October 2013 Archives

Lampada on Etsy

The floor lamp in our living room finally disintegrated after almost a decade of literally lighting up our lives. I wanted to replace it with something cool, so I went to my online shopping happy place, Etsy. And that's where I found Vilma of Lampada, who made me this out of recycled coffee filters.


Vilma is a former journalist who lives in New York City. She handcrafts each lamp from scratch, and each one is unique and absolutely stunning. The way the light is reflected by each hand-painted square of coffee filter is amazing. I love how all the colours light up when you turn it on, and I love how it is one-of-a-kind. Thanks Vilma! Rosie :)

Autumn Oktoberfest Bash at Black Oak Brewery

Well this sounds fun! This Saturday October 26th the Black Oak Brewery is having an Oktoberfest party with beer and sausage. Admission is $20 and includes a selection of Black Oak's delicious brews and a Nut Brown Ale beer sausage from The Healthy Butcher. The party starts at 4pm at the brewery, which is located at 75 Horner Ave in Etobicoke. Click here to buy tickets. Rosie :)


The Old Swimming Hole | Murals in the Village of Islington

The murals in the Vilage of Islington are amazing. I love The Old Swimming Hole, which is located right by my favourite lunch spot Chodang Soon.

Islington Village Mural

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All the murals in this area are really something special, and you should check them out. Two new ones are being unveiled tomorrow: 'Faces of Islington' and 'Everyone. Everywhere' which is a mural based on Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After the ribbon cutting, there is a reception at Arts Etobicoke, located at 4909 Dundas West. Click here for details. Rosie :)

Boris Achour's The rose is without why

The other work of art I loved from Nuit Blanche 2013 is right across from Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles. French artist Boris Achour's The rose is without why makes Nathan Phillips Square glow with light. The work consists of a short poem by 17th-century poet Angelus Silesius written with fluorescent lights. It spans more than 300 feet.


"The rose is without why, it blooms because it blooms, it cares not for itself, asks not if it is seen." You can still see it for yourself until October 27th at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West at Bay. Rosie :)



 Angelus Silesius

Birds and Beans Café | Mimico

When my husband takes a sip of coffee and says: "This feels like a warm hug," I know this is coffee I need to tell you about. Birds and Beans is an independent cafe in Mimico that brews the loveliest organic, shade-grown boutique coffees. They also offer a lunch menu you can enjoy while overlooking the tranquil Amos Waites Park by the waterfront.


The coffee here isn't just fair trade organic roasts, but certified Bird Friendly® coffee. So not only are you drinking delicious coffee, but you are supporting preserving habitat in coffee-growing regions. I brought home a Mexico Maya blend with notes of chocolate and vanilla that was a lovely complement to my lighter Atwood blend.

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dark roast Birds & Beans


This is such a nice local coffee shop with a warm happy vibe. The benches in the seating area are actually repurposed from the historical Christ Church Mimico after their tragic fire. Birds and Beans also sponsors CCFEW bird walks in Humber Bay Park. Click here for more info on those. Rosie :)

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Scaaaary movies time! Tickets are now on sale for the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, which takes place from October 17th to 25th at Scotiabank Theatre. This super-popular festival showcases new horror and cult movies as well as sci-fi, action, and horror-comedy flicks. Award-winning films We Are What We Are and Big Bad Wolves are the Festival's opening and closing galas. There are still some all-access passes available for $143, which gives you priority entry to all 20 screenings and saves you 45% off general tickets. You also get 2,000 Scene points if you have one of those cards. And a head's up if you are planning to attend on Saturday October 19th - that is Zombie Appreciation Night, and tickets are discounted for zombies in costume. Rosie :)


Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles

There aren't many chances in life to see and touch a sculpture created by a living legend. That is why all I wanted for my birthday was to see Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles. It was unveiled for Nuit Blanche and is still on display in Nathan Phillips Square (Après Nuit!). It is absolutely beautiful. One of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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This is a new edition of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's three-dimensional structure of 3,144 interconnected bicycles. The way they are lit is stunning to look at both from a distance and up close. There was something magical about the way we came up from the parking garage into the huge space of the square, and they illuminated the night.


Forever Bicycles Nuit Blanche

You can visit these beautiful bicycles any time until October 27th at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West at Bay Street. But... I recommend going after the sun sets. Rosie :)

Forever Bicycles Nathan Phillips Square

Pacific Rim Blu-Ray Giveaway

Robots. Aliens. Earth's fate in the balance. What more could you ask for? How about your very own Blu-ray copy of Pacific Rim, the epic science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro? Check out the GIFs in the app below and post your favorite in your comments section for your chance to win. Deadline to enter is 10pm ET on Friday October 18th, and I will announce the winner on the 19th.


Legal stuff: each household is only eligible to win 1 Pacific Rim Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. That's all! Good luck! Rosie :)

Images From The City: Remembering an Avid Cyclist

This ghost bike is a beautiful tribute to Sue Trainor, who died as a result of a bicycle accident at Lakeshore and Dwight Avenue.

Tribue for Sue Trainor

Sue's family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

Send your image from the city to rosie@mytorontoscoop.com or tweet it to @rosieintoronto. Rosie :)