Independent G.T.A. musicians: we want to hear from you

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For three seasons we’ve been giving some of the hottest up and coming Toronto talent the opportunity to grace our stages to clash for cash and other prizes. For a fourth season we’re once again calling on (unsigned) G.T.A. music artists to submit music for their shot at the title of SoundClash winner, joining past shortlisted artists like Miles Jones, Rich Kidd, OPOPO, LAL, Progress, Gyles and Kids & Explosions (among others). With $10,000 in cash/prizes — and the opportunity to play a set on the WestJet stage during our annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival — on the line, we’re looking for artists who are ready to bring it.

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Denise Fujiwara shares her thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

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Denise is the choreographer and visionary behind Fujiwara Dance Inventions. Her adaptation of Christian Bök’s Eunoia has its world premiere on March 19 as part of World Stage. Here are Denise’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

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Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada: 25 years of dance innovation

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Sudha Khandwani, Artistic Director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, is North America’s first and only presenter of international festivals and symposia of Indian dance and has consistently — over the last 25 years — brought to Toronto, a wide variety of classical and contemporary works from around the world and Canada. She celebrates this history next week at Harbourfront Centre with an international dance festival and symposium celebrating New Directions in Indian Dance. This year, they have one of their most exciting line-ups yet, with pieces from multiple award-winning choreographers including her sister, Menaka Thakkar of the Menaka Thakkar Dance CompanyJanak Khendry, Nova Bhattacharya & Louis Laberge-Côté — who are no strangers to our NextSteps season.

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The Four Seasons: dissecting the cycle of life

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Kevin O’Day and Robert Glumbek present their new duet, The Four Seasonsthis week as part of our NextSteps dance season. Presented by DanceWorks, it’s a personal piece that depicts two middle-aged men pondering the cycle of life and its various stages – blossoming, standing still, looking back and letting go. It premiered in Manheim in Spring 2013 and this week Toronto audiences will have a chance to experience it for themselves.

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Jack Diamond shares his thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

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Jack Diamond has practiced architecture since 1968 and is recognized for his astute interpretation of site and context across a wide range of award-winning building types, from civic and residential to performing arts and academic projects. He is part of the exhibit team for Bridgepoint Active Healthcare: The Reinvention Of A Hospital, which is currently on exhibition as part of our Architecture Exhibition Winter 2014. Here are Jack’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

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Denise Fujiwara brings Christian Bök’s Eunoia to life

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It took acclaimed writer Christian Bök seven years to complete his poetic masterpiece Eunoia — a five-chapter anthology that consists of univocalics (using one vowel per chapter).

Denise Fujiwara, artistic director of Fujiwara Dance Inventions, was first introduced to the book when her husband brought it home. She was instantly intrigued and decided that it would be an extremely interesting score to a dance piece. With Christian’s blessing, Denise and her dancers embarked on a five-year process, culminating into a 65-minute show that’s premiering at World Stage this month.

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FIXT POINT share their thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

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In our 40th anniversary year at Harbourfront Centre, we are exploring The Big Idea: Legacy. Legacy is the essential contribution of the past that acknowledges the present. It is a magnificent merging of past desire and future promise. In legacy the past and present come together to create fundamental meaning.

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DJ Skate Nights draw to a close

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Now it’s time, to say goodbye to all our company. This weekend marks the final DJ Skate Night of the 2013/2014 season. Up to now, we’ve hosted some of Toronto’s premier DJs who’ve turned the Natrel Rink into a dance party on ice every Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. What can we say, it’s been an incredible season.

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AD Letter: Major Tom

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United Kingdom’s own Victoria Melody and her and her six-year-old basset hound, Major Tom, are in Toronto this week to present the North American premiere of the acclaimed Major Tom. Below is a message from the World Stage’s Artistic Director, Tina Rasmussen, that further contextualizes why you shouldn’t miss this performance.

The show runs February 26 – March 1 only, so get your tickets!

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Call for entries: Upload your cutest puppy pics and win a pair of tickets to see Major Tom at World Stage

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Before Major Tom debuts next week, World Stage wants you to post, Tweet and upload your own Best in Show puppy pics. The competition is fierce and only the cutest will go all the way, but we want to see if your dog has what it takes to be the big winner.

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