Toronto is the epitome of this experiment we call Canada; home to practically all of the world’s cultural groups, and over 100 languages and dialects. The shear diversity that Toronto has been blessed with sets it apart from many other cities around the globe. Diversity breeds innovation, reveals standouts, fosters collaboration. The arts and design particularly benefit from this. If artists and designers in Toronto’s art community decide to pursue a higher education, they can choose from a deluge of art and design degrees.
We love us some T. Million, and this week we were lucky enough to have this cutie answer our questions (and he did it with a grin on his face). We’ve blogged about him, interviewed him (twice!) and even staged a photoshoot in his honour. His “Vans On” video just dropped (but unfortunately we can’t view it in Canada…yet). Think you loved him before? Think again, friends.
As progressive as it might sound, Young Empires have made a lasting impression on the bridge of Canadian electro-rock music and being newly signed, they’re bound to continue around the world. Self-saddled as Haute Rock, the Toronto three piece is now zippered by a fourth man, has earned a well-deserved corner on an indie label roster and carries the sound behind an image that no other Canadian artist has achieved to date.
NEW VIDEO ALERT!
ASAP ROCKY just dropped a brand new video for “Wassup” which is the best 90s rap throwback we’ve seen in a while. It’s got that uber-stylized studio feel like a Salt N’ Pepa vid, the gang of dudes in black jeans and black hoodies a la NWA, and Wu vids, 40s (pretty sure Snoop took this to it’s height), and finally, a couple of naked white chicks in the background a la LL Cool J. The comparison’s to Easy E have been around from the beginning but we’re leaning more toward a mix of Pac (who was more educated) and something less aggressive and stylized like Guru. Take a look and judge for yourself.
Going from a teen heartthrob to a credible actor with longevity, and ever lasting fame is almost impossible to pull off. Looking back at the 90s their are so many forgotten faces; all the Jonathan’s – Taylor Thomas, Brandis (RIP), and Jackson – The Hanson Bros, Rider Strong, Andrew Keegan, etc. none of which were able to hold on to their level of popularity they once had, but for some being a teen dream was just baby steps. Joshua Jackson, James Van Der Beek, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all gone on to have very successful careers, and will surely leave a lasting impression in TV/FILM, but still none have reached the level of the crowning king of <3throbs: Leonardo DiCaprio.
Sexual Renaissance Mom asks:
Hey Mica. Recently my mom has gone through a “sexual renaissance” but it’s getting to the point where I fear walking into her house without catching a glimpse of her (much younger) boyfriend’s ass. Can I say something to her or is it out of line? I just feel so grossed out by it, and it doesn’t help that her current lifestyle is discused in minutate detail with me daily (and I mean every day). She and my father got a divorce about 6 years ago and she hasn’t seen anyone since so I kind of feel bad saying anything. What do I do?
This week we got nothing but fantastic flicks for you, full of adventure, fear, terror, and claustrophobia. The more I sit here thnking about the movie I just watched, I wanna get back on the couch, in front of my TV and rewatch them all over again…this time though I’d like to measure the quality of each film if I was smoked one every hour…”Evan you dummy you’d just fall asleep” Nope, these movies are too good to even put on pause. I’m rambling, ok ok so this week is Roman Polanski’s much anticipated film ‘Carnage‘. Don’t let all Polanski’s sexy drama bias your opinion of this film, that’s dumb. Next is ‘Four Lions‘: dumb terrorists being dumb, and the best for last, ‘The Adventures of Tintin‘. Get inside the Unicorn ship that will take from one end of the world to the other.
It’s 2007, the Ed Banger crew is bigger then anyone ever imagined, kids are getting dirty in clubs doing regretable things, and the white lines are never ending. Everyone is a coke dealer, and everyone is in search of the next next after party; COCAINE IS HUGE. The major driving force behind the white mountain was the blogs. Blogs, such as Discobelle, Big Stereo, Palms Out Sound, Discodust, Risky BizNiz & Fluokids, where major players in hyping, up and coming artists, and keeping people addicted to current and new artists. Everyday you could log onto any of these blogs, and find “leaked” tracks, and if, like myself, you followed these blogs religiously, you we’re always hungry. This form of “blog ADHD” goes hand in hand with having everything now now now, and the music just furthered this notion.
They are fashionable people, doing fashionable things.
There is a serious shift happening in Toronto’s fashion landscape where tiny boutiques & studios are popping up all across town. With excellently curated lines, adorable shops & a fun online presence, it’s heating up over who has the hottest wares.
ReiaStudio is a new love of mine. Although their collection selection is relatively small, it’s so well curated that you want to buy the entire line. Carrying labels like Tilo Scarves (you might recognize from Mila Kunis in Black Swan), Rita D., Dennis Merotto (Lida Baday’s previous senior designer and now a must-watch up and coming designer), and their newest Liebeskind Berlin. Every piece in the store is beautiful and curated with care.
When you immerse yourself in the the ever-buzzing world of music, your skepticism towards buzzed about artists greatly increases – especially when those artists appear on late-night TV and tank. When a truly talented, deserving artist is making music that should be heard however, I can’t help but gush. Ben Caplan is one of those artists.