TORI KELLY AT THE OPERA HOUSE
By: Sade Powell ( @SmokeandRoses_ )
American singer-songwriter Tori Kelly took to The Opera House to give her Toronto fans quite the enchanting performance. Every time Tori hit a high note the crowd hit the roof, hollering and whistling in amazement at the songstress’ talent. She even made grown men scream like 12-year-old girls. No, really I was almost knocked over by a dude who went hysterical when she started to sing Eyelashes. Moving on, Tori began to delve into the meaning behind her song Design and how it’s about loving yourself. “Too many people wake up and don’t love what they see.” She said and then told the crowd to really listen to the words.
Behind her Tori had an assortment of various guitars to help her set the tone for each song. I wish I knew the right names for them, but she switched to a funkier cherry red guitar and strung the cords to Treasure a new track off her EP Foreword. She also mixed in several of her covers that have hit views into the hundred thousands on Youtube like Ex-factor by Lauryn Hill, Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake and several others.
Tori took a moment to encourage everyone in the room to ‘Pay it Foreword’ which basically meant to help someone out, do something nice just for the sake of doing something nice. This cleverly tied into the title of her EP. Now throughout the show so far there were moderately upbeat songs and others were more solemn, but it didn’t matter because the crowd would yell and scream no matter what she did or said. Tori announced that this next ballad would be a quiet one and that it was one of her favourites ever written. The crowd began to shush each other as she sung a cover for The Beatles’ Blackbird. One of my favourite parts was as she was talking about being signed at 12 years old and having to deal with the pressures being in the music industry so young, a random ‘YOU’RE SO SEXY’ bellowed from the crowd which sent Tori into a little giggle fit as well as the rest of the audience It was hilariously adorable! Another was when she took out her phone. All her social network followers knew what was coming…an instavideo! Tori deliberated with the crowd on what to say and what to put as the caption, even what emoji to use. We all collectively agreed on wishing a Happy Birthday to her Mama-Kells and captioning the video ‘I LOVE TORONTO!! #nofilter kissey face emoji #turnuptoronto’.
Ms.Kelly closed the show with her most recent hit Dear No One which I swear every single person in the crowd knew the lyrics too. She took a moment to touch hands with the people in the front, wave goodbye and so our angel disappeared into the darkness as the lights dimmed.
That had to be the most intimate show I’ve ever been to. It felt as though one of my friends were up on stage. She laughed and spoke back to the audience when she could decipher what they were saying and even shot back ‘I love you’s’ several times. Tori announced that this definitely won’t be her last time in Toronto and I look #foreword to watching her perform in the future.
Last Night @ Art Basel Recap: KESH Debuts W@WW Solo Exhibit
Last night the artist KESH held an one night only art exhibit entitled W@WW (W/HAT @RE W/E W/ORSHIPPING?) on Friday, December 6th, 2013 in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. Tastemakers in attendance included Raekwon, Theophilus London, Mykki Blanco, Leo Velasquez, Jeanette Hayes, Shaun Ross, Niki the Icon, Charaf Tejar, Brandee Brown, Shayne Olivier (Hood By Air), Telfar Clemons, Omahyra Mota, Macuria and more.
Please find below images from the event, courtesy of BFA NYC
WINTOUR Freestyle: Down With Webster (Featuring D-Pryde & SonReal)
Win A Pair Of Tickets To Kardinal Offishall & Nelly Furtado’s 15th Annual Holiday Event
Nelly Furtado co-hosts Kardinal Offishall’s 15th Annual Christmas Event, in support of Free The Children. The party happens December 19th at MUZIK nightclub, and features celebrity DJs and surprise celebrity appearances.
This event is invite only but we’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky winner!
All you have to do is make sure to follow @KardinalO @NellyFurtado @FreeTheChildren and of course @iLuvLolaOnline and tweet us using the hashtag #FREEtheCITY
One winner will be selected and contacted by Monday December 16th.( must be 19+)
Win a pair of tickets to The Christmas Soul Revue Featuring The St. Royals
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
The Mod Club — 722 College Street
$50 Tickets (ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish)
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Vancouver’s own SonReal just dropped the video for “Believe” the second single off of his
upcoming album. The content heavy clip reminds us that if we just ”believe” there’s nothing we can’t overcome.
Prior to the release of his album be on the look out for his next project One Long Day.
Nas is jumping into the sneaker game as the hinting at the construction of his own sneaker boutique in Las Vegas have become solid with a recent promo. The New York MC has dabbled with sneaker releases before, but he’s going all in with his greatly anticipated shop dubbed 12AM Run. Nas posted a short clip on Instagram earlier this week to give us an inside look and promote the shop. No official opening date as being announced, but according to the promo we can expect it sometime in early 2014.
JMSN AT WRONGBAR
By: Sadé Powell ( @SmokeandRoses_ )
Singer/Song-writer JMSN graced the stage of Toronto’s Wrongbar on Saturday November 16th. Mic issues got the show off to a rough start, but afterward JMSN flawlessly transitioned into Adá followed by Wasted Love, two tracks off his EP “†Pllajë†”. He got into his own zone on stage and the crowd got down with the vibes and sang along.
The show picked up when he switched the tunes to those off his first album “†Priscilla†”. The audience was drawn in by the relatable lyrics and of course the angelic voice bringing them to life. There was crazy hair action going on, if Pantene is looking for a new spokesperson there was a handful of options on stage! More people began to mill in closer to the front for pictures and to take in the full experience. JMSN then announced that the next song would be for a girl he used to know, faces lite up as the melody kicked in and the words “How you doin’ how you been” rolled off his lips. This song was definitely a crowd favourite, especially with the ladies. At a point JMSN cut the band and the audience sung acapella style.
People bellowed requests. ‘Hotel!’ ‘Walk Away!’ ‘Jameson!’ In the end the beat for ‘Something’ filled the room and it seems everyone was satisfied with the choice. JMSN confided in his fans that he was feeling a bit under the weather and they let out a roar of support. “You guys have to help me with this one” he stated and to close off the show he dabbled with a little Love & Pain.
JMSN demonstrated that he’d be a major contender up and coming in the R&B world. His music has the ability to warm hearts and lift one’s spirit with his harmonized blend of poetic words and melodies that are able take the listener’s mind on wild unexpected adventures.
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