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CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2010 ~March 10-14~Toronto

CANADIAN MUSIC FEST….

This week… Thursday March 10 to Sunday March 14, 2010

*700 Artists*

*45 Bands*

*5 Days*

***1 Wristband***

You can see great live music and Toronto graffiti art for as little as $5!

Check the website below to see the list of artists/bands and schedule.

CANADIAN MUSIC FEST

There is a lot of great musical talent in this city!

Enjoy and support our local artists.

Hope to see some of you at one of the many venues taking in some good music.

Have a FUN weekend!

DAY# 114 of 365-The Marriage of Figaro-A Comedic Opera

Last night I was invited to the opening night of Opera Atelier’s new production, The Marriage of Figaro , by Mozart.

A few weeks ago I saw some of the performers at 1st Canadian Place giving a mini preview of tonight’s show.

Below are a few short video clips I took that day….

Opera Atelier-A little Opera in Downtown Toronto & A little taste of opera in downtown Toronto-OperaAtelier.com

So based on the amazing short performances I saw, and after talking to a few of the performers, I knew I had see this opera.

But tonight’s production exceeded my expectations, and then some.  From the moment the curtains opened, I was in awe and transported back in time to 1786.  The costumes were divine.  Colourful, ornate, elaborate, big, bold and such attention to detail.  The Marriage of Figaro was VERY funny and witty.  A night of laughs, and woven into this comedic opera is a tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness.  I am so lucky to live in a city with so many talented artists.  What a spectacular experience.  I really enjoyed every single thing about this opera… from the singing, to the magnificent costumes, to the set.

The opera is in ENGLISH.  Also thanks to Sun Life Financial, “SURTITLES technology” was a part of the performance, which just enhanced the experience of the opera, by making it more accessible, so anyone can understand and enjoy opera.  I am all for making the arts MORE ACCESSIBLE to EVERYONE from all backgrounds.  And I believe the opera is for EVERYONE!

(The first time I fell in love with the joys and absolute beauty of opera, was when I was a teenager.  I was watching the Oscar winning movie, Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington , during the popular and very moving opera scene when Tom Hanks was explaining the meaning behind  \”La Mamma Morta\” performed by the most renowned opera singer of the 20th century Maria Callas to Denzel.

I dare you to watch it without being moved.  Simply beautiful.  The POWER of MUSIC!)

~Here is a short video of part of the preparation process, before this beautiful and elaborate opera took the stage…

Opera Atelier Celebrates 25 Extraordinary Years

I always try to personally thank the performers and artists for sharing their talents and for making me smile and leave happier than when I first arrived.  Here are a few pictures I took with some of the very talented and friendly artists in the production….

HANK to all the artists from the actors, choir, orchestra, set and costume designers, everyone behind the scenes, Opera Atelier, and all the sponsors and the donors who make such world class art, available and accessible to the people in the city of Toronto.  I, no…’we’ are truly grateful!

How the Play a ‘FABULOUS DISASTER’, Mended My Broken Heart…After I Experienced a Breakup Via a Facebook Message…(yes you read that correctly)!

Today started off as a beautiful day (spring is finally here) and a happy day, which was exactly what I needed.

I have had an extremely busy and stressful last few months, and not getting enough sleep has left me sleep deprived.  You know that saying … ‘things happen in 3’s’, well since I have started this journey it has been more like 33’s.

From major tech problems and issues with my website and computer and I am NOT a tech savy person, to health issues, my dad being recently admitted to the hospital, to being a victim of bank fraud and financial issues like I have never experienced before, discovering who my true friends are and not, and my TV, stereo, computer, phone and car all breaking down within 2 months (the technology gods must be angry at me lol), etc.

I finally made the time to see the movie AVATAR, with a friend.  Loved it!  Absolutely beautiful nature scenes and cinematography.  Very appropriate for EARTH MONTH.  Loved the message of the film and how it reminded us that we need to take care of and be more connected to nature.  NATURE is powerfully moving and inspiring we have to respect it.
I was inspired, happy and on cloud 9 after watching the movie…

Now this part of my day, is hard to write about……

I came home and saw a message in my Facebook message inbox from my new boyfriend…
He broke up with me via a FACEBOOK message.
I know I am a self confessed fan of  Facebook and all things social media …but breaking up with someone via a Facebook message is very inappropriate.
The fact that he is a man in his 40’s made it even more shocking.

