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Let your garage be more than just a place to park your car By Kelly Parker Photos courtesy of Garage Masters

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sed to be the garage was entirely utilitarian, simply a shelter for your vehicle and maybe a place to keep a rake and the lawnmower. Flash forward and garages have gone uptown, so much so that instead of being relegated to the back of the house, they’ve come up front and now comprise a big chunk of what your neighbours see of your house from the street. Older home with detached garage, or newer with attached, the belly of the beast usually reveals the same thing: vehicles (when there is room for them) competing for space with all of those boxes you haven’t gotten around to unpacking from the move in, bikes and other stuff that doesn’t fit in the house, all usually between unfinished drywalls. Nice curb appeal. Isn’t it time you did something about that? With an older home, your garage might be pushed further back on the lot, but it’s still grabbing the eye of everyone who comes by, especially if it’s a gong show, so before

you set about rehabbing the inside of the garage, you’ll need to decide if you might not be better off just to demo and build. If you do that, companies like Garage Masters ( are there to take care of it, including obtaining the required permit from the City of Winnipeg, and making sure that the new building complies with current zoning regulations. If you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer, the City website has all of the information you’ll need. Flooring: As always in Winnipeg, one of the key factors to consider is the friendly-to-no-oneand-no-thing climate. “Very thin, trowel-on surfaces don’t do well in this climate – with 40-degree-plus temperatures in the summertime and minus 40 in the winter,” explains Kevin Harrald, President of Garage Masters. “Along with ground movement – all of it creates issues” adding that he prefers an epoxy finish for just that reason. There are many subcontractors out there – including Garage Floors & More, which his WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

company uses – who will be happy to install the product that Harrald says is “not inexpensive, but is sure nice when it’s done.” Len Hoey has a renovation business called Garage Rescue ( and is a fan of polyaspartic floors that offer a number of different colours and designs. “It’s a very durable and impermeable surface that is easy to clean – it looks like the showroom of a car dealership. They’re really nice looking,” says Hoey, “and they also help to keep the dust and dirt down to a minimum.” Harrald notes that there are other composite products that snap together almost like a tile-type system that you can drive a car on top of, and drain properly so you don’t have to worry about cleaning the floor – “almost like a mesh.” Walls and Storage: In Winnipeg, the predominant wall covering is still drywall, although there is another product available called Slatwall® (, the aptly named wall organization system that you see used at your favourite big box hardware store. The system can be mounted directly to the studs, and then customized with any combination of hooks, baskets, shelves and other do-dads.

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push them into your garage and either bolt them to the floor or let them move around on casters. “You just push them in there,” says Harrald, “and when your car is jacked up seven feet in the air, you can still roll it around. It’s a hydraulic system, so you don’t need any kind of special power to do it – it just plugs into a 110 outlet. You don’t see a whole lot of people pushing around a $100,000 car in the garage, but the point is: you can!” Romax Residential Parking Solutions might be a starting point at High-end jaw dropper or efficient work and storage area, the choice is yours, with benefits to be realized immediately and far into the future. “It is the lowest-cost per sq. ft. investment you can make in your home,” emphasizes Hoey, “with what I would argue is the highest return.” From custom flooring, door openers, cabinetry, hanging storage systems, wall finishes and even car lifts, the hardest part of it might be coming up with your wish list. Ok, second hardest, your real limit is going to be your credit limit. While a typical Garage Masters double garage build – including demolition of the old garage – will run you about $20,000, that can also be just the beginning. “The sky is the limit!” says Harrald. “When we show up,” he says, “and the guy pulls out the long wish list, we say, be careful what you ask for because we can give you everything on that list!” m

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Under The How tattoos have shattered the stereotype


By Elizabeth Russell t used to be that tattoos were reserved for the “shady” set; criminals, sailors, or just general bad-asses. Those who had done bad things, made bad choices and that didn’t mind having the whole world know.

The issue with tattoo culture in general seems to be the intimidation factor. I’ve actually seen people do double-takes, or even take a step back when they see someone with a sizeable piece of art on their body. The same intimidation factor goes for a tattoo shop. There are many that aren’t pretty on the outside, some may even send passers-by into a faster walk, but the outside facade might be that way for a reason. Perhaps they cater to a particular clientele, or maybe the owner is just more concerned about how welcoming the inside of the shop is, rather than the storefront. As for just how intimidating tattoo artists themselves are? Andrew Fyfe, a 10-year veteran tattoo artist currently working at Rebel Waltz Tattoo, responds to that one himself: “I think a lot of people think tattoo artists are big, mean guys. I’m a big guy, but I really just want to draw pictures.” Not exactly a menacing declaration. Tattoo below by Andrew Fyfe, Rebel Waltz Tattoo

