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FABnyc Announces 2018 Artists in Residence

From a media release: FABnyc Announces 2018 Artists in Residence NEW YORK CITY - FABnyc (Fourth Arts Block) is thrilled to announce the FABnyc Storefront Artists in Residence for 2018! We had over fifty applications for our very first residency program in our storefront space and were humbled to receive many strong applications by a wide range of artists. Chinatown Art Brigade will be on the block into the spring developing Placekeeping - Here to Stay a multilingual, multimedia project that will feature short video and audio stories of tenants who live in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Manhattan’s Chinatown and LES. A projection from CAB's Here to Stay series and Untitled (Carl Beam), 2017 by NADI Additionally we are announcing that Native Art Department International will be in residence at the Downtown Art building into the summer thanks to a collaboration between DTA and FABnyc. We are excited to host them as they develop Expanding the Scope, an effort in sol

The Beauty of Song: Festival de la Voix March 16-18 and March 23-25 2018 in Montreal

From a media release: Festival de la Voix celebrates the beauty of the human voice Vox Aeterna presents Festival de la Voix, 5th edition March 16-18 and March 23-25 2018 • Tickets to individual concerts available on Brown Paper Tickets • Register for Workshops- Half Price before March 1 • Passports coming soon MONTREAL - From March 16 to March 25 in the West Island (Lachine, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Pointe-Claire), Festival de la Voix brings communities and all ages together to sing, sing, sing! This year’s 5th anniversary edition features six exciting, varied concerts, as well as five outstanding workshops. On offer will be an eclectic mix of styles including a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Dave Gossage; a Broadway revue with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein; the Festival’s anticipated Grand Concert—this year showcasing out of town guests and choirs; Golden Voices, a concert honouring seniors and featuring a youth choir and ladies barbershop; ‘La musique de chez nous’ ref

Jazz CD Release: Heavyweights Brass Band - This City (Lulaworld, March 9, 2018)

From a media release: Jazz CD Release: Heavyweights Brass Band  - This City (Lulaworld, March 9, 2018) • Preorder/Buy the CD • Check out the CD Release Party in Toronto at Lula Lounge on March 29, 2018 In their highly anticipated third full-length album, the Heavyweights have taken a pilgrimage to the city that has inspired them since their inception. Recorded in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz ,with a second-line of special guests from groups such as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trumpet Mafia and many more, the Heavyweights bring a fresh, energetic take on a deeply grounded tradition. Not forgetting their roots in Toronto, where they cut their teeth in the most diverse and multicultural music scene on the planet, the album also furthers their hometown collaborations with the 10-time Grammy contributor Kevin Breit on guitar and Canada's reigning queen of jazz, blues and gospel Jackie Richardson on vocals. This City paints a beautiful duality betwee

NYC Hotel Buzz 2018: Freehand New York Hotel in the Flatiron District

With material from a media release: NYC Hotel Buzz 2018: Freehand New York  - Est 2018 23 Lexington Avenue New York NY 10010 NEW YORK - The Freehand New York hotel opened earlier this month in the Flatiron District, and it's already garnering a lot of buzz in this city that is already so rich in hotels, restos, and hype. The Freehand New York takes over the former George Washington Hotel in the Flatiron District. The 180,000 square foot property was designed by architect IBI Group + Gruzen Samton with interiors by Roman & William Buildings and Interiors. There are 394 rooms, meeting spaces, and a growing number of restaurant and bar options. A few are already open, with others in the works. The idea is to give patrons a reason to eat, drink, and relax with choices from casual cafes to contemporary American cuisine. The hotel is owned by the Sydell Group , which also owns the more upscale NoMad Hotel group, among others. Freehold is positioned as the more casual (and

Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band to Embark on Twelve-City U.S. Tour Through March 2018

From a media release: Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band to Embark on Twelve-City U.S. Tour Through March 2018 • Tour cities to include Berkeley, Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Santa Barbara, and Washington DC, among others • Check out the full schedule at the link NEW YORK, NEW YORK (January 26, 2018) — An ambassador for China’s vibrant cultural heritage, pipa virtuoso Wu Man embarks on a twelve-city U.S. tour in March with the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, whose traditional shadow puppetry and music she discovered in rural China while unearthing ancient art forms to preserve and bring to international attention. This group, formerly known as the Zhang Family Band, continues a centuries-old tradition of blending music, drama, and classic Chinese shadow puppetry, but was little known outside the mountains of northeastern China until Wu Man brought them to Carnegie Hall in 2009 and now to the wider U.S. The concert program features Wu Man performing b

Jazz CD Release: Dan Pugach Nonet - Plus One (Unit Records on February 16 2018)

