Biography

I was born and raised in Toronto. I'm a musician, actor, radio producer and writer.

Music is my “religion”, and I love all of its forms especially Jazz. I graduated from Ryerson University in 1984 with a Radio & Television Arts degree, one that laid the foundation for a career in broadcasting with Radio as my preferred format to educate and entertain.

 

I made my stage debut in 1998 with the Scarborough Theatre Guild. I developed my craft as an actor with Amicus Productions of Toronto and Neil Muscott, who nurtured my abilities in the art of improvisation. I've also studied with Sears & Switzer and Second City (Toronto). I made my directorial debut in 2010 with the Village Players production of The Price by Arthur Miller, a superlative moment in my life.

 

After 18 productive years I retired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a librarian in its prestigious Music Library. But during those years I had the opportunity to work on some radio docs. I contributed to two CBC programs, This Is My Music and The Sunday Edition, while supporting the work of producers on CBCMusic.ca.

 

One of my favorites was the 8-part series, RPM: Indispensable Canadian Pop Albums, and the radio documentaries, This Song is Your Song: The story of Bonnie Dobson’s Morning Dew and Dream Times: The Story of Perth County Conspiracy…does not exist.

 

To mark the 100th anniversary of its sinking, I produced a documentary about the musicians who played on the Titanic, called Hartley’s Violin.

 

I play clarinet and soprano sax but not at the same time. I enjoy playing in small jazz groups and gained a lot of experience as a member of the Festival Winds Orchestra, Toronto, from 2010 to 2016. 

When the chance to write music reviews, I joined Criticsatlarge in 2010. 

I'm currently writing a comprehensive biography about George Carlin set for release in 2022.