Raymond Helkio is an author, director, playwright who graduated from Ontario College of Art & Design. He is a Canadian Ambassador for the Moral Courage Project and author of several publications including The Great Meeting Room. Ray uses his free time to throw Slurpee’s at bullies.
Amy Pearl (aka Miss Butter) has been doing live freestyle and spoken word + hostessing in Toronto for over 15 years. With a background in theatre and writing she is a conduit for the shared human experience. Amy is a co-conspirator with The Reading Salon. Photo (above) by Nadia Tanya Photography.
Stewart Borden is the bassist for Men In Suits (MIS), what The Globe & Mail calls “Bay Street’s hardest working band.” As a charity band, MIS has played hundreds of live gigs including some unforgettable performances with superstar talents like Rick Emmett (Triumph), Amy Sky, Mark Jordan and Toronto’s own Dave Dunlop. Stewart was also a founding member of the bands Thurston Howell and the Lovies, Mr. Christie and the Good Cookies, and The Bulge. You can find him playing bass at semi-regular gigs at The Orbit Room. Stewart produces virtually all the music associated with The Reading Salon.
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