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How do you become a Motherf**kin Starboy?

Canada has given so much to the world….Justin Trudeau, Bryan Adam, Celine Dion, Drake, Maple Syrup and even Justin Bieber!

And another great Canadian graced our shores last night and filled Spark Arena to the rafters….The Weeknd

In his first ever NZ performance, The Weeknd ‘turnt up!” The crowd were treated to one of the best concerts of the year. Accompanied by his live Band, he performed his biggest hits of his career so far. Opening the show with his chart topping single Starboy, the performance set the bar for the rest of his hour long set.

He took the crowd on a musical journey of his career performing singles from his mixtapes – House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, along with a rare performance of Angel – a favourite single of his, from his second album, Beauty behind the Madness. He also gave breathtaking performances of his other chart topping singles Wicked Games, Can’t feel my face and I feel it Coming. Complemented by the visuals and a triangular, floating lighting rig, made for a showstopping concert.

The Weeknd also appeared to be very humbled by the crowd reaction, whose cheers and calls for an encore were deafening. He thanked the crowd on several occasions promising to return to New Zealand every year.

Let’s hope he sticks to his promise so that many more can see the motherf**kin Starboy!

1DP | Day 9 of 100 Days, 100 Lives

Writer. Actress. Law Graduate. Meet Storme Sen. She’s been a part of our crew for the past two years now and is currently finding her place in the world (in Toronto, Canada).

Here are a few of her favourite things:

What’s at the top of your playlist right now?

I’m still very in love with Ellie Goulding’s album Halcyon Days. It’s one of the few albums that I don’t need to skip a song on. Particular favourites on that album are Figure 8, Ritual, Tesselate and Midas Touch. One of my biggest regrets is that I wasn’t able to see her and Broods live in concert before I left for my trip around North America and Canada.

However, the song I abuse the replay button for the most is currently Free by Rudimental feat. Emeli Sande. It has personal significance for me because, after five and a half years of studying for my BA/LLB, I was feeling claustrophobic in my city and desperately craved new scenery (except you, mac+mae, I carry you with me in my heart wherever I go! We <3 you too, Storm 🙂). In order to earn the money to travel I worked multiple jobs, seven days a week, and the only thing keeping me going was the thought of some freedom. Even if you’re just having an average day, the music video is both uplifting and inspiring. I recommend it because it leaves you with a feeling of infinite hope.

What’s your favourite meal or something amazing you’ve eaten recently?

Something awesome that I’ve eaten recently is actually a Cinnabon! I had never tried it before, and I was really excited because a few of my friends raved about it. It was a small but memorable first experience here in Canada. A Cinnabon is this sticky, gooey, divine cinnamon roll with icing on top. I know why there’s an obesity epidemic in the west now. Worth every bite.

Cinnabon - #FoodPorn

Cinnabon – #FoodPorn

Describe your outfit today or one that always sees you right….

It’s currently summer here in Toronto, sitting at a sweltering 25 degrees celsius (envy me, New Zealand). Parting with a lot of my beautiful wardrobe was quite painful, but I had to bring light and practical clothes with me while I travel. Today I’m wearing a floral/watercolour blouse from Forever New, and white denim short shorts. I’m not usually a fan of anything floral, but the blouse is in my favourite colours and is very versatile. I can wear it over jeans, shorts or even tuck it into a black pencil skirt for work. The key to choosing clothes for traveling is to choose items that can mix and match.

Storme Sen - #OOTD

Storme Sen – #OOTD

Connect with Storme on Twitter & Instagram.

Last year we set out to discover your story – everyone has one to tell, and we told a hundred. This year, we’re changing it up and we’re curating your favourite things. We want to know what you listen to (#NP), what you wear (#OOTD) and what you eat (#FoodPorn).  If you can share it on your socials, we want to share it on ours! Follow our project here.

1DP | Day 3 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

Day 3 of our project has us heading across oceans to meet the least important man on earth.  Meet Luke Sequeira, he’s a Digital Marketing (genius) / Product Strategist who can be found climbing a mountain in Vancouver, exchanging ideas in Toronto or changing the tech landscape in one of my favourite places in the world, Goa (India).  He may be a man of few words, but he knows how to make them count.

What’s your biggest fear?
Not making an impact.

What’s your purpose in life?
To dramatically change the way something is done. I’m not sure what this thing is.

What are you passionate about?
Life and change.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The possibility of changing things.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?
Hmm, let’s change the subject.

 If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?
Change nothing.

What is your happy place?
It keeps changing.  But usually, the act of climbing a mountain.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?
Changing something… Beginning with the tech landscape in Goa through StartupGoa.org.


Photo credit: Roohshad Garda

Carly Rae Jepsen is heading our way

Whether it was on the radio, music television or YouTube, you’ve probably heard ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Canadian singer/songwriter Carley Rae Jepsen.


The irresistibly catchy song has been sitting at #1 on iTunes for 4 weeks, and has been certified platinum in New Zealand.  The track is dominating our radio airwaves and it’s had OVER 27 MILLION VIEWS on YouTube.


If that’s not enough, it also has celebs making home-made music videos!  If you don’t believe us, you can see for yourselves here – from Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez right through to James Franco and most recently pop princess Katy Perry.


So what’s her story?

Having impressed Justin Bieber, a man with some serious musical clout, who first heard the song on Canadian radio while holidaying in his home country, Jepsen found herself on a rollercoaster ride of success thanks to the backing of Bieber and his team.


Paying it forward…

Says Justin Bieber, “I feel as an artist I have a responsibility to pay it forward. When I was home in Canada I heard Carly and I became a fan and felt like I could help her the way Usher helped me. The good news is that she is a superstar”.



To celebrate her success in New Zealand, Carly Rae Jepsen will be in Auckland for a whirlwind visit, arriving on May 5.  We’ll keep you posted of any in-store appearances she might do over the weekend.


In the meantime, you can watch her official video (again), check out her website, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.