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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:

Lisa

Learning To Appreciate Star Trek Through The Symphony

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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.

 Lisa

Giveaway – Soundtrack and Tickets to The Imitation Game

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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 lisa@turntherecordover.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.

Lisa

How Big Data Is Revolutionizing The Music and Movie Biz

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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.Lisa

Giveaway – Birdman Movie Prize Pack

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Hey guys. Time for another brilliant giveaway! This time for a film I think is truly wonderful.

I had the chance to attend the press screening and I can say without a doubt that Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is one of the best films I’ve seen in 2014. Which didn’t totally surprise me, as it comes from the brilliant mind of Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñàrritu, who also made Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros.

Thanks to their team, I have 5 prize packs to give to you guys, featuring ROE tickets, a copy of the soundtrack, and a tee featuring the Toronto version of the poster, as seen above. How cool is it that each major city got their own poster featuring Birdman on a city landmark? Fantastic marketing strategy.

The soundtrack is particularly special because it moves the action in the film. It almost seems to direct the characters and creates the feeling of chaos going on in the story. Just listen to this sample of the fantastic jazz drumming from Antonio Sanchez:

To win, just email me at lisa@turntherecordover.com with the subject line “Birdman Contest.”

Extra entries are available via liking TTRO on Facebook and sharing the post about this giveaway, following me on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway, and following me on Instagram and hearting the photo pertaining to this giveaway once I post it.

You can also subscribe to the upcoming TTRO weekly roundup newsletter via entering your email address in that little box up there near the top of the left sidebar. Subscribers automatically get 3x as many entries because they’re the best, so make sure to mention if you are subscribed when you email me.

Winners will be contacted on November 2nd via email.

Lisa