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Jordan Future Four

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The Jordan Brand is set to launch The “Jordan Future Four” this season….What’s your favourite colour??

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Warby Parker : The Stylish and Affordable Eyewear Brand

First I would like to give a shout out to Brian Magida over at Warby Parker for reaching out to me and introducing this phenomenal Eyewear company. Warby Parker is a stylish and affordable eyewear brand made for the consumer who love that designer look but may not be able to afford it. The founders Andrew Hunt, Neil Blumenthal, Jeffrey Raider and David Gilboa have clearly made a strong commitment to provide not only authentic eyewear for you and I but have made an profound humanitarian effort to give back to those of need. Check their story below.

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 The Founders Words : “Warby Parker was born out of our collective personal traits: a penchant for outrageous outfits, an affinity for vintage collectibles and a strong desire to make the world a better place. We have tried to reflect this spirit in our eyewear—bringing unique, vintage-inspired designs to you at a reasonable price—all the while, providing a pair to someone in need with every pair sold.”

They then go on to say : ”Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point.”

The one thing that resonates with me about this brand is that they put forth an outstanding conscious effort to make sure those who can’t afford prescription eyewear may have an opportunity to see through the Warby Parker lens. Noted in the “Eyewear with a purpose” section of the their website, Warby Parker states:

“Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses. This means that 15% of the global population cannot effectively learn or work – a problem that Warby Parker is determined to address. We’ve partnered with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. We believe that everyone has the right to see.”

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As you can clearly see (no pun intended) Warby Parker has their sights set on changing the game with their affordable and CLASSIC VINTAGE-INSPIRED SHAPES. A couple of my personal favourites are these “Exley” frames, both Jet Silver and Polished Gold seen below…

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 Check out a few more of the designs here —->

Optical :

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Sunglasses :

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LIMITED-EDITION PALM CANON COLLECTION

Just in time for this spring, Warby Parker has launched their Palm Canon Collection . This particular collection will definitely raise the accessories bar. Without a doubt, you will turn heads all summer with these frames.  For more of the Palm Canon Collection be sure to check out  http://www.warbyparker.com/palm-canyon-collection

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For more on Warby Parker please feel free to check out eyeglasses and sunglasses and support their efforts. You never know…with your purchase of Warby Parker eyewear you may be helping someone in need.

 

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J.Lo – SAME GIRL

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Jennifer Lopez is back with her new visual for “Same Girl”.  The visual shows J.Lo back in her old neighbourhood in the Bronx. The question is…is J.Lo really back? Does she still have it? Is she truly the “Same girl”? Check the video out and let us know your thoughts.

Same Girl by Jennifer Lopez :

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WInterfolk Interview # 2- Random Order

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Marina Boy Entertainment caught up with Lynn Phillips, the lead singer, songwriter and guitar player for Random Order.

The band has an edgy, reggae like type of music, among other sound, and just reek of pure awesomeness when they step on stage. Phillips talks more about the album and the bands sound with MBE.

You can catch Random Order at Winterfolk on Feb. 14 at The Black Swan at 10pm, second floor. The following day they will be returning to the location in the afternoon at 4pm as part of an emerging artist showcase, Speak Music, hosted by Beverley Kreller.

Before then, support their newest album, Black Lipstick Kiss and celebrate the release on January 30 at the MOD Club, doors open at 9pm! A link to their lead single is below the interview.

So Random Order. Your music…it’s mainly ska rock?

Reggae rock-ish, but now we’ve changed directions towards a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, ska elements are still there in some of the songs, but its now got that edge, that soundtrack edge.

And this is your second…third album?

This is our third full length CD, and we released a single in 2007, and we’ve been on a few radio compilations.

That was a long time, what have you been doing since?

We’ve been touring alot and as a matter of fact the last year we didn’t tour because I wanted to concentrate on getting this album finished and out.

And so when will the album be out?

It is due in 2 weeks [Jan. 30]

So, most of the stuff you’ll be performing at the fest will obviously come off this album

Yes, it will mostly be new material

Describe the album to me

It’s still upbeat, dance folk, a couple of ska rock songs, mostly the surfy, tango rock soundtracks?

yeah it’s going to be fun, so I’ve never performed at the Black Swan, so I am looking forward to that

And you’re lived in Toronto your whole life?

I grew up in southern ontario, and then moved to Toronto for school and to play music.

How did your band get together and stuff?

Well this is a newer version of the band, I am the only original member. I write all the music, and this version of the band we’ve all known each other for a long time. The very original version of the band met at a dinner party and it was just, “hey do you want to be in band?!” And it was like, yeah, let’s do it!?

Listening to your music the trombone player seems to be very key to your music?

Definitely a signature sound on that. There’s not too many rock songs with the trombone player.

Tell me about him?

Well he’s the only original trombone player we had. The original version was a 3 piece, this is a 6 piece. We took out an ad saying we needed a horn player and he answered it, but everyone else we new each other from before. And him and I are really close friends now, and he’s the only one from an ad.

And you do all the song writing?

All the writing – the lyrics, the music, everything.

In terms of your lyrics, I’m sure it must be really important to your band?

Yes, absolutely. I mean, some of the songs are pretty tongue in cheek, fun kind of stuff. A lot of the material is about my interpersonal relationships which is never ending  [laughs]

Our release is January 30 at the MOD club. Calling it spine tingling pulp fiction with a punk rock, reggae twist

I was reading about your earlier albums, a writer, I forgot who it was, mentioned there’s also some political consciousness to your lyrics?

Yeah, well you know, pretty much album will have one song on there that’s political, but again it’s tied to interpersonal relationships, like you know, it’s more about having a conversation with a friend about something, then the song comes out of that. On the last album, the song was called Not a Perfect World.  It was basically about a friend addicted to drug, and I was speaking to him and how ‘you have a community around you,’ and I built the song around community and friends.

How tough was it to get into Winterfolk?

Well, I had been applying for a few years and so we were on their radar, and so you know, we’ve been around Tornoto for quite a while. If you keep applying to the same festival and they’re fmaliar with your music, then eventually something will happen out of it.

That is all I have to ask, unless you have something to add?

Yes, another thing I want to tell you about is a case of merchandise that we’re doing. We’re loading the CD and two videos unto a USB into a shape of black lipstick, no other band has done it. It’s phenomenal

Oh that’s very creative!

Yeah it’s fun, I’ve been having a lot of fun with this release. The black lip stick video will be on there too!

When will you be on stage at the MOD club?

The doors open at 9, we should be performing at around 11.

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Winterfolk Blues Fest Series Interview #1

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One guitarist who will be very busy during the Winterfolk Blues Festival from Feb. 14-16 will be Noah Zacharin.
With his incredible song-writing and astute guitar playing, Noah Zacharin embodies what the Winterfolk Blues Fest is all about.
The Montreal born, Toronto based singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet has released 6 albums over his illustrious career and published several works of poetry.
Not surprisingly, Zacharin will be all over the place during Winterfolk Fest, but prior to then you can warm yourself up to his words and music on Wed., Jan. 22 at Emmet Ray, 924 College St., where he will be performing as part of his monthly duo gig with Peter Boyd. The next night, Zacharin will have a solo show at 9pm at The Local on 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
As Winterfolk is concerned, Zacharin will first be at Terri O’s on the 15th at 10pm as part of a special “The Smokin’ Guitars of Winterfolk” hosted by Flying Fingers Host D’Arcy Wickham. Zacharin will be demonstrating guitar techniques and styles along with Jason Fowler and Brian Gladstone.
The next day, you can catch Zacharin performing as part of the Jack de Keyser Guitar Jamboree with several other string guests at the Black Swan Tavern at 1 pm.
Zacharin will then be heading over to Terry O’s for his own show at 5pm, and then later on in the evening, over at Globe Bistro, Zacharin will be performing at 9pm as part of a specially themed, The Spirit of Yorkville.
Lastly, you can also catch Zacharin the same evening back at the Black Swan Tavern at an event honouring Tony Quarrington – tickets are $15$. He will be paying tribute along with several other musicians. The show starts at 7pm.

Do you play any other instruments than guitar?

I played violin in elementary school and piano lessons when I was a kid, and I took guitar when I was 9 and loved playing and I started writing songs a few years after about unrequited love. Poetry I started when I was about 16 or 17 year-olds and I was living in Montreal, took that seriously for a long time, a lot of publishing and writing. And then i moved here and I started playing a lot with other people – backing them up, stopped publishing poetry, but never really worked on things to the point where I was comfortable sending them out for publication. And now I am doing both, I am getting to the point where I will start sending poems out and working on a few volumes.

In terms of writing lyrics and poetry, how does the process differ for you in both?
Lyrics usually come out of something musical, so I’ll be playing guitar. I often dream lines and wake up with the melody, but most of the time, it during while I am strumming my guitar and playing until I find something new or interesting and compelling, I may come with words to go with the what I am playing – the mood of the music, chord, harmonies – and then at that point I can put down my guitar and write a set of lyrics, and then refine the words and music together.

