Friday, March 29, 2013

Tiptoe Through Our Shiny City With Our Diamond Slippers On

For those of you that have an altruistic side and a love of art, Project Art might spark your interest.

On Thursday May 9th, the Project Art fundraiser will raise money toward an art program for therapeutic healing at Sunnybrook Hospital's Odette Cancer Centre.

Inspired by co-founder Emma Tushinski's battle with Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the Project Art event will showcase pieces from local artists and designers. The art will include paintings, illustrations, and photography that will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will support the Project Art fundraising cause - selling art to raise money for an art initiative

There will also be dinner, dancing, and live music. So if you dig art and giving back, have a night out for a fantastic cause.

The founders at the fundraiser venue

The event takes place on May 9th at the Burroughes Building in Toronto - info, tickets, and how to donate can be found on their website:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tonight We'll Follow The Bright Lights Up Ahead

Christ vs Krishna are bringing new wave back - but with an indie rock feel.

While their band name could easily spark a religious debate, there's really no debating that Christ vs Krishna's sophomore album Move And Scale is catchy. Really catchy. It was impossible not to tap a foot or chair-dance along as I listened. Trust me, I tried. But this is a refreshingly listenable album.

This follow-up to their debut offering (Sidewalk Astronomy) is sure to spark further interest in an indie scene that sees much of the same thing repeated ad nauseum. They've managed to mix a new wave, Brit-pop base with a unique indie rock twist. From Teezer to The Sorrows, Move And Scale has a distinct sound.

Something about the album makes me think it would be a perfect fit for a soundtrack - the songs evoke a certain feeling and imagery that could really make a great backdrop for a film. If John Hughes were still around, he'd be all over it.

I highly recommend going to check out Christ vs Krishna at their album release party on April 5th at the Silver Dollar Room. They'll also be releasing a new video for We Stand Alone that night, which just might be my favourite track on the album.

Have a listen and let me know what you think:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Used To Be One Of The Rotten Ones, & I Liked You For That

If you're on Facebook, I'm sure you've seen people posting and voting for new flavours of Lay's chips. Some of them are pretty.... interesting. You know who you are.

Well, we're bringing the Lay's "Do Us A Flavour" contest to ye olde blog. They're asking Canadians to choose new chip flavours and enter for a chance to win $50K plus 1% of that flavour’s future sales.

I'm talkin' business here. But with the addition of chips.

Want some? The power of chip compels you.
You can add your flavour name, up to three ingredients, and your flavour inspiration (in 140 characters) at And since I'm passionate about snack foods and the idea that chips are vegetables, I've also got a contest for you (yep, that's a double contest - kapow!):

After you've entered your flavour on the Lays website, comment below and tell me what flavours you chose - I'll try not to judge your taste too harshly. And, for a second chance to win, get on the Twittermachine and post: "Hey @ShambledRambler - Do me a flavour, cuz I wanna win! #dousaflavourcanada" (see below to win).

And what do you win?

Zee Prize Pack:

- An assortment of Lay’s potato chips
- Lay’s cutting board
- Do Us a Flavour Apron
- Oil & Vinegar set
- Lay’s Flavour shaker
- 2 Ramekins
- Recipe organizer
- Do Us a Flavour™ Spices

Plus, of course, the chance to win the whole dang "Do Us A Flavour" contest.

So go forth and make weird decisions. Good luck!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Seasons Give The Reasons For Changes, And We're Changing

As a music fan, there's nothing better than hearing a new album you dig.

Unless, of course, that album hails from around the same place you do. So with a sense of Niagara pride, I give you A Book For Wanderers.

A Book For Wanderers is the solo debut from long-time musician Anthony Botting. I often hate classifying music into specific genres because of the limitations they possess - and in Botting's case, he made an album with songs that span multiple genres. It can't be pigeonholed into just one, and I have a feeling that's exactly what he was striving for. Smart move.

For me, A Book For Wanderers captures a sound like 90's Filter meets modern-day Deftones. His vocals are absolutely reminiscent of Chino Moreno's (when Chino's not screaming, of course), and you can hear Moreno's influence. But there's no denying the 90's feel to it, and I mean that in the best way possible.

I miss the 90's, ok?

As far as the songs go, I'll admit that I've had You Killer in my head since my first listen. Even as I type this, it's playing in my head. At Sea takes a different direction than the songs before it - there may or may not have been a bit of living room dancing. Don't you judge me.

Then there's Lost Dogs (and I have to wonder - is the title a reference to the Pearl Jam album, or am I just reaching here?). This tune reminds me of the songs of my early teens that gave a off a hopeful feeling somehow. Like a brand new spin on old I Mother Earth. And Lions goes in yet another direction; equally catchy guitar riffs, with some definite depth to its sound.

If I had to choose my favourite track on the album, it just might be Rooms.  There's a dark simplicity to it that I really like. It ends the album on a fantastic note.

Throughout the album, Botting's voice is the thread that connects the genre-spanning songs. To put it bluntly, the dude's got chops. There's something soothing yet simultaneously "hard rock" about the way he sings. And with an album full of songs that can't all be classified as a whole, A Book For Wanderers is the perfect showcase of Anthony Botting's vast musical talents and influences.

Give the album a listen below, and see if you feel the same.

**Wanna win a copy of the A Book For Wanderers album? Yes, I mean a hard copy. A real, live album with cover & all, that you can hold in your hands - not just listen to over the internet. Comment below and tell me your favourite song on the album - I'll be giving away 6 copies. You can also buy them here. **

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Lonely Nights Divide You In Two

Every once in awhile I get into conversations about online personalities vs. real-life personalities. Are they the same, or do we project different versions of ourselves on the ol' interwebs?

