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Neighbourhood Portrait: Winston Ho-Sang
Mon Jun 6, 2016

The following article about local celebrity Winston Ho-Sang, proprietor of Ellington's Cafe at 805 SCW is by local artist, photographer and writer Peggy Lampotang for Living Toronto.

When I step into Ellington’s, a café modestly ensconced on a stretch of St. Clair Avenue West between Winona and Arlington streets, I feel as if I’m entering a little oasis. It’s perhaps the music that wafts in the air. Whether it’s jazz, reggae or some obscure genre, the cadence sweeps me into a relaxed mode as I gaze at the bright yellow walls that display the timeless black and white photos of Bob Marley and Charlie Parker. At the back, a piano, cello, guitar and drums sit there, ready, available, tempting one to make music, to be part of an atmosphere full of potential. And always present behind the counter to serve coffee, pastries and sandwiches is Winston Ho-Sang, the owner of this little refuge, with a boyish grin and laid-back attitude that make you feel at home. Winston could have continued the star-bound journey of being a reggae celebrity after he won the Ontario Star Search in 1985, performed at the Bamboo, Lee’s palace, El Mocambo, The Copa, toured the U.S., had two Juno-nominated albums and the Canadian Reggae Music Awards under his belt. But he chose ...

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