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Ken Hall once used alcohol to bring him out of his shell, but when he found improv, Hall said he didn’t need any substances to make him feel good, open and empowered. “Improv is liberating, it will change people’s lives,” Hall said. “It totally changed my life. I used to be so shy and introverted and scared. Improv brought me out of my shell.” Hall, from Bloor and Ossington, is one half of the award winning comedy duo 2-Man No-Show, who will perform at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival on March 12 at Lower Ossington Theatre. Hall describes 2-Man No-Show as a hybrid of improv and sketch comedy heavily influenced by clown. The duo now tour the country and in addition to the comedy duo he writes, directs and teaches improv at Second City – a long way

It was a real process for me to discover who I was and who I wanted to be. – Ken Hall

from where he was just 10 years ago. “My life has changed so dramatically and I am so happy to be here and at peace with things and affirmed that I am doing what I am meant to be doing,” Hall said. Hall has major scoliosis and is 4 feet 9 inches tall. There was a time in his life when he was bullied and he grew quite angry. From high school through to his late 20s, Hall said he had a problem with binge drinking. Quit drinking It was after he quit drinking in his late 20s Hall said he really had to work to essentially find himself. “It was a real process for me to discover who I was and who

I wanted to be,” Hall said. “It has been a really remarkable journey.” Hall, 39, took a drama class on a whim about 10 years ago. He had been taking creative writing through night classes with the Toronto District School Board. He decided to register for a beginner’s drama class. He found it terrifying and exhilarating at the same and started to have a great deal of fun with acting. He then signed up to take improv classes at Second City. He continued to take classes there while also going to George Brown College to study career counselling. “Around that same time I was encouraged to audition for the Second City Conservatory,” Hall said. “And I got in.” 2-Man No-Show is being staged at the Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave., at 10 p.m. on March 12.


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St. Clair Nissan reinvents customer care Operating at 3275 Dundas St.W.for over four decades, St.Clair Nissan is Canada’s oldest Nissan dealership,but offers customers the newest in customer service. The dealership is under new ownership and management led by new General Manager David Danon, - who just happens to be your neighbour! Danon is looking forward to overhauling the customer service experience at St.Clair Nissan to add a personal,localized touch. “It’s a new culture here at St. Clair Nissan,” says Danon, who has lived in the High Park/Junction area for almost 20 years.“We don’t sell cars, we start relationships, and we’ll welcome everyone with a smile. I’m looking forward to participating within our surrounding communities - I’m going to be your guy!“ The dealership has also expanded its vehicle inventory to offer customers the eco-friendly Leaf lineup, and currently has the 2013 model in the showroom, with a 2011 model available as a service shuttle. “Why burn gas in the city of Toronto when you

can drive a green car - especially in an area like High Park that is so connected to nature?” says Danon. Whether you are looking for a brand new Nissan or pre-owned vehicle,the trained and experienced sales staff will take the time to get to know your needs in order to help you find a vehicle that best suits your lifestyle and budget.The sales team adopts a noninvasive,no-pressure approach,making shopping for a new vehicle a comfortable and enjoyable experience. They understand that buying a car is an important purchase,and ensure you can rely on them for honest and friendly service. Visit the showroom to meet the new team, learn more about 2013 and 2014 Nissan and Leaf models, or to book a test drive.Sales hours are from Mon-Thurs 9:00am to 8:00pm, Fri. 9:00a.m. to 6:00pm and Sat. from 5:00p.m.Service department is open Mon - Fri from 6:00p.m.,and Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00pm. For more information, visit, or call 416-762-7537.

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