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The NEXT Blog - August 2008


The NEXT Blog
The latest in pop culture, celeb news, cool events and entertainment

[8.29.08]

So You Think You Can Dance


 
So You Think You Can Dance

GOLDEN TICKET: I like Radiohead, but I don’t love them. However, the show they put on at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto was one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever been to. They performed a whopping 25 songs and their stage design was brilliant. Definitely check them out live if you get the chance. Alexandra Breen


[8.28.08]

So You Think You Can Dance


 
So You Think You Can Dance

COUNTDOWN BEGINS: CTV has announced that So You Think You Can Dance Canada is premiering on Sept. 11. Apparently more dancers turned out to audition in Toronto than any other city in North America. Should be entertaining! Alexandra Breen


[8.27.08]

David Usher


 
David Usher

JIVE AT THE JUNCTION: The Junction Arts Fest is swinging us into September from the 3rd to the 7th. With a variety of artists from painters to dancers, there is a little something for everyone. FYI: David Usher is headlining this year’s musical selection. Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.26.08]

Entourage


 
Entourage

COUCH TIME: The fourth season of Entourage is coming to DVD on August 26 so you can “hug it out” with your favourite cast all over again! Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.25.08]

Jersey Boys


 
Jersey Boys

JERSEY BOYS Think of Justin Timberlake and ‘N Sync. Or Robbie Williams and Take That. The breakout stars from those boy bands took a page from the story of one of the original boy bands and its breakout star—Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. If you love your pop with a whole lot of drama (think heartbreak, swindling and deception), don’t miss the story of the Four Seasons, called Jersey Boys, that’s playing at the Toronto Centre for the Arts through November 9, 2008. The story traces the chart-climbing rise of four blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks in Jersey who became one of the biggest American pop sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented new sounds, and survived the onslaught of the Beatles to sell more than 175 million records worldwide—all before they were thirty. The musical drags a bit in the beginning but once it finds its tune, the songs (from “Sherry” to “My Eyes Adored You”) will keep you hooked to the end. Tickets start at $55 through Ticketmaster (416) 872-1111. Lisa Tant


[8.25.08]

Virgin Music Fest


 
Virgin Music Fest

PARK PARTY: With a lineup including Oasis, The Foo Fighters, MGMT, Danko Jones, Constantines, and The Kooks, do you really need another reason to get tickets to the Virgin Music Fest? Located at the Toronto Island Park on September 6 & 7, a one-day pass is only $87. Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.22.08]

Iron Man


 
Iron Man

SUPER HUNKS: If you have an affinity (or secret crush) for men in tight costumes and billowing capes with odd names like Spiderman, Batman, Superman, or always thought hobbits were kind of hot… I would highly suggest picking up tickets to Canada’s largest comic book and sci-fi event: Fan Expo 2008 at the Toronto Convention Centre, August 22- 24th. Check out: fanexpocanada.com. Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.21.08]

Rawlicious


 
Rawlicious

RAWLICIOUS IS DELICIOUS: You need to stop by this little gem of a restaurant in the junction and try their Taco wrap and tropical green smoothie. It’s guilt-free goodness! www.rawlicious.ca Alexandra Breen


[8.20.08]

Fred Deakin’s Nu Balearica


 
Fred Deakin’s Nu Balearica

COOL TUNES: I went to www.colette.fr/ to checkout their latest gadgets and found an amazing cd instead. Pick-up Fred Deakin’s Nu Balearica, you won’t be disappointed. Alexandra Breen


[8.19.08]

Keira Knightly in The Duchess


 
Keira Knightly in The Duchess

FESTIVAL COUNTDOWN: For all you Keira Knightly fans, her highly anticipated film The Duchess is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in the beginning of September. Be sure to call 1-877-968-FILM for all the box office details. Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.18.08]

Jesse Camacho and Benjamin Arthur


 
Jesse Camacho and Benjamin Arthur

NEW COMEDY: I interviewed Jesse Camacho and the hunky Benjamin Arthur from Citytv’s new comedy Less than Kind last week. Set in Winnipeg, the show follows an overweight 15-year-old boy (Camacho) as he struggles to survive his teenage years in a dysfunctional family. It’s premiering on Oct. 13. Stay tuned for my interviews on flare.com/celebrity. Alexandra Breen


[8.15.08]

Japan © exhibit


 
Japan © exhibit

JAPANESE DESIGN: Mocoloco.com is one of my favorite design sites. Keep an eye out for their coverage of the Japan © exhibit taking place in NY from August 16-November 1, featuring over 70 Japanese designers and firms. Alexandra Breen


[8.14.08]

Mopod’s Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Sunshine phone accessories


 
Mopod’s Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Sunshine phone accessories

GIRLY GADGET: I love Mopod’s Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Sunshine phone accessories. They spin and flash when you have an incoming call or text message so you can keep your cell switched to silent at work. www.prezzybox.com. Alexandra Breen


[8.13.08]

Summerworks: Toronto's urban indie theatre and arts festival


 
Summerworks: Toronto’s urban indie theatre and arts festival

SUMMER THEATRE: If you find yourself bored of heading to the local Cineplex for your nightly entertainment, why not take advantage of the rich summer theatre scene with a trip to one of over 40 productions around the city participating in Summerworks: Toronto’s urban indie theatre and arts festival. Check out www.summerworks.ca for full festival listings. Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.12.08]

Carrie Wroot dishware


 
Carrie Wroot dishware

DISH IT: Tired of your dull dishware? Why not invest in some saucy pieces by Canadian artist Carrie Wroot? Scrawling coy statements across femmes fatales and coquettish lingerie, these polka-dotted platters are bound to spark dinner conversation! Visit her next exhibit at the CNE in August. Katy Sems, Flare Intern.


[8.11.08]

Yoga


 
Yoga

ALMOST FREE YOGA: Toronto yoga lovers need to checkout www.passporttoprana.com. More than 30 studios in the city are participating in a special $1/class offer. Alexandra Breen


[8.8.08]

Urban Dictionary


 
Urban Dictionary

BORED AT THE OFFICE? If you aren’t one of the 30,000,000 who have ventured onto the blog site StuffWhitePeopleLike.com you are missing out! Geared towards making fun of the waspy American, the blog comments on the “unique taste of millions” including coffee, multilingual children, irony and threatening to move to Canada, to name a few. Also check out www.urbandictionary.com to keep up to date with your everyday slang! Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.7.08]

Aimee Mann


 
Aimee Mann

SHE’S DA MAN: Aimee Mann’s latest disc, @#%&*! Smilers has been rocking the office jukebox lately. It delivers some seriously sharp songs for those who like their pop simple and sophisticated. The two tracks that stand out are: “Little Tornado” (sad but beautiful) and “31 today” (reflective but hilarious). My favorite album of Aimee’s so far is still The Forgotten Arm though. Elio Iannacci


[8.6.08]

Tropic Thunder


 
Tropic Thunder

LOL: I am such a fan of silly, feel good comedies and it looks like there are going to be a couple fun options for the end of the summer. First there is the latest Seth Rogan comedic installment: Pineapple Express, in theatres August 8th. Then, the action movie spoof Tropic Thunder starring Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downy Jr. hits screens August 13th. Later in the month you can catch the 2008 Sundance smash-hit comedy Hamlet 2 with Steve Coogan. Nothing like ending a great summer with a good laugh! Katy Sems, Flare Intern


[8.5.08]

Sebastian Tellier


 
Sebastian Tellier

FRENCH KISS: Sebastian Tellier’s new album Sexuality is incredible. From the bass and thump of his first single “Sexual Sportswear” to the sheer sensuality of the song “Look”—Tellier’s tunes are perfect for lazy cottage weekends. If, after you checked it out, are looking for more of his magic, I suggest getting your hands on a classic song of his called “La Ritournelle” and look up his extremely touching video on YouTube. Elio Iannacci


[8.4.08]

Jimmy Fallon


 
Jimmy Fallon

TICKLE ME JIMMY Although his movie career didn’t quite strike a fevered pitch, we’ve always had a thing for Jimmy Fallon. He stole the spotlight as the host of MTV Movie Awards in 2001 and forever carved a place in our hearts. (We’re thrilled over reports indicating he’s the new host of “Late Night,” taking over for Conan O’Brien in 2009). Lucky us, Jimmy touched down at Massey Hall in Toronto for the Just For Laughs Festival and FYI: He’s just as adorable in real life. Although he was officially only playing host to a lineup of 6 fellow comedians, he gave the audience a proper giggle fit. From Robin Williams to Steve Martin to Chris Rock, he impressively and hilariously impersonated 20+ Just For Laughs hall-of-famers in less than 10 minutes. However, Jimmy should watch out. Self-deprecating and just as funny Mike Birbiglia, who also performed that night, could steal some of his spotlight one day. Juliette Baxter

Celebrity photos by Eric Myre


[8.1.08]

Vicky Cristina Barcelona


 
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BARCELONA BLISS: I just saw the preview for the new Woody Allen flick Vicky Cristina Barcelona starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. In true Woody Allen style the film looks pretty quirky and eccentric … just the right dose of fun while the summer starts to wind down. In theatres August 15th. Katy Sems, Flare Intern


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