NEWSLETTER

Updated:  May 2, 2002

I’m letting you all know early enough – it’s Mother’s Day NEXT weekend – Sunday, May 12th.  Buy your cards, gifts, whatever, NOW!  Check listings below for a special Mother’s Day Brunch event going on! 

This newsletter is 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

 

1.         LISA “LEFT EYE” LOPES

Most of you already know this.  I just can’t believe that the music industry has lost another one of its own – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.  Condolences to those who are grieving this multi-talented and controversial artist. 

STATEMENT FROM BILL DIGGINS, PRESIDENT DIGGIT ENTERTAINMENT
On behalf of TLC

New York, NY - Friday April 26, 2002 - It is with profound sadness and shock that I learned late last night of the tragic death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Lisa was killed in a car accident while on vacation in Honduras, in Central America.

Her fellow band members and lifelong friends Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are devastated by the tragic news. "We had all grown up together and were as close as a family. Today we have truly lost our sister."

The three of them had only recently been in the studio working on their new record - due to be released this summer.  Lisa had a tremendous spirit and loved making music. Her unique talents will be a great loss to the music industry.  We all loved Lisa very much: our hearts go out to her family, and our prayers are with them at this tragic time. - Diggit Entertainment. 

 

 

2.         NEW UMAC NEWSLETTER!

The April 2002 UMAC newsletter - loaded with hot info, news and gossip on Canada's urban music scene including July's Urban X-Posure awards, the recent Juno awards in Newfoundland, award-winning poet-rapper, Motion, the DJ Pool awards and more ...

CLICK HERE for the newsletter – you will need Adobe Acrobat reader to open this.

 

 

3.         JULLY BLACK SIGNS MAJOR DEAL

Excerpt from www.hiphopcanada.com -
Rhythm and Blues diva, Jully Black has finally been given the opportunity she undoubtedly worked so hard to achieve. Last week, she signed a worldwide recording deal with MCA Records in the United States, which links her directly through Universal Music in Canada.  Jully Black has made a name for herself over the last few years especially by working heavily with Toronto based rappers, Saukrates, Solitaire, Choclair and her new label mate, Kardinal Offishall. The record she dropped for Baby Blue Soundcrew was nominated as best R&B recording in 2000 - 2001 and she received a Juno nomination in '98 for her critically acclaimed Rally'n' which earned her enough attention down south. She hasn't done much solo work since then so this contract will allow her to pursue a more personal musical vision.

 

 

4.         UMAC LOOKING FOR AWARD SUBMISSIONS

The Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) is soliciting submissions and nominations for Urban X-Posure, Canada’s annual Urban Music Awards, which takes place Wednesday, July 31st at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. 
Submissions and nominations must be received by May 13, 2002.

Artists must have released a single, album or video between June 30, 2001 and May 10, 2002. The product must have been available at retail outlets or received airplay. CANADIAN artists only are eligible for nomination.  The following categories are currently seeking submissions:

Best Hip Hop/Rap recording
Best R&B/Soul recording

Best Electronic recording
Best Reggae recording

Best Gospel recording
Best World recording
Best Spoken Word recording
Best Jazz recording


CANADIAN artists (Canadian citizens/landed immigrants) who wish to be considered for nomination MUST submit a package that includes: Five (5) copies of your CD or single; bio of the artist or band; date when the song or CD was released or aired; and what retail shops it was available at.

* * Nominations are also being accepted for the following categories.

Best new artist
Best DJ / DJ Crew
Best radio personality
Best website

Best music retailer
Best music video
Best publication


(A jury of industry professionals will determine the top 5 submissions per category. These submissions will become the official nominees to be voted on by the public).  Please send your package to:
c/o The Urban Music Association of Canada
401 Richmond St. West, #442, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8
(416) 706-4153, (416) 916-2874.  E-mail: yohanceproductions@rogers.com

 

 

RECAPS

 

5.         SOUL FOOD PARTY AT MUSE

The cast from SOUL FOOD* had a party at Muse Bistro last week to celebrate with winners of a contest run in America.  Winners went on the set of Soul Food earlier in the day and were treated to a dinner with the entire cast at Muse Bistro, 369 King Street West.  They were facilitated with a big screen television where they got to see the first episode in the series second season.  Check out some of the other celebrities who were in attendance in my PHOTO GALLERY.

*Based on the critically acclaimed film from writer/director George Tillman, Jr., the series SOUL FOOD takes an honest, touching look at tradition and family life through the trials and tribulations of a tight-knit African American family living in Chicago.  Although the series is shot in Toronto, viewers can only see the series if they have a satellite. 

 

 

6.         MICHAEL ANTHONY RAWLINS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

On Saturday, April 27th, Michael Anthony Rawlins had a small, private screening to showcase his newest piece of work, Yoke.  Yoke is a vignette of four stories woven together featuring strong performances from some great Canadian talent, including Awaovieyi Agie, Kim Roberts,
Fulvio Cecere, Shannon Reynolds, Andrew Moody, Kelsa Kinsly, Ngozi Paul and Michael Anthony Rawlins himself.  Congratulations to Michael, his cast and crew on an excellent project!!