Poetry is different, it is internal music, it’s a moment that catches my attention, it’s more mood based. The lyrics have to work with the music. There have been times where I have written lyrics without music before hand and it’s more difficult or impossible to finish it and make it into a song.

Walk me through the experience of being a backup guitar player.
I’ve enjoyed it a lot, I’ve worked with some good writers, it’s a good position to be in. i like the role of being a backup guitar player or playing in a band, you get to add something but it’s a lot less pressure than being a front-man. I really like the idea of it, I was drawn to being a backup position more than a performer. I wrote songs, but I never really performed my own songs, my first gigs were as a backup guitar player, even as a teenager. I did a lot of that when i moved here, and it’s a good way to connect to people, to make something more beautiful.

But overall I never really was drawn to it and it was only because I had friends who wanted to hear my sing and I would sing informally in my basements and it would go from there to small clubs in Montreal. I mean, i just really wanted to play guitar, it was my first thing. I do performing, I enjoy performing, but it’s a completely different activity than playing guitar.

So, it’s been quite a while since you released your last album…6 years?
Yes, I’m glad you pointed that out [laughs]. yeah, it has been woefully long. I don’t know how many years have gone by so quickly but they did and I’m trying to make up for it. It won’t be a simultaneous release of four discs, within the next year I will have four new products out. Maybe more, I’m working on other things as well, I’ve got a lot of ideas that need time and focus.

So you’re not part of any studio…
No…I like my new records a lot, and they’ve taken shape really nicely, and I also want to be associated with a smaller label. I have a couple to few in mind, I’ll let them listen to it and see if they distribute it. I’ll manufacture it myself, but just to try and do that. It might make it easier to perform. I’ve never done that before, made the record [and go to a studio] and show them what I play. For these ones, I’ll be comfortable sending them around and in the intervening years I’ve made more connections and know a few more people.

So you will be performing some of your newer original songs?
I perform my own songs, i also perform a lot of covers. I’ve listened to alot of blues and folk and ragtime music and country music. When I was growing up, a lot of that is in my repertoire. It’s a rare set that I perform with just my own tunes, it would have to be a very specialized situation and most venues there are tunes from people that I love playing. There will be tunes I’ve been playing for 30 years, and there will be newer tunes that I just wrote. I don’t know what the schedule is like, but it’ll be something between 2 or three sets through the weekend depending on what the theme of it is. Usually there are about 75% original in a concert situation.

Is there anyone you particularly love to cover?
I do a lot of Dylan covers…Hank Williams…the great writers! The big songs, some of the old blues guys…I’ve played the Almond Brothers, I’ve done Whipping Post. I did a new version of Spoonful. I’ve done some Steve Earl. The great writers and I playing the songs and then presenting them with my own twist. When I cover tunes, I arrange them to fit how I play, it’s always fun.

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Jennie Laws – Love Easily

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So Just a few weeks ago my home-girl Jennie Laws hit me up and informed me that she will be dropping her new single  called “Love Easily”. I took a listen, and I must say, she has done it again! I am excited to present you all with not only a link for her new single but to provide you with some background knowledge on this soulful singer. Keep your eyes and ears open for Jennie’s new movement. Trust me, its going to be big!!!! Jennie is not only an artist I admire but a good friend of mine. So without any further ado, ladies and gentlemen please take a few mins and not only learn about my friend, Jennie Laws but listen to her new smash single “Love Easily”. 

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After several years of hibernating in the studio and working behind the scenes with some of the industry’s heaviest songwriters and producers, Canadian singer/songwriter Jennie Laws re-emerges with her first release since her remix EP in 2010.  The song is called “Love Easily” and it’s a feel-good Motown-tinged jam co-written and produced with THX from the Bay area’s Drop City Yacht Club and features The Regiment Horns of The Tennessee Kids (Justin Timberlake.)

Also on her upcoming album will be a feature from Detroit Soul star Dwele, a song co-written with legendary songwriter Leon Ware, tracks produced by Jahi Sundance, Mateo Laboriel, Pascal Guyon, JL Brown, and Sebastian Rogers, more co-writes with songwriters Dayyon Alexander and Dylan Lloyd as well as a few performances by child prodigy drummer Tony Royster Jr. It promises to be entertaining, eclectic, musical, heartfelt and soulful from top to bottom just like her debut EP “Introducing Jennie Laws,” except now Jennie has blossomed on a whole new level as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and arranger.

