Lauren Toyota is one of the most recognizable voices in Canada’s media landscape. With thousands of followers on social media hanging on her every word, she's truly inspiring and influencing a generation. Currently she is devoted to creating authentic content on her 2 YouTube channels, Lauren In Real Life and hot for food. She's partnered with Kin Community, the #1 lifestyle network on YouTube, to grow and expand her brands. On her personal channel, she’s passionate about sharing lessons she’s learned, building inner strength and confidence, encouraging others to follow their dreams, listen to their hearts, and be fearless when it comes to creating the life they desire. She's also a prominent speaker sharing the same messages with college and university students. In the fall of 2014, Lauren was keynote at Algonquin College Orientation Week and Lethbridge College in Alberta.
Lauren also manages hot for food, a vegan YouTube channel and blog, with her partner John Diemer of The Farmhouse Creative Labs. They're breaking all the misconceptions of what it means to be vegan and bringing the increasingly popular lifestyle to food fans across the globe. The couple launched the blog in February 2014 and have been featured in Laika Magazine, Thrive Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, BuzzFeed, V-lish.com, Huffington Post, and Clean Eating Magazine (circulated to 1.2 million annually). They were also Food Network Canada's first and only vegan contributors, as well as contributing chefs to Raw Food Magazine and Wdish.com.
hot for food has appeared on many talk shows including CTV's The Social, CTV Morning Live (Ottawa and Vancouver), Breakfast Television (Toronto and Vancouver), Global National News Hour, Global TV's Morning Show (Calgary and Toronto) and CHCH Hamilton's Morning Live. Lauren and John were also amongst a roster of star vegan bloggers and chefs that contributed recipes to Gene Baur's best-seller "Living The Farm Sanctuary Life". Right now, Lauren is also hard at work writing hot for food's very first cookbook, set for release in Spring 2018!
After nearly 10 years on national television, Lauren has conquered it all and is truly living her dream. She attributes focus and visualization, hard work ethic and perseverance, as well as integrity and a positive attitude to getting her where she is today. Prior to becoming an expert in vegan living and digital content creation, Lauren was the host of MTV Canada's After Degrassi, where she riffed on one of her favourite shows that she's been watching forever! She even got to make a cameo in Season 12 of the cult series alongside Chaz Bono. Lauren was also featured on MTV News Canada as a host and producer.
Lauren started in television in 2005 moving to Vancouver to host and produce the youth lifestyle series 969 on Razer. This launched her career and helped nurture her insatiable love for music, fashion, and all things pop culture. She wowed young Canadians with her off the cuff interviews, bursting laughter, and quick wit and received a 2007 Leo Award Nomination for Best Performance or Host in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series. An intrepid go-getter, Lauren jumped on the opportunity to do more, including hosting the global music series Ethnosonic on CityTV Vancouver and regularly participating as a guest expert on CFUN 1410 and Breakfast Television. In 2007, Lauren landed a position at MuchMusic as VJ and Producer in Western Canada. She hosted the weekly music and lifestyle series, Going Coastal, and filed entertainment stories for Much On Demand, The New Music, and MuchNews. With her finger on the pulse of music, culture and fashion, Lauren also became the west coast correspondent for Fashion Television.
In 2009 Lauren returned home to Toronto and remained at the forefront of Canadian media, hosting online content and branded initiatives for MSN, Blackberry and Unilever. With so much poise, cool confidence, and spontaneity that shines no matter what’s thrown at her it was only a matter of time before she ended up on live television. From 2010 to 2013 she was one of the most prominent MuchMusic VJ's hosting the stations daily flagship show New.Music.Live., interviewing some of the biggest names in entertainment including Katy Perry, Will Ferrell, and One Direction. She stayed extra busy travelling to L.A., New York, and London to deliver the best coverage of star studded events like The Brit Awards and the biggest blockbuster junkets. Lauren also hosted the MuchMusic Video Awards 4 years in a row with celebrity co-hosts like Selena Gomez, LMFAO, Psy, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner. In early 2013 Lauren Toyota was given the coveted spot of hosting the channel's hit reality series The Much VJ Search, which saw her travel across Canada challenging wannabe VJ's with the toughest tasks and eliminating them along the way. While working for Bell Media Inc. as host and producer for MuchMusic and MTV Canada, Lauren became a huge asset to the companies other specialty channels. She has been a guest host on InnerSpace on Space Channel and InFashion on Fashion Television, she's appeared many times on etalk as a music expert and guest correspondent, and had a weekly feature on the M3 Countdown with host Matt Wells.