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Royal Conservatory of Toronto Concerts for January 2013

From a media release: JAZZ, BLUES, AND WORLD MUSIC ROCK JANUARY AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY TORONTO Jens Lindemann with Friends Doc Severinsen and Wycliffe Gordon 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, Buika, and Roby Lakatos TORONTO - January ice will melt when three of North America's top horn players get together for the next installment in the TD Jazz: Devoted to Dizzy concert series. Trumpeters Jens Lindemann and Doc Severinsen are joined by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon to celebrate Dizzy Gillespie's legacy on January 12. Named International Brass Personality of the Year by the Brass Herald, trumpeter Jens Lindemann plays with "seductive, golden timbre and virtuosic flair." (The New York Times) Former Tonight Show band leader, Doc Severinsen, continues to electrify audiences with his powerful and soulful trumpet playing while Wycliffe Gordon, named Trombonist of the Year six times by the Jazz Journalists Association, has performed with Di

New York City Winter Jazzfest: January 11 & 12 2013

From a media release: The 2013 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST Friday, January 11th & Saturday, January 12th, 2013 6 Venues in the Village • Tickets here NEW YORK CITY - BOOM Collective and Search and Restore are pleased to announce the lineup for 2013 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST.  The festival is to be held on January 11th & 12th, 2013 in New York City.  On both nights the festival will take over six venues in the Village, Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, SubCulture and Bowery Electric.  This marks the ninth 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 2013 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST will feature over 70 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 presenters, promoters, talent buyers, educators, musicians and avid fans. Over 5000 arts

SACRE: Free Dance Premiere In New York City Jan 10 - 14 2013

From a release: SACRE David Wampach / Association Achles (France) US Premiere - Dance Jan 10-14, 2013 Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center with additional support provided by Chez Bushwick • Free with reservation NEW YORK CITY - The 1913 premiere of Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring caused legendary scandal and has since been regarded as a milestone in dance history. French dancer / choreographer David Wampach draws inspiration from filmmaker Jean Rouch and photographer Trude Fleischmann, as he radically re-imagines Nijinsky’s group choreography into a duet. Wampach’s pioneering SACRE is equally as earthy, wild, and dissonant as the original. In 2002, David Wampach started his company: the Association Achles, where he revealed himself as one of the most trailblazing young choreographer of France. His solo circon c is (2004) won the first prize at the Biennale des jeunes créateurs d’Europe et de Méditerranée. High-profile performances such as BASCULE (2005), QUATORZE

Nightwood Theatre’s revival of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad Jan 10 to Feb 10 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: Megan Follows and Kelli Fox return in Nightwood Theatre ’s revival of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad Written by Margaret Atwood Directed by Kelly Thornton Starring Megan Follows with Maev Beaty, Neema Bickersteth, Fiona Byrne, Sarah Dodd, Monica Dottor, Audrey Dwyer, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Kelli Fox, Cara Gee, Patricia Hamilton, Pamela Sinha and Sophia Walker January 10 to February 10, 2013 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Toronto, ON… Nightwood Theatre will revive its 2012 smash hit production of The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. The play, directed by Kelly Thornton, will open January 10 and run until February 10, 2013 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The Penelopiad is Atwood’s uncompromising response to Homer’s The Odyssey following Penelope (Megan Follows) through the 20-year absence of her husband Odysseus who is fighting in the Trojan War. Left to raise an unruly son, fend off hundreds of opportunistic suitors and maintain composure amidst scandalo

Documentary Screening: Portrait of Wally Jan 9 & 10 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: JANUARY’S DOC SOUP PRESENTS PORTRAIT OF WALLY January 9 & 10, 2013 in Toronto FILMMAKER ANDREW SHEA IN ATTENDANCE Toronto – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that January’s Doc Soup will present PORTRAIT OF WALLY (D: Andrew Shea, United States, 90 min.). Called “a cinematic masterwork about a painted masterpiece” by The Huffington Post, PORTRAIT OF WALLY will screen on Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and on Thursday, January 10, at 6:45 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema , 506 Bloor St. West . Filmmaker Andrew Shea will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings. When Jewish art dealer Lea Bondi fled Vienna in 1939, his Egon Schiele painting “Portrait of Wally”, a tender picture of the artist’s mistress, was seized by the Nazis. The painting resurfaced in 1997 while on loan to Manhattan ’s Museum of Modern Art , sparking a thirteen-year legal battle with the owner’s heirs. PORTRAIT OF WALLY traces the

Jazz Guitar: Eric Divito 'Breaking the Ice' CD Release Jan 9 2013 in New York City

From a media release: Jazz Guitar: Eric DiVito - Breaking the Ice CD Release Show Jazz@Kitano - the Kitano Hotel, New York City January 9, 2013 - 8 & 10pm sets • Get Breaking the Ice here • He'll also be at The Harold Pratt House (NYC) on January 24 & 30, 2013, with a Canadian tour in the works for February NEW YORK CITY - For his remarkable debut album, "Breaking the Ice," Eric DiVito draws on his command of both jazz and classical guitar styles, as well as on his interests in jazz and pop composition, to create a wonderfully varied set of nine original tunes and a gorgeous solo guitar rendition of Bill Evans's "Time Remembered." In the midst of a busy career as working musician and educator, New York guitarist/composer Eric DiVito has finally carved out the time to make his recording debut as a leader. "Breaking the Ice," a quartet date co-produced by DiVito with Portland pianist/arranger Ezra Weiss and veteran jazz producer/promoter

The COC's Stunning Tristan & Isolde with Peter Sellars, Bill Viola (Video) & Ben Heppner Jan 29 to Feb 23 2012

From a media release - tix already 90% sold as I post this! legendary director peter SELLARS AND renowned video artist bill viola make coc debuts with awe-inspiring production of wagner’s tristan und isolde CELEBRATED CANADIAN TENOR BEN HEPPNER MAKES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN TO COC MAINSTAGE IN A SIGNATURE ROLE • January 29, February 2, 8, 14, 17, 20 and 23, 2013 • Tickets available here Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company opens its winter season with one of music history’s most influential works, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.  The COC’s 2013 presentation of Tristan und Isolde marks legendary director Peter Sellars’ company debut and the first time his original, awe-inspiring production has appeared in North America.  This multi-sensory experience features video imagery by internationally renowned video artist Bill Viola, who “has come up with an image of the scale and scope, grandeur and immensity, and genuine transcendence that Wagner was imagining,” says Sellars. 

Focus Dance Festival January 8-13 2013 in New York City

From a media release: Promoting the Export of American Dance: Focus Dance Festival January 8-13, 2013 in New York City NEW YORK CITY - The Focus Dance Festival shines the spotlight on American dance with three programs open to the public at three different venues. FOCUS DANCE at The Joyce Theater - January 8-13 DANCE GOTHAM at Skirball Center  - January 11-13 FOCAL POINT at the  Ailey Citigroup Theater - January 11-13 • Check out all programs here • Tickets for all events available here FOCUS is a celebration of American dance, featuring performances of US–based companies at three different venues.  The Main Stage is The Joyce Theater, which will host the eight dance companies curated into the platform for that year.  Additional performances occur at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and Ailey Citigroup Theater.  FOCUS  has multiple objectives, but first and foremost, it aims to create more demand for American dance specifically on the international tour cir

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents The Amorous Adventures of Anatol - Jan 1 to Feb 10 2013

From a media release: TARRAGON THEATRE PRESENTS The Amorous Adventures of Anatol BY ARTHUR SCHNITZLER ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY MORRIS PANYCH Previews January 1, 2013 - Opening Night January 9, 2013 Closes February 10, 2013 "The fact is, the woman you have in your life is never the woman you want." TORONTO - Tarragon Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, a contemporary re-visioning of Austrian playwright/novelist Arthur Schnitzler's Anatol (1893), adapted and directed by Morris Panych, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights and directors. This theatrical treat about a Viennese womanizer and his amorous trials and tribulations runs January 9 to February 10, 2013 in Tarragon Theatre's Mainspace (with previews beginning January 1).  Tickets range from $27-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting It is fin de siècle Vienna. The young,

Expect Theatre Premieres AWAKE Jan 3-13 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: Expect Theatre premieres AWAKE as Part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival (January 2-13 2013) A theatrical experience exploring the inner world of one of Canada's most violent, yet inspiring, 'hoods • Tickets On Sale online at or by phone at 416-966-1062 Toronto - Expect Theatre proudly premieres AWAKE as part of the 2013 Next Stage Theatre Festival which runs January 2-13, 2013. AWAKE was one of the most popular and socially relevant plays at the 2011 Fringe as well as a Globe and Mail Hot Ticket Pick. AWAKE gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of those we usually only read about in the headlines and runs at Factory Theatre's Mainspace from January 3-13. AWAKE takes audiences deep into the heart of one of Toronto's most violent neighbourhoods - Jamestown - to explore the ripple effect of gangs within a community. AWAKE was inspired by the infamous 2005 shooting of Amon Beckles when his killer entered a Jamestown church dur

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents Hanna Moscovitch's This Is War to Feb 3 2013

From a media release: Tarragon Theatre Presents: This is War by Hannah Moscovitch directed by Richard Rose Premiere In previews now - Opening Night January 3, 2013 Continues to February 3, 2012 TORONTO - Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of This is War, written by acclaimed Tarragon playwright-in-residence Hannah Moscovitch and directed by Artistic Director Richard Rose. This is War opens January 3 and runs to February 3, 2013 in Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space (with previews from December 28). Tickets range from $27-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at  416.531.1827  or by visiting . It is 2008. Canadian Forces are holding Panjwaii, the most volatile region of Afghanistan, with very little support from NATO-ISAF. Captain Stephen Hughes is always looking for the next threat, knowing it can come at any time from any direction. Four different perspectives emerge as three soldiers and a medic are interviewed b

On Broadway: Scarlett Johansson is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (in Previews Now)

From a release: On Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Written by: Tennessee Williams Directed by: Rob Ashford Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Ciarán Hinds, Benjamin Walker, and Debra Monk Theatre: Richard Rodgers Address: 226 West 46th St. New York, NY 10036 Get Tix: Get CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Tickets Previews from: December 18, 2012 Opening Night: January 17, 2013 Closing: March 31, 2013 The most hotly anticipated event of the Broadway season. NEW YORK CITY - Tony Award® winner Scarlett Johansson (A View From the Bridge, Lost in Translation) returns to Broadway as "Maggie the Cat" in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Ciarán Hinds ("Political Animals," There Will Be Blood), Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Tony and Emmy® winner Debra Monk (Curtains, "Damages") co-star in Williams’ classic story about a wealthy Southern family and the passions and secrets that come close to destroying them. On

imagineNATIVE & NFB Call for Proposals for Interactive Works (Deadline January 31, 2013)

From a media release: imagineNATIVE and the NFB Renew Digital Media Partnership with Call for Proposals for Innovative Interactive Works • The submission deadline is January 31, 2013. • All Canadian Aboriginal artists are eligible to submit their proposals. • Full submission details can be found at . • The recipient of the 2013 NFB imagineNATIVE Digital Media Partnership will be announced at the imagineNATIVE Awards Celebration on October 20, 2013. Toronto – The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have renewed their digital media partnership for a third 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 installatio

For the Kids: Puppetmongers Holiday Show in Toronto to January 5 2013

From a media release: Puppetmongers proudly presents Cinderella in Muddy York December 28, 2012 -January 5, 2013 at Theatre Passe Muraille's Mainspace Created and performed by Ann Powell and David Powell, Directed by Sue Miner • Tickets TORONTO - Puppetmongers celebrates its 23rd anniversary of delightful winter holiday performances this season with the return of its twice Dora-nominated favourite, Cinderella in Muddy York, created by Puppetmongers' Co-Artistic Directors (and brother and sister) Ann and David Powell, and directed by Sue Miner. This year, the magical Cinderella in Muddy York runs at Theatre Passe Muraille's Mainspace with 2pm daily matinees from December 28, 2012 to January 5, 2013 (except no performance January 1st). A whimsical take on Toronto history that will tickle the funny bones of adults and children alike, Cinderella in Muddy York is a fairy tale of a Cinderella in Canada, reset in 1834 at the time when "muddy" York is about to become T

Soul/RnB Release: Kat Webb's 2nd full length album "A Better Picture"

From a release: Soul/RnB Release: Kat Webb's 2nd full length album, "A Better Picture" getting rave reviews! • You can have a listen at this link Kat Webb is an Austin, TX-born soul singer with a warm and flexible voice and a great rnb sensibility, but confining genres definitely aren't her style. Since graduating Yale University in 2007 with a degree in English and substantial training with the Yale School of Music, Webb has resided in Brooklyn, NY, singing background for various NYC artists, writing for up-and-coming artists and interning in audio engineering at The Honablue Institute (formerly Royal Blue Studios). In May 2011, she made her solo debut with “An Old Soul”, a compilation of jazz standards and soul classics re-imagined for the modern listener, recorded entirely in analog with a live band to recreate the true vintage sound. Since then she's been performing in venues all along the East coast, including the legendary Lenox Lounge, Nuyorican Poe

Chef Patience Chirisa Releases Wine Dine Africa for Home Cooks

From a media release: Foremost African Food Expert Patience Chirisa Releases Book for Home Cooks Author Makes African Cuisine from Morocco to Madagascar—and Beyond!—Accessible • Book available at this link Toronto, Canada: Zimbabwe native and Canadian Patience Chirisa--whose love of and expertise in preparation of African cuisine was first showcased on Rogers TV and in Wine Dine Africa magazine--recently released her latest book, Wine Dine Africa on Friday, December 14, 2012 The exciting and easy-to-prepare recipes featured in the book, geared for the home cook, feature the varied cuisines of Africa from Morocco to Madagascar, Nigeria to South Africa, Congo to Zimbabwe, and Sudan to Sierra Leone. "Sharing food unites people and it helps us discover and honour our common values,” Patience Chirisa says. Though Wine Dine Africa introduces foods that sound exotic to some, its recipes actually highlight the commonalities among cultures: love of good food, respect for quality ingr