Just Ludacris… and Fear Factor is making a Comeback!

MTV is officially reviving the gross yet intriguing competition game show Fear Factor. It was announced yesterday, and you wouldn’t believe who the host will be. It’s Ludacris…No i’m serious the known Rapper-turned-actor Ludacris will be the new show host. The game show was a hit during its time on tv in 2001-2006, contestants would face terrifying stunts, and creepy encounters, like eating maggots and being covered in large spiders. As I am sure you can remember this was the least of the worst measures.

The new Fear Factor will debut on May 30 but will be a revamp from original, rather than completely gross or terrifying tasks as mentioned previously, the contestants will face challenges that are more relevant to modern fears to “hit on youth tension points”, like crowd surfing in the sky or “Roach-ella,” “Trap Queen” games and personal cellphone rescues at heights of over 100 feet.

“With so much change in the world, young people have a rising sense of anxiety,” said MTV President Chris McCarthy to The Hollywood Reporter. “Our reinvented Fear Factor was designed to directly tackle this, and empower the audience to face their fears head on and overcome them in a fun, spirited way.”

Each episode will have contestants that will pair up into four teams still to compete for $50,000 in cash.

Here’s a #Throwback to what Fear Factor was all about!

Remember these….

The Cheesecake Factory is coming to Toronto!

Great news! The once exclusive US chain restaurant The Cheesecake Factory is coming to Toronto, Canada. This is exciting news for everyone who has once driven down to the states in order to devour all the savoury treats and food. Known for its large scale menu, even larger portions, and you can’t forget (hence the title) the exquisite cheesecakes, you must be salivating already.

The Cheesecake Factory tweeted that the chain will be located at Yorkville Shopping Centre in Toronto, and is set to open this Fall.

 

 

The restaurant is reported to be more than 10,400 square feet, including two covered patios which will be great seasonally and will have interior “decor that is as creative and imaginative as the menu itself.” The menu will be similar as to the usual which will include the signature “super” foods, pizzas, hamburgers, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, fish and seafood, “skinnylicious” lighter options, and Sunday brunch.

“For nearly 40 years, The Cheesecake Factory has been known for creating delicious, memorable experiences for tens of thousands of Canadians visiting the U.S.,” The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated CEO David Overton said in the statement. “We are now delighted to be expanding into Canada and are looking forward to opening in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in the Fall.”

Even though the Toronto location is the first restaurant in Canada, there are others all around the world in: UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Mexico and China. In 1978 in Beverly Hills, California marks the first ever The Cheesecake Factory restaurant, and since then grown into nearly 200 locations.

Now who’s craving Cheesecake?

WWE is coming to Canada, 2017 touring schedule revealed!!

As of right now some exciting news has been released! For all you WWE fans who have been waiting to attend another show here in the city of Vancouver here is The WWE 2017 tour dates that will be here in Canada!

On Tuesday a lawsuit that had unsealed records have became available visible to the public. The lawsuit is against all the counterfeit WWE merchandise that was seized at Wrestlemania.

This documentation also contained undisclosed information such as:

“In 2015, WWE’s tentative list of live events(link is external) was especially noteworthy as it not only included a full 13-month calendar of shows, but also WWE’s internal record for arena capacities, the percentage of arena filled when WWE last visited and “letter grades” for each city (which presumably related to the building’s previous live event attendance).”

This hasn’t been a confirmed schedule officially released by the WWE, and it might change.

Here’s a list below of the WWE Canada schedule 2017:

Date City Stadium
Friday, June 16 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Saturday, June 17 Calgary, AB Corral Arena
Saturday, June 24 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Friday, August 4 Halifax, NS Halifax Forum
Saturday, August 5 Montreal , QC Bell Centre
Saturday, August 5 Saint John, NB Harbour Station
Sunday, August 6 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Sunday, August 6 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Monday, August 7 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Monday, August 7 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
Tuesday, August 8 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Friday, October 13 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Saturday, October 14 Regina, SK Brandt Centre – Evraz Place
Monday, October 16 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
Friday, October 20 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Friday, December 15 Montreal , QC Bell Centre
Saturday, December 30 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum

The New Pornographers come to Vancouver 2017!

The New Pornographers are coming to Vancouver in September of 2017 for their Fall tour.

The Canadian Indie rockers will be playing music from their recently released album Whiteout Conditions. They are set to play at the Commodore Ballroom on September 29.

 

What you need to know!

