The cou­ple who CrossFits to­gether

Etalk re­porter Devon Sol­tendieck on falling in love with his pub­li­cist

Midtown Post - - Life | How They Met - By Nikki Gill

Devon Sol­tendieck, who first came to fame in 2004 after win­ning MuchMu­sic’s VJ Search, has now be­come a sta­ple on T.O. tele­vi­sions. That com­pe­ti­tion kicked off his ca­reer and also in­tro­duced him to his fu­ture wife, Ash­ley Ap­ple­baum.

After a three-year stint as a news re­porter and an­chor for CP24, Sol­tendieck then hosted

Pop Quiz, a pop cul­ture game show.

He is now a se­nior en­ter­tain­ment re­porter for etalk, which airs week­nights on CTV.

Sol­tendieck kicked off awards sea­son cov­er­age live from Los An­ge­les at the Golden Globes and will con­tinue to sup­port the etalk team as they cover the Gram­mys and the Academy Awards this Fe­bru­ary.

How they met

Ash­ley and I met when we were both work­ing at MuchMu­sic. She was my pub­li­cist at the time and part of her job was ac­com­pa­ny­ing tal­ent to events. The first chance I had, I used that loop­hole to get her to spend an evening with me at an event. After some work on my part and a few drinks for both of us, she fi­nally agreed to go on an ac­tual date with me.

The first date

A few days later we went to my favourite bar at the time, Souz Dal, on Col­lege Street. I re­mem­ber two things from that night: First, I was not just late, but, be­cause of a sub­way de­lay, I was very late. I think it was close to 40 min­utes, so she wasn’t ex­actly thrilled. Sec­ond, I laughed more that night than I had in years. I’d never met some­one who I con­nected with so quickly and deeply. It was ex­cit­ing, scary but, most of all, pretty mag­i­cal.

The courtship

Ash­ley and I got se­ri­ous pretty quickly. It just in­stantly felt dif­fer­ent than any re­la­tion­ship I’d ever been in. It’s been a wild ride. We’ve trav­elled the world to­gether, lost fam­ily mem­bers to­gether, we’ve seen in­cred­i­ble suc­cesses and some in­cred­i­ble fail­ures to­gether, but through it all we’ve al­ways re­mained a team. I’m lucky to have a wife and part­ner who truly un­der­stands and knows me.

The pro­posal

My fam­ily owns a coun­try home an hour north of Mon­treal, so many of my best child­hood mem­o­ries orig­i­nate there. It’s also where my and Ash­ley’s fam­i­lies met for the first time, so I knew I wanted to pro­pose up north. On Thanks­giv­ing week­end in 2014, while on a hike to our favourite look­out point of our lake, I pulled out some plas­tic cups, a bot­tle of bub­bly and the ring out of my back­pack. Then I got down on one knee and pro­posed. I had also se­cretly planned for her par­ents to come in from Toronto and sneak into the cot­tage while we were hik­ing. So by the time we got back, both fam­i­lies were there to cel­e­brate. It was an amaz­ing night.

The wed­ding

We wanted our guests to feel like they were go­ing to a great party where two peo­ple also get mar­ried. The Thomp­son Ho­tel in Toronto couldn’t have been a bet­ter choice. They were in­cred­i­ble. We had about 60 friends in our suite un­til about 5 a.m. It was a very mem­o­rable night.

The home

We’ve been at Av­enue and Eglin­ton for two and a half years. Be­fore our wed­ding we had just gut­ted the home, so we de­cided to spend the hon­ey­moon bud­get on our base­ment. It’s the best money we’ve spent. We don’t re­gret it for a sec­ond.

Bal­anc­ing work and mar­riage

We both work in the same busi­ness, so it’s a lan­guage we’re both flu­ent in, so to speak. Travel is a big part of my job at etalk, but when I’m not on the road, I’m with Ash. We spend 99.9 per cent of our time to­gether, so much so that we’re start­ing to worry about los­ing friends. We both love our ca­reers, but we love each other more.

Shared hob­bies

I’m very pas­sion­ate about fit­ness, and I’ve fi­nally con­vinced her to wake up at 5 a.m. ev­ery day with me and do CrossFit. We love it. We have sim­i­lar and sep­a­rate in­ter­ests, but I’d say our num­ber one hobby is spend­ing time to­gether at home, cook­ing with a glass of wine in our hands.

Se­cret of suc­cess

We love each other, we lis­ten to each other, and we have each other’s backs.

Devon Sol­tendieck and Ashley Ap­ple­baum were mar­ried at the Thomp­son Ho­tel

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