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Pride Weekend Roundup

Happy Pride Y’all!

Summer solstice be damned, Pride weekend always represents the real kickoff of Toronto summer for me. This year was actually my first time being in the parade, the dyke march to be exact, and lemme tell you it was absolutely amazing! What at an incredible sense of  community & solidarity I felt marching along so many strong, sassy & totally fierce ladiez.

me and my super sassy friend kay representin' for femme ladies everywhere

And how were the pride parties, you ask?

WELL lets just say that weekends like this remind me that sometimes “healthy” is about more than just good eatz.

Living well, supporting your community & celebrating the RAD people in your life…

…make for one very happy, (mostly) Healthy Hipster. 😉

Do you ever bend the rules of “healthy” living for “happy” living?  How did you celebrate this long weekend? 

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Good Music Addendum

After you listen to all that heartbeat blasting electro music you’re probably gonna feel like punching yourself in the ear. So as a public service I’m following my last post up with this good music addendum. Go listen to my friend Graham’s new record Shirts Vs. Skins. The whole album is streaming for free right now at Spinner.ca.

While Graham Wright is most likely known for his day jobs playin keyboards for Tokyo Police Club & yammerin about music and junk on CBC Radio 3 he’s also got top secret healthy tendencies including (but not limited to): overusing his jack lalanne juicer, mowing down on bowls of kale at Toronto’s Fresh Restaurant and….you guessed it….running like a pro! Keep your eyes peeled ladies, you might just find this one bombin down Bloor St. one day.

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A Healthy Dose of Schmooze

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend the opening party of the Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity.

Photo Credit: Trevor Haldenby

And while my bestie/date for the evening prohibited me from taking pictures of my munchies due to it being entirely inappropriate & uncouth (not to mention super lame), I couldn’t help but share some of the foodz from the evening with you. The menu items included such bougy* ridiculousness as:

  • duck liver pate
  • stuffed grape leaves in endive
  • seared scallops with pork belly
  • soft shell crab tempura sandwiches
  • lamb shank
  • salmon tartare
  • bruschetta on edible spoons &
  • teeny tiny fruit shaped sorbets!

It was all tasty as heck of course (I tucked into the seafood & veg-friendly foods in a serious way) but it was also the kind of over-the-top fussy food that makes me crave cold cereal and PB&Js for the next week just to balance out the universe. Oh and maybe throw some greens in there to make up for that vegetable wasteland. A healthy hipster cannot survive on eggplant & lettuce leaves alone, puh-leez!

Either way, if you ask me, the tastiest looking treats at the Yves Saint Laurent hosted event were all the YSL makeup and fashion displays spread out around the space…

Droooooool.

*HH Slang Watch: Bougy = Swanky, Upper-Class, Bourgeois

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unwind

For me this week is all about kicking back. You see, I’ve just finished an intensive year of professional school and while it was perhaps the most gratifying experience of my life it was also the most exhausting. Something about that combination of doing what I love (teaching) & working on >5 hours sleep just took it out of me. Shocking, right? 😉

Museums are certainly one of my favourite ways to unwind after a period of stress. And I think its because they feel so refreshingly orderly. You can take your time walking from room to room, exhibit to exhibit, but in the end you trust that the whole process is progressing. You know where it is you’re going. And that’s an experience I’ve come to value highly, as it is exceptionally rare.

Today’s Museum of Choice:

The Gardiner

Who just yawned? Seriously people, keep an open mind. A ceramics museum doesn’t have to be a bore. Here are a few shots of my favourite pieces, including Odyssean Dreams – a massive installation from the Betty Woodman exhibit.

Oh yes…I also grabbed a little post-gallery snack at the Rawlicious location in Yorkville. Food I didn’t have to make = very relaxing indeed. This was just the appetizer…my avocado & tomato sandwich on raw onion flax bread was equal parts delicious and unphotogenic.

marinated vegetable salad rolls with thai dipping sauce

How did you unwind today?

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A Healthy Dose of Culture

If I had to say what is the ethos of my work, it’s a lament for the loss of nature at the hand of man. To me, it’s man’s engagement with the planet that’s interesting, so in all of my landscapes, man is implied, not necessarily as a portrait of man, but as a portrait of man’s work, and man’s reshaping of the natural world.

–Edward Burtynsky

Every Wednesday the Royal Ontario Museum is free to the public between the hours of 330 and 530 pm. This week I chose to take them up on their offer and attended Edward Burtynsky’s current touring exhibit, Oil for the sum total of $0 (including coat check).

Walking through the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, you track the story of oil in stages – from production to various forms of consumption and eventually you watch its disposal. Burtynsky’s signature large-scale photography highlights the importance of environmental and economic sustainability without becoming cliche. His images are more evocative than editorial. Powerful without being preachy. And because of that I felt myself reengaging with issues I already cared about in new ways, from new vantage points. I highly recommend looking into it or, if you’re not in Toronto, checking out the film Manufactured Landscapes or watching this TED video.

For more information on Burtnsky and this exhibit you can read his full interview in The National Post here. In this article he also goes on to discuss his upcoming project. Next on the agenda: industrial farming.