We heard that you missed our Faze parties, so we’re happy to announce we’ll be hosting our GLOW GIRL event on November 29, 2015 (that’s your cue to pull out your cell, text all your friends and save the date!).
Our GLOW GIRL event features live musical performances, guest speakers, tips and tricks for fashionistas interested in beauty and style, with empowering messages of self-esteem and confidence that will help you look and feel great from the inside out.
We’ll also be featuring our Faze Faves:
- Amazing beauty stations – hair by Goody, hair colour by Splat Hair Color and fragrance
- Mouthwatering pizza provided by Pizza Pizza
- Incredible swag bags for the first 500 girls who arrive
- Super on-stage prizes up for grabs
**This event is for young women ages 16-24 only**
When: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Where: The Opera House, Toronto
When: 3:00 until 7:00 PM
You know Danny Fernandes… or at least you think you do. Consider the facts: the platinum-selling artist’s chart-topping 2008 debut Intro and its follow-up, 2010’s AutomaticLUV, generated 13 MMVA nominations and three wins, along with ﬁve #1 MuchMusic videos (three on MuchMore). His stylish videos have racked up over ten million YouTube views, while ﬁve of his singles have cracked pop radio’s Top 20, with two going Top 10. That includes the platinum-selling “Hit Me Up,” his ﬁery collaboration with Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay and fellow hit maker Belly, which topped iTunes’ R&B singles chart and MuchMusic’s Top 30 countdown. Live, the electrifying singer dancer has shared stages with the likes of Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Akon and most recently Hedley in 2014.
But it’s time to ﬂip the script on this accomplished pop artist from Toronto. For one thing, he isn’t doing “the dance thing” anymore. Instead, you’ll see him hitting stages worldwide this year with a full band and a show choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s Luther Brown. Fernandes is also all about his own music these days. In fact, he wrote or co-wrote all 12 of the tracks on his third album Emotional, out this July. “I can’t wait for you guys to hear it,” he says excitedly. Most importantly, the Juno-nominated Fernandes has given up on doing “a lot of things I shouldn’t have been doing.” The decision to pull back from the debauched lifestyle of a hot young club king may have saved his life in the end. “I was partying every night,” Fernandes says, “to the point where I was losing myself, and I almost literally lost my whole career.”
In a bid to stop his self-destruction, Danny Fernandes made a life changing decision to move to LA, and a city ﬁlled with inspiration. This choice may have saved Danny’s career as an artist. The ﬁrst fruit of that year of labour in the City of Angels is, appropriately enough, “Fly Again (Broken Wings).” Centred on a hook borrowed from Mr. Mister’s ‘80s classic “Broken Wings,” Fernandes’ new hit single is a heartrending love song partly inspired by a broken engagement. Indeed, all of Emotional, he says, is “sad as shit. It’s a whole sad album about the past four years of my life.” If that sounds like a massive switch-up from club-bumping and gold-selling anthems “Fantasy” and “Private Dancer“, or his 2011 MMVA-winning “Automatic,” that’s because it is. Emotional proves that Fernandes has deﬁnitely—and deﬁantly—moved on, both musically and emotionally, from where he started out. “You can’t even compare,” he says, “It’s like night and day.” While Fernandes is not ashamed of his previous two albums—“they did what they did for me”—he is conﬁdent that Emotional is going to reintroduce him to both his fans and critics as a force to be reckoned with. “I don’t even think they are going to believe it’s me,” he says. “I can already tell by the release of “Broken Wings.” The reaction people are giving to it is like ‘where did this come from?’”
SPECIAL GUESTS FROM DEGRASSI
With numerous roles on television and a feature career on the horizon, Luke Bilyk is a young actor whose star is on the ascent. Born in North York, Ontario, Canada, Luke’s passion for acting began at the early age of five. Following that zeal for creating characters, Luke became best known for his role as “Drew Torres” on the iconic television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, where he was a fan favorite for five seasons. Luke followed up his run on Degrassi by flexing his dramatic muscles joining the Emmy Award winning Canadian series Lost Girl for two seasons. In the sci-fi drama, Luke played “Mark,” a character whose tough exterior belied a haunted past.
