NEWSLETTER

Updated:  APRIL 25, 2002

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This newsletter is designed to welcome all the new members, give you some updated entertainment-related news and provide you with our upcoming event listings.   Welcome to those who are new members.  I will also highlight events for the next 10 days so click on EVENTS.

 

 

NEW EVENTS

1.         CARL HENRY CD RELEASE PARTY – MAY 17, 2002 - THE AFFAIR AT REVIVAL

You’ve heard his tracks “One Night Stand”, “Sex U” and “Gimme Love” on FLOW 93.5 in the past few weeks.  You’ve heard his name before – somewhere.  Langfield Entertainment teams up with Major Entertainment for the May version of The Affair – the Carl Henry CD Release Party on Friday, May 17th - the LONG weekend!   Kick off the long weekend with a live R&B showcase that you can’t miss.  Check out Carl Henry’s site - with pics, tracks and videos - www.carlhenryrnb.com or click on top picture of Carl.    You definitely need to check this site out!  I was an immediate fan!  His tracks are hot and his videos hotter!  I am thrilled to be involved in helping to showcase this artist’s work and to work with
Carl Henry’s label, CeSoul. 

Carl is a fluently bilingual (French and English) R&B artist from Montreal (Jamaican born) who is capturing not only North America’s R&B fans but has received much love from FRANCE – where he will be releasing a full French album the same time as his English one is released in Canada – May 21st! 
Like many of today's chart-toppers, Carl B. Henry established his musical roots in the church.  He has received many accolades already as this project has been in the works since 1997.  He has performed internationally with some of urban music's hottest stars including Mary J. Blige, Next, 112, TLC, Eric Benet and Lucy Pearl.

And Toronto is privileged to host Carl Henry’s CD RELEASE on MAY 17TH at The Affair inside Revival - Toronto’s hottest venue!  Buy your tickets NOW to secure your place for this very special night.  People are already asking how to get tickets!   Great giveaways too!   As always, you can purchase tickets from me.  

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2002
THE AFFAIR FEATURING A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY CARL HENRY
REVIVAL BAR
783 College Street (at Shaw)
Doors Open at 9:00 pm; Dress Semi Formal
Advance Tickets:  $20.00; more at the door
Info.: (416) 259-8708 or email us at
info@major-ent.com
WEBSITE:  MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

2.         IMAN COSMETICS LAUNCH – FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2002

Come join all the fun brought to you by Iman Cosmetics this Friday!!  Major League Entertainment brings to you a launch party from Iman Cosmetics!!  There will be cosmetic representatives from Iman Cosmetics and lots of giveaways!  Come check out the “beauty”ful  people on Friday night!

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
IMAN COSMETICS LAUNCH
CHARLES
1 Jarvis St (at Queen's Quay )
EVERYONE FREE UNTIL MIDNIGHT
10:00pm-3:00am
Dress code enforced!
www.majorleague-ent.com

 

 

3.         HARRY JEROME AWARDS – SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2002

The 20th Annual Harry Jerome Awards: Purpose. Progress. Passion.  The Harry Jerome Awards honour the legacy of the late Harry Jerome. As a track and field champion, scholar and social advocate, he embodied the spirit of excellence among African Canadians. This year, 14 individuals will receive the coveted award including: Dr. Rosemary Brown, Herb Carnegie, Michael Lee-Chin, Dr. Avis Glaze, Wes "Maestro" Williams, Dr. Howard McCurdy, Leonard Braithwaite, Q.C., Grace Carter-Henry Lyon, Sandra Whiting, Omar Miles, Arisa Cox, Weyni Mengesha, Marlon Rhoden and Tamara Gafoor.  This year the Harry Jerome Awards will feature musical performances by BMG recording artist and Juno award winner Jacksoul, R&B diva Divine Earth Essence, piano great Washington Savage (The Infidels, Blaxam) and vocalist Robert Owens. The retrospective Awards gala will also feature a dramatic performance by the Obsidian Theatre.  The Awards dinner will be hosted by comedian and FLOW 93.5 FM's Kenny Robinson and CP24’s Juliette Powell. Toronto Argonauts President Michael "Pinball" Clemons and CFTO TV’s Andria Case will host the Awards gala.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
HARRY JEROME AWARDS
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resented by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) in conjunction with VIA Rail Canada
Constitution Hall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St. West
Tickets:  Dinner and Show - $100; Show - $60
For tickets/information:  416-504-4097
Email:  admin@bbpa.org

 

 

4.         LOVE COME DOWN – THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2002

Cinema for the Soul’s April screening is
LOVE COME DOWN directed by Clement Virgo.  Starring Lorenz Tate, Martin Cummins and Deborah Cox, Love Come Down is the gripping tale of two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, who have served as each other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade-old tragedy.  Winner of the Reel Black Awards 2000 and Urban World 2001 Outstanding Feature. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
LOVE COME DOWN
Innis Theatre
2 Sussex Avenue - (U of T Campus)
St. George Subway - south of Bata Shoe Museum
7:30 pm
Tickets: $6.00 BFVN Members; $8.00 Non-Members; (416) 925-2407
www.bfvn.com; Email: bfvn@bfvn.com

 

 

5.         MICHAEL CHAMBERS GALLERY SHOW – THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2002

Michael Chambers is showing his exciting new body of work entitled "Light Suspended" from Thursday, April 25th - Saturday, May 18th at the O'Connor Gallery.  Come and experience opening night!   Click on Michael's picture (right) to go to his site.   

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
MICHAEL CHAMBERS "LIGHT SUSPENDED"
OPENING NIGHT
O’Connor Gallery
97 Maitland (east of Yonge, north of Carlton)
8:00 pm

 

 

6.         BLACK LOVE WITH DWAYNE MORGAN – FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002

Black Love was the first series that put Up From the Roots on the Toronto entertainment map back in 1996. This up coming Black Love will be the last in that chapter.  Performing will be seven time Juno nominee Lorraine Reid, Kesha Wint, Cheryl Joseph, the Heavy Hitter, dancers Kevin Ormsby and Tamla Matthews, as well as Dwayne Morgan!!  They will all be backed by the Tri-Fecta band.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
BLACK LOVE
FLAVA CITY
247 Spadina Ave. (just south of Dundas)

Doors 9:00 pm; Showtime 9:30 pm

After party with SiVuPlay
www.upfromtheroots.ca

 

 

7.         KATIE BURGESS AT REVIVAL – APRIL 30, 2002

Toronto vocalist Katie Burgess performs for a new night at Revival.  Her dynamic mix of Funk/Soul/Jazz and House styles will be sure to capture the patrons!  Check her out at Revival – Toronto’s hottest venue!  Please come out and join in the fun!

TUESDAY, APRIL 30
KATIE BURGESS
REVIVAL
783 College Street (at Shaw)
Doors open at 10:00 pm
$5.00

 

 

NEWS

 

 

8.         MAESTRO  FEATURED IN TORONTO STAR ARTICLE – APRIL 16, 2002 - “STICK TO YOUR VISION”

Wes “Maestro” Williams hits the press again – this time with a full front page article in Tuesdays Toronto (Star Boom section) covering one of his many motivational addresses to youth.  "In life, you are going to come across all kinds of negativity but you've got to stay focused ... and most of all stick to your vision."  This article covers Maestro’s appearance at Northview Heights Secondary School.  Maestro will be honoured with a Harry Jerome Award this Saturday in recognition of his many achievements.   The BBPA website says, "As the first Canadian hip-hop icon, Maestro has helped rap become a fixture on the Canadian music scene. Throughout his career, he has continued to be a catalyst in the music industry while making a tremendous impact on the lives of many."   See the full article at MAESTRO ARTICLE!  Bookings for speaking engagements, please contact:  wes-williams@mailcity.com

 

 

9.         MOTION IN MOTION

Have a listen to Motion's contribution to CBC Radio's National Poetry Face-Off when you have a moment. This is the winning piece that Motion blew the crowd away with at Hugh's Room, beating out 4 other local Toronto poet competitors: 
http://radio.cbc.ca/programs/roundup/home.html

 

 

10.       TORONTO STAR ARTICLE ON CHRIS SMITH – APRIL 13, 2002

Ashante Infantry gives us an inside look at the path to success of Chris Smith (Nelly Furtado, Philospher Kings, jacksoul, Jelleestone).  An insightful story about the man behind some of the industry’s biggest musical stars.  Congratulations to Chris Smith and his management team for all their hard work and dedication.  Another Canadian success story!  See the full story at CHRIS SMITH ARTICLE.  Chris Smith Management’s website can be found at www.chrissmithmanagement.com.

 


RECAPS

 

11.       2002 JUNOS WINNERS

Just thought I’d show you the list of Juno winners from Sunday nightI have to mention that I thought the Bare Naked Ladies did a great job hosting the evening - they kept me tuned in much longer than previous years!  Congrats to all winners and nominees for your year of great accomplishments!  Check out more information at http://www.junos.sympatico.ca/winners.html.   Pictures right are taken from the Junos site.

