Introducing three of the creative people – Tracey Fockler, Scott Bruyea and Tony Reynolds – behind the winter issue.
Tracey Fockler has been writing for In The Hills since 1995. Since 1998 she’s contributed the annual winter round-up of new books by local authors and illustrators – a subject that has grown by leaps and bounds over time. That first year there were eight books. This year there are a record 40-plus!
Tracey recently retired from a 23-year career at BookLore in Orangeville where she also facilitated the BookLore Book Club for more than 20 years. Besides her passion for books and independent bookstores, Tracey’s second love is travel. Every summer she and her husband pack their tiny travel trailer and hit the open road. The Orangeville couple has been awed by humpback whales breaching the waves in Newfoundland, visited Indigenous communities on the shores of James Bay, and driven the entirety of the Trans-Labrador Highway. On their third trip to the Yukon, they drove all the way to Tuktoyaktuk and giddily hyperventilated when a grizzly bear strolled by for a casual meet-and-greet.
Music has been a big part of Scott Bruyea’s life for many years, so after performing live on stage and recording as a drummer for various artists, writing about music seemed a natural evolution. He has been reviewing the recorded music of artists from this area since 2014. He has listened to countless songs and shared his thoughts regarding over 90 musical releases.
Scott and his wife, Karen, have lived in Orangeville since 1992 where they’ve raised a family that proudly includes son Cory and daughters Candice and Brittany. In addition to writing for In The Hills, Scott continues to drum with Orangeville’s own Campfire Poets and provides drum tracks for numerous other artists. He’s also a freelance writer providing written web content for businesses that helps them engage with their target markets. Scott and Karen are blessed with four grandchildren who inspire and teach them what life is really about.
For more than 25 years, Tony has been writing articles for In The Hills – about fishing, cars, a sailboat, an airplane, trains, water, maple syrup, beadwork and birdhouses – to name a few. That number, 25, surprised him. Time flies. He has lived in the area for a few years longer with his wife, Susan, and their family. Before that he often came up from the city to catch trout – or try to. His path to In The Hills meandered through a couple of radio stations in Toronto, freelance work for production companies, advertising agencies and even a few television programs, one of which he wrote and hosted on camera.
Tony has written previously for this magazine about Creative Partners on Stage, the partnership between Community Living Dufferin and Theatre Orangeville, and about the art of the people CLD supports. With “No Strings Attached” in this issue, he catches up with some old CLD friends, meets some new ones and is inspired again.