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From Hollywood to Winnipeg: Adam Beach will always come home
12 Revved Up Sweet Rides: Turn heads with your customized wheels
22 Technology marten Up: What you need to S know about Smart TVs
8 City Essentials In Good Company: What drives local beer makers to call themselves brew masters
10 Join the Club: Three of Winnipeg’s golf clubs give us a glimpse
14 Get Outdoors Into the Wild: The Churchill wild, that is
16 Men’s Fashion Life’s a Beach
21 Fitness Feel the Burn: By getting outside to work out after months indoors
23 Naughty or Nice A battle of the sexes... of sorts. Advice from both sides of the gender divide, be it naughty or nice.
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Winnipeg Spring 2013
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Spring 2013: Volume 9, Issue 1
ake up, Winnipeg! It’s time to come out of hibernation and shake off the chill.
Soon the city streets will be filled with hot rides again. Drivers showing off their classic vehicles, ‘suped up engines and body modifications. Check out Revved Up for how to turn your ride into something custom that is sure to turn heads wherever you roll. For some famous flavour, read our cover story on Adam Beach. Though he may be a Hollywood star, he’s never forgotten where his roots are. He visits with us while in town to promote the second season of his hit television show Arctic Air. Also, be sure to check out the last page for a new column to the magazine – Naughty or Nice. Both sides of the gender divide answer your questions on sex, love, relationships and everything in between. Whatever you’re up to this spring, make the best of it. We’ve only got five months before the cold takes over again!
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ake the family or grab a group of buddies and do something different this spring – get into the wild! Churchill may not generally be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of spring, but the truth is that warm temperatures there mean belugas, bears, birds and even safari trips. If it’s not warm enough for you to head into the outdoors yet, read our feature on Smart TVs to find out why getting one might be right for you. Or find yourself In Good Company when you read up on three local beer makers. Maybe even stop in for a taste test. Once the brews are polished off, get your body summer ready with our fitness column, then flip to the fashion pages to see what’s hot for showing off at the beach this summer. Or you could always tone up on the links – Join the Club features three of the city’s most prestigious golf clubs and what they have to offer members. Cheers to warmer temperatures!
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We spent some quality time learning what drives three local beer makers to call themselves brew masters. There’s some good information here, but we encourage you to do your own research.
hen we hear the word craftsman, we conjure up images of bearded men in blue-jean coveralls and plaid shirts with thick forearms and calloused hands, wielding their tools with dedicated focus. They
mould a rough pile of raw materials into a piece whose esthetically pleasing presentation is rivalled only by its intuitive functionality. These men are artists – of a sort. You can admire the skill and the beauty behind their design. But you can also pick up their art and use it. You appreciate what
Half Pints Brewing Company “Half Pints Brewing Company was born as a way of life,” says brew master Dave Rudge. “Drinking beer by the half pint (10 oz. for those of you wondering) is a cool way to try multiple beers without getting fall down drunk.”
these works of art do to enhance your quality of life. Three local breweries are proudly taking a craftsman’s approach to their profession. They are brewing superior quality, full-flavoured craft beer designed to make your life better. And they want you to have a taste.
flavours in your beer. Dave also teaches a workshop guiding you through the home draught set-up process. You can pick up Half Pint’s newest creation, Saison De La Ceinture Flechee, at your MLCC. A recipe from the French speaking part of Belguim, this beer was brewed in farmhouses during the cooler months and stored for summer consumption.
Famous for their flagship brews like St. James Pale Ale and Bulldog Amber Ale, Half Pints has infiltrated watering holes across much of Western Canada. Just open the “On Tap” tab on Halfpintsbrewing.com to find an empty barstool. They even suggest food pairings for each brand, so you’ll always be sure to have the right flavour of chicken wings. Dave’s approach to his craft is that of a mad scientist. A welldocumented blog on the company website gives you a peek into his creative approach to crafting fine beers. He describes the Bulldog Amber Ale recipe as “part well-known homebrew recipe, part brewing science, part brewing art.” Half Pints enhances its delicious beers by offering to exercise those brain cells before you kill them. You can take a sensory training course, designed to teach you how to identify various
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Left to right: Jeremy Wells, brewer; Chris Young, brewer; Zach Mesman, General Manager; Nicole Barry, Co-Founder & CEO. Half Pints Brewing Company Ltd
Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd. This brewery has been tantalizing our palates with serious craft beer since 1930. First opened right here in Winnipeg by brew master, B.W. Hoeschen, FGB released Frontier Stout and the award winning Frontier Pilsener. After being bought by Molson in the 1960s and closed, it was B.W.’s great-great grandson, the late Richard Hoeschen, who revived the FGB brand in 1994. Today, the 25,000-square-foot local brewery produces a bevy of beers for every taste. If you’re like me, and consider yourself a beer snob (that’s kind of like being a cheeseburger foodie) take your taste buds on an adventure with a beer from their Brewmaster Series. According to Fortgarry.com, these are “limited edition small-batch beers that explore the boundaries of craft beer making.” They come in larger bottles with higher alcohol content (yay!). They boast out of the box blends like the Kona Imperial Stout; brewed with over 50 pounds of Hawaiian coffee beans, this craft beer claims to offer “intense in-your-face goodness!”
