So, I’m vegan. I have been for over 3 years actually! And it’s a huge part of my life. But it can also be sometimes problematic in my life too. It is sometimes hard to find vegan options when I’m out at restaurants with my friends or family who aren’t vegan. Or when I’m shopping and so many brands aren’t vegan because they test on animals. There’s a lot of non vegan things in the world. The good news is, this year so far has been MONUMENTAL in terms of the number of new vegan products. There have been huge […]Continue reading
Korean Purple Dessert – Cafe Bora Bora means purple in Korean, and this Korean dessert cafe has the most aesthetic and beautiful purple desserts made out of purple sweet potato. Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream $5.95 | Rating ★★★★★ Purple Sweet Potato Tiramisu $9.95 | Rating ★★★★★ Cafe Bora is actually a Korean dessert chain with locations across the globe. I went to their Seoul location when I was travelling in Korea a few years ago, and I immediately fell in love with their pure and natural purple sweet potato tiramisu. So… I just had to order it […]Continue reading
Captain Marvel is everything you’d expect from the first Marvel film with a lead female character: badass. Watching the origin story of one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel Universe made me even more stoked for Avengers: Endgame. That being said, I agree with the current rating on IMDB, 7.1 out of 10. Although the characters and actions scenes are captivating, the climax is basic and the humour cliché. Let me just state that my initial doubt in Brie Larson playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel was quickly shattered. Never seeing her play this type of role before, I […]Continue reading
Ghosts, demons, clowns, and serial killers have been the staples of horror movies. It’s the basic horror movie formula that has been perfected and ruined many times. They feed in our physical fears. However, as the genre evolves, more filmmakers are looking at psychological horror, which messes with our minds and finds new horrors that are hidden in our everyday lives. Think of Get Out, Hereditary, Babadook, or The Haunting of Hill House. The new sub-genre of horror is becoming increasingly popular and the newest addition to the collection is Velvet Buzzsaw. Directed by Dan Gilroy, the Netflix film stars […]Continue reading
Matcha? Yes please! I recently discovered this hidden Japanese Uji matcha dessert place located near Chinatown of Downtown Toronto. Amausaan specializes in their limited quantity, daily freshly made matcha desserts and drinks using high-quality uji matcha. It’s like a matcha heaven with so many choices of desserts and beverages, everything from cakes to drinks to ice cream. Shiratama Sundae $7.25 | Rating ★★★★★ Matcha Milie Crepe Cake $8.70 | Rating ★★★★☆ Matcha Fading Cheesecake $8.25 | Rating ★★★☆☆ Out of all 3 of their popular matcha […]Continue reading
The very popular 2005 band, The Jonas Brothers, had broken up back in 2013 and many fans were devastated. Brothers, Nick and Joe had mutually decided that they wanted to see what they could do by going solo, and Kevin decided that he wanted to take a break to focus on his wife and the baby that they had on the way. Both, Nick and Joe ended up being very successful in their solo careers. Nick sang solo and released songs like “Jealous”, “Chains”, and “Close”, meanwhile Joe formed a band that went by the name DNCE, who released songs […]Continue reading
By now, you’ve probably heard of the Netflix show released a couple weeks ago, The Umbrella Academy. The show is based on the comic book series created by Gerard Way, the lead vocalist of the punk rock band, My Chemical Romance. Hence, you can already get a sense of the strangely brilliant mind behind this story. Heads up – everything I mention about The Umbrella Academy is in the trailers, so there are no spoilers. The first episode begins in 1989. 43 not pregnant women unexpectedly give birth. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, billionaire, offers a large sum of money to the […]Continue reading
Many interactive, Instagram worthy art installations have been coming to Toronto, the most recent entitled “The 7”. This free exhibit features eight unique themed set ups: a Jurassic Park room, a wedding themed room, a ball pit, a flamingo display, a piñata room, a balloon room, a Venus de Milo room, and a room filled with pink flowers. “The 7” is located on the 7th floor of the Hudson’s Bay on 176 Yonge Street and has been open since January, with no closing date mentioned as of yet. Make sure you drop by for a visit before it leaves! […]Continue reading
2019 Oscars Predictions and Controversies
Another year of film has come and gone and if you have been paying close attention on social media, the lead up to the Oscars has been a rollercoaster. First it was Kevin Hart dropping out of the job of the host due to past homophobic comments that upset a lot of people. Next the possible introduction of the category of most popular film, offended some people because it seemed like the Academy was not taking some films seriously. Then the Academy decided they would not air the winners of important categories such as Cinematography. Although the Academy has gone back on that decision.
Now after exhaustingly viewing a lot of the contenders this year by avoiding my school work and gathering opinions earlier on this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, I have decided what will win and what I want to win. I must be honest it was hard for me for two reasons: 1. The films this year seemed lackluster to me and 2. I have my pride to look after. So, if your workplace is doing an Oscars pool or if you just want to gloat to your friends about how many winners you got right, let these predictions be your guide. I will only brush upon the major categories as I don’t have pages to discuss nominations and I have midterms. Also, these are my opinions based on research and statistics, and personal preferences.
Who will probably win = yellow Who should win = blue Should and will win = green.
The Academy Awards are on February 24th, Saturday. The red carpet starts at 7pm EST and the ceremony begins 8pm EST.
Post by: Jesse Law
Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires “To see yourself and for others to see you is a form of validation… I’m interested in that very mysterious and mystical line that is how we relate to each other in the world.” This is artist Mickalene Thomas’s thesis statement for her new exhibition at the AGO, Femmes Noires, which explores how Black women are represented in art and popular culture. Each work is politically charged and vibrant, with inspiration from artistic movements such as Impressionism, Cubism, Dada, and the Harlem Renaissance. Each work is also shockingly different: Thomas’s exhibition ranges from paintings, […]Continue reading
It’s never too cold for ice cream right? But why eat ice cream in a plain waffle cone when you can have it in the insta-worthy taiyaki or chimney cone! Taiyaki NYC Straight Outta Japan $8.00 | Rating ★★★★★ Mangonificent $8.00 | Rating ★★★★★ Downtown Toronto’s Taiyaki NYC is a newly opened specialty ice cream shop from New York that serves ice cream inside a Japanese taiyaki cone. Taiyaki is a fish-shaped traditional Japanese dessert that comes in red bean or custard flavour, tastes kind of like a spongy pancake or waffle. There are […]Continue reading
On February 8th Ariana Grande released her thank u, next album which included previously released singles “than u, next” and “imagine”. This album outlines all of the struggles Grande has publicly faced over the past year. The tracks on the album are: 1. imagine 2. needy 3. NASA 4. bloodline 5. fake smile 6. bad idea 7. make up 8. ghostin 9. in my head 10. 7 rings 11. thank u, next 12. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored It is speculated that “imagine” and “ghostin” touch upon her past relationship with rapper, Mac Miller, who passed away […]Continue reading
Various musicians in the music industry are taking action to normalize conversations about mental health through their music, music videos and platforms such as their social media and interviews. Artists such as XXXtentacion, Billie Eilish are one of the many few who have become known for their ‘sad teen’ aesthetic. Some say that this has been beneficial in terms of removing the stigma around mental health while others argue that this may be promoting the trend of the ‘sad teen’ vibe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 800,000 people that are lost to suicide annually. Considering […]Continue reading
There’s much more to the theatre than watching the latest films, and Toronto has a great collection of unique shows up its sleeve. February is the time to stay indoors, especially with the TIFF New Wave coming up. Head over to the Ontario Place Cinesphere to watch some action-adventure classics in the best possible way: Inception: The IMAX Experience playing from February 15-18 at 7:30pm. The Iron Giant (Signature Edition) playing from February 16-18 at 3:30pm. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience playing from February 22-24 at 7:30pm. Are you interested in […]Continue reading
Like most Torontonians in February, I’m sick of winter. The wind is biting, the ice is life-threatening, and the TTC is late. (Although, let’s be real, that happens regardless of the season.) With the shorter winter days, it’s hard not to feel as if the city’s constantly shrouded in darkness, shivering in our Timberlands as we bitterly pine for summer. In these hollow months following Christmas and New Years, it seems as if there isn’t anything else to do but wait for the warmth to return. But in the midst of the dark and the cold and the slush, […]Continue reading