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film screening: sybil and betts: requiem for a friendship

The Alzheimer’s Society in conjunction with MedicAlert Canada is proud to present their 4th annual film screening at Hot Docs on Bloor. I became a little more familiar with the Alzheimer’s Society a few months ago when I attended Memory Ball where I learned some startling statistics about this devastating disease, such as 15% of caregivers are aged 18-24. It is really a disease that affects everyone in someway.

The film they will be screening is “Sybil and Betts: Requiem for a Friendship” which tells the story of two women and their lifelong friendship. Betts is diagnosed with dementia and her friend Sybil rallies friends and family to support Betts. The story shows their strength as they adjust to this difficult reality while finding joy in life. It tells the story of how love can sustain a bond even under the most trying circumstances.

The film screening is on September 22nd, and as mentioned will be screening at the Hot Docs on Bloor, and you can see a trailer here. The film is pay-what-you-can and tickets can be purchased online in advance. There will also be a Q&A following the film with the director, Sybil and Betts’ daughter. This is a great opportunity to see a great documentary and support an important organization in the community.

 

hidden gems in toronto: the upper beach

I’m always surprised when I find neighbourhoods in the city that not only have I not been to, I’ve never heard of. This city never ceases to amaze me. I was invited to check out the Upper Beach by the people at Streetcar Developments, among building condos, you may know Streetcar Developments as the developers that bought Jilly’s at Broadview and Queen.

If you’re like me, and have never heard of the “upper beach”, it’s basically the area halfway between Main Station and the Beach. It’s a 10 minute walk to the Danforth and to the Beach and an adorable neighbourhood where people seem to know each other and cute shops. We started the evening at our “hosts” – Streetcar Development. The Southwood condos. They told us a little history of the neighbourhood and sent us on our way to our first stop, the Yellow House Gallery – a space that is half gallery, half framing shop. The curator and owner hosts monthly exhibitions, the next one beginning on September 10th “BODY.FORM.COLOUR.” and you can easily go to the opening night and support emerging artists.

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Our next stop was the Art of Cheese, owned and operated the “grand fromage” Bill Miller. He has a huge selection of cheese, which we were able to sample with some local red wines. If you can dream it as a cheese, Bill’s store probably has it. We also got to take home some cheese which was perfect on my balcony with more wine (of course).

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Our next stop was an adorable gift shop, where I totally stocked up on greeting cards – there was two walls of them. TWO! And the good ones, I hate terrible cards. I should have just bought all of them that day. The store was Collected Joy, which is owned by Sharon Smyl – a former marketing director who quit her job to open her shop. Ask Sharon about any item in her store and she can tell you the story of how it was created and who it was created by. She wanted a store that would be fun to shop in, and she was successful in creating a warm inviting space that you can easily get lost in and find gifts for even the hardest of people.

By this time, we needed a snack. We stopped in at the Stone Pizza and split a few pizzas. This restaurant prides itself on having the freshest ingredients – they don’t even have a freezer on site. The restaurant is mostly designed for take out or delivery, but there are picnic benches outside, as long as the weather keeps holding up.

Of course, that was just a snack so we headed over The Beech Tree, owned by Robert Maxwell, who like Sharon, quit his desk job to open a restaurant. They pride themselves on making everything for the restaurant, including their own juices and infusing their own liquors. I was driving so I didn’t have any drinks here but I want to go back and try their strawberry old fashioned – seems so strange but the potential to be delicious. My favourite food we had was definitely the gnocchi in a sweet corn puree, feta and fennel bread crumble. I can’t wait to go back and eat a whole thing of that to myself.

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We were now supposed to go through the Glen Stewart Ravine, but it was getting dark so we walked through the beautiful gorgeous houses. IT was one of those neighbourhoods you can drive around and pick your favourite houses (I can’t be the only one that does that…) We ended up closer to the beach, at Queen St where were met by Sanna’s Famacia‘s bike. Like a “dickey dees” bike, Steve Sanna rides around his handmade smoothes, freezies and juices. While we were standing there chatting with him, the fire department drove by, we thought they were slowing down to tell us we needed to move but they were stopping to say hi to Steve, it really showed the community spirit of the neighbourhood.

I had a great time thanks to The Southwood by Streetcar Developments in the upper beach – a neighbourhood worth exploring. What are your favourite “hidden gems” in the city? I’d love to check more out!

monday nights: a basketball story

Last Monday, I was invited to see “Monday Nights” at Theatre Centre in the West Queen West area. Despite it’s name, this show does not only play on Monday Nights (I totally checked this out before seeing the show).

In it’s second-run, this interactive play is about 4 basketball players in Toronto. They play every Monday night in the summer at Bathurst and Queens Quay until the lights went off and this play is about their story.

When I first heard about it, I didn’t fully understand what “interactive and choose your own adventure” could mean in a play but they made it happen, one note even said to wear comfy shoes. I was sure that I was not going to be talked into playing any basketball but there’s something about that crowd atmosphere that makes you do things you wouldn’t have thought of (I was terrible by the way, but regret nothing).

The play starts with you entering a room and listening to headphones at different team’s stations, that’s how you decide which team you’re on. Team Blue had Feel So Good by Mase playing, so naturally I picked that team (although the team playing “Ain’t No Mountain High” came in a close second. Once we got our seats, our “team captain” came out. We kept the headphones on to learn the back stories of the team captains, ours and others. Each team was hearing a different version of the story – it was funny when other teams would laugh at times but you would have no idea why. And then it was time to play ball! (that may be more of a baseball thing).

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I volunteered as scorekeeper – assuming that would mean I wouldn’t touch a basketball – I was wrong and again, I was terrible but all in good fun. The show then became more of a basketball game – which is really hard to describe in the context of a play but somehow it worked. We competed against the other teams in a series of basketball challenges – and all of them involved members of the audience. We cheered our teams on, working together against the other teams. It was definitely interactive and definitely different.

