Remembrance Day

There is a part of me that wonders why I care about these people who I’ve never met, nor have I ever seen their suffering first hand. There is another part of me though, that just says, ‘shut up and respect the things you know nothing about.’ And that is what I chose to listen to on days like Remembrance Day, and 9/11. They have lived through1 some horrible shit, including the loss of their loved ones2 and at the very least, they deserve my thoughts today.

Found on Imgur: Memorial Day

Found on Imgur

Footnotes:
  1. and some are no longer with us[]
  2. sometimes all their loved ones[]

From the archives:
Cancer Can’t Dance Like This

I had heard about Daniel Stolfi from my good friends over at Riverlife Productions last year but I had not been able to catch his show until this week. Dan is extremely charming, engaging and very easy to watch & listen to. Sadly, some of what he covered in his show were not new to me; my Grandfather died of Prostate Cancer and I have met and continue to meet people who have been affected by this horrible disease every year that I volunteer at the Terry Fox Run1; What was refreshing was his candor.

In the past, when I have spoken to people about their experience with Cancer, they prefer to talk about how the experience changed them. They don’t want to talk about their hardship in detail. But I think that sometimes talking about the negative experiences can help others learn before they have to go through it themselves. And as Dan ran through the parts of himself that he loved and lost2, I couldn’t help but wonder if I would be able to be as strong. But Dan is, strong enough to turn his hardest moments into something entertaining for people to watch yet still deals with some very hard moments. Even as I read the synopsis on his website for the first time last year, despite all my3 experience, I was taken aback at the thought of having to deal with the loss of five4 of my most treasured activities. I’m sure once you see the show, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars too that he made it through to show us all a thing or two about courage.

Hilarious but poignant, I couldn’t help but fall a little bit for this talented Canadian-born, Italian Actor & Comedian who is making sure cancer knows he has not only won the fight, but he’ll continue to win it. I am so glad I was able to catch a performance of ‘Cancer Can’t Dance Like This‘, and if you haven’t already you should go to eventbrite now to buy your tickets! The show has been running and is playing at the Pia Bouman Theatre (6 Noble St) tonight at 8:30pm, Saturday5 at 2:30 pm & at 8:30 pm!

Footnotes:
  1. since 2002[]
  2. and still continue to fight to get back[]
  3. so-called[]
  4. FIVE[]
  5. that’s tomorrow[]

‘Tis a good time for a clothing swap!

It’s true, I stopped blogging for a while. There was a lot going on my life that I have promised [myself] I would not blog about anymore because it hurts too many other people so I took an unannounced hiatus from writing. Right, now that’s out of the way…

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Some years ago, before one of my favourite people moved to Ottawa, one of her friends invited me to a Clothing Swap. At the time the concept was foreign to me but I fell in-love with the idea as soon as I learned more about it. Even though they’ve been around for ages, I’m sure there are some people who have yet to learn about the wonderful thing that is a Clothing Swap.

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A clothing swap is a party of sorts; a shopping event where no one spends any money and hopefully walks away with a nourished soul1, a full heart and new previously-loved items for their closet that they can be proud of. I’ve been to a lot of clothing swaps and I’m so excited to be able to host one again this weekend.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces that I’ve ever gotten at a clothing swap, that I may or may not be giving up this weekend:

Pink 80s skirt Gorgeous Asian style top The best scarf

Have you ever been to a clothing swap before? Do you have a favourite item that you got from a clothing swap?

Footnotes:
  1. if you believe in that sort of stuff[]

She’s a drama queen, if you know what I mean

If you don’t know the lyrics I’ve stolen my title from, then you need to consult the Googles. Though I’m not talking about the song in this here post. I want to talk to you about Savory Entertainment’s latest production, The Bootlegger’s Wife; A one-woman dramatic stage play created and performed by the one and only Victoria Murdoch.

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A southern Ontario Bonnie & Clyde story for the ages; lovers and business partners Bessie Starkman and Rocco “King of the Bootleggers” Perri, came together to build Canada’s largest rumrunning empire. Known for her quick wit, and shrewd business sense, Bessie collected the money and called the shots…until it backfired.

The play is set to premiere at this summer’s London & Hamilton Fringe but there are two exciting previews you can be a part of if you hurry! All you have to do is go on over to her Fund What You Can Campaign Page and see what you can donate. As for the two events I speak of, they are1:

Event #1: Garden Gala/Tour Launch Party (May 24th @ “Murdoch Manor” – South Etobicoke)

A prohibition-themed party hosted by “Bessie,” where you’ll be entertained by a historical storyteller (Special Guest Daniel Cumerlato of Haunted Hamilton!) as well as enjoy a sample performance from the show!

