Joico: For your Fall Fabulous Hair Needs

Yes, we are still in a pandemic. You may have just got a super stylin’ hair cut after a year of hum drum vibes. It’s time to freshen up your look for your Fall classes and back to onsite work. You also may be looking ahead for Thanksgiving and Holiday outfit looks. If that is the case, look no further. Joico has some great products that will not only bring your coiffure together but your overall style wellbeing. Let’s do this!



The instant you spray it on, this brilliant hair guardian springs into action, protecting each strand from the thermal assault of blow-dryers, flat irons, and other damaging heat-styling tools. Along with it? A healthy, glossy sheen that fortifies strands and locks out hair-dulling pollutants*.

Heat Hero doesn’t just guard against potential damage –it also reduces the appearance of split ends in the process.

Thermal protection up to 450°F (232°C)

Heat-activated, split-end mender

Boosts Shine

Protects against pollution*


*laboratory tested using pollution particles.


This va-va-voom mousse builds extraordinary, crunch-free volume in any masterpiece you can dream up; while instantly infusing hair with sumptuous volume, hold, and protection from the elements without drying out a single strand.

Think of JoiWhip as the mousse with a mission: to boldly boost body and shine in one airy “poof” of protection.

Creates lasting volume and body

Boosts shine

Fights frizz and flyaways

Thermal protection

Protects against pollution*



*laboratory tested using pollution particles.



Upside-down, sideways, backwards… this champ of a spray delivers supercharged volume and hold from any angle. With big-time body and ultra-firm staying power (up to 72 hours!), plus protection from heat styling and the elements, you’ll seriously flip for it.

Shine-boosting Flip Turn is the spray that never flakes out on you. Work all the angles with ease –the innovative nozzle does the job for you.

Ultra-firm hold and volumizing power

Humidity protection and hold up to 72-hours

No flakes

Thermal Protection up to 450°F (232°C)

Protects against pollution*

Free of SLS/SLES Sulfates**

*laboratory tested using pollution particles



Meet the seaside styling spray that delivers glam, beachy texture, satiny hydration, and protective separation in a single, transformative spray. That’s what you get with touchable Beach Shake –an ultimate vacation from texturizers that leave behind a dry, salty finish.

Create perfectly “imperfect” separation and coastal cool with a silky plush formula that you can play with, touch, and retouch to your heart’s content.

Creates totally touchable hair with an undone look

Quick-dry with a satin finish

Ideal for medium-to-thick hair

Stainless-steel ball technology ensures an ideal balance of wax and liquid

Protects against pollution*


*laboratory tested using pollution particles.



Take back your natural waves and curls with Zero Heat for Thick Hair. Without “crunch” or stiffness, this air-dry formula reins in the often uncontrollable volume and frizz of coarser strands.

Style your hair in seconds–that’s the beauty of this time-saving, polishing crème that provides long-lasting, air-dried style while keeping frizz at bay.

Minimizes frizz and enhances hair’s natural texture

Reduces natural drying time

Provides 24-hour humidity control

Retains your natural, air-dry look for up to 24 hours

Boosts shine

Leaves no sticky residue


Dear Dad,

To say that I am missing you would be an understatement. I’m not alone, I have heard stories in the last few days from your friends and family from near and far who will also be missing you. Dad, please know you were loved, cherished and appreciated for all your life’s contributions.

It feels like just yesterday you were driving us to school, work and church for mass. You worked so hard outside of the home to ensure that we had everything that we needed and more. You worked long shifts and sometimes we would only see you as you were going to bed or waking up to drive us to school. You never complained. You showed us what it looked like to work hard and be successful on our own terms.

I remember summer holidays where we used to go camping to Albion Hills, trips to Canada’s Wonderland where you would buy us funnel cakes, nachos and fudge and long drives to Buffalo for shopping trips. You took us to see Pope John Paul in 1983 at Downsview Park and was then inspired to follow his teachings during your lifetime. Whenever we called you over the holidays or visited with you, we would often catch you singing your favourite Christmas carols. You travelled to Australia and overseas to see family when you retired, it was the first time you travelled since immigrating to Canada in the 70’s. I always thought how remarkable it was, that you were never afraid. If you wanted something, you went for it.

In those early days, you used to call my sisters and I ‘your sons’. It may sound funny to some, but to my sisters and I – it felt great. You didn’t treat us like girls; instead you prepared us to take on life’s struggles with full hearts. “Don’t let someone say no to you, go for it. If you don’t try it, you will never know.”

Dad, you truly made a mark on our lives. The gifts you gave us daily were purposefully hidden with the intention of discovering when we were ready. Father Lawrence reminded me that you were an accomplished camera man back home in Karachi and that you had your own crew. You drew from that experience when documented through your photography every birthday, Christmas Concert and school production. At the time, it was pretty embarrassing seeing you walking around with a massive camera, taking shots of every single student performing. But now, as an adult, I understand that you were capturing beauty, love and kindness. We have your photographic artwork that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Thank you.

