MuchMusic played a huge role in cultivating Canadian music. We watched many of our favourite VJs come and go, some moving onto careers in the same industry and others forging a new path.
Check out Part 2 of our list below to find out where some of your favourite MuchMusic VJs have gone.
Teresa was hailed as a “pioneering MuchMusic VJ” for her early contributions to the program. Since then she has gone on to have a successful career contributing to CTV Toronto and Discovery Channel Canada. She currently resides in Toronto with her family, working as the public relations manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
In 2008 Hannah Simone left her role as a MuchMusic VJ and moved to LA to pursue a career in acting. Although she has been in several films in the post-MuchMusic years, Simone is best known for her role as Cece in ABC’s New Girl, alongside Zooey Deschanel. She is also a Me to We ambassador, and helped build a school in tribal Rajasthan, India. Simone has an Instagram account dedicated to her cats.
The 2004 MuchMusic VJ Search launched Devon Soltendieck into the spotlight and, coincidentally, introduced him to his future wife. Soltendieck ended up marrying his former publicist from MuchMusic Ashley Applebaum, and the two have been inseparable ever since. After MuchMusic, Soltendieck became an anchor and remote host at CP24 in 2010, and soon after moved to the E! Canada entertainment network where he can be found hosting the show Pop Quiz, and working as a Senior Correspondent for Etalk.
George Stroumboulopoulos is one of the most well-known Canadian TV personalities to this day, a consistent fixture in national entertainment and news media. His Sunday night talk radio show, The Strombo Show, solidified him as one of Canada’s foremost media commentators. The Gemini Award-winning show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, ran for 10 years until its conclusion in 2014. For a brief time Strombo served as the main host of Hockey Night in Canada before the return of Ron McLean in 2016. George’s project over the past few years goes back to his musical roots with House Of Strombo, in which he invites musicians to perform in his house. Most recently, Stroumboulopoulos has joined Apple Music Radio as host of a Monday to Thursday live show.
After an emergency brain surgery towards the end of Sarah Taylor’s MuchMusic VJ career, her personal and professional life were dramatically altered for the years to come. A hole in her skull and the two subsequent surgeries that followed affected Taylor’s ability to speak, proving difficult, but not impossible to return to her role under a year later. Since then Taylor has returned to school at OCAD in Toronto, and is a passionate activist and photographer.
After leaving her role as MuchMusic’s youngest VJ in 2004, Amanda Walsh pursued a career in acting. She has appeared in various films such as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Beauty & the Briefcase, as well as single episode appearances on Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and NCIS.
Bill Welychka holds the record for the longest running VJ at MuchMusic for over 10 years of on-air video hosting. His departure led him to Edmonton, where he contributed to Breakfast Television. He now resides in Kingston, where he hosts and produces the show CKWS Daily for Global News.
Known for being one of the original MuchMusic VJs, Michael Williams has all but disappeared from the spotlight since his days on camera. He has worked for multiple radio stations in Montreal and Toronto while continuing his career as a DJ. Williams also owns Toronto-based Black Rose Recording Studios.
Tony “Master T” Young
Former cameraman turned VJ, Tony Young (a.k.a. “Master T”) was MuchMusic’s top promoter of hip hop music in the late 90s. Shortly after the turn of the century, Young left MuchMusic and went on to host radio program, Wall of Sound. He continued to produce his own “Master T’s series of hip hop and reggae compilations” in the following years.
Matt Wells might have left much music in 2010, but he remained onscreen for many years to follow as a television actor. He has appeared in tv series Rogue, Air Emergency, Bitten and many others. He has also released two studio albums as frontman for Lazybones, a folk rock group.
One of MuchMusic’s most beloved VJs, Bradford How bid audiences farewell in 2003 to pursue other ambitions. Over 10 years later he can be found hosting Nick at Nite’s “Bet The House,” among a string of commercial work for Papa John’s, Geico, Club Med, and Walt Disney World. He’s the official spokesperson for Nationwide Insurance
Rachel Perry went on to host VH1 Radio Network’s Weekly Rewind radio program, while also appearing in various commercials. Her most notable post-Muchmusic role was as the host of Playboy’s “The Stash,” a program that “comments on video clips and photos from adult media.” She now lives in LA with her husband and son.
Feature photo courtesy EMILIE RHAUPP via Flickr.