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.

Marilyn Ann Powell

Saying goodbye to my mother

My earliest memories of my mother, Marilyn, are when I was three or four and my parents and I were living in a basement apartment in Saint John. We would later move to a little village an hour’s drive away, to be with my grandparents, but in Saint John my mother was naturally the centre of my universe, and I still remember how she helped build up my love for things that would always be important to me. She was nurturing and caring, and she loved her family and friends deeply.

New Brunswick blueberry field

Once upon a time in New Brunswick

You may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around here. Not that long ago I was bustling my way through TIFF, but a day after it was over, I had to get myself to New Brunswick where I’ve been working ever since. It’s coming up on two weeks that I’ve been here, and the adventure continues for another week before I head back to Toronto.

Jack 'O

The Great Pumpkin

There are lots of other updates I want to post–now that the wedding is over and time has slowed down a bit–but for now I had to post a photo from my evening in. Aisha and I carved us up a little friend we decided to call Jack ‘O while we watched Evil Dead 2 (It just ain’t Halloween without Bruce Campbell.)