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Dusk Dances Returns to Toronto and Beyond

From a media release:

DUSK DANCES 2015
1 World Premiere, 2 Dusk Dances Premieres,
A Perennial Dusk Dances Favourite,
and the First Ever Full(er) Length Work!

Hosted By Brad Brackenridge
Opening Band Guaracha Y Son and free Salsa class with Miko Sobreira
AUGUST 3-9, 2015 @ WITHROW PARK

DUSK DANCES, with slightly different programmes, will also be performed in Vancouver (July 9-11) at Portside Park; Peterborough (July 23-26) at Rotary Park; Hamilton (July 30-August 1) at Bayfront Park; and Pickering (August 14-16) at Alex Robertson Park.

TORONTO - The 21st Dusk Dances Festival returns to Withrow Park this summer with another week of exciting and entertaining dance works from Canada’s finest dance makers including Esmeralda Enrique, Danny Grossman, Sylvie Bouchard & Marie-Josée Chartier, and Lua Shayenne.

Over the weeklong Festival, four-10 minute pieces will be presented, plus the new addition of a final 30-minute work (evenings only) by renowned choreographer Tedd Robinson for Cloud 9. Foun…

Contemporary Opera: Soundstreams and Canadian Stage announce North American premiere of Julie November 17 to 29 2015

From a media release:

Soundstreams and Canadian Stage
announce hot, young Canadian cast for 
the North American premiere of Julie
November 17 to 29 2015

Advance Tickets

Toronto – Soundstreams and Canadian Stage today announced the all-Canadian cast for the North American premiere of internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning composer Philippe Boesmans’ chamber opera Julie, which will be presented in English November 17 to 29, 2015 at the Bluma Appel Theatre. Depicting a flirtation that turns into an erotic danse macabre between its aristocratic title character and her father’s valet, August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie was considered too scandalous to be produced when it was written in 1888—only to become a defining classic of modern drama. Canadian Stage Artistic and General Director Matthew Jocelyn directs this acclaimed chamber-opera adaptation, with music direction by Les Dala.

The role of Julie will be sung by London, Ontario opera singing sensation Lucia Cervoni, in her pro…

National Lampoon’s Full House The Musical! starring Perez Hilton debuts in Toronto August 18 to September 6 2015

From a media release:

National Lampoon’s Full House The Musical! starring Perez Hilton debuts in Toronto before heading to New York City
Catch the exclusive run on stage at the Randolph Theatre
August 18 to September 6, 2015

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Toronto, ON – David Galpern / Corey Ross / Starvox Entertainment today announced Torontonians can spend the summer with the Tanner Family when they see the premiere of National Lampoon’s Full House The Musical! A Tanner Family Parody!. Starring larger than life celebrity personality Perez Hilton as Danny Tanner, the production is on stage at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.) for a strictly limited engagement from Aug. 18 to Sept. 6.

Full House The Musical! is the unauthorized musical parody that puts an adult spin on ABC’s Friday night family sitcom. The beloved TV show followed the heartwarming story of a widowed Father whose best friend and brother-in-law move in to help him raise his three daughters. Every episode of “Full House” serves to remind …

Cumbia meets Andean Carnival: Chico Trujillo - Reina de Todas las Fiestas (Barbès Records: June 23, 2015)

From a media release:

Chico Trujillo Releases New Album on Barbès Records:
Reina de Todas las Fiestas out on June 23, 2015

Cumbia meets Andean Carnival with guest appearances by Kevin Johansen and Alvaro Henriquez of Los Tres. 

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If there is such a thing as Cumbia Kings, the crown should probably go to Chilean group Chico Trujillo. Fifteen years ago, in the small town of Villa Aleman, a few miles from Valparaiso, Chico Trujillo started as informal gatherings where singer Aldo “Macha” Asenjo and members of his punk/ska group La Floripondio would play old Chilean and Colombian cumbia hits for fun. The gatherings soon turned into a touring band that would spend most summers in Berlin where they honed their tropical chops (not unlike a famed Liverpool band honing their skills in Hamburg clubs) and eventually take them to Vive Latino; the Hollywood Bowl and Lollapalooza where Jon Pareles, of the NY Times, called the band “a world-class party band” adding that Mr. Asenjo sings lyrics …

Alt-Punk Release - New Single: Magnificent Birds of Prey 'Can't Wash My Soul'

From a media release:

Alt-Punk Release - New Single:
Magnificent Birds of Prey
Can't Wash My Soul
from the upcoming album Kaleidoscope (August 18, 2015 release)

Formed by friends from Philadelphia, New Jersey & Pittsburgh; the sound of the Northeast exports, Magnificent Birds of Prey reflects the loud, dirty and addictive nature of their respective suburbs, set to the heartbeat of the City of Brotherly Love.

The techy and sometimes psychedelic four-piece has drawn comparisons to Superchunk, Pearl Jam, Guided By Voices and Manchester Orchestra for their wily mix of indie/alternative rock and literary prowess. They name check bodies of work as varied as Star Trek, Kurt Vonnegut and Pulp Fiction and hope to make good on their name by bringing in “magnificent” sonic landscapes with unbridled attack, coining their sound ‘karate rock’- a music that moves you. “We question ourselves in both silly and serious ways”, says lead vocalist Lyle, “and that lighthearted nature finds its way into …

Visual Arts: Summer Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Mississauga

From a media release:

Be a Sport
Pan American Photo Exhibition
Kim Lee Kho | Chains Unlinked
July 2 - September 13, 2015

The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) presents three new exhibitions for the summer of 2015: Be a Sport, Pan American Photo Exhibition, and Kim Lee Kho's Chains Unlinked.

With the GTA community avidly focused on hosting the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games, the AGM presents Be a Sport, a group exhibition featuring local and international artists exploring the cultural significance of athletic achievement, the continual quest for victory and how issues of gender, race, inequality and conflict are caught up in the arena of sport. Eight contemporary artists and collectives bridge the now often separated worlds of art and sports by using aesthetics, philosophy and humour to play with how we understand some of our favourite pastimes. Participating artists include Hudson Christie, Lia Darjes, JEFF&GORDON , Marc Losier, Leah Modigliani, Graeme Patterson, Diana Th…

Africa in Toronto: 27th Annual Afrofest 2015 // July 4 & 5 2015

From a media release:

Africa in Toronto:
27th Annual Afrofest 2015 // July 4 & 5 2015
Woodbine Park, Toronto
Presented by Music Africa Inc.

For the first time in its history, Music Africa Inc. is partnering with Africa New Music to present the 2015 edition of AFROFEST which is shaping out to be our biggest festival yet. With about 35 scheduled live performances, workshops, spoken word artists, dance groups, an interactive children’s village and marketplace, with over 70 vendors, there is something for everyone.

With the Pan American games being held in Toronto in the summer of 2015, we are proud to part of this historic event. Though the details are still being finalized, the Pan Am torch relay will make a stop at AFROFEST onSunday July 05, 2015. By doing this, AFROFEST aims to promote the understanding of African culture by reaching out and attracting to non-African audiences.

The living legendary Zouk group – Kassav, The king of Makossa – San Fan Thomas and the highly energetic and d…

VP Records 35th Anniversary Show: Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Massive B June 27 2015 in NYC

From a media release:

VP Records 35th Anniversary Show:
Maxi Priest
Gyptian
Bunji Garlin
Fay Ann Lyons
Massive B

Central Park, MN - SummerStage
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Doors at 2pm
FREE

NEW YORK CITY - Reggae lovers, this is a night for you, featuring Maxi Priest, the legend of British reggae, along with a full roster of international reggae and soca stars.

Maxi Priest
With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy nominations and Top 10 Billboard hits (including the No. 1 smash "Close To You") - the most successful solo act in British reggae history, Maxi Priest, continues to hit the road throughout 2015 in support of his first studio album in almost a decade, Easy To Love (VP Records). Easy To Love is a fine representation of pop, reggae and R&B blended together in one set. The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. "Hearts Across The World" is a song for our times and pleas for people…

Patricia Vonne Announces New Spanish-Language Album Viva Bandolera (June 23, 2015 - Bandolera Records)

From a media release:

Patricia Vonne Announces New Album Viva Bandolera (June 23, 2015 - Bandolera Records) 
The Austin, TX Based Singer's 6th Album Features All Spanish Language Songs

