How did you get started with writing? With Gear Patrol?
I’ve always been a petrolhead of sorts and the automotive world fascinates and frustrates me to no end. Roughly ten years ago, I reached out to the editor of The Truth About Cars to see if there was room on the internet for me to voice a few opinions. Thankfully, it’s a big place, so I was given my shot and I ran with it.
A few years down the road, my focus started to shift from cars to a multitude of other interests.
Around the same time Gear Patrol, a website I had become a big fan of, had an open casting looking for new contributors. Again, I reached out and chatted with one of the founders and I’ve been a site regular for about five years now.
Why do you write and how do you think you've gained the success that you have?
The creative process of writing has always been something that motivates me. Whether it’s longform storytelling, a rant on business practices or short blurbs about something cool and new, there’s a certain freedom in expressing myself creatively that a regular day job doesn’t always allow.
I try to bring the reader along with me through words and imagery, so they can share some of the experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have had.
If I’ve obtained any success in this game at all, I’d like to think it’s come from a commitment to be better every time I take to the keyboard. That and a healthy dose of humility. Being Canadian, I’m unapologetically apologetic.
Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up in Toronto?
I’m a Torontonian born and bred. I absolutely love this city and am truly excited about its continued growth. Despite its status as a world-city, Toronto is still very much an up-and-coming city. We have such a wide sweeping presence of cultures and people here that there’s always something new to discover. In thirty-eight years, I’ve explored just about every dive bar and side street and I’m barely scratching the surface.
What's the highlight of your career?
Two years ago I was fortunate enough to fall into being Gear Patrol’s main motorcycle correspondent and with that came an opportunity to go on one of the most memorable rides of my life. It started in Seattle, WA and traversed through Vancouver Island and up through what is known as the Chilcotan Highway. The trip was six days of some of the most grueling riding and breathtaking scenery I had ever experienced. It completely cemented my belief that travel by motorcycle is infinitely better than any other option. That trip changed me in a lot of ways. It will forever be the high-water mark that all two-wheeled journeys are measured against.
What do you do for fun?
Thanks to the above noted trip a lot of what I do for fun revolves around life on two-wheels. I try to incorporate motorcycles into just about everything I do these days. Whether it’s commuting for work, running errands or sneaking away at sunrise to log as many miles as I can muster, swinging a leg over one of my bikes (or a press loaner) instantly puts a smile on my face.
What are your favorite places to hang in Toronto?
I’m always on the hunt for a new place to eat. Thankfully, Toronto has a ton of them in the downtown core.
I also love to laugh. ComedyBar on the Bloor & Ossignton strip is one of the best spots to hit for a pint and good times.
What’s something people who only know you through your work would be surprised to know?
I have a day job as a health and safety inspector. My friends and family get a real kick out the fact that a guy who rides “donor cycles” for his writing career can chastise anyone about health or safety.