seeing his father always leaving their farmhouse home with a mason jar full of coffee for the road, even though he was sure his dad owned a thermos.
What’s ahead for FGB? They’ve recently let loose with their Portage and Main India Pale Ale, brewed with Manitoba flower hops; available now at your MLCC.
Aside from being on tap at Luxalune, Farmery Premium Lager is for sale now at many local vendors and MLCC stores. If you can’t find it, ask them to stock it for you. m
Now they have come full circle; owning and operating a farm of their own near Neepawa. Lawrence is eager to plant new crops, and the brothers are plotting construction of their own brewery, where you’ll eventually be able to purchase small batch, one-off beers exclusively on-site.
The Farmery Estate Brewery Luxalune Gastropub sibling co-owners Lawrence and Chris Warwaruk proudly boast crafting Canada’s first estate beer. They grow their own barley and hops to create a beer worthy of their pub, and their farm boy heritage. The new house brand of their south Osborne establishment, Farmery Premium Lager (Farmery.ca), is served in Farmery branded mason jars. According to Lawrence, the mason jar is iconic – a tribute to their prairie farm boy roots. Lawrence recalls www.winnipegmen.com
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Join the Club Three of Winnipeg’s most prestigious golf clubs give us a glimpse onto the greens By Kenton Smith
y the time one’s looking at a private golf and country club membership, one usually has familiarity with the game. And once they’ve had a taste, the privileges of membership are something many only naturally pursue.
That’s especially true with what’s arguably the cream of Winnipeg’s golfing crop: the Niakwa, Glendale and St. Charles country clubs. There’s unquestionably a prestige associated with these historic, highest-ofquality-standards establishments; to afford a membership is certainly a measure of career success, at any rate. For the devoted golfer, however, the rewards are more tangible, with all three courses shaped at some point by the hand of renowned Canadian golf architect Stanley Thompson (d. 1953), whose aesthetic principles emphasized natural features such as water bodies and trees and a blending into the natural terrain.
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And despite hosting such events as Canadian Men’s Amateur Championships (Niakwa in 2011), CN Canadian Women’s Tour (Glendale, 2008) CN Canadian Women’s Open (St. Charles, 2010), these courses prioritize adaptability to experience level, and especially availability of the tee. After all: “That’s what members are paying for,” says Michael Thompson, membership director at Niakwa.
NIAKWA COUNTRY CLUB 620 Niakwa Rd. Not many city centre courses make you feel “a hundred miles away” – yet Thompson declares you’ll feel transported at this parkland gold course wrapped around the Seine River, founded in 1923 and extensively renovated in 2006 with a mind towards preserving the feel of (Stanley) Thompson’s original design. It’s also easily walkable, Thompson continues, with tee boxes and greens close together and no vast distances between holes. Course conditions, he assures, are kept to the highest premium where grounds tending, irrigation and drainage are concerned. Indeed, the course has gone through expensive (and extensive) renovations over the last 4-6 years to improve those latter elements, as well as overall playability. “The course can be challenging,” Thompson says, noting there’s plenty of trees and brush as well as challenging new bunkers. Additionally, the 15th hole has been made notably demanding by having bush cleared from behind the tee, which was itself moved back 125 yards. Play can nonetheless be “very friendly,” Thompson adds: tees can just as easily be set forward (the most forward designated by the colour green).
