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.