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2014 marks our 2nd year partnering with The Junction BIA for The Junction Music Festival, a music fest celebrating the amazing talent coming out of Toronto and specifically sending love to the Junction.  

2013’s lineup included the likes of Zeus, Cuff the Duke, Dinosaur Bones, and many more. This year we brought The Sadies, The Beauties, Teenage Kicks, Paradise Animals and others to hit the stage for 2014. 

The festival has seen exponential growth since its launch only 3 years ago.  To call the 2014 rendition a success would be a dramatic understatement, as thousands of people poured onto the street and into the venues.  Available patio spots were sparse at local bars and restaurants, and many Torontonians experienced arguably their city’s most up-and-coming neighbourhood in a way they never thought possible.

Check out some of the photos from this years party by Andrew Williamson:

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Check out the rest of the photos here

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Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?  It’s me, Party Time.

Young Lions Music Club, Young Offenders Collective & Pistonhead Lager present:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

An intergalactic art & music party themed & inspired by the film.

Every year during TIFF since 2012, we’ve turned a different Stanley Kubrick film into a live event, combining music with live art, actors, and other installations to bring to live a classic film.  

This year, we’re bringing you the famed director’s out-of-this-world sci-fi opus,  2001: A Space Odyssey. This will be the official pre-party for TIFF’s Stanley Kubrick exhibit which opens at the end of October. 

This will be all going down on September 12th 2014 at 99 Sudbury.  

featuring DJs:

PAT MAHONEY of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

MEMBERS ONLY

+ live sets inspired by the film, from:

PARADISE ANIMALS

Tickets will be $15 here. and soon at Rotate This and Soundscapes. 

For the past two years during TIFF, YLMC and their creative team, Young Offenders, have brought the creations of Stanley Kubrick to life with multimedia parties like no other. In 2012 YLMC took over a venue to re-create the Overlook hotel from Kubrick’s The Shining. 

Then the year after in 2013 Adelaide Hall was revamped into the Kordova Milkbar with Alex and his friends from A Clockwork Orange.

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See you in 2001, Friends.

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Our parents are out of town so we are thowing a good, old-fashioned house party; Well, kind of.

On August 2nd we are taking over the Smiling Buddha for a two level jam.  Hence Upstairs-Down.  TWO FLOORS. This also happens to fall on the same day as our annual soft ball tourney, so why not call it an afterparty. 

The top floor will host Toronto’s Pitchfork-approved Moon King along with upstarts San Marina.  After the live bands are done, YLMC resident DJs Summer Fling will be holding it down. Down the stairs, you will be greeted by yet another sweaty dance party with our favourite DJ of them all, DJ Lazy Ray, taking us on an all-night-long adventure.

Tickets are $10, 
Available at the door /
'til the place can't take it no more. 


Let’s Party shall we? 

https://www.facebook.com/events/279187728935164/

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Our favourite day of all of last summer is happening again this summer.  

August 2nd will mark the second Young Lions Softball Classic;  a day in which a bunch of us got together, played a game for fun and got rad matching shirts, and had a fantastic weekend.

Same’s the plan for August long weekend 2014.  Only this year, we’re taking over the entirety of Bellwoods park, all three diamonds, for a day-long softball Saturday.  

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Registration starts now.  Spots are limited. Good people of any skill level are invited.  

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$30 gets you:

- on a team for the day (at least 2 games per team)
- a limited edition Young Lions Softball Classic American Apparel 3/4 sleeve baseball tee (guaranteed in your size only if registered by July 15)
- a ticket to our after party that night (details to follow)
- the inside scoop on plans for the rest of the weekend
- a bunch of new friends

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It’s all part of what we’re labelling the Young Lions Long Weekend; a couple days worth of great opportunities to hang out with friends.  More details on that to come.    

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So make plans to stick around this August long weekend.  Sure, Osheaga or Lollapalooza might be tempting you with their $300 Eminem concerts, but we think there’s lots to love about our city, even on a long weekend.   And besides, not waiting in lines is what’s up.

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Registration link

xo

YLMC

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We are very excited to announce the launch of Young Lions Limited: small run products by Toronto’s emerging makers.  It’s a new collaborative project between YLMC and diverse local artists.  

Our first two items are now available for perusal/order, and will make their debut at this Sunday’s YLMC Members Only BBQ.  And then, every-so-often, YLMC will release a new product created by different artists that will be available from us, and on our new Etsy store.

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The first item is a T-shirt collaboration between local clothing designer Jenny Boucher (Drake General Store, Hudson’s Bay Co.) with Toronto street artist Anser.  The print showcases Anser’s Mysterious Date piece, and is printed on a hand made, soft cotton t-shirt. There are only 100 of these super soft shirts for sale so we might advise that you snatch one up before long. 

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The second item is an instant summer classic. YLMC and DM Goods bring you The Great Heart Park set, named for our annual in-the-park music series. This set comes with 4 stainless steel cups and a handmade leather holder which can be attached to your basket or backpack.  There are only 30 of these ones available, so you know what to do.

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You can check out the store and shop till your fingers drop over here. 

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It’s far-and-away our favourite summer tradition.  And, judging by the response already, I don’t think we’re alone.  

This morning, it was announced that The Live in Bellwoods: Great Heart Festival will return in June for it’s 5th year.  In less than 4 hours, without mention of a single artist, the Facebook event had already surpassed 300 RSVPs.

Each June, during “that other, more electric music festival” YLMC and Humble Empire team together to bring totally unplugged music to Bellwoods. This unique Festival within a Festival hosts 20+ of NXNEs most interesting acts totally stripped down - not even a microphone. 

Previous artists include: The Sheepdogs, Paper Lions, Absolutely Free, Young Galaxy, Imaginary Cities, Luke Lalonde (Born Ruffians), Maylee Todd, Dwayne Gretzky, and others.

Stay tuned to hear who will be performing this year!

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Summer is officially here, and with the sunshine comes the opportunities to eat and gather outdoors.

YLMC wants to thank all of you wonderful people for supporting us over the years, with our second annual Members Only BBQ.  Though we’re not actually BBQing anything this year, so it’s more like a ‘back alley eating/drinking/shopping/hanging’ hang than anything.

But those are just semantics.  What’s important is that we’re celebrating YOU by giving our members (free) tasty eats, (free) cold beer, (free) groovin’ music, and discounted stylish threads from our pals at Fred Perry and Chosen.  On that topic, we’ll also be introducing a brand new YLMC initiative that we’re pumped about, called Young Lions Limited

So come hang out this Sunday with us.  Here are the million reasons why you should: 

Food by:

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Galette Girls - YLMC member Hayley Polinsky’s new co-venture is a  savoury tart stand is tearing up the pop-up food market here in Toronto, with appearances at Toronto Underground Market, Long Winter, and a recent highlights on TheGrid and BlogTO.

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Poutini - Only this city’s best fries/curds/gravy purveyors are allowed, and thankfully Poutini has been offering YLMC member discounts since pretty much the dawn of time.  As such, we’re always licking our lips at the opportunity to get them involved with our events.

Music by:

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DJ Lazy Ray - Raymond Gillespie, aka DJ Lazy Ray, captured the attention of the full room at Palais Royale for YLMC NYE this past year.  Though only expected to fill space between Dwayne Gretzky sets, the crowd immediately recognized and lauded his ability to hop from old disco to pop to retro with absolute ease, and his flawless balance between deep cuts and smash hits.  We’re excited to have him back, and trust that he’ll turn a sunny sidewalk into a funky dance floor.

Beer by:

Steam Whistle - Toronto’s prized pilsner, Steam Whistle Brewery, does one thing very very well.  And that one thing goes especially well with a warm day, warmer friends, and loads of sunshine.  

Shopping by:

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Chosen Vintage - Curated, casual vintage finds for men & women at super reasonable prices made extra-ultra super reasonable with a 20% off discount during the event.

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Fred Perry - Stylish streetwear in the name of a famed UK tennis star.  The Fred Perry flagship Queen West shop is not only co-hosting our event, but they’re also offering 20% off to YLMC members during the hours of the party.

AND introducing….

Young Lions Limited - We’re excited to be introducing a new initiative, Young Lions Limited: small run products in collaboration with Toronto’s emerging makers.  Many of the people involved are YLMC members and/or good friends, and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with them.

