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Solo exhibition: Gravity & Grace from sculptor Glen LeMesurier Nov 28 to Dec 28 2019 in Montreal

From a media release:

Solo exhibition:
Gravity & Grace from sculptor Glen LeMesurier
November 28 to December 28, 2019
4881, Boul. St-Laurent; Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm
28 November 28–December 28, 2019
Vernissage Thur. November 28, 5-10pm

Montreal, November 2019 – Lauded local sculptor Glen LeMesurier will be exhibiting his new creations in his solo exhibition, Gravity & Grace, from Thursday, November 28-December 28 at Galerie Grace, 4881 Boul. St-Laurent. The artist, an alchemist of metals, has once again played with and explored different textures and states of his favorite material. Along with current work from the past nine months, there will be many pieces from previous explorations in steel. The sculptor will be present throughout the month-long exhibition.
Here, we have gravity—parts of these works are heavy and challenge their weight against the vortices of space and time, and grace—the beauty of form, the melting of metal, and the poetry of space and time. Their presence refl…

Singer-Songwriter Danny Medakovic: The Years

Singer-Songwriter
Danny Medakovic
The Years
Pre-Order The CD+Songbook & Double-Vinyl Release

If you like your country/roots solid and well crafted, with layers of melody and catchy hooks, and a bonus songbook AND vinyl, Danny Medakovic's upcoming release is one that you'll want to get hold of.

Danny has built a career as a singer-songwriter whose lyrics are as down to earth as the blue collar Southern Ontario city he calls home. The project was inspired by a string of challenges and difficulties among his family and circle of friends - challenges that bring out universal emotions everyone can connect with.

There are 17 tracks on the album. King of the Jungle is a standout, a retro rocker with a country flair. There's a nicely understated organ swelling up underneath the guitar picking.

Carpe Diem is another interesting track - part country, part art rock, with a combination of acoustic and pedal guitar. Shake Hands With The Devil is a sad country ballad about Romeo Dal…

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival - Jan 19-20 & 26-27 2019

From a media release:

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival
Saturday to Sunday Jan 19-20, 2019
Saturday to Sunday Jan 26-27, 2019
Find Out More
Find Out About More Icewine Festival Fun Through January 2020

For two weekends in January, 2020, the Icewine Festival takes over historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, as part of the larger Niagara Icewine Festival that takes places over the whole winemaking region over the month of January.

It's a wonderful opportunity to sample great wines and food, and celebrate the season in style. Here are some of the signature events in Niagara-on-the-Lake:

SPARKLE AND ICE GALA
ROYAL CAMBRIDGE AT PRINCE OF WALES, NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
January 18, 8 pm to 11 pm
An Icewine Cocktail greets you as you enter the beautiful Royal Cambridge for an exquisite evening of culinary creations and live entertainment. Prepared by Signature Kitchen Chefs, VQA wines paired with an Icewine-inspired menu will tempt your taste buds. The evening ends with a fireworks display and icewine t…

Rockabilly Duo: Framus and Betty - New Horizon (Independent 2019)

Rockabilly Duo:
Famous and Betty - New Horizon
(Independent 2019)
Check It Out

If you like your blues rootsy, straight up and unvarnished, with a dash of punk and hillbilly rock, Famous & Betty have you covered on New Horizon, their 2019 release.

Famous Framus takes his moniker from the brand of guitar he plays (the logo is tattooed on his neck). Whether it's part of the legend or not, he coaxes a range of sounds from the instrument, from a growly rhythm to jangly chords and gorgeous bell tones.

He's an idiosyncratic songwriter, blending vintage hillbilly blues with avant garde expressionism, and lyrics that take blues into the existential territory. On the drums, Betty Bomb is bombastic - the perfect foil to Famous' dramatic lyrics and tempo-bending delivery.

The tracks are short and sweet, each built around a guitar hook - natch - with variations in approach that keep it interesting. Gone Blues showcases Betty's solid work on the drum kit against a minimalist cho…

Gladstone Hotel Toronto: Fall In Love With Deals November 15 to 30 2019

From the Gladstone Hotel:
Fall in love with Toronto
Get a deal November 15 to 30, 2019
Don't we look good in fall colours? Take in our city's favourite season with a November city escape (or staycation!) in Toronto. We've put together tons of things to keep you busy this month including art exhibitions, fairs and festivals as well as our favourite places to grab a bite along the way!
Book between November 15-30 directly on our website & get 20% off, plus breakfast vouchers and a complimentary welcome cocktail to get the autumn party started.

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While you're there, check out the Toronto Biennial of Art - a new international contemporary visual arts festival hosting events as culturally connected and diverse as the city itself. Throughout the Biennial, Toronto and the GTA will be transformed by exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time. In an effort to make contemporary art availab…

Review: ProArteDanza - The 9th! Makes Exciting Dance From Beethoven's Symphony

Review:
ProArteDanza - The 9th!
Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto
November 8, 2019
Dancers: Taylor Bojanowsk, Ryan Lee, Sasha Ludavicius, Daniel McArthur, Victoria Mehaffey, Connor Mitton, Jake Poloz, Kelly Shaw.

One More Chance To See It Tonight

In casual wear costumes, with a minimalist stage set, the focus is all on the dancers as they create a fascinating tableau of movement out of Beethoven's symphony in ProArteDanza's The 9th! 
Campanella uses a very modern choreographic language to explore Beethoven's 9th Symphony, with an intriguing dramatic undertone to the movements. At times agitated or combative, searching and connecting, the dancers weave on and off-stage, in and out of patterns together and as soloists. It creates a rich fabric of movement through the four movements of the symphony.

His interpretation of the emotional Romanticism of Beethoven is thoughtful, leaving the most dramatic moment of the music as more contemplative, and playing with the ebb and flow of tensio…

Cindy Sherman At The Vancouver Art Gallery October 26 2019 to March 8 2020

From a media release:

Cindy Sherman's First Major Canadian Retrospective in Twenty Years
The Vancouver Art Gallery
October 26, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Check It Out

Vancouver, BC –  Featuring 170 works by the American artist known for her conceptual portraits, this exhibition focuses on Sherman’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion. Organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, it is the first retrospective of Sherman’s work in Canada in twenty years.
Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases a selection from every major photographic series the artist has produced, from the early Untitled Film Stills of the 1970s, through to her newest Untitled #602 created in 2019, which highlights the artist’s consistent engagement with the fashion industry. Exploring the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of he…

Reggae from Texas: Micah Shalom - New Single “Peace, Rights, Love” Is Out Now

From a media release:

Reggae from Texas:
Micah Shalom - New Single “Peace, Rights, Love” Is Out Now
Micah Shalom is proud to announce his latest single “Peace, Rights, Love” which is out now. The established artist is one of the leading Reggae outfits in Texas bringing both conscious roots and danceability to the mix.

Back in 2007 in Gainesville, FL, Micah Shalom formed a band of ska, reggae, and world musicians to play his brand of original and cover music from these genres. The Micah Shalom crew now resides in Austin TX with a cast of diverse musical backgrounds from Latin to Ska to Afrobeat to Reggae.

Backing artists such as Cedric IM Brooks and Kevin Batchelor of The Skatalites, and Grammy Award Winner Calton Coffie of Inner Circle, The Micah Shalom crew cut their teeth learning to play Jamaican reggae and ska, traveling with Calton Coffie to perform in Jamaica and playing a number of shows in the US with Cedric IM Brooks and Kevin Batchelor. Micah Shalom will be celebrating the re…

Guitar Rock | Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds Independent: May 31, 2019

Guitar Rock
Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds
Independent: May 31, 2019
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With tight musicians and intriguing lyrics, Happy Freuds delivers high energy guitar rock with stylistic flair on Echo Of Sounds, their debut release. Produced with a minimum of overdubs or fixes, the album consists of a mix of original material, rearrangements of works from others and selected, less known, classic rock.

A kinetic rhythm section is the bones of the music, offering interesting patterns that augment sometimes unexpected harmonic changes. It's brainy rock, in other words, meant for music lovers who can appreciate the quality. Teo's vocals are raspy and expressive, growly when necessary - perfect for the musical mode. Teo also covers lead guitar, adapt at ear worm leads, with a tone that can be clean or dirty as required

Their sound ranges from straight up hard rock in tracks like The Mountain to the pop-flavoured acoustic Background Noise and folky To …