Emily Haines Is My Blonde Karen O and Samsung Galaxy Is Possibly My Future BlackBerry

The saying “Sell in May and go away” is more than evident along Bay St. during the summer months as Toronto’s business elite pack up their BlackBerries and head for cottage country. Yesterday, however, it was surprisingly packed. Instead of old men in suits, FIVE THOUSAND hot and sweaty, twenty-something shutterbugs clamoured on -whatever they could – to get optimum views for the free Metric show, put on by Samsung Mobile.

The “secret” concert was officially announced at 6AM yesterday morning and Toronto’s Twittersphere went wild. (A contest to win VIP passes on @shedoesthecity received 93 retweets in just over five hours!)

While bankers cursed as they missed their trains to suburbia, we enjoyed front row vantage for a forty-five minute set.

Worlds collided when an after party packed chichi Bymark. Media types and Samsung staffers knocked back strong cocktails while Emily Haines and crew graciously mingled to sign autographs.

By the end of the night I was sure I wanted to trade in my shabby BlackBerry for the new Samsung Android. I even had, what I thought was a legitimate list of reasons why it was a “better fit”. Too bad this morning my IT Manager squashed that dream when he reminded me that “we use Blackberries” and the company foots my bill!


  1. Anonymous
    August 6, 2010

    yeah your contest had 93 retweets and somehow a blogger for muchmusic won. how exactly did you choose the winner? who you knew the best? or who had the most connections?

  2. Anonymous
    August 9, 2010

    Shame, to put Karen O and Haynes in the same spot. Karen O does not sell out to a phone pitch. Maybe to fashion icons… BSS folks must feel puky about it.

  3. haley
    August 10, 2010

    We didn’t know she was a Muchmusic Blogger. We selected our winner-and select all our contest winners-at random. We were delighted to send someone who was so excited about the show. With over 90 entries, we don’t have time to check into who’s winning what-we just randomly select someone, and this time it was great that it was a fan who was so excited to be there!

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