As hard as I try to fight it, the cold Toronto winter makes it difficult for a girl to enjoy a hot night out on the town. Friends are in hibernation, the couch is just too damn comfy, and windchills and snow squalls leave you with very few sexy outfit options. Gone are the carefree days of summer, where you could just plop yourself anywhere in the city and meander about - on the flip side, winter gives you a discerning eye. If I'm coming out of my house in January/February, it better be for a damn good reason. Luckily for my readers in Toronto and NYC, I've got a few top-quality events that you'll want to check out - just get off the couch and out of those sweats, and take my word for it!
Every year, Toronto-based event coordination company R Flavour hosts Blue Bash - one of the best parties I've been to in the 5 years it's been taking place. It's a consistently dope party that offers great music, great vibes, and great people without pretentiousness or immature nonsense. This Saturday, the party will be taking place at Dazzling Lounge on the King West strip - DJs Kold Fusion and Soca Sweetness will be on the 1s and 2s, and Studio Cakes will be in the house with some amazing sweet treats! We always celebrate HomieLoverFriend's birthday there, so we go all out. Don't forget the most important part (aside from being ready to have a great time and to choose your shoes carefully - Kold Fusion's sets have caused heel casualties) - wear BLUE! The more blue, the better! If you're looking for a party to shake off this week's deep freeze, I'll see you at Blue Bash!
- When: January 26th - doors open at 10pm
- Where: Dazzling Lounge (291 King St. W)
- Cover: $10 before 11:30, more after
trey anthony's Millionaire Artist Workshop
Late last year, I featured Toronto's own media maven/businesswoman trey anthony in advance of her first Millionaire Artist Workshop. It was such a success, she's back for another go! If you're an artist of any kind, seeking to learn how to establish your worth and get on the path to success, this 1-day workshop is for you! trey will be joined by amazing panelists that will be able to give you worthwhile knowledge and help guide you through your artistic pursuits. Mark down February 2nd in your calendar, and be sure to grab your ticket ASAP!
- When: February 2nd at 10am-3pm
- Where: The Creative Lab (720 Bathurst St., 4th floor)
- Tickets: $59 at www.millionaireartist.
Date Night at Drom in NYC
Y'all remember the post I wrote recently about dating in long-term relationships? Well, let me show you how things fall into place when they're supposed to...HomieLoverFriend and I will be visiting the Big Apple next month, and one of the feature events we'll be hitting is Date Night NYC, hosted by Keya Maeesha! The first Date Night went down in November, and from all accounts (including this review), it was the bomb. A lovely, intimate venue, incredible live singers, food, drinks, and good vibes
that might make a girl want to go half on a baby - whether you're boo'd up or not, Date Night sounds like the perfect event to check with your honey or your homies. The Tdot-NYC connection continues with Toronto's own Ayah, Date Night's featured performer! I adore her voice, and can't wait to hear her live! Be there or be square - and make sure you find me to say hey! I'm looking forward to making some in-person connections before the long trip home, so don't let me down :) Sidenote: I'm also hoping to organize a little meet up, and will be hitting Donuts Are Forever 7, the annual tribute party for super-producer/OG Slum Village member J Dilla!
- When: February 17th - doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:15pm
- Where: Drom (85 Avenue A, New York, NY)
- Tickets: $15 adv./$20 at the door http://www.ticketfly.
Whew! A sista is excited for the next upcoming weeks! Will I be seeing you at Blue Bash, the Millionaire Artist Workshop, or at Date Night NYC? Let me know!