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Music and Theatre Mesh in Collaborative SummerWorks Music Series August 8-18 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: Music and Theatre Mesh in Collaborative SummerWorks Music Series Featuring a travelling concert by The Wooden Sky, an interactive performance by Snowblink and three Musical Works in Concert SummerWorks Performance Festival August 8 - 18, 2013 • Tickets & Info for All Events Here TORONTO, ON-  SummerWorks Performance Festival presents this years Music Series, bringing collaborative indie concert experiences to its audience as well as Musical Works in Concert, presenting three new musicals that push the boundaries of traditional musical theatre. SummerWorks Performance Festival runs August 8th- 18th in multiple venues throughout the city. “SummerWorks Music Series is all about creating unforgettable and unique experiences for the audience. It is a place where music and theatre collide,” says Michael Rubenfeld, SummerWorks Artistic Producer.    SummerWorks Music Series includes six original pieces featuring acclaimed experimental folk duo Snowblink in partnership

Tex-Mex Powerpop: The Krayolas CD Release & East Coast Live Dates August 2 - 8, 2013

From a media release: Tex-Mex Twisters: The Krayolas Bust Out San Antonio-Style Powerpop on Tormenta The Krayolas, Tormenta (Box Records) On Tour: August 2, 2013 Richmond, VA Virginia Museum of Fine Art August 3, 2013 Washington, DC Tropicalia August 7, 2013 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House August 8, 2013 Asbury Park, NJ Langosta Lounge In Texas, they like their legends. The Alamo, Sam Houston, even the Dallas Cowboys. And down in San Antonio they have another: the Krayolas, the band started in 1975 by the Saldana brothers, a pair of Mexican-American teenagers in love with powerpop. The great Augie Meyers, the Texas Tornado himself, calls them up to go in the studio with him, and Little Steven, Dave Marsh, and Ben Fong-Torres think they’re the coolest thing since an iced bottle of Lone Star. With the new iTunes album, Tormenta (Box Records; release: July 30, 2013; available now on iTunes), the Krayolas let the world in on the secret Texas has been keeping. The band will take the East

Experimental Jazz CD: Saxophonist Jonathan Moritz' Secret Tempo on Hot Cup Records

From a media release: Debut CD Release: Saxophonist Jonathan Moritz' Secret Tempo Released on Hot Cup Records June 18, 2013 Moritz with Shayna Dulberger (acoustic bass), and Mike Pride (drums) August 19, 2013 - Duende, Oakland, CA September 8, 2013 - Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA September 17, 2013 - Barbes, Brooklyn, NY • Buy It Here Hot Cup Records is proud to announce the release of the debut album by Jonathan Moritz' Secret Tempo.  This trio recording featuring the leader and composer on tenor and soprano saxophones, Shayna Dulberger on acoustic bass and Mike Pride on drums showcases this long-standing New York experimental jazz trio.  Consisting of a suite of pieces composed to explore space, counterpoint, and interaction, Secret Tempo introduces audiences to a compelling New York ensemble. The penchant for performing in the context of a pianoless trio has long been common among more open-minded and forward thinking tenor saxophonists.  From Sonny Rollins to H

Island Soul and Calypso STARS at Harbourfront Centre Toronto August 2-5, 2013

From a media release: Island Soul and Calypso STARS at Harbourfront Centre August 2-5, 2013 Let the rhythm of the Caribbean move you! • Browse all events here TORONTO, ON (July 8, 2013) – Let the rhythm of the Caribbean move you at Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival! The wildly popular four-day event returns to Toronto’s central waterfront Aug. 2-5, 2013 with one of the largest celebrations of Caribbean music, dance, film, art and games. Revelers of all ages can enjoy the rich artistic and cultural offerings of the Caribbean islands including a special focus on creole nations. This year, Harbourfront Centre partnered with Festival Kompa-Zouk Ontario (FKZO) to highlight the commonalities amongst Caribbean islands, explore differences and pass along the soul of the Caribbean from generation to generation. Also featured are top Canadian and international calypso and soca singers as part of the annual Calypso STARS Showcase. On Aug. 5, Calypso Monarchs from the U.K. perform

