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The Theatre Centre Toronto: New Home, New Works, New Season January 26 to June 14 2014

From a media release:

The Theatre Centre celebrates new home with new work, new artists

• Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Performance Series (January 26 to February 9 2014)
• Sea Sick: Alanna Mitchell (March 19 to 23 2014)
• Quebec’s L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres presents Cabaret Brise-Jour (Shattered Cabaret - March 26 to 29)
• Belgian theatre director Tine Van Aerschot’s one-woman/two-ghost show, We Are Not Afraid of the Dark (May 14 to 17 2014)
• Mammalian Diving Reflex and their youth-troupe The Torontonians, The Theatre Centre will co-produce an epic, interactive performance called Promises to a Divided City (May 30 to 31 2014)
• The Tracy Wright Global Archive (June 4 to 8 2014)
• Self-Conscious Theatre, in partnership with Abilities Centre and The Theatre Centre share The Book of Judith (June 12 to 14 2014)
• Studio 180 Theatre - the Canadian premiere of Mike Bartlett’s punchy comedic drama COCK (April 4 to 27 2014)

• Box Office: theatrecentre.org | 416-538-0988


Historic space transforms …

CD Release: Toronto's Random Order with Black Lipstick Kiss January 30 2014

From a media release:

BLACK LIPSTICK KISS
TORONTO ALT-ROCK ‘N’ REGGAE THRILLER SKA BAND RANDOM ORDER RELEASES NEW CD
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College Street, Toronto

Tickets online

TORONTO –
Alternative rock/reggae band Random Order release their new spine-tingling, zombie-fied CD Black Lipstick Kiss on Thursday, January 30  at Toronto’s Virgin Mobile Mod Club. Blending reggae, rock and ska influences, Random Order’s live performances are dynamite and the energy explosive.

There’s nothing random or orderly about this band Random Order. Sometimes described as “rock ‘n’ reggae” the group is one of Toronto’s best, longstanding underground treasures. And now with their third album plus a stunning video of the title track, the band is set to achieve new heights, exploring the dark links between pleasure and pain.

Lead vocalist/guitarist and founding member Lynn Phillips, is the driving force behind Random Order. The vocal style ranges from playful rap, to soulfu…

Theatre @ York Presents The Beggar's Opera January 28 to February 1 2014

From a media release:

The Beggar's Opera
Why are the Laws levelled at us? Are we more dishonest than the rest?
Theatre @ York embraces the question with edgy production of
The Beggar's Opera -  January 28-February 1, 2014

TORONTO
- At its London premiere in 1728, John Gay's rollicking Beggar's Opera caused a sensation. Lampooning the politics and public morality of the day, it became an instant hit.

In 2014, York University's Faculty of Fine Arts brings together professional and emerging talent in theatre, music, dance and digital media in an edgy new production of this satirical masterpiece.

Adapted and directed by interdisciplinary theatre artist Gwen Dobie, Theatre @ York's Beggar's Opera previews January 28, opens January 29 and runs to February 1. It unfolds as a play within a play with a decidedly modern vibe, bringing the audience into the action. The show  transforms York University's Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre into the Lincoln Fields Corre…

World Music: Mundial on the Road Showcase January 23 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

MUNDIAL ON THE ROAD  SHOWCASE
PATRICIA CANO, JAFFA ROAD, MALIKA TIROLIEN
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Lula Lounge, Toronto


Doors 7pm
$15 for three concerts
Dinner reservations guarantee seating, 416 588 0307 or lula.ca.
Special delegate dinner package and transportation available
10% discount on food for CAPACOA conference badge holders


TORONTO - The first of its kind in North America, MUNDIAL MONTREAL (November 18-21, 2014) is a world music conference & festival that celebrates our rich cultural diversity through a variety of showcases while creating an unprecedented network of world music presenters and professionals with a common goal: to develop professional opportunities!

Mundial is becoming the premier meeting place in North America for professionals in world music. The conference is crafted with a prime selection of artists, attended by some of the top presenters, and offers targeted networking activities for all involved. mundialmontreal.com

Three of the artis…

CD Release: Gregg Lawless 'Footnote' January 25 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

From Garbage Heap to Honouring Hands -
Lawless’ ‘Footnote’ CD Coaxes New Music From Recycled & Discarded Instruments


Gregg Lawless CD Release – “Footnote”
with Mark Inneo -- drums (The Tenors), Fergus Marsh -- bass (Bruce Cockburn), David Matheson -- accordion, guitar, B3 (Ron Sexsmith), John Sheard -- piano (Vinyl Cafe)


WHERE: Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St W, Toronto
WHEN: Sat Jan 25th, 2014 - 8:30pm
TIX/INFO: $25 adv / $30   416-531-6604 

Listen at the link


[Toronto ON] 
Thomas Edison once said, ”To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Gregg Lawless takes this further with the release of Footnote – an homage to the discarded – at Toronto’s venerable Hugh’s Room, January 25th. 



The title song explores the feelings of rejection you're left with when a relationship ends - that you’re just a footnote in the larger chapter of life. At the same time, Lawless incorporates a passion for seeking out discarded guitars – those homeless, broken and d…

Atom Egoyan Directs Mozart's Cosi fan tutte - on Stage to February 21 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

The Canadian Opera Company:
atom egoyan plays with farce, folly, love and fidelity in coc’s new production of mozart’s così fan tutte
January 18, 24, 29, February 1, 6, 7*, 9, 15, 18, 21, 2014

Tickets here

Toronto –
The Canadian Opera Company opens its 2013/2014 winter season with Così fan tutte (or The School for Lovers), Mozart’s wry comedy about romantic love, fidelity and temptation. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™, the COC’s Così fan tutte comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for 10 performances on January 18, 24, 29, February 1, 6, 7*, 9, 15, 18, 21, 2014.

Renowned Canadian director and filmmaker Atom Egoyan directs and COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts this new COC production full of farce and folly.  Egoyan’s staging of this popular Mozart opera celebrates the common human experience of joyful, innocent love while also exploring deeper, more private complexities. Taking his inspiration from the opera’s subtitle, The Scho…

Dance in Toronto: 10 New Short Works by Marie-Josée Chartier January 24 & 25 2014

From a media release:

Petites danses
10 new short works by Marie-Josée Chartier
@ the TANK HOUSE THEATRE
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto | Distillery District, Toronto

Friday January 24 and Saturday January 25 2014
Two different programs per night
Menu #1: 7p.m. | Menu #2: 8:30 p.m.


Tickets: $10, or $18 for both menus
cash at the door only ~ no advance sales


TORONTO - How do we see music? How do we hear dance? It is from this premise that Chartier has created a programme of petites danses in response to two specific works by Canadian composers Linda Catlin Smith and John M. Sherlock. This new production brings together a stellar mix of twenty-five performers, two lighting designers and one filmmaker to premiere these works all created by choreographer and director Marie-Josée Chartier.

The audience will experience four choreographic versions to each musical work assembled in two different menu programs.  Smith’s In the high branches will be performed as a quartet of men, a solo, a…

Brazilian Guitar: Badi Assad in New York City (Jan 20 & 23 2014) & L.A. (Jan 31 2014)

From a media release:

CD & Tour
Life-changing experiences: acclaimed Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad returns to the world stage with new album, plus New York Guitar Festival and Los Angeles concert appearances in January 2014

Get the CD Between Love and Luck (Quatro Ventos)
• See concert details at the bottom of the post


Thoughts on New Release Between Love and Luck

One of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists and the winner of the 2013 USA Songwriting Competition in the World category, Badi Assad has enjoyed over 20 years on the world stage as one of the finest Brazilian guitarists of her generation— many would argue that she is indeed the top of the line. The younger sister of legendary classical guitarists Duo Assad, Badi released 10 albums from 1989’s Danca Dos Tons through 2006’s Wonderland. Then…. Silence, until 2013 brought us her new CD Between Love and Luck.

Now back on the world stage, Assad brings her perceptive approach to songwriting and virtuosic guitar to New York and Los …

Free Talk: David Cronenberg with Piers Handling January 21 2014 at OCAD Uni Toronto

From a media release:

OCAD University
President’s Speaker Series presents:
A conversation between David Cronenberg and Piers Handling


Free Talk -Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 7 p.m. (please note seating is limited)

TORONTO -
OCAD University is pleased to present a free public discussion between Piers Handling and David Cronenberg.

Cronenberg, the master of the macabre, creepy obsessions and weird fantasies, is coming to OCAD University to talk about the relationships among technology, art, cinema, architecture, design and city landscapes. The iconic Toronto-based Canadian filmmaker will be interviewed by Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF.

