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Andy Chiodo (born April 25, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey goaltender with the Klagenfurt AC of the Erste Bank Hockey League. He played eight games in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins and has played in SM-liiga, AHL, KHL, and the ECHL.
Chiodo was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the sixth round (166th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The Islanders were unable to sign him, and he was made draft-eligible again after the 2002–03 NHL season. The Pittsburgh Penguins chose him in 2003 NHL Entry Draft in the seventh round with the 199th overall pick.
Prior to playing in the Ontario Hockey League, Chiodo played with the Wexford Raiders of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. After playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, Chiodo made his professional debut with Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in the 2003–04 season. He also appeared in eight NHL games with Pittsburgh that season.
Chiodo has spent most of his professional career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and with Pittsburgh's ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. He signed with Kärpät
Don McKellar (born August 17, 1963) is a Canadian actor, writer, and filmmaker.
McKellar was born in Toronto, Ontario to a lawyer father and teacher mother. He attended Glenview Senior Public School, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute and later studied English at the University of Toronto's Victoria College. After beginning his career in the theatre, McKellar was lured into the realm of Canadian cinema, where he has since become a ubiquitous presence.
McKellar married his long time partner, Canadian actress Tracy Wright, on January 3, 2010. Wright died from cancer on June 22, 2010.
McKellar was a founding member of Toronto's Augusta Company, along with his future wife Tracy Wright and Daniel Brooks.
McKellar made his first screen appearance in 1989 in Bruce McDonald's film Roadkill, for which he also wrote the screenplay. McKellar's work on Roadkill earned him Genie Award nominations for best supporting actor and best screenwriter, attracting the attention of many in Canada. Roadkill also won the Toronto-Citytv Award for best Canadian feature.
McKellar collaborated again with McDonald for his 1991 film Highway 61, writing the screenplay and playing the starring role as the barber
Albert Samuel Waxman, CM OOnt (March 2, 1935 – January 18, 2001) was a Canadian actor and director of over 1000 productions on radio, television, film, and stage. He is best known for his starring roles in the television series King of Kensington (CBC) and Cagney & Lacey (CBS).
Waxman was born in Toronto to Jewish immigrants from Poland.
His parents operated and owned Melinda Lunch, a small restaurant. His father, Aaron Waxman, died when Al was nine.
Waxman's career began at the age of twelve on CBC radio but it was not until 1975, when he began playing the role of Larry King on CBC's King of Kensington (1975–1980), that he became a Canadian icon.
In the 1980 award winning film Atlantic City starring Burt Lancaster, Waxman appeared as a rich cocaine buyer with a seemingly endless amount of cash.
During the 1980s Waxman starred as the gruff but endearing Lt. Bert Samuels in the highly successful CBS television drama Cagney & Lacey (1982–1988).
In 1986 Al and Anita Waxman were associate producers of the first London revival of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Suzi Quatro as Annie Oakley and Eric Flynn as Frank Butler.
During the 1990s Waxman appeared in a variety
Louis Harold "Lou" Jacobi (December 28, 1913 – October 23, 2009) was a Canadian character actor.
Jacobi was born Louis Harold Jacobovitch in Toronto, Ontario to Joseph and Fay Jacobivitch. He began acting as a boy, making his stage debut in 1924 at a Toronto theater, playing a violin prodigy in The Rabbi and the Priest. After working as the drama director of the Toronto Y.M.H.A., the social director at a summer resort, a stand-up comic in Canada’s equivalent of the Borscht Belt, and the entertainment at various weddings and bachelor parties, Jacobi moved to London to work on the stage, appearing in Guys and Dolls and Pal Joey. Jacobi made his Broadway debut in 1955 in The Diary of Anne Frank as Hans van Daan, a role he reprised in the 1959 film version. Other Broadway performances included Paddy Chayefsky’s The Tenth Man (1959); Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water (1966); and Neil Simon’s debut play Come Blow Your Horn (1961).
Jacobi made his film debut in the 1953 British comedy Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary?, alongside Diana Dors. Other notable film roles include Uncle Morty in My Favorite Year; Moustache in Irma La Douce; Penelope (1966), which starred Natalie Wood; a
Reginald "Hooley" Smith (January 7, 1903 – August 24, 1963) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins and New York Americans. He won the Stanley Cup twice, with Ottawa and Montreal. He is possibly the first National Hockey League player to wear a helmet.
Born in Toronto, Smith played amateur hockey for the Toronto Granites team that won the Allan Cup and a gold medal for Canada at the 1924 Winter Olympics. He had an outstanding Olympic ice hockey tournament, scoring 17 goals and 33 points in five games.
He started his professional career with the 'Super Six' of the Ottawa Senators the following winter. In his first season with Ottawa, he received a head injury. When he returned to play he wore a jockey-type helmet to protect his head. In 1926–27, Ottawa won the Stanley Cup against Boston. It was the last game that Smith played with Ottawa After attacking Harry Oliver in the final game of that series, he was suspended for a month of the following year. Ottawa had lost money during the season despite winning the Stanley Cup and the team sold Smith to the Montreal Maroons.
As a member of the Maroons, Hooley would
Keram Malicki-Sánchez (born 14 May 1974) is a Canadian actor, singer, writer, new media consultant, and music and film producer.
Malicki-Sánchez was born in Toronto (Canada) to a Polish father and Ecuadorian mother. Quadrilingual, with fluency in English, French, Polish, and Spanish, he studied ecclesiastical and classical choral music at St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto.
His debut in the world of music and acting began with musical theatre. In the early stages of his career he played a variety of roles for CBC radio dramas, and at the age of fourteen was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Prince Edward in an adaptation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper at the Young People's Theatre in Toronto - one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated in this category.
He has appeared in films such as John Q, Happy Campers, American History X, Drive Me Crazy, Global Heresy, Punisher: War Zone and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (franchise) 3D as well as television series, among them CSI, 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Saving Grace, Flashpoint, Catwalk, The Mentalist, True Blood and worked with such directors as Peter Yates,
Alison Courtney Pill (born November 27, 1985) is a Canadian film and theatre actress. She is best known from her roles in Milk, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Midnight in Paris.
Pill was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her father, a financier, is Estonian. Pill attended Vaughan Road Academy, but her ADHD, even treated, made it hard for her to focus in school and stay quiet, until she enrolled in the program "Interact", designed for students interested in dance, music, athletics and theatre. In 2006, she starred as Grace Webster in the short-lived NBC drama The Book of Daniel, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Pill had a major supporting role as campaign manager Anne Kronenberg in the Oscar-winning 2008 film Milk.
Pill is engaged to actor Jay Baruchel. Baruchel made their engagement public when he thanked his fiancée (Pill) during an acceptance speech at the Genie Awards in Ottawa, Canada.
She appears in Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom as Maggie Jordan, and will appear in Snow Piercer, with Chris Evans and Jamie Bell, to be released in 2013.
Lynne Griffin (born 17 September 1952) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her work in film, television and stage.
Griffin was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Kay, an actress, and James Joseph Griffin, a fashion photographer and soccer player. Currently, she is married to fellow actor Sean Gregory Sullivan.
Alfred J. Gross (February 22, 1918 – December 21, 2000), a.k.a. Irving J. Gross was a pioneer in mobile wireless communication. He created and patented many communications devices, specifically in relation to an early version of the walkie-talkie, Citizens' Band radio, the telephone pager and the cordless telephone. Despite the successes of these inventions, his patents expired too early to make any amount of money from them.
Gross was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1918, the son of Romanian immigrants, he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States.
His lifelong enthusiasm for radio was sparked at age nine, when traveling on Lake Erie by a steamboat. While sneaking around the boat he ended up in the radio transmissions room. The ship's operator let him listen in on transmissions. Later, Gross turned the basement of his house into a radio station, built from scavenged junkyard parts.
At sixteen he earned his amateur radio license, and he used his call sign (W8PAL) his whole life.
His interest and knowledge in radio technology had grown considerably by the time he in 1936 entered the BSEE program at Cleveland's Case of Applied Sciences (now a part of Case Western Reserve
Tom Burlinson (born 14 February 1956, in Toronto, Canada) is an Australian actor, singer and TV host.
Tom Burlinson was born in Toronto, Canada on St. Valentine's Day 14 February 1956. His English parents, Anthony T. Burlinson (born 1923, in Greenwich, Middlesex) and Angela Schofield (born 1927, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk), had migrated to Canada after World War II. The family moved to New Jersey, USA in 1958. In 1962 the family moved to England due to his father's job, and a young Tom took his North American accent to school. In 1965, Tom's family moved again, this time to Australia. After six months, his parents divorced, and his mother and two younger sisters returned to England, leaving Tom with his father and his older sister, Susan.
Tom's first public appearance as an actor was as Colonel Pickering in Mosman Primary School's production of My Fair Lady. Moving to Bayview, he attended Pittwater High School on Sydney's Northern Beaches and was the School Captain in his final year.
Tom's father wanted him to become a lawyer, but because a friend was accepted to NIDA, he decided to audition and to his surprise he was accepted into the 1974 class, graduating in 1976. He started
Kevin Brereton (born February 20, 1972), better known by his stage name k-os ( /ˈkeɪ.ɒs/) (read as chaos), is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. His given name may also be cited as Kheaven, a spelling he later adopted.
The alias "k-os", spelled with a lower case "k", was intended to be less aggressive than the pseudonyms of other rappers whose names were all upper case, such as KRS-One. It is an acronym for "Knowledge of Self," although in a later interview he said that it originally stood for "Kevin's Original Sound." k-os' music incorporates a wide variety of music genres, including rap, funk, rock, and reggae. The lyrics frequently focus on promoting a "positive message" while at times expressing criticism of mainstream hip hop culture's obsession with money, fame and glorification of violence. A musician as well as a producer, k-os has written and produced nearly every part of all four of his albums. k-os usually performs with a live band, something that is uncommon in the hip hop genre. He sometimes plays guitar and keyboard both during live performances and in the studio.
k-os received his first musical exposure with the single "Musical Essence",
Michael D. Prue (born July 14, 1948) is a Canadian politician, representing the Beaches—East York electoral district (riding) in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He is a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP)'s Queen's Park caucus, and holds a critic portfolio in their Shadow Cabinet. He was a candidate in the 2009 Ontario NDP leadership election, finishing in fourth place and dropping off after the first ballot. Prior to provincial politics, he served as the Mayor of East York, Ontario; and when the city was amalgamated into Toronto, he became one of the former city's councillors, representing Ward 32 on Toronto City Council. Prior to his political life, he was a civil servant and a labour union activist.
Prue grew up in Toronto's poor Regent Park neighbourhood. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. After graduation, he worked as counsel for the Minister of Employment and Immigration.
During his time as a federal government employee, Prue was an activist in the Canada Employment & Immigration Union, a component of the Public Service
Brigadier General Samuel M. Whitside was a United States Cavalry officer who served from 1858 to 1902. He commanded at every level from company to department for 32 of his 43 years in service, including Army posts such a Camp Huachuca, Jefferson Barracks, and Fort Sam Houston, the Departments of Eastern Cuba and Santiago and Puerto Principe, Cuba, commanded a provisional cavalry brigade (consisting of the 10th and 5th Cavalry Regiments), a squadron in the 7th Cavalry Regiment, and a troop and platoon in the 6th Cavalry Regiment. The pinnacle of his career was serving as the Commanding General of the Department of Eastern Cuba before retiring in June 1902 as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army.
Most history books record two events during his career: the founding of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and his role as a battalion commander during the Pine Ridge Campaign of 1890 - '91. These two events are arguably the most noteworthy in Whitside's four decades in the U.S. cavalry.
S. M. Whitside was born on January 9, 1839 in Toronto, Canada. He grew up in that area attending Normal School, and later moved to New York where he attended Careyville Academy.
He enlisted into the General Mounted
Robin Dunne (born November 19, 1976) is a Canadian actor who is mainly known for having had numerous leading roles in sequels throughout his career, and lately for his role as Doctor Will Zimmerman in the science fiction Television series, Sanctuary.
He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and attended The Etobicoke School of the Arts. He was once married to actress Heidi Lenhart.
One of Dunne's earliest starring roles was as Franz Bhaer in the CTV/PAX television series Little Men in 1998–99. He also appeared in Channel 4's As If as well as recurring guest roles on Dawson's Creek and Dead Like Me. Dunne also appeared on NCIS and in Just Friends.
His most notable movie role was the character Sebastian Valmont in Cruel Intentions 2. He has also appeared in Au Pair II, The Skulls II, Species 3, American Psycho II: All American Girl, and Jewel. Additionally, Dunne appeared in the made-for-TV movies Code Breakers and Roughing It, where in the latter he portrayed a young Mark Twain traveling across the American West. Dunne also portrayed Robin Hood in the film Beyond Sherwood Forest, directed by Peter DeLuise, starring alongside Erica Durance.
Beginning in 2007 Dunne co-starred with
Gregory Edward Smith (born July 6, 1983) is a Canadian/American actor. He began working as a child actor in the mid 1980s, initially appearing in several made-for-video and television films. Smith has since appeared in several Hollywood films, and has become known for his role as Ephram Brown on the television series Everwood, and more recently as Dov Epstein on Rookie Blue.
Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Terrea (née Oster), a teacher from the USA, and Maurice Smith, a British-born, Vancouver-based producer of low-budget films. Smith's mother appeared in several of the films that his father produced during the 1980s. Smith has two brothers, Andrew and Douglas, who is also an actor, and a younger sister, Samantha. Smith grew up in Vancouver and is both a Canadian and a US citizen.
Smith began acting when he was fourteen months old, and appeared in a Tide television commercial and in store catalogues. After a role in the 1994's children's film Andre, he starred in the 1995 direct-to-video release Leapin' Leprechauns and its 1996 sequel, Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns. Also in 1996, Smith appeared opposite Michelle Trachtenberg in Harriet the Spy. He
Rob Stewart (born December 28, 1979) is a Canadian photographer and movie director/filmmaker, best known for making and directing the multi-award-winning movie Sharkwater.
Stewart was born in 1979, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he was raised. He began doing underwater photography as a teenager, and became a scuba-diving trainer when he was eighteen years old. He attended the prestigious Crescent School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as a youth.
For four years, Stewart worked as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines, and also worked as a freelance journalist. He won awards for his journalism.
Stewart holds a Bachelor's degree in biology.
Rob Stewart got the idea to make the movie Sharkwater at age twenty-two, when he found out there was illegal long-lining in the marine reserve, while he was photographing sharks in the Galapagos Islands, and the public did not respond when he tried to put out a message that the lining was killing the sharks. He travelled through fifteen countries for the next four years, studying and filming sharks for the film. Stewart often posts shark conservation notes and information on his Facebook page.
Stewart has also
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, CC (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian theatre, film and television actor. He made his film debut in 1958's Stage Struck, and notable early film performances include The Night of the Generals, The Return of the Pink Panther, and The Man Who Would Be King.
In a career that spans seven decades and includes substantial roles in each of the dramatic arts, Plummer is probably best known to film audiences as the autocratic widower Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp in the hit 1965 musical film The Sound of Music alongside Julie Andrews. Plummer has also ventured into various television projects, including the legendary miniseries The Thorn Birds.
His most recent film roles include the The Insider as Mike Wallace, the Disney–Pixar 2009 film Up as Charles Muntz, the Shane Acker production 9 as 1, The Last Station as Leo Tolstoy, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Doctor Parnassus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Henrik Vanger, and Beginners as Hal.
Plummer has won numerous awards and accolades for his work, including an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA Award. With his win at the age of 82
Morley Safer (born November 8, 1931) is a Canadian reporter and correspondent for CBS News. He is best known for his long tenure on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, the cast of which he joined in December 1970, during the third season of the series.
Safer was born to an Austrian Jewish family in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Anna (née Cohn) and Max Safer, an upholsterer. He attended Harbord Collegiate Institute, and briefly attended University of Western Ontario.
Safer began his journalism career as a reporter for various newspapers in Canada (Woodstock Sentinel Review, London Free Press and Toronto Telegram) and England (Reuters and Oxford Mail). Later, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a correspondent and producer.
In 1964, Safer joined CBS News as a London-based correspondent. In 1965, he opened the CBS News bureau in Saigon. That year he followed a group of United States Marines to the village of Cam Ne, for what was described as a "search and destroy" mission. When the Marines arrived, they gave orders in English to the inhabitants—by all accounts harmless civilians—to evacuate the village. When the homes were cleared, the Marines burned their thatched roofs with
Nathan Stephenson (born July 27, 1986) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his starring roles in Radio Free Roscoe as Robbie and in System Crash as James . He has also guest starred on Naturally, Sadie, Dark Oracle and in the TV film Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life. As of 2008 he has a recurring role in Degrassi: The Next Generation. He plays Griffin a HIV positive character who struggles with life & relationships
Peggy A. Nash (born June 28, 1951) is a Canadian labour official and politician from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Parkdale—High Park electoral district (riding) in Toronto, and was the Official Opposition's Finance Critic, in Canada's 41st parliament. Before becoming a parliamentarian, she worked as a labour official at the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW), where she became the first female to negotiate a major contract with one of the Detroit-based automobile corporations in 2005. She was first elected as the MP for Parkdale—High Park in the 2006 federal election. In the 2008 federal election, she was defeated in her re-election bid by Liberal candidate Gerard Kennedy. After her defeat, Nash returned to her previous job as a labour official with the CAW. She was elected to a two-year term as the federal NDP's President on August 15, 2009, at the party's convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She ran for parliament again in the 2011 federal election, and defeated Kennedy, to regain her former seat in the Canadian House of Commons.
She became a candidate to replace the late Jack Layton as leader of the federal NDP in
Lisa Rani Ray, born 4 April 1972, is a Canadian actress, model, host, philanthropist and social activist.
Lisa Ray was born in Toronto to a Hindu Bengali Indian father and a Polish mother and grew up in the suburb of Etobicoke. She excelled academically, doing five years of high school in four, while attending three different high schools: Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Richview Collegiate Institute and Silverthorn Collegiate Institute.
She spoke Polish to her maternal grandmother and watched movies of Federico Fellini and Satyajit Ray with her cinephile dad. Ray was spotted by an agent in a crowd during a family vacation in India when she was 16, when she began modelling.
Lisa Ray came to public attention when she appeared in an advertisement for Bombay Dyeing wearing a high-cut black swimsuit, opposite Karan Kapoor. Subsequently, she returned to Canada to attend university to study journalism, but a car injury which injured her mother derailed those plans. Instead, she returned to India where she appeared on the cover of Glad Rags wearing a red Baywatch-style swimsuit. The sensation that caused led to more magazine covers, spokesperson deals and a job as host of her own
Sue Johanson, CM (born March 16, 1930) is a Canadian writer, public speaker, registered nurse, sex educator, and media personality.
She was born Susan Powell in Toronto, Ontario, to a decorated British war hero, Wilfrid Powell, and an affluent Ontario-born Irish Protestant mother, Ethel Bell. Her great-uncle was Lord Baden Powell. Her mother died when Johanson was ten. Johanson attended nursing school in St. Boniface Hospital Winnipeg, graduating as a Registered Nurse. Soon after, she married a Swedish-Canadian electrician named Ejnor Johanson. They had three children: Carol, Eric and Jane. The family moved to North York. Sue kept house and raised her children.
In 1972, Johanson opened a birth control clinic in Don Mills CI high school, the first of its kind in Canada. She worked there as clinic coordinator until 1986. She continued her education at the Toronto Institute of Human Relations (a postgraduate course in counseling and communication), the University of Toronto (family planning), and the University of Michigan (human sexuality), graduating as a counselor and sex educator.
Johanson's career rose rapidly since her first classroom teaching in one of the North York schools.
Allan Dwan (April 3, 1885 – December 28, 1981) was a pioneering Canadian-born American motion picture director, producer and screenwriter.
Born Joseph Aloysius Dwan in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dwan moved with his family to the United States when he was 11 years old. At the University of Notre Dame, he trained as an engineer and began working for a lighting company in Chicago. However, he had a strong interest in the fledgling motion picture industry and when Essanay Studios offered him the opportunity to become a scriptwriter, he took the job. At that time, some of the East Coast movie makers began to spend winters in California where the climate allowed them to continue productions requiring warm weather. Soon, a number of movie companies worked there year-round and, in 1911, Dwan began working part-time in Hollywood. While still in New York, in 1917 he was the founding president of the East Coast chapter of the Motion Picture Directors Association.
Dwan operated Flying A Studios in La Mesa, California from August, 1911 to July, 1912. Flying A was one of the first motion pictures studios in California history. On August 12, 2011, a plaque was unveiled on the Wolff building at
Raymond Hart Massey (August 30, 1896 – July 29, 1983) was a Canadian/American actor.
Massey was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Anna (née Vincent), who was born in Illinois, and Chester Daniel Massey, the wealthy owner of the Massey-Ferguson Tractor Company. Massey's family could trace their ancestry back to the American Revolutionary War. He attended secondary school briefly at Upper Canada College, before transferring to Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, and taking several courses at University of Toronto, where both he and his cousin were active members in The Kappa Alpha Society. He later graduated from Balliol College, Oxford.
At the outbreak of World War I, he joined the Canadian Army, serving with the artillery on the Western Front. He returned to Canada suffering shell-shock and was engaged as an army instructor for American officers at Yale. In 1918, he was sent to serve in Siberia, where he made his first stage appearance, entertaining American troops on occupation duty. Severely wounded in action in France, he was sent home, where he eventually worked in the family business, selling farm implements.
Drawn to the theatre, in 1922, he appeared on the London stage.
Roy Herbert Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, GBE (June 5, 1894 – August 4, 1976) was a Canadian newspaper proprietor and media entrepreneur.
Thomson was born on June 5, 1894 in Toronto, Ontario. He was the son of Herbert Thomson, a telegraphist turned barber who worked at Toronto's Grosvenor Hotel, and English-born Alice Coombs. Herbert was born in Toronto to parents Hugh Thomson and Mary Nichol Sylvester. His father was one of ten children of George Thomson, son of Archibald Thomson, brother of David Thomson, first settler of Scarborough, Ontario. He left Canada following the disappearance of George Thomson to New York City and returned later to settle in Toronto permanently.
During World War I, Roy Thomson attended a business college, and owing to bad eyesight he was rejected by the army. He went to Manitoba after the war to become a farmer, but was unsuccessful. Thomson travelled to Toronto again, where he held several jobs at different times; one of which was selling radios. However, he found selling radios difficult because the only district left for him to work in was Northern Ontario. In order to give his potential customers something to listen to he undertook to
Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known as "America's Sweetheart," "Little Mary" and "The girl with the curls," she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting.
Because her international fame was triggered by moving images, she is a watershed figure in the history of modern celebrity and, as one of silent film's most important performers and producers, her contract demands were central to shaping the Hollywood industry. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named Pickford 24th among the greatest female stars of all time.
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Marie Smith in Toronto, Ontario. Her father, John Charles Smith, was the son of English Methodist immigrants, and worked a variety of odd jobs. Her mother, Charlotte Hennessy, was Irish Catholic. Mary had two younger siblings, Jack and Lottie Pickford, who would also become actors. To please the relatives, Pickford's mother baptized her in
Corey Ian Haim (December 23, 1971 – March 10, 2010) was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred in a number of films, such as Lucas, Silver Bullet, Murphy's Romance, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. His best-known role was alongside Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys, which made Haim a household name.
Known as The Two Coreys, the duo became 1980s icons and went on to star in seven movies together, later starring in the A&E reality show The Two Coreys.
Haim's early success led to money and fame, and he began using drugs by age fifteen. He had difficulties breaking away from his experience as a teen actor, and was troubled by drug addiction throughout his later career. He died of pneumonia on March 10, 2010.
Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Judy, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, who worked in sales. When Haim was eleven, his parents divorced after eighteen years of marriage. He had an older sister, Carol, and a younger half-brother, Daniel Lee, from his father's second marriage. Haim was raised Jewish.
Growing up in Willowdale, Toronto, he was enrolled in drama lessons in improv and mime by his mother to help
Michael Rudolph Knuble ( /kɨˈnuːbəl/ ki-NOO-bəl; born July 4, 1972) is a Canadian American professional ice hockey right winger and is currently a free agent in the National Hockey League.
Knuble was drafted in the 4th round, 76th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He played the next four years at the University of Michigan and was given Second Team CCHA All-Star honors in 1994 and 1995 and NCAA West All-American Team honors in 1995. Following his collegiate career, he made his professional debut in the 1995 Calder Cup playoffs with the Adirondack Red Wings. He spent the entire 1995–96 season and most of the 1996–97 season with Adironack before making his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings on March 26, 1997. Knuble's debut came against the Colorado Avalanche in the famous "Fight Night at the Joe" match. He played a total of 9 regular season games in 1996–97 and none in the playoffs. Detroit won the Stanley Cup that season, but Knuble's name wasn't engraved on the Cup since he had not played enough games. However, Detroit repeated as Cup Champions in 1997–98, his first full season in the NHL, and though he only played three playoff games, he met the
Andre Talbot (born May 3, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired professional wide receiver and slotback who played gridiron football in the Canadian Football League. Talbot played his first nine seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and his tenth season with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Talbot played high school football at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa. He later played university football at Wilfrid Laurier University where he was a two time All-Canadian and was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in 2001. On February 10, 2010, Talbot was traded from the Argonauts to the Eskimos along with receiver Brad Smith in exchange for defensive tackle Eric Taylor.
On March 31, 2011, Talbot announced his retirement from the CFL.
Talbot was born in Toronto, Ontario. At five years old, his family moved to Woodstock, Ontario. Seven years later, Talbot's family moved to Oshawa, Ontario. Talbot also performs as a lead singer for a rock band called "The Street Fever".
After his retirement from football, Talbot has been training to become a yoga instructor.
Andrea Jung (鍾彬嫻, pinyin: Zhōng Bīnxián) (born 1959) is a Canadian-American businesswoman. She is the executive chairman and former CEO of Avon Products Inc.
Her mother is a Shanghai-born amateur pianist. Jung's father is a Hong Kong-born retired architect, formerly a partner at TRO Jung Brannen, who also taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andrea Jung was raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jung is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and is fluent in Mandarin.
Jung was executive vice president of Neiman Marcus, where she handled issues regarding accessories, intimate women's apparel, cosmetics and children's wear. Before that, she was senior vice president, general merchandising manager, for I. Magnin. http://www.avoncompany.com/aboutavon/boardofdirectors/index.html&title=Board%20of%20Directors Jung joined Avon Products, Inc. in 1994 as the company's president in its product marketing group. She became president of global marketing in 1996 and executive vice president/president of global marketing and new business in 1997. Her responsibilities at that time centered primarily around market research, joint ventures and strategic planning. She then
Kevin William O'Shea (b. May 28, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario - d. January 18, 2010 in Ontario) was a professional ice hockey forward. He played in the National Hockey League with the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues, as well as in the World Hockey Association with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. Prior to his professional career, O'Shea played two years for St. Lawrence University.
In his NHL career, O'Shea appeared in 133 games, scoring thirteen goals and adding eighteen assists. He played in 68 WHA games, scoring ten goals and adding ten assists. He did one season in Sweden, representing Timrå IK in Elitserien, establishing a then all time league record in penalty minutes with 72 PIM in 33 regular season games.
Patrick O'Sullivan (born February 1, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently under contract with HIFK of the Finnish SM-liiga. He has previously played for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild and the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League.
His father, John O'Sullivan, a Toronto native, played for the minor-league Winston-Salem Thunderbirds of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League. Off the ice, Patrick was unfortunately well known for the abuse he took from his father from the time he was nine years old. The abuse continued up to the time he started playing for the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League. Some notable acts were mainly verbal and physical abuse when Patrick had an off-game. There were also reports of John threatening and intimidating him. The abuse escalated at an OHL game where John was screaming, swearing and pounding on the glass. The abuse reached a point where Patrick pressed charges against his father and filed a restraining order against him.
Patrick was projected to be a first round draft pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
He was drafted in the second round 56th overall in the
Shirley Marie Tilghman, FRS (née Caldwell; born 17 September 1946) is a Canadian scholar in molecular biology and an academic administrator, the President of Princeton University. She is the first woman to hold the position and only the second female president in the Ivy League. A leader in the field of molecular biology, Tilghman was a member of the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president.
Tilghman announced on September 22, 2012, that she would step down as president at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.
Tilghman graduated from Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba and received her Honours B.Sc. in chemistry from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1968. After two years of secondary school teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa, she obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under Richard W. Hanson.
She married Joseph Tilghman in 1970. This marriage ended in the early 1980s, leaving Tilghman with custody of their young daughter (Rebecca) and infant son (Alex). She attributes her successful balancing of a scientific career and caring for her family to organization and focus. Her goal was to not feel
Walter van Dyk (born 20 May 1961) is a British actor, singer and narrator.
Van Dyk is the son of Dutch composer Rudi Martinus van Dijk and the Montessori educator Jeanne Elisabeth Anna Koning. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, van Dyk was educated at Hull High School in Hull, Massachusetts in the United States, and later studied acting with Uta Hagen at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studios in New York and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He later studied singing at Trinity College of Music in London.
Walter van Dyk will be opening September 20th, 2012 in the World premiere of a new American play called Insufficiency by Carl Djerassi at the Riverside Studios in London. He recently played the roles of the Marquis de Tarapote and the Old Prisoner in Garsington Opera's production of Offenbach's La Perichole directed by Jeremy Sams in July 2012. Walter opened at the Lyric Theatre in the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February 2012 and on September 22nd, 2011 at the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames in The Importance of Being Earnest directed by Stephen Unwin. He appeared in 2011 at the Old Vic Theatre in London as Herr Schwarz in Georges Feydeau's A Flea in her Ear directed
Brad Templeton (born near Toronto on April 20, 1960) is a software architect, civil rights advocate and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Waterloo.
Templeton is considered one of the early luminaries of Usenet, and in 1989 founded ClariNet Communications Corporation, which used Usenet protocols to distribute news articles, one of the first commercial examples of electronic publishing. In his "Net History in Brief" post, he coined the phrase Imminent death of net predicted. He also founded Looking Glass Software (not the same company as Looking Glass Studios), and was involved in the development of a number of software packages.
He was the Chairman of the Board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation for ten years until February 2010, when he relinquished his tenure to John Buckman. Brad remains on the Board of the EFF. He created the Usenet newsgroup rec.humor.funny in 1987 and moderated it from 1987 to 1992. To Commodore users he's probably best known for Power and the assembler PAL.
Templeton is widely known in the Internet and legal community for writing about political and social issues related to computing and networks. One of the most frequently-cited works on
John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian. He rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series, and through his appearances in comedy films such as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the loquacious, on-the-move shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. On March 4, 1994, while filming the Western parody Wagons East!, Candy died of a heart attack in his sleep in Durango, Mexico at 43.
Candy was born in Newmarket, Ontario in 1950. The son of Sidney James Candy and his wife Evangeline (Aker) Candy, he was raised in a working-class Roman Catholic family. His grandmother was Polish. Candy attended Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School in East York, Ontario. Candy graduated from Neil McNeil High School, an all-boys Catholic public school in Toronto, where he played football.
Candy's first movie role was a small uncredited appearance in the 1973 film Class of '44. He appeared in several other low-budget films during the
Nicholas Campbell (born 24 March 1952), sometimes credited as Nick Campbell, is a Canadian actor and filmmaker, who has won three Gemini Awards for acting. The movies Naked Lunch, Prozac Nation and the TV series Da Vinci's Inquest are some examples of his acting work.
Campbell was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and raised in Montreal. He went to Toronto's Upper Canada College and Kingston's Queen's University where he originally studied pre-Law but later switched to English and Drama. He continued his studies in England studying five years at the London Drama Studio and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Campbell spent 40 weeks touring the country with the York Theatre Royal Repertory Company. His debut film role was in The Omen, released in 1976. After he returned from England he divided his time between Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York. In the 1990s he moved back to Canada.
His over 40 starring film and television credits include series leads on Diamonds and The Hitchhiker. Starting his acting career in the movies he had small roles in A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and in the Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Campbell was third-billed in
Rick Green (born November 4, 1953) is a Canadian comedian, satirist, and writer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo. From 1975 until 1979, he worked as a presenter at the Ontario Science Centre. In 1979, he helped found the Toronto-based comedy troupe The Frantics. They were heard on their CBC Radio show Frantic Times and their short-lived television series, Four on the Floor. He can be seen as Bill on The Red Green Show.
Rick Green graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. His first job was as a Demonstrator at the Ontario Science Centre. As well as presenting shows on Lasers, Electricity, Cryogenics, etc., Rick developed numerous original programs, science plays and exhibits that combined information, humour and entertainment.
In 1979 he plunged into show biz full time as a member of The Frantics comedy troupe. For the next 8 years they created and performed hundreds of live appearances, 150 radio shows, several albums, a half dozen hit stage shows and the groundbreaking TV series Four On The Floor. In 2003, the Frantics came out of retirement and again performed on stage and television.
In 1989, Green
Brian Rowland (born December 30, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian soccer player who was a goalkeeper in both the indoor and outdoor versions of the sport. He is currently an assistant coach for the University of Maryland men's soccer team.
Rowland played college soccer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he was a four-year starter between 1999-2002. In 2002 he earned first team all-America East Conference, and was named an All-America honorable mention. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2003.
Rowland was a member of the U20 Canadian National Team, the U19 Eastern Canadian regional team and the U20 Ontario Team. He played in a friendly match for Manchester United while on trial there, trained with Everton, and Fulham, and played a couple of first team games for Halifax Town as a triallist in 1998 and 1999.
During the 2001 and 2002 Rowland also played for the Chesapeake Dragons in the USL Premier Development League.
Rowland turned professional upon his graduation from college in 2003, and played for his hometown club Toronto Lynx in 2003 and 2004. Rowland also has extensive indoor soccer experience, having spent time playing for
Daniel Magder (born December 12, 1991) is a Canadian actor. He has appeared in such projects such as The Famous Jett Jackson, and X-Men. One of his most recent roles is on Life with Derek, where he portrays Edwin Venturi. He graduated Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill, Ontario. After attending the University of British Columbia for his first year, he transferred to the Vancouver Film School's writing for film and television course, which he completed in December 2011. He is a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Beta Chi chapter.
Robbie Robertson, OC (born Jaime Robert Klegerman; July 5, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known for his membership as the guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band. He was ranked 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The Band has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. As a songwriter Robertson is responsible for such classics as "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Broken Arrow" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River", and has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Robertson was born Jaime Robert Klegerman in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His mother, Rosemarie Myke Chrysler, was of "predominantly Mohawk descent". His father, Alexander David Klegerman, was Jewish. His father died when he was a child, and his mother re-married to James Patrick Robertson, who adopted Robbie and whose surname Robbie had taken. He had his earliest exposure to music at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, where he spent summers with his mother's family.
By 1958, Robertson was performing in various groups around
Shane Warren Kippel (born June 4, 1986) is a Canadian television actor. From 2001-2010, he appeared as a regular cast member in the role of Gavin "Spinner" Mason on Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is broadcast on CTV in Canada. In 2010, after 9 years on Degrassi, Kippel was written out of the program and did not return for season 10.
Kippel starred as Chad the Jock in the 2003 film Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, which was tagged as "A teenager's guide to heavy metal, cheerleaders, true love, and Satan". He also had a recurring role on Life with Derek as the I-Wanna-Rock drummer Ralph in the band "D-Rock". In 2010, he made an appearance on Pure Pwnage and played Davis in the film Dog Pound. Kippel also played school bully Gavin "Spinner" Mason on Degrassi: The Next Generation, seasons 1-9 and reprises his role in the film Degrassi Takes Manhattan.
Kippel played a soldier on Combat Hospital in the episode "Welcome To Kandahar". After an explosion, his character initially appeared uninjured. Later, while visiting the soldier who absorbed most of the impact, also a close friend, he collapses and is found to be bleeding internally. He dies in the operating room. He gave $1000 to a
Michael Anthony "Mike" Peca (born March 26, 1974) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League (NHL). He most recently played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. He has also played for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Peca currently is the general manager for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, a Junior A hockey team owned by the Sabres, one of two teams he captained.
Michael Peca's hometown is Toronto, Ontario, but moved to Ottawa to attend Canterbury High School. Peca and wife Kristin now live in Getzville, NY with their two children, son Trevor and daughter Emily.
Peca began his junior career with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) after they selected him in the first round of the 1990 player draft. He was traded to the Ottawa 67's where he blossomed into one of the leagues top offensive players. He was selected to represent Canada at the 1994 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He captained the Canadian team at the 2001 World Championships in Germany. His nickname was "Captain Crunch" because of his penchant for delivering bone-crushing open ice hits.
David Bateson (born 9 February 1960) is a South African actor known best for providing the voice of Agent 47, the protagonist of IO Interactive's computer and video game series Hitman.
Bateson was born in South Africa to English parents. He entered the acting profession before returning to Britain in 1984. He later moved to Canada and now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is also a full member of British Equity and Danish Actors Union.
He played the part of a young sailor in the 1996 film Breaking the Waves, along with the main role in the 2002 film Debutanten.
In the Hitman game series, Bateson provided the voice and physical guide of Agent 47 and served as the character model in every entry in the series until the fifth game, Hitman: Absolution, when he stated to a member of a Hitman fan forum that "No one from IO Interactive is answering my calls, e-mails or sms." Bateson would later officially confirm on his personal website that he had been "unceremoniously dropped from the franchise", and added that he was unable to make further comments due to "legal reasons".
However on 28 August 2012, the Hitman Facebook page confirmed that Bateson will once again be voicing 47 and Brand
John Norman McKay, PC, MP is a lawyer and a Canadian politician. He is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough—Guildwood. McKay was formerly the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance while the Liberal party governed, but now serves as an opposition MP. Having served as Parliamentary Secretary to a cabinet minister McKay carries the designations of Honourable and Privy Council (PC) for life.
Born in Toronto, McKay has lived most of his life in Scarborough, Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto at Scarborough and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University. He attends an evangelical church in Toronto.
After practising private law he was elected to represent Scarborough East in 1997 and was re-elected in 2000. After Scarborough East was abolished in 2003 he was elected to represent the riding of Scarborough—Guildwood in 2004. McKay was re-elected in the 2006, 2008 and 2011 federal elections.
McKay is a lifelong resident of Scarborough, Ontario in Metropolitan Toronto. McKay attended five of the area’s public schools before attending the University of Toronto Scarborough campus where he earned his Bachelor of
Omar Hady is Toronto-based theatre, film and television actor. In his most recent work, he was seen performing at the Toronto Fringe Festival as John Fred Bigani in The Son of The Man, a play he both wrote and co-directed.
This is the second summer in which Hady has performed in a theatre festival; in the Summer of '07 he played Tall Time in Sean Dixon's adaptation of Barbara Gowdy's The White Bone as part of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival 2007 in Toronto.
Some of his most notable roles were as:
Terrorist in Regenesis: Season 4, Episode 09 'Unbottled'
Alex in The 5-0
Khey in The Beginning of a Rise
John Fred Bigani in The Son of The Man
Tall Time in Sean Dixon's adaptation of Barbara Gowdy's The White Bone
Peer Gynt (title role) in Peer Gynt
Sir Andrew Aguecheek in an Original Shakespeare Production of Twelfth Night.
Theodore in the physically devised show The Quince Garden
Garuda in Roberto Calasso's Ka
Omar Hady trained at the Humber School of Theatre Performance under the tutelage of Diana Belshaw, Kennedy MacKinnon, Dean Gilmour, Tatiana Jennings, Paul Dejong, Janet Laine-Green, Booth Savage, Karin Randoja, Ker Wells, Rod Ceballos, Steve Wilsher, Kara Wooten, Maja Ardal,
Laura Diane Vandervoort (born September 22, 1984) is a Canadian actress known for her roles as Kara Zor-El in the American television series Smallville, Lisa in V and Sadie Harrison in the Canadian television series Instant Star.
Vandervoort was born on September 22, 1984 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
She was involved in several sports such as football, karate, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and baseball.
She is related to fellow actor Gordon Pinsent.
After taking several classes and doing background work on Canadian shows such as Road to Avonlea and Harriet the Spy, Vandervoort got her first speaking role in the Canadian children's series Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
After commercials and guest-starring roles on Mutant X, Prom Queen,goosebumps Twice in a Lifetime, Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Troubled Waters, The Dresden Files, and a few Disney TV movies (Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire, and Alley Cats Strike), at age 19 Vandervoort landed a lead role as Sadie Harrison on the CTV television series Instant Star, which ran for four seasons.
In 2006, Vandervoort shot her first feature titled The Lookout with Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Goode, and Isla
Nicholas "Nick" Cvjetkovich (born August 29, 1973) is a Canadian professional wrestler, best known for his stint in World Wrestling Entertainment, where he worked on its SmackDown brand as Kizarny.
Cvjetkovich was trained as a wrestler by Rob Fuego and Ron Hutchison in Orangeville, Ontario and also trained for (and later earned) his black belt at Alex Atkinson's Black Belt Institute. His debut match was in 2000 against El Fuego during the Apocalypse Wrestling Federation's Iron Man Tournament at the Canadian National Exhibition. He remained with the AWF until February 2001. He also worked several dates for Scott D'Amore's Border City Wrestling promotion in Windsor, Ontario, using the name "Lucifer Love" (as AWF employees were not allowed to work for regional competitors, Cvjetkovich used a different ring name and gimmick so he would not be found out).
In May and June 2001, Cvjetkovich toured England with Brian Dixon's All Star Wrestling promotion, where he teamed with fellow Canadian Joe E. Legend defeating top stars Tatanka, Joe Gomez, and Jake Roberts. Shortly after returning from England, Cvjetkovich began working for Northern Championship Wrestling in Montreal. He returned to
Sybil Shearer (born February 23, 1912, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - died November 17, 2005, Evanston, Illinois) was hailed as a "maverick" or "mystic" of modern dance. She studied at Skidmore College, graduating in 1934, and then pursued modern dance at Bennington College's summer workshops in Vermont, with Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham and Hanya Holm.
Shearer's first solo concert in New York, in 1941, at Carnegie Hall, caused a sensation. Shortly after her New York triumph, she walked away from the fame that was opening for her, settling instead in the American Midwest in the mid-1940s, where she continued to perform in the Chicago area, and inspired numerous students of dance including John Neumeier who is now director of the Hamburg Ballet.
Dance historian Margaret Lloyd, in The Borzoi Book of Modern Dance, described Shearer as "a perfectionist who likes to believe that perfection is humanly attainable". Shearer was among the first performers to tackle spiritual and social justice issues, such as the plight of factory workers, a theme of one of her pieces. She drew ideas and inspiration from a variety of artistic influences, including lengthy correspondence with Agnes de Mille and
Jesse James Palmer (born October 5, 1978) is a Canadian sports commentator and former college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons in the early 2000s. Palmer played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New York Giants of the NFL before spending half of the 2006 season with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Palmer was cast in 2004 as the bachelor on the fifth season of the reality television series The Bachelor. He is now a college football analyst for ESPN/ABC in the U.S. and a football analyst for TSN in Canada.
Palmer was born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in the city of Nepean, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa. He attended St. Pius X High School in Ottawa. His father, Bill Palmer, played for the Ottawa Rough Riders. His mother, Susan Palmer, was a prominent fashion and print model.
Palmer received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1997 to 2000. Palmer often alternated playing time with quarterback
Roland "Roy" McMurtry, OC, OOnt (born May 31, 1932) is a judge and former politician in Ontario, Canada and the current Chancellor of York University.
McMurtry was born in Toronto and educated at St. Andrew's College, graduating in 1950. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Trinity College in 1954, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1958. While attending university, he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity and became a close friend of future Premier of Ontario William Davis, his Canadian football teammate. While studying he was hired to teach football at Upper Canada College. He also taught in adult literacy classes at Frontier College, working through the day on construction projects and teaching at night. He was a trial lawyer for seventeen years before entering politics. He wrote a weekly column in the Toronto Sun in the early Seventies.
In the 1960s, he worked with Dalton Camp and Norman Atkins to remove John Diefenbaker as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
McMurtry suffered a back injury during the 1971 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership convention, and was able to exempt himself from
Liana Kerzner (born February 15, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario), better known by her stage name, Liana K, is a Canadian television entertainer who co-hosted the talk show Ed & Red's Night Party and is a well-known cosplayer.
After studying English Literature and Anthropology at York University, she abandoned her academic studies in 1997 when she was hired for behind-the-scenes work on Ed's Night Party. This eventually led to Kerzner earning the positions of senior producer and co-head writer of the program. By 2004, she joined Ed the Sock, voiced by her husband Steven Kerzner, to become the first female co-host on the show.
Kerzner has also been involved in many of Ed the Sock's other media projects, including the annual Fromage specials and Smartass: The Ed the Sock Report, both on the Canadian cable music and variety television channel MuchMusic. She and Ed also co-hosted the 2007 Constellation Awards.
She has also written for the Accidental Comics series Ed and Red's Comic Strip (in which she appears in both photographs and art), and has appeared at a number of comic book and science fiction conventions to promote the comic and Ed's Night Party.
Kerzner has been also active as a
Cheri DiNovo, Ph.D, is a Canadian social democratic politician. She is an United Church of Canada minister and previously headed the Emmanuel-Howard Park congregation in Toronto, Ontario. As the New Democratic Party of Ontario (NDP) candidate in Parkdale–High Park, she was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in a by-election on 14 September 2006. She was re-elected twice since then, most recently in the 2011 Ontario general election.
A progressive, social justice-oriented minister who favours inclusion of marginalized groups, including women, LGBT people and the poor and homeless into the mainstream of Christian life, DiNovo began her church ministry career in 1992, leaving behind a career in the corporate world, after her husband died in a motorcycle accident. She has two children, Francesca and Damien Zielinski, and is now married to Gil Gaspar.
Before she was elected as an MPP, DiNovo hosted a weekly radio show, The Radical Reverend, on Toronto's CIUT-FM. Her book Qu(e)erying Evangelism: Growing a Community from the Outside In won the Lambda Literary Award in the Spirituality category for 2006.
When Gerard Kennedy stepped down as the Member of Provincial Parliament
Geoff Platt (born July 10, 1985 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian and Belarusian ice hockey player, currently contracted to HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. On February 26, Platt accepted Belarusian citizenship.
Platt played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the North Bay Centennials, Saginaw Spirit and the Erie Otters. He has played in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks.
Tony Huỳnh (thewinekone or TWK) is a Vietnamese Canadian YouTube comedian from Toronto, Ontario. He is known for posting his thoughts on different subjects to YouTube with his own style of comedy and farce.
As of September 2008, Huynh is the #34 most subscribed user on YouTube with over 100,000 subscribers (most subscribed in Canada). In March 2007, he won YouTube's first ever YouTube Video Awards in the Best Commentary category.
Huynh first began on YouTube with a video called The Delaware Boy. He continued to make videos and eventually attracted attention from YouTube viewers with his video rants on random topics, including the video Hotness Prevails / Worst Video Ever, which is his most viewed video with about three million views.
Huynh's unique style of humor has been described as eclectic and self-deprecating. He is known for his various rants for which he has gained a loyal audience even from other YouTube celebrities, most notably Ben Going. A repeating joke is a video with the warning that watching the video is a waste of time. This warning is followed by dead time or content which is uninteresting and not humorous. Another repeated theme in Huynh's videos is to address
Jonathan Alexander de Guzmán (born 13 September 1987) is a Canadian-born footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and is currently playing for Swansea City on loan from Villarreal.
De Guzmán was born in Canada, but made himself available for the Netherlands after he gained Dutch citizenship in 2008. He was capped four times for the Netherlands U21, scoring three goals and was active on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. De Guzmán progressed through the Feyenoord Academy, making his first team debut in 2005 and has played over 100 matches for the club from Rotterdam. In the summer of 2010 de Guzmán signed a three-year contract with RCD Mallorca following a free transfer. The following summer he was purchased by Villarreal.
De Guzmán is also known for being a free-kick specialist.
De Guzmán was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada and is of Jamaican and Filipino descent. His father Bobby, from the Philippines, and mother Pauline, from Jamaica, came to Canada when they were ten years old and have three children; a daughter Jenelle and the two sons Jonathan and Julian. De Guzmán's older brother, Julian de Guzmán, is also a professional football player, currently playing for FC
Edward "Ned" Hanlan (12 July 1855 – 4 January 1908) was a World Champion professional sculler, hotelier, and alderman from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Hanlan was born to Irish parents; one of two sons and two daughters. His mother was Mary Gibbs, his father, John, was first a fisherman and later a hotel keeper on the Toronto Islands. The Hanlan family originally lived at the east end of Toronto Island, but a severe storm in 1865 pushed their little house into the harbour. It washed ashore near the north end of Gibraltar Point, at the island's west end. A few years later, Ned's father built a small hotel there, and the area started becoming known as Hanlan's Point, long before Ned became famous. Young Hanlan used to row several kilometres every day across the harbour to go to and from George Street public school, Toronto. He developed speed to bring freshly caught fish to sell at market before other fishermen arrived to compete.
It seemed only a matter of time before he would try competitive rowing, for regattas were held virtually on his doorstep. In 1871, when he was 16, Hanlan entered his first race, for three-man crews of “fishermen,” who were considered professionals because they
Chris Stewart (born October 30, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL). Chris is the younger brother of Anthony Stewart, who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Chris was the second of seven children—he has five younger sisters—born to Norman Stewart, a Jamaican immigrant, and Sue, his Canadian mother. Chris grew up quite poor but he still loved to play hockey. He and Anthony played with the North York Jr. Canadiens, and thanks to a representative of the team, his hockey was paid for entirely. He also liked football, and seriously considered playing it throughout his high school years at West Hill Collegiate Institute. Growing up, Chris became friends with fellow Toronto native hockey player, Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, and they return to Toronto as house-mates during the off-season.
Prior to the 2004-05, Chris' older brother Anthony Stewart, who was the captain of the Kingston Frontenacs, put his reputation on the line when he asked Frontenacs general manager Larry Mavety to give Chris the chance to try out with the Frontenacs as an undrafted free agent. Mavety complied, and
Dave McRae (born May 24, 1979) is a professional voice artist, filmmaker and award winning actor currently living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father is Canadian journalist Earl McRae. Best known for the many voices he can do, Dave McRae started doing voices at a very early age. He won several awards in high school for his ability to do sound effects with his voice. He also co-hosted a radio show in college.
In January 2003 Dave attended the IMTA in Los Angeles, California, where he won five awards for acting. These included first place for his monologue and his soap opera, second runner up for his cold read, honourable mention for his commercial, and fourth runner up for actor of the year.
Between 2003 and 2005, he appeared in small roles on docudramas for the Discovery Channel and History Channel. Some of his voice work includes the 2006 DVD release of Dave Chappelle's Block Party, spots for Toronto's "The FAN 590 AM" and the Woodbine Racetrack, The Sopranos ads for Corus Entertainment radio stations, and the Grindhouse movie trailer in 2007. He is the "voice" of TLN, the "water cooler guy" for Global Television, and the narrator for the documentary series Final 24 which airs
Hobart Johnstone Whitley (October 7, 1847 – June 3, 1931), also known as H.J. Whitley is the "Father of Hollywood", was a real estate developer who helped create the Hollywood subdivision in Los Angeles, Southern California. He and his wife, Margaret Virginia (Gigi) Whitley named the town while on their honeymoon in 1886.
Hobart Johnstone (H.J.) Whitley was born in Toronto, Canada, the seventh and youngest son of Joseph Whitley and Eleanor Johnstone. He attended Toronto Business College. Whitley became naturalized citizen of the United States in the 1870s. Whitley moved to Chicago and owned a hardware store and candy store. He became interested in land development and was elected to the board of directors of the Chicago Rock Island Railroad. Whitley married his second wife, Margaret Virginia Whitley (Gigi) in the spring of 1886.
Whitley became one of the nation's most successful land developers. During the westward construction of frontier railroads from the late 1870s to the early 1890s he founded scores of towns in the Oklahoma Territory, Dakotas, Texas and California. Whitley was a good friend of Theodore Roosevelt while in the Dakota Territory. Whitley was at the first Oklahoma
William "Will" Johnson (born January 21, 1987 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer and the Canada national soccer team.
Johnson was born in Canada, but moved shortly afterwards to England where he started playing soccer, attending the Merchant Taylors' School in Crosby, near Liverpool. When he was 10 his family once again moved, this time to Woodridge, Illinois, and he played youth soccer for the Chicago Sockers. Johnson later returned to England to play for the youth team of Blackburn Rovers in the 2003-04 season. However, after the season he left Blackburn and returned to Illinois. He was on the roster of Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Premier Development League, but did not feature in any PDL games.
In 2005, Johnson was signed by the Chicago Fire as a discovery player. Johnson played most of the year for the reserve team but he did play in six games for the senior team, where he scored a goal. After the year the Fire offered him a $28,000 contract, which he rejected. Johnson then went on a trial with Heerenveen, which was successful, and they signed him to a one year deal plus a club option for two more
Bryon J. Wilfert, PC (born July 14, 1952) was a Canadian politician. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Richmond Hill for the Liberal Party from 1997 to 2011. He was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment until the defeat of the Martin government in the 2006 federal election.
Wilfert has Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Toronto, as well as a degree in Public Administration from St. Lawrence College. In addition, he is an Accredited Municipal Clerk. He taught History and Political Science at Havergal College in Toronto from 1977 to 1997.
Wilfert was elected as a Richmond Hill councillor in 1985. He was first elected to the House of Commons in the 1997 federal election, scoring an easy victory in the Greater Toronto Area riding of Oak Ridges. He was re-elected by an increased majority in the election of 2000, and won another easy victory in his new riding in the 2004 election.
He is generally regarded as being on the fiscally conservative wing of the Liberal Party. He served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance in 2002-03, and was named
Michael Ironside (born Frederick Reginald Ironside; February 12, 1950) is a Canadian actor. He has also worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known for playing villains and "tough guy" heroes, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters. Ironside is a method actor, who stays in character between takes.
Ironside was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Robert Walter Ironside and Patricia June (Passmore). His father was a flower arranging technician, and his mother a homemaker. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Ironside attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and wrote a play at the age of 15, The Shelter, which won the first prize in a university contest. He also won the Senior writing award for Riverdale Collegiate Institute in 1967.
In a January 2010 interview, Ironside stated in response to a question about his many roles in science fiction movies that he has always been a big fan of science fiction and often received science fiction short story collections from his grandfather that he kept in a shoebox under his bed. He stated that his
David J.R. Bourne (born April 8, 1970) is a Canadian actor. He is perhaps best known in Canada for his appearance in a Molson I Am Canadian television commercial. Outside of Canada, he is best known as Martouf from Stargate SG-1 and Chris Argent from Teen Wolf.
Penny Priddy (born March 5, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario) is a politician from British Columbia, Canada. Originally a nurse, she moved from Ontario to Surrey in 1981 where she worked as a nursing educator. After five years as a school trustee on Surrey's school board, she ran in the 1991 provincial election as a British Columbia New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate in Surrey-Newton, defeating Premier Rita Johnston to win the riding. She subsequently served in several cabinet posts including Women's Equality, Tourism and Culture, Health, Labour and Children and Families in the NDP governments of Mike Harcourt, Glen Clark and Ujjal Dosanjh.
In 1996 she was treated for breast cancer and made a full recovery.
She did not run in the 2001 British Columbia election, but returned to politics in 2002 when she was elected to Surrey City Council.
From 2006 to 2008 she was the federal NDP Member of Parliament for the riding of Surrey North, which was represented by independent Chuck Cadman until his death from cancer. Despite differing views from Cadman, she had been friends with him and his wife Dona. Dona Cadman later endorsed Priddy for the Surrey North seat, considered by some to be the
Theodore Henry Durrant (1871 – 7 January 1898 at San Quentin prison, San Francisco), Known as "The Demon of the Belfry", was hanged for two murders committed at the San Francisco Emanuel Baptist Church, where he was assistant superintendent. He maintained his innocence of the crimes. His sister was Maud Allan.
Theodore Durrant was born in Toronto, Canada to William Durrant, a shoemaker, and his wife Isabella Hutchenson Durrant. The family emigrated to San Francisco, California, USA in 1879. He had one sister, Beulah Maud Durrant, born in 1873, who became an actress and interpretive dancer and later changed her name to Maud Allan. At the time of his arrest, Durrant was a twenty-three-year-old medical student at Cooper Medical College in San Francisco, assistant superintendent of the Sunday school at the twenty-first street Emanuel Baptist Church and a member of the California Signal Corps. It is believed that Theodore Durrant suffered from manic depression. Durrant was apparently noted for strange behavior; "For a year or so during the early eighteen-nineties Durrant visited the brothels in San Francisco's Commercial Street several times a week. He always brought with him, in a sack
William "Bill" Phipps (born 1942) is a Canadian church leader and social justice activist. He was Moderator of the United Church of Canada from 1997 to 2000.
He was trained as a lawyer before entering theological college, and was ordained to the ministry in 1969. While studying theology in Chicago (McCormick Theological Seminary) he worked for noted social activist Saul Alinsky. In his career, Phipps has worked as a poverty lawyer, community organizer and pastor. From 1974 to 1983, he was minister at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church in downtown Toronto, Ontario. After leaving Trinity-St. Paul's United, he moved to Alberta to work in church administration.
A theological liberal, Phipps engendered controversy when shortly after becoming moderator he said "I don't believe Jesus was God", that he didn't consider the resurrection a scientific fact, and that he was agnostic on the question of an afterlife. What is important, Phipps argued, is not notions of the afterlife but fighting poverty and suffering on earth. "Your soul is lost unless you care about people starving in the streets," according to Phipps. He said that what is important is not so much whether or not the Bible is a
Lexa Doig (born Alexandra Lecciones Doig on June 8, 1973) is a Canadian TV and movie actress. She portrayed the title role in the Canadian-American television series Andromeda which premiered on October 2, 2000, and concluded on May 13, 2005, after 5 seasons that included 110 episodes. She portrayed the female lead role of Rowan in the science fiction-horror slasher Jason X (2002), the 10th installment of the Friday the 13th film series.
Doig first carved her niche in the entertainment industry at age 16, when she began accepting commercials and other modelling jobs from a talent agent whom she met while completing a modelling training course. The initial media exposure led to her co-hosting the Canadian game show Video & Arcade Top 10, with friend Gordon Michael Woolvett, on YTV (TV channel) from 1991 to 2006. While auditioning for television and film roles, she worked on theatre productions of Romeo and Juliet and Arsenic and Old Lace.
Her first television role was on The Hidden Room in 1993. Her first professional acting role was in 1994 on the TV series TekWar where she portrayed the role of Cowgirl, a specialist in tracking and obtaining information from the global web,
Bonnie Crombie (born February 5, 1960) is a Canadian politician. Formerly a Liberal Party Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Mississauga—Streetsville, in Ontario, she was elected to Mississauga City Council in a by-election in September 2011.
Crombie was born to Polish-Canadian immigrants in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, and received her M.B.A. from York University. Crombie was an entrepreneur and public affairs consultant and had been employed by the major trade association representing the property and casualty insurance industry as well as McDonald's Corporation and the Walt Disney Company. Crombie was also a co-founder of Cargo, bringing her marketing expertise to the cosmetic firm. She was an active supporter of Michael Ignatieff in his bid for the Liberal leadership.
Crombie was elected in the 2008 Canadian federal election, defeating Wajid Khan, who had previously defected from the Liberal Party to the Conservative Party of Canada. After being elected, Crombie served in Stéphane Dion's Liberal caucus as co-chair of outreach along with Justin Trudeau. Crombie also served as the Liberal Party critic for
Clara Morris (March 17, 1849 – November 20, 1925) (her birth date is sometimes given as 1846/48) was an American actress.
Born in Toronto, Canada, her real name was Morrison. She was reared in Cleveland, Ohio, where at the Academy of Music she became a member of the ballet and afterward leading actress.
She went to New York in 1870 as a member of Daly's company. In 1872, she made a sensation in L'Article 47. Other successes followed and she became known as an actress distinguished for spontaneity and naturalness. She was married to F. C. Harriott in 1874.
For some years after 1885, she devoted herself mainly to literary work, writing: Little Jim Crow, and Other Stories of Children (1899); A Silent Singer (1899); Life on the Stage: My Personal Experiences and Recollections (1901); A Pasteboard Crown (1902); Stage Confidences, (1902); The Trouble Woman, (1904), fiction; The Life of a Star, (1906); Left in Charge, (1907); New East Lynne, (1908); A Strange Surprise, (1910); Dressing Room Receptions, (1911).
In her book Life on the Stage: My Personal Experiences and Recollections she recounts her meeting with John Wilkes Booth the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.
Complete blindness overtook
Donald Bruce Gillies (October 15, 1928 – July 17, 1975) was a Canadian mathematician and computer scientist, known for his work in game theory, computer design, and minicomputer programming environments.
Donald B. Gillies was born in Toronto, Canada and attended the University of Toronto Schools, a laboratory school originally affiliated with the University. Students at this Ontario school skipped a year ahead and so he finished his 13th-grade studies at the age of 18.
Gillies attended the University of Toronto (1946–1950), intending to major in Languages and started his first semester taking seven different language courses. In his second semester he quickly switched back to majoring in Mathematics which was his love while in high school. In the Putnam exam competition of 1950, Gillies placed in the top 10 in North America, following his University of Toronto classmates John P. Mayberry and Richard J. Semple who were top 5 Putnam Fellows. Toronto would likely have won the competition in 1950 had Gillies been on the faculty-designated team..
After one year of graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1951), Gillies transferred to Princeton University at the
Gordon James O'Connor, PC OMM CD MP (born May 18, 1939) is a retired Brigadier-General, businessman, lobbyist, and current Canadian Member of Parliament and the Minister of State and Chief Government Whip.
He was previously the Minister of National Revenue and the Minister of National Defence. O'Connor was one of the few defence ministers to have served in the military, the most recent prior to O'Connor being Gilles Lamontagne.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, he has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from Concordia University (Montreal) and a BA in Philosophy from York University.
Gordon O'Connor is married and has two children, both of whom are now adults. He currently resides in Kanata, Ontario, where he has lived for over 25 years.
He served over 30 years in the Canadian Army, starting as a Second Lieutenant in the Armour Branch and retiring with the rank of Brigadier-General.
O'Connor then entered the private sector as Vice-President of Business Development for a large facility management firm, and Vice-President of Operations for a vehicle testing centre. He was a Senior Associate with Hill & Knowlton Canada, a worldwide public relations, public affairs and strategic communications
Graham Jarvis (August 25, 1930 – April 16, 2003) was a Canadian character actor in American films and television from the 1960s.
Born in Toronto, Jarvis attended Williams College before moving to New York to pursue a career in theater. Jarvis appeared on such television programs as Naked City, Route 66, N.Y.P.D., All in the Family, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, M*A*S*H, Mork & Mindy, Starsky and Hutch, Cagney and Lacey, Fame, Married... with Children, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X Files, ER, and Six Feet Under. He also played character roles in many films. His last major part was as "Charles Jackson", father of Annie Jackson Camden in the Warner Brothers TV drama 7th Heaven, a role that he filled until his death.
Jarvis acted in the role of Elliot Sinclair in the Journeyman Project trio of video games and was also the narrator in the first American production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, playing alongside Meat Loaf and Tim Curry.
He lived in Los Angeles with his wife Joanna Jarvis, and two sons Alex and Matt. Jarvis was also the uncle of former AIMR President Peter Jarvis. In 2003, he died from multiple myeloma. He was interred at Pierce
Ivan Woods (born 31 December 1976 in Toronto, Canada) is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League club Sliema Wanderers, where he plays as a striker.
Woods began his career playing for Attard, but following some impressive displays he was signed by Valletta for the 1994–95 season. Woods made seven appearances in his debut season for Valletta, but failed to score any goals, as Valletta finished in third position in the Maltese Premier League.
Woods began the 1995–96 season with Valletta, hoping to force his way into the first team squad. During the season, he made 11 appearances, and scored two goals, to help his team to a second place finish in the Maltese Premier League.
For the 1996–97 season, he made 18 appearances, and scored five goals, as Valletta finished the season as champions in the Maltese Premier League.
Hoping to gain more silverware during the 1997–98 season, Woods went onto make 22 appearance and score four goals, as Valletta retained the Maltese Premier League title.
Woods returned to Valletta for the 1999–00 season, and went onto make seven appearances, but failed to score any goals during the season.
Following a good run of form, Woods
Matthew William Fraser (born July 3, 1958) is a British-Canadian academic, author and former journalist known for his writing about the media industries. His latest work has focused on the impact of social media and online social networks.
Born in Toronto to British parents, Fraser was educated at the University of Toronto (Victoria College), Ryerson University, Carleton University, London School of Economics, Nuffield College, Oxford, University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, where he earned a doctorate in political science.
He began his journalism career at the Globe and Mail in the early 1980s, and subsequently wrote a weekly column for the Montreal Gazette from Paris and London. In the 1990s, he became a policy adviser and consultant in Ottawa, where he worked mainly on broadcasting and media policy issues for the Liberal government. In 1997, he joined the faculty of Ryerson University as a research professor of media convergence.
In 1998 when media magnate Conrad Black launched the conservative daily, National Post, Fraser joined the paper as its media industries columnist while retaining his academic position at Ryerson. In
Charlotte Arnold is a Canadian film actress and television actress best known as the character of Holly J. Sinclair in Degrassi: The Next Generation and Sadie Hawthorne in the Canadian TV series Naturally, Sadie.
Charlotte Arnold was born July 27, 1989 in Toronto. As of November 2008, Arnold was attending Ryerson University, majoring in broadcast journalism.
Her first acting role was Kate O’Neil in the made for TV movie Giant Mine. Then after a few minor roles, she had a role in the movie Custody of the Heart for which she was nominated for the 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy or Drama) for a Young Actress Age Ten or Under.
Over the next few years, she had roles in a few more made-for-TV movies, such as Harlan County War, One Kill, Range of Motion, and Jewel.
In 2001, she lent her voice to the television series Committed.
Since 2007, she currently plays the character Holly J. Sinclair on Degrassi. She attended high school with co-star Munro Chambers.
In 2010, she won a Gemini Award for best performance in a children's or youth program or series, in a season 9 episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Cory Efram Doctorow (/ˈkɒri ˈdɒktəroʊ/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.
Born in Toronto, Canada, to Trotskyist teachers, Doctorow's parents were "techno-utopians" and "sort of quasi-doctrinaire Trotskyist school teachers" His father was born in a refugee camp in Azerbaijan, and Doctorow became involved with nuclear disarmament activism and as a Greenpeace campaigner as a child. He received his high school diploma from the SEED School, an anarchistic "free school" in Toronto, and attended four universities without attaining a degree. He later served on the board of directors for the Grindstone Island Co-operative in Big Rideau Lake in Ontario.
In 1992, Doctorow went on a volunteer visit to Costa Rica with Youth Challenge International (YCI), which he found "profoundly good and profoundly enriching". In June 1999,
David Clarkson (born March 31, 1984) is a Canadian ice hockey forward who currently plays for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Clarkson won a Memorial Cup in 2003 with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Following a successful junior career, the undrafted winger was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils in August 2005. He was assigned to the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League in September 2005. He would go on to play the majority of the 2006–2007 season with the Devils new farm team, the Lowell Devils, before being a late season call-up to New Jersey. David's younger brother, Doug, played for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Clarkson played his first game on March 15, 2007, at Carolina. Clarkson scored his first NHL goal and recorded his first assist with the New Jersey Devils the next game in a 7–2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He would go to finish the season with New Jersey, including 3 playoff games, and start the next season in the NHL.
Clarkson played in the YoungStars Game in Atlanta during the 56th NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists. He was the lone Devils
James Alexander Calder, PC (September 17, 1868 – July 20, 1956) was a Canadian politician.
Born in Oxford County, Ontario, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1888. He was a teacher and principal, before being elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for the riding of South Regina in the 1905 provincial election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in a 1908 by-election and in the 1912 election. From 1905 to 1912, he was the Minister of Education, Provincial Treasurer, and Minister of Railways. The rural village of Calder, SK was named after him when it was incorporated in 1911. From 1916 to 1917, he was the President of the Executive Council, Minister of Railways, and Minister of Highways.
He was elected as an Unionist candidate to the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Moose Jaw in the 1917 federal election. He held many ministerial positions including Minister of Immigration and Colonization, Minister of Agriculture (Acting), Minister of Militia and Defence (Acting), President of the Privy Council, and Minister presiding over the Department of Health.
In 1921, he was called to the Canadian Senate, appointed on the advice of The
Tom Cross, also known as Decius, is an American computer security expert and hacker.
Cross was born in 1976 in Toronto, Canada and grew up in Tennessee. His father worked in telecommunications policy and his mother was a Registered Nurse's Assistant. He attended Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, before attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in computer engineering.
He co-founded the EFGA (Electronic Frontiers Georgia) in 1995. In 1996, he co-founded Computer Sentry Software, known for their award-winning "CyberAngel" software, a laptop anti-theft program. From 1999-2000, he was Chief Engineer at Dataway, a computer security firm in San Francisco. From 2000-2001 he worked at iAsiaWorks, as the Director of Global Security Engineering. In 2001, he founded Industrial Memetics, which developed the popular collaborative blogging community MemeStreams.
Cross has been a speaker at several technology conferences, including PhreakNIC; Summercon; "The First International Hackers' Conference in Seoul Korea" (IS2K); "InternetWorld" in Singapore; and APRICOT, the Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies. He was also among the
Joseph Edward "Joe" Hitchen (born September 2, 1969) is a Canadian professional wrestler and trainer, better known by his ring name, Joe E. Legend.
Joe Legend began wrestling in Canada before becoming a part of the successful tag team Sex and Violence with Sexton Hardcastle (popularly known as "Edge") in the Detroit area. His debut match was against Zakk Wyld (Keith Assoun) in Brampton. Ontario in 1992. During 1997, Sex and Violence were a part of a bigger gang which was known as THUG Life, which was composed of Legend, Hardcastle, Christian Cage, Zakk Wyld, Bloody Bill Skullion and Rhino Richards. Among his catchphrases used was "Heroes come and heroes go, but legends live forever!"
Hitchen later competed under XL Legend in the Catch Wrestling Association which is based in Germany. He later teamed with Rhino Richards to win the vacant World Tag Team Championships by defeating Rico de Cuba and August Smisl on October 10, 1998 in Hanover, Germany. The title were vacated in October 1998 when Rhino Richards left the promotion after signing with Extreme Championship Wrestling. After his departure from the WWF in the spring of 2001, Legend found success in Germany and England.
Michael Barry (born December 18, 1975) is a Canadian professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Team Sky.
Previous to riding for UCI ProTour team Team Sky he spent several years with the Discovery Channel team. He also raced of the Saturn Cycling Team for a number of years before going to US Postal Service/Discovery. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. His father, Michael (Mike) Barry Sr., was a racer himself in England in the 1950s, who until 2006 ran a specialty bike store and manufactured a line of hand-made bicycle frames under his own Mariposa brand. As a result, the younger Barry grew up in a cycling-intense environment, and started racing at a very young age. He has been a professional since 1998. He has spent many years on the Canadian National Team during the early years of his career. His wife is 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Dede Demet Barry. They have 2 children. Barry has raced in 5 Vuelta a Españas and 5 Giro d'Italias but in 2007 had to abandon the Giro due to health issues, which put him out most of the season.
In 2005 he wrote the book: Inside the Postal Bus, about his experiences at US Postal and the 2004 season whilst riding in support of Lance
Jamal David Mayers (born October 24, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. He wore jersey number 21 for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues, number 19 for the Flames, and number 10 for the San Jose Sharks. He wears number 22 for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Prior to being drafted in the NHL, he was a star player at Western Michigan University from 1992-96.
He was drafted 89th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and played his whole career for the Blues until he was traded to the Maple Leafs in exchange of a 3rd round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on June 19, 2008, one day before the draft.
On January 31, 2010, Mayers was traded along with Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and Ian White to the Calgary Flames for Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjöström and prospect Keith Aulie.
He signed with the San Jose Sharks at the end of the season for a one year contract.
On June 20, 2011, Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced that Mayers, and teammate Scott Nichol, would not be resigned for the 2011-2012 season.
On July 1, 2011, Mayers signed with the Chicago Blackhawks to a one
John Howard Tory, OOnt (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman, political activist, former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, former Member of Provincial Parliament and broadcaster. He also is the volunteer chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
Tory was the runner-up in the 2003 Toronto municipal election to succeed Mel Lastman as Mayor of Toronto and lost to David Miller. Despite widespread speculation that he would run for mayor again in 2010, he announced in January that he would not be a candidate.
He is considered by some to be a Red Tory, and holds socially liberal views on a number of issues including same-sex marriage.
Tory was born in Toronto, Ontario, and is the son of John A. Tory, president of Thomson Investments Limited and a director of Rogers Communications. He has been married to Barbara Hackett since 1978. From 1972 to 1979, Tory was hired by family friend Ted Rogers as a journalist for Rogers Broadcasting's Toronto radio stations CFTR and CHFI.
Before enrolling in university, he attended the University of Toronto Schools, a private high school affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Tory received his Bachelor of Arts
Rachel Sklar (born December 8, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) CNN contributor is a lawyer and New York-based media blogger.
Sklar is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she was the Vice-President Communications of the University Students' Council, as well as a regular contributor to the campus newspaper, The Gazette. She was also an active member of the University of Western Ontario Debating Society. She graduated with honors from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she was valedictorian. She was a corporate lawyer in Stockholm and New York, before switching careers to journalism.
Sklar became a full-time freelance writer on a wide array of topics. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Glamour, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, Wallpaper*, The New York Post, and The Village Voice. Her numerous publications in Canada include the self-published book A Stroke of Luck: Life, Crisis and Rebirth of a Stroke Survivor (Toronto: 1998, Parnassus Books), which she co-authored with the dentist Howard Rocket (the father a childhood friend) about his stroke and recovery.
Sklar was, until 7 November 2008, the Media & Special Projects Editor
Andrew Tite (born Andrew Michael Joseph Tite on March 28, 1981) is a Canadian actor. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Tite grew up in suburban Newmarket, Ontario. He was named Newmarket's First Squeegee Kid by the local newspaper, The Era-Banner when he was 16 years old. He has become a talented actor in theatre, film, and television.
As a child, Tite lived in the city of Toronto and the town of Markham until the age of 9. For several years he had his first taste of the entertainment industry as a male child model for an agency called Parker. This only lasted a few years.
In the early 1990s, Tite was raised in the rural area of a small town called Mount Albert and later Newmarket. In 1997 he left home at the young age of 16 becoming homeless and a squeegee kid on the streets of downtown Toronto, Ontario. After returning to Newmarket, still homeless, he started making some money for food and shelter with his squeegee. The local newspaper picked up on this story and proclaimed him Newmarket's First Squeegee Kid on the front page of their publication (The Era-Banner, June 15, 1997). Several letters to the editor were received and printed. Some calling Andrew Tite a menace from Toronto, some
Mark Giordano (born October 3, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, and alternate captain for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a leading scorer amongst defencemen in two seasons with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) but went unselected in the NHL Entry Draft. The Flames signed him a contract in 2004, and after playing two seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL), he made his NHL debut in 2006. He spent the 2007–08 season with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League before returning to the Flames the following season. Internationally, Giordano played with Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
Giordano was born in Toronto, Ontario on October 3, 1983. His father, Paul, is a real estate agent and his mother, Anna, a hairdresser. He has an older sister, Michelle, and had another older sister, Mia, who was killed in a car accident when he was 14. He taps his helmet twice with his stick at the end of the national anthems before each game as a quiet tribute to his sister, whose death had a lasting impact on Giordano and his family, bringing them closer together.
Giordano then played a season of Junior
Trevor Daley (born October 9, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.
Daley was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 43rd overall, in the second round from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
In his final year with the Greyhounds and as captain, Daley found himself the victim of a racial slur by then Coach and General Manager, former NHL goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. Daley quit the team and upon the resignation of Vanbiesbrouck returned to the team three days later to finish out the 2002–03 season.
Daley made his NHL debut with the Stars in the 2003–04 season and established himself as a regular in the 2005–06 season when he played in a career-high 81 games and was named to the Canadian squad for the 2006 World Championships.
He played his 500th career NHL game on October 8, 2011, all with the Dallas Stars.
George Louis Chuvalo, also known as Jure Čuvalo CM (born September 12, 1937) is a retired Canadian heavyweight boxer who was never knocked off his feet in ninety-three professional fights between 1956 and 1979. He is often considered to have had the greatest chin in the history of boxing and to be one of its most durable fighters. He was Canadian heavyweight champion as both an amateur and a professional, and twice fought for versions of the professional world's heavyweight title. He had a long career and fought nearly all the top fighters in the heavyweight division.
Born in Ontario to Croatian parents from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stipan and Katica (born Kordić) Čuvalo, father from Proboj and mother from Grljevići near Ljubuški. Chuvalo grew up in The Junction district of west Toronto, and had one sibling, Zora. Chuvalo attended St. Michael's College School between 1950 and 1953 following which he attended Humberside Collegiate Institute and became one of the best-known amateur boxers in Toronto, fighting out of the Earlscourt Athletic Club.
Chuvalo became Canadian amateur heavyweight champion in May 1955, defeating Winnipeg's Peter Piper with a first-round KO in a tournament
Rainbow Sun Francks (born December 3, 1979, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an actor and songwriter. He is the son of actor/musician Don Francks and dancer Lili Francks, a member of the Plains Cree First Nation. He is also the brother of Cree Summer. For a brief time, he was an on-air personality at MuchMusic, a Canadian music video and variety television channel. He starred in Stargate Atlantis Season 1 as US Marine Lieutenant Aiden Ford. His role was reduced to that of a recurring character for Season 2, and was written out entirely for Season 3 and 4 (he made a brief cameo in a dream sequence in season 5). He currently plays the role of Dev Clark on The Listener. He also produces a hip hop group known as The Oddities.
Rainbow Sun Francks is sometimes credited as Rainbow Francks. For television series the years refer to the years he was involved.
Stephen Weiss (born April 3, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Weiss plays the centre position and is an alternate captain for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Weiss played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and recorded statistics that impressed scouts and made him one of the highest selections in the North American Central Scouting Report. In his rookie season, Weiss recorded 66 points and followed it up with a spot on the OHL First All-Rookie Team. Weiss continued to post eye popping numbers in his sophomore season by recording 87 points and earning a top five position among North American skaters.
As a result of his junior accolades, Weiss was drafted 4th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Weiss returned to the Whalers in 2001–02 and although his point totals decreased from the previous year, he posted a respectable 70 points.
Weiss went on to make his NHL debut during the final weeks of the 2001–02 NHL season, recording a goal and an assist during his seven game stint. On April 16, 2002, Weiss signed a three year entry level contract with the Panthers.
In his first full
Andrew Cogliano (born June 14, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He formerly played for the Edmonton Oilers.
Cogliano grew up in Woodbridge, Ontario starting out playing hockey for the City of Vaughan Hockey Association and the Vaughan Rangers (OMHA) before playing in the GTHL with the AAA Vaughan Kings.
He was drafted in the 3rd round (54th overall) by the Toronto St. Michael's Majors in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection. Many believed that Cogliano was the top OHL prospect that year, however, due to his interest in playing NCAA hockey, he was drafted much later.
Cogliano spent two seasons with the St. Michael's Buzzers, a Tier 2 Junior "A" Team in Toronto. In his final season he represented Canada at the Junior World Cup in the summer of 2004 and lead the team in scoring. He was also the league's leading scorer and was the only player from the OJHL to be drafted in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Cogliano then moved to the NCAA and played 2 years for the University of Michigan Wolverines. In 2005-06, he represented Canada in the 2006 World Juniors in Vancouver, winning a gold medal. In 2006-07,
John D. Roberts (born November 15, 1956) is a Canadian-born television journalist for the Fox News Channel as a national correspondent based in Atlanta.
Prior to Fox News, Roberts was a co-anchor of CNN's morning program American Morning from 2007 to 2010. He anchored from New York. He also served as the first anchor of This Week at War and served as the Senior National Correspondent based in Washington. He has also substituted for Anderson Cooper on Anderson Cooper 360.
Prior to CNN, Roberts served as Chief White House Correspondent at CBS from 1999 to 2006, and regularly anchored a Sunday-afternoon 3 p.m. ET newscast for the CBS Radio Network. He had been widely considered a potential replacement for CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather after Rather stepped down from the anchor desk in March 2005, but Bob Schieffer was chosen on an interim basis to be the next CBS Evening News anchor, and in subsequent months, it became clear that Roberts was not under consideration for the job. In February 2006, Roberts left for CNN.
Roberts joined Fox News in January 2011.
Roberts was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. He attended both Lorne Park Secondary School and
Richard Gordon (Rik) Emmett (born July 10, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario) is a vocalist, guitarist, and founding member of the Canadian rock band Triumph. Emmett left Triumph in 1988 to pursue a solo career. His first solo album, Absolutely, was released in 1990 and became a moderate hit across North America thanks to the hits "When a Heart Breaks" and "Saved by Love". He is also a writer for Guitar Player magazine and teaches songwriting and music business at Humber College in Toronto.
For a time during the 1980s, Rik Emmett also contributed cartoons satirizing the music industry to Hit Parader magazine.
Due to a production error in spelling his name correctly by Gil Moore and Mike Levine on Triumph's first album, Rick Emmett changed the spelling of his name to Rik rather than have the album recalled or cause confusion with fans.
Among his peers, Rik Emmett is widely considered to be one of the most proficient and versatile guitarists of all time. Although he is best known as a premier rock guitarist, his playing style incorporates rock, blues, jazz, classical, bluegrass and flamenco techniques. Similarly, his songwriting and discography demonstrate his ability to employ and blend
Robert Joseph Birgeneau (born March 25, 1942) is a Canadian physicist, educator, and university administrator. He is the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and was the fourteenth president of the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2004.
The first from his family to finish high school, Birgeneau graduated from St. Michael's College School in Toronto. He received a B.Sc in mathematics in 1963 from St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, where he also met his wife Mary Catherine; they have four children. Birgeneau received his Ph.D in physics from Yale University in 1966.
He spent a year each on the faculties of Yale and the University of Oxford. From 1968 to 1975, he worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a professor of physics. During his 25 years at MIT, he served as Chair of the Physics Department and ultimately as Dean of Science. He was then appointed to serve as the President of the University of Toronto, a role he held from 2000 to 2004.
He left the University of Toronto before the end of his seven-year term, causing a flurry of controversy with his abrupt departure. He was recommended
Ryan Cousins (born April 1, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario) is a lacrosse player for the Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League. He was selected to play in the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game in both 2004 and 2005 Cousins plays for the Victoria Shamrocks of the WLA in the offseason.
Cousins was awarded the National Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year Award in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons. During the 2009 NLL season, he was named a reserve to the All-Star game.
In July 2011, Cousins was traded to the Edmonton Rush, along with Aaron Wilson and Kevin Croswell, in exchange for a number of entry draft picks. Three months later, Cousins was traded again, this time to the Rochester Knighthawks. The Rush sent Cousins, Alex Kedoh-Hill, and Andy Secore to Rochester for Knighthawks captain Shawn Williams and Aaron Bold.
Harland Williams (born November 14, 1962) is a Canadian actor, comedian, author, artist, musician and radio personality.
Harland Reesor Williams was born on November 14, 1962, in Toronto, Ontario, to Lorraine (née O'Donnell), a social worker, and John Reesor Williams, who worked as a member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament. He was the middle child of four sisters. Harland holds dual citizenship with Canada and the United States.
He is an author and illustrator of his own series of children's books involving a little brontosaurus named Lickety Split. Williams' love of art drove him to create the series, in which the curious, young dinosaur embarks on a series of amazing adventures and learns important life lessons in the process. The artistically inclined Williams had refined his passion for drawing and painting at Canada's Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Finding a creative outlet in poetry and painting while working as a forest ranger for five years after dropping out of Sheridan College, Williams set his goals to leave the forest as a stand-up comic and actor, soon moving to Los Angeles to pursue his new found calling.
Williams's cousin is Barenaked Ladies keyboardist
Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, OC (born 14 January 1930, Toronto, Canada) is a Canadian composer and trumpet and flugelhorn player, based in the U.K. since the 1950s.
Most of his output is rooted in jazz, but he has also been active in free improvisation and has occasionally contributed to rock music recordings. Wheeler has written over one hundred compositions and is a skilled arranger for small groups and larger ensembles.
Kenny Wheeler still lives in Britain today and is the patron of the Royal Academy Junior Jazz course.
Growing up in Toronto, Wheeler began playing cornet at age 12, and became interested in jazz in his mid-teens. Wheeler spent a year studying composition at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto in 1950. In 1952, Wheeler moved to Britain. He found his way into the London jazz scene of the time, playing in groups led by Tommy Whittle, Tubby Hayes, and Ronnie Scott. In the late 1950s, he was a member of Buddy Featherstonhaugh's quintet together with Bobby Wellins. Throughout the Sixties, he worked with John Dankworth, and also formed part of (Eric Burdon and) The Animals Big Band that made its one-and-only public appearance at the 5th Annual British Jazz & Blues
Dakota Avery Goyo (born August 22, 1999) is a Canadian teen actor. He is best known for playing Max Kenton in the film Real Steel (2011). He will be voicing Jamie in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film, Rise of the Guardians which will be released on November 21, 2012.
Goyo was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Debra, a former model and singer who manages his career, and David Goyo. He has two siblings, Devon and Dallas.
Goyo appeared in his first commercial as an infant, after which he landed various roles in television and animation series. His featured television work includes Disney's JoJo's Circus in 2005, Ultra in 2006, Super Why! in 2008, Murdoch Mysteries in 2008, The Listener in 2009, My Neighbor's Secret in 2009, Happy Town in 2010 and a recurring role as Timmy Tibble on the children's television series Arthur in 2010. Goyo also completed a series lead role in the ABC Pilot Solving Charlie in 2009, playing Charlie, an orphaned child who has an IQ of 190 and helps his long-lost brother, an aspiring detective, to solve crimes. Goyo played Teddy, the son of Josh Hartnett's character, in the 2007 film Resurrecting the Champ and played Timmy, grandson of Susan Sarandon's
Ariel Waller (born May 16, 1998) is a Canadian child actress who started acting at age six. Her first major role was as James J. Braddock's daughter Rosemarie in Cinderella Man in 2005. She is best known for having starred as Martina "Marti" Venturi in the Canadian TV series Life With Derek.
Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers, Jr., OC (May 27, 1933 – December 2, 2008) was the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and the fifth richest person in Canada in terms of net worth. His father Edward S. Rogers, Sr. is regarded as the founder of the company, although the radio station that he founded, CFRB, is now owned by another Canadian company competitor Astral Media.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Rogers was educated at Upper Canada College. Rogers graduated from Trinity College in the University of Toronto, in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While an undergrad, Rogers joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1979 he was named a Significant Sig—the 21st Canadian to be inducted. In 1960, while still a student at Osgoode Hall Law School, he bought all the shares in local radio station (CHFI) that pioneered the use of FM at a time when only 5% of the Toronto households had FM receivers. By 1965, he was in the cable TV business; Rogers Communications was established in 1967 and had grown into one of Canada's largest media conglomerates.
Rogers had been the owner of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team since September 1, 2000, when Rogers Communications Inc. purchased
Karen Cockburn (born October 2, 1980) is a Canadian trampoline gymnast.
Cockburn was born in Toronto and grew up in North York, Ontario. She began trampolining at age 11, and is a student at York University. She won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the individual event. She won a gold medal at the 2003 Trampoline World Championships in Hannover, Germany in the same event and a bronze in the team event. At the 2004 Summer Olympics she won a silver medal in the individual event. She is a member of the Skyriders Trampoline Place and is coached by Dave Ross.
Following the Lake Placid and Quebec City World Cup competitions that took place in April 2007, the FIG World Rankings were updated. The women's ranking saw four time World Champion and five time World Cup Final winner Irina Karavaeva of Russia retake top place from Cockburn in Women's Individual Trampoline after Karavaeva won the gold medal at both of the World Cups. Cockburn and her current partner, Rosannagh MacLennan, are now ranked first in Women's Synchronised Trampoline following their two winning performances.
After winning the Canadian National Trampoline Championships seven years in a row, Cockburn made an
Michael Grant Ignatieff P.C. ( /ɪɡˈnæti.ɛf/; born May 12, 1947) is a Canadian author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008 until 2011. Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard University and the University of Toronto.
While living in the United Kingdom from 1978 to 2000, Ignatieff became well known as a television and radio broadcaster and as an editorial columnist for The Observer. His documentary series Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism aired on BBC in 1993, and won a Canadian Gemini Award. His book of the same name, based on the series, won the Gordon Montador Award for Best Canadian Book on Social Issues and the University of Toronto's Lionel Gelber Prize. His memoir, The Russian Album, won Canada's Governor General's Literary Award and the British Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Prize in 1988. His novel, Scar Tissue, was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994. In 2000, he delivered the Massey Lectures, entitled The Rights Revolution, which was released in
Morgan Ailis Webb (born October 5, 1978) is an American co-host and senior segment producer of the G4 show X-Play, and host of the show G4 Underground. She was previously the host of the podcast WebbAlert and a monthly columnist for the United States edition of FHM, where she contributed a monthly video game column titled "Tips from the Gaming Goddess".
Webb attended UC Berkeley from 1996 to 2000. She developed computer skills in her free time there, and after graduating from college, worked for a dot-com company as a website administrator. After the company went under during the dot-com bubble burst of 2000, her friend Catherine Schwartz got her hired at TechTV in 2001, and Webb became employed as the associate producer and web researcher for The Screen Savers. Throughout 2002 and 2003, she also regularly co-hosted TechTV's Call for Help with Chris Pirillo. In April 2003, Webb left The Screen Savers to co-host X-Play with Adam Sessler.
Webb is one of only six TechTV personalities, including Adam Sessler, Sarah Lane, Chi-Lan Lieu, Kevin Rose, and Brendan Moran, to survive the massive layoffs resulting from the May 2004 merger of G4 and TechTV. Only Sessler and Webb remained with
Nathalie Chung (born in 1962 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian news anchor and journalist for the Réseau de l'information (RDI) television network, a Canadian French language news channel owned by the Société Radio-Canada. She was anchor of RDI's weekend newscast Aujourd'hui and Le Monde ce soir.
Natalie was born to a Korean father, a university teacher, and a mother, named Lucie Lépine, from the province of Quebec.
Roy "Shrimp" Worters (October 19, 1900 in Toronto, Ontario – November 7, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario) was a Canadian professional Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans, and was notable for recording 66 shutouts in his career and being, at 5'3" tall, the shortest player ever to play in the NHL.
Before his NHL career, Worters spent several years in amateur and senior leagues, spending the 1923-24 and 1924-25 seasons as the star netminder for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, leading the Yellow Jackets to championships both seasons. Bolstered by the success, the expansion Pittsburgh Pirates joined the NHL the following season, with Worters in goal and substantially the same lineup as the Yellow Jackets. Worters proved an iron man, playing three seasons for the Pirates and in virtually all of their games, showing great skill while backstopping a weak defensive team; in the Pirates' first season, Worters stopped 70 of 73 shots (setting a then-NHL record) in a 3–1 loss to the Americans.
Worters refused to sign with the Pirates
Brad Wright is a Canadian television producer, screenwriter and actor. He is best known as the creator or co-creator of the television series Stargate SG-1 (with Jonathan Glassner), Stargate Atlantis (with Robert C. Cooper) and Stargate Universe (also with Cooper). He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Before the inception of the Stargate franchise, he served as the co-executive producer and a writer of The Outer Limits. He has also written scripts for several other television series including Neon Rider, Adventures of the Black Stallion, The Odyssey, Highlander: The Series and Poltergeist: The Legacy.
He has appeared twice in Stargate SG-1, as a studio executive in the 100th episode, "Wormhole X-Treme!", and as a parody of Star Trek's Scotty in a fantasy sequence in the 200th episode, "200".
In April 2007, in recognition of his efforts to promote Canadian writing talent, and to recognize his efforts as the primary creative writing force on the Stargate shows, Wright was presented with the inaugural "Showrunner Award" at the Canadian Screenwriting Awards in Toronto. In July of the same year, he won the 2007 Constellation Award in the category Best Overall 2006 Science Fiction
Bruce Allan Boudreau (born January 9, 1955) is a Canadian professional ice hockey head coach and current head coach of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). As a player, Boudreau played professionally for 20 seasons, logging 141 games in the NHL and 30 games in the World Hockey Association (WHA). He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Black Hawks of the NHL and the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA. Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award for the NHL's most outstanding head coach in the 2007–08 NHL season during his tenure with the Washington Capitals.
While Boudreau's major professional career was modest, he had a long career in the minor leagues, and was one of the most prolific minor league scorers of all time, largely in the American Hockey League (AHL). His junior career was spent with the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), for which he averaged over 100 points a season. He scored 165 points in his final season in juniors, adding 44 points in 27 games en route to captaining the Marlies to a Memorial Cup championship. He was awarded the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the top goal scorer for the 1974–75 OMJHL season.
Dalmar Abuzeid (born October 23, 1990) is a Canadian actor. He plays the character Danny Van Zandt on the Canadian series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He also plays a main role on the Teletoon series Majority Rules!. He has also guest-starred as Jimmy Wilson on the TV show Wild Card with Joely Fisher and Chris Potter.
At a younger age, Abuzeid starred in various commercials; his most recent was advertising an Xbox game system and a game for it. According to a recent interview, Abuzeid claims being one of the youngest on the show does not bother him and he has become close with several cast members. Abuzeid was born in Toronto, Ontario. He speaks French and is of Sudanese descent.
He currently hosts TVOKids.
Abuzeid played bass in the band SoundSpeed, a six-piece music group that also included four other Degrassi cast members: Raymond Ablack (lead vocalist), Jamie Johnston (guitarist), Shane Kippel (drums) and Scott Paterson (keytar). They released a three-song EP in January 2010, and are currently not playing together as a band anymore. Canada.
Gail Kim (born February 20, 1977) is a Canadian professional wrestler, valet, model and actress of Korean descent, who is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). She is also known for working with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where she won the WWE Women's Championship in her first match.
She began her career wrestling as La Felina on the Canadian independent circuit, before joining WWE in 2002 as Gail Kim. In her WWE debut match, she won the WWE Women's Championship. After being released by WWE in 2004, Kim joined TNA in September 2005. There, she joined the tag team America's Most Wanted as their valet. After the dissolution of the group, Kim performed as a singles wrestler, eventually going on to become the inaugural TNA Women's Knockout Champion in October 2007. She later left TNA in August 2008, to return to WWE three months later, making her televised return in March 2009. She announced on August 5, 2011 that she had quit WWE via her Twitter account. The following October she returned to TNA.
Gail Kim was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on February 20, 1977. Kim majored in kinesiology at the University of Toronto before transferring to Ryerson
Kenndal McArdle (born January 4, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is now playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).
McArdle began his major junior career playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He recorded his most prolific WHL season in 2004–05 with 37 goals and 74 points. In the off-season, he was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.
Returning to the WHL, he was dealt from Moose Jaw to the Vancouver Giants in early December 2006. Later that month, McArdle was named to Team Canada for the 2007 World Junior Championships, where he earned gold. He completed the 2006–07 season helping the Giants to the 2007 Memorial Cup championship as the host city.
Graduating from junior, McArdle was assigned by Florida to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he scored 10 points in 36 games in his professional rookie season. He completed the 2007-08 season in the ECHL playing in six games, and scoring four points (3g, 1a), for the Florida Everblades. He also played in three Kelly Cup Playoff games.
The following season, in 2008–09,
Carolyn Ann Bennett, PC, MP (born December 20, 1950) is the Member of Parliament for the riding of St. Paul's, a constituency located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, and was formerly a candidate for its leadership.
Bennett grew up in Toronto and attended Havergal College. She obtained a degree in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1974 and received her certification in family medicine in 1976. Bennett worked as a family physician at Wellesley Hospital and Women's College Hospital in Toronto from 1977 to 1997 and was a founding partner in Bedford Medical Associates. She was also president of the medical staff association of Women's College Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Bennett served on the boards of Havergal College, Women's College Hospital, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto.
In 1986, Bennett received the Royal Life Saving Society Service Cross, a Commonwealth award recognizing her more than twenty years of distinguished service. In 1990, she was named as one of Simpson's "Women Who Make a Difference". She
Chris Cuthbert (born 1957) is a Canadian play-by-play sportscaster for the TSN cable network. Formerly, he worked for CBC Sports in a multitude of roles and for the American television network NBC on NHL on NBC.
He was lead play-by-play voice for Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for CTV, where he worked alongside Pierre McGuire, who also worked the tournament for NBC, and Ray Ferraro.
Cuthbert joined CBC Sports in 1984, where he anchored regional western games for Hockey Night in Canada, usually from Edmonton. He also got spot play-by-play work when the network's primary western broadcaster, Don Wittman, was busy covering other events for the network.
He got his big break during the 1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs. On April 18, he was positioned as a reporter in Washington, providing brief and periodic reports of the Washington Capitals-New Jersey Devils game to the national CBC viewing audience watching the Canadian network's game broadcast from Montreal (the Canadiens against the Boston Bruins). A power outage struck the Montreal area, which postponed the game in that city, and CBC was forced to turn to Cuthbert in Washington to provide the
David Robert Peterson, PC, O.Ont (born December 28, 1943) was the 20th Premier of the Province of Ontario, Canada, from June 26, 1985 to October 1, 1990. He was the first Liberal premier of Ontario in 42 years.
Peterson is married to actress Shelley Peterson, and is the younger brother of Jim Peterson, formerly a federal Liberal MP and cabinet minister. Both his sister-in-law Deb Matthews and Tim Peterson, a third brother, were elected to the Ontario legislature in the 2003 provincial election while Deb Matthews was re elected in 2007 and 2011. He has three children named Benjamin, Chloe and Adam.
David Peterson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and his law degree from the University of Toronto. He was called to the bar in 1969. Despite his legal background, most of Peterson's early career was spent in the world of private enterprise. At the age of twenty-six, he became president of C.M. Peterson Company Limited, a wholesale electronics firm founded by his father, and joined the Chamber of Commerce's Young Presidents Club in the same period.
Conferred upon David Peterson was an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Western
Heather Urich (née Menzies), born December 3, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a Canadian-born actress who moved to California via Florida at the age of 11. She enrolled at the Falcon Studio’s University of the Arts, in Hollywood. Her first professional role at the age of 13 was on My Three Sons. Directly after that, Urich auditioned for and won the role of Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
Urich again worked with Julie Andrews in the film Hawaii and, at 16, traveled across the country to star in the Broadway play We Have Always Lived In The Castle with Shirley Knight. The production opened at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and showed for a lengthy run at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City.
Heather guest starred in several television series throughout the 1970s and '80s and did several television pilots and movies for television, including Tail Gunner Joe with Peter Boyle and James Dean: Portrait of a Friend with Stephen McHattie, Michael Brandon and Amy Irving. She starred in the popular cult favorite SSSSSSS with Strother Martin and Dirk Benedict, in the series Logan's Run with Gregory Harrison, and in the film Piranha with Bradford Dillman.
Kristopher Draper (born May 24, 1971) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. Draper is a four-time winner of the Stanley Cup, a Frank J. Selke Trophy winner and scored over 100 goals in the Red Wings uniform. Draper was a member of the famous Grind Line in Detroit, consisting of himself, Kirk Maltby and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty. The line was reunited with the return of McCarty to the Wings in the 2007–08 season.
Draper grew up in West Hill, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto), playing minor hockey for the Don Mills Flyers of the MTHL. After attending De La Salle College (Toronto), he was selected by the OHL's Windsor Spitfires in the 4th round of the 1988 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, however, elected to play for the Canadian National Team.
Drafted 62nd overall in the 1989 Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Draper did not see much NHL action in his early years. He is a rarity in that he played in the American Hockey League (AHL) and NHL before playing junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). After playing just 20 games in the 4 seasons since he was drafted, he was traded to Detroit in 1993 for a dollar. Doug MacLean, the general manager of the Adirondack
Lionel Pretoria Conacher, MP (May 24, 1902 –May 26, 1954), nicknamed "The Big Train", was a Canadian athlete and politician. Voted the country's top athlete of the first half of the 20th century, he won championships in numerous sports. His first passion was football; he was a member of the 1921 Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. He was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team that won the International League championship in 1926. In hockey, he won a Memorial Cup in 1920, and the Stanley Cup twice: with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1934 and the Montreal Maroons in 1935. Additionally, he won wrestling, boxing and lacrosse championships during his playing career.
Conacher retired as an athlete in 1937 to enter politics. He won election to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1937, and in 1949 won a seat in the House of Commons. Many of his political positions revolved around sports. He worked to eliminate corruption in boxing while serving as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in Ontario, also serving as the chairman of the Ontario Athletic Commission. Additionally, he served a term as director of recreation and entertainment for the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was
Monika Schnarre (born May 27, 1971 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian model, actress, and television host.
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Schnarre was discovered by Toronto's Judy Welch Modeling agency. She achieved international recognition at the age of 14 when she won the Ford Models "Supermodel of the World" contest in 1986, becoming the youngest model to ever win that honor. She appeared on the cover of American Vogue at 14 and in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at the age of just 15.
Schnarre wrote a book about her modeling experiences entitled Monika: Between You and Me in 1989.
She went on to become an actress, appearing on the teenage comedy series Boogies Diner early in her career. From there she landed spots on The Bold and the Beautiful, The Beastmaster as the Sorceress, as well as making a number of guest appearances on other shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Andromeda, Caroline in the City and The King of Queens. Schnarre has also made a number of movies, with starring roles in Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Vegas, City of Dreams, Snowbound, and Love on the Side with Marla Sokoloff (2004). She also played the part of Brotherhood of Nod propagandist Oxanna
Steven Robert Millar (born on November 6, 1982) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Millar has been compared to the likes of John Mayer, Jack Johnson (musician), James Morrison (singer), as well as Ben Harper.
Millar is a Canadian-born musician who moved to the United States at the age of 14. Shortly afterwards, he began playing guitar with a few friends he had met while attending Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin. After a couple years of various musical explorations, Millar began playing the saxophone as well as the guitar in a ska punk band by the name of Insult to Injury. One successful album later, the group disbanded. Millar then moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and studied business. During this period Millar produced two solo albums, Now and Then & Attention, which received praise in the underground college music scene. Millar's latest musical venture was as lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the Milwaukee band The Rest. He recently played a couple shows with a short-lived musical mosaic band by the name of Manacondor.
