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Sublime Honesty: Alex Cuba’s Gentle Hooks and Sunny Hope Capture the Heart on Healer (Caracol Records; release: March 31, 2015)

From a media release:

Sublime Honesty: Alex Cuba’s Gentle Hooks and Sunny Hope Capture the Heart on Healer (Caracol Records; release: March 31, 2015)
New album, and live dates in NYC and LA
Rifts can close, wounds can heal.

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Multiple Latin-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, with effortless ease and tenderness, has lived this transformation. After years grappling with the shadows of immigration and displacement, he unites north and south, English and Spanish, Cuba and Canada in seamless, sincere songs on Healer (Caracol Records; release: March 31, 2015).

“Honesty has a divine power,” reflects Alex. “Anything that truly comes from the heart as the power to heal.”

This honesty translates into a sparer, clearer sound that foregrounds Alex’s hooky, yet never saccharine songwriting, his light touch and substantive grooves. It also moves Alex deeper into bilingual territory; he tapped five friends and admired musicians from the folk, pop, and world rea…

Jazz/Avant-Garde/Electronica++ Joe Blessett - Excuse Me (Independent - January 12, 2015)

Jazz/Avant-Garde/Electronica++
Joe Blessett - Excuse Me
(Independent - January 12, 2015)

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Genre bending is a term that's thrown around quite a bit these days and it's often apt but seldom in as fluid or as kinetic a mode as in Jose Blessett's latest release, Excuse Me. It flows seamlessly from jazz to hip hop to electronica to soul and rnb - sometimes all within the same song.

Orlando based Joe Blessett wears many hats, including engineer, entrepreneur, internet radio station owner, composer, music producer, videographer and internet recording artist.

He lists artists like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Prince and Pink Floyd as influences and that background shows but with a unique flavour of experimentation that he adds to the mix. The tracks blend sampling, electronic and acoustic instrumentation; the words are likewise a mix of poetry and street level rapping.

Who's in My Shit is full of cool jazz riffs and grooves and is eminently danceable. The song…

jazz at lincoln center SALUTE TO BETTY CARTER March 6 & 7 2015

From a media release:

jazz at lincoln center
SALUTE TO BETTY CARTER
Friday, March 6 @ 7pm & 9:30pm
Saturday, March 7 @ 7pm & 9:30pm


7pm Tickets: $60-$80
9:30pm Tickets: $45-$65

Tickets
Online: Click here
Phone: Call CenterCharge at 212.721.6500
In Person: Jazz At Lincoln Center Box Office, Broadway & 60th Street, Ground Floor, Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Betty Carter blazed her own trail as one of the most original jazz vocalists of our time. Her flawless phrasing, uncanny unpredictability, and signature glissando placed her in a league of her own as a true “musician’s singer.”

Drummer and music director Alvester Garnett and vocalist Charenee Wade celebrate the legacy of Carter, who would have turned 85 this year. Garnett, joined by other past members of Betty Carter’s band including saxophonist Craig Handy, pianists Jacky Terrasson and Stephen Scott, bassists Michael Bowie and Curtis Lundy, and drummer Winard Harper will share memories of his first…

DanceWorks presents Sylvain Émard Danse in the Toronto premiere of Ce n'est pas la fin du monde February 28, 2015

From a media release:

DanceWorks presents Montreal's acclaimed Sylvain Émard Danse
in the Toronto premiere of
Ce n'est pas la fin du monde (It's not the end of the world)

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Toronto
- DanceWorks, Toronto's longest running contemporary dance series, proudly presents Montreal's acclaimed Sylvain Émard Danse in the Toronto premiere of Ce n'est pas la fin du monde (It's not the end of the world). This stunning full-length work by the award-winning choreographer Sylvain Émard runs one night only on February 28 at 8pm at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps.

Stories of men. Renowned for his striking works featuring male dancers, Sylvain Émard plunges seven dancers - Adam Barruch, Dylan Crossman, Mark Medrano, Laurence Ramsay, Manuel Roque, Neil Sochasky and Georges-Nicolas Tremblay - into the hurly-burly of a contemporary world undergoing massive change.

