Hi. I’m Allegra Swanson, 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 sport and nutrition, so I wanted a space where my whole life could live online together. I’ve taken on new knitting challenges, and I learned to run in 2013. 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.

I’m now working towards a sub-1:40 half marathon in May alongside a coached group of awesome runners: Adaptive Running Academy. I’m an Ambassador for 5 Peaks Trail Race Series, Altra Running Canada, and I’ll be pacing this year’s very first Waterfront 10K with Canada Running Series. You can also find me blogging over at Canadian Running Magazine.

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 Director of Communications at the Canadian Music Centre where I also manage their recording label, Centrediscs. I travel for work a lot from Whitehorse to St. John’s, Nashville to Vienna. I have a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from McGill University and a post-grad in Communications from Concordia University. Before I joined the CMC, I worked at The Banff Centre as the Podcast Producer. One of my favourite moments there? Conducting a 15-piece orchestra during the recording of the string overdubs I wrote for the Weezer album, Hurley.

In 2012-2013, alongside Amanda Leduc, co-founded Bare It For Books; a calendar featuring Canadian authors in the nearly nude. We raised close to $10,000 in the name of PEN Canada.

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