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Club and Event Previews and Reviews

The Art of Todd White Fits the Fashionable

Todd White is taking the world by storm. His instantly recognizable work has been snapped up by Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Larry King, Hugh Hefner, Vin Diesel, Drew Carey and Eric McCormack to name a few.

White began as a painter under the watchful eyes of his mother and grandmother, both accomplished artists in Texas. His first paying job as an artist, however, was at Warner Bros studios on the popular series Tiny Toons. White soon after became the character designer for the internationally renowned cartoon, Sponge Bob Square Pants.

The impact is apparent in his paintings; White’s “Rat-pack meets Picasso” style results, in part, from his desire to reveal his characters innermost thoughts and emotions on their faces.  His scenes of Nightlife, Hollywood, and Women indeed bring to life each character’s essence.

The artist was at the Liss Gallery in Toronto earlier this year, and now he has really picked up some steam in the fashion world.  Let’s hope you can get your hands on an original before his works sell for astronomical prices.

December 19, 2008 Posted by | Toronto, Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why We Love Winter in Toronto…

Yes it gets cold in Toronto, but not colder than a New York winter, and certainly not as blustery cold as Chicago.  So with that in mind, the night life never ends for those willing to step out in their stylish best.

We love winter in Toronto because we get to wear fabulous looking coats, the following being prime examples.

Winter Coats 2008/2009

Flattering, warm enough, and practical for getting in and out of the car.

…and deliciously sexy shoes and boots that set off any outfit

Shoes and boots 2008/2009

Bring a couple pairs to the club, so that you can switch up when your feet start hurting!

…and of course they are all in your basic black! The only color for winter that matters.  These pieces are worth the money, because you will able to style and profile in them for several winters.

So get them here:

bluefly.com

luxury-shops.com

net-a-porter.com

frockonline.com

endless.com

brownsfashion.com

viecouture.com

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Usher’s Official After Party at This Is London – Nov 8th, 2008

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Usher is performing in Toronto at Kool Haus, and the after party promises to be a sexy affair.  The One Night Stand Ladies Only concert tour kicked off this weekend in Atlantic City.  For this tour, Usher has been given a fashion makeover by DSquared2 with clothing ranging from super crisp tuxedos, to a silk robe and slippers!  The promoters of this event at This is London say he is going to be hosting it.  That remains to be seen.  However, with DJ Chris La Roque spinning Mash Up House, R&B and Rock, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

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Toronto DJ - Chris LaRoque

Contact TIL to get on the guestlist here

The promoters of Ink Media here

UPDATE:

Usher came through Ultra Supper Club on Saturday in a lumberjack shirt and hoser beanie-hat.

November 6, 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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