Gallery: Marianas Trench “Never Say Die” Tour

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Hi Peeps! As you have read my previous MoVernie BLOG on my adventures at the Marianas Trench “Never Say Die” tour that was held at Air Canada Centre (ACC) last month, I had taken lots of amazing photos up close and personal near the stage and other areas of the venue. Yes, I worked very hard, ALWAYS on the MOVE to bring you the best photos of your favourite band.

Below is a gallery of photos that I took at the Marianas Trench Concert. Hope you enjoy them.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome photos and videos of my coverage at the New Balance Toronto Media Event. Stay tuned!

Also follow me on SnapChat @MoVernie or Periscope @MoVernie for more interactive live-broadcast videos.

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Ontario Music Fund Showcase – MOD Club

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Two weeks ago, the MoVernie Crew was invited by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) to cover the special Ontario Music Fund Showcase that was held at the MOD Club.

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So, what was this event about? It was an event to celebrate Ontario’s music industry success supported by the Ontario Music Fund (OMF). There are a lot of Canadian talent in our beautiful country. However, as we all know, in order for the talent to shine, not only they have to be creative, have their unique talent and skills but more importantly having luck and financial support. This is what Ontario Music Fund (OMF) comes in.

The purpose of OMF is aimed at strengthening and stimulating growth in Ontario’s music companies and supporting this growing sector. The Fund is designed to drive activity and investment and to support Ontario’s music companies and organizations in expanding their economic and cultural footprints within Canada and around the world. OMF plays an important role to provide financial support and a platform for the Canadian talent to shine.

And at this Ontario Music Fund Showcase, Canadian talent who were funded by various OMF projects over the past 3 years were able to perform to the crowd.

The host of the evening was Jully Black. Jully Black is a Canadian R&B singer–songwriter and actress. She has collaborated and written for many artists, including Nas, Saukrates, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny’s Child and Sean Paul. Jully is very active in Canada, always being there to show her love and support in promoting Canadian Music.

Performers at the Ontario Music Fund Showcase included Monster Truck; A Tribe Called Red; SATE; Mehdi Cayenne; and Peter Katz.

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I was constantly on the MOVE that evening covering various events that I was only able to check out performers Peter Katz and SATE but man oh man, they were talented. Amazing vocals and amazing live stage presence.

I wish these performers best of luck with their careers and also a shoutout to the on-going support by the OMDC for their continual financial and structural support in the development of OMF-funded projects and discovery of Canadian Talent.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome photos and videos of my coverage at Ontario Music Fund Showcase. Stay tuned!

Also follow me on SnapChat @MoVernie or Periscope @MoVernie for more interactive live-broadcast videos.

And MoVernie is outta here!

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#LiveLegendary – Heineken Party in Toronto

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This past Thursday, I was invited to attend this special Exclusive VIP Party, hosted by Heineken Canada. It has a theme and the hashtag was #LiveLegendary. The invite indicated that Heineken wants us to open our world, be legendary and celebrate some of the most unique views of Toronto.

Quite honestly, I have always been a fan of Heineken beer. I love the package, the branding and most importantly, the taste. A few years back, I was in Amsterdam, Netherlands and took a tour of the Heineken Experience. It was an interactive tour through the beer giant’s history in a former brewery, with a tasting room finale as part of the experience. I had been to many brewery tours and by far, Heineken Experience was my favourite. It’s fun, interactive and have the most advanced technology that makes you remember the history and the evolution of the Heineken beer. I recalled making my own 15 seconds of music video in that building (no joke).

So….I was super excited to attend this Heineken “Legendary” invite-only party and I hope it can recapture some of my great memories back in Amsterdam. As I was reading the invite, the location was 130 Adelaide Street West. To be honest, I have attended so many events and parties but I have not been to an event that is being held at 130 Adelaide Street West. As I goggled it more, it turns out to be a modern, relatively new financial building. I was impressed because I was thinking “How did they convince the building management to let them turn the building into a party scene?”.  But more importantly, I was impressed the event planner chose this venue because it’s new and it’s fresh.

MoKenny, my manager was my plus one. Before we headed to the building, I was wondering how would we know where the entrance was? Look no further, as our cab gradually approached the building, you could clearly see the green lights flashing outside the entire building. There was no way anyone would miss the spot. Most week nights, the financial district is usually quite quiet but as the crowd slowly assembled into a long line, the area was popping! You could see pedestrian stopped by & asked the crowd what’s happening inside, they just curious and want to know (to the marketing team, great job in getting people’s attention). There were two long lines, one for general admission (apparently, some lucky peeps got to buy tickets) and there was a VIP line, which of course, you all know how much MoVernie loves Exclusive VIP treatment. Although, we were Exclusive VIP, there was quite a bit of an unusal wait outside. Not sure why, perhaps it took a bit of time to get everyone warmed up with the entry process. Nevertheless, the weather wasn’t cold and my anticipation to get inside overcame the relatively longer wait. So, I was cool with that.

Finally, it was our turn, the moment I told the staff my name, she recognized my name and said “Of course I recognized that name”. It was quite special and I appreciated that gesture.  She gave us the Heineken wrist band and a few drinking tickets. Security inspected us and off we entered into the building.  I worked in the financial district myself so I have a good picture what a typical financial building looks like. But to my surprise! The organizer did an extreme great job in transforming the entire space into quite a Legendary Heineken Experience. I couldn’t recognize one bit of the original business layout.

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The moment we walked into the building, we could hear fast beats of music sound. The lovely Heineken ladies informed us that the famous Swedish DJ Eric Prydz will be spinning music later in the evening. We thought that was cool. Then, as we walked around, we spotted a big square bar counter, you could basically ordered Heineken beer from every angle of the square bar area. If you want a fresh pint of beer, the nice hostess could pour the pint for you in a tall glass. However, that will take longer time. If you don’t want to wait, there were Heineken bottles that you could redeem with your drinking tickets. I think drinking tickets were provided and not open bar, mainly because the organizer didn’t want peeps to drink too much and hope they would drink responsibly. But more importantly, there were general admission peeps which I don’t think the tickets include unlimited beer, therefore, if peeps want to drink more, they can purchase beer at $4 a bottle. $4 a bottle of Heineken, which you and I both know it’s very reasonable priced. Most clubs will charge you double the price at around $8-9, especially its foreign beer.

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As we explored the area and scouted around, there was a coat-check area. There was a security central area. And if we want to go to the washroom, we had to take the elevator. The friendly security guard will open the elevator door for you, at times, they would even escort you up to the floor building to access the washroom. We are talking about premium service. How often do you get to go to the washroom with security escorts and taking an elevator? I thought it was cool.

As we entered the central area, there were a number of beautiful ladies wearing green tight dress, welcoming the crowd. The space was quite a good size with an elevated DJ stage and a big TV screen behind it. It’s just like a big indoor EDM platform. This was where the popular Swedish DJ Eric Prydz pumped up the crowd with his beats and tunes! As we walked further into the area, there was a black wooded wall, displaying the hashtag #LiveLegendary and also displaying some of the amazing views Toronto has to offer.

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We also saw an elevated VIP area for VIP goers and also another bar counter for peeps to order more Heineken beer. This party won’t be the same without food. Not to worry, the organizer provided a number of food stations at the back to fill your tummies. Food items from around the world, including pork skewers, beef sliders, hot dogs, fish n chips, asian rice paper veggie rolls and much more.

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In addition to my love of this venue, I was also very impressed with the crowd. Since I have attended so many events and parties, most of the time, I would see the same group of peeps again and again. The only difference would be different events in different venues. Sometimes, it would be quite boring meeting the same crowd over and over again. Not this time, there was a good representation of different demographics. You could see young professionals, EDM music goers, beer lovers and only a handful of media people. I love that. I think the organizer did a great job with their guest lists to invite a number of crowds to integrate them to generate an amazing Heineken Experience. Most importantly, you could tell that this crowd were well-behaved, stayed classy and not looking to cause troubles, which I greatly appreciated!

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As DJ Eric Prydz continued to pump out sick beats, you could see the crowd were excited and were having a great time, dancing the night away and jumping up & down with the sick visual light effects. I bumped into a few good peeps, including Joallore (@ClickFlickca). Make sure you followed this guy. He is a friendly and interactive guy on Twitter and he will chat with you no matter what. ClickFlickca told us that retired TFC player, Dwayne De Rosario (DeRo) and Olympian Donovan Bailey were here near the food station. When I heard the name, Donovan Bailey, yes, I still remembered his historic race from 0-100 in 9.84 seconds (yes, for some reason I just remembered that magic number). And of course, I met DeRo a few times in previous events that I looked forward to chat with them again.

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As MoKenny & I walked over, we introduced ourselves to Donovan and chatted with DeRo as well. Donovan was so genuine and down-to-earth. We chatted and talked about his winning race at SkyDome against American Michael Johnson. Donovan still got game with his radiant signature smile. We asked to take a photo with him and without hesitation, he accepted. He even asked DeRo to be in the picture with us.

The evening ended on a good note and I thanked ClickFlick for being such a good sport to inform us that the Sporting Greats were in the building. This evening was definitely LEGENDARY. It brought back lots of good memories of my visit to the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. The evening made me felt like I was in Europe. I love the venue, love how well-organized the entire party was run. The crowd size was perfect, not over crowde, unlike many other events hosted by other organizers. This was kept in a reasonable size and keeping it Exclusive VIP.

I look forward to the next Heineken Experience, whether it’s in Toronto or elsewhere, they sure know how to throw a #Legendary party! I received tons of text messages, tweets and instagram messages later in the wee hours from my friends and followers on how envy they were that I had attended this special event! Thank you to the organizer for the kind hospitality and invited me and MoKenny to this event.

It really “Open Our Minds”!

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CNE 2015 – What’s New This Year?

In case you haven’t been to CNE this year yet, you still have about a week left to visit. Honestly, it’s not something you will miss out but I do think it’s a great festival for you and your loved ones to relax, grab a bite, try some new rides and just having a calm and collected day before school starts.

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I still recall those days when I was still in school, I had a great time at the CNE but also the reality kicked in when I realized CNE also signify that I have to go back to school. CNE is famous for wacky new food items that will wow you for all the weird reasons. Many food vendors will try to think out-of-the-box and wanted to shovel all the weird ingredients that may not make sense and try to put them into your stomach. Food items that created lots of buzz include Timbits poutine, Bison sausage poutine, double donut burger, etc.

Personally, the Timbits poutine was disappointing to say the least, it’s just purely a bunch of Timbits placed at the bottom of the coffee cup, toppled with whip cream or ice cream of some sort, it lacks flavour and both items didn’t blend well for my taste.

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The bison sausage poutine was my pick, sausage was chewy and tender, gravy on the hot fries were top notch.

Double donut burger, it looks nasty from an appearance standpoint but when I got a bite on it, it actually worked well. Must be the sweetness of the donut bun mixed well with the salty beef patty.

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And as usual, you get those game booths located outside the buildings. You have water gun, roll the ball, darts, whack a mole, etc. This year lineup of plush toys include The Minions; Big Care Bears (I mean bigger than normal human beings); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and much much more. Back in the days, my bro and I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and there was a fishing game. My dad wanted to win a medium sized Michelangelo for us. So, he asked the staff how to win. The dude thought my dad was some guy who possibly wouldn’t know what to do. 5 minutes in, my dad used his amazing dexterity to pick out the red fish out of hundreds of blue fishes and he won the Michelangelo for me. I will always remember that and still have that plush toy in my room.

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As always, there were tons of midway rides that your kids or yourself would appreciate. In one particular ride, which I highly recommend is the “Skyride”, it’s basically a ride that stretches from one side of the BMO Field and runs all the way to the Direct Energy Centre, approximately 15 ft above ground. It’s especially beautiful at night, seeing the BMO Field upclose, the Ferris wheel upclose and flashing lights were amazing. Each stretch costs you $5 per person but it’s worth it, to be high up in the air, overlooking the CN Tower and seeing human beings walking beneath you, it’s a great feeling. And oh yes, and I am scare of heights so that’s shows you how much I love this ride, overcoming my biggest fear.

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If you love country music, there is a venue called the “Northern Saloon”, country talent such as the rising star Cory Marquardt and many other talents performed there nightly. If you prefer pop or rock music, Bandshell Stage featured various talent daily, including the pop sensation Cody Simpson, who performed last evening.

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So….you still get your chance to check out all the goodies that CNE has install for you until Labour Day long weekend. Don’t forget the traditional air show that happens throughout the long weekend as well. Sit back and enjoy the rides!

Let’s go to the Ex and MoVernie is outta here!

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CNE 2015 Photo Album

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Sunshine – UNO Music Video Event

This wonderful event took place in the chic part of downtown Toronto. Uno is an upcoming singer with an outstanding and unique voice. She has the great looks of a wonderful singer and her voice is even more touching. The “Sunshine” music video release was a private event by invitation only which had an open bar with a wide variety of drinks from white wine to champagne and also a range of snacks.

Her video and song is based on heartbreak and the basic things that the youth in the society go through emotionally, this video certainly stands out due to its unique and crisp quality. Also the theme and actors were perfect in their roles.

Uno is certainly an artist to watch out for in the year 2015 as her album is certainly going to spread like a wide fire both locally and internationally.

