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5 reasons to get inspired by the Thompson Toronto Hotel (unicorns included!)

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ELLECanadaThompson 5 reasons to get inspired by the Thompson Toronto Hotel (unicorns included!)The ELLE Canada team recently decamped to the Thompson Toronto Hotel for a day of brainstorming to plan for fall 2015 and beyond. We came up with some amazing ideas, thanks in part to our location. Here are five reasons why the space was so inspiring:

1. LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN: There was no dreary, windowless boardroom on our agenda — we snagged the entire glass-encased rooftop bar for our editorial conference. How can you not feel energized to come up with big ideas while sunlight warms your back — and literally shines down on the boardroom table.

ThompsonSkyline 5 reasons to get inspired by the Thompson Toronto Hotel (unicorns included!)2. ROOM WITH A VIEW: How far can we take an idea? A 360-degree backdrop of endless blue sky certainly helps make the possibilities seem endless…
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The Dark Side II Tour comes to Toronto!

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the dark side 2 tour toronto The Dark Side II Tour comes to Toronto!
When Canadian author and ELLE Canada contributor Robert Wiersema was tasked with interviewing bestselling horror Andrew Pyper for our latest issue of ELLE Man, Wiersema couldn’t get over what a regular guy Pyper seemed. Not what you’d expect from “the master architect of dread.” But it’s perhaps the author’s unassuming nature that allows him to craft stories that toe the line between literary fiction and horror—what Pyper describes as “a trained restraint.”

His newest release, The Damned, tells the story of heaven and back—or more accurately, what happens after, asking: “what if wasn’t heaven but a… lower floor. Or what is someone goes and comes back and brings someone back with them?” All of these questions are sure to be answered during The Dark Side II Tour, in which Pyper will be stopping in Toronto on March 13th (that’s Friday the 13th to be clear) to discuss all things horror.

Read more about The Dark Side II Tour after the jump…

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Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Chace Crawford and Cameron Labine

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ChaceCrawford 1024x1024 Whistler Film Festival Studio Diaries: Five minutes with Chace Crawford and Cameron Labine Chace Crawford joined writer Cameron Labine for a quick photo session in our studio at the Whistler Film Festival. They were in town to promote Mountain Men. Photo Evaan Kheraj

Even before Chace Crawford made his way to our photo studio at the Whistler Film Festival, his star power was felt—or at least heard. Wow…the guy’s got a commanding voice. “He’s the guy you get to just read the phone book,” remarked our fab photog Evaan Kheraj. The Gossip Girl alumni was tag-teaming with Cameron Labine, the Canadian writer of Crawford’s latest film, Mountain Men. The movie is a comedy/drama about two brothers who head into the backwoods to evict a squatter from their family cabin in the mountains. They damage their car, burn the cabin down and are left stranded. In their struggle for survival, egos and long-buried resentments get in the way.

When asked to define what it means to be a mountain man, the Texas-born actor defers to Labine—who is known for his film Control Alt Delete, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. “To me, the mountain man isn’t the literal mountain man,” Labine explains. “It’s more the mountain man of the heart. The man who isn’t afraid to tackle life’s terrain and stand tall against the storm.” “That was a really good answer,” says Crawford. “Yes, my character has gotten caught up with being in the city. He can’t run from everything; he has to go back and face things head-on.”

Okay, time for these two to face off in our Actor’s Studio-inspired quiz.

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