Event #2: VIP Preview Performance/Talk Back (May 30th @ Imperial Pub – Downtown Toronto)

The world premiere performance of Bootlegger’s Wife followed by an intimate talk-back/Q&A with the creative team joined by a historical expert!

Both of these events have limited tickets available, and are only $25 each. After seeing what she’s done with Dairy-Free Love, I can’t wait to see her bring Bessie Starkman to life2.

Will we see you there?

Footnotes:
  1. these descriptions are in fact copied right off of her FWYC page[]
  2. As an added incentive, I should tell you that I will be your hostess for the evening of May the 30th at Imperial Pub[]

Everyday is Mother’s Day!

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I haven’t kept it a secret1 that my Mum and I didn’t always get along. We simply rubbed each other the wrong way, and when I was younger it was harder for me to act like a decent human being when she upset me.

I think that our relationship is so important though; the lessons I’ve learned in trying to get to a point where we can be friends are some of the most important life lessons I’ve learned. I’m sure there will always be something to learn, too. I’m just grateful we’re at the point we’re at today.

I know that there are so many different ways that life could have turned out, so in my adult life I’m trying to fix the bad habits I picked up when I was a teenager. I try to call my parents for no reason, other than, to talk. I try to visit them as often as I can; lucky for me this isn’t hard since they live in the same city. I try to be a decent human being every day of my life; someone who they can be proud of.

It’s a privilege to have a Mum, let alone a Mum who I can call a friend2.

I love you Mummy. Thank you for all you’ve done for us.

Happy Mother’s Day <3

Footnotes:
  1. on this blog[]
  2. and such a cute one to boot[]

It’s All Happening: At The Garrison during Canadian Music Week

It’s finally here! Canadian Music Week used to happen in March but they’re changing things up and this year it’s taking place between May 6th to the 10th. As usual, I’ve signed up to be a Stage Manager for the Festival. It’s something that I look forward to every year, and I’m delighted to be celebrating my 5th year at the same venue where I met Garrett1.

Every year, I am super pumped to be working with all the bands that I get to work with and this year is no different. I always try to check out a Band’s sound the week before the festival so I know what kind of a night I am in for; it also helps me get a feel for the band and their members, and how I can relate to them. You should give these fine folk a listen, and you should definitely come by The Garrison this week and enjoy some quality entertainment.

 

Wednesday May 7th

M for Montreal, Wavelength & CMW Co-Present: “M” For…

$10 Cover or all wristbands accepted

DOORS OPEN @ 8:30PM

9PM

10PM

11PM

Moonwood

CMW14 Moonwood

Mannerisms

CMW14 Mannerisms

MaicaMia

CMW14 MaicaMia sq

Listen

Listen

Listen

12AM

1AM

Mas Aya

CMW14 Mas Aya

Mozart’s Sister

CMW14 Mozarts Sister

Listen

Listen

Watch

 

Thursday May 8th

Reeperbahn Festival & CMW Co-Present

$15 Cover or all wristbands accepted

DOORS OPEN @ 7:30PM

8PM

9PM

10PM

Saidah Baba Talibah

CMW14 Saidah Baba Talibah

No Sinner

CMW14 No Sinner

Thomas D’Arcy

CMW14 Thomas DArcy

Listen

Listen

Listen

Watch

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11PM

12AM

1AM

CATL

CMW14 CATL sq

The King Khan & BBQ Show

CMW14 The King Khan & BBQ Show

Green Rays

CMW14 Green Rays

Listen

Listen

Listen

Watch

 

Friday May 9th

Breton & CMW Co-Present

$15 Cover or all wristbands accepted

DOORS OPEN @ 8:00PM

8:30PM

9PM

10PM

Adi Ulmansky

CMW14 Adi Ulmansky sq

BESTiE

CMW14 BESTiE

Wolf Saga

CMW14 Wolf Saga

Listen

Listen

Listen

Watch

 

11PM

12AM

Step Rockets

CMW14 Step Rockets

Breton

CMW14 Breton sq

Listen

Listen

Watch

Watch

 

Saturday May 10th

HillyDilly.com’s CMW Showcase

$10 Cover or all wristbands accepted

DOORS OPEN @ 8:30PM

9PM

9:45PM

10:30PM

Hoodlem

CMW14 Hoodlem

Sons et. Al

CMW14 Sons et al.

!XX! (Sean Leon & Daniel Caesar)

CMW14 Sean Leon

CMW14 Daniel Caesar

Listen

Listen

Listen: Sean Leon

 

11:30PM

12:45AM

1:30AM

Waldo

CMW14 Waldo

BASECAMP

CMW14 BASECAMP

Nightizm

CMW14 Nightizm

Listen

Listen

Listen

What are you hoping to check out at CMW this year?

 

Footnotes:
  1. yeah, we all know that’s not his real name but that is and will always be his name on this blog[]
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