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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!”
By now you all definitely know I am obsessed with Lena Dunham – she is younger than me and she’s already achieved every dream I’ve ever had for my life. I adore her talent, her persistence, her self confidence, the hard work she put in to get where she is, and the way she is changing the worlds perception of what beauty is.
Her first book, a collection of essays titled Not That Kind Of Girl comes out September 30th, and to promote it she’s going on a book tour.
Her Toronto stop will coincide with the upcoming, highly recommended, hilarious comedy festival JFL42.
On September 20th at the Sony Centre she will be interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi, give a reading from the book, and open it up for what is likely to be a fascinating audience Q&A. I am BEYOND excited for this.
Lucky for you, if you want to be there too, you can enter to win one of five pairs of passes to see her courtesy of my friends at JFL42. Follow them on Twitter @JFL42 and find them on Facebook as well.
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You have until September 16th at midnight to enter – winners will be contacted via the email they used to subscribe the next 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.
Want to hang with Daniel Radcliffe in person? Want to attend the premiere of his new film The F Word? I can help you do just that. The film has its Toronto premiere on Monday July 21st at Scotiabank Theatre, and Harry Potter himself will be there to say hi.
If you want to win, all you have to do is follow me on Instagram @lisalagace and like the photo of the movie poster once I share it. Only my followers will be entered into the draw – just liking the pic alone does not count.
Also, if you don’t win, you can come to Scotiabank at 4pm on Monday where there will be another huge opportunity to win tickets, so make sure you’re there early!
The F Word hits theatres on August 22nd! Check out the trailer below: