Emily’s Music Recommendation: HOZIER

Am I late to the Hozier party? I feel like I might be. 

Andrew Hozier-Bryne, commonly known as Hozier, is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Ireland. And if you haven’t noticed by now, he is blowing up! I’m calling it, he IS the next big thing. 

His music is different. His voice is different. It’s soulful. Engaging. Kinda haunting, if that makes sense. When I first heard him, he reminded me a bit of Lana Del Rey. Unique vocal range & clever lyrics that made me feel as though the music was from a different time. 

The man’s voice is unreal. Give his single “Take Me To Church” a listen (if you haven’t done so already) and let me know what you think. You can also check out his MixRadio playlist here. Are you into it? Drop me a note or tweet me and let’s chat. 

Heeey Miranda Lambert fans! #NokiaAllAccess and I are giving away tickets to see Miranda live in Toronto on September 4th. Sweet hookup right? ;)
Enter for a chance to win at: http://bit.ly/1pBECjE
Contest ends on September 3rd at 12 pm EST. See the link above for rules and more info. GOOD LUCK!

Heeey Miranda Lambert fans! #NokiaAllAccess and I are giving away tickets to see Miranda live in Toronto on September 4th. Sweet hookup right? ;)

Enter for a chance to win at: http://bit.ly/1pBECjE

Contest ends on September 3rd at 12 pm EST. See the link above for rules and more info. GOOD LUCK!

Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Tour 2014 in Funtario

The Montreal-based indie rock band took the stage at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario last night. Or “Funtario” as Win Butler likes to call it. I’m cool with it if he is. 

Between the giant papier mâché heads, formal attire/ costumes in the crowd (YUP, I saw a couple of wedding dresses out there) and hearing “Hear Comes The Night Time” live, I can’t decide what my favourite part of the show was. 

It may have been the random dancing with strangers to Neighbourhood #3 as I made my way around Molson Amp. I couldn’t help myself. Arcade Fire fans know how to have a good time, that’s for sure. 

Were you at Arcade Fire’s fancy dance party last night? What did you enjoy most of Reflektor Tour 2014?

Back-to-School Essentials for the Music Lover
School is just around the corner. And you’re either really into getting back to the grind… or if you’re anything like what I was in school, you’re probably not. Let me help you ease the pain of waking up for 8 am classes with these back-to-school essentials that will make your life a bit easier during the semester: 


1. Headphones: You’ll need a good pair to last you through those intense study sessions. You can also throw ‘em on to drown out any annoying roommates… #sorrynotsorry 

2. Lumia 635: The perf back-to-school phone. Not just saying that. Had a chance to play around with it - simple navigation, great value & great apps. You’ll stay organized with this one. Did I mention MixRadio? ;) 

3. Portable speaker: Waking up for an early morning class blows! Boost your moods with some music while getting ready in the morning. 

4. ”Decor” …aka band pics: School can become extremely overwhelming at times. Let Harry Styles & the boys of 1D be there to calm you down when you open your locker or walk into your dorm room.

5. Drumstick Pens: BECAUSE WHO WOULDN’T WANT THIS??

6. USB Key/ Hard Drive: Trust me when I say the more GB, the better!

7. Fave Band Tee: Wearing my favourite band tee always puts me in a good mood. I’m weird, I know. Wear your fave band tee to class, use it as PJs when studying - whatever works for you!

8. Concert tickets: After a long week of school, you’ll need something to look forward to on the weekend. Let me help you out by hooking you up with some concert tickets during the school semester. Follow @livenationfans on Twitter for a chance to win tix to see your fave artist or band live :)

Are you ready to get back-to-school? What are you most looking forward to this school year? Drop me a note or tweet me and let’s chat! 

Back-to-School Essentials for the Music Lover

School is just around the corner. And you’re either really into getting back to the grind… or if you’re anything like what I was in school, you’re probably not. Let me help you ease the pain of waking up for 8 am classes with these back-to-school essentials that will make your life a bit easier during the semester: 

1. Headphones: You’ll need a good pair to last you through those intense study sessions. You can also throw ‘em on to drown out any annoying roommates… #sorrynotsorry 

2. Lumia 635: The perf back-to-school phone. Not just saying that. Had a chance to play around with it - simple navigation, great value & great apps. You’ll stay organized with this one. Did I mention MixRadio? ;) 

3. Portable speaker: Waking up for an early morning class blows! Boost your moods with some music while getting ready in the morning. 

4. ”Decor” …aka band pics: School can become extremely overwhelming at times. Let Harry Styles & the boys of 1D be there to calm you down when you open your locker or walk into your dorm room.

5. Drumstick Pens: BECAUSE WHO WOULDN’T WANT THIS??

6. USB Key/ Hard Drive: Trust me when I say the more GB, the better!

7. Fave Band Tee: Wearing my favourite band tee always puts me in a good mood. I’m weird, I know. Wear your fave band tee to class, use it as PJs when studying - whatever works for you!

