My Recommendations of Upcoming Events

With some of the Toronto’s biggest events TIFF, JFL42 and Nuit Blanche have now passed, one may think there is not much happening now that fall/winter is approaching. However, there are lot of more exciting events coming up. Here’s a list of events you should definitely check out. Some of which I have attended before and some in which I hope to attend.

(UPDATED: October 22 with more events)
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Spotlight in The Media: Blue Jays Winning Game 5: Jose Bautista’s 3-run homer

Yesterday, Blue Jays won against Texas Rangers and moving ahead to ALCS against Kansas Royals. I am not much of a sports fan but since moving to Toronto, I started following Blue Jays a bit and going to some of their games. I watched Game 4 online with my friend on Thanksgiving. I wish I could have watched the game yesterday but no TV and cannot watch online. Yes, I could have gone to the Bird’s Nest or went to a pub to watch but I chose not to. So, I followed like I usually do on social media. Honestly, I wish I could be there at the game or with any of the Blue Jays crowd. I knew I wouldn’t make the show I was seeing at 8pm on time if I was with a crowd. The adrenaline and excitement from the fans and the energy! Even after the game yesterday and watching the highlights from the game, I am still rewatching Jose Bautista’s 3-run homer. I also ended up watching videos of fans celebrating. You can still feel the energy around the city. WOOT! Go Blue Jays Go!
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My Must See 2015 Upcoming Films Picks

It will soon been two weeks now since TIFF has ended. There are still a bunch of upcoming 2015 films I am looking forward to. Here’s a list of upcoming films out this year that I have been looking forward to since the initial casting and since they premiered (Sundance, NYFF, Cannes and also at TIFF). The list does not include the films I have seen at TIFF. I will have a recap of the top films I saw during TIFF coming up soon.

(Will be updated if Canadian release date changes)
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TIFF 2015 begins tomorrow!

TIFF 2015 begins tomorrow! Time for another amazing festival. When festival schedule was announced a couple weeks ago, I was busy planning my schedules from ideal schedule to several back ups. My problem this year was most of the films I wanted to see conflicted with each other or I wouldn’t be able to see them due to my work or volunteer schedules. In the end, I think I manage to have a decent schedule with some of my must see films from Brooklyn, The Danish Girl, Freeheld, The Dressmaker, The Final Girls and more! At the moment, I am confirmed for 14 films but that will change as the festival progresses. I know I will definitely be seeing a lot more than that. You can check out my current schedule at my TIFFR page. I must say this year I had no problems with redeeming my package and getting tickets on public sale. I managed to get all my screenings and didn’t even need to wait long on public sale too! I will going to try my best to try to write up some recaps each day. Otherwise, follow me @jasjwang and whats happening with me during #TIFF15.

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TIFF 2015: First Programming Announcement

Last Tuesday, TIFF announced their first programming announcement for 40th Toronto International Film Festival. I have been waiting excitedly for the first films hoping that one of the films I’m hoping to see at the festival gets announced. Gala and Special Presentation films were announced which included two films I was hoping would screen at the festival, Brooklyn (starring Saoirse Ronan) and The Danish Girl (starring Eddie Redmayne). Brooklyn received rave reviews during Sundance Film Festival and I have always been a fan of Saoirse. So very excited to get to see this film at the festival. Also, ever since Eddie got cast in The Danish Girl, I was excited for the film and knew it would definitely be screened at TIFF if they finish the film in time for the festival. I bought a TIFF Flex 10 Pack this yet. So, those films . I had a feeling that TIFF would program something ‘Canadian’ to open the 40th TIFF. So, Jean-Marc Vallée’s film, Demolition, just seemed perfect. I am hoping to see this film, Ridley Scott’s The Martian (starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain) and possibly Atom Egoyan’s Remember (starring Christopher Plummer), Spotlight (starring Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo), Freeheld (starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page) and Room (starring Brie Larson). Of course, I cannot use all my Flex Pack on these films as I am hoping other films will be at the festival too. Check out the trailers for some of the films I have mentioned below:
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My Summer Plans

As July slowly comes to an end, I realized that I still have a lot of summer plans I need to figure out for next month. I started July very busy seeing 27 shows during Toronto Fringe Festival, day trip to Niagara for Shaw Festival, Panamania shows and events and TIFF In The Park. I never been so busy before till the point my feet were tired from walking. I blame the Toronto heat.

One of the reasons I love Toronto is that there is so many events happening during the summer. Luckily, as of right now, August does not seem to be that busy for me but there is still plenty of stuff happening in the city then. Here is a list of events and trips I am hoping to attend and go to.
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Two Years in Toronto

On Sunday, it was officially my two years in Toronto. I hung out with my friend Janet and we watched Inside Out. I didn’t exactly celebrate but I thought Inside Out would be the perfect movie to watch. I’ve been excited to see this movie ever since the first trailer and reviews started to come out.

Since moving to Toronto, there still has been the constant doubts if I made the right decision, being homesick and just a lot of days where I feel like an emotional mess. No, I don’t need help. I am just a 27 year old woman that just had to grow up and make decisions that I didn’t think I would need to make until later. Yes, I am living in Toronto for only 2 years with a few friends and my family and everyone I know are back home in Vancouver! I’m a woman. So, yes I am already more emotional than usual but there is nothing wrong with that! Let’s hope for more years in Toronto or who knows maybe I will move to New York soon. Cheers with bubble tea. (I didn’t manage to get any alcohol that day).
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Upcoming Event: 36th Annual Dora Mayor Moore Awards

36th Annual Dora Mayor Moore Awards kicks off today at Harbourfront Centre. Since I have been living in Toronto for only two years, I have yet to attend the awards. I am excited to be attending this year. Earlier this month, I attended the press conference for the awards and was excited to see how many shows I have seen get nominated or knew of. I knew in advance that some shows I had saw this year wouldn’t be illegible for the awards. So, I had time to process that those certain shows wouldn’t get nominated. I am looking forward to see what shows will win. Below are the nominated shows I have seen (by company):

Canadian Opera Company
The Barber of Seville
Bluebeard’s Castle/ Erwartung
Die Walküre

Canadian Rep Theatre
How Do I Love Thee?

Buddies In Bad Times
Tom At The Farm
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My ‘Pre Birthday’ Trip Back Home to Vancouver

Wow! I haven’t blogged in a while. If you have been keeping up with me on social media especially on Twitter, you know I am constantly going out! I recently went back home for less than a week near the end of May. I wanted to not only go back home sooner but May felt like a decent time as flights wouldn’t be as expensive and it was also an excuse to be back home to celebrate my birthday with friends and family. Most of my trip was to mainly spend time with family and to meet up with my friends especially ones who I haven’t seen in a while.

Every time I go home now, I always get asked if I would consider moving back to Vancouver or if I’m planning on staying in Toronto permanently. I have only been living in Toronto for almost 2 years now (later this month, it will officially be 2 years!). I really don’t know. I just know I do a lot in Toronto and I am always able to keep myself busy (going to events, screenings etc) than I would be able to do back home in Vancouver. I still see Vancouver as home and even during my trip back, I just saw it as a quick trip home to relax and catch up. As of right now, I still don’t see myself moving back to Vancouver. We shall see!
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