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Scott Vickaryous aka Max Ballard – The Bee’s Knees

13 Jun

Left to Right: Scott Vickaryous, Tyler Labine, Ryan Gosling, Kyle Alisharan

We are so excited to have been able to catch up with Scott Vickaryous, who most of you know as the super-stud Max Ballard from Breaker High. Scott gives us the inside scoop on his life, but be warned, his answers might just crush some of your teeny-bopper dreams.

TNTS: All right, Scott, we want to know about you. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your past and where you are now? Do you have pets, siblings, etc.?

Scott: I’m living in Vancouver right now and grew up around Western Canada as a kid, but mainly Alberta, in a little town called Sherwood Park. I have an older sister with two great nephews and a third on the way!! I also have a deaf pitbull named Libby.

TNTS: Many of us remember you from Breaker High and were insanely jealous that your character got to go to high school on a boat. What was being on set of Breaker High really like? And where was it filmed?

Scott: Breaker High…we were on a boat for one day shooting stock footage while they cleaned the cruise ship as it was in the Vancouver port. Otherwise we filmed in a warehouse in Burnaby…LOL! Being on set was a lot of fun for all the cast as it was basically the first big thing any of us had done, so we got a real chance to bond as friends who were experiencing something together for the first time.

TNTS: Do you get seasick?

Scott: Haha! No, I don’t get seasick as I’m originally from Vancouver Island and spent a lot of time on the ocean as a kid.

TNTS: Have you stayed in touch with any of your castmates from Breaker High?

Scott: We try to stay in touch as much as we can, but sometimes life makes that difficult as we are all spread out all over the place now.

TNTS: Did you cry when you saw The Notebook?

Scott: I totally cried!!! When I saw how much better Ryan’s beard was than mine it put me into a deep deep depression!!

TNTS: Who do you hope to work with in the future?

Scott: There’s many actors I would hope to work with, but unfortunately there are never any guarantees. But if I had to choose… I’d like to work with a friend of mine and fellow Canadian, Brendan Fletcher.

TNTS: Favourite co-star of all time?

Scott: My favorite co-star was Annie Hathaway on Get Real. We worked a lot together and she was just a sweetheart and incredibly talented.

TNTS: We know that you play men’s hockey with one of our favourite TNTS friends, Jared Keeso. What position do you play in hockey?

Scott: I normally play the wing in hockey but really will play wherever…actually, when Jared is on the ice I seem to play defence alot as I always have to cover for him. (He thinks he’s a forward sometimes)!!! I also try to annoy as many people on the ice as possible!

TNTS: What are the best perks about playing Max that have carried into your adult life?

Scott: The best perks about playing Max are the memories I had from that time. I know that may sound cliched but it’s true.

TNTS: If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be?

Scott: There are three cities I would love to live in…London, NYC and Montreal.

TNTS: Favourite place to shop?

Scott: My favorite place to shop is Trader Joes…Lots of good cheap wine!!

TNTS: Tell us what you think are the Bee’s Knees.

Scott: The Bee’s Knees in LA would be Paquito Mas, in Vancouver Section 3, in Calgary my Mom’s!

TNTS: OK! From here we’re going to go James Lipton style on you. Ready…go:

Favourite word? Spatula

Least favourite word? Can’t

Turn-ons? No make-up

Turn-offs? Rudeness

Favourite sound? Laughter

Least favourite sound? Chalkboard scratching

Favourite curse word? Fuck

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Archaeology

What profession would you not like to attempt? Sports agent…they are slimy

If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Let’s grab a beer!”


The Bee’s Knees: Ray Bear & Mix Fresh Kitchen

28 Mar

We were thrilled when Chef Ray Bear agreed to an interview with us. He is a man of considerable note in Halifax, and a world-renowned chef. He is now also the co-owner of MIX Fresh Kitchen on Salter Street which opened its doors in 2010.

Ray Bear has had a long standing relationship with Halifax, and like all relationships it has had its ups and downs.

We didn’t quite know what to expect when we sat down with him and his business partner Chris Richards. What we got, though, was a fun, insightful, and fascinating conversation with two people who are determined to bring the downtown core of Halifax back to life through great food and memorable experiences.

Our conversation spanned a considerable amount of time, and plenty of different topics, but we finally got Chef Bear to tell us what he thinks is the bee’s knees.

“Definitely the waterfront.” He said that it’s both Halifax’s blessing and its curse, but the waterfront is most certainly one of Halifax’s most important assets. Chris was quick to say that Point Pleasant Park is at the top of his list.

