Recently signed to WAX Records, NIXON is currently working on two new singles, and will soon after be teaming up with past Juno award winners and nominees to collaborate on future material. The band is set to head out for Ireland in May 2012, so don’t miss your chance to see what the NIXON buzz is all about this Saturday at Mod Club, and stick around for resident DJs MRK and Tigerblood, who will be spinning the best of indie, electro, and dubstep ’til last call!
WHEN: Saturday April 14, doors 10pm
WHERE: Mod Club (722 College St W)
DETAILS: $5 Guest List or $10 @ door. 19+
RSVP here or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
Are you a la la la love junkie? If so, Hotel Royal has your fix.
Join us in celebration of the long anticipated release of Hotel Royal’s first music video:
(click image above or here to watch)
2012 started off with a Bang Bang as the indie pop rock outfit from Whitby, ON brought their small town success to the big city, setting fire to every stage on which they set foot. And after the highly successful January release of “Love Junkie” – the first single off Hotel Royal‘s forthcoming full length album – the 2012 Hard Rock Rising regional finalists follow up with their first-ever music video.
The short and steamy 1:48 video, shot by Ax Media and directed by Cole Kidd of Hello Beautiful, has garnered nearly 1300 hits since its debut on YouTube ten days ago and the numbers are climbing as the virus continues to spread rapidly throughout the GTA. Now, Hotel Royal and friends are calling all Love Junkies to get down with the sickness this weekend for a live show and celebration, featuring “Love Junkie” on the big screen.
***Limited edition “Love Junkie” swag will be available at the show***
When: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Where: Rivoli (332 Queen St West)
Details: Doors 7pm, 19+
RSVP here for $10 Advance Guest List
***We will happily accommodate all media. Please contact Vanessa at email@example.com for all media and related inquiries***
Vai Media Group and The Harlton Empire present: ELOS ARMA at Mod Club Theatre
Saturday, March 10, 2012
You are invited to witness the indie pop rock madness that is Elos Arma, as they kick off their
2012 Ontario tour at Mod Club Theatre. Known for the boundless energy and good vibes that
grace every one of their songs and shows, Elos Arma are set to bring the party of the year to
Mod Club this Saturday with an assortment of tracks off their acclaimed sophomore EP,
T.I.T.S. (This Is The Shit) as well as their debut EP, Good News for Bad People.
Click here to preview both EPs
“It’s refreshing to hear an indie band revive an uptempo and happier vibe in their music…instead
of being a casual spectator to an album like I usually am, Elos Arma made me want to jump in and
motorboat.” – Bandsoup.com
“Fantastic. They really have the crowd talking…The transitions are seamless and each song is
better than the last.” – Toronto Live Music Examiner
Don’t miss this opportunity to catch Elos Arma live in action before they venture across the pond
to tour the UK. And stick around all night for more great music from Mod Club’s resident DJs,
MRK and Tigerblood.
By Vanessa Markov
If you work in the music industry and are female, “Wild Side” is sure to be interlaced with your most personal fantasies in the finest of details, whether you knew you had them beforehand or not. But even if you’re neither female nor heavily involved in music, you are still sure to be highly entertained by this intense tale of self discovery and toxic passion, all set in the hectic world of rock ‘n roll stardom. I not only laughed out loud several times or found my mouth gaping wide open during action-packed peaks, I also stopped rather frequently to ponder how some of the characters’ relationships and conflicts were relevant to my own unrelated experiences.
As “Wild Side” goes, we meet Kelly Carrington, a beautiful yet sheltered woman in her early thirties just at the point when her personal and professional life simultaneously turn from nothing special into a shitstorm of confusion and betrayal. In a matter of days, she goes from being an obedient wife and daughter whose most risque quality is her job at a major music label, to touring with a famous rock band as a back-up singer and sexual protege of the band’s frontman, Shane Ryder. Cue the intertwining stories of several colourful characters including a violently vengeful fan and Kelly’s deranged and soon to be ex-husband, and her adventure takes off not a second too soon.