You showed us what a leader looked like in your work with the union, the church and the Knights of Columbus. You created a space for us to connect with our spirituality and learn what it means to be close to God, be of service to our community and provide the same generosity and selfness that you showed to friends, family and those who needed support. It is no surprise that your children grew up to work in social work, education and in technology. Your sacrifices supported our growth as successful adults.

When you were sick this past month, I sat with you in the hospital and you asked me about your brothers Uncle Fred, Uncle Hillary, Uncle Charles and even you’re Mom. I know you missed them and wanted to see them again soon – but I hoped you could stay with us just a little longer. But I accept that God was ready for you to come home. I’m grateful to Father Peter for blessing you and preparing you for your life in Heaven. We can’t wait to see you again, Dad. Please keep a space warm for us.

In closing, I would like to read a brief poem by Rupi Kaur that summarizes who you were to us,

As of father of three daughters

It would have been normal

For him to push marriage onto us

This has been the narrative for

the women in my culture for hundreds of years

instead he pushed education

knowing it would set us free

in a world that wanted to contain us

he made sure that we learned

to walk independently

I love you Dad.

Reviews: @hotdocs 2021 “Death of My Two Fathers” and “The Hairdresser” #HotDocs21

The Death of My Two Fathers is a deeply personal journey of facing that which we often fear most: death and ourselves. By bearing witness to the reality of his father’s life, and death, Sol Guy unpacks the meaning of fatherhood, family, race, and identity to realize that we must all face where we come from in order to be more prepared for who we may become.


I’ve been thinking a lot about what it’s going to be like when I lose my parents. It’s an ache that always finds its way into my throat within seconds of entertaining those thoughts. This film articulates the lead up to the loss of a parent and the remnants that are left after they are gone. A true love letter to parents.

Kathleen is a hairdresser. Always has been, always will be. Even at 83 she is still doing hair. But not in the way you would expect. Her work is special. In this short, poetic documentary, Kathleen reflects upon her experience as we bear witness to her unusual work.


I’ve been watching my elderly father’s hair grow long over this pandemic. It reminded me that he still holds so much health even though he is 81. After watching this film, it made me think more deeply about what he sees when he looks in the mirror. Does he see his younger self embedded in the gray? What does he feel in his aging body? We put so much energy into our youth and staying young and beautiful. Why don’t we celebrate our elderly’s aging beauty with just as much enthusiasm?

Reviews: @hotdocs 2021 “Last Days At Sea” and “The Big Scary “S” Word” #HotDocs21

Twelve-year-old Reyboy will soon be leaving his home village of Karihatag to attend school in the city. He loves the sea, the constant sound of waves in his ears and looking towards the wide horizon stretching out before his eyes. The small community in which his family lives, stoically endures the challenges of poverty, overfishing and rural exodus. Despite Reyboy’s pending departure, his parents hope that by saying goodbye, they will give him the opportunity to have a better future. Venice Atienza closely accompanies the boy during this time and together they become immersed in the place of his childhood. They observe the stars and the rhythms of the ocean, decipher cloud images and experience time standing still. The lyrical composition of words and images profoundly cast light on Reyboy’s point of view.


Quietly meditative and full of moments that make you feel you could have done more or better for someone in your past.

THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD delves into the rich history of the American socialist movement and journeys with the people striving to build a socialist future today.


We maybe Canadian but after this pandemic year, I wonder, where do we stand on the idea of democratic socialism?

Check out! @hotdocs 2021 “Molecules” and “A Black Jesus” #HotDocs21

Molecules which recounts how filmmaker Andrea Segre reconnects with his late father’s hometown of Venice, which he explores while free of tourists during the pandemic lockdown.

For many centuries, in a small town on the southern border of Europe, people have been worshipping a statue of a black Jesus. 19-year old Edward from Ghana, guest of the refugee center which is the subject of great debate in the village, asks to carry the statue in the annual procession and to stand next to the white locals that bear its cart. The community is divided. On a journey exploring the source of fear and prejudice against “the others”, the inhabitants of this small European village are called upon to question their own identity, starting with the very icon of their own belief: a black Jesus.

Check out! @hotdocs 2021 “Generation Utoya” #HotDocs21

Generation Utoya by Norwegian filmmakers Aslaug Holm (BROTHERS, which clinched Best Documentary Feature at Hot Docs five years ago) and Sigve Endresen (producer of THELMA, LOUDER THAN BOMBS, etc…).

It follows four women, all of them being survivors of the horrible attacks at Utoya in Norway from 10 years ago. The film is very much about how pervasive right-wing extremism is, not only in Norway, but to me anyway it really echoed what’s been happening in Poland in terms of women’s rights, and of course the shocking insurrection that took place in Washington on January 6 earlier this year. Generation Utoya very much looks at ONE awful incident as a warning of what could be unleashed if we do not tackle things head on. In that particular respect, I find that the film is really quite timely. But on another level, the film is also about the resilience of four women, two of which in particular, who used their traumatic experiences to become politically active and to do what it takes to ensure that their country does not witness another horrific act.

National Film Board of Canada’s Guaranteed WINS @hotdocs 2021 ” Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy”, “Someone Like Me” and “Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again” #HotDocs21

Elle–Máijá Tailfeathers’ film witnesses radical and profound change in her community. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is an intimate portrait of survival, love and the collective work of healing in the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta, a Blackfoot community facing the impacts of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic.

