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Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.

90 Bloor Street East
Toronto,
ON
CA

Nominated for more than 70 National Magazine awards and named this year's small magazine of the year by Canadian Editors, This Magazine continually proves its commitment to covering the most progressive topics in politics, culture, ideas, and art. A team of dedicated, emerging writers outfits the bi-monthly publication with alternative analysis of current events, providing award-winning investigative journalism, provocative commentary, and suitable lettering for a ransom note. Recent articles include an in-depth look at the die-off of the honeybee and three poems written by Ottawa poet Pearl Pirie.

401 Richmond Street West
Toronto,
ON
CA

Every colorful bauble crafted by IRIS Beads & Charms is part of a long tradition of glasswork, tracing back to Venetian artisans from the pillow-covered islands of Murano. The company combines their classic Italian techniques with a modern sensibility, hand-blowing glass beads featuring on-trend dots, stripes, and swirls in vibrant hues. A similar eye for chic detail goes into the crafting of textured and bejeweled silver and rhodium charms. When slipped onto a choice of arm bands, the unique trinkets put a grown-up twist on the classic charm bracelet.

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Toronto,
ON
CA

Canadian Gardening magazine arrives at doorsteps six times a year to inspire outdoor spaces. With glossy photos, it delves into such fertile territory as seasonal blooms, plant nutrition, and landscape design. In each issue, readers will find a shopping guide to inform their purchases, as well as tips to turn lawns from lackluster to maxluster.

25 Sheppard Ave W
Toronto,
ON
CA

Western New York's largest teaching facility. The owner Ralph Fava has been playing guitar for over 48 years. A graduate of Berklee College of Music and has performed with Don Rickles, Jim Nabors, Frankie Vallie, Pia Zadora, Bobby Vinton, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Debbie Reynolds, The drifters, Bobby Militello and many others

5996 Snyder Dr
Lockport,
NY
US

Inside Gleam & Glimmer Stained Glass Studio, every surface sparkles with the colorful creations of its owners, from mirrors and lampshades to jewelry and candleholders. The staffers hoard neither their skills nor the stock, sharing both in instructional classes that teach students to work with glass. Their charges study creating stained-glass patterns, fusing dichroic glass, and creating three-dimensional objects such as jewelry boxes.

34 Webster St
North Tonawanda,
NY
US