Summer 2017 Reading List

Though I’ve yet to say it explicitly, a reader of my blog may be able to ascertain that reading is large part of my life and one of my favourite hobbies.  I always say, life is better when you have a good book on the go.  I inherited my love of reading from my paternal grandmother.  Growing up in Ireland, the eldest girl of a large family, she was expected to do much of the housework, however she could often be found curled up in one of the bedrooms she was meant to be making the bed in, pouring over…

National Ballet of Canada: Pinocchio

Last week I took my boyfriend to his first ballet, the National Ballet of Canada‘s production Pinocchio.  Since the company released it’s 2017 season last year I was anticipating this show above all others.  While it did not disappoint I could never have expected this interpretation!  The company has really stepped out of the box on this production.  A very modern take on ballet, with some characters even speaking, which never happens in a ballet!  I think this is actually the perfect show for a newcomer of the art to enjoy.  It is almost theatrical in its rendition. Each year the artistic director, Karen Kain expands in…

Visions of Sugarplums

Each holiday season from November through December Toronto’s Distillery District is transformed into a European style Christmas market.  Little wooden huts are set up for vendors to house fudge, Christmas ornaments and victorian sugarplums. The sugarplums, made famous by The Nutcracker and Christmas classic, The Night Before Christmas are made up of nuts, driend fruit and brandy and are dusted with sugar.  They’re not nearly as sickly sweet as the name would suggest. The centre of the Distillery is fitted with a giant fir tree, a carousel and a stage of carollers.  My favourite installation this year was the pink…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  It has been quite sometime since I have had any interest in this particular holiday.  I find the occassion to be cursed with a new form of drama each year.  So to welcome 2016, instead of making big plans and buying a new party dress, I celebrated with a friend in the form of Chinese takeout and Prosecco in tea cups, whilst watching The Holiday, which I acutally hadn’t seen since it was in theatres! My friends and I have a New Year’s day tradition of having dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory, a really beautifully decorated Italian restaurant on…

A Nutcracker Christmas

  The Sugar Plum Fairy’s Tutu…look at her little embellished wings! My favourite Christmas tradition has long been Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.  I have attended The National Ballet of Canada’s performance since I was a little girl and I will never tire of the music, the costume, or the enchanting story.  Admittedly I saw three renditions this year, including that of The Mariinsky and The Bolshoi, though those were on television and DVD format.  I cannot wait to visit St. Petersburg and see the Mariinsky perform at their eponymous theatre, which in my opinion is the second most beautiful piece of architecture…

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