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Zoomer Magazine September/October 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
decision 2019

FIRST OFF, let’s address the elephant in the room. And, yes, I do mean our re-imagining of Mount Rushmore, which you may have noticed on the cover. We do recognize that it is a potent symbol of our neighbour’s birth, Constitution and history and, speaking to our main cover line “The Zoomer Primary,” that political primaries are their thing. But like every other election, this fall’s federal contest has its own story to tell and, as this one begins, we acknowledge the impact that American-style politics has had on Canada’s, including how political personas have begun to trump (pun intended) policy. Our tongue-in-cheek take is a commentary on these times, but also poses the question: with today’s polarization on this side of the border, too, is your decision already carved…

5 min
the elephant & the mouse

IN 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy travelled to Ottawa to address our House of Commons. Using his trademark oratorical flair, the dashing young president tried to sum up the long history of Canada-U.S. relations. “Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies,” said Kennedy. “Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.” The Canadian perspective, however, has never been quite so lofty. Speaking to the National Press Club in Washington in 1969, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau suggested a different interpretation. “Living next to [the U.S.] is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch…

3 min

THE SPIRIT OF ’69 Re: Brian D. Johnson’s enlightening article “Once We Were Stardust” [July/August]: I agree Woodstock was a paradox, but I do have two questions about Joni Mitchell’s song: First, why is the traveller to Woodstock called a “child of God?” Second, apart from its melodic effect in the chorus, why does she repeat, “We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden”? I will suggest a possible answer. “Child of God” prepares us for Mitchell’s allusion to the Garden of Eden; she is tapping into the myth of paradise. Here, “myth” is not a fable or untruth but a narrative with lasting or even eternal effects. Despite the drugs and sex and subsequent killing at Altamont, the spirit of Woodstock lives on. I now understand Woodstock more profoundly but still…

1 min
this way up

(AND DOWN) Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, appeared on the only $500 bill ever issued in Canada, wearing a formal shirt and fur-collared coat In other words, he was dressed exactly like someone you’d expect to be carrying around a $500 bill. What feuds between politicians and media looked like before cable news In 1910, a Saskatchewan newspaper boy famously blew off a conversation with Canada’s seventh PM, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The boy grew up to be Canada’s 13th PM, John Diefenbaker. In 1923, PM Lester Pearson’s Oxford hockey team won the inaugural Spengler Cup Though Pearson didn’t look like a future Nobel Peace Prize winner as he pulled an opposing player’s jersey over his head and rocked him with uppercuts. This explains the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane posters they…

1 min
the other side of the rainbow

“I believe in the idea of the rainbow,” Judy Garland, who died 50 years ago this year, once said. “And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it.” In 1968, three decades after delivering her career-defining performance alongside misfits and munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, the screen legend landed in London to kick off a run of shows at the Talk of the Town theatre, hoping to jumpstart a career hampered by years of drug and alcohol abuse, failed marriages and mounting debt. It’s the final act for this Hollywood legend – one brimming with music, hope, strife, even romance – brought to the big screen in Judy, an adaptation of the hit stage musical End of the Rainbow, starring Renée Zellweger delivering her own rendition of…

1 min
praising kain

NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA artistic director Karen Kain, 68, laughed when I asked her in 2015 if she longed to dust off her ballet shoes for one more performance. “My spirit still dances, but the rest of me – no.” Instead, in her 50th year with the NBC, Canada’s most celebrated ballerina – who performed alongside legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev (including in London for audiences that included royalty like Princess Margaret), won an award for her dance pairing with Frank Augustyn at Moscow’s International Ballet Festival and was captured in a colour screenprint by Andy Warhol – is finding new ways to break new ground. In August, when Britain’s Royal Academy of Dance brings the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition to Toronto, the company will bestow upon Kain its highest…