Posts tagged with "Toronto"

JAMES BLAKE ‘ASSUME FORM’ AVAILABLE JANUARY 18th

 Following a series of projections in London, a billboard in Times Square, and a teaser video on his social media, multiple Grammy award-nominee and Mercury Prize winner James Blake reveals his highly anticipated fourth album, Assume Form, will be released January 18th via Republic Records. Constantly reinventing himself and defying genre, Blake captures a range of sonic influences throughout Assume Form, reuniting with Travis Scott and André 3000, and teaming up Metro BoominMoses Sumney and ROSALÍA(see full track listing below). Previously released track “Don’t Miss It,” declared “an absolute beauty of a ballad” by Noisey, is available instantly upon pre-ordering the album. Pre-order Assume Form here: http://jamesblake.lnk.to/AssumeFormPR

Assume Form follows the massive success of Blake’s three critically-acclaimed albums, 2010’s James Blake, 2013’s Overgrown, and 2016’s The Colour in Anything, which cemented Blake as one of the most groundbreaking producers, singers, and songwriters of his generation. Over the past several years, Blake has been in high demand as a collaborator, sought after by the biggest names in the music industry including Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Mount Kimbie, among many others. In 2018 alone, Blake co-wrote “Element” on Kendrick Lamar’s platinum-selling DAMN., collaborated on the revolutionary Black Panther soundtrack, and was featured on Travis Scott’s “Stop Trying To Be God,” performing the track alongside Scott on the MTV Video Music Awards. All while continuing to push boundaries with his own new tracks “If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead” and “Don’t Miss It.”

Blake will debut his new music live on his recently announced headlining North American tour. The 17-date tour will kick off in Atlanta on February 18th, making stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and 2 nights in New York City, before wrapping in Los Angeles on March 16 (see full list of dates below). Tickets are available now viahttp://www.jamesblakemusic.com/.

Platinum Recording Artist Leroy Sanchez

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Leroy Sanchez will embark on a 14-city tour, kicking off October 17 in Los Angeles, CA in support of his new single and video, “Preacher,” set to release in partnership with BroadbandTV (BBTV) on all digital streaming platforms October 19. Select dates are in support of multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammar’s national “The Good Parts” tour. Tickets are now available at www.leroysanchez.com. 

I have never felt so strongly about a song or the vision for it. It shows a very personal side of me that I’ve never shown before. It’s not easy to be vulnerable in front of an audience, but being honest and facing our weaknesses is what makes us stronger,” says Sanchez.

Preacher premieres on YouTube on October 19 and is now available to pre-save on Spotifyand Apple

Sanchez’s 2017 debut EP “Elevated” has garnered over 10 million digital streams (and growing), earning him two Teen Choice Award nominations and an opportunity to perform with Clean Bandit on the 2017 broadcast. The release of his debut single Man Of The Year received praise from Billboard and People.

In addition to having over 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube, Sanchez’s accolades include two Platinum-certified singles in Spain – Blas Canto’s “El No Soy” and Malu’s “Invisible.”

Over the past 18 months Leroy has grown a devoted fan base performing 100+ shows in over 20 countries, including sold out headline shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Cologne, Madrid, and San Diego. Additionally, he has toured and worked with many notable industry hit makers, including Machine Gun Kelly, where he’s featured on the rapper’s track “Gone”, and now multi-platinum recording pop artist Andy Grammar. 

Leroy Sanchez

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Leroy Sanchez will embark on a 14-city tour, kicking off October 17 in Los Angeles, CA in support of his new single and video, “Preacher,” set to release in partnership with BroadbandTV (BBTV) on all digital streaming platforms October 19. Select dates are in support of multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammar’s national “The Good Parts” tour. Tickets are now available at www.leroysanchez.com.

“I have never felt so strongly about a song or the vision for it. It shows a very personal side of me that I’ve never shown before. It’s not easy to be vulnerable in front of an audience, but being honest and facing our weaknesses is what makes us stronger,” says Sanchez.

“Preacher” premieres on YouTube on October 19 and is now available to pre-save on Spotify and Apple.

Sanchez’s 2017 debut EP “Elevated” has garnered over 10 million digital streams (and growing), earning him two Teen Choice Award nominations and an opportunity to perform with Clean Bandit on the 2017 broadcast. The release of his debut single Man Of The Year received praise from Billboard and People.

In addition to having over 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube, Sanchez’s accolades include two Platinum-certified singles in Spain – Blas Canto’s “El No Soy” and Malu’s “Invisible.”

Over the past 18 months Leroy has grown a devoted fan base performing 100+ showsin over 20 countries, including sold out headline shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Cologne, Madrid, and San Diego. Additionally, he has toured and worked with many notable industry hit makers, including Machine Gun Kelly, where he’s featured on the rapper’s track “Gone”, and now multi-platinum recording pop artist Andy Grammar.

Follow @Iamleroysanchez.

Tour Dates:

*supporting Andy Grammar’s “The Good Parts” tour

10.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe

10.27 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall*

10.28 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly*

10.30 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown*

11.01 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House*

11.03 – Stateline, NV – South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe*

11.05 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades*

11.06 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Las Vegas*

11.08 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim*

11.09 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater*

11.10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*

11.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas*

11.13 – Austin, TX – Emo’s*

11.14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston*

Rosette Luve x Jason Matlo

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, Rosette Luve, Jason Matlo

Photo Credit: Jamie-Lee Fuoco

Cannabis took over the red carpet at this past weekend’s iHeartRadio VVMA’s! Canadian pop star, Rosette Luve strolled the red carpet wearing an iconic cannabis-inspired dress created by Canadian designer, Jason Matlo for the Weekend Unlimited, a Vancouver-based cannabis brand.

This “smoking hot” dress was specially designed to celebrate the country’s upcoming entry into the legal cannabis market in October! Rosette, who was at the event to promote her own chart single, Single for the Summer, and her dress caught the eyes of a number of other pop artists including Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha and Shawn Mendes to name a few.

According to the designer, Jason Matlo, “Having the opportunity to design this bespoke version of The Weekend Unlimited dress for Rosette Luve to walk the red carpet of the MMVA’s in Toronto was very exciting. This first design allowed me to merge my background and love of couture with a young, high style street look. The entire process has been very energizing. I will be working creatively on developing a range of products for the Premiere Global Lifestyle brand, Weekend Unlimited Live International.”

The Greeting Committee

“This band needs to be on your radar.” – Idolator

The Greeting Committee share a new song, “You’ve Got Me”

LISTEN HERE.

This is the newest teaser from the critically acclaimed Kansas City quartet’s upcoming debut album. They recently shared their single “17”.

Idolator wrote, “The Greeting Committee exudes youthful abandon on [their] shimmery new single.”

Stay tuned for more details soon.

Kicking off September 6 in Indianapolis, the band will join Jukebox The Ghost for upcoming North American tour dates. Amidst that run, they will also perform at WEQX PearlPalooza in Albany, NY on 9/15 alongside White Reaper, Superorganism, and KITTEN.

Full routing can be found below.

With their recent U.S. run, their energetic live show captured the attention of audiences across the country. After their Pittsburgh set, AXS wrote that The Greeting Committee “quickly won over the crowd with their energy and catchy songs.” Twin Cities Media praised, “If every band had the amount of energy that Addie had last night I would never have a complaint about a live show there’s no denying the power behind The Greeting Committee’s live shows”, while Music In Minnesota agreed, “The Greeting Committee put on one of the best performances from an opening act Iߣve ever seen in my life.”

Between high school classes in their native Kansas City, The Greeting Committee quietly stirred up a following with their 2015 debut EP It’s Not All That Bad, which caught the attention of Lazlo Geiger, a radio personality from 96.5 The Buzz. The lead single “Hands Down” impressively generated 10 million-plus streams as the band went on touring with the likes of MisterWives, Tennis, The Mowgli’s, Saint Motel, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, as well as making a splash at Lollapalooza and SXSW. “17” is their first new release since their 2017 sophomore EP Meeting People Is Easy.

Photo credit: EILZABETH MIRANDA

The Greeting Committee are: Addie Sartino (vocals), Brandon Yangmi (guitar), Pierce Turcotte (bass), and Austin Fraser (drums).

