MY DARKEST DAYS’ FRIDAE TV OCTOBER CHART ROBBERY!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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Thank you so much for reading and watching! It’s that time again where I tell you all whose rocking my FRIDAE TV Youtube charts! Only one chart to be shown this month, all the statistics were grouped into ONE global break down. Right now as I type this there are 1,249 people watching Fridae TV and 120 of those people are watching Porn Star Dancing! My Darkest Days is opening up for Three Days Grace this Saturday November 6th in Toronto at The Direct Energy Centre, buy tickets HERE

Congrats MY DARKEST DAYS!!

MDD TAKE OVER!  FIVE songs in the TOP TEN GLOBAL FRIDAE TV charts! They managed to boot Girlicious from the  number 1 spot but for how long?? They are not too far behind at number two!

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FRIDAE TV’S OCTOBER 2010 CHART

1. MY DARKEST DAYS – PORN STAR DANCING LIVE @ THE TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

2. GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

3. MY DARKEST DAYS – LIKE NOBODY ELSE (NEWB) LIVE @ THE EL MOCAMBO 2009

4. NIAGARA FALLS HAUNTED HOUSE! (There is a new one I am just uploading!)

5. MY DARKEST DAYS – FUCKED UP SITUATION (NEW VERSION) LIVE @ THE TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

6. MY DARKEST DAYS – SAVE ME LIVE @ TRUDEAU PARK (ROCK ‘N THE PARK) 2009

7. METAL ON METAL – ANVIL LIVE @ THE INDIES! – CMW 2009

8. MY DARKEST DAYS – COME UNDONE LIVE @ THE RIVOLI – NXNE 09′

9. WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

10. GIRLICIOUS – OVER YOU (NEWBISH) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

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HAIL THE VILLAIN LIVE @ THE TATTOO REVIEW!

Hail The Villain

Live @ The Tattoo Rock Parlour

By: Fridae Mattas

Photo By: Jaylyn Todd

Finally!! At last I was able to catch a full ‘Hail The Villain’ set! I may have only caught the last few songs at the Hideout and missed the whole performance at Uproar Fest. but Thursday October 7th I got my chance. I also managed an interview with Lead Vox Bryan Crouch prior to sound check…Bonus!  The interview is PUBLISHED click the link! I have been hearing about this band for years, familiar with their tunes because they are that good! Hail The Villain are indisputably the most underrated band in Canada, refreshingly different from most bands yet still tenuously undiscovered.

 

 

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HTV is probably the only band that I know of that has released their major début in conjunction with a comic book that relates to the music and videos for the movie with a videogame-esque interactive website…Do you follow? No worries my friends, Bryan explains it all in the interview. Those of you who already know about HTV, congratulations for knowing some spectacular music, group hug! To all who don’t know; if you are a serious rock fan this is a band you will never forget! The music grabs you immediately and if that doesn’t float your boat I am sure the live show will blow you away. Hail The Villain is from Oshawa, Ontario and is signed to Warner Canada/Roadrunner Records USA. June 04th 2010 they released their début record “Population Declining” and just wrapped the Rockstar Uproar Festival. Hail The Villain was to do a US tour with Disturbed joined by fellow Canadian band ‘Art Of Dying’ but that was recently canceled due to Disturbed lead singer David Draiman’s serious throat condition.

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Hail The Villain were the headliners for the evening, working in the stage was ‘Bleeker Ridge’ and ‘Songs From A Room’. A quick mini jibber about Bleeker Ridge from Orillia, Ontario, the band is; Taylor Perkins – Vocals, Cole Perkins – Guitar/Vocals,  Dan Steinke – Guitar/Vocals, Dustin Steinke on the Drums and Brad Nicholson on the Bass. The band recently linked a recording contract with Roadrunner Records and dropped their major début ‘Small Town Dead’ on September 21st 2010. I have seen Bleeker Ridge once before, they impressed me a bit the first time but this time around it was better but not as impressive, just like singer Taylor Perkins said “They haven’t played for a while”. You could hear it clearly in the vocals during a few of the tracks, lead Vox was cracking and squealing letting the adrenaline take control for a few minutes before he quickly tried to keep it steady.
Photo By: Jaylyn Todd
Photo By: Jaylyn Todd

Don’t get me wrong I love his voice, the kid can definitely sing he has the talent, he can sing better than many a lead out there. Far too many lead singers can’t sing for shit, all they do is use vocal effects to mask how bad they really are. Yes, sadly it’s true,  the sound person and singer can manipulate vocals live with today’s technology it is possible. That is why I like to film from the stage most of the time, to get the real vocals. The band was mostly tight I noticed lead guitar skillfully handling his axe and Drummer Boy smashing those cans with fervor. The crowd however had mixed feelings, some were getting into the band, others just stood there and stared. Bleeker Ridge’s music is different than Hail The Villain’s, they are more along the poppy Top 40 Rock opposed to HTV’s Alternative Rock Metal sound. Taylor did his job working the stage; you could tell he liked being there entertaining the cameras and the crowd. It did come off a little fake at times but there was some genuine emotion there. Other than the whine in his voice I like everything about the bands sound. The other members in the band had their moments too but at times seemed slightly timid. Either way this band will probably top the charts soon enough, they are already making some noise on Fridae TV’s North American charts. Check Bleeker Ridge out if you can they are hitting the road!

 

Photo By: Jaylyn Todd

Onto the main event, you can tell I go to the Tattoo Rock Parlour a lot, very picky with who and what I cover and where, when it comes to FridaeTV. Just because an artist is popular on the mainstream music scene, played on all airwaves and will give me some amazing stats, does not mean I would ever put them on FridaeTV. Stats to me are fun to watch but they are not important otherwise. To be featured on Fridae TV the artists must catch my attention and keep it, think of it like an exclusive club, you have to entertain my eyes and ears to be featured here. Hail the Villain passed that test when I saw the last tune of their performance at the Rock N’ The Park festival in 2009. The band is: Bryan Crouch – Vocals, Joseph Stamp – Guitar, Chad Taylor – Bass and Flavio Cirillo on Drums.

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They started the set with ‘Try Hating The World’, a punch in the face angst ridden tune that has a fast paced high energy feel, perfect track to kick off the set. Crouch has been known by others to over perform and yell rather than sing, what I was getting is a true performer who knows how to entertain his audience. Obviously he stands out from many leads when it comes to being comfortable with the stage and captivating a crowd. His vocals are interesting very rare for this style, I actually fully understood what he sang because he enunciated his words properly. Super daps for being able to pull off screams, sing melodically and keep the fans on their toes. Crouch owned the audience before Cirillo’s sticks hit those skins; all boring bands need to watch and learn how a real Front Larry breaks it down. For those that think he over performs, go listen to your Josh Grobin and take a nap because that is boring. My official opinion is that Crouch does not need to calm the fuck down! He needs to keep doing what he does, it is most definitely working to their advantage, the best way to get noticed is to give the people a show to remember!

Photo By: Jaylyn Todd Photo By: Jaylyn Todd

Photo By: Jaylyn Todd

These days playing a show is the only guaranteed revenue a band actually has to count on: you play, they pay. If your live show is a flop and you don’t draw a crowd nobody will book your band. Records don’t make money anymore unless you’re Eminem or Justin Beeblets (I know it’s spelled wrong, that is what I prefer to call him) even they are hurting.  Major record labels won’t sign a band who doesn’t deliver a money making performance especially these days when they don’t have any money themselves to take those risks. Evidently, Hail The Villain was signed because they have the talent and can deliver a highly energetic set, every minute of the performance the crowd was ecstatically amused! Half of them have already seen the band live; the other half, had a whole new concert experience they will want to re-live again. The single ‘Runaway’ was played in the set, they just released the R-Rated video for the track and I must say it’s one fantastic video! Love the eyes so creepily fascinating. Every member in the band fits like a glove, I swear Bassist Chad Taylor reminded me so much of another Bassist whose name is also Chad, it’s like they are identical twins, so trippy. This Chad threw it down, totally feeling the music and vibing with the crowd. Lately I’ve seen some Bassists out Rock Guitarists, Axe shredders need to step up their game! Not HTV’s Guitarist Joseph Stamp, he absolutely embodied the music he played as Bryan sang those lyrics with conviction and Flavio destroyed those cans. The last song of the night was ‘Pyro’ wish I filmed it but I was trying to get some of my own shots but they didn’t turn out, thankfully my good friend Miss Jaylyn Todd who deserves a huge Thank You took some incredible stills. From the beginning to the end, I would definitely go see Hail The Villain live over and over again! You should go check them out the minute you hear they are in your town! Hail The Villain is heading out on the road this November and December new tour dates have been posted, you can finally have your chance, like I did.

 

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THREE DAYS GRACE TO ROCK THE 2010 ROYAL AGRICULTURAL FAIR!

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THREE DAYS GRACE, MARIANAS TRENCH AND MORE SET TO ROCK THE ROYAL!

TORONTO – From rodeos to rock music, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will have it all. The Royal is proud to announce that Three Days Grace, My Darkest Days, Bleeker RidgeillScarlett, Stereos and Marianas Trench will be performing this November as part of the Fair’s all-ages Concert Series.

Concert tickets cost $35 if purchased in advance, or $40 at the door. Concert tickets also include admission to The Royal.

“The Royal’s Concert Series is back this year with a tremendous line-up,” said Bob M. Jadavji, chief executive officer, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “We are excited to announce bands including Three Days Grace and Marianas Trench to round out The Royal’s nightlife.”

The largest of its kind in the world, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is an experiential event that takes place in Toronto every November at Exhibition Place. Now in its 88th year, The Royal offers urban adults and children alike a chance to experience the magic of the country.

Running from Friday, November 5 to Sunday, November 14, 2010, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will showcase innovations in food and agriculture, thousands of livestock animals, and dozens of the world’s top equestrian horses and riders. For more information on The Royal Agricultural Fair, visit www.ROYALFAIR.org to buy Concert tickets for both shows click HERE.

**PLEASE NOTE FRIDAETV WILL ONLY BE COVERING THE NOVEMBER 6TH SHOW!**

THESE ELECTRIC LIVES – INDIE WEEK CANADA 2010 WINNERS


THESE ELECTRIC LIVES – INDIE WEEK CANADA 2010 WINNERS
They’ll be touring Ireland in Spring 2011!!
 

It looks like These Electric Lives’ Top Secret Indie Week rehearsal (as seen on Youtube) has paid off! Toronto’s These Electric Lives are the winners of Indie Week Canada 2010, and they’ve won what is perhaps the most valuable prize to Canadian indie artists in this day and age: A tour of another country. In the Spring of 2011, These Electric Lives will be headlining the touring festival Indie Week Ireland.
 

Like the pros they are, These Electric Lives powered through a total of four Indie Week performances (including their official judged showcase and the Semi-Finals, both of which they won).
The week culminated at the Finals on Sunday, October 17 at Tattoo Rock Parlour where they showcased before a host of A-list industry judges including Shawn Frank (The Envy), Adam Fujiki (Manager A&R Sony), Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low), Sean Jones (Recording artist, WIDEawake Entertainment Group), Cheryl Link (Director of Synchronization Licensing and Creative Manager at Peermusic Canada Inc.), John Payne (President, WIDEawake Entertainment Group) and Barbara Sedun (Sr. VP EMI Publishing).
 

As always, there was a share of controversy and a re-count was demanded, but These Electric Lives made it out on top. The judges scores varied extensively with A Primitive Evolution and Serena Pryne & The Mandevilles tying for second place.

Gary Peter of These Electric Lives says:
“Winning Indie Week was the cherry on top of a sweet, sweet Sunday! We played 4 hectic shows in 5 days with a brand new drummer who had to learn our songs in a hurry (thanks Robbie!). We were really happy with every performance and would have felt really good about ourselves even if we didn’t win. We also made some serious industry connections before the final night. So to go through all that on very little sleep and win the trip to Ireland? Crazy stuff. Thanks Indie Week! Ireland here we come!” With vocals that evoke Robert Smith of The Cure and some guitar licks reminiscent of U2, These Electric Lives will do very well in Ireland, as their sound is a perfect fit for the Irish music scene. Watch for the highlight of an already fruitful career!
 

Indie Week
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TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW RECORD ‘SPEAK NOW’ RELEASED!

 TAYLOR SWIFT’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM SPEAK NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES TODAY!!
 
 

Toronto, ON – Grammy Award winning superstar Taylor Swift’s third album, Speak Now, (Open Road Recordings / Universal Music Canada), is available in stores and digitally worldwide today.  The album was released simultaneously in over 40 countries and is already receiving outstanding international reviews and acclaim.
 
Four songs from Speak Now (‘Speak Now,’ ‘Back to December,’ ‘Mean,’ and ‘Mine’) were pre-released early on iTunes and all reached #1 on the site’s all-genre downloads chart within hours of being available. Paid song downloads from Speak Now have exceeded an unbelievable 1.8 million in sales worldwide. “Taylor Swift has again achieved the near-impossible…with a third bundle of melodic, cathartic country-pop. Speak Now is another unrestrained grand-slam. 4 Stars” – US Weekly
Currently, the single Mine is Top 5 on the Canadian AC radio chart, Top 10 on the Country radio chart and Top 15 on the Hot AC chart. The video for “Mine” is Top 5 on the Much Music & CMT Canada Countdown charts. “Mine” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs Chart and at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon release. 

