Then: Zit Remedy guitarist and all-around nice guy Archie “Snake” Simpson.
Now: Producer and director for Degrassi: TNG and director and co–executive producer
of The L.A. Complex; Principal Simpson on Degrassi: TNG.
Then: Mohawk’d teen mom Christine “Spike” Nelson.
Now: Reprised her role as grown-up mom to tween Emma on TNG; DJs a monthly ’80s dance party with Stacie Mistysyn at Disgraceland on Bloor Street West.
Then: Wise-cracking, fedora-sporting cool guy Joey Jeremiah.
Now: Actor and member of the National Speakers Bureau.
Then: Outspoken social activist and epileptic Caitlin Ryan,
who lost her virginity to Joey Jeremiah.
Now: Guested as Caitlin on early seasons of TNG; DJs as DJ Mistylicious with Stepto;
expecting her first child this summer.
Then: School bully Dwayne Myers, one of the first TV characters with AIDS.
Now: Assistant director on Saw II, Cinderella Man, and many more films and TV shows.
Then: Mustachioed teacher Mr. Raditch.
Now: Creator and host of Speed network show Chop Cut Rebuild.
Then: Aspiring filmmaker and sometime shoplifter Lucy Fernandez, who survived both a date rape and a terrible car crash.
Now: Acclaimed writer and director of both TV and indie films; occasional actor.
Then: Caitlin’s pal with spina bifida, Maya Goldberg.
Now: Musician and world traveller; runs an aerial videography company (Bug Eye Films)
with her partner.
Then: Glamour Shots–worthy queen bee and school president,
presumably elected because her motto—“All the way with Stephanie Kaye”—was so rad.
Now: Jazz singer; interpreter at the Library of Parliament in 2011; currently studying Canadian politics at U of T.
Then: Punk-rock pro-lifer and animal rights activist Liz O’Rourke.
Now: Yoga instructor, acupuncturist, and TCM practitioner in Toronto.
Then: Nerdy sidekick Yick Yu.
Now: Assistant director on such films as Resident Evil: Afterlife and The Thing.
Angela and Maureen Deiseach
Then: The Farrell twins—strong-willed Erica (Angela), who had an abortion;
and introverted Heather (Maureen), who made out with Wheels at a party.
Now: Angela is a flamenco dancer and member of the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company; Maureen is a Toronto-based teacher.
Related reading: A tribute to the late Neil Hope, a.k.a. Wheels