Friday, November 29, 2013

Glenfiddich Issues Call for Canadian Artists for the Coveted 2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize (Jan 31 2014 Deadline)

From a media release:

Issues Call for Canadian Artists to Enter Competition for the Coveted
2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

• To apply and for more information, applicants are asked to visit

Toronto, November 28, 2013 –
Glenfiddich is issuing a Call to Artists currently living and creating art in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize. The Canadian “Call to Artists” opens today, Thursday November 28, 2013 and closes midnight eastern time, Friday January 31, 2014.

The Canadian winner will be one of only eight artists worldwide to be awarded the art community’s coveted prize to live and work at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. It’s only fitting that the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky honours distinction. The three-month residency valued at $20,000 per artist represents the Glenfiddich commitment to the pioneering spirit of the arts and the communities it serves. While living in crofts (traditional small Scottish farm houses), artists are encouraged to find inspiration from the unique setting in the Scottish Highlands. The experience provides an opportunity unlike any other for artists to work in an international community, share in a dialogue with other artists and foster cross-disciplinary ideas.

Now in its 12th year internationally and 10th in Canada, the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize attracts nearly 150 submissions across Canada from the visual arts. The prize covers the cost of travel, living expenses and materials throughout the residency. From the submissions, five jury members choose eight finalists and ultimately one winner. 

The distinguished jury for the selection of the Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize includes, Dr. Sara Diamond, president of OCAD University, Gaetane Verna, director of The Power Plant, Kitty Scott, curator of modern and contemporary art at AGO, Julian Sleath, programming manager of special events, economic development & culture at the City of Toronto, and the Canadian 2008 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize recipient, Dave Dyment.

Andy Fairgrieve, curator, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize underscores that, “The program’s ethos is about encouraging people to take inspiration from their experience living at the distillery, whether that be the pioneering heritage of Glenfiddich, the surrounding environment, or the daily life of the distillery and local xommunity, and to be as pioneering as possible – a mission our artists live and breathe during their three-month residency.”

The Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize has sponsored over 90 artists globally since its inception in 2002. Daniel Barrow, the 2013 Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize recipient – recognized for his use of obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives on the practices of drawing and collecting – has recently completed his three-month residency.

The past Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize winners include: Daniel Barrow 2013, Jillian McDonald 2012, Helen Cho (2011), Damian Moppett (2010), Arabella Campbell (2009), Dave Dyment (2008), Jonathon Kaiser (2007), Annie Pootoogook (2006) and Myfanwy Macleod (2005).

Image - Seven of the eight 2013 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize recipients at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Left to right: Daniel Barrow, Canada; Agi Chen, Taiwan; Jungho Oak, Korea; Marie Von Heyl, United Kingdom; Erick Meyenburg, Mexico; Jonathon Ehrenberg, USA; Zhang Yunyao, China. Yuvan Bothysathuvar, India, not pictured

Canada's 2013 winner, Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA festival, and the British Film Institute (London).

Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award and is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto. He uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to "manual" forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors.
Barrow’s performance work expands upon dualistic, universal themes: good vs. evil, shame vs. pride, experience vs. innocence, and the balancing of one's belief in miracles with an increasingly bleak and rapidly advancing future. All of his work aims to collide popular imagery from the cultural and digital past with emotional, usually melancholic, content. In doing so, he attempts a return to a former, primitive or nostalgic experience of stimulus.

"At the Glenfiddich Distillery, I will create a new performance in which projected silhouettes, drawings and photographs combine to tell a story inspired by the landscape, the community, or perhaps the distillery itself," he says.

William Grant & Sons Ltd
William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1887 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family. Named ‘IWSC Distiller of the Year’ in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year, William Grant & Sons distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world’s best loved blended Scotches, Grant’s®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick’s® Gin, and Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and Tullamore Dew®.

2012 winner Jillian McDonald's Valley of the Deer (2013)

Songs of My Mother: A Celebration of African Women December 7 2013 in Toronto.

From a media release:

Batuki Music Society Presents:
Songs of My Mother: A Celebration of African Women
Saturday December 7th at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto.

Songs of My Mother concert will showcase a stellar diversity of voices featuring Tapa Diarra (Mali), Blandine Mbiya (Democratic Republic of Congo), Ruth Mathiang (South Sudan), Evelyn Mukwedeya (Zimbabwe), Memory Makuri (Zimbabwe) and dancer Mabinty Sylla (Guinea) with a supporting cast of musicians including Diely Mori Tounkara, Kofi Ackah, Adam Solomon, Ebenezer Agyekum, Tichaona Maredza, Ruben Esguerra and Amara Kante.

The first words or language that a child hears from its mother is a song.  This introduction to sound and words through song is a very common element in the bonding process between a mother and her newborn in most African cultures.  This is an intuitive process and it is done for each newborn and the songs are often an affirmation of a mother’s love for her child and also a celebration of motherhood.  Singing is a central element in most African cultures and traditions, and it is often associated with women.  A song is a motivator for a woman as she rises very early in the morning to clean her house and compound, goes to the river to fetch water, or sits down to feed her child.  Most chores such as grinding millet or sorghum, and cooking are usually accompanied by singing.  Singing is also used to celebrate occasions such as having a bountiful harvest, the start of the hunting season, fishing, or initiation ceremonies for young women and men.  There is also singing and dancing when death occurs in the family.

Though singing is not solely done by women in most African societies, it is true that the female voice is ever present and yet is not given a prominent role that it deserves.  Women are often relegated and discouraged from assuming leading roles especially as bandleaders.  Toronto has a good number of African female singers, and some of them lead their own bands and others as vocalists in various groups.  Songs of My Mother shines a light on the rich talent and the diversity of music that these women possess.  We hope it will help to inspire mothers, aunts, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and nieces to stand together and celebrate themselves as a major contributor to the arts and community, a celebration of African Women.

