With Jennifer Valentyne
Happy Canada Day!
Leading up to Canada’s 150th birthday, the Intercontinental Hotels Group asked Canadians to reveal and share their favourite destinations across the country. On Wednesday night, they revealed the top contenders and the contest winner on the patio of the Intercontinental Yorkville.
The party was hosted by Jennifer Valentyne, who you may know from watching Breakfast Television or listening to Q107. You know I can’t say no to an invitation to meet more Canadian talent! Meeting her was lovely and it was interesting to hear about locations I was unfamiliar with. You know I always plan ahead for Labour Day far in advance (hello, birthday weekend!), and now I will consider going to one of these places next.
When I received a cryptic event invitation to attend a special launch party for an undisclosed brand, I was intrigued. It seemed like a unique opportunity and I trusted the PR firm, so I signed up!
Photo Source: Brent Kore
My first ever experience with virtual reality (VR) happened at TIFF 2014 thanks to Ford. They had a cool setup that allowed you to pretend you were shooting a movie in Hollywood while sitting in a new car. The footage of me inside their car still makes me laugh.
As VR continues to become more prevalent, it makes sense that another automotive brand wants to leverage it to connect with drivers. Toyota has created brand galleries at a few Canadian malls to show shoppers the features of their new cars. At the “Towards Tomorrow by Toyota” exhibits, people can use VR to learn about Toyota’s commitment to safety technologies without even going outside. Or, you can take one out for a spin to see for yourself – the choice is yours!
After attending the White Cashmere fashion show, I was eager to learn more about Canadian fashion and meet the brains behind it. When Women of Influence announced they were ending their speaker series for the year with Kimberly Newport-Mimran, the President & Head Designer of Pink Tartan, I quickly bought a ticket. Prior to the event, I saw her on a poster at the eyeglasses store Josephson’s in Forest Hill, which solidified her position as a national style icon.
When I focus on seeing speakers from the fashion and media industries, the events tend to be worthwhile and this one was no exception. Charles the Butler was not there, but Susie Sheffman was!
Adulting is hard work. I graduated from Western 3 years ago, but paying the bills doesn’t get any easier. Between OSAP and credit cards, it isn’t fun. I’m too broke to commit to any real estate, let alone an expensive monthly cell phone plan. That’s why the idea of not being tied down to a contract is appealing – more freedom, less legal jargon and less headaches.
Public Mobile has launched a new campaign called “SIM Swap” that offers Canadians a free useful SIM card in exchange for a useless item. So before you toss out that coffee cup, read on to find out how you can participate.