A Night of Music and Fine Wine at the COC’s Annual Fine Wine Auction

I had the privilege of attending the annual Fine Wine auction for the Canadian Opera Company (COC) on April 6.   Held at their home, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the evening featured delicious food courtesy of 10ation… Continue Reading

Royal Conservatory of Music Gala with Lang Lang

Wow, what an experience!  An extremely well-known 30-something classical pianist from China, someone who has as much fame and following as a member of a circa late 90s/early 2000s boy band member, playing at a small venue like Koerner Hall… Continue Reading

So I read Town & Country…

I don’t usually get too personal on this site, but there have been things I’ve asked myself about.  Most readers know I’m a child of immigrants.  Most readers know, or at least, have guessed that I grew up fairly comfortable,… Continue Reading

COC’s Centre Stage 2015: November 3

Centre Stage, Centre Stage 2015, COC, Canadian Opera Company, Music, Canadian singers, competition, Ensemble Studio

Centre Stage, The Canadian Opera Company’s annual competition for its Ensemble Studio program will be held on November 3, 2015.  As many of you may know, the Ensemble Studio is a unique program where talented singers are given the opportunity… Continue Reading

Am I Becoming ‘Conservative’?

Okay, I definitely DO NOT identify with the super-right wing, especially the American-style right (how can I?  I’m Canadian!  And I’m pro-equal marriage, too), but more and more, media outlets from the likes of Gawker Media (e.g. Jezebel, etc…) and… Continue Reading

Warhol in Yorkville Starting July !

Marilyn.  Campbell’s Soup.  Everyone is familiar with Andy Warhol.  And a travelling exhibit, Andy Warhol Revisited, curated by Revolver Gallery from Los Angeles, is popping up in Yorkville starting tomorrow, July 1, 2015.  Taking over the old Guess? and Porche… Continue Reading

Everything Old is New Again: Toronto’s Cultural Institutions’ Appeal to the Young

Art galleries and museums were once considered the exclusive domain of society’s elite – not for nothing was the term “art snob” coined. But in recent years, Toronto’s largest galleries, museums and performing arts centres are aggressively targeting a younger… Continue Reading

‘Is Cynthia Your Real Name?’ and Other Weird Comments

The now-cancelled #racetogether campaign at American Starbucks locations had me thinking.  Ethnic issues aren’t something that I think about on a daily basis – it’s not something that really “affects” me all that often.  However, once in a while, things… Continue Reading

On Being a Child of Immigrants and Kids of Immigrants in General

So Fresh off the Boat has aired for a few weeks and I’ve had a bit of a chance to reflect a bit more.  And especially after reading experiences of other Asians on message boards, I feel privileged that my… Continue Reading