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Data Romance is back with their first single, "Caves," from their upcoming debut full-length album, Other, slated for a 2013 release. Listen to "Caves" below then re-watch their performance of "Backwards" live in the TORO Garage Studio

Check them out on tour with Young Empires and Dragonette at one of these upcoming dates:
9.29 | Venue, Vancouver, BC
10.2 | Sapphire Nightclub, Kelowna, BC
10.3 | Republik, Calgary, AB
10.4 | Starlight Room, Edmonton, AB
10.5 | The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
10.6 | West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB
10.7 | The Outpost, Thunder Bay, ON
10.11 | London Music Hall, London, ON
10.13 | Studio Theatre, Hamilton, ON
10.16 | Wax Night Club, Kitchener, ON
10.17 | Ale House, Kingston, ON
10.18 | The Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
10.19 | Corona Theatre, Montreal, PQ
10.20 | Babylon, Ottawa, ON

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Right before Yunel Escobar faced the media over his controversial eye-black incident, the Toronto Blue Jays announced they'd suspended their shortstop for three games beginning with today's game against the Yankees.

Not surprisingly, Escobar, who spoke through a translator, had little defence for writing "tu ere maricon" in his eye black during a game at Rogers Centre last weekend. What defence could there be? The phrase, which can be translated to a homophobic sluris derogatory no matter what your intentions.

In speaking to media, Escobar suggested it was something Latinos say to each other in jest and that he has gay friends.

Jays GM John Farrell said that no one ever notices what Escobar has on his face because he writes something new there all the time.

Escobar's lost pay during the suspension will be donated to You Can Play, an organization "dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for athletes without regard to sexual orientation."

Lesson learned, Escobar ensured the media. It's a mistake he won't make again.

Tu ere idiota.

Translate that.

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[html]Here’s the first trailer for Greetings From Tim Buckley, a biographical drama about singer Jeff Buckley’s appearance at a benefit concert for his late father Tim, one put on by strange people who think it’s “spooky” that a father and son look alike. 






While some feared Greetings would turn the delicate legacy of these two performers, who both died very young, into exploitative Hollywood melodrama, they can rest easy. It actually looks more like naval-gazing indie melodrama, the kind that avoids acknowledging its central character is a bit of a self-absorbed dick. Buckley is pouting over in his grave!

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Rich Aucoin has dropped his new music video for "Brian Wilson Is A.L.i.V.E.," and it is indeed a trip.

In the video, Aucoin and his friends reenact all the major events in musician and songwriter Brian Wilson's life. We see the founding of the Beach Boys, the release of Pet Sounds, and Wilson's eventual schizophrenic destruction. Of course, this being Aucoin, the video ends on a euphoric note — the triumphant release of Wilson's album Smile in 2004. The whole thing roles out in one seemingly endless Hitchcockian shot, a barage of flowery visuals and set changes.

Aucoin and director Noah Pink shot the video in the Halifax CBC building less than a month ago, and the result is great. Enjoy the video and remember: "This film should be played loud!"

Related >> TORO Talks to Electro Pop Whiz Rich Aucoin

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If you frequent the Daily TORO blog often, you know that we are fond of Hitler-related comedy. Pretty much anyone with a sense of humour will tell you that if you add "Hitler" to something, that something becomes hilarious. It's like using the F-word or farting in a quiet room.

Witness below the inevitable collision of Hitler and Korean crossover hit "Gangnam Style." We've got to say, the Führer's got some serious singing chops.

The Downfall "reaction" parodies ("Hitler Reacts to Two Girls, One Cup," "Hitler Reacts to the Mats Sundin Trade") have been around for a long time, but this mashup is particularly hilarious. Just don't let yourself be caught dancing to this in public, because you know, it's Hitler.

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[html]Oh boy don’t you just love a good feud? I can’t get enough feud news on my daily feud feed about famous people feuding.

Here’s a new one: less than two days after Nicki Minaj announced her seat on the sinking cruise liner that is the American Idol judges panel (sample advice: “You’re not putting enough plasticine and sidewalk chalk in your hair”) her co-host Mariah Carey has already blasted rumours of backstage feuding. "How can you feud in two days? I think a feud takes a little longer," said Carey about the rumours made up by her publicist.

Meanwhile, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson have yet to settle their argument over which of them is more urban.



Related >> Adele Confirmed to Sing New Bond Theme



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Snowboarder Shaun White has been arrested for pulling the world’s most hackneyed prank.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist and occasional video game character apparently still has high school exams at the age of 26 and in the middle of the night: this past Monday White was arrested after yanking a fire alarm in a Nashville hotel room, running outside, kicking a bystander who tried to block him, falling down and hitting his head on a fence. White was allegedly intoxicated at the time and by “allegedly” we mean he was absolutely intoxicated at the time.

White could learn a thing or two from G.I. Joe peripheral character Barbeque, because learning is much of the battle: 





Related >> Andy Murray Racks Up $6,500 Food Bill

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Wu-Tang alum Ghostface Killah is set to release a new album with musical brother RZA, and it will be seriously dope, you know what I mean?

The record, which drops November 20, is called Twelve Reasons to Die, and will be released on the newly minted Soul Temple Records. RZA will serve as executive producer. Ghost will also release a comic book from Black Mask to coincide with the album’s release.

2012 has been a big year for Ghost. He toured Canada for the first time in almost a decade, and at NXNE, showed Ghostface Killah & Toronto’s Apollo Kids, a documentary about his time shared with Toronto’s inner city children.

Hopefully Ghost will again make his way north of the border when Twelve Reasons to Die is finished. Until then, we wait like a sniper, hyper off the ginseng root.  

Related >> TORO Playlist: Ghostface

Related  >> First Look: The Man with the Iron Fists

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Part of the joy in learning that another Bond film is being made is guessing which musician will sing the theme. After months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed: Briton Adele will write and sing the opening song for Sam Mendes's Skyfall.

It was rumoured that Mendes originally wanted Amy Winehouse to sing the song. After Winehouse's death in July of 2011, the director quickly shifted his gaze to Adele. It was a sensible choice. Adele has been the unrivaled heir to pop music's soul queen thrown. She joins an elite group of musicians including Madonna and Paul McCartney who have lent their talents to the Bond franchise.

Skyfall sees Daniel Craig return as Agent 007, jacked and reloaded. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, and Javier Bardem in a look that can only be described as a cross between a muppet and a pedophile.

For a while, when the Bond movies really sucked, the only thing the audience could count on being good was the theme song, but Adele and Skyfall seems like a match made in heaven.

Related >> Check Out James Bond's Aston Martin DB5

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According to Eater, newly crowned US Open champion Andy Murray celebrated his victory by racking up a $6,500 dinner with friends at New York's Hakkasan restaurant. Even more outrageous is that the bill, attached below, was mostly on the house.

"[Hakkasan] does it all the time," a server said, "for them it's just good publicity."

Murray and his friends kept the restaurant open, feasting on the signature menu which included Brazilian lobster tail and truffle-roasted duck. Several $200 bottles of champagne were ordered, as well as 17 $15 martinis. Murray, for his part, stuck with a $6 lemon soda.

Murray left a whopping $1,289.60 tip. But in the face of a $1.9 million US Open payout, he definitely beat the house that night.

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Resurrecting dead rappers couldn't save Digital Domain Media Group from death. On Tuesday, the visual effects company behind the Tupac Shakur hologram at this year's Coachella festival filed for bankruptcy protection. It seems Digital Domain's money was as artificial as its holograms.

Digital Domain had hoped that the popularity of its hologram technology would save them, but it was too late. As of June 2012, the company held debts of $214 million while holding assets of only $205 million. Because Digital Domain was generally hired by Hollywood studios on a contract basis, its revenues were small.

It's a definite fall from grace for a company who's founders include uber-capitalist and King of the World, James Cameron. Digital Domain had previously worked on Titanic, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which the company won an Oscar.

This is a devstating loss. We at TORO were sincerely holding out for that Sonny and Cher reunion. You know, the one where Cher would sing beside a hologram versions of Sono Bono and her face from 1973.

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Can we just skip the foreplay and give Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis their Oscars now? While only 43 seconds long, the new teaser for Lincoln, attached below, has pretty much determined who's going home happy at the 2013 Academy Awards.

Pro-lefty historical American subject matter? Check. Sentimental piano music? Check. Moments of contemplation intercut with battle scenes? Check. Two of the greatest filmmakers of the past fifty years? Check.

We're not saying that Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix's The Master won't give Lincoln a run for its money. But Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix's The Master probably won't give Lincoln a run for its money.

The theatrical trailer for Lincoln comes out on Thursday.

Related >> First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

Related >> TIFF Reviews: The Master

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The MTV Video Music Awards, everyone's favourite musical circle jerk, went off live, without a hitch from Los Angeles's Staples Center. Rihanna's "We Found Love" (attached below) won Video of the Year.

Toronto (and sometimes Rihanna) boy Drake also fared well, taking home the Moonman statue for Best Hip-Hop Video for "HYFR," featuring Weezy. Aubrey Drake Graham: Making minorities look legit since 1986.

One Direction also won a bunch of stuff. But nobody over the age of 12 gives a rat's ass rash.

The rest of the winners are listed below.

Video of the Year: Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Best New Artist: One Direction

Best Female Video: Nicki Minaj, "Starships"

Best Male Video: Chris Brown, "Turn Up The Music"

Video With a Message: Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake feat. Lil Wayne, "HYFR"

Best Rock Video: Coldplay, "Paradise"

Best Pop Video: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

Best Electronic Dance Music Video: Calvin Harris, "Feel So Close"

Most Share-Worthy Video: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

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Cirque du Soleil opens Amaluna in Toronto under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at the Port Lands tonight for a two-month run. The show is a coming of age love story with Goddess Prospera's daughter, Miranda, facing numerous trials and tribulations with her brave suitor Romeo. The show features all the awe-inspiring acts we've come to expect from Cirque du Soleil, including aerial straps, waterbowl dancing, chinese pole balancing, uneven bar acrobatics, live music and more.

