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NuDance Festival 2012: Dec 6 to 8 at the Riverside Theater Harlem

From a media release:

The Riverside Theatre Harlem
NuDance Festival
December 6 to 8 2012

Three Exciting Evenings  *  Nine Fierce Dance Companies
Dance Iquail, Dash Ensemble, Forces of Nature, Janusphere, Maverick Dance Experience, MoralesDance, Neville Dance Theatre, R.E.D. and Sarah Council Dance Projects.

Tickets online or call 212 870 6784

Each performance evening starts with Choreographers in Creation, an intimate dialogue about their process. 

NEW YORK CITY -
Join Riverside Theatre's rich history of presenting new and emerging choreographers in this year's NuDance. Nine choreographers over 3 days will present their latest work. Returning companies include "standout performance" Dance Iquail!, the "beautifully enlivened" Dash Ensemble, and "comic yet poignant" Sarah Council Dance Projects. Don't miss this year's NuDance, a showcase that Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times calls "impressive" and "unusually good."

The NuDanc…

Holiday Concert: Michael Ciufo & Ashleigh Semkiw Dec 12 2012 in Toronto

From a media release:

STARS SHINING ON SUPERB VOCAL TALENT MICHAEL CIUFO AND HIS “PERFECT GIFT”
CO-HEADLINING with OPERATIC STUNNER ASHLEIGH SEMKIW
A HOLIDAY CONCERT @ THE GLENN GOULD STUDIO DECEMBER 12, 2012 AS PART OF SEASONAL TOUR
–  PERFECT GIFT EP NOW ONLINE THROUGH ACRONYM RECORDS


WHO: Captivating vocalists Michael Ciufo & Ashleigh Semkiw
WHAT: Traditional Holiday classics & original works
WHERE: Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. Toronto / (416) 703-6371
WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 8:00 pm (other area dates below)
TICKETS:$40 CDN (+ applicable taxes) online

TORONTO – Pizza Pizza proudly presents two of Toronto’s finest young vocalists at the Glenn Gould Studio on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 7:30 pm. Holiday cheer will abound as traditional classic carols merge with original music in a new seasonal show with a twist, as shining stars MICHAEL CIUFO and ASHLEIGH SEMKIW share the iconic stage co-headlining a one-night-only performance. With new Xmas EP PERFECT GIFT in…

Moonhorse Dance Toronto Presents Older & Reckless Nov 30 - Dec 2 2012

From a media release:

Award-winning performers Paul-André Fortier and Alon Nashman
headline MOonhORsE Dance Theatre's
2012/13 Older & Reckless season kickoff
November 30 - December 2, 2012 in Toronto

Toronto (October 29, 2012)
Older & Reckless, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre's celebrated series curated by Artistic Director Claudia Moore, opens its 2012/13 season with ALL MEN / ALL SOLOS featuring four male dance artists in four evocative solos. Paul-André Fortier, Alon Nashman, Tom Brouillette and BaKari I. Lindsay take the stage from November 30 to December 2 in Edition #27 of Older and Reckless.

Older & Reckless, an informal performance series, features work from OLDER artists who continue to grow more RECKLESS as time goes by. Older & Reckless provides an opportunity for seasoned dance artists to perform short works and a chance for the audience to see some of Canada's most celebrated senior choreographers.

Conceived by Claudia Moore, artistic director of MOonhORsE Da…

CD Release: Singer/Songwriter Avi Katz 'Ground Level Portraits' Nov 30 2012 in Toronto

From a media release:

Avi Katz releases New Cutz – “Ground Level Portraits” CD Release
Release of “Ground Level Portraits” delivers on a Higher Plane
Fri November 30, 2012 - 8:30pm
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St W, Toronto


"You have a gift for the pen. From a lyrical perspective it doesn’t get much better than this!... [we] listen to a lot of songs and read tons of lyrics and it’s good for you that the cream does rise to the top! This is wonderful and worthy work!" Great American Song Contest
[Toronto ON]  With accolades like this, plus the respect of top industry players such as acclaimed producer Maury LaFoy (Kat Goldman, The Monkey Bunch) and Russell Broom (Jann Arden/Chantal Kreviazuk) on the mixing board, you’d think Avi Katz had been honing his songwriting craft for years.

