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George Karantonis

Musician, singer, songwriter George Karantonis: The remarkable story of Australia’s adopted son

Completely self taught, musician and songwriter George Karantonis composed his first song at age 7, penning the poignant lyrics; “Xenos ekei, xenos kai edo, patrida nisi, to yiofiri ego” or “A stranger there, a stranger here too, homeland homeland, the adopted son”. GCT speaks to George about his amazing life’s journey from humble childhood, to becoming a member of famed band ‘Moda Blue’, his Opening Ceremony performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the song ‘Australia’ he composed at the request of late Archbishop Stylianos and, more recently, his historical rendition of the Greek Anthem as part of 200th Greek Independence Day celebrations.

Ikaria Bondi

Ikaria: The New Meze Bar Bringing the Greek Islands to Australia’s Iconic Bondi Beach

“Ikaria’s philosophy mirrors the Greek Islands’ approach of adding life to our years, instead of trying to add years to our lives.” Despite being currently unable to travel overseas, Australians are still able to escape to Ikaria as new Greek meze bar opens in Bondi Beach, bringing good food and great times with a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere and island holiday vibe.