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16 December 2015

Cirque de la Symphonie: Holiday Hits at the TSO

By // Music

Facing the garlanded stage with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra warming up, looked down on by the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus, I can’t help but feel the buzz …

01 December 2015

The Lone Bellow at Boston’s House of Blues

By // Music

I recently had the extreme pleasure of seeing The Lone Bellow at Boston’s House of Blues, and I can’t have asked for a better way to spend a Wednesday night. …

20 November 2015

TSO Movie Nights: Back to the Future & Psycho

By // Music

Two nights in October, I did something I haven’t done in far too long- I went to the symphony. But these were not regular nights at the symphony. There was …

07 October 2015

Alabama Shakes at Boston Calling Music Festival

By // Music

She came, she sang, and oh boy did she conquer. Frontwoman Brittany Howard led Alabama Shakes in a tour-de-force takeover of the recent Boston Calling Music Festival’s closing act. A …

26 June 2015

TSO Pops: The Wizard & I

By // Music

Performing with a symphony orchestra is a tricky thing, especially for a musical theatre performer. On a stage that likely has better acoustics than your usual proscenium, in a space …

03 November 2014

Global Cabaret 2014, Part 2

By // Music

The Global Cabaret Festival came to an end with a rousing late-night performance from the great Jackie Richardson. I celebrated the first seven shows on my agenda in Part 1. …

26 October 2014

Global Cabaret 2014, Part 1

By // Music

I’m halfway through the 7th (and final?) Global Cabaret Festival weekend down at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Here are the highlights so far: UPDATE: Read Part 2 …

30 August 2014

This Gentleman Prefers His Blonde in Provincetown

By // Music

I am still in awe that I sat so close and watched relished the astonishing Megan Hilty in Provincetown.  My Entertainment World interviewed her this past Winter, but the joy …

04 July 2014

Bey & Jay Light set Gillette Stadium on Fire

By // Music

As the smell of weed wafted through the air, the lights dimmed, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z took the stage at Gillette Stadium.  The two walked out with one of their …

16 June 2014

Luminato Wrap-Up, 2014

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Cineastas I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this Spanish-language exploration of the lives of filmmakers but what I found was a profoundly moving and wonderfully inventive piece of …

10 April 2014

The Falling Birds: Bringing the Beat to the Bitter End

By // Music

The place was packed with pretty girls lining the bar and guys in loose jeans nursing their beers. It was Friday night so everyone was out to let loose and …

23 March 2014

Breaking Tradition, Strings, Hearts

By // Music

Old Man Luedecke Feb 18, Hugh’s Room “Who feels like a little call-and-response?” calls Chris Luedecke, AKA Old Man Luedecke, of Halifax. There is a halfhearted smattering of applause. “That’s …

21 May 2013

Strong Blood: Trixie Whitley at the Drake

By // Music

April 30, 2013- Drake Underground “Oh man. If this is what I sound like at twenty-five, I’m gonna sound, like, ninety in a few years.” Trixie Whitley is nursing a cold that …

15 May 2013

Twin Forks, The Lone Bellow and Ivan & Alyosha

By // Music

April 22, 2013- Drake Underground After failing to talk my way into the Drake Underground, I reluctantly bought a ticket from a young enterpriser for 100% markup—and couldn’t be happier that …

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