Songs of My Mother – A Celebration of African Women
Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St. East, Toronto, M5A 2B7
Doors 8 PM, Show 9 PM
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door - available online at and these locations:
African Drum & Art Crafts – 618 Dundas St. W.
Hidden Thrifty – 26 Roncesvalles Ave.
New Bilan Restaurant – 183 Dundas St. E.
Nharo – 543 Danforth Ave.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Royal Conservatory Toronto Presents Rokia Traoré: Beautiful Africa - November 27 2013

From a media release:

Royal Conservatory Toronto Presents: Rokia Traoré - Beautiful Africa
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
8:00 pm - Koerner Hall

Rokia Traoré, vocals & guitar, Fatim Koutayé, vocals, Ruth Goller, bass, Giovanni Ferrario, guitar, Mamah Diabaté, n’goni, Bintou Soumbounou, vocals, Dave de Rose, drums

• Get the album Beautiful Africa here

TORONTO - One of the most inventive female singer-songwriters in Africa today, Rokia Traoré is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for the sheer variety of her work. Recently, she has written three very different sets of music: the acoustic Damou (Dream), the bluesy Donguili (Sing), and the rock-influenced Donke (Dance), in which she set out to show three different aspects of Malian culture and her own personality, and which were all performed at different London venues in one week.  

Rokia Traoré was criticized for not being a griot (from a family of traditional musicians), but a daughter of a diplomat, when she first set out to become a professional musician. Although she had no musical training, she gave up her studies in Brussels to return to Mali to create a new form of music, in which her songs would be backed by her acoustic guitar, along with n’goni and the xylophone-like balaba balafon, two instruments not normally played together in Africa.

Her breakthrough came when she was hailed as the ‘African Discovery’ of 1997 by  Radio France Internationale. In 2003, her album Bowmboï included a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet and was awarded a prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Award. Her 2009 album Tchamantché reflected her new fascination with the Gretsch electric guitar, and won a Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of a Grammy, as well as a Songlines Artist of the Year Award.

She has twice collaborated with director Peter Sellars, who in 2006 invited her to write and perform a work for his New Crowned Hope project, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birthday. Traoré portrayed Mozart as a griot in the time of the 13th century African ruler Soundiata Keita, whose empire was centered in what is now Mali. She has also collaborated with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Sellars on the theatre piece Desdemona, bringing an African dimension to the story of Shakespeare's tragic heroine.

Her new release, Beautiful Africa, is an album of the powerful new songs first heard in her Donke project, reminding listeners it was rock music that first inspired Traoré’s remarkable career. The songs are in the West African language of Bambara, as well as French and occasional bursts of English, and the often personal lyrics are concerned with Traoré’s thoughts on her own life, and on her tragically battered homeland. Beautiful Africa was produced by English musician John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse) and recorded at Toybox Studios in Bristol, UK

All artists are making their Royal Conservatory debuts tonight.
Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music.
We are pleased that Gill Deacon, host of Here and Now on CBC Radio 1 will join us live on stage to emcee this performance. Click here to go to

Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal Presents: None of the Above - November 26 to 30 2013

From a media release:

Kaleidoscope Theatre MONTREAL presents
Written by Jenny Lyn Bader
Directed by Trevor Barrette & Michelle Lewis

• Tuesday, November 26 – Saturday, November 30, 2013
Tickets online

Montreal, November 2013 –
Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal is proud to present their third production, the Canadian premiere of Jenny Lyn Bader’s None of the Above, directed by Trevor Barrette and Michelle Lewis. The company’s two successful past productions of the classic plays, Sophocles’ Antigone and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, were presented at the Casgrain Studio Theatre in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. They are very excited to be making their work more accessible by bringing None of the Above to Montreal’s MainLine Theatre from November 26th to the 30th. The show features a soundtrack created by Montreal musicians.

Set in present day New York City, Jenny Lyn Bader’s almost romantic comedy is a two-hander battle of the wits that deals with the stresses of student life, issues of entitlement and the assumptions we make about each other. Jamie Silver, 17, is in her final year at Billington, a high-end private school in the Upper East Side. She is a party-going socialite, a small time drug dealer on the side, and her very last priority is doing well on her SATs. Enter Clark, 22, a genius, no-nonsense scholarship kid with big debts, who is hired by Jamie’s father to get her score from an 1800 to a perfect score of 2400 or he sees none of the money. They seem to have very different values and priorities, but they may just have more in common than they think.

Every day we are faced with many pressures - the pressure to do well, to make ends meet, to stay up to date. Things are moving faster and faster with no sign of slowing down. “At its core, this piece is about two things for me: how we learn to trust, and how to play.” says actor Scott Humphrey, who plays Clark. He continues, “When we meet Jamie and Clark, they both feel pressured to work hard in order to succeed, but both have lost their willingness to just ‘play’.” Jenny Lyn Bader’s piece presents two characters who are faced with these issues and who learn how to overcome them together.

“One issue that we can all relate to is the growing gap between rich and poor.” says co-director Michelle Lewis. “The two characters in this play are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Jamie comes from a background where up until recently money was just something she always had. To Clark, money is something he's had to fight and work for; while he watched others throw it away. Whether we identify personally with either of their situations, the concepts of entitlement and the disparity between the richest and poorest is on the world's mind right now. If someone walks away from the play thinking they should be a little less quick to judge someone from a different background, social class, or whatever the case may be, then the play has done its job.”

For Lily Maclean, who plays Jamie, None of the Above’s relevance revolves around the way the characters experience pain together, boosted by the line in the play, ‘Pain is not quantifiable’.  She explains, “The play teaches us very simply that our pain cannot be greater or lesser than another's, but it can be an aid to helping us understand other people's pain, healing it, and through this, our pain gets better too.”

The text is witty and engaging. The plot is surprising and original. “The whole play is one big game,” says None of the Above co-director and Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal founder, Trevor Barrette. “There are rules of course, but they are hard to catch since the characters are always breaking them. That is what draws me to the play. Jamie and Clark are constantly testing each other as they fight to break out of the mold they have been forced into their entire lives. Both are searching for something more meaningful in themselves.”

As part of Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal’s mission to work with emerging and young professional artists in the community, the play features a soundtrack created solely by Montreal musicians. These contributing artists are taking the Montreal music scene by storm with performances at the Montreal Fringe Festival, Pop Montreal, M for Montreal and features on MuchMusic. Artists collaborating on the project include: Bent by Elephants, ( Wind & the Wild (, Shaharah Sinclair (, TEA (, Emily Skahan of Motel Raphael (, The JEM (, Jesse MacCormak (MAK) (, Sarah Segal-Lazar ( and others.

