Do Me A Solid: artbound

It’s event season in the city! With the 8 million (slight
exaggeration) parties going on in Toronto, sometimes we get tired and forget
that there is a life outside of the glitz and glamour. But before we begin this
post, we’re going to give a huge shout out to
Uber Toronto for offering free
taxis last week that made hustling around to all these events that much easier.

On Thursday, September 27, Toronto’s party go-ers, movers, shakers and the who’s who put on their philanthropic boots for the third annual
artbound at Maison Mercer. In support of Free the Children, artbound is a volunteer
initiative that partners “with artists
and those passionate about the arts to raise funds to build sustainable
infrastructure in developing countries.” The goal is to empower the children
in these regions to break the cycle of poverty; a task much more
easily said than done.

Co-hosted by CP24 host, Melissa Grelo and MTV’s
Aliya-Jasmine, nearly 800 people packed themselves into the downtown
nightclub to show their support and make a difference. Artbound has many components of helping but
raising awareness always tends to be the most fun. The artbound committee presented
Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, with a generous donation before they dove into their tailspin of We Day awesomeness!

Apart from the big heart, artbound throws one HECK of a
part-ay. Some highlights of the night include the theme: how do you go wrong
with Footloose? And not the pretty modern version of Julianne Hough’s sexiness.
No. The 1984, high-waisted denim, blue eye shadow, “Dance your ass off!”
version. There was enough plaid to rival a Luke Bryan concert.

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The crowd rocked out to electronic sizzling violinist Dr. Draw and snacked on apps from SPiN Toronto and Kernels. After hours of dancing (and comparing denim shorts) the committee surprised the crowd with a late night flash mob. And now as it bows its head to its third pARTy, artbound is becoming a resident fixture in city’s good-hearted fun! 

It’s fairly clear that all we need to have a good time is some awesome music, a fun theme (80s usually warrants the best get-ups) and even better company. Congrats artbound on yet another amazing and incredibly successful night. Visit for more information or to find out how you can get involved. 


Do Me A Solid: Art Train Conductor No.9

We have seen trains, planes and automobiles plastered with
ads for almost anything under the sun. Yet it’s not every day that you
see an entire GO car wrapped in funky, fresh art. That is exactly what the
Art Train Conductor No.9 is.

Artist rendering of Art Train Conductor No.9

No.9: Contemporary
Art and the Environment
, with Toronto-based artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins and GO Transit have partnered to create a moving, mobile art installation, not only to feast your eyes upon, but to get
you thinking about sustainable transit options.

Covered in an abstract, brightly coloured vinyl wrap, the Art Train Conductor No.9 will
be chugging along the GO network until December 1, 2012, servicing all seven
lines before the train pulls into the station for the last time. Posters and a
ceiling vinyl will bring the same graphic print inside, so 905-ers will have to
feast their eyes on besides the sights of transit faux
committed by fellow riders.
Good luck having your post-work nap in this colourful car!

Commuters on the Lakeshore line are the first to hop on the
Art Train, as GO Transit launched the project today to commuters.

Like us, this project isn’t all looks and no substance.
GO Transit and No.9 want to get you talking transit with their new app,
tetAtet. Created in consultation with students at the University of Toronto’s
Knowledge Media Design Institute, the free app helps to start discussion about transit in our city,
turning public transportation into a forum of public debate.

And it’s certainly not just environmentalists that have something to say! Author Margaret Atwood, architect
and transit expert Eric
have all created videos for the site about urban planning,
environmental concerns and transit issues.

More videos here.

For the not so tech savvy, special docents (a.k.a. the “app
wizards”) will be riding the rails with you for the first week to help you
navigate the tetAtet app: from scanning the QR code on the train’s interior to
watching one of the video clips.

You can download tetAtet on the train or online to voice
your thoughts, ideas and opinions. If you ever needed voyage out to the
‘burbs, this is it. All aboard! 

Do Me A Solid: Night Moves Party

The only thing we love more than a great party is a party with an awesome theme. And the only thing we love more than a party with an awesome theme is a get-together that brings attention to a worthy cause.

Our good friend Michelle Bilodeau recently found out that her father has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia called acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and being the purposeful girl that she is, has decided to take action by throwing a classic ’70’s rock and roll-themed party in her dad’s honour. 
The Night Moves Party is taking place at Niagara Street Café on Wednesday, August 24. The event will raise funds for AML and leukemia, with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, who work hard to fight blood cancers, raise awareness and lend support to those diagnosed.
Of course, a 70’s themed rock and roll party gets our fashionable minds racing with costume ideas, like some cute bells with a belly baring top, but obviously this party is not just about fashion and music. Rest assured that if you attend you will not be engaging in “slacktevism”. Every dollar raised through the $25 entry fee goes to benefit the LLSC. There will also be a silent auction and swag-filled gift bags.
Want to attend this event that’s both charitable and fun? Check out their Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter to keep up to date and help spread the word about this great fundraiser. Tickets are on sale now – get ’em while they last.

Do Me A Solid: Stuart Knight’s Top Ten Event

Jumping from an airplane, kissing your high school crush, and climbing Mount Everest are the types of things that generally make it onto a bucket list. Stuart Knight has taken the bucket list concept one step further to create the Top Ten Event – a dynamic social evening with real meaning.

On Thursday, August 4, 10 high profile Canadians will come together at the Isabel Bader Theatre for the first Top Ten Event to share one thing people should know before they die. Each renowned speaker will share a life-changing piece of information based on their area of expertise or passion.

We love how this event combines a fun evening out with raising money and awareness for a wonderful organization. A portion of the proceeds for the event go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, supporting grassroots projects turning the tide of AIDS in Africa.

Here’s the lineup for the evening:

Rex Harrington, Artist-in-Residence at the National Ballet of Canada, and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada speaking, on Partnerships.

Rex Harrington
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Entrepreneur, philanthropist and host of Risky Business, W. Brett Wilson, discussing Success.

W. Brett Wilson
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George Kourounis, storm chaser and host of OLN’s Angry Planet, will share tips on Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone.
George Kourounis
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Philanthropist Lisa Ray will also be on the panel. As a successful actress, cancer survivor and having just launched a new yoga studio, Moksha Yoga Brampton, Ray will offer wisdom on Accepting Life.

Lisa Ray 
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Bruce Poon Tip, founder of GAP Adventures, speaking on Adventure.

Bruce Poon Tip
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Shevaun Voisin, founder of Motivated magazine, will discuss the Power of Audacity.

Shevaun Voisin
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With first-hand experience as a medical professional working to make a difference in some of the worlds most war-torn areas, Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada, will discuss Making a Difference. 

Dr. Samantha Nutt
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The beautiful Kelly Carlson (Nip/Tuck) will be on hand to discuss Manifesting Your Life.

Kelly Carlson
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Chef, cookbook author and co-owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Donna Dooher will speak on Food. 

Donna Dooher
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And last, but not least, music producer and Canadian Idol judge Jake Gold will share the one thing you should know about the Music Industry. 

Jake Gold
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Tickets are open to the public and are on sale now ($40 and $60). Buy them here and join us for this inspirational evening! 

Do Me A Solid: Powerball 13: The Thirteenth Floor

It’s that time of year again for Toronto’s most notorious art party, Power Ball. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery, will host guests as they enter Power Ball 13: The Thirteenth floor. This legendary party raises funds every year for The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and is known as one of the quirkiest, most fun parties in town.

On Thursday, June 16, Power Ball brings a world of mystery and intrigue; a place where no one has been before. Party-goers can shake their money makers alongside Canada’s artists, fashion insiders and social butterflies. Be prepared to break out your coolest kicks and your wildest outfit. A celebrity chef is soon to be announced and is sure to bring some interesting plates to the palate.

Tickets are on sale now and are extremely limited. To purchase, call 416.973.4000 or visit We’ll see you there.

Do Me A Solid: unScripted: Opening Night presented by Canadian Stage Visionaries

On Friday, May 13, talent from the art, fashion and entertainment worlds will come together to curate hotel rooms at One King West to raise funds for Canadian Stage, one of the country’s leading non-profit theatre companies

unScripted: Opening Night, presented by Canadian Stage Visionaries, will celebrate the glamour and delight of the theatrical debut, and will feature interactive events, live musical guests, culinary delights and cocktails, as well as amazing prizes and auction items (one being a deluxe trip for two to St. John’s, Newfoundland to visit the set of CBC’s Republic of Doyle – how awesome is that?).

Interactive artistic concepts will be brought to life by fashion designer Evan Biddell, Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco, stage director Weyni Mengesha, filmmaker Charles Officer, visual artist Charles Pachter, Slice’s Re-Vamped expert Kaitlyn Regehr, The Company Theatre’s Philip Riccio and unScripted event host, MuchMusic’s RAPCITY host, Tyrone “T-RexXx” Edwards.

 Burlesque dancer and Slice host Kaitlyn Regehr.
Guests at the party will experience a tantalizing burlesque show, live art sketches, dramatic theatrical performances, powerful fashion and more.

Proceeds raised from the event will support the community initiatives of Canadian Stage, making the arts experience more accessible to future artists and new audiences.

Get your tickets here or call 416.368.3110.

The party starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $90 each.

Come early to enjoy a VIP three-course meal prepared by One King West executive chef Samuel Fiore at 7 p.m. VIP tickets are $250 each. 

Twitter: @CanadianStage, #unScripted

Do Me A Solid: Stephen Lewis Foundation

We’re thrilled to continue the Do Me A Solid series with The Stephen Lewis Foundation and their amazing upcoming event, Hope Rising!. 

On May 3, the first Hope Rising! annual benefit concert will be held at The Sony Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation, helping them support grassroots organizations at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Alicia Keys and K’naan.
This will definitely be one of the concerts of the year, with a stellar lineup of artists. Alicia Keys, K’naan, Rufus Wainwright and Grammy Award-winning Angélique Kidjo headline the event, each performing some of their best-loved songs. As if that weren’t enough, the evening will also feature performances by Canada’s reigning R&B queen Jully Black, jazz songstress Holly Cole, and Lorraine Segato. Hosts Jian Ghomeshi, Marci Ien, and Gloria Reuben will also participate, making this evening truly spectacular.

Rufus Wainwright and Angélique Kidjo.

But, it’s not just a concert. The legendary Harry Belafonte will co-host a roundtable dinner and discussion with Stephen Lewis, providing a unique opportunity for philanthropists to discuss the real affect they can have in Africa with their donations.

Harry Belafonte. 

The night will also feature unique video shot in Africa, stories from African grandmothers who live in the midst of the pandemic, and other one-of-a-kind experiences. Hope Rising! is meant to celebratory and fun, sharing the joys and successes of the grassroots organizations working to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

 Photo: Alexis MacDonald

These grassroots groups are lifelines for their communities: they provide care to women who are ill; assist orphans and other children affected by the AIDS pandemic; reach heroic grandmothers who care for their orphaned grandchildren; and support people living with HIV and AIDS.

Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster, or at 1-855-872-7659, and start at just $75. That is a serious bargain for this incredible cultural event that offers you a one-of-a-kind concert and the chance to help out people who truly need it across the globe.

See you there!