The book is Jackie Collins-esque in the sense that the storyline is uncommon, filled with glamour and unlikely events that most of us will surely never experience; but the difference between Lonsdale and Collins is that Collins writes to shock, thrill and satisfy with book after book of gloriously shallow Hollywood smut. Throughout my teenage years I read every Collins book there was, basking in her vivid descriptions of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll and living vicariously through her perfectly flawed, larger-than-life characters. By the time I was 18, Collins’ stories (fantastic writer that she is) became stale from the lack of truly emotional content, and quickly became a mere guilty pleasure as I upgraded to non-fiction and stayed there until now.
However, unlike Collins, Lonsdale is not an author I’d be embarrassed to enjoy as an adult. While “Wild Side” immediately reminded me of Collins’ work, the unfolding emotional battles the main character faced began to resonate within me, and by the fifth chapter I was completely hooked. It had been years since I was so invested in a story that I finished it in 24 hours, feeling mild separation anxiety whenever I had to put it down to tend to real life duties. Coincidentally, I hadn’t felt this connected to a story since I read Collins’ “Star” in one long, overnight sitting at the dreamy-eyed age of 17. The fact that Lonsdale spent as much time describing the inner turmoils associated with taking risks, perceiving opportunities, facing fears, and developing realistic relationships as she did developing a thoroughly exciting plot makes “Wild Side” as deeply inspiring as it is entertaining.
Another reason why I found “Wild Side” to be such a fantastic tale is the Lee Child-like accuracy in the descriptions and imagery; so accurate, in fact, that a disclaimer is included in the beginning of the book stating all events are fictional and that any consistencies with real life events are purely coincidental. Lonsdale was actively involved as a promoter in the music industry during the heavy metal boom in the mid-late 80s, the same time frame of the story, meaning that she was able to include details of her true experiences behind the scenes. The result, especially for anyone involved in the music industry like myself, leaves one feeling as though there just might be more truth to this story than there is fiction.
In terms of literary significance, Lonsdale is not an Irving or a King, but she sure as hell blows Collins’ best work (along with every Harlequin in existence) clear out of the water with her knack for infusing intensely realistic insight into female fantasy-driven fictions. In fact, I’d think that any woman who discovers Lonsdale’s work (she has a handful of other fictions that I intend to dive into the second this review is up) would be hard pressed to find an author of similar taste who can deliver quite like she can.
Want to win a free copy of “Wild Side”? Simply “like” our facebook page here and write “Take me to the Wild Side!” on our wall. Contest closes on Wednesday, February 29 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be selected and announced at 12 noon on Thursday, March 1. We will also notify the winner via facebook.
“Wild Side” includes original lyrics written by Lonsdale, which were later developed into an original soundtrack and included with the book’s original release. From this soundtrack, Lonsdale generously offers HnG readers and listeners three free downloads:
For more information on Wild Side and to purchase it online, click here
On Tuesday, February 6, 2012, HnG favourite Hotel Royal dropped by the Mediazoic Studio down at 75 Sherbourne for a full feature interview and live recording. The result was well over an hour’s worth of getting to know the band, their music, thoughts, and silly antics as new HnG Radio personality Vanessa Vai (who is already being affectionately referred to as the female Howard Stern) and myself lead the interview in hopes of bringing out the best of the beloved band and show the world why we love them almost as much as we love beer and grilled cheese.
Tune in below to hear the best moments of the interview, have a laugh with us, and listen to four of their most popular songs including an exclusive acoustic version of “She Don’t Mind” recorded right then in studio, as well as the history and making of each song.
We had such a blast recording this and we hope you have an equally good time listening!
A huge thanks to Greg and Noah at Mediazoic for making it all possible, thanks to Hotel Royal for a memorable evening full of cheap laughs and priceless moments, and a heartfelt thank you to all of our listeners for tuning in to HnG Radio.
Digging Hotel Royal? Download songs for free and keep in touch here
Think Vai is as entertaining as we do? Find out more about her and Vai Media Group here
Want to learn more about the incredible digital music movement that is Mediazoic? Click here
And don’t forget to tune in to our regular show on HnG Radio, which features a long and diverse list of interruption-free music from the best up and coming Canadian artists along with some good old Canadian classics.