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11 Mar

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Bonjour!

Wondering where I’ve been?
I have been busy updating the all new A Style Soiree!

I’ve moved my blog to http://www.astylesoiree.com
Please visit me there from now on and stay updated all the chic fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture happenings and events!

With Love,
Christie

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Daddy Yankee “Prestige Tour 2011” Press Conference

19 Aug

On July 22nd, 2011, a press conference was held in Toronto as part of Daddy Yankee’s Prestige Tour 2011. Media from all over Toronto, from TLNTV to What’s Good Toronto, attended the press conference to get an up close and personal insight as to the successful singer’s tour among other projects that he is currently working on. Daddy Yankee, a world recognized Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, was in Toronto for the first time in his career for a long awaited performance at the Powerade Centre on July 23rd, 2011.

Toronto based artist and president of Crown Entertainment, Fito Blanko, was the host for the evening. Crown Loyalty Entertainment partnered with Mynt Entertainment in order to produce the much anticipated event; as well as with Icaro which is Daddy Yankee’s official booking agency. It is amazing to finally have Daddy Yankee in Toronto and particularly be a part of all the events surrounding his visit.

As professional as all the media representatives were in attendance it was hard to hide the excitement that everyone felt to get a closer look at Daddy Yankee. He entered the room with a bright smile and right away was ready to take on all of our questions; both in english and in spanish. DY spoke of the fuel that he obtains from being true to himself, as well as the energy that the fans and family bring him to perform every day to its fullest. DY also discussed the critical need for artists to recognize their talents and use them to the fullest; which he stated as key features of forming a great artist. Previous work was discussed such as his movie, Talento De Barrio, which was the highest grossing film in Puerto Rico; and new projects were also brought up like an upcoming album which will feature many collaborations with various artists. Charity projects by the artist were also talked about, such as Corazon Guerrero, which is his personal charity that collects funds to aid youth with post secondary scholarships. From noticing that youth were an important aspects of Daddy Yankee’s views, I asked him what his message was for Latin American youth in North America were; since Latino youth have one of the highest drop out rates and are portrayed as causing trouble within their communities. Daddy Yankee responded that it was important for youth to keep their family close, stay in school and keep the belief in God close to you. He then went on to discuss the importance of an education beyond high school for people to be truly successful in life; this showed the substance beyond the artist and the  care that he has in his audiences and fans. In relation to the messages that the audiences receive from the artist, a media professional asked  about the music ratings and explicit lyrics that are linked to Daddy Yankee’s music; which he replied by stating the similarities between music and movies in the way that some are rated G, PG, R and so on. Another question that I asked the artist in relation to his music was related to the reasons behind him being so true to his spanish roots when it came to the language of his music; particularly with all the pressures that Latin American artists have to produce english albums when trying to break into the North American markets. He responded that by stating that he wanted to conquer with his own roots and performing in spanish also gives him a chance to perform with different types of cultures and artists from different backgrounds since music is universal. Last but not least, a question that many people have debated and discussed was brought up; is reggaeton dead? Daddy Yankee responded this by stating that reggaeton has changed and evolved in a snowball kind of effect; yet no matter what it will keep it’s roots as 100% musica de la calle (musica of the streets).

Daddy Yankee was very welcoming to everyone’s questions, answered all of them the best way that he could and explained himself thoroughly. It was truly a pleasure to interact with the artist and hear his perspective on many aspects of his industry and life. Fito Blanko was also great in that he was out in the lobby of the press conference room socializing with everyone which truly showed how down to earth these two artists are. I had a chance to chat with Fito Blanko, we are in the image above, who was super pumped for the event; particularly to be performing at the concert with El Cata. I am personally very grateful that Fito Blanko and Crown Entertainment made this huge event happen since it was long overdue! For more details on the concert itself check out the following blog post!

Love,
Christie

Daddy Yankee – Prestige 2011 Tour in Toronto!

