The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy

Some of the best conversations I’ve had are about art - or really, what art is. Is it a framed painting of dogs playing poker? A multi-million dollar canvas that’s nothing but three stripes of solid colour? Anonymous street art? How about street art credited to the world’s most famous underground celebrity? Is Banksy’s graffiti art?

Banksy is the street name of an anonymous graffiti artist who has built up an unlikely empire of cheeky, anti-establishment pieces. His earliest and best-known pieces are stencilled onto walls on city corners in Bristol, England, but very soon he expanded into selling screenprints and canvasses. The sale of those prints funded more ambitious projects - wildly popular shows in the UK and US, collaborations with musicians, performance art pieces  - and now Banksy is well-known for huge, satirical installations, like Dismaland (the most miserable place on earth) and the Walled Off Hotel (a hotel with the “worst view in the world,” looking over the Israeli-Palestine border.) There are a few Banksy pieces scattered around Toronto, but if you’re interested in seeing more than eighty pieces in a funky, industrial setting, you can head over to 213 Sterling Road and the retrospective, The Art of Banksy

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Win a Pair of Tickets to the Toronto National Women's Show!

Ladies, round up your girlfriends and get ready to attend the Toronto National Women's Show, which runs from November 4 - 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre! Indulge in the ultimate girl's day out by learning about the latest fashion trends, sampling sumptuous snacks and sweets, shopping until your drop and so much more!  

The Toronto Firefighters will turn up the heat by strutting their stuff in support of The Princess Margaret Hospital. Fans of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful will get a chance to see soap star, Don Diamont. CNN correspondent, Kyra Phillips will discuss family, fertility and what 'having it all' really means.

The National Women's Show takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Boulevard.

I am giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. There are many ways to enter (see below). Good luck! 

Open to Canadian residents only, 19+. 

Contest ends Wednesday, November 2. Winner will be contacted directly via email and announced on social media.

National Women's Show Promo Code

By: Alison Silveira

Congratulations to Laura R for winning two tickets to the National Women's Show! Thanks to all those who entered the contest.

To my readers who would still like to attend the show, you can buy tickets online using the promo code, CHARMING and get $3 off!

To purchase tickets, visit: https://secure.e-registernow.com/cgi-bin/mkpayment.cgi?state=1770

Enjoy the show and have a great girl's day out! :) 

Win a Pair of Tickets to the National Women's Show!

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By: Alison Silveira

Ladies, round up your girlfriends and get ready to attend the National Women's Show, which runs from October 16 - 19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre! Indulge in the ultimate girl's day out by learning about the latest fashion trends, sampling sumptuous snacks and sweets, shopping until your drop and so much more!  

I am giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. There are many ways to enter (see below). Good luck!

Open to Canadian residents only, 19+. 
Contest ends Wednesday, October 14. Winner will be contacted directly via email and announced on social media. 


Toronto Food & Wine Festival + Ticket Giveaway!

By: Alison Silveira

The upcoming Toronto Food & Wine Festival will be sure to impress every gourmand's palate. Held at Evergreen Brick Works from September 18 - 20, foodies can indulge their cravings for gourmet food and drink at the Grand Tasting Pavilion, which will feature samplings from 130 purveyors of premium products from around the world, including Ontario. 

Celebrity chefs Curtis StoneTyler Florence, Gail Simmons, Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan and many more will participate in live cooking demos, talks and workshops. Sharpen your knife skills, visit the farmers' market onsite, learn to make Japanese soba noodles and take a master class with chefs who are the best in the business. 

The Toronto Food & Wine Festival is the culinary event of the year you don't want to miss. Tickets are available for $36 per adult and $18 per child ages 6-15. To learn more and to purchase tickets online, visit: torontofoodandwine.com

Ticket Giveaway!

I am giving away a pair of tickets (valued at $72) to one lucky reader. There are many ways to enter (see below). Good luck and happy wining and dining! 

Open to Canadian residents only, 19+. 
Contest ends Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 12 p.m. Winner will be contacted directly and announced on social media.