Can you believe that after months of planning, fundraising, and preparing, Miss Teenage Canada 2017 is finally here, because I certainly can’t! I started my journey toward Toronto with a four-hour drive to St. John’s, did some shopping (scored two new pairs of shoes) and flew into the six Monday morning. No matter how many times I visit Toronto I can never get over how breathtaking it is, coming from a small province and an even smaller town I am always fascinated by big cities. I have never been so excited yet so nervous for something in my entire life, however, the excitement was drowning out the nerves!
2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada – Sponsor Party happened in the Meeting Room at the gorgeous Edward Village Hotel in Toronto Ontario at approximately 5:30 on Monday 07 Aug 2017.
Once Michelle, the national director, and Rob, from Street Chic Canada briefed us on how our jammed packed week was going to unfold we were given free reign of the awesome sponsor tables.
Our province-of-origin designated Sashes were all laid out on display to be claimed, I felt so proud to be able to reach for the ‘Newfoundland and Labrador’ sash! It has been such an honor being able to represent NL, I have always worn my roots on my sleeve and I have never been happier to wear it on my sash as well. My contestant number is 24 so be sure to keep an eye out when watching the preliminary competition and the final crowning!
Our beautiful shoes from Nine West were on full display for us to see what we’ll be rocking on Friday and Sunday! I was able to try on the lovely black shoes and we’ll get our very own pair later this week when the orders are ready, I can’t imagine shoe shopping for 59 girls is easy! As a lover of Nine West shoes already, I was ecstatic when I learned they were our official shoe sponsor and I cannot wait to add them to my collection.
Miss Teenage Canada’s sponsors are mostly made up of small to medium businesses who feel that there is value in supporting who we are. For various many reasons, this pageant is beneficial to those entrepreneurs and their growing business.
Rob himself was behind the Archer Dental booth, providing us all with toothbrushes, toothpaste and everything else we need to keep these pearly whites smiling all week long! Archer Dental is run by the famous Toronto dentist Dr. Natalie Archer, she’s very accomplished in her business as well as in the science fields and has been a huge supporter of MTC for years
Lily Liao from Street Chic fashion magazine was in attendance. Lily’s team published over thirty fashion blogs, submitted by over half of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates, just last week. Her magazine is absolutely fantastic and I was so grateful to be able to not only work with them but to meet the woman that’s behind it all. If I could tell Lily one thing about her magazine it would be to continue doing exactly what she’s doing because it’s just what we need here in Canada, a wonderful fashion outlet!
Be sure to check out my very own article with Street Chic called: Sibling Fashion Clash in Lawn, Nfld! You can find it here. Lily was also kind enough to give every one of us an adorable pair of earring, I grabbed some small, simple gold studs that will match with almost anything.
Next up was Dahlia DeSouza from UptotheTime Watches and her table filled with a gorgeous display of watches from their online catalog. Seriously, these pieces were breath-taking! We all received a necklace, that I cannot wait to wear, plus we were asked to take a selfie with the watch we would choose if we were to win the title of Miss Teenage Canada on Sunday, August 17th! She’s expecting us to post all our #iamuptothetime selfies on social media so make sure you watch out for those!
Judy, a super sweet music teacher at the Wandering Minstrel Music School in Mississauga was also present and she had an awesome Instagram challenge for us, called the #MTCSongSolo challenge! All of the girls were invited to choose from one of the five musical instruments there and record their best performance on Instagram using the challenge hashtag. If your video got the most likes you get a great prize, a cordless microphone!
All throughout our reigns we have been hashtagging #MTC2017, at the sponsor party Hashtagio Social Media Aggregator was there to give us a look back on the Instagram feed for every post that was tagged with our hashtag! Just like last year, all the best shots are being collected and displayed on the website in a special Go Behind the Scenes via the Instagram page. This is co-sponsored by Standard Telecom and this entire week you will see all the delegates with our phones so that we can capture all the exciting moments throughout the week!
The next table was a super adorable business called Super Adorbs, their accessories will bring any outfit to life no matter your style or occasion, that has versatile they are! The business is headquartered right here in Toronto and the sell online all across our gorgeous country! They gave us the cutest gift bags, mine had these baby pink ears in them; so fun!
I also had the pleasure to meet Alice Li, Miss Toronto World 2017, she was running the SuperAdorbsCo table. It’s crazy to think that less than a month ago she was standing in this very room receiving VIP delegate gifts from sponsors! Alice placed fourth in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada pageant.
We cut the cake and officially started the 2017 search for Miss Teenage Canada, it was so exciting to meet all of the girls and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for me!
Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