matthew good!

I am going to see Matthew Good tonight at Massey Hall (love this venue) as part of his Arrows of Desire album tour.  The last time I saw him was during the Hospital Music tour (which came out in 2007) so it has been entirely too long since I have seen this man perform live.

I have always enjoyed his shows because aside from his musical talent he is a great entertainer. I remember at one show him doing a Stewie Griffin impression that made me cry from laughing so hard.  I don’t remember what exactly he was saying but it was based on this bit.  Another time he pointed out that if Al Gore is really worried about energy waste and global warming, why did he use a cherry picker in An Inconvenient Truth when a ladder would have worked just fine?  He does have a point.

Anyway, it is a sold out show in a city that has a large fan base so I think it will be a great way to spend a Friday night!

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This show almost didn’t happen as Matthew Good had to cancel his show in London, ON due to illness.

matt good londonBut luckily, last night…

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Look at what I found/read/saw/ate/listened to this week

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Peter Smart spent 50 days attempting to use design to solve social problems, big and small, all over the world.  Very cool and inspiring stuff. (50problems50days.com)

I too feel this way about most PowerPoint presentations. (ilovecharts.tumblr.com)

The New York Times finally does some quality journalism, with this article about the history of the T-shirt cannon.  We can all rest easy now. (http://www.nytimes.com)

Mmmmm summer dessert!  Marscapone stuffed apricots topped with a blackberry and then broiled.  Yum!  (http://www.prouditaliancook.com)

Review of The Wren restaurant on the Danforth.  Really hoping to check this place out before I leave the East side at the end of the month. (http://www.thegridto.com)

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Sin Fang this week.  Whaddaya think?  He seems to have a thing for crocheted beards (so Google Image search tell me), so, there’s that too… (http://www.youtube.com)

toronto prints

With the very real prospect of moving apartments coming up, I have started to think about some decorating ideas.  I think that some Toronto-themed art would be pretty neat.  I already have one panoramic photograph of the Toronto skyline but I keep seeing other cool prints around that I wouldn’t mind having.

Some below.

source: Etsy By Raymond E. Biesinger

source: Etsy.com – Raymond E. Biesinger

source: Etsy.com - MapHazardly

source: Etsy.com – MapHazardly

source: etsy.com - Loose Petalssource: Etsy.com – Loose Petals

source: etsy.com - Designed by Yoni

source: Etsy.com – Designed by Yoni

source: Etsy.com - DesignsByEJB

source: Etsy.com – Designs By EJB

source: Etsy.com - PaperBleu

source: Etsy.com – PaperBleu

source: walloper.com Choose any TO subway station for a decal

source: walloper.com
Choose any TO subway station for a decal

Also, this.  And this.

sebastião salgado

I first read about Sebastião Salgado on a blog I stumbled upon on Tuesday of last week (which I now can’t locate but which referenced this article) and was oh so pleasantly surprised to be able to snap this pic as I biked past the Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto on Friday morning.

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What serendipity!  The exhibit runs from May 4, 2013 at the ROM.  I am oh so excited and am thinking I will take advantage of their half-off admission Friday evening special as soon as I can.

Take the time to watch this TED talk with Salgado and I guarantee you will fall in love both with him and his message.  What a talented and passionate person.  Very inspirational and beautiful stuff.

patio guide

Hey-o!  Look at that sun outside, feel the warm weather, see the trees starting to turn green…guess what time it is?  Patio time!

I am pretty sure that nothing gets Torontonians more excited than the start of patio season following the bleak winter months. Except maybe the Leafs finally making the playoffs of course.  Wednesday night was my first patio visit of the season and it was glorious (“glorious” said with this intonation).  It is so nice to finally be outside and be comfortable.

Here is a run down (in no particular order) of some of my fave patios in the T-dot!  Please feel free to add yours in the comments!

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jane’s walk

Inspired by Jane Jacobs Jane’s Walk is happening this weekend in Toronto.

For those who don’t know, Jane Jacobs was an urbanist and activist.  Despite the fact that she had no formal training, her visionary views of the set up and functions of cities have made her be considered an expert in the field.  I personally read The Death and Life of Great American Cities for a university course, and remember loving her approach to looking at urban environments as holistic ecological systems.

Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance — not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and bowing off en masse, but to an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any once place is always replete with new improvisations.

