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Music Makes Me Wanna…Travel KINGSTON, JAMAICA

As the legend Bob Marley sings… “One good thing about music …when it hits you, you feel no pain”. Kingston, Jamaica is a melting pot of music and history and positive vibrations! With so many legends and genres of music born out of Kingston, Jamaica from rock steady, reggae and ska to dance hall…. let’s just say a music lovers vacation here is by far the coolest music history class you will ever take. The safest and easiest way to navigate the epic music scene in Kingston is to hire a driver. I highly recommend JUTA Tours so that you can plan your own agenda and hit up all the sights and sounds at your own irie pace. Take a guided bus tour like the ‘Making of The Music Tour’ or map out your own musical adventure. Since you are heading to the birthplace of reggae, remember that Jamaica is a place for those music lovers with an open mind and an open heart. Interestingly, flocks of Japanese and Europeans... ...

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Vancity Hustle in the Hyundai Accent

Getting around Greater Vancouver, AKA Vancity is not always easy or affordable…until now. This vehicle was made to keep up with the Vancity hustle. Introducing the 2018 Hyundai Accent. Managing multiple gigs is a way of life for Vancouverites. The day to day grind can be costly and chaotic if you are driving a gas guzzler or trying to use public transportation. That is why the Vancity go-getter needs a compact, affordable, trustworthy ride like the Hyundai Accent. Whether I’m running around between set, studio, auditions, kids and everything in between, I need a car I can rely on that won’t break the bank in monthly payments, repairs and gas. The Hyundai Accent offers Vancouverites the perfect solution. Starting from only $14,599 you get the choice of two body styles, including the Canada-exclusive 5-door hatchback. A subcompact car that has all the technology you need to get your job(s) and side hustles done and done.  Featuring a 1.6L Direct Injection (GDI) four cylinder engine producing 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft. of torque, choose manual or automatic transmission. Complete with a 7-inch... ...

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Rocky Mountain Road Trip in the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Outdoor enthusiasts, the Toyota 4 Runner TRD Pro was made for adventures on and off the road. Rugged and strong, set your sights on owning this ride!  A recent Rocky Mountain road trip to Jasper, Alberta proved that Toyota designed and built the 4Runner like a warrior. Blazing through remote areas in search of Canadian wildlife, we found the 4Runner TRD Pro the ideal transportation and then some. 4 Reasons You’ll Love to Adventure in the 2018 4Runner TRD Pro 1. Sturdy, Strong and Handsome:  Be warned that if you prefer to travel discreetly this may not be the vehicle for you. It is an attention-grabber, especially in the Cavalry Blue!  You will feel like a celebrity behind the wheel of the alluring and impressive 4Runner TRD Pro which IS capable of handling all your wildest off-road adventures.  The One-Touch 4 Wheel Drive ensures you can go from the highway to the backroads with the simplicity of one touch. 2. Bells and Whistles: Nothing beats the functional back window feature which... ...

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Surf-In Surf-Out – A Swell Convenience

Whether you are a seasoned weekend wave-warrior or a newbie braving your bucket list, surfing is a sport that everyone must try at least once in a lifetime. The West Coast of Vancouver Island boasts some of the best beaches and surf breaks in the country. Tofino, BC is a famous cold water paradise and home to surf-in-surf-out Pacific Sands Beach Resort …the best in beach bliss. Since the 60’s, catching waves has been considered not just cool but a sub-culture. Secondly, it’s a rush. Surfing is much harder than it looks to master and thus, humbling. So, let go of the outcome and really enjoy the ride. If you are ever to succeed in catching your first wave you must be open, brave and willing to laugh at your own failures, which are a big part of learning to surf. The bails and wipeouts are all part of the fun. Plan a get-away this summer and indulge. Treat yourself and your soul to a seaside escape for some well deserved “Tofino... ...

