Lynzie Kent (@lovebylynzie)
Owner and creative director of Love by Lynzie Events + Design; lead singer of Electric Blonde; host of Crazy Beautiful Weddings on Makeful TV.
Husband, Andrew; son, Archie, 3; and baby boy due in November.
I moved to Toronto in 2003. I was pursuing original music when I first arrived in the city, so I was performing in bands, touring and working on my own stuff. Back then I started my band, Electric Blonde—we still perform today. We played a lot of corporate events, which was sort of the gateway into event planning. I started Love by Lynzie in 2011, out of my home, with two weddings that first year. The next year we did eight weddings, and then a year later, 16. We moved into an office space in 2015, right before Archie was born. Each year, the number of weddings grows. Now we’re at 50.
I realized early on that living in the city would afford me more opportunities, especially since I was originally pursuing music. In high school, I only applied to universities in Toronto. I didn’t even care which one I got into. (I ended up going to a performing arts college called Randolph.) I just loved living in Toronto and immersing myself in the arts and culture.
We live in the Junction and love being in the west end—it’s a great place to live when your kid is obsessed with trains, like Archie is. There are so many great places to take a picnic and watch trains go by. We love Vine Park, and we love the new Organic Garage site because they have a lookout that overlooks a bunch of different railroad tracks. We also go to High Park all the time, for the splash pad, to go for a family walk or to ride the train (surprise, surprise). As for restaurants, we really like The Beet, and Andrew and I like to try new restaurants whenever we get a date night. Recently we went for an incredible dinner at The Westerly. I also work with the Drake a lot, so you’ll often find me at The Drake Commissary.
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Originally published in the Fall 2018 issue. Photo courtesy of Lynzie Kent.