The Fast Forward Revue

TORONTO Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. by jaxba
July 24, 2008, 3:55 am
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Yes, that’s Martin Short, Jason Alexander and Jimmy Fallon…. AKA Ned Nederlander, George Costanza, and Idiot Boyfriend. They’re hosting the Toronto Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (Click for website where you can buy tickets)! Huuuuuge comedians are lined up and people in town should definitely check it out this week, July 23-27, at the following venues:

Massey Hall

    Just For Laughs Gala – July 24 (Short), 25 (Alexander), 26 (Fallon) – 7:00pm & 9:30pm
    Jeff Dunham Concert – July 27 – 7:00pm

The Second City

    The Sketch Show – July 24 – 10:30pm

Winter Garden Theatre

    The Asian Invasion – July 24 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm
    Wiseguys – July 25 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm
    Wiseguys – July 26 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm

Absolute Comedy

    Best of Homegrown 2008 – July 25 – 8:00pm

Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s

    Headliners – July 25 – 7:30pm

My friend saw the Headliner’s show last night at Yuk Yuk’s which had Elon Gold and Adam Hills and she said it was highly entertaining. I’ll be checking out most of the shows so expect some reviews.



The Rogers Picnic: Rain, rain… stay here? by kswitz

The Rogers Picnic (July 20, Historic Fort York)

Official Promotional Poster

Official Promotional Poster

So it’s 4:54 am… and I can’t sleep.

But that’s unimportant, since there is blog-fun to be had!

So this isn’t really going to be a concert review, so much as a hodge-podge of random things I noticed about concerts while attending the Rogers Picnic yesterday. And here goes:

a) RAIN AS A BONDING EXPERIENCE: Seriously, once it started pouring, everyone got in closer, got more into dancing, and cheered louder than ever as the bands expressed their sympathies for our soggy bottoms. It even bonded audience members individually, as umbrellas were shared between neighbours, and tarps were put up by those who brought them and stretched to fit as many concert-goers as possible. Rain is the great equalizer.

b) ENERGY IS KEY: I found that the bands onstage who had tonnes of energy (Chromeo and Dizzee Rascal, to name two) ended up being the bands I liked the most out of all the performers. This surprised me ’cause I’m something of a huge Animal Collective fan, but I still liked Chromeo‘s set way, way more, because of their connection with the crowd, and the cool factor of their high energy level. Their late-night DJ set in the back of the Nokia DJ Tent (or whatever it was called) was also a great picker-upper for all those who’d been there all day and noticed their energy flagging. We danced like crazy-people.

c) ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Is the new cool. And rightfully so! I love how it’s gotten to the level where there are “Zero Foot Print” tents at concerts! The concert was also co-ordinated to be as close to a zero-waste event as possible: there were sorting-style recycling bins, separated into Aluminum/Plastic, Paper, and Compost. Serious snaps for that!

d) TEXTING SCREENS: Amusing but annoying, as they are just so damn distracting! Everyone ends up staring at the boards instead of the bands! But they are hilarious, like when people write “I am the hiphoppopotamus, my lyrics are bottomless”, or comment on the large number of Urban Outfitters wearers in the crowd (read: hipster-bashing is the new cool)It’s also a bit sketchy, though… I was trying to get in contact with my brother throughout the show using the service but who knows if our Katie/Graeme texts were actually between me-Katie and him-Graeme? (Skeeettcchhhyyy. I clearly need to just get his number…).

e) FREE REDBULL: Is bomb. Just saying… (PS If anyone from Redbull reads this (not likely), feel free to do it at more concerts! I will love you! So will everyone else!).

f) CITY AND COLOUR: Actually isn’t too bad. They’re a touch emo but they have a good amount of energy, and I like Dallas Green‘s jokes.

Alright, so it’s bedtime.

Hope y’all enjoyed this.

Vive la France! by Sempé

Le 14 juillet: Fête Nationale de la France.

In honour of France’s national holiday, here are seven minutes and twenty-two seconds of men in uniforms shifting around the place de la Concorde in inhumanly geometric formations. Quite spectacular to watch, really. 

Fun Fact: France’s Fête Nationale is celebrated on the 14th of July to commemorate the storming of the Bastille on the same day in 1789 – often seen as the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution. Nowadays, Bastille Day falls during the Tour de France and is traditionally a day on which French riders try to take a stage victory for France, working harder than they might otherwise.

