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Events for alumni, including reunions

Homecoming Concert – First in Every Way!

HOMECOMING CONCERT – FIRST IN EVERY WAY!

For those of you who were able to attend the inaugural Homecoming Concert on October 14th, you know just how lucky you were to be there. Alumni and guests were treated to an intimate concert with Jim Cuddy (’74) and The Skydiggers, including Andy Maize (’78) and Josh Finlayson (’82), along with special guests Devin Cuddy (’05) and Charlotte Cornfield (’06).

The evening started with music by Charlotte Cornfield, who mused that in Grade 10 she had been asked “not to return” to the NT Orchestra, after she’d missed a Kiwanis Festival event for a recording gig instead. Devin Cuddy, son of Jim Cuddy, and talented artist in his own right, played some soulful songs on the piano, and thanked a teacher at NT for encouraging him to follow his passion and pursue a degree in music.

After a long intermission, where NT alum gathered in the atrium to reminisce and catch up with old friends, alumni were treated to a lively concert by The Skydiggers that included some top-notch dancing in the aisles, and wonderful tales by lead singer Andy Maize. Maize recalled a bus ride to the Santa Claus Parade with the Marching Band, where music teacher Mr. Krueger had repeatedly reminded the musicians not to take their cases off the bus, as there would be nowhere to put them once the parade started. In typical Grade 9 fashion, Maize had ignored the repeated requests and ended up with his trumpet case on Bloor Street. While he couldn’t remember exactly what he had done with the case, he did remember Mr. Krueger’s choice words in response to his stupidity.

For the final act, Jim Cuddy took the stage with The Skydiggers to perform his own music, as well as some of his popular Blue Rodeo tunes. Cuddy, probably one of NT’s most famous alumni, confessed that he wasn’t really open about his musical talent in high school. In fact, Grade 11, when a friend he ran into in the “alley” on his way to audition for Maytime Melodies challenged him (“You?!”), he chickened out. Luckily, he eventually mustered up the courage to share his talent with the rest of us. In the final number, surrounded by The Skydiggers, Cuddy laughed that he never would have hung out with these “minor-niners” in high school, but that time had allowed them to finally come together.

No doubt, it will be the great music that most of us remember about the evening. But beyond that, it was the stories – the shared stories – that meant something to all of us. Because even if we didn’t all turn out to be rock stars, we all remember what it was like to be a minor-niner, afraid to walk up the alley, and in trouble with Mr. Krueger, or someone else, because we did something just a little stupid.

Special thanks to all of the artists, as well as Tammie Presnal Jennings (’82) and Lisa Pen (’82) for designing the logo for our swag, Phil Presnal (’85) for being our amazing sound technician, Peter Bombaci (’85) for being the awesome MC, and Principal William Mack for allowing it all to happen!

Red & Grey Day / Homecoming 2017

October 12 and 13 were certainly busy days for North Toronto and its alumni. These two days, which preceded the very successful Homecoming Concert on the 14th, were set up to attract former students to reconnect with each other and visit or revisit their alma mater.

Mary Kay (Hartman) Winter (’61), Nancy Caldicott (’61) and Stephen Hartman (’57) took in a tour of the school
Mary Kay (Hartman) Winter (’61), Nancy Caldicott (’61) and Stephen Hartman (’57) took in a tour of the school

Red and Grey Day on the 12th featured a number of sporting events and a reception in the staff room for alumni. Various memorabilia from different years were on display for everyone to look over, eliciting recollections of past events and classmates. Afterwards there was a get-together at the nearby Granite Brewery, run by NT’s own Sam Keefe (’06).

The Class of ’57 gathered at the Rose and Crown.
The Class of ’57 gathered at the Rose and Crown.

The next day, the alumni were treated to a Show and Share event where people identified former classmates from old photos or brought their own memorabilia. A wide range of classes were represented, and people came from as far away as British Columbia and even New Zealand. An added feature to the day was a number of tours of the school led by current students in the PAL program. For many of those present it was their first view of the new school, and they were impressed with the facilities and also grateful that the design still included features of the former building. In the evening, a number of classes got together at various venues across town.

Class of ’87 gathered at the Monarch Tavern
The Class of ’87 gathered at the Monarch Tavern (owned by NT alumnus Evan Georgiades,  ’87).

All in all, it was a wonderful opportunity for NT grads to relive the spirit of NTCI!

NTCI Homecoming Concert: Behind the Scenes

NTCI Homecoming Concert: Behind the Scenes                                       

IT HAPPENED! It actually happened! After months and months of planning, emailing, phoning, texting, arranging and discussing – NTCI’s first inaugural Homecoming Concert took place in the school auditorium!

It took an incredible team of people to create this event:  we worked with agents, lighting and sound technicians, our NT principal, swag people, design people, and many, many more, all of whom made this journey exciting at each stage. Along the way we met up with other NT alumni – Devin Cuddy’s agent, Bryan Boake (’05); the Skydiggers’ sound technician, the wonderful Phil Presnal (’85); and overall amazing, incredible swag designers Tammie Presnal Jennings (’82) and Lisa Pen (’82). (We love the cool little “Norseman dude”!) These are just some of the alumni who helped make this event a true success.

And then, after months of preparation – contracts, riders, rentals, logistics of every imaginable stripe – we moved into the school and it hit home that this night was going to be amazing! Throughout the day, the artists came for their respective sound checks, and Lisa, Jamie, Mark and Kirsten had the privilege of sitting in the auditorium and just listening, in awe of the talent onstage, not to mention the quality of the sound, thanks to the acoustics of the auditorium and Phil’s enhancements. Surreal!

Working backstage with all the artists and our amazing MC, Peter Bombaci (’85), was a real treat. Everyone was laid back yet so professional. They all were excited to look around the music rooms and  try to find their photo up on the walls. Some remembered their time at Maytime Melodies, others their time on the field, while others just remembered how they felt overall during their five-year stay at NT. All of them remembered Mr. Russell, a teacher all of them had had, and when he asked if he could come backstage, everyone welcomed him with open arms. They talked about winning and losing City Championships, that one play that ended the game – and the games that are still a “thorn” in Mr. Russell’s side. The stories and the laughter backstage were wonderful!

When the night was upon us and everyone was piling into the school, it was exciting to see old friends and the smiles on faces of everyone who had come to reunite with their school. And that was really the goal of Homecoming Weekend: bringing everyone together to see one another, get connected or reconnect – and enjoy some alumni music along the way!

To all who worked onstage, backstage and behind the scenes: You all kept “alive the spirit of N.T.C.I.”  “Our North Toronto led the way” that night, and and we can’t thank you enough!

by Kirsten Sixt

NTCI Homecoming 2017

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Come one, come all to NT’s inaugural Homecoming Weekend: October 12–14.
If you missed the 100th, this is the perfect opportunity to come out to see the school and reminisce with old friends. And even if you did make it to the 100th, it’s already been five years, so it’s really time to check in again. Here is how the weekend is starting to shape up:
Thursday, October 12 – Red and Grey Day

Featuring most of the fall athletic teams (football, girls’ basketball, boys’ soccer, field hockey, boys’ volleyball) in action in the gym and on the field, with games starting as early as 9:00 a.m. and continuing until late afternoon. Full details will be released in late September once the games have been scheduled.

R&G Day 2015
And here’s what’s on tap for the day:
  • Self-guided tours of the “new” (2010) school
  • Meet current athletes and coaches
  • NT Foundation will host refreshments for alumni in the 2nd- floor staff room from 1–4 p.m. Meet fellow grads! All grads are strongly encouraged to come back, especially those with significant anniversary years: 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007
  • Sale of vintage uniforms
  • A reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the Granite Brewery on Mt. Pleasant at Eglinton. Cash bar, light snack provided.

Friday, October 13 – Mix and Mingle

  • Student-led tours of the school starting at 1:00 p.m. (sign-up required)
  • Bring your treasured memorabilia for a show and share from 1–3 p.m. in the staff room on the 2nd floor. (There is an elevator if stairs are hard for you.)
  • Come out to a meet-up with fellow alumni for the evening at a local establishment (details TBD; please watch for email updates).

Saturday, October 14 – NT Homecoming 2017 Concert

  • NT’s auditorium will be THE place to be on Saturday, October 14. A really exciting concert is in the works, and you won’t want to miss it. Mark the date on your calendar and watch your inbox and social media for details and advance notice of ticket sales. This will be an alumni/staff-plus-one event, with ONLY 560 tickets, which are sure to go quickly. Purchasers’ alumni/staff status will be monitored, and tickets will not be sent until we verify that status. If you don’t receive Foundation emails, check here for updates.
NTCI Foundation presents the NT Homecoming 2017 concert
  • featuring
    • Jim Cuddy (’74)
    • The Skydiggers ( Andy Maize (’78) & Josh Finlayson (’82))
    • with special guests Devin Cuddy (’05) & Charlotte Cornfield (’06)
  • Saturday, October 14th
  • 7:00 pm
  • NTCI Auditorium
  • Tickets: $80
  • Limit 2 tickets per NT alumni or NT staff (a 19+ event)
  • Tickets go on sale August 28th on eventbrite:  nthomecoming2017.eventbrite.ca

NT’s Class Rep Program

In October 2016, the NT Foundation held an informative and beneficial workshop on running a class rep program, attended by alumni from various years and led by Martha Drake, Executive Director of Advancement, University of Toronto Schools.

As the Foundation strives to increase participation in the alumni community through new events like the upcoming inaugural NT Homecoming Weekend, we continue to look for new Class Reps— individuals who take the lead in locating members of their year and liaise with them regarding Foundation events or year-specific ones. Here are some examples of what current Class Reps are doing:

  • The Class of ’62 meets monthly at a local restaurant for lunch. Members know the date in advance and whoever can make it does. Get-togethers are organized by Sheila Moscoe and Stan Pearl.
  • A combined group of ’79–’82 alumni get together a couple of times a year at Gabby’s on Yonge north of Lawrence. Don Ross (’80) is the organizer. The date is circulated via email and there is always a large turnout.
  • A 40th reunion for members of the ’76 football team took place in November 2016.

If you would like to get involved in the Class Rep program, please contact Stan Pearl (’62) or Lisa Cain (’82) . To ensure you are included in upcoming events or get-togethers, contact your Class Rep. In the list below, the highlighted years indicate special anniversaries in 2017.


  • 1957
    • Looking for a rep
  • Facebook – NTCI alumni of the 50s (4 members)
  • 1962
    • Sheila Moscoe: moscoe-ntci62″at”rogers.com
    • Stan Pearl: stanpearl”at”rogers.com
  • 1964
    • Ron Wakelin: rwakelin”at”utschools.ca
  • 1965
    • Janice Gillespie: janiceigillespie”at”rogers.com
  • 1967
    • Susan Norwich: susannorwich1″at”gmail.com
  • 1968
    • Laurie Pascoe: lauriepascoe”at”gmail.com
  • 1970
    • Nancy McFadden: nancyanddoug.mcfadden”at”gmail.com
    • Alan Fairweather: afairwea”at”rogers.com
  • 1971
    • Lorraine Clarkson: wasagabeacher”at”gmail.com
    • Brian Maltman: bmaltman”at”ca.inter.net
  • 1972
    • Looking for a rep
  • 1976
    • Facebook – NTCI ’76 (2 members)
  • 1977
    • Looking for a rep
  • 1978
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’78 (28 members)
  • 1979
    • Katherine Smith: katherinegsmith.smith”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI 1979 friends (125 members)
  • 1980
    • Don Ross: sales”at”universityfirewood.ca
  • 1981
    • Phil White: pleblanc997″at”gmail.com
    • Mike Clarry: michael”at”clarry.net
  • 1982
    • Lisa Cain: lisa-ian”at”rogers.com
    • Barbara Szelinger: barbara.szelinger”at”rogers.com
    • Mark Kinoshita: mark.kinoshita”at”tdsb.on.ca
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’82 (126 members)
  • 1983
    • Kirsten Sixt: ksixt”at”hullandhull.com
    • Andrea Fairweather: fairweatherandrea”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’83 (54 members)
  • 1984
    • Marc Jamieson: marc.jamieson”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’84 (48 members)
  • 1987
    • Jennifer Hellen Baldachin: jbaldachin”at”rogers.com
    • Jamie Farr: jamescolinfarr”at”gmail.com
  • 1988
    • Debbie Gray: d3bgray”at”gmail.com
    • Suzie Anderson: suzie”at”rogers.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’88 (83 members)
  • 1989
    • Facebook – NTCI ’89 – 25th anniversary (70 members)
  • 1990
    • Facebook – NTCI ’90 (5 members)
  • 1991
    • Facebook – NTCI class of 1991 (110 members)
  • 1992
    • Catherine Trueman: catherinetrueman”at”telus.net
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’92 (96 members)
  • 1997
    • Looking for a rep
  • 2002
    • Looking for a rep
  • 2003
    • Facebook – NTCI ’03 (5 members)
    • Facebook – NTCI class of 2003 (4 members)
  • 2007
    • Bogdan Tudose: bogdan.a.tudose”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’07 (93 members)
  • 2008
    • Lyndsey Gott: gott.lyndsey”at”gmail.com
    • Lora Kikuchi: meiflower.932″at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI grads ’08 (70 members)
  • 2014
    • Facebook – NTCI grads 2014 (277 members)
  • 2015
    • Facebook – NT grads 2015 (296 members)

As we have new year reps, we will be listing them here.

Hey NT’08 Grads!

We have a new Facebook group named NTCI Grads ’08.  Please add yourselves and fellow classmates.  Next year it will be 10 years since our graduation.  This is a good opportunity to meet up (next year spring/summer, 2018) and catch up with fellow NT grads and teachers.  We hope to include tours of the new NT building and a meet up at the Granite Brewery for an evening of food, drinks, and memories. We are also open to suggestions!

Lora Kikuchi & Lyndsey Gott

71st Maytime Melodies Invitation

Dear North Toronto Alumni,

It is with great pleasure that we present our 71st Maytime Melodies on May 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m. Our theme this year is Canada 150, and our Friday concert will feature a number of Canadian compositions. Tickets are $10 and are available for select seating. Please contact the Music Department directly to place your order at:
(416) 393-9180, ext .20100
deborah.pady@tdsb.on.ca

Looking forward to celebrating with you!
Debbie

(Foundation Note: This will be Debbie Pady ‘s last Maytime Melodies as she has accepted a position at Earl Haig for next year.)

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

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).