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Andy Warhol: Revisited Pop Art Exhibit Lecture Series July 29 to August 27 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

Andy Warhol: Revisited pop art exhibit launches rotating lecture series 
July 29 to August 27, 2015

Programming to include artistic demonstrations and theoretical discussions with accomplished Canadian artists

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TORONTO, ON – To continue to engage and educate Torontonians and visitors to the city about the works and life of prolific artist Andy Warhol, Revolver Gallery has launched a Rotating Lecture Series at the Andy Warhol: Revisited exhibit.

Beginning on Wednesday July 29, The Rotating Lecture Series will feature demonstrations and discussions from art luminaries and accomplished artists’ onsite in the gallery space, located at 77 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Tickets to the various events range in price from $18 to $23, and are available to purchase online and at the door. (Andy Warhol: Revisited exterior. 77 Bloor St. West. Image by Anthony Cohen.)

Upcoming Rotating Lecture Series events include:

Open Studio – Wednesday, July 29; 8 to 9 p.m.
Pres…

Celebrating 20 Years of Elevated Canadian Cuisine in Toronto at Canoe Twenty

From a media release:

Celebrate twenty years of elevated
Canadian cuisine with Canoe Twenty

Check out the Canoe Twenty Tasting Menu

TORONTO - Over the past two decades, Oliver & Bonacini’s Canoe has become a landmark Toronto restaurant and a growing part of the international culinary conversation, as it continues to define Canadian cuisine. To mark its 20th anniversary, Canoe invites the public to celebrate this special milestone with Canoe Twenty, a tasting menu that showcases present-day Canoe – a moment in time after its twenty-year evolution.

Canoe’s culinary works of art. Images by Cindy La.

This limited-time experience will be presented by Canoe’s next generation: executive chef John Horne and chef de cuisine Coulson Armstrong, joined by chef Anthony Walsh, who has led Canoe’s culinary brigade since the restaurant opened in 1995. The multi-course commemorative menu will be offered from Sept. 21 (the exact date in 1995 when Canoe opened its doors) until Nov. 20, 2015, and is ava…

Photography with a Purpose: HIPA Presents 'A Dream of Humanity' in Paris July 26 to October 15 2015

From a media release:

HIPA PRESENTS ‘A DREAM OF HUMANITY’ EXHIBITION IN PARIS
July 26 to October 15, 2015
on the Left Bank of the River Seine

PARIS - If you are in Paris this summer and into the fall, you will want to take a stroll on la Rive gauche to view this captivating exhibition. The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) launched an exhibition titled ‘A Dream of Humanity’ on the banks of the River Seine in the French capital featuring photography by world-renowned photojournalist Reza Deghati as well as photographs from the ‘Faces’ initiative by HIPA which involved photography of and by Syrian children in a refugee camp in Northern Jordan. The exhibition is set to run from the 26th of July until the 15th of October 2015, along the banks of the River Seine.

Commenting on the launch of the exhibition, the Secretary General of HIPA, His Excellency Ali bin Thalith said “HIPA undertook the sponsorship of the ‘A Dream of Humanity’ exhibition to b…

Emerging Music Festival August 21, 2015 5-10pm - Bryant Park stage & Lawn, New York City

From a media release:

Emerging Music Festival
August 21, 2015
5-10pm - Bryant Park stage & Lawn, New York City

Five up-and-coming local bands, food, beer and wine, and lawn games make for a perfect evening.

Bryant Park will be the place to be for music lovers on Friday, August 21 as they present the first-ever Emerging Music Festival on the Bryant Park Stage and Lawn. This promises to be a wonderful summer evening, with great music, delicious food, beer and wine, and lawn activities.

The Emerging Music Festival presents an eclectic array of five rising bands performing soul, indie rock, dream pop, and more. The groups have all been covered on major music outlets, and have entertained audiences at venues throughout the city.

The talented lineup includes:
• Julia Easterlin, a vocalist using loop technology and her one-of-a-kind voice to create music that draws freely from jazz, pop, West African dance, and soul. You may have seen her at Lollapalooza and SXSW.
• Lazyeyes, a three-piece fr…

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance & Music -- August 12 to 14 2015 FREE in New York City

From a media release:

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance & Music
featuring 
PHYLICIA RASHAD, ANDRE DE SHIELDS, DEE DEE BRIDGE WATER, EBONY JO-ANN, INAYA DAY and more 

Central Park, Manhattan
SummerStage
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Doors at 7pm - FREE

Marcus Garvey Park
W. 122nd & Mt. Morris Park
August 13 & 14, 2015
Doors at 6pm - FREE

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music: Choreographer Website

NEW YORK CITY - This performance, choreographed by the Tony Award-winner George Faison with musical direction by Damien L. Sneed, will feature co-host / emcee Tony Award-winner (and Munchkin from the original Broadway run!) Phylicia Rashad; André De Shields (reprising his role as The Wiz); Tony Award-Winner for the role of Glinda, Dee Dee Bridgewater; Ebony Jo-Ann in the role of Addaperle; singer/songwriter Wallace Gary as The Scarecrow; Inaya Day as Dorothy plus more TBA.

