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NXNE roundup #1: Andre Williams, Buck65, Shelshag and lounges galore

Stop. Drop. Shut ‘em down, Open up shop. Ohh. Noooh. That’s how Ruff Ryders Roll…

I have no idea why that song is stuck in my head. DMX has nothing to do with North by Northeast or the MuchMusic video awards, but the rest of these photos and videos, which I present without context or comment (for the sake of time um… artistic mystery) do — for the most part.

Awww, Mini. My brother's cat had an accident a few weeks ago. Her pretty cast was reset today!

Without further ado, a few highlights from the past 24 hours of my life:

- Andre Williams with the Sadies at the Horseshoe (the one act I needed to see this year):

Forget about the no comments or context line above. This was SO SO GOOD. It actually blew my mind to hear that Andre Williams was coming to Toronto. Big ups to The Sadies for that! You can hear their entire collaboration album here, and more Andre everywhere (but especially here).

- Buck 65 at Tim McCready’s NXNE BBQ

One of Canada’s most interesting and creative hip hop artists. He’s the kind of good that stops you in your tracks – makes you rewind for one line in one song 6 times and then do that again for 8 more lines in that same song. I highly recommend that you listen to everything he’s ever put out, and start following him on Twitter too. He gives good Tweet.

- Shellshag: -

This Brooklyn duo was a blast to watch – wicked high energy, wild sound, fun stage play – but hanging with them outside after the show was even cooler. Shell (the female half) told me all about how she used to hang out with Nirvana, back before they got famous. I was dying over details. If you know anything about my love for Kurt Cobain… well. You know.

NOW for the photostream — I’ll tell you more about the MMVA gifting lounges (The Wiliamson and Williams Influencers lounge and Universal Canada‘s Friends with Benefits) in my MMVA2012 wrap post. Kay? Kay.

On with the MMVAs… MY third. Looking forward to seeing what transpires this time. Will I FINALLY meet JB? Probably not. But I WILL get a new dress, which is just as fun.

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Helicopteros, Hot Chris Hemsworth and Holding Hands with Strangers

Hi there. I have something to show you, okay?


This young chap is doing something called a “helicoptero” and it’s not even fake. That gif is as real as the nose on your face (unless you’re one of those betches) and it. is. spectacular.

I found out about that slick move on a Parkour blog earlier tonight, complete with this video tutorial from 3RUN’s Fabio Santos.

I’m probably going to give myself a concussion this summer trying to perfect my own helicoptero, but maybe I’ll succeed on the first try. Actually, I think I will. I can already do a cartwheel split so I’m pretty much a professional gymnast, right?

And now you know that the helicopteros exists, so we can continue.

Sorry for the lack of bloggage this weekend – I took a little bit of an Internet break (as much as I could, anyway) to enjoy real life stuff because the experts say that sometimes you should do that for some reason or something.

It was aight. I didn’t feel particularly refreshed or free or tralalalawesome, but I did get a chance to spend some quality time with my boyfriend, which is always nice.

We went for a walk.

I wore some new kicks from my homies at Sorel, and they’re as comfortable as they are adorable.

I’ll write more about them later when I post the unboxing video of these + this pretty pair of sandals. Pedicure first, though. I really need to get a pedicure.

You know what else I did on Sunday? I watched SO MANY MOVIES. Three of them, Which is a huge number for someone who averages maybe 10 per cent of one film on a good week.

When I started cleaning my room, A Bronx Tale came on – one of my favourite movies in existence.

Then, after I lied in bed watching the rest of it Casino started, and I couldn’t very well leave the house at that point because, much like Goodfellas and the aforementioned A Bronx Tale, you don’t walk away from Casino when it’s on TV.

I decided to use the next four hours to switch over my wardrobe / practice teasing my big ponytail while watching Sharon Stone go from Sharon Stone to Kate-Goselin-on-crack. Tsk, tsk. Such a sad character, that Ginger.

