Occupation: Entertainment and Lifestyle Publicist
On The Web: www.amiradevera.com
Bio: Amira de Vera is an Entertainment and Lifestyle Publicist based in Toronto. Specializing in the film, television and lifestyle sectors, she has the privilege of working with some of Canada’s top talents, brands and personalities. Outside the PR World, Amira’s interests include watching movies, reading, dancing, fitness, fashion, politics and current events, and trying out different restaurants in the city.
Name:Amira de Vera
- Where do you call home? Toronto.
- What do you love most about it? I love that there is no shortage of things to do in the city. Whether it’s festivals, or new spots to try. Toronto always has something to offer and being bored is not an option!
- Born and raised here or Johnny-come-lately? Moved here five years ago and fell deep in love!
- Is it a winter wonderland or summertime paradise? I hate the cold… summer please!
- What’s your commute like? I’m fortunate to live and work downtown, so my commute isn’t bad unless you get the dreaded TTC delays!
- What do you do on a day off? Since I work a lot during the weekdays, and sometimes even the weekends, on my day off, I love spending time with my friends. Whether it’s trying out the newest restaurant in town or having a glass of wine at home while watching my favourite TV show, I’m happy as long as it’s with people I enjoy being around.
- It’s my first time in town. Where should we go? Definitely West Queen West. There’s a reason Vogue picked them the world’s second hippest district! I love the unique clothing stores like TSOQ, Cabaret Vintage and Champagne and Cupcakes, delicious bakeries like Nadège Patisserie, Clafouti and Dufflet Pastries, and not to mention cool spots like the Drake Hotel, the Gladstone and Trinity Bellwoods. No matter what, you will never run out of things to do in this hood!
- Is there anything you’d change about it? I think others would echo my sentiment when I say, stop with the gridlock traffic already!
- Where do you go when it’s time to get away? The great thing about living in Toronto is that it’s only an hour or two away from some of the most beautiful little cities in Ontario. I’m a huge fan of exploring places nearby. Recently trekked my way to Unionville. What a quaint little town! Did you know they filmed Gilmore Girls there?
- Favourite local landmark? It never gets old every time I see it… the CN Tower!
- Best local event or festival: Definitely the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s absolutely incredible to see how Toronto becomes the world stage during this time. The energy is exhilarating! Second best favourite would have to be Taste of the Danforth. It’s always a great activity to do in the summertime.
- Favourite local team: The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Raptors.
- Favourite local celebrity: George Stroumboulopoulos. I’m a big fan of what he has done with Hockey Night In Canada so far!
- Time to shop. Historic downtown or Big Box Land? I’m a big fan of supporting local stores but I also do love stores like H&M and Top Shop, you can always find some great pieces!
- Favourite Mom & Pop shop: I love, love, love Dlish Cupcakes on Queen West and Yorkville! Not only do they make their cupcakes fresh daily, but it’s so personalized and they make great gifts for any occasion.
- Favourite local restaurant: This is a hard question as there are so many on my list. I love The Citizen on King and Brant. They have an amazing menu (try their poutine!), a great vibe and they play old school hip-hop on Friday nights… what more could you ask for?! I’m also a big fan of Portland Variety, MoRoCo Chocolat, Colette, Canoe, The Chase… and the list goes on and on. Toronto has some of the best restaurants in the world!!
- Best place to grab a coffee or tea: Jimmy’s Coffee all the way! No one makes coffee like they do.
- Grocery store or farmers market? Both. I love heading down to St. Lawrence Market on the weekends but Toronto also has some amazing grocery stores like the Loblaws at the former Maple Leafs Garden. They make the experience so interactive for their customers offering things like cooking classes.
- Tell us something only locals know: The BEST sushi in town can be found at Sushi on Bloor in the Annex. There’s almost always a line to get in but it’s so worth it.
- What does supporting local mean to you? It means supporting the city that you live in and being proud of the people and businesses that make it thrive.
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