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Bruce is Back!

Posted by Bruce on January 06, 2019
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Hey Brucesters!

Happy Freakin New Year! It feels so great to be back writing my Sunday blog. I honestly missed it so much! I missed bugging my editor every week with my stories of bad punctuation and grammar and I missed the great feedback I’d get from all of you, my registered readers! As you know I took some time off due to stress and did my best to get stronger, empower myself, and get to know myself again. I’ll be sharing that personal mission throughout 2019. I just think the more we remove the stigma of mental illness the better our society will be. I’ll speak to this later but for now Bruce is Back and I’m Eating Pie!
I’m happy to announce that I’m not writing alone this week! I’ve invited my dear friend David to join me as we spent some time together in Toronto exploring the many streets and neighbourhoods and this guy has got the best historical facts about our great city. He didn’t want me to mention him but it’s just not possible as he was instrumental in reinsuring me to put my writing hat back on and blog on! David thanks for your overview on this, my pie article.
Dave and I met at a local function many months ago and instantly a friendship bloomed. This guy loves to walk and I swear I lost 10 pounds the first two weeks of walking the city with him. He just loves waking. You know what else he loves, historical facts. I am always hypnotized by his references to historical Landmarks in the city. I asked if I could tag along and get my very own tour guide in a city I’ve lived in for more than a decade! Thankfully he agreed!
It was on one of these foot stepping adventures that he took me to the west end of the city. We were looking for something sweet to eat and I had pretty much exhausted any dessert house on the east side of town so I was in his tour guide hands. Did I mention he’s super cute too? That was just a lucky bonus! After a long stroll we entered what is known as The Annex. It started in 1886 by developer Simeon James. The interesting aspect of The Annex is definitely the architecture. Most of the buildings in the area are the creation of E.J. Lennox, one of Toronto’s leading artchitects in the latter part of the 19th century. The style is a whimsical yet strong blend of Richardson Romanesque and Queen Anne styles. They typically have the large rounded Romanesque arches with Herculean stones on the ground floor and topped off with decorative accents such as turrets or gables and delicate wood work. It is a style that began in Toronto and copied over and over again. Many of the large homes have been broken up into flats and apartments. Others became Fraternity and Soroity houses for neighbouring University of Toronto. David narrated away as we walked along the stunning neighbourhoods of The Annex. All the while I was thinking I’d really love a piece of homemade pie. I’m so ADD but when I was able to stay focused I just loved hearing his beautiful tour guide like way he coined a phrase. I interrupted our “Tour de Annex” and asked if he could take me to a local coffee dessert house. He was always eager to oblige.
We ended up at a coffee dessert house called Futures Bistro Apparently they have one on the St. Lawrence Market too. It was sort of bohemian inside and we grabbed ourselves a much needed coffee and two big slabs of pie! I love pie. I especially love my mom’s homemade pie and this place gave her pies a run for their money (sorry mom!). We sat at the window watching the passers by and made sure we judged them all accordingly. Cute! Super cute! Not in your life and thought it was chocolate! You know when you see someone from a distance you think is going to be as tasty as chocolate and they turn out to be as puckering as a sour baby?
Check out this amazing chain of dessert bars when you’re visiting Toronto. The plate was totally lockable and the neighbourhood a very special piece of historical architecture.
Oh my God, next we go pipe shopping!

Futures Bistro 483 Bloor Street Weat

Guest historical guide David M. for Bruce in the City

Article by Bruce Christopher

Edited by Mary Ellen Monk

Wine with Erik! Christmas Edition 2018

Hey everyone!

It’s almost Christmas time!!! Time for another great wine selection!!

Dr. Loosen Riesling 2017, Mosel, Germany – $14.95
This wine has always been one of my favourite rieslings becuase of its amazing value. but be fast! this wine fly’s off the shelf! The wine bright, clear and has aromas of lemon, peach, and apricot. On the palette it has a soft sweetness wish mouthwatering acidity to balance it out which is what makes it a classic Mosel Valley riesling. Enjoy it on its own or with a spicy Thai chicken.

Foreign Affair Dream 2015, Niagara, Canada – $29.95
So I know I try to keep the wines I chose at a reasonable price but I really want to put this wine on the table for you guys because this winery if doing some awesome things here in Canada. This winery puts their grapes through the appassimento process which means the dry the grapes out on racks for a few months befor they crush and press them. By doing this it creates a less diluted flavour and a rich wine. They use this in lots of Italian styles such as Amarone and they wanted to bring that style here to Canada. Okay no lets talk about the wine. The wine Is dark and has complex aromas of blackberries, vanilla, black cherries, figs, leather, and a sweet spice. On the palette the wine has silky smooth tannins layered beautifully with a nice acidity. Enjoy it this year but for a great experience save it for 2 years. Enjoy on its own or with some strong cheese or bbq steak.

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Bruce’s Top 10! Tiss the Season

Posted by Bruce on November 18, 2018
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Its the most wonderful time of the year. Time for my top ten Christmas,Yule,Hanukkah gift giving destinations in Toronto. To help us celebrate all the great festivities we will be enjoying over the holiday season! I’m really pumped to get back to my full time Sunday blog starting back up in January!! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves so with further adieu here’s my top ten list for holiday shopping destinations!

10.Beach Toyz 39 Norwood Rd Toronto
9.Cycle Solutions 615 Kingston Rd T.O
8.LaManna Fashion For Men
2223 Queen Street East
7.Out On The Street Menswear
551 Church St
6.SPRUCE 455 Parliament, 647-748-4060
5.Flatiron’s Christmas Market 35 Jarvis St
4.The Men’s Room 465 Church St
3.Lavish&Squalor 253 Queen St W
2.Outer Layer 577 Queen St W
1.Mable’s Fables 662 Mount Pleasant 

Get out there and find those beautiful,inspiring and maybe even a little naughty gifts for the ones you love and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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This Coming Sunday!

Posted by Bruce on November 12, 2018
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Just in time for the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, Bruce releases his Top Ten Christmas shopping destinations in The 6!

Stay tuned!


Wine with Erik! He’s back!

Posted by Bruce on September 20, 2018
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Erik: Hey everyone!

It’s great to be back! I actually just got back from BC and spent a lot of time on Vancouver Island checking out the wineries there and seeing how they’re doing and let me tell you there’s some interesting stuff coming out of there. If you ever get a chance to go out there I recommend going to some of the wineries in the Cowichan Valley. Especially the ones further north of the valley near Duncan.

Anyways lets get to the wine. I wanted to pick something with warm oak/spice notes and black fruit flavours to go with lamb and the fall that’s creeping upon us. I might have done this wine in the past but it’s just so good that I’m going to talk about it again!

Beronia Tempranillo – Rioja, Spain – $21.95

A beautiful deep ruby colour with notes of of vanilla, smoke, blackberry, black cherry and oak. The wine has a wonderful full body with soft tannins and warm spice, an absolute pleasure to drink! I recommend this wine with braised lamb (Check out Sarah’s blog) or BBQ burgers! Enjoy everyone!

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Erik will be back monthly on the 20th! It’s great to have you back bud!

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Bears in Excess

Posted by Bruce on August 19, 2018
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The terrible din of crowbars and sledgehammers wielded against wooden doors and marble walls.

That’s what Peter Bochove remembers most about the night of Feb. 5, 1981, when police descended on four of Toronto’s bathhouses and rounded up close to 300 men.

They were herded into the bathhouse lobbies, many dressed only in towels. Some had numbers marked on their arms. Others would later tell of being pressed for the names of their wives and bosses.

The majority were arrested at the Richmond Street Health Emporium, owned by Bochove. It was so badly damaged during the raid that it never reopened. Exerp from the Toronto Star  NICKI THOMAS STAFF REPORTER
Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

Thank God Times have changed. It’s always important to remember so we never return to those dark days again.

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Hey you sexy bears! It’s great to be back! It’s amazing to be connected with bears from all over the world and I love meeting you on my Instagram @bruceinthecity and here on my official blog Today it’s all about the bears!
I love giving you a birds eye view from my Canadian perspective. I’m a Toronto Bear Cub and telling you about the bears of the North makes me proud. Canadians and the US bears has shared a special friendship for a long time and we definitely love when you come to visit us! Recently I attended a super sexy event at one of Toronto’s most popular men’s spas “Spa Excess” when in my fair city it’s a very popular go to for the bear community. Their Bear events draw a colourful mix of fellows who leave their inhibitions at the door. This place is easy going down to earth and a great place to meet and greet and meat and greet!

“It’s so popular and so wonderful an evening, because a lot of people are alone and not many people come as a couple,” “It’s become like one big, huge family.” excerpt from the Toronto 2014, StarLaura Armstrong
Staff Reporter

The Bears in Excess event I attended there recently happens once a month along with Chubs at the Tubs where the alpha bears are out in droves.
The energy is great. There’s prizes to be won and money to be raised to help local relevant causes. This day was to raise funds, for a close friend of the organizer,who needed a serious life saving surgery.  I met bears from all over the world at the event including some of you fine mates from across the boarder! There’s like four levels  of fun in this spa and a bar to get you in the right frame of mind. The staff is helpful and the staffs are plenty! It’s great to see the Gay community embracing us more voluptuous Queers and it’s really about time being that full size is now in vogue. I hope this beautiful trend continues. Body shaming is so 1990’s! Come and be a saint or sinner at the next Bear event if your visiting Toronto. We just love you our bears from the south. Check out Bears in Excess on Instagram for current event info @bearsinexcess organizer @fluffyeric (Eric)
Have a great August! See you in September you sexy Bears!

