The Virgin Festival in Montréal goes BOOM BOOM POW

So apparently, when you decide to host a party for thousands of guests, you need:

  • 3000 km of recycled toilet paper
  • 74 guitars
  • 327 guitar picks
  • 48 MEGA sound woofers
  • 6800 kg of ice to cool the beverages

Yup, those items figured on Virgin Mobile’s grocery list when they decided to kick off their national tour in the city of Montréal. The inaugural edition of the Virgin Festival was held at the gorgeous Parc Jean-Drapeau where 20 artists shared the venue’s two stages.

The Black Eyed Peas Montreal fans

Montréal was selected to host the event because of our thriving music scene and thousands of festival-loving fans. And true to our reputation, Montrealers gave it up for The Black Eyed Peas, who treated the local audience to new songs from their new album The Energy Never Dies (The E.N.D) as well as classics “Let’s Get Retarded” and “Dont’ Phunk With my Heart”. They closed with “Boom Boom Pow” which left the audience chanting for more.

Another notable act that wowed the crowd, young and old alike were the New Kids on the Block. It was endearing to see the different generations following the American pop group “step by step”. Brilliant way to end the festival.

Music à la Montréal
Even with all those superstars, the crowd was stoked to groove to the beats of Montreal talent Jonathan Roy and Karl Wolf. But the local band that really shook things up was Simple Plan. This world renowned band delivered a rockstaresque performance to an ecstatic crowd. They also treated their fans with a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”.

The uniqueness of this city appears to be an inspiring place for emerging artists. The mix of cultures becomes a muse to them. Indeed, Montreal singers can be influenced by the soulful American music, the richness of European lyrics, and the variety of other parts of the world. Artists can gain a lot from evolving in this blend of cultures where opportunities arise due to the particularity of their work. Moreover, Montreal gives a chance for many new comers to perform in several festivals. For example, the Jazz Festival allows “small” artists to play onstage during the day.

My insider tips
– Make buddies with the security crew of the events.
The security guards were quite nice and chatty. I asked them whether they saw any VIPs entering the venue and they spilled the beans that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens arrived in black Cadillac limousines to watch the festival!

– Inform yourself about the refund policy
Unfortunately, Akon had to cancel due to immigration papers problems. As a result, you could get a 100% refund before the next artist arrived on stage. So there is a trick here if you want to make quick money: Go buy a last-minute ticket from a scalper at a reduced price (around $30) and get a full refund at the tickets stand ($75). But don’t tell anyone that I told you that.

If I could clone myself…
Montréal is always grooving. There are tons of things to do in the city. On that week-end, not only was there the Virgin Festival, but there were also the St-Laurent Street Sale and the Montréal International Fireworks at La Ronde. So if you want to know what to do while you’re in Montreal, ask the locals to give you the down low and the boom boom pow.

Susan Boyle’s Competition at Britain’s Got Talent

Susan Boyle doesn’t need a presentation (her first performance got about 100 million views on YouTube). She dreamed a dream. Now, during the awaited Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals, she sang ‘Memory’ from the musical Cats. What do you think?

By the way, have you had the chance to watch her competition? 39 other contestants were chosen by the jury to go through the semi-finals. Check out other bloody brilliant performers:

Natalie Okri, 10, singer

Cute little girl who wants to be like Beyoncé.

Sue Son, 24, violonist

Had to leave her best friend behind.

Diversity, aged 12-25, Street Dance Act
A group of dancers with a diverse background

Embedding is disabled, but I had to put them in my list, since they are my favorite

Shaheen Jafargholi, 12, singer

The choice of the song is paramount.

Aidan Davis, 11, Dancer

Surprisingly very talented break dancer

Shaun Smith, 17, singer

His lack of confidence is somehow beguiling.

What about you? Who are your picks?

Ryan Started the Fire

There are more and more celebrities on Twitter. Thousands of fans can follow their tweets and interact by using the ‘reply @’ function. A few minutes ago, The Office‘s Dwight, actor Rainn Wilson shared a fan video with this tweet:

Rainn Wilson Twitter Best Fan Video Ever

I am really impressed with the result, I wonder how much time it took the fans to make it. I am also curious to see how this buzz will go. By the time I viewed the video, there were already more than 6000 views. With the help of the Web 2.0/Social Media power, I predict thousands more…

Now, enjoy this fan video and sing along “Ryan started the fire” ♪

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Office-themed “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Made by Brad E and Ashley G

If you are a true fan of ‘The Office’, you will ♥ the lyrics:

Ryan Howard, Holly Flax, David Wallace, Future Fax
Jim Halpert, Dwight Schrute, mustard yellow shirt

Creed Bratton, Michael Scott, Darryl’s cool, Toby’s not
Workspace, not an office, Everybody Hurts

Elizabeth the whore, Todd Packer, sith lord,
Hunter, that one night, you made everything all right

Water mark, fun run, beer me, Stamford’s done
It’s not Dwigt, it’s Dwight, Stanley’s gonne be all right

CHORUS:
Ryan started the fire
It just started burning,
Hey the temp’s still learning
Ryan started the fire
But he didn’t hide it
Because Dwight did find it

That’s what she said, squeaky, bobble head, health care,
Sprinkles, Bandit, throwing stars, liars don’t have Mounds bars

Bleeding nipples, Carol Stills, baby picture, rabies kills,
Bob Vance, fired Roy, and a kidnapped pizza boy

Pamelamadingdong, Are you a fan of William Hung?
Fire crawl, hate ball, insults in the bathroom stall

Beet farm, false alarm, women have weak arms
While today it is me, soon we all shall fall

CHORUS

Sugar boobs, Da Vinci Code, Are you calling me a ho?
Dwight you ignorant slut, Stanley nickels, Schrute bucks

Billy Merchant, yogurt caps, hidden weapons, e-mail taps,
Dinner party, business school, pencil fence, gimme knucks

That cheesy pita’s toasted, Oh! Boom, roasted!
Oscar is really gay, I love Pretzel Day

Oven mitt or I-Pod, Ben Franklin’s lightning rod,
It’s Meredith’s birthday, I know why Oscar’s “sick” today

CHORUS

Booze cruise, broken hip, Nard dog, paper clips
Have you seen Jan’s boobs? Look, Ryan’s on Youtube

Ed Truck is outta luck, Careful Dwight’s got nun chucks,
Party Planning Committee, Try my googie googie

Gimli – nerd, commanding third, look Toby killed a bird,
Hey it’s Scrantonicity, Pam Beesly will you marry me?

CHORUS

Phyllis flashed, Martin nash, Kevin’s M&M stash,
Ungrateful beeotch hotline, Boy have you lost your mind?

Dumb or fat? What’s a text? Spiderface, who’s jinxed next?
Sushi bar, CIA, Gaydar, hate crime

Does the carpet match the drapes? Can you make a wooden stake?
Second life, I got raped, making near-death will tapes

Mexican lemonade, the world needs a new plague,
Falling into a lake, that Ben Franklin is a fake!

CHORUS

CHORUS

FYI: you can follow Rainn a.k.a Dwight at twitter.com/RainnWilson

and you can always follow my not-as-cool-as-Rainn’s tweets at twitter.com/isaSuperstar

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Got to learn that Slumdog Millionaire Jai Ho dance

‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ is the tagline of the famous TV show which inspired the movie of the year (in my humble opinion). ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has already won 4 Golden Globes and 7 BAFTAs.  Everybody is anticipating the Oscars gold for this Danny Boyle movie.

I finally decided to go watch this movie after many friends’ recommendations (and after all its success at the Golden Globes). ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is simply magnificent. The storyline is interesting, the kids are endearing, the editing is inspiring… no wonder the movie already won this many awards.

