Culinary Addiction: Courvoisier Asks Aspiring Chefs To Get Creative

Courvoisier Canada has launched a Call For Submissions for Ontario-based culinary students and anyone who has a passion for creating culinary masterpieces at home to submit a Courvoisier cognac-infused recipe at www.courvoisiercollective.com.  In an effort to get aspiring chefs thinking innovatively and move away from the perception of cognac as strictly an apéritif at the end of a meal, the program is soliciting soup, salad, hors d’oeuvres and entrée recipes infused with Courvoisier cognac.

All recipes must be submitted by August 24, 2012 and will be eligible to win The People’s Choice award which will be determined by online voting. In addition, an esteemed panel of local chef judges, including Ici Bistro’s JP Challet, The Grove’s Ben Heaton and Turf Lounge’s Michael Kirkwood, will ultimately determine the top 3 culinary student recipe submissions and best 3 at-home chef recipe submissions. These winners will have the opportunity to sample their winning dishes to media and culinary influencers at a culinary showcase event in Toronto on October 17, 2012. At the event, a winning culinary student and winning at-home chef winner will be announced by the chef judging panel, and presented with a cash prize.

Here’s a little schooling on Courvoisier by Busta Rhymes and friends below.

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NXNE 2012: MPG (My Pet Genius) @ The Great Hall June 16

MPG (My Pet Genius) made their live return last night for NXNE 2012 at the Great Hall after 13 years and it was a triumphant gig for the band.

They kicked off there set with Anjelika In Jhericurl from “Might Strike Satellite” – watch the video for the track below which was directed by Christopher Mills.


The rest of the set saw them power through a number of new tracks from their upcoming double album, “Empire Of Light”. The three core members Dean Mannella, Evan Sue-Ping and Zach Kourous were joined on bass for the latter half of the show by a member of Bronx Cheerleader. From the live set they ran through last night, Empire Of Light will definitely be an epic album and we are looking forward to hearing it.

Listen to the latest track lifted from the album.

MP3: My Pet Genius – Black Mesa Rally Cry

NXNE 2012: Rooftop Riot! + NXNeOne Kegger Thursday June 14

Thursday’s first stop was the Steam Whistle with Bonsound & Audio Blood Rooftop Riot! which featured performances by The Balconies, Les Breastfeeders, Sandman Viper Command, Mama Rosin, The Town Heroes, Ponctuation, and Hue. I grabbed a Vitamin Water (I’m a bit addicted) and Steamwhistle then checked out the bands, and caught up with old friends.

Toronto’s Hue was on stage when I arrived, who are a pretty straight up pop / rock band. Even though the venue had a last minute change to College Street above a computer store, AB and Bonsound pulled it off & it was great to be outside in the sun having drinks with friends / listening to live music.

Next up was a pleasant surprise – The Town Heroes who are a two piece (guitar & drums) from Halifax, NS. They kicked off their set with the infectious Slag Heap (watch the video below), and they continued on with a high energy indie rock set. Very enjoyable.


We finished off our drinks and headed to party # 2 via a walk through Kensington Market to the NXNeOne Kegger hosted by the super nice Eric Alper. It was great to catch up with friends and have some beer, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a veggie dog. There were also performances by members of Dearly Beloved, Die Mannequin, Secret Broadcast and Gloryhound. This is what NXNE day parties are all about.

I quickly remembered why beer is NOT my drink of choice, and I was out of commission for the reminder of the evening. Bummer.

Keys N Krates Release Latest Remix And Announce Live Dates

Toronto’s Keys N Krates release their latest remix which is timely since they are heading out on an extensive summer tour. This time they give the remix treatment to Zeds Dead & Omar Linx’s track No Prayers (Listen below).

MP3: Zeds Dead & Omar Linx – No Prayers (Keys N Krates Remix)

Keys N Krates will be touring throughout the summer kicking off at the end of May.

Tour dates:
May 22 – Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
May 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
May 24 – Madison, WI @ The Majestic
May 25 – Chicago, IL @ The Mid
May 26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
May 28 – Detroit, MI @ Movement Festival
May 30 – St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee
May 31 – Ozark, AK @ Wakarusa Festival
June 1 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
June 3 – Ozark, AK @ Wakarusa Festival
June 16 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar Festival
July 11 – Boston, MA @ Wonder Bar
July 12 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
July 13 – Bethlehem, PA @ Steel Stacks Festival
July 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milk Boy
July 15 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
July 20 – Antigounish, NS @ Evolve Festival
July 25 – Breckenridge, CO @ Three20South
July 26 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodis Halfnowt
July 27 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Aug 3 – Bethlehem, PA @ MUSIKFEST
Aug 5 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Aug 8 – Whistler, BC @ Garfinkles
Aug 9 – Vancouver, BC @ Bar None
Aug 10 – Salmo, BC @ Shambhala Festival
Aug 11 – Fernie, BC @ Bulldogs
Aug 17 – South Algonquin, ON @ WEMF

For more information on Keys N Krates, visit www.keysnkrates.com.

Trust Release Check Yo Ponytail Mixtape

Trust are the latest band to be included in the Check Yo Ponytail 2’s mixtape series. Perfect Bloom, a Check Yo Ponytail Mixtape is an hour long mix of pulsating grooves that vibe with darkened tone structures and progressive builds. This mix was created in a single take, recorded live, transitions through a selection of dark techno and minimal house giving you a clear sense of the Toronto band’s synthetic origins. Listen and / or download Perfect Bloom below.

Check out more posts on Trust here.

Little Girls Release New Video From ‘Cults’

Little Girls (who are Culture Addicts faves) release their newest video for the track ‘Daydream’ which is lifted from their latest album Cults. The video is directed by James Mejia & Henry Sansom and was filmed at Toronto’s local bar Unlovable. The video has a lo-fi vibe and features the band in a narrow, dark hallway with heavy strobes and really brings across the eerie feel of the track – very cool.

Watch the video below.

You can download the remix of Daydream @ www.facebook.com/HandDrawnDracula or listen to the ‘Daydream’ remix on Soundcloud below.

Catch Little Girls live at CMW2012 this week when the band play a showcase @ Parts & Labour on March 22 with Rituals and Army Girls.

For more information Little Girls, visit www.myspace.com/littlelittlegirls.

Album Review: Trust – TRST

Formed in 2009, the Toronto-based duo Trust are Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski (also a member in Austra).  They release their forthcoming debut full length, ‘TRST’ via Arts & Crafts on February 28, 2012 on vinyl / CD and by digital download. To provide some reference to explain the sound on this album – it is like a fusion of The Knife, Austra and Salem. It is dark, left of centre dance music with a hint of gothic swagger. ‘TRST’ is a very solid debut across all 11 tracks and definitely worth picking up as the soundtrack to kick off or as the come down for any party.

MP3: Trust – Bulbform

Watch the video for Candy Walls from TRST below

“Tales of lust, wax, and erotomania carry along on a dense black vapor of speed, space and tears.”

Standout tracks: The slow, brooding and beautiful ‘Shoom’ and the synth-heavy, electro drum beat laden ‘This Ready Flesh’.

Tracklisting:

Shoom
Dressed For Space
Bulbform
The Last Dregs
Candy Walls
Gloryhole
This Ready Flesh
F.T.F.
Heaven
Chrissy E
Sulk