5 Questions With: Abeille Gélinas

Emilie Iggiotti

Photo by: Emilie Iggiotti

Every Saturday morning as a teenager, I would religiously watch a program on MusiquePlus called “La Ruche” that a really amazing VJ called Abeille Gélinas would host. I guess I was immediately drawn to Abeille because she had red hair, always had the coolest on-camera style and seemed like the friendliest person. Plus, she got to interview some of my favorite bands! I was super bummed when she left the station to pursue new adventures. For a few years, I lost sight of what she was doing but two or so years ago, I saw her name pop up as the DJ of an event I was attending. Not only has Abeille continued to work as a tv host and reporter, she’s now one of the most in-demand female DJs in the country. She also currently works as a contributing writer for several publications and in the midst of all that, finds time to get married and travel the world. She is always smiley, is always working on a ton of new project and has the most positive and best attitude about life. Abeille is definitely one of my inspirations! Hope you will enjoy my 5 Questions With Abeille Gélinas:

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

As a teenager I tried pretty much everything. I had a skater look, a Dee-light (the singer) look and a hip hop phase. I was and still am inspired by culture a lot. I like following my personality, breaking the rules and mixing it up. I guess I associate with a free-spirited bohemian look! 

2) Who are your style icons?

I love the way M.I.A mixes colours and patterns. I admire the way Zooey Deschanel is sophisticated yet she doesn’t have to show much skin to be sexy. And the Olsen twins are just the best! I adore them because they refuse to be defined by fashion norms and they are constantly being creative, times 2!

3) You started your career as a VJ at MusiquePlus but you are now a DJ. Can you talk to us about your career transition and why you decided to become a DJ?

I always loved music and after all the ups and downs of being an actress and host, I wanted to find a career that I could control. The idea of being a DJ was like a fantasy to me, so I asked a friend to show me the basics of the art, practiced for a month in my kitchen non-stop and my DJ passion and style was born. 

4) What are some of your most memorable moments thus far as a DJ?

It’s difficult to pick one because it’s not about the size of the event, it’s the energy that I get back from the crowd that makes the whole difference. Playing for Canada Day on Parliament Hill last year in front of 20,000 people was amazing! Sharing the stage with artists that I respect is awesome, but I also can honestly say that I’ve had some memorable and intimate nights with 100 people.

5) For those who don’t know, you’re someone who likes to travel a lot. You were just recently in South Africa. What is it about travel that you love so much?

I get amazed with life quite easily! Standing in front of a view that I’ve never seen before, feeling a different type of breeze on my skin, connecting with people you’ve just met… Perhaps when I’m in Montreal I don’t find as much time to meditate on those things because of work. When I’m away, there’s only the present moment and the adventures ahead of me that count. 

Golden Globes Style

Another fabulous night for fashion tonight at the Golden Globes! What did you think of the awards? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts? The winners/Losers? Some thoughts regarding the gala: Jacqueline Bisset was awkward, sad Michael J. Fox didn’t win, maybe I should start watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine…

There were lot’s of fabulous gowns this evening, here are my top 3:

Zooey Deschanel – Loved all of beading and details on this dress. Love the vintage and romantic look. The color looks stunning on her as well! Wish she would have won tonight!

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Olivia Wilde – I mean wow! She looked absolutely stunning with her ombré hair, makeup and especially this sparkly green number! She looks like the most beautiful mermaid! Not many ladies can look that good, especially when pregnant!

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Elisabeth Moss – I love the pattern and texture of this dress. It’s original and fits her really nicely!

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Honorable mentions go to: Kate BlanchetAmy Adams (yay for redheads wearing red!) and Margot Robbie who also looked stunning!

Terrible mentions go to: Julia Roberts (who looked like she was going for a job interview), Zoe Saldana (too much going on!) and Sandra Bullock (I can’t even look at it!).

What were some of your favorite or least favorite dresses this evening? Favorite moments of the gala?

Tulip Festival tonight!

Tonight is the night for our special BRBR show at the Candian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. The show starts at 8pm with Pandaléon, followed by Hotel Morphée at 8:50 and it’s Hollerado who will be closing off the night at 10pm! We’ll be giving away tons of prizes to those on-site including a $200 iTunes gift card & more! All you have to do is tweet/fb/Instagram BRBR with the #brbrtfo hashtag!

If you can’t make, you’ll be able to stream everything live here: http://Facebook.com/brbrtfo. I’ll be co-hosting the event alongside my colleagues Didier and Felix, who just got a fresh new haircut for the occasion!

The weather is absolutely perfect in Ottawa today, so I couldn’t be more excited for the event tonight! Hope you’ll join us!!

Mel xo

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Back from Regina #DailyOutfit

Hey everyone!

