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From Nacional Records: Some Jams For Your COVID-19 Quarantine Listening

A message from our friends at Nacional Records:

Time to listen to more music at home🏡🎶
Music for the COVID-19 quarantine

Nacional Records would like to send a message of health and calm during this time of uncertainty. As COVID-19 holds the world in temporary stand-still we would like to start off our newsletter with a message of kindness, support, and some music to get you through!

Thanks in advance for your continued support of indie music in media and on the radio. The world needs music more than ever right now and the music industry (especially the indie world), needs your support to make it through what is going to be a bumpy ride for the entertainment industry and the world in general.

Elbow bumps and namaste prayer hands greetings to all! 🙏

Self-quarantine Dance Party Jam  🕺
Cheo "No Quiero Ser Tu Amigo" 

The song tells the story of being "friend-zoned" after a few dates  (because her boyfriend (!?) - oops she forgot to mention him - is moving to town - one of our favorite song backstories of late), all set to a groovy disco vibe. The song is the perfect jam to inspire a spontaneous dance party at home. (Backstory update - she's no longer with the boyfriend
and she and Cheo are still friends).

Listen to "No Quiero Ser Tu Amigo"

Chill at Home While Imagining 
Tropical Island Getaway Jams: 
Pacha Massive New Album "Normal" 🏝🍹 

Who's not a little low-key stressed right now with the news?  Pacha Massive's new album "Normal" gives us super chill, sexy, tropical island vacay vibes just in time to relax and take us away while sitting at home.

Focus track is "Veneno" ft Gabriel. Gabriel has a who’s who of tropical artists among his previous collaborations including Olga Tañon, Elvis Crespo, Juan Luis Guerra, among many others.   The song is already climbing up the Dominican Republic's radio charts!

“Veneno” sets a sexy, sultry mood with Pacha’s signature electro-laced Carribbean-tinged groove.

Listen to "Normal"

Watch the Video for "Normal"

Let Loose and Have Some Ska Fun Jams: 
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Greatest Hits 
"Tokyo Ska Treasures" OUT MARCH 18TH!

Listen to "Tokyo Ska Treasures" here

Cabin fever yet?  Turn up the volume and get loco with Tokyo Ska Treasures - a greatest hits (47 remastered tracks!) compilation for jumping up and down and getting weird with TSPO's signature Tokyo-infused ska sound featuring influences of jazz, pop, swing and latin. TSPO are currently touring in celebration of their 30th anniversary and recently won Mexico's prestigious Luna del Auditorio award for their explosive live show.


What Else Is Hot This Week?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

From a media release:


New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

So You Can't Go:
Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

Blues/Rock: The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now? (Independent / 24 July 2020)

The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now?
(Independent / 24 July 2020) Buy the CD Big vocals and infectious grooves make up this release from The Cole Patenaude Band. It's modern blues with a classic sensibility, anchored by solid musicianship and upbeat songwriting. 
Keyboard player Dean Thiessen and Patenaude on guitar trade off solos and melodic lines to keep it interesting through a range of bluesy style, incorporating rock and country, with a pop song sheen on songs like For the Money. Would You Be Mine is more Elvis-esque rockabilly, while How To Love is an acoustic song with folky storytelling lyrics and feel. 
Compromise is a standout track, with a snarly guitar line and a churchy organ swelling underneath a nice bluesy beat. Horns aren't credited in the notes, but I swear I heard some on this and a couple of the other tracks. 
As a husband, father, and full-time mechanic based in Langley, British Columbia, finding the time to make his music was a challenge…