Posts by: Lisa Jackson

Photo credit: Eamon Ward & The Outing LGBT Music & Matchmaking Lisdoonvarna Ireland

What It’s Like to Go to the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Ireland

Matchmaking is one of Ireland’s oldest traditions, and for the last 150 years, it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna, a West Coast village near the iconic Cliffs of Moher. For the month of September, this tiny spa town of 800 residents hosts the popular Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – a month-long celebration bringing together hopeful romantics from around the world. Most recently, a gay, bisexual and transgender weekend, called “The Outing,” has been added to the program – the world’s first-ever LGBT matchmaking festival. Continue Reading →

Photo Credit: Rocky Mountaineer

The Best Way to Explore Canada This Summer? Take the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Too often, rail travel gets labelled as the vehicle of the unadventurous traveller. But the truth is, there’s no better way to see the Western Canada than by riding the rails on the Rocky Mountaineer, the only passenger-based train permitted to use the Canadian National Railway. So before you dismiss rail riding, here are five reasons to travel by train across Western Canada: Continue Reading →

Azores

Seven Weird and Wonderful Experiences in the Azores

Legend says that these nine lonely islands, 1300km off the coast of Portugal, are leftovers from Atlantis. In reality, the Azores were born out of volcanic activity, and first settled by Europeans starting in the 1400s. The “Hawaii of the Atlantic” is teeming with wildlife, outdoor adventure, spa offerings, and incredible gastronomy. Continue Reading →

London

Six Filming Locations in London That You Can Visit (+ One Cool Contest to Win Airfare!)

The City of London has been featured in countless films: from historical recreations of the Elizabethan London in Shakespeare in Love, to the Victorian Era flicks such as Sherlock Holmes, to the romantic comedies of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. And don’t forget the slew of crime films, spy thrillers, science fiction and the “swinging London” films of the 1960s (yeah baby!!).

But truly, the film sites are even more enthralling in person. I’ve picked out six of my favourite filming locations in London, England that you can actually visit. And to win a roundtrip flight to the Big Smoke, keep reading to get the details about the We Love London Ticket Race on September 22! Continue Reading →

Above: Speed Control rocks out at PANAMANIA (Photo: Ryan Edwardson Photography)

Taking Toronto by Storm: The Yukon’s Speed Control and New North Collective Perform at PANAMANIA

New North Collective and Speed Control travelled 5000km from Whitehorse to participate in the musical line-up for PANAMANIA, the 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience. Despite the downpour of rain last night, spectators stuck around to see these lively shows at Nathan Phillip’s Square. Continue Reading →

Photo: Ryan Edwardson

Travelling 5000km from the Yukon, the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers Set to Perform at the 2015 Pan Am Games

The Pan Am Games in Toronto aren’t all about sports. There’s plenty of art and culture featured too.

At the Aboriginal Pavilion, the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers are performing onstage this week, as part of the 17-day celebration of Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival running parallel to the Pan Am Games. Continue Reading →

Right: Blue Elephant's strawberry lager

Four Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ontario’s Southwest

The jig is up! Although Ontario’s Southwest has flown under the radar for awhile, this region is becoming uber popular for foodies seeking a gastronomic retreat. After a weekend in Norfolk County, I’m sharing four of the best kept (and delicious!) secrets about the food scene in Ontario’s Southwest. But go quickly: once the hipsters find out, tourists will flood this region. Continue Reading →