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British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, ‘Standards’

In Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2017 at 11:01 AM
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British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, ‘Standards’ – combining his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written.

I’m so delighted to announce that my brand new album, Standards, is out November 10th. This is the album I have always wanted to make. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream.

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It was a true honour to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favourite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.

Seal’s new album brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present, and his signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra(such as Luck Be A LadyI’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You).

Available on CD, Deluxe Signed CD, and Vinyl, ‘Standards’ is available to pre order now. ‘Standards’ is also available to pre order, stream, and download here.

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In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars. His new album is full of musical gems which glisten when brought to life with his stunning voice.
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In Writing (all kinds) on August 3, 2017 at 3:00 AM

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre – Upcoming July Events

In Writing (all kinds) on July 21, 2017 at 6:09 PM
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UPCOMING JULY EVENTS

Blackhurst Gallery Exhibition

THE ART OF CARNIVAL

“THE ART OF CARNIVAL”, is the first annual Art exhibition presented by the Festival Management Committee of Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival, celebrating 50 years of Carnival in the City of Toronto. This is a unique opportunity to view artwork by Kenrick Ayow, Rosslyn Berot-Burns, Daryl Chang, Georgia Fullerton, Ian Grant and Jennylynd James, all artists of Caribbean descent. The exhibit reflects the multifaceted Caribbean culture in Toronto and will encourage dialogue while celebrating the importance of our creative artists.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular A Different Booklist Cultural Centre hours Monday – Saturday.

Contact: 416 901 7720.

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Live It Wear It Pop Up Photo Shoot

July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 5:00pm

In collaboration with A Different Booklist, LIWI68 is pleased to have created the design for the 5th annual Freedom Underground Train ride happening on July 31, 2017. Participants in this years’ event can pre-order this memorable t-shirt online and pick it up at LIWI68’s annual customer appreciation happening this year on July 23 at 779 Bathurst Street Toronto Ontario.

LIWI68 is once again, proud and humbled to be involved in such a special event created for the community and by the community.

Like always, this event is to acknowledge and thank all of the wonderful people that have and continue to support the LIWI brand and movement.

Selected t-shirts will be available for purchase at a discounted rate along with the new 2017 Freedom Train shirt. Limited shirts and sizes will be available for purchase in advance online or by pre-order so that those who want to participate in the photo shoot can have the opportunity to secure their spot.

Please send all pre-orders to adbcc777@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Book Launch

Greetings, Leroy

With author Itah Sadu and illustrator Alix Delinois

July 27, 2017 6:00pm – 8:30pm

5th Annual Underground Freedom Train

July 31, 2017

Assembly 10:45 PM (SHARP)

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

779 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON

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Toronto African Film & Music Festival

In Writing (all kinds) on July 1, 2017 at 5:07 PM

The Toronto African Film & Music Festival will be taking place from August 24, 2017, to August 26, 2017, at the Kingsway Community Life Centre at 186 Spadina Avenue. The opening film is an Egyptian film which is celebrating 100 years this year. The festival is looking for sponsorship. When you sponsor $250.00 CAD or more, you will receive five free passes to attend the festival which is savings of 60% on your sponsorship donation. Come celebrate the films, music, and fashion of African continent and all the diversity of Africa.

For more information, here is the website: http://torontoafricanfilmmusicfest.com/

For more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact me, Donna Kakonge, Festival Director at donna@torontoafricanfilmmusicfest.com

 

Sonny Black

In Beauty, Contact Information, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 29, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Sonny Black

returns with two more essential  jammys!

PARTY GIRL

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Because ALL One Needs is Music – Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There

In Culture, Entertainment, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 16, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Does a Review of Todd Hayes

Brikena Ribaj Does a Review of Todd Hayes

By Brikena Ribaj

I don’t think one chooses music. I truly believe it chooses one. I was asked recently why I’m such a fan of indie music. I remember saying something like, ‘well, I suppose I was born that way. Or something. It’s one of those truths, you know? You just know it. Sort of like knowing your name, you just do, you know?’ The awkward-sounding answer made full sense to me. Can’t say the same for my interlocutor.

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Pet Shop Boys and Nietsche?!?!

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Comments on the Pet Shop Boys

Brikena Ribaj Comments on the Pet Shop Boys

By Brikena Ribaj

I often refer to the music-loving Socrates as Nietzsche portrays him in his work Birth of Tragedy. Music is the best form of language, per Socrates. And I concur fully not just because it is Socrates’ attitude per Nietzsche but because I happen to share the same attitude experientially. So, those who get mad over not getting showered with attention when music is playing an active part in the discourse need to, well, find other ways to cope.

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Franz Ferdinand Concert Report

In Culture, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on November 16, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Franz Ferdinand Concert - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

Franz Ferdinand Concert - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

Franz Ferdinand is on tour promoting their new album Tonight with Franz Ferdinand. We saw them in concert last night and I am happy to report that they delivered. They performed for one and a half hours and the energy of the band was in harmonious synch with that of the crowd.

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Taylor Swift?! Uh-huh!

In Beauty, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on November 12, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Brikena Ribaj Rocks to Taylor Swift

Brikena Ribaj Rocks to Taylor Swift

By Brikena Ribaj

Today I rocked to country.

Yes. I did.

I rocked to country music.

The reason I say this twice is because, well, for lack of a better phrase, I don’t do country. I don’t know why. I just can’t. I am not attracted to it. I never was. While I’m sure that country music feeds many people, it doesn’t manage to feed me in any way. Not even with carbs. It’s a preference issue, you see. For example, I love Verdi, Wagner, Beethoven, and Mozart but I don’t care for Schumann. I love Indie rock but basically everything about Grunge bothers me. And, yes, Nirvana is an exception. Kurt Cobain is bigger than any genre. And I loved him. Very much. I still do. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” continues to be a high-frequency track. It’s not grunge, it’s classic. So there are exceptions within certain genres, of course.

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E Reece & Core Elements

In Culture, Entertainment, Events, Music, Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Elevated Mental Recordings

E REECE & Core Elements

WHAT YOU NEED

(Produced by Brian Boland)

ALBUM: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/ze9zuz

INST: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/dty7by

VIDEO LINK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS72m24Zr7c

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Audio Downloads Now Available on e-Store

In book reviews, Business, Radio Podcasts, Uncategorized on March 10, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Spiderwomen Audio Stories – the Matoke Collection is available on CD Baby

Donna Kay Kakonge | Spiderwomon Audio Stories - The Matoke Collection

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Check Out The Stevedores!!!!!!

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Kid Cudi on Jimmy Kimmel, Indicud Preorder + Ariana Grande Premieres “The Way” + More!‏

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Hometown Love for RDGLDGRN

The hometown paper’s got love for the home team. Read what the Washington Post had to say aboutRDGLDGRN here . And buy their EP here.

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NEW VIDEO: Jay Sean “Where Are You”

Looks like Jay Sean is looking for love!

Get your copy of “Where Are You” here.

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Ghost B.C. + Metal Maniac Italy

Good food, good wine and good metal. The Italians are where it’s at.

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FREE JAMES BLAKE

There’s a new James Blake track making the rounds and it’s free!

The mighty James Blake has broken off yet another piece from his upcoming sophomore LP, Overgrown, due out April 8th via Republic…As Pigeons and Planespoints out, Amazon is offering a free download of the closing track, “Our Love Comes Back”.  – Consequence of Sound

Blake has shared a live recording of album closer “Our Love Comes Back,” and it’s…Read More

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“MUSIC FOR NEWTOWN” LIVE ONLINE AUCTION ENDS TONIGHT!

Extending a helping hand in the aftermath of the devastating Newtown tragedy last December,REPUBLIC RECORDS is sponsoring the ” Music For Newtown auction. Numerous artists have donated special limited-edition items to the cause, and all proceeds will benefit the “Sandy Hook School Support Fund,” which will support the long-term recovery needs of the Newtown community.

Items include two tickets to see Tim McGraw on June 30 in New Jersey, autographed guitars from The Eagles and 3 Doors Down, signed Jack Johnson Vinyl, signed Colbie Caillat songbooks, CDs, a comic book, and another guitar. Also up for auction are a signed …Read More

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VIDEO: Ariana Grande “The Way” feat. Mac Miller

Ariana Grande delivers the perfect song for a brand new romance along with a super fun video. We love #theway she makes us feel!!

