The Local With Toronto singer/songwriter Omar Lunan

The Local: a tête-à-tête with some of the scene's hardest working heroes.

The Local With Bourbon Thing's Jamie Johnson

 Jamie Johnson has been a whisky fan and enthusiast for a long time. In 2014, she decided to start up a whisky club in Toronto and called it Bourbon Thing.

The Local With Hollerado's Menno Versteeg and Annie Murphy of Schitt's Creek

Last week in The Local, we heard from Lucky Bromhead -- the talented personal makeup artist for Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy from the hit comedy Schitt's Creek, so this week we though we'd hit up Annie and her husband, Menno Versteeg -- singer of the rock band Hollerado and owner of the indie label, Royal Mountain Records -- to hear what they had to say about their favourite things around TO.

Where do you guys live?

Menno: The Junction, Toronto.

The Local With Makeup Artist Lucky Bromhead

If you own a TV or have perused a fashion magazine, chances are you've seen makeup artist Lucky Bromhead's work. Lucky is known for her easy going yet sparkling personality on set as well as over 20 years experience as a makeup artist. Her current role is as personal makeup artist to Schitt's Creek stars Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy, TV personality Jessi Cruickshank, and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara.

Where do you live?

I live in the area of Parkdale in Toronto.

Favourite breakfast spot?

METZ-A Real Wild Ride

METZ has a new album, correctly titled “II,” and much like their 2012 self-titled Sub Pop debut, it’s an absolute ripper: a buzzing, cascading riot of sound driven by guitarist and vocalist Alex Edkins, drummer Hayden Menzies, and bassist Chris Slorach, that pushes and never pulls, but still manages to offer ecstatic and rewarding release. There’s a sense of earnest familiarity about it that makes it stick, but not a single note feels secondhand. It’s energizing and cathartic music for the busy-brained.

Video of the Day | Yuck: Stranger Things

Eleven years ago I dated a woman who had a seven-year-old daughter. For my birthday that year, a friend had given me a copy of the Arcade Fire record "Funeral," and as I was listening to it, attempting to understand the appeal of Win Butler's songwriting, that daughter walked into the room and stopped immediately.

Weekend Soundtrack | Monika - Secret In The Dark

Nouveau, Greek disco queen, Monika had the non-Billboard pablum hit of 2015 with "Secret In The Dark," a throwback pop disco song that fit perfectly in a set featuring artists of yesteryear like Suzi Lane or Fern Kinney. The only knock on it was it was perhaps too short for proper nightclub rowdiness.

Video of the Day | Jody Glenham & the Dreamers - RSVP

So "they" say your music videos need to be three minutes or shorter. "They" say the treatment has to be a take on the tired "OMG THESE KIDS ARE HAVING FUN IN AMERICA AND FIREWORKS ARE HAPPENING AND HERE'S A PRODUCT PLACEMENT" concept. "They" mostly have shit for brains and are the kinds of people who green light movies about EDM culture and use music from 9 years ago to sell it.


Royal Mountain Records' crown jewel, Toronto band PUP, released a video today that is sure to play well with Generation X'ers who miss guzzling root beers and bags of Ruffles salt & vinegar (RIP, greatest chip ever made) on Saturday afternoons and getting an NES and/or Genesis controller all greasy; mostly because all Gen X'ers seem to do is sit around yakking about old cartoons, video games, and chocolate bars you can't buy anymore (which is exactly what I'm doing here, yes, I get that).

The Prism Prize "Top 20" announced

The Prism Prize announces the Top 20 best Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film and media arts professionals. After viewing hundreds of music videos released in 2015, jurors selected the Prism Prize "Top 20" based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution.


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