Aug 29, 2011

Beyonce & Jay-Z Expecting

Beyonce has the music industry on its heels thanks to her pregnancy announcement she made at last nights VMA's. The 29 year old singer and her husband of 3 years, hip hop mogul Jay-Z, 41, are expecting their first child this winter, and all I have to say is that kid is going to have a lot of pressure and expectations. The talent and success level expected from this unborn child, is enough for Beyonce to give birth to dollar signs. It's a blessing and a curse, and will be interesting to see how the baby grows up and what they become, I bet music execs are already planning their strategies and bids. As for me, I can't wait to see what kind of mom Beyonce will be, starting with her pregnancy fashion! Jay-Z, however, I feel like he will be a great and devoted father, you can tell he's a man ready for fatherhood. Best of luck to both and congrats to the beaming couple!

Beyonce performs "Love on Top" live at the MTV VMAs

Aug 25, 2011

RIP Aaliyah, 10 Years Later

Ten years has passed since that airplane crash that killed the Princess of RnB and actress, Aaliyah and 8 other passengers, and since then her memory has continued to haunt and influence her fans, friends and music community. I still find myself singing her songs, "Rock the Boat" crosses my lips or gets stuck in my head more times than I can admit, and I never even considered myself a real Aaliyah fan! She had a soft, sweet voices and some catchy beats and melodies, thanks to both Missy Elliot and Timbaland production. Besides her music and movies what I will remember most about the Brooklyn born songstress, was the affect she had on her peers and the memorials they dedicated to her after the fact; she had to have been pretty amazing, personally, for such genuine, heart-wrenching and heart-felt reactions. As she said in the only "Diary Of..." episode that I ever approved of, "You think you know, but you have know idea..." Aaliyah's death and the affect she had on millions, could not have proved that statement more.

Aug 24, 2011

Wilfred Grand Opening Toronto

Today marks the day that Canadian clothing line, Wilfred opens its first freestanding Canadian Boutique in Toronto's Eaton Centre. Previously Wilfred was only available throughout Canada and the US at Vancouver-founded retailer Aritzia, which carried all three lines from the feminine brand, Wilfred, Wilfred Free, the more casual line and vintage inspired Le Fou.

So if you're in the mood to shop and want some classic, breezy, somewhat ethereal and feminine pieces, go check out the brand new 1,600-square-foot boutique.

Aug 23, 2011

Jack Layton Lost his Final Battle

Toronto's Member of Parliament and NDP leader, Jack Layton lost his battle with cancer yesterday at 4:41am in his home here in TO. The liberal rights activist announced that he had prostate cancer early last year and vowed to follow both his father and wife of 23 years lead and beat the disease. Unfortunately after seeing Layton speak at an event last week, those chances were beginning to look slim, but nobody would have expected something as devastating as this to happen so quickly. Members of the public have been bringing flowers and notes love and admiration to his Huron St. home. One of my personal favourites that have been shared with the public read, “Dear Jack, raise a little hell in heaven for us, will ya? We could use some more angels down here.” Even if you weren't heavily involved in politics, Jack Layton was a recognized and admired figure within our nation, and his death is a great loss to our country. Mine and the rest of my city's hearts go out to his friends and family; he was one of the few politicians I could stand behind and believed were decent, kind and genuine. He was a good man. Rest in peace Jack.

Jack left us with one last gift, you can read his final letter to Canadians, here.

Aug 21, 2011

The Weeknd - Thursday (new)

I could say the reason for this post is because I bumped into Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd on my corner last night, but let's be honest I've been waiting for this since I knew of its existence! The Weeknd released his second mixtape, Thursday fittingly, on this past Thursday, August 18th. Needless to say, four days of listening to it and it's already incredible. Thursday introduces us to the inevitable, a collaboration between the Torontonian singer and the man partially responsible for the explosion of his career, October's Very Own, Drake, on "The Zone."
And I do this shit for my hometown, it been going down, it ain't new/That’s that north north, that up top/That OVO and that XO/Your girlfriend at our next show/But its all good, don’t stress though/First night fuck, never really planned it/Take a deep breath, no one need to panic/Lips so French, ass so Spanish/You don’t really like attention, I don’t know if she gon' manage out here/But she got me all up in my zone/Said she like the view I got in this place, shit I did all of that on my own
The Weeknd also did a remix of Drake's recent web-release, "Trust Issues," which you can download here. As for his latest mixtape, visit The Weeknd's website to download you're own copy of this incredible installment.

Aug 19, 2011

Fitness Friday: CanFitPro Toronto

CanFitPro TO started Wednesday August 17th for the pre-conference workshops, but the fun stuff starts today and continues on until this Sunday the 21st! So take advantage of the chance to discover the best, newest or favourite equipment and training ideas. Tomorrow Saturday, August 20th is your chance to discover the newest industry leaders in personal training, group fitness and more, or meet your favourite industry pioneer. Tosca Reno is just one of my inspirations who will be lecturing. You'll also have a chance to do some workshops and get some shopping in! Needless to say, you know where you can find me tomorrow! And on Sunday, I'm actually getting certified to be a Flirty Girl instructor and teach their signature class, Booty Beat from one of the developers (and the most motivating cardio-dance instructor I've ever had the chance to meet), MJ Shaw. You can catch her this weekend presenting this very class! It's going to be a great (and healthy!) weekend!

You can check out the schedule of events on the website, www.canfitpro.com/toronto.

Aug 17, 2011

Shaun Boothe - Waiting Room (download)

Toronto emcee Shaun Boothe has finally released his much anticipated, Waiting Room mixtape. On it you can hear his radio hit, "Let Me Go," "1 2 3" and "Phone Sex," and features Talib Kweli, Kardinal Offishall, Cyhi Da Prynce, Kim Davis, Amanda Diva, and Nadia Stone. Shaun, who has opened for Atmosphere, my personal favourite and hosted Kendrick Lamar's debut in Toronto this past June, has made this magnum opus available to you for free via his website. The album is filled with great quotables, and the production is on point (produced by both Boothe and his cousin Nineteen85)! My personal favourite is "Get a Job" which samples Grand Funk Railroad's "Inside Looking Out," and is clever from inception, with lines like Fireman? You lost your mind/imagine a fireman working on black people time...Not a fireman but you can catch me on the go/tearing up the road with a truck full of hoes. The man's got talent and I'm counting the minutes until he blows up!

Aug 15, 2011

Lykke Li - Jerome (The Lost Session) (video) & Tour Dates

What a crazy, fun-filled weekend! Hopefully everyone had as great a time as I did this past weekend; and if you did that means you're in desperate need of some recovery time, and who better to listen to than the soothing Lykke Li? Spotted in my inbox is the following video for "Jerome (The Lost Session)."

Friends, again, me and my one takes. This was all a part of making the album. Days and nights spent hammering away in the dark, standing in circles, allowing the room and each person to be heard.

Looking for clues that would lead you on the path which would then turn into some kind of final cut, if there ever is one.

A lot of the time we got lost along the way, in a good way, so here you go my friends, the lost session of Jerome, together with my beloved Zhala Rifat, Mariam Wallentin, Mikael Svensson, Lars Skoglund and Anders Stenberg.

Video made by Ted Malmros.
Sound by Lasse Mårtén.
Also Lykke Li is going on her US Tour and is making a stop off in Toronto, I've already got my ticket (thank you Mike!), make sure you get yours now, if it sells out, you'll be disappointed. Guaranteed!

11-05 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11-07 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
(on sale 08-12)
11-09 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
(on sale 08-07)
11-11 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
11-13 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11-14 Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
11-15 Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
11-17 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
(on sale 08-05)
11-19 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
11-20 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
11-21 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s

Aug 12, 2011

1 Love T.O. Grand Opening!

1 LOVE T.O. is finally opening their first official store and saying goodbye to their pop-up shops of the past. Of course this reduces the sense of exclusivity of owning a 1 LOVE T.O. shirt, and the excitement you feel when you hear of an upcoming pop-up shop, but the 1 LOVE T.O. gents are hoping you don't think of that by distracting us with a good ole fashioned block party for their Grand Opening! The party will be held at the Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St W (just east of Bathurst), where you can catch performances from P.Reign, Shaun Boothe, A-Game and more. The evening is hosted by none other than RapCity VJ T-rexXx, with Future The Prince (Drake’s Official DJ)and DJ D-Lux on the one's and two's. There will also be live painting from graffiti artist Skam, so throw on your favourite 1 LOVE T.O. t-shirt (or prepare to pick up a new one) and come join the crowd at this event that certain to make T.O. history!

To RSVP click here.

Aug 9, 2011

Atmosphere Live in TO

Tomorrow night, Wednesday August 10th, Atmosphere returns to Toronto to promote their 7th studio album, The Family Sign with The Family Vacation Tour, alongside Blueprint (the "Joe Budden" of Rhymesayers), Evidence, DJ Babu and Prof. I have not seen Atmosphere live in my city since 2005, I believe (before I moved to Las Vegas)! So I am clearly ready to meet them at the border with a welcome party; or at the very least, meet them at the venue with a smile, a camera, a concrete knowledge of all the lyrics, some enthusiasm and a pair of wedges (so my petite stature can see the stage!).

You can still get your tickets for this live event at the Phoenix Concert Hall, which I guarantee will be incredible, just make sure you do it before you arrive at the door, and look for the girl lip syncing along, with the bemused look on her face, in the heels.... I shouldn't be too hard to find.

*Take note: In the US Atmosphere brings "the high heels." Every girl wants Slug to notice them, write a song about them, spout off some of his prolific poetry; we all love a broken man who's got a gift of prose, it seems.
I'll take you anyway that I can have you/Bring along your ethics and your issues and your taboos/It's not the standard free bird situation/But your talking to these pieces of a man whose trying to make it/Thru the puzzles, travels, struggles, battles/The body pillow pimp trying to snuggle with my shadow/We could stay proper keep the clothes on, no pressure/Just hold me and pretend like you've known me forever/Won't ya../
Yes I will.

Aug 8, 2011

Music Monday: Cee-Lo Green- Cry Baby (video)

I'm back from a fabulous (yet too short) vacation to Portugal and Spain, and I'm greeted with the Teen Choice Awards, that aired last night; new Jay-Z and Kanye West; and new visuals from Cee-Lo Green's third solo album, The Lady Killer. Cee Lo *apparently the hyphen has been dropped now?* appears to be loving the 50s era, as per the inspiration of his latest music videos and even the melody of many tracks on this album. The latest visual is for "Cry Baby," which inspires images and flashbacks from the Johnny Depp cult-favourite movie of the same title, so perhaps that's another reason for the 50s style. It's a fun, light song and video, even though it's a bit of a Fuck You to woman's emotions and reactions to the way men can fuck us over and lie to their partners!

Anyone else notice that's Urkel as the heartbreaker? He looks good... never thought I'd say that!
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