If you don’t recall the story of The Little Prince from childhood, or Le Petit Prince by origin, you’ve likely become familiar with the title this year. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s charming story about a stranded aviator who encounters a little prince in the dessert, has experienced a renaissance of sorts – with the release of an animated movie, and now the world premiere of a full length ballet.
It’s no secret that Toronto is full to the brim with vintage shops – especially in our belovedly hipster-centric Queen West area. However, I only just learned that there is a twice annual Vintage Crawl that goes down in the city from 5-11pm, and tonight is the night!!! All participating shops stay open late, and some have special sales. I liken vintage and second-hand shopping to the ultimate treasure hunt; you never know what you’ll find, but you’re always certain to have fun along the journey.
In recent years, I have grown into a serious coffee lover. But it’s about so much more than a rich brew – it’s the whole cafe culture that has me hooked. I love to sit and sip a good latte (bonus if it’s topped with intricate, frothy art), while listening to chill music, watching other people chat or read in peace.
National Ballet of Canada dancers rehearsing Swan Lake. Photo by Karolina Kuras
Another exciting year of point shoes and pas de deuxs is about to grace Toronto as well as other cities worldwide! Karen Kain, former ballerina, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, (and ahem… my idol), has just announced the 2016/17 Season. It’s also the company’s 65th anniversary!
Christmastime brings about so many festive delights, one of my favourite being a good old fashioned Christmas Market! Bring on the street carollers, the wreaths hung on lampposts, the strands of lights sweeping between brick buildings – I love it all.
Dance is often referred to as a universal language. In my days of point shoes and top knots, dancing gave me the ability to communicate the feelings that words couldn’t describe. It is an art form which transcends intellect – it speaks to the soul.
Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but Summer 2015 has got me hustling! There’s beendinner & jazz in Montreal, tasty brunches andgirl dates, teaching my first yoga classes, and trying to maximize being out in the sun – All on top of my day job! It seems I’ve been going non-stop for weeks now, and as a result the Rather Luvly blog hasn’t seen an updated post in some time. This isn’t to say that I haven’t had plans to post, oh quite the opposite! It seems I have a million ideas for interesting posts and pics to share with you, and I can’t wait to roll them out.
If you’ve managed to make it this far in the season without buying a single bouquet of fresh blooms, I invite you to visit the Toronto Flower Marketand try to resist. I guarantee it will be nearly impossible not to covet a lovely bunch (or two, or three) before you leave!
Summer is in full swing and that means gorgeous gatherings of flowers are absolutely everywhere! From patio boxes, to store-bought bouquets, the options are endless and the hues are just heavenly. If, like me, you take the beloved idiom “stop and smell the roses” to heart, you’re going to want to check out this years’ Toronto Flower Market, where growers and florists gather to bring you the best blooms of the season.
The Flower Market is open once a month – since May and until October – so you can get your fill of fresh Ontario flora. I fully encourage buying flowers for no particular reason other than they will undoubtably make you happy every time you look at them. For this reason they also make a wonderful gift – just because.
If you’d like to follow the local flower frenzy, you can find the #TorontoFlowerMarket on Facebook,Instagram&Twitter. Read more below to see info about location, dates, and times.
This past weekend, my husband and I went to see a performance by the National Ballet of Canada, here in Toronto. This is quite possibly one of my favorite things on earth! As a recreational ballet and modern dancer for most of my life, dance remains an important part of my identity and I feel so fortunate to live in a city that supports Canada’s ballet culture!
Saturday’s performance included The Man in Black (A full-on Johnny Cash Tribute performed in cowboy boots), presented with the modern Chroma (set to a score by Joby Talbot and includes unique orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes), the classical Allegro Brillante and the playful Carousel. So much variety in one night! Of this diverse ensemble of works, it is Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, (which made its company premier in 2010), that kept me engaged long after the curtain closed.