Toronto - ARTS & CULTURE
April 9th, 2008
“Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it,” said Julie Andrews.
Well yeah, with all those roses and kittens and ponies and strudels and stuff, we’re not surprised.
But in her memoir, the grande Dame reveals a darker more difficult time growing up in war-torn Blighty.
Filled with anecdotes from working with Rex Harrison, Richard Burton and Dick Van Dyke, this is a wonderful read for all of us who remember how to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Backwards.
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years is available at Pages, 256 Queen St W., Toronto, 416-598-1447, www.pagesbooks.ca
April 2nd, 2008
From casting directors to fashion stylists, Polaroid users are getting ready to say sayonara to instant photo film. Yes, after six decades of memories, Polaroid is quitting the film biz.
Here’s a sampling of some of our favourite polasites:
RoidRage: Polaroid paparazzo Jeremy Kost captures the celebrity glitz.
Polaroid SX70 gallery: A Danish on-line gallery that pays tribute to the Polaroid SX70 camera.
PLRDS: An inspiring Polaroid photography collective.
My Polaroid Blog: A prop stylist from California, Jennifer’s images are a delight.
Polanoid: A fun forum where Polaroid boffs exchange images.
Postcard Polaroid: A weblog where people exchange Polaroid photos as postcards.
March 26th, 2008Originally published nearly 100 years ago, Blanche Ebbutt’s Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives still ring true. Some pearls are totally antiquated while others are spot on.
Some of our favourite Don’ts for Wives
• Don’t let your husband wear a violet tie with grass-green socks. If he is unhappily devoid of colour sense, he must be forcibly restrained, but—don’t be sarcastic about your husband’s taste in dress.
• Don’t try to excite your husband’s jealousy by flirting with other men. You may succeed better than you want to. It is like playing with tigers and edged tools and volcanoes all in one.
• Don’t expect your husband to be an angel. You would get very tired of him if he were.
Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives has been reissued by A. & C. Black Ltd. Available at Chapters across the GTA, www.chapters.indigo.ca
March 19th, 2008
So you have a closet full of Value Village finds that would be true It-girl one of a kinds if it weren't for that one pesky detail.
Why rack up the bill at the alterationist when you can make the changes yourself?
The Sewing Studio isn't your average sewing school. The inspiring atelier will make you feel more like a Parsons grad than a master of Home Ec. With a number of experienced, passionate instructors on hand you can rework, design and take-in to your hearts content. Featured workshops include everything from making doggy jackets to baby duds to home decor.
They even have sewing classes for men, kids and sewing boot camp for those who just can't wait to say, "Oh, I made it," the next time the girlfriends ask where they got their threads.
March 12th, 2008
Draped, feathered and free flowing – think Grecian deities when picking your spring frocks.
Need inspiration? Turn to the original doyenne of drapes.
In Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion ($50), Patricia Mears spotlights the classical couturiere to style setters such as Marlene Dietrich, Nan Kemper and Jackie Onassis.
The accompanying catalogue to the New York Fashion Institute of Technology’s current Grès exhibit, this tome is for every Hera, Artemis and Aphrodite out there.
Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion is available at David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham St., Toronto, 416-531-9975, www.dmbooks.com
February 27th, 2008
Choosing a photographer to capture your nuptials is no snap decision.
Light, spontaneous and candid, we think Toronto shutterbug Kaan Akalin is one of the best around.
A Ryerson graduate, Akalin is trained in film, which explains his storytelling style.
With a sensitive eye and unobtrusive manner, he captures the spirit, mood and uniqueness of the day.
One decision couples will make in a snap.
See Akalin’s work at www.kaphotographs.com
February 20th, 2008We can’t wait to see the multi-directorial New York, I Love You featuring shorts from Yvan Attal, Zach Braff and Anthony Minghella.
Set in the city’s five boroughs, this big apple project is produced by the same folks behind Paris, Je T’aime.
Scarlett Johansson’s five-minute love encounter will be her directorial debut.
With a little help from Woody, perhaps?
February 13th, 2008
Tired of hearing the same old drone?
Be your own DJ at musicovery.com.
Click on a decade, genre and mood and watch a candy-coloured metro map of songs appear.
Get your 80s groove on with Madonna, Flock of Seagulls and Billy Ocean, or relax with the grainy-voiced Paolo Conte.
Now! That’s What I Call Music.
February 6th, 2008
Every now and then we hear a voice that makes us listen up.
Her name is Maya Arulpragasam (stage name M.I.A) and the lyrics are smart, subversive and politically charged.
Crossing all genres (hip-hop, rap, electro-funk and punk) this 29-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil has an upbeat sound that is hard not to love.
Maya is also a painter and graffitist, so you may need sunnies to check out her MySpace page!
Her latest album Kala ($12.99) is available at HMV stores across the GTA, www.hmv.ca
January 30th, 2008