Jan 31, 2012

LEGO Goes into Orbit

Thanks to the imagination and creativity of two 17 year old Toronto high school students, a LEGO man has gone places most people only dream of, space. Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad launched a helium filled weather balloon along with their LEGO man, outfitted with four Canon cameras to document his journey 80,000 feet into the stratosphere.

And just like that two grade 12 students have become overnight celebrities, the "right" way (take that Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, every person on Teen Mom!), having been asked to speak at an undergrad engineering competition, invited to tour of a university astrophysics lab, and have been reimbursed for their expenses (about $400), and offered brand new, cream of the creme cameras from Canon. Jealous! (I both want their vision and a new camera!)

Next project on the docket? Graduate from high school and get accepted into university, something tells me, they have nothing to worry about.

Photo Credit: Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad

Miles Jones - No More ft. Marinda (video)

This little gem from Toronto's own Miles "Runaway" Jones, was sent to me last Thursday but for various reasons I wasn't able to get it up until now; just in time for a Music Monday/Toronto Tuesday collaboration. The visuals for "No More" featuring Marinda (of Marinda and Solari), were directed by the "A" in AMD Collective, A's Alleyne. Runaway Jones is in stores and available on iTunes, keep on the lookout for more visual artistry from Miles Jones and the AMD Collective.

Jan 30, 2012

Frank Ocean - Voodoo (download)

The only member from OFWGKTA that I actually enjoy, Frank Ocean released the track “Voodoo” on his Tumblr last week. I can only assume this is a taste of what we have to look forward to from the Louisiana crooner's debut studio album, slated for release in the first quarter of 2012.

Jan 28, 2012

A$AP Rocky & Drake in Toronto

Last night, Harlem-born rapper A$AP Rocky performed here in Toronto at the Opera House. In the middle of his first Canadian performance, he brought out Toronto's very own, OVO aka Drake and the crowd went insane as he performed two of my favourite Drake tracks of the moment, "Cameras" and "The Motto." In case you missed this sold out show, Karla "Hustlegrl" Moy caught video footage of this crowd hyping moment.

It should be noted, that at the end of the night after all that hype, sweat, and exertion A$AP Rocky impressively smelled delicious! And when asked what he was wearing, he responded "It's that Pretty Flacko..." maybe that's what all this A$AP buzz is about, but just in case it's more than a olfactory take-over, Rocky's LiveLoveA$AP mixtape is available now.

Also, for those who missed out on the show last night, Rocky's touring with Drake on his Club Paradise Tour starting Valentine's Day.

Jan 27, 2012

Fitness Friday: Quad Spin (Toronto)

I tried spinning for the first time when I was in university, and besides a few seat issues and occasional lady part discomfort, I loved it. It was intense, I sweat, and I could feel it "working," granted I'm slightly masochistic when it comes to exercise, but I live off the feeling of getting my ass kicked, otherwise I often feel like I've wasted my time. Then I graduated and left spinning in the past (but took my much needed gel seat cover with me!).

Well thanks to the encouragement of friends and Quad Spin Toronto, I've not only survived my first spin class in 8 years, I've also survived 3 early mornings this week of boot camp with George Chaker, which Quad now includes in their membership options! George pushes you through an hour of burpies, jump squats, lunges, crunches and more using weights, resistance balls and the dreaded Gliders; which you get to pair up with an additional hour of endurance, strength and speed at on a bike at Quad!

I'm not sure how long I'm going to be able to keep up this pace, but what I do know is my body is aching so I HAVE to be getting a great workout!

Jan 26, 2012

Golden Globes Fashion Part 3

There were a few carpet walkers (why does that sound either dirty or insulting?) who's carpet-ware (again... it just sounds wrong!?) I simply could not fully make up my mind about. On one angle, I'd love it, and yet another it was forcing my face to scrunch up while tilting my head to one side and wondering, Why?

Case and point (and speaking of dirty and insulting): Madonna in a dark green embroidered Reem Acra gown with cap sleeves and chain mail bodice. It was the top half I saw first and stated I loved it, in anyone can pull of chain mail at a red carpet event, it's Madonna, and I even overlooked the fingerless glove on her right hand, just chopping it up to Madonna being Madonna. And then I saw the weaving of the green satin, and the skirt and now I'm just unsure. She's Madonna, so she manages to still look hot, but she also looks confused. Her top half is so edgy, whilst the bottom is soo... Little Women.

