W4W Toronto

Club and Event Previews and Reviews

Feel like partying on Xmas Eve (tonight)?

The ladies of W4W Toronto have just the party for you…

Music: House, Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock,
Cover: GUEST LIST ONLY (tell them W4W Toronto sent you)
Dress Code: FASHIONABLE ATTIRE
Notes: @ LOBBY – 192 BLOOR STREET WEST, TORONTO ARRIVE BEFORE 11:30PM

Wednesday
Dec. 17, 2008

Wednesday
Dec. 10, 2008

Ed Hardy Icing Launch Party
Dec. 3, 2008

Wednesday
Nov. 26, 2008

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, fashion, Restaurant, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chanel’s Toronto Fashion Show Helped a Great Cause

Chanel presented the Karl Lagerfeld cruise collection with a fashion show that replicated an event held in Miami in May.  It marked the designer’s first major Canadian runway show in 10 years, and served to benefit the SickKids Foundation.

More than 600 guests attended the Chanel fashion show at the Direct Energy Centre’s Heritage Court on November 30th to benefit HealthyKids International, a new initiative by the SickKids Foundation at the Hospital for Sick Children, dedicated to improving children’s health around the world . Mafalda Caruso, CTV’s executive director of special events, worked with the luxury retailer to replicate the presentation of Karl Lagerfeld’s 2008-09 Chanel resort collection, which was held poolside at Miami’s Raleigh Hotel in May.

There was a live auction for Chanel vintage items, of which the highest bidder reportedly paid $40,000 for a 1955 Chanel purse!  The show included 35 models, six of which were local, and what looked like the entirety of Chanel’s 2008/2009 cruise collection.  A runway-length pool of blue, six inches deep, was erected in the middle of the dining hall, and topped with a meandering black path similar to the one in Miami. Projected blue ripples floated across enormous screens on the walls to give that watery, poolside “Miami” feeling.

The models wore knitted beach cover-ups with curved sleeves, pastel-striped swimwear, pink tie-dye logo T-shirts, jackets pairing vinyl and tweed, and one stunning white dress that had the midsection material removed to revealing a bed of red roses. Just watch the show on Chanel’s site and you’ll get the idea.

Pictures from BizBash

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fashion Cares Now Coincides With Halloween

Fashion sCares, the Halloween Edition 2008.

The 22nd annual gala (in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto) Fashion Cares, aptly called Fashion sCares is set for Saturday, November 1, 2008.  It will be a Halloween-themed extravaganza “imagine Haute Couture meets Halloween meets Paris is Burning and you’ve got an idea of where we’re going,” says Michael King, the 2008 Chair.

Fashion Cares is a mecca for the cross-dressing, ambi-sexual, freakazoid.  To be a straight married person in this context, one would wonder if you somehow go yourselves lost.

This years show promises a marked difference from the one that took place in May 2008 at the ill-equipped Distillery District, and left many in attendance dissatisfied, chilly, and confused.

The event returns to the Metro Convention Centre and the $125.00/person tickets can be obtained here.

  • Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction starting at 8PM
  • Show (Starts at 10PM)
  • After Party at Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Access to the After Party at Circa at a discounted rate

Fashion sCares After Party at Circa

Update:  PARTY PICTURES and VIDEO1, VIDEO2

picture-33picture-31picture-32picture-30

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Fashion Design, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gsus SIndustries Official Afterparty at Cheval – Oct 23, 2008

"Attitude" is the name of the game.

Afterparty featuring DJ Roxy Cotton
    Tail & Host of MTV News, Johnny Hockin
    Doors @ 10:00 pm
    Where: Cheval, 606 King Street West

See our videos of their previous shows here and here.

Starting as a t-shirt line in Holland 15 years ago, Gsus has now grown into a complete lifestyle brand.  This season Gsus brings a fresh clash of cultures by fusing the elegance & class of Saint Tropez & the vibrant lifestyle of Brazil to create the spring 2009 collection theme: Saint D’Janeiro.

W4W Toronto loves Gsus SIndustries edgy, and hip look.  Wear you Gsus wear to this this afterparty at Cheval, it is going to be a wild and crazy night!

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Official Madonna Afterparty at TIL – Sat Oct 18th, 2008

This is London (TIL)

Madonna’s DJ , DJ Enferno will be spinning.  They have also confirmed that Madonna’s dancers will be there to start the party off right and quickly!  Get on the guestlist and bypass the cover/waiting in line.  Get there early, because the guestlist ends at 11:30pm. A strict dress code is in effect.

Email to get on the guestlist here.

Madonna's DJ - DJ Enferno

The Sticky and Sweet tour, follows Madonna’s latest album entitled Hard Candy.  She plays Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on October 18.  BEST BET: Go down to the Air Canada Centre 5 minutes after the show starts and buy tickets from desperate scalpers.  Buying “Section: CFLR” for less than $325/ticket is a deal!  The tickets are pretty much worthless to the scalper once she gets on stage anyway.

This is London is a 16,000 square foot venue divided between a main floor and a mezzanine. Set in a renovated warehouse in Toronto’s Entertainment district.  Its multilevel design features several bars, VIP lounges, a seasonal outside courtyard, a fabulous ladies SPA type washroom, and the ultra cool VIP “Room 364”.  On Saturdays it’s a party spot that is definitely not for little kids.

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boobyball 7 – “UnderCover” – Review

Boobyball7
Sept 26, 2008

Liberty Market Building
171 East Liberty Street
$75.00

This annual event started in 2002 to raise the spirits of a sick friend, and in the the process raised a large amount of money for breast cancer. The Boobyball has quickly become an important event on the Toronto charitable circuit. The Boobyball, in support of Rethink Breast Cancer, has raised more than $250,000 to date.
Co-founders, Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley, along with a committee of 30 volunteers, worked to create the “Undercover” theme, inspired by the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, set for release this fall.  The sold out event catered to 900 intrigued guests.  The interactive components of this year’s event—titled “Boobyball 7: Undercover”—started as guests checked in at a bank of computers that generated their identities for the evening and issued passports. Attendees then had to participate in five activities throughout the night to earn stamps on their passport, which they presented to pick up their gift bags at the end of the night.

October 6, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ultra – Fri Sept 12, 2008 Event Review

This was supposed to be a party hosted by Lindsay Lohan while her very talented girlfriend, Samantha Ronson DJ’ed.  Samantha showed up and ran a very hyped set for the last hour or so that Ultra remained open while Lindsay we discovered, stayed in a corner and texted on her celly.  Only those in the very front row who craned their necks got to peep her.

Ultra charged everyone $25.00 – $30.00 at the door regardless of whose guestlist you were on, and even if you arrived there at 9:00pm.

Lesson learned: Beware of the hype!  Here is the video.

September 14, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maro – Saturday Sept 13th, 2008 Preview

Event Name: TIFF 08 “Playboy Mansion The Grotto” with Jurgita Vault

The Playboy Swimwear Collection can be checked out here first.

Venue: Maro

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TIFF Ultra AfterParty – Wed Sept 10, 2008

One of our options for tonight, but after we go see the film “Valentino” we will be heading to Lobby.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sundays on the patio of the Drake Hotel

1150 Queen Street West

http://www.thedrakehotel.ca

Sundays on the Patio at the Drake Hotel is awesome!  Great music (old school reggae, and world music mixed in), great ambiance, friendly and good looking crowd, great food, and lovely drinks.  Prompt service may be hit and miss, but take a look around and see how busy the servers are!  This a very social scene, and you will make acquaintances easily.  We have spent many hours whiling away the time here this summer.  Your hard earned $100/person can get you about 4-5 hours of socializing time if you want to eat and drink.  Open year round, the “Sky Yard” patio is located on Drake’s rooftop.  In the spring, summer and fall, it features palm trees, various seating options including outdoor couches (almost verging on being beds), communal teak tables, and a theater sized screening wall and outdoor murals.

A very breezy island style theme in the summer.  And soon to be hot bed of stylish scenesters during the 2008 TIFF.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 9 Ambiance – 9 Love factor – 9

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Reviews, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TIFF 2008 Parties

Sept 4th – 13th, 2008

You’ve got to have have the parties after the movies.  If you are not in the know and just want to enjoy the scene at some sophisticated clubs, you can’t go wrong with the Unique Lifestyles promo team.  Check out their fare here.

Stay tuned for W4W Toronto’s report on all the happenings during and after TIFF.

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, fashion, Fashion Design, Night club, TIFF, Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

W4W Toronto’s exclusive new *hawt* POLE DANCING group

Email Ms. JAG to get in on W4W Toronto’s exclusive new *hawt* POLE DANCING group starting in November 2008!  Conducted by W4WT’s #1 Chica, learn all these moves and more.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Fashion Design, Night club, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, W4WT Links | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

July 12th – “Miami Sunset Sessions” with JoJo Flores and Mat Chrysdale

461 King Street West

Why have the CD launch party at Brassaii Resto Lounge?  I suppose so that partygoers could converge and chat in the front courtyard over cigarettes and libations with the faint sound of house-music over the loudspeaker.  The inside of Brassaii certainly wasn’t packed, and although there were some die hard housers on the floor, the ambiance and overall “it” factor was really lacking.

