Dear Mica, My boyfriend and I have have been together for almost a year and recently started living together. Our relationship is great – save for the fact that he’s a total slob and doesn’t put the toilet seat down. He also has a cat – this wouldn’t be an issue except for the fact that I’m pretty damn allergic. We’ve tried everything: Reactin, herbal remedies at home etc. and nothing has worked. I love him and I don’t want him to get rid of the cat – it would break his heart. But I also can’t breathe whenever I’m at home! Ideas? An Allergic Lover
TOMS: One Day Without Shoes
Today TOMS invites you to participate in the annual global event, One Day Without Shoes! The event spreads awareness on the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by taking off our own. All you have to do is take off your shoes, tell people why you are doing it and encourage them to do it too. Take a picture of yourself and the shoeless people around you and remember to share the photos on various social media platforms (#withoutshoes).
Allyson Baker has ‘figuratively’ been around the rock and roll block. Having been a part of the punk and blues-rock scene since the early 90s (once a guitarist for Parchman Farm), this Toronto native decided to break free from the pack and develop her own musical project entitled Dirty Ghosts.
For those who have been tracking Baker’s career, it might have been eyebrow-raising, as Dirty Ghosts and the album ‘Metal Moon’ was a completely different musical direction than she had ever taken. Her husband (Aesop Rock helped out on the production side of things) and other collaborators supported her on the journey as Allyson who spoke to me from her tour in Portland told me, “I made Metal Moon spread out over many years. Originally, this wasn’t made as an album to be released but more as a way for me to try different things and experiment.” Allyson explained to me on the phone that after several years living the ‘rock and roll’ lifestyle in bands, she was starting to feel a bit of a burn out and feel the pressure. She needed a creative outlet and her Dirty Ghosts project was giving her just that. “When I started Dirty Ghosts, it was more about writing the music. I didn’t even have a band, so it was really about how I felt the songs out.”
Ryan Hemsworth, an Electro-soul master and home grown man of our hearts is in town and he’ll be playing at the Drake Tonight. This guy is a rising success story with tons on coverage including a feature on SPIN Magazine‘s Best R&B Albums of 2011.
The show is sure to be awesome and we’ve touched base with Ryan to answer our 20 questions, he willingly obliged and has provided us with some truly in depth wisdom and insight into his personality that is worth the read. Funny and thought provoking, here’s what he had to say:
Harold Kurschenska cut his teeth at the University of Toronto Press starting in 1957 as an apprentice compositor where he quickly became a stand out. After gaining his journeyman’s papers Kurschenska soon left the world of metal plates and ink for a drafting desk and the life of type design. A founding member of the Guild for Hand Printers (f. 1956) and President of the Typography Designers of Canada in 1965 just as the organization was changing it’s name and scope to become the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, Kurschenska gave striking and dynamic publications to the academia of Toronto, Canada and the world.
Are you at your best at running? Working out? Juggling? Sports? Well if you think you might be or are on your way, the International Olympic Committee wants to invite you to submit a short clip of yourself doing what you do best to them for a chance to win a trip to London, England this summer for the 2012 Olympics & a feature in the Olympic TV spot that will be broadcasting around the world!
The IOC wants to see anything and everything that your doing your best at. This could be anything from acrobatics, hula hooping, handstands, paragliding, rock climbing, skateboard tricks to your best pass, punt, shot, kick, goal, tackle, jump, throw and/or time. Even if you don’t win the trip, you still are eligible to win great prizes such as phones, tablets, cameras, etc. The more creative you are with your video the better the chance you have, so get out your camera or phone, grab a buddy to help you out and SHOW US YOUR BEST.
Doesn’t everyone enjoy a nice little treat sometimes? For those of us “calorie-counting” and conscious of trying to be gluten free but still would like to indulge that sweet tooth, fear not! A bakery has opened up on Queen East (in the Beaches) that takes care of it all. Introducing Tori’s Bakeshop, an eat-in all organic vegan café and bakery (2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500, torisbakeshop.ca), opened by namesake Victoria Vaccher.
Word of mouth can still go such a long way. When you hear about a band’s energy, enthusiasm and total dedication to their live performance long before they’ve even made it to your city to play any dates, you just know you’d be missing out if you refused to heed the warning. That’s how I felt at least before seeing The Apache Relay open for Mumford & Sons back in October and I’m so glad I listened. I remember being totally blown away by how this band’s music was able to reach the vast corners of the ACC, a venue nicknamed after an airplane hanger, and seemingly swallow up nearly 20,000 people with their songs – and they were just the opening act! The band has kept themselves busy since with a vigorous touring schedule including stops at SXSW and CMW and joining Dine Alone’s artist roster to release their American Nomad EP in Canada (which is available now). I had the chance to sit down with Michael Ford Jr., Ben Ford, Mike Harris, Brett Moore, Kellen Wenrich and Aaron Early to talk about the journey they’ve taken to success, what makes their live performances so captivating and where they’ll go from here.
This Saturday at Wrongbar get your fix of turntablist DJ Craze. A legendary performer, producer, entertainer, and everything in between, Craze toured as Kanye West’s DJ and has most recently started his own label Slow Roast Records.
Multi-DMC Champion and airtight industry influence, checkout DJ Craze’s 20 Questions below and don’t miss what he’ll be throwing down this weekend in Toronto along side SLOWED, TORRO TORRO, & LUCIE TIC. Buy Tickets.
If you haven’t started listening to Austin-based band White Denim yet, the question is why not? This blues-rock band with garage-rock soul has been making waves all throughout festivals like SXSW and CMJ for over a year now and touring with the likes of Wilco. Clearly, they have built up a bit of cred and fans not just critically.
“D” is out now on Downtown Records (US). White Denim will be playing at the Horseshoe Tavern on April 16. I had the opportunity to grill Steve Terebecki (vocals and bassist) with some tough questions prior to their Toronto date. Take a read below:
We’re giving away a shiny new Portable DVD Player for this weeks edition of #HumpDayHandout
So whether your a closet disneyaholic or have burned out your current DVD player watching massive quantities of porn, whatever, you’re going to be needing a new one eventually, so today is just as good as any other…plus this one is free…and portable (porn on the go anyone?)
You know that friend we all have with the perfect eyelashes, who puts on one coat of just about any mascara and her lashes pop and curl to perfection? Yeah, I can’t stand her either.
As for the rest of us normal-lash-challenged ladies, we tend to need to use the dreaded tool all men turn their heads in confusion at called, the eyelash curler. You know what this thing looks like, it’s awkward to pack and never really does the job just right (I’m talking the 90 degree effect that makes you look like an absolute moron and ends up getting tiny mascara dots all over your upper lid).
With big names like Justin Bieber, Drake, and Album of the Year award winner Michael Bublé out of town, the hat tip to Canadian independent talent was centre spotlight at the JUNO Awards this weekend in Ottawa. From the dumbfounded look on Leslie Feist’s face as she accepted her award for 2012 Artist of the Year, to the pitch perfect performance from Halifax’s Hey Rosetta!, the list award recipients from last night’s JUNOs broadcast are a great indication of impact independent talent is currently having on record sales across the country and the direction the industry has seemingly been shaped. With record labels like Dine Alone and Arts & Crafts taking home a number of top awards including New Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year, Blue Rodeo’s Hall of Fame induction speech was one of the few major acknowledgements of interest that dazzled the room. And with a warm smile from the industry’s head table, the Big Three did in fact get their piece as the new inductees nailed a tasteful performance with Sarah McLaughlan, unsurprisingly coupled with an emotional ovation of support from the audience.