Dana Filek-Gibson

Writer and Editor

I write about travel, culture, food and lifestyle for a global audience.
My previous experience includes content planning and creation, managing small editorial teams, copy editing
and writing for a variety of print and digital publications as well as a range of clients in hospitality, tourism, fashion and property development.
Always open to freelance opportunities.

Canada

Portfolio

Mabuhay

All Vegan Everything

As plant-based diets gain popularity across North America and around the world, a few bold Toronto restaurateurs are elevating vegan food from mediocre menu item to captivating...

Mabuhay

Sounds of the City

With a string of closures, it's been a tough year for Toronto's independent music venues, but the local music scene is still alive and kicking on stages across the city.

Mabuhay

Bent on Change

The Bentway provides the city's downtown area with a new kind of backyard - beneath a major expressway

Escapism TO

Hang Én There

How far would you travel to see the world's biggest caves? Dana Filek-Gibson treks for an entire day through the jungle to get to Hang Én in central Vietnam.

Rock to Road

Financing Highway 101

Thanks to a new round of provincial funding, the City of Timmins will move ahead with the next phase of its highway reconstruction plan, however financial concerns continue to...

Mabuhay

Reclaiming the Runway

Local designers make their mark at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

Mabuhay

Going Global: Phillip Nguyen

Whether he’s promoting local tourism, gearing up for a triathlon or bringing international musical acts to Vietnam, Filipino-Vietnamese businessman Phillip Nguyen has a...

Saigoneer

Board Game Van Tich Turns Vietnamese Legends Into Action Figures

Step into Nguyen Huu Tu's office, and it's pretty clear from the get-go how he feels about action figures. Running along one side of the room are several display cases, each...

Saigoneer

Here and There: Exploring Vietnamese Immigrant and Refugee Experiences

Get Linh Phan started on her latest project, Here and There, and the 40-year-old Saigon resident lights up. No matter that we're at the end of a workday and the sky is getting...

Saigoneer

French Hip-Hop Meets Viet Rap in New Piu Piu Collaboration

As Vietnam’s underground hip-hop scene begins to emerge into the spotlight, one of its rising stars joins forces with an up-and-coming foreign artist to create a track for...

Jetstar Australia

Reviving Old Saigon

Amid the ever-changing urban landscape of HCMC, young entrepreneurs are creating a vintage vibe that preserves its past

Saigoneer

Vietnamese Athletes Head to the Start Line in First-Ever Asian Winter Games

This week, even during Saigon’s cool, dry season mornings, people across the city will face 34-degree heat on their morning commute, many of them heading toward air-conditioned...

Saigoneer

[Photos] The Last Days of Saigon's Pigeon Coop

The first time I pay a visit to the Pasteur pigeon coop, Le Van Au assures me the place is probably not going anywhere.

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

Southern Vietnam

Places to Go: Southern Vietnam content

AsiaLIFE

Q&A: Wowy Nguyen

Ten years ago, Wowy Nguyen began making music with nothing but a microphone and a laptop. Now a fixture on the Vietnamese rap circuit, the eccentric 28-year-old has collaborated...

AsiaLIFE

Life-Altering Banh Mi in Vinh Long

Dana Filek-Gibson makes an 11-hour journey in the name of sandwiches.

AsiaLIFE

The Nest

What happens when an insurance giant joins forces with a local design company? Dana Filek-Gibson steps into the Nest, Saigon’s newest, smartest all-purpose space.

AsiaLIFE

E-Sports in Vietnam

In just two years, e-sports in Vietnam have gone from a much-loved pastime to a lucrative career. Dana Filek-Gibson steps into the realm of professional gaming.

AsiaLIFE

Escape Saigon Without Leaving the City

Dana Filek-Gibson escapes Saigon’s urban bustle without leaving the city.

AsiaLIFE

Q&A: Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, talks deep-sea worms, tethering yourself to local culture, zero-kilometre cooking and what happens when you take away...