Archive for January 2012
I’m going to be uploading a few articles that I happen to have written over the past few months.
Another update, today I bought the newly released albumn “Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey.
So be expecting some music reviews and other news pertaining towards the GTA!
On October 5th, 2011, Hollerado played their sold-out show at the Opera House Theatre in downtown Toronto. Hollerado are known for their breakthrough song, “Juliette” off their debut album “Record in a Bag”. For long-time fans, it was incredible to have this indie band from small town Manotick, Ontario to have bands open for them instead of vice versa. A breath of fresh air is exactly how one would describe this indie-rock quartet. These Ontario natives had two opening bands for their show, Wildlife and The Pack A.D. Wildlife really warmed up the crowd with their synth-pop tunes as well as joking around with the crowd. Their front-man, Dean Povinsky, was the one playing up the crowd with this sense of humour & hilarious stories. The second opening act was the chick-duo from Vancouver, The Pack A.D. Even though they rocked out hard & played their smash hit single, “Sirens”, they didn’t interact with the crowd as much as Wildlife and were forgotten once Hollerado made way to the stage. Opening with their song “Holleradoland”, they got the audience swaying and singing along. When the lead singer & guitarist, Menno Versteeg, started to sing the lyrics to another fan favourite, “Fake Drugs” the crowd went absolutely wild, joining in during the chorus. Hollerado really did impress everyone who was at the show. The interaction with the fans was to say the least phenomenal; during the show their crew threw thousands of glow sticks and hundreds of glowing beach balls and blew up confetti cannons into the audience. Funny childhood stories and sarcastic remarks on behalf of mayor Rob Ford told by lead singer, Menno where definitely remembered. Closing their show with a cover of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls”, the show was a blast (the confetti cannons sure did help) and the live music was definitely no disappointment.
Hollerado continued on their North American “Meet the Mayor” tour to their final city in Waterloo after their Toronto performance. They have recently released a new music video for their single “Good Day at the Races”.
For more news on Hollerado, check out their website at hollerado.com.
Check out The Pack A.D at thepackad.com and Wildlife at wildlife.ca
Is a common theme found in Paris fashion week for the Spring/Summer season of 2012 according to Tim Blanks of style.com, which so happens to be very true. This underwater theme was found in the styling of Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, each having their individual uniqueness. For example; Alexander McQueen’s glove-like bracelets and headpieces, Chanel’s backless shirts and jackets with pearl detailing and Givenchy’s shark tooth necklaces created a surfer-mermaid hybrid of a design. Other designer lines like Celine and Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino and Jill Sander all had a 50’s/60’s glamorous vibe to their shows. Both Celine and Prada had pleated skirts incorporated into their designs which gave an innocent ladylike feel. Speaking of sweetness and ladylike style, Louis Vuitton’s designer Marc Jacobs, collection stole the spotlight at Paris fashion week, once again. His argyle cropped sweaters and subtle polka dot detailing with the mixture of the sheer and pastel colours was just so… sweet! The delicate eyelets, lace and flower prints over sheer fabric literally took the cake when it comes to ladylike elegance. Which is really what this Paris fashion week was all about! In the Celine show, there were very strong shapes created within the clothes, it had a very structural feel to the designs due to the big wide belts placed around the models hips and waists. Even though the designer for Celine-Phoebe Philo-is known for her minimalist style, she pushed her boundaries by adding girly pleated skirts and ruffles to her Spring/Summer collection. Prada had a very chic 50’s look, using a 50’s style Cadillac as a print for many shirts and skirts, as well as using metallic detailing to spice up the collection. It was sexy, but thankfully not over the top. Ladylike, youthful and girly are adjectives describing Valentino’s collection for Summer/Spring. Designers Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuiri went for an overall structured, minimalist design but had a Lolita feel to the A-line frocks and skirts. Sheer fabrics, lace and leather detailing gave the collection a gothic feel. Lastly, Valentino wouldn’t be Valentino without it’s classic red floor length dresses, which stood out amongst the pastel and black.
Overall, this season’s Spring/Summer collection fell far from flat. From the mermaid esque vibe from Chanel and Givenchy, to Celine’s pleats and ruffles to Louis Vuitton’s and Valentino girly collections, this Spring will be out of this world.
I have recently discovered my first book review that I have written.
I originally wrote this review on November 15, 2009.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Originally posted here