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Theatre20 Presents The Songs of Leonard Cohen February 3 – 21, 2016 in Toronto

From a media release:

Theatre20 Presents
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
February 3 – 21, 2016 in Toronto

“It’s written on the walls of this hotel, you go to heaven, once you’ve been to hell”
– Leonard Cohen 

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Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen comes to Toronto fresh from sold-out national tour

December 28, 2015. Toronto, Ontario… Chelsea Hotel: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen is coming to Toronto. Presented by Theatre 20, with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille, the Firehall Arts Centre production will make its Toronto premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille from February 3-21, 2016.

Fresh from a sold-out national tour, Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost. With extraordinary arrangements, six performers play seventeen instruments in this rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and lyrical honesty, you will be transported to New York’s infamous hotel – a place full of m…

Aboriginal Travel: Discover Canada's aboriginal roots

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Aboriginal Travel:
Discover Canada's aboriginal roots

Aboriginal travel is a growing industry - comprising travel destinations owned and operated by people of the First Nations, Inuit or Métis - that aims to offer a taste of authentic aboriginal Canada. You can learn traditional fishing methods, go bear watching, shop for unique artisan gifts and items and of course ooh and aaah at countless museum exhibits in stunning surroundings.

Aboriginal travel gives you an opportunity to learn, yes, but also to discover the true natural beauty of the land. You'll find everything from museums for an afternoon's exploration to full service resorts - all of them committed to sustainable tourism.

Explore all the options at the link

Here's a small sampling of what is available.

Destination Déline and the Grey Goose Lodge
Filled with crafts from local artisans, a spectacular view from the restaurant and deck - just steps from Great Bear Lake - the Grey Goos…

Harbourfront Centre Toronto presents World Stage 2016 GERMINAL January 20 – 23 2016

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre presents
World Stage 2016 
GERMINAL
January 20 – 23, 2016 at Fleck Dance Theatre

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TORONTO - Harbourfront Centre will launch World Stage 2016 with Germinal, one of the most talked-about pieces in the international performance circuit in recent years. Performing January 20 – 23 at the Fleck Dance Theatre, this unique production from France straddles the playful and the profound.

Using the theatre as a whimsical metaphor for human civilization, Germinal begins with a bare stage and four intrepid adventurers who set out to imagine how they would remake the universe from the beginning. With an approach both giddily charming and deeply philosophical, the performers construct and deconstruct the history of science, technology and societal structures in an experimental way.

“Germinal is a funny, charming, intelligent work that ingeniously holds the mirror up to us by employing the making of theatre as a metaphor for the construction of civilizat…

Jazz CD Release: Aruán Ortiz - Hidden Voices (January 29, 2016 - Intakt Records)

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Jazz CD Release:
Aruán Ortiz - Hidden Voices
(January 29, 2016 - Intakt Records)
featuring Eric Revis and Gerald Cleaver

The Cuban-American pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz has finally arrived on the international jazz scene, following a few earlier releases. His excellent new album "Hidden Voices" recorded as a trio with bass player Eric Revis and drummer Gerald Cleaver is the proof.

Ortiz, who grew up in Santiago de Cuba, has been called the latest Cuban prodigy to arrive in the US. His carefully structured music is an exciting mix of contemporary classical sounds, afro-cuban rhythms and powerful jazz improvi-sation. All these elements are fused to make a very individual sound.

“I was thinking about this album as a circle with no beginning and no end,” says Aruán Ortiz.
After working with seven original works as well as tunes by Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk, the 42-year-old has turned to a traditional song “Uno, Dos y Tres, Que Paso Más Chevere,” th…

Holidays at the Apollo Theater NYC: KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT Dec 27 2015

From a media release:

Holidays at the Apollo Theater New York City:
KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT
Two performances: Sunday, Dec 27 at 2PM & 7:30PM 
Featuring Abel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
With Special Guests Raul Midón and Foday Musa Suso 

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A favorite with New York audiences, the Apollo’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration returns with the renowned and energetic New York-based dance company, Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.  It is an evening of joyful dance and music, hosted by WBLS personality Imhotep Gary Byrd, that honors the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community and culture. “A fun and affordable Apollo tradition for the entire family,” exclaims Examiner.com.



