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Zoomer Magazine November 2018

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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

IN THE ROBUST FEEDBACK we got from you regarding our decision to feature Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the cover of our 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (“The Running Man”), the most frequently asked question was why, given that he is not yet 50. But apart from our internal jargon that Zoomer is targeted at Canadians 45 and up, as that was the age of the youngest baby boomer when the magazine was founded a decade ago (the prime minster is 46), the more profound insight of the Zoomer Philosophy we established is the one I mentioned during the interview with the PM and his Minister of Seniors Filomena Tassi – that aging is not a ghetto. The effects of aging radiate out from the individual, to the family and into…

1 min
behind the scenes on this issue’s cover shoot

The crew on most photo shoots involving a major celebrity are usually prepared for a Waiting-for-Godot—type scenario. The celeb might be late arriving on set. Or on rare instances they might not show up at all. It’s not a matter of rudeness — whenever they are doing promos, they are following a packed schedule. And one delay during their day can cause a chain reaction to shatter carefully plotted appointments made weeks in advance. So we were completely caught off guard when Howie Mandel announced via his management team that he would be almost two hours early for our cover photo shoot. Our photo-grapher Chris Chapman was still setting up a make-shift photo studio backstage at Montreal’s Place des Arts, home to the Just for Laughs comedy festival. So it was…

1 min
this way up

In a GQ interview, Paul McCartney, 76, says that, in his youth, he, John Lennon and other male friends once sat in a dark room and shared names of attractive women while masturbating together …. ensuring that you’ll never listen to the Beatles tune “With a Little Help From My Friends” the same way again. “Mom, stop rubbing leaves all over your body and get back in the house! It doesn’t work like that!” In a breakthrough with a distinctly Canadian flavour, scientists are working on a skin care product made out of maple leaf extracts that offers an organic means of eradicating wrinkles. Legendary rock quartet Kiss announces their 2019 retirement tour Fast forward to 2020 and a retired Gene Simmons, still in full demon outfit, face paint and platform boots,…

2 min
talking about his generation

GIVEN THE GENERATIONAL divide during the Brit-infused youthquake of the 1960s, Oscar winner Michael Caine, already in his 30s by then, fancied himself a grandfather figure of sorts to his own peers. Still, he embraced the era’s rebellious spirit and now, at 85, takes a nostalgic look back at his cohort’s coming of age in the new documentary My Generation. Caine recently spoke with Zoomer’s Mike Crisolago. ZOOMER In the film you note that, as a child, you’d ask your parents what was so good about “the good ol’ days.” So now I’ll ask you, what was so good about the 1960s? MICHAEL CAINE The freedom to do the things we wanted to do, and how it changed everything for everybody. If you were working class there were things you couldn’t do.…

1 min
a troubadour’s final testament

In the final weeks of his life, Leonard Cohen worked furiously through the pain that ravaged his body and the knowledge that his days were numbered to complete his final literary testament – a collection of unreleased poetry, prose, lyrics and illustrations from his notebooks called The Flame. “Nothing gets me high and offers relief from the suffering like blackening pages, writing,” Leonard declared, as quoted by his son, Adam, in his foreward to the book. The volume also contains the text of Leonard’s 2011 acceptance speech for the Prince of Asturias Award, as well as some of his final correspondence with friends, including a message sent on Nov. 7, 2016, the day he died at age 82. Leonard, of course, didn’t live to see the finished book, and it…

1 min
the emperor’s new opera

Photography, Gaetz Photography ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY and, as it turns out, writing an opera about a Roman emperor takes a bit longer as well. Can-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, 45, originally conceived of an opera that depicts the grief-stricken Emperor Hadrian following the death of his adored lover, Antinous, years ago, but as he told the U.K.’s Guardian, “I wasn’t confident enough then in my abilities to navigate all the emotional possibilities the opera demands.” And so he wrote a different opera, Prima Donna, and continued on with his career as one of Canada’s most eclectic and multifaceted musical talents, whose oeuvre ranges from original tunes to a Judy Garland tribute to setting Shakespearean sonnets to music. His talents, of course, befit his musical pedigree as the son of…