Featured Vancouverite: Jamie Garratt

Jamie Garratt

Hometown:  Toronto, Ontario

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 19 Years

President and Founder of Idea Rebel.

Idea Rebel is a Vancouver Digital Agency that develops exceptional digital marketing solutions (web, mobile and social) for world-class brands. My day-to-day consists of client, project and company strategy while skateboarding around the office. We have offices in Vancouver, Toronto and soon, in Los Angeles. I’m also a musician, surfer, wakeboarder and father of three beautiful girls. My spare time, needless to say, is jammed packed with excitement.

I love Vancouver! It’s only place in the world where I can do all of the things that I love to do in one place.

Favourite bike route in the city:
I have a couple of favourite bike routes in Vancouver. The first one is the Adanac corridor from East Van to Gastown. It’s my daily commute and it’s so relaxing. There are barely any cars and it’s fast.

The second is the entire seawall from Science World, all the way around Stanley Park and back through to Gastown. Cruising slowly on a sunny day is a great way to spend an afternoon in Vancity. Stop at Third Beach for a swim and enjoy a glass of wine.

Most inspiring Vancouverite:
There are so many Vacouverites that inspire me – this city is full of amazing talent. For this feature, I’m going to pick two.

David Suzuki: I actually run into him all the time. He takes the bus and is frequently found in the streets of the city. He’s such a great environmental mentor to Vancouver, and also to the world.

Chip Wilson: other than the obvious of him being the founder of Lululemon, Chip has done a lot in Vancouver, like giving back to the community via his philanthropic and personal investments. He’s a great example of an entrepreneur that is dedicated to the growth and future of this city.

Best venue to see a live show in the city:
Vancouver is an amazing place to find musical talent. The best venue is the Commodore Ballroom, hands down. The sound, the energy and the floor are what make it such a unique experience. Another great spot to catch up-and-coming artists is the Rickshaw. It’s raw, and a great venue, if you don’t mind dodging a few street sleepers on your way out. Oh, and Guilt & Co. in Gastown, where you can play huge Jenga and watch some of the cities best talent jam.

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