For news re: what's up in T.O.'s East-End, including Leslieville, visit

For those who want to be in the loop re: crafty happenings of note in Toronto, make sure to visit Toronto Craft Alert:
toronto craft alert

Frugal Fashionista,
N-R's weekly style column in Metro
Toronto's free alternative weekly (arts, politics, food & more)
A daily injection of tips re: fashion, beauty, lifestyle notables with a T.O. slant
A cool urbanite guide to what's worth doing/seeing in Toronto

Stylistas will appreciate the dispatches and updates from Toronto Street Fashion - a great resource for what's happening & coming up soon

Phenomenal Eats & Afternoon Tea
The Red Tea Box
(696 Queen St. West, 416-203-8882)
*closed on Tuesdays

Try the Mad-Hatter's Bento Box with an iced Chai - yum!

Best Wallet-Friendly Vintage Clothing Shop
Vintage Bride
(587 Markham Street, near Honest Ed's in the Annex, 416-530-0025)

This is THE top T.O. source for affordable and truly lovely vintage dresses, jackets and accessories (tons of merch priced under $30!).

Orgasm-inducing Cupcakes
The Cupcake Shoppe
(2417 Yonge St., N. of Eglinton, 416-322-6648)

N-R's fave: The "Yonge & Eligible" (golden butter cake & vanilla-cream icing)

Known for it's impressive selection of gourmet blends, unusual tea accessories and its British treats (think: Thornton's toffee!), Pippins Tea is a favourite Beaches area stop. Expect a warm welcome from owner Barb Snow and definitely try the topselling Creamed Earl Grey - yum.

Open 7 days a week at 2106 Queen St. East
Organized DIY tutorials, forums, resources and friendly networking
Tons of tips and projects from pioneering DIY-diva Cathy Murillo
Profiles on creative women entrepreneurs
Ideas, tutorials and resources
Advice re: starting your own crafting business
'Not Martha' crafting projects

SPUN Magazine - a fab on-line stitch and bitch lifestyle quarterly

Women Can Do Anything - An on-line community for women with especially useful tips, inspiration & resources for entrepreneurs

Cut & Paste
NYC's on-line boutique of handcrafted items
A cool, on-line boutique spotlighting Canadian designers
One of a kind crafting collective
On-line fashion insight
Handcrafted wearables by various DIYers
A Canadian on-line boutique, featuring indie designers from Toronto, Montreal and beyond
A Toronto-based cyber shop for fashion and pampering merch
A Canadian mag for 'young women who get it'


Feminist news & views from a Canadian perspective
A Montreal-based publication covering a diverse index of cultural and political topics
London's monthly socio-economic mag for brainy yet hip under-forty types
A quarterly mail-out of indie craft nuggets and groovy music swag
Super-fab Toronto artist & designer
Often insightful, always entertaining Rob Brezny
Superb legitimately alternative music programming
Limited edition silkscreened clothing and bags with a punk meets pop art aesthetic
Distinctively quirky women's clothing line from Montreal
Unique wearables incorporating hand-treated textiles and felt accents from Vancouver
Fresh, contemporary designs in silver - exceptional rings
Silkscreened tees featuring street-sweet graphics by Toronto designers
Super-cool silkscreened fashions and DIY workshops
Barbie's Basement Jewellery...funky jewellery & magnets featuring pop culture icons
Fearless, funky fashion by Debbie Sutton under the Snoflake label.
Affordable couture with a quirky sense of individualism by Dagg and Stacey.
Fusion-fashion by Tomoko Kitai...her clothing line Momo mixes futuristic silhouettes with vintage kimono fabric.
An education fund dedicated to opening doors for girls and women
A Canadian non-profit forum in which girls can voice their thoughts and a place where art serves as a spark to discussion and growth
Rethink Breast Cancer
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre
Women's Art Resource Centre
The Corsage Project