Case and point number two (without the lecherous reputation), is Reese Witherspoon. My first view of her was in the background, behind another celebrity being interviewed and all I could notice was the massive gap between her dress and her breasts, and I could not imagine how that could look good, nor how it could feel good! I hate the feeling that my lady friends have the freedom to flee the fabric chosen to enclose them, unless in the company of my own camera in the privacy of my own bedroom... but I digress. From the front, however, Reese's form-fitting taffeta Zac Posen gown looked superb, even if there are a few wrinkles at the bust.

Another lady in red and someone I merely saw in the background, but fell in love with the view is Glee actress Dianna Agron in an incredible laser-cut Giles Deacon gown. And then I saw this photo, and the front of the dress and it's starting to put the incredible dorsal view to shame by being too intricate and excessive, with all those laser-cut swans gliding across her entire gown. At the same time, she took a risk and for that I can only be grateful, I just wish the hemline didn't look like it was attacked by a bear.

Another Glee risk taker was Lea Michele in an antique embroidered silver Marchesa illusion dress. The gown just oozes over her body, leaving little to the imagination without being overtly obscene... and yet the embroidered bodice paired with the updo looks too much like the actress would fit in better on a rink of ice in lieu of a red-carpet.

Speaking of Marchesa, the designer Georgina Chapman wore her own design, and while she looks beautiful (because it is physically impossible for her not to), and I love the vintage inspiration of the gown, and there is never a time I can think of that I do not enjoy flowy pleats and billowy 70s sleeves, and the embroidered shoulders add a necessary bit of intrigue on an otherwise possible boring dress... Wait, what was I going to say my problem with this was? Oh yes, she's Georgina Chapman, she's the designer, I know for a fact that this is not her best design! Maybe it's just me, but if I were to "sell" my work to the world, I'd wear the best I had. And if I looked like that, it may have been a tad sexier too.

Speaking of sexy, another attendee who I first caught in the background and from her profile/backside is Jessica Biel, in a sexy Elie Saab Haute Couture backless gown. I barely recognized the newly engaged actress with her newly darkened locks, which I love and covet!

And then I saw the front and found the dress so, so, so Mandy Moore's wedding in A Walk to Remember, far too pure and chaste for a girl that hot and a back that alluring. Also Jess, just because you've been proposed to, it doesn't mean you should start wearing all of your bridal castaways.

Charlize Theron looked like a beautiful Barbie doll in a pale pink Christian Dior Couture chiffon gown, with sexy but not overly revealing slit and draped hip detailing. All topped off with a... headband? Which, I get it's part of the look she's going for, which she seems to attempt that 20s flapper hair style often; but at the same time there is something about a woman in a headband that irks me. I'm not saying headbands should only be left to 16 year old girls and Blair Waldorf... and yet... Regardless of the hair, the dress is incredible on her and I envy the couple feet she has on my frame to be able to pull it off so effortlessly.

Jan 24, 2012


Toronto's favourite gluttonous indulgence Winterlicious, returns for it's 10th annual celebration of all things delicious in our eclectic city. The festival highlights 11 culinary events throughout the city, and includes 175 of Toronto's favourite restaurants serving mouth watering prix fixe menus, starting January 27th and runs until February 9th. Prices range from $15-$25 for lunch menus and $25-$45 for 3-course dinner menus.

It is recommended that you start reserving those tables soon, since guaranteed all the foodies within the city will be taking advantage of this opportunity. Some places I'm looking forward to trying include Katsura Restaurant, Kultura and Spice Route.

Bon appetit.

Jan 23, 2012

Live in the City - A$AP Rocky (Toronto)

A$AP Mob member A$AP Rocky is making not only his Canadian debut this Friday, Jan 27th at the Opera House in Toronto, but he's also making his debut covering Complex Magazine's February/March 2012 issue alongside fashion designer (and attempted trend maker) Jeremy Scott, in a remake of the infamous 1985 "Warhol vs Basquiat" promotional poster for the Tony Shafrazi Gallery exhibition.

The issue is set to hit stands February 7th, but you read the interview over at Complex. In the meantime enjoy the read and some downloads as you get yourself charged for this Friday's [unfortunate] all ages event, with A$AP's SpaceGhostPurrp produced “Pretty Flacko,” and the previously unreleased "Celebration."