When: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 8:00pm

Where: The Commodore Ballroom 868 Granville Street, Vancouver

Shambhala Music Festival 2017 lineup marks 20 years!

It has been two decade since the Shambhala Music Festival first began. This year celebrating 20 years there is a lot to expect at this years festival. Many artists will be performing, for music styles you can expect electro, dubstep, tech house, or heady beats, there’s something for everyone. Sets from A-Trak, Datsik, DJ Craze, Jimmy Edgar, Jauz, Pendulum (DJ Set), Beats Antique (live), Z-Trip, Crywolf, and many more will be there. The full phase 1 lineup is listed below, and the real full lineup comes April 17. Visit Shambhala online for more details.

To get you amped check out Shambhala Films 2016 Music Festival montage, giving you what i’m sure is just a taste of how amazing it is.

 

What you need to know!

What: Shambhala Music Festival

Where: Salmo River Ranch — 7790 BC-3, Salmo, BC

When: August 11 – 14, 2017

Arkells surprise Vancouver with a FREE show at the Commodore April 11th!

In celebration of the Blue Jays home opener, the Arkells are surprising Vancouver fans with a Free show at the Commodore ballroom tomorrow night!

The Arkells tweeted today that they love they Toronto Blue Jays and Vancouver so why not perform a show for the fans. Sponsored by Budweiser, the Arkells will play a set immediately after the game ends.

 

The doors open tomorrow at 3:30pm at the Commodore Ballroom, and the game starts at 4pm. Even though the event doesn’t cost anything to get in, in order to reserve your spot you have to book tickets online.

What you need to know!

When: Tuesday, April 11 Doors at 3:30 pm, Game at 4 pm

Where: The Commodore Ballroom @ 868 Granville St, Vancouver

Tickets Online: Free by visting ticketmaster

Tall Tree Music Festival 2017

You can start looking forward to this summer because the Tall Tree Music Festival lineup was released. Where Music meets the island life, Tall Tree Music Festival is back for their 8th year! The music festival takes place this summer on June 23-26, 2017 at Browns Mountain in Port Renfrew celebrating their 8th year this summer.

With a wicked line up of talent this years headliners are Beats Antique Live, Tokyo Police Club, and Shapeshifter NZ. Joining them are a variety of artists for the 3 day event, you can see the full details and line up online at talltreemusicfestival.com

Check out the official lineup for Tall Tree Music Festival:

  • BEATS ANTIQUE LIVE
  • TOKYO POLICE CLUB
  • SHAPESHIFTER NZ
  • EASY STAR ALL STARS
  • DJ NU-MARK
  • GOLDFISH
  • STYLUST BEATS
  • CAVE SINGERS
  • JESSE ROPER
  • K+LAB
  • JON and ROY
  • SKIITOUR
  • MOONTRICKS
  • WORTHY
  • GRAND ANALOG
  • MAT THE ALIEN
  • FAKE SHARK
  • MARCUS VISIONARY
  • NEON STEVE
  • WOOFAX
  • PIGEON HOLE
  • LAZY SYRUP ORCHESTRA
  • EVERYMAN MARQUES WYATT
  • ASTROCOLOR
  • ROB PAINE
  • CALEB HART & THE ROYAL YOUTHS YOUNGBLOOD
  • SAM WEBER
  • ILLVIS FRESHLY
  • QUOIA
  • FOX GLOVE
  • MURGE THE NEW GROOVEMENT
  • DAVID BECKINGHAM
  • DOWNTOWN MISCHIEF WILD ROMANTICS
  • CROATIA
  • ODELL FOX
  • LAYTEN KRAMER XAVIER
  • MT DOYLE
  • GENERIC
  • EMOTIONZ FT. J-LEON OUTSIDER
  • SOLOMON POTASHNICK
  • SOLOMONIC SOUND SYSTEM
  • TAVIS E TRIANCE
  • SAM KLASS – DJ NIGEL
  • AKELA
  • THE BOOTY TUTORS
  • HRISTO
  • GI BLUNT THE FUNKEE WADD
  • FRASE
  • KLASH AKT
  • DJ ANGER
  • PRIMITIVE
  • TRIPLE XL
  • MR B – HUBBZ
  • GUY CROSS
  • SPEEDYSHOES
  • CRIPPLED WHEEL PETE
  • DJ SURGERY
  • AGT FUNK
  • BENDY
  • CONER
  • SPECIAL ED
  • KIRTAY b2b SMASHA
  • SOULDIER
  • PRIEST
  • STRANGE THING
  • TUCK IN TYLER
  • DJ PRAIZ

What: Tall Tree Music Festival

Where: Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew BC

When: June 23 – 26, 2017

 

Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2017

The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is set to start onApril 10-May 7 to celebrate the start of spring!  An event that is sure to get you in the Spring forward movement that happens every year. Spending a day at the Tulip festival you will see stunning tulip fields and there really isn’t a better way to enjoy the Spring season.

