Pin-up provocateur Pamela Anderson is at it again. A new television ad featuring the Ladysmith native has irked the Advertising Standards Authority of Britain, which earlier this week banned the clip from going to air in the U.K. In the ad for web-hosting company Dreamscape Networks, Anderson plays a boardroom executive who frolics with a fellow female exec while being splashed— in slow motion, while wearing a bikini, natch — with cream. The standards authority, citing viewer complaints, said in a statement, “We considered the ad was likely to cause serious offence to some viewers on the basis that it was sexist and degrading to women.”
MOS IS DEFINITELY IN THE HOUSE
One of the most acclaimed and versatile rappers of the past 15 years has been added to the lineup for the 14th Annual Victoria Ska Festival. Mos Def, formerly of the group Black Star, will join the closing night Ship Point lineup on July 13. He joins a five-day roster of acts that includes Dub FX, David Hilyard (of the Slackers), Tanya Stephens, Blitz the Ambassador and the Mad Caddies. The rapper-actor has been nominated for a series of performing arts honors, including the Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy awards. For more information, visit victoriaskafest.ca.
FROM PROG-METAL TO PSYCH-FOLK
Sidney-raised singer-songwriter Stephen McBean has another new project on the go.
McBean, who fronts both prog-metal act Black Mountain and psych-folk group Pink Mountaintops, has a new recording out in stores: Anarchic Breezes, the debut from his “new acoustic death folk” project, Grim Tower.
McBean is joined in the group by fellow Los Angeles resident Imaad Wasif, former touring guitarist for Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The band’s recording — which Pitchfork skewered this week with a 5.3 out of 10 rating — is available everywhere, but you’d be smart to grab it from outerbatteryrecords.com.
The website is offering a limited edition version of the album on forest green vinyl, complete with a hand-silkscreened cover.
DIABATE CANCELS ISLANDFESTGIG
Courtenay’s Vancouver Island Music Festival lost an intriguing addition to this year’s lineup: Toumani Diabate, who has had to cancel his appearance due to a bout of malaria, organizers said. Diabate, well known for his work on the Malian kora — a 21-string harp — was told by doctors not to travel this summer. Vusi Mahlasela, a South African singer-songwriter, will take Diabate’s place in the lineup. The festival runs July 12-14 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. For more information, visit islandmusicfest.com.
POP SINGER HAS NEW SONG
Victoria pop singer Brooke Turner released her debut single, Convince Me, on iTunes this week. Turner, 17, is a former regional finalist in CBC Music’s Searchlight competition and part-time student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is currently recording songs that will appear on her forthcoming full-length due later this year.
To hear the song, visit soundcloud.com/brooketurner.
GIRLS WANNA ROCK
Girls in the Garden City take note: Girls Rock Camp Victoria is coming in 2014 for a six-day session. Girls between the ages of 8 and 18 will learn many facets of music-making, including playing, writing and performing.
Girls Rock Camp, which got its start in Portland, Oregon, was the subject of the 2008 documentary, Girls Rock!
Other camps are based in Vancouver, Brazil and Seattle.
Judging by the camp’s motto (“We believe girls have the right to be loud and take up space”), there’s a lot to like here. For more information, visit girlsrockvictoria.ca.
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