Monday Nights is all about being brave enough to step out of your comfort zone, making wishes and following your dreams. There’s still time to see Monday Nights and this Sunday is PWYC. I’d recommend this show for theatre fans as well as basketball fans (the kids at the show seemed to love it).

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Have you been to an interactive play before? What did you think?

 

contest: wines of argentina

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying this warm day. I know that Tuesday’s can be tough, still so many days from the weekend but I’ve got something that I think will cheer everyone up! A contest! Who doesn’t like winning?

Next Wednesday, July 29th the Consulate General of Argentina and Wines of Argentina invite you to experience Wines of Argentina. This event will feature over 20 wines from Argentina, a delicious “asado-style” BBQ and live music from Bellosound.

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Don’t want to wait to see if you win the contest? Wines of Argentina has offered $5 off to Twenty-Something in Toronto readers using promo code 20SOM5. Good luck!

detox to retox III  

This weekend was our third detox to retox and we had it at the newly opened Left Field Brewery in Leslieville. They have only been open for a few weeks and we were their first event. The baseball nerds behind Left Field Brewery are Mandie and Matt, an adorable couple with a love of beer. They have a beautiful space for events, and delicious beer to boot.

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a photo from the tipsy teachers.

Beer is so much more refreshing after a good sun salutation.

This event was sold out, which means we had 35 beer and yoga lovers to spend sunday funday with! I want to thank Left Field Brewery for allowing us to host a detox to retox as their first event in their space, it definitely won’t be our last time with them!

Did you miss out on this weekend’s event? Well, fear not, because next Saturday we take detox to retox to the water! That’s right, yoga on a boat followed by a beer cruise! It’s going to be amazing – get your tickets before they’re gone! Hope to see you there!

 

March 27-29: what to do/see/eat/drink in toronto this weekend

Happy Friday everyone! My Thirsty Thursday post didn’t go up because I went to brewery bingo, which was great but more about that later! Here’s what’s going on this weekend if you’re looking for things to do this weekend.

Do: This weekend is the One of a Kind Spring Show at the Direct Energy Centre. Get out and meet the artists and shop locally for lots of items like jewelry, food, art and more! The show runs until Sunday.

See: The Canadian Film Fest is on until tomorrow. All movies are showing on in Little Italy at The Royal Theatre, shows are restricted to 18+ and can be purchased online.

Eat/Drink: Tonight is the 14th Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. The venue has been announced as Propeller Coffee on Wade, near Landsdowne Station. Tickets are sold out but men and non-ticket holders are allowed after midnight.

Have a fabulous weekend!

March 13-15: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Friday the 13th (again). Hope you all have a great week. Here’s what’s coming up this weekend if you’re still looking for things to do.

Do: You can go to the Junos! I don’t know why that sounds so crazy to me but you can purchase tickets and go to the Junos. They’re happening in Hamilton and tickets are still available for Sundays event.

See: Canada Blooms starts this Friday at the Direct Energy Centre. I always find the flower displays really remarkable. Also, it means Spring is coming! Tickets are available online or at the doors.

Eat/Drink: It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday so there will be lots of people celebrating in the city (including yours truly). There’s still tickets to St. Partys Day at Brasaii, the annual Carlsburg sponsored event.

Have a fabulous weekend!

March 6-8: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe it’s the weekend already, the first full weekend in March! Here’s some things going on this weekend.

Do: The TO Sketch Fest began yesterday and runs until the 15th. Tickets start at $10 at shows in multiple venues. The event is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with dozens of shows happening over the 10 days.

See: This weekend is the closing weekend of Obsidian Theatre’s show “The Wild Party“. Unfortunately, I missed this production but had a great time when I saw their production of The Mountaintop a few months ago. Tickets are available for shows at the Berkeley Theatre.

Eat/Drink: This weekend is the Toronto Sushi Festival. Early bird tickets are sold out but tickets will be available at the door. $30 gets you into the event, and includes 5 food tokens. There will be food and beer available for purchase at the event. The event takes place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, near Don Mills and Eglinton.

Have a fabulous weekend!

 

detox to retox: part two

This past weekend, I hosted the 2nd Detox to Retox with Schoolhouse Booze at the Junction Brewery and it was fantastic! In case you missed my last post, basically we start with a yoga class in the brewery and move on to beer tasting.

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I really wanted to do this post just to say thank you to Sean from Junction Brewery and our awesome teacher Marnie. If you haven’t been to Junction Brewery, they’re open every weekend selling beer. They also host a ton of events at their space and you can find them at events around the city. Their beer is also available across the city and at a few LCBOs.

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learning about beer

Sean was super informative. We tried a few beers and took a litre growler home with us. Junction Brewery knows how to treat us yogis! I’m not sure there’s a more beautiful site than lines of beers waiting for you at the end of a class. Namaste indeed.

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my beautiful besties at detox to retox

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feeling refreshed!

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out this weekend! We’ll be hosting another one in the near future a different brewery and I promise to keep you posted. Big thank you to Sean and Marnie and of course the lovely ladies over at SchoolHouse Booze, be sure to check out their site, they’ve got another event coming up in a couple of weeks.

Cheers!

monday link love

Hope you all had a great weekend. Can’t believe we’re already in to March! Here’s a couple great posts I found around the blog-o-sphere the past couple of days, enjoy!

Paper n’ Stitch has a cute, motivating “Keep Going” DIY. It actually looks easy enough for me to do it.

The Sweet Escape has got you covered to brighten up your tech. I still have my Hustle Harder background.

Have a fabulous week!