DJ Skate Nights launches this week with one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs, and respected producers, Skratch Bastid. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia — home to notable hip-hop figures like Classified, Buck 65 and Ghettosocks — Skratch, Paul Murphy, started DJing in the nineties and was competing in major competitions not long after. He was also the first Canadian DJ ever to be nominated for the Juno Award for Producer of the Year in 2008.
Acclaimed dancer/choreographer Janak Khendry, has been devoted to dance for more than forty five years. With an extensive background in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Manipuri styles — studied under the most important teachers of the twentieth century –he strives to further human understanding through dance, music, art and culture. This is all done under the umbrella of Janak Khendry Dance Company.
Our annual DJ Skate Nights series on the Natrel Rink, featuring Toronto’s hottest DJs — spinning their coldest mixes — is back for another season. We have an exciting line-up for you this year which includes names like Lucie Tic, who recently won best DJ in NOW Magazine’s Readers Poll, three-time Scribble Jam winner, and Juno nominated producer, Skratch Bastid and of course the world famous Starting From Scratch.
Lacing up a pair of skates and gliding across a freshly re-surfaced ice rink is a Canadian rite of passage. The distinct sound of blades carving into the ice, the flurry of toques, scarves and mitts, the rich aroma of hot chocolate wafting through the air – the essence of winter. It would be a shame to miss out.
Next week Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah returns for it’s thirteenth season. Choreographed by Trinidadian-born artistic director, Patrick Parson, Soulful Messiah was originally conceived to add to the holiday celebration within the city of Toronto, alongside other shows such as The Nutcracker. It was based upon a CD, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, which Parson first listened to over 15 years ago.
DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest presenter of independent dance, is bringing Vancouver’s own 605 Collective to our NextSteps season with DanceWorks DW203, New Animal, which runs today (November 15th) and tomorrow (November 16th). We were lucky enough to chat with three of the company’s five dancers about the piece.
With a core group of seven dancers and has a touring repertoire of 3 full length works, choreographed by award-winning choreographer/artist Malgorzata Nowacka, The Chimera Project has a history of not only creating pieces for the most prestigious contemporary dance events and national presenters, but also introducing a new generation of choreographers to the world through their annual Fresh Blood series. Now in it’s fifth year, Fresh Blood is giving up-an-coming choreographers (with five years of experience) the chance to join a list of talented alumni that includes acclaimed Ritmo Flamenco co-artistic director Anjelica Scannura — who is currently part of our NextSteps season — and 2013 Fresh Blood Paula Citron Dance Award winner Emilio Colalillo.
Anjelica Scannura, co-artistic director for Ritmo Flamenco, is making her NextSteps debut next week with her first solo full-length performance, Danzas Sagradas. But, how much do you really know about the critically-acclaimed Ritmo Flamenco, founded by artistic director Valerie Scannura and music director Roger Scannura (Anjelica’s parents) in 1995? Here is a list of eight fun facts about the company: