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EXCLUSIVE with Much Music Host Scotty Willats at The Pacific Junction Hotel


Post spinning an easy mix sprinkled with Kiesza, Scotty Willats over Budweiser’s at The Pacific Junction Hotel New Music Ten GIRTH Radio NXNE Party took time to give me a little exclusive on his set. Gregarious, quick and engaging. After our convo it’s clear how he landed his coveted Much Music title.

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New Music Ten Girth Radio Party - NXNE


On long days, the kind that include heatwaves, multiple modes of transportation, full workloads and the English problem that is Wayne Rooney, what you really want is some place to completely turn off and unwind.

Midway through NXNE, the self-described first pop up shop of music, New Music Ten is hosting at the neighborhood hangout everyone drives themselves nuts to find, The Pacific Junction Hotel.

Cloistered under the patio twinkle lights, things are ramping up inside with the in house radio station (Girth Radio) and event beverage host Budweiser is drawing me back in with FIFA gear and drinks in matte limited edition bottles.


Outside the glass recording booth nestled with a group of recent media friends dishing opinions over loaded seasonal soft corn tacos and towering nacho plates.

Bands in unplugged setups from the shag carpet laden station interior, Much Music Host Scotty Willat drops in to spin and backs me into a corner of ill made FIFA bets.

I’m still not discouraged.

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MMVA Vocab Gifting Lounge


"You’re not getting past that."

My cabbie was right I wasn’t.

If it’s June, you’re in Toronto and there seems to be a hundred roadblocks and screaming crowds it means the MMVAs are just around the corner.

Like any award show the actual performance night is just a part of the whole bigger picture. A blink away from The Much Music Studios is the 6th annual MMVA VOCAB Gifting Lounge.

Thrown by Chrissy Newton head of VOCAB Communications, curated companies and celebrities out and about come together to meet, greet and bask in the glow of a good party.

Light pouring in and two stories of guests already going strong in the fitting Umbra Concept Store. There’s a mini parade in black Mary Kay (the brand partner for the event) uniforms all waiting to take guests including my lucky self around the party.


Bright, littered with quaintly indulgent home add-ons by Umbra, elegantly futuristic bauble light chandeliers - very vogue War of the Worlds - follow the staircase to the second floor.

The DJ is spinning The Contours’ Do You Love Me classic. Everyone’s dancing.

Cosmetics in candy, candy that looks like sushi, Canadian cider that tastes like the English kind, vintage sunglasses that are actually brand new. The companies describe like a happy riddle.


Brand partner, Mary Kay can’t help but stand out in the party commotion. Long gone are the days of pastels on your mother’s makeup counter. Now come luscious cheeky corals and fuchsia, shimmery palettes and a CC cream that will make your heart and imperfections melt.

For those that prefer grab bag convenience in their routine, Luxe Box is stationed just a few feet away. The monthly subscription service serves up the best of nails, hair, skin and beauty care to your door. Amazing unknown brands and true standards such as dearly loved Butter London all wrapped up in the sweetest of white gold embossed boxes.


Buzzing with conversation and celebrity sightings of Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, Fefe Dobson and Matt Web of Mariana’s Trench, newcomer brewer Brickworks Cider is being doled by their scruffy tattooed representatives keeping everyone happily hydrated.

It’s hard to pull myself away so I stay for ages, mesmerized by head chains from Banoo by Mesa (hello festival wear), patterned bow ties and deeply engaged in a talk about which juice cleanse I need in my life with The Raw Juice Guru.

A coffee, FIFA check (slim win Italy, SLIM) and I’m home diving into the bag full of goodies fit for the MMVAs.


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Crystalyne Navigate Through Oakville

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Oakville Today - June 15 2012

NORTH OAKVILLE TODAY – On hot summer days outside of the big city people may question what there is to do. Aside from pool hopping in the suburbs or tanning outside the local Starbucks, options can seem limited. 
However, thanks to Oakville’s growing music scene, there is fun to be had, one just needs to know where to look.

On Sunday, June 10, Arnold’s Bar on Morden Road hosted a summer music night featuring local acts from around the GTA including Justin Dube, We Are The Wild Things and seasoned powerhouse headliner Crystylyne.

Donned in tank tops, aviators and shorts (the uniform of today’s music lover), the crowd ventured to the backyard outside venue of Arnold’s to show their support to new and familiar bands alike. 

Despite the stifling heat, all the bands had people dancing, shouting and throwing their cares aside, in a celebration of the coming summer months. 
With sounds ranging from screams to soft Circa Survive reminiscent falsettos, the night built to the standout of the event, Crystalyne.

Photo by Daniel J. Peragine

Usually recognized for their lead singer Marissa’s experience with her past band on Much Music’s Disband, Crystalyne played Arnold’s as the second stop on their Navigatour Tour to promote their new EP Navigate.

Hitting hard into their first song, Crystalyne comes off as energetic, welcoming and are obviously adored by the crowd of both loyal followers and newbie fans.

Sitting down with the band post-show, they engaged in an open and warm discussion about the obvious comparisons to Paramore, creative dynamic, future plans and the loyalty to their craft. The band’s close relationship was made obvious by their playful camaraderie.

Crystalyne’s presence may mark the introduction of more male heavy female fronted bands in the local alt music scene.

As the heat finally died down, watching the attendees exit the bar with beaming eyes and arms full of EPs, vintage high school inspired t-shirts and rubber wristlets, it became clear to this reporter that Crystalyne will be the local soundtrack to “Navigate” through the heat wave season.

Elyse Simpson is a freelance journalist and one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20. Excerpts from her work can be found on her blog “With Elyse” 


Photo by Daniel J. Peragine

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