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Glenfiddich Issues Call for Canadian Artists for the Coveted 2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize (Jan 31 2014 Deadline)

From a media release: Glenfiddich Issues Call for Canadian Artists to Enter Competition for the Coveted 2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize • To apply and for more information, applicants are asked to visit  www.glenfiddich.com/ca/artistsinresidence Toronto, November 28, 2013 – Glenfiddich is issuing a Call to Artists currently living and creating art in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize. The Canadian “Call to Artists” opens today, Thursday November 28, 2013 and closes midnight eastern time, Friday January 31, 2014 . The Canadian winner will be one of only eight artists worldwide to be awarded the art community’s coveted prize to live and work at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. It’s only fitting that the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky honours distinction. The three-month residency valued at $20,000 per artist represents the Glenfiddich commitment to the

Songs of My Mother: A Celebration of African Women December 7 2013 in Toronto.

From a media release: Batuki Music Society Presents: Songs of My Mother: A Celebration of African Women Saturday December 7th at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto. TORONTO - Songs of My Mother concert will showcase a stellar diversity of voices featuring Tapa Diarra (Mali), Blandine Mbiya (Democratic Republic of Congo), Ruth Mathiang (South Sudan), Evelyn Mukwedeya (Zimbabwe), Memory Makuri (Zimbabwe) and dancer Mabinty Sylla (Guinea) with a supporting cast of musicians including Diely Mori Tounkara, Kofi Ackah, Adam Solomon, Ebenezer Agyekum, Tichaona Maredza, Ruben Esguerra and Amara Kante. The first words or language that a child hears from its mother is a song.  This introduction to sound and words through song is a very common element in the bonding process between a mother and her newborn in most African cultures.  This is an intuitive process and it is done for each newborn and the songs are often an affirmation of a mother’s love for her child and also a celebration of mother

Royal Conservatory Toronto Presents Rokia Traoré: Beautiful Africa - November 27 2013

From a media release: Royal Conservatory Toronto Presents: Rokia Traoré - Beautiful Africa Wednesday, November 27, 2013 8:00 pm - Koerner Hall Rokia Traoré, vocals & guitar, Fatim Koutayé, vocals, Ruth Goller, bass, Giovanni Ferrario, guitar, Mamah Diabaté, n’goni, Bintou Soumbounou, vocals, Dave de Rose, drums • Get the album Beautiful Africa here TORONTO - One of the most inventive female singer-songwriters in Africa today, Rokia Traoré is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for the sheer variety of her work. Recently, she has written three very different sets of music: the acoustic Damou (Dream), the bluesy Donguili (Sing), and the rock-influenced Donke (Dance), in which she set out to show three different aspects of Malian culture and her own personality, and which were all performed at different London venues in one week.   Rokia Traoré was criticized for not being a griot (from a family of traditional musicians), but a da

Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal Presents: None of the Above - November 26 to 30 2013

From a media release: Kaleidoscope Theatre MONTREAL presents NONE OF THE ABOVE Written by Jenny Lyn Bader Directed by Trevor Barrette & Michelle Lewis • Tuesday, November 26 – Saturday, November 30, 2013 • Tickets online Montreal, November 2013 – Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal is proud to present their third production, the Canadian premiere of Jenny Lyn Bader’s None of the Above, directed by Trevor Barrette and Michelle Lewis. The company’s two successful past productions of the classic plays, Sophocles’ Antigone and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, were presented at the Casgrain Studio Theatre in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. They are very excited to be making their work more accessible by bringing None of the Above to Montreal’s MainLine Theatre from November 26th to the 30th. The show features a soundtrack created by Montreal musicians. Set in present day New York City, Jenny Lyn Bader’s almost romantic comedy is a two-hander battle of the wits that deals with the stresses

Optic Heart Theatre Toronto Presents Hugh Baugh's The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone Nov 27 to Dec 8 2013

From a media release: Optic Heart Theatre presents Hume Baugh’s searingly honest, and celebratory one-person show THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE at Videofag (Toronto) Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2013 • Tickets    TORONTO - Optic Heart Theatre presents Hume Baugh’s searingly honest, and celebratory one-person show THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE - an intimate account of his mother’s remarkable life and the complexity of his relationship to the woman who bore and raised him. THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE plays in the studio at Videofag in Kensington Market for 10 performances only from Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2013. Tickets are available online via EventBrite at thegirlinthepicture.eventbrite.ca or by cash sale only at the door. Seating is very limited.   Long before she died, my mother disappeared. Inside herself. Into a fog of alcohol… What is it like to grow up as the son of a dynamic, successful, charismatic alcoholic? And after her death, to

NFB Documentary Bad Coyote Screens at Planet in Focus Film Festival - November 24 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: NFB DOCUMENTARY BAD COYOTE SCREENS AT PLANET IN FOCUS Directed by Jason Young Toronto ― The National Film Board of Canada selection at the 14th Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto (November 21–24) will include Jason Young’s documentary Bad Coyote, on the controversy surrounding a new hybrid species of wolf and coyote. The film is an incisive look at the politics—and the price—of living and playing close to nature. Bad Coyote Written and directed by Jason Young and produced by Paul McNeill for NFB Atlantic Centre in Halifax, Bad Coyote looks at a hybrid type of coyote, thought to be part wolf, which has migrated to Eastern Canada. After a deadly mauling in Cape Breton, said to be the first such fatal attack against an adult human, alarm spreads across Nova Scotia. Trappers, scientists, sheep farmers and the mother of the 19-year-old victim, Taylor Mitchell, weigh in. Increasing media coverage and reports of coyote attacks and sightings prompt the

Opening in Toronto: Breakthrough Entertainment Presents Looking is the Original Sin - Starring Katie Boland, Maria del Mar

From a media release: Breakthrough Entertainment presents LOOKING IS THE ORIGINAL SIN a film by Gail Harvey Opens in Toronto Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton St. Begins November 22, 2013 During this run, a rare exhibit of Gail Harvey’s photos will be on display at the Carlton Cinema. CAST Maria del Mar, Katie Boland, Linda Hamilton, Kent Staines, Jayne Eastwood, Dewshane Williams, Kris Holden-Reid (Toronto) Fresh off the heels of its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, comes the Toronto theatrical premiere of director Gail Harvey’s now award-winning film Looking Is The Original Sin, having most recently picked up a Best International Feature Film award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. The film will screen at the Carlton Cinema, beginning November 22, and with this theatrical run comes a very rare photo exhibit of director Harvey’s  works. The exhibit will consist of approximately 50 photos, half of which were in the film, and ot

The Black Book Affair - November 22 & 23 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: THE BLACK BOOK AFFAIR 2013 November 22 & 23, 2013 At A Different Booklist 918 Bathurst Street - Toronto IDEAL FOR FAMILIES, EDUCATORS AND BOOK LOVERS Authors: Althea Prince, Itah Sadu,  Gayle Gonsalves, Pooran Bridgelall, Jody Nyasha Warner, Natasha Henry, Yvonne Browne, Garfield Ellis, Richard Gaskin, Njacko Backo, Dirk McLean, Adwoa Badoe, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Whitney French, Salah Wilson, George Elliott Clarke, Austin Yearwood, Dr. George Sefa Dei, Jywze, Christene  Browne, Robert Vernon, Keith Ellis, Jennylynd James, Panman Pat SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday November 22, 2013 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM THE BIG BOOK LAUNCH & RECEPTION FEATURED AUTHORS Althea Prince, (Beyond the Journey Women's Stories of Settlement and Community, Insomniac Press), Gayle Gonsalves (Painting Pictures, Insomniac Press), Christene Browne (Two Women, Second Story Press), and Special Guest Barbadian Writer Austin Yearwood Saturday November 23, 10:30am – 7:00pm ALL DAY BOOK

new music: thin edge new music collective presents unusual spectrum III Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: thin edge new music collective presents: unusual spectrum III Thursday, November 21, 2013 array space (155 walnut ave - toronto) Toronto, ON – Thin Edge New Music Collective is excited to announce the second concert of our 2013/2014 season.  Unusual Spectrum III will take place on November 21, at the Array Space in Toronto and will showcase special guest artist bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano performing a solo set comprised of her own compositions and improvisations, including the world premiere of Avoiding the Answers (2013) for bass clarinet. Join us for an evening of eclectic auditory/visual experiences featuring works by Canadian composers Gary Kulesha, Colin Labadie, Kathryn Ladano and American master George Crumb. Unusual Spectrum III includes a myriad of contemporary idioms ranging from solo and chamber music to electronics, improvisation and even elements of the theatrical. Guaranteed to thoroughly satiate the listeners' palate! Performers Kath

NuDance 2013 November 22 & 23 at the Riverside Theatre, Harlem (New York City)

From a media release: NuDance 2013 November 22 & 23, 2013 Riverside Theatre, Harlem (New York City) NEW YORK CITY - Six of the most exciting, talented, gifted and innovative choreographers of their generation will present new-works at the NuDance Festival 2013. Each evening's performance will be followed by a conversation with the five presenting choreographers. November 22 & 23, 2013 - 7:30-9:00pm Featuring: DASH Ensemble The DASH Ensemble is a New York City based contemporary dance group founded and directed by Gregory Dolbashian. Combining elements of modern, hip hop, floor work and physical theater Dolbashian has created his own unique style of contemporary dance with an urban flair. will be presenting the first installment of our new evening length work to be premiered in March 2014. Dance Iquail Dance Iquail uses the art of dance as a conduit for combating issues of social injustice primarily experienced by the disadvantaged. Working in the universal lang

16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival November 20 to 23, 2013 in New York City

From a release: 16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival November 20 to 23, 2013 in New York City • Full Details at the link NEW YORK CITY - African American Women in Cinema is proud to present the 16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival in New York City. Event details and ticket information below. Festival Schedule: Wednesday, November 20th 6:00pm VIP Red Carpet Reception 8:00pm Salute to the 16th AAWIC Trailblazer Honoree: Zola Mashariki—Senior Vice President of Productions Special Screening of “Black Nativity” Directed by: Kasi Lemmons---Starring; Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Forrest Whitaker Question & Answer Segment with Film Director & Audience Location: Clearview / Bowtie Cinemas ---260 W. 23rd Street, New York City Benefactor Sponsor: Fox Audience Strategy Sponsored by: Greater New York Chamber of Commerce Tickets must be purchased prior to attending the event.  There will be no ticket sales at do

CD Release: Los Macuanos 'El Origen' (Nacional Records - November 19 2013)

From a media release: CD Release: Already Featured at NPR, MTV and More, Los Macuanos Announce November 19th 2013 Release for Debut Album 'El Origen' (Nacional Records) • Buy it here on iTunes Los Macuanos, a buzz-heavy trio that brings together traditional Latin rhythms with modern electronic dance beats, have announced their debut album “El Origen” will be released November 19th on Nacional Records. The group has already been featured at NPR, PRI/BBC’s The World, MTV Iggy and Vice, who described them as the “Mexican Kraftwerk.”  They also recently had 2 songs featured in Indio Beer ads Los Macuanos belong to a generation of producers that came of age in a violent and rapidly-changing political climate in Tijuana, Mexico. Like many of their contemporaries, their productions echo a once hedonistic lifestyle, taking cues from the rave styles of the era, with elements of minimal techno, dubstep and glitch.  Their music has since evolved with a more nuanced, stylistic approach tha

Musical Theatre in Toronto: Promise Productions Presents - Pieces of Me November 20th-23rd, 26-30th 2013

From a media release: Musical Theatre: Promise Productions Presents - Pieces of Me November 20th-23rd, 26-30th 2013 (10 shows) Theatre Passé Muraille- 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto • Click HERE to purchase tickets. TORONTO - A couple’s loyalty is tested to its core in PIECES OF ME (A New Musical) by Deon Denton, now extended for a second week, playing from November 20-30, 2013 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. PIECES OF ME is a compelling musical tale of sex, lies and betrayal. Tickets will be available online via artsboxoffice.ca or TOtix.ca , by phone at 416-504-7529, or at the door. PIECES OF ME (A New Musical) presents an intimate portrait of a beautiful couple celebrating the perfect life and marriage…but up close the portrait is riddled with flaws and deception. Pamela is overcome with restlessness, secretly yearning for her former life. Her husband Parker, unaware of her discontent, works hard to secure their future until he is confronted with a secret from her past that thre