 

 

7.         NELLY FURTADO’S BAND PARTY

On Friday, April 19th, Nelly Furtado’s band had a little get-together at Fluid so they could have a little visit with their friends while the tour was in town.  Some of the people that stopped by included Glenn Lewis, 2Rude and Nelly Furtado herself!  Check out my PHOTO GALLERY for more pics.  Check out all of Nelly’s tour dates at www.nellyfurtado.com.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

8.         CARL HENRY CD RELEASE PARTY – MAY 17, 2002 - THE AFFAIR AT REVIVAL

Kick off the long weekend – it’s coming sooner than you think - with a live R&B showcase that you can’t miss.  You’ve heard his tracks “One Night Stand”, “Sex U” and “Gimme Love” on FLOW 93.5 in the past few weeks.  You’ve heard his name before – somewhere.  Langfield Entertainment teams up with Major Entertainment for the May version of The Affair – the Carl Henry CD Release Party on Friday, May 17th - the LONG weekend!   Check out Carl Henry’s site - with pics, tracks and videos - www.carlhenryrnb.com or click on top picture of Carl.    You definitely need to check this site out!  His tracks are hot and his videos hotter! 
He has performed internationally with some of urban music's hottest stars including Mary J. Blige, Next, 112, TLC, Eric Benet and Lucy Pearl.  Carl Henry’s CD drops on May 21st.  Be sure to pick up your copy!

And Toronto is privileged to host Carl Henry’s CD RELEASE on MAY 17TH at The Affair inside Revival -
Toronto’s hottest venue!  Buy your tickets NOW to secure your place for this very special night.  People are already asking how to get tickets!   Great giveaways too!   As always, you can purchase tickets from me.  

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2002

THE AFFAIR FEATURING A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY CARL HENRY
REVIVAL BAR
783 College Street (at Shaw)
Doors Open at 9:00 pm; Dress Semi Formal
Advance Tickets:  $20.00; more at the door
Info.: (416) 259-8708 or email us at
info@major-ent.com
WEBSITE:  MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

9.         FIRST FRIDAYS – FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2002

Featuring release of a new study on Black entrepreneurship in Toronto by U of T Professor Dr. Carlos Teixeira, PhD.; Hamlin Grange speaking on the Innoversity Conference; e-Commerce solutions and employment opportunities with Davies International Business Group; Celia Dunn, author of Religion that Harms, Religion that Heals; Ebony Fashion Show; Ticket Giveaways; Visions of Science; Camp Jumoke; Miss Black Ontario Contestants and Pageant information; and Savannah Sunday.

FRIDAY, MAY 3
FIRST FRIDAYS
Berlins
2335 Yonge St.
From 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission is only $8 before 8:00 pm; $12 after 8:00 pm
$2 off for students with proper ID
I
ncludes admission to the
AFTERPARTY
Hosted by Warren Salmon, Lynrod Douglas, MY Haile and Eddie Williams

 

 

10.       MUSIC LOWDOWN – MONDAY, MAY 6

I really recommend that artists (especially if you are starting out) check this out!!  You’ll get to schmooze with some of the top industry professionals for the mere cost of $7.00.  Music Journalist Karen Bliss and talent booker Andrea Caldwell (The Reverb/Holy Joe's) present the thirteenth "Music Lowdown," at The Kathedral.   The event features intimate one-on-one opportunities with music industry experts followed by a showcase by an A-level up-and-coming act.  The idea of the "Music Lowdown" portion is to provide an unintimidating atmosphere, at which artists and those wishing to get into the music business can talk with industry professionals in a comfortable club setting. Unlike most music conferences, where people must get up in front of a huge crowd, walk to the microphone and ask the powers that be perched up on the stage a question, here they do it in a private one-on-one set up.

MONDAY, MAY 6
MUSIC LOWDOWN
The Kathedral (Below Reverb)

651 Queen Street West (at Bathurst - street level)

7:00 pm start time
$7 at the door

LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE:
Toronto's best-kept secret: rock band

TURN OFF THE STARS

 

 

11.       BFVN CELEBRITY BRUNCH - SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2002

The Black Film and Video Network are hosting a fundraising Mother’s Day Celebrity Brunch at Rosewood Grill on Sunday, May 12th.  The line-up of celebrities so far include: 
Vanessa Williams (star, “Soul Food” television series) who will be reading excerpts from her upcoming poetry book; Richard Leacock (from the dramatic television series “DOC”); Salome Bey (Entertainer); Michael Anthony Rawlins (Actor) and performances from jazz soloist Sharron McLeod and the Deliverance Ministries Choir.  The brunch will be hosted by Geena Lee (FLOW 93.5 FM).

