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Gypsy Jazz for the 21st Century: Rhythm Future Quartet at the Rochester International Jazz Festival June 24 2016

From a media release:

The Rhythm Future Quartet Performs Friday, June 24, 2016 
At the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
Celebrating New Album Travels

Acclaimed Group Brings Gypsy Jazz into the 21st Century

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The Rhythm Future Quartet brings its unique brand of 21st century Gypsy jazz to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on Friday, June 24 in celebration of its new CD Travels. The quartet features chief soloists Jason Anick on violin and Olli Soikkeli on guitar, along with second guitarist Max O’Rourke and bassist Greg Loughman.

• Shows take place at 6 and 10 p.m. at Montage Music Hall
• For more information on the Rochester International Jazz Festival line-up click on the link
Comprised of forward thinking and prodigiously gifted players, the Rhythm Future Quartet continues its deeply felt mission to situate Gypsy jazz firmly in the here and now. On Travels, scintillating original compositions, dazzling improvisation and one-mind ensemble playing convert…

Fashion photographer Hamza Mejri launches design collection BRONZE June 10 2016 in Montreal

From a media release:

Fashion photographer Hamza Mejri launches his first design collection
Friday, June 10, 2016

Abstract Fashion cocktail and photo exhibit- 7pm followed by
BRONZE Fashion Show - 8pm


MONTREAL May, 2016 – The prestigious fashion show for the luxurious new Canadian clothing brand BRONZE, from photographer and fashion designer Hamza Mejri (The Dress and Men’s Fashion Festival), will be held on June 10, at the beautiful Salle Polyvalente. Mejris’ latest photo exhibit, Abstract Fashion, will precede the show. The launch, featuring 40 models, promises to attract many celebrity guests including Yan England, Camille DG, Les Ballets de Jazz de Montréal dancers and many others.

A high-end collection
For his first ready-to-wear collection, Hamza Mejri has selected quality materials to illustrate the different cultural and temporal origins and elements that inspired him for his successful limited edition photo exhibit, The Dress. His brand builds on the universal elegan…

Art Party Extraordinaire: Less Than One Week Till Power Ball XVIII: Pleasure Principle June 2 2016 in Toronto

From a media release:

Art Party:
Less Than One Week Left to Purchase Tickets
for Power Ball XVIII: Pleasure Principle
presented by Max Mara

Don’t miss Power Ball XVIII, Toronto’s famed art party in support of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, happening next Thursday, June 2, 2016

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TORONTO - Presented by Max Mara for the second consecutive year, this year’s event theme, Pleasure Principle, calls on guests to explore their desires within the gallery’s art-filled spaces, each featuring a different artist project and a different party atmosphere.

VIP ticket holders start the evening at 7 p.m. with modernist cocktails prepared by BarChef, and a special production by New York-based artist Ryan McNamara. Remaining spaces open at 9 p.m., showcasing work by several Canadian artists including an opium den installation by Karen Tam and an exploration of (over)stimulation and sensuality by Laura Kikauka, among many other works.

Chicago house music pioneer DJ Mark Farina and two of T…

Recently Released: ZMEI3 'Rough Romanian Soul' (Six Degrees Records - April 22 2016)

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Zmei3 (pronounced zmay-tray) is made up of Romanian immigrants whose beautiful and heartfelt music rises from the harsh realities and struggles of a post-Communist rule.  Their debut album Rough Romanian Soul (out now on Six Degrees Records) is produced by GRAMMY® award-winner, Ian Brennan, best known for his work with Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and the Malawi Mouse Boys.  Zmei3 being huge fans of Brennan’s work, successfully raised funds via Kickstarter to cover recording costs, travel, and more.  They flew Brennan to Romania and began recording the album in August 2015 live without overdubs in the Transylvanian mountains, just a stone’s throw away from Dracula’s Castle.

