Monthly Archives: June 2019

Review: ROM Friday Night Live (#FNLROM): Mardi Gras, June 21, 2019


The Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series transformed Canada’s largest museum of art, culture, and nature into Toronto’s hottest adult-only social event. On Friday, June 21, we brushed off your carnival beads, polished our dancing shoes, and got ready to experience a New Orleans-style party #FNLROM: Mardi Gras. The event was programmed in partnership with TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

The summer is upon us and let’s face it – we needed a bit of a breather after a week of work and other responsibilities. Does anyone else’s week sometimes get ahead of them? We hear you. We encourage you to check out #FNLROM at the Royal Ontario Museum for a reset.

This week’s Mari Gras #FNLROM theme was epic as usual. Full of jovial vibes, delicious drinks, food and let’s not forget about the New Orleans style tunes. We loved Heavy Weights Brass Band! They have built a reputation as Canada’s reigning champions of feel­-good horn music. Their unique style never fails to move any audience, and has earned them a loyal following from fans across all genres. They were instrumental in getting the crowd up and moving.


We moved on up to Bronfman Hall and grabbed some drinks while munching on Gushi Toronto’s famous chicken and Tita Flip’s tasty Palabok. It was the sustenance we needed to get down with Notorious BIG and some hype 70’s throwback tunes with the support of DJ Medicineman. DJ Medicineman is the founder of Electro Swing TO, with a unique cross-cultural style that connects vintage rhythms and progressive beats. His radio show “NO MAN’S LAND” bridges the sounds of world and electronic music.

After an hour or two we wandered over to Earth’s Treasures for some dessert and some catch up time with friends. Have you tried My Crème Caramel and Ice Volcano Ice Cream? Talk about delicious treats that make for a wonderful end to a robust evening out at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Friday June 28, 2019 is the last night for #FNLROM for the summer season until they return in the Fall of 2019. If you haven’t checked out #FNLROM, grab your ticket for next week fast! They will be sure to sell out!

Happy week!


Other Artists and Food Vendors represented at ROM Friday Night Live: #FNLROM: Mardi Gras, June 21, 2019


DJ L’Oqenz is a producer, music director, sound designer and cultural curator. Her undeniable skills on the turntables and innovative musical vision bring together the worlds of music, theatre, visual arts and multi-media.

Heavy Weights Brass Band have built a reputation as Canada’s reigning champions of feel­-good horn music. Their unique style never fails to move any audience, and has earned them a loyal following from fans across all genres.

DJ Agile’s style is as diverse as Toronto with a proven ability to captivate a crowd. Agile is a Stylus DJ Award winner, NXNE Rising Star Award winner, five-time Juno nominee and a five-time MuchMusic Video Award nominee.


Alex Pangman is known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. This Juno nominee possesses the taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era.

Allison Toffan has been busy stirring up momentum in the Canadian tap dance community for over a decade, and has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, and the Toronto Arts Council.

Gareth Burgess has been playing the steel pan for more than 15 years and has developed into one of the finest jazz soloists in the city. He also teaches steel band classes at high schools in the GTA.


Scarlett LaFlamme Burlesque specializes in creative, character-driven, themed burlesque and variety shows inspired by everything from classical paintings to Game of Thrones.

Food Fare

Delight Bite, Gushi, Tita Flips, ChotiPLATE, My Crème Caramel, and Ice Volcano Ice Cream.

Parkbus, Your Ride to the Great Outdoors!: Let’s Check out The Elora Gorge!


Being a city gal I have always wanted to escape on my weekend and see a part of Ontario through a different lens. If you don’t have a car and want to leave the driving to someone else after a busy week at your stressful office job – it’s time to stitch in some restorative healing into your overall health and well being.

With that goal in mind, I chose the Elora Gorge tour with Parkbus ( This summer, Parkbus is offering a shuttle service from four Canadian cities to four national and provincial parks. Pack your lunch, hop on board, and spend the day in the great outdoors! This service is made possible through the generous support from TD, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Parks Canada.  If you live in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver – now is the time to book your next road trip.

For us city folk who rely on public transit, Parkbus will pick you and your friends at 34 Asquith in Toronto which is located about 100 meters from Bloor-Yonge subway entrance (Yonge Street Entrance). It’s that easy! They will drop you off at the same location.


One of Parkbus’ most popular day trip destinations, is the Elora Gorge. The Grand River rushes through the gorge with 22m-high cliffs in a gorgeous conservation area, before entering one of the most scenic towns in Ontario. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy tubing down the rapids. I chose to do a three hour hike along the banks of the Grand River, I rested at a few spots under some shady trees, checked out the camping grounds, had some lunch at a glorious picnic spot in the sun, read and then casually commenced my hike into town.

A hot tip, your Parkbus ticket includes park admission for the day. I would begin your day at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area which is located about 30 min away by foot to the local Town of Elora. It makes for a nice day getting some exercise in and then grabbing something to eat in town. If you prefer to skip the hike and stay in town, the Park Bus stops at the LCBO parking lot located on 23 Metcalfe St. so you can enjoy your day with the locals. Keep in mind, my hike was a solo trip and not part of a guided tour.


The Town of Elora is perched on the edge of a spectacular gorge along the banks of the Grand River. Restaurants, cafes, art galleries and boutiques line the main street. I grabbed a Kawartha Ice Cream, in Rum Raisin at the local ice cream shop and walked around taking in the sites. I checked out the Farmer’s Market where some local Mennonite women were selling their fresh produce and then took a stroll into the village to take pictures of the colourful cottages. I then made my way down to the Quarry to take in the rushing water, sat down for a moment and took some more photographs. I had 5 hours in Elora on $49 return bus trip price point. The trip was safe, affordable and reliable.

If you are a foodie and want to sample the amazing menu at the Elora Mill, I would suggest making a reservation in advance and wear your nicest outfit.

For those of us with fur babies, you are allowed to bring your dogs onto the bus. You would need to purchase a pet ticket ($10 each way) before hand. The pet must be transported either in a carrier or with a muzzle, and you assume responsibility for a cleaning fee in case their pet makes a mess on the bus. Dogs must be on a leash when in the park.

If you want to grab a 5% discount using @parkbus this month use the referral code, 1039euiwod. Tell them I sent you and have fun! 🙂 @ParksCanada @Parkbus @mec @environmentca @OntarioParks @TourismeOntario #OurNature #goodtimesoutside #parkbusgotmehere @EloraON

Have fun! Looking forward to my next trip with Parkbus!