Month: January 2013

February Features

Hey all!  I have 3 upcoming features in February.  First up I am making a cameo at the February 7th Livewords (7:30 pm till 11 at The Black Swan).  I am representing for The Beautiful and The Damned.  Then on February 14th (7-9:30), I am hosting the Femme Fatale edition of the Beautiful and The Damned at Glad Day Books, but if that wasn’t exciting enough, I will be featuring at the Handshake Gallery on February 27th (7:30 pm, 189 Mutual St)!

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The weather relented enough for me to get out to Nik Beat’s Howl show at Q Space Sunday night. I’ve been looking forward to to checking this new space out since it opened last year. A great space for spoken-word & unplugged music. A simple kitchen set up offers various teas, coffee, juices, assorted alcohol libations; snacks – salads, sandwiches, desserts. Lots of outlets to plug in a laptop. Comfortable seating and an excellent sound system.

Come Home Muffy

Nik hosted a typically eclectic line-up that opened with Tim Masterson – who read a chapter for him novel ‘Far From Kind and Pretty,’ as well as an ‘essay’ – both were filled with allusions to 70’s/80’s TV shows, pop music, clowns, bunnies as his character dealt with mother issues; ‘none of the pens work in Mom’s House.’ He was followed by Lizzie Violet, whose mother feared Lizzie would grow up to…

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MARCH 4-8, 2013 is International Women’s Week, and LMG Productions celebrates by presenting Wonder Women VI: WonderFest, a weeklong series of workshops and concerts to spread empowerment through art.  This International Women’s Week edition of Wonder Women will be the largest Wonder Women event yet. With fourfree workshops and two concerts involving approximately 50 wonder women and super men of varied media, WonderFest is certain to make a positive artistic impact on the community.

At LMG Productions we truly believe that we are in this together, and we would be honoured if you would join us in our passion towards encouraging and empowering individuals through art.

Introducing our new blogsite:

www.WonderWomenWorld.tumblr.com/

 WONDERFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Monday March 4, 2013
Workshop: Business Planning for Artists; Heather Hill
7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street
FREE

 Tuesday March 5, 2013
Workshop: Playing With Music; Collaboration/Jam/Open Mic
7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham…

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life with more cowbell

As promised, here’s the interview with Christian D and the Hangovers frontman Christian DeArmond. I first met Christian in the Twitterverse – then eventually in person while he and the band were playing a gig at The Cadillac Lounge. Performing with powerhouse vocals and driving guitar riffs, Christian D has a charismatic, compelling and – I won’t lie to ya – sexy stage presence. Recently, I fired over a bunch of questions over email – and here’s what he had to say:

LWMC: Hey, Christian – thanks for coming onboard to do this interview for cowbell. If it’s okay with you, I’d like to take it from the angle of folks who may not be all that familiar with you and your music.

CD: Perfect, since most people aren’t familiar with me at all…

LWMC: Your music has been described as rockabilly, cow punk and “psychobilly.” How would you…

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Cytopoetics Events

It’s pretty obvious to me that people are now fully in the swing of the new year. Even as the weather remains unpredictable and decidedly un-typical-winter-like, the temperature has been gradually building in the spoken word and poetry slam community of the Greater Toronto Area. It all comes to a head this weekend in an explosion of poetry events rarely seen around these parts in a 72-hour period. But before that happens there are a plethora of quality performances and open mic opportunities for you to sink your teeth into this week. Here’s what’s on the radar over the upcoming seven days:

Monday

The crew at R.I.S.E. Poetry host their weekly open mic event at Tropicana Community Services (670 Progress Ave. near McCowan) from 6:30-9:30pm. All poets, singers and MCs looking for someplace to share work need look no further! Admission is $3 at the door.

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Big fun times with amazing artists and friends at The Central on Saturday night for LMG Productions’ Super Wonderful New Year Kickoff fundraiser for the upcoming Wonder Women 2013 festival in March. Organizers and hosts Arlene Paculan and Kat Leonard (aka Musedy Tag Team) treated us to some tunes, including their new Michael Jackson mash-up, and some kick-ass raffle prizes, including CDs from participating artists and tickets to the upcoming Wonder Women concert on March 8.

This was one incredible party – and we were moved, rocked and amazed by feature acts of Wonder Women and, for the first time, Super Men – check them out:

Asleep in the Machine

Dread Eye

Matt Gerber

Linda Inthahack

Miquelon Rodriguez

Candice Sand

Supertash

Lizzie Violet

It was a reunion of sorts, and I got to see folks I hadn’t seen in a while, including some of the incredible open mic guests: Angela…

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BuDa kicked off 2013 with a dynamic January show, hosted by Philip Cairns, with three features who left me wanting more – sadly time restraints at Glad Day force us to wrap the show by 9:40 or all of them would have been called on for encores.

First feature Faye Guenther read Hostage Spaces – a short story told from the ‘You’ point of view. It opens  with an almost clinical description of a building’s white marble lobby: “smooth dove-coloured leather couches that never hold a body, standing in illuminated pools of white on white” The descriptions move into a more personalized sense of the space, of the You addressed, “the soreness begins to explore your face”; of the life You lives, then brings other people into that life – a lover, a coworker: “you lifted your head and recognized someone….Her eyes were the color of trees this time of year, you thought, reaching…

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SUPER WONDERFUL NEW YEAR KICKOFF

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This Saturday AND this girl is a feature!!! Hot girls, hot boys, one stage.  You really shouldn’t miss this!

 

LMG Productions presents…

SUPER WONDERFUL NEW YEAR KICKOFF
SATURDAY JANUARY 12TH, 2013!
At The Central in Toronto!

It will be a fantastical night that’s sure to warm the cockles of your heart even if it’s a blistery day—or blustery even.
LMG is proud to debut their first lineup of SUPER MEN along with splendorous WONDER WOMEN!
It will be hosted by the Musedy Tag Team of

Kat Leonard and Arlene Paculan!
www.katleonard.com
www.arlenepaculan.com

The fun happens at
The Central
603 Markham St. Toronto, ON
7:30pm!
$10!

We’re raising funds for our amazing event “Wonder Women” which will be a week long event during International Women’s Week in March 2013!

The goal of Wonder Women is to spread empowerment and positive self-esteem through female artists.

Here’s who you get to see at this awesome event!

Asleep in the Machine
http://www.asleepinthemachine.com/

Ellie Anderson
http://www.ellieandersonmusic.com/

Dread Eye
http://facebook.com/dreadeyew

Matt Gerber
http://www.myspace.com/thedeadlyvenoms

Linda Inthahack
http://www.lindaint.ca/

Miquelon Rodriguez
http://mrminddump.wordpress.com/

Candice Sand
http://www.candicesand.com/

Supertash
http://www.supertash.com/

Lizzie Violet
https://lizzieviolet.wordpress.com/

And there will be open mic spots for you to join in on the fun!
Space is limited! Sign up is at 7:30pm!
There will be door prizes!

See you on January 12th, 2013!

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CANADIAN TALENT!