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Toronto Presents The Gay Heritage Project November 17 to December 8 2013

From a media release: THREE OF CANADA’S LEADING THEATRE MAKERS OFFER AN IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION INTO LGBT HISTORY The GHP Collective in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre present the World Premiere of THE GAY HERITAGE PROJECT by Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn & Andrew Kushnir NOVEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 8, 2013 | BUDDIESINBADTIMES.COM TORONTO- Three of our country’s most gifted creator/performers set out to answer one question: is there such a thing as gay heritage? In their search, they uncover a rich history not often shared and shine new light on contemporary gay culture. The result is a hilarious and moving homage to the people who came before us and the events that continue to shape our lives. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre marks its 35th anniversary with a timely investigation into queer history. Developed over the past three years in the company's Artist Residency Program and presented in workshop at The Rhubarb Festival in 2011, The Gay Heritage Project marks the partne

Pictures of Harlem - November 2013

Some Street Scenes from a Recent Trip...

Toronto Jazz Musicians: TDJ Special Projects Accepting Applications for 'Special Jazz Projects' - Deadline December 6 2013

From a media release: TDJ Special Projects Is Looking For A Few Good Musicians Applications are now being accepted for special jazz projects in need of marketing support • Deadline December 6, 2013 • For complete details, including eligibility requirements and the complete list of support offered, please visit www.torontojazz.com/special Toronto – Designed to encourage the creation, development and presentation of special projects by local jazz musicians, the TDJ Special Projects Initiative is now accepting submissions until December 6, 2013. Entering its fourth year, the Initiative provides successful applicants with marketing and public relations support, including a bursary, from Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ). "We're pleased to be supporting some of the outstanding jazz musicians who call Toronto home”, states Artistic Director Josh Grossman. “Promoting an event is a big job and can be time-consuming for an independent musician - especially when preparing for a big show. W

Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos at Harbourfront Toronto November 9 & 10 2013

From a media release: Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos Presented by Scotiabank November 9 & 10, 2013 Harbourfront Centre celebrates the memory of the departed with a two-day festival • Complete Day of the Dead festival listings can be found here TORONTO, ON – Celebrate the lives of the departed at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos Festival (Nov. 9 & 10, 2013). Produced in partnership with Scotiabank and the Consulate General of Mexico, Harbourfront Centre’s two-day festival runs every day from noon to 6 p.m. and offers patrons an opportunity to explore celebrations from Mexico, and other areas of Latin America, with handcrafted ofrendas (altars), concerts, film, family activities and more. Highlight performances include a Toronto concert debut from Canadian-Mexican singer Mamselle, authentic mariachi music from Mariachi Mexico Amigo, a lecture on famed artist Jose Posada with Chicago-based historian Diane Miliotes and vibrant Latin dances

Infinithéâtre Montréal Presents the Return of Kafka’s Ape November 7 to 24 2013

From a media release: Infinithéâtre Presents the Return of Kafka’s Ape Based on Franz Kafka’s short story, A Report to an Academy Adapted from the original German and directed by Guy Sprung Thursday, November 7 – Sunday November 24, 2013 “I deliberately don’t use the word ‘freedom’. ‘Freedom’ is a powerfully seductive word which your so-called civilized world uses very cleverly, very effectively, to entrap and occupy whole continents.” - Redpeter MONTREAL - Infinithéâtre presents the remount of its hugely successful world premiere of Kafka’s Ape, Guy Sprung’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s A Report to an Academy, from the original German. Kafka’s Ape runs from Nov. 7-24 at Bain St. Michel. This disturbing satire is a theatrical tour-de-force starring company favourite Howard Rosenstein as keynote speaker, the primate Mr. Redpeter. Born in 1883, Kafka is one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Sprung is thrilled with the response the play garnered during its origi