Wake-y wake-y eggs and bacon-y! Sleepy? Tired? Hurting?

If you’re need of a music video to ease you into the day. Here’s some “Baby’s Arms” by Kurt Vile for you to listen to as your coffee brews.

Kurt Vile is a Philadelphia boy who’s latest album Smoke Ring For My Halo is stirring up buzz. He plays Toronto at Lee’s Palace this Wednesday. He’ll also be playing Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend! And guess who’s going?! Me! I’m quite excited.

In other news, I’m now taking applications for adorable skater dude boyfriends.

Enjoy the tune and have a good week!
xo Kate

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Canada day! Pride! Long weekend! Yay!

Torontonian Diamond Rings a.k.a. John O’Regan has opened for Robyn, makes rad rainbow remixes and is touring North America!  Cool stuff right? He’s also has the best Twitter handle – @stayfierce!

So sing along to this cute tune and enjoy your long weekend! Put on some sunscreen and dance in front of the CN Tower!

Enjoy!
xo Kate

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It’s officially summer! Go find a sunny row of garages and dance while Shad rhymes about good times!

He rocked The Ballroom during Rock with Windows last Saturday and tore it up! Did you hear that he rapped over The Cure? Yeah. It was the best. If you’ve never seen Shad live, make the effort to check him out next time he comes to your town. The guy is an amazing performer with talent to the sky. Just watch him freestyle. So good right? Not to mention the fact that I got to meet the guy and he’s the nicest.

So enjoy this track as you sip on some lemonade and smile in the sunshine!
xo Kate

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In honour of this windy warm weekend, here’s some Bon Iver to drift away to…

Wouldn’t it be splendid to be walking around Paris and stumble into this? So lovely!

New to Bon Iver? Well let me help. Here’s the Bon Iver breakdown.

  • That handsome singer-songwriter fronting Bon Iver is Justin Vernon
  • “For Emma, Forever Ago” is not only the name of the song above, but name of Bon Iver’s debut album from 2008
  • Most of the record was written over three months spent in a remote cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin – after a breakup!
  • Recognize that voice? Kanye West sampled “Woods” for “Lost In This World” and got Justin Vernon to contributed vocals for his lasted release “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

Bon Iver’s second album (titled “Bon Iver”) comes out June 21st, but until then you can stream the entire new album here!
I recommend you do so, alongside some tea and a cozy blanket during the next thunderstorm.

Enjoy!
xo Kate

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Have you fallen in love with Swedish pop tart Robyn yet? Because it’s about time.
Just. Watch. The girl is a talented beautiful powerhouse.
And yes. This is the same babe that showed us love back in the 90s.

So dance on your own alongside Robyn to “Call Your Girlfriend” this weekend!

Maybe you’ll even pick up some of her amazing moves?

xo Kate

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I don’t go to music stuff that much. Last night I went to the Dakota Tavern, do people call it Dakota Tav? Cause they do that down under and it seems cooler. [ Retracts hipster comment.] I love live music and crowds and spinning around on the dance floor or (even better) in the grass. I reckon I start going to more. So fun.

Music was fun. Atmostphere & company funner. Sometimes I really wanna be in a band.

Shiny disco balls.

BE NICE OR LEAVE. Be nice, it’s so much fun.

I used to live near this place on Dundas, by the 7-11. I was reminded of  The Red Wheelbarrow.

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

We had a chuckle that this kinda looks fun, not like “DYING” more like pushing. Time for a new diagram.

This one is funny. I love poems. I have a passion for publishing poetry and allitertation.

They were from the book of Gord. I can hear seagulls outside. Wasn’t that storm today wonderful, more than.

I am trying to eat breakfast more. I hear that’s what healthy people do and I wanna be one. The colours match;  soft pink, orange, pretty. Glowing.