Driven by doubt and a lust for life, they are se…

Cooking with Kids: TASTY RECIPES AND TRAVEL ADVENTURES FOR CHILDREN Official Launch of Za and Zoey, a New Recipe Adventure Book Series February 28, 2015

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Cooking with Kids:
TASTY RECIPES AND TRAVEL ADVENTURES FOR CHILDREN
Official Launch of Za and Zoey, a New Recipe Adventure Book Series
February 28, 2015

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Za and Zoey Food Adventures are pleased to announce the official launch of their new children’s cookbook series, website, and social media platforms.

The Za and Zoey series features two main characters, Za and Zoey, who explore tasty recipes while travelling around the world and experiencing exciting adventures. Hannah Zanele Granger is Za, a popular, fun-loving fashionista who is intelligent and has a big heart. Heather Star Granger is Zoey, the sweet, playful girl with a great sense of humour.

If you're in the Southern Ontario area, you're invited to an upcoming LIVE meet and greet book signing for our Food adventure series. Za and Zoey Food adventures !

The event will be held during Black History Month on Feb 28th , at Chapters-Indigo Burlington location, Canada's largest book chain and f…

Red Dot Award 2015 – Star designers Jimmy Choo and David Andersen To Jury Fashion Category

From a media release:

Red Dot Award 2015 – Star designers Jimmy Choo and David Andersen will assess fashion category
Red Dot Gala: 29 June 2015

ESSEN -
The registration phase of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 ended on 11 February. The annually organised international competition has been awarding products of good design quality for 60 years  now. In its anniversary year, “Fashion, Lifestyle and accessories” is one of 31 categories. Red Dot contributes to the growing number of submitted projects from the world of fashion. To be up to the variety of areas like haute couture, shoes, street fashion, and bags, Red Dot invited the most prestigious fashion experts in the history of the award: Jimmy Choo and David Andersen are part of the Red Dot jury 2015.

Datuk’ Professor Jimmy Choo founded his own couture label and opened a shoeshop in London’s East End in 1983. In 1996, he launched his ready-to-wear line and sold his share in the business in 2001. He is a promoter for design educati…

Israel's Jazz Scene Comes to Toronto - Showcase March 18 2015

From a media release:

A NIGHT OF ISRAELI GROOVES IN THE CITY
Bringing a taste of Israel’s jazz scene to Toronto
March 18, 2015

TORONTO –
From Tel Aviv to YYZ, some of Israel’s most prominent jazz musicians are bringing their craft to the Toronto stage. For one night only, the Israeli Jazz Showcase featuring Anat Cohen, Kobi Hass and Guy Mintus takes over The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. ($20 cover). Presented by Toronto Downtown Jazz and the Consulate General of Israel, with generous support by the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, this triple bill is a part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture.

A two-month showcase, the Spotlight on Israeli Culture celebrates contemporary music, drama, dance, art, film video and photography all originating in Israel. Fifteen of Toronto’s leading cultural institutions are participating in this showcase highlighting some of the breakthrough talents transforming Israel’s vibrant cultural scene today.

On March 18, the Israeli J…

New Opera: Excerpts from Paradise Interrupted at the Metropolitan Museum NYC March 21 2015

From a media release:

EXCERPTS FROM NEW OPERA PARADISE INTERRUPTED
TO BE PERFORMED AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21 2015 AT 3 P.M. AND 7 P.M.

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New York preview precedes the world premiere at Spoleto Festival USA on Friday, May 22 in Charleston, South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC (February 12, 2015)—Excerpts from Paradise Interrupted, a new installation opera by artist Jennifer Wen Ma and composer Huang Ruo, will be performed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing on Saturday, March 21. The Met Museum Presents performances offer a special preview of this work in progress before the world premiere at the 2015 Spoleto Festival USA in May. There will be two Metropolitan Museum performances at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $54 and are available online atmetmuseum.org/tickets or by phone (212) 570-3949. Tickets include Museum admission and are part of the Museum’s “Bring the Kids for $1” program. 