Tattoo above by Abby Boivin, Living Canvas Tattoo

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How times have changed. There are still those who would baulk at the idea of a “respectable” business man or doting father or even a *gasp* woman sporting ink, but acceptance of the art form is becoming greater and greater as the years tick by. The boom really hit about 10 years ago, with shows like Miami Ink and Inked doing their part to bring tattooing more into the public eye. Even now, competition-style shows like Ink Master are keeping it in the public forefront, though they’re choosing to focus more on the art side of tattooing, rather than on a particular shop. Twenty-somethings are definitely on board with body-modifications in general, many 30-somethings already have some ink of their own as well, but even those in their 40s, 50s, 60s and even older are getting on board. “As I got older and my artwork shifted, I started to see more adults coming in – like between 40 and 60-year-olds,” says Fyfe. In fact, the oldest person he can remember tattooing is 82 years young. “The typical ‘tattoo person’ has now totally changed. Forty-year-olds and over have money to get tattooed, and they have the life experience to choose tattoos,” he says. Jeff Boivin, who owns Living Canvas Tattoo with his wife Abby, agrees. “When we decided to get into the industry in the Winnipeg market, we wanted to tap into the upper blue collar, white collar market,” he explains. “Now the majority of our client base is police, respectable lawyers and high-profile business men. Technology has greatly changed the industry, so the art now appeals to the businessman.”

The advancements in technology really have made some of the most dramatic impacts on who is choosing to get tattoos. For instance, there are portrait tattoos being done now which 10 years ago artists may never have thought possible. Incredibly lifelike, if you pick the right artist you can carry someone’s face with you for a lifetime. “New, fresh perspective – that’s always driving the changes. The tattoo industry in itself has grown in its ability for what it can offer to the market,” says Boivin. He himself is a walking testament to the tattooed businessman. A graduate of the Asper School of Business, his full-time job is as a Project Manager for CN Rail, where he wears long sleeve dress shirts to keep his ink under wraps. He also helps run the tattoo shop though, where he is free to show off his body art. According to both Boivin and Fyfe, you’d probably be surprised at the amount of tattoos you’d see if people just rolled up their sleeves or unbuttoned their collars. Another qualm people might have about getting tattooed is regarding safety. The idea of needles can ignite some fears, but rest assured, if you’re thinking of getting a tattoo, Manitoba is the place to do it. Our province actually has the strictest guidelines in Canada for operating a tattoo shop. Artists have to be licensed, equipment is regularly tested, shop inspections are performed several times a year – and all of the heavy regulations in place to keep everyone safe. “Ninety per cent of the things we use now are disposable – anything that touches your skin,” says Fyfe. “You’re safest in Winnipeg than in all of Canada.”

The bottom line is that tattoos may not be for everyone, but more and more people are realizing that they’re right for them. We’ve come a long way since the days of getting “Mom” tattooed on your arm in a primitive heart. Now collaborations between artists and clients can tell a story unlike anything that can be told with words. “Tattoos are like a history, they tell a story,” says Fyfe. “It’s part of a rite of passage. And people just aren’t scared of it anymore.” m

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT SHOP OR ARTIST When you’re going to mark yourself for life, don’t be hasty just because you’ve finally gotten up your nerve. Take the time to ensure you’re going to be happy with the shop and your artist, and most importantly, with the end result. DON’T RUSH. A tattoo is with you for life (unless you really like to be lasered), so give yourself time to do some research. SHOP AROUND. You need to feel comfortable in the shop you choose. POUR OVER PORTFOLIOS. Either online or in the shop itself, make sure the artist you choose has a bevy of work that shows their talent. LISTEN TO OTHER OPINIONS. There will always be people that just aren’t happy with a tattoo no matter what, but generally people will pass on artist or shop names if they’re happy. As Fyfe says: “Research is huge. You need to research who you’re getting tattooed by – there’s nothing wrong with kicking tires.”




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Made Easy

By J.A. Shapira

Candid confessions from Manitoba’s top dealers


e’ve all seen the corny ads, heard the horror stories and experienced the frustrations of buying a new car. Experts suggest that the average Canadian will buy anywhere from 10-

12 vehicles throughout their lifetime. A number that falls dramatically short from the 100 times it takes to become proficient at something.

Over the course of a week, I spent time at a number of Manitoba’s most reputable dealerships, shadowing and interviewing some of their top salesmen and managers in an effort to understand the common mistakes we as consumers make when buying a new car. “With so many factory dealerships in Manitoba, people really end up buying from the person.” Troy Lesuk says. The veteran sales rep at Steeltown Ford in Selkirk estimated that 70 per cent of his customers are referral based. “That’s huge,” Lesuk points out. “It really shows you that we’re here to help and that people can trust us to put them in a vehicle that meets their needs and their budget.” In the hours I spent shadowing and interviewing these automotive experts, they shared some insight into some of the ways customers can save money and drive away without regret. “Most people think they’ll save money with a cash deal” says Ross Williamson, Steeltown Ford’s sales manager. “Really it’s the opposite.” “Years ago salesmen got paid daily for cash deals so they’d push the myth that it was less expensive to write a cheque for the car. Often with financing, they’d have to wait 50 or 60 days just for a small portion of their commissions,” explains Rob McDonald, the General Sales Manager at Winnipeg Suzuki. Today, finance managers across the Province agree that financing is really the best way to save money. “Banks will give kickbacks to the dealership for bringing them business which in turn lets us lower the cost of the car,” admits Kevin Leach, a finance manager with Steeltown Ford.

