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21 April 2016

Musical Theatre Theatrical Music

By // Music

This month we were treated to two pieces that weren’t really musical theatre, nor were they strictly concerts. They were cabarets, I guess, but they were really stage-bound musical explorations …

16 April 2016

Exclusive Interview: YUKA

By // Music

The classic RnB revival gets a boost later this month with Toronto band YUKA‘s fourth release – their first on vinyl – called From the Ancients. For Yuka, the RnB/soul …

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 …

27 November 2014

Chris McKhool & The Sultans of String

By // Music

Upcoming concerts: Performing from their 2013 CD Symphony! at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre (Nov 28) and Flato Markham Theatre (Nov 29), accompanied by the Ontario Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Marco Parisotto. …

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 …

11 September 2014

Canadian Music Café

By // Music

In the middle of film-fest-mad Toronto, the Canadian Music Café is a chic oasis at the Jazz Bistro on Victoria Street. Amidst twinkling ruby crystal chandeliers, red velvet curtains and …

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 …

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