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The future is shaped by the community who foster it, and last week I was proud and honoured to be a part of a community dedicated to shaping the future of fashion. I may not be a designer, a fashion house, a tech startup or a VC, but I am a someone who wants to see emerging designers and fashion-tech startups take on this intense and often challenging industry. Last week Startup Fashion Week (SFW) kicked off for the third time and once again I was thrilled to be there. The highly successful five-day event provides a platform for emerging designers and fashion-tech startups to increase visibility through networking events, conferences, and a prestigious runway show. For those who felt a sense of loss when Toronto Fashion Week announced it’s downfall, SFW became not just the remedy but a solution for championing the success of the Canadian fashion (and tech) industry.
The Toronto International Film Festival isn’t just a celebration of film, but an endurance sport that rivals Iron Man and Tough Mudder. If you want a relaxing night of cinematic delight, TIFF isn’t for you. Get your war paint ready, put on those comfy shoes; this film fest is the Mt. Everest of entertainment (but when you survive, it will all be worth it). Whether you're a TIFF marathon champion or festival freshman here’s a list of survival gear to help you make it to the finish line.
I used to think wearable cameras were only for ripped Australian surfers trying to capture the view from their board, but it turns out there is more to these devices than dudes from down under! GoPros are incredible cameras and can generally take a beating (although I don't suggest testing their limits), but last year at a We Are Wearables event I was introduced to a different type of wearable camera, with a very different purpose in mind. What if you could capture your everyday? Not your trek up Everest or a dive with great whites, but the moments that make up your life. Wearable cameras--like Narrative, MeCam, and iOn--are great tools that allow you to take people on a journey through a unique perspective. As a content creator, I jumped at the chance to film content that could capture real moments. I bought a couple of different cameras and strapped them to friends, family, and even co-workers in an attempt to become the next Scorsese. The footage I was returned was a mixture of epic and utterly nauseating! So, to help you out on your journey I have highlighted five things I wish I'd known about wearable cameras.
Having a scientist for a father meant that my childhood was injected with some pretty interesting memories. From electrified potato clocks and Van de Graaf generators to Tesla coils and what I vaguely remember as a nitrogen laser, my childhood may not have been as normal as I had once thought. Looking back on my years as a mad scientist’s assistant, I wish that everyone could experience the rush of seeing lightning shoot across their house or watching a solar eclipse through a pinhole projector. It’s the feeling when every cell in your body is electrified—not literally, well once, but it was an accident—and you behold the magic you have created and unleashed into the world. There is nothing like it. There are many who chase this moment. They are the Makers. They are a community of people; young, old, professional, hobbyist, it really doesn’t matter. Their main objective is to create. If you are looking to join this community, I would suggest checking out Maker Festival in Toronto. It’s a month long celebration from June 15th-July 17. The festival includes the Maker Extravaganza where over 100 makers will come together to show off their creations, and over 80 satellite events across Toronto including workshops, meetups, speakers and hackathons.
I pride myself on a well-timed dirty joke, but there is always a time and place for that special brand of filth. But what about the filth and grime that invade my life—no, I’m not talking about off-colour comments or offensive tweets. I’m talking about the gunk that is smeared across my device screen just waiting to infect me with the black death!
Did you know that your screen is 10x dirtier than a toilet seat? (source: Daily Mail)
For many it can seem impossible but self love is one of the most important relationships you will have in your life.  It’s not an affair or a one night stand, but something you will always have to work on (unless you’re Kanye, he loves himself, and probably a little too much). If you are in need of a reminder to accept your weirdness or to adore your curves I have a couple of suggestions for you. In the absence of Kanye teaching Learn to  Love Thyself workshops there are other avenues that you can try. I have never been one for affirmations, but according to a recent article in Wired, Serena Williams has found them quite useful. Now, I suggest these on the basis that they help trigger positivity and not that you will gain the ability to win Wimbledon. Although, if you do win, I expect you to credit this blog post! Now, rather than stuffing scrolls that resemble inspiring fortune cookies into your pockets I recommend checking out the 30 Days Self Love app. By using the app you are committing to telling yourself  “I love you” daily, out loud, and on video. You can choose to share your videos or keep them private. This has worked for many, so it might just work for you—let me know if you try it out.
As a kid I had dreams of being a superhero, they had capes, colourful tights, and gadgets that could stop villains in their tracks. Now as an adult I have given up on the cape—it kept getting stuck in the door—but the tights and the gadgets I still yearn for. Earlier this year I discovered We Are Wearables a meet up that brought people together to discuss wearable tech, or gadgets for your superhero belt (either way it’s a group of kick-ass people). This Saturday I am excited to join the first (of many I hope) We Are Wearables Gives Back event. Partnering with Toronto Public Library, We Are Wearables will be giving kids a chance to get their hands on wearable technology and inspiring them to become superheroes.
It was believed that fashion and technology were industry opposites, but last week that thought wouldn’t have crossed your mind. Startup Fashion Week hit Toronto with Canadian designers and startups that prove that the fashion industry is changing. It takes a community to run a business in this industry, and this week-long program provides conferences, workshops, runway showcases, and guidance to help connect and accelerate entrepreneurs. No longer is the industry limited to the designers and their stylists, fashion tech startups are exploding onto the scene. After all the guest speakers and networking had completed it was time to go out with a bang. This exciting week of exhausting and exhilarating events concluded with the Future of Fashion Runway Showcase and closing party. This highly coveted affair featured a runway packed with fashion and tech, and the evening was--of course--coated in cocktails. Before the models hit the catwalk guests were invited to chat with some of the designers who were featured in the show. So with a Fireball Whisky cocktail in hand I fell in love with some new designs and tech toys! My first stop was with the Telus booth that was featuring the new Moto 360 2 smartwatch. Now as an avid Apple fan and a devoted cult follower of all things Mac I wasn’t sure why I even went over but I did (I blame the cocktails). Instead of shaking my head in disgust at my beloved Apple’s competitor my heart skipped a beat. These smartwatches fit on my wrist perfectly; it was like I was Cinderella and Moto was my glass slipper (not sure about the Prince Charming, but he was a really nice Telus Ambassador). As someone who has creepy childlike wrists, it was nice to see a watch that wasn’t overwhelming and bulky. The interface looked great, and all the features were there. It slightly hurts me to say this, but the smartwatch point goes to Motorola (for now). Have I added this to my Christmas list? You betcha! [caption id="attachment_170" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Moto 360 2 smartwatch Moto 360 2 smartwatch[/caption]
I am finally over that TIFF hangover, but I am also in film fest withdrawal. My hangover may have lasted a month, but at least it was another experience to last a lifetime. The ten-day long cinematic carnival featured spectacular films, but I must say there is another festival that has just captured my heart. There were no celebrities, not an ounce of champagne, and I didn’t have to wear a suffocating dress. Last week I attended the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival (KVRFF) presented by VRIDEO. The traveling showcase of the best cinematic virtual reality stopped by Toronto last Sunday. We were treated to 20 short films from moviemakers from across the world and the night not only showcased their hard work but an interesting and honest panel discussion. Kaleidoscope wasn’t my first VR film event, a couple of weeks ago I checked out FIVARS, which was the catalyst to my new found love of virtual reality films. So how does a VR film fest work you might ask? Forget about renting out an expensive theatre any space will do. The evening’s event was hosted at the Twist Gallery on Queen West. The perfect place to wrangle VR lovers alike. The room was grouped into sections, and you were able navigate the gallery and check out a variety of experiences. Armed with Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift VR headsets guests were able to view animation, 360-interactive experiences, and live-action 360 video.