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Club and Event Previews and Reviews

Gsus SIndustries Spring/Summer 2009 Collection at L’Oreal Fashion Week

Check out the videos of Gsus SIndustires Spring/Summer 2009 Collection on our W4W Toronto YouTube site.  It was a funky, wild, and creative show as usual.

Read about Fashion Week organizer Robin Kay’s much talked about faux pas on opening night Monday Oct 20, 2008, and see the video here

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October 25, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lucian Matis Afterparty at Ultra – Oct 24th, 2008

The Rudsak Spring 09 Collection shows first.  Then the afterparty with the talented designer Lucian happens at Ultra.  RSVP the INK promoters to get on Ultra’s guestlist before 6:00pm Friday.

All about Lucian Matis here and here.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Fashion Design, L’Oréal, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Juzd Collection at Rockwood – October 23th, 2008

Venue: Rockwood Club, 31 Mercer St. Toronto
Date & Time: Thursday October 23rd 2008
Photoshoot: 9PM-11PM
Party: 9PM – 3AM

Back from LA Fashion Week, hot t-shirt design company JUZD will be showcasing its current collection.  Experience a live photoshoot from 9pm-11pm with 8 hot JUZD models.

Magazine sponsor Cream World will be giving away it’s latest issue.

Rockwood expects to have both floor open with the top floor “wood” playing Electro Progressive House with DJ Flash. The lower floor “rock” will feature DJ Aadil spinning Hip Hop, Rock, Top 40 and Reggae.  Let’s hope we are impressed with Rockwood this time.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Fashion Design, L’Oréal, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Lady Dutch at Lobby Wed Oct 22, 2008

For the very assertive woman!

Arrive early at Lobby for the Lady Dutch show!  Space is limited.

RSVP here.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, L’Oréal, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs | , , | Leave a comment

Betsey Johnson – Elmer Olsen – Oct 21th, 2008

Tonight at Brant House

Betsey Johnson - Spring/Summer 09 Runway Show
    Presented by Elmer Olson Agency, featuring Canadian talents and international
    sensations, Kori Richardson, Taryn Davidson & Amanda Laine
    Runway @ 11:30 pm

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

C-Lounge Mondays are still happening…

If Cheval is not your cup of tea, go for the the less austere attitude of C-Lounge and let your hair down.  Remember this is Fashion Week in Toronto, so get on the guestlist, and arrive in time.  C-Lounge is guaranteed to be a long line up as the night goes on.

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , | Leave a comment

The Official “Pink Tartan” Afterparty – Mon Oct 20, 2008

The L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 collection begins today, and the parties begin tonight.  “Fabulous” is this season’s theme.  Cheval is hosting the official Pink Tartan Afterparty.  Get on the guestlist, wear your stylish best, and get there early after you take in the fashion show.  See our earlier review of Cheval on this site.

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , | 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

L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2009 – Preview

All the usual suspects will be showing, and some new kids on the block.  W4W Toronto will play this one by ear.  We don’t like the foolish tent set up at Nathan Phillips Square, using public City of Toronto bathrooms, or the herding and corralling of individuals who want to see the shows into unorganized lines.

Here is list of designers who are showing, and check back often for updates:

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lanvin’s brand of feminine luxury…

Everything old is new again.  Lanvin takes designs of the old, refines them, adds a twist and makes them new again.  The Spring Summer 2009 Womens Wear Collection has shockingly bright colors interspersed with more neutral tones, and fabulously intricate fabrics.  Nothing we can see ourselves in but, at least the designs are  easier on the eyes than the distracting christmas jewelery and designs of I don’t know…say…Dries Van Noton

Lanvin in Toronto:

HOLT RENFREW
50 Bloor Street West
TORONTO
416 922 2333

MILLI
Critchley Lane
100 Bloor Street West
TORONTO
416 944 2233

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Fashion Design, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holt Renfrew Yorkdale – Get a free Juzd bag…

JUZD (pronounced “juiced” or ‘joost”) is the planet’s first bamboo designer label, and most recently picked up by Holt Renfrew. We are talking Ed Hardy and Von Dutch meets eco-consciousness, take a good thing and make it the same but better. Torontonian Jing Liu is the creator of Juzd clothing and the lead designer for the urban streetwear line. “I just woke up one day and decided start it up and just focus on doing this”, states Liu on the origin of Juzd in April 2007.  The computer programmer turned designer, came up with the idea for Juzd, after repeatedly hearing the media reports on “juiced” up baseball players who injected steroids. Although aggression is part of the brand identity of Juzd, there’s an element of nature and environmental friendliness to the line. “Organic aggression”, Liu says, is what the brand represents.

