January 2015 archive

A Day in Èze, France

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It’s chilly and cold in January. I like to look back at some of the things I did when it was warmer. In the summer I spent a week in France. When we were staying in Nice, we took a day trip to the beautiful medieval town of Èze, in the Alpes-Maritimes. This popular spot is in a winding hillside with galleries, restaurants and shops tucked into nooks. Enjoy!

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La Poutine Week in Toronto

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La Poutine Week is back for the third year! It’s bigger than ever before with participating restaurants putting forth their best poutines in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Sherbrooke and even New York City! Between February 1st to 7th each restaurant will be putting up their most unique and epic poutines. (more…)

Things I ♥ This Week

FFWD 2015 Advertising & Marketing Week

ffwLogoFFWD Advertising & Marketing Week 2015 blows into Toronto next week, January 26 – January 30. It’s five full days of exciting, insightful, thought-provoking events industry luminaries.

The event profiles the accomplishments of the Canadian communications industry, and includes a speaker series, panels, parties and even a gala.

The impressive speaker series & events includes Yahoo Canada, Twitter, Microsoft and Olympic & World Champion Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

These are my recommended events!

Opening Lunch: Is the Internet the Answer? Debating its Future Influence on Marketing and our Lives.

In 2015, the Internet will turn 46. The World Wide Web will be 26 years old. No longer mere novelties or the province of geeks, the Internet and the Web now form an integral communication tool. We now can communicate with each other around the world and down the block; we are starting to communicate with our homes, our appliances, and systems. In 2012, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council unanimously resolved that Internet access is an essential human right. Andrew Keen and Mitch Joel will debate it out

From selfies to cinemagraphs: The new content marketing (Yahoo + Tumblr)

Atomic, visual content is fast becoming the preferred media of young people everywhere. Easy to share, make, and consume in a mobile world, it’s changing how people communicate and express themselves. Because of this, networks like Tumblr are growing rapidly. Justin Scott, VP of Brand Strategy at Tumblr, will show us how leading brands are using simple visual content to make an outsized impact.

The Millennial Consumer: Understanding How Brands and Media Can Connect

Millennials are early adopters of technology and heavy users of online, social and mobile media. They also tend to have shorter attention spans and are actively in control of the content and marketing messages they receive.

Join Mintel’s Jason Praw, Head of Canadian Research, for an interactive session that will provide a look into Mintel’s consumer research on Canadian Millennials. Jason aims to provide an understanding of how brands and media can connect to the most intriguing consumer group since the Baby Boom.

Sounds exciting, no? See the entire schedule here. Tickets are on sale now, and some events are already sold out! Be sure to get your tickets here! You can also buy a pass for the entire week.

Exploring Twenty Valley Wineries with the Discovery Pass

1-IMG_1165The entire month of January has been a month of celebrating icewine in the Niagara region. There’s been a slew of dinners, balls and festivals all over town. My favourite part of the Niagara Icewine Festival is the Discovery Pass.

Valid from January 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 for only $40 per person, the Discovery Pass lets you visit and taste pairing from 8 participating wineries of your choice. Each winery offers a unique culinary dish paired with, of course, a glass of wine.

We decided to explore the wines of Twenty Valley (Jordan, Ont & Vineland, Ont) as we usually just head straight for Niagara on the Lake. This was a nice chance to visit some new wineries!

When we first picked up our Discovery Pass, we looked at the amount of wineries and decided to split the list into two days. ….five hours later, we realized that we did 8 wineries in one day.

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