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Covered: “Ironic”

Toronto’s music scene is not only gaining popularity across Canada, but it’s making a major impact around the world. For that very reason, we’ve been posting cover songs in our series entitled “Covered”, which highlights and showcases other artists (not necessarily from Toronto) who have been inspired by our cities sound.

This time we’ve selected a very special cover, as Toronto’s Melanie Fiona covers fellow Canadian singer/song-writer Alanis Morisette’s 90’s hit song “Ironic”. Melanie performs a stripped-down version for Billboard’s Candid Covers series with only a guitarist and a mic. Hope you like it!

Previously: Covered: “High For This” (Remix)


The “L” Word

The “L” Word is a series of posts where we’ll be featuring songs and videos with the word “LOVE” in the title. For most of us, music plays a major role in our lives, especially when it comes to the topic of LOVE. From break-ups to make-ups and everything in between… music has been there along the way. We hope that you’ll be able to relate to some, if not all, of the songs we post.

Our 8th pick is from the one and only material girl herself – Madonna, with her video for “Justify My Love”. This particular song/video caused international controversy due to its explicit sexual content, but that didn’t seem to matter on the Billboard Charts. The 1990 single “Justify My Love” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after being banned from MTV, the VHS video release hit record sales. The video was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Previously: “What’s Love Got To Do WIth It”, “What Is Love”, “Love and Happiness”, “Is This Love”, “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “I Will Always Love You”, “Limit To Your Love”


Beautiful City – Follow Up


If you’ve been following us from the start, you might remember our post back in April about the “Beautiful City” initiative. It aims to implement a “Billboard Fee” that holds advertisers accountable for their impact on public spaces. Implementation of the bylaw and tax would dramatically increase arts funding in Toronto while opening access to different forms of expression in our city’s public spaces.

If you’re interested in making Toronto a “Beautiful City”, show your support at City Hall on Nov 30/Dec 1 CLICK HERE

Previously: Beautiful City


Torontonians Aren’t Cold


Bud Light has launched a billboard ad campaign in Toronto in response to the Coors Light “Colder Than Most People In Toronto” controversy that happened in Vancouver.

Fact: The billboards in Vacouver were pulled because of the large number of complaints from proud Torontonians.

What do you think of Bud Lights attempt?

Previously: No Love For Toronto?


No Love For Toronto?


Coors Light has posted this billboard ad in Vancouver as part of their “Colder Than” Campaign.

We don’t really like it, although we know they’re just joking, it’s still not a very nice thing to promote.

Let us know what you think TORONTO?



I was at Yonge & Dundas Square and saw this new Pepsi ad which I thought was actually pretty cool. They incorporated Toronto (T.O.) in the messaging – “YO T.O.”, which at least shows the public that someone is paying attention to where these giant ads are being placed. For a lot of people advertising can be an invasion of public space, but in this case I feel like they did a good job.

I can’t wait for a 1 LOVE T.O. billboard, that’ll be the day!

Photo courtesy of Brandi Dennis.

You might remember seeing a previous post about “Beautiful City” and the proposed fee to be implemented on Billboard based advertising. Well, tonight is the night, starting at 6:30 PM in Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall. Feel free to join the rest of us in supporting the new proposed billboard bylaw that aims to fund art in the public sphere including festivals, murals, sculptures, outdoor performances and more.


Beautiful City


Have you ever walked around the city and been annoyed at how many ads you’ve seen for some product you don’t care about? Sometimes advertising can become an invasion of space. For example, do we really need ads staring us down while were in the washroom? Corporations seem to have all the access they want to public space, especially to our outdoor spaces. Unfortunately, there’s no space for the little guy, the artists, the average joe who wants their message to be heard.

The Beautiful City project aims to change that. The proposed idea is to enforce a BCBF (Beautiful City Billboard Fee) that holds advertisers accountable for their impact on public spaces. Billboard advertisers would be charged a fee, which in turn would be dedicated to arts grants and the idea of creating public art space.

If you’re interested in making Toronto a “Beautiful City”, please click HERE