The cast and crew of None of the Above are looking forward to sharing the production with the student community, who are faced with many of the same issues as the play's main characters.  Graduating high school students, as well as college and university students will be quite familiar with the pressures of living up to the expectations of others, balancing their social and academic lives, and throughout it all, trying to keep some money in their pockets. The company is offering great rates for student groups, a Q&A period after certain shows, as well as visits to high schools to talk to students about the pressures of getting into the right schools, growing up and finding a way to do what it is you truly want to do.

META- nominated (Montreal English Theatre Awards) actress and member of Title 66 Productions, Lily MacLean will be taking on the role of the vivacious Jamie Silver who keeps the genius Clark on his toes. Clark will be played by Concordia University graduate Scott Humphrey. The production also features costume and set design by Kelly O’Toole and lighting design by Alex Smith.

None of the Above
Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal

At MainLine Theatre, 3997 St-Laurent, Nov. 26-30 – 7 shows only!
Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, Tuesday and Saturday matinee at 2:00pm
Tickets for the preview, Tues. Nov. 26 at 2pm, are $12
Tickets for Saturday matinee, Nov. 30 at 2pm are 2-for-1 (at the door only)
Tickets: $20, $15 (students/seniors), $12 (groups)
Reservations:  514 849-3378 or online

Optic Heart Theatre Toronto Presents Hugh Baugh's The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone Nov 27 to Dec 8 2013

From a media release:

Optic Heart Theatre presents
Hume Baugh’s searingly honest, and celebratory one-person show
at Videofag (Toronto)
Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2013

Optic Heart Theatre presents Hume Baugh’s searingly honest, and celebratory one-person show THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE - an intimate account of his mother’s remarkable life and the complexity of his relationship to the woman who bore and raised him. THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE plays in the studio at Videofag in Kensington Market for 10 performances only from Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2013. Tickets are available online via EventBrite at or by cash sale only at the door. Seating is very limited.
Long before she died, my mother disappeared.
Inside herself. Into a fog of alcohol…

What is it like to grow up as the son of a dynamic, successful, charismatic alcoholic? And after her death, to try to find her, to see her whole - perhaps for the first time - through the tangled labyrinths of story and memory? Part remembrance, part exorcism, part investigation, part celebration, this one-person show chronicles a man’s struggle to understand his mother’s life and death. Intimate, honest, and finally redemptive, it is a testament to the power of love between a mother and son.  THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE asks us to honestly examine what we think love is, and to imagine loving better.

First workshopped in 2006 at Rhubarb! and Buddies in Bad Times, and in 2007 at HATCH at the Harbourfront Centre, THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE has toured across the country to great acclaim. Most recently it was showcased as part of the 2013 Theatre Kingston season. The performances at Videofag in November-December mark the first Toronto run of the fully-realized production.

Hume’s recent Toronto appearances include Dinner at Seven-Thirty (Theatre Rusticle), The Taming Of The Shrew and Macbeth (Canadian Stage), and The Charge Of the Expormidable Moose  (One Little Goat). He is the author of Crush, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2012. THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE is directed and dramaturged by Siminovitch Prize nominee Mark Cassidy (for Threshold Theatre: Change Room at the Toronto Fringe; Allistonian Brockvillian Dionysian at Q Space; Kafka & Son, European tour including The Hague, Prague, Budapest and Leeds, U.K.)

Videofag (187 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market, Toronto)
November 27 – December 8, 2013
(Opening Night Wednesday Nov 27)
(Tues-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @2:30pm)
Note there will be NO SHOW on Friday 29 November.
Tickets: $20 each
Sun Dec 1 Matinee is PWYC at the door (or $15 to reserve in advance online) via EventBrite at or by CASH SALE ONLY at the door

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NFB Documentary Bad Coyote Screens at Planet in Focus Film Festival - November 24 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Directed by Jason Young

Toronto ―
The National Film Board of Canada selection at the 14th Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto (November 21–24) will include Jason Young’s documentary Bad Coyote, on the controversy surrounding a new hybrid species of wolf and coyote. The film is an incisive look at the politics—and the price—of living and playing close to nature.

Bad Coyote
Written and directed by Jason Young and produced by Paul McNeill for NFB Atlantic Centre in Halifax, Bad Coyote looks at a hybrid type of coyote, thought to be part wolf, which has migrated to Eastern Canada. After a deadly mauling in Cape Breton, said to be the first such fatal attack against an adult human, alarm spreads across Nova Scotia. Trappers, scientists, sheep farmers and the mother of the 19-year-old victim, Taylor Mitchell, weigh in. Increasing media coverage and reports of coyote attacks and sightings prompt the provincial government to issue a controversial bounty for dead coyotes. To some, the only good coyote is a dead one. But others call for a more measured approach, seeking mutual respect between humans and animals.

• Bad Coyote is screening November 24 at 2:10 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1.
• Check out the Planet in Focus Film Festival Here

Opening in Toronto: Breakthrough Entertainment Presents Looking is the Original Sin - Starring Katie Boland, Maria del Mar

From a media release:

Breakthrough Entertainment presents
a film by Gail Harvey

Opens in Toronto
Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton St.
Begins November 22, 2013

During this run, a rare exhibit of Gail Harvey’s photos will be on display at the Carlton Cinema.
Maria del Mar, Katie Boland, Linda Hamilton, Kent Staines, Jayne Eastwood, Dewshane Williams, Kris Holden-Reid

(Toronto) Fresh off the heels of its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, comes the Toronto theatrical premiere of director Gail Harvey’s now award-winning film Looking Is The Original Sin, having most recently picked up a Best International Feature Film award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

The film will screen at the Carlton Cinema, beginning November 22, and with this theatrical run comes a very rare photo exhibit of director Harvey’s  works. The exhibit will consist of approximately 50 photos, half of which were in the film, and others that include Harvey’s stunning trademark photographs including portraits of celebrities.

Looking Is The Original Sin follows the journey of 19-year-old Anna, played by Katie Boland (Gail’s real-life daughter and co-producer along with co-star Maria del Mar, of the film).  Partly inspired by the tragic life and work of famed photographer Diane Arbus, Looking Is The Original Sin is a story about “love, loss, discovery, alienation and the transformational power of art.”

As the daughter of an acclaimed, depression-prone “outsider-art” photographer named Helene (Maria) Anna has grown up with pressure from multiple directions. She is at once her mother’s daughter and mother’s “mother,” fretting over her disappearances and feeling guilty with the burden she has placed on her.  With a camera in hand, Anna seeks to find an identity by retracing the absentee Helene’s footsteps, and hopefully to solve the mystery of her disappearance via clues in her painful photos.  Once immersed in her mother’s underworld, the question becomes, is Anna obliged to follow her into the darkness, or can she create her own destiny?

“When Whitney Houston’s death happened,” Gail continues, “the similarity of that news with the story in my film, made me feel sad for Whitney and her daughter. So many artists through the ages have had difficulty in living life in a happy and fulfilling way. Maybe if you see and feel so much it makes it hard to be ‘normal.’

Katie (recently named Playback’s ’10 To Watch’) welcomes the chance to share in her own mother’s career, and admits there are surface parallels in Looking Is The Original Sin. “My mom previously was a photographer, says Boland, “and she always photographed life as she lived it. But the mother in this film is very different from my mom. She’s mentally ill and unstable, and my mom is incredibly stable. But our relationship is definitely infused in everything we do together.”

Looking Is The Original Sin was produced by the generous support of ACTRA Toronto, and produced with the participation of Telefilm, Canada.  Written and directed by Gail Harvey, Director of Photography: Peter Benison, Colin Hoult, Josh Fraiman, Gail Harvey.  Edited by John Nicholls, and Composer was Dillon Baldassero.  Produced by Gail Harvey, Katie Boland, and Maria del Mar. Breakthrough Entertainment has world rights for distribution.

The Black Book Affair - November 22 & 23 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

November 22 & 23, 2013
At A Different Booklist
918 Bathurst Street - Toronto


Authors: Althea Prince, Itah Sadu,  Gayle Gonsalves, Pooran Bridgelall, Jody Nyasha Warner, Natasha Henry, Yvonne Browne, Garfield Ellis, Richard Gaskin, Njacko Backo, Dirk McLean, Adwoa Badoe, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Whitney French, Salah Wilson, George Elliott Clarke, Austin Yearwood, Dr. George Sefa Dei, Jywze, Christene  Browne, Robert Vernon, Keith Ellis, Jennylynd James, Panman Pat


Friday November 22, 2013 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Althea Prince, (Beyond the Journey Women's Stories of Settlement and Community, Insomniac Press), Gayle Gonsalves (Painting Pictures, Insomniac Press), Christene Browne (Two Women, Second Story Press), and Special Guest Barbadian Writer Austin Yearwood

Saturday November 23, 10:30am – 7:00pm

All day long …Steelpan theory, genealogy, maps and rare books, workshops, discussions, readings, authors, children's book party, politics, poetry, book launches, graphic novels and more...


Will discuss the life of Assata Shakur, her book and  recent attacks on her by the US Government

Saturday November 23, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Celebrating African-Canadian and Caribbean Writers
2013 Recipients:  Motion (Poetry), George Elliott Clarke (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. George Sefa Dei (Academic), Adowa Badoe (Children & Young Adult) Keith Ellis (Translation), Jael Ealey Richardson (New Writer)

A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R6
Tel:416 538 0889; Fax:416 538 6914

new music: thin edge new music collective presents unusual spectrum III Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

thin edge new music collective presents:
unusual spectrum III
Thursday, November 21, 2013
array space (155 walnut ave - toronto)

Toronto, ON –
Thin Edge New Music Collective is excited to announce the second concert of our 2013/2014 season.  Unusual Spectrum III will take place on November 21, at the Array Space in Toronto and will showcase special guest artist bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano performing a solo set comprised of her own compositions and improvisations, including the world premiere of Avoiding the Answers (2013) for bass clarinet.

Join us for an evening of eclectic auditory/visual experiences featuring works by Canadian composers Gary Kulesha, Colin Labadie, Kathryn Ladano and American master George Crumb. Unusual Spectrum III includes a myriad of contemporary idioms ranging from solo and chamber music to electronics, improvisation and even elements of the theatrical. Guaranteed to thoroughly satiate the listeners' palate!

Kathryn Ladano – bass clarinet
Chelsea Shanoff - saxophone, glass harmonica
Nathan Petitpas - percussion
Bryan Holt - cello
Anthony Thompson - clarinet
Stacie Dunlop - glass harmonica
Ilana Waniuk - violin
Cheryl Duvall – piano

Thursday, November 21, 2013
8:00 pm
Array Space
155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto 
Tickets: $20 Regular & $15 Seniors/Students/Arts Workers - Pay at the door

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NuDance 2013 November 22 & 23 at the Riverside Theatre, Harlem (New York City)

From a media release:

NuDance 2013
November 22 & 23, 2013
Riverside Theatre, Harlem (New York City)

NEW YORK CITY - Six of the most exciting, talented, gifted and innovative choreographers of their generation will present new-works at the NuDance Festival 2013. Each evening's performance will be followed by a conversation with the five presenting choreographers.

November 22 & 23, 2013 - 7:30-9:00pm

DASH Ensemble

The DASH Ensemble is a New York City based contemporary dance group
founded and directed by Gregory Dolbashian. Combining elements of modern, hip hop, floor work and physical theater Dolbashian has created his own unique style of contemporary dance with an urban flair. will be presenting the first installment of our new evening length work to be premiered in March 2014.

Dance Iquail
Dance Iquail uses the art of dance as a conduit for combating issues of social injustice primarily experienced by the disadvantaged. Working in the universal language of movement, DIQ is committed to creating and presenting programs that confront the destructive and divisive nature of racism, sexism, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the needs of the poor, and the importance of family support and unity.

Jeremy McQueen
Award-winning young choreographer, Jeremy McQueen, is a 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Choreographers of Color Award, and a two-time Finalist of the  Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence (Capezio A.C.E. Award). Born and raised in San Diego, California, McQueen is a graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University, B.F.A in Dance program.

Oui Danse
OUI DANSE not only presents dance which pushes the limits of physicality, imagination, and artistry. It also places on stage human beings with their real struggles, raw emotions, strengths and flaws, for all to view and identify with. The movement is unguarded and marries risk with a visceral connection to emotion. This approach brings humanity to the story... a humanity that, in the end, is always looking for love.

