HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM at the Royal Ontario Museum (June 2: DinoNite)

The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., delivers Toronto’s best Friday night destination with the hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and an opportunity to experience the Museum like never before. On Friday, June 2, 2017, get up close to your favourite dinosaurs, and dance among the fossils.

June 2: Performances

Yasgurs Farm

A soul and funk-rock band based in Toronto, Ontario. Whether they are keeping the dance floor alive with everyone’s favorite hits, or laying down the groove with original material, they always leave their audience satisfied.

DJ MakeM

A one-man party rockin machine of turntable mastery. Paired with surging energy that is evident as soon as he is plugged in and cued up; DJ MAKEM is a journeyman for jumping, and fist-pumping, on the dancefloor!

DJ Greedo

Starting off in 1996 as a skinny 14-year-old high school cafeteria Dj, to competing in DMC Dj competitions, to running a business with Del Vinyl since 2013. He’s earned a few stripes!  Experience, presence, and positive composure even under duress are what makes him a priceless staple to events!

ZimZum Jazz

Plays all original songs with strong melodies and funky world grooves composed by Ian Lazarus, Colin Flint, Jay Danley, Ilios Steryannis and Steve Vincent.

U of T Faculty of Music

Featuring Stars of the University of Toronto jazz music program.

GALLERY ACTIVATIONS

Spell-a-saurus: The Prehistoric Spelling Bee – Test your knowledge of dinos and languages by engaging in some intraspecies competition for honour and prizes!

Written bees: Start at 7:30, 8 & 9 pm

Traditional bees: Start at 8:30 & 9:30 pm

Out of the Vaults – Introducing Zuul: Meet palaeontologist Dr. Victoria Arbour and the ROM’s newest dinosaur, the wickedly armoured and ghoulish-looking Zuul, destroyer of shins! (7:30-10:30 pm)

Out of the Vaults – Bones & Mythical Beasts: Uncover connections between ROM science and the fantastic creatures of ancient mythology as you get up close and personal with Medusaceratops. (7:30-10:30 pm)

Giant Digital Colouring Wall: What colour were dinosaurs? Get creative with enormous digital spray-paint colouring pages from MakeLab! (7-11 pm)

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

The Family Camera

Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration with The Family Camera, an exhibition that explores how family photos shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana

This new exhibition takes a historical and contemporary look at Asafo flags. These flags are the insignia created for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Southern Ghana. Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today they act as the vibrant core of local communities. Their flags depict narratives of pride, wisdom, and defiant messages to enemies and are sacred objects depicting the spirit and history of a company.

Food Fare

Highlights include: Gushi Foods, Delight Bite, Parka, Curbside Bliss, Haute Eats, Mnandi Pies, Ice Volcano, Young Animal, chau, Phancy Food and Basil Box.

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the June 2: DinoNite edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at the June 2: DinoNite edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday May 31, 2017.

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/fnlrom-dinonite-0#/gallery/recent

The Scoop: #FNLROM at the Royal Ontario Museum (May 19: Get Out of Town!!)

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Kicking off the Victoria Day long weekend with a British invasion at #FNLROM was a blast!

We commenced the evening with DJ Sean Caff as he warmed up the crowd with some classic hip hop, R&B, soul, funk, reggae, house, pop, EDM and rock n’ roll in Bronfman Hall. There’s nothing like having a Gin and Tonic while dancing to a Tribe Called Quest before we headed off to visit with dinosaurs.

DJ Intrinity (a Red Bull Thr3style DJ and Way home Festival Artist) has solidified himself as one of Canada’s premiere open-format DJ’s. We grooved some more to Smash Mouth and other club anthems at the Currelly Mainstage before we jetted off for some food from the vendors nearby.

This week we got foodie busy with Gushi Foods and their Gushi Original! Think Japanese Chicken, karage on rice with sesame vinaigrette, spicy mayo and green onions.   Fellow #FNLROM’ers this was a great little meal to pick up in addition to your cocktails or beers.

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But it seemed like my friends and our growing fellow ROM guests were all awaiting ‘Wannabe the Spice Girls Tribute Band’ at the Currelly Mainstage at 9:30 p.m.. These ladies were all flash and had the attitudes, pouts, sassiness and back flips down as they took the crowd back to the 90’s to the Original 5.  As the crowd surged forward and danced, sang and felt the good feels from the likes of Wannabe’s Geri, Victoria, Emma, Mel B and Mel C – we all felt 30 minutes wasn’t enough to be entertained with the classics such as ‘Mama’, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘Spice Up Your Life’.  Next time, can we get an hour with Wannabe please?

Be sure to check out #FNLROM next week for their FLASH edition!

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-friday-night-live#/gallery/recent

HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM at the Royal Ontario Museum (May 26: FLASH)

The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd, delivers Toronto’s best Friday night destination with the hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and an opportunity to experience the Museum like never before. On Friday, May 26, 2017, strike a pose and shine a light on all things photography! Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration in our new exhibition The Family Camera.

May 26: Performances

Spoons

Formed in 1980, an intrepid young band from Burlington, Ontario made “Spoons” a different kind of household word…and helped define the sound of pop and new wave.

DJ Mix n’ Match

Scratching, blending and cutting his way through sets, Dj Mix N Match brings a level of unparalleled energy and showmanship to his performances that set him apart from the pack. This versatile musical talent hails from Toronto and has spent nearly a decade on the scene honing his trademark mash-up style.

DJ Mark Russell

Promoter and project manager with Live Nation by day, revered Toronto DJ by night. Mark plays a mix of club hits, deep grooves, and catchy dance floor tunes.

U of T Faculty of Music

Featuring Stars of the University of Toronto jazz music program.

GALLERY ACTIVATIONS

Zista Arts Society: Brings a vibrant blend of South Asian music, dance, and art to #FNLROM!

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

The Family Camera

Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration with The Family Camera, an exhibition that explores how family photos shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana

This new exhibition takes a historical and contemporary look at Asafo flags. These flags are the insignia created for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Southern Ghana. Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today they act as the vibrant core of local communities. Their flags depict narratives of pride, wisdom, and defiant messages to enemies and are sacred objects depicting the spirit and history of a company.

Food Fare

Highlights include: Gushi Foods, Delight Bite, Parka, Curbside Bliss, Haute Eats, Mnandi Pies, Ice Volcano, Young Animal, chau, Phancy Food and Basil Box.

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the May 26 FLASH edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at the May 26 FLASH edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday May 24, 2017.

Make a note for future Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) editions now! https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/fnlrom-flash#/gallery/recent.  Tickets tend to go like hot cakes!

Ticket Giveaway: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Beethoven Symphony 7’: Chan Ka Nin: Sesquie for Canada 150 (Friday May 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.)

Renowned TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis leads a globe-trotting program that includes the famous of all Norwegian concertos, pauses in the USA for an Impressionist interlude spotlighting the Orchestra’s esteemed Principal Flute, and concludes in Vienna with Beethoven’s most exhilarating symphony.

Friday and Sunday’s running time is approximately two hours. Saturday’s concert will run approximately 90 minutes and will not include intermission. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and Poem for Flute and Orchestra will be performed on May 26 and 28 only.

Performances for the evening include:

Chan Ka Nin: My Most Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th [2′]

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring [4′]

Grieg: Piano Concerto [30′]

Griffes: Poem for Flute and Orchestra [9′]

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 [36′]

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘Beethoven Symphony 7: Chan Ka Nin: Sesquie for Canada 150’ (Friday May 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ) performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘Beethoven Symphony 7: Chan Ka Nin: Sesquie for Canada 150’ Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday May 24, 2017.

https://www.tso.ca/concert/beethoven-symphony-7

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HOT Ticket Giveaway: #FNLROM at the Royal Ontario Museum (May 19: Get Out of Town!!)

The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd, delivers Toronto’s best Friday night destination with the hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and an opportunity to experience the Museum like never before. On Friday, May 19, 2017, kick-off your Victoria Day weekend with a British invasion at #FNLROM!

May 19: Performances

Wannabe

With giant personalities, costumes, accents, and platform shoes, Wannabe is a Spice Girls tribute band that delivers the ultimate 90s dance party – celebrating the greatest pop group of all time and reclaiming girl power for the 21st century.

HIGHS

For HIGHS, 2016 was a blur. Within a short 12 months the band released their debut album and toured relentlessly, crossing Canada four times before finishing the year with their first European tour. Dazzle Camouflage, produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), is an 11 track LP that explores the theme of perception versus reality. Now, HIGHS is settling in to write a follow-up record and reconnect with Toronto.