Community members active in addiction and recovery, first responders and medical professionals implement harm reduction to save lives. This work is contextualized within the historical and contemporary impacts of settler colonialism; Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy draws a connecting line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-use crisis.

Held in love and hope for the future, Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy asks the audience to be a part of this remarkable change with the community.

In Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams’ feature doc Someone Like Me, Drake, a young gay man from Uganda, leaves behind everything he knows to attain the universal freedoms everyone deserves: to be who he is and love whomever he chooses without fear of discrimination, persecution, or violence. A group of queer strangers unite to resettle Drake in Vancouver, but they are tasked with a year-long commitment to someone they’ve never met, and struggle with the challenging conditions of this support. Together, Drake and his sponsors embark on an emotional journey in search of personal freedom, revealing how in a world where one must constantly fight for the right to exist, survival itself becomes a victory.

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.

Using never-before-seen archival footage and audio recordings, Mohawk filmmaker Courtney Montour engages in a deeply personal conversation with the late Mohawk woman who challenged sexist and genocidal government policies that stripped First Nations women and children of their Indian status when they married non-Indian men.

Montour speaks with Cree activist Nellie Carlson, Mary’s lifelong friend and co-founder of Indian Rights for Indian Women, and meets with three generations in Mary’s kitchen in Kahnawà:ke to honour the legacy of a woman who galvanized a national network of allies to help restore Indian status to thousands of First Nations women and children.

MUST WATCH! @hotdocs 2021 “Only I Can Hear”, “Portrayal”, “Secrets from Putomayo”, “Songs That Flood The River”, “Testimony of Ana” and “The Voice Break Choir” #HotDocs21

“I’ve always wanted to be deaf,” says 15-year-old Nyla. She’s the only hearing person in her family going back five generations and views her ability to hear as both a gift and a curse. Itaru Matsui and Heath Cozens weave together the fascinating experiences of four children of deaf adults—also known as CODAs—and the challenges and joys they face living between these two worlds.

“This moving and fascinating film about a young man’s investigation into his family’s unspoken secret unfolds like a taut thriller, placing the viewer beside him on his harrowing journey to get to the heart of this profound mystery. Both historical and deeply personal, “Portrayal” is a powerful human tale about the meaning of family, legacy, authorship, and the porous nature of truth.”

In 1910, the British consul in Rio de Janeiro, Roger Casement, undertook an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity committed against indigenous communities by the British-financed Peruvian Amazon Company. Recording what he witnessed in a diary, Secrets of the Putumayo reveals a system of industrialized abuse and slavery that, once exposed, shook the foundations of the modern world. It is a story that we have tried hard to forget. More than a century later, the struggles of those same Amazon communities for rights to self-determination and basic justice endure in the face of new waves of market-led development. This film, by Brazilian film-maker Aurélio Michiles, translates into cinema my edition of ‘The Amazon Journal of Roger Casement’.

Oneida was a child when she learned how to sing alabados, traditional funeral songs used by black communities in Colombia to secure a safe return to the realm of the souls. When she was eight years old, a snake devoured her left leg, leaving her for life in a village set deep in the jungle and stricken by the terror of war.

In 2002, her village suffer one of the most cruel massacres in the country. Oneida fights her fears by writing songs that use the melody of alabados over lyrics that portrait her reality. Her scars are the source of her strength and her songs are the voice of millions that claim for peace in one of the longest wars in history.

In this poetic trip around the world, the oyster – with its sensual and lavish associations – acts as metaphor to explore human drives and desires. Linking stories of a New York burlesque dancer, French Michelin-starred chefs, a Swedish oyster diver, a Japanese pearl maker and a terminally ill English psychologist, the documentary by Willemiek Kluijfhout – narrated by the voice of desire – dives into the intricate nature of our deepest yearnings and quest for self-fulfilment.

Anaben Pawar is an elderly tribal woman accused of witchcraft in rural India. Through Ana,s story, we delve into a deep-rooted culture of patriarchy and examine one of the most monstrous attacks on women,s bodies in modern India: the witch hunt.

As the members of the Stockholm Boys’ Choir’s voices begin to crack, they are placed in a quarantine choir. As they inhabit this liminal space between boyhood and manhood, these young men share with us their most intimate hopes, fears, desires—and, of course, the music that is so central to their lives.

REVIEW: @hotdocs 2021 “We Are The Thousand” #HotDocs21

Fan of rock music, Fabio wants to convince the Foo Fighters to perform in his little village in Italy. What did he end up doing? Well, he gathered 1,000 musicians to play their favourite tune. Simple. An epic rockumentary if you need a change from the usual HD pace. Honestly, why can’t we get our act together to get Radiohead to come back to Toronto?

REVIEW: @hotdocs 2021 “Through The Night” #HotDocs21

To make ends meet, Americans are working longer hours across multiple jobs. This modern reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. Through the Night is a verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider – whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center.


One of the best documentary’s of the festival. A true story of love and the power of humanity.