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Review: Silver Lake 66 'Let Go Or Be Dragged' (Independent - August 1 2016)

Review:
Silver Lake 66 'Let Go Or Be Dragged'
(Independent - August 1st, 2016)

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Soulful and twang-filled, Silver Lake 66 offer a rollicking, satisfying version of Americana on Let Go Or Be Dragged, their debut release. It's just the latest point in a long and rejuvenated career.

The duo of Jeff Evbo and Maria Francis share strumming and vocal duties ably. Jeff sings Bury My Bones in Arkansas, a track with echoes of country and classic rock, and a cool slide guitar line that adds a flourish.

Maria's sweet, plaintive voice is a highlight on Magnolia, a lovely country waltz. She's got a nice sense of phrasing and melody that's easy on the ears. It's put to good use on tracks like Change Your Mind, a sweet country shuffle where her tone perfectly matches the heartbreak lyrics.

If the Devil's looking for me,
I'm not too hard to find...

Devil's Looking For Me has a real Dirty Thirties vibe to it, and the pair trade off vocals to a swingy groov…

Authentic Maritime Culture: PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls June 11 to 24 2017

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Authentic Maritime Culture
PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls
June 11 to 24, 2017

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Getting a taste of real Maritime culture as you explore the bucolic countryside, beautiful beaches, luscious seafood and more...what could be better?

For 14 days in June, lap up the lush rural surroundings of Prince Edward Island in more than 40 striking community halls whilst enjoying the hottest home-grown talent live, at the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, June 11 – 24, 2017.

With more than 50 performances over 14 days in June, in over 40 rural community halls, the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is a critically acclaimed traditional music, storytelling and dance festival that will have your toes tapping across the Island.

Recognized as an East Coast Music Award nominee for “Event of the Year” in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and winner of the Music PEI 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, 2016 Event of the Year and 2016 Presenter of the Year, the Festival mixes music and…

Contemporary Art: Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience A project by Kent Monkman Goes On Tour To 2020

From a media release:

Art Museum Launches National Tour 
of Highly Acclaimed Exhibition
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
A project by Kent Monkman, 
supported by Donald R. Sobey Foundation

"The year’s most talked-about art exhibit" - Maclean's 

After premiering at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto with over 23,000 visitors, Kent Monkman's Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience will begin its national tour, travelling between Canadian coasts for the next three years. Calgary’s Glenbow Museum is the first stop to welcome Monkman’s searing critique of Canada’s colonial policies in response to the Sesquicentennial of Confederation.

As both artist and curator, Monkman includes his own paintings, drawings and sculptural works, in dialogue with historical artefacts and art works borrowed from museum and private collections from across the country. Shame and Prejudice was repeatedly described by Art Museum visitors as the show that “everyone needs to see.”

B…

Five-star Luxury: The Rhino Resort in Portudal, Saly, Senegal

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Five-star LuxuryThe Rhino Resort in Portudal, Saly,  Senegal
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A lush tropical location close to the action, top notch amenities and stellar service have made The Rhino Resort in Saly, Senegal, a popular destination for years.
The Rhino Resort Hotel & Spa in Portudal has earned international recognition and awards as the best small hotel in Senegal, Africa. The name of the hotel was inspired by the rhino statue located at the front entrance. It is a beautifully detailed piece from the famous Woodcarving Museum in Chiang Mai (Thailand).

Location, location You'll be staying in the perfect base for exploring Saly, the Senegalese Riviera, Dakar, and many other of Senegal's treasures. You can experience a half day at Brouse or Retba's pink lake on a Moto quad. With an exclusive outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and fitness room, the Rhino Resort Hotel & Spa offers luxury, comfort and style in a unique African setting.
This 5-star hotel ha…

Journey To The Origins Of Jazz And Blues - So Long Seven April 8 2017 in Toronto

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JOURNEY TO THE ORIGINS OF JAZZ AND BLUES
So Long Seven - April 8, 2017
Part of the 15th Annual Small World Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank.

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TORONTO - In the fourth and final installment of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects, So Long Seven will premiere several new compositions as they explore the West African origins of jazz and blues on Saturday, April 8 at the Small World Music Centre.

Collaborating with master percussionist Amara Kante , So Long Seven will showcase the influence of West African music on the contemporary scene drawing on the expertise of Kante, one of the top djembe players in the world. The origin and evolution of the banjo will also be acknowledged as they explore the rich and rhythmic language of this tradition.

"The banjo is an important instrument in that it is a descendant of an instrument called the ngoni that is played in Africa," states So Long Seven's banjoist Tim Posgate. "The ngoni and othe…

Dance: An Interview With Laurence Lemieux On James Kudelka's Love Sex & Brahms March 16-19 2017

An interview with Laurence Lemieux

Choreographer James Kudelka premieres #lovesexbrahms – the expanded version
Presented by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC)
and featuring Evelyn Hart
March 16 – 19 2017 
at the Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto

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From March 16 to 19, legendary Canadian choreographer James Kudelka will be presenting a piece that first made a splash on local stages a couple of years ago. The piece is an expansion on a shorter piece of the same name that was originally commissioned in 2015 by Andrew Barashko's Art of Time Ensemble, involving 13 of Brahms' Intermezzi for piano. The performances netted a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Choreography for James Kudelka and Best Lighting Design in Dance for Simon Rossiter. The new, expanded piece includes all 18 short Intermezzi, some of the last pieces for solo piano that Brahms ever wrote.

Along with 60 year old dance icon Evelyn Hart, the work will feature ten dancers from the CLC company and live p…

Innov Gnawa: Sebitiyin - The Jewish Songs of Gnawa in New York City April 20, 2017

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Innov Gnawa:
Sebitiyin - The Jewish Songs of Gnawa in New York City
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

In this evening of deep cuts from the Moroccan gnawa repertoire, Innov Gnawa honors the strength of Moroccan national identity to transcend religious distinctions with a rare performance of the Jewish songbook of this ancient Moroccan musical tradition.

at Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow Street, New York City Showtime: 8pm Facebook RSVP Tickets: $15
In addition to being the name of this trance-inducing musical style, the term "gnawa" also refers to the people originally from kingdoms spanning Mali to Ghana who were enslaved by the Moorish rulers and brought North to present-day Morocco. The Jewish presence in Morocco dates back to over 2,500 years ago and upon interaction with the gnawa community, a bond formed over appreciation for gnawa music and its healing powers.

Gnawa music pre-dates Islam and originally centered around animistic, spiritual, myst…

CENTURY SONG Soprano Neema Bickersteth journeys through 100 years of female experience April 18-29, 2017 in Toronto

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CENTURY SONG
Soprano Neema Bickersteth journeys through 100 years of female experience
A Volcano production in association with Moveable Beast

Created by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton and Ross Mason
April 18-29, 2017 in Toronto

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TORONTO - Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to present Volcano’s breakout success from the 2016 Progress Festival, Century Song, onstage at Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, April 18-29, 2017.
After touring Canada and Europe to rave reviews, this tour de force performance returns to Toronto for a limited run. Called a “must-see” (NOW Magazine), Century Song is a live performance hybrid showcasing the extraordinary talent of soprano Neema Bickersteth as she seamlessly melds classical song and movement to inhabit a century of Canadian women.

Created by Bickersteth, and Dora Award-winning collaborators Kate Alton (choreography) and Ross Manson (direction), this gorgeously unique show features music by some of the past 100 years’ most adventur…

From Nacional Records: Los Macuanos Release New Single "Soldado Sin Cara" Album Epílogo - Out March 31st 2017

From a media release:

From Nacional Records
Los Macuanos Release New Single "Soldado Sin Cara"
Album Epílogo - Out March 31st 2017

"An epic war cry against Mexico’s military state." - Remezcla

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The Tijuana buzz band is set to release their new album Epílogo, a dark and moody continuation of their signature electronic tribal sounds.

The band is known for pioneering "Ruidosón," a genre they helped create by mixing their penchant for electronic music and folk norteño nostalgia.

Armed initially with only a laptop, a sequencer and a shoddy wooden güiro, Los Macuanos have surfaced as one of the most promising acts in modern electronic music, in what Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) has proclaimed “the great hope for Mexico in the coming years.”

Though emerging in the wake of the burgeoning global bass scene, and strongly situated in the continuum of Tijuana electronic music, Los Macuanos nonetheless go beyond this spectrum, in a sound that i…

Theatre for our world: lemonTree creations Spring 2017 News

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Theatre for our world:
lemonTree creations
Spring 2017 News

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TORONTO - We are living in turbulent times. There is, from our perspective, anger and confusion alongside resilience and creativity in our neighbourhoods and around the world. Politically, there are things to watch out for along with a sense of unity as communities come together to make the world a better place.

These small acts of resistance are what drive lemonTree creations as we move into spring 2017. This year starts off quite busy and we couldn't be more excited. In each of our projects, there is an investigation of our humanity and desire to understand how we relate to each other.

APRIL and JUNE 2017
ON TOUR
MSM [men seeking men] 

This tour marks the first time lemonTree will be performing outside of our home base and we couldn't be more thrilled to take our critically acclaimed show MSM [men seeking men] to three different cities.  MSM was a top grossing show at the Fringe Festiva…