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As one of the events during the Hapa-palooza Festival, spending the evening in the company of the great literary mind that is Lawrence Hill – author of The Book of Negroes and the recently released The Illegal, was fantastic! Margaret Gallagher - an award-winning CBC radio host – provided guidance throughout the evening as she sat across from Lawrence during the intimate the evening. book-of-negroes-220 The Q + A portion of the evening begun with a viewing of a few scenes from the CBC mini-series - The Book of Negroes. Having read the book and watched the series, it was so insightful to hear just how much input Lawrence had in the whole process, and of course, he answered for some of the cuts and changes they made to ensure a good reception from the visual audience.
Where: Roger's Arena When: August 31, 2015   I had been long-awaiting this show since I had bought my ticket online, so when they day came, I was super stoked!!

JANET JACKSON *scream*

This woman, who is not defined by a single genre but encompasses the definition of a creative artist; a musician - a true performer. She graced us with her humble soul and beautiful voice on the opening night of her Unbreakable Tour. Decked out in white - which is just so her - connotations of innocence and re-birth - she gave us a show to remember! Promoting her upcoming studio album Unbreakable, and  this being her first tour in four years, she dazzled and delivered! Entering the stage with her club banger featuring Missy Elliott, she set the tone for the evening! Taking us down memory lane and proving to us that she still has the moves, she performed all of her major hits that we know and love and so many more - Together Again, All For You, Escapade, I Get So Lonely, Rhythm Nation and Scream ... I could go on for a while! I found that she moved in her own way but reminiscent of her brother, the late Michael Jackson. So beautiful. She did also sample some of her new album which I am really excited to receive when it comes out, and while it is a different sound and vibe, it is still true to who she is - Outrageous. Fun. Sexy. To say I had fun would be an understatement, because I had a GREAT time!! Even though I went #solo, I ended up making a new friend who is now my partner-in-crime when taking in music shows! My parting words to you are, if you get a chance to see her during this tour or any other tour, I definitely say GO FOR IT!!! You won't regret it! Peep some of my pics below!   xo 837B43D9-5746-44C3-9ED2-A86AEBD0CB91
Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Boy asks girl on date. Girl asks boy on date. They share conversations while gazing into each other's eyes. They laugh. They hold hands. They begin to fall in love. Coupledom. Boy realizes he fell in love and asks girl for her hand in marriage. She says "Yes". Dress fittings. Tux measurements. Marriage band purchasing. "I do". First dance. Wedding cake cutting. Lots of precious moments shared.
Weddings bring out the best in everyone. If you weren't feeling the love before, you are enraptured with all the wedding festivities: church rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and the reception to close the celebrations off. As a result, you begin to fall in love as you watch two people commit themselves to each other. The last few weeks have been a haze; but even more so for the bride and groom. July 31st, 2015 marked the day that I witnessed [amongst friends and family] my big brother get married to my beautiful new sister - Erin Zindoga (née MacDonald). Friends and family watched on as these two beautiful souls intertwined and became one against the backdrop of Summerside, PEI.
As a woman who upholds the sanctity of love and marriage, it was a privilege to be able to be one of two Master of Ceremonies (MC) at their wedding reception. It was a proud moment to be able to introduce Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Zindoga to the wedding guests and of course, assist in ushering in this beautiful new couple on their new found journey as husband and wife with their entrance dance (ma steps).
When it comes to weddings, most people don't get a chance to sit and think because everything is so overwhelming with the planning leading up to the big day. The pressure faced by the bride and groom is just so intense because they want to ensure everything runs smoothly and that everyone has a great time. I can only imagine the pressures faced, but I do have a better understanding now as I got a chance to sneak in some quality time with my sister-in-law before the big day to find out about all the ins-and-outs about planning a wedding -  and more importantly, a wedding on a budget! Baring in mind that everyone's wedding is so different, and we live in the 21st century, I absolutely jumped at the chance to talk to Erin and get some answers about this wedding planning business because one day it will be me!
Peep the interview below and of course, take your time perusing over the beautiful wedding pictures taken by Jacinta Photography!