Holiday in July 2019

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Last month it got very festive at the NKPR office in Toronto and at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal for our annual Holiday in July! Our media friends checked out everything cool for the upcoming holiday season. Scroll down for a peek of the products that will get you excited for that holiday wish list!

The office decor for the day was courtesy of Urban Barn. We loved all of the adorable ornaments that adorned the trees!
A selection of Aveeno hair products that all are sulfate & paraben free and made with natural ingredients to keep your hair in tip top shape.
Hounds was shaking up some delicious cocktails with their mineral infused black vodka.
Elle Dee Holiday Cake made specially for Pusateri’s
Stay hydrated over the holidays with flow.
Planning some outdoor adventures over the holidays? MEC will outfit you with all the latest outerwear and gear to keep you warm and stylish.
OGX’s Pracaxi line is made using natural oil found in the Amazonian rainforests that has many benefits for hair including being a natural detangler and strengthener.
The beautiful Maui Moisture spread at the Montreal Preview.
Sequins, colour blocking and mesh, oh my! Ciao Sea’s new line will keep you looking stylish for those warm holiday weather getaways.
Lise Watier’s OH-MY-GRIP primer creates a beautiful base for your makeup and keeps your face looking fresh all day long.
Beauty products galore at the Montreal preview.
Olsen’s new collection is full of beautiful fabrics and textures…and these velvet bombers are no exception.
Nature’s Bounty Montreal brand ambassador Lili Defrancesco!
Genius100 is the world’s first ever 3D printed book!
Add a little sparkle and shine to your holiday look with Links of London.
Cheers to two lovely events! Until next year…


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Lightspeed and Never Apart founder Dax Dasilva joined Natasha, Anthony and Taylor on The F Words to discuss his new book Age of Union and some of its intriguing points. Here are the top five things you should know from the podcast courtesy of Dax himself.

#1: Age Of Union was written to help people stop thinking of themselves through their projects. Dax says, “building yourself as the best instrument to take your projects to where they need to be will ignite the flame inside you.”

#2: Dax describes our souls as under nourished. “The soul will burn down to its embers, but will never fully extinguish. When we nourish the soul with things that benefit our personal development, the flame inside us grows.”

#3: Everyone has the responsibility to take care of their body, Dax says. “Your physical health works with your mental health in bettering yourself to become the best instrument you can be.”

#4: Dax insists taking some ‘me’ time is key. “Take time out of your week to leave work aside and do something that is just for the soul. These are the acts that connect you to a greater purpose.”

#5: Last but not least, Dax says “when you have pure intentions about things, it gives you clarity!” We couldn’t agree more.

Listen to the full podcast here!

Golden Moments at the Canadian Screen Awards

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The biggest names in Canadian film and television came together in Toronto last night for the 7th Annual Canadian Screen Awards. Some of the winners included: Schitt’s Creek for Best Comedy Series, Anne with an E for Best Drama Series, The Amazing Race Canada for Best Reality Series, Catherine O’Hara for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Jared Keeso for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Deepa Mehta received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Kids in the Hall were recognized with the Academy Icon Award, Stephan James took home the first ever Radius Award and Mary Walsh accepted the Earle Grey Award.

Backstage the stars got their pose on for celebrity photographer George Pimentel in the CSAs’ golden portrait studio. Here’s a look at some of the sparkling shots!

Schitt’s Creek stars Eugene Levy & Dan Levy
Cast of Best Comedy Series Schitt’s Creek
Radius Award recipient Stephan James
Yannick & Shantelle Bisson
Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O’Connell
CSA winners for Cardinal – Billy Campbell & Karine Vanasse
Jann Arden
CSA winner Sarah Gadon
Cast of Kim’s Convenience
Laura Vandervoort
Teddy Geiger & Emily Hampshire
Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox
etalk’s Chloe Wilde
ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey
Kristin Kreuk
Earle Grey Award recipient Mary Walsh
Lead Actress, Drama winner for Anne with an E, Amybeth McNulty
Academy Icon Award recipients Kids in the Hall
Workin’ Moms star Catherine Reitman
Best Director winner for Firecrackers, Jasmin Mozaffari
Corner Gas Animated star, Brent Butt
Wendy Crewson
Elise Bauman & Natasha Negovanlis
Aaron Ashmore
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television CEO, Beth Janson
Sarah, Jennifer & Tamara Podemski

Inside Square One’s Food District Media Launch

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Last week Square One hosted media and influencers for a preview of their upcoming Food District, opening to the public on April 1st.  The ultimate influencer, the Food God, Jonathan Cheban was on hand to experience all of the deliciousness.

