Back when 102.1 The Edge/Toronto had its storefront studio on Yonge Street, a Talli Osborne dropped in all the time. Her brother, John, was a behind-the-scenes guy, working in the music department and as a technical operator, so she may have had a little more access to the place than most. That was fine with the staff because she was fun to have around.
Talli, who was born without arms and has extremely short legs, was also seen ripping up and down Yonge Street in her motorized wheelchair. I’d never seen anyone move that fast.
She is an awesomely huge alt-rock and punk fan, who has attended hundreds of shows. And all that devotion has finally paid off.
Fat Mike of NOFX is preparing to open the Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas and he’s chosen her to be the face of it. After they met in the early 2000s, Mike was so impressed with her that he wrote a song about her.
Talli loved it. She went on to sing in a band Nubs and Her Studs.
Earlier this year, she got a message from Fat Mike asking her about accepting the gig at the Punk Rock Museum. She was obviously thrilled. From the CBC:
Osborne will travel to punk festivals as the official spokesperson for the Punk Rock Museum, and will be the customer service director for the museum when she isn’t on the road. She is moving to Las Vegas in the coming months. The museum is currently still under construction.
“I’m ready for a new, huge adventure.” she said.
This is beyond fantastic. Talli, who now lives in Hamilton, will make a great punk rock ambassadors. And if you haven’t ever run into Talli, take a look at this TedX Talk.