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Dream Serenade Lineup Announced

Dream Serenade Lineup

Yep, that’s right, Broken Social Scene will finally be performing at Massey Hall. On Saturday, October 22, the band will headline the third annual Dream Serenade Benefit concert. Organized by beloved singer-songwriter Hayden to raise funds for a cause near to his heart, the Beverley Street School and its Family Relief Fund, this annual event is a great cause that this year features a fantastic lineup.

Joining BSS on the Massey stage will be Barenaked Ladies, Dan Mangan, Amy Millan (of Stars), The Persuasions, Lou Canon, Hayden himself and more. While you can expect all of these acts to perform their own works, as the video below shows, you can also expect some surprises.

Tickets went on sale yesterday morning and are already flying out the door. But then of course they are — it’s BSS at Massey Hall. If you want tickets I highly suggest that you secure your seats now.

Just a heads up: With this much talent on stage, this event tends to run a bit longer than a typical Massey show. Plan on the night starting around 7:30pm and running all the way to 11pm.


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Flying With Baby

Baby on her July flight

Baby on her July flight

I’ve now taken two round-trip flights with Baby. The first was when she was about 16 weeks while the other was early this month, not longer after she’d hit the seven-month mark. That first trip was just me and her and I was worried that it would be a disaster. Thankfully, despite a few fussy moments, it was pretty smooth (I even got to watch multiple movies). It was also easier than our July trip, despite my husband being there.

It turns out that once a baby starts to move, she doesn’t want to stop. My daughter started crawling at six months and wasn’t thrilled that she was restricted to two laps for multiple hours. While she eventually fell asleep, both legs of that trip were stressful. But they were also educational. Below are a few of the tips and tricks I learned. Continue reading

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Your Evening Plans For August 3 & 4

That’s right, you no longer need to wonder what you’re doing the evenings of Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4 because it’s clear which events deserve your hard-earned dollars.

First, on August 3 at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St W) is the first-ever Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Concert. Created to celebrate the best Canadian albums of the past five decades, as chosen in part by a public vote, this special night will honour: Blue by Joni Mitchell (‘60s and ‘70s); The Trinity Session by the Cowboy Junkies (‘80s); Twice Removed by Sloan (‘90s) and The Teaches of Peaches by Peaches (2000-2005).

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Oss Fest Is Coming

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 9.01.49 PMOssington is finally getting its very own street festival, called appropriately Oss Fest. This Saturday, July 23, Ossington between Dundas and Queen will be shut down for drinks, live music and multiple bike races.

Organized by the Ossington Avenue BIA, Oss Fest is taking a different spin on the classic Toronto street festival by featuring the Ossington Criterium. This event starts off at 11am with a race for kids between three and 15 (registration starts at 10am in the GreenP parking lot located at Ossington and Queen). It’s followed by several other races for adults and includes races for both the pros and the not-so-pros. For more details on the races, contact Continue reading

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Thoughts On Bestival 2016

Bestival LineupBestival might not be Toronto’s best festival, but overall, it’s pretty good. Now, I need to disclose that I didn’t attend last year’s inaugural edition of Bestival. I also only attended Sunday this year. But still, I think I came away with more than a strong sense of how the festival was run.

My Day 2 ticket was my Mother’s Day gift, a present that I picked out. But even though I was excited to attend the event, I had a couple of concerns. The first had to with its location. Last year Bestival was on Toronto Island and there were issues with the ferries. This year it moved to Woodbine Park. While I liked that it had moved to a location that was easy for me to reach (and leave), a new venue can bring growing pains. Continue reading

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Baby’s First Field Trip

Field Trip BabyThis past weekend my baby daughter got to experience her first ever music festival. We spent a good chunk of Saturday, as well as Sunday evening, down at Fort York/Garrison Common experiencing Field Trip. Now in its fourth year, Field Trip is about as family-friendly as a music festival gets. There’s an extensive kid-focused “day camp,” lots of kid-friendly food (including pizza) and a very laid-back atmosphere (it’s the kind of event where someone quickly apologizes if they bump into you).

Still, it is a music festival with lots of people, loud noises and unpredictability. Because of that, I was a little worried about how Baby would take it all in. Thankfully, she seemed to really enjoy Day 1. She was mostly all smiles and she even squeezed in a short, early evening nap. Headliners The National went on at 9:30pm and we were able to catch over 45 minutes of their set before we decided we should head out with our sleepy baby. Once home, she ate and then immediately settled into an almost five-hour long stretch of sleep, which is great for her. Continue reading


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