NBA All-Star Weekend has taken over Toronto for the first time ever. Kicking-off the festivities tonight at Ricoh Coliseum on CNE grounds was the much-buzzed Canada vs U.S. Mountain Dew 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, headed by captains Drake and Kevin Hart respectively. Drake tonight was given the honours of holding the key to the City based on his outstanding contributions locally.
Team Canada alas would prevail under Drake‘s guidance with a score of 74-64 with Win Butler and Tracy McGrady leading the pack.
Spotted in the audience tonight were some huge names like Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and more. The three were on the set of XXX: The Return of Xander Cage filming at the penthouse of one of the City’s most historic hotels. Wrapping just before 7, they head-on over quickly to Ricoh Coliseum, making it in time despite Fans waiting in the cold for them. It is said during halftime show, Diesel stopped to pose for Selfies with several Fans who clamoured for him, soaking-up all the adoration.
Olivia Wilde also was seen cheering Jason Sudeikis who is here promoting Jesse Owens Biopic RACE, alongside Co-Star Stephan James who played for Team Canada.
Rapper Snoop Dogg also is in-town too, leaving a trail of heartbreak this morning after no-showing at appearances on Breakfast Television and The Morning Show after a night of partying Thursday!
Meanwhile not far from the Celebrity Game, Gwen Stefani and Usher would headline an Afterparty at a specially-constructed for the occasion True North Lounge sponsored by Bell.Stefani quietly head to the venue around 9 with bodyguard picking her up from the underground of her Hotel and a trunk full of luggage. She is to appear in the first ever Live Music Video to be filmed Grammys night for her single Make Me Like You, dedicated to boyfriend and The Voice Co-Star Blake Shelton. Earlier in the day she had an Album Listening Party for upcoming Disc, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
Other parties taking place in the City tonight included Kevin Hart‘s bash at Roy Thomson Hall, Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg are expected at Muzik Nighclub and also Amber Rose and Blac Chyna at Stadium Nightclub.
See our Snaps with NBA Megastar Chris Paul and man of the hour Kevin Hart!
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!
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.
In what has become known as an annual Cavalcade of Urban Music Stars, Drake presented Toronto the fifth annual OVO Festival at Molson Amphitheatre this weekend, timed together with Caribana (Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival). Once again, Toronto’s Homeboy did not disappoint, unveiling a surprise list of Performers including Lauryn Hill, J. Cole, Tinashe, DJ Khaled, Trey Songz, 50 Cent & G-Unit and of course the biggest Jawdropper of all, Usher! And we were among the first to confirm with our eyes that Usher was in fact here, rushing in and out of his Yorkville Hotel earlier today with his Entourage. Outkast returned to the stage to headline the first night of the Festival Sunday.
Drake zipped through 40 songs from his three-album Discography, and even brought his proud Mom, Sandi Graham, on-stage at one point. He confirmed his plan to proceed work on his next Album in Toronto after touring with Lil Wayne.
Although he v. much was focused on work today, which left several Fans waiting outside his Residence hoping for a little acknowledgment frustrated, the multi-talented Magnate delivered his best foot forward leaving OVO Festival Goers completely satiated!
Others in town including NBA Star Kevin Durant, Justin Bieber‘s Manager Scooter Braun and several more came out to support the Show tonight.
The most giving of all Performers to Fans had to be Usher who surprised just about everyone waiting outside his Hotel, taking a Photo with anyone who asked. Believe me, this is an absolute rarity for the Megastar as I have counted multiple failed attempts to get that coveted Photo with him. But this time I succeeded! His is now prepping the release of his eight Studio Disc, Everything You Can Imagine!
See our Snap:
See some Video of Usher greeting lucky Fans below:
It was all about Bieber at the 2012 American Music Awards held tonight in Los Angeles at Noka Theatre L.A. Live. The newly-single Canadian Teen Heartthrob took home top honours tonight winning some of the Evening’s most important Awards including Favourite Pop/Rock Artist, Favourite Pop/Rock Album and coveted Artist of the Year. Humbly, he dragged his Mother Pattie Mallette onstage to accept the latter Award, introducing her to the World and remembering to thank also his greatest Mentors, Usher and Scooter Braun. Canada was well-represented as Carly Rae Jepsen also won Favourite New Artist.
The Stars came out in full force including performances from P!nk, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Usher, No Doubt, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted and a dazzling display of showmanship from PSY featuring a surprise appearance from former AMAs Winner, MC Hammer.
The Winners tonight are as follows:
Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, Male: Justin Bieber
Favorite Country Artist, Female: Taylor Swift
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj
Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Linkin Park
Favorite Soul/R&B Artist, Male: Usher
Favorite Country Artist, Male: Luke Bryan
Favorite New Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: David Guetta
Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Believe, Justin Bieber
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite Country Album: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood
Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Watch the Video of PSY performing MC Hammer in a Mash-up of 2 Legit 2 Quit vs. Gangnam Style: