Dance Camp Anniversary Party
Sept 28 at fly
To celebrate Dance Camp’s Lucky Seven anniversary party, host (and tonight’s producer) Daniel McBride enlists the talents of American dance-music queen Kristine W. Kristine is one of those singers with a real musical background. As well as writing and producing her own stuff, she plays piano, 12-string guitar, violin, keyboards and bass, and tonight she wows the crowd with her saxophone skills during an amazing 25-minute mini-concert, sandwiched between DJ Mark Falco’s sets. “A lot of boys, like Devine Darlin, who I knew in drag came to see me out of drag,” she says of her album signing at Woody’s the night before. Her new single, “Everything That I Got,” is already at number 18 on the Billboard dance chart. “This album took two years, and it was difficult, financially, to make. Thankfully, there were many cool producers who were willing to work with me as a team.” Her new material goes over well, and her voice is as amazing as ever and captivates the guys in the audience from start to finish. Except for the drunk couple near the front who must think she’s the soundtrack to their own mini sex show.
White Cashmere Collection
Sept 19 at Arcadian Court
The 2012 White Cashmere Collection fashion show, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and hosted by breast cancer survivor Beverly Thomson, of Canada AM, takes place in the newly refurbished Arcadian Court. The balconied courtyard, where guests, including stylist Marek Matwiejczuk and designer Dylan Usher, mingle, is the perfect locale to showcase this year’s designers, chosen by cutie-pie curator Farley Chatto. More than 100 designers have participated in the event over the last nine years. My favourites this year are David Jack’s sleek silhouette dress, accented by dynamic hip fins; Rodney Philpott’s all-pink flowered creation; Laura Siegel’s intricate layered, shredded dress; and Sonia Leclair’s daring number that reveals almost as much skin as it does bathroom tissue. But it’s wild-child designer Adrian Wu’s Michelin Man ball gown that turns heads. “I don’t see the human body. I think proportions,” he says of his design process. “Maybe it’s the gayness and the sexuality that comes out of me. I was born into this twinky, gay Asian pornstar body, and my dream is to be on the cover of Fab.” I see the future and the future is Wu.