The New Year always makes me think about what I’m leaving behind, and 2022 was the best year of my career. In all the years I’ve been running The GATE (21 so far, to be exact), I never really expected anything like it, but it’s going to be very hard to top for a lot of reasons.
Film festivals are one of my favourite windows for the world. They’re filled with the stories that make people tick, what’s wrong with the world, and what we’re all dreaming about.
Pura Vida is a way of life in Costa Rica. The “Pure Life” or the “Simple Life” is more than just taking it easy in the stunningly beautiful, down-to-earth, and relaxed country though. Pura Vida is also about how people relate to each other, and being grateful for every blessing.
This has been a great year at TIFF. The festival has been better than it was even in 2019, and between Saturday and Sunday I screened more of my top picks from the festival, I had a great interview, and I had the chance to see legends of film in person.
King Street almost feels like it did a few years ago as the Toronto International Film Festival returned this week for a fest that’s packed with everything that made it one of my favourite places every September.
Travel makes me happy, and I have a lot of favourite places, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston, but there’s nowhere like New York City, and I had a great trip back to the Big Apple last week.
If you’re wondering what a Disney cruise vacation is like, and what makes it such a unique trip, my family and I went on our first ever at the end of April and we loved every moment.
Video interviews have been a big part of the The GATE practically from the beginning, and I love some of the memories I’ve uncovered from the early days while I’ve been working on The GATE’s 20th anniversary.
When The GATE started out, the biggest film of the year was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and the iPod had just launched. To put it mildly, it was a very different time…
What a difference two decades makes. For more than 20 years now, The GATE has been covering Canadian entertainment, lifestyle, tech, and travel. Now I’m ready to open a new chapter in our story.