Real Stories from Toronto #2,646,875 – It’s All a Joke

“Why are you always laughing?  Sometimes I don’t even know what you’re laughing about!  Sometimes it’s just mean!”

- Didn’t you get the memo?

“What?  What memo?”

- It’s all a joke.


The Laughing Buddha

The Laughing Buddha

One day a monk walks up to him and asks, “What is the meaning of Zen?”
Smiling as usual, he instantly swung the sack over his shoulder.
“How does one realize Zen?”  Budai then takes up his bag and continues on his way.

From Siddhartha
“…Siddhartha replies that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete. Siddhartha simply urges people to identify and love the world in its completeness…”

Uma Nota

…is an Afro, Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean Funk and Soul music festival/community.

And I so totally went to this event:

I’ve been a long fan of Ghislain Poirier, but I’ve just never gotten the chance to see him in person…so imagine my delight when they also announced ANOTHER DJ I’ve been a long withstanding fan of as a surprise guest at the end (!!!), DJ Rupture ^_^

And guess what happens when you get too excited and you take photos?  You end up looking like a jackass…oh well, at least one of us looked good.


Dub Connection Sound System are also affiliated with these guys…  It’s so cool OMG I’m like so starstruck right now!

Archicad: The Sagrada Familia

Super cool!


Read more about The Sagrada Familia’s site here
And the Wiki entry here

More on the software, Archicad here
Read about it on Wiki here

Ebola for Dummies


Check out the Designtaxi page here



hydroceramic from Pong Santayanon on Vimeo.


Read about it on Fast Co.Exist here
Check out The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia here

Real Stories from Toronto #4,689,733 – I Like Your Hair

Some white dude approached some brown chick.

“I like your hair.” he says. She was busy doing some work, but said, “Thanks.”

She went back to her work. He continued to stand beside her… Baffled she says, “May I help you?”

“Oh I really like your hair. Where are you from?”


“But like, what’s your background?”


“Oh I have a friend, she’s Filipino too and she’s got her hair half shaved like yours.”

“Ok. That’s great.”

He kept standing in silence, smiling at her. He then shows her a photo of his friends…and kept telling her that she was gonna get along with everyone… specially his Filipino friend.

GAZOMG! I like my hair too, but just because we have similar styles it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m automatically “one of you” or “one of them.”

What is this some fucking hair cult?!?

Are all white people with long hair friends? Are all black people with Mohawks friends? Are all Muslims with headdress friends?

Precisely my point.

Uuuugh! Annooooyyyyiiinnnggg!

Read: You Should Hook Up with Him

Monster Hospital

…by Metric (founded in Toronto, ON) but has apparently been based out of Montreal, London, New York City, Los Angeles


Check out their site here
And their Facebook here
And their Soundcloud here

Real Stories from Toronto #2,435,678 – Family: Sometimes

“Do you like your family?”

Yeah, sometimes.


Love is unconditional.

Keep it real.

“Love is not a commitment, a habit, a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us…Love just is.”
- Paulo Coelho

Ghetto Rock

…by Mos Def (Brooklyn, New York, USA)


Check out his Facebook here
And his Twitter here

Take on Me

…by A-Ha (Oslo, Norway)


Check out their site here
And their Facebook here

Africa for Norway

“People don’t ignore starving people so why should we ignore cold people.  Frostbite kills too.”



“These people aren’t playing around though. Their effort is a serious critique of misguided development, and of the Western media coverage which often accompanies it. What they want:

1. Fundraising should not be based on exploiting stereotypes.

2. We want better information about what is going on in the world, in schools, in TV and media.

3. Media: Show respect.

4. Aid must be based on real needs, not “good” intentions.”

- read the full article on The Guardian here

Check out Radi-Aid’s site here
And their Facebook here

And their Twitter here