August 2011 #1
STAFF Ada Adams Editor-In-Chief/Content Director/Public Relations
CONTRIBUTORS Ana Vrana, Asha Heller, Ayobola Ejiwunmi, Celine Taillefer-Travers, Natalie Ast, Sean Mitton
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IN THIS ISSUE ISSUE ONE SUMMER LOVE
FEATURES 6 Style: Summer Make-Up Tips 8 Style: Summer Fashion Trends 10 Causes: Mark DeMontis of Courage Canada 12 Global Artists: Hair and Make-Up 57 Sports: No Games
EDITORIAL 28 Enchantment Passant Par 33 Flower Goddesses 40 Only the Gentle 48 Tempeste 53 Tranquillus 60 Shipwrecked Royalty 66 Gemma Pretiosa
ARTS 5 Photography: Taste of Summer
IN EVERY ISSUE
22 Fiction: “Just Another End of Days”
4 Letter From the Editors
25 Literature: “One Day” Book Review
38 Lifestyle: Date with Toronto
26 Photography: Summer in Polaroids
58 Travel: “Hawaii - More Than Just a Tan”
Editor’s Note To be technical, it’s the present tense conjugation of the French verb ‘vouloir’, which means, ‘to want’. Je veux. Tu veux. I want. You want.
-Sherry Vanstone who generously volunteered her time and make-up magic to help with the shoot.
But to us, the editors of VEUX Magazine, in our inaugural issue, it’s the creation of something we wanted to see. To get something you want often requires a certain amount of sweat, blood and tears, but it has been worth it every step of the way. We realized over an afternoon of tea one day that we were surrounded by an incredible amount of talent, creativity and passion; voices that simply required a medium through which to deliver their messages. We realized we could provide this avenue.
-Shaun Marq, Spencer Judge and the team from B.A.D. PR for taking our ideas and converting them into the glossy pages.
People create because they want to. The writer who stays up past midnight, the photographer who wakes up before dawn, the model who sweats it out under hot lights, the painter hunched over the easel, the makeup artists and hair stylists who drag their kits all over town, the wardrobe stylists who carefully hand-select each piece of clothing - they do this because they want to. And we want to help them do this.
We are also eternally grateful to those who have helped us achieve our dreams. Merci beaucoup! We would not have gotten to this stage without the help of: -Yawen Chan who built our web presence from the ground up by creating our logo and our website. -Sue Samonig whose incredible jewellery designs inspired a teaser shoot for our website.
-Andrew Oplinger who helped us implement an online system for staying organized.
-Natasha Smith for her talent with words and her magical editing pen. -Family members, friends and industry professionals who cheered on our dream. This magazine is something we wanted to do. It’s a project we hope people will want to be a part of. It’s a publication we’d love to have people want to read and display on their coffee tables.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting something. To want something can be a wonderful motivator, driving force and source of inspiration. It can challenge people, push them beyond what they thought they could do and it can change the world. To want something sets a goal before us and gives our lives direction; we strive when we want.
We wanted to share with the world the results of this wanting and this magazine is the result of our own wanting. Enjoy!
-VH on behalf of all the editors at VEUX Magazine
Taste of Summer
GREECE Photography: Andonis Mamillos Make-Up: Naya Sarricosta Model: Peggy
Make-Up: Asha Heller Photographer: Wales Wong Model: Maulee Armstrong
Style-Make-Up Tips Summer Beauty Asha Heller
Summer makeup is all about keeping your look bright and fresh and your makeup application light and quick - perfect for a day out in the summer heat. The following article features some tips on how to create a quick daytime look in under 10 minutes. Face: To keep skin looking healthy and even, but not weighed down by heavy liquid foundations, a great option is to use a tinted moisturizer with a sun protection factor. Cover FX Tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 is a great choice for everyday wear. Products such as this will help you to achieve an even skin tone while giving your skin some much needed hydration in the summer heat and protecting your delicate features from the sun.
Top with your favourite lip balm or gloss to keep your lips soft. My picks are Nivea Lip Care in Strawberry or Korres Lip Butter in Mango.
