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CD Release: Nadjiwan - Tomahawk Rock (Heading North Music, August 5, 2018)

From a media release:

CD Release:
Nadjiwan - Tomahawk Rock
(Heading North Music, August 5, 2018)
Order it soon

The highly anticipated release from multi-award nominated indigenous rock project NADJIWAN titled 'Tomahawk Rock' is set to be released August 5th, 2018. The release will be highlighted by a live FREE concert at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Sudbury, Ontario.

'Tomahawk Rock' was recorded live off the floor in old school house over 2 days and showcases the classic NADJIWAN indigenous rock sound. Released by Heading North Music and distributed by the Independent Digital Licensing Agency the new release will be available world-wide in August.

The man behind the project and the music is Marc Meriläinen. Born in northern Manitoba and raised in the untamed beauty of Northwestern Ontario, Marc knew from an early age he would perform music.



After graduating from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in Southern Ontario, Marc returned to Thunder Bay whe…

CD Review: Jared Weiss - Isolated Thunderstorms (Independent - May 21, 2018)

CD Review:
Jared Weiss - Isolated Thunderstorms
(Independent - May 21, 2018)
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Listening to his polished tenor on this release, it's no surprise to find that Jared Weiss is a veteran of the Off-Broadway musical theatre scene both in his native Manhattan and in regional theatre, with a BMus in vocal performance from NYU.

The songs, all penned by Jared, feature clever lyrics, delivered in a smooth tenor that sounds effortless. Interesting harmonies and a variety of approaches showcase his talents with an underlying theme of personal reflection. From a media release,

"Isolated Thunderstorms is an auto-biographical confessional, born out of a life or death need to tell the truth. I threw away the love of my life because I was too sick to care. My mind was warped. I hit rock bottom. What choices did I make to get me to this place of isolation? I order to re-examine the tragic, macabre moments of my life, I first had to embrace them. I don't know if…

CD Review: Taylor James - Insane (Heart of Gold Music, LLC)

CD Review:
Taylor James - Insane
(Heart of Gold Music, LLC December 2, 2017)
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Buy it on iTunes

If you like RnB, soul, and gospel in classic style, with lush arrangements that showcase soulful vocals, Taylor James is your man. A native of West Central Mississippi, Taylor began his musical career at 15.

Insane is characterized by earworm melodies and polished vocal facility - Taylor can easily manage all the fluid acrobatics of the genre but in a way that still feels genuine and not simply vocal pyrotechnics. As a songwriter, his lyrics cover the usual romantic territory with a soft edge of true love and all its pleasures.

Say It's Me has a nice bouncey vibe, with classic boy group harmonies on the chorus. The music has a timeless quality - not what you'd call retro, while still in the musical tradition. Say It's Me is melodic, with nuanced vocals, and complex rhythms that elevate the typical drum machine sound.

Insane, the title track, is a jazzy pop tu…

Toronto Travel News: Kimpton Saint George Hotel Opens In The Annex

From a media release:

Toronto Travel News:
Kimpton® Saint George Hotel opens
Enjoy an authentic taste of Toronto in The Annex
Check out the website

Kimpton Saint George, located at 280 Bloor Street West between Huron and St. George Streets, just opened its doors on June 19, 2018. The boutique hotel company’s first ever Toronto location is a sophisticated-yet-playful respite along the Bloor Street Culture Corridor bridging luxurious elements of bordering Yorkville with the bohemian hipness of the Annex.
In honour of the Saint George’s commitment to arts, culture and philanthropy, the hotel welcomed its first guests Jeffrey Remedios, President & CEO of Universal Music and Board of Directors member of MusiCounts, and Lucia Remedios, Owner of Toronto’s Analogue Gallery, on opening day.

Bertrand Mangeot, General Manager of Kimpton Saint George, said: “We are thrilled to open our doors to bring our uniquely personal and authentic boutique hotel experience to Toronto and to welcome our es…

Four Days And Nights Of Rumba In Havana Cuba November 8 to 12 2018

From a media release:

Four Days And Nights Of Rumba In Havana, Cuba
November 8 to 12, 2018
Postmambo Cuban Music Seminar #8: El Rumbazo #2
With Special Guest Pedrito Martinez
Love music - and travel? Who doesn't? Come along for a state-of-the-art vision of Cuban rumba, featuring 17 of the slammingest groups / soloists in spectacular sites around Havana. We call it a seminar, but you could call it a festival; both are true.

This is a history-making rumba summit.

I'm Ned Sublette, and my company Postmambo Studies, Inc., takes people on educational music travel in Cuba. We've covered the length and breadth of the island in the three-plus years since the US opening to Cuba of December 17, 2014. It's 100% legal for US citizens - and of course Canadian citizens too.



Participants in last year’s El Rumbazo heard eight sets in the first 36 hours. It's off the chain, and it's educational, and 100% legal for US travelers. In the course of our study of Cuban rumba, we'll …

The World's Best Journeys List For 2018

With material from a media release:

The World's Best Journeys List For 2018
50 of the world's most exciting once-in-a-lifetime trips
Created by travel professionals - like me!
Check out the whole list

The World’s Best Journeys list for 2018 was created by a collaboration between Flight Network and 500+ of the world’s top travel journalists, agencies, bloggers, and editors – the ultimate insiders of international travel. This year, that list has included yours truly. I've been writing about travel (and traveling, of course) for decades, and I was happy for the chance to add my input.

