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Open Roof Fest Returns For Another Summer Of Movies and Music

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Open Roof Fest, the summer long festival that supports two of my favourite passions: music and film, returns to Toronto this week, providing your weekly live music and awesome movie fix.

movies

This year the films screening include Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, Sing Street, The Lobster, TIFF darling Sleeping Giant, Off The Rails, A Bigger Splash, My Blind Brother, and Hunt For the Wilderpeople.

music

Music includes Matrox, Fresh Show, Kayla Diamond, Bruce Peninsula, Tomi Swick, Grand Analog, Chloe Charles, Sam Drysdale, Yuka and Most People.

when & where

Opening night happens on Tuesday June 21st and it runs every Tuesday at 99 Sudbury until August 24th, with doors at 7pm, bands on at 8pm and movies starting at sunset around 9pm.

As usual, Amsterdam Brewery will be on hand for beer, and food trucks such as the Food Dudes are being incorporated this year to provide the eats.

If you’re looking for a great summer date night, there is no better way to impress your beau than with the latest Linklater movie + beers under the stars. They pulled off a stellar lineup yet again this year. Be there.

 Lisa

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Learning About Bourbon Cocktails At The Yukon Blonde Concert

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The other week, I had the chance to take part in a bourbon tasting event with Jim Beam, before heading off to the surprise Yukon Blonde show they put on at the Mod Club (if you were lucky, you might have even won a pair of tickets to it from me).

There are few things that go together better than a good bourbon and live music, so this was the perfect night for me.

I arrived early at the venue, where a handful of bloggers were on hand to learn all about the different varieties of bourbon Jim Beam makes. Each bottle had various levels of aging involved, and there was even a Honey and Apple variety that I was proceeded to happily drink the rest of the night. Who knew flavoured bourbon was a thing? Turns out it’s a really, really great thing.

jim beam mixologist

Their fabulously bearded mixologist taught us all about what goes into aging the perfect bottle of bourbon, and I found it interesting that whiskey barrels can never be reused for whiskey because, high standards (they do get recycled for aging other kinds of liqour though).

Also, there is a minimum rule that (I might be remembering this wrong) whiskey in Canada must be aged at least 2 years, and all Jim Beam bourbon is aged at least 3 years. So this might be why I find bourbon so much stronger than any other hard liquor I indulge in.

jim beam canada

We each had the chance to create our own drink for the evening, and because I was so into the Apple bourbon during the tasting, he suggested I try this combo:

1 ounce regular Jim Beam

1 ounce apple Jim Beam

1 part simple cinnamon syrup

Top with ginger beer

No lie – it ended up tasting like apple pie. It is going to become my new go to staple at my home bar. So simple, so yummy.

After we had our new cocktails in hand, we headed downstairs to see the Luke Austin Band open, and then Yukon Blonde took the stage. As per usual they brought their uplifting, carefree west coast pop rock to Toronto and the packed venue was singing along to every song. While On Blonde hasn’t pulled me in quite as much as Tiger Talk did back in 2012, I still always have a blast seeing these guys live. Jeff and co. always give their all onstage, and the crowd of diehards that won their way into this event were definitely happy to see them again.

Overall, it was an excellent night of live music and great tunes, and I will be incorporating more bourbon cocktails into my bartending repertoire immediately.

 Lisa

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Julien Baker – Ballad of Big Nothing (Cover)

 

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While things are in the process of changing around here, I came upon this incredible cover of an Elliott Smith song, and had to share. Obviously, the image for this series has always been a picture from the Elliott Smith memorial wall, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared one of his songs as a part of this, because I’d already wrote about him way back when I started the blog, and because I tend to hate it when people cover artists like Elliott Smith and Bob Dylan as they are on the untouchable list.

But – “Ballad of Big Nothing” was always one of Elliott’s songs that I never loved quite as much as the rest for some reason. And when I heard this version, I realized it is the kind of cover that brings something great to the song, rather than just replacing his vocals with vocals I’ll usually care less about.

The way Baker – who was literally only 8 years old when he died – slowed the melody down and stripped away some of the extra elements Elliott had brought into his work in the last couple albums really, really works – and allows the brilliance of his lyrics to shine through even more. I think she managed to make it sound almost uplifting in its declarations, whereas Elliott sounded somewhere between angry and not giving a shit on this one.

Apparently this tribute album will be released on October 14th 2016, and also features covers from J Mascis, Lou Barlow, Amanda Palmer, Juliana Hatfield and Yuck, so I’m putting away my hatred of people messing with his work because these are the right artists to take on such a challenge.

Lisa

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Giveaway – VIP Tickets To Yukon Blonde At The Mod Club

Win VIP Tix To Yukon Blonde At Mod Club

Hi guys! Some of you may have noticed that the blog has been quiet lately, and that is because I am nearing the final stages of a rebrand and redesign – but TTRO will be back and completely revamped this summer, so I am grateful for your patience.

In the meantime, I have an awesome giveaway to share with those of you in Toronto. Yukon Blonde are playing a special show on Thursday June 2nd at the Mod Club, and thanks to Jim Beam, I have a pair of VIP tickets to giveaway to it.

VIP tickets include special seating in the Jim Beam VIP lounge, a meet and greet with the band, some free drinks, and a bourbon tasting – so they’re something you’ll probably want to get in on.

To enter, just email me at lisa at turntherecordover.com with the subject line “Yukon Blonde.”

I’ll give bonus points to anyone who mentions they are signed up for the upcoming TTRO newsletter, so be sure to mention that you are signed up for it (and use the email you signed up with) when you enter.

The winner will be notified on Wednesday June 1st by 5pm.

Good luck!

 Lisa

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Giveaway – Tickets To See The Godfather Live In Concert

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Since it’s February and we’re all doing our best to get through the winter, I thought I’d give you another good reason to get out of the house with one more great giveaway.

This Saturday February 20th at 7:30pm, the epic mafia movie we all know and quote is coming to the Sony Centre to be screened while the Motion Picture Symphony Orchestra simultaneously brings its epic soundtrack to life.

You didn’t think The Godfather could get any better, but, it can.

To win a pair of tickets to the screening, email me at lisa@turntherecordover.com with the subject ‘The Godfather.’

Followers can also get up to 3 bonus entries via the following options:

  • liking/commenting on my Instagram post about it.
  • by retweeting my tweet about the giveaway.
  • by liking/commenting or sharing my Facebook post about it.
  • The winner will be contacted via email on Friday morning.

    And if you don’t want to take the risk of not winning tickets, you should probably consider buying your tickets now.

     

Lisa

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