A Sunday matinee at The National Ballet of Canada

"Innovation" and The National Ballet of Canada. (Torontonowhere)

“Innovation” and The National Ballet of Canada. (Torontonowhere)

As a little girl I used to love ballerinas and the ballet. I am pretty sure it was up there with my dreams of becoming a princess or marrying Leonardo from TMNT. Like many little girls, I took dance classes and hung my ballet slippers on my mirror. Sadly puberty and adolescence crushed those dreams and reality hit like a ton of bricks: I had no rhythm or flexibility and my body was anything but ballerinaesque.

During my adolescence I fed my appetite for dance with pop-culture and movies like “Center Stage” and “Save the Last Dance.” By the time I reached adulthood, the movies had become mundane (I’m lying, they are still my guilty pleasure), and the chance to experience an actual real ballet seemed reserved to the elite and sophisticated…and well I am neither of those. However, last Sunday I learned I was very wrong.

Get rush seats at the Box Office. (Torontonowhere)

Get rush seats at the Box Office. (Torontonowhere)

A friend of mine introduced me to the amazing availability of “rush seats” to The National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre. For $35 dollars instead of $150, I had the opportunity to see real ballerinas perform real ballets in a real theater. Continue reading

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Laugh it off at Second City Toronto

Second City in Toronto. (Torontonowhere)

Second City in Toronto. (Torontonowhere)

First off, I must admit that I have failed recently at maintaining this blog. Daily demands of life have pulled me away from creating moments of joy and instead I’ve been overcompensating with carbs and work (perhaps I should read OOP a little more often).

Being overworked, under rested and plagued by far too much stress, I was well overdue for some fun. Many people say exercise is a great way to let off steam. Others say sex is the best cure. I say yes to both but also add laughter as a pretty promising third option. I found and ended my search for fun with The Second City show “We Can Be Heroes.” Continue reading

Three things I didn’t expect to see at Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche

So just like about 100 thousand other people, last Saturday night sometime between the hours of sunset and sunrise, I roamed the streets of downtown Toronto to explore the much-anticipated Scotiabank Nuit Blanche #sbnbTO. While I went with a checklist of exhibits to see, it turned out that it wasn’t the art that left me with a lasting impression. Instead, it was the incredible atmosphere and connectedness in a city usually so cold and unfamiliar to me. So for better or for worse, rather than list off all the exhibits that I saw (because there are probably already about 500 entries on that topic), I’d rather share with you the things I didn’t expect to see that made the experience extra special.

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Mission accepted: Toronto

Looking for something to do this week in Toronto? I find myself asking the same question every week and yet I always end up outside of the city. I’m shopping in Burlington, hiking around Brantford or going for dinner in Port Dover.  According to my Toronto dwellers, I’m crazy and there is a whole lot to discover in this city. And yet my calendar speaks otherwise.

I moved to Toronto from Ottawa about a year and a half ago (yes that makes me a Sens fan). In Ottawa, I used to fill my spare time with impromptu coffees with friends, strolls in the quaint market, or long runs along the canal. Aimless walks would uncover random street fairs and dozen of museums.

No Frills-Torontonowhere

My stellar view (Torontonowhere)

Toronto’s another story.  Now my life consists of the TTC and my apartment’s gorgeous view (Kramer Kenny Roaster flashback anybody?) I work too late, my friends are too busy and the city is just intimidating! When I think “Toronto,” I don’t think of culture, adventure and discovery. I think concrete, crowds and chaos. This is my last valiant effort to find the “where to go” and the “places to be.”

Every week, I hope to explore something new in the city. To find out what this city is really about. I hope to pick a few things at the beginning of the week and commit to doing at least one by the end of that week. This blog will be my record. My own personal catalogue of what Toronto is really about: the life, the culture, the events and the adventure.

Okay…that was a lot of  text. Next time there will be a lot less of that (all those words up above) and more of this (the stuff below).

What’s happening in Toronto this week ( 29 Sept- 5 Oct) Continue reading