Entries in christmas (12)


Boys Noize "Freesiri"

Boys Noize's holiday single 'Freesiri' is like nothing else we've heard from him, but that's the common thread in Alex Ridha's career.  This is one unpredictable artist.  His roots may lie in the world of techno, and though he will touch on them in nearly every song he makes his catalog is an exploration of all points found outside the influential genre.  'Freesiri' is a highly engaging track, playing more like a piece of an electronic symphony than your average banger of a single these days.  It's in that ability to do so much, and with such flair that we find Boys Noize's true genius. 


The Miracle Movement: This Is Only The Beginning


Early in December we embarked upon a holiday mission that was unlike anything we'd done before.  With the help of our friends, the crew behind the Miracle Movement raised enough money to create care packages for the homeless and make a substantial donation to Plan Canada.  This wouldn't be possible without the 20 people who donate, and the people who inspired it.  One of the people was a man named Stan, who you may already have met in the streets of Toronto.  He was greeted with his care package, and told that he wasn't the only one who got one, and was surprised to learn he was partly responsible for inspiring this movement. 

The care packages consisted of hats, gloves, scarves, and socks, trail mix, granola bars, juice, water, a rain poncho, a first aid kit, tooth brush, and tooth paste.  We walked down Queen Street West amongst people shopping and stopped when we saw people in need, telling them we had a Christmas gift for them.

Only we didn't know it was them until that moment...

Our Plan Canada donations provided:

-5 Bed Nets, to protect from Malaria

-5 Birth Certificates, something that every year 51 million children go without

-5 Girls Take Home Rations, supporting a program that provides education and food for young girls

-School Essentials for an Entire Classroom

Plan Canada matches these donations, totalling $550 to the tune of almost $4000.  Get more information.


To raise money for the Miracle Movement, Fingers on Blast co-founder Scott Mitchell aka dj yahohyah (as in yeah, oh yeah) donated the his fee for his set at the Ballroom in Toronto on December 21st, 2014.  You can stream or download the set, and a very special thank you and Merry Christmas to those who contributed: Maria Beal, William Briggs, Melissa Brubacher, Julian Della Vedova, Thomas Fowlston, Jim Greenbeck, Craig Hope, Sarah Jarrell, Joyce Kwan, Aryme Massad, Carol Mitchell, Maria Newman, Laura Nelligan, Eric Ocampo, Vanessa Orford, Monica Orwat-Czernik, Grace Oullette, and Josh Pitt.  A special thank you to Pina Beal, and Andrew Mitchell, this idea would never have gotten started without them.

We started this idea with the idea that people aren't always that good at taking care of each other.  We look at this update as a joyful reminder that we're all in this together, and things can only get better!  

This is only the beginning.


Season's Greetings from Run The Jewels!

The incredibly talented Ian Klarer is at it again.  Check out his Instagram to see more of his work!


Grandaddy & Band of Horses "Hang An Ornament"

Band of Horses are in the midst of recording their new album and they decided to take a quick detour with Grandaddy's frontman and make this delightful Christmas jam for you.  Enjoy!


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