Jennie has played many roles as a musician; string arranger for the likes of Ryan Beatty, Anjulie, Jenna Andrews and Saidah Baba-Talibah, background singer for Michael Buble, INXS and Omar Lyefook, or featured vocalist and writer on rapper Promise and DJ KickRaux’ new projects, but never does she shine so brightly as when she’s doing her own music. This one-of-a-kind blue-eyed soul sensation hailing from Toronto is about to take the world by storm, starting with the release of her new single; “Love Easily.”

 iTunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/love-easily-single/id789803044

Link to lyrics video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mFHezZqp9E

Link to song snippet:

https://soundcloud.com/jennielaws/love-easily-snippet

Link to Facebook fan page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennie-Laws/113312995138

UPCOMING SHOW

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE EXHIBITION
with special guest judge from Island/Def Jam Records
at BARDOT HEIGHTS
[ 432 A 6th Ave. Manhattan, NY, 10011 ]
4pm – 9pm
21+
Purchase online tickets here: http://www.wantickets.com/JennieLawsNYC

“Toronto singer/songwriter Jennie Laws has a versatile sound that incorporates r ‘n b, jazz, folk and pop elements. Her convincingly soulful vocals have elicited praise from such greats as Narada Michael Walden and Leon Ware, and her talent shines on smooth new single “Love Easily”. It has a full production sound, via THX of Drop City Yacht Club, including horns from the noted The Regiment Horns of The Tennessee Kids and backing vocals…This is an artist and single it’s easy to love (and a striking blonde beauty isn’t exactly a career negative!).” - Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music online magazine

 “It was 2008 when I first talked with Canadian-born, LA-based multi-instrumentalist Jennie Laws. Her seven-song EP, Introducing Jennie Laws, was a soulful and blissful affair. Since then she’s been working in the studio and writing with a variety of artists. Her new single, “Love Easily”, will be released on January 7th on iTunes.” – JW Richard, Groove Loves Melody online music magazine

“Jennie has grown so much, stating that the people who have watched her since the beginning describe as having come into her own. She’s looking forward to live performances and the release of what she believes will be her breakout singles in the coming months…She has invested everything in her music and it’s paying off.” – Stacey Newman, Inside Milton Magazine

“We at hearty love women that can do it all, Jennie Laws is no exception to the rule–Singer, songwriter, composer, teleporter…okay maybe not but we wouldn’t be surprised if she had some tricks up her sleeve that would allow her to bring us back to the good old days, her sound does just that!  Jennie Laws is one of the freshest yet mature sounds we’ve heard in a while, mixing a pinch of classical flavor with a jar-full of soul. When the namedrops begin, remember “we told you so.” – Kenza Chaouai , Hearty Magazine

“Her singing is truly soulful and heart felt…She playfully reminds me of Alicia Keys Baby sister…Why? ‘Cause she’s got a gift straight from God that the world will know in time as Genius. She is fearless in her piano prowess as well. Her arranging skills are something to make Arif Mardin proud. Her songwriting would touch the heart of the most high Genius Laura Nyro. And dare I say, even the hardened hearts of most music executives, would bow.” – Narada Michael Walden, legendary producer and songwriter

“In a word,..Brilliance..Timeless, warm, soul stirring. How music was always intended to be.” – Glenn Lewis, Grammy-winning R&B artist

“I hear a delicate sensuality with every heartfelt melodic choice

Jennie Laws makes in her vocal performances. I love this girl’s voice.

The songwriting/production is honest and unpretentious. A homage to

the glory days of soul music. I look forward to watching the world

embrace this amazing artist! ” – Eric Benet, Grammy-nominated R&B artist

“Jennie is fresh, talented, and beautiful from the inside out. Her musicality is undeniable and I look forward to creating some musical memories with her.” – Leon Ware, legendary songwriter

For more of Jennie Laws check out :

www.soundcloud.com/jennielaws   &  gemcityent@gmail.com

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Marina Boy Tv caught up with Jennie during her creative process and here’s what she had to say —>

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Diddy Inks Deal with Diageo for DeLeón Tequila.

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Diddy does it again!!! When it comes to the mature choice for a beverage Diddy has cornered the market…well at least from an urban stand point. Today Sean “Diddy” Combs announced his new joint venture with Diageo for DeLeón Tequila. Diddy explains below…

“With Ciroc, we tested the waters—or, I would say, we dated,” Diddy tells FORBES. “Now, with this joint venture, we took this step and we got married. I think it’s organic, I think we work together so well, we have a proven track record, and I wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else.”

The feeling, it seems, is mutual. Diageo North America President Larry Schwartz recalls Diddy telling him about how he’d encounter DeLeón at high-end locales, and how impressed he was by the tequila’s taste and packaging.

