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Peru Boom: Bass, Bleeps & Bumps from Peru's Electronic Underground

From a media release:

PERU BOOM
BASS, BLEEPS & BUMPS FROM PERU’S ELECTRONIC UNDERGROUND

Format: CD, LP & Digital Download
US Release Date: June 30th 2015
Label: Tiger’s Milk Records/Strut Records
Cat: TIGM005

Pre-order/Buy on iTunes
Available in Europe

Boom! Belt up and prepare for ascent. This bass heavy and potent collection features the key Peruvian producers and DJs that have helped build Lima’s reputation as ‘jewel in the crown’ of South America’s rave & party scenes. Tropical bass artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue, DJ Chakruna, Animal Chuki and Deltatron have long been guided by the roots of chicha and Peruvian cumbia. This sees them reshape and digitally render the original sounds fashioning new cuts inspired by dubstep, techno, trap, grime, house and electronica all aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Peru Boom celebrates one of the most vibrant contemporary club scenes in the world.

Detroit has techno, Chicago has house, and Peru’s DJs and producers consider Lima as the …

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia in Toronto June 16 & 17 2015

From a media release:

Show One Productions
proudly presents the triumphant return of the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia with a new production
SMILE AT US, OH LORD
based on the works of Grigory Kanovich
Performed in Russian with English Surtitles
Two Performances Only - June 16 & 17, 2015

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Toronto, ON  - After its sold-out 2014 run of Eugene Onegin last June in Toronto, the esteemed Vakhtangov Academic Theatre of Russia returns with a new theatrical spectacle for the international stage: Smile at Us, Oh Lord: an inspiring universal parable about the basic good in every human being. Directed by the company's noted Artistic Director Rimas Tuminas, Smile at Us, Oh Lord runs Tuesday June 16 and Wednesday June 17 for two shows only at the historic Elgin Theatre, presented by Show One Productions.

Of Rimas Tuminas' Eugene Onegin, the critics raved: "Anyone who saw the Vakhtangov Theatre knows they are a first-rate troupe," exclaimed The Guardian in Lon…

New England Conservatory's Eden MacAdam-Somer Releases My First Love Story (June 23, 2015 - A-Side Records)

from a media release:

New England Conservatory's Eden MacAdam-Somer Releases My First Love Story, a revolutionary solo album featuring MacAdam-Somer on voice, violin, viola, and percussive dance
(June 23, 2015 - A-Side Records)

Performances  
o June 28 at New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
o July 9 Framingham Public Library, Framingham, MA
o August 1 at Lark Camp, Mendocino, CA
o August 22 at Minier Acustica, Urbino Italy

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My First Love Story introduces the solo work of one of New England Conservatory's newest faculty members and one of the most dynamic young artists performing today: composer, performer, and improviser Eden MacAdam-Somer. Recorded live in NEC's Jordan Hall, this album is an incredible blend of contemporary and traditional art, moving fluidly between Appalachian folk song and cutting edge classical performance.  The CD will be released June 23, 2015 on A-Side Records.

The seeds for this project were planted years ago, when I played my very first notes …

Morris Day & The Time and Other Free Concerts at TD Toronto Jazz Festival June 18 to 29 2015

From a media release:

TD Toronto Jazz Festival - June 18 to 29 2015
MORRIS DAY & THE TIME AND DUMPSTAPHUNK
ADDED TO FREE PROGRAMMING LINEUP ON JUNE 19 2015!

Dumstaphunk & Morris Day
Free lunchtime concerts
Search all TD Toronto Jazz Festival concerts by date

TORONTO - Music Mania takes over opening weekend of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival when it kicks off on Friday, June 19 with a whirlwind of performances from Morris Day & The Time, Dumpstaphunk, Melanie Durrant, Shuffle Demons, Toronto Mass Choir and more!

