Love a Heart: Buy a date, save lives.

For the last two years, I spent Valentine’s Day in search of love or at the very least I was having fun in my singledom. One of the most fun things I’ve done in said singledom is stand up on stage and allow myself to be sold at the extremely conscious-healthy human auction Love a Heart. This year I am no longer in search of love but you bet I will be spending Valentine’s Eve morally supporting these brave souls.

Facebook Events | Love a Heart

Here’s my favourite photo of myself from last year’s auction.
Photo by Chris Luckhardt. Click on the photo to learn more about him.

Love a Heart, entering into it’s fourth year, has raised over $30,000k for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. So what makes this auction better than any other auction you’ve seen before? I’m not sure I could pinpoint one specific thing so I’ll talk about all of them. First, let’s get the ‘how it works’ straight: you bid on a person; if you win the bid for a date with said person, you pay the organizers then you meet and you talk and exchange contact information. All proceeds go to the Heart & Stroke foundation so they keep us all healthy and happy! Woo hoo!

In no particular order:

loveaheart 2014 ladies

Brandie Martin, Keli Carneiro, Jamie-Leigh Cuthertson, Alison Michelle, Rochelle Latinsky, Katie Boland, Chrissy Newton, Lauren O’Neill, Amanda Connon Unda, Rayanne Langdon

1. The bachelor/ettes are stellar. I mean just look at them!

loveaheart 2014 gents

Ian Barnett, Jon Simonassi, McGee Maddox, Jason Agnew, Yaw Attuah, Jason Carlin, Jon Crowley, Jeff Maynard, Jay Davis, Phil Faubert

Each one comes with their own date package so you don’t have to do any of the work trying to come up with what to do; because really, who likes doing that anyway? If you want to know more about any of these lovely folk, just click on either of the collages – it’ll take you to the Facebook event page that tells all.

2. The auctionees/hosts have always been fantastically entertaining. In previous years, the event was hosted by the equally hilarious, witty and charming Shawn Hawaii & Shannon Kelly. This year for a different flavour of fabulous, the sexy1 duo known as Nat & Marie will be taking the stage; pressuring you to bid more money. I can’t wait to watch them in action!

nat and marie

3. The date packages are sure to be outstanding. Last year there was pole dancing and sushi2, and so many more. I’ll be honest that I can’t remember any of the other dates for many reasons that are uninteresting to reveal at this point in time. According to the event page, some of the dates so far this year will include: Tickets to Mirvish Productions‘ Arrabal, a $150 Gift Certificate to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, 2x 5th row Raptor Tickets from Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, a $50 Gift Certificate to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, a $100 Gift Certificate to Flight Centre Canada and tickets to the Beer Makes History Better tour from Urban Adventures. Mind you, there won’t be a gazillion activities per date but you’re sure to get at least one or two per date. And that’s more than enough when you consider your money is going to a charity whose sole purpose is keeping us all alive.

4. The sponsors on board have some awesome offers, some of whom were already mentioned in point number 3:

Off-site sponsors3:
Rent Frock Repeat offering: 10% of your Rental Price will be donated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Lou Dawg's offering: 10% off your meal (must provide proof of purchase of your ticket to the event).
In venue sponsors4:
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Sugarwink Cupcakes Snapshot Magnets
Motives Cosmetics

 loveaheart 2014 poster

THE DIRTY
Where you need to be: The Hideout Toronto
Where’s that? 484 Queen St W, Toronto
When you should be there: February 13th at 8:00 p.m. 
How much to get in the door: $55
Can I purchase tickets in advance? Oh yes you can: http://guestli.st/222843

Important things:
The Auction Starts at 9:30PM 
There is a minimum bid of $25 per bachelor/ette.

So, see you there right?

Footnotes:
  1. also hilarious, witty and charming[]
  2. that could have been your date, if you had bid and won a date with yours truly[]
  3. they will be there in spirit, i am sure of it[]
  4. you’ll have to attend to see what they’re offering[]
  5. at the door[]

Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, 2013!

Well, I guess that’s it. Isn’t it? This year is finally behind us. I’ve never looked forward for a year to end so much as I have this year. This year was the worst year out of all the years of life. And yet a lot of wonderful things happened1; I guess it just goes to show that there is always good that will come out of a bad situation. I just wish there had been more good this year than bad.

The things I wish to never forget about 2013:

1. That time I was in the pilot episode of a reality TV show called, Come Date With Me on the W Network.

Still from Come Date With Me Canada

2. Being auctioned off at Love a Heart2. Photo credit: Chris Luckhardt.

Facebook Events | Love a Heart

3. Stage Managing for Canadian Music Week and meeting #LeBeau, Garret3.

Canadian Music Week Stage Manager

4. Stage Managing for North By North East and meeting Sloan. Sorry no pictures.
5. Getting a brand new family member, Drogo.

Drogo Sy!

6. Having a custom vine made just for me by Cyrstal Light Canada.

Facebook | Crystal Light Canada | Weird & Wonderful You

7. Assistant Stage Managing for Pride and getting to meet and work with En Vogue.

En Vogue at Pride 2013

8. Going to Cunt Cottage and having an amazing weekend away from the city.

http://fragileheart.com/wp-content/uploads/cunt-cottage.jpg

9. Working for TIFF and getting to see some stars up-close-and-personal-like. No pictures, because I want to be able to work there again in 2014.
10. Going on a boat cruise with Shannon & the gang courtesy of Crazy Uncle. No pictures because I have no idea what I did with the pictures from that cruise. Oops.
11. Volunteering for TEDxToronto4.

TEDxToronto 2013

12. Being in a feature film that won an award at TOIndieFF2013, was part of the official selection at DIFF2013 and reviewed here.

Unhappy Happy Still
13. Working on the 48 hour film project where our team won Best Ensemble Cast.

Hashtag Bougie Productions

13. Meeting and falling in love with #LeBeau’s two daughters5. No pictures, of course. They’re too wittle.
14. Celebrating Christmas with our families and getting 2nd Christmas with the girls. Also no pictures, because I’m a spoil sport like that.
15. Being able to celeberate my birthday & the holidays with some really awesome friends. Again; no pictures, because we didn’t take a group photo and there are too many great ones to choose from.
16. Getting to keep in touch with my wifey, Christine Estima even though she’s a gazillion miles away.

Skyping with the Wifey

Last but not least…
17. Getting to do this fun photoshoot for Ford Canada with the ever-sexy, Ford Fiesta, Marie & Brock.

Date Night with the Ford Fiesta

Shopping fun with Marie & the Ford Fiesta

I’m not at all interested in re-living the past that was this horrible year, so I won’t go into any details about it. I would rather look forward with hope and excitement for what 2014 might have to bring. I can only hope that it’ll be a good year because if my own personal history has taught me anything 2015 is set to be another doozy. You see, there’s something about years that end in zeros and fives – they don’t like me very much. I had a terrible 1995, I can’t say 2000 was any better, 2005 was horrible, 2010 was another nightmare year… mind you, they were all bad for heartbreak but not much else.

Anyway, that’s a whole 365 days away. For now, here’s hoping that in 2014, I…:

  • …no longer have to worry about how I’m going to pay for groceries or laundry.
  • …can actually afford to meet up with friends at least once a week.
  • …find the energy to get off my ass and start exercising again.
  • …will visit my parents and cook for them more often.
  • …will stop worrying about things that I really have no control over.
  • …can reconnect with some old friends who I miss but have drifted away from, for no good reason. And stay connected.
  • …get to go camping twice – once with the family, and once with the man and/or friends.
  • …get to visit somewhere I have never been.
  • …write more for this blog.
  • …learn how to make a Filipino dish I have never made before, but love to eat.

And that’s about it. I had a longer list but I’ve cut it down some in an attempt to be a little more realistic with my resolutions. I didn’t make any resolutions for 2013 because at this age, I’m kind of over them. Since 2013 was such a bad year though, I needed some things to look forward to. And these are some of the more important things I’m looking forward to for this New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

Footnotes:
  1. I met Garret this year after all[]
  2. an annual favourite[]
  3. Nope. Not his real name[]
  4. another annual favourite[]
  5. and finally having children in my life. wee![]

Be Passionate. Be Fearless. Be Social.

Oh, the social media generation. How I love thee. How I hate thee. How I love to hate thee. This1 industry is slowly taking shape before our eyes and for the first time in the history of new industries we are able to watch it in virtual-real-time, on a global scale. It’s exciting. It’s terrifying. It’s just plain awesome.

DefineTO is an event inspired by a huge, twitter-festival that was celebrated globally -more specifically at the Fifth Social Club- last year where a certain fragileheart2 you may know won the first ever Nat&Marie Karaoke Twidol3. Beating out worthy opponents like Sean Ward, Michael Nus and so many more. Yup. It was glorious. I wore blue. I may wear blue again this year, who knows!

The aim is to celebrate those who are redefining what it means to be passionate, ambitious and successful while doing what this generation does best: Support great local causes4. These are the people who refuse to accept previous generations’ rules about what it takes or means to be successful5.

Last year $18,000 was raised for The REMIX Project. I sure hope we can beat that amount this year. The REMIX Project provides a helping hand to those who need it the most, they did such a great job of writing about what they do on their website I couldn’t dream of rephrasing it:

The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.

The venue, The Fifth Social Club, is fantastic for such a night; not only because it can hold so many people. The layout, aesthetics6, the secret back-room where the karaoke twidol competition was held last year. Ah memories.

I’ll stop jibber-jabbering now and give you the details you need to make sure you can attend this awesome event and support the boys and girls of the REMIX project.

When: Thursday, April 12th starting at 7pm
Where: The Fifth Social Club, 225 Richmond St. W.
Why: To meet the Molson Girls7
How: Click here to buy your tickets NAOW ($20)!

I was going to keep it a secret but there’s no fun in that, so I’ll answer your question before you even ask: I will be putting in my name for the Karaoke Twidol Lottery and will be summoning all the forces I can so that my name gets picked. It’s $5 to enter your name. Wanna take me on? Twidol entry tickets can be purchased on the same eventbrite page as listed above.


Photo stolen from Chris Luckhardt Photography‘s flickrstream8.

How do you define yourself?

Footnotes:
  1. new[]
  2. please tell me you know more than one[]
  3. Thank you Melissa Etheridge[]
  4. like The REMIX Project[]
  5. hopefully while still taking note of the important lessons we’ve learned from said generation’s mistakes[]
  6. of the lounge and the staff[]
  7. oh wait, had I not mentioned that before? *grin*[]
  8. also, if you complain about the photo being too small it means your penis is small. If you don’t have a penis, then I’m right! HA![]
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