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Kingston Life May-June 2015
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    MUSICAL MINDS The enduring appeal of analog in a decidedly digital universe pg. 20 WHAT’S HAPPENING pg. 40 MAY/JUNE 2015 DISABILITY Can Kingston become fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025? pg. 24 $3.50 kingstonlife.ca 92 7 16312 10399 4 PM40033187

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    2440 PRINCESS ST. 613.549.1311 taylorautomall.com

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    A special advertising section presented by DOWNTOWN KINGSTON discover your downtown This spring, enjoy shopping DOWNTOWN KINGSTON Come and explore our many unique specialty, gift and fashion boutiques, art galleries and so much more! JEWELRY HEART OF GOLD Artist Lyn Wiggins has hand-forged unique beauty in this pair of silver bangles. Adorned by a delicate gold heart, they are perfect for May gift-giving when you have someone very special in mind. Find these and many more one-of-a-kind works of art for Mother’s Day, exclusively at our downtown Kingston showroom. GIFT STORE SPRING HAS SPRUNG! April showers bring May flowers! Give the gift of unique, hand-painted vases from Arian Design. These beautiful and functional pieces will have anyone’s decor blooming with the colours of spring. FEATURED: Silver bangles by Lyn Wiggins FEATURED: Hand-painted vase by Faramarz Sajed found HERE METALWORKS 352 King St., 613-544-5078, metalworkskingston.com found HERE CORNERSTONE 255 Ontario St., 613-546-7967, cornerstonecanadianart.com ACCESSORIES FASHION BEST FOOT FORWARD Every pair of FitFlop™ sandals is engineered with amazing, multi-density midsoles, and are designed to be fashionably fabulous and comfortable. They’re totally ‘wunderbar’ if you walk a lot! Break out the nail polish, paint your toes and treat yourself to a new pair of sandals this spring from Fancy That. IN PRINT Canadian designer Frank Lyman is at the forefront of iconic looks this season, and his Spring/Summer collection is available to you now! Exciting and diverse, this season’s must-have collection awaits you in beautiful downtown Kingston at Gracie’s. FEATURED: FitFlop™ sandals FEATURED: Frank Lyman 2015 Spring/Summer collection found HERE FANCY THAT 48 Princess St., 613-547-2041, fancythat.ca found HERE GRACIE’S 326 King St. E., 613-545-3234 SHOP.DINE.ENJOY. 2 KINGSTON LIFE | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | MAY/JUNE 2015 Find events, directories, maps and more online. Scan to visit our website: www.downtownkingston.ca

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    FURNITURE STATEMENT FURNITURE We have become a leader in upholstery manufacturing with outstanding products, superb customer service and cutting-edge technology. All thanks to the craftsmanship and team spirit that is the hallmark of Lee Industries’ success. FASHION NATURALLY FRESH Miik, a Canadian clothing line, features sustainable fabrics produced from bamboo and corn. The designs and fabrics offer the ultimate in comfort and style. Join the Miik revolution today at the Roundstone in downtown Kingston. FEATURED: Lee Industries Couch FEATURED: Miik Spring 2015 collection found HERE JAMES REID FURNITURE 250 Princess St., 613-548-3022 1880 John Counter Blvd., 613-544-4415, www.jamesreidfurniture.net found HERE THE ROUNDSTONE 50 Princess St., 613-536-5313, roundstone.ca BEAUTY MENSWEAR ECHO EXCLUSIVE SHIRTING THE ISSUE Unite Eurotherapy’s professional line of styling and care products is designed to keep hair in incredible shape in any climate and season. Find your unique hair solution in its couture collection of 31 shampoo, conditioner, styling and finishing products; all designed with signature European creativity. Available exclusively at Echo in downtown Kingston! Today, for many men, ties are not required for work. Even jackets are optional. For this reason, Chris James has assembled a vast array of shirts, featuring European fabrics, trim detail and fit. Elevate business-casual to a new elegance! FEATURED: Unite Eurotherapy products FEATURED: Shirts by Bugatchi found HERE ECHO 344 Bagot St., 613-542-5069, echohairstudio.com found HERE CHRIS JAMES 253 Ontario St., 613-541-0707,chrisjameskingston.com WELLINGTON ST. MONTREAL ST. BARRACK ST. ECHO QUEEN ST. CHRIS JAMES CORNERSTONE VERDE FANCY THAT PRINCESS ST. METALWORKS THE ROUNDSTONE JAMES REID BARRIE ST. CLERGY ST. BROCK ST. JOHNSON ST. BAGOT ST. KING ST. GRACIE’S DIVISION ST. ONTARIO ST. Stay informed with the latest news, happenings and tips. Connect with us and join the conversation on our social media pages. Downtown Kingston! @downtownktown @downtownkingston MAY/JUNE 2015 | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | KINGSTON LIFE 3

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    Contents may I june I vol.17 no.4 VIEWPOINT 13 Personality How a passion for open water has led to a lifelong career for Brian Johnson 14 City File New business offers sustainable food delivery in the downtown core 16 The Reporter Local restaurateurs share their secrets to local success 18 Home Game Why we should say yes to the park, no to the parkway FOOD AND DRINK 29 For Starters Mexico Lindo Y Que Rico FEATURES 20 MUSICAL MINDS The enduring appeal of analog in a decidedly digital universe BY LAWRENCE SCANLAN 24 GAINING ACCESS Can Kingston become fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025? BY MEREDITH DAULT 40 30 In Good Taste Your guide to the best brunch 32 Wine Sizzling wines for the barbecue CITY LIVING 35 Spotlight From Stage to Street: Mark Bergin and Jonathan Sugarman 36 Lifestyle Discover the area’s best hiking spots 38 Letters from Kingston Rituals mark a meaningful start to spring 40 What’s Happening A guide to special events, live theatre, music, gallery exhibits and more IN EVERY ISSUE 8 Editor’s Letter 43 Emporium 44 In Person photo of ballet jörgen’s cinderella courtesy of the grand theatre 4 KINGSTON LIFE | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | MAY/JUNE 2015

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    AD{TS3885238} AD{TS3887191} MAY/JUNE I VOL.17 NO.4 Editor Danielle van den Brink Graphic Designer Omar Cushnie Contributing Writers Kristen Coughlar, Meredith Dault, Patricia Henderson, Anita Jansman, Josephine Matyas, Iain Reid, Lawrence Scanlan, Harvey Schachter, Christopher Waters Contributing Photographers & Illustrators Abbie Crane, Tim Alblas, Tim Forbes, Rob Whelan Advertising Sales Manager Nancy Bradshaw Business Development Manager Kerry Sammon Account Executives, Print and Digital Andrea Almeida, Dave Coulter, Joanna Coulter, Amanda Dube, Mike Dwyre, Melody Hammond, Stephanie Miller, Debbie Newton, Glen O’Donoghue, Kim Popovich, Aleisha Proudfoot, Graham Thompson Publisher Liza Nelson Creative Supervisor Marc Bonitatibus CTP Printing Solisco Kingston Life is a division of Kingston Publications. 6 Cataraqui St., Kingston, Ont., K7L 4Z7 Tel: (613) 544-5000 ext. 547222; Fax: (613) 530-4122 Visit us at kingstonlife.ca and kingstonpublications.com Kingston Life is a registered trademark of Kingston Publications, a division of Postmedia, copyright 2015. All rights reserved. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertiser claims, unsolicited manuscripts, transparencies, other materials, errors, or omissions. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Kingston Life is published eight times per year — January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December and special issues Interiors Spring and Interiors Fall — and is distributed in pre-selected home-subscriber copies of The Kingston Whig-Standard. Subscriber rates: 8 issues for $14.95 CDN; $54.95 U.S.D. Sub scribe online at kingstonlife.ca or call (613) 544-5000. Single-copy price $3.50 at selected newsstands in Kingston, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Canadian Second Class Mail Registration 5273. Postmaster: Publications mail agreement No. 40033187. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to 18 St. Remy Place, Kingston, ON, K7K 6C4 All rights reserved. Printed in Canada. ISSN 1488-5239 KINGSTON LIFE IS A MEMBER OF Your care is in good hands. We are pleased to offer individualized physiotherapy and massage treatment in our new west-end facilities. With over 110 years of combined experience, our growing team is looking forward to putting our knowledge into motion for you. Welcome! Pediatric physiotherapist Janice Price has joined our team. www.besthealthphysio.ca | (613) 634-2378 | 2-1329 Gardiners Rd., Kingston POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED CONTENT 10% 313 TREES PRESERVED FOR THE FUTURE 518,382 LITRES WASTEWATER FLOW SAVED 8,550 KGS SOLID WASTE NOT GENERATED 15,763 KGS GREENHOUSE GASES PREVENTED 216,000,000 BTUS ENERGY NOT CONSUMER 6 KINGSTON LIFE | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | MAY/JUNE 2015