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With an average of only $500 to $800 in negotiating room on a new vehicle, by financing through the dealership you can often save up to an additional thousand dollars because the dealership can make up the difference with the money they’ll get back from the bank. Chris Hall, a Branch Manager with Steinbach Credit Union says that unlike the bank and in-house financers, credit unions tend to look at the person and not just their credit rating. “Often it’s easier to get approved by us, but we still have trouble beating the incentives you get from the manufacturer,” says Hall. “Since the dealership wants to sell the car, they’ll tend to offer very low interest rates in order to win the customer over.” McDonald at Winnipeg Suzuki cautions against focusing on incentives and low interest rates. He urges his customers to focus only on the bottom line and to understand that advertising has only one purpose and “that’s to get you into the dealership.” He debunks further myths by saying that “regardless of the promotion, incentive, or time of year, just like a loaf of bread, the price really never changes.” Regardless of the deal you’re being offered, most of the experts admit that all the incentives are marked into the price of the car you’re buying and that’s why it’s important to look at the bottom line and decide if it’s really worth the ‘so-called’ savings. Offering a plethora of good advice, McDonald warns consumers to ensure they’re buying from a dealership with a Manitoba Motor Dealers Association sticker on the door. When asked about options like FlexFuel, McDonald explains that it’s a U.S. government subsidized program that helps to keep thousands of farmers employed across the United States.

TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS: “Make sure you’re in a good mood when shopping for a vehicle. If you have walls up then you’re distracted and this is the second most expensive purchase you’ll probably ever make.” – Troy Lesuk, Sales Representative at Steeltown Ford

“Dealerships can get you better rates than you’ll get from your bank because we’re doing such large volumes.” – Kevin Leach, Finance Manager at Steeltown Ford

“Ask lots of questions and expect straight answers. If you don’t get them, go somewhere else.” – Ryan Pastetnik, Vice President at Jim Gauthier Chevrolet

“Get the new vehicle guarantee and gap protection when you insure your vehicle with MPI.” – Tom Strange, Sales Manager at Woodhaven Lexus

“Be honest and upfront with your sales rep, if there’s a problem let us know. We’re here to help.” – Troy Lesuk, Sales Representative at Steeltown Ford

“Before you buy, make sure you know your monthly budget and what you can and can’t live without.” – Rob McDonald, General Sales Manager at Winnipeg Suzuki By J.A. Shapira

“In Manitoba FlexFuel is virtually fluff and shouldn’t be paid extra for.” Tom Strange, the Sales Manager at Woodhaven Lexus echoes. “If it’s free by all means take it, but don’t opt for it if it’s going to cost you extra,” Strange adds. However, when it comes to hybrids and electric cars, technological advancement has come a long way, making these vehicles just as reliable as gas. One interesting fact is that the majority of the experts I interviewed gave very similar advice. They all really pushed that the most important thing a customer can do is to conduct their own research and take their time with the process. “There’s no better guide than consumer reports,” says Strange, “Ask about the warranties, service plans and things as small as whether they give free courtesy cars if yours is in the shop.” Ryan Pastetnik, Vice President at Jim Gauthier Chevrolet agrees. “We train our staff to answer the question before it’s even asked,” he says. “We’re a full disclosure dealership.” Something he believes that all dealerships should be. Just like at Gauthier; Steeltown Ford, Woodhaven Lexus and Winnipeg Suzuki all break down the numbers in front of the customer. Everything from delivery fees to taxes, they provide detailed reports on the entire vehicle, leaving no stone unturned. “Legally we only need to disclose an accident if the damage is over $3,000,” says McDonald. “But we feel it’s our job to tell the customer no matter what the cost.” In the end it all comes down to building a relationship with your salesman. With the majority of customers buying based on referral, dealers have to be careful about their reputation. As Gerald Boiteau, the General Manager at Winnipeg Hyundai famously says, “Manitoba isn’t a province. It’s a small town and everybody knows each other.” m WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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By Christopher Grant

Your lawnmower choices are endless


ize does matter, especially when it comes to boy’s toys. Boy’s toys, not boy-toys, guys; lawnmowers, not lady bait.

Yet, ‘bigger is better’ is the

clarion call of millions of men when it comes to selecting the ‘perfect’ lawnmower. The actual size of your lawn is irrelevant.

What makes a lawnmower a boy’s toy? It took me a while to figure out; If you can race it, it’s a boy’s toy. And why do men so covet lawnmowers they are prepared to bury themselves in a life-long mortgage to justify a zero-turn mower with all-wheel suspension and a seat I’d trade my couch for? In a word - Fun. It helps that most are designed with racy lines and sexy graphics. Even the little electric mowers can look like a LeMans prototype. Cutting the lawn has always been my favourite chore. It’s a chance to catch some sun while I patrol and inspect my personal territory, and it’s more strenuous, calorie-wise, than, say, golf. Unless,


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toys for big boys of course, you have a self-propelled, frontwheel drive gas mower capable of ripping through all manner of weeds and bush, or ... something you can ride; if I had a riding mower, I think I’d build a race track through my wife’s vegetable garden. So how do you choose a mower other than simply upending your wallet on the sales counter (assuming your wife’s not there) and taking home the most expensive toy you can finance?

