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Hustle On!: Farewell to How She Hustles

Today’s the day!

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Photos of Emily Mills and her team, circa 2013.

After a successful five-year run, the last How She Hustles brunch is being held today in Toronto.

I can’t attend this year. Still, I have fond memories. I went last year. In a few short hours I met professionals of all stripes who led double lives. They were everyday superheroes—women who dared to pursue their dreams beyond their day jobs.

I would like to thank my friend Emily Mills for taking the time to organize this event. Every year, she works hard with her team to create something truly meaningful: A space for women to gather and bond over their willingness to pursue their passions in spite of life’s craziness.

My time at How She Hustles will always be precious to me. The event is a genuine celebration of sisterhood that I will sincerely miss.

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I’ve been working…

On my Tumblr.

Long ago a friend suggested create a writing portfolio. I’m still deciding where it will be.

As for this post, a few weeks ago I started studying copywriting via Skillshare. I’m behind–and I’ll post about why soon. 😉 But as soon as I started, I was inspired to create some fake advertisements.

Check them out!

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I can’t take credit for the photos in either of these. I found them on Flickr.

a4gpa took the photo used for the ad above and shared it with an Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. Just looking at it inspired me. I wonder if a place that’s as funky as Stretch Studio actually exists–even if it’s not in Toronto.

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In this piece, I used a shot by Pedro Szekely, who presented his work under an Attribution 2.0 license. It’s such a gorgeous shot–it almost broke my heart to crop it.

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Broadbent Sisters – Poolside: Clearing Spaces

The Broadbent Sisters are an artistic duo who are, truly, sisters.

Since last year, Rose and Joy have been hosting shows at Toronto’s Huntclub Studio. I had the privilege of attending their most recent exhibit, held Thursday night.


Dressed in identical blue outfits, the ladies even gave guests hand massages.


Overall, the mood in the room was joyful. And I’ll admit it. I remained shy about taking photographs. Nevertheless, I had a lovely time.

Here’s to more urban adventures!

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Type Books

I love going downtown. When I’m there, I feel rejuvenated. On Friday I hit Queen St. West, and in particular…Type Books.









It’s killing me that I didn’t take the most important photo of all–of their sign. But I did capture their current window. KalpnasWindowMorrissey

If you don’t think that pic does it justice, here’s a better shot, courtesy of Beckie DiLeo .

The awesome Kalpna Patel (@GhostfaceKnitta) designs their displays. After over a year of following each other on Twitter, I’m glad to have finally met her.

Although this was my first visit to Type, it won’t be my last. In an era of big-box bookstores, Type offers a refreshing alternative.

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Hello Again: Soma

Earlier this month I went to Kensington Market. As I was leaving, on my way back to Spadina, a familiar face poked her head out of a doorway.

Remember the first time I mentioned Soma?

Well, the store has moved. Its new location is larger. And it offers the same eclectic clothes and great company.


Indera and I chatted and laughed for what seemed like forever.





She even had a blue version of the dress from my last visit.


Although I bought nothing, I coveted everything. The next time you’re in Kensigton, check it out!

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ALN*: It’s Always Something

Last night I volunteered at It’s Always Something–the variety show for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto.

The show was spectacular. Ron James hosted. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood brought the house down with their improv routine. Featured musicians included Corey Hart and Jessica Mitchell.

I was on duty before the show started at the Sony Centre. There were a few famous Canadians in the room. It was hilarious. I offered a cheery “Hi!” to one actor, before I reined myself in.

Note to Self: Following someone on Twitter does NOT mean that they will recognize you in real life.

I can’t wait ’til next year! Lord willing, I’ll be back–either as a volunteer, or an attendee.

*ALN –> About Last Night

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So, I went to Nuit Blanche.

Yes, I know this post is late. As the kids say, I’m “Sorry/Not sorry…”

How was it?

People were everywhere. And if you don’t believe me, well…

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Note the two guys on the right in the third photo. My camera just…Did that. I didn’t use any filters or FX in these shots.

My adventure began when I exited Queen Station. The farthest I got along Queen was John Street. In fact, that’s where I found this woman:

Shortly after seeing her, I decided to go home. My night ended much sooner than I’d anticipated. (Earlier I’d had visions of pulling an all-nighter.) But it wasn’t disappointing. Not by a long shot.

I remember tweeting after I saw those guys that I’d captured them at Queen and Bay. But it was probably Queen and University.

No matter, though. The music meant more to me than the location. In fact, it’s what made the night worthwhile.

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Last Friday Night: Forever Friday

Earlier this week I “liked” what I thought was merely a Facebook page for Nuit Blanche. The next thing I know,one of my classmates invited me to hang out with her.

I didn’t realize that I’d given the thumbs up to something called Forever Friday. When we arrived I had no idea about the lineup. But it was a wonderful event.




“The rose is without why, it blooms because it blooms, it cares not for itself, asks not if it is seen.” – Boris Achour



When art and activism come together, it’s the best of both worlds. Friday night’s focus was on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Light was also shone on the plight of Tarek and John–two Canadians who are finally coming home after being detained in Egypt.

Indoors, there was a concert and presentation. George Stroumboulopoulos hosted. Roger Petersen, Wei Lee, and others spoke.

The music was mesmerizing. Here’s a snippet from a performance by LAL. If you can’t feel it, TURN IT UP!!:

Whitehorse also took the stage. I shot some video of their performance, but it was only a few seconds long. This photo doesn’t do them justice.


In the midst of everything, there was also a trio from a band called The Samba Punks. And Gene Pendon created a painting of Ai Weiwei right before our eyes.


The evening ended with k-os DJing.


Once again, I owe Friday night to one of my new friends. She gave me some great insight into Ai Weiwei and his work. In hindsight, I wish you could’ve been there to see and hear what I did. There’s so much that I know I’m not saying…But by the end of the night, my heart was so full, it was ridiculous. In the presence of live music, something truly wonderful comes over me. Friday night was no exception. And knowing that the event took place to shine a light on others was even better!

As an aside, I found myself overcome with thoughts about what I want to do with my media-minded self. I want to take my talent and DO GOOD. I need to. It’s the only way I’m going to have any peace in this world.