Robin BarkerRobin Barker was born in England of Royal Stewart blood and the son of a successful lawyer. He started his hairdressing career in London, England in the sixties and was managing a salon within two years. He immigrated to Canada, eventually becoming head stylist of Gus Caruso’s, Toronto’s number one salon. In 1971 Robin Barker opened his own business, which became the first salon where makeovers became an integral part of the service. At this time, Robin gave Moses Znaimer, the co-founder of CityTV, an idea for a TV show, which became City Line. Robin was a regular on the show for over 30 years. Robin has represented many leading companies as a “Platform Artist”, including a Roy Thompson Hall production for L’Oreal as Premier Stylist where he shared the stage with Alexander de Paris. His work has been in every major trade magazine in the world such as Vogue and Italian Vogue. For three years he was the Artistic Director, and served as President for four years for the Guild of Hair Design. Robin was also a long time member of Intercoiffure and the official hairdresser for the Miss Universe Canada Pageant for many years. Robin Barker has received many accolades and awards including Imagine Mirror Awards, the Contessa, plus the coveted Gus Caruso. Much of Robin’s time has been charity driven. As G.H.D. President, he is very proud of being the first in the beauty and fashion world to organize a show to raise money for AIDS – specifically the AIDS Committee of Toronto. He has been involved with the SickKids Hospital Telethon and was also the motivational force to promote the Parkinson’s Cut-A-Thon event nationally. For 20 years Robin was the chairman and founder of the Scissors Open, the Gus Caruso Memorial Golf Tournament, which was charity driven on behalf of the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Still in his charitable leaning, this time as a composer, Robin has produced a CD of his songs. All proceeds from the sale of this sponsored effort will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for children affected by AIDS in East Africa. On November 15th 2010, Robin celebrated his 50 years in hairdressing in a wonderful show, also launching his musical CD, What are the Children Worth. It was a great success, emceed by Jaymz Bee of Jazz FM and Jeanne Beker of Fashion Television. In 2011, Robin was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Mirror Awards by Canadian Hairdresser Magazine. In 2011, Robin was appointed to and is currently sitting on the Board of the Ontario College of Trades as well as two committees. On October 15th 2013, Robin handed over his salon to one of his staff, it is now the Anthony Passero Salon. The location, 84 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, went up in flames at 8am Wednesday 22 January 2014. We have a permanent location the Anthony Passero Salon at 114 Cumberland St. where Robin works 4 days a week. He also works every 3rd Saturday at Hair Blvd in Newmarket. Neither fire, freezing temperatures and six hours of forced water do not destroy dreams and talent. Robin is far from retiring. He now feels free to create, whether on his clients, composing, or photography. He has two books he wishes to write, and has formed Robin Barker Consulting Inc. to mentor other salon owners and instruct hairstylists in his original cutting techniques. He will continue to advise resort salons in spas as a celebrity stylist such as he did at Top Notch Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont and the Rosseau Resort & Spa in Muskoka. Keeping in shape and playing golf is also on Robin’s agenda.