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ithout further ado, I give to you the newest slice of the Pie. My journey of a decade in publishing has led me to this place and I find myself before you, baking yet another dish best-served warm: a Pie Digest. After an eventful year of travelling and celebrating the Pie successes, the pressure was on to create. Not only to stay true to my promise and dedication of merging talents, but to go beyond. With part one of this new voyage, we focus the lens on the Greater Simcoe Region with a purpose of highlighting ‘what’ and ‘whom’ is making things happen in our own backyard. As this issue comes to a close, there is always the hesitation of letting go. Holding close the ideas and the artists’approach behind each story and photo and cherry picking the best team to create and collaborate with on a Digest for you to sit back, relax and enjoy. Highlighting the unmistakable passion of those featured in the pages within. It is no secret that with our love of creativity comes an intrinsic love for quality. With that in mind, it is my pleasure to share with you some of the true leaders in our community. Not to be overlooked, the cover is a very important piece to the breakthrough of this exposé. As many of us feel that we know Sarah McLachlan intimately — from the magic she has shared with her lyrical talent, to her unmistakable ability to bring us from a place of uncertainty to a moment of clarity — we now applaud her for her commitment to bringing the arts to individuals that might not have had the privilege of experiencing it at all. With her School of Music, Sarah shares her love of music and wealth of knowledge to underserved children, while instilling pillars of success and a sense of community in all that they do. I am grateful for having the privilege of interviewing Sarah McLachlan as many times she helped me put emotions to words.


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ecoming an institution in the restau-

together, but it would be nothing without the

rant industry is not an easy feat —

exquisite menu. Thanks to Red Seal Chef Carol

many have tried and many have failed.

Smith and her 20+ years of experience, the final

It takes a magical combination of good

part of the pub puzzle came together. Developing

service, good food, good atmosphere and last but

a menu of made-from-scratch authentic pub grub

not least, good people. Donaleigh’s Irish Public

using locally sourced ingredients was something

House has managed to master this concoction

close to the hearts of Don and Steve. Featuring

and people can’t get enough. Whether it’s beers

three separate menus (Brunch, Late-Night,

after work with the guys, a relaxed environment

Mains/Entrées) to cater to each and every person

for your first date, brunch with the family or late-

anytime of the day, the variety of selection is

night snacks after a night on the town, Donaleigh’s

impressive while maintaining the authenticity we

is your first and last stop.

expect from local pub grub.

The success of this classic Barrie pub is thanks

On both the main menu and late-night menu

to the team behind the magic. Owners and co-

you can find the pub’s pièce de résistance: the

managers Don Kellett and Steve Ricalis established

Irish Nachos. A seemingly strange marriage of

the pub in 2011 and couldn’t be happier with

Mexican and Irish with potato chippers instead

the growth they’ve seen. Expanding more than

of tortilla chips, it’s a stick to your ribs kind of

double in size in the last year has tripled business,

snack. Don’t miss out on the Irish Poutine either,

building on what has become known as Barrie’s

featuring their house-made Guinness gravy, a dark

number one food and drink destination. Featuring

and heavy au jus that will leave your taste buds

a full stage and concert venue in the back of the

begging for more. And with any great pour house,

restaurant, live music, which has always been a

there is nothing lacking in their selection of beers

part of the Donaleigh’s experience, is now part of

on tap. From the Irish classics like Guinness and

the main attraction.

Kilkenny, to a wide range of local craft breweries,

and even unique imports like the new Belgian

It wasn’t easy at first, but sticking with their

mandate of real food and real people serving it

Moon, the choices are endless.

stayed true to the old school pub mentality that

Don and Steve loved so much themselves. Be-

that rounds out the business. It’s very important

tween Don’s restaurateur experience and Steve

to both Don and Steve that they give back to

growing up in food service, and travelling work as

the world around them. Involved in multiple

a roadie cooking for the likes of U2 and The Roll-

charities, most notably their annual Hockey for

ing Stones, the two found a harmony that allowed

the Homeless event in Barrie and local soup

them to birth what we have come to know and

drives for homeless shelters, the restaurant

love as Donaleigh’s Irish Public House.

remains active in supporting the community and

people around them.

The environment and good beer go great

It’s their pride in community and service




Rustic Yet Refined


Jeff Buchanan


edline Brewhouse, Barrie’s Newest

intentionally designed to embrace and encourage a

Craft Brewery, is a state of the art

sense of community. Restaurant Manager Sabrina

production brewery and brewpub

Calamusa and her team of exceptional servers

dedicated to providing an extraordi-

look forward to making your time at Redline

nary craft beer experience to their guests. The Art

Brewhouse a memorable experience.

of Craft Beer is exploding in Ontario and they are

excited to be part of this evolution in Barrie.

space for special events that overlooks the

Redline Brewhouse’s Head Brewer, Sebastian

The upper level mezzanine is an excellent

brewpub and brewery, has a separate bar with

MacIntosh brews a variety of beers with the

4 taps, and seating for up to 40 people. This

primary influence being American and Belgian

space is perfect for Christmas parties, birthdays

styles of brewing. They pull from these brewing

and anniversary celebrations, staff and board

traditions along with fresh, local ingredients to

meetings, special interest and charitable groups.

naturally produce well-made, drinkable beers.

Redline is also committed to educating and

a collection of original artwork by Retail Manager

engaging their guests by making each visit a

and Resident Artist Sue Moore. Sue has skillfully

unique sensory experience — new beer flavours,

and patiently given life to the Redline Brewhouse’s

fun rustic yet refined food pairings, or the vintage

vision by painting the walls with vintage and clas-

industrial interior that is inviting and says

sic automotive scenes and graffiti as well as her

“Welcome, come be a part of our Community!”

own personal collection of paintings and drawings.

Throughout Redline Brewhouse you will find

Executive Chef Chris Gardiner is constantly

Part of the Redline Brewhouse vision and philos-

creating lunch and dinner features that give a new,

ophy is to help promote exceptional local art of all

fun twist to classic pub fare. Several of their dishes

mediums — painting, pottery, photography, fashion,

include Redline Brewhouse beer in the recipe

and music as well as custom and restored vehicles.

including a dessert or two! On the menu, they

make suggestions as to the perfect beer that will

Devon and Darci Williams believe nothing brings

compliment your meal selection.

people together quite like a delicious beer! Whether

Add to this, an open, airy yet very cozy

The owners of Redline Brewhouse, Kari, Doug,

you are enjoying a brew with friends and family

100-seat brewpub offering 12 taps for draught

at the pub, sipping one in the garage or on the

including 5 Redline core beers, 3 Redline specialty

dock, beer has a way of strengthening connections,

beers, a local craft cider and 3 guest taps. The

adding laughter, encouraging conversation, and

vintage garage décor boasts solid walnut high

enhancing the simple moments in life.

top tables, a 30-foot dark grey concrete bar, and a

padded booth area that comfortably seats 15 for a

about beer and the limitless possibilities and

At Redline Brewhouse, they are passionate

more private celebration. The lighting is soft but

creative journey inspired by brewing beer. We are

not dark; the music is enjoyable but not loud; the

located at 431 Bayview Dr., Barrie, Ontario.

atmosphere is casual and comfortable. It has been





Joshua Shier | photo Chris Digerati


he idea of local food — more main-

for having a face with the public.

stream now than ever — is one that’s

become close to our hearts and stom-

passionate about giving back to the community

achs. Business owners like Lawrence

around him. The Butcher Shop sponsors and part-

As a member of the Rotary Club, Lawrence is

Vindum and his brick and mortar, The Butcher

ners with many local charities and city organiza-

Shop, understand this better than anyone. Open

tions (Gilda’s Club, police and fire departments,

since 1985, Lawrence took over 15 years ago after

City of Barrie) to help show support through

apprenticing under the original owner and has

catering and donations.

since grown the business into a local success story.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect steak to share

Butcher Shop also offers a full-service catering

with friends over the BBQ, or looking for that free-

business. Going by the name Old Firehouse

range, grain-fed turkey for the Thanksgiving table,

Catering, the group has done events ranging from

The Butcher Shop is your go-to. Offering local

corporate to house parties to weddings, even

organic and grass fed beef the shop features a wide

events for up to 1600 people. One of their claims

range of cuts and types, even the delicious and

to fame being that they can do so without a full

In addition to the store and its services, The

rare Kobe beef.

kitchen, completely self-sustainable.

As far as customer service goes, Vindum is

When it comes to good food and good service,

dedicated to an above and beyond approach. He

it’s comforting to know there is a safe and healthy

believes that The Butcher Shop is special because

alternative to the standard grocery store option

they go past the standard personal customer care

right around the corner from home. Bringing

and treat each and every person like family. It’s the

quality to Barrie has been Lawrence’s mission

people that keep the business interesting day to

since the start, and it’s safe to say he’s been

day, which is one of Lawrence’s favourite reasons

successful in doing so.





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celebration. Our favourite is anything with a

a wedding and décor business in

theme. We love putting together decorations

Simcoe County, are two of the

(right down to the labels and favours) to match

Everyone loves a good

regions premiere special event planners. For

a theme whether it be a zombie apocalypse

this issue, Pie Digest had the pleasure of sitting

Halloween, Charlie Brown Christmas, or a glow

down to talk with these successful women in

in the dark birthday party. Watching a theme

business. Read on to find out more about what

flow through the event is priceless.

makes this pair of visionaries tick, secrets to

their success, and what they can’t live without!

pie digest:

but look forward to?

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What do you love most about being an

What is an event you have yet to do

fresh weddings:

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we assist many clients bringing their inspirations

location between Toronto and the Muskokas,

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he decision to switch from non-or-

All Organics Live food is sourced as locally as

ganic to organic produce is usually

possible, in the summer months about 80% of the

a gradual process that includes

produce is Ontario grown. Michelle and her team

educating ourselves about the most

work with a food hub that includes four local farms.

commonly known repercussions of foods grown

The company does import some items so that it’s

with pesticides. Organic food may appear to cost

possible to have things like bananas and kiwi that are

more initially, but that is only if we neglect to

still certified organic. In the winter the percentage of

consider the hidden costs of the long term health

locally sourced produce is a little lower, with more

effects that pesticides have on our bodies and the

foods being brought from the US, but Michelle’s

costs of farming with chemicals that are harmful

company is also part of a buy-local rewards program

to the environment.

that gives their customers incentives to shop with

other local businesses year-round.

For anyone focused on healthy living there

are many benefits to going organic, from raising

healthy families by eliminating GMO’s and pesti-

there’s no long term contract required to sign up

cides in our food to supporting local farmers who

with Organics Live. This way you can try their

understand that environmental sustainability is

service worry free while choosing your food

also the way to achieve a healthy economic future.

yourself. Each week customers have access to

Many people question whether or not produce

log into the company website to choose from

from their local grocery store is in fact organic, but

a selection of in-season produce and have it

Organics Live is here to provide certified organic

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food, delivered to your door for less than the cost

of shopping in a retail environment.

retail store, trying a service like Organics Live has

never been easier or more convenient. If you have

Frank and Michelle Esposito, owners of

Unlike other organic grocery delivery services,

For less than the cost of buying organic in a

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From their first entry into the studio, BLiSS members are infused with the beauty of nature and the community that the space cultivates. Through her classes, Green encourages each member to acknowledge the strength of their own body, embracing their own starting point and limitations. With her knowledge and energy, she transforms her classes into workshops of learning and growth. The community has become the heart of the studio, supporting its progress while encouraging Green to share her spirit and strength with others. She modestly describes a moment after the studio first opened, where she was still uncertain on how this unique studio and her philosophy would be received. At the end of a class, a student approached Green to thank her for creating not just a studio, but a second home. For Green, her business journey has invoked a treasure trove of emotion: pioneering fear, outlandish belief, unwavering faith, and steadfast courage. Not one to remain stagnant, Green continues to grow her own yoga practice and that of her studio. This year alone, she upgraded the studio with a 2,000-foot expansion adding studio space and room to integrate other wellness therapies. “No matter how tiring or daunting this becomes, as soon as I am bestowed with the grace of this space, I’m honoured to help in the flow and motion of the souls coming to share health and I know I am home,” says Green. “This is a living space, connected through the breaths and inspirations of an entire community.”



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help people obtain their goals, live well and lose weight in a healthy

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wellness. He has been a fitness

from head to toe, and aids in your overall health and fitness.”

expert and health and wellness

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daughters, Isola and Ryan, and his son, Calvin. When he’s not

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Robin Clay A BODY OF WORK by

Donna Zibresky | photo Paul Buceta


he oldest of six kids, Robin Clay is a

all the obstacles, roadblocks and struggles she’s

born leader. Her parents were heavily

overcome. Steady determination and ferocity of

involved in athletics and instilled

will is what carried her through the harrowing

this in their children. Robin started

chapters of her life and onto personal greatness. Now in a supportive and loving relationship,

early, having sacrificed her childhood summers by

participating in competitive figure skating, cross

training fitness clients as a Canfitpro Certified

country running, soccer, and cheerleading; and

Personal Trainer, providing nutritional guidance

now she’s rocking the fitness world at the tender

and counseling, and competing with OPA at a

age of 47. This self-proclaimed overachiever and

Provincial level in hopes of reaching Canadian

fierce competitor, has always strived to be the best

Nationals this year, Robin has gracefully hit her

in whatever she endeavors.

stride. She’s focused on building her brand Elite

Physiques, by embodying what that means to her.

After going back to school to become a para-

medic, Robin struggled to find employment and

Having a background in the medical and dental

faced other personal challenges that began to shut

fields, nutritional coaching and personal training

her down. She sought rejuvenation by hitting the

has been a natural progression for her. Robin’s

gym, and started to recharge her batteries. One day

philosophy embraces the sentiment, “Your Body,

she heard about fitness competitions and decided

Your Goal, My Passion.”

to check them out.

to see that they too, at any age or level, can get

In the spring of 2010, Robin embarked on a

“I want to motivate and inspire all individuals

new challenge. Between a busy schedule that in-

healthy and fit. I prepare plans for my clientele,

cluded going to school, raising two kids as a single

which includes all levels of health and fitness, not

parent, and working part time, Robin was able

just competitors.” Robin leads by example, only

to commit her remaining free time to a rigorous

making recommendations based on what she’s

training schedule that prepared her for her first

tried first and succeeded with herself.

competition. Having no expectations of placing in

the top 10, an important turning point occurred

plishments, and everything that lies ahead, always

when Robin actually placed 2nd. She knew she

keeping her eye on the ball. She maintains an air

could really do this!

of inner strength, and her message reads loud and

clear: “Your desire to change must be greater than

She then entered the IDFA (International Drug

Free Athletics ) Novice Classic in Toronto. It was

Robin proudly reflects on her life and accom-

your desire to stay the same.”

important for her to train naturally, and she knew that if she was going to compete it would be in

You can follow Robin on Facebook at “Elite

that arena. Robin placed 1st in her age category and

Physiques” and Instagram @robinclayfitness to

1st overall, competing with other ladies between

learn more about her remarkable competition

the ages of 18 and over. She could not believe it

stats, fitness brand, and her journeys through

when they called her name! It was a testament for



'' I want to motivate and insp ire all individuals to see that they too, at any age or level, can get healthy and fit. '' ROBIN CLAY’S BODY OF WORK: 2010 OPA Stratford Master Figure 2nd 2010 IDFA Toronto Novice Figure Short 1st and Overall Winner 2010 IDFA Montreal Classic Masters Figure 1st, Open Figure 2nd 2010 IDFA International Classic Masters Figure Short 1st, Masters Figure Overall Winner, Open Figure 1st, and Pro Card Awarded 2012 IDFA Pro Universe – Pro Figure 1st 2014 OPA Barrie Naturals Open Figure Short 1st, Masters Figure 1st, Overall Open Figure Winner 2015 Canadian Champion for Grand Masters Figure


The Business of Skating BRIAN ORSER by

Corrine Dayman | photo Kris Caetano | interview by Valerie Carter


pirit, drive and a no nonsense approach

“We try to share with other centres; we create a

to the task at hand — it is easy to see why

community within our program. We all get along,

two time Olympic silver medalist Brian

support and encourage each other.”

Orser has the winning combination

When probed about a particularly defining

when it comes to the business of educating

moment of success, Orser claims that he has

athletes on what it takes to become an exclusive

been lucky to find it in every part of his career.

member of the skating elite.

The secret, he confesses, is to “jump in with

both feet.” He treats students as individuals and

Following the 1988 Olympics, Brian toured

for the next 17 years. While he recalls there was

personalizes his approach to each one of them.

no clear intention in the early years to become

While he admits it can be tough not to take things

a managing coach, fate and circumstance would

personally in the fiercely competitive sport, Brian

lead him back to the Toronto Cricket and Skating

says that he will continue to invest his emotional

Club in 2005, where he would take on the task to

support in the kids he trains and acknowledges

revive the once dynamic skating program and train

that “they aren’t robots.”

aspiring athletes from coast to coast.

ously train and compete, as well as the demanding

Reminiscing about his demanding coaching

Orser knows first hand the pressure to vigor-

career, he acknowledges that the turning point

schedule and time spent away from family.

came while Yu-Na Kim, a Korean figure skater,

nicknamed The Queen, was under his wing.

within the skating community, Brian stays true to

his humble beginnings. Whether it was a matter

“We made a big difference with her,” he

Proudly solidifying his leadership position

claims, fondly recalling how “she fell in love with

of seeking out respected sports psychologist Peter

movement and learned to like training,” [and with

Jensen, which helped him change his perspective

that], “started to get some great success.”

on the ice, or following his father’s common sense

approach to life in general, Brian incorporates

It was during this journey that other hopefuls

came out to train with the dynamic Olympian.

solid business savvy as he continues to build an

While he didn’t get lucky with just one skater,

impressive legacy. His success is built on the

the thrill of the star power he was producing

simple principles of “doing the work” to get the

at the club surely boosted the international

results you desire and creating a community for

acknowledgement and credibility of his already

his students based on support and encouragement.

impressive resumé.

“Some kids think that I have a magic wand. I tell

them it’s up to them to take the reins, take control

Often asked by other coaches about his manage-

ment strategy, Orser says he likes to keep it simple. 56 PIE DIGEST

and be in charge of their own destination.”

'' Some kids think that I have a magic wand. I tell them it's up to them to take the reins, take control and be in charge of their own destination. ''


The Uniqueness of Pr ivate Ski Clubs by

Clifford Mossley | photo courtesy of Osler Bluff Ski Club


wo hours north of Toronto — just outside of Collingwood, Ontario —

one can find something unique to the ski industry in Canada: private ski clubs. Sharing the Niagara Escarpment with the largest public ski destination in Ontario, Blue Mountain, sit the ski clubs of Alpine, Craigleith, Georgian Peaks and Osler Bluff. Just a few kilometers away to the south lies Devils Glen and to the west lies Beaver Valley.

While there are a number of ski clubs through-

towns of Collingwood and Thornbury overlooking Georgian Bay. It has some of the steepest and

out Canada, the majority exist at public ski hills.

longest skiing terrain in southern Ontario. First

The private ski club is similar to a private golf

developed in 1960, it was the first hill to bring in

club. There is an initiation fee and annual dues

snow making facilities, have a chairlift and bring

plus program fees for such things as ski lessons.

in international racing events. With 820 ft. vertical

Membership is limited and only members and

it is the only hill sanctioned by the International

their guests can use the hill and lodge. The clubs

Ski Federation (FIS) for its races.

in this article have initiation fees varying from

$35,000–$65,000 for a lifetime membership.

ager of the Georgian Peaks Club, “the private

club phenomenon is driven by parents who want

Most clubs have interest-free terms for the initi-

According to Mark Woodburn, general man-

ation fee. Recognizing the significant cost of joining

to take their children to a place where they can

a private ski club, most offer the opportunity to try

ski in a safe environment.” A private club offers

out the club for a year through a one-year member-

a contained environment, which means a parent

ship to see if the private ski club environment fits

does not need to know where their child is every

the new member’s lifestyle.

moment. If they do not know where their child is,

Private ski clubs exist because of the demand

their friend or the coach does.

for skiing in southern Ontario. Many skiing

families are looking for an alternative to long

child can be engaged in an activity that is healthy

lift lines, crowded ski hills and a safer skiing

for them, challenges them physically and mentally,

environment for their children. The private ski

gives them a sense of independence and at the

club is able to offer that alternative.

same time allows them to learn a lifelong skill. The

kids are the ones who want to ski, they tend to be

The Georgian Peaks Club sits between the

The private ski club offers a place where a

the first ones at the hill. 58 PIE DIGEST

Critical to any ski club is the member experience

Georgian Peaks at the international level. Today it

and a private ski club is no exception. Mark believes

is Candace Crawford, Erin Mielzynski and Larisa

that it is important for the member to have a


seamless day from when they arrive in the morning

to when they go home at night. At the end of the

and his family joined the Georgian Peaks Club in

day, the member should be able to say they had a

1972 when he was only 6. Greg remembers that,

great time. That seamless experience is the result

“Right from the start we knew this club had such

of about 20 teams — from parking lot attendants,

a fantastic family environment and a top notch

cooking staff, cashiers and servers to groomers, lift

racing program. Every weekend in the winter was

operators and ski patrol working together. Also part

spent in Collingwood and at the club. I was in the

of creating that experience is being cognizant of

racing program at that young age and progressed

the number of people that can be accommodated in

right on to the Canadian National Ski team where

the parking lot, lift lines, ski school, on the hill and

I spent 5 years racing and travelling the world. But

après ski. It may mean restricting the number of

my ties always stayed close to the Peaks where I

guests on any particular day.

still have many friends.” Greg says his most memo-

The member experience is not limited to just

Former Canadian Olympian Greg Grossmann

rable experience as an athlete was participating in

the ski hill. Après ski activities are a key ingredient

the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

to the atmosphere of many of the clubs. Most offer

a Men’s Day, Ladies’ Day and an end of season

recreational skiing ability to learning how to race

event day along with a few adult dinner/dance

to the weekly racing competition in the Master’s

evenings. At the Peaks, kids can participate in

House League group.

educational après ski events each Saturday or join

their parents upstairs to listen to music acts.

ties for family members in the winter and in many

cases the summer as well. It is not uncommon to

It is not uncommon for members to ski most of

The adult programs vary from improving one’s

The private ski club offers a number of activi-

the day and then relax in the lodge or on the deck

see two to three generations of the same family

and chat with friends over a coffee or cocktail.

enjoying the club on any given day.

Each club has its own distinct personality and

offers both children and adult skiing programs. The Peaks has a casual environment with a robust ski program. The children’s programs involve approximately 800 children ages 2–18 while the adult programs involve about 400 of the members.

Many of the children at private ski clubs

continue to take lessons into their teenage years and then become instructors and coaches at the club. Others continue into racing at the provincial and national level.

The Peaks has had a number of its racers join

PRIVATE SKI CLUBS IN THE COLLINGWOOD AREA: Alpine Ski Club – 750 ft., 35 trails, 4 lifts Beaver Valley Ski Club – 508 ft., 29 trails, 4 lifts Craigleith Ski Club – 693 ft., 33 trails, 6 lifts Devil’s Glen Ski Club – 510 ft., 24 trails, 4 lifts Georgian Peaks Ski Club – 820 ft., 24 trails, 4 lifts Osler Bluff – 743 ft., 20 trails, 4 lifts

the national ski team and race at the Olympic level. In the ‘80s and ‘90s it was Karen & Brian Stemmle and Greg Grossman that represented PIE DIGEST 59



Clifford Mossley Clinton Reiter



n the 1930s a young Toronto osteopath, Dr. Douglas Firth, took time from his skiing in

Collingwood, Ontario to rescue injured skiers on the hill with the assistance of others he enlisted to help. In 1940, he was asked by the Canadian Amateur Ski Association to organize and train a first aid and rescue group to patrol the ski hills — thus began the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP).

