The Toronto band MAGIC! has made their way to the top this week...of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The pop-reggae band's song Rude has dethroned Iggy Azalea's Fancy as the number one song in America. *Applause*
It has been over 20 years since a Canadian reggae artist has topped the Billboard top 100 chart. Snow was the last one to do it in 1993 with his song Informer. I also think Snow was the only other Canadian reggae artist to do anything memorable. Or maybe he was just the only other Canadian reggae artist, period. Clearly we need more reggae artists.
In honor of the #1 accomplishment, watch this response by dad Benji Cowart to MAGIC!'s song Rude. Love it.
Jenny Lewis' music video for Just One of the Guys is amazing.
Why? Well, because it reminds me of the first time I ever saw Kristen Stewart in a movie and thought the entire time that she was a teenage boy.
Then later, post-Twilight casting you had a conversation with some well informed young Hollywood enthusiast that went something like this.
Enthusiast: "You totally know Kristen Stewart. She was the daughter from Panic Room."
Normal person who can only name Jodie Foster from Panic Room: "Um, I am pretty sure it was just Jodie Foster and her diabetic son."
And then you get in some argument which ends with someone inevitably pulling out their phone and going on their IMDB app only to find that - HOLY MOSES...Jodie Foster's son in Panic Room was actually a DAUGHTER.
Also making their back up band debut in this video is Anne Hathaway (the world still thinks you're annoying Anne, just stop) and another girl that everyone is like "Where the hell do I know her from?!", whose name is actually Brie Larson and has been in some stuff.
The Polaris Prize short list was announced this morning. The Prize, given to the best Canadian full length album as decided by a large group of music journalists, went from a long list of 41 to a short list of 10.
Making the announcement was one of my favorites, Jay Baruchel. The Canadian actor was sporting a Montreal Canadians hat while he read through the list…extremely fast. So fast that they made him read it again. Oh Jay, I still love you. The short list was comprised of a bunch of repeats and some new comers, including Jessy Lanza – LOVE! Go Jessy Lanza Go!
The artists on the 2014 Polaris Prize Short list are:
Arcade Fire — Reflektor
Basia Bulat — Tall Tall Shadow
Mac DeMarco — Salad Days
Drake — Nothing Was The Same
Jessy Lanza — Pull My Hair Back
Owen Pallett — In Conflict
Shad — Flying Colours
Tanya Tagaq — Animism
Timber Timbre — Hot Dreams
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN — UZU
The Polaris Prize gala will be broadcast on September 22.
Side Note: OMG Jay Baruchel is so cute. Remember when he was engaged to Allison Pill and I was devastated?! That was a dark time.
Shaina Twain took the stage at the Saddledome last night for her second of two Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert series concerts at the Calgary Stampede...
...and Canada's Country Queen did not disappoint!
After almost a decade of not touring and two years of residency in Las Vegas, Shania brought the show to her Stampede loving fans and it was wonderful. Unless, of course, you hate theatrics, funny crowd interaction and loads of cowgirl BLING.
WERK IT SHANIA!
The woman made it snow during Still The One and I am pretty sure people cried. (I didn't, obviously, but other people probably did.) She took selfies on stage with fans (4 of the 6 were from AMERICA - which annoyed me. I booed them, obviously.) Her husband came on stage at one point and I had to remind myself he is not Kenny G (Or is he?! I JUST DON'T KNOW!). She sang hit after hit after hit until I was like...OMG, Shania Twain was my 90s.
When she had some fans on stage and they were sitting around a camp fire signing (that happened)...the sole man from Calgary got up and started dancing with one of the American girls. He flipped her over and her shirt came off revealing her leopard print bra. Now, I'm not going to say I wasn't slightly mortified for her, but like, come on, she really should get clothes that fit her. Way to go Dave. *air high five*
Besides Dave, the other supporting cast of the night that brought the show from "awesome" to "MAGICAL UNICORN EXPRESS" were Shania's backup singers.
Ryan and Dan Kowarsky. Also known as the classical duo RyanDan. ALSO two of the three members of your favorite inappropriate 90s song group b4-4! Shaina is so ballin she got the "If you get down on me, I'll get down on you" guys to be her backup singers.
That is out of control.
I will tell you that I recognized them right away...probably because I am constantly doing "Whatever happened to the spiky haired b4-4 singers" posts and know the non-guido looking version of them. I yelled to everyone in my section that it was RyanDan and they were like - lay off the Stampede crack. THEN, Shania introduced them and justice was served to the disbelievers.
I would be lying if I told you I didn't leave the concert yelling "That was the best b4-4 concert anyone has EVER been to" on my way to buy deep fried pickles on the Stampede grounds.
After a night of glitz, glamor, Shania and RyanDan - it's doubtful that anything will top it this Stampede. It's one for the books.