“When Sean shared his passion with DeLeón with me, I got really passionate, and then a whole lot of people at Diageo got really passionate about it,” says Schwartz. “And given Sean’s track record, we reallygot passionate about it.”

Though Diddy’s most successful collaboration with Diageo thus far has been Ciroc vodka, he’ll be approaching DeLeón quite differently. For starters, whereas his Ciroc deal earns him a share of profits—and a share of the proceeds of any potential sale of the brand—the DeLeón deal is more of a traditional joint venture.

Both sides invested cash to make the purchase, and Diddy, via his newly-formed Combs Wine & Spirits, will be an equal partner with Diageo in equity terms. Neither side would reveal how much they paid for DeLeón (when asked if it was a multi-million dollar purchase, Schwartz said, “I’ll leave that to your imagination”).

Regardless, Diddy and Diageo clearly have lofty hopes for their latest collaboration. The latter has been looking for a new tequila brand after parting ways with Jose Cuervo, the massively popular beverage Diageo distributed until June 2012. Last year, chief executive Paul Walsh said his company would like to make an “organic play” in the category, and DeLeón appears to be a manifestation of that strategy.

Diddy also envisions a different sort of marketing campaign for DeLeón than he has employed in his prior work with Diageo. There will be no Ciroc-and-awe advertising here (the mogul, not one to shy from changing monikers, briefly dubbed himself Ciroc Obama). Rather, the goal is something a little more understated.

“We’re taking our time, and we’ll work together, and we’re going to come up with a marketing plan,” says Diddy. “But it’s going to be very surgical, it’s going to be savvy, and it’s going to be totally different from Ciroc. We’re not just putting it on the assembly line.”

Part of the reason for this is the nature of what he sees as a new niche for a beverage better known as a margarita ingredient than a spirit worthy of consuming on its own. Diddy believes DeLeón will come to be known as “one of the first sipping tequilas.”

It’ll be priced as such, too. DeLeón currently has five variants; suggested retail prices range from $120 to more than $1,000 per bottle. That puts it at a price point much higher than most of the offerings from other premium tequila brands including Don Julio and Patrón.

In committing to the new venture, Diddy brings his unique marketing skills, his web of connections to entertainment industry tastemakers, his cash—and, just maybe, a willingness to seal the deal in the most permanent way possible.

“Me and Larry said we’re going to get tattoos,” he chuckles.

Stay tuned www.deleontequila.com coming soon!!!

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Toronto’s very own Davido Afnani’s Luxury Menswears

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I would like send a big shout out to a good friend of mine Davido Afnani for launching his upscale menswear website. Davido Afnani Menswear store is recognized as the first choice for Men who enjoy making an impression and looking their best. Davido Afnani Menswear has been published in over 8 international magazines in 14 months period. Congrats again Davido and I will be in to see you soon!!!

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For more looks check out Davido’s site below —>

http://www.davidoafnani.com/

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Self-Titled “Beyonce” Documentary

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“Self-Titled” is a mini art feature comprised of several parts that give a glimpse into the entire project. It details her mind-set and artistic vision throughout the making of BEYONCÉ.
Album In Stores Now http://smarturl.it/beyoncevisualalbum

Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Producers: Ed Burke, Bill Kirsten, Carly Hugo
Editor: Yoonha Park
VFX: Mike Anderson

PART 1 : The Visual Album

PART 2: Imperfection

PART 3: Run ‘N Gun

PART 4: Liberation

 

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AGENCY WARS IV 2013

MBE had the honor and pleasure of attending this years Agency Wars held at Toronto’s Arcadian Court.

After a sold out Agency Wars III, the producers of Agency Wars came back to host their fourth annual amateur boxing event this year. This charity fundraiser is throwing down the challenge to the Canadian Advertising community, to cheer on their peers as they fight for top bragging rights and raise money in support of Ronald McDonald House Toronto and National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS).
This year 73 hopeful contenders from all walks of the Canadian media and advertising community vied for the twenty-four spots on the card. Agency Wars is the annual sanctioned amateur boxing charity fundraiser that supports Ronald McDonald House Toronto and NABS (National Advertising Benevolent Society). Michael Clancy (who is also an accomplished amateur ‘corporate’ boxer) developed Agency Wars with Kristina Ejem (a fellow corporate boxer) a seasoned event producer and boxing fitness enthusiast. The event pits two teams; a red and a blue of 12 advertising & media employees, evenly split between women and men, who train for 12 weeks together to fight in a gala night of amateur boxing.

 

To become a contender in Agency Wars you must be an employee of the Toronto advertising and media industry. Although there is talk of Agency Wars Montreal happening in the near future with the plan of the eventual Toronto vs. Montreal event. Each contender hopeful undergoes a fitness test and qualifying process by the Clancy’s Boxing Academy, and all final match-ups are approved by Boxing Ontario.

 

Selected pugilists have undergone a rigorous 12 weeks of training under the experienced guidance of former Olympic, professional and amateur boxing athletes and coaches, including fitness, strength and nutritional trainers. The body transformations are a celebrated bonus of the dedication to the program. Each fighter on average looses 10-40 lbs.  as a result of the physical and nutrition program which is key to success in the ring and the reach their chosen required fight weight.

 

This years event was full of excitement and surprises. MBE had a great time sitting ring side…check out some of the pics below —>

 

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For more information on this phenomenal event and cause check out www.agencywars.ca <http://www.agencywars.ca>

 


 

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I65 Another Summer : Concert Review

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During MBE’s interview with Patrick Kordyback, <http://www.marinaboyent.com/?p=9657>, the frontman of 609 Record’s newest signings, I65 , described their band as first “making honest music for ourselves…making music to make the three of us happy.” In their last show of their Canadian tour at Supermarket in Toronto on Wednesday, I65 definitely showed that in their performance.

Their set included six tracks – Something Tells Me, Pacific Motel, City of Angels, True Love, Glass Houses and their debut single, Another Summer. There wasn’t much of a departure from the music of Stereos, which the band members – Kordyback, Robb Chilfroux, and Daniel Johnson – originally played together in. Like much of their music from that previous 5-piece band, each song involved basic pop rock choruses and simplistic lyrics. Nevertheless, there was a feeling of warmth listening to them and it sure as hell made the audience in the packed room of the Supermarket feel joyful, let alone I65 themselves.

The music was by and for i65 as much as it could be, with Kordyback dedicating one of the tracks to guitarist Robb Chilfroux, and another track to the younger brother of Robb, Mike, who was in attendance.

There was also a sense of maturity in the way they performed, a feeling that they had been through a lot as band mates and friends since Stereos disbanded in March 2012.

A maturity that bodes well for this young band whose debut album should come out sometime in 2014, though no date has been set.

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Paula Callejas Interview

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Most women (and some men) dread the turning of the seasons into warmer weather for one reason – swimsuits. A lot of time, effort, and care go into having the best beach body a person can achieve and yet there are not always the “right” bathing suits. Enter Paula Callejas – our newest addition to the Designer Spotlight honour roll. Carla and I caught up with her at this year Fashion Week and attended an exclusive private showing of her Spring/Summer 2014 line at the Ritz-Carlton. Not only was Paula’s entire family present, the designer herself was milling among the guests and was only too happy to give us a candid interview. Paula’s family was warm, inviting, hilarious and charismatic – mostly due to their Columbian blood they said. Paula herself was humble, hilarious, and most of all – excited to be a part of the fashion world. I’ve never met such a welcoming designer and Carla and I both left the event extremely refreshed and excited to give Paula our best treatment at Marina Boy Entertainment. When discussing her new line Paula had this to say:

Jaxx: Tell me about the colour pallet – I see black, the midnight blue, and.
Paula: The pewter. The theme was evening beachwear and I wanted to keep it elegant, glamorous, sexy and flattering for every body.

Jaxx: Well you definitely did it with the sexy – I love it.
Paula: Thank you! I went from personal experience, sometimes they didn’t have swimwear for my body (I’m not a model) and I wanted the colours to be flattering for every body. I found it hard to just go out and find a flattering black bathing suit.

Jaxx: I see – now talk to me about the beading… you do all that yourself?
Paula: Yes, I’ve been in the trade quite a long time; I wanted to bring out the glamour a little more. I wore a swimsuit of my own design two years ago in Italy and got a lot of compliments and realized “Hey, this is something”

Jaxx: ‘This is something I could do”
Paula: Exactly.

Jaxx: Now tell me about the jewelry the models are wearing – you said it was your design also? What came first?
Paula: Swimwear, cover-ups then the jewelry. I love accessories.

Jaxx: Would you say it is statement jewelry? Cause I can see that necklace from across the room!
Paula: Yes, hahaha I try to tell people it is a simple line but it does stand out.

Paula went on to explain how her debut in Miami influenced the white, gossamer style of her cover- ups and that her line was accepted and received wonderful reviews. She also lent her design inspiration to not only being a woman – but a curvy Columbian at that. Her use of “Powernet” (a structured fabric) really allowed her to accentuate the woman’s body and hold everything in place. We here at Marina Boy Entertainment cannot wait to see what the future holds for Paula Callejas and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours!

To order a Paula Callejas suit or accessories please go online at www.paulacallejas.com or phone (1514) 638-2893.

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Fashion World, Meet Gary Taxali

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So how exactly does an illustrator branch over into the fashion world, twenty some odd years into his career? Gary Taxali describes it as “unplanned.”

The Canadian artist launched his line of pocket squares, a collaboration with the luxurious Harry Rosen last weekend. The debut of these adorable accessories caused a frenzy at the posh Yorkville location, with friends and fans coming to support the award-winning Taxali.

Cocktails and appetizers were served, as the artist was surrounded by customers waiting to get their exclusive squares signed by the designer (whose work has been featured on major magazines such as Rolling Stone and GQ)

“I’m really happy with this product,” says Taxali, of his 100% silk pocket squares, which are all stamped with Canadian pride.

The talented artist sat with me to discuss his bold career move, and why he was unsure of entering the world of fashion.

Carla: What made you want to take your illustrations over into pocket squares?

Gary: It was never anything I planned. It was just an opportunity that fell into my lap through working with my sister, Vandana Taxali, (who is my agent.)
She asked me if I would be interested in doing pocket squares, because she had met with the people at Harry Rosen.
Now, at first I was very hesitant because I’m not a fashion designer. I didn’t want to enter a world where I would have to compromise my art and designs, and do something that would “water it down.”
Luckily, I spoke (with the folks at Harry Rosen) and they were stoked to let me do whatever it was I wanted to do. So that was a huge relief, knowing that I could continue to do things within my scope and realm.

C: Given that you are not necessarily a fashion designer, how do you feel now that you may be introduced into the fashion world? Is this something that you see yourself branching further into?

G: Throughout my entire career, I have always been open-minded. I always, kind of, “go with the flow.”
But to answer your question, if future projects entail this level of creative freedom and enjoyment, then, why not?
I’ve always seen my work in print media (magazines and books) and to take it out of that realm and into other areas, is a natural extension of one having an art career. So, absolutely I could see myself doing that.

C: What’s fascinating is that this opportunity actually came to you. How did it make you feel when Harry Rosen wanted your designs in their stores?

G: * chuckles * It was…Because of the types of inquiries I get, it was not excitement at all. I’m not going to lie. It was more hesitation, because I thought, “Are they going to want me to be someone that I’m not?”
The happiness only came after I spoke with them, and I thought, “I love these guys!”
I only get excited when certain things get checked off. One is a fair deal, that is respectful to me as an artist. Creative freedom is another one. A company that wants to have a fair collaboration is also important, and Harry Rosen met all of those. So I said, ”Let’s do it.”

C: Now, you are a Canadian and it was clear that Canada seemed to be your theme. Some of the pocket squares I saw had Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary written on them.

G: To be completely honest with you, I was just thinking of putting some of my existing work on there. But when I spoke to my sister, she informed me that they (Harry Rosen) wanted themes, Canadian cities. I thought that was such a cool idea.
It was cool because it gave me a starting point artistically. It was also cool because it makes them unique.
I had so much fun doing this. It’s an honour to have my work appreciated this way.

C: Judging by today’s outcome, it was obvious that people are really loving the squares. There were barely any left in the store!

G: That’s really nice to hear. I seriously, hope to continue doing more projects like this. I hope to continue to work with Harry Rosen. There have been talks about doing more stuff, and I’m just jazzed!

You can find Gary Taxali on Facebook/GaryTaxali
Twitter – @GaryTaxali
Instagram – Taxali

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Modern Man Presents: Men’s Fashion Week with Christopher Bates

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November is no longer just the month where guys can grow out a disgusting moustache in honour of Prostate Cancer research (i.e. “Movember”.)

It is now, also, the month of “Men’s Fashion Week.”

Modern Man presented it’s first series of runway shows, solely displaying men’s wear from November 4-6 at the ultra chic UNIUN Nightclub located in Toronto’s Fashion District.

Some of it’s sponsors included Sharp Magazine, American Crew, Samsung, and Mankind Grooming Studio, which provided little goodies in a gift bag given to all guests attending the show. Men were also able to receive a complimentary shaving or shaping of their ‘stache. Some went voluntarily, others were forced by nagging girlfriends to clean up.

However, taking “Movember” into account, five dollars off of every ticket went to support research for cancer’s affecting men. Fashion, men, and supporting a good cause? It was my kind of event.

I was able to catch one of the shows, which featured the line of the great Christopher Bates. And I have to say, as a woman judging a men’s clothing line, it was the only show I have ever seen in which I loved every single look that came out.

While sitting front row on the dance floor turned runway, I was able to view Bates’ collection closely.

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Handsome models dominated the room, displaying elegant day wear and dapper tuxedos that gave a very James Bond like feel and would make any average Joe look like a million bucks.

Coloured accents were paired with basic neutrals for a timeless appeal to each outfit. Fabrics, such as velvet and leather, were cleverly meshed with subtle European flair to the classic pant- and- jacket duo worn by most of the gentlemen as they strutted their manly shoulders towards the flashing cameras at the end of the runway.

Even Bates himself took a full walk down, rocking a perfect fitting black suit and tie ensemble to wrap up the show. It’s no wonder this designer is featured in luxury stores such as Holt Renfrew and Got-style Menswear.

By the looks of this successful evening, we will be seeing Modern Man’s Fashion Week for many years to come. And I’m personally hoping that Mr. Bates becomes a repeat offender.

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The 25th Annual Contessa Awards Gala

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At a gala, you typically get to see beautiful gowns and well-pressed tuxes, along with luxurious jewellery and all that a fancy event has to offer.

This is what I was expecting to see when attending the Contessa Gala at the Westin Harbour Castle. But I forgot to take one thing into consideration. I was in a room with the greatest hairdressers in the entire country. This was going to be anything but typical.

As I arrived at the gala, I was amazed at how many different hair colours I was seeing in one room. It was as if I was looking at a rainbow. Shades of turquoise, cotton candy pink, lavendar and canary yellow were just a few of the awesome colours that were displayed at this event. Some guests were even rocking multi-coloured hair. I was shocked and amazed at how edgy yet elegant everyone looked.

I even feared looking too boring (I wore a gray dress and my hair is brown. Yawn.)

The night (and room) were filled with talent on this occasion. Cityline’s Grace Tartaglia and World Mastercard Fashion Week hair master Jorge Joao, were just a few familiar faces that arrived on the scene.

During the cocktail party, a joyous yet nervous energy filled the room. Finalists were gearing up to see whether or not they would be taking a Contessa home after all of their hard work.

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“I’m so nervous,” said finalist Courtney Sobko, who was nominated for Best Student/Apprentice Hairstylist. Her blonde teased up curls and devilishly dark lips were hard to miss. Although she didn’t win, I have no doubt she is one to watch out for.

For other finalists, being there was already enough.

“Honestly, being nominated is like winning. It’s good enough.” said Nova Scotia-based Eden Boudreau, nominated for Best Atlantic Hairstylist.

The evening was hosted by the hilarious, Bill Rowley, who had everyone howling at his jokes all the way through dinner.

This was followed by 3 shows presented by Matrix, Schwarzkopf, and Salon Magazine, all of which followed this years theme: Circus.

Overall, it was a fun and extremely colourful night. I’m already debating what my hair colour will be for next year. Blue? Purple? Both?

For the full list of the winners visit www.salonmagazine.ca

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WINTER CONCERT SERIES: Chance the Rapper

I was scrolling on Twitter aimlessly for a few minutes one day (surprise) when I had stumbled upon this up and coming artist. People are always sending me YouTube links to “this really cool band” or some “super talented kid on piano” and most of the time I never give any of these videos the time of day, but I was bored and decided I would check this guy out. Within three minutes, I had already fallen in love with the new, unique sound and theatrical character known as Chance the Rapper. The very first song I listened to by Chance was his gospel-driven, feel-good-old-school-vibe jam, Good Ass Intro. It’s the very first song off his second mixtape, Acid Rap. The album goes through some of his experiences such as death, drugs; nostalgia for his childhood – just to name a few (did I mention he’s only twenty years old?) He’s been on tour with some big names as well like Eminem & Kendrick Lamar, so of course when I heard his #SocialExperimentTour was coming to Toronto, within a week I had tickets for the November 4th show. As expected, Chance put on a dynamic perfomance, playing songs off Acid Rap and his first mixtape, 10 Day. And just when I thought the night couldn’t be more perfect, the Chicago rapper covered Coldplay’s Fix You.  If you haven’t checked out this rising star, do it right after you read this article. Seriously.

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GUESS Announced Their New Holiday Campaign

GUESS announced their new Holiday campaign featuring the multiple award-winning and Bollywood icon, #PriyankaChopra.
 Shot by Canadian musical icon, Bryan Adams, the campaign captures Priyanka’s free-spirited glamour in a collection of signature black and white photographs.
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Check out www.Guess.com for more of their Holiday Campaign

 

 

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