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Broadway Premiere: Inspired by the Lyrics & Music of Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me Previews June 2, Opens June 19 2014

From a media release: Broadway Premiere Holler If Ya Hear Me at The Palace Theatre, New York City Previews begin June 2, 2014 Opening Night: June 19, 2014 • Buy Tickets NEW YORK CITY - The world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics blazes to life in an entertaining new musical opening at the Palace Theatre, located at 1564 Broadway (at 47th Street). Broadway has always given voice to popular culture and social change. South Pacific, West Side Story, Hair, For Colored Girls…, Sarafina and Rent are among the hits that hit home. Now Broadway gives voice to the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, whose music has sold over 77 million albums. Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME will begin previews on Monday, June 2 and open on Thursday, June 19. HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics, blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. Inner city lives struggle for peace against

CD Release: Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band with Keere (EniObanke, May 19, 2014)

From a media release: CD Release: Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band Bats, Birds, Music - Beautiful Nubia releases 10th album (Keere - EniObanke, May 19, 2014) • Buy the CD here “The bat hangs upside down watching the way of birds...", so goes the opening line of the title track of "Keere", the 10th studio album by Nigeria's foremost folk and roots musician, Beautiful Nubia (and the Roots Renaissance Band). Brimming with sparkling melodies, evocative lyrics and lush arrangements, "Keere" was recorded and mixed in Nigeria and mastered and manufactured in Canada. The 12-track album explores the usual themes championed by its predecessors: social justice, truth, courage, love and communalism. Not one to bend to commercial pressures, Beautiful Nubia has kept faith with his peculiar "arty", contemporary African folk and roots style, with poetic songs offered in Yoruba and English. There is a lot here to transport the listener into deep re

Transglobal Grooves: Karikatura Debut Album (Eyes Wide - Ropeadope Records June 3 2014) & Release Party June 1 in NYC

From a media release: KARIKATURA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM EYES WIDE TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 3, 2014 ON ROPEADOPE RECORDS NYC RECORD RELEASE PARTY June 1 2014 @ BOWERY ELECTRIC • Check out the party & the CD here This June, Karikatura will release its debut full-length album, Eyes Wide, recorded to analog tape at Mighty Toad Studios and mixed at Strangeweather Studios by creative luminary Daniel Schlett (Bob Dylan,Yeasayer, Rita Indiana). The music on the album is as diverse as the backgrounds and life-experiences of the band-members; each member contributed songs to the album, expressing his personal vision, and the band shaped the music collectively. They write songs the way a storyteller crafts tales, exploring universal themes through personal experiences. Eyes Wide is also a covert tribute to New York City, where the band spent a year of relative stasis and creative hibernation after three consecutive years of touring. The album will come out on Ropeadope Records; Karikatura is ex

The Sacrament - A Film by Ti West - Opens in Toronto June 6 2014

From a media release: The Sacrament A Film By Ti West Opens June 6, 2014 in Toronto Carlton Cinema - 20 Carlton St. “Horrifying” - Fangoria “Unique and startling” – Horror Talk “Bone-chilling” – The Hollywood Reporter “Slow-burning…frightening in any genre language.” – Variety (TORONTO, May 22, 2014) From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may no

Theatre at WorldPride 2014 Toronto: Staged Play Readings & Talks June 22 & 25 at Buddies in Bad Times

From a media release: Part of WorldPride 2014: TWO IMPORTANT READINGS COME TO BUDDIES FOR WORLDPRIDE 2014 JUST ME, YOU AND THE SILENCE - JUNE 22, 2014 THE LADY HAMLET - JUNE 25, 2014 • Buy Tickets & Check out the rest of Queer Pride 2014 Toronto: May 22, 2014. WorldPride 2014 Toronto and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre are pleased to announce the staged readings of two exciting new plays: ADONG Lucy Judith’s Just Me, You and The Silence and Sarah Schulman’s The Lady Hamlet. The company’s month-long Queer Pride celebration will be amplified by the unique perspectives of these two international playwrights, both of whom will be in attendance. Audiences can look forward to adding these thought-provoking events to their Pride schedule. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Artistic Director, Brendan Healy, says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with WorldPride 2014 Toronto to bring these two distinguished writers to Buddies!” WorldPride 2014 Toronto, Obsidian Theatre, IFT Toronto, and Bud

