The Future of Music Festivals

Are music festivals the next home of virtual reality? As summer saunters on, festivals such as Coachella, Wayhome, Osheaga, Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza have come and gone. Much has been made of the decline of the music festival as we know it. Simply put by one journalist  “reunions are almost non-existent, unique headliners are becoming…

OSCAR NOMINATED MUSICIANS’ PERSECUTION EXPLORED IN MALI BLUES

POLITICS AND CULTURE COLLIDE IN MALI BLUES DOCUMENTARY AT TIFF16 TORONTO (August 26, 2016) — A land imprisoned by Islamic extremism lays quiet as musicians flee from their homeland fearing torture and imprisonment in seasoned documentarian Lutz Gregor’s MALI BLUES. Gregor follows Oscar nominated musician Fatoumata Diawara as she returns home to perform her first concert in Mali since…

Ashkenaz Festival hosts its 11th biennial celebration at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre

— North America’s largest showcase of global Jewish performing arts and culture features world-renowned Abraham Inc., The Klezmatics and the Canadian Premiere of Yiddish-language Death of a Salesman, among over 250 international artists — — New food component features Zane Caplansky, Judy Perly and Michael Wex— The Ashkenaz Festival, North America’s premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns…

The power of festival culture

Festival roots go back a long way. Festivals and celebrations are embedded in history as a way of letting off steam and inverting the traditional social structure. The notion of coming together for community bonding after the isolation of winter inspired early summer festivals and speaks to the powerful emotional connection that festivals instil.  …

Should you listen to music at work?

Do you listen to music at work? Some find the noise of the music to be too distracting, while others can’t think straight without it. The real question comes down to music’s effect on productivity. Whether or not you enjoy listening to music at work, does it make you more efficient, or is it slowing…

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Artist of the month – NEFE

Each month, we feature an artist who has caught our attention. They could be in theatre, film, music or visual art. The point is we think they’re kick ass and you should know who they are. July’s artist of the month is NEFE. Honey Jam alumni, NEFE is taking the world by storm. NEFE’s first…

Get Out – March 20-26

It’s the first week of Spring so there’s even more reason to get out and explore what’s on this week. Friday March 20 Hip Hop Karaoke  Fancy yourself the next Drake or Shad? It’s time to step up to the mic and prove it! Where: REVIVAL BAR – 783 College Street at Shaw When: 10pm Price: $10…

The Buzz – Alanis’ Big Announcement

The 2015 Juno Awards officially came to a close on Sunday evening as Canadians gathered in celebration of homegrown talent and their achievements within the music industry. Among the exciting appearances, performances and winners came one surprising album announcement. Before her induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Alanis Morissette announced her plan to…

The Buzz – Top 10 Feminist Jams

In honour of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, (and of every women on any day), we at ClutchPR have picked our top 10 feminist jams. “You Don’t Own Me” – Lesley Gore “Who Run The World” – Beyonce “Bad Girls” – M.I.A. “Map of Tasmania” – Amanda Palmer “Respect” – Aretha Franklin “Game Is My…

Get Out – Feb. 20-26

Movies, music, art, and Coupland. This week has lots to do and see in Toronto… Friday, Feb. 20 Celebrate Girls with Guns Head to CINSSU for their Annual Cult Night. This free round of films celebrates ass-kicking women with Tank Girl, Foxy Brown, and Maise Moi. Where: Innis Town Hall When: 7 p.m. Price: FREE Saturday,…