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Boob Tube: Twittervision (sorry)

While Twittervision is admittedly a pretty terrible portmanteau, the integration of Twitter and TV has brought new life to an aging medium. The assumption has always been that the dominance of Internet video would kill live television.

As Twitter and TV have become more and more deeply integrated, the opposite has proven to be true.



Canadian Music Fest & CMW – Your Guide to the 4AM Last Call

With over 1,000 artists in 60 venues over 6 days, it could only be one time of year: Canadian Music Week.  From March 19-24, 2013 – Pink Mafia has you covered with all the haps for bars to get yo’ drank on til’ 4AM.

Canadian Music Fest & CMW – Your Must See Bands & Shows of 2013

Canadian Music Fest (CMW) is here once again and as always, the shows have just gotten better with an better array of talented artists.

The event, which has been taking place for over 30 years, spans over five days and nights of performances with over 1,000 artists in 60 venues.  Your time is precious and us ladies at Pink Mafia appreciate that.  In order to capitalize on your time, we’ve decide to give you our “Must See” list of 2013.

MIDNIGHT MRKT pops-up this weekend

Don’t have plans for the weekend but want something fun, interesting and different to do?  Look no further, as the MIDNIGHT MRKT is making its return to the city on Saturday March 16, 2013 at 461 King Street West.

This all-evening event pairs all the best of music, drinks and street-style food while showcasing the best of the best in local designers and artists in a beautiful space.  I had the chance to speak with Lucie Tic, who is performing this weekend at the MIDNIGHT MRKT.

Fresh New Music – Wild Belle + Arts & Crafts 2003-2013

Spring is finally around the corner, and to herald it’s arrival you should definitely refresh your playlist. We got the chance to listen to both Wild Belle’s debut album, Isles, due for release on March 12th and the 10 year retrospective by prolific Toronto music label Arts & Crafts,  called Arts & Crafts 2003-2013. Check out our thoughts after the jump.

20 Questions with Markus from CWF Africa to Americas Expedition

Canadian Wildlife Federation’s “Africa to Americas Expedition” launched from Senegal almost three weeks ago in a row boat carrying four young men, two Americans and two Canadian. The rowers are travelling across the Atlantic to raise awareness of the danger the world’s oceans are in. They are attempting a Guinness World Record-setting ocean crossing in a fully equipped, two-ton boat, rowing 24 hours a day in two-men shifts; trying to survive 100 days at sea. Canadian rower, Markus, somehow found the time amidst it all to take our 20 Questions which we are extremely grateful for. For more information on their journey and how to get involved, click OARnorthwest.

1. What is your dream of happiness?
To travel by human power around the world, meeting and sharing the stories of awesome people.
2. Blonde or Brunette?
Not important, let me see their eyes.
3. What is the quality you like most in a person?
Honesty
4. What do you fear most?
Approaching the woman of my dreams. I’m not afraid of death but I still have social anxiety. Ridiculous.
5. 808s or 909s?
13s
6. What’s your biggest regret?
No regrets
7. What’s your fav bar or club in the world?

I don’t remember the name of it, but it was amazing.

8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Love. Or water.
9. What are the 3 musicians dead or alive you’d like to see perform?
Bob Marley, Nina Simone, The Beattles.

10. What is your favorite decade in music?
90′s

11. If you had to choose, would you rather go blind or deaf and why?
Deaf. I feel I could be more independent as a deaf person. Living without music would be a challenge but I would still be able to feel it.

12. How old is too old?
It’s getting older every day…and I’d like to believe age doesn’t matter. I’ve always been with older women.

13. Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Sailing slowly around the world with my young family.

14. Who’s your hero?
My sister Tamsin.

15. What’s your favourite colour?
Green

16. What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Tonight’s gonna be a good night, Black Eyed Peas

17. Metallica or Madonna?
Madonna, no question.

18. What’s your most hated vice?
I don’t hate but dishonesty pains me.

19. Who is the most tragic figure in history?
Jesus, or Kermit The Frog, it’s a tossup

20. What are the top three live shows you’ve seen in your life?
The Pharcyde and Cypress Hill at the Guvernment when I was 13.
Saul Williams in Vancouver in some tiny venue.
Xavier Rudd

 

According to a Queer Grrrl:Coming Out Kinky

There is a certain okay-ness that is happening with sex in this city. There are more people honest and open that any time I have seen in my life. I lived through the 90′s so I know what I am talking about. It has been a natural, organic rise of knowledge and culture that exists today. Some people are right out of the closet, while others have a quiet acknowledgement to themselves about who they are and how they connect personally to kink. This blog is a revisit to Oasis Aqualounge. I also have a social media site for kinksters and a Toronto Munch.