You can purchase create your own fresh bouquet of flowers onsite at their flower market.
There will also be food vendors on location so you can have lunch, and they also have a picnic area if you decide pack a lunch. See the map below.

You can purchase tickets online at www.abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca 

What: The Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2017

Where:  36737 North Parallel Road Abbotsford, BC

When: Open daily from April 10-May 7 from 9am-Dusk.

These New Emojis might be sliding into your DM’s this summer

Even though they have not been approved YET, there are some new emojis that are in the works and are currently in the drafting process. You can expect to see the ones that do get approved to be on your smart phone by this summer 2017.

There will potentially be a set of 69 new emojis to join according to the official Emojipedia. They will get you questioning how you have gotten by communicating with Emojis for this long. Emojipedia have added a variety of new changes, including gender neutral characters which allow you to make your own interpretation, a breast feeding Mom, Dinosaurs, finally a lady with a hijab, and lastly a mind blown emoji.

And for all those people who like to throw shade, you will now be able to subtly tell shh with the emoji with the finger to the lips, or the emoji with the raised eyebrow to throw everything into question, or even the investigative emoji for all those dirt diggers. This is really just the newest way of communicating and adding emphasis to our texts and you can’t deny that it really does help to get your point across sometimes.

I have to say I thought I was happy knowing that the last update finally had an Avocado, however, this new update is current with the times we are living in. Emojipedia is really doing a great job at being more current with trends, social norms, and cultural diversity; which I think a lot of places could catch up to.

Not all of these emojis are guaranteed to make the cut, there is still a final approval process that is schedule for May 2017. And if they do they will appear on your phone much later in 2017.

Which one is your favourite prospect??

I hope the genie in the bottle makes the cut, brings me back to Christina Aguilera’s hit song “Genie in a bottle”. How about you?

 

Canadian Music Week Adds More Artists to the 2017 Lineup

Canadian Music Week has been adding more and more artists to the 2017 lineup. The latest round of artists added has been announced.

You can expect performances from are Big Sean, the Strumbellas, Tanya Tagaq, Whitehorse, 54-40, Dan Mangan, Bob Mould, Teenanger, New Swears, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Partner, Dune Rats, Tasseomancy, Han Han, Amelia Curran, Common Deer, Daniel Romano, Explosions in the Sky, Eyeballs, Generationals, Kasador, Matt Mays, Mia Martina, NQ Arbuckle, Papa Roach, Shotgun Jimmie, Sondre Lerche, Weight and Wildlife.

They join the rest of the line up which include Melissa Etheridge, Hollerado, Earl Sweatshirt, Wolf Parade, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Good Charlotte, Charlotte Day Wilson, Chaz Bundick Meets Mattson 2, Duchess Says, Flasher, Freak Heat Waves, Greys, High Valley, Hoan, Julia Jacklin, Madeline Merlo, River Town Saints, Weaves, Dear Criminals, Lab Coast, Bossie, Run Coyote, Surf Dads, the Honest Heart Collective, We Were Lovers and Wasiu, Hopsin, Allie X, Japanese Breakfast and Tim Darcy.

The festival will take place between April 18 and 23 at venues across Toronto. For more information about the festival visit the official CMW website.

Bryan Adams and Russell Peters step up to host JUNO Awards

These two Canadian legends have stepped up to the plate to host this years 2017 Juno Awards. Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will co-host next month, replacing Michael Bublé who is dedicating his time to his three year old son who was diagnosed with cancer.  He also passed on his hosting duties for the Brit Awards last month. In his announcement he stated his son Noah was “progressing well” and “the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Our thoughts continue to be with Michael — we respect his ongoing commitment to his family and look forward to working with him again in the future,” “We are thrilled that his friends Bryan and Russell have stepped up to host this year’s broadcast and have no doubt they will deliver an unforgettable show.”  – Mike Cosentino, Bell Media’s senior vice-president of content and programming.

