Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Next Steps: Dance at Harbourfront Fall 2011 Line-up

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 11/12 Season Announced
Runs from September 2011 through June 2012
Flex Pass Discounts Available to October 15, 2011


TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce the sixth season of NextSteps, running September 2011 through June 2012. Since 2005, NextSteps has been Toronto’s unrivalled contemporary dance series, a showcase of the depth and energy of established and emerging companies from Toronto and across Canada.

This globally-inspired NextSteps season features 29 companies and most performances are world premieres of new works. There are returning audience favourites as well as artists new to Harbourfront Centre’s stages. With five performances specifically identified as family-friendly, and dance styles ranging from contemporary and cutting-edge to classical and traditionally inspired, there is definitely a show for everyone in this NextSteps season.

• Tickets for all NextSteps 11/12 performances are now on sale through the Harbourfront Centre box office.
• Prices vary by show with savings of up to 50 per cent through the Flex Pass (four tickets for $110, or eight tickets for $180) to separate performances, however this option is only available until Oct. 15, 2011.
• Harbourfront Centre also offers NextSteps Packages, with discounts and incentives when three or more tickets are purchased to separate performances; the Culture Break programme for students and those under 25 years of age; and additional discounts are available for seniors and dance industry professionals.
• For more information on ticket prices and options, call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps1112.

NextSteps Fall 2011 Season Lineup

ProArteDanza – Season 2011
Oct.5-8, 8 p.m. (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $18-$39
Blending beauty and all-out athleticism, Season 2011 features a cast of Toronto’s hottest contemporary dancers performing Toronto premieres by award-winning choreographers
Roberto Campanella (Artistic Director), Robert Glumbek (Artistic Associate) Kevin O'Day (Mannheim Ballet); and a world premiere by Guillaume Côté (National Ballet of Canada). proartedanza.com

Chartier Danse – Stria
Oct. 14-15, 8 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)

Presented in association with the DanceWorks CoWorks Series
Tickets: $20-$28
Emerging from the beautiful and unpredictable terrain of the Badlands, Chartier invites the audience on a unique and virtuosic physical and theatrical expedition. The latest solo work by award-winning choreographer/performer Marie-Josée Chartier, Stria is a dark, playful and unconventional self-portrait. chartierdanse.com

DanceWorks DW 191: Zata Omm – Eight Ways From Mara
Oct. 20-22, 8 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)

Tickets: $17-$33.50
William Yong's Eight Ways From Mara is a multi-disciplined, imaginative and visually compelling choreographic work that explores a modern interpretation of how people strive to find ways to avoid life’s misery by capitulation or opposition to three elemental forces of confusion, temptation and distraction. danceworks.ca

DanceWorks DW 192: Tribal Crackling Wind – Fluency
Nov. 3-5, 8 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)

Tickets: $17-$33.50
Can one become Nicaraguan? Jamaican-born, Toronto-based artist Peter Chin answers this question with Fluency, a multidisciplinary piece developed during a stay in Latin America, imbued with his trademark finesse and humour. He documented his sometimes comical efforts to learn Spanish and to integrate into a new culture that has all led to this very playful piece for Chin and four performers, an atypical progress report that lies somewhere between dance, theatre, video and a talk show. danceworks.ca

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company – In The Further Soil – Tribute to Tagore
Nov. 11-12, 8 p.m. & Nov. 12, 2 p.m. (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $22.50-$35
In The Further Soil captures through the journey of Menaka Thakkar both a sense of the form as well as the process of the making of an Indian dancer in Canada. In the second half, Menaka Thakkar returns to the Harbourfront stage for a solo tribute to Rabindranath Tagore to mark his 150th anniversary. menakathakkardance.org

Break it Down – Enter the Shadow
A Harbourfront Centre Fresh Ground new work

Nov. 24-26, 7 p.m. & Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $24-$28, $22 advance price before Nov. 1
Enter the Shadow and embark on a dynamic journey through the b-boy lifestyle and culture. This explosive production brings the audience into the seldom understood reality of dance artists born through battle and conflict, forging their own creations through the strife around them with nothing but the concrete beneath feet. A family-friendly performance. breakitdown.ca

Gadfly – Klorofyl
Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre

Nov. 24-26, 8:30 p.m. & Nov. 27, 4 p.m. (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $24-$28, $22 advance price before Nov. 1
Plants have this incredible ability to synthesize light into energy. As humans, we need to generate passion to feel alive, but we depend on each other for that. Inspired by the classic 1954 film “Seven Samurais”, Klorofyl is the rebirth of seven fallen warriors that, when united for something noble and greater than them, aspire to find that lost flame again. gadfly.ca

Toronto Urban Dance Symposium – Adopt and Adapt
Nov. 26, time TBA (Harbourfront Centre)

With support from Gadfly, Harbourfront Centre and various dance organizations, this one-day event aims to elevate street dance styles and guide dancers to a professional career. Dancers, students and choreographers learn about the fundamentals, history and artistry behind street dance through workshops, discussion panels and performances. B-boys, poppers, lockers and hip hop dancers learn tips, do’s and don’ts from professionals in the commercial industry and theatre stage. TUDS is an event for emerging, professional and amateur dancers who want to learn and make things happen for themselves. gadfly.ca

Ballet Creole – Soulful Messiah 10th anniversary
Dec. 2-3, 8 p.m. & Dec. 4, 3 p.m. (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $20-$45
Celebrating its 10th year anniversary with enhanced lighting and new costumes, it’s the perfect time to discover the magic of this season favourite. Ballet Creole infuses tap, African–Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern dance in this unique celebration of life through dance and music. Featuring the uplifting voices of Aretha Franklin, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, Soulful Messiah drives its dancers and its audiences to rejoice. A family-friendly performance. balletcreole.org

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre – WinterSong – dances for a sacred season
Dec. 9, 8 p.m. & Dec. 10, 2 p.m. (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $22.50-$38
For the past 24 years, WinterSong has warmed the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance. Celebrate the holidays with some of Canada’s most exciting choreographers, dancers, and musicians inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. A family-friendly performance. ccdt.org

World Premiere: Manhattan Theatre Club's We Live Here - Discount Code


From a release:

Manhattan Theatre Club
We Live Here
World Premiere - September 22 to October 30, 2011

By Zoe Kazan
Directed by Sam Gold
with Mark Blum, Jessica Collins, Betty Gilpin, Amy Irving, Oscar Isaac and Jeremy Shamos

NEW YORK - ZOE KAZAN, one of New York's most acclaimed young actors, whose stage credits include Angels in America, A Behanding in Spokane and MTC's Come Back, Little Sheba, returns to MTC for her New York playwriting debut. This world-premiere, MTC-commissioned play is helmed by SAM GOLD, whose inspired direction of Kin and Circle Mirror Transformation have made him one of the theatre's most sought-after directors.

Allie Bateman’s wedding is Sunday. When Dinah, her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents' home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend, whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans find they must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration.

An incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration, WE LIVE HERE features MARK BLUM (Twelve Angry Men), JESSICA COLLINS (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), BETTY GILPIN (MTC's That Face), Academy Award® nominee AMY IRVING (The Coast of Utopia, Yentl), OSCAR ISAAC (MTC's Beauty of the Father) and JEREMY SHAMOS (MTC’s Reckless).

Tickets www.citycenter.org - use code 8073 to get up to 40% off (depending on day & time of performance)
• Or call CityTix at 212-581-1212 and use code BOB


MTC Stage 1 at City Center
Sep 22 - Oct 30, 2011
$80 regular price

For the Whole Family: Music With Bite at Harbourfront Toronto Launches Oct 2

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre Toronto launches the 2011-2012 Music with Bite season
during national celebration of Culture Days
FREE interactive concert series connects kids with classical music


TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Jeunesse Musicales Ontario, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011-2012 season of Music with Bite, the interactive FREE concert series designed especially for kids. The launch coincides with the national celebrations of Culture Days, the cross-country movement to celebrate the cultural life of local communities.

Satisfy your ears and your taste buds! Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and take in an enjoyable and interactive music performance tailored to young audience members. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample music of diverse styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the performances bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programmes. After the concerts, children can chat with the artists while enjoying a complimentary Natrel® milk beverage and cookie. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesse Musicales Ontario.

This season features four special concerts for kids: The Great Rhythmobile Adventure, Annabelle Follows the Sound of Her Own Voice, Fred Piston and his 7 Trumpets and TorQ. See below for performance details.

Harbourfront Centre is proud to present the first Music with Bite concert of the season, The Great Rythmobile Adventure, on Sunday, Oct. 2 as part of Culture Days, a free national grassroots arts and culture event that is being simultaneously celebrated in every province and territory in Canada. The event represents the largest-ever collective participation campaign undertaken by the national arts and cultural community.

MUSIC WITH BITE 2011-12 CONCERT SERIES

THE GREAT RHYTHMOBILE ADVENTURE
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, 1 p.m., Brigantine Room

A special French presentation
The Rhythmobile – a super-powered, all-terrain, hybrid vehicle – has run out of gas during a rally race. Captain Kit Crash, the Rhythmobile’s clumsy driver, and his tinkering mechanic, Whiplash, swerve off to the side of the road in a panic – in an area that doesn’t even show up on their maps. To make things even more complicated, the technologically-sophisticated 4X4 can’t even get going without the right kind of high-rhythm-rated fuel. In an unknown land, who knows if any fuel can be found? Time is running out. Our two adventurers immediately begin searching for their precious fuel: rhythm.

ANNABELLE FOLLOWS THE SOUND OF HER OWN VOICE
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, 1 p.m., Brigantine Room

The long-awaited sequel to 2010’s Music with Bite performance, Annabelle Canto, sees Ms Canto at the peak of her fame. Renowned by many as the greatest opera singer in the world, it comes as no surprise when a famous impresario offers her a world tour. But before signing the contract, he asks Annabelle to go to an audition. High-strung, vulnerable and anxious, Annabelle misunderstands the impresario’s request. She thinks she has to show him that she can pack her suitcases in a flash, pass through customs with panache and sign 50 autographs in 10 minutes. That’s when she asks her loyal accompanist, Henry, to help her to prepare for this tour to the land of opera. Henry is ready to play along, but he has his own ideas…

FRED PISTON AND HIS 7 TRUMPETS
Sunday, March 18, 2012, 1 p.m., Brigantine Room

Young and likeable Fred Piston, a doctor of trumpeting and assistant to the famous Professor Trompettito, drops by with his 7 trumpets and invites you to join him for a dazzling musical and “technomultimediatic” demonstration. With great passion and amusement, he plays, fiddles with, explains and shares his love for the most dazzling instrument of all: the trumpet! What follows is a joyous and virtuosic interactive show that takes you on a musical journey from prehistory to tomorrow, loudly trumpeting the virtues of the most magnificent of all instruments!

TorQ
DATE TBA, 1 p.m., Brigantine Room

This is not your average drumming ensemble. With over 75 instruments, including bells, drums, shakers, cymbals, marimbas and even garbage cans, TorQ command the stage with their high-energy performance and lyrical melodies. These four young guys from Toronto play everything – and they don't hold back! TorQ will introduce you to their favourite instruments and take you on a musical journey, playing cover songs from all over Canada and beyond. They also write their own music and will perform improvised pieces never heard before and never to be seen again… so don’t miss out! Created especially for families, this show is a unique opportunity to hear some of Toronto's finest musicians in a relaxed setting. You will undoubtedly leave with a smile on your face and a rhythm in your heart.

• Illustrations by Lorraine Beaudoin
• Photo of TorQ by ©Tara McMullen
• For additional information and complete event listings, visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Obie-Winner Daniel Beaty's Through The Night Sept 30 to Oct 2 in NYC


From a release:

Obie-Winner Daniel Beaty's Through The Night
September 30 to October 2, 2011
Aaron Davis Hall, New York City

2011 NAACP Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Show


New York City: Six characters. Three generations. One extraordinary performance. Obie-Award Winner Daniel Beaty in tour de force solo performances of Through the Night.

Join the Award-winning actor, singer and writer Daniel Beaty as he performs multiple characters and combines his signature blend of music, movement and words in his highly acclaimed work.Obie nominated and AUDELCO Award Winner Daniel Beaty shines as a writer and a performer in a range of characters, spinning a tale where lives collide to show how hope, faith and love have the ability to pull anyone Through The Night.

