Arts/Culture Category

Over the past few years, there has been a growing number of sustainable denim brands on the market, including Levi’s Eco, REUSE, Good Society, Loomstate Organic and the now (sadly) defunct Del Forte Denim. Traditionally speaking (if you can call it that after only a few years), what makes denim sustainable is the use of 100 percent organic cotton and plant-based indigo dyes. Some brands use recycled denim and Del Forte had a great recycling program where they would take your old jeans and recycle them into new ones. AnotherRead More
The subject tonight is Love And for tomorrow night as well. As a matter of fact, I know of no better topic For us to discuss Until we all Die! – Hafiz of Shiraz The poem above does not refer to any tame notion of sweet romantic love or light-hearted companionship. The love Hafiz is talking about is the underlying life force of the universe. This is the love which shines when the ego is diminished. This is the love which gives courage and grace to all things. In thisRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Film

Film: “Going the Distance”, by Emmanuel Lopez

During the summer of 2010 when I was moving for the second time in just 3 months, I was seeing Drew Barrymore’s new movie poster all over Toronto. I loved this poster because of the affectionate, fun image of the couple. I later discovered that Drew was in a relationship with her co-star Justin Long when they filmed this movie. Their real affection showed on the poster. When I finally saw her movie Going the Distance, I was happy to see that their real-life chemistry was also captured in theRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Music

Music: Celebrating Love, by Rishi Gerald

Love is likely one of the greatest inspirations for musical artists, so when I was asked to write this month’s column on love, I too felt inspired. Here are a few of my favourite love songs categorized into love of the divine, innocent love, love for life, friendship love, relationship love and, to honour St. Valentine, romantic love. Love Of The Divine George Harrison was a Krishna devotee who wrote many love songs in his career; one of my all-time favourites is the commercial pop song that celebrates a longingRead More
Canada’s sustainable fashion growth is a healthy sign of the times. With easily more than 50 Canadian designers now working various sustainable practices into their collections, it was difficult to highlight just these five. Canada has seen tremendous growth in the number of eco fashion designers over the past few years. The following designers represent both those who have been leading the movement in Canada, and also some up-and-comers that you should be watching. Their winter collections are sure to impress even the most discerning. Nicole Bridger, Vancouver Nicole was theRead More
In January, the fast pace, bright lights, luxurious meals and energetic parties associated with the holidays and New Year’s Eve give way to simpler, quieter days – still with early nightfall and (at least in Canada) freezing cold. The warmth of summer can feel a long way away. As we do our best in this time to focus on our goal, or on some new resolutions, we may be in need of some regular nourishment for our spirits. It is good to do something every day that brings joy, quietsRead More
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” Eat Pray Love (2010) I found Eat Pray Love to be one of the most powerful movies I saw in 2010. In fact, at the end and throughout the entire credits I couldn’t stop crying. I was deeply affected because there were so many parallels in the story with my own life transitions at the time. The foundations of my home and my direction in life and career had been shaken up just like the heroine named Liz. In herRead More
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Inception (2010) I believe based on my experience that what I want already exists. I just have to focus on it. Proof of this came on the opening night screening of Inception. A friend and I chose to see the movie at a theatre outside of Toronto, so we left by car 90 minutes before the film start time. Unfortunately it was rush hour with multiple road repairs and a public event causing the traffic we were in. Every directionRead More
Fashion Takes Action, the company founded by our Fashion columnist Kelly Drennan (who recently won TreeHugger’s “Best of Green” Best Style Twitter Feed), has launched a new initiative called Resizing Fashion’s Footprint. Fashion Takes Action has said, “Our ultimate vision is to see the fashion industry transformed – with the practices of sustainability stitched in to every garment, shoe, and accessory, from fiber to finish. We encourage our members to be active players in this transformation by supporting them with the tools, ideas, and community they need to create prosperityRead More
2011 has been a year of incredible friction. We are nearing a global economic recession and the immediate future may not seem promising. People have lost hope, and anger seems to be on the rise. We have also seen 2011 as a year of incredible uprising, hope and transformation. The Syrian youth want change and have used the Internet to interconnect and speak in a united voice. But it isn’t just the Syrian youth who are marching for equality and freedom. Millions of people in the so-called developed countries areRead More