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Alex Anwandter Writing/Directorial Debut Nunca Vas a Estar Solo at the Berlin Film Festival February 11 to 21 2016

Update:

Alex Anwandter Wins Special Jury Teddy Award At Berlin Film Festival

"A shattering debut from Chilean musician Alex Anwandter" - Boston Herald

"There perhaps hasn't been many films to blow your socks off at the Berlinale so far but Alex Anwandter's "You'll Never Be Alone" could well be the first." - Twitchfilm

BERLIN - Alex Anwandter premiered his debut film "Nunca Vas A Estar Solo" at this year's Berlin Film Festival, where the film won a prestigious Teddy Award. Anwandter took home the 'Special Jury Prize' for his directorial/screenwriting debut.

This year, the Teddy Awards celebrate their 30th anniversary,making it the oldest award honoring LGBT cinema. The film focuses on the relationship between a father and his son. Juan, who works as a manager in a mannequin factory has been conveniently avoiding the truth - that his son Pablo is gay. This all changes when Pablo becomes the victim of a brutal hate crime, which …

Trendy Valentine's 2016 in Toronto: Nugateau Patisserie Eclair Special

From a release:

Trendy Valentine's
Nugateau Patisserie 
717 Queen Street West Toronto 
Tel : 647-748-7001 nugateau.com

TORONTO - Chic, sleek Nugateau Patisseries is the first éclair-only patisserie in Toronto, owned by former Jelly Modern Doughnuts pastry chef Atul Palghadmal. They've put together a multi-cultural menu that showcases the cream-filled delight with international flair and have come up with the perfect solution to your Valentine's treat needs.

• The Queen West patisserie is offering up two special flavours as a duo ($12 for both) created specially for this love-filled holiday: Champagne (Choux pastry, Champagne and white chocolate cream) and Rose (Wild Strawberry cream with candied rose petals). 

They will also be offering up their other 12 seasonal flavours, including recently introduced savoury flavours Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon.

What could possibly be more romantic? Eat up!

Harlem Haberdashery Presents Third Annual Masquerade Benefit for Harlem Hospital Center March 5, 2016

From a media release:

Harlem Haberdashery Presents 
Third Annual Masquerade Benefit for Harlem Hospital Center
March 5, 2016

Tickets

(New York, NY-- January 27, 2016) Harlem Haberdashery, the award-winning, bespoke boutique, will present its Third Annual Masquerade Ball benefiting Harlem Hospital Center. The Benefit will be presented by media partners AVENUE Magazine and Culumus Media's Radio 103.9fm. The Masquerade Ball will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8pm - 12am at Harlem Hospital Center’s Mural Pavilion.

The Mural Pavilion will be transformed into “Casino Royale” festive and fun environment hosted by Radio 103.9fm’s Roxie Digital to welcome up to 250 guests wearing their best Black-tie meets Las Vegas casino chic ensembles who will celebrate the best and brightest of Harlem past, present and future including:

Honorary Award Presentation:
*Man of the Year - “Harlem’s Distinguished Gentlemen”: Khary Lazarre-White, The Brotherhood-Sister Sol
*Woman of the Year - “Harlem…

Contemporary Art: 8th Annual India Art Fair January 28 to 31, 2016 in New Delhi

From a media release:

8th Annual India Art Fair
January 28 to 31, 2016
in New Delhi

NEW DELHI - The eighth edition of India Art Fair takes place January 28-31, 2016 in New Delhi and welcomes visitors to the largest contemporary art event in South Asia. Offering a unique opportunity to discover the best galleries in the region and beyond, India Art Fair's programme includes lectures, projects and events across the capital with an emphasis on cultural experience and education.

It is the fifth most attended art fair in the world, with the last edition attracting around 80,000 visitors. India Art Fair is South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art and portal to the region’s cultural landscape. Founded in 2008, India Art Fair has become the bedrock of a now booming cultural community with connections to every level of the market.

Building on these foundations, India Art Fair is expanding its programming to reflect South Asia’s immense diversity in the visual arts and to pr…

Electro-Africa: Baaba Maal's new album The Traveller out now! (Palm Recordings - Jan 15, 2016)

From a release:

Baaba Maal's new album The Traveller out now!
(Palm Recordings - Jan 15, 2016)

Order via iTunes

Baaba Maal, the Senegalese master-musician and cultural warrior, has an electrifying new sound and exhilarating live presentation.

The Traveller, his latest album, Baaba’s eleventh, released January 15, 2016, is a mixture of roots African sounds and cutting-edge western electro elements.

