About the Editor

My name is Eric Veillette and I am a Toronto-based journalist and television correspondent.

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, gabbing with GTA notables in the city’s most interesting 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.

In the past, I 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 The Grid, CBC Music, Rue Morgue Magazine, Block MagazineOpen File, Canadian Fabric, the Canadian Encyclopedia and web projects for the National Film Board of Canada.

An occasional obituarist, I have penned notices for CBC Music and Rue Morgue.

On television, I have produced reports and appeared as a film correspondent for France 24, most recently during the Toronto International Film Festival.

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.

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Contact

Feel free to contact me at eric@silenttoronto.com.

Media: I am available for interviews and to comment on all matters relating to the spirits business, early cinema, the history of Canadian film exhibition and theatre architecture.

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Toronto Star “A Drink With” column

A drink with… master projectionist Dave Callaghan [June 2013]
A drink with… Joe Gomes, bartender since 1959 [June 2013]
A drink with… Internet match-maker Sofi Papamarko [June 2013]
A drink with… Luminato’s Jorn Weisbrodt [June 2013]
A drink with… the Junction Commons Project [May 2013]
A drink with… restoration architect Philip Evans [May 2013]
A drink with… Alden Cudanin, master of mashup photography [May 2013]
A drink with… Councillor Gord Perks [May 2013]
A drink with… Chief historian Gary Miedema [May 2013]
A drink with… filmmaker Alan Zweig [April 2013]
A drink with… Charles Ketchabaw and Lisa Marie DiLiberto, storytellers [April 2013]
A drink with… Ed Conroy, curator, Retrontario [April 2013]
A drink with… Shirley Hughes, festival programmer [April 2013]
A drink with… Thom Ernst, TV host [March, 2013]

Toronto Star drinks & cocktail culture articles

How vodka came back in from the cold [Vodka backlash backlash – July 2013]
Raising the bar on cocktail culture [Hey Bartender – May 2013]
Whisky aficionados get into the spirit at Toronto whisky gala [Spirit of Toronto – May 2013]
Dale Degroff on 1980’s cocktail culture [Toronto Cocktail Week – September 2013]
Collaboration and the art of blending whisky [Blending Forty Creek & Famous Grouse whiskies – October 2013]
Macallan releasing new line of single-malt whiskies [Macallan 1824 range – July 2013]
Ontario gin makers seek changes to antiquated laws [Juniper in the news – June 2013]
What’s in a cocktail? Good spirits, say old hands [Diageo World Class – June 2013]
A sake festival for lovers of brewed rice [Kampai Festival – May 2013]
Master mixologists compete over Toronto’s best cocktail [Made With Love – March 2013]
Corn shortage worries some whisky connoisseurs [A chat with Fred Noe – March 2013]
The green fairy is making a come-back [Absinthe in the news – February 2013]
Vermouth: LCBO’s narrow selections makes aficionados bitter [Vermouth, sweet or dry – February 2013]
A history of Canadian whisky [Davin de Kegormmeaux’s new whisky tell-all – January 2013]
Craft bitters spice up Toronto’s cocktail scene [Cocktail bitters – December 2012]

