Zoe D'Amato in costume at Fortress Louisbourg. - Submitted
By Wendy Elliott
Zoe D’Amato begins sharing her home province with the world this Thursday as host and producer of a new web-based travel series.
Zoe D’Amato: My Nova Scotia will take viewers on a romp around this Maritime province starting Sept. 19.
While working on the TV travel series, Globe Trekker, D’Amato got to journey across the globe. Now, the Valley native is going local – including a Kings County winery segment.
Food, wine, art and history make up the four fresh webisodes, she says. D’Amato gets into a wine tank at Gaspereau Vineyards and fires a cannon at the Fortress of Louisbourg.
Back in June, D’Amato was approached by Rodrigo Menafra, who owns My Destination Nova Scotia. He asked her to create and host the series.
“The idea was to break the mould of your typical tourism videos and create a series of short films that engaged, informed and inspired viewers to visit Nova Scotia and experience it themselves,” Menafra said.
“Zoe brings out that intangible quality, that ‘je ne sais quoi,’ that makes Nova Scotia unique. You just can’t get that from only showing beautiful landscapes.”
D’Amato jumped at the opportunity and brought the expertise she’d gained from TV series on the History Channel, Travel, Discovery and PBS to the project.
“The series has beautiful videography and the kind of quirky storytelling that highlights the heart of this enchanting, funny, friendly place. It really wasn’t difficult to get into the types of ridiculous situations that make a show compelling. Actually,” the Wolfville resident said, “it was impossible to avoid them.”
D’Amato grew up in Harmony at the other end of the county, but she and her husband, Nick, now call Wolfville home. With a degree in anthropology and art history from McGill, she has lived and worked on five continents, and visited over 20 countries.
Earlier this year, D’Amato represented the Annapolis Valley in a competition called My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List. Her clip led her to put on her skates at Acadia and hike Cape Split with rock hunter Richard Baird.
She worked as a presenter on the travel series, Globe Trekker and the award-winning kid's travel series ProjectExplorer.org.
My Destination is a global travel web site run by a community of hundreds of local experts. First launched in 2006, visitors to the website can find information about more than 80 destinations in 45 countries.
To see where D’Amato is headed next, visit www.zoedamato.com.