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
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
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
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: 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
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
Two NTCI’s best athletes have retired from their respective professions this spring and capped off amazing athletic careers. Continue reading Two NT Athletes “Retire” after Highly Successful Careers!
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red & Grey Day Homecoming
- 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
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 (email@example.com) or Lisa Cain (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We all know that NT grads are out in the world making a difference. Just as we were finalizing our content for this issue, we received the following inspiring report from Harry McMurtry (’81) and knew it simply had to be shared among the NTCI alumni community:
My first day at NTCI was 40 years ago. These many years later, my connection to the school and its alumni remains as strong as ever. My NTCI roots run deep: I spent five years at the old campus; my mother attended the school as did all five of my siblings; and I keep in touch with dozens of its graduates. NTCI was (and still is) a special place. More importantly, it produces special people.
One of those special people is Sue (Lougheed) Thompson (’83). On May 7, 2016, Sue and I will embark on our quixotic journey from New York City to Toronto to raise money for Parkinson’s research. The walk is the centrepiece of a project called 500 Miles for Parkinson’s, which is also aimed at boosting awareness of this neurological condition. Both Sue and I have been diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). We will be joined on the 500-mile walk by Dr. Ross Sugar of Baltimore, MD, who also has YOPD. We created a video to promote the walk (https://youtube/WQSd4KjK4xI). (The video was made before Sue and Ross joined the team.) The walk will be preceded by a launch event in New York City on May 6, and followed by a celebration in Toronto on June 22. To learn more about the walk and related events, please visit our website: fivehundredmiles.org.
Few schools, public or private, can boast of more successful
alumni than NTCI. I do not think that this occurred by accident. I believe that the values instilled at NTCI serve its graduates well throughout their adult years: pursuit of excellence, creativity, diligence, community engagement, and empathy. All of these values have contributed to the creation, organization, and anticipated success of 500 Miles for Parkinson’s.
NTCI alumni have infiltrated every aspect of 500 Miles:
- Financial support: Ian Hull (’81), Janet (Macrae) MacInnis (’55), Andy Filipiuk (’81), Ria (Macrae) McMurtry (’52), James Swayze (’82)
- Graphic art: Bernice Lum (’82)
- Volunteer coordination: Kirsten Sixt (’83) and Julie Cowan (’83)
- Administrative support: Lisa Pen (’82)
- Organizational support: John McKay (’81), Adriana Christopoulos (’81), Ben Hawkins (’81), Phil Hargreaves (’81) and Geoff Linton (’81)
- One of our celebrity ambassadors, Ashley (Nicoll) Holzer, attended NTCI.
- We are also receiving support from across the continent: Jim Maedel (’81) in Vancouver; and Harvey Levine (’81) and Simon Halls (’82) in Los Angeles.
You too can participate in this undertaking. You can become a sponsor, donate, buy tickets to an event, or volunteer. I believe that participating in charitable activities has concurrent benefits: it advances the cause; it makes your community stronger; it strengthens friendships; and it nourishes your soul. At the very least, it spreads a little of that Red and Grey magic.
—Harry McMurtry (’81)