During Cronenberg’s 40-year career as a filmmaker, his works have included independent, experimental, science fiction, horror, thriller and studio productions including Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis. Cronenberg is the recipient many awar…

Jazz by 3: Lara Solnicki, Fern Lindzon, Sinal Aberto with Luanda Jones January 21 2014 in Toronto

From a release:

JAZZ BY 3
Lara Solnicki, Fern Lindzon, Sinal Aberto with Luanda Jones
Three fabulous small jazz ensembles in one night! With Ted Quinlan, Gord Sheard and Mark Kelso. Each group features celebrated bassist George Koller.


Sunday, January 19, 2014
LULA LOUNGE
Doors 6pm, show at 7pm

$15 or $49 dinner package includes three course dinner and show.
Dinner reservations guarantee seating. 416 588 0307, lula.ca


TORONTO - Three ladies of jazz in one hot show - January 19, 2014 at Toronto's Lula Lounge.

LARA SOLNICKI  7 pm

"...One of the finest jazz singers to emerge on the Canadian scene..." - Stanley Péan, host: Espace Musique/Radio Canada

A graduate of The Glenn Gould School/ Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto-born Lara Solnicki has been praised for her "beautiful voice, warm, grave and measured." (Christophe Rodriguez, Le Journal de Montreal) and her "stylish and sensual interpretations of The Great American Songbook." (Mark Rheaume, CBC).

Lara Solnic…

Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Cedric Burnside at drom (New York City) January 24 2014

From a release:

CEG & Nolafunk Present Cedric Burnside
January 24, 2014
at drom (New York City)

Mississippi Hill Country Blues, Funk, R&B and Soul

Tickets Here

Cedric was born and raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi. At the young age of 13, he began touring around the world playing drums with his grandfather, North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside also known as "Big Daddy". In late 2006, Cedric & Lightin' Malcolm teamed up and toured as "The Juke Joint Duo" which produced the award winning record, ‘Two Man Wrecking Crew'. In 2010, Cedric collaborated with his younger brother, Cody Burnside, and his uncle, Garry Burnside, to create The Cedric Burnside Project. They created a new genre of music by infusing Mississippi Hill Country Blues, Funk, R&B and Soul that will keep your foot stomping all night long! Following the passing of his brother, Cody, Cedric keeps the flame burning, touring with Trenton Ayers.

Cedric has performed and Recor…

A Conversation with Edith Head on stage January 17-19 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

CAFTCAD presents A Conversation with Edith Head
Canadian premiere brings costume design icon back to life
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre - Toronto
January 17 - 19, 2014

Buy tickets

Toronto -
The Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD) presents Susan Claassen in A Conversation with Edith Head, by Paddy Calistro and Susan Claassen. The one woman play is based on the book Edith Head’s Hollywood by Paddy Calistro and Edith Head.

A Conversation with Edith Head is playing in Toronto, January 17-19, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. It is a behind-the-scenes feast of great movie lore and delicious stories providing insight into Hollywood’s legendary costume designer, Edith Head. At A Conversation with Edith Head, audiences hear Miss Head tell her own story. It’s a tale as fascinating as the history of the film industry itself, filled with humour, frustration and glamour.

The play, created when Susan Claassen was inspir…

Opening in Toronto: Big Bad Wolves - January 17 2014

From a media release:

Video Services Corp. presents
BIG BAD WOLVES
A film by Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

Opens Friday January 17, 2014
• Toronto – Cineplex, Yonge & Dundas, 10 Dundas St. E
• Ottawa – Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.
• Victoria – The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.
• more Canadian cities to follow.

(Toronto)
Big Bad Wolves, Quentin Tarantino’s “best film of the year” opens in cities across Canada January 17 from Video Services Corp (VSC).

Described as “mesmerizing from start to finish,” by The Hollywood Reporter, Big Bad Wolves involves a series of brutal murders that put the lives of three men on a collision course: the father of the latest victim, a vigilante police detective and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released by a police blunder. It follows Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s first feature, Rabies, which caused a sensation at its 2010 debut at the Tribeca Film Festival as Israel’s first horror…

Amnesty International "Films for Change" Series - THE SQUARE - January 17 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

Amnesty International "Films for Change" Series - THE SQUARE
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 6:30pm
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario

TORONTO -
Amnesty International Films for Change Presents The Square - Join Amnesty International Toronto (AITO) for the first installment in the 2014 Films for Change series!  AITO is proud to present a limited engagement of the award-winning documentary The Square, Friday, January 17 2014 at the Bloor Hot Docs cinema.

The Square follows a diverse group of Egyptian activists, armed only with cameras and the power of social media, as they risk their lives to build a liberated society.  Directed by Egyptian-American Jehane Noujaim, The Square follows these activists not only through the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but also through the turbulent years that followed.  Defiant, courageous, and inspiring, The Square has been called “a remarkable portrait of Egypt’s false dawns, and worthy of…

Tickets Nearly Sold Out! Green Porno Live on Stage with Isabella Rossellini at BAM (Brooklyn) Jan 16-25 2014

From a release:

Tickets Nearly Sold Out!
Green Porno
Live on Stage
Conceived and performed by Isabella Rossellini
Written by Isabella Rossellini and Jean-Claude Carrière
Staged by Muriel Mayette
Jan 16—Jan 25, 2014
at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Part of 2014 Winter/Spring Season

Art-house luminary Isabella Rossellini reveals the surprisingly kinky and confounding mating rituals of insects and marine life in this one-woman show, adapted from the celebrated Sundance Channel series of the same name.

With day-glo costumes and paper puppets, Rossellini channels a host of reproductive oddities based on a text by the influential French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (The Mahabharata, 1987 Next Wave; The Tin Drum). Part nature documentary, part DIY cartoon, Green Porno is a cheeky, delightful zoology lesson brought vividly to life by Rossellini’s singular flair for storytelling.

English translation by Sofia Groopman

Post-Show Artist Talk
with Isabella Rossellini
Moderated by Suzanne Braun Levine
Tue…

Habib Koité: New Album Soô & North American Tour January 31 to March 7 2014

From a media release:

Home is Where the Heart is for Habib Koité: New Album Soô Spotlights Mali’s Diversity
Guest Appearances by Toumani Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate—and Habib’s First Banjo

The tour kicks off January 31, 2014 in Sebastopol, CA - check out the full tour at the link

Including:
Aeolian Hall, London, ON - February 13, 2014
The Mod Club, Toronto - February 14, 2014
L'Astral, Montreal - February 15, 2014
City Winery, New York City - March 6, 2014


With all the turmoil that has hit Mali since singing guitar master Habib Koité’s last recording, it is no wonder that his February 25, 2014 release, titled Soô (which translates to Home in English), was recorded in his own home. But the civil strife in Mali was not what drove the musician to do his first home recording. The real reason simply was—just like many other established musicians—because he could. What started as a logistical decision paved the way for the album’s theme.

For a musician, on the road for long stretches, home bec…

Photographic Art: J.W. Bush at Sealed Art (Hamilton, ON) January 25 to February 25 2014

From a media release:

Opening:
J.W. Bush - Watermarks
Opening at Sealed Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
January 25 to February 25, 2014

• Opening Reception January 25, 2014 - 5 to 9pm
• Photographs are in series of five only 225.00 CAD each


HAMILTON, ON - Enigmatic and evocative, J.W. Bush's latest show of photography opens on January 25, 2014 at Sealed Art Gallery.

Jeff is a long time self-taught photography artist who's been exhibiting his work in Hamilton for decades. The former owner of the J.W. Bush Gallery has been a well-known member of Hamilton's arts community. His work has included stints volunteering for the City and he's often documented Hamilton's arts scene along with providing photography services to poets, musicians and theatre artists and general design work - but no weddings! He hopes to re-open the gallery as a photographic centre in the future.

The show includes experimental music on the Korg M1 Syntech, provided by Rob Vecera, mixed and produced by J.W. Bus…

Music from Guinea Recently Released: Stronghold Sound's Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Roots Volume

From a media release:

CD Release:
Stronghold Sound is back with its second volume of Sembeh Ma Fe Fe (roots volume) - December 10, 2013

Buy the album here
• Check out my post on the first release here


In this follow-up to their earlier Guinean compilation, Stronghold Sound releases, Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Roots Volume, a lively selection of home-grown soul, folk, salsa and traditional djembe percussion from this musically rich West-African country.

After focusing on the Middle East in their most recent full length release, Khat Thaleth: Arab Hip Hop in the wake of Revolutions, the Stronghold Sound’s producer Dub Snakkr goes back to Africa and digs deeper into the musical heritage of Guinea. The second volume in the Sembeh Ma Fa Fe series features tunes that share some of the roots of the musical traditions of the region. From the powerful polyrhythms of the djembe, to the soothing cyclical melodies of the balafon, to the longing cries of the grio, each instrument is rich with history and signi…