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Reggae Reimagined: The See-I Remix Compilation

With material from a press release: See-I Remixed Fort Knox Recordings ( Released: Nov 22, 2011) • The Original CD • The Remix EP    Fort Knox Recordings presents the See-I Remix Compilation - thirteen brilliant remixes of original See-I tracks from their June 2011 debut album. Loved by fans, lauded by the press and popular with radio outlets around the world, the See-I debut album has been a phenomenal success. This group of remixes is truly a global compilation, with remixers coming from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hungary and the USA, each bringing their own unique sound and vibe. That's what the media release tells me, but I was a little unsure of what to expect from this compilation. The organic soul and the hip shaking groove of superb musicians who know each other well - that's just exactly what I love about See-I, so taking out the organic and adding electronics seemed counterintuitive. But, in doing so, they often added meat to the reggae bo

Jazz CD Review: Tim Hagans Quartet 'The Moon is Waiting'

With material from a press release: Jazz CD Review: Tim Hagans Quartet The Moon is Waiting Palmetto Records (October 11, 2011) "I'm not comfortable making comfortable music," says trumpeter/composer Tim Hagans. "This is the ideal band for me to create a kind of spontaneous combustion of raw energy that is nonetheless melodically unified. That might sound like a contradiction, but all my music is tightly structured to allow for the wildest playing possible." I can't really think of a better description of the music in this intriguing CD from the Swedish musician and composer. Three time Grammy nominated (including a 2011 nod for Best Instrumental Composition) Tim Hagans just formed this quartet and The Moon is Waiting is their first recording. The other members are Rufus Reid on bass, Finnish drummer Jukkis Uotila and guitarist Vic Juris. The focus on a smaller ensemble is a new one for the man who was Artistic Director of Sweden's Norrbotton Big Ba

Jazz CD Review: Geoff Vidal's She Likes That

With material from a press release: Jazz CD Review: Geoff Vidal She Likes That Arts & Music Factory (October 4, 2011) Brooklyn native Geoff Vidal is one of the young new wave of hot jazz players in New York City, busy several nights a week with various gigs. She Likes That is sophisticated and listenable, with enough variation to keep it interesting through all seven tracks. The music displays a casual disregard for stylistic definitions and categorization that makes it fresh. Geoff is joined by Chicago drummer Makaya McCravan, (who also produces the CD,) guitaritst Joe Hundertmark (his steady gig is Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana at Radio city Music Hall) and bassist Michael O'Brien, with fellow trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt on three of the tracks. He describes it as a collaborative work, "The album is under my name, but it's a really a band project, and i couldn't be happier with how we played." Impressions - the music is busy, each line separate yet

Broadway Opening Night: Stick Fly December 8

From a release: Stick Fly on Broadway Produced by Alicia Keys with Reuben Cannon & Nelle Nugent Opening Night December 8, 2011 NEW YORK CITY - Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys with Reuben Cannon & Nelle Nugent present the Broadway premiere of Stick Fly, the critically-acclaimed new play by Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Kenny Leon.The first preview of Stick Fly opened on Broadway's Corte Theater on November 18 with a star studded opening night set for December 8, 2011. ABOUT It was a relaxing weekend on Martha’s Vineyard … until the baggage got unpacked. Meet the LeVays.  When two adult sons independently choose to introduce their girlfriends to the parents on the same weekend, sibling rivalries flare, opinions clash, class distinctions divide and family secrets unravel.  Get your tickets now to STICK FLY, a wickedly funny, endlessly surprising new play by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Kenny Leon. ALICIA KEYS, Producer: “This is a story that everybody can relate

Royal Conservatory Toronto Concerts for December 2011

From a media release: SPICE THINGS UP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY Classical concerts including the Tallis Scholars and Monica Whicher with Judy Loman Spanish Harlem Orchestra presenting ‘A Salsa Christmas’ John McDermott returns for another holiday celebration Superstar pianist André Watts makes his Koerner Hall debut TORONTO - The holiday season should be enjoyed with loved ones – full of good times, good food, and good music. Why not break with the tradition of seeing the usual Christmas staples, such as Händel’s Messiah or Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and add some fun concerts to the mix? The Royal Conservatory offers four concerts in December to get everyone into the mood for the holidays: soprano Monica Whicher and harpist Judy Loman perform selections from their Lullabies and Carols for Christmas CD on Sunday, December 4; the Tallis Scholars (whose concert sold out during Koerner Hall’s inaugural season) return on Thursday, December 8, with diverse comp

