I don’t know about all of you, but I kind of hate New Year’s resolutions. Not only am I not very good at keeping them, but I’ve always found it all a bit too cookie-cutter for me. I’ll make changes in my life when I’m good and ready to make them, and I don’t need the calendar to tell me when to do so.
But, despite my usual reluctance towards New Year’s resolutions, I’ve made a very important one this year: DANCE MORE, WORRY LESS.
Dancing is one of the best stress relievers I’ve found in life, and so over the past few years, I’ve found an awesome way to make dancing a regular part of my routine by being a den mother at Dance Dance Party Party Toronto. No idea what I’m talking about? Read on.
The short(-ish) and sweet summary: Dance Dance Party Party is a women-only freestyle dance session with only three rules: no boys, no booze, and no judgement. There are no instructors, and no dance moves to follow – it’s just an hour and 15 minutes of super fun dancing time! It’s like going out to the club with your friends, but you don’t have to dress up, pay cover, or get hit on by guys when you really just want to dance. And trust me, you don’t have to have ANY dancing talent whatsoever, either! We’re all just there to have fun.
I’m one of the co-organizers of the Toronto chapter (the original DDPP started back in 2006 in NYC), and I LOVE spreading the word about our dance parties. When I’m dancing in the Mad For Dance basement studio at 263 Adelaide St W., there’s really no place I’d rather be.
Want to join in on the fun? We’ll be getting our groove on in January on the 5th and 19th, both from 3:30-5pm at Mad For Dance. Get all the details over at DDPP Toronto.
…I’m at least much more placated when a cupcake shop is opened in its place! Very excited that the lovely Desmond & Beatrice is opening soon on Queen St. E., just a bit east of Broadview, in the spot that the equally lovely Roxanne Reads used to be.
Funny side note: My roommate and I looked at an apartment right next door to this spot. Yup, that’s right, I almost lived next to a bookstore that later became a cupcake shop. I would’ve been poor, and then poor and fat. Probably a good thing that I live a 45-minute walk from there.
Sometimes I spend my weeknights camped out on my futon watching way too many hours of TV. Other times I decide to live my twentysomething life a little bit more and check out some of the great events happening in my city. And when the mood strikes me, I’ll share some of those events here. Next week my social calendar is booked for every day of the week, and here are a few of the highlights. See you there?
Local Motion: Election Hangover Party, Tuesday 7-11:30pm, Lula Lounge, $5 or FREE with book purchase (Facebook event page)
Still down in the dumps after the municipal election? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Come join a bunch of like-minded folks at the launch of the final title in Coach House Books’ uTOpia series: Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto. If the politicians aren’t going to get things done, let’s take matters into our own hands, Torontonians! Now, more than ever, it’s time to get engaged in our city and make positive change our mission. Coach House is touting the event as “Toronto’s unofficial election hangover party,” and it will feature a roundtable discussion with some of the book’s many contributors (including Kelly Grant, Jonathan Goldsbie, John Lorinc, and Mike Smith), discussing “how individuals and groups can make things happen in their neighbourhoods in the months to come.” (If you can’t make it to the event on Tuesday, you can still buy the book wherever cool books are sold!)
This Sunday, my favourite festival rolls out across the nation, as The Word On The Street festival takes place in Vancouver, Halifax, Kitchener, and, thankfully, Toronto. I volunteered at WOTS in Toronto last year and am thrilled to be helping out again this year. A day-long event celebrating Canadian books and magazines? Clearly, the perfect day for a Canadian publishing junkie like myself.
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