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Holder and Older Cousin (and Olive the Family Dog)

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Soweto plays North Toronto Heavy on Revolution – Gospel Takes A Back SeatBy Stephen Weir The Soweto Gospel Choir has been around the world more than a few times since their formation back in 2002. The South African singing group is so much in demand that they now have two choirs performing and touring simultaneously this December in the United States and Europe. The city got to see the Soweto Gospel Choir for two nights last Thursday and Friday in North Toronto.They swooped into town, won the hearts and voices of an almost filled George Weston Theatre (North York), sold a whack of autographed CDs then hit the road to perform the next night in Montreal and the night after that in New Jersey. The Choir has dedicated their two exhaustive international tours to the celebration of the late Nelson Mandela in this his 100th birthday year.The 90-minute songfest, called Songs of the Free included – judging by the raised clench fists of the 20 singers on stage – historic songs about South African l…

Haitian Play Has Three Days To Sink Or Swim In Toronto

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Les Frères – Sink of Swim for a Three-Day Run In Toronto By Stephen Weir Three Brothers. One’s nose and mouthis underwater.  The two others are treading water, heads barely breaking the surface. The striking theatre poster is a metaphor for Haiti and an advertisement for Les Frères, a new play debuting in Toronto next weekend. Les Frères(The Brothers) is a 90-minute play set in Harlem and performed by the UC Follies in English (with a little bit of Creole thrown in for good measure). Written by New York based Sandra Daley-Sharif, her play, runs from November 29 to December 1 at the downtown George Ignatieff Theatre. The play follows three estranged brothers of Haitian descent, who come home to Harlem for their father’s final days. Troubled memories filled with anger and abuse come rushing back as they deal with their father’s death. “ We found the play through the New Play Exchange App and I successfully pitched it to the U of T drama society,” director Abigail Whitney told the Caribbean C…

Carnival. The Sound of People Madly Clapping. Concert Review

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