Double blogger selfie with Megan aka The Fashionable Bureaucrat. Wow, we are sooo pale...
After a yummy lunch at L'Ouvrier, a restaurant new to both of us, we decided to take a stroll through Kensington Market, an eclectic, culturally diverse, working class neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Toronto. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006, and on this warm and sunny weekend, it was crowded with people shopping, enjoying a meal or drink on a patio, or just soaking up the atmosphere.
We found that we had unwittingly coordinated our outfits (which also happened at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show last year).
I had been looking forward to wearing my Bill Cunningham neckpiece in Toronto where there was a greater chance that people would know who he is. The necklace was made by a New York artist, Victor-John Villanueva, who creates images of pop culture icons from Perler beads (what my black and white hair bow was made from). As an admirer of Mr. Cunningham (even more so after meeting him last year in New York), I loved this piece and was lucky enough to get it at a reduced price during a special sale.
Kensington Market has lots of older buildings that now house independent businesses. You can get fresh juice, an amazing piece of pie, a roti, spices, vintage clothing, and all while being serenaded by local buskers.
One of my favourite pieces of wall art in Toronto is in Kensington. Notice the "Green Car" in the foreground, filled with plants.
We went into a very cool menswear store called Model Citizen, owned by the very dapper man in blue on the left. The store had a fabulous array of funky ties, bow ties and pocket squares, as well as t-shirts, jackets and bags, the majority of which are by Canadian designers. The ultra-hip décor incorporates metal birds created by one of the staff.
This scooter-and-sidecar combination seems like the idea warm weather transportation. I could see The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas zipping around New York in one of these in black or red.
Later that day.....
The show was at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, which is part of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, one of the few surviving "Stacked" theatres. The Winter Garden was constructed seven storeys above the Elgin Theatre and has a rather exotic atmosphere, with hand-painted gardens on the interior walls, and a ceiling covered in beech boughs and lanterns.
Green Porno is a series of short films about the sexual behavior of animals and insects that is written, performed and directed by actor Isabella Rossellini. Rossellini has always been fascinated by animal behavior, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in the subject at Hunter College, NY. She is also, by her own admission, fascinated by sex, so she thought it seemed a good idea to combine both into what became an incredibly funny, informative, and entertaining online film series that aired on Robert Redford's Sundance Channel. The original films utilize wildly creative costumes and sets to depict the diverse mating habits of such creatures as the fly, porpoises, snails, and barnacles. On stage, the show takes the form of a lecture given by Rossellini, who collaborated with writer Jean-Claude Carriere, with excerpts from some of the films shown throughout. She's warm, engaging and drolly humourous, and if she had been my high school biology teacher I'm sure I would have remembered a lot more of the material. The only disappointment was that more effort hadn't been made to expand and further dramatize the 75 minute show for the stage.
After spending most of the show in severe black and pearls, Rossellini donned the costume from her film about the mothering habits of hamsters (don't ask) for the final 10 minutes of the show. I was sitting in the front row, so I was able to discreetly snap a couple of photos.
A delighted Rossellini received a standing ovation from the audience
The Next Day....
A passing woman offered to take a photo of my friend Judy and me after we had enjoyed a delicious lunch at Crepes a GoGo, a charming and tiny french restaurant in the heart of Yorkville.
The restaurant serves simple, delicious food (the crepes are served in a paper bag) and I always order a Lemonana, their signature lemon and mint flavoured beverage.
We had to make a couple of stops so that Judy could get some jewellery repaired, one of which was at Tiffany's. I had an Audrey Hepburn moment while making my way up the elegant staircase.
It was a lovely weekend, and the rain held off until it was time to catch my bus back to London.
I couldn't have asked for better distractions than laughs with friends, delicious food and a close encounter with talented, inspiring artist.