women’s Fashion Week, and is a regular fashion
helps pair ghost designers with leading labels,
pundit on CBC.
and is a consultant for high end apparel lines.
Pie caught up with Roger to discuss where
His company, The Gingerich Group, is now an
fashion’s going, Canadiana, and the ever-changing
industry wide respected name.
nature of branding.
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Roger, let’s start with the fashion scene, and ask,
behind that, Will Poho and Joseph Tassoni, both
understand pattern making, sales, and you all of
a sudden have a brand. Brands evoke emotion,
Love that question. I remember growing
up, I wanted to be American, and there was
they evoke visuals, and when you’ve got two well
this humility that we weren’t proud of our
respected designers in this case, the branding is
own heritage. Why aren’t we proud of our own
Canadian culture? We are so deep rooted in multiculturalism and our multiculturalism is
And that’s the same with Dior, it’s the same with Chanel, or Gucci, or Hermes.
allowed to thrive within Canada. We hold onto our
And what I find more so in the last decade, is
heritage; we’re also accepted globally as Canadian.
people are becoming the brand. People will hear
It just evokes a multitude of emotions and visuals
your name, and know your stuff. So branding
that we are giving, we’re kind, we’re polite, we
is actually translated so much more away from
understand cultures, we have a culture that’s
product and actually into people over the last
smart. We are a creative nation. But people don’t
understand how truly talented we are. It’s like a runner in Kenya who is the fastest runner in his family, because that’s all he knows.
Fashion is a fickle industry. How does someone
in the industry navigate fickleness?
But then gets to be on the world stage and then
some of the fastest runners in the world are
question. Correct, the industry is fickle. But it’s
Kenyan, but they would’ve never known how fast
the consumer that’s also fickle. 15 years ago there
they are without leaving their own borders.
wasn’t the brand explosion in the marketplace
Oh my gosh, it’s the million-dollar
that we have nowadays. The department stores PIE:
Talk about branding in fashion, how it’s different.
Let’s take SWAM, men’s swimwear,
that started from nothing. The two designers
were not doing as much product label as they’re doing nowadays, for instance, Walmart didn’t have George (apparel). >
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here’s way too much choice for
TOM* Talks during Toronto Men’s Fashion Week,
Harry Rosen’s 20 years ago had a small
That’s a great question. I do moderate
where we talk about celebrity influence in fashion;
handful of menswear brands to choose from. Fast
power dressing, the business of men’s fashion, the
forward to now, and a hundred brands to choose
accessory market. Men are becoming as educated
on fashion as they are on sports. Men are no longer
Then there’s fast fashion.
afraid of asking fashion questions. In today’s
As consumers we’re always looking for the
world, men don’t have to rely on their partners
newest thing; we are so fickle. It’s where you buy
for style advice. There’s a lot more magazines
a dress for $4.95 — not realistic or sustainable —
out there, there’s a lot more things online, it’s a
and you are training the industry to make clothing
lot more acceptable for men to wear flamboyant
that’ll last a month. It hits the washing machine
colours, to wear pocket squares. To really play
and half the quality’s gone. Then it’s tossed,
with colours. So what has changed?
replaced with the next piece of clothing.
I think it’s acceptance.
It’s filling the landfills globally. The consumer has
You know, men have been wearing the dark
told the clothing maker that they want the low
black, the navy corporate suits for decades.
price point, but not the quality pieces.
Thanks to a number of smaller independent designers, there’s more to business then just doing
So, should fashion schools be shutting their
a black suit or a pin stripe suit. What you see now on Bay Street are checks,
It’s the exact opposite. Fashion and
agriculture are the number one and number two employers of people in the world. It is the essentials of life: food, shelter and
paisleys, and out of the box styles. Sylvain Justum from GQ Brazil told me that they no longer feature executive-looking models posing on their covers; those days are gone. Now
clothing. You can call it fashion, you can call it
what inspires and sells are celebrities. For some
apparel, you can call it clothing, you can call it
reason, men globally can associate themselves
whatever you want, but it’s the fashion industry.
more with a celebrity or a sports star on a cover of
It’s never going away. Now, when we know that,
a men’s mag then we can with a model. Men want
it’s a matter of what are the trends. You can be as
to copy the look.
fickle as you want, I don’t care. The industry is
The men’s wear industry in the last three years
not going anywhere, and we have to adapt and we
climbed five per cent — it doesn’t seem like a lot,
have to change with that industry.
but it was essentially flat lining for decades. It’s cool socks, double monk strap shoes, boots, pocket
You’re involved with Toronto Men’s Fashion
Week. You might have an answer to why men are becoming more fashion conscious these days?
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squares, a dark tie; no one accessorized like this before.
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FULL OF GRACE
Vintage Simon Ellis Vintage Gucci at Madam Popoff Vintage
GREEN PUSSY BOW DRESS GLASSES
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LEOPARD PRINT PUSSY BOW BLOUSE
Dolce & Gabbana Vintage Russell & Bromley BANGLES Liron Kliger FAUX FUR JACKET Unreal Fur EMERALD BLOUSE Madam Popoff Vintage GREEN TROUSERS Zara Vintage GLASSES Madam Popoff Vintage AND TROUSERS
LEOPARD PRINT SHOES
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Zara Valentino SILVER COURTS SHOES Jimmy Choo RED PUFFY JACKET Andrew Majtenyi METALLIC VEST Zara BELT Vintage Chanel METALLIC PLEATED SKIRT Loewe PLATFORM GLADIATORS Versace BANGLES Liron Kliger CHINESE STATEMENT EARRINGS Kenneth Jay Lane BLUE SILK BODYSUIT FRINGE BELT
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ANIMAL PRINT DRESS
STATEMENT EARRINGS STAR LARIAT
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David Ferreira Alexander McQueen SKIRT AND TOP David Ferreira BANGLES Liron Kliger GLADIATOR SANDALS Versace
PINK AND RED STUDDED DRESS HOT PINK ANKLE BOOTS PINK AND RED
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CHINESE PRINT SILK BODYSUIT MINT FUR COAT
ASOS Zara Vintage PINK AND BLACK FUR COAT Unreal Fur BANGLES Liron Kliger GLASSES Vintage Fendi YELLOW PUSSY BOW BLOUSE PRINT TROUSERS
Ashley Isham Fendi FRINGE BRALET Pam Hogg Vintage at Madam Popoff Vintage RED FLAIRS Madam Popoff Vintage SLAVE LATEX RINGS Kaoriâ€™s Latex Dream SNAKE NECKLACE Vintage Cavalli BLUE VELVET JUMPSUIT
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Magic Owen Leonora Miranda L. Scott HAIR AND MAKEUP Shining Shen NAILS Morena Sanguigni MODELS Grace at Zone | Kerry Ann at Gingersnap STYLING
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Vai Yu Law Camille Barry STYLING Charles Desnoyers MODEL Phil Macaulay PHOTOGRAPHY
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THE MAN WHO CHANGED THE WAY WOMEN WEAR PARKAS
Joseph Tassoni BY
oseph Tassoni has held numerous fashion design, production and marketing posts, including Joseph Mimran & Associates Inc. In 2014, Tassoni teamed up with Eleventh Floor Apparel to re-launch the iconic Laparka Brand. Recently named one of Canada’s next top 16 designers through his participation at White Cashmere, Tassoni is not only a designer but also an inventor. His recent patented invention “Laparka Fit Technology” is a solution to many fit issues women bump into when trying to find a great fitting parka. Each Laparka has ½" of scuba fabric inserted on either side of the zipper allowing a total of 1" of ease around the chest, centre and hip areas. This is then hidden with a front extension allowing a sleek and clean look. Pie caught up with Tassoni to talk about Laparka and Canadian-made quality clothing: PIE:
Talk about manufacturing in Canada. LaParka has been manufactured in Canada for over 3 decades. By producing in-house we’re able to closely monitor every product detail, mainly the execution and quality control of stitching, pressing, and down filling. When you outsource, overseas for instance, you lose this control, you lose the personal connection to the product, the manufacturer and the client. You don’t see it until it’s shipped. When you are able to manufacture on site, be face-to-face with your vendors, you build a relationship, you build accountability, you build a system where every hand has a say in the outcome of each piece.
Most importantly, you build trust with your retailers because they know it’s hand-made, in-house and can be altered or shipped as soon as possible. Retailers appreciate a “made in Canada,” tag and ultimately so do you — the wearer of these garments. PIE:
Let’s elaborate on your patented design. I patented “LaParka Fit Technology,” as a solution to many women’s fit issues. Traditional winter coats are oversized, box shaped, bulky, and hard to accommodate a mass women’s market. Growing up in a household with five women, I’ve heard it all: “it’s too tight, it’s too big,” etc. By implementing this scuba insert along the zipper, the parka is capable of giving ease to any silhouette and is still figure flattering. So for instance, if you’re a fuller chested woman the parka gives about an inch of ease, hidden under the front extension, and still maintains the design of the coat. If you’re a curvier woman it’ll work with your curves and if you’re slender it’ll create the illusion of an hourglass. Nobody has ever done anything like this.
Who inspired your fashion designing?
JOSEPH: The short story is Mom and Gianni Versace.
I’ve been making clothes since I was five, watching fashion through the ages, through her revolving closet. She wore a lot of Versace especially in the early ‘90s when he came out with pieces that truly accentuated a woman’s silhouette. It was about curves, pops of colour, a little sharp and always made to make a woman feel sexy, but still appropriate. I truly felt that he captured all these things in all he did and when I design I keep these things in mind … and still to this day, I refer back to my mom’s closet. Visit laparka.ca
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FOX HARB’R RESORT An East Coast Five -Star Lifestyle BY
Pie Staff Writer | PHOTOS Kenesha Lewis
There are just some places that deserve to be on your bucket list. One of them is a stellar hotspot frequented by celebrities and household names, and for good reason — it has all of the finest amenities one could hope for. That hotspot is Fox Harb’r.
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ocated in Wallace, on Nova Scotia’s North Shore, Fox Harb’r is a luxury resort and real estate community from
where the likes of Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, and hockey legend Bobby Orr have zoomed in on their private jets. Since owner Ron Joyce opened Fox Harb’r in 2000, it has become one of North America’s most celebrated seaside retreats. It wasn’t Joyce’s first entree into mega-success.
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Fox Harb’r began with golf as the main attraction, but there’s plenty more to keep you occupied.
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n 1965, the then-police officer from remote Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, invested in a donut/coffee shop in Hamilton, Ontario, with Maple Leaf hockey legend Tim Horton. In the
five decades since, the Tim Hortons franchise has become a roaring success with nearly 4,500 franchises all over Canada and the US. In Fox Harb’r, Joyce’s vision began with the championship golf course, and just a year later earned the distinction from Golf Digest as “Best New Canadian Course.” Designed by Canadian architect Graham Cooke, the 7,253-yard links embody two distinctive experiences. The front nine plays around meticulously manicured parkland with sheltered forests, extensive wetlands and lakes. Tee time intervals fifteen minutes apart mean that there won’t be anyone holding you up or pushing you from behind. Head onto the back nine and you are transported to a Scottish links-like landscape with waving fescue and fairways hugging the rugged coast of the Northumberland Strait. The grand finale begins on 14, a downhill dogleg right past the marina. The 18th green offers grand vistas of the coast and perhaps a few frolicking seals. Tiger Woods, who holds the course record of 63, stayed in Edgewood, one of many homes and townhouses for sale at Fox Harb’r. Should you need to hone your swing, head to the Academy where the pros can provide expert club fitting. The state-of-the-art FlightScope, using Doppler radar, has been dubbed the MRI of the golf swing. It will measure club head speed, angle of impact and much more. Fox Harb’r began with golf as the main attraction, but there’s plenty more to keep you occupied. >
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ith everything from horseback riding, tennis, hiking, biking, clay shooting at the Sporting Lodge — and let’s not forget the private jetport and deep-water
marina — excitement abounds in every direction. The recently renovated Dol-ás spa offers a full range of treatments, including a signature rejuvenating facial and Executive Men’s Menu. Fine cuisine is an important element of the Fox Harb’r experience. The Cape Cliff Dining Room is Atlantic Canada’s first sustainable seafood restaurant, with Chef Shane Robilliard sourcing the freshest catch of the day. You might even find trout on the menu that Robilliard has caught himself, from one of two stocked trout ponds on the property. Not to rest on their laurels, other food is culled straight from the source. Under the direction of horticulturist Michael Steward, Fox Harb’r uses fresh herbs and produce from its own greenhouses. Harvested honey from the sustainable apiary tastes so sweet, too. And you can even clink glasses with a Fox Harb’rmade wine — perhaps a Riesling, Muscadet and Tidal Bay — as the resort has partnered with nearby Jost Winery to grow its own vines. Meanwhile, the resort’s extensive wine list has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Besides being a world class destination resort featuring luxury accommodations, golfing, spa, and culinary experiences for resort guests, Fox Harb’r is also a much sought-after residential community, noted Kevin Toth, Fox Harb’r Resort President. “Residences appeal to those who enjoy an active and highly socialized lifestyle, and range from executive townhomes, custom homes and home sites, all within a gated community.” It’s a “luxurious lifestyle, with spectacular views and access to all the resort’s many amenities.” As well, he added, the resort offers its members a number of exclusive events and activities, serviced by a team of hospitality professionals for turnkey living. Summed up by founder Ron Joyce, it’s “luxury without pretension, in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.”
