TOists will be shaking their booty at Do Something With A Blundstone, the Aussie-themed fundraising party tonight. It’s a benefit for SKETCH, the lofty downtown arts studio that offers street-involved and homeless youth drop-in programs that integrate job and life skills development through the visual arts. At the home of the good pilsner folks Steam Whistle Brewing from 7pm to 2am tonight, ten bucks at the door gets you into the party (plenty of food and drink inside), a chance to win a pair of boots and at midnight, instead of turning into a pumpkin, entered in a draw for two tickets to Australia.
TOist Nathalie was one of the judges evaluating the 40-plus pairs of celebrity-decorated Blundstones, all of which are for sale in a silent auction tonight. Many were wildly inventive, festooned by local boldface with faux-fur, paint, beads, moss and goth chains. But TOist’s pick wasn’t one of these preening peacocks; instead, it embodies the subtle and succinct political commentary we Canadians (and Jon Stewart) have become known for. Dubbed ‘the Poo Shoe,’ one particularly ingenious, politically-minded SKETCH regular painstakingly hand-carved a shadow relief of the world’s most famous leader-without-a-soul on each sole (like a linoleum cut), also tooling a no-Dubya symbol into each heel. Unlike the more outlandish stylings of the other Blunnies, the discreet message makes the boot highly wearable for everyday, all the while making an impression (you might say an indelible statement, heh heh heh) with every step.