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Northern Touch Announce 25th Anniversary Pop-Up Event & Celebration

A unique one-of-a-kind Northern Touch Pop-Up event will take place between 4:00-8:00 pm EST on Saturday, February 25th at Northern Touch Vintage store.

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of “Northern Touch,” one of the most iconic and groundbreaking rap songs in Canadian music history, a unique one-of-a-kind Northern Touch Pop-Up event will take place between 4:00-8:00 pm EST on Saturday, February 25th at Northern Touch Vintage store located at 612 Richmond Street West in downtown Toronto.

Hosted by Master T (former MuchMusic VJ) and featuring appearances from Juno Award-winner Red 1 (Rascalz), Def Jam Recordings executive and Canada’s Got Talent judge Kardinal Offishall as well as DJ Rxckz who will be spinning tunes all night. Premium cognac brand, D’USSÉ, has teamed up with Canadian lifestyle brand Caked, and Northern Touch Vintage, one of Toronto’s premiere vintage and streetwear shopping destinations, to curate this historic celebration.

With 2023 being the 50th anniversary of hip-hop culture, this one-night-only event in downtown Toronto will help celebrate and shed light on this key Canadian music contribution to the wider global hip-hop culture conversation. The event will bring together a broad spectrum of music enthusiasts and fans of this seminal Canadian hip-hop classic by the Rascalz featuring Choclair, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall and Thrust.

Attendees can expect to experience a night of nostalgia, great music, and exclusive limited-edition merchandise that will be available for sale.

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Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Blood Brothers Coffee Available Soon

Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera bring you a taste of home from the coffee bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil.

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Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee
Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee

The Tribe has spoken! Arise from the grave and drink from the lifeblood! Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera have gone back to their roots to bring you a taste of home from the bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil. Dubbed the world’s “bloodiest” coffee, this coffee lives up to its reputation as the heaviest of the Brazilian Legenders, with its deep, rich notes that will thump and chug your heart right out of your chest!

This bone-breaking brew was handpicked by the Cavalera Tribe themselves to inspire generations of headbangers to come. So, take your place on the totem around the tribal fires, and drink from the sacrificial lifeblood today, and experience an intense, immersive coffee experience like no other!

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Nitro Cold Can Brew

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Nitro Cold Can Brew

Concept Cafes tell us:

“Collaborating with the Tribe, we wanted to accomplish two things with ‘Blood Brothers’…: 1) further push the initiative that Metal has a place in the coffee world beyond the burnt leftovers from the factory floor & 2) share the often overlooked, yet some of the best coffee in the world, that comes out of Brazil. The collective challenge was how do you package 40 years of legacy from such an influential & integral part of Metal history into a bag/can of coffee…? Furthermore, how do you represent Brazilian culture, and most importantly, how do you humbly present the best offering to metalheads around the world? But Max & Iggor, and the rest of the Cavalera Tribe, actually made it pretty easy for us once we started working with them. When you see the level of passion & devotion they have for the music and touring for the fans, it really is awe-inspiring; so everything kinda just started to come together on this project ‘organically’. Marina (Concept’s head artist) & I had the initial idea that if we could make everything organic enough to pay tribute to Max’s love for camo, we might just pull this off. How’d we do…? LOL”

Max & Iggor’s “Blood Brothers” coffee was a semifinalist in the coffee industry’s prestigious 2023 Sprudgie Awards (the equivalent of the Grammys in the coffee world).

You can pre-order Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Official ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Cold Nitro Brew Cans available in espresso, non-dairy latte & flavoured latte versions here.

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee

Max & Iggor Cavalera ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee

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Salah Bachir Publishes Titillating Memoir ‘First To Leave The Party’

Salah Bachir recently released his titillating memoir, ‘First To Leave The Party,’ offering intimate details about the rich and famous and Bachir’s gusto and lust for life.

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Salah Bachir, photo by George Pimentel

Author, entrepreneur, art collector, movie industry insider, and philanthropist Salah Bachir recently released his memoir, First To Leave The Party: My Life with Ordinary People…Who Happen to be Famous, a collection of stories revealing his joie de vivre, his love of human interaction, and his altruism.

After immigrating to Canada from Lebanon in the 1960s, Bachir started Videomania, Canada’s first video magazine, followed by establishing Premiere, a trade publication for video distributors and retailers.

For more than a decade and a half, Bachir was the president of Cineplex Media and boss of Cineplex Magazine, Canada’s wildly popular and widely read magazine, serving more than four million readers per issue.

Salah Bachir, photo by George Pimentel

Salah Bachir, photo by George Pimentel

A fixture in the world of film for decades, Bachir naturally met Hollywood’s superstars. Yet what sets him apart is his charisma, compassion, his personal style – chic hats, diamonds, pearls, brooches, and elegant scarves – and his full-blown zest for life and people.

First To Leave The Party recounts his relationships with a literal who’s who of Hollywood: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Joan Rivers, Mary Tyler Moore, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Edward Albee, Orson Welles, Aretha Franklin, Norman Jewison, and Elizabeth Taylor — although it’s true that Katharine Hepburn once turned him down, very nicely.

There are also stories about Marlon Brando, Princess Diana, Muhammad Ali, Princess Margaret, Sean Connery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Doris Day.

Co-written with film critic Jami Bernard of the New York Post and Daily News, a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the LGBTQ+ rights program at Human Rights Watch.

Salah Bachir ‘First To Leave The Party’ book cover

Salah Bachir ‘First To Leave The Party’ book cover

Featured in numerous publications, including The Globe & Mail, Playback Magazine, Dolce, and Toronto Life, Bachir has received five honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Alberta, Ryerson University, York University, OCAD University, and Wilfrid Laurier University in recognition of his business expertise and philanthropic work.

Along with a long list of deserved awards, Bachir, because of his entrepreneurial spirit and advocacy of the arts and social justice, is a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, as well as a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and two-time Grand Marshal of the Toronto Pride Parade.

The stories related in First To Leave The Party not only provide a parade of intimate detail about the lives of the rich and famous, the entertainment industry’s elite, but also bare Salah Bachir’s gusto and lust for life.

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Koodo is Stacking the Savings for Canadians with “Happy Stack”

Koodo stacks savings for Canadians by introducing Happy Stack, offering customers mobile, wifi, and entertainment at a $99 per month rate.

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Koodo is stacking the savings for Canadians by introducing its new Happy Stack, offering customers mobility, home internet and entertainment in one affordable package starting at $99 per month. For the first time ever, new and existing Koodo customers in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec can stack all three services at an unbeatable value, with monthly savings of up to 23 percent. After a successful pilot program in the Fall of 2023, Koodo Internet is now available to more than 7 million homes across Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, offering more Canadians access to unlimited home internet with no throttling or data overage charges.

Dwayne Benefield, Chief Product Officer at TELUS, comments:

“Happy Stack is the answer to today’s unpredictable economic climate. It combines reliable mobile service, dependable high-speed internet, and the best streaming entertainment at a value Canadians can’t find anywhere else. Our value-minded customers want to invest wisely in a practical, comprehensive connectivity and entertainment package, without sacrificing top-tier quality, and we’re proud to deliver that only at Koodo.”

Powered by Koodo’s award-winning network, and digital-first customer service, Happy Stack bundles together:

  • Pick Your Perk mobility rate plans
  • Fast and reliable unlimited high-speed home internet
  • The ultimate entertainment experience with the new Stream+, featuring three of Canada’s most popular streaming services, Netflix, Disney+ and Prime Video

Happy Stack also gives new and existing Koodo customers the flexibility to upgrade their Koodo mobility, home internet and entertainment plan for the ultimate value. This includes a wide range of mobility plans with up to 5G speeds and perk options like Unlimited Data, home internet with download speeds of up to 1 Gbps where available, and Stream+ Premium.

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