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Indigenous Futurism: STOiK - Pareidolia (Independent / April 9 2019)

Indigenous Futurism:
STOiK - Pareidolia
(Independent / April 9 2019)
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sto·ic (ˈstōik)

In 2042, Earth becomes uninhabitable and humans are forced to evacuate. Some refuse, most of them Indigenous, and move underground. Their descendants survive into the distant future, anchored by ancient knowledge and practice. It is in this future where we meet STOiK, a group of Indigenous artists & warriors led by Gidochige which translates in Anishinaabemowin to "He plays music."

This is Indigenous futurism - with ultra cool images to flesh out the scenario.
Indigenous Futurism is a phrase that was coined by writer Grace Dillon in her 2003 book Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction. It was inspired by the Afrofuturism movement, and becomes a thread that cuts across literature, music, visual arts, fashion, and other creative expression to blend the traditions of the past into a future where Indigenous peoples have a place on …

Coming to Toronto: Eifman Ballet in Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA May 9 to 11 2019

From a media release:

Coming to Toronto's Sony Centre:
Russian Ballet Auteur, Boris Eifman, Honours Musical Muse with Powerful Exploration of the Nature of Genius and the Price of Fame in
– Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA –
May 9 to 11 2019
Vibrant athleticism, nuanced physicality, and dramatic intensity take centre stage as the renowned Eifman Ballet brings the man behind the music to life

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TORONTO, ON — Show One Productions and TO Live proudly present Russia’s premier contemporary ballet company Eifman Ballet in Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA, on stage for three performances only, May 9–11, 2019, at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. This heart-rending choreographic love letter to the illustrious Russian composer implements Artistic Director Boris Eifman’s signature sublime theatricality, delving into the tormented psyche of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as he battles to reconcile his public persona with his inner demons.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased onlin…

Toronto Hotel/Restaurant News: The Broadview Hotel Café + Bar reimagines menu with French roots

From a media release:

Toronto Hotel/Restaurant News:
The Broadview Hotel Café + Bar reimagines menu with French roots
The Broadview Hotel introduces bistro inspired fare by celebrated Le Cordon Bleu alumnus

Toronto, ON (April 4, 2019) – The Broadview Hotel, east Toronto’s storied locale and celebrated venue, managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, introduces new menus to its uniquely vibrant Café + Bar. Offering fresh takes on breakfast, lunch and snacks, the delicious new additions are sure to sate. Leading Café + Bar’s reimagined menus is Executive Chef Richard Singh, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef who brings experience from a number the world’s finest kitchens, including Michelin-Starred restaurants Noma (Copenhagen), Alinea (Chicago), The Fat Duck (England) and Per-Se (New York).
Café + Bar’s soaring windows and light filled space make it the energetic heart of the hotel, and a perfect setting for enjoying the new lunch and dinner menu’s bright flavors inspired by France’s iconic bi…

Jazz Fusion: Joan Torres's All Is Fused - Revolution (Independent / 21 April 2019)

Jazz Fusion:
Joan Torres's All Is Fused - Revolution
(Independent / 21 April 2019)
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"When I set out to start All Is Fused I thought of a possible trajectory for our sound. I knew enough about my favorite artists to know that it was unlikely our sound would be fully developed by our first album. I started planning our phase 1 – the road it would take us to get closer to that sound. I believe Revolution to be the culmination of said phase 1."

Interesting, inventive, and highly original, Joan Torres's All Is Fused offers listeners an intriguing ride on Revolution, the fourth release for the San Francisco based ensemble.

Joan has added different bass guitars other than his tried and true Fender Jazz Bass for the instrumental release, and each track offers something different. Rebellion is appropriately named - a wild, high energy ride of rhythm, melody, and dissonance thrown in for good measure.

High Stakes sticks to a contemporary jazz mode, with Tor…

Designmuseo: Works by Designers Aamu Song and Johan Olin (COMPANY) Opens at Design Museum Helsinki April 5 to September 22 2019

From a media release:

Designmuseo
A Major Exhibition of Work by Designers Aamu Song and Johan Olin (COMPANY) to Open at Design Museum Helsinki
April 5 to September 22 2019
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Secret Universe (5 April – 22 September 2019), Design Museum’s main exhibition of the spring and summer season presents the work of Aamu Song and Johan Olin of the COMPANY design from over the past ten years. This is the first time their work in design is being displayed to this extent.

HELSINKI: Designers Aamu Song and Johan Olin work like explorers. They look for traditional crafts methods and manufacturing skills in different parts of the world and consider the ways in which they could be included in present-day material culture, social debate and discussion. It all  began in 2007, when the designers investigated what crafts objects were still being made in Finland. Together with master crafts practitioners, the designers created a collection of objects called Top Secrets of Finland. Their work involvin…

Folk/Rock Single: Y. Dan Rubinstein - Don't Break What You Cannot Fix (Independent / 29 March 2019)

Folk/Rock Single:
Y. Dan Rubinstein - Don't Break What You Cannot Fix
(Independent / 29 March 2019)
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In the spirit of a true folk artist, there's a focus on the poetry of the lyrics and the meaning of the song, the latest single from Los Altos, California based Y. Dan Rubinstein.

things that we never dreamed, plots that we'd only schemed
fibers woven to thread
you loved me when I needed it, the emptiness receded
welcome to this black widow web

Musically, it has a definite Latin-esque swing and melodic progression, with an insistent rhythm on the acoustic guitar. Rubinstein's vocals are suited to the folky singer songwriter genre, a raspy tenor that conveys the melancholy of the words.

One quibble: I'd turn the music up a half notch or so in the mix - it sounds too much like the vocals were recorded separately.
It was attending his five year old's violin lessons that inspired Rubinstein to take up music again after a long hiatus when work and fam…