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Angel Haze vs Nardwuar

Nardwuar caught up with Angel Haze at SXSW last week where he asked her about everything from books on record to Mary Mary to Chipotle.

It was a wild dance-off of wits.

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FIRST LOOK: Soundgarden “Live From the Artists Den”

We’re getting closer to the premiere of Soundgarden‘s appearance on “Live from the Artists Den!” In anticipation, a “first look” is making the rounds:

Enjoy a first glimpse of Soundgarden’s upcoming episode of Live from the Artists Den. Filmed on a warm February night at the historic Wiltern in Los Angeles, the episode documents the conclusion of legendary Seattle rock band Soundgarden’s sold-out winter tour in support of King Animal, the band’s first studio album in over 16 years. In front of a rapturous crowd, Soundgarden interwove brand new songs with classics, radio hits, and rarities never before performed for a …Read More

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RDGLDGRN + Jimmy Kimmel Live

RDGLDGRN made their television debut this week, performing two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“I Love Lamp”

“Million Fans”

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Avicii

His government name is Tim Bergling but millions of EDM fans call him Avicii . Born in Stockholm this master of the turntables, producer and remixer got his break while still a teenager (homeboy is still only 23!) and he’s rocked the party (or make that parties) from Ibiza to Sundance. He’s the first DJ to headline NYC’s Radio City Musical Hall and is a global ambassador for the exploding EDM scene. Oh. Avicii is not only nice on the wheels of steel but he models.

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Cimorelli Harlem Shake + New Videos from James Blake, C2C, Rhye & More…‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 3, 2013 at 3:00 AM

THE CIMORELLI SHAKE

 

With six sisters, a few brothers and a bunch of friends, the girls of Cimorelli could very well have created their very own dance. But here, they take on the latest internet craze: The Harlem Shake.

Can you guess who’s who?

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RHYE AT THE BOILER ROOM IN L.A.

Perez Hiltons headline says it all: Rhye  Makes Staggeringly Beautiful Live Music At The Boiler Room!

Catch the 20+ minute set here:

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C2C PERFORM “DOWN THE ROAD” LIVE

 You’ve heard it in the Dr. Pepper  commercial and now you can see how it’s actually done. C2Cthe legendary French DJ band and 4x  World DMC Champions, perform “Down The Road” live using their  turntables as instruments.

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THE ROYAL CONCEPT TAKE ON 


DAFT PUNK’S “DIGITAL LOVE”

THE ROYAL CONCEPT  are taking on Daft Punk. With a brand new cover, the Swedish lads add their patented rock ‘n’ roll swing to the legendary French electro duo’s classic from  Discovery“Digital Love.” Check out the video here , and snag the track via The Royal Concept’s Soundcloud page.

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Support Music Education at Your Local School! $100,000 in Prizes to be Awarded!‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 3, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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Long & McQuade’s Music Education Celebration Contest
$100,000 in prizes to be awarded.

2 Ways for the School to Enter
Submit a photo of your music group displaying Long & McQuade’s logo, or send us an audio clip of your musical group playing or singing a piece of your choosing (one entry per school.)

First 250 pictures will receive a free $100 L&M gift card. First 300 audio submissions will receive a free $200 gift card.

We will randomly draw 2 bonus $1500 L&M gift cards from the list of authorized photo submissions and 4 bonus $3000 L&M gift cards from the list of authorized audio submissions.

In order to qualify for the bonus gift card draw, Long & McQuade must be granted permission to use the picture or audio submission for promotional purposes.

Get your local school involved. Help Long & McQuade support music education in Canada.

To register, please click here: http://www.long-mcquade.com/promos/web/Contest2012/register.php

Contest runs until February 28, 2013.

J. P. Saxe Performing Beyoncé – Love on Top

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Enjoy Long & McQuade’s Boxing Week Bargains!‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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From December 26th* to 31st, enjoy great savings on select guitars, basses, synthesizers, microphones, drumsets, accessories and more!  (*27th in the Maritimes and in Montreal.)

And until December 31st, don’t pay for 90 days! Put 0 down, make 0 payments and pay 0 interest for 90 days on everything in the store. See store for details. In-store offer only.

And don’t forget – We Rent What You Need for New Year’s!
We have what you need to get your New Year’s party started! Whether, it’s a pro PA system for a club, a digital piano for your private get-together, or a second guitar for your December 31st gig, we rent what you need for New Year’s. Ask about our daily, weekly and monthly rental rates, or check out our rates online.

Tiesto and (RED) set the world alight as fans around the globe DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 9, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Global dance community mobilized for the very first time via livestream to join the fight against AIDS

 

MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 1, 2012 /CNW/ – International DJ and dance music pioneer, Tiesto, together with (RED) and some of the world’s biggest dance artists, tonight celebrated World AIDS Day with a truly unique one-off music event. Playing exclusive sets live-streamed from the Stereosonic Music Festival in Melbourne via YouTube, the event saw the global dance community loudly join the fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION by 2015. Alongside DJs including Avicii, Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, Martin Solveig and many more, Tiesto played to a capacity crowd as he celebrated his exclusive compilation album, DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES, rocketing to No.1 in iTunes dance charts around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Beautiful World by Hope Roberts

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Music

In Culture, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Cover Art for Listening to Music By Donna Kakonge – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Listening to Music

By Nick Goodwin

My best writing is done while listening to music. Music is my vice and my motivation. My parents are the reason why I love music so much. They used to take us on car trips when we were young. Every car ride with my dad we would listen to music on the radio or tapes. He would ask “Who’s this?” to quiz us and we would listen even more carefully to try and figure out who the artist is.

 

My mom isn’t the family expert on music but she’s pretty good. I’m sure my dad has helped her a lot with her musical index, as he is most definitely the one with the extensive knowledge of many different genres and artists.

When my mom was pregnant I think my parents spent a lot of time playing Bob Marley to make sure I was a relaxed and healthy child. I can remember being not much older than 7 and running and jumping off of a stool in the family room, rocking out to music while my parents would try and vacuum and clean up. We would pretend to air guitar and anything we did pretty much have a soundtrack. Wherever my Dad goes he has a radio. There is so much variety out there these days that we are all very blessed to live in this day and age. To be able to experience the amazing sounds of such legendary musicians is very incredible.

Music makes my world go around. I am open to every genre. I do not discriminate but I do prefer classic rock, folk music, and hip-hop.

To find out more about music, Donna Kakonge has a book called Listening to Music that can be bought at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Sit Down Tracy

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Writing (all kinds) on July 15, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Listening to Music

Kirk Verner
February 24th/2010

Calling all Canadian music gurus! Calling all couch potatoes who are feed-up with boring, mundane bands from Toronto! Calling those who “think” they know what is hip and fresh, but truly have no idea due to their pop-culture brainwashing…extra detergent! I’m talking about a band that, in my eyes…I should say ears, will be soon taking over the airwaves and the Junos in the very near future. I classify them as a well-measured blend of Tegan and Sara, Hank Williams (the cool one…the original), and the White Stripes; they call themselves SIT DOWN TRACY!

The self-proclaimed indie/country/rock band, SIT DOWN TRACY, hailing from chilly Winnipeg, Manitoba, has recently commenced a tour, their very first, promoting their freshly press debut album, “Roaring Noon”.

The album is bound to perk an eardrum or two. The simply mesmerizing voice of lead singer and guitarist, Janelle Mailhot, is what will initially draw you to this band. The solid, steadfast rhythm section clashing with frolicking fingers on wooden fretboards is what will keep you tuned in until the last note of the last song on “Roaring Noon” is struck; did I mention that they also have an accordion player!
SIT DOWN TRACY is still just another unsigned Canadian band, but with a little exposure and some recognition, they are bound for success. The adventure starts tonight in Thunder Bay and will continue on through Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and many more communities not knowing yet what is on the way!

SIT DOWN TRACY will be in Toronto, at Rancho Relaxo, on February 28th at 8pm and again on March 6th at the Poor Alex, again at 8pm. If you’re not from the Toronto area, go check out the band’s Myspace page for show listings in Southern Ontario and Quebec.

So, forget about wasting your money on the latest ring-tones and go support something Canadian already! I’ll see you all at the Toronto shows!

Music Africa’s BHM FREE Concert Series 2012‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Religion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 1, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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MUSIC AFRICA & Gladstone World celebrate Black History Month every Friday night throughout February with a series of FREE concerts. Featuring some of the top African artists living and working in the city. Music Africa, presenters of AFROFEST, is a community organization dedicated to promoting African music and culture. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto!

