Its time to have serious fun again, now that the serious threat of winter is pretty much over. I have found for you some neat events worth tweets, likes and a few shares. A chance to show off your Drag King skills and possibly win some dough. A fashion show/good food/party all wrapped up into one. Or if you prefer you could do some serious head banging. You can also keep the spirit alive of the “Occupy” movement, with “Occupy Art Toronto.”
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:
We’ve covered 4th Pyramid before with his work with Cosmo Baker and his time being split between Toronto and New York, and since then he’s been a busy man. Soon to be released is 4th Pyramid‘s forthcoming album ‘The Pyramid Scheme’. We had a chance to preview the album here @ PM HQ and if any of us knew what it was like chilling in the summer on a stoop in Brooklyn, this is the sound ‘The Pyramid Scheme’ embodies.
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.
As we all know the tents went up at David Pecaut Square for the Fall/Winter 2012 installment World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto. For those you who live under a rock and wondering what’s happening there… LG is out MasterCard is in as lead sponsor, L’Oréal is out Maybelline Canada is in as makeup sponsor and Redken is doing the hair. Now that we got the logistics, time to focus on the FASHION!!
Ok so we’ve established that the internet is obsessed with tumblr. To me it’s kind of like what stumbleupon was a year ago in terms of procrastination strategies. It can be super hipster-y I know but it’s all in finding the right blogs. Pinterest has popped up and gained popularity but it just seems like tumblr for shitty people. Anyways the explosion of tumblr has been closely followed with the explosion of GIFs. And I LOVE GIFs. It’s the perfect middle ground when a picture isn’t enough and videos are too long. I mean- Bill Cosby! Oh haii. this is amazing. Social media is now chalk full of ways for you to form a drool puddle on your trackpad in about 30 seconds (foodgawker, why?)So I forced myself to go through tons of food GIFs to find the best/tastiest/ most hunger-inducing food-centric images and a couple of recipes to accompany them. And a warning these are best observed on a full stomach, unless you have the munchies then you’re just screwed.
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.
Now darker and more poppy than ever, Allie Hughes has returned with an explosive project that will just about blow your mind. Not only is she one of the most talented pop vocalists out of Toronto, captured in the bourgeoning electronic pulse of “I Will Love You More” is an endnote that fans across all genres are craving endlessly – a real toe tapping beat.
Dear Lovers + Friends,
I am currently kickin’ it in Austin for SXSW, eating way too many tacos and washing them down with way too much beer, but I thought I’d drop you a line. Over the span of just one week I’ll have been exposed to 1,400+ bands, so I did some pre-festival homework and rounded up some of the best new artists and thought I’d share them with you.
Broncho – Try Me Out Sometime
Bleached – Think of You
Slam Dunk – Bleacher Lovin’
Friends – I’m His Girl
We Were Evergreen – Eighteen
New Cassettes – Silent Guns
Django Django – Default
Howler – Back of Your Neck
Young Buffalo – Catapilah
Housse de Racket – Chateau
Royal Canoe – Hold on to the Metal
Polica – Lay Your Cards Out
Daughter – Youth
Kimbra – Settle Down
Radiation City – The Colour of Industry
Dinosaur – Lovedrug
Eight and a Half – Scissors
Team Me – Show Me
Motopony – Wait for Me
You can download the entire mix here: http://www.mediafire.com/?hcb6cu2inhvsok7
Rest up this week, CMW is just a week away!
You may have heard that Clinton’s closed down for 20 days after getting ticketd for basically being popular. Well in that time they’ve revamped the dancefloor and come up with a wicked opening week to kick off the face lift!
In celebration, we’re giving away tickets to Shake Rattle & Roll on opening night (Saturday March 24th, 2012) plus line bypass (the line is the thing there, it’s so long and starts so early).
Just Tweet your favourite thing about Clinton’s to us @pinkmafia4life and @ClintonsTavern with the hastag: #HumpDayHandout to win.
Mother Mother has a place in all of our hearts. Based in B.C., and with a new album coming out there’s no excuse not to keep your eyes on these guys. Jeremy Page who plays bass and horns in the band gave us his take on the 20Qs. Enjoy!