After Marcie Ponte immigrated to Canada with her family in the early 60s her young life was marred by tragedy and unforeseen challenges. Undaunted, she went on to create a good life for herself while making a remarkable contribution to the lives of immigrant women.
When Eric Plato was growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario in the 1970s he had no idea that he was the great-grandson of a man who had escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad in the 19th century and settled in Canada.
Acclaimed photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo has produced a phenomenal body of work documenting people, cultures and ways of life in different parts of the world. His photo essays include compelling images from New York City, the Caribbean, Mexico, Havana, a number of places in Italy, and of course Toronto.
First-time Toronto novelist Jonathan Martin Dixit used to be proprietor and ringmaster of the diamond in the rough Duke of Gloucester, a pub that could be called, ‘the philosophy store’. Now Jon has published the futuristic tale BabyWorld.
Florence is a woman whose legacy is evident all over the Regal Heights community. A resident since the ’60s, she has been working hard to make the neighbourhood more welcoming and more beautiful.
Tony Merante is so committed to his St. Clair West neighbourhood that he risked all his savings to open DeSotos, a restaurant that serves great food and creates a warm gathering place for the community.
When Toronto-based artist Emma Nishimura was 14 years old she visited an artist’s studio in Nova Scotia. Emma recalls, “From that moment on I dreamt about what my studio would look like and became fascinated with the idea of being an artist.”