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Lossless Toronto: Our Architecture

Frank Gehry not only has the distinction of being the most well known Toronto-born architect, he’s probably the most well know in the world if not the most recognizable. His deconstructive, form defying structures grace the biggest cities in the world from Adu Dhabi to Germany, and even right here in Toronto with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Gehry’s style is distinctly his own and Toronto holds no claim to it but there is a style of architecture that is all Toronto. Two in fact: The Annex style and Bay & Gable.



Tour Diary: Dearly Beloved

dearly beloved

Dearly Beloved is writing a tour diary exclusively for Pink Mafia chronicling their long cross-Canada journey with fellow label members Die Mannequin. Make sure to catch them in Toronto on June 15th for NXNE at the Mod Club Theatre @ 8pm and Velvet Underground @ 11 pm.

20 Questions with Yelawolf

 

With a quick stop at Community 54 in Parkdale to snack on cupcakes and Redbull, Yelawolf hit Toronto to perform at the Phoenix Concert Theatre to a sold out crowd on Saturday night. One of the most genuine and humble artist to cross my path, Yelawolf has the most intoxicating energy I’ve ever seen. And in the courtyard at Community 54, he gave me 20 snippets of his mind. Read the full interview below (minus one omitted response as requested by his manager, and 2 omitted responses due to a faulty recorder :/ ).

 

1. What is your dream of happiness?
Big Cabin in the woods, private skate park, motorcycles, and a lake.

2. Blonde or Brunette?
Fefe Dobson

3. What is the quality you like most in a person?
Humour

4. What do you fear most?
I guess nothing specific

5. 808s or 909s?
Depends on what record. 808s is always the go-to but 909s work too…808s

6. What’s your biggest regret?
Hurting people i care about.

7. What’s your fav bar or club in the world?
Max Fish, New York City

8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
That’s too sappy, next question.

9. What are the 3 musicians dead or alive you’d like to see perform?
Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix

10. What is your favourite decade in music?
The 90s was really influential to me but the 70s had the best music hands down ever.

11. If you had to choose, would you rather go blind or deaf and why?
Deaf. I’d rather see the people I care about and I think i could get around not hearing.

12. How old is too old?
Dead.

13. Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Big House on the lake. Motorcycles. Skate Park…

14. Who’s your hero?
Papa Hall, Uncle Buddy. Both of those two dudes are the best.

15. What’s your favourite colour?
Solid Black. Solid Red.

16. What song could you live without ever hearing again?
It wouldn’t bother me not to hear the Mr. Rogers jingle. I don’t think I would miss it. Other than that, if a song annoys me, I listen to it over and over again.

17. Metallica or Madonna?
Metallica. Hands down.


 

#HumpDayHandout: Vling Bling

Reduce, Reuse, Rebeauty… Vling takes old vinyl records that would otherwise be useless and creates masterfully created pieces that can be used/worn daily. Each piece is entirely original because you can’t reproduce the grooves and rideges that are created on a record after years of use. Their shapes and designs will leave you wanting more, plus, you can even have them customize jewlery to your own design details.

For today’s #HumpDayHandout, Vling has donated swag for two lucky winners, some jewlery and an iPhone case unlike any other.

How to Win:

Get on your twitter and post the follwing message:

@pinkmafia4life going green in style for #HumpDayHandout check out www.vlingvling.com

Posting that enters you in for a chance to win, sssuuuppper easy. We’ll announce the winners as soon as we have them.

 

According to a Queer Grrrl:Naked at Inside Out PLUS: Push It (push it real good)


The Toronto LBGT Inside Out Film Festival was 10 days of films and parties. I had the opportunity to attend a two of the events on Friday May 27th. All events were run by run by a courageous crew of volunteers, film and entertainment experts. If you have never been to the Tiff Bell Light Box at 350 King Street West then you owe yourself to check it out. The theatre is quite large with floor and balcony seating. As people filed into the venue, a volunteer would call out “Is there anything naked beside you?” Festival goers called up the number of seats that were around you and people just moved in to accommodate everyone who needed a seat. It was a packed house of people in bubbly anticipation of everything the 10 days of the Festival represents.

Eight and a Half

The Power of Three

Off a well-lit alleyway just north of Wellington Street, Spin Galactic‘s redesigned historic space is equally appealing as the highlighted items on the social club’s snack menu.  Between the beaming pillars of the cement floored loft, sit a dozen top-lit ping pong tables and a few die hard players — pints in hand — leisurely moving about the room. Behind a semi-private, bleached panel-wood partition, opened enough for discreet speculation from onlookers, you’ll find an Olympic size table,  sofa space for 10, and a handful of paddles reserved for the next big match.  A gentle voice heard in the background — programmed perfectly to the occasion — bellows comfort and carries the spring of local acumen. Affirming not only Spin’s hospitable touch, but is the perfect soundtrack to watch her (sometimes) colleague, waltz down the stairs and quietly find his place at the bar.

