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Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! Airing on TVO June 1 & 5 2011

From a media release: Toronto – May 31, 2011 Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! 15 Simple Steps a film by Jamie Kastner   The First Funny Film About The Great Recession! A sell-out hit at Hot Docs 2011 and now coming to a TV near you! "Witty, informative, and sometimes infuriating! A call-to-arms!” – Dave Robson, Sound on Sight "A mix of satire and bizarre innovations!” – Sarah Gopaul, Toronto Film Scene  • World Broadcast Premiere on TVO - Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:00pm • Repeat Screening: Sunday June 5, 2011 at 11:00pm (Also airing on DOCUMENTARY late summer TBC) Ever dream of… Starting a camp to teach kids how to make millions? Opening a Hamster Villa -- for humans? Making a living by squatting in upscale homes? Neither did a lot of people! Now you too can enjoy these perks of the new economic order , and a whole lot more in Jamie Kastner’s Recessionize! For Fun And Profit! 15 Simple Steps!, the new comic documentary from the filmmaker behind, Kike

LuminaTO 2011 - Hanan Al-Shaykh Event Ticket Giveaway

LuminaTO Event Ticket Giveaway The British Council of Canada is giving away tickets to the LuminaTO event with Hanan Al-Shaykh , writer and collaborator on the Festival's production of One Thousand and One Nights (as dramatized and directed by Tim Supple). • They are doing a raffle for 4 pairs of free tickets to the event - which is almost sold-out. • Just "like" them on Facebook . • Draw will be held June 8

New Latin Dub/Downtempo from Ocote Soul Sounds & Second Sky

F rom a release: New Latin Dub/Downtempo for the Electronic Listener Ocote Soul Sounds and Second Sky Ocote Soul Sounds "Taurus" due out on ESL Recordings on May 31st. "Ocote Soul Sounds" is a project by Grammy Award winner Adrian Quesada and Tony Award winner Martin Perna . Their fourth collaboration, " Taurus ," features vocal collaborations with fellow ESL Music regulars Natalia Clavier, Sitalil, Verny Varela and Chico Mann. The record was produced by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, and has been featured on the radio through Distiller Promotions. • July 8, 2011: Ocote Soul Sounds (Sound System set) at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC 8pm ($10)   Ocote Soul Sounds - Primavera by INgroovesmarketing Second Sky - The Art of Influence Released by: Rhythm and Culture Release date: May 24, 2011 Second Sky , coming from the D.C. based label Rhythm and Culture feature African and Latin influences, serious down tempo and dub, and top n

Photography Show: George Dumitru’s Midnight Junk in Toronto

 George Dumitru: Midnight Junk Photographer George Dumitru is pleased to announce a new collection of photography: "Midnight Junk". The work will be shown at Cinnamon Girls Cafe, located at 1170 Queen St. West in Toronto. Photographer George Dumitru’s latest work depicts the found 'junk' of the Mojave Desert. Shot entirely at night, utilizing innovative light painting , life and vibrancy shine through the rust to bring the subjects to life. This collection will be be on display to July 10, 2011 Cinnamon Girls Café 1170 Queen St W Toronto, ON  M6J 1J5 (416) 531-7080

New CD: Federico Aubele's Berlin 13

From a release: Federico Aubele: Berlin 13 Federico Aubele returns to a smoky realm of acoustic guitar licks , heavy rhythms and sinister dub atmospherics for his fourth studio album, Berlin 13. The record pulls from the personal transformation Aubele experienced in his time living in Berlin and the vibe of a city strongly associated with electronic music. Berlin 13 features collaborations with Natalia Clavier, Ka, Mauro Refosco and Jesse Harris. To set the tone for this album, Aubele revisited his deepest musical influences , focusing on those he believed essential in his formation as an artist. From the backing beats to the musique-concrete samples, and the nylon string guitar layered with his baritone voice, the result is a blending of the elements in his unique style .   Federico Aubele - "No One" off the upcoming album "Berlin 13" on ESL Recordings by INgroovesmarketing “I had a formal musical education. One of the things I rescue from those yea

