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Toronto Fringe 2012: Tracey Erin Smith in snug harbor & SOULO July 4-15

From a media release:

Tracey Erin Smith Steps Out at The Fringe with 2 shows!
snug harbor July 4-15
SOULO July 6-14

Toronto -
Toronto actor/producer Tracey Erin Smith who last performed at The Toronto Fringe in 2007, returns to the 2012 festival with two new theatre works: her site-specific one-woman show snug harbor, presented by Burning Bush Productions and SOULO, directed by Smith for The Fringe mainstage series, presented by her SoulOTheatre.

Site Specific snug harbor July 4-15 at The Centre

Burning Bush Productions presents snug harbor, a one-woman show written and performed by Tracey Erin Smith and directed by Anita La Selva, who directed Smith previously in her award-winning shows The Burning Bush and Two in the Bush.

Tracey and her Dad did everything together and couldn't have been closer.  They camped together, partied together, volunteered together - and ate chocolate pudding. Then one day he performed the ultimate unspeakable "magic trick" and disappeared. Forever.

Toronto Fringe 2012: Driving Home July 6-15

From a media release:

Driving Home
Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival
July 6-15, 2012

All roads lead to reality…

Trapped inside their car, Derek is forced to reveal a secret he's been keeping from Katherine. Confronted with their new reality, they begin questioning their relationship and themselves. Will they like where this road leads? Working Artist presents the world premiere of DRIVING HOME, a new play by Heather Sande, at the Tarragon Extra Space as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival July 6-15, 2012. Tickets are available via, by telephone at 416-966-1062 (ext.1), or at the door.

When Derek and Katherine go to Muskoka, Katherine's estranged mother announces she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In the car driving home, Katherine struggles with the ramifications of her mother's revelation, while Derek comforts her. He asks her to move in with him, and initially Katherine is thrilled… until Derek lets slip that his ex is spending the w…

Toronto Fringe 2012: pomme is french for apple July 6-14

From a media release:

pomme is french for apple
July 6-14, 2012 at the Toronto Fringe Festival

Toronto.  - pomme is french for apple, a new play written, produced and performed by Liza Paul and Bahia Watson, explores the lives of modern women and their most intimate, embarrassing and empowering moments. Following a sold-out series at Cinecycle last year and after closing to a standing-room-only crowd at the Tranzac in early 2012, pomme is french for apple returns to the stage at Theatre Passe Muraille as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival July 6-14, 2012.

Distinctly West Indian, pomme is composed of outrageous vignettes about dating, sex, and society. Pum (patois for a woman's private parts – sounds like...) gets speaking roles, too. Liza Paul (anitafrika! dub theatre, b current, Soulpepper Theatre Company) and Bahia Watson (anitafrika! dub theatre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre) create a series of charmingly outlandish cha…

Toronto Fringe 2012: The Omega Project July 5-15 2012

From a media release:

Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival
July 5-15, 2012


Daniel and Lindsey met working on the biggest project in FLIP's history: a documentary film about the 2011 uprising in Egypt - called THE OMEGA PROJECT. Their work propelled FLIP (the Foundation for Lasting International Peace) to the forefront of the NGO community and helped to create a world-wide movement for non-religious peace initiatives. But was it all a lie? Glasswater Theatre presents THE OMEGA PROJECT, an immersive theatre experience that casts a critical eye on the NGO world, Western interference and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Created by the Glasswater Theatre ensemble, THE OMEGA PROJECT is playing at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church as a site-specific production in the Toronto Fringe Festival July 5-15, 2012. Tickets are available via, by telephone at 416-966-1062 (ext.1), or at …

Toronto Fringe 2012 for the Kids: ROCKgarden Party July 5-14

From a media release:

July 5-14, 2012
as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival

Can music bring the rain? When the wind howls and a rock talks, will you listen enough to join the Garden Groms and Pixies? Little Fingers Music presents ROCKgarden Party, a highly interactive children’s musical created by Charlie Kert, (with additional material by Justin Ross and Megan Nadain) playing at the Palmerston Library as part of FRINGEKIDS! at the Toronto Fringe Festival July 5-14, 2012.

Inspired in part by the UK National Trust list "50 Things To Do Before You're 12", ROCKGarden Party aims to encourage the next generation to get offline and out into the garden. Tickets are available beginning June 15 via, by telephone at 416-966-1062 (ext.1), or at the door.