www.foxharbr.com With files from Anita Draycott & Duncan McAllister
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The recently renovated Dol-ás spa offers a full range of treatments, including a signature rejuvenating facial and Executive Men’s Menu.
It’s a “luxurious lifestyle, with spectacular views and access to all the resort’s many amenities.
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Rental Escapes PIE travels to the luxury property of Mes Amis, in St. Martin. PHOTOS
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PIE travels to their luxury property of Mes Amis for a first hand
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100 PERCENT VILLAS We boast their exceptional customer service â€” and hospitality upon arrival to Mes Amis.
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LUXUS PUTS LUXURY IN BOUTIQUE HOTEL
aking the notion of “vacation” up several notches, The Luxus Boutique Hotel is where comfort meets class. Whether or not you’re planning on
visiting St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Luxus could be all the reason you need to go. Begin with the valet taking you straight to your room, skipping any time-wasting check in. Drop your bags and savour the jaw-dropping view of the harbour from your window. You’ll notice the room is like none other: everything from handmade sinks of marble or petrified wood, to walk in closets, heated bathroom floors, and walnut walls. The size and grandeur of the rooms give it that “at home” feeling, with the smallest measuring 500 square feet. “The small details are what really sets us apart,” notes General Manager Merrick Milne. Those details include what he dubs a “unique kind of service” — ranging from doting staff to complimentary cocktails. “We’re well known for personalization of the cocktails. We’ve created so many personal cocktails, it’s not even funny,” he adds. But it’s not only a place to sleep — it’s also a place for meetings and parties, too. “It does cater to a wide variety of people, and still remains high end. But it’s still very sociable, and not pompous.” When the Globe and Mail heaped kudos on the hotel’s “cool design” and “stunning views,” giving it five stars, it wouldn’t be any surprise to anyone who has already visited this premier place of class. PIE DIGEST 111
Klaudia Nabialek TRUST ME PHOTO
ow do I set myself apart from
theory applies in my line of work. It’s important to
other mortgage agents? My
remember that apprehension to trust is usually the
brokerage, The Strategic Capital
result of a negative past experience. That’s not my
Network Inc., prides itself in
fault, but I have to accept that as a reality.
having agents who are better educated; more
Trust is earned, not given. As a mortgage
attentive; and who provide best in class service.
agent, I have learned that trust comes as a result
We do not shy away from challenges. We don’t
of authenticity. It is my responsibility to gain an
auto-submit files and pray that things works
understanding of my clients’ needs, and then to
out. We know our business and we know it well.
show them that the options I present are for their
Most of all, we understand that we are in a people
benefit, not just my commission. I take as much
business and that while mortgages may seem
time as needed to fully appreciate my clients’
generic, we know that each person is unique. Our
position. It is important that I remain sincere,
expertise comes from understanding people. I
yet neutral and unemotional. It is also imperative
could literally tell you about client life stories;
that we discuss mutual expectations. I need to
their interests; their goals; about their children
determine what is needed in order to deliver what
… but of course, I would never do that. I am able
I promise. The end result must assist the client
to meet client needs more often than a bank is.
in being in a better position than when they first
We build lasting meaningful relationships. I take
walked through my door. I have found that, even
great pride in knowing that my brokerage has
with the most skeptical of clients, sincerity and
the reputation for being independent and “the
performance delivers not only a satisfied client,
Brokerage other Brokers call”.
but also a lifelong relationship … and referrals!
