COVER STORY - JUST LIKE DAD

We salute some of our area’s most fab fa­thers and the kids who were in­spired to fol­low in their foot­steps

North Toronto Post - - Life -

A FILMMAKING FAM­ILY ARI AND ROBERT LANTOS

“I had the good for­tune of be­ing able to ob­serve and ab­sorb [my fa­ther’s] unique abil­ity to cre­ate art and bring in­cred­i­ble sto­ries to life while also build­ing a busi­ness that be­came a global pow­er­house. Once I made the de­ci­sion to “take the plunge,” it was his di­rect guid­ance and men­tor­ship that taught me vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing that I know to this day about pro­duc­ing film and tele­vi­sion con­tent.”

NBA RUNS IN THE DNA MITCHELL AND AN­DREW WIG­GINS

An­drew Wig­gins is one of the hottest names in Cana­dian bas­ket­ball these days. This Thorn­hiller was the top pick in the 2014 NBA draft and cur­rently plays shoot­ing guard for the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves, but the ap­ple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His dad, Mitchell, was drafted in 1983 by the In­di­ana Pac­ers and, of course, played shoot­ing guard as well be­fore leav­ing the NBA in 1992.

FROM POL­I­TICS TO TV BRIAN AND BEN MULRONEY

“The older I get, the more es­sen­tial I feel my fa­ther is to me. He is a friend, he is an ad­vi­sor, he is a cham­pion and my most vi­tal critic. No one in my life takes an in­ter­est in me the way my dad does, and I wouldn’t know what to do with­out him. I want to be that kind of fa­ther. My fa­ther gave me the sim­plest and yet most es­sen­tial ad­vice. He said: Find some­thing you love to do and do it well.”

A PRO­DUC­ING PAIR IVAN AND CATHER­INE REIT­MAN

“When I was seven years old, my fa­ther was driv­ing me home from, yet an­other, medi­ocre school per­for­mance. I’ll never for­get his face as he turned the wheel and said, “Cather­ine, you can’t for­get about pac­ing. You gotta pick up the damn pace.” That day was cru­cial to my de­vel­op­ment. The les­son of brevity and keep­ing your lis­tener want­ing more is one I cher­ish and am al­ready shar­ing with my four-year-old.”

A MU­SI­CAL MATCH DEVIN AND JIM CUDDY

“My dad has al­ways been very sup­port­ive of my mu­sic ca­reer. One of the most re­cent lessons he taught me was about nerves. He said, “If you’re not ner­vous be­fore a show, to what­ever de­gree, it should be wor­ri­some be­cause a lot of en­ergy can be har­nessed from those nerves and can be used on­stage. It can be a pow­er­ful boost and helps you put on a good show.” It is some­thing I have been try­ing to mas­ter.”

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