 

This won’t be the first time for Russell Peters who has hosted the Junos before in Calgary in 2008 and in 2009 in Vancouver. Bryan Adams on the other hand is familiar with the Junos as he is a 18-time Juno winner with multiple best artist, best album and best single trophies.

“Third time’s a charm! And who better to share the stage with than Bryan Adams?! I’m actually really excited to be back, and looking so forward to making the 2017 Juno Awards a memorable one,” – Russell Peters 

The Junos, which will be held in Ottawa on April 2, where the Canadian duo will host performances from A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Arkells, Ruth B, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas.

Honda Celebration of Lights announced 2017’s participating Countries

This years Honda Celebration of Lights has announced the lineup for this summer’s annual fireworks celebration.

Known for being the world’s longest-running offshore fireworks competition three countries will be participating in this years event which include Japan, United Kingdom and Canada. Around 400,000 people come out to view the breath taking performances that light up the at Vancouver’s English Bay every year.

MUSIC

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday, so in celebration of that the festival organizers the teams are required to incorporate one iconic Canadian song into their fireworks display. The public gets to place their vote to determine which songs those will be on Honda’s Celebration of Lights Facebook page.

 

Here are the songs:

  • Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69
  • Justin Bieber – Where Are You Now
  • Michael Bublé – Haven’t Met You Yet
  • Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
  • Celine Dion – River Deep, Mountain High
  • Chantal Kreviazuk – Surrounded
  • The Tragically Hip – Ahead By A Century
  • The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  • Shania Twain- Up!
  • Spirit of the West – Home for a Rest

Make sure to get your vote in at the Honda Celebration of Light’s Facebook page between March 7 and April 2.

Ed Sheeran is ‘On his way’ to Vancouver

This will be the ultimate tour to attend this summer where Ed Sheeran tours through North America to play 48 dates starting June 2017. He will be performing his new album Divide with smash hits including Castle on the Hill, and Shape of You. If you want to see him live tickets are on sale starting Friday March 17th.

And if you’re a dedicated fan some tickets for fan pre-sale will be available at 10am on March 13th through the website edsheeran.com.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES IN CANADA INCLUDE

July 7 || Toronto, ON || Air Canada Centre
July 18 || Quebec City, QC || Videotron Centre
July 19 || Montreal, QC || Bell Centre
July 22 || Winnipeg, MB || MTS Centre
July 23 || Saskatoon, SK || SaskTel Centre
July 25 || Edmonton, AB || Rogers Place
July 28 || Vancouver, BC || Rogers Arena

For a full list visit edsheeran.com.

Canada ranked #2 on 2017 Best Countries in the World

For the 2nd year in a row Canada has been ranked 2nd on The 25 Best Countries To Live in the World according to the study conducted by U.S. News in partnership with Y&R’s BAV and Wharton. Canada was ranked 2nd best over Switzerland which was the #1 country, but this was ranked out of 80 countries.

Sorry Canada, it seems as though Germany beat us for first last year and now Switzerland who oddly enough didn’t make last years list. And, this year Germany bumped down to 4th.

Here are some more categorical stats and rankings to pump our Canadian tires.

Way to go Canada. #ProudToBeCanadian

Here are the 25 best countries to live in the world in 2017

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Germany
  5. Japan
  6. Sweden
  7. United States of America
  8. Australia
  9. France
  10. Norway
  11. Netherlands
  12. Denmark
  13. Finland
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Italy
  17. Luxembourg
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. China
  21. Ireland
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. South Korea
  24. Portugal
  25. India

You shouldn’t dine and dash, but you might want to Door Dash

Are you one of those people who sometimes likes to eat fancy meals in the comfort of your own home? Are you somebody who sometimes just wishes your favourite spot where they just “get the food right”, would offer a deliver service. Well, hold up, have you not heard of Door Dash? Ooooh, you’re about to be excited.

Door Dash is online food delivery service that picks up your food for you from restaurants you love and delivers it to your home. I know right, you never thought you’d see the day.

This online service is available in Vancouver and delivers food from up to 700 restaurants around the lower mainland.

How it works?

Simply sign up for a free account.

Enter your location to find restaurants near you.

Chose a restaurant, and order some grub.

Check out and pay online. (You can tip online too!)

A unique thing about door dash is they’re kind of similar to Uber in that they are always looking to hire. You can become a “Dasher” yourself and earn some extra cash. Full details are listed on the website. www.doordash.com.