FREE at the Gladstone Melody Bar, every Friday from 9 to 11 p.m.

Fojeba – February 03, 2012.

Fojeba Afropop guitarist, video producer, bandleader and singer-songwriter, Fojeba has been playing the guitar ever since he was 13 years old. In Cameroon, he played with the group “Orchestre du College Jeanne d’Arc” in 1981. Currently based in Toronto, Fojeba has been in the Canadian music scene for about seven years and his musical repertoire is made up of various music styles including Makossa, Zouk, Ngwa and Pop and lyrics is written in Bamileke, French, Lingala, and English.

Fojeba has performed for Afrofest, Toronto African dance festival, Banayafrika festival, Canada Day, and many other high profile events. He is currently promoting his latest CD “A la queue leu leu” which appeals to both Canadian and American markets.

Sonia Aimy – February 10, 2012

With a velvety voice comparable to the greats, Nigerian-born songwriter, singer and actress Sonia Aimy is the quintessential virtuoso of world music. Her CD “Mother” brilliantly evokes highlife, afrobeat, jazz and the call-and-response of African griot tradition; her style is effortless “afro jazz”. Fluent in English, Italian, French and several African languages, Sonia relishes Toronto’s diversity, which, already knee-deep in African music, will be much richer when she takes the stage on Canada Day! The multi-talented Aimy has also starred in several Italian films. Aimy’s work in the media includes writing, directing and presenting multicultural programmes for radio. Aimy’s music career started when she was in her teens, singing at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benin City, Nigeria. She developed an interest in folk, traditional music, and storytelling. She later enrolled in the Esigie Cultural Group to pursue further education in traditional music and dance. When she came to Italy she studied jazz music and interpretation as well as theatre arts. This extra music education, as well as practice through performances, has allowed Aimy to craft a sound solely her own which is a beautiful amalgam of folk, afro-pop, and jazz.

Sonia Aimy will be backed by a lineup of some of Toronto’s foremost African players including guitarist Pa Joe, bassist Ebenezer Agyekum, keyboardist Suleiman Juma and Kwame on drums.

Kush Ensemble Feat. Daniel Nebiat – February 17, 2012

Waleed Abdulhamid is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer, educator, filmmaker and humanitarian. Since 1992, he has wowed Toronto audiences with his tremendous artistic versatility and social impact work, most recently taking home the 2011 New Pioneer Award for the Arts. A resident artist at the Young Center, Waleed also sits on several grant-reviewing juries for Canadian Art Councils, appears often in Canadian festivals and has played, toured and recorded with dozens of artists, composers, and bands in the areas of reggae, hip hop, R&B & jazz. He has taught at numerous schools throughout the GTA, including the University of Toronto. He has written, composed and produced music for several TV shows. His internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary Let’s Find Away has been used to raise funds for Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, OXFAM, UNICEF, CIDA, & the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Waleed will be accompanied by Daniel Nebiat on February 17, 2012. Born and raised in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, Daniel Nebiat picked up the krar (a five or six-stringed instrument from Ethiopia and Eritrea) at an early age, performing traditional songs and singing in his language, Tigrigna.
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n Canada since 1996, Nebiat’s career had been focused on community celebrations, weddings, festivals and nightclub performances of both popular and traditional Eritrean music. In 2006, Nebiat performed at the Glenn Gould Studio for CBC’s Onstage, at the “Horn of Africa ” concert. He has participated at Afrofest, Afrikadey, Eritrean Cultural Day and Bana y’ Afrique festivals. Nebiat opened for Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Harbourfront Centre in 2007. The same year, he earned the distinction of being the first African artist showcased in Wavelength, the legendary launchpad for Toronto’s indie music scene. Nebiat’s first CD “Hakimey” was released in August 2008; and features original and traditional Eritrean songs.

Young Stars Night – February 24, 2012

Yusra Khogali (Sudan) – Poet, Spoken word Artist
Run’s T (Nigeria) – Musician, Hip Life
Quabena Maphia (Ghana) – Afro Jazz
Concept Books(Toronto) – RapJae Baz (Nigeria) – Hip Life

The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (One block east of Dufferin): (416) 531-4635

Also at the Gladstone in February:

Wed. 22- presents Blue Black Music presents – OH SO BEAUTIFUL AUDITION showcase with a tribute to Curtis Mayfield –Melody bar 8pm- free

Thurs. 23- Gladstone World presents – NJACKO BACKO & Kalimba Kalimba- melody bar 9pm -free –

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.

For more information call 416-469-5336, reply to this e-mail, contact info@musicafrica.org

Madonna’s Second Hard Candy Fitness Center Now Open for Workouts in Moscow

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Madonna’s Second Hard Candy Fitness Center Now Open for Workouts in Moscow

Madonna to Visit Club in 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2011 /CNW/ – Madonna in partnership with her manager Guy Oseary and Mark Mastrov, Chairman of New Evolution Ventures (NeV), announced their second Hard Candy Fitness Center in Moscow is now open for workouts. The beautifully designed, four-floor, 35,000 square foot facility near the Red Square, plans to host Madonna for a visit in 2012. The Hard Candy Fitness Center in Russia is operated by Irina Razumova, founder of the well known Russian chain Planet Fitness. The opening of this latest facility follows the one-year anniversary of the Hard Candy Fitness Center in Mexico City.

Hard Candy Fitness Moscow has state of the art equipment, an exclusive curriculum along with Mind Body Studio including the Great Wall, a Bike Studio, a Juice Bar/Cafe, lavish locker rooms and a 25 meter-long pool. Members will have the very best in innovative fitness programming including traditional classes, the newest trends in Yoga and original classes designed specifically for Hard Candy Fitness.

The design and programming of the Hard Candy Fitness Centers are inspired by Madonna’s vision and commitment to fitness. Members will experience this first hand with signature Addicted to Sweat classes, featuring movements exclusively designed by the pop icon and her dance team. The Addicted to Sweat Cardio Dance and Jaw Breaker classes were inspired by the same choreography and toning exercises used in Madonna’s personal fitness regime.

The facility contains more than 100 pieces of strength equipment / free weights with the best functional training accessories from Precor, Hoist, Free Motion, Concept and TRX suspension training. Hard Candy Fitness team members will sport the latest Adidas by Stella McCartney and Porsche Designs attire from Winter 2011-2012 Adidas collection.

The Hard Candy Fitness brand launched its continued expansion with a third location set to open for workouts in St. Petersburg, Russia early spring next year. Hard Candy Fitness will also make its mark on new territory, heading to Toronto, Canada in 2012. NeV’s Mastrov and partners, along with Madonna and Guy Oseary are also exploring options of building additional Hard Candy locations in Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil, for facilities that will offer a unique member experience.

For membership information, visit the newest Hard Candy Fitness at B. Kislovskiy per 9, Moscow Russia 125009 or call +7 495 933 71 00.

About New Evolution Ventures™ (NeV) Based in Northern California, New Evolution Ventures (NeV) is a private equity firm focused on the acquisition, development and operations management of fitness, media and sports entities both domestically and internationally. Founded in 2008 by Mark Mastrov, Jim Rowley, and Mike Feeney, the current team of NeV professionals is shaping the world of fitness, media, and sports one brand at a time. With a foundation representing over a century of business experience, NeV currently has operations and investments in more than 20 countries worldwide representing over 800+ facilities. For more information, please visit http://www.nev.com.

Press Contact for Madonna:
Liz Rosenberg
Liz Rosenberg Media
212-991-4290
liz@lizrosenbergmedia.com

Hard Candy Fitness Media Contact:
Konstantin Parshin
+7(495)660-53-59
+7(916)526-09-82
parshin@commgroup.ru

New Evolution Ventures Media Contact:
Linell Killus
Chief Marketing Officer
925-297-6372
linell@nev.com

SOURCE New Evolution Ventures
For further information:

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Space Event – New Year’s Eve

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Saturday, December 31st
Event: New Year’s Eve
Space will be ushering 2012 with a bang with the twelfth annual New Year’s Eve Celebration! As has become tradition, Space proudly presents a veritable banquet of Miami’s top DJ talent to celebrate the birth of the new years. Taking to the decks this evening will be Louis Puig, Patrick M, Lazardi, Ivano Bellini, Justin Sheppard, Mark M, Nelson Diaz, Maurizio + Danyelino, Dsan Powell, Thunderpony, Wilo, Radamas, Nikko Calor, and DJ Icecold. Live performances and routines all night long to celebrate 2012!

Space Event in Miami

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Saturday, December 17th
Event: Chris Liebing
The Techno Loft crew is proud to welcome back Chris Liebing to Space for another unforgettable performance! Known far and wide for his dedication to the driving techno rhythms of his homeland, Chris has been devastating dancefloors around the world with his trademark signature sounds. And this evening, he brings the madness back to Space! Joining him will be Loft resident Maurizio Ruggiero and guest Spinn Zinn…

Rock the River Tour arriving in Winnipeg

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Free Sept. 17 event features morning of family fun, then afternoon/evening youth concert of rock and hip-hop with a positive message

September 08, 2011 @ 09:00AM

Winnipeg, MN – Rock the River is taking over The Forks in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday, Sept. 17 with a morning event for families, and an afternoon and evening music festival for youth.

The day starts with KidzFest at 10:00 a.m. – two hours of family fun led by children’s entertainers (including singers, dancers, and a magician) – on the Scotiabank Stage.

From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., popular Christian rock and hip-hop bands take the stage. There will be Canadian acts Thousand Foot Krutch, Fresh IE and Starfield, plus Flame and The Letter Black. Between these acts will be brief, challenging messages from Franklin Graham, son of famed Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

Admission to all Rock the River events is free, the media is welcome to attend and complete media kits will be available on-site.

Interviews with artists can be arranged through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC), which has organized Rock the River in partnership with more than 130 southern Manitoba churches. Interviews with Franklin Graham can be arranged through Todd Shearer, 404.314.4206.

This is the third and final stop on the 2011 Rock the River Tour. Other events took place last month in Milwaukee and Denver. Last year, the tour went through Calgary, Edmonton and BC’s Fraser Valley, attracting more than 26,000 people of all ages.

For more information on Rock the River, please go to rocktherivertour.ca.
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About BGEAC
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada is well-known for the powerful evangelism and outreach ministry of its founder, Billy Graham. BGEAC partners with churches and Christian communities to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. To learn more, please go to billygraham.ca.

Happy Birthday Kevin!

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This is for my brother Kevin and for my Mom and Dad who did all of the work to make him a great man.

Feel the Afrofest Heat this Weekend at Queen’s Park

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AfroFest

AFROFEST 2011 takes place this weekend, the weather promises to be perfect! With FREE non-stop action on two stages, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, drumming, dancing, music workshops and organized activities for youth and children, Afrofest is THE place to be.

Join our annual celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! It takes place at Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto this Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10.

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo is the festival’s Sunday night headliner. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” composed the Chimurenga music that became the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. With more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, Mapfumo has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years.

Master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate will take the stage on Saturday evening. The celebrated instrumentalist’s 2007 collaboration “From Mali to America” was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music Album, and in concert rocks out with a full 10-piece orchestra.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo are making their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011, it’s a startingly original act, not to be missed.

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including JP Buse (Zaire), Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), Zekuhl (Cameroon), Ruth Mathiang and Waleed Kush (Sudan), Ijo Vudu Dance International (Nigeria), Afrafranto (Ghana), the Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), the Resolutionaries Marimba Band (Zimbabwe), Amadou Kienou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast), Rumba Iyambo (Cuba) and the Symphonyx Steel Orchestra (Trinidad).

For more information on Afrofest, the stage performers and start times go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks World Remit for its Gold sponsorship of Afrofest 2011.

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will also be performing an ‘Afterfest’ concert at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Monday, July 11. Admission $20, tickets at the door or at Afrofest. Co-presented by Music Africa and Moonraiser Entertainment, sponsored by World Remit.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council; of media partner CIUT 89.5 FM; and of media supporters Planet Africa, Amet-TV and CBC Radio 99.1 FM.

For more information see http://www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

Grammy Award nominee added to AFROFEST lineup‏

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Grammy Award Winners at AfroFest – Photo Courtesy of Thomson Reuters

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Master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate has been added to the lineup to perform at Afrofest 2011. The celebrated instrumentalist, whose 2007 collaboration “From Mali to America” was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music Album, is a virtuoso performer and a genuine ‘griot’. He sings and performs songs of history and legend in the 800-year-old West African tradition, and takes the stage on Saturday evening, July 9.

Diabate rounds out a packed Afrofest lineup that includes international world music superact Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo, JP Buse, and a wealth of top African acts currently based in Canada.

Afrofest is a free festival celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture. Featuring fabulous music, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children, Afrofest is THE cultural event of the summer. It takes place in Toronto on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! Come out and enjoy Afrofest in Queen’s Park for what may be the last time. Show the city how great Afrofest is, and how much it means to you!

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo is a feature act of Afrofest 2011. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” is considered both the Bob Dylan and the Bob Marley of Southern Africa for the immense impact his songs have made on the music and culture of his homeland. Indeed, the “Chimurenga” music he created was the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. A titan of African recording, Mapfumo, with more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years.

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will also be performing an ‘Afterfest’ concert at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Monday, July 11. Admission is $20 at the door, $15 in advance – Tickets available at Afrofest and other locations to be announced.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo will make their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011. Dizu led his band Amampondo in wowing the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s famous birthday concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988. They were later made official ambassadors of South African music, and their 2000 show at Afrofest stands as one of the festival’s finest ever performances. A startlingly original act, not to be missed.

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including JP Buse (Zaire), Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), Zekuhl (Cameroon), Ruth Mathiang and Waleed Kush (Sudan), Ijo Vudu Dance International (Nigeria), Soukous Tchatcho (Congo), the Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), Amadou Kienou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast), Rumba Iyambo (Cuba) and the Symphony Steel Orchestra (Trinidad).

For more information on Afrofest and stage performers go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks, World Remit for its Gold sponsorship of Afrofest 2011.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and of media partner CIUT 89.5 FM and media supporters Planet Africa, Amet-TV and CBC Radio 99.1 FM.

For more information see http://www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

Janet Jackson VIP Tickets

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Janet Jackson’s VIP Tickets Go on Sale Now – Photo Courtesy of Janet Jackson PR

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Youth Music Movement: Four guys in a R/V tour Canada in search of nation’s next wave of young music stars

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From east to west coast, group records 11 bands this summer and documents their adventures on webisode series

April 29, 2011 @ 05:30AM

Montréal, QC – Every successful musician remembers the long and hard road traveled on their journey to get noticed. This summer, a group of four, passionate, fresh-out-of-school cultural aficionados from Québec are about to give 11 budding young musicians their first big break.

Last night, Youth Music Movement (YMM) and members of Montréal’s renowned pop punk band Simple Plan announced the launch of a cross-country tour designed to discover Canada’s brightest up-and-coming musical stars.

From May 1 to July 31, the Youth Music Movement Powered by Pepsi tour will make 11 stops across the nation, where the YMM team – armed with a mobile recording and film studio – will produce a sound recording and a video for free, featuring young Canadian musicians on the cusp of making it big.

One song from each band will be featured on a CD that will be released at the end of the tour highlighting the diversity of musical talent across Canada. A portion of the proceeds from the compilation will go to the Simple Plan Foundation, an organization that encourages the practice of music to help young kids find a passion in life.

Canadians can follow the movement on Twitter (using the #YMMove hashtag and the @youth_music handle) and on Facebook (Facebook.com/pepsicanada). While on the road, Youth Music Movement will also produce 12Tracks.tv, 12 weekly webisodes that document their adventure across the country and feature the music videos and songs of each act they record.

While most bands have been preselected to participate, Youth Music Movement has four open spots in the following provinces: Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Musicians looking to participate in the Youth Music Movement Powered by Pepsi tour can contact the YMM team on their Facebook page (Facebook.com/youthmusicmovement).

The Youth Music Movement team includes four members – François Del Fante, a gifted sound engineer, and musician; Frederic Bastien Forrest, a versatile cultural journalist; Pierre-Etienne Bordeleau, a prolific cinematographer; and Bruno Mercure, an innovative producer.

The idea for a tour started in Montréal in May 2010 when the group applied for a $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, a program that funds ideas that promote social good. Youth Music Movement campaigned for two-months and won the hearts of Canadians coast-to-coast who believed in their project and helped them win a grant. The Youth Music Movement team has been busy since, researching hundreds of bands from every corner of the country, looking for up-and-coming Canadian musical talent to feature on the tour.

