The Final PROM at the ROM – PROM X, March 28, 2015

The Final PROM at the ROM - PROM X, March 28, 2015
The Final PROM at the ROM – PROM X, March 28, 2015

It’s the end of an era. This Saturday, March 28, 2015 is the last PROM at the ROM party. It’s been 10 years and I’ve attended several PROM parties, so it’s a little bittersweet to say goodbye.

The final PROM at the ROM, PROM X is inspired by the works of Douglas Coupland and the ROM’s latest exhibit Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything. I’m a big fan of Douglas Coupland’s work so I’m really looking forward to what the ROM is calling a Pop Explosion Party that pays homage to this iconic Canadian artist. There will be live music, dancing, electric activities, gourmet fare and lounge areas to relax in between all the fun. Guests are encouraged to “curate an artistic or experimental ensemble that screams avant-garde, be playful with neon colours or celebrate contemporary Canadiana.”

The Final PROM at the ROM - PROM X, March 28, 2015
The Final PROM at the ROM – PROM X, March 28, 2015

Tickets for the PROM X are still available online. There will be a small number of tickets available at the door with a $25 surcharge.

PARTY TICKET includes food and beverage (open bar), dancing, interactive activities and live entertainment

VIP TICKET includes an exclusive pre-party cocktail reception in c5 Restaurant and Lounge with an opportunity to meet Douglas Coupland and receive a signed Polaroid picture of you taken by the artist. Also includes access to exhibition, VIP lounge at the party, private registration and coat check.

DATE: Saturday, March 28, 2015
TIME: Party: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM | VIP Experience 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Royal Ontario Museum, Main Entrance, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, 100 Queen’s Park
DRESS CODE: Avant-garde, experimental, and playful
TICKETS: Party: $150 | YPC Member $125
VIP: $350 | YPC Member $300

Luminato at The Hearn Generating Station

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I’ve been around the event block many, many times in this city and these days it takes a lot to impress me. Luminato’s Big Bang Bash and the Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party at the Hearn Generating Station did just that last night. It was a combination of a spectacular venue and major nostalgia that took hold of me and never let go.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I love Luminato. It’s been a great addition to the Toronto arts scene. Anticipation was high for the after I received the press release letting the world know that the Hearn Generating Station would be the location for this year’s fundraising gala. I didn’t know anything about the Hearn Generating Station at the time but clarity happened once I read over the words “The one-of-a-kind venue has never before been used for an event like this, of this magnitude, but glimpses of the facility have been seen in the popular films, Pacific Rim and Robocop.” I just watched the horrible Robocop remake the day before. I knew the movie was filmed in Toronto but I had no idea The Hearn was location of one of the memorable battle scenes. The Hearn was one of the best things in the movie to be honest and now I knew its name. Even better, I was going to get to drink cold beers in its cavernous space.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

The Richard L. Hearn Generating Station is located in the Toronto Port Lands. It opened in 1951 and burned coal that was transported via the St. Lawrence Seaway. In the 70s the plant was converted to natural gas and continued until it stopped power production in 1983. The plant played supporting roles in energy production till 1991. There were two major attempts to buy the plant where one group wanted to turn it into a large hockey based sports center and another group that wanted to turn it into a movie studio. Both options fell through but the plant still occasionally shows up in movies.
The Big Bang Bash fundraising dinner had many of the Toronto’s influential benefactors, artists, politicians, sponsors and guest taking in the Berlin Underground theme. Table settings recreated the Berlin wall complete with graffiti and cinderblocks. Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director of Luminato Festival had this to say about The Hearn:

“The moment I walked into the Hearn Generating Station I knew I wanted to do something in this space. It is full of possibilities. It reminded me of the days when I moved to Berlin, just a couple of years after the wall came down. Every week there was a different club opening in an amazing underground location and a few weeks later it disappeared or grew bigger and bigger. The Hearn space asks to be filled with ideas and I love the idea of juxtaposing the glamour of a big gala with the rawness but grandeur of the space. It reminds me of Piranesi’s Carceri etchings. I am so grateful to Paul Vaughan and everyone at Studios of America to let us play in the space.”

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I didn’t attend the fancy dinner but Isabella Rossellini did! She’s here performing Green Porno at the festival. After the dinner the Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party started. Like everyone who didn’t drive, I took at taxi. It was a really crappy ride. My driver was a dick to be honest, honking and picking fights with other drivers. I also had to break out driving instructions on my phone so we could find the place. To top it all off, he didn’t have change.

All those frustrations sort of melted away when the huge smokestack came into view and the expansive plant grew larger. A wave of nostalgia hit me and I was taken back to my rave days. I went to a lot of raves in 1991 – 1993 and one of the most memorable was held at some factory in the west end. I wish I could remember where it was but I was still in high school and living in Richmond Hill at the time. I had no concept of downtown. We met a shuttle bus at Union station and they whisked us off to this random large factory to party and dance our asses off.