Cat Cogliandro
Cat Cogliandro, a native of Houston, Texas, grew up studying at Rowland School of Ballet under the direction of Sheryl Rowland. There, she trained with two prestigious pre-professional dance companies, and studied with choreographers Peter Chu, Jessica Hendricks, Tammy Dyke and JT Horenstein. After high school, Cat was accepted to The Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in Dance.

Buggé Ballet
Nicole Buggé trained at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School. She holds an MFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nicole has performed with Richmond Ballet Exit 12 Dance Company, Second Avenue Dance Company, Amaranth Dance, The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation, Anahata Dance, and in original works by Deborah Jowitt, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Sydney Skybetter. Currently Nicole is part of Neville Dance Theatre, mishiDance, Humanistics Dance Company, and is the artistic director of Buggé Ballet, an emerging company. When she’s not on stage or in the studio Nicole can be found working as the Listings Editor for Dance Magazine.

Located inside the historic Riverside Church
The Riverside Theatre - 91 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027
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16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival November 20 to 23, 2013 in New York City

From a release:

16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival
November 20 to 23, 2013 in New York City

Full Details at the link

NEW YORK CITY - African American Women in Cinema is proud to present the 16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival in New York City. Event details and ticket information below.

Festival Schedule:

Wednesday, November 20th

6:00pm VIP Red Carpet Reception
8:00pm Salute to the 16th AAWIC Trailblazer Honoree: Zola Mashariki—Senior Vice President of Productions
Special Screening of “Black Nativity” Directed by: Kasi Lemmons---Starring; Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Forrest Whitaker
Question & Answer Segment with Film Director & Audience
Location: Clearview / Bowtie Cinemas ---260 W. 23rd Street, New York City

Benefactor Sponsor: Fox Audience Strategy
Sponsored by: Greater New York Chamber of Commerce

Tickets must be purchased prior to attending the event.  There will be no ticket sales at door with the exception of AAWIC Membership Discount Festival All Access Tickets and Student Festival All Access Passes with valid I.D. Seating is limited!

• To purchase the Opening Night Pass $50.00 click here
• To purchase the Festival All Access Pass $160.00 click here

Thursday, November 21st
12:00pm-3:00pm Webisode Competition hosted by Al Thompson of “Lenox Hill”
4:00pm–5:00pm New York Loves Film Workshop Hosted by: The New York State Governors office of Motion Picture & Television
Meet the team from the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development workshop on all the things New York State has to offer-tax credits, location scouting assistance, finding stages and crew, and more. Unlike standard panels and Q&A sessions, the dais, podium and microphones will be removed to enable participants to engage in a genuine free-flowing exchange of ideas relating to filmmaking in New York State. Whether you're a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face to face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to Meet Team New York and hear firsthand about all the resources that are available to you.

4:00pm-7:30pm Screening Program 1 & Screening Program 2 
Hosted by: Roger Maloney Creator of UFront
Location: ImageNation's RAW SPACE, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Avenue Between 121st & 122nd)

Due For Love - Filmmaker: Kwanza Gooden; Sis Anna - Filmmaker: Director: Cheryl Lewis Hawkins, Producers/Executive Producers: Cheryl Lewis Hawkins & Sherelle Williams; Goodbye Apathy - Filmmaker: Osaretin Omorodion; Secrets - Filmmaker: Mike Berry; Pursuit of Truth: Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Seeking Justice - Filmmaker: Valerie Gibson; Heaven Help Us - Filmmaker: Mickie Banyas

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*Special Note—In addition to on-line purchase, the Screening Tickets and Festival Day passes will also be sold at this festival location.

Friday, November 22nd
12:30-2:00pm "Master Class with Keith Clinkscales: The Path to to becoming a Media Mogul"
CEO-Chief Executive Officer at Revolt TV and CEO & Founder at The Shadow League 
A rare opportunity to learn the do's and don'ts in becoming a Media Mogul. A once in a lifetime chance to get insider information from a Legendary Mogul!
Hosted by: Raqiyah Mays, Entertainment Editorial Director, The Shadow League; CEO & Founder of Broadway Night Out.

3:00pm-4:00pm “Neema Barnette’s Black History Mini-Docs” Special Screening
Legendary Producer and Filmmaker Neema Barnette (Civil Brand, Women thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day) presents Black History Mini Docs. These are a fast and entertaining way to educate young and old about the varying contributions of Blacks in American history. Think of it as the "Cliff Notes" for the digital age. Barnette teams up with her husband Reed R. McCants (Cuttin’ Da Mustard), also an award winning filmmaker. Reed brings his unique style of storytelling to chronicle the many contributions and achievements of the African-American throughout history.

The series will feature the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Madam CJ Walker and Malcolm X along with great living legends like Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte. Contemporary heroes like Tupac Shakur will be included as well as everyday un sung heroes in the Black community who have devoted their life’s work to upholding the race and giving back. Black Mini Docs is designed as a crash course in Black history. It meets the demands of our fast paced digital age by using quick cuts and cinematic savvy. Designed for easy access, the series can be used as an application on smart phones, computers and all media outlets.  Black History is a commercial for REAL HISTORY. Later sets will include: Writers, Actors, Producers, Novelists, Playwrights, Journalist, inventors, Politicians, Activist, Freedom Fighters, Musicians, Composers, Scientists, Inventors and Unsung Heros whose sacrifice and deserve tributes.

Question & Answer Segment with Special Guest: Reed R. McCants
Hosted by: Roger Maloney Creator of UFront
4:30pm—6:30pm Special "African American Women In Cinema" Keynote panel
Presented by: The Gilchrist Experience

7:30pm—11:00pm Film Screening Program 3 & Screening Program 4 Hosted by Roz Murphy (New York Women In Film & Television).
Location: Mist Studios, 46 W. 116 Street, New York City

7:30pm- Special  Promotion "The Lost Book of Rap"
Synopsis: Set in 1988 Brooklyn, NY The Golden Age of Rap. The young aspiring rapper Charisma Coy must find The Lost Book of Rap! When she loses her Father's prize gold cross chain in a rap battle against her rival Mocca.  Her siblings convince her to journey from Brooklyn to the Bronx to find the Lost Book of  Rap.  She must find The Lost Book of Rap, win a rematch with Mocca and get her father's chain back and home all before her mom returns!

