Traveling Light When The Wind Is Getting Heavy

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I hate winter. I don’t like to be cold, snow is not a good time and I’m not a fan of wearing toques (short hair problems). To ease yourself into this frigid season I’ve compiled a playlist of some Canadian … Continue reading

Define the Fine Lines Between Love & Art

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One of my favourite things about going to see an indie band live is watching them set up their own gear. While Matthew Layzell from The Matinee simply states it’s because “We just can’t afford to pay someone else to … Continue reading

Are You, Are You Reaching Out

Most bands go on tour to promote a new album or to expose themselves to new fans. Not Toronto band, The Darcy’s. They could be out pimping their LP “Warring” but instead are using their noteriety  to bring attention to issues brought forth through discussions with their fans. Music education, and the lack of support surrounding it.

Members of The Darcy’s we’re fortunate to grow up with music programs in their schools allowing them a creative outlet many of their fans are missing out on. In conversations over social media sites like twitter and Facebook the band noticed two common themes coming from their fans: they can’t access live shows because they are underage and they lack the resources to explore and pursue music on their own. 

The Darcy’s listened to their fans and this month are kicking off their “Play in School” campaign where they will play free shows and hold workshops in six Southern Ontario schools. By doing so the band hopes to bring some attention to school music programs that are usually underfunded and face major budget cuts. Just last year the TDSB tried to cut funding for arts programming in schools, although unsuccessful it is an ongoing problem across the country. 

The band is also encouraging fans to become socially active, have conversations with school boards asking for support to develop and maintain music programs in their schools. 

The generosity doesn’t stop there for The Darcy’s. The band has joined the likes of Metric and Born Ruffians in support of Kiehl’s Gives, where Khiel’s has agreed to donate $10,000 in addition to $1 from every online sale to Musicounts, a program that sets out to ensure children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to a music program through their school. If that weren’t enough The Darcy’s are also pairing up with Propeller Coffee this holiday season creating a signature blend where a portion of the proceeds will go to People for Education, supporting public education in Ontario Schools. 

You can catch the Play in Schools tour:

11/18 Rosedale Heights School for the Arts, Toronto

11/20 Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill

11/22 Richview Collegiate Institute, Etobicoke

11/26 Sutton District High School, Sutton West

11/27 Kitchener Collegiate Institute, Kitchener

12/02 Huron Heights, Newmarket

Schools wanting to participate in Play in Schools can contact the bands management, aaron@arts-crafts.ca

Fans are always encouraged to connect with the band via their twitter @thedarcys and Facebook.com/thedarcys

(Post title – The Darcy’s “The River”)

Count Your Blessings When You Fill That Cup

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Social Media. Love it or hate it the fact remains that this tool is the easiest and most effective way for musicians to reach fans. Look around at our current society, people are glued to their phones and tablets (lets … Continue reading

Zig Zag Across the Floor (or the walls)

When I moved into my condo I loved everything about it, except the builder beige on every wall. It just screams work to me. A year later I have managed to cover all of it except my massive bedroom (Xmas break project). Bathrooms are small & easy to makeover in just a few quick hours.

During one of my endless Pinterest scrolling sessions I came across this DIY and I was smitten. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/248331366923707548/

In a few hours of blood sweat & tears I had transformed this

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Into this

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Here’s what you need to get started:

* measuring tape
* chalk line
* frog tape (do not cheap out & get dollar store painters tape, you don’t want your lines to bleed)
* two colours of interior paint

To begin paint your bathroom a solid colour, I chose white and it took 3 coats to get rid of the nasty beige.

Measure
Chalk
Tape
Paint

Just before your paint is dry peel back the tape & voila! You have your very own fun house bathroom to place bets on which friend will puke in it first.

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(Post title: Miley Cyrus “Hoedown Throwdown”)