• The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

    We love the VIFF. Nearly 400 films from over 75 countries; if only there was some way to see them all! We’ve been passing around Lori’s big festival guide and making our selections, from skateboarding in Germany to the worldwide disappearance of honeybees. This festival has something for every film lover.

    One of this year’s most exciting entrants (as far as we’re concerned)  is Midnight’s Children, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s second novel, directed by Deepa Metha. Metha is best known for the “Elements” trilogy—Fire (1996), Earth (1998) and Water (2005). Born in India, Metha now calls Canada home.  Check out the Midnight’s Children trailer.

    Check it out, order your program guide, and when you start feeling a little stiff from all that time in those awful theatre chairs, call us for a treatment. We’ll compare notes.



  • Well hello, sunny September!

    This month, I decided to save a little money by foregoing the bus pass, and walking (or running) to work. The 99 B-Line commute had been getting me down, and since I just started work at the new East side studio, this seemed like a great way to get to know the neighbourhood. I certainly picked the right month! September mornings have been fabulous-sunny and crisp, and the afternoon trip home has allowed me to work on my fall tan. It’s 5 kilometers each way, which leaves me feeling invigorated and clear- headed, though I have to leave a little earlier in the morning than I used to. It’s worth it! And I’m not the only one, Lori has been cycling, and Diane walks to work as well.

    The Hastings Sunrise area is really lovely: quiet, tree-lined streets, ethnically diverse, and filled with local parks. Every Saturday morning I pass a Tai Chi class at Beaconsfield park, and on the weekdays, two solemn student crossing guards escort me across Grandview. The Italian grocer on our block has fabulous espresso, and has been family-owned since 1964. Yesterday I noticed a Latino bakery only a block away; you can bet I’ll pay them a visit soon. Yum!

    So, all things considered, the decision to take a break from the bus has been win-win: healthy body, peaceful mind, and a great way to see the neighbourhood. Have you considered making a change to your morning commute? You may be happy you did!

  • First Week at Soma East.

    Well it’s certainly been a busy week for us here at Soma. Opening the new studio has been a lot of fun, and at times, very hard work! We’ve been getting to know the neighbourhood this week, including a fabulous Italian deli that has been family-owned for 43 years! Oh, the espresso, don’t get me started. Boccoli Salon, our next door neighbour, offers spa services, so you can treat yourself to a pedicure after your massage.

    We’ve had a lot of local moms-to-be come by to say hello and pick up a flier, and we’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces from Soma West here this weekend. Reflecting on the last few months, we just want to thank you for your support and patience as we’ve readied the new studio for opening. It’s a new chapter for Soma!