You can see all of the walks happening in Toronto here.  Some of them sound very interesting and I am hoping to make it out to at least one.

Thousands of people have taken part in a Jane’s Walk. Past walks have explored a wide range of urban landscapes, from social housing slated for redevelopment to areas with a rich architectural and cultural heritage, to teen hangouts and secret gardens.  Walks are led by individuals and small groups. Some are focused around historical themes more than geographical areas, for instance, some strolls have been built around ideas like the urban forestry, gay and lesbian history, places of relevance to the homeless, the history of ‘skid row’, and urgent planning matters facing certain neighbourhood. The walks offer a more personal take on local culture and issues. They are not a tourist driven initiative but an insider tour of a neighbourhood that helps open up a friendly, engaged discussion amongst interested participants.

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

twin shadow

I have been listening to the latest album Confess by George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, for the past few weeks.  It’s such a delicious throwback to 80s pop!

He is currently on tour (titled True Story) with his father, and as part of the theme of confessions, either him or his father will be sharing true personal stories with the audience at each show.  Interested?  The tour comes to The Phoenix in Toronto on June 7, 2013. I am thinking of getting tickets soon.

You know when someone tells a story and says “crazier things have happened!”? Well, you always wish they would just tell you that crazier thing. Like, why would you want to hear a story that’s not as good? My father told me great stories my whole life, I often wonder if his stories influenced the way I write music. When talk came up of Twin Shadow hitting the road this year I thought again about how we could make each show special, how each city could have a unique piece of Twin Shadow. I thought about my father’s stories, I thought about the stories I tell my friends and I thought this tour would be a good place to share them, so for every city we play my father or myself will tell you one True Story. 23 Cities. 23 Stories. A story for New York, A story for Toronto, A Story for every show on the tour. A gem from the depths of my father’s life and a stone from the recent corners of mine, tales retold from lovers and friends. Welcome to the Twin Shadow True Story Tour.

For a sample story click here to read Dirty Charles.  It’s spine-tingling!

Five Seconds

This video was made to reflect Lewis Jr’s love of riding motorcycles.

Golden Light

red fish

I chose Red Fish Restaurant for my lovely boyfriend’s birthday dinner last weekend and I can’t say enough good things about this place.  The food was amazing, the staff were very friendly and attentive, and this place is all about sustainability.

Seasonal and sustainable is the rule at Red Fish. We believe that using the freshest ingredients in the simplest way allows the natural flavour to shine.  We promise guilt free dining with a local flare.

Located at College and Delaware, just west of Ossington, Red Fish is a fairly small but cozy space with a nautical/fishing theme that really works.  This isn’t the Uncle Pete’s Clam Shack with nets and starfish glued to the walls, but does feature some prints of local fish species and my personal favorite, a hanging light at the front of the restaurant resembling a porthole.  I am not sure how many people the place sits but I would definitely recommend making reservations.

source: google plus

source: google plus

 

We started with the Octopus Ssam which was delicate and flavorful.  Definitely not chewy, which is what I sadly tend to associate with octopus. A bit spicy and garnished with black sesame seeds this dish was a great way to start the dinner.  I also ordered the clam chowder as an appetizer which, while being my least favorite dish of the night, was still hearty and full of texture.  For mains I ordered the Ontario Whitefish, an entree from which $3 of every order are currently being donated to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper in support of swimable, fishable water.  The fish was absolutely fabulous.  Tender, moist, flaky, accompanied by fingerling potatoes, olives, and a romesco sauce I was over the moon with my selection.

Ontario White Fish at Red Fish

Ontario White Fish at Red Fish

My boyfriend ordered the daily Cippolini which was a big portion of mussels, shrimp, bay scallops, and squid, which came with fingerling potatoes, a great (tomato based?) sauce and was delicious through and through.

daily cippolini at Red Fish

daily cippolini at Red Fish

We decided to skip the desert as the birthday cake was to be had later that night at a party, but I am sure it wouldn’t have disappointed.

Overall a great meal (did I mention the fabulous staff?) and a restaurant I would be eager to try again.  The prices are reasonable and I feel good supporting a local eatery that also focuses on sustainability and giving back.  Perhaps a visit in the summer for brunch when their patio is open would be a good idea…