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JUNOS AFTER PARTY: Running from hotel to hotel, meeting, greeting and photographing 16 singers in Vancouver—with Flare’s trusty contributing photographer George Pimentel—felt like I was living in a reality television series. All the results can be seen in the July issue of FLARE but I’ll give you a quick run-down of my Juno’s greatest hits.
1. Hearing beautiful blues singer Ndidi Onukwulu sing while she was getting her picture taken on the rooftop of the Loudon hotel.
2. Watching Lights climb up and pose on a high ledge in the middle of a lovely hotel banquet hall at the Sutton Place Hotel. She ended up winning best new artist—which she totally deserves.
3. Listening to Sarah Slean sing “Looking For Someone” (dedicated to her bf Royal Wood) at the Songwriter’s Circle the same day she posed pretty for Flare. The notes that gal emits are seriously from the fourth dimension.
4. Meeting Buffy Sainte-Marie at the Juno Gala Dinner moments after she won Aboriginal Album of the Year. She’s 68 and smokin’ hot.
5. Partying it up at the Warner/Flare party inside Bryan Adams’ own private recording studio in the heart of Vancouver. Not only did I get to chat with the legendary Adams while watching k.d. lang take a seat a mere few meters away from us, I was lucky enough to hear Divine Brown and Michael Buble take to the studio’s stage and sing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder. —Elio Iannacci
*Photography by George Pimentel
MUST READ: There hasn’t been a memoir since Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love that I’ve been dying to get my hands on. But, Diana Joseph’s I’m Sorry You Feel That Way:The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog is definitely on my must-read list. Entertainment Weekly said, “It manages to be nostalgic, sad, and pee-in-your-pants funny.” Can’t wait to crack it open this weekend. —Alexandra Breen
JULIA ROBERTS’S MAIN MEN: Entertainment Weekly just did this great interview with her and asked her who her favourite 10 male co-stars are. Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Woody Allen made the list. Check out her 7 other choices on www.ew.com I wonder why Hugh Grant didn’t make the cut? —E.I.
LIFE IS A CABARET: You gotta give Liza Minnelli credit. She had to live in the shadows of her mother (the great Judy Garland) for years and still managed to win critic’s hearts. Even though its been over 37 years since she made Cabaret, designers still can’t get enough of her iconic look in that film. That top hot! That black outfit! Those dark, long lashes! Those smoky eyes! Not to mention her surreal performance! Then, there is her voice…a one-of-a-kind instrument that really defines the word drama. To witness the magic that is Liza (live and in-the-flesh), check out her show at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall (April 7), B.C.’s River Rock Theatre (April 10, 11) or Vancouver Chrysler Hall (April 24). —Elio Iannacci
SHOPART: Looking to buy some art? Londonart.co.uk showcases works by over 1500 artists that can be purchased with just a few clicks of your mouse. Even if you don’t have the cash, it’s worth a browse. —Alexandra Breen
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN: I recently stumbled across the mind-blowing work of Dutch artist Desiree Palmen. Her specialty is the art of visual deception. Look closely and you’ll notice a painted person within the canvas. She’s definitely not someone you would ever want to play hide and seek with. —Siena Piao, Flare Intern
THE VAMPIRE EFFECT Women around the world will be locking themselves indoors this weekend as vampire flick Twilight comes out on DVD. With hours of special features that include behind-the-scenes details of the ballet studio fight, a seven-part making-of documentary and a handful of deleted scenes, Twihards will be squealing with delight. But don’t work yourself up too much; one thing you won’t see is extra footage of the famous bedroom kiss. Sorry ladies! —Laura Flanagan
LISTEN UP: Looking for a spring soundtrack? Two words: Lissy Trullie. She recently provided the soundtrack for Phillip Lim’s show in New York and her EP is being released on March 30. myspace.com/lissytrullie —A.B
FEELING THE LOVE: I came across these heart-shaped speakers at rolostore.com and thought they were pretty darn cute. I’ve been listening to Katy Perry all day though so maybe her style has rubbed off on me (these definitely look like something she would dig). —A.B
HOW COOL IS THIS? Canadian artist Shelley Miller brings a hit of fashion to the beach with her gigantic Prada clutch sand castle. Checkout the rest of her designer bag sand series at: www.consumptuous.com —Alexandra Breen
JUST SAY YEAHS: Is the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ album on your radar yet? It should be! It’s Blitz! is their most electronic, experimental album to date and I’m loving the video for the first single “Zero” in which Karen O channels Chrissie Hynde. —Siena Piao, Flare Intern
SO VERY CRUSH WORTHY: Besides being super hot, and extremely talented, James Franco has reportedly signed on to release a collection of short stories to be published by Simon & Schuster. Looks like art is imitating reality for the MILK star. He’s about to start filming Howl, a flick in which he’ll portray poet Allen Ginsberg. —A.B
POSTER GIRL: I could sit and look at Judith Salavetz’s Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design for hours because it includes 516 pages of obscure posters from around the globe mixed in with some of our North American and European favorites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and La Dolce Vita. It’s the perfect blend of mainstream and indie. —A.B
LIONESS ROARS: There is a Toronto-based band known as Lioness who is ruling my i-pod right now. They have a sound that is electro-rock at its finest. Check out their myspace site to get rockin’. —E.I
TINY TECH: Another adorable mini laptop has hit the market. The new VAIO Pocket-Style PC is small enough to fit into your tote, so it’s the perfect gadget to bring along for your weekend getaway if you want to stay plugged in. —A.B
COVER ART: I thought the cover of New York Magazine’s “Best Of New York” issue looked familiar. Turns out NY based artist KAWS is the man behind the graffiti inspired design. It reminds me of the wallets he teamed up with Comme des Garcons for. Little bit of trivia: KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly) used to do background paintings for Disney, working on films such as 101 Dalmatians. —A.B
CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF….: Remember the indie hit Me and You and Everyone We Know? Well the director and star of the flick, Miranda July, has a not-to-be missed website, www.learningtoloveyoumore.com. It’s an interactive site where visitors are given an assignment by July and artist Harrell Fletcher to be completed and handed back in to be posted on the site. Want an example? Assignment #69 reads: “Climb to the top of a tree and take a picture of the view.” —A.B
GROWN-UP CARTOONS: Quirky, hilarious, adorable, and brilliantly awkward is the best way to describe the works of writer/animator Amy Winfrey (no, she’s not related to Oprah). Her Making Fiends series got picked up by Nicktoons, but in my mind Big Bunny takes the cake. www.big-bunny.com —A.B
If you’re in Toronto and hotly anticipating this year’s CONTACT Photography Festival, head to the Burroughs Building at 639 Queen St. W. this Thursday evening to enjoy a taste of what’s to come. CONTACT, running from May 1–31st, is the largest photography event in the world and Thursday’s event, Still Revolution, will be raising funds in support, while providing a sample of featured CONTACT artists, live installations and complimentary food and drink. Tickets are $75 and available at www.contact.eventbrite.com. —Laura Lanktree
IN THE KNOW: If you want to ensure that you’re in the loop when it comes to the international art scene, apparently Artkrush.com is a great resource. I recently subscribed to their free bi-weekly e-magazine and am eagerly awaiting delivery of my first issue. —Alexandra Breen
UNLIKELY MATCH: What’s the most random collection of pop/rock musicians you can think of to form a super group? Probably something like: Taylor Hanson (Hanson), James Iha (formerly of Smashing Pumpkins), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick). These are the members of the newly formed Tinted Windows and they’re releasing their début record on April 21. You can catch them live on The Late Show the night before. —Siena Piao, Entertainment Intern
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