Shop All Weekend: Swimwear for Men and Women

With summer officially starting, the real summer activities can finally begin. Pool parties, taking dips in the lake, summer vacations involving infinity pools, and tanning on the beach. These are all hot weather activities we look forward to once the weather reaches the high 20’s and low 30’s. With so many summer activities that involve swimming trunks or bathing suits, we thought it would be a good idea to go over some new age men’s and women’s swimwear, that are available this season.

Club Monaco Zebra Swim Trunks 

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If you’re looking for a pair of eye-popping swim trunks for that pool party you’re planning to attend this summer, look no further than Club Monaco’s Zebra swim trunks. The trunks have an all over zebra print pattern that will easily differentiate you from the rest of the speedos and boardshorts. Like all modern fitting swim trunks, the trunks fit slim with a mid rise, have an elasticized waist with a draw strong, and a button welt pocket at the front with zip closures at the back.

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Bather Trunk and Co Tiger Stripe Trunks 

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Photo Credit: Bather Trunk and Co

Let’s be honest, a lot of the swim trunks on the market tend to look the same, with identical simple colours and summer inspired patterns. Bather Trunk Company is doing the exact opposite by trying to inject some much needed swagger to swim trunks. The Tiger Stripes trunks are the perfect example of the company trying to shake up swimwear, by bringing new aged prints to the game. The eye catching tiger camouflage trunks bring a streetwear flare to swim, that will easily have you stand out from the sea of speedo’s and board shorts.

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Orlebar Brown 

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Photo Credit: Gravity Pope

Some men just want something simple when it comes to swimwear – less eye popping and more about the fit, quality and construction of the piece. If you’re one of those men who just wants to invest in a pair of well made trunks once every few years, the Orlebar Brown Swim trunks are for the perfect pair for you. The trunks are a slim modern fit, feature engraved side fasteners that are adjustable, two side angle front pockets, 100 % polyamide fabric for quick drying, and chlorine, salt water, tested.

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Forever 21 Fringed Cutout Halter Monokini

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Photo Credit: Forever 21

Swimsuits for women are continuously getting trendier year after year. Most women like to steer away from the basic one piece, and hop into an itsie, bitsie bikini. But designers are starting to step it up a notch with the average one piece by making it more stylish with fancy cutouts, patterns and designs. Take a look at this modish one piece that not only covers up, but also gives you the chance to show some skin and get sun kissed. With its unique shape, and flashy frills, you will definitely be turning heads at every beach you step foot on.

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TOPSHOP Sky Blue Bandeau Bikini Top

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Photo Credit: TOPSHOP

A very popular swimwear type that has been flooding many beaches is the two-piece with the bandeau top. The bandeau style bikini top gives off a cute and flirty look. It is also the perfect piece for women that have a petite body type. The Topshop Sky Blue Bandeau Bikini Top comes in a beautiful bright blue that is perfect for summer. It also comes with halter straps for added support and if you don’t fancy them, they are also removable. So take a risk and try a new style this hot season, you won’t regret it.

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Victoria’s Secret High-Waist Bottom

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Photo Credit: Victoria’s Secret

When women go out on the hunt for the perfect swimsuit, they are usually focused on the top but what about the bottoms? Ladies, they are just as important. With the 80s high-waisted jeans coming back into style, they have slowly made their way into the waters. High-waisted bottoms can be paired with absolutely any bikini top. Victoria’s Secret, Forever Sexy High-Waist Bottoms, are perfect for this summer. They are comfortable and it hugs the hips bringing out your gorgeous curves. So mix and jazz it up with any of your favourite swim tops for a super, retro look.

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Roncesvalles is the kind of place I wouldn’t mind spending my life. It is right off Queen Street West and Dundas Street West, with easy access to all transit and minutes from the downtown. But at the same time, you have a relatively quiet neighbourhood, close to High Park, without sacrificing the cafés, restaurants, bars, and fashion you love.



The first time I went to The Workshop by Latitude, I thought I had died on my way in and gone straight to Heaven. As soon as I saw the interior, the menu and met the unreal team that works there, I knew this would be one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. And throughout my experience, I was never once disappointed, and each time I have been back, it has reinforced my love for it. Whether it’s the cheese plate, the Workshop mac & cheese, the charcuterie, or the House Smoked Arctic Char, I have never left without a smile on my belly.


Local Hero Tall Tales & Coffee is sort of magic. I had never understood why people crowded outside after they had their coffee, ice cream, or treats, until I went in. Not only is their assortment of coffees and treats delectable, but the way they educate you is unique to the store. They offer both flights of their coffees, sample sizes of their Guatemalan, Kenyan, and Ethiopian blends, as well as pour overs, a classic pouring which emphasizes distinct notes and tastes not easily achieved through a classic drip coffee.



The Coal Miner’s Daughter location in Roncy is a treat for the area. I’ve followed them for some time now, and their love of delicately crafted Canadian jewelry and clothing is apparent in their hand-selected pieces. Though their store boasts predominantly Canadian designers, like Melissa Nepton and Pink Martini, as well as their own lines, the ladies also carry lines from Paris, Los Angeles and Denmark.


If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind the stoney outside of 9 Restaurant & Bar, it’s your dream relaxation spot. The artistry and craft put behind their fusion food as well as the beverage selection is perfection. From their selection of wines, both by the glass and bottle, the classic cocktails turned fabulous, and their rice wine cocktails, their mantra of “food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate” is evident in every part of your evening.



High Park is my favourite place to get lost in the city. You can climb a winding wooden staircase up a hill and suddenly you are in the middle of the trees, overlooking miles of greenery. It is MASSIVE. It is almost 400 acres of parks, hills, creeks, ravines, and outdoors goodness. High Park is home to one of the largest oak woodlands in the province, and these large Black Oaks sustain a wack of critters, plants, and flowers. The fact that Toronto has a park this dense in the middle of the city is a blessing and something that we need to maintain as a community.

Common Deer Release New Video for Single “Feather and Bone”

Photo by Brandon Marsh Photography
Photo by Brandon Marsh Photography

One of our featured “Bands Spotted” artists released a video for their new single “Feather and Bone”. Common Deer have come a long way since their first self-titled EP, which showcases the band’s amazing instrumental skills. Since then the band has added two new members Sheila Hart-Owen and Connor Farrell to the existing members Graham McLaughlin, Adam Hart-Owens and Liam Farrell. Their new single continues to show the band’s growth and versatility as they blend classical string instruments with underground rock influence.

The black and white music video films moments from backstage to live performances including shots of the fans blown away by the show. It also exudes a tightknit band that is not just passionate about making music but also about making it together. When the band recorded the song they did it in various places including living rooms, attics and a timber frame cabin.

Watch the video below and stay tuned for more music that’s underway!

Read our full interview with Common Deer HERE.

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Raw Canvas

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This Thursday, for one night only, the 8th annual RAW CANVAS will take up 30,000 square feet on the waterfront. This installation, put on by RAW architects, highlights Toronto’s urban artistic scene, featuring a suspended 2,500 square foot canvas where sculptors, painters, architects and graffiti artists come together to transform the space into a work of art.

RAW CANVAS is a glimpse into the future of what the industrial area will eventually be – a playground for artists of all walks to create, as well as give a nod to the past from the lives, factories and buildings that have come before. RAW’s founder, Roland Rom Colthoff, describes the philosophy as a response to the context of the site, whether it be for RAW CANVAS, installations, or the buildings RAW creates.

“We’re envisioning a playful take on the waterfront’s impending transition from isolated industrial land to a cultural hub for the arts,” Rom Colthoff explains. “We’re turning the stark space along Lakeshore and Jarvis into a giant canvas of graffiti, murals, paintings and interactive installations – making a statement that our city is a raw canvas. We want to celebrate the intersection of art and architecture and create a reason for the two to mix.”

Raw Canvas takes place this Thursday, June 25th, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at 143-177 Lakeshore Blvd. East. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend the RAW event. #RAWCanvas

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NOVELLAHOODS: Amanda’s Guide to Leslieville

Leslieville is like a less try-hard-ish Queen West (I live on Queen West so I’m allowed to say it!). Everyone has fallen for this east-end ‘hood for its great brunch spots and lovely little antique shops. It’s the perfect spot for young, working couples, new families — you know, morning people. Here’s my take on a perfect day in this quaint little neighbourhood of new beginnings.

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SWEAT: Anchored Social Club

Sure, you’ll be working your butt off at this unorthodox gym, but you’ll be so distracted by all the awesomeness that you might not even notice the pain. These guys use odd but fun fitness techniques (like, using huge bags of rice and lentils as training equipment), reminding us what getting into shape doesn’t have to involve any technology whatsoever. If you hate the gym, give this place a try.

EAT: Rashers

BACON. Yes. This place is “North America’s only bacon sandwich shop.” All their meat is sourced locally, and their breads are made with no preservatives. So that should make you feel a tad less guilty as you devour a Bacon Butty, Bacon-on-a-Bun or Brie & Bacon sandwich. They even have a picture of Kevin Bacon on their wall.

SHOP: Arts Market

This year-round market sells unique wares of local artisans, so if you’re one of those great people who likes to support the makers in your city, get your bum over here. Lots of artists are based out of here, letting you claim neat (and often one-of-a-kind stuff) for your home, your wardrobe — basically anything.

EAT: Bobbette & Belle

This place! You probably already know all about it, but I couldn’t not include it. It’s not only one of the best places to go for sweets in Leslieville, but in the entire city. Everything is as gorgeous as it tastes, and make sure your phone is charged because you’ll definitely want to be that annoying person who Instagrams all the things.

SHOP: Raise the Root

Raise the Root is a tiny organic market that’s worth a visit if you’re into using genuinely good food in your recipes. It’s small but perfectly stocked, and it doesn’t take too long to navigate.


Te Aro makes really good coffee. The baristas can act a tad pretentious, but the drinks are fantastic and the atmosphere is cool. Stop in here for an energy boost in the middle of your Leslieville exploration.

SHOP: Matter of Time

You can’t spend a day in Leslieville without visiting an antique shop or two, and this one is my recommendation. Stuffed with old oddities, it’s like you’re stepping back in time — and then stepping out with an armful of antiques.