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Calling All Toronto Area Dachshunds

From a media release - and I'm totally jealous because I don't own a dachshund!

Harbourfront: World Stage 2012/13
Looking for Dachshunds

TORONTO (September 26, 2012) -
May I have your attention please!

World Stage, Harbourfront Centre's contemporary performance series, is looking to recruit a slew of dachshund dogs (and their owners) for an upcoming performance installation.

While details are being kept tight-lipped until the World Stage season is announced, dachshund owners are encouraged to call 416-973-4237 or email us at for information on how to participate in what is sure to be one of the most buzzed-about events of the year.

Stay tuned! The 2013 World Stage season will be announced October 23, 2012.

CD Review: Don Kikas Regresso a Base

CD Review: Don Kikas
Regresso a Base

Angolan artist Don Kikas made a visit to Toronto last week, playing a couple of gigs for the Angolan community courtesy of Massemba Productions. I ran into him at a party and got a copy of his latest CD, Regresso A Base.

Don Kikas, aka Emílio Camilo de Carvalho, was born in the city of Sumbe in the southern Angolan province of Cuanza Sul and grew up in Brazil and Portugal, where he began his musical career.

The music of Angola has a lot in common with that of Brazil due to its shared Portuguese colonial past and the music is a seamless blend of influences.

The CD is full of irresistable rhythms and Latin-flavoured grooves, topped by his expressive vocals and nimble guitar lines. It ranges from big band Latin jazzy tunes to softer dance material to more traditional Angolan sounds.

He tells me that from his beginnings in dance music, he has a renewed interest in the traditions of his native Angola. "I'm getting old!" he laughed (not tha…

Canadian Art Icon Tom Thomson Celebrated in Film & Online

From a media release:

White Pine Pictures presents
The Vision of Tom Thomson
Directed by Michèle Hozer & Peter Raymont

West Wind Interactive –
Launches Monday, September 24 2012

World Broadcast Premiere of the feature documentary on BRAVO
Thanksgiving Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 10pm (ET)

Like the poems of Leonard Cohen, the novels of Margaret Atwood, and the ballads of Gordon Lightfoot, the paintings of Tom Thomson have shaped our country’s view of itself.

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, the award-winning feature length documentary, and its innovative on-line companion,, shines a spotlight on one of Canada ’s most beloved artists.

The Film
After a year of sold out screenings in theatres, galleries and film festivals across Canada, with invitations to venues in the U.S., England, Norway and The Netherlands, Peter Raymont and Michèle Hozer’s definitive West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson has its world broadcast premiere on BR…

RCM Toronto: Koerner Hall 4th Season Kicks Off with Bach September 23 2012

From a media release:

Special Glenn Gould Birthday Celebrations
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

This September, to start the season on a truly celebratory note, The Royal Conservatory is thrilled to be commemorating what would have been the 80th birthday of its most illustrious alumnus, Glenn Gould, with two unique concerts.

On September 23, pianist/harpsichordist (and Conservatory faculty member) David Louie celebrates Johann Sebastian Bach and Glenn Gould with a full Bach program featuring solo and chamber pieces with colleagues Alison Melville (traverse), Kathleen Kajioka (violin), Steven Dann (viola), and Margaret Jordan-Gay (cello). The program includes The Musical Offering, BWV 1079; Italian Concerto, BWV 971; and Selections from Partita No. 4, BWV 828.

The following evening, September 24, marks the opening night of the Koerner Hall season, with “Glenn Gould’s Birthday BACHanalia.” This special concert, pre…

NYC Pop Rock Collective Dog Society CD Release: Emerge (September 25 2012)

From a media release:



Dog Society, the renown pop rock collective from New York City, will release their latest full-length album Emerge on September 25, 2012. Emerge is the anticipated follow up to Dog Society's heralded major label debut release Test Your Own Eyes via EastWest / Atlantic Records (1993).  If good things come to those who wait; imagine what can happen after a patient decade and then amplify that with electrifying guitar riffs, soul stirring vocals and passionate lyrics destined to pull at every single one of your heart strings. However, Dog Society's latest album release is anything BUT a comeback story.

Dog Society released their acclaimed debut album Test Your Own Eyes in 1993 via EastWest / Atlantic Records. In supp…

Alan Thicke to Star in Queen for a Day: The Musical - Sept 26 to Oct 7 in Toronto

From a media release:

ALAN THICKE to Star as icon Jack Bailey in Queen for a Day: the Musical
12 Performances - September 26 to Octber 7, 2012
at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto, ON -
April 30th Entertainment is thrilled to announce that seven-time Emmy nominee and “America’s Dad” (Growing Pain’s) Alan Thicke will be starring as iconic TV personality Jack Bailey in the world premiere of Queen for a Day: the Musical. The 12-performance run begins September 26, 2012 at the brand new state-of-the-art Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Thicke is scheduled to perform in 10 shows only.

Inspired by the first-ever reality show and number one daytime hit – Queen for a Day – which originated in 1945 and aired on radio and television for 20 years, the Broadway style musical comedy will take audiences back to the fun and glamour of Hollywood in the 1950s. Featuring an all-Canadian cast and creative team, with music and lyrics by Linda Barnett and Book by Chris Earl…

CD Release: Wahid's Road Poem (September 25 2012)

From a media release:

The Path of Nuance:
Wahid Finds New Ways to Make Age-Old Instruments Speak on Road Poem
Release: September 25, 2012

The oud (Middle Eastern lute) and its frequent companion—delicate, tuneful percussion—can simultaneously evoke subtle moments and intense drama: the reflections of a conqueror, the joy of an eloping bride, the faded beauty of an island village.

The California-based instrumental duo Wahid has taken full measure of this subtlety, thanks to a keen sense of their ancient instruments’ sonic possibilities.

Wahid unites two seasoned jazz, rock, and world musicians—Dimitris Mahlis (oud) and Chris Wabich (frame drums, percussion)—who have performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of the Los Angeles music scene. After crossing paths many times, the two sonic explorers found new ways to make their instruments speak. Together, they draw on deep layers of delicate expertise laid down over centuries.

Captured live on Road Poem (release: September 25, 2012), t…

1st Annual Concert for Wangari Maathai September 25 2012 in Toronto

From a media release, but one I wrote myself - I'm helping to spread the word about this event:

The 1stAnnual Celebration of Prof. Wangari Maathai September 25, 2012 in Toronto November9 – 24, 2012 in Italy & November30 – December 3, 2012 in Nairobi Kenya.
Wangari Maathai was a force of nature. (Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations' environmental program)
TORONTO - Brave, outspoken, visionary and forward thinking - these are just a few of the qualities that made Wangari Maathai a remarkable figure both at home in Kenya and across the globe. She was a political and environmental activist who understood the deep connections between environment, poverty and peace and who suffered for her strong convictions through political persecution and sometimes even physical abuse.
To be held in Toronto on the first anniversary of her passing, this Celebration of her life and work has been developed to keep the flame of her passions - environmental protection, peace, democ…

Dance in Toronto: NextSteps Fall/Winter 2012

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre NextSteps 2012/13 season
presents an incredible spectrum of Canadian dance
Fall 2012 - from Season Opening September 20, 2012 to December 2012

– Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the 2012/13 season of contemporary dance series, NextSteps. Running from September 2012 to May 2013, NextSteps features 24 companies, each one showcasing a diverse spectrum of dance from Toronto and beyond.

For almost 30 years, Harbourfront Centre has been passionate about dance and the seventh season of Harbourfront Centre NextSteps reflects that zeal with Flamenco, hip-hop, contemporary, Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous dance. The 2012/13 season features outstanding dance festivals, including: Rina Singha; Latin American dance from Vanguardia Dance Company; Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend; and the CanAsian International Dance Festival. Families can also experience magical holiday season performances by Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah and WinterSong from C…

Live@365 2012-2013 Global Concert Series in New York City Kicks Off September 20 2012

From a media release:

Live@365, 2012-2013 Concert Series (NYC):
Full Tour Schedule
September 20, October 24, November 27, 2012
March 12, April9, May 7, 2013

Tickets for all events can be purchased here

From the gathering of New York’s many West African bards on a single stage, to the magical performance of sung Persian poetry, and the fresh and contemplative jaw harp of Wang Li, Live@365 is bringing both contemporary and traditional artists to New York audiences.

Live@365 is a new world music series curated by Isabel Soffer and produced by the CUNY Graduate Center. Bringing diverse and compelling artists to the Elebash Recital Hall gives audience members a chance to experience these performers in an intimate yet acoustically superior venue.

Celebrating its second season, Live@365's first performance this year presents Emeline Michel from Haiti (pictured), Martha Redbone from NYC, and Vlada Tomova from Bulgaria—three artists who are crossing boundaries of traditional and…

CD Release: Konqistador's Suada Sept 18 & Toronto Show Dec 15 2012

From a media release:

Slashed Speakers and Blinding Faith:
Striking Clarity and Epic Distortion on Konqistador’s Electro-Global Return, Suada
Release: September 18, 2012
Live Show: December 15, 2012 - at The Hoxton (Toronto)

Slowly, secretly, figures emerged from underground, from under water: the self-blinded saint, the woman warrior, the stranger named Persuasion. Speaking in half a dozen languages, uniting dozens of instruments and countries, layering moment on moment over the course of years, the images arose and broke into tracks, words, melodies.

