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Japan Society New York City presents SHOMYO NO KAI - Voices of a Thousand Years Transcendent Buddhist Chant March 6 2014

From a media release: Japan Society presents The North American Debut of SHOMYO NO KAI - Voices of a Thousand Years Transcendent Buddhist Chant North American Premiere of "Life in an Autumn" by Composer Ushio Torikai Thursday March 6, 2014 7:30pm at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City NEW YORK, NY - Japan Society, in conjunction with the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation, is proud to present the North American debut of Shomyo no Kai - Voices of a Thousand Years on March 6 at St. Bartholomew's Church in midtown Manhattan. The ritual choral chanting of Japanese Buddhist scripture known as shomyo  boasts a history of over 1300 years, placing it alongside Gregorian chant as among the world's oldest continually performed musical forms. Shomyo (literally meaning "voice clarity") is believed to have originated in India before traveling along the Silk Road and entering Japan in the sixth century, where it has been practiced ever since. Seldom hear

OnBroadway PATP Performing Arts Training Program 10 Week Spring Classic -March 1-May 3, 2014

From a media release: OnBroadway PATP Performing Arts Training Program 10 Week Spring Classic -March 1-May 3, 2014  “How to audition for an agent or casting director” Program will be led by current Broadway veteran, Gaelen Gilliland and will focus on preparing students for a professional audition . NEW YORK CITY - Our On Broadway Spring Classic features lead teacher Gaelen Gilliland, who is slated to appear on Broadway in “Honeymoon in Vegas” in the fall of 2014. She recently completed the premiere performance of the show at the Papermill Playhouse. The show starred Tony Danza and includes a few amazing cameo performances by our On Broadway PATP summer theatre director, Gaelen! Gaelen’s Broadway/National Tour experience includes “9 to 5”, “Legally Blonde”, “Wicked”, “Addams Family”, and “Seussical”. Gaelen has performed at Carnegie Hall and throughout the country. Her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor will be sure to energize our students and allow them to explore theatre

English Language Premiere: Olivier Kemeid's The Aeneid March 6 to 15 2014 in Montreal

From a media release: The Aeneid Written by Olivier Kemeid, Translated by Judith Miller Directed by Zach Fraser Thursday, March 6 - Saturday, March 15, 2014 • Tickets “Don’t be afraid. I left my hate at the foot of a barbed-wire fence.” – Aeneas Montreal- Talisman Theatre is honoured to present the Canadian English-language premiere of this important story, The Aeneid. Written by Québecois playwright Olivier Kemeid and translated by Judith Miller, The Aeneid will be performed at Theatre La Chapelle from March 6-15. Directed by Zach Fraser, the cast features Marcelo Arroyo, Deena Aziz and Chimwemwe Miller as the gifted actor/puppeteers playing over 20 roles in this dynamic blend of epic legend and contemporary reality. Sometimes flight is necessary, leaving everything behind in pursuit of a new place to call home. Rich with scenes of moving drama and biting humour, Kemeid's version of this classic tale migrates the search for a homeland into the modern world of a middle-east

Funktapuss on the Road - NYC in March & East Coast Dates Through May 2014

From a media release: FUNKTAPUSS ON THE ROAD FUNKTAPUSS TO PLAY GROOVE! LONG ISLAND CITY - MARCH 5, 2014 FONTANA'S - NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 22, 2014   • More East Coast Tour Dates through May 2014 Funktapuss is a five-piece groove factory that churns out smooth, sweaty New England style funk.  Popping bass lines and hot guitar drive the bopping rhythm section, the backdrop to the band’s smooth, sexy vocals.  With funky keyboards and saxophone added to the mix, Funktapuss keeps the crowds smiling and feet on the dance floor. Make no mistake, Funktapuss has got chops.  United States Naval veteran Brian “Beek” Vanderbeek is an accomplished musician.  Mentored by bass legend Victor Wooten, Beek has spent time as a hired gun, backing up artists such as Jennifer Johns and Medusa, and recording with Satellite Grey.  Multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tivey pulls double duty, playing both keyboards and saxophone.  Tivey majored in music education at Berklee College of Music where he studied

Mike Field Jazz Quintet: New Album 'Rush Mode' & Shows in LA and Toronto in 2014

From a media release: RUSH MODE The new album by MIKE FIELD JAZZ QUINTET and Upcoming Shows in Los Angeles (February 23, 2014) & Toronto • Buy the CD TORONTO – Hot on the heels of a wicked New Zealand tour including the prestigious Nelson Jazz Festival, and a recent video release for the title track of the new CD RUSH MODE, Toronto-based trumpeter and composer MIKE FIELD celebrates his homecoming with a major date in Los Angeles and a host of Toronto shows for local fans. Since the release of his first album Ashes in 2011, brilliant jazz man Mike Field has been on the move gigging from one big city to the next – travelling as far afield as Germany, France and even on board a ship to Antarctica – but mainly shuttling between Los Angeles and Toronto, all the while composing a continuous stream of new material. With a jam-packed release at the Rex in Toronto and now a highly successful showing at the Nelson Jazz Festival in New Zealand, Field continues the whirlwind of activity wit

Blues in the Night: Dom Flemons & Eli 'Paperboy' Reed March 6, 2014 in New York City

From a media release: DOM FLEMONS and ELI "PAPERBOY" REED Blues, Gospel and Country Favorites Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm Tickets: $15 Part of The Café au Go Go Revisited Music Series Running Thursdays through April 24, 2014 - A Two Month Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Iconic Venue at Greenwich House Music School NEW YORK CITY - Two modern practitioners of classic Americana present an evening of acoustic blues and the first formal performance of Flemons and Reed as a live duet. Dom Flemon s is a multi-instrumentalist and a songster. Playing in a broad range of genre, from old-time blues, country, string band, rock and jazz, he has impressed audiences with his outrageous performance style. As a member of the string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has toured all over the world going as far as Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Holland and Belgium, performing at venues such as the National Folk Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, The Grand Ole O

Theatre Rattlebag Presents: Letters to Saint Rita February 25 to March 6 2014 in Toronto

From a release: Theatre Rattlebag Presents: Letters to Saint Rita Brand New from Award Winning Playwright Michael Ripley! Marriage is possibly the most impossible thing...possible February 25 to March 6, 2014 - 8pm March 2, 2014 - 2pm March 7 - 7pm No show on March 3 Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen Street East, Toronto Box Office 416 485 9411 Tickets $15 TORONTO - Theatre Rattlebag is pleased to present "Letters to St. Rita", written by Michael Ripley. Since 2010, when his first play "To Distraction" was mounted at the Toronto Fringe ("The most beautiful, thought-provoking play I've seen this year."  --Mooney on Theatre), he has continued to write and find success across the globe. In 2013 his play "Nine Types of Ice" was produced in Auckland, New Zealand (People's Choice Selection); Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Delhi, India; and Dubai, U.A.E. It was subsequently made into a short film that premiered this past summer at the M

CD Release Party: The Heavyweights Brass Band & Brasstronomical - March 6 2014 at Lula Lounge Toronto

From am edia release: Lula Music and Arts Centre Presents: THE HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND : SECOND ALBUM PACKS A ONE-TWO PUNCH CD RELEASE OF  BRASSTRONOMICAL @ LULA LOUNGE, THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH 2014 IN TORONTO • $10 at the door or $20 with a CD. Buy advance tickets here • Call 416 588 0307 or email TORONTO – After coming out swinging with their debut album in 2011, Toronto-based collective THE HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND now packs a one-two punch of crossover appeal and respect from music’s elite with the release of their sophomore album BRASSTRONOMICAL. Their many fans will join them to celebrate the album release at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West on Thursday, March 6th. Doors open at 7:00 pm and show starts at 8:00 pm. This country’s greatest purveryors of feel-good horn music burst onto the Canadian jazz scene with their energetic brass band covers of contemporary pop hits. Now with Brasstronomical, the Heavyweights are offering a unique sound with emphasis on their or

A Girl and Her Dog: WorldStage Presents Victoria Melody in Major Tom February 26 to March 1 2014 in Toronto #artlive

From a media release: Sit. Stay. Strut! Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage takes a bite out of beauty with the North American premiere of Major Tom February 26 – March 1 2014– #artlive TORONTO, ON – From pigeon racer to northern soul dancer, England’s Victoria Melody has experienced it all through her investigational life-as-art theatre practice. Melody immerses herself in cultural rituals of personal interest – in this case, dog shows and beauty pageants – and presents her ‘research’ findings through comedic and entertaining performance pieces across the UK and around the world. This season, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage welcomes the North American premiere of Melody’s latest one-woman one-dog show Major Tom, which runs February 26 to March 1. Approaching her work through an anthropological lens, Victoria Melody does not shy away from addressing the unusual subcultures of England through her theatrical work, nor does she fear immersing herself (or her pets) in a personal challe

Recently Released: Brazil's Club America with To Get There (Sonovibe Records - January 14 2014)

