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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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Jeanne Beker at WACC

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Oakville Today - April 08 2010 

NORTH OAKVILLE TODAY – Fashion icon Jeanne Beker has a message for Halton teens: “Don’t be afraid, never give up and most of all be fearless.”

 ”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, it forces you to sometimes think outside the box and to really pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on going,” Beker confidently announced at the 6th Annual Women as Career Coaches event, March 25 in Burlington. 

The Women as Career Coaches event hosted by the Halton Industry Education Council (HEIC) attracted 711 participants. Half of them high school girls, grades 10-12, from participating schools throughout the Halton Region looking for career direction and guidance. 

The other half were mentors, successful women in the workplace who volunteered an evening of their time to share career advice with Halton’s female youth.

Special guest Jeanne Beker, host of Fashion Television, author and of course fashionista continually worked her way up through the ranks over the course of her career. 

Approaching the podium for her scheduled speaking segment for the event, hundreds of hungry teenage eyes lit up in anticipation as she opened a door into the life of her career. Growing up as a self proclaimed “TV Baby” Beker decided her career path at a young age. Pursuing a post secondary education in New York City and then later returning to study at York University, Beker’s early years were spent honing her craft.

 With a distinct vision of having her own TV show Beker dabbled in everything from acting to ballet to mime.

After finally moving to St. John’s Newfoundland, Beker found a comfortable niche in local radio. 

Using her tenacity, radio test tapes and with three years of experience under her belt she returned to Toronto to hunt down her dream job. After working at CHUM, while making a continuing, lasting impression, the station bought the now ever popular City TV. 

 The New Music show (along with Beker’s first TV Hosting Job) was born. After six years of working on The New Music, keeping her heart, mind and of course eyes and ears open, Beker fought for the role she was born for as host of Fashion Television.

 As her speech cams to a close for the event, the applause was deafening. As gracious as she is successful, Jeanne Beker spent her time afterwards answering questions, taking pictures and signing autographs.

 After hearing of Jeanne Beker’s eclectic jobs, struggles and constant confidence in herself and her ambitions, the young females of the audience finally left the event knowing truly what it meant to be “fearless.”

Elyse Simpson is a North Oakville student  and entrepreneur who launched her record label, Jangle Records, earlier this year. Learn more about Simpson and her label online at

To learn more about the Halton Industry Education Council, visit, email or call 905-634-2575.Originally Published by Oakville Today - April 08 2010


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