For Toronto-born drummer Justin Peroff, calling King West “The Dubai of Toronto” is no stretch of the imagination, let alone insult to its culture. The streets are littered with fashion-forward professional types, magnetized to booth service and car dealerships, and young money whose concerns can be measured by the size of their pets or questionable savvy when it comes to the disposal of their four-legged friends ‘fury’ so to speak.  Enclaved by “hip town” (Queen West), “905 Haven” (Toronto’s club district), and “No Man’s Land” (tomorrow’s East Liberty Village), advertising pedlars, investment junkies, and life sci grads from the country, are the typical residents of this bricks and mordar built neighbourhood. It’s a nightlife lost and found for GTA limo drivers and is thinly scaved by only a handful of homicides; locals here are loyal to Jimmy’s coffee, and everyone has an in at the Spoke Club. Some of the city’s most gorgeous residential architecture hides beyond the alleys, only discoverable by foot though. And monuments like Spice Route or Cheval are slighted only by high-brow entertainment professionals on visit from Berlin. But, provided you’ll pay for it, world class DJs are spinning just about any day of the week around here and in general, it’s a pretty hot crowd you’d be fortunate to rub shoulders with.

Over the last few years solo projects have become an increasingly popular way for Canadian talent to explore their artistic potential (Alexisonfire, The Dears, Tragically Hip), although for Eight and a Half, ‘collective creation’ is the bonding ingredient freshening each member’s artistic careers. And regardless of the (no longer) pending release from The Stills and the release of Forgiveness Rock Record last year, Eight and a Half committed themselves to the band’s self-titled debut long before anyone really knew of tangible meaning behind it.

Entertaining Under The Influence… How to Farmer’s Market

Entertaining Under The Influence… How to Farmer’s Market

If you don’t want to be like a regular mom you want to be like a cool mom you better get your ass down to a farmer’s market. Or if you’re against the soul-sucking resource- destroying regimen that that is Monsanto, overpriced ocean-shipped organic produce, or just want food that tastes like food get your reusable bags ready. Despite the frequent dismissal of markets as a hipster haven the rekindled popularity of the market has brought in a huge wave of new places to shop and explore. With so many options it can be hard to know where to start, especially if you happen to be intimidated by the mom killing it in nudies, wedges, with a baby strapped across her chest and a bushel of kale big enough to feed Alicia Silverstone for a month. Here’s how to survive.

BATTLESHIP ft. Rihanna

Battleship is pretty much everything you want (read: I want) in a summer blockbuster: Rihanna, aliens, OK CGI, cheesy dialogue, summer tan sweat, a reunion of Friday Night Lights, & Rihanna.  Before we get into the complexities of this film, let me just briefly let know what it’s about: The film opens with NASA sending a signal through deep space to let Planet-G (an Earth-like planet far far away) know about us, all the meanwhile some nerd is saying “THis ISss A BAdd IdeA”. Cut to > Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard; they are in a lifelong relationship, and even though they truely love each other, Taylor can’t seem to get things together, so to get him on the right track Alex recruits him to the navy where they can be together 4ever. Taylor has a big ego so he needs a beard…it’s Brooklyn Dekker. She adds big tits and blonde hair to Battleship..Oh and she’s Liam Neeson’s daughter (He’s the Admiral) . Anyways, the NASA signal makes connect and 5 alien ships head towards Earth to scout our planet and eventually try and signal back to the homeland to let them know that they can come on over and take over.

JOHN CARTER OF ZZZZzzzzz

After BATTLESHIP, I needed to see another film Taylor Kitsch was born to star in: JOHN CARTER. This CGI heavy sci-fi action film really nails it by showcasing that when you’re magically transported to mars by some god like minions, it’s easy to adapt, you’ll be able to jump real high and a lot, and you’ll become celebrated hero.  You will also meet another beautiful wife material princess, and befriend a fast mutt. If you need a life boost, JOHN CARTER is the movie for you, it will help you see the person you will become..on MARS.

#HumpDayHandout: Uber

We’ve been rolling around the city with Uber lately. If you don’t know, Uber is the on-demand private driver service that’s quickly becoming ubiquitous with getting around Toronto. Download the free Uber app for iPhone/iPad/Android (or request a ride via text message), set your pickup address and within minutes a professional driver in a slick black car rolls up and takes you where you need to go!

20 Questions with Raina Douris of Rain’s World


Former on-air personality Raina Douris was our favourite part of 102.1 the Edge probably, like, ever. Since she flew the coup, she’s been keeping busy stuffing mashmallows in her mouth for Canadian Music Week, making cameos in music videos for The Darcys, firing confetti cannons while touring with Hollerado and hosting my new favourite show Rain’s World.