They came to Konqistador, an electronically boosted, globally enriched collaboration, as music bathed in biting distortion and trembling on the delicate edge of gut strings. The project, spearheaded by the Canadian duo of Elizabeth Graham and Reginald Tiessen, can grab the hardest, grittiest industrial beats by the horns or turn around and seduce with the gentlest of gestures. Emotional and sonically complex, Suada (release: September 18, 20…

CD Release Party: Drumhand's `The Travelling Scheme' Sept 20 in Toronto

From a media release:

DRUMHAND’s New Release – “The Travelling Scheme”
A Glorious Global Brew That Is At Once Primal & Avant-Garde
C’est What, 67 Front St. E, Toronto
Thursday September 20, 2012 - 9:00pm (doors 8pm)
TIX/INFO: $8 adv / $12 at door - 416-867-9499

[Toronto ON} 
DRUMHAND is like nothing else you’ve seen or heard. A 5-piece percussive powerhouse, their sound is a glorious global brew that is at once primal and avant-garde, driven by the irresistible pairing of rhythmic drums to punchy horns. An infectious hybrid of sounds bordering on fusion and funk but far more focused on fun, Toronto audiences will be moved to dance from the first beat at the band’s release of The Travelling Scheme, at C’est What on Sept 20!

Beginning with the heartbeat – the very rhythm of life – DRUMHAND sets their colourful stage while sax and trumpet chart courses traversing the shores of Brazil and Cuba, by way of Ghana and the Crescent City. The urgency of the drums, the stop-and-start nature of the…

Metachroma Theatre Montreal: Richard III September 19-30 2012

From a media release:

Metachroma Theatre & the Segal Centre Present:
Richard III
Written by William Shakespeare, Directed by Joel Miller
September 19-30, 2012
at Segal Centre, Montreal

And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.- Richard

Montreal, September 2012 – The city’s newest theatre company, Metachroma Theatre is Montreal’s only independent theatre company of professional actors of colour; an important new addition to the local arts scene, contributing to the Canadian theatre landscape as a whole. They are excited to present their inaugural production, William Shakespeare’s great history play, Richard III, from Sept. 19-30 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, directed by Joel Miller. The production features some of Montreal’s top actors, along with talented guest artists. The Segal Centre team is looking forward to this Metachroma Theatre production, kicking off a great season.

With one of world l…

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Hosts David French Exhibit to September 30 2012

From a media release:

David French: Writing Home
Comes to Tarragon Theatre
continues to September 30, 2012

Tarragon Theatre presents David French: Writing Home, an exhibit produced by Canada's National Arts Centre (Ottawa) in association with Theatre Museum Canada which runs at Tarragon's Rehearsal Hall from September 11-30, 2012.

Focusing on his five semi-autobiographical plays about the fictional Mercer family of Newfoundland, the exhibit combines rare artifacts, images and text to examine the history of French's darkly humorous slice-of-life dramas, and his far-reaching influence in the development of English Canadian theatre.

David French (1939-2010) played a crucial role bringing the voice of Canadian playwrights to our stages and the popularity of his plays proved that audiences from coast to coast wanted to see plays written by Canadians. Tarragon's founding Artistic Director Bill Glassco first took a chan…

Abilities Arts Festival 2012: September 20 - October 11 in Toronto

From a media release:

Abilities Arts Festival
Celebrating a decade of showcasing Disability Arts and Culture
September 20-October 11, 2012

Toronto -
Abilities Arts Festival Executive Director Rina Fraticelli has announced the dates and programming for the festival's 10th anniversary. Showcasing works by and about artists with disabilities working within the visual and performing arts, film and integrated art forms, Abilities Arts Festival runs September 20- October 11, 2012 in various locations across the city.

"For a decade, Abilities Arts Festival has championed a dazzling array of talent and creativity, showcasing outstanding local performers and dynamic artists from across Canada and internationally," says Fraticelli. "Ten consecutive years of sustaining and growing a small not-for-profit arts organization is no mean feat; and it was made possible by the growing appetite for the art and artists we have been able to present, such as Luca "lazylegs Patuelle, Mart…

COC Free Concert Series Sept 18 2012 through June 2013

From a media release:

COC Free Concert Series 2012/2013
September 18, 2012 through June 2013

• Performances take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m. 
• Tickets are distributed at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.

The Canadian Opera Company’s popular Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, generously underwritten by Peter A. Allen, returns with 10 months of captivating programming that showcases established artists and rising stars from Canada and around the world.

The Canadian Opera Company’s popular Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, generously underwritten by Peter A. Allen, returns with 10 months of captivating programming that reflects the richness of Toronto’s cultural fabric and showcases established artists and rising stars from Canada and around the world.  The inaugural concert of the 2012/2013 season on Septem…