Does Peter Dreimanis know he is a doppelganger of Hollywood actor and star of Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi? Continue Reading
When certain words of our current diction get overused, such as EPIC, the impact of the word is undermined as a result. Give Born to Ruin by Wildlife a listen, and you will realize the ‘larger than life’ meaning of the word, when I say, the song is EPIC! The lead single from the sophomore release …On The Heart, by Toronto’s beloved quintet, is a sample of how they do things. The grandiose scale of the tunes translates as well live with high energy performances featuring all members attired in black with matching teal armband on their left hands. Cool eh? Continue Reading
by Ani Hajderaj
It goes without saying electronic music has made a big explosion in pop culture, the mainstream music industry and Toronto has always welcomed this style of music for the past few decades. This year, there has been an influx of international DJs being booked to spin at frosh parties around Toronto.
My Apollo organized the first outdoor festival targeted towards university and college students across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. On the same grounds as other big Toronto festivals, Toronto Frosh Festival brought together thousands of students from all different schools to celebrate frosh at Ontario Place.
“Organizing a festival of this magnitude is not a walk in the park,” Mike Maturine said.
Maturine has been promoting all-ages events since 2004. His partner Shaz H. also has experience in the all-ages market dating back to 2003. Both of them came together to organize a festival that was successful among post secondary students in Toronto.
“I live uptown, but I moved downtown for a month just so I could be closer to everything. We could communicate better because Shaz lives downtown,” he said.
Maturine was able to attend meetings with his partner with more convenience because he was closer to the offices.
“I compared it to certain actors, when they play a role in a movie they’re called method actors; even when they’re not filming they’re still embodying the role they play because they want it to get it right,” he says.
One of the biggest challenges Shaz encountered were unexpected fees they had to pay in order for the festival to happen.
“There is a lot of money on the line that you might not get back. To top it off there was insurance, you would have never thought you had to pay for insurance for your event. You are also dealing with the vendors, the sponsors and the production team. But now that we know what needs to be done we know what to expect in the future,” he explained.
The line-up for the festival included Dzeko & Torres, Madeon and 3lau(pronounced Blau). All three artists have a large appeal to the young crowd and 3lau has a reputation of being involved with colleges in his tour.
“We did a lot of surveys and research for the line-up,” Shaz says.
They had limited options for DJs because a lot of them were already booked for Ibiza and other international dance music hotspots and so the line-up was the most relevant for the market they were going after.
The Toronto Frosh Festival will be happening again next year, for more details visit the official website at www.torontofroshfestival.com.
When I requested to interview Honheehonhee, I did not expect the whole band to show up. They are probably some of the most hilarious guys I have ever met.
T: What’s the story behind the name Honheehonhee, I heard it was based on the laugh of a squirrel is it true?
HH: What? Where did you hear that? We said we would never answer any more questions about our name but we will for you. The name was inspired by the N64 game Conker’s Bad Fur Day. The squirrel character makes a noise that kind of sounds like honheehonhee so we spelled it out phonetically. Over the years people have pronounced it differently and we kind of like that. When I told mom she could say it “Honey Honey” she was excited. I think now we just go HON HEE HON HEE.
On Thursday I had coffee with Dean Marino from Papermaps. For some reason I forgot to snap a photo but here is a cool Southern Souls version of Wishful Thinker.
T: How did you come up with the name Papermaps?
DM: We used to be known as EX~PO and it ended up making sense to change our name. Our old name had a tilde in it and a typo was made on one of our show bills. Papermaps was just kind of something we came up with as a group because we needed a new name. There’s actually a band out there called Paper Maps on Myspace that hasn’t been active but they haven’t been active since 2007. We also don’t have a space in our name. Changing our name also made sense because it was around the time we signed to Sparks Music.
Next I met up with Kalle Mattson for a chat!
Welcome to the first interview ever on the blog. I enjoyed all of them this week, and there will be definitely more in the future. First up, I sat down with Luke and Marlon from Toronto’s own Broken Bricks