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Pop-Tart Pick: Chic Gamine

In: Calan, Music

So I’ve veered off a little on this pop-tart pick this time round because I was blown away when I saw this group. Over the winter holidays I took a trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to visit a friend of mine and as a special Christmas treat she took me out to a local indie holiday concert. Little did I know what I was in for! I was assuming that it was going to be a pretty cool and hip show with good music and a holiday cheer going around. Turns out I was about to get pretty much front row seats to watch some Juno Award Winners in this little trendy 400ish person theatre in WinterPeg Winnipeg. The show was called “JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show” and I would highly suggest looking the guy up, he has some awesome tunes and a few stellar Christmas songs. The one’s who really stole my heart were the girls of Chic Gamine, they blew me away the moment they were spotlighted. They were mostly there singing backup for Mr JP Hoe, which I think is super awesome that a Juno Award winning group would be so down to earth to chill in the background. That shows real class in my books.

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Rosette seems to be on a roll, and we like it! Hot off the heels of her last track “Amnesia” with Ian Carey and Timberland, which Patrick did a post on, Rosette has hit the mark again with Michael Mind Project and Bobby Anthony in the song “Rio De Janeiro“. Bobby Anthony’s song with Ian Carey and Snoop Dogg “Last Night” is all over the radio these days and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. I hope this next song will have the same effect and burn up the radio stations.

Rosette says: “The song is about letting loose, jumping up and just heading off to Rio De Janeiro! It’s about have fun and letting go, don’t let anything or anyone stop you from enjoying your life.”

From a personal stand point I can’t WAIT until Rosette starts coming out with more music. This girl has been working her bunz off over the last few years and it’s really starting to pay off. It just goes to show that persistence and dedication can take you a long way. I’ve herd a few of her unreleased songs and I’m really excited for when they come out. There is a specific ballad one that I like and it really showcases her vocals, so trust me when I say she’s not just a house music singer. Now check out the hot new track!

Listen to the hot new track after the jump…

The Occupation Has Begun

In: Calan, Celeb Gossip & News, Politics & Issues

On September 17th “Occupy Wall Street” officially kicked off and saw roughly 1,000 protesters show up. That number has now grown substantially in the past for weeks and The Occupying has spread to more than 45 American cities and is quickly moving all over the world. The protest was originally called for by the Canadian activist group Adbusters but many more quickly joined in. On October 15th, a multitude of cities across the world plan to join the non-violent movement against the banking and major corporate worlds. Canadian places include Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary with international cities London, Dublin and Sydney following suit.

Many celebrities including Rosanne Barr, Kanye West, Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, Deepak Chopra and Michael Moore have already voiced their support for the movement. Many people are sporting signs that read “We are the 99%,” stating that they are part of the 99% of the population who have had enough with the 1% of the population that controls the money.

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Pop-Tart Pick: Pixie Lott

In: Calan, Music

Soooo happy this girl is going to be releasing another album on November 7th! Another girl from across the pond in the UK, I loved her first album “Turn It Up” and I’m sure I will love this new one as well. The new album titled “Young Foolish Happy” will have collaborations with Stevie Wonder and John Legend just to name a few. This weeks Pop-Tart Pick is “All About Tonight” and it’s the lead single off her up coming album. I’ve had this song on repeat on my iPhone since I came across it, addiction. I’ve included the track below for you to hear for yourself.

The 2nd single off the new album will be “What Do You Take Me For” featuring Pusha T. It has a more RnB flavor too it which is a bit of a change up for Pixie but I’m sure North America can get down with the new sound. My favorite song from her first album was hands down “Here We Go Again” which was produced by RedOne so be sure to check that one out as well.