Most of all, I have to admit that I still can’t get the song ‘Jai Ho’ from the ending credits out of my head.  Following the Bollywood tradition, the movie ended (no spoilers) with an impressive dance where dozens are moving with the rhythm of ‘Jai Ho’ (A R Rahman ft. Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer).  Unfortunately, due to copyrights concerns, this video of the dance might not stay long, enjoy it while it is online :)

Now, is there anyone else who is willing to learn that Jai Ho dance with me? ^_^

Slumdog Milionaire Jai Ho Dance

Here are the lyrics:

Jai Ho! ^n

Aaja aaja jind shamiyaane ke taley

Aaja zari waale neele aasmaane ke taley

Jai Ho! ^ n

Ratti ratti sachchi maine jaan gawayi hai

Nach Nach koylon pe raat bitaayi hai

Ankhiyon ki neend maine phoonkon se udaa di

Gin gin taarey maine ungli jalayi hai

Eh Aaja aaja jind shamiyaane ke taley

Aaja zari waale neele aasmaane ke taley

Baila! Baila!

Ahora conmigo, tu baila para hoy

Por nuestro dia de movidas,

los problemas los que sean

Salud!

Baila! Baila!

Jai Ho! ^n

Chakh le, haan chakh le, yeh raat shehed hai

Chakh le, haan rakh le,

Dil hai, dil aakhri hadd hai

Kaala kaala kaajal tera

Koi kaala jaadu hai na?

Aaja aaja jind shamiyaane ke taley

Aaja zari waale neele aasmaane ke taley

Jai Ho! ^ n

Kab se haan kab se jo lab pe ruki hai

Keh de, keh de, haan keh de

Ab aankh jhuki hai

Aisi aisi roshan aankhein

Roshan dono heerey (?)  hain kya?

Aaja aaja jind shamiyaane ke taley

Aaja zari waale neele aasmaane ke taley

Jai Ho! ^ n

credits: Inkspillz

Official movie trailer
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Hôtel Morphée: Où vous ne dormez pas

Hotel Morphee ne serait pas vraiment le meilleur choix si vous vouliez dormir.  En fait, c’est un nouveau groupe de musique, avec tant de potentiel.  Composé majoritairement de cordes, Hôtel Morphée saurait plutôt faire ressortir vos rêves.

Puisque je n’ai point un discours digne pour décrire cette formation géniale, je préfère vous faire part d’une de leurs pièces “Montréal est infidèle”.

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Les superstars de Hôtel Morphée

Laurence Nerbonne (Voix, violon et amie du cegep avec qui je jouais au bball)
Blaise Borboën-Léonard (Violon, glockenspiel)
Mark Grand’Maison (Guitare, basse)
Philippe Mius d’Entremont (Violoncelle)
Stéphane Lemieux (Batterie)

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J’ai eu la chance d’assister à leur spectacle hier au Quai des Brumes, et ce serait un euphémisme de dire que j’ai apprécié leurs oeuvres.

À ne pas manquer aux Francouvertes le 16 mars au Lion d’Or.

En attendant, allez voir cet hôtel 5 étoiles sur myspace ou sur Facebook

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Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Jason Mraz is a superstar, he shares his happiness through his songs. Life is beautiful, life should be beautiful. Of course, sometimes, we have some down times, we don’t see clearly, the darkness blinds us, but we have to be strong enough to get over it and get back on our feet. Time flies, and we should not let the sadness drown us. Do not hesitate, just live your life.

Today, I want to share with you his song “I’m Yours”. I love it since the first time I’ve heard it, which has already been a long time ago, I wonder when it’ll be popular all over the planet.  I hope that you will enjoy it as much as me :)

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What do you think about the lyrics?

Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
and now I’m trying to get back
Before the cool done run out
I’ll be giving it my bestest
Nothing’s going to stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it’s again my turn to win some or learn some

I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I’m yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love love

Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing
We’re just one big family
And It’s our God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love loved

So I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours

Scooch closer dear
and i will nibble your ear

I’ve been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer
My breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and laughed
I guess what i be saying is there ain’t no better reason
To rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons
It’s what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
this is our fate, I’m yours

Well no no, well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find the sky is yours
Listen to the music of the moment come and dance with me
À la one big family (2nd time: À la happy family; 3rd time: À la peaceful melody)
It’s your God-forsaken right to be loved love love love

I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours

No please, don’t complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours

No please, don’t hesitate
no more, no more
It cannot wait
The sky is yours!

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