Victoria is a hair dresser and stylist that I met as a client. She's versatile and has done an excellent job on anything I've asked for. As I've visited her often we got chatting and hit it off and I got to know her a bit and she's super determined, successful and always working to excel at becoming the best she can be at whatever she undertakes. A breath of fresh air really. She also told me about her sister Michelle who is an incredible photographer and has worked with some pretty big names. When you see her art you'll see exactly why. A cool tidbit is Michelle has a friend who she gets helicopter rides from and they go above Toronto and capture our city and landscape from such a unique and epic perspective. I've seen some shots as well where Victoria will do a hairstyle and Michelle photographs them and there's even a collection celebrating the empowerment of strong independent woman. I've added some pictures to show some of the styles and colors Victoria has done for me personally and have included links to both her and Michelle's instagram accounts. I know I just added more beauty to your life by introducing you to these fine artists- you're welcome ;)
A friend of mine, Richard, is a musician and also a producer at Dick Black Music and an artist at Universal Music Canada. I first met him several years ago when he was the vocalist for a band my brother played bass for called Ebony Run. Recently he shared a video on Facebook and it was a song called Tomorrow Never Comes he created that he also sings on. Clockup picked up Datascape for the Maggot Baits soundtrack and now his tune is a feature in a new game and it's had quite some good exposure. Super cool tune so I thought I'd share it. I'm also including a link to my Soundcloud where you can find some of his songs which I've uploaded personally (with the bands permission) and you can connect to him on his profile through some of his songs I've reposted on there.
An old friend of mine and her husband who is from Mexico have brought the family business to Toronto with it's beautiful handcrafted jewelry pieces. Though their store location is in Yorkville don't let that sway you, they are very reasonably priced for the quality and handmade craftsmanship they offer. I personally am scoping out a ring for my left pinky and they have quite the bling! They also offer an online store as well which is a perk if that's your preference. As I love promoting everything art I really want to give people the opportunity to find their Toronto based store, especially if you like designs that are exotic and have the flair of another culture. And for any guys... I guarantee your girl will thank you ;)
I have an ear for the bass because I grew up listening to it almost 24/7 around the house. My bro Sam of Centrifuge is pretty much self taught and he was playing in his own band and also whipping off Level 42 covers in high school and blowing people away with improvised bass solos that would be hard for the eye to easily follow. I remember going to an annual bass/guitar convention with him down near the Lakeshore when we were younger and he started playing quietly on an amp and after about 5 mins we had a crowd around us flipping out. The song "Halifax" is a collaboration of Humanoid 13 and Sam Hall. You'll find it if you scroll down to the bottom of the Humanoid 13 web page. You'll not only find the finished tune but an alternate version featuring just the drum track with Sam's bass.
One day left of the promo on Smashwords to download The Book of Past for free- the site downloads to multiple platforms. Just click the link and type in the title and it's complimentary at checkout. Enjoy a sunny walk in the shadows...a frolic darkly.
I can't say much at all about this shoot with Grimes but let's just say we met under very interesting circumstances (as you can imagine this video was quite the production). Grimes is awesome and she was totally involved on set and a part of the process and even after a loooong day (into the wee hours) she stayed super cool and super sweet. I said in an earlier post when she came by before on set for "Kill V. Maim" that she reminds me of a goth angel and I'm thinking this video just makes the point further. (It looked as cool during as when finished believe me- we had her Suicide Squad song Medieval Warfare playing on set)
Joe Zappa of the band Humanoid 13 is the fictitious lead character of a screenplay being created for TV and movie. It's a science fiction story in the making. Here's a song, Turn it to Ten, that will be a part of a broadcast in the plot.