I know it’s not good to ride a bike and listen to head phones. But on a quiet summer evening, riding with some loud tunes and feeling the breeze against your skin is one of the greatest feelings EVER.
This cd is a selection of a lot of the songs that I have found myself turning on and turning up while biking this summer. Consequently, I have become that girl on her bike, bopping her head, mouthing the words, swaying her seat from side to side and using her handlebars as a drum set. Whatever. When your going fast, you don’t care as much about what people think of you. If you want to look like a happy crazy person on your bike, get these songs on your ipod!
Oh yah, and it’s “Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros”….not The Magnetic Zero. Although, whether plural or not, it still adds up to nothing.
I am still coming down from the King’s of Convenience concert I went to a few days ago at The Phoenix. The Norwegian band’s members, Erland ∅ye and Eirik Glambek B∅e, are an updated version of Simon and Garfunkel - only cuter. Their gentle melodies are beautiful, soft, profound and fun, and so was their show.
I took my mom, Janice, to the concert. She does happen to be exceptionally cool, but even so, King’s of Convenience is a band that parents will love, as will your brother, your friends, your boss and your boyfriend. Before the show, friends and I saw Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene chatting on the phone and circling the parking lot on his bike. How nice, I thought, that a local star rides his bike to the Phoenix to see a King’s of Convenience show.
On Friday night I got a call from a friend: “You like Arcade Fire right?” Well ya, Funeral was pretty much the sound track to my life in second year university. Little did I know what was to follow.
On Saturday morning at 10.00am we lined up with hundreds of die-hard fans for tickets to Arcade Fire’s surprise performance at the The Music Hall. Although I would not consider myself to fall within the ‘die-hard’ category, the lineup was worth it. The band played a lot of new tracks that will be on their third album, Suburbs, set to be released in early August.
Twenty-four hours (plus a two hour lineup) and $35 later, the Arcade Fire concert was just another reason why I love this city: from one day to the next you never know what is going to happen! And whether you like Arcade Fire or not, check out this link for your own personalized music video
Summer is here! And the Drake Hotel has opened a Pop-Up Shop for the season that sells yummy ice cream and locally made T-shirts by Shared. The Pop-Up Shop is located on Queen Street, just next to the hotel’s General Store. Flavour highlights include Maple Walnut and Lemon Olive Oil; and my choice T-Shirt features a sweet picture of ballerinas. Random, creative, delicious, collaborative and not to be missed!
I recently saw the work of Cal Lane at Art Gallery of Mississauga. Lane takes the rough, macho art of welding and transforms metals into delicate and girly lace. The cover of the exhibition’s brochure shows Lane sitting on top of a large metal oil container, long hair over her shoulders and a blow torch in hand. Without effort she embodies what many girls strive for, to be one of the guys yet still feminine. Lane’s work plays with the contrasts between masculinity and femininity, industrial and fanciful.
A trip out to Mississauga may be out of the question for many Torontonians, so it’s good to know that Lane’s works can be seen on display at the AGO. That being said, BI recommend a day trip out to Mississauga for those of you who can manage it. If you take the time to explore some of the GTA’s smaller, off-the-map galleries, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find.