Anna Netrebko visits Toronto

The magnificently gorgeous and talented soprano, Anna Netrebko, made her Canadian debut earlier this week at the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts. Along with her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.  The Trio Magnifico performed for, of course, a very enthusiastic audience singing operatic works including Verdi’s Rigoletto and Dvorak’s Rusalka.

Netrebko also took some time to tour around our lovely city and I must say, she definitely left her mark. We hope to see her again soon. Until then, we’ll reminisce over her lovely Instagram photos.

*Performance photo by Vladimir Kevorkov

A Night of Fashionable Curiosities

I like to think that there is an opera lover in all of us. Not everyone can handle the intensity of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, let’s say, but a little buffa can definitely tickle everyone’s fancy. Now imagine three floors full of luminaries and cultural trendsetters from the worlds of fashion, business, television, and music all to support Toronto’s next generation of opera artists.

As one of the top spring social events of the season, The Canadian Opera Company will, once again, bring Operanation to life on May 25th. A party not to be missed, this year’s theme will bring forth an evening of enticing elixirs, culinary experiments, and musical hybrids.

On top of the amazing performances in store, here’s another important question – what do you wear? Couturier Rosemarie Umetsu is not only a designer to some of the world’s top classical artists but she is a continuous supporter of the COC. “Operanation is a great example of a gala that has incorporated popular culture, attracting a new demographic interested in this art form as well as the opera company’s prestigious ensemble program”.

Having dressed and designed for past participating performers and attendees, Umetsu says, “this is the kind of evening where you want to be theatrical and visually spectacular. I’ve also been commissioned to create pieces for non-artist guests. In these instances, it’s been great fun designing something within the scope of the theme of the specific Operanation. These pieces have always been fun and red carpet worthy”.

Operanation 2010
[From the left, COC artists including Wallis Giunta and Lauren Segal, to the right Rosemarie and Wayne Umetsu]

What would the designer like to see for this year? “A Night of Curiosities leaves a wide scope of imaginative and very individual interpretations. I expect to be surprised”.

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New Client Announcement: Crown + Pride

Mima Publicity is pleased to announce womenswear brand, Crown + Pride, to its client roster.

Crown + Pride began with a vision to build a brand that satisfies the female desire for both comfort and class, designing products that look like they were inspired by the runway, but feel as comfortable as your ultimate go-to loungewear.

Designer and Founder Heather Loduca believes that staple pieces truly do guide one’s wardrobe in many ways. Versatility is just as essential as the staple philosophy behind C+P garments. A true Crown + Pride woman can conquer the office and easily hop over down the street for some well-deserved downtime.

We are thrilled to launch this brand to the Canadian market (and beyond).

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Are you ready? The Canadian Opera Company’s premier fundraising event, Operanation, is back for its 13th year.  For arts patrons as well as the operacurious, Operanation presents a unique experience, equal parts party and performance, with special collaborations between classic and modern music and complementary art forms ranging from visual arts to fashion.

“The goal of Operanation is to showcase the versatility of opera,” says Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company. “It is an incredibly dynamic art form that is continuously evolving both culturally and socially. It shouldn’t just be listened to – it should be experienced.”

Funds raised for Operanation are directed towards the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Among the special guest artists who have performed at Operanation are Dragonette, Sam Roberts Band, Rufus Wainwright, Nelly Furtado, Austra, Broken Social Scene and the Arkells. This year, JUNO Award winning artist Kiesza is set to take the stage as the celebrity performer.

This year’s theme is “A Night of Curiosities,” drawing inspiration from Gaetano Donizetti’s opera, The Elixir of Love, where a mysterious traveling salesman disguises wine as powerful potions and enticing elixirs and will take place on May 25th.

Operanations Past


#TIEDTOKIDS: Niminimi releases video for Friends of Unicef

TORONTO/MONTRÉAL, April 2017 – Canadian luxury accessory brand NIMINIMI releases video to further support their partnership with Friends of Unicef.

In coordination with local photographer and videographer, Daria Marchenko, the video was produced in an effort to highlight the designer’s latest piece titled Ça prend tout un village pour élever un enfant (It takes a village to raise a child). Proceeds from each sale will be contributed towards the fundraising efforts of the 2017 Montreal UNICEF gala celebrating UNICEF’s 70th anniversary.

To encourage as many to participate, the hashtag #TIEDTOKIDS was created to symbolize the scarf uniting people together and help as many children survive, thrive and reach their fullest potential.

“The #TIEDTOKIDS is very important to me because we are all tied to all children. We are all tied in our commitment that they all grow up healthy and lead future communities.” Nimi Nanji-Simard

Founded by Nimi Nanji-Simard in 2016, the namesake line began after her many years working as a buyer for luxury hotels in Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Maasai Mara. While also incorporating European influences, designs echo an array of colours and motifs that are then sent into production by some of Italy’s finest artisans. Quality proves its worth as Nimi has made an effort to find the most beautiful silks on the market.

About UNICEF Canada
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe. UNICEF Canada is one of UNICEF’s 36 National Committees. Their efforts are committed to take action, save, rehabilitate and watch over children, with a special attention to the most vulnerable and excluded groups.


* $100 from each regular scarf (36×36) and $30 from each pocket scarf (13×13) will be donated


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Mijana Germanski, MIMA PUBLICITY,