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Toronto Hotel News - The Broadview Hotel: Riverside’s Revived Cultural & Culinary Destination Opening 2017

From a media release:

The Broadview Hotel: Riverside’s Revived Cultural and Culinary Destination Opening 2017
Streetcar Developments and Dream unveil a Riverside revival true to its past

TORONTO, ON — A fusion of past, present and future, Streetcar Developments in partnership with Dream Unlimited Corp. (Dream) today announced the much-anticipated launch of The Broadview Hotel. Set to open in 2017, the 125-year-old local landmark will be reborn, replacing the brass poles and catwalks of its colourful past. Located on the northwest corner of Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue, the revitalized space will boast 58 guest rooms, just under 4,000 square feet of event space, a ground floor restaurant, dynamic lobby café/bar and a stunning rooftop patio, offering unimpeded views of Toronto’s cityscape and beyond.
“Our goal is to re-invigorate the architecture and culture of The Broadview Hotel, while respecting its history and original design,” said Les Mallins, President of Streetcar Develop…

The 2016 HONK NYC! Festival 10th Annual International Street Band Explosion October 11 to 15 2016

From a media release:

The 2016 HONK NYC! Festival
10th Annual International Street Band Explosion
Featuring
HUNGRY MARCH BAND 
EMPEROR NORTON'S STATIONARY MARCH BAND
MARACATU NY
ZLATNE USTE BALKAN BRASS BAND
MERASI: MASTER MUSICIANS OF RAJASTHAN

• Tuesday, October 11 to Saturday October 15 
• All Shows $20 or Less - Most Shows Free
Check it out at the link

Brooklyn, NYC - HONK NYC!, the raucous annual international street band extravaganza, celebrates 10 glorious years in 2016 with a fresh batch of riotous rhythms and jubilant jams. More than 300 musicians from 20 ensembles will march through Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Jersey City from October 11 to October 15, presenting a cavalcade of free and low-priced performances in clubs, parks, gardens, schools, museums, and other public spaces.

HONK NYC! features a terrific selection of New York-based musicians, including:
Slavic Soul Party, the sweetest Balkan soul gypsy funk this side of the AtlanticFunkrust Brass Band, a 20-pi…

Off Broadway Ticket Deal: Nat Turner in Jerusalem $25 thru October 16 2016

From a media release:

$25 Tix | NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM
A world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop
Now playing thru Oct 16, 2016

1831. Jerusalem, Virginia.

In 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner's startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray. Woven with vivid imagery and indelible lyricism, NYTW 2005 Fellow Nathan Alan Davis makes his New York debut with this timely new play that imagines Turner’s final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Virginia, as he is revisited by Gray and they reckon with what has passed and what the dawn will bring.

Nat Turner in Jerusalem examines the power of an individual's resolute convictions and their seismic reverberations through time. Megan Sandberg-Zakian (The Convert) directs a cast including Phillip James Brannon (Bootycandy) and Rowan Vickers (The Sensuality Party).

• Get tickets for $25* with code NT25 or 25NTIJ while supplies la…

EAST, Miami Hotel - Luxury & Style

From a media release:

EAST, Miami hotel offers Canadian travellers the ultimate in luxury and style
Swire Hotels officially opens first North American property

TORONTO, ON — Swire Hotels has officially opened its first-ever North American property EAST, Miami. Located in the heart of Miami’s Brickell district, EAST, Miami will be the anchor hotel at Brickell City Centre, the $1.05 billion, 5.4 million square foot mixed-use development.
The hotel boasts 352 guest rooms which includes eight suites and 89 residence suites, two restaurants, a poolside bar and lounge, a rooftop bar and garden, as well as 20,000 square feet of event space and outdoor venues offering phenomenal views of the Miami skyline.

Building upon the success of the EAST brand, which includes EAST, Hong Kong and EAST, Beijing, the new Miami property offers a distinctive and unconventional experience for travellers seeking innovation, style and personalized service.