This extensive collaboration produced a thoughtful and detailed list of astonishing journeys – a list that will captivate and inspire travellers to embark on life changing adventures now, and for years to come.

It's a truly inspiring collection of the top 50 transformative trips every traveller must experience in their lifetime. This inspiring resource is an unparalleled guide to diverse and …

Habari Africa Festival August 10 to 12 2018 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release:

Habari Africa Festival
August 10 to 12, 2018
at Harbourfront Toronto
Co-produced with Batuki Music Society
Check it out

TORONTO - Batuki Music Society is proud to present the fifth annual Habari Africa Festival from Friday August 10 – 12, 2018. Join us for a weekend of exploration and engagement with the art, sounds and tastes of the continent.
Habari Africa is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that displays the rich and diverse cultures of Africa. The festival will display an authentic African experience through presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, film, fashion, workshops, arts and culture.

The artists featured will represent an array of African music genres and dance styles. The festival will also have activities for children of all ages, workshops, drumming, films, vendors with crafts, as well as delicious cuisine from the World Café. This multi-disciplinary African arts festival is co-produced …

From Nacional Records: Latin Bitman's New Video for "Truss Me"

From a media release:

Latin Bitman's New Video for "Truss Me"
The single features Juan Ingaramo & Jesse Baez
2nd single from his new album, Homies
Stream, watch or play

Performed at the LAMC Central Park SummerStage show last week

Latin Bitman’s music has provided the soundtrack to numerous video game franchises such as EA’s FIFA, Need for Speed, and The Sims as well as TV shows such as Dexter, Nip/Tuck, and Weeds.

This video is special to Latin Bitman - aka DJ Bitman, aka José Antonio Bravo - as it was filmed in his hometown of Arica, Chile. Here's what he has to say about the video:

We wanted to really show the forgotten part of the city, the emptiness of the desert...a sort of Mad Max - the dust, the rust, and the passing of time. 

This whole production was done with the help of childhood friends, and it was a very memorable and personal experience for me. Having the opportunity to reunite with old friends, with the people who I share great memories and stories, it…

Afropunk meets Shakespeare Uptown in Antigone - Free in Marcus Garvey Park Harlem July 7 to 29 2018

From a release:

Antigone
Classical Theatre of Harlem
July 7 - July 29, 2018
Free and open to the public
• Directed by Carl Cofield
• The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park
• Tuesdays through Sundays - 8.30pm start

NEW YORK CITY - It's not just Central Park downtown where you will find high end Shakespeare al fresco. Join CTH for its sixth season of free theatre performances in Marcus Garvey Park, affectionately known as the 'Uptown Shakespeare in the Park'. CTH presents “Antigone,” inspired by the Afropunk movement and derived from the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

Back for its sixth season of FREE theater performances in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park, the company presents a work that showcases the strength and voices of audacious women responding to rigid societal inequities. This modernized play showcases ancient ideas that have taken center stage in the current climate: order, law, justice and marginalized voices confronting power and patriarchy.

Set in…

Country/Americana/Folk Maxwell James - Maxwell James (Independent Mar 22 2018)

Country/Americana/Folk
Maxwell James - Maxwell James
(Independent, Mar 22, 2018)
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Singer songwriter Maxwell James' eponymous debut EP is a high energy collection of songs that you could loosely put into the contemporary Americana slot. Maxwell is a native of Nashville, TN, where it sounds like he belongs.

His verison of country/Americana is infused with a funky rhythmic heart in Roll Down Your Window Slowly. It revolves around a driving beat, with an inventive sense of instrumentation and phrasing to add to the effect.

Feed My Evolution is slow yet relentless, with a rising and falling tension that drives the song. Growling guitars contrast with churchy organ chords. Maxwell's tenor has a nicely raspy edge that gives it character.
What can I say when I know that I'll be wrong? His lyrics are clever, giving country a poetic makeover with an ironic sense of humour in The More You Say; The Less I Know. The tracks offer a variety of styles and genres, includ…

whatdoesfreemean? by Catherine Filloux July 6 to 22 2018 at The Tank New York City

From a media release:

whatdoesfreemean?
by Catherine Filloux directed by Amy S. Green
with James Edward Becton*, Brenda Crawley, Justin Jorrell, Galway McCullough*, Liz Morgan*, and Lisa Strum* as Mary
Tickets are on sale online now

Only 12 performances!
LIMITED SEATING
July 6 - 22 at The Tank
312 West 36th Street, NYC

whatdoesfreemean? follows the journey of an African-American woman serving a long sentence for a non-violent drug offense. When Mary ends up in solitary confinement, she struggles to maintain her sanity. The play takes the audience into her psychic world. We travel alongside her self-guided intellectual and emotional journey into the nature of freedom, both physical and psychological, as Mary’s external and internal experiences unfold on stage in the present, in memory, and in the fantasies that help her survive.

whatdoesfreemean? is the latest work by award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux. It was developed with the support of Nora’s Playhouse, a theatre coll…