especially when, say, the wind blows across the landscape, adjacent to the Assiniboine River. “There’s a real premium on driving the ball straight.” While now more a “golfer’s golf course,” the full-service club – a primary membership with which gets you unrestricted golf, storage and cleaning of clubs, a locker and admission to the dining room and related events – nonetheless remains a nucleus of social and business networking, Steep adds. For those who prefer to swing a tennis racket, the club has the facilities to oblige. (A former tennis court has also been notably converted into a riverside terrace.) One could also single out the restaurant as a great culinary destination, with spectacular food by executive chef John Feliciano, who competed in the Culinary Olympics in Germany this past fall as a member of Team Manitoba. Established in 1946 and long known as a “Jewish” club, Glendale’s membership today is all-inclusive. No matter what their background, “even if they have only 90 minutes before dark, members come for the beauty and relaxation of the course,” Steep says. And with wildlife including deer, ducks and geese making its way onto the grounds, “first thing in the morning can be really unbelievable.”
ST. CHARLES COUNTRY CLUB 100 Country Club Blvd. Founded in 1905 by a group of prominent Winnipeg businessmen, club memberships at St. Charles were offered for $25 for men and $10 for women. Rates have gone up a bit since then (though to make prospective membership more attractive, the club’s entrance fee was adjusted last fall). For the price, however, members become part of “a very special environment,” says general manager Cameron Gray. Just consider the names that have been involved in shaping the landscape: they read like a who’s who of the best golf architects of the early 20th century, including not only Thompson but his one-time apprentice Norman Woods, as well as Dr. Alister Mackenzie and famed Canadians Donald Ross and Bill Robinson. For that matter, because of the 27-hole course, availability of the tee “is absolutely spectacular,” he continues. That may be especially important given the increased presence of whole families on the green – both at St. Charles and elsewhere –opening up what was previously a male bastion in Grey’s own experience. It’s been the commitment of all members, however, that’s kept the club going for so long, he proclaims. The sentiment is right there in the member classification title of Resident Shareholder, which Intermediate members must apply to become at age 30. Care for something and it lasts, all right. m
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While fun to play, Steep continues, the course can be simultaneously taxing –
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Turn heads with your customized wheels
By Kelly Parker
veryone, it seems, drools over the custom rides that cruise Portage Avenue every summer Sunday evening, and which one of us hasn’t watched the increasing number of shows on the tube dedicated to vehicle customizing and felt that itch? Maybe you’re happy with your wheels, but your sound feels a little bit “tinky.” Either way, if this is your year for a custom ride or bigtime sound, here’s what you need to know.
The Ground-up Build Seeing custom-built bikes outside of World of Wheels is pretty rare on Winnipeg’s streets, which will make yours stand out even more. As much as you might want to cruise on something otherworldly though, you need to be pragmatic first. Rick Osborn is the owner of Bad Ass Customs, and he says the first thing you should be thinking about is ride ability. “Looks mean something,” he says, “but the bottom line is, if you are going to spend that kind of money, you want to be able to ride the bike. Rigid-frame bikes look cool but this is Winnipeg, and you know what our roads are like.”
You should first decide how you’d be using your bike; are you planning on going for long trips or just showing it off as a bar-hopper? “If you’re planning on spending only an hour or two in the saddle,” says Osborn, “it’s not so bad, but if you plan on spending eight hours on your bike, you’d better make sure it’s comfy because you’re going to be sore.” Speaking of time, the TV shows tend to make it look as though you can pull the trigger on a build and ride it away within a couple of weeks. Not so. “There is a lot of time that goes into even just a basic bike,” emphasizes Osborn, adding, “a lot of hours go into putting it all together and making sure everything works properly. Just to build something pretty simple, I’ll be putting at least a couple of hundred hours into it.” Outside of Manitoba’s famously high bike insurance costs, what might it all set you back? “A lot of people are customizing their factory bikes, but for a build, it all depends on your imagination. Time is money,” reminds Osborn, “and the more fabrication and customization you do, or the more one-of-a-kind parts that we have to fab, the more it’s going to end up costing you.” Budget: $20,000. Minimum.
