Monthly Archives: September 2017

Hot Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM Friday October 6, 2017: Thanks 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, October 6 catch Thanks Canada at #FNLROM!

Friday, October 6: Performances

Spencer Burton

Spanning a musical life with hard-core beginnings, to the somber strings of his acoustic guitar in his country-folk infused solo project, Spencer Burton is a mainstay musical virtuoso. Releasing simply under his own name, his new album (and his third solo offering) was produced with Daniel Romano — it will come out on Dine Alone Records this fall.

DJ Conor Cutz

An open-format DJ and entrepreneur hailing from Toronto, Canada. Known for his turntablist background and ability to read any crowd, Conor redefines the role of a party DJ through style and sophistication. He currently holds residencies at some of Toronto’s most notable venues including The Four Season’s Hotel, Brooklynn, SOHO House and more.

DJ D- Smooth

Derrick., otherwise known as D-Smooth, is a Toronto, Canada, based DJ that has created an illustrious career, by spinning music at venues world wide, radio and Internet syndication.

U of T Faculty of Music

Featuring stars of the University of Toronto jazz music program.

GALLERY ACTIVATIONS

In Conversation

Hear personal accounts of cultural identity and heritage with speakers from Passages Canada, an initiative of Historica Canada.

You Guessed It!

How well do you know Canada? Test your knowledge and win prizes with Historica Canada!

Out of the Vaults: Canadian Valour

George Hewson takes a look at Canada’s rich military history through artifacts.

Heritage Minutes

Take in some Canadian historical moments, courtesy of Historica Canada.

FOOD VENDORS

Rachel’s Gourmet Gone Wild

All-natural, fresh, & delicious! A wide range of nutritional artisan entrées. (Vegetarian and vegan options available).

Me.n.u

Asian fusion, bringing the taste of travel to the streets of Toronto.(Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available).

Curbside Bliss Cupcakes

Canada’s first mobile dessert kitchen bringing baked-from-scratch sweetness to you! (Vegan and gluten-free options available).

Liko’s Hawaiian Barbecue

Local Hawaiian grindz – we bring da islandz to you!

Ice Volcano Ice Cream

Freshly made ice cream using liquid nitrogen with smoking Ice Volcano presentation.

Pars Kebab

Delicious homemade Middle Eastern food. (Vegetarian and halal options available).

Phancy Food

Your favourite childhood dishes dressed up with a modern twist using from-scratch recipes and locally sourced ingredients. (Vegetarian options available).

King Catering

Experience tasty Caribbean fusion cuisine. (Vegetarian, vegan, and halal options available).

My Crème Caramel

French desserts handmade from scratch. (Vegetarian and gluten-free options available).

chau

Modern asian food, inspired by traditional asian street food and home cooking. (Vegetarian and vegan options available)

Haute Eats

Eclectic world food with a modern twist. (Vegetarian options available).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 Friday, Friday, October 6/17: Thanks Canada edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday October 4, 2017.

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HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM September 29/17: Fashion

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, September 29, 2017 catch Fashion Night at #FNLROM!

September 29: Performances

DJ Mista Jiggz

With an insatiable appetite for quality music of all genres, Mista Jiggz’ adept ability to entertain crowds has earned him high praise. Anticipate anything from current and classic hip-hop & r’n’b to pulsating house and electro, classic rock and Motown, reggae, funk, disco and any other genre fit for the audience. What separates Mista Jiggz from the rest is his knack for blending these sounds into signature remixes, many of which are done live.

DJ Gimmemar

A background in fashion styling and art direction gives Gimmemar a detailed eye and passion for tasteful visuals and aesthetic. Catch her DJing high profile gigs for brands like Nike and in-store at retailers like Holt Renfrew.

Cheri Maracle

Mohawk from the Six Nations Grand River Territory, is an actor, singer, and songwriter. She has performed in Canada and abroad for many moons. Cheri and her quartet have recently played Dundas Square in Toronto, the Brantford International Jazz Fest, and Chiefswood Park for the Solidarity Day Celebrations. You can catch Cheri’s performance as Sarah Bull in Blackstone, on Netflix, for which Cheri was Gemini nominated, or in DeGrassi, also on Netflix.

U of T Faculty of Music

Featuring stars of the University of Toronto jazz music program.

GALLERY ACTIVATIONS

ESTO Style: Northern Spirit

Catch the Canadian premiere of the best Estonian fashion and design, showcasing the most internationally recognized Estonian fashion brands. An Instagram-worthy moment, this Nordic fashion collective is a must see for any Canadian looking for cutting-edge style.

Designers include: Roberta Einer, Oksana Tandit, Monton, Baltman, Ivo Nikkolo, Sangar, Tanel Veenre Jewellery, D’Difference.

White Cashmere Collection 2017

Returning for its 14th consecutive year, the White Cashmere Collection 2017 is back this September with a national design competition in celebration of #Canada150, while kicking-off October breast cancer awareness month. More than 150 students from 11 design schools from across Canada took part in the design challenge and 16 finalists have been selected to present their breathtaking fashions – all crafted in luxuriously soft sheets of Cashmere bathroom tissue.

Program Partner: Kruger Products, maker of Cashmere bathroom tissue.

Try This!

Fashion illustrator Stephanie Anne McKay captures vibrant images of FNL guests with dynamic, gestural watercolours.

Out of the Vaults: Something Old, Something New

Learn how traditional clothing influences contemporary style on the global stage. Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the #FNLROM Friday, September 29, 2017: Fashion 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 Friday, September 29, 2017: Fashion edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday September 27, 2017.

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/fnlrom-fashion-0#/gallery/recent

Penguin Random House Fall Preview

As the Fall is upon us, it’s time to pick up some neat books to peruse as we begin the settle down into the new chilly season.

Penguin Random House has some impeccable books to read that are worth highlighting for you or the book lover in your life! Check them out!

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‘Brother’ By: David Chariandy

The long-awaited second novel from David Chariandy, whose debut, Soucouyant, was nominated for nearly every major literary prize in Canada and published internationally.

An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.

With shimmering prose and mesmerizing precision, David Chariandy takes us inside the lives of Michael and Francis. They are the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, their father has disappeared and their mother works double, sometimes triple shifts so her boys might fulfill the elusive promise of their adopted home.

Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of town houses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, Michael and Francis battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry — teachers stream them into general classes; shopkeepers see them only as thieves; and strangers quicken their pace when the brothers are behind them. Always Michael and Francis escape into the cool air of the Rouge Valley, a scar of green wilderness that cuts through their neighbourhood, where they are free to imagine better lives for themselves.

Propelled by the pulsing beats and styles of hip hop, Francis, the older of the two brothers, dreams of a future in music. Michael’s dreams are of Aisha, the smartest girl in their high school whose own eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere. But the bright hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably thwarted by a tragic shooting, and the police crackdown and suffocating suspicion that follow.

With devastating emotional force David Chariandy, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian literature, crafts a heartbreaking and timely story about the profound love that exists between brothers and the senseless loss of lives cut short with the shot of a gun.

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‘Bellevue Square’ By: Michael Redhill: 

From award-winning and bestselling author Michael Redhill comes a darkly comic literary thriller about a woman who fears for her sanity–and then her life–when she learns that her doppelganger has appeared in a local park.

Jean Mason has a doppelganger. At least, that’s what people tell her. Apparently it hangs out in Kensington Market, where it sometimes buys churros and shops for hats. Jean doesn’t rattle easy, not like she used to. She’s a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving business, and Toronto is a fresh start for the whole family. She certainly doesn’t want to get involved in anything dubious, but still . . . why would two different strangers swear up and down they’d just seen her–with shorter hair furthermore?

Jean’s curiosity quickly gets the better of her, and she visits the market, but sees no one who looks like her. The next day, she goes back to look again. And the day after that. Before she knows it, she’s spending an hour here, an afternoon there, watching, taking notes, obsessing and getting scared. With the aid of a small army of locals who hang around in the market’s only park, she expands her surveillance, making it known she’ll pay for information or sightings. A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants–the regulars of Bellevue Square–are eager to contribute to Jean’s investigation. But when some of them start disappearing, it becomes apparent that her alleged double has a sinister agenda. Unless Jean stops her, she and everyone she cares about will face a fate stranger than death.

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‘Lightfoot’ By:  Nicholas Jennings: 

Gordon Lightfoot’s name is synonymous with timeless songs about trains and shipwrecks, rivers and highways, lovers and loneliness. His music defined the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ‘70s, topped charts and sold millions. He is unquestionably Canada’s greatest songwriter, and an international star who has performed on the world’s biggest stages.

While Lightfoot’s songs are well known, the man behind them is elusive. He’s never allowed his life to be chronicled in a book—until now.

Biographer Nick Jennings has had unprecedented access to the notoriously reticent musician. Lightfoot takes us deep inside the artist’s world, from his idyllic childhood in Orillia, the wild sixties, and his canoe trips into Canada’s North to his heady times atop the music world. Jennings explores the toll that success took on his personal life—including his troubled relationships, his battle with alcohol and his near-death experiences—and the extraordinary drive and tenacity that pulled him through it all.

Rich in voices from fellow musicians, close friends, Lightfoot’s family and the singer’s own reminiscences, the biography tells the stories behind some of his best-known love songs, including “Beautiful” and “Song for a Winter’s Night,” as well as the infidelity and divorce that resulted in classics like “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind.” Kris Kristofferson has called Lightfoot’s songs “some of the most beautiful and lasting music of our time.”

Lightfoot is an unforgettable portrait of a treasured singer-songwriter, an artist whose work has been covered by everyone from Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand and Nico to Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Gord Downie. Revealing and insightful, Lightfoot is both an inspiring story of redemption and an exhilarating read.

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‘The Golden House’: By: Salman Rushdie: 

When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, reinventing themselves as emperors living in a lavish house in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society, even as Nero Golden continues to raise huge buildings carrying his name in gold letters.

The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful former model, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work that could ruin Nero Golden forever.

Invoking literature, pop culture and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, and identity politics; Gamergate; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendancy of Superman and Batwoman and the superhero movie; and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic villain with painted skin and coloured hair.

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‘Farm to Chef’ By: Lynn Crawford: 

There’s nothing more satisfying than going to a farmer’s market, picking out the freshest produce and creating vibrant recipes to showcase those ingredients. Farm to Chef comes to life with Lynn Crawford’s passion for seasonal cooking and takes readers on a year-long journey with 140 original recipes, organized by season. You’ll discover how easy it is to prepare fresh market ingredients, with a range of the chef’s favourite fruits and vegetables: peas and rhubarb in the spring, summer berries and corn, leeks and pears in the fall, and parsnips and squash in the winter months.

Whether you’re braising, roasting, baking or preserving an abundance of produce, these recipes will offer immediate inspiration. Lynn shares her go-to favourites, like Harvest Apple Pie, Primavera Pizza with Ramp Pesto and Zucchini Bread with Walnut-Honey Butter, and new takes on the classics, including Butter Chicken with Rutabaga, Morel Mushroom Panzanella Salad, and Fennel Gratin with Feta and Dill. In the autumn, curl up with a warm bowl of Carrot Lemongrass Soup with Ginger Pork Dumplings, but when the weather heats up, enjoy Grilled Flank Steak with Charred Beefsteak Tomatoes and Blue Cheese. With something for everyone and beautiful photography throughout, Farm to Chef celebrates the bounty of the seasons and will become a mainstay in your kitchen.

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