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TEDxTO TIFF opening weekend!

Finish financials. Shower. Suit it up. Head out. TEDxTO. King Street. Let’s roll.

That was the progression of my evening last Friday. I ended up checking out the TEDxTO launch party hosted by Julian Brass with NotableTV.

Although initially a bit cliquey, it ended up being a great mix of people, fashion, and atmosphere – held at Brassaii down on King Street. Dress code was in full effect, ambient house music was playing and people eventually ended up mingling and enjoying the night.

A couple things I initially noticed. First – Fashion. It’s finally arrived. Although it may only be for a few weeks it’s great – people at the event were actually dressed well. Can we keep it rolling for a few more weeks past TIFF? I’d love it to stay that way.

Second – Networking. I believe Toronto needs work on networking. Reminds me of the Coors Light commercial that was promptly ripped down in Vancouver – Colder Than Most People From Toronto. The people at the event ended up being great – but initially I found there was hesitation to meet new people and actually network. I am the only one who notices this?

For those of you who don’t know, TED is a conference of the best and brightest minds in the world. Nobel peace prize winners, cutting edge scientists, writers, educators, political leaders and entrepreneurs all grace the stage at some point. Although the event cost is somewhere in the 1000’s of dollars, you can view every presentation – generally 15 to 30 minutes – online for FREE! I’d definitely recommend you check it out.


Free is good

A street-level hub for the world’s favourite public film festival! Everyone is invited to celebrate this year’s Festival by attending our free outdoor programming, including a series of free screenings dedicated to the art of cinema, live at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Opening Night: Thursday, Sept. 10
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: I’m Your Man
Preceded by shorts: POEN, Tony Dekker at Spadina Subway Station and The Poet’s Home
3:00PM – TIFF Shhh! Silent Film Series: Steamboat Bill Jr.
7:00PM – Live satellite feed from the Roy Thomson Hall red carpet for the Opening Night Gala Presentation of Creation
9:00PM – TIFF YDS Spotlight: Opening Night concert by DJ Champion, hosted by Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman
Friday, Sept. 11
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series:Shut Up & Sing
Preceded by shorts: Neighbors, Serena Ryder at the Dakota Tavern and Crickets
3:00PM – TIFF Shhh! Silent Film Series: 20000 Leagues Under The Sea
6:30PM – Suck Spotlight ft.: featuring The Burning Brides and Canadian legends Blue Peter with guest appearances from stars of the rock’n’roll vampire comedy screening as part of the 2009 Festival
9:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Preceded by shorts:Juke – Bar, Danko Jones at Maple Leaf Gardens and Jaffawiye
Saturday, Sept. 12
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: The Harder They Come
Preceded by shorts:Getting Started, Devine Brown at The Rex and Bleach
2:00PM – Zone: offering fun for children of all ages, including face-painting, green-screen activities and more
4:00PM – Precious Showcase ft. Sapphire
6:00PM – Survival Of The Dead – Toronto Zombie Walk (commencing at 3:00pm from Alexandra Park)
7:00PM – Special Presentation: George Romero Citizen of Toronto & Canada
Sunday, Sept. 13
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: Woodstock
Preceded by shorts:Street Musique, Geddy Lee at Massey Hall and Washing Machine, Sewing Machine
5:30PM – Bleachers open for the Whip It Spotlight roller-derby exhibition featuring stars from the film and the Toronto Roller Derby League
9:00PM – The Topp Twins Spotlight with hosted by comedian Elvira Kurt
Monday, Sept. 14
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: Stop Making Sense
Preceded by shorts:Lonely Boy, Woodhands at The Brick Works and From The City To The Forest
3:00PM – TIFF Shhh! Silent Film Series: The Busher
9:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: North American Premiere – The Neil Young Trunk Show hosted by director Jonathan Demme
Tuesday, Sept. 15
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: Monterey Pop
Preceded by shorts:Toronto Jazz, Sarah Slean at The Rovoli and Questions Of A Dead Worker
3:00PM – TIFF Shhh! Silent Film Series: Robin Hood
7:00PM – Hipsters Spotlight: swing-dance lessons followed by a concert at 9 p.m. featuring Aelita with the Galaxy All-Star Orchestra in honour of the Russian musical screening as part of the Festival’s Vanguard programme
9:00PM – Hipsters Showcase: Concert: Aelita with the Galaxy All-Star Orchestra
Wednesday, Sept. 16
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: The Last Waltz
Preceded by shorts:Ready When You Are, Laura Barrett with Martin Tielli at the AGO and Bloomfield or a Memory Bank
3:00PM – TIFF Shhh! Silent Film Series: Tillie’s Punctured Romance
9:00PM – The National Ballet of Canada’s preview presentation of the latest production from Aszure Barton in celebration of the Festival’s screening of Mao’s Last Dancer
Thursday, Sept. 17
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: U2: Rattle & Hum
Preceded by shorts: cNote, Lioness at the Masonic Temple and Gershon
3:00PM – TIFF Shhh! Silent Film Series: It
9:00PM – Performance, rock show, installation and film screening: BAND, by cutting-edge New York artist Adam Pendleton, refashions Sympathy for the Devil, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1968 cinematic paean to the Rolling Stones and the Black Panthers, into a contemporary art happening that places the celebrated indie art-rock/post-punk band Deerhoof at the centre of the action. This event is presented as part of Future Projections.
Friday, Sept. 18
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: Don’t Look Back
Preceded by shorts:Glenn Gould – On The Record, Jason Collett at Paul’s Boutique and Weitzman #10
3:00PM – TIFF Shhh! Silent Film Series: Grandma’s Boy
6:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: world premiere of American Masters featuring Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, followed by an appearance and short concert by Joan Baez herself
Closing Night: Saturday, Sept. 19
12:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: Truth Or Dare
Preceded by shorts: Meet Gisele, Care Failure at 102.1 The Edge and Killer Babe
7:00PM – TIFF Live In Concert Film Series: World Premiere of Copyright Criminals
9:00PM – Festival Wrap Party presented in Association with Future Projections and hosted by Chuck D, featuring the infectious improvised audiovisual mashups of Eclectic Method. The renowned trio will thrill film and music lovers with a video remix set incorporating clips from the films included in Essential 100, the opening show of TIFF Bell Lightbox. With special guest Clyde Stubblefield.


Finally, some cool mens jewelry

Toronto’s def. been missing it. Splattered here and there I’ve found that cool men’s jewelry is hard to find. Maybe this is starting to change? I recently checked out the recent opening of Serpentine – down in Yorkville – and noticed that they’ve got a small – but cool – selection of mens jewelry.

Their current selection includes pieces from Scott Kay – famous for engagement rings adorned by celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Britney Spears, and from what I’ve heard Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They’ve also got a number of cool pieces from Japanese designer Luke Satoru.

Prices may cost you a few hundred to a couple thousand but I’m sure the men in your life would enjoy it.

I havent asked them but they might be able to get womens Scott Kay pieces too!


Personal Training Diary Part 2

from workout and personal trianing Journal entries continued….

Belinda was waiting for me with her vampire-like teeth exposed as her thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late – it took me that long to tie my shoes.

Belinda took me to work out with dumbbells. When she was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. She sent another skinny b*tch to find me.

Then as punishment she put me on the rowing machine – which I sank.

I hate that b*tch Belinda more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anaemic, anorexic little cheerleader. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat her with it.

Belinda wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.

The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

Belinda left a message on my answering machine in her grating, shrilly voice – wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing her voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching 11 straight hours of the Weather Channel.

I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my daughter (the little sh*t) will choose a gift for me that is fun – like a root canal or hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!


Oh Snap! Bday parteh at The Fifth

Rockin times at The Fifth for a good friends b-day. Sporting gear from N4E1 <-- Not For Everyone and b-day hats from Shoppers. Sweet match. A bit of an Asian flavour on Friday nights, but still good times with cheap drinks until 12. Music is alright, good beats but the dj just doesn’t spin them for long enough. I may be heading down there to catch the TIFF Paparazzi party on Saturday! The first 300 guests apparently get a complimentary camera!

The Birthday Girl

Working out my legs