Check out Uno’s “Sunshine” video.

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Want to Win Tickets? – The Beat Down 2014 Hip Hop Dance Competition

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Want to win something? This is why you follow my MoVernie Lifestyle BLOG.

The Beat Down 2014 Hip Hop Dance Competition is happening this Saturday on August 9 at 6pm. The event will be held at the CNE Grounds.

MoVernie and The Beat Down are collaborating to give out a pair of The Beat Down Dance Competition Tickets to a lucky winner. This pair of tickets also include your chance to meet some of the well-known hip hop dancers that travel from Los Angeles and other places.

HOW TO WIN?

You just need to do the following:

1) “LIKE” MoVernie Facebook Group page by clicking here.

2) In “The Beat Down 2014” photo, like the photo and tell us “Why you like hip hop? What attracts you?”

It’s that simple! You have to do BOTH steps for a chance to win!

NOTE: A winner will be announced during my MoVernie LIVE in Studio this Wednesday at 6pm! Want to know if you a a winner? Tune in on Wednesday to find out by clicking this link.

Good luck! Follow me @MoVernie on Twitter & @RealMoVernie on Instagram for more upcoming goodies, contests, giveaways and cool events!

VELD 2014 – Day 1 (EDM at Downsview Park)

As you know, MoVernie is always on the MOVE. This time, with his crew, covering one of the hottest events of the summer. After it’s successful inaugural event from last year, VELD is returning again this weekend, with an even stronger lineup of performers including the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Iggy Azalea, Zedd, Calvin Harris, just to name a few.

Rain dropped a bit during the early afternoon but it hold up for the rest of the evening. Crowd got bigger and bigger and having a great time in the open field at Downsview Park. That’s what I like about VELD, it created a “Tomorrow Land” type of feel to it because the big main stage was built from scratch and in the big open field. Baccardi Tent was awesome as well, providing a second stage for performers to enjoy the beach sand type of atmosphere.

Here are the photos that was taken yesterday. VELD Round 2, are you ready for more?

If you are staying in the city and have nothing to do, it’s never too late to purchase VELD Tickets. Click here to check for ticket availability.

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Tegan and Sara – CHUM FM FanFest 2014 (Canadian Music Week)

Last night was CHUM FM FanFest 2014 and it was being held at the Kool Haus. One of the performers was the dynamic duo, Tegan and Sara.

They were one the headliners and performed a number of hit tracks, warming up the crowd. The place was so steamy hot that at one point, Tegan was telling the crowd, “I know I am wearing a leather jacket, but it’s very hot in here!”. Great sound, great music and great live performance by Tegan and Sara as always. Stay tuned for their Toronto Tour when they will be performing at PRIDE.

Below are some of the Tegan and Sara photos that I took during the CHUM FM FanFest 2014.

Thank you to Bell Media PR for the media accreditation for this event.

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Kristina Maria – CHUM FM FanFest 2014 (Canadian Music Week)

Last night was CHUM FM FanFest 2014 and it was being held at the Kool Haus. One of the performers was the talented, beautiful and amazing artist, Kristina Maria. She performed a number of her hit singles and she just brought the house down with her sexy outfit, amazing vocals along with her energetic dancers that just showcased the beautifully choreographed dance moves.

As a bonus, Kristina sneak preview her upcoming single (not yet released) called “Spring Break”, featuring a 19-year old, talented rapper! ARG=ENTO in this song. I can tell you right now that this “Spring Break” song will be another smash hit for Kristina Maria. I love the beat, the flow of the music and the moment you heard it, you want to move your body and you could pick up a cue here and there, knowing the name “Spring Break” is very fitting to this song. Stay tuned for her latest track at various media outlets very soon!

I hope to interview Kristina in the near future for my “MoVernie on the MOVE” live show at TorontoPath.com in the near future!

Below were some of the Kristina Maria photos that I took of at the CHUM FM FanFest 2014.

Thank you to Bell Media PR for the media accreditation for this event.

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Madonna’s Grand Opening of Her “Hard Candy” Studio in Toronto

Iconic Pop Star, Madonna has decided to open it’s 8th “Hard Candy” Studio in Toronto. She has opened up her fitness franchise in places such as Berlin (Germany), Rome (Italy) & Moscow (Russia) and other places not including the United States. It’s quite interesting of her choice of locations, not the United States, but Toronto, why? Apparently, Toronto is Madonna’s top choice as she feels a strong affinity and being loved by the fans whenever she comes to Toronto for her world tour. Continue reading