East meets west
A column by Stina O
Born in Ontario, inhabited Newfoundland, planting roots in BC: A Resident of Canada. Exploring Vancouver, and beyond, with curiosity, humour and compassion. Sharing her take of the world with her transnational lens, Stina is East meets West.
Summer of Festivals Series- Bass Coast Volume 1
Stina begins her “Summer of Festivals” series and shares her experiences at the 2018 Bass Coast Music And Arts Festival. (Part 1 of 2)
There’s something we can all get behind- a long weekend baby. When we were younger, Victoria Day was the beginning of the end of the school year, one more month to push through until sweet summer. So this weekend, in between your beer swilling and your blunt smoking, splash around in this 90s playlist!
All of Canada might be stars now in the dope show, but it wasn’t always easy smoking green before October. Stina compares smoking marijuana in St. John’s, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Dating can suck no matter what coast you’re on, but realizing what you need, and being happy with flying solo is as badass as Beyoncé .
Stina creates a playlist full of Spring vibes to help rejuvenate you for the season.
Stina connects with one of the people she mentioned in her previous ode to her neighbourhood, Drag Queen Tara Beladi, as well as Jack Foster, the person who brings her to the stage.
Stina dedicates this week’s East Meets West to model Elly Mayday. (Image borrowed from Instagram)
In this week’s East Meets West, Stina recounts her experience celebrating St. Paddy’s Day on George Street.
Stina pens a lovely tribute to the women in her life in celebration of International Women’s Day in this week’s East Meets West.
Stina pops tags in this week’s East Meets West.
Canada is a vastly diverse place in terms of everything from culture to geography, but one thing that unites us all is the unpredictability of the weather. Especially winter.
Feeling a little hungover from Valentine’s Day? Stina recounts the time she went to a sex club.
Stina skirts around the topic of transit and how she gets around in the city she lives in.
Stina recently left the West and headed central to home in Kitchener, Ontario. Read about her experiences.
Ahead of Bell Let’s Talk Day, Stina opens up about her own struggles.
And now Stina’s conclusion of her Summer of Festivals Series with SKOOKUM Part 2. Would she go back?
Stina is back and for her first column of 2019 she finishes her Summer of Festivals Series with SKOOKUM Part 1.
In 2018’s last East Meets West, Stina tells us she is sitting out the Christmas season this year but tells us of Christmases past.
Stina takes us on a tour of her neighbourhood, Commercial Drive in the latest East Meets West!
We last left our heroine at Blessed Coast, wandering and dancing and nude photo-shooting… what does Stina get up to in the conclusion of this summer of festivals series?
Stina continues her “Summer of Festivals” series and shares her experiences at the 2018 Blessed Coast festival. (Part 1 of 2)
Stina’s birthday is approach and she has been reflecting on how she has spent birthdays past while also focusing on the future.
East Meets West is back! Stina details her long and arduous journey in finding a new home in a Vancouver where the vacancy rate is low.
We kick off The Racket’s All Hallows’ Week with a special Halloween edition of East Meets West! Stina shares some spooky stories about Halloweens gone by in Ontario, Newfoundland and British Columbia! (Thumbnail image borrowed from anostalgichalloween).
For this week’s East Meets West, Stina continues her “Summer of Festivals” series and shares her experiences at the 2018 Bass Coast Music And Arts Festival. (Part 2 of 2)
For this week’s East Meets West, Stina begins her “Summer of Festivals” series and shares her experiences at the 2018 Bass Coast Music And Arts Festival. (Part 1 of 2)
East meets West meets Shavasana! We dare you to read Stina’s ode to the practice of yoga in downward dog!
Stina details the warmth and kindness she received when she first came to Newfoundland in East Meets West: “When trusting a stranger your trust will be returned”.
In the latest East Meets West, Stina swims in the Atlantic, and then bares all to the Pacific.