Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Hey Lady Starlight & Lady Gaga fans, I've got an exciting contest for you in Vancouver! The artRAVE: ARTPOP Ball tour hits Rogers Arena this Friday and you can win a spot as a special guest (courtesy of the show's opener, Lady Starlight) to the official after party!

One lucky winner (plus a guest) will be Lady Starlight's guest(s) to the official after party on Friday, May 30th [this includes a meet & greet!]


1. Follow me @christinaaa28 and Lady Starlight @ladystarlightny on Twitter and tweet using #iwanttopartywithladystarlight & #Vancity

2. Leave a comment on this blog post with why you want to party with Lady Starlight!

Feel free to do both :)

- Transportation is not included
- Winner must be 19+
- Contest ends Thursday, May 29th @ 6pm PST
- Winner will be notified Thursday night
- No purchase necessary


- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Saturday, May 24, 2014

CMW 2014: CHUM FM FanFest In Photos

These are a little late, but oh well......here are some of my snaps from CHUM FM's FanFest during Canadian Music Week!








- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

All photos by Christina Dun | Please contact for use

Friday, May 23, 2014


Photo via Facebook
Not everyone can say that they are mentored by the one and only Pharrell Willams, but 21-year-old Cris Cab can add that to his resume.

A raspy voice combined with reggae-infused musical style, makes him a force to be reckoned with. He’s already worked with big names such as Wyclef Jean, Mike Posner and Big Sean. The video for his song, “Liar Liar” featuring Pharrell, already has more than 16 million views on YouTube. Cris made a Canadian Music Week visit and performed at the CHUM FM FanFest.

We got a chance to chance with Cris about his rise in the music world.

This year has already been pretty exciting for you, with touring and the album release—what went into the making of Where I Belong?

Cris Cab: The album has been something I’ve been working on for two years.  We ended up with around 40 songs and there were so many great producers like Wyclef and Pharrell. We had to choose the right songs that would tell the story. For me, Where I Belong is really my introduction to the world. It’s what I’ve been working on for so long. The title for me also means growth. I started when I was 17 and from then to now, it’s been a period of finding myself.

Having a mentor like Pharrell is a huge deal. What have you learned from him?
CC: I’ve learned so much from Pharrell. He’s a really cool guy. He’s got such great musical wisdom and life advice. He’s a hard worker, number one. He teaches you that there are no shortcuts for hard work. He also teaches you to remain humble and treat everyone the same, and that’s really important. Everyone plays a different role in the world, but regardless, everybody is a human being. He teaches you that we’re all one.

Read the full Faze article HERE>>>http://bit.ly/1nNfqSG

Lightning round:

Something you can't leave your house without? My guitar.

Most embarrassing song we'd find on your iPod? Norah Jones, "Come Away With Me"

Biggest fear? Hmm, I guess falling.

If you could invite someone over for dinner, alive or dead, who would it be? Bob Marley.

What is your spirit animal? I think it's a dog.

Who would play you in a movie? Danny DeVito. If there's ever a Cris Cab movie, that's the first person I'm calling. I know he would kill it.

Any hidden talents? I'm a great shower dancer. As soon as the soap hits my toes, I can't stop it. In the shower I go for a mixture of the electric slide and the hustle. It's kind of different and innovative to the shower dancing world. Very few people get to see it.

He also answered some fan questions via Twitter - here are his answers!

Cris Cab: Sky dive.

CC: They're just so cool and loving and supportive. Some of my biggest fans, I see them consistently and spreading, it's really cool.

CC: That's hard. I guess, if they gave me some kind of chicken every day, but I had different sauces, I think I'd be good. 

CC: First reggae song I heard was Jammin' by Bob Marley when I was like seven years old in the Bahamas and that really struck me. Bob Marley at that age really played a critical role. That's why I really love infused reggae and it comes so naturally to me.

CC: Kendall Jenner.

 CC: My inspiration in life is to get to a point where I could help people. 

For more Cris Cab, check out http://criscab.com/

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

CMW 2014: Walk Off The Earth

It’s been an exciting time for Burlington rock band Walk Off The Earth. Fresh from a European tour, the band was in Toronto for the Canadian Radio Music Awards. They performed and walked away with four awards: Best New Group or Solo Artist in the “Hot AC” and “CHR” categories, SOCAN Song of the Year for “Red Hands,” and the Fans Choice award.