FYI Costco Lovers the Cost is Going Up

It will be a little more expensive to be a Costco member this year.  The increased fees will take effect on June 1, 2017 and effect both Canada and the US memberships. With almost 87 million members as of last year, including the US and about 10 million in Canada, collectively members have paid more than $2.6 billion US for the right to shop at the stores.

And this is more than the company made in profits last year.

What does this mean for you?

Costco released a report of the new changes, stating that the Canadian and US goldstar members, businesses, will be paying $5 more per year, jumping from $55 to $60.

Executive members will now see an increase from $110 to $120 a year.

The fee increases will impact around 35 million members, with half of them being executive members.

The last time the chain hiked up their prices was back in 2011.

 

FVDED in the Park 2017 Line up

FVDED is back and the 2017 line up has been released. If you weren’t already pumped, well it’s the time. This marks the third year that FVDED has been “in the park”, instead of at the weekly party on Wednesday nights at Celebrities where FVDED began. Back again at Holland Park in Surrey, BC, there will be so much amazing artist performing this year.

Starting with headliners The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, PartyNextDoor, Dillon Francis, Ty Dolla $ign, and local legend DJ Vanic.  Other artist that will be joining are Yellow Claw  Russ, Getter, What So Not, NGHTMRE, Matoma, and much more. The full line up and ticket information is listed below.

Pre-sale tickets to this event go on sale on March 7th! And I don’t know about you, but I will be hopping on those right away.

 General Admission Two-Day Festival Passes and 19+ VIP Area Passes will be available for purchase on Monday, March 6th at 11am PST via www.fvdedinthepark.com. General Admission passes will be valid to admit all ages. Details on Single Day Passes will be released in the coming weeks.

What is better than seeing some of your favourite Dj’s and artists perform, in the summer, and at a local location! Name something better… i’ll wait.

FVDED in the Park 2017 Artist Lineup:

Show me the money? In this case… show me the Honey!

Are you a shopaholic who loves getting saving money so you can shop more? Well, well, well, stop reading now if you have any new year resolutions to shop less.

Honey is an online Google Crome extension that provides deals instantly while shopping. This app is for all those thrift shoppers who are sick of looking and looking for deals or coupons online. This app makes your life a whole lot easier by doing the work for you. You simply log on to whatever site you want to purchase things from and then as you reach your check out you look to the Honey extension for deals. In comparison to the site Groupon, this finds any deals online through other sites, including Groupon. Groupon is limited to the deals that they provide. It isn’t necessary to have to spend full price on anything anymore if there is a deal out in the cyber world which can save you some dough. So… on that note, SHOW ME THE HONEY!

How it works!

  1. Download the online Honey extension off the Google web store.

  2. Confirm the new extension.

  3.  It will attach to your webpage screen

  4. Once you are finished you can start shopping online and check for deals by clicking on the icon in the top right corner to scan fro any deals!

And if that wasn’t enough here’s a video to help you out! Happy Shopping! May the odds forever be in your favour.

Sasquatch 2017 Music Festival

Coming up in the next couple of months is the Sasquatch’s 2017 Music Festival and if you haven’t heard already here is the official line up. The headliners include Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots and Chance the Rapper.

The festival is hosted on the memorial ay weekend from May 26 – 28 in Washington.

Take a look at the poster below for a full list of the line up.

You can get tickets online at Sasquatchfestival.com.

Osheaga’s 2017 Line up

Osheaga revealed the official full line up for the 2017 music festival hosted in Montréal. With headlining artist The Weeknd, Muse and Lorde and other exciting artists like Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, and Solange.

They’ll be joined by: Justice, Vance Joy, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, MGMT, Nicolas Jaar, Father John Misty, Die Antwoord, the Shins, Milky Chance, Belle and Sebastian, Zeds Dead, Run the Jewels, Liam Gallagher, Broken Social Scene, Glass Animals, Majid Jordan, Nina Kraviz, London Grammar, Lil Uzi Vert, Crystal Castles, De La Soul, Tegan and Sara, Flatbush Zombies, Death from Above 1979, Arkells, Danny Brown, Sampha, Phantogram, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Little Dragon, Car Seat Headrest, BADBADNOTGOOD, Andy Shauf, the Lemon Twigs, PUP, Whitney, Hamilton Leithauser, Rone, Cloud Nothings, Daniel Caesar, Beach Slang, Heat, River Tiber, Swet Shop Boys, Harrison, Choir! Choir! Choir! and more!

The festival is scheduled from August 4-6 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. You can purchase tickets online at Osheaga.com.

Take a look at the full poster below.