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As you might know (despite the rain) summer is here, and that means one thing – outdoor movie festivals are in full swing. One of my favourites of them all remains Open Roof Festival. Not only do you get to watch a great movie you probably won’t find in major theaters anytime soon, you also get to hear a great live band before dusk hits.
I went a few weeks back and watched the hilarious The Overnight and caught a brilliant Toronto band that has become my new obsession – Del Bel.
This week, I get to give you the chance to check it out for free. I have a pair of tickets up for grabs to attend Open Roof Festival at 99 Sudbury on Wednesday, July 22nd – where one of my old faves – Hooded Fang, will be playing before they screen the incredibly adorable and funny looking Pretend We’re Kissing.
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Open Roof Fest’ and you’ll be entered to win.
As always, sharing this post will gain you bonus entries.
Contest closes and the winner will be chosen and contacted on Monday July 20th.
Well, after a long hiatus, TGIF is back!
There were a few reasons for the hiatus, and some big news is on the horizon for TTRO. I won’t say too much yet (stay tuned for another post), but changes are coming. Over the past year or so my life has changed quite a bit. I’m spending more and more time building a biz as a freelance writer, social media consultant and now speaker(!), which means TTRO is due for a major overhaul so that it represents my life in its new, slightly more grown up form.
You’ll notice over the coming months that I will be posting somewhat different content from what you’ve come to expect at times, but don’t worry – the music itself will never completely go away. It remains a vital part of my daily existance.
On that note, Canadian Music Week is in full swing in Toronto, and I wrote about Some Shows I Think You Should See at CMW for Notable, if you’re curious about my picks. Get out there and see some live music!
Now, for the link love:
- TourRadar is giving away three trips to Brazil, Cambodia or Australia Just thought you might want to get in on that, since it’s actually open to Canadians (unlike most awesome travel contests!).
- Take the quiz: Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum I have a whole lot to say about the absolutely absurd protests going on about this, but again, I’ll save it for another post. For now, take the quiz if you’re someone still thinking it’s a bad thing to have an educator teach your kids about their own bodies and about inclusivity and non-judgement toward those bodies and the bodies and sexual and gender identities of their peers. An initiative to reduce bullying (and suicide rates associated with bullying) is never a bad thing – no matter what your religion tells you.
- Here’s Why Saving The Mindy Project Would Be the Smartest Thing Ever In devastating TV news, Fox yet again cancelled their best show (I wept both times Arrested Development was cancelled by those monsters). But Mindy is literally my career idol, and her show will definitely be saved by a team that understands television as something more than just an outlet to showcase commercials. We need to see the Castellano baby!
- 14 Pieces Of Advice Mindy Kaling Has For Women Speaking of Mindy, this is great.
- Tattoo Artists Cover Breast Cancer Survivors’ Scars With Beautiful Tattoos This is awesome. Talk about turning battle scars into art. Beautiful.
- University Creates ‘Puppy Room’ To Help Stressed-Out Students There should literally be puppy rooms all around the world. Feeling sad, stressed, or bored? Puppy room to the glorious, adorable rescue. Puppies!
- Love Is In Small Things This artist series is perfect. Love isn’t getting engaged in Paris. It’s surprise hugs, someone to vent to after a bad day, Game of Thrones marathons, and all that perfect doing nothing together stuff.
- More Sex Means More Money Good news, everyone! Get it on more, for your paycheck.
- It was NEVER a dress! Gotta love this modern take on the universal ladies bathroom symbol.
- The Rise of Women on Comedy Central: Female Shows, Standup Specials Comedy Central gets it so much. Fox could learn a ton from them.
- Studies Link Social Anxiety To Empathetic Ability, High IQs, & Sentinel Intelligence Us social anxiety filled introverts will take this and run with it, thank you very much. #somegoodnews
- Lena Dunham Made Me a Feminist I’ve had so many discussions with guys about how they hate Lena, or Hannah, or whoever they think she is, and I just wish I could make them all read this mans words.
- Why Warner Bros. Axed Michelle MacLaren, and What That Tells Us About the State of Female Directors in Hollywood MacLaren directed the best episodes of Breaking Bad, and she probably deserves a better vehicle than a potentially hokey superhero piece as her first feature anyway. This piece is a great read.
- Forget Hollywood: Watch Documentaries if you Care About Women Hot Docs just wrapped up, and it was as incredible as ever. Most incredibly was the fact that this festival had 40 PERCENT female directors, which – if you look at the horrific percent of female directors in film, is an inspiring thing to see. Most of the docs I watched were actually also about women, which was amazing to witness.
- Why so few women on music festival lineups? and here’s what Canadian festival posters look like with the all-male acts removed You’ve likely already seen these, but as festival season is just beginning here, I think it’s still relevant and needs to remain a topic of conversation. More ladies on stage, please!
