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  • Hall of Fame – 3 Things I Told the Graduating Class

    On Friday my closest family members gathered at mum’s house (same house I great up in) to join me at my old high school in Cambridge to speak to the graduating class. I was indicated to the Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of some of Preston High School‘s most esteemed graduates. So cool!¬† Two of my old classmates Scott Thorman (Atlanta Braves) and Nathan Brannen (3x Olympian) are also in the HOF and were in the same graduating class. Nathan BrannenScott ThormanKelly Thorman, used to babysit me It was so weird/cool bring back there. I think the last time I walked those halls it was my very own commencement. My sister reminded me that the kids graduating in 2018 were born the year I graduated. Omg wtf, where did the time go!¬† I remember being in high school and a teacher asking what I want to be when I…

    Mexico: Vacation Better – Sunwing Commercial!

    If you haven’t seen this yet on CTV, Global, or CP24, here it is! I was in Mexico earlier this month and I was a little hush hush about what I was doing there and now I can share, we were shooting a commercial for Sunwing Vacations! It’s part of their fall-winter¬†2018¬†Vacation Better¬†campaign¬†and the entire thing was shot on iPhones! Watch Here From finding the perfect couples getaway with the best on-site spas to booking the most Instagram worthy swim-out suites and everything in between, we want you to¬†#VacationBetter¬†this winter! Look for our tips all season long to help you make the most out of your next vacation! Watch on Facebook.¬† Director¬†@andrewjbaxter¬†@urbantraveliteTalent @blogistiana @loveyourlife_claudia,¬†Guillaume-Sans Destination¬†@bccd_paul¬† and me! We stayed a new all-inclusive resort called Riu Dunamar,¬†30min from Cancun.¬† Heaps of food variety, bars, pools, waterpark, spa, nightclub, shopping, minibar, and huge comfy beds. We were shooting¬†most the time but I…

    Lift & Co. High Profile

    Here’s an excerpt from my recent¬†interview with Lift & Co about how I use cannabis in my life and why I decided to talk about it. Read the full interview here. There are some good interviews in this series including Mary Zilba from Housewives of Vancouver, B-Real from Cypress Hill, Comedian¬†Donell Rawlings,¬†and DJ Unimerce.¬† With the legislation around the corner and heaps of cool cannabis events popping up, I‚Äôm ok coming out of the ‚Äėcannabis closet‚Äô. I’ve talked to my parents about it, my mum thinks it cool and likes that I‚Äôm on the cusp of something new. I feel the same excitement and energy as when social media was just getting started. A lot of creativity is going into marketing, branding, and storytelling around cannabis. At this point, I feel if a brand doesn’t want to work with me because I use cannabis, that‚Äôs ok. My blog is called¬†This…

    It Only Takes a Minute to Brighten Someone’s Day

    Hello, hello, hello!¬† I was feeling really distracted just and having a hard time focussing so I went outside for a little walk to get a coffee. A couple minutes¬†later, Michelle rung and she was walking right towards me.¬†What are the chances?!¬†We had a little walk & talk, a few laughs, it was just the best thing! Amazing how a little bit of light from a sunshiney person can brighten your day!¬† Yesterday I stopped in to surprise mum on my way to Stratford. It was so great to see her face light up when I walked in. Love you mum!¬† Taking a couple minutes out of your day to do something nice for someone else will instantly turn your day around. Been a little bit busy the last couple weeks. I’ve been working behind the scenes on some political content leading up to the election. Definitely an eye-opener! I…

    Influencers + Cannabis: What Are The Rules?

    Last week I was a speaker at an exciting event hosted by Jones Media at 1 Bloor. We are T-16 days away from legalization and the world of cannabis marketing is something people have a lot of questions about. Specifically, this talk was about cannabis + influencers and what is allowed within the rules of the new cannabis act. The panel featured Chris Nyberg, a lawyer who specializes in this area, Lorilynn McCorrister from Weed Box, and Jen Newton who does the High Tea podcast and comes from an agency/brand background.¬† We talked about everything from how do you market in a space that’s so highly regulated, how to partner with a licenced producer, how to align with an influencer, and examples of creative marketing we’ve seen.¬† On Going to the USA One of the topics we talked right off the bat was can you still go to the USA…

    Turn Your Face to the Sun and Shadows Fall Behind You

    Hello and good morning! I’m feeling good vibes today despite not feeling great the last couple days. Spent the last 24hrs inside the house with Sean doing next to nothing but watching Netflix and taking naps. I feel recharged! Watched a good movie called The Angel, a few more eps of Maniac, and a full season of how to Live Mortgage¬†Free (which really got us thinking!).¬† The past 2 months have been kind of intense. I went on to Portugal and Mexico, had TIFF and Fashion Week, all on top of my regularly scheduled work. I still have heaps to write about. I know from the outside it all seems like fun and vacation but let me tell you, there is a LOT of behind the scenes things you don’t see.¬†Being on all the time is exhausting. The start of a new month brings renewal and I am excited. We…

    Follow the Pot of Gold ūüĆą‚öĪÔłŹūüćÉ

    Good morning and happy Monday! Spent the weekend at the cottage wearing sweatpants and a hoodie, cooking, reading, and relaxing. The cool Autumn air is a nice change from hot summer. We made a fire at night but it was still warm¬†enough in the day to take Sean out wakeboarding. The thing I love about Monday is not knowing what the week will bring aside from the things already in my calendar. I’m looking forward to being¬†back to the office¬†after a whirlwind month with Toronto Fashion Week, TIFF, and a trip to Mexico.¬†¬† Scroll down for details about a panel I’m moderating Wednesday on influencers + cannabis, an interview I did for Lift & Co. Magazine, and a great feature on Biome Grow, the company that acquired Weed VR. High Profile w/ Lift & Co. A couple weeks ago I sat down at a cafe near our place for a…

