Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We Are the City releases full album of videos on YouTube


We Are the City, the Vancouver, BC indie rock trio, re-released their sophomore album Violent in Canada (with two bonus tracks) last week and for the fir time in the US. To celebrate, the group has put a video of each track from the album on YouTube.

This is my favorite song of the album. "...VHS, videos. Here he is, the man of my dreams. Now those tapes that meant everything to me aren't even fit for a yard sale." I had no idea in the 90s when my mom was badgering me to rewind videos, that I would ever become nostalgic for VHS tapes. Who would have thunk.

XOXO
Jes...

Hilary Grist and a traveling salesman Come and Go (VIDEO)


Vancouver songwriter Hilary Grist just released a music video for her song Come and Go. The song is beautiful, but the video is about a traveling salesman...also known as the job I will be doing in hell when I finally arrive. Seriously - worst ever.

I would also like to point out that a payphone is used in this video. A traveling salesman and a payphone...what year is this supposed to be taking place? I mean, he's driving a car from the 80s and staying in ghetto motels that scream Psycho...but I really think it is supposed to be from the year 2015.

Well, as usual, Hilary Grist does not disappoint in song. I would also like to thank her for reminding me that my job is not that bad - at least I am not a door-to-door salesman.

XOXO
Jes...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Arisa Cox talks season three of Big Brother Canada

Big Brother Canada season three premieres tonight on Global, and no one is as excited about this as the BBCAN host Arisa Cox. “It is so huge, we are so thrilled!...because it’s on Global in prime time, I excited for the people who have never seen the show or have watched maybe one episode of Big Brother US and they don’t know what all the fuss is about – when they see tonight’s episode, they will be believers,” said Arisa when I talked to her this morning.

I think all of the regular Big Brother fans were excited last year when the announcement came out that the reality show would be moving from the specialty channel Slice over to the main Shaw channel Global. With the audience reach widening, there are all sorts of opportunities to make believers out of all Canadians instead of just the die hards.

If I were Arisa, all I would be thinking about would be the jump in audience. With so many more people potentially watching the show, would that put Arisa off her game? In her words, no. “…if one person is watching or if 3 million people are watching, I always want it to be the best.”

I tried to get Arisa to give me some spoilers (if I were her I would have given them to me and no one else – obviously), but she would not budge. What she did tell me, “We’ve got a ton of superfans in the house…everybody knows the game, everybody knows the show. They are well versed...As a production team we are going to make them throw all that stuff out the window.” So basically – get ready for a season of twists.

“What we have planned for the season is so next level – you won’t be able to look away,” said Arisa. I am counting on it.

Big Brother Canada premieres tonight on Global TV at 9 PM MST/8 PM EST…Arisa will be wearing a navy and black dress as all the superfans walk into the house.

XOXO
Jes…

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A RCMP mountie plays hockey in the snow - most Canadian photo ever?

They are calling this the most Canadian photo ever...snow, hockey and a mountie.

I don't agree...but if they were to add a moose and say it was the most stereotypical Canadian photo ever, I would concur.

The original photo was posted on Twitter by the BC RCMP Twitter account with the caption "We may be Mounties, but we are all still kids at heart with @NHL dreams."  With all the bad press police officers are getting lately, I can see why they'd want to remind people of the human side of their people.

XOXO
Jes...

Movie Review: Cinderella (2015)

I'm not sure at this point how many different Cinderella stories there are, but I do know that the idea of an orphan girl getting verbally abused by her step family and falling in love with a prince gets little girls everywhere so jacked on life that they just can't help themselves but keep producing more versions of the story.

The most recent movie about the orphan by Disney is similar to the classic cartoon, except live action. The back-story of why Cinderella became an orphan servant takes up three minutes of the open in the original Disney cartoon....it takes up an hour of any other Cinderella story you have seen since then. If you ever wondered why old movies were able to be 60 minutes long where we now live in an era of 3 hour epics that should have intermissions...this is why.

Theatre Review: Vertigo Theatre's The Haunting

I don't like scary movies. Never have. I can't even watch a horror movie trailer without covering my eyes and hyperventilating. Something about an over active imagination and never being able to be alone in the dark if I see them. So, I'm not really sure why I thought going to a play called The Haunting was not going to give me nightmares.

The Haunting is about a young man who appraises and sells books. A client of his company dies and he goes out to appraise the dead man's collections in his personal study. The house ends up being haunted and the dead man's son and the book appraiser try to figure out why.

There are ghosts, eery music and a child's voice - which, let's be real, is the creepiest thing ever. Child ghosts or demons or whatever - are terrifying.

For the first 20 minutes of the show I was not scared, I was slightly bored. And then this thing happens which scared me so bad I almost cried and it was all downhill from there (for me, the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy being scared - a fact that never ceases to amaze me).

It seems like my fear of scary movies also translates to the stage, which is unfortunate because the story lines are somewhat fun and now it turns out I can't watch them in any form. If you like them though, this is definitely the play for you.

XOXO
Jes...

The Haunting runs until April 12, 2015 at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary. Click here for tickets.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Meaghan Smith gives releases video for Mirror


A new video from Meaghan Smith! This Canadian singer is one of my faves, and not just because she is the sweetest lady, but she has the sweetest voice too. This is her newest video from her album Have a Heart which was released last year.

This song is a little different than the rest of the album, which has mostly the old time charm that Smith usually gives us, but I dig it.

XOXO
Jes…

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Broadway Across Canada's Beauty and the Beast

Tale as old as time...or at least as old as 1991 for most of us.

Beauty and the Beast is almost 300 years old, but most of us know the version of the story with Gaston, the talking candle and dancing dishes. That version was the one that was brought to life and danced across the stage at the Jubilee last night brought into Calgary by Broadway Across Canada.

I was very excited to see one of my all time Disney favorites on the stage. (Top 3 along with The Lion King and The Little Mermaid - of course) I was worried that some of the things from the movie that always seemed like they should bother me and didn't were finally going to bug me when watching real people act it out. The chauvinist ape Gaston, the fact that her dad was inventing really stupid things and, of course, the whole bestiality thing. But they weren't an issue. Thank God, do you know how uncomfortable that would have been if you were just sitting there for 3 hours thinking about bestiality? Awkward.

You know what was awkward? Chip. The little boy who has been turned into a tea cup. The first encounter we have with him on the stage you see a boy's face with a hat that looks like a chipped tea cup and you are assuming his body in in the tea cart the 'cup' sits on...but you can see through it. It tripped me out so much I thought someone had slipped drugs into my pre-sitting wine. I still don't know how they did it, and I will lose sleep over it for years to come.

All around the show was full of slap stick comedy and innuendo jokes meant for the parents and sometimes caught on by by the kids. All the little seven year olds in their princess dresses clapped along with the dance sequence involving a bunch of townies at a pub banging together beer mugs. It was so enchanting.

Speaking of enchanting, the performance of Be Our Guest was as elaborate as the movie and gave us dancing plates, singing spoons, and napkins with hearts covering their vajayjays (yeah, that was weird, and I didn't know how else to bring it up). The song of the show was a toss up between that one, and Belle. One would have thought the title song would have been my favorite, however, when Belle walked out in her yellow dress I was overly disappointed. Not a fan. At all. That basically ruined the whole song for me. By the time it was over I was just starting to pay attention to something other than my hate for the dress. Oh well, I'm sure the song was lovely.

Other than the miss on the dress, the awkwardness of Chip, and the Beast being too short (oh I forgot to mention that - the Beast was not very big. I feel like that was a miss.), the adaptation to the stage was pretty great.

Verdict: 4.1 Stars

XOXO
Jes...

Beauty and the Beast is playing in Calgary until February 22, 2015