Friday, August 29, 2014

Your Vintage LONG WEEKEND Roundup! Aug 29 - Sept 1

Sorry for the late post...there is is still lots going on this Labour Day Weekend...starting now!

Canadian National Weekend - last weekend until next year!

   FRIDAY, Aug 29:
       5pm - Ronnie Hayward (Rockabilly/Country) at Castro's Lounge
       6pm – Rockabilly with DJ Catwoman 100.3FM
       9pm - Record Party at Castro's Lounge
       9pm – All 70s-90s Friday Night Bash at Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge
       10p – Shindig!: Motown vs Stax at The Piston

   SATURDAY, Aug 30:
       1pm – Canadian International Air Show at the Canadian National Exhibotion
       3pm - Vinyl from the Crypt 89.5FM
       4pm – Alistair Christl at McQueen's Pub
       4pm - Happy Pals at Grossman's Tavern
       4.3p – Big Rude Jake at Castro’s Lounge
       7pm – Saturday Night Swing: TLH Swing Prom and Tia Brazda at Dovercourt House
       8pm – Two Dames: Tease on the Seas on the River Gambler
       9pm – Oldies Dance at Legends on Queensway
       9pm – Sixties Pop Explosion at Junction City Music Hall
       9pm – The Millwinders at The Dakota Tavern
       9pm – Ramonathon at The Garrison
       9pm – Motor City Shakedown (60s 70s) at 1718
       9pm – BLOWUP Summer Social at The Bristol
       10p - Shake, Rattle and Roll at Clintons
       10p - Shake-A-Tail at Sneaky Dee's
       11p – PANIC: Echo and The Bunnymen at The Velvet Underground

   SUNDAY, Aug 31:
       6am - Sunday Antique Market at St Lawrence Market
       1pm – Canadian International Air Show at the Canadian National Exhibition
       1pm – Bees Knees Tease at Dovercourt House
       4pm - New Orleans Connection All Stars at Grossman's Tavern
       7pm – Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square
       7:3p – Bad Movie Night TO: Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) at Clintons
       9pm - Watch This Sound at Castro's Lounge
       9pm - Sinful Sundays at Cherry Cola's
       9pm – 1977 Punk Rock Resurrection at Junction City Music Hall
       10pm – Retro Party at Velvet Underground

   MONDAY, Sept 1:
       10a – Heritage Antique Market at Centrepoint Mall
       7.3p – Big Band night at Seven 44
       9pm – Rockabilly Mondays at Castro’s Lounge
       10p – Manic Mondays (80s/90s) at The Dance Cave

     Sat Aug 30, 9pm – TG and The Swampbusters at The Casbah (Hamilton)
     Sun Aug 31, 9am - Rev it Up Hot Rod Show at Williamson Auto Dealership (Uxbridge)

    As always...please forward on any other event information!

More vintage pictures of the CNE!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Words can barely express the amazing thing that happened last weekend at our TIKI LANI LANI party at the Cadillac Lounge.

The vintage community, despite all their diverse and specific interests came out in colourful droves to celebrate with us.

We want to THANK - everyone who attended, everyone who couldn't make it and everyone who loves vintage - for helping us to make a place in Toronto for the vintage lifestyle.

We could wait for all our pictures to come in....BUT the Labour Day Long weekend is fast approaching...and it is an unfortunate signal of the fall season to come.  

So perhaps we can collectively *sigh* together while we revel in all the colourful glory we brought to the world!

Hula Lesson provided by Halau Hula O Walea (Hula in Toronto)

Michelle from Halau Hula O Walea

The impeccable Dolly Berlin enjoying the sights, before she performs for us!

Sooo much colour in the covered back patio at the Cadillac Lounge

"Gin and Tone-ics" Tarana-Pete and Joy discussing their upcoming Ukuele performance!

 Liz - the night's emcee - enjoying a dance with her hubby before the work really gets started!

Me...also enjoying a quick dance with my hubby before the party and performances got crazy (and boy did it ever!)

Lilla Koi showing off her stuff in the Vintage Swim Contest!

A true round of applause for this brave soul who entered the Swim Contest!

Our very first Vintage Swim Suit Contest winner - Sarah!

Our Tiki-philes travelled in from all over to be with us! Thanks Frances and Courtney!!  We can't wait to see Courtney's pictures from the event!

Our vendors - Celluloid Sleaze and Fruits of Bali by Shermette!

Liz was "ON" all night!!  So many people to present...SO many people to THANK!

What a beautiful sight...such a GREAT night!

More pictures to come soon!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Is Toronto obsessed with Tiki?!  

A year ago Toronto Vintage Society decided to test the waters by hosting our first Tiki party!  We needed to know how the tiki/tropical/hawaiian/polynesian theme would sit north of the border! We found out that tiki-files came out in droves.  This American obsession found it way into our hearts and YES Toronto-nians are loving TIKI Culture.  

We have had a summer full of hawaiian shirts, surf bands and hair flowers. With winter ALWAYS lurking around the corner ,we deserve the breathe of tropical air!

Photos from last year's party

The Hosts

The Limbo contest

The Team

The attendees

The Burlesque performer: Dolly Berlin

The Surf Band: The Calrizians

The Matchy-Matchys!

The Photo Booth! 

 For our first try...we think we did a pretty bang up job!!  
So naturally we had to do it all again!...

We wanted it to be BIGGER, better...and include some more authentic Tiki/Hawaiian elements like a Hula performance from Halau O Hula Walea and Ukulele Jam by our own band the Gin and Tone-ics, we added the all new Vintage Swim Suit contest judged by pinup model Kassandra Love and new Miss Pinup Canada - Becky we doubled up on our old favourites: 6 tiki Cocktails plus we invented one of our own using Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and speciality ingredients from BYOB Bar and Cocktail Emporium; 2 Surf bands - The Calrizians and Luau or Die; 3 Burlesque performances - Dolly Berlin, Tanya Cheex and a surprise first-time performer; 3 best-dressed categories with prizes from Doll Factory by Damzels and Exile Vintage.  Our heads spin just trying to keep track of all this Tiki goodness!!!

As we prepped and planned we noticed that the Tiki theme caught on! A new slew of Tiki themed parties were in the works including: The Tiki Sea, The Great Lakes Surf Battle/Tiki Closing Party Tiki Patio Party at the Bovine, Retro Road Show: Hawaiian Style,  High Society Cabaret: Tiki in the Moonlight,  Mike Mahilini Scott and his Hawaiinaires...and I am sure we missed some!  All of it just helped us to bring even more Tiki excitement to the city....before WE shut the summer down with our blow-out party!  
If Tiki is not your thing (we will miss you!) - here is a load of other things to do in the city this week!

6pm – Hookerson-Blough Auction at mrs. huizenga
6:3p – Story of the city in 10 stops by Heritage Toronto (advance tickets only)
7pm – Music in St. James Park with Union Duke
7pm - Ontario Science Centre: Science Rocks
7pm – Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront Centre
8pm – Hell Bent Rockers at Lucy Brock
8pm – The Swingin' Blackjacks at Monarchs Pub

FRIDAY, Aug 22:
5pm - Ronnie Hayward at Castro's Lounge
7pm - Montgomery's Inn: Jane Austen Supper Club (advance tickets only)
8pm – Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts: Haunted Toronto Scavenger Hunt (advance tickets only)
9pm - Record Party at Castro's Lounge
10p – The Marshalls at The Duke

3pm - Vinyl from the Crypt 89.5FM
4pm - Alistair Christl at McQueen's Pub
4pm - Happy Pals at Grossman's Tavern
4pm – Toronto Vintage Society : TIKI LANI LANAI at @Cadillac Lounge
4.3p – Big Rude Jake at Castro’s Lounge
6:3p – Story of the city in 10 stops by Heritage Toronto (advance tickets only)
7pm – Saturday Night Swing: Patrick Tevlin Swing Band at Dovercourt House
9pm – Oldies Dance at Legends on Queensway
10p - Shake, Rattle and Roll at @Clintons
10p - Shake-A-Tail at Sneaky Dee's
10p – Retro Guilty Pleasures at Velvet Underground
10p - The Swingin Blackjacks at Grossman’s Tavern

SUNDAY, Aug 24:
6am - Sunday Antique Market at St Lawrence Market
10a - The Annex Flea in Honest Ed’s parking lot
12p - Paws in the Park with @luau or die at Woodbine Park
12.3p – Goonies at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas
2pm - TorontoJazzBuzz: Sweet Botheration at Paintbox Catering and Bistro
3pm – Cuppa Teas – High Tea & Burlesque at ROUND venue
4pm - New Orleans Connection All Stars at Grossman's Tavern
7pm – Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square
9pm - Watch This Sound at Castro's Lounge
9pm - Sinful Sundays at Cherry Cola's

NOTABLE OUTER GTA: Autofest (Oshawa) Friday- Sunday

Enjoy...and we hope to see you on the LANAI!