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We are very excited to offer Spencer’s 20/21 Winter issue FREE for download. Simply click on the cover page below and you will be redirected to our Flip Book.

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PETER TRIANTOS: A Contemporary Abstract Artist

 

   It seems to me that many artists, young and old, are prisoners of their emotions. Not Triantos; I can imagine this brilliant painter scaling a 12 foot barbed wire fence just to face his emotions, and welcoming the chance to share them with joy and love. In fact, when I asked him how he faces a blank canvas, he responds: “My energy transfers onto the canvas. It’s the energy, passion, vibrance, speed, stuff like that, immediate thinking. I don’t ponder and fixate on things. I have zero fear and I immediately attack.”

No fear. I like that. And I can see it in his work. He has a certain je ne sais quoi. So, of course, I had to dig deeper into who this incredibly popular artist, Peter Triantos, really is.

Triantos was born in Romiri, a small, tranquil village in the mountains of Greece, where the olive trees grow in abundance. He immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 5. He recalls the trans-atlantic voyage with great enthusiasm, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1966. What an adventure for a young boy! Even at that tender age he could see the magical dreamland in art.

Little did he know that his journey would take him to be one of the most highly respected and admired Canadian artists of our time.

In middle school, playing with paint and colour in art class, he knew that he was destined to be an artist. While most of us were simply playing with crayons (I was not half-bad with finger painting!), Peter was planning his future. From the very first moment that he touched paint, it brought him tremendous joy. And he already had a grasp on the power and influence that continues to define his life: ART.

However, like the Beatles song of 1970, it was a ‘Long and Winding Road’ for Peter. There were challenges. I’m reminded of a powerful quote by Maya Angelou:

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”

To read the full story in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

FERRARI: The Scuderia Ferrari Club Toronto

Club President Antonio Folino

Scuderia Ferrari Club Toronto is all about people, and the passion for Ferrari culture. Established in 2013, on the behest of Scuderia Ferrari Club of Maranello, the Club is recognized as the best Foreign Scuderia Ferrari Club in the world.

Their collective efforts are focused on supporting and promoting the Ferrari culture, the Ferrari trademark, together with F1, and by educating and engaging in sporting, cultural and social events, across Ontario, Canada and globally.

President Antonio Folino is passionate about his club. “We believe in diversity, gender and youth engagement, with a focus to grow and unite people sharing the passion for Ferrari,” he states emphatically. “Our vision is to expand our Ferrari family together, and welcome many new members, sharing the energy and passion for Ferrari, aiming to be the best Scuderia Ferrari Club.”

In fact, since 2013, the Toronto club has been awarded as the best Scuderia Ferrari Foreign Club, and second worldwide. With Folino’s leadership and the club’s committed Board of Directors, the organization is sure to continue to grow, with already over 900 members.

 

To read more about Scuderia Ferrari Club Toronto in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

RAISING A CUPPA to a Black Canadian Pioneer

While Black Lives Matter demonstrators are marching in one part of Toronto there is a small café located in the most southerly part of the city that is named for and honors one of Canada’s most unknown famous Black men – Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott, a free born Canadian surgeon, family doctor and decorated hero of the American Civil War.

The Abbott, a small café on Spencer Avenue in the Parkdale area of Toronto has been in existence for 10 years now and from the very beginning it has honored Dr. Abbott (1837-1913).

Anderson Ruffin Abbott was born to free Black parents in 1837. They were transplanted free born Black Americans who came north to escape the much more lethal form of racism that existed in the United States in those days. The family were originally merchants, operating a general goods store in Mobile, Alabama. After they relocated to Canada, Abbott’s father (Wilson Abbott) made his money in real estate eventually becoming active in the politics of early Toronto and winning a seat on the City Council in 1838. Abbott had 2 siblings who survived to adulthood; Amelia Etta and William Henson.

 

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REVE DE MOI Art Exhibit with Estelle Ohayon: Toronto, Canada

Rêve De Moi
ART EXHIBIT

An extraordinary collaboration by two visionaries:
Estelle Ohayon & Allan Kliger.