“I am incredibly proud of the hotel, restaurant, and bar e…

Toronto Restaurant News: The Saucy Pierogi - 1 Year Anniversary and New Menu

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The Saucy Pierogi Celebrates Their Restaurant’s 1 Year Anniversary - Unveils New Menu

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TORONTO, September 26, 2016 - Toronto hot spot The Saucy Pierogi, known for cheap drinks and Eastern European comfort food is celebrating its 1 year anniversary this month, in the Dundas West neighbourhood. To mark the occasion, The Saucy Pierogi team has unveiled their new expanded menu, which features a slew of new affordable sharing plates, boasting flavours for everyone’s palette.

Warsaw born brothers Paul and Konrad Obara opened the doors to the first brick and mortar location of The Saucy Pierogi (TSP) last year, after touring the GTA’s festival circuit as a pop up restaurant since 2013.  “After nearly one year of operations we are excited to introduce our revamped menu which includes several new traditional Polish dishes along with new premium filling pierogi,” says Konrad Obara.

The Saucy Pierogi’s new menu features 3 premium new-school Polish dumplings fil…

#Travel Scotland: The Shetland Islands

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Travel Scotland:
The Shetland Islands

Been watching Shetland on Netflix? The show follows the travails of a detective grappling with murder, corruption and more on the islands that lie between Scotland and Scandinavia, and where the weather often plays a role in the proceedings.

The rugged, rocky beauty of the Shetland Islands - actually a subarctic archipelago - and the unspoiled coastline are the usual draws for tourists. The Shetland Islands are located off the northeast coast of Scotland where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea, and includes about 566 square miles of land and just over 23,200 people.
The largest island is 'Mainland' (351 square miles / 899km2)Yell (212km2)Unst (120km2)Fetlar (38km2)Bressay (28 km2)Whalsay (23 km2)Burra (16 km2)Eight smaller ones are also inhabited, leaving more than 85 islands, holms and skerries to the sheep, the birds and the seals.
There's a long history of human habitation in Shetland that dates back …

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival - Annual Art Crawl and Exhibitions October 21 2016

From a media release:

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media
Annual Art Crawl and Exhibitions - October 21, 2016
Featuring Wairua and Indigenous Movie Monsters

17TH IMAGINENATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 19-23, 2016

TORONTO - The 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce its visual art programme including installations, exhibitions and the annual Art Crawl with artist talks on October 21, 2016 at the renowned 401 Richmond Building.
imagineNATIVE will present the Canadian exhibition premiere of Wairua, featuring three works relating to the Māori concept of the soul by artists Rona Ngahuia Osborne and Dan Mace. The three works on display at A Space Gallery will include: Te Taki, a video installation where the viewer is greeted by Māori warriors and the taki, a fundamental aspect of formal pōwhiri (ritual of welcome); Whetūrangi, an immersive audiovisual installation that explores a cluster of seven stars known in New Ze…

Traditional Brazilian Music - Arcomusical: MeiaMeia (innova Recordings - 28 October 2016)

From a media release:

CD Release
Arcomusical: MeiaMeia 
innova Recordings - 28 October 2016

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The traditional Afro-Brazilian berimbau is a disarmingly simple instrument: a single steel string, a wooden bow, a resonating gourd. But on MeiaMeia, the berimbau is literally reinvented. Thanks to custom tuneable instruments expertly hand-crafted by David “Snappy” White, composers Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb and the dedicated talent of ensemble Projeto Arcomusical take the berimbau to new heights of collaboration, interplay and communication.

In the spring of 2013, Beyer and Lamb began working together in an independent study under the auspices of the Undergraduate Artistry and Research Apprenticeship Program at Northern Illinois University. Lamb’s first composition for berimbau, “Descobertas por pau e pedra,” was such a success that the collaboration continued, resulting in a plan to compose an expanding chamber music cycle.

