Hey YOU! Yeah, YOU! Being a girl boss is no walk in the park, from daily meetings discussing your next project to dinner with the girls, in order for you to thrive, balance needs to be upheld. I mean, what is a girl boss to do to in order optimize her time, skills and energy? Well, these things right here.
At any given time Toronto has tons to do, but these upcoming events are worth noting in your overpopulated, double booked iCalendar.
Sign up for a Ladies Learning Code course ASAP
Building yourself a blog? Want to excel at Photoshop? You’ll want to take a leaf out of these chicks’ digital handbook. Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization that has been around for six years and has been providing fellow females with opportunities to enhance and fine tune their tech know-how. Just think... a little hard work and you could be well on your way to designing an app? The sky is the limit girl boss!
Visit the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit because this original girl boss will inspire you
Georgia O’Keeffe at the AGO is not-to-be-missed. This badass girl boss and artist is responsible for some pretty amazing paintings. Her exhibition features over 80 works of art which are sure to leave you inspired and wanting more. The lavish use of colour, whimsical shapes, swirls, and florals will ignite something within you.
Her bold and tenacious voice speaks for itself with quotes like:
“Men put me down as the best woman painter. I think I'm one of the best painters.” (YAAAASSS girl)
“When people read erotic symbols into my painting, they’re really talking about their own affairs.” (People, get your heads out of the gutter)
“It takes courage to be a painter. I always felt I walked on the edge of a knife" (You go glen coco)
This is the perfect night out for you and your girlfriends! Come on out to the exhibit and get to know Georgia O'Keeffe's artwork and her role in the development of modern painting. Be sure to visit the Art Gallery of Ontario - the only North American venue and final stop on its world tour.
Start the week off right with Sandy Braz’s noon DETOX class.
Sunday is home to YOGA YOGA’s most popular class of the week. It’s like a reset button. (It’s also good for hangovers, headaches, and heartaches too – good vibes all around). This awesome loft-style studio located in the Junction Triangle will rebalance your bod so you can go out there and be your best bawse. P.S.: If you’re around May 26th, you won’t want to miss the Pop Up Studio when ten of the top local vendors will share and transform the space.
Search Nao on Spotify NOW.
Next, you’ll want to grab a girlfriend and head to the Phoenix for what will be a sweet and soulful concert by the 29-year-old Brit on May 4. The singer-producer’s album For All We Know debuted in 2016 and has received critical acclaim. You’ll no doubt unwind with her mellow mix of electronic R&B or “wonky funk” as Nao AKA Neo Jessica Joshua likes to call it. So grab the squad and hit the Phoenix Theatre for an unforgettable night!
Grab a gal pal and enjoy a full day of thought-provoking documentaries at Hot Docs
Now, if concerts are not really your thing, why not check out a film festival favourite (Pssst! Hey students and seniors, you get in for free weeknights before 5 PM)! There is no shortage of subject matter with these outspoken, outstanding films. Like the film Winnie, which showcases Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life as the face of the African National Congress under apartheid. And there's plenty more leading ladies where that comes from!
Walk through a real-life Instagram feed
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an on-going exhibit. This year’s festival focus will be on Canada and Canadian artists like Petra Collins who shares her private family life and reveals tender moments much like we all tend to do on social media. Collins has become known for portraying the complex world of teenage girls. Trust me girl bosses... you will ALL be able to relate in some form or another.
Take a night off from your fabulous boss life and enjoy a theatrical performance like WILDFIRE
Judith Thompson’s latest work focuses on the boundaries of love for people with visible differences. If that's not enough, she throws in the struggle of societal judgment too. No pressure in today’s Tinder age, eh. This show is sure to give you another perspective on the struggles that people with visible differences endure every single day. Grab a seat, and get set for the ride from May 2 to 20 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
Grab some popcorn and get ready to be entertained by Working' Moms
CBC’s hilarious new comedy, Workin’ Moms’, creator, producer, director, and star Catherine Reitman embodies a how-to guide on being a mother without losing yourself. The brilliant and busy Torontonian will discuss the battles behind balancing kids and careers which, let's be serious, we've all come to know is 100% POSSIBLE. Ladies, you can have it all.
Movie night at the mecca of female empowerment
"Dream, Girl" is a MUST SEE film highlighting the stories of ambitious female entrepreneurs at the Shecosystem Coworking + Wellness on May 16th. Round up some friends for this movie event. You’ll go for the film and stay for the supportive sisterhood, plus it's a great way to meet like-minded girl bosses like you!
Keep Canada going strong for another 150 years
In honour of our nation’s 150th birthday, the city’s universities and the city itself are collaborating for InnovateTO150. So what's InnovateTO150? It's a series of events which celebrates student enterprises aimed at improving the next 150 years for Toronto. Got any big, innovative ideas? InnovateTO150 kicks off with #BigIdeasJAM on May 5-7 which provides students with coaching and support in order to improve Canada's future. Girl boss, this is an event you're not going to want to miss. I know that pretty little head of yours is full of ideas so go out there and make it happen!
Check out the LGBT Film Festival
There are a LOT of film festivals happening in the 6ix but there's one in particular that you absolutely need to check out. The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival recently announced Andria Wilson as its new Executive Director. Her combination of experience and leadership will build upon this popular fest's winning mandate in presenting the best films by and for LGBTQ communities. Girl power!
Girl boss, take some time for yourself and gain some serious inspo from these leaders and incredible exhibits. Set aside a block each week and spend time perusing galleries, or exhibitions revitalizing your body and mind. After all, how are you supposed to get inspired sitting at home?