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Some of the best podcast conversations I’ve had in 2021 were with authors. The six listed below seized this pandemic predicament by hunkering down and writing great books either about their own life experiences or, in one case, a biography about one of Canada’s best storytellers. I thank them all for helping me to read

I first met Gino Matteo in 1976 on the day I checked in for orientation at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. On that busy day, the campus centre known as the “Coop” was jammed with other disoriented rookies. I found my way to the “B”’s. This hip dude behind the table who

This Friday, production wraps on Season Three of The Great Canadian Baking Show. The competition series will now simmer in post production until it returns as part of CBC’s fall lineup. Earlier this week, I visited the big Baking tent on the lush grounds of The Canadian Film Centre in Toronto and spoke with new

Alan Arkin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a fact that will surprise almost no one who has heard his voice. Here’s a surprise though: he spends almost half the year in Canada. That was the fun fact I learned after speaking with the Oscar-winning actor on the set of the terrific Netflix comedy The Kominsky

It was a pretty dramatic day Sunday at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual TIFF BBQ. As storm clouds gathered overhead, CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw stood at the podium on the wide, flagstone covered back patio at what was once the Winfield Farms Estates and announced a major money deal making Netflix the centre’s chief patron.

In the early ’90s in Hollywood, while working at TV Guide, I landed an interview with Marilu Henner. The former Taxi star was then playing opposite Burt Reynolds on the sitcom Evening Shade. Before I arrived on the set, I was given one strict instruction from the publicist arranging the interview: If you encounter Mr.

The Canadian Film Centre held its annual Toronto International Film Festival BBQ Sunday on a glorious, sunny day at its historic Windfields estate campus.  On hand as always was the centre’s founder, Norman Jewison, still full of vim and vigor at 91. He can’t believe that these TIFF schmooze-fests have been gate-crashed for 29 years already.