On the same evening in Toronto, the inaugural MODECANADAROCKS was under way. The festival and celebration of creativity was founded as a way to draw attention to Canada’s diverse music and fashion talents. The gathering, held at Rebel nightclub and attended by a few hundred, was split into three acts, each featuring the work of fashion designers paired with music performances. Of Art and Indigeneity featured Ojibwe/Irish hip-hop/electronic artist Cody Coyote and wares from Indigenous creators including Yolonda Skelton and Himikalas Pam Baker. Later, singer Tyler Shaw performed during The Order of Canadian Style which featured work by Marie Saint Pierre and Mani Jassal. Closing the evening was Black to the Future, where designers Caffery Vanhorne and Kyle Gervacy and the label L’Uomo Strano showed work while musician Savannah Ré and members of the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance performed. Proceeds from the event, which was conceived by entrepreneur and former model Len D. Henry, will support organizations working to eradicate youth homelessness, including Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth. Also out: adaptive clothing pioneer Izzy Camilleri; model Ashley Callingbull; race-car driver Gianmarco Raimondo; photographer Michael Chambers; and Susan Langdon, CEO of the Toronto Fashion Incubator.
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