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Soundstreams Toronto presents: R. Murray Schafer's Odditorium March 2-5, 2017

From a media release: Soundstreams presents: R. Murray Schafer's Odditorium March 2-5, 2017 TORONTO - Soundstreams is thrilled to present Odditorium from March 2nd-5th, a selection of music theatre works by acclaimed Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer,under the creative direction of award-winning film and theatre director Chris Abraham. • Tickets range from $22-$67.50 and are available through the Crow’s Theatre Box Office at 647-341-7390 or online at Soundstreams.ca . Performances: March 2nd-5th, 2017 Thursday March 2nd, 2017 at 8PM Friday March 3rd, 2017 at 7PM and 10PM Saturday March 4th, 2017 at 7PM and 10PM Sunday March 5th, 2017 at 2PM Venue: Newly opened Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue Repertoire: Amente-Nufe, Crown of Ariadne, Tantrika, La testa d’Adriana Odditorium weaves together 4 works from opera, theatre, and dance , all selections from Schafer’s Patria-cycle: Amente-Nufe, Crown of Ariadne, Tantrika, and La testa d’Adriana. Conceived over a

Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2017

From a media release: Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants  2017 Rankings Announced Third annual list sees a new No. 1 restaurant and more than 30 new additions, plus best new restaurant, most innovative chef, best pastry chef, best restaurant design, and lifetime achievement for Susur Lee Toronto, ON – Chefs, restaurateurs, critics and industry experts gathered this evening, February 28, to toast the 2017 edition of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants at an awards ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel. The evening recognized exceptional tastes and talents across the country, including Toronto’s highly-acclaimed Alo, topping this year’s rankings in first place. The 2017 rankings welcomed more than 30 new additions, including restaurants in Edmonton, Calgary, St. John’s, Halifax, Ottawa and Saskatoon. “We’re thrilled to launch our 2017 issue,” said Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Editor-in-Chief Jacob Richler. “With every issue we’re able to showcase more of the incredible cuisine Canada has to

Michael Tilson Thomas And The San Francisco Symphony Present Symphony Pride April 4 2017

From a media release: Michael Tilson Thomas And The San Francisco Symphony Present Symphony Pride, April 4, 2017 At Davies Symphony Hall Benefit Concert In Support Of The Bay Area LGBTQ Community Features Broadway Star Audra McDonald Ticket proceeds benefit non-profits that provide services to Bay Area LGBTQ community • Buy Tickets Now SAN FRANCISCO, February 27, 2017 – On April 4, 2017, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, along with Broadway star Audra McDonald, celebrate the Bay Area’s spirit of inclusion and diversity with a special concert in Davies Symphony Hall recognizing and supporting the Bay Area LGBTQ community. Symphony Pride is scheduled on the eve of the Orchestra’s East Coast tour, which was to have included two concerts in North Carolina but cancelled in response to discriminatory legislation adopted by the state. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony believe strongly in representing the values of the com

Art + Sound: Soundwall Debuts Nova - art you can touch to stream music...

With material from a media release: Art + Sound Soundwall Debuts Nova art you can touch to stream music... I don't usually get into techie subjects, but this one was too supercool to pass up. Soundwall is an innovative company that manufactures flat-panel speakers made of aluminum artwork. The Technology The entire surface of a Soundwall is a speaker. The Nova uses Distributed Mode Loudspeaker (DML) technology to produce brilliant sound. Exciters mounted on the back of the aluminum art vibrate the surface to produce incredible, full-range sound throughout your room. You Choose The Look There are over 150 existing works of art to choose from in a variety of sizes. You can also upload your own pieces, including artwork or photographs, for a one of a kind design. The image is printed on the aluminum using a dye sublimation process that creates crisp, vivid images. Artist Sam Day in his studio Add Lighting You can add dynamic ambient backlighting, with a number of

Recently released: no:carrier - Broken Rainbow; Songs for an Apocalyptic World (Independent - November 11 2016)

Recently released: no:carrier - Broken Rainbow; Songs for an Apocalyptic World (Independent - November 11, 2016) • Buy it on iTunes   Just what is Electro-Noire, you ask? Judging by this latest release from San Francisco's no:carrier, it's stylish, sophisticated, and atmospheric. no:carrier's sound is elevated by pure, melodic vocals over eletronic noise that buzzes, shudders, and pulses underneath its hypnotic sway. “We can’t be compared easily. We have our very own sound that includes elements from several styles – from Dark Wave to Synthpop, from Acoustic to Electro,” says Chris Wirsig, main songwriter and producer. Founded in 1995 in Germany as a duo between lead singer Cynthia Wechselberger and songwriter/producer Chris Wirsigj, the band has added four more singers in a line up that's been fairly stable since 2001, including Lauralee Brown and Liza Marie Sparks of San Francisco and Scilla Siekmann and Bobby Halvorson of Los Angeles. Broken Rainbow is n

Recently released: Danophone - Rerun (Independent - 2 December 2016)

Recently released: Danophone - Rerun (Independent - 2 December 2016) Danophone is the musical side project of Danish science journalist Carsten Nielsen. Rerun is his debut release. The whole album has a slightly melancholic bent that is somewhat ironic, given that a Danophone (“Danish speaking by birth or adoption”) means you’re living in the “world’s happiest country” according to the United Nations. The city of Aalborg in northern Denmark, where he lives was recently named the Happiest City in Europe. Frightened For is an an acoustic pop sound with a swingy groove and energy, wrapping a cautionary tale in a catchy tune with a nice hook in the refrain - It's you I'm frightened for. A lush, layered instrumentation with strings/keyboards and a busy finger picking acoustic style bolsters vocals that are somewhat limited in range and expression on Meet In The Middle. It's a formula that works well. On Copenhagen Club, the mood turns to straight up rock'n roll

Food, Travel & Connections: A Sourdough Story

Food, Travel & Connections: A Sourdough Story Sourdough as a universal connection? For Arianna Sikorski, the idea came about as a natural development. She's taking part in a unique 12-month Master of Management in International Arts Management degree, a program offered through HEC Montréal Business School , Southern Methodist University’s Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship division (USA), in collaboration with SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy). The program includes one four-month session at each of the three partner institutions in Dallas, Montreal and Milan plus a 10-day campus at the Universidad de los Andes School of Management in Bogotá, Colombia. For Arianna Sikorski, currently in the research phase of working through the program, the focus has been on thinking about the links between food, culture, heritage, and how the latter are exchanged with others in modern society. Arianna was raised in Alaska , and has traveled extensively over the last c

The Downtown Mexico: Stay In A Palace In Historic Mexico City

From a media release: The Downtown Mexico Stay in a former palace in the historic centre of Mexico City Colonial 17th-century former palace sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site Stylish rooftop terrace with pool and Jacuzzi Bohemian-chic stone-forge stairways and red volcanic walls • Make a Reservation MEXICO CITY - Built in the 17th century, Downtown Hotel is an historic, former palace providing 17 beautiful suites - some with attractive wrought-iron balconies overlooking the street, others facing the courtyard. Other charming features include a bar and swimming pool on the rooftop with city views and all within just two blocks of Mexico City’s central square, El Zocalo. The red volcanic rock of the walls, the wooden beams, vaulted ceilings and handmade clay floor tiles lend a dramatic sense of history to this delightful residence. High above the city bustle, relax by the pool on Downtown Hotel’s rooftop and savour a drink from the bar. For each of their properties, Grup

Jazz CD Release: Saxophonist/Composer Miguel Zenón releases Típico February 10 2017 on Miel Music

From a media release: Internationally Acclaimed Saxophonist/Composer Miguel Zenón releases intimate new recording Típico  February 10, 2017 on Miel Music Zenón’s 10th recording as a leader celebrates his longstanding quartet with Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig, Henry Cole • Pre-order/Buy the CD Miguel Zenón’s new album, Típico, is above all a celebration of his longstanding quartet. His past several releases have generally fleshed out that core unit with additional instrumentalists as Zenón has looked outward to explore various aspects of his Puerto Rican heritage. This new album feels more intimate. Its focus stays closer to home, with nods to Zenón’s own personal and professional life as it zeroes in on what makes his band unique. “I was thinking about what this band and the guys in the band mean to me as I was writing the music,” he explains. “I kept going back to this idea of us developing this common language that identifies us as a band.” That language has been devel

CD Review: von Konow - Lieder (Independent, Jan 14, 2017)

CD Review: von Konow - Lieder (Independent, Jan 14, 2017) • Buy the CD It's hard to put this solo release by Marko von Konow into a specific category. There are shades of classic 80s synth pop and dance music, there's glam and there's lush orchestration. Above it all, his technically accomplished vocals flesh out the sound with lyrics about love and life. Von Konow spends his time going back and forth between Helsinki, Finland, and sunny Alentejo, Portugal, which may account for the diversity of influences. Von Konow sees the work as a synthesis of his journey through the music word, free as a solo act to explore songwriting. The words typically tell stories. Many of the sounds, like Cosmic, have an anthemic element that sticks in your head. Others, like Horses Run With Me, meander through several moods. At times, the beats have a rougher edge. In Heartbeat, the rhythms have a harder edge, his voice smoothly melodic over a stuttering beat. Dream includes fuzzy g

CD Review: April Martin - In The Blink Of A Life (Shrimp Toast Music - December 7 2016)

CD Review: April Martin - In The Blink Of A Life (April Martin / Shrimp Toast Music - December 7, 2016) • Buy the CD In the Blink of a Life is the second release for New York City based singer/songwriter April Martin. She inhabits the country rock genre with a convincing flair in this interesting collection of songs. April's voice is a fluid alto, perfectly matched to the storytelling nature of the lyrics. She's expressive, and the vocals have a light quality that dances above the music. From Heart Break Doesn't Come: Get a little case of dread Finding grey hairs on your head... But heart break doesn't come from lovin' me. The songs are clever and insightful, and drive the straight up country swing of the music, with the guitar playing a mournfully twangy line above it. She began songwriting later in life, after a career as a psychologist and raising three children. April says the inspiration for her lyrics is a love of the simple music she heard