Toronto Polaroid Tour: AH..AH… AAACHOO!! by jaxba

Taken in the basement of St. Lawrence Market – the perfect area to walk back in time to the mid 1900s (much like The Distillery) or also described as ‘The Montreal’ in Toronto. You’d expect to find an old train station there or a newspaper boy yelling “Extra, Extra!” with a Jack Russell Terrier yelping close behind.

In slightly related news, I just learned there is such thing as ACHOO syndrome, also known as “Achooism” and “Photic sneeze reflex”, where people start sneezing perpetually in sudden exposure to bright light. It’s backronym (an acronym where they start with the abbreviation and make what it stands for) is Autosomal dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst syndrome. By golly, I wonder how long it took them to come up with that!


animals in art: some of the weird and wonderful creatures i’ve met on my travels through the internet. by kswitz

(testing still, or maybe that’s my excuse for having nothing new and exciting to say… sigh.)

Recently, while doing visual research for a photoshoot (cats in suits at a picnic) I have planned for the all-too-near future, I spent a few hours revisiting several music videos, websites, and photos from my own collection (from art shows I’ve documented). And what I found was very interesting, as I followed my little heart’s desire through tangents and hyper-links.

Do you dare to follow?


Well, I began with the old standby, Radiohead‘s haunting video for “There There”, which is creepy as anything, and has been imprinted on my mind since the very first time I saw it, like one of those haunted houses you simply cannot keep out of… (or maybe no one else shares this problem with me..) The video is directed by Chris Hopewell, and is said to be inspired by the British television show “Bagpuss”, a similarly eerie television show constructed from old photographs, some random live clips, and a lot of stop-animation, all narrated by Oliver Postgate, the show’s English-accented creator/writer. But really, “There There” has always reminded me more of “The Wind in the Willows”, the 1984 television version.

Anyway, from there I remembered about Bat For Lashes‘ video for their 2008 single “What’s A Girl To Do?”, a similarly dark (literally, it’s nighttime) and disquieting video, directed by Dougal Wilson, featuring animals in clothes performing bike tricks behind the charmingly beautiful bike-riding singer. Interestingly enough, Bat For Lashes recently opened for Radiohead for roughly a month (June) of their recent 2008 tour. Probably not connected… but maybe…

Next stop on my weird and wonderful internet-indigenous animals tour was this crazy fan-created video for Boards Of Canada’s “Everything You Do is a Balloon”, based on Dale Jennings’ 1963 bicycle safety video entitled “One Got Fat”. I think this video is an exercise in awesomeness… but it is a little bit creepy.

Though creepy is nothing compared to this next clip I found (or, rather, remembered, since none of these clips I’m sharing I discovered on my journey, only revisited), from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 epic “The Shining”. Now don’t feel bad if you’ve seen the movie but for one reason or another (ex. trauma) have forgotten about this clip. Yeah…

Something else I found years ago (and who knows how, or why I remembered it and saved it in my Bookmarks files…) was this crazy site, Bunnylicious,  full of various photoshoots featuring rabbits. Oh no wait, nevermind, I remember how I found it: singer Alison Goldfrapp’s rabbit phase

Alright, well I’m going to bed… I’ve been at this for over an hour…

And by bed I mean I’m going to keep getting ready for the aforementioned fast-approaching photoshoot…

I shall leave you with this, as a final example of animal-creepery: David Lynch’s “Rabbits”. Made as a series of stand-alone shorts in 2002, some of the clips can be seen in his movie “Inland Empire” (my favorite movie of all time, or something like that). Their tagline is “In a nameless city deluged by a continuous rain… three rabbits live with a fearful mystery”…

And one of them’s Naomi Watts.


G’night, all.

Street Style: Transport in Toronto by Sempé
July 10, 2008, 4:14 pm
Filed under: Author: E. Sempé, Miscellaneous, toronto | Tags: , , , ,

Now, who doesn’t love a green Vespa? [Seen on Spadina Ave. at Harbord]

I love the detail on this model – namely the sticker in back; it reminds me a bit of what the Jacobins and the Assemblée Générale of the French Revolution would wear on their waistcoats and jackets. Though instead of green in the outer ring, they wore blue, of course. But we can ignore that little inconsistency…

Seeing double? by jaxba
July 9, 2008, 10:56 pm
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From the people who brought you Frozen Grand Central , the New York City based scene-causing team Improv Everywhere pulls another crazy stunt, taking identical twins to create a human mirror on a subway train.
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