SkaterDude, an urbanite, loses his way while searching for a rock concert and winds up in a rock garden. Feeling like a fish out of water without the comforts of the city, SkaterDude eventually …

Toronto Fringe 2012 - CHARLIE: A Hockey Story July 5-15

From a media release:

CHARLIE: A Hockey Story
July 5-15 at the Toronto Fringe Festival

"If you're too tired to skate, I always say, then you can still crawl.
And crawling back is better than not coming back at all."~Charlie Sands

Hockey meets Shakespeare for a rock 'em, sock 'em theatrical experience! Jim Sands solo show CHARLIE: A Hockey Story is coming to the Toronto Fringe this summer. Using music and storytelling, Jim weaves a tale about his love of Shakespeare, his father's love of hockey, and the important lesson in forgiveness he learned while exploring the hockey career of an uncle he never met - Charlie Sands, a smooth skating right-winger who played in the NHL during the '30s and '40s.

CHARLIE: A Hockey Story is playing at The Annex Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival July 5-15, 2012. Tickets are available beginning June 15 via, by telephone at 416-966-1062 (ext.1), or at the door.

Over twelve NHL seasons from 1933-…

Toronto Fringe 2012: Annabelle'sTails from Jail July 6 - 15

From a media release:

Annabelle’s Tails from Jail
Written & performed by Morgonn Ewen
Directed by Bruce Hunter
Stage Managed by Mollie Jacques
Tarragon Extra Space - 30 Bridgman Avenue

Seven Shows!
Friday, July 6: 9:15pm
Saturday, July 7: 3:30pm
Sunday, July 8: 4:45pm
Wednesday, July 11: 5:45pm
Thursday, July 12: 3:30pm
Friday, July 13: 1:45pm
Sunday, July 15: 7:30pm
Tickets: $10.00 at the door, $9.00 advance
For tickets go to: or call:(416) 966-1062 x1

Modern Attitudes is pleased to present: Annabelle’s Tails from Jail!

Annabelle is a white trash alt country singer/guitar player who finds herself in jail on „excusable‟ homicide charges. She tells her story about jail life, family life and life with The Biter - the man who got away – almost - through singing and talking with the audience.

Annabelle is on her way up, she’s just facing an obstacle, a life changing…ok she’s in prison. But it’s just temporar…

Free Flicks 2012: Wednesdays July 4 - August 29 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release:

Free Flicks 2012: Rise of the Underdog
Harbourfront Centre presents FREE movies under the stars
at Harbourfront, Toronto

This summer, pack a picnic, bring a blanket and gather family and friends for a night of movies under the stars at Harbourfront Centre. Back by popular demand, the 2012 Free Flicks movie series features nine weeks of free outdoor movie screenings alongside the scenic shores of Lake Ontario.

Every Wednesday night at approximately 9 p.m. (from July 4-Aug. 29), head down to Harbourfront Centre for a variety of family-friendly movies that explore this year’s theme “Rise of the Underdog” through documentary, biographical and cult films.

July 4-Office Space
July 11-Zoolander
July 18-When We Were Kings
July 25-Napoleon Dynamite
Aug. 1-The Social Network
Aug. 8-Whip It
Aug. 15-Whale Rider
Aug. 22-Moneyball
Aug. 29-Voter’s Choice: Karate Kid, Rocky, Rudy or Billy Elliot

All Free Flicks movies are screened, rain or shine, at the WestJet Stage a…

Toronto Fringe 2012: Soup Can Theatre's Antigone July 4-15

From a media release:

By Sophocles (Translation by David Greene)
Director – Scott Dermody

July 4th-15th, Randolph Theatre, Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival

“… And the cities will stir in hatred …”

TORONTO - Soup Can Theatre is proud to announce its next production: a visceral and physical adaptation of Sophocles’ legendary tragedy Antigone that ties ancient Greece and modern-day Toronto together by drawing inspiration from the searing images of the 2010 G20 Summit protests, as well as the worldwide ‘Occupy’ movement.

Sophocles’ timeless story centres on Antigone, a young Theban woman determined to bury and honour her two brothers, both slain fighting on opposite sides of a senseless war. This act, in violation of an edict put forth by Creon, the iron-willed King of Thebes, forces her to both confront and defy his authority in the name of principle – a brave and noble choice with costly consequences.

Utilizing the play’s original text as the foundation for …

Summer Organ Concerts at the Riverside Church NYC July 3 to August 7

From a media relase:

Tuesdays, July 3 to August 7, 2012

Concert Series Highlight to Include Live Organ Improvisation Accompaniment to Cecil B. DeMille’s Classic Silent Film King of Kings by Renowned Organist David Briggs

HARLEM (NEW YORK CITY) - Continuing its commitment to provide diverse and culturally rich programs to the community, The Riverside Church is presenting its Annual Summer Organ Series—featuring six concerts throughout the summer—every Tuesday, July 3 to August 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights.

Each concert will feature music performed by talented organists on the Church’s 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, the second largest instrument in New York City, with over 12,000 pipes.  

The schedule of performances is as follows:
July 3 – Christopher Johnson, Director of Music & Organist of The Riverside Church, NYC…

New York Asian Film Festival June 29 - July 12, 2012

From a media release:

New York Asian Film Festival
June 29 - July 12, 2012
at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Create your own festival package! Buy a ticket to as many as 12 films and save. Minimum purchase of 3 films required. Packages start at $30 General Public / $24 Students & Seniors / $21 Film Society Members.

NEW YORK CITY - This year, the New York Asian Film Festival is bringing the crazy back! As ever, our two-fisted lineup is packed with the blockbusters, hit romances and wild comedies (and, yes, even a few art films) that are packing them in across Asia. And we’ll be delivering guests, wild ‘n’ wooly retrospective screenings, and the contemporary flicks that are scooping up awards and setting the box office on fire in Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

In This Series:

Pang Ho-cheung | 2012 | 90 mins
Opening Night! In person: director Pang Ho-cheung!
A hilariously offensive shock comedy about making movies, Pang Ho-cheung’s ode to filmm…

Drums from South Africa: Black Motion July 1 in Toronto

From a release:

Talking to the Drums from South Africa

Date: Sun. July 1st 2012
Tickets: $25 Adv
Time: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Venue: Revival Bar (783 College Street)
More Info: or call 416-832-2205

TORONTO - Black Motion came into being in early 2010 - when Robert "DJ Murder" Mahosana and percussionist Thabo "Smol" Mabogwane decided to work together. They had already been producing music separately for years prior. From the onset this partnership led to string of respectable production that have been lighting up the dance floors in Southern Africa.

New Release - Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route

From a media release:

New Release on the Smithsonian Folkways' Label
Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route

Smithsonian Folkways' tenth and final volume in their cutting-edge Music of Central Asia series dropped May 29, 2012. Featuring unprecedented collaborations with Chinese pipa master Wu Man and Northern Chinese Uyghur and Tajik traditional artists, this album is a testament to the unifying power of music. Wu Man found unexpected common ground while playing with and learning from the many guest musicians on the album. There are many stories in this album, both from Wu Man, who's internationally known for her ground-breaking collaborations with classical music icons like Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, Tan Dun, and many more, and from the Northern Chinese and Tajik musicians with whom she's collaborating. True to the Music of Central Asia series, there's a very detailed booklet included with the album, as well as a DV…

Stratford Festival 2012: A Word or Two & Cymbeline

From a release:

A couple of quick picks from this year's Stratford Festival:
A Word or Two &

Click the date you’d like to book in the calendar

Academy Award winner
Christopher Plummer in
A Word or Two
Directed by Des McAnuff

Avon Theatre
July 25 to August 26, 2012
Opens August 2
Special 60th Season Presentation 

About A Word or Two
One of our greatest classical actors takes us on an autobiographical journey through the literature that has stirred his imagination since youth. From the sacred to the profane, from Stephen Leacock and A.A. Milne to Ben Jonson and the Bible, these selections of poetry and prose reflect a life-long love affair with the written word.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Antoni Cimolino

Tom Patterson Theatre
May 10 to September 30, 2012
Opens May 31 

About the Play
Imogen, daughter of King Cymbeline, has married against her father’s wishes – and his anger is only the beginning of her woes. When her husband is tricked into believing her …

Detroit Meets Berlin: Cool New Track Pairs Tunde Olaniran with Phon.o

This is a very cool song:

Detroit Meets Berlin in Techno

Tunde Olaniran chimes in on Phon.o's latest single, "Leave a Light On" from the new album “Black Boulder”.

