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#TravelJapan: Off the beaten path and into Japan's traditions and history in Matsusaka, Mie

From a media release: #TravelJapan Off the beaten path and into Japan's traditions and history Matsusaka, Mie Matsusaka, in Mie, is located on Ise Bay, east of Tokyo in the central part of Japan. Close to Kyoto and Osaka, Matsusaka is often overlooked by the tourist trade, and in fact many tourist guides to Japan will omit the small city in the Mie Prefecture entirely. But, it's a gem of Japanese traditional culture, with history, traditional textiles, and quite possibly the world's best beef, on offer. Onigawara gargoyle, Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture Edo Period gem It was the trade in indigo-dyed cotton in a striped pattern that actually originates in Vietnam that fueled Matsusaka's most prosperous era during the Edo Period (1600-1868). Local merchants grew rich off the proceeds, including Mitsui Takatoshi – founder of the Mitsui group. Matsusaka’s historic Izawa district is a showcase for Edo era architecture, including the Takegawa merchant estate and its ex

Jazz in Miniature: Super Petite by The Claudia Quintet

From a media release: For Your Consideration the 2016 Album - SUPER PETITE - a Miniature Masterpiece of 10 Concise Tunes performed by THE CLAUDIA QUINTET along with the Instrumental Composition "PETERBOROUGH" from the same Album Composed by JOHN HOLLENBECK - Cuneiform Records • Buy the CD Short doesn’t necessarily mean simple. Drummer-composer John Hollenbeck acrobatically explores the dichotomy between brevity and complexity on Super Petite, the eighth release by the critically-acclaimed, proudly eccentric Claudia Quintet. The oxymoronic title of the new album, captures the essence of its ten new compositions, which pack all of the wit and virtuosity that listeners have come to expect from the Claudia Quintet into a shorter time-frame. The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz since their founding in the late 1990s. Unlike most jazz ensembles where the particular musicians may come and go, drummer, composer and leader John Hollenbeck alwa

David Drebin's Photo Sculptures make Canadian debut at Art Toronto October 28 to 31 2016

From a media release: David Drebin's Photo Sculptures make Canadian debut at Art Toronto Part of Art Toronto - October 28 to 31, 2016 Internationally-acclaimed photographer and multi-disciplinary artist brings his muses to life with 3D-imaging technology TORONTO, ON – Canadian-born, New York City-based and internationally-renowned artist and master photographer David Drebin will debut his revolutionary Photo Sculptures for the first time ever in Canada at Art Toronto, an exhibition and fair of modern and contemporary art running from Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 31. “Lips and Love” Etching on Starfire Crystal Glass by David Drebin In recent years, Drebin has evolved into a multi-disciplinary artist to complement and expand on his photographic art prodigy. Drebin’s one-of-a-kind Photo Sculptures bring his muses and femme fatales to life through a unique process and the power of 3D-imaging, allowing onlookers to explore all angles of his cinematic scenes. Thr

1828 Smart Hotel: Cutting-edge luxury in Buenos Aires most hip neighbourhood

From a media release: 1828 Smart Hotel Cutting-edge luxury in Buenos Aires’ most hip neighbourhood BUENOS AIRES - Open the curtains from your bed. Boost the air conditioning before you even enter the room. Check the weather ahead of a day out. At state-of-the-art 1828 Smart Hotel, everything is designed to make your stay in Buenos Aires completely effortless. Urban garden with feature pool and trendy cabanas Personal smartphone or tablet for making reservations, checking the forecast and even setting your room temperature Candlelit Piano Lounge serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in elegant surrounds The small, luxury spa is tailor-made for city breaks, with a sauna and menu of massages to soothe you after a day spent exploring. Before a night on the town, order a delicious dinner and drinks in the glitzy Piano Lounge. Or retreat to a cool garden cabana, watching the pool lights change to the rhythm of the music. When you return, a fresh, contemporary bedroom awaits. 1

Arts Day: 160 delegates descend on Ottawa October 25 2016

From a media release: Arts Day: 160 delegates descend on Ottawa to celebrate a promise ten years in the making October 25, 2016 Ottawa, October 20th, 2016 – More than 160 members of the arts sector will be coming to Ottawa from across Canada on October 25th to discuss the key role of the arts with decision makers. Delegates will be celebrating the commitment made in Budget 2016 to double the funding of the Canada Council for the Arts – a promise that has been ten years in the making. Ottawa The government of Paul Martin had committed to doubling funding for the Canada Council in 2005, a promise that evaporated when the Liberals lost the 2006 election. “For the last ten years we’ve been continuing to tell government that the arts sector delivers huge economic and social impact for the cost,” said Kate Cornell, co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition. “To see all that work finally pay off is exciting.” Calgary, public art A perfect example of the impact of the governm

80s Rock Revisited: Jim Peterik - The Songs

CD Review Jim Peterik: The Songs (World Stage International Records - May 16, 2016) • Buy the CD Issuing a retrospective collection can be an ego-stroking exercise, or a creative take on an artist's existing catalogue. For Jim Peterik, to say the catalogue is extensive is to make a gross understatement. You may not know the name, but you've surely heard the music of  James Michael - Jim - Peterik, co-writer of that perennial anthem, Eye of the Tiger. He's also co-written songs for a range of artists that include 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackhawk, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Cathy Richardson, Van Zant, Brian Wilson, REO Speedwagon, and the Beach Boys. Producer Fred Mollin (Jimmy Webb, America, Kris Kristofferson) helped to choose eleven of the biggest tunes to rework and re-imagine. It's something that could, in lesser hands, have become something of a gimmick. Here, it's a second look at well known songs to find their emotional heart, and it's an app

