Head chef, Raymonds
Hometown and home base: St. John’s
Christina Parker Gallery, Newfoundland and Labrador —
One of the largest commercial galleries in eastern Canada overlooks the Narrows (the entrance to St. John’s harbour). It’s white and modern, but doesn’t have that elite, big‑city feeling. They represent many Newfoundland artists and I’ve purchased over 20 of their pieces for my restaurants – a guest even went to buy a photo by Scott Walden, who documents Newfoundland’s Canadian Legions, after seeing it at Raymonds.
Battery scientist, recipient of the Herzberg Gold Medal
Hometown: Lunenburg, NS
Home base: Halifax
The Armview Restaurant & Lounge, Nova Scotia —
This classic diner overlooks the Northwest Arm and the Armdale Roundabout, a famous traffic circle in downtown Halifax. It’s one of the oldest restaurants in the city and it’s a real meeting place for locals, who come for the seafood, like the delicious fresh haddock that comes baked, pan‑seared or poached.
CEO, Icejam mobile games
Hometown: Cambridge, ON
Home base: Charlottetown
Back Alley Music, Prince Edward Island —
I go to dig through the new‑arrivals bins at this vinyl store a couple times a month. It has that dusty‑old‑record‑shop feel to it, and they’ve got lots of rare finds. My best purchase was an original pressing of Jethro Tull’s Thick As a Brick.