Created & Directed by Ron Elliot
Ron Elliot's veneration of story enables him to manage all aspects of a project from development through post-production.  Not only is Ron the creator, writer, director for The Lost Book of Rap but he has also Produced and directed a Hurricane Sandy documentary called Heart of The Shore as well as he is currently producing and directing Respect the Jux.

Cordelia Donovan-Publicist/Producer
Cordelia is a well respected publicist landing placements in all major news publications such as WSJ, New York Times, ABC, NBC, Fox and many more for a diverse set of brands and corporations.  Due to her love of film and her uncanny ability to mobilize she decided to try her hand at producing independent films. Within one year of adding this role, she has produced The Lost Book of Rap, a Hurricane Sandy Documentary called Heart of the Shore and is currently in production on a best selling book published by Simon & Schuster called Respect The Jux by Frank C. Matthews.

Angela Renee Coakley Producer
Before producing films, Angela Renee Coakly has produced concerts and events for entertainers such as, Patti LaBelle, Sinbad, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Estelle, Zac Brown Band and Pharrell.  She has worked on several Indie films including, The Bluest Note, Danny Simmons' Footprints, and recently produced buzzing Indie sensation The Lost Book of Rap.

7:45pm- Charity Case - Filmmaker: Jenn Shaw; No Snakes In the Garden - Filmmaker: Annette Bonner; This Woman's Work - Filmmaker: Brandi Berry; Soaring on Invisible Wings - Filmmaker: Jamari Perry; Undefiled - Filmmaker: Raykel Tolson; Crossing Jordan - Filmmaker: Marion McMillan

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*Special Note—In addition to on-line purchase, the Screening Tickets and Festival Day passes will also be sold at this festival location.

Saturday, November 23rd
2:00pm-3:30pm Youth Film Screening Segment “Presented by: DCTV”
Youth Films
Unknown Road - Filmmaker: Carmelo Varela   
When Life Hands You Lemons - Filmmaker: Jasmine Barclay
Lioness - Filmmaker: Nicole Diaz
You Only Live - Filmmaker: Joelee Cummings
Memoirs of a Superwoman - Filmmaker: Khadija Charles
Love at 18: A Portrait of Odalys - Filmmaker(s): Alyssa Dyal, Josiah Johnson, Michael Onitiri
Day By Day - Filmmaker: Troi Hall

• Admission: Free (First Come First Serve)
• Location: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, New York City

5:30pm-7:00pm VIP Closing Night Reception Hosted by: The American Diabetes Association - Sponsored by: The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce                 
8:00pm Closing Film Premiere Hosted by Honoree: Winsome Sinclair - "The Magic City" Starring Jenifer Lewis and Keith David
Location: Scandinavian House, 58 Park Avenue—at 38th Street, New York City. Seating is limited!

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CD Release: Los Macuanos 'El Origen' (Nacional Records - November 19 2013)

From a media release:

CD Release:
Already Featured at NPR, MTV and More, Los Macuanos Announce November 19th 2013 Release for Debut Album 'El Origen' (Nacional Records)

Buy it here on iTunes

Los Macuanos, a buzz-heavy trio that brings together traditional Latin rhythms with modern electronic dance beats, have announced their debut album “El Origen” will be released November 19th on Nacional Records.

The group has already been featured at NPR, PRI/BBC’s The World, MTV Iggy and Vice, who described them as the “Mexican Kraftwerk.”  They also recently had 2 songs featured in Indio Beer ads

Los Macuanos belong to a generation of producers that came of age in a violent and rapidly-changing political climate in Tijuana, Mexico. Like many of their contemporaries, their productions echo a once hedonistic lifestyle, taking cues from the rave styles of the era, with elements of minimal techno, dubstep and glitch.  Their music has since evolved with a more nuanced, stylistic approach that incorporates live instrumentation and elements of cumbia and norteño.

Los Macuanos' “Ritmo de Amor” is used as the theme song to a cutting-edge show on Seattle tastemaker station KEXP.

Musical Theatre in Toronto: Promise Productions Presents - Pieces of Me November 20th-23rd, 26-30th 2013

From a media release:

Musical Theatre:
Promise Productions Presents - Pieces of Me
November 20th-23rd, 26-30th 2013 (10 shows)
Theatre Passé Muraille- 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

A couple’s loyalty is tested to its core in PIECES OF ME (A New Musical) by Deon Denton, now extended for a second week, playing from November 20-30, 2013 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. PIECES OF ME is a compelling musical tale of sex, lies and betrayal. Tickets will be available online via or, by phone at 416-504-7529, or at the door.

PIECES OF ME (A New Musical) presents an intimate portrait of a beautiful couple celebrating the perfect life and marriage…but up close the portrait is riddled with flaws and deception. Pamela is overcome with restlessness, secretly yearning for her former life. Her husband Parker, unaware of her discontent, works hard to secure their future until he is confronted with a secret from her past that threatens to shatter their world and destroy everything he believes to be right.

PIECES OF ME features Shahi Teruko (Canada’s Got Talent; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Randolph Theatre) as Pamela and Redeeming Music Label recording artist Sheldon Neil (Sheldon Neil’s Culture Shock;  George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight) as Parker. Narrator Crystal Neil (MUTE-The Musical, Infinity Arts Productions) joins Roberta Baird (Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale) as the therapist, Dedra. Astrid Atherly (Parade, Urinetown, StageWorks; Godspell, Theatre Intrigue), Claudia Wit (Death and the Maiden, Hamilton Fringe; Titus Adronicus, Redlands Shakespeare Festival), Mischa Aravena (The Maple Leaves, Stratford Festival; Macbeth, Hart House Theatre), and Natalie Ricketts (You’re Beautiful, 2013 Pan-African Film Fest) round out the ensemble cast.

