Ryan Robinson: “If you fail enough times, it starts to look like success”



The first time Ryan Robinson set foot on a slackline, he swore he’d never do it again. An Ironman competitor and rock climber who grew up near Sacramento, California, he ventured onto a line at his local climbing gym, waiting until everyone had left. “I didn’t want anyone to see me do it and fail,” … Continue reading Ryan Robinson: “If you fail enough times, it starts to look like success”


Travis Gerrits: “There’s so much more to an individual than their diagnosis”



When it comes to highs and lows, Travis Gerrits is something of an expert. One of the top freestyle skiers in Canada, he is also part of a rising tide in sports: athletes using their platform to raise awareness about mental health. For Gerrits, the issue took on greater significance after being diagnosed with bipolar … Continue reading Travis Gerrits: “There’s so much more to an individual than their diagnosis”


One List, One Life: “We’ve got to enjoy every little [moment] we’ve got”



What would you do if you found out you had a year left to live? Since September of 2017, Chris Betancourt has been facing that question in earnest. The Carmichael, California-based 20-year-old had just started his first year of college, intent on becoming a police officer, when he got the news: His cancer — chronic … Continue reading One List, One Life: “We’ve got to enjoy every little [moment] we’ve got”


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”