MeiaMeia – which in Portuguese means “half-half” as in …

Nacional Records at the Latin Grammy's 2016

From a media release:

NACIONAL RECORDS 
LATIN GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Alex Anwandter, The Chamanas and El Guincho
Nominated for Latin GRAMMYs

Alex Anwandter Nominated For Best New Artist and Best Short Form Music Video
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The Chamanas Nominated for Best New Artist 
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El Guincho's ‘Comix ft. Mala Rodriguez' - Nominated for Best Short Form Music Video
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Leading independent label Nacional Records is proud to announce our Latin GRAMMY nominations across a variety of genres and categories, with first time nominations for our artists; Alex Anwandter, The Chamanas, and El Guincho.

Alex Anwandter nabbed two Latin GRAMMY nominations, which include Best New Artist and Best Short Form Music Video for Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón, directed by Alex Anwandter. Chile's Prince of Pop has been on an upward trajectory this year with the release of his critically acclaimed album "Amiga", which debuted number one on iTunes and on Billboard's Top 20 Latin char…

Luisa Maita - The 'New Voice of Brazil' - in Toronto Sept 23 2016

From a media release:

"The New Voice of Brazil" -NPR
Luísa Maita
Friday, September 23rd 2016
in/future: a transformative art experience
Toronto, ON

Ontario Place, West Island
955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

TICKETS
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TORONTO - A young Brazilian singer that NPR has praised as "The New Voice of Brazil", Luísa Maita’s 2016 album Fio da Memória bridges sultry downtempo electronica and Brazilian popular music to boldly redefine Luísa's personal style as well as the soundscape of modern Brazil.

Luísa received the Brazilian equivalent of the GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2011, had two of her songs featured in the Academy Award-winning film Boyhood, recorded with Daniel Hunt of popular electronic band Ladytron and for British groove masters Da Lata, not to mention writing for and collaborating with some of the biggest stars in Brazilian music. Recently, Luisa lent her distinctive voice to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Luísa…

Soup Can Theatre Toronto: An In-Concert Version of The Threepenny Opera - Three Performances October 2 2016

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Soup Can Theatre is excited to announce an in-concert version of
THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Music by Kurt Weill. Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. English Translation by Marc Blitzstein.
Directed by Sarah Thorpe and Pratik Gandhi
October 2nd 2016 at the Monarch Tavern Toronto

TORONTO - Soup Can Theatre is kicking off the month of Halloween with our favourite musical and the inspiration for our Toronto Fringe hits Love is a Poverty You Can Sell I and II: an in-concert version of THE THREEPENNY OPERA - a dark play with music full of crime, greed, lust, dark humour, and biting social commentary that chronicles the exploits of antiheroic criminal Macheath (aka ‘Mack the Knife’) against the backdrop of 19th century London's seedy underworld. With a haunting score and message, THE THREEPENNY OPERA is Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's most famous collaboration from the Weimar Era.

To put a spin on things, there will be 3 PERFORMANCES in ONE DAY! Sunday October 2nd at 4pm, 6:30pm, and…

Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel Opens December in Quintana Roo Mexico - Book Before Sept 30 2016 for a 38% Discount

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OCEAN RIVIERA PARADISE GETS PREPARED TO OPEN ITS DOORS IN RIVIERA MAYA, BY HARMONIZING WITH MOTHER EARTH​

Ocean Hotels by H10 rescues regional plants to create a nursery
The Mayan Ceremony Jedz Lum takes place to harmonize the property Riviera Maya, August 26th 2016 - Resort opens December 15, 2016

• For more information on Ocean by H10 Hotels or to make a reservation, click at the link or call 1-888-531-8927 from within the U.S. and Canada.
• Book the Riviera Maya before September 30, 2016 for a 38% discount - explore this and other offers at the link

​Ocean by H10 Hotels, a brand that operates in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba, prepares to welcome their third property in Quintana Roo, Mexico; Ocean Riviera Paradise in Riviera Maya by rescuing endemic plants through the creation of a plant sanctuary as well as the harmonization of the property with Mother Nature through the traditional ceremonial Jedz Lum, that took place next to the incredible beach.
In a tranq…