Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Street Style Video Wrap-Up!

It's been an awesome year! In addition to shooting street style in the city, I had a great opportunity to capture street fashion in Paris, Amsterdam and Stockholm. I'm really looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring.

Many thanks to everyone who appeared on my blog. It wouldn't be possible without you.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year, everyone!

Nigel Hamid
Editor & Photographer
TorontoVerve Street Style

Click "PLAY" below to watch 2013's Street Style Video Wrap-Up set to Electric Light Orchestra's 10538 Overture. 

Click here to see 2013 in HD.


Check out previous years' street style wrap-ups!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Maddie & Oona

Maddie (left): "My style is Courtney Love (lead singer of Hole) revamped in 2013. I love offending people with my clothing and Courtney's so offensive with everything she does -- it makes people feel uncomfortable and that's great."

TorontoVerve: "And what is it about people's discomfort that attracts you?"

Maddie: "It makes you feel more like an outsider and I love that feeling."

Oona (right): "My style is different everyday. My grandmother inspires me. She keeps it real. She doesn't care what she looks like."

TorontoVerve: "What do you love the most about 2013?"

Maddie: "Well, I truly love this girl right here…"

Oona: "We met this year."

Maddie: "We met at Nuit Blanche at Dundas Square. We talked about f**king the system and we had an instant connection."

Sunday, December 29, 2013


"I loved 2013. I got a lot of things done. My New Year's resolution is keeping my cat's litter box clean."

Dahae is an artist and describes her work as fine art.

"It's not your traditional portraiture. There's a lot of abstraction, but you can still see figures. I try to capture people's souls in my paintings."

Check out Dahae's abstract art on her Facebook.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Katie: The Mod with the Dragon Tattoo

"People tell me that I have a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo look, but I have more of a mod-leaning. So I'm the Mod with the Dragon Tattoo -- although I have no tattoos. I often emulate men's style. I have a very boyish body so I can do that. I love David Bowie and guys who have that audacity from the 70s. Bowie's thin white duke look inspires me. His dapperness is dishevelled but put together at the same time."

This is Katie's second appearance on TorontoVerve. Her cool boyish street style was first featured 2 years ago.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Actress Alyssa Capriotti's SOLO Mission

Actress Alyssa Capriotti has been a huge horror fan since she was a kid so it makes perfect sense that she's starring in one.

Next Spring, she'll appear as a camp counsellor in Solo - the feature film debut of Degrassi's Annie Clark, who plays a young girl terrorized by a stranger on a remote island. The movie recently screened to a packed house at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

TorontoVerve met with Capriotti in the Annex to shoot street style and talk about her new success.

"It's really exciting to be in a horror movie," she says, "I remember my mom catching me watching Nightmare on Elm Street alone in the basement when I was 7 years old. She yelled, 'what are you watching?!'"

Capriotti has much to be excited about. Her next movie is a romantic comedy called Dirty Singles. "It's about a small community of couples -- their break ups and new relationships. I play a waitress who gets involved with a married man who's going through some complicated stuff."

Capriotti, whose background is Trinidadian and Italian, was quite animated talking about her film projects. One can easily see that she's living her childhood dream and to her credit, she's got a back-up plan. The young actress is also serious about education and is presently majoring in psychology at Ryerson University. "Acting may be my passion, but getting my undergraduate degree is also very important to me."

If Capriotti's optimism is any indication, 2014 will no doubt be a banner year for her.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TorontoVerve Turns 4 Years Old!

After 4 years of shooting street style, I thought I would step in front of the camera for our 4th anniversary post.

My name is Nigel and I'm the editor and photographer of TorontoVerve.

When I first began my quest for inspiring street style, I didn't think it would last 4 days -- let alone 4 years. I was terrified to approach people I didn't know and must admit that the thought of rejection was somewhat intimidating. So what possessed me to embark on this creative journey? When I have a definitive answer, I'll let you know.

Fortunately, I meet a lot of friendly people in the city. I love the experience of creating a photo with someone -- even if it's just for a minute. And for my more in-depth interviews, I always strive to tell peoples' stories unlike they've been told before. 

It's been a great 4 years. I've met a lot of interesting people, forged new friendships and developed a greater appreciation for this wonderful city.  This past summer, I was excited to also have the opportunity to shoot street style in Europe. The entire experience has certainly been fulfilling.

So what's next for TorontoVerve? Well, in the spirit of blogs like Humans of New York and Toronto, I'd like to share more about my street style subjects beyond merely their fashion sense.  Hopefully, these stories and photos will connect with people both on a style and personal level.

What do you think?

Finally, I want to give a big thanks to all my loyal and new followers.

If it wasn't for your love of Toronto street style, I probably would have given this up a long time ago.


- Nigel.

* Photos of me taken by Dorothy van Grootheest

Monday, December 9, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Chason's Crafty Project

"My style is kinda eclectic. Sometimes I feel really plain and I'll just wear a black shirt and pants. Today I'm wearing just a piece of fabric that I folded and wrapped around my waist. It's kinda kitschy. I get inspiration from the street. I'll walk around and see something in a window and say 'that's cool. I'll go crotchet that.'"

Check out a few of Chason's favourite things on her Tumblr blog, Crafty Chas' Project. "It's mostly crotchet things that I've made."