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Adrian Brijbassi

Managing Editor, Vacay.ca

Adrian Brijbassi appears frequently on CTV News Channel, TSN Radio and CJSF Radio, discussing travel, sports and writing. He is the managing editor of Vacay.ca. He's also a former editor at the Toronto Star, and has formerly worked at New York Newsday and the Vancouver Sun. Adrian has won six travel writing awards from NATJA, including for best destination article published in a newspaper in both 2010 and 2011. He is a judge for the World's 50 Best Restaurants and spearheaded the Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada list that debuted in 2012.
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'Ole' and Other Montreal Jazz Fest Highlights

If you missed this show, he's also performing at Festival d'Ete in Quebec City (July 7) and the Ottawa Bluesfest (July 9). Last year, Woodkid's show at Metropolis on the early days of the festival was the talk of the festival. It earned him a spot on the main stage as the headlining act on opening night. Shorty deserves another invite and hopefully for one of the free outdoor shows too.
07/03/2014 12:21 EDT
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The Best Food Trucks in Vancouver

Pamela and Gerry Healy had one day to spend in Vancouver on their world tour and the couple from Sydney, Australia didn't head straight for Stanley Park or one of the city's beaches or even to the historic Gastown neighbourhood. Their first stop was a food truck tour.
06/23/2014 05:17 EDT
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Vikram Vij Debuts New Restaurant in the Suburbs

The celebrity chef's newest enterprise opened on June 2 and for the time being it needs its owner's attention. "It's like a baby," he says of the 130-seat restaurant with an exterior so eye-catching you'll think it belongs in Times Square, not a suburban strip mall.
06/16/2014 08:28 EDT

Canada's Top 10 Best Restaurants

It takes time for kitchens and restaurants to hit their stride. Geoff Hopgood, based on the most recent meal I had at his establishment, is in the zone. The former chef at the revered Black Hoof has e...
05/19/2014 06:46 EDT
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Chef Takes This Toronto Pizza Parlour to New Heights

Jonathan Gushue could have opted for another fine-dining restaurant. He could have teamed with a pricey, established place in a big city and quickly turned it into a go-to spot for foodies to discover. But Gushue chose something radically different and it's a departure that could seriously shake up the Toronto dining scene. Here's why.
03/19/2014 12:34 EDT

Why Charlottetown Is the No. 1 Place to See in 2014

In 2014, people will come for the sesquicentenary parties, but it's more likely they will depart having discovered the authentic and captivating experiences of Canada's smallest province, a little place where something mighty big was born 150 years ago.
01/29/2014 11:56 EST
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Best of Canadian Travel in 2013

Except for a couple of sojourns to the Caribbean, I spent the entire year's travels within Canada, exploring its abundance of wonders. Although my trip to Sonora Resort stands at the top, it was far from a singular highlight. Here's my exhaustive list of the best Canadian travel destinations, from resorts to restaurants, of the past year.
12/30/2013 04:42 EST
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New Museum Makes Winnipeg the No. 5 Place to Visit in Canada in 2014

Winnipeg's reputation has languished for too long. Lambasted for its frigid temperatures in winter and buggy conditions in summer, the Manitoba capital has had to work hard to earn back some good PR. It has built momentum in recent years, thanks to an under-the-radar dining scene and the return of the city's beloved NHL team. But with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the city has a chance to regain the tourism spotlight.
12/27/2013 12:09 EST

Canada's Coolest Restaurant Is in Winnipeg

It's the first day to purchase coveted seats for this year's RAW:almond pop-up restaurant and Mandel Hitzer is doing brisk sales. The project that started as a what-are-we-getting-ourselves-into experiment earlier this year enters its second go-round as the hottest table in a city that suddenly needs to be on every culinary travellers' itinerary.
12/18/2013 12:25 EST
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Tourism Is Key to Nelson Mandela's Legacy

On Vacay.ca, a list has been published of the five Nelson Mandela attractions visitors to South Africa will have to make a point of seeing. The list includes Robben Island. This 12-square-kilometre dot of sand and limestone is where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years of incarceration.
12/05/2013 05:42 EST
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Overcoming Fear of White-Water Rafting in British Columbia

As the guide details how he plans to retrieve each of us when we do fall into the chilly Cheakamus River I am thinking about hanging up my oar and making for higher ground. For you, I undertook my first white-water rafting trip, a two-hour thrill ride that was far safer than anything I expected and gave me a new appreciation for the soft-core adventures Canada offers.
11/10/2013 11:00 EST
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This Lodge Celebrates Whistler's Calmer Way of Life

In a mountain resort town famed for all things big -- big air, big hills, big hotels, big price tags -- Nita Lake Lodge is a contrast to the Whistler most of us know. At Nita Lake Lodge, you'll find quiet, relaxation, and a chance to catch your breath before you take on the slopes or the trails.
10/26/2013 06:45 EDT

Chef Michael Smith's Legacy Lives On at PEI Restaurant

Legends can loom over a place long after they've gone. Dave Wilmer knows that better than anyone else on Prince Edward Island. The owner of the Inn at Bay Fortune still welcomes guests who expect him to be Michael Smith, the celebrity chef whose cookbooks and Food Network Canada TV shows have a massive following.
10/26/2013 06:39 EDT
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You Should Shell Out for This PEI Clam Digging Adventure

The Giant Bar Clam Dig Adventure is as soft-core adventure as you can get and that, to me, makes it hugely appealing to a vast number of people who don't ever want to find themselves attached to a zipline or scuba tank. Each passenger receives a clam rake and then sets about digging for lunch.
09/27/2013 05:28 EDT