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Eat. Drink. Live | Win VIP Passes to Medley Food & Drink Festival!

Hot summer nights, good food, music, and drinks, you can’t go wrong!¬† This coming weekend in Barrie is Medley Festival¬†in Barrie, Ontario, a food & drink¬†event celebrating Canadiana¬†with a bunch of great vendors and live music. One of my old buds is behind the event and I want to give you some¬†tickets!

I have (1) VIP Ticket Package (valued at $300) and 2 Pairs of Weekend passes (valued at $50). I would 100% be there but Wednesday I leave for Portugal.

TO ENTER:

  1. Visit medleyfestival.com
  2. Leave a comment on the blog about what you’d like¬†to eat, drink, see, or do there this weekend!

Lots of great vendors including Bacardi, Black Fly Beverages, Dr.Oetker,¬†The Flying Monkeys Brewery, Pie, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Muskoka, Brewery, and more!

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This Flying Monkey’s IPA is good and my fav colour.


I would like to note that one of the food vendors is Pie Wood Fired Pizza which is MY FAVOURITE PIZZA. Just look at this it’s amazing.


Here’s a little look at what to expect at¬†Southshore Centre & Park, Barrie. FYI it is 45 minutes from Toronto and there is a GoTrain¬†RIGHT across the street. So, if you don’t have a car, don’t worry, enter the giveaway, save yourself the hassle of traffic, and enjoy a few cocktails!

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Winners will be picked at random and notified on Wednesday by noon and have 24 hours to claim the tickets. Prizes will be delivered by email.

Thank you for reading, sharing, and entering! GOOD LUCK.

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West Queen West Has a Metro Now!

West Queen West Has a Metro Now!
Heaps of prepared food. Lots of fresh juice. Massive gluten free section. Huge bread assortment including pretzel croissants (ūüėģ?) and Italian bread with real Italian ingredients (might be made by a real nonna?). Huge meat selection that will do custom cuts and a cool female butcher. Fresh sustainable seafood. So much yogurt. Exotic snacks. Self-checkout. Starbucks and collective art space on the lower floor. I also rode my bike there.

A new grocery store in the hood is pretty exciting. Before I lived in the West End, I was at Cityplace when the new grocery store opened up. [I actually even set up a Twitter account based on the store which I then shut down]. Everyone was so excited and that might seem a little dorky but when a new food store opens in your neighbourhood with all your fav things and fresh prepped food, your life is instantly better. So, I  biked over to the new MetroWest Queen West for a tour on opening weekend (10mins bike from home!).

This location puts a focus on local and community with organic chicken from Yorkshire Valley Farms in Etobicoke, pastries from Dufflet in Toronto, and Portuguese products from Borges Foods Ltd. in Mississauga.


v cool lady butcher!

Massive beer selection


Thanks Metro, for inviting me to the opening and the pedicab ride! Make sure to stop by and order a ready-made pizza, pick up some beer for the weekend, and grab yourself a fresh juice.

For info about Metro in-store events and other happenings, follow them on Facebook at Metro Ontario.

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Celebrating Canada’s 150th w/ the #TDCommonGround Project

Celebrating Canada’s 150th w/ the #TDCommonGround Project

This post is sponsored by TD and the TD Common Ground Project.

Earlier this year I joined TD at The Harbourfront Centre on one of the nicest days in February to kick off the TD Common Ground Project. In recognition of Canada‚Äôs 150th this year, TD has joined forces with local organizations to help create a legacy by revitalizing over 150 green spaces to bring us all together.¬†ūüĆŅūüĆĽūüźõūüĆéūüĆł



How It All Started 

Last fall, TD invited organizations across Canada to apply for funding from the¬†TD Friends of the Environment Foundation as a part of the #TDCommonGround Project. Now, they‚Äôve picked 150+ local community‚ÄĎdriven initiatives to receive funding and help their goals become a reality.

Projects range from science projects to trail building and heaps more including a new pedestrian walkway to Waterloo Park (Waterloo), improvements to an outdoor public library and rec space in Halifax, a 4.6-hectare green area in Montreal, and an outdoor celebration area & pollinator habitat right here in GTA (Scarborough). Learn more about individual projects by visiting¬†commongroundproject.td.com. ¬†ūüíö

 


City of Toronto: The TD Pollinator Engagement Centre @ Morningside Park

The Toronto / Scarborough flagship piece focuses on the revitalization of Morningside Park and they’re already planning!

The park is an Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) and the new engagement center will feature an outdoor classroom and community celebration area, as well as a pollinator habitat. GTA residents will be able to go to learn about the park, attend the annual festivals, go to weekend seminars on local plants, and take part in stewardship programs.

Schools who visit the park will learn about Morningside Park and its connection to the Scarborough community as well as pollination and how pollinators relate to the natural systems of the park.


I love this initiative and I’m so happy to be working on another great project with TD.

I‚Äôll keep you posted about the project as it goes on over the next 6 months. If you‚Äôd like to learn more visit¬†commongroundproject.td.com¬† and follow the hashtag¬†#TDCommonGround¬†to see what we‚Äôre up to!¬†ūüĆŅūüĆĽūüźõ

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Our Netflix Show is Live! Ep1: Are You A Betty or Veronica?

Our Netflix Show is Live! Ep1: Are You A Betty or Veronica?

Last month I filmed a 6 episode show with Netflix at Wallace Studios in Toronto. It was put together by Netflix USA and Andrew Dobson from dobbernationloves.com and hosted by Jonny Morton Schuster¬†(who is also Kiwi btw!). Other cast members include Nelia, OG blog babe who writes¬†styleblog.ca¬†and Amanda who writes a family travel/style blog. There are 7 episodes in the whole series and I can’t wait to share them all with you! I’ve not seen final cuts yet, super excited! Gahhhhhh.