- Why Millennials Understand The Future Of Work Better Than Anyone Else Makes sense.
- Keira Knightley: “Where Are the Female Stories? Where Are the [Women] Directors and Writers?” It gives me great hope to see more and more actresses talking about this subject.
- The Shut-In Economy Highly recommend giving this one a read. The more money we make and services we have – the less we have to ever leave our home or talk to anyone. Someone will deliver your groceries, cook your food, do your laundry, shop for you, and you can get it all via an app. You don’t even have to look a single person in the eye anymore if you so choose. It’s a scary thought.
- Dear Daughter, Here’s Why I Work I read a rather horrific article from a stay-at-home-mom that was a response to this article, so rather than give that other gross article that basically shamed working mothers any more publicity, I will direct you to this. My mom was a stay-at-home mom all my life, for the record – and that shaped my feelings on this subject in a big way.
- Finally, this video most definitely cheered me up. Typical office email is such a weird pain in the butt:
As a bonafide TV buff, I like to think I’m quite knowledgeable on most of the great shows in television history.
As a bonafide hater of sci-fi and aliens all my life – there is one series I always made a point of avoiding, despite being well aware of its important place in the entertainment canon.
Growing up I was always watching something, but as soon as Star Trek came on I would flip the channel. I thought the aliens were hideously terrifying, and it didn’t make sense to me that the humans and aliens cavorted together.
As a child I hated anything alien related, though. The thought of life on other planets seemed like the scariest thing imaginable. I remember literally crying at a friends house when she forced me to watch Independence Day.
Then I met my boyfriend – who happens to be a true blue sci-fi nerd (he literally wore a vintage Star Trek tee on our first date). As it goes when you fall for someone, you start to open the more closed parts of your mind to things you might have previously wrote off, in order to see things through their eyes.
I’ve now watched Alien, Aliens, Prometheus, Terminator, and now even Star Trek.
I actually had the chance to catch the 2009 movie revamp of Star Trek recently at the Sony Centre, where the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony masterfully played composer Michael Giacchino’s epic score live.
I’ve wrote before about how incredible it is to watch a movie with the score being performed live in front of you, and this experience was just as beautiful.
Last time though, it was a film I had watched countless times, so I was able to pay more attention to the musicians onstage since I always knew what was about to happen onscreen.
This time, being so completely new to the Star Trek world – for most of the screening I almost forgot they were even there – which is a testament to the level of musicianship conductor Erik Ochsner and his team excel at, as well as a testament to the film storyline itself being so strong and compelling.
Would I have loved it as much if I were watching the original with Shatner and Nimoy? I’m not so sure. I actually sat down to watch the original movie over Easter and fell asleep – so I can’t claim I found it quite as compelling. But the revamp was shot with the same adrenaline and humour as modern day action adventure films like The Avengers, so it impressed me in a way I wasn’t quite expecting.
With Leonard Nimoy’s recent passing before the screening, they also used the night as a tribute to the legend, and it was nice to see the Sony Centre screens lit up with his iconic moments as the night came to an end. I finally understand exactly why the fans love Spock so much.
Star Trek Live In Concert is currently touring cities across North America, find the schedule here.
As you might know from the Golden Globes on Sunday, awards season is in full swing.
And you might also know that The Imitation Game is a big contender for those awards (even though it was somehow shut out at the Globes).
I was able to check out a screening during TIFF – where it went on to win the People’s Choice Award – and absolutely adored this film. You might not be all that familiar with Enigma if you’re living over here in the West (unless you’re a history buff), but the story surrounding it is vital to our history – because it helped end World War II.
Alan Turing was the definition of a war hero, and because he happened to be attracted to men back in a time when that was illegal, his country essentially murdered him. It’s a truly tragic story, but one that definitely needed to be told.
If you’re up for seeing a truly captivating film, you’re in luck, because I have 5 pairs of ROE passes and soundtracks to giveaway for those of you located in Toronto.
To enter, send an email to email@example.com with the subject ‘Imitation Game’ and you’ll be entered to win.
For bonus entries, share this post on Twitter and Facebook and let me know in the comments.
Contest closes and winners will be chosen and contacted on January 18th, and must be able to pick up the prize in downtown Toronto.
If you were ever wondering just how important data and analytics can be for growing your business (or, in the case of the movie and music industry – adapting it) look no further than this infographic from WhoIsHostingThis.
These particular industries had no choice but apply the adapt-or-die method, and it seems they are finally starting to do that with some success. Admittedly, I never thought I would be a Netflix subscriber, but once they started putting out original shows I couldn’t find elsewhere, I caved.
It also gives an insider insight into how they manage to get our data, and why companies like Facebook and Google are so eager to collect and sell it.