At night, Sean and I watched Thor. To my surprise, it was effing awesome – and not only because of the Chris Hemsworth thing…

… though it did help :) That guy is painfully hot, eh? I’m probably going to marry him.

He’ll propose to me with this:

While he’s wearing this:

And I will say…

Ahhhh juuuust kidding S. Simmer down. I would never accept a Star Trek engagement ring. I’m after one of these:

This little Rock, Paper, Scissors logic graphic below is circulating Facebook right now, which means that it was probably posted to Reddit a few weeks back or something. I don’t know. I’m a fair-weather Redditor right now. Whatever the case, it’s SO TRUE:


I’m going to go to bed now, for it is very very late and I’ve got a big week ahead with NXNE and MMVA and WORK.

So excited for so many things. Follow my Tweets to see where I’ll be if you’re into the party report. If not? Kudos. Let’s meet up and do this to people when it’s all over:

For real. Who’s wants to pull YouTube pranks with me this summer? Mommy?

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NxNE, Social Scratch, Party Party Party and my new fox tail…

You know what feels worse than having your iPhone die at 6:48 p.m. when you’ve got a full night of party hopping ahead? Being stuck in downtown Teeyoh traffic, knowing that your dinner date is furiously texting a dead iPhone to find out where the heck your road-raging ass be at. And also being attacked by locusts, I presume.

Today was a doozy, but a great one indeed.

First off, I went to work and found out that Antoine Dodson got a new weave. Woah.

Then I actually worked for a little bit before high-tailing it to the NxNe Interactive conference for some panelization. The hashtag for “The Black Hole of Facebook” was “#Facehole“, which started trending shortly after the session started.

This made me happy, but not nearly as happy as the word “Facehole” does in general. Big ups to Lee for that gem.

(Thanks for taking that photo, Rannie!)

The house, as they say, was full.

It flew by faster than you can say “engage authentically” 10 times fast (I think I might have actually done that) but it was super fun and I felt incredibly honoured to be up on that stage next to Lee, Aikta and Sean. Big-time talent. Thanks for having me!

So stoked on post-panel accolades was I, (ego is one hell of a drug) that on the way back to the office a little celebratory gift was purchased. If it had been a bad day, I would have deemed this a “pick-me-up” present. Anything to avoid acknowledging my impulsive buys as what they really are. What a tangled web of emotions and spending I weave…

DO YOU LOVE IT? I do = so much that I bought two! I saw these fox tails in the window of a local furrier and I just couldn’t resist. Now my purse has a tail, and the PETArds who hover around Heritage Court during fashion week can guilt trip me even harder.

Whatever. At least I don’t EAT the dang things.

After work, I went to The Verge (XM)’s Rooftop Party across from Sugar Beach. Babillions of hot boys (you know, that indie rock type) and great bands were there – Zeus was there and Leake was there and HOLLERADO was there too!

I love this band more and more all the time. They always roll with confetti and rule at music.


My phone died mid text (sorry Nate!) and then I went to The Toshiba Primer Party for a bit. It was aight.

The YYZ Living Summer Issue Launch Party after that was swank as hello operator, please give me number nine. I loved it.

My camera battery was ALSO dead by that point so I nabbed narry a photo, but plenty of people were around snapping the YYZ party. It was the best party of the night for sure. I’ll post photos later if they come my way.

Annnnd last but not least, you might see me in a wee video around NXNE this week if you’re hitting up the Interactive conference or film festival at all. I’ve been getting mad Tweets about it already! So fun!

The spot is about digital influence and it’s produced by Social Scratch. I don’t know why I look so angry… I wasn’t angry. Just pensive. Regardez:

That’s it that’s all! It’s way late for a girl who needs to be up to get ready for work in a few hours. That’s what I miss more than anything about university… the lack of Friday morning classes. Sigh. I guess that’s growing up…

At least I’m not being swarmed by locusts?

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