I'm Going to the 2011 Juno Awards on Sunday!!

First a big thank you to my big sis for taking me as her date to the Juno's on Sunday night:) I'm excited to say the least.

Never was a big fan of the Juno Awards until the past few years... always saw them as a kind of sub-par Grammy's... but Canadian music has stepped up its game in a huge way these past couple of years: Broken Social Scene, City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Metric, Shad, Down With Webster (from my hometown of The Beaches in Toronto I'm proud to say), The Sheepdogs, Hollerado, Feist, Drake, Arcade Fire, and of course The Biebs... that's just off the top of my head. And might I add that more than one of the above were represented and celebrated at the Grammy's this year? Sweet.
Arcade Fire

Broken Social Scene
Ok so I'm sounding super gung-ho about Canadian music, but I like that we've actually got a cool scene going on again - Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Band style - and after that sad, sad exhibition at the end of the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics....I mean come on.
Neil Young - My Love
So I'm actually super excited to be a part of it on Sunday -  I know City and Colour, Arcade Fire, Chromeo, DWW, and Broken Social Scene are playing... and Neil Young is accepting the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award but not performing? I really hope he does a surprise number... would pretty much make my life complete. Oh and Drake is hosting - wonder how that'll go down.



Elizabeth Taylor, February 27, 1932-March 23, 2011

This morning, just before 10:00 am, Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 79. What an incredibly beautiful, glamourous woman the world has lost.

Sir Elton John: "We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being"

Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon): "RIP Elizabeth Taylor. My grandpa just received heaven's 1st ever restraining order."
Rest in peace Liz.


Natalie Portman for Miss Dior Cherie

Here's a look at the 2011 Miss Dior Cherie advert, directed by the wonderfully talented Sofia Coppola and featuring this year's it-girl and mama-to-be Natalie Portman.

Thought you might enjoy it, that is if you didn't already catch it when it aired during the Oscars. Also check out Coppola's upcoming film Somewhere, it's a pseudo-autobiographical account of her upbringing with a famous papa...

Btw that's Elle Fanning (Dakota's little sister) making her debut as a leading lady...


The Sheepdogs: On the cover of the Rolling Stone?

My sister gave me a CD this summer by some Canadian band from Saskatchewan called The Sheepdogs, and being eternally up for anything new by my nation's people I plopped it right on into the car stereo and we listened to it all the way up north to the cottage. They've got this throwback Beatles/Eric Clapton/CSNY thing going on with a contemporary indie twist... they're doing a similar thing as The Black Keys style-wise but more rock n' roll driven where The Black Keys are more bluesy. It's all very good listening. I've come to love them.

That's why I was so excited to go onto the Rolling Stone site last week and see that they're top runners for a contest the mag is running where people vote for the band who gets to be on the next cover! Not only am I thrilled because they're great, I'm also happy there's some can-con in the mix there (Canadians have been representing this year, thank you Arcade Fire).

If you get a chance definitely go check them out and rate their music (that's how the voting works-pretty solid system I think).
And their album is a solid investment if your into paying money for music:)

I'm picturing these scruffy-haired dudes reliving that moment from Almost Famous when Stillwater finds out they've made the cover and break into song "...the thrill that'll get you when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone"

Good luck to you Sheepdogs.