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Carrie Fisher Brings Wishful Drinking to Toronto - July 12 to August 21

From a release:

Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking
at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto
July 12 to August 21, 2001

TORONTO - Hollywood film star, best-selling novelist and acclaimed screenwriter Carrie Fisher will now bring her award-winning WISHFUL DRINKING to the Royal Alexandra Theatre, from July 12 to August 21, as the final show of our 2010/2011 Season.

The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon in her own right at the age of 19, when she starred as "Princess Leia" in the Star Wars trilogy. In WISHFUL DRINKING, she tells the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend - with all the wry wit she poured into such bestsellers as Postcards from the Edge - in an uproarious and sobering look at her "Hollywood hangover".

WISHFUL DRINKING premiered in 2006, in Los Angeles, and has since completed sell-out runs in theatres across the U.S., culminating in a wildly successful engagement at Broadway's Studio 5…

Shakespeare on the Road: Macbeth Outdoors in Toronto and Beyond

From a media release:

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

July 7 to August 14, 2011

June, 2011. Toronto, ON…Driftwood Theatre, Ontario’s most exciting and accessible theatre company, will be kicking off their 2011 Bard’s Bus Tour in Toronto on July 9th with a limited two-night run at Todmorden Mills and returning to Withrow Park for two brief stops July 27th, 28th, August 13th and 14th. This year, Driftwood Theatre is leaving the world of Shakespearean comedy for the dark and bloody tale of Macbeth.

An end world event has left behind a society that is forced to exist in a toxic environment where every person must fight to survive. In this unsettled and warring culture, violence perpetuates violence and the temporary peace that exists is precarious. Here we meet Macbeth, a ruthless and ambitious soldier who seizes power with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of devious outcasts.

Bringing this haunting tale to life are Driftwood Theatre alumnus

Open Air Theatre in Toronto: Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard July 7 to 31

From a media release:

Guild Festival Theatre proudly presents inaugural open-air season
Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard
Directed by founding Artistic Director Sten Eirik

TORONTO, June, 2011 - Guild Festival Theatre proudly announces its first annual season of classical theatre with a rare open-air rendition of Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard.

This story of a family faced with the ultimatum of having to auction off their beloved country home in the face of social upheaval and commercial exploitation opens July 7 and runs until July 31 at the majestic outdoor Greek Theatre in the Guild Inn Gardens, the first production to be presented there in several years, directed by Guild Festival Theatre founding Artistic Director Sten Eirik.

The Cherry Orchard (in an English translation by Michael Henry Heim) features the rousing music of acclaimed composer/musician David Buchbinder and follows an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to the family's…

Toronto Fringe Fest 2011 - Expect Theatre's AWAKE

Update July 7 - you can read my review in Sway Magazine here.

From a media release:

Expect Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of
- an environmental theatrical experience exploring the inner world of one of Canada's most violent, yet inspiring, 'hoods -
Created and Directed by Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley
Choral Direction by Andrew Craig
Part of The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival

TORONTO, June, 2011 - Expect Theatre proudly presents AWAKE, a site-specific theatre piece based on a series of interviews with those who have been affected by gun violence in the at-risk area of Jamestown/Rexdale. The piece includes verbatim theatre, dancehall, gospel music and hip hop and underscores the struggles faced by those living in that troubled neighbourhood as well as their hopes and aspirations. AWAKE runs Wednesday, July 6 to Sunday July 17 at the Walmer Road Baptist Church as part of The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival.

The verbatim script is based directly on hundreds of…

Visual Arts at Toronto Fringe Festival July 6 to 17, 2011

You should definitely check out the link & all that's on offer at this year's Fringe Fest - I'll be featuring a few highlights including this one. From a media release:

Visual Art Joins The Fringe Festival!
The 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival is July 6-17, 2011

TORONTO – Toronto Fringe Executive Director Gideon Arthurs announced an exciting new addition to this summer’s Toronto Fringe Festival: Visual Fringe, a collection of mini-galleries for independent visual artists to promote, create, and sell their artwork in an immersive environment.

Arthurs explains, “The philosophy of the Toronto Fringe has always been to offer creative opportunities for artists and audiences, making the arts as accessible as possible.  We are enormously excited to welcome eight visual artists to our Festival through the brand new Visual Fringe, located right in the heart of our festival at the Fringe Club.”

Similar to Fringe Theatre, participants in the Visual Fringe are selected through an equal …

Khaira Arby Summer 2011 Tour - July 4 to 27

From a media release:

Khaira Arby and Her Band
Summer Tour July 2011

This time, backed by conventional western instruments, Arby creates on stage extraordinarily unconventional music.  Her presence at SXSW could not be ignored:  featured in showcases for NPR, National Geographic Music, The Fader Fort, and All Music is World Music, her evolution as an international performer has rendered her relevant among today's top indie artists, yet she has somehow managed to maintain her richness in ancient African tradition.

Arby mesmerized audiences at this year's SXSW in showcases for NPR, The Fader Fort, National Geographic Music, All Music is World Music (The World on WGBH Boston and KUT Austin) in standout performances at a festival known for once-in-a-lifetime shows.  This intensity comes as much from her home as it does her unique spirit.  Born in a village not far from the famed city of Timbuktu , Arby is firmly planted in the desert sand. Her creativity flows in part from the pe…

Heavyweights Brass Band - Summer Jazz Festivals & Fall CD Launch

From a media release:


The Heavyweights Brass Band
Summer 2011 Jazz Festivals & Debut CD Release at Harbourfront
Metro Square, The Beaches, Harbourfront & more!
See below for the “blow by blow”

TORONTO – Young and oh-so-talented Toronto collective THE HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND will come out swinging at this summer’s jazz festivals, culminating in a bare-knuckle knockout of a debut CD release concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront main stage Friday, Sept 2nd.

Not since 1980s band The Shuffle Demons has there been such a fresh and fun take on jazz. Not your standard jazz fare, The Heavyweights Brass Band repertoire delivers a special brand of popular and diverse music with a punch and an enthusiasm that makes jazz accessible for everyone from eight to 80.

The gloves are off when it comes to their choice and interpretation of songs. They range from funk, soul, R&B, and traditional New Orleans jazz – complete with tuba – to tasteful retro throwbacks (inc…

On The Pulse - Free Music & More at Harbourfront July 2 & 3

From a media release:

at Harbourfront, Toronto
July 2-3, 2011

Come embrace the element of surprise! On The Pulse is a two-day weekend festival of discovery in music, theatre and dance for the whole family. This festival provides the opportunity to witness artists who are pushing the boundaries of creativity, and artists that embrace participation, technology and interconnectivity.

SoundClash Music Award presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre’s Music Award
Saturday, July 2, 2:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)

Young Empires, an electronic/world beat trio is the first of five shortlisted finalists to perform and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes! The winner will be announced at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival (Sept. 2-5) and will perform on the WestJet Stage.

A Cumbiar! with DJ El Machetero
Saturday, July 2, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Boulevard Tent)
Dance along with DJ El Machetero on the decks as he explores the far reaches of cumbia’s influence and more.

Scratch (from The …

Free Music in NYC: Hudson Square Music & Wine Fest Every Tuesday to August 16

From a release:

Free in NYC: 3rd Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival.
Every Tuesday to August 16, 2011

at the City Winery

Join us for the 3rd Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival. Held in the courtyard behind City Winery and brought to you by Trinity Real Estate, Great Performances, Hudson Square BID, this FREE series of concerts kicks off June 21 and runs every Tuesday night through August 16, 2011.

Please check out the list of the artists and dates. No tickets needed, just bring yourself and your friends for an early evening of great tunes, great wine and good times.

The shows begin each night at 5:30pm and concludes at 7:30pm, offering the perfect afterwork jumpstart to your week.

June 28 - The New York Gypsy All Stars
New York Gyspy All-Stars is a musical chemistry experiment with explosive staying power. It was born from the very first “loud and proud” New York Gypsy Festival, spotlighting Easter European and Balkan music, and the musical intuition of Serdar I…

2011 Dora Mavor Moore Award Winners

From a media release:

2011 Dora Award Winners

Toronto, June 27, 2011... The 32nd Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2010/2011 season were handed out in a star-studded ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Monday, June 27 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts' Bluma Appel Theatre, co-hosted by Gemini-nominated comedian/writer/actor Craig Lauzon of CBC-TV's Royal Canadian Air Farce and actress Michaela Washburn, Dora-nominated for her principal role in Theatre Passe Muraille's Such Creatures.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are produced and presented on behalf of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera. The 197 Dora-eligible shows opened between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. A total of 35 Dora Awards plus the Silver Ticket Award, the Pauline McGibbon Award and the Audience Choice Award were given out.

Overall, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre leads the pack with five Dora Mavor Moore Awards for its product…

NFB Marks National Aboriginal Day June 21 with Films & Interactive

From a media release:

NFB marks National Aboriginal Day
with the online launch of a new documentary trilogy
and a groundbreaking digital storytelling project

Montreal, June 16, 2011 – The National Film Board celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 21 with the online launch of the Pete Standing Alone Trilogy, a powerful trio of films about the Blood Reserve in Southern Alberta, and God’s Lake Narrows, an interactive depiction of the reality of life on the reserve. These new releases underline the NFB’s long-standing collaboration with Aboriginal communities in the telling of important stories.

The Pete Standing Alone Trilogy documents the successes, challenges and transformations experienced by the Blood Reserve in Alberta over the past 50 years. All three films revolve around Pete Standing Alone.

The latest documentary installment Round Up, directed by Blood elder Narcisse Blood and produced by Aboriginal filmmaker Gil Cardinal, shows Pete come full-circle in his dedication to prese…

New York Asian Film Festival - July 1 to 14 2011

From a media release:

July 1 - 14

MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY will be the Opening Night Presentation, SHAOLIN and NINJA KIDS are Centerpiece Presentations and THE YELLOW SEA is the Closing Night Selection

World Premieres include Takashi Miike’s NINJA KIDS!!! and Eiji Uchida’s THE LAST DAYS OF THE WORLD with PUNISHED and RINGING IN THEIR EARS making their International Premieres

Highlights will include the presentation of the 2011 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award to Hong Kong legend Tsui Hark, and the 2011 Star Asia Rising Star Award to Japanese actor Takayuki Yamada as well as special guest appearances by Benny Chan, Tak Sakaguchi, Su Chao-pin, Na Hong-Jin, Ryoo Seung-Wan and others

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announce the full schedule for the 2011 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) which will screen July 1 -14. Presented in partnership between the two organizations …

Larger Than Life: Jun Kaneko at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto

From a media release:

Larger than Life at the Gardiner
Jun Kaneko traveling exhibition makes its only Canadian stop at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum
June 30 to September 18, 2011

TORONTO (June 2011) – From June 30 to September 18, 2011, Jun Kaneko will make its final and only Canadian stop at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum.  The highly anticipated exhibit features larger than life ceramic sculptures, some of which are over seven feet high and weigh thousands of pounds.

All of Kaneko’s work is informed by the Japanese concept of “ma:” which suggests that everything has a spirit. Kaneko has extended the concept of “ma” to include the space in between things. He believes that the space in between things is also animated.

“Whether I am making a larger or smaller piece, in the end I hope it will make sense to have that particular scale and form together and that it will give off enough energy to shake the air around it,” - Jun Kaneko Ceramics Art and Perception 2010.

Jun Kaneko is a traveling exhibiti…