Girls Night In with Cityline

Back in April, Cityline had a call out for sharing stories about your best friend for its annual “Girls Night In” episode. I wrote a quick spiel about how my friend Karen and I celebrated our 30th birthday by going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (because what could be more magical than that!?!) I…

Sweet Escape to Casino Rama

I was fortunate enough to win the Sweet Escape to Casino Rama from CHUM FM! Casino Rama is less than 2 hours from Toronto. Yet, it felt like a “real” getaway escaping the bustling city for scenic lakes and small town life. Entering the hotel, I was impressed at how beautiful the lobby was and…

Best of 2016

2016 has come to a close so it’s time for an annual review of my contest wins….drum roll please…. I won 74 contests, worth close to $17,000 in value, last year! This brings my total to over $113,000 since I first started in 2010! As 2017 begins, I thought I would reflect upon my most…

Sports in the City – Summer Season

The Raptors season may have finished before making the NBA Finals, but there was still plenty to do this summer sportwise in the GTA. First stop, the RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. I had never seen PGA golf before and had no idea what to expect…but it was…

Powering Performance with Team BMW and Mark de Jonge!

I’m a big sports fan and when the Olympics come around I’m always excited to see how Canadian athletes perform! BMW Canada recently held a contest for a VIP experience with one of the athletes they sponsor and I was fortunate enough to win the prize featuring kayaker Mark de Jonge! What did it include?…

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…

TIFF15

I’m late to the game, but I did attend TIFF15. I suppose my tardy post was related to not having an exceptional festival experience. Although, it would be hard to compete with 2014 when I met Dan Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley on my favourite show Downton Abbey! This year, my one and only world premiere…

TO2015 – The Pan Am Games

Toronto was in the sport spotlight recently as it hosted the Pan Am Games earlier this month. With 41 nations participating, it’s the third largest international multi-sport Games (bigger than the Winter Olympics!) and is held every 4 years. Although much attention was focused on the infamous HOV lanes, the magnitude of this 16-day event…

Queen4Day with West Queen West

For Mother’s Day, the West Queen West Business Improvement Area association held a contest to win a shopping spree! I was fortunate enough to be the grand prize winner of $1000 to spend at some of Toronto’s finest shops with my mom! For those that aren’t aware, West Queen West is a 2km stretch that runs…

Power Ball Toronto

Excess was in at this year’s version of Power Ball! This is an annual event held to benefit The Power Plant ; a contemporary art gallery in Toronto. Edible art installations, giant gymnastics costumes, pictures of dogs and  inflatable pools with balls were just a few of the random sights to see (and this is…

Pirates Cove at Ripley’s Aquarium

ProAction Cops & Kids is a fabulous initiative which partners officers with youth in the community. Founded in 1991, it provides programs such as sports, camping, arts and life skills. Mentoring between cops and kids is also encouraged. Today, there are chapters across Toronto, Durham, Niagara and Hamilton. I had the opportunity to recently attend…

WMCFW – Fall 2015

For once, it would be nice if it wasn’t freezing cold during World MasterCard Fashion Week. Alas, as it’s held in March and October in Toronto, it’s usually unlikely. However, it’s still a fabulous change of scenery to mingle with the city’s glitterati and see the latest trends (plus score some great freebies!) MasterCard had…

#IndigoTweetNGreet at Lisa Marie

Indigo Events, an active social media presence via Twitter @indigogreenroom, recently began its #IndigoTweetNGreet. The idea: A social experiment with 10 randomly selected winners attending a dinner (no plus 1!) at a trendy city location. What happens when strangers meet over a 3-hour dinner? It’s not an episode of The Bachelor, but plenty of laughter…

The Luxe Life: Monte Carlo Inn Review

The R.I.D.E. Checks Program: That time of year police officers brave the bitter cold to search for impaired drivers and make sure our roads are safe. Lucky for me, they also had a contest involved. Through a simple Rafflecopter form, I followed Ride Check on Twitter and entered the giveaway. They also had a Twitter…

Glitz and Glam – Toronto’s Charity Gala Scene

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of attending some of Toronto’s hottest events…for free of course! Think of it as Canada’s very own version of Gossip Girl. Glamourous, fashionable and full of (wannabe) socialites. First, Cocktail by Design. Eleven dining settings were created by notable Canadian designers such as Sarah…

Best of 2014

2014 has come to a close so it’s time for an annual review of my contest wins….drum roll please…. I won 107 contests, worth over $13,000 in value, last year! This brings my total to greater than $80,000 since I first started in 2010! As 2015 begins, I thought I would reflect upon my most…

Priceless Surprises with the Toronto Raptors

I am a huge Toronto Raptors fan! Even through all of those losing years, I’ve still supported. In the past, I’ve been fortunate enough to win season’s tickets (the lockout season) and last year I won seats in the 2nd row (right after the Rudy Gay trade where they got blown out but it was…

Tour and Lunch with the Brampton Fire Department

Of course it’s fun to win the “big” prizes, but sometimes it’s all about the “experience”…something that money can’t necessarily buy. I recently had the opportunity to spend the day with the Brampton Fire department. Bright and early, we met at the Fire/Life Safety Education Centre. Numerous school groups visit throughout the year learning about…

Canadian Collections – WMCFW

World MasterCard Fashion Week: My second favourite time of year in Toronto after TIFF. When else can you feel like a celebrity as you watch fabulous runway shows?!? This year’s WMCFW version was another notable time! On Tuesday, I saw Melissa Nepton’s collection. First, I did a run through at the vendors to find the…

Ontario Wine Awards Tour

On a crisp fall day, I had the pleasure of attending the Ontario Wine Awards VIP winery tour. Hosted by one of Canada’s most notable wine writer’s, Tony Aspler, the day included a private tasting and luncheon! Our first stop was the Mike Weir Winery. For those who aren’t aware, Mike Weir is one of…

#TIFF14

Ohhh TIFF. That magical time of year when Toronto thrives in the spotlight and mass excitement is caused due to the presence of an abundance of celebrities. It’s gotten increasingly difficult to dominate TIFF as I have in the past. There are more users on Twitter that know to follow the hashtag with the words…

The Close of SkyRider at Canada’s Wonderland

Visiting Canada’s Wonderland is a ritual each summer for many families in the GTA. I hadn’t been since last year, so I thought I was due, and entered after seeing an online giveaway. After almost 30 years, the infamous stand-up roller coaster SkyRider was set to close on September 1st. The prize: Two tickets to…

Zip Line at the CNE!

I’ve been a fan of the CNE ever since I was an Official Blogger a couple years ago. This year, I obviously entered a few contests to win my entry and was pleasantly surprised with the result! First, I won 2 general admission passes and 2 zip line passes from President’s Choice on Twitter. At…

Open Roof Festival

I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Open Roof Festival the past 2 weeks and just had to write about it! Located at 99 Sudbury Street, in Liberty Village, it’s a fantastic way to watch a film! Not only do you get to see a movie, there’s music beforehand as well! Beer and wine can…

Smashfest

On a beautiful Thursday night, I made the trek to Toronto for a fabulous event called Smashfest. Started by Dominic Moore, it’s an annual fundraiser that raises money for concussion and rare cancer research. Why the name? Well, attendees get the chance to mingle with current and former NHL players….and watch them aspire for ping-pong…

Tweet for Meat with Longo’s

A couple of months ago, I scheduled a family BBQ for 20+ guests. Never one to to be in the kitchen, I figured I would hope for the best and wing it. Several weeks after sending the invite, I found out that I had won a #tweetformeat contest from Longo’s. Amazing! I was overwhelmed with…

Summerlicious

Summerlicious: that glorious time of year where you can dine at some of Toronto’s top restaurants at a discount. With over 200 places to choose from, every culinary option is available to satisfy your craving. Lunches are priced from $15-$25 and dinners are $25-$45 per person for a three-course meal. Notable.ca has a fabulous contest right…

Pants Off for Prostate Cancer

Pants Off for Prostate Cancer is a unique event where guests are encouraged to leave their pants at the door and come join the party…all while raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada. 1 in 7 Canadian men will have prostate cancer in their lifetime; however, if caught early, survival rate is over 90%! I attended…

John Legend: On stage for the All Of Me Tour

I’ve been a John Legend fan for years and am so thrilled about his mainstream success with the hit song “All Of Me” (my fav song of 2014!) I had never seen him in concert before but had entered a contest via 95.3 FreshFM to win tickets…which included a meet and greet! My friend and…

Moving Fashion Forward

In the chilly weather, the fashion tents serve as a sign of spring as Toronto’s glitterati check out upcoming trends. This year, I only went to 2 shows as I was heading to Vegas (not a contest win, but I still scored some deals!). There were numerous tickets available by searching “WMCFW” with the words…

Best of 2013

2013 has come to a close so it’s time for an annual review of my contest wins….drum roll please…. I won 213 contests, worth over $25,000 in value, last year! This brings my total to greater than $70,000 since I first started in 2010! As 2014 begins, I thought I would reflect upon my most…

Glitz and Glam

Toronto is host to numerous parties every week; most people just don’t know about them! After attending 4 over the course of 7 days, with a weekend at The Hazelton Hotel between, it was an incredible stretch of winning! It started at the Sassafraz in Yorkville. Chivas 1801 held a night full of music, by…

