Dec 16, 2011

Live in the City: Rich Hil & TFHOUSE (Toronto)

And the music scene in Toronto just keeps on getting better this month! Tonight 21 year old Warner Bros. signed artist and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger's estranged son Rich Hil, is performing at Wrongbar on Queen St West, alongside TFHOUSE and Boobonic. Before you get a live taste of Hil's languid, drug-fueled lyrics live check out Community54's store launch from 6-9, with in-store appearances and of course a sale. While you're there you can thank "the baddest bitch promoting" ILOVELOLA for organizing (along with Community54, of course) a night to remember in Toronto's music scene.

I wonder in The Weeknd will show up? He is partially responsible for Hil's new label deal... Doors open at 10pm.

Dec 15, 2011

Live in the City: Miles Jones (Toronto)

Tonight Toronto emcee Miles Jones is performing at the Cajunga X-Mas party at the Cameron House, along with Sick, Wicked & Nasty, Yung Guard and Michael Lindberg. Be prepared for a good night filled with drinks, dancing, prizes and... politics? Yup, Green Party candidate, Robin McKim (and McMaster University Alumni) will be sharing some thoughts with the crowd.

The show starts tonight, Thursday December 15th at 10pm, but in the meantime you can listen to MJ's new track "Catch Me in the Rye," produced by Nappy Roots and Phife Dawg collaborator Austin Dovercourt III. Can you guess who and what inspired the track?

Dec 13, 2011

Holiday Ice Skating Party

This Saturday, December 17th Toronto's 1 LOVE T.O. is hosting their 2nd annual Holiday Ice Skating Party at The Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). The evening is hosted by 1 LOVE T.O.'s own and MuchMusic Rap City VJ T-rexXx, with music provided from Toronto Blue Jays official DJs, Jedi & D-LUX.

If you want to attend this evening of ice, hot chocolate, music and for some of us, bruises, but you don't own a pair of skates (or they're at your mother's house, a bit too big and haven't been used or sharpened since your skating date in the 90s), don't fret! There will be skate rentals available, but make sure you arrive early, they sold out last year! The evening starts at 8pm and is scheduled to run until 11. Which gives you plenty of time to take off skates and run on over to the Roosevelt Room to hear more of DJ D-LUX's mixing skills.

Dec 12, 2011

Lindsay Lohan Covers Playboy

So in attempt to remain relevant or come back into her dimmed spotlight, hot mess actress Lindsay Lohan has decided to pose for Playboy's January/February issue. Lindsay was reportedly paid nearly $1 million to expose her ginger cookie, which was apparently done in a completely classy and respectful manner. Confessional time, I'm a huge Playboy fan, I grew up with Plyaboy magazines and calendar's all around me, have watched every Hugh Hefner bio I've found and even own a couple of Playboy coffee table books, along with joke books and more. Once I get that "dream body" I will try out for the mag, or so I say, until then I will sip my cocktail and nibble on my martini, but I digress... the point is, I'm a fan, and yet I'm doubtful of the class level that LiLo will be bringing to set.

It's unfortunate, because she truly was a talented actress, then she started hanging out with Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton and became anorexic, and faced not only DUI charges, but hard time. I feel like she's desperate for attention and has been for the past 5 years, thanks in large to her completely messed up parents! I can only imagine the poses and faces she attempted for the shoot, especially with those newly restylaned porn-star lips. But her reps claim "The pictorial is absolutely fantastic and very tasteful, and will be accompanied by an interview that will let readers see another side of Lindsay," which will all know isn't entirely true, since thanks to her infamous firecrotch shots.

But if Hef is on her side, I will give her the benefit of the doubt for now, as he compared the spread (pun) to the widely celebrated Tom Kelly-shot nude pictorial of Ms. Marilyn Monroe from 1949.

Here's a sneak peak of the leaked cover,

Lindsay is set to uh... expose her[self] cover on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Thursday December 15th along with a couple of shots from inside the mag.

Dec 7, 2011

Childish Gambino Live in Toronto

2012 is already shaping up to be a great year for hip hop hows in the T-dot, not that December hasn't already offered us some gems! Saturday March 12, 2012 Childish Gambino, also known as Community actor and comedian Donald Glover will be performing at the same venue as I experienced the legendary performance of Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah last week, The Sound Academy. Here's a little piece of "Degrees of Seperation," not only is Donald performing in the same venue as Ghostface and tickets are going on sale exactly one week after that performance, he also got his rapper name from a Wu-Tang Name Generator! I'm known as the Quiet Genius or Lucky Conqueror or even the Midnight Madman, using one of my many last name variations, take your pick; perhaps I'll go by the Midnight Conquering Genius? It somehow seems fitting.

We still have a couple months before March rolls around, but until then you can work on memorizing all the lyrics by picking up Childish Gambino's first studio album, Camp which was released November 15th.

Dec 5, 2011

Common - The Believer ft. John Legend

Spotted over at 2DopeBoyz, the ridiculously sexy Common has released another track off his 9th studio album The Dreamer, The Believer, dropping December 20th. The partial title track features the velvety vocal assistance of John Legend, can we say, video please?!

So far I've heard two tracks from this album, and I'm excited! Guaranteed this entirely No I.D. produced album is going to be hot, Common Sense is back!

Dec 2, 2011

Ghostface Killah Live in TO

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, aka Iron Man, aka Pretty Toney, aka Dennis Coles is performing tonight at Toronto's Sound Academy. Not exactly my favourite venue, although I have seen a couple of great shows there, Lykke Li and Kendrick Lamar, but seeing Ghostface live is a must! I caught the Chef aka Raekwon live when he was here in April, and saw him at Toronto's Time Nightclub when he was just chilling in one of his (and my) favourite cities in September for Manifesto; Method Man and Redman when they were on their Blackout! Tour in 1999, and I've even witnessed a whole Wu-Tang reunion, twice, at Rock the Bells. So while experiencing one of the hip hop's greatest storytellers without the backup of one of the greatest rap groups of all time, is not on my bucketlist, it's still on my wish list, and tonight I get to make it a reality!

I'm pretty excited! Not only because I get to see Ghost, but also to see who's in attendance, I'm certain it will be filled with Toronto's finest and truest music enthusiasts. Also, I'm really hoping I get to sing along to "Cherchez LaGhost."

Tommy Mattola, lives on the road/He lost his lady, two months ago/Maybe he'll find her, maybe he won't/Oh wonder that love
Brothers try to pass me, but none could match me/No girl can freak me, I'm just too nasty/Lost on the dance floors, I attack y'all/Snuck through the back door, guess who they saw?/Goldie and Ghost, black African Rose/Star-studded low lenses, plus the mural was dope/Airbrush W-B's, STOP!/(Shake your body, body)/And cop a couple of these/(She's a hottie, hottie)
Can. Not. Wait.

Dec 1, 2011

World AIDS Day

Prostate cancer-benefiting "Movember" may be over today, but that doesn't mean the season for giving is! Today is World AIDS Day, a day to educate and inform people of the epidemic caused by AIDS, which has taken the lives of millions of our loved ones since its documented study in 1981. It's also a time to remember all those who lost their battle with AIDS, including Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who passed away 20 years ago exactly 1 week ago, and actors Rock Hudson and Anthony Perkins (Psycho).

Get involved, be aware, and support, by helping to fight for an AIDS free generation in 2015. To learn more and how you can donate, visit the World AIDS Day website.
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