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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…

Comedy, Music, Booze and Hummus: Live at the Annex December 1 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

Toronto's Monthly Cabaret
Live from the Annex

December 1, 2015
‘The Garage,’ at the Centre for Social Innovation

• $25 tickets are available at the door / $20 advance tickets at the link

Toronto, ON – Live from the Annex’s final show in its 2015 series is on December 1st. The holiday party show line up includes Elvira Kurt (Comic), David Jones (Music - Piano), Karim Rizkallah (Music – Halo Drum), Baker & Cawley (Improv/Sketch), Sasha Wentges, Laurie Murphy and Brian G. Smith (Co-MCs & LFTAnnex Co-Producers) and ‘CSI Annex Pop-Up Market’ (CSI Profile). In addition, the show features Brunswick Stew (Annex Improv) with guest improviser Naomi Snieckus. 'Live from the Annex' monthly cabaret features Toronto's best comedy, music and social innovators. A show blending arts, community and technology with live streaming via a video portal, LFTAnnex gives local talent the rare opportunity to shine locally and internationally.

Torontonian funny gal Elvira…

Sultry Toronto Jazz Songstress Tia Brazda Releases New Video - Breathe Easy (fr Bandshell)

From a media release:

Sultry jazz...
TIA BRAZDA Releases NEW VIDEO
BREATHE EASY - FROM THE NEW ALBUM BANDSHELL

Get the CD

TORONTO – Sassy jazz singer-songwriter Tia Brazda elegantly segues from saucy to sophisticated with ease on her debut album Bandshell. She’s now released a video for “Breathe Easy,” that follows Tia through the streets of Toronto and features this very slick, sultry track from the new album.

Toronto-based Tia Brazda has already established herself as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene in Canada and beyond. Her first EP Cabin Fever made an impressive impact in 2012, hitting No.1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart, as well as receiving airplay on BBC and CBC Radio, Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto, and college radio stations across Canada. Her 2014 holiday single “Christmas in Mexico” was added to the CHUM FM/Bell Media rotation and received solid airplay across the country.

Bandshell, is also garnering much of the same attention but with plenty of airplay in the U.S. added to t…

Contemporary Jazz: Pianist Romain Collin New Release 'Press Enter' & NYC Dates Nov 27-29 2015

From a media release:

Pianist Romain Collin offers a bold reimagination of the piano trio on his new album with Luques Curtis and Kendrick Scott
Press Enter draws inspiration from the visual world, minimalism, folk music, and the wisdom of Wayne Shorter

"A visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world." - Jon Weber, NPR

Romain is performing music from this CD for three nights at The Iridium, New York City.  8:30 p.m. show November 27 - 29, 2015.

Buy/Sample the CD
Tickets for his shows at the Iridium


Two words can be enough to change an artist's life - especially when those words come from such an authority on art, life and the cosmos as Wayne Shorter. Such was the case when the legendary saxophonist shared a succinct but profound nugget of wisdom with pianist Romain Collin. Musing on people who spend their whole lives talking about plans, ideas, or dreams without ever seeming to take action, Shorter fell briefly sile…

23rd Annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival Nov 27 to Dec 13 2015

From a media release:

NEW YORK SHINES IN THE
23rd ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
November 27 to December 13, 2015

Find out about the Festival here
Find out about their South Africa focus here
Download the complete schedule

New York, November 18, 2015 -- New York City is considered the center of independent cinema in the US. The large number of film festivals that showcase independent films from all over the world in New York City is remarkable. The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is one of those festivals.

The 23rd African Diaspora Film Festival is to be held in Manhattan, New York City from November 27 to December 13 at MIST Harlem, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and Teachers College, Columbia University with the presentation of more than 50 films, including 26 US and NY Premieres.

Dedicated to showcasing independent films that explore the human experience of people of color, ADIFF has enriched for many years the cultural landscape of New York City an…

Recently Released: The Liquorsmiths - This Book Belongs To (Inhesion Records: August 21st 2015)

With material from a release:

Recently Released:
The Liquorsmiths - This Book Belongs To
(Inhesion Records: August 21st, 2015)

Buy the CD

The members of Liquorsmith come together in San Diego, CA, although only one is permanently based there. The others come from San Francisco and as far away as New York City. The exercise seems worth it, however, if this kind of music is the result.

This Book Belongs To is their recent release, a six-track EP. The Liquorsmiths take the familiar and laid back folk/rock vibe and add a layer of musical complexity at all levels that elevates it well above the usual fare.

It begins with Coy With Me, a rollicking track with a swingy pulse. 'Laid back' is perhaps misleading; Get Well Soon (the lead single) trips along with an upbeat energy, the lyrics treading the territory of relationships and personal affairs in the folk tradition.

Take 
Take all that I have
Give it away
Put dogs and shoes in its place
And I'll stay
Because here I have what I need...



T…

International Art News: 6th Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen goes to Jennifer Tee

From a media release:

International Art News: 
6th Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen goes to Jennifer Tee
The Soul in Limbo, Jennifer Tee's first museum solo exhibition in the Netherlands.

Prize presentation and exhibition opening of The Soul in Limbo by Jennifer Tee on 22 November 2015 in the Cobra Museum of Modern Art.
Jennifer Tee meets Cobra: collaboration between the Cobra Museum and Kunstverein Amsterdam. Alongside Jennifer Tee, works from the Cobra Museum by Pierre Alechinsky, Reinhoud, Eugène Brands and Frits Lemaire will also be on view. On show in the Kunstverein Amsterdam from 27 November.

AMSTELVEEN, NL - Jennifer Tee (NL 1973) is the winner of the 6th edition of the Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen. With this award The Cobra Museum of Modern Art and the Amstelveen Municipality aim to draw attention to the values of the Cobra movement - experimental, engaged and interdisciplinary - in relation to contemporary art. Headed by Saskia van Kampen, curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the…

Canada’s luxury travel expert Tamara Moore stars in Après Ski on SliceTM Premiere episode November 17 2015

From a media release:

Canada’s luxury lifestyle and travel expert 
Tamara Moore stars in new series Après Ski on SliceTM
Premiere episode to air November 17, 2015

Escape the winter blues with exceptional trips from Ascent Behave

• Check out a preview of episode #1 here

TORONTO, ON – Tamara Moore, owner and president of Ascent Behave, is a top luxury lifestyle and travel expert who offers luxe-getaway seekers premiere vacations and travel services. With more than 15 years working with Hollywood elite, Moore has garnered a reputation as one of the country’s leading authorities in luxury travel.

This Canadian travel maven and TV personality is also starring in Après Ski, a new docu-series premiering Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11pm EST/8pm PST on SliceTM. Set in Whistler, British Columbia, the show centers around Canadian hospitality mogul Joey Gibbons’ travel concierge business Gibbons Life, Moore the CEO of Gibbons Life and their dynamic team members who work to orchestrate unforgettable experiences…

Indie Rock Review: Andy Evans - Miracle (Independent - January 26, 2016)

With material from a release:

Indie Rock Review:
Andy Evans - Miracle
(Independent - January 26, 2016)


Miracle is the first solo release for Texas based songwriter, guitarist and singer Andy Evans. It's a  interesting album with a musical depth beyond that of your typical singer/songwriter.

From an avant garde intro, the CD launches into Lesson Learned, a track that showcases Andy's vocals with acoustic guitar and piano to back it up. His voice is rich with a nice edge at the lower end of his range that suits the philosophical lyrics,

You live and you learn
You see the advice of wiser ones
Cause ou might fall and you might get burned
Just chalk it up as a lesson learned

Overall, the album focuses on Andy's warm voice and accomplished musical chops in a laid back, folk/country/rock mode with the help of equally accomplished back-up musicians. Rhythmic variations add texture and a lot of interest. Production by Nick Jay offers a nice full sound.

Each track offers something new stylis…

Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale November 17 2015 to January 3 2016 in Toronto

From a media release:

Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale
with Taylor Dayne
HOLIDAY ENGAGEMENT
BEGINS NOVEMBER 17TH 2015 TO JANUARY 3, 2016
Winter Garden Theatre • 189 Yonge Street

Get tickets

TORONTO - DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.

Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created and stars in a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family’s holiday and twist your Christmas.

Website: rocknrollxmas…

Travel News: Air Canada Makes Up with Musicians

Travel News:
Air Canada Revises Policy on Musical Instruments


Tales of musicians, their travels and their instruments don't always have a happy ending, sad to say. Air Canada has been on the receiving end of a number of high profile complaints including Hamilton musician Stephen Fearing (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) and his 2014 Twitter war over a lost (temporarily, luckily) guitar and Bryan Adams' recent inquiries over black magic marker on his guitar last summer.

Still, it looks like the airline is getting the message and recently came out with revised guidelines for instruments.

You can view the full guidelines here.

The important points are as follows:

• Instruments that otherwise meet the guidelines for carry-on luggage can be brought in the cabin and stored in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.
• String instruments (e.g. guitars, violins and violas) can be carried on board - even if their dimensions slightly exceed the carry-on size limits.
• Th…

Travel News: Ocean By H10 Hotels Earns Nine Prestigious Industry Awards And International Certifications For 2015

From a media release:

Ocean By H10 Hotels Earns Nine Prestigious Industry Awards
And International Certifications For 2015

Riviera Maya, MEXICO (Oct. 26, 2015) -- Ocean By H10 Hotels, with all-inclusive resorts in the Riviera Maya and Riviera Cancun (Mexico), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), and Varadero and Cayo Santa Maria (Cuba), has been presented with seven 2015 hotel and travel industry awards, including the Apple Vacations Golden Apple Award, Hotels.com rating of 4 or more out of 5, the RCI Gold Crown® Resort designation, TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, Trip Advisor® Eco Leaders Gold, Expedia® Top Three Hotels in Riviera Maya, Zoover Holiday Reviews Certificate of Excellence.  International Certifications bestowed upon Ocean By H10 Hotels resorts this year also include the European Travelife Gold Sustainability in Tourism Certificate and designation as ISO 9001:2008 Certified by the world's largest developer of international standards.

"We are extremely proud of ou…

Soundstreams presents ELECTRIC MESSIAH December 7 and 8 2015 at Drake Hotel Toronto

From a media release:

Soundstreams presents 
ELECTRIC MESSIAH
Part of the Ear Candy series
December 7 and 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm, Drake Hotel Underground

Handel goes Underground: A stripped down, surround-sound electro-improv Messiah for today’s Toronto.

Get tickets

Tuesday, November 3 // Toronto – Soundstreams presents the first concert from our newest series dedicated to musical exploration, Ear Candy. Electric Messiah, running December 7 and 8 at the Drake Hotel Underground, is a new holiday tradition that takes Handel’s masterpiece apart and puts it back together again, reconnecting Toronto audiences to the music of the season in a way that is surprising, fresh, and fun.

“This type of Messiah has never been done in Toronto before,” says Kyle Brenders, Ear Candy curator and Soundstreams Artistic Associate. “Musically, we’re hoping the feel will be something like a mashup of Handel, Bjork, and Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey—but you’ll have to come to find out! We’ll also celebrate Messiah as a…

Sleuthing and Solid Entertainment: Sherlock Holmes in Toronto to November 8 2015

Sleuthing and Solid Entertainment:
Sherlock Holmes
a new theatrical adaptation
with an original script by Greg Kramer

• Sherlock Holmes will be staged at The Ed Mirvish Theatre to Nov. 8 with performances Tuesday - Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. 
• On sale now, tickets range from $39.95 to $119.95 and are available online at www.mirvish.com and by phone at 1-800-461-3333 FREE.

TORONTO - The ornate David Mirvish Theatre adds to the moody atmosphere of Victorian London as portrayed in this new Canadian interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, starring David Arquette with James Maslow and Renee Olstead.

The trouble with any contemporary interpretation of Sherlock Holmes is that it first haa to fight off the spectre of other pop culture Sherlocks the audience is so familiar with; Benedict Cumerbatch and his functionally dysfunctional Holmes and Robert Downey Jr.'s more action hero take on the eccentric detective. It may take a few m…