Rave: Our Favourite Gingers

You know who
gets a lot of flack? Redheads. Not to throw shade at the Betty’s and Veronica’s
of the world, but as far as hair colours go, redheads don’t always have it
easy. The victims of
Internet memes, inappropriate social behaviour and bizarre stereotypes (not
to mention the constant rumours of impending extinction), these pigment-lacking
carrot tops are often the butt of jokes and
Because we feel for them and their inability to tan (and certainly not a secret
agenda of
anyone here on the fourth floor) we’d like to take a moment and acknowledge our
favourite beet heads.

Conan O’Brien

While this
tall, gangly ginge’s fame is usually attributed to his career as a late night
host, Conan’s resume is much more impressive than simply interviewing celebs
from behind a desk and his
signature string dance. The Harvard grad and former Lampoon president spent two years as a
staff writer for
Saturday Night Live
before heading to
The Simpsons’
writing room, where he went on to pen some of the most
memorable episodes. His
hosting career started when he took over Letterman’s gig at Late Night, where
he stayed for 13 years before taking on the iconic role of the
Tonight Show host. His position there was abruptly
cut short after only seven months when he got the boot due to network politics and
chin-heavy antique car collector whose name will not be spoken here. He handled the
situation with grace, signing off with
 an amazing, heartfelt speech
and can now be found on TBS with his show,
Florence Welch

At only 26
years old, intense frontwoman Florence Welch is one of our most inspiring flameheads.
More than just an impressive set of pipes, Flo is an thoughtful songwriter and
eccentric boho style icon. For having produced only two albums (Lungs and Ceremonials), her music
has had tremendous influence, permeating pop culture and creating some of the defining anthems of our generation. Anyone
who hasn’t had the chance to see her perform live is missing out – it’s truly an

Prince Harry

There are few
people who send our hearts fluttering like His Royal Ginginess. He may not be
first heir to the throne, but we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t considered
using his face as currency. The playboy Prince’s most endearing quality is that
aside from a royal title, he kinda just seems like a normal dude. He went through a rebellious teenage phase, was the first royal to engage in active military service in 735 years, and from the looks of things, can appreciate
a fine get together. And since we’ve heard
through the grapevine that he is currently “100% single”, we are hereby
throwing our fancy British-looking hat into the ring. Somebody
tell Kate and Wills what fun aunts we would make.

Christina Hendricks

Mad Men’s most sultry lady harnesses all of
her firepower. Don’t 
be fooled by her soft voice and femininity, her character
Joan Holloway owns her sexuality and defies the passivity expected of women of
her time.
 Christina’s vintage look and
hourglass figure remind us that knockout beauty comes in all shapes and colours
but regularly speaks out against discourse where the talents of female performers are overshadowed by catty and debasing comments about their looks.

Ron Howard

Arguably the
most successful child actor of all time, Ron has two iconic acting roles under
his belt as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show
and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. He is
the voice of Arrested Development and
has a directing career that brought us Cocoon,
Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. He’s been happily married to his high school
sweetheart since 1975, proving that not only can true love exist in Hollywood,
but that gingers must have souls. The man even
had a comet named after

Fashion-able: Most outrageous trends

Very few things are as socially objective or as quickly
evolving as fashion and trends.  What is considered chic, cool or elegant
varies to an insane degree, depending on time and place. What you end up
with is an endless history of fascinating fashion choices – mainstream,
underground, beautiful, hideous and some just downright confusing. Here
are some of the more outrageous fashion trends we’ve seen in recent history.

Bagel Heads
While we are totally on board with Japanese street fashion
being crazy and cutting edge, this is one we can’t wrap our heads around,
so to speak. This temporary body modification was pioneered in Canada and
became a sensationalized fetish trend in the Japanese underground scene. Dedicated bagel heads undergo a two hour saline drip into their forehead to
achieve the look, for results that last a mere 24 hours, until the body absorbs
the solution. At this point, no negative side effects have been reported
(besides looking like you have a bagel embedded under your face skin)
and while there is no proof or real speculation of this, we believe it may have
been inspired by a particularly disturbing Halloween episode of The Simpsons.

Le Sapeurs

For the decked out men of Le SAPE (which stands for Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes for you
franglais speakers,) bold fashion choices are not just a trend, but a way of
life. Inspired by French decadence and style, the so-called Gentlemen of the Bakongo are based in the slums of the French Congo and wear their flamboyant, designer
suits as a sign of their religion of elegance. Sapeurs abide by a strict
code of honour, nobility and morality which includes shunning violence –
A Sapeur does not shed blood. Your clothes do all the fighting for you, otherwise you are not fit to be called a Sapeur.” The men of the SAPE have been embraced as local celebrities, often being paid
to attend parties and weddings, and have recently been featured in the Solange
Knowles video for Losing You.


You know the old axiom “what’s good for the goose is good
for the gander”? Well, friends, it might be fair to say this has been
proven wrong in the case of meggings. To clarify, meggings = male leggings, and
it is possible that they originated as an act of revenge from the fashion gods
against all women who used tights and leggings for evil (a.k.a. in lieu of real
pants. If you’re not sure if you’re one of those women please seek guidance
here.) While we do give props to men daring enough to try to pull them off, we urge
you not to put them on in the first place.

Mexican Pointy Boots

When you think of footwear fetishists and enthusiasts, one
generally thinks of a Carrie Bradshaw-esque closet full of Manolos and
Louboutins. Not so with this all-male sub culture of Mexican tribal
dancers. They don elaborately embellished boots with elongated toes
curled up to five feet. Originating in Matehuala, Mexico, the boots rose in
popularity alongside a genre of music called “tribal guarachero” which has
been described as
“a mixture of Pre-Columbian and African sounds mixed with fast cumbia bass and electro-house beats.” Mexican Pointy Boots are typically worn by dance troupes at competitions,
parties and weddings and were the subject of a short documentary by

The 80’s

While we did mention the constantly evolving nature of
fashion, we should have also mentioned that it tends to be cyclical. That is to
say, we don’t always forget our mistakes. What was once considered a
decade of fashion face-palming is now creeping back into what is hip. We’ve seen a resurgence of the good, bad, and the ugly of 80’s fashion, including bushy brows, shoulder pads, and Day-glo (thanks a lot for this
one, LMFAO.) Anyone who has seen a hypercolour t-shirt on a hot day knows this
isn’t all good news. What is good news is that in no time, we’ll
have moved on to channeling some other decade’s hits and misses (fingers
crossed for hoop skirts and pantaloons!).

City Living: Open Roof Festival

Last week we had the pleasure of checking out Bruce MacDonald’s Trigger, at the Open Roof Festival, Toronto’s best outdoor film and music series. Kicking off its sophomore season, the festival runs every Thursday until September 1 and treats Torontonians to a performance by a local indie band, followed by a cool film, all outside at the Amsterdam Brewery
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We really loved being able to bike to the venue, where the Toronto Cyclist Union provided complimentary valet bike parking. Festival goers can also enjoy various pints of Amsterdam beer (including the new 416 Urban Wheat beer), freshly popped popcorn or can bring their own snacks while watching the film.
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Many of the films have previously shown at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Sundance, Hot Docs and TIFF, and have not yet been commercially released in Canada. Next movie we’re uber stoked for? On August 11, ORF will play Conan O’Brien’s Can’t Stop, a documentary chronicling O’Brien’s life after losing his gig as the host of The Tonight Show. 
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Make sure to bring a sweater in case it cools down at night, grab a beer, and hang out at the Amsterdam Brewery while enjoying some good music and great films.
Tickets are available for $15 and can be purchased at www.openrooffestival.com 
Follow Open Roof Festival on Twitter at: @OpenRoofFest

PS: This week’s screening of Kick Ass is gonna be a good one too – and our own Matt Austin will be hosting the evening. In his wordsThe main actor, Aaron Johnston, will be a huge star by 2012. See him now.” See you there!
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