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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Only In TO: Is Mom Dead?

So last night after my Wife won The Toronto Monologue Slam (she was by far the best) we went to an after party at a friends house.  As soon as we got in the door I looked for a place to hang my coat and almost had, as everyone knows, what I like to call a polite puke.  There was this poor old woman belly-up on the coach.  I don't know if she is dead or sleeping, but someone should have left mom at home!!!
(Photo Credits by Kenny Baughan)

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Power of AMY's Voice

Last Sunday afternoon my roommate Brittany told me of this event that she would be singing at.  Now I have seen Brittany perform many times in many different venues, but I just don't have the time to come to every show stopping performance of hers.  But when she told me the performance was for a great cause I completely forgot about my ethics paper I needed to write.

She said the event was called "Creators In-Sync", an arts mentorship program for young women, called the AMY Grad Program.  I knew this sounded interesting so I dropped my PR Ethics book and headed to their hosting venue ..... Harlem.

Around the corner of Church and Richmond there stood the quaint, yet trendy Harlem.  As I walked up the stairs I did not only hear the talent from above but could also feel the energy as I progressed to the top floor.

On the upper floor the event took place, with a small stage set up at one end of the room with many attended young artists.  Though the stage was small, the talent in the room was larger then life.  The audience was graced with poetry, songs, and musical talent all composed and created by these young artists.

The AMY Grad Program was started by two AMY grads Kate Welsh and Copper Brown.  This special program was first awoken in 2011 to continue developing the skills, networks, and leadership opportunities for young women who completed the annual AMY program.

AMY Program Elements

AMY Buddy Program - a peer mentorship training of AMY grads followed by partnering them with new participants to pay-it-forward.

Grad Workshop Series - professionally designed development sessions to help the growth of young artistic talent. 

AMY Outings - Trips to cultural events and shows bringing the many grad generations from the program together to meet and build networks. 

All the money raised for the event was used to keep the spirit of, not just the AMY Grad Program strong, but those of the young women and the talent they love to share.

To know more about the AMY Project check out their blog and their Facebook.  To help donate to their cause check out their indiegogo campaign on-line, which closes Friday so hurry!!!! 

I ♥ TO

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Only In TO: Barbie's Trashy Cousin

In a small corner store on Queen West you will be able to find the residence of Barbie's trashy cousin that was never purchased off the shelves, Scuba Booty.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Get Your Coffee Fix

Hello Everyone.  My name is Cole and I am a caffeine-aholic.

Anyone that knows me is aware that I have a slight addiction to coffee.  Actually lets be honest, I am almost at the point of shooting coffee up my veins.  So I was extremely excited when my friend Yuki agreed to come to Jet Fuel with me.  I have only heard of how great the coffee was here, but it was also the atmosphere that makes Jet Fuel a worthy place to visit in TO.

This hip coffee spot is located in Cabbagetown close to the corner of Parliament and Carlton street and is a clear hot spot of the area.  The second you walk in there is a bar equipped with a real espresso machine and jars of baked goods.  Right beside the cash register there is also a stand with your choice of sweeteners and milk to add.  My favourite was the molasses sugar they had.

If you walked further through the venue there are tables and booths filled with people on their laptops, reading or just catching up with a long lost friend.  The walls are red giving the place this vibrant feel, with a great amount of current art work splattered throughout the coffee shop.  But what really wins you over is all the sports swag supporting Jet Fuel's cycling team, which is one of Canada's longest running cycling teams.

However it was not until I looked over the counter to see our two entertaining servers when I realized I was in a unique place.  When I noticed their saucer like eyes and the slight perspiration on their brows I knew that they shared my same addiction.  I was only able to get them to stand still for this slight second to snap a photo and then they were off again talking a million miles a minutes and pumping out amazing cups of caffeinated heaven.  They may not have a menu, only serving the regular espresso based drinks, but what they lacked in variety they made up for in quality.

Yuki's Drink: The wonderful Jet Fuel latte where you could watch the art of the steamed milk swirling with the espresso.

Cole's Drink: The classic cappuccino with a head of foam so stiff and thick you had to eat it with a spoon.

If you want a vibrant coffee shop to visit, go to Jet Fuel.  If you want to be entertained by your barista behind the counter, go to Jet Fuel.  If you need to itch that caffeine addiction, go to Jet Fuel.  But remember to bring cash because those baristas don't take plastic, they want their cash up-front for the drug they sell.

I ♥ TO

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Only In TO: Tiger Body Suit?

Lions, tigers.... wait, oh my!!!!!  Someone needs to let this boy know that tiger body suits are and never will be in style.  For God's sake Lady Gaga hasn't even attempted it.  I feel bad for his girlfriend.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Only In TO: Cole Street

Toronto is the only place that is bound to have a street named after you!!!!

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