Casey is a Canadian Dad from Toronto, Ontario who shares his fatherhood journey at Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad, one of the few places to find fatherhood content in the Great White North. He shares his story because it’s different. He’s a Black father. He comes from a multiracial family. His family’s an urban family, looking to thrive in the city rather than run out to the suburbs like so many families have before them. This has his content come from a very unique place in Canada’s digital landscape, with Casey continually evolving it to tell the best story possible.
And all that work’s been paying off—he’s been in traditional media, mentioned on websites and spoken on podcasts and stages dozens of times, and that’s when he’s not busy creating the thousands of pieces of content you can find on his blog, his podcast, and the social media sites that make up his digital home.
Feel free to continue below to hear more of his story, or drop him a line if you want to find out more!
“Casey Palmer is easily one of the best influencers that I have had the pleasure of working with. During my time at TELUS, I had the opportunity to work with and get to know Casey and he has consistently blown me away with the quality of his content and the high levels of engagement he has with his audience. Casey is extremely creative, super dependable and multi-talented, all qualities that are important for brands when evaluating influencer partnerships.
I would most definitely recommend Casey Palmer to any brands looking to work with an influencer who can create engaging, quality content, and I am excited about continuing to work with Casey on some exciting initiatives moving forward!”
— Gabe Mederos, Vice President, Integrated Media Strategy at Weber Shandwick
“Working with Casey Palmer has been an absolute pleasure. He clearly recognizes the value of authentic content, which is well showcased in this written and social content. Having a solid understanding of his audience, Casey has been able to share our brand’s narratives in truly relatable ways. More importantly, Casey values professionalism and consistently delivers well-produced content on time, every time.”
— Page Casmiro, Senior Communications Manager, Influencer Marketing, TELUS
“Casey is one of the friendliest and most personal influencers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Amidst his unbelievably busy life and airtight schedule, he somehow makes time to learn the personality of a brand and works to compliment. Not only are his posts well thought out, detailed, and hit every key message, but they’re also objectively a pleasure to read. The man’s hilarious!
I have always been able to count on Casey to go above and beyond with his content. He gives 110%, 120% of the time.”
— Olivia Botros
“You put yourself out there and created a pretty unique perspective. You stand for human rights. For Black culture. For family. For TRUTH. For education. For adventure. I have always enjoyed your blog and your fresh take on pretty much anything you associate yourself with.”
— Desiree Diaz, Dezign Creative Services
“Casey, I’ve always appreciated your blog. Reading it is a breath of fresh air compared to most of the stuff we see publicly shared on social media these days, and it’s all original as well!”
— Kyle Fox
Member of the Kin Community
Member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists
Member of the Toronto Bloggers Collective
“The person who won, with almost half of all the votes—which is incredible… was… Casey Palmer!
Casey’s a really good blogger and he’s also a cool cartoonist and a super-nice guy and very well-known in the parenting community and beyond and he’s in Toronto and he’s awesome and super-friendly….”
— James R.C. Smith (all said while impressively parenting his daughter in his lap!)
Runner-up, Best Personal Blog, 2014 Canadian Blog Awards
Radio & Podcast Appearances
CBC Metro Morning | Stereotyped?
WOWTV | Healthy Mom Healthy Baby | Daddy Blogger Aftershow Jul 3 2014
The Zach Bussey Show | “Episode 2”, “Episode 56 — Mixing Things Up with DoomzTO”
Dad 2.0 2020 | Bring Your Own Chair
Lean in Canada | Men Lean In
Pathways Canada | LinkedIn & Networked
Spark Sessions | PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH SPARK SESSIONS
“Our workshop was set up in the 1 Milk 2 Sugars PR office, and was run by the incredible photographer Casey Palmer and DIY and lifestyle blogger extraordinare Natalie Ho of My Little Secrets. Casey was hilarious and engaging, and talked to us about how we can take advantage of the cameras and smartphones we have to create powerful images. He also gave us some basic tools for editing photos, including some app suggestions and Photoshop tutorials.”
