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Lauren Toyota

YouTuber & Food Blogger

Lauren is one of the most recognizable voices in Canada’s media landscape. From 2007 to 2013 Lauren reigned as a relatable and vivacious Much VJ hosting the Much VJ Search reality series and the biggest outdoor award show in the world, the MuchMusic Video Awards. She was also a host on MTV Canada’s After Degrassi and MTV News. Now Lauren loves to share her passion for living consciously, creatively, and in the moment on YouTube through her channels Lauren In Real Life & hot for food.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


hot for food | Campus Cookoff
As the bestselling author of a cookbook featuring 101 recipes, Lauren knows a thing or two about making food taste great. Lauren brings hot for food to your campus to coach students on some of the creative ways they can make great meals. Who says dorm-living has to be limiting? Lauren will equip students with core building blocks in creating drool-worthy meals. From coffee-pot ramen to hair-iron quesadilla’s – the limits to creativity will be lifted!

In this interactive presentation, two competing teams will go head-to-head armed with only the tools often found in campus dorms. Lauren will coach the teams through the cook-off before the final taste test & crowning of a champion – done by Lauren & your selected guest of honour. This is a great way to promote healthy eating & creative campus living all while bringing a healthy dose of fun to your campus.

Platform Plus

Social Influencer | YouTube

With over 400,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 85,000 followers on Instagram & Twitter, Lauren is one of the most respected influencers in the food space.

Panelist/In Conversation

A key to Lauren's success is her candid, down-to-earth personality. She's a great addition to panels or as a standalone fireside chat discussion. Potential themes could include food & wellness, personal development, YouTube & content development and more.

Video/Online Program

Looking to bring some dynamic video content to your event? Lauren can craft customized content based on your event theme to share with your audience. Hosting a live online event? Lauren is also able to join into online streams.

  • Orientation was a huge success and Lauren was a big part of that. She was great: very professional, down to earth, easy to work with, adjusted to scripts accordingly, interactive and engaging with the students, always on time, and a very powerful speaker.

    - Events Officer, Algonquin College
  • As anyone who has seen Lauren on the air or at an event can tell you, she portrays confidence, energy and has a natural ability to put her guests at ease. She is also poised, entertaining and a lot of fun... Lauren is an outstanding success story and a role model for our students and a new generation of young professionals.

    - President, Durham College
  • Lauren is the televised version of gravity. Her ability to attract and hold your attention is impossible to ignore. She couples her gigantic personality with a voracious work ethic and consistently delivers more than expected. She’s smart, creative and practically remote proof.

    - Creative Director, Much/MTV Group

Summary Profile

Lauren Toyota is one of the most recognizable voices in Canada’s media landscape. She engages audiences all over the country with thousands of followers on social media hanging on her every word. Lauren Toyota is truly inspiring and influencing a generation.

Her most recent role was on MTV Canada’s series After Degrassi, where she riffed on one of her favourite shows that she’s been watching forever! She even got to make a cameo appearance on season 12 of the cult series. Lauren was also featured on the MTV News Canada team as a host and producer.

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. 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.

In 2007, Lauren landed a position at MuchMusic as a 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.

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, where she travelled across Canada challenging wannabe VJ’s with the toughest tasks and eliminating them along the way. 

During her time at MuchMusic, Lauren became a huge asset to Bell Media Inc.’s other specialty channels, guest hosting InnerSpace on Space Channel and InFashion on Fashion Television, as well as appearing many times on etalk as a music expert and guest correspondent. She also created a weekly feature on the M3 Countdown with host Matt Wells.

Currently Lauren Toyota is taking the opportunity to inspire and influence young people through her YouTube channel. She’s passionate about sharing lessons she’s learned, building inner strength and confidence, and encouraging others to follow their dreams, listen to their hearts, and be fearless when it comes to creating the life they desire.