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Parallels

Electronic-Pop Trio

Canadian electronic-pop trio, PARALLELS, conjures classic pop sentiments of neon nights with songs that transport the past into a modern context, just as grey fades into color on Polaroid film. Since the band’s inception in 2008, they have toured extensively covering thousands of miles bringing their collection of vintage synthesizers and lively HI-NRG rhythms from Toronto to LA, Moscow to Miami, New York to San Francisco and everywhere in between.

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Katie

Wandering Museum Consultant

I am a Museum Professional and Archaeologist with experience in museums throughout Ontario and the UK. In June and July of 2014 and I am traveling around the UK and Ireland as the Wandering Museum Consultant. I am passionate about culture, archaeology and history and communicating that passion, in hopes to help others enjoy history as much as I do.

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Roger Mooking

Celebrity Chef, Musician and TV Host

Roger Mooking is a celebrity chef, restauranteur, cookbook author and award winning recording artist. He has earned a reputation as one of North America’s premier chefs with his signature global style of cooking and adventure. He is the host of Food Network and Cooking Channel shows Man Fire Food, Everyday Exotic, and Heat Seekers as well as a judge on Food Network Canada’s hit show Chopped Canada. He is the executive chef of “Twist By Roger Mooking” located at Toronto Pearson Airport in T1.

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Pilot Coffee Roasters

Coffee Expert

Andy Wilkin is the founder and co-owner of Pilot Coffee Roasters. Founded in 2009 with a passion for great coffee that stemmed from his upbringing on a small Pacific island with a big coffee culture - New Zealand. After relocating to Toronto where the specialty coffee industry was just starting, Andy was determined to bring a better appreciation of great coffee to this City.

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Una Janićijević

Art Director

As a freelance Art Director I filter the world through a visual lens—often buying food based on its packaging and judging books by their covers. I live and work in Toronto, a buzzing multi-cultural hub, but I look for any excuse to travel as far away as possible (be it Japan, Hawaii or Argentina) returning home inspired and with a new appreciation for my own city. I run a travel blog called Let’s Get Lost, a collection of visually-focused stories for independent travellers.

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Ben Johnson

Beer Expert

My name’s Ben. I live, write, and drink beer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I was voted the “The Best Beer Writer in Ontario” at the 2014 Golden Tap Awards and I am the Beer Writer for blogTO, a daily weblog about Toronto music, film, arts, people, places and other happenings. In addition to beer, I occasionally write about the city’s restaurants and political scene for other publications.

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Sweet Baker by Nilay Usakli

Food Stylist and Chef

I am a food stylist and chef and have my own baking business which is called Sweet Baker by Chef Nilay. My passion for food started in my parent’s kitchen when I was 7 years old on the west coast of Turkey. I have since worked with Canada’s Food Channel, foodtv.ca, and managed the prep kitchen and worked with many talented celebrity chefs and food stylists. I have also worked as an executive chef for well-known Torontonian event planning companies.

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Belmonte Raw

Detox Experts

We understand. It’s not always easy to eat well or live as healthy a lifestyle as you’ve always wanted. City living can be busy, hectic, overwhelming, and it can run your entire system down…but we can help.

At Belmonte Raw, we rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit with customized organic raw food, juices and Cleanses that are made daily and delivered direct to your home or office. Whether you’re looking for a daily supplement, a delicious meal, or a seasonal reboot, we’ve got you covered.

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Elli Dragoi

Holistic Health Enthusiast

Elli Dragoi is a holistic nutritionist in the making with a passion for sharing nourishing wholesome recipes. She is the founder of Garden Heart blog, a holistic destination that hopes to inspire others to make small and meaningful changes in their lives.

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Julie Albert

Bite Me More!

Julie Albert, the sauciest member of the Bite me More trio, spends her days writing (she co-authored bestselling cookbooks “Bite Me” and “Bite Me Too” with her sister), throwing crazy fun parties (Hairdresser Appreciation Day! Nerdapalooza! Paparazzi Party!), frolicking with her three kids and color-blocking her Pez collection.

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Wendy Woods

Entrepreneur and Personal Style Coach

Wendy Woods is fiercely committed to time-starved women who want an effortless sense of style. Her down-to-earth method allows women to feel accepted while creating a personal style that makes them look and feel beautiful. You can hire her as a personal style coach at THE REFINERY or receive free style advice on her site.

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Lisa Ng

Lifestyle Blogger

Lisa Ng is the Editor-in Chief and Founder of the This Beautiful Day – a lifestyle blog for smart women. The site blogs daily about food, travel, style, beauty and life advice and is geared towards women ages 25-35 who are in the post-university and pre-mommy phase of their lives.

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Lynzie Kent

Event Designer and Singer

With over 10 years of experience in the event and entertainment industry, I have worked for and with some inspiring people including Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s, The Dance Company, Ginger’s Closet and Russell Broom. I am dedicated to finding what makes your project unique and celebrating it. Life’s biggest moments deserve immense attention to detail, a colour scheme, uninhibited joy and of course, a whole lotta love… Zeppelin reference anyone?

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Melissa Picken

Stylist

Melissa is a freelance stylist with an infinite love for fashion. As a young girl, curating outfits was both fun and creative.

When the time came that I had my own daughter Myla, I turned that passion into dressing my little girl. I live in Toronto with my husband and two kids. I am inspired by my children and capture beauty in the everyday.

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