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Regent Park Film Festival Annual Fundraising Screening

Come out and support Toronto’s only free multicultural film festival by attending our Annual Fundraising Screening, featuring a 2015 Hot Docs Film “Mom and Me”. A $50 ticket will include a cocktail reception, entertainment, film screening and more!

Mom and Me directed by Lena Macdonald and produced by Gordon Henderson and Lena Macdonald, is a personal and intimate documentary about a young filmmaker coming of age in extraordinary circumstances. It follows the complicated relationship between director Lena Macdonald and her mother, who was once a filmmaker herself, but ended up homeless, crack-addicted and on the streets. MOM and ME is about addiction, prostitution and despair but it is also a story about family, the power of hope and the tenacity of love.

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Event Information:

Annual Fundraising Screening
October 22, 2015
6:30PM Cocktail Reception
8:00PM Film Screening & Panel
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East

Ticket Options:

  • Individual Ticket ($50)
  • Includes cocktail reception, entertainment, film screening and more!
  • Sponsor a Regent Park Youth ($50)
  • Buy a ticket for a Regent Park youth to attend the screening or participate in a Regent Park Film Festival workshop
  • Sponsor Ticket ($250)
  • Includes two individual tickets, festival merchandise and special recognition at the Film Festival

All tickets include a charitable tax receipt.

All proceeds go towards keeping the Festival and all our activities FREE!

Regent Park Film Festival Charitable Registration # 8459 14613 RR0001

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Zoltán Mága: From Budapest with Love Contest



October 31, 2015 • 3:00PM & 8:00PM

TICKETS & INFORMATION: / 416.408.0208

To win: be the first person to email stephaniew [at] glatzconcerts [dot] com. Send your name, mailing address & a synonym for “paprika”! The winner will be notified by email on October 19th by email. 

Live in concert, enjoy the flair and passion of Zoltán Mága, Hungary’s foremost violin virtuoso! Experience fiery music and Hungarian folk dance brought to life by a cast of hand-picked singers, costumed ballroom dancers and chamber symphony orchestra. From heart-warming ballads, beautiful waltzes and beloved arias to the furious speeds of Zoltán’s Gypsy band, let these performers dazzle you with their masterful virtuosity.
If you loved Zoltán’s PBS Special, From Budapest with Love, then you’ll love the charm of this vibrant live concert celebrating the infectious energy of Hungary’s music and dance!

Audiences adore Zoltán for his style, warmth and his beautiful artistry. He has been honored to play before kings, heads of state, church dignitaries and world-famous stars. With musicianship that shines through his repertoire of traditional Hungarian folk melodies and classical rhapsodies, Zoltán is a master of his instrument, continually searching for new ways to communicate with his audiences.

Your Cure for Summer Wanderlust: The Go Global Expo


Working Front Desk at a youth hostel this summer meant that I met students from around the world travelling to Toronto for internships, camp counselor positions, and just for the heck of it. Hearing about their travels left me with a serious desire to globe-trot.

Have you too been bit by the wanderlust bug? Then consider checking out the Go Global Expo, which will be held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens September 19-20. The Expo features information about a variety of international placements, including internships, volunteering, exchanges, service learning, and studying abroad. The event will host  a “Careers for Globetrotters” panel discussion with experts from various different sectors at 11 am on Saturday, and informational seminars on a variety of topics every 45 minutes.

Interested? Then go to to register for your free ticket!

The Student Voice Project

This reading week instead of reading or sitting at home, I decided to take part in a program at New College called ‘the Student Voice Project’, a mental health awareness initiative. It ran for three days, there was breakfast and lunch included, and we got a CCR credit for participating in the program. Not too shabby, I thought to myself. If you’re a student trying to get into grad school, you’ll realize the important of having a varied CCR to show your school involvement. Anyways, I realized that it would be a pain in the butt getting to school for 9am when I commute from two hours away, but I thought whatever, I do it all semester, what’ll three days hurt?

When I look back, I was very selfish and unassuming when I first decided to get into the program. All I wanted was the CCR credit; I didn’t realize that I would be getting much, much more out the experience. I arrived on the first day at the Wilson Lounge in New College, and was immediately welcomed by friendly students and facilitators. We started with breakfast and doing a few icebreakers. I was so astounded by the friendly faces and amazing people that were there. Everyone was so kind and caring right off the bat, and it was probably one of the most welcoming and warming atmospheres I’ve ever been in. Next, we were hit hard with a very serious talk about wellness and self care by a speaker named Melissa Corcoran. She talked about cognitive distortions, attitude and language and various wellness tools while also relating everything back to her very personal story that she was so willing to share with us. She spoke about the struggle, the rock bottom and the breakthroughs she had, and it was such an amazing story. Melissa just completely turned her life around and I’d honestly never met someone who had been through so much hardship but really lived to spread the good message about becoming healthy. She showed off mediation techniques and how to get yourself calm and centered, and I really valued that. I mean, at this university it’s hard enough to just get a moment for yourself, and this was a great tool that only took a few minutes.

The next workshop we did was about barriers as to why people don’t seek mental health treatment. It was really something that I had never thought about before, because thank God, I’ve never needed mental health treatment. Hearing the ideas and knowledge that everyone had was so such an enlightening experience. Everyone was sharing ideas and there was no judgment or prejudice. I loved hearing what everyone had to say, especially during the end of the day reflections. The whole process was almost like a group therapy session. We were allowed to learn and experience on our own, but we came together to share our feelings and reflect in a group, and it was something that I had never experienced before.

