Oct 31, 2011

Beyoncé - Party ft. J. Cole (video)

Beyoncé co-directed her latest video "Party" with Alan Ferguson who's worked with her husband Jay-Z over a decade ago, along with John Legend and Andre 3000 for "Green Light." The song features Jay-Z's first signed artist to his Roc Nation label, J. Cole, who's debut album (that I've been playing on repeat all month) Cole World: The Sideline Story was released this past September 27th.

And since I've mention her baby-daddy this much, may as well include the video for the song Beyoncé used to "announce" her pregnancy, "Love on Top."

Oct 27, 2011

Mary J. Blige and The Source ft. Drake

October's Very Own Scorpio baby, Drake has landed himself on the cover of The Source's Annual "Power 30" issue for 2011. Former Editor-in-chief, and first female EIC in The Source's history, Kim Osorio took on the responsibility of tackling this 8-page article, in which Drake talks about his childhood, career and musical influences.
When I was a kid trying to figure out what I liked, it was [Kanye] who I related to the most. He was an artist, in every sense, from his cover art to his music. Now, I would say he was a really great competitor….
You can read the in-depth article the same day Drake's sophomore album, Take Care drops, November 15th.

In the meantime, you can a bit of your Drake fill by listening to one of his latest features off Mary J. Blige's upcoming album, My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I),

My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I), is set to release November 21st.

Love the Game - Dwyane Wade, CP3 & Carmelo Anthony

Monday Night I actually watched Monday Night Football without the presence or influence of man! That, my friends is historical... and somewhat untrue, since my decision to change the channel was in actuality male-influenced, but the man was unfortunately, not in the room with me. The "influential" man was Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, along with New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul and New York Knicks new trade Carmelo Anthony in a new Jordan commercial, which was set to premier on air during MNF. So yes, I watched over 2 hours of football just to see Dwyane Wade and other NBA stars play some ball in a 2 minute ad. Clearly I love the game (and the players), and am going through some tough withdrawal.

While I didn't get to see the commercial that night, thanks to it either being aired after I want to bed or it only premiering on American television (which I can not begin to comprehend either, since I watched almost the ENTIRE game), I did learn that yet another 2 weeks have been cancelled in the NBA season. Sigh.

Oct 25, 2011

Toronto Zombie Walk

This past Saturday October 22nd marked the 9th Annual Toronto Zombie Walk, which turned the streets of downtown TO into a scene out of a horror flick, they were still affected following day with blood spatters and a couple random body parts or loose skin flaps laying on the sidewalks. I even caught myself muttering, "Fucking Zombies" as I cautiously passed a bloody, dripping horde blocking my walkway. I felt like Emma Stone in Zombieland, which is a great movie for those who have yet to see it, take this Halloween as an opportunity to laugh and cringe; may as well follow it up with Shawn of the Dead too... and I think I just uncovered my Sunday night plans!

What are you going to dress up as? I'm debating between Snow White, Cleopatra, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil... not quite as gruesome as the above, I just want to be a fairytale princess!

Photos courtesy of FunkyLizard

Oct 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Drake

I'm in a very Drake kind of place lately, and while I'm not sure exactly what that means or what kind of place that is, but I've been listening to the Toronto-born and raised singer/songwriter/emcee on unabashed repeat. So it's a little disappointing that his anticipated follow up album Take Care will no longer be available today, but the three week countdown begins! And yes, I'll fully celebrate the man's success on his birthday, by locating all of the songs he's been featured on and listening to them all day while I attempt to preserve my health.

First up, The Weeknd's "The Zone," then Jamie Foxx's "Fall for Your Type," then... who knows, the roster is my oyster! It's pretty safe to say I will be purchasing Take Care once November 15th rolls around.

Happy 25th Birthday Aubrey Drake Graham, hope my second home, Las Vegas, is treating you well!

Oct 19, 2011

Can Will Smith Save the NBA Season?

It was announced today that actor and PG rapper Will Smith has joined the new ownership group for the 76ers, the team that represents his hometown, Philadelphia. Of course there were no discussions of the present lockout that has so far cancelled the first two weeks of this years NBA season, but they did discuss their attempts to draw a larger crowd to the teams games at the Wells Fargo Center, which includes drastically reducing seat pricing, of course that won't work until there are actually games scheduled that fans can attend! I'm still remaining hopeful that this lockout will come to an end soon, and hey if Will Smith can become a boxing champion, save the world from aliens on more than once occasion and prevent drug cartels from ruling our cities, perhaps he can help save this year's season? Granted it may be far-fetched but this is the same man who's even offered his own organs to save the lives of others! He is a superhero after all...

Wait. What? That wasn't real? A girl can dream, can't she?

Oct 18, 2011

LG Toronto Fashion Week

Yesterday was the kick off date for the beginning of an exciting time in Toronto, LG Toronto Fashion Week. The collections presented at David Pecaut square consisted of the likes of Lala Berlin, Amanda Lew Kee, Juma, Michi, Arthur Mendonca, and Joeffer Coac.

Lala Berlin

Amanda Lew Kee (as is first photo)

Models collected at the end of the Juma show

Models Kassandra Gray and Tia Valentina Guzzo having fun at Michi

Such a fun vibe at Michi with its 20 Minute Workout inspired fashion.

Arthur Mendonca

I absolutely love the airy, simple and somewhat ethereal fashion at Joeffer Caoc's Spring 2012 show. As if the love of the sun wasn't enough for me to crave spring again, wanting to see this collection worn is only adding to the countdown.

Oct 17, 2011

Drake on SnL w Nicki Minaj

This past weekend Aubrey Drake Graham made his Saturday Night Live debut as their musical guest. The actor also did a couple skits with the cast, one of which was a series of interviews with Andy Samberg that had me laughing out loud and delaying my "get ready time" for my Saturday Night out.

Drake also premiered his next single release, "Make me Proud" featuring Nicki Minaj who joined him on air for his performance. I'm not the biggest Minaj fan, thanks to her horrible lyrics, but her tracks have grown on me in the past; so I'm trying to keep as open a mind as possible since I could be somewhat biased, but I am definitely not in love with the track...Yet.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Besides this iffy track I am in love with "Headlines" and listen to it and "Marvin's Room" on repeat daily.

Drake's sophomore album, Take Care will be available November 15th.

Oct 16, 2011

Drake Pushes Back "Take Care" Release Date

Last week the former Degrassi star announced last week that he's pushing back the release date of his sophomore full-EP release, Take Care from October 24th to November 15th.
The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011. I managed to create this album in my hometown of Toronto and the thoughts and stories I wanted to get across just became so clear. It truly felt like when I was here 3 years ago making So Far Gone. So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date. My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together. Club Paradise Tour will also be moved to when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools. New dates will be released in the next week...see you all soon.
The Jewish artist has had a busy month, prepping for the release of this much anticipated album, his Las Vegas birthday party in which he hopes Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Kat Dennings attends, and his debut appearance as Saturday Night Live's musical guest. I'm not sure how he does it when he's preoccupied with a different woman every night, but according to his interview in ELLE magazine it's either True Blood or sexual climax for Drake's after-performance ritual.
When you’re on the road and moving city to city, when someone isn’t there at the end of the night, you feel empty. The 15 or 20 seconds after a man reaches his climax is the realest moment he’ll ever have in his life. And if you happen to be with somebody that isn’t someone you want to converse with, you start feeling like, I wish I was just here watching True Blood by myself.
I say, why not both?

Oct 13, 2011

Rihanna is the Sexiest Woman Alive

Or at least she is according to Esquire Magazine for 2011. The 23 year old, Barbadian singer has seen an impressive rise in her career every since that notoriously publicized "altercation" with her once publicly-hated ex, Chris Brown. She has sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles; she's won four Grammy's, four AMAs, and is the youngest artist in Billboard charts history to achieve ten number-one singles on their Hot 100 list.

Rihanna claims that she isn't trying to be sexy, although has stated that she works out and watches what she eats because there's a certain way she wants to look in her clothes and feels better about herself when she does; I can 100% understand that. On a somewhat contradictory note, she also has a drink and smokes a cigarette before going on stage, to achieve that sexy "raspy voice."

Cigarettes, alcohol, healthy eating, working out, and working hard, being sexy really is all about balance.

Oct 11, 2011

Red Bull Thre3style

This Thursday October 13th is the Red Bull Thre3style, where 8 local DJs battle each other for the title of "Best Party Rocker in Toronto." This formerly Canadian exclusive event went global last year, after 10 countries hosted the event. But let's face it, nobody does it better than the originals!

The rules of the Red Bull Thre3Style are simple, the DJs play a melange of three different genres or styles of music in 15 minutes. It doesn't matter what styles or genres they pick, they just need to make it sound good and get and keep us dancing! They are judged on skill, creativity, track selection and the most obvious, the crowd reaction.

This year the participating DJs are DJ Mensa, DJ D-Lux, Lucie Tic, Conor Cutz, DJ Crunch, M Kutz, DJ Makem, and DJ Fathom with a special performance by Skratch Bastid. Its taking place at the Guvernment Nightclub, get your tickets now and get ready to dance!

