This year’s Toronto International Film Festival has been filled with a lot more opportunities to participate in interesting events that I don’t normally get the time to enjoy. There have been screenings and interviews, but I’ve also been out to a number of unique sessions that have been impressive, especially the OLG Dream Deck at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
If TIFF is at all consistent in any way, it’s the fact that I almost always start my festival experience with a Canadian film interview, and this year it was for the bloody, intelligent, and culturally significant Midnight Madness opening film, Blood Quantum.
Let’s talk about TIFF, shall we? This is my 19th year covering the Toronto International Film Festival, and while it feels slightly different every single time, it’s a great feeling to come back again. Like a friend said to me recently, there’s really nothing like having a press pass to one of the world’s best film festivals.
Toronto, you’re gorgeous. Especially through the lens of the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
What do you need to be productive at work? Coffee sure gets me through the day. How does a Millennial start their day though? A lot of people might say avocado toast and memes.
This summer my family took a road trip to New Brunswick for a little vacation, visiting with my father, and exploring the province for a few days. It was such a great trip, driving over 3,000 km from Toronto to Saint John, and back again that I had to make a video.
If I had the chance, some day I would love to spend the summer at a cabin or in an RV somewhere. Every year I look forward to summer vacation, and nothing really beats getting out of the city for a few days to one of Ontario’s incredible forests, nestled along a lake somewhere.
Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Us, is like nothing you’ve seen before. The director is making horror that is shocking, layered in metaphor, and deeply unsettling. When I got this package of treats in the mail for the film, I have to admit it was pretty damn creepy.
Happy birthday to the Fairmont Royal York! Last night the historic hotel celebrated its 90th birthday with a huge party, showing off the newly renovated lobby and ballrooms while celebrating the hotel’s rich history.
Give me the open road, a reliable car, and some time with my family, and I’m a very happy guy, especially when I get to drive to the east coast from a little time away.