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!

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