Jul 26, 2011

Katy Perry as Smurfette

On a lighter note Katy Perry walked the red carpet Sunday afternoon for her acting debut at the world premiere of The Smurfs in 3D, in New York at the Zeigfielf Theatre. The singer channeled her inner Smurfette by wearing Smurf blue Louboutin pumps, dying her hair blonde, blue eye make-up, with Smurf nail decals, while donning a white frilled mini adorned with the character she does the vocals for.

I think her custom made The Blonds corset and teeny white mini are absolutely adorable, and would have been perfect for my Smurfette costume I wanted to wear last year for Halloween, but alas I could not find the right white dress, perhaps they'll start selling these in stores soon? I love that Katy has dived right into this opportunity to play dress-up, however I much prefer the pop singer as a brunette!

The Smurfs in 3D also stars the fabulously hilarious Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria, along with Katy, Alan Cumming and George Lopez. It opens this Friday, July 29th.

Katy Twitpiced her nail art.

Jul 25, 2011

Forever 27: RIP Amy Winehouse

This Saturday July 23rd Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London flat at 27 years of age, joining Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones (and Shannon Hoon) in the 27 Club. Death and loss is always a sad event, but the most tragic detail in this troubled singers passing, is that not a single person is surprised; and at the same time, no one could do anything to save her. She was a talented singer and songwriter, who's Grammy winning, critically acclaimed album, Back to Black spawned success across oceans. Unfortunately, she succumbed to the vice that possibly made her the artist millions of people loved to listen to and couldn't help but gawk at. She was doomed from the beginning, and we all sat back and watched as she self-destruct.

Jul 20, 2011

Shaun Boothe - 1 2 3 ft. STS (single)

One, Two, Three! Canada Month continues with a vengeance thanks to Shaun Boothe's third release off The Waiting Room, "1 2 3." The Wilson Pickett "Land of 1000 Dances" sampled track was produced by Canadian Paul Jefferies, and features Atlanta-born rapper (now living in Philly, hence the "PHL" in the artwork) Sugar Tongue Slim, aka STS. Is it cheesy to say I may have just found my new ring tone?

Your wait to listen to this talented artist on repeat is short; you can download the track below and his greatly anticipated, The Waiting Room is dropping July 26th, just in time for me to listen to on my trip to Spain and Portugal!

Jul 18, 2011

Music Monday: The Weeknd Live

I just can't seem to stop posting Canadian topics, it's officially Canadian Month! Now that declaration is out of the way, I have another one: I LOVE The Weeknd! I'm talking, obsessed! I have House of Balloons on repeat, and have difficulty putting anything else on, and I'm counting the days until Thursday, the second installment of this album trilogy is released. If you follow Drake on Twitter, you would have read him quoting this 20 year old's Toronto natives lyrics to "Wicked Games," Bring your love baby I can bring my shame/Bring the drugs baby I can bring my pain/I got my heart right here, I got my scars right here/..So tell me you love me/Only for tonight, Some of my favourite lyrics from the track. The Weeknd has received a great amount of industry notoriety since the March 21, 2011 release of his 9 track EP. And I can hear why, the album is filled with tales of lust, pain, and over-indulgence set over twisted, melodic synthesizers and a arousal-inducing bass beat. It's sex, raw, intense, unforgiving and uncontrolled.

The Weeknd's live presence has been mostly kept underaps with "secret" appearances that buzz among the industry crowd, but finally the man is bringing his talent to the public, with a performance at The Mod Club this Sunday July 24th. Naturally the show sold out the beginning of the month, but there's still a chance to win tickets via 1 Love T.O.'s website.

Jul 11, 2011

MMVA Hosts

We're nearing the end of Canada Week, which seems like the perfect opportunity to close out the remaining attendees at Toronto's MMVAs. (Hey if they can repeat the show 1276 times until April 2012, then I can keep posting about it 3 weeks after the event happened!)

How have I never noticed this beautiful man before today (well before June 19th)?!?!?

Much Music VJ Jesse Giddings looked great on the Red Carpet, and it's not just his pretty face that I'm admiring; The white blazer, skinny jeans, gingham shirt, pocket square are all great. I especially love the peek-a-boo tattoo he has on his chest.

Another MuchMusic newcomer and standout was Phoebe Dykstra. I've noticed her on air a few times in the past and wondered where she came from and who she is; now I wonder the same only with less contempt and more intrigue. She looks great! Perhaps much has found it's next "alternative girl," after Sook-Yin Lee's departure.... Perhaps.

Another newcomer VJ Liz Trinnear, who won the MuchMusic VJ search 2 years ago (instead of my amazing friend Ashley), wasn't as fortunate as Phoebe. I feel like this is good in thought, perhaps in pieces but the execution isn't working for me. That skirt reminds me of something I would of worn in 1994.

The cast of MTV Canada carried around a cut-out of the "Heavy annoying girl;" and no, that is not me being tactless and mean, that is literally the "character" she plays. It's her shtick, and it's annoying. Besides the shoe/hem of Nicole's look, she looks good, I actually approve of the underwear-revealing slit, mostly because it's not boring, unlike Aliyah.