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Natasha Koifman, Square One’s Marketing Director Toni Holley and Jonathan Cheban
Jonathan being interviewed by etalk

Guests sampled appetizing eats, coffee, juice and beer from some of the merchants and restaurants that will be part of The Food District. Take a look below and prepare to get hungry.

BRøD – The Danish Bakery
Oysters from Pier 87
Seed to Sausage’s charcuterie board
Arvinda’s Specialty Indian Cooking
Blackjack BBQ
Collective Arts Brewing
Village Juicery
Hale Coffee
Sweet Jesus
Tiramisu from Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta to Go
The Macaron Boutique
Gorgeous pink roses provided by Blossom Moments

Details of a grand opening event are coming soon!

Backstage at the Oscars

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The lead up to this year’s Oscars may have been shrouded in controversy (Kevin Hart dropping out as host because of homophobic tweets and the Academy reversing their decision to hand out awards in commercial breaks), but the biggest night in movies still delivered some standout and historic moments. All eyes were on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper during their intimate performance of their Oscar winning song Shallow, Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter made history becoming the first African-American women to win Oscars in their categories (Production Design & Costume Design for Black Panther), Mahershala Ali is now the first African-American actor to have won two Best Supporting Actor trophies, and Billy Porter turned heads when he stepped onto the red carpet in a tuxedo gown.

There were also plenty of moments that happened backstage that you didn’t see on TV.

After winning for Best Original Song Lady Gaga got emotional with her co-writers Mark Ronson and Anthony Rossomando.

Best Supporting Actress winner Regina King couldn’t contain her excitement posing in the Oscars backstage portrait studio.

Rami Malek also hit the portrait studio after taking home the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

J.Lo (who looked like a stunning human disco ball in Tom Ford) checked herself out in the mirror before heading to the stage.

When it came to Julia’s bump-in with Paul Rudd, the hashtag says it all…

Former Game of Thrones co-stars Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke shared a sweet squeeze!

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah caught this candid moment of Spike Lee preparing some notes in case he had to accept an award. Spike ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film BlacKkKlansman.

Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina couldn’t believe they presented at the Oscars.

Jennifer Hudson was left pretty much speechless while meeting Bette Midler for the first time.

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And Melissa McCarthy spoofed the bunny loving Queen from the nominated film The Favourite, and really got into character.

Take a Look Inside Kindness HQ

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On Valentine’s Day NKPR’s Toronto office was transformed into Kindness HQ for our 4th annual 26 Hours of Kindness.


Over 60 volunteers, made up of our staff, local neighbours and friends, came together to pack lunches for Toronto’s homeless as part of the #hashtaglunchbag initiative. 650 sandwiches were assembled and then packed into bags with juice boxes, fruit and notes of kindness. The lunches were distributed to St. Felix Centre (Liberty and Augusta locations), Ve’ahavta, The Scott Mission and Good Shepherd Ministries.  A huge thank you to Brodflour, The MRG Group, Phil’s Produce, Jonny Kim, Chef Romain Avril and Fiera Foods for donating the food.  Here’s a look at how the day unfolded. 


Commuters on Adelaide picking up coffees (courtesy of Thompson Toronto) outside Kindness HQ.


Hundreds of sandwiches being assembled by our awesome volunteers!

Beautiful notes of kindness were written on lunch bags and on pieces of paper that were put into the lunch bags.

Team love! We’re already looking forward to next year!

The Best ‘Grams from the Grammys

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From Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton’s incredible performance, to Kacey Musgraves winning Album of the Year, and Cardi B becoming the first woman to win best Rap Album as a solo artist – last night’s Grammys was all about the ladies.  And when the stars weren’t up on stage, they were sharing their favourite moments on Instagram.

One of the biggest surprises of the night was when Michelle Obama walked out on stage to help open the show alongside host Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.  The former First Lady received a monstrous applause and spoke about how music has always helped tell her story.


Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes hit the stage together and performed Shawn’s hit “In my Blood”, but on the red carpet the two shared a cute moment posing for photos. Shawn also seemed to love Miley’s black Mugler tux, and so do we!


Also, Miley’s gold initial heels! No need to say more.


J.Lo’s main man Alex Rodriguez shared this candid snap of the couple backstage, and well, the caption is spot on.


Drake took home the Grammy for Best Rap song for “God’s Plan” and surprised everyone when he accepted the award in person.  In his speech Drake said that success isn’t always about winning awards…”you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. If there are people who have regular jobs, who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won.”

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Chromin Gold for the 6

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Every second of Diana Ross’ performance was epic… including this moment with Jaden Smith, shared by proud mama Jada!

