NEWSLETTER

Updated:  June 27, 2002

WELCOME!  CANADA DAY WEEKEND IS THIS COMING WEEKEND – kinda snuck up on me this year!  So, Happy Canada Day everyone!  The season of summer is definitely upon us – finally!  Get out there and enjoy all the Toronto perks during this short-lived season!  One of those perks is all the events at Harbourfront – look for some special news on Harbourfront activities below!

You can just click on any of the titles of the items listed and it will take you to information for EACH INDIVIDUAL EVENT OR CLICK HERE for the COMPLETE newsletter!

This newsletter is designed to welcome all the new members, give you some updated entertainment-related news, recap some of last week’s events 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

 

HARBOURFRONT NEWS
 
I am pleased to tell you that Harbourfront has solicited my services for their summer festivals to ensure that you all know EXACTLY what’s going on at Harbourfront!  I am delighted to be working with them and big thanks to Heather Kelly, Marketing Coordinator for reaching out.  I have created a special page on my site for all current Harbourfront activities and so please check it out as it will be updated regularly!  So many exciting FREE concerts going on – hope you make it!!

 

 

RECAPS

 

YIN YANG RECAP

What a great night!  I admit, I’ve been a little sceptical of whether I would enjoy a spoken word event but now it is confirmed – YES!  Jemeni laid down some truths and made me laugh with some of her pieces – one in particular that poked fun at the club scene, as well as her special tribute to pimp daddys!  But it was Dwayne Morgan who celebrates the virtues of a woman from a man’s perspective that definitely made me a lifelong fan.  Look out for Dwayne’s soon-to-be-released piece, Sum of Her Parts, which he tried out on us last Thursday for the first time.   Thanks to you Dwayne for giving me a new appreciation of the layering of words.

 

TRIBUTE TO SARAH VAUGHAN

In celebration of this great jazz diva, Caliban Arts Theatre brought to the stage a wonderful mix of musicians -
Marc Auguste Jr. (Piano, Musical Director), Quinsin Nachoff (Tenor Saxophone), Jack Zorawski (Bass ), Meirion Kelly (Trombone),  ARCHIE ALLEYNE (Drums), with Divine Earth Essence on vocals.  If you closed your eyes, you would swear that Sarah was in the room.  It was even kind of eerie …  stay tuned for the next portion of Caliban Arts Theatre’s event coming soon!

 

NEW EVENTS

 

URBAN FLOWCASE – JULY 4-5, 2002 – LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

FLOW 93.5 will be hosting a FREE lunchtime concert next week at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5th.  On both days, the line-up of artists will include:  CARL HENRY,  X- QUISITE, BLACK CROME, CHHAYA, JEWELLE and BLESSED!  So come out, you downtown folks, eat your lunch and catch the flow from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm next Thursday and Friday!! 

 

 

LABATT BLUE’S FESTIVAL – JULY 5-7, 2002

The first instalment of summer festivals at Harbourfront that I’m covering is the Labatt Blue’s Festival.  It runs from July 5 – 7, 2002 at all the different venues within Harbourfront.  Down-home blues grooves from the Mississippi delta to Chicago's late-night clubs. Soak in the soulful, raw, sweet, and rockin' sounds of Odetta, The Sidemen, Harry Manx,
Jackie Richardson, and many more!  ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED!  Go to my HARBOURFRONT page for all further details including artist names, dates, locations and times!

 

 

CAMP JUMOKE 8TH ANNUAL TURTLE WALK WALKATHON, SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2002

Camp Jumoke holds its annual walkathon (6 km) in aid of children living with Sickle Cell Anaemia. This year's fundraising goal of $75,000 will enable more than 25 children living with the debilitating disease to enjoy the summer camp experience at a medically supervised camp.  The day will include live entertainment, free giveaways, prizes for the top fundraiser and fundraising groups. There will be activities for the children at the Children's Village, a Health and Wellness Centre, and lots of wonderful arts and crafts for sale!

For more information please visit our website at www.jumoke.org or email us at info@jumoke.org

SATURDAY, JULY 6
CAMP JUMOKE 8TH ANNUAL TURTLE WALK WALKATHON
Nathan Phillips Square
Registration starts at 10:00 am  Walk begins at 12:00 noon

 

ALICIA KEYS IN CONCERT!

Her signature tune might be "Fallin'," but 20 year-old Alicia Keys is a rising star in the music world. Keys and her album Songs in A Minor, earned a slew of nominations at the 44th Grammy Awards. She took home the prize for Best Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album.  Keys' natural talent was shaped by classical piano training. She attended the Performance Arts School of Manhattan and eventually coupled her rare mix of hip-hop flavour and song writing with spine-tingling vocals. Five years after she began, Keys wrote, produced and recorded the debut album she started penning at age 14.

MONDAY, JULY 8

ALICIA KEYS
Air Canada Centre, Sears Theatre
40 Bay Street
7:30 pm
$49.50-$69.50
Ticketmaster:  (416) 870-8000
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 

HOT EVENTS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK!

 

DA REAL DEAL – TORONTO’S FIRST URBAN MUSICAL PERFORMED BY YOUTH FOR YOUTH

Come out and support this amazing musical featuring Toronto youth!  The St. Alban’s and Jane & Finch Boys and Girls Clubs know the power that the arts can have on youth who are seeking positive guidance in their turbulent lives.  With this knowledge, The ACT OUT Musical Project was created to provide a positive outlet for youths to come together. 

Roze Jardine took the ACT OUT initiative a step further and wrote the urban musical, Da Real Deal and cast the youths whose lives the play mirrors.  Da Real Deal will entertain and enlighten people from all communities about such topics as the increasing severity of HIV/ AIDS, homosexuality, teen pregnancy, healthy sexuality, relationships, suicide and violence. 

Lorraine Reid, of the musical group Temperance is the vocal coach for the musical and also holds a part in the play. L. Dean Ifill, a prominent Canadian actor, lends his directorial guidance and mentorship to this project.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 AND FRIDAY, JUNE 28
DA REAL DEAL
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People
165 Front Street East
8:00 pm
$15.00
Info.:  (416) 534-8461 ext. 333 for alternate ticket outlets

AFTER PARTY - THURSDAY, JUNE 27
Featuring Rahzel (formerly of “The Roots”)
The Left Bank
567 Queen Street West

Doors open at 9:00 pm and tickets are $10.00

 

 

SUMMER GROOVE 2002 – THURSDAY, JUNE 27

National Black Alliance (
Urban Music Association of Canada; Canadian Association of Black Journalists; Black Film & Video Network; Black Business & Professional Association; Association for the Advancement of Blacks in Health Sciences; Urban Financial Services Coalition) cordially invite you to join us for Summer Groove 02 - Toronto’s  #1 urban mixer and social.  Come to the hottest party of the summer!!  Two floors of party action!  Music by Mark Anthony ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ & KC (CKLN – Loungin’ The After Party).  Old school, R&B, reggae, classic house, hip hop, soca, calypso and more…
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 27
Summer Groove 02
Café Havana
236 Adelaide St. W.
$10.00
9 p.m. til late…
Info: sirjude@sympatico.ca 

 


 WEEKEND EVENTS
JUNE 27 – JUNE 30, 2002

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 AND FRIDAY, JUNE 28
DA REAL DEAL - CANADA'S FIRST URBAN MUSICAL PERFORMED BY YOUTH FOR YOUTH
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People
165 Front Street East
8:00 pm
$15.00
Info.:  www.actout.ca or call (416) 534-8461 ext. 333 for alternate ticket outlets
http://www.toronto.com/map?mode=geo&id=146157&lat=436498&lon=-793687

EVENT PROFILE:  Come out and support this amazing musical featuring Toronto youth!  The St. Alban's and Jane & Finch Boys and Girls Clubs know the power that the arts can have on youth who are seeking positive guidance in their turbulent lives.  With this knowledge, The ACT OUT Musical Project was created to provide a positive outlet for youths to come together.  Through singing, dancing, playing music and sharing stories, The ACT OUT Musical Project has been used to educate and motivate these bright, young minds.

