Friday, December 12, 2014

Best New Christmas Songs of 2014 (VIDEOS)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The middle of December, when you are still in the Christmas spirit and not yet wanting to off yourself due to the never ending Christmas carols.

I mean, I don't know how one could ever get sick of Mariah Carey's Christmas album (as it is a true classic of classics) but sometimes you just get to that breaking point. Some people don't like listening to the classics every year and if you are one for new songs instead, this list is for you.

Here are the best and brightest of the Christmas releases for 2014 (so far...)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith
Sam Smith really broke out in North America this year, so it is only fitting that you end your year listening to Sam sing a classic.

I'll Be Home - Meghan Trainor
It's true - Meghan Trainor sings something other than All About the Bass. Most notably - this Christmas song.

Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 2014
This song was a little controversial when it came out...something to do with Africa and people being perturbed by the lyrics. Whatever - 1D, Ed and Ellie in a room - how can you throw shade at that? However, if I were to pick my all time 'a hundred famous musicians in a room singing' song, I would have to go with the Wavin' Flags one where Bieber sings at the end. It was when he was still young, wearing purple and had the floppy hair (aka before he turned into an uber douche).

Baby It's Cold Outside - Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
Idina and Michael put a twist on this classic, by making the actors children. Very cleaver. It takes away from the how rapey the song actually is (however if you listen to it sans video - it is still rapey as f-ck).

Mary Did You Know - Pentatonix
These guys were really popular last Christmas with their take on Little Drummer Boy. I am not a huge fan of this song in general, but I do like this version.

It's Christmas - David Myles
David Myles is so cute. I just want to pinch him (this is what old grannies must feel like right before they assault a child's cheeks). You are probably most familiar with this Maritimer for his feature in the Classified song Inner Ninja, but his own stuff is good. Love the folk.

Baby It Ain't Christmas Without You-Kris Allen
What has the former American Idol winner been up to lately? Well, clearly he has been completing his life long goal of writing a Christmas single.

Must Be Christmas - Band of Merrymakers
LOVE THIS. This group is made up of members from Lady Antebellum, Neon Trees, Fitz & The Tantrums, 311, Better Than Ezra, Smallpools, The Mowglis, 3oh!3, Sinclair, and The Honeymoons and a portion of the proceeds from the song goes to MusiCares Foundation. I mean, it's not saving Africa, but at least they are not reusing a song (uuuhem, I'm talking to you Band Aid.)


Monday, December 8, 2014

Air Canada vs. WestJet in the Christmas video Battle 2014

The battle is on! Air Canada and WestJet are the two main competing airlines in this great country of ours, and it looks like they are giving us a new tradition.

The airline battle of the tears.

WestJet did an amazing Christmas Miracle video last year and this year they stepped up their game. This year however, Air Canada threw their hat into the "how much can we make you cry tears of emotional joy" ring.

So of course, with any competition, we need to crown a winner.

The WestJet video was great. Giving to people in a poor country is always a good way to people's hearts. Loved the WestJetters donning the blue hats and running around building and buying stuff.

But there is something to say about about the simplicity of the Air Canada video. Two pilots go into a ex-pat bar and offer all the Canadians in it flights home for Christmas. It's not the poor and unfortunate children of the Dominican Republic, but it does tug at your heart strings. They are Canadians, like you and me, who now can spend Christmas with their families.

WestJet's gesture may have been more grand and changed more lives...but I connected more with the Air Canada video.

I can't believe I'm saying this but...Air Canada wins. But don't let me make up your mind. Decide for yourselves.

Air Canada




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2014 is...Thor

Chris Hemsworth snagged the title of Sexiest Man Alive this year courtesy of People Mag.

I'm not sure that there was a standout this year, so I can agree with the older Hems getting the title. Making Australia proud.


Side: I 100% forgot that Adam Levin was the SMA last year. It's like last year didn't even exist.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blair Waldorf is married, with child and making music - in case you were wondering

Taylor Swift released a new album this week...which is all anyone seems to be talking about.

Well, you know what - Blair Waldorf ALSO released an album and we need to pause and say hi to her career - which seems to be somewhat in the mist, but you never know...the album is not bad. The acting career on the other hand...

I mean, she is carrying Seth Cohen's baby. That calls for a comeback doesn't it? 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

What's the real story? Jian Ghomeshi gets fired from CBC (Developing)

What's going on with Jian Ghomeshi? That was the question across the country this morning when CBC announced that they had parted ways with the popular host of "The Q".

Earlier this month Jian's father passed away and on Friday Ghomeshi told his audience that he was taking some 'much needed personal time' away from the would assume it was because of his family, but maybe not.

This morning CBC dropped the bomb - Jian was done.

"The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well...Information came to our attention recently that in CBC's judgment precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian...Whenever a decision is made to end a relationship with an employee, terms of separation are never disclosed."

This was all from a statement made by CBC on Sunday morning.

It was clear that Jian got fired from the show, but what did he do? Must have been something major for the network to fire him. Besides Peter Mansbridge (Mansbridge Nation represent), Jian is arguably one of the most popular people in the CBC family.

The Internet went crazy with speculation as to why. Most of the things I read leaned towards it being a sexual issue. Abuse, harassment...just being a creepy to multiple woman.

Jesse Brown, an online media critic also tweeted, "What I have learned about @jianghomeshi after months of investigation will be reported responsibly as soon as possible. Patience please."

There was only speculation. Did he get fired? What did he do?

Then a release came out stating that Ghomeshi was suing CBC for $55 million in damages and that he would like to be reinstated.

(Side Note: As a 'public broadcaster' he is basically suing all of us...just sayin. And that is roughly half of the corporations total budget - which we all know gets slashed all the time.) he got fired, but what for?

Later in the afternoon Jian released a post on Facebook that claimed he had been dismissed from the CBC after coming forward with information to his superiors that he had a kinky, consensual sex life with an ex girlfriend. And that's why they fired him.

"I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer." (Read the full statement after the jump).

The Internet went crazy once again. It seems the post (which was made after Ghomeshi hired a PR firm to assist in his crisis, which makes one assume that he posted it with their council) had done its job.

"Jian got fired for being kinky? Really? In 2014?" was one of many tweets made in defense of the host.

The "report" from Jesse Brown has yet to come out, and there has yet to be any word from the other side of what the full accusation is. I suggest we all put down the gasoline and step way from the CBC until we hear the other side. There's always another one.

Update: Monday October 27, 2014

The Toronto Star has released a story that states that three girls claim that he assaulted him and another that he was sexually inappropriate at work.

None of the woman are named, as the Star says, for fear of public repercussions. None of the woman filed police reports either, which seems to be a point of contention with those who don't believe them. Statistically speaking, there is a large number of people who never report sexual abuse, so it shouldn't be too surprising.

The Star article stated the following about their coverage...
"...Over the past few months the Star has approached Ghomeshi with allegations from three young women, all about 20 years his junior, who say he was physically violent to them without their consent during sexual encounters or in the lead-up to sexual encounters. Ghomeshi, through his lawyer, has said he “does not engage in non-consensual role play or sex and any suggestion of the contrary is defamatory.” (Read the full story here).
Jesse Brown put out a podcast about the situation where he basically stated he didn't have liable insurance so he couldn't say anything, but that he had worked with the Star to get the story out.

There is now a public divide - those who believe the Star's story, and those who believe Jian's.

More to come...