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Season of the Stylist

Posted by Bruce on August 12, 2018
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There is a service that many people, young and old, rich and famous, and some with none of those titles at all that enjoy the talents of a stylist to help create their perfect image for any business to casual lifestyle. Although the word stylist gets over used these days at places like Holt Renfrew, there really is a talent that’s required to pull this task off with finesse and artistry. Don’t be fooled by the difference between a sales shark and a talented stylist. I met such a woman this month at a concert for one of my favourite music artist. I had to know more about this talented fashion artist and so with further ado here is my one on one with Nelly Akbari.
Bruce: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. I loved Lydia’s look at her show recently and really felt your influence of style really marriaged with her music perfectly. Are you a local stylist?
Nelly: Well thank you. I am a fashion stylist in Toronto yes.
Bruce: Did you always call Toronto home?
Nelly: No, actually I am originally from a suburb north of the city
Bruce: What brought you to the big city?
Nelly: I attended Ryerson University for their fashion communication program.
Bruce: I’ve never heard of that before. What were you hoping to do with your professional life by taking this program?
Nelly: Well specifically with the dream of becoming a fashion stylist.
Bruce: You’ve always dreamed of doing this then.
Nelly: Yes, for sure.
Bruce: What are some of your biggest accomplishments so far?
Nelly: Well throughout my time in school I landed an internship with Flare Magazine, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and my current agency.
Bruce: Wow not a bad resume straight out of the gate!
Nelly: Thank you and these internships helped me make amazing connections that helped me build my career and make all of this possible.
Bruce: That’s very impressive!
Nelly: Thanks and in 2016 I relocated to New York City for 5 months and there I was able to be a part of amazing projects for Vogue Italia, Zara, and Interview Magazine.
Bruce: That’s Fabulous! I love New York. I write for a magazine there. Everything is everything is New York! But I digress! How
lucky is Toronto to have you back! Are you back?
Nelly: Yes, currently I am back in Toronto.
Bruce: Excellent! You seem like you have a pretty full calendar.
Nelly: Definitely. I’m working full-time as a fashion stylist consulting on wardrobe for fashion, commercial, T.V., and music clients.
Bruce: I know getting this interview was a bit of a challenge because of your long days and late nights. Working with music artists specifically, what’s that like?
Nelly: Personally, I love the experience working with musicians – that collaboration process with another creative individual creates the most amazing looks.
Bruce: Well you’re very talented and I’m very happy you agreed to chat with me. I know you’re running off to another event so all the best and I can’t wait until we cross paths again.
Nelly: Thank you Bruce.
Bruce: My pleasure.

You can find Nelly on her Instagram @nellyakbari or her website @

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A Deep Breath

Posted by Bruce on July 29, 2018
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This week was not an easy one in my city. Someone took what was left of our innocence away. My Instagram was flooded with typical Bruce in the City rants as I tried to come to terms at what took place. I’m certain I won’t, but I will move forward as most people will. After we’ve all gone home however, there are families that will never be able to forget what happened that day. The horrific memories and for some the horrific loss. As one insignificant man writing what amounts to a few notable words here and there.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this week so I decided to offer you a moment of calm and an introduction to a very dear friend of mine who inspired me spiritually many years ago. I’m not sure she knows she was the beginning of an amazing transformation in my life and though I lose my way from time to time her words of peace and wisdom always return to me. I’d like you to meet Janet….

Meet Rev. Janet Fotheringham mediums/clairvoyant/psychic

Janet has the ability to connect with loved ones who have crossed over, help you with past, present, and future.

Janet typically connects with a number of spirits, and through the use of images, smell, and sound, Janet is able to communicate to the best of her ability.

The best way to explain Janet’s ability is she acts as a telephone line between spirits, guides, and angels, which allows client to ask questions and provide answers.

Janet’s ability allows her to see, smell, taste, and hear spirit. Janet is often given images and/or symbols of events/objects that may have taken place. This is where Janet will provide what she has been given to you.

Janet Fotheringham discovered at a very young age that she had a special gift, “The gift of spirit and mediumship”. Janet grew up having exposure to spirit and understanding the spiritual ways of living at a young age.

Janet’s true passion is helping those in need, whatever that need may consist of. Janet has over 16 years of experience working in the field of addiction, mental health, life coaching, and counselling in the vulnerable sector. Janet has discovered her deepest desire of the natural methods of healing those in need.

Janet offers empowerment workshops, meditation to calm the mind and soothe the soul. Janet is a certified Reiki Master Teacher, a Spiritual Healer, certified in HypnoBirthing®, Certified Hypnotherapist, Master Hypnotist, Certified in 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy &
Certified 7-PATH® Self- Hypnosis Instructor.

To some her spiritual journey is unique and maybe even strange but I’ve experienced first hand the calm in which Janet’s life is directed.

There are so many ways to achieve spiritual awakening, sometimes all it takes is a helping hand to clear your mind.

I encourage you to reach out to Ms. Fotheringham. The worse thing you have to lose is your spirit of negativity.

Janet Fotheringham

Blissful Beginnings Spiritual & Wellness

1 Division Street
Bowmanville ON

905 767 8629

Message anytime


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