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Guys. GUYS! Do you know who that overgrown sixth grader shaking her tail on ELECTRIC FREAKING CIRCUS (that show we all loved to watch as kids but that got cancelled before we were old enough to audition for it) is?
What am I saying, of course you do. It’s me. I wouldn’t be writing about her if she wasn’t me, unless that gif included a hilarious spill at the end. HA! Lauren takes a tumble… now I kind of wish it did.
NOW PEEP THIS:
That was Electric circus on MuchMusic in 1992.
I was 7 at that time and understood very little of what I was seeing when my 16-year-old babysitter watched those commercials as I “slept” on the couch, but much like my overwhelming desire to group and be one of In Living Colour’s Fly Girls, I dug it.
Even as I grew into adolescence and realized that I’m more of an Elaine Benes than a Jennifer Lopez, my friends and I would watch EC during sleepovers late at night and practice our dance moves along to the TV.
Unfortunately, by the time I was actually old enough to be ON the dang show, it had been cancelled.
So when my homies at XBOX Canada told me that the show was coming back for a one-night-only HALLOWEEN SPECIAL on Saturday I was like “That is da bomb and also all that and a bag of chips. A bag of chips with da bomb inside of it maybe. Talk to the hand! Because it’s saying ‘please let me dance on the block at EC that night.’”
And they actually DID!
So much love to Dance Central 3 and MuchMusic right now. Thank you.
For a Canadian who grew up in the 90s, this was of a huge deal (and sheet, a way fun way to spend a sober Halloween Saturday.)
I promise you that when the millenials take over those Canadian Heritage Minutes, EC will definitely get its own: “Wearing Doc Martens and overalls to a dance club – a part of our heritage.”
You can watch a replay of the entire Halloween broadcast on muchmusic.com here. Look for the kitty cat freaking out to Rusko at 21:39. I love him.
I was also up on a block for the last couple minutes of the show (thank you, benevolent floor director man!) so you can catch me clawing at the camera and trying to drop it low in the background of many shots from minute 58 onward.
I don’t know how to logically weave in that Kim and Kanye were present without sounding like I’m bragging (because the rest of this post is so damn humble, obviously) so here:
I also saw TWO Nicki Minajs, Michael Jackson, and a surprising amount of my fellow 20-something dance loving homies.
Also ice cream with no pants.
If all of those gratuitous photos of myself didn’t get you in the mood to dance, check out the tracklising for Dance Central 3 – and also this video:
Not bad, eh? I’ve pretty much mastered the Hustle, and YOU CAN TOO if you’ve got an XBOX with Kinect because I’ve got a copy of Dance Central 3 to give away, courtesy of XBOX Canada.
All you need to do is drop a comment telling me which song from this release you’re most psyched to dance to.
The winner will be drawn randomly on Friday, November 9th.
And now I want to go play XBOX again. Bye bye
Greetings from the blissfully peaceful city of Toronto, Ontario!
I just drove from the heart of downtown to High park in less than 15 minutes. It would have been even quicker, had I not been stopped by a neon-vest wearing lady-cop.
“YOU CAN’T GO THIS WAY! ROAD’S CLOSED! THE ROAD’S CLOSED! GO AROUND!” she yelled into my open window.
“Uh… thanks. I kind of guessed it might be when I saw that huge barricade right there. That’s why I turned my right blinker on… see?”.”
“ROAD’S CLOSED! GOTTA GO RIGHT! THE ROAD’S CLOSED!”
“… yes ma’am?”
I think the $80 million 5,000 police officers are starting to get bored. This city is a father-freakin’ ghost town! As a motorist, I am just lovin’ it of course And that’s about as far as I’m going to go where Geetwenityness is concerned. I’m sure you’ve been getting enough of that stuff as part of your regular media diet.
I like to think, of course, that my blog is a small part of your media diet too – but more like a dessert than the main course. Not necessarily a nutritionally void dessert like cotton candy or something, but something with a little bit of substance. Delicious, nutritious, yet highly suspicious… like Pinkberry!
I’m hungry, can you tell? I really need to get groceries. Peanut butter and broccoli are getting old (whoddathunk I’d EVER get sick of PB?) Maybe I should learn to cook…
… Maybe I should learn to cook a different day.
Wait – this blog post is not supposed to be about my culinary retardation. It’s supposed to be about MMVA Sunday, because I still haven’t properly laid out how all of that went down.
Allow me to do so riiiiight meow so that I can officially transfer the “MMVA 2010” folder from my desktop to an external HD for a little while.
I woke up at approximately 5:57 a.m. Sunday, June 20th, just brimming with excitement.
You see, just hours earlier I’d received official confirmation that I would be interviewing THE Perez Hilton that day. Needless to say, I was stoked.
After doing my usual morningstuffs (check e-mail, eat oatmeal, eat e-mail and check oatmeal) I went for a nice run in High Park.
At least, it was supposed to be a nice run. I’m quickly learning that hot, humid days in Toronto are not the same as hot, humid days in the Great Lakes region from which I hail.
Running in weather like this isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s actually dangerous for asthmatic nerds like me. I barely made it back to my puffer without seeing those little white “your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen” spots in front of my face.
But I digress…
Post run, post shower, post hair & makeup, I readied my media-makin’ gear (Canon Digital Rebel camera + Canon FS200 camcorder + external mic + Blackberry = HOYEAH!) and set off for the mall to do what I do best. I got some shoes, betch.
Some nude pumps, to be exact. I needed some for outfit number 1 and I was lonnnng overdue for a new pair. I made the unfortunate mistake of wearing my fabulously painful 5-inch tone peep-toe sandals to grad and almost tossed them into the London dump as I drove out of town. The only thing stopping me was how awful it smelled on that blisteringly hot day.
DUDE - I can’t stick to one story without diverging into another one, eh? It’s the Irish thing, I’m told.
I met up with my friends and cameramans Mr. Nate Black (a.k.a. the king of the Lion’s Den) & Matty Shore and scored some sweet MMVA shades from Casie (who, by the way, had the night’s best MMVA outfit for the record.). Then we went to HMV to do the damn thing.
Afterwards, we headed back to MuchMusic to watch Mariana’s Trench rock out on the roof of the old Much store. Another solid soundcheck:
I hopped back onto the subway around 2:30 p.m. and went home to edit a video, upload some images, write an article and file it all to the Star. PYAW!
Then I decided to “rest my eyes” for 10 minutes.
100 minutes later I woke up like “FRIGGG!!!” and busted my patootie to get ready as quickly as was humanly (even SUPERhumanly) possible.
If my life were a movie, this would definitely have been one of those family-channel type montage scenes with girlie pop music playing as I threw clothes all over my bedroom floor and teased my hair while chewing bubblegum (as opposed to the epic, Rocky / Trey Parker and Matt Stone style montage ).
Ready to go, I ran down to the subway station and, well… the rest is Twistory.
Check out my video of getting to the MMVAs, hitting the red carpet somehow (luck’s been on my side, lately), and the sick VIP party on the fifth floor of the building:
I ended up rolling with some pretty sweet cats that night.
Said sweet cats were responsible for my access to said red carpet and said sweet party so… thanks sweet cats You know who you are.
That party was cool – especially when Katy Perry hit the 1s and 2s. Chick DJs are hot as heck to begin with, but chick DJs that are KATY PERRY (even though she’s not really a DJ at all) well that’s just like woah.
It was so nice to chat with them about their adventures in online dating (hilar!) and Bieber fever (I has it. Jaime has it. Al probably has it too, but he didn’t admit it. EVERYBODY loves the Biebs deep down I think. How could ya not?)
At least, it would have been cooler if we hadn’t got all disoriented and lost along the way (I blame you Cory Litwin, BAH!).
Fortunately, C-Litty provided us with enough entertainment in the parking lot to make up for it.
I saw a lot of solid performances Sunday night: Drake, Bieber, Miley, Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, DWW… but Cory freestyling in Parkdale took the motherlovin’ cake:
Ok, that’s enough. I’m done. This blogpost is entirely too long and I’ve got some serious living to do. You know – grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning the cat’s litter box playing archeologist (what magical buried treasures will I find today?).
I’ll leave you with a few photos. The full set can be seen on my laptop if you’re one of the people who see me IRL when I’ve got my laptop around and actually care about all of my stupid photos (mom?). An edited set can be viewed on my FB profile!
so many people! blocks of people!
sick view of the stage from the 5th floor balcony…
TIE DOMI! This explains why Kimber was there… apparently they’ve been dating for years. I had no idea!
Here, the Windsor native / NHL supahstah poses with some Degrassi kids. I felt like I was in an episode of the Next Generation last night, I swear. Pretty sure almost the whole (HUGE) cast was there to support their boy Drake.
I seem to run into these new next-gen kids all the time, but (with the exception of like, 5 people), I’ve never see any of the characters I grew up with in the first couple of seasons. Nammmmely Craig. *swoon*
I just really like Belly…
Red carpet media scrum madness + purple haired character.
<3 Lauren Ohmgawthisblogpostiswaytoolong.
I know I promised y’all a substantial blogpost this evening, but-t-t-t it’s just not gunna happen. Sorry mom.
I just finished cutting together a wee MMVA-related vid and blogpost for one of the companies I freelance for and my creative energies are tapped. No, that’s a lie – MY CREATIVE ENERGY IS NEVER TAPPED ZAAAAH!!! *robot dances around the room for 5 minutes*
What’s tapped is my energy energy. My energy. Too many late nights and early mornings…
I’m back to the Star for 8 a.m. tomorrow which means that I’ll have to leave the house at like, 6 to get to work on time with all of the G20 security hoopla downtown. Ballz.
Here’s another teaser vid, anyways. Me + Katy Perry + Shenae Grimes + Red Carpet = surreal. Can you believe it? I can, but only because there’s videographic evidence:
It was cool to walk across the red carpet at the MMVAs (even if only as a lowly mediakid), but my favourite moment of the night happened on the pink carpet at Perez Hilton’s afterparty:
AIR BUD! Now that’s a shining star right there
<3, Sleepy O’Neepy.
Stay tuned, kiddehs! One mizzASSive blogpost is forthcoming.
I didn’t get to sleep until 6 a.m. last night and had to wake up and go straight to the meeting that I just got home from RIGHT MEOW, so yeah… if your loins are quivering with anticipation, check out my tweetstream from last night or my interview with Perez Hilton on thestar.com or my MuchMusic VVIP profile or something.
I don’t think that was the right phrase to use, was it? I just like the word loin. And quiver.
I’m currently uploading some behind-the-scenes / red carpet photos and vids from the 2010 MMVAS (and related afterparties) while trying to wrap my head around the fact that last night actually happened….
But before I sit down to blog all proper-like, I need to buy some catfood for my little friend Willy. I’m apartment sitting for frikshun while he’s in Florida on bizz-nass, and my one and only responsibility is to make sure that this little guy does not die:
<3, Lucky O’Nizzle
Oh it is ON mans and womans. It’s on like Donkey Kong… like a Donkey Kong Thong… Like Donkey Kong singin’ the thong song ON.
Finally, after weeks and weeks – nay, MONTHS and MONTHS- of anticipation, MMVA madness has hit its peak! In less than 24 hours, The MuchMusic Video Awards will pop of at the corner of Queen st. W. and John St. in Toronto Ontario and IT. WILL. BE. EPIC.
I’ve been so dang busy running around town these past few days, preparing for Sunday’s festivities, catching up with old homies and taking in as much NXNE awesomeness as is humanly possible that I haven’t had much time to blog about everything – and for this, I apologize… though I do hope that my onslaught of tweets has kept you feeling up-to-date on all of the sweet happenings taking place in the teeeedot this week.