    Takin’ It Back to Where It Started in ’71

    If you’ve been near Queen West and the Ossington area lately you’ll probably have noticed a big blue building at 9 Ossington. Until September 30th it’s the home of the San Rafael Experience popup, a time warp that takes you back to 1971 where ‘4:20’ started in San Rafael, California. I went for the opening and honestly, it was really cool! Cannabis companies are being super creative with their marketing and this is a great example brought to you by the same company that did the¬†Altavie¬†event in the spring. Scratch Bastid DJ + Kelly from MedReleaf and I in our matching Hendrixroe X San Rafael ’71 Jackets Once you step through that blue doorway, you enter a 70’s themed record shop with a bar, dj, living room, screen printing, vintage shopping, and plenty of photo opps. There’s live music every night in the basement and can use your San Rafael…

    High Tea: You Can Roll With Us

    You walk past a group of beautiful, stylish ladies outside a cute and classy coffee shop in a quiet neighbourhood. Everything looks normal until you get a little closer and see a cloud of smoke big enough for a rap video and realise what’s up!¬† ūüćÉ The other week I had a really cool experience of attending an event called ‘See You Next Tuesday‘ hosted by the fine ladies of the High Tea podcast¬†(listen here). It was a rolling salon and flower side chat where we had an in-depth¬†lesson on rolling the perfect joint and talked about cannabis. We each took home a few goodies and fresh cut flowers.¬†It was fun! Michelle Bilodeau¬†, Carly Stojsic,¬†High Tea Host Jen Newtz,¬† The High Tea podcast was started to create ‘high-vibe entertainment, for women who also love weed‘. Each episode is a ‘blunt and thoughtful exploration of pot and its magic‘. I love…

    Mexico: A Few Days Down South Will Do You Good

    It’s amazing what a few days away will do! This week I was on a client project in Cancun, Mexico and it was so great. In between the things we needed to get done I made time for some self-care. I read my book at the pool, drank pi√Īa coladas in the sun, and went to the spa. I walked along the beach, ate great food, made new friends, and danced at the disco.¬† I landed today in the crazy wind storm and it’s nice to be home. I’m excited to share more about this project over the next few weeks but for now, I’m looking forward to some family time.¬†I’m feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready for the weekend! We stayed at¬† Riu Dunamar (via Sunwing) in¬†Costa Mujeres near Cancun and it was so great! Sending you love and sunshine through the internet!

    “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

    A lot of my experience comes from making mistakes, wrong decisions, with the wrong people. I’ve learned a lot of street smarts this way.¬†A lot of my business smarts comes from school.¬† I was really into business as a youngster when I made gym bags and sold them to students in grade school. I went to college and university and have no doubt that those experiences gave me the skills I need to do great work. I’m not saying everyone has to go to post-secondary¬†but there you learn a¬†foundation to build on when you’re out in the field. When I¬† was a teenager, I started a publishing company with a friend, published a book, and was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the city. I’ve done a lot of things since then but what I learned from my business teachers in high school, college, and university is with me every day. When…

    Never-Ending Summer

    I love this weather and the sunshine. It’s so nice to be out on the lake. Next week I’m going away for a few days and it feels like never-ending summer. ‚ėÄÔłŹūüíĖ‚úĆūüŹľ

    KINDNESS

    I think about Princes Diana a lot. I know that might seem a bit weird but she’s always been someone I admire mum was inspired by her so much she named me after her, Casie Diana Stewart.¬† I follow a couple accounts dedicated to her on Instagram and am always in awe of her poise, beauty, and kindness in helping others. She’s someone we can all look up to. It’s been 20 years since she passed away and I think about that night/morning when I found out. My sister called me at LB’s house (we had a sleepover for her birthday) and all the girls were in the basement. Jenie was only about Emily’s age, 10 or so and she called to say Pavorotti killed Diana. She didn’t know what a paparazzi was so you can imagine my confusion thinking Diana had an altercation with an opera singer. Diana, you…

    You Are My Sunshine, My Summertime, My Love

    Hard to believe it’s already¬†September! Where did the summer go? Remember¬†back to March when we had the winter that felt like three years? It was so cold. We all rejoiced for those warm spring days and bright sunshine.¬† This summer was great and lucky for us it’s still feeling hot af outside so it’s not over just yet. There’s still a few weeks of warm days and cool nights. I love this weather.¬†Enjoy these moments while we have them!¬† Muskoka forever. ūüíĖ This week is TIFF and Toronto Fashion Week. I’ve got an appointment at Sassoon, I think it’s back to bleach blonde for me. After TIFF we’ll spend¬†some time at the cottage. Hopefully¬†Thanksgiving too. I’m booked for Cancun before October. Will be¬†heading up to Blue Mountain, then Stratford, and Montreal in October.¬† Booked my ticket for New Orleans in November. It’s going to be the holidays before we know…

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    About Casie Stewart

    Casie Stewart is a Canadian writer, director, and entrepreneur. She’s an award-winning content creator and expert in digital. During her decade-long career in media, she’s been named Canadian Screen Award Winner (Voice Pioneer), Best Travel Blog, and Top 30 Lifestyle Blogs in Canada. Casie¬†has been a keynote speaker at SXSW, NXNE, TEDx, and spoken at YouTube Canada and the United Nations of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and loves summer weekends at the cottage when she’s not travelling around the world.

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