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February 2, 2012

Are you ready for your hot entertainment news?  Great events, some music downloads and lots of epic news this week!

A new musical that is for anyone appreciating the legacy of Black music hits Bathurst Centre, entitled Obeah Opera, an evocative production combining blues, folk, jazz, gospel, spirituals, R&B, and traditional genres. Do NOT miss this important play created by Nicole Brooks.

It's also time for Harbourfront Centre's
KUUMBA showcasing many concerts, panels, film by Black Canadian filmmakers, comedy (Jay Martin and Trixx and others), fashion and lots of family events. Find the complete details for these two exciting events under HOT EVENTS.

OK, so have you he
ard the track 'Somebody That I Used To Know' by Gotye featuring Kimbra that is sweeping the airwaves?  Well you need to check out the details under SCOOP with a free video downloaded offered to you - but only until Monday!

Now the devastating news of the suicide of
Don Cornelius, a
nother legendary pioneer gone from this earth - RIP.  From human rights activist to putting his money where his mouth was and starting his own television show in the midst of of a racially-fuelled nation, one that celebrated the image of the African American in a positive light.  Soul Train's legacy influenced dance, music and fashion for many years and launched the careers of many artists. We all have so many warm memories of those Soul Train shows that catapulted us into believing that either we were a good enough dancer or performance artist to be on the show! 

Also in news,
the Real Jerk wins an injunction; the movie RasTa, featuring Bob Marley's granddaughter and the journey of discovery of Rastafarians; D'Angelo's return?; and the passing of Andrew MacNaughtan, who documented Rush's legacy with his photographs; and so much more!  Check it all out under TOP STORIES.

And check out my new photos from the Trump Towers Toronto opening
this week in my PHOTO GALLERY.

This newsletter is designed to give you some updated entertainment-related news and provide you with our upcoming event listings.   Welcome to those who are new members!

Feb. 3-5, 2012:: KUUMBA presented by TD at Harbourfront Centre

The 16th annual Kuumba festival presented by TD returns to Harbourfront Centre with an entertaining and educational weekend celebrating Black History Month. “Kuumba” is the Swahili word for creativity and has become synonymous with showcasing the best local and international artists from the African and Caribbean diaspora. One of the events is on Fri., Feb. 3rd is Honey Jam – Then and Now, hosted by Michie Mee, with DJ Mel Boogie.

Source: Harbourfront Centre
February 16 - March 4, 2012:: OBEAH OPERA a new Play Exploring Black History

b current
Performing Arts and Theatre Archipelago proudly present the full stage mounting of Obeah Opera. A total musical journey with a twist, the evocative production celebrates significant influence of black music combining blues, folk, jazz, gospel, spirituals, R&B, and traditional genres.

Source: b current and Theatre Archipelago  
LIMITED TIME FREE VIDEO DOWNLOAD:: Gotye Making Mirrors: Making Real Music

Ask Gotye about his new album Making Mirrors and he’ll speak not of songs, but of sounds. He’ll describe the various valves through which strings and choirs cycle on his Lowrey Cotillion, a vintage organ bought for 100 bucks in a second-hand shop that features on the record.
Making Mirrors is already making waves thanks to the stunning Peter Gabriel-esque first single Somebody That I Used To Know, a collaboration with New Zealand pop-superstar-in-waiting Kimbra.

Source:  Universal Music Canada
‘Soul Train’ Host Don Cornelius Found Dead

(Feb 1, 2012) LOS ANGELES — Don Cornelius, who with the creation of Soul Train helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - The Associated Press
Real Jerk Wins Injunction To Delay Eviction

(Feb 1, 2012) The Real Jerk has bought itself some time by winning a court injunction to temporarily prevent its eviction. “Real jerk wins the injunction. Here to stay for at least 1 year,” the landmark restaurant announced on Twitter on Wednesday evening.  

