win tickets to the graeme watkins project at mercury live

From The Graeme Watkins Project Facebook page:

12 Months ago, the world was pretty “safe” – the economy was still in tact, the future was bright and in SA Music, Season 5 of Idols was in full swing. Little did we all realise that someone, and something, special was being unearthed – Graeme Watkins.

Graeme has since teamed up with some of the most highly regarded and accomplished musicians in South African music to create his new initiative – The Graeme Watkins Project (GWP). Ryno Zeelie plays Lead Guitarist (famed for playing with Danny K, We Will Rock You and Rent); Rudo Pieterse on Bass (having played for Karen Zoid, amongst others) and Matthew Marinus on drums (notorious for his work in Fevertree, Zebra & Giraffe and Skouspel shows).

Despite being a simple “3-piece band”, GWP produces one of the biggest sounds around. GWP brings a dirty, edgy, rough approach to a medley of pop, indie, rock and electronic genres.

Channelling influences such as “The Springbok Nude girls”, “Boo!”, “The Killers” and even a hint of “Depeche Mode”, this unique sound is bound to inject a splice of energy into every listener. With the ADHD inspired beat, the music is designed to get the crowd into the mad-capped mindset of the band members, to break out of their comfort zone and rock out to the all-encompassing movement of the melody.

This unit has managed to break the “cookie-cutter” mould of stereotypically SA Pop-Rock by producing a handful of fresh, new original tracks – each lined with raw, pure emotion … pretty much exactly what everyone, not only the SA Music scene, desperately needs right now.”

The Graeme Watkins Project Cape Town Tour includes a performance at Mercury Live in Zonnebloem this Friday, 5 August along with supporting act Kill Disco and Brothers Streep. See Facebook for details of prices, times & specials.

We have four tickets to giveaway. Simple Like B-guided on Facebook and leave a comment that includes the words ‘GWP’ or ‘Watkins’ before noon on Thursday. We’ll contact you late Thursday to let you know if you’ve won.

QWP on Facebook

toffee food festival and conference

On 3 & 4 September, the Cape Town City Hall will play host to the very first Toffee Food Festival and Conference.

Julie Powell (USA), from the book and movie Julie & Julia; Eloise Alemany (Argentina), ex-Managing Editor of ID magazine and cookbook specialist; Tung-Yuan Lin (Taiwan), coffee alchemist and world barista champion; award-winning author Renata Coetzee are just some of the food experts who will make an appearance.

Included in your all-access 2-day pass are: breakfast; Woolworths coffee vouchers; a secret dinner; a Nelson Mandela tasting lunch and a braai.

A number including Spier’s Vertical tasting, Pete Goffe-Wood and Denis da Silva’s SAB beer and food pairing, Tung-Yuan Lin’s barista workshop or Tammy Frazer’s perfume workshop.

For full details about this delicious new festival, which we hope is the first of many, visit the Toffie Food website.

mfw sample sale & lee contemporary launch @ bonafide

Bonafide Clothing in Long Street stocks apparel and sneakers from a hand-picked bunch of forward-thinking brands, along with books, music, art and accessories. Brands available include:

1 September 2011

A one-evening only event, the MFW SAMPLE SALE takes place at the store on 1 September from 16h00 to 20h00. It’s drinks, it’s snacks, it’s samples of the Mookssummer 2011 range. Don’t miss it.

7 September

A week later, on 7 September, is the launch of the Lee Contemporary Fashion Range Launch. Enjoy music by DJ Si Monkey, Lee models, drinks and snacks, but as space is limited, make sure you RSVP early to

207 Long Street
021 422 0800

sexy spring party @ casa blanca

Celebrate the arrival of Spring at Casa Blanca’s Sexy Spring Party on Friday 2nd September.

It’s out with the old and in with new as we bring you a fresh DJ line up… DJ West, Chris Taylor & Gary Poole will make sure you have a “spring” in your step all night long.

Doors open @ 10pm

For more info please e-mail or call 079 767 6343.
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a spring weekend at the bot riviera

The weekend kicks off with the Winemakers Selection on the 9 September at Kol Kol Mountain Lodge, Bot River, tranquil with sweeping views of fynbos. Winemakers will be showcasing their wines and revealing unique perspectives on vine-to-glass progression and the personality of Bot River terroir – all complemented by culinary delights.

Tickets cost R100. Please contact Kol Kol on

Throughout the weekend participating Wine Estates and restaurants will announce their involvement by placing pink barrels at their entrances. Entertainment varies from horse riding, fly fishing, wine and olive oil tastings and blending, sumptuous meals, live music, pottery and art exhibitions.

Entry is Free. Saturday 10:00 – 18:00 / Sunday 10:00 -15:00

Partygoers can shunt their cabooses over to the Bot River Station on Saturday 10 September for the Botriviera Spectacle. The theme is ‘carnival’, an excuse for guests to puff up their feathers and pimp their style for an evening of other-worldly and downright surreal entertainment.

The party will be fuelled by DJ Charl who returns this year to rock the rails and steam up the venue. The loco-motion starts at 7 pm and the party will go on till late.
Tickets cost R100 and includes entry to the lucky draw and amazing giveaways. Tickets available at Shuntin’ Shed

Bot River is only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Cape Town so whether one is visiting for a day or spending the weekend on one of the participating estates, the Botriviera Spring Weekend provides an opportunity to discover and explore this fascinating area, meet the merry winemakers and enjoy their wines.