Interesting to note, Liu has no formal training in fashion or design; no work experience in the business, nor an art background, but has managed to find a niche product that a store such as Holt Renfrew is willing to back.   Nice going, but the proof is in the pudding, and to touch, feel, and wear a Juzd “Tee” the customer will have the final say on if it beats the pants off an Ed Hardy “Tee”.

Jing Liu

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Toronto | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boobyball 7 – “UnderCover” – Review

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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

RUDSAK IN BAYVIEW VILLAGE TORONTO – 10% OFF ENTIRE COLLECTION

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This is a must go to pre-winter event for all fashionistas.  Tell them you saw it on W4W Toronto & Kleen Media.

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Fashion Design, Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

The Sport of Shopping Invite – Sept 10th, 2008

Register on the main floor of HBC (Queen Street) on the day of the event.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Fashion Design, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TIFF 2008 Style

New Tie-Ups belts have been spotted on some very chic Toronto hipsters during the first day of TIFF.  Made in Italy, they are cut to fit, come in 12 colors, are washable, 100 % recyclable, “resist UV rays, saltwater, bacteria and tortion”.  Did we mention that they are also pretty?  Furthermore they are pretty hard to get your hands on, so if you will be visiting Italy, Greece, Spain, Australia, or Saudi Arabia in the next few weeks, buy some and sell them on eBay.

Word is, you will have to wait till December to buy them in Toronto, and then only at select stores.  Email us for details.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Reviews, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Expert RN’s Nursing Consulting Agency

We are pleased to promote this wonderful service for all the individuals in Toronto who have ever had the shock or dismay of finding themselves in Emergency, Critical care, or Intensive Care.  Knowledge is everything in situations like these, and a family member who knows how to navigate the health care system in regards to these acute areas will fare better than those lacking in information.

Should you ever need them, contact these Registered Nurses who work in Toronto’s Emergency, Critical care, and Intensive Care areas and for God sakes, get your questions answered!

Expert RN’s Consulting

August 6, 2008 Posted by | Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Caribana in Toronto 2008 – See the Videos

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 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

NYOOD Restaurant Review *****

1096 Queen Street West

Don’t let the exterior of swank black, with the absence of a sign fool you into thinking Nyood (pronounced nude) is too ritzy for you. Dress in your casual best and you will have no trouble gaining entry…but make reservations for the best tables by the window.

Actually there is no bad seating in this beautifully decorated restaurant. The decor is a combination of old meets new, a Parisian feel with a Grecian ceiling (or is it Roman?) meets nouveau modernism touches of white bookshelves, industrial light fixtures and concrete tables. The space is 2000 square feet, and feels spacious yet cozy with a subtle warmth. The elegant, elongated bar meets a tastefully decorated open concept kitchen.

The delicious food comes as tapas. I visited twice in one week!  If you like to share your food, then this is the place to come. An extremely delicious lychee shrimp cerviche was my favorite dish. But then my mates and I also gobbled down the mushroom and shrimp flatbread and whole snapper filleted. Dessert was to die for…the strawberry creme brulee, espresso brownie, and the blueberry ice cream (tasted like fried ice cream) were stand outs.

Owned by Hanif Harji, who also owns the trendy Blowfish and Kultura eating spots, and managed by the enthusiastic “Sacha”.

Nyood is definitely a place where you take your time and graze. It is the hottest restaurant in Toronto right now, so go! Take about $200.00 for a couple including a glass of wine, taxes and tip.

W4W TorontoWe are there.

July 11, 2008 Posted by | Eateries, Restaurant, Reviews, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Ultra – Tribute to Prince Party – May 9th, 2008

314 Queen Street
http://www.ultrasupperclub.com

Ultra is still happening in a big way. Not only the the place still gorgeous to be in, promoters are working with Facebook and Myspace to keep this venue fresh enough to keep the crowds coming.

