This Week’s Ear Candy

This week is a crazy week for music in Toronto with Canadian Music Week! It’s only fitting that this week’s ear candy features an all-Canadian line-up. Here are my favorite tracks and videos of the week!

Ain’t No Love is a four-piece electro-hip hop act from Montreal/Toronto. They’re at Canadian Music Week this week and if it weren’t for my work commitments, I can guarantee that I’d be at their show dancing. Absolutely love their track “Gone Already”. Definitely something special about it. Check them out here:

Diamond Rings stopped by the studio this week. Though his latest record Free Dimensional came out a little while ago, it’s still one of my favorites. His music is super uplifting, dancy and positive. I’m obsessed with his track “I’m Just Me”. I couldn’t be more stoked to be seeing him perform at the Sirius XM Indies tonight!

Got a new found appreciation for the Montreal rapper trio Loud x Lary x Ajust after seeing them perform last night at our showcase. I love their bilingual flow, clever lyrics and A-Justice’s rad beats. You should definitely keep them on your radar if their music speaks to you. Live, they can definitely make you dance! Respect.

Wishing you all a wonderful CMW weekend!!

Mel xo

 

 

Le French Tickler #DailyOutfit

What a night last night! The first BRBR x CMW showcase “Le French Tickler” was a huge success! I truly had the best time taping our special show in the afternoon as well as hosting the evening with Didier, from BRBR. Our CMW special show will be airing on April 1st at 8pm EST and will featuring performances, interviews and funny moments from our night last night. Yesterday, Claude Munson & The Storm Outside surprised Eight and a Half with a cover of their track “Go Ego”. Here’s a little excerpt of the performance, the full performance will be available on the web the week of April 1st:

Thanks to all the bands that played our showcase: Pandaléon, Claude Munson & The Storm Outside, Karim Ouellet, Peter Peter, Eight and a Half and Loud x Lary x Ajust. All put on stellar sets! I highly recommend checking them out, if you haven’t heard of them yet. Also, a big thank you to everyone who came out to the show. Hope to see you all next year!!

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Peter Peter

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Eight and a Half

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Swag dance party with my partner in crime @offneraurelien during Loud x Lary x Ajust!

I woke up to the best news this morning! I won the Karl Lagerfeld x Shangri-La #ShangriLagerfeld styling contest I had entered on Dainty Girl. I’m beyond excited to have won this amazing watch after styling it with my dreamy spring outfit. I can’t wait to style it when I receive it!

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Tonight, I’ll be covering the Sirius XM Indies for BRBR. Can’t wait to see Cadence Weapon, Metric and Diamond Rings perform. For the occasion, I dressed up a little with a black and white dress, a little biker jacket and some Lionette jewels. Here’s today’s outfit:

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Zara black and white polka dot dress

Zara TRF Combination Biker Jacket (get it here)

Lionette SINEAD bracelet (check the site for more info)

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

Lionette HARLEM necklace (check the site for more info)

VERAMEAT gold brass initial ring

Je voudrais être une princesse boots 

This Is What Rock N’ Roll Looks Like! #DailyOutfit

It’s with little sleep but much excitment that I start what will probably be the longest work day of my life… or at least of the last little while. After months of planning, the day has finally arrived! Tonight is the first ever Canadian Music Week BRBR showcase “Le French Tickler“. Starting at 8pm at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, some of our favorite Canadian artists will be showcasing tracks from their latest releases. On the bill, we’ve got Eight and a Half (ex-The Stills & Broken Social Scene), Peter Peter, Karim Ouellet, Pandaléon, Loud x Lary x Ajust and Claude Munson & The Storm Outside. I couldn’t be more excited to know that the showcase is almost all sold-out! There will be a few tickets at the door and some passes/wristbands will be accepted. More info about the evening here:

The entire show will be livestreamed on our facebook page, so if ever you can’t make it out to the show, you can watch it live starting at 8pm EST here.  We’ll also be taping a special BRBR show with the artists during the afternoon that will be airing on April 1st.

My anthem for today couldn’t be more fitting and is a great pump up track by Porcelain Black!

Last night, I had a blast at Day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week. I went to see two shows: Mackage and Joe Fresh.

I absolutely fell head over heels in love with the entire Mackage collection. The first look, as seen below floored me. I loved the mixed leather and fur biker jacket, the burgundy leather skirt and leather leggings paired with their amazing new line of handbags and rad platform heels. I loved the red wool plaid skirts and shorts, all of the leather jackets, the fur, the long trench coats with leather trim, the schoolgirl backpacks and the little leather biker gloves. To me, Mackage’s fall/winter 2013 collection was the perfect mix between class and rock n’ roll! I can absolutely see myself wearing every single piece of the collection, it’s totally my style. I couldn’t be more excited to have seen such an inspiring runway show. Definitely my favorite this year! Now, I need to start saving up, if I want to add the new collection to my wardrobe.

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*Photo taken by the Mackage team, backstage just before the show.

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photo 2*picture taken from FAJO Magazine’s instagram

The second collection I saw was Joe Fresh‘s Fall/Winter 2013. The room was absolutely packed for the show, which started off with some lovely French indie/electro music. That definitely got my attention! Though I don’t own many Joe Fresh pieces, I’ve always respected the line for creating quality affordable and stylish pieces that can be paired up with just about anything. They’re perfect for basically any occasion. Last night’s collection, was all about black and white, shimery fabrics, biker jackets, studs and headscarves?! Yup, a handful of models were wearing headscarves over their short black bob wig. I can’t say I was a big fan of the headscarves but… My favorite items of the collection were the black and white biker jackets, the black faux fur jacket and all of the black skirts. I also loved hearing French music throughout the show. Also, not sure if it’s just me, but Joe Mimran‘s final wave at the end seemed so heartfelt. He really seems like a sweetheart! Overall, I definitely see myself adding a few of those pieces to my wardrobe.

photo (52)Channeling my inner Mackage as I wait for the Joe Fresh show to start…

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*Photo taken from @Hautecanada’s instagram feed.

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So for today’s special CMW show taping, I was inspired by the new Mackage collection and put an outfit together that mixes: leather, platform heels, a biker jacket, black.

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Zara diagonal zip studded green blazer

H&M graphic masquerade ball tee

Forever 21 combination faux leather skirt

Lace-Up Platform Boots (similar ones here)

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

TOPSHOP arrow necklace

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

Kitson LA leather and gold bracelet 

VERAMEAT gold brass initial ring