Playing Dress Up with Adaline

If you’ve been following us for awhile, you’re probably already familiar with our good friend Adaline. We LOVE this girl. She’s such a talent, such a darling and so cool. We love partnering with her whenever we can, we love playing her music in our stores, hell, we just love hanging out with her!

So without further ado… the lovely Adaline!

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Talk about starting with a bang. Adaline achieves near Judy Garland levels of melodrama on “That’s What You Do Best”, the stately electro-torch song that opens her latest album, Modern Romantics. But she doesn’t get there without boxing your ears with wiggy sax (from Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill) and unhinged guitar solos (by Hawksley Workman) on the way. It’s what Adaline does best; elegant structures that happen to be wildly hooky. “It’s a pop record,” she says of her sophomore effort, “but certainly not straight down the middle. I have pop sensibilities, but I hope I come across as a little deeper than a pop tart.” Deeper by orders of magnitude, based on the sheer stylistic scope of Modern Romantics, and the quixotic path it takes through sexy, minatory trip hop (“Keep Me High”), smartly built robo-pop (“The Noise”, “Sparks”, “Stereo”), and even the sad-erotic cabaret of “Cost Is Too High (Not To Love)”. Recorded at Toronto’sCanterbury Studios, Adaline and her collaborators and co-producers Hawksley Workman, Marten Tromm, and Tino Zolfo have made the kind of record that’s invested with depth you only ever get from high-end, ultra-talented music nerds.

Since its release on Light Organ/Universal Records on November 1st, 2011 the album has received strong praise from music critics. Modern Romantics entered the “Earshot” Top 50 on Nov. 29th 2011 charting in the top 10 in many stations across Canada and her song “That’s What You Do Best” had an impressive 12 week stay in the Top 30 on the CBC Radio 3. The music video for the first single “The Noise” was premiered on Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine Online in January 2012. The video broke into the Top 20 on Much More Music and garnered over 100,000 Youtube views in its first week.

The television and movie world also took note of the album. Shortly after its release, the song “Say Goodbye (I Won’t Even)” was featured on the “Grey’s Anatomy” mid-season finale (Nov. 2011). A couple weeks later, Adaline’s song “Sparks” was again featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” with almost back-to-back episode placements. Other music features include “90210″, “Ringer”, “Royal Pains”, “Rookie Blue”, “Degrassi”, “The Listener”, “Bomb Girls”, “Lost Girl”, “Flashpoint” and the new Samuel L Jackson movie “The Samaritan”.

Since her debut release Famous For Fire (2008), Adaline has been interviewed on ETalk, MuchMusic, ET Canada and has toured across Canada sharing the stage with esteemed colleagues Blonde Redhead, Wild Nothing, Dan Mangan, Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), Hannah Georgas, and The Sheepdogs. She has played numerous festivals including CMW, NXNE, Junofest, Sled Island and Breakout West.

Recently, the album also earned a nomination for “Pop Recording of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards which took place this past September 2012 in Regina, SK.

In addition to preparing to record her third album, Adaline just collaborated with Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene for the score of the new Bret Easton Ellis film “The Canyons” starring Lindsay Lohan which will be released Summer 2013.

Location: Toronto, ON Canada 
Genre: Alternative,Electronic,Indie

 

 

 

When did you start pursuing music as a passion? What sparked it?
I grew up singing and performing but didn’t really see songwriting as a passion or even a possibility. When I was in University I started dating a songwriter and thought I’d try it out for fun. It quickly became a passion and after school I decided to pursue it full time. It’s a scary direction to take but sometimes you have to push yourself off the ledge to understand what you’re capable of.
What is your favourite song you’ve written? What is it about? How did it come to be?
There is a song on my first record called “Meaningless Meeting” and it sticks out in my mind as one of my favourite songwriting moments because it was the first time I experienced an almost spiritual like encounter of a song just tumbling out of me effortlessly. It was one of the first times I felt like a songwriter and for that reason it always feels special.
What is your relationship to fashion? What does it mean to you?
My personal style has evolved over the years and it’s mostly been a journey of understanding what I love and feeling bold enough to try it. For years I was drawn to items of clothing but just felt too shy. Now I never let a piece of clothing scare me off – fashion is supposed to be diverse and fun – we should never let what other people think detour us from our own expression.
As a local artist, what do you love most about Toronto? What about Canada?
I’ve been in Toronto for 2 years and I continue to fall in love with the city. There are always new places and things to discover. It’s so multicultural and expressive. It’s also one of the only cities left in Canada that has multiple venues for artists to perform in. It’s not perfect in that respect, but at least artists have some options. Canada is a beautiful country that I have had the pleasure of exploring. We are very much still building our own identity, but I have felt encouraged by the artistic endeavours I’ve encountered over the past 5 years.
Is there a woman in your life that really moves and inspires you? Who is she and why?
My mother. She is the strongest person I have ever known. She is continually positive and genuinely interested in the well being of others both emotionally and spiritually. If I could have half her heart I would be lucky.
Anything else you’d like to share?
To keep in touch please follow me on social networks – I’m quite active online!

 

Find Adaline online: Official Site :: Facebook :: Twitter :: YouTube

 

Become a FC Ambassador!

Fresh Collective is here because of all the wonderful people who join us on our journey – designers, staff, fans and customers. It’s important to us to be part of the community, spreading joy and beauty through what we do in many ways.
We’re looking for a few good women to help spread the word about what’s fabulous at Fresh Collective. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to join the inner circle at Fresh Collective. You’ll get first glimpse at our clothing each season, get products to review, and you’ll be treated like a Fresh Collective VIP with photo shoots, product samples, invites to special events (ours and other people’s too!).

In return, we ask that you share the good word about what you have experienced through our FC Ambassador program. Rant and/or rave about the product we’ve provided you, share the experiences you’ve had with us on your social media channels (and ours) and help us spread the good word. Phew, being a social butterfly is hard work!

If you’re interested in being a 2013 FC Ambassador, click here and tell us why!
Also, meet our current FC Ambassadors here.

 

FC Event – Bullfrog Power Party Snaps

We got our fab party snaps back from our great event photographer! Check out the great fun we all had at last weeks Bullfrog Power event at the Roncesvalles store!

Special thanks to:
Ashlea Wessel (our fantastic and talented photographer)
Steamwhistle (for the delicious beer)
Hidden Bench (for the equally delicious wine)
Sweetpea’s (for the beautiful flower arrangements)
Rowe Farms (for the tasty treats)
Glory Hole Doughnuts (for the surprise snacks)

And to our amazing designers, FC ambassadors and store staff for filling the Roncesvalles location with fabulous people! We’re so proud to be Bullfrog Powered!

Fresh Collective Bullfrog Event via Twitter!

Last night we played host to a fantastic event celebrating our new partnership with Bullfrog Power! We had an amazing turnout of FC Ambassadors, Staff, Designers, new friends and the wonderful staff of Bullfrog. We had a wonderful evening and are so unbelievably proud to have all 3 FC locations powered by Bullfrog!

Thank you to everyone that came out to share this evening with us! If you weren’t there you can relive it through the wonderful Twitterverse:

More fantastic images to come!

Experience the fabulous Bullfrog Power event at Fresh Collective Roncesvalles on September 27th through the fabulous eyes of twitter…

http://storify.com/FreshCollective/fresh-collective-loves-bullfrog

FASHION FALL 2012 – FC Ambassador Guest Blog – Adaline

Here’s another FC Ambassador Guest Blog by the gorgeous and talented ADALINE. Check out her site and listen to her music at www.adalinemusic.com

I have been known to wear a sparkly dress or two.  In fact, I get teased about it often…strangely enough, mostly by my male friends.  ”So, see you Saturday night?  Are you going to be wearing one of those ridiculous sparkly things?”  My theory is that they are secretly jealous since the truth is the “craziest” thing they have ever worn is a pink tie.  I actually have photographic proof of the male envy of my wardrobe here…

…I should note that at least 3 of my male friends also wore this dress on the same evening. I think I’ve made my point.

So, when Fresh Collective asked me to be an FC Ambassador, I was very excited to indulge in my un-sequinned side.  Fresh Collective is a boutique company that showcases clothing and jewelry by local Toronto designers.  Often the fabrics are organic or even reclaimed making them one of a kind.  I was lucky enough to go to the store a few weeks ago and meet a lot of the designers.  It was such an amazing experience to try on a piece of clothing with the designer standing beside you.  Fresh Collective asked me to come in today and try on some of their fall pieces and give you a little preview of some of my favourite looks.  Below are some of my picks and the names of the designers

First, I love this cozy vest from Paper People Clothing. The vest is made of reclaimed fabrics!

This mustard dress which is one of my favourite fall colour choices is by Bionic (Mark Foreman).  I often find I gravitate towards his designs.  He makes sassy, casual dresses that seem to cling in all the right places, if you know what I mean…Thanks Mark!

Wrap dress is also a Bionic design.

The designer who I would say stole the show for me today was Brenda Beddome.  I hadn’t tried on any of her clothing until today but I fell for this scoop neck “tunic”, that of course is a dress on me (5’3, sheesh). I’m hoping I’ll get to wear it at some point during the West Coast Music Awards in Regina in a couple of weeks. Please also note my hand on waist model pose. I practiced that especially for you.

Here is another Brenda Beddome dress and a necklace by Tank!

Finally, accesories.  Fresh Collective has some very cute pieces of jewelry – I could have done an entire post on accessories.  Here are a few select pieces.

Matchy-matchy isn’t always cool but here I think it works. I adore Curious Oddities (Kat Shura) designs. Simple, tasteful pieces that have vintage flare.

 

This awesome cuff and necklace are by Odd Bird (Tara Campbell).

And finally…I promised I wouldn’t spend money but got a major crush on these Hush Puppies that have a bit of a Fluevog-esque look.  I didn’t even flirt with them.  I just took them home.

Thanks for joining me on my fall fashion extravaganza!  And thanks to Fresh Collective for once again letting me come in and destroy your dressing room.  If you like any of these pieces and want to support these Toronto designers, swing by Fresh Collective – they have three locations – 692 Queen Street West, 274 Augusta, and 401 Roncesvalles

…and how cute that they put pictures of the designers on their walls?  Cute!

xo – Adaline