Erica Ehm

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Erica Ehm (Erica Miechowsky, born September 30, 1961 in Montreal, Quebec) is best known as a pioneering video jockey at the Canadian cable television station MuchMusic.

After early appearances that were perhaps rather wooden, she eventually became one of Canada's most recognizable personalities, a fantasy figure to many teenage boys and a fashion influence on many teenage girls. Her popularity begat extensive media coverage and a fanzine, Ehmphasis, devoted to her.

Erica left MuchMusic after 10 years to concentrate on her songwriting career.

Since then, she has returned periodically to television, hosting or appearing in shows including Popstars - The One (Global), Real Life with Erica Ehm (Life Network), Power Play (Discovery Channel Canada), The Company (TVOntario), Nestlé Baby and You (Rogers Cable) and Science: From A to Ehm.

After having a child in 2000 with her partner Terry Moshenberg and another in 2003, Erica has directed much of her energy into parenting. She has written three stage musicals for the family market. After her first play, Caillou's Big Party, sold out in theatres across North America, she was commissioned to write two other shows, The Big Comfy Couch and Caillou's Big Book Club. She has also been contributing editor for What's Up Kids magazine.

Ehm is also a noted songwriter. Van Morrison, Tim Thorney, Cassandra Vasik, Lynne Taylor Donovan and Tom Jackson are a few of the artists who have recorded her songs. She has won two Juno Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and three SOCAN Awards. She also co-wrote the theme song for the animated film and series Pippi Longstocking. Her song "Love Me Even More" was chosen as the theme for the feature Some Things That Stay.

She had a modest acting career, appearing in Alfred Hitchcock Presents as a secretary, in the Robocop TV series as a transgendered journalist, as "Benita" in a stage play version of Brad Fraser's Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, as a madam in Replikator and as Vicky in Jigsaw.

Ehm is also a professional speaker and event host, and author of the book She Should Talk: Conversations with Exceptional Women about Life, Dreams and Success, published by HarperCollins. In 2002, she hosted a weekly call-in show on CFRB 1010, a Toronto news/talk radio station, combining current events and lifestyle topics.

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