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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 email@example.com with the subject line “Birdman Contest.”
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Winners will be contacted on November 2nd via email.
Hey friends! I know you all have excellent taste in music (and film) so you should be as excited about this giveaway as I am.
Nick Cave’s pseudo documentary is playing until Sunday night at The Royal in Toronto, and thanks to TIFF Midnight Madness programmer extraordinaire, Colin Geddes (who also programmed this screening), I have a couple pairs of tickets to give out.
To win, just check out the schedule here, and email me with your name and which night you would like to attend.
Winners will be contacted via the email by Friday.
Check out the trailer below:
Received this news in my inbox, and since it’s my favourite Toronto record store, figured you all should know so you can give them a warm welcome to the ‘hood. Couldn’t be happier to have them here – now I really have very few reasons left to travel north of College St.
On Saturday, September 27, Sonic Boom Records opens the doors at its new home in the historic Robertson Building at 215 Spadina Avenue, just north of Queen St West, in Toronto. Any music fan knows the perils of moving a record collection; in Sonic Boom’s case they’ll be hauling over 75,000 LPs, 20,000 CDs and 20,000 DVDs to its new Spadina location.
Previously located in the Honest Ed’s building, the move comes after the news that the Mirvish Village has been sold and will be redeveloped. While they could have remained in the Annex location for a few more years, Sonic Boom owner Jeffrey Barber fell in love with the space in the Robertson Building and decided to seize the opportunity. “The location is incredible, the size is nearly the same as our current location and the building itself is absolutely beautiful. It really is going to be the same old Sonic Boom, just in a much nicer space.”
While saddened to be leaving the neighbourhood they have called home for the last 13 years, Barber is very excited to have found a space so close to Queen Street. “I’ve noticed Spadina has really been changing in the last few years- cool bars, nice restaurants, tons of foot traffic. I believe Sonic Boom is going to be a great fit in this area. And hey, we’re actually still really close to the Annex, so we hope our local friends keep in touch!”
Well, by now you should know that Tanya Tagaq took home the Polaris Prize this year.
She wasn’t who I wanted to win, but that’s only because – to put it mildly – I didn’t get it. I didn’t give myself time to get it.
Her music is the kind that needs to be witnessed. Experienced. Just listening to the tracks at home didn’t appeal to me. It was too feral. Too scary. Too dark. I thought to myself, “I don’t really enjoy listening to someone howl and grunt their way through a song.”
But of course, that’s the point. The album is called Animism after all.
I’ve never been shy to admit I get stuck in lyric driven music far too often, which can sometimes lead to closing myself off to other genres.
And that is why the Polaris Prize is such a great thing. Not because it gives awards to music – as last years winners Godspeed felt the need to point out isn’t that amazing of a thing to do – but because it shines a light on music you might not otherwise take a chance on.
The fact that an aboriginal artist finally took home the prize is a big deal. As many pointed out, with this being the 9th Polaris, it is long overdue. And I’m glad it went to an artist whose music is so visceral, so honest, so unapologetic and in your face about her roots and her culture.
If you watched her stunning performance before she took home the award, you’ll know it went to the right artist. With names of all the missing aboriginal women currently out there scrolling behind her, and a choir backing up her throat singing, you’d be inhuman not to feel something – too many things – watching it. This is music from the gut. It is all emotion. Overwhelming emotion. Try not to tear up.
This is music that skips right past your head (where lyrics live) and goes to the root of how it feels to be alive. There’s no filter. No need to overanalyze as humans so often do. It is raw and angry and passionate. It is sound in its purest form.
Her vocal abilities capture all the sounds of life, from birth to death and everything in between. I’ve never seen anything like it, and that is why it so deservedly won. Being truly original is such a rare thing in music these days.
If you are new to the unique music she makes as I was, start with her cover of the Pixies “Caribou” below or here if the stream stops working. It’ll ease you into the brilliance of what she does, without scaring you away if you’re unfamiliar with the raw nature of throat singing.
Way back then, I considered you my best friend. But the last time I saw you, I knew I’d never see you again.
This 12 minute opus is incredible.
Sometimes people come into your life like a storm, and you truly believe they will be there forever. But storms never last. They take over your life for a period of time – and then they disappear, as fast as they appeared.
When you’re young, storms seem fun and interesting. But then you get older and realize a gentle breeze feels better and doesn’t destroy your house while you hide in the basement.
Enjoy your long weekend, friends.