Canadian Music Week 2012 — The Highlights


Celebrating 30 years, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 21 to March 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and over 60 various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.” – CanadianMusicFest.com Continue reading

Kathy Griffin: A-List-Annihilator


“I get all of my hate mail from the Jesus people.”

Kathy Griffin, ladies and gentlemen. When it comes to life, the 27-year-old (read: 50 year-old) prides herself on having no shame in self-promoting — the main focus of her television show My Life on the D-List, documenting the constant struggle of clawing her way to the top of the Hollywood food chain. A feat which appears to have ironically been achieved based solely on her celebrity scandal tattle-tales and never apologizing for it. Continue reading

Hot N’ Heavy T.O.

Under the scorching heat of the sun, a steady stream of black apparel and band tees made their way to Toronto’s Downsview Park for an all-day headbanging exhibition. Heavy T.O. 2011: A summer weekend-long heavy metal/rock festival featuring some of the world’s biggest acts in the scene. Taking after Heavy MTL, this is the first year of Toronto experiencing the heaviness, which took place July 23rd & 24th.
Sponsored by Jägermeister, there were 24 artists over the span of two days, most notably including Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Slayer, Motörhead, Billy Talent, and Anthrax. Continue reading

Rounding Up: Canadian Music Week 2011

Canadian Music Week: A 5-day festivus encompassing various music industry-based events and conferences around Toronto, including Canadian Music Fest — A showcase of  800 local and international artists, across 55 venues within the city.

With most bars licensed until 4AM for the enjoyment of us crazy vamps, the past 5 days have included multiple all-nighters, bass-induced heart palpitations, and temporary loss of hearing. All worth it. The madness kicked off on Wednesday, and my musical inclinations lead me to assorted destinations around town. Here is a lowdown of where my eargasm-seeking self prowled to check out some familiar and unfamiliar goodness; It’s the best of the best. Continue reading

Being Pretty Reckless

It must be nice to have a high budget for exploring your teenage angst. That would be Taylor Momsen, aka Gossip Girl‘s Jenny Humphrey, aka “The girl from The Grinch” with her rock/punk/grunge-style band The Pretty Reckless. Rolling through Toronto Saturday night, the band played the appropriate Tattoo Rock Parlour to a sold-out crowd of impressionable all ages. Continue reading

Chelsea Handler Bang-Bangs Toronto

“This isn’t interactive” she drawled at a bold audience member in signature Chelsea Handler unimpressed candor, before beginning her stand-up set at Toronto’s Massey Hall Saturday night.

The late-night talk show host, stand-up comedienne, and my own personal hero finally blessed Canadialand with her presence — a stop on her Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang tour, promoting third book by the same name. Naturally, the tour would be sponsored by Belvedere Vodka. Continue reading