By now, our readers are aware of our love for vintage fashion. We find great joy in scouring the racks of Toronto’s best shops and feel the adrenalin rush when we realize we have discovered a true gem. Sometimes however, we look beyond our usual magazine and blog haunts for inspiration on how to wear these vintage finds and old movies prove to be a fabulous source. Bonnie & Clyde is one of our favorites with Faye Dunaway running around the country with Warren Beatty at her side. She defines the tailored style of the 1930′s that is still popular today including knitted sweaters, long pleated skirts, beret caps and thick trench coats. Bonnie & Clyde is being screened tonight at 6:30pm at TIFF as part of the Night Moves: The Films of Arthur Penn film retrospective. If you feel like being inspired, we recommend you check it out. CM
Tribute magazine hosted a pre-party for Monsters (a UK film) before its screening at TIFF. I was almost too TIFFed out to go, but it was being held at Ame Restaurant and I wanted to check it out. Like a champ after a long day, I enthusiastically put on my 5 inch heels and headed for Mercer street…another one of those hidden spots I love (tucked behind King West). Ame Restaurant features a modern Japanese menu and is so gorgeous inside! It’s owned by The Rubino Brothers and is a re-launch of their former restaurant Rain. Interesting fact: the building is a historic landmark and was once home to the first women’s prison in Toronto. Creepy!! I would definitely recommend this place. Here are a few shots of the interior. JD
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Did you know NBA all-star Steve Nash is also into film making? Well he is, and he debuted his first film at TIFF called Into The Wind – a documentary on Terry Fox. Nash was just 6 years old when Fox set out on his Marathon of Hope, and remembers fondly how inspired he felt. Seeing Terry Fox running with one leg, battling cancer in hopes of spreading awareness, Nash felt compelled to spread his story.
I didn’t get tickets to the film, but I was invited to the after party. It was held at an amazing venue – the home and gallery of Canadian artist Charles Pachter. He is one of Canada’s leading contemporary artists and some say he is the Andy Warhol of Canada. I quite enjoyed his artwork and his house was AWESOME! The best part was its location – a random, almost hidden side street in downtown Toronto. And you know how much I love hidden gems.
The theme was appropriately “Canadian” from the bottles of maple syrup and mini pancakes, to the decor and artwork on the walls. I had the pleasure of talking to Nash and also Charles Pachter. Here are a few photos. JD
This is Charles Pachter’s house – before it was decked out for the party
After getting decked out. I loved the Canadian Mounties!
This is the artist – Charles Pachter
Lounge area before the party started
Mini Pancakes! Catered by The Food Dudes
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I have had mega-music-crush on Diamond Rings for a long time now. I saw him last night at the Arts & Crafts Festival Music House TIFF party. He never fails to entertain. The make-up, the fluorescent clothing, the bad choreography, the overdone guitar riffs accompanied by kneeling in front of amps and head banging – everything satirically perfect. A long way from his former indie-rocker persona as the front man of the successful Toronto band The D’Urbervilles, Johnny O has reinvented his self as a Bowie-esque pop-rocker and I can’t get enough.
Last night we hit up Rock-It Promo’s Festival Music House featuring Canadian artists. We caught the tail end of the poetic Hawksley Workman‘s set and for the first time saw Newmarket’s Tokyo Police Club play live. Both artists were a delight and the boys from TPC were too cute. City And Colour headlined and impressed. Not to many mainstream artists can perform well live and he did just that. K-os was in the crowd and pulled a Canadian Kanye – an interruption but in a positive light. Her grabbed Dallas’ mic saying, “Yo Dallas, I’m gonna let you finish. But Festival Music House had one of the best TIFF parties of all time! Now everyone shut the f*#@ up.” City and Colour played mostly new music – there is lots to look forward to in his next album.
I leave you with Sleeping Sickness with Gord Downie. Gord is headlining the Festival Music House night tonight. Will I see you there? CM
On Sunday I went down to King West to catch a bit of the TIFF Bell Lightbox Block Party! The Bell Lightbox is an impressive five-story complex and new home to the Toronto International Film Festival. It is Canada’s newest year-round cultural destination where you can go to experience a diverse selection of screenings, guest appearances, exhibitions, and special events – all for the love of film.
The afternoon started off with some laughs when I got a ride from the Timberland Eco Cab. I hopped in somewhere along Queen street and my driver peddled all the way there. I was kind of jealous of the great work out he was getting.
There were crowds of people enjoying the festivities on the street and in the building itself. Outside – Canadian singer K’naan performed, while people inside toured the building checking out all of its galleries and studios.
The afternoon ended on a high note, when I stumbled upon the Smashbox make-up lounge at Brasaii and had my eyes done by Myles, a talented make-up artist with Smashbox. He went with navy coloured eye shadow to give me a different kind of smokey look. I’ve never tried navy eye shadow but it turned out quite alright! JD
They have a number of these contraptions going around the festival
All my picks went “off sale” :(
The crowd outside watching Canadian singer K’naan perform.
Inside the Bell Lightbox – very impressive!
The Smashbox Make-up Lounge
Last night marked the official start to Toronto’s BEST festival of all – the Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF as most people know it. With over 300 films taking place, we are graced with so many celebrities in town, red carpet events, parties galore, and champagne flowing till the wee hours of the night. A number of restaurants and bars throughout the city have an extended 4 am last call, the paps are out in full force, and everything just feels a buzz….it truly is the best time of year!
CM and I started the festivities at Nikki Beach – a global traveling party with stops in Cannes, St. Barth, and St. Tropez. We went right after work so our attire was a bit on the conservative side, but we’ll be breaking out the party outfits soon enough. Stay tuned! JD & CM xx