Some Kind of Wonderful Summer

My Facebook album featuring summer 2012 highlights is called Paradise, after the hit song by Coldplay, which captures my sentiment this summer. Here’s why:

Walt Disney once said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Going backstage at a concert has been a dream ever since meeting a Marianas Trench band member working the merchandise table at their 2009 Western O-Week show. 

Ian Casselman, Marianas Trench (September 2009)

Saturday afternoon, I managed to meet Jesse Labelle, a 2012 headliner at the same show. Leaving that tent afterwards broke my heart, but at least I also got to meet my mitZine editor IRL for the first time!

Western may be known for offering “the best student experience,” but last year I suffered from a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out) because I follow a lot of Torontonians online who made me wish I was there instead. Thus, it was very ironic when I ran into Casie Stewart, queen of Toronto’s Twitter scene, on the first day of TIFF whilst wearing the red jeans I speak of in my Twitter bio and en route to London.

The professional role model question is a staple in Hot On The Street interviews, so you can imagine how elated I felt when Peter Shankman responded shortly after I forwarded him my farewell email to Canadian Tire’s online marketing team mentioning his influence. Now that I’m back in London, there’s no TV in my apartment building’s elevators for me to literally look up to him.

I can’t wait to see what happens next. To quote Jesse Labelle’s Twitter bio… L’chaim!

P.S. This post is dedicated to a new friend whom I met at an Indigo Starbucks. Have fun in London!

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