December 27, 2010

From West to East

After returning from sunny California, I decided the east coast needed some more love. So I hopped on a plane and flew to Moncton, New Brunswick.

December 19, 2010

Farewell Cali


Well, it's only the beginning of a long-term relationship I'm sure, but after a spending my final days in LA- my Best Travel Job Ever road trip has come to an end.

December 02, 2010

Blog Babes Cruisin' Down the PCH

It's been two days now of enjoying the beautiful scenery of the California Coastline. From sunsets to surfer boys, the Pacific Coast Highway has everything to offer and more.

November 30, 2010

The California Coast


After enjoying a beautiful weekend in sunny San Francisco, Mike and I are hitting the road to drive down the Pacific Coast highway to LA.

November 29, 2010

Hitting the Road: Cali style



The time has finally come for me to embark on my Best Travel Job Ever journey. Long story short, I won a sweet blogging competition and am currently embarking on my California adventure.

November 26, 2010

That's a Wrap!

As November comes to a close, it's time to wrap things up. After a very successful season, I was happy to announce 'That's a Wrap!' to the cast and crew of Battle of the Blades Season 2.

November 19, 2010

November 04, 2010

Get Your Steep On!

So the Christmas season is fast approaching and if you're anything like me- you usually wait until the last minute to buy your gifts.

October 29, 2010

I've Found my Date for Cali...


and his name is Mike!

And the Nominees Are...

After a week of receiving some amazing and hilarious entries, it has come time for me to decide who I'm going to bring with me on my blogging trip to Cali. Let me start by saying that the response from this little competition blew me away. Here I was expecting to get maybe two good entries... but alas people started coming out of the woodwork with some seriously creative stuff!

October 25, 2010

Get Your Vote On

Toronto is the place I love coming home to in-between my travels. A city thriving with art, culture and the most interesting/brilliant minds.


Which is why TODAY, is a very important day for me and all of it's residents- ELECTION DAY! As someone who works in the arts/entertainment industry, I'm a big supporter of the Arts Vote TO movement.

I know a lot of people who like to stay removed from politics, but if there is one thing you CAN do, it's exercise your right to vote. Do it for Toronto- it's the best way you can have a part in shaping this beautiful city we all love :) 


I personally love this little report card that Manifesto put together: 



Polls are open from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and you do not need to have pre-registered or received a voter information card in order to cast a ballot. If you are an eligible elector, all you need to do is show up at your polling place with proper identification. Easy peasy.
Now go get your vote on.

October 23, 2010

In Search of the Ultimate Plus One

After winning the bonus round of the 'Best Travel Job Ever' - I've been awarded with a free trip for two to Cali. Since MANY of you were a big part in me winning (thanks again for all the votes!) I wanted to give you all a fair chance at joining in on this adventure with me.


So here's the scoop: 

WHEN? End of Nov (dates are flexible- but I'm aiming for Nov 25th-ish)


HOW LONG? As long as we want it to be!


WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?

-FREE flight to San Fran
-3 nights hotel accom
-free car rental
-memories with yours truly
-flight home from LA


WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?

-someone who will benefit from the trip
-a creative mind
-sense of humour
-good taste in music
-photo/video skills an asset
*bonus points if you're a blogger


So pitch yourself and tell me why you want to hit up Cali- and more importantly, why I should take you with me. You can tweet, e-mail or leave a comment below. 

I'll be announcing the winner on Friday Oct 29th so get on it!


October 10, 2010

Bustin out the Blades

It's that time of year again...
 time to bust out the toques, scarfs and skates here in my home and native land. The Leafs are back and so is this really fun TV show I work on called 'Battle of the Blades'. 


Last year we filmed the show at the Maple Leaf Gardens and it was so awesome to lace up and bring life to a place that had been collecting dust for ten years. 


 You could say I explored the building once or twice... and it was everything I wanted it to be and more.



This year we're shooting down in the film district and I think you should come see a live taping and visit me ;) 

When I'm not hanging out in the Motts Clamato lounge, you'll find me backstage with Kurt Browning. He's a total hoot to work with and we have such a blast together.


I used to figure skate competitively and remember when Kurt came to my hometown and did a skating workshop with us and stayed for autographs after. I found this old photo and brought it to work for Kurt to see. We laughed about this one for a while.


Totally nuts that we're working together 10 years later eh? 

Be sure to watch all the fun every Sun and Mon night at 8pm on CBC or catch up on episodes online.


Hope to see you soon!

September 21, 2010

Summer Days Drifting Away...

Wow September. You're flying by and I've never been busier.
This month has been a mix of travel events, working long days on an outdoor TV set, Davids Tea, and social media stunts to the max... but I wouldn't have it any other way ;)


If you missed the Intrepid Treasure Hunt, you missed one hell of a fun day. I drove around with the Intrepid team hiding globes all over the city of Toronto, tweeting out clues for people to find them and Burstn sneak peak photos along the way.

