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Not Fade Away: Brian Vallée Two Years Later

What scares me most about losing the people you love is how they tend to stay lost.   Perhaps it is the survival mechanism of the living, the concentration of daily life, the necessity to keep putting one foot in front of

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(Still) Remembering The Piano Man

The day after his death a year ago today, I sat down and wrote about the loss of my dearest and closest friend, Brian Vallée. One year later, the sentiments haven’t changed. I still miss Brian terribly. I still think

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Writing Sanibel: Or How An Old Dog Used A Unique Island and Technology to Learn New Tricks

In 1984, after writing for newspapers and magazines in the United States and Canada for nearly twenty years, I did what most writers dream of doing, I published a novel. It was a thriller set in Toronto about a nomadic

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The End

That was how the summer ended. The summer of hushed ICUs and sombre doctors trying to be hopeful as they delivered hopeless news about my friend Brian. A summer of sitting at his beside inspecting curious tubes coming out of various

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Celebrating the Piano Man

Two great pianists will get together Monday, August 29, at 6 p.m. in the foyer of the Glenn Gould Studio, inside the CBC building, 250 Front St. W., Toronto. That’s when the friends of Brian Vallee will gather for a memorial

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Remembering Brian Vallée

The digital readout on the phone said: “Vallée B.” In addition to everything else he’d accomplished, I told him, he had become a rap artist. He liked that idea. When he called, I knew it was time for my daily

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