Category Archives: Beaches|Life magazine cover stories

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…>

Jamie Johnston… the life of a young actor.

Jamie Johnston, the award-winning actor who plays Peter Stone on the hit TV show, Degrassi: The Next Generation, does what every other 19 year old does – hangs out with his friends, snowboards, listens to music and jams with his guitar and drums in the basement. As a Beaches native, Jamie attended St. Denis Catholic School on Balsam Avenue through … <entire article…>

Fabulous Holiday Tips Made Easy with Steven & Chris

Maybe the economy has taken a downward turn and your Christmas budget has suddenly shrunk, but that doesn’t mean your holiday spirit needs to follow suit! Hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman of CBC-TV’s STEVEN AND CHRIS have some timely tips on how you can be just as fashionable, your home just as festive, and your parties just as spectacular … <entire article…>

Preserving famiglia tradition in the sunshine

It is harvest time and many families not only celebrate with holidays like Thanksgiving, but also through cultural traditions that brings many families together and preserve the sunshine of summer’s bounty through the long winter months. One Saturday morning, our director Hong Zhao discovered her Italian neighbour doing just that.  Outside in the warmth of an early September morning, Frank … <entire article…>

Jesse Cook: from Paris to the Beaches

On September 7, Juno winner guitarist Jesse Cook is playing along with many other artists at the “B.A.C.K. the Beach” Awareness Concert in Kew Beach Park. Raised between the Beaches and France,  Jesse Cook is a Toronto-based musician. He blends jazz, Latin, and world music to create a unique Nuevo Flamenco style. Born in Paris in 1964, Jesse first picked … <entire article…>

Down With Webster – Our Own Beaches Boys

Ever wonder where those school talent shows lead? Down with Webster has made it big ever since a local talent night at Glen Ames School in the Beaches. Webster is comprised of 8 of the Beaches “favourite boys” (7 band members and a stage manager) aged between 21-24. Today they tour across the country and play Toronto clubs like the … <entire article…>