CD Release Concert: Phillip Brown's Drive December 4

From a media release: PHILLIP BROWN ON THE RIGHT ROAD WITH DRIVE CD RELEASE FOR DRIVE @ THE TRANZAC CLUB ON DECEMBER 4TH @ 7:30 PM   TORONTO – NOVEMBER, 2011 – Emerging young folksinger PHILLIP BROWN sparks a driving energy for his fourth music offering DRIVE. A release concert will be held at Toronto’s Tranzac Club on Sunday, December 4th, beginning with a 20-minute opening set at 7:30 pm by singer-songwriter Michael Burton.  The wise-beyond-his-years singer-songwriter Phillip Brown has surfaced with a dynamic new album called DRIVE . This is his fourth CD and was produced by multi-talented award-winner Paul Mills of The Mill Stream, following the critically acclaimed Winter Hymn which Mills also had a hand in. Brown’s refreshing and smooth “folky” vocals whisper Lightfoot and wrap around his introspective lyrics with the strength and confidence of a veteran. His guitar pickin’ is impressive too and he has garnered the attention of many musicians and industry folks alike. So

DJ Skate Nights Return to Harbourfront Toronto - December 3 2011 to Feb 18 2012

From a media release: DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront Centre December 2011 to February 2012 Top DJs get the party started at Toronto’s premier ice skating event TORONTO, ON (Nov. 2011) –Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Night transforms the Natrel® Rink into funky skating sessions. Every Saturday night from Dec. 3, 2011 to Feb.18, 2012 (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) features a new DJ spinning groovy tunes including house, funk, soul, reggae, soca and pop-rock from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. This winter’s DJ Skate Night series features 10 FREE late-night skating events with some of Toronto’s best mix-masters including CHERRY BOMB DJs, 1 LOVE T.O., Cratery, DJ medicineman, Promise DJs and FLOW 93-5 FM. January events include a special LunarFest skate party celebrating Asian culture. Other highlights include a Kuumba Black History Month skate celebrations featuring Dr. Jay de Soca Prince followed by a reggae skate jam with CIUT’s DJ Patrick Roots. If the chilly winter weather ge

Multidisciplinary Performance: Diasporic Genius Presents Tumbling Into Light in Toronto

From a media release: Diasporic Genius Productions in association with Andrea Nann Dreamwalker Dance Tumbling into Light: A Musical Journey out of the Darkness December 1st to December 4th The Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre - Toronto Award-winning Multidisciplinary Artists Create the “New Hybridity” TORONTO - Diasporic Genius Productions presents the performance spectacle Tumbling Into Light, a music-centred, multidisciplinary performance at The Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, from December 1 st to 4th, that made its debut in January 2010, to a wealth of critical and popular praise. This presentation builds on its limited run debut performances, at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, that were sold out and that generated a great audience buzz. This presentation takes what was great in the first round and fully develops it into a full-length, music-centred magical journey. Tumbling Into Light features award-winning Canadian artists David Buchbinder, Dave Wall

Canadian Folk Music Awards December 2 to 4 in Toronto

From a media release: Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAS) December 2 - 4, 2011 Isabel Bader Theatre - Toronto – TORONTO GALA PERFORMANCES BY LOREENA MCKENNITT, ROSE COUSINS, DE TEMPS ANTAN, SOUL INFLUENCE & JIM BYRNES w/ STEVE DAWSON – SPECIAL WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF "A WALK IN MY DREAM" – DEC. 2 – JANE HARBURY TO RECEIV INAUGURAL UNSUNG HERO AWARD TORONTO – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) are pleased to announce their 2011 gala lineup which reflects the broad and rich quality of music defined as folk. Some of Canada’s finest will perform at the event including Celtic superstar LOREENA MCKENNITT, bluesman JIM BYRNES, charming songstress ROSE COUSINS and two outstanding groups – a capella ensemble SOUL INFLUENCE and high-energy trio DE TEMPS ANTAN. The awards ceremony will be held in Toronto on Sunday, December 4 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West. Roots Music Canada will be on hand to provide live coverage at for those who ca

Angelwalk Theatre Toronto 2011-2012 Season Opens with Off-Broadway On Stage

From a media release: Angelwalk Theatre Announces its 2011-2012 Season featuring OFF-BROADWAY ON STAGE and I LOVE YOU BECAUSE • All performances at the Toronto Centre for the Arts – Studio Theatre   T oronto, Ontario... Angelwalk Theatre is thrilled to announce its exciting 2011-2012 lineup. This marks their third season producing some of Toronto's best productions of off-Broadway musical theatre as a professional theatre company in residence at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Angelwalk Theatre will be producing a brand-new musical revue, Off-Broadway On Stage, and the Canadian Premiere of I Love You Because, a modern day musical love story. Conceived by Angelwalk Theatre's Artistic Producer, Brian Goldenberg, Off-Broadway On Stage is a musical journey through the world of off-Broadway, featuring songs from many popular and long-running off-Broadway musicals, including some that eventually made the move to Broadway.  From The Fantasticks to Altar Boyz or Jacques Brel is

The New Groundswell Festival of Contemporary Women's Theatre in Toronto Nov 30 to Dec 10

From a media release: NIGHTWOOD THEATRE announces The New Groundswell Festival   A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre November 30 to December 10, 2011 Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON. Toronto, ON… Nightwood Theatre announces an exciting new beginning for its annual play development festival. For 26 years, Nightwood’s Groundswell Festival has been bringing audiences provocative new works in development. The re-envisioned New Groundswell Festival – A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre, happens over 11 days starting on November 30th and features 3 premiere workshop productions including Governor General’s Award nominee Lisa Codrington’s new play The Aftermath, Jordi Mand’s Between the Sheets and Zuppa Theatre’s acclaimed new work The Debacle (Halifax). The Festival will also feature a national industry series including an exciting array of masterclasses led by theatre luminaries such as Linda Griffiths, Jillian Keiley,

Malian Ngoni Master Bassekou Kouyate in Toronto November 27

From a media release: Malian Maestro Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba November 27, 2011 The Great Hall, Toronto TORONTO - Batuki Music Society presents Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba with opening act Daniel Nebiat on Sunday November 27th, 2011 at The Great Hall at 9:00 pm. Malian maestro Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music. Bassekou’s instrument, the ngoni, is a ‘spike lute’ and an ancestor of the banjo, sharing its taut-skinned drum body, percussive attack, and varied picking techniques. Since 2005, Bassekou has led Ngoni Ba, the first-ever group built around four ngonis – all played by members of his family. His debut album, ‘Segu Blue’ was a great success and his next album ‘I Speak Fula’ builds on the success of ‘Segu Blue’. Its 11 tracks provide a star-studded tour of pan-Malian music, including collaborations with Toumani Diabaté, griot vocal legend Kasse Mady Diabaté, master

For Kids & Good Causes: Chris McKhool and Friends in Concert Nov 26 in Toronto

From a media release: Chris McKhool JUNO Nominee & 3x Parents' Choice Award Winner & Special Guests: Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & Sultans of String! "Celebrate:  Holidays of the Global Village" Fundraising Family Concert for ArtsCan Circle & Daily Bread Food Bank Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West (at Spadina), Toronto Saturday, November 26, 1:00pm • Free Public Event  • Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated! [Toronto ON]   On Sat Nov 26, JUNO nominee, 3x Parents' Choice Award winner & CFMA winner, Chris McKhool, celebrates the multicultural mosaic at Trinity St. Paul's Centre. All funds raised at the concert are being donated to ArtsCan Circle & food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank (information about both charitable organizations below).  "Celebrate! Holidays of The Global Village" is

CD Release: Jon Brooks' Delicate Cages Nov 24 in Toronto

From a media release: Jon Brooks CD Release Friday, November 25, 8pm Trinity St Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St West, Toronto [Toronto ON]  Canadian topical (and eternally hopeful) songcrafter Jon Brooks releases his new CD, DELICATE CAGES, at Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Fri Nov 25th! A songwriter dedicated to uniting folk song tradition with today’s stories, Jon has an uncanny ability to press his ear against the heartbeat and the soul of the times we live in.  In only 4 years, he has been nominated twice for a Canadian Folk Music Award (Songwriter of the Year), been profiled on CBC Television, named the Musician to Watch in 2010 by the Toronto Star, garnered an OCFF Award, and took home the US Mountain Stage NewSong Contest (NPR).  Jon's music is also featured on Neil Young's Livingwithwartoday website and he recently won both the coveted Kerrville New Folk Competition in Texas, the International Songwriting Competition (Folk category), and placed as a Finalist