THE GREETING COMMITTEE TOUR DATES WITH JUKEBOX THE GHOST:

9/6 • Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi

9/7 • Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

9/10 • Nashville, TN @ The Basement East

9/11 • Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre

9/13 • Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

9/14 • Baltimore, MD @ Rama Head Live

9/15 • Albany, NY @ WEQX PearlPalooza*

9/17 • Toronto, ON @ Horseshow Tavern

9/19 • Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon

9/20 • Pawtucket, RI @ The Met

9/21 • Holyoke, MA @ Gateway Arts

9/22 • Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

* not a Jukebox The Ghost date with White Reaper, Superorganism and KITTEN

Sid Neigum Returns To RE\SET

THE COLLECTIONS™ announced today the return of internationally recognized designer, Sid Neigum, who will premiere his Spring/Summer 2019 collection exclusively in the P2 (parking garage) of Yorkville Village, 136 Yorkville Ave at 9:30 P.M. as the finale show of the first day of Toronto Fashion Week and RE\SET™ 004, September 4, 2018.

“This feels like the right time to return to Toronto to showcase my new collection at RE\SET™ at Toronto Fashion Week. Canada is having a fashion moment, and I want to support the fashion industry and help garner awareness internationally for what’s happening here at home.” States Sid Neigum, founder and designer, Sid Neigum.

Opening RE\SET™ 004 on Tuesday, Sept 4, at 4:00 P.M. THE COLLECTIONS™ will welcome another unprecedented presentation by internationally renowned Mikhael Kale, who will unveil select pieces from the FW18 collection, exclusively available at Hudson’s Bay, as well as his Spring/Summer 2019 collection inside the iconic Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), 100 Queen’s Park, presented by Toronto Fashion Week and RE\SET™, in patnership with the Royal Ontario Museum. The official ticket sponsor for Kale’s show, Mantella Corporation, will offer complimentary access to the first 100 individuals of the public. Kale’s presentation, inspired by the notion of repurposing structure, and will debut technical wrapping and tying in a way that limited the design process, with garments displaying new life from previous shape..

“I recognize how critical it is to support the Canadian fashion industry and am dedicated to the ongoing support of Canadian fashion designers.” States Sylvia Mantella, Chief Marketing Officer, Mantella Corporation.

Both Neigum and Kale are established Canadian designers and bring with them an impressive portfolio of press attention from major international outlets including Vogue, alongside a long list of loyal celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, among many others. The return of Neigum and Kale to Toronto Fashion Week under the RE\SET™ platform, after having presented their collections in international markets including New York, Paris and London, marks a major milestone for THE COLLECTIONS™ and RE\SET™.

Neigum and Kale’s shows at RE\SET™ 004 will act as headlining shows with unparalleled production value, of which THE COLLECTIONS™ have built their reputation on.

“Toronto is the fashion capital of Canada and we are beyond excited two of the country’s biggest talents have decided to showcase their SS’19 collections at RE\SET™,” states Dwayne Kennedy, co-founder and fashion director at THE COLLECTIONS™.  “Canadian designers deserve international acclaim, and we are committed to creating the platform for which they can showcase their collections and successfully build their brands.”

RE\SET™ 004’s full designer calendar is now available for viewing via reset.fashion  marking the largest and most diverse line-up to date. With internationally renowned designers including New York based Daniel Gregory Natale and Victoria Hayes, alongside emerging ones-to-watch, WIL Studios and Namesake, RE\SET™ 004 will present a robust line-up of Canadian fashion talent, solidifying its place on the global fashion calendar.

All RE\SET™ and Toronto Fashion Week presentations will be supported by
beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart lead make-up artist Simone Otis. Hair will be provided by Redken Fifth Avenue New York, and lead by Jorge Joao.

Namesake Announces Artist Collaboration Collection

Bespoke luxury leather jacket brand, NAMESAKE, announced today plans to unveil a robust collection of 13 one-of-a-kind leather jackets in collaboration with top visual artists from around the world. The unveiling will take place at the upcoming season of RE\SET™ 004 at Toronto Fashion Week on Tuesday September 4, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. at the globally renowned LUMAS Gallery, 159 Yorkville Avenue in Toronto, with cocktails provided by SIPBAR and Hop City premium craft beer.

Each jacket in the collaboration will be available for purchase with proceeds directly benefiting the global fashion platform, Fashion Revolution, a not-for-profit organization aiming to radically change the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed by ensuring safe, clean and fair conditions for workers in the manufacturing industry.

“My roots are in fine arts and bridging the divide between different arts industries is something I am passionate about. I am so excited to see this project come to fruition alongside such diverse talent for a great cause,“ states Rosa Halpern, designer and creative director, NAMESAKE. “I look forward to this project’s unveiling at RE\SET™ 004 and helping to support the great work Fashion Revolution does for the fashion community!”

Halpern worked closely with each artist to bring their combined visions to life, creating unique one-of-a-kind luxury leather jackets to represent each artist’s style, vision and artistic medium. The NAMESAKE Artist Collaboration includes photography printed directly on leather and lining, human hair fringe, bold abstract painting and hand-tattooed leather, among many other creative aspects.

The installation of leather jackets unveiled at the LUMAS Gallery on Sept 4 will remain on exhibit at the LUMAS Gallery in Yorkville until Sunday, September 9, with opportunity for purchase at NAMESAKE’s ecommerce platform, www.bythenamesake.com. Jackets will then be presented once again in the oval of Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Rd) for the month of October, allowing consumers and the general public access to see the collection first hand, and engage in supporting this initiative.

Artists participating in the NAMESAKE Artist Collaboration project have been hand selected by Halpern and include:

·         Ben Johnston

·         Bobbie Burgers

·         Bobby Dunn

·         Daniel Mazzone

·         Janna Watson

·         Paolo Pettigiani

·         Rita Leistner

·         Sarah Phelps

·         Sarah Skrlj

·         Shayla Bond

·         Tara Zep

·         Tahsin The Good

·         Anonymous Artist

“I have spent many years in my career working in various parts of the fashion industry where I have seen first-hand the harsh conditions where clothes are made. Now with my own label I have made a conscious decision to support foundations like Fashion Revolution, to help to bring awareness on conditions often overlooked by the consumer. The fashion industry as a whole still has a long way to go but I hope this season’s presentation helps to support change.” Continues Halpern.

THE COLLECTIONS™ x RE\SET™

THE COLLECTIONS™, a Toronto based production agency and founders of the RE\SET™ fashion platform, now in its fourth season, announced today the full designer line-up for RE\SET™ 004 in collaboration with Toronto Fashion Week returning to Yorkville Village, 136 Yorkville Ave., September 4-6, 2018.

THE COLLECTIONS™ will bring a curated group of over 30 Canadian designers to unveil their new collections in a variety of formats including 14 presenting designers in the traditional runway model and in-studio static presentations as well as over 16 designers in the direct-to-consumer RE\SET™ Showroom.

“This season will mark our largest roster to date, featuring womenswear, menswear, unisex and accessories,” states Mel Ashcroft, Co-founder for THE COLLECTIONS™ “We are dedicated to providing a platform for designers to engage the community and connect direct-to-consumer through sales and marketing initiatives.”

The RE\SET™ 004 designer line-up includes: colourful minimalism by ready-to-wear designer Alex S. Yu; bridal and eveningwear from Christopher Paunil presented by Herman-Sellers-Gough Furs; contemporary womenswear designer Hilary MacMillan; South Asian non-traditional inspired evening and bridalwear line Mani Jassal; cutting edge sensual womenswear by Mikhael Kale; bespoke luxury leather jacket brand Namesake; genderless designer Pedram Karimi; renowned womenswear designer Tara Rivas; classic sartorial menswear from WIL Studios; Montreal based genderless collection WRKDEPT; and New York based newcomers including architecturally driven womenswear brand Daniel Gregory Natale and contemporary womenswear by Victoria Hayes.

New to RE\SETTM this season is a group presentation to celebrate the collaboration between iconic retailer, Hudson’s Bay and THE COLLECTIONS™. The show will highlight 12 Canadian designers including Atelier Guarin, Hilary MacMillan, Sid Neigum, Markoo, Mikhael Kale, Pedram Karimi, S.P. Badu, WIL Studios, WRKDEPT, Biko, Cuchara and Daniel Gregory Natale. Each designer will be available in the Discover This Pop-Up space in select stores and online at thebay.com across Canada. The collaboration launches September 4, 2018.

“With this momentum, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with Hudson’s Bay,” continues Ashcroft. “This presentation will offer consumers, and industry experts the ability to shop the looks exclusively available at Hudson’s Bay this coming fall.”

RE\SET™ is inspired and made possible by the following like-minded partners who thrive on supporting local initiatives and continue to build a cohesive creative community: Toronto Fashion Week and its founding partners (Yorkville Village, The Hazleton Hotel, Freed Developments and Hill & Gertner), beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart under the lead of P1M artist Simone Otis, Working Proof Studio and NordströmMatte Public Relations.

Best Places for Millennials to Start a Business

  • Tallinn beats the US and Canadian competition to be crowned the world’s most attractive city for millennials to start up a business.
  • New research from GoCompare has measured cities according to metrics essential for young entrepreneurs, including the availability of early-stage business funding and cost of living.

  • Insights into the innovative hubs of the future, and highlights what aspiring cities need to improve to feature more highly.

Dubbed the ‘global generation’, over half of all millennials would consider moving abroad for work opportunities, and an increasing amount are starting their own business ventures. With possibilities of owning a home becoming increasingly difficult in the world’s cities, rent prices soaring and the political climate changing, research shows that millennials are less financially stable compared to previous generations.

GoCompare has released data to reveal the best places for millennials to start a business, measuring ease of registering property, starting and running a business on a day-to-day level, trading across borders, and diversity, among other metrics.

New research has revealed Tallinn in Estonia to be the world’s best city for millennials starting a business, with Canada winning as a country overall – with four of its major cities, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto featuring in the top ten.

Millennials are the backbone of the “digital nomad” generation, meaning finding hubs for opportunities, innovation and entrepreneurialism are becoming increasingly more sought after.

The Top 5 Locations include:

  • Tallinn – A reputation for being digitally savvy, tops the leaderboard owing to a combination of the ease of registering property, and starting and running a business. Estonia scored 6.5 for the cost of living, the best score compared to all European, and North American cities.

  • Toronto – Canada’s leading city in tech innovation, Toronto offers the best business funding in the country. With four of its major cities featured in the top ten, Toronto comes in second to London with an impressive 10,000 WiFi hotspots available citywide.

  • New Zealand – Named as #1 for starting and running a business with a perfect score of 10, New Zealand also ranks at #4 for biotech potential – with the highest density of PhD graduates in Life Sciences in the world. New Zealand also scores highly for their diversity rating with a score of 6.7 making it one of the best places for women and immigrants to start businesses.

  • Singapore – Despite having higher living costs than London, Singapore scores highly for starting and running a business, making it attractive for tech startups – being home to over 270 Fintech startups. However, the financial hub also scores highly for diversity, with an impressive score of 6.9.

  • London – With London’s tech sector fuelling the growth for its digital economy, the capital ranked 2nd to Silicon Valley and Singapore for diversity – with 42% of business owners originally from outside the UK. Despite a high living cost, London still scores highly amongst all other metrics making it a popular destination for entrepreneurs.

What are millennial entrepreneurs looking for?

With opportunities to travel and being globally-connected being important to mostmillennialss, many are looking outside of their home countries to start their own businesses. Here are some of the key factors in attracting young entrepreneurs:

Digitally-Savvy Cities

Digital connectivity is a non-negotiable in the 21st century working world, where location-independent entrepreneurs are set to dominate.

  • Despite not featuring in the top ten, Moscow leads the way for public wifi hotspots, offering a total of 41,250

  • Helsinki offers the fastest internet connectivity, racing ahead with 17.4mbps

  • Ironically, the Silicon Valley offers some of the slowest Wifi, at 3.7mbps

Diversity is Key

Diversity in business broadly equates to fairer representation across the whole of society. In this study, diversity was ranked according to the relative number of businesses with female and/or immigrant founders.

  • With 31%, Silicon Valley led the way on the diversity front

  • London (17%) lagged behind New York (25.5%), Chicago (24.5%) and Paris (26.5%)

  • Cape Town and Seoul came second and third overall for diversity, with 28.5% and 28% respectively of their businesses founded by minorities

Cost of Living

Millennials around the world are notoriously trapped by soaring rents and ever-less attainable property ladders.

  • Of the top ten, the stats reveal that most have a relatively high cost of living, however, Ottawa and Vancouver are notable exceptions

  • Perhaps surprisingly, Singapore and even New Zealand are ranked as having a higher cost of living than London.

The top 10 can be viewed in detail here, with an overall breakdown here.