In 1963, Adrian Waller settled in Canada as a journalist, working first for the Chronicle-Herald and Mail-Star in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Soon he moved to Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, to write for such papers as The Hamilton Spectator, the Toronto Telegram, and The Globe and Mail, where he was an entertainment editor. During this period, he gave recitals both "live" and on CBC radio, acted in nearly 60 plays, sang with the Canadian Opera Company, and recorded his LPs of popular opera arias and songs. This work continued through the 1970s and much of the 1980s—while Waller was writing for the Montreal Gazette, Time, and Reader's Digest, where, between 1976 and 1986, he traveled widely as a roving editor. He later received a Master's degree in music history (1974) and a PhD in English from The University of Sussex, U.K..
Waller retired temporarily from magazine journalism in 1988, and, in 1989, he contested a seat in the Robert-Baldwin provincial electoral district in the Montreal region of Quebec for the Equality Party. He finished second behind the Liberal candidate, Sam Elkas, receiving more than 10,000 votes.
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