Randy Bachman Takes Care of Business at the Royal Occasion

The Royal Occasion is the annual signature black tie gala event hosted by the Royal Conservatory of Music to celebrate Canadians who have made a lasting contribution to the Arts. TELUS invited me to be their guest and I graciously accepted.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at ONE Restaurant by The McEwan Group on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto and then headed over to the amazingly renovated Koerner Hall for the event which was sponsored by TELUS.

This year the RCM honoured rock and roll icon Randy Bachman, internationally acclaimed soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and legendary music producer Bob Ezrin. The 2Cellos performed as well – did I mention how cute these boys are?! They seriously stole the show, receiving a standing ovation for their moving and powerful performance.


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For every table sold at the Royal O, TELUS sent a child to Learning Through the Arts Camp. The Royal Conservatory’s Media Arts Camps gathers talented and media-curious individuals aged 9-14 to explore the process of video and music making.

The ongoing joke throughout the evening was how far you got in the Conservatory – for the record, I finished my Grade 9 piano.

I love that TELUS has a “We Give Where We Live” philosophy and is committed to supporting youth and the Arts in Toronto.


TELUS Wellness Learning Centre Session Impresses

On Wednesday, I attended a wonderful TELUS Wellness Learning Centre Session that didn’t fall short of impressing.

We started off the event with a low-impact workout … now when I think low-impact, I think yoga, maybe Tai Chi. Nope!  Lyzabeth Lopez, owner of the Hourglass Workout & Sexy Pilates, led us on a butt-burning session where I got to get up close and personal with @vivimaria, Health & Beauty editor of @urbanebloc. My glutes are still store!

GALAXY S4 Image We then enjoyed a super-healthy lunch and learned all about the new Samsung GALAXY S4 device and received one to keep! What’s so new about the Samsung GALAXY S4 from TELUS?

  • With the world’s first-ever Full HD Super AMOLED display, the GALAXY S4’s five-inch screen showcases images in stunning resolution.
  • It boasts the Dual Camera mode including a 13-megapixel rear camera.
  • With the S-Translator, you can say or text what you need translated and the GALAXY S4 will read or text the translation back to you.
  • Features like Smart Pause, Air View, Air Gesture and Optical Reader detect your motions, face and voice to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation – and you can use the screen with gloves too!
  • Simply plug in your phone to your TV with HDMI and view on the big screen!

The Samsung GALAXY S4 is so feature-packed that TELUS is offering Learning Centre Sessions where device specialists can help explain the various devices.

We also learned about UP by Jawbone, a wristband and app that aids in tracking how you sleep, move and eat, ultimately helping you use this information to make healthy life changes. Up by Jawbone will be available online and in select TELUS stores across Canada starting this summer.

TELUS has partnered with Rethink Breast Cancer to encourage Canadians to “raise their paws to support the cause” and will donate $300,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer (and QBCF in Quebec).

Starting in May and while quantities last, TELUS will include this free, uniquely designed case with each purchase of a white Samsung GALAXY S4. To show its continued support to breast cancer prevention efforts, TELUS will also donate $25 to Rethink Breast Cancer (or QBCF in Quebec) for each purchase of a white Samsung GALAXY S4. Join the conversation on Twitter by tweeting using the hashtag #raiseyourpaws.

To top off the organized and informative event, TELUS donated $50 to Rethink Breast Cancer in my name.

Since 2008, TELUS has given $5.4 million towards research, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in Canada which is very impressive. Definitely a brand that is using their power to do good.


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