The first episode ‘Are You A Betty or Veronica?‘ is us mostly talking about Riverdale. I’ve been obsessed with this show since it started. I would deff say I’m more of a Veronica than Betty. Don’t be fooled¬†by the blonde hair!¬†


The show is the ‘Dobbernation Loves Dinner Party’ where we all sit around a set that looks like¬†Andrew’s apartment¬†and gossip about discuss our fav shows. We sat around drinking¬†from local brews from Mill Street Brewery and food from La Cubana.

There’s some great sound bites throughout the whole things but from this ep my fav is when Jonny said:

‘Betty in the streets Veronica in the sheets!”

There will be new eps all week. I would love to do more stuff like this!


 Have a great day my friends!

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2017 Canadian International AutoShow w/ @VWCanada

2017 Canadian International AutoShow w/ @VWCanada

Recently I went to the AutoShow with VW to check out what’s new for 2018. It was a PA day so people were invited to bring kids and pets along for the special event. I documented it all with my Snapchat Spectacles and they were a hit. You know how much I love tech and these things are rad, watch the video here. I’ve always loved cars, we spent heaps of time in the garage and hot rod workshop w/ dad growing up . It’s incredible how far car tech has come!

Volkswagen is known for great performance, reliability, and safety, ‘a good German car’ as I’ve heard so many times. We were looking at the 2018 Tiguan Redesign, 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, and 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf. There was also another little one I just loved, scroll down to see!

The event was hosted by Amber Mac, George Pimentel, Afiya Francisco, and Heather Davis. Amber of course talked tech aspects of the new cars, George took photos, Afiya talked about style and how your car fits your lifestyle and aesthetic. Heather is a family road trip expert and she shared how the 2018 Atlas was a great family car for travel, seats 7!

2017 VW AutoShow Event Hosts

The 2018 Tiguan Redesign is a great car for people who like adventure. ¬†I like the aesthetic of this car, it’s sleek but tough, you can tow a set of seadoos¬†or boat (up to 5500 pounds) and pack all kinds of stuff in the boot. Perfect for #cottagelife!¬†

New Kate Spade Boots, Ted Baker scarf, jacket from Venice Beach, and Spectacles of course!

My fav was the VW Beetle Dune. A few people said this was a perfect car for me. I love a cute little convertible! It’s actually quite¬†spacious with 4 seats and enough room for a couple suitcases in the trunk.

Ready for a road trip? I AM!

One of the cool new things they launched at the AutoShow was the 2017 Volkswagen eGolf. This a 100% electric car, perfect for someone who loves technology and sustainability.

It’s got a fully-digital cockpit and all the fun of the OG Golf without the gas. There’s also an option for 12.3-inch digital display behind the steering wheel. This baby can go up to 150KM/hr (but don’t) and almost 200km on a single charge.

The future is HERE. 

All-New 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Virtual Casie, in Virtual Reality!

The VR experience was very cool. It was my first time wearing a sub pack and the gloves for wireless movement and touch in VR. I touched long grass, threw snowballs, and stacked rocks to make an inukshuk all in virtual reality. Well done on this guys!

The AutoShow is on right now until Feb 26th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

There’s heaps of rad cars at the show but I definitely recommend popping by the VW booth in the North Building to see what’s new for yourself. The VR experience is totally worth trying. It’s a glimpse into the future!

For past adventures at the Toronto International AutoShow or the Detroit International AutoShow go here.

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Valentines Day Skating + Love ‚̧ԳŹ The #CityPlaceRink is OPEN!

Valentines Day Skating + Love ‚̧ԳŹ The #CityPlaceRink is OPEN!

We started our Valentines Day a little early this year! On Friday night Sean and I went to the CityPlace rink for winter festivities at Canoe Landing Park. Snow falling in the winter can be so magical and romantic. I love the crisp winter air!

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TRUE LOVE


CityPlace¬†is a little nostalgic and romantic for us since it‚Äôs where Sean and I met. ¬†‚̧ԳŹ¬†We lived in different condo towers¬†on Brunel Court and Fort York Blvd. when we first started seeing each other 6 years ago. ¬†Crazy how time flies!
The area has changed so much since we lived there. We were in the first buildings built close to Spadina and there are so many more buildings now with almost 20,000 residents.
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The snow made the night even more magical! Luckily its walking distance to everyone in the ‘hood!


This CityPlace Social was a chance for the developer (Concord Adex) to bring the community  together. Everyone who came to the social was hooked up with free hot chocolate, roses, and photo ops while skating under the moonlight.  There was a great performance by Canadian National Team figure skater Michelle Long too.

A rose for you my love!


The CityPlace Residents Association website details news and events in the area.¬†They’ve got a ‘Learn to Skate’ event on Saturday February 20th, more info on that here. They’ve also got summer events like movies in the park and a farmers¬†market.

The CityPlace Fort York¬†BIA launched recently to help grow the community as more businesses make it their home, see what they’ve got going on via Facebook.

After the rink (and lots of photos) we had a lovely diner at Hunters Landing. Great place, good food, and we had a great server named Matt. They’ve got a special Skate & Date menu for Valentines¬†but we just got a couple apps & pizza.

It was such a nice way to spend some quality time together doing something different in our old neighbourhood. Perfect Valentines Day!


Valentines Giveaway

I’m hosting a contest giveaway for a CityPlace prize pack which includes a $100 Gift Certificate for Hunters Landing. You can enter once per day. Contest open to GTA residents only. Winner will be picked on Friday!

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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.

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