Those type As among us who can't deal with another lazy summer evening or weekend should sign up for a class on the Devil's Workshop (955 Queen West, 416-855-4321, www.thedevilsworkshop.ca) jewellery studio's August schedule. Buzzing bauble brains can learn smithing skills like wire-working and wax casting in single or six-week sessions ranging in price from $45 to $265. Pre-nuptialers can book the popular wedding band workshop for $275 on any Saturday and walk away with a pair of silver or gold rings.
Pacific Mall (4300 Steeles East) rats craving a break from cruising pirated DVDs and suspiciously faux-looking Fendi bags will be treated to a runway show by new Toronto line Sodaliscious (www.sodaliscious.com) on Saturday (July 28) between 2 and 3 pm. Complementing the fashion fun is a performance by Brassmunk and the T-Dot Soul group of breakdancers, martial artists and gymnasts. The 2007 collection combines rough-edged fabrics, techno colours and 80s prom dress shapes.
Fashion festival competition
Organizers of Toronto's upcoming Fashion & Design Festival, (www.sensationmode.com), running August 23 to 25 at Yonge-Dundas Square, are beefing up their schedule to showcase Toronto- and Montreal-based labels and big-name international brands.
NOW is collaborating with Sensation Mode on an emerging designer competition. Sarah Campbell of The Rage (13 Kensington, 416-588-5177), Toronto Alternative Fashion Week (www.alternativefashionweek.com) organizer Vanja Vasic and yours truly will be selecting a short list of six up-and-coming designers that will be announced in NOW's August 9 issue. Then it's up to you to vote online for your favourite newbie talent.
Kensington Market's Catwalk Challenge returns during this weekend's Pedestrian Sunday (July 29). Second-hand stylists meet on Kensington between Dundas and St. Andrew at 2 pm to receive 50 Market bucks; then they have two hours to throw together a look before street-strutting in front of the judging panel at 4 pm.