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Joy Tanner

Rose Cora Perry on Resilience and Confidence as a Female Artist

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“It’s really a scary thing to start all over again, from the bottom up and re-define everything that was your reality.”

I just got off the phone with Rose Cora Perry. She is coming off two hours sleep and a “performer’s high” from singing the Canadian National Anthem to a full house at Budweiser Gardens in London for “Monster Jam,” the Monster Truck event featuring someone or something called “The Grave Digger…”

This classically trained rocker, whose childhood dream of being Sarah Brightman, talked to me about the November release of her sophomore album, Onto The Floor; what inspires her writing; challenges within the industry and feminism. She is also slated to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 5th, for Women’s Day, with her partner from The Truth Untold, Tyler Randall. Read on…

Music In the Barns brings Bolton’s “Song of Extinction” to Luminato

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Carol truly is a creative power house, and it is so apropos that her newest adventure will take place at The Hearn Generating Plant.

The entire story was cloaked in secrecy. There were no hard facts; no idea what the piece was actually about. Just a note asking if I’d be interested in writing a story. Slowly, it unfolded; Carol Gimbel, Girl At The Barns, an incredibly talented violist. A few days later, The Luminato Festival. A week later, arranging to meet. Clues dropped here and there, a tease for what was to come. The interview itself, almost a disaster. The busy Kensington Market coffee shop was packed; a cacophony of noises, impossible to single out any one voice. The recording device conked out (damn cell phone), so Carol was whisked away (to her consternation) to an unfamiliar backyard – the Photo Booth application running on the computer. We had a half hour to get this done. Read on…

Symphronica an Ever Evolving Series

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“I’m evolving as an artist. The best part of getting older is that we become more honest.”

Ron Davis, one of Toronto’s most vibrant jazz pianists, has been presenting his SymphRonica concerts at the Lula Lounge for nearly three years. His upcoming concert on May 31st, SymphRonica Meets the Dazzling Dancing Lombard Twins, is part of Lula’s 10th annual LulaWorld Festival, taking place this month, is one you don’t want to miss. Read on…

“I equal I” Breaks Musical Ground for Israeli-Iranian Dialogue

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Their chance meeting set in motion what would become the I = I collective’s mandate; that music can break down barriers that generations of propaganda and palpable threat of war had cemented.

The Concert Hall had lost power.  And while many producers might not have kept their cool, especially first timers, Dan Deutsch, founding member of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative, came out on stage and created an intimate and informal environment.  As if at a dinner party, the audience reacted accordingly.  Toronto’s Alliance Francaise hosted this very special evening, the inaugural concert of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative, on March 31st.  The Toronto Symphony’s Shalom Bard conducted.  Three new pieces written by the I = I Collective were the foundation of the concert.  Guest appearances by noted Persians, kamanche player Saeed Kamjoo and tar player Shahin Fayaz punctuated the Converging Paths concert.  Iranian Parisa Sabet, Israeli Dan Deutsch and Canadian Noam Lemish created I = I in 2013.  But the seed germinated in a synchronistic meeting at a University of Toronto social for new students, in the doctorate program for musical composition, a year earlier. Read on…

Meet Dana Michel, resident artist at Dancemakers

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“…there is this contract written somewhere, whereby people will come and (witness) whatever it is you are after.”

Dana Michel is curled up in the corner of an old couch, one knee up, protective, like armour. She is a dancer and choreographer and the first year Resident Artist at Dancemakers Centre For Creation. Dana has already given one interview and I think would prefer to chill out before rehearsing for her revamp of 1976. We are in the rehearsal space at The Distillery District. The period building’s high ceilings and bright light from the massive windows are perfect to magnify the energy of this intense woman. We had a chance to chat about how she journeyed from the practical world of accounting and her job as a medical secretary. But the turning point in which she began dancing, choreographing and performing professionally, in what would be considered late in a dancer’s career, was seminal. Read on…

The creative family behind “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?”

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This is the beauty of independent theatre. It is vibrant and alive and on the edge.

Red One Theatre Collective cordially invites you to George and Martha’s home for an intimate evening of soul wrenching mayhem. Cocktails will have been served throughout the day, including perhaps some rubbing alcohol. Follow them into the wee hours of the following morning as you witness the alcoholic fuelled demise of a damaged marriage. Disappointment and disillusionment will be served as appetizers. Edward Albee’s iconic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf breaks down the doors of the Storefront Theatre, whose curtains rise at 7 pm. Get ready for a wild ride, baby! Read on…

A Return to the Classics at Music In The Barns

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All the audience needs to do is let the music settle and move them.

Saturday, November 29th, at 8 pm, marks the newest concert for Music In The Barns. Stepping away from the New Canadian Music featured in last season’s series, Artistic Director Carol Gimbel has chosen a deeply traditional programme. Elegantly featuring the talents of pianist Cullan Bryant and violinist Moshe Hammer, New York City artist Lana Jean Israel adds to the multi-disciplinary event with her modernistic projection designs at the post performance reception. Read on…

Toronto’s Palywright Projects celebrates Caryl Churchill

“If a woman or midwife could perform any kind of medical procedure, they were suspect. Churchill’s ‘Tom Vinegar’ is a play about how strong voiced women are misinterpreted and misunderstood.” ~ Lynne Griffin

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Tickets: $10-15 / 4-show Pass: $45 / Playwright project


The 2014 Playwright Project is running this week, from April 23 to May 4.  Run by project Director Alex Johnson, the mandate is to “celebrate Toronto as a city of neighbourhoods by uniting its artists and audiences in one week of exciting stories.”

In it’s third year, the Playwright Project has featured dozens of local theatre companies and the works of Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard in the past with performances at various venues across Toronto.  Stepping out of habit this year features four works by feminist playwright Caryl Churchill and will be housed under one roof at The Downstage Theatre (798 Danforth Avenue). Read on…

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