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FREE Concerts at Luminato 2013

It's outdoors, it goes rain or shine, but it's FREE!Luminato 2013 (June 14–23, 2013) will be providing you with some sweet sights and sounds in June with their lineup at the Festival Hub. The Hub is located at David Pecaut Square (west of Roy Thomson Hall, across from the Royal Alex Theatre). Afternoon, evening, and late night concerts will feature artists such as Amadou and Miriam, Maxi Priest, Rosane Cash, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Space Cadet, and our own Lady Son, to name a few. Aptly entitled, "A Bittersweet Tribute", this dance showcase shines a light on Peruvian-born dancer/singer/actress Patricia Cano and singer, Lhasa de Sela, whose life will be celebrated in Danse Lhasa Dance, choreographed by Pierre-Paul Savoie. If you listen on and off to my radio show,  The More the Merrier, you will know that Lhasa's music is a favourite of mine, and I was saddened to hear of her passing in 2011 from breast cancer at age 38. She was an incredible talent, whose…

Animals at Inside Out LGBT Film Festival (May 23 - June 2)

After chatting with Inside Out's Andrew Murphy last Saturday, I was sold on the dark humour in his description of  Animals.

Description: A well-worn, adorable teddy bear named Deerhoof is best friend to 17-year-old Pol. This is no ordinary stuffed animal, however. Deerhoof plays a mean set of drums, and dishes out advice to his companion in a voice reminiscent of Stephen Hawking... -Inside Out

Wed May. 29, 2013
At 7:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West (corner of King and John)

D: Marçal Forés
Language: English and Spanish
Runtime: 102:00


Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
May 23 - June 2, 2013

By Phone:
10am to 7pm daily
416.599.TIFF (8433)
Toll free: 1.888.599.8433

In Person: 10am to 10pm daily
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square,
350 King Street West (at John Street)

On Line:

Inside Out Shines International Spotlight on LGBT Rights

 Dir: Debalina Majumder (India)
International Premiere                                                     
In a small village in India, two young women, Swapna and Sucheta, fall in love. When faced with the prospect of Sucheta’s marriage to a man who forbids her to see Swapna, the women decide to die in each other’s arms. Director Debalina Majumber makes this heartbreaking event a starting point for her portrait of a diverse group of queer women in India who come from various backgrounds, define their sexuality in distinct ways and have diverse stories, but who share pressures and often outright rejection by their families amid the isolation of being different.

Dir: Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann (Cameroon/USA)
Canadian Premiere
Meet Gertrude and Cédric, two young people fighting for gay rights in Cameroon where those convicted of same-sex relations face up to five years imprisonment. Fearing rejection from their families and dealing with threats of …

My Hot Docs 2013 Faves: Thanks Hot Docs programmers!

Now that Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival is over, people have been asking how many films I saw and what were my favourites. Well, here is is folks: a list of the films I saw (arranged alphabetically) with photos and descriptions of my Top 5 Favourites. A few films might have been a wee bit longer than need be, but I can say honestly that enjoyed ALL of the films I saw. I don't think this has ever happened before! Thanks Hot Docs programmers!

Read on, and don't forget to share your faves by posting a comment. Please note that by favourites, I do mean exactly that. Sometimes the films that impact you are not the ones that check all the "best picture" buttons.

1) 15 Reasons to Live
D: Alan Zweig 83 minutes | Canada | English | World Premiere | Rating: PG

2) Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
D: Jessica Oreck | 85 minutes | Finland USA | (Subtitled) Finnish | International Premiere | Rating: 14A

Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arc…

Hot Docs Top Ten Audience Favourites

The top ten audience favourites as determined by audience vote are:
MUSCLE SHOALS (D: Greg “Freddy” Camalier, USA) BLOOD BROTHER (D: Steve Hoover, USA) A WHOLE LOTT MORE (D: Victor Buhler, UK) THE PUNK SINGER (D: Sini Anderson, USA) LAST WOMAN STANDING (D: Lorraine Price, Juliet Lammers; Canada) SPRING & ARNAUD (D: Katherine Knight, Marcia Connolly; Canada) THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC! (D: Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling, USA) MENSTRUAL MAN (D: Amit Virmani, Singapore, India) THE CRASH REEL (D: Lucy Walker, USA) THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (D: Liz Marshall, Canada) For other award winners please visit: