Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Dana: My style is grungy and bag lady inspired.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received in life?

Dana: Stop getting tattooed [laughs].

TorontoVerve: What do the tattoos mean to you?

Dana: They make me feel like myself. If I didn't have them, it wouldn't feel right. I get a lot of people on the street who give me dirty looks and other people who are stoked about them. My dad hates them. My mom hated them, but now she thinks they actually look cool.

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Monday, September 26, 2016


Dre: My style is boho hip hop. Lisa Bonet inspires me. She's a free spirit and that definitely shows through her clothing, and I'm all about that.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received in life?

Dre: An astrologer told me that we shouldn't let anyone get in the way of our journey. Now I'm more aware of the things that should be in my life. I let go of anything that doesn't serve my higher purpose.

Sunday, September 25, 2016


My mom gave me the best advice. She said, "Keep going. Never give in." I've had to deal with some issues. I was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and my mom helps me deal with it. She helps me achieve what I want to achieve.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Alisson is an artist and just graduated from OCAD. Check out her website to see her work. "It's multi-media. It's like trans-media performance," she says. "There's photography and a little bit of drawing, but it's more conceptual than anything. It's about what it feels like to be an immigrant Colombian here in Canada."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Lauralee: My style is nouveaux vintage. I like old school glam with a Blade Runner thing going. Kind of like retro but future. Rachel's (Sean Young) look inspires me. Her style is fierce with all the black. I love her hair and the way she puts herself together.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received in life?

Lauralee: I read this online: "You're always one decision away from changing your whole life." Every decision gets you closer to where you need to be in life. I made some decisions recently that were life changing and I'm happy.

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Monday, September 19, 2016


Yeelen: "I'm an actor so I like to be different people every day. Sometimes I'll be in a suit. Sometimes I'll be in a dress. Today I'm in both. I like to transcend hetero-normative style conventions. I define myself as gender queer. I don't really believe in gender and that's representative in my style."

"I don't really have style inspirations or follow style icons. Probably subconsciously I do. I like fashion from different eras and countries. Sometimes I like to be in an outfit inspired by the middle ages and other times I like to be in an outfit that's inspired by the future. This jacket is from the 70's, my shoes and tight pants are more modern. This is a woman's dress that reminds me of India. I dress 95% of the time in women's clothing."

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received in life?

Yeelen: I learned this from the Pedro Almodóvar film, All About My Mother: “It costs a lot to be authentic. And one can't be stingy with these things because you are more authentic when you resemble what you've dreamed of being.” The price of being authentic in our society is high -- whether you're a person of colour or whether you're queer. When I dress this way, you might think it's interesting and want to take my picture, but other people may reject it and it'll bring out something within them that they're not comfortable with. Sometimes that can be dangerous. The more you fight for authenticity, the more you'll realize what your purpose in this world will be.

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Yeelen was at TIFF supporting his mother, director Guetty Felin, and her feature film, Ayiti Mon Amour. Felin has the distinction of being the first female Haitian director invited to the festival.

Ayiti Mon Amour trailer 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

TIFF Talk 2016: Ariel, "Window Horses"

Name: Ariel from Toronto

The Film: Window Horses (Canada)

What's it about?

It's an animated story about Rosie (voiced by Sandra Oh) who is half Chinese and half Persian. She lives in BC with her grandparents ever since her mother died and her father abandoned her. She's a poet and gets this anonymous invitation to a poetry contest in Shiraz, Iran. She goes knowing that's where her father lives and she progressively learns more about her past, her father and the history of the Persian Empire. It's a coming of age story that involves a culture that is currently under a great deal of scrutiny and Canadian director/animator Ann Marie Fleming sheds a more just light on it.

Did you like it?

It's a beautiful film. More so than I expected. It's really moving and very compassionate. It's incredibly fluid in its depiction of an artistic culture. The film embraces those notions of self doubt that many artists have about creating their art and reveals many international concepts on the nature of expression and creativity.

The great thing about the film being animated is that it can appeal to children. It's not specifically a kid's film, but I think 10 to 15-year olds will get it and that's important because there's more to life than what we know.

The animation is incredibly simple considering Rosie is essentially a stick figure. I find it very indicative of how bare and raw she is. She's still learning about life and with her being simplistically drawn, you get the impression that she's not fully formed yet. She's still growing. I loved it.

