Beloved 58-year-old bar­ber­shop moves west

Gus Evage­los has played bar­ber and con­fi­dante to Ed Mirvish, Yul Bryn­ner

Annex Post - - NEWS - By Ge­orge Redak

For over 58 years Gus Evage­los and his bar­bers have pro­vided hair­cuts, shaves and mas­sages to Toron­to­ni­ans from all walks of life. Evage­los ar­rived in Canada in 1960, an 18-year-old look­ing to start a new life. Un­able to go to school, Evage­los de­cided to pick up a comb and a pair of scis­sors at a lo­cal bar­ber­shop. On Oct. 1, his bar­ber­shop, Gus the Other Bar­ber, will re­lo­cate fur­ther west on Bloor Street West after the build­ing that cur­rently houses the shop was sold.

Through­out his ten­ure, Evage­los has racked up an ad­mirable ros­ter of celebrity clien­tele, from clas­sic Hol­ly­wood lu­mi­nary Yul Bryn­ner (whose trade­mark chrome dome, Evage­los says, he shaved with a straight razer) to Team Canada hockey star Ryan El­lis and even five-time Cana­dian heavy­weight cham­pion Ge­orge Chu­valo.

“I gave [Ge­orge Chu­valo] a hair­cut be­fore and after the Muham­mad Ali fight,” said Evage­los. “He is my idol, a won­der­ful guy.”

Chu­valo, the cel­e­brated Cana­dian boxer, lost to Ali in 1966 at Maple Leaf Gar­dens for the world heavy­weight ti­tle.

Evage­los has be­come a beloved neigh­bour­hood fix­ture. The re­la­tion­ships he built over the years run deeper than a hair­cut.

“Of course I [al­ways] tried to do the best job that I knew with kind­ness,” said Evage­los. “You have to re­spect the cus­tomer. You have to treat him like ev­ery­body else. This I learned from the late Ed Mirvish.”

Be­fore Hon­est Ed Mirvish’s pass­ing in 2007, Evage­los was his per­sonal bar­ber for 48 years, be­com­ing close friends with him and his fam­ily. To­ward the end of Mirvish’s life, Evage­los made fre­quent trips to his home, bring­ing his comb and scis­sors with him.

“Gus is like my brother,” said Has­san Al Ab­dul, a bar­ber who has been with Evage­los for 18 years and who took over the busi­ness in 2015. “I learned a lot from him: how to be pa­tient, how to run the busi­ness.”

The new Gus the Other Bar­ber will move from its present lo­ca­tion at 596 Bloor St. W. to 701 Bloor St. W., re­plac­ing an­other beloved in­sti­tu­tion, John’s Bar­ber­shop.

“I have helped so many peo­ple, and I feel so proud,” said Evage­los. “I thank God for this.”

Although Evage­los has re­tired as a full-time bar­ber, he still comes in about twice a week, a re­minder of the im­pact he has had in the An­nex com­mu­nity

I gave Ge­orge Chu­valo a hair­cut be­fore and after the Muham­mad Ali fight.”

Gus Evage­los, a.k.a. Gus The Other Bar­ber, at his shop at 596 Bloor St. W.

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