Episode 37: The Halloween Episode

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Tune in to Part 1 of Episode 37: 

00:11-3:05 Monster Mash by Boris “B” Pickett

3:05-6:01 Back From The Dead by RiFF RAFF ft. Skepta

6:03- 9:38 Blessings by Chance the Rapper ft. Jamila Woods

9:40-13:09 Lost by Chance the Rapper ft. Noname Gypsy

13:20-15:00 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! We chat about why Halloween is a lifestyle.

15:20-23:30 We went to Chance The Rapper‘s Vancouver tour stop for his “Colouring Book World Tour” and we chat about the broadway influences of his show, and Chance’s uplifting music.

23:45-28:00 They Cum They Go by Tommy Genesis

28:04-30:58 Classic by Jviden ft. K Forest

31:59-34:10 Devastated by Joey Bada$$

34:11-37:32 LIT by John Orpheus

Tune in to Part 2 of Episode 37: 

02:18-10:15 Halloween always creates some controversy, when people cross cultural boundaries, by borrowing from cultures for their costumes. We discuss what we believe is appropriation for costumes and what is cultural appreciation.

10:20-15:20 Is it possible to exploit your own culture? We chat about whether using your culture to get ahead is seen as exploitative in the same way as appropriation.

16:55-17:15 John Orpheus is a Toronto based artist, whose music makes a statement on pop culture, and our modern ideals in the West. He just released Goldchain Hennessey, a mixtape follow up to his last effort John Orpheus is Dead.

17:16-Toronto area artist Jviden also released some new music this past week. He dropped Pure, which features frequent collaborators like K.Forest and Ashton. The project feels deeply personal, as Jviden takes us through his life over the last few months.

Episode 36: The Birthday episode

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Tune in to part 1 of Episode 36

00:00-4:59 Birthday Song by 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West

5:02-8:16 Celebrate by Anderson Paak

8:17-12:17 Get Uugly by Duckwrth ft. Georgia Ann Muldrow

12:20-17:16 Rare Panther/ Beach House by Duckwrth

17:45-22:05 We both celebrated birthdays in September – under the spell of Mercury Retrograde. We talk about our experiences over the last few weeks, and the ups and downs another year brings.

22:06-23:40 We attended Anderson .Paak‘s “Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals” tour, with special guest Duckwrth. We talk about Anderson .Paak’s musicality, and how he’s more of an entertainer, than a rapper.

23:41- 25:17 Duckwrth has been everywhere lately! Nowness premiered his latest video Rare Panther/ Beach House and he’s toured across North America with Anderson .Paak. We’re so excited for him, and we discuss seeing him perform for the first time.

25:20-31:25 We attended the opening of Witness at the New Media Gallery, and during our time there, we pondered whether electric cats dream of robotic fish?

Tune in to part two of Episode 36

 

00:00-3:09 Violet by Daniel Caesar

3:16-7:07 Death and Taxes by Daniel Caesar

7:33-9:36 We’ve been playing Daniel Caesar on the show since we heard music from his second EP Praise Break. We saw him perform for the first time, and were so excited to hear the music come to life during his performance.

9:46-11:05  Digital artist Pencil Fingerz held an art exhibit showcasing many of his portraits and commissions from hip hop artists. His exhibit was aptly titled “My Creations” and featured works of Frank Ocean and the Underachievers. We discuss checking out his portraits IRL.

11:08 We attended the Vancouver stop of the “Summer Sixteen Tour” featuring Drake, Future, DVSN and Roy Woods. We were most impressed with DVSN’s performance, vocalist has brought the best of ’90s R&B back to life, and it was a nice slow down before Future and Drake turned things back up.

11:18-14:26 Too Deep by DVSN

14:27-19:58 Sept. 5th by DVSN

19:59-24:11 Do It Well by DVSN

24:12 Summer’s Over Interlude by Drake

Summer is over! Tune in to our first fall episode, the Halloween episode on live on October 26 on CiTR 101.9FM in Vancouver. Stream live at citr.ca on the day of the show.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Episode 35: Exploring Osheaga, Canada’s coolest festival

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Tune in to part 1 of Episode 35: 

Tune in to part 2 of Episode 35: 

00:30-5:01 Talk Show Host by Radiohead

05:40 We were at music festivals most of the weekends in July. We started with FVDED in the Park, followed up with Pemberton Music Festival to see Kehlani, and at the end of the month, flew to Montreal for Osheaga Music and Arts Festival.

7:00-8:50 We discuss our thoughts on the location of  Osheaga, which takes place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, an island with views of the city centre of Montreal.

9:00-13:14 Brands have become such a huge part of the festival experience and at times it feels like you’re being accosted by marketers as you find your way between stages. We discuss the balance between art, commerce and music at Osheaga, and how brands like Virgin Mobile and Schick Hydro have found a way to make their marketing appealing to concert goers.

13:15-15:29 Osheaga makes art an integral part of the festival experience, and we discuss the various installations that we took in while at the festival.

16:56-20:11 Opera by Jazz Cartier

20:12-24:00 Girls, Women, Ladies by Clairmont the Second. Clairmont released Quest for Milk and Honey and it’s so powerful and timely and good.

24:09-28:24 Cawna Pt. 2 by Staasia Daniels. We pronounced Staasia incorrectly, it’s phonetically pronounced as Stay-Sia. She also just released a project titled Hidden Gems, a very smooth and sexy R&B effort.

