5 Questions With: Hannah Georgas

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Photo by Justice McLelllan

I first met the fiery redhead Hannah Georgas not too long after I moved to Toronto. At the time, I was working for AUX TV and had the pleasure of chatting with her just before the release of her first full-length record. I right away felt a connection with this fierce woman. She’s an incredible songwriter and always writes the most touching lyrics. In the past couple of years, she’s gone on to tour around the world, play countless festivals, receive Juno nominations, etc. She will be heading to the UK in May to play a series of dates including The Great Escape festival before doing a round of festivals across Canada this summer. She always has the cutest dresses on stages and a really fun style, so I’m thrilled she took some time off of writing new material to answer a few of my questions. Here are my 5 Questions With: Hannah Georgas.

1) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?

I grew up living under the same roof with my three sisters who were all into style and fashion.  They had very strong opinions about what they liked and didn’t like.  I was a bit of an outcast or at least I felt that way..  I enjoyed keeping things fairly simple and casual.  I remember getting into the flare on my pants (size of flare varied over the years) in high school and bought a lot of my jeans from a place called Jean Machine at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, Ontario.   

My style has evolved over the years and I no longer sport anymore body piercings.  I was almost kicked out of the house for getting my eye brow pierced (my poor mum).  Little did she know I had my nipple pierced at one point..ouch!

I think for the most part though ‘everyday Hannah’ has remained fairly consistent.   

I really enjoy finding vintage pieces.  I started getting into vintage shopping when I moved out West and was attending university.  I think my budget had a lot to do with it at the time and then I started finding cool dresses for stage wear and other musical endeavours.  Everyday life and performance life are two really different things in my mind.  I have a lot of fun dressing up for shows and I love the idea of having something visually appealing for the audience.  I enjoy transforming and showing a different side of me on stage.     

2) Who are your style icons?

These are artists that I adore and draw a lot of visual inspiration from..

MIA, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Tim Burton, Chan Marshall from Cat Power, Peaches

3) How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?

I like to put together and prepare pieces/dresses that I’m excited about before I head out on the road.  I always make sure I bring the right undergarments (bodysuits, nude bras, underwear) for certain pieces I have.  Performance shoes are a big thing for me too and having the right ones for a specific outfit.  

4) Who are some of your favourite designers and/or brands?

Treana Peake is a designer from Vancouver and has a line called Obakki.  I have been wearing a lot of her pieces the past while.  I love her work and she’s an inspiration to me.  Her designs are beautiful, comfortable and elegant.

5) What makes you feel good/confident as an artist and performer?

Feeling comfortable in my skin is my number one thing.  Keeping myself healthy and fresh is also very important to me too.  I get a little fussy about my hair situation pre show and so a good hair day always makes me happy.  Walking off stage and feeling like I gave it my all makes me a happy camper. 

Thanks so much for your time Hannah!

Post-Polaris #DailyOutfit

Just got back from NYC yesterday, after an amazing long weekend trip! Make sure to check my blog in the next couple of days to see a little recap on my trip featuring some of my favorite spots of the weekend! We tried some amazing new restaurants that I’m excited to share with you all!

Yesterday, I flew back to Toronto early in the morning because I had the honor of presenting a band at the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. I wasn’t able to divulge until yesterday that I was chosen to be one of this year’s presenters alongside Sarah McLachlan, Sebastien Grainger, George Stroumboulopoulos, Martin Gero, just to name a few. So humbled by the fact that I was presenting with these inspiring folks.

I was chosen to present Young Galaxy, whom I absolutely love. Their latest record Ultramarine is a real gem. They were my top pick on this year’s ballot. I was so nervous but so humbled by the whole experience. Thanks to the band for being so inspiring as well as Steven Jordan & Claire Dagenais for all of their amazing work.

You can re-watch the gala in its entirety thanks to AUX TV here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3sUG8RfkKA

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For today’s outfit, I decided to wear my new Topshop threads that I bought in NYC this weekend. I’ve never been one to wear hats but out of curiosity while browsing around the big Topshop store on Broadway, I saw a cool looking hat and decided to try it out. To my surprise, I didn’t feel as ridiculous as I thought I would feel wearing it. So I bought it 🙂 Plus, I bought this fun snakeskin dress. I also had to stop by my favorite little boutique in Williamsburg to get a new Verameat buddy. I got a new gold Brachiosaurus pendant. Nerd alert 😉

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Topshop snake print tunic dress (get it here)

Topshop clean edge fedorat hat (similar one here)

Verameat Brachiosaurus pendant (out soon!)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelet (get them here)

Steve Madden leather booties (similar ones here)

 

Making A Bing! #DailyOutfit

Last night my boyfriend and I went to watch Elysium, the summer blockbuster everyone’s been talking about that features Matt Damon & Jodie Foster. Though I didn’t like the movie nearly as much as I thought I would, three things – the fighting scenes are pretty rad, Jodie Foster’s French is remarkable and I wish healing machines would actually exist… Ah!!

Yesterday, I found out that the new AUX TV series that I recently contributed to called AUX Innovators was now online. I had a pleasure visiting my old stomping grounds to talk about some of my favorite Canadian artists: Grimes & Tegan and Sara. You can watch this great new series here: http://www.aux.tv/shows/aux-innovators/

For today’s outfit, I’m decked out in all kinds of Bing, Anine Bing that is! Wearing my brand new silver stud boots and my oh so comfortable boyfriend jeans that I got in LA last week. I’m also wearing my rad new “A” ring that I got at Urban Outfitters in Hollywood.

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Anine Bing boyfriend jeans (get them here)

Zara wide hem t-shirt (get it here)

Zara bejeweled camo vest (similar one here)

Urban Outfitters Signet initial ring (get it here)

Bing Bang Shard Ring (get it here)

Forever 21 etched Geo cuff set (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Lionette Joplin bracelet (similar one here)

B&W + Yellow + Safari #DailyOutfit

Happy Thursday! Man, this week has just flown by! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going back to see some of my old crew from AUX TV. I was invited to take part in a new series of Canadian music documentaries called AUX Innovators. I’m honored to have been selected as one the guests on this special series. I was really excited to talk about two of my favorite artists: Tegan and Sara and Grimes. The series will be airing on AUX TV in June and will also be online and on their magazine tablet.  I will provide you with the links once they’re available. I believe this little series will be great!

Today finally feels a little more like spring in Toronto. So I decided to wear my favorite spring/summer color: yellow!!! As a kid, I was told that redheads shouldn’t wear much yellow/orange because it doesn’t go well with our skin tones, I completely disagree. I think it just adds even more color to our fiery manes 🙂 I incorporated some black and a white and a little safari/zebra print to complete the outfit. Yay for warmer weather!

Alright, I have to get back to all of this Juno Awards preparation.

Have a lovely day!
xo

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Forever 21 yellow sleeveless top (similar one here)

H&M black and white printed skirt with frill (similar one here)

H&M white quilted moto jacket (similar one here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Stella & Dot gold renegade cluster bracelet (get it here)

Lionette HARLEM necklace (check the site for more info)

 

Fortress #DailyOutfit

Happy Wednesday!

On the program today: Juno preparations are in full-swing at the office. Definitely lot’s to prepare before we leave for Regina in two weeks. Also, today I’ll be heading back to my old stomping grounds AUX TV to participate in a special doc on Canadian artists. Really honored they’ve asked me to take part in it.

Yesterday, I recevied a lovely package from the fine folks at Uranium in Montreal. When I was a teenager, a lot of the VJs on MusiquePlus used to be dressed by Uranium. I always thought that the shop had some cool and unique pieces. I couldn’t be more excited that now, a few years later, it’s my turn to wear some cool Uranium swag.

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So for today’s outfit, I’m rocking my new fortress ring that I absolutely love! Their new spring/summer collection will be available shortly!

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Uranium fortress ring (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Springsioux Lady Muerte ring 

Aldo Accessories THOMSONA gold cuffs (get them here)

Club Monaco Sonica Double-Knit Legging (get it here)

Zara TRF Combination Biker Jacket (get it here)

TOPSHOP Aztec inspired silver and gold necklace