Monthly Archives: July 2009

KÀ, Peter Lik, Ghostbar, I’m overwhelmed here !


Day 2 and 3 of our Vegas trip are behind us, and let me tell you that we’re enjoying ourselves more than we could have imagine. On Saturday we went to see KÀ from Cirque du Soleil and Robert Lepage, and I must say it is by far the craziest show I’ve seen in my entire life. Everything is just flawless, whether it’s the lighting, the performers, the soundtrack, the costumes, even the theater itself is a masterpiece. I rarely enjoyed a show more than this one. It exceeded my expectations by a mile.

Then on Sunday, we walked the strip, and when we went into Caesar’s Palace, we discovered what has to be one of the highlights of the trip also: the new Peter Lik gallery. I had no idea who this guy was, and if I would have had major money to spend, I would have definitely bought some of his pictures. This guy is a genius. He does landscape photography, and his pictures also react to the ambient light. So let’s say a picture is hanged in your house in front of a window, the picture will not look the same at 1 o’clock than at sundown. It was really amazing.

Sunday night, we decided to spoil ourselves and we went to Ghostbar, which is the club on the 55th floor of the Palms, with a big terrace with a view of the strip. It was an incredible place. Since it is a super prestigious club, we were expecting to get some attitude from people inside, since we were kind of the youngest in the bar, but we were so wrong. People we super friendly, we talked to so many people from 21 to 45 years-old.
That’s pretty much it for now, we’re going to LA tomorrow morning to check out the X-Games, starting on Thursday.

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What an arrival in Vegas !

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After a very shaky flight, we landed at Las Vegas’ airport, made a 20 -minute line-up to get in a taxi, and then got to Excalibur, just to realize what a huge cheap plastic hotel that was. Maybe it was the fact that we were drinking 2-feet tall vodka & orange juice, maybe it was the fact that I was wearing a white suit, or maybe it was the fact that my friend Julien was wearing crocodile cowboy boots, but we started an insane battle of the promoters involving 4 local guys who were trying to get us in their clubs.
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We finally ended up at Coyote Ugly, and believe me, it has nothing to do with the movie ! We then walked the strip to get a dose of flashy lights and seizure-worthy visual, I got lost, ended up in the wrong hotel, got harassed by 2 different groups of hookers, and here we are, the next morning, the four of us ready to hit the pool and check out all the crazy stuff the city has to offer during the day.

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The only way to turn a 4-hour flight in a plane-party !

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How about a partially-bleached mullet at the airport !

Vegas baby, Vegas !

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I haven’t been posting stuff often these past few weeks on here, and the reason is simple: way too much work ! I’ve been working on some documents for a web-tv show I’m trying to get together for next winter, and most of all, we’ve been insanely busy at Nova Film. It’s almost inhuman to think we can meet every deadline that is imposed to us, but somehow, we manage to succeed. Once all this work is uploaded on the website, I’ll post something to let everyone know.
Anyway, all that to say that starting tomorrow, I’m officially on vacation for 10 days, and my buddies and I are leaving for 4 days to Las Vegas, and then 6 days to LA to check out the X-Games.
It should be one hell of a trip, and my blog posts in the next week or so might be a lot more about the trip itself than media stuff.
So keep checking to see what we’re up to in the States, and when I get back, I’ll make sure to find some sick stuff to post to compensate for my absence lately.

Festival d’été, another year of success

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In past years, the Festival d’été in Quebec City was for me an occasion to see an endless number of underground quality bands, and maybe one mainstream band for an incredibly low price every year. The Bravery, The Frequency, Metric, The New Cities, Pascale Picard are just a few of the artists I had the chance to discover, while I also saw some of the greatest artists ever like Kanye West, Akon, Wyclef Jean and Linkin Park.
This year, the line-up for the festival seemed more targeted towards an older audience with artists like Kiss, Placido Domingo, Styx and Sting being the main bands playing during the week. Though not a die-hard fan of any of these bands, I still decided to buy the pass for the festival, thinking that all these guys are legends, and even if I mostly don’t know their songs, the show they would give should be amazing.
So, in the past weeks, I got all of Kiss’ and Sting’s greatest hits and listened to that full time to get in the mood. On Thursday I went to see Kiss, and I was totally stunned. Fireworks, make-up, spandex and rock ‘n roll music was a perfect blend for an awesome show in front of over 80 000 people. The now not-so-young Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons still gave a performance that is now in my top 5 shows I’ve seen in my life.
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And then, on Saturday, I went to see Sting. Sting was not on a tour and he had spent the week in Quebec, repeating with his all-star team of musicians, Dominic Miller, David Sancious and Josh Freese, who have played with people like Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen and Nine Inch Nails. They basically created a new show in a few days and then performed it on stage in front of a crowd that looked even bigger than the one at Kiss. Though not as visually impressive as the Detroit band, the musical atmosphere Sting created was incredible, and it pleased a crowd that was formed of people that ranged from 15 to 70. When he played Every Breath You Take, time seemed to stop and every single person in the audience sang along. It was really something special.
In the end, even if I did not relate much to the bands at this year’s Festival d’été, I still had a great time watching a high quality of music throughout the week (big props to Gym Class Heroes also) and I’m anxious to see what I’ll discover in 2010.
In the meantime, check out the video for one of my favorite Sting songs, Desert Rose.

Brüno !!

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I went to see Brüno this week, and despite what critics are saying, if you liked Borat, go see Brüno. I laughed like a rarely have in my life. But, contrary to Borat, some scenes seemed staged though. And that’s when I asked myself, “If it wasn’t staged, how the hell could he get away with no lawsuits ?”

Then I heard about a woman that is not even in the movie suing him, which is the only lawsuit for Sacha Baron Cohen right now. But, I found another interesting article on how Cohen manages to prevent lawsuits from happening, which I think is a very clever technique, even if it’s not the most honest !

Anyways, go see Brüno, if you don’t laugh during this movie, chances are humor has left your brain a long time ago.

Blackberry needs to stop following trends and create some.

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First they released the Storm, promoting it as a “new” touch screen phone, a year after Apple released the iPhone. Now, they’re promoting themselves with U2, in an ad that is practically identical to what Logan did for iTunes and Coldplay. Come on Blackberry, you have the budget to create innovative campaigns and hire the world’s best agencies, ten of them if you want to. Why do you use your biggest competitor as your main source of inspiration ? I just don’t get it.
The ad is beautiful though, I don’t take it away from them or Partizan, the production company. It just feels like total deja vu to me.

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The next Saw ?

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I’m not usually a fan of horror flicks. But, what I am though, is probably the biggest fan of the Saw series. And when I saw that the writers from the Saw’s sequels are bringing us a new movie, called The Collector, I was pretty stoked. I don’t know what to expect from this movie, but the teaser looks good.