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Archive for December, 2009

Brisbane has a new logo!

It’s interesting to see how logo’s come about. Not long ago we saw that Melbourne updated their logo, now Brisbane has followed suit. It was hard to find much if any information about it but I had seen it used around the place and I managed to find a good article on the Brisbane logo update here.

The Falls Festival 2009

Each year on a beautiful farm nestled in the Otway rainforest above Lorne and Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

The main arena is formed from a spectacular natural amphitheatre that is big enough to hold the whole crowd. It has a perfect gentle slope so you can relax up the back and still hear and see everything. A dense rainforest surrounds the venue and helps to create this incredible aural arena.

There is even a super screen to make sure that you don’t miss a beat. See you there!

What: The Falls Festival 2009
When: 29th December to 1st January
Where: Erskine Falls Road, Lorne, VIC
Cost: Tickets from $30.00

Sydney Music, Art and Culture Awards 2009

Sydney’s artistic fraternity came together in force this week to reward and recognise the city’s most creative and innovative characters. The 2009 SMAC Awards, held at Helm Bar, saw leading musos Kim Moyes, Kirk Pengilly alongside Archibald prize winner, Del Kathryn Barton and Academy Award winning director, Steven Soderbergh, turn up to honour and celebrate this year’s winners.

Muso turned politician John Wardle, who has tirelessly campaigned to get the POPEs abolished, took home the most prestigious award of the evening, the SMAC of the Year. The SMAC of the Year is awarded to the most outstanding artist, professional, or group/collective in any field in Sydney who forwards the cultural fabric of Sydney. John’s work has since opened the floodgates for Sydney musicians to be able to play ‘string free’ in venues across the state.

Oscar-winner, Cate Blanchett, was awarded Best Performer following her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire for The Sydney Theatre Company – her award was collected by her husband Andrew Upton. Fergus Brown was awarded Best Sydney Song for ‘John, She Was Never Only Dancing.’

In the music categories, electronic trio Seekae won Best Live Music Act whilst the Best Music Event went to Nick Cave’s All Tomorrow’s Parties. The Record of the Year award went to the Lost Valentinos for their debut album, Cities of Gold, whilst The Red Rattler was awarded Best Collective and Sherlock’s Daughter picked up Next Big Thing – Music.

Sydney artist, Wade Marynowsky was given the accolade for Best Artist with Semi Permanent, the annual design convention, winning Best Arts Event and the Sydney Festival winning Best Major Festival. I Heart Kings Cross was awarded the Remix in the City Award for rethinking what’s possible and getting creative within the ever colourful area. The event saw the community come together to knit giving residents and visitors an insight into the creativity of one of Sydney’s best loved suburbs.

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Paper Scissors are back!

Some old Two Flat Whites favourites the Paper Scissors’ have released a new single from their upcoming album and the lads have announced some accompanying tour dates in addition to their upcoming festival appearances at Peats Ridge and Falls.  Of course what Paper Scissors song would be complete without an accompanying zany film clip too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJpDMjYs_r4.

After the hugely successful single We Don’t Walk, The Paper Scissors released their debut album ‘Less Talk More Paper Scissors’ (LTMPS ) in mid 2007 and the national response was staggering. The Sydney Morning Herald called first single Yamanote Line “The Greatest song ever written. Truly”,  Sydney Magazine made it their album of the month, FBI, RRR, and PBS Fm all made it their ‘album of the week’ whilst We Don’t Walk and Yamanote Line both received a huge national pasting via high rotation on Triple J. We Don’t Walk was featured in CH 9‘s ‘Underbelly’ and amongst such luminaries as Nick Cave and The Easybeats, quickly became the second highest selling song off the soundtrack. In short, TPS became hard to avoid.

The earlier part of 2008 saw the band sell out a national tour with bluejuice, be bestowed with the honour of being asked to program Rage and somehow, fit it all in between festival appearances at Parklife, The Playground Weekender and many more festivals and club shows to boot.

But then the band went quiet. The boys went their separate ways, holidayed, went solo, played in other bands, moved away from Sydney – generally sought a brief respite from the grueling Paper Scissors work ethic. As they say – all good things in moderation, right? Now returned as a re-focused and energized three-piece, they are more driven and disciplined in their sound and approach than ever before. Their two latest singles are a taste of their sophomore album which is busily being crafted between Sydney and the creative outcrop of Byron Bay.

You can hear the bands new single ‘T-T-Time’ here and for tour dates check out their website.

Sydney Film School Festival 2009

The 11th SFS Festival is around the corner and all preparations have started for these two amazing days and nights which will take place at the Palace Academy Twin on the 15th and 16th of December.

More then 60 short films are currently in the production and what awaits us is an exiting range of eye-opening documentaries, engaging dramas and contemplative thesis films, which will be shown on the big screen in this highly anticipated event!

Each festival more than 500 film-lovers join us in celebration of another semester completion testifying to the high caliber of short films made by the new generation of talented filmmakers.

Sugar Sweet Scrap; scrapbooking

A fantastic new scrapbooking business has hit the online airwaves. Sugar Sweet Scrap was created by two stay at home Mum’s with seven children between them who have a passion for scrapbooking.

Sugar Sweet Scrap offer high quality and very affordable products. They also want to make scrapbooking quicker and easier for everyone from beginners to scrapaholics so they are providing specialised kits. With over 56 kits (and counting) from births, holidays, school sports day, Easter, Christmas, birthdays, the beach, winter and many many more. The kits contain enough patterned paper, co-ordinating cardstock, rub-ons or phrases, stickers/flowers/brads to keep the family busy over the school holidays.

A cost effective way to keep the kids amused and an awesome creative outlet for their imaginations to run wild. So what are you waiting for? Check out Sugar Sweet Scrap here and place your order just in time for the school holidays or a Christmas present with attitude!

Sugar Sweet Scrap; Your memories, your way.


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