Posted in Dance
Contributed by Christopher Jones
04/10 2012

InDance Brings the Wow

inDANCE- Quicksand 1
This weekend’s double bill from Toronto’s inDance is a study in contrasts: men versus women, contemporary versus classical, high tech versus simplicity. The show pairs choreographer Hari Krishnan’s Quicksand for 10 male dancers with Nine for eight females and one male dancer. The works are both based on Navarasa, the nine archetypal moods or emotions popular in Indian dance: love, disgust, compassion, valour, humour, fear, wonder, anger and peace.

“I’ve always wanted to do a double bill where I address the same theme in two different interpretations,” the affable Krishnan told me last Friday at Artists Play Studio where he’s been rehearsing his crew prior to opening night on Thursday at the Fleck Dance Theatre. READ MORE

Posted in Reading
Contributed by Christopher Jones
03/23 2012

Emerging Poets Battle at Harbourfront

Poet yesha ChatterjeeThere’s not a lot of opportunity for Canadian poets to get in front of the public and read their work, and there are even fewer openings for emerging poets trying to muscle their way into the writing establishment. Which is why Harbourfront Centre’s Poetry NOW event Wednesday evening (March 28) is so welcome for the 20 poets participating.

Billed as a “battle of the bards,” the event is less a poetry slam than a group reading where one lucky poet will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner of an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 to 28, 2012) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine, lead sponsor of the event.

All the writers at Poetry NOW have had collections of their work published, it’s the only prerequisite for participation. Beyond that, hopefuls were selected by lottery. For a newbie poet like Toronto’s Ayesha Chatterjee, above, the chance to read in public is both exciting and terrifying; her first book of poems, The Clarity of Distance, was published late last year by Calgary’s Bayeux Arts. READ MORE

Posted in Music
Contributed by Christopher Jones
03/22 2012

CMW: Bring on the Bands!

Toronto is buzzing with live music fever this weekend as hundreds of local, national and international bands descend on the city’s clubs to fight for fans and favour. Canadian Music Week is Canada’s largest new music festival: a $75 wristband provides access to five nights (March 21 – 25) of performances with over 900 showcasing bands at 60-plus live music venues. Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!

Posted in Art
Contributed by Christopher Jones
03/21 2012

Be Part of the Art at Luminato

TheEncampmentNYC-2007 by Nathan-Kensinger
Ever dream of being part of an artist’s installation project? This Sunday, art duo Thomas+Guinevere (Thom Sokoloski and Jenny-Anne McCowan) are hosting an informal sneak peek into participating in their upcoming Encampment slated to transform Fort York National Historic Site into a large scale art project during this year’s Luminato festival, coinciding with War of 1812 Commemorations June 8 – 24. At Fort York on Sunday (March 25) the artists give an overview of the creative process and field questions about the project. This summer’s Encampment is conceived as a temporal village comprised of 200 A-frame tents, each one telling a different civilian story gleaned from research. Sunday’s sneak peek will be held at the fort’s Blue Barracks from 1 – 3 pm.

Photo by Nathan Kesinger

Posted in Festivals, Film
Contributed by Christopher Jones
03/20 2012

Ontario Comedy Opens Cinefranco

marc marans in La Sacree
French film is in the spotlight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox beginning Friday (March 23 thru April 1) when the annual Cinefranco festival touches down for 10 days of movies from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco and Canada. The homegrown entries don’t hail solely from Quebec this year; the festival opener is that rarest of birds, a Franco-Ontarian comedy, in this case about a loveable con man who revives a small northern town’s fortunes while desperately trying to save his own skin.

From director Dominic Desjardins, La Sacrée (Holy Brew) is a delightful romp featuring a cast of mostly Ontario-based francophones including the wonderfully convincing Marc Marans, above, as the charming scoundrel at the centre of the action. READ MORE