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Musical fans and mentors help shape a Rising Star

August 27, 2015

When she was six and singing Annie songs in her backyard, Devin Cecchetto got a surprise. “She was singing out here, and all of a sudden she’d stop,” said her dad Roger, standing on the leafy patio. “Everybody was applauding around the neighbourhood.” The Cecchettos live in a musical corner of the Beach Triangle. A […]

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Reporter gets a hot take on firefighting

I was already hanging out the seventh-storey window when I remembered why the fireman said “bend your knees.” Someone who has never rappelled down the side of the Toronto Fire Academy before might get a little tense, even on a sunny day, even with three firefighters working the ropes above. And if that straight-legged rookie […]

Bowmore swimmer cheers on his inspiration

Diving in a backyard pool or circled by fish in the Bahamas, Hercules Stergiou loves to swim. This summer, the soon-to-be Grade 3 student got to cheer on the athlete who gave him a big push in swimming – Paralympian Adam Purdy. Hercules was in the front row and wearing a homemade “#Purdy” shirt on […]

Summer camp spreads love of cooking to budding chefs

They are always full of water, impossible to paddle, and hold nothing heavier than a little salad. But kids in the Beaches Rec Centre’s summer cooking camp are loving their cucumber canoes. Gordon Brown, known as “Chef Gordon,” says the six- to 12-year-olds in the camp are enjoying something new this year – picking cucumbers […]


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