• In this issue:

    Kyle Lowry

    Fall 2016 | photography by Jonathan Bielaski

  • In this issue:

    Tech Tonic

    Fall 2016 | photography by Riley Stewart

  • In this issue:

    Luminosity with Cindy Sampson

    Fall 2016 | photography by Riley Stewart


About our magazine

MODALINA is an award-winning, luxury lifestyle, fashion and jewellery magazine that is focused on defining the special moments in one’s life. We take pride in being a locally produced and published magazine that consists of an internationally-recognized team of writers and photographers who are experts in their respective fields. Currently, MODALINA has a broad distribution reach of 40,000 copies to a discerning readership audience.

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Tech Tonic

text by George Zicarelli  |  interviews by Lacey Heels  |  photography by Riley Stewart  |  styling by Julianne Costigan |  […]

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The flavour of Fifth

by John Fitzgerald America’s most famous avenue is home to magnificent  mansions, marvelous museums,  iconic architecture, slick hotels and shops where […]

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Something to lava

text and photos by John Szabo The eruption of volcanic wines You’ve heard of organic wine and maybe even biodynamic […]

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Shifts in performance

by Mark Hacking There was a time, not so very long ago, when the notion of an all-wheel drive supercar […]

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Cindy Sampson, The actress  |  Cindy Rose, The voyeur When stargazing, inner light is a rare discovery. photography by Riley Stewart  |  styling […]

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Architect of Change

by Peter Hargraves Zaha Hadid was born into a world with few boundaries. A precocious child, she negotiated the freedom […]

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John Fitzgerald


John’s byline has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world, including Bentley Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, Mercedes-Benz Magazine and PrivatAir. He is the former editor of Grand Luxury Travel, a custom magazine distributed to high net-worth clients of Scotiabank. He is a former journalism instructor in the Media Studies Department at the University of Guelph-Humber and has lost count of how many countries he’s visited in his long and storied career.

Mark Hacking


Mark is an award-winning editor and writer with some 15 years of experience in contributing to leading lifestyle publications around the world. His byline has appeared in Architectural Digest, Azure, Bombardier Experience, Departures, enRoute, Men’s FASHION, Montecristo, NUVO and the Globe and Mail. Although his focus as a writer has been on the automotive world, he has also written about architecture, business, design, technology and travel. He is a former associate editor of Driven, a multiple award-winner at the Canadian National Magazine Awards.

Chris Johns


A multiple award-winning writer, Chris has been published in all the country’s premiere outlets, including enRoute, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, NUVO, Toronto Life and Western Living. He’s recently become a contributor to Saveur, arguably the top food magazine in America and recently co-authored True North: Canadian Cooking From Coast to Coast, a book the Globe and Mail referred to as “a defining moment for Canadian cuisine.”

Tim Stevens


Tim is the editor-in-chief at CNET, a former editorial director at AOL and the former editor-in-chief at Engadget. He has a deep knowledge of the technology industry, and a unique perspective on where technology comes from and where it’s headed. This perspective has earned him a devoted following among technophiles around the world.

John Szabo, MS


In 2004, John became the very first Canadian to add the “Master Sommelier” designation after his name. Over his career, he’s touched many parts of the wine industry, including sommellerie, importing, teaching, writing and judging wine internationally. John is also a principal critic for WineAlign.com and a partner in the niche J&J Eger vineyard based in Hungary. He recently published his first book on another wine varietal entitled, Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power.

Etan Vlessing

Film + Television

For over 25 years, Etan has worked as a print journalist and editor, his career beginning in England as a financial journalist. Since 1991, he has been an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles-based industry trade newspaper. His articles also appear worldwide via the Reuters wire service. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours Degree in History, before going on to complete a Masters Degree in Journalism at the City University in London.

Peter Hargraves, MAA, OAA, MRAIC


Peter’s love of architecture began in his boyhood on a farm in South Africa. Upon arriving in Canada at the age of eight, he pursued his ambitions, ultimately securing a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon while living in a self-designed abode under a wharf on the Willamette River near downtown Portland. This experience was fundamental to how Peter continues to explore his understanding of architecture and its meaning in the broader context of society. He founded the leading firm Sputnik Architecture in Winnipeg in 2008.

Catherine Roscoe Barr, BSc Neuroscience

Health + Wellness

Catherine is a Vancouver-based wellness coach, keynote speaker, fitness, food and travel writer, entrepreneur, and founder of The Life Delicious. Her passion is teaching self-care strategies and how to implement them using the principles of mindfulness and self-directed neuroplasticity—to fill your battery so full it overflows into your business and life.

Michael Vinovich

The Horologist

Michael received his MA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario, but in a strange turn of events manages a software architecture team by day. By night, he researches and writes about watches for WatchPaper.com, a leading blog on all things horology-related. In addition to reviewing timepieces, he has interviewed celebrities such as author William Gibson and astronaut Mark Kelly on their own watch obsessions. Michael is a member of the Toronto chapter of the Redbar Crew, an international federation of watch nerds that meets to debate the virtues of column-wheel versus cam chronographs. He is also an active and avid collector of watches he can’t quite afford.

George Zicarelli

Business + Technology

George is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the post-graduate Journalism program at Centennial College, where he graduated with honours and won the school's Communication, Media and Design Award. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Christophorus—The Porsche Magazine, Driven, Sharp, The Book For Men and various other luxury publications. George is also a former associate editor of Driven and was instrumental in developing it into a leading men’s lifestyle magazine.

Leanne Delap

Culture + Fashion

Leanne has been both the fashion editor and fashion reporter for the Globe and Mail and was the editor-in-chief of FASHION Magazine. She is now very happy to be a freelance writer, covering style, design, food, travel, sex and celebrity for Canadian and international publications, as well as writing lifestyle columns for the Toronto Star.