SNL Alumni Kevin Nealon

By David DeRocco   “When I see someone who is just going out to a comedy club for the first time I think, ‘wow, what rock have you been under,’” laughs versatile American funnyman and Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon. “There’s really kind of been a resurgence...

Jay Leno: Still A Stand Up Guy

Jay Leno: Still A Stand Up Guy By: David DeRocco By David DeRocco“I’m always happy to talk to the enemy, Canada,” laughs legendary late night host and comedian, Jay Leno, acknowledging the fact he’s being interviewed by a citizen from a rogue nation at war with his...

TPOH’s Moe Berg: Finding Happiness

By David DeRocco As an insightful young songwriter, Moe Berg managed – in one perfectly crafted song – to  capture the inherent frustrations and stark realities involved in accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.  Now, as he sits halfway through his life as a...

Taylor Dayne: Beauty and the Beat

By David DeRocco The late 80s and early 90s were a breeding ground for big, mega-selling, larger than life female recording artists who ruled the charts in multiple genres. Madonna, Janet, Whitney, Celine, Mariah, Britney, Alanis and Shania are all names quickly...

Great Canadian Campout – CWF & Johnny Reid

CLIENT:   Canadian Wildlife Federation                                                                                                                                                                                WRITTEN BY: David DeRocco PSA:          GREAT CANADIAN...

Peller Estates Goes Mobile

If you need any more proof of the concept of evolution, look no further than at these two seemingly disparate examples: the mobile food truck, and the Niagara winery. As two species often pegged for extinction in the 20th century, both the food truck and the Niagara...

AGREE TO AN AGREEMENT DURING SEPARATION

It’s a strange phenomenon exclusive to human relationships that two people who had trouble agreeing on things while married suddenly think they will agree on things as they head for divorce. After all, there’s a reason why civil wars are often the bloodiest battles:...

THE SUPREME ART OF THE MUSIC TEACHER

Albert Einstein said “it is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” He could have been writing the musical mission statement for the Cambridge Conservatory of Music (http://www.ccomusic.net), the number one choice for music...

LEARNING MUSIC – A FAMILY AFFAIR

An oft-quoted African proverb suggests “it takes a village to raise a child.” The inference is that it takes more than one person and many different life experiences to help a child reach his or her full potential as an adult. You could apply that same principle when...

YAMAHA MUSIC SCHOOL – CREATING MUSICAL AMBASSADORS

Enroll in Toronto’s Yamaha Music School (http://www.yamahamusicschool.ca) and you get more than a program of music lessons. You get the experience of history and the wisdom of a musical philosophy designed by school founders to spread the joy of music around the...

Write Knight Blog Post — DON CHERRY PICKING

I have always respected butchers. Maintaining your humanity on the job while slaughtering and processing animals must require an enormous balance of emotional strength and emotional detachment.  Where I lose respect for butchers is when they earn their living not at...

Getting the Shaft While Mining Sochi Hockey Gold

The biggest hockey shaft found at the Sochi Games isn’t the one carried by Slovakia captain Zdeno Chara. It’s the shaft perpetrated on nationalist hockey fans on both sides of the Atlantic who believe a gold medal confirms international hockey supremacy....

Bubba’s – A Slice of History

When you place an order with Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria you’re not just getting a meal: you’re getting a slice of Doulas family history.  That’s the name behind one of Kingston’s favourite pizza restaurants, and their story is a typical immigrant tale of...