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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room | 2017

2017 with a bow on top

How did we get here? Is it really a few days until Christmas, and where did all of those 365 days go from 2017? Everyone asks these questions around this time of year, of course, and I wish I had better answers, but I'm also really proud of what The GATE has done in 2017. It was The GATE's biggest year ever, with the most articles and posts, likes and shares, and I had some incredible adventures too.
Doritos Xbox One controller

Doritos and Mountain Dew are giving away the Xbox One X

Gaming and snacks go together like popcorn and movies, so I have to admit that I had a big smile on my face last night after I got a special delivery from Doritos and Mountain Dew. Waiting for me after I got back from trick-or-treating was a new Xbox One controller with a gift box filled with Mountain Dew and Doritos, all in the name of the Xbox One X.
SickKids VS Limits

Weekly: ‘Stranger Things’ returns, ‘Thor: Ragnorak’, Juno Master Class, Ketel One & SickKids VS Limits

Stranger Things is back! I have a pretty short list of shows that I truly adore, and Stranger Things is right near the top, so I was thrilled when the second season debuted last Friday on Netflix. Now Aisha and I just need to find enough time to watch the rest of it, but I kind of appreciate taking a few weeks to see it all. I'm all for binging now and then, but for some shows it's also nice to take a little time to let a show sink in.
Painting with Visit California

Weekly: Painting California, ‘Frontier’ season 2, director Benedict Andrews & Marvel Micropopz

I look forward to October all year long. I love September, but I know that around the middle of October things slow down just a bit, the weather gets cooler and nicer, and I love a good hot apple cider right about now. This year has felt like summer has crept into fall more than I like, but the weather has been wonderful. I also finally was able to recover from a cold that's stuck with me for more than two weeks.
Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland | Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Photo highlights with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Hand me a new cell phone to try, and I'll probably end up playing with the camera within a few minutes--it's my go-to feature because first and foremost I love taking pictures. The technology on mobile devices has also come a long way in the last five years, and they now offer impressive options compared to a standard camera. So when I had the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to play with for a month, I ended up shooting a lot of photos and videos--over 1300 photos, and close to an hour of video.

Canada and the Edge: Fogo Island & Newfoundland

There is an island on the edge of Canada that is unlike anywhere else in this beautiful country, and it's my new happy place. Fogo Island is just a short ferry ride from Farewell, Newfoundland, but it feels like it's a world away from anything else that you know. The quiet, serene island is a perfect balance of earth and sea, inhabited by kind, welcoming people, and filled with wonders that are often as simple as they are moving.
Mini pumpkins | September highlights

September, and then on to fall

After the film festival has rolled up all the red carpets, I feel like I can usually breathe a sigh of relief and get down to the serious business of enjoying September and fall. It takes a little time after TIFF to really settle down, because there is a lot of content to deal with after the festival, but then I really feel like I can get into my favorite season.