TIFF and the Bell Lightbox: Heaven for Cinephiles

They are still accepting submissions, so we are quite awhile from getting the final line-up for TIFF 2017. But it’s hard not be excited by the imminent arrival of this celebration of worldwide filmmaking. It really makes September much more interesting and, in a way, helps with the sadness I always feel when summer is wrapping up.

The festival was established in 1976 on a far more modest scale than the internationally recognized behemoth we know today. The initial attendance for that 1976 event was only 35,000; can you believe that?

Today, TIFF all but rivals the Cannes Film Festival in terms of its size, the number of films screened, the number of major movies selected, and the importance of the stars and directors who attend. Many a movie has gotten a major launch in theatres because it was so well-received at TIFF.

However, TIFF differs from Cannes in a number of important ways. Unlike that European festival, TIFF is not really as much of a competition. It also costs notably less for Hollywood companies to launch their films in Toronto vs France.

Like Christmas, TIFF comes but once a year. However, there is always the Bell Lightbox. An official arm of TIFF, the Lightbox is almost always in operation and consistently offers an interesting slate of both new and old films. Projection and sound quality is top notch in each of the screening rooms, and most of the audience are dedicated cinephiles. That is nirvana for those tired of the boors in multiplexes who are always playing with their phones during screenings. At one Lightbox movie I attended, someone pulled out a phone and they were admonished within ten seconds. Yes!

So, be sure to enjoy everything TIFF has to offer, but don’t forget about the Lightbox. Check out the latest TIFF schedule here; I’m particularly excited by the upcoming festival dedicated to French crime thrillers! Alain Delon!

Ikea to Expand in Canada

Perhaps Sweden’s most famous export, Ikea is quite well known in Canada despite have comparatively few stores. If you want to take advantage of their stylish, but affordable furniture, you may have to go for a fairly long drive should you wish to experience the place (and the meatballs) in person.

That is changing. It was announced recently that the company will be expanding by 100%. There are only 12 full size Ikea outlets in the country and the hope is to have 24 by 2025. There are also smaller pick-up and order stores (six to date), and nine collection locations. Read more about it here.

When it comes to practical and affordable furniture, Ikea is hard to beat and a godsend for students or couples on a budget. Though, if like me, you are not great at assembling things, Ikea can be a bit of a nightmare (but that is what friends are for!).

This news got me thinking about my own furnishing goals going forward. I have tried to be stylish and up to date in my choices, but money is far from unlimited, so there has been some compromise. As I get older, functionality has been trumping style and I also don’t worry so much about what other people think.

The one noticeable issue is the “mutt” nature of everything. There is no consistent design motif. A bit of this and a bit of that. However, no one has ever said anything to me about it, so I am just being hard on myself for no reason. At this stage in life, I am thinking more about how to better balance my savings so that I can hopefully retire in my sixties. However, if I can find a job that is creative and rewarding, working into old age would not be so bad at all.

In the meantime, my home furnishings have my own unique creative sense, if nothing else.

Hard to miss that blue and yellow. And soon there will be twice as many of them in Canada.
Hard to miss that blue and yellow. And soon there will be twice as many of them in Canada.

Writing About Lifestyle Pieces

I started a blog back when I was high school and actually kept it going for quite a long time.  I think it was after about a  year when I lagged off on posts and slowly stopped writing.  Not sure why that happened – probably just grew out of it.  When I decided to start this blog, I didn’t want to put any pressure on myself.  Sure, I loved to write, but I also didn’t want to promise my readers anything that I couldn’t deliver.  I usually only have a craving to write when I’m doing something fun or wanted to talk about an event or show.  I knew that sometimes I would get writer’s block, so I quickly did some research on online journal prompts for those days where I might have nothing to write about.  Turns out, these prompts actually help out a lot and really gives me interesting things to talk about.

ssMy favorite posts that I like to write about are either about an event that I went to where I had tons of fun or fashion.  Those are basically my two favorite passions in life.  When I’m talking about fashion, I never need writing prompts for my journal because I always have something to say.  On the other hand, when my week is not too busy or packed with events to go to, I need that extra push from a prompt, so I can squeeze in an extra post for the week.

Most of the events I go to are related to fashion or beauty.  The PR company I work for mainly does fashion and beauty, but we sometimes also throw huge parties for special occasions.  Those are super fun because often there are celebrities and the next day, there’s always news written in the gossip columns.

I had mentioned in my previous post that I also take photography to include into some of my posts.  I’m always out and about hunting for interesting and original street style.  Those also make really good blogging material.  I’ve encountered many fashionistas on the street all with their own sense of style.  Blogging about these individuals has also helped inspire my own sense of style.

So that’s it for my ramble of the day.  I hope you come back to view more of my posts and I’ll try to put some of my photography up in the Style category!

My Life, In Pictures And Words

I’m not the most creative person when it comes to art or drawing or anything like that, but I do like to dabble in photography and writing from time to time.  I’ve started this blog to basically document my life through photos and words.  Sorry in advance for occasionally getting writer’s block and not being able to produce posts.

I work in PR so pretty much on any given night, I’ll be out at an event somewhere or working an event.  Usually I’ll bring my camera, and when I get some free time (or on break), I’ll casually wander around and take photos of my night.  I’ll post them on here so you guys can follow me on my nights out!

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I’m also an avid festival goer.  I’m a big fan of all music (minus country), so I’m always festival hopping.  This summer, I’ll be going to at least 5 prominent music festivals, so I will also blog about that!  There goes my July and August weekends…

Hopefully this blog will keep you guys entertained.  Not going to lie, but I lead a pretty entertaining lifestyle.  If I ever have writer’s block or something, I’ll make sure to ramble on about nothing. 🙂