The only disappointment was that she didn’t sing “Black Mermaid”, a new track that’s teased fans for months on her myspace – only a short snippet is posted! If you haven’t heard it, I demand that you do – IT’S AMAZING and I’m dying to hear the full version. Good news is that Esthero announced early this year that she is working on a new album and I’m sure it’ll be well worth the wait when it drops.
She soaked up the love and was clearly emotional after she performed “We R In Need Of A Musical Revolution” as an encore, wiping tears before leaving the stage. Anything but a “fake-ass-bitch”, Esthero is as real as it gets. LOVE her.
Written by: Rekha Patel
Photos by: Natalie Lisa Johnson
I showed up at the Wellesley Stage just after 5pm on Saturday expecting (and excited) to see Toronto’s Fritz Helder & The Phantoms, but soon learned that the group had been pulled from the line-up at the last minute (rumours suggest it was due to some -ahem- “fritzy” attitude towards event organizers?). However, my disappointment was quickly replaced with intrigue as the fill-in group, Lioness (led by a fiery Vanessa Fischer) tore up the stage with their electro-house-rock sound. Part synth, part soul, part distortion, and all roar. The next time I see this band won’t be by accident!
Photos by: Natalie Lisa Johnson
Pride was amazing as usual. I wanted to take a photo blog of the night’s festivities and instead of taking the boring smiling photos. I thought it would be more entertaining for everyone to work it like a TIGER! (Thank you HANGOVER for the idea). Thank you to these Pride goers for stepping up to the plate.
These people were beyond ferocious.
Remember T.O. that Pride may only come to our neck of the woods once a year… I kno soo sad!!! But don’t y’all ever forget to be PROUD to show ya COLOURS and ya PRIDE!!! Til next year party people…
What a day the 25th of June has been!?!?! My heart feels heavy and sadden by the lost of two icons… the first one being the queen of sex appeal Farrah Fawcett. As many of my peeps kno… cause I keep y’all informed!!! The queen of the Flip-Fringe has lost her long battle with colon cancer at the age of 62.
She’s known the world round for being a beautiful blonde bombshell. On death’s door she wanted everyone to remember “Not to give up no matter what… to fight to the end.” And that she did folks… she shared her pain, turmoil and dispiriting setbacks with us in her documentary “Farrah’s Story”. Even in her last dark days her beauty was radiant.
So to all my party people… take a moment of silence to remember the one that gave us the OMG!! Flip-Fringe (dear Lord what would we do without that hairstyle). We will all remember her as one of the sinful angels on the 70′s show Charlie’s Angels… and an angel she was!!! Now may she rest in peace with all the other angels.
Farrah Fawcett aka Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett (Feb. 2, 1947- June 25, 2009)
OMG!!! I’m sure y’all have heard by now… Michael Jackson the King of Pop died yesterday at the age of 50. Honestly, I kno that everyone around the world is feelin’ this one to the bottom of their hearts; even my Grandma was like MJ? say it isn’t so!!! No matter what corner of the world your in or from, I guarantee at one point in your life you attempted the Moon Walk, the spin and the conveted crotch grab… be honest.
I kno a couple of you even rocked the one glove and mini leather jacket (my brother did one year for halloween!!) Sooo, all I ask of my peeps is just to take a moment of silence for the one who taught us how to be A SMOOTH CRIMINAL while being so BAD it was THRILLER. And BTW, BILLIE JEAN is not my lover… I’m all about DIRTY DIANA, who won’t give me ONE MORE CHANCE!!
From the Jackson Five to the Jacksons to MJ in his prime (even after the accident) and court cases, NO MATTER what we had his back!! I’m blasting his number ones album as we speak.. and ya know I can’t lie, a few tears fell on the keyboard.
Its a sad day :(… not just in music but in HISTORY!!! We just wanna say from the bottom our PINK hearts… MJ “I CAN”T STOP LOVING YOU” because YOU ROCK MY WORLD!!!!
Michael Jackson aka THE KING OF POP (Aug. 28th, 1958- June 25th, 2oo9)
The Much Music Video Awards: Teen block party of the summer. It takes over a good portion of downtown Toronto and shuts down Queen Street. Fans line up for hours beyond hours trying to acquire a prime spot by the stage and stay committed until the very end.
The anticipation of the annual MMVAs is almost too much to handle, with hype beginning in early May and steadily building up until the final performance. The crazyness officially begins over a week prior, with fans camping out 2 days in advance just to score a highly-coveted ticket in. This turns the MMVAs into a week-long event, two stage set-ups causing street closures and sidewalk traffic jams.
