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Name: Erin A.
City: Toronto, Canada

A Toronto native, Erin has spent a lot of time traveling. Her well-travelled life comes by way of a successful career in the fashion industry, mostly as a vintage buyer. She recently opened up her own shop called ‘Stacked Vintage’ which is part of a bigger art collective in an up-and-coming neighborhood.


“My social world full of vibrant, creative, genuine and inspiring people – artists, designers, and entrepreneurs mostly but also financial advisers, teachers, and social workers as a cross section.  I relate to all kinds of people as I can appreciate the uniqueness and quirkiness of each individual – the more the better.”


Erin and her friends frequently attend gallery openings, word-of-mouth clothing/art sales and events, film festivals, and new neighborhood bars and restaurants. Erin is also an avid foodie and stays connected to Toronto’s ever-expanding ethnic food scene.


posts by this scout:

The Dizzy On The Fizzy

(Mar 22, 2013) House-made soda pop has been appearing on several drink menus around the city.  Normally, I don’t drink a lot of pop but t...

Filipino Food Fiesta

(Dec 24, 2012) Toronto is an exceptionally ethnic city.  One of the results being a diverse and lively food scene with wide ranging influence...

What Creams Are Made Of

(Dec 23, 2012) The title of this post is the tag line for Glory Hole Doughnuts, a new comer on the baker scene whose name you won’t soon f...

Home Is Where The Inspiration Is

(Dec 19, 2012) I have always been one for creature comforts and my home is my castle, my secret garden, a place that I am happy to come back to ...

To Market, To Market…

(Dec 05, 2012) Photo via Lost Toronto Many other cities have bustling flea market scenes, and while the St Lawrence Antique Market has been a lo...

Communal Tables: Are You Going to Finish That?

(Aug 29, 2012) We sit next to strangers all the time, in a movie theater or on the public transit, but dining with randoms?  The use of communa...

Butts, Boobs and Bicepts

(Aug 19, 2012) This has been a HOT summer and in efforts to stay cool people have been barely clothing themselves.  At the risk of sounding lik...

Vintage Cameras For The Digital Age

(Aug 09, 2012) The fashion for making everything old new again has hit an industry normally obsessed with the future. The latest trend in camer...

Best Friends Forever

(Jun 11, 2012) Stack ‘em up and prove that you have the most friends. That’s right, crafty friendship bracelets are piling up this se...

Something Like A Phenomenon

(Jun 07, 2012) What obsession do I share with millions of other people? – My love for playing Draw Something.  I’m guilty of playin...

Grunge, Graff and Grimes

(May 28, 2012) References to the epic 90s show, My So-Called Life have been popping up everywhere lately.  A pair of patchwork printed cut-off ...

Palatable Pallets

(Apr 19, 2012) Spring sun is beaming down and has me thinking about what I am going to plant in my rooftop garden and how to keep those pesky sq...

Toronto Underground Market Feeds The Foodies

(Apr 03, 2012) At less then a year in operation, the Toronto Underground Market lured thousands out in below freezing weather, to eat their way ...

Collar me, Oh collar baby…

(Mar 12, 2012) Collar me pink, beaded, lace or metal and bring the focus on the nape to step up bland winter wardrobe! Removable collars, chunk...

Gary Taxali On Quarters

(Mar 08, 2012) Here in Canada we have a little fun when it comes to our money.  One dollar coins are called a ‘loonie’ (it has a lo...

Grand Electric Is Bangin’

(Mar 01, 2012) Trendy tacos are have touched down on Queen Street – brought to you by Grand Electric.  The new Parkdale spot serves up a ...

Get Initiated With Mystica Cooper

(Feb 28, 2012) Toronto men are in for a treat because Mystica Cooper has launched a line of limited edition and handmade ties, bow-ties and pock...

Found My Mate

(Feb 15, 2012) It was difficult to foresee the day that I would wake up and choose tea over coffee. The tea that made me do it is Chocolate Rock...

Jeff Harris: 4748 Self-Portraits And Counting

(Feb 07, 2012) As a new years resolution in 1999, Jeff Harris challenged himself to take a snap-shot of his life, everyday, for a year. Now 14 y...

Waiting For The Weeknd

(Feb 01, 2012) The Weeknd has been one of the most buzzed about Toronto musicians of 2011. The 21 year-old, Abel Tesfaye, self-released a tripty...

Mad for Misfits

(Dec 13, 2011) I have been rapidly watching the British TV series, Misfits – it’s weirdness is addictive. A bunch of young offenders ge...

Want To Get Punchd?

(Dec 01, 2011) I dislike carrying a ton of cards around, so despite the promise of free things I don’t bother with bonus cards.  Punchd b...

The Body Electronic

(Oct 31, 2011) Visiting Berlin rekindled my love for electronic music – the kids certainly do love the techno. Coming back to my hometown, Toro...

Little Theater, Big Hearts

(Oct 27, 2011) What seems impossible to some, has never been impossible for Rebecca Singh. Her most recent triumph, Canada’s Smallest Theat...

The Bluth Family Is Back!

(Oct 24, 2011) The word is out, Arrested Development is back! Creator Mitchell Hurwitz has confirmed that they will make 10 new episodes which w...

Socks And Sandals

(Oct 14, 2011) Socks and sandals are: a) a fashion abhorrence b) G as a mothaf*cka c) a continuing trend for women this fall?  Trade tube sock...

Manhattan Takes Toronto

(Oct 12, 2011) I love a good cocktail. A nice, sipping drink with interesting flavors suits me well. You won’t have to twist my arm to che...

A Torontonian In Berlin

(Sep 23, 2011) Currently I am living in Berlin for a few weeks. Just a common visitor – one of many in this vibrant city and by no means any ex...

Freaks Get Naked

(Sep 21, 2011) Who is the infamous, schizophrenic, sexed up, self proclaimed “God of Rap?”  None other then Kool Keith aka Dr. Octagon and f...

Old Milwaukee Goes Pin Up

(Sep 19, 2011) Move over Pabst Blue Ribbon and make way for Old Milwaukee – the current beer of choice seen at house parties and events for th...

Men Will Be Men

(Aug 12, 2011) Men are growing into their britches these days – trading t-shirts and sneakers for tailored shorts and snappy tops.  A lit...

Hot For Holga

(Aug 05, 2011) There once was a time where you couldn’t just fire away 10 shots in a row, review them and delete the ones you don’...

Death Of The DVD

(Aug 04, 2011) Some may say that the DVD was thwarted long ago with downloading and online movie streaming, yet the closing of 146 Blockbuster s...

Braids Get Shortlist for Polaris

(Aug 03, 2011) Seeing Braids perform live you understand how fastidious they are about sound, tweaking all the levels, hounding the sound guy, j...

Know Your Food

(Jul 12, 2011) Lately I’ve been more engaged with food politics and I’m not alone. Locally sourced and sustainable food is a hot t...

We’re Just Floating In Space, Man

(Jul 06, 2011) My partner brought home telescope from his parents house – it had been a gift from when he was 7 years old.  On the night ...

Crochet Isn’t For Grannies Anymore

(Jul 04, 2011) All kinds of loose knits are in style – especially crochet.   Throw away your images of doilies and old folks because croc...

NXNE Is More Than Just Music

(Jun 14, 2011) It’s time for NXNE! As usual an influx of amazing bands, films, and seminars are packed into 5 days of excitement. Curren...

BAM. Magical powers. Aww Yeah!

(Jun 13, 2011) Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure is what happens when a 5 year old girl and her programmer Dad design an online interacti...

Customized Classics

(Jun 03, 2011) I love Reebok Classics – always have, always will.  They are unpretentious and have endless possibilities. But how come I ...

Austra: Feel It Break

(Jun 02, 2011) As my friend recently put it, “Austra is great to listen to when you feel like listening to Fever Ray but don’t want ...

Cut It Off!

(Jun 01, 2011) I’m cutting my hair short. Like I always do – grow long in the winter and then cut it all off in the summer. However, ...

What Will Become Of Ace Restaurant?

(May 30, 2011) I walked by this place on Roncesvalles Ave about a week ago and my jaw dropped. I started snapping photos through the window of ...

