Monthly Archives: May 2014

I guess we are all searching for…somethig?!

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From research done by real estate site Estately. (I am disturbed….deeply disturbed)

America’s fifty states have a lot in common, but if their internet search histories are any indication they also have significant differences. Estately ran hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms, and questions each state was searching for more than any other. The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online. The results on the map above are just the tip of the online search iceberg. Check out what other search queries each state performed more of than any other in the list below…

ALABAMA: FOX News / God / Impeach Obama / Jesus / Jessica Simpson /…

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Dr. Maya Angelou expands Horizons

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Legendary poet, actress, civil rights activist and professor, Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away today, at the age of 86. She was a giant in the literary and academic fields, having written numerous plays, books and essays. Dr. Angelou has received scholarships, awards, accolades and worldwide recognition. As a multi-faceted genius, her track record is mind boggling, so I will focus on just a tiny portion of her brilliance.

This Renaissance woman was a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and maverick. After studying dance with Trinidadian Pearl Primus in New York, she embarked on a professional career singing calypso music and dancing in San Francisco nightclubs. Her first album, “Miss Calypso” was recorded in 1957.

I first became familiarized with Dr. Angelou one summer after reading, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” This was her first published autobiography, and a very successful one at that. It changed my life. Her harrowing account of childhood trauma was shocking yet revealing. I was immensely touched by her bravery, courage and determination to succeed no matter what happened. Few women had such brazen resolve. She took full responsibility for her life and in so doing, liberated herself from limitation.

The impact of her genius has extended even to dance music. Millions have been mesmerized by the vocal sample on “Horizons” by LTJ Bukem. The sassy, wise voice of Dr. Angelou announces, “Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings….the horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” This sample was taken from her recital, “On The Pulse of Morning” at former president Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. These words speak of being in the present’ realizing we have the power to shape our destinies at any given moment according to what we choose. It’s a philosophy I have come to embrace. Thank you, Dr. Angelou – may you continue to expand your horizons. There are no limits.

Dr. Maya Angelou image source: http://www.achievement.org

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Seth Troxler Sounds Off on EDM

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 Seth Troxler tells it like it is in his brilliant exposé about EDM in Thump (Vice U.K.).

Many might disagree with his strong (and often hilarious) criticism of dance festivals, but as a raver from the 90’s I support many of his views. You would have to have been part of that era in order to have a broader perspective on how much dance music has morphed into its current state of  affairs.

Read and be enlightened…

http://thump.vice.com/en_uk/words/seth-troxlers-guide-to-dance-music-festivals-clubbing-and-not-being-a-terrible-human

Image source: http://www.factmag.com

Possible 90’s Rave Revival?

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Could this event mark a possible revival of the 90’s rave scene (in spirit at least?).

That’s what I thought when I first laid eyes on this flyer – at a café in Kensington Market of all places. I was pleasantly surprised to see underground soldier Angel Alanis headlining. “Chi’s Revenge,” a hi-energy breakbeat infused number is one of his most recognizable offerings off the noteworthy album, Reverse Polarities. Although he is known primarily for techno, this track remains one of my all-time favourites because it exemplifies Alanis’ versatility and playfulness.

I wonder whether Paul Walker is the same British dude who used to have that dope store on Richmond St. I believe. I don’t recall the name (if someone remembers, holla back!) but it was a fantastic hub of activity staffed by DJ’s spinning live music selling mix tapes, clothing, accessories, albums and tickets to all the upcoming events. Walker used to play killer hard house and progressive back in the day; I still have a Liquid Adrenaline tape featuring a set of his. If it’s you Paul, welcome back!

In this digital age of smartphones and facebook, the promoters had the audacity to include an info line number. Wtf…AND pre- 2000 ticket prices! I called the number and sure enough, there was a pre-recorded blurb complete with background music. It ended with the traditional, “Stay tuned for more info;” no details given about the location (til the night of). I’m beginning to feel slightly rebellious now…look out world!

With the enticing prospect of laser shows, dry ice and projections, this event is obviously targeted towards ol skool ravers. It’ll probably attract a lot of newbies too, judging from the teeny tiny fb logo near the bottom of the flyer. Yes, Fusion Entertainment is banking on 90’s nostalgia but they’re keeping it current too. Smart business move.

Honestly, there isn’t much that really excites me about Toronto’s party scene anymore. Don’t believe me? Check out NOW magazine’s cover feature this week: Fight for Your Right to Party. Reading about the pathetic state of Toronto’s nightlife was rather depressing but I see it as part of a cycle. Everything eventually comes to an end, whether it’s a behemoth club veteran like The Guvernment or gay central stronghold Fly. It’s really up to the people to rise up and carve out a new definition for Toronto’s party identity. So far, it looks like Fusion Entertainment might be leading the way. Sometimes you have to take a step back to make a giant leap forward. If these guys are genuine, and don’t plan on doing bullshit like shutting off cold water, then this might be a good way to get Toronto’s nightscene off its ailing ass and back into the game.

I must confess my expectations for this event are not high; rather, they are carefully measured with a healthy dose of skepticism. But then again, that’s what happens when you’ve touched the outskirts of infinity, only to come down a little too soon.

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