Thomas Mapfumo to Headline Afrofest Toronto - July 9 & 10

From a media release & hot off the press: The Lion of Zimbabwe: Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited to Headline Toronto's Afrofest July 9 & 10 at Queen's Park TORONTO: AFROFEST , a free celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture, is set for Queen’s Park in Toronto on Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th.   Featuring world-renowned African musicians and top African groups based in Canada, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children. Afrofest is THE cultural event of the summer.  Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! African music legend Thomas Mapfumo , with his band The Blacks Unlimited , will be a feature act of Afrofest 2011. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” is considered both the Bob Dylan and the Bob Marley of Southern Africa for the immense impact his songs and life example have made on the music and culture of his homeland.  The "Chimurenga&

Sex Scandals in Religion Final Episode Airing May 30 on Vision TV

From a media release: Sex Scandals In Religion Final Part - Episode 4 May 30 at 10:30pm ET/PT | On Vision TV Produced by Cogent/Benger Productions Inc. Episode 4: The Name Of The Lord - Directed by Peter Findlay This final episode of the spectacular 4-part series travels to the Deep South of America, where a charismatic preacher rallies the nation against the evils of homosexuality - but this Leader of the Flock coaches fatherless young men with questionable intent. Supporters dismiss the allegations of impropriety and shun the victims. The stain of accusation and lawsuits follow God's preacher in this examination of power, persuasion and corrupted scripture. A provocative four-part original TV series , Sex Scandals In Religion offers viewers an unprecedented look at misbehavior manifested in four religions. The four half-hour episodes - produced by Toronto based Cogent/Benger Productions Inc. -  takes an intimate, compelling and emotional look at the dark secrets that

See-I Reggae/Rock/Dub Release: Free Download Now, CD June 28

From a media release - one of the many great things this blog has brought me is that people keep introducing me to great music: SEE-I – SEE-I - Out June 28, 2011 (Fort Knox Recordings) Fort Knox Collaborators & Thievery Corporation Vocalists Arthur “Rootz” Steele And Archie “Zeebo” Steele Bring Their Unique Brand Of Reggae On Their Debut Album – Injected With Heavy Doses Of Funk, Soul, Dub And Rock – To The Fort Knox Vault Fort Knox Recordings presents the debut album from See-I entitled “See-I.” Long time Fort Knox collaborators Arthur “Rootz” Steele and Archie “Zeebo” Steele bring their band’s unique brand of Reggae – injected with heavy doses of Funk, Soul, Dub and Rock – to the Fort Knox vault.  We are proud and excited to be releasing their debut album. “Homegrown” (2011 Version) FREE DOWNLOAD - HERE Download Instructions • On a PC: right click, select “Save This Link As…” and choose the destination for the file on your computer. • On a Mac: option-click on the l

Stephen Burks: Man Made at the Studio Museum, Harlem NYC to June 26

Stephen Burks: Man Made at the Studio Museum, Harlem NYC continues to June 26, 2011 Stephen Burks is an industrial designer whose work I checked out recently at his show at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His work explores craft in a global context , in particular and specific to this show, his collaborations with Senegalese basket weavers . The entire show is anchored by the basic concept of basket weaving - baskets reconfigured and reimagined. The exhibition includes a variety of pieces along with videos that show the meticulous work as it progresses, speeded up so you can take in the whole process. It's fascinating work and I marveled at the skill of the artisans as they deftly produced row after perfect row. Burk's pieces included baskets woven in a combination of sweetgrass and brightly coloured strips of polyethylene . They create a truly mesmerizing effect, especially a whole room of them. The show demonstrates their practical utility too, using them as speaker

Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage's By The Way, Meet Vera Stark Extended to June 12

From  release: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK By Lynn Nottage Directed by Jo Bonney With Stephanie J. Block, Daniel Breaker, David Garrison, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Kevin Isola, Sanaa Lathan & Karen Olivo • At Second Stage Theatre, New York - extended through June 12 In a new comedy from the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930’s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is a seventy year journey through the life of Vera Stark , a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come. Vera Stark's story continues at www.meetverastar