Source: www.thestar.com
Bob Marley’s Granddaughter Takes Epic Journey In New Doc About Rasta

(Jan 30, 2012) Just how much will be in evidence Wednesday evening, when the documentary RasTa: A Soul’s Journey is screened at the Royal Ontario Museum, where it will be shown regularly until the end of February.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Garry Steckles
'Things Have Changed' For D'Angelo

(Jan 30, 2012) It only took D'Angelo 12 years to get his groove back. On Sunday, the artist who defined a late-1990s music genre known as neo-soul, commanded the stage at Le Zénith, a venue on the northeast edge of Paris.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - By Amy Verner
Andrew MacNaughton, Photographer, Dies On Rush Assignment

(Jan 26, 2012) Toronto photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, longtime documenter of Rush’s exploits and the man behind dozens of iconic portraits of Canadian celebrities, passed away suddenly in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Ben Rayner
Mitt Romney Adopts K’naan’s ‘Wavin’ Flag’ On Campaign Trail; K’naan Is Not Amused

(Feb 1, 2012) Celebrated Canadian artist K’naan has told Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney to stop waving his flag. Flush from a crushing victory over Newt Gingrich in Tuesday night’s Florida primary, the Romney campaign unveiled a “new victory song: Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan,” Huffington Post senior political writer Jon Ward tweeted.

Source: www.thestar.com
TSO Trumpeter Andrew McCandless Honours Beloved Childhood Music Teacher

(Jan 31, 2012) Now the fair-haired toddler is just plain Jarrett, a name lovingly selected by his parents for the music teacher who changed Andrew McCandless’s life.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Trish Crawford
Video: Odd Future Come To Toronto's Sound Academy On March 15

(Jan 25, 2012) Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, or Odd Future for short, have been among the hottest (and most infamous) names in rap for year, so tickets will go fast for the March 15 show at Sound Academy that Union Events announced Wednesday. 

Source: www.thestar.com - by: Garnet Fraser
Motown Could Take on a Diverse Group of Artists with Ne-Yo in Charge

(Jan 29, 2012) *Ne-Yo is a dreamer and has big plans a Motown Records’ new senior VP of A&R. Being the diverse artist he is, he wants to bring all kinds of music to the label, that’s traditionally has promoted predominantly Black artists.

Source: www.eurweb.com
The Great Expectations Of Saxman Ravi Coltrane

(Feb 1, 2012) For Ravi Coltrane, who just finished work on his first album for Blue Note Records, expectations probably run a little higher than most. It isn't just that his father, legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, recorded the landmark Blue Train for the label in 1957.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - By J.D. Considine
New Sultry, Sexy Solange Knowles Album Coming Soon

(Jan 28, 2012) *If you haven’t noticed by now, Solange Knowles is an interesting artist with a free spirit and unexpected timing. The singer is readying a new album now, the first after her 2008 “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.”

Source: www.eurweb.com
30 Years Later, The Bill Evans Magic Does Not Die

(Feb 1, 2012) Everybody digs Bill Evans. That’s how Riverside Records titled the jazz pianist’s second album in 1958, and 54 years later, everybody just seems to be digging Evans even more.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - By J.D. Considine
Kenny Chesney Tops Country Music Awards Nominations

(Jan 26, 2012) NASHVILLE—Kenny Chesney’s steamy duet, “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter, continues to radiate heat. The song helped Chesney to nine Academy of Country Music Awards nominations Thursday morning, including the top honour of entertainer of the year.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Chris Talbott
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Opportunity: Amelie Director Seeks ‘Magical Kid’ In Toronto To Play T.S. Spivet

(Feb 01, 2012) Award-winning French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet is looking in Toronto for the same kind of “magical” quality he found with his Amélie star Audrey Tautou to lead the cast of his new 3-D adventure movie.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Linda Barnard
Drake as Barack Obama: It’s the Rapper’s Dream Role

(Jan 28, 2012) *Rapper Drake is letting it be known that he’s got the itch to play the Commander-in-Chief when the movie is made.

