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‘THE PERFECT DRESS’ Casting call

The Perfect Dress is an exciting new bridal fashion reality TV series for Slice Network, that focuses on a ‘Pop-Up’ Bridal boutique and its professional team; an ensemble of colourful, committed people from the world of fashion.

CASTING: 5 FASHION and RETAIL professionals

The ensemble members MUST live within 90 minutes of Toronto.

The Bridal Fashion Intern – a confident and engaging fashion design student or aspiring bridal stylist with that ‘Queen West’ style; retail experience not required; interest in bridal fashion a must.

The Bridal Consultant – this male bridal consultant is outspoken and strong-willed. He makes women feel like superstars. Fashion stylist.

The Office Manager – Speaks his/her mind and and protects the business side of the business and is often found pulling in favors. Retail management preferred; interest in bridal is a must.

The Bridal Boutique Receptionist – This big personality is the front line ambassador. A Fashion graduate, fashion blogger or anyone with a passion for fashion… and bridal fashion.

The Fashion Retail Marketer – this larger than life dynamo is an experienced fashion retail marketer with knowledge/experience in Pop-Up retail. He/she can get businesses up and running.  No bridal experience necessary.


• Photo and Resume/BIO

• 2 minute ‘WALK AND TALK’ VIDEO – can be shot with a home camcorder. Please shoot a lively, outspoken ‘walk and talk’ video, chatting directly to camera, as you tour a bridal salon, boutique or stroll through the fashion district, giving us your 3 most important tips/advice for either:

a) Brides when they are buying their wedding dress.

b) Marketing and managing a new retail operation.

*VIDEOS to be submitted through 

Must be at least 40MB and in .mov format

Please email all submissions materials to the Casting Director, Sue Skinner:

Casting link…

Questions? Contact Marilyn Fabrizio at 416 242-3910 or

Deadline for Photo, Resume and Video Submissions: TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST


Harvest Noir

Ottawa’s secret picnic feast and black tie dance party Harvest Noir is taking place on October 15 at 16h. Harvest Noir is an elegant “dress your best in black” picnic and dance party that will commemorate the autumn harvest in one of the region’s very finest venues (a secret to attendees until the last minute!).

Harvest Noir emphasizes locally-harvested seasonal fresh food at the table, and complements the dinner elegance with a fabulous DJ, live dance music, and surprises and circus performers sprinkled throughout the evening.

Following the trend from Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich, Berlin, New York City and Montréal, now Ottawa will have its first chic picnic! Join us in inaugurating a new remarkable tradition that celebrates fine local food, the epicurean bounty of autumn harvest, participatory art, and the pleasure of dining and dancing with old friends and new friends.


Date: 4pm October 15
The Location: Undisclosed. For now.
The Fee: $37+tax
Register: Get on the list here
Info: | 613.371.0070
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Valentino the Last Emperor in Ottawa

PHASE 4 FILMS will be releasing VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR in Ottawa at the Bytowne Theatre on August 28.


Shown around the world to wide acclaim, VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is a feature film that has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. The legendary Valentino is the star of the film, along with his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR follows them for the final two years of their careers, and shows the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world’s most glamorous and competitive game. The struggle of art against commerce is at the center of the film. In the end, however, the story proves to be not one about money or expensive clothes, but about love.

VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is a feature-length film on the legendary designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded in Rome more than 45 years ago. Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, the film is an intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy’s richest and most famous men. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino‚Äôs celebrated career, tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. But at the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.


New Paintings Living with Architecture


Paul Sharp -New Paintings Living with Architecture

May 22-28

Vernisage May 22

La Petite Mort Gallery (306 Cumberland Street)

Living with Architecture:

These paintings deal with architecture, and how we live with it. In my younger days I wanted to become an architect, it seemed like such a powerful profession. When I found out that math and logic would be such an integral component in an architect’s career I dropped the idea and started to use it as an inspiration in my painting. Our world is what we have made it over the years, but we take our surroundings for granted. We don’t often think about the work that when into making the world we see. In these paintings I am attempting to show how invisible the work of the world has become by making the buildings almost transparent and raw. The characters in my paintings go about ignoring the past that is built up around them. They play, shop, fight work and walk amongst history without paying it a second thought. People are living, they are doing things, and the viewer is invited to watch them live. Those who ignore their place in history are, after all, destined to live. For those of you who are not in Ottawa, I will put up all the paintings after the show starts here:

Movie Night – Ottawa

My friends at Alliance sent this along:

April 14th at 7pm/Empire 7 Cinemas – 111 Albert Street

Following the screening guests are invited to Heart & Crown (Byward) – 67 Clarence Street to mingle and received a complimentary gift bag full of swag. RSVP to with “Movie Night Ottawa” in the subject line. Must be 19+, reply by Friday April 10.

The Streets (CHEW FU fix)

Some music for everyone. Enjoy.

chew_fu_(Yousendit link)
Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set

The Streets-Get Out Of My House(Chew Fu H=H fix)

(Zshare link)
Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set

The Streets-Get Out Of My House(Chew Fu H=H fix)

(divshare link)
Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set

The Streets-Get Out Of My House(Chew Fu H=H fix)

GiG_Dates in Australia ;
Sat Jan 10:  Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Sat Jan 24:  Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Sun Jan 25: Trinity Bar, Canberra
Sat Feb 14:  Empire, Brisbane

Tracklisting;Chew Fu “Cash In My Pocket” DJ Set(ARTWORK ATTACHED/Photo;Manja Van Mastrigt)

0.The Streets-Get out of my house (Chew Fu H=H fix)
1.Wiley-Cash in my pocket(Chew Fu Small room fix)
2.Chew Fu-Chicks & Pills
3.Frank Sinatra-New York New York(Chew Fu Big room fix)
4.Frankie Finch & Chew Fu -Let it Go
5.Chew Fu & King B-hey Shawty
6.The Score-We Got You(Chew Fu refix)
7.Master SHortie-Rope Chain(Chew Fu refix)
8.Chew Fu & J-cast-Bakerstreet(Chew Fu Barfight fix)
9.Missy Elliott-Lick Shots(Chew Fu Refix)
10.Chew Fu & Popov-i`m the man in my city
11.Wiley-cash in my pocket(Chew Fu Big Room fix)
12.Depeche mode-enjoy the silence(Chew Fu fix)
13.OASIS-The Turning(Chew Fu Fix)
14.M.A.W.-Work(Chew Fu Fix)
15.Master Shortie-Dead end(Chew Fu Fix)
16.Busta & Link Park-We made it(Chew Fu Fix)
17.Chew Fu & Steve Clisby-Stand by me
18.the Doors-People are strange(Chew Fu Fix)
19.Kanye West – Love Lockdown(Chew Fu SMall room fix)

New music from Fazhands

Fazhands has sent me his latest music, a remix of A1 Bassline’s Girl Thing
Here’s a link to the 320kbps copy of it: