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CD Release/Review: Pavel Koleskinov Live at Honens 2012

CD Release/Review:
Pavel Koleskinov
Live at Honens 2012
Two Disc Set

You can buy the CD here
• You can watch a stream of the Honens competition at this link

Twenty-three year old Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov was named the 2012 Honens Prize Laureate at the Honens Competition Awards Show on 26 October 2012 and this CD, released on Honens' own label, gives you his semi-final and final round performances as they happened live.

It includes solo performances as well as a chamber piece and concerto with a full orchestra. The track list:

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen Op. 15
CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58
- From the Semifinals: Recital Round - Solo Recital

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23
- From the Finals: Concerto Round (with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Roberto Minczuk)       
MENDELSSOHN Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D major Op. 58
- From the Semi-F…

Jason Priestley Stars in David Mamet's RACE April 7 to May 5 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Jason Priestley returns to the stage in
David Mamet’s RACE at Canadian Stage

Daniel Brooks directs at the Bluma Appel Theatre
from April 7 to May 5, 2013

Special event - NOW talks to Jason Priestley March 28, 2013

Toronto, ON – Acclaimed actor and international film and television star Jason Priestley (Call me Fitz, Beverly Hills, 90210) returns to the stage in his first live theatre role since 2000 in Canadian Stage’s production of RACE, by award-winning playwright David Mamet. Directed by Daniel Brooks and co-starring Matthew Edison (Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope), Cara Ricketts (Stratford Festival, Cruel and Tender) and Nigel Shawn Williams (Topdog/Underdog, Cruel and Tender), the play will be on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre from April 7 to May 5, 2013 (opening and media night: April 11).

“Performing live on stage is an incredible thrill, especially when given such an exhilarating role,” said Priestley, who will play shrewd lawyer Jack Lawson. “I am very exc…

Abigail Washburn Kicks Off New York Voices Series At Joe's Pub March 28-30 2013

From a media release:


New York, NY—Clawhammer banjo player, composer and singer ABIGAIL WASHBURN will debut POST-AMERICAN GIRL at Joe’s Pub at The Public March 28 – 30 as part of NEW YORK VOICES, the popular commission series designed to help musicians make the leap from songwriting and performance to theatrical production. Washburn’s new stage piece is about an American girl coming-of-age in a swiftly changing global order. It features folk arts of China and Appalachia in shadow puppetry, sacred harp song, traditional music as well as new compositions. Tickets are on-sale at

NEW YORK VOICES adds to The Public’s wide range of contemporary stagings at its downtown home at Astor Place. Washburn is the first of three artists to debut a new work-in-progress at Joe’s Pub in 2013 during …

Sinister Cinema Series Monthly March 27 - June 19 2013 at a Cineplex Odeon Near You

From a media release:

Cineplex Entertainment and Raven Banner
Launch New Monthly Horror Series

Sinister Cinema brings the best in genre horror to the Canadian big screen
March 27 - June 19, 2013

• Tickets are available now at participating theatre box offices and online at
Check for participating theatres in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario & Quebec

(Toronto, ON) – Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events and Raven Banner announce the launch of Sinister Cinema, a cutting-edge series of art house quality genre cinema.

Sinister Cinema will bring a series of independent horror films to 25 Cineplex theatres across Canada.  The films will include unique content, and in some cases, special appearances, including live question and answer sessions with directors, pre-recorded interviews and more.

“It’s a real honour for us to work with Cineplex,” said Raven Banner’s Managing Partner, Michael Paszt. “Sinister Cinema will expose Canadians to a different type of horro…

Web Series Guidestones Garners International Emmy Nomination

From a media release:

Emmy Nominated GUIDESTONES Transforms Digital Viewing Experience
Web Series Allows Audience to Follow Storyline with Full Interactivity

Toronto, ON- Nominated for an International Emmy, Guidestones is an interactive web series that creates a cutting-edge viewing experience.  The International Emmys, a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from around the world will be presented April 8th in Cannes, France.

Written and directed by Jay Ferguson, Guidestones,  follows journalism students Sandy (Supinder Wraich) and Trevor (Dan Fox) as they plunge into a world of mystery. Inspired by true events, the series begins with the suspicious death of a scientist, as Sandy and Trevor uncover the clues they are lead to the discovery of a global conspiracy surrounding the Georgia Guidestones, a monument nestled in rural Georgia, inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse.

