Everybody who’s anybody will be at a soiree ce soir that opens the King Street East Design District festival, KEDD, running this weekend. (Okay, well, I’ll be there – if I don’t fall asleep in my glass of Gerotol first. In fact, I have no idea who’s going — other than Alejandra Melo Cea, my lovely step-niece once removed by marriage.)
sure sounds good. Over two days, 14 retailers, including
Alexander Interiors & Design, BoConcept, Studio B, Kiosk, Klaus (from whence came the pic of the wonderful desk above, by Castor), Upcountry, Cambria,
Modern Weave, Sub-Zero/Wolf and Andrew Richards Designs, will mount special in-store
events for design hounds. If you go, you can tell the participating retailers by the banners and red carpets.This is the first year of the event, so they need support.
To get in - and to get a chance at give-aways - you have to buy a passport for $10. It goes to Habitat for Humanity Toronto, run by the always-dashing Neil Hetherington, who is sure to be at the kick off. Go online for tickets or buy them from a retailer.
If I do go, I'll be easily recognizable. I'll be the one wearing the “Neil for Mayor” t-shirt.
So - as weekend plans go, how does this sound? See great design, possibly win some cool stuff and wander downtown
during what promises to be fine weather. What else could you ask for? Other than a functioning, democratic local government, that is. And a good, affordable hairdresser.
If it all gets too much, you can deak into a local bar with a friend. Have a drink or two. You’ll be reminded that Toronto still does have its charms. And if you see Neil down there on the weekend, ask him for me again if he's ever thought about running for Mayor?