The Community Economic Action Group | Putting Your Money to Work Workshop | Changing Your Money Mindset
Scotiabank | Influencer Lunch ‘n Learn Presentation | Panelist
Parenting 101 | Keynote Speaker
Children’s Aid Services of Toronto | Foster Parent Recognition Event 2019 | Keynote Speaker
East Enders Against Racism | Live From The 3.5 – The Black Canadian Narrative with Casey Palmer
Crescent School | The Tale of Tales from the 2.9
Youth Employment Services | Turning a Personal Brand Into a Personal Business
Humewood House Black History Month Event | Panelist
MC, Govfest Battle of the Bands, 2014-18
This Week in Blogging | Talking Niche Blogging with Casey Palmer
When I hear the words “Canadian dad,” I immediately think of Casey Palmer, and that’s an attestation to the brand building that Casey has done over the years. I reached out to Casey to talk about niche blogging because his journey towards finding clarity with his site hasn’t been a straight path. In my humble opinion, it’s much better to interview those who has learned and overcome than it is to talk to those who struck gold with the first swing.
Black people are “exhausted” after decades of violence and oppression and don’t know how to handle the “new-found attention that perhaps we didn’t expect,” says Toronto blogger Casey Palmer.
Toronto Sun | SEX FILES: Confronting our own relationship to racism
“Black people are tired,” says Palmer. “Black people are numb. What we need from our non-black partners isn’t wondering why we’re not more outraged at everything going on—we need them to understand why we pray that there’s hope it’ll all lead to a better tomorrow.”
National Newswatch | Anxieties over racism heighten for many black Canadians in COVID-19 isolation
The Globe & Mail | Headphones, recess and screen time: Parents adjusting to challenges of working from home with young children
To get some perspective, I spoke to my friend Casey Palmer, a husband, father and Toronto-based blogger that I just so happen to consider to be a model human being. He had lots to say about Gosling’s words.
“It’s actually pretty sad that we see heroism in something that should be pretty commonplace to the everyday dynamic between adults in committed relationships!” Casey said. “There’s no way I could juggle my job, my blog, and quality time with the family without my wife taking care of the boys at home and keeping our house intact in the process. Perhaps we hail Ryan as a hero because it’s what we simply wished we saw more of in our lives? Honest, raw appreciation and respect for the sacrifices needed to raise a family.”
CHCH | Morning Live | Parenting Panel #39
AfricNews | This is Culture TMC | Black representation matters
The Conversation | Dad bloggers want social change for Father’s Day
The Globe & Mail | Dads who write on fatherhood share their fears, lessons and best moments
The Toronto Sun | 5 things men can do to be better partners
If I was to nominate anyone to head up the Canadian off-shoot of husband school, it would be my friend Casey Palmer, the Toronto-based parenting blogger and dad of two.
As he likes to point out, “you will NEVER fully understand what it’s like to have a period, be pregnant or give birth, so stop trying to downplay it because you have an “awesome pain tolerance.”
What’s notable about this one is that my quote was chosen alongside the likes of Dwayne Wade, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, Michael Bublé, Chris Rock, John Legend, Jon Stewart, and Jerry Seinfeld!
Words With Michelle | Casey Palmer: Writer, Daddy Blogger & Podcaster
We hear a lot about mommy bloggers (and rightfully so. Mommy’s rock!), but you rarely hear anything about daddy bloggers, much less a daddy blogger of colour. So I felt it was my duty to find out more about this pioneer.
He’s beaming with charisma, shares amazing insights on his platform and demonstrates what it means to be a phenomenal family man on top of juggling a full-time career and digital platform. Below he shares some words of wisdom for any fellow Dads looking to start a digital platform/blog and his “I’m Not Dead, I’m Just a Dad: Where the Dad Bloggers At?” highlighting the lack of Dad bloggers in this digital space is entirely worth the read. Casey also has an amazing message about removing the stereotypes surrounding fatherhood, and how he wants to be perceived in his role of parenting alongside his beautiful wife Sarah. Hint: he’s no bystander.
