S+C sent in its best to infiltrate Arts & Crafts’ Field Trip: The Bruce Brothers. Disguised as coffee slingers in the VIP section we found out who drinks their espresso short, iced, decaf, or in quads. It’s safe to say I’ve never made so many soy lattes, ever.
Usually an all day festival consists of families that set up small versions of their homes onto a heavy trafficated patches of grass close enough to the stage in the hopes that someone may accidently step on them, thus giving a reason to complain and ruin an amazing day. However, this was not the case. The families generally stayed home allowing for a new breed of blanket bullies to emerge – the Lazy Fan.
The Lazy Fan marks its territory using a blanket. To conserve energy for their favourite band (who will be playing next) they sit on their marked territory that is within 20 to 30 feet of the stage in the prime musical enjoyment region. Do not let the Lazy Fan get the best of you. Get a couple of good blanket stomps out of your system and move on.
Who could even be a Lazy Fan with the stellar line up Arts & Crafts provided: The Darcys, Bloc Party, Timber Timbre, Zeus, Broken Social Scene, Feist, and, oh yeah Stars (someone out there must like them). Let it be known that Stars’ lead singer Torquil Campbell drinks espresso, so they are not all bad (?).
Making coffee for Campbell and the rest of Arts & Crafts’ label made me realize I have no idea what the majority of musicians in my iTunes look like. The only person I was able to readily identify wasn’t even in a band, he played Hyde in That ‘70s Show. Once we noticed this, much of our time was taken up by trying to convince people to sing That ‘70s Show theme song to Hyde. The reward was $20. No one did it (and the offer still stands, chumps). Through these weak attempts to annoy the minor celebrity for no goddamn reason, I learned that Hyde is now a DJ – DJ Donkey Punch confirms Wikipedia – and that his name is not actually Hyde.
One band in particular that I scheduled my break around was Bloc Party. I have thoroughly enjoyed their music since elementary school, but never got into a YouTube hole of watching their live performances and interviews. Essentially I had no expectations for Bloc Party’s live performance – just open eyes, open ears, and an open mind (which is rare). Kele Okereke, lead singer, strutted onto the stage chewing a giant piece of blue bubble gum. Of course my first thought is what he plans do with that thing: swallow it? Choke on it? Spit it into the crowd? Nope.
It must have been an excellent piece of chewing candy because Okereke kept it in his mouth for the bands entire set. I have a hard enough time stringing together sentences – let alone singing – with gum in my mouth. I guess that’s why he’s in Bloc Party and I’m not.
All candy aside, Bloc Party were extremely comfortable on stage. For some bands this creates a boring atmosphere for the audience, but like the experts they are, Bloc Party transformed this comfort into an infectious energy that was shared across the hundreds of people at Fort York. The band ended their set with their old track “This Modern Love”, where I finally got to scream my replacement lyrics for “You told me you wanted to eat up my sadness,” with “You told me you wanted to eat up my sandwich.” My life is complete.
Other bands that played Field Trip included:
Still Life Still
Gold & Youth
Ra Ra Riot
Historically speaking, books for are nerds and beer is for party animals. So, we at S+C took to the lab to finally combine brains and braun to make this summer’s most balls-to-the-wall, intellectually stimulating, tough guy/girl soda sipping, guide to books and beer.
Ask any fashion designer – inspiration is really not that hard to find, it’s putting it to good use that stumps even the most talented of creatives.
However, with just a glance at Toronto-based designer Anu Raina’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection to see her floral muses, her inspiration is showing. Paying tribute to her lazy childhood Sundays spent in her grandfather’s garden, Raina doesn’t just hint at spring and summer, she blows it out of the water. Local Kashmir region (the general expanse north of India and Pakistan) flora colour airy summer dresses, pleated midi skirts and silk scarves. Daisies are the flowers of the Raina season, but it’s the pomegranate prints that really bring the collection. I mean, who else has done a pomegranate print? Transcendent.
Clearly, this is inspiration done good. For Fall/Winter 2013, Raina recalls her impressions of the big NYC. Subway map prints, punchy Wall Street silhouettes and the iconic Statue of Liberty all make non-gimmicky appearances. Seriously, Raina collections are so well-crafted and wearable, fashion mavens Alexa Chung and the Olsen twins should be clamoring for her pieces. PR companies, go and make disciples of all fashion nations; spread the Raina.
Jay de Belen (JD): Who is the Anu Raina woman?
Anu Raina (AR): The Anu Raina woman is urban, multi-faceted woman and appreciates every aspect of life. She can be fun and flirtatious one moment, and yet strike a deep conversation the next moment.
JD: Elaborate on your influences and inspirations. Particularly, how did your textiles studies at Sheridan College colour your perspective?
AR: While designing, my biggest inspirations mostly tend to come from my own life journeys. There are stories all around us, everyday. We just need to open our inner eyes. When I’m done looking inside, then I will look outside for inspiration.
My studies at Sheridan opened my inner eyes and awakened the artist within me. It helped me come out of my monochromatic world and taught me to play fearlessly with colour.
JD: Toronto has been pretty on the radar in recent years, what with all our talented local designers. What do you bring to the Toronto fashion scene?
AR: What I bring to the table is my fresh, crisp, newborn, raw yet original perspective. I like to make a statement. My silhouettes are simple, so my prints can scream I’m here!
JD: Your pomegranate prints are a huge hit in the Toronto fashion scene this summer. What drew you to it?
AR: It was a tribute to a happy childhood spent playing in my grandfather’s pomegranate garden.
JD: If you could show at any fashion week in the world, which one would it be?
AR: London Fashion Week. But, while London, Paris and Milan have been around for a long time, it’s always the new soil where the seeds of talent germinate fast. Toronto is bursting with new talent and beginning to make a mark on the fashion world.
Another year of riding The Mighty. A small town secret, far away down the rapids of the Saugeen River, rafts suited for some post-apocalyptic-like warfare, beer, music, friends, family – the best kept secret of Victoria Day Weekend.
Generally, the day begins with a mild hangover from the previous night’s all-too-late display of friendship and debauchery, followed by one’s weight in coffee, a breakfast beer, water, and whatever other nutrients can be derived from the respective household in which the crew meeting takes place.
With each passenger of the raft required to bring a case of their preferred beer (OV, Export, Pabst, Busch, Busch Lite…?) the raft’s previous liquid cargo is paramount even over any member of the crew.
Finally, we ship off. This time around, the mighty vessel came complete with a stereo system (powered by a car battery), portable barbeque, German lumberjack, a whole lot of Daft Punk, and, above all, a decade long history of venturing down the mighty Saugeen alongside countless others.
Leave it to electro-pop duo Neon Neon to release a followup to their most epic, perfect Stainless Style (a pseudo-concept record following the life of car mogul turned down-on-his-luck shyster, John Delorean) on an Italian anti-fascist, publisher, millionaire smuggler of literature from Soviet Russia. Enter Praxis Makes Perfect.