Legendary funk and soul musician, Morris Day, best known as the frontman for The Time in the cult-classic Purple Rain, will bring his up-tempo and high-energy show to Nathan Phillips Square for a free special performance on Friday, June 19. Singing classics such as "Jungle Love," "Cool," "The Bird," and "777-9311", Day's trademark smooth-as-silk dance moves and old school sounds will kick off the 29th edition of the TD Toronto …

Montreal's Wesliband Releases TWO full-length albums, ImmiGrand and Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle in 2015 & Summer Tour

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Montreal's Wesliband Releases TWO full-length albums, ImmiGrand and Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle in 2015 & Summer Tour

Buy Immigrand
Buy Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle

Hardworking Haitian/Canadian musician Wesli and Wesliband have released two full-length CDs this year.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli (Wesley Louissaint) built his first guitar out of an old NGO- provided oil can and nylon shoe lace when he was just eight years old. Coming from a family of 8 children where music was a daily food for the soul, it became second nature to him, a unique and vital way out of the violence and misery found in the surrounding ghetto. Wesli’s musical journey started in the gospel choir of his local church and then he adopted the guitar as his main instrument.

Now he's giving back that opportunity to a new generation. Proceeds from the acoustic album Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle will raise money for the music school Wesli founded in Haiti.

Free EPK from ReverbNation.com

He…

GRIDLOCK A Larchaud Dance Project Production June 11-13 & 18-20 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

GRIDLOCK
A Larchaud Dance Project Production
A DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event


Choreography: Jase Cozmic, Jennifer Robichaud, Raoul Wilke
Collaborators: Patrizia Ferlisi, Amy Hampton, Ryan Lee
Rehearsal Direction: Marie France Forcier, Jesse Dell
Lighting Design: Siobhan Sleath
Stage Management: Gillian Lewis

When: June 11-13, 2015 and June 18-20, 2015 at 9pm

Where: Artscape Youngplace - 180 Shaw St., Toronto
Please Note: This is a site-specific performance that will travel throughout the building. Box Office will be inside the main entrance to the building.

ONLY 30 TICKETS A SHOW!! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Tickets: $22 in advance, $25 at the door (cash only)
$20 students/seniors/CADA
Tickets are sold through TO TIX.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the TO TIX Booth in Yonge Dundas Square or online at www.totix.ca. T.O.TIX online accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Interac Online. The T.O.TIX Booth accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Interac.

Is it our i…

ARTISANworks Gallery in Rochester NY Debuts Art or War Collection by Canadian Artist Viktor Mitic

From a media release:

NEW YORK ART GALLERY, ARTISANWORKS,
ACQUIRES CONTROVERSIAL COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS FROM
CANADIAN ARTIST VIKTOR MITIC
ARTISANworks in Rochester to Debut Art or War Collection

Toronto, ON – Rochester, NY May 26th, 2015: 
Canadian contemporary visual artist Viktor Mitic’s painting series Art or War makes its U.S. debut in Rochester, New York after the acquisition of fifty eight pieces of the series, including his much talked about ‘Incident’, the shot up school bus sculpture which toured Washington DC in April of 2013 during the height of the U.S. gun debate. 

Mitic is best known for his controversial approach to art, firing live ammunition at images he has painted of celebrities and iconic personalities.   His bullet-riddled paintings offer an acerbic commentary on society’s attitudes towards guns and violence and its obsession with fame.  Moved by the destruction of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan - ancient sculptures created in the 6th century –Viktor Mitic started explo…

Acclaimed Estonian National Male Choir Tour Hits Toronto & Southern Ontario May/June 2015

From a media release:

Six Cities, Seven Concerts:  Ontario Tour May 20-June 1 2015
ACCLAIMED ESTONIAN NATIONAL MALE CHOIR TOURS CANADA
Hamilton: May 27; Toronto – Downtown: May 28; Toronto – Scarborough: May 30; Exeter: May 31; Guelph: May 31

• See details below for tickets


The Grammy Award winning Estonian National Male Choir, one of Europe’s leading professional choral ensembles, tours Ontario this May as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations.

Between May 20 and June 1, the R.A.M Koor (Eesti Rahvusmeeskoor as it is known in Estonia) will perform seven concerts and give workshops in six Ontario cities, presented in co-operation with Choirs Ontario, Estonian Federation of Singers in North America, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.  This is its first Canadian visit in about 20 years.

