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Musical Tribute for James Horner

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James Horner MoviesSo much has happened this week in world-wide news! But I want to tell you about something you may have missed in your news feed this week. This week we have lost another great one. We have lost many great ones recently; Robbin Williams, Leonard Nimoy, Sir Christopher Lee and unfortunately the great men and women of this age will continue to pass on as the years go by.

This week we have lost  James Horner.James Horner James Horner may not be a name that you recognize because he’s not an actor, like those previously mentioned. But you will know his work. He is a composer, meaning that he wrote the music that you hear in the background of many favourites and movies dear to our hearts.

He is most well known for his Titanic Score. He won an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score for the music and won Best Original Song for the famous “My Heart Will Go On” Titanic song. Those are just a few things he won an Oscar for. He has been nominated for other scores such as James Cameron’s Aliens, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind and Avatar. He has scored over 100 films and many of them we grew up with.

For those of us that grew up in the 80′s and 90′s, you will remember the classic kids movies that you sat watching for hours such as Balto, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Honey I Shrunk the Kids and The Mask of Zorro. Well James Horner composed the music to ALL those movies. Can you believe it? He has touched all our lives, both as children and as adults, through his music. Horner once said, “I’m different from some other composers because I don’t look at this as just a job. I see music as art.” And that is definitely what his music is- art. We have definitely lost a master of his craft. We are fortunate that he lives on through his music.


If you want to take a look at his work we have a large selection of his musical scores here.  If you want to delve into the magical world of movie music, take a look at our collection of Soundtracks that Inspire. You will find James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, John Williams and many more composers that make our movie going experience something that touches our souls.

So long, farewell….

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…and this is the end, there ain’t no more.

For those of you that I’ve known over the past years (and to those of you I’ve never met – either in-person or otherwise), a great goodbye to you!

see you later


R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me!

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So, there has been quite a lot of talk in the news these days about a certain radio host on CBC as well as a “pick-up artist” who helps teach men how to pick up women, and I would like to think that you have heard at least a few conversations regarding what’s happened/happening with these two individuals, and thought about why this is something that is making headlines, and – even more importantly - why you should be thinking about it.

So, to bring you in the loop if you’ve missed some of this, I’m referring to the current news of ex-CBC radio host, Jian Ghomeshi, and “dating guru”, Julien Blanc.

The Ghomeshi situation has highlighted the fact that there is still a very strong stigma about going to the authorities for help if you’re ever assaulted (sexual, or otherwise) and the Blanc situation seems to be showing evidence that suggests that the progress we as a society have made toward gender equality seems to be not as much as we had thought.
Basically, regardless of peoples’ sexual orientation/preferences, respect should be at the forefront of any and all interactions, especially when we’re talking about ‘romantic’ encounters.

I mean, yes – everyone has their own way of interacting, but there are some things that should be very clearly crossing the line and the WRONG way to go.  I think the saddest thing with Blanc is how many followers are so keen to attend one of his ‘training sessions’ – and those things aren’t cheap, either!  Honestly, it just seems mind-boggling.

So, to add my *free* two cents of wisdom: if you like someone, don’t be a jerk…the whole pulling pig-tails thing that is so gr. 2, really should stay in gr. 2.  I mean, even Higa figured it out!!



Time To Thrive

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spark of vivacity179 Photo And this just in – Ellen Page – the Canadian actress whom many of you know from movies such as Juno, X-Men, and Whip-It (which happens to be based on a bookREAD!!!) was a keynote speaker at the inaugural Time To Thrive conference which is a human rights campaign focusing on equality and the LGBT community.  Now, the big thing that all the news releases are saying in the headlines for this event is the fact that Ellen officially came out during her speech.  And I think that’s all fine and dandy – good for her, that must have been quite intimidating to do in front of such an audience….but what I think is so amazing is her actual speech.

Take a listen.  Well said and something I think – regardless of who you are or what you believe in – is a very important truth on how we need to really start taking care of each other by respecting each other.  When we look at all the horrible things that have made the headlines in the past year, it really seems like this is something that a lot of people have forgotten.  Anywho, Ellen Page:

Bring on 2014!

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Hey everyone!!!!  Wowzer, well I’m going to say that 2013 went by realllllllll fast like.  Like really, really.  Definitely an interesting year, I’d say!  Much wow. Very 2013.

It seems kind of like with tech and the online world going as ballistic as it has been (and speeding up, no less!), that these past few years we’ve pretty much been seeing the viral world constantly trying to outdo itself.  Which of course has then provided us with countless hours of entertainment as we sit and stare blindly at our lovely screens, be they computers, tablets, or phones….

And, to celebrate the craziness (and also to celebrate the new year…and the fact that we all have power once more (YAY electricity!!!), allow me to present a year in review, courtesy of YouTube:

Catch all those references???? (and recognize the faces???) That lovely combo included a whole ton of the big hitters from trending videos in 2013. Haven’t seen some of the vids before? Take a look here for the playlist of the top 10 trending videos in Canada over 2013.

Oh, and of course, cause I love it so muchly, in case you haven’t stumbled across this, our dear Pharrell Williams (oh, Nerd, you are so young at face! Seriously! He seems to be aging backwards!!), put together a 24 hour music video of his song Happy.

And lastly, because I uberly much loved this movie – waaaaaayyyyyy better than the first installment – Ed Sheeran’s awesomely spectacular end credit song for The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug:

And that should get things going nicely, I think. Bring on 2014!!