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Quick 5 with Singer-Songwriter Andrew Allen

Posted on: Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Andrew Allen is a charismatic, singer-songwriter from British Columbia who has scored 3 Top 10 Hits (I Wanna Be Your Christmas, I Want You and his biggest single Loving You Tonight) and has shared the stage with acts like Bruno Mars, Train, One Republic, Andy Grammer, and The Barenaked Ladies. Although Allen will be on the road this summer, he took time to answer our Summer questions! See who would sit in the passenger seat during a road trip. He made a great choice.

It’s finally Summer! What are your favorite Summer activities?

Woohoo! I’d say my favorite things to do in the summer besides outdoor concerts, are beach days with friends, stand up paddle-boarding, and camping. Camping is my favorite.

If you could jump into a Winnebago for a road trip where would you head? And whom would you bring as your navigator?

I’d go to the Grand Canyon. I’ve never been there, and I think it’d be a super fun journey. I’d probably go the long way, all the way through California, down the Oregon Coast, and end up at the Grand Canyon. I think if John Mayer was the navigator, that’d be pretty amazing. I feel like he’d have a lot of really great stories.

Summer is usually the most happening / busy time for musicians. What live performances / appearances are you gearing up for this Summer?

Yeah, it’s definitely busy! I’m doing a really fun outdoor festival in Toronto on July 9th at Dundas Square I’m stoked about, a few wineries out West, all fun shows and, of course, a few dozen house concerts, ‘cause they’re my favorite.

When you think of a “Song of The Summer” from previous years by another artist, which one do you recall as your “Song Of The Summer” and why?

Oh man, that’s a tough one. I think one that I remember real solidly was Monkey Wrench by the Foo Fighters. I have no idea if that was even a song of the summer, but it was mine!

While on the road, you meet a lot of new supporters and fans. When they ask you to describe your music, what do you say?

I say it’s singer/songwriter pop thing. Kind of like if John Mayer,Maroon 5 and Bob Marley had a musical baby.

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Andrew Allen on Social Media:

http://www.facebook.com/andrewallenlive

http://www.twitter.com/andrewallenlive

http://www.instagram.com/andrewallenlive

http://www.youtube.com/andrewallenlive

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New Stuff! We introduce The HerCastle Project

Posted on: Friday, July 8, 2016

Myself and Telly are venturing back into our musical careers and we couldn’t be more excited! This week, we released a video of us singing, Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone, originally recorded by Bill Withers for his Just As I Am album in 1971. Check it out below. We will be rehearsing and songwriting to produce some new tunes and hopefully, we will see a special event happening to launch The HerCastle Project on the right foot. It feels good getting back into the industry we love so much. Fashion will always be here, Beauty will always be here, but Music is the Mother of this space. To hear our previous work, follow us on SoundCloud.

Pop

Contemporary

Dance

That is The HerCastle Project

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Quick 5 with Recording Artist DRU

Posted on: Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Since being lauded as Canada’s #1 Emerging Artists in 2012 by Billboard, DRU has been on the rise, touring with artists like LMFAO, to Usher and Ludacris. Now, DRU has a new single for the summer, Don’t Be Afraid. This soulful song is about committing to a relationship after being burned by one previously. We all know how that goes, which makes this track suitable for everyone. Although Dur is busy promoting his new music, he made to answer some Summer Quick 5 questions! See what he had to say below!

It’s finally Summer! What are your favorite Summer activities?
Some of my favorite summer activities include traveling to exotic
destinations, going to the beach and soaking up the sun, going on boat cruises and spending time with my daughter. A big part of my summer is performing and touring, so it’s a good thing I love what I do.
If you could jump into a Winnebago for a road trip where would you
head? And who would you bring as your navigator?
I think going across Canada would be a dope road trip. From the busy cities to the beautiful mountains and scenery, a lot of us do not realize how beautiful our country is. Often while I’m touring I do not get the chance to stop and appreciate my surroundings, so to be able to just take in this beautiful country would be amazing and very inspiring. My navigator would be Steve (Hollywood) Dorego, my producer. Not only is he my producer but he is also my friend. He is patient and wise and you can hear that in his music.
Summer is usually the most happening / busy time for musicians.
What live performances / appearances are you gearing up for this
Summer?
After touring with Sean Paul this past Spring and debuting my new single Don’t Be Afraid, I am now gearing up for a busy summer to promote the new single. I am excited to say that there are possible plans of touring with Flo Rida, and Shaggy and I am also setting up dates in the U.S, Atlanta and L.A, for the fall. I am also traveling to Vancouver at the end of June to shoot the video for Don’t Be Afraid.
When you think of a Song of The Summer from previous years (and
by another artist), which one do you recall and why?
Jazzy Jeff  & Fresh Prince Summer Time. It makes me think back to when I was a kid, the short sets we wore, kids playing at the basketball courts, family BBQs, washing your car to get it ready to go out that night and just all around really good vibes and happiness.
While on the road, you meet a lot of new supporters and fans. When
they ask you to describe your music, what do you say?
Words I would use to describe my music are: emotional, honest and soulful R&B. Music that makes you feel something and not used to numb your senses. My sound is sincere and simply written for the masses. I trusted myself more than ever when making this album for the first time I feel like I’m giving my fans 100% the real me.
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Quick 5 with Singer + Actor Kolton Stewart

Posted on: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Inspired by Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, The Monkees, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and John Mayer.

With a lead role on YTV and Netflix’s smash hit Some Assembly Required and supporting roles on Saving Hope, The Next Step and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Ontario, Canada native Kolton Stewart is one to watch in 2016. The rising singer comes from a musical family, and after landing a coveted performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at thirteen, Kolton used his acting skills mixed with his musical talents to land roles in The Music Man, West Side Story, Macbeth and the Lion King as Young Simba. Now, Kolton has made his debut in mainstream music with his single Context, co-written with Matthew Tishler (Ashley Tisdale), Phil Bentley (Christina Aguilera and Jordin Sparks) and Jesse Weeks. Get ready to dance because this track will be playing on all the patios and beaches this summer! Kolton took time to answer some of our Summer themed questions, so check it out below and head over to Itunes to purchase Context!

It’s finally Summer! What are your favorite Summer activities?

Yes! I am so excited for this summer. I love playing sports so I plan on playing as much sports as possible. I especially love football and basketball so my friends and I plan to get a lot of pick up games going! I also joined Soccer in an organized league so that should be a lot of fun. I really enjoy camping as well and would love the chance to get out in my trailer for a few weeks.

If you could jump into a Winnebago for a road trip where would you head? And who would you bring as your navigator? (Explain why you chose them).

I would choose to go for a week road trip to British Columbia. I have lived in British Columbia for the past 3 years while I was filming my YTV/Netflix show Some Assembly Required. It is such a beautiful place and I would love the chance to drive up there and go through the Rockies. I think British Columbia would be a great place to go camping and I would probably bring my two friends Neil and Simon as the three of us always have great times together and it would be awesome to go on a road trip with them. Also they are fairly good with directions. :)

Summer is usually the most happening / busy time for musicians. What live performances / appearances are you gearing up for this Summer?

In between promoting the new single, acting commitments, writing new music and recording I won’t have much of an opportunity to be out touring but I certainly plan on being out on the road in 2017!

When you think of a Song of The Summer, from previous years (and by another artist), which one do you recall and why?

I would have to say that last year my two songs of the summer were Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd and Where Are You Now by Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber. These songs would have to be my songs of the summer in 2015 because they just had these killer beats and always made me want to get up and dance! I am excited to see what songs will keep me dancing the most this summer. Can’t Fight the Feeling by Justin Timberlake is looking like a very high contender!

While on the road and doing media, you meet a lot of new supporters and fans. When they ask you to describe your music, what do you say?

I would say that my music has a wide array of styles. I have a side of me that is very rnb/pop oriented but then there is another side of me that is very passionate and vulnerable. I always say that my three artistic influences are Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran.

Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me ladies, I look forward to

meeting you both soon :) .

 

 

Kolton online & on social media

http://www.facebook.com/KoltonStewartPerformer

http://www.twitter.com/kolton_stewart

http://instagram.com/koltonstewart

http://www.youtube.com/koltonstewart

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Newness with Arbonne!

Posted on: Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Our great friends at Arbonne invited us to their Launch Event recently. As you may know from following us, we love Arbonne products. We shared our love for Arbonne Intelligence Rejuvenating Cream and were introduced to Arbonne Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil. We tested it out the product and it truly nourishes the skin. Right now, more and more beauty fans (including us) are using essential oils for their facial skin care. Along with skin care products, we were introduced to Arbonne’s latest Eye makeup. Expect a review of these items soon! In the meantime, check out images from the event below.

Eye collection, cont'd

Carcia and Telly Campbell

Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil It's a Fine Line Pencil Eyeliner It's All in the Eyes Eyeshadows Selfie Smoothed Over Lipsticks

Photos provided by Jesson + Company Communications Inc.

