Weekend Playlist: Slacker Edition

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Oh, hi there! It’s only been 11 months since my last post – forgive me?!

Let’s play a little bit of catch up. So many musical faves in the almost year since we’ve hung out, from unknown indie tunes to the songs that morphed into mega hits.

So take a listen — here are the songs I have obsessively and shamelessly on repeat at the moment.

Turn up the tunes, and have a great weekend!

Osheaga 2013 – Sunday Roundup

That’s a wrap on an amazing Osheaga festival! I’m excited to share some of my favourite moments, but first a day exploring Montreal before catching an evening flight back to Toronto to take advantage of Ontario’s August long weekend. For now, here are my favourite pics that hubby and I took yesterday, including pics of Nightbox, Little Green Cars, Icona Pop, Hannah Georgas, The Lumineers and Hollerado!

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Osheaga 2013 – Saturday Roundup

We’re two thirds of the way through Osheaga 2013, and it’s been two incredible days of music. I’ll post a more detailed review of the festival upon its completion, but until then here are some pics from Saturday’s performances, including Humans, Grouplove, Groenland, Jimmy Eat World, Tegan & Sara and Imagine Dragons!

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Osheaga 2013 – Friday Roundup

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Bonjour once again from beautiful Montreal! The rain stayed away yesterday for day #1 of Osheaga for a perfect first festival day. The hubby and I saw a ton of fantastic music, ate some of Osheaga’s most loved noms (poutine and pizza cones!), and got drenched from a soaker hose before and during Ellie Goulding’s performance. Here are some pics from our first day of musical adventures!

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Photos of Capital Cities, Guards, Daughter, Alt-J, Ellie Goulding and Phoenix copyright myself and Iain Gardner

Bonjour, Montreal! {+ Deville Dinerbar Eats!}

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Bonjour from Montreal!

I’m in town for Osheaga Music Festival and am so excited to be back in Montreal – it’s been seven years since I visited last and this weekend is sure to be a fantastic one (fingers crossed the rain holds off!). While Osheaga begins today, the hubby and I got into town yesterday to spend a little bit of extra time in the city and relax a bit before the musical whirlwind commenced.

We arrived mid-afternoon and it didn’t take long for a cab to get us from the airport to our hotel downtown. After settling in, we took a little walk down rue Sainte-Catherine to do some shopping before dinner at Deville Dinerbar.

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I received a bunch of great recommendations from Montreal friends for where to grab a bite, but after a bit of exploring on Yelp, I just couldn’t say no to the Crispy Mac and Cheese Stuffed Wontons on the menu for this downtown restaurant. Deville Dinerbar calls itself the “lovechild of whimsical nostalgia with the spirit of the 21st century”, and mixes the quintessential fifties diner and a neon infused nightclub, serving dressed up twists on classic diner food.

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The decor also mixes these two aesthetics, fusing vinyl bench seating with funky lighting and lots of neon pink. We immediately ordered our appetizer while deciding on entrees, and before too long these little beauties were brought to our table.

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“Crispy Mac and Cheese Stuffed Wontons” deep fried with a side of Diablo marinara sauce. Umm…nom. These were perfectly crispy on the outside and cheesy and gooey on the inside and did not disappoint. You can see the super fun black and pink Deville branding on the parchment paper as well! We ate these up after ordering our entrees, which were delivered nearly immediately after we finished our wontons.

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I ordered the Dinerbar Club sandwich – served on brioche bread with rotisserie chicken and maple dijon sauce. Delicious, but I should have known better than to order a full meal when having an appetizer. I squished the incredibly tall sandwich together and managed to eat half of it before packing the rest up. Despite how good it was, I would have been better off ordering a salad to accompany my mac and cheese wontons (then maybe I would have had room left to indulge in some of their desserts!).

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Hubby had their new The D.U.K.E. sandwich – grilled flat iron steak topped with cheddar and monterey jack, bacon, fried onion strings, BBQ mayo and a fried egg on a brioche bun. Messy, but delicious, he reviewed, raving about the thick cut bacon. We also both loved the matchstick fries. I’d definitely love to come back again and dive into their dessert menu, or perhaps one of their over the top milkshakes!

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Stuffed silly, we rolled ourselves out of there and did some more shopping before having a relaxing evening in. The real adventure starts today with sets from Capital Cities, Daughter, Wild Belle, Alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Rich Aucoin + more! Follow along on Twitter and Instagram for all the fun!

My Toronto – G for Gelato and Espresso Bar

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Today I’m excited to share one of my favourite little places for inexpensive and delicious noms in Toronto – G for Gelato! When the signs for this cafe were put up on the old vintage furniture store on the corner of Jarvis and Adelaide in the St. Lawrence Market district, I wondered how a gelato place would survive a chilly November opening date. Little did I know that it would be their wood-fired pizzas that would keep me coming back again and again, and even have us choose to cater our rehearsal dinner with their menu!

G for Gelato is owned by the children of Gerardo and Giuseppina Polsinelli, who sold their homemade gelato in Italy in the 1950s (starting from a refrigerated cart on a bicycle). Although Polsinellis and their five daughters left Italy in the late 1960s, the girls have brought back their parents gelato making techniques (supplemented with additional studies at Carpigiano Gelato University in Bologna), opening G for Gelato in the fall of 2011.

Pop in on Mondays for their Margherita Monday special (a margherita pizza and a can of pop for only $10!) – add a salad and it’s more than enough food for the hubby and I to split, and occasionally follow with gelato like we did this week. Their pizza menu is fairly extensive (the Prosciutto Contadina  ‘zza is one of my faves, with arugula, prosciutto and parmigiano, and my other half craves the Maialina, with chunky sausage, sopressata and fresh basil!), plus they do salads, paninis, and other assorted Italian items. Their two cases of gelatos, however, are the most impressive – particularly in these warm summer months! Try everything from lemon or strawberry lime to cookies and cream, kit kat, or banana pecan – new flavours are added regularly and all are made fresh. Get a sneak peek at their flavours on their Instagram feed – it’s sure to have you salivating and ready for dessert!

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Countdown to Osheaga – Nightbox

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Nightbox rocked our Vapor Independent Music Showcase this past April at the Drake Hotel and we’ve been anxiously waiting for their debut album to drop (soon!) ever since. Their single “Burning” was premiered by the Neon Gold music blog, and their next tune “Utopia” is just as can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head (and why would you want to?!) catchy. What blew me away though was their live set, and I can’t wait to see the band do their thing this Sunday at Osheaga (Galaxie stage, 1:15pm!). If we’re lucky, they’ll pull out their Daft Punk cover that knocked our socks off at the Vapor Showcase.

Trust me, these guys are ones to watch (they’re now represented by the same management company as The Strokes – big things are definitely coming!), so check ‘em out this weekend in Montreal between pizza cones and poutine.

If you missed out on the sold out fest, you can catch the band in Canada and the US throughout August:

August 2 // North Bay, ON (Summer In The Park Festival w/ Metric)
August 3 // Toronto, ON (Grove Music Festival)
August 4 // Montreal, QC (Osheaga Music Festival)
August 9 // Squamish, BC (Squamish Valley Music Festival)
August 9 // North Vancouver, BC (Shipbuilders’ Square)
August 11 // Whistler, BC (Crankworx Festival)
August 14 // San Francisco, CA (Rickshaw Stop)
August 17 // Los Angeles, CA (Bootleg Bar)
August 19 // Hollywood, CA (Bardot)
August 20 // Los Angeles, CA (The Echoplex)
August 24 // St. Louis, MO (The Gramophone)
August 25 // Chicago, IL (Schubas)

Nightbox – “UTOPIA”: