October 31, 1975 - March 2, 2020
Alex was the awesome bro of Nick and Nina and the pretty cool uncle to Moyra. Much loved son of the late Chrisoula and Evangelos Kontsalakis and big daddy to Bella and Pancakes.
Being a Halloween baby, Alex loved everything and anything to do with Halloween. He was a super hero fanboy, Karaoke god, Godzilla fanatic, comic book geek, Guitar Wolf super fan and a collector of only the cheesiest horror films ever produced. He enjoyed seeing concerts and tried to get his hands on a ticket for almost every 80’s and 90’s band that came to town. Travelling around the world to different concert venues was something that he was passionate about and filled his days with visiting newly found family members that spanned the globe.
Alex leaves behind a large and diverse group of friends, including the film and music community. He lived and laughed daily with all of you and his stories were rich with only the most joyous and hilarious moments.
We were so very lucky to have known his kind and generous spirit, although it just wasn’t long enough for any of us. He still had quite a few songs left in him to sing.
Please do not send flowers or bring any tears. Dress like Alex did every single day by wearing a concert, band, gaming, superhero, Blue Jays or Raptors t-shirt.
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Messages of Condolence
Alex was my special work pal - for years we'd do our robotic greeting "Hi Alex" "Hi Alexx". It never got old. He was always happy and joki...
Alex was my special work pal - for years we'd do our robotic greeting "Hi Alex" "Hi Alexx". It never got old. He was always happy and joking, had a funny observation about something, and was always helpful and friendly. We showed each other crazy things we'd found, and joked about whatever happened that day. He made such a difference in the office and was a wonderful human being. I am going to miss Alex so much and the world will miss this positive funny guy. Much love and condolences to Alex's family and friends.
Alexx HooperTorontoMarch 23, 2020
Alexx Hooper TorontoMarch 23, 2020
The first time I met Alex was at the Hurricanes bar for Karaoke about 5 years ago. I just finished singing a song and he and Damon were c...
The first time I met Alex was at the Hurricanes bar for Karaoke about 5 years ago. I just finished singing a song and he and Damon were congratulating me for a great performance.
Ever since then I got to know him more and more as we met up at other Karaoke bars such as Christie Pitts, Spirits, Fox and Fiddle (Danforth), Old Sod, Penny’s, Relish and most recently almost every week at Gabby’s, Legends, and a couple times at the Bond. I enjoyed his company and remembered at least one moment from each place.
To my dismay the last time I would ever see him again was at my birthday karaoke party. His last singing performance there was.. You guessed it.. Dream On. everybody’s favourite. Other ones I enjoyed the most were his Total Eclipse of the Heart and his own rock version of Wrecking Ball.
Alex was quite a person who I believe a lot of us would envy. He travelled a lot, attended almost every concert you can think of, had 2 cats he adored, had halloween tattoos on his arms as he was born on Halloween, did a lot of dancing, and worked in the movie industry as an accountant even sometimes meeting actors.
I’m still learning more about him even now and I wish I could tell him that we have similar characteristics which he never knew.
I am so honored to be his friend. He lived life to its fullest and I will miss you dearly my good friend Alex.
Rob ChowTorontoMarch 18, 2020
Rob Chow TorontoMarch 18, 2020
Alex taught me what it truly means to be yourself in the moment and just love life to the fullest. Alex, thank you for accepting me for wh...
Alex taught me what it truly means to be yourself in the moment and just love life to the fullest. Alex, thank you for accepting me for who I am and for allowing me to see the world through your eyes. I am grateful for having met you, especially during our karaoke adventures.
I believe the secret to life is to find a friend like Alex.
He truly was a special and rare soul who opened up his heart to everyone he met. He never judged, always cheered and always brought joy to those around him. Even after his passing, he still finds a way to connect people from all circles of life and those connections will keep continuing to expand and flourish because of him.
Alex, your spirit will always be in my heart whenever I hit that stage. Your story will always be with me wherever I go. Your vision of the world will always inspire me to keep trying. Dream On loud and proud with the angels.
Darryl STorontoMarch 17, 2020
Darryl S TorontoMarch 17, 2020
I remember meeting Alex at Clinton's during Good Enough Live Karaoke in the summer of 2015. He had signed up to sing Radiohead - Creep on ...
I remember meeting Alex at Clinton's during Good Enough Live Karaoke in the summer of 2015. He had signed up to sing Radiohead - Creep on stage with the band, and when they called him up he wasn't sure if he was going to sing, so in a moment of temporary insanity, I egged him on, saying that I would sing with him if he went up, and so we did, and little did I know, that would be the beginning of a great friendship.
Alex found me again later at Hurricane's while on a night out with choir friends doing karaoke. He quickly made friends with all of us and we would spend multiple nights during the week, every week singing karaoke. Alex would slowly add more and more songs to his repertoire and become fearless in the variety of songs he would sing. He would grace the stages of Two Bite Saloon, Spirits bar and grill, Christie Pits Pub (Shawn); the Piston, Handlebar (Mike/hot breath karaoke); the Garrison, Gladstone's, JCMH (GELK) and later on, when Hurricanes was no more, he would continue with Penny's (Jason); Dog's Bollocks (Joe, Gaia, Sheldon), Meltdown (Gaia) and further expand his reach out to the east end with WAYLA (Scotty) and the Wally (Pierre). We also did private room karaoke at Bar+ where I met quite a few of his colleagues (I'm sure this is less than half the number of karaoke places he's been to).
During the earlier days we also dabbled in swing (Bee's knees) and square dancing (Hogtown hoedown) at Dovercourt house. He and I took a few swing dancing lessons together. A few of us lucky ones got to see Alex bust a move on the dance floor at Clinton's during Motown night.
Alex was a good listener and peacemaker. During a moment of karaoke drama (yes, that exists), he was the one trying to hold the group together. He gave everyone time to vent their frustrations and he would hold no judgement unless it was imperative that you needed some advice. He would always try to do the right thing, and even through his frustration with some relationships, he tried his best to be a gentleman. Classic Alex.
Alex was inclusive and caring. He invited me to many events, including an amazing Halloween/birthday bash at the old Hideout location. And even after we drifted apart in karaoke, he would randomly send me messages saying "cancel everything tonight, you're coming to WAYLA". He would show up for fellow karaoke singers' birthdays at venues we knew he didn't enjoy going to, but he showed up for you anyway and supported you. There are also so many stories I've heard about him inviting friends to concerts and events, they're innumerable.
Alex was accomplished and giving. He had a great career in the film industry, he travelled the world in search of family, friends and Guitar Wolf. He eventually bought a house not far from his old condo. Through that, he opened his doors for friends, and even helped a few through some rough patches by giving them a safe place to rest their heads, and while life wasn't giving them a break, Alex was. Classic Alex.
There are so many more stories from so many people that make up the mosaic of his life, that shows you what a genuine friend he was, and even if every story is small, every story is important. I know that many people including myself, regret not having the chance to spend more time with him, but I feel that it's important to carry on his spirit of being just as adventurous, bold, brave, caring, inclusive and genuine as Alex was.
So don't be afraid to get up on stage to sing a song, don't be afraid to bust out a new dance move even if it's not perfect, the smiles you bring are worth more than the forgettable embarrassment you're imagining in your head.
The last time I saw Alex was at our mutual karaoke friend, Rob's birthday at the Bond. I remember thinking that he had come so far in the 4 - 5 years I knew him and that his singing had noticeably improved! He sang Aerosmith - Dream on, and in a dramatic Alex fashion, he got down on his knees to sing the outro.
Dream on in peace brother. I miss you.
Damon LiRichmond HillMarch 14, 2020
Damon Li Richmond HillMarch 14, 2020
Alex was a very good friend. I met him through karaoke. Alex always amazing spirit always shined through when he sang. Alex always made ti...
Alex was a very good friend. I met him through karaoke. Alex always amazing spirit always shined through when he sang. Alex always made time for his friends and he was a great person to talk to. We went to many events together, most notably Lynyrd Skynyrd. Alex's loss is deeply felt by so many people which shows the kind of impression he made. We love you Alex. May you rest in peace. Sending my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to all of your family.
Shawn SosnowskiTorontoMarch 13, 2020
Shawn Sosnowski TorontoMarch 13, 2020
Deepest condolences to all, but especially Nick, Nina and Moyra. Alex will be so missed. Love you guys!!