From a media release: Jazz CD Release: Dan Pugach Nonet Transforms Proverbial Styles With A Singular Approach and A Secret Weapon On His Debut Recording Plus One Set for release via Unit Records on February 16, 2018 CD Release Concerts  o Sat. April 21 - The Cutting Room, NYC o Sun. May 6 - Urban Artifact, Cincinnati, OH     o Thurs. May 10 - Cliff's Bells, Detroit, MI    o Fri. May 11 - Merriam's Playhouse - South Bend, IN     o Sat. May 12 - The Jazz Estate, Milwaukee, WI o Fri. June 1 - Piedmont Piano Co., Oakland, CA o  Pre-order/Buy the CD Arriving in the US from his native Israel in 2006 to study at Berklee College of Music before earning his master's at The City College of New York, drummer/composer Dan Pugach played cash-and-carry gigs, traditional ethnic dates, worked coffee shops-anything to keep his drumming and music pure. Eventually teaching himself arranging and orchestration, his complete reimagining of Horace Silver's "Silver's S

Art Battle New York at le poisson rouge March 8 2018

From a media release: Art Battle New York at le poisson rouge Thursday March 8th, 2018 • Buy Tickets Art Battle International live competitive painting series, connecting the amazing New York live painting community to the world. 12 artists compete in timed rounds of live painting, it’s a sizzling night of creation and celebration. The winners by audience vote move on to the Final round with a chance to qualify for New York City Championships and ultimately the US and International Finals. It’s a wild night, great music, paints flies and masterpieces are created before your eyes. Art Battle is the story of Art, a one night party that goes from from blank canvas to beautiful creation. Artists have been coming together in NY Art Battle events since 2001, the movement has spread to more than 100 cities and 6 continents, with International Championships crowning the best live painter in the world. Artists can apply to join the tournament at – this event occurs on

Tix on Sale Jan 26: Meshell Ndegeocello at le poisson rouge New York City April 27 2018

From a media release: Meshell Ndegeocello at le poisson rouge New York City Friday April 27, 2018 Tickets on sale January 26 - noon • Buy tickets • Buy the album There are albums dedicated to personal pain, or political protest, love, death, nostalgia, rage. There are those that are simply fun, glossy, the soundtrack to a good time. Some are exploratory, a musical journey, shapeshifting soundmaking, a new way to do an old thing. An artist can make a choice about concept and content, or heed a vision, follow their muse or their manager. But in times so extreme and overwhelming, when there is no known expression for the feeling, no satisfactory direction for art or action, then they might take refuge in a process, a ritual, something familiar, the shape and sound of which recall another time altogether, so that they can weather the present long enough to call it the past. Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. “Ventriloquism”, the latest album from MESH

Travel Tip: High Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel Toronto Canada

Travel Tip: High Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel Toronto Canada • Reserve your table • Please call for additional details: 416-971-9666 When the weather outside is frightful or the excesses of Yorkville shopping and downtown Toronto living become too hectic, an escape has been waiting for those in the know for 90 years now - high tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel. Windsor Arms Hotel,Toronto - purple tea room The Windsor Arms has just completed a year-long renovation project with the theme of Old World opulence and elegance. It's a warm ambiance that will envelop you from the moment you enter the lobby with its columns covered in lush embroidered velvet and a stunning tree sculpture by Canadian artist Bruno Billio. Tea has been served at the Windsor Arms since its opening in 1927, and it has become one of Toronto's hidden treasures, beloved by locals and tourists alike. You can choose from two different tea rooms - the French-style teal room, or the purple room with its o

Just Released: Sante Les Amis' New Single "Como Animales" (Nacional Records)

From a media release: Just Released: Sante Les Amis' New Single "Como Animales" Album Sueño Animal Out March 9th 2018 on Nacional Records Previous album Sudamericana heavily supported by KCRW, Billboard, PRI's The World, and KEXP among many others • Listen to it on Spotify With a catchy fusion of rock and electronica, Sante Les Amis are back with their newest single, “Como Animales.” Sante Les Amis, an alternative rock group hailing from Montevideo, Uruguay, quickly became part of the local music scene by producing a sound that has been called “rock for the dance floor.” With two EPs and a full-length album under their belt, plus a series of live shows characterized by intense audiovisuals, they played on the biggest stages in Montevideo alongside such artists as Café Tacuba and Mala Rodriguez. They have been nominated and won important awards in their home country and have been acclaimed by outlets like Rolling Stone Argentina. Sante Les Amis has toured

Toronto Restaurant News: Spring 2018 - La Palma owners to open Constantine and Scarlet Door inside The Anndore House

From a media release: Toronto Restaurant News: Spring 2018 - La Palma owners to open Constantine and Scarlet Door inside The Anndore House - 15 Charles Street East Toronto, ON – From the culinary creators who brought sunny SoCal to Toronto with Insta-worthy La Palma, comes their second collaboration, Constantine. Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison (Campagnolo) and Jack and Domenic Scarangella and Steve Christian (Mercatto) bring a soulful amalgamation of flavours and atmosphere from Italy to the Middle East, set to open spring 2018 inside The Anndore House (15 Charles St. E.).  Constantine’s menu, spearheaded by Chef Craig Harding , will highlight local ingredients at the peak of season presented in thoughtfully-inventive dishes, where striking and aromatic flavours reign. A wood-burning oven and hearth will be the focal point of the kitchen, churning out crispy pizzas, alongside expertly roasted and lightly smoked meat and seafood. Like La Palma, vegetable dishes take cen

Jazz/Rock/Avant-Garde - Name Your Price for Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2017 Sampler

From a media release: Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2017 released December 20, 2017 • Name Your Price for this Sampler of Cutting Edge Music This special "Name Your Price" compilation album features an hour of creative and fun music over the course of 12 tracks all of which was released by Cuneiform Records in 2017. We invite you to listen to Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2017 and explore the wide spectrum of music we recently released over the year. Each track by each artist is unique; we invite you to sample all. And then, if you've not already done so, we encourage you to listen the full albums by the artists who most appeal to you. TRACK LISTING 1. Schnellertollermeier - Rights (Part I) (6:11) [from Rights] Clarity. Attitude. Skill. These really aren’t qualities that define our present time. All too often, our ephemeral reality finds itself reflected in a jittery retro-music that sucks its data from the Cloud – that atomised archive accessible to al

Dance in Toronto: Citadel + Compagnie presents decoding bharatnatyam February 14-17 2018

From a media release: Citadel + Compagnie presents decoding bharatnatyam, an Evening of Works and Performance by Toronto’s Award-Winning Nova Bhattacharya February 14-17, 2018 Mesmerizing Triple Bill Celebrates Indian Language of Movement, Bharatnatyam, as part of Contemporary Dance Lexicon  • Get Tickets TORONTO, ON – Citadel + Compagnie (C+C) presents Toronto’s award-winning choreographer Nova Bhattacharya in decoding bharatnatyam, a triple bill illuminating contemporary Canadian bharatnatyam dance, February 14-17, 2018 at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. This evening showcases the poeticism of an exquisite multi-disciplinary art form, bharatnatyam, through the choreography and performance of one of its most preeminent practitioners in Canada. Audiences will become immersed in two Bhattacharya works: Broken Lines (2016), and Alaap (2013), and will witness Bhattacharya perform in Calm Abiding, a 2006 commission from Montreal’s José Navas. Photo by Ed Hanley “The thre

Jazz Piano: Robi Botos - Old Soul (A440 Entertainment, February 2, 2018)

From a media release: Jazz Release: Robi Botos - Old Soul (A440 Entertainment, February 2, 2018) • Album Release Party February 2, 2018 - Jazz Bistro, Toronto • Check out Robi on Spotify Old Soul is the much anticipated 3rd release from Canada's most talked about pianist, Robi Botos. Following the incredible success of their Juno-winning 2015 release, Movin’ Forward, this new album will continue to cement Botos’ reputation as one of the most talked about, and successful pianists in the country. The band features a core quartet of some of the top musicians in North America; Seamus Blake on Saxophones and EWI, Mike Downes on Acoustic and Electric Bass and Larnell Lewis on Drums. The album also features some incredible special guests; Cory Henry on Hammond B3 Organ, Ingrid Jensen on Trumpet, Lionel Loueke on Guitar as well as a string quartet on 2 pieces. The album was produced by Botos and 2-Time Juno Award winning Producer Scott Morin. The music is virtuosic but still ac

Drake Devonshire Inn: Artists in Residence January 14 to March 28 2018 in Prince Edward County

From a media release: DRAKE DEVONSHIRE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE JAN 14 - MAR 28, 2018 • Check out a winter getaway in Prince Edward County WELLINGTON, CANADA - Nine Canadian artists are setting up shop at the Devonshire this winter. Join our roster of choreographers, musicians + visual artists as they get inspired by the beauty of Prince Edward County. The Drake’s artist-in-residence program has been a key part of the hotel’s cultural identity since we opened in 2004. The program was developed to give visitors access to artists from all over, in a setting that’s less intimidating than a traditional museum. Jan 21-24 - Charlie Bierk Charles Bierk is a portrait painter based out of Toronto. His large-scale black and white paintings easily bring to mind early works by acclaimed portrait artist Chuck Close. Bierk (who graduated from OCAD in 2011) photographs close friends, family, and peers before rendering their likeness in hyper-realistic oil paintings. Jan 28-31 - Michael Vick