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All Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
All Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
By: Fridae Mattas
Last Thursday September 20th I was invited to the screening of this newly restored concert classic. As a fan of Queen I was more than happy to attend and see how they remastered this old school concert. Queen was popular before my time but I came to know their songs as I grew up realizing I knew a lot more Queen songs than I thought. I remember being fond of Queen as a kid because they were one of the very few rock bands I was allowed to listen to. My parents were obsessed with Abba, I like a few of their tunes but even in diapers they were just too cheesy for me. Its pretty amazing how much a person remembers from infancy, I can recall all the way back to when they took my hospital picture not too long after I was born. The only reason I remember that day is because I did not like the flash of the camera, it hurt my eyes. My expression in that photograph is absolutly hilarious to me, from the look of annoyance on my crinkled browless watermelon face to my tiny fists raised and ready to fight. My ears discovered Queen about the same time they did Bon Jovi, my Dad was blasting “Another One Bites The Dust” on his 8 track the one time he drove me to Ballet when I was three. Since then I have been intrigued with the Queen I heard and to this day I still love listening to old school Queen tunes. My Brother has most of my Dad’s old records including a bunch of Queen vinyls but none of the 8 tracks survived our multiple moves.
The Hungarian Rhapsody screening was only to be for that day, recently it was announced that it will be released globally in select theaters starting September 20th and available on DVD to purchase in November. Having seen other Queen concerts on TV I was excited to see this one, especially because it was on the big screen. I wish I was old enough to have seen Queen live in action fronted by the late great Freddie Mercury because he truly knew the meaning of entertainment. I have not yet seen any frontman with the charisma, chops or enthusiasm Mercury had on the stage. Not one lead vocalist out of the thousands of bands has come close to the level of Freddie Mercury live. These days, too many bands and artists rely heavily on the voice box and autotune. If you can’t sing, don’t.
You can tell the footage is old, the colour correction on the compiled interview portion could have been done a little more, it was a lot more dull compared to the actual show footage. While watching the set on the big screen I noticed the crowd was huge! This was filmed at an enormous open air venue in Budapest filled with 80,000 screaming Queen fans who sung along to each and every song. The set included most of their hits, which was a great joy to my ears but I did notice Mercury carried the band. The others had their moments with a few solo’s sprinkled here and there but it was Freddie who did all the work when it came to engaging the crowd. I hope to see Queen live one day but I don’t know if I will ever be comfortable watching their classic songs being performed by someone other than Freddie Mercury.
For all the Queen fans around the world, you need to go see this remastered live performance on the big screen! Thanks to www.Eagle-Rock.com and Cineplex for the tickets and swag, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as I’m sure everyone else who caught the screening did. Find out exactly where you can watch Queen’s Hungarian Rhapsody here or hit up www.Queenonline.com.
In honour of the pink ribbon and everything it stands for, “Pinktober” is among us next month. Toronto’s Hard Rock Cafe will be hosting “Rock The Ribbon”, a fundraising event for Breast Cancer – hard rock style! Join local Toronto bands Mary Rose Obsession, The Apollo Effect, and Hotel Royal on October 4th for a night of entertainment in support of a cause that has in some way touched us all. Don’t just wear it…Rock it!
Featuring silky smooth vocals atop edgy rock riffs combined with catchy lyrics, hardcore fans, and looks that could kill; two sets of brothers from Markham, Ontario known as Mary Rose Obsession have the “next big thing” written all over them…in red lipstick.
With their retro, funk, and blues inspired garage rock featuring just enough pop to keep you (and them)dancing – Hotel Royal plays clean, fun rock ‘n roll for all ages. Their philosophy is simple yet proven: they play what they want for those who want it, even if they don’t know it yet.
Boasting UK-inspired Groove Rock in the vein of Kasabian and Muse, and having performed with peers such as Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, The Trews, and The Arkells, Toronto’s The Apollo Effect are sure to come out on top as one of the most exciting acts in town.
On Friday, October 19, Workman Arts and their annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival honour milestone anniversaries with the Toronto premiere of the feature-length documentary William Kurelek’s The Maze – a film about the life and art of renowned Canadian artist William Kurelek.
Brothers Nick and Zack Young produced, restored and reimagined their father’s unseen 1969 film about Kurelek, who struggled with mental health issues and was institutionalized in hospitals that used artistic programming for his therapy. Kurelek described The Maze (an artwork from which the film draws its title) as “a painting of the inside of [his] skull which [he] painted while in England as a patient in Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals.”
To date confirmed as panel participants for the discussion on art, faith, and mental health are Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Rev. Gary van der Meer, visual artist Lisa Walter, filmmaker Nick Young and William’s son Stephen Kurelek.
This screening launches the 20th Anniversary of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, running November 9 – 17, and is held in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Anne’s Church. As an added bonus, guests will be treated to a pre-screening talk about the art and architecture of St. Anne’s at 7 p.m. The film screening starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the general public are $15 and are available at online at http://www.tinyurl.com/WApresentsTheMaze or at the door subject to availability (cash only).
William Kurelek’s The Maze is a timeless film about an artist, his creations, his inner demons and the external influences – both good and bad – that shaped his work.
(Canada 2012, Toronto Premiere, 60 minutes)
Directed by: Robert M. Young & David Grubin
Cinematography: Robert M. Young
Editors: David Grubin, Zack Young, Nick Young, Roger Cohen
Produced & Reimagined by: Nick Young & Zack Young
Original Music & Animations by: Nick Young & Zack Young (A.i.)
Executive Producers: Irwin Young & Stanley Plotnick
About Nick and Zack Young
Brothers Nick and Zack Young, who comprise the Los Angeles based rock band A.i. (once signed to Dreamworks and now independent at aimusic.com) are the founders of the visual fx company Machineyes. Along with restoring and completing their father’s film, they also wrote the song for the end credits entitled Someone With Me, named after Kurelek’s autobiography.
About Workman Arts
Workman Arts (WA) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/ exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.
Toronto, ON – Multitalented Canadian ska/punk band The Johnstones are gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album SUCK (Stomp Records/Warner Music Canada) on October 22, 2012. In conjunction with the album, they have created and produced a half-hour mock/reality comedy TV series, Crown The Town with Ryan Long, premiering on Rogers TV Toronto Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough October 3, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. To celebrate the series’ launch, The Johnstones are hosting a premiere party at Toronto’s Comedy Bar on September 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to the public. The Ajax-born, Toronto-based sextet is comprised of Ryan Long (lead vocals), Jarek Hardy (guitar/vocals), Rene Gillezeau (guitar/trumpet/MC), Brent Marks (bass guitar), Julian Warmé (keyboards/trombone) and Mike Murphy (drums).
SUCK is of a mix of musical styles and attitudes; combining ska, punk and hip hop, delivered in true rock and roll fashion. The Johnstones have one of the wildest live shows in music today, and this album, recorded at Chilleville Studios in Mississauga and produced by James Robertson (Down With Webster, Esthero, Classified), has been able to capture the essence of that energy.
Greig Nori, frontman of Treble Charger, once asked ‘Why don’t The Johnstones have a TV show yet?” Now, finally the answer is ‘they do.’ Crown The Town with Ryan Long, airing on Rogers TV Toronto on Wednesday nights at 11:00 p.m., is ‘Bringing cool back to TV.’ Reminiscent of shows like The Tom Green Show, Jackass and The Ali G Show, the series finds a way to deliver a bizarre combination of sketches, music videos, interviews, stunts, special guests and more. Every episode features The Gang on a quest to find the best in categories like the ‘Best Place to Dig Through Garbage,’ ‘Best Pole Dance Teacher’ and the ‘Best University Campus to Pick Up Girls At.’ It is like nothing else on television right now and has already received praise from such television legends as Tom Green, Kenny Hotz (Kenny vs. Spenny) and Jackass alumni, Steve-O, who will be featured on the show for its inaugural season.
