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HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM June 23: Colour ROM Proud

The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., delivers Toronto’s best Friday night destination with the hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and an opportunity to experience the Museum like never before. On Friday, June 23, 2017, continue your Pride Month celebrations with an official Pride Toronto dance party at #FNLROM!

June 23: Performances

Singing OUT: Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community choir with a mission of PRIDE. MUSIC. BELONGING. Singing OUT creates a warm and fun space for everyone who enjoys singing and learning. Welcoming everyone with different experience levels, backgrounds, and identities, this choir sings together, and they sing OUT.

Jada Hudson: Toronto Pride Event Host and glamazon scene queen Jada Hudson is a musical and visual mix of camp, chic, high fashion, and urban funk.

The RUDE Collective: RUDE (Real Unapologetic Diverse Expression) is a collective of individuals whose main objective is to create positive spaces for queer folks, especially queer people of colour.

Jezebel: Toronto’s only fully French queen, Jezebel has quickly won over the hearts of queens and kids alike with her dramatic and acrobatic performances.

Fay Slift: Full of over-the-top, feel-good vibes, Fay Slift and her troupe of merry dancers put on a spectacle that will make you feel all the love – and show you what Pride is all about.

DJ Craig Dominic: Voted runner up for best DJ in Xtra 2010 in the last instance of Xtra’s Best, DJ Craig Dominic’s signature jack of-all-trades style gives a new perspective to the DJ scene, blending top 40, R&B, hip-hop, house, and more into one cohesive experience.

DJ Cozmic Cat: Coz has brought her DJ mix to Iceland, USA, South Africa, and more, however she is best known in Toronto as the resident DJ and co-founder of Cherry Bomb, the city’s longest running queer women’s monthly party.

Music Bear Tony Banks: This hip hop storyteller has made a name for himself with his smooth rhythms, sick beats, and serious vocals. He stands out from the crowd as outspoken, unapologetic, and uniquely talented. 2017 brings new music with a pointedly updated attitude, and some off-the-hook collaborations with fellow hip hop artists Jwlb and EarthTone.

EarthTone: EarthTone is a seasoned hip-hop artist and producer. What separates EarthTone’s muziq is its openly gay yet subtle content in an ironic landscape: The Hip Hop Arena. He has a way of bringing you close to the thoughts of a “gay hip hop head”, without making you feel uncomfortable.

DJ Bone Intell: A gay rapper who bucks every conceivable gay rapper stereotype! DJ Bone Intell has all the gifts required to break through the glass ceiling of hip hop homophobia. His movement and street cred are real, and his swag can’t be denied.

Christian Jeffries and Backburner: Together with a talented group of musicians known as Backburner, Christian Jeffries is bringing his music to the masses like never before. Talent is genderless, and music, ageless. Christian Jeffries and Backburner is a force to be reckoned with and an experience you’ll never forget.

ROM Gallery Activities

Out of the Vaults – ROY. G. BIV Gems: Learn how light interacts with gems and minerals, making every colour of the rainbow, with Veronica Di Cecco.

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the #FNLROM June 23: Colour ROM Proud edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at the #FNLROM June 23: Colour ROM Proud edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday June 21, 2017.



Review: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents Carly Rae Jepsen – Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30pm


Photo Credit:  Carly Rae Jepsen, Lucas Waldin, TSO (top of show) @Jag Gundu.jpg

The TSO continues to celebrate Canadian music and its many genres with Carly Rae Jepsen.  Her much-anticipated performance last night was part of the TSO’s Canada 150 Signature Project. Jepsen—a singer, songwriter, and actress—shared the stage with long-time collaborator Tavish Crowe (Musical Director and guitarist) and the TSO, under the musical direction of Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin. To the delight of Jepsen’s fans and TSO buffs alike, the evening included some of the artist’s greatest hits including excerpts from her critically acclaimed album E•MO•TION.

“Canada Mosaic celebrates our musical diversity and Canadian artists. Its lineup features some amazing collaborations, including one with singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen. Make the most of Canada 150 and let yourself be captivated by Canadian music!” —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Carly Rae Jepsen was born in Mission, BC, and was exposed to music at a very young age. Jepsen grew up listening to artists like Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, but also had a real passion for musicals. Jepsen later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, where she immersed herself in all things music and dance. In 2007, Jepsen took third place in Season 5 of Canadian Idol, making herself known to national audiences from coast to coast to coast. A few years later, in 2012, Jepsen released her album Kiss, which became an international success. The single “Call Me Maybe” reached #1 in 18 countries, and she was the first Canadian to receive Billboard’s Rising Star Award. In 2015, Jepsen’s Kiss won Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards. She also made her Broadway début in 2014 in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, wowing audiences and critics alike. Her latest albums, E•MO•TION and E•MO•TION Side B, are doing much the same, receiving critical acclaim from all over the globe—including E•MO•TION being nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and her hit single from the album, “I Really Like You”, being Certified Platinum.

Last night’s performance from Jepsen included songs, “Run Away With Me”, “Gimme Love”, “Let’s Get Lost”, “Emotion” and “Your Type”. These songs were backed up alongside the robust stylings of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  The evening was casual but also had the makings of a Carly Rae Jepsen prom night.  The Roy Thomson Hall space was festooned with bright and giddy energy.  The excitement was palatable and the audience was up for a good time.

The audience was varied and the poshness of the evening was tossed out by the time Jepsen sang “Boy Trouble” and the makings of a saxophone player punctuated the air. Two gentlemen close to the front of the stage jumped up and started dancing. That gave permission to the rest of the audience to join suit.  At one point everyone was up, dancing like they haven’t danced since grade school, singing like they were in their own private showers and feeling themselves a la Beyonce.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra was sure to stitch in Debussy’s “Clair De Lune” and Tshaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” to give an education to the young audience. Maybe it’s not about coming to see their idol on one evening but reminding the audience that TSO has other offerings throughout the year worth immersing themselves into.  Bravo for the gentle nudge!

The evening ended with “Call Me Maybe” and “I Really Like You”. By that time, the crowd was unhinged and full of joy as was Jepsen.  Not only was Carly Rae full of ‘emotion’ but she could have kept it up all night and the audience would have fully accepted it.