Fiona’s CMF 2012 picks: Saturday March 24, 2012

The 30th Annual Canadian Music Week is winding down. A lot of stuff was going on this year — one of the most notable things was the comeback of Canadian rock group, Treble Charger. Do you remember their single from 2000, American Psycho? Oh man, the nostalgia. Anyways, here are my picks for tonight.

** Be sure to follow me on Twitter @feeonalui and @awmusicblog for live tweets from tonight’s CMF festivities! 🙂

The Indies at Royal York Hotel – Canadian Room. All Ages. Doors at 7PM.

There’s a pretty stacked line-up at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (a.k.aThe Indies) tonight. I AM so excited to see that Passion Pit is going to be closing the awards ceremony. Here’s the list of performances:
7:50PM Pavlo
8:00PMThe Pack A.D.
8:20PMYoung Empires
8:40PMTreble Charger
9:05PMDan Mangan
9:45PMThe Sheepdogs
10:25PMRich Aucoin
11:15PMPassion Pit

Girl Walk // All Day at NFB Cinema. 18+. Doors 8:30PM.

Girl Walk // All Day is a feature-length dance music video and tale of urban exploration that follow three dancers across New York City. They turn the city’s sidewalks, parks, and stadiums into an evolving stage as a story of rebellion, love, and discovery unfolds. Shot entirely in public spaces, and funded entirely by crowd-sourcing, Girl Walk // All Day is a statement about the power of community and public space. Set to the album All Day by mashup musician Girl Talk, it’s also an insanely fun love letter to New York.” – Description from CMF Info page

Girl Talk – Oh No

Housse De Racket w/ Nightbox and Grahmzilla at Wrongbar. 19+. 11PM – 2AM.

This evening dance-friendly set at Wrongbar is sure to be a fun one. Housse De Racket, a French electro-rock duo recently released their second album, Alesia, via Kitsuné. I can’t wait to strap on my dancing shoes and shimmy the night away to Housse De Racket, Nightbox and Grahmzilla (originally from electro-rap duo Thunderheist). It’s going to be HOT in Wrongbar tonight.

Housse De Racket – Roman

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Rock The Cause

ROCK THE CAUSE with us on Friday March 30th, 2012 at 8:00pm at the Dominion House! (Windsor, Ontario

3 AMAZING bands: Against All Evil, Aurelia, and Ravenscode will be providing the ROCK, $13.50 pitchers of beer, $6.50 mini-pitchers (INCLUDING MIXED DRINKS!!) all night, and raffles for great prizes like LCBO gift cards, restaurant vouchers, spa and beauty gift cards, Pistons tickets and all kinds of other stuff!

During the summer of 2011, Co-Organizer Nickie Soucie traveled to Libode, South Africa to do research on violence against women at an organization called Soul Winners Support Centre for Women and Children (registered (057-288 NPO).

A major problem in Libode is the lack of independence on the part of women. This in turn creates dependency of women on men in their lives, which prevents them from leaving situations of abuse and exposes them to unwanted sexual contact and AIDS/HIV.

The money from this fundraiser will be used to turn a small concrete building in the middle of rural Libode, into a functioning support center.

The event’s main goal however is to fund the purchase of 3 sewing machines, and an embroidery machine. We also aim to train at least 100 women and girls with the new sewing and embroidery machines, so that they can learn a method of income generation, as well as increase their confidence and self-worth. We also hope to start a vegetable garden to support child headed families and women living with HIV/AIDS, since those people are generally unemployable due to stigma and health breakdown.

This has been successful in many other local villages, and with your help and support, we think it will also be successful in Libode!

Tickets only $7 in advance, and $10 at the door! Email for advance tickets.


Against All Evil- Wake Up

Fiona’s CMF 2012 picks: Friday March 23, 2012

I’m tired of writing. It’s a beautiful day outside and I want to go out and enjoy it. So here are some picks that I have for tomorrow night. I’ve included some links to the band websites. Hopefully you’ll enjoy some of my picks. 🙂

Young Lions Music Club CMW Showcase at Sneaky Dee’s. 19+. Doors at 7PM.

Young Lions Music Club is showcasing some great indie gems. Check out this spectacular line-up.

10PMIn Medias Res
11PMParadise Animals
12AMBear Hands
1AMDinosaur Bones
3amSheezer (The world famous all-girl Weezer tribute band)

PROUD FM presents: Dragonette w/ Eric Solomon and Young Empires at The Hoxton. 19+. Doors at 7PM.

Check out this article about these queer-friendly acts playing that are playing the PROUD FM showcase.
7:30PMEric Solomon
8:15PMYoung Empires
9PM Dragonette

Dine Alone Records and Jagermeister Showcase at El Mocambo. 19+. Doors at 7:30PM.

The showcase will take over both levels of the El Mocambo for two stages of non-stop incredible live performances. Grab a free download of their Spring Sampler HERE.

8PMMegan Bonnell
9PMGrey Kingdom
10PMSimone Felice
12AM Parlovr
1AMMonster Truck
2AMDZ Deathrays

8PMGreat Bloomers
9PMDinosaur Bones
10PMThe Apache Relay
11PMChains of Love
12AM – Special guests

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Clams Casino- Never Let Me Go (Florence and the Machine Remix)

Clams Casino is probably the only producer right now that could possibly make a Florence track hit even harder.

Clams Casino- Never Let Me Go

CMF in Review: 2K12 Korea Night: K-Pop Wave at Kool Haus (03/21/12)

Last night, I immersed myself amongst many fangirls and fanboys while riding the K-Pop Wave at Kool Haus. I was pretty sure I was going to be deaf by the end of the night, but I knew this was an event not to be missed. 2K12 Korea Night is the biggest Korean concert ever held in Canada and is the first time for these artists performing in Canada. I definitely feel a sense of pride knowing that Toronto was where they made their Canadian stage debut.

The sets roughly ran for 20-25 mins each. Transitions between sets were really quick because no band instruments were being used by any of the performers. A giant screen was set as the backdrop to the stage. Prior to the show starting, the artists’ music videos were on display to hype up the crowd. As showtime neared, the music videos stopped and Korean tourism commercials began broadcasting, which made perfect sense since KOFICE and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism produced 2K12 Korea Night.

To my surprise, the crowd was not entirely made up of Korean teens; There were fans of all different ethnicities. I stood in line with two twenty-something year olds – a Vietnamese male and a Cantonese female (who’s a friend from high school) – and behind two teenage girls – a Caucasian and a South Asian teen – who knew tons more about Korean music and culture than I probably ever will. The crowd was predominately East Asians, but I’m surprised by the attendance of other ethnicities too…especially since Korean seems like a very hard language to understand.

**Disclaimer: I am not Korean and I only recently started reading/learning about K-Pop because of my newly developed (and extremely embarrassing) obsession with Korean-American K-Pop Singer, Jay Park. Many Korean entertainers endure several years of training before making their debut in the Korean music industry. Some of the trainees are as young as 12 years old and spend up to 7 years training. I know I may be generalizing the whole Korean music industry, but I found the trainee to debut process very interesting.

Teen girl group, A Pink, opened the show. They were named the 2011 MNET Asian Music Awards: Best New Female Act along with a couple of other newcomer awards in 2012. A Pink is a seven-member South Korean pop girl group who have released two EPs since their debut last spring. Their set ended with “Wishlist.”
A Pink – My My

Teen Top, a teen sextet boy-band took the stage immediately after A Pink. They were awarded at the 2011 Korean Entertainment & Arts Awards for Best New Male Act. When the band’s name popped up on the giant screen, girls in the crowd started to rush me from behind screaming at the top of their lungs. Fan-made signs and glow sticks were waving about and several audience members had their cameras at the ready. In my 23 (soon to be 24) years of existence, I have never seen SO MANY cameras and phones being held up to capture a show.
Teen Top – Crazy

G.NA is a Korean-Canadian entertainer who was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and went to South Korea to pursue her career as a singer after she graduated from high school. She is the winner of the 2012 Golden Disc Awards: Bonsang Digital Album of the Year and has got a #1 album for her first full-length album, Black & White (2011). She’s one talented Asian babe – there’s no denying that. She started off her set with “Top Girl” and ended it with “Black & White.”
G.NA – I Miss You Already

Brian Joo, is a Korean-American R&B/K-Pop Singer and is somewhat of a veteran in the Korean music industry. The showcase was ahead of schedule so Brian Joo ended up talking to the crowd quite a bit. In the middle of his set, he said, “you know in Korea, I am what they call an ‘ajusshi’ (old man).” He has been performing since the age of 17. He first started off as a member of the South Korean R&B duo, Fly to the Sky, which led to a nomination for 2004 MTV Asia Awards: Favorite Korean Artist and a string of #1 hits. In 2006, Brian started exploring his solo career, releasing his debut solo album, The Brian. In 2009, he and his Fly to the Sky partner decided to work on their own solo careers. Since then, Brian Joo has release three more albums – his latest being, Reborn Part 1, which was released on January 26, 2012. His set began with his cover of Jason Derulo’s “In My Head” and ended with a medley of some of his singles.
Brian Joo – Domino (English Version)

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