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It is official: Canada’s oldest whisky is also its best. On February 25, 2021, nine independent whisky experts named 43-year-old Canadian Club Chronicles as Canadian Whisky of the Year at the eleventh annual Canadian Whisky Awards. Canadian Club 43 also took top honours as Connoisseur Whisky of the Year.
“This is truly a remarkable whisky, so deserving of the accolade,” said Davin de Kergommeaux, head judge and founder of the awards. “Canadian Club has been shortlisted for best whisky in past years, and for 2021, the judges awarded Canadian Club 43-year-old the highest overall score among over 130 Canadian whiskies entered in the competition.”
Other major winners include Pendleton Director’s Reserve which was named Connoisseur Whisky of the Year in the multi-market category. J. P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye, which is a US exclusive, took home Sippin’ Whisky of the Year in the export-only category, while Gibson’s Finest Bold was named Sippin’ Whisky of the Year for the Canadian market.
J.P. Wiser’s 22-Year-Old Port Cask Finished claimed Cask Strength Whisky of the year, while the sensational Lot No. 40 Dark Oak was named Best New Whisky.
Windsor’s Hiram Walker Distillery is the 2021 Distillery of the Year, while Devine Distillery and Winery in Saanich, British Columbia was awarded Artisanal Distillery of the Year. Devine distiller, Ken Winchester received accolades for Lifetime Achievement in distilling. Shelter Point Distillery from Campbell River BC and Two Brewers from Whitehorse Yukon tied for Best Single Malt of the year.
The annual Canadian Whisky Awards, broadcast online in 2021, are normally held in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival. The awards recognize the very best Canadian whiskies, and are intended to encourage distillers to maintain the highest quality standards. To qualify, each whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada.
An independent panel of whisky experts selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind. In keeping with current trends in whisky connoisseurship, the jury includes both women and men tasters, who have made significant contributions to understanding Canadian whisky.
Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Domestic Market – Canadian Club 43-Year-Old Chronicles – The Speakeasy
Best Blended Whisky – Canadian Club 43-Year-Old Chronicles – The Speakeasy
Blender of the Year – Canadian Club Blending Team
Best Blended Whisky Highly Commended – J.P. Wiser’s 22-Year-Old Cask Strength Port Cask Finished
Connoisseur Whisky of the Year Multi-market – Pendleton Director’s Reserve
Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Domestic – Gibson’s Finest Bold
Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Export – Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye (US)
Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Multi-market – Pendleton 1910 12-Year-Old
Whisky Value Domestic Market – Alberta Premium
Whisky Value Multi-market – Forty Creek Barrel Select
Cream Whisky – Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Salted Caramel
Flavoured Whisky – J. P. Wiser’s Old-Fashioned
Best Whisky Spirit – De Vine Wine and Spirits: Ancient Grains
Best Whisky Spirit – Highly Commended – Raging Crow Distillery: Can’t Call It B**rbon
Best Single Malt Whisky a tie: – Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release 22 & Shelter Point Double Barrel #5
Best Single Grain Whisky – Trust Single Grain
Best Cask Strength Whisky – J.P. Wiser’s 22 Year Old Cask Strength Port Cask Finished
Best All-Rye Whisky – Alberta Premium Cask Strength
Best Corn Whisky – Last Straw sCorn (yes sCorn – made from malted corn)
Best Mixed Mash Whisky – Ancient Grains (Devine Distillery & Winery)
Best Wheat Whisky – Last Mountain Single Cask 100% Wheat Whisky
Award of Excellence – Innovation – Shelter Point Distillery (for peated whisky process)
Award of Excellence – Line Extension – Lot No. 40 Dark Oak
Award of Excellence – Best New Whisky – Last Straw Straight Ontario Rye Cask Strength
Distillery of the Year – Hiram Walker & Sons
Artisanal Distillery of the Year – Devine Distillery and Winery
Lifetime Achievement Award – Ken Winchester (on his retirement Devine Distillery and Winery)
1. ALBERTA PREMIUM CASK STRENGTH RYE
2. ANCIENT GRAINS – Devine
3. BEARFACE ONE ELEVEN SERIES OAXACA AGAVE SPIRIT
4. CANADIAN CLUB CHRONICLES 43-Year-Old
5. CROWN ROYAL BLACK
6. FORTY CREEK BARREL SELECT
7. GIBSON’S FINEST BOLD 8-YEAR-OLD WHISKY
8. J P WISER’S OLD FASHIONED
9. J P WISER’S ALUMNI SERIES MARK MESSIER
10.J P WISER’S ALUMNI SERIES YVAN COURNOYER
11.J P WISER’S 22-YEAR-OLD CASK STRENGTH PORT CASK FINISHED
12.J P WISER’S 23-YEAR-OLD CASK STRENGTH
13.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK 100% WHEAT WHISKY
14.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK RYE WHISKY
15.Last Straw sCORN
16.Last Straw STRAIGHT ONTARIO RYE WHISKY CASK STRENGTH
17.LOT 40 DARK OAK
18.PENDLETON 1910 – 12-Year-Old
19.PENDLETON DIRECTOR’S RESERVE
20.SHELTER POINT DOUBLE BARREL #5
21.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 22
22.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 23
23.TRUST SINGLE GRAIN – The Liberty Distillery
24.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 SALTED CARAMEL CANADIAN CREAM WHISKY
1. BEARFACE CANADIAN WHISKY TRIPLE OAK 7-YEAR-OLD
2. CANADIAN CLUB 100% RYE
3. CANADIAN CLUB CLASSIC 12-YEAR-OLD
4. CARIBOU CROSSING SINGLE BARREL
5. CROWN ROYAL RESERVE
6. CROWN ROYAL LIMITED EDITION 10 YR OLD
7. CROWN ROYAL NORTHERN HARVEST RYE
8. Devine – GLEN SAANICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY
9. Dubh Glas FIRE IN THE SKY CASK STRENGTH
10.EAU CLAIRE SINGLE MALT WHISKY BATCH 003
11.FORTY CREEK CONFEDERATION OAK RESERVE
12.FORTY CREEK COPPER POT RESERVE
13.GIBSON’S FINEST RARE CANADIAN WHISKY
14.Glen Breton – GHLEANN DUBH GAELIC FOR THE DARK GLEN
15.J P WISER’S SEVEN REBELS CANADIAN WHISKY
16.J P WISER’S WHEATFIELD GOLD WHISKY
17.J P WISER’S 18-YEAR-OLD
18.J P WISER’S DELUXE
19.J P WISERS ALUMNI SERIES DAVE KEON
20.J P WISER’S TRIPLE BARREL RYE
21.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK 2020 DISTILLERS SELECT WHISKY
22.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK RED WINE BARREL AGED WHISKY
23.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY CANADIAN WHISKY
25.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN PEATED MAC NA BRAICHE
26.MACALONEY’S CALEDONAIN OAKEN POITIN
27.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN GLENLOY SINGLE MALT WHISKY
28.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN INVERMALLIE SINGLE CASK STRENGTH
29.PIKE CREEK 10-YEAR-OLD RUM BARREL FINISHED
30.PIKE CREEK 15-YEAR-OLD CABERNET SAUVIGNON FINISH
31.ROYAL CANADIAN SMALL BATCH CANADIAN WHISKY
33.SHELTER POINT SINGLE CASK PEAT
34.SHELTER POINT SMOKE POINT 2
35.SHELTER POINT THE FORBIDDEN
36.SHELTER POINT SINGLE CASK VIRGIN OAK
37.SHERINGHAM DISTILLERY RYE
38.SIGNAL HILL WHISKY
39.STALK AND BARREL THREE BARREL CANADIAN WHISKY
40.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 20
41.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 19
42.TWO BREWERS YUKON SINGLE MALT RELEASE 21
43.TRUST SOUTHERN – The Liberty Distillery
44.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 MAPLE CASK WHISKY
45.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 ICE CASK WHISKY
46.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 NINETY-NINE PROOF WHISKY
