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Music

YouTube celebrity's ode to Toronto goes viral

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 18, 2015

toronto youtubeScarborough-born YouTube celebrity IISuperwomanII (I'm 100% sure you're a celebrity once you have 5,542,692 subscribers) a.k.a. Lilly Singh released a new video on April 16th - 4.16 - that pays tribute to Toronto in a huge way, from the standard skyline shots, Yonge-Dundas Square appearances, and TTC-subway-car-party scenes to an on-court Toronto Raptors homage.

Singh and Toronto YouTube personality Humble the Poet's "#IVIVI" (416) is an ode to Toronto's diversity and includes shout-outs to Scarborough, North York and more. It amassed about 300k views in its first twelve hours online, making it one effective postcard.

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Arts

Love Art Fair poses big questions for Toronto collectors

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 18, 2015

Love Art Fair TorontoLove Art Fair is back in Toronto for its second year at the Direct Energy Centre. The Toronto re-branding of The Affordable Art Fair, which has spread worldwide since launching in London in the '90s, features works all priced in the $100 - $10,000 range, making it attractive to new and casual collectors, as well as lovers of exciting emerging art. Or so one would expect.

Over 40 galleries from 10 countries are exhibiting at Love Art this year, but apart from Julia Callon's diorama and photographs of disarray in miniature, it all felt too familiar, and not in that "glad to see you again, meaningful culture" sort of way.

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Music

Geary Avenue music scene under threat due to red tape

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 17, 2015

geary lane torontoWhat is arguably the city's most up and coming area for live music and art in Toronto is under threat of disappearing before getting a chance to really bloom. Geary Avenue is home to a variety of music, event, and rehearsal spaces including DIY initiatives, perhaps most notably Geary Lane, a warehouse turned rehearsal space turned music venue at the west-most end of the street.

Geary Lane opened just one year ago, but quickly established itself as one of Toronto's most exciting live music venues - and helped propel some, rather misguidedly, to call Geary "the next Ossington."

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Music

Godspeed You! Black Emperor members to bless new Toronto music fest

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 17, 2015

Sound Seance TorontoReporting on new festivals has become 99% of our music beat, but this one is pretty special to me. Local promoter Jason Pollard of Geary Lane and Invocation TO is bringing us the Sound Séance Festival's taste of Montreal this June in association with lauded MTL fest Suoni Per Il Popolo (long a focus of many a Toronto music fan's jealousy).

The new fest will present three days of genre defying live music in Toronto including sets by Suuns, Jerusalem in My Heart, Wrekmeister Harmonies (featuring members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor), and Expo 70.

Also on the lineup for June 12-14's new psychedelic, experimental, and avant garde music festival are Off World (Sandro Perri's new project), Caro Diaro (Maicamia solo), Technical Kidman, and Toronto's Mimico, Dirty Inputs, Babel, Carl Didur, and Jay Holy, with more TBA.

So where is this new fest taking place? Like many wonderful things, it's a mystery for now.

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Fashion & Style

OVO and Raptors roll out Playoff tees

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 17, 2015

raptors ovo playoff teesIf you don't have enough Drake x Raptors gear, OVO has unveiled a new shirt design for the playoffs. The simple shirts bears a huge red "6" on the back, so you can run through the 6 with a big red 6 on your back. Rejoice, fans, it's t-shirt weather.

Will these shirts be Drake Night giveaways, or will they be available for purchase? As with all things OVO, the mystery is what sustains both you and the franchise.

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Radar

The top weekend events in Toronto: April 17 - 19 2015

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 16, 2015

rave thrones torontoWeekend events in Toronto are a strange collection of the kitschy (a cat-video film fest), the culty (Record Store Day or Game of Thrones rave, anyone?), and the mystery-shrouded (you'll see). Then, there's boozy Shakespeare to wash it all down.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto April 17-19, 2015.

Rave of Thrones (April 17, the Phoenix)
Along with the Game of Thrones pop-up shop, the icing on the cake for fans of the HBO show will be a "rave" this Friday headlined by none other than Kristian Nairn, a.k.a Hodor. The venue will be divided into the seven "kingdoms" (White Harbour and Gulltown are already sold out) and costumes are "highly encouraged." DF

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