Hope your week’s off to a good start! Apologies for the lack of updates last week, it was absolute madness in Regina. I just flew back late last night and was already at work early today to shoot BRBR episode 29 today. Can’t believe it’s already the before last show of the season! Time flies!! I had the best time in Regina this past week. Though there was still tons of snow on the ground, it was nice to be back there. The one thing that really stood out from my trip, was just HOW NICE everyone in Regina was! Wow! It’s so refreshing and nice to see people be so kind, helpful and smiley to everyone. I definitely really appreciated everyone’s warm welcome. We also met some really great local artists from Saskatchewan like High Hopes, Fly Points, Pimpton, Young Benjamins, etc. We also spent time shooting some new pilots for next year such as a Taxi show and a cooking show! Oh yea!!

I also took up a pretty interesting challenge last Friday when I hosted a 30min livestream in English and French live from the Juno Awards’ opening cocktail and welcome reception. I was really lucky to have some of this year’s Juno nominees who joined me for the livestream including Bahamas, The Pack a.d., Miranda from Great Lake Swimmers (yea ginger!) and the lovely Hannah Georgas. The 30min livestream was such a rush!! Looking forward to another similar challenge in the future!

Saturday and Sunday’s galas were also tons of fun! It was great to see a lot of my media and industry friends as well as some bands that I really respect and love. Though she didn’t end up taking home any awards, Hannah Georgas put on a killer performance during the big gala on Sunday night. I really hope this will open up even more doors for her in the future. It was also wonderful seeing Hey Ocean! walk down the red carpet for the first time, so proud of how far they’ve come!!

Below you’ll find the brief recap we put up from Sunday’s big gala red carpet. A big thank you to RUDYBOIS and Biko Jewellery for letting me wear their lovely designs this weekend! I’ll be putting together a special report on the Junos’ red carpet tomorrow that will be airing next Monday April 29th at 8pm EST. Make sure you keep an eye out for it! Here are a few pics from the Juno weekend!

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The Saturday night red carpet. Wearing RUDYBOIS & Biko Jewellery.

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Yup! There was that much snow in Regina! My look for the red carpet and big gala on Sunday. Wearing RUDYBOIS and Biko Jewellery.

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Live from the red carpet at the Brandt Centre.

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With the lovely MUCH VJ Lauren Toyota. Definitely inspired by the great work she does at MUCH.

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View from the media room on Sunday. Metric who won several awards during the weekend. Emily Haines was also one of the best dressed in my opinion! See outfit below!

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For today’s shoot, I’m wearing a green h&m dress from last summer, a jean jacket, a neon green and pink necklace and armcandy from Lionette and Biko Jewellery.

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H&M denim jacket (get it here)

H&M green dress (similar one here)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Lionette SINEAD bracelet (check the site for more info)

Biko green chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

H&M gold braided belt 

Steve Madden brown suede boots

Valentine’s Day #DailyOutfit

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Wishing you a very lovely day! Today is also my little (who’s not so little anymore) sister Amy’s birthday! Today she turns 25! I’m so proud of her. She’s currently studying law at U of Ottawa. She’s super passionate about the environment and animals and I know she will make a great lawyer in the future! Happy Birthday Amy!

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I’m also very thankful to have this wonderful guy in my life! Not only is Aurelien my partner but he’s also one of the brains behind the amazing show I get to work on every day – BRBR. He is also a very talented video director (you can see some of his work here & here) and all-around amazing person! Lucky to have him in my life!

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For today’s outfit, I’m wearing my favorite Zara diagonal zip blazer that I got in NYC, my cheetah tank, my VERAMEAT & Asos rings and my Steve Madden studded boots. Also, today is the LAST day you can obtain 33% off any VERAMEAT purchase when you enter my sepcial discount code: MELSAYS. Go take a look on their website!

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Zara diagonal zip studded green blazer

Charcoal grey jeans

Zara Cheetah tank

VERAMEAT gold brass Heart with Arrow Ring 

H&M gold spike necklace 

Asos gold band rings (get them here)

Steve Madden Madhouse Stud Strap Ankle Boots

GRAMMY Predictions

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For as long as I can remember, The Grammys have always been one of my favorite galas to watch.  I love seeing what the artists will wear, watching the sometimes over the top performances and what will be this year’s upsets.  This year has been an exceptional year for music not only in Canada but abroad as well so I’m really looking forward to Sunday’s gala.

Here’s who I’m rooting for at this year’s Grammys:

Album of the Year
» The Black Keys – El Camino
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Mumford & Sons – Babel
» Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
» Jack White – Blunderbuss

*Franck Ocean lived up to the buzz this year when he released his first studio album Channel Orange in July, proving to everyone that he’s one of the country’s top singer-songwriters. I love his unique blend of soul and r&b. My choice for album of the year for sure!

Record of the Year
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
» Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

*I also think that Franck Ocean deserves to win this. He’s definitely the stand out artist in this category. Maybe a little more underground and less established than some of the other nominees but I definitely hope he takes the prize home.

Best New Artist
» The Alabama Shakes
» Fun.
» Hunter Hayes
» The Lumineers
» Frank Ocean

*Yes, Fun’s song was heard everywhere on the radio this year, The Lumineers did have a good year and Alabama Shakes have a cool southern-rock sound to them but I feel like once again Franck Ocean should win this category for his stellar year… I’m really scared that Fun might win. If I hear that “Some Nights” song once again… I’m going to throw a fit!

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” 
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”

*She’s Canadian and she without a doubt had the catchiest and most-played song of the year. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was a breath of fresh air on the music scene!

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” 
» Katy Perry – “Wide Awake” 
» Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

*Ok, so I guess my selection for this category is kind of a cop out but I still wanted to include it in my choices because I believe that all three of these women had a memorable year.  “Wide Awake” has been one of my guilty pleasures all year, “Call Me Maybe” is just pop-goodness and “Where Have You Been” was a great summer track. I think all three are deserving of this award.

Best Rock Album
» The Black Keys, El Camino
» Muse, The 2nd Law
» Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
» Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
» Jack White, Blunderbuss

*Difficult decision to make once again… I was thinking Jack White  but I think that The Black Keys should probably take home the award. I had the chance of seeing them live a few times, they put on a stellar show. I think El Camino is a solid rock record from beginning to end. They don’t reinvent the wheel on this record but they added texture and glitter to their songwriting, proving they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
» Bjork, Biophilia
» Gotye, Making Mirrors
» M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
» Tom Waits, Bad As Me

*Easy decision to make. M83’s record was one of my favs in 2011 and 2012. I really think it was a cross-over record for the French band, a record that brought them to the next level. A lot more people are aware of the band now because of “Midnight City”. What’s good about the record is that it’s varied and offers something original to listeners.

Best Rap Song
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Wale feat. Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
» Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “The Motto”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris” 
» Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild & Free”

*What a great idea it was for these two artists to come together. Both have such an original vision and craft, they were bound to produce a gem together. This song is CATCHY! Yes, “The Motto” was also great, but I feel that this collaboration blows it out of the water.

Best Rap Album
» Drake, Take Care
» Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
» The Roots, Undun
» Nas, Life Is Good
» Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
» 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

*I was on the grand jury of the Polaris Music Prize in Canada this year.  We had to vote on a short list that featured Drake’s Take Care. I think I listened to this record over 100 times and the more I listened to it, the more I appreciated it. I think Drake really proved his relevance and importance to the rap scene on Take Care and that his career is just taking off.

Best Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
» John Fullbright, From the Ground Up
» The Lumineers, The Lumineers
» Mumford & Sons, Babel
» Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

*The Avett Brothers have a gift for writing dreamy melodies and producing beautifully arranged songs. It may be their seventh record but they’ve proved that they’re not slowing down any time soon and aren’t running out of inspiration. I think their music is unique and of utmost quality. Plus, they’re some of the nicest musicians out there!

 Agree? Disagree? Let me know who are you rooting for this year and who you hope will walk away empty handed.

See you on twitter Sunday night!

Mel xo

Red Monday #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today we’re shooting our BRBR Valentine’s Day special on a skating rink outdoors in downtown Toronto.  Whether you’re a fan of this holiday or not, I find it to be a good excuse to dress up or dress in red.  When I was a kid, my mom would always make us wear dresses or wear red or pink on Valentine’s Day.  My sister is born on February 14th, so it was always a special day at the house.

So for today’s shoot, I wore a pair of red trousers, my Pixies tee, a plad button down shirt and my brown suede boots. I also paired it up with my Topshop arrow necklace and my favorite The 2 Bandits cuffs.  A little grungy (I spent the weekend watching documentaries on artists from the 90s grunge scene – Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel and the Kurt & Courtney doc)  but in the Valentine’s Day spirit nevertheless.

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Red denim trousers

Urban Outfitters “Death to The Pixies” muscle tee (similar one here)

Urban Outfitters button down plaid shirt (similar one here)

The 2 Bandits Sunshine Daydream cuff (get it here)

The 2 Bandits Spurr cuff (get it here)

The 2 Bandits large Naja bangle (get it here)

TOPSHOP arrow neckclace

Steve Madden brown suede boots

Rockin’ Monday #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday! Woke up to a surprise snowstorm this morning.  Today we’re shooting episode 17 of BRBR. I can’t believe we’re done more than half the season already.  Feeling a little rock n’ roll this morning so for today’s shoot, I decided to wear my snakeskin leggings, my camo camisole and my favorite studded diagonal zip blazer.

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Zara diagonal zip studded green blazer

Necessary Clothing combat jane top (get it here)

American Apparel snakeskin leggings (similar ones here)

Steve Madden brown booties (similar ones here)

H&M gold cuff