I Interviewed a 103-Year-Old About Living Forever

Then 101-years-old, Kitty Cohen becomes the oldest Canadian to throw the first pitch at a professional baseball game.

How Instagram Made Me a Better Photographer

In early May of 2011, I posted my first photo to Instagram. It was a shot of my then-girlfriend-now-wife, sun-drenched, waiting for the streetcar. In truth, a typical shot for any Torontonian waiting for the lacklustre TTC. That photo hasn't received any likes. I'm not sure how many people followed me at that point. Probably null,…

Before You Say “I Do,” Travel the World with Your Lover

"Take that person [you love] and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world…. And if when you come back to JFK and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” That nugget of pure wisdom is from none other…

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The Great Distraction: Watering Down the Power of the Internet

We all love a good distraction. I’m pretty sure that’s why social networks were invented. I’m pretty sure that’s why BuzzFeed and Kim Kardashian have colossal followings. That's why there are soap operas, One Direction and Kanye West. They're entertaining. They're distracting. But for Christ’s sake, it has come to a boiling point. Over the…

What I’ve Learned Inside a Tattoo Shop

Tattoo shops can be intimidating places. Here’s the oxymoron about tattoos: it’s an uber-personal thing that is, in turn, public. What I mean is, your choice of tattoo, be it a skull on fire or a unicorn shitting rainbows, is a form of self-expression. It’s a very personal choice. And that personal choice is then…

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The Return of the Barbershop

Exactly two years ago I wrote a feature story for this very magazine about growing a beard. It highlighted the return of the beard with a-listers like Tom Hardy, that teddy bear Galifianakis and even pretty boy Ryan Gosling who were all rocking some fur on the cheeks. Now the beard is omnipresent. (Little known…

Bye-Bye Fact Checkers. And Fact.

By RYAN BOLTON “Whoa, Banksy just got arrested!” my co-worker, Eugene, yells out, astonished. Two minutes later, the story popped up on my Facebook feed. We couldn’t believe it. The elusive street artist wasn’t so elusive anymore. But we didn’t need to believe it. It was a hoax. That didn’t stop the thousands of shares,…

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Skateboarding is Creativity

Skateboarding isn’t a crime. It’s a creative outlet. Creativity, like passion, is one of those things that you can’t teach. You can teach formulas for copywriting. You can teach proper brushstrokes in art class. You can teach someone how to kickflip. But the true essence—the creativity—behind these teachable skills isn’t taught. It’s either there or…

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Meet DJ M-Rock

A recent article I shot and wrote for blogTO. DJ M-Rock loves the hustle of the game. Getting his start in '99, M-Rock got serious after getting fired from his advertising job in 2008. Ever since, it has been a steady flow of DJ battles, mixtapes, some producing and of course, straight-up DJing. Having rubbed shoulders with…

Hank & I

I haven’t been able to write a lot lately because I’ve put myself into a sort of self-perpetuated writer’s block. I feel that I would be writer’s blocked if I’d attempt to write, so I don’t attempt. Odd and foolish? Agreed. So, I’ve decided to write about Hank, my dog. He’s cute. I can’t write. Why…