Where We’d Go? The Screen Girls Return After Working on Vellum Wellness

We’re Back…
After a long break, The Screen Girls return

Its been 588 days since we last shared anything with you guys. At the time, we had no idea our last radio show, on April 20th, 2018 would actually be our last show.

Since then, we’ve been working on expanding Vellum Wellness. What started off as a way to ‘stay moisturized between the joints’ turned into a complete wellness line, with products designed to unite your mind and body.

The Vellum brand is heavily influenced from our time as Screen Girls and our late nights covering shows and interviewing artists. It was during our time shooting and editing for The Screen Girls that we discovered what wellness meant to us. It was tough with only two of us, going out every night to cover the latest rap shows and snag interviews. Each night, we fell asleep knowing that our sleep hygiene was suffering and our overall sense of well being was slipping away from us.portrait file
How The Screen Girls Inspired Vellum Wellness

So much of what inspired the Vellum brand was the journey of artists we met along the way as Screen Girls. Staying physically healthy on tour is a challenge, and with the current state of the world today, staying mentally healthy is even more challenging. We’ve long praised the benefits of cannabis sativa for both the mind and body, and it felt natural for us to include a form of this magical plant in our first formulated product – Elevate Hemp Hand Lotion. We’re so proud of this unique formula we created in conjunction with our team of experts, and even more proud to present our first full collection: Mental Essentials.

Mental Essentials is a collection of 100% pure essential oils designed to reflect your mood and emotions. A strong appreciation of art is at the cornerstone of our brand values, so we worked with LA based artist MRBBABY and commissioned hand painted illustrations of the oils personified into characters. The idea is that when you inhale the oil, and reflect upon the artwork, your mind and body work together to explore the mood the oil is praised for. We found Lavender Oil to work wonders at restoring our night routines.

Although our time at CiTR 107.9 fm has come to an end, we’re just getting started with Vellum and we’re so excited to share updates with you along the way. We’ll still be covering artists, but this time we’ll be focusing a little more on their self care processes, for all the latest updates, follow @vellumwellness on social media (Twitter, IG, FB) and check out the blog SMOKE + MiRRORS. While you’re at it, pick up some products to get started on your wellness journey and use the code TSG18 for 40% off your first purchase (code valid until December 31st, 2018).

The Screen Girls Work on Vellum Wellness and present Mental Essentails

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CHANCE THE RAPPER DELIVERS BLESSINGS ON TOUR

In 2016, Chance the Rapper has: performed at major festivals like Bonnaroo, and Made in America, thrown his own Magnificent Coloring Day festival in Chicago, landed a global ad campaign with Kenzo X H&M, and petitioned the Grammy awards to include streaming only music. This would be a monumental year for any artist, but it’s historic for an artist that has remained independent.

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“Are you ready for your blessing!” is how Chance begins his show, telling more so than asking his audience. Receiving blessings was the them of the night, as Chance recounted his own torrid path before he reached his own blessing. All the talk of blessings, newfound redemption and higher powers gave him the feel of a preacher at his pulpit, and his message wasn’t lost on the sold out crowd in Vancouver.

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Chance the Rapper’s concert felt like an off Broadway revival of Avenue Q, as he was joined onstage by puppets that bantered, flirted, danced, and sang with him on stage. His inclusion of the characters in his live show was a nod to the childlike innocence and optimism in his raps – optimism that is very needed in hip hop right now.

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For a full recap of Chance’s performance, check out Episode 37 of The Screen Girls On Air

DANIEL CAESAR REDEFINES THE R&B CROONER

Oshawa born, Toronto based artist DANIEL CAESAR was on our radar after he released Praise Break in 2014. We were instantly hooked, by his lulling falsetto and his range, as much gospel and soul as contemporary R&B. We saw him perform live in Vancouver, and the album came alive under the bright lights of the Biltmore Cabaret as he began to sing Violet, backed by a live band.

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Last year, DANIEL CAESAR followed up Praise break by releasing Pilgrim’s paradise, in which the cover art depicts him free falling into nothingness. The existential tone of the cover carries over into the material, as Danny explores coming of age and questions the religious overtones of his upbringing.

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Daniel Caesar performs with the animated prescience of an artist who’s already released two platinum albums, won a Grammy, married an actress and divorced her in a very public way. Perhaps his confidence stems from his realization of his gift and the emotions that his powerful voice can elicit. Whatever it is, it was palpable in the room, as we watched him command a packed room, in his his olive green jumpsuit.

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Catch a review of his performance on Episode 36 of TSG:OA 

PENCIL FINGERZ PRESENTS HIS PORTRAITS IN “ALL MY CREATIONS”

Pencil Fingerz first caught our attention with his renderings of celebrated rappers and influential figures of our time. He’s been working hard, building up a roster of rapper clients, who are fans of his drawings, done by Wacom tablet. He put on his exhibit “All My Creations” at Fortune Sound Club, and we were treated to an up close look at his art over the past few years.

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Yelawolf is one of PENCIL FINGERZ longest collaborators. The pair have worked on the Slumadian and Slumerican Made your posters, and merchandise. A drawing of Yelawolf, his middle finger prominently on display during Pencil Fingerz art show in Vancouver.

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It’s been less than a year since Pencil Fingerz moved from rural Chilliwack, to Vancouver, and he’s been busy making moves since. His first art show in the city, marked his presence as a Vancouver artist, and it was touchingly well attended by friends and family who came out to show love for their hometown boy.

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Check out review of his debut Vancouver show on Episode 36 of TSG:OA

 

 

Day 2 of Osheaga Music Festival

By the second day of Osheaga, a certain familiarity with the lay of the park had kicked in, but there was still so much to be seen. Osheaga prides itself on offering quality in both music and art, and exploring the various installations set along the woods was a welcome retreat from the sun and music that still faintly echoed from the stages. Osheaga doesn’t quite belong to any age group, and there were many families with small children, who were provided their own play area, and interactive experiences throughout the park. Whether it’s a mature French attitude towards life, or just the nature of Osheaga, there weren’t too many of the stereotypes that are associated with music festivals – the lingerie clad teenagers and intoxicated festival goers were far and few in between.

The art during Osheaga was crossed with offerings by commercial brands, but it was a delicate balance, and it didn’t feel pushy or overt, and there was representation from all different markets, like Schick Razor, NYX Makeup, H&M and Virgin Mobile.

For those seeking an escape from the sun, Osheaga offers a chill zone, where hammocks were hung from trees, and people were free to lay and have a moment to reflect on all of their favourite music moments.

Osheaga is spread out among six stages, across the park.

Osheaga is spread out among six stages (River, Mountain, Green, Valley, Zone Piknik Electronique , across the park.

Osheaga's Happy mascots were a hit

Osheaga’s Happy mascots were a hit.

These Osheaga mascots were appreciated by kids and adults alike

These Osheaga mascots were appreciated by kids and adults alike.

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The Green Stage ( Scene Verte) featured a swing ride that put you above all the action.

 

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A festival goer tries their hand at rock climbing during Osheaga.

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BE WATER is an installation that serves as a cool, waterpark for festivalgoers.

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Osheaga was a very family friendly festival. While children were scarcely seen in the crowded pits, they were happily frolicking around the park, especially in the Kids Zone.

The vibe of Osheaga feels grown up and more sophisticated rather than catering to a teenage crowd

The Kids Zone was a retreat for kids and parents during Osheaga.

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This David Bowie statue memorialized the late singer, whose death was a shock to the music community this year.

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Art is just as integral as music to the Osheaga experience.

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Osheaga balanced between art and commercial vendors, and Sonnet.ca got the vibe of the festival right, with their marketing.

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Interactive exhibits sprung up throughout the park.

Whether you wanted to snap a photo or just admire, there was lots of art to see

Whether you wanted to snap a photo or just admire, there was lots of art to see.

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The Green Stage was an interactive to the brim at all hours of the festival.

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The NYX touch up stand at Osheaga featured complimentary touch ups and makeup artists meet and greets with celeb artists like Sonjdra Deluxe.

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H&M is a presence on the music festival circuit worldwide, and they always have supporters lined up for giveaways.

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Perrier is known for their Greenhouses, which features their own DJ and assortment of cocktails made with Perrier.

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Scene Piknic Electronique is where many of the electro acts play, the name is a nod to Parc Jean-Drapeau’s summer long, weekly fest which takes places on Sundays.

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Scene De La Vallee featured a mix of electronic acts and some rap acts with Post Malone and Jazz Cartier.

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The event was completely sold out, and nearly 50,000 people attended each day.