What’s On Our Radar This September

Aug 27 2019 by
Categories : Culture

It's the start of a brand new season.

This month, we have our eyes on must-see art exhibits, some casual-cool clothing and a tech-based homeware addition.

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    Over 4,000 ceramic beads make up New Mexico-based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger’s Every One sculpture—one for every missing and murdered Indigenous woman, girl, queer and trans person in Canada and the United States. Each bead was handmade by people affected by the crisis across North America. Together, the beads form an image of a woman—a reminder that behind each number is a life. The piece will be on display at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum starting August 30.

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    Just in time for sweater weather (yay!), Canadian brand asum is putting an unexpected twist on the classic pullover with a slouchier cowl-neck style. The line is made of organic cotton and produced in small batches in local factories—one of which is owned by designer Angela Sum’s mom. (From $130, byasum.com)

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    Dior Skincare’s top-selling product is getting an upgrade. The third generation of Dreamskin Care & Perfect ($185, dior.com) is the result of 800 different formulations, tested on some 100 women, with all skin tones represented. Think of it as a souped-up primer: It colour-corrects and blurs pores instantly while its niacinamide, shea butter and French Alpine water improve skin over time.

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    Little Late Night Lilly Singh
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    Prepare to yawn a bit more in the office each morning. You’re going to be up way past your bedtime watching A Little Late with Lilly Singh, hosted by the YouTuber/proud Torontonian/ELLE Canada cover star. Singh will bring her joyful humour to TV when the show debuts on Global this month, making her the first woman of colour to host a late-night show on a major network. It’s about time.

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    High School Tegan and Sara

    You’ll feel even closer (get it?) to Canadian indie-pop icons Tegan and Sara after reading their memoir, High School. It details their formative years in Calgary and touches on first loves, sexuality and identity. The twins write openly in alternating chapters, offering a moving glimpse into who they were before they became beloved performers.

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    This fall, keep the summer-garden vibe going indoors with Small Hours Workshop’s minimalist plant hangers. Toronto-based designer Jenny Lien handcrafts each holder with super-durable vegetable-tanned leather that develops a patina over time for a unique “I scored this at a vintage store” look. (From $50, smallhoursworkshop.com)

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    © Photo: Janet Shum, courtesy of Femfest

    FemFest 2019 kicks off in Winnipeg on September 14, showcasing the talents of emerging Canadian female playwrights and performers. Our fave part? The festival’s annual Bake-Off challenge, in which writers are given eight hours and a “list of ingredients” to come up with a concept for a brand-new show.

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    With brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Y/Project and Beaufille on hand, shopping at L’Oeuvre is like getting a peek inside the closet of your best-dressed best friend. The recently launched Toronto-based online store specializes in contemporary jewellery—everything from crystal chokers to artful earrings—and accessories by some of the buzziest designers around. Get ready to be asked “Where did you get that?” on the reg. (loeuvre.co)

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    The world’s most iconic sneaker has gotten an eco-friendly makeover. Converse now has a version of its Chuck Taylor All Star that was designed using canvas made from recycled textiles and plastics. Here’s to saving the planet, one step at a time. (From $65, converse.ca)

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    Allow us to paint you a picture of how pretty Toronto’s waterfront is going to look this month: The inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art — organized by an almost-all-female team—launches its 72-day run on September 21 and will feature local and international art, exhibitions and installations along Lake Ontario. Check it out before it wraps in December — it won’t be back for another two years.

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    It’s been 150 years of the iconic Moët Imperial brut champagne and Moët & Chandon have released a limited-edition bottle with a chic black label. Buy it for someone as a gift or take it home for the ‘gram.

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    For their new album, Californian pop-punkers Bleached (consisting of sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin) did something different: they wrote from a place of sobriety for the first time. The result is Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? (out now), a raw and honest LP about facing addiction and the clarity that comes out of the struggle.

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    Beware: Helen Phillips‘ The Need is probably best read with the lights on. If you missed the summer hit, it follows Molly, who’s home alone with her children when she hears footsteps in the living room. She writes it off as your typical, overly worried mother concern, but then the noise returns and she’s faced with a masked intruder who somehow knows too much about her family.

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    Everyone’s favourite Swedish furniture brand, IKEA, is getting techy with its collaboration with Sonos. The end result? The Symfonisk ($249) wifi speaker-table lamp hybrid, which allows you to fill your space with light and music at the same time.

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    “Traditional stories are meant to stand the test of time, in this way they’re different from historical stories,” says Métis author Cherie Dimaline of her new novel Empire of Wild (out September 17), which seamlessly weaves in the traditional folklore of the werewolf-esque Rougarou into a modern-day tale about a woman searching for her husband. “I grew up with Rougarou stories. The greater challenge was introducing him in a way that was respectful to the communities where he originates and not lose the teachings that he brings.”  
    Written by Patricia Karounos, Erica Ngao and Jessie Ho
Categories: Culture