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Dance in Toronto: NextSteps January through May 2012

From a media release:

NextSteps - Winter 2012
at Harbourfront Toronto

Here's a look at dance performances coming up this winter and spring at Harbourfront.

Dance Ontario
DanceWeekend 2012

Presented in association with Harbourfront CentreDance Ontario's stunning winter showcase features more than 26 superb companies and hundreds of dancers, live musicians and much, much more. Come celebrate the diversity of the city's dance companies in this unique weekend experience.
January 20-22, 2012

Janak Khendry Dance Company

Time creates itself, maintains itself, and ultimately dissolves itself – along with the universe – when the time cycle is complete. This fascinating production centres on the history of time and how it came into existence and our connection to it.
January 26- 28, 2012

COBA: Collective of Black Artists
Les Rythmes de la Forêt

The traditional dance forms from Guinea and Senegal will move you through an incredible and vibrant experience of folklore and …

Janya: Traditional Korean Music Meets Western Vocals Jan 6 in NYC

From a media release:

January 6, 2012
Drom - New York, NY

- The East meets West band JANYA is inspired by Korean Traditional Music and the music of Ornette Coleman and John Zorn.  Korean-American Singer Lola Jung Danza went in search of her Korean ancestry, what she discovered was a whole new world of music.   All About Jazz calls JANYA a “Communion with the divine.”  JANYA will perform at Drom on Friday, January 6th 2012 at 9pm.  Tickets at the door are $15 and $10 in advance.

JANYA is a daring, unique and captivating world music group that incorporates traditional Korean instrumentation (Gayageum- Korean Zither, Daegeum- Bamboo flute, and Janggo- Drum) with western vocals.

Singer Lola Jung Danza with her four-octave range and vast array of vocal technique, summons her ancestors through this music taking the listener on a journey to the far off land of Korea, laying beautiful poetry over traditional Korean instrumentation.

Janya is an all female group, Seungmin Cha-…

2012 New York City Winter Jazzfest January 6 & 7

From a media release:

BOOM Collective + Search and Restore
:::proudly announce:::

Friday, January 6th & Saturday, January 7th, 2012
Arts Presenters Showcases (APAP)

Tickets On Sale NOW!

BOOM Collective and Search and Restore are pleased to announce the lineup for 2012 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST.  The festival is to be held on January 6th & 7th, 2012 in New York City.  On both nights the festival will take over five West Village venues, (le) Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Kenny's Castaways, Zinc Bar, and Bitter End.  This marks the eighth year of the annual NYC WINTER JAZZFEST, and the continued mission to showcase top quality jazz to industry professionals, avid jazz fans, and new audiences.

The 2012 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST will feature over 60 different jazz groups during the Arts Presenters (APAP) conference.  Similar to past years the festival will provide an opportunity for artists to showcase in front of p…

Love is a Poverty You Can Sell: Part of Next Stage Theatre Fest in Toronto

From a media release:

January 5th to 15th, 2012 @ The Factory Theatre - Part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival

Check out the rest of the Next Stage schedule here

Join us for a night of song, story, and sin! Soup Can Theatre is proud to announce that - after taking the 2010 Fringe Festival by storm - its critically acclaimed show, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell, is returning to the stage as part of the 2012 Next Stage Theatre Festival! This condensed “highlights” version of the show will be part of the Next Stage Festival’s inaugural Ante-Chamber program, and will be performed in the upstairs bar area of the Factory Theatre.

Love is a Poverty You Can Sell pays tribute to the timeless music and musical influence of German composer Kurt Weill with a production that marries the bold and naked theatrical style he and writer/director Bertolt Brecht pioneered with the bravado of traditional musical theatre - all with the ambianc…

12 Bands, 3 Stages: globalFEST January 8 2012 in New York City

From a media release:

All-Access Planet:
globalFEST 2012 Opens New Spaces for Traditions Transformed
January 8, 2012 at New York City’s Webster Hall  

Malian roots rap and sensually fresh samba. Eerily avant jaw harps and 21st-century tarantella. Heritage never sounded so cool.