Amaluna's Toronto engagement runs from Sept. 6 - Nov. 4.

Below: A video preview of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna
Related: Pics of Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM in Toronto

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Chuck Norris has a message for America's Evangelical Christians: A vote for President Barack Obama is a vote for "1,000 years of darkness." Oh, and he wants you to roundhouse kick socialism in the face. 

The martial arts expert and recovering actor issued the warning (attached below) in the wake of the United States' coming election. The video shows Norris and his wife Gena standing in their totally badass Texas dojo or whatever, holding hands, reading off cue cards with sincere conviction.

"We can no longer sit quietly and watch our country go the way of socialism or something much worse," says Norris. Gena goes on to claim that 30,000,000 Evangelical Christians did not vote in 2008, resulting in an Obama victory.

You've been warned people. Either listen to a hard right, gun toting, All-American mannequin who thinks that apple juice is poison, or face the wrath of God, evidently also American.

Related >> Paul Ryan Has the Girls Swooning

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It's not often that an Oscar-winning director makes a "found footage" body horror film at the age of 70. But Barry Levinson (Rain Main, Wag the Dog, Good Morning Vietnam) is a badass and doesn't care what you think.

Witness below the trailer for his new film The Bay, premiering next week at TIFF 12's Midnight Madness. The movie is about a mysterious flesh eating parasite that takes over the fictional town of Claridge, Maryland on the Fourth of July. Levinson is known for his more subtle, sentimental work, but The Bay looks like a gross ultra-violent romp. And that's a good thing.

TORO will be speaking with Levinson during TIFF about his new film and career. Stay tuned for that exclusive interview.

Related >> TIFF's Midnight Madness Lineup

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Jimmy Kimmel might be the most underrated and evil comedian in America today. After recently killing it (and the Republican Party) at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Kimmel has shifted his crosshairs to the children of the world.

In honour of this week's return to school, Kimmel asked parents to dress their children in horrible first-day outfits, film them in said outfits, upload the videos to YouTube, and consequently ruin their kids' lives forever. Tragedy ensues.

Particular sympathy goes to the boy in the sequin dress.

Related >> Obama Yuks It Up At White House Dinner

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Man, Europeans are mean. In a recent screening at the Venice International Film Festival, several audience members booed American director Terrence Malick's To the Wonder. Those same audience members then went on to boo a poetry reading for the elderly and a Pee Wee baseball game.

The film focuses on a love triangle set in the theatre of rural Oklahoma. It stars the superbly average Ben Affleck, Canadian beauty Rachel McAdams, and the psychopath-cum-genius Javier Bardem.

To the Wonder isn't the first Malick film to be booed. Last year at Cannes, The Tree of Life was also jeered, but went on to win the Palme d'Or and be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Malick's work is known to be difficult. His films offer unconventional narratives and often favour awe and spectacle over coherence and measured pacing. But how goddamned rude do you have to be boo a movie? Even if To the Wonder is awful, and given Malick's talent it most probably isn't, no one forces an audience to watch a film. The audience chooses to attend — it's a festival, not A Clockwork Orange.

To the Wonder makes its North American premiere next week at TIFF and we're curious to see how it will be accepted. 

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In an effort to galvanize young voters and not look like a total square, President Barack Obama has reached out to stoner heroes Harold and Kumar (actually John Cho and Kal Penn) in the wake of this Thursday's Democratic National Convention.

The video, attached below, shows the President calling on Penn, this year's DNC host, while Cho sits on the couch eating some Cheetohs, or some such garbage. No actual weed appears in the video, but Cho and Penn do laugh at the television like Gorillas with brain damage.

While Penn has been a public liaison for the Obama administration since 2009, the President's choice to align himself with the weed-smoking demographic is odd, given his ridicule of marijuana legalization advocates. Also, the Harold and Kumar movies kind of suck. Couldn't Obama call on his friends Jay-Z and LeBron James instead?

Obviously the Commander in Chief's judgment is sliding in this election year.

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Big Boi has just released the video for his new song "She Said OK," a veritable slowjam ​Moby Dick ​for hip hop's sex-romp subgenre.

Featuring Theophilus London, the video is loaded with shiny cleavage, naked women, and porno lighting sensibilities. And with lines like "I like that pussy Brazilian waxed with the lips showin'/Tip toe in the high heels or her bare feet and she down for some major dick blowin'," Big Boi is at the top of his game as a cunning linguist.

We've always thought that Big Boi's Speakerboxxx was cock and balls above Andre 3000's ​The Love Below​. In our minds, Big Boi was the musical engine behind OutKast. And "She Said OK's" Barry White vibe pushes all the right buttons. Just don't send this video to Grandma.

Big Boi's new album, Viscious Lies and Dangerous Rumours​, comes out November 13.

Related >> TORO Playlist featuring Big Boi, Billy Talent, and Arcade Fire

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