The Johnstones started as a band of high school troublemakers, creating their own off-the-wall music videos, now they have become a multimedia force. Aside from garnering over five million combined plays on YouTube and MySpace, The Johnstones have charted on the MuchMusic countdown and toured the world with bands such as Hedley, Gob, Reel Big Fish and The Mad Caddies. They have also been featured in various movies, TV shows, cartoons, commercials and comedy shows, opening for acts like Jackass’ Steve-O. The Johnstones are currently rehearsing for their 2013 tour. Dates to be announced.
SUCK – Track Listing
1. Bad, Bad Dream
2. The Wanderer
3. Jennifer’s Jacket
4. Bottom Of The Ocean
5. Mic In Hand
6. Million Dollars
8. Mr. Gillezeau’s Opus
9. These Are The Times
10. Live Forever
11. Come Out With Me Tonight
13. The Menu
Crown The Town with Ryan Long
EDMONTON – This November, award-winning singer Corb Lund kicks of a coast-to-coast Canadian tour in Halifax. His most recent release on New West Records – Cabin Fever – was Lund’s highest Canadian Billboard top 200 debut, hitting #1 in its first week. Lund is currently on a four week American tour following dates launching his record in Australia.
Fans in Canada are also invited to purchase VIP passes to select tour stops for exclusive access to acoustic performances and limited edition signed merchandise. Complete details are located at http://www.corblund.com/vip/
The Juno-award winner and seven time Roots Artist of the Year winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards delighted audiences at the Americana Music Awards & Conference in Nashville last week. In front of this packed and boisterous audience, Lund brought up songwriter Hayes Carll for a Texas/Alberta “Bible on the Dash” duet. A CMT special featuring Hayes Carll and Corb Lund was also filmed.
HALIFAX, NS – November 16, 2012, Casino Nova Scotia
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – November 17, 2012, The Wave (UPEI)
FREDERICTON, NB – November 18, 2012, Playhouse Theatre
MONTREAL, QC – November 19, 2012, Petit Campus
PETERBOROUGH, ON – November 21, 2012, The Venue
LONDON, ON – November 22, 2012, London Concert Theatre
TORONTO, ON – November 23, 2012, Danforth Music Hall
HAMILTON, ON – November 27, 2012, The Studio at Hamilton Place
GUELPH, ON – November 28, 2012, Guelph Concert Theatre
THUNDER BAY, ON – November 29, 2012, Outpost
DAUPHIN, MB – November 30, 2012, Dauphin Rotary Arena
BRANDON, MB – December 2, 2012, Westman Place
WINNIPEG, MB – December 3, 2012, Burton Cummings Theatre
SASKATOON, SK – December 4, 2012, Odeon Events Centre
EDMONTON, AB – December 7, 2012, EXPO Centre, Hall C
CALGARY, AB – December 8, 2012, Flames Central
VANCOUVER, AB – December 12, Commodore Ballroom
ABOUT CABIN FEVER
Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles: Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund’s songcraft covers it all. Cabin Fever – Corb Lund’s enthralling sixth record – had its worldwide release on New West Records on August 14, 2012. This follows on the boot heels of Corb’s 2009 New West Records debut, the critically acclaimed Losin’ Lately Gambler.
The JUNO Award-winner and seven-time Roots Artist of the Year winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards wrote most of the twelve track album whilst hunkered down in a remote cabin an hour outside Edmonton, inspired by crude life events – a broken relationship and the death of his uncle. Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin’ Albertans (guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Grant Siemens, upright bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson), the band recorded loose and live, with almost no overdubs.
Cabin Fever offers a portrait of a survivalist preparing for the apocalypse (“Gettin’ Down On The Mountain”); a tale of a rural man losing a woman to the allure of New York City life (“September”); an ode to his vintage BMW motorcycles (“Mein Deutsches Motorrad”); the broken-hearted anthem “(You Ain’t A Cowboy) If You Ain’t Been Bucked Off”; new drinking songs such as “Drink It Like You Mean It” and “Pour ‘Em Kinda Strong”; the yodelling introduction and physicality of “Priceless Antique Pistol Shoots Startled Owner”; and another throwback to his punk days (when he claimed membership in the speed-metal band The Smalls), the desire to date “The Gothest Girl I Can.”
Just like Corb’s subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel… It’s this sort of versatility that brings out a raft of audiences to his shows; from field and urban sidewalk, alike.
Tickets for 36 of the 38 shows on the fall LAMB OF GOD tour are on sale now. The Atlanta show and the Kansas City show will go on sale the following weekend (September 28, 29). As previously announced, the tour starts October 30th in Phoenix, Arizona and runs to December 16th in Seattle, Washington. In Flames and Sylosis are on all of the dates with Hatebreed and HELLYEAH splitting the tour.
In conjunction with ESP guitars, LAMB OF GOD will be giving away a signed guitar in every market. The giveaway will be in conjunction with local media partners. For the Columbus show on December 2nd, Cannibal Corpse will replace HELLYEAH. A new show has been added November 15th in Glens Falls, New York at the Civic Center. Also, the Los Angeles show on October 31st will be at the Palladium.
Tour dates and ticket links below:
DATE / CITY, STATE / VENUE / ON SALE DATE / TICKET BUY LINK
Three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Queen staged the first Western rock concert in a stadium behind the Iron Curtain with 80,000 fans watching. This was the largest ever show in Népstadion, Budapest. In addition to such favourites as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “I Want To Break Free”, and “We Are The Champions”, the film will also feature some never-before-seen archive footage of the band at rehearsals, interviews and on the road. The fascinating mini documentary will lead into the astounding concert movie with snippets and highlights from the band during the year leading up to one of their most significant performances.
The first 200 people to arrive at the Scotiabank Theatre on September 20th for this event will receive a Queen gift bag with a theatrical poster and a selection of Queen DVDs.
The film will be playing at various participating Cineplex theatres. Tickets are available at participating theatre box offices and online at cineplex.com/events. A complete list of participating theatres and showtimes is also available online. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest on November 6th, 2012 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital video, DVD/CD, and Blu-ray/CD.
CONTEST INFORMATION: Thanks to the amazing folks at Cineplex and Eagle Rock I have a pair of tickets for the screening to giveaway! Email me your favorite Queen song, no purchase necessary contest ends 11:59pm Tuesday September 18th. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Wednesday September 19th. Email your answer with “Queen” in subject line along with contact information to email@example.com Good Luck!
This year at Whisky Rocks, Canadian Rock Legends The Trews and five Canadian whisky brands will take centre stage. This special concert event celebrates great Canadian whisky and great Canadian music. It is part of LCBO’s annual whisky promotion that will be a night to remember!
Hosted by comedian and author Sean Cullen, the celebration will be held at 46 WEST, 46 Dunlop St. W., in downtown Barrie on Thursday, November 8 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature live music from three Whisky Rocks Showdown bands, hors d’oeuvres and a tasting of five premium Canadian whiskies – Alberta Premium Dark Horse Whisky, Crown Royal Black, Forty Creek Copper Pot, Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Whisky, Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Canadian Whisky. All for one price concert goers can experience an evening full of amazing music and whisky including a full set closing out the night from the Trews.
New this year is an exciting opportunity for all musicians and bands ages 19+ – the Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition! The top-three finalists, selected online by popular vote, win a slot to open for The Trews on November 8! To enter, bands can upload their original music demo to “Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition” at whiskyrocks.com between September 17 at 10:15 a.m. EST and October 9 at 4:15 p.m. EST. The LCBO will review each entry and if it meets all guidelines and requirements the video will be posted on whiskyrocks.com for friends, family and the general public to vote between October 12 at 10:15 a.m. and October 25 at 4:15 p.m. EST.
The winners will be announced at whiskyrocks.com November 9th and the top three bands with the most votes will face-off on stage where a panel of judges and the Trews will then select one winner.
Tickets cost $25 and are available online at ticketbreak.com, by phone at 1-866-943-8849, impactlive.ca ticket outlets or at the door. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Dixon Hall, a United Way member agency and its Music School program, which provides youth with music instruction and opportunities to attend music camps across Ontario. Concert goers must be 19 years of age or older and valid ID is required.
For full rules and regulations for the Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition, visit www.whiskyrocks.com/competition