SOOS jewellery (www.soosrocks.com) designers Jane Dallin and Bryn Nihill are clearing out their old stock of candy-coloured earrings, necklaces and other beautiful baubles with a sale at the WhipperSnapper Gallery (587A College, second floor) Sunday (May 20). Stop by between noon and 4 pm to browse through vintage, one-of-a-kind and past season styles marked down by up to 80 per cent. Hunt through this issue of NOW for the SOOS coupon that gets you a free pair of earrings with purchase.
More Contact Photography Festival (www.contactphoto.com) action is taking place in local retail spaces. At Distill (Distillery District, 55 Mill, building #56, 416-304-0033, www.distillgallery.com), Edith Maybin merges photos of herself and her daughter to create hazy composite images. Citytv cameraman Greg Majster's Violence Escalates show at Conspiracy Culture (1696 Queen West, 416-916-1696, www.conspiracyculture.com) connects media and geopolitical anxiety. And swish tattoo parlour Black Line Studio (577 King West, 416-585-5387) hosts We Just Like Taking Pictures, featuring street photography by Erin Mills and Laura Serra. Shows close May 31.
The kiddies are going to have a lot of free time on their hands once school's out for summer, so you'd be smart to top up the toy bin at Mastermind's Toy Warehouse Sale starting Wednesday (May 23). IQ-friendly goods, including craft kits, books, puzzles, board games, science kits, journals and plush toys, are discounted by up to 70 per cent. Brands include Lego, Playmobil, Gund, Groovy Girls and Beanie Babies. The sale runs until May 28 at 1430 Birchmount between Kennedy and Warden.
A free club fashion show seems like it's missing the point of luring in party girl and boy dollars with the promise of runway action. However, part of the mandate of the Toronto Week of Style is to promote local talent (along with a little viral marketing for their sponsors), so everyone's getting comp admission to their series of catwalk events running from Wednesday (May 23) to May 26. Go to www.weekofstyle.com/presslounge for a list of venues, designers and shows including a London Fashion Week-style Fashion Fringe demo highlighting straight-out-of-school local designers.
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