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Fellow Arts Lovers - August Hiatus

Hello Fellow Arts Lovers! It may seem like I've been slacking off this month but in reality it's the opposite. I've been insanely busy and haven't been able to devote much time to the blog this August. But - never fear, I'll be up and running again shortly after Labour Day. Have a wonderful end of the summer.  (The pic is of me on holidays a few years ago.) - Anya

CD Release: Brazil’s Mario Adnet Revels in Villa-Lobos’ Lush Legacy on Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos (August 27 2013)

From a media release: Drinking From the Fountain: Brazil’s Mario Adnet Revels in Villa-Lobos’ Lush Legacy on Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos (Borandá Music; US release: August 27th, 2013) “I don't use folklore, I am the folklore,” Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos stated boldly while on one of many tours in Europe. Able to compose art songs and then go jam with street bands, Villa-Lobos gave birth to modern Brazilian music, both classical and popular. Latin Grammy-winning composer, arranger, and performer Mario Adnet has traced this connection, highlighting Villa-Lobos’ wonderful songs, pieces that lie at the root of many of Brazil’s most important contemporary music figures. Adnet’s musical vision for some of Villa-Lobos’ neglected works bursts forth on Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos (Borandá Music; US release: August 27th, 2013). Lush orchestral arrangements meet wonderful, warm popular voices including Edu Lobo, Milton Nascimento, Mônica Salmaso, Paul

Scotiabank BuskerFest in Support of Epilepsy Toronto August 22-25 2013

From a media release: Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto August 22-25, 2013 throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood from Queen Street to College Street Toronto - Organizers of Scotiabank BuskerFest are pleased to announce even more outstanding new acts heading to the 14th annual Toronto international street performers' festival in support of Epilepsy Toronto, running Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25 in the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood. More than a million people are expected once again to attend the festival, which has been moved to its exciting new location along the Yonge Street corridor from Queen St. to College St. and surrounding areas - including Trinity Square Park and Yonge-Dundas Square. Yonge Street itself will be dedicated to pedestrians beginning at 6pm on Thursday, August 22 and running through to the end of the festival on Sunday, August 25. More than 100 of the best street performers from Canada and around the world will excite and

VSC presents PRINCE AVALANCHE Opens in Toronto – August 23, 2013

From a media release: VSC presents PRINCE AVALANCHE a film by David Gordon Green Based on the film EITHER WAY by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson Opens in Toronto – August 23, 2013  |  Cineplex – Yonge + Dundas Main Cast: Lance – EMILE HIRSCH Alvin – PAUL RUDD Written and Directed by – David Gordon Green Director of Photography – Tim Orr Edited by – Colin Patton Official Selection: 2013 Sundance Film Festival 2013 SXSW Film Festival 2013 Berlin International Film Festival – Best Director (Toronto) Driven by striking performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, PRINCE AVALANCHE is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, PRINCE AVALANCHE features a moving score by Explosions in the Sky, and David Wingo, and was loosel

Ticket Deal for the New York City Premiere of Breakfast With Mugabe - Performances Thru October 6, 2013

From a media release: Two Planks and a Passion Productions Present the New York City Premiere of London's acclaimed drama Breakfast With Mugabe An Award-Winning Thriller by Fraser Grace Directed by David Shookhoff with Che Ayende, Ezra Barnes, Rosalyn Coleman and Michael Rogers Previews now thru August 16, 2013 Opening Night Saturday, August 17, 2013 Performances thru October 6, 2013 The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street, NYC (between 9th &10th Avenues) Tickets: $32 previews* $40 post opening* with code BWMM130 ($95 premium; $59 regular) There are three easy ways to purchase tickets: • Visit and enter code BWMM130. • Call 212.279.4200 and mention code BWMM130. • Take this offer to the Ticket Central Box Office located at 416 W. 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues. NEW YORK CITY - Breakfast With Mugabe is inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, seve

Musical Theatre: Africa Umoja August 7-18, 2013 at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto

Update August 9:   Extended to August 18, 2013 7 Additional shows: August 14 - 8pm August 15 - 8pm August 16 - 8pm August 17 - 2pm & 8pm Auguts 18 - 2pm & 8pm • Get Tickets Here From a media release: Africa Umoja August 7-11, 2013 at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto • Get Tickets Here TORONTO - Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness, is a pulsating musical celebration of South African song and dance. From the potent rhythms of tribal musical to the intricate steps of gumboot dancing, journey through the jazz of Sophiatown to the inspirational joy of Gospel and the powerful pounding energy of Kwaito and is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, with a large cast of South Africa’s young versatile performers, singers, dancers, drummers and marimba players. Travelling on the beats of drums, from the dusty streets of Soweto to all the corners of the world’s best and biggest stages, AFRICA UMOJA tells the moving tale of indigenous South African music - from the earliest rhythm

Recently released: Elastic Bond - Real (Nacional Records - June 25, 2013)

From a media release: Recently released: Elastic Bond - Real ( Nacional Records - June 25, 2013) • Buy it here The Miami-based crew recently wowed critics and fans at the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) in NYC with their new album “Real.”  NPR World Café recently chose Elastic Bond as their ‘Next’ featured artist for the week (in the coming weeks, NPR will also air an Elastic Bond live performance on World Café).  With the success of “Find A Way” at AAA radio, Elastic Bond has emerged as Nacional Records’ most successful radio act in years. The new album “REAL” is based on well-crafted pop songs and catchy melodies, with a unique style of urban tropical funk sung in both English and Spanish. There are nods to both classic soul and traditional cumbia, while always staying true to the modern sounds of their diverse hometown of Miami. With influences from all across the musical map, some classic and some contemporary, Elastic Bond brings an urban edge with a tropical t

