Author: Perry Lefko

Woodlands Estate the perfect setting for a fictional ghost film

An acclaimed Canadian movie maker chose historic Woodlands Estate for a fictional film that was shot in March and will be released sometime next year. Stephen Wallis, a 52-year-old Unionville resident who has received praise in the industry for his work as a writer, director and producer, chose the Barrie landmark for his latest project, Campton Manor, because it worked perfectly for the story. It is about a writer who makes his living by being able to see ghosts. While a very small part of the movie was shot in Huntsville, Wallis said about 98 per cent of the...

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Collingwood teen publishes book to shed light on homelessness

By Perry Lefko Leah Denbok is set on becoming a professional photographer and she has developed a niche, taking photos of the plight of homeless people. Last September, the 17-year-old Collingwood Grade 12 student, self-published a book, Nowhere To Call Home – Photographs And Stories Of The Homeless. It’s a compilation of stark black and white photos she started taking in 2014 with the help of her father, Tim. Together they have roamed the streets of Barrie, Toronto, Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener, Newmarket and New York asking homeless people for permission to take their photos. They paid each of their...

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Former Ontario wrestler referees WWE card at Barrie Molson Centre

By Perry Lefko One of the biggest stars on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) NXT card at the Barrie Molson Centre on Feb. 25 was one of the referees. Darryl Sharma, a former pro wrestler who performed under the name Hornet, received a hearty welcome from the crowd, many of whom had followed his career. Sharma had wrestled around the world and became a coach at Battle Arts Academy in Mississauga. He received various “Hornet” cheers throughout the card and, at the end of the final match of the night, stood up on the ropes as the entire crowd...

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Jim Cuddy mixes solo career with Blue Rodeo duties

By Perry Lefko For all he’s done as one of the two frontmen for Blue Rodeo, Jimmy Cuddy still likes to go solo. The Jim Cuddy Band has produced four albums, the latest of which, Constellation (WarnerMusic), he is out promoting on tour. He comes to Barrie’s Georgian Theatre on March 29. For some of the tour events he is joined by his two sons Devon and Sam, both of whom have their own bands. Blue Rodeo will be touring in the summer and then Cuddy will be back promoting his band. For some dates on his tour’s schedule,...

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Travis Dermott scores first NHL goal

By Perry Lefko Travis Dermott is making quite an impression for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 21-year-old defenceman, from Newmarket, scored his first National Hockey League goal on Jan, 31 in a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders at the Air Canada Centre. He also added an assist on a goal by fellow rookie defenceman Justin Holl, who was playing in his first NHL game. Dermott tipped in a pass from forward William Nylander to score on a play in which he had possession of the puck in the offensive zone, lost control of it and then stripped...

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