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Jessica Blaine Smith

Photographer and traveler

I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Toronto. When I am not busy documenting the lives of others, I am traveling the world with my husband scoping out the best restaurants and cocktail bars and blogging about it at Life Awesome. I believe life is best enjoyed when you take full advantage of all that is offered to you. So get on that plane, explore a new city and have the best time along the way.

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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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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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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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Roger Mooking

Celebrity Chef & Recording Artist

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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Tulsi Macrae


I’m a Toronto-based designer, a very fun and bubbly person and I have a very different view on things. I am very versatile and flexible and I enjoy the classy high-end hotel restaurant lobbies to the underground hip scene in Toronto.

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The Gays Abroad

Travel Bloggers

The Gays Abroad are Adamo and Joey: budget-friendly travel bloggers hailing from Canada. Our goal is to experience as much as possible by doing it on the cheap. Follow our adventures for travel tips and resources

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Janna van Hoof

Fitness Expert

SUP Girlz Toronto is located on a very abundant and beautiful lake, Lake Ontario. This is where we like to spend our time teaching others to paddle board. Not many places can you live a urban lifestyle and still have waves to surf. Stand Up Paddleboard is the fastest growing sport in the world and with reason. Come try with us!

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Sophie Nulli

Jewelry Designer

From browsing the boutiques of Paris for her most treasured pieces Sophie developed a unique and original style. After searching the shops of Toronto and finding the disconnect between what was available and what she wanted Sophie took it upon herself to find original, elegant and minimalistic pieces that could be loved by all woman- all while ensuring that the price tag is affordable for all.

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Caroline Topperman

Style Blogger

I am a Canadian blogger who is obsessively discovering the most beautiful bags, shoes, jewelry, and makeup the world has to offer. I love striking textures, fabrics, and colors.

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Melissa Chung

Illustrator & Designer

Melissa Chung is an illustrator, designer and blogger at Sun and Squalor. Chinese born, Indian-raised, now Canadian, Melissa’s work and life is influenced by a myriad of ideas and concepts. She believes that variety is the spice of life and contrast is what makes the world go around.

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Shelby Kroach


I am a nutritionist and the Owner of a Toronto based wellness tea company called The Honest Leaf. I am a huge foodie and always look for new places that offer up nutritious foods in a fun, accessible and delicious way!

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Lauren Ribeiro

Vegan Gluten-Free Blogger

My name is Lauren and I am the earthling behind the blog Blonde Vegan Hippie. I am a 20-something gluten free vegan who loves green smoothies, Mother Nature and sunflowers.

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Nate Bower

Personal Trainer

Nate Bower is a personal trainer and owner of Nate Bower Fitness, based in Toronto, Canada.

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Seattle Dredge

Travel Blogger

I never really traveled until I was 17 years old, when I took off to Italy on my own to live for the summer. From that point forward I have been a bit “travel-obsessed” and have never been able to stay home for long.

I am now 27 years old, and a full time travel blogger. I do a bit of social media work on the side, but can work from anywhere in the world.

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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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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


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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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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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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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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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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Wendy Woods

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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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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Shopping and Eats in Toronto

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Julie Albert

Bite Me More!

Fashion, Food & Fun. Bite Me More's mission is simple: Bring ease to the kitchen and laughs to the table. We decided to do the same with this travel guide and would love to show you our Toronto. Get ready to take a big bite out of Toronto with this great guide to the 3F's - Fashion, Food & Fun - the best in chic Canadian finds.

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    Banh Mi Boys

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    Bar Centrale di Terroni

    “When I’m craving a great thin crust pizza in a bustling, fun ...
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    Magic Pony

    “The Magic Pony is a mecca for those (read: me) in search of quirky ...
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    Teatro Verde

    “If you ever need that extra special touch for your table, party or ...
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    Joe Fresh

    “I love the fact that unlike this flagship store (which is ...
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    Rodney’s Oyster House

    “You don’t have to be a P.E.I oyster-lover (but you’re lucky if ...
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    “With multiple locations around Toronto, you’re never more than a ...
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    Umbra Store

    “Renowned for their innovative, contemporary and playful designs, ...
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    Holt’s Café

    “A luxury department store where you lunch among the Louboutins. A ...
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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.