Absolutely brilliant. WestJet’s “Christmas Miracle” clip which debuted December 8th has amassed over 29 million views to date and counting. If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply must. For those who have, why not watch it again.
As passengers waited for a flight at Toronto Pearson International Airport and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, they were asked what their Christmas wish was from Santa Claus himself. During their flights, about 150 WestJet employees headed to Best Buy and other stores to purchase gifts and then wrap them up before the flights landed. While passengers waited for their luggage at baggage claim, wrapped gifts came down the carousel instead. Watching some of their reactions are truly priceless. They’re almost as funny as Oprah’s studio audience during her favorite things specials.
WestJet Vice President of Communications Richard Bartrem told Forbes that making this video was relatively cheap. “For a traditional commercial, you could spend well into the mid-six figures for the production alone,” he says, adding that this clip, brilliantly conceived by studio m, was “a mere fraction” of that. Lesson here is, if you ever see a giant box, always go up to it. You never know. Oh and I guess, the message of giving is also the takeaway ;)
Holy hell, do I already have to cut carbs out of my diet? It’s literally at freezing temperature in Vancouver and I’m looking to prep (both physically and mentally) for the incredible adventure that is White Party, Palm Springs 2014 (WPPS). Not only will Jeffrey Sanker- the party’s longstanding owner and developer- be pulling out all the stops and exploding the tiny desert town with an influx of all things hot, fun and gay, but this is their 25th anniversary… I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s a bit afraid of what that will entail. (Afraid means turned on right…?)
We’ve received a recent press release of the 3-day insane party with the deets on the location and specifics of the major events… but this is just the beginning. In the weeks and months to come we’ll keep you in the know on possible giveaways coming out for tickets as well as the lowdown on the acts and stars that will be performing and just generally attending with their awesomeness at this event. Below is the released plan for the weekend adventure and my specific opinion and recommendations on what you should know in prep for these parties. I personally cannot wait to get back down South to make up some new amazing memories… and, let’s be honest: bang some new amazing guys.
My biggest regret when I visited New Zealand last year was not venturing out of Auckland to check out the Lord of the Rings Hobbit set. I was visiting the country for only a couple of days before heading to Australia and completely forgot about the movie tour. I would’ve given anything for a photo of myself hanging out in the Shire. Too bad this promo wasn’t airing before my trip to remind me that Middle Earth wasn’t too far away.
Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle Earth, is giving you an opportunity to win tickets for two to the worldwide premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Los Angeles. If that doesn’t pique your interest, they’re also giving away a five night trip to New Zealand which includes a visit to Hobbiton in Matamata. Check out the wicked commercial below. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on December 13, 2013.
Looks like Air New Zealand has some competition in the in-flight safety video department. For years the Kiwi company has come up with innovative clips demonstrating the dos and donts of airline travel. With Virgin America’s new safety demo, they’ve certainly raised the bar. It’s practically a Broadway musical number.
Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2 & 3, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the visual stars Todrick Hall as one of the flight attendants. The YouTube sensation along with his crew sing and dance their little hearts out in the extremely spacious aisles of the imaginary aircraft. Love me Virgin America but the leg room shown in the clip is false advertising ;)
Watch the flight crew and passengers execute choreography by Jamal Sims and Christopher Scott. You might even spot a SYTYCD alum or two in the mix. If by any chance you want to star in Virgin’s next safety demo, simply upload an Instagram video of yourself with your freshest moves using the #VXsafetydance hashtag. Next time I fly Virgin, I demand the crew bust out the Safety Dance.
We are 6 weeks into The Random Acts Of Kindness Tour, better known as #GetRAOKT, and it’s already been the adventure of a life time. For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently on a year long trip with my friend Jessica around North America doing Volunteer work and Random Acts Of Kindness. We left on September 2nd after doing a 6am interview on CBC Radio 1′s “The Early Edition.” Since then we have been on the road doing our part to try and make a difference.
So far we have been to Calgary, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Boulder, Denver and now reside in Nashville thanks to Greyhound! They’ve been getting us around this massive piece of land and it’s been really amazing to see all the different areas we wouldn’t be able to see if we flew. All along the way we have met incredibly inspiring people doing their part to help out in their communities. A few of our biggest events to date have been volunteering with the AIDS Walk in Oklahoma City and helping flood victims in Boulder after they experienced devastating floods.
Continuing with our Vancouver Pride 2013 coverage, I’m sharing our very own Tommy‘s Pride lineup. If pool parties, wicked music and RuPaul’s Drag Race are your thing, his TFD Presents events are a must. Shangela, Morgan McMichaels, Manila Luzon and reigning winner Jinkx Monsoon will be serving MAH-JOR FIERCENESS at their respective performances.
Speaking for myself, I can’t wait. You’ll definitely spot me there, not only to support, but to have a kick-ass time. Check out details for each party below. Just in case you missed it, I also embedded the sexy video promo for RAPTURE: VICTORY featuring Mackenzie Green. See you at YVR Pride.
Since Vancouver Pride is around the corner, I thought I’d start promoting some of the parties I’m attending. I’m already tired thinking about all the events I’m going to check out. For once, I thought I’d be responsible this weekend and take it easy in preparation for next week’s debauchery. My poor body has no idea what I have in store for it ;) No sleep and too many cocktails.
To kick off our YVR PRIDE coverage, I decided to go with Big Roger’s Events. I typically don’t love sponsoring parties, but when they asked me sponsor their Friday night party SUGAR POP @ FANCLUB, I couldn’t resist. They let me pick a local charity (YouthCO) that the party would partly benefit. Plus DJ Joe Gauthreaux is mixing tunes, along with performances by Derek Parker & Shawn Wolfe. It’s definitely going to be insane.
If you remember the mayhem that ensues after the DAVIE STREET BLOCK PARTY, you know the clubs in the village are a mad house. Why not go just around the corner to Granville and kick it at this party. If you’ve never been to FANCLUB, it’s a great space. Plus it’s only $20 in advance. Use PROMO CODE “HOMO” and save $5 (valid for only 72 hours) Check out Big Roger’s other YVR PRIDE events below.
We start the weekend off at a brand new, fun, high-energy candy-coated dance party with world renown DJ JOE GAUTHREAUX (NYC) in one of Vancouver’s sweetest new spaces. Info at www.bigrogerevents.com
Friday August 2, 10PM – 3AM
Vancouver FanClub – 1050 Granville Street, Vancouver
Close your eyes. Imagine everything you were just looking at disappears and you’re left in complete darkness. This is the experience you get at Dark Table, which offers its guests a truly unique blind dining experience that has been increasingly popular in cities like Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, L.A. and New York. I recently got a group of friends together to try out this new restaurant, which opened last fall in Vancouver. According to their website, “with an unemployment rate of 70%, the blind face obvious challenges in a society that is preoccupied with visual communication, but in a dark dining environment, the tables are turned—the non-sighted servers guide the sighted.”
When we arrived at the restaurant, the hostess greeted us at the door. She provided us with menus and we made our selection before even entering the building. There are 2 course and 3 course options ($33/$39). The appy and dessert are always a surprise, and you have the option of choosing to be surprised for your main course as well.