Bio, Awards & Credits


Author’s Bio

I am the editor of the forthcoming cancer-fighting cookbook “Inspired Cooking” (Fresh Air Publishing, December 2016). The cookbook will feature profiles of Canada’s leading chefs — including Michael Smith, Vikram Vij and Connie DeSousa — discussing the role nutrition plays in their lives and how their restaurants are helping to shape Canadians’ views of nutrition for the 21st century. The cookbook will feature about 60 recipes. It is being produced by InspireHealth, a government-funded non-profit agency that provides integrative cancer care for patients across Canada. InspireHealth helped my beloved wife, Julia Pelish-Brijbassi, following her diagnosis of cancer in 2015. She passed away in March 2016 and the “Inspired Cooking” project will feature her amazing photography.

You can read my tribute/eulogy to Julia here.

MORE BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

Adrian Brijbassi is the co-founder and CEO of Elevation Media Solutions Inc., which owns and operates Vacay.ca, the leading online travel magazine focused on Canadian destinations and culture. He is the creator of the “Triumph the Lion” multimedia project (launching in 2017), which will feature a novel, film and digital media experience. He has appeared frequently on CTV News Channel, TSN Radio and CJSF.ca Radio, discussing creative writing, journalism and travel. His novel “50 Mission Cap” was praised by Writer’s Digest for presenting “an impressively complex look at young athletes and the potentially disastrous effects of the pressure placed upon them.” Adrian is also a former manager of social media and advocacy at Destination Canada (Canadian Tourism Commission), was the deputy travel editor at the Toronto Star, and has formerly worked at New York Newsday as an assistant news editor and the Vancouver Sun as deputy sports editor. Adrian won multiple awards for his writing while taking MFA courses at Southampton College in New York and has won six travel writing awards from NATJA, including for best destination article published in a newspaper in both 2010 and 2011. He also holds a journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a judge for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and the creator of the Original Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List.

Publishing Credits

Short Stories: Published
• *+“Scream” (Southampton Review, Issue No. 1, Summer, 2007)
• *#^“Nothing to Be Afraid Of” (Confrontation, Issue No. 84/85, Winter, 2004)
• ^“Canada Geese Mate for Life” (Confrontation, Issue No. 82/83, Summer, 2003)
• “Sharks in the Moonlight”(Proteus, Spring, 2003)
“The Prince” (East Hampton Star, January, 2003)
• “Reject This!” (Proteus, Spring, 2002)

Short Stories: Looking for a Home
• ^“Repairs”
“Protection from Friends”
“Masquerade”

+Pushcart Prize nominee
*Finalist for Glimmer Train short story award
#Winner of the Sarah Tucker Prize for Fiction
^Winner of Southampton’s Whitman Award for Fiction

Novels
“50 Mission Cap”

Novels-in-progress
“Triumph the Lion”
• “A Final and Lasting Solitude”
• “This Sure Ground”

Travel Writing Awards