Posts Written On July 2009

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"You’ll Never Look a Black Man the Same Again!"

We have the pleasure of being the first blog to introduce you to the ‘Secrets of a Black Boy’. Toronto’s own playwright/actor Darren Anthony gives us a direct look into the minds of black men with his debut show. Brother of Trey Anthony, playwright/producer of box office hits ”Da Kink in My Hair’ and ‘I am Not a Dinner Mint’, discovered his own writing abilities while being surrounded by these.

Theatre for people who don’t like theatre; ‘Secrets of a Black Boy’ reaches and emerges with a new generation of theatre go’ers. Experience in child and youth work gave Darren Anthony ideas to sort through his personal mind. After reflection and discovery arose… ‘Secrets’. The workshop sold out all four scheduled performances and were held back for an additional two shows.
We as a young, urban society can recognize characteristics that define “us”. Entertainment that we can all identify with, from gun violence to interracial dating, Trey Anthony Productions delivers quality theatre experiences while discussing the diversity of Canadian culture for the urban male. Darren Anthony is opening our minds and has dared the young, urban community to be entertained!

The Music Hall will house 10 shows running from September 23rd to October 3rd. Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office at (416)778-8163, online at or at the door.
Check out the links below for more details and information:



Frugal Fashion Week

This past Thursday, July 23rd , frugalista’s gathered on busy Queen Street West to celebrate the debut of Toronto’s Frugal Fashion week, organized by the lovely Gillian Downes of GDPR.

FFW consisted of a series of inspired events including a street-long shop crawl, midnight madness sale at 69 Vintage, a delicious brunch, silent auctions, guerrilla fashions shows that featured clothing from a variety of stores including two of our favourites: Fashionably Yours and Brazen Hussy and much much more.

The first fashion week of its kind, FFW partnered with commercial communities in order to meet the consumer need for retail incentives and creative shopping outlets. This four-day long event kicked off with the Frugal Fashion Week Media + Industry Launch event at noted boutique, Chasse Gardée; where guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres, as well as FFW gifts from talented jewellery designer Melissa Clemente.

On Friday July 24th, The Social; one of Queen West’s most notorious hotspots, set the stage for FFW Official Launch Party, where Frugalista’s mixed, mingled and danced the night away, while models walked the runway (The Social’s bar top) wearing designs from 69 Vintage. Fun times!

Frugal Fashion Week checked into the Drake Hotel on Saturday, where Frugalistas enjoyed a delicious 3-course brunch, created by the Drake’s gracious staff, as well as engergy-packed gift-bags, featuring items to help frugalistas get through a day of serious shoppring. After brunch, frugalistas hit queen street west with one goal in mind: to shop! Unfortunately mother nature wasn’t too accommodating as it poured like crazy soon after 🙁

The week ended with Lazy Sunday: A day for strolling through the neighbourhood while enjoying the galleries, bars, restaurants and boutiques. Sunday was the frugalistas’ day to experience Queen Street West at their own leisure, and create their own Queen Street West shop crawl.

A few Shop Crawl Boutiques:
♥ 69 vintage
♥ Brazen Hussy at Coal
♥ Champagne and Cupcakes
♥ Chasse Gardée
♥ Fashionably Yours

cute and tasty!

Gorgeous Sandals/Slippers… All Handmade!

Elegant designs by Melissa from Frederick Prince

some of the silent auction…

Tara and David of UBU

Stunning Hand-dyed Silk Scarves by Haiasi

Ladies of dermalogica

More of the silent auction

“for the love of vintage”

For more pics of FFW, click here
A portion of the proceeds from FFW will be donated to Windfall; Canada’s only new clothing bank. They distribute donations of new clothing and other basic need items through partnerships with over 90 social service agencies in the G.T.A.

I had fun, it’s too bad it rained, I really wanted to see ALL of the fashion shows.

Maybe next year!




1000 Islands Music Festival!

1000 Islands Music Fest is here!

Ontario’s largest musical festival of 2009, will take place this August 13-16 at the Dingham Farm located at 15 Pykeview Drive, Gananoque, in Leeds and 1000 Islands, and I’m gonna be there!!!

The organizers of this awesome event are a proud to confirm a lineup of artists totaling over 50 million albums sold, countless nominations, as well as countless Grammy, AMA, Juno, MTV and Much Music Video Award winnings .

So here’s how it’s gonna go down…

The event kicks off on the Thursday evening (Aug 13th) with a celebration of the community, and will wrap up with a large fireworks display on Saturday evening. It’s expected to draw crowds from all over Ontario, Quebec and upper New York State, bringing in an expected 15,000 visitors!

The organizers have made sure to assemble a roster of artists that have established world-wide success, as well as a great list of Canadian independent and major label recording artists. The location can accommodate over 30,000 people, camping for as many as 4,000, with TONNES of vendors, 2 beer gardens, and a VIP LLBO tent near the main stage.

Some of the confirmed artists are: Snoop Dogg, Akon, Simple Plan, Kardinall Offishall, Ten Second Epic, Faber Drive etc. For a full listing of the line click here!

Great Artists+ Great Food and Drink+ People from everywhere= FUN TIMES!

Look out for your chance to win tickets to this awesome event!!!




Factory Girl

Do you know the story of Edie Sedgwick? (April 20, 1943 – November 16, 1971) was an American actress, socialite, model, and heiress. She is best known for being one of Andy Warhol’s Muses. Sedgwick became known as “The Girl of Year” in 1965 after starring in several of Andy Warhol’s short films in the 1960s. I just watched Factory Girl, a movie based on her life. Wow. She died at 28 and because she really got caught up. Don’t get caught up.
My favorite lines from the movie are:
“You are so scared to lose everything that doesn’t mean anything” – which her boyfriend says to her when he’s leaving the Factory. She realizes that was the biggest mistake of her life not leaving with him, and re-entering the world of Andy Warhol for the glitz and fun and games and drugs.
“I think sex is too abstract anyway” Andy Warhol said this and as weird as he was, he was really just not about definitions or any rigid definitions in any facet of his life. Think about that one. I also loved the part when her real friend from home, Syd, shows her the last pic he took of her before she left for the Big Apple – He asks her, do you remember this girl? She ran out of the cab sobbing. You need to have real friends in your life who are really really going to be there for you when the ‘party’ is over.

“So much more fun in NY since you showed up” is what Andy says to Edie when he first meets her. My take on this is that yes, you can always make someone else’s world more fun, inspire them and be their muse. BUT don’t forget about yourself and to look out for your own interests. Edie did not do that and consequently got caught up and destroyed her life. If you are looking for a good movie this weekend, you can rent this on NetFlicks

Andy Warhol was right when he said she created a whole new look and every girl wanted to look like her. This is the “Edie” look, I love it:

factory girl
What do you think?
factory girl by thehappyhippyyy featuring J Brand jeans