Through their concert series, the Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) continue in their quest of preserving and continuing the development of jazz music in Canada. While their primary focus has been promoting Canadian jazz musicians, it is important that their programs occasionally incorporate international artists. It’s hard to imagine a better representative than the incomparable jazz vocalist, Dianne Reeves.
Reeves was born in Detroit to a highly musical family and, at an early age, her family moved to Denver, Colorado. Her talents were fostered both at home and school, with influences that included jazz and classical music. In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a vocalist. Here she also began incorporating Latin American styles. Her LA experiences included a tour with the legendary Sergio Mendes. Her musical horizons expanded further into world music with her 1983 to 1986 tour with Harry Belafonte.
Multi Dora Award-nominated Theatre Smash is thrilled to present the world premiere of Cape Breton-born playwright Graeme Gillis' A BOY CALLED NEWFOUNDLAND, a dark and quirky family comedy directed by Ashlie Corcoran, running March 26 to April 11 at Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space.
Patrick Kwok-Choon plays Newfoundland "Flounder" Willow, an awkward 15-year-old cadet. A loner who is scared of being alone, his life revolves around his family, his synthesizer, his French-camp love Evelyn, and his parents' family business - The Romantic Times, a self-published newspaper. When his mother returns home from her second honeymoon without her husband, Newfoundland and his sisters struggle to recreate the family and home they once knew.
TheatreFront.com The productions are outright superb" National Post March 18-April 3, 2010
Award-winning company THEATREFRONT continues their ghost story serial, THE MILL, with Part Three: THE WOODS, written by Tara Beagan and directed by Sarah Stanley.
A Canadian horror story, THE WOODS takes place in 1640, two centuries before Part One and Part Two. The mill does not yet exist. The woods conceal a First Nations burial ground; the former site of a Wendat (Huron) settlement decimated by the imported ideals, and epidemics, of the French settlers.
$9 million raised for earthquake relief two hours after 'Canada For Haiti' broadcast, officials say
K'naan, in red, performs "Wavin' Flag" at the Canada For Haiti telethon on Jan. 22, 2010. The show was hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, Ben Mulroney and Cheryl Hickey.
'PRIVILEGED' TO PLAY ROLE
"The stories of the kids (in Haiti) are going to stick with me for a long time. My son's backstage and I just want to run over and give him a big hug. It rocked me and I'm sure it rocked a lot of people."
– CHERYL HICKEY, host of ET Canada
"It's rare that music gets to be about something other than the music and a good time. It's amazing to be a part of something where you get to use music to witness people give and people care. (Haiti) needs us now."
JAMES SHAW, guitarist, Metric