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Paint Long before anyone looks under your hood – or tests you off the line – your baby is probably going to make its biggest impression just sitting there and looking gorgeous under a stunning paint job. Osborn says that custom paint is becoming far more common in these parts, partly because of the customization shows on the tube, but also because of the unlimited gallery of ideas on the Internet. While the popularity of mural-style paint schemes have gone the way of…well, of the moonlit ghost ship, the new waterbased paints make it easier than ever to make your esthetic pop like never before, whatever it may be. “Even though it is taking a while for people to catch on,” notes Osborn, “the water-based colours look a whole lot nicer. The water-based paints have introduced a whole lot of
Good news: you can now upgrade that merely adequate factory system to something really special for less than ever before, and it can be as simple as spending five- or sixhundred bucks to add a sub-woofer and amp to your present system. “Supplementing whatever system you have with those two components should be your bare-minimum investment, and sometimes (they) can make a dramatic change,” says Nick Serino, manager of Automotive Electronics at Advance. “Those can be installed without spending a lot,” he says, “but if you want to improve sound quite a bit, you should plan on changing out everything including speakers. Getting a four-channel amp (to power) the front and rear speakers will also improve your sound quite a bit.” Of course, you could go extremely high-end and spend $10,000 on your
“people should absolutely think of the proper professional installation of their equipment as being part of their investment” new colours, and the metallics and the pearls that we spray in the water bases now are so much more alive as compared to the old finishes that we used to have.” With all of the ideas just a remote or mouse-click away, you can go as tasteful or as garish as your wallet will allow. Not surprisingly, the single biggest variable when it comes to price is the time it takes to make your vision a reality. Osborn says that he can give you a ballpark idea of what your job is going to cost, “but if I end up spending a hundred hours on a paint job, I want to get paid for a hundred hours.” He’ll even do that moonlit ghost ship without charging you extra, but you don’t really want that.
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system, as long as you don’t shoot yourself in the foot by trying to save a few bucks on the installation, which Serino says is a common mistake. “Installation is an integral part of the whole system,” he stresses, “and people should absolutely think of the proper professional installation of their equipment as being part of their investment in great sound.” With speakers, for example, a simple mistake like reversing the polarity of the wiring will deliver poor sound overall, and speakers that are not mounted solidly enough will kill the bass response. “People who try to do installations themselves might not be aware of what electronic crossovers are, and most decks and amps will have them,” notes Serino. “Those let you select the frequencies that the speakers can handle,” he explains, “so that the speakers don’t end up trying to emit sounds that they shouldn’t and blow out.” Keep in mind that the same thing can happen with your ears, which would defeat the whole purpose. m SPRING 2013 |
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The Churchill wild, that is
he vast majority of travellers visit Churchill in October and November when the chances of seeing those iconic polar bears are almost 100 per cent. Observing polar bears in the wild is undoubtedly an item to be checked off your bucket list. These kings and queens of the ice are deserving of a big share of attention, but look a little closer and you’ll soon see that Churchill has so much more to offer, especially in the short and oh-so-sweet summer season. In late July and early August, the blooming fireweed looks like a blaze of purple— the perfect backdrop to your soon-to-be spectacular photographs. It’s just one of over 400 species that burst with colour, shape and fragrance. The berries also start to ripen toward the end of August. Tiny Arctic blueberries, low bush cranberries and plump cloudberries make it impossible to take a step without a squish.
Birders’ ears perk up when you mention the Ross’s Gull. It’s one of those rare species that send birders to far off lands. In 1979, at Granary Ponds in Churchill, this species was first sighted, and it’s made many a birder very happy ever since. Churchill’s proximity to water and location on the migratory path make it a stop for over 250 species in the early fall. Gyrfalcon and peregrine falcons, snowy owls and tundra swans make appearances along with terns and gulls, shorebirds and waterfowl. Churchill gets 3,000 special visitors each summer—but they aren’t the human kind. Beluga whales swim from Hudson Bay into the relatively warmer water of the Churchill River to feed and molt. From the air, spot the long glowing white objects lined up like drinking straws in the blue-green water. Those are whales! Get a little closer on one of the zodiac tours offered in town. And get closer still by wiggling into a dry suit, plunging into the river and snorkeling with these friendly creatures. And then there are the bears. In July, you have about a 25 per cent chance of seeing polar bears. By September, your odds jump to 45 per cent. November boasts a