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first stop loudawgs w/ team BITE/AUX TV. bonga & jetter showed up too. love all y’all faces.

ttc across the city talking to mum on skpe in bahmas,  day 98/365, 2011.

hey cutie pies

she gotcha affan

was looking pretty cute eh

hey girls, argo cheers. lots of young people were there. how old am i again?

oh that’s right, i’m 19. just turned. galen, so good to see you after a heaps long time.

morgan and i agreed that we felt like grownups at a school dance. chaperone: any adult present in order to maintain order or propriety at an activity of young people.

i found out after that it was ALL AGES: duh. glad for brocky that it was busy. sorry i didn’t pay much attention to the band. it was about 30 min before i actually looked at the stage. nice to see lots of friends. ladies love these two, obviously:

hi kids

bROCKstars. brock can you sing? you look like you can here.

ok outta here, home time.

hey keri. you are so cute laughing.

wearing: givenchy le presme blush in 24: it-girl purple (i swear to you that is the name)

enjoy the sunshiney  day. bye for now xo

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I was watching a movie on BRAVO and a YMCA commercial came on that caught my ear. It was a child singing a song to the tune of Lua by bright Eyes. This struck my attention because I really like that song and was very surprised to hear it associated with a child and the YMCA. If you’ve never heard it, listen for the first time.

Lua” is a single by Bright Eyes released in October 2004. Originally appearing on the album, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, the song deals with two people as they struggle through depression, addiction, and an interminable night.[1] Conor Oberst appears alone on the track, on vocals and acoustic guitar.

First thing I did was google “lua bright eyes ymca commercial” and I found this tweet:

Verse 4 & 5:

You’re looking skinny like a model with your eyes all painted black
You just keep going to the bathroom always say you’ll be right back
Well it takes one to know one, kid, I think you’ve got it bad
But what’s so easy in the evening, by the morning is such a drag.

I’ve got a flask inside my pocket we can share it on the train
If you promise to stay conscious I will try and do the same
We might die from medication, but we sure killed all the pain
But what was normal in the evening, by the morning seems insane.

I mean, I like the song but for it to be associalted with the YMCA when the song is about drinking and late night ‘partying’ makes me go HMMMMMMMMMMMM. Amiright? Wonder if YMCA is aware of this? Perhaps is was done on purpose.

In other news, my boy Tony Pierce in LA blogged the Puma Social video and is surprised at “the amazing ability of canadian women in the winter and how they will dress as if its not zero degrees.” Way to go Canada.  Watch the vid here if you missed it. The event is on Thursday this week, yahoo! 😉

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Watch it. Lemme know what you think in comments. I was so nervous when I saw it last night for my first time. Gah!

PUMA Social Toronto Afterhours from 1188 on Vimeo.

Today I wrote about a Canadian hip hop artist in NYC named George Reefah for Z-List. Check it out here. Must get coffee/lunch! Byeeeeeeeeeee

 

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Get ready for a ride, a trip into another dimention, the Haus of Gaga…

I’m watching it for the first time as I write this. If you have not seen it yet, leave a comment as you watch and we can discuss. If you have seen it I’d love to know what you think also.

The manifesto of Mother Monster. Nice hair at opening. Alien territory? Interesting. Magical proportions, I’m into it. Oooh, very vaginal & birthing, CRIPES. Lemme rewind that part…ok, yep. She’s being born.

A race within the race of humanity. This video is totally a movie. The birth of evil? Whoould it be? Um, was she just touching her vagina? The hair is beautiful. Wow.

“How can I protect something so perfect without evil?” Not possible.

Wow, she is super skinny again. Talk about motivating me. Luckily I was born this way, haha I kid.  She has bare feet. So cute. This song grows on me more and more as I hear it. She looks so little.

Loooove the skull face. Omg, want want want. Great ass on her too. I wish my boobs were smaller like hers. No product placement this time.

Born to be brave.
Atta girl Gaga, I will always love you.

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I used to do ballet. For ten years. Sometime I hated it but I always loved it. This is me last week after Raymi’s party. Dress if from this store.

Look ma’ still got it. Kinda. Not top form, by any means.

I was three years old when I started dance and stopped when I was 13. I did ballet, tap and jazz. I competed in NY and SC as well as across Ontario. Sometimes I was taken out of school for competitions and I wore blue eye shadow and red lipstick. I need to find our photos. I reckon they’re all at Mum’s.