With material from a release: Recently Released: Club America's To Get There ( Sonovibe Records - January 14, 2014) • Get the CD on iTunes After two EP releases, countless performances, commercial campaigns for giants like Coca-Cola in Brazil and being selected as one of the six Brazilian songs for the worldwide launch of Windows 8, Club America finally released their debut album. It includes the single “Girls.” The video goes hand in hand with the lyrics depicting two girls in a “friends with benefits” situation, having fun and being carefree about what people might think or say about their amorous, lustful relationship. The band was recently recognized and featured on and Kings of A&R. The album offers a fun mix of dynamic synth sounds influenced by the 80's and with their own unique modern twist. Club America reworks atmospheric power pop with its melodic post-punk vocals and synthy electronic keyboards lit up by most excellent drumming. The combinat

Canadian Film Premiere: Michael L. Suan's AKP Job 27 - Opens February 21 2014 in Toronto

From a media release: Canadian Film Premiere: a Yakuza assassin finds his soul in Toronto in Michael L. Suan’s wordless, elegiac feature debut AKP Job 27 Opens in Toronto February 21, 2014 York Cinema - 115 York Blvd Woodside Cinemas  - 1571 Sandhurst Circle Square One Landmark Cinemas – 100 City Centre Drive February 28: Cinestarz - 377 Burnhamthorpe Road East **Red Carpet Arrival** February 21 – PREMIERE - York Cinema Talent in attendance followed by post-screening Q&A “I can’t think of another country where a modern silent feature film with a chain smoking, politically incorrect gangster can even get made let alone gain the support of the country’s biggest film financing agency.” Michael L. Suan (Toronto) They said it couldn’t be done. So first-time feature director Michael L. Suan did it. He created a full-length gangster narrative entirely without dialogue. AKP Job 27 is a silent-noir film about a veteran Yakuza hit-man (Tyce Philip Phangsoa) whose repressed yearning

Free Play in Workshop: Little Goat Theatre's Parts To Whole February 24 2014 in Toronto

From a media release: Little Goat Theatre Company Presents: PARTS TO WHOLE February 24, 2014 at Canadian Stage in Toronto Workshop Presentation and Publication of New Play by Adam Seelig “Toronto’s enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” (New York Times), with support from Canadian Stage, is pleased to announce a workshop presentation of Parts to Whole, a new play written and directed by Artistic Director Adam Seelig. • The performance is one night only, Monday, February 24, at 8 p.m. at the Canadian Stage Main Rehearsal Hall, 26 Berkeley Street. Admission is free. Sochi Fried and Ben Irvine star in Parts to Whole as a couple discussing and exploring their intimacy in ways so simple as to be radical. Recently seen together in One Little Goat’s The Charge of the Expormidable Moose, Fried and Irvine were praised for their “great chemistry onstage” (Charlebois Post) as well as their “enchanting” “extraordinary” “hilarious” “moving” “splendid” “tour-de-force” performances (

CD Release: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate 'Faya' (February 18 2014 on Cumbancha Discovery)

From a media release Cumbancha Signs Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Debut album Faya out February 18th 2014 on Cumbancha Discovery • free download •  buy the CD Cumbancha is announcing their first release for 2014 from Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. Their debut album Faya is out on Feb. 18, 2014. The collaboration between a rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an electrifying African kora sensation from Guinea pushes genre boundaries and earns raves across Europe. The well-worn and often overblown expression "music is a common language" has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. US-born, England-based Driscoll speaks no French and Kouyate, who hails from the West African country of Guinea, little English. When they were brought together at the Nuit Metis (Mixed Night) festival in Marseille, France in 2010 and given a week to produce a concert, music was the only way they could communicate. It turns out, the

Dance & Puppetry: Coleman Lemieux Present Malcolm February 19 to 24 2014 in Toronto

From a media release: ACCLAIMED COLEMAN LEMIEUX & COMPAGNIE PRESENT: Malcolm - World Premiere FEB 19-FEB 23, 2014 8pm with PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN show on Feb 21  Choreography: James Kudelka Created in collaboration with: Bill Coleman Original composition and pianist: Dustin Peters Lighting Design and Scenography: Simon Rossiter Costume Design: HOAX Couture Puppet Design: Nell Coleman • Tickets Toronto - Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC) Co-Artistic Directors Laurence Lemieux and Bill Coleman are pleased to present an eclectic and daring new season of four new and returning stage works for 2013-14. As well, the "joint will be jumping" as the acclaimed CLC hosts many more shows by great dance and theatre artists from Toronto and beyond at The Citadel, its home in Regent Park. Their next show features legendary choreography James Kudelka in a duet performance... CLC's Resident Choreographer, James Kudelka has been working with the puppet Malcolm since 2009, when Malc

Toronto Dance Theatre & Musician Jennifer Castle - Henderson/Castle: voyager February 20 to March 1 2014

From a media release: Dance artist Ame Henderson and musician Jennifer Castle join forces on Henderson/Castle: voyager , a new work for Toronto Dance Theatre February 20-23 & February 26 - March 1, 2014 Toronto, ON – In her first work for Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT), Toronto-based performer and choreographer Ame Henderson collaborates with acclaimed singer/songwriter Jennifer Castle and the TDT company to explore continuous movement as a state of being. Henderson/Castle: voyager is on stage at the Winchester Street Theatre Feb 20-23 & Feb 26-Mar 1, 2014. TDT Artistic Director Christopher House remarks “Few Toronto-based dance artists are held in such high esteem or have such an international reach as Ame Henderson. Part poet, part scientist, she draws the audience into her fascinating work through her infectious spirit of inquiry.” Ame Henderson is known for her cross disciplinary work with Public Recordings, established in 2003, which explores and shares choreographi

Maurice Hines Hosts Apollo Club Harlem (New York City) - February 20, 21 & 22 2014

From a release: Apollo Club Harlem FEBRUARY 20, 21 & 22 2014 AT 8PM, 22 AT 3PM, 23 AT 5PM • GET TICKETS Host, Director, Choreographer: Maurice Hines Featuring: Maurice Hines, Margot B., Kevin Mahogany, The Manzari Brothers, and The Wondertwins HARLEM (NEW YORK CITY) - Enter the magic of the 30s and 40s when MAURICE HINES, dubbed “the hippest man alive” by the Wall Street Journal, returns with an all-new APOLLO CLUB HARLEM. This sparkling 90-minute, nightclub revue celebrates the glorious musical legacy of the Apollo Theater with sultry crooners, spectacular dance acts, a swingin’ 16-piece big band and a chorus line of Red Hot Steppers. “Boardwalk Empire” star MARGOT B and KEVIN MAHOGANY, “this generation’s Joe Williams,” star in “high-energy, jazz-fueled theatrics” (WSJ) that explode in an elegant nightclub specially built within Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater. Joining them on stage will be fabulously talented acts, including dazzling double threat THE WONDERTWINS and the gravi

Help Support Canadian Artists - wind in the leaves collective performances

From a release: Help Support wind in the leaves collective performances • Their indogogo campaign (toronto) happy new year and all the very best for 2014! thank you for your interest in the 'wind in the leaves collective' ( ), a group combining my poetry with live and recorded music, dance and visual art. i founded this group in 2009 and a growing number of dancers, choreographers, musicians and visual artists from diverse diasporic backgrounds have become involved and are shaping the work. the stories the 'collective' tells through my poems present moments in the lives of persons of african descent and we create our work with the input of all of the artists involved, each of whom draws upon their own memory and artistic practice to contribute to a unique performance that has no parallel in the canadian arts scene and that we feel represents a diversity integral to canadian life. the 'collective' has performed in many

Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show February 12 to 15 2014 in Toronto #artlive

From a media release: UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW   reveals the ‘naked’ truth about identity politics at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage  Feb. 12-15, 2014 – #artlive TORONTO, ON – Brooklyn-based playwright and provocateuse Young Jean Lee returns to Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage with the Canadian premiere of the critically acclaimed UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW (Feb. 12-15). Without dialogue, clothing or traditional gender signifiers on stage, six performers shake up gender norms and confront matters of sameness, differentiation and the seven stages of womanhood in this unconventional and highly adventurous dance-narrative. Developed and choreographed by Young Jean Lee, Faye Driscoll and Morgan Gould, UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW is a daring theatrical experiment. Challenging and inspiring from start to finish, Lee’s bold choice to outfit the cast in the nude for the duration of the one-hour performance was a calculated risk worth taking. The cast consists of five women and one gender non-

Performance for the Adventurous: The 35th Annual Rhubarb Festival February 12 to 23 2014 in Toronto

From a media release: PERFORMANCE FOR THE ADVENTUROUS: THE 35TH RHUBARB FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 12 – 23, 2013 • THE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT BUDDIESINBADTIMES.COM/RHUBARB TORONTO - For two weeks, over 100 artists transform Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, sharing new experiments in contemporary theatre, dance, music, and performance art with adventure-loving audiences. Now in its 35th year, Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas that artists have to offer and to catch your favourite performers venture into uncharted territory. As the festival marks its 35th anniversary, Rhubarb will examine its past, imagine its future, and celebrate the incredible community of queer artists and spaces that have developed around it. This is all the more timely in light of a recent decision by the Department of Canadian Heritage to withdraw funding for the festival after years of support, without explanation. On this year’s programming, festival direct