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You’d think a celebrated veteran Canadian band like The Trews — with countless radio hits, ecstatic fans from Dublin to Des Moines plus multiple EPs, a pair of live albums and a retrospective — would regard studio album number six as a cinch. After all, it’s their career equivalent to Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti or REM’s Green, the Beatles’ Rubber Soul and The Tragically Hip’s Phantom Power; the apex of decades-long musical ingenuity arriving at a juncture where there is nothing, truly not one thing, left to prove. Yet you’d be dead wrong. In what can only be described as a rage against stasis, The Trews approached Civilianaires, their electrifying and wildly original follow-up to 2014’s The Trews, the way a contractor tackles a kitchen reno: tearing things down to the studs, then building out piece by new piece. 10
We sat down with lead guitarist, John-Angus MacDonald to discuss the new album, their current tour and what it was like to work with legendary Producer, Bob Rock.
q : I s w h at yo u ’ r e lo o k i n g fo r a n e vo lu t i o n o f yo u r s o u n d a n d s o n g w r i t i n g a n d a r e yo u wa n t i n g to b r i n g s o m e t h i n g n e w to t h e ta b l e w i t h e ac h a l b u m? a:
q : C i v i l i a n a i r e s i s yo u r 6t h st u d i o a l b u m a n d s o m e h av e c a l l e d i t yo u r b e st to dat e . C a n yo u ta l k a b o u t t h e n e w a l b u m a n d a b o u t t h e p r o c e s s? a:
It was a long process getting to this record. Our last full-length studio release was in 2014, so this is the longest gap we’ve ever taken between albums. And that’s because we had a lot of shake ups, both personally and professionally. In the time between our last two records, I had two kids, we lost a founding member of the band (Sean Dalton left in late 2014) and we split ways with our manager of 15 years. A lot of things changed, so it took us a while to find our footing again. I don’t want to describe it as false starts, because everything we did went towards the record in the end, but we started to make the record several times with the thinking that we were going to do it one way and didn’t end up seeing it through. The good news is that every time we entered the studio we produced some tracks that eventually made it on to the record. We entered the studio in early 2017 with Max Kerman of Arkells. I had been showing him some of our demos and unfinished songs and he was giving me some feedback on them and that eventually led to a collaboration
in the studio on three songs (“Vintage Love,” “Is It Too Late” and “Jericho”) all of which made the record, but in a different way because we ended up “reproducing” them with Derek Hoffman. We also entered the studio in the summer of that year with legendary producer Bob Rock and we did another four songs (“Leave It Alone,” “Civilianaires,” “Amen” and “Way Too High”). Those sessions didn’t get completed because Bob had a bit of a health scare so we had to cancel the next session and before we could reschedule it we met Derek Hoffman. Once we started working with Derek everything started to click. We quickly wrote 4 or 5 songs that really excited everyone, we sort of had an “aha” moment in that we found the sound we wanted for the whole album. It was distinctly Trews, yet a new thing. It felt fresh and reinvigorating so we went with it and took all of the sessions that we had done up to that point and gave them to Derek to tie the album together.
We always are. I know it’s a cliché that you have your whole life to write your first album, but it’s true. Some of the songs that ended up on our first record (2003’s House of Ill Fame) were songs that we had been working on for two or three years. As a young band you never think in terms of making a record and that it will be on the radio or anything like that, you’re mostly developing material for your live set. In our case, the first album came out and was a runaway success, having a number 1 single on it and being certified gold, which caught all of us by surprise. Eventually, you have to go back in the studio and follow that up but you have to do like 200 shows in between. The next record, Den of Thieves, was done really quickly. We didn’t have much time to plot what we wanted to do we just went in and did it quickly and it worked. But then what starts happening is you start to react to your previous record. In the case of our third album “No Time for Later”, we really wanted to make something different than our first two records, which were essentially live off the floor with a few overdubs and fixes. For No Time For Later we hired Gus Van Go and Werner F from Brooklyn, who were more cutting edge when it came to how they approach making records, so we did this really polished and precise album with them. In response to that, we made Hope and Ruin next at the Bathouse Studio, which is the most rustic and organic album we’ve ever made. So you find yourself reacting to whatever you just did. In the case of Civilianaires, because we had this four-year window between releases, we actually sat back and thought about what we wanted to do next. We got to reflect on the material we were working on and we wrote a TON of songs, but the whole thing still felt a little scattered. You don’t really have a fully articulated vision of what you want until you hear it. By the time we met Derek, the whole record was done in the span of a few weeks because we knew we hit on something special and we finished it up quickly at that point. ›› COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA 11 COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA
q : Yo u ’ v e co l l a b o r at e d w i t h s o m e a m a z i n g a rt i st s ov e r t h e y e a r s , i n c lu d i n g S e r e n a Ry d e r , w h o co -w r ot e t h e t i t l e t r ac k fo r yo u r n e w a l b u m . W h at d o yo u lo o k fo r i n a n ot h e r a rt i st t h at w i l l h o p e f u l ly b r i n g o u t t h e b e st i n yo u r ba n d? a:
q : W h at was i t l i k e to wo r k w i t h B o b R o c k? a: It
was really cool, I wish we got to do more. He’s one of those great wizards His suggestions are somewhat vague but also very deep in a weird way. I think he still respects the magic in the process. He’s been making records for so many years and some of them have changed the landscape of recorded music. When you’ve had that kind of success, you either start to phone it in, which he doesn’t, or you learn to respect the magic and respect the intangibles in the process. He knew we could play, so he just wanted to try to get to the “lightning in a bottle moment”. It was a really fun weekend of work that we did with him, and I hope we can do more at some point in the future.
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I produce records for other artists now so I see both sides. It’s the band’s job to write the songs. If the band has any kind of vision or original sound, they should be bringing that part. Certainly, there could be co-writing, but that has to be done before you get into the studio in my opinion. Some producers are great co-writers. We wrote some great songs with Derek, for instance. I think the producer is there to help manifest the song in the most effective way possible. In the case of producing young bands, for example, I produced the first couple of releases for the Glorious Sons, who are well known now - when I met them, they
were very young and had never worked with a producer before. So they needed help with their arrangements. They had great songs but they needed to be tighter and more concise and we had to work on everyone’s instrumental parts so they sounded good as a unit. That kind of advice and input can be really revelatory and doesn’t tend to happen when you’re writing and producing your own stuff. It’s really hard to be objective and subjective at the same time. Even in my case, even though I know how to produce records, I still like bringing in producers because I’m as likely to fall into that trap of being too precious with my own ideas as much as any other artist is. That’s why we like to have another opinion in the room. It takes a lot of trust because you have to respect the producer enough to listen to their suggestions and give it a try.
Again, it’s that trust thing, as long as you respect each other and everyone is going for the same thing, it can be great fun to co-write. We’ve co-written with our producers over the years and with other people as well. There’s also the “blind date” style of co-writing where we’ve gone to Nashville and just had publishers set us up with 4 different writers a day, where you just go from session to session and you just write a bunch of songs for different purposes and that can be a little awkward. We’re not the kind of band that can separate ourselves from the process, we feel like writing is a really personal thing. Unless you’re on the same wave length as the person you’re writing with, it’s going to be a failed experiment. So we don’t really look for anything except chemistry and people that we hit it off with.
q : W h at c a n t h e fa n s e x p ec t f r o m a l i v e s h ow o n t h i s to u r? a:
We’ve been doing a lot of the new album and it’s been going over great. The new material has a dynamic quality to is different for us. We’ve done some dynamic things that we haven’t done on our previous records, which has given the set a good pace. There’s a lot of flow to it and I think that’s because of the new material. We’re also playing old favorites, so anyone who comes and wants to hear some of the older stuff, we’re still doing all that. We’re pretty happy with how it’s going.
