Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ROM Friday Night Live Spring 2014 [EVENTS]

It's BACK! ROM Friday Night Live returns with a BANG!
The best Eats, Beats, and Bigger, Bolder Experiences.
Every Friday night from May 2 - June 27.

WHAT'S NEW? Galleries are now open until 11 PM. This means you can drink, dance and explore your way through the museum until close! I know you're excited. Tell everybody!

This Friday Celebrate the ROM’s 100th anniversary with the JUNO Awards! In its second year, JUNOS After Dark features live performances by some of Canada’s hottest musical acts including Shaun Boothe, Buck 65, Maestro Fresh Wes, and Michie Mee.

Limited early-bird tickets are available online. Buy now to avoid the line HERE.

Brooks Brothers® x Supreme Seersucker Suit [FASHION]

Established in 1818, Brooks Brothers® was the first to offer ready-to-wear clothing and has continued throughout history with iconic product introductions including: seersucker, madras, and the original button-down collar. Since its founding 196 years ago in New York, Brooks Brothers has become a legendary international clothing brand while maintaining a steadfast commitment to exceptional service, quality, style and value. 

This spring, Supreme has worked with Brooks Brothers® to produce a new version of the Classic Seersucker Suit. Custom fit and colorway for Supreme, the two-piece suit will be offered in the Brooks Brothers® Fitzgerald silhouette along with a Bucket Hat. Perfect for that wedding your girlfriend just told you had to come with her to.

Available in-store NY, LA, London and online May 1st.

Available in Japan on May 3rd.

Seersucker Suit US Retail: $549
Seersucker Bucket Hat US Retail: $68

click here for more information

Monday, April 28, 2014

Beyoncé x Jay Z: On the Run Tour [CONCERTS]

It's official: Beyoncé and Jay Z have announced their summer stadium tour. They've altered the name somewhat, freshly dubbing it "On the Run Tour". Check out the full list of tour dates below. Toronto is  July 9th by the way!

Beyoncé and Jay-Z:

06-25 Miami, FL - Sun Life Stadium
06-28 Cincinatti, OH - Great American Ball Park
07-01 Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
07-05 Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
07-07 Baltimore, MD - M and T Bank Stadium
07-09 Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre
07-11 East Rutherford, NJ - Metlife Stadium
07-15 Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
07-18 Houston, TX - Minute Maid Park
07-20 New Orleans, LA - Mercades-Benz Superdome
07-22 Arlington, TX - AT&T Stadium
07-24 Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
07-27 Winnipeg, Mantioba - Investers Group Field
07-30 Seattle, WA - Safeco Field
08-02 Pasadena, CA - Rose Bowl
08-05 San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park

BELLE - post.traumatic.stress.disorder EP [MUSIC]

Belle is a Toronto based alternative R&B singer I stumbled across on twitter while chanting #WeTheNorth. Her sound is certainly in the vein of a partynextdoor, or theWeeknd. An accomplished pianist, you can feel her pain through the prism of her music. Sexually molested at a young age, the consequence of her innocence lost is her debut EP post.traumatic.stress.disorder (ptsd)  Which is currently on SoundCloud, and it certainly showcases the multi-talented singer/songwriter’s ability to sing in command over vibey, trap influenced beats that are reminiscent of gun shots in the dark like a sweet serenade!

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: BELLE - post.traumatic.stress.disorder EP

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tab: Mobile Restaurant Payments [APPS]

Gone is the awkward pause when the server brings the check. Tab, a new free mobile payment application that launches today in Toronto, offers a simplified payment process for restaurant-goers. To get started, users download the app, create a profile, and register their credit card information. When at a participating restaurant, users can simply "create a tab" or "join" an existing tab (the bill will automatically split between the members). When it's time for the bill, users tell the server they are "paying with Tab" and leave whenever they are ready. Tab is currently ready to use at 13 participating eateries that includes The Chase, Playa Cabana Hacienda, Blowfish, with more being added in the coming weeks.

The Tab Team is led by Adam Epstein, Fahd Ananta, andMichael Kimel. Epstein founded HUDDLERS, a mobile sports scheduling app for recreational athletes. Ananta, the technical lead, founded Chime acquired by Hubspot in 2013. Kimel is the principal of MJK Capital, and a partner in the Chase Hospitality Group. Other funders of the company include Tyler Bozak and Phil Kesselof the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as various leaders in the Toronto food and beverage industry.


Rick Ross x Sound Academy Toronto [CONCERT]

This should be fun! ...you just know Drake is showing up, right?

FLOW 93-5 presents
Rick Ross
Sunday June 15th, 2014
Sound Academy
Doors: 9pm


Tickets go on sale Friday April 25th: http://bit.ly/1lESROZ

Pharrell - Marilyn Monroe [MUSIC]

caption "I'ma get on this Pharrell single artwork mama, I'ma tear shit doooown! I'ma make sure these light skinned bitches never ever ever come back in styyyyyle!"

Watch the video HERE.

Get Pharrell's new album G I R L with 10 Brand New Tracks on iTunes: HERE.
Get Pharrell's new album G I R L with 10 Brand New Tracks on Amazon: HERE.

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Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It) [VIDEO]

Dave 1 and P-Thugg are killing them this summer with the new single off the forthcoming album White Women - available May 12th, 2014.

Pre-Order White Women and get "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" HERE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

disORDERLY Web Series [COMEDY]

The BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) boys are back at it! The film & television production company established by co-owners/founders Mazin Elsadig, Jonathan Malen, & Al Mukadam have hand crafted DISORDERLY, a funny new web series about three friends who work as orderlies in a mental health center and turn out to have even more issues than their patients.

Everyone has their issues... including Lionel, Ira, and Mookie, the three 20 something homeboys who work as orderlies at Clearview - a mental health centre. The show follows Mookie, Lionel and Ira, as they attempt to balance their quirks, foibles, mental disorders, and idiosyncrasies with those of the patients. The show uses honest and grounded humor as a way into the very prevalent issue of mental health. 

I'd liken the series to a hybrid of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest meets Seinfeld meets Community. Check out the clips below and decide for yourself.
"Group Therapy[VIDEO]
"5 Second Dance Party[VIDEO]

More info can be found at wearedisorderly on Facebook.

Lykke Li feat. A$AP Rocky – No Rest For The Wicked [MUSIC]

The two worlds collide again, as A$AP Rocky provides a new remix to to Lykki Li's "No Rest For The Wicked" that dropped earlier in March. The bass-driven number will be included on Lykki's forthcoming album I Never Learn due out on May 6 and is available as an exclusive stream over at Beats Music and CIVCIVLI.

Download HERE.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The #WeTheNorth Campaign [RAPTORS]

This is Toronto through a basketball-glass darkly. It points toward the future of how the Raptors will project themselves onto the NBA landscape.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment took the first real step in its promised rebrand of the team on Wednesday with the release of a campaign entitled We The North.

The first video spot has an old-school Nike-feel - plus fire, snow and wolves. It’s Game of Thrones minus the nudity.

Future feat. André 3000 – Benz Friendz (Watchutola) [MUSIC]

White button down and emory scrubs
Had to write her birthday down 'cause my memory sucks
But this shit come back up like some acid reflux
Or Michael Jackson jacket with some plastic zip ups
I was zippin' through the city and I don't give a fuck
1994 Toyota Land Cruiser because
That bitch never broke down on me, why would I do that to her
Simplism, symbolism I pull up at a club
And might never buy a new car again if I can help it
'Cause if I buy one they will sell ten and what I'm left with
Throw a nigga one on his rim, then we might can talk
Til then I will ride my fucking bike or walk

-Three Stacks

Stream Future’s sophomore LP, Honest, out April 22 HERE.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Girl Talk x Freeway: Broken Ankles EP [MUSIC]

Two worlds will collide on Broken Ankles, a collaborative EP between veteran rapper Freewayand mash-up connoisseur Girl Talk. Both artists hail from Pennsylvania, though their paths have been anything but similar. Now, the two join forces on this high-octane project that samples everyone one from Beyoncé and OutKast to Nine Inch Nails and Notorious B.I.G. Also included are appearances from Waka Flocka Flame, Jadakiss, and Freeway's fellow State Property memberYoung Chris.

"I wanted to work closer to traditional song structure compared to my last few albums, but still include some detailed sample splicing and change-ups when it felt appropriate," Girl Talk says of their collaborative effort. "The overall structure is what I thought worked best with Freeway's style... It's always important to me to have an album that works as a whole; something that has a calculated flow to it, which is intended to be listened to front to back."

Check out the video for the lead off single "Tolerated"which features Waka Flocka HERE.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever... that being said, pizza is a vegetable!

Watch the trailer HERE.

OutKast x Coachella 2014 Full Set [VIDEO]

Outkast's reunion at Coachella on Friday night after nearly 10 years away from performing was followed up with some fans criticizing the group's on-stage energy and the set's bizarre ending. Outkast played 27 songs for the Coachella crowd, but a 28th track, "The Whole World" with Killer Mike, was nixed because of time.

"I'm sorry, but they actually cut us off," Andre 3000 said to the crowd. "I really appreciate you all coming out. I know it's kind of weird, 20 years later and shit. Thank you for coming out."

Some reactions from Outkast's Coachella performance cab be found HERE.

Naked Julia Louis-Dreyfus x Rolling Stone Magazine [COVER]

"Julia Louis-Dreyfus is wearing absolutely nothing but the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson on our new cover," boasts Rolling Stone, dubbing the 53-year-old "The First Lady of Comedy." With the new season of her whip-smart HBO political comedy "Veep" underway, we couldn't agree more.

In the issue, Louis-Dreyfus talks about her career evolution, from "Saturday Night Live" through "Seinfeld" and "The Old Adventures of New Christine" to "Veep." She also talks about real live veeps Al Gore ("who did win, by the way") and Joe Biden.

The actress also addresses a common misconception about her -- that she is a billionaire by family fortune, thanks to her father's wealth.

"I've been attached to that," she tells Rolling Stone, clarifying that it's her father'sbusiness that's valued in billions. "It's unbelievable, because whatever I do, people just assume it's true. Welcome to the fuckin' Internet."

To be noted it was the declaration of independence that was signed by John Hancock, not the constitution as it appears just above the dimples on the small of her back.

Her most recognizable character is Elaine Benes for the hit comedy show Seinfeld (A personal favourite) has long since been my TV crush. HuffPo has put together an editorial outlining why she is actually one of the worst people in the world.

Read 'Why Elaine Benes Was Actually The Worst Role Model Ever' HERE.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wes Anderson's: The Grand Budapest Hotel [MOVIES]

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustava, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraha, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, and introducing Tony Revolori.


Flatbush ZOMBiES - Better Off Dead [MUSIC]

The girl I'm currently seeing put me onto the BK, New York trio Flatbush ZOMBiES just recently, and these dudes are dope... err hope! Breathing life into hip-hop, all hands down; 6:30! They have released their heavily-delayed, but finally available new mix-album, Better Off Dead. I'd call them a hybrid of Wu-Tang and The Ruff Ryders... you remember them, right?

Included on the bulky, 19-track free release is the Booth-featured, reader-approved "Palm Trees." Special guests are limited to buzzmakers Action Bronson and Danny Brown, while group architect and resident producer Erick Arc Elliott handles the bulk of the set's boardwork. Both Harry Fraud ("LiveFromHell") and Obey City ("TP4") contribute one track a piece.

Download HERE.

Hot Docs Film Festival 2014 [FILM]

The 2014 Hot Docs Festival, April 24 to May 4, will feature 197 official selections from 43 countries, and will open with the international premiere of Brian Knappenberger’s The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz. I have list of another 47 films I want to see this year, notably Advanced Style, You Won't Regret That Tattoo, Ai Weiwei The Fake Case, and The Notorious Mr. Bout.

Find films online, or download a printable version of this year’s screening schedule.

Hot Docs tickets, packages, passes, can be purchased online, by phone at 416.637.5150, or in person at the Hot Docs documentary Box Office, newly located at 2 Bloor Street West (Cumberland Terrace – Lower Level).

For more information on this year’s Festival, visit www.hotdocs.ca.

Billionaire Boys Club x Timberland Collaboration [FASHION]

Billionaire Boys Club and Timberland have a new collaboration on the way... or least we hope so!

The streetwear brand just posted a photo of a pair of all red six-inch boots on Instagram. The caption reads: "SAMPLE cc: @timberland #BillionaireDevelopment."

It's looking like Timberland's and shorts type of summer!

MIJLO: A Better Bookbag [FASHION]

The Better Backpack is...

1 ) A Premium Backpack That's Built to Last a Lifetime. In an era defined by disposability, we designed a bag that’s built with tough, time-tested materials, and stitched together with precision.

2 ) Timeless. If you ever feel the need to part ways with your backpack, send it back to us for a 10% rebate and our pledge to recycle it. We want the materials to live on. Let’s make this bag timeless.

3 ) Minimal. We have combined a simple, clean appearance with neutral, muted colors - four in total - resulting in a backpack that’s fit for any era and any style.

4 ) Functional. 100% cotton canvas, heavy-duty water resistant lining, and a reinforced, padded laptop compartment mean style and substance were considered equally in our design.

5 ) Co-operative. Our mission was to build a better backpack – so we designed one. Now we need your help! Let’s make disposable design a thing of the past, and let’s do it together.

Did I mention that the backpack is also $39 including shipping? So not only can you do good and look good, that price will make you feel good too.

More Info HERE

'This Is Not A Toy' Exhibition with Guest Curator Pharrell Williams [ART]

This Is Not A Toy, curated by John Wee Tom and DX Associate Curator Sara Nickleson with Guest Curator Pharrell Williams, is the world's first exhibition featuring a collection of contemporary sculptures, figurines and artworks created by artists including Takashi Murakami, KAWS, FriendsWithYou, Coarse, Huck Gee, and Frank Kozik.

The exhibition explores the conceptual toy – a form made solely as an expression of an aesthetic, concept or idea – as an art and design object as well as a contemporary cultural signifier. On display until May 19, visitors dive headfirst into the realm of designer toys as the Exhibition Hall is transformed into a vibrant and whimsical environment, filled with forms ranging from tiny trinkets to enormous free-standing pieces.

This Is Not A Toy is generously supported by Artworkers Retirement Society, Hal Jackman Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council.

Purchase admission tickets for This Is Not A Toy here.

Stephen Colbert Will Replace David Letterman [TELEVISION]

Comedian Stephen Colbert will be taking over as host of the Late Show, CBS confirmed in a tweet on Thursday.

Colbert is the current host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, and is fucking awesome!

Earlier this month, long-time Late Show host David Letterman announced that he would be retiring in 2015. It now begs the question, who/what will replace The Colbert Report? Good question, right?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Bar Chef [BOOKS]

One of the world’s pre-eminent mixologists serves up the theatre, mystery and science behind his signature modern cocktails.

Vanilla-and-hickory smoked Manhattan, anyone?

`BarChef is a cocktail lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto. Dedicated to the art and science of the cocktail, its beauty lies in the colours and details behind the bar—from apothecary jars filled with bitters and syrups to bell jars and 100-pound blocks of ice. Owner Frankie Solarik holds court in his fedora, chipping ice, talking to patrons (a mix of rockers, hipsters, business people, locals and celebrities) and enjoying his craft thoroughly.

Solarik is a leading figure of the global cocktail renaissance. His book, The Bar Chef, explores the importance of engaging all the senses when creating modernist cocktails. Depth and balance—the ideas behind great wines, and great food and wine pairings—are vital to a magnificent drink. Chapters detail the elements of the set-up, the art and craft of mixology and, of course, include recipes for syrups, infusions, bitters and the cocktails themselves. A chapter for non-alcoholic drinks rounds out the book.

This book is aimed at adventurous mixologists, enthusiasts whowant to hone their skills and taste, and who want to experience something of Solarik’s genius at home. This book is neither comprehensive nor “general.” Rather, it is a carefully curated sampling of Solarik’s creations, featuring recipes that are challenging but achievable, and oh so delicious.

Pick it up on Amazon HERE or stop by the Bar.