As a journalist, I most recently covered the booze beat for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, where I examined business, culture and lifestyle trends within the spirits and cocktail worlds.
For nearly two years, I contributed the weekly “A drink with…” column in the Star, gabbing with GTA notables in many of the city’s best bars. I was also a regular contributor to the Movies section, covering classic and cult cinema.
(My freelancing career at the Star began in 2009 as a contributor to the Sunday Insight section, musing on culture, censorship and ephemera.)
I’ve covered film, TV, tech and sports for Rogers Connected Magazine as well as film and local history in the Globe & Mail’s Globe TO section. I’ve also contributed to Canadian Business, The Grid, CBC Music, Rue Morgue Magazine, Block Magazine, Open File, Canadian Fabric, the Canadian Encyclopedia and web projects for the National Film Board of Canada.
In the world of silent film, I am a member of Domitor, an international association devoted to the study of early cinema. I was also a collegian at the 2011 edition of the Giornate del cinema muto, the world’s most important silent film festival, held annually in Pordenone, Italy. As a reporter, I regularly attend various silent cinema events around the world, notably the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
In 2009 I founded Silent Sundays, a semi-monthly celebration of silent cinema. Accompanied by acclaimed silent pianist William O’Meara, the series is held at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Ave. — an authentic silent film house — and caters to the Revue’s neighbourhood base, offering an assortment of slapstick, adventure and melodrama from a time when silence was still golden. I was its head programmer until 2013 and the series is now known as the Silent Revue.