Keith Yetman of Winnipeg’s Yetman’s Limited, has a quick and ready answer, but it’s not one I want to hear. “The best guide to buying the right lawnmower is a good salesman who knows what he’s talking about,” he says. And he should know; his Jarvis Avenue store has been serving the Winnipeg marketplace for over three decades. But where’s the up-sell? So what if my lawn is five metres square? That’s more than

enough room for a zero-turn (z-turn) mower; that’s enough space to do laps. And it will fit in the garage; I can park my car on the street. So a knowledgeable salesman is the last person I want advice from. “There are a lot of choices today,” says Yetman. “Depending on not only the size of your yard, but also the landscaping and whether there is a slope and how steep – lawn and garden tractors have a higher centre of gravity than riding mowers, and they also have wider cutting decks, so will it fit through your gate, or between your trees?” As he speaks, my expectations shrink, even as his practical advice eases the stress on my wallet. A bit. A good brand, such as Simplicity or Ferris, offers a 2-4-year warranty, something Yetman says you don’t always get in a big-box store brand. “It really is a case of you get what you pay for.” If you buy a mower from a ‘box’ store, not only do you have to assemble it, but if you do have warranty issues, then you’ll end up taking it to a local dealer anyway. A quality gas mower costs just under $400, while adding self-propelled and an electric starter can nearly double that. A good rear-engine riding mower will set you back anywhere from $1,795 to $2,500. Lawn tractors start at about $2,500; heavy duty garden tractors with loader, tiller and snow-blower attachments can cost upwards of $20,000.

LAWNMOWER MAINTENANCE So there she sits, waiting for you. She’s yours, finally. Nowhere in your mind are you thinking about how you’re going to maintain her; you just want to climb on and ... get cutting. Lawnmower maintenance is key to making your new toy last as long as possible, as well as insuring a decent trade-in value for the next one. “You should service your mower twice a year, Spring and Fall,” insists Keith Yetman. “In Spring to sharpen blades, in the Fall to change your oil, service the air filter system, stabilize the fuel and remove the battery.” And always refer to your owners manual if you need help. Your choice of fuel is also important. “Aspen alkylate gasoline is an environmentally clean choice for mowers,” says Yetman. Developed in Sweden for the forestry industry to reduce the cancer risk of workers, Aspen is a readymixed fuel for mowers and other outdoor equipment as well as boats and ATVs which lasts for years before losing its combustibility. Made without many of the most toxic elements found in gasoline, Aspen fuel improves machine performance and ensures a longer service life.

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Yetman’s showroom floor has one of everything. From push to self-propelled walkbehinds, rider mowers to garden tractors sporting snow-blowers and up to 61 inch, three-blade cutting decks and the z-turns which resemble a cross between an openwheel race car and a moon buggy, with its otherworldly control arms. There is so much choice, I cannot imagine not leaving with the lawnmower of my dreams, and I’m only there to talk. Yetmans and their dealer network across western Canada serves the commercial trade as well as farmers and the residential market. “Landscapers who cut all day need suspension. Without it, they can only cut for about four hours before their backs ache. But having suspension and a good seat allows them to cut all day.” Selling lawnmowers isn’t the most stressful line of work when you’re selling good quality mowers and Yetman doesn’t have any memorable stories about selling them. I guess if you want a good lawnmower story, visit an emergency room on a Saturday afternoon. m



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Motor Running Summer Roadtrips around Manitoba


here’s no better way to put the horrific winter of 2012/13 behind you than to hit the road for a little summer adventure. You’ve been inundated with ads telling you to go to some tropical paradise to recharge, but if you’re like most of us, that kind of disposable income just isn’t falling out of your coin purse. Fear not! There are a multitude of adventures waiting for you at the end of a properly planned road trip.

Winnipeg Men did a little research to help get you started. We found the staff at Travel Manitoba to be most helpful, both with brochures and suggestions. Travel Manitoba has an endless library of guides, brochures and maps to help you plan the most rewarding road trip. Their staff will go out of their way to get you the information you need to get started. Here are a just a few to appeal to your wanderlust.

A Taste of Manitoba’s Ukrainian Heritage Winnipeg to Dauphin – 315 kilometres Just a few hours’ drive northwest of Winnipeg, the town of Dauphin, named by French settlers after the heir to the French throne, boasts rich Ukrainian heritage. Take some time to visit the Ukrainian Heritage Village, the Fort Dauphin Museum or take a guided tour of the Church of the Resurrection – built by volunteers during the depression. If you’re looking for more than a one day adventure, be sure to visit during August long weekend and partake in Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival at the Selo Ukrainia site – also the site of Dauphin Countryfest. Pit-stop: Get your obligatory tourist photo in Rose du Lac, known as the cattle capital of Manitoba. This quaint village has a statue of Manitoba’s very own lake monster, Manipogo!

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Arlington Street Bridge Locals have traversed this hefty hunk of metal over the CP Railway yards for years. But did you know the bridge was originally built by a local engineering firm to cross the River Nile in Egypt? It’s not a road trip in itself, but take it on your next trip out of town and imagine the crocodiles you could have been driving over.

