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‘ONLY THOSE WHO RISK GOING TOO FAR CAN POSSIBLY FIND OUT HOW FAR THEY CAN GO.’ – T.S. ELIOT ADVENTURING – IT’S REALLY WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT. TOOLING AROUND THE REGION (AND SOMETIMES BEYOND) ON FANTASTICAL (OFTEN ENOUGH) QUESTS TO DISCOVER WHAT’S GOOD. FROM MOUTH-WATERING CULINARY DESTINATIONS TO ENTICING WATERING HOLES; FROM MAKERS’ WORKSHOPS TO OUR COMMUNITIES’ ARTS AND CULTURE HAVENS; FROM HUMMING URBAN SPACES TO TRANQUIL RURAL ENVIRONS – WE AT TOQUE ARE CONTINUOUSLY DRIVEN BY AN URGE FOR ADVENTURE. SEEKING OUR PLEASURE. AND YOURS TOO. IT’S A DREAM GIG, TO BE SURE. ESPECIALLY DOING IT IN A REGION LIKE OURS. ONE THAT’S GROWING. BUSTLING. STRIVING. ATTAINING LEVELS OF EXCELLENCE THAT ARE GETTING NOTICED NOT ONLY HERE, BUT FURTHER AFIELD TOO. INDEED, THERE’VE BEEN MORE THAN A FEW BIG CITY BLOGGERS AND VLOGGERS AND MAGAZINE WRITERS (YEP, THEY STILL EXIST) WHO’VE BEGUN TO CATCH ON TO WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW: THAT OUR REGION IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT. KITCHENER-WATERLOO. CAMBRIDGE. HAMILTON. WELLINGTON COUNTY. GUELPH. STRATFORD. FROM BROOKLYN TO BERLIN. TO BE SURE, THIS CONGLOMERATE OF COMMUNITIES WEST OF THE BIG SMOKE IS CATCHING FOLKS’ EYES. AND WHY NOT? THERE’S SO MUCH TO SEE. DO. AND EXPERIENCE. YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. WHICH IS WHERE WE COME IN. SO GET COMFY. CRACK THE SPINE. AND CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE.
CONTENTS 9. EDITORâ€™S LETTER: THE ADVENTURE ISSUE 14. A MOST EPIC BEER RUN: THE G2G FROM ELMIRA TO COWBELL 20. A NATOMY OF A BIKE: CUSTOM TRUE NORTH FRANKEN-GRINDER 26. DAYTRIPPINâ€™ WITH HILARY ABEL & EMILY ROBSON
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28. U PTOWNâ€™S â€˜SOLSTICE SAMPLINGâ€™: A MOST SATISFYING SCAVENGER HUNT 34. SPRING MILL DISTILLERY: BLENDING HISTORY AND MYTH
40. THREE TOWNS: VENTURING OUT â€“ INTO OUR OWN BACKYARD 50. UNCOVERING WELLINGTON COUNTY: COX CREEK CELLARS 54. F RIENDS FOREVER: A TOQUE x ELORA BREWING COMPANY COLLABORATION 56. MEET YOUR MAKER: THE FOLKLORE BARBER & COMPANY 60. FEATURE: ALL THE CHEESE A NIGHT AT THE BRUCE & A DAY ON THE TOWN 74. #SPOTLIGHT: GRANITE HOMESâ€™ â€˜THE JUNCTIONâ€™ DEVELOPMENT 80. MEET YOUR MAKER: ALTHAEA HERB FARM 84. #PHOTOESSAY: MID-SUMMER NIGHTSâ€™ ADVENTURING IN #DTK 88. E XPERT OPINION (INVESTMENT): MIKE HRYN 90. #PHOTOSPREAD: SETTING THE STAGE 100. T HE MUSEUM PRESENTS: AFTERLIFE: A SÃ‰ANCE EXPERIENCE 104. FEATURE: GETTING HEATED 110. THE GENERAL: A HAMILTON GEM 120. FEATURE: TONGUE TWISTERS 127. MEET YOUR MAKER: JFRENCH KNIVES 130. #PHOTOESSAY: A WESTERN PILGRIMAGE 140. #PHOTOSPREAD: ADVENTURES IN FOOD 146. ANATOMY OF A BRAND: PARAMOUNT SKI & SPORT; GUELPH GROTTO 152. F OOD, DRINK, BASKETBALL, AND LEFTOVERS: A PERFECT SATURDAY WITH FRIENDS 160. COMIC & CROSSWORD PUZZLE: GOOSE 162. COCKTAIL HOUR WITH SPRING MILL DISTILLERY
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A MOST EPIC BEER RUN: TH E G2G FR OM E L M I R A T O C O W B E L L BY CHRIS TIESSEN It’s a Tuesday in early June. Just before noon.
by a canopy of mature trees and dotted with
As our small yet mighty crew rolls into the
colourfully-painted picnic tables. The drone
charming hamlet of Milverton, I am ready
of my idling Industry Nine freewheel buzzes
to take a load off. ‘Not too much longer,’
above the sound of birds and conversation.
remarks Taylor, our ride lead, before adding:
‘Like a swarm of angry wasps,’ I recall
‘Our lunch spot’s just ahead.’ Phew.
renowned bicycle frame builder Hugh Black
I coast the final hundred yards before we stop at a small park in the middle of town shaded
telling me when I picked up this custom True North Cycles monster from his workshop just a day before. Just my size. An epic gravel-
( 85 K M)
Arrived @ Cowbell Brewing Co (approx. 7hrs travelled)
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Lunch stop (approx. 2.5hrs travelled) tip: Milverton Community Centre is a great rest stop
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grinding beast replete with handbuilt titanium
Bike Magazine since its inaugural issue, gear
frame, drop bars, mountain gruppo and
addict, and sometimes cyclist.
brilliant metal flake paint. And those Industry Nine wheels. I get excited just writing about them.
‘Hey. There’s Kristine,’ Cai calls out – pointing toward a TOQUE-branded Toyota Rav Trail pulling up. Oh yeah, and Kristine. From The
Our trek: an ambitious eighty-five kilometre
Danish Place. Our lovely support for the ride.
daytrip along the Guelph to Goderich (G2G)
As we roll up, Kristine’s already unloading a
rail trail from Elmira to Blyth’s Cowbell
couple of coolers.
Brewing. A bit of a haul, but such a lovely adventure. Especially with this motley crew who’ve come together for a full day of twowheeled ecstasy and, well, agony. There’s Taylor – our (aforementioned) ride lead, serious wheeler, and Sales Manager at Speed River Cycles in downtown Guelph. And Lee – an owner at Guelph’s Paramount Ski & Sports and also an accomplished cyclist. There’s my TOQUE business partner, Cai, and her wife, Sonia – both new to the world of cycling. And my sweetheart, Liz, and good friend, Ryan – also green on bikes. And me – a collector of
‘Lunchtime,’ Sonia pipes up. ‘There’s bagels and local summer sausage. Hummus. Mountainoak cheeses. Fresh fruit. Kombucha. Beer. And water. Lots of water.’ I pick up a bagel, lop off a hunk of summer sausage, crack open a kombucha and grab a seat at a picnic table beside Ryan. He’s checking Strava on his phone. ‘We’ve traveled about forty clicks,’ he announces. Almost halfway there. The park’s like some magical oasis. As a welcome breeze cools us off, a handful of Amish children – accompanied by their
mothers – laugh and play in a covered
G2G – which palpably demonstrates, alas,
gazebo. Across the street, at the town store,
that turning rail to trail really is arduous work.
shelves of potted flowers form a colourful
Indeed, beyond Milverton we discover the
background for this most serene tableau. I sit
rail trail is overgrown and unrideable. Fences
in the friendly shade and recall the highlights
block parts of the trail. Bridges are down.
of our eventful morning. Meeting up at the trailhead in Elmira for final bike checks. Revelling in pre-ride excitement. Setting out. Cycling past bucolic Old Order Mennonite farmland, through shimmering forests, over picturesque bridges spanning creeks and streams.
So we resort to dirt roads. And, before long, under the hot sun and dusty conditions, our two-wheeled adventure becomes a war of attrition. At the sixty kilometre mark, just twenty-five kilometres from Cowbell, Cai rubs wheels with Sonia and goes down hard. About five kilometres later, Ryan – who’s been
Traveling on two wheels offers up south-
hauling drone gear the entire trip – begins to
western Ontario in a completely new,
slow. At the seventy kilometre mark Kristine is
and wonderful, light. Especially via rail
called in for support. We load Cai and Ryan’s
trail – relatively flat routes spanning
rigs onto the back of the Toyota, say adieu to
neighbourhoods, cities, regions. ‘Over the
these battered and exhausted souls, and keep
past few years especially,’ Taylor informs us,
‘advocacy groups have been working hard to transform disused tracks into cycling and hiking infrastructure, and trails are popping up more and more.’ Like the Galt to Paris rail trail, for example – a beautiful forty kilometre out-and-back that begs a stop in quaint Paris mid-way for a pint, coffee, or lunch overlooking the Grand River. And the Hamilton to Brantford rail trail – an epic seventy kilometre round trip. And this: the
The last fifteen kilometres are an endless series of rolling hills. Up and down. Up and down. Before long, with Taylor and Lee in the lead, we roll into Blyth. And there, rising up like some medieval fortress, is our destination: Cowbell Brewing Company – a massive timber frame building with soaring forty-five foot ceilings built with over six hundred renewably sourced timbers from BC.
BIKE CHECK (1) Chris – Custom True North Franken-Grinder (2) Taylor – Trek Checkpoint Gravel Bike (3) Sonia – Norco Search XR Gravel Bike (4) Liz – Rocky Mountain Solo 70 Gravel Bike (5) Lee – Giant Revolt Gravel Bike (6) Cai – Norco Search XR Gravel Bike (7) Ryan – Chromag Rootdown BA Mountain Bike
ANATO M Y O F A B I K E: CUST OM T R UE N OR T H F RA NK E N- G RI ND E R CLIENT: CHRIS TIESSEN, TOQUE LTD BUILDER: HUGH BLACK, TRUE NORTH CYCLES AS PART OF TOQUE’S BIKE TRIP ALONG THE G2G FROM ELMIRA TO COWBELL BREWING IN BLYTH, CHRIS ASKED CUSTOM FRAME BUILDER HUGH BLACK TO BUILD HIM SOMETHING SPECIAL. THE RESULTING KIT? A GLORIOUS FRANKENSTEIN-ESQUE RIG THAT MASHES TOGETHER THE BEST OF GRAVEL GRINDING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING. AND KEEPS CHRIS GRINNING FRO M EAR TO EAR. TAKE NOTE.
Gilles Berthoud leather saddle
titanium frame with longer top tube for Chris’ 6’5” height, clearance for 27.5 and 29er fat wheels & rear thru axle
tried and true Thomson cockpit, and requisite chi-chi anodized red Chris King headset
Enve carbon mountain fork w/ carbon steerer, integrated composite fender & thru axle
Shimano Ultegra road brakes & shifters mated to Shimano XT mountain gruppo via Wolf Tooth Tanpan
Industry Nine mountain wheelset w/ anodized red hubs & Continental Gravel Master tires
killer in-house ‘orange sherbet sparkle’ paint job
internal cable routing for sleeker look
(And, most impressively, a facility on track to
And so we eat. And drink. And reminisce
becoming the first carbon neutral brewery in
about our day’s adventure. A bit of a haul, to
North America.) We’re greeted at the door by
be sure. And certainly not without challenges.
Cowbell’s Grant Sparling and (my old friend)
But absolutely worth it. Especially now –
Tyeler Walker, who are quick to get beers in
here – at the finish line. Beside me, Liz and
our hands and food on our plates.
Sonia commiserate over those grueling last
Pints of ‘Boxing Bruin’ India Pale Ale, ‘Lorna Bray Fly Girl’ Nitro Oatmeal Stout and ‘Kelly’s Contraption’ Hefeweizen soon make the rounds – as do an assortment of delicious pizzas. (The ‘Royale’ – with rose cheese
kilometres. At the end of the table, Lee and Taylor, apparently unscathed, chat bikes. Cai and Kristine laugh about something while I help myself to another chunk of steak and Ryan grabs another slice of pizza.
sauce, burger meat, shredded lettuce, thick
Outside, my True North – nice and dusty and
cut bacon, shaved pickles and burger sauce
broken in – is locked to the brewery’s bike
drizzle is a must-order.) And the showstopper:
rack. Along with all the other rigs. Just itching
Cowbell’s thirty-six ounce, bone-in ‘tomahawk’
for its next big ride
steak. Aged forty-five days. Ontario prime rib AAA Angus.
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UPTOWN’S ‘SOLSTICE SAMPLING’: A M OS T S AT I S FYI NG S C A V E NG E R H U NT BY CHRIS TIESSEN ‘Why’s everyone watching me?,’ I ask TOQUE
is going to be like some awesome scavenger
Partner Cai – nervously. My fork, loaded with
hunt,’ I had excitedly told Cai once I’d had a
rice and chicken, hovers at my mouth. ‘It’s the
chance to peruse the event maps and stamp
hot sauce,’ Cai replies matter-of-factly. ‘They’re
cards we were given at Uptown’s main square.
waiting to see whether you can take it.’ I look
‘But with food as the treasure.’
at the folks around us, outside the (1) Big Jerk Caribbean Catering and Bakery food truck, and notice that at least one appears to be in distress. A hot sauce victim, for sure. And I’m next.
We were about to embark on an event geared at (re-)introducing participants to an assortment of Uptown’s culinary establishments. For a taste of what local eateries have to offer. We headed south from the square down King
But not just yet. Before I dig into what threatens
Street to where we’d decided to begin: (2)
to send me off on some sort of nasty trip, let
Copper Branch – one of Uptown’s vegetarian
me take a step back. To mellower times. Earlier
places. Power bowls. Portobello and beet
in the evening. At this: Waterloo’s ‘Solstice
burgers. Chili. Smoothies. Organic coffees and
Sampling’ food crawl – hosted by the BIA and
teas. And, for us, spicy buffalo soy wings with
City of Waterloo’s Arts & Culture division. ‘This
hot sauce, sriracha coleslaw, and aioli. ‘These look just like the vegan wings on ‘Hot Ones’,’
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series – with host Sean Evans. Cai and I tear into the wings – great with aioli and even better on the restaurant’s King Street patio – before sauntering up King to (3) Marbles Restaurant. Each time I visit Marbles – a Fat Sparrow Group joint – I’m glad I came. The cozy patio tucked just off King. The building itself – a century-and-a-half old former livery stable brilliantly restored. Exposed brick walls. Tin ceiling. The patio’s absolutely packed with both ‘Solstice Sampling’ participants and regulars, so we tuck in at the bar. Cai orders a Wellington ‘Kickin’ Back’ Session IPA while I grab an ice water. And we enjoy the Marbles sample: a ‘Vegan Speducci’: a skewer with eggplant, zucchini and cherry tomato drizzled with Korean barbecue coconut citrus ‘crema’ and topped with toasted sesame seed.
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And so the evening goes. There are crowds of event participants everywhere, chewing and chatting and laughing – and making their way to the next culinary destination. At (4) Pure Juice Bar + Kitchen we enjoy a couple samples of ‘Sweet Dijon Ambrosia’ (oven roasted chicken, ambrosia apple, cranberries, toasted almonds, aged white cheddar and arugula on quinoa topped with honey Dijon vinaigrette). Down King at (5) Abe Erb, we demolish tasters of the brewpub’s ‘Short rib poutine’ (slowbraised beef short rib, hand-cut fries and ‘Men in Night’ stout gravy with Quebec cheese curds). Corn dogs and coleslaw are the order of the day at (6) Harmony Lunch. We down a few pulled pork sliders at (7) Stark + Perri. And, for dessert, ice cream at (8) Scoop du Jour. Oh yeah, and then there was that chicken and rice at Big Jerk. With hot sauce. How did I fare? Let’s just say that if, for whatever reason, I ever ended up on Sean Evans’ ‘Hot Ones’, I think I’d make it pretty far. (The ‘Last Dab’, though – no way.) Great for me. Perhaps not so exciting for those folks hoping to see me suffer. While Cai and I sit on a picnic table enjoying our ice cream, I think back on the evening. This scavenger hunt for food. Across the expanse of Uptown. I grew up here. In KitchenerWaterloo. Worked for years at the Subway location right here on King. My back-in-the day staples? The Jane Bond. Ethel’s. The Huether. Angie’s Kitchen. (Harmony, of course.) All still here. All still distinctive and special. But now surrounded by so much more. A restaurant
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SP RI N G M I L L D I S TI L L E R Y :
BLENDING HISTORY AND MYTH
BY CHRIS TIESSEN UR
‘A sledgehammer. A bag of corn. Two men.
the shores of our own mighty Speed. Here.
And six weeks.’ I turn to Cooper, raise my
In downtown Guelph. Where they are now
eyebrows, and fix my gaze upon the two
ensconced: at Spring Mill Distillery.
massive copper objects in front of us. And ask (again): ‘So that’s really how they were made?’ ‘By hand,’ Cooper assures me. ‘Hammer stroke by hammer stroke.’
‘They’re mesmerizing,’ I say bluntly. It’s an understatement. ‘Among the largest hand-hammered copper stills in North America,’ Cooper tells me.
The stills are magnificent. Ornate. Gleaming
‘My father demanded only the best for the
russet. Like a cross between some oversized
distillery.’ Cooper’s father? John Sleeman.
horns and pieces of Brobdingnagian jewelry.
Yep – that one. A soul whose blood runs deep
I imagine the two Scottish fellas – master
with the histories, traditions and myths of
still-makers – who would have spent weeks
brewing – and, albeit less well known, distilling
beating corn against copper. The muscle.
– in our region. ‘When my great-great-great-
And sweat. And noise. I imagine, too, the
grandfather founded Sleeman Brewery back
completed stills being loaded onto a ship
in 1834 in St David’s [near Niagara],’ Cooper
in some Scottish port and traversing the
recounts, ‘he actually also started up a
high seas from the land of Scotch whisky to
distillery in 1836 named ‘Spring Mill’.
When he relocated his brewery to Guelph around 1850, he shuttered the distillery permanently.’ Cooper pauses before adding: ‘Until now.’ I study the copper behemoths a while longer before Cooper leads me to a freight elevator that delivers
AROUND THE WAY When you’re visiting Spring Mill Distillery’s ‘Ward Bar’, be sure to look out for these cool features:
us up a couple floors into the distillery’s rack house
1923 FORD MODEL-T PICK-UP
– a glorious stone-walled, wood-floored, high-
Just outside the ‘Ward Bar.’ It’s in working order, hearkens back to the Sleeman family’s long history in brewing and distilling, and will be helping with local deliveries later this summer
ceilinged warehouse filled with a seemingly endless assemblage of oak barrels. Full oak barrels – aging four different kinds of whiskies that will be released when they’re ready. Cooper resumes his narrative. ‘Most of these barrels were handcrafted for us at Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville – from white oak pulled out of some woods near Belleville by an Amish farmer and his horses.’ He goes on: ‘Our more unique and one-off spirits will be casked in Canadian white oak barrels produced for us by master cooper Pete Bradford, who will work alongside his apprentice – my brother Quinn.’ A tenacious family legacy, indeed.
DECOMMISSIONED TANKS Between the parking lot and distillery, note the patina’d tanks that were found under a trap door below the ‘Ward Bar’. They may have been used for distilling or storing illegal booze distilled in The Ward during prohibition
While I wander through the rows of barrels, something strikes me as peculiar: a single leather
‘WARD BAR’ FIREPLACE
armchair positioned in the far corner of this vast
When you’re enjoying a cocktail and charcuterie board in the ‘Ward Bar’, take time to examine the fireplace. It’s original – and has been warming folks’ souls since since the mid-nineteenth century
room, almost hidden among the surrounding barrels, facing a large window overlooking the Speed just below. ‘It’s my dad’s,’ Cooper states matter-of-factly. ‘He loves coming up here with a good drink and looking out over the water.’ I imagine John Sleeman slipping up here, unnoticed, to his private perch. Blending history and myth. Surveying his domain. We head back downstairs – this time to the distillery’s ‘Ward Bar’ (aptly named after the Guelph neighbourhood in which the distillery is housed). Just outside the bar entrance, a fully-restored Ford ‘Model T’ pick-up – loaded with Spring Mill barrels – sits on display. ‘It’s in perfect working order,’ Cooper
HAND-HAMMERED COPPER STILLS Peek through the window in the ‘Ward Bar’ at the distillery’s hand-hammered copper stills. Or better yet, go for a tour. Imported from Scotland, they’re among the largest such stills in North America. With 146 plates, they distill 146 times over
remarks. ‘In fact, we’re planning to do local deliveries with it later this summer.’ I make a mental note to look out for it. Beyond the ‘Model T’ I spot a number of distinctly patina’d tanks. When I ask Cooper about them, he
MILL SILOS The distillery has its own mill. On your way into the ‘Ward Bar’, be sure to look up – way up – at the white silos that house soft red winter wheat for vodka and gin, as well as corn, rye, and barley for the maturing whiskies
gestures towards the bar’s nineteenth-century stone fireplace, guides me to a couple wonderfully-inviting brown leather armchairs positioned directly in front of it, and orders us a couple signature cocktails (a ‘Mill Mule’ for me and a ‘Sundial’* for himself). ‘When construction began on this site,’ he tells me, ‘we discovered those tanks directly underneath the ‘Ward Bar’, beneath an ancient trap door.’ My attention piqued, he continues: ‘Were they used for distilling booze made on the premises? Or were they prohibition-era holding tanks used to store illegal spirits distilled in homes all over the Ward? We don’t know.’ Cooper goes on: ‘We wanted to leave them where they were and integrate a glass floor into the bar so people could catch a glimpse of the possible beginnings of distilling in Guelph. But that didn’t work, so we had them placed on display outside so folks can see them on their way into the distillery. To get in the mood, as it were.’ I push back into my armchair, compelled to take a fresh look at the imposing fireplace and exposed stone walls. The wonderfully-hip chandelier and nineteenth-century concrete floors. The wrap-around bar and racks of neatly-folded merch. And the people too. The bar is full. ‘We wanted to create something much more than a tasting room,’ Cooper continues, ‘so we went for it.’ He raises his voice a bit so I can hear him above the din of laughter and chatter all around us. ‘Almost two hundred years ago, when this building was a mill, it was a hub of community. In fact you could argue that this place invigorated this community.’ Cooper goes on: ‘We’re hoping that this bar – and, by extension, the distillery itself – will help re-animate this part of town as a proper hub once again.’ I can see that it’s already begun to happen. The place is packed – a fact that surely gratifies Cooper. And John Sleeman, too – a soul who could, at this very moment, be sitting a couple floors above us. Alone in
an armchair. Pondering life. And drinking to this: his latest achievement
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TH R EE T OW N S : VENTURING OUT – INTO OUR OWN BACKYARD
‘THE REAL VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY CONSISTS NOT IN SEEKING NEW LAN DSCAPES, BUT IN HAVING NEW EYES.’ -MARCEL PROUST
FOR MANY OF US, HEADING OUT ON A WEEKEND EXCURSION SO OFTEN MEANS ONE OF TWO THINGS: EITHER ESCAPING TO THE WILDS OF COTTAGE COUNTRY OR DIVING HEADLONG INTO THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF CITIES MUCH LARGER THAN OUR OWN. EITHER OF THESE OPTIONS MIGHT PROMISE GREAT TIMES, TO BE SURE. BUT THERE ARE OTHER POSSIBILITIES. FOR THOSE OF US LOOKING FOR A THIRD WAY, ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR WEEKEND (OR WEEKDAY) ADVENTURING MIGHT INCLUDE DESTINATIONS THAT MIX THE TRANQUILITY WE IDENTIFY WITH ONTARIO’S WILDERNESS ENVIRONS WITH THE CULTURED TASTES, CULINARY PROFUNDITIES AND ARCHITECTURAL DELIGHTS OF ITS LARGER CITIES. LIKE THESE THREE REGIONAL GEMS: DUNDAS. THE TOWNS OF CALEDON. AND ELORA. GREAT DESTINATIONS FOR ADVENTURE, TO BE SURE. AND ALL OF THEM RIGHT IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.
TAPROOMS, PATIOS & GOOD EATS
For TOQUE Partner Cai Sepulis and her wife, Sonia, a
While enjoying your coffee, (5) meander down King
Saturday trek out to west Hamilton and the town of
past boutiques and specialty shops to Freewheel Cycle
Dundas from their home in(-ish) downtown Guelph
(9 King St W, Dundas), where you can drool over your
has become one of their regular go-to regional daytrip
dream rig and grab that multi-tool and spare tube you
loops. For coffee. Specialty food. And craft beer. And
know you should pack for your next long haul. On
– especially coming out of Dundas up Sydenham Hill
the walk back, duck in to (6) Cumbrae’s (26 King W,
– for the scenery too. Some highlights along the way?
Dundas) – a butcher that specializes in quality meats
Take a read. (To note: depending on your tastes, a
sourced from small, family-run farms; tempting salads
designated driver can be good on this loop.)
(potato salad w/ pickles, eggs & pickled onions in
Begin (or end) this daytrip in Hamilton’s Ainslie Wood neighbourhood – home to two of the most gorgeous taprooms around: (1) Fairweather Brewing Co (5 Ofield Rd Unit 1, Hamilton) and its just-down-theblock neighbour, (2) Grain & Grit Small Batch Beer
lemon basil aioli, anyone?); and prepared dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, whole rotisseried chickens, an assortment of quiches, and more. Grab some items for home, and some for an afternoon snack while people watching.
(11 Ewen Rd, Hamilton). While you can’t go wrong
Ready for another pint? Dundas’ own (7) Shawn & Ed
beginning your trip with either one of these craft
(Shed) Brewing Co (65 Hatt St, Dundas) is only a block
breweries, they’re definitely both worth visiting.
off King, and worth a visit for the brewhouse alone. Be
Among our fave brews from each: 'In The Palms' IPA
sure to take a look at the amazing collection of early
(brewed with lactose, mango, and pineapple) from
twentieth-century bus scrolls hanging throughout the
Grain & Grit, and Fairweather’s 'Dream Pop' sour ale
place – an homage to the brewery’s former use as a
(dry-hopped with citra & mosaic).
bus maintenance shed through the 1920s and ‘30s.
When you’re able to pull yourselves away from the
It must be nearing dinnertime, so we hope you brought
bar at these amazing establishments (it’s harder than
your good clothes because no trip to Dundas is
you think – which is why this loop is also doable in
complete without a bite at (8) Quatrefoil Restaurant
reverse), it’s time to make the short jaunt from west
(16 Sydenham St, Dundas) – a culinary destination
Hamilton to the town of Dundas. First stop: (3, 4)
whose awards include Top 10 New Restaurants
Detour Coffee Roasters (41 King St W, Dundas) for
(Toronto Life) and Top 10 Best New Restaurants
Americanos and bags of beans. Our recommendation:
(enRoute Magazine). Chefs Fraser Macfarlane and
order your cuppas to-go, but enjoy at least some of
Georgina Mitropoulos use local ingredients to create
your morning fuel either in Detour’s gorgeous café or,
contemporary French cuisine that you won’t soon
if the weather’s co-operating, on its relaxing patio.
forget. Try grabbing a seat on the place’s serene patio and revel in the joys of this most exquisite daytrip.
T O W N S O F CA L E D O N
SCENIC DRIVES, ARTISAN WARES & ICE CREAM
If you’re looking to explore a bit of local countryside,
Now that you’ve built up an appetite, hop in your
a visit to Caledon makes for a great weekend drive.
car and take the nine-minute drive to (4) Spirit Tree
Only thirty-five minutes from Guelph, the region is
Estate Cidery (1137 Boston Mills Rd, Caledon).
dotted with small towns – each with its own character
Situated in an apple orchard, Spirit Tree is a cidery,
and natural beauty. And since the towns are only
bakery, farm store and kitchen. The bistro features
a few minutes apart, cruising between them (over
ample decadent options – including vegan cauliflower
rolling hills, beside picturesque rivers, past gorgeous
wings, heirloom tomato & burrata caprese salad, and
Canadian East Coast mussels (with birds eye chili,
down the windows and play your favourite tunes.
brunoise red pepper, shallots and garlic) – steamed in
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Spirit Tree Dry Hopped Cider.
perfect musical accompaniment for the windy country roads.)
From Spirit Tree it’s a twenty-minute drive to Alton
A great place to start is (1) The Common Good Café
gorgeous Alton Mill Arts Centre (1402 Queen St
& General Store (758 Bush St, Belfountain) – a café,
W, Alton Mills). Here you can wander through artist
ice cream parlour and well-curated giftshop that
studios and shops. Have a coffee and poke into (5)
carries hip and unique gifts in a bright and welcoming
Noodle Gallery for pottery and other artisan wares in
setting. (Note: the spinach and feta croissant is not
this old mill heritage site.
to be missed.) While you’re ‘downtown’ (essentially a single corner), be sure to visit (2) Higher Ground Café (17277 Old Main St, Belfountain), where a cozy rustic interior and a quaint patio furnished with Muskoka chairs create a vibe evocative of the interior of British Columbia. Here you can just sit back and enjoy an
Mills – another picturesque town featuring the
Winding down, it’s a mere eight-minute drive along country roads to (6,7) GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co (18825 Shaws Creek Rd, Alton) – the first farm-to-barrel brewery in the Greenbelt serving ales and lagers using hops and other ingredients grown
Americano while watching the clouds roll past.
right on the farm. Pull into the dirt country lane and
Feeling a need to move your legs? Belfountain
bin-turned-bottleshop and immense outdoor patio.
Conservation Area (10 Credit Park St, Belfountain)
With cans to-go, flights, and beers on tap, an ample
is just around the corner. The site features some
summer live music schedule and weekend food
short and easy trails, a charming suspension bridge,
trucks, Goodlot is a perfect final stop to enjoy any late
beautiful waterfall, a fountain made of (3) inverted
bells (a quirky homage to the town name), and the ruins of an old mill. Check out the impressive stone structure called the Yellowstone Cave, developed as an attraction by the original owner of the mill.
let the bright yellow flags guide you to the metal grain-
EL O R A
QUAINT CAFÉS, STUNNING VIEWS & HISTORIC HOMES Sure, it’s got a fantastic gorge. Everyone knows that.
Wanna wander further afield? If you’re spending the
And awesome hiking along sheer cliffs overlooking
night at the bespoke Elora Mill (77 W Mill St), you’ll
the Grand River below. Done that. And picturesque
want to rent the (5) Mill’s fleet of bikes – handbuilt
century-old stone buildings and historic homes. We’ve
by Hugh Black at True North Cycles.
seen the postcards. But did you know that, even beyond these landmarks and this urban landscape, Elora’s a fantastic destination for visiting and exploring? (Especially during the week, when Toronto
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to any number
gastropubs and restaurants. Feeling like something
weekend tourists are working their nine-to-fives.)
elegant and French? The Evelyn (130 Metcalfe St)
To make the most of your visit to this quaint town
spectacular choices. And the elegant vibe makes this
(located just thirty minutes northeast of Kitchener-
charming restaurant a perfect spot for romance.
Waterloo), arrive early for breakfast. Two great
Craving fresh pasta and wood-oven pizza? Make
options: Box Social (103 Geddes St) for eggs and
your way to LaFONTANA (15 E Mill St) for seasonal,
bacon-y fare, and (1) The Lost & Found Café (45 W Mill
sustainable Italian. Our go-to? The (6) Elora Brewing
St, Unit 3) for lighter stuff – including smoked salmon
Company (107 Geddes St), of course. Not only do they
bagels, croissants with apple & brie, and wraps. At
produce among the best craft brews this side of the
Lost & Found, sit upstairs in the cozy loft or outside in
Big Smoke, but Chef Ben Sachse and his kitchen crew
the quaint shop-filled courtyard – which includes (2)
make a handful of fantastic dishes. Curry Mondays.
reFIND Salvage (45 W Mill St, Unit 7).
Taco Tuesdays. Barbecue Wednesdays. Hot dog
After breakfast, wander the core. There’s no shortage
is your spot. Tourtieres. Coq au vin. Ratatouille. All
of boutiques, galleries and cafés to peruse along the
Spirits more your cup of tea? Then The Porch Light (82
main strips of Mill and Metcalfe, and up and down side
Metcalfe St) or (7) The Friendly Society (8 W Mill St)
streets too. Be sure to check out the Karger Gallery
will certainly be your jam. The Porch Light’s full (cozy)
(14 E Mill St) for furniture, home accessories, jewellery
bar, selection of shareables (like spicy salami spread,
and more; (3) The Elora Mercantile (58 Geddes St,
smoked trout schmear, and charcuterie boards), and
Unit 1) for boozy jellies, specialty oils, chic pocket
intimate wrap-around patio overlooking Metcalfe are
knives, home-made comfort food, and other unique
certain to please. Meanwhile, The Friendly Society’s
treats; Honeychurch Lane (65 Metcalfe St) for chateau
hipster-chic interior complements its stellar bar
chic vintage finds, antiques and upcycled furniture;
program – quickly making it among Elora’s go-to spots
and Studio Kampina / common craft (140 Metcalfe
to end any great night in this town that’s certainly
St) for vintage and re-imagined clothing, pop-up shops
more than just a gorge.
and workshops too. And between shops, take care to look around. Public art, gorgeous architecture and (4) quaint streetcapes are (seemingly) everywhere.
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COX CREEK CELLARS Nestled in the lush rural farmland between Guelph and Fergus, Cox Creek Cellars is a bucolic destination ripe for weekend adventurers. Begun just over two decades ago by Jerry Trochta and her husband, Kamil, the 51.9 acre winery specializes in awardwinning black current and apple wines from the winery’s own orchards, as well as grape, strawberry and cherry wines made with Ontario fruit. ‘We came to this region from Slovakia in 1968 with two suit cases and the clothes on our backs – and even they were out of fashion,’ muses Jerry – a former midwife and pediatric nurse – of her and Kamil’s humble beginnings in Canada. ‘My family has a long tradition of wine-making in Slovakia. We thought it would be a great challenge to write its next chapter here.’ And so they did.
‘We encourage folks to stay a while when they come to the winery,’ Jerry says. ‘To bring a picnic, wander the orchards, try a flight of our wines on the balcony overlooking the winery, and leave with a bottle or two for home.’ Like so many other remarkable farms and food businesses that dot Guelph and Wellington County, Cox Creek is a partner of Taste Real – a County of Wellington program that promotes local food and facilitates valuable connections among food businesses, consumers, farmers, and vintners. Vintners like Jerry and her husband Kamil at Cox Creek Cellars – folks whose enterprises bring flavour to our region. To your plate. Learn more at coxcreekcellars.on.ca and tastereal.ca
R E C IPE: COFFEE CRUSTED ROASTED LEG OF ELK W/ COX CREEK BLACK CURRANT GASTRIQUE By Chef Brodie Sorbara of Savoy Culinary – Fergus Restaurant, Take-Out, Catering, Cooking Classes
I N GR ED I ENT S 1 boneless elk leg (Ontario Harvest, Rockwood, ON) 2 cups bread crumbs 2 tbsp coarsely ground Chatty Matty coffee (Planet Bean, Guelph, ON) 4 tbsp sunflower oil 4 tbsp chopped thyme (fresh) 3 tbsp chopped parsley (fresh) 2 tbsp chopped rosemary (fresh) 2 tbsp ground juniper 2 tbsp coarse salt 2 tbsp coarse ground black pepper GAS T R I QU E 3 cups Cox Creek Black Currant Wine (Cox Creek Cellars, Guelph, ON) 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 3 tbsp raw honey METHOD: Bring leg of elk to room temperature. Using 2 tbsp of oil, coat the elk and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl mix bread crumbs, herbs, juniper and ground coffee. Slowly add the remaining 2 tbsp oil. Roll leg in bread crumb mixture. Preheat oven to 350º F. Roast until internal temperature is 125º F. Remove from oven. Let stand for 20 minutes and slice.
TO P TO UR AND TASTE AD VE NT URES PICNICS AND FIXIN'S
UPCOMING TASTE REAL EVENTS F ALL R U R A L R O MP –
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prepared foods, meet farm animals, pick up farm fresh foods and fall décor – and discover your rural surroundings.
H A RV ES T HO M E FE STIVAL
shearing, spinning, and more), hands-on workshops, activities, local foods, farm animals and live music.
Pick up lamb chops at Circle R Livestock or hamburger at Ell-Crest Farms and enjoy a BBQ at one of many day-use picnic spots at Conestogo Lake Conservation Area.
Located on the Elora Cataract Trailway, the grounds of the Hillsburgh Library are a favourite stop for bike tourists. For lunch or dinner try eat-in or take-out options from Jess for You Café or Fan/Joy Restaurant, located right around the corner.
Lake Belwood Conservation Area is perfect for swimming, boating or fishing; but we would argue that no picnic there is complete without one (or many) of Belwood Country Market’s famous melt-in-your-mouth butter tarts.
Whether or not you are a birder, Luther Marsh is definitely worth a visit. For picnic supplies, stop in at Misty Meadows Country Market or Big John‘s Country Market.
A favourite spot to cool off with little ones is the splash pad and pool located in the beautiful Palmerston Lions Heritage Park. Visit on a Saturday and you can pick up picnic goodies from the adjacent Minto Farmers’ Market.
Enjoy a beautiful view of the Grand River and Wilson Flats at the Pilkington Overlook. Stop by J & N Produce & Flowers or Middlebrook Farm Market along the way for a wide selection of local foods.
Starkey Hill is one of Puslinch Township’s gorgeous hiking trails with many great spots to take a break. Union Market Square is just down the road; there you can pick up supplies for a scrumptious lunch or treat yourself to a
WELLINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES, ABOYNE rural heritage. Antique trades demos (threshing, sheep
of the Grand River. Enjoy goodies from The Red Door across the walking bridge).
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A celebration of agriculture, food, and Wellington County’s
Seek out Templin Gardens in Fergus for a gorgeous view (located just steps away) or Frabert’s Fresh Foods (just
A self-guided tour to farms, markets and local food locations. See how your food is grown, get to know farmers, taste
To Fork and trek to one of the many beautiful spots along the trails at the Rockwood Conservation Area.
GASTRIQUE METHOD: In a medium sauce pot thoroughly mix the wine, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey and reduce over medium high heat until contents are 1/3 the original volume. Let stand until the mixture reaches room temperature.
Grab a coffee and baked goods from Goodfellow's Field
cool ice cream cone.
Picnic in an orchard? Yes please! Cox Creek Cellars invites you to visit. Bring your own snacks or order a cheeseboard and flight of fruit wines to be enjoyed outdoors.
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BE YOND FES T I V A L CI T Y : A NIGHT AT THE BRUCE & A DAY ON THE TOWN BY CHRIS TIESSEN The pinecone’s small. Not much more than
as something remarkable. These woods. The
a bud, really. I would never have noticed it,
spring vegetation pushing through the forest
had it not been for Chef reaching up into
floor. And the lazy Nith River meandering
the overhanging conifer branch and picking
through wild grassy fields down the slope to
it from its sprig. ‘This is the flavour of the
forest,’ he tells me before pinching the miniature cone between finger and thumb and squeezing its fleshy contents onto the palm of his hand. He pops the pulpy morsel into his mouth, chews, savours the flavour, and declares, reverently: ‘This is Canada.’
Our raison d’etre: foraging for wild garlic, ramps, day lilies – and pinecones too. Truly local flavours. And this great company – Executive Chef Arron Carley of Stratford’s famed culinary institution, The Bruce Hotel, and culinary student Julian Palmer who has
Bits of morning sunlight filtered through
been accompanying Chef on these foraging
swaying pine branches dance upon our faces,
excursions for the past several weeks.
arms and across the forest floor. I can’t help but interpret this instant – here, in this early morning light in this gorgeous rural setting –
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Chef Arron breaks my reverie with a spicy offering from the forest floor – a shoot of wild garlic. With little hesitation, I pop it into my mouth. The pungent fragrance and spicy taste are potent – and lingering. ‘This landscape determines what we serve our guests,’ Chef tells me, ‘as it defines Canadian cuisine in general.’ While Chef chats with me, Julian locates and digs up some day lilies to accompany the pinecones and garlic that have already begun to fill the bucket he carries. ‘For tonight’s amuse bouche,’ Julian notes. ‘I’ll be dipping the shoots in house-made kombucha and then, in turn, in porcini powder.’ I can hardly wait. It’s why TOQUE Partner Cai Sepulis and I are here, really. In Stratford. Festival City. To be fed by Chef and his team. And then to spend the night at The Bruce. But not before a day in the city. ‘Okay – we’re good to go,’ remarks Chef to Julian as he inspects the bucket’s contents. ‘We always follow the forager’s code by never taking any more than five percent of what we locate,’ he tells me, ‘to ensure the sustainability of whatever we’re gathering.’ I nod, as we head out of the woods and into our ride. We are traveling in style. In a brand new Lexus RX courtesy of Heffner Lexus in Kitchener. In Atomic Silver. Its gleaming finish and angular lines are beautifully set off by our lush green surroundings. At the same time, its opulent interior and almost-instant air conditioning prove a luxurious respite from the morning heat. With the push of a button, the Lexus’ engine roars to life and it’s smooth sailing back to The Bruce where I drop Chef Arron and Julian and retrieve Cai so we can continue our Stratford adventure before returning to The Bruce for a dinner worthy of this elegant SUV. The rest of the day is a blur of Stratford destinations. Traveling by foot along the banks of the Avon we pass bevies of swans, gaggles of tourists, cyclists, joggers and walkers enjoying the late morning sun. Our first destination? Mercer Hall’s Beer Hall for pints and bites. (A Crispy Tuna Sushi Roll and House Smoked Salmon Board to share). And to pop in on our pal Ren - Mercer’s part-time beer consultant.
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Then a beeline to Black Swan Brewing, where Cai and I get touristy with flights: ‘Holy Mole’ stout with chilies and chocolate. ‘Grapefruit Wild Child’ Berliner Weisse. The brewery’s India pale ale. And its ‘Road Trip’ light ale. (Because the name suits.) Next on our whirlwind itinerary is Revival House – a former-church-turned-restaurant, bar and event space on Brunswick. The place is absolutely stunning. But we can’t stay long; we still have to hit up AO Pasta – a casual, counter-service joint – before heading back to The Bruce for dinner and a nightcap. To everyone reading this: go there. Now.
As we hustle back toward The Bruce, I note the long, warm shadows cast by the setting sun over the lush festival grounds. The swans, relaxing luxuriously by the water’s edge and paying us no heed, remind me of the tranquility of the morning’s foraging. We find some early evening respite in The Bruce’s fabulous lobby before heading in for dinner. That brilliant lily amuse bouche Julian had promised. And so much more. Each dish paired with its own whisky. We begin with ‘From the Soil’ (with coltfoot, radish, Ontario asparagus, pickled mustard, and foraged goods) for me, and ‘Rabbit and Foie Gras Terrine’ (apple reduction, elderberry, chervil, fingerling crisps, and bulrush) for Cai. Our mains: ‘Ontario Lamb Loin’ (with crispy sweetbreads, green coriander, hemp seed, organic grits and mustard seeds) for Cai, and ‘Artisan Farms Beef Ribeye’ (with handeck pave, swiss chard, cippolini onions, and marchal foch reduction) for me. And dessert: ‘Mint chocolate’ (espresso dark chocolate cake, milk chocolate ganache, mint white chocolate chantily, coffee gel, and cocoa nib tuille) for Cai, and a cheese plate for me. Oh my.
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Everything local to the area. ‘At The Bruce,
food but to do it with striking intentionality.
we won’t even serve black pepper, olive oil
Fresh. Local. Tasty. Creative. Indeed, this city
or lemon juice in any of our dishes because
might very well be celebrated as much for its
these items don’t naturally grow around
food culture as for its festival.
these parts,’ Chef tells us. ‘My team and I are adamant about showcasing what these parts have to offer. For the taste, to be sure. But also because we want to show respect for the rich culinary traditions that came before us – and to extend these traditions into the present and beyond.’
The following morning, after Cai and I pack our bags into the Lexus and begin to head out of town, we make one more stop, for Americanos, at another Stratford original: Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. Yes. Balzac’s began here. On Ontario Street. And the original site just re-opened this very morning after weeks
Somehow these gestures of respect, I realize,
of renovations. The place – bright, fresh,
define the nature of this place. And of the
welcoming – serves as an exclamation point
culinary treasures of this city, too – whose
to our dazzling culinary adventure in one of
owners, chefs and staff (Cai and I found time
this country’s remarkable festival cities.
and again in Stratford) seem driven by a mandate not only to make and serve great
#adventureawaits 30 Arrow Rd, Guelph, ON
#SPOTLIGHT GRANITE HOMES’ ‘THE JUNCTION’ DEVELOPMENT
PREAMBLE BY CHRIS TIESSEN ED IN BU
There is no doubt that Guelph’s Junction
Tech companies. Entrepreneurs. And even
neighbourhood has always been one of
a restaurant and coffee shop by the folks
the Royal City’s most unique communities
behind Kitchener-Waterloo’s Abe Erb and
– replete with serene streets, urban
Settlement Co brands.
farms (and backyard chickens), deliberate communities and, of course, the one-and-only Backpeddling bicycle shop. (And last year’s arrival of Fixed Gear Brewing confirmed the awesome factor of this ‘hood.) Now, with the completed construction of Granite Homes’ mixed-use development aptly named The Junction, this area of town is becoming an even more desirable destination. In fact, over the past few years it has really come to life. Granite’s Junction development is, first and foremost, home to Granite Homes one of Guelph’s most creative developers and builders. But it’s also where so many other innovative businesses have chosen to settle. Brokerages. Branding agencies.
