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Luminato 2012 First Night with K'NAAN and Kae Sun June 8 in Toronto

From a media release:

Luminato Pick:
National Bank First Night: K’NAAN with Kae Sun
David Pecault Square, Toronto
June 8, 2012

KAE SUN - 8pm

Sharing Luminato’s opening night is another remarkable young Canadian whose roots have helped shape both his world view and his distinctive sound. Described as a “poetic observer of the human experience,” singer-songwriter Kae Sun began performing in his native Ghana before immigrating to Canada in his teens. Blending folk, soul and hip-hop, he released his debut album, Lion on a Leash, to widespread acclaim. For the follow-up EP Outside the Barcode, Kae Sun returned to his homeland for artistic inspiration, seeking, as posted on his website, “a sense of community and authenticity… to create a more shared listening experience.”

K’NAAN - 9pm
Eminem meets Gil Scott-Heron in the music of Somali-Canadian sensation K’NAAN. Singer, songwriter, rapper, poet and instrumentalist, K’NAAN earned worldwide recognition in 2010 when his song “Wavin’ Flag” was adopted as Coca-Cola’s theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign and went on to become an international chart-topper.

Born in Somalia and raised amidst the turmoil of civil war, he arrived in Toronto with his mother and three siblings in 1991, learning English from hip-hop albums. In 1999, K’NAAN was invited to speak before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. His moving speech, critical of the UN’s failures in Somalia, proved particularly inspiring to one audience member, globally celebrated Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, who subsequently helped launch K’NAAN’s music career. He made his recording debut in 2004 with the bestselling My Life Is a Movie, followed by three more hit albums, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, The Dusty Foot on the Road and Troubadour, and has toured and collaborated with Mos Def, and Nelly Furtado.

Earlier this year, he released the EP More Beautiful Than Silence, featuring guest appearances by Furtado and Nas. His latest album, Country, God or the Girl, will be released summer 2012. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience for free an emerging superstar whose singular sound has been described as a fusion of “Bob Marley, conscious American hip-hop and brilliant protest poetry.”


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Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

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The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

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New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

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Robertas Semeniukas - Backstage Stories
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Robertas Semeniukas is a great find if you like your rock with a hard edge and a strong groove. Naturally, guitar reigns supreme, with a sound that ranges from snarly to fluid and melodic, and virtuosic chops to keep everything interesting. You don't have to understand Lithuanian to enjoy the well-crafted songs and polished musicianship.

Of the 20 tracks, 8 are instrumental. This is rock in what you'd call a classic vein, heavily influenced by 1980s and 1990s bands, but with a modern gloss to it, and a sense of musical experimentation that isn't often associated with that era in Western pop music. Robertas wrote or co-wrote all the tracks except for one cover, the blues composition You Gotta Move by Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Within the rock/metal genre, the prolific composer, singer and musician mines a variety of moods. So…

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