I’m officially saying goodbye to Toronto. Living back on the Edge and committing to help Northern Edge to grow and work more smoothly.
Here are a few amazing experiences I had in Toronto that I previously neglected to blog about… These are some great highlights from my past year-or-two:
OWD – My first ever payed dancing gig
Just as spring was beginning last year, I was invited last minute to be a dancer in a very special super secret musical episode of the popular Toronto webseries Out with Dad.
It was a fantastic experience – I met a lot of really talented and dedicated actors, directors, dancers, grips, camera-people, makeup artists, and composers. I spent a day in rehearsal shortly followed by two beautiful days of filming in a park, and I got one hell of a sunburn and heatstroke that led me to later resign from my job because I was feeling too ill to come in.
I highly recommend tuning in to Out with Dad – it’s a really thoughtful and gripping drama about a girl who discovers she is a lesbian and her relationship with her father. It’s been aired on tv in France and has a huge following from all over the world. Below is the episode I was in: (see the big sunburned redheaded dancer man.)
S-Trip – a #jobofalifetime
While searching for jobs in Toronto I stumbled upon an amazing job opportunity… An ad to work as Destination Staff for S-Trip! (see job application in link if you’re interested.)
I had previously heard of the company from my friend DJ, who had worked with them for a number of years. I was stoked to have the opportunity to do the same.
My interview process moved by in a flash and before you knew it, I was on my first trip for Spring Break 2013. After my next trip, March Break 2013, I was invited to write a Guest Blog Post on the S-Trip Blog (links to my pictures from there.) Awesome! It’s just over a year later and I’ve now done 6 very successful trips with S-Trip, to Punta Cana, Dominican (twice,) Puerto Plata, Dominican (twice,) Montreal for New Years, and Varadero, Cuba! At the end of this month I’ll be attending a coordinator training to expand my role with the company, which will involve having a lot more responsibility on trip, and going on them for longer.
Where’s my friend DJ now? Funny you should ask. His music project Virginia to Vegas has recently become wildly popular with their new song We Are Stars – I’ve heard the song on the radio a couple times and it turns out their official music video is now on tv! See it below:
Archaeology – a great study
I had a lot of fun studying Archaeology for the time period that I did so this past year. The field of Archaeology is definitely for me. The field of school? Not so much at the time being. I plan on doing some digs, and maybe seeing if there is a more experiential way to go about becoming an Archaeologist- maybe with a return to a different school (not u of t) a few years down the road.
I may have mentioned I really wanted to be a specialist in Underwater Archaeology… When I was looking for some field school programs, I stumbled upon the Sanisera Field School’s Underwater Pompeii course. Ohhh how much I want to do this.
The Fitness Institute – my way to health
I posted when I first joined the Fitness Institute, about how much worth can be found in a fancier gym. As it turns out, a lot of worth in joining one. I’ve become so much more fit than I was when I first started, I can’t even believe it. My trainer, Josh, is the one part of Toronto I’m going to miss the most! Super bummed that I can’t find an equal to this gym or this trainer up North. Looking for recommendations between Huntsville and North Bay.
Finding Flow - flowing better due to these
I’ve also previously posted about 5 Rythms – the fantastic spiritual dance experience that helps you connect to your body and your emotions, and that is a lot of fun! My mom and I attended the Finding Flow workshop in Toronto’s Distillery District this past Spring, and it was a really great experience. CCSS also hosted a Heart Flow of Shamanism weekend at the Edge this Spring – after these two workshops, I feel like I’m flowing really well in a lot of aspects of my life. Flow is great. You can’t imagine the difference it can make in your life, to deal with your baggage and nurture your spiritual side. CCSS also hosted the amazing Celtic Shamanism: Powering Up the Dragon Lines program this Spring, and we have another intro program titled Heart Growth happening this summer.
I highly recommend coming to a beginner’s shamanism retreat. It’s really cool work we’re doing. Let me know if you’d like to come, and I can hook you up with a discount.
This past year in Toronto I also had the amazing opportunity to see live two of my favourite artists, thanks to Mackenzie! I’ve been wanting to see Basia Bulat and NQ Arbuckle for the longest time! Please check them out if you’re unfamiliar with them. I am a huge fan of both, and we managed to go to NQ Arbuckle’s Christmas Party and see Basia open for the Head and the Heart. Two very great concerts.
I also got Basia to autograph her two newer albums for my sister Natalie.
I’m at the Edge now- working full time in our office covering for Emily who is on mat leave. Both my sisters, Emily and Natalie, gave birth this Spring! Newborns Everest and James are the cutest babies ever. Dos bambinos:
Here’s to a great summer, filled with vitality and adventure!