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Showing posts from July, 2008

Harbourfront Centre Delivers A Fresh Take on What is Classical

What is Classical?
Harbourfront Centre is posing this question in the title of its new summer festival, but I think they have already answered their own question. What is Classical? In this FREE festival it's everything from South Asian dance to Beijing Opera to films such as The Nomi Song (about an 80's icon, Kraus Nomi, who incorporated pop music into opera).
I was joined by Kerri Macdonald, Artistic Associate, to discuss the festival in detail and was pleasantly surprised at the scope of the festival and the fact that, as much as I love them, the usual suspects (Beethoven, Bach, Mozart) were not at the forefront of what Harbourfront will be offering the public from July 25th -27th. Often discussions of "classical" do not include music or culture from outside Europe; with this festival Harbourfront Centre shows that it is aware of this bias and is addressing it with a festival that will inform as well as delight. From a marketing perspective, this festival will ap…

Mea Culpa: Late Show Posts

You may have noticed that I have fallen behind on my blogging. Sorry about that, but life has been hectic of late. Drop me a quick email if you need to know more about something you heard on my show. I also love snail mail:
donna g, host The More the Merrier
CIUT 89.5 FM, U of T Radio
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Toronto, ON M5S 2E8

July 12th Show

The Resilient Spirit
Anne-Marie Woods is one busy woman!For those of you who are regular listeners to this show you will know Anne-Marie as AMANI, the woman behind such pieces as “I Am an Artist” and “I’m a Caribbean Living in Canada”.She is also the face behind Imani Creative Consulting, and Imani Enterprises).We limited ourselves to talking about her performance in the Youth Zone at Afrofest as well as the upcoming fundraiser, “The Resilient Spirit”.The event will present spoken word artists, musicians and actors and raise awareness of Lupus, the disease that took the life of Woods’ sister Louella.Lupus Ontario will have a presence i…