This event involved a “PurpleElectricity Party” tribute to Prince releasing his first album 30 years ago. That album was called “For You” and was released on April 7, 1978, two months shy of his 20th birthday. The most memorable single off the album was “Soft and Wet”. Thankfully, DJ Doctor Baggie, and Chris LaRoque didn’t play many tunes off this debut album in the first half of the night. The projector screen of rare Prince images was a nice touch, as was the purple glow of lights.

The warm up music prior to the main event was fabulous. A whole slew of tunes I had forgotten existed. Music I was only old enough to rollerskate to from the Mary Jane Girls “Candyman” and “In My House” ” and Chaka Khan’s “I Think I Love You”. Then there was an awesome 15 minutes of Madonna with “Lucky Star” “Borderline” “Get into the Groove” and “Holiday”. Every now and then the DJ’s would throw in some Prince sound teasers, but switch back, making your adrenalin flow in a good way. I absolutely adored the vocal house set that then turned into garage house. I give kudos to the DJ’s for really knowing how to move a crowd.

The time for Prince-a-mania had arrived and the set was started off with “When Doves Cry”. By now it was almost one o’clock and we had to get going to another undisclosed venue. I am sure we missed out on some great Prince remixes, but hey…we had a great time at the other venue too.

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

May 13, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Get this free Rock-Hop compilation

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Rock and the latest Hip-Hop mixed together. Yes, that is the latest trend in the club scene. Don’t miss out on this music download. The P.Diddy and Clinton Sparks collaboration will set fire to the feet of those with swagger.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

456 Wellington St. @ Portland & Wellington St.


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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

Google’s Free 411 Service Now Open to Toronto

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In Google’s march toward world domination, you can call 1 (800) GOOG-411 (4664-411) and get access to every number Google has indexed on the Web, and then instantly be connected (for free) to any number of your choosing.   More information here.

March 15, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rockwood Nightclub – Feb 4th, 2008

31 Mercer Street

www.rockwoodclub.com

We actually attended Rockwood when they first opened in mid 2006 (read our Oct 18th, 2006 review) and had partied there several times enjoying the newness and otherness of the rich decor, lovely beats, and so forth.

A recent “Martini Monday” night visit has made us wonder what the hell happened? Martini Mondays are now called MashUp Mondays, and feature hip-hop, rock, r&b, all mixed together. Promoted by Kleenmedia, but attended by a “mashup” of people.

Not the vibe we know and like. Just over a year later, and the place looks run down. Mind you I haven’t been back in town long enough to actually know if the last 4 months were really “happening”, but from all accounts the first floor “Rock” has never actually opened to the general dance public, the second floor “Wood” is the only place the party stays, and the roof-top is for smokers who like to roast by heat lamps.

Officially, Rockwood features 3 weekly events: “Mashup Mondays”, “The Ritual” Fridays, and “I Love Saturdays”. The crowd is supposed to be 21+ mature, and stylish. Stylish perhaps, mature not. Too many young model types here who are possibly just barely of age to get into a club, and dudes old enough to be their father’s out past their bed time in Christian Audigier T Shirts.

I remember JoJo Flores turning this place out at least twice last year. Oh the memories. Rockwood as a venue needs some new life injected into it and fast, because it is stale already, and I hear the hotspot Atelier has taken up the slack.

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

February 5, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cheval – Feb 3rd, 2008

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606 King St West

www.chevalbar.com

The party happens later in the night. I mean for God’s sake it is a Sunday night, but the crowd still gets there after midnight. Don’t these people have jobs to go to in the morning? I work three or four nights a week so I didn’t have anywhere to go on Monday morning. Alas as we all know for some individuals going to places like Cheval is their job. Hence the shady looking characters who were being let in through the side door and therefore avoiding paying to get in.

I must say I adore Cheval’s small club ambiance. It is a small and narrow space, but it feels cozy, and warm, and happy, and squishy all at the same time. The DJ really knew how to rock a crowd with his selection of beats. Even the 40’ish blokes who looked sorely out of place and were trying to get our attention, could not ruin the loving vibe of this particular night at Cheval. The crowded room was definitely there to have a good time.  The main VIP area at the back of the club is big enough to accommodate  at least 20 – 30 people in total, but it is shared with other VIP’ers.  Bottle service is a two bottle minimum per table.  We preferred to see and be seen near one of the smaller VIP booths across from the DJ booth.

This was our second time out to Cheval in a year, and the place was just as good as the first time. We have a winner in this club. Now if they would only read our interview and let us in the side door with the “others”.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 81/2 Love factor – 8

February 4, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , | 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?”

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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

TIFF 2007 Opening Night Party Hopping

Friday, September 07th, 2007

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The party @ the Liberty Grand was filled with filmmakers, producers and other industry folk. But more celeb-watchers than actual celebs. Who needs a red carpet when you can walk up a flight of stairs and through a kitchen? Yes, we had to use the service entrance in the back.

Next up: The Brant House, for the Lions Gate SAW IV party. We spotted Sean Ashmore drinking in the VIP, but Paris Hilton was rumored to have arrived shortly after we left. We ended up seeing her at at Lobby, Century Room and Ultra Supperclub in her first 48 hours in the city..hahaha. No it probably wasn’t her…maybe it was.
We hopped over to the FQ party at Atelier. Even with the tightest guest list we had encountered all night, the room was packed. Spotted in the crowd: Michael King (the host, of course), Anwar Mukhayesh (current Designer Guy), Dan and Davis Factor (founders of Smashbox cosmetics), Tracy Melchior and every top socialite this city has to offer. Now that was a nice party.

September 8, 2007 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , | Leave a comment

L’Oréal Fashion Week Fall Collection-March 13th through March 17th, 2007

The Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) hosed its thirteenth season of L’Oréal Fashion Week Fall Collections recently in Toronto.

‘PEACE’ was our fashion week tagline”, says Robin Kay, President of the Fashion Design Council of Canada.

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Highlights:

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2007
Mackage
How can anyone not like Mackage coats? They’re gorgeous.

The show was visually entertaining, and there were so many beautiful coats. I have a 3 year old Mackage leather jacket that just gets better with time. I could have watched the clothes all night. But perhaps there were too many coats on display as the audience was visibly restless as time went on. Apart from that, I thought the show was well organized, from guest list to seating, to styling, and accessories.

Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail

We were pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation to Holt Renfrew’s Media Cocktail party. So what happened at the exclusive event? Networking, networking, networking. Plenty of tasty hors d’oeuvres, eye candy and pleasant conversation.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007

L’Oréal Fashion Week Review:
Andy The-Anh

Smoke machines at a fashion show?
The idea was good in theory, and fit with his heavy-metal inspired designs and show music, but there was so much smoke, you couldn’t see the first few outfits. I quickly lost interest therereafter.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007
David Dixon
My favorite designer by far. However his show was disorganized this season. There were no announcements that David’s show was not in the main runway room, but instead in the very cold outdoor courtyard. There was a huge bonfire and front row seats were covered with Hudson’s Bay blankets. Other standing guests and media were offered blankets as an after thought. The show was unusual, but clever. The clothing fabulous. See the video here.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007
Izzy Camilleri
An awesome leather presentation if that is what you are into. beasutiful cuts and design. The show just started without a sliver of announcement though. I have no idea why Fashion Week organizers haven’t learned to manage guest lists and traffic flow after 13 seasons. Would it kill them to have a PA system at door entrances and in the media lounge? I nearly missed this show.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007
Joeffer Caoc
Joeffer’s shows are templates for consistency. He knows his target market and caters to that woman. Fit, timing, music, and accessories were perfect.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007
Joe Fresh Style
J. Fresh offers well-made, basic styles for affordable prices.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007
GSUS
Young, flashy, energetic clothes. Great show, good looking models, nice clothes (but less than conservative). See the video here.

March 18, 2007 Posted by | L’Oréal, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , | Leave a comment

The Canadian Alphabet Fashion Show

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Feral Childe are Alice Wu and Moriah Carleson, two designers from New York City , who are currently in residence at the Drake Hotel. Their collection “Canadian Alphabet,” is inspired by the cultural and vernacular characteristics of Toronto and surrounding environs.