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Leo Awards Gala and Red Carpet 2016

All photos courtesy Kenny Tai Photography Host: Stephanie Florian Host Hair and Makeup: Ruby from What’s Your Look Studio Host Designer Dress: Catherine Regehr And the winners are… Motion Picture Best Motion Picture The Devout Amanda Verhagen, Daniel Hogg, Connor Gaston – Producers Best Direction The BirdwatcherSiobhan Devine Best Screenwriting The Devout Connor Gaston Best Cinematography Charlotte’s Song Naim Sutherland Best Picture Editing The Devout Detritus Kozme Best Visual Effects Numb – Chris Van Dyck, Calvin Romeyn, Erik Jensen, Jodie Camilleri, Camil Adell Best Sound She Who Must Burn Matt Drake, Casey Labatt, Justin Aucoin, Jeff Zipp, Zach Cressman Best Production Design Charlotte’s Song Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Victoria Pearson Best Costume Design Charlotte’s Song Brandon Peterson, Ash Turner Best Make-Up Charlotte’s SongSarah Elizabeth, Audrey Himmer-Jude, Jeannie Satterthwaite, Brendan Mainusch, Amy Leigh Poitras Best Casting The Devout Judy Lee Best Supporting Performance by a Male No Men Beyond This PointCameron McDonald Best Supporting Performance by a Female The Devout Olivia Martin Best Lead Performance by a Male The Devout Charlie Carrick Best Lead Performance by a Female The Devout Ali Liebert Television Movie Best Television Movie On the... ...

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Whistler Apres: Cooling – off in the Bearfoot Bistro Ketel One Ice Room

  There is no better way to cool off in Whistler post outdoor adventure than bundling up in an iconic Canada Goose parka and stepping inside the Ketel One Ice Room. Located inside the Bearfoot Bistro, the Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest permanent sub-zero vodka room in Canada! Be sure to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and the experience itself is an intimate one. Ideally the experience is best done with a small a group of friends. We suggest a foursome, as body heat can be one’s only saving grace when sipping vodka in -32C temps while you are trying to handle the cold and make the experience last as long as humanly possible. Although the $48 price tag per person does include an informational on the specifics of distillation and filtration, you’ll want to cut straight to chase…4 vodka shots of your very own choosing and as many selfies as your phone will handle before shutting down from the cold. (It truly does happen, so be sure... ...

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Finding stillness glamping at Wya Point Resort

Life can feel like a treadmill. The daily grind of everyday living in the big city can take a toll on our spirits, especially near the tail end of winter. Take the time to check out of the work-life hustle and to check inward. Make a date with yourself to leap off the treadmill, to regroup and recharge. Camping is the ideal way to push the reset button, although the unpredictable west coast weather is not for everyone, not even the most adventuresome. Eco resorts like Wya Point in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island offer a dazzling alternative. It’s called glamping, AKA glamorous camping. A soul-filled getaway to Wya Point Resort on the edge of the Pacific Rim is both character building and raw. We made the trip in a new 2016 Platinum Ford Explorer, the ultimate storm trooper and perfect west coast road companion. Storm watching on the west coast of Vancouver Island and glamping in a yurt requires a fair amount of gear and the Explorer is roomy enough... ...

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Top 10 reasons to head north to the Yukon

Some say the Yukon is Canada’s wildest frontier and some Canada’s golden nugget. Call it what you may but call it Canada’s biggest and best outdoor winter adventure playground. Only a short, direct flight from Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa or Yellowknife, Whitehorse is where you’ll want to hang your toque at the end of a winter day living large in the great outdoors. Here’s our top 10 reasons to put the Yukon on your winter travel bucket list. 1. A plethora of unique outdoor adventures With so many new and different experiences to be had, cabin fever AKA winter boredom does not exist in the Yukon. From snowshoeing to dog mushing, hiking, skiing and ice fishing, pick your pleasure and prepare to take on Canada’s wildest frontier. 2. Canada’s biggest playground Did you know that the Yukon represents 4.8% of Canada’s total land area and has a population of only 38,000 people while California, with the same land mass has 39 million people? It is said that the Yukon... ...

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