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April 30, 2015

April showers bring May flowers?  My take on this is that in the last week alone, we've experienced all four seasons!  Nothing is predictable with the weather in Toronto!

Just a reminder on a couple of upcoming important dates - next Sunday, May 10th is Mother's Day and Victoria Day (aka the May long weekend) this year is Monday, May 18th.  Put them in your calendars now! 

A couple of weeks ago, on April 16th, I was delighted to attend Lyrics Music Bar to see Liz Loughrey and Adrian X perform.  Liz is a 19 year old classically-trained pop/soul vocalist who is working on her new EP (Soulplay) with Adrian X.  Liz and Adrian X have been recording music and their sessions have taken place in some of the most famous studios in cities such as London, Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto. Check out my photos (not my best photos - it was also my birthday celebration ha!) on my Facebook page HERE.  Check out Liz and Adrian's track HERE or go to Liz's official website at www.lizloughrey.com.

This week features your entertainment news including: Joni Mitchell's health; Jonathan Crombie passes; Everybody Loves Raymond's Sawyer Sweeten passes; Bruce Jenner's revelation; and much more.  Check all your news out under TOP STORIES and scroll down for moreLook out for the articles labelled VIDEO - so be sure to check them out!   

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::TOP STORIES::
   
Joni Mitchell still in hospital, not in a coma, according to her website

(Apr 28 2015) LOS ANGELES - Conflicting information about Canadian songwriting legend Joni Mitchell’s health was released Tuesday.
Dreamy Gilbert Blythe actor Jonathan Crombie loved the stage

(Apr 29 2015) Jonathan Crombie became a Canadian icon for his heartfelt portrayal of dreamy Gilbert Blythe in the television adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables books.
   
Everybody Loves Raymond Child Star Sawyer Sweeten Has Committed Suicide

(Apr. 27 2015) He was just 19.  Everybody Loves Raymond child star Sawyer Sweeten took his own life at his family's Texas home on Thursday, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which cited a family statement. He was just 19.
VIDEOS: Bruce Jenner Confirms Transition in Diane Sawyer Interview

(Apr. 24 2015) *Like the saying goes, it's a different world.
   
::MUSIC::
   
Daniel Lanois is pushing musical boundaries in 'a whole new direction’

(Apr 29 2015) Like so much of his music, Daniel Lanois is a busy and multilayered complexity, inspired and inspiring, genius yet accessible, leaving you wanting more.
Shawn Mendes's Handwritten tops the Billboard 200

(Apr 22 2015) Does Canada have another Justin Bieber on its hands?
   
A Canadian virtuoso, no longer Haydn in plain sight

(Apr 25 2015) BOSTON—"She has chops Eric Clapton would wish for on a good day."
Rodney Jerkins Launches Lifestyle Music Group

(Apr. 25 2015) *Los Angeles, CA —  Evolve Music Group Chairman/CEO Rodney Jerkins announces his first formal venture into the gospel and Christian music industry with the launch of Lifestyle Music Group (LMG). 
   
Queen Latifah Talks Sexuality, Getting Naked and Playing Bessie Smith

(Apr 28 2015) *Queen Latifah has done it all — from music to TV to film. She’s a well-rounded entertainer who has taken on the role of iconic Bessie Smith in HBO’s “Bessie."
What global mainstream music looks like in 2015

(Apr 10 2015) With the unwelcome propagation of music-award shows, superfluous prize categories, streaming playlists, download data and even real-time Twitter charts.
   
