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Built to Axe


Hey guys! I think my favourite part of being a blogger is the great people I’ve met over the past 10 years. Wow, I can’t believe its ten years this coming October! I’ve met some fantastic people. That joy continued when I bumped into this dude at the coffee shop. His name is Carlo, and he just had a face that said. Say hi, I’m one of the good guys.” I did, and the rest, as they say, is history. Here’s what I learned about this smiley fellow, and how I’ve become a fan of him and his company!

Bruce in the City Interview:

1. I’m super excited to be able to chat with you today. Tell my readers who you are and what you do. 

Thanks Bruce! I’m pretty excited too. Well, I’m Carlo Raponi, and I guess I throw axes for a living! Really that’s the short version. I run two axe clubs where people come in and chuck axes for sport/recreation, the same way they would go bowling or to play darts…but WAAAAY cooler!

2. What’s your inspiration for the style of club you have put together?

When we began designing the club, we had a firm direction in mind. We wanted a club that was warm and welcoming. I think that the first generation of axe clubs out there were really rough and rugged…and so it attracted a “type” of person. But we wanted it to be for everyone from the average Joe/Jane, to the business owner wanting to bring their staff to youth leagues. We knew that this kind of club would make axe throwing accessible to more people and, therefore, advance the sport. Since then, we’ve seen a new generation of axe clubs pop up here and there inline with an appeal to a broader demographic. It’s been great!

3. Share with us the atmosphere and the lifestyle of your club and its patrons. 

That’s a hard one, just because there is such a wide range of people that come to the club. We have everyone from bakers to engineers to mechanics to factory workers to business owners. Then there’s the age demographic: our youngest thrower is 8 and our eldest thrower…well, I’m not sure, but he could probably be my grandfather! And then there’s the group from the Center for Persons with Disabilities who have come multiple times to throw. We’ve had people who are fully blind hit bullseyes! 

The best place to see all of this in action is during leagues. People from all areas of life, gender, orientation, pay statuses, stages of life, all hanging out and excited to see each other every week. It’s a family!

4. Do you play? 

Good sir…You know, I do! I love it. I love being in the middle of the crowd as part of the group on league nights. I throw on ‘Thursday Black’ under the Pseudonym “Stallion.” Thursday Black is our hardest league, so I lose pretty often, but I love the group, so I play.

5. When do I get to play?

Haha, whenever you get yourself over to the club!

6. I’m just wanting to dig a bit deeper on what inspired you to put your career stability into question. Why axe throwing?

Hahaha, yeah, that’s a great question! When we began our club, axe throwing was so new. People were like, “You want to throw what at what?” People were really apprehensive, and so it was a gamble as to whether or not this would take off. Some people thought, “Oh, Peterborough is perfect!” somehow thinking that we’re all just rednecks shooting things and throwing axes at things. Still, I thought Peterborough would be perfect because it’s the kind of community that is alive and would try new experiences. Luckily, we were proven right. From here, we opened up in Lindsay as well, and the community is warming up to that club too. 

I guess, in the end, you’ve got an idea that you really think has merit, and so you go with it…intelligently, with research to back up your hunch…but you really do just go for it.

7. Tell me about your club. Let’s pretend I know nothing about this bad-ass club and axe throwing…. oh wait. I don’t. Spill it!

Right! Ok, so first off, you have to fight a guy named Biff in the parking lot. If you beat him THEN, you might be worthy of stepping inside…just kidding! It’s the kind of place you can just swing by, although most people make reservations for a group (especially in the winter because we’re packed in the colder months). Once you’ve come through the front doors, someone greets you, you sign your toes away on a waiver, settle up, and we put you on your lanes.

For group bookings, your group will be assigned a lane coach (or coaches, depending on the size of the group). The lane coach goes over safety, teaches you how to throw correctly and then will organize the group into a round-robin tournament. The coach will call and score the games and eventually bring the whole group down to one “winner takes all, look how cool I am, I’m the chosen one” champion! It’s a riot!

On our busier nights, like a Friday or Saturday, the place is electric! People are cheering, people groaning at missed throws, people at the bar getting a drink, there is music, laughter, all of it! It’s really an amazing place to be. It’s actually better than I dreamed it would be when I first imagined it!

8. You know what? This is not something you can just read about to get it fully. Am I right? 

You’re very right! People don’t fully get what it is until they have an axe in their hand. Then they throw it and hear the “thunk” as it sticks into the target and are suddenly overwhelmed with a cathartic feeling! That feeling triples when they find out that they just beat the opponent beside them. You know, the one that was bragging on the car ride in about how good they would be. You have to try it to feel it.

9. I am really excited about what I’ve learned here. I think it’s fair enough to say. I need to experience axe throwing first hand. Can I come in January for a live interview of your remarkable space?