Through the Night is "a thing of beauty, wit, grit and piercing lyricism."
-New York Times

"Beaty's work is breathtaking in giving voice-so many voices-to people who don't often get a chance to speak to us from the stage."
Mark Denton - nytheatre.com

"Mesmerizing!"
Joe Dziemianowicz - NY DAILY NEWS


Performances:
Friday, Sept. 30 at 7pm
Saturday, October 1 at 7pm
Sunday, October 2 at 3pm
Tickets available online

All performances held at Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B
The City College of New York
West 135th St. at Convent Ave.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Free Download: Rapper Richard Rich's Sick & Tired



From a media release:

Richard Rich - Sick & Tired
Free streaming & download


New York City - Richard Rich is a unique, promising talent (rapper) working out of Brooklyn, NY (raised upstate). He just released Sick & Tired, his 4th project in little over a year.

Stream/download:
  Get Your Money Vol. 2: Sick & Tired by itsrichard

Download full or
Here

Sick & Tired hones the already articulate voice & raw energy showcased onits predecessor, Cold & Hungry.  Showing a keen wit, attention to detail, & quiet understanding of the hip-hop canon which precedes him, Richard Rich is at once both fun, yet heavy; lighthearted, yet heartfelt. Classic/quirky rap instrumentals, motivational messages, obscure rock samples, introspective thoughts on the human condition, hood ass shit, bittersweet hope, are all prominent on both projects.

stream/download all projects/info:
http://itsrichard.com
http://facebook.com/getyourmoney
http://soundcloud.com/itsrichard
http://youtube.com/richardrichtv
http://twitter.com/richardrichest

49th Annual New York Film Festival September 30 to October 16 2011


From a media release:

New York Film Festival
September 30 to October 16, 2011

Ticket Info

Highlights:

Film: The Gold Rush
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Program: Masterworks
Tickets: Oct 10


Master filmmaker/entertainer Charlie Chaplin considered this 1925 silent film his favorite among his many works. Appearing as his memorable character the Little Tramp, he sets out to find betterment in the Alaskan gold fields. The Tramp gets more than he bargains for when the elements and other difficulties foil his plans. But never lacking heart and resolve, our hero looks to change his fortune by seeking a job and even begins courting a saloon girl played by newcomer Georgia Hale. Moviegoers will enjoy the memorable scene where the Tramp eats his own boot while stuck in a cabin.

"The Gold Rush" was re-released by Chaplin in 1942 with several scenes cut out and with added narration and musical score. The film will be presented at the 49th New York Film Festival in a new restoration of the original 1925 version undertaken by the Criterion Collection and Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, a new score restoration by Timothy Brock, and live musical accompaniment by members of the New York Philharmonic. It promises to be an unique and unforgettable event.



Film: Crazy Horse
Director: Frederick Wiseman
Program: Special Events
Tickets: Oct. 3


True to form, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s signature observational style invites the viewer to be a fly on the wall of the legendary Parisian burlesque club Crazy Horse. While capturing the rich texture of the performances, Wiseman simlutaneously elucidates the highly constructed world that lies behind the dances and the effort that goes into each step. Juxtaposing the seamlessly elegant performances with the grueling rigor behind the choreography, set construction and rehearsal, as well as the broader strokes of business and strategy in production meetings, Wiseman offers something close to an objective reality. He gives the audience an intimate and detailed look at what is a typically very removed, impersonal setting. Ending with an extended view of the new show, Crazy Horse is as enjoyable as it is evocative.

Film: Sleeping Sickness
Director: Ulrich Köhler
Program: Main Slate
Tickets: Oct. 8, Oct. 12


A haunting meditation on Africa’s past and future, director Ulrich Köhler's third feature smoothly and smartly contrasts the relationship that two doctors—one a white German who has lived in Cameroon for decades, the other a black Frenchmen taking his first trip to the continent—have with “their” Africa. Sleeping Sickness is ultimately an exploration of modern day colonialism, cross-culturalism and transnational identity. The film's rich and complex themes are epitomized by a scene in which the German doctor, speaking French, puts on Cameroonian garb made in China. In addition, Köhler's treatment of aid to Africa, specifically what happens to funding from non-government organizations, is highly topical and sure to elicit discussion. Echoing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Sleeping Sickness is a modern, seamless dual-character story with a metaphysical bend.

Film: Play
Director: Ruben Östlund
Program: Main Slate
Tickets: Oct. 15


Based on actual events that occurred in Sweden several years ago, Play is an uncompromising look at how one group of boys preys on another. Opening in a mall, we see a group of African immigrant youths who plot to sucker two Swedish boys and their Asian friend for their valuables (cell phone, clothes, etc.). You quickly realize two things: the scheming youths have done this before and their victims are totally unaware of the obvious hustle. Östlund sets up his shots in wide angle, hardly moving the camera as we watch from an apparently safe distance. Even so the audience ends up feeling for all the kids involved. Filmed using the Red 4K camera.

Film: Salvador
Director: Oliver Stone
Program: Special Events
Tickets: Oct. 15


25 years after its original release, Oliver Stone’s Salvador still stands as a highly relevant political commentary and gripping action film. One of Stone’s first big theatrical releases, Salvador immediately established him as a filmmaker to watch. Based on the life of veteran photojournalist Rick Boyle, who for years covered Central American guerilla wars, Salvador delivers political provocation and moral contradiction while at the same time brimming with energy and excitement. With Oliver Stone on hand to introduce the film and discuss his work, this 25th Anniversary Screening is a must see!

New York Musical Theater Festival: Les Enfants de Paris October 3-15 2011


From a release - part of the New York Musical Theater Festival:

Les Enfants De Paris
Part of the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival
at TBG Theater (312 W. 36th Street)


When life is left to chance there's nothing fleeting as romance...

Music and Lyrics by David Levinson
Book by Stacey Weingarten
Additional Development by Donna Drake

New York - The streets of Paris are not safe after young Pierre Frollo’s love for a fiery Muslim refugee sparks a series of cataclysmic events. Featuring a chanson- and Arab-influenced score, this gripping musical re-sets Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame De Paris amongst the disenfranchised youth and xenophobia of France 1958, and the Algerian War for Independence.

Please be advised that this show contains mature themes and content which may not be suitable for children.
Approximate Running Time: 2:15 (including intermission); with intermission

Schedule:
Monday, Oct 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 4th, 2011 at 9:00 pm
Monday, Oct 10th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Monday, Oct 10th, 2011 at 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 15th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 15th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

David Levinson (Music and Lyrics)
David has written music and lyrics for finished shows Báthory and Les Enfants de Paris. David is also currently working on music and lyrics for Boys Lost, The Elliot’s…, and Who Is Prester John? which are in development. Education: Manhattan School of Music Professional Musical Theater Workshop, New York City Opera Workshop. www.davidlevinsonmusic.com
 

Stacey Weingarten (Book)
Stacey wears many hats, mostly cloches. Having graduated in May 2010 from Fordham Lincoln Center with a degree in Theatre Directing and Communications (and a minor in Ancient Greek!), she is currently making her Off-Broadway debut puppeteering “Bubbles” in John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. Les Enfants marks her first book for a musical though she is also hard at work on several more including Boys Lost, Back in the Day,and The Elliots. For more information, please visit www.staceyweingarten.com.

Donna Drake (Director/Additional Development)

Broadway: original production of A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year, The Wind in the Willows, 5678-Dance, It’s so nice to be Civilized and the original production of  The 1940s Radio Hour.  Awards: an Emmy nomination, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, A Mac Award Nomination, A Theatre World Award, and an Off Broadway Alliance Nomination. Les Enfants de Paris is the first of  four collaborations with Stacey Weingarten and David Levinson.

CD Release: CSC Funk Band Free MP3, New Video & Release Party Oct 28 in NYC

From a media release:

CSC FUNK BAND ANNOUNCE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM
THINGS ARE GETTING TOO CASUAL
OUT NOW ON FAT BEATS RECORDS
NYC Record Release Party on October 28th @ Zebulon with Cheick Hamala Diabate


Brooklyn, New York - With the Summer release of their debut album Things Are Getting Too Casual, CSC Funk Band charges 11-deep from the formidable Brooklyn underground to forge an unforgettable path that leaves no ass unshaken. This is funk in the sense of both sound and scent, funk in the sense of blistering backbeats and sweaty, selfless abandon, funk in the sense of all senses colliding and all minds melding to form one holy motion. This is instrumental get-up-and-dance music from planet nowhere. CSC Funk Band first collided in atomic style at a Brooklyn loft party where the event organizer’s only instruction was “make it fun and make it funky!” Thus, what began as a just-for-kicks improvisation amongst friends quickly became a “what’d I miss?” sensation at Brooklyn’s sweatiest stages.

Spearheaded by Colin Langenus, the lead guitarist for prog-punk pioneers USA Is A Monster, CSC Funk Band celebrated its initial success by expanding the lineup to include players plucked from each point of the stylistic spectrum. Although initially concentrating on dancefloor-friendly funk jams, the embryonic group quickly grew out of its party-band britches by absorbing the diverse influence of its new members, including a former GWAR drummer, a keyboardist who plays with the Akron Family, an Anthony Braxton collaborator, and a trombonist for ska legends Bad Manners.

Live in Providence at AS220:
  CSC Funk Band Live in Providence at AS220 by FatBeatsDotCom

Rocking saxes, moog, guitars, trombones, drums, trumpets, a bass, and an oboe, the band is a random, diverse, and eclectic collective whose members draw from their rich histories to effortlessly entertain every flight of fancy while never once stepping out of sync or into categories.  The psychedelic avalanche that the band effortlessly induces can be traced up the musical mountain to firm roots in technical mastery, avant-experimentation, and noise-punk ethos.

About the video: "We Don't Care"

Here we have CSC Funk Band’s trippy, tubular new video for their Fat Beats Records debut. With footage by animation queen B.A. Miale, this piece features lead and supporting roles from The Beautiful Dancer, Astronaut Man, Fun Yellow Alien, The Break Dance Crew, Smile Puppet, and last but not least, THE PINK OUTLINED GORILLA. This hot cut off their Things Are Getting Too Casual was recorded with Tony Miamone at his epic Williamsburg Studio G, which has a beautiful view of Kellogg’s Diner. Be prepared to see the world in real time through CSC’s eyes – that is, midway on an acid trip walking down McGuinness Blvd. at 3AM on a summer night looking for empanadas and dance music. The song is called We Don’t Care…and neither should you.

Lyric Soprano Brandie Sutton Manhattan Solo Recital Debut October 1


From a release:

The Manhattan solo recital debut of Soprano Brandie Sutton.
October 1, 2011
Merkin Concert Hall, New York City

Brandie Sutton, soprano
Ramon Bryant-Braxton, piano

Works by Leslie Adams, Johann Sebastian Bach, Duke Ellington, George F Handel, Hall Johnson, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Giacomo Puccini, E. Simpson-Curenton, and John W. Work.

NEW YORK - Brandie Sutton, lyric soprano, will make her Manhattan solo recital debut on Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street (@ Broadway), New York, NY 10023.

Ms. Sutton is being presented by B. Arts Presenter, an arts firm dedicated to providing professional performance opportunities for outstanding artists. The program will include selections by Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Liszt, Debussy, Delibes, Duparc and Ellington. Ms. Sutton will be accompanied by Ramon Bryant Braxton, a pianist and conductor who currently serves as assistant conductor and accompanist for the Howard University Choir.

Ms. Sutton is a recipient of the Alma Blackmon Graduate Scholarship Award. Her competition successes include first place in the Albert Lane Scholarship competition, first place in NATS (Alabama) for her division, a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition (Junior Division) and first place in the Birmingham Music Club Scholarship Competition including Best Overall Audition.

She placed first in the Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., district and nationals level, and most recently, first place in NATS (Maryland), and first place in NATS mid-Atlantic Regionals in advanced college women division.

The Manhattan solo recital debut of Soprano Brandie Sutton
October 1, 2011 - 7:30pm
Brandie Sutton, soprano
Ramon Bryant-Braxton, piano

Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street
New York City, NY

To purchase tickets:
Tickets are $50 ($40 for seniors and students)
1) Click here to order tickets online.
2) Call 212.501.3330 to purchase tickets by phone.
3) Buy in person at the Kaufman Center Box Office (129 West 67th Street @ Broadway).

Harbourfront Toronto Artsy Courses Fall 2011



From a media release:

Let your creativity flow at Harbourfront Centre!
Courses & Workshops for youth, adults and families start this September!
TORONTO, ON – Discover your inner artist, writer, chef or fashionista at Harbourfront Centre’s fall season of Courses & Workshops. The new term begins this September and offers a rich spectrum of funand challenging courses designed to bridge the gap between learning and contemporary culture.

Each season, Harbourfront Centre offers crafters and culture vultures of all ages the opportunity to embark on a learning experience led by talented local craftspeople. From structured educational workshops to spontaneous discoveries, youth, adults and families can explore the diverse world of art and culture from local, national and international perspectives.

A few tips to enhance your learning experience at Harbourfront Centre:

Come with an open mind: Individuals seeking a creative outlet will find that Harbourfront Centre provides a dynamic, enlightening and inclusive place for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn. With an exciting array of cultural, educational and recreational programmes to choose from, there is a course or workshop to suit everyone’s skill level and interest.

Don’t worry about time commitments: Harbourfront Centre’s four and six-week courses open the doors for those looking for new and exciting hobbies, while our one and two-day workshops offer just the right amount of instruction for those who want to meet new people and try something new without the long-term commitment.

Get ready to have fun: Harbourfront Centre’s team of qualified and friendly instructors help both novice and experienced students feel comfortable in the classroom. These fun, affordable and innovative classes are designed for people who want to learn something new and develop their artistic talents. Harbourfront Centre is the perfect environment for individuals to boost creativity and expand their social circles with like-minded individuals!

The fall Courses & Workshops session runs from September to December 2011. Register early as each programme requires a minimum number of participants to run. To register or for more information, the public can call 416-973-4093 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/courses

There are a variety of courses offered in:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Joe's Pub New York City Grand Re-opening October 4 2011


From a release:

JOE’S PUB GRAND RE-OPENING WITH
STEW AND HEIDI: SONGS FROM PASSING STRANGE FT. JON SPURNEY
Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm & 9:30pm - $30


NEW YORK CITY - Join Stew, Heidi Rodewald and Jon Spurney for the grand re-opening of Joe’s Pub as they take a journey back in time to re-visit the songs of Passing Strange, the theater production that went on to become both a Spike Lee-directed movie and Tony Award winner for “Best Book of a Musical.”  This intimate, acoustic set will explore songs from this hit show as well as songs that were cut from the show and songs never before heard on a New York stage.

With a gift for hook-filled melodies, taut poetic narratives, incisive song portraits and a sardonic sense of humor, the brilliant Stew and Heidi Rodewald are among New York’s preeminent singer-songwriters. The New York Times raves "A witty wordsmith, composer and performer, Stew can also play a mean guitar, and when necessary, he strides the stage like an evangelical preacher, or a preening rocker, to whip the audience into a froth."

James Gangl Remounts Toronto Fringe 2011 Hit Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups Oct 3 - 22

From a media release:

SEX, RELIGION & OTHER HANG-UPS:  JAMES GANGL REMOUNTS HIS SMASH HIT FRINGE SHOW SO HE CAN FIND A GIRLFRIEND… seriously.

• Gangl self-finances a 3-Week run of his show October 3 to 22, 2011 to increase the odds of finding true love.  Chris Gibbs directs as Gangl leaves his heart on Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace stage!

[Toronto, ON] –  Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups, is about a guy with a ravenous sexual libido (Gangl) battling it out against a guy with a staunch Catholic upbringing (also Gangl) over the heart of a sexy, insightful underwear model (not Gangl) that he meets at his first professional acting gig, a commercial shoot for Coors Light.

Gangl tells the story in the hopes that the right lady will date him after the show.  Fringe sensation and solo-show veteran, Chris Gibbs directs, mining the universal truths in Gangl's twisted and touching true story. 

Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups was voted Patron’s Pick at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival and Now Magazine awarded the show “Outstanding Production” and Gangl “Outstanding Performance.”  James Gangl also won the first annual Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship for highest percentage of tickets sold… the entire run was sold-out!  Gangl is a decorated improviser nominated for 3 Canadian Comedy Awards including Best Male Improviser and is co-creator of the smash indie film night My Tapes.

Gibbs has directed himself in a number of Fringe hits including Like Father, Like Son? Sorry, Antoine Feval and Gibberish.  Gibbs won a Canadian Comedy Award along with The Carnegie Hall Show for Best Improv Troupe and has been called "One of the funniest guys around" by the National Post.  Gibbs thinks that Gangl is another one of those funny guys... just not as funny as him.

James Gangl is cuffed by hot steamy Religion - Photo By: Kevin Thom
Runs: October 4th - 22nd             
Show Times: Tues – Thurs 8:00pm, Fri & Sat 7:00 & 9:00PM
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Arts Workers, $15 All the Single Ladies. 
Box Office: 416-504-7529 OR www.artsboxoffice.ca

CD Release: Flautist Damjan Krajacic's Brazilian/Cuban/Jazz Grooves on Glide

From a media release:

Damjan Krajacic, Glide (RoundTone Records)
Brazilian, Cuban, and Jazz Through Flute
Release Date: October 1, 2011


The flute is a percussion instrument: Though known for its delicacy and nuance, it can burst, ring, and punctuate. That’s what Zagreb-born, L.A.-based musician and composer Damjan Krajacic discovered as he heard the flute tearing through a Latin jazz number.

Krajacic harnesses the flute’s balance of finesse and force on Glide (RoundTone; October 1, 2011). He explores the Brazilian, Cuban, and jazz sounds and rhythms that first drew him to the instrument, while paying homage to his classical and Balkan past.

“I never really considered the flute at all,” explains Krajacic, who first came to jazz as a young bassist at his U.S. alma mater. “Then I heard [charanga expert and jazz educator] Danilo Lozano play. I thought, ‘Wait a minute.’ In Latin jazz and especially in Cuban music, the flute is part of the rhythm section as well, not just a high-pitched color as it frequently is in classical music. I fell in love with its expressive possibilities.”

