Shukyn, Murray

We met Murray Shukyn at the Baycrest Terraces in January 2015, as part of the new Crestwood-Baycrest initiative to document Jewish history in postwar Toronto.  And Murray made interesting contributions in that regard.  Murray grew up in the shadow of World War Two, and he reached maturity in the context of the 50s and 60s, a time when Toronto was reshaping its identity.  Out of school Murray dove into his passion of music, opening a record store.  Later he went into teaching, opening the highly influential SEED school in the early 70s.  Stints in television and politics would follow.  Murray is a great storyteller with very interesting experiences from a fascinating time!

He was interviewed for this project by Lara Franklin, Shanel Maida and Rohan Narayanan.