The band is fueled by powerhouse vocalist, Paula Turcas, a trained, soprano opera singer who gave u…

Toronto's Turbo Street Funk - New Album 'Momentum' (July 6 2016) & CD Release Party

From a media release:


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CD Release Party with opening act Kunlé
The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St W, Toronto, ON | (416)-598-4226
Wednesday, July 6 - Doors @ 8:30 pm / Opening act: 9-9:45 pm / Turbo – 10-11:15 pm
TICKETS: $10 – Purchase advance tickets here

TORONTO – Toronto’s own high-energy, horn-band sensation TURBO STREET FUNK accelerate their forward motion with their new, sophomore album, MOMENTUM. Known for their explosive, infectious live performances, that have consistently drawn huge crowds – from their beginnings busking on the streets of The Six, to intimate club dates, and massive festival stages – the band will bring their hyper-engaging live show to The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern as they release the new album on Wednesday, July 6th.

• The doors open at 8:30 pm, opening act Kunlé starts at 9:00 pm, and Turbo Street Funk hits the stage at 10:00 pm. 

Momentum is a very apt name for the new Turbo Street Funk a…

Travel the Eastern Townships, Quebec L'Été des chefs Balnea / Balnea Summer of Chefs July 3 to September 11 2016

With material from a media release:

Travel the Eastern Townships, Quebec
L'Été des chefs Balnea / Balnea Summer of Chefs

July 3 to September 11, 2016
at Balnea Spa
319 chemin du Lac Gale
Bromont, Quebec J2L2S5
450-534-0604 / 1-866-734-2110

• Check out hotel options and deals that combine Balnea Spa packages with accommodations and more nearby

BROMONT, QC - 10 chefs. 10 plats. 1 destination. Un concours gastronomique rassemblant 10 des plus grands chefs du Québec. Des plats originaux et inspirés de la réserve thermale, servis à tous les dimanches au Club de plage et tout l’été dans les restaurants des chefs participants (Soubois, Bottega Pizzeria, Monsieur & Miss Prêt à Manger, Meson, Jatoba, L’impérial, H4C, Thursday’s, O’Chevreuil, Orange rouge) pendant la saison estivale.

10 chefs. 10 dishes. 1 destination. A gourmet food competition that brings together 10 of Quebec’s best chefs. Original dishes inspired by the thermal reserve, served every Sunday at the spa’s Beach Club and in the …

South African Grooves Recently Released: Lorraine Klaasen - Nouvelle Journée (Justin Time Records - Mar 11 2016)

From a media release:

Recently Released:
Lorraine Klaasen - Nouvelle Journée
(℗ 2016 Justin Time Records - Mar 11, 2016)

Available now on iTunes 
• For more information please visit /

TORONTO – Canada’s South African queen and JUNO award-winning artist Lorraine Klaasen has a new album out called Nouvelle Journée, or New Day, (Justin Time Records). It’s a stunning collection of songs sung in Tsonga, Sotho, IsiZulu and Xhosa, as well as English and French, that have a slight political tone, infused with hip-shaking, toe-tapping rhythms.

On seeing singer Lorraine Klaasen coming at him with open arms, radiant in her multi-coloured stage outfit, Nelson Mandela, (then on an official visit to Canada), hugged her warmly and said, with a broad smile, “You really are the spitting image of your mother! But can you sing like her?”

Based in Montreal for more than 35 years, Klaasen still has the bearing of a queen. Through her mother, the legendary South Afri…

A Weekend in Paris...Ontario at the historic Arlington Hotel

With material fron a release:

A Weekend in Paris...Ontario
at the historic Arlington Hotel

106 Grand River St N, Paris, ON N3L 2M5, Canada
Phone:+1 226-227-1767

Tucked on the banks of the Grand River in southwestern Ontario, Paris offers an escape from the ordinary. The Arlington Hotel was established in 1851 in the chateau style of architecture that evokes the grandeur of European capitals of the time.

Paris, Ontario is a pretty town west Hamilton and near Brantford. It began its life as a milltown in 1929 and was officially established in 1856. Nowadays it forms part of the surrounding Brant County.

The town actually gets its name from the gypsum deposits that are mined and make plaster of paris - not for the French capital.

Paris sits on the green banks of the Grand River with a downtown that has kept a lot of its ornate Victorian charm along with the addition of many newer residential areas. The Arlington Hotel is part of that iconic streetscape, a landmark that sits direct…

CD Release: Chris Wirsig - The 13 Crystal Skulls (no:carrier music - May 13 2016)

CD Release: 
Chris Wirsig - The 13 Crystal Skulls
(no:carrier music - May 13, 2016)

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The 13 Crystal Skulls is a concept album that works, an evocative take on a legend and the brainchild of composer Chris Wirsig.