Before I begin, it should be noted that I have a large bias against the hosts of E-Talk Daily. It's not totally their fault, my mother and her incessant watching of their program is mostly to blame. She'd actually watch the same episode 3 times, and of course I find the hosts annoying. Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, I quite like Tanya Kim's one-shoulder belted tangerine mini, the shoes are horrific, however. Ben Mulroney looks both dapper and dorky, which I can't fully get on board with; which is unfortunate because he's the one who annoys me the least. Lainey Lui on the other hand, her dress is a big old mess, but the shoes are interesting and cute. Blondy on the end looks like she read "How to Look Edgy, For Dummies" and put on the stereotypical black corset, black mini and platform shoes in attempts to fit in with all the musicians.

Speaking of typical, former MuchMusic VJ Leah Miller arrived with her musician husband Dallas Green, in her uniform: so tight it makes breathing difficult, short, nude bandage dress. It's rare you'll see her in anything but, and it's barely worth mentioning...

Jul 7, 2011

Shaun Boothe - Let Me Go (video)

Since we just finished celebrating Canada Day, and I took a whole birthday week, I've decided that my country can have the same; which is the perfect excuse to showcase the talents of Canadian Shaun Boothe. By now you've probably heard his Lykke Li sampled track "Let me Go," on the radio, now the talented Toronto emcee has dropped the visuals to his soon-to-be-Number-1 hit.

I was fortunate enough to catch the video this morning during my am run, and was impressed! The amount of pride I feel when local talent really showcases what both they and our country has to offer, so well done Shaun!

After you're finished bobbing along to "Let me Go," check out "Phone Sex" a new track that Shaun leaked today from his mixtape Waiting Room that drops this month! The track samples Jay-Z's "Song Cry" and has been dedicated to long distance relationships. Oh the memories!

Jul 5, 2011

Kendrick Lamar - Section 80

Three weeks ago on Thursday June 17th, Californian native Kendrick Lamar made his Canadian debut in Toronto, alongside AbSoul, Schoolboy Q, Lord Quest and friends to promote the release of his album, Section 80, and celebrated his 24th birthday. That night Kendrick played snippets of the entire album, and what we heard was sounding pretty promising. As it turns out, I'm not the only one who thought so; as of this week Section 80 has soared to the #1 spot on iTunes HipHop/Rap charts, and is #3 overall! What a great birthday present! Below is a video of Kendrick performing "Micheal Jordan" to the Toronto crowd, which I was a part of.

I had a chance to speak with Kendrick that night, and was not only impressed by his performance but also by his reading material, and chip choice (All Dressed, welcome to Canada gentlemen!), there was a copy of one of my favourite novels backstage. it was a great night and this is well deserved success! Congrats!

Jul 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

While I'm heading back to work after a Canada Day-long weekend, our Southern neighbours are enjoying similar festivities; complete with fireworks at dusk, lazy beach days- Lake Tahoe or Havasu would be a great choice, noshing on themed treats, celebrating their235 years of independence. It's funny that two countries with such distinct characteristics, yet somewhat similar lifestyles, share a weekend for a similar reason; even our national colours (yes with the "u") are almost identical, with the addition of blue for our American counter-parts. Even "funnier" still, even after all these similarities, it's still the biggest chore, bordering on impossible, to travel and move to the US! I'll share my AMAZING health care, if you share your enviable weather! I think that's a ridiculously fair deal. Enjoy your Fourth of July my American friends!

Jul 3, 2011

True Blood Sundays

It's official the new season of True Blood is here! Last Sunday during the Season 4 Premiere, we learned that not all fairies are good, in fact they are a little scary. Sookie's been missing from Bon Temps, Louisiana for a whole year, while experiencing her little escape from reality to "Fairyville," and in that time Lafayette has got a mohawk and Jesus has joined a coven? Tara moved away, is a cage-fighter and has "switched teams." Bill Compton is now King, and enticingly seductive Eric never gave up on the fairy he possibly loves (Sookie that is), thus bought her house so that he "owns" her-- Sounds like love to me. Unfortunately absent from the screen was Alcide, but here's hoping we'll see his tantalizing werewolf body face, whichever, tonight!

Also, Sam Merlotte has found a group of shifters to run with, while his younger brother Tommy shacks up (in the most baffling turn of events) with Hoyt's mother. Hoyt and Jessica are living a disgruntled domestic life; and Jason Stackhouse is now Bon Temps Sherriff and has been taking care of the kids up in Hotshot while Crystal is still awol. There was a lot of information packed in that half hour, but very little on "the pack" (werewolf reference), so I will again reiterate my expectations for tonight's episode, and hopefully things will also start to flow together and make sense.

Jul 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Canada!

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Today Canada celebrates it's 144th birthday. The many options I had to spend this beautifully sunny (and humid) day in Ontario, included heading to the Beach (in my case it probably would have been Port Dover); going to an "awesome" cottage in Huntsville (a tried and true Canadian tradition); visiting the nation's capital and viewing the Royal Newlyweds in Ottawa; or staying home and cleaning (in preparation for my upcoming European vacation); I've decided to join my "roommate" and head to her trailer at one of my former favourite long-weekend spots, Fergus and Elora. Hopefully I can make it back to Toronto for some sangria and mojitos at Ultra's patio lounge and the Pride Parade on Sunday. However, you decide to celebrate our nation's birth, be safe and have fun and sing our anthem proud!
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