When someone mispronounces it (which happens more often than you would think) I say, “Think Anglican church.” It’s an easy way to get the tongue to move around the Angli part. When someone pronounces it as though it’s a French name (Ang-line, which actually defies the conventions of French pronunciation) I say, “Non, non. It’s not French. Although I wish it were, I’m a bit of a Francophile!,” [insert awkward, phoney laugh here].*
A good blazer can bring authority to jeans and a t-shirt, or turn a simple dress into a power lunch uniform. Over the years, I’ve found that the boyfriend style of blazer works best for my body type, and I tend to gravitate towards dark, solid colours.
At the Smythe 10×10 anniversary event held at Holt Renfrew, the Canadian brand known for its coveted, luxe jackets presented an array of styles as part of their capsule collection in which they re-interpreted archival looks. From preppy tweeds, to disco gold (my favourite from the runway showing), the collection featured an array of cuts as well as coats and sweaters.
A few things I learned while dining at Fonda Lola, a Mexican restaurant in Toronto’s Queen and Shaw area: 1. Caesar Salad is a Mexican dish (at FL they plate it on a large piece of bib lettuce covered in guacamole and topped with parm-reggiano and maple-jalapeno bacon) 2. Tequila can be as smooth as cognac (we were treated to a shot of Sierra Milenario–I would recommend it, if you’ve got an extra $75 to burn) and 3. Grilled pineapple is a simple, yet absolutely delicious way to heighten a steak fajita.
Sing a little sing-along song! If you’re someone who loves to sing, but isn’t looking to commit to joining a choir, then perhaps you’d be enticed by the casual bar choir option. In Toronto, Choir! Choir! Choir! fills this need. Twice a week you can get your singing kicks at a local watering hole and sing popular songs (classics and newer tracks) along with other patrons of varying degrees of experience (and all age groups). The night we tried it, we became experts at singing Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Swede. Not bad for a Tuesday night out and a cold pint.
If the title Motown: The Musical isn’t enough to encourage you to see this show, then I’m not sure there’s any hope for you, friend. While in Chicago, we attended this show and it was an evening of pure bliss. First, you know every song, and second, you belt them out with the onstage cast without any reservation (even if you’re off-key). The highlights included the performance by a young Michael Jackson (*tears*), the soul-rattling vocals of Martina Sykes as Mary Wells, and every moment Diana Ross (played by Allison Semmes) was on stage. She really nailed it. She was Diana the Diva true-and-through (I have a sudden urge to watch Mahogany now).
There are two popular crowdfunding websites: Indiegogo and Kickstarter (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidentally called it Firestarter — thanks Prodigy… thanks).
For each website, you must include a detailed summary of your project (including the risks involved and the reasons why it deserves to be produced in the first place), a video sizzle reel, and a list of perks that potential donators will receive for their support. This was the most entertaining part of the process for us…