FRIDAY, MAY 3
BFVN
MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRITY BRUNCH
Rosewood Grill & Piano Bar
1055 Yonge St. (just north of Rosedale on the south side)
Tel: (416) 323-0000
*****All you can eat buffet*****
Time: 12 pm - 3 pm
Tickets: $60.00 - Tickets are limited so purchase early
Tickets can be purchased @ 2 College St. West, Suite #213 or
Atlanta Hair Designs 263 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite #206
Payment in Cash, Cheque or Money Order.
For more info call 416-925-2407 (press 2 for events)

Sponsored by:
FLOW 93.5
Langfield Entertainment
UMAC - Urban Music Association of Canada
Atlanta Hair Designs

 

 


 WEEKEND EVENTS
MAY 2 - 5, 2002

 

THURSDAY, MAY 2
ALTO BASSO
Featuring Juicy
718 College Street (at Crawford)
(416) 534-9522
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: If you haven’t caught on yet, Katie Burgess shines at Alto Basso every Thursday evening, accompanied by Juice (Michael Shand, Richard E. Brown, Roger Williams, Andy Thompson).  An eclectic gathering of patrons at Alto Basso.

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 3
FIRST FRIDAYS
Berlins
2335 Yonge St.
From 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission is only $8 before 8:00 pm; $12 after 8:00 pm
$2 off for students with proper ID
I
ncludes admission to the
AFTERPARTY
Hosted by Warren Salmon, Lynrod Douglas, MY Haile and  Eddie Williams
9:00 pm ‘til …
Live-to-Air on FLOW 93.5 with the Juiceman Jonathan Shaw
Strict Dress Code in Effect!
Plenty of Door Prizes!

 

EVENT PROFILE:  Featuring Release of a New Study on Black Entrepreneurship in Toronto by U of T Professor Dr. Carlos Teixeira, PhD.; Hamlin Grange Speaking on the Innoversity Conference; e-Commerce Solutions and Employment Opportunities with Davies International Business Group; Celia Dunn, author of Religion that Harms, Religion that Heals; Ebony Fashion Show; Ticket Giveaways; Visions of Science; Camp Jumoke; Miss Black Ontario Contestants and Pageant information; and Savannah Sunday.

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 3
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, MAY 5
THE A-TEAM
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Wade O. Brown, Rich Brown, Levin, Dave Leitao, Neil Brathwaite and Don Pham

 

 


UPCOMING EVENTS
 MAY 6 - 12, 2002

 

MONDAY, MAY 6
MUSIC LOWDOWN
The Kathedral (Below Reverb)

651 Queen Street West (at Bathurst - street level)

7:00 pm start time
$7 at the door
 
LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE:
Toronto's best-kept secret: rock band
TURN OFF THE STARS

EVENT PROFILE
: I really recommend that artists (especially if you are starting out) check this out!!  You’ll get to schmooze with some of the top industry professionals for the mere cost of $7.00.  Music Journalist Karen Bliss and talent booker Andrea Caldwell (The Reverb/Holy Joe's) present the thirteenth "Music Lowdown," at The Kathedral.   The event features intimate one-on-one opportunities with music industry experts followed by a showcase by an A-level up-and-coming act.  The idea of the "Music Lowdown" portion is to provide an unintimidating atmosphere, at which artists and those wishing to get into the music business can talk with industry professionals in a comfortable club setting. Unlike most music conferences, where people must get up in front of a huge crowd, walk to the microphone and ask the powers that be perched up on the stage a question, here they do it in a private one-on-one set up.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 6
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, MAY 6
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, MAY 7
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, MAY 9
ALTO BASSO
Featuring Juicy
718 College Street (at Crawford)
(416) 534-9522
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: If you haven’t caught on yet, Katie Burgess shines at Alto Basso every Thursday evening, accompanied by Juice (Michael Shand, Richard E. Brown, Roger Williams, Andy Thompson).  An eclectic gathering of patrons at Alto Basso.

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 10
DEEP SOUL
@ CHARLES
1 Jarvis St (at Queen's Quay )
10:00pm-3:00am
25 and over / dress code

Hosted by Lloyd & Carlos
of Major League Entertainment Inc.
(416) 264-9494

EVENT PROFILE: You have been asking for this ... 
A place where the thirty something can call it's own ...

Know you got it DEEP SOUL @ Charlies every Friday.
Enjoy the cool vibe and listen to all the great original music.
soul, house, R&B, disco, soca & reggae.

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 10
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, MAY 12
BFVN MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRITY BRUNCH
Rosewood Grill & Piano Bar

1055 Yonge St. (just north of Rosedale on the south side)
Tel: (416) 323-0000

EVENT PROFILE
:   The Black Film and Video Network is hosting a fundraising Mother’s Day Celebrity Brunch at Rosewood Grill on Sunday, May 12th.  The line-up of celebrities so far include:  Vanessa Williams (star, “Soul Food” television series) who will be reading excerpts from her upcoming poetry book; Richard Leacock (from the dramatic television series “DOC”); Salome Bey (Entertainer); Michael Anthony Rawlins (Actor) and performances from jazz soloist Sharron McLeod and the Deliverance Ministries Choir.  The brunch will be hosted by Geena Lee (FLOW 93.5 FM).

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 12
THE A-TEAM
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Wade O. Brown, Rich Brown, Levin, Dave Leitao, Neil Brathwaite and Don Pham

 

 

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Langfield Entertainment
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