DVDs: The National Ballet of Canada

contact August 28th, 2014

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This feature-length documentary goes behind the scenes at The National Ballet of Canada to witness the seemingly magical process of creating a major ballet production. MAKING BALLET captures the drama within a drama – the making of “The Actress.” Set to Chopin’s Preludes, this ballet was created by world famous choreographer James Kudelka for prima ballarina Karen Kain. MAKING BALLET will delight film buffs as well as beginners and aficionados of the art form. 88 minutes. Bonus DVD features include a Karen Kain biography, filmmaker Anthony Azzopardi biography, stage director James Kudelka biography and “About the Ballet, ‘The Actress’.”

If you are interested in what goes on behind the scenes of creating a ballet you will be thrilled to get this DVD. You will see that the people involved have so much fun when they are making a new ballet. Karen admits that her life was not as dramatic or sexy or funny every day as it is in this piece, but still, it’s based on a lot of true things about my world and about what I experienced and have experienced. So to create this character she was half inspired by real life and half inspired by her own imagination. She was 43 years old when she did this film and was still very beautiful. She still is today, for that matter.

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Gift from Canada: Coffee!

contact August 27th, 2014

coffee from canadaLooking for a perfect Gift from Canada? How about a original 39 oz freshly sealed coffee for a low price! You get a large 1.1 kg tin can of fine grind coffee enough to make a month supply of coffee. Coffee comes directly from Tim Horton’s Warehouse. Tim Hortons Coffee! You’ve heard about the fantastic taste of Tim Hortons brand coffe – affectionately known as “Timmy’s”. Millions of cups of fresh brew are sold across Canada and in some US states on a daily basis. Most people say it’s better than Starbucks! It’s as fresh as can be! Each can contains 39 oz or 1.2 kilograms of Canada’s best fine ground coffee, made from 100% Arabica Beans and NO preservatives. For use in automatic filter drip coffee makers. BRAND NEW & HERMTICALLY SEALED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS!! Each of these tins will brew approximately 24 full pots of coffee, or many more pots if you making smaller batches for 1-2 people. My wife drinks this brand EVERY morning with her breakfast. She just loves it. A fresh can of Famous Canadian Tim Hortons fine grind coffee. It is the huge 39oz = 1.1KG Giant Size = 2 pounds plus.

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Canadian Flag

contact August 26th, 2014

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How can you pass up one of the most beautiful flags on earth? You can’t. And you shouldn’t.

Description: 3 foot by 5 foot lightweight Polyester Flag w/sharp colors. Has 2 metal Gromments for easy mounting & a Canvas Hem for long lasting strength. Express Shipping for Domesic (USA) is Overnite 98% of the time, otherwise 2-day; for International it is shipped Global Express Mail 2-4 Days. We are fast shippers, all orders are shipped within 1 business day, most of the time the same day if payment is cleared by noon CST.

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Batman Hangs in Toronto

contact August 25th, 2014

Frommer’s Toronto 2009

contact August 24th, 2014

2009 toronto travel book frommerPre-order Frommer’s Toronto 2009 and get a price guarantee before the price goes up.

Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

That is a deal, isn’t it?

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Recommended Restaurant: Tabule

contact August 23rd, 2014

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Zagat describes Tabule, a Toronto restaurant, the best:

“Superb, wonderfully fresh middle eastern eats (especially the namesake dish) purveyed by friendly, helpful people, draw crowds to this cheerful, contemporary midtowner. The tiny spot’s success has resulted in line-ups out the door, so waits are to be expected.”

Tabule Restaurant
2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Call for Reservations: 416-800-1375
email: info@tabule.ca
Website: Tabule Restaurant

Obese People Win Right to Two Seats in Planes

contact August 22nd, 2014

From cheapflights:

“A Canadian court has ruled that obese people have the right to two seats on airlines.

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by WestJet (Web site: www.westjet.com) and Air Canada on a decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency that people who are obese deserve to have two seats for one fare.

Currently, the policy exists on other types of public transportation such as buses, ferries and trains.

The policy for airlines will come into effect in January 2009.”

