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Giveaway – Begin Again Prize Pack

begin again movie giveaway

My friends over at eOne have asked me to give you a chance to see the new Mark Ruffalo/Keira Knightley film Begin Again, for free! Yes, this one features Adam Levine attempting to act, but let’s not hold that against it.

It comes from the same team that brought us the beautiful music film Once, so I understandably have high hopes for it.

I have 9 music-themed prize packs to giveaway, and each prize pack includes the following:

  • A copy of the soundtrack on CD
  • A Run of Engagement pass for 2 valid at any cinema in Canada excluding Quebec
  • Branded headphones & headphone splitters
  • Guitar picks
  • Sunglasses

To enter, just email me at with the words ‘Begin Again’ in the subject line of your email.

As always, Facebook fans and weekly newsletter subscribers get extra entries, so use that handy little form in the sidebar to sign up if you haven’t already. Remember, you must have clicked the confirmation email in order to actually be considered a subscriber and get that extra entry.

Keep in mind the ROE passes are only valid for all the theatres in Canada excluding Quebec. Winners will be chosen on Sunday July 20th and contacted via email.

Watch the too cute trailer here, and try not to dream about Mark Ruffalo too much for the rest of the day:


James Maddock – Bad Night

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I’ve recently (finally!) started watching the brilliant FX show Louie, which happens to be written, directed by and starring one of my favourite people in the world, Louis CK. I marathoned season 1 and at the end of the final episode, this great song came on that I just had to share.

Apparently everyone was asking Louie what it was since the credits don’t list it and it doesn’t register on Shazaam, so he was kind enough to post it. Turns out Louie wrote the lyrics himself, and got local NYC musician James Maddock to perform it in the recording. It’s basically the perfect encapsulation of how it feels to have a really shitty night.

James Maddock has a beautiful raspy voice that allows for the requisite empathy the track requires.


Today’s Quote – Those Who Could Not Hear The Music

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And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.


Giveaway – Tickets to TURFs Saturday Lineup, Sam Roberts CD + Tee


Happy Canada Day, friends! In honour of this great holiday, I have a giveaway I’m particularly excited for.

I LOVE TURF! If you went last year you’ll know it’s exactly the kind of festival Toronto was missing out on for so long. It is how I spent my birthday last year, and I will be doing the same this year (what up America, I share your day of birth).

If you want to go, well, I can at least help you get into Saturday’s lineup, care of Sam Roberts very kind team.

Along with a pair of tickets to TURF Saturday, you will also get a copy of his new album Lo-Fantasy as well as a t-shirt.

To win, just subscribe to the upcoming weekly newsletter using the form below. Be sure to confirm your subscription by clicking the link in the email you will receive, or you will not actually be entered to win. If you are already a subscriber and want to enter, just comment below using the email address you used to subscribe so I can verify.

Subscribe here to enter the giveaway:

As usual, Facebook fans get a bonus entry by liking, commenting or sharing my Facebook status about this giveaway.

The winner will be contacted Friday morning, July 4th, via the email they used to subscribe.

Who else is excited for this weekend?! I have yet to see Violent Femmes, Drive By Truckers or Hey Rosetta! live, so I’m very pumped for this. It’s gonna rule.


Sia – Chandelier

song of the week!

How great is this vid? For those of you more tuned into the pop culture zeitgeist, you’ve probably already seen it. It came on my radar this week because my girl Lena Dunham performed with her on Seth Meyers, because she doesn’t like to face the camera when she performs. This is something I haven’t read much about, but I like to think it’s a decision to keep the focus on the music instead of the objectification female pop musicians (such as the ones she writes hits for – Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce etc) usually endure and/or play into.

Of course, it could just be a gimmick, or she could genuinely be camera shy. I’m sure I will be swiftly informed of her said reasoning, but it’s more fun to be left to make up our own mind about why it is.

Anyhow, when I heard the song I was blown away. It is so incredibly catchy, dramatic and freeing. I instantly put it on repeat and danced my ass off in my living room to it for at least an hour (I’d just downed a Grande from Starbucks, I had a lot of energy to expend).

Then I watched the actual video. And wow. When you’re dancing around and not really paying attention to the lyrics, it can come off like a song about living every day like it’s your last, in that James Dean, ‘enjoy every day because it’s a gift’ way.

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist

But when you watch this video, the immediacy of the tragedy in its freedom becomes very clear.

Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight

While the song focuses on the destructive tendencies and emptiness of the party girl life (which the lyric video they also made captures fairly accurately), the official video showcases an incredibly talented kid from that show Dance Moms, doing a stunning routine in a basic, dilapidated room that screams out the private insanity of the person living out such a song’s words. The feeling of going crazy and “holding on for dear life” has never been portrayed so well before in a pop music video. It’s spectacular on every level.

This might be my favourite music video I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely in my top 10.