40th Anniversary of 1977 Senior Football City Championship

On November 5th a reunion took place to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the amazing Norsemen victory in the city championship for Senior Football. The reunion was planned by team members Andy Maize. Hugh Murray and Geoff Reeves, who conjured up the idea during their regularly scheduled “guys nights” over beers in a local pub.geoff-reeves-football-reunion_v7

The reunion was 40 years and 1 day after the championship game.  On November 4th 1976, the Norsemen defeated arch-rival Lawrence Park Collegiate at CNE Stadium, on the all-new “AstroTurf”.  The score was a resounding 63-22 for the NT victors. Ironically, the game took place a few days before the Ottawa Roughriders won their last Grey Cup – also 40 years ago this year.

The reunion was attended by 30 team players, and was also honoured by the presence of team coaches Brock Cromwell, Dave (‘One Knee’) Grace, and Danny Russell.  The evening featured cocktails and dinner, accompanied by original game films and heartfelt speeches. Dinner was followed by an open party of NT friends and colleagues from school year 1974-1980 (a format once known by this crowd as a “Hoedown”) and the festivities went until the wee hours of the morning .

1977champ-team-reunionBefore the party started the team took the attached picture and burst into a rendition of the NT school song. The event was a “Yuge” success and there was some discussion about the 1977 championship win as well…Stay tuned on that one.

Geoff  Reeves

NTCI’s Own Dragons’ Den

As part of its mission to support current students through scholarships and grants, the North Toronto Foundation recently invited students from interested clubs, teams and initiatives to apply for funds from the Foundation. Dubbed the Dragons’ Den by Foundation members, events such as these give alumni board members a chance to meet with current students and get a better sense of what it is that NT students are doing when they aren’t in the classroom. After the evening, Foundation members were left with a sense of amazement and pride, Continue reading NTCI’s Own Dragons’ Den

Emily D’Angelo

Those who attended the 2016 edition of Maytime Melodies, featuring the Mozart Requiem, were treated to Emily D’Angelo’s stunning performance as the contralto soloist. Recognized as one of Canada’s most gifted young operatic stars, Emily graduated from NT in 2012 and furthered her studies in music performance/voice at the University of Toronto. She graduated last spring and earned a coveted position with the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. This fall, she will also be making her debut with the Canadian Opera Company, playing Zweite Dame in their production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Her achievements and rapid rise to fame in the world of opera were recently highlighted in November issue of the North Toronto Post. The digital version of the Postarticle can be found at

http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Do/November-2016/Singer-Emily-DAngelo-is-happily-hitting-some-career-high-notes/

Lorraine Clarkson

Ins Choi

Kim’s Convenience—the new CBC show about a Korean-owned convenience store in Regent Park—has a North Toronto connection! The ground-breaking comedy, which debuted this fall, is based on the play Kim’s Convenience written by NT alumnus, Ins Choi. The play successfully debuted in 2011 at the Toronto Fringe Festival, winning the Best New Play award with Ins both acting in and directing this production. The following year, Soulpepper Theatre remounted the play. An incredible hit, the production won the Toronto Theatre Critics and Best Canadian Play awards, and was nominated for the 2012 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding New Play. After graduating from NT in the early ’90s, Ins attended York University and graduated from the acting program in 1998. Actor, playwright and poet, Ins is performing his celebrated one-man spoken-word play Subway Stations of the Cross at Wycliffe College, Toronto, on Saturday, November 26, starting at 7:00 p.m. For more on Ins Choi, visit http://inschoi.wixsite.com/inschoi

Lorraine Clarkson

Paul Raff

An innovative backyard addition to a typical North Toronto home by award-winning Canadian architect and NT alumnus, Paul Raff, was recently featured in the Globe and Mail (June 3, 2016: http://evykb1pu18t3wms9b2yqgmtt.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/160603_GVR-004_Glencairn-House-Addition_The-Globe-and-Mail.pdf) and the National Post (July 23, 2016). The addition, described as “spirit in the sky from the backyard” and a “theme and variations” is, according to the National Post’s Martha Uniacke Breen, a brilliant combination of Paul’s belief that “there are spaces you design that are visually beautiful, with handsome materials, graceful lines and plenty of style. And there are designs that were primarily guided by the way the inhabitants want to live.” To read more about Paul Raff and the work of the Paul Raff Studio, visit http://paulraffstudio.com/ or http://torontolife.com/style/home/great-spaces-built-to-last/

Lorraine Clarkson

Don Wright’s Legacy Finds a New Home

25 Bright Red Binders

When I took over the care of the NT Archives in the 1990s, they were situated in a former kitchen in the basement of the old school. At the time, I noticed a stack of binders piled high amid the rafters of the storage room. There were 25 of these bright red books, with gold lettering on the spines declaring that they were the Don Wright Collection. I had a huge job just trying to identify and organize the Archives, and so I left the binders to sleep where they were and focused on more immediate tasks.

