Welcome to my website. I'm a freelance editor and writer based in Montreal. I collaborate with several media outlets - print, web and television - in Canada and abroad. All four sections of my professional portfolio are showcased here (scroll down or see column at left). If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. ~Patricia
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September 11, 2013
FASHION Magazine + Armani Rouge Ecstasy (Hotel Ritz-Carlton) • HOST
September 9, 2013
FASHION Magazine + Gap, fall trends presentation (Eaton Centre) • HOST & SPEAKER
August 1, 2013
FASHION Magazine + Murale, fall beauty trends presentation (Place Ville Marie) • HOST & SPEAKER
Mercedes-Benz Start Up fashion competition, Laval • GUEST JUDGE
Paris Fashion Week • FASHION Magazine CORRESPONDENT
Skinny Cow Canada • NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH AMBASSADOR
Mercedes-Benz Start Up fashion competition, Ottawa • GUEST JUDGE
Mercedes-Benz Start Up fashion competition, Quebec City • GUEST JUDGE
Mercedes-Benz Start Up fashion competition, Montreal • GUEST JUDGE
October 27, 2011
Femmes en affaires 2011 (Agence Apollo) • LAUREATE & FEATURED ENTREPRENEUR
March 24, 2011
FASHION Magazine + BCBGMAXAZRIA, spring trends presentation (rue Ste-Catherine) • HOST & SPEAKER
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S K I L L S
• service articles, features, celebrity profiles
• editorial, advertising, social media
• fashion, travel, beauty, art, food, culture
Custom content production
• print and web (SEO) magazine packaging
• copy-editing, team direction, budget management
• see KIOSK Media below
• on-screen hosting, script writing, project management
• English and French
P R O F E S S I O N A L E X P E R I E N C E
2012-present – KIOSK Media
Boutique custom content agency specializing in luxury and lifestyle
Co-founder, Production Director
• turn-key editorial and art production for small to large businesses
• magazines, pamphlets, press releases, corporate newsletters
2010-present – THE EXPERIENCE e-magazine
Lifestyle magazine for Cadillac Fairview's 20+ shopping centres across Canada
National Content Editor, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd.
• Create and manage monthly editorial content
• Oversee 12-person team: writers, copyeditors, translators and photo researchers
2009-present – FASHION Magazine
Canada's top-selling consumer fashion and lifestyle magazine
Montreal Editor, St-Joseph Media
• Produce and edit Montreal content for print and on-line
• Represent brand at various events, including role of judge for Mercedes-Benz Start Up and correspondent at Paris Fashion Week
2001-present – FREELANCE
Editor, Writer and Author
(See Writing Clips and Video Portfolio for work samples.)
2011-2012 – READER'S DIGEST magazine
iPad Production Manager, Readers’s Digest Canada
• organized and orchestrated RDC's first iPad magazine, plus subsequent issues
2009-2011 – ADVENTURA magazine
Senior Editor, Gesca
• developed template, established masthead and produced content for the premiere issue, plus subsequent quarterly issues
2007-2008 – LOULOU magazine
Special Projects Director, Roger’s Media
• developed framework and managed in- and out-house team for special issues in English and French, including "Shopping Directory/Guide Shopping" and "Gift Guide/Guide Cadeaux."
2006-2007 – enROUTE magazine
Senior Editor (front-of-book), Spafax Media
• spearheaded the revamp and relaunch of the "Jet Set" section
• helped attract key advertisers in beauty and fashion industries
• curated content in English and French under themes of style, grooming, food, trends and hotels
2005-2006 – WISH magazine
Assistant Beauty Editor, St-Joseph Media
• assisted Beauty Director with research and editorial tasks
E D U C A T I O N
2005 – University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics major
“I have worked with Patricia over several years, and during my Editor role at different magazines, including NUVO and Montecristo. Patricia is an adept interviewer, talented writer, works very well to deadline and has a great flair for making her work just right for the job at hand.”
Editor, Montecristo magazine
“I hired Patricia as a writer for high-end lifestyle custom publications; she was recommended to me by a renowned Canadian magazine editor and I worked with Patricia until I left the company. Patricia's stories focused on travel, wine, and fashion. Patricia has a lovely personality and is a pleasure to work with. She always pitched unique stories that appealed to the both the client and reader; she delivered consistent work each issue. Patricia was available for phone calls (we worked long-distance) on short notice to answer questions and to bounce around ideas for upcoming issues of the publications. I would recommend Patricia as a writer on any lifestyle/food and beverage/fashion/travel-related work and I hope I have the opportunity to work with her again.”
Editor, Belton Publications
“Patricia wrote several articles for the montreal pages of FASHION Magazine. Enthusiastic, dynamic, professional, she was always in touch with the industry. I knew I could count on her to deliver excellent copy on time; I barely ever needed to edit her texts. I would hire Patricia again without hesitation.”
Editor, FASHION Magazine
“Patricia's enthusiasm carries over into her copy, as does her relentless search for what's new and relevant. Great to work with, she stays committed to improvement at every stage of the process.”
Travel Editor, Frommer's
"Patricia is the quintessential writer. She is smart, creative and has a lot of style. Her knowledge is unparalleled when it comes to fashion, trends and lifestyle; her research is always well-done and her references and examples are spot-on. But what makes her stand apart is her understanding of the corporate world; she is able to deliver high-quality editorial copy and ideas while respecting specific parameters such as imposed content and ambitious deadlines. She is efficient and fast, but will not sacrifice quality. Finally, her turnkey approach makes the whole process extremely easy for her clients. I definitely recommend Patricia and will continue to work with her as a writer!"
Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, Birks Group Inc.
"Over the past three years, Patricia has been a reliable contributor to FranceGuide magazines, always coming up with unique angles and creative ways to adapt to our readers and editorial needs. Her writing is clean, dynamic and witty, and overall, she's just a great gal to have around! I hope to have the chance to work with her again…"
Press & Publications Coordinator, Atout France
"Patricia was the first writer for Street Foods, a new section in Morning Calm, and with only minimal input from me, she turned in a series of superb stories that basically set the tone for the column thereafter. She was also unfailingly courteous, reliable and helpful."
Managing Editor, Morning Calm for Korean Air
"Patricia delivers smartly written copy, on deadline. She's able to turn projects around quickly if required, and is a pleasure to work with."
Consulting Editor at Dalhousie University
“Patricia brought a wealth of luxury-brand and beauty-industry contacts to editing the front-of-book Jet Set section at enRoute, giving it true international flare and making it more appealing commercially and also more reader-friendly. She has since worked for me as a freelancer and always find her writing and research always exceeds expectations, with a tone that is both sophisticated and warm.”
Editor, EnRoute magazine
"Patricia is sharp, witty and knows what's happening in the world. Her worldliness extends far beyond travel and beauty. She has a fine ability to take the pulse of a trend and dissect it. Plus she wears awesome shoes."
Editor in Chief, EnRoute magazine
"Working with Patricia was a blast. We got along very well and she brought a new approach to our ideas. Her expertise in running a magazine was a real plus in getting ours on track. She worked really hard to make us look good. We recommend her strongly for any project you may need her for. Thanks again, Patricia. Hope to work with you again in the future."
Editor in Chief, Adventura magazine
"What I like most about working with Patricia is her enthusiasm and energy. She delivers excellent information to the magazine readership (many of whom wish they lived in Montreal) and she does so while balancing a number of other high profile publishing projects."
Executive Editor, FASHION Magazine
"Patricia has demonstrated her ongoing support and expertise, by offering professional, timely and strategic writing services for Markville Shopping Centre's digital eMagazine. It is a pleasure working with Patricia and I know I can rely on her to ensure Markville's brand and positioning is well represented each and every month."
Marketing Manager, Cadillac Fairview
"Patricia efficiently delivers high quality content for our Experience eMagazine on time and on budget. She's able to tap into the latest trends and works well with our retail clients."
Director of Marketing, Cadillac Fairview
"Patricia’s wore a few different hats within the style department Wish magazine, all with equal panache. Efficient, consistent, thorough and creative, she has all the qualities you would want in an editor, and then some."
Managing Editor, Wish magazine
WISH: Market to Table is a compilation for the very best of Wish magazine's food and entertaining editorial--full of tips, short-cuts, advice, and recipes, from easy to gourmet.
Seasonal Shopping Tips and Recipes
Good for You: Balanced and Nutritious Menus
Cooking 101: Step-by-Step Instructions
Food + Decor: Beautiful Pictures and Innovative Tips
[Copy-editing assistance by Patricia Gajo]
Completely updated every year, Frommer's Montréal & Québec City features features everything you need to know to enjoy the sights and experiences that await you in two of North America's most romantic cities.
Our author hits all the highlights, from Vieux-Montréal to Quebéc's fascinating Musée de la Civilisation. Patricia's checked out all the best hotels and restaurants in person, and offers authoritative, candid reviews that will help you find the choices that suit your tastes and budget.
[Written by Patricia Gajo]
The book shows readers how to enjoy the quintessential Canadian travel adventures that range from the famous to the unique, from exploring the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy to gazing in wonder at Vancouver Island's giant 1000-year-old trees. With seven experience recommendations for each week of the year, planning your next trip is as easy as looking at the calendar.
[Co-authored by Patricia Gajo, Quebec content]
I've been a freelance writer for various publications - I still am - and have penned so many articles that I've lost track how many. My beat is typically in lifestyle and luxury, including one-on-one profiles with notable personalities. Click here to browse a selection of my most popular prose.
NATIONAL CONTENT DIRECTOR: January 2009 to present
MONTREAL EDITOR: September 2009 to present
SPECIAL PROJECTS DIRECTOR: June 2000 to May 2001
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2013 • P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards: Winner for BEST MALE FASHION FEATURE
"Down to Business" (profile on Dani Reiss, CEO of Canada Goose) in NUVO magazine • Feature Writer
2012 • Quebec Notable Awards: Winner of BEST PERSONAL BRAND/BLOGGER category
2011 • P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards: Nominated for BEST FASHION FEATURE
"Oh My Gaultier" (cover story/profile on Jean Paul Gaultier) in NUVO magazine • Feature Writer
2011 • P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards: Nominated for BEST MALE FEATURE
"Travel Totes" (profile on Byron and Dexter Peart, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie) in NUVO magazine • Feature Writer
2010 • Magnum Opus Awards: Honorable Mention for BEST FEATURE ARTICLE
"Sky Scrapers" (Montréal parkours) in Zoom Zoom magazine for Mazda Canada • Feature Writer
2010 • Canadian Online Publishing Awards: Fashion magazine wins BEST CROSS PLATFORM • Contributing Writer
2010 • P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards: nominated for BEST MALE FEATURE
"Jean-ius" (profile on Salvatore Parasuco) in NUVO magazine • Feature Writer
2010 • Canadian New Media Awards: The Montréal Buzz for Tourisme Montréal (SID LEE) wins BEST ONLINE ADVERTISING • Staff Writer
2010 • Boomerang Awards: The Montréal Buzz for Tourisme Montréal (SID LEE) wins BEST USE OF A BLOG • Staff Writer
2007 + 2008 • The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME): EnRoute magazine wins MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR • Staff Writer
2005 • Canadian Fragrance Awards: Nominated for BEST FEATURE ARTICLE
"The Allure of Perfume" in Wish magazine • Assistant Beauty Editor (writer and researcher)
I was born in Toronto where I started my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Eventually, I moved to Vancouver and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in linguistics. Somehow I even managed to squeeze in a year of study at Concordia University. Yes, it's possible.
Love had lured me to la belle province - and I've been based in Montreal for over a decade now. Other important details: I'm married to the coolest guy in the universe, I have a cat named Miggy, I like to take pictures (have you seen my Instagram?) and I prefer salty over sweet foods, but I never turn down the latter.