Our Top 7 Oscars Moments

1. LEO!!!!!

It’s been a long journey for Leo, but after six nominations he finally got his Oscar for Best Actor. In an acting career that spans movies like Titanic, Inception, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, and The Departed, who would’ve thought that he would win an Oscar for surviving a bear attack on camera? leo1

2. Chris Rock’s Opening Monologue

In the weeks leading up to the Oscars the elephant in Hollywood was all the talk about the awards show and the movie industry being ‘whitewashed.’ We knew Chris Rock was going to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in his opening monologue, but the way he did it blew us away. The comedian started off light with a few hysterical lines, like calling Hollywood “Sorority Racist”, and saying this:

“There’s no need to have a man and a women category in acting, it’s not track and field. Robert De Niro’s never said, I better slow this acting down so Meryl Streep can catch up.”

And then dropped the mic with this line: “It’s not about boycotting. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors.” Now we know why nobody in the history of the Oscars has ever tried to write an entire opening monologue about one serious issue. It’s because only Chris Rock is genius enough to pull it off.

3. The Thank You ticker tape

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4. The Weeknd’s performance of “Earned It”

The Weeknd could sing random sentences from the book Fifty Shades of Grey and it would still be amazing. The Canadian crooner’s performance of the song “Earned It” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack was on point, and we hope Hollywood takes note and hires him to work on more soundtracks next year so we can see him at the Oscars in 2017.

5. Louis CK’s presentation of Best Documentary Short Film award

“This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic.”

6. Tracy Morgan in the #OscarsSoWhite skit

The #OscarsSoWhite skit poked fun at the Academy’s diversity problem by inserting black actors into the Best Picture nominees, and Tracy Morgan reminded us all why he’s one of the funniest actors around with his role in the video.

7. Olivia Munn’s red carpet look

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Conventional fashion wisdom says you should never wear orange on a red carpet, but Olivia Munn is not conventional. The actress rocked a bright one-shouldered gown by Stella McCartney to the Academy Awards with matching tangerine lipstick and dangled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on her arm. Pretty peachy.

An Early Ranking of the Facebook Reactions

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For the first time since it was introduced in 2009, Facebook is changing the Like button to include a variety of reactions: “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad”, and “angry” are the new kids on the block. It’s the biggest shakeup for the social media site since the timeline (shoutouts to the FB Wall), and it’ll be exciting to see how people use their newfound power over the coming days and weeks.

While this feature was meant to simplify the way we react on social media by reducing our thoughts into six possible emotions, it will probably have the opposite effect as the reactions take on different meanings and people overthink when they have more choice.

So far, though, we’re fans. The simple, circular design of the reaction icons is very Buzzfeedy and gives the newsfeed a badly needed splash of colour. Still, it’s a lot to process all at once. But if you’re finding yourself overwhelmed by the choice right now, don’t worry, we’re here for you. Here’s a definitive ranking of the Facebook Reactions, complete with examples of when to use them. When should you toss an angry? When should you not toss a love? What the hell does a like mean anymore in 2016?

Can 2016 slow the f*ck down for a second, please?

1. Like

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Don’t worry, a like is gonna be a like until the cows come home, or until Facebook isn’t cool anymore. It’s going to take a lot more than five buttons to threaten the supremacy of the like. The lasting appeal of the like is in its unthinking simplicity: its the laziest way of acknowledging someone. You don’t have to say why you like it, or how it makes you feel, you just toss the like and it’s done.

It’s perfect for the longform New York Times article your coworker shared that you never even opened, or the passionate political rant your friend wrote. It lets you show that you care (sort of) without drawing you into a conversation about Obamacare or the Habs.

2. Wow

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The wow button has the most potential. Unless you’re way too earnest, other than for crazy parkour stunts or a new Justin Bieber music video, the wow is meant to used sarcastically.

“You’re in a Facebook official relationship!?”

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“You cooked a fancy-ass gourmet dinner last night!??”

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“You’re going to Coachella this summer????!”

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It’s not as mean as commenting “Nobody cares”, but it sends the same message.

3. Sad

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Before Facebook reactions, if someone shared an amazing, insightful article about a horrific tragedy like the Paris shootings or the Zika epidemic, you would like it to show you cared but feel weird about it. The sad button humanizes social media. It’s Facebook admitting that not everything on your newsfeed is ‘likeable.’

4. Love

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Love is the closest reaction to like, but it’s also going to change the way people use likes the most. With love in the game, you can’t be liking your significant others’ new profile picture. Or anyone’s, really. Because why did you just like it? Why didn’t you love it? Was there something wrong with it? You really couldn’t hover over the like button for an extra second? Please.

5. Angry

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Angry is great! It’s probably our favourite of the new reactions based on aesthetics alone (it looks like the cute kid from Avatar is getting really worked up about something), but it’s use is too limited to give it a higher ranking.

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We can see people using it to express their outrage over serious issues, like police violence, rape culture, Donald Trump, or status updates about waiting in long lines, but that’s about it.

6. Haha

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This one just feels lazy and pointless. “When I was a young whippersnapper we used to have to type out haha in a comment and worry about how many ha’s was appropriate to convince people we were really laughing,” is what my grandpa would say if he used Facebook actively since 2009.

11 things happening in Montreal this summer to get excited about now

1. Osheaga

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Every year it gets more commercial. The headliners get bigger, the crowds get crowdier, and the outdoor urinals multiply, but Osheaga is always the highlight of the summer in Montreal. This year the outdoor music festival will take place from July 29-31 in Parc Jean Drapeau, and all we know about the lineup so far is that Radiohead will be headlining. The full lineup will be revealed tomorrow on their website and tickets will go on sale at 12 p.m. ET!

2. Montreal Jazz Festival

The 37th edition of the world’s largest jazz music festival will blow the top off this city from June 29 to July 9. With acts like Rufus Wainwright, Ben Harper, Gregory Porter, and Diana Ross, there’s no wonder this event attracts around two million people to Montreal each year. This year, we’re excited to get a chance to see Kamasi Washington live. Washington was one of the producers of Kendrick Lamar’s excellent, grammy-winning To Pimp A Butterfly, and if you haven’t heard his sultry sax sound give it a listen now.

3. First Friday’s

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Every first Friday from May to October, Olympic Stadium turns into the best place on earth. Food trucks pour in to the stadium and serve up delicious delicacies from around the world. Something about carelessly stuffing yourself full of calories on the same ground where zero-percent body fat athletes once competed is extra satisfying. Entrance is free, so you can spend more money on what counts: food.

4. Piknic Electronik

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Head to Parc Jean Drapeau pretty much every summer Sunday and you will find a dance party raging in broad daylight. The DJs are usually unknown, but from time to time a big name comes through. There will be your usual drunk frat bros present, but it’s still a fun family-friendly event if you sit farther back from the stage on the grass.

5. Tam Tams

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The morning you wake up to the dull sound of a drum circle is the morning you know with absolute certainty that summer has started in Montreal. Tam Tams actually kicks off in May, but the Sunday tradition is synonymous with Montreal summers. Taking place in Parc Mont Royal, Tam Tams has something for literally everyone. Whether you’re into frisbee, juggling, slack-lining, LARPing, raving, acrobatics, bongo drums, or just sitting on the grass and…relaxing…you’re sure to have a great time.

6. Mural Festival

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For 11 days in June, Saint-Laurent boulevard is closed to traffic and talented urban artists use every bit of open wall and street as their canvas. There’s street food, live music, and pop up shops. Watch as The Main is drenched in bright colours and transformed into a living art installation.

7. Just For Laughs Festival

From July 13-31 you can see some of the funniest comics at the world’s largest comedy festival. Stand-ups like Dave Chappelle and Dennis Leary got their starts at the JFL festival, so if you’re an aspiring comedian there’s no better place to be.

8. Shakespeare in the Park

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This is one of the best date ideas in Montreal. It could be a first Tinder date or a millionth date: pack a picnic, a big bottle of wine and a blanket, and enjoy some classic theatre in the great outdoors. The Repercussion Theatre puts on a bunch of shows in Westmount Park in July, check their website for dates closer to summer.

9. Orange Julep Takes You Back in Time

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The Big Orange is one of Montreal’s most beloved landmarks. It’s a big concrete orange—what more is there to life? Every Wednesday night in the summer, vintage car enthusiasts will bring their hot rods to the Orange Julep parking lot and evoke memories of the old days when waitresses wore roller skates and people made out at drive-in movies.

10. Mondiale de la Bière

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In early June, bring a very very very large mug and celebrate the start of the summer with one of the world’s biggest beer conventions. Last year’s edition offered over 600 varieties of beer and cider from around the world, with many local microbrews holding seminars and workshops. The Mondiale de Bière is the perfect place to set the tone for a summer of HEAVY drinking.

11. Sweet, sweet Vitamin D

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Our Top 8 Grammy Moments

#1 Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie

Let’s start off with what I think was the performance of the night. You don’t have to be a Gaga fan to enjoy it, we promise! Not only did she look like David Bowie’s twin sister, she sang each song with such heart. Bowie fans need to keep in mind it was a TRIBUTE & Lady Gaga fans need to be nothing but proud of their girl!

#2 Tori Kelly & James Bay’s Acoustic Performance

Being a huge James Bay fan, I know I should be listening to Tori Kelly as well but I don’t. After last night’s performance thought, she’s definitely on repeat all day today. When asked what their performance would be like Tori responded “stripped down” – I couldn’t have put any better myself.

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#3 Carrie Underwoord &  Sam Hunt’s Epic Duet

If you know me, you know I’m a country nut. I was upset I missed this performance last night but got to watch it this morning and it gave me goosebumps straight down to my toes. Not only is their energy so hot, the two songs mashed up together were like I said EPIC.

#4 Adele’s “All I Ask” Performance

Yes, I know there was a technical issue but it’s Adele – her voice live sounds exactly like her voice on her album, she looked so naturally beautiful & she had the best tweet when all was said & done.

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#5 Kendrick Lamar’s Surprising Performance

I say “surprising” because i’ve never really listened to him before. My brother is a huge fan, but I’ve never really cared for him until last night. His performance was not only captivating but had such an impact on me that I downloaded To Pimp A Butterfly this AM. Like Adele said last night, “Love you Kendrick, you’re amazing,”.

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Watch his performance here via The Verge 

#6 Eagle’s Tribute to Glenn Frey

So this one performance was my tearjerker of the night. Not only do I love the Eagles but Glenn & Don are my favourite members – seeing Don pay tribute to his late best bud brought me and i’m guessing millions of other fans to tears.

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#7 Sofia Vergara’s BOMBSHELL Performance

So when Pitbull was announced as the closing act for last night’s Grammys, I wasn’t disappointed but I didn’t really think anything of it. But when Sofia Vergara came out in that spank bank worthy dress, my jaw dropped. Definitely rewinded that performance about two or three times.

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#8 The Grammys Version of Carpool Karaoke

I know it’s not a Grammy moment, but it’s a post Grammy moment that definitely deserves some recognition.

8 Chivalry Tips for the Modern Man

Chivalry isn't dead, it's just outdated.

Holding the door open, giving her your jacket when it’s chilly, picking her up from home on dates, standing on the outside of the sidewalk to protect her from splashing cars…

It’s all great stuff, straight out of page one of Chivalry for Dummies. There’s nothing wrong with sending flowers for no particular reason other than to surprise a girl, and we’re not saying you shouldn’t hold the door or offer her your jacket, but the Prince Charming who was brought up on Chivalry for Dummies can come off as a bit…creepy. He’s the guy who will ask for father for your hand in marriage, get you a toothbrush for his place a week into the relationship, order your meals for you at restaurants, and carry your purse when you’re out.

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Remember, there was a time when chivalry meant killing other men in your girlfriend’s honour. The concept has evolved a bit since then, but it can feel creepy and stuffy because it hasn’t really changed since women got the right to vote. Chivalry isn’t dead, it’s just outdated. So forget everything you thought you knew about chivalry, it’s time to rewrite the code.

1. Pay for the an Uber home after the first date

Guys used to be expected to pick a girl up from home and drop her off at her doorstep after the first date. It’s a nice idea, but times have changed. It’s almost insulting to a girl’s independence to pick her up on a first date—she can get there herself, thank you very much. If it’s nice out, walking a girl home is a classy move that will never get old, but if it’s cold or rainy, pull out your phone and get her an Uber home.

2. Snapchat her back every time no matter what

There’s nothing more annoying than sending a hilarious Snapchat to someone and getting nothing back. The proper Snap-etiquette is murky on mass-Snaps to friends, but when it’s a personal Snap meant for someone you’re sleeping with, the rules are clear. Reply no matter what. A guy that doesn’t Snap you back is a guy that doesn’t call when he says he will. He’s showing that he doesn’t get excited over a grainy pic of your beautiful face, and can’t take the two seconds out of his day to show that he’s thinking about you.

3. Send her at least one eggplant emoji every day

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This is a sexy and playful way to keep things spicy and let your girl know that you’re thinking of her (in that way) all the time. Nobody likes when some random instadouche slides an eggplant emoji into your DMs, but getting a tasteful aubergine from your man with a thoughtful message attached will turn a frown upside down and make you excited to rush home after work. A banana works almost as well as an eggplant, and replying with a peach emoji will guaranteed drive him crazy.

4. Let her choose the Instagram filters on your couple pictures

Choosing between Slumber and Valencia can take minutes of careful consideration, and bowing down to your girl’s choice lets her know that you respect her taste. It also signals that you’ll be easygoing and cooperative when it comes to making more serious choices down the road, like wallpaper and kitchen tiling and wedding cake.

5. Don’t skip ahead in the TV show you’re watching together

Having a show that you watch together is a double-edged sword. It’s precious thing that can bring couples closer together with inside jokes and time spend cuddling in bed. It’s also a fragile thing that can tear couples apart if one person watches the next episode without the other. It’s a scummy move to pull on a friend, but with a significant other it’s an unforgivable betrayal. One moment he’s pretending he hasn’t already seen that episode of Breaking Bad, the next he’s pretending he has to work late.

6. Always the first to like her new profile picture

Changing your profile picture is a scary moment for even the bravest, most self-assured person. It’s a plunge into the unknown, the boldest of Facebook moves. Being the first to like your girl’s new prof pic makes her remember that you’re the only person she needs, and will calm down her anxiety until the rest of the likes come pouring in.

7. Laugh at her captions even when they’re not funny

This is just common courtesy. Laughing at each others’ captions and posts on social media is one of the keys to a long and happy relationship.

8. If it’s getting serious, make sure your proposal goes viral

You don’t have to endanger your life, but a viral proposal video is the modern equivalent of shouting your love from the rooftops. It makes sure everybody in the world knows about your special love, and will show your kids that you’re still “hip and with it” when the time comes.

 

 

Dazed By All The #Days

Valentine’s Day. If you have a special someone, it’s your time to pull out all the stops to prove just how much you love your significant other. You’ll make frantic restaurant reservations, buy overpriced chocolates, and have slow, over-emotional sex in scented candlelight before returning to your normal, unromantic self with a wine hangover the next day.

If you’re single, you can rant about how Valentine’s Day is a load of commercial bullsh*t. A Hallmark holiday cooked up by the chocolate/jewelry/teddy bear companies to shamelessly capitalize on love. Or you can wait a day and celebrate Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.—yes, it’s intentional) on February 15.

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These days, there’s a day for everything you could possibly think of. If you woke up with a sore tooth on Tuesday, you missed a great once-a-year chance to celebrate National Toothache Day (Feb. 9). But what’s done is done, and as the saying goes, there’s no use crying over spilled milk—especially on Thursday, which happens to be National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day (Feb. 11).

Also on Thursday: National Make a Friend Day, National White T-Shirt Day, National Shut-In Visitation Day, National Peppermint Patty Day, and National Inventors’ Day.

You probably knew that February is Black History Month, but its also National Bird Feeding Month, National Macadamia Nut Month, Canned Food Month, and National Children’s Dental Health Month, and since it’s a leap year that gives you one extra day to #CELEBRATE! That extra day, if you were curious, is National Rare Disease Day. It only happens once every four years, so get hyped! (The complete list of days and months are cataloged here if you’re interested.)

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What’s with this WORLD?!

I know what you’re thinking: “What has this world come to???” There are more #days than days and way more #months than months. It’s way too much to keep track of, and it’s definitely silly at this point, but at the end of the day silly is what we all need. As long as they don’t take away from actually important days like Remembrance Day 0r Mother’s Day, the more the merrier.

Imagine you’re the CEO of the National Celery Board. It costs you nothing to declare March as National Celery Month other than promoting it. Worst case: a few people throw celery-themed parties in August. Best case: it takes off like Valentines Day—people guzzle down caesars with celery sticks, ants on a log makes a huge comeback, #CeleryMonth starts trending on Twitter every March.

While most of these #days are marketing ploys, some have interesting origin stories. National White T-Shirt Day started back in 1937 after autoworkers wore white shirts and blouses in a strike against General Motors. Now it’s just a day to celebrate the effortless badass look of a plain white T.

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Our favourite under-the-radar day is August 8, Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbour’s Porch Day. It was started by Pennsylvanian gardener Tom Roy as a way to get rid of the surplus of squash he would accumulate every summer. Even if you don’t have the same problem, there’s something hilarious about quietly creeping up to your neighbour’s door to leave them a zucchini, and celebrating the day means you get to use the epic hashtag #SneakSomeZucchiniIntoYourNeighboursPorchDay!

So whether you’re a grumpy single or madly in love, whether it’s commercial bullsh*t or a wholesome zucchini tradition, marking down the #days and #months on your calendar gives you another reason to celebrate each day, even if that reason is making fun of yourself for #celebrating.

 

6 Reasons to Watch the Super Bowl for the Football Hater

Super Bowl 50 is shaping up to be a classic, but you don’t care. You’re going to watch Seinfeld re-runs and go to bed blissfully unaware of the annoying world of NFL football. Yes, football is a flawed and barbaric game that involves concussions, face painting, and lots of bros, but a Super Bowl party is something entirely different. You don’t have to like watching football to have fun at a good Super Bowl party, and here are six reasons why.

1. The awesome commercials

CBS set a new record this year with a $5,000,000 price tag on 30 seconds of Super Bowl air time. When companies shell out that much for an ad, you know those 30 seconds are going to be incredible. Last year, Budweiser warmed our hearts with a cute puppy, Always busted stereotypes with its #LikeAGirl campaign, and Doritos had us choking on our nachos with this hilarious ad.

This year, Nintendo is set to air an epic ad for the 20th anniversary of Pokémon (I can’t believe it’s been 20 years), Budweiser will be back with another tearjerker, and there’ll be a new trailer for the most exciting movie of 2016: Finding Dory.

According to a study done by the Wall Street Journal in 2014, football—like, actual game action, the throwing and catching and tackling—makes up only 5% of every televised football broadcast. That’s compared to 33% commercials, and 35% ‘Shots of players standing around’. So even if you hate watching football, 5% is a pretty good deal in exchange for some of the most entertaining ads of the years.

2. The glorious food

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Seven-Layer Bean Dip by Betty Crocker

No matter how hardcore into sports the host of your Super Bowl party is, there is only one thing more sacred than the players moving on the TV: Nachos. Also, beer.

The name of the game here is dip. If you find yourself at a party where the dip has less than seven layers, leave immediately and cut your losses. You will need at least seven layers of dip, ample guacamole, spicy wings, and a few slices of pizza to get through a night of watching football, so make sure you are at a party that can meet those needs.

Finally, make sure you come with a six pack or a bag of chips. Even if the host has food covered, coming empty handed will make you pigging out to your stomach’s content a bit awkward.

3. Cam Newton’s smooth moves

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Photo via Sporting News

Nobody has more fun playing football than Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. His team scores more touchdowns than the other team pretty much every game, and when Cam is the guy getting into the end zone, he celebrates like nobody’s watching. It started with the ‘Dab’, a move that looks like you’re sneezing into your arm (with swag), and turned into full-on choreographed routines. Don’t worry, you won’t have to watch the whole game to catch Cam dancing—just listen for a Panther’s fan cheering.

4. Queen Bey

After giving the best halftime show the Super Bowl has ever witnessed in 2012, Beyonce is back for more this year, and she’s bringing Coldplay along. The halftime show is a swing and miss event, but the production quality is always through the roof, and people are always talking about it the next day at work. You don’t want to be the person who missed out on Janet Jackson’s nip slip, or the person who has to ask what Left Shark is.

If you can’t sell out for Beyonce and fireworks, then you should stop reading this post right now, because nothing in this world will be enough to convince you to watch the Super Bowl.

5. Peyton Manning’s last dance

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Even if you don’t watch football, you’ve probably heard of Peyton Manning. He’s the quarterback with the peanut-shaped head that everybody loves. He turns 40 this March, and there’s a good chance this is the last game he ever plays before retiring. Even if he has a mid-life crisis and returns for next season, he almost certainly will never have another shot to win a Super Bowl.

Use this opportunity to get on the Peyton Manning nostalgia bandwagon and shed a few tears over an American hero who could throw a ball pretty well. At the very least, anyone can have fun watching a man approaching 40 years old try to avoid getting tackled by a bunch of 300-pound linebackers. There’s a very real possibility he breaks at least one hip.

6. Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem

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Wondering what Lady Gaga has been up to recently? Missing the days when ‘Bad Romance’ was on the radio 24/7? Great news if you said yes to those questions! She will be singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this year! Last year Idina Menzel capitalized on her Frozen fame to snag the gig, and the year before that some opera singer did it.

The list of National Anthem performers at the Super Bowl is impressive: Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and the best to ever do it, Whitney Houston. After two years of bland performances, be sure that Gaga is going to pull out all the stops and slay it.