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Harbourfront Toronto Visual Arts Summer 2012 Exhibitions

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions
On view through September 23, 2012

Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce the opening of the Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions, which run through September 23, 2012. Alongside this season’s exhibitions, Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority brings together six artists with rare access to the people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems along our waterfront. Their large-scaled photos line the boardwalk along the lake until June 2013.

This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the Big Idea of “Crossroads,” the junctures at which artists and members of various communities must make essential choices. In our various exhibition spaces, artists deal with points of intersection, whether it’s where the city meets the lake or where artists examine the point at which consumer culture collides with perceptions of value.…

The Gipsy Kings Live in New York City August 5 2012

From a release:

August 5, 2012
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 7:00PM
Tickets $120.00 in advance, $130.00 day of show

NEW YORK CITY - The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, Diego). The Reyes and Baliardo boys were the offspring of Spanish gypsy families that had fled into France to escape Spain's Civil War. They grew up roaming the south of France, working harvests and making music.

Jose Reyes - father of the GK's Reyes - sang alongside guitarist Manitas de Plata and did much to popularise flamenco internationally: John Steinbeck, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis and Salvador Dali were amongst the duo's admirers. Jose split from Manitas in the 1970s and formed Los Reyes with his teenage sons. His death devastated the Reyes yet lead to their fortuitous encounter with the Baliardos at the St. Marie de la Mer Gitan pilgrimage. On that warm night, as they passed the…

Honens International Piano Competition Announces Semifinalists

From a media release:

honens competition announces semifinalists
ten pianists from seven countries vie for world’s top prize
october 17 to 26, 2012 in Calgary

One Canadian and one woman are among ten pianists chosen to advance to the Semifinals of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition.  The pianists come from seven countries: Australia, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Russia and Ukraine.  One will be named the Honens Prize Laureate and win the world’s largest award of its kind – a $100,000 Enbridge Prize (cash) and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars. The Semifinals and Finals of the Honens Competition, presented by Nexen Inc., take place in Calgary, October 17 to 26, 2012.

A Jury comprised of pianists William Aide and Benedetto Lupo, former Chairman of IMG Artists, Charles Hamlen, and Vancouver Recital Society Founder, Leila Getz, selected the ten pianists after a week of deliberations last month at The Banff Centre. The …

Niyaz New Single & US Live Dates in August 2012

From a media release:

Niyaz Releases New Music Video For
“Parishaan” Off Their Critically Acclaimed New Album Sumud

Still time to catch their US Tour on the West Coast to August 4 to 11 2012

Montreal/Los Angeles-based Niyaz have recently released their third album, Sumud (pronounced soomood) and they are bringing it on tour to the United States this summer.   The album has already debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Chart and broke into the top 10 Billboard World Music Chart as well.  The band will be kicking off their US tour on July 22nd in NYC then off to Atlantic City, Eugene, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Full tour dates below.

Niyaz, which means ‘yearning’ in Persian and Urdu, was formed in 2005 by Azam Ali, multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician Carmen Rizzo. The trio borrows from an historic lineage of Middle Eastern poets setting verse to music, while exploring the music and identity of Iranians l…

Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad Headlines Tivat Festival in Montenegro

From a media release:

Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad
in a Canada/Montenegro co-production
Headlines Tivat Festival in Montenegro

Toronto -
Artistic Director of April Productions, Dragana Varagic, who recently performed and directed a presentation of her acclaimed solo The Vindication of Senyora Clito Mestres at Theatre Passe Muraille, directs The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood in a Canada / Montenegro co-production, which opened Saturday, July 28 as a highlight of the "Purgatorio" festival in Tivat on the Adriatic Coast. The Canadian Ambassador to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in Belgrade is on the guest list for opening night as well as other dignitaries.

Toronto-based April Productions and the Tivat Cultural Centre (one of the most important presenters and producers in the region) are the co-producers of this play by one of Canada's most revered writers in a new translation by Serbian Bojana Vujin (who also translated Atwood's novel of the same name into the lo…

Patience Chirisa: Wine Dine Africa

From a media release:

African Chef: Patience Chirisa
Wine Dine Africa
Born in Zimbabwe now residing in Canada , Patience Chirisa is arguably one of the most inspiring young culinary professional from Africa. Founder of Wine Dine Africa cooking show on Rogers TV and Wine Dine Africa Magazine where she offers tips on Authentic African fusion style. She is also considered to be the founder of the modern success movement in Africa when it comes to promoting Africa in a positive light, just having recently hosted the first ever African Travel Expo at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto to promote travel to Africa and co-hosting several African Artists since 2000 including Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso. Patience also has co-hosted several events including but not limited to African artists. She remains one of the truly outstanding rising entrepreneurs and model to the African youth globally.

Wine Dine Africa is a new chapter for Africans & friends of the…

The Original Catwoman: Lee Meriwether at FringeNYC August 10-26 2012

From a media release:

Lee Meriwether and Theatre Island Productions Present
The New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC
A production of The Present Company
August 10th - 26th 2012

• Tickets: $15-$18.
• For tickets visit

Lee Meriwether and Theatre Island Productions are proud to present THE WOMEN OF SPOON RIVER: THEIR VOICES FROM THE HILL as part of the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. Performances will take place in the SoHo Playhouse (FringeNYC Venue #16), 15 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013 on Friday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 p.m.; and Friday, August 17 at 5:15 p.m.

Published in 1915, Edgar Lee Masters' SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY is a collection of epitaph poems describing the lives of the inhabitants of the fictional small town of Spoon River, and includes two hundred and…

Eclectic Avant-Garde: Francesco Tristano, Michel Reis & Aaron Kruziki Aug 2 in New York City

From a media release:

Francesco Tristano "Idiosynkrasia" / Michel Reis & Aaron Kruziki
August 2, 2012 - 7pm
Price: $15

NEW YORK CITY - Pianist and composer Michel Reis (pictured) and multi-reedist Aaron Kruziki met while studying at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and have been playing together as a duo for many years. Their first album entitled “Fairytale” was recorded in 2008 for WPR Jazz and the duo is currently working on a new recording project to be released in 2013.

Most of the compositions are written by Michel Reis, but they merely serve as a point of departure for a very elaborate musical collaboration between both musicians and allow for a lot of interaction and spontaneity. The large sound palette of this acoustic duo is in part due to Aaron Kruziki's use of several wind instruments such as the soprano saxophone, the alto saxophone, the clarinet, the flute, the duduk and his own voice.

Tristano says: “The record "idiosynkrasia" is th…

Wazu: Singles, CD Release & US Summer 2012 Tour

From a media release:



One for fans of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, NIN, Bauhaus, The XX.

Modern electro-pop duo WAZU is pleased to announce details of a twenty-date summer tour that will precede the release of their debut, yet to be titled, full-length album. The album, to be released on Halloween, was co-produced by WAZU, Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Swans, The Walkmen) and Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Hangmen).

These New York City-based Australian transplants appear to have swallowed some of the same sexy electronic pills as The xx, but have regurgitated them in a much more elaborate and foreboding fashion, earning them heap…

Harbourfront Toronto: Classical IV: Strings Fest July 27-29 2012

From a media release:

Pluck, Strum, Bow and Pick at Classical IV: Strings
Festival looks into the various shades of “Classical” music
July 27-29, 2012

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce our celebration of all things stringed, Classical IV: Strings. The three-day FREE festival (July 27-29) celebrates the far corners of classical music with performances, activities and more for the whole family.

Stringed instruments of all kinds take centre stage at Classical IV: Strings, where even the word “classical” is something to be plucked at: What is modern classical music? Why are some folk melodies and pop tunes called classics? And who gets to call them that? Can sonorous instruments from different cultures talk to each other? What happens when you play a classical instrument but produce modern music? Or play a ‘classical’ tune on a more humble instrument? In short: So many questions, so much music. Explore the world of stringed soundscapes with virtuosi from near and far. O…

Broadway Premiere: Ed Asner Returns to the Stage in Grace Sept 13 2012

From a media release:




Get Grace Tickets

New York, NY –
Producers Debbie Bisno, Fox Theatricals, Jed Bernstein and Paula Wagner announced today that the Broadway Premiere of Grace, the acclaimed American play written by Award-winning writer Craig Wright (Mistakes Were Made, Recent Tragic Events, “Six Feet Under”) and directed by Dexter Bullard (Tracy Letts’ BUG), will play The Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).  The strictly limited engagement begins performances on Thursday, September 13th, with an official opening night set for Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Producers also announced that the creative team of Grace will include Beowulf Boritt (Scenic Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design) and Tif Bullard (Costume Design).

Tickets fo…

CD Release & Free MP3: Andra Kouyaté and Sèkè Chi's 'Saro' (Studio Mali - July 31, 2012)

From a media release:

CD Release: Saro (Studio Mali; July 31, 2012)
Traditional Inventiveness: Andra Kouyaté and Sèkè Chi Reveal the Innovative Spirit and Polyglot Funk in Mali’s Deepest Roots

Download Aye Anfle from the CD free

In some musically vibrant corners of the world, innovation is the tradition.

So it is in Mali, where the sounds of the Saharan north have mingled with an array of West African traditions in the south. Musicians like Andra Kouyaté show how his homeland’s deep and diverse roots are a constant source of innovative inspiration.

The young scion of a profoundly respected griot family, Kouyaté has invented instruments, transformed Malian standards into fresh new pieces, and taken a contemporary ear to traditional sounds, incorporating pop and reggae with the effortless aplomb that has put Mali on the world’s musical map.

On his first major international release, Andra and his youthful ensemble Sèkè Chi bring a wide-ranging, aesthetically linked set of songs on Saro (S…

Urban Tango Trio at Joe's Pub NYC July 30 2012

From a media release:

Urban Tango Trio
July 30, 2012 at Joe's Pub, New York City

Price: $15 in Advance; $20 at Door
7:30 PM

Formed by Violinist Machiko Ozawa in New York City in 2008, Urban Tango Trio is made up of three talented virtuoso musicians: Machiko Ozawa, former concert master of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; Latin-Grammy winner Octavio Brunetti on piano; and acclaimed composer/arranger Pedro Giraudo on bass. Together they capture the passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to contemporary interpretations.

Their first album “Urban Tango Trio” was released by PLATONIC RECORD in Japan in 2011.

They have dazzled audiences in New York, Washington DC, South Carolina, Virginia, and in Tokyo, Japan, with an upcoming tour to Japan this August.  This appearance at Joe’s Pub will debut their new repertoire, which they will feature on their tour and will be the basis of their next CD.

Machiko Ozawa is…

New Video Single: What A Life by Bom Sone (Sembeh Ma Fe Fe)

New Video from the CD Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Revisits Volume
Stronghold Sound - June 2012

Check out my earlier post for story of the album

This album introduces some great new talent from Guinea Conakry (West Africa). Here's the latest video from this release (I love this song!) - What A Life by Bom Sone:

Roots Afropop: Elikeh CD Release Aug 23 & Live Dates July 28 & Aug 24 2012

From a media release:

Elikeh, Between 2 Worlds (Azalea City Recordings)
August 23, 2012 Release
On Tour Now

July 28, 2012 - Joe's Pub New York City
August 24, 2012 - Black Cat, Washington, DC

“Let’s go under the tree; the drums are already beating. Hey! Wow! Look at how people are shaking their things already!” cries bandleader and songwriter Massama Dogo of Washington DC’s cross-cultural Afropop party, Elikeh. “In Togo, when people are drumming, people say the drummer is burning. Let’s go! He’s on fire.”

Massama Dogo and Elikeh have long been striving to get people under that tree, shaking it to those drums.

Dogo’s original impetus for starting a band began back home in Togo, a place that still inspires and distresses him. He longed to hear more of the music rooted in local traditions, in a scene dominated by rap, synths, and playback. Dogo himself had cut his teeth playing with a variety of reggae and pop bands around Lomé, Togo’s biggest city and capital.

But Dogo wants to do more than …

Dusk Dances Returns to Toronto - Various Locations July 26 - August 19 2012

From a media release:

DUSK DANCES is back in Toronto for an 18th Season!
Highly physical, gently magical, charmingly fun...

Where/When - Où/Quand
Neilson Park (Finch and Neilson Road) - July 26 - 28, 2012
Withrow Park (South of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw) - July 31 - Aug 5, 2012
Earlscourt Park (St. Clair Ave West and Caledonia Road) - August 16 - 19, 2012

LES SPECTACLES ont lieu tous les soirs à 19h00.

Admission is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN - $10 suggested donation
Contribution Volontaire - Montant suggéré: $10 par personne

Dusk Dances, one of Toronto’s most vibrant and popular cultural events, returns for its 18th season, with 3 weeks of exciting dance performances at Neilson Park, Withrow Park and Earlscourt Park.

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks.  As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience - which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local resi…

PAM (Performing Arts Marathon) Festival 2012: July 26 - Aug 12 in New York City

From a release:

PAM Festival 2012
IATI Theater Presents 11-Ground Breaking Performances as part of its 2012 Performing Arts Marathon


In 21 days of pure unfiltered vanguardia, the festival will showcase avant-garde dance, theater, and music for all audiences

Performances will be held at: Baruch Performing Arts Center & IRT Theater

The Shows:

Luz de Manana en un Traje Marrón (Dawn in a Brown Suit)

Tragedy is a rosary of small woes that unravel on the sheets of a couple’s bed.
Physical theater by Void Theater Company
by Daniel Veronese / directed by Leni Mendez / performed by Patricia Becker & Pablo Pereyra
Spanish with English Supertitles
Friday August 10, 10pm & Saturday August 11, 10pm

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural and integral things that money can buy.” — Tom Clancy Any street in the world could be Montera.
Physical theater piece written and performed by Loren Escandon / directed by Marisol Rozo