NEW YORK CITY - Whether continuing famous musical lineages or pushing forward on new paths, the artists of globalFEST show how world music has matured from a quaint, catch-all niche to a meaningful, deeply rooted challenge to the musical status quo. Artists are crafting history into new sounds.

Though many of this edition’s artists have taken up the torch from family members or musical mentors, they are reaching into new sonic territory, whether they are funkifying cumbia or transforming the role of the spike fiddle or jaw harp. globalFEST, as America ’s vital world music springboard event coinciding with the annual Arts Presenters Conference (APAP), aims to bring musicians to ears and even into venues once closed …

World Music, Classical Music & Jazz Meet: Listen for Life Jan 8 at Carnegie Hall

From a media release:

Listen for Life
8 unique instrumentalists performing
January 8, 2012
Carnegie Hall, New York City

NEW YORK CITY - Join eight specially-chosen instrumentalists from the genres of world music, classical music, and jazz, as they bring you on a tour “Around the World in 80 Minutes” instead of 80 days.

The program will include two premieres, “Walk within Winter” by California-based world music composer Brent Heisinger and a new work commissioned for this event from award-winning Israeli film composer Avner Dorman.National Vietnamese champion Van-Anh Vanessa Vo will perform on three traditional instruments, Hawaiian slack-key guitar will have its own rare spotlight in Carnegie Hall, Oud masters of two different cultures will share contrasting solos, a multi-genre violist will “jam” with different combinations, and Western Classical traditions of piano playing will contrast with the phenomenal jazz improvisations of Grammy nominee Taylor Eigsti to close out this special cel…

Ontario High School Writers Wanted: Contest Deadline Feb 1

From a media release:

IFOA Ontario & Open Book: Ontario present a unique writing competition for students

TORONTO, December 2011
— The International Festival of Authors’ (IFOA) touring programme, IFOA Ontario, is proud to present Write Across Ontario, a creative writing competition for high school students across the province. The competition is generously supported by Open Book: Ontario. Students in grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to choose a story-starter provided by three of this year’s IFOA and IFOA Ontario participants, award-winning authors Ian Rankin, Johanna Skibsrud, and Miriam Toews. The story-starter is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.

• Stories should be no longer than 500 words including the story-starter. 
• One submission per student will be accepted until the contest closing date of February 1, 2012. 
• Entries will be judged by …

Call for Proposals: Aboriginal Digital Media Artists - Jan 9 Deadline

From a media release:

imagineNATIVE and the NFB Renew Digital Media Partnership with Call for Proposals for Innovative Interactive Works

– The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have renewed their digital media partnership for a second year of collaboration, and are inviting Canadian Aboriginal artists to submit proposals for innovative interactive digital media projects. Proposals can be for works in any digital medium and genre, including interactive documentary, mobile and locative media, interactive animation, interactive photo essay, data visualization and physical installation.

De Nort, an online locative video, photo and auditory journey into life on a northern reserve by Winnipeg’s ITWE collective, was selected through last year’s call for proposals and is now in pre-production at the NFB’s Winnipeg production studio. It’s slated to launch at the 2012 imagineNATIVE Festival.

“We’re thrilled to be renewing our partnership …

The Heavyweights Brass Band

Heavyweights Brass Band
Don't Bring Me Down (2011)

Chris Butcher, trombone
Jon Challoner, trumpet
Paul Metcalfe, saxophones
Rob Teehan, sousaphone
Lowell Whitty, drums

TORONTO - They charm the crowd of school age kids gathered in the lounge at Roy Thomson Hall before the main concert, playing and talking up their instruments and jazz in general. A crowd of the young admirers follows their impromptu New Orleans style parade around the room and after, a group of girls come up to them to tell them they love jazz just because of hearing them play.

The Heavyweights Brass Band has a musical and personable appeal that transcends generations and genres. I've seen them wow crowds that ranged from university kids to retirees with their fresh and energetic approach to the genre. There's an equal attention to musicianship and entertainment that results in their winning formula.

The band has been together about two years exactly and released their first CD - Don't Bring Me Down (201…

A Night of Dirty Songs with Jessica Delfino - Dec 24 at Joe's Pub NYC

From a release:

A Night of Dirty Songs
Featuring Jessica Delfino
Joe's Pub  - New York City
December 24, 2011 at 9:30pm - $15

Tired of the same old annual Christmas carols we hear every year? Do you like a little ha ha ha with your ho ho ho? Then get your jingle bells down to Joe's Pub on Christmas Eve for A Night of Dirty Songs, featuring Jessica Delfino, dubbed “The Lower East Side Queen of Obscene” by the Village Voice.

"Her performance included the showing of an obscenely titled video banned from YouTube that features her rapping about her vagina, complete with obscene pictures flashing in the background. None of this was without malice. And at a time when radical Muslims are accusing Americans of harboring a depraved understanding of liberty, it only provides ammunition to the enemy."
-Willliam Donohue, Catholic League 

The evening includes guest stars you’ll recognize from Comedy Central, Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman singing…

The 8th Annual People Stll Gots Ta Eat Concert December 21

From a media release:

HOTCHA! Presents the Eighth Annual


Benefit Concert Extaordinaire! with prizes, noisemakers & down-home cookin’

The Cameron House, (front room) 408 Queen Street West in Toronto
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011. Music starts @ 8:30 pm - midnight

TICKETS: No Cover, but generous donations (suggested $10) are welcome. Draws for prizes.

All proceeds go to the Daily Bread Food Bank

TORONTO – Toronto duo HOTCHA! is pleased to announce a stellar lineup of local indie talent for “PEOPLE STILL GOTS TA EAT”, an eighth annual benefit concert for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Roots Music Canada’s ANDY FRANK will be our MC for the event. There is no cov…

A Gift for Jazz Lovers: Montreal Jazz Fest 2012 Tix On Sale Now

From a release:

The 33rd edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival: a tantalizing teaser!
Esperanza Spalding, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Tangerine Dream, Get The Blessing, the Dorantes/Garcia-Fons/Theodosii Spassov Trio, Gianmaria Testa, the Eliane Elias Brasileira Quartet, CéU, Chris Botti, Strunz & Farah and Van der Graaf Generator
Music for your Christmas stockings!
Tickets on sale Saturday, December 10 at noon

Info-Jazz Line
514 871-1881
Toll free: 1 85JAZZFEST

MONTREAL - Concerts include Esperanza Spaulding, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Tangerine Dream, Get The Blessing, the Dorantes/Garcia-Fons/Theodosii Spassov Trio, Gianmaria Testa, the Eliane Elias Brasileira Quartet, CéU, Chris Botti, Strunz & Farah and Van der Graaf Generator:

* A funk evening with Esperanza Spalding and her Radio Music Society - June 29, 8:30 p.m., Métropolis (Rythmes series)
* Wayne Shorter Quartet - June 29, 9:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series)
* …

Puppetmongers Holiday Show Dec 17 to Jan 1 in Toronto

From a media release:

Puppetmongers proudly presents
Bed & Breakfast
December 17, 2011 - January 1, 2012
Created by Ann Powell
Performed by Ann Powell and David Powell
Directed by Sue Miner

Toronto, December 12, 2011
- Puppetmongers' beloved winter holiday performances are just around the corner. They have been a tradition for families and theatre-goers in Toronto since 1990 and this year, Puppetmongers presents Bed & Breakfast, an entertaining and charming tale for the whole family, aged 5 years and up. 

Bed & Breakfast runs at Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space from Saturday December 17, 2011 to Sunday January 1, 2012 (no shows December 19-25).

Under the direction of Sue Miner (co-artistic director of Pea Green Theatre), Bed & Breakfast is a whimsical new version of The Princess and the Pea in which clever servants conspire against their bumbling employers in the service of true love, while the hero and heroine dodge hilarious disaster along the road to happily-ever-a…

Common in NYC December 19 - Just A Few Tix Left At Show Time

From a media release - it's officially SOLD OUT but there will be a few tickets left at the door at show time for the lucky:

at the Highline Ballroom - New York City
December 19,2011


Concert starts @ 9PM
Doors open @ 7PM
$40.00 day of show.

NEW YORK CITY - With his multi-Grammy-winning music career, continued work in film and television, and multiple written works, Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men. His numerous accomplishments in film and music include starring on the silver screen in films such as Smokin' Aces (2006), American Gangster (2007), Wanted (2008), Date Night (2010), and Just Wright (2010). In 2004, he partnered with Chicago native and rap music megastar Kanye West to produce the album Be, which went on to garner four Grammy Award nominations. In 2007, he released his critically acclaimed seventh album Finding Forever, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart …

Spanish Cinema Now: December 9 to 22 in New York City

From a media release:

Spanish Cinema Now
December 9 to 22, 2011
Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City

NEW YORK CITY - Spanish Cinema Now is one of the Walter Reade Theater’s longest-running series, first presented in October 1992. Since then, annual film production in Spain has moved from about 40 movies per year into the triple digits. Audiences in Spain are not only growing, they are considerably younger nowadays, while the links between Spanish and Latin American cinema are stronger than ever. Latin American actors, directors and technicians are enriching the Spanish industry, and co-productions are at an all-time high.

Our series opens with the new film from Nacho Vigolondo (Timecrimes): Extraterrestrial, his smart, much-anticipated take on the alien invasion movie, in which a man and a woman wake up to a Madrid dotted with spaceships, the night after a tryst. Regional cinemas continue to produce strong work, as seen in the fascinating Catalan documentary Barcelona Before or t…

NuDance Festival 2011 December 9 & 10 in New York City

From a release:

NuDance 2011
December 9 & 10, 2011
Riverside Theatre, Harlem, New York City

- Join us for two evenings of fabulous new dance works featuring some of the best young choreographers and dancers. You'll experience the next generation of pioneering dance artists as NuDance presents new, innovative dance works by Opus Dance, Dance Iquail, Xodus Dance, Brenda Neville Dance, Rhapsody James Dance, Dana Foglia, Kelly Peters, Neil Schwartz & Jared Jenkins and Maverick Dance Experience (a few of these newly listed and not described below).

• Special Appearance by Generation X on Saturday only

Each performance evening starts with Choreographers in Creation, an intimate dialogue about their process with a chance for you to learn a dance section.

Dance Iquail!
Choreographed by Iquail Shaheed

Equality for Us 2
A powerful duet that celebrates the recent success of the New York GLBT Community fight for marriage equality while showcases the dynamic ebb and flow inheren…

Holiday Fare for the Family: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Toronto

From a media release:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
December 13 - 30, 2011
Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto

- Just in time for the holidays: “A crash of drums, a flash of light”...and the Lower Ossington Theatre explodes with the Andrew Lloyd Webber spectacular: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Hailed for its family-friendly storyline, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plays December 13-30, 2011.

The Narrator (sung by Shannon Dickens, Rebecca Perry, and Jada Rifkin in 3-part harmony) guides us along this lively, comic and colourful journey through the Biblical story of young Joseph (Jeff Hookings), sold into slavery by his brothers after his father favours him with a gorgeous coloured cloak. Joseph’s gift of prophecy saves him from an uncertain fate and helps him rescue Egypt from famine.

Directed by Robert Wilkinson with assistance from Seanna Kennedy, and Choreographed by Amelia Hironaka, JOSEPH combines a high-energy mix of music and danci…