Much Music pride themselves in giving the MMVAs an opportunity for fans to get as close as possible to their fave celebs, something that other big shows tend to lack. Anyone can come down and check out red carpet arrivals, watch the show from the street sans-wristband, and even watch sound checks the day before.
There was no shortage of energy and hormones at this year’s awards, with the Jonas Brothers co-hosting and performing twice. Throngs of girls packed the streets, covered in writing and sunburns, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their favorite fantasy. The rest of the performance line-up included The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Alexisonfire, Shiloh, Billy Talent, Classified, Rise Against, and Nickelback. Guest presenters like Taylor Lautner and Brody Jenner induced echoing shrieks from every angle that could be heard for miles. Mass hysteria is just how we do it up in Toronto.
The televised, 2-hour live award show began at 9pm, with the Jonas Brothers opening on the main stage. Everything ran smoothly with no technical issues, major wardrobe malfunctions, or fainting teen girls. Crazy pyrotechnics, explosions, and booming bass turned the downtown core into a spectacle most likely seen and heard from space.
Here’s a look of the scene behind the stage, where artists go through to and from the stage.
Mostly hanging around the press room, I got to take some photos of winners and guests against the MMVA media wall. Highlights below.
Fergie with Kameleon Jewellery
Lady Gaga with Jil Sander sunglasses and New Era cap
Girlicious with GUESS Watches
Michelle LaFevre with BENCH Apparel
Tila Tequila with CHA CHA handbags
Etalk’s Traci Melchor with MOROCCANOIL
MMVA Gift Lounge Photos by George Pimentel
Words and Photos by Melania Fedyna
Happy Father’s Day.
Sunday afternoon, morning for me… you know what that means Luminato is comin to an end, I kno sooo SAD!! It bein’ the last day… it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t save the best for last. Believe me my peeps it wasn’t easy scoring the hottest tickets in town, Carmen & Skin Divers performed by the National Ballet of Canada at the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts, and no word of a lie it was seriously like the day before that I got the go ahead for press passes… and they gave me two, they really like me. Honestly, if it wasnt for my new BFF Catherine Chang the National Ballet PR guru it wouldn’t be possible, and trust me I’m sooo glad she was able to make it happen. So, I’m super excited I can’t even breathe and I haven’t been to the ballet since Karen Kain was a princple dancer… I know forever. Ok, the inside scoop on the day is ticketholders get a special lil treat before the actual show… of course you know I can’t miss that!! So, I guess you guys wanna know whats soo special that I’m actually early… its a Flamenco Performance by the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. I know.. how wicked-awesome does that sound!?! I was only like 10 mins late and technically I was only late for treat not the actual show… for real. So I’m takin’ in the spectular venue, the design of the Four Seasons is sick! My ears peak when I hear the Flamenco musicians are on stage.. I’m a sucka for a Spanish guitar. I dash up the stairs in my 6inch stillettos hopin’ not to miss a beat… I get to the top of the stairs but no dancers yet. I was relieved ’cause I definitely don’t wanna miss them. The strings of the guitar was captivating, but I’m still waitin’ on the dancers… and still waitin’, ok no dancers. I’m a little bummed ’cause I saw no flamenco dancers at all, and I was sooo lookin’ forward to it… I highly doubt I missed them in the 10mins I was late, but it is possible.
People began to disperse headin’ to their seats not wanting to miss a moment of the performance… as they hustle I noticed a trend, one I wish I never did!!! And I soooo have to comment on it, because its absolutely audacious… if your goin’ to the ballet PLEASE dress appropriately. In case you don’t know what I mean… Imma break it down and give you the 411 on dress etiquette for the theatre, yes I’m goin there. First, foot wear… should not be of the rubber variety therefore no FLIP-FLOPS and if you have to wear sneakers please make sure the soles are intact & the laces aren’t draggin’. I’m sorry it had to be said!!! Next, clothin’… no daisy dukes, hot pants, cut-out no back shirts its not a freakin’ CLUB ladies its the ballet; jeans if you dare must have no tears, holes, and outlandish wash/bleachin’ patterns keep it clean & dark. The number of fashion violations and faux pas had my head spinnin’… I’m goin’ to be insisting that the Four Season has ROAR (Right of Admission Refusal) in full effect. Yes, my peeps you would be surprised what I saw in regards to outfits… and you kno, I can’t lead the people wrong soo I had to drop a lil knowledge for future reference. Sorry, I went off on a tagent… ok focused, the ballet… The lights dim the curtain rises we enter the world of choreographer Dominique Dumais’ Skin Divers, inspired by Anne Michaels’ dazzling book of poetry of the same name. The piece was innovative, fusing both spoken word and visual projections to highlight the choreographer… I mean the visuals were jawdroppin’ the images of the human body reflected as the dancers conveyed “the body as a living archive of experience, or a museum of memory”. Simply breathtakin’ like the poems themselves!! A quick change of set and of course what we’ve all been waitin’ for, Carmen. I’m sure like myself a lot of you have seen or heard of a million versions of the story Carmen… but this folks is said to be the number one stunna. This “groundbreaking, genre-bending re-conceptualization” of Carmen is created by the titillating Italian choreographer David Bombana, and peeps from the sensuous openin’ number from Tina Pereira as Carmen to my new love Piotr Stanczyi as Don José, this interpretation proved to be modern and provocative… illuminating the pain, despair and violence that is pronounced in human relationships, while reminding us of the primal passion of love which is the essence of the story. I can’t say enough the performance was tantalizing, intoxticating… to be honest the scene where Carmen is dyin’ in Don José arms OMG!!! can we say meltin’. WOW!!! hands down this is the best adapation of the Bizet opera out there… if I said it, you kno I meant it! Sorry just tryin’ to catch my breath still feelin’ a lil hot and bothered from Carmen… Honestly, folks I think I’m goin’ to have to get season tickets to the ballet (ballin’, yea right)! No, on the real though… if this is what the National Ballet of Canada is sellin’… I’m buyin!!!
We have all you Much Music Junkies covered for the MMVA’s. If you aren’t making your way down to Queen Street, I’m sure you’ll at least be tuning in. And the best way to tune in is PINK MAFIA STYLE. We will be reporting on all the weekend events leading up to and including the actual awards. Our lead lady, Anna Von Frances will be reporting on www.muchmusic.com with Matte Babel and Matt Wells. And if that’s not enough for you! Follow us on twitter; www.twitter.com/pinkmafia4life . We will be filling you in on all the gossip through twittering live from all the parties.
ENJOY YOUR MMVA PARTIES.
TGIF!! Like it makes any difference to me… we all know my week is more like a mish mash of a weekend. With that said… I’m slowin’ it down tonite goin’ to MacMillan Theatre to take in Nederlands Dans Theatre. These guys I kno’… and trust me when I say they’re the SHIT!! And we in the T.O. have been missing them for like 14 yrs… yea, I know that long. And of course it wouldn’t be me if I arrived on time…but this time bein’ fashionable late was like 30 seconds. So get this… I’m literally like a minute late, I get to box office line which is a mess filled with people tryna hustle a ticket for the show and the guy no word of lie has my ticket in his hand ready to give it away cause of my tardiness!!! I kno WTF…and ooo it gets better. Cause of my EXTREME lateness (pardon the sarcasm) I had to miss the entire first piece, which of course was the BEST part. So let me break it down… I miss the first dance number which is like a half-hour and that’s followed by a half-hour intermission…do the MATH, thats an hour right there- NOT COOL!! BTW, I had a lil crew of other disgruntled peeps who like myself were milliseconds late. What blows the most is the usher was like FYI “Shoot the Moon” the piece your missing is my FAVE… Ooo really thanks for lettin’ me kno, FAK! And that was confirmed by the wonderful people I met at intermission… fashion designer Rosemarie Umetsu and Joanne, a previous employee within the Cirque du Soleil Heirarchy (ya kno how we do). Everyone said the piece was astounding… Lightfoot Leon’s ”Shoot the Moon”, was dance combined with video projection and an extraordinary rotating set. Apparently it was a pretty steamy opening… a window into the anguish of a love triangle..you can imagine how impressed I am. The next piece (my first) is choreographed by Jirí Kylián- who is insane!! And this creation “Wings of Wax” is no different. The striking image of an inverted tree hangs over hauntingly beautiful while a lone light orbits the stage… can we say symbolic. Upon deeper thought, the notion the stage is sky as the dancers flutter and float like birds in the sky… Awww, this one I LOVED!!
But the one we’ve all been talkin’ about at intermission was “Second Person” done by a homegrown fave Crystal Pite. I was shocked when the curtains lifted and I saw the number of dancers that littered the stage, what peaked my attention was the wooden puppet. Whom after further brain activity I concluded symbolized the relationship between the individual and society. But to be honest this was a bit too deep, even for me!! With that said.. I enjoyed the performances immensely! It was a breathtaking experience. Nonetheless, I still am kinda pissed!!!