Holiday Encounters: Yuletide Remix at The Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: December 9, 2018 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Doors at 6pm
Cost: Free Admission (or PWYC reserved seating)

Details: How do holiday traditions resonate today? Join us for “Holiday Encounters – Yuletide Remix,” as SlowPitchSound remixes your favourite seasonal music. Bring your treasured yuletide vinyl and hear it spun into exciting new sounds right before your ears. We’re re-imagining the traditional, Bing Crosby will never sound the same again!

Fresh off Electric Messiah’s three-night run, SlowPitchSound, will be ready to unwind and turn your favourite holiday vinyl into holiday magic.

 Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound is a full time artist who is known for experimenting with music, visuals and live performance. He is the 2018 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence and co-winner of the 2018 CMC Toronto Emerging Composer Award.

More Info:
@GladstoneHotel @SlowPitchSound

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the ROM

Glass-House Guard ©Wayne Jones, Australia. Highly Commended, Under Water category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
When: December 1, 2018 – March 30, 2019
Cost: Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a separately ticketed exhibition that will be on display in the ROM’s Third Floor Centre Block. Tickets are available at

Details: The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Featuring 100 original images, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world’s best nature photography, from fascinating animal behavior to breath-taking landscapes. New this year and unique to the ROM’s presentation is an interactive coral reef installation that immerses the public in the undersea world of this vital ecosystem.

Inspired by a photo in the exhibition’s Underwater category, the ROM’s exploration of a coral reef invites visitors to learn about the diversity and sustainability of life on a reef, including those located in Canada. The display highlights the human impact on these ecosystems while inspiring change, with visitors participating in rebuilding a reef as part of this immersive experience.

The underwater exploring continues on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, when National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry delivers the Wildlife Photographer of the Year keynote lecture Luminous Seas. Known for his photographs of undersea wildlife and environments, Skerry’s visual storytelling highlights the problems facing the world’s oceans.

This year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition also features four Highly Commended entries from three notable Canadian photographers: award-winning National Geographic photographer Shane Gross from Regina, SK, and photographers Liron Gertsman and Jess Findlay from Vancouver, BC.

The popular ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest gives both amateur and professional photographers the chance to win an Explore Borneo adventure tour for two, courtesy of G Adventures, and have their photo on display at the ROM. Running from November 15, 2018 to February 15, 2019, the contest invitess partipants to share their own nature photography on social media and tag #ROMWPYON.

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Gift Ideas for Her – Carnabys Bespoke Jewellery

Located in Toronto, Carnabys is a new breed boutique store specializing in one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery. Using the highest quality materials, the company offers 20+ years of expertise in contemporary, luxury design and personalized service. With a flair for the extraordinary, the pieces are enjoyed by local couples, sports icons and celebrities from around the world.

Here are a few of our Top Gift Ideas for Her:



Diamond Warp Ring
Melt her heart with this alluring 14kt white gold Diamond Warp Ring! Features .06cts of micro pavé diamond accents beautifully wrapped around delicate split bands. Brings a touch of luxurious finish to any outfit. ($425)








Carnabys Gold Stud Earrings
Add a subtle sparkler to her ensemble with these elegant and timeless Diamond stud earrings. Available in yellow gold and white gold settings. (.10ct-18k for $350, .20ct-18k for $375)








Carnabys Drop Necklace
This stunning Drop necklace set in yellow gold with a diamond solitaire can be layerd with other designs for a stacked style or wear by itself for a more delicate look. A must have classic for any time of year. ($450)




Located at 171 East Liberty Street, Unit 135. For more info visit @carnabysbespoke  @carnabysbespoke

Create Fun and Festive Snacks with Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn

What: The holiday season is finally upon us and is notoriously known as a time to treat yourself. Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn is the perfect base for creating fun and festive snacks, when you’re hosting or just as a treat for yourself. Here’s a holiday recipe made with kernel corn to resemble holiday ornaments when decorated with festive coloured sugar and candy for the ornament tops!!