Chic Darling | DARLING OF THE WEEK (CASEY PALMER)
Casey is, well, Casey. Charming, down to earth, and has the ability to make you feel like you’ve known him for years. If you’re in Toronto and pay attention to Twitter, you’ll notice that Casey is all over. He provides commentary and takes AWESOME pictures.
The Give Blog | A Facebook Live Primer for Non-Profits
Casey is a prolific social media user, content creator, and wicked smart dude. I consider his blog Tales from the 2.9 to be an extraordinary gift to the blogosphere. You must read it. Casey has partnered with many top brands to engage his audience in brand stories.
Big Daddy Kreativ | 11 Questions with… Casey Palmer.
Casey is a fellow blogger, and his blog is one of my favourites to read. Why? Because hit is raw, and he tells a story with honesty and passion.
Suburban Tourist | Three Dads Tell It Like It Is: Parenting From Dad’s Perspective
Four Columns of a Balanced Life | CASEY PALMER: CANADIAN DAD
SocialDad | Interview: Four Fathers
DIY Daddy | Brilliant Dad Feature Week 109
Government of Ontario | Filing Your 2019 Tax Return Pamphlet
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Amy (@milkandcoco) reached out to have a candid conversation on race and how others can be better allies in these challenging times. And though her internet didn't play nicely, we had some good Q&As! Check it out! #blacklivesmatter #blackness #blackdad #dad #fatherlife #Canada #Toronto #conversation #BlackDadWorries
CBC News | Business | ‘Deceptive marketing works — social media ads grab attention of regulators
MomResource.ca |So We’ve Decided to Become Anti-Racist. Now What?
Parent Tested Parent Approved | All Dadded Up with Nowhere to Go: 6 Months In
Adventure in Baby Savings | Guest blogger reveals life change as a new dad
Skinny Dip | THINGS I WOULD TELL MY 20-YEAR OLD SELF #8 – CASEY
The Good Men Project | I’m Not Dead, I’m A Dad
The Good Men Project | What Is A Dad, Anyway?
DownshiftingPRO | Where should I go in Canada? ABC’s of Canadian Cities & Towns
Children’s Mental Health Ontario | Lessons for Father’s Day
Apocalypstick | Apocalypstick’s Most Interesting People Under 38
Ann Douglas | Happy Parents, Happy Kids
Jim Richards Showgram | 2x Call-in Guest
Aaron Alfred | Inspired Q&A
Ask Mama MOE | HOW TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO BE ANTI-RACIST (PART TWO)
Articles – it’s been a busy month online, and there are a lot of pieces that have been created or re-surfaced with a lot of opinions. Like many subjects on the internet, it is easy to go down the wrong rabbit hole. Opinion-based pieces are not what I’m after, I want facts and knowledge. Reputable sources and pieces with actionable suggestions are useful. As well, there are pieces that just speak to my heart as a mama to three young boys.
Casey Palmer blogs about parenthood, speaking with heart and humour about his experiences as Black father. Palmer’s knack for articulating the everyday challenges and joys of being a dad make his work must-read material. On June 11th at 8pm ET, Palmer will be having a frank and illuminating conversation with fellow parent blogger Amy Worrell of Milk and Coco via Instagram. The two are taking questions about how non-Black people can be better allies to the Black community.
Dad 2 | “Daddy Changed the World!”
My boys are still young, but they’re growing up quick, developing worlds and lives of their own. And while I’d love just to sit back and let them develop on their own so they can build senses of self in the truest sense of the phrase… the world we live in won’t let me do it.” — Casey Palmer
“Casey Palmer, he has a podcast as well, but he was talking about his… #BlackDadWorries, and he comes at this from a different perspective—he has a white wife and biracial kids.”
— Doug French, 18:35
Dad Things | The Best Canadian Dad Blogs, for Dads, by Dads
Casey is yet another Dad from Toronto, who talks about his fatherhood journey because his story is different from the Canadian norm. He’s a black father, who comes from a multiracial family and is able to provide a perspective many others cannot. Beyond the great regular content on the site, Casey has also worked with other black Canadian contributors on a series of podcasts to examine what it means to be black in Canada which is important to check out regardless of your background.
Metro News Toronto | Blogger Shifting the Cultural Narrative
CBC Metro Morning | ‘Tales from the 2.9’ introduces you to a black Canadian every day of Black History Month
Casey writes about raising his multi-racial family of four in an urban setting (Toronto). His interests include tech, food, travel and his parenting swoon-worthy littles. Check out Casey’s Instagram, in particular, to see all the ways he’s nailing this fatherhood thing.
“Casey just might be the hardest working dad blogger in Canada. The Toronto father of 2 churns out stories at CaseyPalmer.com and posts to insta @caseypalmer. He’s a dad who advocates strongly for his multiracial family and his community. Between family, tech, food, and travel, he has an awesome life in the making.”
Beyond the Rhetoric | WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAYS: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
“The world of blogging has helped to connect me with so many incredible people, including the one and only Casey Palmer. He documented his recent trip to New Orleans for the Dad 2.0 conference. I had wondered about attending ever since I first heard about this conference for dads, so I definitely appreciate the insight and camaraderie.”
The Adventures of Natty P | UNEXPECTED ITEMS TO BRING ON VACAY WITH A BABY
Creator Hype | SCALABILITY: A CREATOR’S STRUGGLE
“A few weeks ago, I was chatting with Casey Palmer – a father of two with a full-time job. On the side, he runs an increasingly successful blog, that presents him great opportunities. But despite that, his blog is often priority three after his family and career. That means that the things he wants to do to grow his brand (video, podcasting etc.), are relegated to ‘future plans’ rather than active projects. With just enough time to put effort into his blog, how can he scale to do more?”
Life on Manitoulin | Why We Love Dads ~ Happy Father’s Day to all the Amazing Dads out there!
“There’s one thing to be said about parenting — There are many fun (and funny) moments to be shared! No one makes me laugh quite like Casey from Casey Palmer blog does! The man is as funny online as he is in person. I can vouch for that since Casey and I went to Detroit with Ford Canada together. Just don’t give the man any Jolly Ranchers!
I love reading posts about Casey’s adventures as a new dad. His writing makes me smile (and laugh). I’m looking forward to following his adventures in parenting. In the meantime, here’s a favourite: I’m Not Dead, I’m Just a Dad.”
PegCityLovely | An Enticing Challenge, My First #NaBloPoMo
“I’m thankful that I still am surrounded by people that write great blogs like my friend Casey Palmer. I subscribe to his newsletter and every time I receive a new post in my inbox, I read it and many times I comment. This morning I received his latest post where he had written about the fact someone commented that he appeared to write more about being apologetic for not posting more often, than posting. He also works a full-time job and has kids and a busy life yet he found the time to write a post and publish it for all of us to read. If he hadn’t done that, if I didn’t support and read his blog, I would never have seen his post about #NaBloPoMo the National Blog Posting Month. Kudos to you Casey!”
I was introduced to Casey’s writing through a Canadian Daddy Blog group on Facebook and I was immediately hooked. I like Casey’s posts, I like his outlook on life and I like the way he interacts with the other dads in the group but I really like his lists. ? After seeing one of his lists, I have to run back and adjust or re-do mine.
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Besides being my friend, his blog is always interesting. If you’ve ever wanted to see someone who obsesses about the quality of his content it’s him.
— Zach Bussey
Beyond the Rhetoric | WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAYS: ON EXPECTATIONS
“Part of the reason why I wrote my newest book was to encapsulate the first year of my daughter’s life, capturing my thoughts and experiences at the time. In similar fashion, Casey Palmer recently wrote a letter to his son on the occasion of his fourth birthday (his kid’s birthday, not his birthday). It’s like a time capsule that lives on the Internet.”