Not so. While always a creative spirit and eternally drawn to playing music (incl. clubs in Toronto, Montreal, Greece, & New Orleans), as well as guesting on fellow musician CDs, he never set pen to paper un…

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance New York City: 40th Anniversary Nov 30 to Dec 2 2012

From a media release:

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company
Enrique Cruz DeJesus, Artistic Director
40th Anniversary Celebration!
Ailey Citigroup Theater - New York City
Nov 30 thru Dec 2, 2012
TICKETS


Company classics, fan favorites and new works commemorate four decades of AOTDC's existence and pay homage to its founders, directors, and mentors. Join the festivities and celebrate this milestone with AOTDC!

NEW YORK CITY - Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company celebrates its 40th Anniversary this concert season with performances at Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC – November 30 through December 2.

In celebration of this Ruby Anniversary milestone, the company under the artistic direction of Enrique Cruz DeJesus treats its audience to a passionate, theatrical, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining program. Company classics, fan favorites and new works commemorate four decades of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company’s existence and pays homage to its founders, directors, and mentors …

CD Release & Live Dates: Super Hi-Fi's Dub to the Bone

From a media release:

SUPER HI-FI’S DEBUT ALBUM, DUB TO THE BONE IS A SOUNDTRACK THROUGH TROMBONES, SUBWAYS, AND ECHOPLEXES 
OUT DECEMBER 4, 2012 ON ELECTRIC COWBELL RECORDS

WITH FALL/WINTER LIVE DATES

You might not associate the trombone with the classic dub reggae sounds of Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, and Scientist. Super Hi-Fi, the Brooklyn-based ‘Afro-Dub’ band led by songwriter-producer-bassist Ezra Gale, is about to change that.  Dub To The Bone, the band’s debut album, uses not one but two trombones to create sonic tapestries drenched in the warmth of analog tape. “Trombones are like violas,” says Gale. “They’ve always been under-appreciated instruments and even the butt of a lot of band jokes.  But when you blend the tones of two trombones with the space of dub you get a deep, full sound that is both soothing and striking.”

The album’s imagery is as striking as the music. The album cover- an antique-looking photo of a trombone on a chair in front of a massive stack of speake…

The Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto: Concerts for December 2012

From a media release:

DECEMBER CONCERTS AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY
Chick Corea returns with Gary Burton
Christmas Concerts with Collegium Vocale Gent, Quartetto Gelato, John McDermott, and the Canadian Brass
Notable Koerner Hall debuts by Horacio Gutiérrez, La Bottine Souriante, and Javier Limón


TORONTO - The Royal Conservatory gets into the Christmas spirit this holiday season with four very different concerts. The first, on December 14, features Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1, 2, 3, and 6) performed by Collegium Vocale Gent, led by Maestro Philippe Herreweghe. Specialists in historically authentic performances of vocal Renaissance and Baroque music, the group's performances have been described 'breathtaking as one could wish.' (The Independent). Quartetto Gelato brings an exotic blend of musical ingenuity and especially-curated Christmas program (including Pietro Yon's Gesù bambino, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Leroy Anderson's Sleigh …

Review: Cheri Maracle & Trinity Mpho in Hamilton Nov 24 2012

Review:
Matapa Music & Arts Organization Presents
Cheri Maracle and Trinity Mpho
November 24, 2012 in Hamilton


'Botswana Meets Six Nations' was the tagline for this concert and a very literal description of what went down last night at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Canada is a place of many nationalities it's true but when it comes to the expression of culture, we tend to stay in our separate solitudes. We can co-exist peaceably but we don't really mix too often when it comes right down to it.