Sketch Comedy: The Reception with Tony Ho & Jeremy Woodcock May 29 2014 at The Comedy Bar Toronto

From a media release: THE RECEPTION with Tony Ho and Jeremy Woodcock Thursday, May 29, 2014 8pm at Comedy Bar TORONTO - THE RECEPTION welcomes TONY HO and JEREMY WOODCOCK to their monthly Comedy Bar extravaganza on Thursday, May 29, 8pm. TONY HO believes being unsettled isn't a bad thing. This darkly hilarious Toronto group has been called the haunted house of sketch with good reason. Equally funny and disturbing, Tony Ho is entirely unexpected and absolutely unforgettable. JEREMY WOODCOCK is a stand-up/sketch comedian and comedy writer. He has written for several programs including This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Just For Laughs, and hosts a television show, The Urbane Explorer, itself a spin-off of his popular video Finding Bessarion. His comedic writing has appeared in print for The Walrus, CBC Punchline,, and others, and on his Twitter account, @jwPencilAndPad, for which he has been cited in New York Times magazine. THE RECEPTION is a five-piece post-punk, sketch

Prog Rock: moe. No Guts, No Glory CD Release Party May 28 2014 in New York City

From a media release: Prog Rock CD Release: moe. No Guts, No Glory Album Release Party at Stage 48 - 605 West 48th Street, NYC Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Buy the CD NEW YORK CITY - moe., the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today and a quintet of world class musicians, whose creative output equals that of their longevity, will perform an intimate show on Wednesday May 28th at Stage 48 in midtown Manhattan. The band will perform a rare acoustic set in the early part of the evening as part of a VIP ticket package that also includes a top shelf open bar, buffet stations, a commemorative show poster, a meet and greet with the band where fans will get their posters signed, and more. The band will perform a full two-set show for both VIP and general admission audiences beginning at 10pm. Over a journey spanning nearly a quarter-century, moe. has let their knack for dynamic, democratic improvisation influence nearly every facet of the band's existence. In concert,

Ethiopian Reggae by way of Israel: Zvuloon Dub System at SOB's in New York City June 15 2014

From a media release: Ethiopian Reggae in NYC; Zvuloon Dub System at SOB's June 15, 2014 • The CD Anbessa Dub will be available June 30, 2014 • Pre-release vinyl NEW YORK CITY - When Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, the man known as Ras Tafari, visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, more than one hundred thousand Rastafarians were waiting at Kingston Airport to see the man they revered as the Messiah. For a brief moment, still celebrated by the faithful as Grounation Day, the two countries came together. 18 years later, in 1984, an Ethiopian Jewish family, members of the lost tribe of Israel, walked across the desert, making the long track to their homeland. And now those three cultures – Jamica, Ethiopia, and Israel - merge on the new album by Tel Aviv-based  Zvuloon Dub System, called Anbessa Dub. “It’s a natural mix,” explains drummer Asaf Smilan. “We started out in 2006, playing roots reggae, all very ‘70s. I’d also loved that old Ethiopian music since I first heard it, ab

The Theatre Centre Toronto presents Promises to a Divided City May 30 & 31 2014

From a media release: The Theatre Centre presents Promises to a Divided City , a data-driven, interactive performance by Mammalian Diving Reflex 11 limited capacity performances at The Theatre Centre May 30 to 31 ( Check the link for times ) Toronto, ON – In a collaboration with ‘international live-art stars’ (The Globe and Mail), Mammalian Diving Reflex, The Theatre Centre presents Promises to a Divided City. Created by Mammalian, this data-driven, interactive performance takes audiences on a tour through our 'Divided City', examining its social and economic dynamics. For a limited run of 11 performances for two days only on May 30 and 31 (with a capacity of 20 people per show), a cast of more than 30 performers from across the GTA will animate all the spaces at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St. W.), inviting audiences to help save a divided Toronto. “It is a huge honour to welcome back Darren O'Donnell and Mammalian Diving Reflex to our new home," said Franco Boni,

Toronto Harbourfront: Food, Art & History at Shore Lunch May 18 & 19, June 20 & 29 2014

