Category Archives: Music

2016 WayHome Music and Arts Festival

We were on the scene at the WayHome Music and Arts Festival held just an hour north of Toronto. The festival included many styles of music, live bands, DJs as well as art installations. Our host Darriel Roy had a chance to speak with LA-based dream pop band who were recently named the most streamed artist through Spotify's discover weekly feature with 22 million streams. @thisisLANY @OTSNmedia

Bestival Toronto 2016 with founder Rob da Bank

Bestival Toronto was one of the most anticipated music festivals of the summer! Held at a new location - Woodbine Park - it featured 3 stages, entertaining games, art installations, lots of food trucks and vendors as well as inflatable castle where real marriages were held. OTSN host Darriel Roy had a chance to speak with Bestival founder Rob da Bank after his performance on Saturday. @BestivalTO @OTSNmedia

Forever Plaid the Musical back in Toronto

We were On The Scene at the Opening Night performance of Toronto's favourite heavenly musical — FOREVER PLAID. Our host Darriel Roy caught up with several celebrity VIPs like comedian Sandy Jobin-Bevans from "Life with Boys" and Thom Allison from "Killjoys" on the Red Carpet. @Mirvish @OTSNmedia

For more info and to buy tickets visit: Forever Plaid.

Andrew Rayel performing at ASOT750 with Armin van Buuren

Andrew Rayel performing at ASOT750 with Armin van Buuren

Moldovan DJ Andrew Rayel was On The Scene at A State of Trance / ASOT750 / performing along side Armin van Buuren in Toronto on Jan 30th, 2016. We had a chance to catch up with Andrew and talk about his journey to success as well as his new release Winterburn which features Singer / Songwriter Sylvia Tosun. #ASOT750 @asot @Andrew_Rayel @arminvanbuuren @SylviaTosun @OTSNmedia


Every year TIFF Bell Lightbox holds a special fundraising event called TIFF BOOMBOX that turns the building into a multi-sensory adventure which included Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen exhibition. This year's principle artist was Director X who unveiled his installation "Everyone will be famous for 15 seconds". The proceeds enable TIFF to continue its work in film-based education & outreach, film preservation, artist experimentation, and filmmaker development. @tiff_net @OTSNmedia

David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala and Concert with Stevie Wonder

The David Foster Foundation provides financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. This year's Gala and Concert featured performances by Stevie Wonder, Kiesza, Peter Cetera, Michael Bolton, Sinbad and more. @DavidFosterFDN @OTSNmedia

The Night was ‘Yonge’ for a Busker Soiree!

An exclusive VIP Busker Soiree shook up the downtown streets of Yonge on August 13th. The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy returns in just a few days for another electrifying year!

All in support of Epilepsy Toronto, the soiree was held at the charming Aperture Room and OTSN was there to take in all the exquisite events the evening had to offer. We spoke with NBA Basketball star, Tristan Thompson, Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory.  The Busker Soiree was produced by internationally acclaimed designers, Glen Peloso & Jamie Alexander and featured the exceptional cuisine of Oliver & Bonacini.

When Epilepsy Toronto established Buskerfest in 1999 the idea was simple - create dynamic entertainment while raising funds and public awareness of epilepsy.  The neurological disorder affects over 40,000 Torontonians and Epilepsy Toronto is committed to improving the lives of these people through support groups, employment support, counseling and programs.

The Night is ‘Yonge’ Busker Soiree was an event unlike any other and served as a gentle tease to the upcoming Toronto International Buskerfest taking place August 27th– 30th. Be sure to catch the last major festival of the summer all in support of Epilepsy Toronto!

Much Music Video Awards 2015 hosted by Ed Sheeran

The 2015 MMVAs shook up Toronto with Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Drake

You would be living under a very enormous rock if you haven’t heard about the star-studded, highly entertaining party that hit ‘The 6’ in a very big way! The 2015 MMVAs rocked the downtown streets of Toronto last night, from massive crowds, screaming fans with cell phone in hand, to heavy super-star musicians all glammed up for the much-anticipated 2015 Much Music Video Awards.

What else can we say about Brit singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran? How about he is EPIC! Not only can this man of many talents, sing, write and dance in his own music videos, but he can also win a couple of awards along the way while brilliantly hosting the very same awards gig! His hosting ability seemed to have aligned well with his laid back candid personality and even trickled into his acceptance speeches for Best International Artist and Most Buzzworthy International Artist. "This is my fourth year (and) I've never won one — I feel like it's just because I'm presenting," he said while accepting his first award, for best international artist. "So thank you very much for this." ‘Thinking Out Loud’, Mr.
Ed Sheeran, I seriously may have a crush on you – awesome job! Torontobased R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, best known by his stage name The Weeknd, was the night's big winner. The 25-year-old artist definitely “Earned It” by taking home four awards, including Video of the Year and Most Buzzworthy Canadian. Not only was he on stage accepting his awards, he returned, setting the crowds of fans on fire with his performance of “The Hills” and of course he did not leave that stage without giving the fans what we’ve all been yearning for, “Earned It”. To be honest, I still feel the after effects of that performance! The Weeknd you undoubtedly ended our weekend in the best way! A surprise visit from ‘The 6’ man himself, Drake, is never a bad thing; in fact the entire audience and onstage hosts were even in shock including local rapper P.Reign. Super-star
Drizzy walked on stage when his friend P. Reign won for best hip-hop video. For those of you who don’t know, Drake co-directed the video and buoyed the song with a guest verse. A bearded Drake, briefly took the mike before handing over the spotlight back to his buddy, P.Reign, who said, "My brother Drizzy Drake is in the building! That's my brother for life."

Other ‘really really really really’ extraordinary performances that left the Toronto streets quaking for hours afterwards was the stunning Carley Rae Jepson with “I Really Like You”. Canadian alternative rock and reggae band, Walk Off The Earth did not hold back performing “Rule The World” with the crew all dressed in white, introducing us to exceptional instrumental sound that drove the crowd wild and let’s not forget about the fierce lyricism of the very pregnant band member, Sarah Blackwood – I love strong women! The epic party continued on with outstanding performances from Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo to Adam Lambert, Mia Martinis and many more.

What a night to remember Torontonians, looking forward to next year MMVAs!

Author: Kiran Patel-Shah

@Much @OTSNmedia