Absolutely! That would be great.

10. Before I let you get back to throwing axes and building community with every throw, where can one get the supplies needed to get into this awesome sport?

No need to get anything. We supply everything. With that said, we have a lot of league members who either buy hatchets off of us. They doctor them up to make them personal, or they go to the local hardware store and pick something up there that meets the regulatory requirements for league. But for the average person coming in for a party or just to walk-in, we supply it all.

11. Really appreciate your time this evening. Any last bits of info that we may find helpful? 

Yes. EVERYTHING (or just about) is found on or done through the website. We really tried to make it easy to use and check availability. If there is a question it doesn’t answer, we love to chat with the good citizens of our fair Earth, so give us a call.

12. Looking forward to continuing this chat live in the club. 

Likewise! We’ll see you then!

Article by Bruce Christopher

Editor/PR Bruce Law

International PR Mike Tubbrit

Hair by Nick Folco

1 on 1 with Todd van der Heyden CTV news anchor

Todd van der Heyden ctv news anchor

Bio courtesy of CTV news:

As anchor of CTV News Channel afternoons and evenings, Todd van der Heyden brings Canadians breaking news as it happens across the country and around the world on the daily afternoon program airing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT.

A member of the CTV News family, van der Heyden moved to CTV News Channel to anchor nationally in January 2012.

His move to the national news channel, based in Toronto, came after a 12-year-career at CTV News Montreal, where he co-anchored the flagship weekday 6 p.m. and noontime newscasts.

Van der Heyden first joined CTV Montreal in January 2000 as a daily reporter. In 2003, Todd was given the investigative segment, ON YOUR SIDE, which he hosted for five years until his promotion to full-time anchor. During his career in Montreal, van der Heyden won several industry awards for his reporting including three RTNDA awards and one CAB award.

Career highlights with CTV News over the past 16 years include: covering the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on assignment in New York City; covering the election of Pope Francis in March 2013; and a month-long assignment covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

In addition to television, van der Heyden hosts a weekly syndicated talk radio show (“VIEWPOINTS WITH TODD VAN DER HEYDEN”) every weekend in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia on different Bell Radio stations. Currently, the show can be heard on Saturdays and Sundays on CJAD in Montreal, CJBK in London, CKTB in Saint Catharines/Niagara Falls and CFAX in Victoria with more markets to follow.

A Montreal native, van der Heyden has a bachelor in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa and a graduate degree in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.

He speaks English and French.

Interviewer Bruce Christopher (Bruce in the City)

Produced,Directed,Edited by Bruce Christopher

Post production by Bruce Law

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Editor Martin Rye

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Bruce News!!

From the Ashes

Just when I think I’m going to struggle to find that new great story one shows up that inspires me. In this case, it’s a gangster turned successful fitness man-beast that reminds us it’s never too late. His name is Mark Cleary. Reformed gangster.

He spent much of his youth wondering where he would sleep at night. In jail or in his own comfy bed. Though he admits there were elements of excitement that encouraged this dark lifestyle, Mark rose from the ashes to become one of Ontario’s hottest fitness coaches.

With a new dedication to boxing, health, and fitness, Mark utilized his mental strength and outstanding physical prowess to create “Mark Cleary Fitness”. He celebrated five years sober these past months and enjoys a colorful relationship with his equally fit and beautiful partner.

As one of the hottest and in-demand coaches in the industry, his Instagram boasts over 62,000 followers. Mark Cleary’s training focuses on diet, pad work, speed drills, boxing and conditioning.

He’s trained with some of the great including Bobby Roode of WWE fame. I plan to train with Mark and I can’t wait. When asked about his own boxing career Mark says “It was an awesome feeling getting the opportunity to fight against the best of boxers around. Boxing helped change my life and helped me build a successful personal training business ” He’s badass, sexy AF and a beast among men.

It reminds us all that it’s never too late. At a time in the world when there is so much negatively and gloom its incredible to see this amazing man and inspiration to thousands of fans around the world. Congrats on your incredible rise to physical superiority in your personal and professional life.



Author Bruce Christopher

Editor Martin Rye

Beard of September

The year is flying by and there are only four beards left for you to vote on. Here is your bead of September. Vote for this sexy bearded fellow @bruceinthecity on my official instagram account. Meet Nik @dom.of.pigland

I’m a recovering lawyer. I’m a huge beer enthusiast, single malts fan and wine connoisseur. I’ve got a rather eclectic taste in music, ranging from Metallica to Italian opera with Dropkick Murphys, Mumford & Sons, John Grant and ABBA in between. I’ve got a passion for cooking and food photography. I’ve got a developmental prosopagnosia, which in essence means I’m face blind.

Author Bruce Christopher

Editor Martin Rye

Wine with Erik


Please enjoy my special guest Erik Fleming and his awesome wine review!