Ticket Deal for the New York Premiere of Storyville on Stage to August 17 2013

From a release: Ticket Deal for the New York Premiere of Storyville Book by ED BULLINS Music and Lyrics by MILDRED KAYDEN Orchestrations and Arrangements by DANNY HOLGATE Musical Direction by WILLIAM FOSTER McDANIEL Choreography by MERCEDES ELLINGTON Directed by BILL CASTELLINO Performances now through August 17, 2013 The York Theatre Company at St. Peter's 619 Lexington Avenue (enter on 54th Street) • Tickets are just $40 when you use code WALK40. • (Regular ticket price $69.50) - see details below New Orleans, 1917: Something happened that helped change America’s music forever. The time, Mardi Gras; the place, Storyville – the red light district, two blocks from the French Quarter. Saloons, gambling joints, brothels and pervasive political corruption set the scene for a new kind of music. People fell in love, a world disappeared and the music moved upriver. Directed by BILL CASTELLINO, with choreography by MERCEDES ELLINGTON and music direction by WILLIAM FOSTER McDANIEL,

Free in Toronto: Dance Immersion Summer Showcase at TD Irie Music Festival Sunday August 4th 2012

From a release: Dance Immersion Summer Showcase  at TD Irie Music Festival Sunday August 4th 2013 at Nathan Phillip's Square Showtime 4:00pm • FREE ADMISSION You might see  me in the crowd at this dance showcase in downtown Toronto. The TD IRIE Music Festival is a free event that elebrates music, dance, art and culture, providing an opportunity to promote a greater understanding between the diverse cultures and traditions of our world-class city. The dance Immersion Summer Showcase returns to the TD IRIE Music Festival with a celebration of dance, presented by some of the nations foremost and up-and-coming performers. Showcase line up includes: Ijo Vudu, Gibson Muriva (Montreal), Mikhail Morris, Elite Dance Company, Jasmyn Fyffe & Natasha Powell- “Gimme One Riddim" - and Children & Youth Dance Theatre of Toronto!

Rotem Hecht - Film and game composer, Sound designer, arranger, producer...

I got an email introduction from Rotem Hecht, a young Israeli composer a while ago and slowly, bit by bit (not being proficient in Hebrew myself!) I've been piecing together something to post about him. Rotem Hecht Film and game composer Sound designer, arranger, producer... TEL AVIV - Rotem Hecht is a composer, arranger, music producer, sound editor (at Sound Post Frodkshin) and more - everything to do with creating music, sound design and recordings. He has worked as a Composer and Sound Editor on TV series, movies, video games, commercials, plays and shows and today owns  his own business under the names RH Studio and Theta Music . Rotem was born in a kibbutz in the north near the Lebanese border, where the age of eight he started to play the piano and quickly fell into the world of music. He began arranging compositions for various musical instruments in the sixth grade and at age 13 he was playing jazz, Beatles, European classical music and had started to learn music th

Panchal Mansaram Retrospective & Others at the Art Gallery of Mississauga to September 7 2013

With material from a media release: at the Art Gallery of Mississauga until September 7, 2013: P Mansaram    Past | Present Print, collage, photography and drawing from 1966 - 2013 explore the experience of reinvention and “being.” 011+91 | 011+92 Telephone calling codes of India and Pakistan initiate a critical discourse on Locational Identity and home. Also on view: XIT-RM | Alice Wang: The fallacy of misplaced concreteness Tenses speak to each other in artist Alice Wang's video. An XIT-RM project by guest curator Erik Martinson. The colour and movement of South Asia has become one of the threads of Canadian cultural life and the summer show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga showcases that spirit through the work of artists at various stages of their careers. Past | Present is the first retrospective of artist Panchal Mansaram's work and includes pieces completed between 1978 and 2011. Born in Mount Abu, in Rajasthan India, he studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art

Adam Solomon debuts African Blues and Jazz Trio Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: Adam Solomon debuts African Blues and Jazz Trio Saturday, July 27, 2013 Hirut Café - Toronto - 8:30PM TORONTO - Juno award-winning guitar maestro Adam Solomon debuts his new African Blues and Jazz Trio on Saturday July 27, 2013 at Hirut Café located at 2050 Danforth Avenue, Toronto at 8:30 PM. Adam Solomon sings in six languages, including Swahili, English, and Arabic. "The Professor", as he is known in musical circles, is highly respected as a lead guitarist and vocalist. He performs as a blues soloist as well as with his band Tikisa, creating a unique sound that combines traditional and modern coastal East African rhythms, fiesta, rumba, soukous, makossa and highlife music. He has released three of his own CDs, Safari, Mti Wa Maisha and Rocket Express II: African Renaissance Blues.  Adam Solomon is a member of the Juno award-winning African Guitar Summit and has recorded two albums with the group, titled African Guitar Summit I and II. The