Matapa Music & Arts wants to change all that, beginning with this series of concerts that ingeniously pairs two contemporary artists of musical traditions that are separated by geography and ethnicity and all that implies. Those separations melted away by the time the show reached its third act; but first both bands performed a set.

Cheri Maracle began with only the accompaniment of Jani Lauzon and a hand drum to punctuate their sweetly hypnotic vocals. With each song the ba…

Big Band Jazz from Sao Paulo: Banda Urbana at Joes Pub NYC Nov 25 2012

From a release:

Banda Urbana
Sao Paulo Big Band Jazz
at Joe's Pub, New York City
November 25, 2012


Imagine when you put together thirteen of the youngest generation of Brazilian musicians to play Brazilian Jazz, what you get is Banda Urbana, a big band that plays with great energy and property.

Originally formed in 2006, Banda Urbana is drawing attention in the Sao Paulo music scenario since, playing in Jazz festivals such as the Savassi Jazz Fest and Brasil Instrumental, also been a part of the innovative Movimento Elefantes. Influenced by great big Bands such as; Thad Jones, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Banda Savana, and Banda Mantiqueira, Banda Urbana involves the audience with its unique sound.

On it's first CD, the band brings us compositions by artists such as; Charlie Parker, Lea Freire, Guinga, Djaven, Gilberto Gil and original compositions by Rubinho Antunes, Joao Lenhari, and Bruno Mantiqueira, members of the band. Powerful sound, beautiful melodies, and great solos, t…

Free for the Kids in Toronto: Chris McKhool & Friend November 24 2012

From a media release:

Celebrate:  Holidays of the Global Village
Fundraising Family Concert for The Daily Bread Food Bank & ArtsCan Circle
Chris McKhool JUNO Nominee & 3x Parents' Choice Award Winner
& Special Guests: Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & more!
St George the Martyr (home of the Music Gallery)
197 John St N (in Grange Park) Toronto

Saturday, November 24, 1:00pm
Free Public Event  - Kids of all ages welcome
Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated!

[Toronto ON]
  On Sat Nov 24, JUNO Award Nominee, 3x Parents' Choice Award winner & Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Chris McKhool, celebrates the multicultural mosaic at St George the Martyr along with Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & more.

All funds (and non-perishable food items) raised at the concert are being donated to The Dail…

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents the Smash Hit A Brimful of Asha Nov 25 to Dec 16 2012

From a media release:

TARRAGON THEATRE PRESENTS THE SMASH HIT
A Brimful of Asha
November 25 to December 16, 2012

A WHY NOT THEATRE PRODUCTION
WRITTEN BY AND STARRING MOTHER AND SON, ASHA & RAVI JAIN


"Why do you need to choose your wife?"

TORONTO - After a sold out run in January, Tarragon Theatre proudly presents a return engagement of the smash hit A Brimful of Asha. A Why Not Theatre production, written and performed by real-life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain and directed by Ravi Jain, A Brimful of Asha runs November 25 to December 16 in Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space (with media night November 27).  Tickets range from $21-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com.

Asha and Ravi Jain share the stage and tell the tale of how Ravi's parents planned a surprise trip to India to intercept him on his vacation and arrange his marriage. Ravi resents the intrusion but, as far as his parents are…

Latin in Toronto: Lula Lounge Concerts Nov 22 & 28 and CD Release

From a media release:

LULA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONTINUES WITH LATIN LOVEFEST
– YEAR-LONG PARTY CONCLUDES WITH THREE MAJOR EVENTS
–  HECTOR BUITRAGO (ATERCIOPELADOS) & LIDO PIMIENTA,  ALAIN PEREZ
+THE LAUNCH OF LULA ESSENTIAL TRACKS VOLUME 1

November 22, 2012 - Hector Buitrago & Lido Pimienta
November 28, 2012 - Alain Perez with Iyá Iré, DJ Bernal, Afrolatino Dance


TORONTO – Lula Music Arts Centre continues to mark Lula’s tenth year with a three-part fall series that brings together two international guests, HECTOR BUITRAGO and ALAIN PEREZ, with groundbreaking, Toronto-based artists. Lula hosts the Latin lovefest concerts Nov 22 and 28 and then concludes at the end of November with the launch of Lula Records and the first volume of Lula Lounge - Essential Tracks.

HECTOR BUITRAGO of Aterciopelados and Conector
(direct from Bogata, Colombia with Lido Pimienta)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Doors @ 8 PM / Show @ 9 PM
TICKETS: $15 Adv. /  $20 @ the door. Limited number of $10 early bird tickets

Lido …

ecstasy: Based on the Novel by Irvine Welsh Opens in Toronto November 23 2012

From a media release:

ecstasy
A ROB HEYDON FILM
STARRING
ADAM SINCLAIR  |  KRISTIN KREUK  |  BILLY BOYD | CARLO ROTA
FEATURING SOUNDS FROM
ORBITAL | TIESTO | PRIMAL SCREAM | DIGWEED | BONJAY | THE MAHONES | HAWKSLEY WORKMAN | COLDPLAY

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY IRVINE WELSH

ecstasy opens in Toronto November 23, 2012 at Projection Booth East + Metro


Toronto) Based on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s controversial book, ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, ecstasy offers yet another angle on lives lived in a chemically-altered reality and questions whether love itself can be merely another “drug experience.”


Rob Heydon’s twisted tale explores the euphoric highs and the devastating lows of a chemical romance.  Lloyd (Adam Sinclair) is on top of the world – beautiful girls, great club sounds, and a neverending supply of the “love drug” Ecstasy, courtesy of his smuggling sideline for the local drug boss Solo (24’s Carlo Rota).  But when he meets Heather (Kristin Kreuk) he is forced to question i…

Chai Tea & a Movie - the Canadian Premiere of Policeman/ Ha’Shoter Nov 25 2012 in Toronto

From a media release:

CHAI TEA & A MOVIE
Sunday November 25, 2012

Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the Canadian premiere of
Policeman/ Ha’Shoter
Directed by Nadav Lapid


Hebrew with English Subtitles
Israel / 2011   -  RT: 100 minutes
Cast: Yiftach Klein, Yaara Pelzig, Michael Moshonov, Menashe Noy

Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas -  4861 Yonge Street (Sheppard subway station)
Tea – 4:00pm  |  Film – 5:00pm
Tickets:  $15 can be purchased in advance at www.tjff.com or by calling 416-324-9121 (please leave message)
Tickets are also available at the door (cash only, subject to availability) $15

(Toronto)
TJFF presents the Canadian premiere of Policeman, an explosive Israeli film directed by Nadav Lapid, which received critical acclaim as one of the best films of 2011 by Film Comment and The Village Voice. The film also earned three awards from the Jerusalem Film Festival, and a special jury prize at the Locarno Film Festival.

Lapid’s film centres on Yaron (Yiftach Klein) part of an elite Israel…

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović: A North American Debut at Luminato 2013 - Tix on Sale Nov 30 2012

From a release:

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović
A North American Debut

With Antony & Willem Dafoe
Part of LuminaTO 2013 - June 14-17, 2013
Tickets go on sale November 30, 2012


Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid with Theater Basel, Art Basel, Holland Festival, Salford City Council and deSingel.

Dear Friends of Luminato,


It was about five years ago, when I was working with Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center, that Marina Abramović called me and said she wanted Wilson to stage her life. She said that in her work
she has total control, but wanted to give up control of her biography and have someone else examine it.