George Faison, internationally celebrated producer, writer, composer, director, choreographer and dancer, made history in …

CD Release: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal Deepen the Conversation on Musique de Nuit (Six Degrees Records - September 4, 2015)

From a media release:

CD Release:
Midnight Music and Rooftop Freedom: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal Deepen the Conversation on Musique de Nuit
(Six Degrees Records - September 4, 2015)

• Keep an eye out for it on Six Degrees Records
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• Pre-order from Amazon in the UK - it can be shipped internationally

French cellist Vincent Segal and Malian kora virtuoso Ballaké Sissoko sat down together, in the wonderful, peculiar hours when all life seemed suspended. And they played together, in quiet dialogue. At night, they felt liberated.

“Night is a special time in Mali,” Segal explains. “It’s a little less hot, and everyone’s asleep apart from the night owls like us. The city’s not as noisy, music mixes with rumor, and there’s something redeeming about simply sitting outside and playing. That’s what we tried to capture here, that freedom the night can bring.”



They channel it via the cello and the kora, the sparkling sound of the heart and the thoughtfulness of…

Soca Queen Allison Hinds Headlines Island Soul at Harbourfront Toronto July 31 to August 3, 2015

From a release:

Island Soul at Harbourfront Toronto
July 31 to August 3, 2015

Explore the rhythms, mythologies, histories and delicacies of the islands with a diverse lineup of artists and thinkers striving to leave their mark on Caribbean cultural identity and catalyze an emerging generation. Presented in partnership with Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario.

Check out the Schedule of Events

A leading cultural festival for over a decade, Island Soul returns this year by casting a wider net across the Caribbean Sea and looking at the multitude of islands that make up the rich tapestry that is the Caribbean.

Through the lens of the Big Idea: Seven Generations we explore the roots of Caribbean culture by making connections between the pioneers and today's cultural ambassadors. Island Soul will take the audience on an odyssey across generations, from tracing the roots of modern day steelpan music, a spotlight on the diversity of the French Caribbean and a celebration of Bob Marley's immense …

Roots Reggae: Jah9 Live in NYC at SOB's, with Dubtonic Kru July 27th 2015

From a release:

Roots Reggae:
Jah9 Live in NYC at SOB's, with Dubtonic Kru 
July 27th 2015

Tickets at the link

When Jah9 sings, hearts and minds awaken. Old school blues improvisation, meets hard hitting lyrical prowess, in a rich imaginative blend of vocal clarity and complexity. She sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel. Her philosophy is profoundly spiritual, and her style is Jazz on Dub.

Born Janine Cunningham, Jah9 spent her first eight and a half years in Falmouth, Trelawny, on the rural western edge of Jamaica. It was an idyllic place, where everyone knew everyone else, and where the daughter of the Baptist minister first found her singing voice, at home and in the church choir. But everything changed when her father took a job as chaplain at a high school in Kingston and the family settled in a house on the school grounds.

In the city, the transplanted country girl found comfort in music and words, a…

For Pan Am: Textile Museum of Canada launches Watercolour July 14 to 17 2015

From a media release:

Textile Museum of Canada launches Watercolour,
a project featuring sail designs by international artists presented in partnership with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games
July 14 to 17, 2015

TORONTO - The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to announce Watercolour, a cultural project presented in partnership with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games. Celebrating the culture and artistry of Pan American nations, Watercolour will comprise 41 sails featuring artwork by one artist from each participating country. Encompassing work from internationally renowned to emerging and mid-career artists, the designs will animate sailboats on Lake Ontario with their rich visual diversity during ceremonies at the Toronto 2015 Games.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, the Textile Museum of Canada’s award-winning work with contemporary artists and global cultural traditions informed the project. “Sails are among the most ancient and most iconic expressions …

SummerWorks Performance Festival August 6 to 16 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

SummerWorks 25 final schedule to feature curated Theatre Series and four theatre Special Presentations
Erin Shields, Colleen Wagner, Christian Lapointe, Outside The March, The PepTides and many more join SummerWorks in celebrating 25 years
August 6 to 16 2015

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Toronto, ON – SummerWorks Performance Festival announced their official 2015 schedule. Recognized as Canada’s largest juried and curated performance festival, this year’s edition – SummerWorks 25 – marks the organization’s 25th anniversary. For 11 days from Aug. 6 to 16, SummerWorks 25 takes over stages, concert halls, parks, and unconventional performance spaces across the city with more than 50 productions and performances.

