#MusicMonday: Running If You Call My Name

I’ll keep running if you call my name

Summer in the city = concerts galore. Lots to talk about re: live music I have seen lately + will be seeing coming soon to the blog, including witnessing these incredible ladies live (aka best show of my life so far).


All I Need in This Life of Sin…Is A Beyonce & Jay Z Tour

Everything I've Ever Wanted Out of Life
Everything I’ve Ever Wanted Out of Life


It is happening. This is not a dream. July 9th, 2014. After all those years of wishing I could one day see Bey & Jay take the stage together to perform, IT IS FINALLY COMING TRUE!

My goal of seeing the entire Knowles-Carter clan in concert will soon be complete. I saw Solange and Jay Z (alongside JT) perform last July, but I missed out on tickets to Queen B herself. I remember seeing Twitter blow up at the spotting of Beyonce and Jay Z in Yorkville on the day of Jay’s Legends of Summer tour. I was hoping so much that Mrs. Carter would be making an appearance, but of course she had her own concert that night in the States.

This is IT y’all. Every listening of Bonnie & Clyde 03, Crazy in Love and Drunk in Love has been leading to this.

SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT. Are you heading to the #OnTheRun tour this summer?

Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I’ve crossed the deserts for miles Swam water for time Searching places to find A piece of something to call mine A piece of something to call mine…

Starting is the hardest part. Blog absence always leaves the question of “Where do I begin?” So many times I’ve thought of ideas I’ve wanted to chronicle here, but then the moment passes. I’ve resigned to stop letting the pressure of composing a post interfere with the joy of writing and sharing. It’s time for what I say I love to be a priority. On that note, I am looking forward to spring and summer (if they ever truly arrive). Bright, warm days in Toronto – there is nothing else that rejuvenates and inspires me more. While I’ve yet to have a patio drink this season ( a fact that truly pains me), I have found my new destination for delectable frozen and/or baked treats: Baker Bots Baking. Customize your own ice cream sandwich? Yes, please!

Heaven on Earth - Ice Cream Sammie from Baker Bots Baking
Heaven on Earth – Ice Cream Sammie from Baker Bots Baking

Three-and-a-half years in Toronto and there is still so much of this vast city I have yet to see and experience. Urban living can be isolating, and we can get into a routine of constant work and doing the same old things with our circle of friends. Truth is, there are endless possibilities to discover here and sometimes you’ve just got to break out of the mold and try something new. In addition to warm days and cold drinks, I’m looking forward to a lot of live music in the next few months: Wye Oak, HAIM and seeing lots of good bands at Field Trip (hopefully this makes up for another year of not getting it together to go to Osheaga). Also, being the best daughter and seeing Micheal Buble with my mom on her birthday – okay, no lies – I’m looking forward to it as well! While warmer weather should encourage us to be outside more, there is no denying my tv obsession will not wane in the summer months. Game of Thrones is currently keeping me on the edge of my seat and The Mindy Project continues to be my Absolute Favourite Thing. Two more episodes of Mindy this season, so WATCH (or get on binge watching. Like ASAP). Filing under: Things You May Not Be Watching But Definitely Should Be – Broad City. This Amy Poehler-produced comedy staring Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer is so freaking funny & ridiculously perfect. Go forth and enjoy! What are you looking forward to checking out this summer in the city?

Polar Vortex 2014: Time to Stay Inside and Watch TV

Feeling like -40C with the wind chill? Ain’t nobody got time for that. the mindy project television I personally find January the most depressing month of the year – no more holidays, and only cold weather and darkness outside. While I’m longing for summer, patio drinks and chances to wear rompers, at least I’ve got my favourite shows back on TV to keep me warm. Tonight two of my most beloved comedies are back – New Girl and The Mindy Project, starting at 9PM on Fox and CityTV. While Mindy is going on a winter hiatus, it’s not happening yet – we’ve got three sure-to-be glorious episodes this month before its break. The hilarious and underrated comedy will then return in April.

January also hails new seasons of some of my favourite shows. The outrageously inappropriate yet fantastic Shameless returns on January 12th, as does Lena Dunham’s Girls. The trailers for this season of Girls have me with high hopes for this season.

Showtime has amazingly put the Shameless premiere online ahead of it official start date and unsurprisingly, it’s a great one. I was worried we might get less of Mickey Milkovich this season, but fear not, the premiere has several awesome Mickey scenes aka ALL THE FEELZ. Since outdoor activities are a no-no for me during these Arctic-feeling months, I’m making my way through some older television shows for the first time. On the docket at the moment: Six Feet Under, Primeval and Sons of Anarchy. What shows are you excited for this winter? Doing any binge watching of your own? Keep warm, folks!

Start Something New

Happy New Year! I hope you had safe and fun celebrations last night, whether they were low-key or you find yourself still in bed today from last night’s festivities.

I don’t know what 2014 will hold, but I’m hoping for new things, growth, achievement and adventure. I wish for happiness and health for family and friends.

I’m never very good at resolutions – my hope for this year is that I set goals for the things I really want and make the plans to achieve them. I’m already making plans for 2014 with this delightfully charming Kate Spade planner – shouldn’t be hard to cross things off my to-do list when they are in this lovely agenda!

Picked up this charmer at Indigo!
Picked up this charmer at Indigo!

I came across this quote today from the always eloquent Neil Gaiman and wanted to share:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Best wishes for 2014!

Being Christmas-y in Toronto

Elf: One of the all-time greatest movies. Seriously.
Elf: One of the all-time greatest movies. Seriously.

If you’ve spent remotely anytime around me or my social media accounts anytime after August then you’ll know that I LOVE Christmas. The obsession is  a bit out of hand (Christmas music creeps into Halloween), but how can you not love the music, tv specials/movies, food and fun times that Christmas brings? Also, as someone who hates cold weather and winter sports, Christmas is my only saving grace getting me through our country’s blustery winter months.

I’ve recently checked out two of my favourite annual things to do in the city at this time of year: The Toronto Christmas Market (which runs till Dec. 15th!) and the One of a Kind Show (today was it’s last day – hope you didn’t miss out!). I went to both last weekend, making it one magical Christmas-y weekend! Continue reading “Being Christmas-y in Toronto”

GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to Steam Whistle UNSIGNED + More!


You love beer? You love indie music? Of course you do. The folks at Steam Whistle Brewery have their sixth UNSIGNED concert coming up on Friday, November 29th and are giving a lucky reader free tickets for a great night of indie music and of course, beer.

Steam Whistle is an ardent supporter of great Canadian independent music and their UNSIGNED Indie Music Series has showcased talent such as The Darcys, Rich Aucoin, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Austra, Hooded Fang & many more.

This year’s line up boasts:

The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores
Fresh Snow

What are we giving away?

  • A pair of tickets to the show
  • Refreshment tickets
  • A pair of brewery passes

TO WIN: Send an email with the subject line: Steam Whistle UNSIGNED to lisap.blog[at]gmail.com by midnight on Tuesday, November 26th and an entry will be chosen at random!

If you’re like me and love checking out new music, you need to check out Steam Whistle’s UNSIGNED!

Breaking Bad is Back

All bad things must come to an end…

breaking bad

Are you ready?! The final 8 episodes of AMC’s intense drama Breaking Bad begin tonight! It’s a bittersweet excitement, as I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen next (the ending of the last episode – SO TENSE!), yet I am sad to say goodbye to Walt & Jesse (and to one of the best written/acted shows in television history).

If you don’t watch it a) what is wrong with you b) prepare to be annoyed by everyone around you talking about it over the next few weeks. For a refresher on the past five seasons, check out this recap below:

Also, this year Breaking Bad will have an after show, Talking Bad. The postmortems will be hosted by Chris Hardwick (who also hosts the network’s The Walking Dead after show, Talking Dead). Love this!

Will you be tuning in?

Those Summer Nights

tiff in the park

If you’re looking for a fun, inexpensive night out in the city, may I suggest this mid-week excursion: a trip to the Magnum Pleasure Store to create your own delicious concoction for $6.00 (which I’ve already waxed poetic about),  then hitting up TIFF in the Park, a free movie series running every Wednesday at David Pecaut Square. This summer TIFF’s theme is “A Summer of Romance” and it’s playing classic and contemporary rom-coms – so basically this is the best thing ever.

I had an amazing time doing these very things with friends a few weeks ago (we caught my fave, Sleepless in Seattle) and I would definitely recommend pairing the two together on warm summer night! (PS – arrive early for good seats!)

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Things I’ve Been Meaning to Blog About: Summer in the City Edition

toronto skyline 2013

Once again lazy blogging comes from a busy life. Many things going on, unsure about where it’s all heading, so I have neglected updating ye old blog.

I have been enjoying the summer in the city, even if the city seems to have forgotten what sunshine is. So here’s the abridged version of what I’ve enjoyed in the past two-ish months:

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