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Ariel Fisher is a film reviewer and co-hosts the new film podcast, A Frame Apart.

Window Horses Trailer

Friday, September 16, 2016

TIFF Talk 2016: Nikki & Alexandra, "Below Her Mouth"

Name: Nikki (Left) & Alexandra (Right) from Toronto

The Film: Below Her Mouth (Canada)

What's it about?

[Two very different women, Dallas (Erika Linder) and Jasmine (Natalie Krill), fall in love with each other and completely turn their lives upside down.]

Alexandra: It was a story about love. The characters discovered new things within themselves because they found each other.

Nikki: It was also about courage. Learning to be true to yourself and not being afraid to show the world who you really are.

Did you like it?

Alexandra: I loved it so much. I went through a lot of emotions from start to finish in terms of their journey. Everything from the cinematography, the direction and the writing was great. In the Q&A, I was surprise to learn that it was filmed chronologically and I think that really helped in building the actresses' emotional connection.

Nikki: The film hits you right in your heart. I really felt for the characters because they were real and their emotions were raw. Both of them were very different people and they were following very different paths. Seeing them interact and trying to figure things out was neat.

Alexandra: I don't think that the infidelity in the film matters (Jasmine cheats on her fiancé Rile to be with her girlfriend Dallas). Are you being unfaithful when you're being unfaithful to yourself [by being in a loveless relationship]? Infidelity is inexcusable, but it's real life. People go through shit, they do shit and then they regret shit. Eventually, they figure it out and move on.

Nikki: Sometimes people do things that they're not proud of in order to find their way in becoming the person that they're meant to be.

Alexandra: Another reason that we wanted to see this film is because the filmmakers are all women.

Nikki: I'm proud of that. I think it's an incredible time for female artists and I hope that this film helps break that glass ceiling in the film industry.

Below Her Mouth will be released in theatres in February 2017.

Below Her Mouth trailer

TIFF Talk 2016: Topher, "Christine"

Name: Topher from Toronto

The Film: Christine (USA)

What's it about?

[It's the true story about Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall) -- a troubled Florida news reporter who committed suicide on live TV in 1974.] 

Did you like it?

It was really well done. I actually work in the news industry so I thought it was very interesting. [Christine suffered from depression and shot herself in the head during a live broadcast. She deplored sensationalism.] There's a line in the movie: "If it bleeds, it leads." As a photographer, it kind of sucks because I know that's partly the truth. Sometimes you want to report good things in the news, but most viewers just want to click on gruesome stuff. If more people wanted happy stories, we'd give them happy stories.

Like Christine, I don't think the news should be sensationalized and I believe a lot of people in the industry feel the same.

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Christine trailer 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TIFF Talk 2016: Pauline, "The Bad Batch"

Name: Pauline from Toronto

The Film: The Bad Batch (USA)

What's it about?

It's a post-apocalyptic movie about criminals (aka Bad Batch) trying to survive a group of cannibals in the desert.

Did you like it?

I loved it. I sat right at the front so I couldn't escape the mayhem. The director, Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), introduces us to this gruesome cannibalistic world; which is so raw and jarring. It was so disturbing to watch the girl (Suki Waterhouse) get her arm and leg sawed off to be eaten.

The film got a positive response from the TIFF crowd so I think audiences will generally like it, but it's not for everybody. All I can say is if you go see it, have an open mind.

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Clip from The Bad Batch

TIFF Talk 2016: Kyisha, "I Am Not Your Negro"

Name: Kyisha from Toronto

The Film: I Am Not Your Negro (USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland)

What's it about?

It's a documentary about the life of novelist James Baldwin and his impact and continued impact on the anti-Black racism conversation in North America and the world.

Did you like it?

I really liked the film. I was impressed that you can do a documentary without talking heads. It was very poetic and experimental; which I think matched the essence of James Baldwin. I thought it was interesting how much Europe supported [his social and political views] when he was alive, and then to learn in the Q&A that the film was mostly financed by European investors (France, Belgium and Switzerland). Unfortunately, the US didn't support his ideas much back then nor did they support this film much now. Although there was also anti-Black racism where Baldwin lived in Europe, he was supported more as a person there than in the states.

