Let's get digital
The big brains of the design, urban planning and new media worlds descend on Toronto on Wednesday (May 10) for the launch of Digifest 2006 . Highlights of events taking place at the Design Exchange (234 Bay) May 10 to 14 and Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills) and Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) May 11 to 14 include the New Voices exhibition's lineup of cleverly modified consumer products and a May 10 planning session on developing underused downtown land for affordable housing. Log on to www. dx. org/digifest for more info.
Sustain your style
Fashion school kids lead the design pack when it comes to creating smart, eco ways to dress up. Tiny budgets make for minimal, efficient material use, while vintage savvy allows old duds to be recycled into new frocks. The Toronto Wildlife fashion show , taking place tonight (Thursday, May 4) and Friday (May 5) at the Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould), celebrates earth-conscious clothing cut with fresh student style. Check out www. torontowildlife.ca for a rundown of the three-R-friendly festivities. Tickets are $10.
Designer Marilyn Brooks is a bright light in the Canadian fashion biz for building a stylish label that thrived for 40 years. She's a Toronto Fashion Week staple, busily sketching every look that struts by her runway-side seat. After retiring her clothing line three years ago, Brooks started translating her clothing illustrations into a celebrated painting career. Check out her colourful, couture-y works during the It Must Be A Marilyn show at the Women's Art Association (29 Prince Arthur) from Friday to Sunday (May 5 to 7).
The Ontario College of Art and Design 's graduate exhibition fills the McCaul Street campus with painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more, starting Friday (May 5) and running until Sunday (May 7), 11 am to 6 pm daily. Ascend into the Sharp Centre for Design 's stilted schoolhouse box for a peek at student works that include sound art and a bulletproof glass slipper. Admission is pwyc, and you'd be smart to pack some extra moolah to invest in an emerging artist's work. www.OCAD.on.ca.