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Trevor Jablonowski and his friends – mostly fellow University of Toronto theatre grads – think the bard gets a bum rap from students and even from their fellow grown-ups. “We’re a bunch of theatre kids. We love theatre, and we always run into people who groan and roll their eyes and say, ‘I hated that […]

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                                  Above, sporting her own hand-knit toque and scarf, Chef Jenny Guillemette of Ackroyd’s Fish n’ Chips shows off The Balmy – halibut served with house tartar and coleslaw – on a day when the -17°C temperature was anything […]

Beech Tree pub warms carollers at opening

As an English-style gastropub looking to rekindle old traditions, the Beech Tree had a fitting opening night Dec. 6 when it welcomed a troupe of Victorian carollers. Fresh from a reading of A Christmas Carol put on by Kingston Road Village businesses, the singers warmed their pipes at Beech Tree with hot chocolate and candy-cane […]

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Beacher Mark Bishop and his business partner Matt Hornburg were recently honoured at a gala event with an Outstanding Acheivement award from Playback Magazine, the bible for the media industry in Canada. “For us it’s a huge honour, because it’s coming from our own industry and our peers,” said Bishop. Bishop’s and Hornburg’s company, marblemedia, […]

Queen car dealer celebrates 40 years

One Monday morning 40 years ago 24-year-old Mario Geremia opened the door for the first time to what is now Queen Compact Cars, and said “well, here I am.” Laughing at the memory, he said, “what did I know about running a business?  I’m a mechanic.” From the time he was a youngster in Bianco, […]

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• Total Renovations is 25 years old this year. Owner Mark Madigan started the company in 1988, when he was in his early 20s, although he had been working in the renovation business since he was 15. “This is what I’ve always done,” he said. For his whole career Madigan has worked on residential renovation […]

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Two Beach craftspeople are behind a new, curated flea market set to debut on Father’s Day just west of the Beach in Leslieville. Christine Roberts and Brigid Elmy both make and sell furniture, and had been looking for more ways to market their unique products to the public. “We both knew that we didn’t want […]

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Beyond the Beat is a music and recording studio here in the Beach (463 Woodbine Ave., just north of Kingston Road) that has had several years of success in preparing young musicians for the rigours of the music industry. In addition to individual lessons for guitar, vocals or drums, along with training in music theory, […]

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Scarboro Music is celebrating 40 years in the Beach! With  the slogan, ‘We’re here for you!’, the store has been a fixture on the corner of Kingston and Victoria Park since 1972 and is still going strong, providing Beach musicians with everything they need or want. Owner and founder Frank Natale has been called a […]

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After 65 years in the East End, Orthopedic Appliance Research has closed its doors. Founded by Hugh Harold Doyle in 1947, the business has passed on through Harold’s son, Hugh Frederick, to his sons, Sean and Kelly. Initially established to assist victims of polio, its primary service has been to create custom orthotic devices for […]