Category Archives: Reviews

November 09

Omar El Akkad wins the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize

By Wayne Baggs It was a red carpet ceremony for the 28th Annual Award gala for The Giller Prize. Omar El Akkad was named the winner of the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, What Strange Paradise, The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by poet, artist and performer […]

October 27

A Star In Colombia! CAROLINA LOPEZ Brings Fire to the Dancefloor with “El Latin Dance”

Watch “El Latin Dance (Official)” via YouTube Here Sometimes, all it takes is an invitation to get out on the dancefloor, and there’s no turning one down from Carolina Lopez, who keeps it muy caliente with this, her new single “El Latin Dance” — available now! A little bit of Cumbia mixed with a driving […]

October 16

MELANIE DURRANT Brings The Voice  With New Single “BAIT & SWITCH”

MELANIE DURRANT  Brings The Voice  “BAIT & SWITCH”  Award-winning, Canadian R&B singer Melanie Durrant released her new single and music video, “Bait & Switch.” The soulful artist brings her signature edge to “Bait & Switch” produced by Mo’Jointz and CedSolo.  Durrant takes on relationship struggles, the raw honesty of the pain and the joy with the artists vulnerability on full display.  In the “Bait & Switch” video, directed by Toronto director […]

October 15

Contemporary Folk-Rocker Howard Gladstone Releases “The World’s Become A Warmer Place” from Concord Sessions Album

Watch “The World’s Become A Warmer Place” via YouTube Here A hybrid folk album that holds a disarming mirror up to human nature, Toronto-based contemporary folk-rocker Howard Gladstone has released his new album, Concord Sessions, and singles “Building A Fence” and “The World’s Become A Warmer Place” — available now! In the age of environmental […]

October 12

From the Ashes of a Global Pandemic Comes Ottawa’s TAMING SARI’s Electrifying & Timely “Crazy” New Rock Anthem

Watch “Crazy” via YouTube Here Speaking to the deep human desire of connecting with others, and how good it feels to let loose from it all, the timeliest of timely anthems has arrived from Ottawa rockers Taming Sari: “Crazy” is available now! Taming Sari’s signature splashy guitar work and thunderous drums guide the listener through […]

October 08

The Friends Open Mind Program, “Floating In The Deep End”

Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program with Patti Davis, author of the new critically acclaimed book Floating in the Deep End – How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer’s. In her poignant memoir, Ms. Davis, daughter of […]

October 02

Gravitas Ventures Day & Date Release on October 22nd of “The Subject” Starring Jason Biggs (“Orange is the New Black,” and “American Pie”), Aunjanue Ellis (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” and Emmy nominee for “Lovecraft County”)

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Lanie Zipoy’s Multi Award-Winning “The Subject” For Theatrical & TVOD/Digital Audiences Everywhere October 22nd, 2021  “The Subject” Starring Jason Biggs, Aunjanue Ellis & Anabelle AcostaMakes a Day & Date Release Across North America This Fall  (Los Angeles,CA) Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired worldwide rights to director/producer Lanie Zipoy’s (“17 Things I Wish I Could Tell You […]

October 01

Author David Binks Gathers Well Over a Thousand Story, Photo & Memorabilia Moments to Create an Archival for the Ages on Iconic Canadian Venue! 100+ Years of History Add Up to That Night At Massey Hall…

Featuring a Foreword from Grammy-Winning Musicologist Rob Bowman & Over 500+ Artists, That Night At Massey Hall is Available for Pre-Orders Now Pre-Order That Night At Massey Hall Website Facebook Instagram Twitter In an epic archival for the ages of one of Canada’s most iconic venues, author David Binks has written and compiled That Night At Massey […]

September 26

Julia @ TIFF 2021

Directed by: Julie Cohen and Betsy West, “Julia” presented a portrait of Julia Child, whose cookbooks and TV shows revolutionized American cuisine.Julia Child was a pinoneer of the 20th century. Born in 1912, she defied expectations for women of her time by travelling abroad, mastering French cuisine, and then, in her fifties, becoming a celebrity […]

September 25

Same as me Captures Sugar-Sweet Simplicity with “Just Right”

Watch “Just Right” via YouTube Here  Just like candy or cake, that feeling of everything being ‘just right’ when you’re with that special someone is simple and sweet, and Toronto-based rapper and singer-songwriter same as me celebrates that pure and uncomplicated joy with her aptly-titled new single “Just Right” — available now. An easy-flow pop […]

September 25

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival-October 19-24, 2021. 

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts FestivalAnnouncesSeven Directions Shorts ProgramPLUS In Person Screenings Across CanadaHalifax, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Vancouver The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce exciting live in-person and virtual events as part of the 22nd Annual Festival from October 19-24, 2021. imagineNATIVE will present select in person screenings at Cineplex Theatres in Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg […]

September 25

Alt-Rock Duo BLACKOUT ORCHESTRA Delve into the Complexities of Non-Monogamous Relationships with “It’s Fine”

Watch “It’s Fine” via YouTube Here “It’s Fine” is the latest musical effort from the unique perspective of Canadian alt-rock duo Blackout Orchestra’s primary songwriter, Ben VanBuskirk, and singer Morgan Thompson-Reid — on whom the song is based. Available now, the catchy pop guitars and a dance beat are juxtaposed with unrelenting lyrics that emphasize […]

September 22

Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine @ TIFF 2021

A “rock n’ roll machine” who split up at the height of their careers during a run from the late 1970s through to the ’80s, the power trio from Toronto consisting of drummer-singer Moore, singer-guitarist Rik Emmett, and bassist-keyboardist Mike Levine defined an era of straight ahead Rock n’ Roll with hits including; ”Rocky Mountain […]

September 22

Jockey @TIFF 2021

Aging jockey Jackson Silva (Clifton Collins Jr.) is forced to come to terms with the limitations of his body’s deterioration from years of working through injuries, struggling to train for the final championship of his career. Longtime trainer and sometime friend Ruth (Molly Parker) lends a sympathetic ear and a sought-after horse to increase his […]

September 22

SEYRAN ATES: SEX, REVOLUTION AND ISLAM.Directed by Nefise Özkal LorentzenProduced by Jørgen LorentzenFeaturing the Outspoken and Fierce Seyran AteşOpening October 1st at Laemmle GlendaleWith San Francisco and New York to Follow

She is bold. She is fierce.  She is love. Meet Seyran Ateş!Discover the life and work of Muslim feminist and human rights activist Seyran Ateş through the acclaimed film SEYRAN ATES: SEX, REVOLUTION AND ISLAM. The documentary, directed by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, opens October 1st at the Laemmle Glendale and other cities including San Francisco and New York to follow. In the 1960s, the hippies […]