Not very much has changed when it comes to race relations in North America. There are a lot of clear parallels that we can draw from what was happening back then and what is happening now. You hope that things will change and films about anti-Black racism will stop being relevant, but unfortunately, it's still very very relevant.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TIFF Talk 2016: Matthew, "Lady Macbeth"

Name: Matthew from Toronto

The Film: Lady Macbeth (United Kingdom)

What's it about?

The film is called Lady Macbeth, but it's not a literal depiction of Shakespeare's Macbeth. It's sort of a spiritual cousin to that. It's set in Scotland in the 1800's and it's about this woman who is essentially purchased into this wealthy land-owning Scottish family. She's made the wife to the heir of the estate just for sexual purposes and to give him an heir. The film asks, "What do you do when all of society is against you and you're in a situation where you have no power?" What she does is she turns to these acts of violence.

Did you like it?

It's beautifully photographed. The acting is tremendous. It's all shot meticulously well. The Scottish countryside is gorgeous. The lines that she's willing to cross to achieve agency and to be her own person are incredible and it's thrilling to watch. It's my absolute favourite film at TIFF so far.

To me, the film spoke a lot to now. Look at how society is stacked against People of Colour and women. It speaks to the idea of being pushed and pushed into a corner and not allowing the world to steamroll over you. 

Matthew Price is the co-presenter & programmer of Musicale - a new monthly film series that showcases musicals from the 50's to present at the Royal Cinema. They recently screened Prince's Sign 'O' the Times, Victor/Victoria and Car Wash.

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TIFF Talk 2016: Camille, "Loving"

Name: Camille from Kansas City

The Film: Loving (USA)

What's it about?

It's the true story of Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, who were sentenced to a year in prison in the state of Virginia for marrying each other in 1958. Their marriage led to the Supreme Court's civil rights decision to invalidate laws forbidding interracial marriage. 

Did you like it?

I loved the film. I don't think either of them knew the significance of the decision that they were making when they chose to get married. They just loved each other and wanted to do what was natural; which was to pair, get married, raise a family and mind their own business. I kept asking myself during the movie, "My goodness. Don't they realize that this is going to be a big deal?" But they really didn't.

I love the performances [by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga]. They did a great job. I really fell right into the story. They moved me. I think if audiences come with an open mind and open heart, they're also going to be very moved. Hopefully, they can take the next step to understand all of the other questions that are being asked in the United States at this time. Marriage is marriage and love is love. It's all good.

Also, my daughter is getting married next year. Her fiancé is Caucasian and they live in Washington, DC -- so the film is a little personal to me too.

Loving will be released in theatres on November 4th.

Loving Trailer

Monday, September 12, 2016

TIFF Talk 2016: Laurie, "Moonlight"

Name: Laurie from Toronto

The Film: Moonlight (USA)

What's it about?

It's a coming of age film -- but that description doesn't do it justice -- about a young boy growing up in Miami who is discovering his same sex attraction. He's trying to really carve out a place for himself in this landscape that is plague by a variety definitions of masculinity that don't really reflect who he is. He doesn't do that alone. He has a mentor in the form of a man who befriends him. Interestingly, that character is only in the movie in the first act, but it really lays the groundwork for helping the boy understand that no one else can define you. Life is about finding your way and defining yourself.

Did you like it?

The film is beautifully done. Each chapter is divided according to names that other people have given him: Little, Chiron and Black. Throughout each act, director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) has managed to put a spotlight on a real pivotal moment in each stage of the character's life. Together with the music, score and cinematography, it came together like an exquisite piece of art.

[You don't often see black characters like this in film]. They're vulnerable and real. I hope that audiences respond to it with compassion. The fact that Jenkins uses silence to communicate what's going on in the interior life of the character, I think speaks volumes and speaks directly to the heart of the audience.


Laurie is a writer and director. Check out her video blog, Human Frequency Docs, to see her short vignettes. "I call them street documentaries," she describes. "I talk to people about whatever they want to talk to me about, and then I link their stories to underscore that we're all kind of having one conversation."

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TIFF 2016: "Barry" Film Review

It isn't often when a sitting president is the subject of a biopic -- especially one that exclusively focuses on his romantic life. Now, President Barack Obama has that special distinction twice in the same year. The first being Southside With You -- an enchanting film that follows the Obamas' first date, and the second being Barry; which, recently had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Australia native, Devon Terrell (pictured above), plays the would-be President in his Columbia University years. To fit in more, he's given the nickname, Barry, but the irony is, he doesn't quite fit in anywhere -- not in his White or Black circles.

In the film, Barry prefers spending much of his free time partying, playing basketball and meeting girls. There's nothing ostensibly special about this young man, and that is what makes Barry a special film. Barry is just like any other young person trying to discover their own identity. He's far from perfect. He makes mistakes, disappoints people and has insecurities. The fact that we know that he inevitably goes on to be the 47th President of the United States makes his story all the more compelling.

Despite its uneven pacing, Barry is a great examination of Obama's early years, and although, Terrell does not look like the real Barack, his performance is solid, and wisely stays away from parody.

Indeed, Southside with You and Barry would make an interesting double feature at the White House for the First Family, but words of advice to the President: end the evening with Southside with You.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

TIFF Talk 2016: Cara, "Personal Shopper"

Name: Cara from Toronto

The Film: Personal Shopper (France)

What's it about?

It's about this girl (Kristen Stewart) who tries to come to terms with losing her brother and dealing with the afterlife.  

Did you like it?

I liked it. It's a strange experience -- there was a mixture of genres going back and forth. It was like several movies rolled up into one. There was interesting use of special effects; which I didn't expect. I really have to think about it for a while to process it.

I thought it was an interesting choice to have Kristen Stewart's character texting all the time on her iPhone. At times, I was a little bit impatient with it, but I think it's true to life. It's how many of us spend our time.

Kristen Stewart's performance was great. There was a lot of intensity in her eyes. She really channeled loneliness and suffering.

Personal Shopper International Trailer

TIFF Talk 2016: Alex, "Snowden"

Name: Alex from Toronto

The Film: Snowden (USA)

What's it about?

Edward Snowden's story as an NSA whistleblower.

Did you like it?

I thought it was really good. I really enjoyed it. The big thing for me is that the film changed my opinion of him. Going into the movie, I felt that he was just this hacker whose actions weren't as noble as he portrayed them to be, but after seeing it, my perception of him has definitely changed. I now understand his feelings for doing what he did for the greater good. I hope the film gets people talking about [privacy] a little bit more.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance as Snowden was great. That was obvious when they eventually cut to the real Edward Snowden. The way Gordon-Levitt manipulated his voice to sound more like him is pretty amazing. He certainly became Snowden.

Snowden Trailer

Saturday, September 10, 2016

TIFF Talk 2016: Tara, "Free Fire"

Name: Tara from Calgary

The Film: Free Fire (United Kingdom)

What's it about?

It's about a deal gone wrong and getting out alive.

Did you like it?

I like what director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England) said about the film: it's action that you actually enjoy. It's not like "boom, crash" for no apparent reason. The people are shooting for a reason and I love that they miss because that's reality. I loved it.

The film's violence was real. That's what happens when a bullet ricochets and hits you in the head. I like the 70's costumes, hair and accessories -- like the sunglasses. I think the wardrobe gives you a lot of insight into their characters more so than their dialogue.

I think it will definitely appeal to a large audience. I have friends who chose not to come see the film because it's Ben Wheatley and they didn't necessary enjoy his last one (High-Rise). My argument to them was, "you know what? I've gone to see movies from directors that I love and I didn't like some of them. If someone that I love can do something that I don't like, then someone I don't necessarily like might make something I do like. It all depends on the cast, the script and the story. Sometimes, just take off the blinders and go see a movie. If you like an actor in it, who cares who the director is. If you like the director, don't worry about who's in it.

I liked Brie Larson's performance. I've enjoyed her since The United States of Tara. I love that she got her big break last year with Room. I like that's she's getting more great roles. She's the only female in the film. For me, I think she had the right eyes. She had more eye dialogue than actual dialogue. She pulled it off.

Free Fire Red Band Trailer

TIFF Talk 2016: Earl, "The Birth of a Nation"

Name: Earl from Los Angeles

The Film: The Birth of a Nation (USA)

What's it about?

It's the story of Nat Turner, [the enslaved African-American who led an insurrection against slave masters in 1831].

Did you like it?

I think that director Nate Parker did an excellent job in telling Nat Turner's story. If I didn't receive a free ticket tonight, I definitely would have paid to go see it. It was a very good movie. I heard a lot of mixed reaction about the film. Many people think that it was well done, but others feel that it's too dramatized. I don't agree with that.

We still see some of the same issues [depicted in the film]. You never really grow up in this world. No matter who you are or when you were born, you never really grow up.  

I think that [the rape allegations against Nate Parker] have been elevated to discount the movie. There are a lot of actors who have had issues, but [the press] hasn't brought it out like that. Look at Woody Allen. Nate Parker has been acquitted and I don't have a problem with that. This is not about him, it's about [Nat Turner's] story and I hope that it doesn't affect the film.

The Birth of a Nation Trailer

Friday, September 9, 2016

TIFF 2016: Amin El Gamal of "Message from the King"

Last night, the Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of Message from the King at the historic Elgin Theatre. The revenge thriller stars Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, Black Panther) as a South African visitor looking for his sister's killers in the seedy streets of downtown Los Angeles.

Boseman's quiet performance as Jacob King is compelling.  He's always cool and reserved -- even when he's brutally beating a man within an inch of his life with a bicycle chain. Message from the King is one of those rare slow burners that actually pays off in the end. As King comes closer to finding his answers, so do we when it comes to learning what drives our mysterious anti-hero.

Los Angeles actor Amin El Gamal plays the love interest of Alfred Molina's corrupt Hollywood producer in the film. I asked him what Message from the King meant to him. "It was a very visceral experience -- even for a small part like mine," he explains. "I was there for just two weeks of night shoots. It was a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire, Alleluia) is a visionary and to be a part of that in some way was magical."

And what was El Gamal's preparation for his role as Martine? "I had to learn a lot of songs. Some of which you don't see in the movie. Otherwise, it was all instinctual. It was a character that wasn't really that different from me in a lot of ways."

Next year, El Gamal can be seen in a recurring role on Fox's highly anticipated Prison Break sequel.

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TIFF Talk 2016: Caroline, "Message from the King"

Name: Caroline from Toronto

The Film: Message from the King (United Kingdom/France/Belgium)

What's it about?

Message from the King is a revenge thriller about a South African visitor (Chadwick Boseman) who searches for his sister's killers in Los Angeles.

Did you like it?

I thought the movie was very good. It was a bit gruesome, but I loved it. Chadwick's performance was excellent. His South African accent sounded real. It didn't seem like he was struggling with it. His character is very adamant about finding his sister's killers so it's very bloody. If you're a Chadwick Boseman fan, you have to see it. It was reminiscent of that Liam Neeson film, A Walk Among the Tombstones.

I was so happy to see Chadwick in person on stage. He has a very sophisticated stature. I've loved him since [he played Jackie Robinson in] 42. I'm a big superhero fan so I'm really looking forward to seeing him play Black Panther in his own movie. We don't get to see many black leads in superhero movies. I think Michael Jai White was the last one [in Spawn] and that was in the 90's. It was great seeing John Boyega play a lead in Star Wars, but I know that upset some people because he's Black. I think when you only have white heroes, people assume that White is right. What's great about Black Panther is that he's actually from Africa and he fights for truth and justice.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016


Emma: I like old women's and little kids' clothes. I buy my clothes at the St. John's Thrift Store at Danforth and Woodbine. It's cheap and all the money you spend there goes to charity; which is cool. If you stay late, they'll announce how much money they've raised for charity that day. Lena Dunham inspires my style. I like her a lot so it's not hard to like the things she wears.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice that you've received in life?

Emma: My good friend told me, "'Tis life. It's fine." He never gets himself overwhelmed about anything. So now, when I get overwhelmed, I just calm myself down and say, "'Tis life. It's fine," and find peace. It definitely works for me.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sidonie's Story

I first captured Sidonie's cool street style a couple of weeks ago . Recently, we collaborated on this great shoot before she flew back to her home in Barcelona. Last time, Sidonie shared a poignant story about how "the universe always gives you exactly what you need." This time, she shares a more personal story.

TorontoVerve: What did you learn the most about yourself from your travels?

Sidonie: You learn about yourself when you wind up in a difficult situation -- you've been robbed blind of everything that you have. How you react after really defines a moment when you can grow or just shrivel up and be afraid. And those moments are really empowering because you realize that you can get through something that you never thought that you would like someone holding you at gun point, someone robbing you in your sleep or on a bus. Finding someone else who's been robbed and helping them out. Essentially, being in a place where you're completely out of your comfort zone because you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone locally. It really creates a moment where you can prove to yourself what you're capable of.

TorontoVerve: You were robbed at gun point? That's horrible.

Sidonie: Yes, he was a child -- probably 13 years old. He had a homemade gun. It was not an extremely severe situation. I had very little money on me. It was just a moment when I realized that my life had no value someplace else and to see something really powerful in the eyes of someone else -- whether it'd be a profound hatred that he's embodying in me or systemic inequality that has pushed him to this limit. I can decide at that moment that this can be an anecdote in my travels and it wouldn't stop me from traveling or decide to buy the next flight home and never travel again. In time, you realize that it's really not that big a deal. You can get through anything.

TorontoVerve: After an event like that, you likely grow an even greater appreciation for life.

Sidonie: You definitely grow a greater appreciation for countries in which you feel incredibly safe walking down the street. It's always about fear of the unknown. Fear of the other. That fear of someone completely different always comes from fear of not knowing what to expect from that person. When all the barriers come down, people can truly be themselves [without their biases overtaking them].

TorontoVerve: Right now the American election is really fueled by fear -- the fear of others. That's why Donald Trump is where he is today because he exploits that fear. What would you say to those people who are consumed with fear?

Sidonie: I think the politics of fear have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. They were used by monarchy to keep people completely illiterate and enslaved to the political institution. It's the same thing today where you have a country that is supposedly the richest country in the world, but actually, some of the people who are the poorest of the world live in that country. Some of the least educated in the world come from that country and when you have this sort of humongous, incalculable, unfathomable, omni-present enemy, it's incredibly easy to make an entire population feel like they are potential victims of something that can happen at any time. Basically, everything that they know and love can be just taken away from them. Of course, that makes people afraid, but after a while, that fear turns to blind rage because they don't feel safe anymore.

Sidonie: So when you finally put a face on this invisible enemy, people are ready to charge at it and make the wildest accusations. According to Donald Trump, that enemy or terrorist is anyone wearing a burqa or from the Middle-East. When you play on that fear, you can win an election -- I honestly don't think he's going to win -- but you can win an election when you say that you're the hero who's going to make it all better. To answer your question more directly, I say look at Canada. We have no terrorist acts or hate crimes when compared to the United States and most countries. Canada is one of the highest rated countries in the world when it comes to immigration and multi-culturalism. You can get on the TTC and see a girl in a mini-skirt and tube top sitting next to a woman wearing a full length burqa and nobody flinches about it. We're all accustomed to it. That's really the solution to everything.

Sidonie: They've done a psychological investigation in Australia -- where there's also a big Arab migration --  to make sure that children at a young age are exposed to each other in schools at play and learning. They are the first ones to realize that this person who might have a different shade of skin, a different way of dressing or different mother tongue, is actually fundamentally the same person who wants to be happy and thrive. And that right there is the only way to break down the barriers of fear.

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Monday, September 5, 2016


Goli: I'd describe my style today as 'hungover.'

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received in life?

Goli: Express yourself the way you want and don't care what other people say or think. I get criticized a lot. Last week, I had pink eyebrows and this guy walked up to me and asked, "Are you sick?" I said, "No, I just woke up in Hell." I get a lot of stares in the city. Not so much in Kensington Market -- it's my safety bubble.

We previously captured Goli's cool street style two years ago.

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Elena: My style is embracing flow, grace and divine femininity. Aphrodite's sensuality inspires me. I teach tantra dance, Kundalini Yoga and fitness.

To learn more about Elena's dancing, check out her website website and Instagram.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Sophie: My clothes are all handmade, hand printed and hand sewn. I just like to live as relaxed and as at peace as possible. I don't like being confined by jeans. I like to be free.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received in life?

Sophie: I learned this from Hamilton the musical: "Talk less and smile more." It's just a whole different perspective of listening and it's fantastic.

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Friday, September 2, 2016


Wafa: Since you last shot my street style, today's style has a little more hair and a little more skin, but the philosophy is still the same. I like wearing something nice, classy and flowy. Reveal a little bit, but never too much.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received in life?

Wafa: The Prophet Muhammad says, "Whatever you do, do it with love." That really has a big impact on what I do. It's completely changed my outlook on things. Whatever I do, I do it with love, passion, gratefulness and fun.

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