NEWS

Recently, Graham Shonfield released a short film project, ‘Awkward Moment’, onto his YouTube channel, ‘Graham Crackers’, that was based upon a true to life event that he felt would be a good laugh, but also to serve as an interaction point to encourage people to share their own regrets and embarrassments with others.

Shonfield comments about why he wanted to tell this personal of a story,

It was an experience that happened to me and I wasn’t sure what to do when I was in the moment, so I thought I’d make a sketch playing out the various options and see what other people might do!

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Passion, truly drives Armin Van Buuren. Only cancelling one tour date //sorry Chicago//, and just one night after the funeral of his step-father, Armin reclaimed his position at the helm of his ‘Intense’ tour.

It was a rare evening.

Usually, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre //MTCC// plays host to boating, car, comic, and trade-show enthusiasts.

Instead, last Saturday night, Armin’s team, and Electronic Nation, brought thousands of people from all walks of life to converge and experience Armin Van Buuren, who has stated that for him, Read more…

As mentioned in my last column, August saw Destiny Productions once again present their World Electronic Music Festival //WEMF// to North American electronic music enthusiasts.

The festival’s past few years have seen a vast improvement in the number of headliners that are brought into the performer arena from pairing with a few other event companies including the new Electronic Music Division of Live Nation – Electronic Nation Canada.

Partnering with EN Canada increased the scale of this year’s festival talent roster, and without an increase in event patron capacity, there was an increase in ticket prices that because of the lineup – Read more…

Infected Mushroom, an israeli electronic music band founded in late 1997 by producers, Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani, very recently completed their new psychedelic live show and unveiled it at Hollywood’s historic Avalon nightclub May 12th.

The show itself, “a trippy tour de force of audio and visual that incorporates the latest in 3-D mapping technology” is the creation of Vello Virkhaus, CEO & Director of L.A.-based visual arts studio V Squared Labs & Heather Shaw, a Production Designer for Vita Motus.

After signing onto the project, Virkhaus` concept was to 3-D map a visual journey onto two giant spheres which the band would perform from within. Virkhaus recalls making the joke that they were ‘..gonna make you //the band// two big balls!’ Presently his attitude towards the project has changed, Read more…

So another year of music has passed us by. With it, another cycle of awards was dealt to us at the Much Music Video Awards, which were held last night in downtown Toronto, Canada.

Contributing to the event were awards show co-hosts LMFAO, who’ve been on an amazing tour of events – including performing alongside pop music icon Madonna at the Superbowl earlier this year.

Opening the show with Read more…

Coming soon to a Toronto venue near you – another tactless self-promoting awards show where the nominations are selected purposefully to make the organizers/promoters look their best, regardless of the winner…

The Gairy Brown Scene Awards, announced publicly this past December through a group page on the wildly popular Facebook social networking site, is being organized by Gairy Brown – a young Toronto based event planner who announces the purpose of the awards are ‘to celebrate the best of Toronto’s gay club scene.’

Looking through the nominations of each category and doing some research it quickly becomes apparent that most (if not all) of the nominated are close friends, colleagues, or businesses in which Mr. Brown either has, or is, currently working with (minus a few categories that have limited options for nominations.)

After convincing myself that this may not be the case I quickly sent a note to Gairy Brown requesting how the list of nominations for the awards was tabulated. I received a prompt reply to my enquiry from Mr. Brown personally;

“How are any nominees nominated…? Read the title of the Awards…

Based on the fact that I am the number one promoter in the city and very involved with the scene these nomination(s) were decided by me and a group of individuals who are very will versed in making these choices… “

After replying to Mr. Brown’s note requesting further information as to who was involved with the nominations process and to which panel of judges has awarded him the number one promoter slot in the city of Toronto in an effort to understand how he believes he has the influence in making these distinctions, I was the recipient of this note; Read more…