“We can’t wait to hit the road to discover Canada’s next generation of rising stars,” says Frederic Bastien Forrest, Youth Music Movement co-founder. “We have amazing talent in our country and it’s our passion to scout and records the hidden gems of tomorrow. Our Pepsi Refresh Project grant has given us the opportunity of a lifetime, and we’re looking forward to kicking off the tour.”

Leaving from Montréal on May 1, the Youth Music Movement Powered by Pepsi tour will make the following stops over the spring and summer months:

1. May 4 – 8: St. John’s, NF
2. May 11 – 15: Halifax, NS
3. May 18 – 22: Charlottetown, PE
4. May 25 – 29: Edmundston, NB
5. June 1 – 5: TBD, QC
6. June 15 – 19: Toronto, ON
7. June 22 – 26: TBD, MB
8. June 29 – July 3: TBD, SK
9. July 6 – 10: Edmonton, AB
10. July 13 – 17: TBD, YK
11. July 20 – 24: Vancouver, BC

‘SUPPORT AFROFEST’ GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT – 4 Great Acts, 1 Great Concert

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Music Africa’s Good Friday SUPPORT AFROFEST concert goes tomorrow, Friday, April 22.

Featuring four top African music acts:

The Resolutionaries Marimba Band (Zimbabwe)

Donné Roberts (Madagascar)

Ruth Mathiang (Sudan)

Afrafranto (Ghana). And many special guests.

FOUR GREAT ACTS, ONE GREAT CONCERT

At the Centre for Culture and Arts, 918 Bathurst Street

(Two blocks north of Bloor Street; near Bathurst subway)

Spring into concert season and show your support for Afrofest 2011 at the same time.

At the concert, Music Africa will update fans on the latest discussions with the city to ensure that AFROFEST 2011 TAKES PLACE AT QUEEN’S PARK.

Also, Music Africa will be announcing many of the artists who will be performing at Afrofest 2011, which this year takes place on July 9 and 10.

Doors open at 7 pm, performances shortly after 8.

Tickets $20 at the door, includes free one-year membership to Music Africa.

http://www.musicafrica.org/

DJ P-PLUS SPINNIN’ ON THE ONES AND TWOS…

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By Christina Cheng

Urban Dictionary: Ones and Twos- Refers generically to DJ turntables, etymology is a derivative of the best-selling professional-grade DJ turntables, which has for better or worse become the de-facto standard in the club and/or radio studio world.]

DJ P-Plus…

Tall, dark and handsome would be too much of a cliché, so how about six-feet tall; warm, silky, chocolate-caramel brown skin; deep dark eyes, beautiful wide nose, plump full lips, with a strong face so concentrated and passionate. Read the rest of this entry »

New survey reveals more than half of Ontarians feel music enhances everything they do

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A surprise TTC musical makes for melodic morning commute as TVO launches Music Week

December 02, 2010 @ 10:00AM

Toronto, ON – A surprise live musical in Toronto subway stations during morning rush hour yesterday kept TTC riders humming just as new insights from TVO reveal that Ontarians are willing to make sacrifices to keep music as a vital component of daily life. Almost half (47 percent) would give up beer or wine, and four in 10 (36 percent) would forsake their cell phones for a month in order to keep the music playing. TVO joined in an Angus Reid Strategies poll to gauge the importance of music in the lives of Ontarians in an effort to raise awareness for Music Week, which begins on December 5th.

The impromptu performances by an undercover professional chorus aimed to inspire, delight and entertain unsuspecting audiences and help to demonstrate the positive influence music has on the daily life of Ontarians.

“These new insights from Ontarians and the response we saw from commuters during our surprise live performances tell us that music is not just an important part of daily life, but it inspires conversation,” says Steve Rayment, Director of Marketing, TVO. “Interestingly, Ontarians told us that music, more than any other art form, has had the most influence on their learning and this is the driving force behind TVO’s Music Week, and TVO’s goal to inform, inspire and encourage all Ontarians to fully engage with the world around them.”

In an effort to engage people in a new and compelling way, TVO enlisted a 30-person professional chorus, who were disguised as commuters to hand deliver a memorable musical message by infiltrating subways and surrounding TTC riders with a song. Vocalists and street percussionists spontaneously performed renditions of Stevie Wonder’s classic, Superstition, as a human experiment to explore music and what it means to so many people.

The power of music
The power of music to enlighten, empower and heal is evident in TVO’s Music Week line-up, which includes the world premiere of Listen to This, on December 8. In this inspiring documentary, filmmaker Juan Baquero documents a unique song-writing class at Firgrove Public School in Toronto’s Jane-Finch area that uses music to build self-esteem in inner-city kids. The program was created by jazz pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo who, along with three other musicians, works with students one-on-one to help them open up about what’s going on in their lives and work towards achieving a positive goal.

As the subjects of Listen to This may attest, TVO’s survey revealed that younger generation Ontarians, aged 18 to 34, are more inclined to believe in the extent to which music is a powerful social and cultural influence. More than half (54 percent) believe music has the power to inspire trends in pop culture, while 50 percent think it informs us about other cultures and more than four in 10 (42 percent) believe it’s a catalyst for change.

Similarly, the notion that music is intrinsically tied to the spirit of youth is captured beautifully in the TVO documentary Young @ Heart, which profiles an unorthodox chorus of senior citizens who channel a youthful passion in their interpretation of edgy and influential rock from the modern era. Featuring songs from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Clash and Radiohead, Young @ Heart, has inspired audiences young and old around the world.

“Music is a powerful cultural and social influence, and this notion is explored through a variety of engaging programs to air during TVO’s Music Week,” says Rayment. “We hope that these programs will not just delight and entertain, but will also inspire and fuel conversation around the integral role that music plays in all our lives.”

Encore performance: music and memory
It’s no surprise that music is on the minds of Ontarians. 91 percent say they always or sometimes get music stuck in their heads. But, music is also a powerful tool for Ontarians to unlock memories and past experiences. Seven in 10 believe music is important in their ability to recall past experiences or relationships, even more so with women (75 percent).

These results may inspire yet another conversation among Ontarians: if music helps to unlock memories, then what are Ontarians destined to forget without the aid of music to remind them?

About TVO Music Week: December 5 to 11
Music Week starts the month off on an upbeat with a number of documentaries, current affairs programs and films that will have audiences tapping their toes and looking at the art and science of music in new ways.

Featured programming includes:

* Young @ Heart, Canadian premiere on December 5, encores December 6 and 31
* Music of the Brain, North American premiere December 7, encore December 9
* Listen to This, world premiere December 8, encores December 12 and 31

For more Music Week listings and program previews, visit http://smr.newswire.ca/en/tvo/tvo-december-2010-highlights.

TVO Music Week: survey results at a glance

What would Ontarians sacrifice for a month to keep the music playing?

* Almost half of Ontarians (47 percent) would give up wine or beer for music.
* Women are even more likely, with 56 percent saying they’d give up wine or beer for music.
* 45 percent of Ontarians would give up their daily newspaper, this number is significantly higher (58 percent) among 18 to 34-year-olds.
* Almost four in 10 Ontarians (36 percent) would give up their cell phone for music.
* 16 percent of Ontarians would sacrifice sex for music.

Music enhances life:

* More than half of the Ontarians (52 percent) said that music enhances everything they do, be it exercising, home or school work, spending an evening out on the town or watching tv/movies.
* This is even truer amongst younger generation Ontarians. Fifty-five percent of Ontarians aged 18 to 34 believe music enhances everything they do, and seven in 10 think it enhances exercise.

Music and the mind:

* Seven in 10 Ontarians said music is important in their ability to recall past experiences or relationships. Even more so with women (75 percent).
* 91 percent of Ontarians always/sometimes get a song stuck in their head. For most, it’s typically a song frequently played on the radio (62 percent).
* Of all art forms, music has the most influence on learning amongst Ontarians. 48 percent ranked music the number one influence.

Music and community:

* 70 percent of Ontarians believe music unites people through shared tastes or experiences.
* Half of Ontario women said music is an important cultural influence because it can be created by anyone, regardless of ability.
* 61 percent of GTA respondents believe that music’s cultural/social importance lies in its ability to demonstrate creativity.
* More than half of young Ontarians, aged 18 to 34 (54 percent), believe music has the power to inspire trends in pop culture, while 50 percent think it informs us about other cultures and more than four in 10 (42 percent) believe it’s a catalyst for change.

