I’m from Hamilton.
If you aren’t from Canada you can just think of it as the Pittsburgh of Canada. A steel town that in many ways has seen better fortunes. I grew up there when the factories were at full steam, I left as they started to fade.
Before getting into media I worked all kinds of jobs. A profile on me in Sun Media newspapers a few years ago put it this way, “…Lilley is actually a jack of all trades — from bricklayer, painter, cook and waiter at a 24-hour diner, to actor, factory worker, Second Cup manager, gas station manager, and Greenpeace canvasser.”
All of that is true. Plus more.