June 18th, 2010
Girls just wanna have fun, but when their gym kit makes them look like Little Miss Sunshine, you can bet they won't be turning cartwheels.
There's no sitting on the sidelines with Lilikiks, a Vancouver-based girls activewear line that has just launched its online store.
With on-trend colours, super-soft fabrics, and high-end technical detailing, styles like these will take them from tennis to track and back again.
She shoots, she scores!
Shop by sport or by style at their new e-store.
June 4th, 2010
The FIFA World Cup kicks off next week in South Africa. Follow all the action at one of Toronto’s favourite sports bars.
With Beckham injured, our five favourites to watch are: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Thierry Henry (France), Fernando Torres (Spain) and Kaká (Brazil).
(They’re not bad players either.)
Remember the six-hour time difference means mostly daytime games and some as early as 7:30 a.m. Early risers can enjoy the match with breakfast at Plaza Flamingo on College. 423 College St., Toronto, 416-603-8884, http://plazaflamingo.com
Some bookies are predicting that this is England’s year. Join the Brits over at Scallywags on St. Clair, likely to be one of the busiest spots in town. 11 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto, 416-922-3737, www.scallywags.net
The Irish may not be represented in the tourney, but The Brazen Head pub in Liberty Village will be a major hub for fans of all nations. 165 East Liberty St., Toronto, 416-535-8787, http://www.brazenhead.ca/
July 17th, 2009
If your summer exercise plans have stalled, or never properly began, a month of Fit Chicks could be just the kick-start you need.
Fit Chicks is like bootcamp but without all the anger. No two classes are the same and instructors plan every minute of the eight one-hour sessions to work your entire body. Think jumping jacks, walking lunges, push-ups and abs, and did we mention the group meets rain or shine? Be prepared to work hard but rest assured, the time flies because it’s actually fun. Throughout the month, you will receive emails with training tips, recipes and news to keep your motivation and focus intact.
Fit Chicks takes all your measurements on the first and last day of class and yes, we saw results - three inches lost overall, but we’re not telling where!
Fit Chicks, $159 for four weeks, www.fitchicks.ca
July 9th, 2009
Wondering where all the boys have gone? Try BMO Field. Toronto FC games are some of the hottest tickets in town; we prepared a pre-match cheat sheet so you aren’t left behind.
• Wear red (preferably of the fire engine variety). Make an effort—this is a surprisingly stylish crowd.
• Wannabe hooligans sit in the southeast corner. Visiting team fans belong in the northeast, and the west stands have a spectacular view of the city.
• At 23 min 13 sec sing for Danny Dichio for scoring TFC’s first ever goal. The song goes, “Ohhh, Danny Dichi-ooh, Dichi-o! Dichi-o! Danny Dichi-ooh.” And repeat. Trust us, you’ll nail it by the second round.
• The team captain is defender Jim Brennan and he’s a bit of a fox.
Remember, as much as we adore Posh’s trademark pout, TFC fans clap, stomp and sing their hearts out, and so should you.
Toronto FC tickets range from $23 to $176, www.mlsnet.com
January 9th, 2009
If your little ski-wee is already threatening to board out of bounds, you need to know about this.
Just be glad they aren't "budding" anything else—yet!
Available at Advanced Kinetic Systems, 6-1212 Alpha Lake Rd., Fuction Junction, Whistler B.C., 604-905-1223, www.akswhistler.com
Or order online ($20 shipping to Canada) at Peak Ski Shop.
May 13th, 2008
Next time your boss invites you to hit balls, make sure you swing onto the links in style.
A new boutique in Kensington Market will help you do just that. At Free Your Game, putters can pick from ruffled organic cotton tees by Lela Designs ($90), Hattie Smart leather gloves in plum, green, and blue ($45) and cute plaid Ragwear shorts ($75).
A mini putting green is in the works as are plenty more unique, sustainable fashion lines.
And don’t forget to snap up a couple of neon golf grips ($16) and some graffiti painted balls ($28 for 12).
Even if your swing sucks, at least your getup will suit you to a tee.
Free Your Game, 202 Augusta Ave., Toronto, 416-850-7115
April 29th, 2008
Ever since Suzanne Lenglen outraged the English lawn tennis establishment in a calf-length pleated dress by French couturier Jean Patou, the tennis court has been a platform for fashion.
Don’t let your garb let down your game. Show off your best backhand half volley in Fred Perry’s latest tennis whites.
Available at the new Toronto store (the only one in Canada), our favourite pieces included a cute white pleated mini-skirt ($185) and classic white aertex polo ($85).
Too establishment? Wear hot pink knickers—or none at all.
Fred Perry, 964 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-538-3733, www.fredperry.com
April 10th, 2008
It’s a sign of spring when the Leafs are out, so we're turning our attention to Aussie Rules Football, where the competition is fierce, the tackles are tough and the accents are adorable.
Our home turf hosts the largest footy league beyond the golden shores of Australia.
While the Broadview Hawks tackle the Downtown Dingoes, get your exercise on the sidelines by jumping, cheering and hollering.
Admission won’t cost you a thing, but you may be called on to comfort a homesick and bruised Aussie after the game.
Most matches are played at Humber College’s North Campus on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 2 p.m. (will vary from team to team). Training begins in April, official season kicks off in May. For more info visit www.ontariofooty.com
September 27th, 2007
From oddball installations to secret zen gardens, you never know what you might peddle upon on one of Graeme Perry’s cycling tours.
Sticking to hidden streets and alleys, this local cartographer is the one to follow if you prefer the road less travelled.
This Sunday marks Perry’s last tour of the season and includes a spin down Croft Street – home to eye-popping architecture and graffiti.
On yer bike!
Tours are free. Visit www.graemeparry.com/laneways for full details.
September 6th, 2007
Who needs adventure travel when you can get your adrenalin rush right here in town?
Head to the Toronto School of Circus Arts on Friday nights and join daredevils, frequent flyers and wusses like us getting strapped in to fly the trapeze.
Ignore the 10-year-old show-offs telling you that somersaulting is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. Just listen to the pros and you’ll be soaring like a seagull in no time.
Look, it’s not rope swinging across the Shotover Canyon, but it will still get your heart hopping just enough to give you something to brag about at post-circus cocktails.
Go on—take a leap.
Friday drop-in classes ($25 for non-students) start at 6 p.m. Toronto School of Circus Arts, 25 Wellington St. W., Toronto, 416-935-0037, www.torontocircus.com.