Kevin Vallely: “The Arctic is melting twice as fast as anywhere on Earth”



Kevin Vallely remembers well when he first felt the call of the Arctic. As a child growing up in Montreal, the architect and adventurer’s father would regale him with stories of working as a radio operator in northern Labrador. “It was just a brutal, harsh place, yet strangely enticing and magnificent as well,” says Vallely. … Continue reading Kevin Vallely: “The Arctic is melting twice as fast as anywhere on Earth”


Chris Urquhart: “All travellers are freaks, really”



Few have captured the experience of life on the road as Chris Urquhart has — not the family vacation kind, but the dumpster-diving, punk house-squatting kind. At age 22, Urquhart, the author of Dirty Kids: Chasing Freedom with America’s Nomads, set out to follow young, often homeless, teen and twenty-something travellers across the United States. … Continue reading Chris Urquhart: “All travellers are freaks, really”


Mikael Lindnord: “Arthur has changed everything for me”



Few stories are as timeless as a man and his dog. For Mikael Lindnord and his mongrel, Arthur, the story is one for the ages. Few could have predicted the circumstances that would bring them together: a chance encounter during the 2014 Adventure Racing World Championship in the mountainous jungles of Ecuador. An extreme endurance … Continue reading Mikael Lindnord: “Arthur has changed everything for me”


Eric Drozd: “[We] need curious people to ask the right questions”



Mention the name Eric Drozd in Waterloo Region, and you’re bound to get a reaction. For close to three years, the Mississauga native hosted the Region’s biggest talk radio show on 570 News, drawing callers from across Southwestern Ontario. At 28 years old, Drozd stepped into the host’s chair and carved a lane as a … Continue reading Eric Drozd: “[We] need curious people to ask the right questions”


Keagan Girdlestone: “My chance to live was pretty much zero”



They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle. South Africa’s Keagan Girdlestone is living proof. At 19 years of age in 2016, the Pretoria native was rising fast in the world of cycling, already the youngest ever champion in the history of New Zealand’s Le Race, and a former under-16 national champion in … Continue reading Keagan Girdlestone: “My chance to live was pretty much zero”


Mike Spencer Bown: “If I knew [airport security] any better, I’d have to send them Christmas cards”



Few and far between are those who can lay claim to visiting every country on the planet. Even rarer are the likes who can swap travel stories with Mike Spencer Bown. Having backpacked nonstop since 1990, the Ottawa-born, Calgary-raised Bown has hitchhiked through warzone Iraq and Afghanistan, explored the underground party scenes of Iran and … Continue reading Mike Spencer Bown: “If I knew [airport security] any better, I’d have to send them Christmas cards”


TiRon & Ayomari: “Life is too short to worry about getting it wrong”



In a music industry driven by fitting the mould, TiRon & Ayomari defy easy categorization. Not exactly hip-hop. Not quite R&B. Ditto for indie and pop music. In the midst of this landscape of carefully-curated brands and genres, of target audiences and defined demographics, the Los Angeles-based duo’s music raises a question: can one be … Continue reading TiRon & Ayomari: “Life is too short to worry about getting it wrong”


Emma Cubitt: “[I want] a community where we can all live together”



What if the key to growing a vibrant city isn’t in endless suburbs or more condo projects? What if, instead, it lay right in our backyards? Hamilton’s Emma Cubitt sees big potential in small houses lining the city’s laneways. Along with Good Shepherd Hamilton and the Social Planning and Research Council, Cubitt — a 37-year-old … Continue reading Emma Cubitt: “[I want] a community where we can all live together”


Joe Roberts: “[My experience with] homelessness is the greatest asset I have”



Ask Joe Roberts about the worst part of homelessness, and he’ll tell you it’s not the cold or the rain. It’s the isolation. “You’re seeing a world going on around you, but you’re not actually part of that world,” he says. “[You feel] invisible as you’re sitting on the sidewalk and people are walking by, … Continue reading Joe Roberts: “[My experience with] homelessness is the greatest asset I have”


Sean Stephenson: “Your interpretation is what matters in life”



Sean Stephenson has made a career out of making lemonade. When the Chicago native was born, doctors predicted he would not survive more than 24 hours because of a rare bone disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. “My bones are more fragile than most people, and because of that […] sneezing could break ribs, or putting on a … Continue reading Sean Stephenson: “Your interpretation is what matters in life”