For starters the $20 cover price with a guestlist that was closed at 11:30pm was incredibly greedy for a place like this.  Even Ultra does not charge this exorbitant amount, and Ultra is so much more chic and fabulous.  After being corralled into the narrow confines of a line in which to pay in front of the courtyard, we were ungraciously shoved by not one, but two apparent drunken males as they exited the club. Immediately upon entering, we noticed the setup.  It was hard to feel festive when most of the “in” crowd was outside.   Which is why one would have to become intoxicated, or take some other type of stimulant.  The “in” crowd being those individuals familiar with the Toronto party scene all seemed to be at this event along with some local TV personalities.  The sound system was decent enough inside, but we got there at just after midnight and the DJ was spinning some really unfamiliar and unspectacular tunes.  At 1:45am we finally heard the kind of house we came to hear, was it JoJo perhaps?  Who would know, the inside of Brassaii was so dark and lackluster, it was hard to see what was going on beyond a few feet in front of you.  I also had no idea where the DJ booth was.  As a matter of fact we did not see any release CD’s or signage of what the night was even about.

Overall, an overpriced, unspectacular event, terrible choice of venue, and not enough of the really good recent house tunes to move the crowd from the courtyard to the inside.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 7 People – 7 Ambiance – 3 Love factor -5

July 15, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ultra Katwalk Tuesdays…

The only patio you have to be on every Tuesday night in Toronto.  Presented by

Pictures from the Ed Hardy fashion show June 2008, video here.

W4W TorontoWe are there.

June 24, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Fashion Design, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lobby – April 12th, 2008

192 Bloor Street West

www.lobbyrestaurant.com

The night started off really slow at Lobby. We arrived at 2130hrs, and placed ourselves at a booth across from the bar. The four of us ordered some drinks ($9.00 for a rum and coke) from the bar and took it back to our table. We also ordered some food. After my friend was in the middle of her meal, we were told by a server that the table was reserved for bottle service and that we would have to eat at the bar. There was no reservation sign on the table when we sat down, however apparently it is Lobby’s policy to NOT to place reservation signs on tables, but to kick people out if a $$$ making bottle reservations comes along. After some diplomatic protest on our part we were allowed to finish our meals at the very last table booth in the back, where a constant stream of servers kept coming in and out of the kitchen. Regarding the food, I will say that the giant scampi of which there were three, and my garden salad were delicious, and cost $35.00.

Our mood undeterred, we left the booth after eating and went back to the main room, and hung out first by the main bar, and then by the DJ booth. This was a night of Old School (80’s) R&B, new R&B, and hip-hop. Since Lobby’s website does not advertise their weekly DJ line up, we had no idea who Mr. DJ was, but he was spinning some really good tunes. The sound system was fine for Lobby’s small, elongated environment. The crowd seemed to appear out of nowhere by 2300hrs, and the place was packed at midnight. We had to make our way past the ad hoc VIP area, to the less crowded front to dance, and to order a now $12.00 Appleton’s Premium rum and coke. Oh, well it beat waiting 10 minutes to get a drink at the now ram packed main bar. To touch on the VIP area, it can almost be missed if you are walking fast enough and don’t turn your head. Mainly attractive young, model type females, and short and/or old men in tight suits or other unsuitable clothing.

Now the washroom scene was silly. There is always a line up for the unisex stalls. Men and women converge in a line to use the esoteric facilities which are kept neat by an attendant. If you are single, it can be a great pick up spot. Otherwise it really sucks. Not only that, when you see the total waste of space in the downstairs “lounge” it makes one wonder why Lobby does not expand the inadequate lavatory set up.

We really like Lobby as just a restaurant, and we didn’t let the initial unpleasantnesses of the evening get the better of us. We also like it as a club hang out on a Wednesday with Kleen Media. However, now in a pinch a Saturday will do. Just be warned, some of the Saturday crowd needs to learn to loosen up their purse strings, come prepared to dance and socialize, and lose a few pounds if you can’t stay in your too-tight stiletto’s all night. You know who you are!

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 71/2 Love factor – 61/2

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Restaurant, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

Tryst – April 5th, 2008

82 Peter Street

www.trysttoronto.com

What do you get when you put together 3 uniquely stylish rooms and a courtyard with the music of a well known Toronto DJ? Success, in spite of the fact that Tryst is still just getting off the ground. The newest venue to the club district caters to a selective 23+ clientele, and can accommodate 800 party revelers in total.

The night started off with easy entrance past the line up, but a dent in the pocketbook when I was asked to pay $20.00 cover charge. We will see if this cover charge succeeds in keeping out the un-sexy. I met my companions in the “Havana Lounge” and they were a little luckier because they knew someone at the door who had escorted them in. The Havana Lounge was the first of Trysts three rooms. A cozy hang out spot for a rendezvous with the Tryst sign in large lettering over the bar. There was no dark rum available in this Havana however.

We proceed down some stairs and into the throbbing house sounds of the main room of Tryst. We immediately encountered DJ Joe Marella and company ensconced in his fabulous his DJ digs. from the angle we were standing at we were more than impressed with the visually stunning dance floor. What a refreshing concept, a sunken dancefloor with a dazzling display of overhead lights, and speakers thundering out sexy, pulsating beats.

We bumped into Andrew, one of the owners of Tryst, and we were given a tour. We were shown the attention to detail, which included the design panneling on the walls of the club to the the discreteness of unmarked, individual washrooms. The VIP room, called the “Vault” and closest to the DJ booth, was remarkable in the toys that accompanied the room. The decor was lush, and included a plasma TV, its own sound system, bottle service of course, the ability to close the doors to the room, and a Internet LCD screen with wireless Internet access. I would venture to say that this was the most exclusive VIP room in any Toronto night club and could accommodate up to 20 dancing people.  On Saturdays this room can be obtained for a $3,000 minimum.

The main bar was just a stones thrown away from the main VIP area. A long, attractively designed, granite topped bar, facing the dance floor. However, we were tken to the other VIP areas directly across from the main bar, and also facing the fabulous dance floor. There were several areas all withing close proximity of each other, all offering bottle service, but with nice touches as Andrew pointed out. The VIP area as a whole had access to their own washrooms, each VIP setting had a mini closet to hang coats and jackets, and even drawers to keep purses!  You can get your own VIP table for a 2-4 bottle minimum depending on the night.  There was also a mini bar just around the way from which the servers and club guests could quickly keep the liquor flowing.

We continued on our tour, and we were shown the final room. We went up a flight of stairs and entered the Loft. A room with its own DJ who happened to be spinning some old school vibes. The Loft was a place to either chill by the bar, or sit on one of the many comfy sofas and again perhaps order bottle service. if the mood struck, you could also dance, but the sound system in this room was too ambient at the time of this writing

Finally, we were taken to the Courtyard a promising, but not quite finished entity that can hold about 200 people. Under the warmth of a heat lamp, Andrew told us that he and his team have big plans for the courtyard. It appears that it may be the outdoor, summer hang out spot of 2008.  Tryst is currently open for general business Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Now back to that gorgeous dancefloor, the sweet house vibes, and the abundant eye candy.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 81/2 People – 8 Ambiance – 91/2 Love factor – 81/2

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , | Leave a comment

C Lounge – March 17th (Opening Party for L”Oreal Fashion Week)

456 Wellington St. @ Portland & Wellington St.


clounge.jpgsamantharonson.jpgnik_and_jo.jpgdancer_clounge.jpg

A “spa inspire bar” is what their website says. C Lounge has been around for a while now, and they are still doing well in a location that has a noise restriction after a certain time of night due to the residents living in the area. That’s what primarily annoys me about this place, the fact that I can never quite feel the music in bones, because of a shody sound system. We arrived after the Joe Fresh show at Nathan Phillips Square, and apparently missed some fashion installments that C lounge was partaking in. We were really there to see DJ Samantha Ronson, the gal pal of Lindsay Lohan, spin. She did not disappoint, and opened her set with Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” mixed with Busta Rhyme’s “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”. That set the tone and changed the whole mood of the club, which was until that point was pretty boring.

C Lounge as a venue offers nothing new. Having been there many times, it is fairly easy to get in, and the bouncers are always pleasant. The bathroom is a spa and pick up spot. You can get a massage, nails done, and so forth from the assistants that inhabit the large washroom area. Outdoors, the backyard pool vibe has turned into an ice ring for the winter. Various heaters placed at the end of beds with white furry coverings, lit up and heated up, the below zero atmosphere while smokers shivered, and huddled together to stay warm.

As for the inside of C Lounge, I really believe that it is need of a serious makeover. They are not on the level of Ultra in terms of quality furnishings and appointments. The bar counter areas, the sofas, and the dance floor, are in need of some TLC. The VIP locations are not well placed, and again that sound system, or lack of it…

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 8 People – 7 Ambiance – 5 Love factor – 6

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

L’Oreal Fashion Week Toronto- March 17th – 22nd, 2008

The motto? “Wear in the World“. Ugh, back at the 30,000 square foot tent at Nathan Phillips Square. We have to say that we are not really feeling this venue. A congested room full of people being herded into different, barely marked line-ups, with passes that are not fully explained, makes for an unhappy fashion mood disorder. The environment is chaos for the observer, until we are shown our proper seats (first come first serve) in the FDCC section. Perhaps the FDCC could look into obtaining the Metro Convention Centre, or Muzik as the next site of L’Oreal fashion Week. This fall expect the colours – blue and purple – in all hues to dominate wardrobes every where. Monday Mar 17th

Joe Fresh

joefresh.jpg The Joe Fresh Style label is… well.. a supermarket line. This entity is a product that pretends to be nothing else and is mass marketed with dripings of style. With Joe Mimran behind the label, it remains focused. For fall there was a British element in equestrian looks – slim jodhpur pants and fitted jackets. Throw in youthful rockers with flat-front tartan trousers accessorized with skinny bowties and toques and you got Burberry for the budget set. When Mimran came out at the end wearing a highow mix of those $49 tartan pants with expensive velvet loafers and a tuxedo blazer, he showed yes, it might be supermarket, but how you wear it makes it shows your personal sense of “swag”. Mar 18th

Lucian Matis

This Project Runway Canada runner-up has excellent dressmaking skills and is a talent that knows no limits. Inspired by his first visit to China in December of 2007, Matis made the serene sophistication of basic black the star of his first full commercial collection. The show opened with a ’40s femme fatale, noirish coat and then wafted into the ’70s disco era with a jersey dress, a full-skirted dress reminiscent of the ’50s and a flapperish dress from the ’20s. The ’80s were also accounted for with a glamourama sequinned dress. There are a few pieces in grey and white. Everything else is in black cashmere, silk, alpaca wool and novelty fabric blends. Known for his detailed work and Parisian-inspired flavour, Matis says, “I definitely experimented until I got the mood right. The clothes are simple, silent and subtle,” says Matis. “It’s all about going back to basics.” View video here. Mar 18th

NADA

nada.jpgnada1.jpg The ’80s soap opera Dynasty provided the inspiration behind the Toronto-based designer’s bold fall collection. However, Nada Shepherd wisely avoided the campy high-powered styles favoured by the series’ catfighting divas Alexis Carrington and Krystle Carrington. Instead, Shepherd focused on a snappy career-woman-on-the-rise feel: jewel-toned wrap dresses, sharply tailored pinstriped pant suits and wide-belted shirt-dresses. Office-smart looks for a career girl scaling the corporate ladder, one more intent on proving herself with a serious work ethic rather than sultry schemes and boardroom back- stabbing. Power dressing, but thankfully no major shoulder pads. For play, it was more punk and disco Debbie Harry: a purple charmeuse print of smashed glass with chunky, zig-zagging leather zipper tapes and lots of short dresses. Many of the looks had a repeating elongated diamond and triangle shape, colour-blocked in black, magenta and electric blue dresses or as a panel of silver disco studs inset at the waist and shoulder. Mar 18th

BUSTLE

bustle.jpgbustle2.jpg “It’s made beggars of many and millionaires of a few.” Opening with a sound clip from a 1954 television production of Casino Royale, Bustle’s Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow again gambled on tailoring in their Bustle collection of menswear for this fall. A casino table placed at the beginning of the show with the models coming out and taking a seat was cute, and so was Stacy Mackenzie playing the dealer. “We’re not talking about playing slots at the MGM grand,” says Hewson. “We’ve taken our inspiration from that high-pedigree lifestyle. From horse racing to skeet shooting, it’s the aspirational adventurer that makes this fall collection so cool.” Top Canadian model Andrew Stetson started the show off right in a dark satin, stripped suit. There many three-piece suits as well, with appealing fabrics, some nappy stuff in polar bear white, and bib-front shirts in checks. The women’s roomy legged dress pants with suspenders flowed much nicer that some of the rather stiff, and tight pieces the men wore. See video here. Mar 18th

Joeffer Caoc

joeffer.jpg Strong women wear Joeffer. A more somber colour palette and a random mix of textures a la velvet and satin, give this interesting collection a contemporary twist. “It’s all about mixing classic pieces with surprising elements,” says Caoc. “There’s a lot of black and lots of elements that allude to lingerie, but it’s Catherine Deneuve minus the hardcore S&M stuff.” Caoc’s signature, alluringly simple-looking origami folds, draped material, and one-shoulder looks are lovely. However, the lack of colour in this particular show leaves one feeling a bit gloomy. Mar 19th

Jeanne Beker, Bratz and Diesel Kids

dkids.jpgjeanne.jpgjb.jpg Jeanne Beker, not only reported on all the style happenings at this year’s L’Oréal Fashion Week – she herself was news. She walked in the “Heart Truth Fashion Show” as part of L’Oreal fashion week and on March 19 at Diesel Kids’ premiere Toronto runway show at Nathan Philips Square, she launched her second book, “Passion for Fashion: Careers in Style”. To this end, she partnered with Bratz(TM) to bring her book to an entirely new audience of young fashionistas – the Bratz DOLL fans. The new “Bratz Fashion Reporter Doll” was inspired by Jeanne, and is packaged with a copy of Jeanne’s new book. The dolls name? “Jeanne B”, what else? The book-doll combination retails for $29.99 and is available at Toys R Us, Zellers and The Bay. Oh, and let’s not forget Jeanne celebrated her birthday on March 20th at Atelier. The debut of the Diesel Kids runway show unveiled 20 or so looks from the company’s Fall Winter 2008 collection for children. Apparently inspired by early Atari video games and the great outdoors, the clothing projected “resilience and comfort” and had a vintage and folky feel to it. The children out did the clothing with their own sense of style, and delighted the “by invitation only” audience members. View video here. Mar 19th

Comrags

comrags2.jpgcomragscoat.jpg Designers Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish continued the theme of browns, various shades of blue, and grey. What was lacking of color was made up in interesting pairings. Tweedy school matron coats and Georgette dresses accessorized with bits of twig as brooches, faux fur, and custom John Fluevog men’s shoes! The finale grouping was a humorous series of floor-sweeping black coats caked in white (salt stains?), and the rubber galoshes. Bizarre, but totally Comrags. Mar 19th

Andy Thé-Anh

ata3.jpgata2.jpgata1.jpg I absolutely adored the neckpieces made of stand up collars, furry tails and/or beads. Andy Thé-Ahn’s shows are all about glamour, and are usually reeking of the rich and privileged life. He’s toned it down a bit this season. Sheer teal and blue blouses and dresses. Slim black satin pants with 3/4 length, belted mohair coats, and stilletos on every pair of feet. Brown dresses with accessorized add-on leather sleeves, or brown dresses with sheer blouses built right in. Plenty of form fitting satin dresses in black, grey, or teal, and all with high-belted waists. Gorgeous, sexy, and sophisticated, but not too over the top. View video here and here. Mar 19th

David Dixon

dd_scene.jpgcimg5458.jpgcimg5471.jpgcimg5483.jpg A snowy backdrop and a scene of a long walk through some woods bare of leaves. David Dixon’s collection represent “the urban woman”, the woman in search of peace of mind. His show was a balance of options. There was a belted fluttery little black dress that was all laser-cut petals, and a purple plaid shirt dress made of heavy wool. A couple of grey herringbone suits, with trousers or skirt, that looked comfortable and flexible for office wear and evening wear. Wonderfully accessorized with plenty of hats, gloves, scarves, and belts. View video here. Mar 20th

Gsus

cimg5521.jpgcimg5526.jpg Dutch designers, Jan Schrijver and Angelique Berkhout of Gsus SIndusties know how to put on a fun show. I am sure they instruct their models to “go out there with attitude”. The show started off with a series of gymnastic flips from one of the male “celebrity models”, a Canadian dancer whose name escapes me. Going against the grain appeared to be the theme of the show. With stripes and tights, bright printed pants, hoodies, pleather, sometimes all put together for a look that only a few in the world can pull off. View the video here and here.

March 22, 2008 Posted by | L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Our Official Web Site, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2008 – October 22nd through to October 27th, 2007

The Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) will host its fourteenth season of L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2008 – October 22nd through to October 27th, 2007 at Nathan Phillips Square for the first time.

The motto? “Who Are You Wearing?”

nathan.jpg


REVIEWS

Paul Hardy

Calgary designer Paul Hardy didn’t think his regular ready-to-wear collection would be compelling enough for the runway so, with only 12 days and his staff already up to their necks, he conceived, cut and sewed a capsule collection himself.

Upping the drama quotient is a European tradition, and a trick more Canadians should follow. “I designed each piece with the intention of making myself smile,” Hardy said after the show.

The billowy duchess satins, a way-off-the-shoulder trapeze, shimmery jacquards, plunging Grecian goddess dresses and light-as-air knits will make Hardy fans, including actress Kate Hudson, smile too.

Tevrow + Chase

Fashion is having a love affair with the art world. Marc Jacobs collaborated with artist Richard Prince for his spring collection for Louis Vuitton and Stefano Pilati had some Jackson Pollack-like splashes of paint on dresses for YSL’s resort collection.

Here in Toronto, designer Paul Sinclaire used the colour-blocked canvases of Joe Bradley as an inspiration for his Tevrow + Chase label, shown informally in his studio and retail space on Adelaide St. W. Solid blocks of bright colours were printed on the legs of white jeans and the sleeves of white blazers. Dresses were also entirely made of grids of colours.

Other stellar collectables: Palm Beach bright cropped pants, a rubber ducky yellow coat and a sharp looking white suit piped with black trim. This severely chic, yet accessible, line is sold at Saks in the U.S. and Harvey Nichols in the UK. It would be great to see Tevrow + Chase stores around town. Our answer to J. Crew.

RUDSAK

The Montreal outerwear and accessories brand went on a safari sojourn with a palette right out of Africa — taupes, beiges and corn. Urban jungle dewellers will do well with the safari jackets and sexy short shorts, and the short jackets with trenchcoat details. And they can act out their own fantasies of soaring over the Serengeti in the awesome washed leather aviator jackets. Another outstanding item was a dress with the stiff cowl neck and collar. Obviously they are placing bestseller hopes on this item, since they sent it down the runway numerous times in every shade of the desert. With two stores in Toronto and another two on the way next month, the label continues to offer great leather bags, with styles for next spring that are a bit more structured. However, the recently launched footwear has quite a way to go to catch up with the bags in terms of quality and chic factor.

PINK TARTAN

Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran is a supreme classicist. Not one to feverishly follow the changing winds in fashion, her spring collection for Pink Tartan, staged during a luncheon in the Avenue Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, hit on all the classic items in a woman’s wardrobe. There was the immaculate shirt (worn with the new Pink Tartan cufflinks), the crisp shirtdress, the perfect pencil skirt and the simple shift. Some of these items were punched up with bright colours, which looked fresh and could be work-horse items for professional women on the go. But the overall ’60s flavour put the collection in an era that has been exhaustively mined in recent seasons. And the cinematic flop Factory Girl pretty much nailed the door shut on that archive.

COMMON CLOTH

Hamilton-born sisters Melanie Talbot and Kristina Bozzo of Common Cloth have a cool Queen St. W. store and a following to match. They do men’s and women’s wear, and a dog collection named Fetch, but it was just the women’s spring ’08 designs that came down the runway to the raucous rock band Famous Lovers live onstage. The spring collection’s strengths are its dresses, including the floor-length mustard jersey wrap that opened the show, the simple, loungey hostess gowns, and the summery frocks that knotted between the shoulder blades like scarves. The grey jerseys also worked, in a romper, a one-shoulder gown, and quirky T-shirts. It’s such dashes of spirit that will keep Common Cloth basics like cuffed shorts and skinny jeans from looking run of the mill.

GRETA CONSTANTINE

It was an anxiety-inducing prospect, a 10 p.m. show at an extravagant new hot spot. But one of the several enclaves at Circa made a shining, convivial setting for the spring ’08 presentation of Greta Constantine, above, a line buoyed by the sassy personalities of its designers, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong. There were boys, too, in the latest male swimwear, which has come back to brief, as in bikini styles in colourful jersey that made clear why poet Patti Smith might once have compared men’s crotches to lilacs. The guys punctuated the procession of nervy women’s wear that included a romper suit in black, a very short dress of white jersey that was not made for getting in and out of cars – or maybe it was – and jersey gowns, in red or burnt orange. Some had twisted necklines, wrung from the fluid cloth. Others were strung so the body of the garment was suspended like draperies. There were also a couple of short, stretchy numbers in bold blocks of colour that were two of the best of the million dresses unveiled in town this week.

FRANKE

A former model and current contestant on Project Runway Canada, designer Kendra Francis staged her spring runway show for her label Franke at the Spoke Club. The lineup featured tropical-hued silk dresses, white suitings, and swimsuits in delicious, metallic colours. Speaking after the show, Francis said she was inspired by something that happened on an episode of the reality show. Without going into details – other than it involved the phrase “French Vanilla” – the designer said she started researching how the French brought the essence from Madagascar. Inspired by the native dress of the islanders, she experimented with innovative folds and pleats on her trousers and shorts, and sari-like draping on those silk dresses. But perhaps Francis should have focused her energy on those beautiful drapey dresses, which could be retail hits. Aside from a standout saffron-coloured coat, it was the dresses that really captured the exotic flavour of that sunny island in the Indian Ocean.

Andy Thé-Anh

The gleaming white Para paint used on the runway might boast to be non-scuffing but the slick look proved treacherous for the models, sending one poor thing tumbling several times. Such are the workplace pitfalls of the professional catwalker. But Montreal designer Andy Thé-Anh strides confidently. His spring collection was a showcase of the width and depth of his strong dressmaking skills – sharp tailored suits, high-waisted pencil skirts and enough eveningwear to dress an entire red carpet procession. For next season, the designer opted for a washed-out desert palette – beige, taupe, sand, putty – a departure from his usual love of bold colour. But the details were there in cascades of ruffles, tiers of frills and a bounty of rosettes. While there is never anything wrong with his collections, there are no surprises or challenges, either. He serves exactly what he knows his customers will like. And therein lies the danger. Even the most faithful will get the itch to look elsewhere for excitement.

BUSTLE

Not just horsing around, Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow, the get-around couple behind Bustle, went to the track and boldly put their money on tailoring. First out of the gate was a suit, with a double-breasted, double-vented jacket, flat-front trousers and bow tie. Of striped cotton, it was a leisurely suit that, like most of the clothes, paid off on the quinella of cloth and colour, though bets on cut were not so well-rewarded. The models’ built bodies were part of the problem. Biceps bulged in jacket sleeves like meals in a snake, making it difficult to tell deliberately shrunken looks from those that simply didn’t fit. Big uppers arms also seemed to interfere with the way jackets hung, not just relaxed but indifferent to the contours of the torso. Double-breasted pea coat styles and double-breasted vests over printed shirts were snugger and more successful.


October 28, 2007 Posted by | L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Amber Bar – Dec 31, 2005

Amber Bar – Dec 31, 2005

119 Yorkville Ave

I’ve been to Amber several times in the summer of 2005 and I’ve always had an interesting time. The main room is smallish and located downstairs . One travels down a narrower room and bypasses the washrooms to then go upstairs to the heated patio. The patio is very nice in the summer, but here I was on New Years Eve for a free party.

We arrived at Amber at 0100hrs after taking our time and missing the revelry at midnight. No big deal. The crowd was in full swing with the resident DJ serving up some really good mixes of R&B.

Let’s talk about the crowd for a minute. I’ve always been a people watcher, and Amber has some of the most interesting people you will ever see anywhere. The very old mixes with the apparently very young. What they all have in common is the aura of money emanating from their every pore. Designer wear is everywhere, yet people are careless about where they throw their mink coats, and and Luis Vuitton purses. Men in pinstriped suits with cigarette pant tailoring. Russian fur hats with designer dresses and six inch leather, fur, AND suede trimmed boots. Platinum and gold jewelery gleaming in the lighting. Expensive drinks and bottles of champagne piling up on tables. The room was kind of cliquish however, with those who knew each other keeping to themselves. But what to expect from a Yorkville crowd?

As the liquor flowed, and the dancing continued so did the number of items I kept finding on the floor. Wallets, silk scarves, bracelets, cell phones, PDA’s, furs. I found several items left behind in bathroom stalls. One of my friends who I met up with, unknowingly lost or misplaced her cell phone 3 times and I returned it to her with much ado each time. It became a game to my friend and I to see who could find the most stuff. We returned them all periodically after asking around the room, and were rewarded with drinks and thank yous from the intoxicated recipients.

Back to the music. Liberating. The DJ’s cache included music from every decade back to the 70’s, and he mixed it all in well. One could not help but to either get up and dance or to keep dancing, including my friend and I.

And dancing the revelers did. We left Amber with the party still going strong at 0400hrs. Strangely, on our way out everyone seemed to ask the same question, “oh are you leaving?”.

Apparently there would no longer be anyone around who cared enough to make sure they didn’t leave anything behind… *smile*.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 91/2 People – 8 Ambiance – 8 Love factor -7

December 31, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Muzik – Oct 21st, 2006

15 Saskatchewan Road

www.muzikclubs.com

Muzik has been built in the former Horticultural Building and boasts of new and innovative design while still retaining it’s 1907 demeanour. A venue located on the exhibition grounds that serves as a nightclub on Saturdays is an ambitious adventure. How is this space going to fare in the dead of winter? Even more of a feat is Muzik’s ability to draw so many youngish, trendy, and monied people to it’s mammoth realm.

We gained entry to Muzik after uncharacteristically standing in 9 degree Celsius weather for over 15 minutes. It was the Fashion Week closing night party, and we had arrived late. The lovely Kirstie, the “go to” girl for VIP tables, managed to guide us in after we had made her acquaintance.

The cost of admittance was $20.00. Muzik recommends that you pre-book a VIP area to have the best party experience. Once you are actually inside of the club proper, you can observe that there are many VIP areas, all with a view of the patrons who are not doing the VIP routine.

There were so many people at Muzik for this closing night party that it appeared as though it was packed to capacity. The place looked like there were at least two thousand people in there give or take a hundred. Ironically, the extremely high ceilings also gave it a look of empty expanse. The dance floor, or dance area in the middle of the room took a while to get to and that was for shuffling room only. The VIP areas in the back of the club felt like they were a different entity all together. They were exhausting to find, and then even more exhausting to try and enter one of the rooms to meet with a group of our friends. We were rejected by the goon assigned to “protect” the VIP area with the excuse that the area was” full”. Our friends pleaded with him to let us in, but to no avail.

We made our journey back to the front VIP area where we had some other friends. We got in there without a hitch. The view was also good to see those who were actually coming in the club, so that you could invite them up for a drink. Once situated, we were actually able to enjoy the fabulous garage house music emanating from the speakers. The sound system at Muzik is incredible. It would have to be for such a large space.

Later on a bouncer goon showed up to guard entry to our VIP area. A few tipsy people in our immediate area where using the club decorations for props, and the goon promptly grabbed them out of their hands. What was with the hired help? They were taking their jobs way too seriously.

We temporarily left our VIP area to check out the bar scene. Getting a drink in Muzik requires patience if you wait at one of the two well-appointed bars, it also typically requires a lot of money. As for the washroom situation for the girls, it’s not too bad with about 10 or so stalls. Nevertheless a line up persisted.

Overall, Muzik is a mature rave party experience in a more sophisticated setting. If that’s what you are looking for, then you will not be disappointed.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 8 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 8 Love factor – 7

October 23, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Maro – Oct 18th & 19th, 2006

135 Liberty Street

Off the beaten path, and far away from clubland, on a road that screams of eclecticism, lies Maro, the only club/restaurant on Liberty street.  We visited this recently opened place during Fashion Week and we were impressed with not only the decor, but with the turn out.

Maro is a large, well appointed large space with a lofty VIP section that allows you to see and be seen.  High ceilings prevent it from feeling cozy, even with the throngs of people present, but there is a glam factor to the place.  The main room was turned from a restaurant by day with table and chairs into a runway for Hibebe’s designs.   We took our time inspecting the two bars that served up various concoctions, or was it three bars?  We had free drink tickets but, we kept being directed to a mysterious bar at the end of the venue that we never did find. 

As I have already mentioned Maro was packed with industry people and party revelers alike who were there to see Hibebe’s line of clothing.  However the show was over an hour late in starting, and by that time our group had already lost interest.  We had our own party going in the VIP and things were feeling much better for us than for the rest of the people who would not budge from their places near the runway.  The sound system is decent enough, and so was the DJ, serving up a blend of house with hard rock as well!

Overall, the space has a lot of potential and we will have to go back again.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 7 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 8 Love factor – 7 

October 23, 2006 Posted by | L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, W4WT Links | Leave a comment

Rockwood – Oct 18th, 2006

31 Mercer Street

www.rockwoodclub.com

We had gone to the opening of Rockwood (formerly Bauhaus’ 2nd floor) a few weeks before and you could still smell the paint.  Not this time.  Rockwood has become emboldened and mature.   The place is small, yet that is part of it’s charm.  Rich, hardwood floors, expensive furniture, and attention to detail is what sets the club apart and at the same time puts it in the same class as say, Ultra, Eight Below, and Lobby.  The crowd, on the other hand blows the above mentioned places out of the water.  The people that came to Rockwood that night came to dance, and dance they did…to the sounds of Jo Jo Flores.  In case you haven’t heard Jo Jo Flores is a Canadian house music DJ that has been on the scene for quite some time and is well-loved at home and abroad. 

Rockwood is the perfect venue to get your lounge on, your groove on, and your conversation on.   The building that houses Rockwood is also home to the rooftop entity called Grass, and a street level club that is set to open in November of this year.   Going to 31 Mercer Street will take on a whole new meaning after the renovations are finally completed.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 81/2 Ambiance – 91/2 Love factor – 81/2

October 21, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, W4WT Links | Leave a comment

Andy The-Anh Spring/Summer 2007 collection Toronto Fashion Week

Wednesday Oct. 18, 2006

Andy The-Anh Spring/Summer 2007 collection – L’Oreal Toronto Fashion Week

Loved the show, loved the clothes. Celebrating sensuality, femininity and softness, Andy The-Anh’s spring/summer line did anything but disappoint. Great over-sized leather short jackets in metallic silver, sleek cut-out backs, sharply cut suits, dark drape dresses and sultry 40’s bandeau swimwear. There were also a few stunning, long satin gowns and a throwback to Gucci white suit that were all voguishly, and wearably sexy.

The collection aptly called “Andy”, started with dark pieces in line with all hues brown and black, and moved effortlessly into a bright summer with searing hot pinks, and leafy greens shades accompanying tucks and pleats. Ruffled sleeves and Edwardian-style blouses gave a feminine look to sharply cut jackets, and perfect circle clasp belts cinched the waist. Swimwear, and white one-piece dresses came up just before a parade of models in denim, sheer tops and Jacki-O sunglasses closed the show. The crowd was ecstatic as The-Anh quickly walked the runway for his bow, and he was given a standing ovation.

Cuts and trimmings aside, The-Anh’s forte is taking the colours of the season, deepening them, skewing them, playing with them, and leaving us to our own imagination about what to do with the magic he has given us.

Ms. JAG

W4W Toronto

October 18, 2006 Posted by | L' Oreal Fashion Week Fall 2006, L’Oréal, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

TIFF 2006 Party Events – Sept 6th to Sept 11th, 2006

With the parties to attend to at night, and work the next day, who has time for watching movies!

Aside from Lobby on Wednesday, Ultra on Friday & Saturday, followed by Century Room until 4 in the morning here are the big parties we’ve been to so far…

Sept 7th, 2006

Director Sophie Fiennes (left) kicked off TIFF on Thursday with the North American premiere screening of her film, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, to a packed house at the ROM on Thursday. The three-part film features the witty and insightful Slavoj Žižek discussing everything from sexuality in the works of Lynch, Kubrick and Hitchcock.

The Pervert’s Guide party was hosted by Jie Matar from Salon Jie across the street at the very modern Gardiner Museum. The red carpeted entrance was a hit, and so was the eye-catching blue woman on stilts! This place was the perfect venue for an afterparty filled with TIFF revellers. The only downfall was the awfully bright lighting inside on all three (or was it four levels) and the woefully understaffed bar. All the beautiful people seemed to be as impressed with the ceramic art work of the Gardiner as we were. Perhaps the bright lighting was to ward off thieves…hehehe. We solved the bar problem by going up to the very top level into the VIP. In the VIP room the drinks were free, but they ran out of glasses for what seemed like ages. The balcony off the VIP room was massive, and designed into an L shape that held at least a hundred people on it.

We went to star gaze, but ended up mingling in a packed room full of very important somebodies, who gave good face, and attitude. The music was also very uptempo, soulful house, and was pleasing to our ears. A big shout out to the event organizers, and the awesome DJ.

Sept 10th, 2006

We attended The One X One Party at the Carlu, $1,500-a-plate event was star-studded fundraiser for global childrens’ charities. Although we arrived at the Carlu well after performances by Chantal Kreviazuk, John Legend, and Wyclef Jean, we did manage to actually see John Legend leaving, and uhh.. the Canadian Idol judges, one of whom was the memorable Farley Flex. We also heard that during the earlier part of the night, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt were in attendance as auctioneers for the event.

The alcohol was free and flowed non-stop however, it still could not make the event less dull than it was. The Canadian artists who were left behind to entertain the crowd well past midnight, were not enough to keep us from leaving.

More pictures here.

W4W Toronto

http://www.w4wtoronto.com
tiff-party-171.jpgtiff-party-151.jpgtiff-party-170.jpgtiff-party-140.jpgtiff-party-166.jpgtiff-party-148.jpg

September 12, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, TIFF, Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, W4WT Links | 2 Comments

Subject: Eight Below – VIP Room – Aug 6th, 2006 – R.I.P

12 Brant Street

www.eightrestolounge.com

The some of the ladies from W4W Toronto went out and got the full VIP treatment @ Eight Below on the Sunday of Caribana weekend 2006.

We went to Warner Entertainment’s Caribana Sunday affair and we were not disappointed. The club was packed downstairs, and management opened up the entire club to the revellers. The music was a blend or R&B, hip-hop, house, and old school jams. The crowd was a trendy, upscale, and 23 and up.

We were in the VIP of Eight Below, adjacent to the main bar and across from the dance floor. Beautiful, plush leather, glass, and mohair furniture, adorned the room, which could hold about 10 people sitting, and about 16 dancing. Lace, see through curtains, and an adjustable chandelier completed the decor.

Thanks to Josh, our favourite bartender for his company and excellent hospitality. Thanks to Eight Resto Lounge for having one of the finest VIP booths in the city of Toronto.

We also highly recommend a Warner event for the sophisticated, professional, urban crowd.

