From Barney to Rossini

“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.

Centennial College AV technician calls it a career

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.

Artist makes old memories come to life

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.

Earth shifting when it comes to women’s rights: Armstrong

Women have been fighting for equal rights for centuries. Some risk their lives every day when they try to reveal the injustice done to other women in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. One of these women is journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong.

A little goes a long way

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.