47.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 RED CASK WHISKY
1. ALBERTA PREMIUM RYE
2. CANADIAN CLUB 1858
3. CANADIAN MIST
4. CAN’T CALL IT B**RBON
5. CAPITAINE SAINT SIMON – Fils du Roy
7. COMMODORE SINGLE MALT WHISKY – Odd Society
8. CROWN ROYAL FINE DELUXE
9. CROWN ROYAL XO
10.CROWN ROYAL VANILLA
11.CROWN ROYAL REGAL APPLE
12.DILLON’S RYE WHISKY
13.DILLON’S RYE 1
14.Dubh Glas – SMOKE ON THE WATER
15.EAU CLAIRE DISTILLERY RUPERT’S WHISKY
16.FORTY CREEK THREE GRAIN 2020
17.FORTY CREEK NANAIMO BAR
18.FORTY CREEK DOUBLE BARREL RESERVE
19.FORTY CREEK CREAM
20.FORTY CREEK SPIKE
21.FORTY CREEK RESOLVE
22.GIBSON’S FINEST STERLING
23.GIBSON’S FINEST VENERABLE 18-YEAR-OLD
24.GOODERHAM AND WORTS
25.GOODRIDGE AND WILLIAMS – 100% RYE GRAINS
26.GOODRIDGE AND WILLIAMS – HIGH RYE GRAINS
27.HIGH RIVER CANADIAN WHISKY – Sazerac
28.J P WISER’S 15-YEAR-OLD
29.J P WISER’S TRIPLE BARREL RYE WHISKY USA
30.J P WISER’S SPECIAL BLEND WHISKY
31.J P WISERS VANILLA WHISKY
32.J P WISERS APPLE WHISKY
33.KAVI RESERVE COFFEE BLEND CANADIAN WHISKY
34.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY SINGLE CASK CANADIAN RYE
35.LAST MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY LAKE COUNTRY COOP 80TH ANNIVERSARYT CANADIAN SINGLE BARREL WHISKY
36.Last Straw – STRAIGHT ONTARIO RYE WHISKY
37.LOHIN MCKINNON CHOCOLATE MALT SINGLE MALT
38.LOHIN MCKINNON BORDEAUX FINISHED PEATED SINGLE MALT WHISKY
39.LOHIN MCKINNON NIAGARA WINE BARREL SINGLE MALT WHISKY
40.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN PEATED DARACH BRAICHE
41.MACALONEY’S CALEDONIAN INVERMALLIE SINGLE CASK EX BOURBON
42.ODD SOCIETY BLENDERS RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKY
43.PROSPECTOR RYE WHISKY – Odd Society
44.SEAGRAM’S FIVE STAR
46.SHELTER POINT DISTILLERY – THE COLLECTIVE
47.SHELTER POINT PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
48.SHELTER POINT MONTFORT D1 151
49.SHELTER POINT ECHOES OF THE HEBRIDES
50.SIVO SELECTION RYE WHISKY
51.THE FORAGER BOTANICAL WHISKY
52.THE WILD NORTH – Mondia Alliance
53.TRUST ANCIENT GRAINS
54.TRUST CANADIAN RYE
55.WAYNE GRETZKY NO 99 CANADIAN CREAM WHISKY
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.
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.”
Sarah Barber Design Studio is located in the popular Yorkville Village of Toronto, Ontario. Its owner of the same name had initially planned for a career in architecture, but on learning more about interior design, she saw just how much crossover there is with architecture, and shifted her plan. Envisioning design as her new direction, she threw herself into it, and has been consistent in applying that degree of passion to every project since.
Sarah finds great satisfaction in a style of working that includes the construction process. From that point for start she can head the design, the build, and interior detailing all in the same project. She has become convinced that uniqueness in design comes from the user’s own personality and lifestyle. She integrates different design elements to create a style of its own. Summed up in her words, “It’s all about balance.”
Unique to her design is a personal style that involves a layering of traditional architecture. In example, Sarah layers crown moulding, trim work and coffered ceilings with modern elements and sleek furnishings. Or by reversing the process, she approaches a minimalist space and adds luxurious stylings. To create comfort, she takes great care to balance the masculine and feminine vibes. Adding a client’s personal items such as travel keepsakes and artwork is key to achieving optimum results. Keenly aware of the importance of a good lighting plan to make or break a space, it is never overlooked or undervalued throughout the planning.
