2017 Canadian Whisky Awards

The story begins about a month ago when I received a random email with the subject “You’re Invited!” I promptly ignored it and figured it was spam. Well, the sender was persistent and followed up with a second email. I googled her company Jesson + Company Communications Inc. and it turned out they were a legitimate company. So that made me pay a little more attention to the email.  Would I be attending the event they invited me too? Looking through my junk mail I found an invitation to the launch of the 2017 Canadian Whisky Awards.  This included a tasting session. Hell yes, I wanted to go!

So on December 1st I did just that.

The event was held at the Association of Canadian Distillers office, and I was in for a treat.  On my way in I discovered that I was invited in my capacity as a blogger and freelancer. That surprised and pleased me. And not only was there whisky, there was an amazing array of food as well.  Too bad I had eaten beforehand.


There were four whiskies we were tasting that night were all previous Canadian Whisky Award winners and they were:

  • Canadian Club 100% Rye
  • Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
  • Gooderham & Worts
  • Lot 40 Copper Pot

Now I love some whisky, I really do, but I am hardly a connoisseur. I wouldn’t be able to write you tasting notes on what I had because I am a casual whisky drinker. But I know what I like. The Gooderham & Worts was the smoothest to my pallet, and therefore my favourite.  The ryes were far, far spicier. The Lot 40 somewhere was solidly in the middle.   At least to me.

Besides the whisky and the food, we also got to hear from Davin de Kergommeaux, the head judge of the Canadian Whisky Awards! He told us about the origins and how they function. I did not know that it was 100% blind tasting. That’s pretty cool.

To top off the evening they sent me home with a free bottle of Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye! That was very generous of them.


All in all, it was a really lovely time, and although I felt a bit out of my depth the organizers were incredibly welcoming. I’m still not sure how they found me but I am glad they did!

Can-Con 2016!!

So in about three weeks the awesomeness that is Can-Con will be here in Ottawa once again. And once again it’s downtown so I can actually go. I have bought my tickets and am armed with my notebook and ready. These are the panels I’m interested in:
Nothing jumps out at me for Friday, so on to Saturday we go.


How to Build an Amazing Reading List from the Juried Awards
Different Ways to Pitch a Novel to a Publisher or Agent
Getting Your Work Noticed
Our Monsters are Us
Rewriting Fairy Tales
Beyond the Coming Out Story – New Queer Narratives in Speculative Fiction
Want to Dominate the World, but Don’t Have a Writers’ Group?
Writing a Novel in 30 Days (workshop)
Making Literature Out of Spam emails
Witchcraft, Druids, and the Occult


40 Creative Choices that Drive Away Audiences
Bodies of Difference: Disability in Spec Fic
Emerging Issues in Publishing Contracts
Same Old Story
Guest of Honour Tanya Huff and Special Guest Charles de Lint talk about fantasy and writing

So that’s quite the lineup. We’ll see if I make it to all of them. I may end up down in the hotel bar because I love the Albion Rooms very very much. But I love this convention as well. There’s so much to learn about writing and I want to soak it all up like a sponge.

And then hopefully fucking write something because this dry spell is bad.