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Introducing Sammy Orlowski (she/her), Vice-President & Editorial Director at LondonFuse
What’s your favourite place in London?
I live and work downtown, and I really love the core – so I’m going to cheat and list a bunch of stuff in the core! I love spending time in the Covent Garden Market and the Central branch of the London Public Library. Also, when the fountain in Citi Plaza is functional, it’s an extremely soothing activity to sit on one of the surrounding benches and stare at it for a while. I also love spending time in Museum London.
What’s the dumbest way you’ve been injured?
I was about to sit on a panel about zines at TAP Centre for Creativity, and of course, I needed to wax my chin! Rationally, I knew no one would see my teeny little chin hairs, but they make me super self-conscious so I went for it. Unfortunately, the sugar wax I used was just a little too hot, and I was impatient, so I ended up burning my chin. I slapped a Hello Kitty bandaid on the burn because I thought I might as well flaunt it.
What animal would be the most terrifying if it could speak?
I feel like wasps would yell strings of expletives as they went in for the sting, which would make them more terrifying than they already are.
What career path did you want to pursue when you were 14 years old? What would you say to that 14-year-old now?
I was 14 when I fell in love with video editing. I now work in video editing. Good job, kid!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what book and what CD would you have? You can have one of each…apparently, there’s a CD player…
Bookwise, I’d probably bring The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – a beloved classic that gives me a laugh. I have a lot of favourite albums, but I think purely based on how much I enjoyed it last year, I would say Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa. I feel like the upbeat dance-pop hits would help keep me from being too morose at being stranded.
What’s something a little different that you recommend that everyone try at least once?
I grilled a peanut butter and jelly sandwich once. It was more challenging to eat because of the melty peanut butter, but it kinda blew my mind a little bit.
What makes you feel old?
Thinking about how cool I felt using my first cellphone to record My Chemical Romance’s “Helena” playing out of my CD player so I could use it for my ringtone because that was the only way I could get ringtones that weren’t polyphonic. So long and goodnight…
What is the cheesiest pick-up line you’ve used or had used on you?
I worked as a grocery store cashier for half a year when I was 18. The store I worked at had a loyalty program that was tied to your phone number. One time I was cashing through an older gentleman, and I asked for his phone number for the program. When he gave it to me, he followed it up with “Now, give me yours.” Ha ha. Don’t do that to your cashier.
What is your favourite London store? Favourite restaurant in London?
My drawer full of adorable Japanese sticker sheets can attest to Uber Cool Stuff being my favourite London store. I also love City Lights Bookshop and Brown and Dickson Booksellers, because I like to hope that I’ll make more time to read someday. As far as restaurants go, I’ve only been to Abruzzi once, but it knocked my little socks off. I would definitely go there again if I’m feeling fancy. Otherwise, toss me a chicken shawarma plate from Shelby’s, or join me for sushi at Cornerstone Sushi-Ya!
What is something that isn’t real but you desperately wish was real?
Hands down, it’s teleportation. I moved to London from Calgary nearly a decade ago, and being able to instantly pop back and forth to visit friends and family across the country would be sweet. Also, my dream trip to Europe would be a lot easier.
What is the best concert or show you’ve seen in London?
A couple of years ago, the funk fusion group Marutyri did a concert outdoors behind Life of Leisure as part of a Sunfest secret popup concert series. It was nighttime, everyone was dancing, and the energy in the air was simply electric. It was the most fun I’ve had at a show in London, and I hope to feel that energy again soon!
What’s your favourite LondonFuse article?
I will always re-read Thomas Sayers’ tour of the Victoria Park unofficial website as a joyful exploration of a strange pocket of London, Ontrio cyberspace.
Recently, I worked with Allyson Proulx editing her article detailing her experience creating a mural near the Ark Aid Mission in the Old East Village. The resulting article is beautiful (and so is the mural!), and I am so proud to have played a small part in bringing the article to life.
Feature photo of the 3rd Free for (W)all festival put on by local artist James Kirkpatrick and Life of Leisure in fall 2019 by Sammy Orlowski.