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I think it’s important. This is about supporting the little guy and the physical manifestations of music, like music that you can still touch. That’s very likely to go away entirely if not for these little guys, because the main chains are already gone, like HMV. It’s up to these shop owners to figure out how to make it work and keep it open for the passion of collectors and the people that still like to go out and discover music. These shops are great hubs for music communities and music discovery, so we support them and we’re happy to represent Record Store Day. We also have a vinyl reissue of our second album, Den of Thieves, coming out on Record Store Day. We re-released the first album, House of Ill Fame, on vinyl last year for RSD and it was a big success cause we had never released it on vinyl before. We hope for the same result this year and to drive people out to the stores.
q : Was v i n y l a b i g pa rt o f yo u r lov e o f m u s i c g r ow i n g u p ? a:
I was born in 1980, so by the time I was collecting my own music it was on cassette, but my parents had a massive vinyl collection, most of which I own now. Mostly I remember the artwork for albums like Sgt Pepper by The Beatles. I have vivid memories of listening to the music and exploring every nook and cranny of the sleeve. It made a big impression. So ya, I have very fond memories of listening to vinyl growing up. And it makes me proud to press our own vinyl records. It’s one thing to get a file from the mixer in your email and give it a listen but it’s quite another walk into a room at your record label or whatever and see a stack of your own records sitting there. It makes you feel like you really brought something tangible into the world.
q : Yo u g u ys h av e o p e n e d u p fo r s o m e l eg e n da ry r o c k i co n s l i k e T h e S to n e s , S p r i n g s t e e n , t h e l i s t g o e s o n . I s t h e r e a n yo n e l e f t o n yo u r b u c k e t l i s t t h at yo u wa n t to p e r fo r m w i t h? a:
Of course. When it comes to artists that we love and respect, there’s a long list. I’d love to play with AC/DC and I think of Bob Dylan and Neil Young as two of the greatest
that ever walked the earth and I’d love to cross paths with them. I have such respect and admiration for artists like that. And I’m also grateful for the experiences we’ve had so far and who we’ve been lucky enough to play with. It’s a dream come true to go on tour with Robert Plant or share the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Kiss, The Rolling Stones and all these great groups. It really is a rock n roll fantasy, you never expect in a million years that you’re going to be doing this stuff. They are memories we will always cherish.
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It makes me happy. One of the things about Canada is that we have a really healthy rock scene. Just look at the nominees for Rock Album of the Year at this year’s Juno awards. It’s a really strong list and there probably could have been 10 more on there. Canada puts out a lot of good rock n roll. And the people support it live. We were just touring out west in the dead of winter and we were crossing paths with Arkells, Monster Truck, Mother Mother, all these great bands and everyone’s shows are selling out, the fans are going out to all of them. It’s a really healthy live scene. •
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Playing pool for Paint the Town Red Another very successful Paint The Town Red Port Credit Pool Tournament fundraiser was held at the Crooked Cue on January 27th. There was huge support from local businesses, sponsors and volunteers so that the PTTR team could reach their goal. The big winner this year with bragging rights was Shore Grill & Grotto. PTTR hosts a few fun fundraisers before the big event. Check out their website at paintthetownred.ca.
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On February 23rd, Eden Food for Change hosted the CNOY fundraising walkathon in Mississauga Erin Mills, joining thousands of Canadians across the country who raised over $5 million for hungry, homeless, and hurting people. An enthusiastic warm-up had everyone fired up and ready to brave the outdoors. The walk started at South Common Community Centre, with a rest stop at Peel Regional Police 11 Division. The walk finished back at the Community Centre where a light, warm meal was served. 22
Eden Food for Change received tremendous support from its community public safety partners. Sheridan College School of Public Safety students helped marshal walkers. Peel Regional Police assisted with traffic safety, and senior ranking and front-line officers also participated as walkers. “Peel Regional Police were honoured to participate in the CNOY Walkathon with Eden Food For Change. The walkathon was a tremendous initiative to support hungry and homeless members of our community. Eden Food For Change takes the
generosity of our community and quickly provides meaningful aid to those who need it most. My compliments to Eden Food For Change for organizing such an outstanding event,” said Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord. The Mississauga Erin Mills CNOY walkathon raised $37,000. “We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to all those who joined us to walk and fundraise in our first CNOY, and to the donors who so generously pledged to our walkers,” said Event Director, Patric Dugas. “We are also very thankful to the 20 community partners and over 100 volunteers who not only helped us create a safe, memorable, and successful walk but also helped us operate the event at zero cost.” Eden Food for Change has been serving people living with food insecurity since 1989. It provides access to healthy food, good nutrition and cooking skills, one-onone advocacy support, and referral services. For more information visit edenffc.org.
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During 2019, the Halton Outdoor Club is marking its 46th anniversary. Back in 1973, cross country skiing was practiced by very few people in Southern Ontario. It was rare to meet someone else on skinny skis and if you did, you stopped to talk to them. Friendships were formed and when a few local ski trips were organized, the seed of a club for cross country skiers was planted.
Lessons have always been a key feature of the club so that even people who have never skied or kayaked before can get involved and more experienced skiers or paddlers can register for clinics to improve their skills. Some original members of the club are still around – proof that continued activity is good for health and wellbeing.
By the 1974-75 season, the club had adopted the name Halton Cross Country Ski Club and a logo had been developed so members could identify each other in parking lots and on the trails.
because of a focus on outdoor activities and friendship.”
It wasn’t too long before skiers started cycling together in the “off season.” Hiking and paddling activities followed and in the late 90s the club name was changed to Halton Outdoor Club to better reflect the breadth of activities that were offered year-round. This not-for-profit club has always had a reputation for being well run. It grew and prospered because of a focus on outdoor activities and friendship regardless of athletic ability and because of dedicated volunteers. 24
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In the winter months there are bus trips for cross country skiers and snowshoers that go to resorts in Southern Ontario every Saturday and Sunday with some mid-week trips as well. Even when there’s little snow in the GTA, there can be excellent snow conditions on professionally groomed trails a short bus ride away. During the warmer months, members can participate in hiking, cycling and kayaking activities around Southern Ontario.
With the help of the club manager, experienced members plan extended trips throughout the year to destinations farther afield. These range from a few days to a few weeks and may focus on skiing and snowshoeing, hiking, cycling or kayaking. In 2019 members will ski & snowshoe in Italy and Austria, Huntsville and Thunder Bay, cycle the Camino Portugal Coast and hike in Tuscany and Venice. For more information on how you can get involved, stay active, and make new friends, visit haltonoutdoorclub.ca. Better yet, come out to the club’s Spring Info Fair 7-9 pm on Friday, April 5th at Mainway Arena in Burlington. Next winter’s activities will be showcased at the club’s Fall Info Fair in November.
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in support of Halton's women's place
It was the Montreal Invasion as the Italian Canadian Club of Milton hosted an afternoon of hilarity at the First Ontario Arts Centre Milton on March 10th. Host Giuseppe The MC kicked off the show and got the audience warmed up and then introduced the very funny Pino Pirillo. After a short intermission, Guido Grasso finished off the afternoon leaving the audience with sore stomachs from all the laughing and big smiles. This event was in support of Halton Womenâ€™s Place.
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LATI N AM ERI CAN
Community Workshop Commemorating International Women’s Day, the Workshop "Exquisite Traps" (Trampas Exquisitas) was held in the beautiful spaces of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre. Those who attended this event learned about how control, perfectionism, excessive expectations, unhealthy silence, and fleeing can take people far away from their dreams and can block out their creativity and happiness. The event was held on March 9th, hosted by three international Life Coaches, Cecilia Toyotoshi, Rosiris Fernandez, and Susana Silva. This event was oriented to the Latin American community and would be released again during the second semester of 2019. During the break, the participants tasted delicious treats prepared for the occasion for Adriana Gómez from Sweet Party Oakville, and sponsored by the Honorary Council of Paraguay in Toronto.
I N T E R N AT I O N A L WO M E N ' S DAY } M I S S I S SAU GA
WOMEN'S DAY There was a full day of events held at the Living Art Centre to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. The day started with a Panel Discussion: Women & The Arts of Politics with Moderator Chris Fonseca (Ward 3 Councillor), The Honourable Iqra Khalid, MP, The Honourable Natalia Kusendova, MPP, The Honourable Nina Tangri, MPP and Her Worship Mayor Bonnie Crombie (Mayor of Mississauga), with a great discussion regarding women and abuse and human trafficking. Following the discussion, a networking lunch was held in the atrium with live music provided by Mississauga’s own Arlene.
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Walden Circle hosts
BIA Breakfast A wonderful networking event hosted by the Clarkson BIA, Walden Circle and Nurse Next Door was held on February 20th at Walden Circle Retirement Residences. After a delicious breakfast, President of the Clarkson BIA, Jamie Bay gave a very informative history lesson of the town of Clarkson. Each attendee gave a brief introduction and then the group networked for the last twenty minutes. It was a wonderful start to the workday.
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Team Ontario wins BIG at
Canada games o n ta r i o.c a
Ontario athletes have done the province proud at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta, taking home 105 medals in 19 sports. Team Ontario's athletes returned home with 18 gold, 43 silver and 44 bronze medals. Some of the standout performances included: Women's Curling: Team Ontario won the gold medal in this event and Bella Croisier was chosen as the Team Ontario flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. Bella was the skip for her curling team out of Sudbury that won gold with an 8-3 victory over Manitoba.
Wheelchair Basketball: The Team Ontario Wheelchair Basketball Team won a silver medal in week 1 of the Games. Ontario beat the four-time defending champion Quebec team in the semi-final. Short Track Speed Skating: Claudia Heeney from Waterloo won a gold (Short Track - 3000 m Points Race Female) and a silver (Short Track - 500 m Female) in speed skating. As well, Claudia set a new Canada Winter Games record for fastest female in the 1,000-metre race, with a time of 1:33.481 in the semi-finals. Âť
"Our government for the people congratulates all of our athletes at the 2019 Canada Games," said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, "Your performances were exceptional and we are so very proud of the job you've done representing our province. I wish you much continued success and look forward to seeing many of you represent Ontario in the future!" Ontario is pleased to support athletes competing in amateur sport in their pursuit of excellence through a number of programs, including Quest for Gold, which provides direct funding for costs of living, training, sports equipment and travel to competitions.
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ACC E S S 2 A B I L I T I E S } TO R O N TO
Abilities Access 2 Accessibility is a Federal Non-Profit organization with a goal to be a central resource for people with disabilities/accessibility needs. Made up of two divisions, the digital division and the live division, Access 2 Accessibility opened up its third location in North Toronto on January 24th. They are supported by Microsoft who provides space in their Learning Centres, training on accessibility in programs and products in Microsoft to help with their career endeavors. Members of the group get to network and have an opportunity to do a presentation on their business or anything they may be working on.
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Spiders invade RBG By L e s l i e St y l e s
It may not be too late if you haven't explored Royal Botanical Gardens' Spiders Alive! Exhibit, as itâ€™s available until April 14th. More than 17 species of spiders and other creepy creatures are on display in the RBG Centre. Visitors can see tarantulas, scorpions, black widows, and more. There's even an ancient spider fossil in limestone. Youngsters can enjoy special programming such as puppet shows, guest speakers and pajama parties. For further information go to rbg.ca. 1. Staff member Angela serves up some freeze dried crickets. 2. Jacob & Sophie.
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For The Love in Downtown Oakville
Engel & Volkers in downtown Oakville opened its doors for a Romantic SoirĂŠe, where the 3 Elements of Romantic Love came together on February 14th. Local Artist Stella Jurgen's love inspired art collection was showcased. Guests were serenaded by velvet sounds of Jazz Plazma with a glass of wine from some of the most romantic regions of the world, compliments of Slavica - Corveste Wines. Proceeds of the sale of artwork as well as other donations went to support Special Olympics. It was a wonderful evening of love and giving.
1. Enjoying the art. 2. Jazz Plazma. 3. Stella & Halina. 4. Trying out the wine. 5. Corveste representative Slavica.
Beware of Backgrounds By p e e t e r p o l d r e , p h oto g r a p h e r Always learning and striving to Capture the next great photo!
It is natural to pay attention to the subject(s) of your photo, but a distracting background can leave a less than desirable impression. Not all background distractions are avoidable, especially in fast-moving situations over which the photographer has no control, such as a Canada Day parade (p h oto 1). However, the photographer does have control when the subject is cooperative. p h oto 2 shows a volunteer model that is unaware that she is standing in front of a
pole. Asking the model to move to her right by two steps provides a less distracting background (p h oto 3). Some subjects cannot realistically be asked to move (p h oto 4). In these situations, the photographer may be able to change the background, as seen in ph oto 5 , in which “going low” provides a less cluttered background.
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EACH MONTH, THIS COLUMN WILL AIM TO PROVIDE UNDERSTANDABLE, PRACTICAL, LARGELY NON-TECHNICAL ADVICE TO HELP YOU CAPTURE BETTER PHOTOS.
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BIA Breakfast at The Crooked Cue The Port Credit Business Improvement Association hosts a Business Networking Breakfast on the third Thursday of every month at the Crooked Cue. This very popular event started in 2017 with an informative presentation by MP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, Sven Spengemann. MP Spengemann discussed how the Government is supporting small business growth and success.
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in support of
Burlington Scouts By L e s l i e St y l e s
Several agents from REMAX Real Estate Centre Inc. Brokerage, presented the Secret Show on February 10th, a client appreciation event combined with fundraising to support 18 Burlington Scouts heading to the World Scouting
Jamboree in Washington DC. The event took place in the Polish Cultural Centre, with Cape Bretons â€œPort Cities Bandâ€? headlining the show. One lucky door prize winner took home a new 65" 4K Television. There was a silent auction held
with proceeds donated for the scouts' trip, along with proceeds from the cash bar. Guests enjoyed pizza and a complimentary bar drink. Everyone who attended at this very successful event was a winner!
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} M I LTO N
Celebrity Dinner By L e s l i e St y l e s
Milton Chamber of Commerce was proud to present the 17th Annual Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club on February 5th. Fans were overjoyed to meet and mingle with many Stars under one roof, including hockey's Brian Burke and the very popular former Jay's manager John Gibbons. Other celebrity headliners were Daniel Nestor, Diana Matheson, Mike Krushelnyski, Sam Effah, Jody Jamieson and Ken Reid. The live auction included several signed jerseys, a Wendel Clark autographed bottle of whiskey, Leafs' suite tickets, jewelry, helicopter tours and lots of other great merchandise. Funds raised will be put towards the Chambers Scholarship program to benefit local students in their first year of post-secondary education. 1. Auction Table. 2. Andrew, Jim & Elizabeth. 3. NHL Great Mike Krushelnyski. 4. Mike & Theresa. 5. Soccer Star Diana Matheson, NHL's Brian Burke & Horse Racing Award Winner Jody Jamieson
P L AST I C S I N O U R O C E A N S & L A K E S } M I S S I S SAU GA
Sven S pen geman n h osts PLASTICS IN OUR
Oceans & Lakes A townhall meeting was held at the Small Arms Building the morning of March 9th hosted by MP Sven Spengemann for a very important reason â€“ Plastics in Our Oceans and Lakes. There was an amazing turnout of over 200 guests for volunteers, panelists, students, distinguished guests, scouts, community advocates and residents who listened to ways we can keep plastics out of our waterways. Each year, globally, about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans. This is like dumping the content of one garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute. We can do better. It starts with a conversation that turns into action. Stay tuned for next steps!
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drawing inspiration Domee Shi breaks new ground with Pixar short Bao By M e aga n K as h t y, S h e r i da n Co l l eg e
Becky Neiman-Cobb, left, and Domee Shi pose with the award for best animated short for “Bao” in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision/AP)
Bao, Pixar’s latest theatrical short, begins with a close-up of a woman’s hands lovingly forming and shaping dumpling dough. While the scene may be familiar to any viewer who’s watched one of their parents in the kitchen, it’s especially significant for Domee Shi (Sheridan College Bachelor of Animation ’11): the hands are based on her own mother’s. Shi is the Academy Award-winning director behind Bao — the Pixar short that screened in advance of Incredibles 2 during the feature’s theatrical release in June. The eight-minute film is billed as Pixar’s longest-running short, and Shi, who was born in China and moved to Toronto with her family when she was two, is notably the first female director to helm a Pixar short film. Shi picked up her first Oscar in February in the Best Animated Short Film category. Bao, which was partially inspired by Shi’s own mother, tells the story of an aging Chinese woman who gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life. The woman excitedly welcomes the new bundle of joy into her life, but as the dumpling begins to grow, she must come to the terms with the fact that nothing stays cute and small forever. “Growing up as an only child to my Chinese parents, ever since I was little my mom would treat me like her own precious dumpling, making sure I didn’t wander off or get into trouble,” Shi explains from Pixar’s head office in Emeryville, Calif. The word “bao” can mean “steamed bun” or “something precious,” depending on its pronunciation. ››
Shi’s love of fairy tales also influenced the storyline. She sees the film as an attempt to create a modern-day, Chinese version of the classic Gingerbread Man story. Shi first thought of the plot for Bao over four years ago. She brought the idea to Pixar in 2015 when the studio tasked Shi and a few other animators to pitch ideas for a new theatrical short. Although she was concerned Bao would be too dark of a story, Pixar loved it. To create Bao, the team took special care to research the intricacies of making dumplings, taking several fields trips to Chinatown and photographing dumplings alongside different Chinese foods. Pixar also flew Shi’s mom in from Toronto to host dumpling-making classes for the animators, who would record her kneading and folding the dough. “When you see the opening shot of the dumplings being made, those hands are my mom’s hands,” she says. “We almost just copied her techniques one-forone onto the screen.” Pixar has an internationally-renowned reputation for its feature animated films, boasting Toy Story, The Incredibles, Inside Out and Coco among its many credits. The company has also won Academy Awards for its animated theatrical shorts, including For The Birds, Tin Toy, and Piper, which was directed by fellow Sheridan alum Alan Barillaro (Animation ’96). In short, working at Pixar is a dream job for any aspiring animation student. Shi came to the company organically. After developing an interest in animation in high school, she reached out to several artists whose work she followed. They directed her to Sheridan’s animation program to hone in on what aspect of the industry she wanted to pursue. “At the time, I didn’t know if I wanted to be an animator or story artist,” she says.
“When you see the opening shot of the dumplings being made, those are my mom’s hands,”
Image courtesy of Pixar
It wasn’t until a second-year animation class taught by Nancy Beiman that Shi found her passion for storyboarding. “[Storyboarding] combines everything I love – drawing, storytelling, cameras, composition – all into one profession. I was like ‘I wanna do that.’” Shi first applied to Pixar’s internship program during her third year at Sheridan. After being rejected, she was inspired to work harder and add more depth to her portfolio, leading her to be accepted to the internship the following year. She was hired by Pixar shortly after, and has since worked on features including Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, the upcoming Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2. And much like Bao, Shi tries to inject a bit of her own personality in every project she takes on.
“I think it’s really important – it’s where you find the nuggets of truth in the work you create,” she says. “It’s good creatively to put bits of yourself into your work because that’s what makes it feel authentic and unique and truthful.” Shi says she’s honored to be Pixar’s first female director of an animated short, and Mark Mayerson, coordinator, Bachelor of Animation at Sheridan, attests to her inspiration to current students. “Women in the animation industry are still a minority, and there are relatively few in the top creative positions,” he says. “Domee’s success as a story artist and director at Pixar is doubly important for our women students, as she is evidence that there should be no limit to their ambitions.” •
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YOGA, Wellness & Mingle Yoga Seven hosted their first inspirational event on January 24th, where like-minded ladies in the community came together and enjoyed an afternoon. Joanne lead the group in gentle yoga, then gave an emotional presentation of her journey to becoming one of the owners of Yoga Seven. Everyone enjoyed light refreshments while they mixed and mingled. A large donation of much needed items were collected for The Compass. For more upcoming events please contact Caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
R O B B I E B U R N S DAY } WAT E R D OW N
Waterdown Rotary celebrates
Robbie Burns By L e s l i e St y l e s
They wore tartan kilts, shawls, and ties as Waterdown's Rotary Club gathered at RBG to celebrate Robbie Burns Day on January 25th. The Burns dinner is a traditional commemoration of the life and works of the National poet of Scotland and is observed worldwide. The Carol MacCrimmon Highland Dancers, junior and senior group, kept the crowd entertained. It was an amazing Scottish feast. 1. Annette & Nick. 2. Carol MacCrimmon Highland Dancers.
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Maple Syru p
Festival By L e s l i e St y l e s
From enjoying fresh pancakes to a guided tour of Maple Lane demonstrating maple syrup production, there was plenty to do in Bronte Creek Provincial Park during the Maple Syrup Festival. Friends of Bronte Creek and staff dressed up in period costumes for a more authentic experience. Many guests sampled maple kettle corn, maple cotton candy and maple taffy on a stick. Canada supplies 71% of the worldâ€™s pure maple syrup. Native people taught the early settlers how to harvest sap and boil it down to the sweet and nutritious treat that we love. Canadian maple syrup is exported to about 50 countries around the world. This March festival is very popular and draws a larger crowd each year. 1. Olivia enjoys a pony ride. 2. Sephra & Teresa sawing a log. 3. Ethan & Abigail with Mom, Petra. 4. Madeline & Marko. 5. The Murphy family.
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Shoot P h oto g r a p h y By P e e t e r P o l d r e
The Riverwood Conservancy is a special place to enjoy peaceful and memorable outdoor experiences. On January 12th, Riverwood hosted the yearâ€™s first Birding hike with Expert Luc Fazio. A dedicated group braved the cold weather to look for various waterfowl in Saddington Park and the Waterfront Trail.
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LOVE DOES Gala WO M E N ' S C E N T R E O F H A LTO N ' LOV E D O E S ' GA L A } H A LTO N
By F i lo m e n a B e l l i g e r o
The Women’s Centre of Halton is a volunteer based community organization that offers support programs and information developed especially for women going through crisis, distress and transition. We are one of the only community-based organization in Halton that is solely dedicated to empowering women. This year over 3000 women in our community came through our doors seeking support. This year The Women’s Centre celebrated 30 years of “Women Supporting Women.” Our 3rd annual LOVE DOES Gala took place on February 9th at the Oakville Conference Centre. This was a fun and elegant evening celebrating women supporting women. The evening was filled with
excitement as our guests enjoyed an open bar, a delicious five course meal, a silent auction, and much more. As our guests danced the night away, a late-night sweet and savoury table capped the night. The evening would not be a success without the support of our generous sponsors: Liuna 183, Giant Leap Daycare, Foremont Drywall Contracting, Ross and McBride LLP, RONI and our event sponsor Oakville Conference Centre, plus our in-kind donors who gave generously to the success of our event. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, I would like to thank everyone who joined us in celebrating 30 years and supported our 3rd Annual LOVE DOES Gala fundraiser.
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Mayor Crombie's New Year's Levee
Mayor Bonnie Crombie invited the public to join her in the city's 40th Annual New Year's Levee on January 13th. During her speech, Mayor Crombie announced the results of the One Bag Challenge and presented Meghan of The Mississauga Food Bank with the cheque. Guests then lined up for a meet and greet with Members of Council as well as photo opportunities with Mayor Crombie. Everyone enjoyed the musical performance by local artists Matt and Heather. After the ceremony, Mayor Crombie joined the public in the free skate at Celebration Square.
1. Eric, Katie, Kimi & Pete. 2. Emma, Alicia & Filomena. 3. James & Melanie. 4. Shelley & David. 5. Minya & Paul. 6. Zuri & Antoinette.
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MusicOntario was excited to partner with the 2019 JUNO Host Committee, London Music Office and Ontario Creates on the Host City Music Exchange in the lead up to the 2019 JUNO Awards in March. Mississauga was one of the chosen stops for this exciting exchange, held on February 7th at the Small Arms Inspection Building. Panelists discussed the JUNOs and secondary markets, promoting music education and then the audience was treated to a free concert by featured artists which included Arlene Paculan, Casper Marcus, Julia Haggarty & No Big Deal.
1. The band. 2. Rebecca Wendjack, Mikaila Simmons, Taoming-Lau, Nathan Quinn & Cory Crossman. 3. Demitrius & Carmen. 4. Robin & Lori. 5. Zaynab & Rob.
FO O D + D R I N K
Acidity in Wines Q: Due to a lower tolerance
for acidity, I have to stop drinking high acidic wine and switch to those that are lower. I am a red wine drinker. My question is do you have any recommendations and how I might identify low acidic wines? Many thanks. - k at h y
Dear Kathy, That is a great question, which we are frequently asked. Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer that would apply 100% of the time. Wine in general is quite an acidic beverage with white wines usually higher in acid than reds. It’s actually this acidity that contributes to its aging potential and also allows it to pair so wonderfully with food. For those of us who have to be mindful of that acidity, there are a few key factors you can address when selecting your wines. Generally speaking wines that come from cooler climates will have higher acidity than those from warmer climates. As grapes first begin to ripen on the vine, their acidity will be high and as they mature, the acidity diminishes while the sugar in the grapes increases. In cooler climates, the growing season may not be as lengthy and/or the nighttime temperatures may drop down quite significantly, in some cases dropping up to 25 degrees Celsius! This difference in day and night temperatures, or the swing in temperature is called the diurnal. Central Otago, in southern New Zealand, has one of the most dramatic fluctuations of all wine regions worldwide, with temps often at 35 degrees C in the afternoon, dropping down to 10 degrees C at midnight.
Hence, you may be familiar with their signature white grape Sauvignon Blanc, known for their zesty acidity. For low acid wines, reach for warm climate bottles, like reds from most of California, Australia, southern Italy, France and Spain. Because many wine regions have varying climates, it’s not a foolproof strategy but a good start. Having said all of that, many wineries adjust the acid in the wine during the winemaking process so this doesn’t necessarily apply all of the time. If you can get your hands on technical sheets, you will see that the average acidity will fall between 6.5 and 7.5 g/l. This information is often available on the websites for the wines. You can look for wines that are closer to the 6.5. We should also mention that there are some varietals that tend to be less acidic, such as a Merlot or Shiraz versus a Cabernet France, Pinot Noir or Italy’s big gun, the Nebbiolo. Kathy, start with warm climate wines and see if that helps at all and please do keep us posted. If you come upon a red wine in particular that works for you, let us know and we will be happy to share.
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B R E A K FAST W I T H M AYO R K R AT Z } M I LTO N
with Mayor Kratz
Breakfast with the Mayor was hosted by the Milton Chamber of Commerce on February 22nd at RattleSnake Point Golf Club. Over 200 guests attended the Mayor’s Breakfast to hear Mayor Gord Krantz address Chamber members and their guests with an overview of “where we're at and where we're heading” in Ontario’s fastest growing community of Milton. Guest Speaker Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park gave an overview of the future of Mohawk Park – The Master Plan. Jake Pastore of OLG introduced the Quest for Gold Athletes – Haley Armstrong (Volleyball) and Travis Gerrits (Ski Jumper). To learn more about Milton Chamber of Commerce and the many events they host, go to miltonchamber.ca.
Fall in love
at first sight
with this Book By C as e y E lo g i o
Love at first sight doesn’t exist, right? At least that’s what Laurie thought before she locked eyes with the man of her dreams through the window of a double-decker bus.
One Day in December follows Laurie, a downto-earth young woman who is fairly certain that love at first sight only exists in the movies. Then it happens. The moment is brief, but the connection her and the man across the street had leaves a mark on them both. Watching her opportunity to leave the bus pass her by, Laurie makes a vow to find out who this man is. After months of searching for “Bus Boy” (aka Jack), she finally lays eyes on him again, only this time it’s while being introduced to her best friend Sarah’s new boyfriend.
For the sake of Sarah, Laurie makes the decision to push her feelings away for Jack and tries to figure out how to navigate this awkward and confusing new friendship. Taking place over the span of ten years, the story follows Laurie, Sarah and Jack through friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities and attempts to fix past regrets. Watching the growth and maturity of these characters, while navigating the ups and downs of life makes them that much more relatable and keeps the reader captivated. In her debut novel, author Josie Silver writes from the perspective of both Laurie and Jack, letting readers see the story through different minds. While Laurie and Jack seem to have the world’s worst timing and sometimes make the wrong choices, you just can’t help routing for them and wondering if they will ever actually get together. Featured in Reese Witherspoons Book Club reading list, One Day in December
is a heartwarming novel that encourages you to keep turning the pages. If you’re looking to get lost in a feel-good love story that will tug at your heart strings, this is definitely the book for you. • COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA
I N T E R N AT I O N A L WO M E N ' S DAY } OA K V I L L E
Z o n ta H o s t s
Celebrating 100 years of Zonta International. Celebrating 108 years of International Womenâ€™s Day! Over 600 guests filled the room at the Burlington Convention Centre on March 5th to celebrate and listen to Keynote Speaker, Catriona Le May Doan as she gave a very inspirational and empowering speech. There was an amazing silent auction section and some fabulous live auction items up for grabs. This sold out fundraiser was in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. Zonta Club of Oakville is part of a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Oakville has provided services to local and international charities since 1973. They are a proud group of local women who strive to empower, inspire and advance women locally and internationally. Their special events and advocacy projects help women worldwide. The Zonta Club of Oakville is a member of AWH, Advancement of Women Halton, a collaborative of 21 groups supporting gender equality at all levels of government. To learn more about Zonta please visit zontaoakville.org.
TOW N H A L L O N WO M E N ’ S I S S U E S } TO R O N TO
Talking Women’s Issues
with Minister Monsef
By M P A r i f V i r a n i ' s o f f i c e
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} B U R L I N GTO N
BAKING BREAD in the Ireland Hearth
By L e s l i e St y l e s
The aroma of freshly baked cinnamon raisin loaf permeated the kitchen at Ireland museum's Heritage Bread Making Workshop on February 10th. Guests mixed and kneaded their own loaves to bake later at home and then learned about the Ireland family by touring the house at Oakridge Farm. Finally, everyone met at the large kitchen table to devour some delicious bread. What a unique and pleasant way to spend an afternoon! 1. Caroline & Valerie. 2. Sue some kneads dough, Photo from Sue Owens. 3. Valerie bakes cheese scones, Photo from Sue Owens.
March 8th marked International Women’s Day. On Monday, March 4th, MP Arif Virani hosted a Town Hall on Women’s issues with the Honourable Maryam Monsef, in her capacity as Minister of Women and Gender Equality. A range of topics were discussed pertaining to the lived experiences of the Minister and the panelists as women community leaders, and their respective work with their organizations.
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Th e Roari n g 2 0 ' s
at Blueheel Dance Studio
On January 27th Blueheel Dance Studio hosted an amazing showcase where dancers and guests were treated to the wild and impetuous days of the roaring 20's. Instructors and students dazzled the crowd with dances like the Charleston, Swing and Quickstep. Even the audience were given a few lessons during the intermission. Delicious food and light refreshments were served as the evening lived up to all the excitement of the roaring 20's!
7th ANNUAL Laugh Out Loud L AU G H O U T LO U D CO M E DY F U N D R A I S I N G GA L A } M I S S I S SAU GA
By T r i l l i u m H e a lt h Pa rt n e r s
On February 23rd, Emmy Award winning comedian, Wayne Brady, entertained guests as headliner of the 7th Annual Laugh Out Loud (LOL) Comedy Fundraising Gala held at the Toronto Congress Centre. With nearly 1,000 guests, this well-attended event raised over $1.1 million for Trillium Health Partners (THP), in support of raising critical funds to address the highest priority needs of the hospital. Guests were also treated to the comedic talent of special guest emcee, actress, and comedian Melissa Peterman. The evening closed out with an exciting after party hosted by Canadian multimedia personality and award-winning recording artist Maestro Fresh Wes.
1. Cocktail Reception Sponsor Pfaff Automotive with Wayne Brady. 2. Dr. Colin & Mrs. Saldanha. 3. Sabu & Hemanti Mehta with Wayne Brady. 4. Frank Mauirro, Wayne Brady & Rosanne Longo of Longos. 5. Elisa Williams, Maestro Fresh Wes, Melissa Peterman & Alex Schroen. 6. LOL Committee member Rina Santelli & LOL Chair Maria Finelli.
7. Dinner Sponsor Scotiabank with Wayne Brady. 8. LOL Committee Members & Guests. 9. Cocktail Reception Sponsor Pfaff Automotive. 10. Holt Renfrew Square One with Wayne Brady. 11. Melissa Peterman & Hazel McCallion. 12. Pat & LOL Chair Maria Finelli.
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cocktail LAVENDER + BRÛLÉED GRAPEFRUIT GREYHOUND R ec i p e by Co l l e e n J e f f e r s | t h eg o o d d r i n k .co m
An Easter brunch cocktail that’s as easy as it is pretty, because impressing guests with minimal effort is always the goal. I created this super minimal recipe with Easter Brunch in mind. If you’re running around the kitchen like I always am, panicking that your ambitious frittata will be stone cold by the time you finish artfully garnishing your avocado toasts, you need a drink that’s hard to mess up. You also want said hard-to-mess-up drink to be just as tasty and impressive as everything else you’re serving. I’m here to tell you it can be done, and it can be done with… drumroll please… ONLY. TWO. INGREDIENTS! The cocktail itself was inspired by one of my favourite breakfast/brunch items: brûléed grapefruit. I love when the garnish is also a yummy snack (a la Bloody Mary). The bitter notes of grapefruit give it great balance in cocktails, so I simply gave the easiest grapefruit cocktail in the books — the Greyhound — a seasonal update with a lavender infusion. Lavender + grapefruit is one of the most light, refreshing, complex combos you can put together for spring, and this is the easiest way to do it. Prep ti m e 3 hours
Cook ti m e 1 minute
Servi ng 1-10 portions
Ingredients • 1.5 oz lavender infused vodka (per guest) • 4-6 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (per guest)
Directions st e p o n e
For the lavender infused vodka, add 4 tbsp dried culinary lavender to 2 cups of vodka. Cover and let sit for three hours, stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and store in the fridge. st e p t wo
Make sure you squeeze your own grapefruit juice. In a two ingredient cocktail, the quality of both ingredients is crucial.
For the brûléed grapefruit garnish, sprinkle a thin coating of sugar onto grapefruit slices, then place under a broiler on high. Let broil until the sugar bubbles and edges blacken. Remove from oven and slice each round down the middle (so you have half a slice for each drink). st e p t h r e e
For each cocktail, pour 1.5 oz of the infused vodka into an ice filled glass, then top with 4-6 oz of fresh grapefruit juice to taste. Stir in glass, then garnish with fresh lavender and a brûléed grapefruit slice. • COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA
I N T E R N AT I O N A L WO M E N ' S DAY } M I S S I S SAU GA
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International Women's Day
MP Sven Spengemann hosted his annual International Women's Day breakfast at the Crooked Cue on March 8th. The always inspiring MC Kris Noakes from Peel Aboriginal Network spoke about her personal journey then handed the microphone to guest speaker the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science & Sport who gave us great insight into what she was passionate about regarding Sports and Science. It was wonderful to be in a room filled with so many leaders who are committed to advancing gender equality in our community. A special shout out to the Port Credit BIA for co-hosting and to John Pappas and his team for a delicious breakfast.
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Port Credit's P C B I A O P E N H O U S E } M I S S I S SAU GA
Annual Open House On March 5th, the Port Credit BIA hosted their Annual Open House at Clarke Hall. It was a wonderful evening to connect with local business owners, residents and community leaders. The room was filled with some amazing local businesses who displayed what they offer in Port Credit. Local dignitaries were on hand to meet and greet attendees and everyone enjoyed the food and live music. Shop Local!
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The 13th Burlington Cubs cleaned up at the Kub Kar Rally, held at Waterdown District High School on March 2nd. Several groups of Cubs attended, after building their own racing cars from kits containing wood blocks, plastic wheels and metal axles, designed to the Cubs' own specifications. Cars were raced while results were carefully recorded by leaders. Trophies and prizes were handed out after a pizza lunch. Of eighteen Cubs in the 13th Burlington group, fourteen won prizes or honourable mention. The Kar Rally was a great opportunity for all Cubs and leaders to socialize and participate in the competition.
ST R E E T SV I L L E B I A B R E A K FAST } M I S S I S SAU GA
Over 40 community members of Streetsville came for a delicious breakfast at Cuchulainnâ€™s Irish Pub for the monthly networking breakfast, Streetsville Business Connects. An amazing presentation was given by David and Lucie Shaw from Nurse Next Door, who educated everyone in seven helpful tips and dialogue of having your aging parents accept help. SBC is a networking breakfast open to everyone where you will meet like-minded entrepreneurs, learn tips that will benefit your business, as well as connect with old friends and make new ones. The networking breakfasts are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 8 am to 9 am at Cucchulainnâ€™s Irish Pub.
1. Cub leaders Cam, Wanda, Gail, Reg, Brian, Morgan & Jackson. 2. 13th Burlington Cubs with leaders Heather, Rob & Adam. 3. Kub Kars display.
M B OT B R E A K FAST } M I S S I S SAU GA
Breakfast with The Hon. Mary Ng STAT E O F T H E C I T Y LU N C H EO N } M I S S I S SAU GA
The Mississauga Board of Trade hosted their Growth & Power breakfast event on January 25th at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Convention Centre. The morning started with a delicious breakfast and networking. Keynote Speaker, The Hon. Mary Ng gave a very informative presentation to a sold out crowd. These breakfast series are designed for CEOs and senior executives in Mississauga and the surrounding areas. It features presentations from some of Canada’s most influential entrepreneurs, CEOs and business success stories, providing the opportunity to learn from practical anecdotes and advice based on the experiences gained in building their own organizations. To learn more about MBOT, visit MBOT.com.
Each year, Mississauga’s Mayor discusses important issues relating to Mississauga’s economic and business climate, and on the future potential and direction for Canada’s sixth largest city. This year, Mayor Crombie's State of the City was delivered to over 600 guests from Mississauga's business community at the Mississauga Convention Centre on January 29th. To read Mayor Crombie's speak and learn more, visit mayorcrombie.ca.
PA I N T T H E TOW N R E D F E V E R } M I S S I S SAU GA
Pai nt th e Town red
Saturday Night Fever
The Disco Era that saw bell bottoms, big hair and glitter was the theme for the dance party of the month. Clarke Hall was transformed into Saturday Night Fever on March 9th as guests dressed up and danced the night away, thanks to a live DJ and the disco lights. All this fun was in support of Paint The Town Red, happening July 1st in Port Credit.
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BARRY By jas o n stac e y / m cc a rt h ya rt.c a
Renowned Canadian artist, Barry McCarthy isn’t slowing down. Despite his long and productive career, Barry continues to paint with the same passion and fervour that has fuelled his memorable career spanning nearly 40 years - with outstanding results. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1951, McCarthy has a deep connection with the landscape of his youth and it continues to inform his work. In his words, “to paint a subject, you must know it, understand it and live it before you can say something about it. ››
From April 6-20, Barry McCarthy’s latest exhibition will be at the Loch Gallery in Toronto.
Q : H ow d i d yo u r lov e o f a rt co m e to b e? a:
When I was five years old, I got a rocking horse and cap guns for Christmas. Since then I have always wanted to be a cowboy. I couldnâ€™t and I didnâ€™t so I decided to be an artist. I have been drawing and painting since I was a young boy growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It was a surprising preoccupation as there were no artists or galleries to speak of. Thunder Bay was far too isolated to find motivation and inspiration from a limited culture that was this cities inherited reputation. However, growing up wandering the woods and shores of Lake Superior with my buddies was a great experience and helped develop my formative years as an artist. I soon discovered that I was drawn to large bodies of water such as the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Huron because of its grandeur and charm much akin to Lake Superior. I eventually purchased a house in Nova Scotia so that I could be near this power. Similarly, the nearby forests, lakes and rivers of Northern Ontario created my liking towards landscapes and such. My small collection of tin toys and rocking horses from my wanderings through antique markets when I was in university encouraged me to purchase old rather than new. These small curiosities helped develop my love for historical objects, hence my antique collection. These chattels or object des art had character. With all of their dents and scratches, these wonderful old friends could tell an intriguing story from the past...how old were they, where did they come from and who played with
“I must be there to feel the wind and air, so that I can bring these thoughts and visions back to the studio.” - Barry McCarthy.
them. Perhaps it was my romantic notion that odd and old were warm and friendly. Perhaps it was the fact I had no toys of my own and this might be compensation. Who knows how characters are built. But I eventually found myself not only looking, buying or photographing them; but painting them as well. Having this strange connection or communion, if you will, with old things, gave me great inspiration for still life paintings both in a study form and large major works. To this day, I still wander old shops or visit antique markets waiting for some small amusement to call out to me to take them home.
Q : W h at i s i t a b o u t pa i n t i n g p o rt r a i t u r e s t h at yo u f i n d m o st i n t r i g u i n g?
I have engaged myself in finding true, honest characters to paint. Not to just record skin, hair and bone, but to reveal their spirit, their inner self, their mysticism. Francis Bacon once wrote that “the job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” As an artist we must find this mystery by digging deeper to discover their very core... their being! I believe this rarity was found in several characters I have had the pleasure to paint: George Gracie,
Tom Cako, and Guy Fields. Often it is not the portrait but the object that they are associated with, for example, “Iggy.” You see, the painting isn’t about Tom but about his pet Iguana. In “Dave” it’s not about his likeness but it’s about that jacket... that’s the thing! That jacket (a WWII issued commando parka), has so much personality that when I first saw it, I just had to paint the war, a war which thank God I did not have to fight in. So you see there is power in inanimate objects but if you search for the truth, the deeper meaning, it gives your work purpose. This, I believe, is the gift we give to others... this is being an artist. ››
Q : W h at i s i t a b o u t l a n d s c a p e s t h at yo u lov e s o m u c h? a:
Lillian Smith once wrote “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” I believe she understands the importance of travelling to new places and not just looking but seeing. There is a difference. When you see a wonderful highlight with an equally beautiful accompanied shadow it should talk to your soul. When as artists, we are amazed at this so strongly, we just have to say something about it, whether it be in dance, music, song or paint. It’s all the same spontaneous, reflective action with copious amounts of light and shadow. This is the stuff that makes great art. When I teach painting to young or mature artists I tell them there is no point thinking about painting if you’re not going to deal with the light! Shape, space, composition are all inclusive as important ingredients but it’s the light that is going to drive the thing forward. And this thing is called power! Without power you have mediocrity. The Elora Gorge is a piece of this planet the drives me wild. No matter what time of day it is, one side is always bathed in light while the other is in warm to cool shadows. It’s a formula that makes perfect
paintings. This is the Yin Yang in art. If you have perfect balance in your composition, and mix it with a little geometry, you will have the ingredients for a perfect painting. Q : W h e r e d o e s yo u r pa s s i o n co m e f r o m a n d h ow d o yo u co n t i n u e to k e e p t h e flam e lit?