We chatted for some time about the vision for Mix. Ray and Chris wanted to make it clear that Mix is not just about great food and service, but about an experience. They’re selling a great time, not just great meals. Mix’s food is as local and homemade as possible (they even make their own hamburger buns), and its atmosphere can accommodate a night out for drinks with the girls, a first date, lunch with co-workers, or just a quick meal and drinks after work. Somewhere comfortable and hip, with what they hope will become one of Halifax’s best late night experiences.

This vision comes with some context. As you may have heard, Ray and the restaurant named after him, Bear, were steeped in controversy a few years ago. We weren’t sure if Ray would want to discuss this history, but we knew that our interview wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t bring it up. We were impressed to find that he was entirely up for discussing the situation.

“People thought it was just about my ego, but it wasn’t. It was misunderstood. It was a place where I thought we could just say, ‘Okay, let’s do this.'” But things didn’t go as hoped. Afters some public unpleasantness with former business partners and considerable attention in the media, Ray had to walk away from Bear.

But back in Halifax, with a new vision, and a new partner, Mix’s atmosphere makes it clear that this restaurant is not about egos, or individuals, but about the customers. But why start another restaurant in Halifax after what he’s been through before?

“We have a lot of good will here,” Ray says. “There’s lots of love. And this type of place hasn’t been done here before.”

The vision for Mix has been inspired by restaurants in cities like Vancouver and Montreal, to Miami and New York City who offer unique outlooks on where you can take casual dining.

“Mix reflects a desire to have a room you can have dinner in or just hang out in.”

Throughout our interview they continued to stress that Mix is about the experience. The food is good, the service is good, but their ultimate goal is about making it a place people want to spend a lot of time in. But they admit there’s still a way to go to make it all a perfect reality.

“When we first started we dropped all kinds of balls,” Ray says. “But restaurants are never as good or as bad as the reviews say they are.”

They’d never done the level of volume that they’ve had at Mix before, so they know that there’s plenty of room for improvement, and that they’re making this progress everyday.

With plans for a revamped dessert selection and what they hope will be an unrivaled drink menu, they’re certainly not about to settle into a routine. Improvement and constant adjustments are what they’re invested in.

Places like Mix are what we feel Halifax needs more of. We’ve got bars in spades, fine-dining restaurants, and plenty of casual places. But hip, interesting, fun places that have great food, great service, fabulous drinks and a fun atmosphere? Well, there’s always room (and desire) for a place that can deliver on those promises.

We love that Ray Bear is back in action in Halifax. His passion for food and his community are evident. And because of this we think Ray, Chris, and Mix Fresh Kitchen are The Bee’s Knees.


22 Feb

Just last week the gang at TNTs was crushed when we learned that recent recipient of The Bees Knees Frankie Muniz was thrust back into the limelight during an alleged altercation with his girlfriend.

Then today we learned some shocking news. Lo Bosworth (of The Hills Fame) was on Chelsea Lately promoting her new book and being generally adorable, when she inadvertently may have outted our beloved JTT (featured in Januarys post “Fall From Grace”). She also seems to think he lives in Silverlake California. If Lo was actually reading our blog she would know he is living in Hollywood North and therefore she’s going to need to head on up to Vancouver to get to the bottom of this.

Anyway, you can check out how this all shakes down at the 4:40 mark. 75% of the cast at TNTs hopes that this isn’t true. We can’t risk our hearts shattering into a million pieces thinking of all the time that was wasted smooching pictures of him in Teen Beat.

However, if JTT does prefer the company of men we’d LOVE to set him up with Jonathan Knight of NKOTB fame. Their teen idol status would make them the ultimate power couple.

But after these two stories unveil themselves we must ask, is it any coincidence that two former stars that we’ve recently covered were suddenly brought back to the forefront only to have person details of their lives exposed? A wise person once said to me. “Twice is a coincidence, three times is a hex.”

Fall from Grace: JTT

19 Jan

If any of you have ever picked up a copy of Teen Beat in the early 90’s chances are you knew who Jonathan Taylor Thomas was and had pictures of him plastered all over your walls. I’m not going to lie, I spent hours in my bedroom staring at his picture becoming so enthralled with him that I brought his picture to camp with me and put it up in my bunk.

Playing Randy in Home Improvement, Simba in The Lion King, and Jake Wilkinson in I’ll Be Home for Christmas, JTT was the hottest thing going in young Hollywood. Continue reading