to reality for Lorraine. Final proofing for the Back-to-School
Issue up at the printing plant! Meanwhile she's still getting
the sand out of her hair from the California surfing lessons.
JUNE 26-29-Faze's Editor Lorraine and our star teen reporter
Maya were invited to check out an absolutely amazing resort down
in San Diego, CA for the weekend. The Hotel Del Coronado is rated
the #2 beach in North American and USA Today rates it one the
top 10 resorts in the world. Well...after a weekend there Lorraine
and Maya can definitely say it deserves its reputation. The property
(and Coronado Beach) are huge and there was always loads going
on for teens and adults. Lorraine and Maya took in great meals,
surfing lessons, beach volleyball, yoga and spa on the beach,
clambakes and lots more. If the folks are looking for a family
holiday destination, talk them into this place, it ain't cheap
but if they're paying...hey, you'll have the time of your life
as a teen! (They even filmed a bunch of Baywatch episodes here!)
Thanks to Regan Romanoff for being a world class host.
JUNE 22-Faze was at the Much Music Video Awards again this
year. Great time as always...we'll get photos up soon in a special
section on the Faze site. Faze followed up at the Courtyard club
after the show where a bunch of the artists and bands hung out,
including Avril Lavigne!
JUNE 21-Launch party at the Guvernment in Toronto for a new
dance compilation put together by HiBias records, a strong Canadian
label in the club/dance music scene. They export alot of their
CDs to Japan, Germany and the UK. The new CD is a Guvernment branded
compilation with a very cool mix happening, managing to avoid
sounding dated/cliched/corny as some generic dance mixes tend
JUNE 13-Back-to-School photoshoot 2...done by Rob D, in studio
JUNE 12-Back-to-School fashion shoot down at Ryerson University!...done
JUNE 5-Another busy one, on top of going crazy getting ready
for the Aug/Sept issue Faze interviewed new British rock outfit
FICTION PLANE in Toronto. Faze was really were taken by their
debut album and had it spinning in the CD for the last week or
so quite independently of this last minute interview. Great down
to earth guys creating very fresh, interesting music. And we just
realized singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe Sumner is the son of
Gordon Sumner...better known as STING. We'll be checking them
out live at the El Mocambo in Toronto on Friday June 6.
the FICTION PLANE interview Faze was off to a great EMI rooftop
party. Met the guys from SUM 41 (except for Deryk who's apparently
resting sore vocal cords) and lots of amazing folks. Thanks
to Mike and Tanya for a great party.
took us to the NIKE Battleground event at Koolhaus in Toronto.
A Nike-created tournament to determine the top street basketball
players (one-on-one) in North America. Tonight the field narrowed
to just eight. A final event will crown the Toronto king of the
court to head to the US to compete for the final prize (cash,
sponsorship, etc.) Very cool scene...some great one on one b-ball.
Special performance by Kardinal Offishal and co.! Second time
we've seen Kardi in a few weeks, always a pleasure.
MAY 30-A busy day, down in Kitchener, ON at the Skills
Canada 2003 national finals. Very cool...its a competition for
a broad range of trades (from chefs to hairstylists to landscapers
to website designers to auto mechanics). We'll get some photos
online soon. Thanks to Catherine for the extended tour! We look
forward to covering Skills Canada in detail soon!
and Lorraine are down to check out the travelling Levi's Museum
as it makes a Toronto stop on worldwide tour. The collection
of garments and memorabilia from the past celebrate 150 years
of Levi's and denim. Hosted by the official Levi's historian
MAY 26-A bunch of new stories online, including all remaining
Spring/Summer 2002 articles. Time to start working on Fall and
is off to a Nike street ball promo event in Toronto.
the long weekend everyone!
