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The Fitness, Health, and Hobby Edition

DYNAMIC DUO Spotlight on Triona and Dave of Dynamic Fitness

PAVING THE ROAD TO WELLNESS Lifestyle & Nutrition Tips


How to make your own comic & distressed denim




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FALL 2009 Volume 2, Number 1 – September 2009

Eat Well & Love the Land

Publisher Panache PEI

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Marketing, Sales & Distribution Printer Kwik Kopy Savannah Belsher-MacLean OWNER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Katelyn Fraser PHOTO/BOOKINGS EDITOR Kristin Cheverie ARTS EDITOR Katharine MacDonald FASHION EDITOR Writers: Todd MacLean, Christina Gaudet, Rachelle Wood Contributors: Jackie Skinner, Kirstin Sweet, Katryna Crabbe, Mary-Elyn Keenan Chris Nicholson WEBSITE HOST & DESIGNER Subscription Services

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Writer: Todd MacLean Photography: Katelyn Fraser

The story of Dave “Eli” MacEachern and Triona Harrop is one that is driven, determined, and defined by the pursuit of dreams. If the young 18 year-old dancer from Prince George, B.C. did not decide to go for her first equity audition, before graduating high school, to land her a part in the Charlottetown Festival that summer of 1989, she would never have met her husband, and PEI would not be her home. And it was just after beginning the relationship with his future wife that the bursting-with-potential athlete from PEI decided to move out to Calgary, to train full time in track – eventually making the national bobsled team, becoming the number one man on the team, and winning Olympic gold less than nine years later.

In that same year of 1998, the two were married (“two life-long ambitions simultaneously accomplished,” as Dave says), and then had their first child together.

Dave also believes that his own dedication to a very strict and refined training regimen for two decades has given him a firm and precise base with which to now teach others.

Dreams continued to come to fruition when they began the pilates movement on PEI in 2000, opening Pilates Dynamic Fitness in Charlottetown – where Triona would enthuse the expertise she’d gained in pilates and yoga over her years as a dancer into a studio that grew and flourished rapidly. And meanwhile Dave placed his focus on bringing to life the dreams of other athletes, as he saw that PEI was in desperate need of the kind of athletic training program that helped him achieve his own success.

“I spent twenty years of my life basically trying to get as fast, as big, and as strong as possible,” added Dave. “As of now, that’s a very sought-after commodity. Anyone can find a speed program online, anywhere. But, that’s the ‘what.’ We’re not guessing. We know what works. And in turn, we’ve changed the lives of hundreds of people here.”

Working with Brad Richards, he helped him bulk up, and become faster all at once. To move from Juniors into the NHL, to a point where he almost secured Rookie of the Year. Then from about 35th on his team in terms of speed, to the fastest skater on the team. And then, of course, four years later, Richards had a Stanley Cup in his hands. Over the past decade he’s also helped people like Lori Kane find her own natural athleticism. Helped sprinter Jared Connaughton to go from a good general athlete to a successful Olympic sprinter. And he’s watched his brand of Eli Sport here on the Island become embraced as a well-trusted group of dedicated trainers for anyone who is serious about becoming a better athlete in a variety of different sports.


And even though musical theatre performance was her original dream (“when you act, dance, and sing all at the same time, I just don’t think there’s anymore of yourself you can give,” she says), Triona is ultimately happier to be bringing balance, fitness, and inspiration to people’s lives on PEI. “It’s so rewarding when you see a client walking down the street, and you think, ‘Wow, look at how they’re holding themselves. Look at how they feel from their feet, right up.’ And I’m very proud of that. I don’t need any recognition, when I see that – that their body is already recognizing what we’ve done, and that’s all that really matters.” “We had lots of options,” Dave resumed near the end of the interview, “but the reality is that what we knew wasn’t being done here. And there was an opportunity here for us as a family, and professionally. And we wanted to run with it. And we really haven’t stopped running.” If you have your own dreams of becoming a better athlete, trying pilates, or now becoming a hot yogi, check out which will also connect you to Eli Sport and Hot Yoga, for all programs being offered this fall.

In 2007, Eli Sport and Pilates Dynamic Fitness fused as one, which brought the couple’s dreams together under one roof as Dynamic Fitness – a fitness studio that is essentially unlike any other in North America or around the world. And now, Triona is on the path of a new dream: Recently, she found a yoga guru in B.C. who taught her new and universal ways of experiencing the poses. And with illuminated spiritual, physical and emotional insight on yoga, she has now opened the very first hot yoga studio on the Island – which is already receiving raving reviews from studio clients even before its grand opening this fall. So, what is their secret fuel of this ship of dreams? “We didn’t settle,” Dave summed up, during an interview, as the two spoke of the decision to carve out the life they now have on PEI. “We definitely didn’t settle, no,” added Triona with a laugh. “When you have high standards, you just always strive for the bigger, better picture. And that also translates to your quality of teaching, and what your clients get out of your box of tools.” PAGE 1



Photographer: Katelyn Fraser Stylists: Katharine MacDonald, Mary-Elyn Keenan. Special assistance from Victoria Creelman for the TackStore. Hairstylist: Emily Beck for Freedom Hair Makeup Artist: Ancelene MacKinnon Models: Sarah Gillis, Dorothy Dahn, Michael Willcock A very special thanks to Cindy Matheson and Norah Brown of Tea Hill Stables, Jenifer and Marguerite Dyment of the TackStore, and of course the horses, Seth and Tosca. On Sarah: Taupe pussy-bow blouse, $10, Lou Lou. Black sport breeches, $130, leather half-chaps, $75, Ariat black leather spats, $200, and Ariat black gloves, $80, all The TackStore. Helmet courtesy of Siobhรกn Belsher.

Top: On Sarah: Black button-up shirt, $10, and plaid vest, $9, Lou Lou. Beige sport breeches, $130, and beige argyle socks, $12, The TackStore. Ring, model’s own. On Dorothy: Gap cream cotton blazer, $6, and woven belt, $1, Open Door Thrift Store. Short-sleeved blouse, $10, and gold hoop earrings, $5, Lou Lou. Black sport breeches, $130, and grey argyle socks, $12, The TackStore. Right: On Dorothy: White button-up show shirt, $55, beige sport breeches, $130, and black leather field boot, $290, all The TackStore. Vintage brown leather saddle bag, $3, Open Door Thrift Store. Gold hoop earrings, $5, and brown vest, $9, Lou Lou. Brown leather chaps, model’s own. On Sarah: Cream accordion-pleated linen blazer, $50, Le Château. Black tuxedo cotton button-up, $12, and silver hoops, $5, Lou Lou. Black sport breeches, $130, leather half-chaps, $75, and Ariat black leather spats, $200, all The TackStore. On Mike: Polo by Ralph Lauren shirt, $12, Lou Lou. Tan leather bridle, $270, The TackStore. Jeans, model’s own.

Opposite: On Dorothy: Gap cream cotton blazer, $6, Open Door Thrift Store. Liz Claiborne black dress, $20, and silver hoop earrings, $5, Lou Lou. Belt, stylist’s own. On Mike: Abercrombie & Fitch blue button-up shirt, $14, Old Navy burgundy Polo, $10, all Lou Lou. Jeans, model’s own.

On Dorothy: Mint-green velvet blazer, $15, white cotton button-up, $24, mahogany shoulder bag, $38, and gold hoop earrings, $5, all Lou Lou. Yves Saint Laurent scarf (tied on bag), found at the annual East River Fire Department community yard sale. Cruel Girl "Emma" jeans, $80, black leather half-chaps, $75, and Ariat black leather spats, $200, The TackStore.


On Sarah: Black velvet blazer, $15, and gold satin blouse, $10, Lou Lou. Cruel Girl "Georgia" jeans, $70, rhinestone horseshoe earrings, $33, and tan leather hat strap (worn as belt), $22, The TackStore. Loosen Them Buttons by Alexis Bulman bracelet, price upon request, available at Ampersand. Boots, model's own. Helmet courtesy of Siobhรกn Belsher.





weekenders’ project Writers: Jackie Skinner, Kirstin Sweet, and Katryna Crabbe of Sunsets on the Eastside Photography: Katelyn Fraser

One of the season’s hottest items is a do-it-yourselfers’ dream. Stylish and simple, this project will let your creative juices flow for very little money. Materials needed: A pair of vintage jeans (to get the right ‘look’, they should be roughly two sizes too big) Sand paper Cheese Grater Scissors Bleach (optional) Toothbrush or a rag (optional) Rubber gloves (optional) Your jeans can be as destroyed or as clean as you want them to be. Distressed holes, faded tears and bleach spots can be put wherever you like, though they tend to look best on the upper thigh and knee areas. For distressed & ragged holes: 1. Make a small cut in your jeans with a pair of scissors. 2. Rub the sandpaper over the hole until your desired level of distressing is achieved. For faded tears: 1. Choose an area for your fading. 2. Rub a cheese grater over the area to thin the fabric. 3. Sandpaper over the area. (This could take some time and patience to work through the fabric) For bleach spots: 1. Put on rubber gloves 2. Follow instructions on your bottle of bleach for diluting. 3. Dip toothbrush or rag in diluted bleach formula and rub on desired area. 4. Let jeans sit for roughly an hour then rinse thoroughly. Once your jeans are dry, cuff them to the knee and wear proudly. May we suggest pairing your jeans with a shrunken blazer and a killer pair of heels, or a t-shirt and cute flats.

Katryna relaxes in her home-made jeans. 12

Tfqufncfs!29.31! Friday: 3 Events in 3 Counties! “Get Your Story Straight” Workshop

Developing a Film Treatment 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Sept. 18th Confederation Centre Boardroom Write Night East & Write Night West Guest authors•Open mic•Games •Launch of PEIWG Calendar•Treats! 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Sept. 18th Court House Theatre, St. Peter’s Bay & Britannia Hall, Tyne Valley

Saturday: Meet at the Centre! “See What I Mean: Image Making” Writing Workshop with Brent MacLaine 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Sept. 19th Confederation Centre Boardroom Island Literary Awards Ceremony Hosts: Matt Rainnie & Patrick Ledwell 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Sept. 19th Confederation Centre Studio One “A Life in Poetry” A conversation about poetry between John Smith & David Helwig! 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Sept. 19th Confederation Centre Studio One Birthday Bash & Dance Meet & Mix•Libations & Laughter• Live Music & Dancing: The Blueprints & The Count & The Cuban Cocktail 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Sept. 19th Confederation Centre Studio One


Presented by the PEI Writers’ Guild Dedicated to Frank Ledwell This project has been made possible with funding from the Community Cultural Partnership Program of the Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. 14

by Rachelle Wood, RHN

Writer: Rachelle Wood, RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist


e live in a starving economy, where recent studies suggest Canadians are spending less money on food and often skipping meals. The recent study published in Ontario, suggested that the current recession has cost a substantial toll on the Canadian health care system. Many Canadian families have had to cut back on their food budget, and fresh, healthier food is often more expensive. This is leading to slightly higher rates of obesity and hospital visits throughout the country. You can stretch your food dollars by investing in a freezer. True it may increase the power bill a bit, but the money you can save at the check-out is well worth it. I often freeze leftover soup or casseroles in single-serving dishes for easier transportation. Watch sale fliers and stock up on products that you like and freeze them in freezer-safe bags. Stress caused by day to day living is literally killing us. Every disease can be worsened through periods of stress. When our bodies are stressed, hormones overpower the nervous system resulting in a fight or flight response. Stay healthy by taking the time to relax. Paving the road to wellness may also require supplements. If you’re thinking about taking vitamins, please consult a professional prior to beginning your routine. Besides, eating a healthy diet full of quality food is nature's multivitamin. You can fight back against the hype, and take ownership of your more conscious consumer mentality. Focus on baby steps first, as even they can make a huge difference. Here are some suggestions: The 3 Dietary Steps

Sunday: 1 Centre, 3 Events Events under Tents Reading Tent•Invited authors•Open Mic•Student Writers’ Tent•Writing Exercises & Games•Island Authors’ Book Sales & Signings•Calendar Sales•Youth Open Mic•Zen Writing— Toonie per Poem•MORE! 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Sept. 20th Confederation Centre Concourse Word Play for Ages 6 - 12 Readings by Island authors•games 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Sept. 20th Confederation Centre Public Library “Athena Becomes a Swallow”: Book Launch of Brent MacLaine's new book of poetry from Goose Lane Performances by Laurel Smyth & Rob MacLean & Book signings by author 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Sept. 20th Confederation Centre Studio One

recipe for the fall harvest

1. Aim to eat a diet full of whole foods including: vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats and nuts. 2. Choose organic products as much as possible and from local suppliers. 3.Pre-plan your daily meals in advance which will cut down on food waste. The 3 Lifestyle Steps 1. Be physically active and exercise at least 3 days a week. 2. Reduce stress levels to calm the mind and rest the body. 3. Eliminate toxic habits such as: smoking, caffeine, drug and excessive alcohol consumption. Developing a new healthier attitude and daily rituals requires organization and effort. Through being a more conscious consumer you will be spending your money wisely and investing in your future. Keep your daily routine well thought out with a focus on sustainability. The road to wellness is often a bumpy ride. Why not “buckle up” and enjoy it. The sooner you focus on changing old unhealthy habits, the better your body will feel!