At the time, Dr. Firth likely did

not realize how this organization would not only have an impact on his life but also the lives of so many others — those who joined the patrol and those who have been assisted by the

first aid organizations because the ski patrol must

patrol. For his efforts, Dr. Firth was inducted into

transport their patients off the hill.

the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and became a mem-

ber of the Order of Canada.

all ten provinces and the Yukon. It provides first

aid services to 230 Alpine and Nordic ski venues

The Canadian Ski Patrol is a charitable orga-

Made up of over 4,500 members, the CSP is in

nization and one of four first aid organizations in

across Canada, and is now providing first aid ser-

the country. It differentiates itself from the other

vices to non-ski events.


Skiing has changed over the past 75 years.

As the ski patrol reaches its senior status as

Skiers used to wear ski boots that laced up and

an organization, it is striving to become young

had ski bindings that locked them onto their skis.

again. Colin states that the CSP is rebranding itself

Some referred to these types of bindings as bear

and taking a path of renewal. It is developing a

traps. If the skier accidently tumbled down the

new attitude and creating a modern and dynamic

hill, their skis stayed with them no matter what.

image. We are - Professional, Passionate and

Now skiers wear high tech clothing and high tech

Proud. No longer will skiers see the familiar

skis with high tech bindings designed to get the

blue and yellow patroller jackets. They will be

skier down the hill safer and faster.

replaced with red jackets with white crosses,

thus becoming more recognizable on the hill and

Throughout the past 75 years the ski patrol

has kept pace with the times. The patroller’s first

adhering to the look of patrollers throughout

aid kit 75 years ago was a small bum-bag and

North America.

included triangular bandages, band-aids, gauze

pads and string. Communication was done with

environment. The Canadian Ski Patroller is not

hand signals, whistle blasts or a good yell. Today

just regulated to the ski hill anymore. The same

a patroller will wear a first aid vest or backpack.

high level of care offered to patients on the ski hill

Along with the triangulars, band-aids and gauze

will now be offered at non-ski events as the CSP

pads, the patroller carries surgical gloves, a pocket

begins to offers first aid services at athletic events,

face mask, pressure bandages, compact splints and

concerts and a variety of outdoor activities. Colin

a variety of other essentials. Through the use of

said that patrollers are in demand at a number

walkie-talkies, radio communication is instant and

events and because of their advanced first aid

allows accesses to all patrollers and equipment on

training they are able to work hand in hand with

the hill. The patroller of today has access to oxy-

doctors, nurses, paramedics and other first aid

gen, an automated external defibrillator (A.E.D.),


trauma kits, backboards and a variety of other


from being a patroller 75 years ago. You work hard,

become part of a team and build friendships that

Colin Saravanamuttoo, President and CEO of

The CSP is also expanding its work

Being a patroller today is likely not that different

the Canadian Ski patrol says that, “as an organiza-

last a lifetime. For many, the patrol has become like

tion we are very proud to be celebrating 75 years

a second family. You love to ski, care about others

of providing service to the ski industry. We are a

and like to have fun. You may go from helping

diverse group of individuals and come from all

a skier get their ski boot back into their binding

walks of life. We are quite unique in many ways.

one minute to saving someone’s life the next. Last

While we have over 4,500 volunteer patrollers we

year at the Canadian Ski Patrol national awards

have only three paid staff. The bulk of the work is

banquet 35 patrollers from across the country were

done by the volunteers themselves. Not only do the

recognized for saving the lives of 11 individuals.

patrollers patrol the numerous ski hills throughout

the country they also look after the majority of

stone attained only by a few and with their efforts

administrative functions at the local, provincial and

to stay young they will be around for another 75

national level. Due to limited funding, we function

years. Congratulations to the Canadian Ski Patrol

based on the member’s dues. This means patrollers

on being 75 years young.

pay to be able to volunteer as a patroller. It also

means the members of the Canadian Ski Patrol vol-

go to joinskipatrol.ca. To make a donation go to

unteer over one million hours combined annually.”


The Canadian Ski Patrol has reached a mile-

To learn more about the Canadian Ski Patrol




Kaja Blackley


ver the past 15 years, the greater

Simcoe region has undergone many

Morihei Ueshiba, a deeply spiritual person and

changes. This, in large part, is due

highly skilled martial artist, began to refine these

to the flux of artists and musicians

methods, combining jujutsu, fencing, and spear

attracted by Barrie’s inviting real estate market

In 1927, one man would change all that.

fighting. It is so effective that it has been required

and welcoming community atmosphere. Under

study for the Tokyo Riot Police for over 40 years.

the influence of such creativity is a prime cultural

and arts centre.

founder’s most impressive student (Shioda sensei)

One of the best-kept cultural secrets of Barrie

Mark’s instructional lineage impressive: The

passed on the tradition to Ando sensei, who, in

is Mark Sanders, a 4th degree black belt in the

turn, taught the man who was Mark’s teacher,

Japanese martial art, Yoshinkan aikido. Mark is

Ohlman sensei.

chief instructor at Aikido Seiryukan, a traditional

dojo that instructs in both Japanese and English.

but found his life was transformed by Aikido’s

discipline and implied spirituality. “It’s made me

Aikido’s origin dates back to the days of the

Mark studied other martial arts before Aikido,

samurai. At its core, aikido is about harmony.

a better person,” he said. “More patient, more

It is primarily a defensive art that utilizes your


opponent’s own anger and energy against him. It

Aikido is about finesse, not brute strength. It is

was a valuable study that taught an unarmed man

taught in a respectful, anger-free environment. It

how to face an armored, sword-wielding opponent

requires time and commitment to master, but the

and defeat him. For hundreds of years it remained

daily, weekly and yearly benefits to one’s mind,

a system imparted to a select few.

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Feet Are Not Gross W FEET ARE AMAZING!

hen people ask Erin King, RPN, foot specialist, and CEO of Feet for Life Medical Foot Care Ltd. why

she would ever want to specialize in foot care, her answer is always the same: “Feet are amazing!

They are one of the most complex and functional

bottom of a patient’s foot that is difficult to reach

structures we have.” It’s clear she is passionate

and calluses or corns to more troubling issues

about her work through her extensive knowledge

like painful ingrown toenails or significant heel

and dedication to such a specialized area of the

and arch pain commonly referred to as Plantar

medical field.

Fasciitis. They also cure thick yellow fungal nails

and treat and heal diabetic wounds that are not

According to King, our feet have the ability

From simple things like hard skin on the

to withstand one thousand tons of force with

healing with multiple attempts through other

every step we take. Anatomically, the human foot

publicly funded health care facilities.

and ankle are a strong mechanical structure that

contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100

King’s amazing health care team and facility are

muscles, tendons and ligaments.

outfitted with state of the art equipment to treat and

manage all of these foot related conditions. Erin and

The 52 bones in your feet make up one quarter

Their patient testimonials speak for themselves.

of all the bones in your body. When they are out

her team focus on quality care with a specialized

of alignment so is the rest of your body. Another

approach making their patient care second to none.

interesting foot fact: The soles of your feet contain

The goal is your optimal foot health and patient

more sweat glands and sensory nerve ending

education so as to allow you to make informed deci-

per square centimeter than any other part of the

sions about your lifestyle choices.

body allowing us to sense the ground and move

the way we do. To Erin, foot care is artistic in her

to 10,000 steps a day which adds up to 115,000

interpretation, not to mention imperative to one’s

miles in a lifetime — more than 4 times the

health-related quality of life.

circumference of the globe” (American Podiatric

Medical Association).

The role of the Nurse Foot Specialist is

FOOT FACT: “The average person takes 8,000

multi-faceted. Having advanced training in Foot Care and associating areas of study allow

Erin King – c.e.o./registered practical

Erin to provide lower limb care to her patients,

nurse/ foot specialist/foot care educator/

broadening the scope of practice and specializing

wound care specialist/cert. bio-mechanics/

in the field of Podiatry. Being a Foot Care Nurse

compression therapy/reflexology/laser

Specialist allows her to provide a much needed

therapy – Feet for Life Medical Foot Care Ltd.

service to her patients who often are unable to resolve foot related problems themselves. PIE DIGEST 65




ife doesn’t always go the way you plan

and Hinda Koza-Culp can attest to that

video production company, with a focus on cor-

Koza-Culp decided to start her own film and

fact. At 31, she had a job she loved and

porate video for websites and social media. Full

a growing family, but that job she loved

Heart Films does things a little differently — the

— at TSN in Scarborough — came with a cost.

focus is more on storytelling than special effects

— an approach Hinda hopes the community will

“I was spending a bare minimum of 3 hours a

day on the road,” recounts Koza-Culp. “Commut-


ing was sucking the joy out of every facet of my

life. I wasn’t the best I could be at the office or at

do, but it’s the passion behind why you do it that

home with my family.”

makes your business memorable. That’s why I love

In the spring of 2015, Hinda knew something

“I believe that it’s not just about what you

the documentary style.”

had to change. Leaving Barrie wasn’t an option,

but the idea of leaving her job as a producer at

Hinda hopes it can grow alongside the businesses

TSN was scary for the mom of two. Then one day a

and organizations she works with in the

light bulb went off.

community. She may not be where she planned,

but it turns out that’s not such a bad thing.

“I was downtown with my kids and I started

Full Heart Films is still in it’s infancy, but

really looking around. Barrie has changed so much. There are so many new and exciting businesses but more than that, just a new attitude, a new mindset. I thought, ‘I make my life here, why can’t I make a living here?’ That turned out to be the start of Full Heart Films.”

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Beauty and Brains



Little Black Dress | photos Tatiana Gerusova | model Holly Madison


arrive at my one o’clock five minutes

early and am fiercely over-prepared. My

“Thank you,” I announced and pushed past his

“You’re a beautiful woman,” he sneered.

research is tight and proposal and attire

inappropriate gaze to get to business at hand. The

are polished to perfection. I’m a pro and

floor was mine and I planned to seize the oppor-

learned early in the game not to waste successful

tunity to dazzle this SOB with my knowledge and

people’s time. Being a straight shooter put me in

commitment to the biz. But were we on the same

the ring with the top of the food chain, and with

page? Ignoring his subtle yet highly inappropriate

15 years experience and a contact list that would

cues, I muscle through and make my pitch. He

choke a megalomaniac, I plan to close this deal

fumbles the pass and the meeting comes to an end.

with everything I’ve got.

A decision has been suspended until yet another

rendezvous can be scheduled in the near future.

As I entered his office I may as well have had a

crystal ball to predict what happened next. His lin-

An intimate dinner no doubt. A tragic beginning

gering gaze coupled with a too brightly lit smile set

for a beautiful woman in business who strives to

the stage, and I could almost hear my own thoughts

have it all.

scoffing, “Here we go again.” No doubt the shortfall of being a fine-looking lady in a man’s world. PIE DIGEST 73



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Amer ican Master s THE WOMENS LIST


Timothy Greenfield-Sanders


eet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture in the newest chapter of filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ List film

series (The Boomer List, The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List). This documentary features intimate interviews with Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakely, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Elizabeth Holmes, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Shonda Rhimes, Wendy Williams and Nia Wordlaw. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. One hour.

Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ portraits are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Public Library, The Whitney Museum and The National Portrait Gallery among others. In 2004,

Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction

his series of 700 art world portraits

Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special —

was accepted into the permanent

12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild

collections of The Museum of

Awards and many other honors. Now in its 29 season on PBS,

Modern Art and the Museum of

the series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC

Fine Arts, Houston.


for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.

To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast

and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of masters past and present, the series’ companion website (pbs.org/americanmasters) offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays and more.


Betsey Johnson “(In the ‘60s) you could take LSD but you couldn’t wear a pantsuit...”

Alicia Keys “I'm definitely a nerd, I'm a cool-ass nerd but I am definitely a nerd.�

Rosie Perez “Women of color, if you’re over 40, and you get fat, you will work. But if you’re hot and over 40 and a woman of color, they don't know what to do with you.”


The Modern Man Must-Haves THE DUFFLE BAG


Whether you call it a duffle bag or a weekend bag,

For denim, the darker the better as it can be

look for metal hardware and leather detailing to get

dressed up and down much easier than stone-

the most longevity out of this new staple.

washed jeans; and to avoid that dreaded too-

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The new cargo should fit more like your tapered

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plaid shirt, or a vintage tee.

Fair Isle patterns, and cable knits are all good

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Whether paired with a bow-tie and jacket for that

A typical car coat is thigh-length with a straight

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collar and two welt pockets. The car coat is a utili-

your favourite jeans, the Oxford always provides

tarian coat that isn’t heavy on the details but gives

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CARPE DIEM seize the day, my love

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he MacLaren Art Centre is housed in an award-winning building in downtown Barrie. This architectural landmark combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop, and framing services.

The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,000 works of art and presents a year-round programme

of exhibitions, art education activities and special events. They pioneer new ways of making art meaningful and accessible for its audiences while building strong community relationships with public participation.

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Watch These Men The Timeless Bulova photos

Jan Strouhal

Time is the most precious commodity in the world. Impossible to make more or to recover. The greatest gift you can give or receive. Mayor Jeff Lehman

Time doesn’t cost you anything but it is priceless. Don’t waste it! Frank Ferragine

My wealth is measured by how much time I make for the things that matter to me; and not regretting how much I spent. The almighty hour. Kyle Tippin

It wasn’t until recently I realized how important every moment is in life — and when that happens, your entire perspective changes. E.B. White said, “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have a one hell of a good time. That makes planning my day difficult.” I can relate to that. Dave Carr


there is nothing out there “ that would make me any happier than i am.

in business and my personal life, i love barrie.


a great city


peter moore by

Donna Zibresky | photos by Jan Strouhal | interview by Sandra



t’s Peter Moore’s own words that perfectly sum up the way the man ‘behind the box’ has been able to find his success ‘outside of the box’. From a young immigrant to a storied businessman, having passion in life for all things boat and box related started early in life and, in a strange way, set the framework for his own climb to the top. Born in England, Peter lost his father in WWII and his mother remarried a few years after. When he turned 11 years old his mother and his stepfather packed their bags and decided to migrate to the new world: Canada. He recalls arriving in Quebec City by ship as a happy time for him, as well as his train ride to Toronto and his first impressions as they ferried by water taxi to their new home on Toronto Island. It was like nothing he had ever imagined for Canada. All the boats, lagoons, and beautiful beaches were an inspiration to him. As Peter sat on the dock absorbing all the sites, it was a gorgeous mahogany police boat that smoothly motored by with two officers on patrol, that solidified his love for boats. Peter convinced his step-dad to buy a boat for the family and then saved his pennies and eventually purchased his own, he now has a dozen.

With so many manufacturing companies moving to China, Moore hasn’t been without his fair share of struggles but he’s proud to say he’s been strong in the packaging industry for over 35 years. “WHEN I WENT ON MY OWN I SAID, ‘EVERYTHING MADE GOES IN A BOX’ — NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD STOP MAKING THINGS ONE DAY. HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG.”

In 1979, Peter took a huge chance on himself, with a wife and a new family with two young children, Peter became an entrepreneur. “WHEN YOU QUIT YOUR JOB TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS IT IS A SCARY FEELING. THEY SAY YOU SHOULD NOT HIRE FRIENDS OR RELATIVES BUT THAT’S ALL YOU CAN CONVINCE TO COME WORK FOR YOU.”

Many tireless nights, and spending a large investment of time as a one man operation, he built Moore Packaging Inc. from the floors of his garage up. He knew he had to make it work. “GOOD JOBS ARE HARD TO COME BY. IF YOU CAN COME UP WITH IDEAS AND BRING THEM TO FRUITION, THAT’S THE WAY TO GO.”



After a small corrugated box plant in Barrie closed their doors the year after he started, Peter jumped in and bought up all their assets. With only a sales orientated background to rely on, the learning curve was a huge one. He had bought the machines to start pumping out boxes but had no idea how to run them and Barrie was not a hotbed of experienced workers to show him how. “I NEVER EVER EXPECTED THE BUSINESS TO GROW TO THE SIZE IT IS TODAY WITH SALES OVER ONE MILLION A WEEK. IT JUST HAPPENED AND I OWE IT ALL TO MY LOYAL EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS, ALONG WITH A LOT OF LUCK.”

Besides the long hours and dedicated days, Peter credits a lot of his success to good luck. In 1982, there was a huge strike in Toronto in the corrugated manufacturing industry; it lasted over 6 months. Instead of sitting back and waiting it out, Peter hopped on a plane and flew to the states. He negotiated to buy corrugated sheets from an American supplier and shipped them to Barrie. Employees at Moore Packaging Inc. worked around the clock and within the six month strike, his business grew four times its size.

In addition, in 2005 peter pledged $250,000 to the RVH cancer treatment centre only to become one of the first patients for radiation treatment after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. Among the boards he’s chaired and the organizations he’s volunteered for, you wouldn’t get a good sense of Peter if we didn’t tell you about his endless efforts with Barrie Christmas Cheer. It’s an organization that helps over 5000 people during the holidays have a sense of Christmas. In 2004, Peter gave the charity space in one of his buildings as a permanent headquarters. This was the first settled home for the charity in its 37-year history. ‘THERE IS NOTHING OUT THERE THAT WOULD MAKE ME ANY HAPPIER THAN I AM. IN BUSINESS AND MY PERSONAL LIFE, I LOVE BARRIE … A GREAT CITY”

Where is the future going to take Moore Packaging Inc.? Peter has a 5-year plan — to use a new production — which will involve a huge investment. “AS AN ENTREPRENEUR YOU HAVE TO PUT THE HOURS IN AND YOU HAVE TO SEE IF YOU ARE JUST ON THE BANDWAGON OF A FAD BUSINESS OR IF IT’S A BUSINESS THAT HAS LEGS.”


It’s his “Yes we can!” attitude and the loyalty of his customers and employees that continues to grow Moore Packaging Inc. to a team of 220+ strong today. Now with a 200,000 sq. ft. state of the art manufacturing facility and a 500,000 sq. ft warehouse/distribution centre in Barrie, they can compete with anyone! The more successful Peter got the more he gave back. In June 2004, Moore Packaging Inc. which as a company shared Peter’s love of boats, donated a $25,000 dragon boat to the Barrie Public Library. It was a 39-foot green and gold boat used to help teams practice for the annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. It was in October 2014 that Georgian College received a $250,000 pledge from Peter to create a Change-Maker space at the Barrie campus. It’s an area where students can be creative, research and bring their ideas to life! 96 PIE DIGEST

Moore Packaging Inc. is still in the game because of Peter’s perseverance, competitiveness, and dedication. “I LIKE TO BE AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE, NOT THE BACK.”

When will Peter retire? “When it’s not fun anymore!” He has two great kids, Phillip and Steven, and his wife, Pamela, they’ve been together now for over 20 years and they still share so much love. “IF YOU ARE NOT LAUGHING TOGETHER ANYMORE, YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM”

One thing you can be certain of is that when Peter Moore does decide to box up his working life and finally relax, he will be watching the world from behind the helm of a boat.

this photo by

Ian MacIntosh


craig wallwin by

Donna Zibresky | photos by Chris Digerati | interview by Sandra


raig Wallwin relaxes in his chair,

overlooking the lake and enjoying

and Shriner, Wallwin has supported Georgian

Besides being an active Rotary Club member

fine cheese with his favourite wine.

College, YMCA, Barrie Mental Health, Barrie

The spectacular view at his Muskoka

Hospice, Out of the Cold, Barrie Public Library,

cottage makes for a beautiful afternoon where I

RVH, Baycats, and Gilda’s Club — just to name a few.

spent some time getting to know the man behind

Wallwin Electric. As an influential businessman and

Electric, an oil burner service out of a modest 320

one of Barrie’s most respected business owners, he

square foot building. Craig eagerly took the reins in

counts decades of experience behind him, and he

1991 when the buy-out opportunity was presented.

employs dual focus on growing his company and

Since then, Wallwin has successfully mushroomed

giving back to his community. Craig feels grateful he

under Craig’s leadership and now operates out of a

grew up in Barrie and is fortunate enough to lend a

16,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility.

hand. “We all learned from our parents to give back

where you make it, so we give back to the city of

ourselves a family business even with over 95

Barrie. It doesn’t matter what it is, you pick a cause

people on staff.”

that you think is right and you support that cause.” 98 PIE DIGEST

In 1951 Craig’s father, Jack, started Wallwin

Craig maintains, “We’ve always considered

Ian MacIntosh this photo by





allwin has a strong focus on innovation and a sense of responsibility to his employees, providing scholarships and bursaries to further professional and personal development. He sees it as another important facet of giving back. “Support the people who believe in you and believe in yourself. One of my roles in the business world is that I’m an employer and I provide everyone at work with equal opportunity. I care about our people, their kids … we are family.” Craig remembers a wonderful testament to his success. “A few years into the business, I brought my financial statements to my dad and he said he couldn’t believe what I’d done for the company. My dad’s not the type of person to give accolades, while my mom was beaming with how proud they both were of me, for what we’d achieved in just 4 years. My mother was always proud and her smile


was the best encouragement. Dad doesn’t ask to see the financials anymore,” he laughs. His stature and commanding voice draws attention in a room, but as we talk from the peaceful and serene scene at the cottage, an engaging gentle soul emerges. I feel his sense of inner strength and calm as Craig discusses the challenges and successes at this point in his life. “Balance is important in life, to help me grow. I never had balance, the highs and lows can kill you. I never enjoyed either. Now I enjoy the balance.” Craig loves spending time with family and friends old and new, living his life with his feet up, while keeping his head crisp for the success of the company. A car accident in 1982 altered his life, bringing new awareness and the realization that things in his life needed to change. The dramatic incident shook him to his core and caused him to smarten up out of his young party lifestyle and gave him the



drive to put his all into the business. From then on he spent 60+ hours a week focused on the business. While Craig enjoys golfing with both friends and business associates, he’s adamant that he will not conduct business on the golf course. That’s his time to unwind. He’s taken the sport seriously his whole life, playing since he was 12 years old. He’s played with many big names in the game including Tiger Woods, acting as his teammate in a PGA tournament. Instead, you’ll find him discussing business at his favourite lunch spot. Now working on his new “smart” home, a project that integrates his eco-consciousness, Craig loves the technology that’s inspired him to create a semi-retirement home for himself. Only recently letting the team have the reins, he confesses he didn’t focus on his personal side, it was strictly business for many years and now he’s making a conscious effort to take care of himself. His newfound semi-retirement involves being

stronger and being braver. The best advice he would give to someone starting where he did is, “never be afraid to speak your mind, and always stand up for your beliefs.” Craig reflects, “in business I’ve always had integrity, but in life I got beat up too early and I didn’t know how to deal with life; I worked harder at work and that was my place to get away. Now I’m dealing with the personal side, focusing on me and the happiness of the people in my life. There’s nothing more important in life than happiness and health.” As Wallwin continues to grow under Craig’s diligent leadership, he takes a moment to reflect, “As you start moving forward in life, you have to start fresh, staying open to whatever transitions lay ahead.” Where can you find Craig now? Well, one thing’s for sure and that’s beside the golf links: “Life on the water is calling.”



Pillars of Strength


Corrine Dayman | photo Kharen Hill | interview by Sandra


here’s nothing quite like settling in

and talking with one of your closest

charitable options that would benefit from her

Years later, though she identified plenty of

friends. She understands your highs

donation, Sarah wanted to find a way “to have a

and lows, has seen you cry those

real impact.” The answer was in the music.

unforgiving tears, supported you as you faced your

deepest uncertainties, and stood by your side as you

“Music has given me everything.” And with that,

With thoughtful recollection she explains,

came out on top. It was reminiscent of this when

“I knew, in some small way, I could do something

I had the privilege of speaking one-on-one with


multiple Grammy award-winner Sarah McLachlan.

education centre the Arts Umbrella helped build

One of Canada’s finest female entertainers

A fruitful nine-year partnership with arts

and globetrotting activists, Sarah is no stranger

the infrastructure and curriculum for the program.

to using her celebrity for the greater good.

Realizing her vision’s relevance and viability, Sarah’s

Touching lives and planting seeds of hope, Sarah’s

school graciously bid farewell to this brilliant

latest collaborative efforts fall nothing short of

experience and evolved further, moving into a


larger facility, generously donated by the Wolverton

Foundation. This move allowed the school to spread

Growing up in Canada with a vast array of

musical influences and experiencing first-hand

its wings while continuing to provide a safe and

the tremendous positive impact that it had on her

nurturing environment and delivering top quality

own childhood, Sarah and her talented team of

music instruction at no cost for at-risk and under-

visionaries have brought back a sense of hope and

served children, youth, and adults.

belonging to the under-served children and youth

of the Vancouver area. Addressing the need for

action a formula, which combined her rich

access to music programs that had been cut from

musical career with the experience of a team of

the public school system, The Sarah McLachlan

talented educators.

School of Music was born, in her words, “to give

kids the opportunity to find their voice and to find

own unique perspective and abilities to a project.

their sense of self through music.”

Part of the success of our school is bringing the

right people on board, bringing together people

The singer-songwriter admits that the idea

A performer by trade, McLachlan put into

“I love teams. I love everybody bringing their

for the school was “slow in coming.” It was at

who have the mindset and the understanding of

the age of twenty-one, during a trip to Thailand

what it is we are trying to create. It’s a chemistry.”

and Cambodia with a Canadian non-profit,

that McLachlan “opened her eyes” to all of the

children and youth who have an interest in

luxuries and opportunities to thrive in the arts

music, The Sarah McLachlan School of Music has

that she had been given. It was at that moment

become an outlet for individuals who “have long

that she took a step back and asked herself, “What

since been labelled.”

can I do to give back?”


An uplifting environment for under-served

'' To give kids the opportunity to find their voice and to find their sense of self through music. ''


“Regardless of how they have been branded at

feeling that “I am connected and I have a place

home or at school, they get to leave all of their labels

here and I have value here.” Sarah believes that

at the door and be unencumbered,” says Sarah.

these powerful influences can help “set students

up for success in every other part of their life.”

With its vibrant and loose curriculum, the

School allows students the opportunity to

explore their interest in video production and

the future and possibilities that lie ahead for

band ensemble while offering up many genres

the school. With the success of the Vancouver

of music, including classical, world music, jazz

location, Sarah has plans to replicate the model

and pop. McLachlan believes that it is important

and its culture in other major cities. With the

to “give kids music they are already connected

help of sponsor support, a viable resource is

with,” because it engages them in the program

brought to those seeking a unique musical

and supports what they choose to learn through

experience to call their own.

individual and group lessons.

of accomplishment and pride in what she has

While the after school program operates on

There is no doubt that Sarah is excited about

On a personal level, McLachlan feels a sense

an honour system, parents are required to fill

built. As a woman in business, she has been lucky

out an application form and are encouraged to

to not have encountered many set backs in her

be engaged on an ongoing basis. Students must

career. As a mother and entertainer, she identifies

commit to regular attendance in their daily

with the power she has been given as a role-

school routine in order to experience the full

model to her new and existing fan base.

benefit of the facility.

ity. I love that something I created can reach out

Working with 14 elementary and senior

“I feel that power and I feel that responsibil-

schools in the area, Sarah’s team has successfully

and affect someone’s life in a positive way. That is

created a culture of respect and inclusiveness,

such an amazing affirmation.”

which the staff and students uphold in the

community. The School’s 5 Pillars are strong

life “keeps getting better and better.”

reminders of how to conduct oneself in life,

with a core focus on community, connection,

comes with getting older and the recognition

collaboration, creativity, and confidence. Each

and the importance of cultivating really strong

student is valued individually, “giving kids the

and healthy relationships with your female

opportunity to find their voice and to find their

friends, with your partners, and your kids. That’s

sense of self through music.”

everything. Being kind to yourself, and forgiving

yourself and looking at every day as a new

In McLachlan’s words, the result for the

students is an “engaging and emotional output

At this point in her life, Sarah remarks that “I love the wisdom and understanding that


that creates a beautiful community that might not

exist for them before.”

2016 Christmas album, Sarah bids me a final

farewell, planting a final seed for me to ponder:

A lifelong singer-songwriter, Sarah discovered

With excitement in the air about an upcoming

how powerful music is at an early age. She

fondly recalls the communal aspect and how

only half-way there. This is a great second act and

it “has always been a connecting point.” These

I’m just excited for the future and everything that

sentiments are what she now hopes to pass on

may come.”

to the students who pass through these doors. A


“Life’s not half done. If things go well, I’m



Jim McAvoy


few weeks ago I had a client tell me, “Meg, you are my best-kept secret. It doesn’t matter what I bring up to you, you are always able to guide me past my fear and help me act from a higher place. I am grateful for you.” You can imagine how wonderful it felt to receive a compliment like that, but for me, it really had me pose the question of, “why on earth would she be keeping me as a secret?” And that’s when it dawned on me, this brilliant businesswoman was still operating from a place of lack and scarcity. I’m her best-kept secret because deep down she is fearful that if she tells anyone about me, and I start teaching them these same spiritual laws and principles of success and joyful living, their success and results might take away from hers. So it inspired me to write this article as a reminder that we live in an abundant universe. There is nothing that we cannot be, do, have, or experience. We need to remember that everything is energy; and everything that we currently experience in physical form first came from a thought. Where your thoughts go your energy flows. Bob Proctor and Mary Morrissey are two of my closest and most cherished mentors. I didn’t always live my life the way I do now, in fact my earlier years were very hard for me. I struggled with finances, I struggled with health and relationships, I had no direction and I had no connection to my own Inner Wisdom. I really didn’t understand that life was happening through me, and not to me. What is so beautiful about having those experiences in life is that it drove me

to seek answers from the world’s greatest teachers in the areas of success, spirituality, health and wellness, and personal development. Now, I run a coaching and healing practice, I’m a licensed holistic health practitioner, and invited to speak and teach all over the country to help ‘wake people up’ and increase their level of awareness when it comes to living an abundant, healthy, meaningful life. I am here to remind you, that whatever it is that you are currently faced with in life, you are far more powerful than you know. To be the person you yearn to be, or to have the experiences that you yearn to have, it all has to start from the inside out. When you ‘Journey to your Inner Wisdom’ you are met with the beauty and the longings of who you really are. The best and most rewarding journey that you will ever take in this lifetime. So notice what you are noticing, and become witness to the thoughts that are predominantly in your mind, because they do take form. It is with great love that I gently remind you of this truth, and it is with even greater love that I invite you to dream again. Earl Nightingale once said, “This great dream, this surging dynamic thing invisible to all the world, except to the person who holds it, is responsible for every great advance of man.” You have a dream for a reason. Don’t you think it’s about time you found out how to start living it? www.meaganmckerroll.com PIE DIGEST 105



The Roxy Theatre Reborn by


Gayle Lester

t is hard to believe that amidst the sounds of hustle and bustle of modern day life, the echoes of yesteryear still whisper through the Art Deco building at 46 Dunlop Street

West in downtown Barrie. As you walk through the doors, the presence of another era is obvious and you can almost picture what it looked like on opening night nearly 85 years ago. Designed

new life into this historic venue. If their success

by a Collingwood architect as a “Wonder Screen

at the Danforth Music Hall is any indication, then

Palace”, the Roxy Theatre was a technological

the Roxy Theatre should prepare to be catapulted

masterpiece complete with atmospheric cloud-

into the stratosphere. Embrace has stated that

making machines and synchronized sound that

their focus is to work with cutting-edge talent in

brought the “talkies”, black and white talking

genres ranging from rock to punk and hip-hop to

films, to the people north of Toronto.

dance. They plan to use social network platforms,

webcasts and YouTube to capture and share one of

The expression “all good things must come

to an end” isn’t necessarily true, especially in the

the most primal acts that humans take part in: the

case of this beautiful location, as the Roxy The-

celebration of life through live music.

atre once again returns to entertain the people of

Simcoe County. After over 50 years as a popular

bookings for the performing artists even bigger.

cinema theatre, the Roxy was purchased in the

The grand opening will kick off with Canadian

late ‘80s by Rob Hamilton, who after extensive and

alternative rock band Moist, followed by The Tea

costly upgrades and renovations, converted it into

Party, Walk off the Earth, Brett Kissel, Madchild

a thriving nightclub known as The Roxx. It was

and Tech N9ne.

frequented not only by local party and live music

enthusiasts but also became a go-to destination for

and entertainment-based needs a reality — will

Torontonians seeking such big name acts as April

become a blessing to a region ripe and ready for

Wine, Kim Mitchell and more.

something new, albeit in the guise of something

Touted as the world’s universal language,

The plans for the Roxy Theatre are big and the

The Embrace mandate — to make lifestyle

old. The new state of the art sound and light sys-

music has the ability to draw people together

tem has been installed, the stage upgraded for

for a common shared emotional experience and

international touring artists and the final renova-

Toronto-based Embrace Entertainment plans to

tions are almost complete. The paint is fresh as

use live music to do just that.

are the faces of those that will populate this iconic

location. May the spirits of days gone by inspire all

Considered to be “experts at building branded

entertainment properties that are relevant to the

who enter.

target consumer… and spending a decade cultivat-

ing a large North American audience that is cut-

cert listings.

“Like” The Roxy Theatre on Facebook for con-

ting-edge, cool and gets it,” Embrace will breathe PIE DIGEST 109


Carleigh Aikins V I N TA G E A F FA I R Chris Digerati Jen Roy, Brennen Demelo Studios make up Irina Gretchanaia, Christian Dior photo hair


''. ..people look sexiest when they are wear ing something that speaks to them...''

’ve had treasure hunts

vintage clothing. She’s found great joy on the

everywhere, from the freedom

road dressing up with them and even being able

of Portland where there’s no

to share the same clothes. “Not only do we trade

sales tax, to the outskirts of

clothes and wear each other’s pieces, we co-ordi-

Detroit where I have almost bought gowns for

nate our looks while maintaining our own sense

my wedding — even though I was still single. It’s

of style identity. We have a penchant for cowboy

an adrenaline rush for me to find rare beautiful

boots and the bus floor is typically riddled with

garments to wear on stage, at festivals, and even on

several pairs of them by the end of a tour. It’s a

the tour bus or in the basement of a dingy club.”

wonderful thing to stand with them on stage feel-

ing beautiful and fully expressive and confident.”

Aikins, the Barrie, Ontario-born multifaceted

artist has been singing since she was in

kindergarten, stealing the stage at her first talent

modern clothing is an inspiration for every woman

Carleigh’s love for combining both vintage and

show. Lately she has been on stage with the likes

out there trying to doing the same, because she

of Bahamas, Macy Gray, Jack Johnson, Royal

brings her personality out in each and every item.

Wood and John Oates to name a few. Aikins is

Not only is she expressing herself, she’s allowing

currently the lead vocalist with the band Paper

her clothing to express itself. “Each piece from the

Bird from Denver, traveling through America and

past tells a story and is one-of-a-kind. So, I can feel

working on a 2016 release — her latest and most

expressive and unique and can update out-dated

significant stop with Paper Bird was at Red Rocks

pieces by adding my own twist.”

