Style Spotlight: Meet Kat Stefankiewicz, In-Game Host for the Toronto Raptors
Our next Style Spotlight is one of Toronto’s most familiar sports personalities.
Allow us to introduce you to Kat Stefankiewicz.
As the in-game and digital host for the Toronto Raptors, Kat is always in the limelight and understands the value of sticking to one’s own unique style. Since graduating from the triple threat Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College, Kat has also dabbled in feature film, television and live theatre. If it’s something involving the entertainment industry even in the slightest, it’s safe to assume Kat’s already done it.
Kat joined the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment family as a member of the Raptors Dance Pak shortly after graduating college, which she was a member of for five seasons and standing as captain for three. Kat then joined the NBA TV Canada team as a reporter, replacing her dancing shoes with a microphone as the Raptors in-game host.
We had the opportunity to chat with Kat about her style, her favourite places to shop in Toronto and what it means to live a balanced life.
Tell us a little about who you are and what you do.
I’m a creative nerd at heart, a performer by trade and a storyteller by what the world has called me to do. I’m a host and personality in television and live events including my ties to the Toronto Raptors as their in-game host and the host of NBA XL on NBA TV Canada. I’m also a spin instructor at Spokehaus, an Adidas ambassador and I dabble daily in the digital media field as an influencer and use it as a platform to share my raw tales and theories to unite us on an imperfectly perfect level… Every day is a different beast and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
I’m also an avid supporter of a healthy lifestyle for both the body and mind. Balance is my favourite word and my days are molded around this. You should see the length of my bucket list! I try to attack it daily. I’m fueled by coffee, sarcasm and happy people so those are always in my 24/7.
Define your style in three words.
Eclectic, tomboy, chic.
What are some of your own ‘style rules’ you like to live by?
I don’t believe in rules. I believe anything goes because it’s your confidence that carries the outfit. Style is an expression of the characteristics and unique traits that you hold within you that sometimes you can’t find words for or don’t even know that you carry with you every day. Honestly, I like breaking the rules. I don’t feel comfortable following trends. I don’t feel comfortable when I’m wearing the same outfit as others in the room. Maybe that’s why “this is me” is the vibe I give off in my style.
Looking back, what are some trends you wish you hadn’t worn, aka your style regrets?
I did the velour tracksuit when it came back for a hot minute in high school and now it’s back again! Adidas has some fabulous ones right now but I just can’t give in yet. I did it all in high school; the posh spice haircut with multiple colours, fake glasses. I went to a Catholic school and wore a uniform so your hair and accessories were where you could express yourself. I don’t think I regret anything, it just makes me laugh. Maybe leg warmers with EVERYTHING in theatre school was a bit much.
What’s one item in your closet you can’t live without?
A leather fanny pack. I hate purses.
You’re running late. What’s your go-to outfit?
It’s winter, so a black turtleneck, jeans, military boots with too many buckles and bling and a fedora.
What are your go-to shopping destinations in Toronto?
Zara is my absolute go-to. They cater to both simplicity and pieces that no one would wear until they see you in it. I also love Anthropologie and Durumi at Queen and Spadina.
my go-to accessory: 🎤 when two of my favourite worlds collide ➡ ball & fashion. . we're bringing you errrything that the basketball world encompasses on NBA XL this szn. stay locked to NBA TV Canada for the stories including tonight's sitdown with Anthony Davis x Saks. it's been mad fun collecting the stories.
Do you have any favourite local designers?
I’m obsessed with Greta Constantine. Their pieces are classic with personality. I constantly hope to be invited to weddings so I have a place to wear two of my favourite dresses.
If you could give style advice to your followers, what would it be? What about life advice?
Be you! The real you won’t shine if you cover it with what everyone else is doing. Just rock what the day is asking for with confidence. Some days I want to hide in the most simple ensemble, and the next day I’m in thigh-high red boots. Enjoy the artistic outlet, if that’s your thing.
“Trust that you’re enough. When you believe in yourself, amazing things happen.” – Kat Stefankiewicz
As for life advice, trust that you’re enough. When you believe in yourself, amazing things happen. Make trying new things a priority, even if they scare the crap out of you, because they cater to your growth. Find the simplicity in your days and notice why it’s important. Live in the moment and not the tomorrow, it will guide you to your next steps. Life is too short to rush. Watch the snow fall, spend a day at home alone on your couch and read a book by yourself on the dock in the summer. Always live with the intention of making moments and stories worth telling your grandkids about. When you are comfortable and confident in yourself, that’s when the beautiful shows up. Make loving yourself your number one.
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Brooklyn is a Toronto-based journalist and if she isn’t writing, you can find her enjoying a nice glass of merlot. She is a lover of good books, Sunday brunches and running around the city with her girl gang. She’s your basic Blair Waldorf in a world of Jenny Humphrey’s. You can follow her on Twitter @BNeustaeter.