Juicy burgers, startup cofounders, and a new festival

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Shant Mardirosian, founder of Burger’s Priest. Photo by Tanja Tiziana/Yonge Street Media

I’ve said for a long time that Toronto is the City of the Burger.  Nowhere else is this more evident than at Burger’s Priest.  Founded by Shant Mardirosian, a man who actually was going to be a priest but decided to open a burger joint instead, the classical American burger joint has been converting people to the power of the burger like a good apostle should.  I sat down with Shant to talk business, scripture, and his new shop opening at Queen and Spadina. Ever the gracious good Christian, he even gave me a free burger afterward which I might have eaten in under 5 seconds. Yeah. They’re that good!

Read the story on Yonge Street Media.

Thalmic Labs cofounder and CEO Stephen Lake. File photo.

On Tuesday evening I was at the Rotman School of Management to cover a networking event held by the Creative Destruction Lab called Meet a Start up Cofounder.  Ten start ups took the stage to introduce their product and afterward they all mixed and mingled. One thing that they all had in common is they are all looking for help and exposure. They all need bright young minds who want to develop the next big thing. There were some truly intriguing technologies put forth at the event, but if you want to hear about them you’ll just have to read the article!

Read the story on The Financial Post.

Photo by Ian Muttoo, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

There’s a new festival coming to town and it aims to spread ideas and awareness throughout the country. The Spur Festival kicks off next week in Toronto for the first edition in a three city tour. The other two stops are in Winnipeg and Vancouver. In Toronto the themes are art, economics, and politics. How do those things intersect? Event highlights include walking tours and an opening discussion called The Future of the Book which I plan to attend.  Should be an inspiring couple of days if all goes well.

Read the story on Torontoist.




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