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Fela Lives: The Best of the Black President 2 Feb 5 2013 Release & Broadway Show on Tour Through June 2013

From a media release:

Fela Kuti lives on in FELA! Tour Through June 2013 &
The Best of the Black President 2 releases on Knitting Factory Records on February 5, 2013

the Tour hits D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and more through June 2013

On January 29, 2013, the national tour of FELA! kicks off in Washington DC with stops all over the US from now until June.  To capture Kuti’s unorthodox, action-packed life, the producers of FELA! created a multi-faceted performance concentrating on one short, highly-charged period during the late seventies in Nigeria.  This vibrant snapshot—powered by the unflagging energy of an on-stage band (with members of Antibalas) and performers like Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) — is the perfect vehicle to present Fela’s commitment and courage, and to show how art can become a stunning expression of human dignity.

At the same time, The Best of the Black President 2 releases on Knitting Factory Records on February 5.  The twelve tracks include 1975'…

February & March 2013 Concerts at the Royal Conservatory Toronto

From a media release:


• Debuts by Meow Meow, Milton Nascimento, Poncho Sanchez, and Christian Scott
• Four Fabulous Pianists: Louis Lortie Returns, Hélène Mercier Makes Her Koerner Hall Debut, and Jan Lisiecki and Jonathan Biss Make Their Toronto Recital Debuts
• The Glenn Gould School Opera Presents Mozart's Don Giovanni
• Amici Chamber Ensemble Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Isabel Bayrakdarian

TORONTO - Four internationally renowned artists are making Koerner Hall debuts in late winter at The Royal Conservatory. Comedic kamikaze cabaret care of Meow Meow on February 2 gets things rolling as the diva "blends performance art, cabaret, and pop culture into a style that defies labeling," (Preview Magazine), and "drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century," according to Time Out New York. The ¡Qué Rica Cuba!  and TD Jazz Series: Devoted to Dizzy series continue on March 9 with the K…

Black History Month in Toronto: Kuumba at Harbourfront Feb 1-3 2013

From a media release:

Kuumba (Feb. 1-3, 2013)
Part of the TD Then & Now Series
Harbourfront Centre’s Annual Black History Month Festival

Harbourfront Centre celebrates Black History Month at the 17th Annual Kuumba Festival, part of the TD Then & Now Series. “Kuumba” is the Swahili word for “creativity” which embodies Harbourfront Centre’s vision to celebrate the creativity and vitality of Toronto's African and Caribbean communities.

From February 1-3, join us as we showcase local and international artists from the African and Caribbean diaspora and celebrate milestones, anniversaries and the outstanding contributions of black Canadians.

Kuumba Festival Highlights:

10th Anniversary Celebration of The Trane Studio – An all-star lineup of local and international artists including Alexander Brown, Waleed Abdulhamid, Ernest Dawkins, Ursula Rucker, pay tribute to what would have been the 10th Anniversary of the Trane Studio. Hosted by CBC’s Garvia Bailey (Feb. 2 from 8 …

2013 Dance on Camera Film Festival February 1 - 5 in New York City

From a media release:

2013 Dance on Camera Festival
February 1-5, 2013

in New York City

Full schedule of films at the link

Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center present the 41st edition of Dance on Camera. Taking place February 1-5, the dance-centric film festival returns to Film Society for the 17th consecutive year with an exciting and diverse array of dance films, including several premieres, including a bevy of in-person appearances and premieres.

This year's lineup includes fascinating documentaries about everything from ballet-dancing triplets to Finland's enfant terrible of the accordian, a two-part celebration of dance-turned-filmmaker Shirley Clarke, the 50th anniversary of the great flamenco film Los Tarantos, and the festival's first foray in to the glamourous and virtuosic genre of ice dancing with an introduction by skating legend Dick Button!

“Dance on Camera is an exuberant hybrid. Its roots hold the seeds of innovation …

Music Africa & Gladstone World Present Free Friday Night Concerts in Toronto February 2013

From a media release:


FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013 - 8 p.m.

Afrofest is celebrating its 25th anniversary on July 6 & 7, 2013, returning to Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue. As a part of the celebrations, Afrofest will be saluting Black History Month this February for its 6th annual series of Friday night concerts. The weekly events will take place at the Gladstone Hotel on February 1, 8, 15 and 22, beginning at 8 p.m.  The series features a diverse selection of top African artists living and working in the city - Discover Africa in Toronto! Each week there will a different line-up of African talent performing live, so get ready for a night of dancing!

Friday Concerts line-up:
February 1 – Donné Roberts *
February 8 – Waleed Abdulhamid and Ruth Mathiang*
February 15 – Jabulan…

Harbourfront Centre Toronto's NextSteps Kicks Off Black History Month with TRIBUTE Feb 1 & 2 2013

From a media release:

dance Immersion presents
A Moving History of Canadian Blacks in Dance
part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps

Kicks off Black History Month
February 1 & 2, 2013

• For tickets, call the Box Office at 416-973-4000 or Online

Toronto, January 2013 - Vivine Scarlett, Program Director/Founder of dance Immersion, proudly announces the company's eighteenth annual Showcase Presentation, TRIBUTE: A Moving History of Canadian Blacks in Dance. This landmark, multi-media event launches Black History Month with two performances running Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 at 8pm at Fleck Dance Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps.

TRIBUTE honours nine iconic dance artists from across Canada - pioneers who have enriched the Canadian and global dance ecology: Len Gibson, Dr. Jeni Legon, Dindi Lidge, Zab Maboungou, Paul Pettiford, Kevin Pugh, George Randolph, Jean Sheen and Sharlene Thomas.

TRIBUTE highlights various dance disciplines - from f…

Musical Theatre: Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata Toronto Premiere Jan 30 to Mar 3 2013

From a media release:

January 30 to March 3, 2013

After playing to sold-out houses and rave reviews at Vancouver’s PuSh Festival in 2012, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, by Veda Hille and Bill Richardson, will be playing January 30 – March 3 in Factory’s Studio Theatre. The Toronto premiere is co-produced by Acting Up Stage Company and Factory Theatre. Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata is a contemporary exploration of humanity through the lens of Craigslist - an online classified site with over 50 million ads posted each month. Previews are on January 30, 31 and February 1, 2, 3 and 5. The previews are at 8 p.m., with the exception of the Sunday, February 3 preview at 7 p.m. The industry evening is on February 6, 8 p.m., and the opening is on February 7, 8 p.m., in the Studio. The show closes on March 3.


Daniel Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in New York City Jan 27 to Feb 3 2013

From a media release:

Daniel Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in New York City

Tuesday January 29, 2013
NPR Music, WQXR, and (Le) Poisson Rouge present
Members of West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim
FREE - This is a first-come, partially seated event.

Carnegie Hall - Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2013

This month, eminent pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim returns to the United States for a rare American appearance with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the lauded ensemble that he founded in 1999 with the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said, which comprises young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries. Culminating in four concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall (Jan 30-Feb 3, 2013), during which Barenboim will lead the orchestra in a complete cycle of Beethoven's nine symphonies, the tour also includes the orchestra's debut performance at Boston's Symphony Hall (presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, Ja…

Indie Film at the Royal Toronto: Igor Drljaca's Krivina Opens Jan 25 2013

From a media release:

directed by Igor Drljaca
opens January 25, 2013
at the Royal Cinema, Toronto

Director Igor Drljaca will be on hand for Q+As on January 25 and 26, following the screenings.

(Toronto)  A quietly chilling and finely surreal meditation confronting traumas of the past, director Igor Drljaca's debut feature, Krivina, returns to Toronto for its theatrical release following its world premiere at TIFF - and right before its international premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival - for an exclusive engagement at The Royal, starting Friday January 25.

Krivina tells the story of Miro, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia living in Toronto. Miro is restless, and never stays in one place for long. He decides to leave Toronto and move again after he finds out that his friend Dado, who has been missing for almost two decades, is now wanted for war crimes. Driven by a desire to find his friend, Miro embarks on a trip through Bosnia.

"After spending nearl…

Lyrics from Lockdown at the National Black Theatre Harlem NY Jan 25 to Feb 24 2013

From a media release:

written and performed by Bryonn Bain
directed by Mei Ann Teo
produced by Harry Belafonte & Gina Belafonte and Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre, in association with The Correctional Association of New York

January 25 - February 24, 2013
National Black Theatre
2031 Fifth Avenue (Between 125th & 126th Streets)
Harlem, NY

Tickets available online here

Here is what Producer Harry Belafonte says about Bryonn Bain and the production:

"Shortly after producing the film Beat Street, in the years that followed, I grew frustrated with Hip Hop. I was disillusioned by how many artists have turned their backs on social responsibility. The world needs to see how Bryonn Bain's LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN carries the tradition of joining art and activism as an instrument for justice - at a time when the prison system has our communities in crisis."

LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN begins a limited engagement January 25-February 24, 20…

Visual Arts at Harbourfront Toronto: True North Jan 26 - Apr 14 2013 (Opening Jan 25)

From a media release:

Harbourfront Toronto
January 26 - April 14, 2013

True North
Kim Dorland, David R. Harper, Catherine Lane, Lisa Myers, Luke Painter, David Trautrimas, and Douglas Walker
Curated by Patrick Macaulay

Opening is Friday January 25 from 6 to 10pm

TORONTO - The myth and imagery of the North is embedded in Canada’s national identity. We are smug about our ability to suffer extreme conditions. We are gratified with the increasing centimetres of snow outside our door in a seeming test of endurance. We are convinced of our connections to wilderness and excel in developing technology and innovating our industries to cope with challenging and vast environments. We routinely surpass many other nations in winter sport and recreation.

But in reality, the majority of Canadians live in the most southern regions of this country. Do we really comprehend the “true north?” How do we define this north? Is a “true north” only to be found subsequent to certain…

Songwriters' Rendezvous: Benoît LeBlanc and Soozi Schlanger January 25 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Benoît LeBlanc and Soozi Schlanger rendezvous
Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8:00pm
The Royal Conservatory - Toronto

If there is one thing that all Canadians share, it is our close relationship with the songs that have defined our landscape and character. That's the idea behind Chansongs, a series of rendezvous bringing together songwriters who represent the best of the Montréal and Toronto music scenes.

Curated and hosted by Dominique Denis, Artistic Director at Alliance Française, these bilingual soirées combine music and personal stories to celebrate the craft of songwriting. The Conservatory Theatre's intimate setting will provide the audience a chance to interact in both languages with the artists.

Our second Chansongs songwriters rendezvous, featuring Benoît LeBlanc and Soozi Schlanger, can best be described as a meeting of kindred spirits.

One of Montréal's true musical treasures, Benoît LeBlanc's universe draws from the raw emotion…

The Interior Design Show Jan 24 to 27 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

The Interior Design Show
January 24 – 27, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Interior Design Show (IDS13), Canada’s Design Fair, is back in Toronto from January 24 to 27, 2013. The newest and most innovative in international and Canadian products are annually presented by 300 exhibitors. Inspirational exhibits feature both emerging and established designers and highlight international interior, architecture and industrial design trends.

– IDS13 Trends
Trend – Mix It Up: Brave Blending of Colour and Pattern
On Opening Night KIA will unveil a unique exhibit at IDS showcasing four cars wrapped in colourful, custom patterns created by Karim Rashid, Christiane Lemieux, Douglas Coupland and Jürgen Mayer H. Show goers will also see how other exhibitors are embracing colour and pattern this year through various designs.

Trend – Back to Nature: Use of Natural Materials
Throughout the show visitors will notice multiple exhibitors featuring items that highlight the beauty …

CD Concert Launch: Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico Performs Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias Jan 22 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Launching World Premiere Centrediscs CD Set - January 22 2013 at the Gould


Piano virtuoso Christina Petrowska Quilico performs a concert launching the world premiere of a two-CD Centrediscs recording, Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street W., Toronto.

The concert features the evocative, exhilarating and profoundly individual music of Constantine Caravassilis.

Tickets, $20, $15 students and seniors, are available from the Roy Thomson Hall box office,, phone 416-872-4255.

The two-CD recording is the result of the awarding of the inaugural Harry Freedman Recording Award jointly to Petrowska Quilico and Caravassilis in 2010.  It is also made possible by a recording grant from the Ontario Ar…