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Debut single: J-Anthony - It's Official (Independent - January 13 2017)

Debut single:
J-Anthony - It's Official
(Independent - January 13, 2017)

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It's Official is the first single from J-Anthony, a danceable, multi-layered track with a memorable hook. "The track It's Official is an anthem about a guy not ashamed to let the world know he found his perfect woman," he says, and the lyrics go over the usual boy loves girl ground against a funky groove.

Toledo's pop/rock/funk songwriter J-Anthony was working as a high school principal after graduating from college, but he couldn't give up his love of music. After starting a cover band, the new single is his first step in a new direction as an original artist.

The track features J-Anthony on vocals and keyboards, with Devin Krueger on lead guitar, Will Schuler on drums and Byron Harris on bass and keyboards.

It's Official is funky in a fuzzy electric guitar kind of way - a la Lenny Kravitz you could say - and his vocals are powerful enough to compete with the …

Swedish Alt/Pop: IVANNA - Leaving Town (Bakery Allstars Recordings: 4 January 2017)

CD Review:IVANNA - Leaving Town
(Bakery Allstars Recordings: 4 January 2017)

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Swedish alt-pop group IVANNA's latest release is the latest incarnation of a group of talented musicians. Previously known under the names Dolly Daggers and Modern Love, The group has been busy on the club and festival circuit in Sweden and beyond, including Club 333 and Camden in London, and Popkom in Berlin. The band's sound has transformed from a classic 80s pop/rock sound to a more acoustic style - hence a new name.

IVANNA is fronted by Ludvig Sersam who composed and produced the album, followed by his two brothers Jonatan (piano, harmonicas) and Valdemar Sersam (drums) and also Johan Dahlbom from the synth pop band Alice in Videoland and Simon Söfelde (guitars).

The tracks go over well worn pop ground but with a sense of urgency that brings them to life. Acoustic guitar and voice dominate most tracks, fleshed out with synth and other layers of sound.

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#CUTMR2017 - Come Up To My Room Alternative Design Exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel Toronto January 19 to 22 2017

#CUTMR2017 - Come Up To My Room at the Gladstone Hotel Toronto January 19 to 22, 2017
14th Annual Alternative Design Exhibition
part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)

• Get Tix to CUTMR and see all the events
• Check out the Love Design Party - January 21 - 10pm in the Ballroom (FREE)

Art and design exhibits have taken over the Gladstone Hotel again for the 14th annual Alternative Design Exhibition. I checked out the exhibits on the 2nd floor, but there is more to see on the main, 3rd and 4th floors too. There isn't enough room to describe it all, but here are a few of the highlights.
Primavera in Sospeso (Spring on Hold) - Jennie Suddick and Anna Rose
A tangle of textiles and fibres hangs ceiling to floor, made up of found materials in both artist's practices. It does evoke a lush sort of atmosphere, one that is almost suffocating, with an edge of implied violence.
Propagation Station - 1:1 Collaborative
This playful station recreates images of Toronto's iconic bui…

Canadian artist and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie to be recognized as outstanding humanitarian at 2017 JUNO Awards

From a media release:

Canadian artist and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie
to be recognized as outstanding humanitarian 
at 2017 JUNO Awards

Toronto, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that iconic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, social activist, educator, philanthropist and visual artist Buffy Sainte-Marie will be the award recipient of the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, presented by Bell Media. Sainte-Marie exemplifies the essence of humanitarianism through her dedication to protecting indigenous communities and indigenous intellectual property, which have been at the epicentre of her lifelong activism.

Given out annually at the JUNO Awards, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award celebrates and recognizes the philanthropic efforts made by Canadian musicians that have created a positive impact on the social welfare of society as whole. Named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters, the award is made possible by funding from BCE-Be…

#Canada150 at Drake Devonshire: Skating, Toronto vs. Montreal Chefs Hockey & Post-Game Dinner

From a media release:

February 4, 2017 - Drake Devonshire

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY - For Canada’s 150th, we’re throwing it down with two quintessential Canadian passions: hockey and great food.

After a Family Skate at the Wellington Outdoor Ice Rink with complimentary bites from The Drake, you can watch all-star chefs from Toronto + Montreal face off for an exhibition game you can really sink your teeth into. Each $20 ticket will be donated to Community Food Centres Canada and special guest Ken Dryden (six-time Stanley Cup winner + NHL Hall of Famer) and Dave McMillan (Joe Beef, MTL) will be on-hand to coach the gameand.

The experience includes samples from Lot. 40 + Moosehead, food by Bar Isabel, DaiLo, Beast, Cheese Boutique, The Drake, + more!

• For a full listing of participating chefs hitting the ice visit,


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - Toronto February 10 & 11 2017 and Canadian Tour

From a media release:

Show One Productions presents
Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre • February 10 & 11, 2017
The Boys are Back in Town!


Five years to the exact day of their last appearance in Toronto, the internationally acclaimed all-male comic ballet company, LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO will return to Toronto with their breathtaking blend of technical prowess, athletic artistry and perfect parody.
For this Toronto engagement, THE TROCKS repertoire will include one of the company’s signature works, Le Lac Des Cygnes (Swan Lake, Act II); the world-infamous Dying Swan scene; the great 19th century Russian classic Don Quixote; the rarely performed La Esmeralda, based on the Victor Hugo novel Notre-Dame de Paris; and one surprise piece to be announced at each performance.

“The Trocks are a guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who know the originals.” – Sydney Star Observer

What began m…

Niagara Ice Wine Festival January 13 to 27 2017

From a media release:

Niagara Ice Wine Festival
January 13 to 27 2017
see details below

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Icewine harvest had an early start this year with Niagara wineries starting to pick Icewine in mid-December as temperatures dipped below minus 8° Celsius. While harvest dates of Icewine vary year to year, this somewhat early harvest reminds locals and visitors that Niagara's Icewine Festivals are just around the corner. Taking place over three weeks in January, in the heart of Niagara's wine region, these one-of-a-kind festivals combine to create one of the biggest Ontario wine celebrations of the year.

Niagara's Icewine Festivals, in their 22nd year, offer wine lovers, cocktail fans, and foodies experiences that will create winter memories to last a lifetime. During this special time, consumers are invited to discover and enjoy one of Canada's most cherished products, Icewine along with Ontario's exceptional sparkling wines and world-renowned VQA red and whit…

Sci-Fi Book Review: The Cygnus Virus by T.J. Zakreski

Sci-Fi Book Review:
The Cygnus Virus by T.J. Zakreski
(June 2016, Dancing Star Publications)

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Enjoyably multi-faceted, The Cygnus Virus offers the classic sci-fi cornucopia of adventure, social commentary, and universal themes, wrapped up in a fragmented, postmodern narrative style that shifts perspective and skips through time.

Andron Varga is a middle-aged lawyer living a shadow of a life on planet Terra after his wife is killed by a meteorite. One day, he helps an old friend with a lawsuit launched by a fringey sounding church. He's researching the case, gets distracted by internet porn, and the next thing you know, he's joined an organization linking computers in an effort to look for exoplanets.

Andron goes to bed half-drunk. When he wakes up, he finds he's crashed the entire internet on his home planet of Terra, and worse still, he's let Cygnus into his world...

Cygnus, as it turns out, is a being from Earth, …