Don’t Call it a Comeback

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Toronto dominates worldwide lists of “best cities to live” when it comes to quality of life. But living in Canada’s largest city can have its drawbacks. Real estate prices have become astronomical, the traffic is unreal and, for many, it can be tough to succeed as a small fish in a massive pond. Enter Hamilton.

Canada’s Brooklyn

Hamilton has been tracking Brooklyn’s success in leveraging its gritty character and history to attract talent and investment from Manhattan over the last 20 years. Now the “Hammer” is banking on its own small town charm and progressive community building to lure young couples, creative and tech professionals and others looking for a slower, simpler way of life.

Hogtown, meet Steeltown

The Hamilton Consulate hits Toronto next week as a two-day pop-up event to showcase Canada’s “biggest urban comeback story.” (Yes we know, you’ve been there for years.) Through a collection of industry talks, luncheons, shows and parties, Torontonians can get a closer look at Hamilton real estate, fashion, food, music, art, tech, film and culture.

May 31 – June 1
The Burroughes, 639 Queen Street West

All of the events are free, too. RSVP here.

On the fashion front, organizers have teamed up with the Ontario Fashion Exchange to showcase the work of local designers with Hamilton’s Got Next fashion show and sale on June 1st. Doors open at 4:30pm for cocktails. The fashion show will begin at 5:15pm. Stick around afterwards for the Super Crawl featuring Hamilton music, art and food.

Fashion highlights include:

  • DeMontigny, whose native heritage (Cree/Metis) drives the inspiration for elegant, bespoke designs made in luscious leather and suede.
  • Coppley menswear appears with Charles & Hunt to offer custom works with distinctive British style and meticulous Canadian workmanship.
  • Rachael Warner, a 17-year old design wunderkind with six collections under her belt already.
  • Blackbird Studios designers Kerry Wade and Lynn Bebee create many of their own prints for their womenswear line.

 

DRESSED is a Success

A sincere and belated thank you to everyone who came out on Fashion’s Night Out to see our screening of the documentary DRESSED presented by Maybelline. (For those who don’t know, I also run Tastemakers during TIFF, so pardon my delayed gratitude.) The evening could not have been more perfect – from the weather to the sponsors to the amazing crowd. Special thanks to DJ Dan and of course, Nary Manivong, whose presence made the night complete. 

This was the official Canadian premiere of DRESSED, but we hope to help bring the documentary, and Nary, back to Toronto again. Nary’s next chapter will be an exciting one to watch.

Official shout outs go to: RAC Boutique and the Burroughes Building, for being great venue partners;
Maybelline, Martini brand and the Community Agency, Sonic Events and TASTE Culinary for making it happen; and the volunteers, for your tireless energy, thank you!

Check out the full photo album on the F-list’s Facebook page.

Don’t Miss DRESSED at Fashion’s Night Out

I’m so thrilled to host DRESSED presented by Maybelline during Fashion’s Night Out. 

Dressed shares the true and truly inspiring story of designer Nary Manivong’s adolescent life, which found him homeless at 14 in Columbus, Ohio to the present as he prepares for his debut show at New York Fashion Week. Nary is an example of the incredible focus and dedication required to succeed in the fashion business. 

Save the date! Open to the public! Space is limited! You’ll find us upstairs from rac boutique‘s Bazaar on the 6th floor of the Burroughes Building.

Thursday, September 6
Doors open 6PM
Screening at 9PM
#dressedatdark

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