Category Archives: Beaches|Life magazine cover stories

Dan Hill – Dynamic Storyteller

It is not by chance that Grammy and Juno Award-winning Dan Hill is one of the most sought-after and admired singer/songwriter/producer in the world. His athletic drive mirrors his dedication to artistic expression. At age 56, Dan has contributed to Canada’s indelible stamp on pop culture. Songs from his early career like “Sometimes When We Touch” and “Can’t We Try” … <entire article…>

What may feel like a NO, is a big YES!

What do you get when you combine an actress and a rabbi? The answer is Tracey Erin Smith. Critics have described Tracey’s one-woman show The Burning Bush as “brilliantly funny,” “provocative and hilarious.” She has taken this award-winning comedy across Canada and to off-off Broadway. From a very young age Tracey wanted to become a rabbi. The choice made sense … <entire article…>

Home Town Tom Brown – Weather Anchor, CTV News

Back in the early ‘80s, when vinyl records were the king, Tom Brown the broadcaster was born – only he didn’t know it yet. Tom, who grew up on the Firstbrook Road in the Beaches, attended the same Malvern High School as many other celebrities and famous people did. Wanting to fit in with the cool crowd, Tom got his … <entire article…>

Seasoned Young Actor and Actress Stacey Farber & Michael Seater

At age 23 both Stacey Farber and Michael Seater have already had long acting careers. Stacey began acting professionally at age 13. Since then she has been in 13 different television and movie productions. Stacey is most recognized for her award winning role as Ellie Nash from the television show “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, where she was part of 106 … <entire article…>

Blue Rodeo From Juno to Hockey & Everything in Between

Despite their internationally renowned fame and success that Blue Rodeo have accumulated in their 25-year career, the members of Blue Rodeo haven’t forsaken their Toronto roots. Co-frontman Jim Cuddy and his wife Rena Polley have lived in the same East Toronto neighbourhood for over 20 years, where they’ve raised three child-ren together: Devin, 22, Emma, 21, and Sam, 17. “My … <entire article…>

Laura DiBattista – News Anchor, Health Specialist and Hometown Girl

Laura DiBattista, no stranger to Torontonians, is a life-long resident of the Beaches. When she is not in front of the camera, researching current health topics  or on assignment, Laura loves to work out at the Balmy Beach Club, spend time with family (daughter, husband, mom, sister) and friends, and especially enjoys having family meals together. As part of a … <entire article…>

Hot guys… cool job!

Getting insight from the firefighters from station 226 T he historic fire station at Main and Gerrard  houses 40 local heroes. Beaches|life sat down with Station 226’s Crew A, Captains Gary and Ken, and firemen Clay, Bill, Tony, Tom and Mark (alias, “the Rooster”). Bill (second from right) and Mark (third from left) grew up in the Beaches. Bill has … <entire article…>

Sons of Beaches Good Music for a Good Cause

Sons of Beaches grew up locally and attended Malvern, Neil McNeil and Danforth Tech schools. Brothers Frank and Patrick were both bitten by the  musical bug at an early age. Although they were both active in music–Frank  singing in rock bands since the mid-80s and his brother Patrick playing piano–they never really performed together. Mike came from a history of … <entire article…>

Jennifer Valentyne – LiveEye from the Beaches

Beaches resident, Jennifer Valentyne, has been the LiveEye Host for Breakfast Television at Citytv for 16 years. That’s 16 years of adventure around the GTA, doing everything from milking a goat at the Royal Winter fair to trying out a flying trapeze at Circus School. Jennifer travels each morning to locations around and beyond the GTA, giving viewers a “live … <entire article…>