Off-Broadway Deal - Mint Theater's A Little Journey - Deals X 2

From a release: Off Broadway Deal Mint Theater Company Presents A LITTLE JOURNEY by Rachel Crothers Directed by Jackson Gay • Continues through July 10th! • Two ways to save - see the bottom of this post A Little Journey, set on a westbound train leaving New York City , transports us to another world. A proud, but heartsick young woman feels like she's come to the end of the line until she realizes that a second chance for happiness is just across the aisle. Ten strangers on a train take the ride of their lives in A Little Journey by Rachel Crothers (author of Susan and God, seen at the Mint in 2006).  This heartfelt human comedy, one of Crothers’ best, was nominated for the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1918. “A compelling human story of love and sorrow” was how the Washington Post greeted the play, which, in the grand tradition of travelogues, showcases an eccentric and charming array of passengers: There’s the auburn-topped lady from New York , excruciatin

Toronto Jazz Festival June 24 to July 3 2011

Update June 14 - Sad news! Youssou Ndoor has cancelled all his upcoming Canadian dates, including appearances in Ottawa & Montreal. According to the Montreal Gazette, the West African singer's management was not able to complete visa requirements in time! :( From a variety of sources: Toronto Jazz Festival . June 24 - July 3, 2011 • Check the link for all ticket information It kicks off with Aretha Franklin and Dave Brubeck and never looks back - you'll really need to look at the calendar and check everything out in detail, but here is a look at some of the highlights. Dave Brubeck Quartet Fri June 24 8:00pm Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory Dave Brubeck, designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of  Congress, continues to be one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spans over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain h

DOCNOW Free Documentary Media Festival - Toronto to June 25 2011

From a media release: DOC NOW DOCUMENTARY MEDIA FESTIVAL MAY 11 – JUNE 25, 2011 A FREE SHOWCASE OF FILMS, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND MIXED MEDIA INSTALLATIONS TORONTO, May 2011 – DOC NOW is a free media arts festival showcasing the work of graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Documentary Media program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. The festival presents the final works of emerging documentary media artists from May 11 to June 25. Film screenings take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 (June 7, 8 and 9), the films will also screen at Ryerson's Eaton Theatre (June 11 and 12). Exhibitions will be presented at Toronto Image Works Gallery, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Inglenook Community High School, Beaver Hall Gallery, [Suite 208] 80 Spadina, and IMA Gallery between May 11 and June 25. • Free - see for a full list of exhibitions, screenings, venues, and artists. Fresh voices in film, photography and new media This year's lineup

Youssou Ndour CD Release & North American Tour in June 2011

From a media release: Youssou Ndour, one of the world's best known and best loved African singers will be releasing his first foray into Reggae music, Dakar- Kingston on June 7th, 2011 and embarking on a North American tour that kicks off in Los Angeles on June 16 • He'll be part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York on June 24 • He'll be at the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 26 • Full tour dates below In Marley’s Footsteps: Youssou Ndour Discovers the African Heart of Reggae on Dakar-Kingston Youssou Ndour’s journey to Kingston began with the music pulsing from the Dakar market stalls of his childhood. It began during long hours of listening to reggae LPs from his uncle’s record store. It continued decades later, long after Ndour became one of the world’s best known and best loved African singers, as circumstances conspired and he found himself at Tuff Gong studios , walking in Bob Marley’s footsteps and jamming with Marley’s musical friends. Dakar-Kings

Gotham Dance Festival: Jun 1 - 12 2011 at the Joyce Theater

From a release: Gotham Dance Festival The Joyce Theater , New York June 1 - 12, 2011 Fresh off the overwhelming success of last summer’s presentation of four female choreographers, Gotham Arts Exchange presents the Gotham Dance Festival , returning to The Joyce Theater with expanded programming and a newly branded festival. Gotham Dance Festival presents six programs featuring ten choreographers at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. The festival will also present six talented emerging artists in Summer Sampler Matinees. • Check the website for full details on showtimes and tickets Brian Brooks Moving Company June 1-5 Choreographer Brian Brooks fuses "minimalist rigor with flamboyant whimsy" (The New Yorker). For its Joyce debut, the Brian Brooks Moving Company will present a world premiere, as well as MOTOR, performed under a set that stretches three miles of cables beyond the stage and over the audience. Touring internationally since 2002, the group wa