A twice yearly Toronto Fashion publication. Articles in the latest issue range from the story of a girl, a garment and a tragedy, through to a fascinating historical account of 19th century window dressing. Did you know that L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz author) and Salvador Dali were both early 1900 retail window display designers? Check the website to find out how to get a copy to read about it for yourself.
Sew by the hour: Use their fabulous Bernina machines, Gocco B6 printer, laser cutter and more for $7 an hour. They also sell machines and a range of sewing materials and resources and run classes. Owner Karen Valino posts inspirational projects on the Workroom blog where I found this which I'm dying to make! I just need to get a hold of that Simplicity pattern!
Annex style residential architecture
I live near by The Annex district so my walk home from work means passing hundreds of homes designed in this style. Here are a few of my fav's.
Toronto is buzzing with amazing new artists like Austra and Parallels but there is so much more going on in this city. Dirty Mags describe themselves as melodromatic pop. They seem to have pretty strong garage rock revival influence and with the recent addition of synth to the act they sound pretty post punk. I dig it.
Rock/pop/rockabilly outfit July Talk are a killer live act. Singers Leah (with her party girl persona) and Peter (with his Tom Waits style deep sexy voice) ooze sex appeal and create amazing energy on stage. I recommend catching them in the flesh for the full experience.
This weekend I'm off to the One of a Kind show to discover more Toronto talents. I'll let you know how I go.