posted my answer on tumblr bloggy along with some other stuffs last night.
Last week I attended an event at Telus HQ in Toronto to celebrate how they’re creating change in communities across Canada. Telus is unleashing the power of the internet and mobilizing people around the world to donate an hour of their time to collectively donate a MILLION HOURS this year for Canada 150.
As a company, Telus is working with partners and local business leaders to make the future friendly. They’re collectively dealing with crisis, addressing social issues, and building a brighter future for Canadians. They’ve created Telus community boards for community giving with 13 boards across Canada and 5 globally.
In 2016, Telus gave out $6M in charitable grants & 600 projects in Canada. Earlier this year, Telus made a donation in my name a charity of my choice. I picked SKETCH, a Toronto arts-based charity that helps youth and the donation went towards their new Media Arts program. I’m planning to get involved with the program!
One cool project supported by the Telus Media Fund last year was CUT OFF a documentary by VICE. It was shot by Sean’s company OCCUPIED VR! You can see his business partner J Lee with Chris Mooresby beside the camera, behind Justin Trudeau below. Watch the doc on VICE here.
IN OTHER NEWS…
I was totally caught off guard when a very cool person on the Telus team asked me about my iPhone and then surprised me with A NEW PHONE. I’m now on the new iPhone 8 Plus and will be testing out new features and sharing my thoughts on it soon.
As you are welllll aware I spend heaps of time at the cottage over the summer. One thing our whole cottage crew knows is that I have the best internet. I’ve been with Telus for a looooong time and their mobile network is seriously amazing.
When we’re driving along Southwood Road there’s a few spots where service drops, but not for me. We always use my phone to stream music from because my network literally, never misses a beat. 😛🎧
When we’re on the dock, it’s common for people on ‘other’ carriers to lose signal or miss calls. Not me! 🙅🏼 I’m always popping on my WIFI hotspot to offer our guests uninterrupted scrolling. We’ve even given my number as a phone contact since I’m on Canada/Ontario’s largest 4G LTE network.
Wondering about coverage in your area?
Check out the Telus interactive coverage map HERE. Below is a screenshot of Muskoka, all purple means 4G LTE across the whole area. I’ve got the bandwidth to download or stream Netflix using my mobile connection.
In Ontario, TELUS ranks highest, with its customers experiencing the lowest incidence of calling problems in the region.
Humble Brag 💚⤵️
According to the J.D. Power 2016 Canadian Wireless Network Quality Study, TELUS ranks among the highest in overall wireless network quality across Canada.
Aside from a strong mobile network they have an incredible human network of people on Team Telus and do lots of great stuff across Canada. I’ve had the opportunity to be part of some awesome charity and giving back initiatives through my work with them. They’re also the #1 national communications provider for customer service. Proud to be part of Team Telus and happy to share what makes them a great company to work with. Check out the website at telus.com and see the whole group of #TeamTelus advocates here.
On that note, despite having an amazing network, it’s important to take some time to disconnect. At least with Telus, I can share and document my relaxing when I’m ready!
Here’s to a many more great cottage weekends!
Only a few more weeks till the NEW iPHONE!
I absolutely love this. One of my fav songs since I lived in Australia 10 years ago. Heart warming to see this big group singing amongst the lights of the Toronto Christmas Market. I’ve not gone by there yet but plan to pop by next week during the day.
Something cool about this vid and another reason I wanted to share…
To perform Friday I’m in Love, they required permission from Robert Smith of The Cure. After he watched a short clip they sent him, he loved it SO MUCH he asked them to donate the licensing fee to charity. Together, Koodo & Choir! Choir! Choir! (80 choir singers in TO) are donating that fee towards sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.
ALL THE FEELS. I love it.
In other news, I went to the Koodo office during my last Telus visit and it’s full of bright colours and smiles.
Happy Friday, spread that holiday cheer!
Last weekend mum and I went on a trip to Ottawa. I was invited by TD Canada & TD Music to bring a guest to see Serena Ryder and attend a special ceremony where TD Cafe & MusicCounts made a music announcement. It has been a loooooong time since mum and I went on a plane together (NZ in the 90’s) so we made the most of every moment and it was so much fun.
We flew Porter Airlines which involves taking the worlds shortest commercial ferry to the island. It’s a wonderful flying experience!
MusiCounts is Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) to help keep music alive in schools across Canada.
TD Canada has been working with MusicCounts since 2012. They support Community based organizations, schools, and picka MuciCounts teacher of the year. This year’s winner was Steve Sainas from BC and he received the award at the JUNOS.
TD Canada has worked with some great Canadian artists through MusiCounts including Arkells, Kevin Drew, and Tegan & Sarah. They’re excited to add Serena Ryder to the mix. WThey also work w/ the JUNOS team to partner with artists.
TD Canada is committed to music as an organization with a genuine interest in music and communities. They’re not just a cheque signing bank, they actually follow through and make communities better.
Serena made a $25K donation to Musicounts.ca! These kids were SO EXCITED to hear the donation news, receive violins, and to find out they were performing on stage WITH Serena Ryder herself. It was a magical moment.
The concert was at TD Place in the new Lansdowne Centre and was opened by The Strumbellas. They were amazing. The 6 piece band rocked the house.
Saw this sweet rat rod outside. My dad is a hot rod builder so I had to snap it and send him a pic.
The Serena Ryder concert was so much fun. Mum and I sang along and loved every minute of it.
After the show we went to the hotel bar at the Weston where we were staying and not 5 minutes after we sat down Serena walked in. She was with bunch of friends and I didn’t want to be a fan girl so no selfie this time but it was neat to be at the same place.
For more info on TD’s involvement with music and music festivals in Canada visit tdmusic.com. Learn more about MusiCounts program at musicounts.ca. They’re got some exciting things coming up including involvement in 70 festivals across Canada and next year at the Junos they plan to ‘paint Calgary green’. I heard they’re got a big announcement coming up later this month too.
Check out some of my involvement with TD Canada over the last year:
Huge thanks to TD Canada and NKPR for inviting me on a memorable experience. it was really special to share that with my mum. It’s always great to visit our nations capital too.
Who’s ready to get dressed up and join me at the racetrack? This weekend is the 156th Queen’s Plate at Woodbine! I’ve been the last couple years and it’s really fun. Food, drinks, fashion, and the chance at winning a few bux by betting on the horses!
I love seeing all the big hats, beautiful millenary, and overall style of attendees. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.
At the event, you’ll be able to sip champagne on the grass while playing croquet, horseshoes or bocce ball, while keeping an eye onstyle. Your red carpet photo (from the party) will be on the Woodbine Racetrack Facebook Page here post event. As the Official Charity Partner of the 2015 Queen’s Plate, $1 from every ticket and program sold will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer.
Things to Note for The 156th Queen’s Plate
- Races begin at 12pm
- Queen’s Plate Post Time is approximately 5:38 p.m
- Parking and Admission are FREE
- Walk the red carpet in style at the Hats & Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois
- Enjoy live performances by Emerson Street Rhythm Band & more
- There’s heaps of food trucks onsite, so come hungry!
A couple weeks ago I attended Woodbine Oaks, first leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara series where I learned how to bet on horses (read here). At the Queen’s Plate, the The Betting Impact team will be roaming the Hats & Horseshoes Party to teach the Basics of Betting. You can pick based on the odds or get a little wild and just pick your fave horses name or number.
- Snap a selfie at the racetrack
- Post to Twitter using the hashtag #OffToTheRaces
- Cross your fingers!
By posting your selfie at the track with the #OfftotheRaces hashtag you’ve got a chance to win a $1000 Woodbine Racetrack gift card at the end of the horse racing season. Please remember, your selfie MUST be taken in front of the racetrack!
This week was a busy one. Not like ‘fake busy’, I mean I was full on running from one thing to the next every single day. I directed something Monday that was the 2nd day of shooting for a campaign. When we wrapped around 6pm, I went back to the 1188 office then over to RAINA+WILSON studio to celebrate the Globe Style Summer Issue.
It was only Monday but I was ready to wind down with a cocktail. Grey Goose was sponsoring and they had grapefruit juice, my fav. 416 Snack Bar was catering and the food was A+ too.
Tuesday was rainy and my hair was a mess. I find it much easier to work and concentrate when it’s rainy out. When the sun is shining I wanna shut my computer and play outside.
You know what I mean?
The lower East side of Toronto is quite pretty, especially driving over this bridge when the sun is setting. It was almost 8pm here.
The bridge says ‘This river I step in is not the river I stand in’. It means the water is always changing, no river is ever the same. Think about it. Read more about it here.
Working together has been quite fun lately. I enjoy the morning drive and singing along to the radio.
Dylan and Sean dressed the same this week. So cute.
Really hoping we can get our car out for a drive soon. We’ve had it in the garage for over a year and I know it wants me to drive it. FAST! This one is 1982, my parents had a similar silver Corvette in 1979.
We had a tornado warning and some serious rain on Wednesday, but being a trooper, I braved it to cruise over to the Toronto Island Yacht Club and celebrate with Veuve Cliquot. I felt really under dressed until it started pouring and then I was super thankful for my yellow lace raincoat.
The party was well decorated. Fancy.
There were lots of A-Listers/T-Listers. Galen Weston was there too. Joey (Articulate Eats) and I had a nice chat with him about Loblaws, SDM, and Life Brand.
Finally got my hair done yesterday. I like to leave my roots to grow in a bit but let me tell you, being blonde is hard work! I’ve been going to The Loft Toronto for a few months now and I really love the experience. The crew are lovely, it’s decorated with vintagey things, and is right near the office.
The plate wall is one of my fav things.
I had lots on my to-do list so a hair appt didn’t mean stepping away from the office. When you’re me, the office is anywhere and you’re always on the clock. I bring WIFI wherever I go (Thanks Telus!) and I’m ready to stop, drop, and blog any minute.
After hair I did take a ‘lunch’ break for a Dermalogica facial with Vee and it was magical. I highly suggest treating yourself. Vee is a Dermalogica Expert and a facial is a great way to treat your skin to the love it deserves. She exfoliated, treated it for again, sun damage, and added vitamins/serums that will work on my face for the next 72 hours. Come Sunday, I’ll be glowing more than I am already. 🙂
I saw these boots on Sidewalk Hustle’s Instagram the other day and ordered them late before bed from my phone. I love online shopping so much. When I arrived back to the studio they were beside my desk.
Normally I don’t hope for rain but, when you’ve got really cute rain gear, there’s nothing that stop you from wanting to show it off! Stay dry out there my friends!
Today I’m rappelling down Toronto city hall with Telus for Make a Wish Foundation. Just another regular ol’ day, THIS IS MY LIFE! 🙂
About a week ago I attended a private dinner with some of Converse’s NY team and top ranked influencers in Toronto. We sat down at the Gladstone Hotel to learn about the latest #MadebyYou campaign from Converse and few other treats.
I recently picked up a few new pairs of Air Optix Color contacts from Toronto Eyecare. We were talking about other colours available and I mentioned I’d love to give them a try, so VOILA! These ones are Honey and make my eyes look light brown in the sun. My natural eyes are hazel so there’s a slight difference. See all the colours at airoptix.ca.
Got the new HISY Selfie bluetooth remote recently. It’s a little black button that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and allows you to take snaps by touching the remote. It’s at the Apple store for $28+tax but you can get it on Amazon here.
Love that sunshine on my face. It’s always fun to look at my eyes as a different colour. These honey ones are a subtle difference. I reckon they’d look really neat on greener eyes and interested to see what they do to blue ones.
My latest and greatest Converse from the Andy Warhol Collection. Tomato Soup wasn’t available in my size at the time but I was sent a pair of Black Bean Soup and I love them.
We were all asked to customize a pair of Converse with our name. This pair is one of a kind and made by me. They’re actually a size too big so I am going to keep them forever then one day when I’m famous I’ll sell them in an auction and donate the money to a charity close to my heart. Pretty bada$$ tho.
We each had the opportunity to have the shoes we wore to the event shot by a professional photographer. In a quick thought of inspiration, I threw on some red lipstick and gave mine a kiss. I needed something to make them more unique!
Friends who wear Converse together, stay together.
Here you can see what the Honey contacts look like in artificial/indoor lighting. Not AS bright but still a bit different than my natural eyes. Changing them is fun.
Huge thanks to Mikki and the Converse team for inviting me and the opportunity to customize my own Converse. Had a blast hanging with my blog peeps over a delicious dinner.
Check out the Converse MadeByYou campaign on your fav social network. What are your fav Cons?
As a publisher in the world of fashion, I’ve got access to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week LIVE. I’ll pop a link in my sidebar so you can watch the shows anytime, over the next few days. Scroll down for the video and the list of designers on the catwalk today. People are getting seated for the first show of the day right now!
Today’s NYFW shows:
Nicholas K, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Richard Chai, Costello Tagliapietra, Tadashi Shoji, Desigual, TOME, Nike Levi’s Kids Rock, Todd Snyder. Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection, Charity Water
Looking forward to the Desigual show as one of their recent campaigns features Canadian model, Winnie Harlow. I imagine she’ll be walking the runway. Team Canada!
Today is the last day to vote for your fav people from Ontario in the Notable Awards powered hosted by Notable.ca. I’m nominated in the Best Blog category for Toronto. It’s my second time being nominated for a Notable Award, I was up for Best Personal Brand in 2011.
I swore that after winning the Virgin American Provocateur competition I’d never ask people to vote for me again, I know it can be a bother, but here I am. I’m up against some really great blogs that are run by more than one person which is pretty cool. It’s awesome to be nominated with amongst my peers. You can vote for me here and pick out your favs in other categories here. In other interesting news I’m Nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award (for the second time) in the Canadian Weblog Awards, winners announced next week for that.
I’ve been a big supporter of Notable and Julian since he started in back in 2008. In 2009, Julian and Notable document the top bloggers in Toronto, including me. They don’t all blog anymore but you’ll recognize Raymi the Minx, and Lisa Charlieboy in these photos. Below is another one from 2009, we’ve come a long way since then!
I had a quick chat with Julian this week about the Notable Awards and what’s next for the company. Scroll down for a recent video I did with Notable for their Icon Series and PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE.
Interview w/ Julian Brass from Notable
- What was the inspiration behind creating Notable??
- We as young professionals have so much potential, to live our dreams and help other live theirs. Notable is the brand that helps young professionals realize it’s up to themselves to make a change. The idea came to me when I was coming and going job from my job in Solicon Valley and back home (to Toronto). When it came to where friends and peers were getting information about their professional, social, non-profit information, it was a fragmented experience. There was no central location, not one brand to bring it all together.
- What makes a Notable young professional?
- Someone who is a hardworking, driven, young professional who also enjoys travel, a fun night out, and community. We talk about the living the 360 degree Notable lifestyle, N360. A person who is dedicated to their career, progressing each day, not just working, they’re living living life to the fullest, and you’re finding a way to make a difference in the world.
- Biggest challenge in creating Notable?
- When we started back in 2008, no one really understood the concept. People weren’t appreciating what we were trying to do. We might be in the GenX or GenY, but as a group we’re not the norm, we’re young professionals who really stand for something.
- How was your team grown since 2008?
- When I started in 2008. it was just me and a small editorial team. We’re at about 20 in various roles now.
- What’s next for Notable?
- Well, we’re relaunching the site very soon. We’re also evolving the brand w/ the intention of being THE brand for young professionals. From charity to education, we’re everything a young professional cares about.
Last night I got an email from my friends at Clearly Contacts about World Sight Day tomorrow. I’ve worked with Clearly Contacts to share new products and contests for a while (see posts here) and I’m happy to share their latest charity initiative.
Over the last few years documenting my life, I’ve really taken time to smell the flowers, literally and figuratively. I take heaps of photos each day and really value my eyesight and ability to see beauty in the little things. I can only imagine how my life would change if I lost my eyesight.
For every video shared with #WHOBLINKEDFIRST, ClearlyContacts.ca will donate a pair of prescription eyeglasses, Vitamin A tablets, or UV protective sunglasses to someone in need through Change the View. Challenge your bff to a staring contest and upload to the WSD Gallery here to win new glasses and other prizes for yourself.
To learn more at clearlycontacts.ca/worldsightday
Here’s lookin’ at you loves! Share this post to spread the good.
What are you doing for lunch? Today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can enjoy a hot and tasty lunch prepared by 15 unique food vendors from local restaurants at Yonge-Dundas Square.
The event is organized by Second Harvest, a Toronto charity that prevents good food from being wasted and feeds those in need. Every $10 raised allows Second Harvest to rescue and deliver enough food to provide 20 healthy meals for those in need. While you’re there, you’ll also be able to say what’s up to Second Harvest ambassador Chef Mark McEwan.
Tickets are from $3-$5 and exchanged for delicious snack-sized dishes, with proceeds going to feed people in need across the city.
Lunch Money Days vendors:
- Beaver Tails
- Jack Astor’s
- Millwood Melt Grilled Cheesery (!!!!)
- Magic Oven
- RealSports Bar & Grill
- Smoke’s Poutinerie
- Rock Lobster
- Sullivan & Bleeker Baking Co.
- 1 of 2 $50 Sporting Life Canada gift cards
- 1 of 2 $25 Steve’s Music gift cards
- A Purdy’s Chocolatier gift basket
- 1 of 10 pairs of tickets to the Toronto FC season opener on March 9 (include @TorontoFC in your tweet)
I won’t be able to stop by today but if you do please have a snack for me! Hmmm, now what should I have for lunch?
A bunch of stories have no views but they emailed this info to me and I thought wow, you made those. . It’s nice to know I have 46 memories in Story from the year. In 2013 I will create more. And better.
I published 569 blog posts on casiestewart.com last year.
- December 2012 (35)
- November 2012 (40)
- October 2012 (46)
- September 2012 (43)
- August 2012 (40)
- July 2012 (46)
- June 2012 (46)
- May 2012 (55)
- April 2012 (51)
- March 2012 (49)
- February 2012 (51)
- January 2012 (67)
Below are some of my fav parts of the year told using Storify.