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.
Singer song-writer, Peter Katz is up for DVD of the Year at the Juno’s and hee’s got a new album coming out, Still Mind Still, at the end of April (24th). Pop the bubbly, Peter Katz definitely has something to celebrate. Read below for his very honest and sincere answers to the 20 Qs.
Diamond Rings, aka John O’Regan, has been adding some fierce androgyny to the electro-pop scene for some time now and only now has the Juno Awards stood up and taken notice of him. With the masculine baritone coming out of the mouth of a lip-glossed, eye-shadowed skinny hipster, O’Regan has captured the hearts & nominations of the Juno Committee, having been nominated for a New Artist of the Year award.
I had the chance to speak to Diamond Rings regarding his nomination, his new album and the evolution of Diamond Rings, the fashion forward artist.
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.
Happy Slacker Canadian Music Week! We’re only a day in and already the jet lag/suicidal thoughts I was having post SXSW have completely disappeared. While there have been a few bumps in the road (get well soon Childish Gambino! xo) the sun is shining, the film and comedy fest lineups are stacked and the music fest, celebrating it’s 30th b-day, is determined to slap that scowl off the faces of any negative Nelly’s out there.
Like any good festival, there is a shit ton going on. Whether you choose one of the stacked showcases presented by Dine Alone Records or Arts & Crafts, or spend some time at Young Lions Music Club’s CMW Artist Select Series feat. Shad, Brendan Canning and Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys curating, DJing, and hosting their own CMW showcases, to say you’ve got some options is an understatement. In case you missed Pink Mafia’s annual guide, you can check it out here and FYI I’ve cross-referenced the CMW social media cheat sheet to clear up any namesake confusion, so for all intents and purposes, it’s #CMF ok? Be sure to follow @pinkmafia4life all week long and their army of babes: @amapod @courtneyleeyip @KayLaser @kateswitch for live updates/photos/kisses.
Below is a little #CMF mix to throw on while you hop from venue to venue which you can download here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/or1kvakjm3nvmzh/CMW.m3u
This winter is possibly an exception to the rule, but generally by this time of year it’s easy to make comparisons between Canada and Scandinavia. Cultures that rise out of harsh conditions would seem to have the same aesthetic and sentiment. While Canada may have fallen into the trappings of an ostensibly typical North American consumption-heavy culture there is now a real desire for the humble, artisan crafted goods. Objects with purpose, designed using natural materials used creatively and thoughtfully, meant to last forever. Canadians crave a cleanse and now want to embrace what their grandmothers knew to be gospel; buy once, buy well.
Mike O. bestowed upon us some of the funniest answers we’ve heard in a while. Check him and the band out at The Horseshoe for Canadian Music Week on Friday (March 23rd) for some major riffs and solid beats (get tickets here).
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!
Odd Future was in town on Saturday, I wasn’t able to make it (mostly because I wasn’t into the idea of hanging out with high school boys and girls), but my 17 year old cousin Sebastian went. I’m not really sure if he’s a big ODD FUTURE fan, but apparently he’s “popular” and into “cool” “alt” music, so it’s no surprise that he was all over this. I got access to his facebook, and grabbed some convo he had with his friend Walt about the show. AHH to be young again (but not really, remember the anxiety, and the awkwardness?? yea)