Avant Garde Jazz: Legendary Composer and Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith Releases 'National Parks' (Cuneiform Records - October 14 2016)

From a media release: Legendary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith creates a new masterwork inspired by the country's most stunning landscapes National Parks (Cuneiform Records - October 14, 2016) • Buy the 2CD Set • Buy it in HD 96k​/​24b "New Orleans: The National Culture Park USA 1718" is the opening track of visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's latest epic collection, the new two-CD America's National Parks out October 14 on Cuneiform Records. Inspired by the country's most stunning landscapes, America's National Parks features Smith's newly expanded Golden Quintet featuring pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Pheeroan akLaff and cellist Ashley Walters. Wadada Leo Smith by Scott Groller The second piece, "Eileen Jackson Southern, 1920-2002: A Literary National Park," takes an even broader view, suggesting that the African-American musicologist, author and founder of the journal The Bl

Roast 'N' Reggae with Jay Douglas & Chris Butcher - Every Sunday Night in Toronto Starting October 30 2016

From a media release: ROAST ‘N’ REGGAE w/ Jay Douglas & Chris Butcher AT THE EMERSON 1279 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON Every Sunday starting October 30, 2016 Dinner 5:30 / Music 6:30 – 9:30 pm TORONTO – Two of Toronto’s finest musicians reggae star Jay Douglas and trombonist extraordinaire Christopher Butcher (of the Heavyweights Brass Band), team up for a real reggae feast every Sunday starting October 30th with a dinner at 5:30 pm and music starting at 6:30 pm for three sets. Jay Douglas Jamaican-born and Toronto-based reggae star Jay Douglas has been in the entertainment business for more than 45 years performing a wide-ranging repertoire of American blues, West Indian rhythms, and jazz standards. Since the early '60s, through to the late '70s, Jay combined his fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma while fronting the R&B group "The Cougars." They lit up the city of Montreal as well as Toronto's Yonge Street nightclubs, with

Exclusive - Khalid "Location" Oren Yoel Remix

From a media release: Khalid "Location"  Oren Yoel Remix Exclusive !!!  A guitar driven remix of Khalid's breakthrough hit "Location". Fresh new remix from producer OrenYoel, giving us something to vibe out and knock our heads to! Fresh out the oven, Oren Yoel puts his spin on Khalid's breakthrough hit "Location" with a guitar-driven sound guaranteed to get you moving. With  hard-hitting  drums, distorted bass, and a guitar riff like "Woah", Oren changes up his sound from previous work with Miley Cyrus, Tori Kelly, and Eliza Doolittle etc. Be sure to check out it on his soundcloud page .

Celtic funk fusion: Matthew Olwell - CyberTrad (Independent - June 29, 2016)

From a release: Celtic funk fusion: Matthew Olwell - CyberTrad (Independent - June 29, 2016) • Buy it/Check it out CyberTrad is an experimental music project that combines traditional & original Irish wooden flute with vocals, bass & Human Beatbox. This album comes out of Louisiana. It's a tour-de-force of breath and voice. Beatboxing mixes seamlessly with the Irish wooden flute. The album also features lovely ballads like "Pretty Saro" and "The Bonny Irish Boy". Flutist Matthew Olwell conceived of this innovative fusion of voice and wind, drawing from his love of traditional Irish and Breton music. The album also features bassist Simon Lepage of the Québécois band Matapat. CyberTrad by Matthew Olwell

Travel News: Toronto-Berlin - four flights weekly starting June 2017 via Air Canada Rouge

From a media release: Four weekly flights Toronto-Berlin starting June 2017 New next year, non-stop flights to Berlin via Air Canada Rouge Toronto, 06 October 2016 – Canadians love to visit Berlin, and starting 1 June 2017, Air Canada will make their trips to Germany’s capital a lot faster. As announced last week by Air Canada, four weekly non-stop seasonal services will connect Toronto and Berlin directly next year. Berlin - Brandenburg Gate lit by night Berlin ranks first among Canadians visiting German cities. In 2015, they spent more than 150,000 overnights in hotels and pensions with more than 10 beds, not counting nights spent with family or friends. The newly announced non-stop air connection to Berlin next year will allow more than 1,100 passengers per week to reach Berlin directly, the flights leaving Toronto at 10:30 pm and arriving in Berlin at 12:35 pm the following day – no need to change airplanes or switch to trains or cars to get there from other German or Eur

New EP: Seun Kuti - Struggle Sounds (Sep 30, 2016 ℗ 2016 Sony Music) feat. 'Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.)'

From a release: New EP: Seun Kuti - Struggle Sounds (Sep 30, 2016 ℗ 2016 Sony Music Entertainment) feat. 'Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.)' • Buy on iTunes • Stream on Spotify Seun Kuti releases his new 3-song EP Struggle Sounds via Sony Music Masterworks. Co-produced by Robert Glasper, the EP features the single “Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.)” where C.P.C.D. stands for Corporate Public Control Department. The son of the late Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, Seun recorded the EP with Egypt 80, his father’s original band. Written by Seun, the three songs on the album “Stuggle Sounds,” “Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.),” and “African Dreams” have strong social and political messages – a theme that Seun weaves into all of this music. “More than even we are convinced of our mission and the purpose of our music,” says Seun. “The Struggle Sounds EP is a true reflection of my social and political beliefs. I give honor to my parents and every revolutionary who made this pos