a long line up under a red tent

Fringe Theatre Festival – July 1 to 12, 2015

It seems like every post these days features yet another amazing Toronto summer festival – whether its sports or movies or neighbourhoods – we are a city that knows how to celebrate.  Fortunately (or unfortunately), I LOVE them all!  So here is another of my favourite summer activities that is cheap, fun and full of culture.  The Fringe Festival features…

a purple blooming tree outside of a gallery

City Different: Santa Fe, New Mexico

You can’t really appreciate Santa Fe’s nickname until you arrive in the “City Different”. The flourishing arts town in simultaneously hippyish and upscale. It’s pueblo architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. Founded in 1607 at an elevation of 7,000 feet, it is America’s oldest and highest capital city. Full of history and culture, it…

a mural of a large black face crying with "we remember" and "HIV" written on the side

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

The Mission District in San Francisco is one of my favourite neighbourhoods.  The many murals painted on walls, fences and garages by Latino artists beginning in the 1970’s bring street art and self-expression to life here.  A stroll down Balmy Alley reveals beautifully colourful works that make statements about gentrification, resistance, the AIDS epidemic, the environment, colonialism…

a table full of paint supplies

Tap into your creative side at Paintlounge

I’ve heard we all need a creative outlet…whether it’s writing a blog or fiddling with an instrument, it’s nice to get away from the every day and let your creativity take over. Armed with a 2 for 1 Groupon and a sense of adventure, my friend and I headed to Paintlounge, a very well-equipped College Street…

two musicians performing to a crowd

Art Gallery of Ontario throws a party

On the first Thursday of every month, the Art Gallery of Ontario throws an after hours party that brings out Toronto’s fashionable and artsy crowd.  Each month centers around one artist or theme and features food, drinks, music, interactive projects, and access to the full gallery.  Much like the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (previously…