Special Performance: University of Toronto Faculty of Music featuring stars from the U of T Jazz Music Program.

DJs: DJ Intrinity and DJ Sean Caff

Food Fare

Highlights include: Gushi Foods, Delight Bite, Parka, Rachel’s Gourmet, Tita Flips, Curbside Bliss, Me.n.u., My Crème Caramel, Haute Eats, and Daniel et Daniel.

Thank you to our friends at the ROM for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the May 19 Get Out of Town!! edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at the May 19 Get Out of Town!! edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday May 17, 2017.

Make a note for future Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) editions now! https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-friday-night-live#/gallery/recent.  Tickets tend to go like hot cakes!

Review: The Canadian Opera Company: Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” – Thursday May 4, 2017

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2016/2017 season with Puccini’s beloved Tosca. A tense drama of passion and betrayal, Tosca returns in a COC production performed with two of today’s great divas in the title role: internationally renowned Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and critically acclaimed American soprano Keri Alkema. Tosca runs for 12 performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 30, May 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2017.

Set in Rome amid the turbulence of the Napoleonic Wars, Tosca’s story is a melodramatic tale of love, lust, corruption and betrayal as opera singer Floria Tosca fights to save her lover from a blood-thirsty chief of police.

The COC revives its lavish production by award-winning Scottish director Paul Curran, with sumptuous costumes and stunning sets of chapels, palaces and fortresses of 19th-century Rome by designer Kevin Knight, and atmospheric lighting design by David Martin Jacques.

Conducting the COC Orchestra, COC Chorus and cast through some of Puccini’s most deeply felt and dramatic melodies is Canadian Keri-Lynn Wilson. A regular guest conductor at leading international opera companies and orchestras, Wilson makes her COC debut with one of the most popular and performed operas in the world.

The title role is one of Puccini’s most complex and fascinating heroines and an unforgettable theatrical showcase for a great dramatic soprano, shared in the COC’s production by Adrianne Pieczonka and Keri Alkema.

Celebrated on the leading opera and concert stages of Europe, North America and Asia, Pieczonka has been described as “simply magnificent” (The Independent) and “a revelation, with a lavishly creamy voice” (The Financial Times). She returns to the role of Floria Tosca at the COC after delivering a “luminous performance” (Globe and Mail) with the company in 2012. Alkema returns to the COC after sharing her “rich, full vocal presence that caresses the score to perfection” (Toronto Star) in 2013’s La clemenza di Tito and bringing a “sensuality and a strong presence” (NOW) to 2012’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Her engagement at the COC comes on the heels of her Tosca debut with English National Opera last fall where she was met with lavish praise:

“compelling…. Passionate, teasing, vulnerable, full of love, stirred to vengeful rage and desperate measures, Alkema gets to the heart of Tosca, giving us a poised ‘Vissi d’arte’ on the way” (The Times).

Making their COC debuts as Tosca’s lover, Mario Cavaradossi, are exciting young Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente and heroic Bulgarian tenor Kamen Chanev. German bass-baritone Markus Marquardt, a sought-after interpreter of the Italian repertoire, makes his Canadian debut as the evil police chief, Scarpia. He shares the role with young American bass-baritone Craig Colclough who makes his COC debut and is reunited with Alkema, having sung Scarpia to her Tosca with ENO in fall 2016.

South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, praised for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato” (New York Times) makes his Canadian debut as the escaped political prisoner Angelotti. Italian bass Donato di Stefano (2011’s La Cenerentola) returns to the COC as the Sacristan. The role of Spoletta is sung by American tenor Joel Sorensen, in his COC debut.

Canadian-British bass-baritone Giles Tomkins sings Sciarrone, in his company debut, and COC Ensemble Studio baritone Bruno Roy is the Jailer.

Last performed by the COC in 2012, this production of Tosca is a COC co-production with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Tosca is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM.

Tosca premiered to mixed reviews in Rome in 1900, but this thrilling melodrama, with its all-consuming power to stir passion, has since become a staple of the operatic repertoire.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets for Tosca range from $35 – $235 and box seats, when available, are $350. Tickets are now on sale, available online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.). For more information on specially priced tickets available to young people under the age of 15, standing room, Opera Under 30 presented by TD Bank Group, student groups and rush seating, visit coc.ca.

