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Nadia Elkharadly: Boozy Beefs

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2014 by segarini

IMG_7532 (2)It’s no secret, I go out a lot, far more than most people.  Between events for Addicted, concerts and shows to review and the rare nights where I decide to be social for the sake of being social, I spent a fair amout of time out on the town.  Most nights are filled with music, booze and fun times with good people.  But unfortunately, some other times there’s some bad that comes with the good.  As someone who goes out a lot in this city, I’ve managed to accumulate a pile of beefs not only with patrons of establishments, but with the establishements themselves.  I’m sure many of you can relate on some level to this list of irritations.

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Nadia Elkharadly: The Junos

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2014 by segarini

NadiaHappy February DBAWIS!  It’s been a great start to 2014 so far, aside from a few blips here and there.  More than anything it’s shaping up to be an exciting year for music, but new and familiar, and you know how excited music gets me.

For those of you not in Canada, not into music or just not on twitter, the 2014 Juno Award nominations were announced this week.  That’s Grammy in Canadian for all of you unfamiliar with the national canuck music awards.  And like with any award show, with nominations come controversy, and this year’s Juno picks were not without their fair share.  Take a gander at the nominee list here, while I will mosey on down the page to ruminate on a particularly contentious nomination.

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Nadia Elkharadly: My 2013 Musical Highlights

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2014 by segarini

Nadia Logo2013 has been a long and tumultuous year, filled with many challenges, some failures, many successes, tons of new discoveries and an innumerable amount of wonderful memories made with the family and friends I love so very much.  For my first DBAWIS article of 2014, I thought I’d highlight a few of the musical and otherwise amazing things that have come to be my “favourites” of this past year.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Things we should be talking/thinking/reading about instead of Rob Ford

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoDid you guys know that Rob Ford is the newest twerkgate?  Not since Miley Cyrus stripped down to her skivvies and licked everything but the kitchen sink with her giant tongue has one single person’s name been tweeted and repeated so many times.  Our little city’s big mayor is getting us all sorts of attention, and not all of it good.  While many people are happy to see Toronto trending on a global scale, I for one am extremely sick of Fordgate’s crack gate, and I can’t wait for this night mayor to be over.  I’ve become one of those people who plugs her ears and yells “blah blah blah” whenever the name comes anywhere near my field of hearing.  Immature?  Maybe.  But while Toronto and the rest of the world seems quite content to fuel the fire of the inferno the Ford trainwreck has become, I’m inclined to think there are far far better things to think and talk about than our unapologetic and irresponsible manbaby of a mayor.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Musical Discovery in a digital age

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoWe live in a brave new world.  Our phones are portable and more powerful than our first computers ever could be.  Print media is a dying breed, or a dying art depending on your point of view.  You can go days without talking to another human being face to face and still somehow feel connected to the people around you.  And musical discovery has become easier, and much more difficult at the same time.The digitization of music has led to what I think is a strange and kind of sad phenomenon – the picking and choosing of songs, and the disregarding of others.  This piecemeal music selection is another reason why I’m falling more and more in love with my growing vinyl collection.  There’s no picking and choosing, there’s only listening and discovering.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Social Media Tips for Musicians – Shit you NEED to know

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoMultiple writers on this site have written, raved and ranted about social media, and how pervasive it’s become in our world today.  Whether you like it or not, you can’t swing a cat without hitting some new, old, or random social media network that everyone has just become addicted to.  Between Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Imgr and the plethora of other nonsensical names that creators come up with for these things, it’s enough to make your head spin.  But as annoying and confusing as social media can sometimes be, no one can deny that these networks are an amazing way to connect with people and information.  Want to track down a long lost classmate from elementary school?  What about a distant cousin you remember meeting as a child?  Or someone you used to have a crush on at a previous job?  Facebook is the tool to help you.  Want to get your news before the networks get it?  How about the top secret location of an exclusive show with your favourite band?  Twitter’s the place to go.

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Nadia Elkharadly: There’s a right way, and there’s a WRONG way.

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoAs a music journalist/music lovin’ gal about town, I get a lot of music sent my way.  And I mean A LOT.  Between publicists asking me to review their latest client’s most amazing poppy, shoe-gazey (that term needs to die in a fire), metal, rock, whatever album, to people asking me to listen to their friends’ bands, to bands themselves asking me to give their latest single a listen or video a few, I’m inundated with music coming from every place you can imagine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I adore music and discovering new music is why I got into this non/low paying gig in the first place.  But there’s definitely a right way to ask someone in the music business to listen to your life’s work.  There’s also a wrong way.  Let’s start with the right way.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Concert Killjoys

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoHave you guys been listening to Indie 88 yet? (88.1 on your FM Dial!)  The station launched just a few short weeks ago and has quickly become my favourite radio destinations.  Now that their announcing staff are rocking the airwaves all day and every day, my morning drives are all that much better for having another non shock jock listening option. Along with being inoffensively entertaining, Brian, Matt (of the Russian Futurists) and Candace (formerly of q107) often have some fun questions to pose to their listening audiences, inspiring us to laugh, cry or just think from time to time.  Earlier this week I was driving to work and listening to my new favourite station, and the Indie 88 morning crew had a great discussion going on the topic of show fouls.

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Nadia Elkharadly: TIFF 2013 Wrap Up – Party Casualties

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , on September 18, 2013 by segarini

moiIt’s now just past mid September.  A distinct fall breeze is in the air, and all over Toronto girls are putting away their strappy sandals and mini party dresses, and boys are starting to wear socks with their spikey loafers and shirts under their cardigans.  Most noticeably, the streets of Toronto have finally been cleared of hordes of screaming fans, red carpets, velvet ropes, and the celebrities, actors and actresses that walk on and behind them.  That’s right: the Toronto International Film Festival is over for another year.  While the festival was a mostly fun and interesting time, there were some unfortunate casualties.  Party casualties, that is.

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Nadia Elkharadly: TIFF comes to Toronto

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoWell DBAWISers, it’s that time of year again.  No, it’s not summer anymore, as the vicious chill in the air would indicate (please recall I’m a desert flower so any temperature below 25 degrees constitutes as a vicious chill for me).  No, it’s not Christmas, as the chill isn’t hellish as opposed to vicious.  Now is the time that the glitterati, the paparazzi and the wishtheywere-ies look forward to more than anything; the Toronto International Film Festival.  Every September, celebrities from the far reaches of the globe (though mostly from New York and Los Angeles) descend upon Toronto for a few days of worship, film promoting and party attending.  And with them come all the trappings that a world class film festival would merit; the red carpets, the flash bulbs, the media frenzy, and the fan worship that help to make TIFF what it is today.

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