Kingpin’s Hideaway Donates Vintage Trophies to CBC Radio for Prestigious 2012 Bucky Awards

The real, live CBC Radio 3 2012 Bucky Awards - vintage trophies provided through the generous support of Kingpin's Hideaway.

The real, live CBC Radio 3 2012 Bucky Awards – vintage trophies provided through the generous support of Kingpin’s Hideaway.

 

In honour of the 2012 Bucky Awards being presented this week by CBC Radio 3 Kingpin’s Hideaway has graciously donated the vintage trophies being given to the winners! The Bucky Awards are CBC Radio 3’s annual celebration of the very best Canadian music of the year, as chosen by their listeners.

 

The trophies even have there own gallery on the CBC Radio website. Here are a sample:

 

The 2012 Rookie of the Year

 

Creepy baby award presented to The 2012 Rookie of the Year

Creepy baby award presented to our rookie of the year.

 

The #socialbutterfly Bucky for 2012

 

the #socialbutterfly Bucky for 2012

the #socialbutterfly Bucky for 2012

 

The Bucky for Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket

 

The Bucky for Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket

The Bucky for Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket

 

You can listen the live broadcast of the Bucky Awards Gala here.

 

Bucky Crest

Bucky Crest (Photo credit: CBC Radio 3)

 

 

 

Kingpin’s Hideaway at the Next Electro Swing Club

Kingpin’s Hideaway and Cabaret Vintage  are both pleased to host the Velvet Parlour at this month’s edition of Electro Swing Club at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel.

This Friday, August 17th, the Velvet Parlour will feature our curated vintage fashion in a photo booth experience; featuring many original and designer pieces from our current collection. Linger in the Velvet Parlour and perhaps pose in our vintage photography booth. Find out… What kind of man wears Kingpin?

Define your style this Friday in clothing from designers including Hugo Boss, Yves St. Laurent and Alexander McQueen and make your mark on the world.

Electro Swing Club is a monthly dance party fusing traditional swing with modern electronic beats à la Victrolacore! Friday evening will feature DeeJays, live acts, visuals, burlesque and a 1920s – 40s dress code.

TICKETS to Electro Swing Club will be available for $20 at the door or $15 if dressed in
vintage attire.

Kingpin Music – Electro Swing in Toronto, Friday April 13th at the Gladstone Hotel

Electro Swing in Toronto, Friday April 13th at the Gladstone Hotel

Electro Swing Club is a global network, operating sold-out events in London, Paris, Turin, Vancouver and beyond. It is coming to Toronto as the one and only monthly event dedicated to the genre. The launch event is this Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen West in Toronto.

Electro Swing Club Canada Party Guests

Electro Swing Club Canada Party Guests


The electro swing sound is a fusion of old and new, combining traditional swing with electronic music such as house, electro, dubstep, drum & bass and hip hop. I would consider it a solid branch of the victrolacore music tree.


This event will feature DJs, live acts, burlesque performers, visuals and décor and, together with a vintage dress code, will evoke the sounds, spirit and fashion of the 1920s – 40s, giving them a modern edge.

You can check out their website at www.electroswing.ca

Victrolacore Breaks into the Mainstream – Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer with Zoe Ball

Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer

Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer and Victrolacore Innovator

Moving into mainstream consciousness is never a gentleman’s motivation, yet it is often a result of a gentleman’s actions. So a resounding ‘Hazzah!’ for Mr. B. The Gentleman Rhymer, chap hop innovator and victrolacore artiste, on his recent appearance at the Latitude Festival and performing on television for the beautiful and talented presenter Zoe Ball. Well done, chap, well done.


Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer performs ‘All Hail The Chap’ live from the Sky Arts TV Studio at Latitude Festival, 2011

Victrolacore – Satirical Music for the Sartorial Gentleman

Doctor Steel - OV (Original Villain)

Doctor Steel – OV (Original Villain)

A musical phenomenon of interest to the Kingpin gentleman is one that is emerging from genres being called ‘chap hop‘, ‘modern burlesque’, ‘steampunk‘, even ‘industrial hip-hop opera‘ all of which I put under the broader category of what I have termed Victrolacore. You heard it here first!

The key elements of this branch of the punk bush are the reuse of previous cultural expressions now considered quaint and old-fashioned. Samples taken from recordings of the 20s and 30s; use of antiquated instruments like the banjolele or the harmonium and lyrics peppered with out-of-date colloquialisms are commonly combined with a modern musical approach, like hip hop or industrial structures and then viewed through the gin-soaked lens of satire.

Frisky and Mannish - Chained Heat Prison Edition!

Frisky and Mannish – Chained Heat Prison Edition!

These grafted together with a Kurt Weill sensibility the evokes the music halls of Berlin and London in the period between the world wars. The pervasive decadent burlesque mood hangs from the music. Clever wit (including a stage persona that amplifies the musician’s over-all intent) fuse these disparate elements together.

Mr. B and Professor Elemental - Chap Hop Rivals

Mr. B and Professor Elemental – Chap Hop Rivals

To get an idea of the artists covered by my Victrolacore label I would direct you to listening to Doctor Steel, Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer, and Professor Elemental. I would also include the work of Richard Cheese and Frisky and Mannish, as their work utilizes the same devices, only in reverse; they apply antiquated musical styling to current pop music, and produce the music live as opposed to using samples.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine

Key to all of these artists is being elegant ladies and gentlemen their work exudes, each with deeply satisfying satirical effect. Especially enjoyable is how the unrelentingly evil Doctor Steel is careful to observe proper social etiquette in his quest for world domination.

Buried deep in the whole experience of these artists is, I believe, the central tenet also found in dandyism, and one I’ve written about before. The  Worker-Dandyist International says it best:

“…define our Dandyism, in essence, as simply making as much of an effort as possible with the limited resources available.  An effort in sartorial flair and individuality, an effort in civility, social responsibility and courtesy, and an effort in communal culture, welfare and hedonism.”

and Charles Baudelaire puts it best, that,

“Dandyism is not even an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of his mind.”

Victrolacore musically expresses this same flare. Rage on, good chums, rage on.

Article first published as Victrolacore – Satirical Music for the Sartorial Gentleman on Technorati.