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Quick 5 “On The Go” GAIAM Giveaway with Kaylee Johnston

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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With warmer weather right around the corner (warmer weather is coming guys, we swear) it’s time to choose your summer anthem! Good thing you visit HerCastleGirls.com because we’ve got a essential new track for you along with a wonderful prize pack for you to win from GAIAM! We recently chatted with Canadian recording artist Kaylee Johnston who has gained quite the following with songs like, Are You The One and Gone. Her latest offering is an inspired song called Getting Over You, which is part of her infectious new self-titled EP to be released June 3. When Kaylee isn’t sharing the stage with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianna’s Trench or One Republic, she’s taking meetings with producers, travelling to perform and working on her music. To keep balanced and on-track, Kaylee incorporates Yoga into her weekly routine.

Our Chat With KAYLEE JOHNSTON!

1. Tell our readers and followers about your current single, “Getting Over You”.

“Getting Over You” is the first single off my new EP! It’s about what’s on the other side of heartbreak. Whenever something ends in our life it can be so painful, and that’s how I was feeling when I wrote the song. What I’ve learned since is heartbreak is AWESOME in that it’s an opportunity to let go of the things that aren’t working for us, and fall even more in love with who we are and what we have to offer!

2. As we listened to Getting Over You, we felt you were encouraging us Ladies to be empowered through any obstacle or situation. We think that part of that includes taking care of ones self. We know you practice yoga. How long have you practiced and what does yoga do for you?

So glad you picked up on that! Haha. Yes, I am all about empowerment, and I think it starts from within. We have to be able to believe in ourselves to get through the never-ending obstacle course of life. For me, yoga is like my re-set button. I’ve been practicing for over 10 years. When I’m feeling burnt out or stressed, yoga rejuvenates me.

3. Let’s cover some getting to know you questions in! As an on the go girl, is there if there was any place in the world that you could go, where would it be and why?

I am dying to go to Bali. I live such a fast pace life, and I would love to go away for an extended period of time and just chill out, drink tea, meditate, and watch sunsets.

4. When it comes to Netflix, What have you been bingeing on recently?

Last Tango in Halifax! It’s about this old couple who loved each other when they were in high school but never told each other. Then they meet up later in life and pick up where they left off. It gives me the feels every time!

5. If you could only be one, Would you prefer to be smart or happy, and why?

HAPPY! I’d like to think I’m both, but sometimes the ‘smart’ side of me over-analyzes and over-thinks. I’m always looking for ways to shut my brain off and just be present.

gaiam, yoga, lifestyle, active lifestyleNow that you know what Kaylee does to stay balanced while she handles her day, GAIAM invites you to do the same! Enter our contest today for a chance to win the Following Prize Pack!

The prize pack includes:

• CD of new Kaylee Johnston EP

• Gaiam On The Go Yoga Mat Carrier

• Gaiam 5mm Premium Reversible Yoga Mat

• Gaiam Yoga Block

HOW TO ENTER:

Follow HerCastleGirls.com Instagram @HerCastleGirls

Like the picture of GAIAM Prize Pack on @HerCastleGirls instagram. Share with your friends using the hashtags #GAIAMxKaylee #OnTheGoYoga

Contest is open to Canadian followers only (Sorry US Peeps), and contest closes June 3rd, 2016 at 8pm eastern time. Winner will be announced on Instagram & Twitter.

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Summer Music with BESTIVAL 2016: June 11- 12

Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2016

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The Cure headlines Toronto’s Bestival Fest 2016

Summer in Toronto means weekly music festivals where concert goers can get their fill of live music from various artists, established and new. This year, we are excited for BESTIVAL 2016. Last year, we took in the Bestival weekend which was hosted on Toronto Island. This was the first to be held in Toronto and we have to say, it truly stood out as one of the most unique festivals we’ve attended in the city. This year, BESTIVAL will take place at Woodbine Park, Toronto. Expect huge, historic names like The Cure, Tame Impala, and Grimes! The full line-up is below and make sure to check out BESTIVAL Toronto online.

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Today’s Renaissance: Creator Kyle Kofsky

Posted on: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Kyle Kofsky

A true artist realizes Art can take place in many forms, therefore, an artist can do many things and become many things. Kyle Kofsky is a great example of an Artist who has molded the term to his terms. The Director, Casting Director, Film Producer and Creator has carved out his own niche in Toronto and through video and film, he has made a mark not to be forgotten.

Our friend not only creates, but he fosters and contributes to the world of arts, including Toronto’s International Film Festival. Learn more about Kyle through our insightful interview with him about the industry of film, business and branding.

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