This stylish co-working space is flat-out gorgeous. Tenants enjoy bright, naturally lit offices with floor-to-ceiling windows beautifully set off by the industrial-chic design that hearkens back to the spot’s original function as a CN Rail operation. The work environment is further enhanced by spacious and well-appointed shared boardrooms, lounge and break room. And it’s all close to downtown, with quick access to the 401. But don’t take my word for it. Among the Junction tenants are these four, quick to declare they have found the place a perfect fit.
IS THE JU N C TI ON FOR YO U ? Designer Sarah Jackson imagined and implemented features that set the place apart, add texture to the interior landscape, and contribute just a wee bit of fun. Take the custom-designed two-storey, one-of-a-kind jib crane light fixture Sarah designed for the entry area, for example, which features an antique block and tackle pulley system from the 1930s. The made-to-order metal sliding doors separating the coffee bar from the lounge were inspired by a train car. Painted to appear vintage, they even include simple graffiti and tags. Gas pipe light fixtures can be found throughout the building. The raw and industrial style is augmented by Edison bulbs in a suspended box beam fixture wrapped with fabric-covered wires, The custom call room features a high-back upholstered bench, reclaimed wood shelf with gas pipe fittings, geometric wallpaper and an oversized barnstyle light. Industrial design elements woven throughout corridor and lounge include rustic leathered granite countertops, wood and pipe shelving, and black stainless appliances.
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JANET STRAKER, EBB + FLOW
‘Our vision was created out of the pure enjoyment we
‘Ebb + Flow Creative is a branding and design studio
have when friends, food, and a few good drinks come
focused on formulating brands that speak volumes.
together. With open-concept brewpubs in Kitchener
We help our clients make human connections. We
and Waterloo, a third in the village of Ayr, and a
build brands that enable our clients to stand out
fourth opening in Guelph’s Junction, Abe Erb Brewing
amongst the competition. We deliver brands that
Company exists to celebrate our region’s rich local
resonate in the community, deliver results, and create
heritage while toasting to its bright and beer-filled
future.’ WH Y T H E JUN C TI ON ? WHY T HE JUN C T I O N?
‘We are happy to have such a cool place to work – a
'Guelph’s passion for craft beer and locally-sourced
place that speaks our language. A place where we can
food drew us to the city, and we quickly fell in love
connect, be curious, listen, and work with passion. It’s
with the vibrancy of the Junction neighbourhood and
no surprise that our clients love to visit.’
its unique buildings, creative spaces, and passionate, brilliant minds. We are extremely proud to join this growing – and thirsty – community.’
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PAUL FITZPATRICK, HOME GROUP REALTY
GEETHA VAN DEN DAELE, FRESH INSIGHTS
‘We are a collective of real estate professionals who
‘I am a qualitative and quantitative community-based
live with passion and purpose. We are committed to
researcher, a credentialed evaluator, and a solution-
exceeding expectations by going further. We are here
focused professional coach. I design questions and
to do good things.’
ask them in multiple ways, to foster ‘fresh insights’ and spark change in my clients. I work closely and
W HY T HE JUN C T I O N?
collaboratively with individuals and organizations
‘We wanted a welcoming space where we could
to help them explore, define, measure, and achieve
advise and support our clients through the oftentimes
success and happiness on their own terms.’
emotional real estate journey. Our Junction office is perfect. The location is convenient for our clients
WH Y TH E JUN C T I ON ?
and the open concept layout inspires our staff.
‘The Junction offers a unique and welcoming space for
Furthermore, as people whose work is embedded
my clients. It has been amazing to hear so many of
in this community, we appreciate that so much in
them say that as soon as they enter the building they
the office is locally sourced - from the hand-carved
begin to feel relaxed. '
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#PHOTOESSAY MI D-S UMMER NI GH T S’ ADVENTURI NG I N #D T K PREAMBLE BY CHRIS TIESSEN Over back-to-back evenings in late June, the TOQUE team wandered into downtown Kitchener – to check out the sights, sounds and excitement of the city core. What we discovered is a city teeming with a unique energy and creative vibe. A deejay spinning break beats in Goudie’s Lane. Inflatable mushroom castles on King. Civilian Printing screenprinting free canvas bags beside the market. After-work gatherings on any number of #dtk patios. Live music at Abe Erb. Cotton candy and balloon animals on Eby. A downtown beer garden – replete with Revel Cider and Shortfinger pop-ups. In other words – a great time.
Take a peek
IN G O U D IE’ S L A N E, B REA K B EA T S A N D O L D S C H OOL H IP H O P ( A L O N G W IT H B REW S A N D B U RG ERS ) WE RE T H E N A ME O F T H E G A ME
(1 ) A S P A R T O F NI CO L E B E NO ’ S MU C H - A N T IC IPA T ED EB Y ST MU RA L L A U N C H , CI V I L I A N P R I NTI NG W A S CR E A T IN G A N D G IV IN G A W A Y SC REEN PRIN T ED C A N V A S B A G S DE P I CTI NG THE M U R AL (2 ) NO E VE NI NG I N THE CI TY ’ S C O MPL ET E W IT H O U T A B IT O F IC E C REA M – A N D A #DTK L O VE P I N (3 ) P U B L I C A R T’S A L WA Y S G OO D F O R A L A U G H – A N D PL A Y (4 ) R E V E L CI DE R & S HO R TFI N G ER B REW IN G B O T H H A D PO P- U P SH O PS A T K I TCHE NE R FA R M E R S ’ M A R K E T . F U N F A C T : B EC A U SE C ID ER’ S REG U L A T ED L IKE W I NE , R E V E L WA S S E L L I NG W H O L E B O T T L ES O F T H EIR H IG H L Y - L A U D ED G O O D S TU FF (5 ) J U S T O FF K I NG S T, A N I N F L A T A B L E MU SH RO O M C A ST L E ( A N D ST EPH A N IE S CO TT M U R A L ) E NTE R TA I NE D L IL O N ES A N D T H EIR PA REN T S T O O
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MIKE HRYN When it comes to adventure, we’re often defined by our interest in taking risks. Investing is no different, and the stakes are high when it comes to your hard-earned money. I don’t view it as risky, but I like to ride a bike in spandex on the busy roads of Wellington County. I do take precautions with bright lights and a GPS locator for my partner to keep an eye on me if I haven’t returned as expected. It’s a trade off but I feel that the risk I take is outweighed by the reward. As an investor, your risk tolerance is defined by how much fluctuation you can handle within your investment portfolio. It is highly personal and can depend on many factors including age, income level, family situation, and lifestyle. Investing without considering risk tolerance may cause unexpected or unwelcome situations such as losing a larger than expected sum from a falling stock, or not meeting your expected return on investment by playing it too safe. It comes down to exploring your goals. Are you planning for retirement, and will your savings be the primary source of retirement income? Will you need the majority of your capital in the next few years, or are you looking for long-term investments? Will you be anxious or worried if your investments are in a higher risk portfolio, or can you step back and comfortably see how it will unfold? These are some
of the important questions your financial advisor will guide you through in order to understand your risk tolerance. It’s crucial information to help you achieve your financial goals. There are diverse options that allow you to play it fairly safe while still being an adventurous investor; for example, we recommend clients consider a “core and explore” strategy. We build a core asset allocation structure made up of reliable, moderate risk equity, bonds and alternatives while allowing a smaller percentage of your savings to invest in stocks or other higher risk choices. A professional discretionary manager can keep an eye on the higher risk investments to ensure that your portfolio is following the plan you agreed to. Over time, your risk meter may change depending on your financial situation and goals, recent or projected activity in the market, your comfort and trust in your financial advisor. Open communication with your advisor is key: the more they know, the better off you’ll be. If you’re driving and you see a cyclist, it could be me: pull over a bit, would ya? All material has been prepared by Mike Hryn, who is a Portfolio Manager with the Mactaggart Hryn Team at Richardson GMP Limited. The opinions expressed in this report are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson GMP Limited or its affiliates. Richardson GMP Limited, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Richardson is a trade-mark of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. GMP is a registered trade-mark of GMP Securities L.P. Both used under license by Richardson GMP Limited.
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‘THERE IS NO END. THERE IS NO BEGINNING. THERE IS ONLY THE PASSION OF LIFE.’ -FEDERICO FELLINI
YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER, BUT YOU CAN (ALMOST) CERTAINLY BEGIN TO FATHOM THE ESSENCE OF AN INDIVIDUAL BY THE THINGS THEY COLLECT. AND USE. AND MAKE. AND CHERISH. THOSE WORN INSTRUMENTS, PATINA’D OBJECTS, AND PRISTINELY-KEPT TREASURES THAT DEMARK A PERSON’S PROFESSION. HOBBIES. HABITS. DESIRES. ADVENTURES. FOR THIS SPREAD, WE TAKE A PEEK INTO HOW THE UNIQUE LIVES OF THR EE REGIONAL CREATIVES MIGHT BE REVEALED THROUGH THEIR THINGS. THINGS THEY’VE COLLECTED. THINGS THEY’VE MADE. THINGS THEY WOULDN’T BE WITHOUT. PASSION ON DISPLAY.