Complementing the record Baaba has a tight new road-band, a six piece, a departure from his previous larger line-ups, that will express the fresh sound, soulful truth and pulsating excitement of his latest innovative music.

A number of keynote headline concerts were scheduled. These included a performance in December 2015 at the Blues du Fleuve, the festival Baaba Maal has established in his home town of Podor, on the river Senegal.



The Traveller was recorded in London and Senegal; in making the record Baaba Maal has collaborated with Johan Hugo Karlberg from The Very Best. The Very Best’s …

Contemporary Art: Come Up To My Room 2016 #CUTMR2016 January 21 to 24 at the Gladstone Hotel Toronto

Contemporary Art:
Come Up To My Room 2016 #CUTMR2016
January 21 to 24, 2016
at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

Check the link for Exhibition hours, parties & other events and tickets

You don't really need an excuse to visit the hip grandeur that is the Gladstone Hotel or any of its fine drinking and dining establishments but you might want to make a special point of visiting Parkdale's grande old dame this weekend for Come Up To My Room, an immersive art and design experience.

Come Up To My Room takes over parts of four floors of the hotel, featuring the work of both emerging and established artists, designers and collectives for a show that is fun and interactive.

Some of the highlights:

Virginiga Melnyk's fabulous tetrahedral sculptures in some of the open spaces of the hotel. They use reflective fabrics and nest along the ceilings.

Philaphobia, where you can explore nooks and crannies and you are invited to add to a modular sculpture.

The bright, beautiful reimagined object…

New Opera: TAPESTRY OPERA presents SONGBOOK VI February 5 & 6 2016 in Toronto

From a media release:

TAPESTRY OPERA presents
SONGBOOK VI
Featuring Wallis Giunta and Jordan de Souza
February 5 & 6, 2016 in Toronto

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TORONTO - Tapestry Opera presents SONGBOOK VI, a vocal recital featuring the best of the company’s 36-year collection of absurd, tragic, and beautiful Canadian opera. Featuring star mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta and Tapestry Opera’s Conductor-in-Residence Jordan de Souza on piano, SONGBOOK VI is a limited engagement, with only two performances on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery Historic District.

The repertoire showcases highlights from celebrated and award-winning past works including: Nigredo Hotel (1992) composed by Nic Gotham with libretto by Anne-Marie MacDonald; Rosa (2004), composed by James Rolfe with a libretto by Camyar Chai; Sanctuary Song (2008) composed by Abigail Richardson with libretto by Marjorie Chan; and The Laurels (2007) composed by Jeffrey Ryan with libretto b…

From Nacional Records: El Guincho New Album "Hiperasia" First Single "Comix (w/ Mala Rodriguez)"

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From Nacional Records:
El Guincho New Album "Hiperasia"
First Single "Comix (w/ Mala Rodriguez)" Debuts via Pitchfork

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Barcelona based production wizard El Guincho announces the release of his new album "Hiperasia" featuring the single "Comix (w/ Mala Rodriguez)". His highly anticipated third album, "Hiperasia" is due out February 12 via Nacional Records. The single is available now via iTunes.

A visit to a chain of Chinese bazaars in Madrid called Hiperasia inspired Pablo Diaz-Reixa, who performs under the moniker El Guincho. He explains, "Hiperasia is Madrid in macro. It means me adapting to a new and exotic way of life. Experiencing more the city, spending more time in its streets, its an experience much less private than Barcelona."

Born Pablo Díaz-Reixa in the Canary Islands, the Spanish-owned archipelago off the coast of Northwestern Africa, El Guincho found indie blog fame in early 200…

New Opera: The Astronaut’s Tale Presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre at BAM (Brooklyn) Jan 28—Jan 31 2016

From a release:

The Astronaut’s Tale
Presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre
at BAM (Brooklyn)
Jan 28—Jan 31, 2016

“…The Astronaut’s Tale should remind people both of the majesty of space exploration and the amazing story of how our universe was born.” —Matthew Roberts, string theorist at NYU

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BROOKLYN, NYC - Breathtaking images of the galaxies and outer space ignite this modern tale of a young man who dreams of space travel and flying to Mars. Guided by a mysterious stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to become an astronaut, the young man discovers romance and a drive to succeed, which catapults his blast off into space, transforming his life.

With stunning projections, an exciting percussive score for chamber orchestra, and gorgeous vocal music, The Astronaut's Tale is a luminous glimpse at a multidimensional universe and the majesty of outer space.

Music by Charles Fussell / Libretto by Jack Larson / Directed by Nancy Rhodes / Conducted by Ni…

Royal Winnipeg Ballet National Tour of Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation Hits Toronto February 5 & 6 2016

From a media release:

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Embarks on National Tour with Critically Acclaimed
GOING HOME STAR
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
Choreography by Mark Gooden • Story by Joseph Boyden
February 5 & 6, 2016 • Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Toronto

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Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, cited as quite possibly “the most important work produced by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in its 75-year history” (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press), embarks on a national tour with performances across the country (January – April) including a stop in Toronto for two performances on February 5 and 6, 2016.

Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, produced with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), is a choreographic representation of the many stories, both told and still unraveling, by Indian Residential School Survivors and their families. The creative team that brought this story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden, Ca…

Dannis Winston Helps Kick Off Sunday Brunch Series at The Cecil Harlem Sunday January 17 2016

From a media release:

Dannis Winston Helps Kick Off
Sunday Brunch Series at The Cecil Harlem
Sunday, January 17, 2016 | 12:00 - 3:00pm

Make a reservation

HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY - Alexander Smalls and The Cecil Harlem present Dannis Winston. Mr. Winston was hand-selected by Mr. Smalls and his Harlem Jazz Enterprises team to perform at his award-winning restaurant The Cecil Harlem for their Sunday Brunch Series co-created by award-winning chef JJ Johnson. The performance on MLK weekend will be in celebration of the release of Winston's debut single "Let Me Go" which drops on iTunes and all major digital platforms on January 15, 2016.

Performances at the Cecil Harlem's Sunday Brunch Series are curated by Grammy Award winning jazz drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. who currently serves as the artistic curator for The Cecil/ Minton's.

• The Cecil Harlem's prix-fixe brunch includes one snack, one brunch entree and one brunch cocktail for $32, per person. No cover charge for perfo…

Off Broadway: Culture Project, Robert Dragotta, and Rosie O'Donnell present MOTHERSTRUCK! Now thru January 29 2016

From a release:

Culture Project, Robert Dragotta, and Rosie O'Donnell present
MOTHERSTRUCK!
Written and Performed by STACEYANN CHIN
Directed by CYNTHIA NIXON
Now thru January 29, 2016

Lynn Redgrave Theater
45 Bleecker Street @ Lafayette Street
F, B, D subway trains to Broadway-Lafayette
6 subway train to Bleecker Street

Save 20% off regular ticket prices with code MSMP20! 
(Regular ticket prices $22.50-$82.50; Restrictions apply)

There are two easy ways to purchase tickets:
• Visit www.cultureproject.org and enter code MSMP20.
• Call Ovation Tix at 866.811.4111 and mention code MSMP20.

“Ms. Chin has such a magnetic presence… that you might almost believe that she was unspooling her story for you alone.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Directed by Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) and produced by Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Dragotta and Culture Project, MotherStruck! sets forth Staceyann Chin’s (Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway) personal j…

Desert Alchemy: XIXA’s Psychedelic Rock & Cumbia Feedback Loop on Debut EP, Shift and Shadow - New York City Live Dates - January 16 & 17 2016

From a media release:

Desert Alchemy: XIXA’s Psychedelic Rock & Cumbia Feedback Loop on Debut EP, Shift and Shadow
New York City Live Dates - January 16 & 17 2016

Buy Shift and Shadow
• See them at the Secret Planet Showcase at DROM on January 16
• See them at Union Hall, Brooklyn on January 17

“Every time we’d play a chicha song, it would steal the show,” exclaims Gabriel Sullivan of Tucson’s XIXA. He and fellow XIXA member Brian Lopez were touring Europe with Giant Sand, Howe Gelb’s pioneering Americana group. On the road, they started experimenting with chicha, the guitar driven, psychedelic cumbias born in the Peruvian Amazon, after obsessing over cult compilation The Roots of Chicha, released by Barbès  Records ten years ago.

“People would mob us after the show, wanting to know the name of that one song. It was always the chicha cover,” “Cariñito,” an emblematic chicha song that Gelb ended up recording for one of his albums. They took the hint and started their own chicha cov…

ジェイポップ / J-POP - New Single from Sekai No Owari - Mr. Heartache

From a media release:

ジェイポップ / J-POP:
VISIONARY CONCEPTUALISTS & MULTI - INSTRUMENTALISTS SEKAI NO OWARI
RELEASE NEW TRACK & VIDEO AS PART OF INSTAGRAM'S GLOBAL MUSIC CAMPAIGN IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW YEAR
"MR. HEARTACHE" - FROM THE FORTHCOMING GLOBALLY RELEASED ALBUM

A country much celebrated for its innovation, Japan has frequently been at the forefront of modern entertainment, a humming cultural hotbed where art and technology seem to collide in truly compelling ways.  And, in this regard, the members of SEKAI NO OWARI might just be Japan’s finest representatives.

As one of the hottest and most inventive musical acts in Japan, SEKAI NO OWARI is poised for worldwide superstardom, as they prepare to bring their imaginative live shows to music fans across the globe. SEKAI NO OWARI’s latest album, is currently in production and set for global release in 2016. The band has shared four infectious electro pop rock concoctions to date. The latest "Mr. Heartache,"…

Jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan New single and video - "Clap on the 2 and the 4" (January 5, 2016)

From a media release:

Jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan
New single and video - "Clap on the 2 and the 4"
January 5, 2016

Available on iTunes

TORONTO – TUESDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 2016 – Award-winning, jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan announces the release of his original song "Clap on the 2 and the 4" on iTunes today, with an accompanying music video on YouTube. The single, already sitting at #2 on the iTunes jazz chart in Canada, precludes Dagan’s forthcoming and third album (a Tribute to the music of Nat King Cole), which is due to be released in the fall this year.

Written by Ori Dagan, the catchy, rhythmic tune "Clap on the 2 and the 4" is about finding one’s rhythm and it was inspired by the artist’s greatest inspiration in jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. Dagan comments, "She had a magical way of bringing joy to listeners, and her incomparable sense of swing was infectious in the best sense of the word. At one point when I was writing the tune, I could hear her sin…

Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2016 Program May 27 – June 12 in Charleston, South Carolina

From a media release:

Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2016 Program
40th Season of America’s Premier Performing Arts Festival Takes Place 
May 27 – June 12 in Charleston, South Carolina

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January 3, 2016 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)—Festival General Director Nigel Redden announces the program for the 40th annual Spoleto Festival USA, taking place May 27 through June 12, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. The 2016 Festival features over 150 performances and events held in 13 venues, including the Festival’s return to the Charleston Gaillard Center that re-opened in October after an extensive three-year renovation.

“For Spoleto Festival USA’s 40th year, we wanted to make the program extraordinary,” says Redden. “Producing our first Porgy and Bess—a work based on Charleston-born DuBose Heyward’s novel, set in Charleston, and about Charleston’s people—was a celebratory choice. It is especially appropriate that this opera will be ou…

Winter Woollen Blues: An original song for all of us Northern people

Winter Woollen Blues
An original song for all of us Northern people

I use this blog to review and post material to help promote so many other artists - now it's my turn.

I started to sing seriously - and by that I mean, actually learn how to sing - about four years ago, the spark ignited by my involvement with the Toronto Complaints Choir; I'm the blonde in pink btw. After being convinced my entire life that I couldn't sing... all of a sudden I could hear myself amidst the other voices and I realized that I could.

I had studied guitar - briefly - as a preteen and young teenager and even written songs. I have tiny, crooked fingers however and I found guitar excruciating - and of course, I couldn't sing, so I dropped it, only to take up the flute in high school (back when they still had instrumental music in high school...) I got as far as the Royal Conservatory grade 10 but ultimately was dissuaded from pursuing music in any way, shape or form. I have to say, I was easil…

Cuban Piano Legend Hilario Duran - Solo Concert 21 January 2016 at Lula Lounge - Toronto

From a release:

Hilario Duran - Solo Piano Concert
Thursday, 21 January 2016 
at Lula Lounge - Toronto

Tickets

TORONTO - Chucho Valdés has declared Hilario Durán to be one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling the Grammy-nominated and JUNO-award winner “an unparalleled pianist and a composer and arranger of the first order.”

Musician of the Year by the Toronto Musicians Association; Vision Award Winner “Premio a la Trayectoria” - Hilario’s formal music training, combined with a deep understanding of traditional Cuban music, as well as a love for jazz, allowed him to play a key role in the integration of Afro-Cuban music and jazz.

Hilario Durán’s original compositions reflect a wide range of influences from jazz (Stan Kenton, Quincy Jones), Latin jazz (Perez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauzá, Tito Puente, Chico O’Farrill, Chucho Valdés), traditional and modern Cuban melodies and rhythms, Afro-Cuban prayers influenced by gospel harmonies, Latin-American standards, Sp…