Saturday, August 19, 2006

Electrik HeaT - the Seek - wiLL

The weekend's here and I wanted to let you know that the itunes canada free download of the week is K-OS' new Electrik HeaT - the Seek - wiLL, the music video that my man just finished working on last week. If you were a fan of Rob Base in HS you'll dig the funky base line. The pic attached is a little peak onto the set, and the video to come.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Caribana Hits the Street

Originally uploaded by 416style.
Can't believe I'd never seen the Caribana parade before, and it's not too far from where I live. So I took my mum and my little pup and went for a stroll down to the lake. The first few floats were not what I expected. First was a cop caravan, the next something corporate, but then the throngs of people started to fill up the street. Many were part of large groups: gospel choirs with live vocals, Falun Dafa or AIDS activists telling the crowd to keep it alive. Some floaters had already lost their energy (too much heat?) while others were happy to get right up in my camera's lens.

I didn't see many of the brilliant outfits I'd grown to expect but it was still great to see everyone come together in celebration, even if that celebration had to come with some kind of political message. I'd even thought I should've planned something, a protest to the anticipated Lakeshore parking lot proposed beside the Palais Royale. I wonder how many in the crowd, finding refuge under the giant willows knew that the 100 year old trees may soon be torn down. It's gonna be hard to keep our cool if that happens.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

breaking in.

roy thomson hall
Originally uploaded by 416style.
This one of my favourite stories, and one most people don't believe....

One night a bunch of us were wasted at a friend's place when we got a call that Tiga - Montreal superstar and owner of legendary nighclub Sona - was spinning at Roy Thomson Hall. What a venue! My friends were inside and said it was fantastic. Could we make it? It was my idea to try to do it and it seemed like everyone was game.

We got to the door at 3:30am and security was adamant they wouldn't let any more people in. Think that was gonna stop us?Nearby we stumbled upon Metro Hall and someone had an epiphany - we were gonna "break in" by going underground.

Somehow we set off the alarms throughout the tower but nobody seemed to notice. Down below we made it to some food court and then decided the hallways to haul garbage were our way into the Hall. Now this wasn't some Hollywood bank robbery - but we were surprisingly savvy for a bunch of drunk kids.

After a couple broken credit cards we jimmied our way into the long corridors, still with no one on our tail. A few minutes later we came around a bend and we were at the door opposite the party. This was one serious piece of steel though. We slammed and jumped and banged on the door but no one heard over the loud music, or maybe they just didn't know how bad we wanted in.

Brett, my crazy actor buddy and partner in crime was standing beside me when we heard something coming around the corner. Big gulp!

Here's where it gets Hollywood. Around that corner came two dobermans and a security guard running full speed ahead. We had no choice but to run! Someone yelled and we all bolted like we'd never done before. Crazy bit is, we didn't know what was at the other end of the hallway we were running toward, but we kept going. It felt like forever. Finally we saw that the hallway led up some stairs. We hustled up them so fast and found two big sturdy doors. Full speed ahead.

We swung them wide open and found ourselves outside! Scott free! Does it get any better? I suppose we could've made it in to the party, but I still love running into that group of crazy friends and wonder what other adventures lay ahead. Next time I'll tell you about catching a cab on the Gardiner.