Cote and Curran as busy as ever

When I met with CBC’s Metro Morning host, Joe Cote, and traffic reporter, Jim Curran, in 1987, the atmosphere was one of on-air madness at the Cabbagetown studio in the former Carlton movie house on Parliament Street. Cote informed and entertained early morning Radio 740 listeners with interviews, commentaries, late-breaking news and human interest stories, […]

Liona Boyd is back in town

Liona Boyd is as friendly, modest and dynamic as she was when we talked more than 25 years ago. In the spring of 1987, she was enjoying the Beach neighbourhood close to her recently purchased digs on Fallingbrook Drive, and frequenting Loons for dinner. ‘The First Lady of the Guitar’ had started writing her own […]

Catching up with Vince Parrell

On a January afternoon when the polar vortex has iced Toronto, Vince Parrell shows up on Skype in a t-shirt and shorts, palm trees reflected in his glasses. The founder, former owner and revered instructor of Vince Parrell’s Dance Centre is all smiles and full of energy as he welcomes me to his winter retreat […]

Songwriter staying in tune

On Dec. 1, 1987, Robert Armes had just released his album, Part of The Family, which was available at Toy Circus on Queen Street near Lee. At 34, his career was in high gear as a singer, songwriter, musician and partner at Sounds Interchange, the largest and fastest-growing award-winning music production house in Canada. He […]

From Degrassi to L.A. and back

Stacie Mistysyn has it all: a successful acting career under her karate blue belt, a Gemini Award, world travel, a lakeside home, a handsome husband and a 16-month-old son. But this life almost didn’t happen. She nearly skipped the opportunity that launched it all when she was 10 years old. In 1982, the Toronto television […]

Magic never far away in ‘crazy’ life

When I sat down with Lisa Close (née Moore) in 1986, she was a high school student being driven around to children’s birthday parties on weekends by her Dad with her magician’s top hat, dove, rabbit and linking rings in the back seat. At 16, she had already invested $600 of her own money into […]