When I started this website, I made a conscious decision to make sure I focused on uplifting and inspiring others and myself to LIVE and ENJOY life and to have FUN, and sharing helpful and fun info about my city that is accessible and affordable to everyone.  I am not a critic, I like to call myself a ‘positive storyteller’.  For example, if I attend an event or a restaurant, etc. and I did not find it fun or was not pleased, I simply do not write about it.  I will do something else and write about that instead.  My belief is the NEGATIVE things and people already get ‘too much’ attention.  I don’t want to play in that sandbox.

My goal and mission is to shine the spotlight on all the POSITIVE PEOPLE and things in this great city and the world. So I will not lower myself to bash him.  That is not my style anyways.

Of course I was heartbroken and hurt, mainly because he did it via facebook (still shaking my head at that).
It felt like I was in a Seinfeld episode, I was looking around for George, Kramer and Elaine LOL
His Facebook breakup reminded me of a Sex In The City episode when the main character, Carrie was dumped via a sticky note. LOL

I really wanted to stay home, in bed under the covers and cry a little.  Then mend my heartbreak with a bucket of Haagen-dazs Cookies & Cream LOL.

But I had tickets to go see a play at one of my favourite theatre houses in the city, at the Factory Theatre ……
the play was called a A FABULOUS DISASTER

…and created and performed by the very talented ‘Denise Clarke’ and produced by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre company of Calgary.

A Fabulous Disaster is a dark comedy that deals with a woman dealing with a broken heart, “poignant and elegant, the one woman play bounces through the themes of love, jealousy and belonging that everyone can relate to.”

I thought oh no how timely, maybe I should pass on seeing this one because I thought it would be too sad.
But I forced myself to leave the house and get out and have a FUN night regardless.  I knew if I didn’t, I would stay home and be depressed and I have vowed to never allow anyone, ever again to rent space in my head!  Nope not like I use to in the past.

I am so glad I did, because seeing this MAGNIFICENT play lifted my spirits.

The healing power of arts!!! The reason why I love the arts so much.
The play was so darn funny that I laughed until I cried…literally. (I am giggling as I type this, just thinking about some of the funny scenes and lines)

I totally laughed out loud throughout most of the play.
I was laughing so much my cheeks hurt.  It was that funny!  The entire audience was in stitches.

The very talented actress Denise Clarke, was hilarious with a capital H.
The story was so layered, fun, creative, unique, interesting, thought provoking, moving but most of all FUNNY.
Exactly what the doctor ordered.

I purposely waited around after the play to meet the actress, so I could personally THANK her for lifting my spirits through her artistic talents.  Also for inspiring me to change my perspective, and making me laugh out loud when just a few minutes before I arrived at the Factory Theatre, I was hiding my tears from the other riders on the TTC streetcar. This play reminded me that loosing myself in the ARTS, is much more healthier, fun and healing for the soul, mind, heart and body than a gallon of Haagen Dazs ice cream (and much better for my thighs too LOL).

I will definitely see it again before the run ends this Sunday.  Highly recommended if you want to see some great live theatre for not much more than the cost of a movie ticket.

Life is short, I will always try to remember to get out and have fun.

One of my favourite quotes is by Maya Angelou…

“Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got.
Love it with passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it!”

At the beginning of this year I made a promise to myself to live my life to the fullest, every single day.
So I will not internalize his inappropriate actions and take it personally.
I refuse to lay in bed crying for a week, and eat my sorrows away, like I would have done in the recent past.
I know that there are a lot of great men out there, so his actions are not a reflection of all men…Nope not even close to the majority.  There are a lot of good men in this world!

One thing that I have been constantly reminded of on my 365 day journey of love for my city (and for myself) is there are so many GOOD and KIND people in this great city and in this world.  Even though the negative people get a lot more press and attention,  they truly are the minority.  We cant forget that.

Lesson learned…

I will remember to listen to my intuition (it is never wrong)

…and everything happens for a reason because, any man that thinks it is appropriate and respectful to break up with someone via Facebook is not the type of man I want to be with.  So it never would have lasted anyways!

As someone said at the theatre last night, ‘Darling he actually did you a favour, so thank him!’
So true, and I do…
A BIG blessing in disguise.

I KNOW and have total FAITH that the right guy is out there for me and I ‘will’ find TRUE LOVE.  I can feel it deep in my heart and soul.

If you know of any kind, loving, intelligent, funny, mature, courageous and handsome men…I am open to being hooked up.  I heard that this unknown guy in the picture is single, I cant remember his name for the life of me>>>>

…so if anyone has his direct line, let him know that I am available and I would think about going for coffee with him lol

Match.com here I come LOL!  I have always wanted to try speed dating, it looks like fun…anyone ever try that?

I have moved on!

***The lesson learned from all of this is….I will continue to have FUN, love and laugh, dance…and live a FABULOUS life, even in the midst of DISASTER!

DAY #113 of 365-Real Friends & a day at City TV’s-’CityLine’-Day Time TV Show-FASHION FRIDAYS

Today my dear friend Rose invited me to a live taping of CityTV\’s daytime lifestyle show CITYLINE with \’Tracy Moore\’ The show topic was “Fashion Fridays”.

Here is a a FULL EPISODE of last Fridays Fashion Friday Show…

City Line Apr.23,2010-Fashion Friday Video of the show

The episode we attended will be on Friday April 30th at 9am-10am.

The spring and summer fashions on the show were stunning.  It inspired me to go shopping :-) .   I need to update my wardrobe for the season…its a new and exciting year.  Here are some of the products and clothing from the fashion show….

Jones New York http://www.jny.com/ . All shoes and accessories in JNY segment from the Bay The The Bay Esprit http://www.esprit.com/ Shoes in Esprit segment from Nine West Nine West ADDITIONELLE (JESSICA BIFFI TAPE) Addition Elle

I loved Tracy’s dress.  She said it was from BCBG.   On my shopping trip next week, I will be making a stop there!

The expert guest was the beautiful Lisa Rogers.

Also the very talented, and BRILLIANTLY funny and warm hairstylist Bill Angst of Angst Salon

( located at 240 Queen Street West. Phone: (416) 360-5942).  He kept everyone in stitches throughout the entire show (someone get this man his own show ASAP lol).  Loved him!   Bill Angst did an AMAZING, on the spot makeover on a lady, he plucked from the studio audience, minutes before the show started.  Her best friend volunteered her, you have to love a good friend LOL.  She looked fabulous.  I cant believe he did that in under an hour.  I need to make an appointment with him to get a summer hairdo.

Annesley Broadhead of Cargo Cosmetics was also a one of the expert guests.

It was a really fun day!  I met some really funny and cool fellow audience members.  A lot of laughs and ooh and ahhs at the beautiful clothing, shoes and the results of the fabulous make over.

I have watched the show for many years (CityLine is Canada’s longest running lifestyle show), so it was great to be at a live taping and see how everything happens behind the scenes.

All the City Line staff were friendly and very nice.  The host Tracy Moore is an absolute sweetheart.  She spoke to many of the studio audience members, before, during and after the taping of the show.  Real and so personable.  She is the type of person that when she speaks to you, you feel like you are the only person in the room.  It was such a pleasure meeting her.

And at the end of the day we got a great gift bag.  Some  Nivea body care products and a cotton bathrobe, Cargo Cosmetics lipstick and lipgloss, a Esprit tank top and notepad, Burt\’s Bees Body Kit, and a Jones of New York bag. We were all very happy and grateful! It was a total surprise to me.

So thanks Nivea, Burt’s Bees, Cargo Cosmetics, Esprit, Jones of New York and Tracy Moore and all the wonderful staff of City TV for the gifts, laughs, inspiration and a totally fun morning.

And my friend Rose who is also a hair extension specialist Rose Hair Creations, won a $200 gift bag from Burt’s Bees.  I was so happy for her, she has been such an INSPIRATION to me and a REAL and supportive friend, during the ups and downs in my life.  I admire her strength in the midst of her struggles (just a couple of years ago she had a full kidney transplant… most people would never guess looking at her or speaking to her, she always looks her best and I have never seen her without a smile on her face and she is always the life of the party, making others laugh and feel comfortable) .  Rose ALWAYS positive outlook on life and her words of wisdom are priceless.  She deserved to win this gift.

BTW Tracy is a fellow blogger.  Here is her blog…  Tracy Moore\’s Blog

Thanks City Line and staff and special guests, for making the morning with a dear friend FUN and FABULOUS!

