Author: Perry Lefko

Andre De Grasse balancing career and family life

By Perry Lefko Even though a hamstring injury has prevented him from competing since May, Andre De Grasse is not feeling hamstrung. If anything, he feels happy and blessed. Canada’s top-ranked 100-metre sprinter became a father, when he and girlfriend, Nia Ali, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Yuri, in June. In addition, De Grasse is set to have a Markham street named after him in September and will be inducted into the Markham Sports Hall of Fame in October. “I’ve been doing rehab for the past month now, so I probably have another month to go and, then,...

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Unionville filmmaker mourns passing of Burt Reynolds

By Perry Lefko The death of actor Burt Reynolds has hit Unionville film maker Stephen Wallis particularly hard because he had worked with the Hollywood legend last summer in what has become his last movie. Defining Moments, which is scheduled to be released in April, was filmed primarily in Unionville, although some of it was done in Markham. Wallis wrote, directed and produced the film. Reynolds, who died on Sept. 6, at age 82, was one of several actors in the film which Wallis compared to Love Actually, because it had multiple lead actors, although not all of them...

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Unionville resident earns respect in motion picture industry for his versatility

Unionville resident Stephen Wallis developed an interest in writing scripts at an early age. It just took him some 30 years to turn it into a full-time career in the motion picture business. The 52-year-old has been involved in making films as a writer for 14 years. Overall, he has 14 writer credits, 11 producer credits, 10 director credits and two actor credits. He has done two films this year: Afterwards, shot February at Huntsville, and Campton Manor, shot primarily at Barrie in March. Both are fictional. Afterwards, described as a dark yet spiritual drama that follows the journey of...

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Trey Rutherford selected second overall in 2018 CFL draft

Markham’s Trey Rutherford was chosen second overall in the 2018 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft on May 3 by the Montreal Alouettes. Rutherford, who was projected as either the first or second overall selection in the pre-draft ranking system, told the Markham Review he would be happy to play for any team. While he had hoped to be signed as a free agent by the National Football League, he didn’t receive any offers and indicated he would be happy to play in the CFL. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound played at the University of Connecticut in a variety of positions on...

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Markham football player Trey Rutherford looking forward to the pro level

By Perry Lefko Trey Rutherford knows he’s going to play professional football. He’s just doesn’t know whether it will be in the United States or Canada. The 22-year-old Markham native will find out in late April if he has been drafted by the National Football League or possibly signed as a free agent. He knows the interest will definitely be strong in the Canadian Football League. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman is currently rated as the second overall prospect. The CFL draft is in early May. Whatever happens, it has been an incredible journey for Rutherford, who will be...

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