Toronto, Canada
Shaunesy, 26
Business Development Rep
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a bit about Shaunesy

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a Business Development Rep for one of the most popular restaurant POS software systems! It's a pretty dope product and allows me to keep on working in the restaurant industry.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I like to think of all of my jobs as good opportunities to learn from. I have never really had a bad enough job experience that it would make me cringe walking in through the doors every day.

Were you born and raised in Toronto? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Toronto?

I was born and raised in the burbs' of Toronto - known as "The G.T.A. (Greater Toronto Area). I grew up in a small city east of Toronto, but moved when I was 19 for school (UofT, Class of 2016! Yeah baby!!)

What’s your current hood in Toronto and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Currently, Baldwin Village. Best thing(s) = central location, ramen around the corner and Jimmy's Coffee. Worst thing = barely ever being able to find parking. But that's Toronto, I guess!

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I am a lover of house music. Mostly deep house, like the kind of stuff you find in a hot and sweaty European dance club. I am also REALLY into 2000s - I can't deny that I am a 2000s kid at heart. It's funny, because all of my friends assume they're 90s babies, and though that IS true, I really can't groove to the 90s jams like I can to 2000s. Besides, I share a birthday with Justin Timberlake, and he was like, always like, relevant. On the other hand, I really can't stand country. It has to be like Florida Georgia Line or old-school T-Swift for me to even remotely like it.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Uggghhhh, don't even get me started on R&B... Only the best for those sad and lonely days. Khalid, blackbear, maybe some Jeremih. Seems like a good place to start.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

1. Friends (because it's Friends?) 2. Property Brothers (I have a weird obsession with design shows. Theirs just happens to be the best??? Don't judge, it's my guilty pleasure) 3. Jane the Virgin (only because that's what I'm currently on and well... alllllll the drama!)

Name some spots in Toronto that are good for a Tinder date.

Ha. Oh god. Please, don't use Tinder. I mean I won't judge, but just walk into any bar on College West and you'll find someone to talk to that will be 20x better than the people you meet on Tinder.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Jaden Smith. I would just love to see his reaction.

Who’s your hero and where in Toronto would you take them out for a serious hang?

Mindy Kaling and probably to Hemingways in Yorkville. We can pretend to be bougee, but not.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

To be honest, Kind Exchange (aka the world's best thrift store) and Marshalls (or Winners, but they are basically the same).

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Ou, probably St James Town. It's a little sketch, for Toronto's standards (Note: we are one of the safest cities in the world).

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Try every single restaurant in the city. I like to think that I've been to them all, but honestly there are so many GREAT restaurants, it's hard to get there.

Where do you go in Toronto for a casual night out?

NightOwl or Track & Field. Both are interactive so they can be fun for you and your friends!

Where would you go in Toronto to celebrate some freaking good news?

Bar Isabel!!!

What’s your choice of transportation in Toronto and why?

TTC or biking! TTC is fairly reliable and not super expensive. I also love to bike, but it can be dangerous if you aren't on streets with bike lanes!

What are the Toronto spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Harbourfront, Kensington Market, Distillery District, Queen West for shopping, Ossington Street (mostly for food and drink).... I could go on :)

What are the Toronto spots tourists should run from screaming?

If you don't like crowds, stay away from the CN Tower. It's a great tourist attraction, but when there is a Jays game on, it can get busy. There are other places to get wicked-ass pictures of the CN tower. I'll let you know if you ask! Kensington is different from the rest of the city. Similar to Christiana in Copenhagen or Venice in California. I still think Kensington has so much to offer so you shouldn't skip it... but if that's not your style spend your time elsewhere.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Toronto. How do you spend it?

I bike to grab brunch at Starving Artist (they have great espresso by the way) on College, then head over to Roncy Village to explore the shops, maybe grab a souvenir. Bike over to Trinity Bellwoods for a bevvy in the park (non-alcoholic that is...). I hit up The Porch in the central part of Toronto for a bucket of alcoholic beverage while snapping a picture of the best view in town. On my way back to my area, I stop into some of the shops on Queen West (Black Market is pretty good, Adrenaline Tattoo sells merch too with Toronto-branded products where proceeds go to charities). After, I head to the Maddy for food & drinks!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I recently went to Copenhagen, and I have to say that though it was chilly I really did love it. The vibes of the city were alive, and if I had an opportunity to go back I would.

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