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Don’t Miss The National Ballet of Canada’s MAD HOT BALLET: Dangerous Love Gala

Inspired by the passion and drama of our June presentation of Davide Bombana’s Carmen, The National Ballet of Canada’s 2013 MAD HOT BALLET: Dangerous Love Gala promises to be a captivating event. We invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for this season’s sizzling gala. The evening will begin with a performance of short works selected by Artistic Director Karen Kain, followed by a Spanish inspired cocktail reception, complete with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that promise to wow.

 

All proceeds of MAD HOT BALLET: Dangerous Love will support the National Ballet of Canada. You don’t want to miss a minute of this sensational fundraiser, and a chance to let yourself be carried away by temptation and dance!

 

Performance PLUS tickets: $55 – $133

Visit madhotballet.ca or call 416 345 9595 to reserve yours now!

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, June 12, 2013
145 Queen St West, Toronto

For more information regarding booking VIP tickets or tables, call the MAD Hotline at

416 345 1944.

What are some big trends or issues affecting youth in Canada?

What are some big trends or issues affecting youth in Canada?

Social media is #trending. Don’t get me wrong- I love social media handles! But you need to know when to take a break from your phone. I have personally been in two car accidents; leaving two cars totaled. My first accident was when I was 16 years old. My parents had just bought me a gorgeous red BMW and I was so ecstatic to have my own car. 10 days later, I crashed it going through an intersection because I was distracted by my phone. I still miss that car. My second car was a silver Honda Civic. I got hit on my driver side door by a woman who drove right through the four-way stop. My side and front windows shattered; leaving me covered in glass. These car crashes were devastating experiences; leaving me shaken and nervous driving for some time after. So please refrain from using your cell phone while driving! Your twitter and instagram followers can wait!! Road crashes continue to be leading cause of death among youth in Canada. Please drive undistracted!

St. Paddy’s Day withdrawal?  Have no fear, THE SCRIPT is here!

St. Paddy’s Day withdrawal? Have no fear, THE SCRIPT is here!

Although St Patrick’s Day is over, you won’t have to wait an entire year to enjoy a little bit of Irish culture. In fact, Irish rock band THE SCRIPT is rockin’ the airwaves with their PLATINUM album, “#3.” Check out this EXCLUSIVE interview, as transcribed by VG reporter Stephanie!!

Q:How did you come up with the name The Script?
A:We were living in LA at the time, and I think Mark mentioned the name The Script, and we all ended up really liking it. We thought it was a really fun name, it kind of reflected a lot on our song writing. The more that we were writing away with the songs, we realized that the songs, the videos, our ideas had a script to it. The name just stuck and so we stuck with the name ever since!

Q:How did you meet Mark and Glenn?
A: I met Mark way back in Dublin when I was a teenager. We were both into the same things, same type of music, and became friends. We started writing songs together and it just, became a matter of hanging out. A number of years had passed and we (Mark and I) started producing song writers. We had a lot of success, and at times no success…in 2005 we met Glenn in America, and that was when “The Script” was formed.

Q: How do you think that your upbringing has influenced your music?
A: I come from a very musical background, and ever since I was a kid, I was very very heavy into beats, bands, and finding out what’s new and stuff. So I guess it was just natural for the way our music to sound like what it does now.

Q: It says on your bio page that people from Ireland have “soul.” Would you be able to tell our readers what that means?
A: Well Irish people definitely have a lot of soul because for a number of years, we were held down, you know? We’re not different from anybody else, but due to the war of the Irish people I think we’ve got a level of depth because of our culture. Because of our heritage and how old our nation is…there’s not another country in the world that has a musical emblem on their passport! We have a musical emblem as our shield!

Q: I hear that you just launched a new album called #3, how was your new album received by your fans?
A: Well it’s called number 3, or hash tag 3, depending on how old you are! It’s a really really full record. I guess for the past few records, we were kind of finding our feeling. We would kind of write music not knowing what the outcome would be. But now we’ve got two tours and two albums down, we’ve got a fairly good idea of the sound we want. The song “Hall of Fame” has been the biggest hit we’ve ever had. I just think that’s incredible that even a band this day and age on their third album are still making waves and getting bigger and bigger! I just think it’s great, you know.

