First, what about you?
Like you, I want to reach other people and inspire them in some way…and I’m here to help.
I’ve helped people and organizations like CBC, The Peakbaggers, and CrossFit gyms better reach their audiences and engage.
I have over 10 years of experience as a Radio Host and Producer, including a Masters in Media Production. I currently Host and Produce Tiny Conversations and occasionally Guest Host for CBC Radio 3.
I love helping people and brands connect using Social Media. I recently did this for the CBC Beetle Roadtrip Sessions, which won a Canadian Screen Award. I believe digital media is best when creating authentic conversations.
A blog of photos and reviews of coffee and roasters from all over the world.
A podcast featuring small discussions on big ideas. I Host and Produce the weekly episodes and manage all digital promotions, including website maintenance.
A blog about my relationship with Andrea Wrobel - the ups, downs, and in-betweens. An experiment in self expression.
This ongoing, interactive installation aims to repurpose everyday, forgotten, and thrown-away items. Participants are encouraged to write on 1 of 1,078 disposed coffee cups and have their photo taken for display, thus reappropriating unnecessary waste and provoking a dialogue about consumption. This is the first step in collecting 1.2 million cups. Disposable first appeared at […]
A 21-day promotional tour for CBC sponsored by Volkswagen. The tour, hosted by Grant Lawrence, went from Vancouver to Toronto stopping in cities to film music videos and interviews with local bands. Bands included The Sheepdogs, Sam Roberts, and Metric. As Tour Manager I was responsible for all logistic and financial elements on the road, […]
Academy of Lions Radio is a regular talk-show about the intersection of athletes and arts. Every episode explores the journey that is self-development, adventure and play. I am the Producer and co-host with Fitness Director, Dhani Oks. Prominent guests include musician Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene and worldwide kettlebell instructor Shawn Mozen.
This interactive art installation is a reminder of the potential of public spaces to connect people with one another and create a sense of community. Commissioned for the City of Toronto & Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche 2012, it involved typewriters, computers, projections, and eight translucent cylinders. It was curated by Helena Reckitt and Paul Vet assisted with the technical elements.
In the Winter of 2012 I was the Host and Producer for The Banff Centre Podcasts. This series was focused on telling the incredible stories of The Banff Centre. There I got to interview high-profile artists like Dallas Green of City and Colour and Jill Barber. Through interviews with artists in all disciplines, various editing techniques, writing […]
This podcast series was used as the production element in my Masters Thesis from Ryerson University. Well Versed showcases how production choices, from sound-effects to music, can be used to influence audiences. My Masters in Media Production was completed September, 2010. Well Versed is currently seeking funding for another season.
This interactive installation creates a public space where personal messages are given and received. words, normally reserved for loved-ones, are type-written on postage tags and hung from a tree. Passers-by are encouraged to take a message for themselves and use the supplied type-writer and tags to write and hang their own message. Neighbourhood Messages has […]
Babel was a weekly summer radio series that aired across Canada on CBC Radio during the months of June, July and August 2012. Host Mariel Borelli explored the impact of diversity, technology, and community on Canadian English. I was responsible for sound design, social media, and production work. I sourced show music, developed regular segment intros […]
Revolution Mural is an interactive installation commissioned by TEDx Youth for their conference in Toronto on Nov 17, 2012. the piece is a sculpture made of repurposed wood that forms the conference’s theme/logo “Revolution”. the letters totalled a size of sixteen feet wide, 1.5 feet tall, and 3 inches thick. they were mounted on 4 […]
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A new year, another opportunity to reflect and look forward. Admittedly I would have found this kind of task cheesy, cliché and something I simply didn't want to do only a few years ago. In that short time what I have learned, from reading authors like Seth Godin and Austin Kleon is that goal setting - the hyper-specific, actionable, measurable kind - is extremely important to getting things done and making progress in the world. My romantic partner of one-and-a-half years (who is now also my business partner) is someone who reflects and sets goals. She is also someone who gets stuff done. ...Read More
Last night was the first Mayoral Debate for the 2014 City of Toronto election and it was a hot mess. The whole thing came across as a yelling match between the candidates and an embarrassment to the city. It was hard to understand their platforms (if any) and easy to see that all 5 of these potential Mayors are frustrated. I blame the format of the debate above all else. (watch footage here) City TV, hosts of the televised and live-streamed debate, conducted the whole thing in the following format: 1 minute for each candidate to answer a question, followed by 3 minutes ...Read More
Recently I've been hearing the word "supercouple" more and more. Specifically, in reference to me and my partner Andrea Wrobel. In addition to other things, her and I run a website called One Thousand Dates. There we share the story of our relationship, one date at a time. It's purpose is to inspire both us and others to create, connect, and explore, always with the goals of self-improvement. When I first heard someone call us a supercouple the term fell in to place naturally. I don't say this conceitedly, I say this with modesty. I feel privileged to have met someone ...Read More
**Originally appeared on the Canadian Women's Foundation blog - Mar 6, 2014. Trigger warning.** I'm reading online comments in Broken Pencil's Deathmatch, a tournament-style short-story competition, and I'm getting fed up with hearing responses like, "he’s gonna mount you like a blow-up doll," and commenters calling others "sugar-tits." When my partner, Andrea Wrobel, was the only female writer to make it into the semi-finals I noticed that many of the comments became personal attacks against her and seemed to suggest she was too young and naïve for the competition. When other stories were criticized for sexism, misogyny, or promoting racial stereotypes those ...Read More
I am a broadcaster, installation artist, audio producer, and writer. I have a curious mind and intense passion for connecting with people. This has lead me to a varied path of doing work for organizations like CBC, The City of Toronto, and The Banff Centre. I have a Masters in Media Production from Ryerson University and have spent over 10 years producing Radio and working in print Journalism. Often you’ll find me riding my bike around Toronto, drinking coffee, and lifting heavy things.
In all the work that I do I aspire for one thing, to motivate others to live better lives. I hope that audiences leave my work being stimulated and influenced in a positive way. I believe that art can transcend barriers and prejudices and I hope that my work challenges audiences to think differently by exposing them to unexpected realizations.
I attempt to do this by creating immersive experiences that transport the audience. I often look to analog elements and their juxtaposition with digital culture and audio creations to do this. I find that the tactile nature of analog elements both inviting and striking, while audio has a particularly immersive quality. I like to work around themes of positivity, love and beauty, and community and neighborhoods; using inspirations of natural elements to influence my choices. I get excited when aspects of my work challenge preconceived notions.
I find these ideas exciting because I am constantly struggling with the challenge of self-discovery amidst societal expectations of gender and sexual orientation. My current work is either telling exceptionally motivating stories or trying to connect people by creating a sense of community. I struggle with mental confusion and depression as a result of a brain tumor that was removed in 1992. I try to infuse the positive messages I want to hear into my work as a way to create world I want to live in. I hope to challenge social conventions so audiences may truly discover their own potential.