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The Rosedale Winds in Concert November 9 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

The Rosedale Winds blow into Canadian Music Centre with their first concert of the 2013/2014 Season
Saturday, November 9, 2013
3 pm Canadian Music Centre (20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto)
Tickets: $20 Regular (Includes a drink) - Available at the door

Toronto, ON –
The young, fresh, and vibrant Rosedale Winds specialize in innovative concerts that showcase a wide array of classical music and intrigue audiences of all ages. For this upcoming concert, the Rosedale Winds present exciting music in a convivial atmosphere. Taking place at the Canadian Music Centre’s intimate performance venue in downtown Toronto, the event will engage your mind with the composer’s cultural expressions.

In this program, the Rosedale Winds present music inspired by popular literature such as Gabriel Garcias Marquez’s 100 years of Solitude and Ambrose Bierce's Devil’s Dictionary. The program features Canadian composers, Wolfgang Heinz Otto Bottenberg, Toronto’s own Gary Kulesha, and American …

Jazz CD Release: Richard Bennett's New York City Swara & Free Performance November 7 2013 in Brooklyn

With material from a media release:

Jazz CD Release: Richard Bennett's New York City Swara
(Times Music - October 11, 2013)

November 7, 2013 - Tea Lounge, 837 Union St - Brooklyn
Tix: $FREE, Show: 8pm
CD release show as part of Brooklyn Raga Massive!

Buy the music here

Even without reading the PR material to know what a swara is or speaking to New York City based jazz pianest Richard Bennett, the influence of classical Indian music on his latest release is obvious. It appears as an organic thread of the music and in varying degrees, from the driving straight up jazz of How Brooklyn Sounds to the Indian steeped Savage Garden. "How Brooklyn Sounds is the freeest adaptation. It's taking it to the limit of the raga and still staying inside the raga," says Richard.

He's known for incorporating many influences into his compositions, including his work as part of a Greek traditional band, New Orleans second-line pianist, and leader of his own eclectic trio at Japanese jazz …

Alanis Obomsawin's NFB documentary opens November 1, 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox Director in attendance Nov. 1 and 2

From a media release:


Alanis Obomsawin's NFB documentary opens November 1, 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox
Director in attendance Nov. 1 and 2

Tickets here

Toronto - Though young Shannen Koostachin died tragically in 2010, her dream did not.

In 2008, Shannen was a 14-year-old student in the Northern Ontario Cree village of Attawapiskat, leading a campaign for a proper school in her community - a community that was stunned when she was killed in a car accident.

But children were determined to continue her fight; and so "Shannen's Dream" would grow into a remarkable national movement that called for fairness in education for all.

Legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin's latest National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary Hi-Ho Mistahey!, which opens theatrically at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Friday, November 1, follows Shannen's Dream as it brings together the voice…

From Nacional Records: New Video from Ritmo Machine featuring Sen Dog - Senny Sosa

Ritmo Machine feat. Sen Dog - Senny Sosa 
Video by Piero Medone

Wanted to share this great new video by Ritmo Machine ft. Sen Dog of Cypress Hill - the video premiered this week at Okayplayer. This has been one of my favourite groups and releases since Welcome to the Ritmo Machine was released about two years ago.

Ritmo Machine's 'Welcome to the Ritmo Machine' available on
Amazon CD

Art Toronto International Art Fair - October 25 to 28 2013

With material from a media release:

Art Toronto International Art Fair
Friday October 25th to Monday October 28th, 2013
Friday & Saturday - Noon to 8pm
Sunday & Monday - Noon to 6pm

Loch Gallery - Record Sales at Opening Night of Art Toronto
Gallery sells more than $3-million during first night of the annual art fair

TORONTO - Art Toronto got off to a strong start Thursday evening as Loch Gallery sold more than $3 million in paintings.

A rare masterpiece by Edwin Holgate executed in 1939 was one of the first paintings to sell shortly after the doors opened to the public.  Great Bug Pond, Cache River, a 26" x 30"oil on canvas, is a magnificent landscape painted at the peak of the artist's career.

The auction record for a Holgate was set five years ago when Near Amiens sold at Heffel for $575,000. Loch Gallery can confirm the sale of Great Bug Pond, Cache River surpassed the 2008 record.

Additional sale highlights included Winter Sunset, Algonquin Park by Tom Thomson, Nor…

CD Release: Rebeca Vallejo's Azúcar, Canela - Release Party October 27 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

CD Release: Rebeca Vallejo Mixes Up an Unexpected Sangria of Sound on Azúcar, Canela
(World Music Boutique - October 1, 2013)
Album Release Party October 27, 2013 at dRom - New York City

Buy the CD here

Sangria. It’s the Spanish national drink, a refreshing mix of wine, fruit, sugar, and brandy that’s been copied, around the world. But no one makes it like a native. Singer Rebeca Vallejo, born and raised in Madrid, understands that very well.

“My friends say they know my sangria as soon as they taste it,” she says. “It’s the kind of drink where anything goes, but as well as sugar, I use cinnamon as an ingredient. That’s my personal touch to sangria.”

But the music on her new album, Azúcar, Canela (which translates to “sugar, cinnamon”), is like her sangria, always Spanish but open to possibilities. Vallejo begins a U.S. tour October 13 with a New York City release party on October 27, 2013 with the support of SPAIN arts & culture ( The songs…

Opera Atelier Season 2013/14: Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, 2013 & Lully’s Persée Apr. 26 – May 3, 2014

From a media release:

2013-2014 season features the return of two jewels in Opera Atelier’s crown
- Plus an engagement at the Palace of Versailles, France -
Season Kicks Off with Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio - October 26 to November 2, 2013


(Toronto, ON) –
Opera Atelier’s founding co-artistic directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg are about to launch the company’s 2013-2014 season, which will include a return engagement at the Royal Opera House in the Palace of Versailles. The spring 2014 production of Lully’s Persée will travel to Versailles for three performances, following its run at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto (Apr. 26 – May 3, 2014). The 13-14 season will kick off in October with the return of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio (Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, 2013), the runaway hit from Opera Atelier’s 2008 season.

Persée is a landmark production for Opera Atelier. The company’s 2000 production was the first fully staged incarnation of the …

CD Release & Live Dates: Salaam's Train to Basra

From a media release:

The Train to Basra: Salaam Plays Music from the Middle East of the Heart
Train to Basra and Other Stories
Tour dates: October 25, 2013 in Washington, October 26 in New York City, October 28 in Boston

A locomotive whistle sounds out across the desert, long and lonesome, and the engine gathers steam. Men ride on the roof of the carriage, their laughter spilling out into the night. Curled up on the luggage rack, a young boy on his first train trip alone is too excited to sleep, listening to all the voices and watching the faces, the stunning bride returning from a trip to gather her dowry, a striking and friendly family of African-Iraqis. He knows he’ll remember every moment of this journey from Baghdad to Basra. He did, and many years and miles away it became the bedtime story he told his daughter, and the inspiration for Salaam’s new album, Train to Basra and Other Stories (release: October 29, 2013).

“It’s my childhood,” explains Dena El Saffar, the daughter who gr…

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre Presents Escape Artist October 25 to November 2 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of
Escape Artist
An evening of solos performed by Claudia Moore
choreographed by Paul-André Fortier, Susanna Hood, Christopher House and Gadfly

October 25 to November 2, 2013

• Tickets - PWYC on Hallowe'en

Toronto -
MOonhORsE Dance Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Escape Artist, an exquisite evening of solos performed by Artistic Director Claudia Moore that she commissioned from acclaimed choreographers Paul-André Fortier, Susanna Hood, Christopher House and GADFLY (Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Portillo) in celebration of her 60th birthday.  Escape Artist runs October 25-November 2 at Dancemakers Centre for Creation.

"The title, Escape Artist," says Moore, "refers to my delight at 'escaping' into the worlds of the dances I perform. My father called me 'fantasy girl' as a child and my vivid imagination continues to be a great ally to me as an interpreter. Each of these n…

Contest: Make a Video for Bombay Dub Orchestra (Deadline December 4 2013)

From a media release:

Six Degrees Records and Talent House have joined forces to offer this Cool Video Contest for Bombay Dub Orchestra

• Deadline December 4, 2013
• For guideliness and to submit click here

New Bombay Dub Orchestra Album ‘Tales From The Grand Bazaar(Six Degrees Records - October 8, 2013)

The story behind Bombay Dub Orchestra’s new album, Tales From the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees Records), was created over many years throughout five countries. Wherever Andrew T. Mackay and Garry Hughes might have started, they ended up somewhere completely unexpected. “The vision is the end product,” says Mackay. “But how you get there is the journey, and music can take you many places.”

Now it's time embark on a journey of your own. In celebration of their new album, Bombay Dub Orchestra is inviting aspiring filmmakers to create a music video inspired by their new track, Bohemia Junction, for the opportunity to be chosen as the song's official music video. In addition, the grand p…

Canadian Stage presents DESH choreographed and performed by Akram Khan October 31 to November 2 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Canadian Stage presents DESH choreographed and performed by Akram Khan
Three performances only; on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre from October 31 to November 2, 2013

Toronto, ON –
Canadian Stage presents the North American premiere of the Olivier Award-winning dance production DESH with a limited three performance run. Featuring masterful choreographer and performer Akram Khan in a full-length solo performance, the production is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E) from October 31 to November 2. Collaborating with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip, lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Naïr and composer Jocelyn Pook, Khan has created a theatrical dance experience that is at once intimate and epic.

“DESH shares a haunting and beautiful look at the fragility of one man’s relationship with himself and the world at large,” said Matthew Jocelyn, artistic & general director, Canadian Stage. “We continue to celebrate storytelling …

Free Concert: Baritone Sidney Outlaw at the Riverside Church Harlem October 27 2013

From a media release:

October 27, 2013 in New York City
Baritone Sidney Outlaw to Perform Selections from Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, Rossini and More


Kicking off the start of its acclaimed Christ Chapel Chamber Series for the 2013-2014 music calendar, The Riverside Church will showcase the talents of Sidney Outlaw (baritone) for a concert of music on Sunday, October 27, at 3:00 p.m. in the Church’s Christ Chapel, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120 & 122nd Sts.), Morningside Heights.

A native of North Carolina and regular soloist with The Riverside Choir, during the concert Sidney Outlaw will perform selections by Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, Rossini and more.

Lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” and The San Francisco Chronicle as “an opera powerhouse”, Sidney Outlaw was the Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe in 2010 …

The National Black Theatre Presents: The Last Saint On Sugar Hill October 29 - November 24, 2013

From a media release:

The National Black Theatre Presents:
The Last Saint On Sugar Hill
October 29 - November 24, 2013
Opening Night Gala - Nov. 1st

NEW YORK PREMIERE The Last Saint On Sugar Hill written by Keith Josef Adkins directed by Seret Scott
Starring: Danny Johnson, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Yaegel T. Welch, Terrell Wheeler and Chinaza Uche


Harlem - a mecca for black culture is now home to fancy eateries and a myriad of new residents. Napolean Pettigrew and his sons are die-hard Harlemites and feared property owners who hope to make a profit from this NEW Harlem. However, when they discover one of their properties is a real money-maker, everything they hold sacred—family, loyalty & community—falls apart. Sitting on a gold mine, the Pettigrew men are faced with the biggest decision in their lives—save or destroy the last untouched neighborhood in Harlem.

Dr. Barbara Ann Teers’s National Black Theatre (NBT) will open its 45th Season with the New York Premiere of T…