Fashion auction and charity brunch

Big-hearted stylistas should plan to be at the What If event this Sunday, a fundraiser brunch and fashion auction to benefit the Scarborough Women’s Centre (SAC) being held at the chic Manyat Couthouse Cafe at Hazelton Lanes (55 Hazelton, Yorkville). An impressive list of local designers including Comrags, Dagg and Stacey, Bustle, Jeremy Laing, Comrags Arthur Mendonca and many other swoon-worthy labels have donated ensembles to be auctioned off for this worthy non-profit resource for women in transition. Enjoy superb eats, live music as well as scoring some choice threads via both the live and silent auctions showcasing local talent — all while helping the SAC to assist women and their children in the process of becoming financially and emotionally independent.

The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at (416) 439-7111 or online at

For more information about SAC’s programs and initiatives, visit

Clothing Show

This Year the Clothing Show will be held at the Better Living Show on the CNE Grounds and it kicks off a day earlier (tomorrow) with a runway presentation spotlighting George Brown’s fashion graduates at 7 p.m., followed by a showcase of outfits by participating designers at 7:30 p.m. These runway events will be repeated on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.


Local fashionistas, club kids and vintage lovers can expect to find a solid mix of Toronto labels, plus deals from local shops and retro clothing dealers.

To preview the fashion offerings, visit Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door.

Spring bead fair

The Toronto Bead Society hosts its seasonal bead bonanza this Saturday (May 3) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the downtown YMCA (20 Grosvenor St., near College subway). Anyone one who loves jewellery — wearing it or making it — will enjoy perusing this diverse range of beads, supplies, how-to books and finished pieces as well as gorgeous handmade glass and ceramic beads created by local artisans. Admission is $5. Visit

Spring Thing Trunk Show

Whether you’re sniffing around for an unusual Mother’s Day gift or just a treat for yourself, those who dig do-it-yourself and quirky-cool goods made by local hands will want to scoot over to The Workroom (1340 Queen St. W.) between 12 and 5 p.m. this Sunday where the City of Craft is co-hosting this crafty sale. Featuring 18 local makers, the Spring Thing promises one of a kind jewellery pieces, buttons, tote bags, hand-bound books, cards, handspun yarns and more. Also noteworthy is the fact that Tealish has donated some inspired brews to keep shoppers refreshed during the sale.

Visit www.cityofcraft/2008/springthing

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