From a media release: Shore Lunch Food, art, and the history of Toronto’s shoreline are explored in the world premiere of a new multi-site art commission TORONTO - join us this weekend for form one of Shore Lunch entitled Leaving Marks. Shore Lunch is a three-form Fresh Ground new works commission by Lisa Myers, in collaboration with Kip Jones, John Myers, and media artist and musician Melody McKiver. This multi-site art venue for video, performance and food takes the form of a camp kitchen and explores the historical interaction of waterfront leisure areas and industrial hubs in Canada's Great Lakes. WHERE: Harbourfront Centre Canada Square, on the shore of Lake Ontario. 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, M5J 2G8 WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 1:00 PM Monday, May 19, 1:00 PM EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Carved rolling pins will be used to create print blocks with berry pigment. Prints will be “cooked up” onto postcards with four rolling print blocks, each a different element and metaphor

Documentary Film: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case Opens in Toronto May 16 2014

From a media release: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case Directed by Andreas Johnsen • Opens in Toronto – May 16, 2014 – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 506 Bloor St. W. (Toronto)  After its super successful run at Hot Docs, KINOSMITH is proud to present the theatrical premiere of Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, directed by Andreas Johnsen, opening May 16 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. In April 2011, world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is kidnapped by the Chinese authorities and detained at a secret location. 81 days later he was released, but put under house arrest. The man we had known as an unstoppable fighter for the freedom of speech is merely a shadow of himself. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss. There are 18 cameras monitoring his studio and home. Police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Ai Weiwei says “if I don’t share my voice, if I don’t act as I believe, then I am dead already.” Journalist

Jazz at Lincoln Center - René Marie’s I WANNA BE EVIL: WITH LOVE TO EARTHA KITT Opens Tonight (May 15) to May 18 2014

From a media release: René Marie’s I WANNA BE EVIL: WITH LOVE TO EARTHA KITT Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola 3 Columbus Circle (59th and Broadway) Thursday, May 15 – Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm Tickets: $25-$45 To purchase tickets: - 212.258.9595 Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office - 3 Columbus Circle NEW YORK CITY - René Marie – singer, actress, writer. Eartha Kitt – singer, actress, writer. Never before has there been a vocal performance tipping the hat to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, her powerful emotional resonance and strong independent streak, René is the right artist to conceive of this historic project called I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt. This brilliantly entertaining live performance burnishes René’s reputation as the most provocative risk-taker among today’s jazz divas. Eartha Kitt’s daughter Kitt Shapiro, said: "It&

Over 100 Free Arts Programs, 14 Parks, 5 Boroughs: Central Park SummerStage June 3 - August 24 2014

From a media release: City Parks Foundation announces SUMMERSTAGE Over 100 FREE music, dance, film, comedy, family and theater programs in 14 parks across all 5 boroughs   Season runs June 3 - August 24, 2014 New York, NY: City Parks Foundation proudly announces the 2014 season of SummerStage, New York's largest free performing arts festival, bringing over 100 free performances to 14 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and World music to dance, comedy and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City's summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception twenty-nine years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. The festival runs from June 3rd to August 24th. This year, SummerStage and FANIA are teaming up in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic label! Programs across the five boroughs will celebrate and reflect on FANIA, showcasing both the

TDT invites Toronto theatre and visual artists to choreograph ten solos for the company in On Display May 22-31 2014

From a media release: TDT invites Toronto theatre and visual artists to choreograph ten solos for the company in On Display May 22-31, 2014 • Tickets Toronto, ON  –  Toronto  Dance  Theatre  (TDT)  welcomes some of Toronto’s most dynamic theatre and visual artists to create ten solos for the TDT company in a fresh and playful approach to the body across disciplines. On Display is on stage May 22-25 & 28-31, 2014 at the Winchester Street Theatre. On Display guest artists include Aleesa Cohene, Chris Curreri with Bridget Moser, Brendan Healy, Oliver Husain, Sook-Yin Lee, Tawiah M’Carthy, Laura Nanni, Paulette Phillips, Jordan Tannahill, and Evan Webber. Each guest will collaborate with a TDT dancer, drawing upon their distinctive artistic sensibilities to create a 5-7 minute solo work. Developed from the desire to celebrate the melting away of barriers between the art forms, On Display demonstrates the creative fluidity that has emerged in our city. Artistic Director Christoph

Experimental Electronic Heaven: NAZORANAI - NYC Premiere with Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Oren Ambarchi May 21 2014