Insult to Injury was an Appleton, Wisconsin ska punk
Tamara Taylor (born September 27, 1970) is a Canadian television actress. Her most famous role is that of Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division, on the forensic crime drama Bones.
Taylor was born in Toronto to a Black Canadian father and a Scottish Canadian mother. She dropped out of high school to try modeling and see the world, with her mother supportive of her decision: "School will always be there, she told me."
Tamara is a second cousin to Neve Campbell with whom she appeared on Party of Five. Tamara married attorney Miles Cooley in 2007 but the couple divorced in May, 2012.
She has appeared in the CBS medical drama 3 lbs as Della and the UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets in the role of Nina, both of which were short-lived.
Taylor has made guest appearances on NCIS, Numb3rs, Lost, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Party of Five and Dawson's Creek. In her feature film debut, Senseless, she played Marlon Wayan's love interest. She portrayed Debrah Simmons in the 2005 romantic-comedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Halle Berry's best friend in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and had a brief role in Serenity, the movie conclusion of the TV series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Through
Constantine Alexander Karzis (born June 8) is a Canadian film and television actor, voiceover artist, singer, and musician. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
He played the roles of Bruce in the 1993 film I Love a Man in Uniform, Dante Carfanini in the television series Street Legal, two episodes of the television show Friday the 13th: The Series. Karzis is also known for performing the voice of Dr. Kirk in the 1999 video game Dino Crisis.
As a musician, he writes, sings lead, and plays bass in the Wilco-inspired alternative rock band The Giant Baby. Karzis also writes, sings background, and plays drums for the pop rock band Living With Jane.
Karzis has roles in Gangster Exchange (2008) and The Cry of the Owl (2009).
Alex Karzis is of Greek descent.
Michael Holcombe Wilson, PC CC (born 4 November 1937) is a Canadian diplomat, politician and business leader.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Wilson attended Upper Canada College, Trinity College at the University of Toronto where he joined The Kappa Alpha Society. He was a Bay Street investment executive when he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in the 1979 general election. He served in various portfolios in the governments of Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney. He served as the Canadian Ambassador to the United States from 2006 until his replacement by Gary Doer in 2009.
Wilson was a candidate at the 1983 Progressive Conservative leadership convention. He tried to woo young delegates by having the rock group Spoons perform on his behalf. He dropped off after the first ballot, and urged his supporters to vote for the eventual winner, Brian Mulroney.
Mulroney appointed Wilson Minister of Finance when the party formed a government after the 1984 election.
He reformed the tax system to broaden the tax base and lower tax rates, removing many special tax provisions, and helped negotiate the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement.
Ronald D. Sugar (born 1948) has been chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global defense company, since 2003. On September 16, 2009, he announced that he would retire as CEO from Northrop Grumman at the end of the year, to be succeeded by former Chief Operating Officer Wesley G. Bush. He has also been a director of Chevron Corporation since 2005 and Apple, Inc. since 2010. In 1968, he graduated summa cum laude in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1971. He is a member of the USC Board of Trustees.
Aurora Robson (born May 9, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a contemporary artist who works with installations, works on paper, paintings, sculpture, video, photography, and performance art. Robson has described herself as being primarily a sculptor.
Robson spent her youth primarily in Hawaii where she began her artistic pursuits. The natural forms and cultural tension that she encountered there helped create the foundations for the philosophy behind her work. Robson moved to New York City in 1991 where she studied welding at Apex Technical School and became a NYS certified structural welder. She then entered Columbia University where she studied Visual Arts and Art History under artists Jon Kessler and Tomas Vu-Daniel, and art historians Rosalind E. Krauss and Jan Avgikos. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in 2000. She also occasionally teaches sculptural and structural welding at the Educational Alliance Art School where artists Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Peter Blume and Louise Nevelson taught.
Kaizer Suleman (born May 20, 1974), better known as Razor Suleman, is a Canadian entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of I Love Rewards Inc.
Razor was born in Toronto, Ontario on May 20, 1974. His family migrated to Canada to escape further persecution in Uganda after the government of Idi Amin took power. Realizing his passion for entrepreneurship at a very young age, Razor started his first business when he was 15 years old. This entailed buying Upper Deck sports cards in bulk from American suppliers, then reselling them to Canadian dealers for profit. In the 2000 Canadian federal election, he was a candidate of the Canadian Alliance Party (which later merged with the Progressive Conservatives to form the Conservative Party) in the constituency of Scarborough—Rouge River, but lost.
In September 1994, Razor began attending Wilfrid Laurier University to obtain his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. It was in his first week at university (frosh week) that he was nicknamed “Razor” by his fellow frosh-group members.
Shortly after becoming appointed a Floor Representative for his residence, Razor was given the responsibility for sourcing the residents’ athletic apparel.
Richard David "Nifty" Middleton (born December 4, 1953) is a former professional ice hockey player for the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.
A right winger, Middleton was drafted in the 1st round, 14th overall, by the Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft after a glittering junior career with the Oshawa Generals in which he led his league in scoring his final year and was named to the league's Second All-Star Team. He spent the 1973–74 season with the Rangers' farm team, the AHL Providence Reds, earning rookie of the year honors and being named to the AHL's First All-Star Team.
He made the big club during the 1974–75 season, and despite suffering injuries that restricted him to 47 games, scored 22 goals in that limited time. The following season was not as spectacular, as he scored 24 goals in 77 games while showing defensive deficiencies. Following the 1975–76 season, the Rangers traded Middleton to the Boston Bruins for veteran winger Ken Hodge.
It was one of the most one-sided deals in hockey history. Hodge played only a single season more before his career ended, while Middleton became a great star in Boston, scoring a hat trick in his first game
Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is an Irish-Canadian and Canadian-American actress, writer and comedienne. She is well known for her comedy work on SCTV, and her roles in the films After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and also in the mockumentary films written and directed by Christopher Guest including Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.
O'Hara was born into a large Irish Catholic family, and was raised Roman Catholic. She attended Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute, where she first met Robin Duke, who went on to her own comedy career.
Catherine started her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of The Second City in her native Toronto. She was an understudy for Gilda Radner until Radner left for Saturday Night Live. Two years later, this theatre troupe created the sketch comedy show SCTV, for which O'Hara became a regular performer. Her memorable characterizations on the show included Las Vegas scorcher Lola Heatherton, buzzer-happy game show contestant Margaret Meehan, raunchy nightclub comedian Dusty Towne, soap opera seductress Sue Ellen, and stage actress Sue Bopper Simpson.
In the late
Frank Owen Gehry, CC (born Frank Owen Goldberg; February 28, 1929) is a Canadian-American Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles.
His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as "the most important architect of our age".
Gehry's best-known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Experience Music Project in Seattle; Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis; Dancing House in Prague; the Vitra Design Museum and MARTa Museum in Germany; the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; the Cinémathèque française in Paris; and 8 Spruce Street in New York City. But it was his private residence in Santa Monica, California, which jump-started his career, lifting it from the status of "paper architecture"—a phenomenon that many famous architects have experienced in their formative decades through experimentation almost exclusively on paper before receiving
Glen Metropolit (born June 25, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for EV Zug in the Swiss National League A.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Metropolit was never drafted by an OHL or NHL team, yet managed a 10-year NHL career and 407 games played. After a GTHL career mostly in AA hockey, Metropolit played two seasons for the Richmond Hill riots Jr.B. hockey club (OHA) before heading west to play for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL.
After graduating Tier II Jr.A. hockey, Metropolit started out playing for the Nashville Knights in the ECHL in the 1995–96 season. He also played for the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Grand Rapids Griffins before making his NHL debut in 1999–2000 for the Washington Capitals. For the next three seasons, he alternated between the Capitals and the AHL's Portland Pirates, and also played two games for Tampa Bay in 2001–02.
In 2003 Metropolit crossed the Atlantic to play in Helsinki with Jokerit for the 2003–04 season. In a brilliant first season, he scored the most points on the team, 50, with 15 goals and 35 assists, the fifth-highest total during the regular season. He scored six goals during seven playoff games that year, but
Ernest Harvey Pulford (April 22, 1875 – October 31, 1940) was a Canadian athlete at the turn of the twentieth century, winning national championships in ice hockey, lacrosse, football, boxing, paddling and rowing. A highly regarded defenceman with the Ottawa Hockey Club, where he was known for being a large and solid player who was excellent at checking opponents. With Ottawa he won the Stanley Cup four times, and also won championships or tournaments in every sport in which he played. When the Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1945, Pulford was one of the original nine inductees.
Born in Toronto, Harvey Pulford moved to Ottawa at an early age. Pulford joined the Ottawa Hockey Club in 1893, playing as a defenceman. In his first season, Pulford played in the first Stanley Cup playoff games, against the Montreal Hockey Club. Pulford played for Ottawa until 1908, the year that Ottawa became professional. Pulford was captain of the Ottawa Hockey Club during the "Ottawa Silver Seven" era when the club won the Stanley Cup in March 1903 and held it until March 1906. After retirement from playing, Pulford continued in the game as a referee. In 1933, Pulford was given an option to buy the
Ibolya "Ibi" Kaslik (born August 20, 1973 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian novelist, freelance journalist, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto.
Kaslik attended high school at Etobicoke School of the Arts. While she was a student, she joined the short-lived rock band Edith's Mission with Metric's Emily Haines and Stars' Amy Millan, both members of Broken Social Scene. Kaslik went on to major in creative writing at Concordia University and graduated with a bachelors degree.
Kaslik's short stories and articles have appeared in literary magazines such as Matrix and Geist. Her debut novel, Skinny, was published by HarperCollins in May 2004. It was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2004, the CLA Best Young Adult Book in 2005 and the Borders Original Voice Award in 2006. Skinny also appeared on the New York Times best sellers list for two consecutive weeks in 2008.
In 2007/08, Kaslik served as the 22nd writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Her second novel, The Angel Riots, about a rising indie rock band from Montreal, was published by Penguin Canada in February 2008. It has been suggested that the band in
Jane Siberry ( /ˈsɪbri/ SIB-ree), (born Jane Stewart, October 12, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, known for such hits as "Mimi on the Beach", "I Muse Aloud", "One More Colour" and "Calling All Angels".
Siberry has also released material under the name Issa ( /ˈiːsɑː/ EE-sah) - an identity (as opposed to a simple stagename) which she used formally between 2006 and 2009.
Siberry's music is most commonly compared to artists such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson. Her music has drawn from a wide variety of styles, ranging from new wave rock on her earlier albums to a reflective pop style influenced by jazz, folk, gospel, classical and liturgical music in her later work. She has cited Van Morrison and Miles Davis as being strong creative influences.
Siberry has often criticized the competitive power of commercial radio and the recording industry. In 2005, Siberry pioneered a self-determined pricing policy through her website on which the purchaser is given the choices of: standard price (about $0.99 USD/track); pay now, self-priced; pay later, self-priced; or "a gift from Jane". In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Siberry confirmed that
Sarah Gadon (born April 4, 1987) is a Canadian actress. She has had roles in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis. She has guest starred in a number of notable television series including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Dark Oracle, Doc, In a Heartbeat, La Femme Nikita, Life with Derek, and Mutant X. She has voice-acted for Mattimeo, My Dad the Rock Star, Ruby Gloom, Total Drama, and Wayside.
Gadon started acting at the age of 10; her first role was Julia in an episode of La Femme Nikita (1998). For the next few years, Sarah took episodic roles in various television series including Monica in Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1999), Young Laura Burnham in Twice in a Lifetime (2000), Catherine Hartman in Mutant X (2002), Vicki in Life with Derek (2005) and Tasha Redford in Flashpoint (2008).
She also has a number of Television films to her credit. She was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV movie for her first film, The Other Me (2000), portraying Heather. Other roles include Samantha in What Girls Learn (2001), Amanda in Cadet Kelly (2002), Julia Norton in Code Breakers (2005) and Celeste Mercier in The Cutting Edge 3 (2008).
Sarah has had a
Steven Erikson (born October 7, 1959) is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist.
His best-known work is the ten-volume fantasy series Malazan Book of the Fallen, which by 2006 had sold over 250,000 copies. SF Site has called the series "the most significant work of epic fantasy since Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant," and Fantasy Book Review described it as "the best fantasy series of recent times." Fellow fantasy author Stephen Donaldson, refers to Erikson as "an extraordinary writer". In an interview with sffworld.com, Erikson acknowledged that he originally doubted the series would become "mainstream", and was subsequently surprised at how successful the series has been. He also noted how people "either hate the series or love it".
Steven Erikson was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg. He subsequently lived in the UK with his wife and son, but has since returned to Winnipeg. He is an anthropologist and archaeologist by training and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. For his thesis at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Erikson wrote a "story cycle" of short stories
David J. Frum (/ˈfrʌm/; born June 30, 1960) is a Canadian American journalist active in both the American and Canadian political arenas. A former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, he is also the author of the first "insider" book about the Bush presidency. His editorial columns have appeared in a variety of Canadian and American magazines and newspapers, including the National Post and The Week. He is a featured writer for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, which he joined after a brief stint as the founder of FrumForum.com (formerly NewMajority.com), a political group blog, and serves on the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition. He is the son of Barbara Frum.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Frum is the son of the late Barbara Frum, a well-known journalist and broadcaster, and Murray Frum, a dentist, who later became a real estate developer, philanthropist, and art collector. Frum's sister, Linda Frum, is a member of the Senate of Canada. Frum is married to the writer Danielle Crittenden, the stepdaughter of former Toronto Sun editor Peter Worthington. The couple has three children. He is a distant cousin of economist Paul Krugman.
At age 14 Frum was
David James Furnish (born 25 October 1962) is a Canadian/British filmmaker, former advertising executive, and now a film director and producer most known for his documentary Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras. He is the civil partner of British entertainer Elton John.
David Furnish was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada to Jack Furnish (retired, former director of Bristol-Myers) and Gladys Furnish (retired, homemaker). He has an older brother, John, and a younger brother, Peter. Furnish graduated from the Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute in 1981 and received an Honours Business Administration undergraduate degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1985. He was recruited by the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, eventually transferred to the London, England, office and was appointed to their Board.
Furnish is co-chief of Rocket Pictures along with John. Furnish serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, attending fundraisers and other events in support of that cause.
Furnish is a contributing editor for Tatler magazine and also is a regular columnist for Interview and GQ.
John proposed to Furnish in May 2005 at a
Elliott Godfrey (born 22 February 1983) is a Canadian-born English footballer who plays for Staines, and has previously represented Canada at youth level.
Godfrey spent most of his young life in the UK, and came through the Watford youth and reserve setup.
He made his singular professional appearance for Watford on 4 March 2003, coming on as an 86th minute substitute in a 1–0 home defeat to Preston North End. After his release from Watford on 11 May 2004, Hampton & Richmond Borough offered him a contract. Whilst at Watford he played for the Canadian under-21 squad.
Godfrey signed a one year contract with Hampton & Richmond Borough in August 2004, but did not appear in a game until a home match in October 2004 against Windsor & Eton in the Isthmian League Premier Division, where he came off the bench to score the winner in a 2–1 victory for his new club.
He signed contracts for the following two seasons and was contracted with Hampton until summer 2008.
Godfrey was signed by AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown on 24 June 2008 from local rivals Hampton & Richmond, scoring his first goal in the second league game of the season, a 2–1 win against Thurrock and helping them gain promotion
Geddy Lee Weinrib, OC (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), better known as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee joined what would become Rush in September 1968, at the request of his childhood friend Alex Lifeson, replacing original bassist and frontman Jeff Jones.
An award-winning musician, Lee's style, technique, and skill on the bass guitar have inspired many rock musicians such as Cliff Burton of Metallica, Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, John Myung of Dream Theater, Les Claypool of Primus, Frank Bello of Anthrax, Juan Alderete of The Mars Volta, and Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine.
In addition to his composing, arranging, and performing duties for Rush, Lee has produced for various other bands, including Rocket Science. Lee's first solo effort, My Favourite Headache, was released in 2000.
Along with his Rush bandmates – guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart – Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honoured, as a group. Lee is ranked 13th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal
Kevin Weekes (born April 4, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is now a color commentator on Hockey Night in Canada, and a studio analyst for NHL on the Fly.
Weekes' career began with the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League. He also had a brief stint with the Ottawa 67's.
Chosen 41st overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the team for the 1997–98 season, going 0–5–1 in 11 appearances for the Panthers. The following summer he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for Pavel Bure and compiled a 6–15–5 record in 31 appearances over a season and a half before being traded to the New York Islanders halfway through the 1999–2000 season. At the conclusion of that season he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he played until late in the 2001–02 season when he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.
He played in a tandem with Arturs Irbe, helping lead the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals while recording two shutouts in the playoffs, establishing a Hurricanes team record.
He signed with the New York Rangers
Luciana Carro (born March 23, 1981) is a Canadian actress best known for her appearances on the television series Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, and Falling Skies and in movies such as Two for the Money and Dr. Dolittle 3.
Carro was encouraged to act by her parents as a way of overcoming her shyness. With the encouragement of her high school drama teacher Gerry Campbell (father of Neve Campbell), she attended theater school.
Carro began her career in TV series such as The Chris Isaak Show, Smallville and The L Word. These led to her getting a part in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica TV series as Louanne "Kat" Katraine, a trainee Viper pilot that quickly grew to become an ace pilot and a regular part on the series.
Her performance in the Re-imagined series was quickly noted by film producers and she starred in Two for the Money (alongside Al Pacino) and Dr. Dolittle 3. She was also cast for the recurring role of Stephanie Meyer on the critically acclaimed Everwood. She had a recurring role as Pryah on the now cancelled TV series Caprica and is currently appearing as Crazy Lee in the TV series Falling Skies.
Stacey Anne Farber (born August 25, 1987) is a Canadian actress who is best known for playing Eleanor "Ellie" Nash in seasons 2 through 7 of the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
In May 2008, she completed a web internship in New York City for Teen Vogue online. From 2010–2011, she starred in the CBC series 18 to Life with fellow Canadian Michael Seater of Life with Derek.
In her role as Ellie Nash on Degrassi: The Next Generation, she plays a troubled young girl who has problems with depression and cutting, while dealing with an alcoholic mother. Stacey started off as a recurring character in the show's second season, but was promoted to a regular role in the third season and continued until the end of season seven.
In addition to playing Ellie in Degrassi, Farber also appeared in the 2001 Canadian short film Bagatelle. She played Young Kathryn in the 2002 crime film, Narc, she guest starred as Lacy Sanders on an episode of the television drama Doc, and guest hosted the 2004-05 season finale of The N's Best Friend's Date. She also plays Mary in the animated science fiction series Dark Oracle. As well, she appeared as herself in Instant Star and in 2006 she had a
Henry Czerny ( /ˈtʃɛərni/; born February 8, 1959) is a Canadian film, stage and television actor, currently starring as Conrad Grayson on the ABC drama series Revenge. He has received Theatre World Award and two Gemini Awards.
Czerny received formal training at the National Theatre School in Montreal. After graduating in 1982, he went on to perform onstage across Canada, from Ottawa's National Arts Centre to Edmonton's Citadel Theatre and the Stratford Festival. By the late 1980s, he had established himself as a seasoned veteran of Canadian theatre—a long way from Lucky Larry, his first role. Czerny got his start acting in musicals at Humberside Collegiate Institute in Toronto, under the direction of Janet Keele. Czerny is friends with Dana Delany and twice played the role of her husband on films Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story and For Hope.
He had prominent roles in The Boys of St. Vincent, Mission: Impossible, Clear and Present Danger, The Ice Storm and The Michelle Apartments. In the 2006 comedy The Pink Panther, he plays the main antagonist "Yuri the Trainer who Trains". He plays Lieutenant Brooks in "Jackpot", a 2005 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Annabelle Chvostek (born October 2, 1973) is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Montreal. She is known for her rich singing voice, compelling lyrics and genre-spanning musicality, as well as her Juno-nominated work with harmony trio The Wailin' Jennys.
Born in Toronto, she is the daughter of Canadian television producer Milan Chvostek (The Nature of Things) and journalist Isobel Warren. A musical prodigy, her first gig was with the Canadian Opera Company when she was seven. She got her start in music singing with the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and performing on television specials with Anne Murray and Tommy Hunter. She played violin with her dad and joined in on her mother's repertoire of Canadian folk songs. At 14 she started dabbling in audio production and multitrack composition with a four track tape recorder and a house full of musical instruments and objects to make noise with. At 16 she began writing and performing songs accompanied by guitar. She moved to Montréal in 1995 to study Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at Concordia University, and in 1997 released her first recording, 1am to 5am. She launched her singer-songwriter career there with opening sets for Dar
Christopher "Chris" Diamantopoulos (born May 9, 1975) is a Canadian actor and comedian.
Diamantopoulos was born Christopher Diamantopoulos in Toronto, Canada on May 9, 1975.
Diamantopoulos began appearing in TV commercials and professional theatre productions at the age of 9, and by the time he turned 18, he had left home to partake in a series of U.S. national tours. A short time later, he landed on Broadway where he played the lead in The Full Monty (2002) and Les Misérables (2003). Diamantopoulos attended East York Collegiate Institute.
He portrayed Robin Williams in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy. He has guest-starred in several series, including Kevin Hill, Charmed, The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, and Boston Legal. In 2007, he appeared opposite Debra Messing in The Starter Wife, where he gave a memorable performance as the gay interior decorator character of Rodney.
Diamantopoulos had a recurring role on State of Mind. He also guest-voiced on American Dad! in 2009.
On the 8th season of 24, he played President Allison Taylor's Chief of Staff Rob Weiss. He played Frank Sinatra in The Kennedys. Diamantopoulos played Moe Howard in the 2012 The Three Stooges
Christopher Jay "Chris" Potter (born August 23, 1960) is a Canadian actor, musician and pitchman. He is primarily known for his roles on soap operas and prime-time television. Potter is known for his roles as Peter Caine, on the 1990s crime drama, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Dr. David Cameron on the first season of Queer as Folk, as the voice of Gambit in the animated X-Men series, and for his recurring role as con-artist Evan Owen on The Young and the Restless. Currently, he plays Tim Fleming, on the drama Heartland.
The oldest of three children, Potter was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Ron Potter, an ex- pro-football player and insurance salesman and Judith Potter, a singer. Potter was raised in London, Ontario, Canada. He had an early interest in sports such as hockey, baseball and football, as well as in community theater.
Successful in sports throughout his high school years (attended Oakridge Secondary School in London, Ontario), Chris wanted a professional career as an athlete; however, his father would not permit it. He later quit college to start a career as a rock musician. He discovered a love for the theater and became a professional stage actor. He also worked
Henry "Harry" Marshall Erskine Evans (August 17, 1876 – September 20, 1973) was a politician in Alberta, Canada and a mayor of Edmonton.
Harry Evans was born August 17, 1876 in Davenport, Ontario (which is now part of Toronto) to the Rev. and Mrs. J.S. Evans. He was educated in Hamilton before earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1897. After graduating, he attended the Michigan School of Mines in Houghton, Michigan.
He mined in Mexico for fifteen months before moving to Winnipeg where he was Business Manager for the Winnipeg Telegram (which had been founded by his brother William Sanford Evans, who would go on to become mayor of Winnipeg and leader of the Conservative Party of Manitoba) from 1900 until 1904. After leaving the telegram, he worked for the Manitoba Land & Investment Company for two years.
Evans moved to Alberta in 1906 to prospect coal seams on the Pembina River. He moved to Edmonton the following year and managed the Pembina Coal Co. until 1908. He was the Canadian manager of a London, England financial house until it went bankrupt in 1912, when he founded the H. M. E. Evans Company, Ltd., which dealt in bonds, insurance, and real estate. In
Jason Mark Muzzatti (born February 3, 1970) is a former Canadian-born Italian professional ice hockey goaltender.
Muzzatti played four seasons in the Michigan State University with a record of 83 wins, 34 losses, and 6 ties. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft as the 21st pick in the 1st round. He joined the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL in 1991. He joined the Flames in 1993 but he had just a short career in Calgary, playing only two games in two seasons. He was claimed on waivers by the Hartford Whalers in 1995 and played 53 games before he was traded to the New York Rangers. He finished his NHL career in 1997–98 with the San Jose Sharks.
Muzzatti joined Deutsche Eishockey Liga side Eisbären Berlin in 1998. He joined Tappara, a Finnish SM-liiga team, one year later before returning to Germany and the Augsburger Panther for one season. In 2001 he moved to Italy to play for Serie A team HC Milano Vipers. Muzzatti became the number one goaltender for Milano. In 2004 Muzzatti was contracted by another Italian top team, Hockey Club Bolzano. Muzzatti was Bolzano's top goalie for two seasons.
In 2006, after 8 seasons in European top leagues, Muzzatti
Jessica Steen (born December 19, 1965) is a Canadian film and television actress, noted for her roles in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Homefront, Earth 2, Armageddon, Left Behind: World at War, NCIS, and Flashpoint.
Jessica Steen was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Joanna Noyes, an actress, and Jan Steen, a director and actor. She is of Dutch and Scottish ancestry.
In addition to her entertainment career, Steen is an environmentalist and animal rights supporter. She supports David Suzuki, The World Society for the Protection of Animals and the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee, among others. She is also a certified diver, and is skilled at several circus arts - including stilt-walking, fire-twirling, and fire-eating.
At the age of eight, Steen was cast in her first role in the Canadian children's television series, The Sunrunners, co-starring with her mother.
In the 1986 TV movie Young Again she portrayed Tracy Gordon, the daughter of a character portrayed by Lindsay Wagner, who was a childhood idol of Steen's. In 1987, she was the only female regular on the syndicated series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, which lasted one year. For her
Kristen Thomson (born 1966) is a Canadian actress and playwright.
Thomson was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is known for her one-woman play I, Claudia, which was adapted to film in 2004. In that play and film, Thomson plays all of the roles, using masks to change character.