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C AI S E P U L I S
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Riverfest & Hillside mugs libations featuring Cai's illustration &/or designs
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Porsche 911 ‘dinky car’
hand-made Japanese saws (by Yatiki)
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My Pet Skeleton, ‘Storks’
THEMUSEUM PRESENTS: AFTERLIFE: A SÉANCE EXPERIENCE F R O M S E P TE MBER 1 8 , 2 0 1 9 , U N TIL JANUARY 5, 2020, DOW NTOW N K I TC H E N E R ’ S T H EMU SEU M WILL PRESENT W HAT’S SURE TO B E A MA R V E L L O USLY -MORBID EX H IBITION, AFTERLIFE: A SÉANCE. IN JUNE, TOQ UE SA T D O WN WIT H T H EMU SEU M’S TAYL OR M ARSKEL L TO C HAT ABOUT THE U P CO M I N G EX H IBIT ION . H ERE’S W HAT HE HAD TO SAY:
My Pet Skeleton, ‘His Scarlet Voice’
My Pet Skeleton, ‘Jakalope’; ‘Silent Night’
THEMUSEUM IS POISED TO ASK THE QUESTION: ‘WHAT DOES DEATH MEAN TO YOU?’ TELL US MORE. In Afterlife: A Séance Experience THEMUSEUM is set to explore what we like to call life’s greatest adventure – what (might) happen after we die. The exhibition, which runs from September 18th 2019 to January 5th 2020, will include exploration
Pet Skeleton caught the attention of David Bowie, Guillermo Del Toro, Clive Barker, and the Godfather of Goth himself, Peter Murphy. His particular approach to painting album covers, designing intricate online worlds, and directing weirdo music videos earned him awards from places as diverse as the Emmys, the Junos, and even a Cannes Film Festival nomination for his short film, “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow.”
of spiritualism, ritual, and death, and invite
Also featured in the exhibition is Mere
discussion about how we as a society handle
Phantoms, a Montreal based duo made up
death. It will also address how different
of artists Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson,
cultures view the loss of life. You could say
who draw on traditions of shadow theatre,
that Afterlife will celebrate and explore the
early cinema and papercutting to create
dark theme of supernatural storytelling,
immersive environments that both rely upon
death, séances, darkness, ritual, and folklore.
and explore the possibilities of audience
WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE EXHIBITION (AND WHAT DOES DAVID BOWIE HAVE TO DO WITH THIS)?
CAN YOU DESCRIBE A FAVOURITE ASPECT OF THE EXHIBITION THAT ATTENDEES WILL EXPERIENCE?
The exhibition features local award-winning
First you will tour the recreated living room
graphic artist Vincent Marcone, known by
from the Frederick Street home where
his pseudonym My Pet Skeleton. Vincent’s
séances occurred in the 1960’s. Then, in a
work and the online worlds he created as My
darkened room, you will experience a séance featuring the ghost of Thomas Lacey.
My Pet Skeleton, ‘Lost & Found’; ‘House on the Hill’
The project is in collaboration with artists Erin MacIndoe Sproule and Rebecca Swabey from Anthroscope Media and the Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo Library. Thomas Lacey was an outstanding medium active in KitchenerWaterloo and Hamilton. The exhibition showcases actual audio recordings of his séances from the 1960’s – including spirits
AFTERLIFE: A SÉANCE EXPERIENCE SPANS HALLOWEEN. ARE THERE PLANS TO FEATURE ANYTHING SPECIAL OVER THIS BEWITCHED HOLIDAY? On All Hallows Eve, Afterlife will give way to an immersive dance production, presented by TranscenDance Project, that recreates
whom he channeled.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Audience members
WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE AT THIS EXHIBI TION?
roam the three floors of the museum as the
Through a series of dialogues, workshops, adult programming, and events, this exhibition aims to challenge suppositions, provoke discussion and educate people about one of the most taboo topics out there. In a respectful and informed manner, it will address questions such as: What really happens after life? How do we grieve? What about ghosts? Why does death feel like an end?
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are greeted, masqued and then set free to story unfolds around them … and sometimes interacts with them. You might see it as a kind of choose-your-own-adventure experience, reinforcing the exhibit Afterlife’s central theme (in the words of Bram Stoker): ‘Do you
know where you are going, and what you are going to?’ (Bram Stoker, Dracula 1897)
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Parisian dream where you might come in a
seconds into our first visit. What is this place?
few times a week, if not daily, to see what’s
fresh and available to take home. PEI oysters.
burger joint – all within the size of a small
Pacific salmon. Or drop in to stay – perhaps to
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It was one of Steeltown Garage’s owners, Tania LaCaria, who tipped us off about their new neighbour on Barton Street. Our espressos-to-go in hand, we headed over, and were immediately dazzled by a perfectly composed aesthetic. Cheeky custom wall
with a bottle of craft brew from Hamilton’s Fairweather Brewing Co. Nearly everything is made on-site: baked goods upstairs, butcher shop and kitchen for preserves in the cellar. All meats are ethically-raised and come from farms close by.
tiles, artistically displayed butcher knives,
I return with Chris (and his camera) a few
colourful preserves, tantalizingly arranged
weeks later and see my enthusiasm reflected
cured meats, clean packaging and beautiful
in him. He snaps away while I assemble
signage. This place is curated well beyond the
treasures to savour later: pepperettes for
simple use of Edison bulbs and rustic wood.
lunch, house-made turmeric and cauliflower
Texture and colour. A designer’s dream.
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1. Architectural vortex Corner of Erb and Caroline, Waterloo
Begin your tour at this busy Uptown corner and take in four winners of the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CiGi), Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, and former Seagram Museum. Then watch the city travel into the future as the LRT moves through the intersection. Grab a panorama of these architectural jewels, post to Instagram and tag #creativecapitalofcanada for the chance to win some Creative Capital pins.
2. Celebrating Joseph E Seagram at Loloan Loloan Lobby Bar, 14 Princess St W, Waterloo
While you’re Uptown, why not grab dinner at Loloan Lobby Bar – which looks and feels like a Wes Andersen film set. Inspired by French colonial East Asian hotel lobby bars, Loloan has a swanky bar perfect for cocktails with friends – or alone. Slide up to the bar and tell the bartender you want to toast Joseph E Seagram and his family, who lived just a block away. They gave this community and our country so much – including Crown Royal. Ask the bartender for a drink using this native blended Canadian whisky and watch the creative mixologist in action.
3. Birth of an ‘ear worm’
Glenbriar Home Hardware, 262 Weber St N, Waterloo Hop in the car and head on over to where one of the great ‘ear worm riffs’ was first created. Indeed, the opening guitar melody of The Guess Who’s ‘American Woman’ was composed at the former Glenbriar Roller Rink. While Randy Bachman was tuning up he started playing around. Burton Cummings heard the riff and the jam began. Post your best air guitar pose on Instagram and tag #creativecapitalofcanada for the chance to win a set of Creative Capital decals.
4. Breithaupt Internet Walk Corner of Duke and Breithaupt, Kitchener
Head downtown Kitchener to the corner of Duke and Breithaupt to see where Electrohome – a company that in 1967 invented a coffee table machine called Circa 75, that was basically the analog internet – used to be. Then walk west one block to Google – the company that rules the internet today. In just a few steps you’ve managed to travel an amazing distance in technology.
5. Re-tooling Kitchener’s factories
Smile Tiger Building, 100 Ahrens St W , Kitchener
Just past the Google offices, on the other side of the tracks, stop by Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters – in a former factory that’s now home to several innovative Kitchener-based businesses. While you’re there, enjoy some in-house roasted coffee, maybe local Goodvibes kombucha or Elora craft brew, and a chia pudding too.
6. The good ol’ hockey game Corner of Victoria and Margaret, Kitchener
This corner has been witness to more hockey greats than the Hockey Hall of Fame. In fact, what the Mahovlich brothers, Stan Makita and those nasty CCCP hockey players had in common was Bauer Supreme Hockey Skates. They all came to the Kitchener plant at Victoria and Margaret Ave – where the skates were invented and produced – to have their boots custom made and fitted.
7. Our very own ‘rubber soul’ Corner of King and Victoria, Kitchener
Take in the former Kaufman Rubber Factory (now Kaufman Lofts) at the corner of King and Victoria. Industrialist Jacob Kaufman had world-class architect Albert Kahn come in from Detroit to design ‘the best rubber factory in the world.’ (Kahn also 119 designed the rubber factory on Strange Street in Kitchener). Kahn’s goal: to ensure that the ‘exterior and interior will be finished in a way to delight an artist and be appreciated by the citizens of Berlin.’ Look up the street to Jacob Kaufman’s Victorian Gothic mansion that included a second-floor home office from where Kaufman would keep his eye on his factory.
8. Arts & Culture & Books Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St N
As you enter the library lobby, look to the right, and see the magnificent mural on the wall painted by Jack Bechtel, a Kitchener native. This wonder of mid-century design, completed in 1962, is appropriately titled ‘Enlightenment’ – perfect for our tour. Finally, turn your attention to the library itself: a prime example of mid-century modern architecture, designed by Carl Rieder, perhaps Kitchener’s most prolific architect. Rieder also designed Eastwood Collegiate, Cameron Heights and Centre in the Square. Material for another tour.
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FOOD , D RI NK, B A S K E TB A LL, A N D L E F T O V E R S:
A PERFECT SATURDAY WITH FRIENDS BY CHRIS TIESSEN 'Do you think folks will want to taste something new – straight from the fermenter?’ I peer over my shoulder to see who’s asking such a delicious question. Will Hunter, Red Circle Brewery’s jack-of-all-trades, stands behind me at our table – waiting patiently for an answer. My mouth, stuffed full of Graffiti Market pizza (Detroit-style), keeps chewing until I can squeeze out a reply. It’s no use. The airy crust and hedonistic quantities of brick cheese have me chawing seemingly forever. And so I nod – vigorously. After all, that’s what this day is all about: trying new things. Foods. Beers. Destinations. Adventure.
Smorgasbord from The Danish Place
Willibald Farm Distillery
Before long, our whole crew, about twenty of us, is gathered in the Red Circle brewhouse – located in the far corner of Kitchener’s Graffiti Market – enjoying samples of a delectably tart berliner weisse whose bright red hue gives away the five hundred pounds of whole raspberries with which it’s been aged. While Will holds court describing the brew, I dip back to our reserved table in the restaurant proper where TOQUE Partner Cai Sepulis is helping a server pack our group’s leftover pizza into boxes. Heaven for later. ‘We didn’t eat much,’ I remark to Cai – albeit with little surprise. For while Graffiti’s pizza is among the best I’ve ever eaten – if you haven’t tried it, go now – I know the reason there’s so much left over. ‘We were stuffed before we arrived,’ answers Cai, echoing my sentiments. ‘From our previous stop.’ The previous stop? Willibald Farm Distillery. You’ve heard of it. From TOQUE or word of mouth. Where our motley crew – friends, collaborators, industry folk, movers and shakers – had spent almost two hours devouring Chef Byron Hallett’s mind-bending culinary delights. House-cured charcuterie. House-made sourdough with in-house honey-infused butter. Craft brews. Imaginative cocktails crafted with Willibald gin. And, wait for it, pizza. Or, more precisely, wood-oven pizza. Classic ‘Margherita’ pies. And ‘Funghi’ pizza – with white sauce, mushroom, arugula, confit garlic, and pickled shallot. And another pizza so utterly mind-blowing I don’t even remember its name. All I can recall – it was topped with runny eggs. Ya, that’s where we filled our stomachs.
And, come to think of it, it wasn’t even at Willibald where the feasting had begun. Instead, it was way back at the TOQUE office in downtown Guelph, before we’d boarded our limo bus to Willibald. Open face sandwiches from The Danish Place. Oksesteg (roast beef with tartar, pickles and crisp onions), roget laks (smoked salmon with mayo, capers and red onions), frikadelle (meatball with red cabbage and pickles), and ost (Havarti with peppers and grapes). And tall cans and big bottles of craft beer courtesy Red Circle (Kitchener), Elora Brewing (Elora), and Fixed Gear Brewing (Guelph).
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Red Circle Brewing Co
So, ya, by the time we’d arrived at Graffiti Market we were good. ‘Can you help gather the troops?’, Cai asks – her arms loaded with pizza boxes. ‘Natalie’s expecting us.’ Natalie – of Kitchener’s Arabella Park Beer Bar. Our next stop. Just down the road (and Iron Horse Trail) from Graffiti. Arabella’s a must-visit for any group touring the region for craft beer meccas. Within fifteen minutes, we’d arrived, grabbed pints at the bar, and settled into Arabella’s reserved upstairs mezzanine. Before long, items off a special TOQUE menu devised by Chef Andrew Thorpe begin arriving in the mezzanine. Every one of them enticing. ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ – a roasted asparagus and arugula salad with herb vinaigrette, walnut gremolata, and parmesan. ‘Fromage’ – with ‘Game Changer’ cheese, raspberry preserve, salted honey jelly, beer mustard gastrique roasted peanuts, and grilled baguette. ‘420 Fancy Fries’ – with rosemary salt, sherry bacon vinaigrette, aged cheddar, garlic sour cream, and scallion. And more. And folks begin to eat. ‘A second wind, I guess,’ I chuckle to Elora Brewing’s Mike Brooks – along for this epic day trip and digging into the fancy fries. The next forty minutes fly by – as any amount of time at Arabella tends to do. People-watching from the mezzanine. Trips downstairs for bar service. Animated
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conversation. The food. Indeed, it seems like
– sharing a bag of popcorn. It’s been a long
almost no time has passed before Cai once
day. A whirlwind, really. Of visiting favourite
again announces the need to keep moving.
places with favourite people. ‘Not a bad way
(Without her, I’m really not sure how we’d
to spend a Saturday,’ I remark – a feeling of
have kept the day at least somewhat on
exhaustion overcoming me. ‘Ya,’ she replies.
‘Anything for Graffiti leftovers.’
Next stop? Back to the Royal City for
something really cool: a private box at the Sleeman Centre for the Guelph Nighthawks game. Fast forward one (as you might imagine) raucous limo bus ride to the game, and our group is firmly in seats with popcorn, nachos, and blow-up clappers that ensure we are the noisiest bunch in the building. And while the Nighthawks don’t end up winning on this Saturday night, the action doesn’t disappoint. As the game winds down, Cai and I sit together in the last row of the box’s bleachers
CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Historically, Kitchener was once called this 2. This lobby bar in Waterloo features Southeast Asian
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3. Add this to any milkshake at Park Grocery to intensify
sweetness and enhance ﬂavour
4. This bar in Guelph is known for its ties to Al Capone, ghosts and the prohibition era (2 words) 5. A monstrous shop in Hamilton is well-known for selling
6. This folk-lore creature is featured as a statue by
FASTWÜRMS at the edge of the University of Guelph
7. Scenic feature of Elora 8. A bike with a drive train but no freewheel mechanism; also, Guelph’s newest brewery (2 words) 9. Acronym for Kitchener public arts organization that
specializes in public art
10. This tenacious Hamilton brewery’s labels feature the artwork of illustrator Gillian Wilson (3 words) 11. A brewery in Kitchener; his middle name is beer (2 words) 12. This trail system connects Kitchener to Waterloo; also an award winning IPA from Red Circle Brewing Co. (3 words) 13. A ciderhouse from Guelph worth basking in (2 words) 14. This peaceful joint in uptown Waterloo started selling burgers for 10 cents in 1930s (2 words)
15. This small downtown in the region is the ﬁlming location
for much of The Handmaid’s Tale
16. The oldest brewery in Guelph 17. A distillery in our region that now includes a
farm-to-table restaurant; it’s named after the owners’ grandfather (hint: we paid them a visit during our TOQUE
Daytrip, page 152)
18. Local scientist Donna Strickland recently won a Nobel Prize
in this category
19. These are thrown at BATL and Riot in Guelph 20. Slang historical name for Guelph’s Old University
neighbourhood, over the Speed River in Guelph
B oo km ar k
(hint: think over the river from NYC)
DOWN 21. One of Guelph’s largest downtown parks; Royal City
Brewing Co.’s award-winning session IPA is also named after it (2 words)
22. A type of beer that pairs well with coﬀee 23. This downtown pub is known as ‘Guelph’s front porch’ 24. Dallas Green’s musical alias; also a headliner at Riverfest 2019 (3 words) 25. Downtown Galt’s darling coﬀee roaster, and now partner at Red Circle Coﬀee Co. (2 words) 26. Kitchener’s OHL team 27. Local renowned bike frame maker; also the name of a big Waterloo tech conference (2 words)
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33 35 34
28. The location of the University of Guelph’s disc golf course (hint: this area is home to over 1700 species of trees and shrubs) 29. Acronym of the oﬀ-road biking trail system that
runs predominantly through the Guelph Lake Conservation Area
30. Month of Wellington Brewery’s cask beer festival 31. TOQUE Issue #2’s cover featured the tattooed hands of
one the owners from this virtuous fellas’ bakery in Rockwood
34. The Danish Place restaurant features this ﬁsh in three
ways: curried, marinated or spiced.
35. ‘The cafe is the people’s parliament,’ declared this
French novelist – the inspiration for this Stratford-started chain of coﬀee shops with now over 14 locations
36. Nickname of a Kitchener smokehouse situated along the Grand River (hint: think of the street it’s on) (2 words) 37. The covered bridge in Guelph marks the conﬂuence of
two rivers: the Speed and this river
32. Kitchener Ice Cream shop that is ‘for the people’ (2 words)
38. Arabella Park in Kitchener has a cousin bar in this
33. Renowned Guelph cartoonist whose work is featured on a
39. ___ Ave Cider: big country ﬂavours meets big cities
mural outside The Bookshelf; he also created the team logos for Royal City Roller Derby
East Coast city
fancies at this cider house down Highway 6
40. Acronym/nickname for a beloved whiskey + coﬀee bar
in uptown Waterloo
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2 oz Spring Mill vodka
Add ice and soda. Top with 4 dashes of Angostura bitters. Garnish with an orange wheel.
Issue #8 of TOQUE Magazine. We're a regional lookbook featuring stories, destinations and great eats in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton...
Published on Aug 9, 2019
Issue #8 of TOQUE Magazine. We're a regional lookbook featuring stories, destinations and great eats in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton...