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Oka! Soundtrack Release February 1 2012

From a media release:

Oka! soundtrack (Oka Productions - release: February 1, 2012)
Channeling the Waterdrum: Chris Berry and the Bayaka Pygmies’ Close Collaboration Resonates on the Oka! Soundtrack

African music master meets intensely creative, egalitarian hunter-gatherers to create gorgeously recorded, deeply complex score for feature film.

Beats fly from drums made of the living roots of towering trees, or from the surface of flowing water. Songs, born of highly complex structures, spring from multi-part improvisation. Rhythmic cycles extend to lengths that baffle outsiders’ ears. Music both expresses and creates the moment, with spontaneous compositions leaping out in joy, or contemplative flute melodies drifting through the late night village to encourage dreams and peace.

This is the music of the Bayaka (Pymgies) and the Oka! Soundtrack (Oka Productions; release: February 1, 2012). Directed by Lavinia Currier (Passion in the Desert) and starring Kris Marshall (Love, Actually), the…

Indie Film Review: Moon Point Opens in Toronto Feb 2-9

Update February 6 - Moonpoint Held Over

(Toronto – February 6, 2012) Who says Canadians don’t like indie films?
INDIECAN’s first release, Moon Point, directed by Sean Cisterna, opened this past weekend at AMC Y&D, to cheering fans, who helped make it one of the top 6 highest grossing films, out of 19, at the popular theatre venue. All to say, that Moon Point has now been brought back for a second week (to February 16).
“I’ve been saying all along that Canadian indie films matter,” says jubilant INDIECAN distributor Avi Federgreen, “ and in reality its been proven that Canadian films matter by the response to Moon Point this past weekend.”
directed by Sean Cisterna
starring: Nick McKinlay (Darryl), Paula Brancati (Kristin), Kyle Mac (Femur), Kristen Gutoskie (Sarah Cherry), Special Cameo Appearance by Christian Potenza

Opens One Week Run In Toronto
Beginning February 3, 2012
AMC  Yonge + Dundas - 10 Dundas St. E.

Q & A with filmmakers and cast

International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference Jan 26-29 in Toronto

From a media release:

dance Immersion brings top dance talent from
around the world to Toronto for the
International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference & Festival
Connecting our Diasporas through Dance

The conference at a glance

TORONTO, January, 2012
- dance Immersion brings top dancers and dance companies of the African diaspora from around the world to Toronto in four dance showcases running as part of the prestigious 24th Annual International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Conference & Festival in Toronto, January 26 - 29, 2012.

The IABD Conference & Festival has become the convergence of ideas and interaction for the dance community, with a focus on those who serve the black diaspora and features over 30 dance companies and artists from countries such as Australia, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Ghana, Jamaica, UK and USA, among others. Included are special guest dance instructors Sean Cheesman of So You Think You Can Dance (Canada & USA) and Garth Fagan, choreo…

CD Release: Wassoulou Foli Feat. Virtuoso Drummer Taga Sidibe Feb 1 2012

From a media release:

CD Release: Masterful Drumming & ‘Funkified’ Beats Reach Rapturous Heights
Wassoulou Foli, Wassoulou Drumming At Its Best
Set to release February 1, 2012

Los Angeles, CA
- Independent record label Kanaga System Krush (K.S.K.) releases Wassoulou Foli with drumming virtuoso Amadou ‘Taga’ Sidibe and friends featuring ‘Tu’ Sinayoko.

Hot on the heels of grassroots label K.S.K.’s last release Dambe Foli this past Fall, they follow-up with another powerful album Wassoulou Foli. Featured, Sogonikun Djembe traditional Wassoulou music at its best, boasting of the talent emanating from this musically rich region.

Drumming aficionado's will certainly find a wealth of listening pleasure in this album’s percussive mastery yet the epic level of musicality and pairing together with ‘Tu’ Sinayoko’s divine vocals makes it a must-have for music lovers the world over. The beats and verses sung, beckons to lovers of Jazz, The Blues, Funk and Hip Hop offering them an authentic aud…

Dance On Camera Film Festival 2012: January 27-31 in New York City

From a media release:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association announce the 40th edition of
January 27-31, 2012
New York City - Various Venues

List of films
Event Schedule

Opening Night World Premiere of JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE will also mark the first collaboration between DFA and Emerging Pictures

New York City – The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association are pleased to announce the lineup for the 40th edition of Dance on Camera. The dynamic series will take place from January 27-31 and dance lovers will discover an array of stimulating films, many of them premieres, and diverse disciplines ranging from classical to street – from the refinement of ballet coaching to the intense individuality of club dancing. The fourteen programs in the series include focuses on peerless international artists such as Natalia Makarova and Robert Wilson, historic dance presenters and companies such as Jacob’s Pillow, the Joffrey Balle…

CD Release: Putomayo's Brazilian Beat January 31

From a media release:

Putumayo Goes Indie:
Brazilian Beat Uncovers the Roots-Powered Edge of the Worldwide Brazilian Music Scene
"Brazilian Beat" drops January 31

Glittering break beats are at home with bouncing berimbaus while rolling Afro-Brazilian rhythms, retro samba soul and velvety bossa nova vocals mesh and groove organically. This is the unstoppable Brazilian Beat (Putumayo).

Selected from tens of thousands of songs collected by the pioneering label created to introduce new global music to broad audiences, Brazilian Beat chronicles the vibrant indie scene in Brazil and around the world. Musicians are taking samba, bossa nova, and MPB (Brazilian popular music) and deftly incorporating electronica, soul, funk, and just about every other music imaginable.

• The release will be available in-stores at Whole Foods, 10,000 villages, and Barnes and Noble.
• It will be available digitally on Bandcamp.
Stream all tracks here

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CD Release: Chilean Rapper Ana Tijoux's La Bala (Nacional Records)

Update March 2012:

A new free download from Ana Tijoux that I wanted to share.  It’s an up-tempo remix made for the club by LA’s global bass connoisseur Captain Planet, who turns “Shock” into a 3ball dancefloor banger:

From a media release:

CD Release: Ana Tijoux's La Bala
From Nacional Records
Out January 24, 2012

I wanted share with you the new album from Latin America’s premier female rapper Ana Tijoux, released Jan 24th exclusively on iTunes

• The lead single “Shock” is now available for free download in the US + Mexico as the iTunes “Single of the Week”.  

La Bala is Ana Tijoux’s highly anticipated follow-up to her 2010 GRAMMY nominated breakthrough debut 1977, which you may have heard Ana Tijoux’s “1977” recently on the hit TV show Breaking Bad, or seen her as the featured guest on NPR’s influential “Tiny Desk Concert” series. 
Tijoux made her U.S. debut performing at SXSW in 2010 and has since toured the U.S. and Europe, with stops at New York’s Central Park Summerstage, San F…

Short Film: The Man That Got Away Premieres at the Berlin Film Fest 2012

Update February 22, 2012:

Hey! So the film won the DAAD Prize for Best Short Film at the Festival, with special mention of my friend's "outstanding music"!

This comes from my friend/multi-talented choir meister & musician Bryce Kulak's newsletter:

The Man That Got Away
Premieres at the Berlin Film Festival 2012

From Bryce Kulak

I have some exciting news to share with you!

A World Premiere in Germany: "The Man That Got Away" at the Berlin International Film Festival

In spring of 2009 I began collaborating on a movie-musical short film with Trevor Anderson, director and producer at Dirt City Films. (Click to read more about the film!) We wrapped up production in fall of 2011. I composed music for six new songs, and also wound up starring in the film as Trevor's great uncle Jimmy.

The soundtrack was recorded at Doug Organ's Edmontone Studio, and we shot entirely on location in a spiral parking garage in downtown Edmonton. Now, after a lot of hard work…

The Met Opera's The Enchanted Island - In Person or Live In HD January 21

From a media release:

The Sixth Season of The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 
Continues at Select Cineplex Entertainment Theatres with

The World Premiere of 
Saturday, January 21 - 12:55 p.m. EST

Broadcast live via satellite, in high-definition and 5.1 digital surround sound

Starring Penticton, British Columbia native
and Toronto native ELLIOT MADORE as Lysander

Running time: Approx. 3 hrs 30 min, including one intermission
Host: Deborah Voig

• To purchase advance tickets, see the complete Met: Live in HD schedule and the list of the more than 100 participating theatres, please visit

• If you happen to be in New York City, you can buy tickets for performances January 21, 25, 28 & 30, 2012

The Enchanted Island is a world premiere opera that combines great music of the Baroque era with an all-new, English-language story. The score combines selections from more than 30 operas, canta…

The Year of the Dragon: CIBC LunarFest 2012 Jan 20-24 in Toronto

From a media release:

CIBC LunarFest 2012
Ring in the Year of the Dragon at Harbourfront Centre Toronto
Friday, Jan. 20-Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce that CIBC LunarFest, the celebration of the Lunar New Year, will be held from Friday, Jan. 20 through Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. CIBC LunarFest is Canada's premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture, and this year’s festival, celebrating the dawn of the Year of the Dragon, will be centred on the theme of “Treasures of the Sea.”

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across a range of Asian cultures, and in 2012, CIBC LunarFest, Canada’s newest celebration of this ancient festival, comes to Toronto. Debuting in 2009 in Vancouver as a Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad event, the festival endeavors to reach not only new Canadians, but also long-time residents, in order to share in the diversity of Canada. Through cross-cultural collaborations, new forms of artistic express…

NFB's Landmark Inuit Film Project Unikkausivut in Toronto - To February 2

From a media release:


NFB Mediatheque presents Inuit-themed films and activities
continues to Feb. 2, 2012

Toronto, January, 2012 -
The NFB Mediatheque in Toronto will be featuring the National Film Board of Canada's landmark Inuit audiovisual legacy project Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories from January 14 to February 2, with screenings, workshops and discussions at 150 John Street.

The Inuit have a long and vibrant tradition of passing tales and legends down from one generation to the next using visual arts and storytelling, while the NFB has been documenting life in the Arctic for decades. Unikkausivut brings together 70 years of NFB films by and about Inuit, drawn from more than 110 titles - the most important collection of Inuit films in the world.

The Mediatheque's Unikkausivut events are being presented in partnership with the Museum of Inuit Art.

Unikkausivut is also available as a DVD box set and online at…

The Spirit of the Drum: West African Drums & Dance January 20 in Toronto

From various sources:

The Spirit of the Drum
Mohamed Diaby & Manding Foli Kan Don
9:30pm Friday, January 20, 2012
Waterfall Indian Tapas Bar & Grill Inc.
303 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market) - Toronto

Enjoy an intimate evening of West African drums and dance with Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don. Come out and enjoy the sounds of Guinea.

Mohamed Diaby began playing the djembe at age seven, under the supervision of his elder brother Moustapha. By fifteen, Mohamed joined Africa Djole, led by Fode Yulla. Mohamed later joined Les Merveilles de Guinea as lead drummer, touring all over West Africa, including Sierra Leone. Kemoko Sano, Artistic Director of the world famous troupe Les Ballet Africains, requested Mohamed to join his troupe. In April of 1995 Mohamed arrived in America to play at New York City's Symphony Space. Today, Mohamed is basedin Toronto and travels around the world teaching and performing.

He brings decades of experience to his role as Artistic Di…

Tickets Running Short for Kevin Spacey in Richard III at BAM to March 4

From a release:

Bank of America presents
The Bridge Project
Richard III
Produced by BAM, The Old Vic & Neal Street
Part of the 2012 Winter/Spring Season
Jan 10—Mar 4, 2012

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Mendes

“Mr. Spacey gives fierce and flashy physical life to every twist of a power-mad man’s corkscrew mind.” —The New York Times

Brooklyn, New York City - Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey owns the stage as Shakespeare’s outrageous villain Richard III. At the climax of the Wars of the Roses, Richard watches his brother ascend the throne of England and confides in us—with all the profound bitterness of an outcast born with a hunchback and malformed leg—his intention to seize the crown. Navigating an imposing assemblage of some of Shakespeare’s greatest female characters, Richard—played brilliantly by the mercurial and mordantly funny Spacey—lusts for power, assuring his own bloody rise and fall.

Academy Award winner Sam Mendes directs the transatlantic cast in the final production of…

The COC's Lavish Tosca Jan 21 to Feb 25 in Toronto

From a media release:

one of the world’s most popular operas comes to life in the coc’s lavish production of tosca starring canada’s adrianne pieczonka
January 21 to February 25, 2012

– One of the most popular operas of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, opens the Canadian Opera Company’s 2011/2012 winter season.  The COC brings back its lavish 2008 production by director Paul Curran, showcasing renowned Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka in her COC role debut as the passionate and fiery heroine.  Italian conductor Paolo Carignani, former general music director of Oper Frankfurt, makes his company debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus.  Tosca runs for 14 performances on Jan. 21, 25, 29, 31, Feb. 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 21, 23 and 25, 2012 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

Tosca’s fast-paced plot is full of romance and intrigue.  Set in Rome in 1800, Tosca is a famed opera singer whose lover has revolutionary s…

Atom Egoyan Directs Martin Crimp's Cruel and Tender Jan 21 to Feb 18 in Toronto

From a media release:

Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan directs award-winning actress Arsinée Khanjian for the first time on stage

Canadian Stage presents
Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender
January 21 to February 18, 2012

Toronto, January, 2012 –
Canadian Stage presents Cruel and Tender, a provocative play by Britain’s foremost contemporary playwright, Martin Crimp. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Atom Egoyan, this searing drama is based on an ancient Greek tragedy, but is set against today’s war on terror.

The production is a return to the stage for Egoyan, who has not directed a theatre production in Canada in the last 20 years, though he has been honoured for stage direction in Europe and New York in addition to helming an award-winning production of Die Walküre for the Canadian Opera Company in 2006. Renowned actress Arsinée Khanjian (Andromache, The Sweet Hereafter) plays the lead role, marking the first-ever live theatre collaboration between Egoyan and Khanjian.

Cruel …