Disruption is more than a buzzword for the tech industry, it’s a one-word playbook for entrepreneurs looking to make change in all walks of business. Here are some of the people and brands that are turning the whole damn thing on its head and, in the process, making it way better.

The Cal Changes Gears


To fête the iconic Pirelli Calendar’s 45th anniversary, fashion photographer Tim Walker hones his lens on an all-black cast of actors, models, musicians, and designers for an avant-garde Alice in Wonderland-inspired shoot styled by British Vogue’s new editor Edward Enninful. Famous faces in The Cal 2018 include Oscar-winning actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Whoopi Goldberg, drag icon RuPaul, model Alessandro Scotti Slick Woods (pictured here), Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Naomi Campbell, who’s graced past calendar pages. Okay, you’ve got our attention, Pirelli.

Even Faster Fashion


Japan’s Uniqlo, which currently has two Canadian shops in Toronto, is installing clothing vending machines across the US, with 10 locations set to open before the end of the year. Gear from its LifeWear collection, like thermal heat-tech tee-shirts and lightweight down jackets, are up for grabs in the stand-alone micro boutiques.

Tweets You Can Eat


Andrea Stewart’s brand of edible social media goes from the Twitterverse to the kitchen counter in her
new cookbook, Recipe Shorts: Delicious Dishes in 140 Characters. Meals include meatball pho, fish stick
tacos, margherita muffins, and more—and as the title suggest, they’re all certified Twitter-ready.

TIFF Takes A Stand


The festival’s 2017 lineup is as diverse as the streets of Toronto. Movies like AVA, the coming of age story of a Muslim girl, A Fantastic Woman, which focuses on a Chilean transgendered woman’s journey through grief, or Les Affamés, a French Canadian zombie flick, all communicate with unique voices, but to a common audience.

TIFF’s commitment to these principles runs deeper than the year’s theme, however, dating all the way back to co-creators Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey and their desire to create a film festival that was representative of the diverse city that hosted it. This year, TIFF announced the Share Her Journey initiative, a $3-million, five-year plan to encourage women and minorities to enter the film-making business. You can donate to the cause at TIFF.net today and your contribution will be matched by the festival’s generous donors.

Makeup Shake-Up


Contemporary (and Canadian) cosmetics brand The Ordinary is changing the makeup game by selling premium products without the “premium” price tag or frill. Cult favourites include the retinol serum, lactic acid, and foundation, all under $10 a pop.

The Anti-Vegan Vegan


Critics call it retrogressive. Vegans call it hangover food from heaven. Your average meat eater calls it surprising. Located in Toronto’s ever-alternative Parkdale neighbourhood, Doomies is unapologetically unhealthy vegan fast food (think massive animal-free Big Mac with chilli cheese fries) in a sleek setting.