Skip to main content

Sixteen Year-Old Ivy James: Award Nomination & Live at the KOI Festival

From a media release

Oakville’s Ivy James nominated for Best Young Songwriter award,
set to perform at KOI Music Festival - September 14 & 15 2012

Oakville, Ontario – September 12, 2012 –
Oakville’s indie-rock sensation Ivy James has been nominated as Best Young Songwriter by the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA).  Nominees and winners are selected by an esteemed Grand Jury panel of experienced industry insiders including successful recording artists Bif Naked and Jully Black, as well as industry heavyweights such as Eric Alper, Barbara Sedun and Barry Haugen. 

The TIMA nomination for 16 year-old Ivy James comes on the heels of numerous summer performances in support of her self-titled debut EP, but just days before she is set to hit the stage at the KOI Music Festival in Kitchener, Ontario.  Ivy will be among the 100+ local and major artists performing at 10 venues on Saturday, September 15, 2012, following a free outdoor concert to kick off the weekend on Friday evening.  Other artists featured at KOI this year include successful touring acts Silverstein, GOB, illScarlett and Abandon All Ships.  KOI is one of Ontario’s premiere independent music festivals and is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees in 2012.

Earlier this year, Ivy headlined the 10th annual JuneFest in Toronto’s Mel Lastman Square for Deaf-Blind Awareness Month.  She was also a featured performer at Oakville’s YouthFest in June and plays regularly in Kensington Market and other venues in the Greater Toronto Area.

Known for her thought-provoking lyrics and strong, unique vocals, Ivy has been involved in the Oakville music scene for many years, including numerous shows in support of local charities. Vocalist, composer, recording artist and music coach Micah Barnes has said of her: "Ivy is one of those 'think for yourself' artists that comes along every once in a while and gets to play by their own rules. It's Ivy's world, we're just renting space in it."

Her debut self-titled album, including six original songs written by Ivy, was released in June 2012.  It is available on iTunes and through HMV Canada.

You can connect with Ivy James on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @ivyjames and view videos on her YouTube channel.

Photo credits:
• Trent Sluiter, Fedora Media
•: Lil'Red Photography


What Else Is Hot This Week?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

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

From a media release:


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.

Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

So You Can't Go:
Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

Fall for Dance North Debuts 2020 Festival: Live + Digital Experiences Sept 29–Oct 18 2020

From a media release:Fall for Dance North Debuts 2020 Festival
Captivating Live + Digital Experiences on Newly Enhanced Digital PlatformToronto’s premier international dance festival launches curated collection of original content and proprietary programs on new custom-built websiteTORONTO, ON — Fall for Dance North (FFDN) proudly presents the 6th edition of its esteemed international dance festival, The Flip Side, from Sept. 29–Oct. 18, 2020
Featuring a new, Netflix-style digital platform, an enhanced line-up of free programming, and a ticketed signature livestream presentation featuring six world premieres by Canadian dancemakers, FFDN has reimagined the festival experience to offer audiences an intimate connection to the art form of dance during these extraordinary times.Starting on Sept. 29, free programs will be released at daily, including an original podcast, a quirky interview series in a bathtub, a poetry + music album, a new dance film featuring 46 Ryerson Schoo…