Firstly, apologies friends. I’ve owed you an instalment of my In The City series for some time. No despair! Here are a few personal suggestions of some events you should get to in the next few weeks. READ MORE
Award-winning composer, Federico Jusid, is a multifaceted artist with many titles including concert pianist, conductor, and film and theater producer. He is best known for scoring the Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language film, The Secret in Their Eyes, which Federico composed with Emilio Kauderer. During TIFF, I had the opportunity to converse with Federico. We talked about his early influences, his work for television, and film.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Board Chair Catherine Beck and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Loden today announced that Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno will become the Orchestra’s 11th Music Director beginning in 2020/21, the Orchestra’s 99th season. READ MORE
Kris Hagen switches his time on-screen as part of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience, for a chance to showcase his music, writing and directing skills on-stage in Lighters in the Air. A play about artistic integrity, unfulfilled expectations, and an uncertain future. READ MORE
When world music meets brass meets community outreach, the result is a celebration of The Heavyweights Brass Band‘s latest project, This City. As part of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects, The Heavyweights will perform on Thursday, March 29 at Lula Lounge for the CD, digital and vinyl release of their new album, released worldwide on March 9, 2018. READ MORE
North America’s premier battle rap league King of the Dot (KOTD) is throwing the seventh installment of its biggest event of the year, the two day mega-event Blackout 7 on April 14th and 15th. In past years, Blackout has not only played host to some of the biggest names in the global battle rap scene, but it has also been endorsed and supported by some of the biggest music and pop culture icons as well, with everyone from rapper Drake and Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan), to players from the Toronto Raptors attending the special Blackout weekend. READ MORE
In John & Waleed, John Millard (Dora Nominated) and Waleed Abdulhamid (New Pioneer Award) use stories and songs to explore the differences and similarities between their cultures. Currently on stage at Theatre Passe Muraille, the friends who grew up in Southern Ontario and the Sudan respectively, play a set-list that blends the music of their contrasting folk traditions, while riffing on the harmonies and dissonance of their upbringings. READ MORE
The Winterfolk XV Blues and Roots Festival will offer a collection of community stages at the festival this year. As a key component of the festival, local community groups such as Acoustic Harvest, Nashville Songwriters Association of Canada (NSAI), the Seneca College Independent Music Program and Best of The Moonshine Café present showcases throughout the weekend event, which runs from February 17-19 on the Danforth in Toronto. READ MORE