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100 per cent chance of seeing these Lords of the Arctic. Because they’re wild, you just never know when they might be around. All Churchill tour operators do their very best to get you to a spot where you’ll see them. Your options for a summer visit to Churchill abound. Churchill Wild offers Birds, Bears and Belugas, a seven-night safari with home base at the remote Seal River Heritage Lodge, about 60 km from Churchill. Your itinerary includes boat rides to see whales, seals, seabirds and polar bears as well as a plunge into the water to get close to the whales. There are also tours of the coastline in a Tundra Tracker (a big vehicle) with hopes of spotting foxes or caribou and seeing all those wildflowers blooming. You can stay up late to see the Northern Lights or canoe on the ocean. And then there are the walking tours where a stroll on the tundra could put you in the vicinity of a polar bear. Adult males can weigh up to 700 kg or 1,500 pounds. Before your heart rate gets out of control, know that your guides are there for your protection. They
know how to judge the behavior of a bear and they won’t let you get closer than 50 metres. The trip costs $8,795 based on double occupancy. They run in July and August. Frontiers North Adventures offers a Belugas, Bears and Blooms excursion in July and August. The three-day trip includes a ride on a zodiac to get up close to the belugas, tours of historic Prince of Wales Fort, the polar bear holding facility (polar bear jail) and the Eskimo Museum. You’ll also have the wind blow through your hair on a dog carting (similar to dog sledding) ride. A Tundra Buggy excursion will put you into the area where caribou, ptarmigan, fox and sometimes polar bears roam. The cost is $2,990 based on double occupancy. Churchill Nature Tours offers a six-night Whale Watching Tour at the end of July that includes a townsite tour, a visit to Bird Cove to check a few species off your life list and a helicopter tour (not to be missed). There’s a half-day dedicated to spotting land creatures from a tundra vehicle and a couple of days for whale watching. The trip costs $3,995 based on double occupancy. m
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Adam Beach will always come home
Hollywood to Winnipeg By Christopher Grant
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dam Beach is that rare specimen of homegrown star who loves coming home, and he looks supremely comfortable as he eats a pizza in the Winnipeg Art Gallery cafe. I imagined handlers, possibly some protection, security for sure. But no, this is Winnipeg, after all. It’s just Adam and some family. Adam Beach is home. The star of CBC’s Arctic Air is in town to promote the launch of the second season of his popular show, but it’s obvious he’s relaxed. The television and movie star still has deep ties to Winnipeg and he makes sure he returns often. “I usually come home at least twice a year,” he says between quick mouthfuls of pizza. It’s been a long day of interviews and this is his first chance to eat. “I’ll probably be coming home more often, maybe even once a month, when my film institute gets up and running.” “Usually, when I come home, I just rent a hotel room and invite my family and friends by to say ‘hi’. It’s pretty simple, really. Mostly family stuff.” His regular haunts when he’s here? “Usually a strip club,” he laughs. “It’s where my friends hang out. It’s not my choice but it’s a good haunting. It’s not what everyone thinks it is; it’s not one big party. Usually we’re the only people there.” He laughs again. Adam laughs a lot, a sure sign he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
There is a balance to Adam which is almost tangible; there’s no hesitation when speaking about his childhood, nor are there any misgivings about his chosen career path. Part of Adam’s success in straddling his dichotomous worlds lies in his efforts to give back. Take the Adam Beach Film Institute for example, its mission is to provide educational and career-building programs to introduce native youth to the film and entertainment industries. “When I hit my 30s, I realized I was starting to age. I realized there wasn’t another Adam Beach coming along anytime soon. So I developed a strategy to encourage young actors to follow my lead and there isn’t really anything within the entertainment industry that caters to the development of aboriginal talent, so in the last few years I developed the ‘Native American’ Disney.” Adam took the basic structural model of Walt Disney’s company and made it Aboriginal – Mickey Moose, not Mickey Mouse. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary. I believe that we as Native people have something to offer economically, (if) someone would simply allow us, work with us. I’m lucky to be in such a valuable position where I could ask Harrison Ford to show up and lend his talents. I can ask almost anyone and the majority would love to help out.”