The track is equal parts Tunde-soul paired with Phon.o-UK-dub-Berlin-techno, and is featured on the new Phon.o record.

Sunset Salsa Thursday Evenings to August 30 in New York City

From a release - I'm thinking of making sure I'm in Chelsea some Thursday night this summer so I can get in on this:

June Debuts Sunset Salsa
Thursdays 6:30 to 9pm at the Chelsea Triangle (14th street at 9th Ave)
until August 30, 2012

NEW YORK CITY - Chelsea Improvement Company is happy to announce the return of Sunset Salsa to Chelsea Triangle.

Sunset Salsa: One of Chelsea's most popular summer programs, Sunset Salsa is back tonight! Join Talia Castro-Pozo and the rest of the Sunset Salsa crew in Chelsea Triangle at 6:30pm for a free class, and 7:30pm-9:00pm for open dance. Many thanks to After Work Salsa Mondays at Taj Lounge for their years of support of this outdoor dance event.

Enjoy an evening of salsa dancing and music as the sun sets on Southwest Chelsea. The best instructors from NYC lead a free lesson from 6:30pm-7:30pm, followed by open dancing from 7:30pm-9:00pm.

Presented in partnership with Talia Castro-Pozo, and After Work Salsa Mondays at TAJ.

Toronto: Contribute to Concerto for Composer and City

From a media release:

A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City officially invites Torontonians to share their sounds of the city

Toronto, ON
– The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and composer Tod Machover (MIT Media Lab) today announced the official launch of submissions to A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City.

Public contributions, which can include everything from streetcar sounds to steel drums to soulful melodies, will be accepted via YouTube, Facebook and SoundCloud, as well as by using special composing tools created by Machover's MIT team. (Details at the link)

About Tod Machover:
Tod Machover is recognized as one of the world's most imaginative and influential composers, and is also known for his music technology inventions, from a "hypercello" for Yo-Yo Ma to the innovations behind Guitar Hero. In addition to composing boundary-breaking works for instruments and electronics, Machover seeks ways to actively involve the public in music-making, t…

Bard of Rapture: Arieb Azhar in New York City June 26 & July 3

From a media release:

A Bard of Rapture:
Arieb Azhar Channels Pakistan’s Mystic Poetic Traditions With Bluesy Eastern European Ease

• 2012 Center Stage Concerts in New York City area June 26 & July 3 2012 - details below

Singer-songwriter Arieb Azhar learned music playing guitar as a Karachi teenager and found his voice, drifting disillusioned from crumbling Soviet Minsk to the streets of war-torn Zagreb, where he discovered the deep currents of Sufi poetry and songs of Irish resistance and Roma delight. It’s a voice poised to start a meaningful conversation between Americans and Pakistanis.

“Traditional, popular music in Pakistan is very, very profound,” Azhar explains. “It’s not folkloric music; it’s alive and part of the culture. The content these folk musicians used to sing about—and that I try to sing about—draws on our collective cultural wisdom. It’s based on very human values that transcend religion and race.”

Azhar, after returning to Islamabad, crafted a sonic world of his …

Free Family Arts Festival Continues to July 1 2012 in Harlem NYC

From a release:

The 12th Annual Family Arts Festival
Continues to July 1, 2012 at the Riverside Theater, Harlem (New YOrk City)
• All events free of charge - some require an RSVP

NEW YORK CITY - The 12th annual Family Arts Festival is already underway - here's the line up for the remaining events:

Tuesday, June 26th at 7:30 PM
Shades of Truth presents Trilogy of Truth
Relevant, provocative, and innovative new plays written by and about people of color and the Black experience

Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30 PM
Mooney/Cooley Dance in Why Dance
MCD explores the "Why?" and "How?" of dance

Thursday, June 28th at 7:30 PM
Tyrone Birkett/Emancipation presents Postmodern Spirituals: New Freedom Songs
Re-imagining and reviving the Negro spiritual by incorporating jazz, gospel, and soul music

Friday, June 29th at 7:30 PM
TRT and HAA present Artz, Rootz, Rhythm
Performances by Harlem Arts Alliance Members including Uptown Dance Academy, Millennium Dance Company…