Know Canada

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

It looks like Canada’s birthday present is a makeover! Bruce Mau Design was recently approached to participate in a “Redesigns” series and they’ve decided to tackle the entire country of Canada for an image facelift.

“Canada has an image problem in the US. When Americans think of Canada, stale and often cliché ideas and imagery come to mind. Images like maple syrup, hockey, snow and lots of it. These images don’t pay homage to the intellectual, creative and social contributions that Canada makes as a country on a global scale. These clichés do not accurately depict the 21st Century Canada.

In our redesign, we begin with an assertion that Americans simply don’t understand Canada. Our view is that Canada doesn’t need a redesign; rather, Americans need to be educated.”

I personally have a lot of fun with these silly Canadian stereotypes – I’ve been asked everything from “do you have Halloween in Canada?” to “who is the president of Canada?” – but I’m very interested in this campaign and hope that soon I’ll see a well-designed billboard in Times Square promoting my home country.

Check out Know Canada and view the full Design Presentation/Mission Statement.

Jess & Russ

June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer are rockstars in the creative design and online world. Everything they do is arguably ground-breaking, new, exciting, and beautiful and now they’re about to begin their greatest collaboration: marriage.

Of course they couldn’t settle for the typical mailed-out wedding invitations, they had to do something new and unique,  something that puts our visual love story to shame. These two built a website putting their lives from 1996 on into a timeline complete with original illustrations, links to funny photos and videos, and intimate stories. The whole thing makes me so excited with jealousy and admiration, I could scream! Take a look:

See the entire timeline and invitation here. It’s long, but it’s worth it!

Congratulations, Jessica and Russ!

Governor’s Ball

June 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

This weekend’s weather was perfect! I was lucky enough to spend Saturday at the beach in Long Island and Sunday at the Governor’s Ball music festival.

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The festival was held on Randall’s Island, a skinny piece of land between Queens and Manhattan, very full of grass and trees and everything nice. I felt almost like I could have been at a Toronto Island summer concert.

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I arrived at 2:00, just in time to see Phantogram. I came alone, but found some old TAG coworkers pretty quickly.

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I also found my former Deja Vu Discs coworker/old friend Travis and his girlfriend Lisa there! I was just in time to join them for a game of beer pong.

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What’s better than sitting on a grassy hill, drinking beer with Canadians?

Laura, Lisa, and Travis

Some other favourites from the day included Built To Spill

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…and of course Modest Mouse!

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Summer has officially started! Here’s looking forward to the next ten weekends.

Travis and I

Where the Hell is Matt?

June 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

What’s better than traveling the world and documenting your trips with photos? Traveling the world and filming yourself dancing with the locals, of course! Seattle’s Matt Harding became an internet celebrity in 2005 when his first video went viral. Since then, he’s made three more videos while visiting more countries than the average person will ever see and dancing with thousands of strangers.

If this doesn’t give you wanderlust, nothing will!

Practicing Yoga in NYC

June 20, 2012 § 8 Comments

Those who know me well know I love yoga. I started about five years ago with free classes at my gym in Toronto and have progressively gotten more serious about my practice since then. Finding a yoga studio that’s right for you is on par with finding the right hairdresser – they’ve got to make you feel comfortable and give you what you want to make you come back. Luckily, I found Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg after trying just two other studios in the city. The owner and one of the studio’s most prominent instructors, Alana Kessler, is just amazing. I’ve never been athletic in my life, but she makes me feel like I can do anything as long as I work at it. As a result, I can do things now that I actually laughed at in disbelief when she demonstrated them to me about 15 months ago.

Last weekend, I was happy to participate in the filming of the studio’s new testimonial video. Check out my moves and sweaty post-yoga face:

{Photo by Armando Zubieta}

Strangers

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am on a bit of a Wes Anderson kick (when am I not?) and finally gave The Darjeeling Limited a second chance this weekend. Of course, I loved the movie and especially its soundtrack. This Kinks song stood out to me in particular. A perfect tune to accompany Anderson’s directing opinion that everything is better in slow motion.

Vegetables!

June 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

Vegetable Share, week 3

Earlier this Spring, Nick and I signed up for a Vegetable and Egg share from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative and it’s the best decision we’ve made in a while. Every week, I pick up a big box of vegetables (and every other week, fresh eggs) from a drop off point a few blocks away from here. Each week, the contents are a surprise – all you know is that you’ll get the freshest seasonal veggies available. How great does that sound?

This farm share has really given my cooking a good kick in the bum! I was finding myself going to the grocery store and buying the same things over and over again, and therefore I was making the same meals over and over. It’s been really fun to get a new vegetable and look up recipes for it online, and it’s been amazing to create brand new dishes that are so healthy and delicious!

So far, my favourite new things to cook are kale, bok choy, and kohlrabi, and I love love love the fresh greens we get each week. Pre-washed spinach now tastes like rubbery paper to me! And fresh eggs – don’t even get me started. I signed us up for the delivery of one dozen every other week because I knew if we got a dozen each week, I would eat them all and have the cholesterol levels of an old man.

Have you ever done a veggie share? What were your favourite things to make? Do you have any seasonal vegetable recipes to share?

Top This, Summer 2012!

June 7, 2012 § 5 Comments

It’s not even officially summer yet, but I’ve already found what I think will be my three favourite records of the summer of 2012:

Japandroids “Celebration Rock”

Santigold “Master Of My Make-Believe”

Silversun Pickups “Neck Of The Woods”

What are you listening to right now? Tell me your favourites and I’ll give them a listen!

Finding Portland

June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

I used to visit Portland, Oregon a lot a couple years back, but haven’t been in quite some time. The city is beautiful, the food is good, and the scenery is so green and fresh and it all comes through in this really cool time-lapse video.

Nick and I have talked about spending a week in another American city this summer, working during the day and going out at night – just pretending we live there – and Portland is definitely a worthy contender!

Have you ever been to Portland?

Wonderful Weekends

June 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

This weekend kept me busy! Beginning unofficially on Thursday night with a trip to New Jersey to see Radiohead and continuing on with a visit from my super sweet little sister Jenn, the only thing I could have asked for was relief from seasonal allergies!

Thursday night, Nick and I ventured to Newark to see Radiohead at the Prudential Centre. Nick’s not a huge Radiohead fan, but he is a gentleman that wouldn’t allow his wife to take public transit to what is or maybe just used to be the nation’s murder capital.

This was my sixth time seeing them and they only seem to get better and better with age. The band has such an extensive catalog of songs that I would watch them for hours and hours in hopes of hearing every tune I love. Two hours is still a treat though! Their stage set up was also great with floating square video screens that changed shape for almost every song.

{More Radiohead photos & video at Brooklyn Vegan.}

On Friday night, I had a visit from Jenn! She was lucky enough to get the last flight out of Toronto to New York after torrential rain hit and severe flooding. What a lucky gal.

It’s becoming our tradition that when she visits, I bring her into Manhattan and stuff her full of gluten-free treats. Here she is at Babycakes on the LES, obviously excited to bring home a sampler box of baked goods.

Very excited to shop for gluten-free treats at Babycakes!!!

Afterwards, we met Kate and Lisa at Risotteria in the West Village for dinner that included gluten-free breadsticks!!!

Kate, Jenn & Lisa at Risotteria

Later, we took her to The Spotted Pig for another glass of wine before heading home to get some sleep.

Jenn & I at The Spotted Pig

It was great to spend so much time with Jenn and spoil ourselves with pedicures, yoga, wine, and food. Nick and I did everything we could to make sure she’ll come back to visit us again soon!

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