I’m actually typing this post up on my blackberry while I ride the subway downtown. It’s jam packed up in here, and I’m pretty sure lady sitting next to me with her eyes trained on my hands is reading every word that I’m writing right now…
Oooh! “arriving at Osgoode, Osgoode station…” that’s my stop! I’ll finish this later…
What a day this has been so far! In the past 5 hours I’ve watched Katy Perry, The Raveonettes, Stereos, Justin Bieber and Iggy Pop rock out on stage. I bought some shoes too. I’m starting to develop a habit… Toronto is bad for my wallet. Maybe I should buy a new wallet…
Uh… where was I? MMVA Eve, yes! As you know, I am a Virgin Mobile VVIP for the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards. This means that I’ll be blogging, vlogging and tweeting up a storm all day long tomorrow – expect some majorhuge photo, video, and story posts come Monday. I’ll be rolling with my BB (for to Tweet with), my good camera, a notepad and my camcorder.
I’m going media-ninja on this event, my friends… it’s my favourite thing to do Stay tuned.
And on that note – I just want to warn everybody right now that I will not be sticking to the ’5 tweets per day’ twettiquette rule tomorrow (do I ever?). I’ll pretty much be e-blabbing a mile a minute as I prepare for the event, moon over celebbys on the red carpet, watch the big show and then hit up the afterparties. Sorry.
And speaking of afterparties, there are about a zillion of them going on, eh? I’m slated to hit up Perez Hilton’s MMVA afterparty for definite, but who knows where I’ll end up post-pink-carpet?
Where are YOU going to be tomorrow night after Canada’s biggest and bestest awards show shuts it down? If you haven’t got the foggiest, check out this list of Sunday night’s best MMVA afterparties, courtesy of Canadian celebrity blogger Zack Taylor :
Snooki - Century Room
Drake, Hedley and Justin Rego - This Is London
Jonathan Toews, Blake McGrath, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Adam Lambert and Fefe Dobson - Ultra Supper Club
DJ Pauly D - SkyBar
Ill Scarlett, Midway State and Rob Dyer - MOD Club
Ashley Tisdale and Cobra Starship - Opera House
Stereos - Nyood Nightclub
Whitney Port and Kristin Cavallari - Dolce
Down with Webster - Cheval
Danny Fernandes and Belly - Lobby Lounge
I’m thinkin’ that I might have to hit up Century Room for a cartwheel or two with Snooki if I can get in… but the two major parties that I want to hit are at Ultra (the official MMVA afterparty spot) and This is London (Universal’s bash).
Too much awesome! I wish I could use a magical hammock to split myself into five different people, go to five different parties, and then reconvene with my selves at the end of the night to share pictures/stories/cute-boy-email-addys…
I need to peace on out for some more festivations right meow and then rest up. It’s going to be a huge Sunday. Huge like this HUGE FRICKIN’ DOG or this HUGE RUBIK’S CUBE. HUGER, even – like this lady’s… tank top:
I’ve got an interview lined up with someone very, very cool in the afternoon tomorrow. Someone I’ve idolized for a long time I don’t want to jinx anything, but… watch my tweetfeed around 1:30 if you’re interested.
Lauren O’Neil, the living bundle of nerves/excitement…
Oh Oh – one Pee Ess: Last night during MMVA sound checks at MuchMusic, the entire block just happened to black out (oops!). I had just left Toshiba’s Primer Party at Ultra when it happened, so we decided to head west for more NXNE stuff. As we were crossing Queen at Spadina, some amazing drunk, shirtless guy was trying to direct traffic. It was so hilarious – definitely one of the best things I’ve seen IRL in a while.
Fortunately, my homie Sean Ward caught the whole thing on tape (hoorah, modern technolomagies!). Check it oots!
So much to blog about – so little time to blog! ARGH!
I have exactly 20 minutes, so here goes…
Today, I had my first real article published as a Staff Reporter at The Toronto Star. “It’s hip to be square: Nerd merch brings in the bank” is a piece that’s quite near and dear to my own heart, being a bona fide geekgirl and all.
As I tweeted this morning, opening the paper to see this article dominating the cover of the living section was better than Christmas. I’ll take a front-page(ish) byline over eggnog and tubesocks any ding dong day of the week.
In other excitements, The 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards are now only THREE DAYS AWAY – AHHHH! I still don’t know what the heck I’m going to wear… Any stylista friends in the area want to come shopping with me today? DiStef? Issie? Rachel Zoe?