22 Jul

Daddy Yankee will perform at the Powerade Centre this upcoming Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 for the first time ever in Toronto. Thanks to Crown Loyalty Entertainment, Mynt Productions and Icaro Booking Services the king of reggaeton be on stage for a one night only exclusive performance alongside Toronto’s own Fito Blanko and El Cata.

There is no doubt this is going to be a HUGE production and tickets are still on sale at the reduced price of $69.99 and they can be purchased on the Ticketmaster website. You do not want to miss this show! DY will be performing all his top hits that have taken over latin communities all over the world and we finally have him here in Toronto.

Yours truly has been exclusively invited to take part in all the media related events surrounding the show; therefore I will be present at the Daddy Yankee Toronto press conference getting all the best of the questions and answers relating to the artist and the tour. Of course, I will also be at the concert tomorrow night taking it all in and getting brilliant pictures to share with you all. Stay tuned for the upcoming post on the top highlights of Daddy Yankee’s first visit to our city of Toronto.

With Love,
Christie

LOISAIDAS in Toronto! Mucha Bachata!

11 Mar

Loisaidas, the bachateros from lower east side Manhattan, were in Toronto Friday March 4th, 2011 for their debut show here in Canada. I had the chance of hanging out with the boys for an exclusive interview prior to their show at Las Brisas Nightclub which turned out to be a full house event.

I arrived to the conference room of the hotel they were staying at to have Aquiles open the door with a welcoming smile, and I must admit his good looks definitely struck me but also proved to me what a warm and down to earth gentlemen he truly is. A couple of minutes later, Isaiah joined us in the conference room and right away noticed his shy yet charming presence. As I had mentioned in my previous post on Loisaidas, the boys proved themselves to be so real, not only thru their music but thru the way that they presented themselves. Watch the video below to check out the full interview and judge for yourself!

Following the interview I headed over to Las Brisas Nightclub to check out the show and of course the boys did not disappoint! The crowd was very excited to have them there and welcomed them by singing along to every one of the song lyrics, and even by requesting songs which the boys gladly accepted. Even with technical difficulties of Isaiah’s keyboard the boys definitely put on a show and once they got the keyboard working Isaiah played a beautiful solo which truly showcased his talent. Check out the following video so you can get a glimpse of the performance:

Loisaidas performed their top hits like “Ayer” and “No Me Dejes” and complimented their performance by inviting two ladies on stage with them, one got sang to by Aquiles and the other danced bachata with Isaiah. But of course, I got the icing on the Loisaidas cake when Isaiah walked on stage and warmly smiled at me and Aquiles sang directly to me during their first song. Below are some pictures from their performance:

Loisaidas on stage at Brisas Nightclub

Aquiles on stage at Brisas Nightclub

Isaiah on stage at Brisas Nightclub

 Overall, Aquiles and Isaiah were really excited about performing and being in Canada, even with the delays they experienced at the Canadian border and the chaotically short trip.  I am still incredibly surprised to learn that Isaiah is not of Latin American decent yet he has this passion for bachata as music and as art to not only perform it but create it. It is evident that both Isaiah and Aquiles have an insane amount of talent and there is no doubt that the approach they are currently taking towards the industry will bring them a long way. Below is an image of the boys and I following their interview:

Loisaidas and I after the exclusive interview

There is no question that no matter how big the struggles are that the boys face within the industry, as they mentioned in the interview, they should still continue to fight since they have so much talent. Even though it is still fairly early in their careers they have achieved so much and have been recognized in ways that other artists still strive for. The attitudes that Loisaidas has towards the industry will definitely take them a long way, they are true to their roots and constantly remind themselves that ‘it is just music”; yet it is music that they create which touches the hearts of so many bachateros and bachateras. It was a pleasure spending time with Aquiles and Isaiah and I definitely hope they come back for another performance in the near future. Oh and ladies, Isaiah is not being treated too well by us so next time he’s in town let’s be sure to show him our love and attention!

For more information on Loisaidas check out their Facebook Fan Page , their Twitter account and of course www.loisaidas.net.

With Love,

Christie