Eyes: Soft romantic eyes are a staple for hot summer days and warm summer evenings. Smudging a brown water resistant eyeliner like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Bourbon into the lash line will add definition to your eyes without looking heavy. Adding a simple highlight on the brow bone Cheeks: Cream blushes which can also double as and on the inner corners of your eyes will make you lip tints keep your beauty routine quick and simple look bright and awake - Yaby High Shine shadow in and your makeup bag light - I like Stila Convertible Seashell makes a fantastic highlighter. Topping it off Lip and Cheek colours. Just blend a small dab into with a water resistant mascara like Cover Girl Lash the apples of your cheeks, working it back slightly Blast Fusion finishes your quick and easy summer toward the temples to give yourself a healthy glow. look. Following up with a quick dusting of high definition All products mentioned in the article can be found at: finishing powder like Make Up For Ever HD Finishing www.yabycosmetics.com Powder will help lock your look polished all day, www.coverfx.com without feeling heavy or cakey. Lips: Apply lip stain - like Stila Convertible Lip and Cheek colours or Benefits Benetint or Posie Tint to your lips with either your finger tips or lip brush,dabbing evenly to get colour that will last all day.
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Model: Maulee Armstrong
Style-Fashion Trends L’été Bohème
Shimmering water on lakes, Labour Day fireworks and cool sundresses are some of the highlights
of late summer. But once the sun starts setting early, it’s as if overnight, you can find yourself reaching into the back of the closet for a cashmere sweater and comfy suede boots.The transition between summer and fall in Canada can be fast and abrupt, making a pre-fall wardrobe a sometimes unnecessary investment. But how can summer pieces worn and loved throughout the hot months translate into the perfect fall wardrobe? This season, and well into fall, designers have been taking inspiration from the 70s, creating bohemian and free-spirited looks.
Prints and Textures
The must-have item for summer is a maxi skirt with accordion pleats. Maxi skirts can be mysterious and borderline witchy, but the essential summer skirt gets an injection of sex appeal with a leg slit and see-through bottom. This piece can be easily translated into fall with boots and a tailored blazer to balance the feminine, free-flowing bottom.
Prints made a splash this summer, at Prada and Stella McCartney. Those runways featured fruit prints that would make even Carmen Miranda jealous. Wardrobe pieces with vintage scarf prints are one of the hottest emerging trends and are more versatile season-to-season. Think of vintage Versace and classic Hermès inspired scenes, or bohemian paisley printed on a sheer blouse.
Piggy-backing onto the bohemian looks as of late, feather accessories are the current renegade trend. Worn as earrings, necklaces or even in your hair, real or faux feathers add an eclectic flair to your look.
Snakeskin is the print on every fashionista’s style radar. It was at the epicentre of Hannah MacGibbon’s last collection as head designer for Chloe. Usually reserved for handbags and shoes, the print can be seen on blouses, blazers and even trousers for a look that makes a bold statement.
Whatever statement you want to make, eclectic bohemian-inspired looks will help you go from the There’s no denying that this summer’s haute hue was sizzling summer to fall in a breeze. white. Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection featured a runway full of white eyelet and Spanish lace, macramé details and ethereal sheer, contrasting with their iconic corseted bodices. While the fashion Gods are against wearing white after Labour Day, there’s no time like the present to get mileage out of an airy white dress.
White is the New Black
Another hot colour for summer was orange. While not everyone can pull off the neon colour block look, richer hues of mustard or persimmon can look sophisticated as a cocktail dress or blouse. Keep your eyes out for rich shades of wine and burgundy this fall, as well as eggplant.
Photography : Wales Wong Styling : Natalie Ast Make-up : Ivy Zheng and Emily Fung Models: Jill, Katie, Natalie, Sasha, Tia
Model: Katie Buitendyk MUA: Ivy Zheng Sheef scarf-print top: Winners , $16.99 Black sheer accordion-pleat skirt: H&M, $59.95 Necklace: Forever 21, $6.80 Black Wedges: MRKT
Model: Tia L. MUA: Emily Fung Orange Dress: H&M, $69.95 Kimono: H&M, $59.95 Brown Leather Sandals, Winners Peacock Feather Hair Extension: Hot Topic, $10
Outfit #3 Model: Jill Billingsley MUA: Emily Fung Brown Suede Dress: H&M, $39.95 Feather Necklace: Forever 21, $7.80 Deer Ring: Forever 21, $4.80 T-Strap Platforms: Forever 21, $31.80
Outfit #4 Model: Natalie Ast MUA: Emily Fung White Lace Dress: French Connection, $198 Cream Shoes: GAP Earrings: Stylistâ€™s Own
Outfit #5 Model: Sasha Ast MUA: Ivy Zheng Snakeskin Blazer: Zara, $139 Snakeskin Pants: Zara, $79 Asymmetrical Black Stilettos: Zara, $99
Mark and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Mark and Wayne Gretzky Mark celebrates as a 2010 Paralympic torch bearer in
Mark skates with Childhood friend Cameron Williams (Photo: Ryan Hughes) 10
Feature Mark DeMontis: Making a Difference One Stride at a Time Sean Mitton Seven years ago, Mark DeMontis was a regular Canadian teen; excitedly chatting with his friends about university goals, busy with his high-school’s student council and training for a dream of playing hockey in the NHL.
