Music fans rejoice! The Grey Cup Festival isn't just for football fans anymore. It was exciting to see the line up that they had scheduled as part of the 2016 Grey Cup Festival Concert Series Presented By SiriusXM. This year's lineup included The New Pornographers, the Tokyo Police Club, The Lowest of The Low, and The Sheepdogs ... TOUCHDOWN!!!
The New Pornographers
Tokyo Police Club
The Lowest Of The Low
On Friday, November 18th, 2016 the Juno Award winning artist and Official Ambassador for Canada's 150 Year Celebration Kardinal Offishall headlined an event at Union Station that showcased the importance of the leading music education program MusiCounts TD Community Music Program. This year $525,000 worth of instruments and equipment were awarded to 33 community groups across Canada. Members of both Art Starts and The Remix Project rounded out the list of performances.
From Art Starts top left - 3GRay, top right - Brook Banks, bottom l:eft - J.White & from The Remix Project bottom right - Vanessa Lu.
2016 MusiCounts TD Community Music Grant Recipients Are:
All-City Band Society, Whitehorse, Yukon Territories
Art Starts, Toronto, Ontario
Bella Coola Valley Learning Society, Bella Coola, British Columbia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia, Orillia, Ontario
Birchmount Community Action Council c/o Youth Action Network, Scarborough/Toronto, Ontario
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, Edmonton, Alberta
Boys and Girls Club of Summerside, Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Boys and Girls Clubs of Cape Breton Whitney Pier Youth Club, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's, Newfoundland
Cause and Effect Foundation, Calgary, Alberta
Centre de Pédiatrie Sociale Laval, Laval, Quebec
Girls Action Foundation, Montreal, Quebec
Graffiti Arts Programming Inc, Winnipeg Manitoba
Harmonie de la Seigneurie des Mille Iles, Saint-Eustache, Quebec
Harmony Project Society of B.C., Sooke, British Columbia
Iqaluit Music Society, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Music NWT, Yellowknife, North West Territories
Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls, Ottawa, Ontario
PACT Urban Peace Program, Toronto, Ontario
Place du Partage, Windsor, Ontario
Regent Park Focus youth Media Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Regina Symphony Orchestra Inc., Regina, Saskatchewan
Société culturelle des Tracadilles, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick
Student Media Corporation, CJAM 99.1FM, Windsor, Ontario
The Edmonton Strings Players Association, Edmonton, Alberta
The HopeWorks Connection, Toronto, Ontario
The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe's MILL), Kingston, Ontario
The Remix Project, Toronto, Ontario
The Treehouse Housing Association, Telkwa, British Columbia
UNITY Charity, Toronto, Ontario
Wallaceburg and District Council for the Arts, Wallaceburg, Ontario
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Youth Link, Toronto, Ontario
Nick Carter headlined a concert at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall on November, 9th, 2016. "It makes me wanna go back in time ... I know you remember when" Nick Carter was part of the Backstreet Boys. Well, Nick Carter & BSB fans should be thrilled to learn that in addition to touring Nick has been in the studio with fellow BSB members recording a new (the 9th) Backstreet Boys album.
Speaking of new. One of Nick Carter's openers for the Canadian leg of his tour was The New Electric. Certainly, we can all appreciate the simplicity of the message in their song Life's What You Make It .
Taking the stage between The New Electric and Nick Carter was You Tube sensation Dan Talevski. His solo success has allowed Dan the opportunity to record original material with the likes of will.i.am, Soulja Boy, Shawn Desman, Keisha Chante, Timbaland, and Tyler Shaw.
All the artists on The Danforth Music Hall's stage that evening encompassed the Now or Never mentality. Their fans were right there with them.
If you are anything like me the only "Trump"ed up thing you wanna hear is Wintersleep's Amerika. Wintersleep's Canadian tour begins November 15th. (Schedule posted below.)
Sunday, November 6th, 2016 was The Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show at Roy Thomson Hall. Below the slideshow are three things I enjoyed about The Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show. They are followed by three things I felt would be some luxury income generators for the appropriate vendors at future shows. .
I had a great time this afternoon at The Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show. I competed in the second chocolate eating competition of the day. (There was a first place winner, a second place cheater and the rest of us were tied for third.) I tried to pull the WIlly Wonka Golden Ticket for a visit to a secret chocolate factory. (I would love to get in there for a photo shoot.) Plus, I scored a full sized S'mores style chocolate bar from one of the chef demonstrations. (Um ... .what could I say about that ..... YUMMY!!!)
Three things I would have liked to have seen included in The Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show are 1] chocolate critters - I think the more luxurious the chocolate the more palatable the critters might be.. They could make one of the eating competitions chocolate covered critters only. 2] chocolate fondue skewers - A little serving or two of fruit helps alleviate the guilt of gorging on so much chocolate. & 3] onsite chocolate facials - Come on it's The Toronto LUXURY Chocolate Show. Chocolate is suppose to be high in antioxidants. So skip the waste line and apply it directly to the face as needed.
Maybe they could even take a page from the Royal Agricultural Fair's play book. Instead, of a butter sculpture competition, a chocolate sculpture competition. Now that would be luxurious.
Last night I had a choice to make. Either return my library books on time. Or, go see Mariah Carey perform as part of Hudson's Bay/Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window unveiling.. Now I have overdue fines to pay. Well at least I can say I was there when ...
Lennon Through A Glass Onion was on stage at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th. Seeing as it was just a few days before Hallowe'en I didn't think it was unreasonable to expect some fans to show up in costume. Either the other Beatles ... or maybe even a Yoko or two. No such luck.
As far as I'm concerned they weren't the only things that were missing. There were no programs. In some cases there weren't even proper tickets. People were wandering around the theatre with scraps of yellow paper with seat numbers written on them. At one point there was confusion about who belonged to the seats front row center.
Once the performance was fully underway with a version of the Beatles A Day In The Life song a few questions remained. First - How could this man pretending to be John Lennon possibly perform while chewing gum? I have been taking concert photographs for some time now and have NEVER seen a singer chewing gum on stage. I hope he got a fresh stick of gum at intermission.
Second - Was I the only one that desperately wanted more visuals? Like maybe a projection of a time line to be properly located within John Lennon's version of events. Or maybe a slideshow of images of John Lennon with the Beatles, then with Yoko. Or maybe even some music video footage. I needed the visual of something other than a gum chewing John Lennon look alike.
Finally - I guess it shouldn't have come as a complete shock that there wasn't any merchandise streaming into the theatre after intermission. The image of John Lennon used to promote this production would have been great as a fridge magnet. I would have bought one.
Imagine, if you will, a performance with programs and printed tickets for everyone, a non-gum chewing John Lennon look alike, additional visual components and maybe even some merchandise. For now that's all I can do ...