He’s not in a barbershop quartet but Toronto singer Sage Harris has opened Saturday Life Barber Shop with his friend and head barber Akram Bekri. In celebration and in the spirit of the season, the two will be donating 10 percent of all haircut proceeds this weekend (Dec. 20 to 22) to Dr. Roz’s Healing Place to purchase gifts for the children staying in the emergency shelter with their mothers.
“I grew up with my mom in Scarborough; we lived in and out of different women’s shelters,” said Sage in a press statement. “I couldn’t even afford a haircut, so I wanted to open a barber shop that supports my local community.”
As an adolescent, Harris spent many Christmas mornings in various women’s shelters, alongside his mother and younger sister,” the press release states, and Dr. Roz’s Healing Place provided “refuge for the Harris family.”
According to the web site, Dr. Roz’s Healing Place is a centre for empowerment and healing that works towards the eradication of violence against women and their children, and offers numerous counselling, education and housing programs and related services. The web site also lists help lines (listed below).
The R&B artist released three singles, “Girlfriend," "We Don't talk anymore," and "To Your place," before launching his own Saturday Life Records.
Continuing with the branding, Saturday Life Barber Shop, located in the suburb of Scarborough where he grew up, is described as a upscale spot “that blends traditional barbering with the latest trends and techniques” and includes a non-alcoholic beverage bar, lounge, and an in-house custom jewellery store.
The barbershop — located minutes away from the Scarborough Town Center at 108 Corporate Drive, Unit 8 — is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and offers services for men and boys, including straight razor shaves for the head and face, hot towel treatment, beard trims, straight razor line up, and hair designs.
Harris has known Bekri since high school, and they both wanted to create a premium experience for an affordable price. The singer is presently working on his debut album, Prince Hills.
Community referral numbers:
24 Hour CRISIS LINE: (416) 264-4357 (HELP)
TY: (416) 265-4755
Central Family Intake: (416) 397-5637
Assaulted Women’s Helpline: (416) 863-0511
Legal Aid Ontario: (416) 979-1446
Ontario Works: (416) 392-2956
Children’s Aid Society: (416) 924-4646
Catholic Children’s Aid Society: (416) 395-1500
Jewish Child & Family Services: (416) 638-7800
Native Child & Family Services: (416) 969-8510
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