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by Omar Mosleh on May 15, 2012
Ask artist, photographer, jazz musician and carpenter James C. Swartz if he’s a jack of all trades, and he’ll answer your question before the words leave your mouth.

“A jack of all trades is a master of none,” he says with a steely gaze.

Swartz is no master of none....(More)
by Tristan Carter on May 9, 2012
East York Collegiate has staged 15 musicals in the last 35 years and their latest production, Legally Blonde — The Musical, promises to be their best yet, according to the show’s director, Pat Murray.

“In terms of production value, it’s 10 times better (than the last two...(More)
by Tristan Carter on April 20, 2012
When Angela de Sol dances, her costume and her movements flow like water.

“Aguas”, Spanish for waters, is a recurring theme in the latest production by the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company.

“They’re saying water is an elemental life force,” said de Sol, a...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on April 20, 2012
At age 11, Gare Joyce started writing a biography on heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, marking the beginning of his career as a writer and sports journalist.

“I was just the strangest little kid,” he says from a booth at TKO’s, the Sport Pub on the Danforth. “I loved sports but I...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on April 19, 2012
It’s 3 o’clock on a Monday afternoon and Matt Fratpietro and his Poor Young Things band mates are excited about the newly acquired Victorian style chairs they just picked up from the side of the road.

“We just moved,” he says. “We’re in a nicer neighbourhood but we’re like the...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on April 17, 2012
When York Mills singer and actor Gabi Epstein was asked by an elderly woman in Pender Island, British Columbia how she has the moxie to get on stage and belt out tunes without a single inhibition, her answer was simple.

“I told her I grew up with chutzpah,” Epstein says with a...(More)
by Tristan Carter on April 17, 2012
The title of Forest Hill Collegiate alumni Kat Goldman’s new album says a lot about her current lifestyle.

Her latest CD, Gypsy Girl, touches on the trials of tribulations of a life split between her hometown of Toronto and her new nest in Boston.

“This whole new record...(More)
by Francis Crescia on April 4, 2012
Beth Tzedec’s annual Purim play, based on the book of Esther, was given the full ABBA treatment this year. The musical mixed 50 professional musicians, designers, sound people with 100 synagogue members performing on stage.

by Omar Mosleh on March 12, 2012
For North York actor Melinda Shankar, it was an easy decision to move to Toronto from Ottawa to kick-start her career at the age of 16.

The star of shows such as MuchMusic’s Degrassi: The Next Generation and YTV’s How To Be Indie knew she had to move to the big smoke to realize her...(More)
by Karolyn Coorsh on March 12, 2012
High school dance team eMotion has got the moves everyone’s looking for.

After winning the Toronto District School Board’s Dare2Dance competition in December, the 11-member dance troupe from William Lyon Mackenzie has been in high demand, dancing for audiences at community events,...(More)
by Tristan Carter on March 9, 2012
Who says the film industry doesn’t have heart?

Hart and Yale Massey, of Massey Bros. Films, are doing their best to help young actors and directors get their foot in the door of a competitive industry.

The pair have partnered with the Toronto Film School for the fifth...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on March 7, 2012
[local]1[/local]When Leaside resident and children’s illustrator Michael Martchenko is looking for inspiration, all he has to do is look in his own backyard.


“If I need a nice big tree, I just go out back,” quips the award-winning artist, who has...(More)
by Tristan Carter on March 7, 2012
Most people have probably heard pieces by renowned composers Joseph Haydn or Giuseppe Garibaldi, but few can play them as well as Rosedale resident Rebecca Moranis.

The 13-year-old musician received a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music for earning the highest mark in all...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on February 24, 2012
He’s performed in three continents in one year, visiting countries such as Japan, Colombia and the Bahamas.

But for jazz musician Steve Koven, there’s nowhere quite like home sweet home.

The pianist and composer has proudly lived in East Toronto most of his life,...(More)
by Tristan Carter on February 22, 2012
Illustrator and author Barbara Reid would be the first to admit she is still a kid at heart. And it’s thanks to this outlook on life that the Danforth-area resident received the Order of Ontario for her contribution to children’s literature both at home and abroad.

“I just never...(More)
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