Amphitheater in Colorado supporting the pop

legends, Hall and Oates. The band is also to appear

pression and inner beauty; she has no desire to be

at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville, as

purchasing designer labels or spending $750 for a

well as the Gentlemen of the Road Festival.

handbag. “To me, people look sexiest when they

are wearing something that speaks to them, that

Carleigh’s love of vintage clothing has become

Carleigh’s identity is defined through her ex-

her trademark. “Vintage clothing is one of my

reflects their creativity and imagination, and makes

great passions and each city is a playground for

them feel absolutely comfortable in their own skin

searching for that next great find.” Carleigh has

and with their own unique style. As a woman on

been on the road for the last four years straight

stage, I want to send a message that we don’t have

now, living out of suitcases and on the hunt for

to show more leg or cleavage to be beautiful, or to

treasure to be found at vintage clothing shops

feel “desirable” or to please our audience and the

across the country.

male gaze. A confident woman who is comfortable

Currently, Carleigh is working with two other

gifted front women, who also share her love for

with herself and her body and what she puts on it is the sexiest woman around.” PIE DIGEST 111




Church | photo by Jeff Buchanan


estled in Barrie’s historic railway-rooted Allandale, sits an innocent-looking and perfectly manicured century home, where within the walls stories

are created. However, it’s the sounds of the present that have taken over — Juno award-winning and Gold/Platinum album sounds crafted by producer/ recording engineer Michael Jack.

Submerged in the basement sits the ‘Radio

Room’, which earned its name because of the hundreds of transistor radios nestled and tucked tastefully throughout the space. You can almost hear the voices of days gone, of the legendary Lenny Bruce, Casey Kasem, and Wolfman Jack. While these pieces of the past decorate the room, it’s the most highly up to date recording technology that allows Michael to create serious

performing onstage and doing sound on the road

sound in his home.

didn’t appeal to him anymore, he realized where

Prior to his home studio, Michael worked at

he needed to be — behind the sound board with

Phase One Studios and Lenz Entertainment in

both feet firmly planted. Climbing the ladder

Toronto, where he created with such greats as

and adapting to constant technical changes over

Rush, Nelly Furtado, The Trews, Bono, and many

30 years put Michael on the level to work with

more. Speaking with Michael, I realize why he has

such great producers as Jack Douglas, Bob Ezrin,

reached such status — he listens. And mixing that

Mark Plati, Joe Chiccarelli and many more. These

with his experience, it explains why he is in great

cats have produced, engineered and mixed Kiss,

demand internationally and here at home.

Aerosmith, New Order, The Who and Lennon to

Originally from Bradford, Michael moved to

name just a few.

Newmarket, where at a young age, he discovered

a desire to pursue music. He soon found himself

discussed the future of the recording industry, and

in the bands The Remnants and Fallan, but when

the best memories of his career.


In the depths of the Michael’s Radio Room we


How have never-ending technological

This man’s voice is magic — his raw tracks are

changes affected the recording industry?

almost exact after production. No demands, no

michael jack:

entourage — just a plain, simple, down to earth

Well it certainly has democratized

the process and it also evens out the playing

guy that you offer to buy a beer and hang out.

field too, but it’s also lowered the bar to quality.


Amateurs can’t achieve the tones or achieve any


arrangement. They end up with a mushy, totally

Union. They’re a progressive rock band from

missed performance that ends up being far from

B.C. They have a Radiohead, Floyd vibe — very

radio friendly. We tend to criticize and resist new

cool band. I’m also working with an artist named

technology, but change has to be embraced. I’m

Bobby Cameron. He’s a singer/songwriter from

Who are you working with currently?

Right now, I’m mixing a band called Spaceport

truly fascinated with technology, but we can never


lose the human touch.





Most memorable experience?

I’d have to say working with Rush at Phase One

Advice to bands contemplating recording?

Always keep in mind your songwriting and

don’t put all your weight on production. Be

was a definite ‘pinch me’ moment, it was such a

prepared and enter the studio on your game, don’t

wonderful unity. It was also then I realized that

waste time and money if you’re not ready. It’s also

I was now playing in the big league. And I’d have

good to do your homework, identify your style and

to say having Bono beside you sitting in the booth

know who came before you.

laying down vocal tracks is another sweet memory.




story & photo by

Korby Banner


eing in the busiest Canadian country band

As other jobs along the way, I actually did…

does not interfere with Clayton Bellamy’s

I have been a model, a cook, a welder’s helper,

mandate to stay in terrific shape, for both

rock picker, farm hand, truck driver, bouncer,

personal and professional reasons. His trainer,

roofer, you name it. My best job has been being a

Cory Sherratt, designed a simple, but effective set

dad though, I must say.

of routines that Clayton employs on the road, even when away from a gym. That leaves no excuse for

Growing up, I most looked up to… I most

anyone else either; for those who complain they

looked up to my father growing up. He was always

don’t have time to work out! Get busy!

passionate about what he did; he loved life and inspired me to follow my dreams.

My inspiration to create music is… Life inspires me to write, and it’s cheaper than

My favourite contemporary musician is…

therapy! it’s something I’ve always done but I

It’s always changing because I love discovering

write whats really going on in my head.

music. Right now it’s Nathaniel Rateliff and the Brothers Landreth.

I first knew I could make a career from music was when… When I was 19 I saw the Allman

The Road Hammers work well together

Brothers perform and thought, I want to do that!

because… We all bring great things to the table.

It really inspired me to excel at what I was doing

It’s the sum of the parts that make it great not the

and helped me hone in on my thing.

individuals. If I was not doing music (at this level), I could also have been a… Motorcycle mechanic.






Eon Sinclair


Shy Fx ft. Liam Bailey Soon Come

Konshens ft. Darrio Siddung

Bushman It’s So Easy

Elephant Man Pon de River

Phyllis Dillon Don’t Stay Away

Red Rat Tight Up Skirt

Peter Tosh Pick Myself Up

Chronixx Here Comes Trouble

Randy Valentine Bring Back the Love

Protoje ft. Chronixx Who Knows

Bob Marley & The Wailers Sun Is Shining


thing about music, when it hits, you

Popcaan Unruly Party

Estelle ft. Sean Paul Come Over

Vybz Kartel Summertime

Buju Banton Love Sponge

Beres Hammond I Feel Good

Kranium Nobody Has To Know

Collie Buddz Holiday

Sizzla Give Me A Try

Assassin Sekkle and Cease

Gregory Isaacs My Number One

Kiko Bun Where I’m From

Bob Marley & The Wailers Turn Your Lights Down Low

Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond Fight This Feeling

Bedouin Soundclash 12:59 Lullaby

eyes, so that you can’t miss these ‘boom shells’ (Patois for “amazing songs”) while you plan your playlists. In Canada, we don’t always have blazing, sweaty, sunshine-filled days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create hot vibes whenever we want. For those who have grown up in the Caribbean

culture, reggae is not just a summer jam but a year round music. Fear not, I have come up with some gems that

you should add to your daily fix of music! The FEELINGS that these songs evoke will help put you in the right mood, whether you’re looking to rest easy, get the dance floor going, or whisper sweet nothings to your partner. To be helpful, I’ve laid out the playlist to match the arc of your day.

The Soul Proprietor is a Toronto born and bred DJ who plays various types of music, specializing in reggae. He is also a founding member of the band Bedouin Soundclash. You can see him every Tuesday at the Orbit Room in Toronto.


NIGHT TIME ENERGY Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal and MIA Sound of Siren


with music, right in between your

RISING UP Bob Andy The Sun Shines For Me

ccording to Bob Marley, one good feel no pain. I’m about to hit you

I present, The Soul Proprietor’s Reggae Fix-Up…

Super Cat Ital Stew

UB40 Sparkle of My Eye No Doubt ft. Lady Saw Underneath It All


Paul Shaffer by

Jake Feinberg


Kelsey Nicoloff


y spiritual guru is a musician and

healer named, Tisziji Munoz. He

great philosophers have done, and it took them their

You’re asking a person to philosophize as the

gave me my name, Sem Lodro

lifetimes, and they were never able to answer a ques-

(Wisdom of Spirit), and is someone whose pres-

tion like that. All I can tell you is: you make mistakes.

ence I feel, whose knowledge I soak up, and whose

You try to learn from your mistakes — you’re constantly learning.

philosophies I listen to.”

Late Night with David Letterman

I was drifting in academia

wrapped up its successful run in the

as a philosophy and psychology

spring of this year. The man who led

major at The University of

the big band for the last two decades

Toronto, which is where I

is Paul Shaffer. He is amiable and

met Tisziji. What I learned in

competent on television, interacting

sociology does help me. It helps

with the guests or jamming out in

me as a bandleader. It helps

small, punctuated bursts. A lot of

me try to understand human

people don’t know that Shaffer is a

behavior and what humans

serious swinger who can play tran-

need. Everybody wants to be

scendent, burning jazz.

encouraged; everybody wants to

be told they’ve done a good job.

When he was a music student

You’ve got to try to do that while,

in Toronto in the late sixties there came a time when he was lost and confused. Right

at the same time, asking for the person to do an even

when it seemed that Paul might give up on playing

better job. That’s a dichotomy, and that’s the sort of

music, he met Tisziji on a stoop in downtown Toron-

tight wire that you have to walk.

to. Over time, Tisziji became Paul’s spiritual guru and musical mentor.


Prior to meeting Tisziji, were you aware of the

spiritual quality of music? jake feinburg:

You’ve been a leader of a band for 40


I was aware of the spirituality in music, but I

years now. Could you talk about some effective lead-

didn’t know how to crack it though. I didn’t have the

ership techniques?

first idea of what the language was and how people

paul shaffer :

communicated on this spiritual plane. I knew it

The hard thing about being

a bandleader is you are half-way between

existed from hearing certain cats on record or live.

management and employee. You are a musician,

creating and making music, yet you have to

trying to clear my head, and I heard music coming

represent the management. In my case, it was

from a guy. He was a “Latin-looking” cat, sitting

“The David Letterman Show.” You have to give the

on a stoop playing an acoustic guitar. I had never

DLS the kind of band that they want. Yet, you’ve

heard anything like it. The music drew me to him,

got to give your musicians the kind of creative

and the man drew me to him. There must have been

environment and freedom so they can create and

something spiritual going on because we played

the music won’t sound stagnant. You’re in a tough

together that very morning and we’ve been playing

position. I just take each case as it comes, and

together ever since.

One morning, I was walking along about 6:00 am,

navigate the waters as carefully as you can. PIE DIGEST 117


Gordon Lightfoot THE CANADIAN ICON


Jake Feinberg | illustration Kelsey Nicoloff


Could you talk about the regional music of

different from what I was listening to. As a matter

Toronto when you were a young artist.

of fact, I had a pretty big hit up here in Canada


when I was 21 or 22 years of age, “Remember Me

Toronto was in lockstep with the folk

revival which occurred between 1960–1963. This

(I’m the One),” and then nothing for ten years. There was a whole working process that went

was before The Beatles and The Rolling Stones

came on the scene. It really started with Pete

down. You were writing your own songs and de-

Seeger. There were several other artists who were

veloping your own style. I am always thinking,

bubbling under the surface before Bob Dylan

“How are these songs going to hold up in front of

came along. I was part of that. We had places to

an audience of people?” Some songs didn’t go over

play and perform. We had coffee houses, we had

too well and then every once and awhile I would

several bars around the city which really featured

hit on one like the “Canadian Railroad Trilogy.”

folk artists. I was learning all kinds of traditional

I remember the first time I ever played it I got a

songs, country songs at that time. I met Neil Young

huge response. No one had heard it before and it

back at that time when he was forming Buffalo

was in front of a university crowd. Trying to get

Springfield. I met Joni Mitchell quite a few times.

that response, that first time reaction, I’ve had that

I actually knew her quite well when she lived in

several times.

Detroit. I played in Detroit for the first time after


I got my work visa. I was working places like The

End in New York?

