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I’ve been sitting on this sweet giveaway for a while, as it seemed to make the most sense as a way to get you all excited for back to school. Or at the very least, for those of you who are past the college years, a nice way to cheer up about the cold weather that’s about to return.
Courtesy of Sapporo, I have a giveaway I’m super pumped for (I wish I could have the headphones for myself!) that includes the following:
- a black Herschel backpack
- a pair of SOL REPUBLIC track on ear headphones
- and of course, Sapporo (gluten free!) beer for you to drink
The total value is around $200, and to enter you just have to be a subscriber to my newsletter (be sure to hit the confirmation email you receive or you won’t be entered). If you are already a subscriber, comment below with the email you used to subscribe so I know you want to be included.
If you want a bonus entry, Facebook fans can, as usual, like/comment or share my page’s status about this giveaway on Facebook.
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You’ll have until September 8th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted via the email address they used to subscribe, the following day.
The world of borrowed credit isn’t exactly one that is known for its support of music fans. Their target demo generally falls outside the staying up late, bouncing from show to show, youth driven music lifestyle.
Fortunately – there is one company that has, for the past 25 years, understood that music fans are a powerful demographic that should not be ignored.
Amex Canada believes, as much as I do, that memorable experiences are the only true currency in this life. How we spend our time is much more important than anything of material value. Experiences last a lifetime. Their Front of the Line program is at the heart of this philosophy.
FOTL celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and to celebrate, Amex is giving away 25 pairs of tickets to shows you’ll want to be at, every single day.
It’s true. Amex cardholders have it better when it comes to all things entertainment. Their Front of the Line program started in Toronto back in 1989 and has expanded to include presale and advanced ticket access through partnerships with Live Nation, Massey Hall, AEG LIVE, Roy Thomson Hall, Ticketmaster and more.
Amexers also get to hang out in the Amex only lounges at Molson Amphitheatre, Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, and coming in the fall for you theatre lovers, Princess of Wales.
Yes, being an Amex cardholder also gives you access to the whole wide world outside music – comedy shows, theatre productions, dining experiences, movie premieres and cultural experiences like Luminato are all part of the deal.
In fact, back in June I attended Luminato’s tribute to Daniel Lanois via this great program. Front of the Line gave me access to two close seats at the show, as well as passes to the open bar after party at Massey Hall featuring the man of the hour himself.
While I am not the kind to attend an after party just to talk to a celeb, the foodie in me will always come for the food and drinks – which tend to be top of the line at events like these. The wine was paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres I willingly devoured, while the fancy people chose to abstain in fear of getting food stuck in their teeth while conversing with other fancy people.
Follow @AmexCanada on Twitter and tag #FOTL25 for a chance to win one of 25 daily giveaways until the end of the month.
This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinion expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.
Whoa everyone! TGIF is back. I know, it’s been absent most of the summer, and for that I can only say my summer has been – as usual, busier than any other time of the year. I took on a new gig writing for Notable five days a week, on top of my regular contributions to Dose and a new job helping with social media for a record label.
Not to mention vacations, festivals, family coming to town. I’m actually looking forward to the routine that fall will bring back into my life, if not the cold weather.
With that said, here’s a big whack of links that have built up over the past few weeks. Enjoy!
- Deep-Fried Tequila Is Actually A Thing, And It Will Get You White Girl Wasted Who’s trying this with me?
- What Makes People Look Like Their Pets? It makes complete sense that it’s in the eyes. They learn from our facial expressions, so it’s no surprise that their eyes would express what ours express. When you’re sad, your dog is sad. When you’re happy, your dog is happy. They mimic you, because they are walking furry balls of empathy and connection.
- 30 Years of Music Industry Change In One GIF This is interesting.
- The Rapper Killer Mike Instagrammed A Moving Letter About Michael Brown The things happening in Ferguson are terrible for so many reasons – what everyone needs to remember is what he talks about in this letter.
- Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves to Another Universe at Death This is my favourite link of the summer. I’m non religious after the trauma of Catholic school, but I’ve always believed in the soul, and the idea that there’s something more to life. This science explains my ideas around the subject fairly well. I’m not so sure about the moving to other universes part – but I do believe our souls exist before and after our body, and our bodies serve as receptors to it in the same way that our TV is a receptor to our cable signal. It explains a lot about the idea of ghosts, mediums, near death experiences and past life regression. None of it has anything to do with organized religion.
- Dr. Dre’s letter to his girlfriend is the best thing you’ll read all day This is great. No wonder she married him.
- Photographer Takes A Self-Portrait On Her Birthday In Her Underwear For 40 Years It’s a powerful and beautiful thing to watch the body age through four decades.
- Alzheimer artist’s self portrait over 8 years’ time from onset until he forgot to send portrait to care facility management This is sad, but it also gives a world of insight into a terrifying disease. I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed a project that so profoundly displayed the idea of being trapped inside yourself so well.
- Five Lessons The Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV If you ask me, TV has learned all the lessons the entire entertainment industry needs to learn first, and that’s why it is having such a period of glory despite the internet. The music industry should definitely take note.
- Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You Damn right we do. Mornings are just the worst.
- 7 Theories On Why We Evolved to Love Music Interesting.
- Photographer Shows Proof of Shocking Similarities In Human Templates Between Complete Strangers You know when someone tells you they saw your doppelganger, this explains that phenomenon fairly well.
- 40 Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever Lots of great tips here, bookmark it.
- Why Can’t You Ever Shut Up During A Concert? Seriously! Please, if you come to a concert, STFU. People who scream sing at the top of their lungs so loud you can’t hear the actual singer, STFU! People who come to a show to stand around having a chat, GTFO! Why are you even here? Did you really just pay money to ruin the show for everyone else??
- The Representation Test: Grading the Top Films of 2014 (So Far) This is fascinating. Support films that write female characters as real people, please.
- 18 Signs You Are Addicted To Collecting Vinyl Welp. That’s me. And probably most of you, too.
- How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry
- Pressing Issues: Record Quality in Today’s Market Some good advice to keep in mind when buying vinyl.
- The seven digital deadly sins This interactive collaboration between the NFB and The Guardian is a must watch. Digital is an amazing thing, but all of the good doesn’t outweigh the bad.
- Finally, watch this amazing Emmy promo bringing back together my two favourites from the best show of all time, Breaking Bad. We needed to see Jesse and Walt together one more time.
If you were curious, this infographic from YTD has some interesting stats on the history of recorded music.
The record player is only 84 years old! People actually paid $1000 for CD players back in the day! These random facts might help you win a music trivia contest in the future.
Also, I really, really want to try out those Muzic headphones.
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
To enter, just email me at email@example.com 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: