In Canada’s Capital this weekend? Well, there’s this little awards show called the JUNOS that just so happens to be going down on Sunday, April 1st and if you’re lucky, you may just catch a glimpse of the Biebs himself.
Taking place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, William Shatner (LOL) will sashay about the presenters and performers in his typical beloved fashion – minus that whole spoken word chapter. Performers are the usual Top 40 suspects (Hedley, Nickelback, Simple Plan) but we also get a good dose of indie (City and Colour, Feist, Hey Rosetta!) and dance/electronic (deadmau5 with MC Fipside and Lights) plus a new Grammy-inspired ‘mixed tape’ performance (featuring Alyssa Reid, Anjulie, Dragonette, JRDN, and Mia Martina). Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 are Blue Rodeo who will not only be honored but they’ll also be performing with Sarah McLachlan.
Without even looking at the list of nominees you can bet your hard-earned cash that Michael Bublé, Hedley, Justin Bieber, City and Colour and the Rolling Stone-approved Sheepdogs will all have multiple nods, but new this year for the first in JUNO history is a metal/hard music award for headbangers to call their own. There are also some pleasantly surprising nominations like Braids and Diamond Rings, but they have their work cut out for them against returning JUNO award winners, Indie award winners, and best of 2011 list toppers. It’s going to be a tough call in most of the categories, but for fun I selected a few of the categories and picked who I think should. (Full list of nominees here)
On April 10th multiple cities across the globe, including Toronto and Vancouver, will be participating in TOMS annual ‘One day Without Shoes‘ in an effort to bring awareness to the millions of children who cannot afford shoes thus are exposed to numerous diseases. The statistics regarding the diseases children get due to lack of proper footwear is shocking: 1.8 millions children are exposed to jiggers, 4 million people have podoconiosis, the 30 000 people who who live in landfills in the Philippines , etc. As you can see, shoes are a necessity, and on April 10th TOMS invites those of you in Toronto to Dundas Sqaure, and those of you in Vancouver to TD Plaza at Granville to come out and show your support!
It is no secret that Toronto is a city filled with EDM lovers and bass junkies. Since way back in the early 90s, we’ve had a strong dance scene. So it is nice to see a music festival like Canadian Music Fest adopt Toronto’s very first Bass Week as part of it’s own. If you were like me (a bass addict) you were anticipating the lineup since the announcement of Bass Week back in November. Boy, it didn’t disappoint. Our city was being hit with some of drum and bass and dub step’s finest talent, especially considering Ultra Music Festival (the premiere electronic music festival) was happening in Miami at the exact same time.
So I’ve survived another fashion week, which thanks to Mother Nature it wasn’t that bad because the weather was ooh soo beautiful… one day I wore wedges and a maxi dress, just to find myself wearing Mukluks today. Good ol’ Canadian weather!! As usual here’s another fashion fix…
Alexander McQueen x PUMA
We all know how I love me some collabos… So when Alexander McQueen (Lord, rest his soul) and PUMA decide to become chums I’m all for it – I mean sneakers designed by a fashion God, where can we go wrong. Last week I got a chance to peep these delights at The Spoke Club when PUMA threw a Fall/Winter 2012 “Pop-up Closet”.
Last week Canadian Music Week celebrated it’s dirty 30, and while many were still reeling from SXSW, those who made it to the party had one hell of a time. Seriously, you should hear my voice today…in the raspy man-voice department, Kathleen Turner has nothing on me! 5 days, 30 bands, 14 venues, copious amounts of coffee/energy drinks and an embarrassing amount of 7/11 taquitos consumed, the Canadian Music Fest portion of the week rocked.
March 21 was the first night of many in the amazing showcase of raw talent that is Canadian Music Week and I hit up the Piston to see the Ottawa based band Zoo Legacy who opened the show for a long list of talented bands like Sound of Lions(another Ottawa based band representing up in Tdot) and Dream Jefferson, all of which rocked the house like no other. I could not have been more moved by the emotion and true untamed talent that performed.
Nick Pouponneau, lead vocals, a rapper by trade, started the show by forcing the crowd to move forward.
“We don’t bite” he said, as people moved up.
This was just the beginning of the engagement that Nick solicits from his audience. As the show continued, he constantly made reference to the crowd and had people making as much noise as he possibly could.
Our boy T.Mills will be performing Friday, March 23 at the Opera House in Toronto and we’re phsyched
We love T.Mills and know that you do to0, so here’s the deal, tweet us your favourite song from the T.Mills Leaving Home album to @pinkmafia4life and enter in the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.
Here’s some inspiration to get you started.
If you don’t get lucky, hell, we’re sorry, but you can still grab tickets at ticketweb. CLICK HERE for the link!
Canadian Music Week (CMW) is here and as with each year, the shows just keep getting better and better.
The event is in it’s 30th year, and has proven itself to be the best of the best in North American entertainment events that celebrates the business of music. Brining together all things amazing, spanning 5 nights of performances, with more than 800 showcasing bands at 60 live music venues downtown Toronto, CMW 2012 IS Where Music Means Business!
Because you’re free time is important and should not be wasted, we have compiled a list of acts that should not be missed for you to check out:
LOL if you haven’t already heard, Clinton‘s has been shut down since March 4th because of a liquor licence infraction aka letting too many people in and the smell of weed coming from the patio. The Grid tried to make a big deal about it, or something, but honestly who cares, they fucked up and their two week suspension is up March 24th.
You may have heard about Uber in the paper recently-it’s a GPS tracked car service new to Toronto. For Android and iPhone users, you download an app that tracks your location and sends a town car at the push of a button to find you, if you’re on BlackBerry like me (to the death!) then you send a text and Uber lets you know when the driver is close and at your door, if you’re really into it, you can watch the car approach you on the mini map.
Kicking off this week is Parkdale’s Fireside Culture Week which runs from Monday March 12 to Saturday March 17 all along Queen St. from Dufferin to Roncesvalles. Fireside kicks off @ Goodfellas Gallery with drinks provided by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. & Red Bull, and also some tasty snacks provided by Cobs Bakery.
That’s right you saw the TWO deadly words “Fashion Week“- it’s back. First on deck the is the notorious Rogue Fashion Week, where the rebellious non-conformist designers decide to show.
BASCH IT UP
The best thing we can do to keep the fashion frontier going is to nurture the young and eager talent and one competition that does just that is Basch It Up. The competition is for post-secondary fashion majors/grads the students were required to submit 2-4 women’s wear designs.