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#PopGospel Correction Notice highlights a song or artist who has previously been slept on by the powers that be up in #PopHeaven. #ThePopGods wish to offer their most sincere apologies for previous ignorance or stubborn, unjustified snubbings, and to extend an invitation in to the Church of Pop.

Sincerely, Management.

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Recently, a new friend and I were discussing our tastes in music, something I have come to feel is a defining moment in the evolution of any interpersonal relationship, and he mentioned an artist I had never heard of: Kevin Drew (a.k.a. KDrew).

Said friend and I are considering a song collaboration, and being that this Kevin Drew was an influence of his I decided I would look him up and give a listen. While I have to admit I was fairly impressed with all of the tracks I listened to, there was one that stood out for me; not only for the fact that my friend recommended this one outright, but also because of it’s many merits.

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Drew’s “Last Train to Paradise” is a vast, 5:46 EDM production that sweeps through several movements. It’s soft melodies, soaring harmonies, energizing builds and pounding beats hover somewhere between pop and rock, but rock in an 80’s hair rock kind of way. It has a certain, charming flamboyance and an infectious energy that is almost other worldly. I am to understand that Drew both produces and provides the vocals on this track, a rarity among the big label producer types his independently-released work basically decimates.

Take a listen to “Last Train to Paradise!” I’d love to hear what you think; if you have comments, leave em! :)

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Judgement Day (Special Edition) – 33rd Annual Atlantic Film Festival: Opening Night Gala!!

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It’s hard to believe, but its September and the leaves are changing colour once again, making way for fall and eventually winter. The month of September is my favourite time of year for many reasons: my birthday (9/8), the beginning of my favourite season, and most of all, the promise of another fantastic week at the Atlantic Film Festival.

As a regular patron of the festival, I always buy a festival pass so that I have freedom to see as many films as I want to, and to change my mind about screenings as I go. (For anyone that has never experienced four or five film screenings in near back-to-back succession, you would be surprised how very exhausting it can be!)

I also have been known to temporarily swear-off the Opening Gala film, as it is the one screening that a festival pass is not good for. On top of that, the screening always costs a significant amount more than a regular screening, with or without the added price of attending the swanky after party.

That being said, I like to think I’m a fair fellow, and while this article may, thus far, seem like a gripe-fest, I admit that as an AFF regular I see the dozens and dozens of festival employees and volunteers who pour their hearts and souls into our ever-growing celebration of film. I see the screenings that are attended by only a few, lucky individuals and all of the beautiful design work that goes into each years visuals; the program guide, the projections and posters and advertisements. The frugal film fan in me has to take a back seat to the business-minded me that my career has developed and I realize how much it makes sense to have a higher ticket price on a sure-to-sell-out screening (this year, in three theatres simultaneously) in order to continue offering all of the less popular, less glitzy moments that make the festival such a diamond to behold. It’s truly a pleasure to support a cause that has brought me such happiness and inspiration every year since I moved to my fair Halifax some thirteen years ago, and (as long as the film interests me) I always suck it up, attend the opening night film, and have yet to ever be disappointed.

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Judgement Day: Pop Heaven or Hell? Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP live on iTunesFestival!

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For those of us who follow pop music closely, it seems that Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP has been almost too long-a-time coming. Gaga has never been great at keeping secrets, so while she was practically still in the middle of promoting her last album: Born This Way, she revealed the name of her next album, which at the time, was expected to be released by the end of 2012. An unfortunate and near devastating hip injury, a partially-cancelled (very expensive) tour, a seeming public backlash and a whole lot of delays later, Gaga is back in the spotlight with a new single, and just finished playing an opening slot at the iTunes Festival in London, having played seven never-before-heard tracks from the the much abuzzed ARTPOP, ahead of it’s November 11th release date.

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How was her first concert performance, post-injury? How did the newly debuted ARTPOP tracks fare at the gates of Pop Heaven? You’ll have to read on to find out, and you can even watch the performance and decide for yourself!

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Judgement Day (Special Edition): 2nd Annual Out East Queer Film Festival (Halifax N.S.)

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The 2nd annual Out East Queer Film Festival was held from June 20th to 23rd at the Neptune Studio Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Last year I wasn’t able to attend, but after catching a bit of the Inside Out Film Festival when I visited Toronto this past May, I decided that I would try and take in as much of OutEast this year as I could, and that equated to pretty much all of it! My bestie (Heather) and I, purchased an AllOut Festival Pass (granting access to all events and screenings) and set out on a weekend-long journey through a wide-range of LGBTI cinema!

It was an exciting and action-packed, but still delightfully intimate affair. In addition to movies, there were champagne toasts, disco dance parties, art exhibits, retro dance nights, a Big Gay Prom, extremely dreamy visiting artists (who also sang Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey songs), pink popcorn, a festival-exclusive hanky code and an awards brunch. All of this, squished into four humid days in downtown Halifax!

As for the films, they consisted of mostly documentaries this year, three straight-up docs, one explicit doc/drama hybrid, a program of shorts, and a hilarious teen comedy.

More on each of the feature films screened at the festival, after the jump…

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