The runway was decorated with bristol-board/sharpie cut out letters dangling from the ceiling. The Drake Underground was crowded and restlessly amused. Absolutely full of young metropolitan adults.

There was a television crew with their equipment squeezing in and getting in people’s faces.

The night starts out with an announcement that there would be a short film, and then the show would start at 10pm.

The film we are shown is a close-cropped single shot of a marathon running by, with marathon like. For like… a long, long, time. The video’s contribution to the atmosphere seemed to make people anxious and impatient. Maybe it was just me.

Because then we waited a really long time past 10 for the show to start. No one knows how long because there is no cell phone service down there. There was a regal lady with grey hair and a fur coat in the front row who appeared to have a word with the co-ordinater of the event. There was a little morality play about late fashion shows up at the front between the Dame of Toronto Fashion, the Arts Co-Ordinater, and the Co-Designer.

Finally the band (Taigaa! from Brooklyn) started to play and the show began. Taigaa! plays that kind of music with the synth keyboard, the drummer girl, and the singer. The lyrics are spoken or moaned, like this: off… off… off… off… OFF, Offff…. etc.

Then the clothes came out. The models were all very good, professional looking and attractive. One guy was unusual, and had a very distinctive walk.

The clothing definitely co-opted some of the iconography of Canada, in kind of a literal way. The cut of a dress would resemble an Inuit parka. There were coat-toggle sort of references on all sorts of garments. Thermal pants made an appearance. Otherwise, it was boutiquey, quirky. The models wore tights in Royal Blue, but the clothing was brown or grey with grey screenprinting, making the palette of the collection seem very muddy – intentional? The one screen print I idea I liked was an oversized, broken houndstooth pattern.

It all seemed a little rushed. There were still creases on some of the pants where the fabric had been folded on the bolt… and not all of the seams were pressed.

Oh well, I’m out of steam on this one.

January 22, 2007 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , | 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
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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

Purgatory – Aug 5th, 2006 – R.I.P

199 Richmond Street West

www.purgatorytoronto.com

Several of us ladies went to Purgatory to check out what the multi-level complex was about. We also heard that it was Vivica Fox’s birthday and she was celebrating in VIP style on the fourth floor of Purgatory.

First thing’s first. This club is massive! Something like what Lucid use to be back when it was open.

The Four Floors in this venue are:

HELL – Well, hell was not open on the night that we went. We still stuck our head in and saw a red room that looked extremely creepy. Apparently , it is known as Machinehead and caters to a Rock & Roll audience on select days of the week.

PURGATORY PATIO – A resort like atmosphere with foliage! Smoking is permitted all year round (heated in the winter).

PURGATORY – The Purgatory main floor is what you see as soon as you enter. It really is non-descript and not the kind of place you want to be for the whole night, due to the high amount of reverberation from an inadequate sound system.

HEAVEN – A much better room for ones senses. A crisper and well-balanced sound system, and a brighter, cleaner feel to the dance floor area made us feel like dancing. A private semi-enclosed VIP booth was shown to us by one of the owners – Jay T. The VIP area was great for people watching, but did not have exclusive enough decor. The area almost made us feel like we were on display. The ceilings were an unfinished, dingy grey colour, and marred the overall feeling of privilege that one should feel in a VIP area. Jay-T, ever the host, was quite accommodating and made us feel more comfortable than we otherwise would have been. After an initial round of drinks on the house, we had a handsome and willing bartender, mixing up average priced cocktails to perfection.

UPPER HEAVEN – The highest level of the club was where all who were in the know aspired to be. This area was one big square with the middle open for gazing down at the people dancing in “heaven”. We noticed that there was a section that was even more exclusive, and that was where Vivica and her entourage were ensconced. After some initial rejection trying to get in, we were able to find a “loop hole” that allowed us into where she was partying. We studied the situation, then approached her and asked her to pose for some pictures with us, and she gladly obliged. We spent the rest of the night right where Vivica and her people were, dancing to a great blend of R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, House, and Soca.

The only downside to Purgatory is that movement between the 4 levels is slow, cumbersome, and impractical. To make smokers have to travel down 4 levels to the outside patio was not only moronic, but really, really, thoughtless in the design department. So people simply smoked in UPPER HEAVEN, and management did not seem to care. For those who do not relish cigarette and weed smells in their hair and clothing, UPPER HEAVEN may not be the most ideal place to hang out.