Gorge. I will never stop painting that beautiful space. After that series I traveled throughout the countryside in France, landing in Giverny, the famous home and gardens of Claude Monet, the master of light in the artistic movement of impressionism. This welcoming garden begged
tend to be unmanageable now because of the poor quality of Arches paper. I then completed a landscape series of Waterloo County in watercolour. After driving the space for 28 years, back and forth to school in Waterloo, and watching all of my favourite “touch stones”, I decided to paint it before the situation would cease to present itself upon my retirement. The next series was Wellington County, including the Elora
The act of creativity, whether it is theatre, music, dance or art, is the act of living life and creating life. It defines who you are. Jackson Pollock once wrote “every good painter paints what he is”. You can not stay in your backyard to discover the world. (You might as well be fashioned with blinders!) I say you are what you paint and all things that enter your life whether it be the people that you meet, the places that you’ve been to and the objects that you find, all come to define who you are through association. Artists must be passionate about their world. to be painted. So upon my return home to Elora, I switched We are lucky to be able to go deeper to discover the greater gears, changed to oils and meaning... the MYSTERY, the executed five large scaled oils POWER! To paint is to be from several working studies in human. To paint is to breathe watercolours. In the summer of life into your subject. To paint 2005, I traveled to Cape Cod to is to connect with one’s spirit, experience the Atlantic ocean one’s soul. This is the harmony once again. This series of oils is of life itself, which I believe a work in progress. My purchase IS “the gift”. To celebrate the of a cottage in Southampton, smallest things in life only to on Lake Huron, will no doubt find their deeper meaning and inspire several paintings, as then share it with others... is the sunsets are the best in the the greatest gift of all. •
If painting was so easy, then everybody would be doing it. Someone put the word ‘pain’ in painting to remind us that it isn’t easy and if you don’t challenge yourself to do greater works (and this includes painting surfaces and objects that are difficult and unfamiliar or in some cases downright impossible) then what’s the point! Rocks and trees are some of my nightmares so I choose to continue challenging myself to try to capture them even though they are my weakness. An artist doesn’t improve their status and proficiency by painting the same subjects and textures over and over again. Where is the pain there? Out of pain comes growth and an artist must be strong willed to understand that you must experience a constant epiphany if one is to move forward.
Q : W h at ’ s n e x t fo r Ba r ry M cC a r t h y? a:
Over the past 8 years, I have discovered the joys of oil painting. It is an on going challenge that finds me often frustrated, but towards the end, its just rewards. I have to keep this confidence level flowing, otherwise the undertow will drag me out with the tide! I love learning about the use of white. This is a whole new learning curve for me. With regards to my subject matter, I tend to paint in groups of
world. Without getting trite with God’s paintbrush, I am thinking more in the direction of seascapes again, one of my favourite recurring themes. As well, our new property of woodlands and ponds hidden in the woods of Elora, will inspire a “fallen” tree series, a theme that keeps speaking to me when we are walking the dogs. These new works are a constant challenge for me as I continue to have a wide range of imagery in my work and each theme is pushed to its limits. I would also like to attempt to paint palm trees and Caribbean green waters as I find with my recent retirement, I have more time to travel and experience life in different parts of the world.
five. I don’t want to analyze this, it just seems to be the right number to find, feel and formalize. I started with an aerial bowl series where the compositions were painted from above. These 30x40 watercolours were somewhat difficult to paint as large watercolours
The Bush Bunch
10th Annual Garage Sale By C a r o l S c a i n i
donating the tent, providing gift cards and items to raffle off at the garage sale. They even offer coffee and bake cookies in the shape of the Autism puzzle piece for the sale.
For the past 9 years, The Bush Bunch have organized an annual garage sale raising money for Autism Ontario - Peel Chapter, and Autism Speaks. Giving back to the community and sharing their knowledge and experience with autism is part of their life as a family. What started as their little garage sale 9 years ago, has led to a wonderful annual community event, raising more than $74,000 for Autism and sending 45 families with Autism to a weekend overnight camp for free. The family hand delivers over 5,000 flyers to homes in their community, requesting items to be donated for their garage sale. They rally local businesses and community members for support with printing flyers,
This is the Bush Bunch’s 10th and FINAL year for their garage sale (held over 2 weekends this year, April 27th-28th and May 4th-5th) raising money and making a difference in their community. “Once again, The Bush Bunch
is supporting Autism Ontario - Peel Chapter, by sponsoring another 15 families to attend camp this summer.” They are also supporting Autism Speaks Canada, to provide further research and support within the community. The Bush Bunch would love your help! If you are spring-cleaning your home, please
consider donating your items to their garage sale (no clothing). In addition, the Bush Bunch accepts financial donations to support their fundraising efforts and if you’d like to come out to help or purchase something at the garage sale, they’d love to see you there. The Bush Bunch would appreciate any support, as they are hoping to reach their fundraising goal of $100,000 in 10 years. If you would like to make a donation to support their fundraising efforts with a cheque, please make the cheque out to “Autism Ontario - Peel Chapter” or “Autism Speaks Canada.” Donations may be dropped off to The Bush Bunch home at 2157 Hillfield Court, Mississauga, L5B 1Y2. Although we know that there is no medical detection or cure for autism yet, one day the family hopes that there will be. Thank you in advance for helping support the Bush Bunch.
Visit The Bush Bunch 10th Annual Garage Sale in support of Autism Ontario Proceeds raised will be donated to Autism Ontario - Peel Chapter
April 27-28 & May 4-5
2157 Hillfield Court, Mississauga, L5B 1Y2
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HEALTHY BODIES with Food By L au r e n K e n s o n | b o o k a d i e t i t i a n .c a
Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry 80% OF PEOPLE WHO GO ON A DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT GAIN IT BACK. But weight is complex, so instead of starting the next fad diet, try committing to a healthy body. It is important to understand that health comes in all shapes and sizes and that while extra weight is generally associated with an unhealthy lifestyle, that’s not always the case. The lifestyle we live, including our eating choices, level of activity, and sleeping habits all have a direct impact on our overall health. Weight loss can also be affected by factors that are out of our control including age, health conditions, certain medications and genetics. Sustainable eating and lifestyle habits are the cornerstone for long-term success. To help you get started on your healthy weight goals, your local Loblaws registered dietitian is offering a sixweek program to help support people in achieving their personalized healthy weight. This program seeks to help you ditch the diet mentality and embrace healthy habits that work through making healthier food choices. Try this curry, which is the perfect mix of sweetness and spice, to nourish your body. Make it milder by using a mild curry powder, or spicier by using hot.
Servi ng 6 portions
ready i n 55 minutes
Ingredients • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 430 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in chunks • 1/4 tsp salt • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour • 2 white onions, chopped • 1/4 cup minced ginger root • 4 cloves garlic, minced • Large sweet potato, peeled and cut in chunks • Carrot, cut in chunks • 4 tsp curry powder • 1 pkg low-sodium chicken broth • 1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry • 2 tbsp honey
Directions st e p o n e
In large saucepan, heat half of oil over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour. Add to pan, cooking until browned; about 2 to 4 mins per side. Transfer to a plate. Discard remaining flour. st e p t wo
Add remaining oil to pan; cook onions, ginger and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 6 mins or until softened. Add sweet potato, carrot and curry powder; stir to coat. Stir in chicken broth. st e p t h r e e
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 mins or until sweet potatoes and carrots are almost tender. Stir in chicken; simmer another 5 to 10 mins or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are easily pierced with a fork. st e p fo u r
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 310, fat 6 g, sodium 250 mg, carbohydrate 45 g, fibre 6 g, protein 23 g.
Stir in spinach and honey; cook until heated through. Serve with brown rice, if desired. • www.newscanada.com
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