Krajacic uncovered expanded vocabularies by experimenting with the flute on his own, as well as learning from Lozano and jazz flute legend James Newton. By speaking and singing different consonants or syllables as he plays, a skilled player like Krajacic can get his instrument to hint at a high hat, snap like a snare drum, or create percussive and charismatic effects unique to the flute. To bring out its many colors, Krajacic pairs his instrument with other sounds, such as his voice singing soaring vocables or the mellow melodica that doubles the flute on “In Life.”

Krajacic uses these techniques not as curious ends in and of themselves, but in service of pieces that move from grooving to reflective, from straight-ahead jazz to Brazilian party. Krajacic’s work draws intently on the Afro-Latin roots music and jazz masterpieces he has studied for years, mixing such influences as Miles and Cuban rumba (“In Life”).

In the big sound of samba-afro on “Glide,” the flute takes the unexpected lead, followed by a joyful burst of percussion thanks to drummer and Brazilian beat master Tony Shogren. Krajacic trades focused licks on the grooving, samba-inflected “About Time” with multi-instrumentalist jazz elder Derf Reklaw, who transforms an ordinary bottle into a jubilant cry.

Krajacic plays with rhythm constantly, whether it’s an Afro-Latin beat or the odd dance meters of the Balkans in “Resemblance” (or both, as in “Heartbeat.”) On “Come Play,” Krajacic’s limber, punchy flute line suggests interlocking polyrhythm, alternating with wide-open melodic spaces where his band—featuring Larry Steen’s muscular, jocular bass and Mike Boito’s thoughtful keys—takes over in pensive contrast.

This contrast points to the flute’s other, subtler side: its connection to the quiet rush of the breath and its deeply lyrical resonance, the almost vocal quality Krajacic finds on “Lara.” Learning classical guitar from his music teacher father as a boy in Croatia, Krajacic gained an appreciation for the low-key refinement of an instrument that can’t shout to make a statement but demands close listening and careful arrangement.

“I liked the immediacy the flute evokes,” Krajacic reflects. “You feel like your breath is carrying the music more than the notes you’re playing.” Breath, creating a shakuhachi-like tone on tracks like “Inspire” or the gentle sighs of “Goodbye,” becomes another means of expression, one ripe with timbral emotiveness.

Krajacic’s close attention to nuance flows throughout his work as a performer and composer. Small things—subtle sounds in a quiet house, brief moments of reflection behind the wheel—suggest melodies for pieces like the upbeat and sunny “Morning Smile.” As Krajacic kept a hushed watch over his sleeping daughter, he heard the first few tones of the track’s melody line, as two glasses clinked together.

“It’s that moment that you realize something is more than just a few notes,” Krajacic muses, “that you know it’s meaningful. That’s the real message in my music.”

Toronto's Theatre 20 Presents: Amelia The Girl Who Wants to Fly in Concert Oct 3

From a media release:

Theatre 20 presents MUSICALS THAT FLY:
Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly in Concert
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 8 p.m. at The Panasonic Theatre


Toronto, ON
-Theatre 20, Toronto's newest musical theatre company, celebrates a new, story-driven Canadian musical by John Gray (Billy Bishop Goes to War, Rock 'n' Roll) in the third concert of its 2011 Concert Series at the Panasonic Theatre.

Starring Theatre 20 Founding Artist Eliza-Jane Scott, Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly tells the story of the meteoric rise and mysterious disappearance of the legendary pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart who rose to unimaginable heights, both literally and figuratively.

In 1930s America, the celebrity machine of the day created an idol whose image resonates even now, more than 70 years after her death. Amelia Earhart... why did she want to fly? Where did she come from and how did she become the legend? Gray's examination of this infamous figure is part biography, part romance, part comedy and part musical. We get to join Amelia on the thrilling ride.

Directed by Sarah Phillips (Artistic Director of Festival Players) with Musical Direction by Michael Barber (Theatre Aquarius, Mirvish Productions, Stratford Shakespeare Festival), the cast also includes Karin Randoja (Buddies in Bad Times, Caravan Farm Theatre, National Arts Centre) as Amelia's sister Midge and Steven Gallagher (Canadian Stage, Mirvish Productions, Grand Theatre) as her husband-turned-publicist. This production comes to the Panasonic fresh from its run through August at Picton's Festival Players of Prince Edward County and this fall at Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company from Sept. 13-Oct. 2.  

Theatre 20 presents MUSICALS THAT FLY: Amelia in Concert
Monday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
Panasonic Theatre - 651 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tickets $69 & $59
416-872-1212  |  1-800-461-3333
BUY TICKETS at TicketKing.com

9th Annual Abilities Arts Festival & Tribute to Ahmed Hassan Oct 1 - 30 2011

From a media release:

Top Canadian artists collaborate on Gala celebrating Ahmed Hassan at
Abilities Arts Festival
showcasing artists with disabilities October 1-30 in Toronto


Toronto - Abilities Arts Festival Executive Director Rina Fraticelli has announced the dates and programming for the ninth annual festival, including the world premiere of a multidisciplinary tribute to musician Ahmed Hassan (1955-2011) featuring some of Canada's top artists. Showcasing works by and about artists with disabilities working within the visual and performing arts, film and integrated art forms, Abilities Arts Festival programming runs October 1-30, 2011 in various locations across the city.

Highlighting this year's festival is The Neat Strange Music of Ahmed Hassan, a celebration of the singular artistic vision of this influential Canadian composer and musician, running October 21 and 22 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre, presented in collaboration with Peggy Baker Dance Projects.

Beginning in 1981, Hassan made an important and thoroughly original contribution to the Canadian dance scene for two decades through compositions and live performances of music for a host of important choreographers including Peggy Baker, Serge Bennathan, Darcy Callison, Robert Desrosiers, Lola MacLaughlin and Tedd Robinson. In the late 1980s, he also emerged as an important presence in Toronto's burgeoning world music scene with the influential band Mother Tongue; but his socio-political beliefs found their deepest expression in 14 Remembered, a requiem for the women killed in the Montreal massacre, that Ahmed conceived, directed, performed, and ultimately recorded, in the mid to late 1990s.

Curated by award-winning contemporary dancer Peggy Baker, Hassan's wife and longtime collaborator, Neat Strange Music interweaves dance, music and film along with a reunion performance by ethno-music heroes, Mother Tongue.

Excerpts from the work of some of Canada's leading choreographers - Robert Desrosiers (groundbreaking Blue Snake made for the National Ballet of Canada in 1985), Serge Bennathan (Dora Award-winning Sable/Sand, with live vocals by Maryem Hassan Tollar) and Peggy Baker (Geometry of the Circle, Sanctum) - are performed by classical and contemporary dancers spanning three generations as well as senior students from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where Hassan was a regular class accompanist in the 1980s.

The Neat Strange Music of Ahmed Hassan: October 21-22
at the Betty Oliphant Theatre, 400 Jarvis Street
$25 general; $20 seniors 65+, students <19, people with disabilities
Tickets and info available at 1-888-844-9991 or online at www.abilitiesartsfestival.org

Ninth Annual Abilities Arts Festival runs October 1-30, 2011 other highlights:
• I See What You Mean, an interactive installation featuring recent work by internationally acclaimed documentary photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo in continuous "photographic dialogue" with works by gallery visitors. This installation runs October 1-30 at the Carlton Cinema Gallery, and as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
• In Celebration of Our Children & Youth, two full days of music, dance and art by professional performers designed to inspire and empower young people with disabilities, running October 12 and 13 at Villa Colombo. (For schools only. Pre-registration is required.)
• Portrait of the Artist as anŠ  Artist Media Festival, two days of award-winning Canadian and international films about artists and innovators from the worlds of the visual and performing arts, running October 15-16 at the Carlton Cinema.

• Ahmed Hassan & Peter Bingham - Photo credit: Chris Randle
Abilities Arts Festival, a not-for-profit organization, is a forum for developing and showcasing the contributions of artists with disabilities.
• Tickets and info available at 1-888-844-9991 or online at www.abilitiesartsfestival.org


"a not so still life" teaser from ShadowCatcher on Vimeo.

Buffy Sainte-Marie at the 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Oct 19-23 2011

From a media release:

2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to present
Buffy Sainte-Marie
as a special guest at the annual festival
 
• Save the Dates: October 19 – 23, 2011

Five days of Indigenous film, video, radio, new media, art, entertainment and so much more.

(Toronto) – The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that legendary artist Buffy Sainte-Marie will headline The Beat music night and participate as a special guest at a panel discussion as part of its 12th annual festivities!

Ms. Sainte-Marie’s engagements kick off at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2 on Friday, October 21 at 7PM for an intimate and free “In Discussion With Buffy” panel, which will span her triumphs and achievements.  Celebrated musician, Academy Award winner, and new media artist, Ms. Sainte-Marie will discuss her incredible journey to becoming one of the world’s most acclaimed Indigenous musicians, her experiences as a pioneer of new media art, and what is in store for her future.

Continuing on Saturday, October 23 at 7PM (tickets $15 - $20) Buffy Sainte-Marie headlines The Beat, presented by Slaight Music, at the Phoenix Concert Hall. imagineNATIVE is thrilled to have Slaight Music as the new presenter of this event, and a new Gold Level sponsor of imagineNATIVE. Slaight Music’s mandate is to support the Canadian music community through various initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.  Gary Slaight, CEO of Slaight Music, says of the new partnership, “We are honoured to play a role in the development of Indigenous Canadian Artists and excited about this new relationship with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.”

One of the premier annual Indigenous music events in Toronto, The Beat will feature a program of international music videos and an electrifying performance by Buffy Sainte-Marie. The evening will also feature the premiere of a youth-made video project inspired by Buffy’s legacy, and an opening performance by local singer Lena Recollet.

“imagineNATIVE is incredibly pleased to have Buffy Sainte-Marie – a true Indigenous icon – at this year’s festival,” says Jason Ryle, Executive Director. “As an artist she continues to create work that inspires and challenges, and which has made a lasting impact in so many genres of Indigenous arts. As we make our move to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, we are very pleased to be able to share with our new and loyal audiences the talent and insight of one of the world’s most recognized and respected Indigenous artists.”

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, BY PHONE AND IN PERSON STARTING OCTOBER 3
• Complete details at www.imagineNATIVE.org
• The Beat Tickets: $20 ($15 students/seniors/underemployed)




Festival Highlights:
imagineNATIVE is just around the corner! From October 19 - 23, 2011 Toronto will become a mecca of Indigenous-made works featuring the latest and best in film, video, radio and new media!

With five days of entertainment you will see and experience film and video screenings, live music performances, special panel discussions, art exhibits, parties, and numerous opportunities to connect with film and media industry representatives and artists.

2011 Opening and Closing Night Films:
ON THE ICE directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean CANADIAN PREMIERE
WAPOS BAY: Long Goodbyes directed by Dennis Jackson WORLD PREMIER

Highlights this year include a spotlight on the Khoi-San people of South Africa, a concert headlined by Academy Award-winning and multiple Juno Award-winning songstress Buffy Sainte-Marie at The Beat, the much-acclaimed DJ collective, A Tribe Called Red will perform their complete multi-media DJ set, for the first time in Toronto, a solo new media exhibition by Montreal-based artist Jason Lewis, and for all travellers, keep your eyes open for the imagineNATIVE short films on all Air Canada flights!

• EARLY-BIRD FESTIVAL PASSES ON SALE NOW.
• ONLINE www.imagineNATIVE.org
• IN-PERSON TIFF Box Office, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Sq., 350 King St. W
• ALL TICKETS AND PASSES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, BY PHONE AND IN-PERSON STARTING OCTOBER 3

Bamako Meets Paris in New York City: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal's Chamber Music Sept 27

From a media release - I've been in love with this music since I first heard it last year, and am jealous that the Toronto date had to be scrapped:

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal, Chamber Music (Six Degrees Records):
Cellos on the Niger, Koras on the Seine:
Chamber Music Discovers Unexpected Strains of African Lyricism and European Funk


September 27, 2011 at Elebash Recital Hall, New York City

When kora-player Ballaké Sissoko approached French cellist Vincent Ségal after a show, Ségal never suspected that he’d find himself several years later on the banks of the Niger, digging into African music’s introspective side with a virtuosic Malian bard. He never imagined that the curious duo would discover striking similarities in their music and lives, creating a free space for cross-cultural creativity based on deep commonalities.