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Jaden’s moment with an Icon Liv’n✨

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Janelle Monae did not disappoint with her unique red carpet look and the same can be said for her hair.


The single pony was done by Maui Moisture celebrity hairstylist ambassador Nikki Nelms who said she “wanted to maintain a high fashion look that complimented the outfit, but still stood out on its own.” Mission accomplished!


Dua Lipa playfully juggles her two Grammy trophies backstage.  The singer won Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording.


Finally, while this post may not have been at last night’s show (it’s from Saturday at Roc Nation’s annual brunch), it still needs to be included, because well… they’re Bey & Jay.

NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness: #HashtagLunchbag

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NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness: #HashtagLunchbag 

It all started in 2015 as a way to spread random acts of kindness during the holiday season. For 26 consecutive hours, the NKPR team went out across the city to volunteer at various shelters, collect clothing and toy donations, raise money for the homeless community, hand out tea to commuters, and so much more. Last year we made the decision to move 26 hours to Valentine’s Day in order to reconnect with the day in a meaningful way, and to celebrate what love is all about: showing compassion for others and spending time together.



For our fourth annual 26 Hours of Kindness, we’re bringing the #HashtagLunchbag movement to Toronto. Empowering and inspiring the community to give back during one of the coldest times of the year, we’ll be assembling and bagging lunches for those in need. The lunches will be distributed to food banks and homeless shelters across the city along with handwritten notes of kindness.


On February 14th from 9 AM – 1 PM we’re inviting friends, community members and neighbours of NKPR to ‘KINDNESS HQ’ (our offices at 312 Adelaide Street West) to help us assemble the lunches and notes of kindness. If you’d like to join us, please email with your name and the time slot you’re interested in (volunteer sessions are available every half hour between 9 AM – 1 PM).


Grab your colleagues, friends, partner or family members and join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day a little differently this year! 😊



The #10YearChallenge

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The latest craze taking over social media is the #10YearChallenge.  People are posting photos of themselves from 2007- 2009 comparing what they looked like then, to what they look like now. Over the past few days it’s gone viral, and now everyone in your feed, from your friends to celebrities, are sharing theirs.  Here are a few of the best (starting with our very own NK!).

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2008-2018 #10YearChallenge 2008 – I’m married with one baby and just realizing I’ve taken over a mammoth platform in Cityline. I’m unsure of how to feed my baby, what his cries mean, how to stay on top of feelings of inadequacy, how to be myself on tv and how to introduce myself authentically to the country through a screen. I’m smiling. 2018 – I’m married with two children, in full gratitude mode for having taken over the mammoth platform that is Cityline. I’m sure of how to feed my babies (mostly), they verbalize how they feel, I fight feelings of inadequacy with self-reminders of all I’ve achieved, I’ve found my voice on tv and I’ve successfully introduced myself to the country (and beyond) through a screen. I’m smiling. #BlessingsAlways #GratitudeAttitude

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Tips for a Healthy New Year   

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We’re now a week into 2019, which means those resolutions are in full swing and thoughts of bettering oneself are becoming a reality.  Below we’ve put together a list of some ways to help achieve your goals and slide into the New Year in the best possible way.

Get your Vitamins

Vitamins are considered essential nutrients that can help your body in so many different ways, but sometimes, it’s easy to forgot to take them.  One way to remember is to use Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies. They are delicious and packed with key nutrients contributing to healthy hair, skin and nails, and in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.  Another great thing is that they’re created for women, by women!

Try a New Workout

For many people, hitting the gym or getting active is high on their list of resolutions. Whether it’s trying your first Spinco class or getting into the boxing ring at Bolo, it’s important to be wearing the right gear.  MEC has workout wear that’s fashion forward, yet super functional. Their new core train line comes in tanks and tees for both men and women, and available in a variety of colours.  The fabric is airy and breathable so you can work hard without overheating.

Drink more Water  

One way to stay healthy in 2019 is to stay hydrated and there are so many benefits to drinking water like better skin and weight loss.  When you drink Flow, you’re getting 100% natural alkaline spring water (from Canada), and it’s an excellent source of electrolytes and essential minerals.  The packaging is made with a plant-based cap and it’s 100% recyclable.  One fun way to remember to drink water during the day is to make mocktails at your desk using Flow’s different flavours including: lemon and ginger, cucumber and mint, strawberry and rose and watermelon and lime.


Manage your Money  

It’s no surprise that saving money is one of the most common made resolutions.  The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Director of Corporate Citizenship Doretta Thompson appeared on a recent episode of our podcast The F Words and shared her tips on how to get back on track after all that holiday spending.  Doretta also discussed why talking about money has become more taboo than talking about sex!  Click here to take a listen.