About the survey
Methodology: From November 15 to November16, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey of 808 randomly selected Ontarian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.5%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Ontario. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
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About TVO

TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years in 2010, TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.
Where to find TVO

Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.

New Annual “BlackCreek Summer Music Festival” Set to Launch in Toronto in June 2011 at the Rexall Centre at York University

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Inaugural Season to Feature Symphonic, Pop, Opera, Jazz, Broadway, Country and World Music Concerts With Renowned Artists Including Plácido Domingo, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, The London Symphony Orchestra, Conductors Lorin Maazel and Marvin Hamlisch, and Classical Concerts Featuring Spoken Performances by Dame Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones.

February 23, 2011 @ 10:00AM

Toronto, ON – Beginning on June 4, 2011, with Plácido Domingo in concert, and with such renowned artists as James Taylor, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra to follow, the new BlackCreek Summer Music Festival will launch its inaugural season at the Rexall Centre on the grounds of York University in Toronto. The 2011 season spans 14 weeks, from June to September, and includes a wide array of programs by some of the most revered names in pop and jazz, along with rousing symphonic evenings, Broadway showstoppers, world music and iconic country artists, all performing “under the stars.”

“The Rexall Centre, with its ideal octagonal amphitheatre configuration, has been re-imagined as a brilliant new concert venue,” commented Kevin Albrecht, CEO of iSport Concerts Ltd. and the BlackCreek Limited Partnership, producers of the Festival. “It will offer excellent sightlines; state-of-the-art lighting, video, and sound design; and, most importantly, an intimate connection to the stage. The BlackCreek festival will provide a superior entertainment experience; one that is affordable offers accessible programs from a wide-ranging menu and has been designed to appeal to music lovers of all generations and from all walks of life.”

The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival is intended to become an important cultural destination for the city of Toronto, southern Ontario, and the Golden Horseshoe region. “The arts are a vital part of the everyday experience, and the outdoor summer music festival, in particular, is an essential highlight of the urban lifestyle in cities like Chicago with Ravinia, in Washington, D.C. with Wolf Trap, and in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl,” stated Jeff Melanson, Cultural Advisor to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. “But despite its vast size, Toronto — with some 8 million people living in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area centered around the GTA— has not, until now, seized the opportunity to create a large scale, outdoor summer destination for audiences to see and hear an eclectic mix of the world’s leading musicians, singers and entertainers. BlackCreek changes that dynamic and at the highest level of artistry. This is a private sector initiative and an unparalleled opportunity for all of us. I for one cannot wait until opening night.”

BlackCreek’s artistic advisors and programming directors have been working for the better part of one year to create a stellar line-up for the inaugural season, and at the same time cultivate long-term relationships with artists and their managers for the years to come. The internationally esteemed conductor, Lorin Maazel has been signed to a three-year contract as Artistic Advisor, Classical Programming. Marvin Hamlisch–the multiple Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning composer and pops conductor– has been engaged to serve as BlackCreek’s Artistic Advisor for Broadway and Pops concert presentations.

Opening night on June 4 will offer a concert by revered tenor, Plácido Domingo — making his first Toronto appearance in over a decade — and special guest soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky, internationally-acclaimed star of the Metropolitan Opera, accompanied by the BlackCreek Festival Orchestra and the BlackCreek Festival Chorus under the direction of Robert Cooper. Tickets for the Plácido Domingo concert, which are expected to be in high demand, will go on sale on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., and can be purchased online at http://www.blackcreekfestival.com or by calling 1-888-860-7888.

An annual summer residency by Lorin Maazel has been established that will bring the maestro’s Virginia-based Castleton Festival Orchestra to Toronto as part of its expanding international profile. The Castleton series of two concerts will include an evening of music inspired by Shakespeare, highlighted by Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring narration by Academy Award®-winners, Dame Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.

BlackCreek will also host an exceptional series of three concerts by the illustrious London Symphony Orchestra, which has not performed a classical program in Toronto since 1980. The series of three concerts, all conducted by Lorin Maazel, will include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring German bass René Pape in his Canadian debut, an evening of Russian composers and other favourites, and an all-American program featuring James Earl Jones narrating Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival will also offer performances by outstanding musical entertainers from the worlds of pop, jazz, country and beyond. June 25th will bring an intimate evening with the quintessential James Taylor and his legendary band. The great troubadour and singer/songwriter’s warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his guitar playing has established its own standard.

On July 2nd Grammy-award winning vocalists and jazz legends, Diana Krall and Tony Bennett will perform American popular standards in an evening that is sure to delight music fans of all ages. The two first toured together in August 2000, but this will be the first time these two artists have appeared together in Toronto.

For BlackCreek’s premiere season, Marvin Hamlisch will conduct The BlackCreek Festival Orchestra and Chorus in an evening of “The Very, Very Best of Broadway,” starring Tony Award-winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, returning to Toronto for the first time since their Broadway triumph in Ragtime, together with Martin Short and other Broadway leading ladies and gentlemen to be announced shortly.

Additional artists and concert programming will be announced in the weeks to come.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Situated on the campus of York University, adjacent to the Black Creek Conservation Area, the Rexall Centre was built in 2004 as the main tennis venue of the Canada Masters tournament and is also the home of the Toronto offices of Tennis Canada and the Ontario Tennis Association. “The Rexall Centre is excited to host Toronto’s next great entertainment attraction, the BlackCreek Summer Music Festival,” said Michael S. Downey, President, and CEO of Tennis Canada. “We can’t wait to demonstrate the versatility of our facility in staging world-class concerts. With rental proceeds benefitting our mission to grow tennis in Canada, tennis players around the country should also be very pleased that another form of live entertainment is coming to our tennis centre.”

For the BlackCreek Summer Music Festival concerts, the amphitheatre will seat between 11,000 and 14,000 spectators — including 41 private luxury boxes — depending upon seat and stage configuration for the individual performances. The open-view stage has been designed by celebrated architect and acoustician, Mark Fisher, who has designed all of the last decades’ Rolling Stones and U2 concert tours, as well as projects for Cirque du Soleil and the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The venue will be highly congenial to symphony orchestras, while state-of-the-art lighting (for both the stage itself, as well as ambient lighting of the venue), along with up to six jumbo video monitors and sound reinforcement by top acousticians, will ensure that audiences can savour the music being performed from any seat.

NEW “OUTBOX” TICKETING SERVICE
and ON SALE INFORMATION FOR PLÁCIDO DOMINGO TICKETS

The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival is pleased to feature a web-based computerized ticket purchasing system provided by Outbox Technology whereby tickets are sold by the venue directly. Ticket purchasers simply click on an artist profile on the BlackCreek website and they are immediately directed to an easy to use ticketing page that allows them to select tickets based on an interactive seating chart showing available locations and price levels.

Outbox Technology’s intuitive, innovative and ground-breaking platform manages and processes multi-language and multi-currency world-wide ticket sales for Cirque du Soleil, as well the Montreal Canadiens, the Bell Centre in Montreal, and the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Outbox recently entered into a partnership with AEG Entertainment, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment presenters in the world, to provide the ticketing software for over 100 arenas and venues worldwide beginning in June 2011.

Fredric Rosen, Outbox’s co-CEO and the former builder and CEO of Ticketmaster, commented that “I am excited about launching our ticketing service in Toronto with the BlackCreek Festival. Our system will provide patrons with secure, reliable and easy access to all of the great concerts that have been assembled for the inaugural season, as well as for those in the years to follow.” He added that “with Outbox, the transaction resides with the venue; and the venue is the destination and the brand. It’s the best customer service experience that can be offered and we look forward to forging a long-term relationship with the client.”

Tickets for the Placido Domingo concert will go on sale on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.blackcreekfestival.com or by calling 1-888-860-7888. The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival Box Office at the Rexall Centre will open for single-ticket sales on Saturday, May 7, 2011, with box office hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Groups of 14 or more may receive discounts on single-ticket prices for select concerts. For further information please contact groups@blackcreekfestival.com.

For general information, or to sign up for the BlackCreek Summer Music Festival alerts, please visit our website at http://www.blackcreekfestival.com.

Programs, dates, and artists subject to change.

Waleed Abdulhamid and Kae Sun headline FREE BHM concerts‏

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WALEED ABDULHAMID KUSH (February 18) and KAE SUN (February 25) close out Music Africa’s FREE festival of Friday night concerts celebrating Black History Month.

