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Simona Rabinovitch
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Simona Rabinovitch has been writing, performing and traveling since she can remember. Ever curious about what makes people tick, she covers arts, pop culture, travel, music and entertainment for the Globe & Mail, Macleans.ca, Billboard.com NUVO, MTV's Hive, DazedDigital, BlackBook.com, and many more. She's also contributed to Lonely Planet, Interview, Paper, Nylon, ELLE Canada, Spinner, Keyboard, and Spin.com, penned columns and edited international magazines. She worked as a national television producer before leaving the corporate world to focus on her own projects, including creating and hosting a cable TV series in her hometown of Montreal. These days, she's developing a new TV concept while writing a stage play based on her (mis)adventures as a music journalist.

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From Mumbai To Delhi: India In Style

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 8:20 AM

We landed in Mumbai in the dead of night, that mysterious window right before twilight, where anything can happen but nothing feels real.

The first thing I noticed were the customs signs: one for Unaccompanied Minors and Ladies, and one for everybody else. I laughed uncomfortably, but as I would...

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Fiction As Travel Inspiration In The Sabbatical

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 7:00 AM

While preparing for a journey somewhere new, I often read fiction set in the place in question. India? Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. Morocco? Break out the Paul Bowles. Road trip across America? Kerouac's On the Road, of course.

What better way to get into the underbelly of a country,...

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Confessions of a Semi-Vegan

(8) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 11:45 AM

When I was 12, I lived for a year on an Israeli kibbutz with an onsite slaughterhouse. I'll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that the farm's lambs and piglets were my best friends. One fine afternoon, the cafeteria served lamb and pig sausages. And I...

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The Roots, Courtney Love Rock Fashion Week Parties

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 11:10 AM

It's those little surprises that make it all worthwhile, and I'm speaking of both parties and real life. For me, those welcome moments summed up my experience navigating New York Fashion Week's party scene this season. One brilliant surprise was Gary Clark Jr. During his bluesy set opening for hip-hop...

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Jean Paul Gaultier Museum Exhibit in Montreal

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 8:48 AM

This summer, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to an iconic haute couture designer of our time: the incomparable Jean Paul Gaultier.

In the 1980s, he sent men in skirts down the down the runway. In the '90s, he put Madonna on stage in the infamous cone...

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Indiana Jones Makes Archaeology Hot in Montreal

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 11:11 AM

Who among us doesn't long for adventure, fortune and glory? When I first heard about the Indiana Jones archaeological museum exhibit debuting in Montreal on April 28, I realized we all relate to the epic quests of legendary truth-seeker Indiana Jones. Played by the ever-dashing Harrison Ford in movies released...

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Yoga Meets Music at Wanderlust at the Standard Spa, Miami

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 9:30 AM

If you're a fan of the yoga and of the music, check out Wanderlust at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach from March 17 through 20. Founded in California and with stops in various U.S. cities coming up this year, Wanderlust is a very cool festival featuring some of...

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NYC Hotspot Mister H: A Shanghai Surprise of Happy Times

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 3:32 PM

Feeling like Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole, I walked into Mister H, the marvelous new lounge at the Mondrian SoHo hotel in Manhattan. Run by Armin Amiri (who owned Socialista and manned the door of Bungalow 8, two infamous New York nightspots) this magical little joint at...

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Kanye, Graffiti and Country Music Royalty Reign at NYFW Parties

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 5:37 PM

Let me start by saying I didn't go to everything. (Parties I missed: Ms. Lauryn Hill's performance at Alexander Wang's store, the Purple magazine event at the Top of the Standard, the Scissor Sisters at The Box.) This is due, mostly, to not being invited to everything. And to having...

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Liver Donation, Break up, Led Author David Jedeikin to Wander the Rainbow

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 10:22 AM

When crisis hits, I'm a big fan of letting go of the familiar, jumping on a plane, and embracing the unknown. Certainly, this self-discovery strategy is so effective it's become cliché, but hot damn, is it ever true! Time and again, I'm reminded that if we open ourselves to its...

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Should Travel Writers Accept Freebies? I Say Yes

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 4:15 PM

I rode a teenage elephant through the Thai jungle, partied till dawn from Ibiza to Reykjavik, and joined a Buddhist monk meditation ceremony as thousands of lanterns were released into the sky. I've hung out at a vegan Rastafarian farm in St-Martin and shacked up at the world's finest hotels....

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The Elephant Woman

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 2:42 PM

Fear is an interesting animal. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it and takes on a life of its own, a fun fact of which I was reminded in Thailand last year. The morning after an incredible day of elephant riding in the jungle ('cause that's how...

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