Toronto Alert

Toronto Alert
June 2008

Zdenka Turecek

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Ah, July. Temperatures are soaring (not that we’re complaining) and now is the time you’re probably wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for greener pastures. Well, if you don’t have the luxury of leaving your zip code, don’t sweat. You can enjoy the greater outdoors with our fave Toronto finds. Read on and revel in some hot, summer fun!


Before you head outdoors, a word to the wise—lather on the SPF. Our current fave? COOLA. Created by a former FLARE model turned skin suncare expert, the line features all-natural, organic ingredients—like extracts of cucumber and chamomile—to soothe and protect your skin against summer’s damaging rays. Available at Blossom Bath & Body in Toronto and Unionville or online at


What once was hot just got hotter. Marben has opened up the doors to their spankin’ patio for an all-new weekend brunch. See owner Simon Benstead swaying to house-spun reggae as you decide on your order over sips of the house special—a Detox-tini. Frequented by Toronto’s hipsters, this place is sure to sizzle as the temperature’s rise. 488 Wellington Street, West. Dish to try: the Marben Benny, $14.


Madonna in Montreal
You and a friend could be off to Montreal to see Madonna live in concert. The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare, $500 spending money, a 3 night stay at Hôtel Le Germain Montréal, a driver to the concert in the Le Germain Audi A8 and more! We’re also giving away copies of Madge’s latest release, “Hard Candy”.
Enter now!


Need the perfect anecdote to a late night on the patio? Do as the celebs do and pick up a great pair of shades. If your eyes spell summertime f-u-n, check out the eye candy at the shiny new sunglass shop ILORI. They’ve got all of the luxury brands a girl could want in their new spot on 95A Bloor Street West. What’s more—there’s a plush lounge area so your friends can relax as you try-on.


If you’re in the mood for some smoldering jazz under the stars, head to Toronto’s 20th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival. That’s right—Montreal isn’t the only city for toe-tapping on the streets. Events kick off July 18th at Woodbine Park and make their way to Queen Street, East on July 24th. And the best part? It’s free. For more info, go to


No outdoor concert would be complete without a picnic on the grass with all of your favourite gourmet accompaniments. For stylish packing, pick up a cooler bag from hip London designer, Cath Kidston, at Priced at $89.99, these nifty carry-ons will keep your Perrier and snackies cool while you lounge outside for some summertime fun.


Go inside the MuchMusic Video Awards with FLARE to see photos from the star-studded event and The Field pre-party.


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Get set for Fall with Old Navy!
You are invited to an exclusive shopping evening at Old Navy Toronto Eaton Centre on Wednesday, August 6th from 5:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy a 20% discount, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and a special Old Navy gift with purchase.

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