Kristine Maitland trained in storytelling and puppetry through Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Public Library (TPL). She has told stories at Nathan Phillips Square, Metro Hall, Buddies in Bad Times, the 519, Now Magazine Lounge, the Gladstone Hotel and the Transac Club.
Thanks to showing some initiative, Kristine engaged in a hosting an event with journalist Michele Landsberg, Later, through Landsberg, Kristine got her first “big break” as a freelance writer working for The Toronto Star, and continuing to write for Eye Weekly and Sway Magazine (Torstar Inc.) . Concurrently, Kristine’s essay “Women’s Health in Scary Hands” was published the anthology Surviving in the Hour of Darkness: the Health and Wellness of Women of Colour and Indigenous Women.
All of these things provided Kristine with some of the media training she needed for television, that and a short stint in the employ of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Ontario, which introduced her to the world of post-production.
But the bulk of her education in broadcast media happened live on air. She appeared on CityTV with Adam Vaughan and was twice featured on Omni Television. For a time, Kristine was a panel regular on The Chat Room, a CTV digital program with Seamus O’Regan and later with with Ben Mulroney.