We have many more pictures taken later in the night that shows several of us “letting our hair down”, but are too outrageous to be posted 😉

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 81/2 People – 9 Ambiance – 9 Love factor – 91/2

August 7, 2006 Posted by | Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

Lobby – July 19th, 2006

192 Bloor Street West

www.lobbyrestaurant.com

I have been to Lobby several times, and the thing that strikes you about it right away is the South Beach, Miami feel of the place. With the stylishness of the white on white decor, and clean lines, you can’t help but think that there is a body of water near by.

Very rarely is there a cover charge, and when you take a look around at the people who like to frequent Lobby, you can see that this a venue that attracts posers, socialites, hanger-ons, the elite, wanna-be’s, and people watchers. One does not really go to Lobby to dance. They go to eat, drink, and mingle with friends and friends of friends. If you can get past the sometimes obvious pretentiousness, Lobby is one of the best places in Toronto for social networking on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.
Let’s discuss our Wednesday night visit. Lobby’s hot new Wednesday night called “Lounge Series” with DJ. Kleen serves up house, electro, and urban beats. We arrived at just after one o’clock at night and the place was packed. Everyone seemed to be in fine form and very “liquored up” or something, because they were the happiest Lobby crowd that I have ever seen. As well, DJ Kleen really knew what songs went well in succession, thus showing his skill as a DJ.

We ordered 4 mixed alcoholic beverages and our male friend who offered to pay ended up footing a $48.00 bill! A word of advice – try not to spend all your money drinking at Lobby or you will go home broke. On the other hand if you can afford to drink at Lobby, then by all means help make the various owner’s richer. Honestly though, the bartenders do offer up properly mixed drinks that do not skimp on the alcohol.

Lobby’s downstairs room always seems to be unoccupied. It is a small but cozy room, that no one ever uses to entertain themselves. Perhaps if a proper speaker system was funneled into the room, people would want to use it as a second dance floor. Around the corner are the washroom areas. My major complaint with the washrooms is that it is too dark in the stalls. As sexy as it looks in there, no one has any idea just how dirty the stalls really are, and you can actually feel creepy using the facilities. The candle lit stalls are also hypothetically moments away from going up in flames from an inebriated patron tipping over the candle into the toilet paper. Perhaps that’s why an attendant has finally been hired to keep an eye on things.

In summary, Lobby remains an impressive place that reeks of style and attracts only those who are sure enough of themselves to be found in such a place. Go on a Wednesday if you want to dance, and socialize.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 9 Love factor – 7

July 19, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

M LOUNGE – Thurs April 6th, 2006 R.I.P

241 Richmond Street West

www.mlounge.ca

M Lounge had the hype, and the buzz amongst the industry and professional set. That being said, we thought that the opening would be something special. Although M tried to captivate, it fell short on many fronts.

Getting in was pleasant, because we arrived early. There were people who had arrived earlier than us there as well, but even so we could clearly see that “M” was no Ultra or Eight Below. I am not sure what kind of space it really was trying to embody. The bar was off to the left of the entrance, and was circular in nature, but otherwise non-descript. The servers were enthusiastic, but slightly better than average looking men and women. Walking away with a drink in hand and heading south, we saw the strange lilac/mauve colored walls (devoid of art), cheap-looking flooring, and glittering chandeliers overhead (that looked strangely out of place). The large VIP back-room area was slightly different and more attractive. However, it is one large VIP room, lacking privacy from other VIP’ers, and therefore a serious lack of coziness that one typically looks forward to in a VIP room. You are also effectively “cut off” from seeing the other revelers in the main room. While in the VIP room, the owners of M did have on view a half-nude covered female with sushi strewn across her breasts, but it was not artistic enough to draw you in.

Back outside in the main area, bright lights in a corner heralded a photography session with the servers, and other female staff who worked for M. I am not sure what that was about at all, but the glare of the lights was most annoying. The music, oh yes…well a serious lack of bass, and absence of enough foot-moving house tunes, managed to make me forget that in this venue one could actually dance.

Honestly, M appears to be a hotel lobby gone wrong. There are so many vital elements missing from the venue, that it will not become a place for the upscale clients it seeks to attract. If it wasn’t for the fabulous company of women I was with, I would have left after an hour. In fact we gave it a chance, and left after two hours to head over to the wonderfully improved, Eight Below.

Overall, M did not live up to the hype of “models, models, models”, exclusivity, top-line treatment, and “wowism” that was promised. I don’t think I will be going back anytime soon.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 5 People – 5 Ambiance – 41/2 Love factor – 5

April 7, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

Ru Paul at Ultra – March 17th, 2006

314 Queen Street

www.ultrasupperclub.com

The event: The wrap party after a week of Fashion events and parties for Toronto Fashion Week (now sponsored by L’Oreal).

The scene: Fashonistas, revellers, bookers, agents, models, wannabes, scensters…

Just getting into Ultra was an ordeal. Ultra is turning into Studio 54 (oh…they wish) from yesteryear, and even when they recognize you as a regular, you have to be a “somebody” type regular in their stupid opinion.

After being on the guestlist, and arriving before the designated cut off time of 11pm, our party and several other parties were made to wait outside, while we were made to bear witness to a disorganized herding of individuals being led into Ultra.

After much talking and persuasive action, we finally made it in and had a good time. Interesting scene, and if you are a people watcher like myself…it was fun.

Now for Ru Paul taking stage. Hmmm…I did not readily recognize Ru Paul. His six-foot five-inch tall frame seemed a little hefty around the midsection for a “supermodel” drag queen. His nose was much thinner, and he had pronounced cheekbones.
I thought I would see this: http://tinyurl.com/nljg9

However, it has been over a decade since he was at his most fabulous (he is 46yrs old after all), so I’ll forgive everything, but the crazy outfits he periodically changed into. Those outfits needed Jesus…that’s all I’m going to say.

As far as his performance, Ru Paul was pretty much doing his thing. Although it took him a while to actually feel the vibe. He sang several songs from his 1993 & 2004 albums, including his most famous hit, Supermodel (You Better Work).

Ru Paul is still all diva, but Ms. Girl had better “work” to stay there.

Ultra better work to stay honest as well. M Lounge, and Circa are opening up, and mistreatment of Ultra’s bonified regulars will result in the its patrons leaving never to return.

March 17, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | 1 Comment

The Foundation Room – Jan 20, 2006

19 Church Street

www.foundationroom.ca

The Foundation Room is a sweet downstairs club/lounge that soothes the senses, and perks up the imagination. A bouncer or two is always at the front door and the provide just enough attitude to make you feel that you are entering into a special place.

On this particular Friday night, there was a private party, with the DJ spinning delicious house designed to move your feet. The entire length of the space can be a dance floor if you choose to groove. Or you can move towards the back and have a more exclusive feeling amongst the Moroccan inspired chairs, curtains and tables. The decor is warm and sexy…enticing one to be…warm and sexy. The bar located near the front, has fleet footed servers, and moderately priced mixed drinks at $7.00 for a rum and coke.

If you happen to meet the owner you will notice that he is both amiable and affable. Jamil Kamal simply wants you to have a good time at his place regardless of sexual orientation, or class. One simple rule that is implied – dress to impress. The more personal style you show, the better. This appears to be a hard and fast rule especially for Saturdays when the place is almost impossible to get into, due to the fact that the room is packed to capacity with beautiful people.

As a way to start your night off, The Foundation Room will soon be offering a tapas selection. “The Room” is the perfect clubbing or lounging experience in my opinion.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 81/2 People – 9 Ambiance – 91/2 Love factor -81/2

January 20, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

The Lux – Jan 12, 2006 – R.I.P

720 King Street West

www.luxonking.com

We were not on the guestlist and decided to try our luck at the door. As luck would have it, the grand opening of this revamped nightspot saw us standing in the VIP line for almost 1/2 hour. Waiting in line? Unheard of…we simply don’t do such things. In light of the mild temperatures however, we decided to cool our heels and see what the all the fuss was about this place.

The party was literally spilling out on to the sidewalk, as smokers hunched together on the “patio” facing King Street, and patrons tried to bypass each other getting in and out of the club. When we finally got inside we had to spend some time negotiating our way to the east side of the club only to find nothing was happening but for some seated people trying to talk above the music. What a misuse of space. Why would the owners have so many tables and chairs taking up valuable space, then try to jam customers in like sardine into a matchbox?

We then proceeded to the west side of the club, and that alone took ten minutes. There apparently was a bottleneck that consisted of the bar on one side, and more loungy type furniture on the other. Come on guys, a serious planning error there.
We finally got to the other side and ordered a drink. We took in the music and realized that it was too ecletic to taken seriously. One minute Coolio was on, then the next Sum 41. This was a mostly residential building so I had the feeling that the place was not designed to accomodate a lot of bass. We peeked in the women’s washroom around the corner. It was one of the smallest I’ve ever seen. Two stalls, but clean and tastefully decorated.

There were some interesting characters in the audience. Some older blondes with younger men, older white men with young black women, a young European looking guy who was a 1/2 hour past baked in the face made my aquaintance. He introduced himself and his buddy. An extremely tall googly-eyed individual who spoke too much and even repeated himself in the 15 minutes we were in each others lives.

