Corey Hart talks family, fame ahead of national tour


He’s won Juno awards, his albums have been certified platinum and now, he’s set to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame — but not before dropping by the Ottawa Morning studios.

Corey Hart, the ’80s sensation behind the hits « Sunglasses at Night » and « Never Surrender, » is jumping back into music with a new album and a cross-country tour.

His return wasn’t planned — but three decades after topping the charts and four kids later, it seemed like the right time.

« It was an alignment of the stars all at the same time, » Hart told Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan. « It’s just a luxury and a gift that the fans are giving me to allow me to go back out there and play my songs for them. »

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Took break for family 

Hart’s career began over three decades ago, and led to worldwide acclaim and sold-out tours.

But when he started a family, he took a step back.

His own father left when he was young, leaving his mother to raise five children on her own, and Hart said he didn’t want to repeat that pattern.

« As a young boy, it hurt me. And I decided if I ever had children that I was going to do something different, » he said. « I was going to create a different path and not follow the chain that he had laid out for his life and his choices. »

Rather than announcing a hiatus, Hart simply faded from the spotlight, devoting his time to his family. His departure from music was so pronounced, Hart said, that his children weren’t even aware of his former stardom.

It was only once they were teenagers and joined social media, Hart said, that they learned how popular their father was.

Return to music

After 2010, Hart began moving back into the limelight, culminating in a sold-out show at Montreal’s Bell Centre in 2014 — a performance billed as a goodbye concert.

« I played four-and-a-half hours, 44 songs, because I truthfully thought it was gonna be just one show to say goodbye to my fans, » Hart said.

But that wasn’t how it turned out. Now, Hart’s new album, Dreaming Time Again, is set to be released in May.

He’ll also be performing at the Junos in March after accepting his induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

His national tour kicks off on March 31 in Newfoundland, with Hart making his way to Ottawa for a show at the Canadian Tire Centre on June 12.


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Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay to be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame


Roy Halladay is headed to Cooperstown.

The late former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher was selected by voters to gain entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot.

Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter on his resume, earned induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter on his resume, earned induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.  (Tony Bock / Toronto Star file photo)

Halladay was part of a four-player class that included reliever Mariano Rivera, the first player to be named on every ballot, designated hitter Edgar Martinez and starting pitcher Mike Mussina. Reliever Lee Smith and DH Harold Baines were elected earlier by a veterans’ committee.

Halladay and Martinez received 85.4 per cent of the votes each, and Mussina received 76.7 per cent of the votes. A player must appear on 75 per cent of the more than 400 ballots submitted by eligible Baseball Writers Association of America Members to be inducted, and on five per cent to remain on the ballot another year.

Halladay, who died in a plane crash in November 2017 at the age of 40, will be the sixth player elected posthumously through the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s process and the first since Rabbit Maranville in 1954.

The native of Denver was selected by the Jays in the first round of the 1995 draft. He made his big-league debut as a September call-up in 1998 and went on to become one of the most dominant pitchers of his ERA.

« Of the countless players that have worn the Blue Jays uniform, few have done so with the determination and elegance of Roy Halladay,” said Jays president Mark Shapiro said in a statement. “Today is a bittersweet day for our community and organization, as we remember a beloved pitcher, teammate, and family man, but we can take comfort in the boundless impact Roy had on Canadian fans nationwide and the game of baseball. »

The two-time Cy Young Award winner went 203-104 with a 3.38 ERA in 12 seasons with Toronto and four with Philadelphia. He was known for his consistency and durability over the course of his career. The six-time all-star threw 67 complete games in 390 starts. Among Toronto starters, he ranks third with a 3.43 ERA, second with 1,495 strikeouts and 148 and first with a 1.20 WHIP.

In Philadelphia, he led the team to consecutive National League Championship Series. He pitched the second no-hitter in post-season history in 2010, the same year he pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history.

Former teammate Pat Hentgen, now a special assistant to the organization, remembered Halladay as “one of the greatest baseball competitors I have ever seen. »

“His work ethic, mental toughness, professionalism, and consistency on the mound were unmatched, » Hentgen said in a statement. « Every fifth day that he pitched, he held an intense focus on one goal: to give his team the best possible chance of winning. Any player who had the honour of sharing a clubhouse with Doc will agree that they are better having known him.”

It will be up to Halladay’s family, including wife Brandy and sons Braden and Ryan, to decide whether he goes into the hall with a Jays logo or a Phillies logo. The induction ceremony will be held on July 21 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Halladay told reporters in Toronto in 2016 that he would go into Cooperstown wearing a Jays cap, because it’s where he spent the bulk of his career. It was for that reason that Halladay chose to sign a ceremonial one-day contract with Toronto when he retired, to finish his career as a Jays player.

If he enters as a Jays player, he plaque will bare the second Toronto logo in franchise history, after Roberto Alomar Jr. was inducted in 2011.

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There were 35 players on this year’s ballot, including 15 holdovers from last year and 20 first-timers. A player must play at least 10 full seasons in the big leagues and be retired for five years to be eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Those that fell short this year included pitchers Curt Schilling (60.9 per cent) and Roger Clemens (59.5 per cent), and outfielders Barry Bonds (59.1 per cent) and Larry Walker, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native who made major gains to get to 54.6 per cent. The former Montreal Expos outfielder, a career .313 hitter and a former National League MVP in Colorado, has one year left on the ballot.


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Mac’s AAA Hockey Tournament honours excellence with updated Wall of Fame


It’s one thing to play in the Mac’s AAA Hockey Tournament but it’s quite another to be featured on its Wall of Fame.

That is where you’ll find the pictures of nearly 200 players who have played in the 40-year-old tournament and then gone on the achieve hockey greatness.

“You have to have played at a professional level,” said tournament vice chair Chris Turnbull, explaining the criteria required to earn a spot on the wall.

“We draw our line at the National Hockey League,” he continued. “We’ve got 64 or 65 first-round draft picks on our wall of fame and I believe there’s nine or 10 that went first overall in the NHL draft. So that really says something to you about the caliber of players that come through here.”

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Girls haven’t always played in the tournament. In fact, for the first time in 14 years, there are no female teams registered in the tournament this year, but that hasn’t stopped organizers from honouring them on the wall.

“In the case of the female players, they didn’t have an NHL to go to but we did put two in there because they did play on the Olympic team,” Turnbull said.

A new display case is also featured on the wall with a Team Canada jersey in it, which was gifted to the tournament after the women’s national team’s request to play an exhibition game at the tournament last year was granted.

After the same pictures and memorabilia stayed the same for nearly 30 years, the wall was finally updated and expanded this year with the addition of 70 new players’ pictures.

“Everybody knows the names and so people always walk by the wall of fame and they always want to see who’s new,” said Turnbull.

Jim Yaworski is a former Junior B coach in Calgary and remembers some of the big name players that showcased their talents at the tournament.

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“Mike Green in particular,” recalled Yaworski of seeing Green play at the tournament years ago and who now plays for the Detroit Red Wings.

“That really sticks out. He’s a northeast boy from Calgary and just an excellent hockey player and when you watched him play here you knew he was going to play in the show.”

For players currently playing in the tournament, the idea of seeing their mug shots on the wall one day is almost surreal.

“Oh yeah, I think it would just be huge,” said Calgary Northstars forward Nick Porterfiled.

“It’s just crazy, it’s crazy to think about it.”

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