While LIGHTS, Ron Sexsmith, Neverest, Finger Eleven, Beverley Mahood, and Platinum Blonde were rocking out at Andy Kim’s annual Christmas fundraiser, Kiesza, Shawn Mendes, and MAGIC! were performing at Jingle Balls States-side. Michael Buble carried off his yearly holiday special with his dream guest star: Miss Piggy. Shawn Hook is gearing up for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Mississauga, The Weeknd in Miami, Chromeo in San Francisco, and Adventure Club in San Diego. Sally Folk is rehearsing her duet with Alex Nevsky for a mid-January TVA music special. But besides holiday concerts, here’s what else has been happening…
Carly Rae Jepsen Visits Her Old Stamping Grounds:
When Carly Rae Jepsen released her global ripper, somehow we knew that her indie career was toast. There was a time when Carly could be found at Vancouver’s Trees Organic Coffee making cheese cake for them. Yes, that’s the reality of life for many Canadian indie musicians. Carly recently returned to say hello to the staff. She claims that the shop makes the best cheese cake in the city, perhaps the world. There are 5 shops through Metro Vancouver. Professional photographer Cameron Brown claims that Carly herself bakes pastries as delicious as the music she makes. She’s a multi-talented gal.
Victoria Duffield Gets Into Christmas Baking:
Carly’s not the only one who enjoys baking. Having recently recovered from vocal cord surgery, Victoria Duffield whipped up a batch of her favourite treat. We’re not sure what they’re called, but they look amazing:
Fred Pellerin Celebrates Gold:
Fred Pellerin’s recently released album, Plus tard qu’on pense, was very quickly certified gold. He comments on the phenomenon saying that to turn 12 songs into a gold record, it takes at least 40,000 alchemists. Too bad Fred’s a bit far from the west coast to celebrate with some cheese cake with Carly or sample Victoria Duffield’s oven-cooked delights. But we’re sure he has some treats available at a shop near him.
Mia Martina Breaks Out in Japan:
Mia Martina has been tailoring her second album for releases in various countries. We hope it comes out in Canada as soon as possible. It is now out in Russia and Japan, and her reworking of Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” has hit #2 on the iTunes Japan dance chart! We imagine it’s a big hit at the karaoke venues as well. Good for Mia!
YTV Next Star Winner Jory Zechner Launches New Single:
Getting into the spirit of cool, fashionable glasses, Jory Zechner has been working with top Canadian songwriter Rob Wells to release a single following her win of 2015’s YTV The Next Star. The song is called “Roll With This” and is currently rolling up the iTunes charts. You can grab a copy here.
LIGHTS Excited About Her Figurines:
On the market now are some sweet LIGHTS figurines. They come complete with a keyboard, cogwheel face mark, circular bandstand with logo, and are no doubt best enjoyed while listening to album Little Machines. LIGHTS assures us that the dolls won’t pull a chucky.
Elise Estrada Hits the Blogosphere:
Elise Estrada has gotten into blogging. Her blog is called Confessions of a Pop Star. You can read about how she recently turned her home into a Christmas candyland, get some advice on beginning a singing career, makeup tips, recipes, and fashion ideas. Visit the site here.
Jesse Labelle Chills:
Finally, while all these stars have been working hard, Jesse Labelle has been … chilling in Florida? Jesse! Actually, old Jess has been busy touring and is just taking a break to soak in the sun for a bit.