 Speak Now, features 14 tracks written solely by Swift, who also co-produced the album alongside her long time producer, Nathan Chapman.  A Speak Now Deluxe Edition is also available and includes 3 never-before-heard bonus tracks, 3 remixes, the ‘Mine’ music video and 30 minutes of bonus video footage.
 
Speak Now track listing:                                                                                                                  
 

1. Mine
2. Sparks Fly
3. Back to December
4. Speak Now
5. Dear John
6. Mean
7. The Story of Us
8. Never Grow Up
9. Enchanted
10. Better Than Revenge
11. Innocent
12. Haunted
13. Last Kiss
14. Long Live

Open Road Recordings, home to Taylor Swift in Canada, is Canada’s top Canadian country music label.  In 2009, the thriving boutique label was the biggest selling independent label in Canada. Earlier this year, Swift recently received a 2010 CCMA for her album Fearless which won Top Selling Album overall.

ABOUT OPEN ROAD RECORDINGS
Founded by Ron Kitchener, Open Road Recordings is home to JUNO and Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award winning groups Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, The Road Hammers (certified Gold in Canada), classic Canadian roots group Prairie Oyster, and break out success stories Dean Brody, High Valley, The Higgins, Ridley Bent and Tara Oram.  Open Road Recordings represents Big Machine and Valory Records in Canada, which includes Taylor Swift (certified six times Platinum in Canada), Reba, Rascal Flatts, Jewel, Steel Magnolia, Justin Moore, Jack Ingram, Jimmy Wayne, Trisha Yearwood, and more. Open Road Recordings is a partnership with MapleCore Ltd., distributed by Universal Music Canada.
 
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TIM BURTON EXHIBITION HITS TORONTO NOVEMBER 26TH!

Tim Burton Exhibition And Retrospective Opens On November 26 At TIFF Bell Lightbox

 

Hundreds of artworks and Burton’s cinematic oeuvre on screen offer a unique look inside the mind of one of the most influential artists of our time

Toronto – Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox today unveiled Toronto dates and special programmes for Tim Burton, the blockbuster exhibition organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This major exhibition explores Burton’s creative vision and his artistic development from early significant drawings he made as a teenager to sophisticated renderings used to create effects for his most treasured recent films. Delving deep into Burton’s visual imagination, the exhibition brings together more than 700 items including paintings, drawings, puppets, costumes, storyboards and maquettes drawn from Burton’s personal vault, studio archives and private collections. The exhibition also includes seven new sculptural commissions created for The Museum of Modern Art and one new display-window commissioned specifically for TIFF Bell Lightbox. Tim Burton will open on November 26, 2010 and run until April 17, 2011.

Exhibition tickets go on sale on October 26 www.tiff.net.

“We are absolutely delighted to bring this extraordinary exhibition to Canada,” said Piers Handling, CEO and Director, TIFF. “This is the first MoMA show to come to Toronto in over 20 years and we look forward to continued partnership with them as well as cultural organizations around the world to present such exciting world-class exhibitions in Canada.”

“Tim Burton’s visual style is unquestionably unique, loved by millions of fans and has been highly influential in multiple creative spheres. When we first heard of the show, we were convinced it was the perfect marriage of film and the visual arts and the perfect way to bring new audiences into our major exhibitions space,” said Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox. “TIFF Bell Lightbox will offer even more, supplementing this incredible exhibition with a significant companion film programme and innovative family activities offering audiences a unique opportunity to connect with Burton’s creative process.”

An extensive film retrospective spanning Burton’s 27-year career, including his early shorts and a related series of films that influenced, inspired and intrigued him as a filmmaker, will run parallel to the exhibition. A week-long run of Burton’s most iconic film, Edward Scissorhands, will open the retrospective, followed by a holiday engagement of The Nightmare Before Christmas. TheBurton Blitz” is a unique experience for Toronto audiences: Burton’s films will screen consecutively in a back-to-back marathon over the course of the show’s opening weekend.  Also included in the retrospective are 16 double bills, pairing Burton’s films as both director and producer with their influences. The film programme is curated by Jesse Wente, Head of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Special programming will include multiple weekend drop-in and registered workshops for families and youth and in-person events. Both the film programme and the exhibition will offer audiences of all ages a chance to see the influences that helped shape one of the most important creative forces in modern cinema.

Burton will also contribute a major original commission to the exhibition, transforming the King Street windows of TIFF Bell Lightbox into a seasonally-changing window display beginning with a Christmas theme.

Tim Burton will be at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto for a number of special events to be announced at a later date.

Exhibition
Tim Burton has been completely redesigned for TIFF by Barr Gilmore and Michel Arcand. Focusing on Burton’s film career, it will transform the gallery spaces of TIFF Bell Lightbox into a magical journey through the creative vision behind films such as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with side chambers to explore the forces that shaped Burton’s creative mind.

Also featured are Burton’s student and early non-professional films; his long-unseen television adaptation Hansel and Gretel (1983); examples of his work for the flash animation internet series The World of Stainboy (2000); a selection of the artist’s oversized Polaroid prints; graphic art and texts for non-film projects, like The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories (1997) and Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys (2003) collectible figure series; and art from a number of early unrealized projects.

Tim Burton is organized by Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator, and Jenny He, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, with Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

Film Programmes
The film retrospective presents Burton’s cinematic oeuvre, from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) to Alice in Wonderland (2010). Audiences will have at least two opportunities to see each of the films, and one of the screenings will be double-billed with a film that has influenced, inspired and intrigued Burton as a filmmaker.

Burton Blitz
To celebrate the opening of Tim Burton, Burton’s films will screen back-to-back on the weekend of November 26 to 28 in the ultimate endurance test of unadulterated Burton love. From Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) to Alice in Wonderland (2010), follow the evolution of one of the most creative visionaries of modern movies in a single marathon event.

Exclusive Engagements
Starting November 25, 2010, an exclusive engagement of Burton’s defining film, Edward Scissorhands (1990) will be presented, followed by a holiday engagement of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Exclusive engagements will run for at least one week.

Double Bills
Burton’s 14 feature films as director plus two as producer will have a double bill screening with a film that has influenced, inspired and intrigued him as a filmmaker. All films are directed by Tim Burton unless otherwise noted.

  • Alice in Wonderland (2010) followed by Desperate Living (John Waters, 1977)
  • The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni,1928) followed by Batman (1989)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Richard Fleischer, 1954) followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Ed Wood (1994) followed by Bride of the Monster (Edward D. Wood Jr., 1955)  
  • Marty (Delbert Mann, 1955) followed by Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Gojira (Ishiro Honda, 1954) followed by Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922) followed by The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993)
  • First Men in the Moon (Nathan Juran, 1964) followed by Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • Horror of Dracula (Terence Fisher, 1958) followed by Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Artists and Models (Frank Tashlin, 1955) followed by Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
  • Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963) followed by James and the Giant Peach (Henry Selick, 1996)
  • Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965) followed by Batman Returns (1992)
  • Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox,1973) followed by Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • The Lost World (Harry O. Hoyt, 1925) followed by Corpse Bride (with Mike Johnson, 2005)
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947) followed by Big Fish (2003)
  • 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963) followed by Beetlejuice (1988)

Weekend Family Activities
Celebrating the imaginative and creative works of Tim Burton, TIFF will host a wide variety of Burton-themed drop-in and registered workshops. Starting November 27, every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, parents and children can drop by to participate in the following free activities. Age recommendation: 8 and up

Crafty Characters – Create your own Burton-inspired creatures and characters from quirky parts, pieces and craft supplies.
Animation Station – Design and bring to life a favourite toy or creature through the magic of stop-motion animation.
Be in the Scene – Through the wonder of green screen technology, immerse yourself in the stunning sets of Tim Burton’s films.

Registered Workshops – Age recommendation: 12 and up

December 4 and 5
Tall Tales – Work with a professional screenwriter to develop your simple script idea into a magical masterpiece.

December 11 and 12
Micro Set Construction – Learn to build small sets (stop-motion appropriate) in the style of Tim Burton.

December 26 to 30
3 Days to Make a Movie (Live Action) and 3 Days to Make a Movie (Stop Motion) – Participants will work as a team to script, storyboard, set design, prop design, costume/craft, edit and screen a short film in 3 days of fun, fantastical filmmaking.

January 8 and 9
Quirks & Chords – Learn how to enchant a listener by exploring and emulating the musical stylings of Burton’s longtime musical collaborator Danny Elfman.

Publication
The exhibition and film retrospective will be accompanied by a new, TIFF-produced version of MoMA’s Tim Burton publication that will include a new essay by Jesse Wente, Head of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox. Tim Burton traces the evolution of Burton’s creative practices, following the current of his visual imagination from his early childhood drawings through his mature work. Essays by MoMA curators Ron Magliozzi and Jenny He consider Burton’s career as an artist and filmmaker, shedding new light on his singular aesthetic. Richly illustrated with film stills, drawings, paintings, photographs, maquettes, and graphic work for both his film and non-film projects, the book presents previously unseen works from Burton’s personal archive. Tim Burton will be available at TIFF.Shop.

Exhibition Ticket Policy
Gallery occupancy is limited and timed-entry tickets are in effect. Starting October 26, timed-entry tickets for the Tim Burton exhibition will be available online at tiff.net, and at the box office at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Ticket prices are $22.75, includes HST. A timed-entry ticket will guarantee visitors entrance at the chosen time.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday – 10 am to 6 pm, Monday – closed.

TIFF Membership
The opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox has inspired TIFF to create a new membership programme that offers audiences exciting opportunities to experience year-round programming in unique and special ways. TIFF members will enjoy priority access to programming including Tim Burton film programmes, discounts on select screenings, free entry to the exhibitions in the galleries, regular TIFF insider updates, invitations to exclusive members-only events, and more. To learn about all the benefits of being a TIFF member, please visit tiff.net/membership.

Visit www.tiff.net or call 416-599-TIFF (8433) and 1-888-599-8433 for more information. TIFF Bell Lightbox is located at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

FILM DESCRIPTIONS

All films are directed by Tim Burton unless otherwise noted.

  • Alice in Wonderland USA.2010. With Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

The most successful film of Burton’s career and one of the most successful of all time, this revamped version of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic finds a teenaged Alice returning to Wonderland, where she reunites with her old friends and must battle to end the Red Queen’s tyrannical reign over the realm. A truly grim fairy tale, Burton’s Alice is perhaps his most direct confrontation with the uneasy and even dangerous transition from adolescence to maturity, filled with images of mounting violence and dread.

Followed by

Desperate Living dir. John Waters. USA.1977. With Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, Edith Massey, Jean Hill
Ultra-paranoid housewife Peggy Gravel and her mountainous maid Grizelda attack and kill Peggy’s husband, forcing them to go on the lam to Mortville, a garbage-dump kingdom of criminals, drug addicts and sexual deviants ruled by the disgusting Queen Carlotta. As does Burton, John Waters, the patron saint of bad taste, celebrates the triumphs of the weird, the twisted and the outcast.

  • The Man Who Laughs dir. Paul Leni. USA.1928. With Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin

Based on a novel by Victor Hugo, The Man Who Laughs is one of the last of the silent era’s lavish historical spectacles and brings a delightfully morbid element of grotesquerie to its epic canvas. In seventeenth-century England, the nobleman Lord Clancharlie is kidnapped and his son Gwynplaine is sold to gypsies after having a permanent smile carved into his face. Years later, Gwynplaine has become a successful clown, but when the king’s evil jester learns the truth of his identity, he tries to corrupt and destroy him.

Followed by

Batman USA.1989. With Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson
A marketing phenomenon and the film that confirmed Burton as a major Hollywood filmmaker, Batman took inspiration from Frank Miller’s epochal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns and brought a hard, dark edge to the superhero film. Haunted by the murder of his parents, billionaire Bruce Wayne descends from the shadows to dish out pugilistic justice as the caped and cowled Batman. Famously averse to comic books, Burton appropriated the stylistics of German Expressionism to transform juvenile superheroics into a hyperbolic duel between two grotesques set against a shadowy Gothic cityscape. Batman’s empire of ancillary products (toys, comics, TV shows, etc.) made the idea of the multimedia blockbuster the Holy Grail of Hollywood studios, giving it an enormous influence on the shape of entertainment to come.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea dir. Richard Fleischer USA.1954. With Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, James Mason

In this blockbuster Disney adaptation of the Jules Verne novel, an 1868 whaling expedition sets out in search of a sea creature that has been sinking American ships—only to find that the “monster” is really a giant submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by the mad Captain Nemo. A thrilling adventure with astounding special effects—most notably the famous attack on the Nautilus by a giant squid—20,000 Leagues Under the Sea exemplifies the kind of unbridled imagination and widescreen spectacle that would inspire some of Burton’s most ambitious projects.
Followed by

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory USA/UK. 2005.With Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore
Roald Dahl’s carnivalesque whimsy and deliciously morbid sense of humour make him an almost too-perfect match for Burton, making the director’s adaptation of Dahl’s perennial children’s classic something of a foregone conclusion. Miraculously discovering the last of five special golden tickets, young and impoverished Charlie Bucket wins a privileged tour of the magical factory of legendarily reclusive and eccentric candy-maker Willy Wonka. One of Burton’s most richly designed films, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a veritable sugar-rush of eye candy.

  • Ed Wood USA .1994. With Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Bill Murray

As much an inverted autobiography of its director as it is a biopic, Ed Wood sees Burton, one of the most successful directors in Hollywood history, finding a kindred spirit in the legendary “worst director of all time.” Shot in pristine black and white and graced with an Academy Award®-winning performance by Martin Landau as Dracula star Bela Lugosi, Ed Wood is Burton’s heartfelt homage to a fellow big screen dreamer.

Followed by

Bride of the Monster dir. Edward D. Wood Jr. USA.1955. With Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy
Ed Wood’s first film with Bela Lugosi equals his better-known Plan 9 from Outer Space for gleeful absurdity and endearing incompetence. When people start disappearing in a small Florida town, a reporter investigates, only to find the townsfolk have been abducted by the sinister Dr. Vornoff and his mute, hulking manservant Lobo to be used in radiation “experiments.” Culminating in a now-legendary attack by an unmoving rubber octopus, Bride of the Monster is schlock cinema at its glorious best.

  • Marty dir. Delbert Mann. USA.1955. Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair

Delbert Mann’s Academy Award®-winning film version of Paddy Chayefsky’s lauded television drama is one of the screen’s most poignant portraits of loneliness, insecurity and self-doubt. A burly, good-natured Bronx butcher, Marty is insecure about his appearance and has resigned himself to a lifetime of solitude—until he meets shy schoolteacher Clara, who draws him out of his self-imposed shell. A neorealist companion to Burton’s flamboyant outsider fables, Marty tenderly depicts the plight of social outcasts, and their ability to rise above their outward appearances.

Followed by

Edward Scissorhands USA. 1990. With Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
Burton’s beloved modern-day fable about a black-clad, shock-haired “freak” trying to find his place in “normal” society is also his most clearly (if exaggeratedly) autobiographical film. Created by an inventor who dies before he can replace his razor-sharp digits with actual hands, teenage Edward is discovered in his mouldering castle by local Avon lady Peg, who brings him home and tries to incorporate him into neighbourhood life. Although Edward’s talents at hairdressing and topiary make him a local sensation, when he falls in love with Peg’s beautiful daughter Kim, he becomes a hunted pariah once again. Brilliantly designed by Bo Welch and bringing romance and pathos to the director’s previously frenetic world, Edward Scissorhands is perhaps the definitive Burton movie.

  • Gojira dir. Ishiro Honda. Japan.1954. With Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi

King of the monsters now and forever, Gojira—known as “Godzilla” to generations of North Americans—is a giant dinosaur with radioactive breath awakened from centuries-long slumber by American nuclear testing, who would alternate between defending and destroying a much-abused Tokyo in decades’ worth of sequels. Presented here in its original Japanese version, Gojira reveals itself as a pointed and angry nuclear-age allegory as well as a seminal giant-monster movie. Gojira has inspired not just Burton, but generations of filmmakers who have imbued the cinematic destruction of our cities with resonant allegorical meaning.

Followed by

Mars Attacks!  USA. 1996. With Jack Nicholson, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Rod Steiger
An over-the-top, comic book-coloured riff on Irwin Allen disaster movies and ‘50s alien invader flicks, Mars Attacks! was Burton’s first attempt to marry his love of hand-crafted effects with the realities of the CGI age. Adapted from the Topps trading card series, the film chronicles the invasion of Earth by a bevy of cackling, skull-faced Martians. Happily irresponsible and in the very best of bad taste, Mars Attacks! is Burton’s rampaging id turned up to 11.

  • Nosferatu dir. F.W. Murnau.Germany.1922. With Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim

F.W. Murnau’s pirated version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is perhaps the best adaptation of the venerable tale ever brought to the screen. Stripped of its Victorian trappings and aura of Gothic romance, Nosferatu reimagines the suave Count Dracula as the hideous Count Orlok, a rat-faced, bony-fingered, angular walking corpse of terrifying height, a bearer of pestilence and plague rather than an otherworldly seducer. A cold, spare, dread-filled tonic to the enjoyable creepiness of Burton’s other horror movie inspirations Nosferatu links Burton’s wild imaginings to the very beginnings of fantasy/horror cinema.

Followed by

The Nightmare Before Christmas dir. Henry Selick USA.1993. With voices of Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara
Burton’s delightfully twisted entry into the holiday film canon was also his first ambitious attempt to revive the dormant art of stop-motion animation for an entire feature film. When Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, discovers the concept of Christmas, he embarks on a plan to take the place of Santa Claus and spread joy instead of fear – but not everybody is ready for Jack’s version of Christmas. With mesmerizingly detailed animation, dazzling direction by Henry Selick and a memorable and hilarious score by Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas helped rejuvenate an entire mode of filmmaking and pays heartfelt homage to the past masters of the form.

  • First Men in the Moon dir. Nathan Juran. UK. 1964. With Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries

There is no greater influence on Tim Burton than the legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen, whose awe-inspiring creations stalked through a host of classic science fiction and fantasy films in the 1950s and ‘60s. In First Men in the Moon, a group of modern-day astronauts lands on the moon only to discover that they are far from the first visitors, human or otherwise, to the lunar surface.  An action-packed sci-fi adventure with astonishing creature effects, First Men in the Moon gives ample testament to Harryhausen’s extraordinary talents and his extensive influence on Burton.

Followed by

Planet of the Apes USA. 2001. With Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth
A muscular, hard-hitting remake of a much-loved (and much-parodied) touchstone of science-fiction cinema, Planet of the Apes sees Burton revealing the blockbuster chops so often concealed behind his image of the perpetual outsider and dreamy fantasist. When astronaut Leo Davidson crashes on an unknown planet, he finds that the evolutionary tables have turned and apes now rule a captive and endangered human population. Replete with stirring battle scenes and striking makeup effects, Burton’s Planet of the Apes also offers its own intriguing twist on the 1968 original’s well-known ending, paying homage to its source even as it cannily inverts it.

  • Horror of Dracula dir. Terence Fisher. United Kingdom.1958.With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee

This Technicolored reboot of Bram Stoker’s venerable vampire by the upstart company Hammer Films launched a long-running series where Christopher Lee’s saturnine Count would confront Peter Cushing’s arch, disdainful Van Helsing from the nineteenth century to the swinging London of the 1970s. This first encounter established the trademarks of the Hammer style: bright red blood, a surplus of heaving Victorian bosoms, and stylized production design that infuses Gothic gloom with pliant, sensual menace. Burton’s Sleepy Hollow pays explicit homage to the Hammer template, from its gnarled, twisted landscapes to Christopher Lee’s winking cameo.

Followed by

Sleepy Hollow  USA/Germany.1999. With Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci
This elaborate expansion of Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was Burton’s first re-imagining of a literary classic, creating a model for his later adaptations from Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll. Irving’s timid clerk Ichabod Crane is given a makeover as a fey scientific detective investigating a series of grisly murders in the small town of Sleepy Hollow, apparently perpetrated by a spectre called the Headless Horseman. Abandoning the tenuous connections to recognizable reality that had previously tethered his live-action features, Sleepy Hollow is a wholly self-contained Gothic nightmare that ranks among Burton’s most vivid creations.

  • Artists and Models dir. Frank Tashlin. USA. 1955. With Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine, Dorothy Malone

In Artists and Models, one of the best of the Martin & Lewis films, the duo are struggling comic-book artists in Greenwich Village who become mixed up with a comic-book writer and her shapely “Bat Lady” model, international intrigue, numerous cases of mistaken identity and some intermittent musical numbers. While the lineage between Lewis and Reubens’ Pee-wee is clear, Burton also drew from director Frank Tashlin’s riotously bright colour palette and cartoonist’s sense of exaggeration when designing his own cinematic world.

Followed by

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure USA.1985. With Paul Reubens
Burton’s first film is a bizarre, hilarious fusion of Dali, Escher and Ray Harryhausen. A nasal-voiced man-child, Pee-wee Herman is a classic Burton outsider, a self-described “loner” and “rebel” despite his grey flannel suit and bright red bow tie. When his beloved tricked-out, apple-red bike is stolen, Pee-wee embarks on an adventure across America to find it. As ineffably weird as ever, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure introduced Burton’s singular sensibility to a wide audience, and its critical and commercial success launched his unlikely career as a top Hollywood filmmaker.

  • Jason and the Argonauts dir. Don Chaffey UK/USA.1963. With Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond

Stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen created his greatest achievement with this thrilling mythological adventure film, tracing the Greek hero Jason’s quest with a crew of adventurers to recover the legendary Golden Fleece and reclaim his rightful place on the throne of Thessaly. No other film has had such a life-long influence on Burton as this spectacular piece of cinematic wizardry.

Followed by

James and the Giant Peach dir. Henry Selick UK/USA. 1996. With voices of Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon
Burton reteamed as producer with director Henry Selick for this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, combining live action and stop-motion animation. An orphaned boy, seeking escape from his miserable home life with his despicable aunts, catches a flight on a giant peach, in the company of some friendly talking insects. Perfectly capturing Dahl’s nimble blending of the magical and the grotesque and adding a few dollops of Burtonesque macabre in a spooky amusement park and an encounter with skeletal pirates (complete with Jack Skellington cameo), James and the Giant Peach is one of the relatively undiscovered treasures in the Burton oeuvre.

  • Repulsion dir. Roman Polanski UK.1965. With Catherine Deneuve

Roman Polanski’s terrifying psychological horror film follows Carole, a young manicurist in London with a paralyzing fear of sex, who is left alone in her apartment when her sister goes on vacation. Lonely and paranoid, Carole descends into insanity as her hallucinations begin to become indistinguishable from reality. Interspersing the oppressively eerie atmosphere with moments of shocking impact, Polanski steers a masterful course between restraint and sensation, etching one of the cinema’s most vivid portraits of urban dread and creeping madness.

Followed by

Batman Returns USA/UK.1992. With Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken
Burton’s only sequel took the Batman series into even darker territory than his first entry, as Batman battles with the grotesque Penguin and the sultry Catwoman over the fate of Gotham City. Alternating between tortured introspection and outsized, carnivalesque spectacle, Batman Returns amplifies the simultaneous push towards the psychologically realistic and the absurdly exaggerated that Burton had established with his original Caped Crusader film.

  • Theatre of Blood dir. Douglas Hickox UK.1973. With Vincent Price, Diana Rigg

A deliciously gruesome theatrical revenge fantasy, Theater of Blood stars Burton’s idol Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart, a hammy and embittered Shakespearean actor out for vengeance on those critics who savaged his performances in their reviews. Stylish, inventive and blessed with a delightfully morbid tongue-in-cheek wit, Theater of Blood exemplifies the kind of gallows humour which Burton has made his own.

Followed by

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street USA/UK.2007. With Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
While Burton’s sense of elaborate staging and love of the patently artificial has always seemed a perfect match for the aesthetics of the musical, it wasn’t until this adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler Broadway classic that he sought to make a “traditional” movie musical. In grimy nineteenth-century London, Benjamin Barker returns from prison after years of imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. Intent on taking revenge on those who wronged him, Barker reinvents himself as Sweeney Todd, expert barber with a side trade in throat-slittings. A celebration of the art of arterial spray, Sweeney Todd is the zenith of Burton’s Gothic horror films and one of the most visceral visual spectacles of the past cinematic decade.

  • The Lost World dir. Harry O. Hoyt. USA. 1925. With Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone

Burton’s cinematic lineage begins with this groundbreaking adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic science-fiction novel, the first film to employ extensive stop-motion animation. Insisting that dinosaurs continue to exist in the modern age, explorer Prof. Challenger leads an expedition to a remote Amazonian plateau, where he and his colleagues encounter a plethora of astonishing creatures, courtesy of special effects wizard Willis O’Brien. A landmark in the history of screen special effects, The Lost World was almost lost itself thanks to studio negligence and the rapid deterioration of nitrate film stock. Presented here in a restored version courtesy of the George Eastman House, The Lost World reclaims its place as a pioneering screen fantasy.

Followed by

Corpse Bride dir.Tim Burton and Mike Johnson UK/USA. 2005. With voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson
Burton’s first personally directed stop-motion feature (in collaboration with Mike Johnson) is a lovely and gorgeously detailed fairy tale that crosses an ancient Jewish fable with archly British class comedy to delightful effect. When meek, sallow-faced clerk Victor Van Dort nervously practices the vows he intends for his fiancée Victoria Everglot, he finds himself accidentally betrothed to the Corpse Bride, who has been “living” in limbo since being murdered on her wedding day. With the superb animation highlighted by wondrous musical setpieces – including a raucous performance by a skeletal jazz band – Corpse Bride is one of Burton’s most tender and magical creations.