Best Single

How You Remind Me - Nickelback

Best Selling Album (foreign or domestic)

Hotshot - Shaggy

Best Selling Francophone Album

Les Vents ont changé – Kevin Parent

Best Album

The Look of Love – Diana Krall

Best Artist

Diana Krall

Best Group

Nickelback

Best Instrumental Album

Armando’s Fire – Oscar Lopez

Best New Solo Artist (sponsored by FACTOR)

Hawksley Workman

Best New Group (sponsored by FACTOR)

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Best Songwriter

Jann Arden – “Never Mind”; “Thing for You” (Co-songwriter Russell Broom)

Best New Country Artist/Group

Ennis Sisters

Best Country Artist/Group

Carolyn Dawn Johnson

Best Rap Recording

Bad Dreams – Swollen Members

Best Pop Album

Morning Orbit – David Usher

Best Rock Album

Silver Side Up – Nickelback

Best Vocal Jazz Album

The Look of Love – Diana Krall

Best Contemporary Jazz Album – Instrumental

Live – François Bourassa Trio + André LeRoux

Best Traditional Jazz Album – Instrumental

Murley, Bickert & Wallace: Live at the Senator – Mike Murley

Best Children’s Album

A Classical Kids Christmas – Susan Hammond

Best Classical Album: Solo or Chamber Ensemble

Bach Arrangements – Angela Hewitt

Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment

Max Bruch, Concertos 1 & 3 – James Ehnes, violin – Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

Best Classical Album: Vocal or Choral Performance

Air Français – Ben Heppner

Best Classical Composition

Par-çi, par-la – Chan Ka Nin

Best Alternative Album

Poses – Rufus Wainwright

Best Dance Recording

Spaced Invader – Hatiras

Best R&B/Soul Recording

Don’t You Forget It – Glenn Lewis

Best Reggae Recording

Love (African Woman) – Blessed

Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording

On and On – Eagle & Hawk

Best Roots & Traditional Album – Solo

Far End of Summer – David Francey

Best Roots & Traditional Album – Group

Cordial – La Bottine Souriante

Best Blues Album

Big Mouth – Colin Linden

Best Gospel Album

Downhere – Downhere

Best Global Album

The Journey – Alpha Yaya Diallo

Jack Richardson Best Producer

Daniel Lanois (Co-Producer Brian Eno) – “Beautiful Day”; “Elevation” – U2

Best Recording Engineer

Randy Staub – “How You Remind Me”; “Too Bad”—Nickelback

Best Album Design (sponsored by Ever-Reddy Packaging)

Sebastien Toupin (Art Director); Sebastien Toupin, Benoit St-Jean, Michel Valois (Designers); Martin Tremblay (Photographer) – Disparu – La Chicane

Best Video

Jealous of Your Cigarette – Sean Michael Turrell – Hawksley Workman

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Michael Cohl

Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Daniel Lanois

 

 

 

12.       SIM & JONES FASHION SHOW RECAP

Sim & Jones have done it again with their Spring 2002 fashion shows
!  Their numbers have increased each show because of their popularity – so much so that they filled the spot at Revival on Wednesday, April 10th.  Sexy casual was the name of the game.  This show was sponsored by Next, Sutherland and Armstrong Models, Pamela Atkinson (hair), Stephen Sardella (make up), Robert Brody (photography), Mark Campbell (graphics) and Gary Taylor (DJ).  Accessories by Feline Women, Truth Belts, Diva Digs, Prototype vintage jewellery.  Be sure to stop by their store (388 College Street) and their website – www.simandjones.com.

Congratulations to Pui Sims, Alarice Jones and Marlissa – proof positive again that Canadians are the coolest!


 WEEKEND EVENTS
APRIL 18 - 21, 2002

THURSDAY, APRIL 18
ALTO BASSO
Featuring Juicy
718 College Street (at Crawford)
(416) 534-9522
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
:  Katie Burgess will be throwing down again at Alto Basso this Thursday and every Thursday evening afterwards.  She is accompanied by Juice (Michael Shand, Richard E. Brown, Roger Williams, Andy Thompson).

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
OPEN MIC FEATURING PETER MILLER
Café Havana
236 Adelaide W. (just east of Duncan)
(416) 598-4444
10:00 pm

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring the vocal stylings of Peter Miller accompanied by Shamakah Ali, Michael Shand, Calvin Beale and Olly Johnson.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
IMAN COSMETICS LAUNCH
CHARLES
1 Jarvis St (at Queen's Quay )
EVERYONE FREE UNTIL MIDNIGHT
10:00pm-3:00am
Dress code enforced!
www.majorleague-ent.com

EVENT PROFILE: Come join all the fun brought to you by Iman Cosmetics this Friday!!  Major League Entertainment brings to you a launch party from Iman Cosmetics!!  There will be cosmetic representatives from Iman Cosmetics and lots of giveaways!  Come check out the “beauty”ful  people on Friday night!

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
HARRY JEROME AWARDS
P
resented by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) in conjunction with VIA Rail Canada
Constitution Hall
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St. West
Tickets:  Dinner and Show - $100; Show - $60
For tickets/information:  416-504-4097
Email:  admin@bbpa.org

Tickets are available at all Nicey’s Food Mart locations, A Different Booklist (746 Bathurst St.), Jean Pierre Aesthetics and Spa (530 Yonge St.), Burke’s Books & Picture Framing, (873 St. Clair Ave. West), System Music Warehouse (512 Kingston Rd, Pickering.), Ashanti Room (28 Lennox St.) and the BBPA office (307-675 King St. West).

EVENT PROFILE: The 20th Annual Harry Jerome Awards: Purpose. Progress. Passion.  The Harry Jerome Awards honour the legacy of the late Harry Jerome. As a track and field champion, scholar and social advocate, he embodied the spirit of excellence among African Canadians. This year, 14 individuals will receive the coveted award including: Dr. Rosemary Brown, Herb Carnegie, Michael Lee-Chin, Dr. Avis Glaze, Wes "Maestro" Williams, Dr. Howard McCurdy, Leonard Braithwaite, Q.C., Grace Carter-Henry Lyon, Sandra Whiting, Omar Miles, Arisa Cox, Weyni Mengesha, Marlon Rhoden and Tamara Gafoor.  This year the Harry Jerome Awards will feature musical performances by BMG recording artist and Juno award winner Jacksoul, R&B diva Divine Earth Essence, piano great Washington Savage (The Infidels, Blaxam) and vocalist Robert Owens. The retrospective Awards gala will also feature a dramatic performance by the Obsidian Theatre.  The Awards dinner will be hosted by comedian and FLOW 93.5 FM's Kenny Robinson and CP24’s Juliette Powell. Toronto Argonauts President Michael "Pinball" Clemons and CFTO TV’s Andria Case will host the Awards gala.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 21
THE A-TEAM
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Wade O. Brown, Rich Brown, Levin, Dave Leitao, Neil Brathwaite and Don Pham

 


UPCOMING EVENTS
APRIL 22 - 28, 2002

MONDAY, APRIL 22
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Mackie Langford, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

MONDAY, APRIL 22
VIP JAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Revival Bar
783 College Street (at Shaw)
10:00 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Rich Brown, Andrew Craig and Shamakah Ali with various local artists.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 23
JAM SESSION
Lava Lounge
507 College Street (west of Bathurst)
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Calvin Beale, Michael Shand, Joe Bowden, Thomas Reynolds and various local artists.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
ALTO BASSO
Featuring Juicy
718 College Street (at Crawford)
(416) 534-9522
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: If you haven’t caught on yet, Katie Burgess shines at Alto Basso every Thursday evening, accompanied by Juice (Michael Shand, Richard E. Brown, Roger Williams, Andy Thompson).  An eclectic gathering of patrons at Alto Basso.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
LOVE COME DOWN
Innis Theatre
2 Sussex Avenue - (U of T Campus)
St. George Subway - south of Bata Shoe Museum
7:30 pm
Tickets: $6.00 BFVN Members; $8.00 Non-Members
Tickets:  (416) 925-2407
www.bfvn.com; Email: bfvn@bfvn.com


EVENT PROFILE:  Cinema for the Soul’s April screening is LOVE COME DOWN directed by Clement Virgo.  Starring Lorenz Tate, Martin Cummins and Deborah Cox, Love Come Down is the gripping tale of two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, who have served as each other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade-old tragedy.  Winner of the Reel Black Awards 2000 and Urban World 2001 Outstanding Feature.  

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
MICHAEL CHAMBERS "LIGHT SUSPENDED"
OPENING NIGHT
O’Connor Gallery
97 Maitland (east of Yonge, north of Carlton)
8:00 pm


EVENT PROFILE:  Michael Chambers is showing his exciting new body of work entitled "Light Suspended" from Thursday, April 25th - Saturday, May 18th at the O'Connor Gallery.  Come and experience opening night!  

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
BLACK LOVE FEATURING DWAYNE MORGAN
FLAVA CITY
247 Spadina Ave. (just south of Dundas)

Doors 9:00 pm; Showtime 9:30 pm

After party with SiVuPlay
www.upfromtheroots.ca

EVENT PROFILE
:
 Black Love was the first series that put us on the Toronto entertainment map back in 1996. This up coming Black Love will be the last in that chapter.  Performing will be seven time Juno nominee Lorraine Reid, Kesha Wint, Cheryl Joseph, the Heavy Hitter, dancers Kevin Ormsby and Tamla Matthews, as well as Dwayne Morgan!!  They will be backed by the Tri-Fecta band.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
OPEN MIC FEATURING PETER MILLER
Café Havana
236 Adelaide W. (just east of Duncan)
(416) 598-4444
10:00 pm

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring the vocal stylings of Peter Miller accompanied by Shamakah Ali, Michael Shand, Calvin Beale and Olly Johnson.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 28
THE A-TEAM
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Wade O. Brown, Rich Brown, Levin, Dave Leitao, Neil Brathwaite and Don Pham

 


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