Paint the Halls Recap

 DJSOn May 30th The Women's College Hospital Foundation hosted an epic event, Paint the Halls. Paint the Halls was a special edition of Art Battle, beefed up by the music production of Uma Nota Culture and the event planning of Spectacular Spectacular. Art Battle is live competitive painting where artists paint simultaneously for 75 minutes and then the crowd votes on their favorite piece. The soon to be razed Women's College Hospital opened up their first and second floor to host this party and 75 artists competed painting in different parts of the building, including surgical rooms, waiting rooms and specially, the halls. This awesome event went off without a hitch with a beautiful slice of Toronto's creative, conscious and beautiful people coming out to appreciate art, be social and be merry. Maylee Todd brought down the house with her fantastic set in the recovery ward, and The Heavyweights Brass Band brought some second line New Orleans vibe into the building parading through the halls, and  props to them for trying to lead people out at the end of the night. The kids however, wanted to stay longer and the party ended more than an hour after all the bars and food had shut down. Kudos to DJs General Eclectic and Fase for keeping the party bumping, even after 'end' time. Special shout to DJ Hadi's set during the Art Battle. Also a special shout to the winner of the Grand Prize Adam Chapman. The greatest praise of all goes to the Foundation, who weren't afraid to be creative and push the boundaries of how hip a hospital fundraiser can be. If you want to see all the paintings and even order prints, check  the WCHF's facebook page.Some of the pics from the event below.

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Paint the Halls! (at Women's College Hospital)

 Uma Nota Culture does the music programming at WCHF's event Paint The Halls.Undeniably, Women's College Hospital has brought so much life into the city of Toronto. In 99 years (until 2010) over 150, 000 babies were born there. Even my colleague Jonathan and I, as well as all of our respective siblings, were born at Women's College Hospital.My mom still has a silly smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye as the recalls her three deliveries there. When I mention that the old building is being retired, she sighs deeply. Please don't fret mom, because now, so many years later, we are going to give back a burst of life into the the Women's College Hospital.We, a generation of '70s and '80s babies, -- along with our colleagues born at other GTA hositals, and a generation of cool-ass new Canadians -- have become instrumental in transforming Toronto "Hogtown" & Toronto "The Big Smoke" into a city of artistic expression & better living: a summer time, a good fun city, where biking around and enjoying the great cultural events going on here is as natural as Tim Hortons hangouts in the rest of Ontario.So... On May 30th, the WCH Foundation is hosting Paint the Halls! This is essentially a big party with Art Battle holding their  live competitive painting on the walls of the retired hospital and Uma Nota Culture putting up some great music.The way Art Battle works is artists compete painting live throughout the building. Revellers walk around and cast their ballots for their favorite pieces (see video below for more). Normally the artists paint on canvases, but for this event, the 75 hand-picked participants will paint on the walls.And there it is. This event promises to be awesome with great music, interactive entertainment, fun times, drinks and food.Buy tickets.Maylee Todd will perform live at Paint The HallsMaylee Todd (see video below), who recently released her new album Escapology, will perform live after ballot counting takes place. And look out, because if there is one artist who epitomizes feminine strength and beauty with stage presence and charisma, it is Maylee!Not only that, but the Heavyweights Brass Band will be around for some horns-and-drum hijinx to keep things interesting.Heavyweights Brass Band

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And here's Maylee Todd's wicked soulful and slightly artistically confusing video Baby's Got It.On top of those great live acts, we'll also have DJ Fase and DJ General Eclectic throwing down all the tunes you want to hear.For more information, tickets and more, check out the Paint The Halls website and Facebook event page.

Os Tropies revive Tropicalia in Toronto

Tropicalia (the band) is no more; long live Os Tropies.Os Tropies invite you to celebrate their new releaseThat's the short version of an updated announcement we mentioned in our post (Tropicalia, transformation and magic) last August 2012. That's when the group played the final gig under their former name, and true to their promise, they are back: Now known as Os Tropies (their own nickname for themselves), the project relaunches with a new EP featuring original material and a series of shows at The Piston in Toronto this February.Album art by Amy MedvickThe band emerges from a writing and recording cocoon that songwriter and lead singer Amy Medvick previously described this way:"Our focus is shifting from being primarily a cover/tribute band to working more on original material. Of course, I don’t think we will ever give up playing our favourite Os Mutantes or Novos Baianos tunes, it's way too much fun! But writing in this style is truly exciting and liberating. I feel like there really isn’t any territory that isn’t open to a tropicalista, now more than ever. I’m writing in equal parts English and Portuguese and incorporating anything that inspires me."Though they will continue to feature tropicalismo classics in their live shows and recordings, the EP, appropriately titled TROPICALIA!, marks their metamorphosis from a cover band  to one that writes and performs original tunes. On the five-song CD, Medvick's lyrics in English, Portuguese and French ride energetic grooves drawing from the group's steady mix of bossa nova, psychedelic rock, and samba references, all in keeping with tropicalia tradition.Les Chattes Jolies (available for free downloadIn true Toronto tropical-lovin' fashion, Os Tropies have put together a whole mess of fun and unique musical support for the series of shows comprising their EP release residency at The Piston. Each Wednesday night show has its own theme, based around honouring one or more of the band's crucial tropicalismo references. (Says drummer Eric Woolston: "You can choose your favourite flavour of Brazilian psychedelic spirit possession, or collect the whole set!")The group's photo shoot for the EP release pays homage to the photography for the landmark album Os Panis et Circenses (on which artists like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Os Mutantes and Gal Costa all collaborated), down to sly nods to the 1968 classic like the picture frame, the boho-mystic-hippie chic of the day and the fellow agitators and allies in the movement.Supporting artists during the February residency include Aline Morales, Maria Bonita and the Band, Petra Glynt and other locals on the live act side (two guest live bands plus Os Tropies at each show), as well as a host of weekly rotating DJs including Uma Nota founding resident DJ General Eclectic, Firecracker, Maylee ToddDavid Dacks, Friendlyness and Sandro Perri.The original Tropicalia movement and its artists were nothing if not products of their era. Os Tropies, in resurrecting, celebrating and re-visioning the music in all its theatricality and exuberance, create their own Toronto-born interpretation with style to spare. A singular feat for any band, at any time of the year, much less a mid-week residency during the city's coldest months -- still, there is plenty of substance behind Os Tropies' confidence in their series.Os Tropies play The Piston (937 Bloor St. W.) in Toronto on Wednesdays February 6, 13, 20 and 27. All shows start 10 p.m. Cover charge is $5 and the EP is $5. More information is available on the Facebook event page or on the band's websiteUma Nota Culture is supporting this event series.