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The first two items will be available for purchase for the first time at the YLMC Members Only BBQ, and are now also available at our brand new Young Lions Limited Etsy Store.

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Read more about YLMC #MembersOnly BBQ and RSVP here

Check out the brand new Young Lions Limited store on Etsy, click here

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BB GUNS & OMHOUSE
2 x cassette release party
w/ guests PETRA GLYNT & DJ JESSE CROWE
$10 at the door, or
$15 with your choice of cassette

Any good party, like a good sandwich, has multiple layers. But this gathering is a double, nay, triple-decker tasty treat, so full of rock n’ roll you’re gonna need a napkin to catch the reverb that won’t fit in your face. 

Celbrating new releases from:

THE BB GUNS
www.thebbguns.com

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The BB Guns’ signature sound comes peeled from the walls of your favourite summer memories; a little fuzzy, full of life, and enough sugar to leave the taste lingering well into the next morning. Or, as the band themselves accurately suggest: “It’s a little punk, a little girly, and all tough cookies.”

Laser gun guitar tones, jingle jangle melodies and a pulsing, heart pounding, move your hips rhythm, is what this pack is about. 


OMHOUSE
http://omhouse.bandcamp.com/

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Omhouse creates music that is both familiar and avant garde; the bedroom-turned-full band project of Steven Foster “oscillates between intense, cathartic, riff-driven rock and adventurous electronic music.” 

Their upcoming debut album Flesh to Flesh, Skull to Skull explores themes of guilt and masochism. Omhouse will embark on their first cross-Canada in June 2014.


with special guests:

PETRA GLYNT
http://petraglynt.bandcamp.com/

DJ JESSE CROWE (Beliefs, Praises)
http://beliefs.bandcamp.com/
http://praises.bandcamp.com/

Next up on our little meet and greet is our newest YLMC partner, Likely General. Located at 389 Roncesvalles Ave on the middle of the Roncy Strip is this cute one-of-a-kind general store, owned and operated by total sweetheart/total songstress Brooke Manning, aka LOOM

The store was nominated for “best new design shop” by BlogTO in 2013, and features handpicked products from up-and-coming artists, designers, and craftspeople. And now you will receive 15% off when you flash your Young Lions club card at the register. 

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If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind gifts and apothecary, or simply stumped on what nice things to spend your money on, one stop into Likely General will remedy all needs. They pride themselves in highlighting local and independent artists and designers which creates a very curated shopping experience. 

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Not only do they curate the store itself but also what’s played at the store. Every week Likely General curates a playlist of songs that they are currently listening to in the store.  Here is this week’s playlist:

soundcloud.com/likely-general Every monday a new playlist unlocks so you can always keep updated on what’s playing in-store. 

We spend a lot of time at the shop and we are always listening to music. After the ghost in our wall silenced two cassette players, two cd players, and 1 record player, we have decided to collect ourselves here to create weekly playlists. Here, you’ll find playlists from the women of Likely General as well as guest playlists from the makers, artists, and musicians we love to support.” - Brooke Manning, Likely General. 

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Likely General also holds workshops twice-per-month featuring an artist or craftsperson, so if you’re feel in crafty but are out of inspiration check out one of their Sunday Gatherings. The next one is being held on April 27th which is a Dreamcatcher Workshop with Victoria Rumi. Sounds so dreamy! For more info go to their website. 

www.likelygeneral.com

LG on Instagram

LG on Facebook 

LG on Soundcloud

Email list: email likelygeneral.com to sign up and receive monthly newsletters regarding our pop-ups, events, sales, and gatherings.

As per our promise to introduce new discounts for our Club Carders, the next partner we would like to introduce to our YLMC family is Fred Perry. Located just a few stores down from Chosen (who we introduced you to last week), is the Fred Perry Canadian flagship store @ 964 Queen Street West. Here You’ll receive 15% off all regular priced (& very stylish, may we add) merchandise when you flash your Young Lions Club Card.  

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Ladies and Gents, If you’re looking to fix up & look sharp , then Fred Perry is your spot. They have mastered the right blend of sportswear and street wear to create an iconic style that is as timeless as those Rolling Stones records you stole off your daddy-o. 