SummerWorks 25 features productions from five streams of performance: Theatre, Music, Dance, Live Art, as well as a series of Special Presentations from a variety of different mediums. New this year, each stream is curated by an expert in their field, who carefull…

Jazz CD Release: Composer and Trombone Virtuoso Nick Finzer -The Chase To be released on Origin Records on July 21, 2015

From a media release:

Jazz CD Release:
Composer and Trombone Virtuoso Nick Finzer Showcases
Imaginative Original Tunes And His Whip Smart Sextet on The Chase
To be released on Origin Records on July 21, 2015

Pre-order/buy the CD

Finzer's celebrating the CD with performances:
* Thursday, July 9 - Jazz Shed - Durham, NC
* Friday, July 10 - The Velvet Note - Atlanta, GA
* Saturday, July 11 - Blues Boulevard and Jazz - Greenville, SC
* Sunday, July 12  - Timicua  - Orlando, FL
* Wednesday, July 22 - Smoke - NYC


The Chase, composer and trombonist Nick Finzer's second album as a leader - coming July 21st from Origin Records, the CD showcases Finzer's imaginative original tunes and his excellent sextet featuring Glenn Zaleski on piano, Lucas Pino on reeds, Alex Wintz on guitar, Dave Baron on bass and Jimmy MacBride on drums.

The trombone, after too long a period of relative neglect, is experiencing a vital surge of interest on the contemporary jazz landscape and Nick Finzer is at the helm o…

Madcap Tradition, Artful Music: Big Galut(e) Rereads Jewish and Classical Music History

From a media release:

 Madcap Tradition, Artful Music: Big Galut(e) Rereads Jewish and Classical Music History With Gentle Irreverence

Concert August 16, 2015; Cherry Valley Artworks - The Star Theater, Schenectady, NY
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Jewish court composers and shtetl humor. A klezmer twist on Mahler and Argentine Yiddish tangos. Big Galut(e) does it all, with a quirky grin and unflagging musicianship. A quintet that sprang from summer stints at renowned opera festival Glimmerglass, the mostly classically trained artists approach the Western canon with absurdist glee, and Jewish traditions with borscht-belt wit on their self-titled debut album (release: August 21, 2015).

“We must be the only band that plays klezmer on the theorbo,” the Baroque plucked instrument, remarks violinist and vocalist Sasha Margolis, one of the driving forces behind the ensemble. “It has timbral similarities to the tsimbl, and works perfectly.”

The group’s antics play off traditional humor, but they never stray in…

Wild Vibe: Jungle by Night Dropping Amsterdam's Worldwide Afrobeat-Inspired Funk in New York City July 11 2015

From a media release:

Jungle By Night - Wild Vibe: Jungle by Night Dropping Amsterdam's Worldwide Afrobeat-Inspired Funk on the U.S., with Tony Allen's Approval

• July 11, 2015 - Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY at 9:00 PM
Get your tix

When Tony Allen, the drumming power behind the sound of the late and very great Fela Kuti, pronounces a band to be “the evolution of Afrobeat,” it’s got something special. That’s exactly how he described Holland’s Jungle by Night.

The nine-piece powerhouse evolves the American and Nigerian roots of the music, folding in the beats and fierce attitudes of hip-hop and EDM, guided by the wild soul of jazz and the raw energy of rock. They’ve teamed up with Afro-inspired DJs and club music instigators like LA’s Gaslamp Killer and Philly’s Rich Medina. They’ve electrified audiences from Europe to Japan, and in July they’ll be bringing their modern taken on Afrobeat to America as they undertake a U.S. tour in support of their third album, The Hunt.

“We all came …

Post-Punk-Pop: Louise Aubrie - Late 44 (Independent - July 13, 2015)

Post-Punk-Pop:
Louise Aubrie - Late 44
(Independent - July 13, 2015)

Coming up on iTunes

Indie, post-punk, pop melodies - all of the above apply to the new release by singer/songwriter Louise Aubrie. Late 44 is the third release by the London-born musician who divides her time between the u.K. and New York City. The CD was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, England and includes roster of back-up talent that includes Tom Edwards (Adam Ant), Joe Holweger, David Ruffy (The Ruts, Adam Ant, Dexy's Midnight Runners) and Boz Boorer (Morrissey, The Polecats).


There's a nice energy to Masterstroke, the first track and a post-punk emphasis on the classic guitar. Her clear alto contrasts with the jangly guitars and insistent rhythms, with shades of a Roy Orbison tremble at the end of a line. In Tearjerker the lyrics cover the usual territory of heartbreak and desire with a clever edge.

He tried to win her over
With a perfect battle cry
She knew he took her over
With a perfe…

Prog Metal Single: The Unravelling - Master Drone Release: July 8, 2015

Prog Metal Single:The Unravelling - Master Drone
Release: July 8, 2015

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The Unravelling is back with a dark new single - Master Drone. The progressive metal duo got high praise for 13 Arcane Hymns, their debut album but the project was sidelined in 2011 when lead vocalist Steve Moore was diagnosed with cancer. But after a bout of treatment and recovery, he's back together with co-founder and instrumentalist, Gustavo De Beauville and raring to record.

You may be a Master Drone
But you're still under control
You may be a Master Drone
But you're still under...

This is the second single for the Calgary-based duo after their reunion. The first, Revolt, garnered them media attention and over 20K followers on their Facebook page in just two months. Moore has this to say about the new song,

"The Master Drone is certain of his reality, and therefore living through an artifact. He is opinionated, and likely a respectable, ambitious member of society. He coul…