Street Art: London

Many urban cities across Canada and around the world feature street art of one kind or another.

London is one of these cities. Located a couple of hours in between Toronto and Detroit, London is a city that is “stuck in the middle.” Recently, while in London, I had the opportunity to walk around the city that is home to the University of Western Ontario and the London Knights.

Here are some photos of the amazing street art found in London, Ontario.

Episode #74: Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro is one of Toronto’s foremost experts on baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays. His work has appeared in Sportsnet and Jays Journal. He can also be heard on radio stations across Canada. On the Blue Jays 2017 home opener, Ari and I sat down inside Pacific Junction Hotel to chat about your Toronto Blue Jays!

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Street Art: Hamilton

Many urban cities across Canada and around the world feature street art of one kind or another.

In my first of this series: “Street Art: City” I present Hamilton, ON. Hamilton was known as Steel Town at point in time. At other times it has been known as the armpit of Canada. Today, Hamilton is known as the home of a world class university, hundreds of water falls, beautiful hiking and of being an affordable place to live not so far from Toronto.

 

Episode #73: Ameet Nathwani

Ameet Nathwani had an improbable journey from dropping out of the University of Toronto to being the Creative Director and co-founder of Canadian e-commerce mattress company, Endy Sleep.

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #71: Dawn Cuthbertson

Dawn Cuthbertson is a Managing Editor for the Global News website. In journalism for nearly 12 years, Dawn started out as a newspaper reporter with stints at The Observer in Sarnia, Ont., The Kingston Whig-Standard and Windsor Star before moving online with Microsoft, AOL and Huffington Post.

Dawn Cuthbertson with Karim Kanji

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Escape Station

You’ve by now heard about the phenomenon known as Escape Rooms. Well, I finally went to my first escape room experience in Toronto on Friday night. And it was amazing!

Escape Station is located 2252 Queen Street East near Victoria Park in the Beaches area of Toronto. It features four distinct rooms each with a different level of difficulty. Knowing that there  was going to be 5 people much smarter than me I thought I’d go ahead and book the toughest room. A level five room with a success rate of a measly 3%!

The goal was to stop an alien attack on Toronto by shutting down the power source of the alien space ship.

How did we do? We were probably 10-15 away from accomplishing the mission.

Who am I kidding?! Without the 4 timely clues given to us we probably would not have accomplished even half of the tasks. But a fun time was had by all of us.

Check out Escape Station!

Episode #70: Zain Velji

In this episode Zain Velji and I discuss:

  • The 2017 Alberta provincial budget
  • The changing demographics of Alberta that has led to progressive mayors in Edmonton and Calgary and the NDP in Alberta
  • The Alberta Advantage
  • The Alt-Right in Canada
  • The “secret” to Naheed Nenshi’s electoral victory in 2010
  • And so much more!

Zain Velji and Karim Kanji

Zain Velji is an innovator, strategist, communicator and community volunteer and is the Vice President of Strategy at Northweather.

Before joining Northweather, Zain spent three years at Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a Senior Campaign Strategist specializing in campaign strategy, grassroots advocacy and behavioural economics.

Zain is the co-creator and host of the highly-rated political podcast, The Strategists which dissects the strategies of political campaigns, parties and governments and is the inspiration of the CBC Television and Radio panel of the same name.

Recorded in Calgary, Alberta.

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Episode #69: Raina Douris

Raina Douris is the award-winning radio host of CBC Radio 2 in the mornings. In today’s episode we talk about Raina’s career in radio from Ryerson to Q107 to getting fired from Corus and then leading the start-up Indie88 to now being the morning host on CBC Radio2 national morning show.

Raina Douris | Karim Kanji

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Parks, parks, parks

Today is good news for fans of parks in Canada. More specifically this good news is brought to you by two amazing people I personally know.

parkrun Canada

While living in Basingstoke, England, my brother, Aneez would rave about this community initiative that was all the rage called parkrun. He described it as a weekly 5km fun run that takes place in local parks. It’s not a race but more of a community gathering centered around running.

After weeks (probably months) of work Aneez announced that parkrun was now coming to Whitby (where Aneez now lives).

parkrun whitby

Park People

Today the little independent Toronto-based charity that my wife, Minaz, works for officially goes national. In Calgary, Park People is currently hosting the Heart Of The City Conference (Shaping The Future Of City Parks In Canada). I describe Park People as an organization that works with local neighbourhoods and helps the people there to animate and use their parks in an inclusive way.

Why are these two events important? Well, to me it’s obvious. Parks are public spaces. Like libraries and community centres. They are places for friends and family to gather and enjoy. For parents and kids to enjoy a summer afternoon in. For kids to hangout and play tag in. For picnics and parties. For independent arts and bazaar sales. For Scout meetings and community-built outdoor ice rinks. For running and parkour. Parks are the places where we can find the heartbeat of a community and neighbourhood. They are worth building, cleaning, animating, using and growing. Neighbourhoods without parks are not neighbourhoods.

Congrats to Minaz, Aneez, parkrun Canada and Park People!