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Mikal Cronin Performs on Conan / New Album Out Today


We’ve been counting down to Mikal Cronin’s latest, MCIII, for months, and now that we’ve listened, the verdict is in: it is never leaving our record player.

Mikal was on Conan last night to promote the album and perform “Turn Around”. So many swoons:




SXSW Best Bets for Saturday, March 21, 2015


What do you mean it’s almost over?! But we just got here!…
Here are the bands we’ll be checking out to make the most of our last night at SXSW:

Time: 10am – 4pm
What: Rachael Ray’s Feedback
Who: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Raekwon, Delta Spirit, Cody Simpson, Jeff the Brotherhood, Surfer Blood, The Districts, The Cringe, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Reptar, Bob Schneider, Hippo Campus, Banditos
Where: Stubb’s

Time: 12 – NOON
What: Axe White Label Collective party
Who: John Legend, YG, ASTR, Lolawolf, James Davis
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s

Time: 8pm
Who: Fantastic Negrito
Where: Lucky Lounge (209 W 5th St)

Time: 9:30pm
Who: Joey Bada$$
Where: ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W 2nd St)

Time: 10pm
Who: Turbo Fruits
Where: Parish (214C E 6th St)

Time: 11pm
Who: Warm Soda
Where:  Hotel Vegas Patio (1500 E 6th St)

Time: 12am
Who: Gap Dream
Where: Hotel Vegas + The Volstead (1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)

ABC’s of SXSW 2015

Our favourite time of year is here again! The Music portion of SXSW officially starts next week, March 17.  As is tradition, we’ve combed through the thousands of bands playing Austin this year to give you our very favourites – from A all the way down to Z.

Action Bronson






Angel Olsen
Bad Cop
Best Coast
Chastity Belt
Chuck Prophet
Cody Brooks

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Courtney Barnett
Delta Spirit
Diarrhea Planet
Earl Sweatshirt
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Family of the Year
Frank Turner
Future Islands






Hey Marseilles
Jacco Gardner
Jamestown Revival
JEFF the Brotherhood
King Tuff
Leon Bridges







Natural Child
The Octopus Project
Palma Violets
Quiet Kids
Real Estate
Shakey Graves
Turbo Fruits
Twin Peaks
Until The Ribbon Breaks
Viet Cong
The War on Drugs
X Ambassadors
The Yolks
The Zombies





Ontario Craft Beer Week is Here!


Today marks the beginning of the fourth annual Ontario Craft Beer Week. The fine folks behind what should probably be a national week-long holiday are bringing together 30 brewers to participate in over 150 events throughout the province.

Our top picks for Ontario Craft Beer Week combine our two favourite summertime pastimes; watching bands and drinking beer:

What: Battle of the Brew Bands
When: Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19
Where: The Only Café – 972 Danforth Avenue
Why: This battle of the band has one condition; at least one member of each band competing has to work for an Ontario Craft Beer brewery. Because beers and musicians go hand in hand, this should be good!

What: Mill Street’s Strange Brew
When: Friday, June 21
Where: Strange Brew – 50 Edwin Avenue
Why: The fine folks over at Young Lions Music Club are throwing a party of the century..yet again – and this time they partnered with Mill Street Brewery to do it! This celebration of craft beer, rock n’ roll and the unusual will feature 10 brewers, performances by Dwayne Gretzky , Jumple and the Golden Dogs and an actual freakshow. Sign us up!

What: Session Toronto
When: Saturday, June 22
Where: Wychwood Barns – 76 Wychwood Avenue
Why: The official closing party of Ontario Craft Beer Week, Session Toronto will not only feature Ontario’s finest breweries, but wineries and spirits, delicious food and music – all held at the beautiful Wychwood Barns.


WISH LIST: One Of A Kind Christmas Show and Sale

Goodness me! You know it’s time to start getting excited about Christmas when the One Of A Kind Christmas Show and Sale comes to town!

As usual, there is a Christmas gift to be found here for everyone. And a gift or ten to spoil yourself with. I ‘sacrificed’ hours going through the aisles of magic to bring your my favourite treasures from this year’s show. You’re welcome: 

Marianne Chenard – Ceramics
Booth Z – 17 

Ok, wow. Over the moon in love with Marianne Chenard’s beautiful Canadiana inspired maple syrup ceramic containers. Available in two sizes, the bigger ones are great for the home, while the smaller ones make the most perfect souvenir gifts.




Wine Planks

Booth V-26
One of my favourite exhibitors from last year is back!  This time – check out these gorgeous garden balls. I’m  tempted to buy one for my future Toronto home that I will be able to afford – never. womp womp. Does make a great gift for friends who can afford homes, though. Or even your apartment’s back deck. It’s too pretty to pass up!


Serge Robert Pottery

Booth U-51
Because of the way the flames hit the ceramics as they are being created, no two of these Japanese tea cups are ever the same, creating the most beautiful and unique pieces. Bonus points for you if you ever gift these to someone who’s been to Japan (me!) – they will love you for always! 



Rachel F Earmuffs

Booth V-32
You guys, I MUST own a pair of these incredibly beautiful earmuffs of heaven. Surely, someone out there must think I’m worth a measly $65?! At that price, I’d like a fur hat thrown in. And a Scarlette bag as well, please.


Katie McLellan’s Stuffed Dudes

Booth D-59
I fell in love with these stuffed dudes at first sight – and then times a million more when I encountered the cutest toddler ever not being able to take his eyes off of them. They’re definitely cute kid approved for those adorable little people in your life.



Dapila Hand Made Casts

Booth T-15
I am spellbound by these decorative handmade casts. They make the most unique bathroom decorations, providing a practical storage solution – from toothbrush holders to vases, and beyond. Love!



Overman Jewellery

Booth B-22
Another returning favourite, Overman creates the most amazing jewellery from watch pieces. Because I already own one of the adorable robots, the bulb necklace is next on my list!



Celine Fafard
Booth C-54
Oh my heart! I am smitten! Celine Fafard’s ceramic pieces include some of the most beautiful mugs, tea cups, bowls and vases I have ever laid eyes on!





The One of A Kind Christmas Show and Sale runs November 22 – December 2.

For more information, check out their website.

CURRENTLY ON REPEAT | Quilt ‘Young Gold’

Don’t mind us. We’re just so, so, so excited for Quilt, along with their Mexican Summer labelmates The Fresh and Onlys, to hit up Toronto. Only 8 more sleeps…and counting!

Current song we can’t stop listening to?
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and the whole dang record!

Quilt and The Fresh and Onlys play Toronto November 14.
Get your tickets here!

For more tour dates, check this out.