Q: I love the song Six Degrees of Separation, who was this song written about?
A: It was written about my break-up that happened when I was a on a show called The Voice UK. The release of the song was meant to describe to people who couldn’t feel what was going on in my life at the time. I was heading to the studio to write songs with the lads, and Mark was like, “let’s write a song about what happened.” The lyrics started to resonate, and next thing you know, the fans are going crazy over this song!

Q: Do you have a favourite song on your new album?
A: That’s really hard. I love “Hurricane”, the whole vibe of it, it’s not my favourite, but it’s a brilliant song. “Glowing” is a brilliant song. The single, “Six Degrees of Separation,” it’s really hard to pick one, I really can’t!

Q: Tell us one thing you can’t find by Googling your name?
A: I don’t drive, I have no license, and I have no interest in driving! Thanks!

VG: Thanks Danny, good luck in Toronto!

Sweet Host Gift Ideas for Easter

Sweet Host Gift Ideas for Easter

A holiday known for wining and dining with relatives and home entertaining always calls for serving up traditional dishes with your own twist. As a guest, you’re spared the stress of planning and left with the simple task of bringing dessert or even just a host gift to show gratitude for all the hard work. If you’re looking for a quick, convenient and thoughtful approach, I suggest stopping by your local Chapters and picking up Rosewood Estates Wildflower Honey (500g for $10).  Golden in colour, the honey has a medium and distinct flavour that evolves from the wildflowers of the Niagara Escarpment. Fresh with balanced sweetness and subtle floral flavours, Rosewood’s Wildflower Honey excites your palate with a lingering finish.

If you’re thinking of bringing a traditional host gift, like wine, Rosewood Estates just released three of its gold-medal, award-winning wines, now available at your nearest LCBO Vintages. Give something unique by giving local. Representing some of the top wines produced in Ontario, Rosewood’s 2010 Merlot, 2010 Süssreserve Riesling and 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve are a must-try and excellent for food pairings.

Our Feb/March 2013 is out TODAY!!!!

Our Feb/March 2013 is out TODAY!!!!

we are super excited about this one! first 4D cover EVAH!!!!! check it out – not only is it a scratch and sniff of Garnier’s awesome new Fructis Fruit Sensation, but our model comes to life too!!!

A Sweet Idea for March Break with Le Dolci!

A Sweet Idea for March Break with Le Dolci!

Grab your best gal pal for some DIY fun or win the Mother or Father or the Year Award by spending March Break with the kids at Le Dolci, decorating and icing cupcakes with fondant and swirls and twirls of delicious buttercream. Le Dolci is Toronto’s fun, foodie studio and offers a year-long calendar of activities for kids and families each and every weekend. Here is what they have in store for this year’s March Break:

March Break Kids’ Culinary and Craft Camp: Send your little ones for a week-long dose of baking, decorating and crafts. Le Dolci offers a March Break Kids’ Camp that will be filled with hands-on, fun, foodie activities, which include making and decorating cookies, mini cakes, cupcakes and pies along with crafting super duper T-Shirts and Styrofoam cakes with the experts from Little Party Goers. Lunch is included and children take home all items baked and decorated in class.
Date: Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15

Full class listings at www.ledolci.com.

Vrep Essence Event!

Vrep Essence Event!

Check out Nisha’s blog:

http://www.nishasawhney.com/

 

 

 

WHO ARE LAWSON?

Photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Lawson are a 4 piece rock/pop band who released their debut single” When She Was Mine” on 27th May 2012 which rocketed to the Top 5 of the UK Chart. Their 2nd single “Taking Over Me” released in August went straight in to the top 3. Adam Pitts (drums), Andy Brown (lead vocals & guitar) Joel Peat (guitar & backing vocals) and Ryan Fletcher (bass &backing vocals) were one of the biggest breakthrough acts of 2012 inthe UK

“They’re going to be massive” – Evening Standard

“Hottest up and coming band out there right now” – Daily Mirror

“They will be huge” – Daily Star

“Remember where you heard their name” – T4

THE STORY SO FAR…
Lawson formed after drummer Adam Pitts contacted lead vocalist Andy Brown who had been posting acoustic covers on Youtube to say “I love what you’re doing, if you ever form a band can I be in it?”. And so they formed a band. Adam contacted his friend Ryan who in turn recruited his music college buddy Joel and the foursome got stuck in rehearsing and gigging like men possessed. Named after Dr Lawson, the surgeon who saved Andy’s life following a marathon 18 hour operation to remove a brain tumour (which has subsequently left him deaf in one ear) every chapter in this bands history tells a story. Their debut album, inspired by the heartache Andy endured after splitting up with his long term girlfriend was released in October 2012. A collection of songs that recalls the highs and lows of being in love. Performing day in, day out in pubs and clubs up and down the country, consistently posting acoustic performances online, talent like Lawson could only go unnoticed for so long. They signed a major record deal in early 2012 & the rest, as they say is history…

FACTS & FIGURES
• 3 Top10 singles out of 3 releases selling over 400,000 copies in the UK alone
• Completed 3 sold out headline tours of the UK, 2 of which were before they’d even released a single
• Toured with Avril Lavigne, Will Young & Jessie J
• Summer Festival performances included V Festival, T In The Park, Hard Rock Calling & the Capital FM Summertime Ball as well as performances at Rock The Games for London 2012 and a headline set in London’s Hyde Park for BT London Live
• Debut album “Chapman Square” produced by Grammy Award Winning Producer John Shanks released 22nd October 2012

Over 15 Million views on YouTube combined
400,000 Twitter followers
110,000 Facebook fans

When She Was Mine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmQRAXJoHg0-

Taking Over Me

Standing In the Dark

Check out Lawson at:

http://www.lawsonofficial.com

http://www.facebook.com/lawsonofficial

http://www.twitter.com/lawsonofficial

http://www.youtube.com/user/lawsonofficial

winner of the NYC Vlogger Contest!

 

A Fine Frenzy Surprises Fans

A Fine Frenzy Surprises Fans

Behind the scenes at the Best Buy Center in New York City, A Fine Frenzy hooked up with justWink to talk about the hit song Now is the Start. See what happened when fans got to hear an amazing performance by the band…and got a justWink card from Alison Sudol–one that she designed just for them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSAoMG3G_zE

5 Tips to Organizing the Best Prom Ever!

5 Tips to Organizing the Best Prom Ever!

5 Tips to Organizing the Best Prom Ever!

Brought to you by  The Prom Show and JW Events.

1. DECIDE ON THE THEME

Probably the most fun part of the entire event is planning the theme. This allows you to be creative and innovative while you add the personal touch that is a symbol of your graduating class. The best ideas come from a wide range of opinions, so let everyone have their say!

2. FIND A VENUE

Location is important. Finding all the venue information through professional planners will be a lot easier and more efficient! This can be anything from a banquet hall to a basement, as long as it has the capacity to hold all of your guests. Make sure that you’re aware of everything that’s included (or not included) with your booking so that there are no surprises on your special night!

 

3. FOOD

Because a party just isn’t a party without good food!

First, decide if the food will be a sit-down meal, a buffet or just finger foods. Also, food stations with a variety of offerings are a new and popular trend of serving style.

Once that’s established, plan your menu according to your theme to give it that extra flair. Make sure to take allergies into account, as well!

If you hire a caterer, they can answer questions about quantity, style, etc.

4. TICKETS

Unless the party is free, you’ll probably have to charge for tickets.

Create a budget so that you are sure to break even on your expenses, but make sure that your expenses are reasonable so that your classmates are paying a realistic amount for a ticket. It is important to differentiate your fixed cost and variable cost and pay extra attention to the fixed cost so that everything works out.

It’s often a good idea to promote and sell tickets in advance so that you can effectively plan how much space, food and other logistical elements you’ll need, and once your classmates have an idea of the ticket cost, they can know how much spend on their transportation, dresses, flowers, etc.

5. THE EVENT (LOGISTICS)

Create an event plan for the evening. This should be an hourly list with the plans for the night. Include arrival times of service staff (caterers, DJ, florist, etc.), dinner time, when the dancing will start, security, student or parent event managers and clean-up.
This is, perhaps, the most important aspect of the event, so hiring a qualified event planner may help to ease the stress on students.

Visit The Prom Portfolio at ThePromShow.ca, which provides a directory listing of services targeted toward prom, and, The Prom Show, itself, will offer many options for those looking to plan their own private or school-sanctioned event.

The Prom Show, Toronto 2013, proudly supports MADD Canada’s Toronto Chapter with a portion of all proceeds going directly to the organization.The Prom Show, presented by JW Events, will be taking place on March 2nd and 3rd, 2013, from 11am – 5pm at The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, centrally-located and easily accessible by local and regional transit.

For more info, visit www.ThePromShow.ca and follow @thepromshowca

 

 

 

 

Gregory Gorgeous Dishes on Season Two of The Avenue

Gregory Gorgeous Dishes on Season Two of The Avenue

Gregory Gorgeous dishes on season two of The Avenue
By Arta Ghanbari




The day I met Greg was one I’ll never forget, as it was the start of something new for all of us: The Avenue.




Now three years later, the show is in the midst of airing its second season, with Greg, Rachel, Claire and I back behind the cameras sharing our lives to viewers from all over the world. With season one under our belts, we went into this season a lot more open, confident and with many lessons learned.




 As the star of the show, Greg, or better known to his fans as Gregory Gorgeous, surely needs no introduction. The YouTube sensation has over 45 million video views and 320,000 subscribers to his channel — and the numbers add up by the minute.




During the two-year break following the first season of The Avenue, Greg took advantage of the time to work on building his brand as a makeup guru and personality, forming partnerships with brands such as Make Up For Ever (think: his meet and greet in L.A.), “imPress, Press–On Manicure, Dior and Skindinavia, to name a few. He also recently filmed 15 episodes of E! network’s Celebrity Style Story to air starting this January, in which he is a guest judge.











Greg and Claire



When we first met, Greg and I were both just 17 and 18 years old. I’m not exactly a makeup and beauty fanatic and didn’t know this Gregory Gorgeous personality everyone was talking about prior to meeting him. I got to know him as Greg, not the personality, but this remarkably energetic and caring guy, who cares about being a role model that embodies always striving to be yourself, more than anything else.Season two of The Avenue has been a completely different experience for all of us. More cameras, more filming, a bigger cast and the comfort of having worked with each other in the past has allowed us to delve into deeper issues such as some of the struggles that face LGBTQ members, rocky relationships, broken friendships and career pressures (okay, this one is all me).




“Season one was very open-ended. I was in school at the time and had so many different responsibilities and more things pulling me in different directions,” Greg tells me. “It was really a fun experience. I was living in a city just outside of mine, I had my own apartment and I just thought of it as, ‘Lets document this!’ It turned out to be so much more than I expected. Season two is two years later, and I’ve honestly gone through so much more.”




I think viewers will agree with me on this: The most horrific and eye-opening moment of this season is Greg’s attack, a night we all remember vividly and with sadness




 











Greg and Rachel



When I saw the footage I said, ‘I didn’t know you were still filming.’ I thought I could just sweep it under the rug,” Greg shares. “But at the end of the day, my main message is be yourself, be true to yourself. People message me all the time about being beaten up and assaulted. How am I going to be the one to sweep that under the rug? So it was really important to me to keep that in the show. I don’t want to be making fun of it, because it was a really serious night and I think a lot of the time, people on YouTube try to pick apart things because it’s so easy for them to do sitting behind a computer. I was assaulted and I was mugged and I don’t want to make that an entertainment story line because it’s something that’s happening all across the world and I want to show respect towards that subject.”




New episodes of The Avenue air every Tuesday at www.watchtheavenue.com. Be sure to tune and as we share our lives and grow together.