Source: www.eurweb.com
Monsieur Lazhar Review: When Truth Is Hard To Teach

(Jan 26, 2012) In Monsieur Lazhar, a distraught elementary school teacher hangs herself in her Montreal classroom.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Peter Howell
Genie Awards: Strombo, Andrea Martin To Host Show

(Jan 31, 2012) SCTV alum Andrea Martin and talk-show host George Stroumboulopoulos have been named hosts of the 32nd Genie Awards.

Source: www.thestar.com
Nearly 10 Years After Debut Film Win, Sudz Sutherland Heads "Home Again"

(Jan 27, 2012) The comedy Love, Sex and Eating the Bones won Toronto's David "Sudz" Sutherland the Best Canadian First Feature prize at TIFF in 2003. He's been working mainly in TV since then, but he's returning to film with an immigrant deportation drama called Home Again.

Source: www.thestar.com - by: Peter Howell  
‘The Help’ Cleans Up at SAG Awards: Davis, Spencer, Cast Win Big

(Jan 30, 2012) *”The Help” got the upper hand in the Oscar race on Sunday when the movie won three awards from the Screen Actors Guild, including best cast in a surprise over silent movie romance “The Artist.”

Source: www.eurweb.com
Sundance 2012: ‘It’ Star Gina Rodriguez Moved To Tears

(Jan 26, 2012) PARK CITY, UTAH—Last year, Sundance was abuzz over Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Brit Marling (Another Earth). Now it’s 27-year-old Puerto Rican-American Gina Rodriguez’s turn as star of the hip-hop drama, Filly Brown.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Linda Barnard
SAG Nominated Directors Discuss Crafting The Perfect Ensemble Cast

(Jan 26, 2012) LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Alexander Payne, director of The Descendants, likens it to “inviting people to my home for dinner.” Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig describes it as spending hundreds of hours waiting for that “one aha moment.”

Source: www.thestar.com - By Glenn Whip
‘Modern Family,’ Betty White Come Up Big At SAG Awards

(Jan 29, 2012) LOS ANGELESHollywood’s actors picked veteran performers, Alec Baldwin, Betty White and the comedy “Modern Family” as three of their top TV winners at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Bon Tourtellotte The Associated Press
Tyrannosaur Review: Angry Brits

(Jan 26, 2012) “I don’t know why you’re doing this,” one of the youths says to him, and Tyrannosaur seems equally baffled by the male rage it unleashes. But answering that question is secondary to the lucidity of the performances.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Peter Howell



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Chantal Sutherland Co-Stars In HBO’s Luck

(Jan 27, 2012) When I talked on the phone Wednesday with Toronto-bred thoroughbred racer Chantal Sutherland, she was having her toes done for that night’s L.A. premiere of the all-star HBO drama Luck, in which she makes her acting debut . . . as a jockey.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Rob Salem
Comedian Martin Lawrence Returning to TV?

(Jan 28, 2012) *Fans of comedian Martin Lawrence will be happy to know that the funnyman is returning to television. CBS television is developing a pair of comedy plots for Lawrence, with an eye toward shooting one of them as a pilot.

Source: www.eurweb.com
The Office’s Dwight To Get Spinoff TV Series, Reports Say

(Jan 26, 2012) NBC is reportedly planning a spinoff of The Office featuring Rainn Wilson.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Rob Salem
VH1 Planning TV Biopic on TLC

(Jan 28, 2012) *VH1 is planning a made for TV movie on the careers of pop culture icons TLC. The movie will launch a series of biopics planned by Vh1 that will span the lives and careers of musicians and pop culture icons.