But he did when he was younger. As a teenager, Adam felt lost and abandoned. One night changed his life. “When I was 16, I held a stone given to me by a traditional teacher helping me understand the culture and traditions of the Anishina’abe, and he asked me to transfer my thoughts and emotions into this rock and then throw it away.” The point was to let go of all the things holding him back. “It helped me through what I was going through at the time because I didn’t really like myself.” “Basically, I was suicidal. I didn’t really like my upbringing, and it haunted me as I entered into puberty. I felt like everything had been taken away from me. But (…) that night made me want to live my own life and take my own steps.” Hollywood is a long way from Winnipeg and even further from Dog Creek First Nations on Lake Manitoba. But this just makes his accomplishments that much greater. I ask him how this pedigree has affected his life choices. “Whenever I go to the States, my American friends always say ‘damn you, Canadians. You’re too nice. Always apologizing. Always sorry, sorry, sorry.’ So there’s an ethic in me as a Canadian to always be a genuine, nice guy.” Adam began acting by accident. All he really wanted was to hang out with his friends at high school; drama was the only subject with only one class, so he knew they wouldn’t get split up. “Any other subject, math or science, had more than one class, so we got split up. But drama was the one class that if you signed up, they weren’t going to send us in different directions, so we could hang out and just be jerks and bug each other and hurt each other in skits and I really enjoyed it.” www.winnipegmen.com
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COVER STORY The film institute is here and in New York, but Adam plans to implement it throughout North America, from Los Angeles to Nelson House. “I think it can be situated anywhere, and what I’m trying to do is show that we can utilize our experiences and talent and apply it to anyplace in the world.” “My film institute will never exclude non-aboriginals. And I’d love to open a division in Europe (…) and do exchanges of student talent.” The film institute is not Adam’s only effort to bridge his dual cultures; he ran for office for his band. He laughs. “It didn’t go well.” Would he run again? “I’m in a position right now which is much greater than that of a community leader. It’s something I can bring to them when they’re ready. But my community needs a lot of healing. When they’re ready, I’ll implement something which will help build an economy.
me as their father, but also our perception of native people within Winnipeg, within Canada, within America, within the world.” Adam sees himself not so much as icon, but rather as facilitator, a role which enables him to push for effective and productive change within the community – both communities. Does being Adam Beach ever get frustrating? “Life every day is frustrating.” He holds up a bird’s nest of tangled earphones. “This is frustrating. When I learn to untangle these without emotion, then I’ll know I’ve learned something.” Does he tire of being Adam Beach? “It’s who I am. I’ve come to understand that people look up to me. Take my family. Most of them see me as the Hollywood actor, not the guy they played baseball with as kids. But that’s not my existence – it’s just how people perceive me.
Do Adam’s efforts to reconcile his two natures ever seem like a chore?
“If I want to connect to someone, I connect to my two brothers who share my pain and anguish; we’re only a year apart, so growing up whatever happened to me happened to them, too. They are my ground, and they will always remind me that I am still that child from the reservation. Nothing greater, nothing less.
“Never. It’s something I believe in. Unity is something I was very aware of when I was 14. I’ve always wanted to sacrifice my own life for other people’s good. I sacrificed myself and time with my children for work, so I could give my kids a better perception of
“I don’t believe in stopping any passion. I continually have strikeouts. I know I’m limited because when the big names want to replace you, they replace you, so you do what you can for as long as you can.” m
Hot Kenora Summer!
he next issue of Winnipeg Men will include a multi-page feature on the vibrant city of Kenora. This feature will be a great way for Winnipeggers to plan their summer travels and vacations. Readers won’t want to miss it, so don’t miss your opportunity to advertise alongside this feature. The perfect destination for nature exploration and adventure, Kenora is a unique cultural experience or a fun filled, relaxing vacation in any season. It is located on the north shore of Lake of the Woods, just a two-hour drive east from Winnipeg. In January, Kenora officially became “North America’s Premier Boating Destination.” Its connection to Lake of the Woods, which is over 95 km wide and has over 14,500 islands, makes it the ideal place for boating and water activities. Kenora is home to the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club, the International Lake of the Woods Sailing Association, the Kenora Rowing Club and much more. There are an endless number of multigenerational activities for tourists to
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experience in Kenora. Lake of the Woods has breathtaking scenery that can be seen while kayaking, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, biking, fishing, boating or lounging on one of Kenora’s five beaches. For a more leisurely way to experience the scenery, take a ride on the MS Kenora, a cruise ship fully licensed to serve food and alcoholic beverages. It leaves the Kenora harbour front daily. You can also get a bird’s eye view of the landscape by sightseeing on a float plane. Dozens of events, festivals and attractions unmatched in almost every other part of the world help make Kenora a city like no other. Throughout the summer there is live music, the Coney Island Music Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and Canada Day Celebrations. During the August long weekend you can experience activities like dancing, the boat parade, water demonstrations and the classic car show, all as part of Harbourfest. It all ends in a spectacular display of fireworks. Look for the next issue of Winnipeg Men to read all about what Kenora has to offer and the best ways to experience this fantastic city. m
Feel the Burn
By getting outside to work out after months indoors By Alistair Hopper Flex Fitness Personal Training www.flex-fitness.ca
s the months grow warmer with each passing week and the sun reminds us of the approach of summer, we’re also reminded of the endless opportunities available for outdoor physical activity. It would be great to have been exercising on a regular basis over these past winter months before you engage in any outdoor physical activity. By having a good base of strength and fitness going into the summer you can prevent injuries and be able to maximize your activity. Being confined to indoor exercise areas can become boring, but the fresh spring air can make you feel re-energized and excited about your physical activity program. The numerous options available for outdoor exercise can be very motivating and give you a new focus, while at the same time increasing social interaction with other like-minded people. The group mentality for exercise is very motivating for many people and can help encourage you to reach your fitness goals. There is also a very compelling financial benefit to outdoor physical activity. With endless parks and fields throughout the city, you can improve your health absolutely free. Exercise bands, mats, kettle bells or a TRX suspension trainer are inexpensive pieces of equipment you can add to increase variety to your program. The safety concerns associated with outdoor activity programs are very “common sense” but should be followed at all times. When going outdoors for any activity, whether it’s moderate or high intensity, having the proper shoes is very important. Make sure they provide www.winnipegmen.com
enough support (arch and ankle) for the activity you choose. On particularly hot and sunny days, wearing a hat and/or sunscreen will help prevent sunburn, dehydration and health risks associated with skin cancer later on in life. Ensure that you eat a proper meal before your activity, but no sooner than an hour and a half before. A balance of protein and healthy carbohydrates would be ideal. The meal afterwards is just as important as the meal beforehand. Replenish your glucose levels with some fresh fruit and have some protein to provide the essential building blocks to your muscles. Water consumption before, during and after your outdoor physical activity is also extremely important. If you are doing prolonged activity where you are perspiring more than usual then a drink with electrolytes and a bit of sugar is best. Listed below is an outdoor workout that you can do on your own or with a group of friends and that needs very little equipment.
Warm-up: • jog on spot for 150 high steps • 50 jumping jacks on spot at a nice even pace • bend over and touch your opposite foot from one side to the other at an even pace * deep breaths in the mouth and out the mouth can help with keeping proper cadence and ensure oxygen is getting to your muscles effectively
Workout: • Stationary squats with a high knee after each squat, alternating legs (25 reps) • Push-ups from the toes or knees (10-15 reps) • Single arm front shoulder raises with a kettle bell (15/arm) 10-20 lbs • Tug-o-war with a partner while holding the rubber band (25 reps) • Standing bicep curls with rubber band under one foot (25 reps) • Tricep dips on the end of a park bench, bent or straight leg (20 reps) • Abdominal plank from forearms and toes/knees (one minute) * repeat twice with a short water break in between
Cool down: • Go for a three to five minute walk with water in hand at a leisurely pace to let your heart rate slow down gradually • Stretch every muscle from head to toe (hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds) then repeat all the stretches again I hope that you are encouraged and motivated to tackle your outdoor activity program in full stride this spring. Remember to take advantage of all that this city offers and do it with these guidelines in mind. m SPRING 2013 |
Smarten Up By Kenton Smith
What you need to know about Smart TVs
centralizes your media. Together, “these are the primary benefits of a smart TV,” Webb says. That simultaneously extends to content: Netflix and iTunes, for instance, are rapidly rendering DVD and Blu-ray purchases obsolete. While many want “smart” features to supplement their cable, many younger consumers want to supplant it.
Regarding popularity of sizes, it’s been all over the map: Webb cites the strong-selling 32” option, which usually starts at approximately the $500 mark and offers a “oneshot” solution, with only wireless access needed to gain multiple options. The next sizes up are 40” and 46”, but Webb says that 50” and larger – 55”, 60”, 65” – are now being asked for more and more. or whom, exactly, a smart TV is ideal may actually vary – the technology is proving itself appealing to different people for different reasons.
There’s no question, though, that the word “smart” is on everyone’s tongues, or at least when they’ve come into Advance Quality Electronics in Winnipeg. Jordan Webb, the Advance retail store’s assistant video manager, confirms that “anything with the label ‘smart’ seems to be selling.” Indeed, smart TVs have certainly proven themselves more popular than manufacturers’ whirl with 3-D TVs – so much so that Webb declares with confidence that they’re going to become the new standard. Available in both LED and plasma models, smart TVs are distinguished above all by additional content access. By hooking the TV up to your home wireless network, you have access through the tube to new adaptations of apps and app stores,
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plus unlimited streaming and syncing over multiple devices. Smart TVs certified by the Digital Living Network AllianceÒ (DNLA) can play movies, photos and music from your PC, smartphone and other network-connected devices.
the technology’s so-called “smartness” conveniently centralizes your media
You'll almost certainly find, depending on the manufacturer, major and free video streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube and SHOUTcast Radio, plus updates for new and available content. Games, web browsing and social media capability are also now part of the package. It’s also about how the technology’s so-called “smartness” conveniently
By the top end, 75” mark, the price tag may read upwards of $10,000. For that, one gets full HD and the best motion processing in an LED TV with a 240hz refresh rate (meaning the sometime blur of on-screen motion is all but eliminated). Even more futuristic are the voice activation and hand gesture control. But are there drawbacks? A post from February, 2012 on the blog Techdirt pointed out there’s a “temporal mismatch between the lifetime of a TV and the lifetime of a mobile device, mobile OS or mobile processor.” Whereas a large screen TV may run into the thousands of dollars and last at least a decade, people are recycling their smartphones every other year. That hasn’t been a problem yet, Webb says, especially as most operating systems are backwards compatible; the only real drawback he sees is a need for some people to update their routers. And even some of those are now backwards compatible. The determining factor for consumers may simply become image quality: how sharp, bright and vibrant do you want it? Oh, problems. m www.winnipegmen.com
Naughty or Nice
A battle of the sexes... of sorts
Advice from both sides of the gender divide, be it naughty or nice. My ex and I have been split up for about a year. We’re both single, but every time one of us is out having a few drinks or feeling lonely, we end up together again. We’re no good as a couple, but the booty calls are addictive. Should I try to end it for good, or just keep it up until one of us finds someone else? Ah, booty calls. They seem so simple but can actually wreak tremendous havoc. I think the better question to ask yourself might be: How are the booty calls affecting you mentally and emotionally? There’s a reason (or 10) why the two of you don’t work. I’d be willing to bet the sex isn’t worth what it’s doing to you otherwise. You’re not over him. For whatever reason, you’ve chosen to exist in a state of emotional limbo. Would you feel hurt if he texted you and said he found someone? It would probably feel like a break up and you’ve already been there with this guy. I mean, if all you want is booty call, what’s stopping you from hitting up the next available beefcake you meet for some thigh slapping fun? Why do you choose to go back to the fridge for leftovers when you can order off the menu? Rip off that band-aid – end it now.
I hate my boyfriend’s facial hair. I love the way it looks, but hate it as far as kissing or anything intimate goes. Is it unfair of me to ask him to change it? Have you talked to him about it at all? If he’s really attached to it (no pun intended) then you might be out of luck. Ultimately, it’s his face and his decision, but if you mention that it’s making you feel a little less than amorous, it might help sway him to get rid of it. Ask him to change it, but be prepared for him to say no. Facial hair is part of our identity. We take great pride in being able to frame our masculinity with – well, masculine things. It’s why we don’t wear make-up or shave our armpits.
I met a woman online about 10 months ago and we’ve been having a great time getting to know each other since. We’ve met in person a few times and she seems perfect, but the idea of one of us moving to the other is scary. What if it doesn’t work? Then one of us has left everything to be with the other. That’s a conversation you need to have together. From where you both stand in the relationship, is the risk worth it? It may be a bit early to be thinking about moving, plus, online personas and real life can be two very different things. However, if you both feel that you can’t be apart, I’d have to go with the old cliché: you never know until you try. She might be the love of your life, or she might be the love of the moment. The only way to find out for sure is to take the risk. Well you’ve met – that’s a good start! So you know she’s not a truck driver named Bubba who’s looking for a new plaything. Relationships are fraught with risks – most of which the majority of us never see coming. Picking up your life and skipping town to move in with someone who may be a chronic farter or hums while she chews can be off putting. You need to spend some time experiencing each other’s everyday lives. Why not take a weeks’ holiday and play house with each other? Do this as many times as possible in both your homes until the novelty wears off and then see how you feel. You’ve been talking for 10 months so it seems like there’s no rush. The bottom line is, after all of this, if you don’t want to take the risk, she’s not the one for you.
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