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Noah Earle in Bloordale

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Peterborough and lived there for a short while. My Mom was living in Toronto at that time; my brother and I moved here when I was 8 to live with her.

What do you do for a living?
I operate a small creative agency called Able. We recently handled all of the creative (brand, print catalog, web and advertising) for the 13th annual Line Art Auction. It’s the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line’s largest fundraiser of the year. It was a great initiative to be a part of.

I was involved with The Ministry of Artistic Affairs. In the last three years we hosted over 40 events.

I’m currently working on a number of leather goods which I’m hoping will surface in the spring.

How did you get started?
When I was 14 or 15, I was playing in a band (which obviously everyone needed to hear) so I made this snot green website. It was terrible, but it got me interested in web design. I started helping friend’s bands with the same and tried to find work.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?
The Caribbean Queen’s Beef Patties and the fireplace at Three Speed. The church at Dufferin and Bloor has a sign with inspirational quotes. They are usually shitty puns but sometimes they can be pretty snappy. “Hang out with Jesus – He hung out for you” was one they ran at Easter.

What’s the last treasure you found?
A zine called Deze Daze featuring the photography of Marishka Anne, Kelsey Stasiak, Drew Lint. There’s an opening reception tonight.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?
Pepperoni slice from Bitondo’s in the summer.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?
Don Rickles.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?
People usually go with something with their name in it, right? In that case, The Cadillacs – “Speedoo.” But it’s probably more like the Wings theme.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?
Outdoor Ping Pong tables (Berlin)

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