8. Concert tickets: After a long week of school, you’ll need something to look forward to on the weekend. Let me help you out by hooking you up with some concert tickets during the school semester. Follow @livenationfans on Twitter for a chance to win tix to see your fave artist or band live :)

Are you ready to get back-to-school? What are you most looking forward to this school year? Drop me a note or tweet me and let’s chat! 

Top 5 Tuesday: Cover Songs

I listen to covers way more than I should. And I’ll admit, sometimes I feel like certain covers are better than the original… #sorrynotsorry. In no particular order, here are 5 covers I recommend you check out. Yes, these just so happen to be my favourites:

1. Ed Sheeran - Drunk in Love (Beyonce)

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Is he aware of how angelic his voice is? He probably is. Yes, Bey is Queen and no one can ever outdo the Queen - I know, I know. But I’m okay with listening to this cover as an alternative ANY day: WATCH HERE

2. Arctic Monkeys - All My Loving (The Beatles)

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Arctic Monkeys. Miles Kane. The Beatles. What more do you want here? WATCH HERE

3. One Direction - Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus)

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Good luck not getting this stuck in your head. Not to mention that Zayn Malik’s vocal range in this cover is DEADLY (let’s be real, they’re all amazing in this cover): WATCH HERE

4. Miley Cyrus - Jolene (Dolly Parton)

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She’s already got the country voice. Natural pick. In my opinion, this is one of Miley’s best covers and will always be a fave: WATCH HERE

5. Foo Fighters - Tie Your Mother Down (Queen) 

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Oh c’mon, you knew it was coming. The Foos have done some pretty sweet covers: Baker Street, Stairway to Heaven, Tiny Dancer…the list goes on. But this Queen-Foos collab has to be my favourite cover OF ALL TIME. You’re really missing out if you haven’t seen this already. I’m not biased, I swear… WATCH HERE

What are your some of your favourite covers of all time? Drop me a note or tweet me and let’s talk!

I’m A Converted 30 Seconds to Mars Fan

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Had a chance to check out the Carnivores Tour last night as apart of #NokiaAllAccess concerts. For those of you who aren’t aware of the tour, it consists of three bands: AFI, Thirty Seconds to Mars & Linkin Park. 

I’m a fan of both AFI & Linkin Park - don’t get me wrong. I remember being really into AFI back in their Decemberunderground days (how can you forget about Miss Murder?). And Linkin Park….let’s take a moment to appreciate Mike Shinoda. Cause I feel like he’s underrated. Have ya heard his lyrics? 

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BUT HOLY MOLY Thirty Seconds to Mars COMPLETELY stole the show for me. Jared Leto knows how to work a crowd. He made everyone in that audience feel as though they were part of the show. Inviting fans up on stage, running ALL around the Air Canada Centre floors & snapping selfies with fans were just a few of the shenanigans that went down. 

Between the gigantic beach balls appearing out of no where (for your reference: ), the massive amounts of confetti and Leto prancing around waving a huge Canadian flag, their entire set felt like a huge party.

The crowd seemed pretty amped to hear the band perform new hits such as “End of All Days” and “City of Angels.”  My favourite part of their set was when Leto appeared on the mini stage in the centre of the venue, asking the audience: “What do you want me play? I’ll play anything you guys wanna hear.” 

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THE KILL. PLAY THE KILL, JARED. And that he did. And it was beautiful. Just like this gif: 

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Did you go to the Carnivores Tour? What were your favourite parts? Drop me a note or tweet me and let’s chat! 

Trip Down VMAs Memory Lane…

I love award shows. And with the MTV VMAs just around the corner, I’m not entirely sure what to expect this year. But whatever it is, I know it will be extremely entertaining. Let’s take a quick trip down VMAs memory lane, shall we? 

Remember that time Britney casually performed with a snake draped around her neck? Me too. LEGENDARY:

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Or the time Gaga showed up on the red carpet in a dress made of RAW MEAT? Guuurrrl… 

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When Bey announced her pregnancy at the end of her “Love On Top” performance. Too adorable:

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"I’mma let you finish but…" Nuff said:

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Remember this performance? I KNOW you remember this performance: 

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And Diana Ross’ reaction to Lil Kim’s purple pasty. You may or may not need to Youtube this one:

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Last but not least, WHO can forget last year’s Miley/ Robin Thicke performance. Aka the time Miley unleashed twerking to the world:

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What performances are you looking forward to this year? I can’t wait to see 5SOS, T Swift and Maroon 5! And you know I won’t be moving when Nicki Minaj takes the stage. Drop me a note or send me a tweet and let’s talk!

#FlashbackFriday Moment:

I will never get over the time I caught Donnie Wahlberg’s “Hangin’ Tough” hat at the last New Kids On The Block show (The Package Tour) in Toronto.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huuuuuuuge NKOTB fan/ Blockhead. No doubt that this is my most prized concert possession. When I say I WAS that excited Jonah Hill gif from Get Him To The Greek (for your reference: http://bit.ly/Ou0X22), I’m really not exaggerating. 

My question for you is, what’s your most prized concert possession? What’s the story behind it?