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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6th

    It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.



    MOMENTO: GENERATIONS OF JAZZ


    The fantastic group Peripheral Vision will feature during a very special show this week. MomenTO: Sounds Like Toronto is a six-part, live-music series celebrating Toronto's influence on Canadian music, from folk to rock, hip hop to (in this week's case) jazz! Free performances are happening in music venues around the city.

     



     

    On Friday, it's Generations of Jazz at Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building at U of T. That's 80 Queen's Park. Toronto Downtown Jazz Artistic Director Josh Grossman will host the event, which is inspired by the musicians who have passed through the University of Toronto. Expect performances from Tara Davidson and William Carn with the Carn/Davidson Nine. Also, Myriad 3 and the Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet. There are about 150 spots left at the door, Doors are at 6:30 on Friday and show time is 7 p.m. More info here: www1.toronto.ca

     





    FILM FESTIVALS: EUFF – REEL ASIAN – RENDEZVOUS – BLACKSTAR

     
    We may very well live in the ultimate cinephile city. This week, four thrilling Film Festivals are taking place:


    EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL


    The European Union Film Festival opens on Thursday.

    Gozo (trailer) from Miranda Bowen on Vimeo.

    This year's EUFF opener is Gozo, which follows a young British couple who move to Gozo, near Malta. It's a paradise, but between skeletons in his closet and the locations eerie vastness, this tragi-drama starts to feel a little like The Shining at times.
     
    Over two weeks, the annual European Union Festival of Toronto will present a multicultural smorgasbord of films from all 28 EU member countries. All screenings taking place at the Royal Cinema on College. Of course, The Royal is near Little Italy and Little Portugal, making it a perfect spot. Ten of the screenings will be Canadian premieres including the Sundance Award winner Belgica from Belgium, Flash Forward Audience Award winner Night of 1000 Hours from Austria, The UK multi award winner Adult Life Skills, and Greek film Boy on the Bridge. www.EUFFTO.com for screening times. What a great film fest from across the pond.


    REEL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL


     
    The 21st edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival gets underway on Thursday. Canada's premier Pan-Asian film event will open with Yukiko Mishima’s family drama Dear Etranger and will close with Stand Up Man, a Korean/Canadian comedy written and directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Aram Collier.

     



    The festival is taking place at multiple venues including TIFF Bell Light Box, Innis Town Hall, The Isabel Bader, The Commons, and other locations. www.ReelAsian.com for timing and tickets for this great annual festival.

     
    RENDEZVOUS WITH MADNESS FILM FESTIVAL






    David Tennant is RD Laing; the radical Anti-Psychiatrist from Scotland. Last week, Mad to be Normal opened up the first and largest mental health film festival in the world, Rendezvous with Madness. Rendezvous continues its 25th Anniversary edition this week. Expect 16 features and 34 short films from across the globe. Rendezvous is well known as a provocative festival that uses art to investigate and to illuminate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction. The 2017 festival venues include the Workman Arts theatre, St. Anne’s Church, and CAMH, and as always, screening events will be followed by talks with filmmakers and experts. www.rendezvouswithmadness.ca for info.

    TIFF: BLACK STAR



    And TIFF Bell Lightbox continues the 7-week program, Black Star this week, celebrating 100 years of black actors on the big screen. This week Jean of the Joneses, To Sleep With Anger, Carmen Jones, Annie, and Body and Soul accompanied by Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo. www.TIFF.net/blackstar for info.

     




    BONUS IDEAS!


    THE GLADSTONE: JAYMZ BEE’S COSMIC FISHING BOOK LAUNCH

    Tuesday at The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, Jaymz Bee is celebrating the release of his new book of lyrics and poetry the only way he knows how, with a party. The book is Cosmic Fishing. Jaymz will be reading from Cosmic Fishing, and will be interviewed by Jazz FM91's own Ross Porter and Ralph Benmergui. Bee will also perform with The Great Bob Scott Trio featuring George Koller, Eric St-Laurent and special surprise guests. $10 bucks gets you in, and a $5 book rebate. Things get underway Tuesday at 7pm at the Gladstone.


    HUGH’S ROOM LIVE: AVERY RAQUEL


    For the first time ever, 16-year-old Avery Raquel will headline her own show at Hugh’s Room Live, and she has assembled an A-list band to join her including


    Ross MacIntyre, bass

    Mark Kelso, drums

    Jeremy Ledbetter, keys

    Andrew Marzotto, guitar

    Brandon Tse, sax

    Kaelin Murphy, trumpet

    Nick Forget, trombone

     

     

    Those who have seen Avery perform are always bowled over. She’s a very promising talent, and has a new album scheduled for release next year. See her early in her career! This Thursday at Hugh's Room Live at 8:30 p.m. Set your table and dinner reservations now at www.hughsroomlive.com 








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