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Tarragon Theatre Toronto's And Slowly Beauty... Continues to March 31 2013

From a media release: And Slowly Beauty... BY MICHEL NADEAU TRANSLATED BY MAUREEN LABONTÉ Continues to March 31, 2013 "I never thought theatre could be as good as that!" TORONTO - Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the Toronto premiere of And Slowly Beauty, a Belfry Theatre/National Arts Centre English Theatre co-production directed by Michael Shamata. This acclaimed and poignant celebration of life and art runs February 27 to March 31 in Tarragon Theatre's Mainspace (with previews beginning February 20). Tickets range from $27-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting . Tarragon continues its long tradition of presenting English translations of outstanding French-language plays with this work by Quebec City's Théâtre Niveau Parking Artistic Director Michel Nadeau, in collaboration with Marie-Josée Bastien, Lorraine Côté, Hugues Frenette, Pierre-François Legendre, Véronika Makdis

Bette Midler on Broadway: Tix for I'll Eat You Last on Sale Now (Previews Begin April 5 2013)

From a media release: Tickets to Bette Midler in I'LL EAT YOU LAST On Sale Now THROUGH TELECHARGE.COM FOR BETTE MIDLER IN I’LL EAT YOU LAST THE NEW PLAY BY TONY AWARD WINNER JOHN LOGAN DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER JOE MANTELLO • PREVIEWS BEGIN FRIDAY, APRIL 5 FOR A WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 2013 OPENING NIGHT AT THE BOOTH THEATRE (222 WEST 45TH STREET) • Single Tickets • Premium Tickets NEW YORK CITY - Tickets went on sale to the general public recently for Bette Midler’s return to Broadway in John Logan’s new one-woman play I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, directed by Joe Mantello. For tickets, call  212-239-6200  or visit The limited engagement for I’LL EAT YOU LAST begins previews Friday, April 5 and opens Wednesday, April 24 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street). Appearing on Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Tony and Grammy Award-winning superstar Bette Midler will play the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers

Mathai: From The Voice to A New Single Out Now...

Update April 3, 2013:  Here's that single from her debut project "Once Again": From a media release: Mathai New Single Soon... Featured on the Voice and picked by Adam Levine within 8 seconds of hearing her sing, Mathai made it very far in the show before eventually being voted off. Now she is managed by Outkast's Ian Burke and Stone of Icon Studios in Atlanta. She'll be dropping a single very soon and then a debut indie album to capitalize off all of the buzz she has had since her The Voice debut. We'd like Okayplayer to be apart. On her own her videos generate around 100-200k views per video, and her The Voice debut video is approaching 6 million views, with reactions and comments daily. Born on November 27, 1992 in Queens, NY, Mathai is the first generation of her family (who hail from India) born in the United States. She was only 3 years old when she started singing, primarily in church events and at the age of 10 her family moved to Dallas,

Reggae Meets Jazz and Tropicália: Kiwi CD Release

From a media release: Reggae Meets Jazz and Tropicália: Kiwi Brings You a Uniquely Uplifting Sound • Get it here “On the Move” is the 2nd full-length album by Jersey City-based group Kiwi, a masterful and joyful celebration of reggae rhythms, soulful vocals, and Latin jazz-inflected harmonies. The band’s expansive, brass-heavy arrangements echo the classic reggae and R&B grooves of the late 60s/early 70s. Kiwi’s music is welcoming and eminently danceable, radiating an infectious energy that belies the oft-introspective content of singer-songwriter Alex Tea’s lyrics. Tea, the grandson of a classical violinist, playfully sets melodies inspired by the classical music he grew up hearing against Brazilian jazz chords and an insistent reggae rhythm. Initially founded as an acoustic duo, Kiwi has grown into an 8-piece juggernaut with a stable core comprised of the New York area’s best jazz and funk players. “On the Move” features the talents of Ramsey Norman (drums), Matt Quinones

Funding Request: Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith for New Work

From a media release: WADADA LEO SMITH SEEKS FUNDING TO COMPLETE & PREMIERE NEW WORK TO MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON • To donate to the project, log on to by Monday, March 11, 2013 Trumpeter /composer/musical innovator Wadada Leo Smith is seeking $17,000 to complete and premiere a new work for his highly acclaimed civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers. The new work, entitled The March on Washington D.C.- August 28, 1963, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. This will be the 22nd composition of Ten Freedom Summers, which the trumpeter has written over the past 34 years and calls "one of my life's defining works."  The new work-composed for quintet, along with string quartet and harp-will be performed by the Golden Quartet, the Pacific Coral Reef Ensemble, the Flux String Quartet and video arti

CanStage Toronto Celebrates Spotlight Japan to March 2 2013

From a media release: Canadian Stage celebrates contemporary Japanese high-tech theatre and dance with Spotlight Japan Four productions showcase two of Japan’s most exciting artists, Hiroaki Umeda and Oriza Hirata from February 26 to March 2, 2013 Toronto, ON – Canadian Stage presents Haptic, Holistic Strata, Sayonara and I, Worker in a one-week festival of Japanese theatre and dance as part of Spotlight Japan. This series is part of a city-wide celebration of classic and contemporary Japanese culture taking place from January through April 2013, programmed by five of Toronto’s leading cultural institutions: TIFF, Canadian Stage, Soundstreams, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Japan Foundation. Spotlight Japan at Canadian Stage features a selection of work from Japan’s leading playwrights, choreographers and performers, offering a rare opportunity for Toronto audiences to experience exciting and innovative, international work. Presented as two double-bills, Spotlig

Broadway Ticket Deal: Motown on Broadway - Previews Begin March 11, 2013

From a media release: Broadway Ticket Deal: Motown on Broadway Broadway Previews Begin March 11, 2013 • or call 877-250-2929; Code SMOKEY Mid Mezzanine $49 (regular $87) Orch/Front Mezz $89 (regular $137) NEW YORK CITY - MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is a new musical with book by Berry Gordy, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright featuring hits from the legendary Motown catalogue! Coming to Broadway Spring 2013! WELCOME TO HITSVILLE, USA! The music of Motown changed the world with its power to unite people of all different backgrounds, and the Motown sound was formed—in large part—thanks to the influence of gospel music. To pay tribute to the record label's roots, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is delighted to offer tickets to one lucky choir that embodies the spirit of Motown! MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredib

CD Release As An Act of Defiance: Northern Mali Guitar Legend Baba Salah Plays for a Silenced People

From a media release: CD Release As An Act of Defiance: Northern Mali Guitar Legend Baba Salah Plays for a Silenced People Dangay - The North (Studio Mali - February 2013) Malian guitarist Baba Salah comes from the city of Gao, a remote trading hub nestled on the banks of the Niger river, situated at the edge of the Sahara desert. Ethnic Songhai, Tuareg, Fulani and Arabs - among other peoples - all call the city home and as the capital of one of West Africa’s most powerful former empires, it is arguably Mali’s most cosmopolitan city. Almost every facet of Gao is the product of a continuous melding of cultures, and its music is no exception. The dusty hustle that defines its markets by day is recast every night anew as the complex rhythms and shifting tempos of its local musicians. In surrounding villages, life is set to a soundtrack of traditional storytellers who gather to sing the rich histories of a proud people. Honoring the glorious past, however, only goes so far in facing prese

Silvana Kane: New Music Video for 'Cruces'

From a release: Silvana Kane New Music Video for "Cruces" from the album La Jardinera La Jardinera, the solo debut from Silvana Kane, best known as the vocalist with acclaimed, Juno nominated, Global Pop ensemble Pacifika, is the singer's most personal effort to date. Comprised predominantly of cover songs by her favorite Latin American singers and composers—including Chabuca Granda, Mercedes Sosa and Violeta Parra—Kane has transformed songs of revolt and love into an exquisite collection of stunning ballads. Born in Lima, Peru, Kane's father moved the family to Canada when she was seven. She learned English and picked up on both her parents' musical training, studying violin and piano with great fervor. Returning to Peru at 9, she headed off to Milwaukee at 11, and Vancouver at 14, where she rooted down and dove into her major passion. 'I come from a very musical family,' she says. 'My mom has always sung and played guitar, and my dad was ve

Wulu Wulu: Beloved Nigerian Singer-Songwriter Bongos Ikwue’s First U.S. Release

From a media release: Recently released: The African Folk Soul of Bongos Ikwue: Beloved Nigerian Singer-Songwriter’s First U.S. Release Wulu Wulu (Bik Recordings - Jan 27 2013) The 1970’s were an extremely fertile era for music. In America, progressive soul and funk broke new ground while London spawned the punk rock scene and Kingston, Jamaica gave the world roots reggae. In Nigeria, an extraordinarily diverse and dynamic cultural scene yielded not only Fela’s Afrobeat and juju’s peak with Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey but also myriad rock and funk groups such as BLO and The Funkees. One of the most popular singers on the Nigeria scene at that time was Bongos Ikwue, whose personalized style of African folk and American soul music made him completely unique; he drew on traditional music, highlife, reggae, Congolese styles, Afrobeat and American soul, country, funk, jazz and rock. He could be viewed as an African Bill Withers—an intimate, earthy singer-songwriter who delivers home t

The Nightclub Show with Uptown Style: Apollo Club Harlem Feb 22 & 23 2013

From a release: Apollo Club Harlem Friday, February 22 at 8:30p.m. Saturday, February 23 at 8:30p.m. HARLEM (NEW YORK CITY) Harlem was home to New York’s hottest clubs in the 30’s and 40’s, where the music of Billie, Ella, Dinah, Sarah, Duke and Dizzy became legend. Sultry, sexy crooners, dazzling dancers, and swingin’ big bands served-up a potent mix of high-class hi-jinks and entertainment. Now the glamour, electricity and elegance of the Harlem Club environment is back in an all-new, nightclub-style show, staged as only the world-famous Apollo Theater could do it. starring: Maurice Hines, host, director/choreographer David Berger, music director Dee Dee Bridgewater, featured vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocalist Dormeshia, Storyboard P, & The Manzari Brothers, featured dancers Chorus of Hot Steppers 16-piece Big Band Daryl Waters, conductor Emilio Sosa, costumes Burke Wilmore, lighting & set Host Maurice Hines will have you fingers snapping throughou

Civil Rights 50 Years Later: 651 ARTS Presents Roundtable '63 Feb 22 2013 in Brooklyn

From a release: 651 ARTS presents: Roundtable ‘63 Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts One University Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone:  (718) 488-1624 • Tickets available at this link NEW YORK CITY - Roundtable ‘63 is an inter-generational modern day civil rights round table dialogue re-examining the relevance of the moral, social, political, educational and human rights issues of 1963 versus 2013. Utilizing a staged reading of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play “James Baldwin A Soul On Fire” which bears witness to the lesser-known secret meeting between James Baldwin and Robert F. Kennedy in New York City circa 1963. This unique blend of reader’s theatre and activism serves as a tool to ignite an in-depth conversation with a cornucopia of new and seasoned civil rights architects and contemporary cultural activists exploring viable pro-active solutions to the question: “ Where Were We Then (1963) and Where Are We Now (2013)? Roundtable par

Peggy Baker Dance Projects Presents Stereophonic Feb 27 to Mar 3 2013

From a media release: Peggy Baker Dance Projects presents Stereophonic Choreography by Peggy Baker Featuring 3 world premieres and 2 landmark solos Wednesday, February 27 - Sunday, March 3, 2013 • Ticket info Toronto - Peggy Baker Dance Projects proudly presents Stereophonic, a mixed bill of five multi-dimensional contemporary dance works choreographed by legendary dance artist Peggy Baker, including three world premieres, and re-interpretations of two landmark solos. This stunning evening features acclaimed pianist John Kameel Farah and a company of exquisite dancers - Peggy Baker, Sarah Fregeau, Benjamin Kamino, Sean Ling, Sahara Morimoto, Andrea Nann - and runs Wednesday, February 27 -- Sunday, March 3 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. The centrepiece of Stereophonic is the world premiere of Split Screen Stereophonic wherein Baker stretches her already highly-acknowledged artistry. For the first time in her career, she choreographs duets that explore intimate male-female r

Toronto Film Premiere: Tower Opens at the Royal Feb 22 2013

From a release: TOWER directed by Kazik Radwanski opens February 22, 2013 at the Royal Theatre, Toronto **World Premiere, Locarno Film Festival 2012  |  **North American Premiere, TIFF 2012 "One of the year's most jarring and accomplished debuts" - Mark Peranson, editor of Cinema Scope • Tickets are available online now • A limited number of same day tickets will be available at the door starting 30min before each screening. $11 Already well-known at the Festival for his signature short films, Toronto filmmaker Kazik Radwanski makes his feature debut with this off-kilter and slyly funny character study about a thirty-something loner who tries to keep the world at arm’s length. Developed in part through improvisation, TOWER is an intriguing and candid character study of a Torontonian who's stuck in a rut, and seems quite comfortable there. Derek (Bogart), a thirty-four-year-old man who lives in his parents' basement, is a puzzling specimen to say the

Batuki Music Presents Lorraine Klaasen's Tribute to Miriam Makeba February 23, 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: Batuki Music Presents Lorraine Klaasen's Tribute to Miriam Makeba February 23, 2013 in Toronto She'll also be in Hamilton on February 22 TORONTO - Batuki Music Society celebrates Black History Month with a “Tribute to Miriam Makeba” featuring Lorraine Klaasen at Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum located at 585 Dundas St. E. Toronto on Saturday February 23, 2013. Lorraine Klaasen, performer extraordinaire, is the daughter of legendary South African Jazz singer Tandi Klaasen, one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite singers and an indisputable South African legend. Lorraine is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of Township music, which continues to be the most distinctive sound to come out of South Africa. Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, Lorraine Klaasen was influenced by South Africa’s musical giants of the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka, Sophie Mgcina and Busi Mhlongo

A Call for Collaborators: My City Stories

From a release: A Call for Collaborators: My City Stories Mycitystories is a multi-platform community project that explores the emotional and physical landscape of our cities. Mycitystories questions how, in this hybrid age of globalization, we perceive our relationship with the city we call 'home'. How does a city's life, architecture and history impact its inhabitants and global community. You have the opportunity to engage and tap into the untold stories that each one of us carry. What is your story? Your story might be about : • Everyday life, • A memory or an experience in your neighbourhood, your favourite city festivals, art and culture, • Architecture and Gardens, • History and landmarks, • City awareness • City based concerns; growth, population, city planning or anything else you want to share Current collaborators hail from Edmonton, Mumbai, Melbourne (Australia) and beyond. • You can get involved by starting with this link mycitystories.c

Winterfolk XI Blues & Roots Festival Feb 14-17 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: WINTERFOLK XI BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL – FEB 14-17, 2013 The Delta Chelsea Hotel , 33 Gerrard St W  Toronto, ON / 416-595-1975 Over 100 Artists on 4 Stages for 3 Days of Roots and Blues • Most Concerts Free with Some Ticketed Events • Check the website for details   TORONTO – The Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival returns once again to  Toronto’s DELTA CHELSEA HOTEL for the upcoming ELEVENTH ANNUAL WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL which will take place from FEB 14-17, 2013. Some of the finest folk, roots, world and blues artists will perform at the Delta Chelsea’s Monarchs Pub, Market Garden Stage and various other stages all within the hotel. All stages are indoors, under one roof, featuring quiet listening rooms.Winterfolk is a Free Festival with some paid stages.Come for Winterfolk – Stay for the Annual Folk Alliance Conference Immediately Following in the same venue. Toronto’s Winterfolk X festival will present a fun, jam-packed, free, all-ages, mid-winter, we

Emilie Autumn's Fight Like A Girl Tour Hits Toronto & NYC in February 2013

From a media release: Emilie Autumn wants you to Fight Like A Girl with her on her North American Tour • at Toronto's Mod Club February 17, 2013 • at New York City's Gramercy Theatre on February 22 2013 • Check out the rest of the tour here Beautiful, bizarre and brazen sonic seductress and violinist extraordinaire, Emilie Autumn wants you to fight alongside her on this winter's "Fight Like A Girl" tour. Each show promises to be an unforgettable adventure, and is never the same way twice.  Not a rock show, but a rock opera with a real story to tell, the "Fight Like A Girl" tour will undoubtedly be Emilie Autumn's most memorable run yet.  Whether you're one of her affectionately dummber "Plague Rats" or amongst the uninitiated, this is a lavish and powerfully entertaining spectacle that is not to be missed.  Beyond her dramatic vocal performance which masterfully fluctuates from operatic to filthy industrial and back again (she&

21st Century Flamenco: La Otra Orilla Feb 15 & 16 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: DanceWorks presents La Otra Orilla in HomoBLABLAtus part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps Choreographed by Myriam Allard February 15 & 16 2013 Toronto - DanceWorks, Toronto's longest-running contemporary dance series, DanceWorks, proudly presents the Toronto premiere of HomoBLABLAtus from Montreal's acclaimed La Otra Orilla, part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps, running February 15-16, 2013 at Enwave Theatre. After spending years in Andalusia, dancer/choreographer Myriam Allard and singer/director Hedi "El Moro" Graja, founded La Otra Orilla in 2006. Their unique approach reshapes the timeless and universal art of flamenco for the 21st century with a truly trans-disciplinary vision of the art form - tapping into its roots while anchoring it firmly in the present. The company's new creation, HomoBLABLAtus, is a work for three dancers and two actor-musicians - and a new "discovery" by La Otra Orilla: a subgenus