Source: www.eurweb.com
Vera Santamaria Brings The Funny

(Jan 29, 2012) "I live in Hollywood," Vera Santamaria tells me. "My family are all, 'Oooh, Hollywood!' But, actually, it's like living on Yonge Street."  Working in TV, writing scripts, telling stories has been her life - from shows including Outsourced and, right now, Community. As a producer and writer on that acclaimed comedy, she's at the top of the TV ladder.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - By John Doyle
Debra Messing Explores Her Dramatic Chops In New Series

(Jan 31, 2012) Debra Messing is determined to bring Broadway to the North American viewing public, one show tune at a time. The Emmy-winning star of Will & Grace returns to network television on the much-anticipated midseason series Smash.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - By Andrew Ryan
X Factor Shakeup: Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul And Steve Jones Reportedly Axed

(Jan 31, 2012) Judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones have all been axed from the U.S. X Factor.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Bang Showbiz
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A Brimful of Asha: Review

(Jan 28, 2012) In A Brimful of Asha, a Why Not Theatre production now at Tarragon Extra Space, Ravi Jain tells an autobiographical story of a clash of cultures; his parents want to arrange a marriage for him with a nice Indian girl while he wants to get on with a career in theatre.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Robert Crew
Theatre Passe Muraille’s New Season Breaks Exciting Dramatic Ground

(Jan 30, 2012) Theatre Passe Muraille is living up to its name, with artistic director Andy McKim creating a “theatre beyond walls” for its fall 2012 season.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Richard Ouzounian
Future Of Sony Centre, Massey Hall On The Line

(Jan 27, 2012) Get ready for transformations at two Toronto show palaces with rich histories and priceless memories of the way we were.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Martin Knelman
Microsoft, Google Push New Plan To Combat E-Mail Scams

(Jan 30, 2012) Boston— Some of the world’s biggest Internet companies and financial services firms have developed a new approach to fighting e-mail spam that they hope will reduce online scams.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Reuters
Teens Join Twitter To Escape Parents On Facebook: Survey

(Jan 30, 2012) Chicago— Teens don't tweet, will never tweet – too public, too many older users. Not cool. That's been the prediction for a while now, born of numbers showing that fewer than one in 10 teens were using Twitter early on.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Martha Irvine, The Associated Press
Executives Outline CRTC Challenges

(Jan 25, 2012) The blurring of the lines between media and telecommunications is creating a formidable problem for Ottawa.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - By Rita Trichur And Steve Ladurantaye
Air Canada, Westjet And Porter Battle For Big Apple Business

(Jan 27, 2012) The fight for the Big Apple is on. The smackdown started Wednesday when Air Canada announced it was launching three-times daily, non-stop flights between Toronto Pearson and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, starting May 3. It also said it was increasing to every hour (14 in all, actually) its flights from YYZ to LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Source: www.thestar.com - Jim Byers
Seven Must-Do Parties In The Caribbean

(Jan 27, 2012) TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS—The walls of Tortola’s Bomba Shack bar are rudimentary at best. A few warped sheets of plywood comprise the roof; bras, panties, t-shirts and bikinis decorate the walls.
Source: www.thestar.com - Mark Stevens
Tee It Up On Magical Island Of Maui

(Jan 26, 2012) MAUI, HAWAII—It is a no-brainer really. Each January, the PGA Tour kicks off its season with a tournament in Maui. And why wouldn’t it. Maui looks and feels like the land of lottery winners. Golden Pacific Ocean beaches are edged by dark green mountains.

Source: www.thestar.com - Ian Cruickshank
Del Bosco And Duncan Reach Podium In Men’s Ski Cross At X Games

(Jan 29, 2012) ASPEN, COLO.—Ski cross world champion Christopher Del Bosco won gold at the Winter X Games on Sunday while Canadian teammate Dave Duncan took the bronze.

Source: www.thestar.com - Stephanie Findlay
Hockey Canada Wants To Reduce Violence In Game

(Jan 27, 2012) Major changes aimed at reducing fighting and other violent acts on the ice are coming, Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson says.

Source: www.thestar.com - Bob Mitchell
Bob Nicholson Steps Down As President Of Toronto Argonauts

(Jan 30, 2012) Bob Nicholson has stepped down as president of the Toronto Argonauts. Chris Rudge, the chairman of the 100th Grey Cup festival, will assume the position of executive chairman and chief executive officer of the CFL club.

Source: www.thestar.com - By Richard Ouzounian
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The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves. Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our day to day lives.

Source:  Dalai Lama

Have a great week!


Dawn Langfield