Ransom F/W 2009 Collection

Ransom F/W 2009 Lookbook
Ransom F/W 2009 Lookbook

It has been 8 years since Ransom first launched their collection, and their founding principal of offering a clean and determined look to the consumers is still very much apart of their thought process.  It has evolved from an unknown name in Toronto, to now one that is showcased around the world; giving men a truly refined look…without forgetting their Canadian roots.  And perhaps that is precisely why Ransom has catapulted to its success.  The world nowadays seems to embrace anything that is Canadian, whether it be fashion, government policies or diversity.  Whatever the case may be, for Fall/Winter 2009, much like Ralph Lauren this season, Ransom’s team went back to its heritage.  The result: a truly exceptional collection that fuses the tradition of superb tailoring with raw innovation.

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There are certain situations in life that boggles the mind.  A series of events that perplexes you to the point where your head actually hurts from analyzing it.  Then, there are W.T.F. moments.  These are the particular moments that not only puzzles you, but vexes you so much that it deserves a harsh diatribe.  So, every so often we will unleash those “inner thoughts” that we all think, and share them with you as those W.T.F. moments occur.  Let the onslaught begin…

Warning: The following page contains mature subject matter and is suitable for adults only.  If you have a weak constitution or are easily offended by frank language, please do not continue.  Reader discretion is advised.

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How To Choose The Right Wine For Any Occasion

The Right Wine For Any Occasion

Wine has a rich history dating back to around 6000 BC and is thought to have originated in areas now within the borders of Georgia and Iran.  Through religious and non-religious usages, wine is considered to be an essential beverage that accompanies and enhances a wide range of European and Mediterranean-style cuisines, from the simple and traditional to the most sophisticated and complex.  With a plethora of different wines, it comes as no surprise why many are perplexed as to which wines are used for a particular occasion.  Well the answer is simply that there are really no hard and fast rules when choosing the best wine for each occasion.  Especially when you consider the fact that people are partial to certain wines depending on their personal preference and taste.

Despite this fact, we list a few “soft” guidelines to help you choose the right wine for the right occasion.  This will at least give you a good idea on how to complement an occasion, and certain dishes with the right kind of wine.

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A Night Out With Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren @ The Bay Queen Street
Polo Ralph Lauren @ The Bay Queen Street

For over 40 years, Polo Ralph Lauren has captivated the world over with his innovative interpretation of elegant Americana.  It has provided men from all over the world with classic, timeless and refined pieces that evoke the modern chic gentleman.  So it came as no surprise that the relaunch of the Polo Ralph Lauren shop at The Bay Queen Street drew over 100 of Toronto’s most loyal Polo Ralph Lauren followers (despite the wind and rain).  Succulent lamb skewers, tasty jerk mini-burgers, beer and wine were all served, as the shop was cordoned off for this special night.  Men from all backgrounds and ages were in attendance to mingle, shop and engross themselves in the Polo world.

But the main attraction was the fashion presentation hosted by Russell Smith (Globe & Mail columnist) and Lindsay Falk (Ralph Lauren).  For Fall 2009, Ralph Lauren’s Polo collection focused on the country estate gentleman.  The inspiration laid somewhere in between the quintessential American country mansion and the thirties/collegiate-influenced American man. Utilizing classic patterns (argyle, Fair Isle, tartans etc.) and his iconic Americana pieces, Ralph Lauren went back to where it all started for his empire: the dandy prep.  6 looks were shown throughout the presentation that conveyed the Polo Ralph Lauren man…

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Downtown On-Street Parking: Reduce or Encourage?

Dundas Street West
Dundas Street West

For years, urban planners (and dwellers alike) have been tackling the issue of motor vehicles and their relevance in the downtown core.  On-street parking is a designated space for parking on most city streets and requires payment from the drivers.  In congested urban areas, parking of motor vehicles is time consuming and sometimes expensive.  For drivers however, the convenience of parking on a street and going about their errands/activities in the downtown core is a blessing.  In the cases of the “off-the-path” neighbourhoods, their Business Improvement Associations claim that on-street parking is a vital factor in their businesses surviving, as most of their visitors drive there to shop.  While others argue that by encouraging more on-street parking, it will attract more cars in an already congested downtown area, and promote driving, rather than the other more eco-friendly modes of transportation.

At its meeting on September 26 and 27, 2007, Toronto City Council adopted a report from Toronto and East York Community Council, which amended parking restrictions on Dundas Street West to permit peak period parking (in the non-peak direction only). Peak period left turns from Dundas Street West were also restricted.  City Council also requested the Executive Director of Economic Development, Culture and Tourism to report on the impact that these changes in parking restrictions may have on the economic viability of the area.  Representatives of the Dundas Street West BIA approached the ward Councillor in 2006 about the feasibility of increasing parking availability in the area by permitting parking during peak periods in the non-peak direction on Dundas Street West.  The proposed changes in parking regulations appeared to have broad-based community support.  Over 750 signatures were collected in support of the proposal, and several business owners attended Community Council meetings to speak in favour of the changes.  However, in response to concerns raised by the TTC about the potential impact the proposed changes in parking restrictions would have on streetcar travel times along Dundas Street West, peak period left turns from Dundas Street West were also restricted, and the Director, Transportation Services and the General Manager of the TTC were requested to report in September 2008 on the impact of the changes to TTC service on Dundas Street West.

The Dundas Street West issue has re-sparked this age-old urban planning issue.  Some argue that by encouraging more on-street parking, it would in turn promote the city’s economy by way of accessibility into the city and the 200+ neighbourhoods.  They argue too that by encouraging more on-street parking, it would revitalize neighbourhoods that aren’t easily accessible by TTC.  However, others argue that by reducing these on-street parking, it would promote a more transit-friendly city, where in turn, promote a more “green Toronto”.  They say that it would also provide the TTC an easier way to wade through traffic in the already congested downtown core.

What do you think about Toronto’s downtown on-street parking?  Will more on-street parking help our city’s economy, provide accessibility into the downtown core and revitalize Toronto’s sometimes unknown neighbourhoods?  Or would reducing on-street parking ease the congested downtown streets, provide TTC a “better way” to maneuver and promote a “green Toronto”?

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The Vest

what’s your flavour?

Much like a suit, no reputable menswear designer can miss the opportunity to put vests into their line up for any season.  Vests have transitioned from a suit staple to the realm of everyday wear.  Trends today are focusing on outfits that feature the vest as a substitute to the jacket or sweater.  Every man needs to have at least a few variations of this staple in his closet.  You can dress it up with a suit, or throw it on with a pair of jeans and t-shirt.

My Toronto

A picture says 1000 words.  In this age of hustle and bustle, we tend to forget that our city has amazing visuals that tell our story.  We may pass by an intersection, a road, a building, a person, a shop many times without appreciating its beauty.  Every week we want to give you a unique perspective from a local Toronto photographer through their eyes.

What they capture may tell an untold story.

Passion - "Seen on Edward street."
Passion - "Seen on Edward street."

Shot by Sam Javanrouh of http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/

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Nuit Blanche 2009


nuit blanche 2009.

As people from all over the city and world descended upon Toronto last night, so did we.  Granted that we aren’t professional “photographers”, we did what we could to capture some of the amazing sights and sounds that brought the city to life.  Starting in the Distillery District where we met a steel monster and witnessed the greatest fire show ever, we moved to the Toronto Public Reference Library in Yorkville for a few dance lessons, and ended our journey in the centre of the city: Nathan Phillips Square for a final showing of why our city is just so amazing.  Words truly cannot express what we saw, and more importantly, how it felt to be in the midst of such an extraordinary exhibition of art and culture.  All we can hope for is that our pictures and videos give you a small sampling of what was out there.

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