Thomson received her undergraduate training and University of Toronto's theater school "University College Drama Program" currently under the tutelage of Factory Theaters' Ken Gass.
In 2003, Thomson won an ACTRA Award for her performance in I Shout Love (2001), a short film directed by Sarah Polley. She has also won three Dora Awards for her stage work. Her most recent win was for the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in the movie Away From Her.
Marc Donato (born January 25, 1989) is a Canadian actor.
Donato portrayed the character Derek Haig on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Other roles include those in Doc, Locked in Silence, The Blue Butterfly, Avatar, the Last Airbender and other cartoon voices, recently as Ethan in The Future Is Wild. He also had small roles as Adam in Pay It Forward, Davey in White Oleander, as a kid in Adam Sandler's 1st grade class in Billy Madison. He stars in the thriller film The Final. His latest accomplishment was landing the role of Tarek in the live action feature film Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012), based on the best selling graphic novel of the same name.
Donato is of Italian descent.
Nicole de Boer (born 20 December 1970) is a Canadian actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Joan Leaven in the cult film Cube, Ezri Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from 1998 to 1999 and as Sarah Bannerman on The Dead Zone from 2002 to 2007.
Nicole started acting at a young age landing the lead in a school production of The Wizard of Oz. Her television debut was an uncredited role in Freddy the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner, which starred Red Skelton and Vincent Price De Boer's first major television work was as a regular in the CBC series 9B followed by a recurring role on the Canadian sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall as Laura, girlfriend of Bobby Terrance (Bruce McCulloch). She subsequently appeared (as a different character) in their 1996 film Brain Candy.
Her first major TV role came in 1997, in the short-lived Sci-Fi Channel series Deepwater Black (also known as Mission Genesis) as Yuna. She followed that up with a role in the cult favorite science fiction film, Cube (1997). She was featured in episodes of the Canadian produced SF series The Outer Limits alongside Robert Patrick (The Quality of Mercy) and Harry Hamlin (Monster).
De Boer's most noted roles have
Nicole Stamp (born in Etobicoke, Canada, and educated at Richview Collegiate Institute) is a Canadian actor, director, television host, and television producer.
Stamp has hosted the Ontario Championships of Reach For The Top since 2004. She co-hosted TVOntario's afternoon block, The SPACE, from 2003 to 2007. She can still be seen on TVO as writer and lead actor of a popular comedic miniseries called EnviroGirl.
Stamp is an alumna of The Second City's National Touring Company, and was the recipient of a 2004 Toronto Arts Award for Excellence and Innovation in Theatre. She earned her degree from the Theatre and Drama Studies Program jointly offered by the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She recently starred in an animation about Rene Carmille called Interregnum.
Norman Frederick Jewison, CC, O.Ont (born July 21, 1926) is a Canadian film director, producer, actor and founder of the Canadian Film Centre. Highlights of his directing career include In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Moonstruck (1987), Other People's Money (1991), The Hurricane (1999) and The Statement (2003). Jewison has addressed important social and political issues throughout his directing and producing career, often making controversial or complicated subjects accessible to mainstream audiences.
Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dorothy Irene (née Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a convenience store and post office. He attended Kew Beach School and Malvern Collegiate Institute, and while growing up in the 1930s displayed an aptitude for performing and theatre. Jewison was often mistaken for Jewish due to his surname, though he and his family were actually Protestant. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1944–1945) during World War II, and after being discharged traveled in the American South, where he encountered segregation, an experience that would
Paul Lewis Quarrington (July 22, 1953 – January 21, 2010) was a Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator.
Born in Toronto as the middle of three sons in the family of four of Bruce Quarrington, he was raised in the suburb of Don Mills and studied at the University of Toronto but dropped out after less than two years of study.
He wrote his early novels while working as the bass player for the group Joe Hall and the Continental Drift and as the guitar accompanist for Cathy Stewart, a Canadian singer who was popular at the time. One of his novels, Whale Music, was called "the greatest rock'n'roll novel ever written" by Penthouse magazine. His non-fiction books and journalism were also highly regarded - he earned or co-earned more than 20 gold awards for his magazine articles alone.
He has two daughters with actor Dorothy Bennie, Carson and Flannery Quarrington.
Quarrington's most consistent musical colleague has been Martin Worthy; their friendship began in high school. He was also a high school friend of songwriter Dan Hill, with whom he re-united in recent years to collaborate on musical projects. Quarrington collaborated on projects with many
Frederick Allan "Rick" Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a retired Canadian actor and writer. Moranis came to prominence around 1980 in the sketch comedy show Second City Television, and later appeared in several Hollywood films including Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Little Giants, Parenthood, The Flintstones, My Blue Heaven and Brother Bear. He is the widower of his only wife, Anne Moranis.
Moranis was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Jewish parents and went to high school at the Sir Sandford Fleming Secondary School. He went to elementary school with Geddy Lee, frontman of the rock band Rush. His career as an entertainer began as a radio disc jockey in the mid-1970s, using the on-air name of "Rick Allan" at three Toronto radio stations.
In 1980, Moranis was persuaded to join the third-season cast of Second City Television (SCTV) by friend and SCTV writer/performer Dave Thomas. At the time, Moranis was the only cast member who had not come from a Second City stage troupe. He became famous for his impressions of Woody Allen, George Carlin and David Brinkley, among many others.
With SCTV moving to CBC in 1980 (and syndicated to
Shantelle Larissa Malawski (born January 26, 1986) is a retired Canadian professional wrestler best known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Taylor Wilde. Malawski was under a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contract from 2006 to 2007, but never made it past the developmental system. In May 2008, Malawski joined TNA and would go on to become a one-time TNA Women's Knockout Champion and a two-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion with her partners Sarita and Hamada, while also becoming the first TNA Knockout to have held both titles. After departing from TNA in December 2010, Malawski announced her retirement from professional wrestling and wrestled her final match on February 5, 2011.
Malawski made her professional debut in June 2003 at the age of 17 under the name Shantelle Taylor. In 2004, she was featured in the two-part wrestling documentary, Slam Bam, which aired on the Discovery Channel. In 2005, she won her first women's championship while competing in New Vision Pro Wrestling. She spent the summer of that year in Monterrey, Mexico working on her lucha libre style. In December she participated in a three-show tour of South Africa wrestling
Zack Ward (born August 31, 1970) is a Canadian actor.
Ward was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of actress Pam Hyatt.
He is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan. Ward has several small roles in movies such as Transformers and Anne of Green Gables. He has appeared in the horror films Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Freddy vs. Jason. Ward also has leading roles in BloodRayne II: Deliverance (based on the video game BloodRayne 2) and Postal and he also can be seen in Alone in the Dark II and The Devil's Tomb.
Paul Zed (born December 31, 1956 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian lawyer, professor, and politician.
Paul Zed was born in Toronto on December 31, 1956 and received his early education from local Saint John, NB schools, graduating from St. Malachy’s High School with honors, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University (BA 1977), a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick (LL.B. 1980) and a Masters of Laws degree from the London School of Economics (LL.M. 1981) London, England.
He is the oldest of seven children of Saint John dentist Dr.Leesha and Amelia (deceased) Zed.
As a successful lawyer and businessman, Paul Zed is legal counsel to Barry Spalding, a leading Atlantic Canadian law firm and has been a member of the New Brunswick, Canadian and International Bar Associations since 1982.
Mr. Zed was also a lecturer in Contract Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa from 1982-1984. He then became a senior partner at Clark Drummie & Company working in the area of corporate, commercial and securities law, including lead counsel to a large power utility, New Brunswick Power, while also teaching Business Law at the Business School at the
Russell Dominic Peters (born September 29, 1970) is a Indo-Canadian comedian, actor and disc jockey. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and has been nominated for four Gemini Awards.
Russell Peters was born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada to Eric and Maureen Peters. His family is of Anglo-Indian ancestry and is Catholic. His father was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, and worked as a federal meat inspector; he is regularly mentioned and featured in his comedy work. Russell attended Chinguacousy Secondary School for grades 9–10, and North Peel Secondary School for grades 11–12 in Bramalea.
Peters began performing in Toronto in 1989. Peters' popularity extends to several countries. He has since also performed in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Afghanistan, Sweden, South Africa, India, the Caribbean, Philippines, Vietnam, mainland China, The Bahamas, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, Norway, Lebanon, Oman, Malaysia, and Trinidad among other places.
Peters attribute performance he did on the Canadian TV comedy series Comedy Now! that was uploaded onto YouTube and became viral. While the initial video upload
Charlotte Sullivan (born October 21, 1983) is a Canadian actress. Her first on-screen role was an extra in a Liza Minnelli music video. She has had a starring role in The New Ghostwriter Mysteries and Harriet the Spy as well as smaller parts in How to Deal and Fever Pitch. She played Katie in Across the River to Motor City.
She portrayed Maxima in an episode of Smallville's 8th season. She is currently portraying Officer Gail Peck in the police drama Rookie Blue.
James "Jim" "Kimo" West is a guitarist best known for working with the singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic. West auditioned for Yankovic, after being introduced by Steve Jay, and the two have worked together ever since. West can be heard and seen on all of Yankovic's albums, videos, and concerts since 1984.
West is also a composer for TV and film and produced a number of CDs for independent artists. He has released four solo slack-key guitar albums. He performs regularly at festivals and concerts.
Born in Toronto, Ontario on December 18, 1953, West grew up in Tampa, Florida. He started playing guitar at age 12, and by age 16 was playing professionally in various Florida rock bands, including at least one with Steve Jay. He came to Los Angeles in the early eighties, where Jay introduced him to Yankovic. West still lives in the Los Angeles area, but spends several months a year in Hawaii. He retains his Canadian citizenship.
Adam Charles Graves (born April 12, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional hockey player. He is best known for his ten-year tenure with the New York Rangers. He also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, and San Jose Sharks. He finished his career with 329 goals and 287 assists and is currently a New York Rangers special assistant with Prospect Development and Community Relations.
After spending several seasons in the minor leagues, Graves made his National Hockey League debut with the Red Wings in the 1988–89 season, playing in 56 games and scoring 7 goals. The next year he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he gained a reputation as a hard-nosed player, compiling over 120 penalty minutes in both seasons he spent with the team. It was there that he won his first Stanley Cup championship.
After joining former teammate Mark Messier in New York via free agency, his goal production increased markedly. In the 1993–94 season, he scored 52 goals to set the Rangers' club record for most goals in a season at that time; his efforts earned him a place on the NHL All-Star team.
That spring he cemented his popularity with the New York fans by playing a
Borys Wrzesnewskyj (/ˈbɔrɨs ʒɛzˈnɛfski/zhez-NEF-skee; born November 10, 1960) is a Canadian politician who represented the riding of Etobicoke Centre in the Canadian House of Commons in the 38th, 39th and 40th Parliaments. He is a member of the Liberal Party.
Wrzesnewskyj was born in Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada. He is a third generation Ukrainian Canadian, of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. He attended Humber Valley Village Public School and Upper Canada College. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College, University of Toronto and has been a member of Plast. He speaks English, Ukrainian, Polish, French, and Spanish. He is the owner of Future Bakery, founded by his grandparents, and M-C Dairy.
Wrzesnewskyj is known for his humanitarian work both in his riding of Etobicoke Centre and abroad, including helping children causes in Ukraine. Through Future Bakery, Wrzesnewskyj was one of the original sponsors of the Out of the Cold program to aid the homeless and numerous other charitable organizations working in a number of Toronto’s most challenging neighbourhoods.
In the late 1980s he helped organize and finance the nascent Rukh Movement (People's Movement of Ukraine). In
Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is an American make-up artist, fashion photographer, and model. He is most recognizable as the director of photo shoots on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model. Manuel is also the host and lead judge of the second and third cycle of Canada's Next Top Model, a spin-off to the original.
Manuel was born in Springfield, Illinois to a mother of Italian and Czech descent and a South African father of Malaysian and Dutch descent. He was raised in Toronto where he attended Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute high school and York University.
Before entering the fashion industry, Manuel was a pre-med student and also studied opera, even working for the Metropolitan Opera at one point. Eventually, he became a makeup artist, working for clients such as Tyra Banks and Iman.
Manuel and friend J. Alexander, also an America's Next Top Model personality, often appear on E!: Entertainment Television's Fashion Police episodes with Debbie Matenopoulos, which air the day after E!'s Live From the Red Carpet coverage of major awards shows such as The Academy Awards, The Grammys, The Golden Globes and The Primetime Emmy Awards. Manuel also hosts
James "Jim" Abbott, PC, MP (born August 18, 1942 in Toronto, Ontario) was a Conservative member of Canada's House of Commons. Abbott was a member of the Reform Party from 1993 to 2000 and a member of the Canadian Alliance from 2000 to 2004. Originally representing the riding of Kootenay East, he has represented Kootenay—Columbia since the boundaries were redrawn, and the name changed, in 1997. Before retiring, Abbott was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation (Canada). On October 15, 2007, he was sworn in as a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, and as such is entitled to the style "The Honourable" for life. On June 30, 2010, being the representative of Canada, he went to the inauguration of President Benigno Aquino III in Manila, Philippines.
Laura Maureen Bertram (born 5 September 1978) is a Canadian actress.
Bertram was born in Toronto, Ontario, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She earned her degree in history from the University of Guelph. She has two younger sisters named Heather (born 1981) and Jennifer (born 1984), who are also actresses. In 1997, Bertram was a ceramics instructor at Kilcoo Camp. She also used to sing in the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus.
Her credits include the TV series Ready or Not, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Seasons of Love, and Andromeda as Trance Gemini, and the movies Night of the Twisters, and Dear America: So Far From Home. She was a series regular on Season 2 of Robson Arms.
Bertram is a licensed high school teacher; in addition, she also teaches young actors at Biz Studio in Vancouver.
Bertram has won two Gemini Awards for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for Ready or Not in 1995 and for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for Ready or Not in 1998.
She has also been nominated for two Gemini Awards for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for Ready or Not in 1996 and for Best Performance by an
David Bolland (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Nicknamed The Rat for his play like Ken Linseman, the first player to earn the nickname "The Rat". Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the Blackhawks full-time, Bolland played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Norfolk Admirals and Rockford IceHogs. While playing junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Bolland helped the London Knights capture the 2005 Memorial Cup. He also competed at the 2006 World Junior Championships where he helped Canada capture the gold medal. Bolland helped lead the 2009–10 Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1961 ending the 49 year drought.
Dave Bolland currently hosts a Celebrity Golf Tournament which is to be held on an annual basis. It is to raise money for youth programs with organizations such as The Remix Project based out of Toronto and Chicago. There were a total of 144 spots which were filled almost instantly for this tournament. The first annual tournament took place on
Ellen Dubin is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her part in the television mini-series Lexx, playing the role of Giggerota.
Dubin was born in Toronto, Ontario. From 2004-2006 Dubin starred in the TV series The Collector as Jeri Slate. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for this role. She also played a guest appearance role in Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict as well as a number of other series. In 2006 Dubin appeared in the TV movie The Wives He Forgot with Molly Ringwald and Mark Humphrey. In 2004 she appeared in Napoleon Dynamite.
Dubin is the spokesperson for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Toronto and Central Ontario.
Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is a Canadian composer, notable for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, for which he won three Academy Awards. He is also a consistent collaborator with director David Cronenberg, having scored all but one of his films since 1979.
He has also composed a few concert works including one opera, The Fly, based on the plot (though not his score) of Cronenberg's 1986 film premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on 2 July 2008., a short piece Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a short overture for the Swiss 21st Century Symphony Orchestra.
Shore is a three-time winner of the Academy Award, and has also won three Golden Globe Awards and four Grammy Awards. He is the uncle of film composer Ryan Shore. Shore serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music.
Shore was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Bernice (née Ash) and Mac Shore. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduating from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. From 1969 to 1972, he performed with the
James D. Plummer has been a director of Intel since 2005. He has been a Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford since 1978, and Dean of Engineering since 1999. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research and teaching at Stanford focus on nanoscale silicon devices and technology.
Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975) is a Canadian actress and social activist who works in movies and television series. She is best known for her role as Jenny Schecter on the cable TV series The L Word (2004–2009), and for her recurring guest role as Mandy on the TV series 24 (2001-2005).
Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist who writes for The Canadian Jewish News. Kirshner is a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors; her father was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1946, and met Kirshner's mother, a Bulgarian Jewish refugee, in Israel. Kirshner's paternal grandparents were Jews from Poland. Kirshner had a middle class upbringing and attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute but later graduated from the Jarvis Collegiate Institute. Kirshner studied Russian literature and 20th-century movie industry at McGill University in Montreal. Her younger sister, Lauren Kirshner, a writer, was involved in the I Live Here project.
Kirshner found a talent agent at the age of 12, and was acting professionally by the age of 15. She made her film debut in 1993 in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains. She convinced
Robert Tyler Wickens (born March 13, 1989 in Toronto) is a Canadian racing driver, currently driving in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for Mücke Motorsport. Wickens is also a part of the revitalized Mercedes-Benz Junior Team, together with Christian Vietoris and Roberto Merhi. In 2009 he finished in second place in the FIA Formula Two Championship, and in 2010 he was runner-up in the GP3 Series. In his return to Formula Renault 3.5, where he competed in 2008, he won the 2011 season championship with Carlin Motorsport, with backing of Marussia. Wickens then left the series to race in the DTM.
Wickens started his karting career in 2001 with wins in the Junior Heavy Marigold Fall Classic and the Junior Lite Iron Man Enduro. He was two-time champion of the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship in 2002, 2003, and 2005 in various classes. He also won races in ASN Canadian National Formula Junior, SKUSA ProMoto Tour, BeaveRun, PA, 80cc Junior OKRA Grand National, and Junior Heavy Mosport Grand Prix.
In 2005, when he was sixteen years old, Wickens started his formula racing career. Thanks to Junior Scholarship from BMW, he participated in Formula BMW USA for Team Apex Racing USA. He
David Paul Cronenberg, OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter and actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. He has been called "the most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world."
Born in Toronto, Canada, Cronenberg was the son of Esther (born Sumberg), a musician, and Milton Cronenberg, a writer and editor. He was raised in a "middle-class progressive Jewish family". He began writing as a child and wrote constantly. He attended high school at Harbord Collegiate Institute. A keen interest in science, especially botany and lepidopterology, led him to enter the Honours Science program at the University of Toronto in 1963, but he switched to Honors English Language and Literature later in his first year. Cronenberg's fascination
Dave Simpson (born January 11, 1983 as David Anthony Simpson Knight) is a Canadian footballer.
He began playing soccer with North Scarborough Soccer Club [N.S.S.C) in Scarborough, Ontario. A club known for creating such talents as Julian de Guzman, formerly of Deportivo de La Coruña, and Jonathan De Guzman of Feyenoord. The team was extremely successful and was granted an invitation to the famed Welsh International Super Cup, formerly known as the Ian Rush Tournament. In the summer of 1997 (NSSC) took part in the Tournament and won their age group. Simpson was named Golden Boot Winner with a staggering 14 goals in 5 matches, landing him second only to Michael Owen for all time record holder.
The success of the Ian Rush tournament handed Simpson a tryout with Southampton of the Premier League. He would continue to play with North Scarborough until he was 17.
The PSA (Mississauga Eagles FC) proved to be what he needed. The dedication to Total Football and concentration on technique and fitness set them apart from all the other clubs in Toronto. It took a very professional approach in its structuring, training methods, and presentation. The decision to join would pay off when in 2001
Jamaal Dane Magloire (born May 21, 1978) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) center was selected out of the University of Kentucky by the Charlotte Hornets with the 19th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, after withdrawing his name from the previous draft. He was voted into the NBA All-Star Game in 2004, becoming only the second Canadian All-Star in NBA history. He attended high school at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, and has previously played for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, and Miami Heat. He was born in Toronto, and is of Trinidadian heritage.
Magloire started 12 games as a sophomore for the Kentucky Wildcats team that won the national championship in 1998. He finished his college career as Kentucky's all-time leader in blocked shots, with 268. Magloire's tenure with the Wildcats earned him the nickname "Big Cat".
He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 19th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft, and filled a reserve role
Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Healey was raised in the city's west end. He was adopted as an infant; his adoptive father was a firefighter. When he was one year old, Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. His eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given artificial replacements.
Healey began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. When he was 17, he formed the band Blue Direction, a four-piece band which primarily played bar-band cover tunes. Among the other musicians were bassist Jeremy Littler, drummer Graydon Chapman, and a schoolmate, Rob Quail on second guitar. This band played various local clubs in Toronto, including the Colonial Tavern.
Healey began hosting a jazz and blues show on radio station CIUT-FM where he became known for playing from his massive collection of vintage 78 rpm gramophone records.
Shortly thereafter he was introduced to two musicians, bassist Joe Rockman
Marty Roth (born December 15, 1958 in Toronto) is a former Canadian race car driver who last competed in 2008 in the IndyCar Series where he owned his own team, Roth Racing.
Roth was a successful land developer in the Toronto area before becoming involved in professional motorsports. He made starts in both the 2004 and 2005 Indy 500 races, as well as competing full-time in both of those seasons in the Indy Pro Series after acquiring the IPS assets of Panther Racing in 2003.
In April 2006, Roth sold his Pro Series equipment and announced that he would move up to the IndyCar Series full-time, starting with the 2006 Indianapolis 500, however Roth failed to qualify for the 500 after crashing his car in practice late on Bump Day before achieving a qualifying run. He returned to the series at Michigan International Speedway in July and ran two more races at the end of the year. In 2007, he ran the Indy 500 and two previous races. Roth made 12 starts in the 2008 IndyCar Series season. In five other races he crashed (sometimes several times) and failed to start the race. At season's end, he was reportedly told by league management that his license would not be renewed for 2009 leaving his
Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer. A high-school dropout, he transformed himself into one of American television's most prominent journalists.
Jennings started his career early, hosting a Canadian radio show at the age of nine. He began his professional career with CJOH-TV in Ottawa during its early years, anchoring the local newscasts and hosting a teen dance show, Saturday Date, on Saturdays.
In 1965, ABC News tapped him to anchor its flagship evening news program. His inexperience was attacked by critics and others in television news, making for a difficult first stint in the anchor chair. Jennings became a foreign correspondent in 1968, reporting from the Middle East.
He returned as one of World News Tonight's three anchors in 1978, and was promoted to the role of sole anchor in 1983. Jennings was also known for his marathon coverage of breaking news stories, staying on the air for 15 or more hours straight to anchor the live broadcast of events such as the outbreak of
Raphael Torres (born October 8, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the New York Islanders fifth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He has additionally played in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, and the Vancouver Canucks. Torres is known as a physical, forechecking forward with offensive capabilities. Torres received the third-longest suspension in the history of the NHL for his hit to the head of Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Torres was drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he played three seasons with the Brampton Battalion. He was a two-time OHL Second Team All-Star during his junior career. Beginning in 2001–02, he turned professional with the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He spent the better part of two seasons in the AHL before the Islanders traded him to the Oilers in 2003. He played five seasons in Edmonton, becoming a full-time NHL player with the club. He recorded career numbers as an Oiler in 2005–06, while also helping them to the Stanley Cup
Ryder Britton (born 21 December 1985) is a retired Canadian film and television actor.
A graduate of George Brown College Theater School, his most prominent role to date was as Young Richard Hayden in the hit film Tommy Boy. He has also had appearances on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and the television series Goosebumps.
Drawn to acting by his mother who was also an actress, Britton enrolled in acting school shortly after her death from breast cancer in 2000.
In 2010, Ryder was also a contestant on the Canadian reality television show Mantracker.
Sarah Polley (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, singer, film director, and screenwriter. Polley first attained notice in her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series, Road to Avonlea. She has also starred in such films as Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody.
Polley made her feature film directorial debut with Away from Her, for which she won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Polley's second film, Take This Waltz, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Her latest film, Stories We Tell, is her first feature length documentary. It had its world premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, and its North American premiere followed at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Polley, the youngest of five siblings, was born in Toronto, Ontario. Her mother, Diane Elizabeth (née MacMillan), was an actress and casting director who had died of cancer after Polley's 11th birthday. Polley was raised believing that her biological father was
Tyler Joseph Stewart (born September 21, 1967) is the drummer for the Canadian music group Barenaked Ladies.
Stewart met Steven Page, Ed Robertson and Jim Creeggan at a buskers festival in the summer of 1990 and soon filled their desire for a real kit drummer. When Andy Creeggan (who played congas) returned from a trip to South America to find Stewart on drums, he felt a little displaced (and eventually moved over to playing mostly keyboards). Stewart has been with the band ever since. He also adds numerous percussion elements besides the drum kit in the studio, and occasionally adds melodic elements (including some piano on the Born On A Pirate Ship album). For live shows, he usually has an electronic sampler pad which he can activate with his drumsticks. During acoustic or smaller shows (or sets within shows), he sometimes plays other percussive elements live, including shakers, bongo drums, and even drumming on unusual objects, such as an instrument case.
He is the only member (past or present) of the band who has not actively written songs for the group's albums; nor does he write for a side-project. He has received a writing credit on only three songs in the band's catalogue:
Zaib Shaikh is a Canadian actor, writer and director. He is best known for his current roles as Amaar Rashid, an imam in the CBC Television sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Jayesh in Metropia, an evening soap opera broadcast on Omni Television.
As well as Metropia and Little Mosque on the Prairie, Shaikh appeared as Vancouver city councillor Shakil Khan in Da Vinci's City Hall. He is co-founder of the Whistler Theatre Project, and also writer and director of the CBC adaptation of Othello. He will appear as Nadir Khan in Winds of Change, Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Midnight's Children.
He was born in Toronto at St. Michael's Hospital and is of Pakistani descent. He studied theatre at the University of Toronto Mississauga and has a Bachelor of Arts from the Sheridan College Institute of Advanced Learning. While at the University of Toronto, he was a copy editor for the campus newspaper, The Medium. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.
He is married to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation executive Kirstine Stewart.
