Inside the Crows Nest: A Photo Essay

There's an undeniable bond between a man and his barber. It's part trust. Part appreciation. But my love for Crows Nest Barber Shop in Toronto runs a lot deeper. I've been profiling Toronto's best barbershops with blogTO for the past few years now. Crows Nest always stood out from the first time I met them in…

Shooting the Shit at Nite Owl Barber Shop

This one was a pleasure. I first met Brian Hurson briefly when he was a barber at Crows Nest Barbershop. Like any good barber, he had this air about him. Passionate. Dedicated. Mustachioed. And, from what I heard, was damn skilled with a straight razor. Trained in Dublin at the prestigious Waldorf Barbershop, Brian recently…

Hastings Barber Shop 1

The Return of the Barbershop

Exactly two years ago I wrote a feature story for this very magazine about growing a beard. It highlighted the return of the beard with a-listers like Tom Hardy, that teddy bear Galifianakis and even pretty boy Ryan Gosling who were all rocking some fur on the cheeks. Now the beard is omnipresent. (Little known…

Boy and the Tower (Photo by Ryan Bolton)

IN PHOTOS: Memories of 2013

Here are a collection of some of my favourite photos from 2013, as a retrospective on a great year. Happy Holidays to you all. See you in the New Year. I'll have photos of our holiday trip to Mexico to post then.

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Inside the Crows Nest

Crows Nest isn’t just a throwback barbershop. Crows Nest isn’t just an aesthetic steeped in tattoos, motorcycles, quality fades and memories of days long past. To the uninitiated, sure, Crows Nest Barbershop is all of those things. But more specifically, Crows Nest is also Toronto’s best barbershop according to blogTO readers, which, let’s not kid…