Oct 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends, make sure you spend this day filled with gratitude for what you have, friends, family, health, success; Whatever it is that makes you smile, like the beautiful weather we've been blessed with this weekend! I'm a lucky girl, since I get to do it all again in two weeks for a very happy "Vegan Thanksgiving," and possibly again the end of November with some American counterparts. And speaking of, to all our American friends, Happy Columbus Day.

Tour News: Drake with Kendrick Lamar

October's Very Own, Drake announced his upcoming Club Paradise Tour with Compton's burgeoning rapper Kendrick Lamar and special guest A$ap Rocky, starting Wednesday November 9th in Colombus, Ohio. As of yet no Canadian dates have been added to the 6 stop mini-tour, but considering Drake's expressed love of his hometown and Kendrick's apparently affection for the city he spent his 24th birthday in, they should be passing through Toronto in the near future.

Check Live Nation to for information on tickets and locations. Drake's second studio album, Take Care will be available in two weeks, October 24th.

Oct 5, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

"have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you want to become"
Today marks the loss of an incredible visionary in not only the world of electronics, but communication and culture, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, lost his battle to cancer today at age 56. Ironically I was thinking about Steve Jobs this morning when his name was mentioned on the morning show I had playing in the background, they were announcing Timothy D. Cook's first act as the new head of Apple. I couldn't help but think about the act that inspired Steve to turn-over his CEO duties to another person, and what it must have meant regarding his health, it seemed dismal, but clearly I had hope for his recovery, because I was trying to imagine whatever loop-hole he may have developed to put himself back in charge once he was back on his feet. Clearly, my positive thinking was misguided. Oddly enough, shortly after this random collage of thoughts, I had a mishap with my netbook and my have fried it, which encouraged thoughts of transitioning over to the Apple-family (I'm a PC and have been relatively anti-Apple for as long as I can remember, it frustrates me that people invest in them solely as status pieces instead of actual usage and need). Perhaps these are all signs that I should invest in Steve's vision in some way? (As I write all this on a MacBook... the signs are starting to get eerie.)

Thanks to Steve Jobs and his team, my options are varied, MacBooks, iPads, iPods, iPhones, MacAir; there's a whole world of apps I could be a part of... He's manage to create a whole new world of technology and a whole community that not only remain loyal to the brand, but understand each other's obsession. It really is amazing to consider all that he's accomplished and a shame that the ride has ended at such a young age. Rest in peace, Steve Jobs, hope your enjoying that apple in the sky.

Oct 3, 2011

Florence + the Machine - Shake it Out (The Weeknd Remix)

Toronto's neo-electro-soul singer Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, has tested his hand at remixing Florence + the Machine's new single, "Shake it Out." Unfortunately for The Weeknd fans, you won't find the raw, and eerily melodic vocals from the 21-year old singer, but in true Weeknd fashion it promotes an eerie, drawn out downbeat, and enough vocal filters, you'd barely recognize Flo's voice.

The Weeknd's remix accompanies Benny Benassi's take on the track, which I have yet to listen to, but I'm expecting the pairing to be an interesting ying and yang compilation, available, along with the original on iTunes now. Florence + the Machines new album, Ceremonials, will be released October 31st.

Listen to track below, and let me know what you think of The Weeknd's creation?

Drake - Headlines (video)

While I was busy celebrating the raddest kid in the world's second birthday, Drake was busy releasing the visuals to his latest single, "Headlines," on his blogspot. Shot in T.O. directed by Lamar Taylor and Hyghly Alleyne. Ironically, I just added this song to my Blackberry's playlist a mere hour prior to his release, and I'm excited for a hometown video.

Drake's second studio album, Take Care will be available October 24th.

Oct 2, 2011

Nike MAGs - Back from the Future

After years of Back to the Future fans begging Nike to release the iconic Nike MAG (Magnetic Anti-Gravity) shoe that Marty McFly sported in the second Back to the Future film. The news was announced September 8th but I only discovered this past weekend when I saw Kid Cudi on Conan O'Brian. While I think the shoes are kind of hideous, all the proceeds of the 1,500 pairs that were made available for auction via eBay go to a good cause, The Micheal J. Fox Foundation. And let's be honest, I've never been much of a sneaker connoisseur.

The auction ended September 18th, thanks to celebrities like Kid Cudi (who now owns four pairs) spending 30k for their own private piece of the "Future;" but you still have a chance to collect a MAG of your own, Nike made both a ceramic replica of the shoe and a Nike MAG pin. For Canadians who may want a piece of history, or the "Future" you'll have to travel south of the border.
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