#SPOTTED: BEBE REXHA, ANNE-MARIE, PRINCE JACKSON, ALEXANDRA SHIPP, ASHLEE SIMPSON, GUS KENWORTHY + MORE IN TORONTO FOR 2018 iHEARTRADIO MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS
Even though they were pushed back a bit this year, it was better late than never for the 2018 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards. The event celebrating the tastes of Canadian Music fans, took over Bell Media headquearters at 299 Queen Street saw headliners Shawn Mendes, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, Alessia Cara and more perform before a live outdoor audience, seen across the country on CTV. The fixture held annually on Father’s Day, was pushed back till now.
Filling hosting duties was Awkwafina, Star of Box Office hits OCEAN’S 8 and CRAZY RICH ASIANS joking with the audience how she has the voice of a wrestler and the body of a Pikachu.
Among the big winners of the night were Pickering’s Mendes who won Best Pop Artist of the Year and Fan Fave Artist and Fan Fave Video for In My Blood. Halsey was named Artist for Change, while Toronto’s “6ixGod” Drake won Best Hip Hop Artist, seeing his track God’s Plan win Best Director – emerging young talent Karena Evans receiving the honour. Bebe Rexha’s duet with Florida Georgia Line, Meant to Be, won her Best Collaboration. Coveted Video of the Year went to Logic ft. Khalid and Brampton native Alessia Cara‘s 1-800-273-8255. Toronto’s Loud Luxury won Song of the Summer for Body (featuring Brando).
We were out and about sighting the stars and see who we saw!
Prince Jackson (son of Michael)
More on the winners here.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#EDITORSNOTE: MR. WILL’S BEST-OF 2014 CELEB SELFIES, CELEB SNAPS, FILMS + SINGLES
Let’s be real. We can never have enough Celeb Selfies! 2014 was a year I’ll never forget and will forever go down as one of our most star-studded yet! Our travels brought us to L.A. and New York, but our most exciting adventures took place here in our Hometown of Toronto! Let’s take a walk down our star-studded memory lane to some of our fave Celeb moments of 2014!
Who were you most excited to see? The red-hot Benedict Cumberbatch? The private Usher? The iconic Tom Cruise? The adorable Anna Kendrick? “It Boy” Ansel Elgort? How about “It Girl” Shailene Woodley? The incredibly-tough Reese Witherspoon? The irresistible Tom Hardy?!
Also, we want to share with you some of our fave of the several thousand Celeb Snaps we took in 2014! Chances are if there was a major Star in-town this year, we at some point snapped them!
2014 will go down as one of the strongest years for Cinema in recent memory, but which Movies rocked our World? And which Singles ruled our iPod? You’re about to find out!
Re-live some of our Fave Celeb Selfies of 2014 (click HD for better quality):
My most “liked” Selfie on Social Media of 2014 though? Easy!
Tinashe, Tattoo Rock Parlour
Rachel McAdams at Canada’s Walk of Fame
Ryan Reynolds + Peter Fonda at Canada’s Walk of Fame
Tove Lo, The Phoenix
Chris Rock at Laughter is the Best Medicine II
Tatiana Maslany at the Birks Tribute for Canadian Women in Film
Robert Pattinson at the NKPR IT Lounge, TIFF ’14
Channing Tatum, TIFF ’14
Steve Carell, TIFF ’14
Denzel Washington, TIFF ’14
Felicity Jones, TIFF ’14
Kevin Costner, TIFF ’14
Adam Sandler, TIFF ’14
Robert Downey Jr., TIFF ’14
Tom Hardy, TIFF ’14
Ian Somerhalder, Fan Expo 2014
Elijah Wood, Fan Expo 2014
Norman Reedus, Fan Expo 2014
Shawn Mendes, Universal Music Canada
One Direction, Where We Are Tour
5 Seconds of Summer, Summer 2014
Daniel Radcliffe + Zoe Kazan, The F Word Toronto Premiere
Katy Perry, Prismatic World Tour
Lady Gaga, Artrave Tour
Charlie Sheen, Joe Carter Classic Afterparty
Gordon Lightfoot, SOCAN Awards
Missy Peregrym + Charlotte Sullivan, Shaw Media Upfronts
Charlie Barnett + Jesse Lee Soffer, Shaw Media Upfronts
Stephen Amell, Bell Media Upfronts
Kirsten Vangsness, Bell Media Upfronts
Elizabeth Henstridge, Bell Media Upfronts
Katie Holmes, Met Gala, NYC
Blake + Ryan, Met Gala, NYC
Hugh Jackman, Met Gala, NYC
Lily Aldridge + Kate Upton, Met Gala, NYC
Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey), Met Gala, NYC
Marion Cotillard, Met Gala, NYC
Joshua Jackson + Diane Kruger, Met Gala, NYC
Zac Efron, NYC
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic Tour
Cher, D2K Tour
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz Tour
Katheryn Winnick, Canadian Screen Awards
Martin Short, Canadian Screen Awards
Shay Mitchell, Canadian Screen Awards
Maria Bello, David Cronenberg + Viggo Mortensen, Canadian Screen Awards
Laura Vandervoort + Olivier Trevena, Canada’s Stars of the Awards Season Gala, L.A.
Ellen Wong, Canada’s Stars of the Awards Season Gala, L.A.
2. GONE GIRL
6. THE IMITATION GAME
8. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
9. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
10. THE LEGO MOVIE
Perhaps under-seen, WHIPLASH is the one Film you absolutely must see this year. J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller will shatter your World with their performances! You’ll leave shaken and sobered.
1. ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor
2. BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift
3. WEST COAST – Lana Del Rey
4. BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX
5. POMPEII – Bastille
6. STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith
7. SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds of Summer
8. COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic
9. SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift
10. SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera
2014 was all about that bass for us. Meghan Trainor blew our mind with her positive message about body image. We’re sold and extremely excited for her 2015 full-length Debut.
Won’t you join us as we embark on more exciting adventures in Entertainment 2015? Also stay tuned for an upcoming Post where our Contributors Jonathan Godfrey, Justin Waldman, David Baldwin and George Kozera share their fave Films of 2014 too!
Happy Holidays, Willionaire$!
Photos Post-TIFF ’14 taken on Nikon D3300. Photos pre-TIFF ’14 taken on Olympus E-PL5/Samsung S4.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: ONE DIRECTION + 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER IN TORONTO FOR “WHERE WE ARE” TOUR
Quite simply every Girl and their Mother was at Rogers Centre tonight. The Venue, with a 54k capacity, was filled with satisfied smiles as British-Irish Pop Sensations One Direction had the Crowd on their feet from start to finish tonight. The high-energy Pop Quintet professed their love for Canada, telling them that they by far were louder than the Crowd the previous night. Supported by Australian Pop-Rockers 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction sold-out two Shows as part of their Where We Are Tour. The Tour wraps this October in Miami and is in support of 2013’s top-selling Album worldwide, Midnight Memories.
The Band consisting of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, were pitch-perfect, backed by an enthused and rather handsome Supporting Band. Clocking-in at about 90 minutes, they zipped through 23 songs including Kiss You, Live While We’re Young, One Thing, Diana, Story of our Lives and What Makes You Beautiful. In addition to lifting the spirits of their vastly-female Adorers, they also are equally adept on more emotionally resonant offerings and their Ballad Little Things had the entire Arena providing a sea of lit cellphones as a backdrop to the moment. Beautiful.
Styles and Payne carried a lot of the Show with their energy, while Horan at points seemed to have been copping with sound issues, conferring with a Tech a few times on-stage. Malik despite looking a bit fatigued at moments, gave me in the second row an air Fist Bump. I will never forget.
Anyone who walked through Yorkville these past couple days will have noticed Security Guards, barricades and of course hoards of Fans waiting aboard for possible One Direction sightings, if there ever any doubt of their popularity!
5 Seconds of Summer were more than just an Opening Act. Much of the Audiences was equally excited to see them and few can deny they the Billboard and Soundscan Chart-topping Quartet show great promise. It was just announced yesterday that they will be returning to Toronto August 2015 for their own self-headlining Show at Molson Amphitheatre! Just yesterday we spent the day catching-up with 5 Seconds of Summer and it was madness! Read more here.
See a Video Reel of Highlights from tonight’s Show:
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong | Audio content: Sony Music)
#SPOTTED: 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER IN TORONTO FOR “WHERE WE ARE” TOUR
No other Band is owning Summer 2014 like 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER! The Australian Teen Quartet already has reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 200 Album Chart and Canada’s Soundscan Chart with their self-titled Debut from Universal Music. They currently are supporting Super-Boy-Band One Direction on their Where We Are North American Tour, which hits Rogers Centre tonight and tomorrow night. Make no mistake though, despite their listing as an Opening Act, several Fans are equally ecstatic to see them perform in an Arena.
Consisting of members Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin and Mike Clifford, the Sydney Band flew-in separately and despite hoards of Fans waiting at the Airport last night for their arrival, complete with multiple Police Escorts ready to keep order, they managed to escape relatively unnoticed despite a few lucky Fans who by chance were at the right place at the right time.
5 Seconds of Summer did a free Public Show which saw thousands line-up outside for a chance to hear them perform an Acoustic Set outside MuchMusic‘s Headquarters today in their Parking Lot. Once again, Police Escorts were required to move people along, some perhaps a bit more aggressive than needed to be! Nonetheless, the reaction was amazing to witness live and what Fans got to take part in was something special.
Fans camped out all day outside their Hotel hoping for a chance to meet the Band and some were extremely lucky as they arrived back in the evening in their newly-minted Tour Bus. Members Ashton and Luke were perhaps most generous with Photos but alas were rushed-in by their Security Team, who once again were rather aggressive. After a bit of a shuffle, alas I got my Snap with Ashton!
See it below:
If you still don’t think you’re sold on 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, just listen to their massive Hits. Believe me – you know them already!
SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT:
AMNESIA (brand-new Video!):
I’ll be seeing the show tomorrow night live from the second row. Majorly excited! Stay tuned for even more 1D and 5SOS updates!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong | Video credit: Universal Music)