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Raise the Caliber - Art Creates Change at Only One Gallery - Toronto June 1-15, 2017

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Raise the Caliber - Art Creates Change
Only One Gallery - Toronto
June 1-15, 2017

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TORONTO - Raise the Caliber – Art Creates Change is an art exhibit coming to Only One Gallery in Toronto from June 1 to June 15 that aims to drive awareness about illegal gun violence and gun control issues. Featuring multi-medium works from artists Doug Schwartz (DetroitWick) and Tracy Hiner (Black Crow Studios) who use decommissioned guns and bullets, confiscated through amnesty programs, these artists show how tools of destruction can be transformed into beautiful works of art.
Launching May 31st 2017 and running for two weeks (June 1-15), this will be the first showing outside of the US for both artists with their Raise The Caliber® art and we are tremendously excited to be able to bring it to Canada.

Accompanying Doug and Tracy for the opening will be Carey Lowell - celebrated actor and talented ceramicist, featuring her collection of Hummingbird Candl…

Four Great Plays - Four Great Playwrights: Ticket Deals In New York City

From a media release:

Four Great Plays - Four Great Playwrights
Sweat by Lynn Nottage
Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks
Sojourners & Her Portmanteau by Mfoniso Udofia
BELLA: An American Tall Tale - Book, Music, Lyrics by Kirsten Childs

NEW YORK CITY - Right now, there are four productions written and/or performed by black women gracing New York City stages. Here's how to get ticket deals and take them all in.

SWEAT
2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Three Tony Award nominations including BEST PLAY
by Lynn Nottage
directed by Kate Whoriskey
Now playing on Broadway

Save up to $40 off regular ticket prices with code SW2WTG (reg. $99 & $149)'

To Purchase Tickets:
Online: TelechargeOffers.com and enter code SW2WTG.
By Phone: Call TelechargeOffers at 212.947.8844 and mention code SW2WTG.
In Person: Studio 54 Box Office, 254 W. 54th Street, NYC.

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs whil…

Latinx at Joe's Pub New York City All Summer Long - June-August 2017

From a media release:

UPCOMING LATINX at JOE'S PUB NYC SUMMER 2017
FEATURING: MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE, DORIAN WOOD, THAT'S NOT TANGO, ALINE MUNIZ, MAVI DÍAZ & LAS FOLKIES, EL SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO

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NEW YORK CITY - Joe's Pub is proud to host an exciting and diverse array of upcoming Latinx events!! Highlights include all-women mariachi group Mariachi Flor de Toloache on June 16 and 17; singer/songwriter Dorian Wood performing songs from his new album XALÁ on June 24; Argentine folk band Mavi Díaz & Las Folkies with special guest Maria Volonte on July 19; Cuban son and bolero outfit El Septeto Santiaguero on July 28; That's Not Tango celebrating Astor Piazzolla on the 25th anniversary of his death on August 5 and 6; and, Brazilian pop musician Aline Muniz on August 10.

MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE: LAS CARAS LINDAS ALBUM RELEASE
WITH OPENER EDNA VAZQUEZ
Friday, June 16 at 9:30PM / Saturday, June 17 at 11:30PM - $25
All-women mariachi group and …

Recently released: American High - Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement (Independent - March 8 2017)

Recently released:
American High - Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement
(Independent - March 8, 2017)

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Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basesment is the first release for Sacramento, CA based quartet, American High. The band is cagey about names and bios, but not about the message of their music.

"This is an anti-war record.  Songs like SEPTEMBER and I CAN'T CHANGE are our attempts to put a human face on the costs of trying to force the world to do what we want them to do.  We think everyone should concentrate on minding our own business rather than point guns at each other and demand obedience."

Take retro pop, add a dash of acoustic/electric punk, Cali surf songs, melodic sixties pop, and even shades of classic Americana here and there, shake it up, and you'll get an idea of their sound.

"We think songs are more interesting when they can be seen in different ways.  We shun the tired INTRO-CHORUS-INTRO-CHORUS-LEAD-CHORUS-EXIT blueprint."

I…

Upcoming Release: Jody Cooper - 'Serenades & Odes to a Cracked World' Part 1 (Independent - June 2 2017)

Upcoming Release:
Jody Cooper - 'Serenades & Odes to a Cracked World' (part 1)
(Independent - June 2, 2017)

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“With everything that's happening in the world, the time has come for people to start engaging with the problems around them in an attempt to make a positive change. This album is my attempt.”

That's a statement by singer songwriter Jody Cooper about his latest release. It's an album with a message, but one where relevant words meld with solid pop/rock songs and musicianship for an entertaining delivery.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, performer, busker and “Walking Jukebox“, Jody Cooper grew up as an English boy in a Scottish village, and was drawn to music early. From violin lessons as a six year old, he graduated to local bands as a teenager. After a few years playing in bands, he went to the University of Liverpool for a degree in music. That led to Ten A Penny, his 2007 indie release, a stint in Sense of Sound, an a cappella group,…

Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi - The Journey & Inter-Continental Concerts

Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi - The Journey
Inter-Continental Concerts

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The Journey is the brainchild of Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi, a collection of music that you could truthfully call a global collaboration.

The Journey is the 1st official music album of Inter-Continental Concerts. Inter-Continental Concerts (ICC) is a multimedia production organization that produces music, live concerts, performance videos and feature films. Their goal? ICC values diversity and promotes unity among all people on earth. The primary goal is to bring together artists from around the world to participate in various productions and projects, including - so far - about 145 artists from over 45 nationalities.

Iranian award winning Musician/Media Producer Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi has a passion for music and its ability to cut across cultural and even language barriers. Born in Tehran, he's now based in Los Angeles, and got his start in music at the age of eight, paying the Santoor, a traditi…

Recently Released: Jakob Pek - Acoustic Medicine (Independent - May 4 2017)

Recently Released:
Jakob Pek - Acoustic Medicine
(Independent - May 4, 2017)

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Acoustic Medicine is the result of three years of Jakob Pek's experimentation with the acoustic guitar. Guitar is actually not Jakob's first instrument. Violin is the first instrument Jakob picked up at the age of four. Since then, he's also added piano and percussion.

The results come out in soundscapes that meander in and around the varied musical influences from the classic folk vibe of Surrendered to Grace, to the avant garde sounds of Sweet Memory's Melody. He explores tone in Angel's Hymn, and a variety of global influences in The Great Return.



He draws from a wide range of influences and sources, and uses a variety of techniques, including fingerstyle, bowing, and alternate tunings to create a range of sounds and effects.

This is meditative music, engaging the mind as well as the ears. It's avant garde for those who may not care about the avant garde, with warmth and so…

Recently Released Space Motel - Arrival (Independent - February 1st 2017)

Recently Released
Space Motel - Arrival
(Independent - February 1st 2017)

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Space Motel's second release builds on their growing reputation for finely crafted funk/jazz/rock. However you classify it - or whether you do - you'll find yourself moving to the irresistible grooves of this album by the Providence, Rhode Island USA band.

Space Motel builds around a core of Jim Muro (Rock/Reggae group On The Drop, touring with 311, Spin Doctors, Bad Fish, State Radio,) Willie Myette, Zach Paquette and Nate Davignon (Mystic jammers). Space Motel first got together in 2007, and recorded their first album Departure between 2008-2012. Departure was officially released in 2015.

Their sophomore release builds on their strengths - tight musianship, expressive and capable vocals, including churchy harmonies, and a distinctive, if tinged dark and plaintive, sense of songwriting that defies today's formulaic pop models.



The crew of nine musicians on the album is made up of seasoned p…

Acoustic Folk Recently released: Deb Montgomery - 'Long Long Journey' May 1, 2017

Recently released:
Deb Montgomery - Long Long Journey
(Independent - May 1, 2017)

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Acoustic/folk singer/songwriter Deb Montgomery recently released her debut full-length solo album, Long Long Journey. It's a thoughtful journey into modern folk lit up by her melodic and expressive vocals.

Canadian born, she's now based in Seattle, Washington, after a stint in New York City. Her career has spanned twenty years and four records, some film credits, and the pleasure of sharing stages recording with musicians, writers, and producers—like Andy Stochansky (Ani Difranco), Ron Sexsmith, Bob Wiseman, and Julia Kent—along with playing solo.

Her lyrics are thoughtful, with a romantic heart. From Long, Long Journey,

Pierce me, pierce you
Let your love cut me through
You know I need what is true
You know how much I need you

"I think of songwriting as my cave wall etchings: sometimes prison walls, sometimes dream walls, sometimes mysteries, and sometimes stories.  Songwriting for me h…

Discover Germany: Celebrating 25 years of the sun-kissed Saxon Wine Route

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Celebrating 25 years of the sun-kissed Saxon Wine RouteFind Out More

If you're looking for a place filled with wine and wonder, then Saxony is the destination for you. From these ancient hillsides adorned with vineyards, you can gaze down at the Elbe river's glistening waters and its famous palaces.

The region's stunning beauty is enough of a reason to visit in itself, yet the landscape is so artfully interwoven with indulgence and history that you'll struggle to find an excuse to stay away. 25 years ago, the 55km stretch of land that lies between the towns of Pirna and Diesbar-Seusslitz was officially designated the Saxon Wine Route. However, we know from the writings of monks that its history dates back all the way back to the 12th century. It's no surprise that the route has captured people's attention for so long. Winding your way through the sun-kissed Elbe valley, you'll almost feel as if you're in the Mediterranean.

A hist…

Recently Released: D.G. Adams- This Old Heart (Jump Attack Records - March 18, 2017)

Recently Released:
D.G. Adams- This Old Heart
(Jump Attack Records - March 18, 2017)

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This Old Heart is the third album for Vancouver folk rocker D.G. Adams. While he's been writing music since the age of 15, Adams was active as a classically trained actor and teacher of Shakespeare for more than three decades, long before his first music release in 2000, Feminine Endings.

Adams is a singer/songwriter in the folk/rock tradition. Lyrically, he covers the usual boy-girl territory along with dashes of philosophy, politics, and life in general. From Fuck Life And Fuck The World,

2 1/2 years on heroin,
And I just can't stay awake...

The upbeat music and pop singer delivery disguise the message in a shiny cover. It's a ruse he uses more than once on the album. This Song Is Not True, the first single, spotlights his expressive vocals against churchy organ chords and keyboard, breaking into a swingy groove that belies the words.

This song is not true
It's about you
Y…

Jazz/Classical: Saxophonist/Composer Quinsin Nachoff 'Ethereal Trio' (May 19 2017 - Whirlwind Recordings)

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Saxophonist/Composer Quinsin Nachoff Discovers New Approaches to Melding Exploratory Jazz and Classical Music with his Ethereal Trio
May 19, 2017 - Whirlwind Recordings

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The adventurous trio's self-titled debut, out May 19 from Whirlwind Recordings, features bassist Mark Helias and drummer Dan Weiss.

"There's a push and pull between the visceral and cerebral, between jazz and modern classical... intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery." - Dan .McClenaghan, All About Jazz
Saxophonist/composer Quinsin Nachoff has become renowned for his unique and ingenious mergers of modern jazz and contemporary classic music. His music daringly ventures to the farthest edges of both idioms while dancing elegantly along the often uneasy borderline between them. While it shares the same roots, Nachoff's new Ethereal Trio takes a somewhat different approach - as the name implies, there's somethin…