The Hearn brought back those feelings with a vengeance. I felt like a 18 year old again minus the minus the hallucinations. The Hearn dwarfed that factory. It is vast, so vast. 650 thousand cubic metres of space cannot be accurately described. It can fit 12 Parthenons inside! You could lose yourself staring upwards into its cavernous space. The space is in a state of decay but it’s beautiful. Spotlights and colours gave guests glimpses into the dark recesses outside of the party area. Photos don’t do it justice. I’ve never had an inkling for being an urban explorer but I had an almost impossible urge to start climbing any stair or rafter possible. I want a higher vantage point. What hidden secrets did the depths of The Hearn hold for those brave enough? Chatter throughout the night revolved around the insurance price tag and the fact that a concrete floor was poured a couple weeks before just for this event.

YSL had beauty stations where guests could try out the latest makeup and there was a contest for a Saint Laurent handbag which I didn’t win. Previews for the new Yves Saint Laurent movie and YSL ads repeated on big screens throughout the night. Hot Pop Factory (http://www.hotpopfactory.com/) had a booth showing off their 3D printing skills. Guests walked away with laser printed leather bracelets and polymer brooches.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

The Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party didn’t beat the rave on the dancing front. A few of us took advantage of the DJ and dance floor but I couldn’t help wonder how amazing it would have been if Toronto was a dancing city. Despite the very Toronto no dancing thing, The Hearn took me to a place that I didn’t think was possible in Toronto. I felt like I was attending some super exclusive party in London or New York, places that would take advantage of a beautiful, thought provoking space like The Hearn. My hope is that this party sparks some more interest in the space and that someone wants to see it make a cultural contribution to the city like Wychwood Barns, The Distillery District and Evergreen Brick Works.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I guess I should mention my outfit. We were warned about the space ahead of time and I forgot flats and dressed like it was fall. I did the typical Torontonian black with my custom Danier Dress and punched it up with colour using a Gap moto jacket and Kara Ross handbag. Of course, my 3.1 Phillip Lim Chelsea boots were on my feet.

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Luminato, I’ve fallen in love with The Hearn. I went on a major research spree and found some really great links that should you check out for more information and photos.
Ride My Pony Photography » Hearn Power Station

Richard L. Hearn Generating Station | Invisible Threads

Hume: Powerful reasons to keep the Hearn Station | Toronto Star

images: George Pimentel Photography
video: me

ALDO Fights AIDS with Waris Ahluwalia

ALDO Fights AIDS with Waris Ahluwalia
ALDO Fights AIDS with Waris Ahluwalia

ALDO Fights AIDS. ALDO and Waris Ahluwalia (designer and CEO of Waris Loves You and House of Waris, actor and globe-trotting tastemaker) have teamed up to raise money for Partners In Health and its HIV/AIDS programs. Waris and ALDO created a really cute friendship bracelet that come in four different colours for $5. All the proceeds from the sale of the #FriendFight bracelets will go to Partners in Health.

Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. In 1998, Partners In Health’s HIV Equity Initiative in rural Haiti was one of the first programs in the world to provide free, comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment in settings of poverty. The program’s success changed how the world approaches and funds diseases of the poor. Today, Partners In Health provides housing, water, food, and psychosocial support to thousands of people living with HIV; addressing the root causes of poverty and disease, and not just the disease itself.

“I always say my inspirations come from love and history. With these bracelets, it’s about standing side by side with friends and loved ones for what’s right and noble – transforming history together. The arrow symbolizes truth, justice and movement forward. It’s a powerful way to create change.” – Waris Ahluwalia

“We have been committed to the fight against AIDS as far back as 1985, when few were willing to take a stand. It’s a cause very close to our heart and today, more than ever, we continue our commitment to raising awareness and funds to help protect and educate people around the world. We’ve come a long way but the fight is not over yet. This bracelet is an important symbol. It represents friendship and solidarity. It’s an invitation to join together in the fight against AIDS.” – ALDO BENSADOUN, Founder and Executive Chairman of the ALDO Group

The #FriendsFight bracelets are available online at aldoshoes.com and in select stores worldwide. So pick up a bracelet of three and tag your social media posts with the #FriendsFight hashtag.

The other two bracelets in my photo are from Dean Davidson and are available on deandavidson.ca.

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

Operanation might be over for the year but you can still support the Canadian Opera Company with a limited edition KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee. The T-shirt incorporates elements of this years Operanation theme, Temptation. We may not have gotten the Kaelen x Amy Burstyn-Fritz treatment but the t-shirt is a more accessible way to get into Kaelen.

