We tracked down East Danforth’s ‘Strolling Harmonica Man’

On the one hand, Michael Parker is exactly who one might picture when thinking about a strolling harmonica player – outgoing and jovial, his happy demeanor fits perfectly with the upbeat tunes he plays on his evening walks through the Danforth East neighbourhood. On the other hand, he doesn’t fit the mold at all. Sitting […]

Michael is a cheerleader for his community

For a man whose name is recognizable as that of a leader in the East End community, it might surprise some to learn that Michael Rusek was not entirely excited to move to the area. At the time, four years ago, he and his now-husband, Eric, shared an apartment in Midtown, with Rusek commuting back […]

How a heart of gold led to a world of opportunity

Taking home the gold has a different meaning than most for 18-year-old Sara Upsher. Though she only just finished her first year of university at McMaster, the Beach resident has more volunteer hours under her belt than most adults – and has recently been given a gold medal for her work. The gold level Duke […]

“Just walking is an amazing thing”

Matt Coverly didn’t have an easy start in this world. He was only four years old when he experienced his first run-in with death – he was eating a chocolate peanut brownie in kindergarten one afternoon when he suddenly went from being excited to asphyxiated. But the same near-death experience that brought to the surface […]

Canada 150 sings a song of opportunity

With Canada’s sesquicentennial fast approaching, many artists, playwrights and musicians have been hard at work in preparation. That’s certainly the case for one creative Beacher. For Alex Eddington, Canada’s 150th birthday has meant the opportunity of a career – the chance to compose a piece of music for a professional orchestra. “I was actually approached […]

Warm welcome for new Canadian

Grinning from ear to ear in front of his workplace, the Top Valu gas station on Kingston Road, Tanzanian-born Shehzada Mazherali Kassamali might be a familiar face for many drivers in the neighbourhood. But on a recent day in April, he’s smiling for a special reason. Holding his Canadian citizenship certificate in his hands, he […]

Kristen finds balance through yoga and mentorship

At first glance, you’d never know that Kristen Likopulos had struggled with an eating disorder. The bubbly brunette, a third generation Beacher, comes across as happy, outgoing and confident – so much so that it’s hard to believe she ever went through a period of self-doubt. But she did, and she doesn’t hesitate to explain […]

Survivors join Judi on a pink crusade

Battling breast cancer can be a terrifying ordeal. To do so takes courage, strength, and determination, but for those who manage to come out victorious, the experience can make them stronger than ever before. Beacher Judi Bonner is living proof of this. A 13-year breast cancer survivor, the 68-year-old is determined to live her best […]