Daniel Robert Servos (born in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian entrepreneur. Along with the Founders, Anish Acharya (COO) and Jeson Patel (CTO/VP Products), Dan is best known for his start-up success as CEO of SocialDeck, Inc., the leading mobile social game company acquired by Google Inc. in August 2010.
Inside Social Games: Google buys Mobile Social Game Developer SocialDeck reports on the acquisition as does Business Journals: Google acquires Game Developer SocialDeck and Xconomy: SocialDeck is the Latest Ingredient in Google's Recipe for a Social Platform....
Dan is also known for his start-up success with Quack.com, the first popular Voice Portal platform, where, as SVP Strategic Partnerships (Business Development), he led the Quack team efforts to sign commercial agreements with major internet portal companies. This included America Online, which ultimately led to AOL's acquisition of Quack.com in 2000.
InternetNews discussed Quack and its acquisition by AOL in more detail. Prior to acquisition Lycos licensed Quack's services for their own voice portal and this is outlined in a Cambridge Telecom Report. Quack.com company web site (historical link)
Servos remained with AOL
Jackson Webster Armstrong, B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., (born January 19, 1978) is a Canadian historian and author. He is currently a lecturer in history at the University of Aberdeen.
Dr. Armstrong was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He attended Upper Canada College before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University. He has also studied at the University of Edinburgh, and he received his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He is currently lecturer in medieval and early modern history at the University of Aberdeen. He wrote the book Seven Eggs Today: The Diaries of Mary Armstrong, 1859 and 1869 (Life Writing), published in 2004, which offers "an intriguing glimpse into the daily life of an average Toronto woman in the mid-nineteenth century". In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Dr. Armstrong had a part in the 1995 movie The Hummingbird Stone.
Michael Blunden (born December 15, 1986) is a Canadian ice hockey right winger currently with the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Blunden was drafted 43rd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks from the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. After his final year with the Otters, Blunden signed a 3-year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on May 24, 2006. Months prior to signing he made his professional debut with affiliate of the Blackhawks, the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, for the 2005–06 playoff run.
Blunden made his NHL debut in the 2006–07 season with the Blackhawks playing in 9 games. His season was cut short when he suffered a shoulder injury on December 10, 2006, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
On January 10, 2009, Blunden was traded by the Blackhawks to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Adam Pineault.
On July 7, 2011 he was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for Ryan Russell.
On July 1st 2012, the Canadiens re-sign Blunden to a 1-year, two-way contract.
John Wilson Bengough ( /ˈbɛn.ɡɔːf/, 7 April 1851 – 2 October 1923) was one of Canada's first cartoonists, as well as an editor, publisher, author, entertainer and politician.
Bengough is best known for his biting political cartoons which ran in Grip, a humour magazine he published and edited which was modeled after Punch.
He was born in Toronto, Ontario in Canada, to John Bengough, a Scottish immigrant cabinetmaker, and Margaret Wilson, an Irish immigrant. He grew up in nearby Whitby, where he was sent to common and grammar schools, then articled to a lawyer for some time. After learning something of the printing trade at the Whitby Gazette, he moved to Toronto and became a junior reporter on George Brown's newspaper, the Toronto Globe.
He first worked as a cartoonist for the Globe in 1871. He rose to prominence when, at the age of 22, he founded Grip, which he published and edited out of Toronto in starting May 24, 1873. Grip was a weekly humour magazine that carried jokes, satires and cartoons about a broad variety of topics, and Bengough was the dominant contributor. It was likely modeled after the British Punch, a humour magazine that ran cartoons by John Tenniel, whom Bengough
Mark Chung (born June 18, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former American soccer midfielder who, after a season in the Continental Indoor Soccer League, played ten seasons in Major League Soccer. He also earned twenty-four caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team.
Chung was born in Toronto to Chinese Jamaican parents. His family moved from Toronto to Pembroke Pines, Florida when Chung was twelve. These moves created a dilemma for Chung when he received invitations to play from three national teams, the United States, Canada and Jamaica. He ultimately elected to play for the U.S. Following high school, Chung attended the University of South Florida where he studied finance. He also played on the men's soccer team from 1988 to 1992, finishing his collegiate soccer career with twenty-five assists.
In 1995, Chung played with the San Diego Sockers of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). He scored twenty-nine goals en route to being named the league's Rookie of the Year.
Chung was drafted in the first round (sixth overall) by the Kansas City Wiz in the MLS Inaugural Draft, and finished 1996 with eight goals and nine assists. Chung would be a mainstay at Kansas City for
Michael Coreno (born August 31, 1984 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian ice dancer. With partner Allie Hann-McCurdy, he is the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist and the 2008 Canadian bronze medalist. Coreno began skating at age seven. He teamed up with Hann-McCurdy in April 2003.
Scott Goodyear (born December 20, 1959) is a former race car driver from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Goodyear ran the IRL and Champ Car series during his career from 1987, winning the Michigan 500 in 1992 and 1994. He is also notable for almost winning the Indianapolis 500 on three different occasions.
Goodyear qualified for eleven Indianapolis 500 races from 1990 to 2001, missing only the 1996 race as he was not entered. After starting last (33rd) in the 1992 race he finished 2nd to Al Unser, Jr. by 0.043 seconds. Goodyear's main sponsor was Mackenzie Financial Corporation at the time.
He could have won the 1995 race, but after leading forty-two laps, Goodyear mistakenly passed the pace car on a late restart and was penalized to fourteenth place after ignoring the black flags. Goodyear finished second again in 1997 after being passed by Arie Luyendyk on the back straight at lap 194. He might have won if not for a controversial restart on the last lap, when the green and white flag waved despite the on-track lights still signaling yellow. Goodyear, who had expected the race to finish under caution, was weaving his car to keep his tires warm at the time of the restart. Meanwhile,
Lauren Williams (born September 13, 1981) is a Canadian professional wrestler, best known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), under the ring name Angelina Love. In TNA, she was a record-setting five-time Women's Knockout Champion and a one-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion with Winter. She works outside of TNA under the ring name Angel Williams.
Williams debuted in wrestling in 2000, working independent promotions around Canada under the ring name Angel Williams. Her all-time favorite wrestler Shawn Michaels was her inspiration to get into wrestling. She was first a valet for various wrestlers such as Chris Sabin and Eric Young and then began to train under Rob Fuego to become a wrestler, as well. Williams briefly worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2004, mainly wrestling on TNA Xplosion against Trinity.
She was working for promotions around America when World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) spotted her, and invited her to a tryout in June 2004. In November she trained at Ohio Valley Wrestling, and WWE signed her to a developmental contract in late 2004. She was assigned to wrestle and train in Deep South Wrestling (DSW), one of WWE's developmental
Edward Graydon Carter (born 14 July 1949) is a Canadian-born American journalist and has served as the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992. He also co-founded, with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, the satirical monthly magazine Spy in 1986.
After high school in Trenton, Ontario, Carter attended Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, but never graduated from either school. In 1973, Carter co-founded The Canadian Review, a monthly general interest magazine. By 1977, The Canadian Review had become award-winning and the third-largest circulating magazine in Canada. Despite its success, The Canadian Review was bankrupt by 1978.
In 1983, Carter moved to the United States and began working for Time as a writer-trainee, where he met Andersen. Carter spent five years writing for Time on the topics of business, law, and entertainment before moving to Life in 1983. In 1986, Carter and Andersen founded Spy, which ultimately ceased publication in 1998. Carter was then editor at the New York Observer before being invited to Vanity Fair to take over from Tina Brown, who left for The New Yorker. He has been the editor since July 1992, with successes during his tenure including winning ten
Grace Darmond (November 20, 1893 - October 8, 1963) was a Canadian-born American actress from the early 20th century.
Grace Darmond was born Grace Glionna in Toronto on November 20, 1893. Her parents were James Glionna, a U.S.-born musician who had lived in Canada since 1877, and Alice Glionna, an Ontario native.
Darmond was active onscreen between 1914 and 1927. She starred in the first Technicolor film, The Gulf Between (1917), with actor Niles Welch. The film premiered on September 13 in Boston and on September 21 at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. However, when the film went into limited release in early 1918 on a tour of Eastern U. S. cities, it was a critical and commercial failure. The early Technicolor process ("System 1") was an additive color process which required a special projector, and which suffered from "fringing" and "haloing" of colors.
Darmond was pretty, slender, and starred in many notable films of the period, but never was able to break through as a leading actress in big budget films. Most of her roles were in support of bigger names of the time, and most of her starring roles were smaller, lesser known films. Her breakthrough role came in Below the
James "Jamie" Johnston (born July 7, 1989) is a Canadian actor and singer-songwriter. He is best known for his role as Peter Stone on Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Johnston has an older brother Chris and in 2007 went to Kenya to build a school.
Johnston portrayed Peter Stone on Degrassi: The Next Generation. He has also recently starred in the series Wild Card and Zixx: Level One. He was a student at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and has a wide range of interests, including soccer, snowboarding, skateboarding, cycling and playing the guitar. In 2007 Jamie went to Kenya with the organization "Free the Children" to build a school and filmed as a special for MTV. Jamie has made numerous appearances on ET Canada and etalk. He has traveled extensively. He is also the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of a band called Canadian Incident. He also plays guitar in a band called SoundSpeed along with a few of his fellow Degrassi cast mates.
Justin Kelly is a Canadian television actor. He played Noah Jackson on the Family original series The Latest Buzz, and was Brody Thompson in the 2010 telefilm The Jensen Project.
Kelly was recently cast as the new character Jake Martin for season eleven of Degrassi.
Lottie Pickford (June 9, 1893 - December 9, 1936) was a Canadian-born silent film actress, socialite, and sister to Mary Pickford and Jack Pickford. Her career is often overshadowed by that of her siblings and though she was a notable figure in the 1920s her films and role in the Pickford acting family is now largely forgotten. Perhaps one of her best known roles was in The Diamond from the Sky directed by William Desmond Taylor in 1915.
Pickford was born Charlotte Smith, to John Charles Smith and Charlotte Hennessy. Pickford was named for her mother. She was the middle child, born a year and two months after her sister Mary Pickford and two years before her brother Jack Pickford. She quickly became her father's favorite, much to her sister's annoyance. After mistakenly believing she was a boy when first born her father lovingly gave her the boyish nickname, 'Chuckie'.
As a child she caught typhoid fever, though she wasn't as sickly as Mary was. Pickford's father left the family while she was young and Mary took over the father figure role. This caused Jack and Lottie to become extremely close, banding together against their sister who they saw as strict. Pickford idolized her
Mark Steyn (born December 8, 1959) is a Canadian-born writer, conservative-leaning political commentator, and cultural critic. He has written five books, including America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, a New York Times bestseller. He is published in newspapers and magazines, appears on shows such as those of Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, and Sean Hannity.
Steyn, a Canadian citizen, now resides mainly in New Hampshire in the United States. He is married, with three children.
Steyn was born in Toronto. He was baptized a Catholic and later confirmed in the Anglican Church; he has stated that "the last Jewish female in my line was one of my paternal great-grandmothers" and that "both my grandmothers were Catholic". Steyn's great-aunt was artist Stella Steyn. Steyn was educated at the King Edward's School, Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. This is the same school that author J. R. R. Tolkien attended and where Steyn was assigned a Greek dictionary that had also been used by Tolkien. He left school in 1978 at 18 and worked as a disc-jockey before becoming musical theatre critic at the newly established The Independent in 1986. He was appointed film critic for The Spectator in
Noah Reid (born 29 May 1987) is a Canadian actor.
Reid was born in Toronto, Ontario. He attended Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto for high school and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. He is also an accomplished musical performer with winnings in various music festivals. He is real-life best friends with Black Hole High co-star Michael Seater.
As a child, Reid provided the voice of Franklin the turtle, Tommy Settegren in 1997's Pippi Longstocking, and has since co-starred in Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, among other shows. Reid played the role of Darrell Fox in the made for television movie Terry which dramatized Terry Fox's historic run for cancer research. Reid also provides the voice for "Gunther" in the animated series Jane and the Dragon, Eddie in Marvin The Tap-Dancing Horse, Screwy in the Rolie Polie Olie film The Great Defender of Fun as well as various characters in Little Bear, Redwall, Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend, Mozart's Magnificent Voyage, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, Timothy Goes to School, Babar: King of the Elephants and Bad Dog.
In 2009, Reid guest-starred in the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode "Danger Zone". Noah
Donald Richard "Don" Whitton (born July 29, 1923 Toronto) is a Canadian concert cellist, recording musician, and teacher, with a professional career in music spanning over 50 years.
Whitton was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 2, 1923. From a young age he showed an aptitude for music, studying piano and cello. He continued to study until World War II was declared. Like many other young Canadians, he enlisted, joining the 4th Royal Canadian Field Artillery Regiment (4RCA). Stationed in England until shortly after the D-Day invasion, Whitton and his unit joined the extremely heavy fighting during the Caen/Falaise battles in Normandy. As part of the 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd Canadian Corps, 4RCA suffered heavy casualties in the terrible battles of Normandy, Belgium, the Netherlands (Woensdrecht), and the Rhineland (Hochwald). In addition, it was the target of the first ever bombing attack by a jet plane (an ME262). With 4RCA, Whitton operated in the dangerous role of forward observation signaler, which placed him on the front line with the infantry. Casualty rates among artillery observation teams were very high, but he survived the long odds to see VE day. With the
Geordie Lyall (born September 15, 1976 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former Canadian professional soccer player.
He spent virtually his entire career playing for Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps, with the exception of a brief period in England with lower-league club Walsall.
Lyall played college soccer at the University of Victoria from 1994 to 1998.
Lyall began his professional career with the Vancouver Whitecapsin 1999, and spent the next seven years there, playing 135 games and helping the team to their first USL First Division championship in 2006. He spent a brief spell in England with Walsall, although he never actually made a first team appearance for the Saddlers.
He re-signed with the Whitecaps in June 2007. On 12 October 2008 he helped the Whitecaps capture their second USL First Division Championship beating the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 in Vancouver On January 20, 2009 the Whitecaps announced the contract extensions of Lyall for the 2009 season; he subsequently played 7 games (253 minutes) in his final season with the Whitecaps.
Lyall retired professional soccer on October 30, 2009, stating that he will be continuing his career as an educator.
Lyall has represented Canada
James Knowles (September 5, 1856 – February 11, 1912), nicknamed "Darby", was a Canadian Major League Baseball player who played mainly at the third base, but did play significant time at first base as well, for six different teams in his five season career from 1884 to 1892. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Knowles died at the age of 55 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is interred at New York Bay Cemetery in Jersey City.
Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toon Adventures, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City.
LaMarche was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but his family moved to Timmins, Ontario, very soon after he was born. LaMarche's childhood was filled with his "own little world of cartoons and sixties television". It was not until his sophomore year of high school that he learned of the popularity his talent for mimicry could garner him. This realization came from a coincidental performance in a high school "variety night" when a couple of friends urged him to enter. The act he performed at the variety night was "celebrities as waiters" which he actually used all the way up until the end of his stand up career.
At the age of 19, LaMarche took his high school act to an open mic night in New York City, performing to a reaction in
2nd Lieutenant Paul Hartley Raney (1892–1917) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Christmas Day, 25 December 1892, the son of the Hon. William Edgar Raney, KC and Jessie Amelia Raney. He attended West Toronto Public School, St. Andrew's College from 1906 to 1908, and Oakwood Collegiate. He studied Applied Science from 1910 onwards, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1914. Raney enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps to fight in the First World War, training to become a fighter pilot. After a very short tour of duty, he was shot down and killed in action on 21 August 1917.
In February 1917, Paul Raney enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps. Training at Camp Borden, Ontario, he crossed the Atlantic to England aboard the S.S. Megnatic in May. Raney attended final flight and combat training in England, earning his wings in mid-June. In early July, Raney arrived in France, at the reserve camp, or as it was called the "Pool Pilots Mess", which was where new recruits were stationed before "an opening" appeared at active Squadrons. Raney was posted to 66 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps, then operating at Estreé Blanche in the Ypres area. Arriving
Walter Thomas Huston ( /ˈwɔːltər ˈhjuːstən/; April 5, 1883 – April 7, 1950) was a Canadian-born American actor. He was the father of actor and director John Huston and the grandfather of actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston.
Huston was born in Toronto, Ontario the son of Elizabeth (née McGibbon) and Robert Moore Huston, a provincial farmer who founded a construction company. He was of Scottish and Irish descent.
His family moved from Orangeville, Ontario before his birth where they were farmers.. Huston was an engineer who moved to the United States to work and eventually changed careers to acting.
Huston began his Broadway career in 1924. Once talkies began in Hollywood, he achieved fame in character roles. His first major role was in 1929's The Virginian with Gary Cooper. He appeared in the Broadway theatrical adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's novel Dodsworth in 1934 and the play's film version two years later.
Huston remained busy throughout the 1930s and 1940s, both on stage and screen (becoming one of America's most distinguished actors); he performed "September Song" in the original Broadway production of Knickerbocker Holiday in 1938 (his granddaughter Anjelica
Alvin Lee is a comic book artist known for his manga-styled art. Lee is the co-creator, along with writer Gail Simone of the character Agent X.
Alvin Lee is not related to Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Pat Lee, or Jae Lee, four other prominent people named Lee in the North American comic book industry.
Lee has worked under major comic book publishers including Image Comics under the UDON label, UDON studios as an independent publisher, Marvel Comics, DC Comics & Wildstorm.
Alvin Lee started his comic book career at 17, working as an comic book inker, mostly for Pat Lee's art, and was co-founder of now defunct Dreamwave Productions. Lee worked on titles such as Dark Minds, Neon Cyber, and Warlands. His first comic as penciller was for Warlands:Banished Knights.
In 2001, Lee joined UDON as a lead artist with the revival of Capcom's Street Fighter comic books and Darkstalkers comic books. His talent has also led to the game art of two Capcom videogame titles, Capcom Fighting Jam and the re-release of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. UDON was also an independent publisher and worked as a contract studio releasing a few of Marvel & Wildstorm titles, Alvin was responsible for the
Brooke Candice Nevin (born December 22, 1982) is a Canadian actress, best known for portraying Rachel Berenson on the science fiction series Animorphs (1998–1999) and as Julianne "Jules" Simms (2011–2012) on Breakout Kings, as well as Sonja Lester (2010-present) on Call Me Fitz. She was a series regular on USA Network's The 4400 (2004).
Nevin was born in Toronto, Canada to Monique (Nicky) and Bob Nevin, a retired professional hockey player. Nevin has a younger sister named Kaleigh. Nevin speaks French.
Dale Hawerchuk (born April 4, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 16 seasons. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001. He is currently the head coach of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.
Hawerchuk was a young prodigy who received his first pair of skates at age two and, according to his father, "was skating before he could walk." Beginning competitive hockey at age four, Hawerchuk demonstrated superior skills almost immediately. At a Peewee tournament in Montreal, he scored all eight goals during an 8–1 victory in the finals, smashing the long-standing record set by the legendary Guy Lafleur. By age 15, the famed Oshawa Generals offered him a tryout, though he did not make the team. In 1979, Hawerchuk was selected 6th overall by the Cornwall Royals of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and became somewhat of a rarity; a Toronto-born player starring in the QMJHL. He recorded 103 points and was named Rookie of the Year. Hawerchuk was the playoff MVP and led the Royals
Johnny Barbalinardo Lombardi, CM OOnt (December 4, 1915 – March 18, 2002) was a pioneer of multicultural broadcasting in Canada. He has received many decorations and honours.
Lombardi was married to Lena, with whom he had one son, Leonard (also known as Lenny), and two daughters, Donina and Theresa. He was sometimes referred to as "Mr. Toronto", and usually wore a baseball cap.
The son of Italian immigrants, Lombardi was born in the Little Italy section of Toronto. His father Leonardo Barbalinardo changed his name to Leonardo Lombardi shortly after moving to Canada because the Anglo-Saxon community of Toronto at the time had difficulty pronouncing his name.
He was lead trumpet player for the Benny Palmer Orchestra in London, a popular Ontario big band during the 1930s. He enlisted in the Canadian Army during World War II in 1942, and was soon stationed in Europe. He was Sergeant in the army, and during the war he entertained the troops with his trumpet.
He returned to Canada in 1946, and in 1948 he opened a supermarket named Lombardi's Italian Foods Ltd., or simply Lombardi’s Supermarket, at 637 College Street, an area which came to be known as Little Italy. He began his
Leylâ Milâni (Persian: لیلا میلانی; born April 2, 1982 in Toronto) is a Canadian model, actress, TV host and fashion designer. She is of Iranian descent.
Milani, has appeared in the World Wrestling Entertainment Diva Search 2005, Deal or No Deal, Sleeper Cell, Las Vegas, Rules of Engagement, Attack of the Show!, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Stacked, Desire, Wanted, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Extra and in the films Wrestlemaniac, Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down, Dr. Chopper. Maxim magazine features Milani and her fellow Deal or No Deal briefcase models in their online Girls of Maxim gallery.
Milani was a contestant in World Wrestling Entertainment's 2005 Diva Search, finishing second out of 8,000 contestants worldwide. Following that, she made an appearance at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla After School Special. After appearing on the WWE Raw Diva search, she began using the stage name Leyla Milani.
She later appeared on one of the USA Network's WWE Raw Fan Nation commercials, which are a series of commercials advertising WWE Raw, featuring people ranging from a stockbroker to Snoop Dogg.
Milani is the former co-host of Jimmy Hart's all-women wrestling show, Wrestlicious
Mike Nykoluk (born December 11, 1934) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played one season in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and who coached for seven seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is the younger brother of longtime Canadian Football League player Danny Nykoluk.
Nykoluk began his professional career with the Rochester Americans of the AHL in 1956–57. That season with Rochester, he was called up to play in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 32 games he played for Toronto would be his only stint in the NHL. He only mustered 4 points in those 32 games. He was sent back down to the Americans and went on to have an extensive playing career for the Hershey Bears of the AHL playing for 14 seasons before retiring. He was then offered a job with the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant to head coach Fred Shero. Nykoluk helped the Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1974, 1975. He later became assistant coach of the New York Rangers from 1978–1980 and head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons ending in 1984.
Noël Mitrani is a French and Canadian film director, film writer and a film producer through his own production company, StanKaz Films.
Born in Toronto from French parents, he went back to France age of 5. A graduate of History and Philosophy at the Sorbonne, and for some time a press illustrator, Noël Mitrani entered cinema as a writer. He directed his first short film After Shave in 1999, a comedy set in a suburban supermarket.
Three other short films followed, the last of which Les Siens addresses the confusion possible between dream and reality.
In 2005, Mitrani established his own production company, StanKaz Films, and produced his first feature length film Sur la trace d'Igor Rizzi, a black comedy starring Laurent Lucas and Isabelle Blais. His second picture The Kate Logan Affair is a dark and mysterious thriller starring Alexis Bledel playing a psychologically unstable police woman.
His life is marked by his split cultural identity, French and Canadian, and this, along with his fascination for the 1970s and his compulsion to depict solitary figures fighting to overcome their torments, has found its way into his work.
Emanuel Sandhu (born November 18, 1980) is a Canadian figure skater and dancer. He is a three-time Canadian national champion and the 2004 Grand Prix Final champion.
Sandhu was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario. His mother Enza was born in Italy, and his father Lokraj is Indian. He began studying ballet at the age of three and figure skating at the age of eight. Despite training as a figure skater, Sandhu continued to dance until the end of high school and graduated from Canada's National Ballet School. A year after Sandhu started figure skating, he was discovered by coach Joanne McLeod who has a background in dance and was his coach for his entire career. Sandhu later relocated to Burnaby, British Columbia to continue training at the B.C. Centre of Excellence with McLeod, whom he credited as being his biggest support system. Sandhu's ballet training and Indo-Canadian/Italian heritage have given him a unique style and flamboyant look. He is fluent in English, French, and Italian. Sandhu also dabbles in modeling and singing.
Sandhu had early success in Canada, placing second in his first Canadian nationals. Sandhu's success qualified him for the
Enrico Colantoni (born February 14, 1963) is a Canadian actor, probably best known for portraying Elliot DiMauro in the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, Keith Mars on the television series Veronica Mars, and Sergeant Greg Parker on the television series Flashpoint. He has also had supporting roles in such films as The Wrong Guy, Galaxy Quest, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence and guest appearances on Monk, Numb3rs, Stargate SG-1 and Bones. Recently, Colantoni portrayed DJ, a gun-toting former gourmet chef in the indie comedy Sherman's Way opposite James LeGros. Colantoni currently plays a recurring role on Person of Interest as Elias, an elusive crime boss.
Colantoni was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Gina, a garment worker, and Quintino Colantoni, a labourer and truck driver. Both his parents were immigrants from Italy, and his brother is a retired police officer.
He attended the University of Toronto studying psychology and sociology, but transferred to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Colantoni graduated from the Yale School of Drama, winning the Carol Dye Award.
He currently appears in the Canadian TV police drama Flashpoint as Sgt. Greg Parker, (also airing in
John Frederic Coulon (February 12, 1889 – October 29, 1973) was the bantamweight boxing champion of the world from 6 March 1910, when he wrested the crown from England's Jim Kendrick, until 1914, when he was defeated by Kid Williams.
Born in Toronto to American parents Emile Eugene Coulon (1857–1911) and Sarah Loretta Waltzinger (1857–1923), Coulon grew up in turn-of-the-century Chicago, where, as a prelim fighter, he became known as "The Cherry Picker from Logan Square." He turned pro at 16 and was champion at 21. His career, managed by his father, Eugene "Pop" Coulon, stretched from 1905 to 1920. The hall-of-famer is listed as losing only four times in 97 fights, but he claimed to have fought over 300 pro fights.
Coulon won his first 26 bouts before losing a 10-round decision to Kid Murphy. In a rematch with Murphy in 1908, Coulon reversed the decision and earned recognition as the American bantamweight champion.
After capturing the world title against Kendrick in 19 rounds, he defended the title against Earl Denning, Frankie Conley, Frankie Burns, and Kid Williams. He finally lost the crown in 1914 when Williams stopped him in the third round. He also faced Harry Forbes during
Kenneth Joel "Kenny" Hotz (born May 3, 1967) is an internationally award winning Canadian producer and comedian. He is a former South Park consultant, creator/star of the Comedy Central television show Kenny vs. Spenny creator and writer of the FX series Testees and the creator/star of Kenny Hotz's Triumph of the Will.
In 1996, he created and starred (with Rice) in the documentary Pitch which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997. The film had numerous cameos including Al Pacino, Samuel Z. Arkoff and Neil Simon.
In 1997 he co-wrote an episode of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation with Spencer Rice, titled "Truce or Consequences".
Kenny vs. Spenny was first aired on CBC Television in 2003 and went on to be nominated for a 8 Gemini awards. The series centered around Hotz and friend Spencer Rice as they competed against each other in 3 day competitions, the loser of which would perform a "humiliation". The show was embroiled in a deliberate controversy with the British Columbia Human Rights Commission for Hotz's actions in the episode "Who Can Piss Off More People", where he paid to have a plane fly over Toronto dragging a banner that reads "Jesus Sucks". Though he claimed his
Shenae Grimes ( /ʃəˈneɪ/; born October 24, 1989) is a Canadian actress. She currently portrays the role of Annie Wilson on 90210, a spinoff of Beverly Hills, 90210. Prior to that she played Darcy Edwards on Degrassi: The Next Generation. She was also a recurring guest star on the series Naturally, Sadie, and had a role in the horror film Scream 4.
Grimes was born in Toronto, Ontario. She attended Forest Hill Public School for elementary. She interned at Toronto's Fashion Television as part of her high school education. Grimes attended City Academy for her last two years of high school. Beginning with a minor role in 2004, Grimes became a lead character on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2006, playing the role of Darcy Edwards. In 2008, Grimes left the series and Canada after being cast as Annie Wilson in 90210, the CW's spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210.
She also appeared in Picture This with her former Degrassi: The Next Generation co-star Lauren Collins and Ashley Tisdale and then in True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet alongside singer JoJo.
In 2009, Grimes was named one of the world's most beautiful people, without makeup, by People magazine. She also appeared in a music
Carlo Colaiacovo ( /ˌkoʊleɪ.əˈkoʊvoʊ/; born January 27, 1983) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Colaiacovo also has an identical twin brother, Paulo Colaiacovo, who is a professional ice hockey goaltender.
Colaiacovo was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Colaiacovo has been bothered by injuries that have hindered him from becoming an NHL regular, but many still consider him to be a good prospect. He scored his first career NHL goal on November 8, 2005, against the Washington Capitals.
On January 23, 2006, Colaiacovo missed a hipcheck on Václav Varaďa in a game against the Ottawa Senators, smashing head-first into the boards. He was taken off the ice in a stretcher. The injury was a major concussion, and he missed the end of the 2005–06 NHL season.
Colaiacovo recovered fully from his concussion, but later injured his hand in his first game back into the Toronto Marlies lineup. On December 4, the Maple Leafs recalled Colaiacovo from the Marlies and on December 16, he scored his first goal of the season against the New York Rangers. Colaiacovo underwent arthroscopic
Chad E. Donella (born May 18, 1978) is a Canadian actor who has appeared in several movies and television shows.
He attended the Arts York Drama Program, in which he participated in such plays as Oedipus Rex, Waiting for Godot, and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. He has performed at Toronto's Factory Theatre and the Markham Theatre. He also played bass for a time in a band called DAEVE. He has appeared in several movies such as Final Destination, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Disturbing Behavior. In addition to his roles on film, he also obtained many parts on television, appearing in shows like The X-Files, Smallville, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Monk and Lost. In many of his roles he has portrayed teenagers and young men undergoing a crisis. Donella had a role as Officer Gibson in Saw 3D, which was directed by Kevin Greutert.
Nathan Cullen, MP (born July 13, 1972) is a Canadian federal politician. He is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Skeena—Bulkley Valley and a member of the New Democratic Party. While he was raised in Toronto and worked for several years in Central and South America, he moved to Smithers, British Columbia in 1998 working as a private consultant. He entered politics in 2004, as the NDP candidate challenging the Conservative Party incumbent Andy Burton. Cullen won the 2004 election and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2011, allowing him to serve as a Member of Parliament in the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Parliaments. Cullen introduced several private member's bills, though none were adopted, such as the Phthalate Control Act and the Canada's Clean Air and Climate Change Act in the 39th Parliament, as well as the Bicycle Path Promotion Act and An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 in the 40th Parliament. He was a candidate in the 2012 New Democratic Party leadership election, and came in third. On April 20, 2012 Cullen was named House Leader for the Official Opposition in Thomas Mulcair's first Shadow Cabinet Shuffle.
Born and raised in Toronto,
Beatrice Gladys "Bea" Lillie (May 29, 1894 – January 20, 1989) was an actress and comedic performer. Following her 1920 marriage to Sir Robert Peel in England, she was known in private life as Lady Peel. Sheridan Morley noted in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that "Lillie's great talents were the arched eyebrow, the curled lip, the fluttering eyelid, the tilted chin, the ability to suggest, even in apparently innocent material, the possible double entendre".
Lillie was born in Toronto, where she performed, along with other Ontario towns as part of a family trio with her mother and older sister, Muriel. Eventually, her mother, Lucie, took the girls to London, England where she made her West End debut in the 1914 Not Likely. She was noted primarily for her stage work in revues, especially those staged by André Charlot, and light comedies, and was frequently paired with Gertrude Lawrence, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley.
In her revues, she utilized sketches, songs, and parody that won her lavish praise from the New York Times after her 1924 New York debut. In some of her best known bits, she would solemnly parody the flowery performing style of earlier decades, mining such songs
Colin Anthony Cole (born June 24, 1980) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent of the National Football League. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Iowa.
Cole has also played for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.
When Cole was only 5 years old he moved to Florida. He attended South Plantation High School, where he excelled in football and wrestling. He was named second-team all-state in football, and won the state wrestling title as a senior. And on Friday, October 24, 2008 his football jersey number (number 34) was officially retired at South Plantation High School.
Cole went to the University of Iowa on a football scholarship.
Upon graduation Cole played on the practice squad of the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings before being signed to the active roster by the Packers.
The Packers extended a second-round ($1.417 million) tender to Cole a restricted free agent . Cole needed this higher tender because he was originally undrafted.
Cole was re-signed by the Green Bay Packers on April 17, 2008.
Cole became an Unrestricted Free Agent on February 27, 2009.
Cole was signed by
Howard Michael "Howie" Mandel (born November 29, 1955) is a Canadian comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor. He is well known as host of the NBC game show Deal or No Deal, as well as the show's daytime and Canadian-English counterparts. Before his career as a game show host, Mandel was best known for his role as rowdy ER intern Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere. He is also well known for being the creator and star of the children's cartoon Bobby's World. On June 6, 2009, he hosted the 2009 Game Show Awards on GSN. Mandel became a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent, replacing David Hasselhoff, in the fifth season of the reality talent contest. Mandel has mysophobia.
He was born and lived in the Willowdale area of Toronto, Ontario. His family is of Jewish ancestry and he is a distant cousin to Itzhak Perlman. His father was a lighting manufacturer and a real estate agent. After getting expelled from his high school for impersonating a member of the school board and signing a construction contract to make an addition to his school, Mandel became a carpet salesman who would later open a carpet sales business of his own. He was a stand-up comedian at
Neil Percival Young, OC, OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter.
Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as "one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers". He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.
Young's work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound. While Young
Sarah Elizabeth Barrable-Tishauer (born July 6, 1988) is a Canadian actress who is most known for her role as Liberty Van Zandt on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Barrable-Tishauer was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and has had theatrical acting career going back to 2000, at age 11, when she was cast in the Toronto version of The Lion King.
An experienced dancer, pianist, and trombone player, Barrable-Tishauer received the opportunity, in 2002, to act alongside Gregory Hines, in the 2002 made-for-television film "The Red Sneakers". This was her first major experience as a television actress.
Soon after, she was cast as Liberty Van Zandt on the hit Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Being at "Degrassi" gave Barrable-Tishauer much fame, as the program was popular among Canadian teenagers since the original series in 1989, and, when Barrable-Tishauer joined, was enjoying one of its most popular eras. Barrable-Tishauer is presently enrolled at Concordia University in Montréal, majoring in Intermedia. In 2009, after eight seasons on Degrassi: The Next Generation as a regular character, her character Liberty, was written off. However,
Sophia Aggelonitis is a Canadian politician. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Hamilton Mountain and served as the province's Minister of Revenue and Minister Responsible for Seniors in the Liberal government of Premier Dalton McGuinty. She is the daughter of Greek immigrants and was raised in Welland, Ontario before moving to Hamilton in 1994.
Prior to her election to the legislature, Aggelonitis was an entrepreneur, manufacturing and distributing a "Sauces by Sophia" brand of tzatziki to supermarkets and specialty food stores in Southern Ontario. She volunteered with the Hamilton AM Rotary Club and a number of other community organizations, including the local Theatre Aquarius, Canadian Club of Hamilton, Phoenix Place and the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice fundraising committee. After serving four years on the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, she was subsequently elected its president in March 2007, but resigned at the end of June to pursue the Liberal nomination after Marie Bountrogianni announced that she would not seek another term in office.
Aggelonitis was elected with 37.2% of the vote, defeating the NDP candidate by close to 2,000
Stephen Joseph Harper, PC MP (born April 30, 1959) is the twenty-second and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party. Harper became prime minister when his party formed a minority government after the 2006 federal election. He is the first prime minister from the newly reconstituted Conservative Party, following a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties.
Harper has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Calgary Southwest in Alberta since 2002. Earlier, from 1993 to 1997, he was the MP for Calgary West. He was one of the founding members of the Reform Party, but did not seek re-election, and instead joined, and shortly thereafter led, the National Citizens Coalition. In 2002, he succeeded Stockwell Day as leader of the Canadian Alliance (the successor to the Reform Party) and returned to parliament as Leader of the Opposition. In 2003, he reached an agreement with Progressive Conservative leader Peter MacKay for the merger of their two parties to form the Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected as the party's first non-interim leader in March 2004.
Harper's Conservative Party won a stronger minority in the
Tara Lyn Strong (née Charendoff; born February 12, 1973) is a Canadian actress, voice actress, and singer, who is perhaps best known for her voice work in animated films and television series.
Tara Lyn Charendoff was born on February 12, 1973 to Jewish-Canadian parents Lucy (1936–2004) and Syd Charendoff who ran a convenience/toy/candy store called The Wiz, and was raised in Toronto, Ontario. Strong's acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in a school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know Yiddish, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at the Toronto Jewish Theater (TJA), where she acted in A Night of Stars, and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir, where she sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew, a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of then Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At age thirteen, Strong was accepted into a performing arts school, where she landed her first professional role: the role of Gracie in the Limelight Theater's
Carling Kathrin Bassett-Seguso (born 9 October 1967) is a former Canadian professional tennis player. Bassett is the daughter of John F. Bassett and Susan Carling, and the granddaughter of media baron John Bassett and politician and brewery executive John Carling.
In 1981, Bassett won the Canadian junior indoor tennis title. In 1982, she was ranked No. 2 junior player in the world after winning events in Tokyo and Taipei. That year she also became the youngest winner of the Canadian closed championship at the age of 14. She won the title again in 1983 and 1986. By age 16, Bassett was Canada's top tennis player. At the same time, she had a successful second career as a fashion model, working for the world-famous Ford modeling agency. She also dabbled in acting, being promoted as one of the stars of a 1982 teen comedy film, Spring Fever, and later appearing in a 1984 episode of The Littlest Hobo.
In 1983, Bassett advanced to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and won her first top-level singles titles in Pennsylvania. In 1984, she reached the quarter-finals at the French Open and the semi-finals at the US Open. She reached the French Open quarter-finals again in 1986. Bassett
Darren Haydar (born October 22, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger. He currently plays with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL). Haydar was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 9th round (248th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Prior to turning professional Haydar played two years with the Milton Merchants of the Junior A Ontario Provincial Hockey League, where he established league records for goals (71) and points (140) in a season. He then spent four years (1998–2002) for the University of New Hampshire, scoring 219 points with 102 goals. In 2002 he was named a First Team All-American and was Hockey East Player of the Year.
He was drafted 248th overall by Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. On September 11, 2002, Haydar signed a three-year entry level contract with the Predators. He spent almost all of his Predators career at their farm team as a standout with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, only playing twice for the Predators, both in the 2002–03 NHL season. He helped the Admirals win the Calder Cup in the 2003–04 season.
Haydar was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers as a Free Agent on July 4, 2006.
David Brooks (born August 11, 1961) is a political and cultural commentator who writes for The New York Times. He worked as an editorial writer and film reviewer for the Washington Times; a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal; a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception; a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly; and as a commentator on National Public Radio. He is now a columnist for The New York Times and commentator on PBS NewsHour.
Brooks, who is Jewish, was born in Toronto, Canada – his father was a US citizen living in Canada at the time – and grew up in New York City in Stuyvesant Town. He graduated from Grace Church School in New York City, Radnor High School (located in a Main Line suburb of Philadelphia) in 1979 and from the University of Chicago, with a degree in history, in 1983.
Brooks edited a 1996 anthology of writings by new conservative writers, Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing. He wrote a book of cultural commentary titled Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, published in 2000, and followed it four years later with On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have)
Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian recording artist and actor from Toronto, Ontario. He originally became known for playing Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, but also began to rise to stardom with the release of multiple mixtapes that began to generate hype for his future career as a rapper, the most successful of these being So Far Gone which led to the release of an EP that would lead to Drake's career breakthrough.
In June 2009, Drake signed a recording contract with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment. Drake rose to stardom with the release of the EP So Far Gone (2009), which spawned the smash single "Best I Ever Had" and moderate hit "Successful". After the success of So Far Gone, Drake prepared to release his first studio album, Thank Me Later. The album was released on June 15, 2010, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album has since gone platinum and has spawned the successful singles "Over" and "Find Your Love". His second studio album titled Take Care was released on November 15, 2011 and topped the charts in the U.S. and Canada and produced multiple smash
Glenn Herbert Gould (25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach's music.
Gould rejected most of the standard Romantic piano literature and, after his adolescence, avoided Liszt, Schumann, and Chopin. Although his recordings were dominated by Bach, Gould's repertoire was diverse, including works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, pre-Baroque composers such as Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and such 20th-century composers as Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss. Gould was well known for various eccentricities, from his unorthodox musical interpretations and mannerisms at the keyboard to aspects of his lifestyle and personal behaviour. He stopped giving concerts at the age of 31 to concentrate on studio recording and other projects.
Gould was also known as a writer, composer, conductor, and broadcaster. He was a prolific contributor to musical
Gloria Reuben (born June 9, 1964) is a Canadian singer and actress of film and television, known for her role as Jeanie Boulet on the popular medical drama ER and for her role of Rosalind Whitman in the TV show Raising the Bar.
Reuben was born in Toronto to a classical singer mother and an architect father. Her father is White Canadian and her mother is Jamaican. Reuben is the half-sister of Denis Simpson, an actor and children's television host who died in 2010. She began learning piano as a child and studied later music technique and theory, ballet and jazz at the Canadian Royal Conservatory. Her career as an actress was triggered by a few jobs as a model and TV ad appearances.
Reuben is known for her role on the American television series ER as Jeanie Boulet, an HIV-positive physician assistant on the hospital's staff. She was a guest star throughout Season 1 and was elevated to full-time cast member at the beginning of Season 2. She continued that role until early Season 6, when she left the show. In 2008, Reuben returned to ER for one episode during its 14th season. She has stated that this role led to her HIV/AIDS activism.
Reuben again held a major role in a television
Jack Pickford (August 18, 1896 - January 3, 1933) was a Canadian-born American actor, brother of early filmstar Mary Pickford.
After their father deserted the family, all three Pickford children had to take work as child actors. When Mary broke into films, Jack went to Hollywood with her, but was never in her league. When she signed her first $1 million contract, he was mostly playing the boy-next-door in B-films. Some claimed that he had great talent, but suffered from living in her shadow. At any rate, his life of drink, drugs, syphilis and scandal ruled out any career success, and his three marriages to showgirls all ended in failure. Pickford died in Paris of progressive multiple neuritis, aged thirty-six.
Born John Charles Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to John Charles Smith and Charlotte Hennessy Smith in 1896. His alcoholic father left the family while Pickford was a young child. This incident left the family impoverished. In desperation Charlotte Hennessy allowed Pickford and his two sisters Gladys and Lottie to appear onstage. This proved a good source of income and by 1900 the family was based in New York City acting in plays across the United States.
Due to the work
James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928) is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Randi began his career as a magician named The Amazing Randi, but after retiring at age 60, he was able to devote most of his time to investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, which he collectively calls "woo-woo".
Although often referred to as a "debunker", Randi dislikes the term's connotations and prefers to describe himself as an "investigator". He has written about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. The JREF sponsors The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US$1,000,000 to eligible applicants who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event under test conditions agreed to by both parties.
Randi was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Marie Alice (née Paradis) and
Joel Randal Ward (born December 2, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild.
Ward was born in Toronto to his mother Cecilia who worked as a nurse, and his father, the late Randal Ward, formerly an auto-mechanic. Both of his parents are immigrants from Barbados. Joel Ward also has two brothers, Shane and Julian.
Undrafted, Ward played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Platers. After completing his four-year junior career and his final year of eligibility with the Platers in 2000–01, Ward linked up with lower tier professional team the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the West Coast Hockey League to end the season. An unsigned free agent to start the 2001–02 season, Ward attended the Detroit Red Wings training camp on a try-out but was recruited and played collegiately for the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers of the CIS.
Awarded Rookie of the year and the Panthers three time MVP while earning a degree in sociology in his four-year collegiate career, Ward was invited to the Minnesota Wild's training camp in 2006. In his first
John Part (born June 29, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian professional darts player, who is nicknamed Darth Maple. Part is a three-times World Champion, having triumphed in the BDO World Championship in 1994 and the PDC World Championship in 2003 and 2008. His 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic title and a host of other tournament wins make him statistically North America's greatest darts player ever.
Part was given a dartboard by his parents as a Christmas present in 1987 and has played the sport ever since. Though television coverage of darts in Canada is rare and live coverage is almost non-existent, Part was still able to view the World Professional Darts Championship and the World Masters, where he would learn his game from some of the most famous champions in the sport, particularly Bob Anderson. Little is known of Part's formative darts years, but he won his first significant title at the Syracuse Open in 1991 and became a professional in the same year. It is assumed he had great success in the North American circuit as he was soon representing Canada in the WDF World Cup. Part has stated that he was 'produced as a darts player by the North American game', and that his
John Willinsky (born 1950) is a Canadian educator, activist, and author.
Willinsky is currently on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Education. Until 2007 he was the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Willinsky taught school in Ontario for 10 years and, with Vivian Forssman, developed the Information Technology Management program for high schools in British Columbia and Ontario. He is the author of Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED, Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End, which won Outstanding Book Awards from the American Educational Research Association and History of Education Society, as well as the more recent titles, Technologies of Knowing, If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship -- the latter of which has won the 2006 Blackwell's Scholarship Award and the Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award.
Julian de Guzman (born March 25, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.
Previously, he played for Deportivo de La Coruña, and was the first Canadian to play in the Spanish La Liga. His younger brother Jonathan de Guzmán also played in La Liga as well. While playing in Spain De Guzman was voted 2007–2008 Deportivo Player of the year.
De Guzman has played at both the Canadian U-20 and Senior level, he was awarded the Canadian Player of the Year in 2008 and in 2007 became only the second Canadian international to be awarded the CONCACAF Gold Cup Most Valuable Player, the other was Craig Forrest.
His younger brother Jonathan de Guzman also plays professional football, for Premier League club Swansea City and is eligible for selection by the Netherlands, Jamaican, Philippine and the Canadian national team, but has yet to receive a senior call up from the Netherlands.
De Guzman was discovered by representatives of Olympique Marseille while playing for the North Scarborough youth soccer club in Toronto. After playing with Marseille's reserve side, De Guzman became a first-team regular with 1. FC Saarbrücken in the
Matt Pelech (born September 4, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League (AHL). He is a prospect of the San Jose Sharks. Pelech was a draft pick of the Calgary Flames, selected in the first round, 26th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in 2009 with the Flames.
Pelech played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting, London Knights and Belleville Bulls. In 2007, he was assigned to the Quad City Flames of the American Hockey League. He was recalled by the Flames on April 4, 2009, making his NHL debut that night against the Minnesota Wild. Pelech recorded his first career point, an assist, three nights later against the Los Angeles Kings. He joined the Abbotsford Heat for the 2009–10 season when the Flames relocated their AHL team. He was sidelined in January 2010 with a blood clot in his arm, an ailment team doctors initially feared was season ending. Pelech recovered in time to join the Heat for their playoff run, appearing in all 13 of the team's post-season games.
Pelech appeared in 59 games for the Heat in 2010–11, scoring
Rachel Elise Blanchard (born March 19, 1976) is a Canadian actress.
Blanchard was born in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated from Havergal College in Toronto, going on to Queen's University.
Blanchard's career was launched with a part in a McDonald's commercial, and as an eight-year-old on the Canadian children's show The Kids of Degrassi Street, in which she played Melanie Schlegel. She also starred in War of the Worlds as Suzanne McCullough's daughter Debi and in Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark? as Kristen. Blanchard is probably best known for playing the part of Cher Horowitz (originally portrayed by Alicia Silverstone in the film version) on the television series Clueless (based on the 1995 movie of the same name).
Blanchard received critical acclaim for her performance in the award-winning second series of sitcom Peep Show. She played Jeremy's girlfriend and eventual "wife" in an arranged marriage for UK visa. She reprised this role in the fourth series (2007). She played Jemaine's (and Bret's) girlfriend Sally on the HBO show Flight of the Conchords.
Ulrich Alexander "Rick" Fox (born July 24, 1969) is a Canadian television actor and retired professional basketball player who last played for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in 2004.
Fox was born in Toronto, the son of Dianne Gerace, who was an Olympic high jumper and women's pentathlete, and Ulrich Fox. His father is Bahamian and his mother is Italian Canadian. Fox's family moved to his father's native Bahamas when Fox was three. He attended Kingsway Academy in Nassau, where he was a member of the high school's basketball team, the "Saints." Fox also played high school basketball in Warsaw, Indiana. After two seasons (1984–1986) at Warsaw, Fox was projected to have a monster senior season. Just prior to his senior season, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) ruled that he had no more high school eligibility left (due to completing eight semesters in the Bahamas) and was not allowed to participate in any IHSAA games. Despite not playing his senior season, Fox was voted onto the Indiana All-Star team in 1987.
He then went on to star collegiately at the University of North Carolina where his highlights included leading the Tar Heels to the 1991 NCAA Final Four.
Rosannagh "Rosie" MacLennan (born August 28, 1988) is a Canadian trampoline gymnast. She is the current reigning Olympic champion in the individual trampoline event as well as the reigning Pan American Games champion in the individual. MacLennan was the Canadian National Women's champion in 2005, 2009 and 2011. MacLennan was the World Champion in the synchro event with Karen Cockburn, winning gold in 2007. She has also won five silver and four bronze medals in World Championship competition in both the individual and synchro events.
MacLennan trains at Skyrider's Trampoline Place in Richmond Hill, Ontario with coach David Ross who has coached all of Canada's Olympic trampolinists. She has competed internationally at various levels since 1999. In 2006 she paired with her training partner, the double Olympian Karen Cockburn, in synchronized trampoline and since then the pair have dominated the event internationally winning eight consecutive World Cup events including the World Cup Finals in Birmingham in 2006. In the 2007 World Championships in Quebec City they again won the event The pair hold the current female synchronized trampoline routine world record for difficulty with a DD
Stephen John Coates (born July 2, 1950) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and is currently a broadcaster/color commentator with the Philadelphia Flyers. He played five NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1976–77 season.
He now resides in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
Coates' professional hockey career began when he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1973 as a free agent after four seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies. After playing in four seasons in the Flyers' minor league system, he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings along with Terry Murray, Bob Ritchie, and Dave Kelly in exchange for Rick Lapointe and Mike Korney during the 1976–77 season. In five games for the Red Wings that season, he scored one goal for his only NHL point. He spent the next three years playing in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL) before retiring.
Philadelphia Flyers Color-Commentator (1980–present)
"Coatesy's Corner" (1999–2011): In 1999, Coates started to host a short segment during the first intermission of local Flyers television broadcasts. These segments included interviews, explanations of NHL rules, analyses of current NHL
William Emerson "Will" Arnett (pronounced /ɑrˈnɛt/; born May 4, 1970) is a Canadian actor and comedian best known for his role as George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II on the Fox comedy Arrested Development. He is also known for his role as Devon Banks on the NBC comedy 30 Rock. Since his success on Arrested Development, Arnett has landed major film roles. He played supporting roles in the comedy films Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory, RV, and Hot Rod. He starred in 2006's Let's Go to Prison and 2007's The Brothers Solomon. Arnett has also done work as a voiceover artist for commercials, films, television programs, and video games. He is currently starring in the NBC show Up All Night as Chris Brinkley.
Arnett was born in Toronto, the son of Edith Alexandra (née Palk) and Emerson James Arnett, who was a corporate lawyer and brewer, among other occupations.
In Toronto, he attended Francophone schools. He speaks French, but has stated that he is not currently fluent in the language. Arnett briefly attended Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario, but was asked not to return after a semester for being a troublemaker. He then attended the Subway Academy II which allowed him to take theatre