Media, Darling: Gloria Martin

Gloria Martin is the Entertainment Editor for 680 News, Toronto’s number one all-news radio station, as well as its affiliates across the country including News 1130 Vancouver, 570 News Kitchener and News 95.7 Halifax. Gloria’s day ranges from talking to movie stars and fascinating personalities to helping out her favourite community groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto and The Famous People Players.

Twitter: @globiz680news

Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon? 
No, I didn’t always want to be in the media. I was always into acting and writing from the time I was very young (grade one!). I have a BFA from York University in theatre, have done TV commercials, and written and starred in several of my own TV productions.

I love music so, while unemployed as an actress for a spell, I took a job as a disc jockey at a local club. I became one of the first female DJs in Toronto and the first to play “black” music from soul to reggae to rap when I jumped to radio as a late night DJ at CHIC in Brampton. I have been in radio ever since (CBC, CFGM, CFTR, 680 NEWS).

I have always had a passion for promoting our own incredible Canadian talent and have done that on every station where I have been employed.

Where would you like to be five years from now? 
I would like to be writing and producing more extensive articles about interesting people everywhere as well as Canadian stories.

Any advice for people getting started in your industry? 

Writing is king. Hone your writing skills. Be yourself. Get to know and love yourself. Know what your strengths are and present the real “you” in interviews. Honesty and self assurance will get you far. 

Best interview you’ve ever had? 
I loved talking to Sir Anthony Hopkins. He loves life and people and acting and has no time for Hollywood types. The same with Michael Caine. He has incredible stories about amazing people he has known. More recently Daniel Radcliffe impressed me. He’s so together at 22! He laughs at his fame and knows who he really is as a person. I love the Brits.


Mickey Rooney. Love the guy. He’s a legend. But a terrible interview. I tried three times. He’s very cranky.

Best advice you’ve ever been given? 
“Love yourself.” My mother told me that over and over. It’s important for young people to understand that means having confidence but NOT feeling entitled.

What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Work hard at what you love. It’s a privilege. Live every minute of every day to the fullest. Smile. Have respect for others. Help those in need as often as you can. 

What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros? 
Don’t be a pest. If I say no, understand it’s impossible for me to help you at the moment.
Present your information concisely and clearly. Target me if you know it’s something suitable. Don’t just put me on a list that sends out everything you’re working on. 

I hate?
Kim Kardashian. She’s nothing. And I really hate phony advice experts who pretend to dish out advice to movie stars and celebrities and tell them what to do with their lives. Ick!  

I love? 


I’m reading the first two books in Toronto writer Ron Base’s new series, The Sanibel Sunset Detective, published by the late, great Brian Vallee. I’m also reading Italian Days by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, a travel journal with lots of food highlights. And of course any cookbook, anytime.

Best place on earth?
Manitoulin Island, British Columbia and Italy. 

Dinner guest?
Canadian actors Carlo Rota (24, Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway) because I know they both love to cook and have an incredible sense of humour. We would have a hard time trying to eat between the laughs!

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Diane Dupuy, founder of the Famous People Players. 

Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)? 
I always download anything by Trombone Shorty or Esperanza Spalding and Toronto’s Bill King. I just downloaded his new album, Five Aces.

Voicemail or email? 

Email!!! (Ed. note: exclamation marks intended.)

Rave: enRoute Film Festival FREE Screening Tomorrow!

It’s no secret that we love film festivals, so we are thrilled about the enRoute Film Festival’s free public screening happening tomorrow at Scotiabank Theatre at 7 p.m. 
For the past four years, Air Canada has showcased emerging Canadian short filmmakers by screening their films on flights. Exposing our homegrown talent to millions of passengers on the in-flight entertainment system is brilliant, and gives people the option to see something other than the latest Hollywood blockbuster (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
This year, there’s an exciting lineup of both jury members and filmmakers who’ve been nominated for the prize ($5,000 from Cineplex Entertainment and a trip to the Whistler Film Festival). The jury is packed, with Alan Cumming, Carlo Rota, Denis Villeneuve, Jason Priestly, Jeremy Podeswa, Kari Skogland and Sheila McCarthy all lending their very noteworthy opinions about the films. Several of the jury members are attending the Awards Gala later on that evening at The Drake Hotel (by invitation only).

The exciting new filmmakers who’ve made the nominee list are: 

Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers Un Trou dans la Memoire
Rob Coxford, Josh Vamos and Marlaina D’Angelo Push Past: Rob Dyer’s Skate across Canada
Shervin Kermani and Aita Jason Sofia
King Mugabi Red Snow
Allessandro Piedmonte A Cut Above
Adam Shamash La Khaima: The Tent of Mile End
You can catch these films during the FREE public screening tomorrow night at Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond St. West). Or, if you’re flying Air Canada, check them out on your personal screen!