Dance in Toronto: Pop Up Porchview Dances in Seaton Village July 18 – 20, 2013

From a media release: Dance in Toronto: Pop Up Porchview Dances Kaeja d’Dance ’s award-winning Porch View Dances lives on with a mini pop-up Porch View Dances festival in Seaton Village, July 18 – 20, 2013 • Pop up Porch View Dances premieres July 18 – 20, 2013 at 7 PM starting at 843 Palmerston Avenue and is a pay-what-you-can event TORONTO… Kaeja d’Dance is pleased to announce that “pop up Porch View Dances” will be taking place this summer from July 18 – 20, 2013. This miniature version of last year’s awardwinning Porch View Dances is adding new flavours and opportunities for direct audience participation in preparation for an expanded Porch View Dances concept to be launched in 2015. The festival will feature two new audience-inclusive inventions by choreographers Meagan O’Shea and Karen Kaeja, as well as showcase two favourite moments from last summer: Allen Kaeja’s choreography, Crutch, and Karen’s audience-inclusive Flock Landing. Last year, Porch View Dances made the news wh

Tirgan Festival of Iranian Arts & Culture at Harbourfront Toronto July 18 to 21 2013

From a media release: Tirgan Festival July 18 – 21, 2013 The world’s largest contemporary Iranian arts and culture festival at Harbourfront Centre – the heart of Toronto’s waterfront! TORONTO, ON – The world’s largest Iranian festival, Tirgan, returns to Harbourfront Centre from July 18-21. Artists from across the globe are set to converge at Harbourfront Centre to celebrate Iranian arts and to showcase the richness and diversity of Iranian culture. This year, Tirgan explores the idea of “hope” and highlights humanity’s ability to persevere, overcome and survive. Tirgan also places a special focus on women and the important contributions women have made to Iran’s cultural mosaic. Iranian contemporary arts are shaped in part by members of society whose voice may not be heard, whose image was taboo and whose legal standing was half of their male counterparts. Throughout history, Iranians have had their share of natural and self-inflicted devastations, yet there is no more powerful i

Drake Hotel Properties (Toronto) Collaborates with Artist Jesse Harris at Drake One Fifty

From a media release: Drake Hotel Properties collaborates with Artist Jesse Harris  on site-specific piece at Drake One Fifty Toronto, ON – While many new restaurants post a conventional ‘Opening Soon’ message in their windows, Drake Hotel Properties was inspired to utilize its hundred-feet worth of construction hoarding as a creative canvas at the site of Drake One Fifty, Drake’s newest outpost on the northwest corner of Adelaide and York Streets.  The stand-alone restaurant, Drake One Fifty, has been built out to seat 175 guests in a former commercial bank and includes a dining room, bar, micro-Drake General Store, curated art and performance space, as well as a 70-seat urban patio. The tenets of the Drake brand centre on the convergence of world-class hospitality, forward-thinking cultural offerings and sincere community engagement. Drake One Fifty has the joint mission of carrying forward these mandates while placing Drake’s exciting food and beverage program at the forefront

United Film Festival (New York, Los Angeles, London) Announces Free Submissions to December 31, 2013

From a media release: United Film Festival - Submissions Now FREE! to December 31, 2013 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - UNITED FILM FESTIVAL: United Film Festival is excited to announce that we now have zero submission fees! That's right, you can now submit to United Film Festival for free!  • Check us out today and submit via Withoutabox! LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, & LONDON 2013 RECAP: United Film Festival recently wrapped the first three cities of our 2013 season - and what a great three cities they were! In Los Angeles, we had one of our best years ever and honored legendary-director John Landis with a Lifetime Achievement Award on our closing night.   The award presentation took place at the historic Vista Theatre where Mr. Landis also had his handprints enshrined in cement prior to a screening of Animal House. New York featured a series of great screenings including the documentary Play Until Your Fingers Bleed, which reunited the band, Kleen Kut, for the first time in many ye

