One hundred and fifty-one

While searching for restaurant coupons I can buy online and print at home, so I don’t have to be the cheapo when my friends and I go for drinks after watching a concert tonight (free at Yonge and Dundas Square – the Elastocitizens at 8pm – they are amazing and so worth the time if you are in the Toronto area), I found some interesting things you can also buy online that I wish I had known about when I started this month:

  • Gift cards – you can purchase gift cards online for almost all of the major chain restaurants and have them mailed to you (or to someone else if it is a gift).
  • Starbucks – if you already have a Starbucks card, you can add more money to it online.
  • There is a function to buy e-gift cards (they e-mail them to you) from the company who owns Milestones, Montana’s, Kelsey’s, Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s.  Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be working right now.
  • allows you to buy eGift certificates: “the recipient simply logs onto the reservation system using the Redemption Code in the email, places their reservation online at a participating establishment of their choice. When arriving at the restaurant, they will be seated, served, and the eGift Certificate amount will automatically be deducted from their bill.”  I wonder how annoyed the restaurants get when you do this?
  • Lee Valley Tools has e-gift cards!!!
  • America seems to have a lot more e-gift cards. offers e-gift cards for a discount (ie. pay $10, get a $25 gift certificate when you spend a minimum of $35).  Just like the couponing – we Canadians need to catch up!
But alas, after all this searching, I cannot find an eGift certificate for a bar around Yonge and Dundas Square that I can take my friends for a drink after the concert to.  I will have to be the cheapo for three more days!

Day eighty-nine

The girl date

The Girlfriends

No, this is not a lesbian date (or a threesome date if you look at the photo above), although I had considered going on one of those to complete my range of different kinds of dates.  This is a priority girl’s lunch.  Sometimes you need to put your friends above your dates, and as my one friend is moving away and yesterday was the last time I’ll see her in awhile, I canceled the coffee date I arranged with a single man to spend time with the girls.  Dating someone who always puts dating first over their friends and family would not be attractive.  Having a wide range of interests and people in your life who you love and who love you are extremely important.

I did, however, manage to make it to an amazing concert (hanging out with a bunch of single guys – “group date”?) at the Horseshoe Tavern after work – The Elastocitizens!  I took a photo with my phone – do you recognize the blurry bass player in the back right?  It’s Big Brother Bass from day thirty-nine.  At the concert, I ran into a guy I hadn’t seen in awhile, who both walked me partially home and is now going cook me lunch as my Monday date.  So, in essence, I picked up.

Not too exciting of a dating day, but everyone needs a little break and a chat with their friends to cope with the drama of dating!

The Elastocitizens at the Horseshoe.

Social Clubs

Speaking of group dates, there are quite a few social clubs and singles nights that could be a great way to meet other single people.  I was meaning to go to a singles event (besides speed dating) during this month, but they always happened when I was scheduled to work, or they were sold out (sign up early, as that tends to happen).  Here are a few that might be of interest in Toronto:


Chilling after a long week at the movies with The Suit (I can’t imagine he will wear a suit to the movies, though).

Day thirty-nine

The double bass, aka upright bass, aka standup bass, aka acoustic bass, aka string bass, aka contrabass

Rosie and I


That is me playing the double bass!  Well, playing a couple of notes on the double bass.  I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I do now have a feel for the instrument.  Speaking of experts, the bass belongs to the talented Jason O’Brien, aka Big Brother Bass, of the Elastocitizens (an eleven-piece, Toronto-based, funk rock band) and Marta (a lovely folk singer/songwriter), among many other projects he is working on.  Jason kindly agreed to show me a little about his double bass Rosie and not only how to hold her and play her, but also how to feel the vibrations of the strings through my body (sounds nice, eh?).

Jason O'Brien on the double bass

The double bass is a four-stringed, non-fretted instrument that stands approximately six feet tall.  Unlike an electric bass, there are no frets to show you where to put your fingers to achieve certain notes, so it’s more about the feel of the instrument and listening to the notes to adjust where you hold the strings accordingly.   Posture and keeping hands and arms loose are also very important to creating the beautiful low notes the double bass is known for.

I’m really glad I finally got to include some music in my 30 Days of Art.  I’ve been focusing a lot on visual art over the past week and I’m happy to branch out into the other art forms.  Playing the bass was exciting, but definitely a challenge.  My fingers have that nice tingly feeling that comes from holding the thick strings tightly.  My favourite bit, though, was the way you pluck to make the strings vibrate.  You definitely need strength to play the double bass, though, and a lot of practice!

Here’s a short video of Jason playing for me today:

And another video of Jason playing with Marta:

Thanks Jason!