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    WHEN LOOKS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP MATTER Now on Display at our downtown location JAMES REID FINE FURNITURE SINCE 1854 252 Princess St., 613-548-3022 or 1880 John Counter Blvd., 613-544-4415 jamesreidfurniture.net PERFECTING KINGSTON’S INTERIORS FOR 160 YEARS

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    editor’s letter A FEW YEARS AGO, I WAS APPROACHING OUR OFFICE AT THE KINGSTON WHIG- STANDARD WHEN I NOTICED A COLLEAGUE FRANTICALLY SCRATCHING A NOTE ON A PIECE OF PAPER ON THE STEPS OF THE BUILDING. When I stopped to inquire, my colleague — who uses a wheelchair — pointed to a parked car a few feet away. The black Honda, which didn’t have an accessible parking permit displayed, was parked on both an accessible parking space and on the building’s ramp. The bad parking job (and clearly bad driver) caused her to have to delicately maneuver her wheelchair to access the building’s main entrance. This example stuck with me. On a daily basis, I can’t help but notice the number of obstacles people with disabilities face in our community — from uneven (or unplowed) sidewalks to accessing businesses, especially in our downtown core. When I met with writer Meredith Dault over lunch last year, we talked about the province’s plan to become accessible by 2025. Was it attainable for Kingston? In our feature story, Gaining Access (page 24), Dault outlines the challenges those living with disabilities face and the many barriers that exist in making the city accessible. Some great strides have certainly been made. In March, for example, the City of Kingston announced it would fund a third accessible taxi. Ontario’s building code now requires newly constructed buildings and those that undergo extensive renovations to include barrier-free design. But we still have a long way to go. It’s stories like these that inspire me — stories about the people in our community who are working to make our city more inclusive, to make a difference. This issue of Kingston Life is filled with stories that highlight the things that make our city unique. On page 13, writer Patricia Henderson profiles Brian Johnson, a man who has had an expansive career as captain of the Wolfe Islander III. In City File (page 14), we introduce readers to Spoke and Fork, a new service that offers residents an alternative option for food (and goods) delivery. In Surviving the Restaurant Biz (page 16), writer Harvey Schachter speaks with several local restaurateurs about their “secrets” to success in Kingston — a city with a thriving restaurant scene. In In Good Taste (page 30), writer Josephine Matyas gives her top picks for the best brunch spots in the city. With this issue, we hope you’ll sit down, enjoy and welcome the first days of summer. . *** As always, we want to hear from you with your thoughts on anything you read in the pages of this issue of Kingston Life. Send us an e-mail or write to us at 6 Cataraqui St., Kingston, Ont., K7L 4Z7. We look forward to hearing from you. Danielle van den Brink danielle.vandenbrink@sunmedia.ca facebook.com/KingstonLifemag twitter.com/Kingston_Life contributors Writer Meredith Dault was eager to tackle the issue of accessibility for people with disabilities in our cover feature, Gaining Access (page 24). Readers are transported to a small recording studio near Picton that uses analog rather than digital in Musical Minds (page 20) by writer Lawrence Scanlan. Writer Josephine Matyas compiles a list of the best brunch spots for those mornings where the only decision you want to make is whether to choose savoury or sweet (In Good Taste, page 30). 8 KINGSTON LIFE | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | MAY/JUNE 2015

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