The Hazelton Hotel

For the first time, I experienced the luxury of a 5-star hotel! After winning a Twitter contest from CTV’s The Social, I received a romance package at The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto! After dropping the car off with our complimentary valet parking and checking-in, we eagerly went up to the third floor with eager anticipation…and…

WMCFW with Tammy Sutton-Brown

I always wonder how I will top another WMCFW event. From attending the closing night party to being a model myself, I’ve had some fabulous experiences! This year was no different; I had the pleasure of watching the sold-out Mackage and Joe Fresh shows with Tammy Sutton-Brown! After a distinguished collegiate career at Rutgers University,…

Polaris Music Prize

Considering I’m a huge Drake fan, I can’t say that I’m an indie music expert. However, it is refreshing to hear new bands that aren’t on my standard radio playlist. The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours Canadian albums without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation or sales history (the anti-Juno’s!)…

TIFF13

TIFF. The most magical time of year for Twitter contesting in Toronto. Every day you can search TIFF win, TIFF contest, TIFF giveaway, and whatever else you fancy to determine which freebies are available. Despite Twitter copycats, and the busy job search, I still had my share of wins. Here’s a non-movie critic review of…

Let’s Go To The Ex!

After being an Official Blogger for the CNE in 2012, I had to visit again with my free tickets! Of course, it was delightful as always. The shopping was similar to last year with the Arts and Crafts venue and International Market the best places to find unique finds! In terms of attractions, I watched…

Toronto Tourist for the Day!

I have won hundreds of contests and this blog discusses only a small portion. Nevertheless, on occasion, I’ll combine contest wins to create an ultimate experience. Here’s what happened: My mom was my lucky guest who I invited to take part in playing a Toronto tourist for the day! To start, we attended a 2…

Beat Your Boss with K-Lite FM

On occasion, I’ll take suggestions from friends and family to try and win tickets for a particular activity or event.  At my brother’s request, I’ve won him entry to Tim McGraw, Swedish House Mafia and Canada’s Wonderland (just to name a few).  He also came with me on a free trip to Cuba but that’s…

A Passion for Life – Tony Robbins

I’m always talking about positive vibes and living your best life. When I heard Tony Robbins was coming to Toronto, of course I had to try and win tickets! I first heard him speak at Oprah’s Lifeclass in Toronto last year and was blown away by his techniques. The numbers speak for themselves: he has…

Lolë White Yoga Tour

Although I watch a ridiculous amount of professional sports, yoga is my exercise of choice. Chatelaine had a contest for a VIP yoga experience so I obviously entered! Guests were treated to an incredible yoga practice at the Chopra Yoga Center in downtown Toronto. Upon arrival, we received freebies. This also included a  Lolë yoga mat, shirt…

Toronto Marathon of Sport

Sure, everyone knows what a marathon is….but have you ever heard of the Marathon of Sport? This is a unique event which is organized by Motionball; an organization which raises awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. Special Olympians join every team, of approximately 10 members, with each group in the Toronto event raising a…

Maximize Your Life

I was fortunate enough to attend Jillian Michaels last show on her Maximize Your Life tour in Toronto! Having never watched an episode of The Biggest Loser, I had no idea what she was going to talk about for 2+ hours but the time flew by! Jillian first focused on diet and gave numerous tips….

Jillian Michaels at Chatelaine

I’ve always been a fan of Jillian Michaels and have worked out to a couple of her DVD’s in the past. When Chatelaine had a contest to meet her, of course I had to enter! Upon arrival guests were treated to David’s Tea, Popchips, Bottlegreen drinks and benourished Green Alkalizer. We then entered the Chatelaine…

Stars on Ice

For over 10 years, I would skate for one hour a week through my local recreation program. Ideally, I would have liked to have joined a figure skating club in order to better hone my skills yet financial considerations prevented this opportunity.  Nevertheless, I eventually passed the entire skating program on my $30 used Bauer skates….

Comic Vision Toronto

Close your eyes. Now, imagine having to complete all of your daily tasks. Over 1 million Canadians are living with blindness or significantly impaired vision. This number is expected to increase due to Canada’s aging population. Age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts are just a few examples of the causes of vision loss….

Ancient PROM

Every year, the Young Patrons Circle (YPC) hosts their marquee event: PROM! The YPC are young professionals who, by making a philanthropic gift, enjoy an all-access pass to private events and networking opportunities throughout the year at the Royal Ontario Museum. This year’s affair, entitled Ancient PROM, was hosted by MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and CP24’s Gurdeep…

Flare and H&M’s Conscious Collection Shopping Event

Cupcakes, cocktails and clothes at a discount? A great combo in my books! Flare and H&M recently hosted their Conscious Collection Shopping Event in Toronto. It was to launch Conscious Exclusive; H&M’s new Hollywood-inspired party wear line. What makes these items unique? Materials used include organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled polyamide and Tencel. It’s all…