Chess Mate and The Living End.



Blues Band at a Town Hall. About six months later,

How did you develop your own original

sound? gordon:

What was your experience playing The Bitter I played a gig with The Paul Butterfield

I got to perform at The Bitter End in New York. It I was learning and listening to other

was my first real important coffee house date in

people’s music. Listening to their albums and

New York. It took place in June 1968, we opened

“raising the stylus” as we did back then. I was also

the day after Bobby Kennedy was killed. There

learning how to write, but what I was writing was

was a bit of a pall in the room, to a certain degree.


The situation became submerged for a while. We


were well received but it was very subdued. I had

had to be done. I had an album due and a band and

Red Shea and John Stockfish with me for the full

a family, a divorce and everything else. I had a long

week. We tried real hard and carried it off. We

relationship break off at the same time I quit alco-

thought we elevated ourselves from what people

hol, so I wrote an album called “Salute.” I named it

were feeling at the time.

that because of a poster I saw in my doctor’s office.


These doctors helped me stop drinking. I’ve used

Why was Bob Dylan so hip to you?


We met at the Mariposa Folk Festival, it

When I gave up alcohol straight in 1982 it

marijuana since then quite a bit. Really, it’s sitting down at the table and getting

was quite mellow. Pictures were being taken, he

was there with his family and I was out there with

the guitar and the manuscript. I usually start no-

my girlfriend. We connected at that particular

tation right away. Once you start and get into an

point in time. I knew Bob originally because he

idea, you let your imagination take over.

and I were both managed by Albert Grossman. I


would go up to his house in Woodstock, which


was long before The Woodstock Folk Festival.

was recovering from an aneurysm. It was a burst

Dylan also had a place up there so we would get

artery in the midsection next to the aorta. I do a

to visit. I would watch him work. He had one of

charity show every three years in my hometown.

those really old typewriters, and he used to rattle

I got the Friday night in and I didn’t feel good. I

that stuff off. Bob used to write at Albert’s house.

drove back to Toronto, woke up Saturday morning.

Things got a little bit more into the folk rock

My wife said, “Don’t go.” I said, “I’m going anyway,

thing when Dylan came on stage with a drum kit

I got a show to do.” I drive out there, and by 4 pm I

at Newport. I was there, I saw that, it was really

was on the floor and I couldn’t get up.

When was the last album you put out? I did one (Harmony) during the time I

quite an amazing evening.

There was quite a “to-do” about it because

me a hypodermic needle. I said, “I got a concert

Allan Lomax and Albert Grossman got into a great

tonight!” The nurse said, “You’re not going any-

big argument about whether it was really valid

where.” From that point on I did not wake up until

folk music. Things were moving over into Folk/

six weeks later. All I remember is no worries, no

Rock so people were starting to add things. You

cares. I was totally unconscious for six weeks and

had John Fogerty checking in with his group and

in the hospital for three and a half months. Then I

it was making it by ‘65/‘66.

had to go back a second time and heal, and a third

time and heal. That whole process took 19 months

They had to compete with The Beatles and

They took me to the ER in Orillia and gave

The Stones. I had to compete with all these peo-

to get through that. I had a few hallucinations

ple in my record career too. The best thing I ever

waking up. I thought someone was doing a hold up

did was get Paul McCartney and Wings out of 1st

at the nursing station outside my bed and I dialed

place in Billboard. That was the only time I ever

911. I had about 3 or 4 doctors in my room within

did anything like that. I was in-house producer at

about 35 seconds.

Warner Brothers, so I would try to time the release of my records so it wouldn’t be coming out the same week as a Beatles album. jake:

Can you talk about how alcohol and mari-

Jake Feinberg is a radio journalist, teacher, and host of “The Jake Feinberg Show,” Saturdays (Noon–2 pm PT) on KEVT Powertalk 1210 AM.

juana have influenced your creativity?



David Ardu ini ALBERT DAVID DESIGN INC. photos by

Lisa Petrol


rom private luxury condominium suites in the heart of Yorkville to old world Forest Hill charms, estate residences and model homes just north of the city,

David Arduini, Principal of Albert David Design Inc., is taking the design industry by storm and has proven himself in building a brand that is growing recognition across the Greater Toronto Area.

Arduini’s model is based on creating beautiful

spaces without any rules and he continues to do just that as he and his team work to create unique features in every model home, private residence or

retail space they design.

projects, owners of a luxury high end Yorkville

condo say, “It feels as if we are walking into our

“Our success is rooted in the ability to concep-

In one of Albert David Design Inc.’s latest

tualize and carry out a design that is structured in

very own Four Seasons hotel room when we enter

such a way that will captivate the senses and deliver

into our newly designed master retreat.”

a vision that rewards our clients,” says Arduini.

“Our goal is to deliver a turnkey design solution.”

complete with floating cabinets, a frameless glass

From the fully renovated master ensuite,

Designing a space isn’t just about sourcing

shower and a luxurious freestanding bathtub

furniture and materials from local shops. Arduini

set beneath a custom glass blown light fixture

goes beyond the horizon, and together with his

to the custom dressing area and timeless master

vision for designing a distinctive piece of furniture

bedroom, Arduini’s clients are sure to enjoy their

with the workmanship of local talent, he is able

sanctuary for many years to come.

to bring something exceptional to each project he

designs. The use of walnut and oak woods, hand-

on the go, Arduini always finds the time to give back.

buffed high gloss lacquered finishes and European

Going into the third year of his role as ambassador

hardware accents is what Arduini finds to be most

for the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Foundation

tasteful in his practice of furniture designing.

and helping with various fundraisers for Creating

Alternatives, a non-profit organization and day

“My clients love the idea of having a one-off in

With another satisfied client and new projects

their home — something that is different from the

program for adults with cognitive challenges, Arduini

rest,” says Arduini.

feels the importance in being able to simultaneously

run his design firm while volunteering his time to organizations close to his heart.


647.497.5744 www.albertdaviddesign.com info@albertdaviddesign.com





ou may have seen it jetting about

Operating her rapidly expanding empire out of the

town; the snazzy little white VW

RE/MAX Crossroads Realty office, Jackie Jones

with a candy apple red stripe and

is creating one of the fastest growing real estate

rims, not to mention the red chair

teams around, while building a brand and not just

and JACKIE JONES in bold black lettering on the

the picture of her face. The all-female team slogan

door. It stands out and smacks you in the face with

“Get comfortable with real estate that works for

bold colour contrasts and screams two words:

you” is adorned with an eye-catching red chair and

confidence and marketing.

a commitment to superior customer service.

In the age of the ‘selfie’, it’s hard to find a real

Jackie Jones plans to sell many, many homes

estate agent who isn’t plastering their face on a

and of that there is no question. The team is regu-

billboard or For Sale sign complete with a toothy

larly selling homes in two to five days from the list

smile. How does their face possibly sell homes and

date, which is virtually unheard of. The JJ team

how does it instill confidence in you, the buyer? If

is seated right in a hotbed of real estate sales as

you want to talk about instilling confidence, selling

Barrie is currently number 3 in Canada for growth

homes and not faces, then let’s talk Jackie Jones.

and real estate purchases, with a heavy wave of

investors for a market that is rapidly appreciating.


The JJ team is seated r ight in a hotbed of real estate sales...

So how does she do it? Is it the snappy slogan

“We are changing the platform for real estate

or the cute car? Hardly. Jackie Jones is proving

advertising. We make sure it’s in tip top shape

herself to be a marketing genius while making it

before it hits the market. Then we produce the

fun and innovative. In her own words, its “fun, fast

video. Our producer is amazing! We show people

marketing that sells” and she is definitely taking it

the lifestyle they can have by purchasing this

to another level. Gone are the days of damp news-

home and no one can duplicate what we are doing

papers and flyers, which these days seem glaringly

because it’s just in our heads.”

archaic. This self-taught artist does something

that is beyond still-shot ads and virtual tours. She

the same time.

makes and produces movies about the home with

a cast … and a full production crew! This is after


She sure is and fulfilling her brand promise at It would seem that selling just got a lot more

she has consulted with the seller offering repair, decoration and staging services that drastically increase the market value and appeal of the home.



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You deserve a Realtor that you can trust and who shows you they care. nadinetruax@royallepage.ca



NABIALEK MORTGAGES & INVESTMENTS By Lauren Burns Photography Kenesha Lewis

The convenience of a one-stop shop saves time, energy and money. There are few people who are able to join two careers into one. Klaudia Nabialek, a mortgage agent at The Strategic Capital Network Inc., in Barrie has done exactly that. In addition to being a licensed mortgage agent, Klaudia is a licensed law clerk. She is able to offer a vast variety of services, including but not limited to residential and commercial mortgages, private capital, a range of secondary financing, construction loans, and high yield investments. “Our client list ranges from high net worth investors and entrepreneurs who look to us for our understanding of their portfolio objectives, to good hard working people who have un-established or bruised credit. Often there’s a good, reasonable explanation for those challenges and the client just needs someone to help them communicate with the lending institution and lay out a plan to get them back on the right track. We specialize in that department. We have the knowledge and experience to handle a wide variety of cases in house.” “We want our clients to be better equipped and to be in a better position. And they can do that with the right tools and a competent team to guide them. We deal with top class ‘A’ institutions, as well as

alternative lenders, so that even clients who don’t fit the box may still get a mortgage. Our standards and expectations are high, but not unreasonable. We want to know that we are representing a decent hard working client and we will move mountains to assist good people.” At Strategic Capital, Klaudia also helps new business owners, as well as clients with gratuity-based and commission-based incomes, like real-estate agents and servers, to gain access to otherwise elusive lenders. Through resources available at the brokerage, Klaudia can assist new immigrants who have reasonable supporting documentation with securing a mortgage. Klaudia also offers a variety of mortgage-based investment opportunities, with the highest levels of security and due diligence in the country. Mortgage investments can help you take your tired investments, registered or cash, and place them into the fastest growing investment opportunity in Canada, earning between 8-17% fixed annual interest on short or long defined contracts. “Our product offerings provide our clients a level of confidence that no other investment vehicle in the country can offer.”



he City of Barrie will become

Pratt Homes went so far as commissioning a

the recipient of another piece

fine arts photographer and a cinematographer

of incredible landmark art from

to capture the City of Barrie in a unique and

an award-winning artist. Aylan

artistic light. The photography and video will be

Couchie’s submission H.I.O Big Chiefs was

included throughout the marketing of The Gallery

voted on by the public as the favourite among art


competition entrants and will be installed at The

Gallery Condominiums at 300 Essa Road.

community for other reasons beyond the

commitment to being a work of art. This site will

H.I.O Big Chiefs will sit 70 feet in the air on

The Gallery Condominiums is an enticing

top of a 6 storey condo building on Essa Road

have Barrie’s first roof top patio for residents to

looking over the entire city. This new landmark

enjoy the incredible views of the city as well as

art piece will be installed on site at Pratt Homes’

the stunning landmark art installation. Imagine

newest community, The Gallery Condominiums.

having the family over for a BBQ then heading

You can view the feature art piece and the artist at

up to the roof top patio to enjoy fireworks or a


stunningly starry night?

The Gallery Condominiums possesses a

The Gallery Condominiums community is

theme defined by art culture. The goal for the

situated right in front of a large parcel of forested

brand and the community is to be the definition

area that Pratt Homes will turn into a public park

of “A Work of Art”. According to Marketing

with walking trails, ponds and lookout areas. The

Director Todd Palmer, “That statement will

community is in a prime location minutes from

inspire everything we do. Our sales office will be

downtown, the waterfront and the south end.

designed to look like an art gallery, our outdoor

Residents will have close access to highway 400, a

and print ads will be developed in such a way to

grocery store, gas station, bank, Tim Horton’s and

resemble an art exhibit, not just sales material,

a variety of other amenities.

even the buildings will be named after art

galleries from around the world.”

Register at www.thegallerybarrie.com for a sneak



The Gallery Condominiums is now selling!

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The Integral House realtors

Paul Maranger & Christian Vermast


n rare occasions a truly exceptional house

countries. His love for mathematics was only

is built prompting us to reconsider the na-

equaled by his love for music. To satisfy his loves,

ture of what a home can be.

he relied on designers Shim-Sutcliffe Architects to

Such is the case with the Integral House, com-

envision an acoustically perfect performance hall for

pleted in 2008, in the Rosedale neighbourhood of

150 guests as part of a private residence. The resulting

Toronto. Featured in over 30 publications, including

building is to private houses what a Stradivarius is to

many of the most prestigious architectural mag-

musical instruments.

azines, this house is considered by many to be a

benchmark in the cultural evolution of the modern

detailing and execution anchor it among the finest

home. It is named after the mathematical Integral

residential architectural designs of the last 150 years.

sign which represents integration, one of the two

fundamental operations in calculus. The sign is a

to a two storey structure with a street level of smooth

recurring motif appearing throughout.

golden wood siding and an upper level wrapped in

frameless frosted glass appropriately complimenting

The house was commissioned by James Stewart,

a famous mathematician who authored university level calculus text books used in over 20 different


The sophisticated contemporary modern design,

From the street, black brick paving leads your eye

the neighbourhood in scale and finish.

The remaining 3 storeys cascade down the face

of the wooded ravine beyond. From the drive,

of music, this house has hosted performances by

Designed for entertaining and sharing the gift

an exterior pool gently directs you to the open

noted musicians such as soprano Measha Brueg-

glazed entry foyer with windows providing views

gergosman, Soundstreams with Steve Reich and

through the house to the forest beyond. The foyer

Nexus, Luminato with Philip Glass and the Tafel-

provides a landing that opens up to the fourth

musik Chamber Choir.

floor, which is a carefully composed terrace

overlooking the spacious and lofty twenty foot

house is extremely private, yet open and inviting; a

high main performance space below. The dining

sophisticated home for entertaining, a unique oasis

room and living room are suspended over the

in nature nestled in a downtown urban setting.

Including so many more lavish features, this

performance area like lavish box seats in a concert hall. The ravine side of the house is wrapped in undulating, curving vertical bands of glass suspended between carefully shaped wood fins providing carefully crafted views of nature and tuning the acoustically perfect performance space.

Paul Maranger 416-400-1222 pmaranger@sothebysrealty.ca Christian Vermast 416-888-4867 cvermast@sothebysrealty.ca PIE DIGEST 129


49 Truman Road, Barrie realtors

For Lease

PBM Realty Holdings Inc.


ith Barrie currently suffering from

too big for the average user. Moore will divide

a shortage of good sized industrial

the building into several new units ranging from

options — what commercial Real-

50,000 sq. ft. up to 120,000 sq. ft., or larger if the

tors would consider ‘good inventory’, meaning

need arises. The new units will come with all the

vacancies with 24ft.+ ceiling heights with multiple

modern bells and whistles such as high efficiency

loading docks and wide open floor space — Peter

lighting, ESFR2 sprinkler system, ultra clean

Moore sees an opportunity.

white painted interiors with epoxy floors, a ratio

Moore’s plan is to turn 49 Truman Road into

of 1 loading dock per 10,000 sq. ft. (a neccessity

Barrie’s largest premiere multi tenant industrial

for today’s high volume logistic requirements),

building by dividing its 482,000 sq. ft. into several

fiber optic internet access, sitting on 38 acres with

large units.

close access to several major shipping routes.

The finished result will add much needed good

In today’s economy, 49 Truman Road is far


inventory to the Barrie industrial market and not

Check out Barrie’s largest industrial building

only attract new businesses to the region but allow

by contacting Denise Gariepy at 705-795-1190

those who require additional space to grow. With

or dgariepy@pbmrealtyholdings.ca to arrange

the lowest gross occupancy cost of any similar

a tour.

building north of Toronto.

The 482,000 sq. ft. property at 49 Truman Rd.

boasts 24 ft. high ceilings with one 25,000 section soaring to 50 ft. The building was pre-engineered for a massive 50 ton crane and a rail spur, and while neither of them currently exist, plans are available to install them should the right tenant require them. The property also features a massive 4 acre parking lot. PIE DIGEST 131


The Evolution of

Country Living text and photos by


Sean O’Reilly

he bluish light of predawn is giving way to the

They all sought a simple lifestyle in a natural setting. This

bright ochre of sunrise on the treetops. The

fundamental ideal is still the core draw for many but the

only sounds are those of nature. The songs of

way it is manifested today has evolved significantly.

mourning doves, robins and leaves rustling in the breeze

begin to gently displace the silence. It is another beauti-

cant change as a result of emerging technologies. The

ful morning in the country and the peace and tranquility

personal computer and the internet have revolutionized

are a reminder to many as to why they have chosen to

how and where people are able to work and communi-

live here. For some, this is a feeling they can enjoy every

cate. Many rural properties are now the base for home

day. For others, it is a part time refuge away from their

offices and businesses. For those whose schedule and

busy urban lifestyles. Either way, it is definitely a lifestyle

travel requirements allow, they are able to work from

choice and one that has seduced people for generations.

home and only go to their city offices once or twice a

week or as their schedule demands. This has opened up

In the 1800s and early 1900s country living was

The last fifteen to twenty years have seen a signifi-

generally associated with farming. As cities emerged

country living to a whole new cultural reality.

and towns became more prosperous, the phenomenon

of the gentleman farmer developed. These wealthy

trum of lifestyle approaches people have taken to fulfill

urbanites had farm properties for recreation as well as

this need. We are going to showcase three very differ-

being working farms. This phenomenon evolved into the

ent examples from Southern Ontario, between Toronto

country estate, which had more to do with large tracts

and Collingwood, of this modern direction. All of these

of land for recreation and less to do with the working

homes are at the same time luxurious yet still infused

farm. Eventually the hobby farmer emerged as a more

with rustic charm but all of which demonstrate how

modest incarnation of the gentlemen farmer.

anyone with the desire can design their own lifestyle in


Most recently, the cottage (or camp) developed as a

strictly recreational property usually associated with our abundant lakes and rivers. 132 PIE DIGEST

Today, modern country living covers a broad spec-


Escarp ment North

Completed only a year ago, this spectacular home began with the shell of the original farm house. This building was expanded and two wings were added on each end. With a finished basement and partial second floor, this expansive home can accommodate large groups of people for entertaining and family get togethers. Designed by Jim Pearson and built by Designcraft Carpentry/Contracting Ltd., the style is reminiscent of the 1940s homes of the area. The two wings are clad in local limestone. The central core is clad in traditional cedar shingle. The interior spaces are large and spacious with an open plan. The main living area opens onto a large stone patio which terraces down to gardens and fields below. Interior finishes and details are reminiscent of the farmhouse but treated in a much more contemporary way. Rough timber archways, reclaimed elm flooring and stone interior wall finishes set the stage for a home that is luxurious but relaxed and ready for serious entertaining indoors and out. What really defines this house is the property. High on the escarpment, the terrain drops to the northeast revealing a spectacular view of the receding countryside to Georgian Bay beyond. Open and inviting, the rolling grassland extends to meet the forest beyond. Uphill from the house is the new horse barn and paddocks. A perfect setting for leisurely trail rides, hiking and exploration. On the inside, this home also incorporates state of the art technology along with its amenities. All of the rainwater is reclaimed from the roofs to be used for irrigation. The construction is heavily insulated with two separate mechanical systems maximizing efficiency and minimizing fuel consumption. All of the lighting is LED minimizing electrical use. Amenities include an exercise room, studio, games room and wine cellar. The home systems are “smart� technology allowing for remote control via the internet. A backup generator is online should the main power fail which is a common feature of all the homes mentioned here.


Ter ra Nova Cottages

The Township of Mulmur is less than an hour’s drive north west of Toronto and is part of the Niagara escarpment — an area famous for its rolling hills, abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery. Nestled in the heart of these hills is the hamlet of Terra Nova, famous for the Terra Nova Public House and the River Road. On the north edge of this hamlet is a small four-house development being built for a very special clientele. Each of these houses is built on almost an acre and a half for the discriminating owner who wants to be close to nature and amenities with a property large enough for privacy but not too large to require significant maintenance. Within a 20 minute drive can be found multiple venues for fine dining, alpine and Nordic skiing, snowmobile trails and rivers with some of the best fishing in Southern Ontario. This area has long been a hideaway to the more affluent, to intellectuals and to artists. These house designs are a very modern interpretation of an easily recognized historic vernacular and are true expressions of the adage “less is more”. There are not many rooms but each room is spacious, finely detailed and finished. Each boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and peaked roofs provide uninterrupted cathedral ceilings. They have been designed by the architectural firm 3stones architecture + design for the developer Terra Nova Cottages Inc. These houses incorporate many technically advanced features to meet and anticipate the needs of today’s complex lifestyles allowing future home owners to enjoy living in the country with minimal effort and maximum performance. The building structures are Structural Insulated Panels that are more solid and provide significantly superior insulation values than traditional wood framing. The smart mechanical systems are state of the art in high efficiency utilizing radiant floor heating and heat recovery systems that extend even to the insulated garage. Expansive windows have high performance frames and glazing. They are completely wired for internet and anticipate the extensive use of electronic devices within the home. The smart home systems can be controlled remotely for maximum security and efficiency, while backup generators insure that power is always available. The Niagara Escarpment like many areas of Dufferin and Simcoe County still offers those who are able the opportunity to have large tracts of land to support their recreational desires in a private setting with spectacular views.


Dunedin Farm

In the hills outside the hamlet of Dunedin, near Creemore, is an historic 100 acre farm property which had been actively farmed for generations. Over time the land continued to be farmed but the 1900s Victorian style red brick home was abandoned and fell into decay. In 1996 the property was purchased and the new owners committed to restoring the farmhouse and adding to it. A substantial undertaking, designer and builder Don Doucette of Designcraft Carpentry/Contracting Ltd., completely restored the original brick structure but reorganized the interior layout to meet the new owner’s requirements. The sympathetic addition in board and batten provided the additional area necessary and allowed for an open plan design of the main living spaces. The exterior has been expertly restored with great attention to detail throughout from the brickwork to the gingerbread trim. This home is indivisible from the property. Built on the crest of a hill, the land rolls away in all directions giving spectacular views over the pool, tennis courts and pond to the forests, meadows and countryside below. Part of the property is still an active farm currently planted with hay. This home is as much about living out of doors as it is indoors. With expansive grassland, patio areas open and covered and outdoor amenities this tranquil setting provides the perfect stage for any event or activity from quiet intimate dinners to jubilant weddings.


Escarp ment South

Further along the escarpment is a newer home based on the aesthetic of an early 1800s stone farmhouse. A complex of built wings, this home began in 1998 and evolved with a major addition in 2002. Designed by Alex Durrant and built by Designcraft Carpentry/ Contracting Ltd., this home hugs the edge of the crest of the hillside. The mass of the home is broken down into a series of elements creating an arc form and concealing the division between the two construction phases. Modestly scaled from the entry, the spaces open and cascade down the hill to a series of interior and exterior living terraces. One of the terraces incorporates an infinity pool capturing the essence of the views across the valley. The interior amenities are numerous and well concealed. Within these stone walls can be found home offices, sunken living room, large screened porch, games and exercise rooms, a home theatre with seating for 8 and a wine cellar. Besides being well appointed, this home like the others is also a smart house. Every aspect of it can be controlled electronically and remotely. An open kitchen is a main focal point of the house where the owners create their own culinary delights using the vegetables and herbs harvested from their elevated gardens. This sanctuary began as a recreation getaway and has successfully transitioned into a full time home for its owners. Country living. It can be simple and uncomplicated. It can be refined and luxurious yet relaxed enough to be messy and playful. Depending on how you do it, the opportunities are there and you have the freedom to make it whatever you desire.


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