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Fred Perry is not just a great option to find sweet threads for men & women, but you should also pop by and check out one of their many in-store events. They’ve got product launch parties, and they host in-store performances some pretty sweet bands; suffice it to say, Fred Perry delivers every time.

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On that topic, the store is hosting an in-store event this weekend with St Catharines’ blossoming indie-pop band The Years. They will be preforming Saturday March 15, 2014 from 2:00-5:00pm to promote brand new songs from their freshly pressed EP Into The Fever.

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RSVP here

With the warmer temperatures starting to appear why not head into Fred Perry to start your Spring wardrobe. Let’s hope this weather is here to stay friends! 

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FP on Facebook

FP on Instagram

FP Website

*all photos credited to @FPto

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We’re happy to announce that we’ve got a few brand new partners offering our Lions 15% off. The first of which is Chosen Vintage, at 960 Queen West.

Conveniently located on the Queen West strip, this vintage shop stocks a carefully curated set of some of the most unique threads in the city.  A great selection of men’s and women’s vintage wear, at super duper reasonable prices (even more reasonable after your discount)!

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If you’re too cold to leave the house til Spring, you can always go shopping on their amazing Instagram. And, if you see something you have to have you can put in on hold! But only for 24hrs, as someone else is probably waiting to snatch it.

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No surprise that the woman behind the show, Melissa, is as rad as her shop. Not only does she own Chosen, but she also owns the bass in her band Teenanger. If you’re out/about this Friday, they’re playing at a SUSHI RESTAURANT with Milklines.

You can RSVP here 

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So don’t forget! You can now get 15% off at CHOSEN, which will automatically make you the stylish-est person on the planet come Spring.  Just look for the little Lion in the window of your favourite stores to see if you can get YLMC perks. 

Stay warm friends! Spring is coming. 

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YLMC NYE is  an annual celebration of the city’s new creative generation, as we collectively and enthusiastically look to a new year that belongs to us and us alone.  

We’re a tight-knit clan, us Young Lions.  But at a sold-out, 800-person celebration, we obviously expect that we’ll see some new faces, and that’s something we’re very excited about.  New friends + old friends = the best social formula.

Below is a breakdown of everything you might want to know if you’re joining us on this night; from set times to directions and transport details to attire and other expectations.  We’ve also included some details on the players involved in making this an incredible night. A suggested read for YLMC originators and newcomers alike.

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YLMC NYE ethos:

Young Lions Music Club prides itself in being a collective of bright, unique, creative, and respectful young men and women, all connected by their insatiable need for music.  This is not an uptight clan; coming to a YLMC event is to say that you’re prepared for the best night you’ve had in a good while.

We embrace a fun time at all costs, without self-restraint.  We do not embrace anyone pushy, rude, or disrespectful.  Know that you are a guest of ours and Palais Royale's, and know that we won't allow for the actions of a couple goofballs to dilute the collective experience. 

In other words: No pretention. No bottle service. No bro fights. 

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Palais Royale - The History:

Palais Royale is one of the many hidden treasures of our fair city.  Erected in the 1920’s, originally as a boat house, the venue soon became the dance hall/ballroom of the legendary Sunnyside Amusement Park.  Since then, everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to the Rolling Stones have graced the venue stage.  Even though the amusement park is long gone, the venue stands tall, and we’re honoured to be hosting our little shindig within its walls. Check out our history lesson for more.

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Young Lions Music Club - The New Tradition:

Our vision is to leave our own mark on the tradition of this time-honoured building; rather than living on past laurels, we’re etching ourselves into the history books.  

While 2013 has been a game changer/record breaker for many of us, we’re more interested in looking forward than back.  So NYE is about looking forward; to 2014, and to hopes and dreams of the future.  Come prepared to share your own hopes for the New Year and beyond, and lets collectively channel the energy needed to make them all come to fruition for everybody.

Attire Expectations:

It’s New Years Eve, and it’s a good time to look your best. 

The YLMC are a stylish bunch.  As we know that our people take pride in their appearance, we don’t feel the need to designate a specific dress code; we know that everyone will put in the effort. 

While there exists no formal dress code, we trust that everyone understands that this is a classy affair.  And, by virtue of this, we can assume that nobody wants to be the one who slipped by with a barely passing grade on what is appropriate attire.  Dress to impress, because it’s fun to do so.

One thing that is mandatory, however, are dancing shoes.  It’s going to be high-energy, and the dance floor is going to be full.  So wear something boogie-friendly on your feet or you’re going to be on the outside, sitting through the most spirited sing-a-longs that you’ve ever witnessed.  

Evening Itinerary:  

Doors open at 9pm to sweet selections from DJ Lazy Ray.  Dwayne Gretzky starts their first set at 10pm.  Last call is at 2am.  Everything that happens in between will shape your memories for years to come.

Last year, seemingly everyone came all at once (around 10:30/11) which put a major strain on the door and coat check.  While we’ve doubled our staffing in both areas, we still suggest coming early so that the entrance is fluid, and your good times start immediately upon arrival.

The Food Menu:

Palais Royale’s globally-trained Executive Chef Steffan Howard has devised a mouth-watering a la carte-style food menu for the evening, created by locally sourced ingredients that includes butter pork soft tacos, “pregnant” potato skin poutine, ontario apple & bacon coleslaw, and plenty of vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options. We trust that there’ll be something to make everyone’s taste buds tingle, and the food station is open all night long.

The full menu and pricing is available to peruse here.  No need to order in advance; tickets will be sold on site.  

The Drinks:

Grolsch will be our exclusive beer provider for the evening.  Their 455ml swing-top bottles will be available for $8 at all bars.

In addition to beer, a full bar will also be available, including all standard liquors, wine, champagne, and more.  Everything will be reasonably priced; cocktails around $6.50, wine by the glass at $8.

Your Evening’s Entertainment:

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DJ Lazy Ray:

Raymond Gillespie, aka DJ Lazy Ray. is a man with a tremendous ear, and an even more tremendous collection of records.  Simply put, he’s our vote for best DJ in the city.

From classic rock to classic funk to classic pop to classic hip hop, dude spins the originators (with a healthy dose of the imitators, as well). 

If you frequent some of the hotter spots in this fine city, such as Terroni, Camp Four, Wrongbar, The Hoxton (the list goes on), you’ve probably had a taste.  But on New Years Eve, he’ll be bringing the full flavour menu. 

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Dwayne Gretzky:

Three years ago a group of friends, many of them recognizable through other creative endeavours, got together to collectively revisit their favourite songs of all-time.  What has happened since then is remarkable: a cover band that has stirred excitement from Vancouver to Ottawa, and sold out more shows in 2013 than many of the country’s most successful artists. “Toronto’s Greatest Cover Band" will make you forget that ‘Under Pressure’ isn’t a DG original. 

Watch Dwayne claim Fleetwood Mac’s classic album Rumours as their own this past spring at a sold-out Great Hall.

The sprinkles & sparkles: Adam Belanger & Fezz Stenton

More than just “bands on a stage”, Young Lions Music Club is renowned for our commitment to unique experiences, and we collaborate with many of the city’s most talented artists to bring our nights to life.

This year, we’ve enlisted two of our go-to guys to make the night sparkle.  Set designer Adam Belanger and projection artist Fezz Stenton will be bringing their talents to the fold, turning the Palais into a one-night-only dreamscape of hopes & dreams for 2014.  



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Directions & Transportation options:

Palais Royale is at 1601 Lakeshore Blvd West, directly south of the foot of Roncesvalles avenue, on the shores the great Lake Ontario. Map it here.

Travel by car:

Palais Royale’s parking lot is exclusive to our event. It’s accessible by heading along Lakeshore Blvd from the east or west.  Just follow the signs. Please have you designated driver situations figured out before you leave the house.

Travel by TTC: 

Get to the corner where King St West and Queen St West meet Roncesvalles.   Head due south and cross the pedestrian bridge over the Gardiner Expressway.

By taxi: 

We’ve let the major cab companies know that there’s a big party happening at Palais.  They should be around to drive you home near the end of your night.

Coat check:

There is a mandatory coat check available for $3.  

That’s the ins and outs of NYE 2014.  If there are any further questions, please email us at info@younglionsmusicclub.com

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Lots and lots of questions circulating about tonight’s Kubrick II: A Clockwork Orange party.  We thought we’d answer some of the more common ones, so there’s no confusion.

Q: So what exactly is happening?

A: Droogs.  Ultraviolence. Moloko + velocet.  Devotchkas and chellovecks.  Everything you’d expect at the Korova Milk Bar.

If you want an idea of what to expect, watch our video from last year’s Kubrick I: The Shining.

Q:  Do I have to dress up?

A: No.  You can if you’d like.  We won’t frown upon that.  But it is by no means a costume party.  We have enough of the film elements at play that you can come only as a spectator, or at any level of thematic participation as you desire.

Q:  Is it sold out?  Can I get tickets at the door?

A: It is not sold out.  You can get tickets at the door.  They’re $20, while supplies last.

Q: What time should I come?

A: Doors are at 10.  We strongly encourage everyone to come by 11pm, as that’s when the real ultraviolence begins, and you don’t want to miss a second of it.

Q: What are the set times?

A: The whole thing is an experience, best served in its entirety, like a big, tall glass of moloko.  Don’t miss a drop.  If we told you the details of the when/where/who, we’d be setting you up for a disservice to yourself.

Q: What are my chances of getting some of the old in-out-in-out?

A: That, my bratty, is up to you.  If you want some lubbilubbing, you’re going to have to find your yarbles.  

That pretty much sums it up.  If there are any additional questions, post them to the facebook page.

- the droogs at YLMC

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vitaminwatercanada:

in our latest #everydaybrilliance profile we hang out with bobby kimberley, founder of young lions music club and one half of the dj duo, summer fling! 
dans notre dernier profil #brillanceauquotidien, on rencontre bobby kimberley, le fondateur de young lions music club et une moitié du duo dj summer fling!
bobby kimberley
an idea guy. music/hockey/life lover - toronto
founder of young lions music club, a toronto music & culture agency self-described as “young, creative, and just the right amount of reckless”. he is also one half of the dj duo summer fling with anna wiesen. 
you’re totally offline for the weekend (no wifi/cell service), what do you bring?
deck of cards, and board games. i’m a bit of an old-school, cottage-style hang outs junkie. in fact, we have a room in our apartment that we call the cottage, that is packed full with games, vhs, etc.
books! currently reading the steve jobs biography. what a balls-out kinda guy. a real inspiration for anyone who is creating their own rules to live by.
i’d still bring my phone, as it doubles as my music player, and thanks to rdio, I have access to my collection when offline, even if I’m in the antarctic.
if you had to pick someone to play you in a movie about your life, who would it be?
this is honestly something i’ve never spent any time thinking about ever. so ummm… joaquin phoenix? he did a damn good johnny cash, so I feel like i’d be a piece of cake. or, if he wasn’t 20+ years my senior, i’d vote kevin spacey. mostly because I vote kevin spacey for everything actor-related.
who would you most love to learn from/collaborate/work with?
i really respect what the gang at arts & crafts records is up to. so probably them; jeffrey remedios and all of his clan. also, goldenvoice, the people behind coachella. in terms of the live event experience, they know what’s up. i’m a firm believer in creating an all encompassing, memorable experience, i feel like we look at things the same way.
if you had to give your teenage self one piece of advice what would it be?
take everyone’s opinions with a grain of salt. there’s no one way to live life, despite what guidance counsellors, teachers, or whoever else may offer up. It takes a lot of confidence to carve your own path, but ultimately, it’s the most rewarding way to go.
who are your favourite [artists/ musicians/ designers etc.] who have collaborated to create something amazing?
everything that david byrne (talking heads) does these days is a collaboration, and it always seems to be great. whether it’s st vincent, brian eno, dirty projectors, etc, it’s all really fantastic. most musicians get stale as they get older, but he’s consistent.
there’s also some really great work coming out of our own city. we (young lions music club) are lucky enough to be collaborating with some very talented people of all creative disciplines, and are excited every time we get to brainstorming with these people. my fave local collaborators include: eriver hijano (photographer), sarah cannon (painter/drawer), adam belanger (set design/art direction), cassie scowcroft (graphic design), jason jang (web design), jared raab (videography), and the humble empire boys (videography), and my girlfriend anna wiesen (creative direction, DJ skillz, and pretty much everything else).
when and where are you happiest?
on roadtrips. In a car, with friends, living life, seeking adventures, and listening to music really loud. i try to go on at least a couple roadtrips per summer, and have driven to california and back twice. As aerosmith so accurately crooned, “life’s a journey, not a destination”.

vitaminwatercanada:

in our latest #everydaybrilliance profile we hang out with bobby kimberley, founder of young lions music club and one half of the dj duo, summer fling! 

dans notre dernier profil #brillanceauquotidien, on rencontre bobby kimberley, le fondateur de young lions music club et une moitié du duo dj summer fling!

bobby kimberley

an idea guy. music/hockey/life lover - toronto

founder of young lions music club, a toronto music & culture agency self-described as “young, creative, and just the right amount of reckless”. he is also one half of the dj duo summer fling with anna wiesen.

you’re totally offline for the weekend (no wifi/cell service), what do you bring?

deck of cards, and board games. i’m a bit of an old-school, cottage-style hang outs junkie. in fact, we have a room in our apartment that we call the cottage, that is packed full with games, vhs, etc.

books! currently reading the steve jobs biography. what a balls-out kinda guy. a real inspiration for anyone who is creating their own rules to live by.

i’d still bring my phone, as it doubles as my music player, and thanks to rdio, I have access to my collection when offline, even if I’m in the antarctic.

if you had to pick someone to play you in a movie about your life, who would it be?

this is honestly something i’ve never spent any time thinking about ever. so ummm… joaquin phoenix? he did a damn good johnny cash, so I feel like i’d be a piece of cake. or, if he wasn’t 20+ years my senior, i’d vote kevin spacey. mostly because I vote kevin spacey for everything actor-related.

who would you most love to learn from/collaborate/work with?

i really respect what the gang at arts & crafts records is up to. so probably them; jeffrey remedios and all of his clan. also, goldenvoice, the people behind coachella. in terms of the live event experience, they know what’s up. i’m a firm believer in creating an all encompassing, memorable experience, i feel like we look at things the same way.

if you had to give your teenage self one piece of advice what would it be?

take everyone’s opinions with a grain of salt. there’s no one way to live life, despite what guidance counsellors, teachers, or whoever else may offer up. It takes a lot of confidence to carve your own path, but ultimately, it’s the most rewarding way to go.

who are your favourite [artists/ musicians/ designers etc.] who have collaborated to create something amazing?

everything that david byrne (talking heads) does these days is a collaboration, and it always seems to be great. whether it’s st vincent, brian eno, dirty projectors, etc, it’s all really fantastic. most musicians get stale as they get older, but he’s consistent.

there’s also some really great work coming out of our own city. we (young lions music club) are lucky enough to be collaborating with some very talented people of all creative disciplines, and are excited every time we get to brainstorming with these people. my fave local collaborators include: eriver hijano (photographer), sarah cannon (painter/drawer), adam belanger (set design/art direction), cassie scowcroft (graphic design), jason jang (web design), jared raab (videography), and the humble empire boys (videography), and my girlfriend anna wiesen (creative direction, DJ skillz, and pretty much everything else).

when and where are you happiest?

on roadtrips. In a car, with friends, living life, seeking adventures, and listening to music really loud. i try to go on at least a couple roadtrips per summer, and have driven to california and back twice. As aerosmith so accurately crooned, “life’s a journey, not a destination”.

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CLUB CARD PROFILE: JEREMY #153 & DECLAN #1032

 We know a lot of talented people, many of whom we’re fortunate and proud to call YLMC members.  These two dudes are no exception; they initiate salivation wherever they go.  And, this Tuesday, our members will get a chance to see/taste for themselves, as White Bridge Food Co. will be grillin’ up a scrumptious storm at our Members Only BBQ.

Recently, Jeremy (left) and Declan (right) had us over for lunch (meatball sandwiches in plum & pepper sauce, YUM).  And, in between filling our faces with delectable treats, we snapped some mouth-watering photos, and chatted about their new venture.

So whet your appetite for Tuesday by reading all about WBFC below. But fair warning: the below tasty pictures are not to be consumed on an empty stomach.

Photos by: Anna Wiesen

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What are your stories, as they relate to toronto, music, and food?

Music has always been, in one way or another, included in the ideology of White Bridge Food Co. (WBFC). Up until this point WBFC has not done any events directly connected to music, but it has always been linked in a personal way to our identity. We were once roommates in Ottawa where we lived in a big old house where we would throw concerts. It was during this time we were both having our early experiences in restaurants and kitchens while also putting on shows for bands such as The Balconies and The Wooden Sky. When, separately, we relocated to Toronto years later, we continued to work in the food industry while also taking in all the great music Toronto had to offer. Nothing makes us happier than these two worlds colliding.

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So what’s the scoop on White Bridge Food Co.? Who does what?

White Bridge Food Co. is the combined creative efforts and ideologies of both our approaches to food. We pull from our experiences, aspirations, and the community, to present food as we wish to share it. Ultimately what you will expect to see from White Bridge is food prepared with context, and a good conversation or point of interest will always be connected to the food we serve. While we are available for any event a client might want, we also host our own events, The Dinner Party being our monthly staple. (You can read more about the Dinner Party here)

While the strength of WBFC is in our collective efforts on every project, we will divide the tasks up as we see fit for any event. Usually during dinner events you will find Declan running the kitchen and Jeremy in the front of house. The events themselves, however, require hours of planning. This is when we get to bounce ideas off of each other about how to make the food and the experience great for all parties.

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There’s been a major explosion in foodie culture in this city, and elsewhere, the past few years. What’s your take on it, and where does White Bridge fit into all of that?

While some might find it frustrating to have competition all around, we find it affirming and inspiring. Never before have there been so many amazing restaurants in the city, or the world for that matter. This growth can only be supported by the growing number of ‘foodies’.

We consider ourselves to be foodies, and it is this interest in food culture that has spurred us forward with WBFC. While we are connected to, and pull inspiration from all corners of the epicurean world, we try to forge our own path as much as possible. What is often very exciting for us is developing an idea that we later learn is happening somewhere else.

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Jer - you’re no stranger to young entrepreneurial ventures, as you actually witnessed YLMC be borne in the very basement apartment you called home. What was that experience, and what common threads do you see between what we do and what you two are building?

[YLMC founder Bobby Kimberley] and I have known each other a long time, and I’ve never seen him more dedicated and impassioned than when he started Young Lions. In watching YLMC grow so rapidly through his passion and hard work, I knew that I needed to approach my own projects with the same fervor. Once WBFC began, we pulled a lot of our inspiration from YLMC.

For those reasons, it’s not surprising to hear that YLMC and WBFC have a lot in common. Both businesses are born out of passion and a desire to not only fill a void in our lives but a void felt within our communities. While both companies are not alone in their field, we both share this unwavering idea that we can bring our product to our communities in a way that will be accepted with open arms. Hopefully people can feel the love we have for WBFC and our supporters as you have with YLMC and your now 1000 loyal members.

Declan - amongst your pals, you’re a man who lives for clever wordplay. Do you ever wish you were more ‘FOH’ at White Bridge, so you could toss out tube steak puns like nobody’s business?

You’d think that spending 50-plus hours per week in kitchens would force me to take any opportunity that came my way to watch others prepare food. I guess I’m a masochist, because WBFC events are some of my favourite days spent in the kitchen.  Plus, I would spoil far too many appetites with my humour.

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What do you have cookin’ up for the YLMC Summer BBQ?

Surprises. A little something for everyone.

If you can figuratively fast-forward and picture White Bridge Food Co. in say, 5 years, what does it look like? What’s your vision for the future?

WBFC will hopefully be a magnified version of what it is now. We want to be available for any event, large or small that allows us to connect our food with great experiences. We will always throw our own events as outlets for our creativity, and hopefully all of these events will continue to extend to more people and larger groups. The idea of a permanent WBFC establishment isn’t out of the question either.

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Catch Declan and Jeremy delivering straight to welcoming stomachs this Tuesday at the YLMC Members-Only Summer BBQ.