One Night: Two Glamourous Galas – Scrubs in the City vs. Power Ball

Having read British Hello magazines since elementary school, it’s no surprise that dressing up to attend charity galas is of interest. I’m always on top of the Toronto socialite scene to see how I can get in to the most notable events. Early June always seems to schedule Scrubs in the City which benefits the…

Sports in the City

My latest VIP contest win experiences included a Raptors playoff game and Tunnel Club Access for Toronto FC.

A night at the symphony with David Garrett

Have you heard of David Garrett? Neither had I! But I entered a recent contest from Global Morning TV because it involved 2 tickets to a show at Roy Thomson Hall which I thought would be a fun night out. Imagine my surprise when I realized they were front row seats! Furthermore, it wasn’t your…

Best of 2015

2015 has come to a close so it’s time for an annual review of my contest wins….drum roll please…. I won 102 contests, worth over $15,000 in value, last year! This brings my total to close to $100,000 since I first started in 2010! As 2016 begins, I thought I would reflect upon my most…

WMCFW – Wear Canadian Made

After 4 years of fashion shows, I had the quiet confidence that I would manage to win my way in once again. The first collection I saw was Preloved. It’s a brand I had never heard of but has an interesting, and environmentally friendly, concept. Taking clothes that could be destined for a landfill and…

Winter Reading

During the cold winter months, I’m a bit more selective when entering contests. I love curling up with a good book, in the comfort of my warm home, rather than freezing to get to my destination! I’ve discovered there are an abundance of contests to win free books (I’ve won 10 in the past 2…

Shine Bright Like A Diamond!

Sponsored by !Xam Diamonds, FAJO Magazine and DivaGirl Inc. have teamed up to host a stylish event series where fashion savvy patrons can mingle, network and educate themselves about the diamond industry. !Xam Diamonds has a beautiful gallery showroom and offers a number of services including custom design, repairs and engraving. All diamonds are ethically…

Best of 2012

After winning over 200 contests in 2011, my contesting goal for 2012 was “quality over quantity.” This past year, I won 168 contests which resulted in over $21,000 in free entertainment! As 2013 begins, I thought I would reflect upon my most memorable experiences from the past year. January: As the NBA lockout came to a…

The VIA Business Class Experience

I’ve traveled by train in Europe, but GO Transit has been the extent of my train experience in Canada. After receiving a VIA voucher for usage between the Windsor-Québec City corridor, I decided a trip to Montreal was in order! I spoke with VIA’s customer service and, due to a sale, I was able to…

Sceneopolis

What is sceneopolis? It’s a subscription service that helps you experience the best of Toronto’s arts and culture scene. With over 8000 arts and culture organizations, and approximately 160 performing arts events per week, there is always something to do in the city! For $45 a year, sceneopolis member can get discounts on tickets for entertainment as…

It’s Always Something!

This past weekend, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto hosted its 11th annual variety show featuring top Canadian talent in the fields of comedy, music and dance. The Gilda’s Club is named after Gilda Radner, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 1986. I enjoyed the diversity of all of the acts with each adding their own…

Opening Night – Jekyll and Hyde

On November 14, I attended the opening night production of Jekyll & Hyde at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Although it’s no Les Mis, I found it quite entertaining! Former American Idol contestant, Constantine Maroulis is commendable in the title role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I loved the changing set design and found the music…

World MasterCard Fashion Week

Fashion Week in Toronto is always an exciting event and I was thrilled to see what trends are ahead in Spring/Summer 2013! After viewing three shows, it’s clear what everyone will be wearing next year….peplum! Mélissa Nepton’s show featured casual luxury with her silk designs. However, I was most excited to see what Sunny Fong…

Paws for the Cause Gala

I recently attended the 3rd annual fundraiser for Paws for the Cause. This is an organization that raises money for different animal welfare groups and a scholarship, called The Chloe Award,  for a veterinary student at the University of Guelph. The Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic was the chosen benefactor this year. Paws for the…

Jesse Labelle in the Bahamas!

Every trip I’ve won is special and unique in its own way but staying at the Atlantis Resort was pretty fantastic! Upon arrival, my friend and I were given the VIP treatment with a limo ride to the Royal Towers! We also each received a Saint Tropez Toy Watch. Walking into the Atlantis is incredible….

Flare’s World Runway Tour

Tonight was my local stop of Flare’s World Runway Tour. I loved hearing Liz Cabral, Flare’s Fashion Director, speak about upcoming trends (jewel tone eyes, precious hues, vampire glam, all things leather and peplum!) Designers to watch include Christopher Kane and Kenzo. Guests had plenty of appetizers, drinks and received a sweet swag bag upon…

Smirnoff’s Red Door Party

I’ve always seen those commercials advertising exclusive parties (think Coors Light Silver Bullet Express) and wondered what happened. Considering I live in a house with a red door, I thought my odds were good to attend the Smirnoff Red Door Party. A frat house was converted to host the event with Cazzette and Zeds Dead…

#TIFF12

This was my second time attending TIFF and I knew I could do a better job of leveraging contests this year. Twitter was a gem! I was literally in Toronto almost every single day attending a movie, concert or party! Movies – I loved the diversity in all of the films I watched. I ended…

Official CNE Blogger!

