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Back in the days when I was writing about television, if I needed some cogent, insightful conversation about the CBC or broadcasting in general, I would drop into Peter Herrndorf’s Toronto office at the corner of Bay and College streets.

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Goodbye To All That: Reflections On An Ending Summer and Chicken Pot Pie

 There will be no more chicken pot pie.The summer of things ending–has ended. I know it’s over because the Toronto Film Festival concludes this weekend. From here on in it’s downhill to bleak winter. So as the weekend approaches, I’m

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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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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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