Boots & Pine


Natasha Bigioni & Josh Flear in Brockton Village

Where did you grow up?

Natasha: I lived in Toronto until I was 12, but I guess I did most of my real growing up just outside of Barrie, Ontario.

Josh: Outside of Owen Sound, near a town called Leith.

 What brought you to Toronto? 

N: After living in Barrie, then Ottawa during school, I was ready to settle in a bigger city for a while, and since so many of my friends and family were already here, it just felt really natural to come to Toronto.

J: I moved here with Tash after I finished university. I think we moved here because she knew Toronto pretty well, but also because I don’t speak French and was having trouble getting a job in Ottawa or Montreal.

How did you meet?

N: It was a long time ago, the details are hazy. I remember lots of Goldschlager and maybe kissing in a elevator?

J: We lived in the same residence building at the university of Ottawa but on different floors. I think she saw me in the elevator…

What do you do for a living?

N: I work at a court reporting office doing a little bit of everything really.  It’s a funny job and super hard to explain to people, but I really like the women that I work with and it keeps me busy – I hate not being busy.

J: I work at Sam James Coffee Bar. I manage the Harbord Street location so I’m there a lot, but I also work at the shop at St Andrew station in the PATH.

How did you get started?

N: I just kind of fell into my job.

J: I met Sam while I was working as a dishwasher at Black Hoof and asked him if he could show me how to make coffee.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

N: That I can walk to almost all my favourite places in Toronto from our house.  And also the peach gelato from Boreal in the summertime.

J: There’s a beer store and a liquor store on our street. And I like to run in High Park, so that’s not too far away.

What’s the last treasure you found?

N: A set of old Norwegian folk art dishes that I had been looking for forever.

J: I got a bottle of vodka from the USSR from Natasha’s grandparents. They must have been holding onto that bottle for 30 years.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

N: Hands down my dream last meal in Toronto would be a BBQ in our backyard with all of our Toronto loved ones and lots of Sangria.  Ideally it would be a potluck and it would include Josh’s corn on the cob and my pal Caitlin’s BLT salad.

J: A double beast burger and fries from Stockyards.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

N: Loretta Lynn.

J: Maybe Howard Chackowicz. He seems funny and nice. I named our cat after him.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

N: Joshua by Dolly Parton

J: We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters. I’d be walking down the street in the opening.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

N: Corner stores that sell beer.

J: Big cheap nice apartments.

© 2012 Arden Wray