Glee 100

Glee said goodbye to McKinley High with a special two-part celebration of their 100th episode milestone. Original cast members returned for a bittersweet reunion to relive their fond memories of the New Directions show choir by revisiting and remixing  their most popular performances (as voted upon by fans of the show).

After giving it their all with a fine rendition of U2′s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” at their very last Nationals competition in LA, graduating seniors Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Artie (Kevin McHale), and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) came together for one last time to sing a stripped down version of a New Directions’ original, “Loser Like Me“. Many beloved trios and duos were restored, including a triple diva-off between Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes (Amber Riley) on the signature song from Wicked, “Defying Gravity“. Kurt and Mercedes also belted out an incredible powerhouse duet of “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls. Quinn (Dianna Agron), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Brittany (Heather Morris), as known as the Unholy Trinity, reformed for a scorching hot performance of Britney Spears’ “Toxic“.  Relationships, both of the friendly and romantic kinds, were rekindled within the halls of their former high school. The star vs. star rivalry between Rachel and Santana was resolved with a duet of Oh Honey’s “Be Okay“. Brittany and Santana found their way back to each other after singing and dancing together to the tune of the vivacious “Valerie“. Puck (Mark Salling) wooed Quinn over by dedicating a performance of “Keep Holding On” to his long-time love, and after several years of wondering “When the heck are these two ever going to get together?”, Puck and Quinn are officially on, and to top it off, they finally sang a song together. Their perfectly suited duet of Pink and Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me A Reason” just so happened to be the last performance to be given in the choir room, marking this moment as not only end game, but the end of a era as well.

New Directions came full circle with a final encore of the song that started it all, “Don’t Stop Believin’“. The originals and the newbies delivered this performance in honour of Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), the teacher who restarted the Glee Club and thus inspired every member to believe in themselves and go after their musical dreams.

In the next episode, the show will shift to New York full-time, with Blaine, Sam, and Artie joining Rachel and Kurt in the Big Apple. Other characters from the original cast are expected to make guest appearances every now and then. This may be the end of the New Directions chapter, but there are still many stories to be told and songs to be sung about this talented group of stars in the making.

Phillip Phillips in Vancouver

On March 28th, Phillip Phillips wrapped up his Canadian tour in Vancouver. The American Idol winner turned multi-platinum-selling recording artist embarked on a three week trip across the country to perform hit songs from his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, and to promote his new single, “Raging Fire” from his forthcoming sophomore record, Behind the Light.

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Warby Parker’s Spectrum Sun Collection

Warby Parker Spectrum Sun

Little darling, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter, but have no fear, here comes the sun! Spring is approaching, and the sunshine is starting to peak in through Vancouver, which means that we will be in need of sunglasses to block out the bright, blinding rays. Thanks to Warby Parker’s Spectrum Sun Collection, you can shake off those cold weather blues with delightfully warm shades that give coverage, colour, AND style, all at the same time!

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American Idol Season XIII: Meet the Top 10!

American Idol Season 13 Top 10

Meet the American Idol Season XIII Top 10! Caleb Johnson, Dexter Roberts, CJ Harris, Malaya Watson, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Jessica Meuse, Jena Irene, Sam Woolf, and Majesty Rose will be touring across the country this summer for the 2014 American Idol Live Tour.

This week, Idol’s Eleven selected Songs of the Cinema for their auditions for starring roles in the summer tour cast. The leading players of the evening were Caleb, who sang a soaring rendition of “Skyfall” (from Skyfall) and Jena, who delivered a rockin’ piano performance of “Decode” (from Twilight). Other standouts included CJ’s “Can’t You See” (from Blow), MK’s “To Make You Feel My Love” (from Hope Floats, starring Idol’s own Harry Connick Jr.), and Alex’s “Falling Slowly” (from Once), who were joined by Malaya (who sang “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls), Dexter (who sang “Sweet Home Alabama” from Forrest Gump), and Jessica (who sang “The Sound of Silence” from The Graduate).

Early frontrunners Sam and Majesty found themselves in the bottom this week after trying to branch out from their tried and true styles – as Sam went sans guitar on “Come Together” (from Across the Universe) and Majesty went for the big notes on the ambitious “Let It Go” (from Frozen). In the end, it was Ben Briley who was eliminated in eleventh place (and thus missing the tour) after displaying his artistic versatility with “Bennie and the Jets” (from 27 Dresses). While I appreciated Ben for presenting himself as a country singer who also veers into soul, rock, and other genres, his timing was detrimental, especially during this crucial round.

Who is your favourite Idol from the Season 13 Top 10?

Next Issue Canada: The Netflix for Magazines

My magazine hoarding ways started at the age of 7, when I picked up my first issue of Girls Life from the supermarket check-out. Now, my basement contains skyscrapers of all of the magazines I have accumulated ever since, but during the past couple of years, I’ve gradually slowed down with my purchases. While I still collect September issues of Vogue and every magazine that features my favourite celebrities (namely Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood) on the cover, I have put a halt to my regular consumption of print magazines due to many constraints – prices have increased, there’s no room to store them in my house, and I don’t have the time to make the trip over to the store for my monthly haul these days. What can I do to keep indulging my magazine-reading desires?

Cue in Next Issue Canada, the Netflix for magazines.

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