W.T.F.?!?

WTF

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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Streets is Talking

streets is talking…

This is  a weekly series that features local Toronto kids and their various fashions. The series looks at an array of different people and styles to show that a white-T and jeans isn’t the only look out there. You may not agree with all the fashions we post but try and keep an open mind, who knows, you may find yourself breaking out and developing your own “unique” style.

Name: Kenzo
Name: Kenzo

Name: Teddy** Top 3 Stores: Kensington Market, Zara, Get Outside** Inspiration: Dress how I feel** Prized Possession: My pride
Name: Teddy** Top 3 Stores: Kensington Market, Zara, Get Outside** Inspiration: Dress how I feel** Prized Possession: My pride

Home Grown Talent

WolF J McFarlane
WolF J McFarlane

WolF J McFarlane.

Everyday thoughts and inner conversations flow through our minds at least a couple thousand times a day.  This process of thinking allows us to model the world and to deal with it according to their objectives, plans, ends and desires. And when these mental events manifest into art, one is able to delve deeper into the individual’s true mindset.  The result is a kaleidoscope of one’s character, and the understanding of the world surrounding this individual. It is precisely this ability of interpreting one’s thought into something that stimulates emotion from others that led our ears and eyes to WolF J and his “technicolour soundscape”.  What transpires from his art is a unique and brilliant translation of hypothesis’ and inner-ramblings that go far beyond what other artists would do in a lifetime.  And this is just the beginning.

Part of a new collective of Toronto artistes we like to call, “the new class of Toronto’s sound” (KJ, Leilani, Brendan Phillips, Blake Carrington, and crew), this multi-disciplined artiste defies all perceptions of what he should sound like.  Not one to be categorized into a single genre, WolF J utilizes his deep love of music and art to redefine the way our city understands music.  Yet, he views this “musical revolution” as something that comes from what he already loves doing in the first place.  And much like his new mixtape, UpSideDownDay TapeMix, he truly embodies a man of originality, insight and fortitude.  Enlisting the help of home grown producers: Rich Kidd, The Carps, KJ, LordQuest and Shane Tone on UpSideDownDay TapeMix, WolF J takes us on a journey to a far away galaxy that brings us closer to understanding his subconscious.  Along the way, we are met with a sonic clash of distinct sounds that shape his everyday thoughts, his way of deliverance in every track, and most importantly, his undying devotion to his art form that oozes out of him from the moment you meet him.  And what is most striking about WolF J is not only the fact that he can sing and deliver lyrical dexterity (and do both well), nor is it the fact that he is not afraid to blend different sounds to create his own.  It is really his simple philosophy of being true to oneself: be true to yourself in life, in your art and never let anyone tell you otherwise.  A man unequivocally deserving of the title, artiste.

We had the distinct privilege of sitting down with WolF J and discussed about the interpretations of his most inner thoughts, what makes him happy, and his views on his changing of Toronto’s music scene.

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TIFF: Free Screening September 19 2009

TIFF 2009
TIFF 2009

Continuing on with our coverage of the free screenings during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009, we present you the schedule for the free screenings taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square on the last day of screenings, Saturday September 19 2009.  Although there are many premieres and film events happening as well on the same day, there’s nothing better than to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city while taking in a visual masterpiece in the heart of Toronto…

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TIFF: Free Screenings September 18 2009

TIFF 2009
TIFF 2009

Continuing on with our coverage of the free screenings during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009, we present you the schedule for the free screenings taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square for Friday September 18 2009.  Although there are many premieres and film events happening as well on the same day, there’s nothing better than to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city while taking in a visual masterpiece in the heart of Toronto…

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How To Spot A Designer Fake

Fake Men's Designer Pieces
Fake Men's Designer Pieces

In this day and age of vanity and the pursuit of the “haute” image, it is inevitable that designer pieces that are coveted by the public, will be copied and sold.  Let’s face it, designer goods are expensive; there’s no way around it.  Hence the existence of an extremely lucrative industry devoted solely to counterfeited designer items. We have all seen or know people that buy these designer knock-offs and not react to it.  Although it seems harmless to buy a $100 replica of an original $1000 piece, this not only devalues the branding of the designer, but it aides in the continuation of the “black market” that works closely with this illegal industry. The International Chamber of Commerce estimates that 7% of global trade involves counterfeit goods, or US$600-billion a year alone on the distribution of bootleg designer apparel and has spawned an estimated $512 billion in lost sales worldwide.  In Canada alone, the fashion and retail industries lose millions of dollars every year.