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz.USA. 1947. With Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s supernatural romance follows beautiful young widow who forms a unique relationship with the ghost haunting her seaside cottage. A whimsical blend of fantasy, horror, romance and melodrama, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir echoes Burton films ranging from Beetlejuice to Alice in Wonderland in its free movement between reality and fantasy.

Followed by

Big Fish dir. Tim Burton.USA. 2003. With Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange, Billy Crudup, Alison Lohman
A moving adaptation of the novel by Daniel Wallace, Big Fish is Burton’s most unabashedly romantic film since Edward Scissorhands. A son tries to learn more about his dying father and separate fact from fiction by reliving the grandiose stories and myths that his father has constructed about himself.

  • 8 1/2 Federico Fellini. Italy. 1963. With Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée

One of the most famous films of all time, Federico Fellini’s dazzling semi-autobiographical fantasia is a stunningly surreal exposé of the creative process. Tormented by creative block, director Guido Anselmi drifts helplessly as the pre-production on his new film, an ambitious science-fiction epic, hurtles forward. Unable to cope with either the demanding production, his strained marriage or his demanding mistress, Guido retreats into dreams and fantasies, including a stifling traffic jam that gives way to a transcendent flight through the clouds and a palatial house where all the women in his life, past and present, serve under his whip-wielding. The film’s nearly bacchanalian atmosphere and effortless shifting between fantasy and reality find clear echoes in Burton’s phantasmagoric screen worlds.

Followed by

Beetlejuice USA. 1988. With Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder
Burton’s breakthrough hit is a singularly bizarre ghost story that perfectly embodies his madcap sensibility. Killed in a car accident, young married Adam and Barbara Maitland are confined to their beloved small-town home as ghosts. When their house is bought by an unlikeable rich family from the city, they hire “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice  to dispose of the fleshly nuisances—but when the lascivious ghoul sets his sights on the new owners’ sympathetic daughter Lydia, the Maitlands have to decide whether to ally themselves with life or death. Giving Burton’s carnivalesque sensibility free rein, Beetlejuice is a wild parade of fantastic inventions, from a hilariously bureaucratized underworld to the hideous stop-motion “sandworm” and a levitating Harry Belafonte karaoke session.

About TIFF Bell Lightbox
TIFF Bell Lightbox, a breathtaking five-storey complex located in downtown Toronto, provides a permanent home for film lovers to celebrate cinema from around the world and will propel TIFF forward as an international leader in film culture. Designed by innovative architecture firm KPMB, TIFF Bell Lightbox’s fluid structure encourages exploration, movement and play. The campaign to build TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by founding sponsor Bell, the
Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the King and John Festival Corporation – consisting of the Reitman family and the Daniels Corporation – RBC as major sponsor and official bank, Visa†, the Copyright Collective of Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, NBC Universal Canada, the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, the Harbinger Foundation, CIBC and BMO. The Board of Directors, staff and many generous individuals and corporations have also contributed to the campaign. For more information on the TIFF Bell Lightbox campaign, visit www.belllightbox.ca.

About TIFF
TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. TIFF generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD and currently employs more than 100 full-time staff and 500 part-time and seasonal staff, and counts upon the largesse of over 2,000 volunteers year-round.

TIFF is generously supported by Lead sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC and BlackBerry, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.

Tim Burton is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor RBC, Presenting Partner the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Official Media Partner The Toronto Star.

FRIDAE TV’S WEEKEND WRAP!

Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

By: Fridae Mattas

Any weekend in Toronto, Ontario Canada, is a host of many possibilities but which ones do you actually hit up? I get hundreds of emails a day from different event promoters, bands and publicists asking FridaeTV to cover their event. I can’t be everywhere but I do try and that is exactly how this weekend turned out, it was full of Art. FridaeTV is all about creative artistic expression there is no right or wrong when it comes to someones imagination. This weekend there was so much going on, starting off with the Re-Opening of Toronto’s newly renovated Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. A beautiful Structure with a modern demure and a warm comforting atmosphere. Below are a few more  photos of the night, I wish I could have stayed and enjoyed the Gala but I could not, a little here a little there.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

Next on the list was an interview with Sandman Viper Command which will be published in a few weeks. They are a band of four from Burlington, Ontario, they were rocking ‘The Silver Dollar’. The set was impressive, this is a band to keep an ear open for. www.SANDMANVIPERCOMMAND.com

Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

Saturday Night was Nuit Blanche “White Night” an all night art exhibition across Downtown Toronto,  it is held every year and gives artists the chance to expose their artwork to thousands of people, this year it was an estimated 425,000. My good friend Photographer/Designer Mikey Sin put up an amazing Alfred Hitchcock inspired exhibit titled ‘The Birds’. I helped him out with some of the set up  (I strung the Birds, he hung them and decorated the tree as he envisioned it.) Wish I strung a few more birdies but my fingers were frozen and it was getting harder to move them and tie those knots. It was a cold and rainy evening, perfect ambiance for the art piece. The end result was incredible Mikey placed the birds exactly where they needed to be and they came to life. A crowd pleaser for sure, everyone that walked by had to take a picture and we eventually added glow sticks to the birds. Those were jacked by the time we came back after some wandering, we were not surprised. Check some of the coolest stuff I captured before my battery died!

Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV
Photography By: Fridae Mattas For Fridae TV

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EMPIRE ISIS ‘BANG BANG’ EASY, BREEZY, BEAUTIFUL…COVER GIRL!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montreal, QC – October 4th, 2010

Empire ISIS  single “Bang Bang” used on the new Cover Girl commercial with Drew Barrymore

Wanting something a little more edgy and fresh, Cover Girl came knocking on Empire ISIS’s door. Their new campaign for their “5 in 1 make up” products with Drew Barrymore features Empire ISIS new single ”Bang Bang” produced by Kovas as well as her singing the signature Cover Girl slogan ”Easy  breezy beautiful Cover Girl”. This is a huge accomplishment and proves once again that Empire ISIS music is a worldwide phenomenon, whether it be on TV shows or commercials she literally is a brand new style with her left leaning pop-world-urban anthems.  Cover Girl are known for being cutting edge and representing the everyday woman, naturally a a partnership with ISIS made sense because of the content of her lyrics, life style and philosophy.  You will always catch Empire ISIS promoting being sexy and smart!
 

“It’s a dream come true to be working with Cover Girl, especially how they work to make woman feel better about their body image” said Empire ISIS in a recent interview.