Paradise Interrupted is…

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Announces Joel Bernbaum Recipient of $15,000 Urjo Kareda Residency

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TARRAGON THEATRE NEWS:
JOEL BERNBAUM RECEIVES $15,000 URJO KAREDA RESIDENCY GRANT FOR AN EMERGING ARTIST FUNDED BY THE YOUSSEF-WARREN FOUNDATION.

TORONTO (February 10, 2015) -
Tarragon Theatre is pleased to announce that the Urjo Kareda Residency Grant, with a value of $15,000, has been awarded to Joel Bernbaum, founding Artistic Director of Sum Theatre in Saskatoon.

The Urjo Kareda Residency Grant supports the training and artistic residency of an exceptional emerging theatre artist each season at Tarragon Theatre. The successful applicant spends twenty weeks at Tarragon Theatre pursuing her/his own training and artistic goals by working in collaboration with professional artists in his/her chosen field(s) of interest.

The grant is valued at $15,000 and made possible by an annual donation from The Youssef-Warren Foundation.

Beginning in August 2015, Joel will spend twenty weeks at Tarragon apprenticing in directing and artistic directing under Richard Rose, Tarragon’s…

The Textile Museum of Canada announces the sole Canadian presentation of Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol May 2 to October 4, 2015

From a media release:

The Textile Museum of Canada announces the sole Canadian presentation of Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol
May 2 to October 4, 2015


·  The exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with rare and recently discovered examples from leading art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, and Pop Art
·  Artists featured include Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Henry Moore, Fernand Leìger, Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miroì, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder
·  Feature 40th anniversary program: Blake Gopnik on Andy Warhol and the Art of Textiles, June 3, 2015 (see bottom of post)


TORONTO - The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to debut  Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol from May 2 to October 4, 2015. This major summer exhibition offers a fascinating overview of textile design by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Sonia Delaunay, Henri Matisse, Henry M…

Smooth Jazz; CD Release: Heather Powell - A Haze of Grays and Blue (True Groove Records - February 24, 2015)

CD Release:
Heather Powell - A Haze of Grays and Blue
(True Groove Records - February 24, 2015)

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New Yorker Heather Powell has a beautifully clear voice that lights up this album of jazzy adult contemporary songs released on True Groove Records. She can shape her vocals to the song with a sweet, liquid edge that can really caress the notes - it's no doubt what attracted True Groove head and veteran bluesman Tomás Doncker. He co-wrote and co-produced all the tracks and plays guitar throughout the album.

Her technique sounds so effortless I was sure within a few notes it was a trained voice. It turns out Heather has a degree in theatre and spent seven years in Europe and the United States as a member of the U.S. Army where she led soldiers and managed army health clinics. Towards the end of her career in the services however she became the commander and headliner of the Army’s inaugural theatrical company. On her return to civilian life, she took up music.

She can go from a…

Performer-illusionist Geoff Sobelle February 18 to 22 2015 in Toronto #artlive

From a media release:

Canadian Premiere #artlive
The Object Lesson
Geoff Sobelle (United States)
February 18–22 2015
Harbourfront Centre Theatre

TORONTO - A
ward-winning performer-illusionist Geoff Sobelle unpacks our relationship to everyday objects in this hilarious, heartbreaking solo performance and installation.

A towering junk-pile anchors Sobelle's stage as he skirts around it, rifling through to procure physical relics of his memories and awaken our own. Over the course of the show, these objects guide his heartfelt narrative – and quirky, expressive performance – about life, love and memory. Join us for this meditation on the things we keep and the things we throw away.

Sobelle, an actor and co-founder of the theatre group Rainpan 43, has received accolades for The Object Lesson from the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the New York Times. The show's Canadian debut at World Stage 2015 marks Sobelle's return to Toronto after performing and choreographing HOLOSCENES …

Ntjam Rosie Returns With Her Finest Album To Date ‘The One’ Is Out On Gentle Daze Records on February 17 2015

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Ntjam Rosie Returns With Her Finest Album To Date
‘The One’ Is Out On Gentle Daze Records on February 17th, 2015

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Ntjam Rosie, the Cameroon-born, Dutch-based Afro-European artist who has become a tastemaker both with her music and her fashion sense, is set to make a big mark in 2015 with her fourth album, The One. The singer and songwriter, who arrived in Holland from a small village in Cameroon at the age of nine, is now based in Rotterdam and has been turning heads in her adopted home country. A truly independent woman, who runs her own record label, Gentle Daze, Ntjam’s striking creativity in the world of fashion has made her into a style icon. Meanwhile, her blend of soul, jazz, folk, gospel and world music is now set to reach a wider audience than ever before.

