Everyone in Halifax knows Fred Connors. He’s a former mayoral candidate (who came in a close third). He is one of the most sought-after hairstylists and makeup artists in the city. He is a small-business owner, a media personality (who has appeared as a makeover and self-esteem expert on The Marilyn Denis Show as well as Slice network’s X-Weighted) and a strong supporter of various youth and LGBT charities. Oh, and he has also led a tireless fight for the right to own backyard chickens as pets
Partner in crime
Fred's multidimensional life is no solo project. His life partner, Joel Flewelling, has been instrumental in every accomplishment. "For the 24 years we've been together, Joel has supported every single idea that I've had, even when he thought it was bad," says Fred. "I'm the driving force, but nothing would happen without Joel." Fred Connors (left) and partner, Joel Flewelling, walk their dog, Ollie.
Renovating his home
When the couple bought their current home a few blocks from their restaurant, friends were concerned. "The house was abandoned and had been trashed, and had ‘murder' spray painted across the front," says Fred. One magnificent and eco-conscious makeover later, the geothermally heated house is spectacular throughout. The heart of the home is the huge eat-in kitchen, an ideal spot for socializing.