Los Angeles based these days, Chris is a classsically trained musician on the piano and saxophone, having studied audio engineering in Munich. He brings 15 years' experience in music production and recording to this latest project that takes its inspiration from the legend that drove Indiana Jones into the jungle - the magical 13 crystal skulls.

According to the legend, the skulls date from pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and were crafted by the Aztecs from clear quartz. The 13 carved skulls were said to have paranormal powers and are supposedly scattered around the world.

Chris has used the various elements of the electronic music palette with a view to the music and the overall effect - this is electronica in service of a musical purpose. It often so…

Retail Therapy & Fine Art: Simon's and Brendan Tang's Raincity Robot

Retail Therapy & Fine Art
Simon's and Brendan Tang's Raincity Robot
at Square One, Mississauga

Simons is a fashion retailer with an incredible 175-year history. Based in Quebec City, the venerable business opened its first story in Ontario - its 12th store and third outside Quebec - in Mississauga at Square One earlier this year.

But this isn't a story about fashion - it's about art, something the Quebecois retailer believes in supporting. In particular, the company makes a point of supporting Canadian talent.

As such, they commissioned ceramic artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang for a piece to display in the new store. Raincity Robot is the result, a 10 1/2 foot tall fibreglass sculpture that sits at the top of the escalator.

Brendan is quoted in Canadian Interiors describing his piece.

"My artistic practice embodies the influencers, tensions and contradictions that define the postmodern world. I hope that my piece will not only be a source of pride and engagement fo…

Toronto Travel Tips: What's New at Pearson? The UP Train is Awesome and the Doctor is In

Toronto Travel Tips
What's New at Pearson?

If you're traveling in and out of Pearson this summer, there's been some changes you'll want to check out.

UP Train
Getting to and from the airport isn't usually on anyone's list of fun things to do. It's an ordeal rather than one of the things you look forward to when you're taking a trip.

The people at UP are looking to change your mind with a sleek, stylish train and upscale amenities that can will set your trip off on a high note. It's clean, ultra modern and efficient; there are lots of reasons to love UP.

The trains run every 15 minutes between Uniotn Station and Pearson from 5:30am to 1:00am every dayThe trip only takes 25 minutesThe one-way fare is only $9 with Presto, $12 without, $6 for seniors and free for kids 12 and under
Hot Tip
While you're waiting, check out the CIBC lounge - just follow the signs and arrows to the upper level lounge, an oasis of casual yet stylish dining and imbib…

Toronto Masque Theatre Presents: The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell 27-29 May 2016

From a media release:

Toronto Masque Theatre Presents:
The Fairy Queen
by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Come, let us leave the Town
And in some lonely place,
Where Crowds and Noise were never known,
Resolve to spend our days.

27-29 May 2016, 8:00 pm
Special pre-show chat at 7:15 each night

The Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto
Steps from the Dundas St. subway station


TORONTO - The Great Hall of the Arts & Letters Club is the magnificent location for Toronto Masque Theatre’s new interpretation of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. A popular entertainment in its day, this 17th-century masterpiece is re-imagined by director and choreographer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière who casts the themes of the work into a contemporary setting, creating a new scenario that follows the fate of a number of lost souls in search of love, happiness and meaning. Lacoursière uses the precision of baroque dance to explore the passion that informs and drives Purcell’s stunning music.
The production will…

Jazz at SummerStage 2016: McCoy Tyner Quartet / Ron Carter / Roy Haynes June 4 - FREE

From a media release:

The Legends Honor McCoy:
McCoy Tyner Quartet / Ron Carter / Roy Haynes
In Association with Blue Note Jazz Festival

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm
SummerStage @ Central Park, New York City
Free Show

• Get a free Spotify playlist of Summerstage 2016 artists 

The SummerStage season kicks off with a bang and a free concert from jazz luminaries to set the summer off in style. On June 4, you'll be able to take in one of the foremost names in the jazz world in sunny Central Park.

McCoy Tyner Quartet
McCoy Tyner's blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists. At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis' sideman saxophonist John Coltrane. Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic a…