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“FASHION UNITES” FGI’s Event at the Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto

Adapting to different times…

Featuring a Select Panel of Speakers to a sold out crowd

Klaudia Zinaty-Capalbo and the members of the FGI Board brought the Fashion Industry together at the Shangri-la for ‘Fashion Unites’ on Tuesday September 21st. A select panel of speakers from all the major fashion organizations and industry leaders spoke on the challenges unique to our times, and generously shared their ideas for how to turn the changes into opportunities. Klaudia is a strong believer that we rise by lifting others, and gauging by the inspiration in the room and the interaction during the Q&A period that rounded off the discussions, it was more evident than ever.

FGI Toronto thanks the generous sponsors who made this special event possible:
• Lead Sponsor: @mantellacorporation @SylviaMantella
• Official Luxury Retail Sponsor: @holtrenfrew
• Official Hotel Sponsor: @shangrilato
• Official Beauty Sponsor: @narsissist
• Official Hair Sponsor: @goldwellca
• Official Skincare Sponsor: @livingbeauty.inc
• Official Sponsor: @suzannerogerstoronto @rogers
• Official Jewelry Sponsor: @nogu
• Social Media Sponsor: @pinchsocial
• Creative Sponsor: @bigmuch.ca
• Content Creation Sponsor: @elevatedgrapes

Photo Credits: Jack | Fashion Photographer – @cosplay

From left to right: George Sully, Vicky Milner, Klaudia Capalbo, Kelly Drennan, Qasim Mohammad
George Sully, Panelist. Footwear Designer and Principal of Black Designers of Canada. @blackdesignersofcanada @realgeorgesully
Vicky Milner, Panelist. Co-founder and President of CAFA. @cafawards @shoplocallabels
Klaudia Capalbo, Panel Moderator. Regional Director, FGI Toronto. @klaudiasfashionfix
Kelly Drennan, Panelist. Founding Executive Director, Fashion Takes Action. @fashiontakesaction @kellyecofashion
Qasim Mohammad, Panelist. Director at Wittington Ventures. https://qasimmohammad.com/
Full House for FGI Toronto’s exciting panel of guests at the luxurious Shangri-la Hotel in Toronto, Canada
Matty Nyman (left), Director, on the Board of FGI Toronto: Looking as sharp as always!

FGI’s Summer Schmooze Event at the Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto

Klaudia Capalbo, FGI’s Regional Director, Toronto

Oh, What a Night!

The Garden Terrace at the Shangri-la Hotel was transformed into a virtual Eden for the Fashion Industry on Tuesday, August 24, when, ignited by real-time energy, the movers and shakers in the fashion community were reconnected with their colleagues.

With people bursting to return to the social scene after a long period of restraint, the FGI Summer Schmooze Event organized by Klaudia Capalbo, Regional Director of FGI (Fashion Group International in Toronto) and her Board of Directors, proved to be an optimal setting. The event confirmed that fashion is alive and well, and that we can all look forward to the new and exciting creations that were inspired.

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FLAG DAY | Official Trailer | MGM Studios by Director Sean Penn



“So stoked to share my new original song! Lock down gave me a reason to sit and really think about what I can do to make situation better for me and writing songs is one of them! Thank you to everyone who has supported me!” Peyton Garcia
Directed by: Jamie Hodgins
Shot by: VNTG Photography
Writer: Peyton Garcia and Jake Donaldson
Edited by: Sherona Laskey
Hair and Make-Up by: Angela Lee

Hot New Release – “Love To The World” by Rosita Stone



Rosita Stone’s Love to the World is an epic anthem for our times, no matter our race, culture, gender identity or spiritual beliefs; she believes we are all born to bring love into the world, with unity as the ultimate goal.

The essence of her music is emotional, the appeal universal, the delivery inclusive, evocative, and unforgettable. Rosita Stone is an award-winning multilingual artist, producer and dancer who is unleashing what is sure to be her breakthrough hit”Love to the World”, July 9th, 2021, an instantly attention-grabbing feel-good track with deep roots and a mountain of magnetism. The hook is undeniable, the timing is perfect. Resistance is futile.

Love to the World is co-written by herself and American producer Big Chris Flores who has worked with Fergie of Black-Eyed Peas, Slash of Guns & Roses, and Rihanna and many more artists. The video for Love to the World features Capoeira which was developed by the African people in Brazil as a mechanism for resistance against their oppressors and to create community and unity for themselves. It’s a blend of martial arts, acrobatics, music and “play”.

On June 21st, 2021, Rosita was featured in the Love 2 the World Celebration Concert alongside multi Billboard award winner Snow, Tito Puente Jr., Mambo Kings, Sukhbir Singh, the “Prince of Bhangra”and Japanese recording artists Ayasen and May Yuhia. This spring 2021, Rosita made a splash on Mexico’s largest TV Network Nacional La Octava TV, major radio networks including Grita Radio and Radio Alternativa and media Edomex Al Dia y El Tiempo and many more with her breathtaking tribute to Mexico’s superstar composer Armando Manzanero.

Her single in Spanish “Decide ya por fin” was released late 2020 co-produced with Dennis Nieves, whose work includes productions for Shakira, JLo, Thalia, and many Latin Superstars. The track was featured internationally from Impulso Cultural TV in Argentina to radio in Spain, Mexico the UK and USAand many more countries.  Rosita has also opened concerts for multiple Grammy winning superstar Carlos Vives and shared the stage with Michael Bublé.

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CYRENA FIEL: New Release “Heaven”

Impassioned with the desire to create art and change, Cyrena Fiel is a singer songwriter, actor and recording artist who is deeply inspired by the world around her.

As a member of the Canadian Dance Company, she competed in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary dance for 4 years.

In 2019 Cyrena composed her first debut single “Love” https://youtu.be/V1BXz7Js5Aw she then released another single “Black or Blue” on January 21st, 2021. https://youtu.be/KFbp_D9tRI4

Cyrena believes that music and art have the power to promote positive change in the world.

She aspires to advocate for Asian representation, the marginalized as well as mental health and body positivity awareness.

Cyrena is extremely excited about the future, as she ventures into the world of the performing arts industry. She encourages us all to remember that without love, there is no purpose.

Pending CBC approval and funding, Cyrena could soon be playing a lead role in a multi-episode web series called TOPLINE. Topline Trailer https://youtu.be/vtRZyGXmYG8

Topline is a musical dramedy about the world of professional songwriters for tweens and young adults.  It is a series about growing up, relationships, conflict and overcoming obstacles.

Official Website: https://cyrenafielmusic.wixsite.com/website

Spotify: Love – Single by Cyrena Fiel | Spotify

DOC Entertainment: : Cyrena Fiel (dandelionsofcourage.com)

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