VIDEO: Check Out Kenya's New Smooth, Soulful R&B Cut 'Let Me'

(Apr. 26 2015) *Kenya is a richly inspired vocalist/songwriter whose jazz-kissed soul style is wooing admirers simultaneously in the U.S. and U.K.
Soul Understated to Open at 'Art of Cool Festival' for Anthony Hamilton

(Apr. 23 2015) *New York, NY – Continuing the momentum of its recently released EP, On the Shoulders of Giants, Soul Understated is back to give fans even more fierce soul stylings as the opening act for Grammy Award Winning Singer and Main Stage Headliner Anthony Hamilton 
   
Jussie Smollett, Yazz, Estelle to Sing 'Empire' Medley at Billboard Awards

(Apr. 2632015) *"Empire" fans can get a fix next month when Jussie Smollett and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray come off hiatus to suit up for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
   
::BILLBOARD NEW RELEASES::    /    ::CONCERT LISTINGS::
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::FILM::
   
Filmmaker Barry Avrich understands the audience and how to succeed

(Apr. 19 2015) Canadian filmmaker Barry Avrich is an expert in indomitable men, having produced and directed documentaries on Harvey Weinstein, Winston Churchill and the legendary Hollywood producer Lew Wasserman.
Rob Cohen on Being Canadian, as only Canadians can be

(Apr. 24 2015) Rob Cohen was fed up. For more than two decades, as a Calgary-born comedy writer living and thriving in Hollywood, Cohen, 48, suffered his colleagues' ceaseless mockery and casual ignorance of all things Canadian.
   
Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan added to Cannes' Palme d'Or jury

(Apr 22 2015)  Xavier Dolan came up just short of winning the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival — but this year he's going to help decide who wins it.
The Nova Scotia film tax credit – a numbers game

(Apr 24 2015) Amid a fierce debate over the government of Nova Scotia’s decision to cut a popular film and television tax credit, a key justification for the decision is being called into question.
   
The Calgary Underground Film Festival's mind-blowing wrap-up

(Apr. 17 2015) The exploding head scene in David Cronenberg's 1980 film Scanners is legendary – much discussed and dissected, right down to the leftover hamburgers that were used as part of the yucky non-CGI head-stuffing.
What to see at Hot Docs 2015

(Apr 22 2015) The Star's film writers pick the best bets from 210 documentaries screening at Hot Docs, which runs April 23 to May 3.
   
DOXA documentary festival kicks off with Greenpeace founder’s 'last mind bomb’

(Apr 24 2015) VANCOUVER — Bob Hunter always knew the founding of Greenpeace would make a great movie.
How to make a movie on one week's wages

(Apr. 26 2015) Meet Hannah and Mackenzie, two women standing at the intersection of legacy media and new tech, making "Internet odysseys," such as their new Web series ,Whatever, Linda, alongside television and films.
   
VIDEO: New Trailer for Netflix Doc, 'What Happened, Miss Simone?’

(Apr 29 2015) *A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?"
VIDEO: Hot Docs: Disabled wrestlers battle for respect in Doglegs

(Apr 26 2015) Members of a Japanese handicapped pro wrestling troupe pin prejudice to the mat in the world premiere of Doglegs at Hot Docs on Monday.
   
Viola Davis to Play Harriet Tubman in HBO Project

(Apr 28 2015) *Viola Davis will star as famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a project being produced by Doug Ellin and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for HBO Films.
   
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::TELEVISION::
   
Montreal's Jessica Paré bids au revoir to Mad Men and the Calvet family

(Apr. 24 2015) Mad Men is famously fastidious in its attention to detail, but for some Canadians there has been one glaring misstep over the years: the way it portrays its Québécois character, Megan Calvet Draper.
Complaints, secrecy . . . they're all in a day's work on Mad Men, Bruce Greenwood says

(Apr 22 2015) TORONTO—Doing a guest stint on the final episodes of Mad Men can be a tricky proposition — just ask Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood, who popped up on the most recent episode as a love interest for the world-weary Joan.
   
Funny: Yvonne Orji Creates 'First Gen' Nigerian-American Sitcom

(Apr. 23 2015) *"First Gen" is a sitcom pilot written by comedian/actress Yvonne Orji. The story is semi-autobiographical and draws loosely from Yvonne's stand-up routines and real life experiences.
Spoiler alert: Grey's Anatomy death shocks fans

(Apr. 24 2015) If you haven't seen Thursday's "Grey's Anatomy" and plan to — spoiler alert!
   
