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

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

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

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

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

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


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

From a media release:

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

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

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

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

Kelly Carlson (actress Nip/Tuck): on Manifesting Your Life
Donna Dooher (chef, cookbook author and owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen): on Food
Jake Gold (CEO, The Management Trust; EVP, Entertainment Business Affairs; Canadian Idol judge): on the Music Industry
Rex Harrington (Artist-in-Residence at the National…

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

From a media release:


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

First touring China in 2004 and 2007, Shumka visited the finest stages of the region.  The 2011 return of Shumka will see the company perform in nearly double the amount of cities from their inaugural visit.   SHUMKA at 50 in China begins at the Dongguan Yulan Theater with performances August 3 & 4, and will continue through 13 add…

Feist New CD Preview: Metals - October 4 2011 Release

More Feist!

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

Another piece of the puzzle is in place.

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

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

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

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

OCT 22 …

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

From a media release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A set made of balloons and filled with party supplies sets the stage for eight dictators to battle it out in competitions of physical strength and fortitude, tests of wit and balloon crushing races. This latest work from Birdtown and Swanville (the company whose 36 Little Plays about Hopeless Girls garnered critical acclaim at the 2009 Toronto Fri…

Summerworks 2011: Perhaps in a 100 Years

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

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

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

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

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

Our heroes are surprisingly optimistic, given the conditions outside,…

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

From a media release:

SPEAK Music Presents...

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

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


The first thing you need to know about Grainne is how to say her name and what it means. It's pronounced grawn-ya, …

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

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

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

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

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

The 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing went to NoViolet Bulawayo of Zimbabwe for her story Hitting Budapest, originally published in the Boston Review (Nov/Dec 2010 issue), and To See the Mountain includes the four runners up along with the stories from the participants of the

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

From a media release:

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

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

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

Dance Marathon is an interactive, duration-based performance event inspired by the desper…

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

From a media release:

Godspell Comes Back to Broadway in a Brand New Production

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

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

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

The revival is helmed by Daniel Goldstein, who directed the popular Paper Mill Playhouse production in 2006. This is the 40th Anniversary production and first ever Broadway re…

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

From a media release:

eOne Films presents
A Film By Stéphane Lafleur

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

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

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

Following up his acclaimed feature film Continental, a film without guns, filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur once again brings us an ensemble of co…

Ballet Jorgen's Unique Simulated Professional Company

From a media release:

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

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

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

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

From a media release:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

From a release:

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

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

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

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

A living legend in her home of Bamako, Mali, Sangare has lent her name to products from rice to the Hotel Wassulu, where you can still catch her singing on…

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

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

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

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

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

Miller is also pleased to be back at Factory Theatre: “It feels like the right home for these shows. Bigger Than Jesus was a big hit here in 2004 and 2005, and HARDSELL needs this kind of environment - slightly counter-culture and open to risk.” Entertainment Weekly has called Miller “one …

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

From a media release:

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

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

This year features local and international musicians, dancers, storytellers, dub poets, and carnival characters whose works embody a spirit of resistance that ignites social consciousness. From Jamaica comes world-renowned reggae poet Mutabaruka who sets his political, social and religious verse to music in an art form commonly referred to as “dub” or “reggae poetry.” From Trinidad …