Lisa Lagace runs Turn The Record Over, the name comes from an Elliot Smith song and is a lifestyle and culture blog for creative professionals. Initially growing up in a small factory town in Southern Ontario, she knew from a young age that she would have to move to Toronto to experience all this city had to offer. You can read her short interview below.
I READ ON YOUR BIO THAT YOU USE TO LIVE IN A SMALL SOUTHERN ONTARIO TOWN, HOW WAS THE TRANSITION FROM LIVING THERE TO MOVING AND LIVING IN TORONTO?
It was something I had grew up wanting. I couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown, and I saw going to University in Toronto as the fastest path to escaping. Of course, transitioning from high school in a town to the city within a city that is York University was quite the culture shock, and it took years before I really adjusted to life in Toronto and started to feel like there was a place for me here.
HAVING LIVED IN SOME VARIOUS AREAS OF TORONTO, DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE AREA OR NEIGHBOURHOOD IN TORONTO?
My favourite neighbourhood remains the one I lived in the longest, Queen West, which I spent 7 years in. It was near all the venues I frequent, all my favourite food and drink spots, and walkable to almost everything.
SINCE YOU HAVE LIVED IN VARIOUS AREAS OF TORONTO, WAS THERE ANY RESTAURANT OR BAR THAT YOU LOVED TO GO TO?
Definitely. Finding a dive to get a drink for a normal price in this city isn’t easy – Java House was my staple for that. Food wise, it’s such an incredible city to be in. Bunner’s for their great dairy free dessert options. Khao San Road for Thai. Mother India. Lucky Red. Mean Bao. Seven Lives.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VENUE IN TORONTO?
Definitely the Horseshoe.
WHEN YOU HAVE SPARE TIME, HOW DO YOU CHOOSE TO SPEND IT?
If I’m not writing or at an event, I’m watching TV shows and reading their scripts. Or hanging out with my dog in the park.
WHAT IS ONE THING READERS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO HEAR ABOUT YOU
I’m quite an introvert, which seems to surprise people who expect me to be as open in real life as I am in my writing.
LAST QUESTION. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN TORONTO?
The access. We get to live in this beautiful place where we are able to see, try, eat and do just about anything.