Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chrissie Hynde Reminisces on Formative Trips to Canada, Staying at Rochdale

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chrissie Hynde Reminisces on Formative Trips to Canada, Staying at Rochdale

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Chrissie Hynde on love affair with Canada

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TORONTO - Though most of Chrissie Hynde's romantic dalliances have been reported to an exhaustive extent, one has perhaps escaped public notice: her long love affair with Canada.

As she writes in her fearlessly candid new memoir, "Reckless: My Life as a Pretender," she first journeyed north at 18 as a Kent State college student hungry for adventure.

She told her parents she was going to a cottage in Port Carling, Ont., but instead flew with a few friends from Cleveland to Toronto, exploring southwestern Ontario with only their outstretched thumbs and the kindness of motorists to guide them.

"When I went to Toronto, it was the first really big city I'd been to," Hynde recalled in a telephone interview recently from her home in London. "Some guys from Kent State, they'd call it 'T.O.' like it was this really cool place. And they'd go up there and have boots made or something -- stuff you couldn't have in Ohio.

"When I went to Toronto at first, I just fell in love with it. Walking around the streets it was a real, real city -- and it's a beautiful city."

Hynde was sold. She rented an apartment with the guy she was seeing at the time and talked her way into a job as a waitress at an Indian restaurant. But her Canadian dream was crushed when her aforementioned beau feared emigrating from the U.S. for good would have him branded a draft dodger.

It was, she writes, "the only time in (her) life that a guy would make a decision" on her behalf.

But she gets it now.

"From a guy's point of view, the reality was you'd never be able to go home again," she said, nevertheless enthusing that conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War were "heroes."

It wasn't Hynde's final formative adventure in Canada.

Shortly after her first northern sojourn, she returned to visit a Canadian guy she'd befriended during a trip to Mexico. …

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