Sunday, July 31, 2011

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Film Screening with Guillermo Del Toro August 8 in NYC

If it's co-written by Guillermo Del Toro, I wouldn't believe the title! From a media release:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents
Film Comment Selects: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Country: USA | | Running time:100 minutes
August 8, 2011 - New York City

In person: co-writer/co-producer Guillermo Del Toro, actress Bailee Madison and director Troy Nixey!

In comic-book artist Troy Nixey’s (creature) feature debut, an emotionally troubled young girl (Bailee Madison) is shipped off to Rhode Island to live with her self-involved father (Guy Pearce) and his accommodating girlfriend (Katie Holmes).

Abandonment issues are quickly overtaken by terror when the girl starts hearing voices coming from the creepy old mansion's basement, where a horde of tiny demons with sinister motivations lie in wait. Those around her believe it’s all a figment of the child's overactive imagination, except for the longtime caretaker who's well-versed in the secrets of the house...

Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) co-wrote and co-produced the movie, which is based on the 1973 telefilm that del Toro considers to be the scariest TV production ever made.

Image of Katie Holmes from the film courtesy of FilmDistrict and Miramax - photo credit Carolyn Johns
• Photo of Guillermo del Toro at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego by Gage Skidmore

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Troy Nixey, 2010, USA; 100m
A FilmDistrict release

On sale now
$21 General Public/ $17 Students, Seniors & Children

Inaugural Top Ten Event in Toronto August 4 2011 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

From a media release:

Stellar line-up for Top Ten Event
Jake Gold, Kelly Carlson round out 10 speakers for inaugural event

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto

Toronto, ON – Stuart Knight is pleased to announce the final list of speakers and their topics for the first-ever Top Ten Event. Taking place on Thursday, August 4 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, this unique event will inspire, educate and entertain while raising money and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, an organization that supports grassroots projects turning the tide of AIDS in Africa.

The 10 inspiring Canadians taking part in the Top Ten Event are (alphabetically by last name):

Kelly Carlson (actress Nip/Tuck): on Manifesting Your Life
Donna Dooher (chef, cookbook author and owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen): on Food
Jake Gold (CEO, The Management Trust; EVP, Entertainment Business Affairs; Canadian Idol judge): on the Music Industry
Rex Harrington (Artist-in-Residence at the National Ballet of Canada and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada - pictured): on Partnerships
George Kourounis (storm chaser and host of OLN’s Angry Planet): on Your Comfort Zone
Dr. Samantha Nutt (founder of War Child Canada): on Making a Difference
Lisa Ray (international performer and philanthropist - pictured below): on Accepting Life
Bruce Poon Tip (founder of GAP Adventures): on Adventure
Shevaun Voisin (founder of Motivated Magazine): on the Power of Audacity
W. Brett Wilson (entrepreneur, philanthropist and host of Risky Business):on Success

Cameras will film the evening as part of Risky Business, a new television series hosted by Wilson that will begin airing on Monday, September 12 on the Slice Network.

• Tickets retail for $40 or $60 and are available now at

About Stuart Knight:
Stuart Knight is an entrepreneur, actor, entertainer, writer and producer. He graduated from the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since establishing his company, Knight has written, produced and starred in shows that have been seen by more than one million people across North America. Each year, he travels the country giving inspirational speeches and workshops, and has shared the stage with such notable names as Pamela Wallin, Robin Sharma and Jenny McCarthy. He has a new book titled You Should Have Asked – the Art of Powerful Conversation.

About The Stephen Lewis Foundation:
The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) supports community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, children orphaned by AIDS, grandmothers, and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, the SLF has funded more than 700 initiatives with 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

To China with Love: Canada's Shumka Ukrainian Dancers on Tour Aug 3 to Sept 14

From a media release:


Edmonton, AB
– Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers will celebrate half a century of Shumka’s dance tradition in a whirlwind of colour, power, and grace with the people of China during a 14 city tour, beginning August 3, 2011.  Shumka will present SHUMKA at 50 - featuring retrospective and all-new works highlighting Shumka’s distinct style and innovation.  Performed by Shumka’s 40 talented dancers, SHUMKA at 50 will be a breathtakingly powerful production celebrating the artistic evolution of traditional dance in Canada, celebrated with the passionate people of China.

First touring China in 2004 and 2007, Shumka visited the finest stages of the region.  The 2011 return of Shumka will see the company perform in nearly double the amount of cities from their inaugural visit.   SHUMKA at 50 in China begins at the Dongguan Yulan Theater with performances August 3 & 4, and will continue through 13 additional cities, for a total of 23 performances.   The tour concludes at Zhengzhou He’nan Arts Center with two final performances September 13 & 14.

Shumka presents full-length, professional dance theatre touring productions, as well as intimate concert repertoire, across Canada and around the world. These productions marry the genre of Ukrainian dance with classical and contemporary movement to create dramatic storylines, which are recognized as distinctively Shumka-style.

In the words of the Edmonton Journal's veteran dance writer, Pamela Anthony, “Shumka has turned the idea of folk dance into a living, breathing art form and emerged as one of the most contemporary dance companies around."

All works presented in SHUMKA at 50 feature choreography by Dave Ganert, Viktor Lytvynov, John Pichlyk and Tasha Orysiuk; sets and costumes by Maria Levitska of Ukraine’s National Ballet and Opera; music composition, arrangement and orchestration by Yuri Shevchenko and Andriy Shoost of Kyiv, Ukraine; and music recorded in Ukraine by the 60-piece Kyiv City Opera Orchestra. SHUMKA at 50 is directed by Gordon Gordey.

Fans of Shumka can stay connected with the latest tour updates directly from dancers in the company, by visiting

Produced by Sulyma Productions Inc., SHUMKA at 50 in China is made possible with the support of Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, Canada Council, Alberta Lotteries and the Alberta China Office.

An excerpt of Shumka's Cinderella:

Feist New CD Preview: Metals - October 4 2011 Release

More Feist!

Feist reveals Metals cover, track list, third vignette and international dates

Another piece of the puzzle is in place.

Feist’s stunning third album Metals - the follow up to 2007’s international breakthrough The Reminder - will meet the world October 4.

Today, fans can view the album’s cover art, track list and third in a series of 12 video vignettes offering a glimpse into this intimate, transcendent record.

• Fans can now pre-order Metals
• You can bundle the album in multiple formats with tickets for the first round of European and North American tour dates exclusively at

1. The Bad In Each Other
2. Graveyard
3. Caught A Long Wind
4. How Come You Never Go There
5. A Commotion
6. Bittersweet Melodies
7. Anti Pioneer
8. Undiscovered First
9. Cicadas And Gulls
10. Woe Be
11. Comfort Me
12. Get It Wrong, Get It Right


From a media release - the teasers sound teasingly intriguing!

Feist announces new album Metals
October 4, 2011 release

Toronto, ON – On October 4, Feist returns with her highly anticipated new album, Metals - the follow-up to her 2007 breakout The Reminder - out in Canada on Arts & Crafts.

Recorded in Big Sur, California, as well as Toronto, this album was co-produced by long-time collaborators Chilly Gonzales, Mocky and newcomer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork, Bonnie "Prince" Billy). Metals is Feist’s celebratory return to the world stage.

Like The Reminder, this album is astoundingly intimate, yet often exuberant; rife with transcendent and unforgettable pop gems. Metals will be teased with 12 unique vignettes, each hinting at a different element of this stunningly beautiful, sublime record. Fans can follow their release at

Watch two video previews for the album below. In this clip, you can watch Feist, Gonzales, Mocky, and Sigurðsson at work on the album:

Photo credit is Mary Rozzi.

• Twitter: @feist_music

Here's a snippet of the new music:

Toronto Visual Arts: Henrjeta Mece at the Red Head Gallery to August 7

From a media release:

Henrjeta Mece
at the Red Head Gallery to August 7, 2011

Dialogues on Uncertainty is a series of drawings that examines poetics of survival. Stability as a state of our 'supposed' well-being and success no longer exists in the contemporary world: space and time, place and non-place, clash through speed, only to be replaced by notions of adaptability and fluidity.

Referencing a contemporary experience of travel, mobility, and diasporas, this series focuses on materialising trajectories rather than destinations. Replacing the paintbrush, a miniature car drives automatically over Atlas—a classically painted human vertebra—through the duration of each phone-call. Taking the form of a journey, the disoriented trace the vehicle leaves behind underlines the nature of life in the dialogues created between space and place, here and there, past and future. Mapping time itself, these traces remain a course, a wandering, in the struggle to be positioned.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art's 'This is Paradise'.

Henrjeta Mece is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator based in Toronto, Canada. Her research and creative practice in contemporary art discourse, history and geography explore issues related to the body, space, place and belonging. She completed her BFA at OCAD University (Toronto) and later her, MFA. She is the recipient of numerous awards including, Canada Millennium Excellence Award and has participated in several national and international residencies including, The Banff Centre for the Arts. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been exhibited throughout Europe and North America. At present, Mece is curating an exhibition for A Space and Toronto Free Gallery as well as, working on her yearlong research as a Vtape Fellow.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summerworks 2011: The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination - Aug 5 - 14

From a media release - for more on all of the Summerworks 2011 Festival check the link:

Birdtown and Swanville presents
The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination
Part of Summerworks 2011 - August 5 to 14

Hitler foamed at the mouth, Napoleon suffered from extreme eczema and every so often, Pol Pot would go blind. In exploring the mysterious and bountiful medical ailments suffered by many of history's most aggressive global dominators, the girls of Birdtown and Swanville are on a mission to find out what it's like to be one of the men in charge of the massacre in The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination.

A set made of balloons and filled with party supplies sets the stage for eight dictators to battle it out in competitions of physical strength and fortitude, tests of wit and balloon crushing races. This latest work from Birdtown and Swanville (the company whose 36 Little Plays about Hopeless Girls garnered critical acclaim at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival) explores the mysterious and bountiful medical ailments suffered by some of history's most aggressive dictators, and attempts to get under the skin to probe the pitfalls of political fortitude.

With tyrants around the world being brought to account by their own people and international courts, the company has chosen to continue the exploration of dictators such as Napoleon, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Hitler and Chairman Mao that began as part of Harbourfront Centre's HATCH program in 2010.

Played by a stellar ensemble of female performers, eight men known for regimes of terror are pitted against one another in an eccentric competition that highlights their curious eccentricities and seemingly endless stream of psychological and physical ailments.

Written and directed by Nika Mistruzzi and Aurora Stewart de Pena, with an ensemble cast including previous Birdtown and Swanville alumni Donna Maloney, Cara Gee (also appearing at SummerWorks in Sticth), Rebecca Applebaum (part of the Dora-nominated ensemble of paper SERIES), Meghan Swaby (Bullet for Adolf), Lauren Bride, Sheelagh Darling Pletsch and Jessica Salgueiro. With Balloon Explosions by Allie Marshall and Hanna Puley, costumes by Erin Alexa Freedman, lighting by Remington North and original music by Matt King of dd/mm/yyyy.

Birdtown and Swanville presents
part of the SummerWorks Festival
August 5 - 14, 2011

SHOWTIMES: Aug 5 - 5:30pm; Aug 6 - 3:00pm; Aug 9 -10:30pm; Aug 10 - 5:30pm; Aug 12 - 8:00pm; Aug 14 - 12:30pm
Tickets $15 ($16 in advance)
Box office: 416-504-7529 or

Summerworks 2011: Perhaps in a 100 Years

From a media release - for more on all of the Summerworks 2011 Festival check the link:

Small Wooden Shoe brings back the tender science fiction that first brought together (now) long time collaborators.
At Summerworks - August 4-14

Six years after their first collaboration Jacob, Ame and Chad return to the show they love and nobody saw.