In Spring 2016, we will see Luke alongside Jason Priestley and Molly Ringwald in the half-hour single camera “tween” comedy series The Wonderful Wayneys created by Tom Saunders of Arrested Development and NewsRadio fame. Luke will play “Adam Wayney,” a sibling in the Wayney clan, nicknamed “The Wonderful Wayneys” for their good looks, Mensa level intelligence, creativity, athleticism and popularity. The busy actor will also be seen in 2016 on the big screen in the title role of the fantasy/thriller Adam’s Testament. Luke’s previous feature work includes the 2015 horror film Hellions which screened at both the prestigious Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals.
Not content just to make his mark as an actor, Luke also has interests behind the camera, co-producing three short films entitled, Where Love Takes You, Cycle of Broken Grace and Little White Lines.
Beyond the screen, Luke has wisely used his platform as a successful actor to tirelessly support the world renowned organization Free the Children. Luke has traveled to countries such as India, Haiti and Nicaragua where he aided in building schools and assisted with the construction of water filtration systems in the poorest regions of the countries. Luke is not only the youngest of four children, but also the only boy. His exotic good looks are the result of an Italian, Ukrainian and German background. In his free time, Luke indulges his love of sports by playing both hockey and soccer. Luke is also a proficient drummer.
A cross between Katie Holmes and Selena Gomez, Ana Golja was born in Toronto on January 31, 1996. At the age of five, Ana started to dance, and her love for performing grew stronger as she grew older. She began acting at the age of nine, and landed her first audition by playing Lucy in 1-800 Missing. From there, Ana went on to play a variety of roles in a number of film and television productions for various networks such as Flashpoint, Vacation with Derek, Connor Undercover, How to be Indie, Life with Boys, Little Mosque on the Prairie, What’s Up Warthogs! and Max and Shred… just to name a few. Ana most recently starred in a feature film called Full Out, an inspirational sports drama. Ana also currently stars as the fierce and trouble-causing diva, Zoe Rivas on the Emmy nominated drama, Degrassi, airing on MTV Canada and TeenNick. When Ana is not busy on set or performing on stage, she is working on writing and recording her own music (currently working on her debut EP, to be released in the New Year). Despite her busy schedule, Ana also sets aside time to give back to the community. She does a lot of volunteer work with Free The Children, speaking at numerous We Days, across North America. Two summers ago, she and the rest of the Degrassi cast, travelled to Nicaragua, where they helped build a school and water filtration system.
With a background in stage, Ehren Kassam has a number of credits to his name including lead roles in Tale of Two Cities, A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream and Oliver. He also starred in Powdered Love, which he co-wrote and directed. Ehren is a founding member of the acoustic folk/alternative band Eleanor Shore which plays regularly at various intimate venues throughout Ontario. You can catch Ehren in Season 5 of Once Upon A Time where he portrays Young Sir Kay. But he is best known for his character Jonah Haak on Degrassi, a reformed rock ʻnʼ roll bad boy whoʼs looking to bond with those who share his faith… and love of rock, of course.
Richard Walters is a multifaceted talent. He ﬁrst burst onto the entertainment scene with a recurring role as a dancer on Season 1 of The Next Step. He has gone on to enjoy success with roles on Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, The Listener, Rogue and Lost & Found Music Studios. But he sought out every opportunity to audition for Degrassi and in fact, was brought in five times for various characters before landing the role of Tiny Bell, a student in the remedial class. Talk about tenacity! Richard has a true passion for the arts, and has been known to grace many a stage in lively renditions of various musical theatre productions as well.
Born and raised in Toronto by her Argentinian family, Amanda Arcuri found herself looking into a high school drama class after circumstances forced her to quit her first love, soccer. Inspired by her drama teacher Mrs.Drago, Amanda came across the open casting call for Degrassi season 14, and decided to take a chance that changed her life. After nailing her first ever audition, Amanda was thrilled to find out that she had landed the role of Lola Pacini, a boy-crazed, candy-haired Latina. Still new to the industry, Amanda is now learning the ropes and continues to strive for more opportunities in the hopes of continuing to pursue her new love, acting.
Edmonton native Andre Kim fell in love with acting when he performed in The Princess and the Pea with Toronto’s Liberty Junction Theatre Inc. A student of Cawthra Park’s drama program, Andre joined the cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation as Winston Chu in its thirteenth season. It was Andre’s first ever television role. Since then he has also starred in the TV series Defiance. Andre also appeared in two short films, Dumb Luck and Quarter Life Crisis. He is currently studying theatre and drama at the University of Toronto.
Spencer Macpherson made his television series debut as Hunter midway through Degrassi‘s thirteenth season. Before joining the show, Spencer appeared in the series Defiance, did commercials for KFC and Spinmaster and voiceover work for Supersonic. Spencer currently plays Charles on the series Reign.
It must be the voice. Twenty year old classically-trained pop/soul vocalist Liz Loughrey (pronounced lockree) has been called many things—a youth prodigy, a musical savant, the future of vocal music. But one thing she hasn’t been called, is a singer who needs studio enhancements to help showcase her vocal prowess—which is nothing short of mesmerizing.“When I open up and sing a song, people listen. It’s something I’ve known for quite some time,” explains the buzz-worthy Toronto-based vocalist who counts Sade and Amy Winehouse as influences. What music scenesters who have seen her perform are beginning to notice is that despite her youth, Liz Loughrey has a genuinely old soul. “I’ve always gravitated towards the soul and jazz masters, from Aretha Franklin to Billie Holliday. I was always the only kid listening to that classic material and it’s filtered into my style, even to this day.” For this burgeoning vocal chanteuse, the plan has always been to record music for the music masses, driven by her massive voice. “Music has always been that higher calling for me. I’ve seen and done many things, but in the end, all roads always end right back at music. There’s never been a Plan B.”
Sam Drysdale, winner of Slaight Music’s 4th annual “It’s Your Shot” contest, was raised in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, the son of musical parents who influenced him from an early age with everything from Bruce Springsteen to Pink Floyd to John Prine to Carole King. After graduating high school, he attended the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles where he was immediately flagged as a “songwriter to watch.” His original music has already been cited numerous times by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International and his debut EP “The Fight” features not one but two award-winning producers – Davor Jordanovski and Grammy winner Paul Brown. Sam Drysdale has been compared to artists such as Alex Clare, Ray La Montagne, and John Mayer. But the truth is, Sam is one of a kind—a unique artist with a unique voice and the ability to write mature, compelling, hooky songs that disguise his young age, 21. “The Fight” represents the absolute best of Sam thus far. Lyrically significant, brilliantly rendered and produced with the integrity of the song always at the forefront. These six songs showcase a powerhouse young talent on the verge of international acclaim…hopefully.
RIGHTFOOT STUDIO DANCERS
This Dance Studio in the heart of downtown has focused its time on being the heart of the community and we live by one slogan and that’s to #GetOnTheRightfoot. This group lead by the artistic director and studio owner, David Forteau, never ceases to deliver fresh new content and puts on for Toronto all over north america for the love of dance.
401 Radio Presents: D3FF & AKTEC
DJ duo D3FF & AKTEC are featured on 401 Radio’s Future Noise radio show every Friday 5pm-7pm. Future Noise features all the best in electronic dance music, deep house and more. D3FF & AKTEC work closely with the very popular clothing brand TEAMLTD and have been featured at various Electronic Dance Music events around Toronto and the surrounding GTA. 401 Radio was founded in 2013 by actor, entrepreneur, YouTuber and host Corey Dixon. Over the last couple of years, 401 Radio has grown to new heights by attending some of Toronto’s most recognized events such as Toronto’s Youth Day and by featuring some massive celebrity interviews. 401 Radio also has a variety of different radio shows to cater to different listeners. Some of the current shows are: Biz Talk with Corrine Dayman, In The Game, Future Noise, Diva Deni and many more. 401 Radio has massive plans for 2016 as a brand new team will be taking over the station and taking it to all new heights and adventures.
Give back with Faze Magazine and The Covenant House!
Vision: To lead change that challenges homeless youth to pursue a life of opportunity.
Be the ultimate GLOW GIRL and participate in the Covenant House’s mission by donating a food item at the Glow Girl live event. They are always looking for non-perishable food items (tinned tuna, salmon or other canned meat; rice and pasta; crackers, cookies and cereals; canned vegetables or fruit; soup packages or cans; coffee and juice) for their Food Bank for youth who are beginning to live independently in the community. Bring an acceptable non-perishable food item to be entered into a draw to win an on-stage giveaway valued at $75 (to be won at the event).
Don’t delay! RSVP for free now (or you’ll have to pay $5 at the door).