Category Archives: Arts

May 20

OPERANATION:TALL TALES@FOUR SEASONS CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS-THURS.,MAY 16th,2019

Photography By A.J.Lam and BKonthescene. It was a night of music, culinary experiments, libations and a musical “mashup” that transformed the three floors of Toronto’s Opera House into a place of extravagance and curiosity. It was also a night of fairytale stories on the opera stage. Inside the building, there was a glass palace of […]

May 20

The Royal Conservatory Celebrates 50 years Of Lighthouse@Koerner Hall-Tues.,May 14th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Lighthouse played their first ever concert at The Royal Conservatory. Celebrating 50 years of making and playing music with the city they started in. It was a great night to be a Lighthouse fan. The audience, made up mostly of fans from Lighthouses heydays of the early ’70s, was pumped from the […]

May 16

Canadian Music Week Highlights-Lemonheads, Tokyo Police Club, Linda Perry, Poo Bear, Nile Rodgers, Dave Stewart, Jermaine Dupri and The Live Music Industry Awards @Toronto- Mon.,May 6th-Sunday,May 12th,2019

Straight ahead Indie radio pop hooks from start to finish. Tokyo Police Club started with DLTFWYH, from the latest album, and never let up. The Phoenix was jumping until the last beat. The crowd was feeding off the live energy of a band that was feeding off the power of a pumped sold-out crowd. A […]

May 13

Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards@Rebel-Thurs.,May 9th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Canadian Music Week held its annual Celebration for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards May 9th at the Rebel. The 3-hour gala dinner honours the Music Industries innovators, and achievements as recognized by their peers. The event was full, with approximately 750 guests from all corners of the music business. All […]

May 09

The 2019 Crystals Awards@TIFF LIGHTBOX-Mon.,May 6th,2019

The 2019 Crystals Awards took place on Monday, May 6th. Creative minds filled TIFF Bell Lightbox to celebrate the winners, honour radio creativity, network with the industry’s elite and enjoy some delicious food and drinks! The Crystals Awards recognizes excellence in Canadian radio creative. Proudly presented by Bell Media Radio Sales, Canadian Broadcast Sales and […]

May 09

HOT DOCS 2019-MILES DAVIS:THE BIRTH OF COOL@TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX-Sat.,May 4th,2019

The Birth of Cool is a superbly crafted documentary about the life of jazz great/pioneer Miles Davis and is an example of what great filmmaking can offer. Combine this with a subject that has the artistic depth, drive, and mystique, as Miles Davis had, and you readily become enthralled in his life’s story. This is […]

May 08

HOT DOCS 2019-OUR GODFATHER@TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX-Sat.,May 4th,2019

Tommaso Buscetta, aka-Don Masino, turned state’s evidence and his testimony led to the conviction of over 400 Mafiosi in Italy and the United States, and he became the first Mafia boss to ever turn his back on Cosa Nostra. Buscetta became disenchanted following the murder of a number of allies and family members, including two […]

May 08

Eifman Ballet: Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA @ Sony Centre for Performing Arts (May 9-11)

photography by A.J. Lam and Eifman Ballet Russian Ballet Auteur, Boris Eifman, Honours Musical Muse with Powerful Exploration of theNature of Genius and the Price of Fame in;– Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA – Vibrant athleticism, nuanced physicality and dramatic intensity take centre stage as the renowned Eifman Ballet brings the man behind the music to […]

May 08

TELEVISION@THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE-Mon.,May 6th,2019

PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANKLIN LAU & REVIEW BY WAYNE BAGGS It’s 1977, a radio station in Brampton with reception so weak it was hardly receivable in the GTA, is broadcasting Talking Heads – Talking Heads 77, Television – Marquee Moon, Iggy Pop – The Idiot, The Clash – The Clash, The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus and […]

May 08

“Who Let The Dogs Out”@TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX-Sun.,May 5th,2019

Director Brent Hodge very aptly captures the hilarious adventure of Ben Sisto’s quest to get to the bottom of “Who Let The Dogs Out.”  A subject definitely off the beaten path, it starts naturally enough with Ben noticing an incomplete citation on the songs Wikipedia page and he sets out the find the answer.  Who did let […]

May 07

HOT DOCS 2019-BELLINGCAT-TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORTH-HOT DOCS CINEMA-Fri.,May 3rd,2019

This was a very intriguing documentary during Hot Docs 2019 week. Bellingcat, the name was adapted from a cartoon character, and the agency was founded in 2014 by Eliot Higgins. This is an international group that uses available info and tools such as geolocation data, 3D simulations, social media to conduct serious investigative work. Bellingcat […]

May 07

The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival Official Program Announcement-Fri.,May 3rd,2019@Artscape Daniels Launchpad-(Festival Dates-May 23rd-June 2nd,2019)

The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival announced the Official Program for the 2019 Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 23 to June 2)last Friday.   All who attended celebrate with food and drinks, it was a first look at Inside Out’s 2019 program! Everyone received a copy of the official program while enjoying entertainment by DJs […]

May 05

THE 8th ANNUAL SWIM DRINK FISH GALA@HOTEL X-Thurs., May 2nd,2019

Photography By A.J.Lam It was the 8th Annual Swim Drink Fish Gala presented by Breakwater Investments and the McKeil Family Foundation. The  2019 Gala was the most successful ever, and the support made the difference. Safeguarding water takes hard work. It takes time. It takes a movement. The Swim Drink Fish Gala makes it all […]

May 05

The Trial of Ratko Mladic@Hart House-Mon.,April 29th,2019

The ‘Trial of Ratko Mladic’ is a compelling documentary that takes us inside the largest trial argued before the UN’s International Court of Justice at The Hague since the Nuremberg Trials of 1945.  The man standing before the court, as the title tells us, is Ratko Mladic, nicknamed “The Butcher of Bosnia.” The filmmakers take full advantage […]

May 03

HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS-“There Are No Fakes”@TIFF LIGHTBOX AND AFTERPARTY@THE LODGE-Mon.,April 29th,2019

I had the opportunity to watch “There Are No Fakes” during Hot Docs film festival and I don’t think I’ve stopped telling people about it since. The documentary is unlike any I’ve seen before and shares a very riveting and important story. The exposé is based around the work of Norval Morrisseau, arguably Canada’s most […]