The second day was based on starting a zine. Going into the process, I had no idea what a zine was but I just sort of new that I wanted to make one. Zines are small, self-published magazine-type works that are used to spread a message. They are usually anonymous, giving the author total control over whatever they want to say. We planned our zines and started creating, and finished up our zines on the third and final day. I have to say that creating the zine was my favourite part of the process. Instead of using computers, we were using crayons and paper, and it was so great to be able to be creative. Being a writer, I usually don’t get be very visual or add illustrations to my writing, so it was almost like I was back in grade school. It was a very freeing experience and I really enjoyed being able to just talk about whatever I wanted to talk about.

Our zines are going to be displayed in the New College library for everyone to see, which is a very exciting thing (I’ve always wanted to be published!). The final day was really hard. I didn’t want to leave, but our group discussion and reflection did give me some closure. I met some of the greatest people at SVP, and it was an experience that I’ll never forget and definitely return to in my coming years. It was really nothing like I’d experienced before. The warmth, the friendship, the camaraderie and freedom of speech without judgment created the most amazing atmosphere we utilized to talk about very important mental health awareness issues. I thought that this experience would be great because I want to go into psychology, but if not that, I got to self reflect and really think deeply about important and controversial topics. That’s something we rarely ever get to do in our everyday lives.

This was really one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had since I’ve been at U of T and I highly recommend to everyone. In early January, you’ll see the application in the emails from Blueprint services. No fear, no judgment and lots of learning – that’s my kind of project.


Craft Beer Passport: Let’s Go on an Adventure!

Toronto is a fantastic city, if you’re the kind of person who’s eager to go out and enjoy it. Taking in Toronto takes a kind of energy, a sort of “yes, let’s!” mentality that some people have and some people don’t. Unfortunately, in most cases I don’t.  I’m not what some might call a social butterfly. I’m really more of a social sloth, friendly and entertaining but not in any way proactive, content to lie in a tree and let fungus grow on my back (wait, what?). It’s not my greatest feature, and I’ve been working on it since the Gamecube days.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to grab a couple of Craft Beer Passports. With a Craft Beer Passport, you can drink a craft beer for $2.00 at any or all of the participating locations. The beers are as varied as the bars, which go as far east as Greenwood and as far as west as The Junction. It’s a great way to force myself to see the city and, because I have an extra passport, to coerce some friends to join me.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be ​hitting up as many of the spots on my passport as I can. I should warn you that I know nothing about beer, but I’m definitely willing to learn. And if you follow along on my little adventure, you might also learn a little: about beer, Toronto, and friendship (d’awww).


Doors Open Toronto: Time to Discover the Secrets and Spirits Behind the Doors of Our City!

Greetings readers!

The 15th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf is coming back next weekend! The theme for this year is Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Doors. Sounds spooky right?

Not only you can visit over 150 buildings across Toronto to uncover the mysteries, there are also places where scary stories will be told! In addition to that, the University of Toronto has sponsored walking tours to guide visitors around our mysterious city!

Spoiler: There are many areas that are normally off-limit to the public that are going to be opened up just for the weekend! Ooooooh!

The best part is that all of the events are FREE!

Here’s the poster from the City of Toronto’s website:

The event takes place on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th. More information can be found on the City of Toronto’s site at

I’m very looking forward to the University of Toronto’s walking tour! I’m not sure if I would be scared to go school after learning about the mysteries of the school… I have to go to school on the day following the tour so… *grabs pillow*

Get ready guys! The secrets and spirits will be flying around the city very soon, so look out!


Belle Poster

ANNOUNCING: The World Premiere of BELLE GUNNES: The Black Widow of Laporte

The UC Follies Theatre Company presents
The World Première of
The Black Widow of Laporte
Book by Justin Cummings
Music and Lyrics by Peter Grant Mackechnie

Directed by Shak Haq

Fri, March 14 8pm
Sat, March 15 8pm
Thurs, March 20 8pm
Fri, March 21 8pm
Sat, March 22 2pm & 8pm

Al Green Theatre
[750 Spadina Avenue]*
*use Bloor St. Entrance

Rayah Ali, Kelsey Crowe, Brian De La Franier, Nicole Dionne, Allyson Foster, Mathew Galloway, Hammer Hordatt, Lanndis De Lallo, Sarah Loveless, Ros Martin, Brett McNeill, Deandra Neretlis, Ashley Olah, Melissa Peters, Christopher Shackleton, Cierra Walker, Lawrence Zhang

Director – Shak Haq
Music Director – Peter Grant Mackechnie
Technical Director – Noa Katz
Set Design – Joe Loreto
Costume Design – Shifra Cooper
Props Design – Lanndis De Lallo
Graphic Design – Jenny Kim
Lighting Design – Stephen Dodge
Sound Design – Shak Haq
Stage Manager – Stephen Dodge
Asistant Stage Manager – Alexandra Brennan
Head of Construction – Noa Katz

UofTTix Box Office
[7 Hart House Circle] – 416.978.8849 –

Single Tickets: $20 – adult | $12 – student & senior
general admission

Group Rates (8+ tickets): available by phone & in person at UofTtix: $20 adult (20% savings) | $8 student & senior (17% savings)

Belle Gunness: The Black Widow of LaPorte is a new musical based on the real-life serial killer of the same name. With a kill count of over 20 victims including her children, husbands, and suitors, the folklore surrounding Belle Gunness still runs through the veins of mid-western America. Perhaps because she was never caught or perhaps because the number of her victims is continuously rising, the notoriety of her tale is certainly worth telling.

Set in the early 1900s, the production focuses on Belle’s life in LaPorte, Indiana, where she meets the hopeful and optimistic Ray, who she coerces to help her with her plans. The show begins with Belle’s arrival and unfolds as we see her effects on her husband Peter, their children, and the colourful cast of townspeople: Daisy (Ray’s fiancée), Sheriff Smutzer, the women of the Suffragette movement, and the locals.