Category Archives: Beaches|Life magazine cover stories

Life is Sweet – Toronto Chef David Rocco Passion for Food

Celebrity chef David Rocco is a familiar face to many Canadians. He is an executive producer, best-selling author and host of two internationally syndicated TV series. But most of all, he is proud of his Italian heritage and how this has shaped the way he approaches food, cooking, family, friends and life itself – “dolce vita,” translated as the “good or sweet life”. David’s culinary passion … <entire article…>

Toronto Chef David Rocco

Just Your Average 12 Year Old Musician, Author, Environmentalist, Photographer, Fundraiser and Survivor

Rachel Kingstone says she’s just an “average kid”, but there is not much that is average about Rachel. She’s a talented musician who plays piano, cello and sings, a strait A student at the demanding Claude Watson School for the Arts, a volunteer for environmental concerns and avid fundraiser who’s raised thousands of dollars for cancer, and an author. But … <entire article…>

A Symphonic Father Figure – Peter Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

World-renowned and beloved by those he has worked with and entertained,Canadian violinist, conductor, and music director, Peter Oundjian is celebrating ten years with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Under his stewardship, the TSO has flourished, attracting new audiences, earning rave reviews, and a European concert tour this summer. Born in Toronto, Peter, the youngest of  five children, was raised … <entire article…>

Growing in the Beaches – The Beach Garden Society

“Gardening is such a peaceful thing; it’s like yoga”, affirms Barbara Phillips, president of The Beach Garden Society (BGS). This group of gardening enthusiasts has flourished to include around 200 energetic local members of both genders and all ages, beginners and experts, united by their appreciation of our natural world’s beauty. It’s not necessary to have a large space to garden. “Some members have tiny spaces … <entire article…>

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All eyes will be on Sochi for the next two weeks. Who will you be watching and cheering  for? Be sure to keep your eyes on Canada’s Cross Country Ski Team with our very own Len Valjas, native to Toronto, as he kicks and glides at the upcoming Olympic Games. Born and raised in Toronto, Lenny started skiing at an early age of 2 or … <entire article…>

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Symphony! of Stories – Sultans of String

Those attending a sold-out concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto on December 1st, were fortunate to have experienced the award winning Sultans of String celebrating the premier of their forth CD, “Symphony!” To perform the album live, the fi ve band members were joined by the Cathedral Bluff s Symphony Orchestra. Th is was a project three years in the making. Their original instrumentals off er … <entire article…>

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Liona Boyd – The Migration of Canada’s Monarch of Classical Music

Canadians have always been enchanted with classical guitarist Liona Boyd. The many accolades she’s received include five Juno awards, the Order of Canada and the Diamond Jubilee Medal, to name a few. When perusing her many recorded albums you will find world-renowned guest artists including; Yo Yo Ma, Eric Clapton and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. In 1975 Liona was … <entire article…>


When Michael Thornton first started to play recreational soccer at the Beach Community Soccer League, it didn’t take long before parents and coaches alike began to notice that he wasn’t any ordinary soccer player. Even at a young age, Michael demonstrated the agility, speed and competitive spirit needed to play with the best in the world. What is not so … <entire article…>

Beaches Life Aug/Sept cover

Rick’s Summer Report – 
Rick Mercer on jigging a cod and strolling the Boardwalk

Rick Mercer is Canada’s number one political satirist, comedian, and television host. The Rick Mercer Report – Canada’s funniest and most watched comedy show filled with rants and funny takes on the week’s top stories and lively cross-country adventures. Born and raised in Newfoundland, the St. John’s suburb of Middle Cove.  Rick Mercer’s genius was first recognized when he won Newfoundland’s … <entire article…>