About Abel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
Choreographer Abdel Salaam and executive director Dele Husbands founded the FORCES OF NATURE DANCE THEATER COMPANY in 1981. For over twenty years, Forces has produced high quality ballets,conducted dance classes and presented…

Off Broadway: Maurice Hines TAPPIN' THRU LIFE A Song and Dance Musical - Previews Begin December 23 2015

From a media release:

Off Broadway:
Maurice Hines
TAPPIN' THRU LIFE
A Song and Dance Musical
Directed by Jeff Calhoun

Previews begin December 23, 2015 - Twelve Weeks Only

Get the Deals:
• The discount code TLMPW15 has been extended!
• You can now use the code to purchase tickets at $49 for all performances until Jan. 31.
• The price goes up to $79 with the same code on Feb. 1. In other words, buy early and save more. The regular ticket price is $95.
• Group tickets are just $35 if you book and pay for your group by Jan. 31. The price increases to $49 on Feb. 1.

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NEW YORK CITY - He's going to put a smile on your face and song in your heart.

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life is a swinging, song and dance musical that celebrates the astonishing showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a bygone era still working today and whose collaborators were a jaw-dropping, who's who of theatre, music, film and television. Co-starring the fierce tap dancing Manzari brothers …

Kitchenband and The Theatre Centre present The Music of BOBLO December 23, 2015 in Toronto

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Kitchenband and
The Theatre Centre present
The Music of BOBLO
Concert and Album Release Party • One Night Only!
December 23, 2015

Tickets
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TORONTO - Kitchenband and The Theatre Centre are proud to celebrate the music from the Dora Award-winning production of BOBLO, with a new album release and concert. The Music of BOBLO concert will include music and visuals from the acclaimed 2012 production of BOBLO. Select original cast members and musicians will return for this one-night-only event at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West.

"Penner's moving folk- and rock-inspired songs are another highlight. Ranging from haunting ballads to feel-good foot-stompers, they wonderfully evoke the raucous energy of the massive dance hall, the nervous thrill of the flume ride and the bittersweet feeling that comes at the end of a summer day trip (or an era). If the soundtrack were available, I'd have snapped it up on the spot." ~ NOW Magazin…

intimate electro-Tunisian rock Emel Mathlouthi performs in New York City January 18 2016

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intimate electro-Tunisian rock
Emel Mathlouthi performs in New York City January 18, 2016

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Tunisian vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi captivates with her intimate, lyrical style, fierce rock beats, and throbbing trip-hop and north African influences.

globalFEST '15 alumnus Mathlouthi tells the story of HER Tunisia: the dark years as a young rebel and dissenter; the strife of being a female musician; her artistic and ideological struggle after her songs were banned from the radio and TV; the dual love and suffering that came from longing for home while living in a free country.

Her music inspired Tunisia's Arab Spring revolution in 2011 and offers "resolve and passion," writes Jon Pareles. "Each song is a narrative, unfolding in multiple sections, moving between delicacy and fierce tenacity, mourning and defiance."

She stars in the 2014 release No Man's Land, a documentary…

Travel/Art - In Search of Bauhaus: Dessau, Berlin & Weimar

Travel/Art
In Search of Bauhaus: Dessau, Berlin & Weimar

The Bauhaus, or Staatliches Bauhaus, was an avant-garde movement in modernism that sprang into being in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, when Walter Gropius founded a school of design with a unique philosophy. It was one of the first academies of design and brought together leading architects and artists of the time. The Bauhaus philosophy synthesized fine arts, architecture, crafts and industrial design in a movement that exerted a huge influence on everything that came after.

Gropius gathered together a who's who of avant garde artists of the day, including Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer and László Moholy-Nagy, assembling them at his school in Weimar.

The school featured innovative teaching methods and workshops and produced work that still influences the world of art, architecture and design today, including the trademark cuboid functionality as an architectural principle.

Traci…

Glam Your New Year's Eve at Drake Properties Toronto & Prince Edward County

From a media release:

All That Glitters: NYE 2016 with Drake
Drake Hotel Properties ring in 2016 with gloss + glam

Find out about NYE packages & accommodations

December 10, 2015 (TORONTO) - Drake Hotel Properties usher in 2016 with typical Drake cultural cachet and renowned hospitality. Live bands, DJs, unbeatable eats and bubbly will be on full display across all locations: Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty and Drake Devonshire Inn to ring in the New Year right. Whether guests are reveling in the West End, going Motown Downtown or keeping it cozy in the County; celebrating with Drake will make for a sweet two thousand and sixteen.

ll That Glitters NYE 2016 x Drake Hotel | $45 | $75/$125 prix-fixe
Drake Hotel has the golden ticket that'll let party-goers dine, dance and celebrate their way into 2016. With evening options that include delicious bites, multiple seatings, a glass of complimentary chilled Perrier-Jouet champagne and Drake certified hot tunes, guests are sure to get that t…

New Single: PalenkeSoultribe And Singer PETRONA MARTINEZ "Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa)"

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PalenkeSoultribe
And The Legendary Colombian Singer
PETRONA MARTINEZ
Present A Unique Collaboration Featuring Petrona's song
"Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa)"

The Song Is The First Single Of The Album:
PETRONICA-Petrona Martinez Electronic Suite Vol.1 (November 15, 2015)

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Los Angeles, CA - December 10, 2015.- LA-based live electronic band Palenke Soultribe and Latin Grammy nominee Petrona Martinez present their latest single "Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa)". This is the first single from the Chaco World Music release PETRONICA - Petrona Martínez Electronic Suite Vol.1.

This album is an eclectic journey that takes the listener through a unique tapestry of sound: Electronic beats with native Colombian drums, modern synths with ancestral vocals, traditional grooves with modern production techniques, and the local ethnic culture of Bullerengue of distant Colombia with the global culture of Electronic and Alternative Music.

Petrona…

Reggae at the GRAMMYs: Ghana's Rocky Dawuni Goes for Gold

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GHANA'S ROCKY DAWUNI GOES FOR GRAMMY GOLD
Branches of the Same Tree (Cumbancha - March 31, 2015)

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• If you are in Accra - get tickets to his Homecoming Concert December 18, 2015

We are happy to announce that Cumbancha artist Rocky Dawuni's latest album, Branches of the Same Tree, has just been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Reggae Album category. Dawuni, the only non-Jamaican artist in the running this year and the first Ghanaian to be nominated, is up against some of the heavyweights of modern reggae including Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Jah Cure, and Barrington Levy. It is also marks the first Cumbancha album to receive a GRAMMY nomination.

Reflecting on the prestigious nomination, Dawuni says that he feels, "truly honored and at the same time humbled. I’ve always focused on giving my best in my work and it’s a good feeling to know that it is being appreciated. I am grateful for the recognition. Branches of the Same Tree is about stres…

Hot Jazz, Cabaret & More: Town Hall NYC Presents Gotham Holiday Swing December 18 2015

From a media release:

THIRD SMASH YEAR!
Town Hall Presents: Gotham Holiday Swing
featuring Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 
with LEE FIELDS, MERCURY REV, HAL WILLNER, TERRY REID, Madeleine Peyroux, Raul Midon, Carole Bufford, and Basya Schechter

Hosted by Buster Poindexter

• Friday, December 18,2015 
• Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm
Tickets Start at $45


NEW YORK CITY - Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, alongside host Buster Poindexter, celebrate the holiday season with a swingin' program of New York and New Orleans tunes old and new, featuring all-star guest musical appearances and readings by New York personalities including soul singer extraordinaire Lee Fields, alt-rock band Mercury Rev, Brit-rock icon Terry Reid, impresario Hal Willner (reading from W.S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas), jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, guitarist and singer-songwriter Raul Midan, cabaret star Carole Bufford, vocalist and Pharaoh's Daughter leader Basya Schechter, and more to be announced. N…

Niagara Icewine Festival Celebrating 20 years of Liquid Gold January 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 2016

From a release:

Niagara Icewine Festival

Celebrating 20 years of Liquid Gold
January 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 2016

Buy a Discovery Pass ($40) - details below

Let's face it, there's nothing better than drinking and eating your way out of the mid-winter doldrums. Icewine is a personal favourite - rich and sweet but not cloying like sugary liqueurs. It's a type of wine that can only be produced in a very few regions of the world where wine grapes can grow - and where temperatures in the winter reach below -9 Celsius. The grapes are left on the vine to continue to mature and ripen until the temperatures hit that low - typically in January or late December and the result retains the fruit's inherent sugars. Sweet, yes, but sweet like the fruit itself and not sugary.

The Niagara Region is one of the lucky places to experience those extremes in climate and have the soil for wine grapes. For three weekends in January, the Niagara Region is transformed into a wintry wond…

Slow Fashion: Textile Museum Of Canada To Present Rebecca Burgess Founder Of Fibershed January 27 2016

From a media release:

SLOW FASHION:
TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA TO PRESENT REBECCA BURGESS, LEADER IN SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND FOUNDER OF FIBERSHED
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 6:30pm
Textile Museum of Canada
Part of the Series: Conscious Consumption: Crafting the City

Tickets $20

Toronto – The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by renowned ecologist Rebecca Burgess, founder of the Fibershed movement, on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:30 pm. Rebecca Burgess established Fibershed in California in 2010 in response to the environmentally devastating impact of “fast fashion” and global industrial textile supply chains. Now an international movement with affiliates around the world including Upper Canada Fibershed in Ontario, Fibershed is a model for local production and consumption using sustainable resources such as hand-processed organic cotton, wool and natural dyes in the making of textiles and clothing – the epitome of “slow fashion.”

A cooperativ…

Off Broadway: Classical Stage Company Presents Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children Dec 9 2015 to Jan 24 2016

From a release:

Classical Stage Company (CSC) presents
MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
By BERTOLT BRECHT
New Music by DUNCAN SHEIK 
Directed by BRIAN KULICK
with TONYA PINKINS
December 9, 2015 through January 24, 2016

Tix here - Use  Code MC35 - Tix $35 for all performances through December 31, 2015*
* Offer subject to availability and may be revoked at any time.

NEW YORK CITY - CSC continues its exploration of Bertolt Brecht with a look at his most famous play. The indomitable Mother Courage follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children. Experience a timeless tale of war updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo, with a new and vibrant score by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening, American Psycho).

Cast
JOSHUA BOONE, CURTISS COOK, JR., KEVIN MAMBO, JACOB MING-TRENT, GEOFFREY OWENS, TONYA PINKINS, MICHAEL POTTS, DEANDRE SEVO…

Toronto's first modern Pierogarnia restaurant, The Saucy Pierogi is now open

From a media release:

Toronto's first modern Pierogarnia restaurant, 
The Saucy Pierogi is now open

Dundas West restaurant now serving full dinner menu, share plates, premium vodkas, cocktails and craft beers 

Toronto, ON - After dominating the Toronto food scene for over two years as a pop-up restaurant and festival favourite, The Saucy Pierogi (TSP) is now open on trendy Dundas St. West (1282 Dundas St. W.). The restaurant pairs creative Pierogi dishes with a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere.

“This menu is without a doubt Polish in its DNA but since we’re in Canada, we wanted to celebrate its ingredients in our dishes,” says Konrad Obara, owner. “I wanted to blend traditional Polish cooking techniques with “out-of-the-box” flavour combinations in a cool venue with good vibes.”

Meant to be shared, the dinner menu features pierogi stuffed with gourmet fillings like braised beef, pulled pork, jerk chicken, and classics like cheddar potato. Pierogi and all other menu items are made in hous…