When I met Demaine for the first time, I had no idea who he was. He’s a big guy, towering over most people, and I assumed that he must play professional basketball or football. But what I really noticed first was his very cool style.
I found him engaging, articulate and confident, so naturally I was curious to find out more about him. When our conversation shifted into discussing his style, he proudly exclaimed that he was a fashion designer!
Weeks later, I attended Demaine’s first runway show at IFE, where he received a standing ovation for his designs. That’s when I decided he’d earned an opportunity for an interview in Spencer.
Joseph Edward Schur: Thank you for this interview, Demaine. Please, tell us something about your beginnings.
Demaine Tyrone: My background is Jamaican, and I grew up in a big family with lots of gatherings and celebrations. Early on, I noticed fashion and statement looks that are a part of Jamaican culture. I found inspiration from being surrounded by style, and especially looked up to my parents who were always well dressed. I lived in Fort McMurray and Vancouver during the past ten years, and just recently returned to my home base of Toronto about two years ago. Spending time in different Canadian cities has helped me understand the Canadian fashion landscape even more.
Jonny’s original songs are derived from his rise/falls in life as well as the world around him. In these songs Jonny delivers a soulful grit but peacefulness to his dynamic craft where he leaves everything in the open and lays it all on the line. Jonny released his debut album “Father’s Boy” which was written around the lost of his Father to cancer in 2017.
Jonny has become a rising and upcoming name in the International music scene, he competed in the “Shot” season8 2020 and released his latest single “These Four Walls” in July of last year https://youtu.be/JN4pswFYnwg which did very well in the U.K. and Internationally. Jonny was also featured right here in Spencer Magazine and is working on releasing new material this year!
“Lay It On” captures the tug and war of a relationship. It’s about realizing your self worth, understanding your partners worth, holding strong, loving what you have (good & bad), fighting for it and killing the silence which can drown a relationship.
The unspoken is always left Unknown.
Ryan Lunn is a Nashville Recording, multi-award -winning Singer Songwriter, Producer, Actor & Model.
Ryan has produced and recorded a 14- song concept album and 2 EP’s fully comprised of his own Songs. Both on stage and in film, Ryan has starred and supported in over 35 productions. He is a confident actor in both Comedic and Dramatic scripts. Ryan has achieved much success as a songwriter and promoter in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada, winning more Niagara Music Awards than any other artist over the past 2 years.
This song “Embers” is an ambient and lyrical snapshot of the honesty and weight partners carry while raising a family, managing a business and finding the balance to keep focus on the love shared and leaning into the falls of life’s many challenges together. The song is specific in its detailing our need for an escape to rekindle the fire.
In 2019 Ryan Lunn received the Songwriter of the Year Award at the Niagara Music Awards where he was flown to Nashville TN to record a new single with renowned Canadian producer Thomas Tawgs” Salter. With “Tawgs” expertise, wisdom and talent, he and Ryan created an extraordinary song called “Embers.”
This is one heck of a talented kid. I’ve been fortunate to become friends with Peyton and his awesome family. Every now and then, I have a chance to get to know, on a personal level, a real superstar in-the-making. And you can bet that Peyton is going places.
As a member of the Mini Pop Kids, Peyton tours across Canada and the United States, always to sold out crowds.
“I am an elementary student from a French Immersion School in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. I may seem quiet at first, but when I’m on stage, my passion for performing gives me the confidence I need to share my voice and moves. I love making people smile through my music. I want to be an inspiration to other kids and remind them that with hard work and dedication, you can be anything you want to be.”
“I am so grateful and so proud to be a member of the Mini Pop Kids, a Top selling Canadian Kids’ Sensation group.
Last June, over 630 children auditioned, but only 8 of us were chosen. Since then, we have been on a whirlwind experience: from a bi-coastal 41 Show Tour, recording a 2 disc CD of 24 cover songs, including 2 original songs, making 7 music videos, and appearing on over a dozen radio and television shows, such as Breakfast Television, CTV, and Global Morning.”
“Watching old music videos and listening to my Uncle who passed away of heart disease inspires me to do what I love and work hard. I believe that we should always do what makes us happy.”