Jun 19, 2013

Stacey Helps has got a new segment "The Comfort Zone"

Stacey McGuinnigle is at it again she has added a new monthly segment to her Stacey Helps.  It's called The Comfort Zone.  Stacey has decided to take herself out of her comfort zone and do something she's not familiar with.   Can't wait to learn something new while watching my weekly dose of Stacey Helps.  This lady knows how to complete my hump day. 

Stacey is looking for suggestions so be sure to check out her video and drop her a line.  Hmmm, maybe EdgeWalk, that would take me way out of my comfort zone. 

RIP James Gandolfini, Farewell Tony Soprano.

The man that started my Sunday night wine ritual has passed away, James Gandolfini at the age of 51 died today due to a massive heart attack.  He was vacationing in Rome, Italy at a film festival.  

From the moment I watched James Gandolfini portray everyones favourite Mob Boss Tony Soprano I fell in love.  I followed the Sopranos every Sunday night the same way all North Americans did.  Tony Sopranos strong yet vulnerable character had me hooked. I was gonna be one of Tony Sopranos Goomahs (I've always had high hopes).  

James had some pretty impressive wins as Tony Soprano grabbing the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series three times.  

Salute to you James Gandolfini, I'll be remembering you tonight while I enjoy my glass of wine.  

Jun 14, 2013

NXNE (Toronto)

It's that time of year again, when all our local and international talent join forces for a jam-packed, fun-filled, week-long event filled with music, art, film, comedy and interactive for NXNE. As the NXNE homepage boasts, there are over 1000 bands performing, 30 films, 150 comedians, 65 NXNEi sessions with 60 artists... and only 2 days left to take advantage of it all! My favourite part about this time of year isn't the 4am last call that can found throughout local downtown bars, although it is definitely a plus, but the chance to catch some new talent mixed in with old favourites and most importantly the free concert at Dundas Square to close out the week.

Tonight you can look forward to seeing my teenaged favourite Hayden, while a 20's favourite Billy Talent closes out Saturday night, and Sunday night's headliner is Def Jam veteran Ludacris. Maybe the beef between Mr. Bridges and Drake will pick back up while he's on Drake's home turf? (I kid, I kid!)

Whoever you decide to see, make sure you get out there and take advantage of all this great talent! Or just go see T. Swift live at the Rogers Center, if you wanna surround yourself with 13 year old girls in cowboy boots! 

Jun 11, 2013

MuchMusic Video Awards 2013

(MuchMusic's own Phoebe Dykstra showing why Canada's Music station is just that much better)

This Sunday June 16th marks the 12th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards here in our fair city, and we can expect some craziness as they shut down Queen and John streets to make room for the red (or pink) carpet, and erect a variety of stages for some popular performers. As much as I complain about tourists while they slow down my sidewalk-speeding self, I really do appreciate anything that brings notice to not only the beauty of our city but also our country's talent. 

This year the show is being hosted by Mr. Gangnam Style himself, Psy and features such presenters as, Taylor Swift, Cody Simpson, Billy Talent, Danny Fernandes and bro Shawn Desman, Pretty Little Liars Lucy Hale and Torontonian Shay Mitchell, Brittany Snow and Glee's Naya Rivera to name a few. 

The performance include Ed Sheeran, Armin Van Buuren, Avril Lavigne, Phillip Phillips, Serena Ryder, Classified and of course Psy. But let's not forget the awards (especially since I have a couple good friends who are nominated), the categories are: 
Video of the Year Director of the Year
Cinematographer of the Year
Post Production of the Year
Pop Video of the Year Rock Video of the Year
Hip-Hop Video of the Year
MuchFACT Indie Video of the Year
Most Streamed Video of the Year International
Video of the Year - Artist International
Video of the Year - Group International
Video of the Year by a Canadian
Your Fave Video of the Year
Your Fave International Artist or Group
Your Fave Artist or Group
Fingers crossed! And I can't WAIT for the after parties!

Jun 10, 2013

Kanye Debuts New Yeezus Tracks at Governor's Ball NYC

Can someone explain to me why I wasn't in NYC this past weekend, especially since I've been planning a visit there for what feels like ages.. oh and it was the Governor's Ball Music Festival, with performances from Cut Copy, Guns n' Roses, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Icona Pop and Kanye West to name a few, no big deal. And on top of that Kanye opened his headlining set last night with "Black Skinhead," and premiered "I Am A God," from his sixth solo studio LP Yeezus, along with a mix of Ye classics during his 90 minute set. Clearly, I failed. Check below for four new tracks off Yeezus,

"I Am A God"

"On Site"

"New Slaves"

"Black Skinhead"


Shout out to NormalMag for the videos spotted at 2Dopeboyz
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