Tasnia Nasar


4 Steps To A Respectful Halloween

Some may call it the most wonderful time of year. Who wouldn’t? Dressing up in costumes so theatrical that no one recognizes you seems like an excellent excuse to eat your child’s Trick-or-Treat candy. That too, without judgment – or being caught.

However, it seems that in the midst of attempting to win the prize for best costume,   enthusiasts are oftentimes seen as unintentionally – we hope – engaging in cultural appropriation. What you may see as an accurate portrayal of a Native American or Aboriginal attire is seen as racist and insensitive to someone else.

Well fear not gremlins*, we are here to help!  Before picking out your costume, take these steps to ensure you have a blast without offending anyone. Already have your costume picked out? Make sure you take a peek anyways! It’s better to go as a sexy cat than “Mizz Ghetto Fabulous,” amirite?

Good luck!

Step 1: Do your research. 

You may think that Geisha costume looks hot on you, but do you even know what a Geisha is? The cultural significance behind every country’s attire is not something that can be picked up and replicated over night. Whether it’s as simple as a dreadlocks wig or as grand as a Bollywood dream costume, knowing what is cultural appropriation and what is not can help you make the right decision when choosing an outfit for the night. Afterall, buying a $50 costume that inaccurately appropriates a culture is just a waste of money. Take off the ‘sari’ and put a cape on. Superwoman is so much more empowering. And can’t be worn wrong.

Step 2: Question what is sexy 

As body positive as we’d like you all to be, there are certain boundaries on what can be considered sexy. If you want to channel your inner Britney and be a sexy school girl, you be it! Just make sure it makes sense.  Therefore, suddenly deciding to don a niquab on Halloween after thousands of women are scrutinized for it on a daily basis  may seem a little insensitive. Remember, it’s not a costume, it’s a religious practice. And let’s face it, you can’t wear a little black dress and call it a burqa. Now you’re just wearing a LBD with a veil. The same concept can be applied to other costumes; Sexy Native Girl, Scottie Hottie, or anything that deals with cultural practices in a promiscuous matter. By choosing a Halloween costume that promotes diversity and tolerance (think: pumpkin), you can make a difference in the cultural awareness movement!


Step 3: Look beyond culture 

Now that you have educated yourself on cultural appropriation and the importance of avoiding cultural costumes, let’s look at another big issue; race. Unfortunately, the most popular costume this year has been Kanye West – shutter glasses… and blackface. Although wearing foundation 10 shades darker than your natural skin tone was probably done with the intention to be an accurate version of Kanye West; if you’re not black, you shouldn’t pretend to be black. It’s offensive. And those Caitlyn Jenner costumes? Sorry, but no. The LGBT community and visible minorities have continued to fight in an ongoing battle for freedom from all types of stereotypes and prejudices. Therefore, the best thing to do is avoid representing them in the scariest night of the year. Because the only thing scary about you donning a black face is your lack of education. Ouch.

Step 4:  Educate others 

Congratulations for taking the time in seeking knowledge on how to have a respectful Halloween. However, the last step can prove to be the toughest. It is now time to embark on your journey through the night and educate others on a culturally aware and socially inclusive holiday. Teach others the meaning of cultural appropriation and discuss why their costume should be considered offensive. Change can only come through educating others.  Remember the true meaning of Halloween: candy.

Don’t forget to have fun! Happy Halloween! 🙂



Gingger Shankar’s Nari premiers at TIFF

Gingger Shankar is a singer, violist, and composer. She comes from a musical family and has toured the globe for a long time. With a couple of film scores already under her belt, fans can now look forward to Shankar’s own project, Nari, which celebrated its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film captures the story about the singer’s mom and grandma and their involvement with the huge Indian music explosion into the West in the 1960’s and 1970’s with George Harrison and Ravi Shankar.

When and why did you decide to be a singer?

I grew up with music my whole life. I can’t even tell you when it started. I just remember being around a lot of concerts, being around musicians and rehearsals. I think it was sort of natural that I became a musician. I don’t think I could’ve been anything else.

You’re the only woman in the world that plays double violin! What sparked your interest in learning how to play it?

The double violin is an instrument that covers the whole orchestra range. It covers the piano, viola, bass, and cello. The reason I wanted to play it was because I travel to a lot of music festivals travelling and with a violin, viola, and trying to take everything was really difficult. I wanted one instrument that covered the whole range. The double violin did this and it’s amazing because it has a very unique sound to it and it covers the whole orchestra range. I’ve been playing it for over 10 years. It’s a great instrument to sort of use for live performances and my film scores.

Tell me about Nari.

It’s a short film documentary and performance piece. So altogether, it’s a multimedia piece. My grandmother passed away a couple of years ago. And she gave me these scrapbooks. I knew [my mom and grandma] were part of the music scene at that time but I didn’t know how much. Once I knew they were on every record cover, and they recorded music, conducted orchestras, sang, and travelled, I knew there was a story to be told, especially as women. I think sometimes women get overshadowed by the men so it was important for me to tell their story.

Shankar’s grandmother and mother; Lakshmi and Viji Shankar.

What was your thought process during the making of this project?

I was talking to my partner during this project, Dave Liang. He’s from the Shanghai Restoration Project. We had worked on another project before. I was telling him about these scrapbooks and he immediately looked at me and said “You have to do something with them!” We started on this journey together and then we brought on our artistic director, Yunfan Sun, who took these beautiful photographs and started animating them. It really started from the music, though. We had these recordings of my mother which had never been released and they were so beautiful. We started remixing them and building a whole new record out of them. It was from this that the whole project sort of came about.

How was the experience of bringing Indian influences into Western culture?

It’s basically North and South Indian culture. We were really lucky because we had talked to Cameron Bailey about this project, as well as Nobu Adilman. He completely got the music and knew what it was about. There’s also a very large population of South Indians in Toronto so we were welcome with open arms. It was very exciting.

Who are your musical inspirations?

My mother is probably my biggest musical inspiration. I also listen to a lot of Indian and Western music. I love Madonna as much as I love a classical Indian artist.

Any upcoming projects for your fans to look forward to?

Yeah! I’m currently working on my own eclectic pop record called Beautiful Imperfections. We’re starting to do a lot of shows on that and it will be released early next year.

Follow her on Twitter @GinggerShankar!

The Only Recipe You’ll Need This Thanksgiving

Let’s face it, the only reason to celebrate Thanksgiving is so we can much on guiltless calories of cinnamon and pumpkin and a lot of spice. This recipe has everything that you need and more. Just don’t forget to spend time with your family while you’re sneaking seconds at your kitchen table!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened (use brick-style, lite okay)
1 large egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

about 2 cups small dices apples (from about 2 med apples, peeled and cored; I used 1 Fuji and 1 Gala)
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned-whole rolled oats (not quick-cook or instant)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 of 1 stick), softened

1/2 cup+ (salted) caramel sauce, for drizzling (homemade salted caramel), or storebought; use a thick caramel sauce and not thin, runny ice cream sundae topping)
ice cream, optional for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang and spray with cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Crust – In a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, and cut in the butter with two forks. Keep working until mixture is combined and pea-sized crumbly bits are present.
  3. Turn mixture out into prepared pan, hard-packing it with your fingertips in an even, smooth, flat layer to form a crust. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or just until set (set a timer). Remove from oven; set aside. While crust bakes, prepare the remaining layers.
  4. Cheesecake – In a large bowl (same one used for crust is okay, just wipe with a paper towel), add all ingredients and beat with a hand mixer (or whisk vigorously by hand) until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes on high power; set aside.
  5. Apples – Peel, core, and dice apples and place in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and toss well to combine; set aside.
  6. Crumble – In a medium bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, oats, and cut in the butter with two forks. Keep working until mixture is combined and pea-sized crumbly bits are present. If necessary, add an extra tablespoon or two of flour or oats for preferred consistency if mixture is loose.
  7. After removing pan with the crust layer from the oven, pour cheesecake mixture over the crust, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  8. Lightly and evenly sprinkle the apples.
  9. Evenly sprinkle with the crumble mixture. It looks like a lot, but it sinks some while baking.
  10. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes (I baked 48 minutes), or until crumble topping is just set and very lightly golden browned. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes.
  11. Caramel – After 30 minutes, evenly drizzle with (salted) caramel sauce. Allow bars to cool, in pan, on wire rack for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Cover with foil if cooling overnight. Don’t slice bars too early because you’ll have a literal hot mess and bars will likely fall apart. Prior to slicing, lift bars out using foil overhang, slice, and serve. Bars will keep airtight at room temp for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Optionally serve with ice cream.

Recipe from: Pinterest


The Intern: A Review

What do you get when a millennial hires a baby boomer as her intern? The feel good comedy film of the year.

Anne Hathaway shines as a stylish and successful business woman alongside Robert Di Nero, who is so natural in his role, you’ll forget he’s acting. Whether their poking fun at Generation Y’s deteriorating fashion sense or the fact that Generation X still have love lives, The Intern has something for everyone. The generation gap was strongly depicted and the message was plain and simple;  women have the ability to have a career and control a family at the same time just as retired people have the ability to be successful in the tech world.

The women empowerment agenda in this film was shown from the beginning. Jules Ostin (Hathaway) is a boss that has is not like any other. While she’s rather absent from her family life, her significant other seems to have full control over it. The challenges of working women is still alive and strong, and Hathaway gives a solid performance on behalf of them. More commendable is Meyer’s attempt to bring forth ”menimist” issues. The concept of ”a house husband” was addressed and the fact that men need to start being called men and not ”boys.” Yes, Meyer, yes!

The film is a quick one, and not too much thinking is involved. But beware audiences, this is definitely a hipster film. Briefcases are shown as stylish and the boss riding her bike around the office is seen as cool. Also, shout out to the South Asian character who had dialogue for 30 seconds in the film as well as an addition 30 seconds of screen time. Progress!

Nancy Meyer’s effort to end the stigma that women can’t be workaholics have to be applauded. But there were definitely some flaws. The film wastes a lot of time around Di Nero’s character trying to find a place in the office under is ”senior internship program”, pretty much diminishing the point of his retirement. Go do some charity work! Still, Hathaway and De Niro have some real chemistry, and by the end of the film, they have developed something you rarely see represented in films: a male-female friendship that’s raw and authentic – and doesn’t involve sex.

So sit back and relax, The Intern is a film you’ll definitely want to watch again.

Rating: 8.5/10

Medically Underweight Model ‘Too Fat’ For The Industry

Everyone has insecurities about their bodies. Whether you think your nose is too big for your face, your stomach is not flat enough, your breasts aren’t large enough, there is always something to complain about when it comes to our bodies. However, unlike models, we aren’t under the scrutiny of other people around us. When 19-year-old model Agnes Hedengård made headlines after posting a video to YouTube in which she called out the industry’s body standards, the internet got to see how unattainable the standards of the model industry are.

As she stood in front of the mirror in her underwear, scrutinizing her body, Angnes reminded us a lot of ourselves. The Swedish aspiring model talked about being rejected by almost every major modeling agency because of the way she looked. Any average person will look at the video and notice the same thing; a thin, beautiful woman. Agnes is 5’11” and has a BMI of 17.5 – the lower limit of the NHS standard of healthy is 18.5. “I don’t get any more jobs since the industry thinks I’m too big,” she explains in the video, “they think my butt is too big, and they think my hips are too wide. According to the modeling industry, you cannot look like this. You need to be thinner.”


The video went viral. Her decision to post the video garnered even more scrutiny from internet viewers. Whether it was comments saying how beautiful she was, how empowered viewers felt after watching her the video, their disgust with the industry, and of course, comments from trolls from who insisted her lack of employment wasn’t only due to the fact that she was fat, but because she was ugly too.