Holiday Kernel Popcorn Balls

Holiday Kernel Popcorn Balls
PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

1 bag (82g) Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Buttery Microwave Popcorn 

4 cups (1L) miniature marshmallows, divided 

1/4 cup (60 mL) butter, divided 

15 drops green food coloring 
Coarse colored sugar and candy canes or gum drops, optional

 Spray large bowl, rubber spatula and piece of waxed paper with cooking spray; set aside. Pop kernel corn according to package directions. Remove all un-popped kernels and place half of popped corn (about 8 cups/2L) in bowl. Place 2 cups (500 mL) marshmallows and 2 tablespoons (30 mL) butter in microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 45 seconds or until marshmallows melt and mixture blends when stirred. Stir in food coloring. Pour marshmallow mixture over popped corn in bowl. Toss with greased rubber spatula to coat. Divide mixture and shape into 6 balls. Place on waxed paper. Decorate with coarse sugar and candy canes or gum drops, if desired. Repeat above steps with remaining popped corn, marshmallows and butter to make uncolored popcorn balls. Decorate with sugar and candy, if desired.

About: Orville Redenbacher’s line-up of microwavable popcorn includes the following flavours and pack-sizes:
-Extra Buttery – Available in 3, 6, 10 & 24-pack formats
-Buttery – Available in 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 24-pack formats
-New Simply Salted – Available in a 6-pack format
-Select White – Available in a 6-pack format
-Sweet & Salty – Available in a 6-pack format
-Light Buttery – Available in 6, 10 & 24-pack formats
-Smart Pop! (94% FAT FREE) – Available in 3, 6, 8 & 10-pack formats

Bonus: Canadians can also feel good choosing Orville Redenbacher Original Gourmet Popping kernels and Ready-to-Eat popcorn which are 100% whole grain, high in fibre, gluten-free, and made with no artificial colours or flavours.

Cost: Orville Redenbacher Simply Salted microwave popcorn is available nationwide at all major grocery retailers, drug stores and discount retailers. The suggested retail prices are as follows: 3-pack size ($3.49); 4-pack size, mini bags ($3.49); 6-pack size ($4.49); 8-pack size, mini bags ($4.49); 10-pack size ($6.99); 24-pack size ($11.99).

For more info and recipe ideas visit Share your love of popcorn with other Canadians on social media and follow Orville on Facebook and Instagram @OrvilleCanada.

#ChurchToo at The Assembly Theatre

The Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St W
When: November 30 – December 2
Cost: Tickets from $15 – $35 and can be purchased at

Details: Theatre of the Beat presents ​#ChurchToo​​, a collective creation by seven playwrights from across North America. Directed by ​Matt White with dramaturgy by Theatre of the Beat’s Artistic Director ​Johnny Wideman​​, #ChurchToo explores the struggle of wading into the realities of sexual assault and examines the difficulties of speaking out in a community where the topic of sex is often considered taboo.

Featuring an ensemble cast of ​Meghan Fowler, Brendan Kinnon, Lindsey Middleton, ​​and Robert Murphy​​, this collection of scenes by ​Alison Brookins, Jonathan Brower, Joy De Vito, Charlie Gray, Gary Kirkham, Megan Piercey Monafu, ​​and ​Hillary Rexe aims to create space for conversations and truth-telling in regards to sexual abuse in Christian communities.

Follow an array of characters through seven vignettes, each bringing to life stories about hidden trends within our church communities. From the secret relationship of a young woman and her pastor, to discriminatory church policies, all the way to bringing forth allegations against persons in power, ​#ChurchToo ​​illuminates the messy dynamics that accompany the complicated truths of power and sexual abuse. Commissioned by Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada, this provocative piece aims to engage audiences across the country in ​urgent conversations regarding this often-ignored issue.

Written by ​Alison Brookins, Jonathan Brower, Joy De Vito, Charlie Gray, Gary Kirkham, Megan Piercey Monafu, ​​& ​Hillary Rexe.

More Info: @theatrebeat @theatreofthebeat @assemblytheatr  @assemblytheatre

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