"We're the same age," Ségal notes, explaining the wide swath of common ground the two unlikely collaborators share. "We have the same kind of family, a son and daughter. We have the same way of life, playing these quiet instruments passionately. I've spent time with many musicians"-from Sting to avant guitarist Marc Ribot-"but it's not the same as it is with Ballaké."



The soft-spoken Sissoko and Ségal share a powerful link with tradition, with guiding teachers, and with similarly rich-voiced instruments. They also share a seemingly insatiable longing to push tradition to the limit and escape their ceremonial functions as musicians with certain roles to play.

Sissoko learned the deep-rooted poetry and music of the djeli (Bambara for "griot") from his father and grandfather, taking on the traditional role of historian, praise singer, and bard. Yet even before befriending Ségal, Sissoko reveled in innovation. He pursued challenging collaborations with blues greats (Taj Mahal) and Italian minimalist composers (Ludovico Einaudi, with whom he performed at the Festival in the Desert in 2008).

Along the same lines, Ségal was rigorously trained as a classical cellist-he's a former player with the Opera de Lyon-as a musician destined for a technically demanding role in Europe 's art tradition. Yet an influential early teacher encouraged him to pursue his fascination with African, Latin, and rock sounds, and to dig into other music outside the narrow confine of classical. He's now frequently seen brandishing a funky electric cello as part of the trip-hop project, Bumcello, or laying down tracks for everyone from Cesaria Evora to Blackalicious.

A listen and a free download:
  Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal - "Chamber Music" by SixDegreesRecords

This meeting of the minds had a strong basis on their shared understanding of music, both European and African. Ségal had gotten into Afropop, listening to records with African neighbors and going to shows. But Sissoko, taking the lead, showed him a quieter, more introspective side to West African music the duo feels is too often overlooked.

"Ballaké comes from African classical music, in a way," muses Ségal. "It's not like a meeting when you try to do a fusion of different styles. I knew more about African pop music, but it wasn't about finding grooves or the right feeling. We just learned to play together without saying anything."

They could best capture this tacit, understated link, Sissoko suggested, by traveling to his native land and recording at the studio founded by African icon Salif Keita that caters specifically to acoustic projects. There, working through the night and eschewing overdubs, the duo laid down spare, graceful tracks that make full use of the cello's percussive and sonorous possibilities, and the kora's rich sound. They also turned to local musicians to add other musical elements, including stirring vocals: As a tribute to Sissoko's late singer friend Kader Berry, they worked with the broadly talented Malian-born, Ivorian-based singer Awa Sangho ("Regret").

Ségal and Sissoko love to draw on other harp-friendly cultures, from Crete where Sissoko heard the tune that inspired "Houdesti," to the Celto-French sounds of Bretagne ("Historie de Molly"). And while seeming to range far afield, they always return to the intimacy that makes small acoustic performances so moving-an element that runs deep in African music.

"Most people think of African music in terms of fast dance beats and percussion, perhaps because much of that music is so good," Ségal reflects. "But you have a forest of different instruments, a variety of sounds and feelings. The quiet, pensive side of African music is what Ballaké shared with me, and what we bring to our collaboration."

• They're also playing Miami on September 30 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center 212 NE 59 Terrace*** Ph: 305.672.5202 

Small World Music Festival Continues in Toronto to October 2, 2011

From a release:

I wrote about Sidi Touré early this year when his CD came out - now you can check him out live at Lula Lounge as part of the Small World Music Festival

Sidi Touré at Lula Lounge on September 29, 2011

"Sidi
Touré is a worthy successor to Ali Farka Touré. Sidi has all the talent, quality, simplicity, playing and singing skills, it's incredible.." - Grammy Award winner Bassekou Kouyaté

Sidi Touré is a singer-songwriter from Mali who has garnered global acclaim for thought provoking songs that honor African sonic traditions in a manner that appeals to listeners from any continent. Throughout his time making music, Sidi’s sound has both captured and challenged his roots. His music moves from the translucent swaying 'Takamba' to the trance inducing 'Holley', while the lyrics often address many non-traditional issues. Sidi has a critical mind and his songs have a purpose. His just-released album, Sahel Folk a SPIN Magazine pick, features spontaneously recorded duets with other Malian musicians.



I'm late posting about the festival (even though I was at the opening party on Thursday night - priorities! LOL Parties before posting!) but there's still much more to check out yet.

The Small World Music Festival continues to October 2, 2011

The beat of the globe in the heart of Toronto:
Small World Music Festival celebrates 10 years of cultural discoveries
Small World Music Proudly Presents
The 10th ANNUAL SMALL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
September 22 to October 2, 2011


The tenth anniversary of Small World Music's signature annual program marks a milestone, both for the organization and for Toronto's world music community. Over the past decade, this passionate and dedicated organization has worked with thousands of people to weave the thread of world music through the fabric of the city.

As always, this year's Festival embraces the past and future of global sounds, showcasing new sounds infused with youthful energy and the spirit of cross-cultural collaboration that makes for a Brave New World of Music. The 10th anniversary festival edition truly has something for any world music lover's ears: legends of their genres such as Asha Bhosle and Shujaat Khan, Hilario Duran, and Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino; international rising stars including A Moving Sound, Sidi Touré, Lua­sa Maita and Dang Show, and electronic tastemakers and pioneers like Quantic, dunkelbunt, and El Hijo de la Cumbia. As always, Toronto and Canada are proudly and diversely represented by the likes of David Buchbinder's Andalusia to Toronto, Autorickshaw, Eccodek, Njacko Backo, Boogat, Drumhand, Prince Enoki's Insect Orchestra, The Lemon Bucket Orchestra, and Tich Maredza.

• Sunday, September 25, Hilario Duran: Celebrating the First 35 Years @ Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W.)
• Sunday, September 25, Pedro D-Lita @ Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W.)
• Tuesday, September 27, Andalusia in Toronto @ Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St. W.)
• Wednesday, September 28, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino @ Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W.)
• Thursday, September 29, Sidi Touré @ Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W.)
• Friday, September 30, Bezerka featuring Dunkelbunt Live @ The Great Hall, 9:00
• Sunday, October 2, Karevan Ensemble Performs Homeland Variations @ Harbourfront Enwave Theatre (235 Queens Quay W.)
• Sunday, October 2, Asha Bosle & Shujaat Khan @ Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St. W.)