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

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August 6, 2006 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | Leave a comment

This is London – July 21st, 2006

www.thisislondonclub.com

Three words – Bad Boy Bill.

We went to This is London on a Friday for house and to check out Bad Boy Bill. In spite of our collective dread of electronic house, we knew that this DJ could turn it out with some soulful house, trance and garage all blended together like the smoothest of shakes. At least that was the jist of the tunes that we heard on his “My Space
site. I especially wanted to check out TIL on a Friday because of the much heralded afterhours house music party scene.

Entry was acceptable enough after getting on Evan G’s email guestlist. We initially thought that with the young crowd and and the overall vibe, that we were out of place. The median age had to be about 24yrs old. However, they were a well dressed crowd that came to party.

After downing our first round of drinks ($27 for 3 Red Bulls mixed with vodka)., we headed over to the VIP area. As it was, one of my girls knew some of the people in the VIP. The music over the next half an hour after our arrival seemed a little too heavy/harsh, and it was hard to get into a dancing mood. We left to go have a smoke, and had to line up to get upstairs to the patio/smoke room. Unimpressed, we stayed in the 10 minute line and after mixing and mingling in the smoking room, and another round of drinks, we had a new resolve to go back in and enjoy ourselves.

Back in the VIP once again, Bad Boy Bill really started to turn the party out. He put on mixes of Bob Sinclair’s “World Hold On”, Crystal Water’s “Gypsy Woman”, and Mr V’s “Da Bump”. We were in a zone, and danced until our stiletto’s caused our tootsies to scream for help. Although he continued to mix the garage with trance with electronic, Bad Boy Bill knew how to keep a party going by pleasing everybody. We received plenty of attention from the fellas, and happily enjoyed everything about being at TIL.

The club itself is very nicely laid out. The main room is large and spacious with a great sound system. The VIP area is comfortable enough, and is in an area where you can still be part of the action. The smoking area is one of a kind. It is a tastefully appointed, elongated room with walls at least 15 feet tall, and no roof! The women’s bathroom is large, well lit, clean, and spacious, and has an attendant.

We will certainly go back to TIL on another night, perhaps for a 25 and over crowd, or for another house night.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 81/2 Love factor – 8

July 22, 2006 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | Leave a comment

Dream Lounge – July 20th, 2006 – R.I.P

205 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Thursdays at Dream is called REUNION THURSDAYS with renowned Toronto DJ Starting from Scratch. We ended up at Dream after leaving a poorly packed Fluid Nightclub.

Entry into Dream was a rigamarole. The bouncer was a pasty beast of a man with absolutely no personality. He repeatedly had people get in one of 3 lineups, and would keep you waiting at the door for no apparent reason. The smokers had to smoke where people were trying to get in and security was a mess in validating who was already inside. It was one of the most disorganized schemes I’ve ever seen.

After gaining entry 10 minutes later. I was not sure if I wanted to stay. Apparently the music would be old school r&B, etc, but I saw a lot of younger urbanites whose style of dress made me wonder if they had any home training. I asked the short man down stairs guarding entry into the club if I could take a peek in before committing, but the turd adamantly refused. Before I knew it, my girlfriends had already paid for me, so I had to go in.

The first thing you see when you are in Dream proper are the beds. Full sized beds right where everyone can view your business. Sounds interesting, but believe me it is not. It is a total waste of space, and could be better used by making it a lounge area with comfortable leather couches. You can’t even see the dancefloor from where the couches are located. If you are going to have beds in a club, put them on a platform or on a different level so that the people in them can see the dancefloor.

We walked around to the bar, got a drink, and then proceeded to the main room. We found a space in the VIP area and took root. At first the hard sounds of dancehall reggae was not turning me – or my girlfriends on. Eventually the old school r&b found its mark in our hearts and we had to get our boogie on. No really, we couldn’t stop dancing! The vibe was on point. The crowd was fabulous. People came to dance and have a good time. Starting from Scratch ended the night with Prince’s “17 Days”.

All in all a great time at a club made special by the vibe of the crowd and by a well seasoned DJ.

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

July 21, 2006 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | Leave a comment