Agnes has what many women crave for; a thigh gap, a flat stomach, and long legs. However, this video just goes to show that despite the seemingly diverse aspects that the modeling industry claims to have improved, there still is a lot that needs to get done. While we wait for those changes to happen, we hope that more people like Agnes shed light on the issues in the modelling industry and the challenges women face regarding their bodies on a daily basis.

Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!


Muffin Top: A Love Story (2014)

What problems can a rich, blonde university professor residing in Malibu possibly have in her life? A lot, as Suzanne Nicholson depicted in this romantic comedy, directed by and starring; Cathryn Michon. She plays a Women’s Studies Pop Culture professor whose marriage falls apart after she fails to conceive a child. With hormone pills adding to her insecurities and body image issues, Suzanne embarks on a journey to find herself again, through thick and thin. (Literally)

The purpose behind the film was clear. A female empowering story with a reminder of ”loving yourself.” Every feminists dream, isn’t it? As Suzanne demonstrated the stress of having a muffin top, a failed marriage, and a renewed sex life, many emotions come to mind. First of all, there’s nothing like the unstable feeling of your guts overflowing out of your jeans. Wearing spanx and temporary breasts implants may seem sexy on the outside, but can cause for some embarrassing moments during late night romancing. The story will hit close to home for most women, however, it does prove to be lengthy. From a complicated love triangle to not-so-subtle messages about feminism, its a lot of information to take in under 2 hours.

The characters lacked depth. It was difficult to feel anything, despite the Michon’s attempt of getting us to ”love ourselves.” Suzanne’s husband, who so wrongly left her for a thinner, conceivable woman, was in the film for a total of 10 minutes, leaving no chance for audiences to gather the same hatred and loathing that was seen by Suzanne herself. Her various flings that took place after her split were awkward and lacked the chemistry required to effectively demonstrate her ‘sexual re-awakening.’

As for Suzzanne herself? Ugh. Girl, can she whine! Whether she’s digging in her bags for M&M’s, telling her BFF about her latest life problems, or sulking about a husband who isn’t worth the time, Suzanne was the stereotypical female that all feminists are striving to break away from. And for a female empowering film, having a more likable protagonist would have definitely sent a more transparent message. She went on to solve her problems with the help of liposuction and botox, which to the average audience – just makes her more unlikable.

Yes, it did create an interesting twist as to what feminism means to each and every individual. But it also glorified the concept of white feminism. You will notice, there are no significant characters involving women of colour in this film. It’s about problems white, rich people face and the solutions they bring from a white, rich people perspective. And with the scrutiny that white feminism is currently facing in society – this is definitely not a film that will advance the feminist movement.

Verdict: Catch Muffin Top: A Love Story on Netflix to educate yourself on the controversial subject of white feminism- just don’t expect to be moved. Great flick to have on while you’re completing that knitting project for fall, though.



When Should We Start Work?

Monday morning or not, it’s difficult to make it into the office by 9:00 am everyday. The process of showering, making breakfast, feeding your children and the dog, all while squeezing in (or at least thinking about) an intense work out can be tough on anyone.

After the morning routine, it only makes sense to be a little winded when walking into the office at such a seemingly awful hour. Don’t let it get to you though. There’s science to back up the reason as to why you feel so tired.

An Oxford University researcher claims that starting work before 10 a.m. are ‘torture’ and a ‘serious threat’ to your physical and mental health.

Dr. Paul Kelley’s study says that before age 55, our bodies are attuned to sunlight and circadian rhythms, and we can’t be trained by routine.

The cure? Dr. Kelley recommends a start time for high school students of 10 a.m. and university students of 11 a.m. Any earlier, he says, and grades and productivity will suffer. And knowing the sleeping patterns and addictive social media habits of Generation Y, that’s definitely not a bad idea.

At a school where Dr. Kelley was headmaster, he shifted the start time to 10 a.m. and found that the top grades at the school rose by 19 per cent that year.

In the meantime, Dr. Kelley also recommends getting some sleep! There does not need need to be a study to remind us that sleep deprivation takes its toll on our bodies. Turn off your phones, switch off the lights, and get some shut eye. Einstein slept 10 hours/night and napped, too!

What sort of work hours do you hope for? Let us know in the comments below!


Still Alice (2014) : A Review

Julianne Moore plays Alice Howland in a moving performance as a happily married linguistics professor with three beautiful, grown children. Respected and successful, Alice finds her life in shambles when she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, forcing her and her family to find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her journey through her quickly deteriorating memory is both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Still Alice is the perfect film for a rainy day in without the sappiness of a Nicolas Spark’s movie. But don’t tune in looking for tips of how to deal with Alzheimer’s patients. Julianne Moore may have bagged an Academy Award for her performance, but the story is a little too Hollywood to be real.The plot twist begins as Alice stumbles over the a word, which as a linguistics professor – is bound to cause some panic. Moore’s performance demonstrates the battle of dementia and the attack it has on her intelligence and independence- in the most Julianne Moore’s way possible.

Even with her inability to remember her daughters’ names, the location of her phone, or where the bathroom is, she always seems to have her loving, patient husband (Alec Baldwin) by her side at all times. Whether he’s taking her out for ice-cream, going for morning runs, or comforting her during late night panic attacks – he never seems to lose his patience. He’s the Prince Charming for any Alzheimer’s patience.

The only family problem she seems to have is her daughter’s (Kristen Stewart) decision to skip college to become a struggling actress. Meanwhile, Alice’s MacBook and iPhone are used to play memory games and puzzles while her two other beautiful children lead perfect lives. I mean, having twins – one boy and one girl – just seems too good to be true, right?

Visually, the film, shot on a lowish budget and with the look of a Lifetime Movie, is underwhelming. At times slow, other times too smooth to be about dementia, Still Alice falls a little flat and conventional given its subject matter and Moore’s searing performance. Rather lack luster, it’s predictable and ambiguous at the same time.

It’s Julianne Moore that steals the spotlight. She will have you at the edge of your seat at times, reminiscent of a psychological thriller. Other times, she will have you on the verge of tears, as you feel for her desire to have a that little extra time during the peak of her career.

Overall, this is the perfect film for a night in by yourself. There’s not much depth to the film as there is only one plot line – allowing you to tune in and out of the film. Besides, the actors and actresses are all very aesthetically pleasing.

Rating: 7/10

Coffee with a Councillor: Norm Kelly

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you’re not following Councillor Kelly on Twitter, you’re not following the right people. In the midst of all the wit, fun facts, and ”daddy” references you may see as you scroll down, sometimes, you’ll even see tweets from editors like me, who hopelessly want to get in on the action in a more in-depth way. And what you see, Councillor Kelly sees! So when he asked me to get in touch for an interview, I jumped (read: leaped) at the opportunity. Although there was no coffee involved, I did ask a range of serious, hard hitting questions. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your favourite thing about the6ix?

(I would say) the energy of the city. The city that I was born into was a very quiet, provincial town. Since the second world war, it has morphed into one of the great cities of the world. Multicultural, international in its interests, a good place in which to invest, raise a family, do business, and have fun. We’re the total package.

I think anyone who warped into a time machine from the early 40’s and 50’s would say that this place is unrecognizable. In a very short period of time, we have caught up in a pulse; the dynamic pulse of the city that was missing at that time but very impalpably present today.

You have a very large millennial following. Do you have any solid life advice you would like to give us?

I’ve tried not to give advice. What I’m doing more than anything else is sharing my view of life in the city. Many of my interests overlap with some of the things Millennials are into as well. Certain aspects of my humour are present in the Millennial Generation cohort. I’m pleased with that experience. But I don’t want to preach – your parents must do a lot of that in your life already.

Do you plan on using your influence to garner their interest and involvement in politics?

I think it’s got to flow naturally. One of the things that I’ve become aware of is that I’m a politician that has shown a very personal side. I (want to) show the multifaceted personality that politicians can have and that makes them more relatable than the otherwise traditional medium where the issues are serious and the responses are as well.

How can others get their Twitter terminology ‘on fleek’ like you have?

The starting point for those looking to get on Twitter or already using it – if you’re not using it as a diary or as an extension of your political, social, and religious beliefs – is from the perspective of having fun. If there’s no fun involved, why are you doing it?

I understand you’re on the CNE Board of Directors. Have you been to the CNE this year this year?

I was down there (last week). My first walk down there is generally from a perspective from a member of the Board of Directors. My wife is with me while I engage in conversation with some of the people and get a sense of how the traffic is performing.

What calorie induced food should we indulge in while we’re there?

My stepson sent me a photograph of chicken on a stick with Frosted Flakes coating. My wife and I sought that out deliberately. We walked past all the others and, although it took us some time to find it, we devoured one.

It’s an interesting taste between the softness of the chicken and the dough (along with) the crispness and the crunchiness of the frosted flakes. It’s the sweetness that it brings to the palette. You ought to try it!

What are your plans when your terms as councilor is up?

A lot of people that I’ve started out with politics have retired. I can’t imagine retirement. But if I didn’t run for office or if I were defeated, I think (I’d take up) writing. My background is in history. (I’ve noticed that) Americans have a far more developed sense of history of themselves as Americans and the American experience. So it’s not unusual for politicians to write memoirs and save all their papers for later generations to read and use as an instrument of understanding. (It’s) not just of that person but the environment in which that person has accomplished, lived, and operated. So maybe (I’d like to) pen my reflections.

Is it your interest in writing that influences your good tweets? What it is exactly that goes behind your well constructed tweet?

Sometimes its spontaneous. Sometimes you labour over it. Like any writing, the shorter the tweet, the more concentrated the message — the better is it. The more reflective it is. There is a famous author who wrote a letter to a friend of his which he said “If I had more time, this letter would’ve been shorter.”

Sometimes it’s there, more spontaneous. Other times, its more reflective and (I think) about it. One of the most important things is I can say something, but I’m not sure if what you’ve said is what you’re hearing. So you sometimes you have to work on a tweet to make sure you’re conveying to the other person is what we want them to hear. And there’s a diversity out there; backgrounds, interests, attitudes. You’ve got to balance those things and hope that it’s a sharply defined and universally understood thought that you’re presenting to people.

How much time do you spend on social media?

I don’t know, that’s a good question. I was once asked by a student that (at City Hall) as part of a school visit ”What do you spend most of your time on?” I hadn’t thought of that previously. When I did, my reaction was reading.

The largest segment of my time is spent on reading. It could be reading the paper that crosses my desk, emails that come in from constituents, stuff that comes in from the bureaucracy here (City Hall), letting me know that that’s going to happen and this is going to happen, reading agendas, and reading books. I (also) read four newspapers every morning. So, reading takes up an enormous amount of my time.

While I’m not reading in order to find material to tweet out – it helps. So when I’m reading all that stuff I might think of something, jot it down, and come back to it later in the day. The Twitter verse can provide you with all sorts of information. They analyze the data in a way I could’ve never imagined. They cut, slice and dice the information in a whole bunch of ways. I try to send out a dozen tweets a day – sometimes less, sometimes more. But it’s hard to say, how much time, really.

Reading is something you spend most of your time on, but what do you like to do on your downtime?

There isn’t a lot of downtime. But if there is downtime, I like gardening. I enjoy planting stuff. Seeing it grow. Tending it.

Politicians who listen to rap music is not something you often hear. What sparked your interest in this genre?

I listen to a broad spectrum of music. I enjoy Hip- Hop and Rap from time to time just as I enjoy Classical, Pop, and Rock music. So my interests are very eclectic. With rap, the introduction was through Drake; the person himself. He’s been very successful. He’s universally known and admired. And I think he’s part of the brand that is Toronto, (especially) in this world of competing regions. Toronto’s fighting for people, money, investments with other cities around the world. Right now, there’s a historical rush from the country side, from small towns and villages, into urban regions. We have to compete for the best people and resources, and all the things that will keep these things not only alive, but growing in a positive way. And Drake is a part of that.

Like a lot of people, he didn’t leave his hometown. He brought his hometown with him. A lot of people view Toronto through him. He’s a part of that energy that I described earlier. So when Meek Mill threw a grenade at him, I was like “Hey, you’re not just attacking him, you’re attacking Toronto.” So I came to Drake’s defense and that opened up the doorway into the rap world. I (took this as an opportunity) to walk through and see what I can learn. I learned a lot of the Millennial Generation and about Rap Music and see what it brings to the city.

The IT guys are on the cutting edge of technology and rappers are on the cutting edge of creativity. You need that to keep the city rolling. We’ve grown dramatically since the Second World War. You should not take things for granted. “Don’t rest on your oars,” as the famous quote goes. You always have to keep working on it. Toronto, right now, is blessed with the people out there – in many fields – that are making a major contribution to the life of the city. I’m an observer of this. And I’m enjoying it! If I can, in any way contribute to that energy and to them in creating it, I would be very pleased with my life.

Who introduced you to Drake?

I’ve never met him. When I became, in essence, the De Facto Mayor of the city, in the last year of the Ford Administration, I became involved in a lot of issues and I met a lot of people. This included The Raptors. I helped to get their training facility at Exhibition Place and I became familiar with the executive of the basketball team. I met with some of the players as well. And Drake also did that. He essentially became the public face of The Raptors. So, I began to, because I like humour, use him in a number of my responses in situations as they developed. I know him I guess, as people know me – from a distance. But I trust that what I know is accurate.

What’s your favourite Drake album?

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Take Care

When can we expect a Drake and Councillor Kelly selfie?  

I don’t know; my office has talked with his office. There could be something in the near future. Couldn’t say anything more than that.

For all the skeptics out there, can you tell them once and for all, if you write your own tweets?

I do. But my approach isn’t me sitting in a room all by myself and using Twitter as a personal diary. “Here I am talking with so and so and afterwards I’m going to go to lunch.” There’s a big city out there with lots of things going on. So I’ve approached it in a certain way. I use a lot of visuals and photos. And I get help in going through that and photoshopping it. That’s not something I can do. I keep my eyes and ears open. I listen to what they say and how they say it. If I don’t know that much about a topic, I go and ask people about it.

How has Mayor John Tory, your colleagues, and family reacted to your fame?

A lot of this has developed in August. And August is downtime in City Hall. Mayor Tory, as he should be, is engaged with the city. He’s out of City Hall more than he is in it. So most of the Members of Council are somewhere else. I rarely see them. My grandchildren and great great neices and nephews, on the other hand, are all ”If you see Drake, can I come?” The older members of the family are sort of ho-hum about it.

What is your goal for your next Twitter milestone?

I don’t have goals. I didn’t set out to attract a large following. That wasn’t the purpose of tweeting. The purpose was to have fun and to say to people ”this is my perspective on life in the city.” I deliberately try to focus on the city itself. I think there is a statistic that says that the majority of the people living in Toronto are born elsewhere. And so, I’m at a unique position to show people what the city looked like, 30 years ago, 50 years ago. I (like to) use archived photos of the city and get them out there. A lot of people go ”holy smokes, have we ever changed?!” I want to give them a chance to see how quickly and dramatically we’ve changed. This is Toronto in all of its multifaceted glory. We’re blessed to live in one of the great countries and best cities in the world. If I can show my enthusiasm in this city, I’m delighted to that.

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WATCH: Taylor Swift and Lisa Kudrow Perform Smelly Cat

Oh, what we would give for a little Friends reunion. Just to see the gang sip coffee and listen to Pheobe Buffet sing Smelly Cat over and over and over again at Central Perk.

Half of our dreams came true yesterday when pop sensation, Taylor Swift, called Lisa Kudrow on stage during her 1989 tour in LA. That’s Lisa Kudrow, who played everyone’s favourite hippie – Pheobe Buffet.

As the tune blasted through the microphone into our nostalgic hearts, fans couldn’t help but forget about the other 5 friends, just for that one second.

Because all we care about right now if finding out whose feeding what this cat! Listen to the duet below:

It’s not your fault, folks. We cried a little too. Such feels. Swoon.