To be honest, I hadn’t visited the CNE since childhood. However, when I saw a contest to be an Official CNE Blogger I decided to apply. I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain further blogging experience…particularly while I have some time off! I was tasked to write 3 blog entries and tweet…

Jump for Jamaica!

After Usain Bolt’s sprinting performance at the Olympics, Jamaica has definitely received significant media attention. However, the other cause for celebration was that it celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence on August 6th! Toronto recently held a Jamaica Land We Love Gala which had been designated as an Official Event of Jamaica 50 by the Jamaican…

Beer Me

If you’re over the legal drinking age, step away from the beer pong table and visit  one of the many events featuring alcoholic beverages in this city. I’ve been to the Drinks Show, Wine & Spirit Festival, Chilean Wine Festival and of course the Toronto Festival of Beer. They provide a great opportunity to sample…

Contests for Professional Development

Sure it’s fabulous winning vacations, attending gala events and receiving gift cards…but that’s not exactly going to be pay a mortgage! Hence, I would like to introduce contests for professional development! There are numerous conferences and luncheons held in Toronto which can range from being free to upwards of hundreds of dollars. If your organization…

Hip & Jazzy

The wins have continued and I recently had the opportunity to attend two fabulous concerts! For the first time, I went to the Toronto Jazz Festival and saw Ziggy Marley! There was definitely a diverse crowd who were living out all of their Bob Marley dreams but he put on a great show! I also…

Summer Sports!

It’s a slow sporting season in the GTA; particularly because of the inability for any of Toronto’s teams to make the playoffs (no, Toronto Rock I’m not counting you). Shamefully, I’ve never had as much interest in female sports in comparison to the big 4 professional sport leagues. I was pleasantly surprised when I attended the…

Party Rocking at the MMVA’s!

The MMVA’s is one of the hottest awards shows of the year in Canada. With Justin Bieber in attendance, it definitely was a must-see for all of his Beliebers. I was fortunate enough to win wristbands that allowed me to bypass the line and have prime access to see the performers. After much thought, I…

A Fantastic Father’s Day!

Throughout the year, events or holidays may cause stress about finding the “perfect gift”. Myself? I see it as an opportunity to win contests! There were recently numerous Father’s Day promotions and I was certain that I would win one! To start, I found out that CityLine had an upcoming episode for Father’s Day via…

I’m a cheap date

I’m not a relationship expert, but I am a savvy saver. Whether you’ve broken my heart or we’ve had a memorable encounter, I will use the story for contest submission purposes (without too many identifying details of course!) Recently, I’ve been able to create thoughtful dates through contest wins. First, ask questions. What are his…

Night at the Museum

I attended Friday Night Live at the ROM in May and loved it! #FNLROM is back until November 30th and is a unique experience for those 19+. The museum is transformed into a party with music, drinks and dancing! The galleries are open until 9:30pm while the event continues until 11pm. With only a $10…

May the odds be ever in your favour….FREE MOVIES!

If you happen to live in a major Canadian city, then you must know about the wonder that is advanced movie screenings! There are a lot of contest skeptics, but the odds are in your favour…it’s an entire theatre of winners! Almost all films are screened in advance to show critics and generate publicity. From…

VIP Mother’s Day Experience!

I haven’t been to the Toronto Zoo since elementary school so I was thrilled to win a VIP experience courtesy of Today’s Parent magazine! I received zoo admission for 4, complimentary parking, a private Zoomobile tour of the Zoo and a free luncheon! I was even given a swag bag (A notebook made from recycled…

Top 10 Event

After another contest win, I recently had the opportunity to attend a fantastic event in Toronto. The premise: “10 celebrated people. 10 minutes each on stage. 10 things you should know before you die”. Considering I’m changing careers and searching for a new job, I figured I could use some guidance! I was thrilled to hear the experiences…

Gala-vanting

I can’t resist a good party…particularly if it’s labeled “Gala of the Year” and “Best Dressed” from the National Post. I was thrilled to recently attend the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario’s (POGO) Gala After Party at the Liberty Grand. POGO works to ensure Ontario’s children have access to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment. This year’s theme was…

Hola!

