As Amex Ambassadors and Platinum Cardmembers, we decided to take full advantage of the benefits of the card, which includes the exclusive American Express ‘Taste from Platinum’ Program.
We didn’t know what to expect, so we called the Platinum Concierge at 1-866-323-6979 to learn more about the participating restaurants in the Platinum Dining Program. The Concierge informed us that Amex holds a reservation at hundreds of the most acclaimed restaurants here in Canada, US and abroad. After letting the Concierge know that we wanted a reservation in Toronto, they named off some participating spots including; Weslodge, North 44, The Chase, Colette and Splendido. As soon as we heard ‘Splendido’, we asked for help securing a last minute table reservation with all the special ‘Platinum’ perks. The Concierge is also on hand to review menus and wine lists, and offer advice on house specialties; provide travel directions to your restaurant of choice; and make special arrangements such as accommodating a group or making sure flowers are waiting at your table.
We’ve driven by Splendido countless time’s, always making a mental note as a place we’d like to try. After tasting their incredible oysters at this year’s first annual Taste of Toronto Festival, we knew we’d enjoy this restaurant. What we didn’t know was that we were in for a unique dining experience full of fancy perks. The Concierge made sure we got the best seat in the house, complimentary champagne, one of a kind appetizers and even a small take home desert item.
Our night started off with a warm welcome and a chilled glass of complimentary champagne at the bar, accompanied by a delicious appetizer. We felt like VIPs right from the start!
We finished our drink and appetizer and made our way to the dining room, with the help of our server Aldy. (Side Note: Aldy is hands down the best server… ever!) After reviewing the menu options customized by the chef, we decided to go with Splendido’s 5-course meal, including: Caviar and ice-cream, lobster, oysters, sashimi, house-made bread and butter, carrots, steak, salad and more.
Everything Splendido offered as part of the Amex ‘Taste from Platinum’ Program surpassed our expectations. From atmosphere, staff, cocktails and of course the food, we recommend Splendido for your next special occasion. Tell them that we sent you
Check out the full list of participating restaurants at americanexpress.ca/platinum
FYI: The Platinum Card is not limited to just dining, Cardmembers can take advantage of everything from exceptional travel perks from over hundreds of fine hotels & resorts, airport private lounge access, exclusive entertainment offers, and of course the impeccable Concierge service.
To learn more about the American Express Platinum Card, please CLICK HERE.
All around the world, Hennessy Artistry brings together some of the most talented artists on stage for an eclectic mix of music, ranging from hip-hop to pop, rock or electronic music, which we like to call the #ArtofBlending.
You’re invited to join us this Thursday, October 23rd, from 10pm – 2am at Switch (55 Colborne St).
RSVP ONLY: email@example.com for you & your guests by 5pm on Thursday, October 23rd.
Arrive early to guarantee entry. (Limited Capacity)
Must be of legal drinking age to attend.
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Toronto-based artist Jazz Cartier aka Jacuzzi La Fleur (from Get Home Safe Crew) just premiered his latest video for “Switch/The Downtown Cliché” on FADER. The raw visual treatment is courtesy of Director Kyle Sanderson and Kelly Jeffrey on Cinematography.
We’ve got this one on repeat!
To listen to more of his music visit: soundcloud.com/jazzcartier
Toronto-based artist, Kwame Delfish has achieved something most artists/designers will never have the chance to achieve. He’s been honoured with the opportunity to design a commemorative coin for the Royal Canadian Mint. His art is featured on a limited edition (8000 coins) specially minted 1/2 oz Fine Silver Gold-Plated Coin, celebrating Canada. Kwame’s design goes beyond the traditional symbol of the Canadian Maple Leaf and highlights different elements of Canada to present a unique portrait.
To learn more about Kwame Delfish, visit: kwamedelfish.com
Previously: Introducing Kwame Delfish
Canada Goose collaborates with Wings + Horns for a new take on the classic Canadian Parka, entitled The Decade Parka. The piece combines function and style with the timeless silhouette and classic details of a military fishtail parka, with the detailed construction and warmth of the iconic Canada Goose jacket.
The limited edition jacket (only 300 pieces to be sold), is available in two colours – Black and Olive, and is available today in stores around the world! If you’re in Toronto, you might want to check out Nomad, TNT, or Uncle Otis, before they sell out!
For more info: canada-goose.com
When you throw on your 1 Love T.O. tee, you’re making a statement. Whether you’re proclaiming love for the city or where you come from, you’re saying it out loud. This is the power of fashion.
Style has forever been an extension of our personalities and ideas. Clothes have the ability to speak volumes, evoke emotions and make a point simply depending on what you wear and how you wear it. Sometimes, the declarations you don can be misinterpreted and create chaos and confusion. Something that might bring you comfort, could be regarded as a threat to someone else; just ask anyone in a hoodie or hijab.
The Design Exchange is looking at this relationship between people and fashion in their latest exhibit, “Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics”, the curatorial debut by Jeanne Beker alongside DX Curator, Sara Nickleson and Canadian Fashion Designer, Jeremy Laing.
We got a sneak peek, led by Ms. Beker, of the exhibit which is split up into five segments representing five themes: Ethics/Activism, War/Peace, Consumption/Consumerism, Campaign/Power Dressing and Gender/Sexuality. You’ll see the artisanal leather poncho from the 2013 AW Maison Martin Margiela Collection, the gold leopard print burqa from Jeremy Scott’s Arab Spring SS 2013 Collection and everything in between.
The exhibit really hones in on the idea that fashion is one of the most powerful ways we talk to each other. And frankly, these days, you cannot downplay its impact or the role it plays in our world. Fashion mimics life and life is story; what does yours say?
Exhibit runs until January 25th 2015. For more info: dx.org
Photos by Eugen Sakhnenko
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
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This Thursday, October 2nd, legendary street artist Shepard Fairey will be in Toronto for the launch of the official Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition Bottle/Label Design. The creative collaboration between Hennessy and Shepard follows up successful collaborations with world-renowned artists such as Os Gemeos, KAWS, and Futura. The bottle features the iconic OBEY symbol in the centre of the label, accompanied by his popular star symbol and additional illustrative design elements. The colour palette includes gold, black, cream, red, which together happen to compliment the already existing aesthetic of the cognac.
“MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS LIMITED EDITION DESIGN WAS BASED ON THE LEGACY OF HENNESSY AS A BRAND. TO ME, HENNESSY HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT QUALITY, AUTHENTICITY, TRADITION, AND ELEGANCE.” – SHEPARD FAIREY
The limited edition Hennessy V.S. x Shepard Fairey bottle is now available at participating LCBO’s across the GTA. Some locations have already sold out, so you may be on a bit of a scavenger hunt for this limited edition piece of art. For those of you who are lucky enough to purchase a bottle, feel free to get it signed by Shepard Fairey himself!
Join us on Thursday, October 2nd, from 4:30 – 5:30pm at Tattoo (567 Queen St. W) to meet Shepard Fairey. Please arrive early to guarantee entry!
*Bottles will NOT be available for purchase on site
Win $5000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts-based business today!
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture invite you to participate in the 2014 Youth Pitch Contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 18 – 29, we want to hear from you! We want to support some of Toronto’s finest innovative talent and encourage community participation through the arts. The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over this city. We invite you to submit your ideas to us, which could land you a spot in front of an esteemed panel of judges for a live and interactive pitch contest!
Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more.
Eight lucky applicants will be chosen to pitch their ideas live on Thursday October 30th, from 6:30 to 9PM at The Scarborough Civic Centre, for a chance to win one of two $5000 prizes.
For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After more than 100 sold out performances worldwide, the celebrated four-time breakdance world champions, the Flying Steps, will bring the Red Bull Flying Bach world tour to Canada for a series of eight shows this fall. A live performance unlike any other in theatre production today, Red Bull Flying Bach fuses the unlikely combination of contemporary dance and breakdance with live classical music.
Toronto and Montreal will serve as the exclusive Canadian stops of Red Bull Flying Bach’s world tour in Canada this year, following sold out tours in countries including Austria, Australia, Chile, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Sweden and, most recently, the United States this past June.
“Canada is definitely new territory for us to bring such a huge production,” says Michael Rosemann (‘Mikel’) of the Flying Steps, “we’ve heard the b-boy community is thriving and that show audiences come out with a lot of energy. We feed off of that energy when we perform, so we can’t wait to get there.”
The show spans roughly 65 minutes in length, and features group synchronized breakdance to the backdrop of the live performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. The Canadian portion of the world tour will feature four consecutive shows in Toronto at the legendary Massey Hall on October 16-19
For more information and/or tickets for Red Bull Flying Bach, visit redbull.ca/flyingbach