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JUST GOT BACK FROM LA. IT WAS A DREAM. VLOG SOON. IN THE MEANTIME...
Flashback to the end of 2016, my buddy Bryant (@bryantpimlatt) reached out to me for a little bit of 'assistance' with his university thesis project, and there was no way I was passing up the offer. One of the things that really stands out about Bryant is his work ethic, from the way he organizes his ideas, to his prep and ultimately the way he executes incredible, unique photographs on 35mm film. Below are just some of the nearly hundred photos we shot one afternoon/evening in December. The coolest part about the project is that the photos are actually going to be printed on silk scarves and put on display at the university gallery -- I'm really looking forward to seeing them! Stay tuned.
I'll never forget the first time I saw The Weeknd live. The secret show at the MOD Club took place over five years ago on July 24th, 2011. Everytime I listen to a track or think back to the times i'd wait up all night for a mixtape drop, I get an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. It's one of the most incredible feelings and i'll never forget how much my friends ragged on me for repping XO when no one had any clue he would go so far in his career.
I've known about Allan Rayman for a couple of years now. My friend Anneliese was in one of his first music videos and I thought it was so cool that she got to be apart of it. Everything from the production, to his original sound and the creepy wolf masks grasped my attention and reminded me of the many reasons why I became hooked on Abel's music. Over the years I found out more about Allan's background and learned about his roots in the city of Toronto. My friend Alec out in LA who works with Post Malone is also a big fan and i'll never forget the time we cruised down Sunset Blvd this summer, taking in everything that made his music so fascinating to listen to.
When I found out that Allan was going on tour and was going to perform his first Toronto show, I had to be there. After a nearly two month wait before the show date, I was so excited it almost made me sick. We showed up to The Royal Cinema on College Street and to my surprise, there was no line. So after waiting for twenty minutes, I got my hands on front row seats and had time of my life. I really hope I didn't piss anyone off by shouting every single one of his lyrics but I couldn't contain the energy I'd been holding in over the years and wanted everyone - especially Allan - to know that he has some pretty die hard fans and his music truly resonated with me.
I've put a few links to Allan's soundcloud below, so head on over and give him a follow and support him by downloading his albums/singles on Apple Music.
I've never been a huge fan of DIY but I am obsessed with candles. I'm also a big supporter of independent businesses (and even more so when they're owned by a friend) so I couldn't pass up the offer when my friend Marie invited me to her sister's first Toronto workshop for her candle company, Flores Lane.
A little bit of background info: Flores Lane came together when Liz Coyles and Trish Baden learned to make their own soy wax candles in their LA home and started selling them on Etsy. They initially started in West Hollywood, but sourced different scents that reflected the ambiance of areas across the city. Tobacco and Bay Leaf in DTLA, Orange and Grapefruit in WEHO, and they have since expanded to include New York City inspired scents, and even a scent in support of Lyme Disease.
The Toronto workshop was hosted by Lululemon Toronto and featured five Toronto scents: The Beaches, Queen Street West, Yorkville, Parkdale and The Annex. However, we got the chance to create our own candle scent and had the option to choose whatever area in the city we wanted. There were treats and turmeric teas and I got to meet some really cool people who were also first time candle makers. We learned some cool tips about candle making, like burning your candle until the entire top layer of the candle is melted, and trimming your wick each time you light so it burns properly.
Interested in doing-it-yourself? Sign up for upcoming workshops on their site, here.