Next Music From TOKYO Vol 8 live show

I wish I had discovered Next Music From TOKYO earlier. I’m not a super dedicated music listener but I definitely feel like I’ve totally been missing out all these years. It’s a DIY music tour that was started by Asian Canadian, Steven Tanaka and he’s been organizing these shows since 2010 after having discovered a plethora of hidden talent in Japan’s indie and underground music scene. Without knowing anything about doing a show, he started flying these bands from Japan to perform in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It was a learning experience for him but he’s become a pro at it after so many years. He used to be pretty much a one man show and still does most of the heavy lifting in regards to financing, booking and scouting but has attracted some dedicated volunteers. He spends a lot of money (over $40,000) and does the exact opposite of making a profit. The ticket price for the Montreal show was a ridiculously low $10 in advance or $15 at the door. That’s to see five super talented bands. Seriously, Mr. Tanaka could charge much more than that for a ticket.

This year’s show was on Monday, May 23 (Victoria Day) at le Divan Orange, it’s a small, intimate venue with a bar along one side and a fussball table. I’m bad at estimating how many people can fit in a space but I’d guesstimate less than 200 for a standing audience. The bands featured were MOTFD (Mass of the Fermenting Dregs), 午前3時と退屈 (Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu / 3am and bored), Dalljub Step Club, Nengu and Regal Lily. All the bands performed with lots of energy and passion. The choice of bands was diverse with each having its own distinct sound. It was hard to choose a favorite.

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Fantasia 2016 – First wave of films announced!

Here are the Asian film related items from Fantasia‘s first wave announcement of films. A second one will be made in June with more films.

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR TAKASHI MIIKE

The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to be presenting Director Takashi Miike, one of the most groundbreaking filmmakers of his generation, a Lifetime Achievement Award. No other filmmaker has left a mark on Fantasia’s first 20 years as he has. Since our screening of FUDOH: THE NEW GENERATION in 1997, which was the first time Miike’s unique vision was shown in North America, no fewer than 29 of his films were showcased at the festival, including such modern classics as AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER, and VISITOR Q. Miike’s work also opened Fantasia three times with YATTERMAN and North American premieres of the Cannes selections FOR LOVE’S SAKE and SHIELD OF STRAW. In addition to receiving his award, Takashi Miike will be hosting the North American Premiere of TERRA FORMARS, a sci-fi extravaganza where a team of misfits must fight humanoid cockroaches to colonize Mars, and AS THE GODS WILL, a surreal deathgame where Japanese traditional objects turn playground amusement into modern video-game blood baths.

 

KIYOSHI KUROSAWA’S CREEPY BERLINALE SMASH COMES TO CANADA

After forays into auteur cinema like the magnificent TOKYO SONATA (Un certain regard Jury Prize at Cannes 2008), J-horror pioneer Kiyoshi Kurosawa, whose classics CURE and SÉANCE were adored at Fantasia in their day, makes a triumphant return to the horror thriller genre with the Berlin Film Festival selected Hitchcockian horror thriller CREEPY, which will be screened in Canadian Premiere. Kurosawa brings terror to a quiet neighborhood where an ex detective and his wife have to deal with their deranged new neighbor spectacularly brought to the screen by the excellent Teruyuki Kagawa.

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM: GRADUATION

One year after hosting the International Premiere of the long awaited manga adaptation ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, a Fantasia 2015 fan favourite, the festival will have the pleasure of screening the North American Premiere of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM: GRADUATION, the conclusion of Director Eiichiro Hasumi’s diptych. All the students from class 3-E are back to eliminate Koro Sensei before he destroys the planet, but unexpected revelations about his past will change the game and bring a whole new threat over the beloved characters of this ultimate crowd pleaser.

YEON SANG-HO IS BACK WITH SEOUL STATION

The Korean capital’s central subway station becomes a maze of terror in Yeon Sang-ho’s SEOUL STATION (Canadian Premiere), an electrifying, socially incisive and ultimately heart-wrenching animated zombie chiller from the acclaimed director behind THE KING OF PIGS (Satoshi Kon Award at Fantasia 2012), THE FAKE, and the Cannes 2016 sensation TRAIN TO BUSAN.

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Vanoss Gaming – Evan Fong

VanossGaming is one of the most popular youtube channels and it was created by Evan Fong from Toronto. He has slightly more subscribers than NigaHiga, who at one point had the most subscribers. Currently both channels have 16+ million subscribers (closer to 17 million). I have not followed youtube recently but Fong’s success seems to have happened relatively quickly. There’s one interesting article from the Finanical Post that gives some background. His channel mainly consists of video game footage of him and his friends playing with commentary from them. It’s like listening in on a bunch of guys just having fun playing video games. It’s edited to show the funny moments.

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