Toronto Summer Music Festival: PWYC & Insider Events - July 16 to August 3, 2013

From a media release: Toronto Summer Music announces line-up for SHUFFLE at 2013 Festival July 16 to August 3, 2013 • Full Festival Line-up at this Link TORONTO… Toronto Summer Music announced details for its SHUFFLE concerts, a new offering co-curated by Douglas McNabney and Carol Gimbel, for this year’s Toronto Summer Music Festival (July 16-August 3, 2013). Inspired by the Shuffle function on an iPod, these informal, eclectic sampler performances are pay what you can and feature Festival Artists, special guests and next-generation emerging artists performing a wide range of musical offerings.  • These short (45 to 60-minute) concerts are held at 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue).  Wednesday, July 17 "Mark Fewer and Friends”: Mark Fewer (violin), Lucas Harris (theorbo), Chris Bezant (guitar) and Chris Kettlewell (bass) Thursday, July 18 Jake Charkey, cello fusion/ Amir Amiri, Indian Santoorist                 Friday, July 19     “Alex

Merengue Master Accordionist Joaquin Diaz on Tour Summer 2013

From a release: Merengue Master Accordionist Joaquin Diaz on Tour Summer 2013 including Vancouver Folk Fest & Lowell MASS Folk Festival Last year was a banner year for the merengue master accordionist JOAQUIN DIAZ and his band: following shows in the Yukon, Borneo, Estonia and many other places including a 2-week US tour (Chicago World Music Festival, Lotus World Music Festival, Latin Music Festival, and more). This world-tour followed a super-successful showcase at WOMEX (Spotlight Quebec) in Oct. 2012, where the greatest world music bands on the planet go to strut their stuff: needless to say they reaped the benefits, and more international touring ensued.             In recent months Joaquin Diaz and his band have performed at the Montreal Mundial conference, at Montreal's Francofolies and at the prestigious Babel Med festival a the Dock des Suds, Marseille He has also taken part in a residency in Montpelier France with Colombian/French accordionist Antonia Rivas; their wor

Manhattan Theatre Club's 'Choir Boy' - Last Week for Special Price - On Stage to August 4 2013

From a release: Last Week at Discounted Price Manhattan Theatre Club Choir Boy MTC Stage II at City Center, New York City • To July 21, 2013 • Tickets start at $30 • July 23 - August 4, 2013 • Tickets start at $60 A play with music by Tarell Alvin McCraney Directed by Trip Cullman With Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Grantham Coleman, Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Jeremy Pope and Wallace Smith CHOIR BOY was commissioned by MTC with support from Time Warner Inc. NEW YORK CITY - The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school's legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Tarell Alvin McCraney is author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, & Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet. His other works include Wig Out! set in New York'

Classical V: Brass July 26-28, 2013 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release: Classical V: Brass July 26-28, 2013 at Harbourfront Toronto • Check out the full line-up here A global twist on classical brass music – from French horns and trumpet voluntaries to Indian wedding bands, brass bands and boat blasts! Some of the Highlights · Flute Allsorts with Alison Melville Saturday, July 27 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage Alison Melville, long recognized as one of North America’s leading performers on recorder and historical flutes (including the Norwegian seljefløyte), offers a selection of musical repertoire from the 12th to 21st centuries, composed, arranged and improvised on 'all sorts' of flutes. · Genghis Barbie Saturday, July 27 from 8 -9 p.m. – WestJet Stage Genghis Barbie, the leading post-feminist all-female horn experience, is the most innovative and energizing chamber ensemble of its generation and beyond. Performing arrangements of pop music from the 70s to Lady Gaga, they are the most versatile and exp

Riverside Church New York City Summer Organ Series Tuesdays to August 6, 2013

From a media release - sorry I missed the first two concerts: THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH HOSTS ACCOMPLISHED GROUP OF ORGANISTS FOR ITS ANNUAL SUMMER ORGAN SERIES • Tuesdays to August 6, 2013 from 7 to 9pm • Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students.   • For additional information the public can call 212-870-6722 or email Concert Series Highlight to Include Live Organ Improvisation Accompaniment to Classic 1929 Feature Film The Phantom of the Opera on July 23 NEW YORK CITY - Spotlighting one of the largest and most acclaimed organs in the world and continuing a decades old tradition of summer concerts featuring outstanding organists, The Riverside Church is presenting its Annual Summer Organ Series—featuring six concerts throughout the summer—every Tuesday, July 2 to August 6 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Church’s majestic Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd Sts.), Morningside He