UntappedTO: GBC’s Charity Craft Beer Event


Nothing exudes Toronto like craft beer. From a crisp refreshing Steam Whistle pilsner to Junction’s hybrid Conductor’s Craft Ale, Torontonians just can’t get enough. This Thursday, fourth semester students from George Brown College’s Special Event Planning program will be hosting a charity craft beer event. Craft beer all for a good cause, sign us up!


With eleven vendor booths around the heritage venue, the event will showcase ciders and craft beers, which will include the brewmasters discussing the process behind brewing the perfect pint everything from the ingredients used, tasting notes, and pairings. UntappedTO will also be providing hors d’oeuvres throughout the event to compliment the beers.


The entertainment will be a mix of activities and live music, featuring Toronto bands and DJs, as well as a raffle and silent auction with prizes ranging from gift cards, craft beer swag and tickets to upcoming events.


UntappedTO is this Thursday, February 12th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Burroughs, 639 Queen Street West. Admission is $20.00 for all George Brown College students and $25.00 for general admission. All proceeds from the night will be going to the Daily Bread Food Bank, as well as George Brown Scholarship program.


Be sure to follow @untappedTO and hastag #untappedTO #novellamag so we know what you’ve been drinking. Cheers!

Fail- Safe Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Woman in Your Life!

Anthony O’Dell, Fashion Contributor.

It’s that time of year again, that men dread and women can’t wait for: Valentine’s Day. Although it’s still a week and a half away, don’t wait until the last minute and be stuck getting the clichéd roses and chocolates. An unforgettable Valentine’s Day for her starts with a gift that she’s going to remember and use for more then just the night. Whether your girl’s into the healthy lifestyle craze or just wants to spend some quality time with her man, check out these 4 fail-safe Valentines Day gifts.



Following the popular deliver to your door subscription model, Wine Collective lets you pick your package and delivers 2-6 amount of bottles straight to your doorstep each month. If you’re stuck on what to get her, Wine Collective is a surefire winner. Check it out here.



If spending quality time with her man is all she wants for Valentines Day, get pampered at Elmwood Spa. One of Canada’s leading spas, complete with two couple suites, there’s no better place to spend some quality time getting spoiled with your woman. Check it out here.



If your girl’s into beauty but is tired of the typical department store fragrances, Vetiver Aromatics might be the right fit for her. 6 fragrance oils are included as well as instructions to mix her own perfume, so she can finally find a scent that fits her. Check it out here.



For all the girlfriends buying multiple $5 dollar Kale smoothies at your local juice bar every day, this is for her. If she’s into clean eating, she’ll appreciate the option customize her drinks, the bundle of money she’ll save as well as not having to venture out into the blistering winter for her favorite drink. Who said being practical isn’t romantic? Check it out here.


This gift guide is the first in a series of articles we’re doing for Valentine’s Day.  Check back often! 


Pink Tartan Pre – Fall 2015 Collection


Images by Thomas Iannaccone

Kimberley Newport-Mimran continued the Seventies vibe from her stellar F/W 2015 Collection for Pre-fall for Pink Tartan. The line-up included wide-leg pants, boho blouses, jumpsuits, all  helped bring the designers vision to life. Newport-Mimran continues to create clothes that women of all ages will want to add to their wardrobes.




Model Citizen – Peter Lim

Born in Korea and based out of Toronto, Peter Lim has been living in Canada for the last 13 years. Now at 27 years of age and full of inspiration, this aspiring model is off to a great start. Peter recently walked the runway for our Novella pre-launch party, and was chosen to walk for a total of eight different designers during Toronto men’s fashion week.

How did you get into modelling?

I really started thinking about becoming a model exactly about 3 month ago when I met Rani Kim, one of the EMDA designers at TOM. We met through a good mutual friend of ours. Before I met Rani, I thought about being an entrepreneur in the fashion business, where I would like to assist people with choosing proper dresses and styles for certain occasions like social networking or New Year’s parties. However, my education was heavily in biology and chemical science, so I wasn’t sure about becoming a fashion stylist. It made more sense for me to become a model for more exposure to the fashion industry, gain some followers and develop a reputation for my style. But I still didn’t have a solid plan.

After I met Rani, she invited me over to various fashion shows such as Fashion Art Toronto, and Canadian Philippines Fashion Week. Through Rani, I was very fortunate to connect with Som Kong and Benji, where their styles also inspired me to walk for their collections as well as Rani’s.

Since then, I started to look into different venues and ways to get modelling experience. My first catwalk was with Novella fashion magazine for their pre-launch event.

What was your experience like walking in the very first Toronto men’s fashion week?

My experience as a walking model in the very first Toronto Men’s fashion week was quite amazing, as the organization put so much effort and time to make this happen in Toronto. Although my personal experience was amazing, there is definitely room for improvement in communication between the casting team and the models. It is understandable to have miscommunication and delays in the delivery of messages but it was not transparent and effective as there were numerous cases of re-castings and shortcoming notices for castings call. All this in mind, TOM was being hosted for the first time and I truly believe that this issue can be solved with more time and experience in the process of preparation with implementing better communication.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Oh god, I have too many hobbies and interests that I try to do in my spare time. I really enjoy weight training, playing guitar, reading novels (LOTR & Harry Potter are my favourites) and entrepreneurship books, collecting fashion style pictures using Tumblr, and Pinterest, playing sports with friends (both indoor and outdoor), shopping at malls, or Winners, listening to 80s and 90s music (I recently got into acid house and deep house scene), trying out new food/restaurants, walking my dog on the weekend, catching up with friends, studying basic French and Italian  –  that’s pretty much what I try to do during my free time! Of course not all of them in one day.

What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

My IPod is currently broken, so the most recent song I listened to was “When fire starts to burn” by Disclosure.

What words would you use to describe yourself?

I would describe myself as an energetic, optimistic, friendly, adventurous, spontaneous, hard-working, caring and overall fun person.

10 Standout Looks at World MasterCard Fashion Week S/S ’15 Collections



World MasterCard Fashion Week has come and gone once again, and while we are just gearing up for the impending Fall/Winter season, the runways this past week have us itching for Spring 2015.

Runway shows from Sid Neigum, Matthew Gallagher, Pink Tartan, and HD Homme made it hard for us to pick one look from their amazing collections at World MasterCard Fashion Week, but we managed. Check out 10 of our favorite standout looks in the gallery to also see looks from Mikael D, Malorie Urbanovitch, Mikhael Kale, Caitlin Power, Som Kong, and Brit Wacher.

Images by George Pimentel / Getty Images