Author: Alexandra Scandolo

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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Review: Blue Neighbourhood

Since its beginning, YouTube has been an informal audition space for aspiring artists. In the age of Internet celebrity, those of vlogger fame have reversed the usual process by debuting their music in the peak of their online careers. One of them is Troye Sivan, a 20-year-old Australian with over 3 million people subscribed to his vlog-based channel. After gaining traction online, he released his EPs and , which kept fans on the edge of their desk seats, and also received social media endorsements from music industry heavyweights like Adele, Sam Smith, and Taylor Swift. With the release of...

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Toronto the Cool; A Story of Drake, Cultural Capital, and Internet Importance

The energy in Toronto has become palpable in 2015. Even with the Pan Am Games’ summer of disruption, the city has had a buzz that it can’t seem to shake, even as the weather dips into single-digit temperatures. You can’t walk around the downtown core without spotting a twenty-something in a Toronto vs. Everybody logo emblazoned on their crewneck sweater, and scrolling through a Torontonian’s Instagram isn’t completed without a “#6ix” in the caption. So, what’s changed in the formerly jaded atmosphere to give Torontonians this kind of pride? You could risk saying that the cultural stars have finally aligned,...

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