As you may have already seen, I was not chosen as one of the two “on-the-ground” VVIP bloggers for this year’s MMVAS. I ammmm, however, one of the 4 digital rockstars who will be bringing you exclusive MMVA dirt all weekend long, so stay tuned to all 6 VVIP feeds if you want scizzity scoop from the kids who know what’s up -> The fabulous Ms. Karly Moy (aka hustlegrl) and Andrew Bravener (aka cutie mchottie) on the ground, and The Moose Crew, oneloveTO, Alex Kazemi and yours truly from wherever the heck we happen to be during the show.
I have a feeling that the Moose Crew will be hitting up the red carpet or something wild like that, ’cause that’s how they roll… as for me – well, I’ll be running around the MMVA set all ninja-styles in a headset and heels helping to ensure that the show runs smoothly.
I may not be an on-the-ground VVIP, but I’ll still be on the ground, my homies – tworkin’ away as a talent wrangler!
I can’t even tell you how psyched I am to be part of wrangling team this year. Some of my MuchCronies have done it before and assure me that it’s pretty much the coolest job in the history of jobs.
We’re responsible for ensuring that all presenters, performers and award winners are accounted for and where they need to be when directors need them to be there.
Basically, I’ll be assigned to one celebrity and act as a VIP concierge / production assistant for the duration of the show and rehearsal periods – ushering said celebrity around the event, from limo to stage to greenroom to lounge… looks like I may end up in the VVIP room after all
Unfortunately, I will not be able to partake in any of the glass clinking festivities – but that’s totally okay. I’d rather work than play when it comes to this kind of thing. I’ve gots to keep it profesh, ya know? Which means that NO, I will not be Twitpiccing photos of Katy Perry in her dressing room or anything like that, so don’t even ask (sorry guys).
I will possibly show you a picture of the sick headset I’ll be sporting (cool!) and – get this – we’re encouraged to dress all fancy styles to blend in with the crowd. No ugly crew uniforms for this kid, huzzah!
Which brings me back to my little conundrum… wth do I wear to the most exciting event OF LIFE?
Time for this girl to hit the shops. I need to get some damn comfortable heels and an outfit that’s easy to run around in but cuter than a kitten/fishbowl toilet bowl handle, just in case I happen to show up in the background of some red-carpet pics or something
Ooh and the afterparties! Maybe I’ll bring a change of clothes… help me, Tim Gunn!!!
PS – If you’re in the T-dot this evening and don’t already have plans to check out k-os tonight at TIME, you should probably open up your google calendar and mark it in RIGHT MEOW. It’s vuggin k-os, people! One of Toronto’s finest. I’ve seen him live before and lemme telllll you – he’s as dope in person as he is in those fancy schmancy music videos. Anybody else remember jammin’ out down the street on the way to school with Crabbuckit on your discman? So good.
I wish it were Wednesday so I could say “HAPPY HUMPDAY!” but it’s not Wednesday, it’s Thursday. So… Happy Thursday.
I made a video. Wanna see?
Behold – the most hardcore people I’ve EVER met (like, this month at least).
Would you wait in line outside of MuchMusic in the cold rainy yuck for FOUR DAYS to score an MMVA wristband?
It’s a remix of Down with Webster’s “Whoa Is Me” by Alex Suarez of Cobra Starship, btw, and I can’t get it out of my head.
Nizzzzlllllllleeeee OOT AND ABOOT!
In less than one week, approximately sixty four majillion super-awesome MuchMeisters will line up outside of 299 Queen Street West to score wristbands for admission to the 2010 MuchMusic video awards.
Advanced futuristic technomalollogies tell us that it will look something like this:
As an MMVA Virgin Mobile VVIP, It’s important that I am on scene to capture the melee (obvs). But, unlike mighty security folk who be on hand to keep tabs on the fiasco (assuring that it does not, in fact, turn into a fiasco at all – relatively speaking, of course. You can’t bring together eleventy zillion Bieber fans and expect the scene to be completely tame), I am but a PUNY WIMP!
If I show up at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday when the wristband giveaway begins, I won’t have a chance in H-E-Double hockey sticks of getting myself to the front of the line for some Twitpicitty goodness.
That’s why I decided to go earlier than that. WAY earlier:
Do YOU want to score a wristband?
That was a stupid question. Of course you do!
If the steady stream of “OMG LAUREN CAN YOU HOOK ME UP WITH MMVA TICKETS PLEEEEASE?” messages I’ve been fielding over the past couple of weeks have taught me anything, it’s that everybody and their sister’s boyfriend’s step cousin-in law wants to be at this event.
Unfortunately, digital correspondents are not bearers of wristbands. If I want to get a wristband for my own mother I’ll need to bring her along with me to Much Headquarters on Saturday to wait in line for one just like everybody else. Maybe I will! She totally thinks the Biebs is a cutie (in a most NON creepy and very legal way).
Here’s what you need to know to get your own wristband so that you can be a part of the MMVA audience on June 20th:
- The MMVA wristband giveaway starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 at MuchMusic HQ : 299 Queen St. West, Toronto.
- You MUST be at least 14 years old to score one of these puppies.You WILL be asked to show ID so please don’t wait in line all night if you’re 13 years and 364 days old, unless you just want to wait in line for kicks or something. But you won’t get a wristband. On the plus side, you can still order off the kids menu at most restaurants and rock out in the ballpit at Chucky Cheese without looking like a crazylady. For this, I envy you my youthful friend…
- Like I said – you MUST BRING ID – Valid forms of identification include school photo ID with your birth certificate, driver’s license, photo health card, TTC card or passport (actual or photocopied). Basically, some form of photo ID (if it’s school ID or a TTC card, we’ll need your birth certificate too.)
- You can’t pick up a wristband for your friend, your dad, your cousin or your pet dragon. It’s one wristband per person, capiche? Once that magical ticket is on your wrist, you can’t take it off until after the MMVAs are over. You can leave it on until September if you want to, though. I probably will.
- Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. This won’t guarantee you a wristband, but it WILL help out somebody in need and bring good karma your way
- Wristbands are free free free! Don’t try bribing the staff, ‘cause it won’t work. You can try bribing me if you want, but I can’t get you a wristband. I will, however, gladly accept your hard earned money and/or home-baked items of deliciousness in exchange for… um… a heartfelt thankyou?
- Security Staffers will be monitoring the line-up at all times – and they’re pretty tough cookies, so Moms and Dads need not worry about your kids getting mugged and stuff. I hereby declare that I will personally drop kick anybody who tries to mess with one of my fellow MuchManiacs. I’m fierce like that.
- If for some reason you can’t get a wristband (too young, too late to the lineup, too busy on June 12th), fear not! You can still come and watch the MMVAs from the street on June 20. You will most definitely be able to see the stages and you never know who might come out to sign autographs or mug for your digi-cams.
Don’t want to brave the lineup? YOUR LOSS, KITTEN! It’s going to be a good time… but there arrre other ways that you can potentially get yourself a wristband without showing up June 12th.
1. Get creative with MuchMusic and Meal Exchange to win TWO WRISTBANDS (and help change the world in the process. NBD.) All you have to do is “like” meal exchange on Facebook, and answer this question through skit, rap, song, poem – however you like to express your fabulous self: “How would you make sure that every Canadian has access to healthy food?”Full contest deets right hurr.
2. Solve the MMVA Mega Mystery! There are 6 special wristbands hidden across Canada – and these are no ordinary wristbands, my friends. If you solve the clues and are the first to locate the Mega Mystery wristband in your area, you and one very lucky friend will be partying like mother freakin’ ROCKSTARS at the MMVAs. Walking the red carpet, chillin’ with celebs in the VIP, flying to Toronto FOH FREE. Yeah. Worth the sleuthin‘, imho.
Annnd just because I have the opportunity to mention it, this commercial for the Mega Mystery contest pretty much makes my day every time I see it. Old lady ninja assasins? Um, helllllz yes. I feel like this video was made for me.
<3 Always, btw.