A bit over a year ago, The Life and Death of Marina Abramović premiered at the Manchester International Festival with Willem Dafoe as the narrator, Antony Hegarty writing the music and performing portions of it, and Marina playing her mother and herself. It then travelled to the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Holland Festival, Theater Ba…

Botswana Meets Six Nations: Trinity Mpho & Cheri Maracle Nov 24 2012 in Hamilton ON

From a media release:

Matapa Music & Arts Organization Presents
Botswana Meets Six Nations
Featuring Trinity Mpho & Cheri Maracle
November 24, 2012
Art Gallery of Hamilton

• Please note that this series was previously announced at a different venue - it will now take place at the AGH.
• Ticket available at the door: Regular $25 / Student & Senior $22 / Volunteers & Members FREE
• To exchange previously purchased tickets, please contact info@matapa.ca


HAMILTON, ON - Matapa Music & Arts Organization is proud to re-announce the first concert in our World Music Series, “Botswana Meets Six Nations,” featuring Trinity Mpho and Cheri Maracle. This concert will take place on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH).

Trinity Mpho
Trinity Mpho, is a songwriter, composer, recording artist, entertainer and stage performer born and raised in Botswana.  Trinity started his music life about a decade ago when he teamed up with a colleague Joel Rebaone ‘Ntsor…

NY Premiere Screening: La Playa D.C. Nov 24 & Dec 3 2012

From a media release:

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
LA PLAYA D.C.
NY Premiere
Special Presentation - Sat, Nov. 24 2012 @ 6PM - Thalia & Mon, Dec. 3 2012 @ 8PM - Chapel - Teachers College

NEW YORK CITY -
Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country's Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces difficulties of growing up in a city of exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother and closer friend disappear, Tomas is forced to leave his home to look for him. Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2012.

"Three decades after unknown film-student Spike Lee unveiled Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, writer-director Juan Andrés Arango emerges straight outta Bogotá with his own auspicious, tonsorially-themed debut La Playa D.C. Focusing on a teenage apprentice barber coping with the city's forbiddingly mean streets, it's a minutely-observed peek into hardscrabble lives that pours intoxicatingly fresh aguardiente into a rather dusty old bottle."  ~ Holl…

Dance at Harbourfront Toronto: Sampradaya Dance Creations Presents Alchemy Nov 22-24 2012

From a media release:

Sampradaya Dance Creations presents Alchemy
A triple bill of international contemporary work that redefines Indian dance
3 Shows Only - November 22-24, 2012!
- a world premiere from Natasha Bakht and choreographies by
Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Aakash Odedra, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Santosh Nair -

Toronto -
Sampradaya Dance Creations, renowned for its innovative productions under award-winning artistic director Lata Pada, proudly presents Alchemy, an imaginative triple bill of international contemporary work that promises to redefine Indian dance. Alchemy runs November 22-24 at 8pm nightly at the Enwave Theatre, as part of Harbourfront Centre's Next Steps national dance series.

Alchemy features dance works by Canada's Natasha Bakht (with the world premiere of Bridges); the UK's Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Aakash Odedra; Belgium's Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and India's Santosh Nair. Showcasing the diversity of Indian dance through groundbreaking…

Montreal's Third Eye Ensemble Presents: The Exonerated Nov 21 - Dec 2 2012

From a media release:

THIRD EYE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
THE EXONERATED
A PLAY BY JESSICA BLANK AND ERIK JENSEN
Directed by Kent McQuaid

November 21 – 25 and November 28 - December 2, 2012

Tickets: $15
Reservations at (514) 710-4109 or third.eye.ensemble@gmail.com


What does it truly mean to be exonerated?
Literally, it is to be proclaimed innocent after having been convicted of a crime.
But what effect does it have on a person, a soul, a life?
To have one’s freedom and self-respect stripped away and then, ostensibly, returned years later, after decades of incarceration?


THE EXONERATED, as interpreted by Third Eye Ensemble, attempts to answer this question through the words of six innocent men and women who emerged from years on death row to try to reclaim what is left of their lives.

Featuring: Bineyam Girma, Raphael Grosz-Harvey, Chris Hicks, Kyle McIlhone, Anne-Marie Saheb, Jaa Smith Johnson, Bernice Bentley, Mikaela Davies, Yanik Ethier, Daniel Franck and Devin Swift. Stage Managed by: Béata Groves

Thi…