PIECES OF ME is written and directed by Promise Productions Artistic Director Deon Denton (Charlie’s Having A Baby, Toronto Fringe Festival 2012). Musical Arrangement by producer, composer and Maja Gospel Award winning musician Robert Chambers (Rhema Christian Ministries; Any Key Music System). Choreography by Nicole Hamiliton of INICA DANCE INDUSTRIES (I.D.I. Dance Company; Dance Channel Television). Lighting and Sound Design by Adam Hale (Late Gig Productions; World Vision cross-Canada tour 2011).  Costume Design by Janine King (Pieces of Me, 2008), Set Design by Harry Dieu (TEDxRyersonU 2011 & 2012). Production Manager Gerrick Denton (MUTE-The Musical, Infinity Arts Productions) also takes part in the vocal ensemble. Hair and Makeup by Helen Concepcion, a.k.a. Ms Concepcion (Goldhawk Live, Finding Your Bliss and Sex@11, Rogers TV). Stage Managed by Ivana Kragić.

Promise Productions is a Toronto-based theatre company born out of a desire to explore the true meaning of the theatre experience while still maintaining moral excellence and social integrity.

Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto)

NEW Extended Performance Dates:
November 20-30, 2013  (Opens Wednesday November 20)
Tues - Sat @ 7:30pm, Matinees Saturdays @ 2pm

Regular: $32.50 (plus HST)
Senior/Arts Worker: $27.50 (plus HST)
Saturday Matinee: Advance $20 (plus HST) or PWYC at the door.
Available online via or, by phone at 416-504-7529, or at the door

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Toronto Presents The Gay Heritage Project November 17 to December 8 2013

From a media release:


The GHP Collective in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre present the World Premiere of
by Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn & Andrew Kushnir

Three of our country’s most gifted creator/performers set out to answer one question: is there such a thing as gay heritage? In their search, they uncover a rich history not often shared and shine new light on contemporary gay culture. The result is a hilarious and moving homage to the people who came before us and the events that continue to shape our lives.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre marks its 35th anniversary with a timely investigation into queer history.

Developed over the past three years in the company's Artist Residency Program and presented in workshop at The Rhubarb Festival in 2011, The Gay Heritage Project marks the partnership between three of Canada's premiere queer theatre makers and the country's largest queer theatre. The project is helmed by creator/performers Damien Atkins (recently onstage in Soulpepper's Angels in America), Paul Dunn (PIG at Buddies in Bad Times; Dangerous Liaisons, Peter Pan, Anthony and Cleopatra at Stratford), and Andrew Kushnir (creative director at Project: Humanity and writer in residence at Tarragon Theatre). The show is directed by Ashlie Corcoran (Artistic Director of The Thousand Islands Playhouse and director of A Boy Called Newfoundland for Theatre Smash) and features designs by Kimberly Purtell, Thomas Ryder Payne, and Cameron Davis.


After centuries of queer history being hidden in the closet and the loss of almost an entire generation to HIV/AIDS, The Gay Heritage Project is an important step in the excavation, preservation, and promotion of a community's cultural history.

Using their personal histories and individual cultural heritages as jumping off points, each of the three creators behind The Gay Heritage Project set out to discover their connections to queer people and events in the past. Working closely with historian J. Paul Halferty, they spent hours researching the ancient anecdotes, secret correspondences, and overlooked footnotes that currently comprise queer history. What they discovered was an array of heroes and stories that inspire, comfort, challenge, and empower.

Paul, Damien, and Andrew bring these people and stories to life on stage in rapid-fire succession using a highly physical, comedic, and fast-paced performance style. They offer us an eclectic mix of historical characters and reenactments that shed light on the forgotten champions and occurrences that created our community. In doing so, they educate us about our past and inspire us to further unearth an expansive but overlooked part of our history.

With The Gay Heritage Project, three powerhouse performers and writers come together for their first major collaboration. All three are well established on stages across the country, and have been key players in seminal works at Buddies.

It was Paul who originally planted the seed for The Gay Heritage Project. In researching a role he was playing in Hannah Moscovitch's East Of Berlin, Paul came into contact with the book The Men With the Pink Triangle by Heinz Heger – a horrific account of one man's ordeal as a gay prisoner in Hitler's concentration camps. Paul had a visceral reaction to the story and was overcome with a feeling of having an ancestor through a kind of queer lineage.

Paul began to articulate an impulse: "I suddenly wanted to reach out with one hand to those in the past and with the other to those in the present and make a connection so that those of us in the present could feel a part of something larger, so that we could feel the benefit of a heritage." Both Damien and Andrew were just as inspired by the prospect of searching for a collective queer heritage, and all three began working together as Artists in Residence at Buddies.

Buddies is thrilled to welcome these esteemed artists back to our stage for this important project. Each have played key roles in seminal works with the company. Damien's solo show Real Live Girl was one of the most successful projects the company has presented, Andrew premiered his first play Captain Princess at Buddies, and Paul Dunn played starring roles in shows as recently as this season's PIG and as far back as Robin Fulford's Steel Kiss and Gulag and Greg MacArthur's Snowman.

The GHP Collective in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents

created and performed by Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn & Andrew Kushnir
directed by Ashlie Corcoran
Previews November 17, 19, 20 | Opening Night November 21 | Closes December 8
Runs Tues-Sat 8pm, Sat & Sun 2:30pm.
Tickets PWYC - $37
Box Office 416-975-8555 or
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto ON

Pictures of Harlem - November 2013

Some Street Scenes from a Recent Trip...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Toronto Jazz Musicians: TDJ Special Projects Accepting Applications for 'Special Jazz Projects' - Deadline December 6 2013

From a media release:

TDJ Special Projects Is Looking For A Few Good Musicians
Applications are now being accepted for special jazz projects in need of marketing support

• Deadline December 6, 2013
• For complete details, including eligibility requirements and the complete list of support offered, please visit

Toronto –
Designed to encourage the creation, development and presentation of special projects by local jazz musicians, the TDJ Special Projects Initiative is now accepting submissions until December 6, 2013. Entering its fourth year, the Initiative provides successful applicants with marketing and public relations support, including a bursary, from Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ).

"We're pleased to be supporting some of the outstanding jazz musicians who call Toronto home”, states Artistic Director Josh Grossman. “Promoting an event is a big job and can be time-consuming for an independent musician - especially when preparing for a big show. With the TDJ Special Projects we're excited to help promote the events, and hopefully we're providing each musician with more time to concentrate on his or her project."

