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Michel Chikwanine: “It’s a miracle that I’m here”



Michel Chikwanine didn’t set out to tell his story. Memories of being held captive as a child soldier, witnessing his native Congo go through two civil wars in the late 1990s, and fleeing with his family to become refugees in Uganda were painful ones to revisit, much less retell. Some stories, however, are too powerful … Continue reading Michel Chikwanine: “It’s a miracle that I’m here”


Chris Burkard: “Be willing to take risks, even if you fail”



At 32 years old, Chris Burkard is still learning. The self-taught photographer and Pismo Beach, California native has become one of the most prominent storytellers of the social media age, amassing over 3 million Instagram followers with his stunning landscape shots from around the world. He has become a published author eight times over, a … Continue reading Chris Burkard: “Be willing to take risks, even if you fail”


Loizza Aquino: “Conversation can save a life”



At just 18 years of age, Loizza Aquino has already found her life’s mission. An 11-time award winning mental health advocate, Aquino — a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba — is the founder of Peace of Mind, a nonprofit comprised of young people working to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health. For Aquino, the cause is … Continue reading Loizza Aquino: “Conversation can save a life”


Stéphane Grenier: “When we talk about trauma, we always want to look for the smoking gun”



Few careers can be as fraught with potential for post-traumatic stress as the armed forces. Stéphane Grenier knows better than most. A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Grenier spent 29 years in the Canadian military, during which time he spent nine months in Rwanda alongside Roméo Dallaire during one of the worst genocides in modern history. “General … Continue reading Stéphane Grenier: “When we talk about trauma, we always want to look for the smoking gun”


Beatchild: “Why would I rush my art?”



When it comes to sheer versatility, few in the Canadian music industry can hold a candle to Beatchild. The Toronto-based artist and Sarnia native has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Shad, and Melanie Durrant, while proving his chops not only as an emcee, but also as a producer and multi-instrumentalist. On 2018’s Heavy Rockin’ Steady, … Continue reading Beatchild: “Why would I rush my art?”


Amy Tunstall: “The crazy ideas are always the best ones”



A lot can change in a year. Amy Tunstall is living proof. In February of 2017, she had sought help for depression and anxiety. In the past twelve months alone, the Niagara-raised Tunstall has hiked the Bruce Trail, raising over $3,000 for her home branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association; fought one of the … Continue reading Amy Tunstall: “The crazy ideas are always the best ones”


Matt Falk: “No healthy person is seeking the affirmation of strangers night after night”



Matt Falk was born to do comedy. A stand-up coming from Niverville, Manitoba, Falk has been performing on stages ever since the first high school talent shows where he was handed a microphone. “I was that kid in school who was constantly trying to get attention. I was the class clown, but the annoying class … Continue reading Matt Falk: “No healthy person is seeking the affirmation of strangers night after night”


Hilaree Nelson O’Neill: “If you’ve never experienced fear and faced it, you’re not living”



Dubbed one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports by Outside magazine and “the matriarch of mountaineering” by the Seattle Times, Hilaree Nelson O’Neill has seen her fair share of expeditions. Born in the Pacific Northwest, Nelson O’Neill has piled up a list of accomplishments over a 20-year career that would put … Continue reading Hilaree Nelson O’Neill: “If you’ve never experienced fear and faced it, you’re not living”


Mario Rigby: “Anything is possible, really”



For all the planning that went into walking across Africa, Mario Rigby realized the enormity of his task at 30,000 feet in the air, en route from Toronto to Cape Town via Amsterdam. The Turks and Caicos-born personal trainer and amateur explorer was about to embark on a two-year journey from South Africa to Egypt, … Continue reading Mario Rigby: “Anything is possible, really”


Eric Koreen: “We’re interesting creatures, sometimes”



Eric Koreen has a job most sports fans would only dream of: covering the Toronto Raptors for a living. For the past decade, Koreen’s columns for the National Post, VICE Sports, and The Athletic have earned him a loyal following amongst basketball fans — both for his insight and his occasionally irreverent approach. From his … Continue reading Eric Koreen: “We’re interesting creatures, sometimes”