Ralph Zavadil: The Original Jackass

(May 24, 2011) The Hot Docs film festival has come to a close, leaving documentary lovers full up on some of the best films that the genre has t...

Gimme Length!

(May 04, 2011) The pendulum is swinging to the other side.  Long, sheer and wide – that’s what I’m projecting into spring.  ...

Getting Low With Timber Timbre

(Apr 25, 2011) I can’t get enough of the dark, moody melancholy that is Timber Timbre. It just hits me in all the right places. It’...

Topshop Takes Toronto

(Apr 24, 2011) I sheepishly admit that my eyes lit up when I heard the news that Topshop was going to be opening a flagship store in Toronto.  ...

Tosh.o Climbs in Popularity

(Apr 18, 2011) Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 may just be the first television show to make money off of stupid videos on the internet. Launched ...

Rebecca Black’s Unitentional Pop Parody

(Apr 11, 2011) If you were to ask someone what the top trending topics are on Twitter, they might respond with Japan, Gadhafi, Nuclear Reactor, ...

I Don’t Roll On Saturdays

(Mar 25, 2011) It used to be that if you wanted to channel The Big Lebowski, you had to leave the comforts of downtown and head to an area of T...

Log Drivers Do It Better

(Mar 23, 2011) While having lunch at The Beaver, a West Queen West establishment known for it’s eats in the day and DJs at night, I was sl...

New Visibility for Canadian Music?

(Mar 17, 2011) Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Best Album of the Year – take that Top 40!!! Now that I have that out of my system lets discuss ...

In MODRA You Feel at Home!

(Mar 16, 2011) Lina is 17 years old and lives in Toronto with her mother. For one week during the summer holidays she plans to visit her extend...

Swipe My Square

(Mar 02, 2011) Being an independent retailer myself, news of Square, a credit card reader that plugs into your iPhone or iPad, was an exciting p...

Ramen, Ramen, Ramen!

(Feb 17, 2011) The ultimately satisfying chewy, salty and slurpy ramen noodle soup has been slow to catch on in Toronto. I’m not talking ...

Jeffrey Campbell and The Spice Girls?

(Feb 11, 2011) It may not be so obvious yet, but chunky ’90s heels are drifting back onto the scene. Much to the denial of those who say i...

There’s a Party in My iPad

(Jan 25, 2011) The newest addition to Korg’s Electribe family, the iElectribe lets iPad owners carry around a digital version of the famo...

Mix Tape Nostalgia and the Internet

(Jan 21, 2011) So, 8tracks isn’t really new but it’s new to me and I love it! “Handcrafted internet radio” is the taglin...

24 Hour Art at the Whippersnapper Gallery

(Jan 12, 2011) The Whippersnapper Gallery, in it’s College Street manifestation, was the venue for so many awesome music and theatre perfo...

Canadian Mobilty Providers Suck

(Jan 12, 2011) Canadian cell phone companies are notorious. Plans are expensive, the newest cell phones are unavailable (or wait-listed) and to ...

Kanye and the Hip Hop Renaissance

(Jan 11, 2011) Maybe it was just me, but Hip Hop got really boring and predictable for a while. Flooded with disrespect to women, money flauntin...

Roots Keeps it Canadian

(Jan 03, 2011) While the bottom line has been driving many companies to outsource their manufacturing to China, Canadian born Roots maintains it...

Dude Naw – The Awkwardness of Autocorrect

(Dec 31, 2010) I’ve had a few embarrassing texting mishaps but none quite as amazing as the ones found on Damn You Autocorrect. Reading t...

If You Build It – They Will Come

(Dec 07, 2010) Ubisoft, the Parisian video game developer has recently taken up residency in Toronto’s west end. The rumors were flying aroun...

Collective Consciousness

(Dec 07, 2010) The collective space is an enterprising answer to the problem of soaring retail rent in some of Toronto’s rapidly gentrifyi...

Toronto the Trashy

(Dec 03, 2010) I’ve watched bits of Jersey Shore and never really got the appeal. There are enough douchebags around and I sure don’...

The Science of Sharing

(Nov 16, 2010) How many facebook friends would I have if I unfriended all the people I haven’t spoken to in years or wouldn’t recognize ...

Protected: Cravings and Confessions

(Nov 08, 2010) I don’t eat a lot of fast food so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. In Canada, a big coffee chain is Tim Hortons, ...

Allie Hughes

(Nov 05, 2010) Allie Hughes has a voice that might bring you to tears or make you riot. Technically trained in opera, Allie and her 5 piece ba...

Capes Are Perfect For Fall

(Nov 04, 2010) Toronto has finally embraced the CAPE! Today I was going to stage mini photo shoot at the vintage collective I am a part of, how...

Friends of Dufferin Grove Park

(Oct 28, 2010) Dufferin Grove Park is an amazing city park that has redefined and reclaimed the public park as a community and cultural space. ...

Social Media with Heart

(Oct 26, 2010) Social media is definitely a-buzz and MyCityLives is Toronto’s answer to the new craze of location based networks. However...

Fashion’s Infatuation With Fur

(Oct 14, 2010) There is a lot of fur on the runways for fall and I am conflicted about it. I am not a paint splashing activist but I would lik...

TIFF Vies For World Domination

(Oct 08, 2010) The Toronto International Film Festival has found a new home – the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Designed for “the love of film...

Return to Shoegaze

(Oct 06, 2010) Washed out vocals are to indie rock as auto-tune is to urban top 40. Lo-fi, dreamy vocals seemed to be the sound of the summer ...

Arcade Fire Does It Again

(Sep 28, 2010) I have a soft spot for Arcade Fire from my time in Montreal watching them grow from playing lofts for 30 people, a break-up and r...

Facebook Invades My Memory

(Sep 22, 2010) I understand that by consenting to interact with Facebook I open my life up to other internet dwellers; the few hundred or so peo...

Get Your Nails Did

(Sep 15, 2010) Nails by Mahban This summer I have departed from the usual red nail polish that dons my toes in the summertime into every colour ...

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

(Sep 10, 2010) Finally a movie shot in Toronto that doesn’t pretend to be somewhere else. It has happened so many times that I am watchin...

Vogue Italia Mixes Oil and Water

(Sep 08, 2010) The BP oil spill is truly a tragedy that will long continue to effect the environment and it’s inhabitants.  The August e...

Thursday Nights with Open Roof Films

(Aug 30, 2010) When I was a teenager we used to sneak mickeys of rum into the cinema to top off our mega sized Cokes from the snack stand… ah...

One Stop Shop

(Aug 25, 2010) Shopping online can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to go, but look no further than Farfetch.com. Farfetch featur...

In Harmony with Thieves

(Aug 04, 2010) Right now, I am fascinated with Sonja den Elzen’s 5-in-1 Dress. This dress can be worn in several different ways; however, ...

Liz Phair as a Rapper?

(Aug 03, 2010) Oh Liz Phair…in 1992 you were on the pulse, but in 2010, have you lost your marbles?  The July release of Phair’s ...

Pride Heats Up Toronto

(Jul 26, 2010) Nancy Paiva/Torontoist It’s PRIDE TIME! Toronto Pride Week celebrates it’s 30th year in fine form with bells, whistl...

At the Drive-In

(Jul 21, 2010) On a hot summer day I found myself driving north out of the city to relax, lake-side, with friends for the day.  When the sun w...

Everything Looks Better in Plaid

(Jul 14, 2010) Photographer: Jessica Milan ‘Support something new’, urges Plaid Magazine‘s website. But you won’t have t...

NXNE Brings Out The Big Guns

(Jul 08, 2010) NXNE just completed it’s 16th successful year hosting 650 bands, over 7 days in 50 different venues across Toronto. Too ma...

Jean Jacket Renaissance

(Jun 30, 2010) About six years ago everyone and their mom was sporting jean jackets, so much so that the general consensus for the rest of us w...

G20 Summit Grinds Toronto to a Halt

(Jun 28, 2010) Toronto is beginning to feel like it’s under martial law as hundreds of police officers file into the city, helicopters fl...

Toronto is Full On For FIFA

(Jun 23, 2010) I’ve often thought myself fortunate to grow up in a city that is as multi-cultural as Toronto. Having done a fair bit of t...