Hey City of Toronto, WTF?

contact August 21st, 2014

City of Toronto Workers Destroy Free Community Food Garden Amid Growing Food Crisis

Amid a growing food crisis, this morning workers from the City of Toronto were ordered by City of Toronto Parks Director Richard Ubbens that all live plants and food be removed from the People’s Peas Garden in Queens Park. They were ordered to take the plants and food to the dump and lay sod overtop of this most beautiful free community food garden, without warning, without a chance to remove the rare heirloom plant species or harvest the food.

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A City Renewal Project

contact August 20th, 2014

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From jaunted:

“Canadian street artists Fauxreel and Specter have renovated an old warehouse into a dilapidated fake urban wonderland.

Called “A City Renewal Project,” it’s a secret world hidden behind a fake storefront in Toronto. Inside the seedy store is what looks like the workspace of an artist, filled with wood, construction materials and lots of Bell telephones. A back door will transport you into a long warehouse space that looks like an indoor facsimile of a real city street. Life-size black and white reproductions of closed and derelict stores line the walls of the warehouse. Further adding to the reality of the installation are real bus shelters, billboards, garbage cans–and real garbage. And of course, everything is covered in graffiti and tags.

The artists fear that the practice of tearing down old buildings and putting up brand-new condos is destroying their city’s cultural history. Even the building the show is housed in is scheduled to be knocked down to make way for new apartments. A City Renewal Project is up until November 23, at inconsistent hours, so check the website for details. “ [source]

Why Everybody Hates Toronto

contact August 19th, 2014

why everybody hates torontoThis is the book Toronto doesn’t want you to read! Tired of Hogtown’s constant preening, pretentiousness and pomposity? This book is for you. This book is also for hard-core Toronto fans – if they have the patience to read to the end (they aren’t known for their patience). “Why Everybody Hates Toronto” is based on survey data and exhaustive research (the author tires easily). “Why Everybody Hates Toronto” is an insightful, witty, informative and wonderful look at one of the world’s great cities. Soon to be a major best-seller! Warning: Despite the book’s flippant tone and very funny overall approach, the book also contains some surprising depth and insight concerning Toronto woes. It’s a content-rich, humorous, must-read for anyone who has ever lived in, visited, or thought of Toronto. Michael B. Davie has produced a first-rate book.

Why Everybody Hates Toronto

Henna Tattoo Artist in Toronto

contact August 18th, 2014

There’s an amazing henna tattoo artist named **** in Toronto that I wanted to feature but unfortunately for our readers she asked us to remove her free advertising offered on this blog.

Pregnant belly art
Neck tattoo
Painted hand
Just in time for Halloween: Henna Tattoos on Jackolanterns.

Sorry due to copyright issue we can’t give you the website address of the wonderful artist anymore.

Everything You ever wanted to know about the Government in Canada but were afraid to ask

contact August 17th, 2014

Perhaps not the most fun book to read but it’s actually quite interesting and filled with important information if you live in Canada or are interested in Canadian politics. It’s short, sweet and it’s certainly very clear, but most importantly it provides an outstanding explanation of why Canada’s government takes the form it does.

The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada

For Photographers in TO

contact August 16th, 2014

From David Brown:

Looking for space to exhibit during the CONTACT 09 Photography Festival? SHOW AND SELL YOUR WORK AT THE GLADSTONE!

The Gladstone Hotel in collaboration with Toronto’s SpeakEasy Event will once again produce a group exhibition entitled EXPOSED for the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, which takes place in May 2009.

EXPOSED: Innovation, Transformation, Revolution will showcase the work of contemporary photographers (both established and emerging). In keeping with CONTACT 2009’s thematic focus; STILL REVOLUTION, EXPOSED will showcase photographic works ranging “from reportage to abstraction, documented fact to constructed fiction exploring photography through its many complex and ever evolving manifestations.” The exhibition will be co-produced by the Gladstone Hotel and SpeakEasy and curated by Chris Mitchell and David Brown.

The Gladstone Hotel is renting second floor exhibition rooms and gallery space to individuals or groups of photographers interested in participating in this Marque event. We invite innovative, cutting-edge photographers to submit expressions of interest.

Dates & Details:

Show Date: Thursday May 7 – Sunday May 31, 2009

Gallery Hours: 12pm-5pm Daily

Opening Reception: May 7, 2009 7pm-10pm

Installation Dates: May 6 and 7

Submission Deadline: Sunday Nov 16, 2008

Signed Contract and Deposit: Due Dec 1, 2008

Submission Fee: Free

Show Location: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West Toronto, ON 416-531-4635 www.gladstonehotel.com

Participation Fees & Display Opportunities:
Option #1: EXHIBITION ROOM $1200.00* (Tax Incl)/room
- 1 of 9 Exhibition Rooms which open on to the hotel’s main gallery space.
- includes full month exhibition space rental and CONTACT registration
– No commission on sales.
- Photographers may collaborate to share space and rental costs.

Option #2: ASSIGNED WALL SPACE in Main Reception Gallery $200* + GST/space
- 1 of 12 Assigned Wall Spaces to accommodate individual works or groupings of small pieces.

Why should you participate?

* EXPOSED will be a registered CONTACT Festival exhibition listed in the CONTACT 2009 guide and website

* The Gladstone has become a destination venue for CONTACT visitors, drawing significant crowds for the past 4 years. The hotel will host several CONTACT registered exhibitions during the month long festival.

* Exhibition and individual participants will be promoted in Gladstone Bag e-newsletter and Gladstone website Event Listings as well as featured on Gladstone Hotel website Exhibition Page and Gladstone Exhibition Press Release

* Showcase your work in the bright, beautiful spaces and newly restored Victorian grandeur of the Gladstone
* Gallery hours 7 days a week

The Gladstone is committed to providing participants with a rewarding and fulfilling experience including:

FOCUS – on established and emerging artists with a range of aesthetic sensibilities.

EXCLUSIVITY – In the unique exhibition setting of our historic hotel, the physical size, focus, and mandate of the exhibition will provide the opportunity for every participant to shine.

EXPOSURE – The Gladstone and SpeakEasy Events have successful track records of drawing attendees to exhibitions including Toronto and international press, local and international arts industry professionals, curators, gallery owners, collectors, patrons, and the general public.

CONNECTIONS – The Gladstone and SpeakEasy Events focus on creating networking opportunities for artists with various press and industry professionals as a primary exhibition objective. This focus is seen as a hallmark of success by many past exhibition participants.

These connections are enhanced by advance marketing that includes press releases, personal invitations, and an Opening Evening Reception hosted by the hotel.

ACCESSIBILITY – Participation costs for exhibitors are minimal compared to more commercial events. The Hotel takes no commissions on sales.

Interested in showing your work?

Submitting work for consideration is easy. Show us what you got, and what you want to do.

Email us samples of your work (max. 5 digital files), along with a short bio and a description of the work you will be presenting. Do not send originals!

Please include the following with your submission:

Name or Name of group

Contact information (phone, email)


Email submissions to:

David Brown, david@blttogo.com and Chris Mitchell, chrism@gladstonehotel.com

*Participation Fees are only paid if your work is selected to be part of the show. A 50% deposit is due with signed contract on Dec 1, 2008 Balance of participation fees are due April 1, 2009

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

contact August 15th, 2014

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The Toronto After Dark Film Festival is ON. Find out about the screenings, where to buy tickets and more here.

Canada will ban unsolicited incoming text message fees

contact August 14th, 2014

From electronista:

“Two of Canada’s biggest telephone companies, Bell Canada Enterprises and Telus Corp., have began charging their customers for incoming unsolicited text messages on their cellphones, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is passing legislation to end what he calls an unfair practice, says a Thursday report. Harper would allow the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to block unfair charges and the telecommunications act would be amended to include a code of conduct for wireless services.

A spokesman from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association says a ban on unsolicited commercial text messages, or spam texts, is unnecessary, as cell-phone spam in Canada is virtually non-existent. Bell charges anywhere from 10 cents to a dollar for incoming texts, depending on which company sends it, but will cancel the fees at a customer’s strong request, provided the incoming message are clearly identifiable as unsolicited.

At the same time, Harper says loosening ownership restrictions in Canada’s telecommunications industry is not a wise move at the current economically tough times. A government-appointed competition panel in June suggested the industry should be opened up to foreign investors, but Harper believes opening up the market would hurt Canada’s economy, though he admits it would encourage competition.

Harper is under pressure from opposing parties to address such consumer issues, which also extend to other industries.” [source]

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