Caribana’s history…and present-day chaos

Toronto’s annual Carnival celebrations took place a couple of weeks ago, leaving me with a real “Carnival tabanca” (Trini slang used to describe the longing for Carnival). I have been reminiscing a lot about my time ‘on de road’ and also thinking about the current state of the festival, and what the future holds for this Toronto tradition; next year will be Caribana’s 50th anniversary.

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A ‘groovy’ night at L.U.S.T. Supper Club

On Saturday night I attended the L.U.S.T. Supper Club. No — it wasn’t a combo orgy-gourmet dinner party, though given the name, I suppose that wouldn’t be a terrible guess. The acronym actually stands for “Luke’s Underground Supper Table,” and it was named one of the top 15 secret supper clubs in the world by The…

Luminato 2016: All about the Hearn

Last year I walked into the Hearn Generating Station and gazed around in awe. The Hearn is a decommissioned power plant and the building is vast — it’s a rough, raw, absolutely beautiful ruin. While the Hearn is the type of place you’d expect to visit for an illegal rave, I was actually allowed to be there…

Open Tuning 2016

Today I discovered yet another reason to love my neighbourhood (and I already have great love for The Annex): the Open Tuning music festival. Open Tuning is a free event held in Seaton Village (part of the larger ‘The Annex’ neighbourhood). On street corners, out of garages, in parks and on the front porches of homes, musicians of all…

A visit to Casa Loma

I live within walking distance of Casa Loma, but until last week, I’d never been. With a friend visiting from out of town and rather cold and blustery May weather, a visit to Casa Loma seemed like a great addition to our tour of Toronto. And I’ll admit that I was curious to see what I…