Darren is a local musician you know … even if you don’t know you do.

I asked him to sum up his musical involvements as we sat down at The Ship Pub for an afternoon caesar. “I play guitar, mandolin, bass, and Greek bouzouki. My main bands are The Kubasonics, The Burning Hell, Flower Hill, Duane Andrews, Amelia Curran, Forgotten Bouzouki, Newish Klezmer Ensemble … I dunno, so many!”

What’s lesser known is that he spends time learning new languages, volunteering at RIAC teaching English to new Canadians, and agonizing over what shirt best matches his daily choice from his astounding sneaker selection.

Summer Loungewear (From Charlotte Street) SEE ABOVE!

Stylish loungewear and nice undies have long been the realm of women’s fashion, but that is totally changing. We visited Charlotte Reid at her Duckworth St. studio to see what her Charlotte Street line of upcycled fashion had to offer, and found these colourful Folk Festival undies from a line she’s currently working on for sale at the Festival itself. “I love them because I love the Folk Festival,” says Darren, “but I don’t wear shorts, ever, because I have pasty white legs.”

Baseball Caps (From Fogtown) 


A star of the #dadcore movement, this  relaxed headwear choice is the  freshest one with your polo, cords, or anorak. Be it mesh-back trucker, floral print, or your favourite hockey team/beverage supplier, this is one of the easiest trends of all time to wear.

Darren agrees. “Have a bunch, wear ’em all the time. The best for bad hair days. Would definitely wear this one,” he says of the Fogtown hat that is available at Fogtown’s summer pop up skate shop and boutique, ’round-the-corner-and-upstairs’  from their barbershop.

Luxe Casual Footwear (From Soul Studio) 


Old school, low riding skate shoes were the first to be re-envisioned in fine suedes and leathers this season, with amazing attention to detail. These Fluevog shoes from Soul Studio are the second wave, taking this luxe casual approach to footwear to a whole new level.

The sturdy yet flexible soles move like a sneaker, the leather body is equally lightweight, but this baby looks like a million dollars in any situation. The colours pop, the craftsmanship is elegant, the shoes stun. Darren LOVES them. “The colours, the lines, these shoes are beautiful. I would love to wear them.”

Scoop Neck Tank (From Moksha Yoga)


V neck t shirts are dead, boat and scoop necks have taken their place. Tanks are great for both sexes in August, and this scoop neck tank from Moksha Yoga’s retail line has a fun yoga inspired saying, a soft, comfortable feel and a mid-level scoop neckline.

Darren appreciates the idea of the athlesuire philosophy, but tanks are another thing he doesn’t wear, ever, claiming he is too skinny, and is fonder of button up styles and tees. “Also, I don’t do yoga, so I don’t know what this means. I would like to do yoga, but I am afraid I would fart in class.”