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Fandom Online - HOMECON: 2nd Edition May 16-17 2020

From a media release:

HOMECON: 2nd Edition
May 16-17, 2020 
HOMECON, the Virtual Fan Experience that Became a Six-Continent Unprecedented Success, Returns.
PANELS: Orphan Black, Vikings, The 100, Heroes, and Wynonna Earp

Toronto. Thursday, April 30, 2020. Following in the footsteps of a wildly successful inaugural launch, HOMECON: 2nd Edition takes place on Saturday, May 16 - Sunday, May 17 with more panels, more 1-on-1 Zoom chats, more HOMECON merch, and the new innovation for bashful fans, the group-on-1 interviews for $40 (holds up to 10 people chatting with one actor). HOMECON deconstructs the fan experience at conventions and transcends that design, adding the ease of accessibility that is the difference between just attending and really participating.

Headlining HOMECON: 2nd Edition will be these exhilarating panels. Check out for new guests as they are added.

*Orphan Black Panel: Featuring Emmy-winning and Golden Globe nominee, Tatiana Maslany (Stronger).

New Wave Redux: Matt Lande - Don't You (Forget About Me) (Independent / March 6, 2020)

New Wave Redux:
Matt Lande - Don't You (Forget About Me)
(Independent / March 6, 2020)
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Simple Minds' Don't You (Forget About Me) is an iconic hit for many who grew up (or loved) the 19080s. Portland-based Matt Lande has released a cover as a tribute to his love of the music of that era.

Lande's version is more guitar-heavy, with the same kind of soft and soaring vocals that made the original a monster hit. The synth part is less prominent, giving it a spacier, more modern gloss.

Matt had this to say about the cover in a media release:

"I love New Wave music and "Don't You (Forget About Me)" is such a great song from that time...lots of nostalgia there. It's been exciting to break from doing my original music and become immersed in the 80's for this project. I really dug into this song with a goal of reproducing the fantastic original vibe that it had, while giving it my own personal touch as well. I hope you enjoy my take…

Nu Pop/Nu Soul Ava Cherry Returns With 'Testify Love' (Wake Up! Music - March 27, 2020)

Nu Pop/Nu Soul
Ava Cherry Returns With 'Testify Love'
(Wake Up! Music - March 27, 2020) 
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If you like classic Chicago house-disco vibe updated for the 21st century, you'll find yourself dancing to Ava Cherry's Testify Love. The lyrics are positive and empowering, and the beat is relentless.

Chicago based Ava Cherry has a long history in the music business. From 1974 to 1978, she was one of David Bowie's back-up vocalists, both live and in the studio - including on his classic album Young Americans. She later returned to Chicago, where she signed with Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label, where she wrote/co-wrote and released a series of solo albums. She sang backing vocals with Luther Vandross in the mid-1980s while continuing to release solo records.

Ava recently signed with Pepper Gomez's Chicago-Miami based record label Wake Up! Music and this single is her first release with them. It's an ear worm track that you'll find yourself hu…

#QuarantineLife: Stay-At-Home Cinema From TIFF & Crave

From a media release:

Festival Films
From TIFF & Crave
The Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian streaming service Crave have teamed up to bring viewers their film festival fixes while we're all stuck at home — including special guests and interviews in real time.

Stay-at-Home Cinema
We want to share the magic of filmgoing together while we watch from home. With this in mind, TIFF has curated a series from Crave’s extensive selection of titles, accompanied by conversations with special guests via Instagram. Ask questions and share your thoughts @TIFF_NET.

We — and a few thousand friends — will be watching with you.

Upcoming Events
Toronto International Film Festival Stay-at-Home Cinema, screening on Crave, shares the magic of filmgoing, together at home.

During every film, follow along on Twitter with #TIFFAtHome.

ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch — Wednesday, April 22

On National Canadian Film Day and Earth Day, join us at 7pm EDT for an Instagram Live (@tif…

#traveltomorrow Explore The Czech Republic Virtually

From a media release:

Explore The Czech Republic Virtually
Right now, it's important to stay home and stay safe. But, while you're on the couch, you can visit some of the Czech Republic's most celebrated sights and via your computer screen.

All you need for an aerial exploration of seven Czech destinations is an internet connection and a bit of curiosity. Click through to the video, press play, and use the buttons in the upper-left corner of the video to turn your gaze  in any direction, as if you were there in person.

Bustling city streets of Prague
Kayaking and castles in Český Krumlov
Natural beauty of Moravian Karst, Punkva caves
Expansive elegance of the Lednice Chateau and gardens
Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary
Hiking the hills of Hřensko, Bohemian Switzerland
Following the Royal Route through Prague

There are even more ways to explore the Czech Republic and it's culture while we all stay at home.

Start planning your f…

#traveltomorrow Castles And Palaces You Can Explore From Your Couch

Castles And Palaces
You Can Explore From Your Couch
The travel and tourism industry has practically grounded to a halt within a few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn't mean we stop dreaming...

While we're all stuck indoors, you can experience some of the world's most breathtaking castles and palaces from your living room.
Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany Walt Disney based his Cinderella castle on this impossibly ornate fairy tale castle in the 19th century Romanesque Revival style. Perched on the top of a steep hill in the village of Hohenschwangau, Bavaria. They didn't call Ludwig II of Bavaria "Mad Ludwig" for nothing - the sheer mania that must have been behind the construction of a palace in that location must have been formidable.
Ludwig, aka the Swan King or der Märchenkönig ("the Fairy Tale King"), Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia, drained his personal fortune …

Indie Film: Still Time To Get In On 7 Days Of Cinema From Filmatique

From a media release:

7 Days of Cinema, Day 4
It Felt Like Love

Stream It Free Today

There's still time to get in on 7 Days of Cinema at Filmatique. Today's offering is It Felt Like Love.

During a long, languorous summer in South Brooklyn, teenage Lila hangs with her best friend Chiara and her new boyfriend, their constant intimacy a constant reminder that she is alone.  When Lila meets Sammy, she becomes determined to prove that she too can be an object of desire.

After her sultry, evocative Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman's newest film Never Rarely Sometimes Always premiered at this year's Berlinale, where it won the Grand Jury Prize.  A haunting portrait of female adolescence, Hittman's debut feature It Felt Like Love was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.