Curious about olive oil? Karen can help

Karen Rapp is an olive-oil sommelier, which apparently is an actual thing. If this surprises you, don’t worry—not too long ago, Rapp had no idea about that either. Four years ago she was on the hunt online for Olio Nuovo extra virgin olive oil, unaware of just how serious people could get over this product […]

At Hope United, Brian strikes the right note

Hope United Church worship leader Brian Stevens had to make a change. His job as an executive director at the trade group Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters was wearing him down with its relentless jet-setting demands. “It was a lot of international travel. I was tired,” recalled Stevens. Nearing 40, he started asking himself a big […]

Ursula finds beauty in the unexpected

Beach floral design and horticultural judge Ursula Eley’s first foray into competitive floral arrangement was a far cry from her recent award-winning entry at an international event. If there was a mistake to be made in her first submission in 1998, she made it, the one-time president of the Beach Garden Society said. Eley used […]

Balmy Beach coach works to make paddling more inclusive

Some are shocked to learn they’ve won an award, others elated. Colleen Didur was hesitant to receive her Coaches Association of Ontario award. It’s not that the Balmy Beach Canoe Club coordinator wasn’t happy about the distinction. “I was a little bit hesitant to receive the award at first because I don’t necessarily think of […]

Stars fill the room at Orlando’s Hollywood Canteen

A self-described “maniac collector of things”, life-long east-end Toronto resident Mike Orlando says he owned a couple tons of movie posters before he decided to start the Hollywood Canteen, his now decades-old film-memorabilia business on the Danforth. “I’ve been collecting since ’75, and just amassing great quantities of original movie posters from theatres and people […]