The Lux overall is a well appointed, elegant type of loungy space. One can sit at a table and talk business, or sit on the sofa’s and relax. Then on weekends it strives to be a place where one can dance their cares away.

We will have to go back get a good look at the actual space however.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 61/2 People – 8 Ambiance – 8 Love factor -7

January 12, 2006 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

Boa Redux – Nov 4, 2005 – R.I.P

360 Adelaide WestBoa now has a new location, now with a liquor license and larger than the last spot on Spadina. The owners are apparently only doing a Saturday night now instead of the weekend thing.

This is an after hours club deluxe, with metal detector, security and the same sound system transplanted from the previous location. The place is much bigger, with two well sized rooms. However, much like the last location one only wants to stay in the much nicer upper room. The upper room feel more comfortable and club like with seating areas and a smaller dance floor. The sound system also feels different as well.

The lower level feels warehouse-ish and sparse. The decoration is lacking and so is the ambiance. However, there is more room to dance and to see and be seen. Jo Jo Flores is a regular here at Boa in the downstairs area, but do wish he would spin upstairs. Although we partied to his vibe, it was our general consensus that we did not like the downstairs room…lol.

As expected the music in both rooms when JoJo is not spinning is progressive and/or tribal house. Again I am for soulful house, with some lyrics splashed into the beat. Alas, this type of music does not seem to be popular with the masses of people who attend after hours just to keep their high going.

The crowd remains the same – a mix of gay and straight, young and old. Makes for some excellent stories about the night though, so we shall return.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 81/2 People – 7 Ambiance – 7 Love factor -7

November 4, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

Century Room – second visit – Oct 15, 2005

580 King Street West

Ok. My worst encounter with a bouncer ever. I arrived at 1120pm at Century Room with 2 of my friends. We were on the guest list and we were told to speak to Crystal at the door.

The large bodied, steroid-taking bouncer of East Indian descent could be heard barking various orders and instructions to patrons waiting on the sidewalk in
the VIP line. I approached him and said we were on the guest list and could we speak to Crystal who was visible 4 or 5 feet behind his large frame. He asked how many of us, I answered and he told us to wait in "this" line. Fifteen minutes later I asked to speak to Crystal again. He said everyone wants to speak to Crystal. Five minutes after that I said I didn't understand what the problem was. He said ok we can go in but we have to pay full price of $20 each. Like duh!! I asked him, so what is the guest list for? Banana boy replied that it's for those arriving before 1130pm! Um, like…what? Imagine my chagrin!

So, like…we DID arrive before 1130pm and were kept in line on purpose by an overgrown gorilla on a power trip. Having had enough, I hollered out Crystal's name and we made eye contact. She signaled for us to come through and ape man had to let us in.

That's what patience gets you…sore feet. Action, and a well controlled temper is required to enter this club if you are not a regular.

Century Room the club was interesting, but not memorable. The front room though pretty and inviting, had several VIP arrangements and parties going on, but the sound system was loud and acoustically challenged. The main room also had several VIP booths at full capacity. The dance floor was a regular thoroughfare with no one dancing. Really, the club was ram packed by 1230am and no one was dancing anywhere!

Out on the patio, we settled in for some chilly, but fresh air and conversation. Looking around the patio I would say it was pleasant, however, the heat lamps were not all working and the bricks slabs on the ground were uneven and dangerous for high heel wearers.

Overall the best part of the night was the 30 minutes we spent inside dancing to some soulful house beats which came on at 0100am. By then several of our friends managed to be escorted in by a well known regular and we made the best of it. We left soon after we got our fix.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)

Music – 5 People – 3 Ambiance – 3 Love factor -1

October 15, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

State Theater – Oct 14, 2005 – R.I.P

Formerly Tangier Nightclub

69 Bathurst Street

They say people make the party. That was so true for the entourage of models and friends that took over State Theatre on this Saturday Night a la NAM Personal Management. All proceeding happened in the main VIP area. There were several other smaller VIP arrangements, but our area had the most prominent pole for…pole dancing. As far as VIP areas go, this place has a nice arrangement, because you still feel as though you are part of the larger party that is happening on the dance floor. The exhibitionist in you will love this place. The overall look of State Theatre is well – dark and can use more colour in the main room. The bar is quite small for such a well visited club, but the service is reasonably quick, and the female bartenders are very attractive. Bottle service in our VIP area was also satisfying.

The music in this place was great. The sound system was more than adequate, and the R&B blending into soulful and progressive house was very nice. I think they even played a couple of rock songs! By then no one cared, because all the action was happening on the pole. Funny how a long silver pole after a few drinks brings out the exotic dancer in all of us.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 81/2 People – 91/2 Ambiance – 7 Love factor -91/2

October 14, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Century Room – first visit – July 30, 2005

Formerly the Mockingbird

www.centuryroom.com

580 King Street West

There was a party of about 30 or 40 of us and we were doing our thang in a reserved VIP booth. The booth we had was large and spacious with flowing white curtains that really offered no privacy (not that we wanted any). The booth style seating was plush and comfortable with a table taking up the middle at just the right height for the bottle service that is a must with booth seating in clubs nowadays.

We were all a bit inebriated, however I didn’t get a really cozy feeling from Century, just kind of a dark cellar-with-lights vibe. Our table had a great time and everyone seemed to be enjoying the music. I liked the variety of R&B, hip hop, and some house I heard, however I found the bass to be lacking and acoustic not well thought out for our location.

The bathrooms where attractive individual co-ed cubicles. There were four or perhaps 5 or them (not nearly enough) and people could do whatever they wanted in there with complete privacy. Hmm…

Overall on this visit I gave the following rating:

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)

Music – 5 People – 7 Ambiance – 3 Love factor – 5

July 30, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Boa Redux – Saturday July 23, 2005 – R.I.P

270 Spadina Avenue (now relocated to 360 Adelaide West)I have just one thing to say – LOUD!!!! Boa’s main room has an extremely loud beast of a sound system pumping out tribal and progressive house in all it’s variations. Entry is strict and involves an acceptable level of patting down for drug, contraband and God knows what. Then one must pay at another flight of stairs, and then finally scale some more stairs to get to the main room, whereupon the thunderous assault on one’s ears takes place. The place is basically a beautifully renovated theatre made for dancing, with a stage on the left and several levels of dance plateaus on the right. Hundreds, if not thousands of people can fit into the main room, because it extends back as far as the eye can see.

On the other side of the theatre layout there lies another downstairs room with chairs and tables and it’s own DJ spinning soulful house with lyrics on the night we were there. What keeps Boa fresh is that although there are resident DJ’s, there are also invited guest DJ’s that spin there as well. The DJ on the ones and twos in the main room was one such guest DJ, his name being Sandy Rivera (Kings of Tomorrow, Defected). My three friends and I spent the night going between the two rooms and dancing to whatever came on.

Overall people are going to Boa to hear appealing music on a sound system that is only rivaled by System Sound Bar. Some people are also going to dance off their Ecstasy or similar drug haze, so we were very aware of the occasional stoned and off-balance humans maneuvering on the dance floor and throughout the club. In light of this, one can appreciate the no alcohol served rule at Boa. Not to worry water, power drinks, and Red Bull are all available at the bar for about three times what you would pay in a grocery store… heh, heh, heh.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 7 Ambiance – 8 1/2 Love factor – 6

July 23, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SCHMOOZE – Friday July 22, 2005

www.schmooze.ca

15 Mercer Street (south of King St. and west of John St.)

I’ve been to this place on a Friday several times with my girlfriends, and I must say it is a unique experience each time. Essential to getting your Friday evening party started right, is showing up at Schmooze before 8:00pm. Before this time entry to the club is easy, the bouncers are cordial and let you right in.

As well, you will be able to get your hot little hands on as many drinks as you can buy. At $2.50 for martini’s and $1.50 for beer and mixed drinks, you will want to keep those hands full. Schmooze, the entity is well laid out with two large bars on the main floor, and whole lot of mingling room on the multileveled floor. The ceilings are loft like, with pillars and rich wood accent throughout. Also on the first level are the main washrooms. The wash areas are co-ed so expect to share a sink and some small talk with the opposite sex. The women’s individual stalls offer a freaky surprise that I won’t give up here, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself. Ascending the grand staircase to the second floor, you’ll find another set of non-coed washrooms. Finally, on the third level a spacious rooftop cedar patio with a bar offers up a space to smoke, or just sit and chill.

Schmooze on a Friday is a place where the faster you get liquored up the more fun you have. The eye candy factor is not bad either, just make sure you’ve assessed the candidates before you get sloshed. Everyone of the hundreds of bodies in the place is feeling good by the time 9 pm rolls around. You’ll likely meet people you would never meet anywhere else. The music starts getting louder and more up to date as the night goes on until it reaches club mode. You and your peeps will effortlessly move from schmoozing, to dancing to r&b, salsa, house, and old school with other fellow schmoozers. In the end it’s all love and good times.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 71/2 People – 8 Ambiance – 9 Love factor – 9

July 23, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

BUDO Liquid Theatre – Saturday, June 25, 2005 – R.I.P

Formerly: Society, Abracadabra

www.budolt.com

137 Peter St.

I went to this place on a much touted Tuesday after convincing a girlfriend of mine that we needed to check it out. We owed it to ourselves as seasoned clubbers to check out this place that we had heard so much about. After all we do live in Toronto, and Budo is know to attract a “celebrity” crowd. We decided to just go get up and go, so we did not call ahead or email anyone to get on a guest list first. So of course we arrived late at 2345hrs and we saw three line ups. One to the right one to the left, and several pushy people right in the middle cozying up to the bouncer and having their way with him. My friend decided that we take the middle route, and it worked. We were in like Flynn in no time. The cover was $10.00 and we paid. I handed the fella at the cash a $20.00, he gave me back a $10.00 (keep this in mind).

Inside the club was sparse, probably because all the smokers were outside on the sidewalk. I took the place in gradually. Nice decor, sweet ambiance, great use of space. We headed for the back and had a drink at one of the two bars on the main floor. An attractive woman with a noticeable boob job served me my drink. I complemented her on her twins, and she smiled. Just off of the back bar was a VIP section that we tried to enter, and we were flatly rejected. As good as we looked, the bouncer said “VIP only”. I peered through the railing, and for the life of me I couldn’t see any VIP’s. Just a bunch of guys mostly drinking, with one or two girls. We then proceed to hang out at the main bar. If you are a people watcher like myself, Budo is a great place to see a mix of all cultures – Black, Asian, White, etc. – youngish females 19-27yrs, older guys 19-55yrs. There is a small misplaced dance floor that just seems impractical. The DJ seemed to be fond of music by Bobby Brown, En Vogue, and a bunch of other stuff one could do with out at a 2004 party. There was also plenty of reggae and Bajan jams as well.

Later in the night the hip hop and R&B from this century was more prevalent. I started to dance to a couple of tunes, but was interrupted several times by people walking through the floor to get to the bar, or to the VIP room. I’ll say it again, the dance floor is just in a really silly place. I went to the main bar to order a drink and paid with the $10.00 the guy at the door gave me. The very young, very blonde, female bar server wet the bill on purpose and it fell apart in her hands. She showed this to me and informed me that it was a fake. I immediately went back to the door and explained the occurrence, and only with a bit of hesitance from muscle dude did I get another $10.00 bill.

After that we went upstairs to the second level. Great design, loft like, but with low ceilings. No one was upstairs at the time. We then went back downstairs, danced, and walked around some more, and then tried upstairs an hour later. Upstairs now had a ton of people and there were also individuals trying to get outside to the roof top patio. That was news to us. We didn’t realize that Budo had a roof top patio. It was an ordeal trying to get on the roof top, as we were told it was a private party. I saw several males getting the go ahead to get in, and I began wondering what was up with the people who ran things that night. Where was the love for the women? I though that maybe the roof top was reserved for a private gay party or something. After spending 10 minutes in line, we were asked if we had a bracelet. What the F%$#? Nobody had a bracelet from what I could see, and besides, like I said…only men were getting onto the roof. My friend turned around and gave up at that point. I said to the dude guarding the roof top – “hey I just want to check it out”. To my surprise he said o.k. So I forged ahead alone up several flights of stairs. I finally got to the roof and – Oh My Goodness! There were like hundreds of people up there partying. Champagne was flowing, music was bumping, and the party was absolutely packed with wall to wall people. It was overcrowded actually, but everyone looked like they were having a good time. I stayed up there for 5 minutes and then went back downstairs to find my friend. I wanted her to have the same experience that I had, so she agreed to go back through the whole process of lining up again to get on the roof. Well now the line up had grown, and again the women were getting no love at the roof top door, so without further ado, we went back downstairs again.

We ended up leaving at 0230hrs. Budo certainly is full of theatre and spectacle, however the Tuesday night promoters are not woman friendly. Ladies you will get better treatment in a real gay bar, and not in this mixed up and confused environment.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 5 1/2 People – 7 Ambiance – 8 1/2 Love factor – 2

June 25, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

Roxy Blu – Sat June 12 2005 – R.I.P

12 Brant Street, just north of King St. West and 1 block west of Spadina

Now the fabulous Eight Resto Lounge is in it’s place (review coming soon)

I’ve been to the Roxy several times on a Saturday night and it has always had an interesting crowd feeding off the same great music. If house is your forte then this is the place to be. Not just any old house, but deep soul influence house. Roxy’s sound system has enough thumping bass to reset your pacemaker, so come prepared to feel the vibe. There are two rooms on the “main” floor – the loungy bar area, and the large open room where the actual parting goes on.

The lounge area has it’s own DJ spinning everything tribal to progressive house, but it is the open room that has the percussionist’s accompanying the soul sessions of resident DJ Winston Thompson. Downstairs there are also two adjacent rooms that they call Surface. Again you are libel to hear all things house – from progressive to garage, to techno. The recent smoking ban has transported the smokers to the little makeshift patio Roxy has facing the sidewalk. This area could also be mistaken for a lounge area judging from the number of people occupying every square inch of it. Overall, I had a good time dancing to the beats. However, as far as male and female eye candy goes, the casually dressed crowd was a little lacking in that department. I would say that the women had far superior eye candy factor to the men, because they actually came dressed in their Saturday’s finest . The love factor was also lacking on this occasion, which is somewhat unusual for the Roxy. Too many people were milling around trying to talk over the heavy beats than actually dancing for me to feel the warmth that night.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 8 People – 6 Ambiance – 7 Love factor – 4

June 12, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cache – Sat April 30, 2005

469 King St West, just East of Brant Street

A ways away from King Street's sidewalk. As a matter of fact you may think the place is dead as you walk along the courtyard. How wrong you would be on a Saturday night.

The bouncers were old, with trimmed beards and they seemed almost proprietary….like the lounge was their baby. Whatev! Step into Cache and I've got 2 words for you 'sweet' 'ambiance'. This place is like your getaway party spot, vacation like in the atmospheric exuberance of party people.

There are two levels, an upper and a lower, but they both have the same hardwood floors, dance space, and feel. The upper level has more places to sit and observe. Comfy lounging couches, and of course the all important DJ. This DJ was pumping out soulful house and trance and it was hard for anyone in the room not to dance. The speaker system had absolutely no reverb, and acoustically was right for this space that holds about 280 people. Cache's engaging decoration, lighting, and music are a wonderful combination. You could find a more über chic spot, but I bet it wouldn't be as accessible AND as fun as this lounge.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 8 Ambiance – 9 Love factor – 7

April 30, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

Touch Lounge – Sat April 30, 2005 – R.I.P.

499 King St West, at Brant Street

The space was originally intended for Mitsubishi, but when the appeal of having a lounge in the space surfaced, the owners redesigned this car ‘garage’ to accommodate. Touch has great potential to be an events club and has a space at the back that would make for an exclusive VIP or private lounge.

Anyhoo, so much for the almost car dealership now turned lounge… a la IKEA. Yes, Ikea furniture can be seen strewn across this space, even down to the lights hanging from the ceiling and the black $29.99 lounge tables. Touch is a wide space with a very lofty feel, curtained off VIP booths, elevated seated lounge spaces, projected images onto large screen TV’s, and a huge open dance floor. The bar, however is to the very back and can be almost inaccessible due to the throng of bodies one must navigate to get there. The ceiling is very high, and therefore the music in this space reverberates like mad. You feel the beat everywhere but your chest. The DJ does not have much space to work with and the booth looks almost like an after thought. I do like the curtained off tent like structures in the outside courtyard for a few of ones closest friends. However, you have to navigate (again) through the smoking crowd stationed at the inside entrance before you can get to the courtyard.

Lastly, the women’s washrooms are lacking and atrocious. The doors and handles fit incorrectly, and one feels like they are in a luxury outhouse. They even have the nerve to employ a washroom hostess in such a paltry pee area. We left this space after an hour or so and headed for Cache Lounge.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 4 People – 5 Ambiance – 6 Love factor – 5

April 30, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment

The Laurentian Room – Jan 7, 2005 – R.I.P

www.thelaurentianroom.com

Address: 51A Winchester St. (Enter through sidedoor and go upstairs)

The buzz was out for this one before the doors were even open – and it’s only been open for a few months. Even so, my friends and I have managed to frequent The Laurentian Room several times.

This gorgeous space is an art deco bar/lounge that exudes class in the most unlikely of locations – above the Winchester Tavern in Cabbagetown. There’s history up that flight of stairs—the Laurentian Room was, back in the days of Al Capone, a ladies-and-escorts-only lounge. The size of the space is what surprises initially. A long, shiny bar (with drink options sandblasted on the mirrored glass behind) is the perfect place to scan the hip gay, lesbian, and straight crowd under a tall, glowing recessed ceiling.

Go early and it’s an excellent place to sip martini’s cozied up in front of one of the 4 fireplaces; go late and it’s a great place to dance to the uptempo beats of special guest DJ’s. You’re likely to meet one or two of the four stylish and amicable owners mingling with the crowd. One can start their night, or end their night at the Laurentian Room all by your lonesome with the feeling that you are amongst friends.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 9 Ambiance – 9 Love factor – 9

January 7, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | Leave a comment