$1000 Intrepid voucher hanging out at Flight Centre waiting to be found

It was awesome to see all the people show up at each location. What was even better? Seeing the reaction on people's faces when they found out what they won. This winner Jess had the best reaction ever when she scooped up the globe in Kensington Market and won a trip in China - of course I got it all on video ;)


Speaking of which- the Flip Mino HD video camera is incredible! I can't believe the picture and sound that come out of this little thing. Definitely bringing this one on the road with me. Cali is my next stop and being able to pop this into my laptop is too good to be true. #videonerd



If you participated in the event, but didn't make it in time to snatch a globe you most likely met the awesome Jason. He runs the Toronto Urban Adventure tours in Toronto and gave everyone who showed up a free voucher. I'll definitely be hitting up the 'Beer Makes History Better' tour through the Distillery district. Nothing like some good old Canadian brew to fill my belly :)


On that note, it's time to say cheers and welcome to my new readers! 
Browse around, have fun and talk to me baby. I love to talk back.  

September 13, 2010

Let the Hunt Begin!


Intrepid Travel's Treasure Hunt 
is here Toronto!



Starting at 9AM, Intrepid is hiding globes all over the city of Toronto and tweeting out clues about their locations. What happens when you find a globe? You could win an Intrepid trip in Peru, Morocco and other exotic locations along with vouchers of up to $1000!

So make sure you're following @Intrepid_Travel RIGHT NOW and playing along!
Even if you're a 9-5er, you could be returning from your lunch break $1000 richer... just sayin'

It could be here...

or here...


or even here...




Happy hunting & good luck :)

September 11, 2010

From the Ground Up






To the families that lost their loved ones...

 


To the construction workers who are rebuilding something special...


To New Yorkers, for letting millions of tourists flock to the scene...


and teaching us what you're all about...



Know that today, and everyday... 
You are loved. 






September 06, 2010

Toronto, WE GOT THIS!

Are you good at figuring out clues? 
What if I told you there was a sweet treasure involved? 



Mark your calendars Toronto friends: Tues Sept 14th! 
This day is going to EPIC.


The good people at Intrepid Travel (who were one of the awesome sponsors involved in the Best Travel Job Ever Contest I recently won) are giving away even more!

GET INTO IT:
Over the month of September, Intrepid is hiding globes in five different cities around the world (Aukland, Chicago, London, Melbourne and TORONTO!)

http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/

Torontonians, Sept 14th is OUR DAY and I really want to see some of you win this stuff!

HOW IT'S GOING DOWN:

- 8 globes will be hidden in Toronto with awesome prizes in them like trips to Peru, Morocco and other exotic locations as well as up to $1000 in vouchers for a future Intrepid Trip!!

-Clues will be given away every hour starting at 9am on Twitter, so make sure you're following them @Intrepid_Travel
GOOD LUCK FRIENDS!


August 17, 2010

California Lovin'

Most of you that have been following me the past few months would know that I've been involved in this crazy cool competition called the 'Best Travel Job Ever' by Flight Centre. Despite finding out about it a month into it (and on the other side of the world in Australia) it seemed like way to good of an opportunity to pass up. I threw together a video submission as quickly as I possibly could and starting social networking like crazy to get people to watch, vote and share it with others.

The response from friends, family and even complete strangers was truly incredible. Thanks to all of you, I made it to the Top 25! Unfortunately the judges didn't pick me to be one of the Top 6 semi-finalists (wah wah) however I was still able to compete in the bonus round which is a blogging trip to California.

I blogged about this a while ago and once again, you all came through for me with even more support.

This week we had the live announcements where the bonus round winner was revealed and the two grand prize winners were chosen. Crazy enough, my name was drawn as the bonus winner! And even better news, Mike was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner and gets to go to Aussie! How AWESOME is that?! I am so excited to finally explore Cali outside of the LAX walls. I've only ever been there for layovers and sadly have only seen the Cali sunshine from a window.


This whole journey has been a truly incredible one and I can't believe the amount of friendships that I've formed with some of the other contestants. For the final announcements, I decided to throw a meetup with some of them, along with friends that have been voting so we could celebrate the end of a very long six month journey. (YES this competition was 6 months long).

Some familiar faces showed up like Sonja from Team Asia, Mike from Team South America and Marie from Karmacake.ca. We had such a kick-ass time catching up, chatting about our experience over some bevies and skyping in for the live competition.


You can see our whole night go down on Burstn as the awesome Josh and Steve captured the whole event with live photo streaming on their iphones. Here are some of my fav's from the night:

Catching up with fellow RTA'er Sonya

Skyping in live for the announcements

freaking out over Mike's Grand Prize


Taking it all in :) 

Big thanks again to everyone who took the time to vote and leave me a sweet comment on my submission. I'm still sticking to my word about taking a lucky friend with me for the ride so if you're interested in joining me in Cali, let me know and I'll put your name into the draw!

Cheers!

August 12, 2010

Life Unedited

Imagine being at your favourite concert and having the ability to take photos and have them upload instantly for you while simultaneously saving to your phone and notifying your followers on Twitter/Facebook that you're taking photos in real time.

Now use the word Burstn to make that idea, a complete reality.

My talented neighbour Josh Davey and his business partner Dave Senior have been working (for what seems like years) on this free app called Burstn- which is completely changing the way we take photos. I can explain it to you with words, or I can simply show you how awesome this app is in 30 seconds:



Imagine having the ability to not only update your friends where you are in the world, but show them with a series of photos instantly!

        




Pretty cool eh?

I've been involved with the beta testing over the past few months and am so happy to announce the app is ready for download in the app store on any smartphone for absolutely FREE! So join the party, follow me so I can return the favour, and start snapping your life in real-time! This is as real as it gets. Life unedited.

Can't wait to follow your adventures!
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