Oasis Aqualounge

231 Mutual Street, between Carlton and Gerrard

Yes, I have mentioned this amazing place a few times. There has been a re-vamp of some of their events. The single men’s night and the women/trans night are beginning to see bigger crowds. The Oasis is a four story building. It has the following: heated pool year round, dry sauna,showers, hot tub and steam room. On the second floor you have the dungeon and the free lockers and towel service is included on most nights. The top two levels of the venue are geared toward sex. There is a Shaggin Waggin Room with a cut out van and lava lamps. The private room is on the top level. Click HERE for info about their events

This is one of the outrageous stripper poles. Just about everyone likes to either take a swing at it or flirt with people as they go around it.

Boob Tube: The Future is Here, brought to you by Netflix and Kevin Spacey

Forget everything you thought you knew about the television industry. This month when Netflix premiered its first original series, House of Cards, they changed the entire game, so you may as well learn the new rules.

House of Cards, a political drama, is pretty standard for the new television-is-the-new-film*  model of television production – combining serious star power (I <3 you, Kevin Spacey) and accomplished filmmakers with complex, intellectual plots. Netflix outbid cable television taste-makers HBO, AMC and Showtime for the rights to produce the series, but frankly, I could imagine House of Cards on any of those networks.

20 Questions with Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas is playing the Opera House on April 4th. get your tickets here! We know you love her. Look at that face, she’s so deliciously cute it’s shocking. Below is a video of proof. She was also gracious enough to take our 20 Qs.

Entertaining Under the Influence…Sniffles

Get ready whiners I’m about to drop some serious thought bombs on the topic of miserable sick persons. Everybody gets sick (Seriously guys EVERYBODY) and most of us can handle ourselves in public but their are some specific cases when the world may actually be ending. I’m talking of course about what the French call, un vrai grippe d’homme- mancolds homies. You know it, you’ve seen it, you’ve watched generations suffer while their male companion teeters on the edge of death with a little phlegmy hiccup and sniffle.

Some Videos from Princess Magrat

I have a cousin who literally sits on youtube.com all day long looking at the best new videos long before we, the public, care about them.

Here’s what I got this week

MTown-White Impala ft. Smooth x Ramel Shakur (sounds like A$AP Rocky)

300+views

Bones-Water (sounds like Bone Thugs)

From the curator about Bones: “ but honestly the first time i heard him and some of the producers he chose to work with i was like WOAH cus they sample so many veterans of tunes i go crazy for but mooshes them all together into some big ol soup of memphis/west coast sound but like 808 added and now this like “trill wave” and other just enchanted forests sounds but with fairies drinking lean or something ha.”-Princess Magrat

According to a Queer Grrrl:Black Cat Pub and Grill

Despite the weather, sometimes it’s nice to break out of routine and go somewhere else. Big screen tv’s to watch the game, happy people and a good vibe are three key ingredients to a good time. Here’s a little gem I wanted to share with all of you.

The Black Cat Pub and Grill, while yes, it is in the west end, truly is not that hard to get to, even on the stormiest of nights. Two major bus routes pass through the intersection of Jane and Dundas PLUS two Blue Night routes. Located at 3513 Dundas Street West the venue is going through a renovation in the back room. The place can get jam packed. Saturday nights they have booked some kick ass live music and Friday is Karaoke with Jeff Smith. They have a killer sound system that gets the crowd dancing and moving. Here is their Facebook for more information.


I spoke to Joe Carlos, the owner of the pub. He said “We are expanding our seating capacity with some booths and a few more tv s to better serve our customers.” I asked Joe about the beer and the food. “For a pint of premium it’s $7.50 and a pitcher is $18. Domestic is $6.50 a pint and $17.50 pitcher. Wings are our specialty. $9.90 for a l lbs and $17.99 for 2 lbs.” The menu also features an extensive all day breakfast to very generous mains and apps. My favourite is the the Steak and Eggs. The steak is always perfectly cooked and the meal is served hot and fresh.


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Blog Hunter: The Top 5 craziest Oscar Moments Of All Time


They’re only a few days away and the media and Twitterverse are already a-buzz with who will take home the golden man,
whether miss ‘so and so’ will wear the little Gucci dress or the little Gucci dress or the little Gucci dress,
who will have the most long winded and awkward acceptance speech and get kicked off stage by the orchestra (hint: jodi foster isn’t nominated this year.) and if Billy Crystal will finally make someone laugh.
I’m just going to go out there and say it: there’s not too much interesting left in the old Academy Awards. The whole thing is judiciously scripted under iron fist contracts, most of the predictions tend to be right due to voting following the trends in other awards such as SAG and Golden Globes, and thanks to James Franco being high as a kite at the 2011 awards (and Anne Halfway having to do improv in front of half the world) we’re going to be left with Billy Crystal’s 80s jokes and dad humour for the rest of eternity.

But, it wasn’t always like this.

Here I explore the 5 most Outlandish Oscar moments of all time.

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