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)
With an estimated budget for $100 million you would think The Hunger Games wouldn’t have come off so…cheap. Don’t get me wrong, the film is a brilliant portrayal of the book, and does an amazing job at highlighting the cruel dystopian world Katniss and co. live in, but where the film really falls short is the portrayal of the Capital, and the people who keep the districts in check.
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!
Its been 13 years since American Pie hit theaters, and maybe because I was 13 young and dumb, and about to head off into High School, but I remember American Pie being the funniest movies of ALL TIME portraying an completely accurate idea of exactly what High School was going to be like. OBVIOUSLY it wasn’t. University was a little more similar. Regardless, American Reunion hits theaters April 6, and its gonna be a blast. Jim and boys are back, but the most exciting cast members to see back on the silver screen are Tara Reid and Natasha Lyonne. Last I Heard of Natasha was she was smoking crack on the streets of New York, and Tara was still…well being Vicki 24/7. Check out the Red Band trailer below.
$1/month razors. Cheap & Practical. Watch this this genius promo for Dollar Shave Club and you’ll be convinced.
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.
We’re back again on the magical day of giveaways known as #HumpDayHandout and we’ve got something totally awesome for you this week.
Digital media has taken over our lives, by the year 2050 we’re going to have so many photos we’ll have to build super computers just to hold the amount of history ya’ll are making on a daily basis.
To celebrate the fact that we’re now sharing pictures of our food, dogs, friends, toe jam, whatever with everyone on the planet recently, we’re giving away a free digital picture frame so you can keep the toe jam pics to yourself, in the privacy of your own home.
If you’re like me, then you find dating in this city just horrendous. Luckily, Gary Wilson, President and Founder of Eligible Inc. has put together a fun girl’s night out for women who are interested in learning more about men from men entitled “Martini’s with Men“. Hosted by “Thirsty Traveler” & “Iron Chef America”, Kevin Brauch, the evening provides women stories about dating, relationships & love while also giving us a little bit of fun (including complimentary makeup by makeup artist Kristine Street, a hair station courtesy of West Salon & Spa & aromatherapy treatments by Maria Kovatchev) while we learn the do’s and don’ts of relationships.
Martini’s with Men #3 is taking place on Wednesday, March 28th from 7pm – 10pm. I had the chance to sit down with both Kevin Brauch and Gary Wilson from Eligible Inc. to find out more about the event. First up Kevin Brauch, the Thirsty Traveler:
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”.
Boozing Buddy asks:
Hi Mica, I have a very old friends who has been having issues with alcohol for a very long time. He’s always fun in the beginning – the jokester, the storyteller. But by the end of the night, everyone spends their time trying to figure out how to get him to go – many a game of…well…anything, has gone awry from his inability to control his drunken emotions. It’s never affected his work/personal life in a major way, but it is driving all of us crazy and we don’t know what to do. Ideas on how to address it without alienating him? I’m at a breaking point in my patience.
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.