Jan 20, 2012

JD Era - "Tats" and "Paris" Freestyle

Toronto rapper, and first artist signed to Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon's Ice H2O music label, JD Era released a couple of freestyles last month. One of which goes over Wale's "Tats on My Arm," and considering the Washington rapper is performing here in Toronto tonight, it only seemed appropriate to share said freestyle with you. And while we're at it, let's check out what Era did over Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris." Download links below,

Jan 19, 2012

Golden Globes: Take Two

Do I think Sofia Vergara is sexy? Hell yes! Do I think she's funny? Hilarious! Do I like her navy blue Vera Wang mermaid gown? Yes. Do I think it looks spectacular on her? Absolutely. Do I wish she'd try a different silhouetted, just once.... GOD YES! But alas, I feel this is a dream that will never become a reality, Sofia knows what looks great on her voluptuous figure and refuses to stray.

I often over look what the reporters and tabloid TV personalities wear, for two reasons: 1) the outfits are usually boring or lacklustre and 2) the person themselves bore me, thus I really don't care what it is they've decided to put on. Maria Menounos defies both of those in her canary yellow sequined Blumarine column dress, she is one of the rare non-talents who I see on the red carpet and take note of. Well done Maria, between your fashion sense and weight loss and career success you continue to be an inspiration.

Former American Idol contestant and present Smash star, Katherine McPhee looks pretty and disappointing all at the same time. Her nude tulle and chiffon, silver leaf embroidered Donna Karen custom gown is pretty, but also kind of boring, especially for a girl who's starring in an upcoming TV show called Smash, highlighting the life of a girl trying to breakout on Broadway. Where is the glitz? The Glamour? The intrigue? Because it's definitely not found here, it should also be noted, since I can't seem to hold it in, I loathe that hemline. She's 27, not 72, show some leg or don't! Just don't do it half-assed!

Angelina Jolie seemed to use her craft to inspire her choice of dress, since she was virtually a walking ad for In the Land of Blood and Honey, the film in which she makes her directorial debut, wearing a champagne one-shouldered Atelier Versace gown with a red folded detail and matching lips and clutch. I'm grateful she's made a change from last year's award show "uniform" and think she looks glamorous, but also a little washed out.

I've always had a great affection for Amanda Peet's face, but her fashion choice, not so much. This tiered, chantilly laced, one shoulder gown, looks like something you'd find on the 100$ bridal rack at Nordstrom's. The close up shot is not as bad as the full length, but then the cheerleader hair does not give any notice that it's wearer is actually at a high end red carpet event.

Photo credit: Wireimage

Jan 17, 2012

Live in the City: Wale (Toronto)

Friday January 20th, the Maybach Music Group artist, Wale will be performing at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON. The "Lotus/Flower Bomb" rapper (my favourite perfume by Victor & Rolf), is promoting the November release of his sophomore album, Ambition, with The Ambition Tour. Joining Wale on the Toronto leg of his tour are Canadian emcees Harvey Stripes, S Dizzy hailing from our country's capital, Ronny Orleans & Jigz The Flyer.

The event is brought to us by the official launch of Blocktrade Music, hosted by Stylus Award winner 2011 Club Emcee Sir Lancelot, and multi-Stylus Award winner, DJ Wristpect on the one's and two's.

You've got four more days to purchase tickets, to this Toronto live event, with after party hosted at Time Nightclub. And if you enjoy the show, you can join Mc Linx and DJ Kid Jah as they host Wale in Hamilton, On on Sunday, January 22nd.

Jan 15, 2012

Golden Globes: Take One

The Golden Globes aired last night, January 15th, 2012 and while I was trying my best to take it all in, and anticipating Ricky Gervais really funny moment (which although I chuckled more than the audience, it never actually came) there were a few fashion choices that had caught my immediate interest on the red carpet and stage presentations.

Nicole Richie was the first person to walk the red carpet that really stood out for me, but that wasn't entirely due to her silver Julian MacDonald gown. Granted, I really like the entire look, it's a nice tweak off her usually bohemian style, and the clutch from her own line, House of Harlow was a nice addition; what really stood out to me was the awkward hug and compliments she paid to the woman (whose name I've forgotten) "interviewing" her. I'm also not certain how I feel about her shouting out Suave Professionals for doing her hair. Yes, fashion is from head to toe, but it seemed a little more like paid product placement than genuine appreciation.

Next up is the quirky Zooey Deschanel and star of the hilarious new comedy, New Girl, in a hideously tacky custom black satin, open-back Prada gown with lime green and black glass pearls covering the bodice. Love the girl, hate the dress. Perhaps another colour would have been more flattering? Then again it's hard to look at the dress, when she's sporting such campy hair and makeup, a similar mistake as Jennifer Lopez at the Oscars in 2002, if the bouffant didn't work for J.Lo, it's not gonna work for you. (Although with that said, if we had to choose the lesser of the two evils, Zooey wins.)

