Carly Announces Concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra!

Carly announced today on Twitter & Instagram that she will be performing a one night only concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on June 16th. It will be the first time she has done a full concert backed by a live orchestra. Tickets are going fast (already more than half gone!), so get them soon if you are anywhere near the Toronto area on 6/17!

One Night ONLY!

Broadwayworld.com gives us the low-down on the event:

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is delighted to welcome Canadian multi-platinum, Grammy- and JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen for a single, not-to-be-missed performance of her music accompanied by the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale today.

 

As the TSO continues to celebrate Canadian music and its many genres, the much-anticipated performance is part of the TSO’s Canada Mosaic-a Canada 150 Signature Project. Jepsen-a singer, songwriter, and actress-shares the stage with long-time collaborator Tavish Crowe (Musical Director and guitarist) and the TSO, under the musical direction of Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin. To the delight of Jepsen’s fans and TSO buffs alike, the evening includes some of the artist’s greatest hits including excerpts from her critically acclaimed album E•MO•TION.

 

“Canada Mosaic celebrates our musical diversity and Canadian artists. Its lineup features some amazing collaborations, including one with singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen. Make the most of Canada 150 and let yourself be captivated by Canadian music!” -The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Billboard Names “Call Me Maybe” as having the #1 Chorus of the 21st Century

Released in 2012, “Call Me Maybe” was a cosmic force that could not be denied. Five years later, it is still garnering accolades. Recently, it had achieved the rare Diamond cetification by the RIAA, and now Billboard has honored it for having the #1 chorus of the 21st century in its recent Top 100 list:

One string swipe into the “Call Me Maybe” chorus, and it’s all over. The song hits its disco strut, Carly Rae begins her pickup line, and before you look up the song’s already in the stratosphere, soaring from its first “Hey, I…” Aside from the fact that CRJ encapsulates everything you’ve ever felt in a post-crush rush in 17 words — maybe even just the three of the title — she delivers it with expert over-excited anxiousness, as if darting between the raindrops of the string stabs. And then, the perfectly paradoxical post-chorus: “Before you came into my life I missed you so bad.” All in all, the best part of the “Call Me Maybe” chorus was how it ended up summarizing our own feelings about the song — the giddiness, the awkward excitement, and the feeling of how we never knew how much we needed a song like it in our lives until it showed up.

In addition, Billboard has also put together a companion article with Carly’s thoughts on the mega-hit:

I was in Vancouver at my apartment, with [co-writer] Tavish Crowe to begin with, and he was just strumming some chords, and I sang out what I thought was a pre[-chorus],” Jepsen recalls. “We had a verse, we had a completely different chorus, and I thought that what I was singing at the time — ‘Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy’ — was just, like, filler lyrics. I mentioned to Tavish that we would fix them later, and he said, ‘No, I think they’re kind of quirky and light-hearted and fun. I think we should keep those.

Carly performs in Toronto for Showcase 360

Carly performed today at a corporate gig in Toronto. This time for Showcase 360, a trade show for pharmacy retail. We don’t have details of the setlist but we know she performed Good Time and Call Me Maybe. Below are some videos and photos we’ve been able to find on Instagram:

@jason_t this one’s for you.

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Snapchat: Bedhead Carly in Toronto

A rare Carly sighting today on Snapchat. The original version was sped up, but I’ve decided to slow it down to the original speed for better viewing/listening. For those that hoped that it was a tease of #CRJ4, I’m sorry to say that it’s probably not..

The Snapchat caption originally read: “Toronto and some ace morning bed hair”

Instagram Update: Recording day with Justin Raisen @ Capitol Records #CRJ4

An Instagram Story tease from Carly (left) and a cute scene of Carly and Justin’s baby boy (right):

Instagram Update: Carly Rae Jepsen @ Coachella Recap

Although she didn’t perform at Coachella this year, Carly attended the festival over the weekend with her sister Katie.  Here are some photos we’ve managed to find on Instagram:

Instagram Update: Photoshoot Day with Vanessa Heins

New photos have cropped up on Carly’s and Vanessa Hein’s Instagram accounts. I usually don’t post up photos from Carly’s Instagram feed in the news section of the site due to redundancy (her feed is already posted on the side-column of this site). However, in this case, I will make an exception for the sake for completeness of these great photos from Ms. Heins:

Listen: “Popular Music: the Podcast” dissects “I Really Like You”

I want to share with you this great podcast dedicated to “I Really Like You”, hosted by Steven Ray Morris and Analise Nelson. Nelson is (apparently) a trained singer and analyzes the song in ways that might give you a deeper appreciation for the song. They also touch upon other Carly songs as well. Please check it out!

The hosts also promised to do a podcast on other Carly songs in the future.  We look forward to it!