From Brampton to the WWE: Ontario wrestler Lionel Thompson hopes to make it

From taking small gigs in Northern Ontario to becoming light heavyweight champion, “The Amazing Canadian” Lionel Knight has delivered neck breakers and piledrivers to some of the best in the wrestling industry. No matter how big or small the opponent across the ring may be, Knight, now 32, put them all in the dust with his highflying, no-nonsense style.

Yet, before facing some of the biggest and baddest names in small town North North American professional wrestling, Knight had to convince the toughest and harshest opponent of them all: his mom.

Why a Canadian pro wrestler calls his mom his ‘biggest hero’

Lionel Thompson’s mother has never seen him wrestle in the ring. Also known as Lionel Knight and nicknamed “The Amazing Canadian” and “Lavender Knight”, Thompson, 32, is a two-time A1 Tag Team Champion and a two-time BW Piston Champion. He is also a three time UWA Light Heavyweight Champion, who makes his home in Brampton, Ont.

Toronto man’s love for trains being passed along to his children

Jason Shron recalls exploring and building model trains with his own dad and brother; memories which helped shaped his passion and current career.

Shron, of Thornhill, Ont., is the owner of Rapido Trains Inc., a model train manufacturing company. He is famously known as the Guy with the Train in his Basement, but it was his father, Van Shron, who started his obsession.

‘You don’t have to be a basketball player or a rapper or a drug dealer to take care of your family’: Jayscale

Jamal Burger, better known as Jayscale, is most famous for his captivating cityscape photographs from the tops of Toronto’s high rises. Now a few years removed from school and with his career flourishing, Burger plans to use his talents to uplift the next generation of young people, including those in the public housing complex where he grew up.

Toronto rooftop photographer admires Cartier-Bresson and Klein

From humble beginnings, Jamal Burger is now one of the most popular photographers on Instagram. The Toronto native quickly gained a large following after starting his Instagram account in 2015. With over 200,000 followers, he has come a long way since his days of dangling his sneakers over rooftops.