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UPDATE:  I almost forgot to mention that Tracy’s new gorgeous long hairstyle is done by Rose.  Yes Rose is nice and super talented too!  (She also has done a previous Miss Canada’s hair extensions).

DAY# 111 of 365- How the Play a ‘FABULOUS DISASTER’, Mended My Broken Heart…After I Experienced a Breakup Via a Facebook Message…(yes you read that correctly)!

Today started off as a beautiful day (spring is finally here) and a happy day, which was exactly what I needed.

I have had an extremely busy and stressful last few months, and not getting enough sleep has left me sleep deprived.  You know that saying … ‘things happen in 3’s’, well since I have started this journey it has been more like 33’s.

From major tech problems and issues with my website and computer and I am NOT a tech savy person, to health issues, my dad being recently admitted to the hospital, to being a victim of bank fraud and financial issues like I have never experienced before, discovering who my true friends are and not, and my TV, stereo, computer, phone and car all breaking down within 2 months (the technology gods must be angry at me lol), etc.

I finally made the time to see the movie AVATAR, with a friend.  Loved it!  Absolutely beautiful nature scenes and cinematography.  Very appropriate for EARTH MONTH.  Loved the message of the film and how it reminded us that we need to take care of and be more connected to nature.  NATURE is powerfully moving and inspiring we have to respect it.
I was inspired, happy and on cloud 9 after watching the movie…

Now this part of my day, is hard to write about……

I came home and saw a message in my Facebook message inbox from my new boyfriend…
He broke up with me via a FACEBOOK message.
I know I am a self confessed fan of  Facebook and all things social media …but breaking up with someone via a Facebook message is very inappropriate.
The fact that he is a man in his 40’s made it even more shocking.

When I started this website, I made a conscious decision to make sure I focused on uplifting and inspiring others and myself to LIVE and ENJOY life and to have FUN, and sharing helpful and fun info about my city that is accessible and affordable to everyone.  I am not a critic, I like to call myself a ‘positive storyteller’.  For example, if I attend an event or a restaurant, etc. and I did not find it fun or was not pleased, I simply do not write about it.  I will do something else and write about that instead.  My belief is the NEGATIVE things and people already get ‘too much’ attention.  I don’t want to play in that sandbox.

My goal and mission is to shine the spotlight on all the POSITIVE PEOPLE and things in this great city and the world. So I will not lower myself to bash him.  That is not my style anyways.

Of course I was heartbroken and hurt, mainly because he did it via facebook (still shaking my head at that).
It felt like I was in a Seinfeld episode, I was looking around for George, Kramer and Elaine LOL
His Facebook breakup reminded me of a Sex In The City episode when the main character, Carrie was dumped via a sticky note. LOL

I really wanted to stay home, in bed under the covers and cry a little.  Then mend my heartbreak with a bucket of Haagen-dazs Cookies & Cream LOL.

But I had tickets to go see a play at one of my favourite theatre houses in the city, at the Factory Theatre ……
the play was called a A FABULOUS DISASTER

…and created and performed by the very talented ‘Denise Clarke’ and produced by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre company of Calgary.

A Fabulous Disaster is a dark comedy that deals with a woman dealing with a broken heart, “poignant and elegant, the one woman play bounces through the themes of love, jealousy and belonging that everyone can relate to.”

I thought oh no how timely, maybe I should pass on seeing this one because I thought it would be too sad.
But I forced myself to leave the house and get out and have a FUN night regardless.  I knew if I didn’t, I would stay home and be depressed and I have vowed to never allow anyone, ever again to rent space in my head!  Nope not like I use to in the past.

I am so glad I did, because seeing this MAGNIFICENT play lifted my spirits.

The healing power of arts!!! The reason why I love the arts so much.
The play was so darn funny that I laughed until I cried…literally. (I am giggling as I type this, just thinking about some of the funny scenes and lines)

I totally laughed out loud throughout most of the play.
I was laughing so much my cheeks hurt.  It was that funny!  The entire audience was in stitches.

The very talented actress Denise Clarke, was hilarious with a capital H.
The story was so layered, fun, creative, unique, interesting, thought provoking, moving but most of all FUNNY.
Exactly what the doctor ordered.

