songs for summer

I spent the past few days romping around the city with some very cool people, visiting recording studios and radio stations and industry galas. We were shooting a sizzle (kind of like a pilot) for a reality show about a gang of talented Vancouverites that come together as Frankie. They just put out their first EP, and came over to taste the music industry in Toronto. Thanks to a fantastically well-connected crew, we found ourselves rubbing elbows with the likes of Fred Penner, July Talk & Drake's lawyer. We also saw Chris Rock buying a mandolin at Long & McQuade.

I thought I'd share some of the new music I've encountered in a bit of shameless promotion of my new friends. 

The video on the left, as well as a few others from Pup, was directed by the super-cool Chandler Levack, who also helmed the shoot with Frankie this week. She and I had worked together once before, on a short film she wrote called Lunchbox Loser, which happens to be playing on August 2nd at the Christie Pits Film Festival here in Toronto.  

I'd also be remiss if I didn't gush a bit about the Flaming Lips concert I caught on Sunday. Once again, they transformed a public square in our cold city into a wild, dancing crowd chanting "LOVE!" and erupting with joy at technicoloured confetti cannons. It's real magic.