Name: Candice Knihnitski
Occupation: News/Host The Morning After on Indie88
On The Web: indie88.com
Bio: Did an alt rock morning show in Calgary for 5 years. Moved to Toronto to produce The Kim Mitchell Show on Q107. Once I got my foot in the door here in Toronto, I applied for Indie88 and got the gig.
- Where do you call home? I was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK but I spent most of my adult life in Alberta so I call Calgary home. Well, I used to….now Toronto is my home and that won’t be changing…ever! I love it here.
- What do you love most about it? Toronto really is a city of neighbourhoods. Every single corner of the city has its own Ma and Pa Shops, great restaurants, shopping and amazing green spaces. When I moved to Toronto I was actually surprised by all the green space IN the city. In Alberta, there are trees but you would have ot drive to a park or head outta town for the really great views.
- Born and raised here or Johnny-come-lately? Johnny come lately.
- Is it a winter wonderland or summertime paradise? Summertime Paradise for sure. I have an excuse to wear a summer dress everyday. Toronto Island is amazing. Never wearing a coat is great. I love summer. Another reason why I love Toronto so much, I don’t even mind the humidity.
- What’s your commute like? I take the bus at an ungodly hour. Then I take 2 busses home. I get a lot of reading done.
- What do you do on a day off? Drink wine first and foremost. I love going out to eat. I hit up a lot of small music venues. The Cameron House, Drake Underground, Dakota etc…
- It’s my first time in town. Where should we go? I got a few places you should go. Let’s make it a summer day. Hit up the LCBO on Queen West near Ossington, then head to Trinity Bellwoods Park. After a day in the sun go play arcade games for free at Get Well and get some great Craft beer into you, then head to the Dakota Tavern. There is always a great band playing there. I have never seen a bad show at the Dakota.
- Is there anything you’d change about it? I would like it if transit wasn’t soooo crowded but I understand that just comes with living in this big wonderful city.
- Where do you go when it’s time to get away? Muskoka if I can bribe a friend to take me with. Niagara on the lake is a nice relaxing weekend getaway.
- Favourite local landmark? Can I just say the lake? Any place in the city where I get a good view of the lake makes me very happy. Sugar Beach, Echo Beach, Toronto Island.
- Best local event or festival: I love Christmas time in The Distillery District. It is so whimsical.
- Favourite local team: I am not a huge sports fan but I have gone to a couple Jays games and they were fun.
- Favourite local celebrity: Snow! We just had him on for Throwback Thursday he was so fun. Super nice guy. He is such a character. He even sang Informer while my co-host Matt beat boxed. So cool.
- Time to shop. Historic downtown or Big Box Land? A combination of both. If I know exactly what I am looking for I usually go to Big Box Land. If I just got some money to spend on some cool shit…I head downtown and wander around for a couple hours. Last cool thing I found was a Nintendo with Super Mario 3 in Kensington.
- Favourite Mom & Pop shop: Penrose Fish and Chips but sadly it closed this year. Now my go to Fish and Chip shop is Seawitch on St Clair West between Vaughn and Christie. I heard it was owned by one of the sons of the Penrose Fish and Chips Family. I can’t confirm that. Well I could if I just ask next time I go in. I will do that.
- Favourite local restaurant: Guess I just answered that. LOL.
- Best place to grab a coffee or tea: The Kuerig machine at work. I cannot do a morning show without a crappy coffee at 5am.
- Grocery store or farmers market? I’m Ukrainian and there are a couple great spots in St Lawrence Market that sell the delicious perogies. Jalapeno and Chedder is not a traditional flavour but I love it. The Sauerkraut perogies are the best though.
- Tell us something only locals know: Toronto is a big , diverse city with a little of everything for everyone.
- What does supporting local mean to you? Shopping in my community. Supporting the people who support me. Toronto is better than any other city for local shopping. I have never seen so many Ma & Pa shops before. I have lived in 6 cities/towns. None of them offered me so much right outside the front door of my house. Everything I could possibly need is within walking distance in this fine city.
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