I purposely waited around after the play to meet the actress, so I could personally THANK her for lifting my spirits through her artistic talents.  Also for inspiring me to change my perspective, and making me laugh out loud when just a few minutes before I arrived at the Factory Theatre, I was hiding my tears from the other riders on the TTC streetcar. This play reminded me that loosing myself in the ARTS, is much more healthier, fun and healing for the soul, mind, heart and body than a gallon of Haagen Dazs ice cream (and much better for my thighs too LOL).

I will definitely see it again before the run ends this Sunday.  Highly recommended if you want to see some great live theatre for not much more than the cost of a movie ticket.

Life is short, I will always try to remember to get out and have fun.

One of my favourite quotes is by Maya Angelou…

“Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got.
Love it with passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it!”

At the beginning of this year I made a promise to myself to live my life to the fullest, every single day.
So I will not internalize his inappropriate actions and take it personally.
I refuse to lay in bed crying for a week, and eat my sorrows away, like I would have done in the recent past.
I know that there are a lot of great men out there, so his actions are not a reflection of all men…Nope not even close to the majority.  There are a lot of good men in this world!

One thing that I have been constantly reminded of on my 365 day journey of love for my city (and for myself) is there are so many GOOD and KIND people in this great city and in this world.  Even though the negative people get a lot more press and attention,  they truly are the minority.  We cant forget that.

Lesson learned…

I will remember to listen to my intuition (it is never wrong)

…and everything happens for a reason because, any man that thinks it is appropriate and respectful to break up with someone via Facebook is not the type of man I want to be with.  So it never would have lasted anyways!

As someone said at the theatre last night, ‘Darling he actually did you a favour, so thank him!’
So true, and I do…
A BIG blessing in disguise.

I KNOW and have total FAITH that the right guy is out there for me and I ‘will’ find TRUE LOVE.  I can feel it deep in my heart and soul.

If you know of any kind, loving, intelligent, funny, mature, courageous and handsome men…I am open to being hooked up.  I heard that this unknown guy in the picture is single, I cant remember his name for the life of me>>>>

…so if anyone has his direct line, let him know that I am available and I would think about going for coffee with him lol

Match.com here I come LOL!  I have always wanted to try speed dating, it looks like fun…anyone ever try that?

I have moved on!

***The lesson learned from all of this is….I will continue to have FUN, love and laugh, dance…and live a FABULOUS life, even in the midst of DISASTER!

ReelWorld Film Festival-’Our Stories, Our Talent, Our Films’~April 7- April 11

I cant wait to attend the REEL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL that starts tomorrow, Wednesday April 7th to Sunday April 11th.

It is one of my favourite film festivals in Toronto.  There is such a wide variety of, interesting films I want to see I want to see at the festival this year.  I wish I could see them all.

Here is a brief description of the film festival…

The ‘ReelWorld Film Festival is a five day festival that screens features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other multi-racial communities. This unique Canadian based film festival truly reflects the racially diverse cultures of the World around us.’

Black Business and Professional Association to Announce *TODAY*-Award Recipients of the 2010 Harry Jerome Awards “Celebrating Excellence”

Black Business and Professional Association to Announce the Award
Recipients of the 2010 Harry Jerome Awards
“Celebrating Excellence

Toronto, ON – March 25th 2010- Media are invited to attend the announcement of the 2010
Harry Jerome Awards recipients with BBPA President, Pauline Christian and Harry Jerome
Awards Chair, Karlyn Percil. This momentous occasion is celebrated with great honour and
pride, as the BBPA gears up to present these outstanding individuals with their due reward in the
upcoming ceremony. African-Canadians have made great contributions to the landscape of this
nation and we are proud to recognize their achievements.

The 28th Annual Harry Jerome Awards Ceremony is taking place on
April 24, 2010
.

See the website below to purchase tickets to the event…

www.bbpa.org

For more information about the celebrated Canadian track and field runner and gold medal OLYMPIAN, Harry Jerome

click the link below…

Harry Jerome-Canadian Track & Field Olympian & Canadian Walk of Fame Inductee

I will be attending the announcement and excited to be there as I was a recipient of the

Harry Jerome Scholarship  Award in high school for my academic achievements and community

involvement.

The BBPA National Scholarship Fund-available to students attending accredited Canadian universities or colleges

I am very grateful to the BBPA for the scholarship award, because the monetary award enabled me to attend my

1st year at York University, without financial stress, and that made all the difference!

This is a full circle moment for me

Stay tuned for my blog post to come…