Who Was Don Wright?

However, I did enquire of the Music Department, Just who was this Don Wright? Continue reading Don Wright’s Legacy Finds a New Home

Celebrating Excellence at NTCI

“Back to school” is a time for goal setting, and the NTCI Foundation has set its goals high. Please contribute to the scholarships, extra-curricular activities and heritage represented by our new initiative: a trophy case that will display our symbols of excellence in academics, arts, athletics and citizenship.

As we look forward to acknowledging the accomplishments of our graduates at Commencement on Friday, October 7, we hope you will join in to contribute to their scholarship fund. As we anticipate the enthusiasm, energy and skills of a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, we invite you to become a part of it. And this year, we will install a new trophy case to display our heritage of excellence. More details can be found in the 2016 Foundation newsletter (http://ntci.on.ca/foundation/files/2016/NTCI-FN-2016-web.pdf).

Please mail your gift to: The NTCI Foundation at 17 Broadway Ave., Toronto, ON, M4P 1T7 or use Canada Helps for online gifts. Specify the Celebrating Excellence Campaign. All contributors will receive tax receipts (for amounts over $25) and be acknowledged in the spring 2017 newsletter.

Generous donors will be acknowledged on a plaque on the trophy case itself:

  • Spirit Sponsor: $250 and above
  • NT Norseman: $500 and above
  • Pentagon Patron: $1,000 and above
  • Naming rights for the trophy case in the Commons: $8,000

Hail North Toronto!

And if you want to absorb some of that spirit, don’t forget Red and Grey Day at NTCI on Thursday, October 13. We will be there to fill you in on the details.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please email Nancy McFadden at nancyanddoug.mcfadden@gmail.com.

Red and Grey Day Homecoming

Red & Grey Day Homecoming

Red and Grey Day Homecoming returns to the school on Thursday, October 13, 1:00-5:30, sponsored in part by the NTCI Foundation.
 
Celebrate:  the continuing Red and Grey school spirit and new facilities at the school and old connections.
Highlights:
  • intercollegiate games will be scheduled throughout the day:
    • 8:00 – Field Hockey – NT vs Humberside, tier 1 league game
    • 11:30 – Field Hockey – NT vs UTS, exhibition game
    • 11:30 – Varsity Girls Basketball – NT vs TBA, league game (Gym)
    • 2:30 – Senior Volleyball – NT vs Riverdale, league game (Gym)
    • 2:30 – Senior Football – NT vs Central Tech, league game
    • 3:45 – Junior Volleyball – NT vs Riverdale, league game(Gym)
    • 4:00 – Field Hockey – NT vs East York, tier 2 league game
  • View the games from the stands or
  • View the outdoor games from the comfort of the Staff Lounge on the second floor, room 229 – 1:00 – 5:30
    • Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
    • Meet members of the NT Foundation, student athletes and current and retired staff and coaches.
    • Confirmed Coaches: Mr Johnston, Russell, Beckett, Smith and Doyle
  • Vintage swag should be available in limited quantities.
    • Better still, why not wear one of your old vintage jackets or sweaters or cap or bandana??
  • Self guided tours of the school: check out the glory boards, new trophy cases, alumni courtyard and new facilities.
  • NTCI Alumni Class (year) Rep Workshop — 4:30 – 5:15
  • The Athletic Council ( NTAA formeroy the BAA & GAA) will be setting up a BBQ with hot dogs for sale by the field. Come and reconnect with old pals and see red and grey day on our own premises!!!
  • Perhaps the 1976 senior football team, celebrating their 40th anniversary of winning the city championship, will make it to the football game and reception!!
  • Post game reception at the Granite Brewery — 5:00 – 7:30
    • Southeast corner of Mt Pleasant and Eglinton
    • Free underground parking
    • Finger Food
Hope you can make it to the homecoming!!!! Spread the word!!

NTCI Class Rep Workshop @ Red and Grey Day

Missing the camaraderie and fellowship with classmates at NTCI?
Did you miss some people you wanted to reconnect with at the 100th Reunion in May 2012?photo_red-and-grey-day

The Foundation knows that most strong alumni associations rely on the existence of vibrant class organizations. We know that several NT classes have been able to maintain their contacts over the years. The Foundation would like to encourage and support this concept by fostering the growth of class rep organizations.

To this end we we are sponsoring a workshop at the school for those NTCI alumni who are currently involved in organizing get-togethers for their classmates, and those who would like to have closer contact with their former classmates.

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Red and Grey Day)
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: NTCI, exact location TBA (meet in staff lounge – 2nd floor)

This workshop will be led by Martha Drake, Executive Director of Advancement, University of Toronto Schools.

If you are interested in attending this workshop or if you would like help in connecting with your classmates—and organizing a class rep organization—please contact Stan Pearl (stanpearl@rogers.com) or Lisa Cain (lisa-ian@rogers.com).