I took immediate notice of Sarah Michelle Gellar blue watercolour, printed Monique Lhuillier gown, but my definite opinion of it was not made until I had enough time to really think and contemplate the gown. I gown that makes you ponder... now that's fashion! Between the smokey print and voluminous layers, it was hard not to. It also should be noted that the Ringer actress claimed her 2 year old daughter chose the dress for her. Take that Suri and mini-Victoria Beckham!

Freida Pinto, yet another Prada victim, had me dangerously close to causing permanent wrinkles as I scrunched up my face in confusion about what she had put on her body. Such a beautiful girl and such a ugly, shapeless dress.

As for a breath of fresh, structured air, Homeland actress Claire Danes wore a black and white J. Mendel Couture gown, with embroidered cap sleeves and an open back, which Claire worked!

Although I'm not envious of the visible nipple protrusions, I'm a wee bit jealous of girls who do not need to wear bras, thus can pull off such a sexy way to show off some skin.

Another incredible standout was Emma Stone in a custom-made plum tulle Lanvin Roman inspired gown, with military inspired embroidered shoulders and a giant crystal eagle belt buckle. She looked like the Roman Goddess Venus, after a vacationing in Texas, and I love it! Every thing's bigger in Texas!

Photo Credit: Wireimage

Jan 11, 2012

"Sweet" Freestyle - Pusha T, Brother Ali, Crooked I

Now while I absolutely love Common, and was really anticipating his forthcoming album especially after listening to tracks like "Sweet," somehow after his album was released, and I had a hard copy in my lap the same day, it was completely overlooked.

Then the recent Drake/Common beef took over the internets for a mere second, until Jay-Z dropped "Glory" (and Beyonce "dropped" Blue Ivy-- eww?) and the beef was overlooked, ignored and scoffed at while people were blowing up my Twitter timeline with a collective "awwwe" (there's a pun there if you look for it) .

Well Common is overlooked no more... or at least all the freestyles over one of my favourite beats in my playlist, No ID produced, Drake diss "Sweet," thanks in large part to artists like Brother Ali (who you can NEVER go wrong with!), Crooked I, Pusha T, Canadian artist, Vancouver born SonReal, and Gilbere Forte. Download below

Jan 10, 2012

Live in the City: Royce da 5'9" (Toronto)

Detroit rapper and Eminem's longtime friend and collaborator, Royce da 5'9" is performing live in Toronto tonight, January 10 at, take a guess, a wild guess... The Sound Academy. I swear SA is vying for the title of Hip Hop venue of the year! I haven't seen Royce or caught a live performance since I saw him in Cali touring with his Slaughterhouse affiliates Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden in 2009.

I find Royce doesn't have as much of a Canadian following as he does stateside, but that appears to have changed after teaming up with Eminem once again under the name, Bad Meets Evil, and the release of their Bruno Mars-featured track "Lighters."

Royce will be joined on stage with rapper Raz Fresco, doors open at 8.

Jan 9, 2012

Jay Z & Beyonce - Blue Ivy Carter (New Single)

The moment the press and the music industry has been waiting for has finally come, Beyonce gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter at the Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC on Saturday, January 7th. For the past 36 hours there have been jokes about who will get the license for BIC's first single and when that single will drop... Well the jokes on us, because that day has already come. Not even two days old and Blue Ivy Carter is featured on a new track with her dad, Jay-Z.

You can download the track Jay-Z expresses how it feels to be a new dad, and the trials and journey it took to get there, below, False alarms and false starts/all made better by the sound of your heart/all the pain of the last time/I prayed so hard it was the last time/Your mama said that you danced for her/did you wiggle your hands for her/...the most amazing feeling i feel/words can't describe what I'm feeling for real/baby I paint the sky Blue/my greatest creation is you..."

Amidst all the glory of this newborn bundle of gold, there are presently rumors and complaints regarding the security measures the super couple took to protect their privacy, blocking off access to the floor to other waiting parents, evacuating staff etc. It sounds excessive, yet at the same time, what lengths would you go to protect the most valuable thing you have in this world?

Congratulations to the new parents, I hope they continue to take such extreme measures to protect their daughter, the public has far too much access to celebrity children as it is.
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