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Malcolm Bastien
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Spent much of last week learning how to play go. Feels like I'll be spending the next few weeks at least on this.
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This is the place where I've been doing CrossFit for the past two years and where I sometimes coach.
142 Vine Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 1V7
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Facebook is like a chair… that confuses, defrauds, misleads, spams and surprises users. Facebook as a company doesn’t do these things, but they happen on the Facebook platform through the apps thi...
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One of the recent posts on my blog about a brand's story and the four types of consumers it tries to affect.
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West Toronto CrossFit
142 Vine Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 1V7
This was where I first learned about CrossFit and have been training here ever since. Overtime I've grown and shared what I've learnt with the people I train with. Always learning and always getting better keeps it interesting and fun.

Some times of the day are busy and very fun with lots of energy, and other times there are less people which is also nice because you get more attention and can feel comfortable asking as many questions as you have to develop your technique and understanding of the movements. The atmosphere is always very fun and relaxed; People will sometimes bring in their dogs which gets everyone exited.

The space is quite big and workouts are done class sizes of 4 - 8, with heats of 3 to 4 people going at a time.

One of the funnest part about here is when we take some equipment out to Vine Ave. Park and do a WOD outside in the park.

We do straight up CrossFit here. It's not a store and nobody sells food, supplements, or clothes which I like.

It's definitely the best place to get fit in The Junction.
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After covering social media for years, it’s kind of surprising to see the most popular social media platforms get to a point where user activity doesn’t matter anymore. On Twitter: Dick Costolo: “...
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West Toronto CrossFit is a humble gym located in the heart of Toronto's Junction community. The CrossFit Journal.
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Max Spear's profile photo
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Marketer. Looking for my next opportunity.
Employment
  • Microsoft Canada
    Marketing Specialist, 2010 - 2011
  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming
    Solutions Analyst, 2007 - 2007
  • Labatt Breweries of Canada
    Category Management Analyst, 2008 - 2008
  • Blast Radius
    Consumer Insights Analyst, 2009 - 2009
  • Chango
    Data Analyst, 2013 - 2013
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I believe that good marketing is about creating an emotional connection between a brand and its community based on genuine and authentic experiences. I’m a marketer because I grew up with technology and followed it as social media emerged as a way to enable those sorts of experiences. Last year I graduated from Ryerson University in the Information Technology Management program.

So far in my career I’ve worked at Blast Radius, one of the world’s leading global digital strategy agencies, and at Microsoft, one of the worlds largest technology companies. During my undergrad I joined an entrepreneurship student group and helped organize a business technology conference at my school.

In my spare time I’ve developed a web application that helps people collaborate on business models, and currently I’m working towards getting my Crossfit (fitness) Level 1 Trainer Certification.

Education
  • Western Technical Commercial School
  • Ryerson University
    Business Technology Management, 2005 - 2010
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For years this location provided super fast service and excellent food. In my most recent visits I've dealt with waits for food approaching an hour and a half. My friends have cancelled there orders an hour into our meal out of frustration and because they could not bare to wait longer. I'm also concerned that it's not an isolated incident as we were hearing stories from other customers during our wait about how they had come the week before and also had to wait for over an hour. Each time I've mentioned our dreaded meal to friends they have all said the same thing "That happened the last time I went also." When we paid our bill we commented on the long wait and the cashier said in passing that the manager does not want to hire more people, which would be a pretty serious problem if it were in fact true. Finally, the portions could be bigger. Update: I went back on a Friday night with the same group of friends and the service was just how I remember it: Fast.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This was where I first learned about CrossFit and have been training here ever since. Overtime I've grown and shared what I've learnt with the people I train with. Always learning and always getting better keeps it interesting and fun. Some times of the day are busy and very fun with lots of energy, and other times there are less people which is also nice because you get more attention and can feel comfortable asking as many questions as you have to develop your technique and understanding of the movements. The atmosphere is always very fun and relaxed; People will sometimes bring in their dogs which gets everyone exited. The space is quite big and workouts are done class sizes of 4 - 8, with heats of 3 to 4 people going at a time. One of the funnest part about here is when we take some equipment out to Vine Ave. Park and do a WOD outside in the park. We do straight up CrossFit here. It's not a store and nobody sells food, supplements, or clothes which I like. It's definitely the best place to get fit in The Junction.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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A lovely little shop run by the nicest of couples. You can't order a pizza here without the owner chatting you up, having you sample some food, and telling you the best way to enjoy his pizza. They are the only ones who do a pizza as good in the area, with a nice selection of types to choose from. I usually get mine half one type, and half another. Besides pizzas they sell some other foods, coffee, and have ingredients like tomato sauce they sell. If you wait for your pizza to cook it can get quite smoky inside so I recommend you sit on the bench outside while you wait. Runnymede and Annette is a lovely little intersection in the evening after the traffic dies down.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Crema does the best cappuccinos and the best almond milk cappuccinos in the city. Their regular coffee, whether you have a drip, a Clover, or a pour-over are consistently excellent. They have a decent tea selection, though it hasn't changed in years. They also service iced drinks, and have a great selection of pastries and deserts like cupcakes, brownies and cookies. The service is always fast, the staff friendly, and the place clean. The patio is large and gets a lot of the morning and afternoon sun. All of the indoor and outdoor sets are nothing special, but the new outdoor bench is beautiful and really comfortable.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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