 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 27
SUMMER GROOVE 02
Café Havana
236 Adelaide St. W.
$10.00
9 p.m. til late…
Info: sirjude@sympatico.ca 

EVENT PROFILE: National Black Alliance (Urban Music Association of Canada; Canadian Association of Black Journalists; Black Film & Video Network; Black Business & Professional Association; Association for the Advancement of Blacks in Health Sciences; Urban Financial Services Coalition) cordially invite you to join us for Summer Groove 02 - Toronto’s  #1 urban mixer and social.  Come to the hottest party of the summer!!  Two floors of party action!  Music by Mark Anthony ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ & KC (CKLN – Loungin’ The After Party).  Old school, R&B, reggae, classic house, hip hop, soca, calypso and more…

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 28
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, JUNE 30
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE: Featuring Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Rohan Staton, Dafydd Hughes, David Gouveia, David French, Bryden Baird, David Hodge.

 


NEXT  WEEK’S EVENTS
JULY 1 - 7, 2002

 

MONDAY, JULY 1
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, JULY 1
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, JULY 2
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, JULY 4
URBAN FLOWCASE
Nathan Phillips Square
12 NOON – 2:00 PM
FREE!

EVENT PROFILE: FLOW 93.5 will be hosting a FREE lunchtime concert next week at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5th.  On both days, the line-up of artists will include:  CARL HENRY, X- QUISITE, BLACK CROME, CHHAYA, JEWELLE and BLESSED!  So come out, you downtown folks, eat your lunch and catch the flow from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm on Thursday and Friday!! 

 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 4
ALTO BASSO
Featuring Juicy
718 College Street (at Crawford)
(416) 534-9522
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE: Katie Burgess at Alto Basso – now every Thursday evening, accompanied by Juice (Michael Shand, Richard E. Brown, Roger Williams, Andy Thompson).  An eclectic gathering of patrons at Alto Basso.

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 5
URBAN FLOWCASE
Nathan Phillips Square
12 NOON – 2:00 PM
FREE!

EVENT PROFILE: FLOW 93.5 will be hosting a FREE lunchtime concert next week at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5th.  On both days, the line-up of artists will include:  CARL HENRY, X- QUISITE, BLACK CROME, CHHAYA, JEWELLE and BLESSED!  So come out, you downtown folks, eat your lunch and catch the flow from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm on Thursday and Friday!! 

 

JULY 5-7, 2002
LABATT BLUE’S FESTIVAL

EVENT PROFILE: Go to my HARBOURFRONT page for all further details including artist names, dates, locations and times!

 

FRIDAY, JULY 5
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.

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 6
CAMP JUMOKE 8TH ANNUAL TURTLE WALK WALKATHON
Nathan Phillips Square
Registration starts at 10:00 am  Walk begins at 12:00 noon


EVENT PROFILE: Camp Jumoke holds its annual walkathon (6 km) in aid of children living with Sickle Cell Anaemia. This year's fundraising goal of $75,000 will enable more than 25 children living with the debilitating disease to enjoy the summer camp experience at a medically supervised camp.  The day will include live entertainment, free giveaways, prizes for the top fundraiser and fundraising groups. There will be activities for the children at the Children's Village, a Health and Wellness Centre, and lots of wonderful arts and crafts for sale!

For more information please visit our website at www.jumoke.org or email us at info@jumoke.org

 

SUNDAY, JULY 7
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE: Featuring Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Rohan Staton, Dafydd Hughes, David Gouveia, David French, Bryden Baird, David Hodge.

 

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Langfield Entertainment
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