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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

Review: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents Carly Rae Jepsen – Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

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Photo Credit:  Carly Rae Jepsen, Lucas Waldin, TSO (top of show) @Jag Gundu.jpg

The TSO continues to celebrate Canadian music and its many genres with Carly Rae Jepsen.  Her much-anticipated performance last night was part of the TSO’s Canada 150 Signature Project. Jepsen—a singer, songwriter, and actress—shared the stage with long-time collaborator Tavish Crowe (Musical Director and guitarist) and the TSO, under the musical direction of Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin. To the delight of Jepsen’s fans and TSO buffs alike, the evening included some of the artist’s greatest hits including excerpts from her critically acclaimed album E•MO•TION.

“Canada Mosaic celebrates our musical diversity and Canadian artists. Its lineup features some amazing collaborations, including one with singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen. Make the most of Canada 150 and let yourself be captivated by Canadian music!” —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Carly Rae Jepsen was born in Mission, BC, and was exposed to music at a very young age. Jepsen grew up listening to artists like Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, but also had a real passion for musicals. Jepsen later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, where she immersed herself in all things music and dance. In 2007, Jepsen took third place in Season 5 of Canadian Idol, making herself known to national audiences from coast to coast to coast. A few years later, in 2012, Jepsen released her album Kiss, which became an international success. The single “Call Me Maybe” reached #1 in 18 countries, and she was the first Canadian to receive Billboard’s Rising Star Award. In 2015, Jepsen’s Kiss won Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards. She also made her Broadway début in 2014 in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, wowing audiences and critics alike. Her latest albums, E•MO•TION and E•MO•TION Side B, are doing much the same, receiving critical acclaim from all over the globe—including E•MO•TION being nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and her hit single from the album, “I Really Like You”, being Certified Platinum.

Last night’s performance from Jepsen included songs, “Run Away With Me”, “Gimme Love”, “Let’s Get Lost”, “Emotion” and “Your Type”. These songs were backed up alongside the robust stylings of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  The evening was casual but also had the makings of a Carly Rae Jepsen prom night.  The Roy Thomson Hall space was festooned with bright and giddy energy.  The excitement was palatable and the audience was up for a good time.

The audience was varied and the poshness of the evening was tossed out by the time Jepsen sang “Boy Trouble” and the makings of a saxophone player punctuated the air. Two gentlemen close to the front of the stage jumped up and started dancing. That gave permission to the rest of the audience to join suit.  At one point everyone was up, dancing like they haven’t danced since grade school, singing like they were in their own private showers and feeling themselves a la Beyonce.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra was sure to stitch in Debussy’s “Clair De Lune” and Tshaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” to give an education to the young audience. Maybe it’s not about coming to see their idol on one evening but reminding the audience that TSO has other offerings throughout the year worth immersing themselves into.  Bravo for the gentle nudge!

The evening ended with “Call Me Maybe” and “I Really Like You”. By that time, the crowd was unhinged and full of joy as was Jepsen.  Not only was Carly Rae full of ‘emotion’ but she could have kept it up all night and the audience would have fully accepted it.

http://www.tso.ca

HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM at the Royal Ontario Museum (June 16: Indigenous Now)

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 16, 2017, honour Aboriginal Heritage Month with contemporary Indigenous artists, and explore our special exhibition Anishinaabeg: Art & Power.

June 16: Indigenous Now: Performances

ANDPVA: (The Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual Arts) – Canada’s oldest Indigenous arts service organization, founded in 1972. We support artists/creators/producers of Indigenous ancestry working in any discipline through networking, promotion, workshops, training, and partnerships. We also work for increased access to the arts sector for artists of Indigenous ancestry through policy development and advocacy.

The ANDPVA presents the following ANDPVA artists:

Digging Roots

Musical partners Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music, they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition.

Joey Stylez

An award-winning hip-hop artist from Moosomin First Nation, Sask. He has forged a name for himself in the visual arts and business world. His music generally takes on the Robin Hood theme of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Rosary Spence

This multitalented singer, song composer, and performing artist is Cree from Fort Albany First Nation, an isolated community on James Bay in northern Ontario. Her newest release, Maskawasiwin, is a recording infused with acoustic rhythms, Indigenous fusions, and urban beats.

Sean Conway

A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist from Peterborough, Ont. An avid musical explorer, he blurs the bridges between classic sounds of 60s-era country music and early pop rock while embracing his spontaneous nature as an entertainer and musician – constantly challenging himself as an artist and performer.

Manifest Destiny’s Child

A collective of Indigenous women stand-up comedians sharing their humble, humorous, and gregarious perspectives on what it means to be a modern Indian getting by in a colonial world. Members of MDC perform across Indian Country and claim Toronto as their official territory (sorry MNCFN).

DJ Classic Roots

Brings the sexy heartbeat of the boreal north to life with his unique brand of electronica and pow wow techno. The Thunder Bay native is an award-winning producer and DJ who is impacting the music community with his fresh sound and meaningful collaborations with diverse artists. Drawing inspiration from his life and culture, Classic Roots established his original sound by integrating First Nations songs with electronica music.

DJ Fawn Big Canoe

A band member of the Georgina Island Chippewas, Fawn Big Canoe is a diverse DJ that has been bringing house and disco influenced sounds to different venues across Toronto for over a decade.

U of T Faculty of Music

Featuring stars of the University of Toronto jazz music program.

GALLERY ACTIVATIONS

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

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

The Family Camera

Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration with The Family Camera, an exhibition that explores how family photos shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana

This new exhibition takes a historical and contemporary look at Asafo flags. These flags are the insignia created for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Southern Ghana. Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today they act as the vibrant core of local communities. Their flags depict narratives of pride, wisdom, and defiant messages to enemies and are sacred objects depicting the spirit and history of a company.

Food Fare

Highlights include:

Me.n.u.

Tita Flips

Mnandi Pies

Ice Volcano

Young Animal

Rachel’s Gourmet

My Crème Caramel

Daniel et Daniel

chau

Phancy Food

Basil Box

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the June 16: Indigenous Now 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 June 16: Indigenous Now edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday June 14, 2017.

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

HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM at the Royal Ontario Museum (June 9: Love!)

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 9, 2017, explore the forces of attraction, romance, lust, and sexuality through art, culture, and nature.

June 9: Love!: Performances

DJ Lina Bradford

Born and raised in New York City, Lina Bradford studied modern ballet, tap and jazz and performed in several companies throughout NYC. Those same moves she learned in rehearsals became a part of her signature style when she began her DJ career 18 years ago. From DJ of the year to Lifetime Achievement awards at the Glammy and Sage Innovator, DJ Lina can now be seen hosting the biggest private parties from NYC to Europe.

Program partner: Prism Festival

DJ Kitty Glitter

Since launching as a DJ in 2007, multi Diva award winning Sydney’s Favorite Drag Queen and Most Popular DJ, the KITTY GLITTER storm has swept through cities around the globe with devout fans demanding their frequent fix.

Program partner: Prism Festival

Sofonda Cox and Friends

Program partner: Prism Festival

Sexy, Sassy, Sensational, Sofonda Cox is Toronto’s Fabulous Queen! She is an actor with Film and Television appearances in ‘Cake’, ‘Soldier’s Girl’ and ‘Queer as Folk’. She garnered worldwide attention with her puppeteer performance as Destiny’s Child which went viral on Facebook, boasting over 1.5 million views!

Carole Pope

On the 2016 Polaris Prize short list, Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics, and the status quo, making you think and dance at the same time. Her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award and four gold, one platinum, and one double platinum album.

DJ Jayemkayem

Jayemkayem has quickly established herself within the city’s nightlife scene. Whether she’s holding down nights at some of the West End’s hippest venues like Apt200 and Libertine, or hosting her semimonthly radio show on independent station TRP, she’s constantly spreading good vibes and good times with her eclectic selections that span the genres of hip-hop, R&B, grime and UK garage.

Listen & Learn

Check out the hottest electro-swing speakeasy this side of the ’40s, complete with drop-in swing dance lessons! We’re fusing retro swing tunes of the ‘20s with modern house, hip-hop, and drum ‘n bass beats, so grab a partner and Lindy hop on down— it’s time to party like it’s prohibition.

Program partner: SEXposium

U of T Faculty of Music

Featuring stars of the University of Toronto jazz music program.

GALLERY ACTIVATIONS

Live in c5: Swing by the adult coloring book bar, hit the dancefloor, catch some live body painting, or watch our fairy dragmother and Toronto’s fiercest queens serve Once Upon A Tuck realness in the “Whistle While you WERK!” drag show.

Program partner: SEXposium

Out of the Vaults: Explore love and romance with objects from our Egyptian collection.

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

What’s your type? Discover your blood type with Canadian Blood Services.

Out of the Vaults: Uncover the intimate side of some incredible animal specimens. (7:30-10:30 pm)

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

The Family Camera

Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration with The Family Camera, an exhibition that explores how family photos shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana

This new exhibition takes a historical and contemporary look at Asafo flags. These flags are the insignia created for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Southern Ghana. Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today they act as the vibrant core of local communities. Their flags depict narratives of pride, wisdom, and defiant messages to enemies and are sacred objects depicting the spirit and history of a company.

Food Fare

Highlights include: Gushi Foods, Delight Bite, Parka, Curbside Bliss, Haute Eats, Mnandi Pies, Ice Volcano, Young Animal, chau, Phancy Food and Basil Box.

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the June 9: Love! 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 June 9: Love! edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday June 7, 2017.

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