A lot has transpired in seven years, and with DeMontis’s drive and determination, there is surely a lot more to follow. From mid-August to mid-October, Mark will be focused on the Courage Canada campaign to raise money and awareness for Blind Hockey programs, which will take him on a 2,000 km journey from Halifax to Toronto. I personally plan to follow him during this skate, through his Facebook page and Twitter feed. For more information about Courage Canada and Mark Demontis, visit his website at www.couragecanada.com.
He never envisioned that he would be preparing to inline skate from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Toronto, Ontario. Much has happened over the last 7 years for DeMontis, including losing his sight when he was diagnosed with Leber’s Optic Neuropathy — a rare condition that took away the central sight in both of his eyes, leaving him legally blind – at the age of 17. Mark states: This condition put an end to his dream of playing “Financial support from this campaign will College hockey in the US and perhaps playing on directly help youth and adults across the the big stage of the NHL. During a low point in his life in 2008, DeMontis founded Courage Canada, a national registered charity, with the goal to implement learn-to-skate programs and hockey schools for Canadians who are blind and visually-impaired. In 2009, Mark ambitiously launched the organization by inline skating from his hometown, Toronto, across five provinces and 5,000 kilometers to Vancouver to raise funds and awareness for his cause. Mark’s campaign gained local and national media attention along the way, appearing on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Global National with Kevin Newman. The campaign raised over $60,000 and was sponsored by Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk and organizations such as Reebok, Tim Horton’s and more. Since then, Courage Canada has continued to flourish. DeMontis has met Wayne Gretzky, presented flowers to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and been a torchbearer for the 2010 Paralympics Games. Outside of Canada, he partnered with North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles to create Blind Hockey puck prototypes for the visually impaired. He has also become a professional youth and corporate speaker.
country learn and play our nation’s game; an opportunity they otherwise may never have had.”
About the author: Sean Mitton is the President and Founder of the Canadian Expat Network, a leading website for Canadians Abroad. www.canadianexpatnetwork.com
Global Make-Up & Hair Artists 12
UNITED KINGDOM “ Ice Princess”
Make-Up & Styling: Helen Appleton Photography: Andrew Appleton Model: Numba Siluka aka Nusi
“Crème Goddess” Make-Up: Joanna Berdzinska Hair: Gaelle Secretin Photography: Carmen Chan Model: Hannah Cowley @Hollywood Management
UNITED STATES “ Lavande Pluie”
Make-Up: Jason Melgar Hair: Brandy Stokes Photography: Merry Widjaya Jewelry Designer: Lilah Gabriel Model: Agatha Le
SINGAPORE & CANADA “ Windblown”
Make-Up & Hair - Andrea Claire (Judy Inc.) Photography - Richard Dubois Model - Magalie (Sutherland)
“Peacock” Make-Up: Mark Lim Hair: Amen Tsui Photographer: Jim Megou Model: Catherine Luk
FRANCE & UNITED KINGDOM “Parapluie”
Make-Up: Dashee La Maquilleuse Hair: Arnaud Prevost/Arnostyle Photography: Sing Lo Fashion Styling: Blessing Sule
Model: Natasha Musson
“Melted Beauty” Make-Up: Frosso Varela Photography: Jordan Boutzelioglou Model: Anita Brandhuber
“Summer Cool” Make-up: Ekaterina Guseva Hair: Tatyana Pateeva Photography: Dmitry Drozdov Model: Julia Ogun
Make-Up: Ekaterina Guseva Hair: Tatyana Pateeva Photography: Dmitry Drozdov Model: Nadya Stepkina
Photographer: Kareen Mallon (Electrafire Studios) Models: Daniel Kuchnier (Sutherland Modelwork) & Christine Celina
Arts-Fiction Just Another End of Days Vivien Hoang The dark was approaching on the horizon. Christine peered from between her curtains, down at the streets below. She could see small packs of humans darting from one building to another, across the street and around the stalled cars. An angry, dark grey plume of smoke was rising in the distance, but there were no sirens. No, even firefighters, paramedics and police officers were probably either at home with their families or trying to flee. As if you could run from this. She shielded her eyes, squinting into the distance. Like tricks being played on her eyes, she could almost see little flashes of light - motes just ahead of the darkness; ephemeral, wispy heralds. Was it just her imagination? Or was it... Christine stepped away from the window as Daniel entered the room, holding a thick tome, dogeared carelessly. He pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose - an adorable, unconscious habit - and noticing her expression, gestured to the couch. “C’mon, Chris, let’s read together.” She acquiesced. What else was there to do? They nestled together on the overstuffed couch, his left arm draped over her body as she lay with her head against his shoulder. “Whatcha reading?” Christine enquired, trying to discern the writing on the book’s spine. “Trying to finish Anna Karenina.” “How many times have you started and stopped that book?” “Oh, about a dozen times since college.” “You think this time will be different?” Christine looked up at him skeptically. Daniel brushed a stray lock of hair from her forehead, replying absentmindedly, “I’ll finish it this time. For sure.” She snorted. “You say that every time.”
He wouldn’t finish it this time, of course, but not due to lack of trying. Instead, rather troubling circumstances would get in the way. Christine picked up her magazine. “How to please your lover.” “Summer’s hottest colours.” “8 tips for a flatter belly.” She exhaled in frustration. “I’m going for coffee. You want?” He didn’t even glance away from the page as she kissed his cheek. “Only if you’re buying.” Christine punched him on the arm. “You’re so cheap. I think the looters have broken into the Moonbucks, in any case. I’ll see what I can find.” Daniel finally looked at her from over his glasses. “Be careful.” “I always am.” Christine slipped on her sneakers and checked her makeup in the mirror - her own unconscious habit. It took her nearly five minutes to remove the barricades from the front door of their condo and undo all the locks, but with the way the neighbourhood was these days, one could not take too many precautions. She bypassed the broken elevator – its doors ajar like a gaping maw and headed for the stairs. She stuck her head into the stairwell and listened carefully before climbing down the four flights. Christine trotted confidently towards the Moonbucks on the corner, avoiding the broken pavement and a gushing fire hydrant. This was her usual morning path, well worn in her memory. It was the same, and yet very different. She cautiously stepped through the glassless front window of the coffee shop, nearly slipping on spilled coffee beans. A few minutes of quick rummaging netted her several unopened bags of her favourite dark roast. She plucked a few of the least squashed paper coffee cups from their perch and found some sad-looking packets of sugar. A peek into the fridge revealed that the milk had all gone bad. Oh well, she thought. I like my coffee black anyway, she thought. Ducking her head, she scooted back across the street and let herself back into her building.
Arts-Fiction Just Another End of Days Cont. Vivien Hoang She always preferred it when she didn’t have to encounter another human being on these forays; it was always an awkward: “Hello. How are you? Looking forward to - end of days?” Daniel had at least gotten up from the couch by the time she re-entered the condo. He began making the coffee using their dwindling supply of bottled water, while she painstakingly rearranged the barricade and locks. They sipped their cold coffee together, a small pocket of civilisation. There was a menacing rumble and their building shook slightly. Without missing a beat, Christine caught the salt shaker that was teetering on the edge. The earthquakes were definitely increasing in frequency, but she heard they were much worse in the east.
Soon, it was just Christine and Daniel in their fourth floor condo. Christine curled into Daniel. He quieted down and they slept.When she awoke,He glanced sleepily at her, smiling. “Good morning.” Impulsively she kissed him, running her fingers through long, floppy, slumber-tousled brown hair. They made love unhurriedly; they had nowhere they needed to be. Afterwards, they basked in a contented glow. There was no sunlight this morning, just a dim, fuzzy greyness.
When the sun began setting, they lit a few candles and pulled out the Scramble board. Christine won easily though she had to vigorously defend her use of the word ‘ae’.
They made breakfast. They sat at the kitchen table - the one that always wobbled because Christine’s parents had given it to her secondhand, and one leg was noticeably shorter than the other. Christine’s parents lived in Miami. Miami had disappeared about four days ago.
“It’s a real word.”
Daniel flicked a wayward Fruity-O at her.
“What does it mean?”
Christine heard the first screams in the afternoon. They were just a distant wailing; disembodied voices being carried by the wind. But there was nothing she could do, for them or for herself. There was nowhere to go.
“I don’t know. But it’s a real word. I wish we still had electricity and the internet. I could prove it to you!” That night, Daniel tossed and turned beside her while she stared at the ceiling. In the night, she could see the flicker of lights against her curtains. Who knew you could actually see souls being saved? It occurred at seemingly random intervals, and not often enough to bring her comfort. After all, there hadn’t been that many believers.
So she sat on the couch with her Daniel and read about the summer that would never come and what the fashion experts in the Paris that no longer existed thought the colours would be. Hot pink, apparently.
But always accompanying the salvation was the destruction, the dark. Christine had spent the first few days after May 21 entranced by the news on the television. Daniel’s smartphone was all abuzz with constant Tweets (#rapture). But once the dark hit a city, no one heard anything from it ever again. It was like it had been wiped off the map, pulled into a void, rent into two, swallowed whole.
Christine squeezed Daniel’s hand.
A modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.Soon, there was no more news. Soon, social media was dead. Soon, there was no more electricity.
The screams were definitely getting louder. And closer.
There was a flash of light outside their building. Even through the curtains, Christine could see the wall of dark descending upon them like a towering wave of annihilation. Daniel suddenly looked up from his book - he was on page 342 - and said, his voice tight with emotion, “Y’know, tonight I was thinking, instead of Scramble, we could play
Arts-Literature Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls Ana Vrana
In , David Nicholls has crafted a realistic, absorbing, funny, and at times bittersweet love story. Its two protagonists’ lives are revealed in snapshots every year on the anniversary of the day that they first met.
“You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle.”
Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew seem to be incompatible from the start. Emma, a witty, self-deprecating, aspiring writer, and Dexter, a self-absorbed, handsome and privileged young man, decline a relationship and begin a friendship after a failed first date following their university graduation. Emma is clearly infatuated with Dexter from the start but works hard to keep their relationship and her feelings platonic, while Dexter is too busy womanizing and living carefree to notice or act on the feelings he has cultivated for “Em”, his best friend.
However, the novel is also more than a RomCom and you will find passages that show the complexity of life and growing up, a depth that is as thought provoking as it is humorous. The book’s ultimate premise is perhaps found in Dexter’s recounting of Emma’s general life theory: “’Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really who had energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”
The story unfolds over a twenty-year span through which Dexter and Emma are faced with life’s many challenges, as well as testaments to their friendship. Nicholls has fashioned a candid narrative with vivid characters. You will be hard pressed not to cheer on Dexter and Em- Nicholls’ has created an entertaining and emima’s undeniable, though not always obvious (to nently readable novel, which comes highly recthem) chemistry. ommended as a surprisingly moving read. The novel takes you through the characters’ 20s into their 40s with plenty of references to 90s pop culture to stir some nostalgia in Generation-X readers. Nicholls’ prose is simple and humorous, but the novel is by no means fluffy. Nicholls has a knack for one-liners, which keep the story from entering the melodramatic. For example, Dexter’s wish for Emma:
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love it.
“The Wave of Sensuality” Photography,Make-Up, Hair & Fashion Styling: Tatiana Kurnosova Model: Anna Kulekina
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Canada Photography: Si창n Elizabeth-Anne Makeup & Hair: Jessica Jean Myers for TRESemme Hair Care Model: Vienna (Olivia Management New York)
Cheek: Make Up For Ever Powder Blush in Dark
Lip: MAC Lipstick in Myth
Face: Yaby Concealer in Custard & Yaby Powder Foundation in PF092
CYPRUS Photography & Retouching: Onasoglou Eleni Make-up: Christina Hadjikyriacou Hair: Eleni Markidou Fashion Styling: Annie Timini Nail Artistry: Nikoletta Onasoglou Jewelry: Elena-Lenalix Alexandrou-Nikolaou Models: Andrea Kyriakou & Antri Karantwni, Diva Model Agency
Date With Toronto Ayobola Ejiwunmi As with any date between two individuals, Veux Magazine intends to make you, the individual reader, more familiar with our subject, Toronto. We will go into it with a sense of curious apprehension, hopefully leading with time to discovery. We will peel away the layers of myth that shroud the city. Without prejudice, we will expose its secrets and discuss its merits as well as its faults. At the end of the day, our goal is to enable you to establish a steady relationship with the city that has been the object of your fancy, whether you are someone who lives here, but needs to know more, or as a transient visitor. This will be a regular segment. As in real life, a date’s profile provides, in broad strokes, some handpicked attributes and expectations. This issue is the introduction to your date, so allow us to play the role of match-maker, enabler. For starters, we will be giving you a superficial description of your date – the what to expect. We are certain that you will like Toronto. What’z up Toronto? Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. 38
With a population of over 5 million residents, it is the seventh largest urban region in North America. Our date with Toronto will not be limited strictly to the boundaries of the core City of Toronto. Rather, it will encompass that amorphous urban spread that sits in a shallow bowl in the northwest corner of Lake Ontario. Toronto is marked by its agglomeration of regions, municipalities and neighbourhoods. In fact, Toronto is known as “the city of neighbourhoods” because of the strength and vitality of its many communities – stretching from the lake to the south to the northern tip of Durham region and from the municipality of Burlington to the west almost 80 kilometres eastwards to the municipality of Clarington. The city has over 200 distinct, thriving neighbourhoods within its boundaries. And believe it or not, there are folks who have grown up in Toronto; lived all their lives in one community – say in the West End, and know absolutely nothing about the other end of the city, like the Guildwood in Scarborough! Maybe you are one of them if so, there’s a lot to learn from our pages. Of course these neighbourhood capsules also also offer shelter to the many immigrants within Toronto.
As of 2006, 47% of the residents of the city proper belong to a visible minority group, and visible minorities are projected to comprise a majority in the Toronto census area by 2017. According to the UN Development Programme, Toronto has the secondhighest percentage of constant foreign-born population among world cities; after Miami, Florida. While Miami’s foreign-born population consists mostly of Cubans and other Latin Americans, no single nationality or culture dominates Toronto’s immigrant population, placing it among the most diverse cities in the world. Throughout our future dates, will show you the positive tinge this puts on the city. In coming issues of this segment, we will lift a few inches of Toronto’s coy skirts to expose hidden gems like the Evergreen Brickworks on the Bayview, a historical trip back in time in Old Corktown, the pleasures of a leisurely bike ride on Toronto Island, and many more adventures that will make you fall in love with the city. For those with foodie interests, some issues will feature interesting restaurants, as well as adventures in discovering the marvellous diversity of ethnic foods available within our city. For the artistically inclined, some dates will highlight art institutions, transient art hotspots in town and locations of special artistic significance, including urban streetscapes that could be considered open outdoor galleries, yet are only known to a few. Some of this art will be visual, some conceptual – written and spoken. And of course, the music scene will not be ignored. Where possible we will also make enquiries to Photography: Derrick Wee
bring you up-to-date information on key development projects underway around the city - developments that could markedly change what the city would look like in the future. Each future issue of this segment will attempt to be theme-based. There will be something for everyone - both frugal daters and luxury daters, the nature daters, the partiers and shopaholics, the family-oriented and so on. For the culinary daters, just wait until we take you on a date to some
of the unusual resto delights we have in stock for you.For intellectual daters how about the periodic Munk debates, something that puts our city on the forefront of international political discourse? Not all our opinions will be flattering. Though we are biased towards our wonderful city, we will try to present a fair picture of Toronto, warts and all. In spite of everything, Toronto is still the envy of most other Canadian cities. The gems that are hidden within its space are worth discovering and enjoying. So, welcome to your date with Toronto. Now that the formal introduction is complete, let’s look forward to unlocking its many secrets. Subsequent issues will take you on a journey of discovery, hopping from locale to locale, neighbourhood to neighbourhood, region to region, bringing you various sights, sites and interests. We hope your curiosity is piqued for our upcoming dates and that you are ready to fall deeply in love with Toronto.
Greece Photography & Art Direction: Joey Leo Makeup & Body Painting: Stathis Kotsikonas Hairstyling: Stella Tzioli Fashion Editor & Styling: Cara D Grapsa Wardrobe By: “Feeling Vintage” Models: Melissa/Sascha/Tomek (VN Models)
Only The Gentle “Remember: Life is short, break the rules (they were made to be broken) Forgive quickly, kiss slowly Love truly, laugh uncontrollably And never regret anything that makes you smile. The clouds are lined with silver and the glass is half full (though the answers won’t be found at the bottom) Don’t sweat the small stuff, You are who you are meant to be, Dance as if no one’s watching, Love as if it’s all you know, Dream as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die today” -James Dean
Australia Photography: Claryssa Humennyj-Jameson/ISKA Photography Make-Up and Hair: Annika Bowen Fashion Styling: Vera Nadia Humennyj Model: Tara Hurster
United States Photography: Bryan Benoit Makeup & Hair: Taryll Atkins Fashion Styling: Jacqueline Perez Model: Roza Abdurazakova - MC2
Pants: Rebelious Flower
Skirt & headband: Norka
Sports No Games Celine Taillefer-Travers Asia al-Massari, a young skater living in Jacksonville, FL, is fed up with the skating industry and the way women are treated within it. She netted some attention earlier this year when she called out Burton snowboarder Jeremy Jones for his use of a racist slur on his blog , and her petition on Change.org asking ESPN to reconsider cancelling the women’s vertical events in the 2011 X Games has over 1300 signatures, including notable names Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins and Ryan Monihan. She is also working on a documentary called NO GAMES: Women Who Don’t Play Around , due to start filming in a few weeks in various locations around Europe.
CTT: What was your first reaction when you heard ESPN and X Games had cancelled the women’s vert event? AaM: Pissed beyond belief. I’ve been watching the X Games since I was ten, but I only started paying attention when they added girls to the mix. It gave me something to strive for, you know? I could be a pro skater and be just as good and respected as Bucky and Tony. Then I heard vert wasn’t going to happen this year and it was kind of like having a door slammed in my face. It hurt and it was very upsetting. CTT: Did ESPN respond to your petition and letter at all? AaM: On the very first day, six hours after the petition went live, but it wasn’t the response I felt the issue deserved. It was flippant and finger-pointing and it left a bad taste in my mouth, so I’m pressing on until things are fixed. CTT: What’s it like being in the parks as one of the few women skating? AaM: Honestly, it can be a little scary. You get the guys who think you’re somehow encroaching on their “territory” and they can get kind of aggressive. What hurts the most, though, is that they stare. If you mess up or fall, it’s not because you’re having a bad day or you’re just learning something new, it’s because you’re a woman. Not every guy is like this, of course, and there are many outstanding male skaters who will be the first to tell others to back off or give me advice, but they’re definitely a minority. CTT: You’re also a woman of colour. Has that effected your reception at events and parks too? AaM: I get stared at, definitely. I’ll roll up at a park or just to session some spot with other girls and I get the most stares and they’re usually pretty suspicious stares, too. I can feel the way people look at me and it’s as if they don’t trust me, like they don’t know or understand why I’m there and why I have a nice board. I’ve seen this happen to a few black kids at the park, too. I even saw some jerk well into his thirties sit on his backpack when I sat down next to him. Because I totally want the four year old Razor phone in your Jansport from high school, bro.I do get the occasional skater ask me if I’m Brazilian. Women are totally killing in the Brazilian skate scene right now.
extremely hostile to Arab-Americans.Even though Jacksonville has one of the biggest Arab communities in the country, we’re pretty insular so the odds of these white kids from the suburbs meeting an actual Arab is slim, so they have no idea how to react when one of them drops in on their park. CTT: Tell us a bit about NO GAMES. AaM: I have no idea how the idea to make a film got in my head, to be totally honest. All of this happened so fast, with the petition and ESPN and all of these people trying to contact me. All of a sudden I thought, “I should be filming this. And people should be watching this. They should be watching how everything is happening.” Then I was on Google, researching how to make decent videos with my Canon 550D and people were sending me links to YouTube videos or places to rent camera lenses. I honestly felt like I was being buried alive with all of this information and there was a day or so where I was completely overwhelmed. But I took a deep breath. I told myself that this needed to happen, I had to be the one to do it, and then ordered sound equipment off of eBay.As far as the documentary goes, I just want to film these amazing women and the amazing people who are willing to give us a chance. And somehow, put that all together to show everyone (especially ESPN) that yes, there ARE women who are interested in skateboarding and women DO deserve to have their own division in contests. As it stands right now, it seems that the only women ESPN wants at their events are the ones in bikinis handing out trophies and Red Bull. If someone wants to skate in a bikini, no problem, but she better be allowed to come out with a medal around her neck, too. CTT: What would you say to young women skaters right now? AaM: Just go out there, do it, and have the best time. There are so many people working in this industry who have your back and you just have to know where to look for them. If you want to go pro, work to go pro. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, because they don’t know you and they don’t know what you’re capable of. Most importantly, just be yourself. Skateboarding seems to attract the fakest people. It’s totally fine to look up to Cara-Beth and Lyn-z, but being yourself is the best thing you can do in this industry. Be kind, don’t take s--- from anyone, and be yourself.
But they tend to back off when they find out I’m Arab. It hurts, but I just remind myself that these kids, who range in age from about 11 to 17, have basically grown up in a society that’s-
More Than Just A Tan Wales Wong
Aloha summer! Time to hit some nice, white, sandy beaches. When the opportunity came up to go on a week-long getaway, my friend and I really lucked out in getting a great deal on a trip to Hawaii. This was my first time, and certainly won’t be my last, as Hawaii left me in awe and refreshed for the beginning of summer. Sun, sand, snorkelling, surfing, shaved ice and shrimp. Summer’s sizzling heat in Oahu made this list veritably fun to check off.
A place known for its tourist attractions, we left no well-known hot-spot unturned. Six days was not nearly enough but it gave us time to hit up over five beaches, unique in their water colors and sand textures. My travel companion made it her goal to cross surfing off her bucket-list. We went to Barber’s Point for her first lesson. Hawaiian Fire – headed by firefighter instructors – provided the perfect service when it came to teaching a first-timer on the rules of the waves. Friendly and patient, they taught my friend to ride some waves all the way back to the shore.
Known to many in Hawaii, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is home to some of the world’s most beautiful corals and sea-life. With a dedication to protecting the environment in that area, all visitors must watch a 15 minute video on the history of the Hanauma Bay. This place is most popular for its snorkelling due to the clear waters and thriving corals which inhabit this volcanic cone. As a person who can’t swim, I was delighted to try snorkelling for the first time with my life jacket on.
Even with waters so tempting and cool as the beaches we encountered, no O’ahu trip would be complete until you’ve hiked up Diamond Head, otherwise known as Le’ahi. Led by Mike from Oahu Nature Tours, the brilliant view from the top of the crater showed off the beautiful Waikiki. A commingling of the old and the new, I could feel the energy of the city next to the ocean’s waves. Later in the day, walking along Waikiki Beach, the statue of Duke Kahanamoku was a pleasant reminder of how visitors still pay tribute to legends by putting leis on the “Ambassador of Aloha”, Hawaii’s first Olympian No trip abroad would be complete without good credited for making surfing a popular sport. food. Every meal was a delight. While it took an hour to get a seat at the very popular Eggs ‘n Things restaurant, it was well worth the wait for their fluffy pancakes. Aloha Table was a little hidden gem that is well-known to locals especially for their Loco Moco which went well with a bottle of Big Wave. As we traveled up to North Shore, the tastes of Oahu got even better. Stopping off at the famous shrimp trucks along the way, Giovanni’s shrimp scampi was memorably delish. Of course it would not be a complete meal without dessert and Matsumoto’s Shave Ice hit the spot on that hot day. By the end of the trip, we were so stuffed that I thought we had tried almost everything on the island…Until I heard about the malasadas, a yummy Portuguese doughnut with a soft and bouncy texture to each bit, at Leonard’s Bakery. O’ahu was just one island that had a wide-range of activities to do and food to try. Any holiday is definitely worth it when Hawaii is in the plans. A place known for its thriving tourism, everyone was welcoming and very helpful. Mahalo Hawaii for all the fantastic memories!
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