Toronto Star film & culture articles

Three Canadian directors [TIFF 2014 – September 2014]
Toronto Jewish Film Festival puts horror in the spotlight [Polanksi’s vampire film screens – May 2014]
Harry Rosen celebrates 60 years in style [History of menswear shops in Toronto – April 2014]
When Charlie Chaplin comes to town [Toronto Silent Film Festival – April 2014]
Why the Fender Stratocaster rocks on age 60 [Capsule Music houses historic Fender guitar – March 2014]
Star Wars jump-starts the action figure biz [Lego Movie tie-in – February 2014]
Frankenstein Created Woman & the arrival of modern horror [Film screening at TIFF – January 2014]
Retrospective focuses on early black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux [TIFF retrospective – January 2014]
Canadian horror films you don’t want to watch in the dark [TIFF retrospective – October 2013]
Cassandra Cronenberg debuts at TIFF with short film dark [TIFF 2013 – September 2013]
Ingrid Veniger discusses The Animal Project [TIFF 2013 – September 2013]
YTV celebrates 25 years on air this weekend [September 2013]
Saturday Night at the Movies ends August 31 [SNAM oral history- August 2013]
You Can’t Do That on TV helped launch Nickelodeon [Local Ottawa kids get slimed – October 2013]
TV & radio repair makes a comeback [American Electronics in the Junction – July 2013]
Jerry Lewis shows sensitive side in The Jazz Singer [Toronto Jewish Film Festival screening – April 2013]
Buster Keaton’s final word [The Scribe shot in Toronto – February 2013]
Eight Dickens shorts from the silent era in rare screening [Silent Dickens at Lightbox – December 2012]
Birth of a villain series resurrects horror icons [Horror films at Lightbox – November 2012]
Interview with Jason Lapeyre, director of I Declare War [TIFF – September 2012]
Interview with Kate Melville, director of Picture Day [TIFF – September 2012]
Interview with Dylan Reibling, director of Model [TIFF – September 2012]
Interview with Kazik Radwanski, director of Tower [TIFF – September 2012]
City of Toronto archives: Where past meets the future [New city archivist – August 2012]
The three Jeans of French cinema [French films at TIFF Cinematheque – July 2012]
Film festival celebrates famous jewish composers [David Shire at the Toronto Jewish Film Fest – May 2012]
Is cinema facing a digital dark age? [Film preservation in the post-35mm era – January 2012]
Act of preservation keeps Toronto’s past alive on film [Column – June 2011]
Historian’s app puts old Toronto photos at your fingertips [ZeitagTO mobile app – May 2011]
Drive-ins: Movies on wheels [Drive-in theatres in and around the GTA – May 2011]
Underground for a year [Toronto Underground Cinema one year later – May 2011]
Reviving the sound of silents [Toronto Silent Film Festival – March 2011]
Toronto’s buried history [Five Toronto museums you never knew existed – March 2011]
The Polka Dot time machine [TVO launches online public archive – February 2011]
Momma, they took our Kodachrome away [Kodachrome in Toronto Project – February 2011]
Buster Keaton, all scratched up [Sherlock Jr. in Concert at TIFF – February 2011]
Exhibit puts Toronto’s sweetheart back in the spotlight [Mary Pickford exhibit at TIFF – January 2011]
Bans on escort ads may erode free speech rights [Censorship in Ontario – October 2010]
Toronto Film Club: A not-so-secret society [Toronto Film Society – October 2010]
Handsome Ned haunts rockabilly fest [East End Rockabilly Riot – September 2010]
They don’t wear black hats, but they do wear red suspenders [Board room villains, September 2010]
Alfresco film viewing: who needs a movie theatre, anyway? [Outdoor and rooftop screenings, September 2010]
Relive that ‘end of summer’ feeling with CNE archives [CNE Archives digitization project – August 2010]
The day Shakespeare was banned [Ontario film censorship, then and now – August 2010]
Burlesque Festival — less sleaze, more tease [The Victory Burlesque – July 2010]
Tintin’s sins: Belgium reckons with comic hero’s racist past [Tintin au Congo in the news – May 2010]
Urban renewal for the body and soul [Marwencol at Hot Docs – May 2010]
The Feds’ new grant that’s actually a cut [Taddle Creek and the Canada Periodical Fund – April 2010]
Sharing a Hong Kong treasure trove [Colin Geddes Hong Kong film donation – April 2010]
Festival celebrates lost art of silent films [Toronto Silent Film Festival – March 2010]
In a digital age, why is our visual history being lost? [Found footage of Toronto’s past – February 2010]
I deem her innocent [Ambrose Small 90 years later – December 2009]
The man who let the Littlest Hobo run Off-leash [Naish McHugh, Toronto’s first film commissioner – September 2009]
TTC screens offer better way to film fest [Toronto Urban Film Festival – September 2009]
A night at the theatorium [Danforth Music Hall’s 90th Anniversary – August 2009]
Still sexy after all these years [Karen Black performs – July 2009]
Trashy filmathon a throwback to old Yonge St. [Yonge St. grindhouses of the 1970s – June 2009]
When a creaking stair was talk of the town [The arrival of talking pictures in Toronto – January 2009]

Globe & Mail Film & Culture Articles

Actor, filmmaker Eli Roth’s favourite Toronto spots [Globe TO Q&A – July 2012]
360 Screenings are so much bigger than surround sound [Film – May 2012]
Shhh! We’re having a silent film festival [Film – March 2012]
Lights out for film projectionists [Film – November 2011]
Campy Can-con classic rides again [Film – November 2011]
Home movie day puts amateurs on the silver screen [Film – October 2011]
Fixt Point Theatre puts neighbourhoods in the spotlight [Theatre – September 2011]
John Waters: Filmmaker, bad-taste monger [GlobeTO Q&A – August 2011]
Paul Butler’s Collage Party [GlobeTO Insider – August 2011]
Luis Ceriz: Owner, Suspect Video [GlobeTO Q&A – August 2011]
Disgraceland art show offers a parade of Presleys [Dead Elvis art show – August 2011]

Obituaries

Whitney Houston dies on eve of Grammy Awards [CBC Music – February 2011]
Hammer screenwriter Jimmy Sangster dead at 83 [Rue Morgue Magazine #116 – PDF]
Famed Hammer director Roy Ward Baker dead at age 93 [Rue Morgue Magazine #107 – PDF]
Monster mask pioneer Verne Langdon dead at 69 [Rue Morgue Magazine #109 – PDF]