I have to admit, I haven’t fully utilized the call-in radio contests. But when I heard that Q107 was having a promotion on Thursdays of giving away a trip EVERY HOUR, I knew I had to get in on this. It was an instant win for a trip for 2 to an all-inclusive 5-star resort…

I’m Gonna Be A Supermodel

In creeping the internet in search of Toronto Fashion Week tickets, I came across an open casting call for Sunny Fong’s new line VAWKKIN which targets the young fashion forward female. Sunny was a former winner of Project Runway Canada and had previously launched his VAWK line. I submitted a picture and wrote how I…

Spread the Joy!

As my contesting has gained more notoriety with my friends and family, they too have dabbled in entering! By this I mean they ask me where to find contests posted, enter for a week and then stop. However, my mom was fortunate to have a big win courtesy of NEWSTALK 1010. The prize consisted of a stay…

The Lonely Hearts Club

I had already set myself up for Valentine’s Day and was double-booked with Raptors tickets and an advanced screening of Titantic 3D (contest wins of course). When I heard about the Lonely Hearts Club on the John Tory radio show, I was intrigued. I wrote a lil story and didn’t think much about it. John…

Prize Box!

Have you invited me to a birthday? Bridal shower? Baby shower? Wedding? Well, sorry to tell you but chances are that I’ve won your gift. I’m not a hoarder but I won A LOT of stuff in 2011.   Do I need Justin Bieber’s cd? Yes, maybe I kept that one. However, I certainly don’t…

The Sporting Life

Leafs. Raptors. Blue Jays. Argos. Buffalo Bills. UFC Fan Expo. Indy. Memorial Cup. Tennis. Soccer. Is this an episode of SportsCentre? No, these are just some of the events I’ve won tickets to. I have an open mind when it comes to contests. Since this is free entertainment, it has exposed me to events that I…

Show and Tell

Living in the GTA, it’s definitely a hub for the largest trade shows in Canada. There is literally an event for just about anything you can imagine. Green Living, Baking & Sweets, Beer, Wine & Spirit, Clothing and Travel are just a few of the shows that I attended throughout the year. I even took…

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

“We’re looking for Canada’s savviest saver. Are you an extreme couponer? Has your family discovered the secret to stretching every dollar? Share your story and tips and you might be on the show!” After reading this on the Marilyn Denis Show website, I knew I had to write about my contesting experience. I was excited…

TIFF

As a lifetime resident of the GTA, I had never attended one of the hottest events of the year…the Toronto International Film Festival! Obviously, I decided to win my way there. I won tickets for 3 screenings; including a gala premiere. I also won a SKYY Vodka TIFF gift basket. Due to TIFF’s numerous sponsors,…

Two of everything, but no I’m not a Gemini

After a last minute contest win through CBC Live on Twitter, my friend and I had the opportunity to attend the Gemini Awards in Toronto. This is an annual event which celebrates television broadcasting in Canada (aka our version of the Emmy’s). We hobnobbed with the celebs and watched the entire show. Who wouldn’t want to…

Lovestruck

I came across a contest from a notable Canadian wedding magazine that asked you to write about a “lovestruck” moment in order to win a Vera Wang prize pack. Am I married? No Was I engaged? No Did I have a boyfriend? No Who won? ME Even I was a bit shocked at winning as…

Divine Intervention: Cuban Style

This was my most bittersweet win as I still remember seeing I had 2 voice mails. The first was from my mom saying my Grandpa’s health was not going to improve and I had to get to the hospital. The second was from 24 Hours newspaper telling me I had won a trip to Cuba. Divine…

Front Row!

London. Milan. Paris. New York. Toronto? Yes, Toronto also has its own Fashion Week and it’s actually quite impressive! My friend and I were fortunate enough to sit front row for the Line Knitwear show through a MasterCard Twitter contest. Trendy wannabe fashionistas emerged from their winter hibernation which left me feeling quite inadequate in my…

I’m smart and now I have a phone.

The random winnings continued in 2011. I’m not ashamed to say that I did spend one Friday night at a Disney Live show. However, my current phone was embarrassing and I began a mission to win one. This was my first contest which involved being judged against written material. My winning entry: Winning the Nokia…

I Heart Cali

I discovered that social media was key to supplementing my wins. During the holidays, Virgin Mobile Canada had a 12 Days of Giveaways promotion. What did you have to do to enter? Simply, “like” a window through Facebook. This second of hard work resulted in winning a 2-night trip to LA. I flew with Virgin American and…

Socialiting

I continued the winning streak of free movies, tickets to plays, gift cards, and professional sporting events. Yet, this was the first party I ever attended via winning. My first thought at being presented a mask upon arrival? This is a très Gossip Girl moment. Posh desserts + upscale drinks + Toronto’s elite = A solid Wednesday…

VIP Style

I started off my magical contesting experience with numerous advanced movie screenings, a dinner gift certificate, Blue Jays tickets, and a family pass to Canada’s Wonderland. However, this was the first time I got the VIP treatment! We had boxed seats for the Disco Lemonade tour at Molson Amphitheatre. With a concert name like that, I…