“The virtuosity and the Herculean nature of it is exciting, but opera singers also are storytellers and actors that must be able to have their techniques so lined up that they can communicate with an audience — while at the same time insisting on extreme particular demands from their instrument,” said Charles Sy. In this case, that “instrument” is the voice of Sy, a talented tenor who lives in East York and sings for the Canadian Opera Company.
She thought it was something that only happened to white girls.
But after experiencing debilitating anxiety attacks and falling into a depression, Stacy-Ann Buchanan realized that no one is immune to mental illness — not even members of the black community.
When audio-visual technician Al Bennett first began working at Centennial College’s Warden Woods campus, digital technology didn’t exist and black and white video was just starting to be used in most colleges. Flash-forward almost half a century later, and technology sure isn’t what it used to be.
The pen was a powerful tool in the hands of Jewel Kats. The author of 11 children’s books, she wrote the kinds of stories that she never read growing up, ones that featured people with disabilities like her.
When McClyment was just 10 years old, he recalls his Grade 3 teacher crying as she made the announcement to the class that U.S. president John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. This historical event is what inspired him to draw what was displayed at the David Kaye Gallery located in the heart of Toronto in January.
The blood red walls are decked out in her work: paintings of bears in pen and water colours, or vivid acrylics on canvas. Some are framed with vintage window panes, glass still intact.
When Anisa made her way across the balance beam at the East York Gymnastics Club, her mother Tabassom Momtaheni was both ecstatic and proud. “It’s great for me,” Anisa’s mother said. “I never thought she was going to walk by herself.” What made this moment so remarkable was that Anisa, 6, had a brain tumour, which affected her balance and co-ordination, and made walking a nearly impossible task. But with a helping hand, Anisa was able to make her way across the beam. That helping hand belonged to Amanda Cyr.