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Daily Dose: Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony

While the main point of the Olympic Games is to showcase each country’s athletic strengths and to keep raising worldwide standards of speed, power, and strength, the closing ceremony encompasses a much broader spectrum of the host country’s culture. London blew us away with the musical talents they chose to display in the closing ceremony this year. If you haven’t already watched, click here to review some of the acts. Performances came from the following: Queen, Kaiser Chiefs, George Michael, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Ed Sheeran, Muse, Spice Girls, The Who, Liam Gallagher, fat Boy Slim, Eric Idle, and a few more that are slipping my mind at the moment.

When you really think about it, we grew up with some of the music that we heard from London’s closing ceremony. It really doesn’t matter where music is from, but that we listen and enjoy it.


Daily Dose: Excel Art

Microsoft Excel is an incredibly bland spreadsheet program that you use to punch in numbers and data. Who would’ve thought it would be possible to turn it into art. Joe Penna, AKA Mystery Guitar Man is a longtime Youtube star (since 2006) who uses his musical and computer savvy talents to create fun and impressive video pieces. Most recently, he has made an animation video using Microsoft Excel. Who would’ve thought that was possible.

Here’s another one of my favourites by Mystery Guitar Man.

and another


Composer and Vocalist: Kenneth Yeung

Meet Kenneth Yeung, a vocalist and composer who brings a unique, authentic spin on acapella arrangements. See him live at the Kollaboration Koffeehouse – only a few days away!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kenneth Yeung, I’m a singer from Toronto.  I’ve been singing and composing for various local jazz and R&B groups for many years now.  These days I’m creating acapella arrangements live, using just my voice, a microphone and a loop machine.”

2) What inspired you to become a singer?
I grew up listening to groups like Boyz II Men, and jazz greats like Bobby McFerrin and Take 6.  They inspire my music.  But my biggest inspiration is my high school music teacher.  She taught me what it means to work hard at something and about the importance of being yourself.”

3) Define success.
To me, success simply means finding something that you’re passionate about, something you love doing, and being able to use that to have a positive influence on other people.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
My advice is the same for anyone: don’t worry about everyone else and just focus on what you do best.  Be the best at being you.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
Too many to list!”

Enjoy drinks, food, and live music this Friday, August 3rd!

Musician and Singer: Daniel Oh

Meet Daniel Oh, a talented musician and vocalist!


1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“I’m a 17-year old student from Toronto, Ontario. I have been a performing singer since I was 14, and have since performed at such places as the World Expo in China. I will be attending the University of Toronto next year for Commerce.


2) What inspired you to become a singer?
“Nothing, specifically. I’ve just always enjoyed singing. In addition, I’ve been an avid musician for most of my life, and I consider vocals just another instrument that I can play.”


3) Define success.
“Success is when you accomplish something that you have set out to do.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
“Practice and find places that you can play – this means anywhere: school, venues, etc.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
“I don’t have one song that I can name as my favourite, but at the moment it seems that I’ve been listening to “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” by Sam Cooke a lot recently.”


Join Daniel and other talented performers at this Friday’s Kollaboration KoffeeHouse!

Musician and Singer: April-Joyce Bulangcao

Join Kollaboration Toronto for our first ever “Koffee House” this Friday, August 3rd at 8pm in the Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave, Toronto). Enjoy live music, refreshments, snacks, and a chance to win great prizes! (For more information, visit and RSVP on our Facebook event)

Now meet one of our performers, April-Joyce Bulangcao!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“My name is April-Joyce Bulangcao (April-Joyce). I am thirteen years old and I love to sing. I started singing when I was seven years old. I learn music at Ontario Conservatory of Music, and  I take piano and vocal. I like to sing because many people inspire me to inspire others, and my motive is to serve and inspire.”

2) What inspired you to become as singer?
“When I was a young kid, I would listen to music all the time and try to sing it,but when it came to performing in front of the public I would become very shy.But now, I got used to performing so I don’t become nervous that much. Also people with different talents inspire me to try my best in what I’ve got and become the person who I am today.” 

3)  Define success.
“To me,success is setting out a goal and staying determined until you have achieved that goal. Success is also taking the opportunities that will lead to success.For example,whenever I see auditions being held for a talent search I go for it,and I’ll do my best. It is not just about winning because sometimes it can turn out to be a great experience for you.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian Pacific Islander) youth aspiring to become artists?
“Advice that I can give for API is to always do your best when you’re performing and to be different and unique.At times you can be very proud of what you have achieved,but you always have to put in your mind that you have to be humble around people. Also,to always put your heart and soul into your work,and never give up.”

5) Favorite song of all time?
“My favourite song of all time is Hero by Mariah Carey.”

Come see April-Joyce perform with a great line up of talent this Friday!

David Choi and Clara C Fall Tour Hits Toronto on October 28!

The duo performs in Toronto on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Great Hall!

Tickets are available online at:


  • General Admission – $15: Entry into the event.  (Please note a general admission ticket does NOT guarantee a meet/greet)
  • VIP – $25: Early entry into the event, Priority Meet/Greet. Limited
  • Fan Experience $100: The ultimate fan experience.  Dinner with the artists and touring team at the venue.  Backstage access before the event. One on one meet greet before the event with the artists. VERY LIMITED

Promo Video:

David Choi and Clara C

David Choi and Clara C – Fall Tour Dates | Source: Clara C Music

Sponsored by: 

  • One Day’s Wages
  • SASE
  • Snupped
  • Blue Microphones
  • David Choi Music
  • Clara C Music
  • Tunezy
  • Kollaboration

Check out their Tunezy pages:

David Choi | Clara C

Daily Dose: What Makes You Beautiful

Although a huge number of people have covered One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” over the last few months, this is [one of] the most creative covers I’ve seen so far.


Musician, Singer, Rapper: Jimmy Li (Jrabbit)

Meet Jimmi Li (Jrabbit), a member of the group, FLY. Come see them perform at Kollaboration Koffee House  on August 3rd@8PM in the Black Swan Tavern!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“My name is Jimmy Li (Jrabbit). I’m an Honors Life Science student pursuing a career in the medical field. My lead instruments are guitar and vocals. I also play instruments like the flute, drums, bass guitar, keyboard and rap.”

2. What inspired you to become as singer?  
“As a kid, I’ve always enjoyed the spot light, and being the center of attention. Performing music is an outlet for me to express my creativity to others.”

3. Define success.
“Success is being happy with what you do. 
Success is being responsible with yourself and others. 
Success is being grateful for what you have.”

4. Do you have any advice for API (Asian Pacific Island) youth aspiring to become artists?
“My advice for the API youth is to:
Always be ready to show your best, because you never know who’s watching.” 
“Pursue a career that interests you, not your parents or anyone else. After all, you will be the one living with it for the rest of your life.” 

5. Favorite song of all time?
Sing for the moment – Eminem”

Kollaboration Toronto 2012 FINALISTS!

Introducing this year’s lineup for the show —
In no particular order:

  • Young: beatboxer
  • Silvia & Jerome: acoustic duo
  • Maybe Refuge: rock band
  • Team Sexy: dance crew
  • Intentional Accidentals: a capella group
  • Thoroughbred: hip-hop duo

Watch, get psyched, and come out to our show on September 15th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts!

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