In 2005, unbeknownst to almost everyone, theatre and dance artists Ame Henderson, Chad Dembski, and Jacob Zimmer spent a summer in Hub 14 making a play. Six years later, after more than a dozen shows and national and international tours, they return to spend another August at Hub 14.

Perhaps in a Hundred Years is a tender science fiction story about three friends stuck in outer space, waiting for the future to arrive. They tell stories, sing songs, pass notes, and try to answer some questions about communism, candy bars and parties. Dancing, lip syncs and quiet beauty fill the space.

Our heroes are surprisingly optimistic, given the conditions outside, armed as they are with cheerful pop songs and more than a millennium worth of utopias.  Despite an almost overwhelming pessimism for the long term future, which many of us share, Perhaps in a Hundred Years endeavors to keep it upbeat, or at least tenderly, militantly, hopeful.

Broadcast #1
We are in space. That much is clear. We seem to have forgotten how we got here. Or perhaps we never knew. We don’t know if we are on our way to some distant planet, or on our way home. We don’t know what year it is, or how many have passed. Perhaps a hundred, perhaps more. So we speculate. We consult palm readers and the bottoms of vodka bottles. We don’t remember who we were before. I think I may have been a printer. Chad has a hunch he won the Tour de France seven times after a bout with cancer. Ame is still undecided, but suspects she left children behind.

Perhaps in a Hundred Years mixes space-rock show with confessional, talk show with theatre to create vital performance for the future.

Producer: Small Wooden Shoe
Show Title: Perhaps in a Hundred Years
Conceived by: Jacob Zimmer
Created and performed by: Chad Dembski, Ame Henderson and Jacob Zimmer
In collaboration with: Kilby Smith-McGregor
Venue: Hub 14 – 14 Markham St. Toronto (near Queen and Bathurst)
Note: Seating is extremely limited. Please reserve in advance.

Performance Schedule:
• Thursday August 4, Monday August 8, Wednesday August 10, Friday August 12, Saturday August 13 -- 7pm
• Friday August 5, Thursday August 11 --  9pm
• Saturday August 6, Sunday August 7 -- 5pm
• Sunday August 14 -- 3pm

Perhaps in a Hundred Years - Summerworks Trailer from Small Wooden Shoe on Vimeo.

Roots Music in Toronto: Grainne Ryan, The Rucksack Willies & The Joyful Sinners August 5

From a media release:

SPEAK Music Presents...

WHERE: Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. Toronto, ON
WHEN: Friday, August 5 @ 8:30 pm /  9:30 pm / 10:30 pm
TICKETS: $12 adv / $15 Door @ or by calling 416-531-6604
• Dinner reservations guarantee seating

TORONTO – Rustle in the crowd and bolt the barn door shut! It’s going to be a hot night of music at Hugh’s Room. Nowhere will you find such an exciting trio of bands playing in one venue on the night of Friday, August 5th. Three of Toronto’s most dynamic up-and-coming groups GRAINNE, THE RUCKSACK WILLIES and THE JOYFUL SINNERS take the stage for a thrilling musical ride ranging in styles from catchy roots/pop to hillbilly heaven to sinful soul, blues and glorious gospel.


The first thing you need to know about Grainne is how to say her name and what it means. It's pronounced grawn-ya, it's an old Irish name and in English it means Grace. Grainne has “graced” us with her 3rd EP Looking For Sunshine (produced by Moe Berg), which was released on November 26, 2010.

Eric Thom writes in a recent Roots Music Canada review, that Grainne’s music is “reminiscent of Lucinda Williams and a slightly rebellious Mary Chapin Carpenter.... her original compositions are instantly familiar-sounding, hook-laden songs that encourage you to kick up your feet and, in some cases, sing along.”

“She’s honest, direct, and writes the absolutely catchiest hooks I know; the album should come with a related warning label.” ~ Andy Frank (Roots Music Canada)

Fresh from a highly successful run at the Mariposa Festival stage this summer, the Rucksack Willies were described by Self Serve Gas Station blogger as "a mix of country/rock/bluegrass/folk/Gin Joint ....and dirty bluegrass..." They are all of that and more.

Formed in 2008, the band has since become a tour de force of old-style country stomping with a solid injection of endless original material from the undeniably charming lead vocalist Angela Hilts. Band members Hilts (vocals, banjo), Megan Thomas (vocals, washboard), Galen Pelley (drums), Lucas Gadke (upright bass, vocals), Matt Bailey (guitar, harmonica) and Michael Eckert (dobro, pedal steel) have been enthralling Ontario audiences for the past three years, garnering a reputation for having one of the most energetic stage shows in the Golden Horseshoe and beyond. Their soon-to-be-released debut CD Letter To Anne, produced by Michael Eckert and engineered and mixed by Reuben Ghose, skillfully presents the full force of the Willies’ live show with the help of guest musicians David Baxter, John Williams (clarinet), and Laura Bates.

This is a band that not only plays well-written and hook-driven original songs in the style of roots, blues, soul and gospel music, but are also all very capable and seasoned musicians. Despite all members being under the age of 26, they have already shared stages with many well-respected Canadian artists including Matt Dusk, Ron Sexsmith and Luke McMaster. The sky seems to be the limit for the Joyful Sinners (who have only been playing together for less than two years!). The group recently released their debut four-track EP What You Need to a packed crowd at Mitzi’s Sister. With punchy horns and sassy backup vocals the band performs regularly around town, but don’t take it from me, one must see them live to truly experience what it's like to be a "Joyful Sinner."

“Upbeat and hearty, their music demands your attention and you can’t help but shimmy-shake a little while sippin’ on your rye and ginger. They’re smooth, they’re soulful, they’re even as the name suggests: joyful” ~ C. Roberts (The Mushy Pony)

Review: To See the Mountain and other stories - 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing

Review: To See the Mountain and other stories
2011 Caine Prize for African Writing

The stories written at Caine Prize workshops are published annually alongside the Prize's shortlisted stories by New Internationalist (UK), Jacana Media (South Africa) and Cassava Republic (Nigeria).

Books are available direct from the publishers or from the Africa Book Centre, African Books Collective or Amazon

I have the Canada Post three week long strike and a busy schedule to blame for the fact that I'm only posting this review this book now, a couple of months after its release. If you want to know about modern Africa and Africans, or you're just a fan of a well crafted short story, then this book is a must have.

The 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing went to NoViolet Bulawayo of Zimbabwe for her story Hitting Budapest, originally published in the Boston Review (Nov/Dec 2010 issue), and To See the Mountain includes the four runners up along with the stories from the participants of the annual Caine Prize Writers' Workshop, held this year in Cameroon. The participants also feature last years' winner, Olufemi Terry. As a whole, the stories run a gamut of styles and approaches from more traditional narratives to edgy urban and visceral.

The prize winner, Hitting Budapest, falls into the latter category, a raw tale of hungry children marauding through a rich white neighbourhood in search of guavas.

Budapest is big, big houses with the gravelled yards and tall fences and durawalls and flowers and green trees, heavy with fruit that's waiting for us since nobody around here seems to know what fruit is for.

Every detail here is telling - the soft, pretty feet of one of the neighbourhood's inhabitants, the way she unthinkingly throws away a half eaten pastry that the children eye, incredulous. In a way that hits you where you live, it's look at the vast gulf that separates two worlds that exist, in reality, side by side. NoViolet (pictured below) writes with a piercing clarity about the conditions that engender a stunningly casual cruelty on both sides.

Another highlight of the collection is the story Bridge by Nigerian writer Jide Adebayo-Begun, one of the workshop participants. It's lyrical and eloquent, and beautifully evocative of the chaos, the spirituality and tragedy of Lagos.

Thunder rumbled overhead like an empty stomach; a drizzle started. But it didn't bring coolness, just a liquid accompaniment to the sun, the kind of rain the folks on his street in Ijebu-Ode would describe as "the lion is giving birth".

Other selections include murder mysteries, stories about child soldiers and one, the title story, not surprisingly about participants in a writing workshop. All are steeped in the social and sensual realities of the African continent, bringing it to vivid life. In Shadreck Chikoti's Child of a Hyena, a Malawian and his Danish wife come home to his village to discover a devastating family secret, while Alex Smith's Wolf Blue uses a fragmented narrative to weave a clever cop story.

The book ends with Dark Triad by last year's winner, Olufemi Terry of Sierra Leone, an abstract kind of narrative about a dinner party of African ex-pat academics and artists in Europe that resonates with the confusion of displacement.

The Caine Prize anthology has come to be a showcase for younger African writers, many of whom have gone on to publish novels and other works in establishing their subsequent careers. It's a strong collection and I'll join the chorus of voices who see it as a precursor of even greater work to come from this next generation.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dance Marathon: bluemouth inc. & Harbourfront Co-Production Hits Edinburgh Fringe Fest

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre Fresh Ground new works commission makes UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
bluemouth inc.’s Dance Marathon runs Aug. 3-14, 2011

TORONTO, ON (July, 2011) – Described as part theatre, part contest and part social experiment, Dance Marathon is an interactive performance piece by Toronto’s award-winning experimental theatre collective, bluemouth inc.

Created through Harbourfront Centre’s Fresh Ground new works national commissioning programme, Dance Marathon had its world premiere at Toronto’s Enwave Theatre as part of the 08:09 World Stage season. Recently wowing audiences in New York, Melbourne and Tasmania, this unique contemporary theatre piece now makes its UK premiere at the world’s largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as a Harbourfront Centre co-production presented in association with Traverse Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Dance Marathon is an interactive, duration-based performance event inspired by the desperately competitive and physically grueling spectator sports of Depression-Era North America, with a nod to today's cult of celebrity and more than a little hint of reality TV. Audience members participate and dance-off with bluemouth inc. members under the direction of floor judges and the merciless movement of the clock to help shape the theatrical experience, or they can sit back and enjoy the fancy footwork.

Performances integrate movement, text, live music, video and, of course, competitive audience interaction. With only nine performances (Aug. 3-14) and a number of special guest star appearances scheduled, Dance Marathon is considered one of the “hot tickets” at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Guardian (UK) named it a “critic’s pick” on Monday, July 18, one of only five theatre recommendations.

For more information visit the link.

Harbourfront Centre’s Tina Rasmussen, Director of Performing Arts and Artistic Director of World Stage comments, “I am proud to be co-producing Dance Marathon at the premiere Fringe venue in Edinburgh, the Traverse Theatre. It’s an exciting development for Harbourfront Centre to be bringing a work to the largest art market in the world. Championing Dance Marathon has been a labour of love. As a contemporary performance piece, Dance Marathon is a collaborative show that relies heavily on its collaborators and our colleagues at the Traverse and The Lyceum have really embraced the ethos behind the piece and there is a lot of buzz and excitement to be presented alongside some of the most exciting artists creating today.”

Since its inception in 2004, Fresh Ground new works has been a catalyst for new Canadian multidisciplinary artistic creation. It stimulates the creation of new cross-disciplinary works, providing financial support for innovation, creation and excellence. Through open national submission calls in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Harbourfront Centre has awarded over $400,000 in prize money toward 19 new Canadian commissions.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Godspell Comes Back to Broadway Fall 2011 - Tickets On Sale Now

From a media release:

Godspell Comes Back to Broadway in a Brand New Production

Tickets on sale now online
• Or call at 212-239-6200

New York - The joy gets closer day by day, Broadway fans - GODSPELL starts performances on Broadway this October. But now you have early access to the best seats available because online ticket sales are now open. Don't wait - buy yours today!

Prepare ye for GODSPELL, the beloved classic from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer of WICKED and PIPPIN. Enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time as it comes to Broadway in a brand new, intimately staged, one-of-a-kind production. Raise your spirit with the Tony-nominated score filled with the popular hits Day By Day, Learn Your Lessons Well and Turn Back, O Man.

The revival is helmed by Daniel Goldstein, who directed the popular Paper Mill Playhouse production in 2006. This is the 40th Anniversary production and first ever Broadway revival of one of the world's most beloved musicals.

Because you have first-access to tickets, you must purchase online by going to or calling 212-239-6200. Sales are done exclusively online or over the phone as the box office won't open until September 12th. Don't miss out - the best seats will definitely go first!

This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world - and now you can join the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of Broadway's best performs the greatest story ever told. So come sing about love - at GODSPELL.

Circle In The Square Theatre
1633 Broadway (Between Broadway and 8th Avenue - at 50th Street)
New York NY 10019

Running Time:
2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission

Appropriate 4 +
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

First Preview Date
October 13, 2011

Opening Date
November 7, 2011

Creative Team
Author: John-Michael Tebelak
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Director: Daniel Goldstein
Choreographer: Christopher Gatelli
Producer: Ken Davenport
Press Agent: The Publicity Office

Tuesday - Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2:30pm & 8pm, Sunday @ 2:30pm & 8pm
• Beginning November 14: Tuesday @ 7pm, Wednesday @ 2pm, Thursday & Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2:30pm & 8pm, Sunday @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm
• On sale thru September 2, 2012

eOne Films: Stéphane Lafleur's Familiar Grounds (En terrains connus) Opens July 29 in Toronto

From a media release:

eOne Films presents
A Film By Stéphane Lafleur

Film stars Francis La Haye, Fanny Mallette, Michel Daigle, Sylvain Marcel, Suzanne Lemoine, Denis Houle
Produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw

Film will open in Toronto at the Royal next Friday, July 29

Maryse and her husband are desperate to sell a backhoe sitting abandoned in their suburban yard. Her brother, Benoit, is trapped in endless adolescence, sharing their childhood home with their invalid father. Benoit is enamored with a single mom named Nathalie, and he’s hoping to finally grow up by living with her… but Nathalie’s son does not approve. A serious accident at the factory where Maryse works, a strange series of coincidences, and the arrival of a Man claiming to come from the future launch Maryse and Benoit on a life-changing road trip.

Following up his acclaimed feature film Continental, a film without guns, filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur once again brings us an ensemble of compelling characters, in a story where the ordinary and the fantastic collide.
Running time: 89 minutes

Ballet Jorgen's Unique Simulated Professional Company

From a media release:

Ballet Jörgen Canada offers unique training in simulated professional company
Advanced “Junior Company” is among the only programs of its kind, and is attracting international students

July 19, Toronto – Ballet Jörgen Canada is attracting dance professionals from around the world. In a unique training program, performers are entering a simulated professional company; and for many it is their first dance experience in such a competitive, rigourous environment. The program is called the Junior Company, and is
among the only ones of its kind.

The simulated company bridges the gap between training and professional work in an original format that places salaried dancers alongside talented prospectives. All of the dancers learn repertoire and create new works while taking ballet and modern classes as a professional company. The entirety of the 5-week program is oriented around intensive training to simulate the life of a professional performer. The experience is so comprehensive that dancers from around the world have auditioned to take part.

The mixture of 10 student and professional dancers who comprise the Junior Company are from Cuba, Japan, Malaysia, Atlantic Canada, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and the United States. They have studied at locations like the National Ballet School, Ballet Pacifica, the National Ballet School of Cuba, Kamizawa Chikage Ballet Studio, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, George Brown Dance, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Participants in the program benefit from the opportunity to secure vaunted apprenticeships with Ballet Jörgen Canada, and all are taught by the leading faculty of the professional company. Long-time Artistic Director and CEO Bengt Jörgen is creating a new work on the participants, as are Principal Dancer and Choreographer Preston McBain and the innovative and electrifying Malgorzata Nowacka. Other teachers on the faculty are Tina Fushell, Heather Berry, Anisa Tejpar, and Ballet Jörgen Canada’s recently retired prima ballerina Tara Butler.

“With many well-trained students struggling to take the step into the professional dance world, we formed the Junior Company to fully immerse talented young dancers in a professional company environment. Our goal is to give participants a chance to gain the unique experience and poise that comes from working in a professional ballet company.” – Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director & CEO

The intensive program is running for up to 5 weeks - starting on June 27, 2011 - and culminates in a performance showcase on July 29th.

Student Participants

Gustavo Alejandro Pérez Hernández (2011-2012 Ballet Jörgen Canada Apprentice)
Place of birth: La Habana, Cuba
Trained at: The National Ballet School of Cuba

Karina Haggmeyer
Place of birth: Newport Beach, California, USA
Trained at: Ballet Pacifica, University of Utah
Gillian Hogg
Place of birth: Calgary, AB, Canada
Trained at: School of Alberta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

Sarah Koekkoek
Place of birth: Burlington, ON, Canada
Trained at: Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

Erika Asai
Place of birth: Japan
Trained at: Kamizawa Chikage Ballet Studio, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Alberta Ballet

Ayva Roussouw-Holland (2011-2012 Ballet Jörgen Canada Mentorship Student)
Place of birth: Victoria, BC, Canada
Trained at: Pacific Dance Centre, George Brown Dance

Kealan McLaughlin (Ballet Jörgen Canada Company Dancer: 2011-2012 Season)
Place of birth: Toronto, ON, Canada
Trained at: National Ballet School, Banff Centre of the Arts, Pacific Dance Centre

Hannah Mae Cruddas
Place of birth: Halifax, NS, Canada
Trained at: The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, The Leica Hardy School of Dance, the National Ballet School

Livan Pujada (2011-2012 Ballet Jörgen Canada Company Member)
Place of birth: Cuba
Trained at: The National Ballet School of Cuba

Rachel Chew
Place of birth: Malaysia
Trained at: Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

(Image is of Ernst Oppler's Ballettänzerin)

Artists for Community Engagement: 2011 ACE Awards Toronto - Nominations to August 5

From a media release:

For Immediate Release:  July 18, 2011            
2011 ACE Awards Accepting Nominations
Deadline August 5, 2011

Who are the leaders in arts and culture in your community? Help us recognize and celebrate their achievements! Nominate an artist or group for an ACE Award and $2,000 prize!  The 2011 Artists for Community Engagement Awards focus on the arts, community collaboration and cultural diversity in Toronto.

To nominate an artist or group for an ACE Award, fill out a nomination form and submit it to the Neighbourhood Arts Network with the relevant documentation by August 5th.

• For the full info package and nomination form, please visit or contact

The TD ‘ACE Opportunities’ Award, sponsored by TD Bank Group, celebrates artists working with culturally diverse communities to increase youth access to arts and culture. This award comes with a cash prize of $2,000.

The ICC ‘ACE Impact’ Award, sponsored by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, celebrates arts organizations who have made a significant contribution to community transformation and cultural diversity while working in partnership with culturally diverse communities. This award comes with a cash prize of $2,000.

The ACE Awards are the result of a partnership between Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network and the 2010 DiverseCity Fellows a leadership and city-building project of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and Maytree Foundation.  

For more information on the awards, please visit or contact Skye Louis at 416.392.6802 x212,

About Us
A project of the Toronto Arts Foundation, the Neighbourhood Arts Network is the place where arts and community engagement meet in Toronto. We catalyze new discussions and relationships. We collect research and share information. We help artists and community organizations do what they do best: enrich Toronto and transform it into a more vibrant, beautiful, liveable city.

Launched in January 2009, DiverseCity Fellows is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project (DiverseCity) and is one of eight initiatives designed to diversify the Toronto region’s leadership landscape. DiverseCity is a joint initiative of two organizations, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance) and Maytree Foundation. DiverseCity is funded in part by the Government of Ontario. To learn more, please visit

Spoken Word in NYC: Blue, Daruddest Jones & Hrsh Reyalitee at July 29

Spoken Word in NYC: Shout Out Loud Productions Presents
Blue, Daruddest Jones & Hrsh Reyalitee

Date: July 29, 2011    08:00PM -- July 29, 2011    11:33PM
Venue: Night Flight, 578 Albany Ave bet Midwood St and Ruthland Rd., Brooklyn, NY, US
Cover. $10 B4 10


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Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Songbird of Wassoulou: Oumou Sangaré & Bassam Saba at Celebrate Brooklyn July 29

From a release:

Celebrate Brooklyn Friday, July 29, 7:30 P.M.

The Malian singer Oumou Sangaré is arguably, as New York Magazine noted, “the most celebrated performer in West Africa.” She has brought the enchanting tribal rhythms of her Wassoulou homeland to the global stage with a captivating presence and an unmistakable voice.

Known as the Songbird of Wassoulou, Oumou Sangare is one of the great ambassadors of Malian music. In 1989, at the young age of 21, Sangare recorded her first album, Moussoulou (Women), and has been performing internationally ever since.

The messages on all five of her albums are powerful – encouraging women to seek personal freedom to be themselves, warning against the wrongs of polygamy, and covering taboo subjects like female sensuality in a fundamentally conservative society. 

A living legend in her home of Bamako, Mali, Sangare has lent her name to products from rice to the Hotel Wassulu, where you can still catch her singing on the weekends.  Sangare has performed with other songstress superstars from Tracy Chapman to Alicia Keys and was honored in 2004 at the Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles in the Global Divas concert.

Arabic Music savant Bassam Saba “weaves together Lebanese and Arabic folk music with Turkish Gypsy styles and Russian motifs, playing oud flutes, violin and buzuq… surprisingly funksome stuff.” (Time Out NY)  Currently based out of New York City, Saba has worked with artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Paul Simon to Santana and continues to teach and conduct Arabic music.

Toronto's Factory Theatre Opens 2011/2012 Season with Rick Miller Trio

From a media release - one of many coming up that looks at the 2011/2012 performance season coming up:

Factory Theatre (Toronto) 2011-2012 Season
MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL – THREE Rick Miller solos

TORONTO, ON… Fresh from his “IdeaCity” conference presentation, Dora and Gemini Award-winner Rick Miller launches Factory Theatre’s 42nd season with a trio of celebrated solo performances - MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL.

“Rick Miller’s stunning and virtuosic collaborations with Daniel Brooks,” says Artistic Director Ken Gass, “have re-defined the limits of the ‘one-man’ show, creating highball cocktails of humour and theatrical imagination to address the vital themes of our age.”

Miller is also pleased to be back at Factory Theatre: “It feels like the right home for these shows. Bigger Than Jesus was a big hit here in 2004 and 2005, and HARDSELL needs this kind of environment - slightly counter-culture and open to risk.” Entertainment Weekly has called Miller “one of the 100 most creative people alive today.” His biography includes collaborations with Robert Lepage and Peter Gabriel; most recently, he starred as Brian Mulroney in the satirical film Mulroney:The Opera. (

MacHomer, a WYRD Production written and performed by Rick Miller, directed by Sean Lynch and designed by Beth Kates, is Miller’s impersonation of the entire cast of “The Simpsons” doing Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This worldwide hit has now been seen by over half a million people in 170 cities, and the Factory Theatre run will come directly after a tour of New Zealand.

MacHomer is a pre-subscription season teaser, playing September 13 - 25, 2011

Officially opening the Factory Theatre 2011/12 season, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, is Bigger Than Jesus, running September 29 - October 9, 2011.

The WYRD and Necessary Angel co-production, co-created and performed by Rick Miller premiered in 2004 at Factory Theatre to sold-out audiences, won three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and has since become an international success in six countries in four languages. Co-created and directed by Daniel Brooks and designed by Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson, Bigger Than Jesus is a “sinfully funny” multimedia mass exploring the “thorny crown” of Christianity. (

Rick Miller’s and Daniel Brooks’ HARDSELL is evolving in new directions with Miller premiering a reworked lecture/performance of the play October 13 - October 23, 2011

HARDSELL is about marketing (sell) and molecular biology (cell), and how humans seem to have evolved into these cells that sell in order to survive.  This new version of the play is based on the original Necessary Angel and WYRD co-production, co-created and directed by Brooks and designed by Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson. HARDSELL is also evolving into a satirical TV series and an in-school information literacy seminar. (

MacHomer is a pre-subscription season teaser, playing September 13 - 25, 2011
Bigger Than Jesus, running September 29 - October 9, 2011.
HARDSELL, running October 13 - October 23, 2011. 

• Shows play Tuesday - Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., in the Mainspace Theatre. 
• Each show is 75-80 minutes in length, with no intermission.
• Subscriptions range from $90 - $175.
• Single tickets range from $35 - $45 and go on sale August 1, 2011. 
• Call the box office at (416) 504 - 9971 or go online:,,

Also playing at Factory Theatre:
Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters, opening Thursday, November 10 (November 5 - December 11, 2011; EarlyViews November 5, 6, 8 and 9);
Ronnie Burkett’s Penny Plain, opening Tuesday, January 24, (January 20 - February 26, 2012; EarlyViews January 20, 21 and 22),
Anosh Irani’s My Granny the Goldfish, opening Thursday, March 22 (March 17 - April 15, 2012; EarlyViews March 17, 18, 20 and 21);
Robert Chafe’s Oil and Water, opening Wednesday, April 18 (April 18 - May 6, 2012): and,
Itai Erdal’s How to Disappear Completely, opening Tuesday, May 8 (May 8 – 13, 2012).

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Calypso Stars & Island Soul: Caribbean Culture at Harbourfront Toronto July 27 - Aug 1

From a media release:

Calypso Stars (July 27) & Island Soul (July 29 - August 1, 2011)
Celebrate the diversity of Caribbean life and culture at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront

TORONTO, ON (July, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre, along with its lead summer partner, the Toronto Port Authority, is excited to announce the return of the Caribbean-flavoured Island Soul festival. From July 29 to Aug. 1, Island Soul turns up the heat with a focus on Riddim & Resistance by celebrating the transformation of the Caribbean islands from hot spots of colonial conflict into creative hot spots for carnival and culture!

This year features local and international musicians, dancers, storytellers, dub poets, and carnival characters whose works embody a spirit of resistance that ignites social consciousness. From Jamaica comes world-renowned reggae poet Mutabaruka who sets his political, social and religious verse to music in an art form commonly referred to as “dub” or “reggae poetry.” From Trinidad and Tobago come the nine-member rapso band 3Canal with an excitingly energetic conscious music informed by the spirit of soca, calypso and kaiso (commonly describes as “the power of the word in the rhythm of the word”). 3Canal is co-presented with the Trinidad & Tobago Entertainment Company Ltd.

Family-friendly festivities happening all weekend long include JOUVAY! An Ole Mas Carnival Parade! Accompanied by steelpan rhythms, drums and costumed carnival characters (midnight robber, blue devils, paper doll and more), this group of carnival revelers parade around the Harbourfront Centre site performing their traditional spoken rhythm satires, displaying ole mas placards, and stopping to re-enact them to spectators with jesting parody, spoken word and dance. Joining them are two members of the traditional Tobago Speech Band delivering parodies of daily news in witty comic rhyme.

Even more invigorating is a Kalinda Stick Fighting Performance & Workshop with the Keith Pascall Performing Company. Pascall will teach participants the basics of stick fighting, folk drum riddims, nimble martial art movements, and lavweys chants (the origins of Calypso music). Join us as we bring Kalinda to Toronto and transform the Redpath Stage and surrounding area into an Island Soul gayelle (arena) where stick fighters can compete!

Island Soul brings the infectious rhythms of resistance, the irresistible dances of freedom and the interactively playful stories of tricksters, firing up social passion and inspiring Toronto – the largest hot spot for Caribbean carnival outside of the islands.

Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. 
• Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Check the link for information on all the programmes, including workshops and family-friendly activities.

7:30-10 p.m., (WestJet Stage)

An entertainment-packed two and a half hour showcase featuring eight of the most wildly popular and original calypso songs of the 2011 Calypso Tents Music Series (CTMS), presented by the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes. This evening of music, dance and carnival features four top Canadian soca artists, virtuoso steelpannist Talib Robinson, D Farmer’s Rhythm Section band, interactive Sailor Dancers from Afro-Caribbean Dance Co. and Moko Jumbie characters from Swizzlestick Theatre.

Calypso STARS Showcase highlights include a special appearance from England’s famed calypso master, recording artist, teacher and writer, Alexander D’Great. Known for his political and social commentary compositions, delivered with wit and style, D’Great is an energetic and inspirational performer who recently won the Association of British Calypsonians’ 2010 Calypso Monarch title.

The house band for the evening is award-winning arranger/producer Ossie Gurley & The Truth. Gurley is the man behind smash soca hits “Who Let The Dogs Out”, “Moving To The Left” and “Follow The Leader”. Rounding out the showcase is steelpan virtuoso Gareth Burgess, a gifted young player from Toronto’s phenomenal steelpan community.


Plenty Jump-Up Riddims! : Panman Pat and Jeff Walcott
Friday, July 29, 6 p.m.  (Ann Tindal Park)

Come and enjoy our weekly Longo’s Friday Picnic as Panman Pat and Jeff Walcott bring the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean to life on their traveling steelpan drums! Bring your own percussion instrument and join in.

Friday, July 29, 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)

3Canal are recording artists from Trinidad & Tobago who perform rapso music.
Rapso is conscious music that is more of a philosophy and stance rather than an identifiable musical signature. It has been termed “the power of the word in the rhythm of the word,” “the poetry of calypso” and “the consciousness of soca.” (Photo by Alex Smailes)

Pan Rootz: From Skin to Steelpan
Saturday, July 30, 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.  (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent)

Pan Rootz: From Skin to Steelpan is a popular workshop with Joy Lapps of Drum Artz Canada that provides children with a hands-on experience of the steelpan, iron instruments and skin drums. Participants discover first-hand the amazing sounds of each of these instruments and learn a brief history of the musical evolution from skin to steel.

Elaine Lil’ Bit Shepherd
Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage)

Elaine Lil’ Bit Shepherd is a strong, young female voice in a reggae world dominated by men. Shepard’s song “Likkle But Mi Tallawah” is the 2011 JUNO Award winner for Reggae Recording of the Year. (pictured)

Treasure Isle Sounds featuring Natty B and Friends
Saturday, July 30, 9 (Redpath Stage)

Treasure Isle located in Toronto's "Little Jamaica" neighborhood is the city's one-stop shop for the best reggae music of our times. Natty B’s hugely influential Zion Train show with Bigga (on CHRY 105.5 FM) sits on the pulse of the reggae music scene and the Rastafarian community. Each weekly program features the freshest selections of reggae music interspersed with vital commentary from the community.

Saturday, July 30, 9:30 p.m.  (WestJet Stage)

Jamaica-born, Canada-based reggae musician Steele’s first taste of success came with his recording of Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky” and then “Silhouette,” his cover of the late Dennis Brown’s anthem (Steele’s breakthrough song). Former lead singer of the band Tatix, Steele has been described as dynamic and sensational, with the versatility and range that defies restriction to any one genre.

Evin Lake
Sunday, July 31, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage)

Evin Lake (Kevin Clarke) comes from a long line of culturally-conscious reggae vocalists and ventured into the world of music from a very early age. The Port Antonio, Jamaica native grew up with an affinity for R&B and lover’s rock reggae being drawn primarily to the sounds of Teddy Pendergrass, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Dennis Brown and Sanchez. This performance is Evin Lake’s Canadian debut. (Image by Michael Chen)

Sunday July 31, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)

Mutabaruka has established himself as both a literary and musical giant, both in Jamaica and abroad, and is arguably one of Jamaica’s most respected wordsmiths, dub poets and broadcasters. His poems have given voice to a nation and helped forge an entirely new genre of music, dub/rhythm poetry. Revolutionary, fiery, scathing, and stinging, Mutabaruka's words are as potent on paper as they are on CD and live on stage. (pictured below)

Calypso Buds on the Maple Tree
Monday, August 1, 2 p.m. (Redpath Stage)

Calypso Buds on the Maple Tree is a children’s showcase that features Canadian youngsters dedicated to promoting Caribbean calypso traditions.

Panatics Steelband Network
Monday, August 1, 4 p.m. (WestJet Stage)

The Panatics Steelband Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of pan music in Ontario. There is a distinctive family orientation to this steelband, with a large portion of its membership consisting of parents and their children.


JOUVAY! An Ole Mas Carnival Parade!
Friday, July 29, 8-9 p.m. (Redpath Stage)

Traditional Trinidad and Tobago carnival characters come alive at Island Soul. Starting from the Redpath Stage, this parade features steelpan and drums, midnight robber characters, a Tobago speech band, paper doll characters and blue devils performing their traditional spoken word satires and displaying ole mas placards. This carnival parade will entertain spectators with satirical parody, spoken word and dance.

Northbuck & Happy Feet: From the Street to the Stage
Saturday, July 30, 3:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)

Canada’s best krumping group, Northbuck, alongside Toronto’s best jerkin’ group, Happy Feet, come together to bring a live interactive dance performance to the stage of Island Soul. Exposing the roots of urban dance they are sure to leave you entertained.

Northbuck is an organization of like minded krumpers from all regions of Toronto, and different backgrounds of life whose purpose is to inspire others to embrace their gifts and pursue personal excellence.

Caribbean Island Rhythms
Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m. (Redpath Stage)

This hour-long captivating performance will showcase how contemporary riddims of resistance in dancehall, reggae and soca create an enduring culture through the power and the beauty of Caribbean dance moves. Choreographed, directed and produced by Kay-Ann Ward.

Limbo Dance Workshop
Sunday, July 31, 2:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent)

Limbo Dance is a popular form of contra dancing that originated on the island of Trinidad. This dance workshop is choreographed by limbo expert Ayanna Lee-Rivears to deliver maximum entertainment, showing masculine and feminine prowess in competition, as well as athleticism, flexibility and suspenseful drama.

RITMO: Cuban Clavé and Drum Rhythms Family Event!
Sunday, July 31, 3 p.m. (Redpath Stage)

Families are invited to explore the Cuban clavé (a percussion instrument) at an hour-long, interactive drumming, dance and song workshop exploring the roots of African riddims in Cuban music. This workshop is open to all skill levels.

Dancehall Reggae Dance Class
Sunday, July 31, 4 p.m. (South Orchard Tent)

In this 30-minute workshop, participants learn low-impact dancehall reggae with a routine that is sexy and fun taught by choreographer Kay-Ann Ward.

Soca/Calypso Dance Class
Sunday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent)

Get your flags and your towel, and get ready to jump up and wave! Learn a fun, low-impact soca dance routine taught by Kay-Ann Ward.

Socacize Jam Session with Live DJ: Dr. Jay!
Sunday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent)

Dr. Jay spins the latest soca tunes, as choreographer and fitness instructor Ayanna Lee-Rivears teaches the Island Soul Socacize Jam Session — a vigorous and exciting Caribbean workout that can whip anyone into shape without pain. (Photo by Bruce Zinger)

Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance Workout
Monday, Aug. 1, 1 p.m. (Redpath Stage)

Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance Workout is an exciting, energetic and body-sculpting workout that uses Caribbean and urban dance moves to tone and shape. Created and taught by professional dancer, choreographer and Can-Fit Pro Fitness Instructor, Kay-Ann Ward.

Socacize Jam Session with Live DJ: DJ DOC!
Monday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent)

Toronto's hottest export, DJ DOC, plays the perfect blend of urban, rock, electronic and island rhythms to keep the crowd moving at the Island Soul Socacize Jam Session. Led by choreographer and fitness instructor Ayanna Lee-Rivears, this vigorous and exciting Caribbean workout that can whip anyone into shape without pain.