Blurring the line between realit…

Toronto Film News: It's A Wrap for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Debug'

From a media release:

Toronto film news:

Toronto. Producer Steve Hoban of Copperheart Entertainment announced that principal photography has wrapped on Debug, a film written and directed by actor David Hewlett (Cube, Rise of the Apes, “Stargate Atlantis”,). Debug, Hewlett’s second feature film, stars Jeananne Goossen (The Vow, “Alcatraz”), Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Bullet to the Head, “Game of Thrones”), Adam Butcher (Wolves, Mirror, Mirror,), Kjartan Hewitt (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, This Movie is Broken), Sidney Leeder (Goon), Jaydn Wong (Cosmopolis), Adrian Holmes (Elysium, Red Riding Hood) and Kyle Mac (Carrie). Produced by Steven Hoban (Splice, Wolves, Haunter) and executive produced by Mark Smith (Haunter, 388 Arletta Ave.), Jane Loughman (A Dog’s Breakfast, The Trial of Ben Barry) and John Raymonds (Haunter, Trust Me) Debug was filmed at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, with release slated for early 20…

Soup Can Theatre Double Bill: A Hand of Bridge & No Exit March 27 to 30 2013

From a media release:

Samuel Barber's
A Hand of Bridge
(Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti)


Jean Paul Sartre's
(Translation by Stuart Gilbert)

A Special Double Bill Presentation!
March 27th to 30th 2013
at the Tapestry New Opera Studio in the Historic Distillery District

Tix here

"... Hell is Other People ..."

TORONTO - Soup Can Theatre is proud to present a bold and genre-blending double bill: Celebrated American composer Samuel Barber’s playful, compact, and contemporary opera A Hand of Bridge (libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti), and renowned existential philosopher and Nobel Prize-winning playwright Jean Paul Sartre’s dark and groundbreaking masterpiece No Exit (translation by Stuart Gilbert).

Barber (best known for his stirring Adagio for Strings) premiered this tuneful and bite-sized opera in 1959 in Spoleto, Italy as part of the ‘Festival of New Worlds’. Set in the midst of a game of bridge being played by two emotionally-strained, upper mi…

aluCine Toronto Latin Film+Media Arts Festival Toronto March 21-31 2013

From a media release:

aluCine 2013
March 21-31, 2013 in Toronto

The aluCine Toronto Latin Film+Media Arts Festival is Canada’s longest-running Latin film festival. The festival functions as a vital Canadian outlet for emerging and established Latin filmmakers living in Canada, Latin America and the diaspora, while our year-round screenings, symposiums and workshops promote the development of Latin film and culture in Toronto. In all of its endeavors, aluCine strives to transgress aesthetic, ideological and geographical borders and to transcend pre-established notions of representation as they pertain to Latin American culture in Canada.

The 13th aluCine Toronto Latin Film + Media Arts Festival returns to heat up Toronto from March 21st to 31st. The 10-day festival will feature 77 short and feature films presented at The Jackman Hall within The Art Gallery of Ontario, along with our famous program of family-friendly Shorts for Shorties screenings at The Wychwood Theatre, artist’s talks, w…

New Single: KAE SUN launching live: Ship and The Globe at the Rivoli Toronto March 14 2013

From a media release:

Batuki Music Society presents KAE SUN launching live: Ship and The Globe, the first single off his upcoming album AFRIYIE
at the Rivoli on Thursday March 14, 2013.

opening: Ayo Leilani and Jamilah (Pan Fried Afrika)

Ghana-born, Toronto-based musician-songwriter Kae Sun launches live in concert the first single "Ship and The Globe" from his next full-length album AFRIYIE, produced by Kae Sun and Science!, and set for release mid-year.

Kae’s latest work explores themes of spiritual growth, fearless exploration, and vulnerability. As the artist explains, "The way I came to music was part of a bigger search. Exploration and fearless expression was a part of a spiritual journey for me and continues to be. It was never initially about a career or a certain style or anything like that. It was about easing anxiety and being closer to God. In that sense I'm always creating to satisfy that part of me. The songs on this record are deeply personal f…


From a media release:


SOUTH AFRICA - ZIMSA CULTURAL VIBES is a diverse group of nine artists (five of them musicians) plus guest artists based in South Africa but with ties to Zimbabwe and beyond.

We were brought together by a shared talent for performance and a love of music and began by playing on the street corners of Polokwane, a city in the Limpopo province of, South Africa. We quickly began garnering a following that led to club and stadium performances, including one before thousands of soccer fans at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Limpopo during the Vodacom Challenge Cup Final. Collectively, we offer a vast experience in live performance throughout Southern Africa in Southen African dances, Afro-centric drumming, ethnic music and Afro-ethnic jazz.

We bring a new Afro-centric interpretation of traditional sounds and songs which dates to a time when music was known to have magical properties. ”People sang and had a certain ceremony for rainmaking, appeasing of an…

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 …

CD Release & U.S. Tour: South Africa's Freshly Ground in New York City March 16 2013

From a media release:

CD Release & U.S. Tour
Pushing the Boundaries: Freshlyground’s Catchy Global Pop Inverts the Remix and Expands Sonic Horizons on
Take Me to the Dance (Word Of Mouth Music)

Live at the Apollo Theater, Harlem - New York City March 16, 2013 (Part of the Africa Now Celebration)
• Other U.S. Dates listed below

From the hot banter of a late-night radio DJ (“Mina noBhiza”) to the blistering bass of kwaito house (“Nomthandazo”), from American country-inspired harmonies to urbane beats, South Africa’s Freshlyground welcome it all. From wildly diverse raw sonic materials, the band crafts catchy, danceable songs that shimmer with layers of guitar, rich strings, and multipart harmonies on Take Me to the Dance (Wommusic; March 12, 2013), produced by Steve Berlin.

Wry and sensual, deeply personal yet taking on political complexity, the music of this seven-member collective has finally embraced every sound the band loves. “We opened up our sound with this record, really tappe…

Sublime Sufi Strings: Turkish Lute Master Erdal Erzincan March 12 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

Live@365, 2012-2013 Concert Series (NYC) Sublime Sufi Strings:
Turkish Lute Master Erdal Erzincan Plays and Sings Solo for First Time in U.S.

Turkish Sufi Improvisations: Erdal Erzincan
The Graduate Center Elebash Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (bet. 34th and 35th St)
Tickets $25; $20 for Graduate Center Members and Students (contact 212-817-8215 for discount information)
March 12, 2013 in New York City

Spread by itinerant minstrels across Turkey, the baglama (pear-shaped lute) plays a key part in both folk music and sacred Sufi ceremony, where it is perceived as a powerful way to connect with the divine.

Baglama virtuoso and vocalist Erdal Erzincan, like his favored instrument, bridges these two sides of Turkish musical tradition, making three courses of strings resonate with spiritual meaning and sonic intricacy. A thoughtful Sufi practitioner and subtle player, Erzincan performs Alevi Sufi ceremonial music and song, uniting it with the musicality of a highly trained, widely …

Amnesty International Films for Change: Rebelle March 14, 2013

From a media release:

Amnesty International Films for Change
March 14, 2013
in Toronto (details below)

Join Amnesty International Toronto's Reel Awareness/Films for Change and the AI UofT Group  for an inspiring night of film as we present the Oscar-nominated film Rebelle (War Witch). 

The story follows Komona, a 14-year old girl in sub—saharan Africa, who was kidnapped forced into a rebel army. The film is a moving portrait of a child soldier from Canadian director Kim Nguyen. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session focused on endemic issues related to violence against women both in Canada and abroad ( speakers TBA).

Rebelle was written and directed by Canadian Kim Ng and largely filmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Rachel Mwanza won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and she also won the award for Best Actress at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The film was Canada's entry in the Best Foreign L…

Royal Shakespeare Company's Electrifying Julius Caesar at BAM (Brooklyn) Apr 10-28 2013

From a release:

Julius Caesar
Apr 10—Apr 28, 2013
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Part of 2013 Winter/Spring Season
BAM, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University present

Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Gregory Doran

“Feel the heat. The RSC has just set Julius Caesar thrillingly ablaze.” —The Independent (UK)


BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Set in present-day Africa and featuring an all-black cast, this visionary production echoes recent regime struggles throughout the continent. The first production from the RSC's newly appointed artistic director Gregory Doran, this staging features sets by Michael Vale and live performances of contemporary West African music, fostering the contemporary resonance of this classic political thriller. According to The Guardian (UK), "...Doran's production gives the play's central debate about the nece…

Jazz Great Matthew Shipp at Lula Lounge Toronto March 10 2013

From a media release:

Rough Idea, The Music Gallery and Lula Music and Arts Centre collaborate for the first time to present jazz giant, Matthew Shipp performing with drummer Whit Dickey and bassist Michael Bisio.
Lula Lounge
March 10, 2013
Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto  416 588 0307
$20  adv @, $25 @ the door, $15 for Music Gallery members.

TORONTO - One of the great exponents of progressive African-American jazz over the last 30 years, Matthew Shipp returns to Toronto with his trio on March 10.

Shipp is an internationally renowned player, improviser and pioneer of new electronic tools with jazz. His vision has uplifted many careers in his work as a curator for one of the great modern-day jazz labels, the eclectic and experimental Thirsty Ear. Simply put, he is one of the first names which comes to mind in any conversation about jazz in the last 20 years.

His recently released "Greatest Hits" was named one of the 15 jazz al…

Recently released: Latin Noir; Melancholic Rarities From the Latin Music World

From a media release:

Recently released:
Latin Noir;
Melancholic Rarities From the Latin Music World

Latin Noir invites the listener to an emotional discovery of melancholic rarities from the modern and traditional world of Latin Music

Latin Noir presents the fifth edition of the exclusively packaged Série Noir by Piranha Musik in reference to an established genre for film and literature, darkly illuminating life's brooding, melancholy landscapes.

This compilation features a selection of happy sad musical treasures from Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, New York and both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for hip shakin‘, hands-in-the-air party music for your next holiday cruise, this album is not for you. Latin Noirmuch rather pays a gloomy homage to a new generation of the wretched of the earth and their Sisyphean journeys between shipwreck and redemption, despair and hope.

The various musical styles on this deeply emotional journey span from the earthy, almost tango-like m…