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Our Very Own Desert Winnipeg to Spruce Woods – 186 Kilometres Described as a unique ecological attraction, Spruce Woods Provincial Park offers an adventure like no other in Manitoba. Spirit Sands is the closest thing Manitoba has to a true desert. With wide spans of sand dunes and cactuses, Spirit Sands also has flourishing Manitoba foliage due to precipitation amounts double the typical desert rainfall. Marvel at the Devil’s Punchbowl, a 45-metre deep pond in the sand formed by underground streams. Enjoy a covered wagon ride through the harsh desert terrain. The park’s visitors centre will entertain and engage you with plays and campfire stories. Pit-stop: Stop in the town of Glenboro to see Sarah the Camel – a statue commemorating an era when camels were brought to Manitoba to take the locals over the Spirit Sands terrain. Or visit Treherne to see the glass house – a building constructed entirely of used whole glass bottles.

Ghost Towns of Manitoba A tour guide book by H. Mulligan & W. Ryder This book will take you on a journey into the past thriving communities where locals once lived. Pick up this book at your local bookstore.

Town Statues of Manitoba There are a few famous statues within driving distance – the Viking in Gimli, the Happy Rock in Gladstone, Huskie the Muskie in Kenora. There are also some unique ones quietly propping up the rural skyline. See the world’s largest painting on an easel in Altona, or salivate in front of the Largest Cookie Jar in the World in Deloraine. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

Day at the Beach Winnipeg to Victoria Beach – 116 kilometres A short drive north of Winnipeg lands you in some of the world’s finest beaches. Many European immigrants settled here, claiming these beaches gave them a taste of home with fine white sands and plenty of sunshine. This drive allows you to go beach hopping, as you’ll pass by Patricia Beach, Beaconia and world famous Grand Beach before hitting the sands at Victoria Beach. If you want to make it a longer trip there are a plethora of camping and cottage rental options available. Pit-stop: Get a true taste of pristine nature by visiting Elk Island, found just a few minutes north of Victoria Beach. Local kite enthusiasts appreciate the offshore winds and miles of shallow water. Accessible only by boat, there is almost no development. Camping and fires are not allowed in order to preserve the untouched natural beauty of the island. Its shoreline is dotted with large coloured boulders and fine white sand, reminiscent of a stone garden.

Pictographs & Petroforms Tour the ancient sacred sites of Manitoba. First Nations people preserved these areas 1500 years ago by marking them with pictographs (painted in red ochre on cliff faces) and petroforms (outlined with rocks on the forest floor). Many pictographs are visible from various Manitoba rivers while petroforms can still be viewed in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Fargo/Moorhead A few hour’s drive and south of the Canada/U.S. border lies Fargo/ Moorhead. Offering unique and diverse attractions, there is really something for everyone. Get your picture taken with the famous woodchipper from the movie Fargo, take a guided pontoon boat ride on the historic Red River, or attend the annual Fargo Bluesfest in August. Fargo/Moorhead is a shopper’s paradise. After an exhilarating day of shopping, enjoy the nightlife at one of many local restaurants or pubs, immerse yourself in a local fair or amp it up with a skydiving experience. With museums, nature preserves and fine wine and spirit manufacturers open for business, let Fargo/Moorhead give you a memorable getaway that’s close to home. m

If you want a road trip that’s more about the journey than the destination, Travel Manitoba’s Unique Manitoba Attractions guide is what you need. WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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Goldeyes celebrate their 20th anniversary

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2

By Christopher Grant

012 was a banner year for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. So much so that there is a palpable pressure on the team to do better in this, their 20th Anniversary year.

Last season can be summed up by victories on and off the diamond. Not only did they win the American Association Championship in only their second year in the league, it was also the second consecutive year in which they were named the league’s Organization of the Year. And for the 13th consecutive season, the ‘Fighting Fish’ led their league in fan attendance. Average attendance for the 2012 season was 5,705 WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

fans per game, for a total of 306,373 over the year – statistically almost half of Winnipeg’s population. The year was so full of successes that I opened my conversation with Goldeyes General Manager Andrew Collier by asking how 2012 could have been any better.

“Sure I could nitpick, but winning the championship and having the great playoff crowds we did and sweeping through the playoffs and not having a single rain out all season – I don’t even like saying that word,” he says, rapping his knuckles on the table. “But yes, it was a pretty special year.”

Not that it was easy.

“We went into the final series as definitive underdogs against a very strong Fargo team that was one of the best teams I’ve ever seen. Going into the playoffs I wasn’t as confident as I had been in previous years against other teams. “I’m glad the guys on the 2012 team proved me wrong.”

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“It’s funny,” Collier explains. “Because for the last few years we’ve been talking about how 2013 is going to be our 20th season and how are we going to celebrate that and what are we going to do and then last September we won the championship and now we need to incorporate winning the championship into this season so we have promotions throughout the year which celebrate both. “It all gets underway May 27 with the season opener when we raise the banner, do a ceremonial ring presentation and start the season off with a bang.” Through their 19-year tenure as a city team, the Goldeyes have always kept Winnipeg central in their strategy. “I think we’ve provided a rare option for families in Winnipeg to go out and have somewhere affordable to spend three hours together.” Somewhere, at least, which isn’t in a dark room with a big screen and where you can actually converse with the person next to you. ”We’re more than just another entertainment option. Since day one we’ve kept our ticket prices low so a family of four can enjoy a game for $20, and I think in today’s entertainment and sporting event market, that is a serious bang for the buck.”

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“And then there’s the pride of championship when they raise the banner. May 27 is going to be an exciting night, a night we’ve been waiting for since 1995.” The Goldeyes won the championship in their 1994 inaugural year, but despite being in the playoffs for the next 10 consecutive years and playing in the championship final eight times out of their 19 seasons, have only seen ultimate victory twice. “We’ve seen a lot of downs; it was nice to see an up.” Regardless of the drought, the fans have been loyal. “That speaks volumes to what the full-time staff here do, planning in the off-season” says Collier. “We don’t look at the season as 50 games; we see them as 50 events to plan around a baseball game. There’s a baseball game going on, but it’s an event and we want people to be entertained from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave, whether it’s a theme night where we’re giving away a trip to Jamaica or there’s fireworks after the game or we’re giving away mini trophies or replica championship rings. The team wants people to come and spend five dollars or 10 or 12 and walk away and WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

cover story tell their friends ‘I went to a Goldeyes game and all of this stuff went on – they threw ice creams into the stands during the seventh inning stretch and bags of chips ... It was a great night and I want to go back.’ Collier wants every fan encounter with a Goldeye staff member to be memorable – in a positive way – so they feel truly welcome and leave with a good feeling and tell their friends about it. Not that Collier could hope for a more loyal, or supportive, fan base. The fans have supported the team since Day 1, Collier continues, when they crowded into a corner of the old Winnipeg Stadium. Known as ‘Deformity Field’, the make-shift ball diamond sat in the Northwest corner of the stadium. “We had a temporary outfield wall, the left field line was two hundred and some feet, artificial turf,” says Collier. “But the fans stuck with us for five years. They could


have just come for the first year and yes, it was new and interesting, but after that they could have tired of sitting on the metal benches at a football field and just abandoned us, but they stayed with us.” Working hard behind the scenes, Collier says, was owner Sam Katz. During those first years, Katz worked tirelessly on his dream to build Shaw Park. “Sam knew if we had a real ball park with real sight lines and a grass field and good seats and real amenities and food, that people would come, and that’s what happened.” Collier is very much both expert on and the greatest fan of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, as he has been with them for all of their current incarnation. He has been a huge part of the team’s organizational awards. Collier joined the team in June, 1994. Scheduled to play golf with Scott Taylor one morning, Collier arrived to find Scott had brought a friend along. “That’s how I met Sam Katz,” Collier chuckles. “By the time we finished the 14th hole, I had asked Sam

for a job. After three weeks of pestering him, he gave me one.” He started in the ticket department, but did a lot of everything for the team before becoming general manager in 2002. Since then, Collier has won the Northern League’s ‘Executive of the Year’ five times. Though he has a significant amount of responsibility for the team’s success or failure, Collier is quick to credit owner Sam Katz. “Sam said it best the other day at a Chamber of Commerce meeting,” Collier says. “It’s knowing who the real boss is, it’s not me, it’s not him. It’s the fans. They pay my salary, they pay the players’ salaries. They’re the ones who keep us going. If it wasn’t for our season ticket holders and mini-pack holders and the corporate sponsors, we wouldn’t be sitting here right now.” So sure, 2012 was a banner year. But 2013 already promises great things. m

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Kenora Bound By Kelly Parker

Sail in to North America’s Premier Boating Destination


here’s no denying that Manitoba is home to some spectacular cottage country, but east down the Trans-Canada, beyond Falcon and West Hawk

lakes but still just two hours from Winnipeg, is one of the most stunning geological accidents found anywhere in the world: Lake of the Woods. Were it contained entirely in the U.S., it would be the sixth largest freshwater lake in the country after the Great Lakes, except that it is mostly in Canada, and tantalizingly close to Winnipeg. Kenora, the largest city on the lake, is close enough to Winnipeg to leave work in the city late on a Friday afternoon, and be enjoying a cold

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beverage on a deck perched out over the lake before Happy Hour is over. You’ll need that drink while you mull over all that Kenora has to offer since it picked itself up following the departure of its main employer – a paper mill – in 2005, and re-invented itself as a tourist mecca. It did that by recognizing its own natural wonders. Randy Nickle of the Lake of the Woods Development Commission, and Chair of the Tourism Committee, says it came down to asking the question “What separates us from every other place in the world? The first thing everybody mentions,” he says, “is how beautiful the lake is. We have 14,522 islands, and the only yacht club with a royal designation in inland waters in the world as far as we know – we have awesome sailing here.” So the brand was born: North America’s Premier Boating Destination, and anyone who hauls the boat out from Winnipeg will be in hull heaven, for sure, but Kenora also offers endless choices to the landlubber, because this rebranding has come at the end of a long period of rejuvenation for the city as a destination all its own. “We have so many festivals and activities happening,” says Nickle, adding, “we’ve already had a couple of major activities like a car and boat show over Father’s Day weekend, but coming up over the Canada Day weekend, we’ve got the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, July 1 fireworks, (and) the airshow at the airport featuring the Snowbirds. Harbourfest is August long weekend, but the weekend before that we have the Coney Island Music Festival.” With the exception of (for obvious reasons) that airport event, waterside is where it’s at every summer, especially with the addition of a new behemoth, permanent showplace on the harbour front. “The Whitecap Pavilion has become the focal point for WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

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WHERE TO EAT: events,” says Kenora’s Tourism Development Officer Mark Duggan, “so we’ve got a number of different ones happening there all summer long, from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to the farmer’s market to Harbourfest to the fishing tournament. That’s also where the MS Kenora (touring boat) launches from, so it really is a focal point of the whole harbour front.” With a growing list of great places to eat and drink, thriving shopping district just steps from the water – or in some cases, over it – featuring an eclectic mix of shops and an impressive events list on tap, you could spend every weekend here and never step into a boat. “People (from Winnipeg) are realizing that Kenora is only two hours away and discovering that it’s a great place to come. I just think it’s going to be a great summer!” m

With offerings running the gamut from high-end cuisine at places like Bijou Steakhouse or The Cornerstone Restaurant, to chip trucks down by the waterfront and everything in between from every corner of the world, you could take a week and do nothing but eat.


Long one of the only places in Kenora to poke around for interesting chochkies, the Blue Heron is still waiting for you down by – actually over – the water in the historic building where it has always been. These days, you can get both ice cream and a mani/pedi just outside while you watch the boats go by. By far the densest concentration of shops, however, is down by the Harbourfront, and all within an easy stroll of one another. “Everything you could need is in Kenora. If you wanted to,” laughs Nickle, “you could finish all of your Christmas shopping in one day!”

Harbourfest: Arguably the one must-do weekend of the summer, the Kenora Harbourfront is a hive of activity every August long weekend, with the classic car displays along the harbour to the classic boat parade in it, and nightly concerts divided by genre, from past classic, and country headliners like Burton Cummings and Blue Rodeo to REO Speedwagon, Bachman & Turner, and Theory of a Deadman, to name a few. Full lineup and event details at KBI: Celebrating its 26th year and still growing, the Kenora Bass International – the KBI to the locals – draws pros and amateurs alike from all over North America to one of the best fisheries on the continent to compete for a share of thousands in prize money at the raucous weight-ins, August 8-10. MS Kenora: Being at one of the most stunning lakes in the world and not being on it seems cruel. Plan a cruise on the MS Kenora to eagle spot and check out stately cottages out on the lake. Enjoy an afternoon lunch, sunset dinner or Sunday brunch cruise, or grab an ice cream before leaving port, relax in the sun and enjoy the breeze.

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An amazing Summer getaway awaits.

fitness By Tom Ripley, CSCS Pro(Ag)gressive Fitness Centre Joint Effort Sports Injury Clinic

Keep it Simple

Short, powerful bursts of energy will have you looking great


innipeg summers come and go too quickly. For the gorgeous but brief summer months, nearly everyone makes an effort to be outside. The 8-10 weeks of summer are fortunately more than enough time to lose weight, begin to develop muscle, improve health, and feel exponentially better. The two simple routines I am going to describe below involve no exclusively aerobic work. In fact, I have intentionally neglected to include a jog, bike ride, or walk in our weight loss plan for men. This is a different approach I rarely, if ever, see during Winnipeg summers. Being healthier and fitter than you ever have requires short, powerful bursts of energy, which are physically and psychologically challenging. For decades, sprinters and various athletes have had world-class physiques with training programs that seemed to back up the theory. Now, researchers have all the information they need to prove it. Metabolically demanding interval training, HIAT (high intensity anaerobic training) for the research types, lends itself perfectly to the outdoors and summertime. To tap into your body’s fast twitch muscle fibers, high threshold motor units and anaerobic energy systems, your body requires exercise selections and programs specifically designed to tap into different energy systems the body uses to allow us short bursts of powerful energy. The following will tap into all of the energy systems our

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bodies use. Sound complicated? Well, the nice thing is the program is definitely as simple as it gets. Dry Land Sprint Training Find a track at a local school, park, or anywhere where you are outside soaking up that non-synthetic Vitamin D from the sun. It’s best to start with a program that mixes some general prep work for sprinting without jumping into exclusively 40-yard or 100-metre dashes. How’s this for an easy beginners’ routine? This is nearly identical to a routine used in a 2011 study that showed real hormonal responses best for muscle gains and fat loss: Run 400 metres for time. Rest 4 minutes. Run 300 metres for time. Rest 3 minutes. Run 200 metres for time. Rest 2 minutes. Run 100 metres as quick as you are able. Rest: 4 minutes. Repeat once. Doing this every other day will lead to weight loss and significant drops in body fat. Of course, here is where I will preach the benefits of risk reduction and would suggest a weight-training program designed for appropriate structural balance to accompany any conditioning or weight loss program. Also, the study found that the hormonal changes were real and significant for the body’s natural anabolic hormones. Not only are you going to look great, you will feel great and be less irritable.

Modified Strongman Training for Fat Loss Tired of the usual? Modifying simple movements like you see on World’s Strongest Man is up there with the most demanding interval work you can do. Movements are as simple as dragging or pushing a sled, flipping tires, sledgehammer strikes, or carrying a sandbag. These movements condition the entire body and the energy systems used are the same as sprinting. There are many gyms with tire sandbags; however, a trip to Canadian Tire can have you set for under $50. Here’s an easy routine to do outside this summer to alternate with your sprints. You will need a sledgehammer, an old useless tire, a sandbag, and a field. Sledgehammer Strikes x 10 on each arm Sprint x 75 yards (3/4 of a soccer field) Sandbag Carry x 75 yards back Rest: 3 minutes. Repeat 6-8 times That’s it. Do whichever is easiest and fits your schedule. Make it a routine and cut out the processed food and sugars- you really should be going to local Farmers’ Markets this summer, by the way! Try it with a friend to help push you through those sprints and do this outside! If you are sore and cursing the next day, odds are you did it correctly. Best of luck! m WWW.WINNIPEGMAG.COM

Naughty or Nice

A battle of the sexes... of sorts

Advice from both sides of the gender divide, be it naughty or nice. I’m recently back in the dating game after having been married for nine years. I know times have changed and I’m wondering what the rules are for taking a date out to dinner – Do I pay? Just offer? Insist on it? Or is going Dutch the thing that happens these days? As someone in the same situation, I’m not entirely sure myself. My opinion is that you should probably as least offer so you can show off your gentlemanly side. I think her reaction to that will give you the answer you need. Maybe I’m old school, but I still like the idea of being able to take a lady out on a date and treat her right. I would always at least offer to pay. I might even take the check before she had a chance to make a move for her purse. But if I could tell she felt really strongly about it, I might suggest something like her paying for movie tickets while I bought the snacks. A compromise.

How do I broach the subject of being more adventurous in the bedroom to my wife? Whenever I try to bring it up, she just shuts me down before the conversation even happens.

My partner never dresses for her body type. She could look so attractive, but chooses to wear things that are much too young for her. How can I get her out of the Junior’s Department and dressing like a 32-year-old should?

You need to talk to her in the right situation. Don’t try to bring it up when she’s been running around all day and you haven’t taken the garbage out and she’s folding laundry and counting down the minutes until she can go to sleep. Take out the garbage, offer to rub her shoulders and then when she’s relaxed and leaning back against you, ask her if you can talk. Women generally don’t want to talk about anything sexual unless they’re feeling appreciated in other areas.

Oh boy. That’s a tough one, but are you sure she doesn’t look fine and you just have a problem with it? That said, have you tried saying anything to her before? Maybe you could bring it up casually by making a comment about something you like in a store window when you’re walking by? This is really tough, but if it’s something you can’t move on from and if she’s happy as she is, maybe she’s not the right girl for you.

Get brave! That’s something that’s going to take guts on your side, if you’re having to ask us for tips. I’d try bringing it up when you’re already both in the mood. While she’s up against you and you have your mouth to her ear, suggest something you’ve never tried before and wait for her reaction. And good luck!


Another hard one! This could go one of two ways – either she’ll internalize everything you say and maybe try to change it up a bit or she’ll kick your ass to the curb. Hard to say without knowing her at all. Are you sure how she dresses isn’t something you can just live with? How would you feel if she told you everything you wore made you look like a grandpa? Maybe you should be thinking about that first.

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Winnipeg Men Magazine’s


Don’t get caught driving the pace car… This year we’ve decided to shake things up for our Pursuit Event. We’re going to dedicate even more pages to some of the sexiest vehicles around with specs, options, customer reviews and of course, photos. Don’t miss what’s going to unfold on our pages.

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WHAT’S IN YOUR LOCKER Matthew Rusch, pitcher for the Winnipeg Goldeyes A veteran with the Goldeyes, Matt Rusch has made quite an impression in the world of baseball. In 2012 he finished fifth in the league with 10 wins and pitched a career-high 139 innings, helping his team to win the American Association Championship.

Energy drink. I like to have an energy drink before each start. It’s part of my routine.

Fleur de Lis. My necklace that I wear is one my lucky superstitions. I’ve worn it since my playing days in Quebec City. It was given to me by my girlfriend when we first started dating.

Championship ring. It’s in my locker at all times, a small reminder of our special championship winning season of 2012. Many players strive their whole careers to win one, and it has a special place for me because of all the hard work last year and the fact that a few retired players from last year’s team finally won a ring.

Photography by Ian McCausland

Uniforms. The starting pitcher for each game decides which uniform we wear. My favorite is the white uniform with red undershirt and the two-toned hat.

Two baseballs. One was my very first professional win back in 2005 with the Detroit Tigers (rookie league) and the other is the baseball used for the final out of the championship series last year against Wichita. Given to me by Ace Walker.

My glove. My game day glove which I take special care with - it actually has its own seat on the team bus next to me. It was given to me last year by the American association for winning pitcher of the month in July of 2012.

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Garage Masters............................. 11

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries............ 7

Hanford Drewitt............................... 4

Steeltown Ford.............................. 15

Harley Davidson of Winnipeg........ 13

West Hawk Marine Ltd. ................ 29

HY’S Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar...... 9 Kenora Hospitality Alliance............ 31 Landau Ford Lincoln Sales.............. 23 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.......... 10 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries............ 3

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Winnipeg Goldeyes........................ 27 W.K. Chan Jewellers...................... 27 Woodhaven Lexus Toyota ............................. Inside Front Cover Yetmans......................................... 16

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