Owner/ Head Barber

Peter Gowdie

Peter Gowdie of Cut N Run Barbershop on shaking up some core beliefs

For the love of the trade

Peter is a positive person who believes we can change. He knows it will take time, but every day is an opportunity to learn more about each other.

Peter was born in Kingston, Jamaica and came to Canada when he was six years old. He is an easy-going person with a generous spirit.

His shop is busy, and the phone is constantly ringing with people eager to book appointments. His hard work and determination have clearly paid off.

The Gowdie family started life in Toronto in the west end but soon after moved east, eventually landing Peter at Adam Beck Public School for three years.

“There was only me and two other Black kids, one was my friend Dwight. Not all the kids were mean but there were kids that called me names every day,” Peter said. “I remember this clearly, they would say my nose was big, so I would start squeezing my nose to try and make it smaller.

They said my lips were too big, so in pictures I would try to hold my lips in. I had no idea that anything was wrong with me until I started going to school there.”

He didn’t tell his mother, she was busy and he didn’t want to bother her.

“I mostly just hung out with my buddy Dwight. I kind of accepted it, even though they would say, ‘No you’re not allowed to play’ I still played. I wasn’t deterred, but I felt it when I went home.”

Eventually Peter went to high school in North York which was much more diverse, and he found kids with whom he connected. It was around this time he started cutting hair.

“I started in my neighbourhood because my mom couldn’t afford to pay for my haircuts as often as I would have liked.

My friends needed haircuts as well. I didn’t think I could ever make money haircutting, but my sister is a hairdresser and she inspired me.”

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