“Trust me”; probably the two most commonly
To experience a higher level of customer
used words by people looking to earn your
satisfaction and confidence, when talking about
business. Two words that roll off the tongue
something as intimate as your financial portfolio,
so easily, yet, how often are they spoken with
call me today to book an appointment, and know
sincerity? It is understandable that prospective
you can trust me.
clients are hesitant to share their entire life story in the first 10 minutes. I don’t blame them. That
KLAUDIA NABIALEK • Mortgage Agent
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Zvi Lifshiz – Making It Happen BY
Corrine Dayman | PHOTO Scott Cooper
n ideal location from which to
proactively connect our business with innovative
operate a business, Zvi Lifshiz and
start-ups, and then watching as those interactions
the Invest Barrie team are doing
drive amazing outcomes for everyone involved.”
their part to promote Barrie’s
The other key ingredient is talent and having
powerful mix of competitiveness, growth and
the right workforce. Identifying that Barrie is a
significant market access.
place that is incredibly attractive to various groups
Ultimately attracted to Barrie because of its
of people, it is Zvi and his team’s underlying notion
“limitless potential” and “unmatched quality of
that given the opportunities for the right employ-
life,” Zvi and his team have been working diligently
ment and a more balanced lifestyle, that employees
to promote the growing city as a premiere location
and entrepreneurs alike would gladly call Barrie
where businesses will set up shop and the
home, while enjoying the quality of life that the
community that surrounds them will thrive.
beautiful city has to offer. This opportunity for
“For us, the big thing is looking for ways
businesses to augment the city’s existing, talented
to effectively support the ongoing growth
workforce with powerful lifestyle-based attraction,
of traditional industrial clusters, while
mixed with a community that loves to support and
also maintaining a focusing on economic
celebrate local success, Barrie offers companies a
diversification. One of the answers for us is to
compelling reason to take a closer look.
infuse innovation throughout our economy.” Acknowledging that this is an exciting and
“Barrie is a place where your opportunity to succeed, along with access to the networks
challenging task, the Invest Barrie team has been in
and resources that are required for a company
full swing since 2014. Highlighting the importance
to thrive, is probably as effective, or even more
of “open innovation” for existing and start-up
effective than what you might find in the bigger
businesses, Zvi envisions a highly connected
and collaborative ecosystem in Barrie, where
Equally important to the team’s overall plan
companies of different sizes and in various stages
is nurturing culture and the City’s creative core
of maturity and scale, join forces to innovate in a
as an economic driver, and that can take on many
mutually beneficial way.
forms as Zvi describes: “One great example is the
“More than ever before, companies are what
downtown; it’s about having a vibrant environ-
they are connected to. Networks and variety of
ment where people naturally want to live, work,
ideas and skills are everything when it comes
shop and play, but also find opportunities to
to innovation. That’s why we’re starting to
connect with others and share ideas and cultural
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“…it’s about having a vibrant environment where people naturally want to live, work, shop and play…”
experiences. This type of environment is a strong catalyst for creativity, inspiration and discovery.” With Georgian College’s newly announced plans for a downtown campus for the Design and Visual Arts program, Zvi and his team are incredibly optimistic about the future. “Bringing several hundred Design and Visual Arts students into Barrie’s downtown will further reinforce this part of the city quickly becoming the location of choice for creative and digital industries.” With a vision of a vibrant mix of retail, offices, cultural events, co-working spaces, gathering locations, start-ups, students and creative sectors, all coinciding with more residential density, there is plenty to keep the Invest Barrie team busy. As Zvi Lifshiz would tell you, he couldn’t be more thrilled to make it happen.
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Gather at the Shed Consistent with the original vision for Blue Mountain Resort, the Master Plan for Windfall was created under the belief that neighbourhoods are shaped by people’s desire to interact with each other and their surroundings. And so, as Windfall evolves through Phases One to Six, it will always be responsive to its residents’ changing needs, which ensures this community will remain fresh, exciting and sought-after for generations to come.
The Windfall site is an extraordinary one, 148 acres in all, and dedicates one – third of the land to parks, ponds, trails, wildlife and nature preservation areas, and other natural features. Each phase was designed to be a private enclave of homes, connected yet distinct from one another. Windfall’s roads have purposeful bends to them so that streetscapes are more interesting to those who drive or walk them.
Blue Mountain Resort
Windfall’s Master Plan also leverages its
will ultimately be the real heart and soul of
abundant natural landscape and promotes
Windfall, this masterful planned community
strong connectivity to its coveted next door
will ensure that this picturesque landscape
neighbours, Blue Mountain Resort and the
will remain a harmonious and welcoming
setting for those who choose to call it home,
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A regional and national briefing on local affairs targeted to a relaxed luxury market. Pie Digest focuses on the Canadian consumer through c...
Published on Oct 24, 2017
A regional and national briefing on local affairs targeted to a relaxed luxury market. Pie Digest focuses on the Canadian consumer through c...