We have a FB group for our old studio Meyerhopher in Cambridge. Great studio and people there. It says this on the FB group:

If it doesn’t kill you, it will only make you stronger.
Or you will really feel it the next day.

I am going to see  “Robert Lepage’s “Eonnagata” starring Sylvie Guillem with my friend who is a wonderful photographer. There is dancing and beautiful music and famed French ballerina  Sylphie Guellieium. This is her, such beauty. Looking quite forward to it.

Midway between theatre and dance, Eonnagata pits the fan against the sword, the courtesan against the swordsman. But it also explores the embodying of one sex by the other in what is more an investigation of gender than of sexuality. The work draws on Onnagata, a Kabuki theatre technique that enables actors to represent women in a highly stylized fashion, shedding new light on the Chevalier d’Éon and revealing that his enigma is perhaps the mystery of human identity itself.

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During Toronto Film Fest last month I saw Hawksley Workman at the Festival Music House perform this tune from his new album and I love it. Been listening over and over.

I’m feeling a little better today. If you’re feeling sick too, as I hear heaps of peeps are, try this Thyme Bath (instructions  in this post). It seriously works like a CHARM! I went to bed early last night and slept till 1pm today. I reckon I’m more tired from a whirlwind September than actually sicky-sick. Fingers crossed for speedy recovery.

Quite missing Mum, we used to talk every day and now that she’s on her sailing adventure, we hardly talk anymore. Mum when you read this CALL ME. I LOVE YOU. Might go home to see Dad this weekend depending on how I’m feeling. I usually have a pretty fast bounce back from sickness. If I don’t get better soon I’ll be pretty annoyed + pissed off.

Ok, that’s all for now. Time for more soup 🙂

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Lets do this. Here we go.

Remmeber my Guns on Plane story from the summer when I went to Boston? Read it here. Anyhooters, being calm and was careful not to pack an firearms this time. Go through customs and doing bag check and who’s line do I end up in? Oh yeah, same dude who caught me with the gun. He says ” I remember you? Any guns this time? Do I need to search your bag?” We laugh. I say no. He explains what happened and that the dude last time should really have given me back my gun, 38 special (metal necklace).  Then some other dude says “they always hassle the pretty girls”, I giggle, I’m always hassled. I gave him my card and I hope he reads this. HI, NICE SECURITY AIRPORT MAN!

Ran into Marcel next in the Molson Pub. Fancy that! He was on same flight to EL EH. The bartender took this artistic-fuzzy one. Cheers mate!

Guess who likes to sleep on planes and had TWO empty seats beside them? This girl. Snoooooooozefest. One beer prior to boarding, then pizza then gravol then comatose then almost in LA. Quizno pepperoni + cheese za was quite good.

What’s in my locket? Your heart. My heart.

i love this poem by e.e. cummings. one of my fav’s:

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Pretty watching the sun set on the horizon from the sky. Love that. Will be flying in to Ackland at about 7:30am so might catch the sunrising.

Lets hope it is sunny and beautiful when I arrive. There is a so called massive storm on the way. Looks like it will be more South than Auckland so imma be ok.

Remembered today that I have the ‘accent advantage’ for once, y’know, they will all talk the same and I talk Canadian. I love that. When I lived in Australia it worked out really good for me. I also thought how many cute & stylish boys are gonna be there.  How did I totally forget these two things? Haha. Really stoked to meet my girl Venus who is gonna be all up mindin’ my business and keeping me on schedule. It’s gonna make me want an assistant and driver when I get home. Hell, I want that shit already!

Have you heard this track Warhol’s Portrait of Gretzky by Hawksley Workman? Saw him perform it live at the Festival Music House during TIFF. Oh man, I LOVE IT, pretty fucking sexy.  Listened to it over and over, just got it from itunes so I can listen on plane. How was I not already in love with him?

Give a listen and make your ears happy. The actual Warhol is below.

Love you xo

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