Hosted by Plastik Wrap at The Pia Bouman School of Ballet at 6 Noble St., theCircus Sideshowspring edition of the Bazaar is coming up on March 27th from 11AM to 6 PM and I am delighted to be vending next to the brilliant comic book artist Becca T-R!
After years of DIY yarn dreads, LED augmented wigs, 26 different hair colours and every kind of batty hair extensions you can imagine, it occurred to me the only thing I haven’t tried is something that approximates normalcy.
What can I tell ya: I’m just not wired for vanilla.
So I decided to start last year looking like the Little Mermaid.
That seems reasonable, right?
I ended up getting wefts attached with micro rings; they were flawless after four months of wear and I had a really great experience with the Toronto pros who helped out.
If you’re contemplating getting your first hair extensions, take a look at this guide to the common materials used in the process.
Under the new handle Skilled Mechanics, Tricky once again brings us cutting-edge talent from the most unlikely corners of the music world. Tricky’s mercurial tastes birthed some of the most dubious yet genial style fusions of the past couple decades; he’s dabbled in everything from punk to blues to …whatever Bjork is.
In this this new album, he reunited long time friends DJ Milo from The Wild Bunch incubator and Francesca Belmonte, the muse of his recent few albums, and interspersed them with non sequitur performances like Luke Harris doing a vocal cover of a nu metal ballad, and 2013 Chinese Idol star Ivy (艾菲) dropping bilingual raps.
Conjure One‘s new release came across my feed as an unexpected yet pleasant surprise. Having seen him live just this past summer at Aftermath Festival, I was very excited for the new sound.
No lie, this album almost reduced me to tears.
Miscreant is one of the most wonderfully tragic tracks I have heard in a long time.
Rhys Fulber’s sound is complex and profound, which is to be expected from the Canadian alternative electronic music hero. Holoscenic came out on Armin Van Buuren’s record label and as such it is one of the most accessible works by the Front Line Assembly and Delerium veteran.
With guest vocals from Aruna, Leigh Nash and Christian Burns (anybody remember BBMak? HA!) Holoscenic connects the darkest fringes of esoterica to seminal progressive house vibes, serving as a gateway between the alternative and mainstream electronic music scenes.
‘Tis the season of bestowal, and here is a reminder to support small local artisans and businesses, while sourcing some of the most unique and impactful gifts for your friends and family.
The One of a Kind Crafts Show starts today at the Exhibition Place and runs until December 6th (thanks for the FOURTEEN email notifications, guys). If you’ve never attended before, check it out – it’s like a real life instantiation of Etsy, with dozens and vendors and special exhibits.
OKS may be a Toronto tradition, as is the Distillery District Christmas Market but these events are hardly exclusive; December is the month for all sorts of pop-up shops, local crafts markets and art shows.
I rounded up a couple of the events I’m really excited about in the upcoming weeks – but this is an open invitation to collaborate and promote!
If you know of another small crafts show or vendor event, please share!
Rhythmic noise is an eldritch gem of the dark electronic music universe. It’s lullabies for people (like yours truly) who keep Masonna in their day to day playlists.
To make rhythmic noise, you take one part harsh industrial and whisk in some dramatic orchestral drums. Then sprinkle in some pan flutes or whatever other new age-y bright accent instrument you have lying around, and distort and overdrive the hell out of all of it.
It’s so awesome.
Have you ever come up with one of those “songs to bring to a deserted island” lists?
All of mine are rhythmic noise. It’s my singularly favourite genre out of a few terabytes worth of music.
So yuh, you bet I’m pretty excited about a new Electronic Substance Abuse album!
One of many cities that still practices the noble tradition of honouring Krampus. If the idea of a Santa parade makes your black-lipsticked lip curl, this is the party for you:
Krampus is a mythical holiday Boogey-man with roots dating all the way to Iron Age Germanic people. There are proxy creatures in several other European traditions, including my own Romanian folklore, which I shall treat in greater length in a later post (it’s so creepy it warrants manuscripts).
Last year I had the pleasure of attending the annual Toronto Krampus Ball featuring mesmerizing acts from live musicians and performers.
To no surprise, Squid Lid‘s unique holiday tradition is back this year!
Krampus is serious business, and “COSTUME ENCOURAGED” means you better show up with horns on.
Be it Halloween, Krampus, ye olde’ hippie festival in the sticks (everyone does those right?), sometimes life just calls for horns.
Dreamstate and I are industrious, craftsy folks, so we whipped up two awesome pairs of horns using this easy method: