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Past Team Members

Our past team members, who’ve moved on to bigger and better things, although we have to wonder what’s bigger and better than Song Talk Radio. We miss you!

Bruce Harrott

past co-host

Born and raised in suburban Toronto, at the age of 14 Bruce wanted to be a Beatle.

He played acoustic guitar and sang off and on every year since then. For two decades, he worked as a corporate writer in sales and marketing and was called on to write lyrics for jingles and various presentations. The leap to writing both the music and the words was a direct result of reading Julia Cameron’s book “The Artists Way” in 1994. Doing her exercises every day he began to create songs – using a tape recorder to help him remember the melodies. Bruce wrote some 30 songs, some of which were actually worth keeping. He recorded 12 on multi-track tape at a studio in Vancouver, released 10 on a CD (Nipigon) in Whistler, BC in 1996. It’s now available everywhere on the web. In the spring of 2012, looking for a connection to other amateur songwriters, Bruce discovered MeetUp.com and the Songwriters Roundtable in Toronto. He’s been going to the monthly meetings ever since. He’s heard some really great new songs. Bruce continues to look for opportunities to write, play, and collaborate. Long live the song! You can reach Bruce at www.bruceharrott.com

Janice HoJanice Ho

past social media master

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

Growing up as a kid, I worshipped the pop divas and became best friends with the radio. I took classical voice lessons during my teenage years and fell in love with the beautiful art of opera. I also learned piano and later on in life picked up the guitar. I have always loved and needed to write creatively, especially poems, as a way of expressing myself.

But it wasn’t until two years ago that the grand doors to the World of Songwriting parted ways and I took my first wondrous step onto this exciting journey of creating songs. I fell in love with music all over again. Since then, I’ve written and collaborated on a few tunes and am continuing to learn about the craft of songwriting from many talented musicians and lyricists.

As Song Talk Radio’s “Tweeting Songbird”, I get the chance to be inspired by our weekly guests and tweet out songwriting inspiration to our listeners throughout our live shows!

You can check out my music on SoundCloud  and hear me talk about my approach to songwriting on my Song Talk Radio interview. And, of course, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at @JaniceHoTweets!

You can contact Janice at janice(at)songtalk.ca

Nicole_smallNicole Di Donato

past tech guru / social media backup

Music has always had a special place in my life.

Growing up, I would put on shows for my friends and family where I would sing the latest pop songs and choreograph my own dances.

I’ve always been drawn to musicals and have experience with acting, singing, and dancing. Some of my favourite musicals include “Grease,” “Kinky Boots,” and “Once.”

I attended an arts high school where I majored in drama, allowing me to improve my acting abilities as well as learn how to direct, design costumes, and write plays.

I am currently studying journalism at Ryerson University and hope to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist. I used to have my own column in the Eyeopener called “Year One” and I also work on a live television show as a Production Assistant.

Additionally, I have my own segment on CJRU 1280AM called “Arts and Culture on the Morning Mixtape” where I interview musical artists and bands, as well as other members of the entertainment industry. You can listen live every Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. on the radio waves or stream it online at cjru.ca.

I am so glad to be a part of the Song Talk Radio team! Each week, I am inspired by not only the hosts of the show but by the talented guests as well. I truly feel like the crew is my second family and I am so thankful to be helping with the social media and tech for the show!