LondonFuse’s volunteer board of directors is the backbone of our organization, giving strength to our mission and supporting our contributors’ pursuit to promote arts and culture in London, Ontario and beyond.
Meet Taylor Holden (she/her), LondonFuse’s Partnerships Director
What’s your favourite place in London?
Tough one. It’s a toss-up between my parent’s house and the central library branch.
What do you miss about your childhood?
The ENERGY! I was busy from 6am-8pm every day. How is that even possible?
Where would you like to live?
Anywhere, as long as it’s next door to my family and friends. Or Paris, if I could have both.
How would your mother describe you in one word?
She’d say something along the lines “Opinionated, just like your Nan.”
What is your favourite flower?
I’ve loved daisies since reading The Great Gatsby as a kid.
What is something that isn’t real but you desperately wish was real?
What is your favourite London store? Favourite restaurant in London?
My favourite store is Filthy Rebena — I love all things fashion, and this store really helped me feel confident in my sense of style + exploration. I love food way too much to pick one favourite restaurant, so I’ll say either True Taco at the Western Fair Market or The New Delhi Deli in Covent Garden Market. Ugh, or Milos! Or Locomotive Espresso? I can’t choose.
What are you most grateful for during COVID?
In a time where I can’t hug and squeeze my family, I am incredibly grateful for my community. I live with three of my best friends, who are some of the most amazing people I know. I play in a band with one of them, and creating music together has been the most amazing gift in this obscene reality we all live in.
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…
I would love to tell you that the book I would take would be something like East of Eden but it would certainly be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. For CDs, I would take the Bee Gees greatest hits! I hate being alone so I would need some great disco to dance to.
What’s the dumbest way you’ve been injured?
On the second day of my first time touring across Canada, we were running late to an interview in Thunder Bay and in a flurry, I smashed my head against a bike rack on the back of a car. I had a huge goose egg on my forehead and in hindsight, I had a pretty bad concussion. Had I not been 20, I probably would have gone back home or at least to one of those “hospitals” but instead, I just kept on going. Thunder Bay will be forever known as “Danger Bay” to me.
What career path did you want to pursue when you were 14 years old? What would you say to that 14-year-old now?
Well, to be embarrassingly honest here… When I was 14, I think I wanted to be a pop star like Taylor Swift. It feels like such a hilariously hollow dream to me, knowing what my goals are nowadays and what actually makes me happy. I’m so relieved that dream never came true.
A teacher at my high school always said “Think about how you spend your time, and who you spend it with” and I think that’s the most valuable thing I could say to 14-year-old Taylor. Alas, she’d probably just laugh at me. Truthfully, I think I’d rather have her teach me how to be as fearless as she was. I need more of that these days.
What’s your favourite LondonFuse article?
Recently I’ve really enjoyed all the London neighbourhood profiles.