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  • Cell Phones at a Concert
    The Pew Research Center has bad news about audience etiquette
    This morning the Business section of the San Francisco Chronicle ran a front-page (but below the fold) article by Joaquin Palomino reporting on a recent study by the Pew Research Center. The objective of the study was to assay attitudes regarding...
  • Dance: Made in Canada
    Dance: Made in Canada's 'Robinson Series' an interactive night of surprises
    The norm at any performance except for a music concert is to turn off all cellphones and electronic devices, but when dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker told the audience otherwise at "Dance: Made in Canada - Robinson Series Premiere"...
  • Boots and Hearts 2015: Day 2 - Friday
    Boots and Hearts 2015: Day 2 - Friday
    The weather at Boots and Hearts on August 7 was hot, sunny and dry— perfect for a bulked-up lineup that featured 14 acts. The bill ranged from hometown bands like Open Sky and Small Town Pistols to household names like Brad Paisley and...
  • Boots and Hearts 2015: Day 1 - Thursday
    Boots and Hearts 2015: Day 1 - Thursday
    Now in just its third year, Boots and Hearts has proven to be a hugely successful country music festival. And though the multi-day event got started on a Thursday, music fans showed up in the thousands to pitch their tents and take in the first...
  • Te Amo Argentina
    Toronto Summer Music Festival: 'Te Amo, Argentina'
    It's the birthplace of tango, and one of the most romantically thought of countries in the world. And for one night, on August 5 at Koerner Hall, Argentina came to Toronto in the form of cellistAntonio Lysy's travelling show, "Te Amo,...
  • 'The Last Five Years', as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival
    Toronto Summer Music Festival: 'The Last Five Years'
    New York, a couple, and their relationship over a half decade. In "The Last Five Years", a barebones sort of musical where the two characters only meet once, in the middle of the show, the Toronto Summer Music Festival showed why they&...
  • YOA Orchestra of the Americas
    Toronto Summer Music Festival back for another exciting year
    Every year for the last 10, the Toronto Summer Music Festival injects a dose of cool music to contrast with the hot days of summer. This year, with the theme of "The New World" tying into the Pan Am Games, one of the calendar's...
  • Stratford Festival 'Oedipus Rex'
    Stratford Festival's 'Oedipus Rex' uneven, but with some strong performances
    Sophocles's arguably most popular play is "Oedipus Rex", done up in many shapes and forms since originally performed in 429 BC. It's also one of the few plays to hold up so timelessly over so many centuries, with much flexibility...
  • cover of "Being Young" by Astrid Young
    'Being Young': A memoir by Neil Young's sister, full of gossip and music
    This is a memoir written by Astrid Young, Neil Young’s younger half-sister. She is a singer/songwriter in her own right who has toured with her brother, singing back-up, but as also put out her own work. She states in the beginning her book...
  • Yo Yo Ma in concert
    How to prepare on the day of a performance
    Has this ever happened to you?A week before the concert, you are on top of your game. You could play through your program. Flawlessly. You are in the zone. Then came The BIG DAY.From the moment you wake up, your heart is pounding hard, your...
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    Workfarce: Use classical conditioning to improve work performance
    Poor performers impact the bottom line. They can drive away customers, reduce product quality; they can bring down an entire work group. As a result, it’s critical to address poor performance as soon as it occurs.Using classical conditioning...
  • You Can Never Tell
    Shaw Festival's 'You Can Never Tell' too hyper kinetic to work
    Sometimes throwing together a bunch of loud, messy elements can work, like in a Jackson Pollock painting or a Clash song. But other times, like the Shaw Festival's "You Can Never Tell" (dir. Jim Mezon), the product becomes...
  • Bionic Relaxed Grip Glove
    Golf Gets A Better Grip: Bionic Gloves
    You should hold the golf club like the neck of a small bird. You have heard that all along in lessons, but how do you hold an accelerating object lightly? As demonstrated by tour players, if you can grip the club lightly, you are likely to have a...
  • Myra Slotnick
    This Weekend in Provincetown June 11th through June 14th
    Each week, from June through September, I will be highlighting things to do and see in Provincetown, Massachusetts on the weekends, while also shining a spotlight on one (or two) performance, theatre and visual artists and/or business owners.This...
  • Ron Davis' Symphronica
    Ron Davis' Symphronica and Lombard Twins excite at Lula Lounge for Lulaworld2015
    Lula Lounge is an interesting venue in Toronto, with its mix of tables and standing area. World music finds a common home within its doors, such as Ron Davis' Symphronica and the Lombard Twins playing to a sold-out room on May 31 as part of...
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