It’s been about two months since I posted my last blog post , and now I am going to get back into it. It’s unofficially summer, but I thought I might add some more posts about the summer season! I posted back in March about all things summer (food, festivals, music, etc) and now it’s time to up the ante. The classic summer things are becoming more clear. Going to the cottage, popsicles melting while you eat them, going swimming, barbecuing outside and all the summer drinks you can handle.
It’s one of those music genres you can’t stop listening to. I’m talking about Electro Pop/Electronica. I started getting into this type of music when I was in High School. To be specific, the latter part of Grade Nine. Listening to remixed versions of songs on the radio during “club nights”. Mostly Friday and Saturday to get your weekend started. I remember listening back in 2006 on Saturday nights, dancing about to remixed songs nobody had ever heard before (at least nobody I knew had heard them before).
In early 2007, I started listening to music from The Mod Club . It was the best music I had ever heard. CFNY (102.1 The Edge) the radio station I currently listen to, had Thursday nights from there with DJ MRK. Thursday became my favourite day of the week. Most of the artists they played such as Crystal Castles, I’ve been listening to ever since.
Recently, I started listening to Caribou. Daniel Victor Snaith is the Canadian composer behind Caribou. Their type of music is synth-pop-electro. This type is my favourite flavour of music. It reminds me of bubble gum ice cream, metallic eye shadow, and 80s hair accessories. Their song “Found Out” reminds me travelling long distances in the car during the summer. This music genre will change your life.
Seriously, so so good!!
http://youtu.be/ORJZay6zgT8- Caribou “Found Out”
http://youtu.be/HpmvA9PQKJ8 - Caribou “Hannibal”
http://youtu.be/JITI0FskSG0 - Crystal Castles “Celestica”
Dreaming of the end of school and summer seems a bit farfetched when you’re inside on a Sunday afternoon finishing up final assignments for school. To get in the mood about the nicer weather coming our way, I went to Starbucks and ordered their Passion Tazo Lemonade. The sweetness of the raspberry and the tartness of the lemon mixed together is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Not to mention, the dripping condensation from the cup reminds you that it really is a sunny, 13 degrees outside! Hearing the birds chirping and the chattering of voices outside, tells me the outdoor season has officially begun!
My Mom treated us to sundaes for dessert that evening. It reminded me of this great ice parlour The Big Chill near Kensington Market in Toronto. Banana splits, milkshakes, smoothies, and just plain ice cream in a cone is the perfect staple for those warmer, hazy days. Another great “summery” place to hang out in Toronto is The Blue Banana Market located in Kensington Market. This place is the perfect setting for everything summer.
It has a bohemian, hippie-chic vibe to it. The vintage and modern pieces the store has to offer is geared towards both men and women, kids, and older folks looking for something that will inspire them for summer or any other time of the year.
It’s also the season of the summer tunes! A good summer playlist is essential, especially for days at the beach, cottage, or just lounging around the house. A few songs that are perfect for this time of year are: “Surfing” by The Drums, “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People, and “Shuffle” by Bombay Bicycle Club.
Finally, to wrap up my carnival food frenzy, the best thing to have anytime is an ice cream float. YUMMY! The richness of the ice cream in the bubbly goodness of your favourite soft drink will make you want seconds of this delectable treat!
Get ready for summer in style this year!
The summer concert season is upon us!
SXSW has just wrapped up in Austin, and Coachella is nearing the horizon. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins April 13 and ends April 15, 2012 in Indio, California.
In its 11 years as a festival (staring in 2001), it draws hundreds of thousands of music lovers each year. This year, a stellar line up of musical acts will flock to “The place to be”. Many musical heavyweights include: The Black Keys, Radiohead, Florence + The Machine, and The Arctic Monkeys.
Along with Coachella and SXSW, there are many Canadian summer festivals. On July 14, 2012 in Toronto’s very own Downsview Park, concert-goers will be rocking out at Edgefest! This Canadian summer concert series has been going strong for 25 years starting out at Molson Park on July 1, 1987 and continuing onto Downsview Park in July 2008. Many bands headlining have included: Blue Rodeo, Green Day, Billy Talent, Tokyo Police Club, The Arkells, and Rise Against.
As the summer winds down, the concerts keep on coming; another famous Canadian summer concert comes to town. This time, Montreal’s Jean Drapeau Parc is hosting Osheaga from August 3-5, 2012. Drawing a strong crowd of 25,000 back in 2006 when it first started, Osheaga is the perfect weekend getaway before going back to school!
During the same weekend, Grant Park in Chicago will be hosting Lollapalooza. Going strong in Grant Park since 2005, Lollapalooza is the “Alternative Nation”, (coined by producer Perry Farrell). Drawing in crowds of 65,000+, this is another perfect weekend destination before heading back to school.
http://sxsw.com/ - SXSW, Austin TX
http://www.coachella.com/ - Coachella, Indio CA
http://www.edge.ca/concertsandevents/edgefest.aspx - Edgefest, Toronto ON
http://www.osheaga.com/en - Osheaga, Montreal QC
http://www.lollapalooza.com/ - Lollapalooza, Chicago IL
I saw the movie Chronicle with my brother this evening, and it was amazing!! This is literally one of the best science-fiction films I have even seen. The film is directed by Josh Trank and screen written by Max Landis. The filmed debuted worldwide February 3, 2012.
The storyline follows Andrew, his cousin Matt and their fellow classmate Steve who acquire superhuman powers without their knowledge. As they learn to control their abilities , they use their powers for mischief and personal gain until Andrew uses it for darker purposes. Andrew finds that filming his life with a camcorder is opening his world.
The context of it is wonderful. The movie is presented as “found-footage”. This type of filmmaking allows the audience to feel the realism of the movie with the shaky camera movements and allowing the actors the speak “off” screen. It allows the actors to act more natural than if it was a conventional filmmaking method. This was primarily filmed with a camcorder used by Andrew to document the events in his life.
Dane DeHaan (Andrew), Alex Russell (Matt), and Jordan B. Michael (Steve) excel at their roles especially when their powers increase to them flying and messing about with situations that turn very dangerous.
It is edgy, and fun; it has light moments, and dark ones. The location of the film is also great, I don’t want to give too much away. It hasn’t been in too many movies that I’ve seen. But it’s not one of the “classic movie cities”. You won’t be seeing New York City or Los Angeles. This is something we don’t normally see in films.
I highly recommend everyone see it! (or buy it when it comes out on DVD/BluRay)
Hello everyone! My first blog post :
My blog tpcfan.wordpress.com is an entertainment blog focusing on television, movies, music, fashion, food, and everyday ideas. The blog is aimed towards young, independent people looking for a new and exciting way to read about current entertainment. Each month, I will post items relating to each season; outdoor season, movie season, fashion season, food season [fresh ideas for the month(s)], and tips for everyday.
Enjoy and happy blogging!
If you’re a fan of listening to live music and doing who knows what in a city that makes you choose your own adventures, then there’s a good chance you’re a fan of SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST. After we endured a 46-hour trek from Toronto to Austin via train last Spring, the minute we landed into the home of the Longhorns and the somewhat unauthorized birthplace of independent sound, our hearts sank into our chests, and the neverending roller coaster of new music began. The weekend festival prides itself in main attractions, making SXSW the local town band, but the one you will forever love. Dusting off this year’s eclectic lineup injected with hip hop, garage rock, punk, R&B and electronica, here’s our picks – aside from favs Titus Andronicus, Santigold and Fiona Apple - for artists to tune into.
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