Happyish not only show rocked by death of a star

(Apr. 27 2015) Happyish had a sad beginning.
Jay Leno promises laughs at Massey Hall

(Apr 28 2015) Jay Leno can’t sit still.
   
Samantha Bee predicts tears for her final Daily Show

(Apr 24 2015) Samantha Bee says she's stocked up on waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner in preparation for her final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
So you want to write a TV show?

(Apr. 24 2015) TORONTO — Seven people in an east-end Toronto conference room are trying to figure out whether they can terrorize a child.
   
::ARTS::
   
The ebb and flow of Ballet Creole

(Apr 15 2015) It's a good thing Patrick Parson is an incorrigible optimist.
CanAsian dance festival connects by getting smaller

(Apr 29 2015) Denise Fujiwara, artistic director of Toronto’s biennial CanAsian International Dance Festival, says she’s always looking at ways the event can best respond to the needs of artists and changing audience preferences.
   
Bolton teen puts the Music in Monday

(Apr 29 2015) The 17-year-old Grade 11 student at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton has written the song that will be sung by hundreds of thousands of Canadian students on May 4: Music Monday.
Bageshree Vaze seeks an alternate reality in dance

(Apr 22 2015) Bageshree Vaze is exploring what it means to be a modern woman in the complexity of today's intercultural world.
   
James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson Reunite on Broadway for 'The Gin Game'

(Apr 22 2015) *Broadway will have two legends gracing the same stage this fall.
Ethical clothing doc debuts on second anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse

(Apr 21 2015) Laura Siegel is a rarity in the world of fashion. She usually knows the person who crafted the fabric that goes into her artisanal line of clothing.
   
Indie theatres grab attention at opposite ends of Bloor-Danforth

(Apr 24 2015)  Like sap rising through a tree in springtime, the indie theatre scene in Toronto is spreading from the downtown core to the city's outer limbs.
Tony Award nominations announced

(Apr 28 2015) Two new musicals, “An American in Paris" with a score by Ira and George Gershwin and the lesbian coming-out story “Fun Home," led the Tony nominations, theater’s highest honors, on Tuesday with 12 nods each.
   
::TECHNOLOGY::
   
Few Canadian businesses ready for next wave of tech change, study says

(Apr 28 2015) TORONTO — A new study by consulting firm Deloitte suggests most Canadian companies aren’t prepared for major advances in technology like robotics and artificial intelligence.
Cars, gadgets that locate parking, food, a mechanic

(Apr 24 2015) If you look at automotive, the buzz lately has centred on driverless cars, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and rival operating systems on the dashboard and so on.
   
Five strange things about Friday's Apple Watch launch

(Apr. 24 2015) The social media frenzy begins.
   
::TRAVEL::
   
Finding daily peace amid the maelstrom

(Apr 24 2015) On our second morning in Rajasthan, we awoke to the sound of birds chattering, vendors barking and taxis beeping in the lane below our window.
A tropical paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

(Apr. 17 2015) AZORES, PORTUGAL — I am terribly confused.
   
Precautions against illness to take when you travel

(Apr 17 2015) Heading to Quebec City? You likely can just hop on a plane or train without a second thought. But for other destinations, you put your health at risk by travelling without taking precautions against infection, especially from mosquitoes.
   
::FITNESS::
 
'Sweatworking' taking business meetings to a new level

(Apr 21 2015) NEW YORK — Sweatworking, the growing practice of meeting clients for a walk, a run or a fitness class, is elbowing networking out of bars and ryestaurants and into boutique fitness studios.
 
::MOTIVATION::
 
Motivational Thought

If our minds are ruled by destructive emotions, by self-centredness, with little regard for others, we won’t be happy. As social animals we need to work together. With friends around us, we feel secure, happy and our minds are calm. We’re physically well too. When we’re filled with anger, fear and frustration, our minds are upset and our health declines. Therefore, the ultimate source of happiness is warm-heartedness.

Source:  Dalai Lama
 

Have a great week!


 

Dawn Langfield
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