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San Antonio, Texas has always been the musical and cultural crossroads of the Lone Star State, fusing the state’s modern Anglo-centric history with its centuries-old Latino past. Patricia Vonne is a product of this cultural menudo, growing up with the diverse blend of music in a family of ten wildly creative children- including her older brother, film director Robert Rodriquez. Through five albums, Vonne has found her own sound, harvesting a hybrid mix that has been interpreted as Texas border rock. Her latest album, titled Viva Bandolera, is a compilation of Spanish songs collected from her five previous albums that explore her experience as a Tejana. Out June 23rd on Bandolera Records, the album consists of 17 tracks including revised versions of “Severina” and…

Free in the Bronx: Hybrid Movement Company, The Incredible Incredible & IMPACT Repertory Theatre June 26 2015

From a media release:

Free: Dance in the Bronx
Hybrid Movement Company
The Incredible Incredible
IMPACT Repertory Theatre

Crotona Park, BX - SummerStage
Friday, June 26 2015 at 7pm
FREE

NEW YORK CITY - This free show is part of the Central Park Summerstage program and combines the efforts of three exciting performing arts companies.

Hybrid Movement Company
The Hybrid Movement Company, a dance, acrobatic, and visual arts troupe, will present two works, Momentum and Are You the Dreamer? Momentum, a new piece, focuses on risk-taking perpetual movement driven by rhythms and flowing through melodies. It is performed in a powerful cohesion of Hybrid Movement, circus arts, classical and contemporary ballet, rhythmic gymnastics, bobbing, waving and popping. Are You the Dreamer? is a transubstantiated tale exploring beauty, ugliness, rejection, love, dreams, and fear through dancing and dynamic movement. The Hybrid Movement Company has been hailed by The New York Times as one of the most innovative Con…

Recently Released: Toronto's Steve Benjamins - Sightlines (Independent - May 15, 2015)

Recently Released:
Steve Benjamins - Sightlines
(Independent - May 15, 2015)

EP Available as a Free Download from Steve`s Website

Toronto-based singer/songwriter/musician/producer Steve Benjamins is a one man show on his recently released EP, Sightlines. He plays piano, guitar, synths, drums and bass and serves as songwriter and co-producer on the release, a collection of six tracks. The first singles were released April 17 and 29 and the whole EP on May 15 of this year. It's his third EP release in about two years.

The title Song has a stripped back feel that relies heavily on his expressive and accomplished voice - the dominant feature of this EP. Here it's accompanied by a spiritual/gospel-like arrangement that combines churchy organ sounds with pop-synth grooves.

We used to live, the first single, is upbeat pop with the edge of an urban anthem. Steve's vocals go from low and soulful to a higher and more insistent range. The track is like a roots/folk song lying underneat…

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series June 15 to 30 2015

From a media release:

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
featuring
Janai Brugger
Nathan Gunn
Isabel Leonard
Pianist Dan Saunders

Brooklyn Bridge Park, BK - SummerStage
Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm
FREE

Check out the full schedule that runs from June 15 to 30 2015

NEW YORK CITY - The Metropolitan Opera presents an enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera Stars.

Janai Brugger is a Soprano hailing from Chicago, Illinois. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2012 as Liù in Turandot and also starred as Helena in The Enchanted Island. Other career highlights include roles as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden and the Los Angeles Opera, Liù at Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Micaëla with Opera Colorado. She has also appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is a 2012 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Plácido Domingo's Opera…

Mongolian folk/Electronic/Orchestral/Epic Music/New Age/Fusion: Nature Ganganbaigal (To Where Tengger Leads Me - September 10 2014)

Mongolian folk/Electronic/Orchestral/Epic Music/New Age/Fusion: 
Nature Ganganbaigal(To Where Tengger Leads Me - September 10th, 2014)

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Cambodian tonality and instrumentation combine with modern electronics in To Where Tengger Leads Me, the debut solo release from Nature Ganganbaigal - or Tianran Zhang in Chinese - a Mongolian composer whose music has been heard in films, commercials and video games. His scores have been featured in Official Selections at the Montclair Film Festival, 2015 Timecode:NOLA Film Festival and 2015 RxSM Film Expo among others and he's composed film scores for China Central Television. He appeared on MTV when the album was first released last fall.

Along with composing music, he's a throat singer and plays the Mongolian Morin khuur or horse head fiddle. As a soloist he's performed with the NYU Philharmonia and Combo Nuvo, a jazz group based in New York City.

The first track, Expedition, proceeds at a breakneck pace with insistent perc…