NEWSLETTER

Updated:  August 8, 2002

Hope you all had a good and safe holiday weekend.  Can you believe it’s August?  Well, there’s plenty of summer left so check out some hot news and events below!  You can click on any of the titles of the items listed and it will give you an individual page just with the relevant information on the story or event.  This newsletter is still 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.

 

NEWS

 

JULIETTE POWELL DEPARTS CHUM/CITY TV/CP 24 FOR ENTERPRISING NEW VENTURES

Juliette Powell recently resigned from CHUM/CITY TV/CP 24 in order to pursue other career interests.  Her decision to leave CHUM after her 10-year anniversary was not one that came easy but seemed to be affirmed just one day later when E! out of New York called Juliette to see if she was available to interview the famous Tom Cruise on the red carpet of his premiere in New York!!  That trip also featured other interviews including one with Taye Diggs and Rosie O’Donnell.  Another gig Juliette secured was to plan and execute the Toronto opening night festivities last week for Guy Laliberte of the famed Cirque du Soleil – Varekai.  Juliette, among many other accolades, is an inductee into the Canadian Who’s Who and also attended the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in South Africa as a Canadian delegate, where she helped rewrite the media section in the UN Plan of Action.  Congrats and good fortune Juliette on all your new ventures – we are all proud of you! 

 

 

KIRK COOPER JOINS TEAM AT REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL

Kirk Cooper recently joined Tonya Lee Williams and her staff at the ReelWorld Film Festival!  Kirks says that his experience with the Black Film and Video Network taught him invaluable things about the industry and the film community at large and is very grateful for that.  Look for Kirk adding his special magic to the ReelWorld Film Fest 2003!

 

 

MONICA SPEAKS: Singer tells all about recent tragedies.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Monica is exhaling. The singer, whose new CD, "All Eyez On Me," hits the stores on Sept. 17, told Sister 2 Sister Magazine's Jamie Brown about the emotional story about her ex-boyfriend's suicide.  In the September issue, Monica discusses having to fire a gun to get to the dying man and the medical condition that caused her to pass out on stage in DC, resulting in temporary paralysis. She also discusses her early career break.   Monica described the scene following her ex-boyfriend's self-inflicted gunshot, "I remember getting in the car ... grabbing him and pulling his head to me and I just felt something cover my left side. That was the side of his head that I realized was open. Just by the grace of God, the bullet didn't come out the other side. One of the officers told me, 'You don't realize where you were standing that if this bullet would have come out the other side of his head, it would be in you.'"

 

 

ASHANTI DISAPPOINTS IN JAMAICA: Lady of Soul Awardee doesn't deliver on stage, but she says being sexy is a good thing.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Our man in Jamaica, Kevin Jackson, reports that Ashanti made her debut performance in the island nation recently, at Reggae Sumfest's International Night.   The reggae festival featured performances from Bob Marley's son Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, (this year's Grammy award winner for Best Reggae Album), as well as Ja Rule and other reggae acts.   

Ashanti was disappointing to say the least. Not only CAN'T she dance, but girlfriend really can't sing, Jackson said. A lot of press folks have been bitching and asking, "What's all the hype on this sister, if she can't deliver?" After 3 songs, she left the stage. Her labelmate Ja Rule delivered the goods and had the crowd begging for more.
  The following night, Ashanti and Ja Rule performed at the annual beach bash Fully Loaded, in St. Catherine, where Ja Rule energized the crowd with his hits. Ashanti again was a disappointment, however, the crowd seemed to appreciate her song "Foolish" more than anything else.   In other Ashanti news, the singer has spoken out about her sexy photos and posters. She told German magazine Speigel Online, "I find sexy pictures erotic. And I love it when men find me erotic and I can boost their sex lives through my pictures... Why not?" she said. "Sex is not a bad thing, after all."

 

 

MISS AMERICA CHOOSES BRADY: Wayne Brady will host this year's pageant.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

The Miss America Pageant will welcome its very first African American emcee at this year's ceremony.  Comedic actor Wayne Brady, who gained fame from "Whose Line is it Anyway," will be hosing the event, the first black emcee in the pageant's 81-year history.   "My selection as host is also a defining moment, as I will be able to proudly represent the African-American community for the first time in this role," Brady said. But he also added, "I wasn't cast for my color. I bring a youthful energy to the proceedings."   The pageant, featuring contestants from the 50 states and D.C., airs at 8 p.m. ET, on Saturday, Sept. 21, on ABC.

 

 

BEENIE MAN AND DAMIAN MARLEY FEATURED ON MOVIE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Beenie Man and Damian Marley are the only reggae acts, who contribute to the forthcoming soundtrack album to the movie "Blue Crush." The various artistes album will be released via Virgin Records on August 13. Beenie Man contributes the track "Party Hard" while Marley contributes a remake of his late dad, Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved," which has been renamed "And You Be Loved."   Other major acts featured on the soundtrack disc include rocker Lenny Kravitz, Beth Orton, Nikki Costa, and N.E.R.D.   

 

 

CANADIAN CONTENT: Rascalz' "Reloaded" Released

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Rascalz' third studio album, "Reloaded", hit stores July 30, 2002. If the past is any indication of the future, "Reloaded" is sure to offer a collection of musical gems from the Vancouver, BC based hip hop crew.  The group, comprised of MCs Red1, Fit and DJ Kemo, has been recognized by critics and audiences alike in the form of awards and sales, for almost a decade.  The group has been a long-standing fixture on Canada's urban music scene since their 1993 debut album "Really Livin'". The album's title track went on to win the Much Music Video Award (MMVA) for Best Rap Video.   Their sophomore album, 1997's "Cash Crop", garnered even more industry success, winning another MMVA for Best Rap Recording as well as the Juno, the Canadian Grammy equivalent, for Best Rap Recording. The album was also certified gold.   The following year saw another Best Rap Recording Juno win for "Cash Crop". Rascalz shocked everyone by publicly refusing the award to protest the Canadian awards system's lack of broadcast time for urban music. (At this point in time, televised awards presentations and performances for hip hop, reggae or dance artists were minimal.)

In becoming one of the best selling and most acclaimed Canadian hip hop groups, Rascalz have provided a solid foundation of quality music, while remaining involved in meaningful activities. "Reloaded" is sure to offer all the lyrical skills and musical treats that Rascalz have offered in the past, and more. This one is not to be missed.

 

 

NEW EVENTS

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – VAREKAI – RUNS ONLY UNTIL AUGUST 13

Varekai
  - the latest live creation from Cirque du Soleil, explores an extraordinary world deep within a forest.  I think that every person breathing on this planet should experience the magic of Varekai.  Whatever it takes to go and see this show while it’s in town, DO IT!  The incredible athletic performances, symphony of sounds and divine humour will move you.  It left me speechless – there’s no adjective to describe it anyway.  An incredible, first-class, no-stone-unturned show.  Take your kids, bring a date, go solo!  It just doesn’t matter – just see it.  You will be afraid to blink in fear of missing one spectacular performance!  Here are all the details that you’ll need to know about the show while it is in Toronto. 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 – 13
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - VAREKAI
Ontario Place
955 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
For Tickets (416) 861-1017

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at the Cirque du Soleil website or through the Admission Network at (416) 861-1017 or 1-800-361-4595. For group reservations for 40 adults or more call the box office at (514) 722-2324 or 1-800-450-1480. Prices range from $65 to $85 for adults, and $45.50 to $59.50 for children (2 to 12 years). For students (13 to 17 years) and senior citizens (65 plus), prices are from $58.50 to $76.50, weekdays only (Tuesday to Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.).

 

 

DWAYNE MORGAN – WALKING ON WORDS INTERNATIONAL TOUR KICK-OFF – FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

Up From The Roots invites you the kick off of the Walking on Words International tour, and live album recording, for Spoken Word Artist Dwayne Morgan.  Dwayne Morgan has been instrumental in the development and promotion of Toronto's Spoken Word scene. Since emerging on the scene in 1994, Morgan has produced two chapbooks, two full-length works, most recently, The Man Behind the Mic (Feb 2002), one audiocassette, and the live album, The Evolution.  Against the backdrop of sultry vocals and smooth jazz and R&B, The Evolution was the recipient of the 2001 Urban Music Award for Best Spoken Word Recording.

Morgan has also built a name for himself with the highly popular spoken word events that he produces in the city, including the annual When Brothers Speak, When Sisters Speak, and Talking Aloud at Harbourfront.  Walking on Words will begin with Morgan recording his new live album at Clinton's Tavern (693 Bloor St. W. @ Christie). Doors open at 9pm. First set 10pm. Admission $15.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
DWAYNE MORGAN – WALKING ON WORDS TOUR KICK-OFF
Clinton’s Tavern
693 Bloor Street W. (at Christie)
Doors open at 9:00 pm; First set 10:00 pm
Admission $15.00

 

 

PIGEON – KIM KUHTEUBL ONE WOMAN SHOW - AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 13

“When you’re 30, you can be wise and horny all at the same time.”  Dee-Dee is under duress. Her hair is the conduit for electrical transmissions from photocopiers.  Birds have invaded her balcony.  She has no partner, no career and even worse, her 30th birthday is only minutes away and she hasn’t achieved any of her goals...except one, the one she’s keeping a secret.  “Sometimes I think.  Wow this chick is nasty or very honest depending on how you wanna spin it,” says Kim Kuhteubl, the show’s writer/performer and Toronto producer, who wrote PIGEON as a 30th birthday present to herself. Set, for the most part, in the bathroom of a corporate law office, Dee Dee comes face to face with the lies she has told to herself, her friends, her family and the audience.  “Do I really want to get this opinionated about relationships in front of total strangers?” continues Kuhteubl.  “Maybe this is why I’m single!” 


PIGEON was first hatched at The Fringe Festival Toronto in 2000.  The play was further developed when it was invited to and produced by NEXTFest, a 10-day festival in Edmonton Alberta that spotlights emerging artists in 2001.  That production featured an Edmonton cast and production team, “I was really nervous watching someone else do the part since I’d written it especially for me,” says Kuhteubl.  “It was extremely beneficial as a writer though because some of the things I thought didn’t work, actually did and others I thought were okay were “kimism”s, I could get away with as a performer or material that really sucked!”   Working with Toronto based director/actor Michael Chipman of Toronto’s well-known Canadia dell’Arte Troupe, the script has been further developed and rewritten to incorporate a more organic movement style and to make the narrative more active and simple.  The score is performed live by Hamilton bass player Mark McIntyre.  Transplanted Toronto actor Lisa Baylin rounds out the production team as the show’s New York Producer.  Girl Power is best known for their Top 5, Summerwork’s Festival hits Baggage & Suffragette Koans. 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 - MONDAY, AUGUST 12 - TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
PIGEON starring Kim Kuhteubl
Presented by Girl Power Productions
INVITED for its AMERICAN premier at

The New York International Fringe Festival, FringeNYC
Sunday @ 4:00 pm; Monday @ 8:00 pm; Tuesday @ 8:00 pm
The Space
186 Munro Avenue (2 Blocks West of Broadview, 1 Block South of Gerrard)

Seating is limited.
Pay What You Can
Reservations:  (416) 465-7393 or (416) 921-5977 or kim@dishpictures.com




 

HONEY JAM: PART 10 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

As the weary city slowly recovers from yet another jam-packed Caribana weekend, a not-to-be missed event emerges from the dust.  After 7 years of being the pinnacle of live performances, PhemPhat Productions promises to shake audiences to the very core with Honey Jam: Part 10, set to hit The Phoenix Concert Theatre on Thursday August 15th, 2002.   The all-female showcase has gained the reputation of being the hottest ticket of the summer, and has also gained the respect of industry decision-makers and the most critical party-goer.  In addition to the Honey Jam, PhemPhat Productions marks the 7th anniversary by presenting Honey Drops, a promotional compilation CD featuring the work of some of the artists who will be performing at the Honey Jam showcase.  “It’s been a labour of love,” says PhemPhat founder, Ebonnie Rowe.  The first 500 attendees will receive a limited edition Honey Drops CD, produced through funding by title sponsor Universal Music Canada. Other show sponsors include Peace, Much Vibe and CKLN.

The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto) plays home to this year’s Honey Jam showcase.  This year’s show promises to be worth the wait as 25 performers representing hip hop, spoken word, reggae, rock, pop, drum & bass, gospel, R&B, alternative and dance promise to set the stage on fire. Toya Alexis, Renee Wynter, Eternia, and Anjulie are just a few of the ladies who blew the judges away at the auditions.  Blaze Dancers and Graph Nobel, along with showcase veterans Natasha Waterman, Rachael Berry, True and Tara Chase also fill out the roster.

The Goddess of Canadian Hip Hop, Michie Mee, will host The Honey Jam Showcase.  For more information on PhemPhat Productions or the artists in this year’s Honey Jam, please check www.phemphat.com .

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
HONEY JAM: PART 10

Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street  
Doors open 7pm; Showtime 8pm (SHARP)
Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Ticket Master and $20 at door.
 
The after party promises to bring the heat with DJ Lytes and MelBoogie
A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society



ARTISTS PERFORMING:

 

Toya Alexis
Grand Imperial
Lisa Bell
Blaze Dancers
B. Brady
Black Pearl
Eternia
Arlene Hunter
Michie Mee
Graph Nobel
Rosie Cuffy
Tamla-Mai

True
Natasha Waterman
Tara Chase
Crystal Clear
L. Blaise
Ndidi Cascade
Rachael Berry
Anjulie
Mystique Blu
Renee Wynter
Lori Nuic

 

HOT & SPICY FOOD FESTIVAL - AUGUST 23-25

Asia Pacific fare and mouth-watering cultural fusions are served up to the rhythms of sizzling music and dance.  A generous helping of Toronto's top chefs and caterers sharing tips, mixed with spicy market shopping, scorching outdoor concerts and movies, and a few surprise ingredients  - all simmered together and served up hot!  http://www.harbourfront.on.ca/rhythms/spicy.html

 

 

GOSSIP

 

ANGIE STONE’S NEW RELEASE

Okay, it’s finalized. Angie Stone’s third single “More Than A Woman” – which was originally recorded with her ex-beau Calvin Richardson – has now been re-recorded with R&B crooner Joe and will be shipped to radio shortly. At one point, the song was going to be reworked with Angie’s labelmate Tyrese, but the tune was redone with Joe instead. “Me and Joe have great chemistry so we just went in and knocked it out,” said Stone. Angie is currently on the “BK Got Music Summer Tour” with Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert, and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

 

 

BLAQUE SIGNS DEAL

Pop trio Blaque, which were protégés of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, are now signed to Rodney Jerkins’ Darkchild label. Blaque was originally signed to Columbia Records who dropped the group early this year. The debut on Darkchild will be the first release for the Jerkins label through Cash Money Records. The deal calls for Jerkins to release four additional acts through Darkchild/Cash Money/Universal.

 

 


 WEEKEND EVENTS
AUGUST 8 - 11, 2002


 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 – 13
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - VAREKAI
Ontario Place
955 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
For Tickets (416) 861-1017

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at the Cirque du Soleil website or through the Admission Network at (416) 861-1017 or 1-800-361-4595. For group reservations for 40 adults or more call the box office at (514) 722-2324 or 1-800-450-1480. Prices range from $65 to $85 for adults, and $45.50 to $59.50 for children (2 to 12 years). For students (13 to 17 years) and senior citizens (65 plus), prices are from $58.50 to $76.50, weekdays only (Tuesday to Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.).

EVENT PROFILE: Varekai  - the latest live creation from Cirque du Soleil, explores an extraordinary world deep within a forest.  I think that every person breathing on this planet should experience the magic of Varekai.  Whatever it takes to go and see this show while it’s in town, DO IT!  The incredible athletic performances, symphony of sounds and divine humour will move you.  It left me speechless – there’s no adjective to describe it anyway.  An incredible, first-class, no-stone-unturned show.  Take your kids, bring a date, go solo!  It just doesn’t matter – just see it.  You will be afraid to blink in fear of missing one spectacular performance!  Here are all the details that you’ll need to know about the show while it is in Toronto. 

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
Hotel Boutique Bar
77 Peter St.
FREE MARTINIS - 10-11:30 pm
No cover, no line.
Guest list closes at 11:30pm sharp.
Style code in effect.
RSVP@thatPRthing.com by 3:00 pm Thursday to avoid the lineup
www.thatPRthing.com

EVENT PROFILE: Danielle Iversen and ZRF invite you and your guests to spend an evening at "Hotel Boutique Bar."  This is the place to go on Thursday night -- it has been fully renovated and the music is unbelievable -- and you will want to dance!  Enjoy Drinks … .Ambiance … Music.  Join us between 10-11:30pm for ultra high premium VOX martinis along with exotic fruit hors d'ouevres.

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 - MONDAY, AUGUST 12 - TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
PIGEON starring Kim Kuhteubl
Presented by Girl Power Productions
INVITED for its AMERICAN premier at

The New York International Fringe Festival, FringeNYC
Sunday @ 4:00 pm; Monday @ 8:00 pm; Tuesday @ 8:00 pm
The Space
186 Munro Avenue (2 Blocks West of Broadview, 1 Block South of Gerrard)

Seating is limited.
Pay What You Can
Reservations:  (416) 465-7393 or (416) 921-5977 or kim@dishpictures.com



EVENT PROFILE: “When you’re 30, you can be wise and horny all at the same time.”  Dee-Dee is under duress. Her hair is the conduit for electrical transmissions from photocopiers.  Birds have invaded her balcony.  She has no partner, no career and even worse, her 30th birthday is only minutes away and she hasn’t achieved any of her goals...except one, the one she’s keeping a secret.  “Sometimes I think.  Wow this chick is nasty or very honest depending on how you wanna spin it,” says Kim Kuhteubl, the show’s writer/performer and Toronto producer, who wrote PIGEON as a 30th birthday present to herself. Set, for the most part, in the bathroom of a corporate law office, Dee Dee comes face to face with the lies she has told to herself, her friends, her family and the audience.  “Do I really want to get this opinionated about relationships in front of total strangers?” continues Kuhteubl.  “Maybe this is why I’m single!”  




 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 


NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS
AUGUST 12-18, 2002


 

MONDAY, AUGUST 12 - TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
PIGEON starring Kim Kuhteubl
Presented by Girl Power Productions
INVITED for its AMERICAN premier at

The New York International Fringe Festival, FringeNYC
8:00 pm
The Space
186 Munro Avenue (2 Blocks West of Broadview, 1 Block South of Gerrard)

Seating is limited.
Pay What You Can
Reservations:  (416) 465-7393 or (416) 921-5977 or kim@dishpictures.com



EVENT PROFILE: “When you’re 30, you can be wise and horny all at the same time.”  Dee-Dee is under duress. Her hair is the conduit for electrical transmissions from photocopiers.  Birds have invaded her balcony.  She has no partner, no career and even worse, her 30th birthday is only minutes away and she hasn’t achieved any of her goals...except one, the one she’s keeping a secret.  “Sometimes I think.  Wow this chick is nasty or very honest depending on how you wanna spin it,” says Kim Kuhteubl, the show’s writer/performer and Toronto producer, who wrote PIGEON as a 30th birthday present to herself. Set, for the most part, in the bathroom of a corporate law office, Dee Dee comes face to face with the lies she has told to herself, her friends, her family and the audience.  “Do I really want to get this opinionated about relationships in front of total strangers?” continues Kuhteubl.  “Maybe this is why I’m single!”  




 

MONDAY, AUGUST 12
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, AUGUST 12
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, AUGUST 13
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, AUGUST 15
HONEY JAM: PART 10

Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street  
Doors open 7pm; Showtime 8pm (SHARP)
Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Ticket Master and $20 at door.
 
The after party promises to bring the heat with DJ Lytes and MelBoogie
A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society

 EVENT PROFILE:  The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto) plays home to this year’s Honey Jam showcase.  This year’s show promises to be worth the wait as 25 performers representing hip hop, spoken word, reggae, rock, pop, drum & bass, gospel, R&B, alternative and dance promise to set the stage on fire. Toya Alexis, Renee Wynter, Eternia, and Anjulie are just a few of the ladies who blew the judges away at the auditions.  Blaze Dancers and Graph Nobel, along with showcase veterans Natasha Waterman, Rachael Berry, True and Tara Chase also fill out the roster.  The Goddess of Canadian Hip Hop, Michie Mee, will host The Honey Jam Showcase.  For more information on PhemPhat Productions or the artists in this year’s Honey Jam, please check www.phemphat.com .

 

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.