Fall 2018, Bay Street Bull: Feature interviews with Marc Randolph (co-founder of Netflix) and Paddy Cosgrave (CEO of Web Summit, Collision), and a case study on innovation versus perfection, or (perhaps) Tesla versus Rolls-Royce.

Summer 2018: Feature interviews for the Bay Street Bull‘s Power 50 issue  Dan Doctoroff (CEO of Sidewalk Labs), Dave Hopkinson (formerly at MLSE), Olivia Nuamah (Executive Director, Pride Toronto) and Yung Wu (CEO, MaRS).

Mike Stern, CEO of Connected (on LinkedIn’s 2018 Top 25 Startups in Canada), says: “‘The pursuit of better’ is language we use in the office all the time, and for us that’s just as much about being human as it is about our craft. The pursuit of better is about our natural desire to make progress, to produce, even to play…” (read more)


David Bowie

At one time I was vacillating between whether to be an architect or a painter or a commercial artist… I had a lot of jobs. I’d take everything, like a copying job where it required no brain at all, but I could phone the guy up and say, ‘Look, I’ve got three hours, can I make some money?’ and he’d say, ‘Come on in!’ I did housecleaning for three months – God, I loathed that, running around with buckets of water! I really did anything I could just to keep house and home together.” (read more)

Ryan Reynolds

When I was 12, I flunked out of drama class. The teacher picked the best students to go on a cattle call for a television series, but I decided I’d go anyway. Four thousand kids showed up, and I got the role!” (read more)

Sir Ben Kingsley

“We have lost a huge amount of our privacy, because anything I say in this interview – friendly, calm and measured that it is – anything I say can be taken out of context, and it can be all over the web in seconds. We’ve lost our privacy!” (read more)

Allana Harkin (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)

What I’d really like to see is women helping other women. I read about women not getting opportunities, men not giving women opportunities – but I think, in fact, there are a lot of women out there actually not giving other women opportunities, and I think there’s a lot more that we can do to bolster each other.” (read more)

Natasha Henstridge

“You can always look back and think: I should have, would have, could have, but everything’s an experience and part of your growth. It makes you who you are, and you learn from those things.” (read more)

David Cronenberg

“Being in Canada, I really think of myself as being halfway between Hollywood and Europe. I can be influenced by both, but not overwhelmed by either, and can therefore be free to develop my own sensibility. I think if I lived in L.A., the gravitational pull of Hollywood is so huge – it’s like a huge, dense planet – I think I would have been drawn to its core and I would have been making very different movies.” (read more)

Jason Priestley

Hard work and perseverance can overcome pretty much anything. It’s amazing what the human body can withstand. I sort of feel like I’m a living testament to that.” (read more)

Kelsey Serwa

An injury like the ones I have sustained can shape an individual. Some people may feel it to be too challenging and decide to take the easy way out, but my injuries have made me stronger and more determined than ever.” (read more)

Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)

When I write about things that are political, it’s more about being a consumer and the plight of how to survive in a capitalist society. It’s more of a personal politic.” (read more)

Plus: Duran Duran, Iman, Carson Daly, Mila Kunis, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Zegers, David Boreanaz, Donald Faison, Usher, All Saints, Dru Hill and more…


Philip Beesley (artist/architect and Iris van Herpen collaborator)

The development and design process is a constant back-and-forth, but rather than sounding tedious, Beesley’s description almost evokes children at play: “I was with Iris just a couple of weeks ago and we shared a couple of days, combinations of very quick exchanges where we unpack a box and spread it out and try things on and play, and then each person leaves with some new samples and ideas for pushing things further.” (read more)

A conversation with Karim Habib, global executive design director for Infiniti

“I think as designers we need to think not just about style and form and shape. For example, residential architecture in Japan is mind boggling – it’s truly, truly innovative in a sense of the word that I’ve rarely seen being so relevant and accurate. I’m still trying to get my head around it.” (read more)