Word dropped late yesterday that Ford Models, the prestigious modeling agency behind famous faces like Christy Turlington, Twiggy and Christie Brinkley, is closing its Toronto branch at the end of the month. Ford has yet to explain the motives behind the surprise decision, but competitors speculated that Toronto is too small for the powerhouse agency, whose other offices are in New York, Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Rio de Janeiro. (According to one agency head, Toronto is “an amazing, amazing grooming ground, but it’s small, small potatoes compared to Paris and New York.”). Not a good sign for the city’s fashion scene, which is still waiting for IMG World’s recent purchase of Toronto Fashion Week to translate into some global recognition. [Toronto Star]
1. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
L.A. rockers Anthony, Flea, Chad and Josh (who replaced original guitarist John Frusciante in 2009, when he amicably split with the guys in favour of a solo career) are in town supporting their latest album, 2011’s I’m With You. Many songs in their 30-year career have been hits, garnering six Grammy wins and 60 million albums sold—though “Under the Bridge” is probably one of the better ones. April 27 and 28. $55–$75. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca.
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Arts and Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week’s edgier, alternative cousin, is a four-day extravaganza of photography exhibits, live music, installations and many trips down the 100-foot runway. Now in its seventh year, events are boundary-pushing and plentiful—The Dressing Room Project features installations and video projections from 12 artists, and is always a hit among attendees. To April 28. Day pass $35, weekly pass $75. 213 Sterling Road, fashionarttoronto.ca.
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