Racquel Youtzy, founder of Toronto-based “Tap Water Bottle” designed this reusable, glass bottle which includes a message about environmental awareness on the label. The bottle’s purpose is to encourage people to re-use instead of always having to discard plastic water bottles. The Tap Water Bottle is available in 250 or 500mL and can be purchased HERE.
I was searching vimeo yesterday and noticed this interesting piece from Brad Dworkin called “Toronto 9:30pm”. It’s a synchronized multi-format documentary giving us a glimpse at our living breathing city one night in September.
If you’re from Jane & Finch you probably already know Paul Nguyen and what he’s done for his community. If you don’t know Paul, you should. He’s one of many inspirational people living in Toronto who is consistently making a difference. We could go on and on about Paul and the great people in the Jane & Finch community, but we’ll let the video do the talking…
We would like to congratulate Paul who was recognized with the William P. Hubbard award for race relations.
Even though we’ve already posted about the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay in Toronto, this video captures the true spirit while showcasing the diversity in our city. We already know how multicultural our city is, but for all our international readers who’ve never experienced Toronto, this is for you.
Twas the night before Christmas, and most people are racing around trying to get prepared – whether it’s last minute gifts, driving out of town, cooking, or whatever you should have done already but you just haven’t gotten around to.
Once the malls close and all your plans are in order, what kind of christmas are you having?
There are so many different cultural celebrations around the world during this time of year and since we are
THE WORLD IN 1 CITY we want our readers to share what they do.
Here are a few examples:
A TRINI CHRISTMAS: I asked a few of our readers via email what a Trinidadian Christmas consists of more so than the great food they told us about Parang. In Trinidad, traditional parang music is largely performed around Christmas time, when singers and instrumentalists (collectively known as the parranderos) travel from house to house in the community, often joined by friends, neighbours, family etc. using whatever instruments are at hand. Popular parang instruments include the cuatro (a four-string small guitar) and maracas (locally known as chac-chac). Other instruments often used are violin, guitar, claves (locally known as toc-toc), box bass (an indigenous instrument),tamborine,mandolin, bandolin, caja (a percussive box instrument), and marimbola (an Afro-Venezuelan instrument).
In exchange for the entertainment, parranderos are traditionally given food and drink: pastelle, sorrel, rum and ponche crema (a form of alcoholic eggnog).
While traditional house-to-house caroling is still practiced by some small groups and larger organized groups, modern parang music has also developed a season of staged performances called parang fiestas, held from October through to January each year, culminating in a national parang competition.
We’ve wanted to post about our friends The Bossy Girls, but didn’t know how, until we saw their latest video showcasing their work. Two of Toronto’s hottest stylists Caitlin and Vili have been making everyone from celebrities to new up and coming artists look incredible. They’ve done photo shoots, fashion shows, commercials, tv, and video…and they’ve done it their way, The Bossy Girl way!
Our friends over at Contra hooked up with Designer Ken Chow from Krane, to get a look at the 2010 Spring/Summer Collection. Here are a few pieces from the collection, check it out and let us know what you think?