Now that you’ve checked out his work, get to know Mike (and his double-sized dog) in his Essential List below.
o Place of birth: Toronto.
o Hometown: Toronto.
o Staycation: You get the idea.
o Vacation: Scotland.
o Pet: 54lb. Labradoodle that was supposed to be 25lbs.
o Place of work: Rethink.
o Place of workout: I have a gently used membership at the embarrassingly named LA Fitness.
o Side project: Breaking 80.
o Mode of transport: Saving for that Tesla.
o Bonus travel essential: Noise cancelling headphones.
o Artist: Michael Jordan.
o Musician: Oasis (I know). Springsteen (I know, I know).
o Commercials / music video director: My guy Mark Zibert. [He directed that IKEA ad we mentioned in the intro.]
o Film director: Danny Boyle.
o Photographer: My daughter.
o Film: Anything written by Sorkin.
o Series: Anthony Bourdain No Reservations.
o Music video: Safety Dance.
o Video game: FIFA.
o Book: Open – Andre Agassi.
o Podcast: The Erik Anders Lang Show.
o Newspaper (off or online): Twitter.
o Magazine: Wired/Food & Wine.
o Bonus culture essential: The YouTube rabbit hole.
Food and Drink
o Breakfast: Intermittent fasting.
o Restaurant: Cava (hidden gem Spanish tapas in Toronto – get the fried eggplant with bonito flakes).
o Cheap bite: Pho.
o Working lunch: Make time to eat a proper lunch. It’s worth it.
o Favourite dish: Zaa.
o Signature dish: Roast Chicken, celery root puree, roasted fennel.
o Snack: Kombucha.
o Guilty pleasure: Ballpark hot dog.
o Bar: McVeigh’s New Windsor Tavern. (Proper Irish dive. It’s in the opening scene of Boondock Saints.)
o Booze: Yes pls.
o Not booze: Water.
o Bonus food: Bread and cheese.
o Bonus beverage: Negroni.
o Phone: iPhone.
o Computer: Macbook Air.
o TV: Is that still a thing?
o Headphones: Bose noise cancelling.
o Camera: Canon.
o Soundsystem: UE Boom.
o Pen / pencil: Sharpie.
o Where you document an idea: Usually in a frantic text to my partner.
o Casual clothing: Fred Perry polo/jeans.
o Smart clothing: Fred Perry polo/jeans/jacket.
o Footwear: Stan Smith.
o Watch: None.
o App: Instagram.
o Website: YouTube.
o Work program: Google Docs.
o Digital work tool: Telephone.
o Analogue work tool: Sharpie.
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Toothpaste and deodorant.
o Bonus kit essential: Eye drops.