What do you get when you bring together some of Canada’s most accomplished artists? A remarkable alliance, creating some of the most exciting mixed media art that you will ever see.

When Spencer Magazine was invited to attend the very private Rêve De Moi Art Exhibit, I was thrilled to have a chance to see the latest works of a coterie of established artists, recognized both in Canada and abroad. They include Max Jamali, Peter Triantos, Anthony Ricciardi and Diogo Snow.
Joining me at this event was Spencer’s Photography Director, Jonathan Levy. With much anticipation, we arrived at CABINE, on Toronto’s tony Hazleton Avenue in Yorkville. Nicholas Mellamphy, the legendary fashion icon and the venue’s host, warmly welcomed us on the stairs leading up to the hot pink door of the classic brownstone.

Upon entering the gallery, we soon realized that this was no ordinary collection. There is a definitive wow factor, especially considering the scale of the art. At first I didn’t recognize the connection between the evocative original art on display and the adjoining photography.

With my curiosity peaked, I wanted to learn more about this exhibition. I approached the visionaries responsible for creating Rêve De Moi, Estelle Ohayon and Allan Kliger. They offered us a narrated tour and what we discovered about them and this ambitious project is truly impressive.

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BRANDING in a NEW TERRAIN with Klaudia Capalbo

   Klaudia Zinaty Capalbo, Professor, Marketing Consultant and Director of Corporate Relations at the Toronto Fashion Academy was appointed as the 2020 FGI Regional Director for Toronto. Impressed by her numerous accomplishments and wanting to get a sense of the energy that drives her, Spencer Magazine arranged for an interview in person.

Rose Marie Bresolin: Klaudia, I know how busy your schedule must be, so thank you for agreeing to the interview. Perhaps we can start with where you’re at right now by having you tell us about FGI.

Klaudia Capalbo: Yes, of course. FGI stands for Fashion Group International. We’re a global organization situated in 7 countries with 29 chapters all over the world and our headquarters are based in NYC. I handle the Toronto Division and we have about 200 members right now and growing. We have 12 Board members, including myself. We are a non-profit organization with approximately 5,000 members all over the world: we’re in The Dominican, Seoul, USA and London, England to name a few. It feels incredible to be leading an organization in Toronto with this kind of global reach and potential!

   The organization is here to support, grow and develop, not just the fashion industry but anything that touches on fashion – interior design, visual arts, beauty, film and photography. We organize monthly events for our members, whether it’s bringing in professionals and guest speakers from the industry or providing a platform that gives our members an opportunity to network and collaborate. At our Toronto Division we provide a unique event we call Mentor’s Dinner, where we bring in 10 mentors from different facets of the industry. They sit with our members for an intimate dinner and answer questions about their careers or industry. We’ve had George Pimentel, Jessica Mulroney, Cheryl Hickey, Peter Papapetrou, Aluad Anei, Stephan Caras and Vanessa Craft to name a few.

The Mentor’s Dinner for this year was held at the Shangri-La in March. The guests were seated with the mentor of their choice and asked questions that could help them with decisions. It was a great opportunity for our members to have their moment with a mentor. Also exciting was that each mentor shared a personal story from their own career path. Another event we do, called the Visionary Awards happens in October where we celebrate key people from different sectors of the industry who have made an incredible impact on it. We really try to recognize people who give back.

To read the full story in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

SPECTACULARLY BOUNDLESS with Kate Campbell & Dini Petty

After listening to Dini Petty speak with passion about the aviation film Boundless and Kate Campbell who directed it, I asked if she could arrange an interview. I knew there was a story in it for our Spencer readers and was excited when the answer came back as yes.

Rose Marie Bresolin: So, Kate, thank you for agreeing to the interview. And Dini, welcome back. Dini, as a woman who was born near the end of WWII with planes thundering overhead as they bombed London, your reaction to such a fearsome experience could have taken you either way; either you’d be drawn to flying or cringe at the thought of airplanes. Thankfully for us, it went in favor of your choosing to fly.

Dini, I’d like to put a few questions about Boundless to Kate first and then have you take us into your experience of the filming.

Kate, Boundless is described as a historical fiction, a narrative that was inspired by your grandmother, Betty Grepley. And while a pilot, she herself was not in the war. She’s deceased now, but her impact lives on in you, and now through this film, she stands to impact much more widely. That must bring you a great degree of satisfaction. Tell us a little bit about this special someone you refer to as your best friend.

Kate: It does bring me satisfaction. It’s been a fairly long journey and obviously my grandmother was an incredible woman who still inspires me. This project is a love letter to her and what she represented to me. I don’t know where I would be without her. I grew up hearing her stories about

flying and watching her interact with male pilots as they compared notes and it was in one of her stories that I first heard about Dini. My grandmother got her license in the 50’s and Dini got hers in the late 60’s and they both flew out of Buttonville airport in Ontario, Canada.

Such a vivid image, thank you. Given that much of the information you were seeking was buried for so long, what level of cooperation did you receive in the developing stages of the film?

Kate: A lot of help actually. I began with the First Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines in Toronto, Canada where my grandmother was a member. The more research I did, the more women pilots I found and then I discovered the Women Airforce Service Pilots known as WASP, and I was astounded that no one knew their story. Then I moved to Los Angeles and eventually began interviewing women pilots in California, Seattle and Texas. I discovered that the Women Airforce Service Pilots held an annual homecoming every year on Memorial Day weekend in Sweetwater, Texas where they originally trained. I started going every year, filming the surviving women and some of the planes they flew. Originally, I wanted someone else to write the story and I approached the only three writers I knew. They were all men and fortunately they all said no.

To read the full story in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!

DISTILLING’S YELLOW BRICK ROAD: Featuring 5 Canadian Distilleries

Distilling’s Yellow Brick Road

Featuring 5 Canadian Distilleries: Wayne Gretzky Estates, Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers, Forty Creek Distillery, Reid’s Distillery, and Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

    As it hugs the shores of Lake Ontario from Toronto to Niagara – a region dubbed “The Golden Horseshoe” for its burgeoning entrepreneurial sector – the Queen Elizabeth Way has become a yellow brick road for spirits lovers. Here, in cocktail country, you can find all the ingredients you’ll need to make stunning summer cocktails when you return home.

 

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LIZ TAYLOR: A Whole New World

    Born to parents who emigrated from Poland after the second world war, Liz Taylor, yes, that is her name, sits fifth among their 5 children. She grew up in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood in St Catherine’s, Ontario, known as the “Facer Street” area. A community rich in multiculturalism, Liz still makes it a point to attend the Annual Street Party.

   Liz describes her childhood as a time when she could play outside with other neighbourhood kids until the streetlights came on. She has fond memories of her family going to Queenston Heights, or Niagara On the Lake for Sunday picnics where they could listen to bands playing in the open air.

She learned traditional Polish dance from a teacher named Helena Kaczmarczyk, who gave her a lot of solos in dance and in singing. She called Liz a shining star. “What a beautiful thing to tell a young kid!!” Even though Liz stopped Polish dancing at around 16, she believes those words played into the confidence she needed to take up acting at 50.

    Liz began working when she was 12, picking strawberries with her mom. By the time she was 18, she was managing a fitness club, teaching aerobics classes and working at Shopper’s Drug Mart as a Dispensary Assistant. At 19, she became the youngest Realtor ever licensed in North America. One of the first houses she sold was her childhood home. Having lived there from the time that she was born, it was very emotional. Thirty-six years later, Liz continues to be a licenced realtor with the same company! “Loyalty is kinda my thing!”

    She attributes the sense of loyalty to a father who had the courage to leave home at 12 years old for work on a farm in Germany during WW ll. He would never see his mother again, and when he left Poland again in 1957, he came to Canada with nothing. “He built a wonderful life simply from the will to create family and to provide a better life for them. He also helped his siblings to immigrate to Canada and to get established here. When his brother in Montreal fell ill, he provided for his family so that they could stay together. To be able to do that while still providing for his own family, he worked 3 shifts at General Motors and did lots of overtime. Liz credits his example for having taught her honesty, fairness, and a good work ethic. Teodor passed away in January 2020 at the age of 93.

To read more about Liz Taylor in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!