Toronto - Editors' Diary
June 27th, 2013
The floor is vibrating, smoke is filling the air, and the rain is hitting your face. Beach balls are doing the rounds through the crowds, and you're on maybe your 4th beer of the day.
If this sounds like the way to spend a hot June weekend, then you should click over to the Digital Dreams website and snag one of the last remaining tickets. It's a HUGE EDM Music Festival that's going to be taking over the Molson Amphitheatre June 29th and 30th.
The world of EDM is relatively unchartered territory for me, so I had Ryan Kruger, the Managing Director of Electronic Nation Canada give you the goods.
To an outsider, electronic music seems to operate in a world of its own, but it certainly seems to be exploding into greater popularity than ever right now.
Q.) Steven Tyler just announced he wants to partner with EDM artists for his upcoming solo album- what do you think this means for Electronic music? Clearly it's an audience he wants to have a piece of...
A.) Whether its Jay Z, Bieber or Steven Tyler, it doesn’t really matter – what is important is that electronic dance music has finally become part of the mainstream culture of North America and is no longer a small niche product that may be here today and gone tomorrow. As with any accepted genre I think the better way to look at it is as a whole. All genres are driven to progress by their underground side. EDM (if I can say that word without getting in trouble from the purists since its way easier than typing electronic whatever every time…) will always have a vibrant underground but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a certain fan base that isn’t really into deep house or hardstyle or whatever is the hot sound of the day. This side of the fan base still needs to be serviced and more mainstream acts can fill that need. In no way does this mean the demise of the genre, in fact I think it means more people will be drawn into it and hopefully will then take the time to discover the more underground sounds that we all love.
Q.) People love to talk about rock and roll festival fashion. What do I wear to look like a hardcore electronic fan? I can't stop picturing the rave scene in Blade.
A.) Oddly enough I threw a party in an old meat processing factory back in the 90’s. Had the meat hooks on massive conveyor belt in the ceiling and a massive fridge door to get in… oh the memories… what was the question again? Right – festival fashion. Well I go to Burning Man every year and just got back from EDC so I’ve seen my share of fun fur and arm bracelets from the Cali crew but I think Canadians are a bit more sophisticated so expect a lot of sexy and skimpy at Digital Dreams!
Q.) I feel like of all music, the caliber of the DJ probably matters most when it comes to electronic. Would you agree? Who gets your motor running?
A.) Hearing someone play 90 minutes of other peoples music is not really that exciting for me anymore. I really want to hear original tunes played by the DJ who made them. To hear what that person can do with their own music, how they can play with samples and other tweeks on stage live and create something new that nobody else can replicate. Isn’t that the essence of seeing someone live? As for artists, I’m a big tech house and deep house fan but also like some solid drum & bass when it’s done right and can never turn down classic west coast breaks…
Q.) Tell me about Digital Dreams. How is the night structured, and what does this music event bring that others don't?
From the start we wanted to create not only the largest EDM festival in Canada but also something that stood out from the crowd. As such we decided to not only go after some of the biggest and best festival names like Tiesto and Porter Robinson to ensure we attracted the EDM masses but also have an equal focus on the underground sounds of tech house, deep house and techno with people like Richie Hawtin, Dubfire and Luciano. I guess it worked as we are now not only the largest EDM festival in the history of Canada but the only one that attracts more mature crowd.
As for the structure we like to build throughout the day and night as others do but want to really take advantage of that 9pm-midnight window where we can create a truly memorable visual experience. We have a lot interesting things in store for our patrons this year – I can’t wait to see it all go off!
Q.) Best electronic track to work out to?
A.) I like to listen to the Christopher Lawrence podcast when I work out… lots of energy there! Eric Prydz is also good but I find that’s better for running as you kind of get lost in the music and forget you are running… exactly what you want!
For ticket information, click here.
Let's get summer started...
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June 21st, 2013
We stopped by the Trump Tower announcement in Vancouver and while the suits were out in full force for the Donald, we were all about Ivanka.
The Trump Tower, slated for a 2016 opening, promises a nightclub and spa created by Ivanka. We asked about her earrings and of course they are from her own jewelry line, Ivanka Trump Collection. We'd expect nothing less from a multitasking mogul.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Cruz.
June 20th, 2013
Jackie Collins’s world is full of intrigue, power, money, scandal, sex—and maybe love, occasionally. I met up with the newly appointed Officer of the British Empire while she was in Vancouver to attend Jacqui Cohen’s Face the World Gala.
It’s not every day one gets to meet a living legend. When your biography lists “twenty-nine time New York Times bestseller,” “UK's fifth richest author,” and a teenage tryst with Marlon Brando, then you know you’ve led an enthralling life. Whether life mimics art or vice versa,
Today, we can get our dose of gossip and scandal anywhere. How do you keep your readers intrigued?
There is nothing like getting lost in the book. We all want to hear what Lindsay is doing, what Amanda Bynes is doing... I'm a television addict, but if you can get lost in a book, it's way better than television.
Yes, you do watch a lot of television—I noticed that from your Twitter account. Is keeping current very important to you?
I have four Tivos in my bedroom, and they are all full. I spend my life catching up on it. I'm a social media whore. I love it! On Pinterest, I have the hottest men you'll ever see on my “Smokin' Hot” board—I handpick all the pictures. I have a fashion board, a dog board... I'm on Twitter all the time.
Between all the TV and social media, how do you get anything done?
I don't know. I just finished a new book, to be published by the end of the year. It's called Confessions of a Wild Child, and it's Lucky Santangelo when she's sixteen, as a young adult. I decided I wasn't going to put a time frame on it. People ask me "How old is Lucky?" and I say, "How old is James Bond?" I didn't want to make it a time capture, but about a girl that's sixteen and just discovering boys. How did Lucky become a powerful woman she is today?
In The Power Trip, there are so many similarities to real life characters. We all know a certain Russian billionaire with a supermodel girlfriend.
I take my inspiration from that and then I weave my own story around it. Because if I wrote the real story, I’d be boring, you'd know what was going to happen. When I take the "movie star" I might look at Brad or George and I might take the essence of this guy and create my own story with him. Luca, the gay superstar was so much fun to write. Luca's horrible boyfriend is very much based on a person who I know and loathe, and I think I captured him pretty well.
You've led a pretty fruitful life, when can we expect your autobiography? And if there’s was a movie made, who would play you?
I'm writing pieces of it now. Angelina Jolie, of course. Everyone wants her for everything. She's so fantastic.
June 10th, 2013
Everyone knows Toronto's Gail McInnis is a smart lady. She's an entrepreneur, a fighter, and she wears her love for Canadian fashion on her sleeve (as well as just about everywhere else). Brain child of Magnet Creative Management, TDot TV Fashion Host, and now: co-founder of Stylist Box.
She's the lady that just keeps on giving.
Now for those of you who aren't privy to what goes on behind the scenes at a fashion shoot, a red carpet, or a TV appearance, it's usually gaggles of stylists that make the magic happen, and Gail knows that. The problem is- a stylist's role isn't totally defined. They jump in and move stray hairs on set, they rearrange hemlines, they make sure they know who will be wearing what alongside their talent, they meet with new designers, they manage rolodex's of coats and contacts, and they make dreams come true. But they get worked harder than just about anyone else on set.
And no one was looking out for them.
Gail and her partner Christian Dare have created something totally unique to make their lives easier. Stylist Box brings designers, celebrities, and stylists together in one room. The concept is so simple it's maddening that it didn't already exist.
Essentially, they host a sample showroom. Designers have the opportunity to buy-in to the showroom for a monthly fee, and they get guarenteed visibility by every stylist/talent/VIP that comes through looking for wardrobe for an event/shoot/carpet. From there, if the stylist sees something that fits their criteria, they talk to Gail or Christian about how they make that piece happen. At that point, the designer may step in and tailor the piece for the individual who will be wearing it (case and designer dependent of course), and everybody wins.
The designers get incredible exposure for their hard work, the talent feels gorgeous and taken care of on their big night, the stylist has made everyone happy, and it only took one stop.
It's f*cking genius.
The bigger the range of designers that participate, the more successful the idea becomes. For the full list of designers presently participating, go here.
Oh hello there Lucian Matis...
The "Open 24 Hours", is only barely a joke, because with TIFF bringing carpet after carpet, there's a good chance they're going to have to be...
Just look for the wee little understated door on Dundas St W. The entrance makes you feel like you're part of a secret Toronto club, because...you are.
By appointment only, 1036 Dundas Street West
Photos by Katherine Holland
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June 10th, 2013
The Bovine Sex Club just got even better. Famous for the best bar name, the secret concerts, the most festive jager shots, and possibly the worst bathrooms in town- the rock and roll den is now making room for the before-10 crowd.
A staircase just inside the Bovine's doors leads up-up-upstairs to the new rooftop Tiki Bar.
I love the Bovine, and have spent more nights there than I can remember - but none since having a kid. This kind of afternoon is more my speed now- up here with the family, listening to the patio tunes, drinking out of a coconut, and seeing everyone I have missed so dearly.
The big man, owner Darryl Fine is a legend 'round these parts, with his hand in some of the hottest hangouts (think Rock Lobster, Bovine, and Shanghai Cowgirl). He knows what's missing before you do, so get ready to get really familiar with this place.
Where you go to talk about big things in a light-hearted environment. Where the rum gets to your head and you forget where you are. But, when you stumble home- it's still light out.
Bound to be the next big thing- if y'all can ever find it.
Just follow the industrial debris, and try to avoid grabbing my coconuts.
Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St W.
Photos by Katherine Holland
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May 30th, 2013
It was raining chats and dogs outside, but at Banana Republic it was all sunshine and lemonde at a 'Hampton's' themed launch for Milly's summertime capsule collection. Think flirty dresses, shorts and tops in the line's signature bold prints, punchy colours. Here comes the sun, little darlin'. —AT
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May 26th, 2013
Between her career as a renowned singer-songwriter and her personal life (mother to three boys and wife of rock star Raine Maida), Chantal Kreviazuk doesn't have much time to sleep (but read on to find out why she doesn't mind).
Herewith, 5 questions with Chantal.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with VitaminDaily.com today. Being a busy mother of 2, what's a typical day like for you?
A typical day involves me trying as hard as I can to get to the coffee first but usually getting side tracked with a list of demands from my little bosses. "Mom can you please make me oatmeal?" "Mom we're gonna be late!" "Mom I forgot I did have homework! Can you help me?" Its those darned lunches that really get me. Raine is much better at making them at night than me!
If I am in town and "on" as Raine and I sometimes refer to it, I run our two oldest boys to school, and Sal waits at home with his Dad and then I walk him to Montessori school a few doors down. Then I usually run the dogs out in one of the trails, and then the day begins. If I am working from home, it's probably Raine and I in the studio and both of us intermittently dealing with other work tasks like scheduling or planning the year-end school party at our house or booking summer camps like I have been this week!
If I am on the road doing an appearance I am probably texting between interviews to the kids or Raine (crazy, the feeling I get now when a text comes in from my 9-year-old…) or I am on some stage singing my face off! I don't get a ton. of sleep, but when I do its serious!
With your busy home schedule and a career that requires being in the public eye (and on television), what is your go-to routine for getting out the door looking put together?
I try not to blow dry my hair (or wash it a ton for that matter) unless i am doing a show or going out with my husband or something like that. At that point I may blow it and straighten or throw some loose curls in. Then even if i only have time for concealer and mascara I feel good. I love to have some lip balm at all times! And maybe one go - to piece of dramatic jewelry, whether a bulkier watch or long big locket or just something to look a bit "on" and that way it can be jeans and a T-shirt and trench coat or cozy sweater or something effortless so I still feel happy and not all restricted.
For date night with your husband Raine, what is your favourite go-to look?
I know Raine loves a classier me when we go out to an event or on a date. The performer me is unpredictable- can be casual rock or dress up sexy but Raine loves a classy mom me. He always tells me I look pretty if i have an elegant linen tunic on with linen wide legged pants, for example. And he loves it if i have no make up on.
Choosing Walmart's Mom of the Year will be a very difficult task - what trait do you value most in mothers?
I think that the ability to focus on family is something that I value. It seems like today in our society, people more than ever can become side tracked by the plethora of distractions....have you ever logged on to face book? Just the social media web alone....it seems like we can easily get tangled into other worlds very quickly, very easily.... we can get wrapped up in a wide array of options out there in the crazy world! So to be able to be present and consistent in that presence. This is a beautiful thing.
Musicians seem to always be on the road, so you must be adept at packing: what are the essentials you can't travel without?
I need my Bose earphones, a great memory foam travel pillow, a scarf that can be my blanket. I need my jammies and I have to have lipbalm, serum and at least a tinted SPF toner. if i have those things and my passport, i am safe and well!
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May 22nd, 2013
We're still California dreaming...
Read our full Santa Monica itinerary here, and keep strolling for photos from our trip.
The bitchin' Sangria and nachos at Bungalow bar at the Fairmont easily one of the coolest bars we've been to in the past 10 years.
Us sadly leaving our Fairmont Bungalow (pictured behind) post two many bitchin' sangrias from Bungalow bar the night before.
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May 13th, 2013
I love more of a good thing!
Mini Mioche is one of the greatest kids stores and lines out there. I'm not really one of those mums that gets too excited about kids clothes, but when owner/designer Alyssa Kerbel has anything to do with them - even I will bolt for the newest piece.
The kids clothes are just classy. They're comfortable organic cotton, they wash extreeeeemely well, and they don't make your kid a walking advertisement. Plus- in case you needed another reason to pop in- they now make select pieces in ADULT sizes too! I grabbed one of the new hoodies at the newest Distillery location, and it's never leaving my back.
With cards that read: "I knew you couldn't keep your panties on", and books called: "SH*TTY MOM", I fit right in.
HA! But in all honesty, it's nice to see someone have a light-hearted approach to parenting and gifting for once.
There are very few stores that are the go-to when your friends have a baby. This place ihas everything you need.
This onesie was a must-get for my daughter. The perfect coverage and weight for sunny days in the sand.
(full disclosure, I also got her a new polkadot sun hat, some new pink kicks, and the Awesome Book of Love)
And THAT is why I can't go in this store very often.
795 Queen Street West and now 6 Case Goods Lane.
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May 8th, 2013
Imagine you've got an A-list guest list and an endless budget for your next shindig. Now what? Just ask Mindy Weiss, party planner to the stars.
Weiss has arranged some notable fetes, including Jessica Simpson's latest baby shower and Ellen and Portia's romantic wedding. She took a few minutes out of her busy day to chat with Vitamin Daily about stress-free party planning.
You deal with clients that have a lot of resources and creativity (and are used to getting what they want) – how do you turn their ideas into a cohesive, intimate party?
I love when my couples come in with inspiration. It’s important for me to capture that inspiration and to build off of it. For this, I use tools like my Note 8.0 to clip out images and add notes right on them with the S Pen. This lets me send it straight to my client, giving it a personalized touch and enabling me to truly capture the vision of the event. We also have to look at the budget and make sure it is a reality and then we set up a table of their ideas complete with cloths, florals and place settings just to see if we are going in the right direction.
Summer means a lot of impromptu BBQs and garden parties – what should a good hostess always have on hand?
Although I always love fresh food items, it’s good to have some frozen appetizers and plenty of ice in the freezer! It is also important to have plenty of fabulous plastic ware or fun pool friendly melamine dishes. Make sure there is extra lighting for when the sun goes down.
How should a hostess manage guests that are a little…socially difficult (ie: the Chatty Cathy, or the guy who always talks about his boat).
Embrace it unless it gets dangerous or out of hand, and next time you make the guest lists maybe think about which guests go better together.
What’s your favourite trend for 2013?
I'm seeing a fun switch in bringing indoor elements outdoors, and outside elements inside! Creating a "living room" feel outside with rugs, comfy couches and lots of pillows is definitely a big request this summer. Likewise, bringing in plush plants to create a garden space indoors, creating "living" walls full of succulents and ferns, and yes, even indoor trees! These type of spaces transport guests into a whole new world, creating memories and an environment that will long be remembered!" A great tip for working with my clients to decide on a venue is for me to go there beforehand and capture an image with the Panoramic Shot on my Note 8.0. This allows me to show every aspect with my clients and gives them a great feel for the space without taking too much of their time.