Online Kris - kinda loud, kinda bitchy

I used to be pretty adamant that I'm the same online as I am in person. And I still stand by that. But I admit, now, that there is a difference between the two.

Aside from my more serious posts, my online personality is pretty much the same as my offline social interactions. I can be loud. I like beer and bad food. I'll do stupid things to get a laugh and not be embarrassed about it. I'm a bit of a dick sometimes. I like debates, sarcasm, and nasty words. And that, more or less, parallels a lot of the unimportant things I post online. That's part of me. 'Bar Kris' is a lot like 'Online Kris'.

But of course there is a whole other side to me, and sometimes people are surprised by it when they actually get to know me. I'm a lot more sensitive and introspective than I appear to be, and I can be very serious. I like intellectual discussion, I love too much, and I'm a huge softie. And I guess that's the difference. I rarely show that online.

Offline Kris - I love my dog, ok?
I'm sure of all of us have met someone we mainly know online and have been disappointed that they weren't quite how we had hoped; the differences online and offline can sometimes be pretty staggering, and sometimes people create a personality they don't possess. But let's be honest - we're all only projecting a small part of ourselves over the internet, and it's the part we allow people to see. It differs from person to person. The older I get, the more I notice the separation.

So what about you? Are you the same online as you are offline?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I Will Find A Way To Keep This Moment For Myself

Finally saw Sound City on Sunday.

I want to say that any real music fan should hurry up and watch this movie, but that seems too general somehow. It's more for a specific type of music fanatic.

For those of you that may not know anything about the movie, it's a documentary made by Dave Grohl about a recording studio in California that housed a rare and unique recording console, the Neve.

The list of amazing artists that recorded there is staggering - Tom Petty, Neil Young, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Black, Rage Against The Machine, and so on...

That studio is even the reason Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham became part of Fleetwood Mac (and there, they recorded Rumours.)

So, yes. To say it's a must-see for music freaks is a bit of an understatement.

It's not every day that you can take a group of musicians that varied and that diverse and get them all to speak fondly about the same thing - a dingy studio and an ancient recording console.

Seeing Stevie Nicks hangin' out and recording with the Foo Fighters was fun enough, but Trent Reznor recording with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl? Hell. Yes.

That's a room I would've wanted to be in.

The discussions about older recording techniques and the birth of digital is another interesting aspect of the movie. Digital killed Sound City, essentially. But I personally like hearing musicians talk about the beauty of analogue, and the idea that music isn't meant to be perfect.

That, and how band members aren't meant to be segregated, alone in a small box as they record. A band is a group experience, feeding off of each other is important.

That's the stuff I love about this doc.

So if you not only dig music, but also the history of some timeless albums and acts, then I recommend watching. That studio is a serious part of musical history.

It made me want to be a part of it.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Soles Of Your Shoes Are All Worn Down, The Time For Sleep Is Now

 Like many others, I was given a Cadillac ATS to test-drive for three days - the best Klout perk to date.

So, since I am normally without wheels, I took the opportunity to head home for a few days and get things done. My most-used phrase over the three days? "God, I miss having a car."

The ATS is a damn fine lookin' vehicle. I really enjoyed driving it, though I wasn't used to all the tech that cars have these days. It almost drives itself.

That said, I didn't take full advantage of all the bells & whistles. Some of it overwhelmed my old school brain.

That right there is the face of an excited driver.

See? Pretty.

And fun to drive. Pretty & fun - the two ways you described your last girlfriend.

So Daisy and I got a few days with the family. The dogs are slowly learning to love each other, which really just means that they no longer try to kill each other.

It's the little wins.

Went to see my hairdresser, Sara and got my hair done did. She never disappoints, and this is why I will always travel from Toronto to St. Catharines to see her.

It's a long-term relationship. I'm committed.

Among my random errands, I bought all the stuff to make some tshirts with The MediaHaus logo on it (mainly for a future photoshoot). This was my first attempt.

Note to self - don't use iron-on transfers for spandex shirts.

I forgot about the freedom that comes with having a car. I got rid of mine in 2009 because I lived in downtown Toronto - I walked to work, I didn't need a car.

But now? Oh, hell. I want a car again. Badly.

Goodbye, my little Cadillac ATS. I will miss you.

Don't forget to write.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Another Uninnocent Elegant Fall Into The Unmagnificant Lives Of Adults

Since I missed the actual media night at Mysteriously Yours Mystery Dinner Theatre due to one of our Full Card Fridays, I was luckily able to re-schedule to this past Friday.

My name for the evening was Sherlock. Miss Holmes, if you're nasty.

I had never been to something like this, so I was pretty excited.

My partner-in-crime and I enjoyed our meals, but were apparently far too hungry to take photos of the food. These things happen. By all accounts, anything you choose is delicious.

The current show running at Mysteriously Yours is called "Once Upon A Murder", and is based on the fairytales we've all grown up with.

The cast was fantastic, and the interactive parts were really entertaining. When Princess Celeste fell asleep on me, I probably shouldn't have pet her hair for an awkward amount of time, but hey - that's what you get for allowing audience involvement.

I'm also pretty proud to say I had the murderer right the entire time. Gumshoe skills! Forget you, Nancy Drew.

Hilarious part of the media gift bag... y'see, he's Prince Charmin, and toilet paper is kinda his thing.

They're celebrating their 25th year at Mysteriously Yours, so it's a good time to check it out.

I fully recommend it, we had a great time.

Sadly, none of my photos turned out. And our pic with the cast is so blurry that we look frightening:

But still - fun times.

For more info, visit

Sorry, Daisy. Maybe next time.

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