Filmed in her basement apartment à la Wayne’s World, Raina invites bands over for the ultimate anti-interview where baking cookies, making arts & crafts and playing homemade board games are not out of the question. Her lastest episodes featured the babes of Chains of Love who engaged in a titillating game of marry, fuck, kill, while Papermaps debuted their culinary masterpiece ‘The Olympic Sized Triple-Double Decker Avocado Caramelized Vegan Grilled Cheese Speciale‘.

You can like Rain’s World on facebook, follow her on twitter @rahrahraina or check in at Rain’s World homebase for new episodes and updates of all her zany adventures. Here are her hilarious answers to our 20qs:

1. What is your dream of happiness?
Being able to afford to hire a person to play with my hair. All the time.

2. Blonde or Brunette?
I’ve been both. Right now, I’m blonde, but as far as in the opposite sex, I seem to lean towards brunettes. Are dudes with brown hair still called “brunettes?”

3. What is the quality you like most in a person?
The thirst for adventure! Let’s jump in a pool and then watch ‘Gone With The Wind’ until we pass out. In the morning? Order pizza. To our bed. Extra large.

4. What do you fear most?
This is embarrassing. I am terrified — and I mean, panic-attack-grade-terrified — of asteroids hitting the earth. Oh? You’re afraid of spiders? You’re afraid of public speaking? How about CATASTROPHIC GLOBAL DEVASTATION? TSUNAMIS! AEROSMITH’S “I DON’T WANNA MISS A THING” PLAYING ON EVERY RADIO STATION?! Yeah, I thought so.

5. 808s or 909s?
Nine is my favourite number. What’s with the 0′s? Is it bad that I don’t get this question? 42.

6. What’s your biggest regret?
That I will never have an authentic Mexican accent. Have you ever heard Salma Hayek? My god. I wish. But it will never, ever happen.

7. What’s your fav bar or club in the world?
I will always love Sneaky Dee’s. Those nachos, the vibe, the decor. Plus you’ll always run into someone you know, and they’re open forever.

8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Cheese. I tried it once, and it didn’t work.

9. What are the 3 musicians dead or alive you’d like to see perform?
Easy #1 – Talking Heads. David Byrne, if you’re reading this, please be my best friend.
#2 – Kurt Cobain in Nirvana.
#3 – The original Sublime – with Brad Nowell, while lying in the sand under a palm tree.

10. What is your favorite decade in music?
I’m pretty happy here. Honestly, it’s incredible that everyone with a great musical idea can put it on the internet  and I can listen to it, judge it, and then make a video of myself singing it and post it on YouTube.  It’s amazing. We are so lucky.

11. If you had to choose, would you rather go blind or deaf and why?
Blind. BLOUND. That’s what I think the past tense of “blind” should be. Like, “OH NO! A STICK GOT IN MY EYE! I’VE BEEN BLOUND!”

12. How old is too old?
5 billion years is about as old as I’d like to get, because that’s when the sun is going to explode. Don’t really wanna be around for that.

13. Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Living in a squatter city in an RV in California. Look up Slab City. I’m working on it.

14. Who’s your hero?
Tom Green! Everyone thinks he was a frat-humour dork who humped a moose, and everyone is WRONG. He was a fucking genius who pioneered social, observational humour. His stand-up comedy is insightful and incredible. He is the Andy Kaufman of our time – way fucking ahead of everyone. I could go on all day about this, but that’s for another time.

15. What’s your favourite colour?
Red.  Because it starts with an ‘r’ and it was Raphael’s colour in the Ninja Turtles.  Incidently Raphael from the Ninja Turtles was my first crush.

16. What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. Way too long, overwrought, boring garbage. And James Hetfield’s voice drives me mental.

17. Metallica or Madonna?
I’ll take Madge. See previous question.

18. What’s your most hated vice?
I don’t hate any of my vices, moderation is the key.  Laziness, though, is a pretty big one of mine.

19. Who is the most tragic figure in history?
Gary Busey.

20. What are the top three live shows you’ve seen in your life?
LCD Soundsystem. I cried.
Arcade Fire. I danced.
Hollerado. I learned to shoot a confetti cannon.

Ask Mica: How to Pitch a Tent for Dummies

Dear Mica:

My brother is planning a huge camping trip with his buddies to celebrate his birthday in July and he’s invited me to come along. The only problem is…I hate camping. I’d tell him I was too busy but we only just became friendly again in the past few months (we didn’t talk for years). Meaning,  I can’t get out of it. They go camping every year for his birthday and it’s the first time they’ve invited me so it means a lot to them. What do I do?

City Girl Forever

Essentials: REV up your nails for LONger

 

When I lived in Korea, I would often see women with only one or two nails painted and the rest left plain, when I finally let my curiosity get the best of me and mustered up the courage to ask a woman why she only had one nail painted, she smiled widely, threw her hands in the air and announced “NO TIME!”

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