How do you break up the long stretch of time between summer vacation and the holidays? With a fall break, of course. Autumn is a shoulder season for many destinations, which means discounted hotel rooms and cheaper airfare are easy to find.
Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto are the Montreal designers behind the label Tavan & Mitto who presented their spring and summer 2013 collection on Sept. 4. In this video I speak to the directors of hair and makeup at this year's Montreal Fashion Week and caught up with the designers themselves post-show to talk about their clothes and inspirations.
Anastasia Lomonova is a Montreal-based designer whose shows at Montreal Fashion Week attract a cult following. The unveiling of the "tribal warrior femme" for her spring and summer 2013 collection at Galerie Arsenal on Sept. 4, 2013, did not disappoint. This video takes you from the front row to backstage where I interviewed the young, up-and-coming talent post-show.
This summer, as I flew a kite along the shores of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I couldn't remember the last time I had done that. As I watched Cirque du Soleil's Kooza at the edge of my seat, I couldn't remember the last time I had done that either.
A lifelong Torontonian, I've seen startlingly little of the rest of our beautiful country, a reality of which I'm not proud. This reality was the impetus behind my most recent family travel venture. With the summer quickly winding down and Labour Day beckoning, I boarded a train with the family and headed East. La Belle Province was our destination, Montreal to be exact.
During Pauline Marois' victory speech in Quebec last night, gun shots were fired -- an alleged "assassination" attempt on the outspoken leader, as a 62-year-old armed with a handgun and an assault rifle "lost his shit" outside the venue. Marois was unharmed but sadly someone actually died in this vapid protest. We each are responsible for embracing the idea that there is a place for everyone in society, and that to fight for fierce nationalism or singularly-minded patriotism is a dangerous and unnecessary battle to wage.
When I first visited Montréal, I couldn't believe that there are four markets in the city which are open every day of the week. These markets are treasures and offer an amazing glimpse into Montreal's unbelievable food culture.
What better way to get into the underbelly of a country, a culture, than through the ever-curious, angst-ridden soul of a fellow human being on that timeless quest for meaning, whether that person is real or imagined? It's no wonder travel is an omnipresent theme of modern fiction.
After a fateful trip to Paris, Ackerman was inspired to turn her love of travel, food, art and culture into a business. So she launched Butter and Egg Road, a travel-inspired private members' club that brings together an international community of like-minded people to share their love of food, art and culture during weekend social events in different cities across North America.
Look in your shoe closet. There's a very good chance a pair of Aldo Shoes sits in them. Or you might have a pair of shoes from one of Aldo Group's brands: Little Burgundy, Call It Spring, or GLOBO. I recently visited the head office of the Aldo Group in Montreal, getting a sneak peek into just where the "shoe magic" happens.
Lately I've been obsessed with today's musical climate. Too long have I agonized over this sentiment, trying to reconcile whether "it's just me" or if music has evolved into a new beast with unusual behaviours I no longer understand. But I've decided: Modern music, I am done with thee. What keeps me going is the knowledge that people are still putting their souls into things. How do I know? Because it is in our human nature to create.
Look in your shoe closet. There's a very good chance a pair of Aldo Shoes sits in them. Or you might have a pair of shoes from one of Aldo Group's brands: Little Burgundy, Call It Spring or GLOBO. I recently visited the head office of the Aldo Group in Montreal, getting a sneak peek into just where the "shoe magic" happens.
Being so intimately familiar with the dense and chewy texture of Murray's bagels in New York, or the reliably large kettle-boiled ones from Nussbaum & Wu, I wasn't expecting much from Montreal. But I was deliciously surprised.
Time flies when you're having fun. It's hard to believe that half a century has passed since A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum debuted at the Alvin Theatre on May 8, 1962.
That's right. If Cirque du Soliel's Totem had to compete against the U.S. women's Fab Five in the Olympics, they would win.
You have a choice. You can either shovel out a Ben Franklin or two for a seat at a Cirque du Soleil performance in Vegas or New York or one of the other hundreds of venues where the innovative circus arts company performs. Or you can head to Quebec City and see an equally-impressive Cirque show for... Free.