Full details and programme of events are available at

trinity and absa boktown presents

Trinity in association with ABSA Boktown have put together special packages throughout the Rugby World Cup.

The main “Funktion” area is set up with tables and benches and seats 180 – 200 people. Breakfast and drinks will be served before and during the game from a basic menu. Table bookings are essential. We also have exclusive areas available (please see attached document).

The game is shown on a huge 4878mm x 2743mm screen and played through our Funktion 1 sound system. Every week they’ll give away Springbok memorabilia and the best dressed supporter wins an authentic Springbok replica jersey.

Four exclusive packages are also available:

Trinity Cafe (Ground Floor) R2, 150.00
* Seats 20 in a restaurant style setting
* 1 x Motorised Projection screen
* Funktion 1 sound system
* 20 x Plated breakfast or lunch meals from a set menu (please see attached menu)
* 2 Cases Castle Lager or 2 bottles MCC Sparkling wine and orange juice mixer

Trinity Grill (1st Floor) R3, 500.00
* Seats 30 in a restaurant style setting
* 1 x Motorised Projection screen
* Funktion 1 sound system
* 30 x Plated breakfast or lunch meals from a set menu (please see attached menu)
* 2 Cases Castle Lager or 3 bottles MCC Sparkling wine and orange juice mixer

Trinity Cube (1st Floor raised Platform) R4, 500.00
* Seats 40 in a restaurant style setting
* 1 x Motorised Projection screen (2030mm x 3620mm)
* Funktion 1 sound system
* 40 x Plated breakfast or lunch meals from a set menu (please see attached menu)
* 3 Cases Castle Lager or 4 bottles MCC Sparkling wine and orange juice mixer

Salon Prive (2nd Floor) R6, 000.00
* Seats 35 – 40 on couches in a lounge atmosphere
* 47” LCD Screen
* Funktion 1 sound system
* 8 Assorted platters of either breakfast or lunch canapés
* 2 Cases Castle Lager or 2 bottles MCC Sparkling wine and orange juice mixer

Boktown operating hours:

15 Bennett Street (Off Prestwich St.), Greenpoint
021 418 0624
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a haven of tranquility amid the fynbos

Welcome to KolKol Mountain Lodge, where a short breakaway will be remembered as a truly unique experience. Set in a tranquil and peaceful environment with sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains as well as the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, this self-catering accommodation offers the perfect breakaway for family and friends of all ages.

Fully equipped log cabins and private wood-fired hot-tubs invite you to spend time relaxing with fine local wines, a good book or just the fascinating sounds of nature. Explore your surroundings with walking trails, swim with the frogs or cast a line and catch one of the 19 Telapias in the farm dam.

Alternatively, bring the outdoors inside and stay in a freestanding tent, where pure luxury and comfort meets earth and nature and each tent has its own wooden deck and wood-fired hot tub.

Soak the day away with a glass of local wine in the steaming hot pool beneath an endless starry sky or enjoy an early start in the hot water with freshly brewed coffee and the sunrise.

While KolKol Mountain Lodge offers self-catering accommodation, The Kichen@KolKol is available when you’re too relaxed to prepare your own meals. Delectable breakfasts and 2- or 3-course lunches and dinners are available on request.

And if you’re looking for the ideal venue for a romantic wedding, a private function or a unique team building session, KolKol’s function venue has exactly what you need.

Explore something out of the ordinary.

KolKol Mountain Lodge
Karen & Rudi Oosthuyse
E-mail: (preferred)
Tel: 028 284 9406
Cell: 082 654 5090

simple meanings with li edelkoort

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Li Edelkoort has had to cancel her trip to Cape Town.

This spring, trend forecaster Li Edelkoort encourages us to take a moment and consider the world around us and embrace life, in all its colourful facets.

Design Indaba is pleased to announce a Trend Union Seminar, “Bliss”, presented by Li Edelkoort taking place at the Pavilion Conference Centre in Cape Town on Thursday 29 September 2011. At R950 a ticket, this includes:

Looking to summer and lifestyle trends, Edelkoort will explore the major movements that will characterise the next couple of months. What are we wearing? How are we socialising? And how are we relating to the world around us in a time when a renewed respect for the natural world is crucial.

Edelkoort will be looking to these questions in what she describes as a happy moment of being together and sharing. She will present an audiovisual experience that promises to engage you on more than one level, looking at summer styles and trends in fashion, décor and lifestyle.

Understanding the complexities of life today, Edelkoort will also address the human need to simply breathe and live, and the search for new identities. It’s about filling life with meaning, and gaining a new respect for the wonder of life and how to go about achieving this through our consumer choices.

Edelkoort says: “We will aspire to a time out of time, we will search for a world within a world, a space of daydreams and wonder. A moment to experience simply being there. Something to be grateful for. To enjoy the moment.”

This three-hour event starts at 13:30 on Thursday 29 September and places are limited, so be sure to book your place at Computicket now.

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the swartland comes to kirstenbosch

Visit the Swartland at Kirstenbosch this Saturday at the Swartland Country Market. Meet the winemakers and friendly people of the Swartland. Taste the wines and olives of the region. Enjoy the spitbraai, afval potjie, home bakes and preserves. Balloons, a jumping castle, mosaics and pony rides in the kiddies’ corner. Original arts and crafts and fresh flowers. Unplugged entertainment by the Riebeek Children’s Steel Band and other local musicians…

Free Entrance
R20 for a tasting glass and 10 tasting vouchers

@ The Stone Cottages, Kirstenbosch
Saturday, 8 October
10am – 4pm