CD Release: Jayme Stone & The Other Side of the Air August 11 2013 at Joe's Pub New York City

From a media release: Jayme Stone & The Other Side of the Air August 11, 2013 at Joe's Pub, New York City NEW YORK - Two-time Juno Award winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world.  Jayme Stone's new album The Other Side of The Air was just released worldwide on July 30th. The Other Side of the Air is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traces the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Jayme collected in West Africa and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony written for Jayme by Canadian composer Andrew Downing. You might also catch them playing a Bach fugue, a Trinidadian Calypso and a Bulgarian mountain dance. The big North American CD release tour that starts this month and Jayme is hitting all the good spots, including New York, Boston & DC. Jayme Stone (banjo) Rob Mosher (woodwinds) Bobby Hawk (fiddle) Andrew Small (bass) with

VSC presents BAD MILO! Canadian Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival August 7 2013

From a media release: VSC presents BAD MILO! directed by Jacob Vaughan Canadian Premiere |Fantasia International Film Festival August 7, 2013 | 6:30pm Imperial Theatre – 1432 Rue de Bleury Director Jacob Vaughan will intro the film, followed by a Q+A Opens theatrically in Canada in October (Toronto) Straight from where the ‘sun don’t shine’ comes moviedom’s latest ‘shit disturber’ –  Milo, the benign but hardly crusty creation of director Jacob Vaughan. Darkly comic indeed  Bad Milo! stars Ken Marino as Duncan, a stressed out exec whose high pressure life, including his manipulative, crooked boss (Seinfeld’s Patrick Warburton), his controlling mother (Mary Kay Place), her much-younger boyfriend, his wastrel New Age dad (Stephen Root) and the expectations of his sweet wife metastasize to create a gremlin-like creature that emerges from his poop chute to wreak bloody vengeance on everything that plagues Duncan. It is Duncan’s dark ID run amok. Diagnosed and identified by a hy

Aimia | AGO $50K Photography Prize Long List

From a media release: AIMIA | AGO PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2013 LONG LIST Fourteen outstanding photographers selected through international nomination process Toronto, ON — The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading contemporary photography award, recently announced the highly anticipated long list of 14 finalists from around the world, submitted by a group of international nominators. Formerly known as The Grange Prize, the $50,000 purse is awarded by public vote and honours living artists whose work in photography and video over the past five years has displayed extraordinary potential. The nominators are leading Canadian and international experts in photography (curators, academics and artists) who have each nominated two artists for the Prize — one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally. The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list includes candidates from nine countries: • Edgardo Aragón (Mexico) • Jessica Eaton (Canada) •

I Wayne at Harbourfront Toronto August 3, 2013

With material from a media release: I Wayne at Harbourfront Toronto August 3, 2013 TORONTO - I checked out I-Wayne at Harbourfront last night - along with a packed crowd that seemed to know most of the words to his songs. From his official bio: In the summer of 2004 a new and powerfully distinct voice emerged on the reggae music scene. With a fresh timbre, substantive lyrics, and a passionate performance, this singer almost single handedly led a new wave of roots and culture reggae music that swept the island of Jamaica. I Wayne, born Cliffroy Taylor in the working class Kingston suburb of Portmore, Jamaica, officially hit the international scene with his #1 hit “Can’t Satisfy Her,” the first track by a cultural reggae artist to be added to Hot 97 in New York, a station noted for its hip hop preference. The tune then caught on in several markets and spent over 22 weeks on the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Hot 100 chart. I Wayne followed up that fiery description of a desperate Ja

made in canada/fait au canada Dance Festival August 14 – 17 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: made in canada/fait au canada Festival August 14 – 17, 2013 at Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St., Toronto • For info and tickets: Call 416 533 8577 or visit online Toronto - Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, with guest curators Serge Bennathan and Cylla von Tiedemann, are pleased to present princess productions' biennial dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac) festival, which runs August 14-17 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. The exciting programming of the 2013 d:mic/fac features some of Canada's most inventive dance creators in three different MainStage Series - Benjamin Kamino (Montreal), William Yong (Toronto), Femmes du Feu (Toronto), Louis Laberge-Côté (Toronto), Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg), Mocean Dance (Halifax), Blue Ceiling Dance (Toronto) - as well as a Late-Night 'What You See is What You Get' Series (with Jamee Valin of Vancouver and Toronto-based artists Amy Hampton, Shannon Litzenberger, skindivers

Harbourfront Toronto: Celebrate Pan-Asian Flavours & Entertainment August 9 - 11 2013

From a media release: Fortune Cooking Food Festival An exciting assortment of Pan-Asian flavours & entertainment Aug. 9-11, 2013 TORONTO, ON – Explore the array of Pan-Asian cuisine, culture and artistic expression that Fortune Cooking has to offer at Harbourfront Centre. From August 9 through 11, this festival delves into the progression of trends and flavours originating in Asia. In keeping with Harbourfront Centre’s curatorial theme, “terrain,” Fortune Cooking taps into the uniqueness of foods grown in specific soils and climates, and on a broader term, the geographical impact terrain has on food culture. Explorations of tea pairings from various cities, the process of fermentation to highlight flavours and development of chopsticks from different regions are some of the areas that are examined. Fortune Cooking also explores the impact that the urban setting of Toronto and its cross-pollination of cultures has on Asian cuisine and how it changes over time. • Complete festival ev