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Review:

Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is the perfect opera for you to get lost in especially if you are a first time opera attendee.  It is sizzling, jam packed with power struggles between the key characters, short and sweet soap opera drama vignettes soaked in unbridled passion.

“Vissi d’arte” is one of the most famous soprano aria’s and it can be found nestled in Act 2 of ‘Tosca’.   Sung by Floria Tosca as she thinks of her fate, how the life of her beloved, Mario Cavaradossi, is at the mercy of Baron Scarpia and why God has seemingly abandoned her.  How can the audience not relate to her plight?

We have heard “Vissi d’arte” in its many variations buried in films and TV shows.  The Canadian Opera Company’s ‘Tosca’ introduces us to Adrianne Pieczonka’s “Vissi d’arte”.  Adrianne Pieczonka’s performance is on par to Maria Callas’ ode.  Rich, emotional and gut wrenching.  Kleenex is a must and should be easily accessible upon completion of her performance.

The staging and costuming amplified the experience of ‘Tosca’.  The audience is immediately transported to church and then a doomsday like fortress.  Religious regalia, beautiful chiffon like dresses, decadent grand paintings, Our Lady in a church procession and an ominous jail play secondary character roles.  The architecture of the space helped in ravaging the raw emotion of the performances.

Mario Cavaradossi as played by Marcelo Puente and Markus Marquardt playing the role of chief of police amplify the drama within ‘Tosca’ and still curates a gentle space for Floria Tosca to grieve and lash out.  Their performances cumulatively are jaw dropping and will encourage you to make a note to pick up a recording of ‘Tosca’ the following day for further reflection. 

The poem to Rome’s scenic views, a plot line that will keep you intrigued and the emotional exploration of troubled and heightened relationships of the characters.   The Canadian Opera Company provides the best in opera fare and ‘Tosca’ is certainly an opera to see again with a friend or family member to ruminate over, share a debrief with or perhaps dig deeper into Puccini’s flourishing opera catalogue.

Although a less physically arduous opera to enjoy, ‘Tosca’ runs just over 2.5 hours and has three acts.  The acts are brief, cohesive and riddled with an intense overriding theme of the price of passion and power.  ‘Tosca’ although heavy to inhale into our lungs provides a wonderful respite to lean into as a break from current day political shenanigans outside the doors of The Four Seasons for the Performing Arts. 

http://www.coc.ca

Review: Slowdive at The Danforth Music Hall (Friday May 5, 2017)

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With Brian Eno’s ‘Deep Blue Day’ setting the stage, The Danforth Music Hall felt like it was set for a neon forest filled with ambient light just as Slowdive quietly took the stage cheeky smiles in tow. 

“Today is our record release day,  we are all very relieved it is finally out there,” said vocalist Rachel Goswell proudly before commencing an evening full of reverb for a once shoe gazey now 40 something audience.

‘Alison’, ‘Sugar for the Pill’, ‘She Calls’ and ‘Machine Gun’ punctuated the air.  A heckler demanding songs be played at his beckoning was quietly shut down and called a ‘pillock’ by Goswell at the midpoint.  Keeping it real.  The polite Toronto audience didn’t dare encourage the heckler.  Moving on, just as Slowdive did with a stiff upper lip and a knowing glance to one another. 

Feeling the ghosts of Cocteau Twins and Sonic Youth in the air, Simon Scott on drums, Neil Halstead on vocals and guitar, Nick Chaplin on bass and Christian Savill on guitar curated a set which was cohesive and deafening. 

Closing one’s eyes you could still easily conjure up teenage bed sprawling anthems washing over you much like they did at the Danforth Music Hall on Friday night.  Ambiance.  Reflection.  Quiet resolutions to oneself.  Glancing over at my audience members, the vibe was all about soaking up a live space that perhaps the next time we breathe in the tone of our own lives will be a tad different.

New songs included ‘Slomo’ which was just as beautifully stitched songs from their early work.   Souvlaki’s ‘40 Days’ made an appearance and provided a book end to Slowdive’s newer fare.  ‘Souvlaki Space Station’ was an excellent reminder that picking up Slowdive’s latest “Dead Oceans” not only honours the legacy of their life work to date but gifts the listener with a treat to tide you over until we meet Slowdive again.

http://www.slowdiveofficial.com/

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