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Dear Reader s,
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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EPIDEMIC Thanks to technology, childhood will never be the same.
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Innovator of the North Chef Marco Ormonde Creates a Beautiful Palate photos
“Innovation is the only insurance against irrelevance. It’s the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It’s the only strategy for out-performing in a precarious economy.”
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Destination: Donaleigh's THE IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE BECOMES AN INSTITUTION
Joshua Shier | photo by Ian McIntosh
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
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Rustic Yet Refined
REDLINE BREWHOUSE: BARRIE’S NEWEST CRAFT BREWERY photos
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
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Butcher Shop AND THE INCREDIBLE FIREHOUSE CATERING by
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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The Elegant Execution FRESH WEDDINGS, FRESH VUE EVENT PL ANNERS by
Joshua Shier | photo Jeff Buchanan Richard Halliday
hair & make up
ebbie Savic and Angella Andrews
of Fresh Weddings, Fresh Vue,
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!
but look forward to?
What do you love most about being an
What is an event you have yet to do
We would love to develop an
outdoor challenge party for couples or wedding
event planner? fresh weddings:
We love creating and bringing
parties. Or a mini GRAMMYs — because we're all worthy of grand recognition parties!
visions to life!
pie digest: How
do you describe your decor style?
Why did you open in Barrie and what
fresh weddings: It's hard to say. We are modernists
is the big plan for the future?
at home and in our hearts, simply adore straight
cut lines and find simplicity beautiful. However,
and potential for fabulous events. It's the ideal
we assist many clients bringing their inspirations
location between Toronto and the Muskokas,
to life and can fall in love with rustic charm,
and of course Barrie’s culture is growing and
elegant class and appreciate the variety of design
will need a spot to entertain. The big plan,
schemes out there.
bringing glam back to the event décor world…
and to grow even bigger.
What is your favourite kind of party?
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he decision to switch from non-or-
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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
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a selection of in-season produce and have it
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retail store, trying a service like Organics Live has
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Frank and Michelle Esposito, owners of
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been thinking about making the switch for your
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Ann Green WOMAN OF BLISS
n the heart of downtown Barrie overlooking the awe-inspiring lakeshore stands BLiSS Ann Green Yoga. It is here that founder Ann Green created both a home and haven for the community. Introduced to yoga at a young age, Green has expresses herself through the analogies of movement and nature, and strives to deliver this message to others. Inspired by the lake and its changing season, Green decided to create a space that would reflect both a harvest and haven, beautifully melding in the four seasons by the lake. “I wanted to emulate a sanctuary of local awareness,” says Green. “To let the building flow into the glorious nature that surrounds it.” It’s through the creation of the studio, built in 2012, that Green finally had a physical space that fostered the connection between movement and nature. BLiSS is truly an environment that embodies Green’s vision. Through it, she not only cultivates a culture of dynamic, inspired movement but is able to share her vision and beliefs with an entire community. Green embraces an elevated approach to her style of physical fitness, one that integrates yoga and meditation with dynamic athleticism. Believing that movement and health are intrinsically linked together, she strives to offer a full program of activities that weaves newer trends — like Barre, TRX, and Surfset — with traditional classes, such as Hatha and Vinyasa yoga.
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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ave Fraser is Core Evolution’s personal trainer. With
his passion for health and fitness, competitive sports and a healthy lifestyle, Fraser has created a brand name for himself. Every day he motivates more people and helps them shake up their routines. By losing weight in a healthy manner they have more energy
help people obtain their goals, live well and lose weight in a healthy
and stamina for everyday
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el, Dave has a unique connection
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expert and health and wellness
trainer for over 20 years; his
of your own home, Dave can offer you a semi-private, state of the art
first job at a gym was cleaning
training facility that puts your needs and goals first. You are his pri-
the equipment. He loved the
mary focus, no distractions or over-populated corporate gyms. Dave
atmosphere and the people,
will help you achieve your set goals.
and turned that love into a now
daughters, Isola and Ryan, and his son, Calvin. When he’s not
training or helping people achieve their goals, he is active with his
Dave launched his company,
Core Evolution, with a vision to
According to Dave, “By keeping a strong link between the upper
Working out of The Training Room (TTR) and conveniently out
Dave currently lives in Barrie with his wife, Sarah, his two
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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
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'' 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.
“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
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Ski Patrol THE CANADIAN SKI PATROL 75 YEARS YOUNG by
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 â€” 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 â€” 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.
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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
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
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AIKIDO M O R E PAT I E N T, M O R E C O M PA S S I O N AT E by
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Full Heart Films HINDA KOZA-CULP STARTS ANEW
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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GOOD FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR ENTREPRENEURIAL SABOTAGE?
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.
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SHOPPING & STYLE at PARK PLACE Jan Strouhal Jennifer Kaplinski production manager Amy Rozario photos
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top and shorts
Hilary MacMillan | bracelet Caroline Neron
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Amer ican Master s THE WOMENS LIST
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.
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Betsey Johnson “(In the ‘60s) you could take LSD but you couldn’t wear a pantsuit...”
Alicia Keys â€œI'm definitely a nerd, I'm a cool-ass nerd but I am definitely a nerd.â€?
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
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Whether you call it a duffle bag or a weekend bag,
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options and pairing them with a tweed pant or corduroy can play up the texture. For a more polished approach, try a fine wool trouser as a match
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CARPE DIEM seize the day, my love
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on him: crewneck thermal, knit cardigan Woolrich | denim unbranded
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AT THE MACLAREN ART CENTRE
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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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
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there is nothing out there â€œ 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
“A GOOD LIFE IS WHEN YOU SMILE OFTEN, DREAM BIG, LAUGH A LOT AND REALIZE HOW BLESSED YOU ARE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE”
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.”
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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.”
“WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING”
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.
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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
THERE’S NOTHING MORE “IMPORTANT IN LIFE THAN HAPPINESS AND HEALTH ”
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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
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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
“NEVER BE AFRAID
TO SPEAK YOUR MIND, AND ALWAYS STAND UP FOR YOUR BELIEFS.”
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.”
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Pillars of Strength
SARAH McL ACHL AN PL ANTS THE SEEDS OF TOMORROW by
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
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?”
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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
to the students who pass through these doors. A
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“Life’s not half done. If things go well, I’m
My BestKept Secret MEAGAN McKERROLL: TRANSFORMATIONAL LIFE COACH & ENERGY HEALER photo
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
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
target consumer… and spending a decade cultivat-
ing a large North American audience that is cut-
“Like” The Roxy Theatre on Facebook for con-
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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
Radio Room Sessions MICHAEL JACK: ENGINEER, MIXER, PRODUCER
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.
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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
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.
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The Road Hammers FEATURING CL AY TON BELL AMY
story & photo by
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.
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Reggae Fix-Up THE SOUL PROPRIETOR INTRODUCES YOU TO HIS FAVOURITE BOOM SHELLS
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
Vybz Kartel Dancehall Hero BEDTIME BETWEEN THE SHEETS
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.
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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
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
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,
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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
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
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.
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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?
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David Ardu ini ALBERT DAVID DESIGN INC. photos by
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.
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647.497.5744 www.albertdaviddesign.com firstname.lastname@example.org
ALBERTDAVID INNOVATE | DESIGN | INSPIRE
Jackie Jones GET COMFORTABLE WITH REAL ESTATE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
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.
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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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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
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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-
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
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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.
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49 Truman Road, Barrie realtors
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
close access to several major shipping routes.
The finished result will add much needed good
In today’s economy, 49 Truman Road is far
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange
the lowest gross occupancy cost of any similar
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
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 â€œsmartâ€? 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.
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 ownerâ€™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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