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THE DRACULAS & AMOS THE TRANSPARENT LIVE 88.5′S SHOWCASE 2010

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Radio Station LIVE 88.5  from Ottawa put on an industry showcase at The Rivoli in Toronto for the current winners and previous winners of the major battle f the bands competition they hold annually. I was able to catch the second last tune of ‘The Draculas‘ set, I was disappointed that I missed most of the set and couldn’t even take any photos. But, I did manage to film a track (Click the 2nd up coming Draculas link to watch.) and had an interview with Singer Eric Eggleston of  ‘The Draculas’  later joined by the rest of the band, check it out HERE.

You can Buy The Draculas new EP ‘Slap IT’ on iTunes now

 

 

 

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Another band on the showcase bill was Amos The Transparent I enjoyed them but they could use a little work some of the back up vocals sounded messy.

 
 

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

This Showcase is in conjunction with a contest that NewCap Radio (Live 88.5) hosts every year, check out Lee Wagner talking about the Battle where they give away half a million dollars…That’s Crazy!! Watch Here.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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FRIDAE TV’S GLOBAL CHARTS – SEPTEMBER 30TH 2010

Photography By: Mikey Sin

FRIDAE TV’S GLOBAL SEPTEMBER CHARTS!

I thought since the seasons are changing, this month would be a little different! I will now publish the charts at the end of the month instead of at the beginning. I collected the FridaeTV global data from Youtube on September 30th. Finally have the chance to publish them, here is what the world is watching, from Europe to Africa Fridae TV’s September charts!!

CONGRATS TO GIRLICIOUS FOR THE #1 VIDEO ON ALL CHARTS! They lost their hold for a minute but managed to climb back up to the top of the charts world wide! My Darkest Days group hug for going GLOBAL! MDD has taken over North America! Their self-titled debut record is now available to buy on iTunes and in Canada at music stores everywhere! Be Aware of Orillia, Ontario newcomers Bleeker Ridge ; they are creeping up the charts fast, you can buy their record ‘Small Town Dead’ Here .


CHARTS:
NORTH AMERICA

1. GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

2. MY DARKEST DAYS – PORN STAR DANCING LIVE @ THE TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

3. MY DARKEST DAYS – FUCKED UP SITUATION (NEW VERSION) LIVE @ THE TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

4. BLEEKER RIDGE – WHAT IT IS LIVE @ THE TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

5. MY DARKEST DAYS – SAVE ME LIVE @ TRUDEAU PARK (ROCK ‘N THE PARK) 2009

6. GIRLICIOUS – LIKE ME LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

7. METAL ON METAL – ANVIL LIVE @ THE INDIES! – CMW 2009

8. MY DARKEST DAYS – COME UNDONE LIVE @ THE TATTOO – CMW 2010

9. GIRLICIOUS – OVER YOU (NEWBISH) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

10. MY DARKEST DAYS – FUCKED UP SITUATION (NEWB) LIVE @ THE ELMO 2009

EUROPE

1. GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

2. WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

3. METAL ON METAL – ANVIL LIVE @ THE INDIES! – CMW 2009

4. GIRLICIOUS – OVER YOU (NEWBISH) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

5. GIRLICIOUS – LIKE ME LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

6. DILEMMA – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

7. BITE ME LIKE A DOG – TURBOWOLF LIVE @ THE BOVINE

8. KYRIE KRISTMANSON – THE BIRD SONG

9. DENIAL WAITS – ASHES DIVIDE LIVE @ EDGEFEST TORONTO

10. SLASH – TALKS RAY CHARLES & MICHAEL JACKSON – CMW 2010 INTERVIEW

ASIA

1. GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

2. GIRLICIOUS – LIKE ME LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

3. DILEMMA – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

4. GIRLICIOUS – OVER YOU (NEWBISH) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

5. METAL ON METAL – ANVIL LIVE @ THE INDIES! – CMW 2009

6. MY DARKEST DAYS – PORN STAR DANCING LIVE @ THE TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

7. DENIAL WAITS – ASHES DIVIDE LIVE @ EDGEFEST TORONTO

8. MIXTAPE – JAMIE CULLUM (NEWB) LIVE @ CMW 2010

9. MY DARKEST DAYS – COME UNDONE LIVE @ THE TATTOO – CMW 2010

10. CHILD PRODIGY IN QUEEN’S PARK

AFRICA

1. GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

2. WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

3. MY DARKEST DAYS – PORN STAR DANCING LIVE @ THE TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR

4. SLASH – TALKS RAY CHARLES & MICHAEL JACKSON – CMW 2010 INTERVIEW

5. DILEMMA – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

6. NIAGARA FALLS HAUNTED HOUSE!

7. LINDI ORTEGA – BLACK FLY Live @ The CANADIAN MUSIC CAFE08′

8. WHO DO YOU LOVE – DEBORAH COX LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

9. FINAL FLASH – WHEN THE SKY TURNS BLACK LIVE @ THE HORSESHOE

10. MONEY OR LOVE? – SAUKRATES LIVE @ THE 2010 TORONTO FREEDOM FESTIVAL

MIDDLE EAST

1. GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

2. WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

3. DILEMMA – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

4. METAL ON METAL – ANVIL LIVE @ THE INDIES! – CMW 2009

5. CHRIS JERICHO TALKS TO FRIDAE TV

6. GIRLICIOUS – OVER YOU (NEWBISH) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

7. I TURN TO YOU – MELANIE C LIVE @ PRIDE TORONTO 2008

8. CITYAND COLOUR – AS MUCH AS I EVER COULD

9. MY DARKEST DAYS – COME UNDONE LIVE @ THE TATTOO – CMW 2010

10. NIAGARA FALLS HAUNTED HOUSE!

SOUTH AMERICA

1. GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

2. METAL ON METAL – ANVIL LIVE @ THE INDIES! – CMW 2009

3. WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

4. GIRLICIOUS – OVER YOU (NEWBISH) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

5. GIRLICIOUS – LIKE ME LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010

6. DENIAL WAITS – ASHES DIVIDE LIVE @ EDGEFEST TORONTO

7. DILEMMA – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009

8. CHILD PRODIGY IN QUEEN’S PARK

9. SLASH – TALKS RAY CHARLES & MICHAEL JACKSON – CMW 2010 INTERVIEW

10. I TURN TO YOU – MELANIE C LIVE @ PRIDE TORONTO 2008

SORRY AUSTRALIA!! I Know you are avid FridaeTV viewers but unfortunately Youtube does not give me the Australian Charts anymore. Don’t feel left out, Canada gets grouped in with the USA, there is no Provincial break down as there is with the individual States. There are stats by each Country but that only applies to the charted Continents, too much technical stuff.

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