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Zoomer Magazine July/August 2019

Zoomer magazine is as much a movement as a magazine, Zoomer amplifies a positive vision of aging while addressing its issues through its innovative blend of relevant policy and lifestyle content with a service-with-style positioning. Its key pillars are health, travel, finance and policy, with food and drink, arts, entertainment and pop culture as well as beauty, grooming and fashion in the mix.

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in this issue

2 min
summer of ’69

YES, the Bryan Adams anthem is a surefire party starter and favourite hot-weather jam, but the song’s sunny nostalgia-tinged exuberance resonates on a deeper level, and it’s little wonder. Five decades on, the events of 1969 are still reverberating, their collective aftershock an inflection point in our culture that still influences how we see and define ourselves today. In “It Was 50 Years Ago Today” (page 44), we delve into three of the most seismic happenings of that year – the moon landing, the Stonewall riots and that little festival called Woodstock – a triumvirate that neatly sums up our yearning for the exploration of the unknown, self-determination and freedom. It’s the human need to be a part of something greater than ourselves. Profound synergies abound, and these are the type…

3 min

HONOUR THY PARENTS I was amazed that Jay Teitel’s article “What Do We Owe Our Parents” [June] failed to mention section 32 of the Ontario Family Law Act that imposes on every adult child a legal obligation to support, in accordance with need, a parent who has supported that child, to the extent the child is capable of so doing. This is a long-standing legal obligation that should be brought to the attention of all our adult children! I’m just saying. —R. Keith Simpson, BA, JD, via email INSPIRING TREND You can’t imagine my surprise and pleasure to find a same-sex couple featured in “Flight Plan” [June], along with a very sexy photo of them! I commend you on this representation of diversity, a notable first for Zoomer magazine, I believe. Let’s see how…

1 min
this way up

(AND DOWN) Papa, don’t preach. Madonna has the floor The Material Girl, who remains as provocative as ever with a new album, Madame X, dropping in June, says in an interview with British Vogue that she’s fighting ageism and “being punished for turning 60.” During a career tribute at the Cannes Film Festival, Sylvester Stallone, 73, tells fans, “Never stop punching. That’s how I roll … You always having something to prove.” Which, coincidentally enough, is the tag line of his next film, Rocky VII: Thrilla in the Retirement Villa. Talk about a senior prom A Rhode Island teen takes her 97-year-old grandmother to prom as her date to make up for missing her own prom during the Great Depression. A recent study shows that men over 50 gain health benefits by cutting back…

2 min
roxodus music fest

From Glastonbury to Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, summer is synonymous with music festivals. And now another name joins that list: Roxodus. Among the most anticipated new festivals in the world, Roxodus Music Fest debuts at the Edenvale Airport grounds in Stayner, Ont., on July 11, featuring a four-day lineup that includes Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Blondie (below), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Idol and Aerosmith among others. It also features art installations, food, camping and VIP passes offering premium food and drinks and the best seats in the house — which they should be at $600 a ticket. roxodus.com SIZZLING SUMMER PLAYLIST Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen The Boss’s first disc of original tunes since 2012 features Americana-inspired themes and, in his own words, “character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements.” Originals, Prince The late…

3 min
yesterday and tomorrow

We often pine for the “good ol’ days” without considering how good they actually were. Take Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in which director Quentin Tarantino channels a Tinseltown in transition from Hollywood’s golden age to the innovation of the auteur-driven New Hollywood. The shift is bad news for a fading TV Western star (Leonardo DiCaprio), who attempts a jump to the big screen with his stuntman (Brad Pitt). He also moves next door to actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) – wife of rising New Hollywood director Roman Polanski – and finds himself entangled in a murderous Manson Family plot. Then there’s singer-songwriter Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), who languishes in musical mediocrity until he’s hit by a bus and wakes up to a world in which the Beatles never existed…

2 min
the big 9-0

IN 1929, POPEYE made his comic strip debut, the first colour TV images were transmitted and the Royal York Hotel – which marks its 90th birthday in June – opened its doors in Toronto, at once the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and a jewel of Canada’s national railway hotels. In the ensuing decades, it has played host to world leaders and royals, celebrities and supper club crowds. Its famed Imperial Room attracted a who’s who of legendary entertainers over the years, from Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett to Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher and Liberace. One young man was once famously denied entry to the room until he put on a proper jacket and tie. His name: Bob Dylan. Meanwhile, in the early 1980s, an up-and-coming comic by…