Businesses and their employees are not the only victims in the crime of counterfeiting.  The fake designer market works directly with international crime syndicates that are involved in a wide array of unimaginable crimes: gang warfare, human trafficking, and child labour.  Counterfeiting is also linked to money laundering activities that fund terrorist organizations.  Because of this counterfeiting industry, designers and brands are cracking down with an iron fist on bootlegging.  LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Thomas Pink, Givenchy…among many more) alone spends millions upon millions of dollars yearly on anti-counterfeiting, and has a dedicated team that handles this issue.

Due to technological advances, it is becoming harder and harder to distinguish an original from a fake.  But with a keen eye, and an understanding of why designer pieces are priced the way they are, you can prevent yourself from purchasing a piece that could potentially further the global recession, and most importantly, save you from embarrassment.

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TIFF: Free Screenings Thursday September 17 2009

TIFF 2009
TIFF 2009

Continuing on with our coverage of the free screenings during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009, we present you the schedule for the free screenings taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square for Thursday September 17 2009.  Although there are many premieres and film events happening as well on the same day, there’s nothing better than to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city while taking in a visual masterpiece in the heart of Toronto…

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Rexdale

Rexdale
Rexdale

rexdale.

When we got down to writing about this week’s featured neighbourhood, Rexdale, we were curious to see what people knew or had to say about this part of our city.  This is what a few had to say:

“A ghetto part of Toronto.”

“The Canadain HOOD, one of the most feared placez in Canada due to high drug, violence, and gang rates. Birth placez of famous rappers jelleestone and DR.CHRONIC aka mc hash. Also known as REX, located in toronto, etobico. dun go der…”

One site event went on to say,

“Rexdale’s population of approximately 130,000 include 28,000 South Asian, 22,000 people of African Origin (Caribbean, South American, African) and pockets of Croatians, Italians and Assyrians.Rexdale suffered from a crisis of youth gang crimes and homicides in the late 90’s and early 2000’s as well as recently in 2005. Rexdale has been given a reputation as a dangerous neighbourhood (in some parts), due to the high crime rate. Rexdale’s most notorious parts are that of the metro housing areas with high gang activity. Rexdale’s unemployment rate is 3 times the city average at 18%. This part of the city has experienced a massive exodus of people moving into the Western Suburbs of Brampton and Mississauga for better oppertunity and safer conditions for their families.”

This is the reality of some areas of Rexdale; there is no denying that.  There is no denying the violence, drugs and gangs that run the streets of this neighbourhood.  But we are not here to talk about the negatives, instead we would like to point out that people like Carlo Colaiacovo (professional hockey player), Ghetto Concept (hip hop duo), K’naan, (hip hop musician), Bruce McDonald (Canadian film and television director), Joanne Morra (professional soccer player), P. K. Subban (professional hockey player) and Rheostatics (rock band) are all from Rexdale.

Bet a lot of you never knew that?  Here is the other side of this sometimes demonized part of our city.

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The Shawl Neck Sweater

ol’ schooling it…

Either grandpa had crazy style or this isn’t just your grandpa’s sweater anymore.  Move over v-neck because the shawl-neck sweater is making a relentless comeback. The shawl neck sweater is a fall must have for its versatility and class.  You can dress it down with a pair of jeans or wear it to a club with a nice dress shirt and tie.  The combinations are endless, much like the variations available at retailers…


Shawl Neck Cardigan - $59.99 - H&M - hm.com/ca
Shawl Neck Cardigan $59.99 - H&M hm.com/ca

Ribbed Shawl Sweater - $69.90 - Zara - zara.com
Ribbed Shawl Sweater - $69.90 Zara - zara.com

Cockpit Shawl Collar Pullover - $75 - The Cockpit - urbanoutfitters.com
Cockpit Shawl Collar Pullover - $75 - The Cockpit urbanoutfitters.com

Kidnap Cotton - $88 - French Connection - canada.frenchconnection.com
Kidnap Cotton - $88 French Connection frenchconnection.com

Wool Shawl Collar Sweater - $250 - Polo Ralph Lauren - thebay.com
Wool Shawl Collar Sweater - $250 - Polo Ralph Lauren thebay.com

Intarsia Shawl Collar Sweater - $290 - Paul Smith Jeans - holtrenfrew.com
Intarsia Shawl Collar Sweater - $290 - Paul Smith Jeans holtrenfrew.com

TIFF: Free Screenings September 16 2009

TIFF 2009
TIFF 2009

Continuing on with our coverage of the free screenings during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009, we present you the schedule for the free screenings taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square for Wednesday September 16 2009.  Although there are many premieres and film events happening as well on the same day, there’s nothing better than to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city while taking in a visual masterpiece in the heart of Toronto…

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