Estonian Choir for release.jpgUnder the direction of its chief conductor and artistic director Mikk Üleoja, the choir will begin its tour May 23 at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa.  O…

Live from the Annex (Toronto) - June 2 2015 Comedy & Music Line-up

From a media release:

LIVE FROM THE ANNEX’ ANNOUNCES ITS JUNE 2 COMEDY & MUSIC ARTISTS
Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Annex
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Future shows July 7; August 4; September 1; October 6; November 3; and, December 1, 2015

Toronto, ON –
‘Live from the Annex’ is pleased to announce its Tuesday, June 2 line up. Guest artists include Rick Miller and Steph Baptist (Comic Artists), 2-MAN NO-SHOW (Sketch), Mia Sheard (Music) and The Concerned Kids (CSI member profile) with hosts Brunswick Stew (Improv) and Brian G. Smith (MC). Shows run 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., and take place in The Garage, at the Centre for Social Innovation - Annex location, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto. $15 tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.livefromtheannex.com. Follow on Twitter #LFTAnnex and Facebook. For information, call (416) 619-4621 or send an email to livefromtheannex@gmail.com. The comedy and music show is broadcast live to the world-wide web via Dailymotion.com/YouAndMe…

EP Release: A Tribe Called Red - Suplex (May 19 2015)

From a media release

A TRIBE CALLED RED
RELEASE SUPLEX EP MAY 19 2015
PREMIERE VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK (VIA THE FADER)

Buy the EP


New York, NY  – May 19, 2015 – Recently, A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) finished their US tour that saw them play Coachella, Gathering Of Nations (biggest powwow in the world) and the reopening of the Whitney Museum back to back. That series is very telling about the kind of people A Tribe Called Red is touching with their music and the communities they are visiting.

For the last few years, this all-indigenous Canadian band has been THE success story in their country, winning the 2013 Juno for Breakthrough Band of The Year (equivalent of Grammy) as well as critical praise (two years in a row nominated to the Polaris Music Prize). The band became known for their collaboration with Das Racist and Angel Haze and their performances at top festivals like Bonnarroo, Made In America, New Orleans Jazz Fest, AfroPunk fest, Movement Festival and Electric Forest.

Today, the gr…

Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)Returns to New York City July 2015

From a media release:

Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)
Returns to New York City
Public Performances July 7, 8 & 11 2015

• Tuesday, July 7th - St. Mary's Park, Da Bronx - Our Latin Thing / DJ Afro
• Wednesday, July 8th - Central Park SummerStage - Compass / Systema Solar / Helado Negro
• Saturday, July 11th - Central Park SummerStage - Vicentico / Ximena Sariñana / No Te Va Gustar

• Early-bird Conference Registration For Only $99 Is Now Open At LatinAlternative.com
• Discounted hotel rates now available at the link


The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) returns to New York this summer for a special 16th anniversary celebration, including free concerts at Central Park SummerStage featuring Systema Solar, Helado Negro, and Compass on July 8 and Vicentico, Ximena, and No Te Va Gustar on July 11. Plus, we’re  returning the LAMC to the Bronx with a showcase at St. Mary’s Park with Our Latin Thing and DJ Afro on July 7th.

Join thousands of musicians, entrepreneurs, DJs, jou…

Southern Italian Trance on Ludovico Einaudi’s Taranta Project (Ponderosa Music; US release: May 4, 2015)

From a media release:

From Salento to the World: The Global Soul of Southern Italian Trance on Ludovico Einaudi’s Taranta Project
(Ponderosa Music; US release: May 4, 2015)

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Salento is the heel in the boot of Italy, part of the region known as Puglia, kept dry and dusty by the hot wind that crosses the Mediterranean from the Sahara and North Africa. Long before the Roman Empire existed, Salento was a Greek province, and the traditions and culture run deep here. None more so than the taranta, a musical form connected to the tarantula spiders often found in the fields. Their deadly bite could reputedly only be cured by the trance-like dance. All of that forms the heart of Taranta Project, the new album by acclaimed composer, conductor, and pianist Ludovico Einaudi (Ponderosa Music; US release: May 4, 2015).

His aim was to bring the taranta to a more universal level by connecting it with music from West Africa and Turkey. It explores tradition while keeping it firmly of the core o…