Tag Archives: giveaway
The world of horse racing isn’t completely new to me – I did write an article for Trot Magazine about my experience at the races as a “first timer” back in 2013 after attending one night at the Woodbine track – but it is still certainly new enough that I don’t feel as though I have any true understanding of how to bet like the pros.
This summer, I plan to change that.
Last weekend I was able to attend the Pepsi North American Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, and it was an eye opening experience about just how passionate the horse racing community really is.
Throughout the summer, I will be attending a couple more events, where I plan to fully immerse myself in the language of betting – and maybe win some coin to take home.
Since the NA Cup (as the locals call it) was my first time visiting Mohawk, the first thing I did was explore the building to get my bearings. It’s a large venue, and lucky for us it was a beautiful day outside.
With seating available inside and out, along with reserved seating in the dining area – there’s not a bad view in the place. While this was easily one of the busiest days of the year at the track, there was enough room to accommodate the large demand of the crowd. Since these events are not ticketed, anyone can show up and place a bet – so I was wondering if it would end up being ‘oversold’ so to speak – but that wasn’t a problem. It was very busy, but not so packed you couldn’t move or get a seat so long as you took some time to check various areas and find some open chairs.
The thing I enjoyed most about visiting Milton for the first time, was just how friendly everyone was – and how cheap the food and drinks were. I think, after 11 years in Toronto, I have come to expect to pay $8 a drink and deal with rude, unhappy people at events this large. It was refreshing to stand in line with people willing to chat with you, or to accidentally bump into people, who, instead of giving you an angry look – chipperly ask you where you got your delicious looking ($3.50!!) chili cheese fries.
Once I got past my pure joy at the affordable and deliciously fatty food and drink options, I had to get down to the track and watch those horses do their thing.
It is unlike anything you’ll ever experience to watch a crowd this large cheer and sigh and cry out for their horse, all within the span of a minute. Some end up incredibly happy and full of cheers, while others are devastated that the horse they just bet a big chunk of their savings on lost. It’s an adrenaline rush much like riding a roller coaster.
My visit this time was cut short due to prior NXNE obligations, so I’m looking forward to next time – when I will properly be able to bet and get invested in a horse.
There’s also something cool in this for you this summer, should you be interested in winning some extra cash. We are a selfie obsessed culture – but have you ever taken a selfie at the races? Well, your challenge this summer is to take one right in front of the track, tweet it out using the hashtag #OffToTheRaces (and mention @MohawkRacing) and you could win $1000 – the most money you’ll ever get for taking a selfie, probably.
This post was created in partnership with Mohawk Racetrack.
As you might know from the Golden Globes on Sunday, awards season is in full swing.
And you might also know that The Imitation Game is a big contender for those awards (even though it was somehow shut out at the Globes).
I was able to check out a screening during TIFF – where it went on to win the People’s Choice Award – and absolutely adored this film. You might not be all that familiar with Enigma if you’re living over here in the West (unless you’re a history buff), but the story surrounding it is vital to our history – because it helped end World War II.
Alan Turing was the definition of a war hero, and because he happened to be attracted to men back in a time when that was illegal, his country essentially murdered him. It’s a truly tragic story, but one that definitely needed to be told.
If you’re up for seeing a truly captivating film, you’re in luck, because I have 5 pairs of ROE passes and soundtracks to giveaway for those of you located in Toronto.
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Imitation Game’ and you’ll be entered to win.
For bonus entries, share this post on Twitter and Facebook and let me know in the comments.
Contest closes and winners will be chosen and contacted on January 18th, and must be able to pick up the prize in downtown Toronto.
Just in time for Christmas, you have the chance to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy Alpha from Virgin Mobile.
As you may know, I am very loyal to the Samsung brand, and have been ever since the Galaxy S III gave me a smartphone alternative to the iPhone that actually compared (and surpassed considering the price difference). Now that I’m on the S5, I still think it’s the greatest.
Also great is paying $45 a month for unlimited text, talk and data – the big three can never compete with that .
While I haven’t had the chance to try the Alpha yet, I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I have no reason to doubt it isn’t as great (or better) than my S5. I am definitely jealous of whoever wins this one! I would love to try it.
Anyhow – the cool part about this phone is that, when you purchase it from Virgin, $5 from every sale goes to their RE*Generation foundation, which helps at-risk and homeless youth find jobs.
Speaking of RE*Generation, if you’re not in need of a new smartphone but still want to help a great cause (and see some awesome tunes), Dan Mangan + Blacksmith will be playing the Mod Club on Monday December 15th in support of it. Tickets are $20 and on sale now, and all proceeds go directly to the cause.
You get to see one of Canada’s finest live performers bring his best collaboration to date to the stage while helping kids find much desired employment – if that isn’t a win, I don’t know what is.
Anyhow, if you do want a chance at the phone, you have a few options to enter. Each option counts for one entry.
1) Sign up for the upcoming (look out for TTRO’s relaunch in 2015) weekly newsletter, which will round up the week’s posts so you don’t miss things like this in the future:
2) Like TTRO on Facebook and comment on the status update about this giveaway.
3) Follow me on Twitter, and tweet exactly this ONCE ONLY, no spamming please: “Hey @Lisa_TTRO I want to win a Samsung Galaxy Alpha for Christmas http://wp.me/pWBir-2RT #regeneration.”
4) Follow me on Instagram, and heart the photo about this giveaway when it is posted.
Keep in mind that this is a Virgin Mobile Canada phone, so that limits it to Canadians (or people who know a Canadian and want to surprise them with this for Christmas) only.
That’s it! You have until December 17th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted the next day via the email they used to subcribe to the newsletter – so make sure that’s the one you do if you only do one of the above 4 things.
Hey guys. Time for another brilliant giveaway! This time for a film I think is truly wonderful.
I had the chance to attend the press screening and I can say without a doubt that Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is one of the best films I’ve seen in 2014. Which didn’t totally surprise me, as it comes from the brilliant mind of Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñàrritu, who also made Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros.
Thanks to their team, I have 5 prize packs to give to you guys, featuring ROE tickets, a copy of the soundtrack, and a tee featuring the Toronto version of the poster, as seen above. How cool is it that each major city got their own poster featuring Birdman on a city landmark? Fantastic marketing strategy.
The soundtrack is particularly special because it moves the action in the film. It almost seems to direct the characters and creates the feeling of chaos going on in the story. Just listen to this sample of the fantastic jazz drumming from Antonio Sanchez:
To win, just email me at email@example.com with the subject line “Birdman Contest.”
Extra entries are available via liking TTRO on Facebook and sharing the post about this giveaway, following me on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway, and following me on Instagram and hearting the photo pertaining to this giveaway once I post it.
You can also subscribe to the upcoming TTRO weekly roundup newsletter via entering your email address in that little box up there near the top of the left sidebar. Subscribers automatically get 3x as many entries because they’re the best, so make sure to mention if you are subscribed when you email me.
Winners will be contacted on November 2nd via email.
Hey friends! I know you all have excellent taste in music (and film) so you should be as excited about this giveaway as I am.
Nick Cave’s pseudo documentary is playing until Sunday night at The Royal in Toronto, and thanks to TIFF Midnight Madness programmer extraordinaire, Colin Geddes (who also programmed this screening), I have a couple pairs of tickets to give out.
To win, just check out the schedule here, and email me with your name and which night you would like to attend.
Winners will be contacted via the email by Friday.
Check out the trailer below: