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Summer issue features Stef Paquette

The made-in-Sudbury television drama, Hard Rock Medical, inspired by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), will premiere on TVO Sunday, June 9 at 8 pm.

Viewers will see places and people they know in the show which is “unapologetically set in Sudbury,” says director Derek Diorio.

Sudbury actor and musician Stéphane Paquette, who director Diorio worked with previously on the TFO French comedy Meteo+, is one of the lead actors. The show also stars Angela Asher and Tamara Duarte, who both appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Patrick McKenna, who played Harold Green on the The Red Green Show.

Sudbury Living magazine features Paquette on the cover of its summer issue. Inside readers are introduced to this talented fellow. He is a high-profile musician, actor and broadcaster in the Franco-Ontario community, but he is relatively unknown to residents of Sudbury who do not speak French.

We had a lot of fun working with Paquette for the cover story. Video producer Patrick Demers attended the cover photo session at Westmount Photography. His interviews with Paquette and Sudbury Living art director Crystal Larose can be viewed at Sudbury Living Live at

In the same issue, Sudbury Living takes readers on a cruise in the French River with Rene Lahaie. A cruise on the French is on my list of things-to-do. Lahaie has been offering the cruises for about 15 years from Totem Point Lodge at Wolseley Bay. Two-hour cruises are just $20. This has to be one of the most affordable attractions in Ontario.

Travel writers Gerry Labelle and Mercedez Quinlan share their experiences in Japan with readers. They were prepared to pay high prices for food in Tokyo but found once they got away from tourist areas. “We discovered dining out in Japan is not that expensive away from the tourist areas. We ate in local restaurants in the outer neighbourhoods for the rest of our stay. The food was delicious, the people quite gracious and curious, and the culture and sites unbelievable,” they write.

In the same issue, retired professor Bill McLeod writes about the last man to be hung at Sudbury jail in 1955. He has written a book on the topic appropriately titled Murder in the Schoolhouse: Sudbury, Ontario’s Last Hanging. It has all the ingredients of a good murder mystery story and it’s true.

I am bias but I think the Summer 2013 issue of Sudbury Living is the best issue yet!


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