This fall, the Canadian Opera Company is putting a chill in the air with two very different, dark fairy tales.
Rusalka Oct 12 To Oct 26, 2019
The mermaid Rusalka leaves behind her watery home to be with her prince charming. Will he stay true to her sacrifice? Based on The Little Mermaid’s original tale, this romantic opera stars Met sensation Sondra Radvanovsky.Gorgeous sets, costumes, and choreography make this production a fairytale spectacle reminiscent of ballets Ondine and Giselle and films like The Shape of Water.
Turandot Sept 28 – Oct. 27
Princess Turandot knows that marriage can be a dangerous commitment. That’s why all her suitors must answer three riddles – and if they get even one wrong, they face the executioner’s blade. Despite the mortal risk, the exiled prince Calaf is determined to try and win her heart.
I haven’t been to the opera in several years, and I’m very excited to see these performances!
Take a peek at the new season from the Canadian Opera Company. If you’re under 30, you can get tickets to the opera for only $22.
There’s something oh so magical about spotting the Cirque big top tent in Toronto. It always fills me with anticipation for a new Cirque du Soleil. I was invited to a preview of the revamped show, Alegria. It’s been 25 years since this iconic show was performed. I didn’t see the original, but I loved this rendition. It’s been updated with new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and new musical arrangements.
Summer is finally here, and I’ve been busy devouring books. I love reading chick lit and quirky novels in the summer sun. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately, and what you should pack for your next pool side vacation or beach chair read.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Wonderfully addictive, I loved the multicultural characters, and the strong female lead focused on her career.
Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules. Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears. Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won’t fumble their second chance, but she’s wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk… Buy it here.
I’m back from an amazing whirlwind trip across Sri Lanka. I visited 7 towns over 14 days and explored tea estates, beach towns, jungles and cities. Throughout my entire adventure, I partnered with Lug Life to test out a couple of their popular items. I’ve been a big fan of Lug for years. I constantly travel with their transparent pouches and use Bento to house all of my toiletries. This time, I took along Tango for my travel wallet, and Scoop as my trusty sidekick.
I love Sophie Kinsella, and devour everything she writes. This winter, she’s released a charming novel to warm you right up until spring.
In I Owe You One, Fixie is trying to live up to her namesake by desperately fixing everything in her life, and the lives of her family and friends. Unfortunately, she’s doing anything but.
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?
It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants? (more…)
It can be a daunting task to pick out a book for the book lover in your life. I’ve picked a few of my favourite books from this year that would make any reader happy!
Astrology: Using the wisdom of the stars in your everyday life This book is great for someone who likes astrology, and wants to learn a bit more about it. This book dishes up practical advice about careers, starting a family and more, customized to your star sign. A great gift for your spiritual friend.
The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook Instant Pot fever has swept the nation. Even I have one, and use it to make pulled pork and apple pie filling, among other things. This handy book shares tasty healthy recipes that you can whip up in a flash using your magical instant pot. A must for any Instant Pot owner.
Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal Woman World is a funny, touching graphic novel. What if men went extinct? Where would women be? This book answers that question and so much more. Perfect for the graphic novel lovers in your life.
Spice This book is perfect for a foodie or cook. It breaks down the origin of spices from around the world with beautiful full colour photos, facts and recipes.
I can’t get enough of the recipes in this book! The recipes all have mouthwatering photos, and have fun names like Texas Trash Dip. The dishes are easy to create and for the most part, use items you might already have stocked in the fridge. This would be awesome for a foodie who’s getting into cooking.
Art This stunning coffee table book covers the history of different art movements from Greek to modern art. This beautiful book is a must for the art and culture lover in your life.
Thanks to DK, I’m giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Art or Astrology from DK. Enter below!
Monsters You Should Know is a delightful little book chock full of monsters from around the world that you may or may not know. I’m a big fan of folklore and legends, so I knew I had to get my hand on this book. It’s a beautiful hardcover book with full colour illustrations by Emma SanCartier. Inside there are 17 monsters brought to life with charming illustrations. (more…)