Hi. I’m Allegra Young, and I’m from Toronto, Canada.

Ever since I joined twitter and started exploring the internet, I’ve found so many places where my hobbies, interests and community can be fostered. Places where I can learn. People who can teach me new skills. Challenges I didn’t even know I wanted to take on.

I’ve had a Canadian book blog for a while, and that’s still very important to me. Now, however, I’ve found a new passion for running, food, and nutrition, so I wanted a space where my whole life could live online together. I’ve taken on new knitting challenges, and learned to run. I never would have thought a year ago that I would complete my very first triathlon and place first in my age group, let alone run 5K without taking a walking break. Since then, I’ve completed two half marathons, a 10K and a trail race.

These pages are probably more for me than anyone else, but I do often get asked about what books I would recommend for a week at the cottage, what I put in my all-bran for breakfast every morning, or where the pattern is for that knit sweater I’ve been working on for 2 years. It’s all here, folks!

canlit or bust

You know what I like, but what do I do? I currently work as the Recording and Licensing Manager for the Canadian Music Centre’s recording label, Centrediscs. I travel for work a lot, and in the past 2 years have been to Halifax, Wolfville, Charlottetown, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, San Francisco, Vienna, and Nashville. I also sing in a choir twice a week; a hobby leftover from my bachelor’s degree in voice performance from McGill University. Before I joined the CMC, I worked at The Banff Centre as the Podcast Producer where one of my favourite moments was conducting a 15-piece orchestra during the recording of the string overdubs that I was tasked to write for the latest Weezer album, Hurley.

In 2012/2013, along with Amanda Leduc, I co-founded Bare It For Books; a charity calendar featuring 12 Canadian authors in the nearly nude in the name of the freedom of expression. In the end, we were thrilled to raise $6,500 for PEN Canada.

I love any kind of music, even country, and I have the best family in the world.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Don Henry says:

    Allegra and Azura:

    I’m writing this note to both of you, but will probably need to send it separately. You couldn’t possibly remember me, but I was the screenwriter of “The Haunting of Lisa” and I met you both when I visited the set in Toronto.

    I recently was cleaning out some old photos and came across a picture that I took of you two when you were killing some time in the trailer. Since it doesn’t take that much effort to track people down these days (with social media, etc.), I’m reasonably certain that the two of you are the young actors that appear in my photo. I just thought you might like to see it.

    I haven’t done a lot in the movie business—and in the last several years I became a Yoga therapist and teacher (though I still have my movie-related projects, too). In any case, I mention this because I put the picture on my Yoga website—in a hidden link, of course—but thought it would be the easiest way to share it with you:

    I think I saw on IMDB that you both must have directed your talents to areas outside of acting. I’m sure you’re both thriving in whatever new adventures you’re pursuing.

    Anyway, if I don’t have the right person(s), let me know—otherwise, I hope you enjoy the flashback. I still occasionally cross paths with Aemelia (the girl who played Lisa)—we became FB friends a few years back. Otherwise, I don’t think of the movie very often—but when I do it brings back nothing but great memories. Thanks for being a part of it!

    Best regards,

    Don Henry

  2. ayoungvoice says:

    Wow! What a small world. Thanks for sharing the photo. I have some memories of that time certainly but I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen the film!

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