Hi people!

I’ve been reviewing a lot of whites and rosés recently so I thought I’d change it up and bring a red for you. This Malbec can also be enjoyed chilled slightly so it’s still good for summer drinking! Coming from Argentina, this wine is made from a world-famous varietal. Malbec were originally from France and were one of the five grapes used in a classic Bordeaux blend. Now France rarely plants this varietal, but it has thrived in the mountains of Argentina. Argentinian Malbecs tend to be medium bodied with dark fruits and softer tannins than the French grown Malbecs.

Kaiken is a very large and famous winery. The head winemaker is renowned around the world for his Chilean Purple Angel, which is highly sought-after and sells for $100+ in Canada. (One day I’ll do a review on that but not today, sorry). He shows his skills in wine making and Argentinian terroirs with his Kaiken series.

Canada started planting Malbecs recently in Niagara and I first tried one a couple years ago and I was so surprised about how well how Malbecy it tasted haha. I talked to one of the wine makers and he said that Malbec grows like crazy in Niagara, almost like a weed, but it’s keeping it alive during our winters that is the tricky part since it doesn’t live in cold temperatures. I would love to see more Malbecs from Canada but maybe I’m a bit biased 😇.

Okay so let’s talk about the wine now, sorry!

On the nose this wine has juicy aromas of blueberry, blackberry, plum and mocha. The wine has a medium body with smooth, soft tannins and gentle acidity, balancing the wine out beautifully. The flavours consist of blueberry, mocha, vanilla, black cherry, cassis and blackberry. Very easy drinking, enjoy on it’s own or with burgers, pizza, or grilled lamb. Drink now -2021. Great value at $15.95.

Hope you enjoyed!

Author Erik Fleming and Bruce Christopher

Editor Martin Rye

La Hacienda

Today’s blog will be short and delicious!! I have been really into Mexican food lately. It’s a lot more difficult in a smaller city like Peterborough to find authentic Mexican food. Let’s forget the massive food chain we all know so well. Their bastardized version of Mexican food has caused the general public to think that’s what Mexican food is. But it’s not. I found a fabulous Mexican restaurant on Hunter Street in Peterborough called La Hacienda.

The food is just incredible and worth checking out. I have been to this hotspot several times, and each time I am just so satisfied with everything I’ve tried. Recently I have enjoyed the chicken nachos and I’m telling you, incredible. I had a Lime Margaretta that also blew my mind. The décor is authentic and so is their music selections. Which I always appreciate. You can find it at 190 Hunter Street in Peterborough. Stop by today, it’s amazing! 5 kisses out of 5!!!

Author Bruce Christopher

Editor Martin Rye

Stranger in Aisle 5

It was a hot summer afternoon when I decided to visit a local bookshop to see if anything would jump out at me. I have been watching so much T.V. since this pandemic ravaged the country that I needed something to wake my sleepy mind up.

I’ve always been drawn to the scent of a bookshop. Yes, the scent. Especially an old bookshop – one that’s seen the years and is rustic and maybe even a bit foreboding. I was thinking of maybe getting another book by Jodi Picoult, one of my favourite authors.

My cousin Mary Ellen introduced me to her work and I have read several over the years. While looking around the aisles and shelves of great works of literature I couldn’t help but notice a sexy young man glancing over at me as I took books from the shelves to investigate. He must have been in his thirty’s. It was a guess. He looked like a news boy from days of old. I would have to guess Italian and maybe even a mix of something else like Spanish. My attention was on a book called Thirteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. A book I had read before when this stranger whispered “Have you ever tried H.P. Lovecraft?”

I hadn’t, and was a bit startled by his presence. He handed me a book called “The Thing on the Doorstep” by Lovecraft. “Try this,” he said. He handed me the book and caressed my hand unknowingly. For some reason I couldn’t refuse and I thanked him for the suggestion. I walked away excited to have had that encounter and had a premonition that I would be seeing this gentle fellow again. When I got to the check out the old lady behind the desk smiled and gave me a wink as she asked was this my first Lovecraft read. I said yes and wondered how she could possibly know this. Did I look curious? As I handed her the book, I noticed a note sticking out from the pages of this strangely illustrated book. She pulled the note out and handed it back to me. Her black shall flowing in the breeze from a large fan in the corner. I looked at the note. It was the gentle fellows number. With a sentence. “Call me and tell me what you think.” I wasn’t completely sure calling a stranger was a best practice but time would tell.

Now off to my apartment to begin reading this eerie thick book. I would start with The Tomb. The first short story in the compilation of writings. I lit some incense, put on some appropriate music and began what I felt was going to be the beginning of a great literary adventure. I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Author Bruce Christopher

Editor Martin Rye

Photography by Neko