As a friend of Operanation, I was gifted a KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee to wear. The first thing that struck me was the fit. It might just be me but when I put on a t-shirt with the perfect fit everything feels right in the world.

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

The next thing that hit me was the perfect branding. I hate logo shirts so it was really refreshing to have a t-shirt that managed to namedrop without it being overpowering to the design.

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

The third thing that stood out was the design itself (and that it extends to the back of the shirt). This is a t-shirt that looks like it wasn’t designed by committee. Many times fundraiser t-shirts are barren of creativity and people end up wearing them to bed or they go to Goodwill. This KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation tshirt is one that I wear outside the house with pride as my selfies attest.

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

There are only 50 of the KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee available. They cost $100 and all proceeds go to COC Ensemble Studio. The tshirts can be found online at the COC’s Opera Shop and in-person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts at 145 Queen St. W.

Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale – Starts November 15, 2012

Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale - Starts November 15, 2012
Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale – Starts November 15, 2012

Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale – Starts November 15, 2012.

The third Heartbeats for Africa fundraiser launches on November 15, 2012 at noon with a limited-edition print sale by top Canadian artists including Aleks Rdest, Deborah Moss, Susan Collett, Miguel Jacob, Brendan Canning and many more to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For the first year the fundraiser will take place online so art lovers from coast to coast can shop and support.

You can view the full print collection here: http://heartbeatsforafrica.com/2012_Print_Sale.html

The print sale will go live on November 15, 2012 at 12:00pm EST here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/heartbeatsforafrica

DX Intersection – November 16, 2012

DX Intersection - November 16, 2012
DX Intersection – November 16, 2012

DX Intersection – November 16, 2012

Design Exchange celebrates its relaunch as Canada’s Design Museum with an unprecedented experience: creative disciplines and cultures converge in a large-scale blowout featuring a selection of Canada’s most iconic designers, architects, chefs, filmmakers, and artists.

Multiple DJs will fill the multi-level venue with energizing tunes, brought to you by Embrace. The Toronto-based trio behind Keys N Krates will take the stage with their blend of hip hop, electronica, and jam that truly shows off the artistry of live remix. Celebrity chefs and mixologists will conjure up offerings that are as visually appealing as perfectly balanced for the palate. Designers and artists will create installations that evoke question and intrigue. Whimsical balloons will float through the air as guests are enticed to participate in an amusement park-style raffle with unprecedented prizes. A silent auction will allow 20 lucky guests to walk away with custom creations. As the end of the evening draws near, late night guests will be rewarded with a food market in the Link, inside the lobby of the Toronto- Dominion Centre. Food Dudes will join the party with their new food truck, serving breakfast treats as the celebration continues into the morning.

Participate in the VIP experience for all this plus an exclusive pre-party in the DX’s Exhibition Hall and have the special opportunity to meet the 2012 Gamechanger, Douglas Coupland.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS $175
DX MEMBER TICKETS $150
STUDENT
TICKETS $75
VIP EXPERIENCE TICKETS $450

The Redesign WORN Fashion Journal Project

WORN Fashion Journal is getting a makeover this fall and they are running an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the project.

Our readers have told us they keep their issues of WORN at record-breaking rates. Over 97% of WORN readers keep their issues forever. Our content is timeless and always relevant. We believe it makes perfect sense for our readers to want to hang on to their issues of WORN forever.

We believe a thicker, perfect-bound edition reflects the true value of WORN. It’s a prestige object our readers should be able to stack on a bookshelf, keep safe in a purse, or display proudly on a coffee table. We believe this new format is a necessary step for WORN. We are no longer a group of friends working in a living room; we’re a real business that makes a product we believe in with all our hearts. We want the outside of WORN to reflect the inside.

Where will the money go?
WORN needs $5,000 to complete this project. The breakdown is as follows:

– The additional fee for perfect binding and extra pages is $2,000 over our standard printing bill.

– The new edition of WORN weighs more and will incur further shipping costs. We require $2,000 to cover the increase in shipping costs.

– The new size of WORN will require different shipping supplies. We have the material necessary to ship out the old version of WORN, but we need $1,000 to purchase sturdier envelopes for durable shipping to WORN readers all over the world.

I’ve been a fan of WORN since the beginning and I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the campaign video. One sunny Saturday afternoon, I sat in Dufferin Grove Park and talked about why I think WORN is important. It turned out so fantastic! Check it out. If you’re a fan of independent fashion voices please help fund the new redesign of WORN Fashion Journal at Indiegogo .

Power Ball 13

Power Ball 13

Last year I swore that I would wear something fun to the 2011 edition of The Power Ball. I attended the very popular fundraiser last year and realized that I should have dressed for a party. My outfit was a standard skirt and top. I should have looked to my SpinTO and Buy Design outfits for inspiration instead. So when the buzz around Power Ball Thirteen started my mind started thinking about the outfit.

I’ve been on the hunt for a catsuit for a few years. I contemplated buying one from American Apparel many times but that never materialized. I found myself falling in love with a unitard by Faster by Mark Fast. I remembered when Jenna Bitove wore the unitard at an event. It was great to see it up close. That love turned to obsession and eventually I ordered the unitard from Mark directly. The subject of Power Ball outfits came up again and I realized that my newly acquired Faster unitard was the perfect choice.

I made sure to take a vacation day so that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting up for work the next day. Power Ball Thirteen was going to a fun, relaxing night. The night started with a visit to the Thompson Hotel and the Conair Pre-Power Ball hair and makeup suite. I didn’t need a haircut but I’m always game for getting a pro makeup artist to do my face. I didn’t arrive wearing the unitard. I wore my backup outfit, a Philip Sparks jumper. I was planning ahead. I didn’t know what to expect as I’ve never worn a unitard before. It could be too hot or uncomfortable and I didn’t want to get stuck with a massive wardrobe malfunction for the whole night.

After my makeup was done I changed. The reaction wasn’t something I expected, people where screaming their heads off. I was a little embarrassed at first, but I got over it pretty quickly. Frankly, it felt like I was back in my Track & Field days. I spent a lot of my waking hours in spandex and other skin tight garments. The unitard is so comfortable, almost like a second skin. I quickly downed a quick drink of liquid courage and grabbed one of the limos that were waiting to take guests of the Conair suite to the party.

Power Ball 13

The Faster by Mark Fast unitard got a lot of comments (all positive thank god). Most people just gawked to be honest. Thankfully I’m used to gawking with my choice of haircuts and sunglasses. I exercised a little bit of my inner exhibitionist at Power Ball. My friend’s reactions were awesome. Some smacked my ass and others stared in shock. My favourite was the delayed reaction. It would involve the usual hugs and kisses initially. We’d chat for a bit then it would dawn on them. It was great fun.

Stefania from textstyles was very sweet and posted two photos of me on her blog. Photos from She does the city and Backseat Stylers.

Second Nature Boutique’s Fashion Show & Fundraiser: “Love you to Pieces” – June 5, 2011

Second Nature Boutique Presents A Fashion Show & Fundraiser “Love you to Pieces”

Please join us for an afternoon event in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research. Enjoy browsing the Art Gallery while sipping on champagne and indulging in Hors d’oeuvres. Watch our models as they hit the runway showcasing pieces by Oscar De la Renta, Chloe, Miu Miu and more. Come prepared to find that special piece to add to your spring and summer wardrobe! Thank you for helping us to make fashion fun & affordable and participating in making a difference.

Date: Sunday June 5th, 2011
Time: 1:00P.M-4:00P.M
Location: Denison Art Gallery 33 Wingold ave, Toronto
www.denisongallery.com
Free parking
Admission: $40

Tickets available online or in store
www.secondnaturebtq.com
loveyoutopiecesfashionevent@gmail.com

unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party – May 13, 2011

unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party - May 13, 2011

Canadian Stage Visionaries are thrilled to present unScripted: Opening Night, the annual gala fundraiser in support of Canadian Stage, one of the country’s leading non-profit theatre companies. This unique celebration, which plays on the theme of backstage drama from the 1920s to the 21st century, will be held at One King West on Friday, May 13.

The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing, as well as exciting celebrity-curated live performances and dramatic installation spaces, inspired by the glamour of opening night at the theatre.

Artistic concepts will be brought to life by a stellar roster of Canadian talent including fashion designer Evan Biddell, Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco, stage director Weyni Mengesha, filmmaker Charles Officer, visual artist Charles Pachter, Slice and ReVamped expert Kaitlyn Regehr, The Company Theatre’s Philip Riccio and unScripted event host, MuchMusic’s RAPCITY host, Tyrone “T-RexXx” Edwards.

Proceeds from this fundraising initiative will support the youth and community initiatives of Canadian Stage, working to make the theatre experience more accessible to future artists and new audiences.

The unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party will begin at 8 p.m. The $90 ticket includes drinks, delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by One King West, door prizes and an exciting silent auction featuring a deluxe trip for two to St. John’s, Newfoundland to visit the set of CBC’s Republic of Doyle.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $250 per person. VIP guests are invited to join the Visionaries at 7 p.m. for a pre-show dinner, with a three-course meal prepared by One King West executive chef Samuel Fiore. VIP tickets also include entrance to the Gala Performance Party and a tax receipt for the largest allowable amount. Corporate packages are also available.

To purchase tickets please visit www.theatrevisionaries.ca or call 416.368.3110.

BOLDLY, a charity event in benefit of the Assaulted Women’s Helpline – April 28, 2011

BOLDLY, a charity event in benefit of the Assaulted Women’s Helpline – April 28, 2011 Boldly, April 28, 2011

Over a year in the making, 18Karat is proud to present Boldly – a fundraising event in benefit of the Assaulted Women’s Helpline.

Boldly is an event based on and inspired by our community – the individual members, businesses, and organizations that have come together in support of each other and those in need. At the center of this event is the Boldly Collection – a collection of 10 handcrafted jewellery pieces created by Toronto based goldsmiths and designers inspired by their interpretation of the evenings theme strength and courage. Each piece will be raffled during the evening event.

I was asked to be one of three judges for the event. We are tasked with determining the winners for the Boldly Collection Best in Design and Best in Show awards.  There are some very beautiful designs in the running.  I’ve already had my insider access to the pieces ahead of time for closer inspection.  The final decision hasn’t been made yet, that is for Thursday.

The event has The Boldly blog which has informative Q&As with the designers.  There is also a facebook event page with up to the minute updates.

BOLDLY, a charity event in benefit of the Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SHAMBA foundation
48 Yonge Street
#1200
Toronto

Santé Soirée, April 13, 2011

Santé Soirée, April 13, 2011

Santé Soirée, a blowout benefit that brings together some of Canada’s hottest performers in conjunction with Prostate Cancer Canada. The star studded line-up will be co-hosted by the Juno Award-winning darling Divine Brown, and star comedian Trixx, known for his sell-out performances at Yuk Yuks and appearances on Much Music’s Video On Trial.

Taking place at the Embassy Night Club in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment district, the evening’s performers include rapper Silver (aka Solitair) responsible for the chart-topping Kardinal Offishal’s anthemic “BaKardi Slang,” powerhouse R&B songstress, Liberty Silver, who has had the honour of performing for Barack Obama and numerous other heads of state. Also on the bill is Mac Graham, who’s current single, “Midnight,” has been receiving enthusiastic playback from radio stations across Canada.

Doors open at 7:00pm for this mélange of intimate performances, with complimentary cocktails from Bacardi Rum, Lifford Wines and Molson Canadian, with Caribbean-fusion delicacies like ackee and callaloo spring rolls, being served by Chef Washington of Room Service Restaurant and Catering. Tickets are $20, which also includes a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada and a one-year subscription to Sway.

Eternal Sunrise: A Benefit for Japan – March 30, 2011

Eternal Sunrise: A Benefit for Japan – March 30, 2011
Eternal Sunrise: A Benefit for Japan - March 30, 2011

Fundraiser features Performance from Jully Black, DJ sets Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), DJ Shine (Nelly Furtado), Dubmatix (2009 Juno Nominee) The Makeover (Jeremy Glenn & Rod Skimmins), Nate Wize (Sony Music), Baby Joel Smye (Footwork Nightclub), Jeff Kirkwood (Byzantium), Agile (Brass Munk), Addy (Hi Bias Records) and Iron Horse (Pawn Shop Records)

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Eternal Sunrise: A Benefit for Japan will take place at Revival Bar at 783 College Street. MuchMusic’s Sarah Taylor will host the event in support of Plan Canada’s relief efforts in Japan.

The evening will also feature a food stand from Caplansky’s Smoked Meats, a raffle and silent auction with more than 50 different items up for bid such as Raptors vs Heat Tickets, gift baskets, concert tickets, jewelry, dinner gift cards, clothing, artwork and much more. Auction items will be available to take home that night, and are payable by cash or credit card. The auction ends at midnight and winners will be announced immediately after.
Tickets available at door only for a minimum $15 donation

Doors open at 8:00pm

100% of all funds raised are being donated to Plan Canada

Ron White Annual Shoe Drive, January 6 – February 13, 2010

Ron White Annual Shoe Drive, January 6 - February 13, 2010

The Ron White Foundation kicks off the fifteenth year of Canada’s largest shoe drive this week on January 6th with the support of music legends Celine Dion, David Foster, Paul Anka, The Canadian Tenors, and prodigious newcomers Nikki Yanofsky and Charice. All have signed and donated their shoes to support Ron as he encourages people to “Follow in the Footsteps of their Favourite Celebrity” and donate their gently worn shoes and boots to those in need.

All donations are welcome beginning Thursday, January 6th and will be collected through Sunday, February 13th at all five RON WHITE locations across the Greater Toronto Area. An additional collection depot is located on the Avenues Level of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. Shoes and boots collected in all locations will be sorted, cleaned and distributed to shelters and organizations in need. This year’s charity partners include: Dress for Success, StreetHealth, Halton Place, Out of the Cold and Ve’ahavta.

Ribbon Rouge #5, December 11, 2010

Ribbon Rouge #5, December 11, 2010

Ribbon Rouge #5 is a Fashion and Art exhibition with a silent auction which has over the past 5 years raised and donated approximately $10,000 towards HIV relief in Africa.

This year’s show will be held on the 11th of December at 20 Grovsenor Street Toronto. Guests will be treated to a tasteful mixer in the company of classy “fashionistas”, enjoy free delectable hors d’oeuvres, listen to the soulful renditions of The Jonathan Blaak Jazz Trio, The Recipe (2009 Canadian festival of spoken word champions), and be entertained by dance sensations Sapphire dance productions and African Dance Festival

Our guests will win several gifts (Including a spa package, Dining gift cards, Free purses, discounts off bespoke clothing and discounts off portraits). In addition, guests will have the opportunity to buy fabulous fashions and art, which are awesome Christmas gifts, from our silent auction.

ALL proceeds go to UNAIDS in support of HIV survivors.

Music by DJ. Nijero
Fashion and Art by Arewa

tickets at 6475003163 or www.arewa.ca
$5 students (with valid student I.D), $10 general, $15 at the doors

BIG BANG: The Campaign by Esprit and SOS Children’s Villages

Alibaug, India

From October 26 – November 13, 2010 each Esprit stores in Canada will provide customers with a drumstick, which will direct them online to a virtual super drum from via www.esprit.com/bigbang. The target is to reach 3 million ‘bangs’ globally, at which point Esprit will donate a further 500,000 Euros worldwide to the SOS Children’s Village Alibaug, INDIA.

Customers will also be able to purchase a specially designed SOS mug in-store, priced at $9.95, with the proceeds going directly to the SOS campaign.

Alibaug, India

You’re probably wondering what the hell is a Bang? You goto the website, select your country and click on a virtual drum. I tried it myself. No login and super easy. If they reach 3 million bangs Espirt coughs up the cash.

Oscar nominated actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband, the critically acclaimed actor, Peter Sarsgaard have been chosen to act as global ambassadors for the opening of the SOS Children’s Village Alibaug. The couple was inspired to be part of the monumental opening of the SOS Children’s Village Alibaug and raise awareness for the good works of the charity worldwide.

Orphans and abandoned children find a safe home in the SOS Children’s Villages where they can grow up in an SOS family with a feeling of security. Esprit has entered into a long-term partnership with the SOS organization; the partnership surrounds a goal to build and maintain a complete village in Alibaug. Here, on India’s southwest coast, close to Mumbai, a new home for 140 children was built. It will provide single mothers in the surrounding communities the support they need to build an independent future for themselves and their children.

“Give your clothes a new lease on life” campaign by Jacob

Give your clothes a new lease on life

“Give your clothes a new lease on life”, this initiative will invite women to go through their wardrobe and bring to stores clothing that will bring happiness to women in need. The goal of the campaign is to collect at least 50,000 articles of clothing before December 24!

Give and Receive In order to encourage customers to participate in the campaign and further donations of numerous articles of clothing, the company will give a 25% discount on any regular-priced JACOB or JACOB Lingerie item for every article of clothing donated. This way, not only will the women in need benefit from the initiative, but so will customers.

“Donations of reusable and resalable goods are a vital link for Goodwill,” points out Dr. Ken Connelly, CEO Goodwill Toronto, Central and Eastern Ontario. “Each year millions of tonnes of clothing and reusable household items help to change lives by supporting Goodwill’s mission of providing work to people facing barriers to employment. We are thrilled JACOB is encouraging clothing donations across its chain of retail stores.”

Like and Give Besides encouraging clothing donations with its 25% discount, JACOB will utilize Facebook to reach its donation goal. For every “Like” that JACOB receives on its Facebook page from October 25th until December 24th, the company will donate an extra article of clothing, up to a maximum of 10,000 new clothes. Facebook subscribers will be able to follow the development of clothing donations at www.facebook.com/boutiquejacob.

The Frocktail Party – November 12, 2010

The Frocktail Party - November 12, 2010

The Frocktail Party started in 2009 by a close group of friends who wanted to make a difference: Ali Reid, Talor Wallace, Catherine Pringle, Sabrina Carr, Christina Perreault, Lorraine Forster and Jen Foster who have long standing friendships with sister’s Vanessa and Jessica Oliver — Vanessa was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at six-years old and has lived with daily insulin injections, finger pokes, insulin pump and the worry of long-term complications every day for the past 25 years. In their ten-year relationship with the Oliver family, the girls have seen Vanessa and the Oliver family face these challenges with courage, grace and a fierce commitment to supporting a quest for a cure. With this, they were inspired to create the Frocktail Party to show love and gain support for this important cause.

Last year’s inaugural event brought together over 500 Canadian fashion designers, celebrities and party goers for a stylish evening that raised over $23,000 dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Frocktail Party puts a twist on charity events by combining cocktails with competitive shopping while top DJ’s provide the soundtrack for the evening.

The 2nd annual Frocktail Party returns on Friday November 12th, 2010. This year’s auction will feature a new collection of fabulous frocks and will not disappoint even the most chic of shoppers! Come out to bid on some fabulous new designs, enjoy some delicious food and dance until the night – all for a good cause.

Friday, November 12th, 2010
Auction, 8pm – 11pm
Dancing till late
99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury Street
Toronto
$50 in advance,
$60 at the door (avail. permitting)

Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball – October 29, 2010

Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball - October 29, 2010

Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball, presented by TD Canada Trust, is the Canadian Opera Company’s premier event for young urban professionals, melding the inspirational venue of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with the must-attend arts fundraiser of the fall social season.

On Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, Operanation VII will celebrate the world’s most-beloved fairytale, Cinderella, which is the inspiration for Rossini’s opera, La Cenerentola, appearing onstage during the COC’s 2010/2011 season. The event will take a very modern spin on the traditional Opera Ball and feature an incredible live performance by Broken Social Scene alongside the COC’s up-and-coming opera stars. To boot, a very special performance by Clara Venice will be unveiled when the clock strikes 12. Journey from rags-to-riches in one night, and live happily ever after at the best bash of the year!

At Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball party-goers will indulge in a spectacular array of the finest cuisine and cocktails, and enjoy live entertainment, dancing and much more. For $150 a ticket, 1,100 of Toronto’s young urban elite will mix, mingle and rock the night away in operatic proportions.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Paws For The Cause – October 28, 2010

'Petorialist' Campaign for 'Paws for the Cause'
'Petorialist' Campaign for 'Paws for the Cause'

Paws For The Cause is a fashion fundraiser for the OSPCA. It involves dogs and even though I’m a cat person I agreed to help spread the word about this great event and cause. Animal companionship is a wonderful thing so I’m not taking sides here.

Paws for the Cause is a dog fashion show and cocktail party donating 100% of funds raised to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). The evening will kick off with a runway presentation featuring 10 Canadian fashion designers who will dress 10 precious pups and 10 familiar faces from Toronto.

October 28 . 2010
Red Bull 381 Projects
381 Queen St. W # 200
8 p.m.
Visit http://www.pawsforthecause.ca to buy tickets for the Oct 28th event, and for your chance to win an Olympus camera.

I also participated in the Paws For The Cause video. I thought it was a photoshoot when I agree to do it. A lunch hour photoshoot turned into a lunch hour video shoot. The concept was presented to me on the spot and then I met Cory, the object. Ya, it wasn’t hard to play out that scene.

So I’ve been dying in anticipation to see this video and it’s finally out. It’s so well done and I’m so happy to be a part of the final product. I’m really blown away by the great work the team did. Seriously top notch.

We have these great people to thank for putting this video together:
Director & Editor: Angela Young
Producers: Alice Keith & Tatiana Read
Director of Photography: Juan Montalvo
Concept by: Laura Serra
Production Company: The Advocates

A special shout out goes to everyone who starred in this video:
Cory Vitiello (The Habord Room)
Tatiana Read (Knot PR)
Mosha Lundström Halbert (Flare Magazine)
Anita Clarke (I want – I got)
Morad Reid Affifi (MRAketing)
Wilder Weir (CosmoTV)
Jen McNeely (She Does The City)
JJ Thompson (The Compendium Daily)
Amy Verner (The Globe and Mail)

Thank you so much Laura for asking me to participate.

Harley-Davidson’s Precious Metal Gala – May 11, 2010

Harley-Davidson’s Precious Metal Gala

Harley-Davidson's Precious Metal Gala - May 11, 2010

Welcome to the Harley-Davidson® Garage for the 2nd Annual Precious Metal Event. In Support of ReThink Breast Cancer. An event exclusively for women!

On May 11, The Fermenting Cellar will be transformed into a back-lot studio. Explore your inner rebel during the biker chic faux film shoot.

Start with hair, make-up and wardrobe, then run some lines with the Harley Hunks, take part in the Pick Up Shot and learn how to lift a bike. Have your cover shot taken, but only after you learn how to get your licence and star in your own adventure riding scene. With Billie as the Director there are sure to be a few more surprises.

Enjoy decadent hors d’Å“uvres and cocktails with the top female taste-makers of Toronto.

The way girl’s night out was meant to be!
May 11, 2010 6:30pm-10:30pm
The Fermenting Cellar at the Distillery District

An event exclusively for women! – Limited tickets available
TICKET PRICES: $75, available for purchase at www.garageparty.ca
VENUE: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District, 55 Mill Street Building #58, Suite 200, Toronto, ON

Buy Design Spring Social is on Saturday!

Buy Design Spring Social

Buy Design Spring Social is Windfall’s seventh annual dress up party!

On Saturday, April 10 at 8 pm, The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District will be transformed into a dirty thirties fundraiser featuring a mess hall auction, croquet and badminton lawns and a swinging dance hall tent. Sip sidecars, sours and planters punch and parade across the big band stage in the boater pageant. Throw darts at the Beauty Balloon Buster game and sample brown-bagged bites from the country fare stands and bake sale.

Hosted by TV and fashion personality ADRIAN MAINELLA.

Tickets are $75 each or 6 for $375.
Order online or call 416-703-8435.

images: Anna Lisa Sang

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

On the weekend I attending PROM V: Noir, a fundraiser for the Royal Ontario Museum.

PROM V: Noir

Welcome to the dark side of the ROM with PROM V: NOIR, a thrilling night of dramatic glamour and cinematic fantasy inspired by the ROM’s captivating collection of winged creatures in the newly revamped Bat Cave and the recently opened Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

Hosted by MTV’s Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank, hundreds of YPC members and guests will take a sensational step back into vintage Hollywood complete with private eyes and femmes fatales. Experience the melodrama of a dazzling Golden Age film première—with a contemporary twist—as you pose for a mob of flashbulbs on the black carpet, investigate tempting diversions in dark shadows, sip swishy cocktails, and shimmy the night away on a fierce dance floor to the sounds of a live Big Band and stellar Toronto DJs.

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

There were a few great 40s themed outfits to be seen.  Of course, black ruled the join.  I saw very little colour on Saturday.

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

I wore Greta Constantine and Dean Davidson to Prom.

PROM V: Noir
Greta Constantine Dress, Wolford Tights, Dean Davidson jewellery, Aldo Shoes, Vintage Clutch

There is something about this dress. I don’t normally feel sexy in anything I wear but this wasn’t the case. It was unusual and powerful and totally went to my head.  It makes you do things your normally wouldn’t!

PROM V: Noir

PROM V: Noir

Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got www.paulbaikphoto.com

Buy Design Spring Social

Buy Design Spring Social images Anna Lisa Sang

Buy Design is my favourite fundraiser of the year. It really is the one that is closest to my heart. I’ve participated in two advertising campaigns for Buy Design and it’s always a great party.  I love an excuse to play model and get my make up done.

Buy Design Spring Social images Anna Lisa Sang

Buy Design Spring Social is Windfall’s seventh annual dress up party!

On Saturday, April 10 at 8 pm, The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District will be transformed into a dirty thirties fundraiser featuring a mess hall auction, croquet and badminton lawns and a swinging dance hall tent. Sip sidecars, sours and planters punch and parade across the big band stage in the boater pageant. Throw darts at the Beauty Balloon Buster game and sample brown-bagged bites from the country fare stands and bake sale.

Hosted by TV and fashion personality ADRIAN MAINELLA.

Tickets are $75 each or 6 for $375.
Order online or call 416-703-8435.

images: Anna Lisa Sang

PROM V: Noir – March 27, 2010

PROM at the ROM 2009
image: Courtesy Royal Ontario Museum.

I’m very excited to be attending one of the hottest parties in the city, Prom at the ROM, PROM V: NOIR. I’ll be bringing my trusty photographer Paul Baik with me as we try to capture the spirit and fashion of the event.

Welcome to the dark side of the ROM with PROM V: NOIR, a thrilling night of dramatic glamour and cinematic fantasy inspired by the ROM’s captivating collection of winged creatures in the newly revamped Bat Cave and the recently opened Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

Hosted by MTV’s Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank, hundreds of YPC members and guests will take a sensational step back into vintage Hollywood complete with private eyes and femmes fatales. Experience the melodrama of a dazzling Golden Age film première—with a contemporary twist—as you pose for a mob of flashbulbs on the black carpet, investigate tempting diversions in dark shadows, sip swishy cocktails, and shimmy the night away on a fierce dance floor to the sounds of a live Big Band and stellar Toronto DJs.

Channel your inner Bacall or Bogart and join us as we turn down the lights and light up the party on March 27, 2010.

Tickets
VIP EXPERIENCE 8 PM
YPC Member $275
Non-YPC Member $295
VIP tickets include a private viewing of the newly revamped Bat Cave during Earth Hour and access to the Director’s Cocktail—a sultry jazz supper club experience featuring a decadent tasting menu and bar. The star treatment continues with private Green Room Bar access throughout the PROM party.

PARTY 9 PM
YPC Member $125
Non-YPC Member $150
Party tickets include swishy cocktails and smashing entertainment. Get ready to shimmy the night away on a fierce dance floor to the sounds of a live Big Band and
Toronto DJs.

PROM V: NOIR
March 27, 2010
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Historic Rotunda Entrance
Event ends 1 AM
Tickets can be purchased on the PROM website