Lawrence Chau

Spinning our finest to the world

In the U.K., the Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi do it. In the U.S., it’s done by Tommy Boy and Star 69. Now, Hi-Bias Records has done it here: Amassed the country’s top dance and electronica artists and producers for the release of Canada’s Finest House CD.Available tomorrow, the CD is the...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 3:57 AM

Food first, foremost for fitness folk

Alright ladies, spring is here and that probably means you want to get lean and mean for the summer. However, before you beeline it to the treadmill and weights, work on your diet first, say celebrity trainers and brothers, Chris and Marty Smits.“Fix your nutrition. The rest will fix itself,” says...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 3:28 AM

‘Legends don’t age’: DJ/Remixer

Life is sweet when you’re summoned by Madonna to remix the lead single off Her Majesty’s new album, Hard Candy due out at the end of the month. The sizzling track, 4 Minutes, which features Justin Timberlake on vocals, has been re-worked by 2000 Grammy Remixer of the Year, Peter Rauhofer. “I’ve...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 2:39 AM

Actor Hollywood-bound

Jane Weitzel photoName: Todd SandomirskyAge: 37Occupation: ActorHollywood North is tough enough as it is, but how about trekking south to the real Hollywood? It’s a thought a lot of actors like Todd Sandomirsky have entertained.“I realize the talent pool is much bigger in L.A., but I feel I do good...

Monday, March 24, 2008, 3:21 AM

ElastoCitizens get funky

Band brings on dance fever at every gigAviva Armour-OstroffName: ElastoCitizensOccupation: Musicians« We would just park the car down by St. Mary’s river, jump out, and have a dance party »—Steve McCarthy, lead singer of ElastoCitizensIf you were to whip David Bowie, George Clinton, Prince and Beck...

Monday, March 17, 2008, 4:29 AM

MVP’s triple threat

Name: Dillon CaseyOccupation: ActorName: Peter MillerOccupation: ActorName: Gabe McCallOccupation: ActorMVP — the CBC’s version of the U.K.’s Footballers’ Wives (swap the soccer for hockey in our case) — is about to skate off season, but that hasn’t stopped a flood of reader requests to profile the...

Monday, March 10, 2008, 6:21 AM

Feisty singer of ‘sex folk’

Kirsten Mavric photoName: Anna NealeAge: 21Occupation: Singer/MusicianAspiring female folk singers strumming away on their guitars. Seen ’em, heard ’em. What’s new? How about a sassy, feisty, red-headed U.K. export named Anna Neale, whose unique brand of acoustic rock has been dubbed "sex folk" by...

Monday, March 3, 2008, 2:15 AM

Rapper shakes things up

Kareem Ajani photoName: LOLAAge: 21Occupation: Rapper/Singer/Songwriter/ActressMakeup: ElleAs black history month winds down, LOLA (a.k.a M.C. LOLA) is winding things up with the release of her first solo rap/hip hop single, Shake It Bounce.Not only does she have the look, but the 21-year-old has...

Monday, February 25, 2008, 3:07 AM

Host hits a few bumps

Picture courtesy of OUTtvName: Charlie DavidAge: 27Occupation: Actor, Host, Writer, ProducerCharlie David — the star of the gay soap opera Dante’s Cove and the co-host of Bump!, the gay and lesbian travel series — knew what he wanted from an early age.He enrolled in a performing arts school in...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 4:32 AM

Nailing down home renos

Lawrence Chau for metro torontoName: Scott McGillivrayAge: 29Occupation: TV Personality, Real Estate Investor & ConverterSome people like Scott McGillivray make climbing the ladder of success seem simple. You may recognize him from his stint last year as the project manager (a.k.a. The Snoop)...

Monday, February 11, 2008, 1:02 AM

Cooking up adventure

Paperny FilmsName: Bob BlumerOccupation: TV Host, writer and gourmet chefPaddling a 250-kilogram pumpkin, eating poisonous blowfish, shot putting sheep organs, braiding garlic, watermelon seed spitting, husking corn, cooking in extreme heat and chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill — it’s all in a...

Monday, February 4, 2008, 1:34 AM

The next Tyra Banks

TV host lands own show due out this yearTom TkashName: Patricia JaggernauthAge: 25Occupation: TV Host & WriterExuberance. That’s what you get when you cross paths with digital TV host, Patricia Jaggernauth.“They say Tyra Banks is the new Oprah, well, I want to be the next Tyra Banks — of Canada...

Monday, January 28, 2008, 1:01 AM

Rocking their success

Angus Rowe photoName (from left): Cary Parker (organ & vocals), Sager Johnson (guitar), Ryan Johnson (vocals & guitar), Devin Jannetta (drums), Nic Oliverio (bass)Occupation: Rock musicians"Playing music is a part of who we are. It’s something that we’ve done for so long now. It would feel...

Monday, January 21, 2008, 2:21 AM

Host creates dream job

Name: Jill ClarkAge:26Occupation: Web Video Host & Writer"I basically created my dream hosting job. I figured it wasn’t happening any other way so I decided to stop waiting for my career to happen and decided to create it myself."—Jill Clark, host of www.twentysomethingtv.comFemale orgasms....

Monday, January 14, 2008, 2:46 AM

Investigating The Border

Steve Wilkie photoName: Nazneen Contractor & Graham AbbeyAge: 25 & 36 respectivelyOccupation: ActorsEvery crime series has them: An investigative team that oozes on-screen chemistry. In the case of The Border, two illustrious Stratford theatrical talents tackle two of the lead roles in the...

Monday, January 7, 2008, 1:18 AM

Who’s hot this year

Compiling the Top 12 (six men, six women) all-time hotties of Who’s Hot was fun, but no easy feat. Thank goodness for reader response.In a year filled with subjects ranging from actors and artists to dancers and DJ’s, from singers and stylists to retailers and writers, the end result revealed...

Sunday, December 16, 2007, 4:11 PM

Financial journalist counts her blessings

RTR Media Inc. photoName: Alison GriffithsChristmas can be quite the cash drain. All the more reason to tune into Alison Griffiths’ show, Maxed Out for she will do with cash what Janet Jackson does with her career: Exercise “Control.”Griffiths believes in SUBYB — “Saving Up Before You Buy.” Like...

Sunday, December 9, 2007, 2:35 PM

Art for the body

LAWRENCE CHAU photoName: Ion NicolaeAge: 30Occupation: Body art entrepreneur’Tis the season to decorate the tree, but it can also be the season to decorate your body - if you dare.Ion (pronounced Yon) Nicolae owns Black Line Studio. It’s a far cry from your typical barber shop-looking tattoo and...

Sunday, December 2, 2007, 3:39 PM

Dancing queen

Name Kristine WOccupation SingerI’m not sure if Madonna or Janet Jackson are keeping score, but they’ve been eclipsed on the dance charts by Kristine W, who performed at the entertainment complex, CiRCA, last night.The gal from Pasco, Wash., recently scored her tenth No. 1 Billboard dance hit, Walk...

Sunday, November 25, 2007, 3:51 PM

Musician takes centre stage

opening day entertainmentTrey MillsName: Trey MillsOccupation: Singer/songwriter/producerFor years he’s been overshadowed by his Grammy and Juno-nominated work. At times he garnered those nominations for his writing talents, and at others for his abilities as a production artist, including music...

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 3:42 PM