FREE at the Gladstone Melody Bar, every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The series features some of the top African artists living and working in the city. Presented by MUSIC AFRICA & Gladstone World. Thanks to CIUT-FM 89.5 FM.

Music Africa, presenters of AFROFEST, is a community organization dedicated to promoting African music and culture. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! http://www.musicafrica.org

NOTE: Music Africa is seeking a professional Sponsorship Coordinator to secure sponsorship opportunities with corporate, private and business sources for Afrofest 2011. Please see attached.

February 18th – Waleed Abdulhamid Kush: You’d need to search far and wide in the city to find a singer or musician who doesn’t rave over Waleed’s abilities. Born in Sudan, he has been a fixture on the Toronto music scene since 1992. Equally adept on the guitar, bass, flute, drums, and any number of African instruments, he is also an accomplished composer. Waleed was a founding member of the award-winning bands Radio Nomad and Balimbo, and later the African jazz-fusion band Kings of Kush. Onstage he is known for his striking vocals, his innovative bass technique and his speed and precision on percussion. He and his band play a driving, dance-oriented, percussive blend of pan-African music that delights a crowd and gets everyone hitting the dance floor. A real treat. http://www.myspace.com/waleedabdulhamid

February 25th – Kae Sun is of the generation of performers who seem equally at home anywhere in the world, whose music reflects their multi-layered personal histories. Born in Ghana, he grew up listening primarily to hip-hop. An Ontario resident since 2001, his music is equal parts soul, pop, reggae, and of course hip-hop – A sound sometimes described as urban folk. His debut EP Ghost Town Prophecy was so well received it gave Kae Sun the freedom to self-produce most of the songs on his follow-up CD, Lion On A Leash. Released in 2009, it made many critics’ lists of top indie releases of the year. The songs are socially conscious without being preachy. The singer is talented and charismatic. The band is tight and high-energy. The show… Is not to be missed. http://www.kaesunmusic.com

Music Africa thanks to the great support of the fans who had a great time at the Blandine and Resolutionaries Marimba Band concerts earlier this month.

The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (One block east of Dufferin): (416) 531-4635

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.

Janet Jackson’s Tour Dates

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New Tour Dates Announced + Pre-Sale Ticketing Information

Due to the first two New York City dates for JANET’s upcoming ‘Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour’ selling out in record time, JANET has officially announced a third NYC date, March 21st. Pre-sale tickets for the show will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, January 27th at 12PM local venue time exclusively for JanetJackson.com fan club members.

In addition, JANET has added a show in Hidalgo, TX on March 3rd. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, January 27th at 12PM local venue time.

There are still limited amounts of pre-sale tickets and VIP packages available for select tour dates. For more information, please visit JanetJackson.com/Tour.

2011 World Tour pre-sale tickets are still available for the following dates:
Date Location Venue
March 4th, 2011 Houston, TX Reliant Stadium
March 9th, 2011 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
March 13th, 2011 Toronto, ON, CA Sony Centre
March 24th, 2011 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
April 5th, 2011 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
April 16th, 2011 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Exclusive VIP Packages are available for the following dates:
Date Location Venue
March 7th, 2011 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
March 8th, 2011 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
March 9th, 2011 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
March 12th, 2011 Toronto, ON, CA Sony Centre
March 13th, 2011 Toronto, ON, CA Sony Centre
March 16th, 2011 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
March 18th, 2011 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
March 19th, 2011 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
March 22nd, 2011 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
March 25th, 2011 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
March 26th, 2011 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
March 29th, 2011 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
March 31st, 2011 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
April 2nd, 2011 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie
April 3rd, 2011 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live @ Moody
April 5th, 2011 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
April 6th, 2011 Denver, CO Wells Fargo Theater
April 8th, 2011 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
April 14th, 2011 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
April 15th, 2011 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
April 16th, 2011 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
April 19th, 2011 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Auditorium
April 20th, 2011 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Auditorium
April 22nd, 2011 Las Vegas, NV Colosseum
April 23rd, 2011 Las Vegas, NV Colosseum

Janet Jackson’s World Tour

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ANNOUNCING JANET JACKSON’S 2011 WORLD TOUR PRE-SALE TICKETS

We are excited to announce that starting Thursday, January 13th, pre-sale tickets for Janet Jackson’s 2011 World Tour will go on sale at JanetJackson.com. The 2011 World Tour will be the largest ever world tour where you will hear Janet sing songs from her Number One’s album.

For more details on Janet Jackson pre-sale tickets, visit JanetJackson.com.

Any available tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis for select performances only, and Sparkart Group, Inc. does not represent or warrant that tickets will be available for every concert or event date, or for every user.

Music Beginning

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Conclusion

I conclude this book after three days of starting it. I have only focused on three artists in this book, however I plan to do more books along this vain. I guess partly why I feel like finishing it now and I do feel like it is done is because of India.Arie was singing “India’s Song.” She says, “I want to go where the rivers are high enough…to call my name.” This sounds great and everything – however I am still at that stage in my life where going down to Lake Ontario sounds quite exciting to me.

I have traveled to different places in the world, she mentions Nelson Mandela in “Wings of Forgiveness.” Well, I’ve been to South Africa…I’ve been to Germany…I’ve been to Spain…I’ve been to Vancouver. Not to say that I would not want to see more of the world, however, I do believe that something needs to be said for the cost-effective travel of the mind – the free flight of fancy by doing soul-searching and listening to some terrific music at the same time. Look out for more books like this. I write them because I enjoy it and make some money. I write because I love it. I’m a journalist so banging books out is not a problem for me – it comes naturally to me to work to a deadline. I thank Carleton University for that. I thank Concordia University for teaching me to work solo, however still with others support. Both these places taught me important lessons. I’m working towards my life’s dreams by deadline – and understanding that I came into this world alone – and I will be going out alone – so just as all these singers would agree I believe – you better love yourself.

India.Arie

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India.Arie

After having a conversation with a woman who stole my laptop years ago outside of my house, I selected to listen to “The Heart of the Matter,” from the Testimony Vol. 1 album from India.Arie.

“I think it’s about forgiveness…” This is so true. Funny enough an old boyfriend of mine that I almost married was also online for Yahoo chat and I thought about chatting with him. I decided not to. I decided to let it go. Not because I’m angry, but because he has his life now and I have mine.

I’m on my own…and that is OK. I am truly OK with it. When I hear Arie sing I think to myself it is even more OK. There is a tremendous amount I have been able to achieve on my own. A tremendous amount I have been able to achieve with old and new people in my life – and even knowing those people who are no longer in my life still do look out for me in their own way. Things are quite good in my life. My magazine Donna is doing well. I have new interns who are fantastic writers for the magazine now. I just completed writing a story for the magazine about an old friend of mine from undergrad and she bought four of my books as an exchange.

Yes…things are good. Despite this recession – I am doing OK. I even know that I have three courses to teach at Seneca College in the fall, one at Centennial College and one at Trebas Institute. Things truly are very good.

Wow…India.Arie’s next song is “Good Morning.” I get up early in the morning, many mornings about 4:00 a.m. and this is the time of the day that I like the best many times – especially on a day like today: Tuesday, June 23, 2009. The mornings get bright quickly and the evenings are still light at 5:30 p.m. Last night I sold two of my books to a new friend of mine who was kind enough to support my efforts.

I did not exercise as I would have liked to this morning, however, I did go to VoicePrint to do volunteer work. VoicePrint is a non-profit organization that provides news and information to those people with vision impairments. It’s funny how doing something like this has opened my eyes. I saw a woman who was blind come onto the subway when I was on my way back from there and I looked at her differently. She actually seemed more human to me. I know that sounds funny, however, it is true. I felt a connection to her – this is what I truly mean.

India.Arie has a voice that is kind of a combination between Sting’s and Erykah Badu’s. It’s huskier than Badu’s, like Sting’s, however, is still very much a woman’s voice.

The next song is perfect for how I celebrate every day of my life living on my own since “we” decided not to marry each other (meaning my former fiancé). This song is called “Private Party.” Yes, I have been learning to love myself. “Baby, look how far we’ve come.” I know even my former would be proud of me. “I’ve learned to love the quiet moments, even the Sunday mornings of life.” So well written – I do not have a guitar, but I have a computer and my writing to keep me company and this IBM keyboard is like my guitar.

It’s not my birthday…however, every day we all live in a cause of celebration. I am so fortunate. My Dad lives next door, my brother-in-law plays his music loud and it helps to keep me company when I am outside smoking (I’m working on stopping – writing helps). He lives with my terrific and beautiful sister and my extraordinary niece Oshun. Well, yes…I’m just a little biased.

My brother is not in the ‘hood anymore, however, that will probably change in future. My Mom is taking care of my niece today. She is a really kind woman. I do everything I can to not forget that, even when she does upset me.

And yes, my magazine again…”There’s Hope” by Arie. I have an online community called The Community of Hope. I think it is something that is needed in these recession times. “It doesn’t cost a thing to smile…” This is so true. This is why I focus on doing what I enjoy doing. That was the sad thing about the woman who stole my laptop who I was speaking to today – she did not smile.

Erykah Badu

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Erykah Badu

I’m listening to Erykah Badu right now. I actually feel warmer by listening to her funky sounds. It’s Sunday, June 21, 2009 – Father’s Day. I put an ad in the Toronto Star to celebrate my Dad’s special day. I said “Happy Father’s Day” to my brother-in-law David and forgot today is also his birthday. I called my friend Tunde and wished him a “Happy Father’s Day.” He has a new baby. I do not know yet whether it is a boy or a girl. As they say, it is the health of the baby that really matters. Even that can be conquered sometimes.

For a few years now, I’ve been gathering CDs from my local branch of the Toronto Public Library and burning these to my hard drive. At first they were only in Windows Media Player – however, now they are also on iTunes.

This song by Erykah Badu really makes me laugh and I used it as research for my master’s thesis that also became a book called What Happened to the Afro? It’s called “Afro.” Erykah Badu’s voice is so smooth – it’s like butter. It reminds me of my friend Lorraine Scott’s voice who has been doing music for decades and currently sings in a wedding band. She has also been nominated for many Juno awards.

Now, here comes the funkiest part. “Who told you, it was alright for you to love me? Certainly, certainly not me,” sings Badu. The song just rocks. I am dancing as I write this. “Turn my back and then you slip me a mickey.” This woman talks back. And she talks back with terrific backup singers. This song is “Certainly.” It just grooves and helps to put me back into a good mood after my pen ran out when I was writing in my journal. I have planned to listen to the end of this album and then move onto the hundreds of other albums I have in Windows Media Player.

This album was done in 1997 and is called Baduizm. I was having a conversation with one of my colleagues at Seneca College who is the coordinator of the Independent Music Production program that produces a CD every year. He said he really likes Erykah Badu too.

This next song after “Certainly” has the same funky grooves and the same great voice from Badu. I had a good friend who I lived within undergrad at Carleton University who used to drink brandy. Badu’s voice sounds as though she sips brandy. The album is funky…however; I am ready to move on. On this Monday, June 22, 2009, I am feeling restless and full of energy. Yesterday evening…this was just what I needed, some Baduizm. Now I feel like a change…something completely different. Sting always seems to take of that. His Fields of Gold is great for calming the untamed soul.

Voice-Interactive TRIVIO game hits iTunes Top-5 New & Noteworthy board for Free Games and Trivia

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Free TRIVIO Application Available on iTunes

November 18, 2010 @ 03:00PM

BURLINGTON, Ontario – Flurple2, a sensory robotics software company, unveiled Trivio™, a new trivia game application (app) that allows users to say their answers out loud. In its first week on the App Store, Trivio launched onto the Top 50 list in the USA. In Canada, Trivio climbed to the iTunes Top-5 New and Noteworthy board for Free Games & Trivia apps.

The television game show-style app, Trivio is the first trivia game to incorporate voice activation, speech recognition plus artificial intelligence (AI). Trivio works with all Apple products, including the iPad™, iPhone® 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, the original iPhone, and the iPod touch®.

Gaming is simple and fun — you tap the big red button on the screen and speak your answer. If you miss, your opponent gets a chance to answer the question. Points are scored for the fastest correct response. The more difficult the questions, the more points you get.

“With Trivio, it’s challenging to think fast — and speak the answer. Other quiz games are based on a simple multiple choice setup. Trivio is a quantum leap forward in mobile, interactive gaming”, states Pete Deschamps, Flurple2 CEO.

Flurple2 is pleased to announce that Trivio is powered by Sensory®, the leader in speech technologies for consumer products. “Trivio is a fun and challenging game that uses speech recognition technology in a very effective way to enhance the interactive gameplay beyond multiple choice or the hassle of typed in responses”, said Todd Mozer CEO Sensory.

Trivio can revolutionize family game night, allowing parents and kids to form “teams” to play against each other and “buzz in” when they think they have the right answer. The app uses Bluetooth for lightning fast multiplayer games, and has four levels of question difficulty, from ‘Easy’ to ‘Killer’.

Trivio uses Apple’s Accessibility features for the disabled – seeing-impaired players can have the questions read aloud to them. Deschamps sees the technology being used to help people, as well as for pure entertainment.

“Helping people help themselves is something I’ve never forgotten from my time in the local Burlington Rotary Club. Trivio can be used to assist stroke victims, and help people with disabilities learn how to talk again while having fun at the same time”, says Pete Deschamps.

Trivio’s robotics can be franchised and serve-up any company’s content and media, including trivia and educational content, licensing. “The educational and medical applications are endless”, states Pete Deschamps.

Currently Trivio is available on the App Store worldwide. In its first week on the free app iTunes market, Trivio ranked in the Top 200 Free Games/Trivia category in 37 countries around the globe. Trivio was deemed New & Noteworthy in 5 countries including Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Trivio on the App Store

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Based in Burlington, Ontario, is a Canadian and American enterprise. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, Flurple2 excels at using “sensory robotics” to create unique and compelling educational games and apps for all mobile devices. Flurple2, Trivio, and all logos are trademarks of Flurple2 and Flurple Corporation, copyright © 2010, All rights reserved.

Break On Through (To the Other Side): How Jim Morrison Became a Marketing Tool for 1960’s Hippie Counter Culture in America

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Alex Young - July 7, 2010

This is the seventh installment of the bibliographic material for Alex Young’s eight-part series done at the University of Guelph-Humber

By Alex Young

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Heath, Joseph, Potter, Andrew, The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can’t Be Jammed, 2005, Harper Collins Publishers Limited

Hopkins Jerry, Sugerman, Danny, No One Here Gets Out Alive, 1980, Warner Books

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Break On Through (To the Other Side): How Jim Morrison Became a Marketing Tool for 1960’s Hippie Counter Culture in America

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Alex Young - July 5, 2010

This is the fifth installment of an eight-part series by Alex Young – Graduate of the University of Guelph-Humber

By Alex Young

Summary of Findings

Ultimately the Doors were seen as artistic leaders of the hippie movement in America because they were artistically responding to major events that were changing American life.

The Doors symbolically addressed events such as the Vietnam War, the women’s liberation movement, the civil rights movement and violence in America by addressing them in their music. The Doors supported the civil rights movement through their music by being so influenced by the blues and country music of the south and obviously weren’t bigots or they would hate all of the artists that helped them carve out their sound. After listening to all six studio albums, Morrison never talks about any of the females in his music in a negative light, often referring to them as “Queens” or “princesses”, like in the songs “LA Woman”, “Riders on the Storm”, “20th Century Fox” or “Queen of the Highway”.

The hippies were also one of the first group of white people to begin protesting against racial segregation laws in the south during the 1960’s which mainly affected black. Skip Stone is a hippie anthropologist recalled the reaction to hippie protests in the early 1960’s against racial segregation laws by saying, “Civil rights and anti-nuclear protests often included marches, sit-ins, speeches and songs by famous people, signs with slogans, and chants. These protests were always marked by peaceful intent. If things got ugly it was usually due to police tactics or violent counter-demonstrations (by such organizations as the KKK). The SDS, Students for a Democratic Society, got its feet wet in these early demonstrations. They would later organize anti-war campus protests around the country.” The violent reactions to hippie and youth protests to political and social injustices came to a climax on May 4th in 1970 when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on the peaceful protesters, killing four and wounding nine. The incident at Kent State showed the true injustice of how members of Hippie Culture were treated when they were simply trying to get their fellow Americans to re-evaluate their personal stance on the war in Vietnam. Peaceful Hippie protests could not have come during a bigger time of change than they did in 1960’s while John F. Kennedy was in the office dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and later on, the Vietnam War.

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