MAY 15-Surya was down at the media listening to the new
Radiohead CD, Hail to the Thief. She loved it. And got to see
a pre-release screening of Matrix Reloaded as well! Her Radiohead
CD review is here.
peek at the new summer cover ===>
Biggest and best issue yet. Very summer. Featuring Faze's interview
with five-time world champion surfer, Layne Beachley (she's
going for a record sixth this year!) and a look at the surf
scene in general and in Canada. Also,watch for band interviews,
the marketing of music, global news, social and environmental
issues, summer beachwear, a 100-year history of bathing suits,
a Faze interview with Margaret Atwood, being your own boss and
an absolutely great city Ottawa is. Shame that it's the coldest
national capital on the planet, behind Moscow. Today was National
Marathon race day! Faze had participants in the 5km walk and
a two first time participants in the 21km marathon, Lorraine
and Kelly Ann. Kelly Ann finished in 2h17m, Lorraine followed
at 2h39m. Way to go, girls. Weather was cool, windy with some
Faze team is heading to Ottawa...with a bunch of us participating
in the National Marathon. Faze Founder Lorraine will be trying
her first 21km marathon.
and Paul were down at the PLANET IRS release party in Toronto.
Great performance, with a bunch of other Toronto rappers sharing
the stage throughout the night including Kardinal Offishall. IRS
is a solid new addition to the Canadian hip hop scene (although
the members of IRS have been around for a while.)
day...Jessica was clicking away on her Nikon working to get some
summery shots of Lorraine in her beachware for the "Letter
from the Editor" page and some staff pictures as well.
APR 30-Paul and Scott checked out the SONY product show in
Markham. Standout products include the entire Videocam line (especially
digital) and the LCD rear projection TVs (especially the 50"
yeah! Last minute Faze interview tomorrow with last year's American
Idol, Kelly Clarkson with a new album and movie on the way.
out the new Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP again. We'll get a full
review up soon...have a bunch of games from Electronic Arts
to review too (LOTR, JM Football, Potter). But the bottom line...the
best Gameboy yet...a cooler compact design, rechargeable battery,
look at the new cover here a Faze for the summer issue. We'll
get a preview up soon! Featuring our interview with one of the
world's greatest surfers ever, Layne Beachley and lots more.
like to officially welcome Surya Bhattacharya as the new Faze
editor! Surya is a graduate of the Carleton journalism program
and most recently the highly regarded Ryerson Magazine Publishing
programme. She's been Margaret Atwood's assistant lately helping
with Margaret's new book, Oryx & Crake, Young, smart,
hip, well-rounded...Surya is a great fit with Faze's editorial
direction. Surya already was a key part of the Spring issue.
to well over a dozen people (models, photographers, editorial
team) at the Summer Issue photoshoot today. Featuring cool summer
beach/surfwear it was shot a beach volleyball complex with members
of the Canadian Olympic team practising in the background. Thanks
to WEST49, Billabong, Powder Room/Ripzone, Modrobes, Oakley
for clothes/accessories and Maybelline, Mary Kay, Lancome, Caroline
for cosmetics. All the models that helped out were fabulous,
and they were all amateurs!
APR 10-FAZE was a guest at the FACE OF FASHION gala in Toronto,
a charity event for victims of domestic violence. Hosted by
CHUM/CITYTV's Jeanne Beker, Liz West &Ingrid Shoemacher,
the fashion show segment feature top Canadian designers such
as Misura & Damsels In This Dress.
APR 5-A great new contest is being featured on the Contest
Page...hosted by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency)
it's a call for essays or art dealing with topics affecting
young people in developing countries (AIDS, poverty, nutrition,
education, environmental issues, child slavery/employment.)
Prizes include several trips to Africa!
APR 1-A Faze interview with 50 Cent is in the works. Stay
interview with Gob in Toronto. Friggin' great bunch of guys! Watch
for the interview in the May issue...also look for photos online
when we get finally redo our gallery later this month.
editorial meeting with our teen and college students to get the
Summer issue content finalized. Thanks to everyone across Canada
who has given Faze cool ideas for articles. The summer issue is
out later in May.
MAR 21-Been getting great feedback from the latest spring
issue. Wait until you see the rest of the year!
Bush's personal vendetta against one man (Saddam, of course)
will lead to the US military directly and deliberately killing
thousands of innocent men, women and children in Iraq and causing
suffering and eventual death to millions more. Bush has never
had any interest in peace, his only focus was to punish Saddam
Hussein. To satisfy this personal grudge of Bush, millions will
die or suffer. American public opinion, the UN, inspectors,
and the overwhelmingly majority of the planet are simply annoying
obstacles in his way to be ridiculed and ignored. We should
revisit the definitions of the terms dictator, tyrant or despot---"an
oppressive ruler who exercises power in a harsh, cruel manner"
SOUNDS LIKE GEORGE BUSH JR!!!!
Let's pray there will be a last minute burst of common sense
from the US rulers.
St. Patrick's Day...wear a little green!!! It's Faze's favourite
colour as well!
MAR 12-More Faze on TV...our star reporter Maya will be
featured on the TVO daytime talkshow "More To Life"
on at 1:00 pm. Channel 2 in Toronto.
MAR 9-Hope everyone catches YTV at 9:30 pm EST...Girlz-TV
will be featuring a "day in the life" of Faze Editor
Lorraine! Should be fun.
ready for the hot new and long awaited Spring Issue of Faze. Subscribers
can look forward to their copies coming in the next couple of
28-Alright guys (and gals)...we've got our hands on the PC
version of probably the hottest video game of the past 6 months,
Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's: Splinter Cell. On the XBox it has been
voted #1 for Best Game, Best Sound, Best Graphics, Best Storyline.
So, needless to say, we were stoked to get it up and running.
Unfortunately, we discovered our office PCs were too slow (at
600 & 800 Mhz) for optimal enjoyment...so we've decided to
wait an extra week and create a hot new testing station...long
overdue. As soon as that's up and running we'll give Splinter
Cell a run through and give you our own impresssions. Perhaps,
the coolest thing is that it was developed by the Ubisoft design
team in Montreal!!! Sounds like a good future homegrown story
for the magazine!
28-Check out the Bike Show this weekend
in Toronto. We'll be there.
FEB 26-Faze interview with Boomcat.
FEB 25-Faze Magazine had some great
unexpected coverage early this week on TV newsprograms
and in newspapers thanks to a bunch of rabid Avril fans in her
hometown of Napanee, ON waving around copies of Faze magazine!
FEB 24-Avril was robbed!!! Canadian winners included Diana
Krall (vocal jazz) and Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings soundtrack)
FEB 23-Good luck to all the Canadian nominees at the Grammy's,
but mostly good luck to Avril...you're the best this year by
RANT TIME : What we don't get is Norah Jones...come on..how
boring...taking a musical genre that's decades old and stale
(light, middle of the road white female vocal lounge jazz -
see Diana Krall) written by a bunch of old guys for a talented
and attractive 22-year old. Norah...you seem like a wonderful
person but sorry, Avril deserves the prize...it's shame the
Academy is made up of a bunch of old guys, we'll see how they
FEB 19-Faze Interview with British rockers The Music. The
guys in the band were really great. They also talked us out
of our office soccer ball (a Spalding Infusion) to take on their
current tour (they're opening for Coldplay). Went to see their
show down at the Rivoli in Toronto...5 star performance...they
sound as good or better live vs. CD. Great energy too...with
the lead singer dancing like a wildman through the entire set.
17-Faze will be meeting the stars of
WWE at the upcoming RAW event in Toronto.
FEB 16-The new spring issue of Faze is getting ready to go
to press, a great new collection of articles and interviews for
you guys. Grammy nominee Craig David is on the cover.
FEB 14-The Winter Contest has come to a close. There's been
a mad rush of entries to push the total well above 10,000...a
new Faze record. Draws will take place as soon all the entries
are recorded. We'll contact all winners in the next couple of
weeks and then post the names on the website.
FEB 14-Happy Valentine's!
FEB 9-Faze's own Paul was a finalist in the Ontario Squash
Championship...missed winning the tournament by just two points
in the fifth game.
29-Founder Lorraine and the Faze team
are being featured on GIRLZ-TV...shown on Global and YTV. A
look at the career of a successful young Canadian female entrepreneur.
We'll let you know when the show airs.
JAN 27-Today is Family Literacy Day in Canada...get reading
everybody! Faze is a sponsor of events across Canada. The more
people that enjoy reading, the more people able to enjoy Faze
JAN 22-Liane interviewed Craig David today...Craig was great!
JAN 14-Working on something with British R&B star Craig
David article...stay tuned!
JAN 13-Editor Lorraine was interviewed on AM800-Windsor
JAN 1-Whoo-whoo...Happy New Year! Have a great year!