The fourth installment in an increasingly distinguished album catalogue, The One is a huge creative step forward. That’s both in terms of its confident, seductive songwriting ethic and because…

Migrant Media Dreams: An Evening with Documentary Filmmaker Min Sook Lee Thursday February 12th 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

Migrant Media Dreams: An Evening with Documentary Filmmaker Min Sook Lee
Thursday February 12th 2015 from 7-8:30pm

Eaton Lecture Theatre (80 Gould Street)

TORONTO -
As Canada shifts its immigration policy to promote temporary, rather than permanent immigration policy, Toronto filmmaker Min Sook Lee has been tracking the effects of these changes on migrant workers’ lives.

The Hacking the Culture Speakers Series at Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, presents  Min Sook Lee talking about how her films about/with migrant workers are used as a tool in the movement for migrant worker justice. She will show excerpts  from different films, will discuss her process, and the artistic and political choices that inform her work. After her presentation, Lee will be joined by Chris Ramsaroop of Justicia for Migrant Workers for a conversation and open question and answer period. The event is FREE.

Min Sook Lee’s filmography includes:…

Indie Pop with Brazilian Beats: Complicated Animals Debut EP "In This Game" February 10 2015 Release

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COMPLICATED ANIMALS TO RELEASE DEBUT EP
IN THIS GAME IS OUT FEBRUARY 10, 2015

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Complicated Animals is Monica da Silva and Chad Alger. Their debut EP In This Game (out February 10, 2015 on Socialite Fiasco Music) features 6 songs in the duos’ self-coined Indie Nova genre. The style mixes breezy, Indie Pop with a touch of vintage Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Complicated Animals’ debut release In This Game was written and recorded over the past year in a cabin in the woods along the lakeshore in Michigan. The duo is the new collaborative lovechild of Brazilian American songstress Monica da Silva, and musician/producer Chad Alger.

Inspired by the changing seasons, and their mutual love for vintage films and music, Monica and Chad really wanted to get back to the art of songwriting on In This Game. “We really wanted the songs to unfold like a story would,” says Chad. They took their time to carefully choose each and every sound that has gone into their new collabora…

WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL… An Evening with Lisa Gay Hamilton, Tonya Pinkins and Lillias White February 9 2015 in NYC

From a media release:

WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL…
An Evening with Lisa Gay Hamilton, Tonya Pinkins and Lillias White
Moderated by Angela Bronner-Helm


Monday, February 9, 2015
7pm-8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

The Pershing Square Signature Center
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
480 West 42nd Street at 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10036


• The event is free and open to the public. Click here for reservations.
• Seating is limited. Reservations will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.


"All right, when I tell my daughter stories at night, invariably a few things happen. Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life and I build from there. And then the other thing that happens...she always says, 'Mommy can you put me in the story?' It starts from the top up, so I'd like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Besty Beers...and Pete Nowalk…for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark skinned African-American woman who looks like m…

Hard Rock EP Review: Return For Refund - Self Titled (Independent - September 20, 2014)

EP Review:
Return For Refund - Self Titled
(Independent - September 20, 2014)

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Toronto's Return For Refund sound assured and well immersed in their hard rock niche on their self-titled EP released last fall. They got a lot of buzz during Indie Week 2014 and with good reason. They set the bar high for musical chops - and it's really nice to hear a real rock drummer adding rhythmic interest to the standard song form.

Vocals are another strong suit for the band. Singer Drew Clementino has got that rock edge but his voice is still melodic. The power is there when he needs it. He's backed up with some exuberant guitar wizardry from Sasha Molotkow. There's a nice interplay between the members of the band that speaks to their ease with each other musically.

The met after Drew auditioned for a few bands that didn't fit with his sound. Then he tried out for a cover band and felt what he calls an instant chemistry with Sasha. Later that same night, Drew went to an …