Monthly Archives: June 2017

Hot Docs’ Premieres ‘In the Name of All Canadians’- June 28 , 2017 (Hot Docs Cinema)

Hot Docs’ ‘In the Name of All Canadians’, a film the organization commissioned to commemorate Canada 150, will have its world premiere at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The film will then screen at the Cinema starting on June 30 for a limited engagement, followed by special screenings at partner festivals and cinemas throughout the country.

Thoughtful and compelling, the film is a compilation of six short documentaries, each looking at a story that has been impacted by a right listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a document that in its short 35 years has helped shape the country.

From Indigenous rights to the controversial ‘notwithstanding clause,’ discover Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms through six short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. Participating filmmakers take the Charter’s key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of the country we call home.

In the midst of Canada 150 celebrations this weekend, I would encourage you to immerse yourself in this formidable documentary. Not only is it deeply emotional, but timely.  It is riddled with the quest for freedom, mind blowing injustices and the colours and textures that we all share as Canadians.  We may come from different places, have been raised with different values and traditions; yet we carry the same truths, desire for equality and joie de vivre.  ‘In the Name of All Canadians’ needs to be viewed by all Canadians this long weekend.

World premiere June 28, 2017 at the Hot Docs Cinema.

Information and tickets > http://www.​inthenameofallcanadians.​com​

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A Summer Must Have: Get your SALLY HANSEN AIRBRUSH LEGS On!

I just came back from the cottage with my friends a few weeks ago – so let’s say my tan is on point. But I am already feeling the fade.  So I picked up Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs to keep my glow aglow!

Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs is the secret to sexy, fabulous looking legs that are beautifully bare without hosiery. The unique spray-on leg makeup creates perfect looking legs in an instant. I’ve also been adding it to my arms for when I wear t-shirts or strappy dresses.  I like the seamless coverage.  It’s no mess and I feel great wearing either the lotion and the spray.

It is easy to apply, Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs sprays on evenly to eliminate the appearance of veins, freckles, bruises and imperfections, leaving legs smooth, supple and ready to show off. The lightweight formula, with Palmaria Extract, enhances coverage and helps stimulate microcirculation for healthier-looking legs. The long lasting formula is also water and transfer-resistant, so it won’t rub off on clothes.

Think a foundation light coverage for your legs – you don’t need to wear hose if you are going to an event or a night out in the summer. Come on ladies – we cover our legs all winter, it’s time to show them off in some fun outfits.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs has been a cult favorite among beauty lovers. From celebrities to real women, the beauty savvy know that the signature spray leaves legs looking silky smooth and even in short-shorts and micro-minis.  Once you try out, you’ll be hard pressed not to wear it all summer.

Airbrush Legs is available in four natural looking shades that match most skin tones: Light Glow, Medium Glow, Tan Glow and Deep Glow.

AVAILABLE: At drug and mass retailers nationwide.

http://ca.sallyhansen.com/

HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM, June 30: O Canada

The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., delivers Toronto’s best Friday night destination with the hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and an opportunity to experience the Museum like never before. On Friday, June 30, 2017, bring this #FNLROM season to a climax by celebrating Canada 150, with complimentary access to Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.

June 30: Performances

Ashley MacIsaac’s FDLER

In 2016, Ashley MacIsaac and Jay Andrews created a new project called FDLER. Dance, electronic, celtic, pop and more. It is ethereal as it is catchy, with help from great artists such as Neon Dreams and many more.

Neon Dreams

Their fresh take on electronic pop combines EDM with live instrumentation – an irresistible combination. Their breakthrough track, “Marching Bands,” is a collaboration with Kardinal Offishall that has become a bonafide crossover hit charting #15 on Canadian top 40, while their EP “To You” has quickly earned over 5 million Spotify streams.

Sweet Touch Foundation

Brothers in both life and music, Toronto duo Sweet Touch Foundation must have beats in their blood. DJ Riccachet and DJ Thera-P have been active in the scene since the ‘90s, honing their craft and evolving over the years as true students of their art form.

Navigate the Sky

The Hamilton, Ontario indie/pop outfit—vocalist Brendan DiStefano, rhythm guitarist Shane Penhale, lead guitarist Steve Hall, bassist Jon Hiff and drummer Josh Podolak — arrive onto the Canadian music scene with substance, style and a spirit that captures their personality and sound like no one else ever could.