Eligible projects must take place between February 1 and April 30, 2014 and must fall outside of the usual scope of an artist’s work. Individual musicians and ensembles of any size are encouraged to apply; however, leaders must be active members of the Toronto jazz scene. All applications will be evaluated through a juried process, with the three successful projects announced in the new year.

Past participants have included Fern Lindzon, Jarron Freeman-Fox, Ernesto Cervini, the Barry Elmes Quintet (see video!), Sarah Jerrom, the In the Current Ensemble, the Andrew Downing / John Southworth collaboration Easterween, Shannon Graham & The Storytellers, Tova Kardonne and Barnyard Records.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos at Harbourfront Toronto November 9 & 10 2013

From a media release:

Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos
Presented by Scotiabank
November 9 & 10, 2013

Harbourfront Centre celebrates the memory of the departed with a two-day festival

Complete Day of the Dead festival listings can be found here

TORONTO, ON – Celebrate the lives of the departed at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos Festival (Nov. 9 & 10, 2013). Produced in partnership with Scotiabank and the Consulate General of Mexico, Harbourfront Centre’s two-day festival runs every day from noon to 6 p.m. and offers patrons an opportunity to explore celebrations from Mexico, and other areas of Latin America, with handcrafted ofrendas (altars), concerts, film, family activities and more.

Highlight performances include a Toronto concert debut from Canadian-Mexican singer Mamselle, authentic mariachi music from Mariachi Mexico Amigo, a lecture on famed artist Jose Posada with Chicago-based historian Diane Miliotes and vibrant Latin dances presented by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company and Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico.

In addition to the free festivities inside, the public is invited to celebrate the legacy of lost loved ones with a large outdoor ofrenda (altar) in Ontario Square. Traditionally, marigold flowers are placed on ofrenda’s to honour the departed. Throughout the festival, families can make beautiful paper marigolds or leave a message to passed loved ones on a pre-made maple leaf.

Woven throughout Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead programming is “The Big IDEA.”  The Big IDEA is a tool that was created to help patrons explore ideas across a broad range of artistic disciplines and cultural programmes. This fall, Harbourfront Centre presents “Curious” and explores programming that fuels curiosity.

Are you curious about the Day of the Dead? Join us and find out what the celebration is about!

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit 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. Visit for information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization,

Infinithéâtre Montréal Presents the Return of Kafka’s Ape November 7 to 24 2013

From a media release:

Infinithéâtre Presents the Return of
Kafka’s Ape
Based on Franz Kafka’s short story, A Report to an Academy
Adapted from the original German and directed by Guy Sprung
Thursday, November 7 – Sunday November 24, 2013

“I deliberately don’t use the word ‘freedom’. ‘Freedom’ is a powerfully seductive word which your so-called civilized world uses very cleverly, very effectively, to entrap and occupy whole continents.” - Redpeter

MONTREAL - Infinithéâtre presents the remount of its hugely successful world premiere of Kafka’s Ape, Guy Sprung’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s A Report to an Academy, from the original German. Kafka’s Ape runs from Nov. 7-24 at Bain St. Michel. This disturbing satire is a theatrical tour-de-force starring company favourite Howard Rosenstein as keynote speaker, the primate Mr. Redpeter. Born in 1883, Kafka is one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

Sprung is thrilled with the response the play garnered during its original run, “During the last week of the February performances we were turning audiences away. We are bringing the show back to be able to offer it to schools, particularly CEGEPs and universities, as well as Montreal audiences who missed the opportunity to catch one of the most exciting productions of the city’s past theatre season.” Sprung is looking forward to revisiting the production, “Last season was the premiere of a first draft of the play and an initial exploration of the central character. This new rehearsal period will allow the company to polish the script, deepen the tragic ape to human internal journey and have the time to expand and define the onstage relationship between Redpeter and Mrs. Redpeter.”

Captured on the Gold Coast and imprisoned in a cage, Redpeter’s only escape route is to become a walking, talking, spitting, hard-drinking member of the Peace Industry, the entrepreneurial world of mercenary soldiers. In detailing the journey of his enforced evolution from Apehood to Humanhood, Mr. Redpeter is a living embodiment of the irony that perhaps now he is more animal than he ever was as an ape. Witness a human become an ape become a human before your very eyes...

When Kafka’s piece, Ein Bericht an eine Academie (Report to an Academy) was first published in 1917, the Great War was still raging. Millions of human beings were coerced into an orgy of killing each other and proving Homo sapiens to be vastly superior to gorillas and chimpanzees when it came to mass murder and genocide.

Writer/director Guy Sprung has adapted Kafka’s story, originally a tale of the captured simian turned into a celebrated variety show act, and has Redpeter end up as a distinguished member of the ‘private security industry’, a euphemism that white-washes his reality as a mercenary soldier. Sprung is certain Kafka will not object to this contemporizing of his work, “Just as Redpeter, in the original, had to distort his animal nature to be accepted into humanhood, so in our version he has to distort his nature even more to be assimilated into one of the most heinous occupations that Homo sapiens has embraced on its evolutionary journey - the privatization of the killing and the subjugating of other human beings for profit.” Kafka’s central thesis, that other animals have a dignity and a respect for Mother Nature and their own species which Homo sapiens have lost, has been nudged into the 21st century. Sprung adds, “My father’s generation of Canadians who volunteered to fight in the Second World War must be rolling in their graves to see the military turned into a for-profit enterprise.”

Kafka’s Ape
Infinithéâtre at Bain St-Michel

5300, rue St-Dominique (corner Maguire)
Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinée at 2:00pm
Tickets: $17-$25, Infinithéâtre 6pack available
Sunday, November 10 is pay-what-you-can
Tickets:  Regular: $25, Students/Seniors: $20, Groups: $17, Infinithéâtre 6Packs available (6 tickets for $75)
Box Office: 514 987-1774 ext. 104, online at with PayPal, Ticket sales at the door are CASH ONLY

Other upcoming Infinitheatre shows:
• The Pipeline, Dec. 4-8
&b7ll; Infinithéâtre’s annual series of free public readings, presenting three new Québec plays Hanafuda Denki (The Dance of Death), Jan. 13-18 - A Goth-Manga-Kabuki-Pop gender-bending musical treat for the senses