Portraits

marcie-featureMarcie Ponte: helping immigrant women succeed

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.

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 – Miria Ioannou

Eric Plato.Torontonian Discovers Family’s Links to Underground Railroad

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.

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– MiriaIoannou

Vincenzo Pierpaolo, photographer.Vincenzo Pietropaolo: Photographer

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.

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-Miria Ioannou

 12107256_1730862997137498_3914720075745510113_nJonathan Dixit: An Appreciation and an Anticipation

First-time Torontonovelist 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.

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– Ambrose Roche

Florence Watts of Regal HeightsFlorence Watts.

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.

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– Peggy Lampotang

Tony MeTony Meranterante of Desotos

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.

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– Peggy Lampotang

 

Emma NishimuraA Young Artist

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.”

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– Miria Ioannou

 

Winston Ho SangWinston Ho-Sang of Ellington’s

Winston could have continued the star bound journey of being a reggae celebrity after he won the Ontario star search in 1985, performed at the Bamboo, Lee’s palace, El Mocambo, The Copa, toured U.S., had two Juno nominated albums, and the Canadian Reggae Music Awards under his belt. But he chose to open Ellington’s for a more stable life with his family, and give back to the community that offered him opportunities that he had never imagined while growing up in Jamaica.

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– Peggy Lampotang

Jack Riley.Jack Riley – a Man of Firsts

You could say that local resident, 91-year-old Jack Riley gave the old Hungarian Centre at 840 St. Clair Avenue West the spark of life. He was part of a team of electricians hired to wire the building.

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– Elizabeth Cinello