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[MUSIC] Twelve music links: Beatles, Annie Lennox, Shakespears Sister, Céline Dion …

  • There is now a play expanding on the urban legend–is it?–that the Beatles came close to being reunited in a meeting in an Eastern Townships library divided by the Canadian-American border. CTV reports.
  • The Annie Lennox-curated exhibit “Now I let You Go …” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art sounds amazing. The New York Times reports.
  • This Guardian feature on the reunification, after two and a half decades, of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit in Shakespears Sister made me very happy.
  • Céline Dion seems to be in the middle of an interesting sort of renaissance. Why not a headlining appearance on Carpool Karaoke? VICE reports.
  • CTV News profiles the Summerside-born and Montréal-based electropop fiddler Denique, gaining praise for his innovative music and videos.
  • Noisey recently reported on an interestingly different early version of the Beyoncé song “Sorry”.
  • Dangerous Minds shares footage of a 1977 Bryan Ferry concert in Japan.
  • Vice provides readers with an introduction and overview to the best songs of Elton John.
  • Vice did readers the service of providing readers with an entry point into the discography of PJ Harvey.
  • Le Devoir looks at the phenomenon of K-Pop.
  • Josh Terry at Noisey makes the accurate point that the decision of the Chicago White Sox to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Disco Sucks riot, given the racism and homophobia of that movement, is a bad misstep.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Yonge Street, K-Pop, King Street, Kazenelson

  • This Fatima Syed interview with Navaseelan Navaratnam, brother of suspected McArthur victim Skandaraj Navaratnam missing since 2010, is terribly sad. The Toronto Star has it.
  • While it may be too late for Eliot’s Bookshop, I do hope that Toronto City Council can arrange some kind of functional tax arrangement for the businesses which survive on Yonge. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO notes how a stray tweet from Toronto Hits 93 started an Internet flamewar between fans of two different K-Pop boy bands.
  • Ben Spurr notes how some transit advocates have decided to help out King Street by eating at area restaurants, over</u at the Toronto Star.
  • Global News reports on how the Ontario Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Vadim Kazenelson on charges of criminal negligence stemming from an incident where four workers he was supervising died in a scaffolding collapse.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers what Pluto would actually look like.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the complications facing planetary systems with multiple stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales updates on the way in Syria.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a bill proposed by Ted Cruz that would ban Syrian Muslim immigrants from the United States.
  • Language Hat notes the discovery of he first abecedary, in the Middle East.
  • Language Log notes the peculiarities of K-pop English.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the concerns of librarians under George Bush about the implications of the Patriot Act for their careers.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the problems facing Muslims on the French job market.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the lack of evidence that Europeans are more pacifistic.
  • Towleroad notes the opposition of Estonian conservatives to same-sex civil unions.</li?
  • The Volokh Conspiracy provides advice to liberals and conservatives on how to respond to Syrian refugees.
  • Why I Love Toronto highlights the Weegee exhibition on at the Ryerson Image Centre.

[URBAN NOTE] “PSY, the “Gangnam Style” Guy, Comes to Toronto”

Happily, I was wrong about PSY’s visit to Toronto being cancelled on account of the weather. The man behind “Gangnam Style” came to Toronto to perform a three-song set, described slightly incredulously by Torontoist’s Saira Peesker.

Walking around the Kool Haus on Tuesday during PSY’s first-ever Toronto performance was sort of like walking into a bizarrely proportioned house of mirrors. Whether because it was the night before Halloween, or because some audience members just wanted to show off their tuxedos, lots of people had shown up in costume. There were tall PSYs, short PSYs, child PSYs, hipster Psys, black PSYs, white PSYs, sexy PSYs, and so on. There were also Korean senior citizens, party girls from all backgrounds, and several couples with very young children—some of whom were being pushed in strollers.

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The Toronto show, sponsored by Korean tech giant Samsung as a way of launching its latest phone, was one of many similar launch parties held around the world. Even so, it was seemingly the only one featuring the world’s most popular Korean (now that we all agree PSY has eclipsed United Nations head Ban Ki-moon). Forget that the States had Kanye for their event. We had PSY. PSY! It was a big enough deal to draw staffers from the South Korean embassy, who—according to VIP-room gossip that we couldn’t verify—were accompanied by the president of Samsung himself.

[. . .] Wearing a blue blazer with an undone white bow tie and his signature round sunglasses, PSY took the stage. Backed by four nerdy-but-lithe dancers wearing all white (plus a whole entourage of cartoon PSYs on a huge screen behind the stage), the portly impresario packed what would prove to be less than 20 minutes on stage with entertainment and antics. At one point, he asked the crowd if they were thirsty, warned that he wouldn’t just throw water on them like Americans performers do, and proceeded to spit a big swig all over the people clamouring around the stage. It’s the Korean way, he said.

He belted out two of his previous hits, including 2010’s “Right Now.” Both were banging party jams that served to warm up the crowd for the big show.

When it was time for “Gangnam Style,” the audience was amped. Phones hoisted in the air seemed, somehow, to outnumber people in the crowd. PSY flailed, pranced, and pouted through the three minutes of magic. No matter that he wasn’t even trying to mouth along to the chorus (he did appear to be performing the verses live): the crowd was screaming, singing, and generally picking up what he was putting down.

Apparently PSY will be coming back to Toronto in January for a full concert.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm