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Open Access – Kenya

Happy New Year everyone. Sending warm wishes from Taipei.

Below is a video I edited recently for EIFL on Open Access in Kenya.

“Open access is a powerful solution to the barriers that researchers in developing and transition countries face trying to access and share critical research that can improve people’s lives.”

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[VIDEO]: Harmless Harvest (For Inspired Citizen)

Oh how exciting it is to share this video.

I shot and edited this profile with Inspired Citizen at the Harmless Harvest office in downtown San Francisco. 36 hours, there and back to Toronto, with the most severe sun burn ever (possibly 2nd degree burn) — but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Coconut water has been all the rage for some time, but HH has found a sustainable, fair and all around superior way to pasteurize their product without losing any of the original nectar’s health benefits.

Thanks for having us at the office and treating us to the best coconut water we’ve tasted. (I can’t believe the product isn’t available in Canada yet.)

You can watch the profile below:
http://vimeo.com/72240500

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Inspired Citizens

Before my LA trip, I edited three short videos for my friend Anthony Berklich’s Inspired Citizen brand.

https://www.facebook.com/inspiredcitizenanthonyberklich

We’ve worked together in the past and really like the idea of finding the best in humanity and sharing it. We are very excited for the launch so stay tuned!

Of the three, I shot the pilot and can’t wait to share it. (We were in the same studio as Beyonce’s new tour outfits, enough said!)

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June Records: Selling More Than Vinyl

Hey cool cats and lovers of music, I wrote a profile on June Records, a new boutique record shop that hopes to foster the Toronto art community for Virgin Music.

You can read the article and look at the photos by clicking on the screen grab below:

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An Afternoon with The Zolas in NYC

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog.
By Amy Chyan

The Zolas mix album in NYC
The Zolas mix upcoming album in NYC (Photo: Amy Chyan)

Enough about east coast CanCon darlings. There’s Feist, whose ‘1-2-3-4’ will never stop being synonymous with iPods. Drake, who Torontonians both love and hate, always referring to him as Jimmy from Degrassi, though secretly sharing his ‘Headlines’ music video every chance possible. And of course the plethora of indie folk and rock bands who are so humble, have brunch together and help each other record music in makeshift living room studios, adorned with white holiday lights.

Adam Sternbergh’s The 6th Floor blog post ‘Toronto Is Having a Seattle Moment’ tells Toronto to own it – away with being uncomfortable about making chart topping music.

But Vancouver based duo, The Zolas, proud west coasters, were in New York City mixing their upcoming full length album and wanted a piece of the music landscape. Vocalist and guitarist Zachary Gray and I sit down at their producer’s midtown Manhattan recording studio, chat about the new record, his favourite writing spot and exchange familiar stories about missed connections.

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Lightyear Looked to Impress with Third Show

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog.
By Amy Chyan

She sang and played guitar and wrote her own music, but wanted to break away from the singer songwriter stereotype that most female musicians face.

“I basically felt trapped in the singer songwriter genre,” said Lauren Zettler before her Brooklyn show at The Rock Shop. “When you go by your name, they put you in this box and you’re this girl with a guitar and there are so many girls with guitars. I just didn’t feel like it fit what I really wanted to do.”

Lightyear plays at The Rock Shop, Brooklyn. (Photo: Amy Chyan)

Zettler is now under the moniker Lightyear, whose new EP, “All of The Miles” was released on November 14th. By changing her musical direction and wanting out of the singer songwriter cliché, Lightyear began to explore with other sounds. She cites Metric and Emily Haines as influences of her new sound.

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Ohbijou live and in conversation at The Rock Shop, NYC

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog.
By Amy Chyan

The audience capacity at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn, New York is 120 patrons. The audience capacity at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto, Canada, where Ohbijou played a sold-out show for the release of their third full length album ‘Metal Meets’, is 770.

Ohbijiou plays New York City. (Photo: Amy Chyan)

Toronto-based Ohbijou have made quite a name for themselves in Canada. Regarded as the darlings of indie folk, if you will, the band’s previous album ‘Beacons’ (2009) quickly became a CBC Radio 3 favourite. Playing festivals and making radio appearances, almost all of Ohbijou’s shows in Toronto are sold-out fanfares that guarantee an amazing time with good friends and even better music. But outside of Canada, it’s a different scene.

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Diamond Rings Leaves Webster Hall With More Than 14 Fans

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog.
By Amy Chyan

Diamond Rings opens up for Twin Shadow at Webster Hall, NY.

There were definitely more than 14 and a half fans shoulder dancing and foot tapping when Diamond Rings opened for Twin Shadow at Webster Hall on Friday night (Oct. 7). John O’Reagan (Diamond Rings) joked that when he played New York City two years ago, that’s how many fans showed up. Modesty (and perhaps honesty) seem to have helped fill the venue that night. ‘All Yr Songs’, Diamond Rings’ first hit single, was dedicated to those 14 and a half fans midway through the show.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Diamond Rings is O’Reagan’s solo project: simple recordings that started on a borrowed Macbook. Given at the door were rainbow banded eye masks, similar Diamond Rings’ eye make up on the front cover of his debut album ‘Special Affections’. (Think Ninja Turtles’ eye masks, in rainbow pattern. The sight of seeing the token inebriated girl dancing in circles with this mask on was somehow quite wonderful.)