“It’s All About Tonight” after the jump…

Pop-Tart Pick: Nicola Roberts

In: Calan, Music

So this is a special pop-tart pick as Nicola’s first solo album Cinderella’s Eyes is about to drop on September 26th, in the UK that is. Nicola Roberts hails from UK girl group pop sensation Girls Aloud which I have featured before for pop-tart pick. It all started on Popstars – The Rivals where Nicola was the quiet ginger of the bunch and stayed like that for most of her years in Girls Aloud. Since the girl group called it a “break” all the girls have been trying their own things. Undoubtedly Chery Cole has had the most success with her solo endeavors and also being a judge on the hit UK series The X-Factor.

Now it’s Nicola who is stepping up and I think she’s got a great career ahead of her. She’s quite the little fashionista and has a pretty good following in the UK. I personally like her because she’s the ginger of the group and I gotta show support (even though the sperm banks apparently don’t want us anymore).

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Over the weekend I had the honour of previewing “Everyone and Everything” which will be having its debut at this years Vancouver International Film Festival. It’s one of the lucky few local films that were chosen and was written and produced by local Vancouverite, Ian Tang. This is Ian’s first attempt at a feature film and I have to say it was a very good one. It’s also defiantly a gay movie with one of it’s main story lines surrounding a gay couple.

This is what the facebook group says about the film:

“Everything and Everyone” is a hilarious and heart-breaking film that interweaves poignant stories with unforgettable characters. As Rose (Gabrielle Rose, “The Sweet Hereafter”) begins to show early signs of dementia she forms a special bond with Ben (Sean Michael Kyer, “Fringe”), her bullied grandson. Noah (Ryan Robbins, “Sanctuary”), the struggling actor, reaches the point in his life where realizes none of his dreams will ever come true. Amanda (Chelah Horsdal, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), the perpetual best friend, must decide whether to stay the course or take a chance at love. And the ever optimistic Eric (Lane Edwards, “Smallville”) embarks on a relationship with the self-loathing, yet self-loving Max (Chad Willett, “Cole”) that takes a sudden dramatic turn. “Everything and Everyone” is love, laughter, loss and everything in between.

After my screening, I was left feeling pretty much every emotion I could think of…

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Since the majority of the cast members on Homorazzi are Canadians, we thought we’d share each of our plans to celebrate our nation’s birthday (from where ever we are in the world). As usual, we’re all over the place this weekend.

Certainly, Vancouver has gone through it’s highs and lows over the past couple years. Last year, the Olympics brought a level of togetherness and patriotism that I had never experienced before with my fellow Canadians. The Canada Day that followed also reached a whole new level in terms of the vibe and electricity in the city. Unfortunately, our city’s global reputation recently received a big black eye as a result of the idiotic rioters that decided to trash the city after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup. It was a disgusting side of humanity I never wish to see again. With that said, something positive did come out of it. The next day, the city came together to clean up the mess and attempt to show what it means to be a true Canadian/Vancouverite to the rest of the world that had us under a spotlight. We picked up the pieces and I’d like to think we grew stronger as a result.

Now, what does each cast member have planned for the occasion? Find out below.

Cast member Canada Day plans are after the jump…

Pop-Tart Pick: Nicole Scherzinger

In: Calan, Music

So I’ve never been the biggest fan of Miss Nicole Scherzinger but I can respect when someone has pipes, and Nicole definitely has a good set. I’ve seen Pussycat Dolls live twice, once with Christina Aguilera and again with Britney, and I have to admit they kicked the shit out of their performance both times. The first time Nicole even did some acapella singing and I love me some good acapella! The fact that she’s on the new American X-Factor is going to be huge for her. I used to live in the UK and if the American version takes off half as much as the UK version, then Nicole will have a massive platform to re-launch an American career.

The Pop-Tart pick this time is off Nicole’s new album “Killer Love” and the song is titled “Wet.” I chose this song because I heard it and can’t get it out of my head now. It’s super catchy and pop-fun-times! It just makes me wanna jump up and dance around my room like the huge nerd I am. I can definitely see this song being a big summer anthem if the right places start playing it.

Listen to the track after the jump…

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