DJ Stew Innes

Art director and DJ Stew Innes plays a blend of hip hop and party jams.

Dawn Pemberton

With deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk, and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director, and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions.

GALLERY ACTIVATIONS

Ocean Wise: Come by the Ocean Wise table to learn more about sustainable seafood sourcing, farmed seafood, and how you can make ocean friendly choices by eating at delicious restaurants.

Giant Digital Colouring Wall: Get creative with enormous digital spray-paint colouring pages from MakeLab! (7-11 pm).

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the #FNLROM, June 30: O Canada edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at the #FNLROM, June 30: O Canada edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday June 28, 2017.

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/fnlrom-o-canada#/gallery/recent

Book Report: ‘Reckless Years A Diary of Love and Madness’ By Heather Chaplin

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In this page-turning memoir, a woman tries to reinvent her life after divorce and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman.
But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

Review:
I went through a horrible break up in my thirties and thought I would never come out of it. It was degrading, painful and gripping. Not something you want to go through the summer of your thirtieth birthday and most importantly alone back in your home town away from a country that you were calling home for years.
I found a respite in my thoughts through travel from all of my suffering. It was isolating at times but the quiet was good for me. I needed time to get to know myself again and also find my voice. All of that was silenced and I perpetually found myself spinning in an ether that was nonsensical. Although I didn’t write in a diary I journalled out my thoughts in a blog. Therapeutic and at times even more irritating.
‘Reckless Years A Diary of Love and Madness’ By Heather Chaplin paints a wonderful portrait into that life that I experienced and perhaps all women coming out of one long chapter can relate to. Written in a journal style, the book is laden with sharp humour; sexy moments and relatable emotional grief that are stitched into a narrative that will make you swoon and guffaw. If you are coming out of a relationship, starting a new job, trying something new and it fails miserably or are just wanting to check in with yourself again – ‘Reckless Years A Diary of Love and Madness’ By Heather Chaplin makes for an interesting summer read.
I loved the lovely faraway off places Chaplin takes the reader into and demonstrates what it means to truly heal after heartache, experience shenanigans that need to happen to shake off the heart ache and to learn to like ourselves again with the best of intent and compassion.
http://www.simonandschuster.ca

Book Report: ‘Optimists Die First’ By: Susin Nielsen

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This touching, hilarious tragi-comedy by award-winning author Susin Nielsen proves: Life is out to get you. But so is love. A quirky alternative to the “sick lit” genre for YA readers.
Petula’s funny, and a crafting genius, but no social star at high school, and it doesn’t help that she’s isolated herself after her adored toddler sister died. Petula feels responsible for this death, though her parents say it was a tragic accident. No one’s fault. Now, Petula sees danger everywhere: every activity and every bite of food could kill you. Then a new boy, Jacob, joins Petula’s group in the school’s lame art therapy program; he has a prosthetic arm and darkness behind his sunny surface. Petula and Jacob become friends, then, something more. But a secret behind why he’s in the group could derail them.
A heartbreaking yet humorous first YA from award-winning author Susin Nielsen, Optimists Die First continues Susin’s tradition of creating memorable characters and genre-bending narratives.
http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/

Book Report: ‘On Edge A Journey Through Anxiety’ By Andrea Petersen

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A celebrated science and health reporter offers a wry, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety.
A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. Overwhelming dread. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. With time her symptoms multiplied. She agonized over every odd physical sensation. She developed fears of driving on highways, going to movie theaters, even licking envelopes. Although having a name for her condition was an enormous relief, it was only the beginning of a journey to understand and master it—one that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail.
Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments. She compares psychoactive drugs to non-drug treatments, including biofeedback and exposure therapy. And she explores the role that genetics and the environment play in mental illness, visiting top neuroscientists and tracing her family history—from her grandmother, who, plagued by paranoia, once tried to burn down her own house, to her young daughter, in whom Petersen sees shades of herself.
Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.
Review:
We’ve all felt the pangs of anxiety at different times of our lives. I experienced some horrible anxiety when I moved back from England in my early 30’s. Debilitating and at times extremely life surrendering. I didn’t think I would ever walk through it – it sure hung on. But with therapy, reflection and my own work on myself I kicked those anxious thoughts to the curb.
If you are looking for inspiration towards your own change, I really appreciated ‘On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety’ by Andrea Petersen. It was not only illustrative of what it is like to live with anxiety but how you can help yourself and how a helping professional can potentially help their patients with a clearer lens. To clarify this is not a medical text – but rather an informative read on mental health.
‘She soon realized, she says, that it was yoga, not the talk, which was making her patients better. Now she believes that the body, not the mind, is the key to relieving anxiety and depression.’
I’m a big fan of counselling – well I do it for a living so I’m biased, yes. But sometimes it’s the simple things that you can do to alleviate anxious and depressive symptoms. Indeed it takes work and effort. It can be as easy of going for a walk around the block, getting off at a subway stop before your normal exit point, reading a book in bed or listening to music while creating art.
It can be a slow build and there are loads of opportunity for relapse. I liked that ‘On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety’ by Andrea Petersen keeps it very honest for her readers. There is optimism but strong reality checks throughout the read.
If you need stats and data, ‘On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety’ will satiate you. But it will also provide you with a wonderful read for a trip home from work on the train or a summer read. Yes, a book on anxiety can also be an easy read.

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/

 

HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM June 23: Colour ROM Proud

The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., delivers Toronto’s best Friday night destination with the hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and an opportunity to experience the Museum like never before. On Friday, June 23, 2017, continue your Pride Month celebrations with an official Pride Toronto dance party at #FNLROM!

June 23: Performances

Singing OUT: Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community choir with a mission of PRIDE. MUSIC. BELONGING. Singing OUT creates a warm and fun space for everyone who enjoys singing and learning. Welcoming everyone with different experience levels, backgrounds, and identities, this choir sings together, and they sing OUT.

Jada Hudson: Toronto Pride Event Host and glamazon scene queen Jada Hudson is a musical and visual mix of camp, chic, high fashion, and urban funk.

The RUDE Collective: RUDE (Real Unapologetic Diverse Expression) is a collective of individuals whose main objective is to create positive spaces for queer folks, especially queer people of colour.

Jezebel: Toronto’s only fully French queen, Jezebel has quickly won over the hearts of queens and kids alike with her dramatic and acrobatic performances.

Fay Slift: Full of over-the-top, feel-good vibes, Fay Slift and her troupe of merry dancers put on a spectacle that will make you feel all the love – and show you what Pride is all about.

DJ Craig Dominic: Voted runner up for best DJ in Xtra 2010 in the last instance of Xtra’s Best, DJ Craig Dominic’s signature jack of-all-trades style gives a new perspective to the DJ scene, blending top 40, R&B, hip-hop, house, and more into one cohesive experience.

DJ Cozmic Cat: Coz has brought her DJ mix to Iceland, USA, South Africa, and more, however she is best known in Toronto as the resident DJ and co-founder of Cherry Bomb, the city’s longest running queer women’s monthly party.

Music Bear Tony Banks: This hip hop storyteller has made a name for himself with his smooth rhythms, sick beats, and serious vocals. He stands out from the crowd as outspoken, unapologetic, and uniquely talented. 2017 brings new music with a pointedly updated attitude, and some off-the-hook collaborations with fellow hip hop artists Jwlb and EarthTone.

EarthTone: EarthTone is a seasoned hip-hop artist and producer. What separates EarthTone’s muziq is its openly gay yet subtle content in an ironic landscape: The Hip Hop Arena. He has a way of bringing you close to the thoughts of a “gay hip hop head”, without making you feel uncomfortable.

DJ Bone Intell: A gay rapper who bucks every conceivable gay rapper stereotype! DJ Bone Intell has all the gifts required to break through the glass ceiling of hip hop homophobia. His movement and street cred are real, and his swag can’t be denied.

Christian Jeffries and Backburner: Together with a talented group of musicians known as Backburner, Christian Jeffries is bringing his music to the masses like never before. Talent is genderless, and music, ageless. Christian Jeffries and Backburner is a force to be reckoned with and an experience you’ll never forget.

ROM Gallery Activities

Out of the Vaults – ROY. G. BIV Gems: Learn how light interacts with gems and minerals, making every colour of the rainbow, with Veronica Di Cecco.

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the #FNLROM June 23: Colour ROM Proud edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at the #FNLROM June 23: Colour ROM Proud edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday June 21, 2017.

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/fnlrom-colour-rom-proud#/gallery/recent