Author: Alexandra Scandolo

Vic Records Studio Sessions: Live-recording event continues club’s promise

Following a year of growth, Vic Records hosted a live recording session on September 28th with over twenty acts. With a full house, a comprehensive amount of equipment, and a variety of performances in a range of genres, the event provided an opportunity for students to benefit from the club more tangibly than ever before. Despite the technical difficulties that are expected with a live recording event, each performer was given the opportunity to record a five-minute live performance of a song of their choice—whether a cover, original song, or instrumentation. Co-president Sean Kudryk spent the evening doing sound...

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Welcome to the University You

While starting university is an exciting and effervescent experience, it is undeniably overwhelming. You have more than enough voices telling you that it’s going to be the best time of your life, coupled with an onslaught of daily notifications from a confusing amount of university-affiliated websites. There’s this rush of freedom, but also a complete shift in the lifestyle and routine you’ve crafted over the years. In the chaos of all this thrilling newness in your life, there will be an inevitable pull to engage with the new people and enticing ideas being presented to you. A new environment...

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The Picnik Revival: How Toronto’s Ambassador Is Bringing Simplicity Back

Millennials everywhere have a new reason to worship at Aubrey “Drake” Graham’s feet after his latest announcement. On April 5, Toronto’s deified rapper officially released two new singles from his upcoming album Views From the Six. On that fateful Tuesday, our tween selves had a sudden wave of nostalgia upon realising that Drake’s latest single cover designs were created on Picnik, the original selfie-editing program. After the program was shut down years ago, many were heartbroken—until now. While cadences of other fan-favourites FotoFlexer and Piczo can be seen on the covers for Pop Style and One Dance, Drake spoke with...

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Missing Kanye: Nostalgia and The Life of Pablo

Artists in the 21st century are expected to create and produce successful work with little turnaround time. Once fame is achieved, there’s only so much time before you’re left behind for someone keener, bolder, and maybe even younger. Frank Ocean and Rihanna have been prey to online communities begging for new albums after years of complete solo-career radio silence; One Direction faltered under its collective mantra of an album every year for five years. There is a unique backlash that artists face along their path through their careers: the nostalgic fandom. Scrolling through music videos on YouTube or Twitter,...

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Good Kid, mad city

I meet the five members of Good Kid at The Starving Artist on College Street. Michael, who plays bass, tells me as we wait for our table that he bought some balloons earlier since their single hit 100,000 plays on Spotify. “We’re using them for a video on our Facebook page later today.” Good Kid is a Toronto-based band comprised of UofT students and graduates. Their first single, “Nomu,” has taken off over the last few months. The band is comprised of Nick Frosst on lead vocals, Jacob Tsafantinos and David Wood on guitar, Jon Kereliuk on drums, and...

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