serves 3 2 tsp organic olive oil 1 cup peeled, chopped apples 2/3 cup chopped onions 1 tbsp grated fresh gingerroot ¼ tsp nutmeg 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth 2 cups filtered water 3 cups cubed buttercup or acorn squash 1 dash black pepper and sea salt (optional)

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add apples and onions then stir until softened. Add gingerroot and nutmeg, then add broth and water while bringing to a boil. Add squash and reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered on low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. Spice variations: add 1 ½ tbsp curry powder with the other spices, or top soup bowls with fresh cup cilantro and parsley.


Hobby Hunter

Step Six: If you want to add colour, now is the time. You can paint your original drawing with gouache, acrylic, oil or water colour paint. Commonly, colouring is done on the computer which means the original drawing is left untouched and if you make a mistake with your colours, you do not lose the entire drawing. Once you’ve added the colour, or if you chose not to add colour, you are done! Sit back and enjoy your work, or publish it so others can enjoy it as well!

If your first comic didn’t turn out the way you wanted, don’t stress. Everyone, including the professionals, need to practice. If you draw a little every day, you will get better.

Writer & Comic: Christina Gaudet

Have you ever wanted to make a comic but weren’t sure where to start? Well, here are some steps to help you through the process. Step One: Choose your style of art. Are you really good at full inked drawings? Better with colours and paint? Rather just leave your images as pencil sketches? Use whichever form you feel comfortable with, or use your new comic to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. If you “don’t even know how to draw stick people” that’s okay. There are a lot of great comics, especially on the Internet, that are very simple drawings. Trust me, the more you draw, the better you will become. Step Two: Choose your comic size. With the freedom of the Internet, you can potentially create work at any size. If you’re planning on getting your work printed, your dimensions are more limited. Most people work bigger so that when they shrink down their work, a lot of the little mistakes and slightly shaky lines will vanish. If your doing a traditional comic strip, try working at 4 1/16” x 13” which will reduce by 44% to be the proper size. For traditional comic books, you can work at 11” x 17”. Mangas usually go a bit smaller at a 10” x 14 1/4” work area. For high quality ruled paper check in at the Lightning Bolt Comics (see ‘X Marks the Spot”).

Once you’ve sketched your outline and as you get more detailed, try moving to a harder lead or you can move straight to ink. Be sure to have a varied thickness to your drawn lines to make your work look more dynamic. Paintbrushes are best for this, but are hard to control. Ink pens allow for varied line widths and often come with various nibs. There are also drawing pens in various thicknesses that work well and are the easiest to use for beginners. If you plan on using these pens, try to find small, medium and large tip sizes to allow for a variety of line sizes. For the darkest black, use India ink as it will not fade, dries fast and is usually waterproof. Step Five: Add words and word bubbles. Now that you have your sketched and inked comic, you’ll want to add words and word bubbles. If you are planning on doing this by hand, your bubbles need to be sketched into your initial drawing. If your adding this with your computer, you should draw over the entire available space so that when you add the bubble later, it will cover up an area of your drawing cleanly and professionally. There are programs available that make creating word bubbles easy, or you can make them by hand in Photoshop or Illustrator. If you don’t know how to do this, it’s best to stick to pen and ink on your original image.

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Step Three: Write your story or joke.

Distinctively delicious drinks.

If you can’t write your own, find someone to write it for you.

Exclusive Sunday Menu featuring Sicilian pizza and pastas.

Step Four: Start drawing!

Live music and late night menu available until 2am most evenings.

Finally you can put pencil to paper and start sketching out your comic. But how? Try dividing up your page into panels, keeping it easy by making approximately equal sized squares or rectangles. If you’ve written out your story before hand, you should have an idea of how many panels you will need for your page. Traditionally, the initial sketches were done with nonphoto blue pencils. These pencils were used because you didn’t have to erase them and they would disappear in the reproduction stage. With high quality colour scanners of today, this isn’t necessarily the case. If nonphoto blue pencils are not for you, try keeping your initial sketches light and use a softer lead such as a 2B.

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It was a hot August day

at Panache PEI's First Annual 'Nigwek: A Streetfestival for the Organic PEI' - and the locals' outfits were as diverse as the food and music: a harem pant here, nautical stripes there, a straw hat for good measure, and everything in between!

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