Sook-Yin Lee is a Canadian broadcaster, musician, filmmaker, and actress. You may know her from her time as a Much Music VJ or as the host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO). Sook-Yin is also a member of the band JOOJ, whose album is set to release this Friday, May 29.

We talked to Sook-Yin about her favourite spots in Toronto and her love of potato chips.

What are your favourite under-the-radar haunts in Toronto?

The top level of the Green P parking lot on Augusta –has lots of space, a great view, and teenagers drinking extra large bottles of beer. Cheap Chinatown massages. Ocho.

What aisle do you spend the most time in at the grocery store?

Potato chips.

Which virtue do you try to cultivate within yourself?


The receipts in your wallet would indicate what?

I ate a lot of good meals in New York City.

What did you think you were going to be when you were 8 years old?

Safeway checkout girl.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Under the stairs at the Bell Lightbox with a lifetime pass to see movies.

What makes you happy?

Hot showers with good water pressure. Pillow talk. Riding my bike. Floating on my back in the ocean or a lake, looking up at the sky. Hanging out with my favourite animals and people. Making stuff.

What makes you cringe?

The words “pillow talk.”

What quality do you loathe most in others?


What, in your opinion, is overrated?



What is the one thing you wish you could change about yourself? Why?

How emotionally reactive I can be, because it clouds my ability to see clearly.

What frustrates you the most?

Bureaucracy and the blind following of rules.

What quality do you value most in a lover?

Loving playfulness.

What word or phrase should we use more often?

I hear you.

Art is _____________?

Art is something I never went to school for.

Check out JOOJ’s album release party this Friday at Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue). No advance tickets necessary. Tickets are availalbe at the door for $10.