Marshall, Sarah, Gianni, Taylor and Joel have been on tour promoting their debut full-length album R.E.V.O, released in March 2013. It’s been an especially interesting time on the road for Sarah and Gianni, who welcomed their first child recently. “I’ve been on tour with my new baby and it’s been an amazing and challenging experience,” says Sarah.

The band was looking forward to taking part in this year’s Canadian Music Week. “I feel like Canada has finally reached the point of recognizing the musicians they should,” says Sarah. “They’re giving credit to the people who deserve it, and more people are seeing that there’s a lot of talent here.”

Read the full Faze article HERE>>> http://bit.ly/1jKCwuR

For more WOTE, check them out at www.walkofftheearth.com and find them on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CMW 2014: Broods

As first-timers to Canadian Music Week, New Zealand brother-sister duo Broods brought their unique sound and contagious energy to the Underground at The Drake Hotel.

Made up of 19-year-old Georgia Nott and 21-year-old Caleb Nott, Broods takes electronic pop music to another level with their intricate and dark arrangements, which Georgia describes as “emotional down-beat pop music."

They released their debut self-titled EP this earlier this year. The six-track album features songs including “Pretty Thing” and “Never Gonna Change.”  They have been working closely with Joel Little, who produced megastar Lorde’s debut album. 

With the success of their hit single “Bridges,” Broods has quickly risen onto the radar in the music industry. “It’s pretty whirlwind. It’s hard to get used to because it’s all happening so fast. It’s really exciting,” says Georgia. “We’re grateful that we’ve been given this opportunity to do what we love.”

Their passion for making music is what keeps them going. “I’ve never really put as much of my heart and soul into anything else apart from music and writing,” says Georgia. “So to get to do this as a full-time career is incredible.”

Read the full Faze article HERE>> http://bit.ly/1oU1Bpd

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

GIVEAWAY | Colour Burst Prize Pack

Here's what's up for grabs this week! 

The Colour Burst prize pack:

- 1 3f Fashions ombre shirt, size XS
- 1 3f Fashions coral jeans, size 24
- 1 Mead Five Star notebook
- 1 set of Sharpie Gel highliters
- 1 pack of Fresh Fruits street style photos
- 1 set of Teen Vogue bag charms
- 2 pairs of AEON tapers
- 1 purple Splat hair dye
- 1 set of loose silver bracelets
- 1 pair of purple Secret tights


1. Follow me on Twitter & retweet this -

2. Leave a comment on this post with your favourite colour.

*Feel free to do both to double your chances!

- Open worldwide
- Ends Tuesday, May 27 @ midnight PST
- Winner will be selected at random & notified on Wednesday, May 28


- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Photo via Facebook
Seattle-based production duo ODESZA brought their unique electronic sound to Toronto’s Tattoo Rock Parlour for Canadian Music Week for the first time. Harrison Mills (aka Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) have been making music together since 2012 after meeting during college.

ODESZA’s latest EP My Friends Never Die was released last year and the guys have been on tour extensively, making their presence known in the electronic music scene. They’ve seen a change in the industry and they like the direction it’s moving in.

“It’s a lot vaster than it used to be and I like that there’s a lot more variety,” says Harrison. “My favourite thing is the diversity in sounds, and I’m finding more and more often there’s a shift to stranger sounds, which is cool.”

Read the full Faze article HERE>> http://bit.ly/RVdmxD

Check out www.odesza.com and find them on Facebook & Twitter!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Friday, May 16, 2014

CMW 2014: Virginia To Vegas

Derik Baker, also known as Virginia To Vegas, has a lot to be excited about. Early in his music career, he’s signed to Wax Records, released his debut single “We Are Stars” and toured with Hedley.

“We Are Stars,” featuring fellow Canadian artist and label mate Alyssa Reid, has become a hit on radio stations across the country. Now, Virginia To Vegas is excited for what’s to come.

He remembers the moment he first heard his song on the radio. “I was driving home on New Year’s Day and I honestly broke down in tears,” he says. “It was the coolest moment in my life, since it was something I’ve wanted for so long.”

Read the full Faze article HERE>>> http://bit.ly/1h9eyne

For more Virginia To Vegas, find him on Facebook & Twitter!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Thursday, May 15, 2014

CMW 2014: 1st Class

Made up of vocalist Mitchell Nugent and rapper Why Jay E, 1st Class is a young, up-and-coming duo hoping to dive into the music industry and get their name out there. After finding each other online, the two 19-year-olds joined forces to create a fresh sound that brings together their backgrounds of country, pop and rap music.

They debuted at Canadian Music Week, opening up a showcase featuring Ben Zamora, Aspire, D-Pryde and Crystalyne at Adelaide Hall.

“We just want to enter the music scene with a bang,” says Why Jay E. “We want to make a good impression.”

Read the full article on faze.ca HERE>>> http://bit.ly/SgPAMQ

Find 1st Class on Facebook & Twitter!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Toronto is a great place for budding musicians. I met up with HIGHS, a local indie-pop band made up of Doug, Karrie, Joel and Kevin, who gave insight into the making of their debut EP.

Their song "Nomads" is featured in the trailer for Adult World, a movie starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts—a huge deal if you ask me. They are pretty stoked about it and joked around that they are now tight with John and Emma, on a first-name basis obvi. Check it out here:

On their band name: "If encompasses this positive message that we're aiming for. We felt the name reflects the sound that we were creating." They also threw around some ideas of what HIGHS would be as an acronym. The result? "Heavenly Influenced Gregorian Harmonies, Sup?"
"We enjoy playing the music and also playing together as a band," says Doug. "I think that is communicated while we're playing and that can be contagious, which is the goal. We want everyone to enjoy themselves as much as we are."

Advice to fellow aspiring artists: "If you want to be a musician all the time, you have to be ready to run a business. For some musicians, that's not what's going to make them happy, but for us, we enjoy that as well."

Their songs have the perfect summer chill vibe, check out 'Summer Dress'

Find them at www.highsmusic.com and on Facebook & Twitter!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Canadian Music Week 2014

I got to cover Canadian Music Week once again for Faze Magazine and it was a jam-packed week, that's for sure. I checked out some shows, did some interviews, took some photos, the works.

CMW had an awesome kick-off party and concert featuring M.I.A - I'm such a fan—sigh—so seeing 'Bad Girls' live was pretty amazing.

Swedish artist Elliphant opened up for M.I.A and she had a ton of energy, getting everyone pumped up. It was cool because the show was free for roughly 200 fans who had to win to get in.

I love getting to discover new music, through festivals like CMW. This year was another cool experience, getting to meet some awesome people. Keep an eye out for my full coverage on www.faze.ca!

Interviews to come on the blog ft. Broods, Cris Cab, Walk Off The Earth, 1st Class, ODESZA, Virginia To Vegas and HIGHS, plus coverage from CHUM FM's FanFest & the SiriusXM Indies!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MUSIC | Sneak peek: 4Count

The Faze Magazine team and I got to spend an afternoon with Adam, Kieran, Aaron and Ben, the hilarious guys of 4Count for a fun interview and trivia game. If you're unfamiliar, here's their video for their track 'Epic'

A little sneak peek photo from the shoot:
Stay tuned!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Saturday, May 3, 2014

MY LIFE | Making The Move: My New Crib

For the last three years, I've been living in the same spot to finish my undergrad at Ryerson and the day came when I had to pack up and head out to a new home—at least for the summer. I seriously loved my apartment....sad to say goodbye.

At the end of April, I packed all of my stuff and with the help of my friends, I made the transition over to the apartment I'll be subletting for the summer. I was actually pretty excited for a fresh start!

Below: my friend Russell, aka my twin, who showed up to help me wearing the same outfit. This casually happens on a frequent basis.

The amount of stuff I have accumulated over the years absolutely amazed me. It also inspired me to embark on #ProjectPurge. This summer I'll be trying to get rid of as much as I can.

This is what it will look like:

Time to put this into action. Wish me luck!

I'm also in love with my new place. It's in a super cute neighbourhood and I'm excited to invite people over for summer sangria on the patio. Despite the fact that I barely own any furniture.....

This is not my building haha, it's on my street. It's just so pretty.
Side note - everything is super high in this place. #shortgirlproblems
Example A: this bathroom mirror

Example B: This plug outlet

Making the move to this new place makes me feel like an adult...so strange. But I'm loving it so far!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28