30:03-35:10 We give our highlights from Day 1 of Osheaga, which included seeing The Underachievers, Flume and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

35:10-42:00 We recap Day 2 of the festival, and how familiarity kicks in, as you start to understand the layout of the land. We took in Kaytranada‘s set, as well as Best Coast and encountered our first scheduling conundrum between seeing Lana Del Rey and Future. We ended up seeing Lana Del Rey’s set and the Osheaga stage was a perfect fit for her, with fireworks going off during her dreamy performance.

43:15-51:12 Day 3 of Osheaga was definitely the hottest day of the festival. We were there midday for Skepta’s performance and then things cooled down for Grimes set. We were excited to see Disclosure but their set was cancelled due to travel and Radiohead took the stage early and enchanting fifty thousand people for over two hours.

52:21-55:50 Be Somebody by Clams Casino ft Asap Rocky and Lil B

56:10 A reminder that we’ve switched up our format to an extended once a month show. Our next show is scheduled for September 21st.

56:40 Duckwrth is gearing up to release his new project I’m Uugly and he released his new song Get Uugly and we love the video for it. It’s directed by Mancy Gant, and features Channel 3 doing the “Uugly dance” with Duckwrth. He’ll be in Vancouver on September 4th, as part of Anderson Paak and the “Free Nationals” tour.

58:28 We’ve been working super hard on our new wellness line Vellum Wellness. Sign up at vellumwellness.com to be the first to receive news and product samples.

 

 

 

Episode 34: FVDED in the Park brings festival living to the suburbs

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With music festivals becoming an integral auditory exercise for music lovers over the past decade, people are flocking to desert towns, sunny islands, and the core of their cities to experience a mashup of artists from different genres, and to meet other music lovers who don’t mind a little dirt on their shoes, in exchange for checking multiple artists off their bucket lists.

FVDED in the Park, a two-day festival put on by Blueprint Events and Live Nation, saw thousands of fans taking to Holland Park, the home of snoozier, family friendly festivals, to check out 34 emerging and well-known hip-hop and electro acts. Taking place during the first weekend of July outside of Vancouver, in the suburbs of Surrey, BC, this year saw a huge increase in numbers, with over from 20,000 festival goers to more than 40,000 this year.

This year marked some changes, namely the FVDED Lab a third stage showcasing local talent like rapper Tommy Genesis and Pomo, a Vancouver based producer who’s been a force on SoundCloud, with his remixes reaching millions of hits.

FVDED’s set list was curated with breakout artists garnering a lot of traction in 2015 and maintaining the momentum in 2016. Stand out sets included: Jazz Cartier, Kaytranada, Tommy Genesis and Metro Boomin. The festival welcomes an all ages crowd, with plenty of underage boobs and booty shown off over the the weekend. Many of the artists on the roster perform at nightclubs when in the city, so this was a chance for teenagers to experience artists like Zedd, who puts on a light show equally as impressive as the music. FVDED is a unique festival in that it’s bringing internationally renowned talent to the suburbs, and providing a reasonably priced experience to a growing city.

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Jack Ü headlined the first night of FVDED in the Park and had a beat and rhythm for everyone to find, no matter what their preference. Diplo and Skrillex weaved their way from dancehall, soca, bhangra, top 40, back to their own tracks. Their collaborative music mirrors their performance style and they often meshed their songs during their 90 minute set. Jack Ü understands the diversity of their audience and they switched up from periods of frenetic electro to let the crowd breathe during a sweet medley that included Cinema and last summer’s hit Lean On. Other hijinks included Skrillex coaxing the crowd to wake up a dead Diplo, and the duo premiering a new coordinated dance routine atop a giant platform on the FVDED stage.

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Metro Boomin took the stage on day 2 and treated his set like a victory lap celebrating the hits that he’s produced over the last three years. He teased the crowd with his intro from Kanye’s Father Stretch My Hands Part 1 but didn’t deliver on the drop until much later. His work on major mixtapes from Drake to Future (and Drake + Future’s WATTBA) last year drew the biggest cheers from the crowd. His Gucci Mane tribute was nostalgic, making you realize Hard To Kill was released 10 years ago. Metro’s stage presence is more that of an emcee than a DJ and he was one of the most hype acts on Day 2 of FVDED. The droves of people sprinting to the front as he started that infamous “Young Metro” tagline, and his command of the stage show that he’s definitely one of rap’s most promising young talents.

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00:00- 06:04 The Line by DVSN

06:05-09:40 Opera by Jazz Cartier

09:41-12:12 100 Roses by Jazz Cartier

12:12- 14:40 Uber Everywhere by MadeinTYO

14:41-19:12 Neva CHange by Schoolboy Q ft. SZA

19:13-24:37 Tookie Knows II ft. Traffic and TF

24:38 We’ve switched over to a once a month format while we work on Vellum Wellness. We’ll be extending our show past 11:00 p.m. so we can have a long, luxurious show!

24:54 We discuss our time at FVDED in the Park

31:21 We’re attending Osheaga festival from July 29th – 31st in Montreal. Follow us on snapchat @thescreengirls

32:00 Lana Del Rey and Future’s sets conflict at Osheaga. Let us know which act you’d see.

32:27 We play our interview with Noodles

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