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PHOTO: Gladstone Hotel

On Tuesday, July 26 (that would be today) Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel will host a fundraiser for an art instillation called THE HAPPINESS PROJECT: IN THE HOUSE.

The instillation is an extension of the music album The Happiness Project by Charles Spearin who plays for the famed indie collective Broken Social Scene.

Interested in learning about people’s definition of ‘happiness’ Charles interviewed his neighbours and then took their spoken words and wrote music to accompany their responses. The resulting compositions are moving, insightful, inspirational and they eared a Juno music award.

For The Happiness Project: In the House local artists are enlisted to interpret songs from the album and are challenged to weave their own experience of the songs, as well as their own definition of happiness, into the works.

Each artists’ installation becomes a unique expression which also includes an interactive element.

The exhibit has already been hosted in Montreal and Kingston to critical acclaim.

The Happiness Project : In the House presented by Artist Bloc and Apple Crisp Festival in Kingston, Canada in March of 2010.

The Happiness Project at POP Montreal

It will make its Toronto debut on October 1st, 2011 as part of Scotiabank‘s Nuit Blanche.

The project is curated by Artist Bloc, a Toronto artists collective which was co-founded by Agi Gutkowska.

With their Gladstone Hotel fundraiser, Artist Bloc is aiming to raise funds for the Toronto exhibition and promises that the night will be filled with live music by bands and DJs.

More information is available on the Artist Bloc website.


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Ontario Minister of Revenue Sophia Aggelonitis and Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller with members of YouNxt and the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce.

Recently YouNxt along with the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Garden Reception in the beautiful garden of the Polish Consulate in Toronto. The location overlooks the city skyline from across Lake Ontario and is really one of the most magnificent Consular spots in the country. If you’ve never visited the Consulate, we highly recommend it.

Toronto skyline as seen from the garden of the Polish Consulate

With Chopin’s music providing the soundtrack nearly one hundred business leaders, entrepreneurs and young professionals mixed and mingled to make some fruitful connections.

We were also very fortunate to be joined by some very distinguished guests and speakers including Ontario Minister of Revenue, the Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller, Senior Trade Commissioner of the Republic of Poland Wlodzimierz Leszczynski, the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto Christian Frayssignes and “Canada’s Sales Coach” Tom Stoyan.

On hand was also Vice-Consul Wojciech Dziegiel to pass along greetings from our host the Consul General Marek Ciesielczuk.

Minister Sophia Aggelonitis

Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller

Vice-Consul Wojciech Dziegiel

"Canada's Sales Coach" Tom Stoyan

Director of YouNxt Filip Terlecki

The aim of the Garden Reception is to provide business leaders and young professionals with the opportunity to meet and hear from Government Officials and to network with leaders and entrepreneurs from various industries. The event always attracts a diverse professional crowd including those breaking ground in social media, business and arts & culture.

Many thanks to Peter Calak from the Gravity Bureau for snapping the great photos. And, most importantly, thanks to you for delighting us with your presence.

The Gravity Bureau Inc. crew

Greetings from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty

Greeting from Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak

If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend but would like to next year, please drop us an email at younxt@gmail.com in order to find out how you can be part of the event.

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Last night YouNxt along with Ekran hosted a reception in honour of the Polish films at this year’s Hot Docs (the Canadian International Documentary Festival)

The event took place at the posh Kultura restaurant in downtown Toronto.

On hand was Warsaw based Director Pawel Kloc of the much talked about Phnom Penh Lullaby as well as Toronto based filmmakers Natalia Kantor and Rafal Sokolowski.

A big thank you goes out to our sponsors:

Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce

Fregata Restaurant

Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival

And to Kultura for hosting us.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the photos. Thanks to Peter Calak from GravityBureau.com and Martin Terlecki for snapping these.

(FYI – both Polish feature docs still have showings so if you haven’t already make sure to check them out. Screening info is available here.)

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CONGRATS to Basia Bulat for being selected as the supporting act for Arcade Fire’s first gig in Warsaw!

The concert will take place on Friday, June 24th at Torwar Arena in Warsaw. Tickets can be purchased on Arcade Fire’s website . 

Arcade Fire stunned the music world a few months ago when they beat all odds to win Album of the Year at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards.

Basia was recently nominated for a Juno Award in the “Best New Artist” category. Previously she was nominated for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize – Canada’s equivalent of the highly regarded UK Mercury Music Prize.

Basia’s Polish-Canadian roots make her the perfect fit to accompany Montreal based Arcade Fire in Poland. And it should be one trully magical night.

Arcade Fire is known for their high energy concerts and Basia’s passion for music will offer the perfect accent.

Here is what you can expect…

Also, check out this amazing version of “Wake Up” from the Glastonbury festival…

And here’s Basia’s video for “In the Night.”

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At 870 feet tall, it is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.

Opened in February of 2011, New York by Gehry (originally known as Beekman Tower) is a 76-story skyscraper designed by Canadian born architect Frank Gehry.

Gehry, who hails from Polish Jewish ancestry, was recently selected by a panel of architectural experts brought together by Vanity Fair as “the most important architect of our age.”

Located at 8 Spruce St. in Lower Manhattan the sparkling stainless steel skyscraper contains 903 luxury residential units. The first five floors of the building are home to an elementary school attended by 600 children.

The building is a breathtaking addition to the Manhattan skyline. Its exterior facade looks like it is being blown by the wind.

Although Frank Gehry created the outside, he was not responsible for the interior design. Nevertheless, it’s still worthwhile to have a look.

The interiors are sleek, simple and warm.

Ladies and Gentleman…New York by Frank Gehry.

What do you think?

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Co-Host/Reporter Anna Piszczkiewicz

If you watch Polish television on Canada’s OMNI channel then you’re already familiar with Anna Piszczkiewicz. She is the dynamic Co-Host and Reporter for the Polish-language arts and culture program Na Luzie (Laid Back). Ever week Anna brings viewers, across the country, interesting stories relating to community events as well as the people behind them. With a knack for staying on top of the cultural beat she profiles rising local artists, filmmakers and musicians.

We love her work and admire her great dedication.

And now, here’s the inside scoop into the professional life of…

Anna Piszczkiewicz

Education: Ryerson University

Profession: Broadcaster

Location: Toronto

Why did you choose to work in broadcasting? I came into broadcasting as a teenager, out of curiosity. And fell in love with it. It may sound sappy but it’s true.

What are you currently studying in school? I’m completing my masters in journalism at Ryerson.

How do you manage to balance work and school? I drink a lot of coffee. Preferably with a friend with whom I can go on and on about the inane but oh-so-important stuff. Also: a good breakfast, dancing in the kitchen and a daily to-do list.

What direction would you like your career to go in? I’m always open to new opportunities but long form journalism is the Holy Grail.

What are you working on now? I’m co-host/reporter for the Polish-language arts and culture program Na Luzie at OMNI TV.

What drives you in your work? Telling a good story.

What’s the most exciting thing about working on the show? Always meeting new people who are pursuing something they’re passionate about. It’s a privilege to get access to their lives and exciting to share what I’ve learned with the audience.

My interviews are on arts and culture so they aren’t necessarily things you need to know but ideas about living that, I hope, both inform and inspire.

What are your future plans? (not necessarily work related) I have never regretted spending money on travel so I’m always looking to remedy my wanderlust.

Who were your mentors growing up/who are your mentors now? I’ve always been fascinated by director Krzysztof Kieslowski — traditional cinema that’s innovative all at once. I read in an interview that he left documentary work behind for feature films, in part, because the closer he tried to get to someone, he drove that someone away. Perfectly natural, of course. The most sincere moment he was after disappeared as soon as the camera turned on. It’s idealistic, but I’m chasing after capturing that moment.

Do you have a motto that you live/work by? The Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is a good principle to keep in mind at work and play.

What was the best career advice you’ve ever received? It’s often not the best writers that become successful at their craft but the ones that don’t give up and keep at it. My university writing prof said some version of that to a class. The sentiment still rings true.

What little things in life do you enjoy the most? A good cup of coffee, a game of Scrabble as well as wild blueberries, sour cream and sugar mashed together.

Favourite TV Show: How about a small sampling? I feed my vampire craze with: True Blood. Laugh with: How I Met Your Mother. Dream with: Departures. Admire from across the pond: Top Gear.

Favourite Band or Musical Performer: A few that have been getting regular play recently: KT Tunstall, Hey, Hybrid, incarNations, and Paula i Karol.

What does being Polish mean to you? Having a double identity but not the fancy spy kind. It’s more about being on the outside looking in. Knowing the culture without necessarily living it in (we left when I was three and a half). It’s a fascinating place to be.

Why are your Polish roots important to you? They mean a different worldview, a set of priorities and I can read some fantastic literature in its original language.

Warszawa or Krakow? Someone once said that the best place in Warszawa is the train headed to Krakow. I kid 😉 I choose Krakow. It’s my hometown.

Website or Contact: I’m @katania on Twitter. This is where non-serious stuff goes like me sharing that I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. (Like you can’t relate).

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Ania Boniecka in March 2011 issue of Flare magazine

Congrats to Ania Boniecka for being featured in the latest (March) issue of Flare magazine.

Ania.B as she is know in the blogosphere is a Calgary based model, stylist, fashion blogger and…accountant (who says tax time has to be bland and boring?).

Courtesy Ania Boniecka

Ania B in Le Petit Petit Blog

Courtesy Ania Boniecka

Ania runs the popular blog Ania.B and as we speak she is in the centre of the North American fashion universe to take part in the NYFW Fashion Blogger Conference.  

You can follow her adventures on her blog or via twitter.

Congrats Ania! Have a blast in the Big Apple.

NYFW Fashion Blogger Conference

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