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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.


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

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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.


Giveaway – Tickets To See The Godfather Live In Concert


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 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.



Giveaway – See Pretend We’re Kissing at Open Roof Festival

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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 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.


TGIF – And We’re Back

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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:


Learning To Appreciate Star Trek Through The Symphony


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.

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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.