Past / Present Personalities & Special Guests

Spider Jones

Spider JonesSpider is a three-time Golden Glove Champion and an inductee of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame. Today, Spider is an author, an award-winning journalist and a motivational speaker. Spider was once voted “Boxing Commentator and M.C. of the Year” by the Board of Governors of the World Boxing Federation. Spider also runs the youth outreach charity organization, Believe to Achieve. Spider loves music, especially R&B, and has been known to belt out a few tunes.

Bob McCown

photo_bob_mccownBob started out in 1977 being the PA announcer for the newly formed Toronto Blue Jays, and continued on with thirty years of radio and television sports broadcasting. Bob is the host of the sports radio talk show “Prime Time Sports,” a position he has held on and off since 1989 and across several stations. He currently is on FAN 590, with his show syndicated nationally and simulcast on Rogers Sportsnet – in his trademark shades of course.

Mayor John Tory

Mayor John Tory

Lawyer; political strategist; businessman; talk show King; and, now, Toronto Mayor: face it — the guy isn’t lazy or unambitious; in many respects, John Tory has led many careers. What endears this special man to us is his indefatigable well of time and graciousness to help Spider’s kids. He always shows up for us. He always cares.

Paul Godfrey

Paul Godfrey

Paul Victor Godfrey, is a businessman and former Canadian politician. During his career, Godfrey was a North York alderman, Chairman of Metro Toronto, President of the Toronto Sun and head of the Toronto Blue Jays. He was instrumental in bringing the Toronto Blue Jays to Toronto and has campaigned to bring the National Football League to Toronto. He had been named president and CEO of The National Post, starting in 2009. On November 27, 2009, Godfrey was announced as the chair of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, a role in which he served until being dismissed in 2013. He has been President and CEO of Postmedia Network, since July 13, 2010.

Todd Shapiro

Todd Shapiro

Todd Shapiro has been a top rated Toronto Radio Show host and a familiar voice on Canada’s airwaves for over 17 years. His impeccable comedic timing, his natural delivery, his comfortableness in front of the camera/mic, his effortless charisma and his incredible interview skills have helped him connect to both male and female audiences of any age.

Glen Foster

Glen Foster

Glen Foster (aka “That Canadian Guy) has been one of the top comedians in Canada for over 30 years. He didn’t just work the road, he’s one of the guys who built it! Glen has performed on numerous TV shows including two comedy specials and eight appearances with CBC’s “Just for Laughs”. He can also be heard on CBC’s “The Debaters” His latest DVD is “Prickly: Live at The Rose Theatre”.

Jennifer Valentyne

Jennifer Valentyne

Jennifers started with her grass roots role as an intern at MuchMusic. She has worked with Breakfast Television in Toronto hosting the “Live Eye” and was the CityTV Prize Queen on speakers corner and is an excellent singer as we remember from the singing weather girl days on CityTV. Her love for jazz, improv and humanities really speaks about her true north warmth and personality.

Dwight Drummond

photo_dwight_drummondDwight is an accomplished Canadian television journalist for over twenty years, having served as Citytv’s crime specialist and anchored three CityNews news series, earning the station Gemini and Edward R. Murrow awards.  Dwight currently co-hosts CBC News Toronto at primetime, earning the program Best Local Newscast at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. Dwight has also been awarded the Ryerson University Alumni Award of Distinction and is an inductee into the Faculty of Radio and Television Arts Wall of Fame.

Steve Anthony

Steve Anthony

You will surely remember Steve from the best days of MuchMusic when music was real and VJs made sense. He tried leaving Toronto once to start a new life in Montreal but Toronto sucked him back in because Toronto loves him. He currently co-hosts CP24 Breakfast and you can hear his voice across Canada from NHL Network Radio, Faith-FM and more.

Hazel McCallion

photo_hazel_mccallion“Hurricane” Hazel served as Mississauga’s mayor for thirty-six years, decisively winning twelve consecutive terms from 1978 to 2014. She writes her own speeches, has been awarded the Order of Canada, was named the world’s second best mayor by The World Mayor organization in 2005, and founded Hazel’s Hope, a charity that provides aid to HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa. Today, she serves as chancellor for Sheridan College – at 95 years young.

Humble and Fred

humbleThe duo of “Humble” Howard Glassman and Fred Patterson has entertained Ontario radio listeners since 1989 with hijinks, interviews, and wisecracks. Voted Best Morning Show in Canada four times, their show featured Howard challenging Dalton McGuinty to an arm-wrestling match and duct taping Danger Boy to Alan Cross for Easter. Today, their act is heard, uncensored and uncut, on SiriusXM satellite radio and via podcast that enjoys 15,000 downloads a day.

Master of Ceremonies: Andrew Krystal

Andrew KrystalAndrew is an award-winning Toronto broadcaster and writer hosting “Krystal Nation” on Sirius XM Radio. His company, Krystal Nation Inc., is a full-service brand marketing agency with strategic planning, government and public relations; media and digital services.

Past Attendees

George Chuvalo

George Chuvalo“He’s the toughest guy I ever fought,” Muhammad Ali said of George when they battled for the world heavyweight title in 1966. George was Canadian heavyweight champion as both an amateur and a professional, never having been knocked out in his professional ninety-three fight career. Today, George is an inductee of both the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the World Boxing Hall of Fame, has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Ed the Sock

photo_ed_the_sockEd is a vulgar , cigar chomping grey sock who has a lot of opinions on everything from pop culture to movies to politics and has never been afraid to express them. Over the years, Ed has hosted or co-hosted a variety of television shows, starting with Citytv and MuchMusic’s “Ed’s Night Party.” Spanning 16 seasons, it remains Canada’s longest running late night talk show in history. Ed also starred in “Ed’s Big Wham Bam,” “Fromage,” “Ed’s Nite In,” and “This Movie Sucks”. Today, Ed can be heard online on “Ed & Red’s Podcast” and “Roughly 90 Seconds with Ed the Sock” on Huffington Post Canada.

Brendan Fletcher

photo_brendan_fletcherBrendan is a Canadian actor and writer who has appeared in several films including “Tideland,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” and the 2015 Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning film “The Revenant”. He starred in TV shows such as “Heartland,” “Alcatraz,” “Gracepoint” and “Rogue” and has also appeared in “Supernatural,” “Smallville,” and “CSI”. He has two Geminis for performances in “Caitlin’s Way” and “The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton”. He is currently filming the mini-series “Lewis and Clark.”

Ben Johnson

photo_ben_johnsonA controversial figure in Canadian sports history, Ben had his Olympic gold medal for the 100 metre dash in Seoul rescinded. This sprinter continues to hold two silvers from the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games and two bronzes in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics for the 100 metres and 4×100 metre relay races, plus participated in the 1992 Olympics. Today, Ben coaches several young athletes.

Norm Kelly

nkellyNorm is a councillor for the City of Toronto, representing the ward of Scarborough-Agincourt. Previously, Norm has served as Member of Parliament under Pierre Trudeau and served as President of the Treasury Board. Norm also served as Toronto’s deputy mayor in 2014. A trained historian, Norm had also researched the creation of Canada’s transcontinental railway for Pierre Berton’s 1970 best-seller “The National Dream”, winning Norm a Governor General’s Award.

Lennox Lewis

Lenox_Lewis_2010George Foreman declared that Lennox was “no doubt, the best heavyweight of all time” when Lennox knocked out Mike Tyson in 2002. He’s the last undisputed world heavyweight champion, having collected Olympic gold representing Canada in 1988 and bested fighters such as Frank Bruno, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir Klitschko. He is one of only three world heavyweight champions to have retired with no unavenged defeats. Lennox has both an Order of Canada and an Order of the British Empire.

David Peterson

peterson_dDavid was premier of Ontario from 1985 to 1990. Today, he is senior partner and chairman of the Toronto law firm Cassels, Brock & Blackwell LLP. David has also been a chancellor at the University of Toronto, founding chairman of the Toronto Raptors, and the director of numerous corporate boards and cultural and charitable organizations. David has an Order of Ontario for his contributions in politics and community service.

Michael Wekerle

photo_michael_wekerleThe newest dragon on CBC’s entrepreneurial reality show “Dragon’s Den,” this investment banker has had his hand in some of Canada’s biggest corporate takeovers and stock offerings in the past thirty years. He currently runs Difference Capital, a venture capital firm with a focus on technology startups. Michael also hosts Wekfest and Wektoberfest, two annual charitable music festivals held in Waterloo, and recently purchased El Mocambo, a legendary live music venue in Toronto.

Donovan Bailey

photo_donovan_bailey_150x150A five-time World and Olympic champion, Donovan’s 9.84 second 100 metre sprint at the 1996 Olympic Games won Canada the gold medal and made him the world’s fastest man. Donovan still holds the world’s record for running the 50 metres in 5.56 seconds, a record he’s held for two decades and counting. Donovan has served as a commentator for the CBC at the 2008 Olympics, a spokesperson for Big Brothers of Canada, and has been inducted in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame twice, the only man to have done so.