From a release: NAZORANAI - NY Premiere with Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley and Oren Ambarchi Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Presented in Partnership with ISSUE Project Room + desertshore THE WICK is at 260 Meserole Street Two Blocks from the Montrose L Train Stop Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm $20 in Advance / $25 at Door (Cash Only) 21 and Over Only - ID Required - Full Bar Available • Tickets Available Online Now BROOKLYN (NEW YORK) - On Wednesday May 21st, 8pm, THE WICK and ISSUE Project Room are pleased to present Nazoronai in their first New York performance. A recent collaboration of the legendary Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals & synth), Stephen O'Malley (bass) and Oren Ambarchi (percussion), Nazoranai unites three extraordinary experimental operators of doom, noise and power electronics. One of most widely recognized and celebrated guitarists to come out of Japanese underground rock scene of the 1970s, Keiji Haino is well-known for his harsh blues-inspired solo guitar per

​Book Signing with Acclaimed Trinidadian Author NATHALIE TAGHABONI (QUEEN MACOOMEH) May 24 2014 in Toronto

From a release: ​Book Signing with Acclaimed Trinidadian Author NATHALIE TAGHABONI (QUEEN MACOOMEH) at A Different Booklist (Toronto) May 24, 2014 - 4-6pm Nathalie Taghaboni was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Toronto, Canada. She currently resides in the United States with her husband and two children. She is a freelance photojournalist and the author of a collection of dialect short stories called Tales from Icebox Land, written under her pen name, Queen Macoomeh. Santimanitay is the sequel to Across From Lapeyrouse, her first fiction novel. A Different Booklist 746 Bathurst Street Toronto ON  M5S 2R6 Phone: 416.538.0889    Fax: 416.538.6914 Email:

Art News: Canadian Supreme Court Unanimously Decides in Favour of Artists in Pay Dispute

From a media release: Supreme Court unanimously decides in favour of artists Ottawa, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Visual artists had a big victory today at the Supreme Court in the fight for minimum artist fees at the National Gallery of Canada. In a unanimous decision from the bench, the court allowed an appeal on behalf of artist restoring an earlier decision that found in their favour. At issue was a perceived conflict between the Status of the Artist Act and the Copyright Act. The associations that represent artists, CARFAC and RAAV, had been trying to negotiate binding minimum fees for the payment of artists at the gallery, similar to a minimum wage. The gallery essentially argued CARFAC and RAAV, were taking away the right of artists to be paid less if they chose. In allowing the appeal, the court rejected this argument and, in an unusual move, ruled immediately after oral arguments. Artists from across Canada in attendance were delighted with the results. “It’s a good day fo

21C Festival of newly minted music May 21 to 25 2014 in Toronto

From a media release: 21C Festival of newly minted music May 21 to 25, 2014 at Koerner Hall, Toronto TORONTO - In this festival of newly-minted music, today’s most fearless musicians and composers bring us fresh new sounds and ideas. Over five nights, eight concerts featuring mostly music composed in the 21st century will be presented as part of Koerner Hall’s fifth anniversary concert season, which will include 12 world, one North American, two Canadian, and five Toronto premieres, in addition to five more works by John Cage, Michael Colgrass, Morton Feldman, Leo Ornstein, and Canadian icon R. Murray Schafer. The Royal Conservatory of Music has commissioned four pieces (Javier Limón’s Requiem Flamenco, Chilly Gonzales’s Suite from “The Shadow,” Trichy Sankaran’s HAMSA, and Jennifer Higdon’s Dooryard Bloom) and co-commissioned four more (by Jia Guoping, Shi Fuhong, Zosha Di Castri, and Christopher Mayo). The works traverse the worlds of classical, jazz, pop, and South Asian genres. 

The Lisabel Suite Launches at the InterContinental Toronto Centre (featuring the work of artist Lisabel)

With material from a media release: Contemporary Art & Marketing: The Lisabel Suite Launches at the InterContinental Toronto Centre featuring the work of artist Lisabel TORONTO - I had the opportunity to check out the newly launched Lisabel suite at the InterContinental Toronto Centre and speak to the artist and agent/co-partner Glenn Miller. Lisabel's bold abstract works greet you from the lobby along with - for a limited time - the Lamborghini Art Car that's gotten her eye popping and colourful makeover. Her pieces are bright and wonderfully textural and made of composite materials - a medium, as it turns out, where you could say she has some history. Self-taught as an artist, she was actually one of the first female graduates of a program in composite materials from CEGEP de St-Jérôme, QC. "I sold engineering and chemical products," she recalls - all while working on creative projects. She began her artistic career during a stint in Atlanta. "I ma