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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF JANUARY 15th

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





    TORONTO LIGHTFEST


    As the brass at the Toronto Light Festival say; and this is official: “Winter sucks, and we simply want to make winter not suck so much.”



    The people responsible for the Toronto Christmas Market are also the brains behind the Toronto Light Festival and, after a successful inaugural year, the illuminating event returns on Friday.


    Beginning Friday expect light sculptures, structures and installations to take over the Distillery; everything from Light Flowers to a Fire breathing Dragon, to a piano that plays, you guessed it, light! www.TorontoLightFest.com for details.


    PBS: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

    Monday is Martin Luther King Day and premiering Monday at 9 pm on PBS, the much discussed and Oscar-nominated documentary, I am Not Your Negro



    Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this powerful doc envisions the book that novelist and social critic James Baldwin never finished. The narrative digs into Baldwin’s personal accounts of his friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday’s PBS screening is a wonderful opportunity to catch this outstanding documentary. More here: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/i-am-not-your-negro/


    TIFF’S TOP TEN FILM FESTIVAL

    The fantastic documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World examines everyone from jazz singer Mildred Bailey and blues man Charlie Patton to Jimi Hendrix and The Band’s Robbie Robertson. It also digs into the history of its musical namesake, Link Wray and his punk/surf/rock classic, Rumble. The doc will screen as part of TIFF’s 17th Annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The 10-Day event began on Friday and offers much needed public screenings of these films, plus Q&A sessions and an industry forum before the Top Ten heads out on tour to Vancouver, Montreal, Regina, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Saskatoon. Rumble screens Monday at 8:30 pm and Tuesday at 3 pm. And there are many other Top Ten screenings throughout the week. www.TIFF.net for details.



    BONUS MUSIC IDEAS:


    HUMBER AT 50: A CELEBRATION THROUGH MUSIC

    Here’s an event that was originally scheduled to happen last fall, but was moved to this Wednesday amid the (now resolved) labor disputes in November. The Koerner Hall concert will feature a who’s who of the jazz world, celebrating the many decades of musical excellence that Humber can lay claim to.

    Listen to Mark’s interview with headliner, Kurt Elling.

    On hand, Kurt Elling, Rinse The Algorithm, Laila Biali & Rik Emmett. Also, the Humber’s faculty big band will be directed by Denny Christianson and will feature Pat LaBarbera and Al Kay. Good Morning Toronto’s Garvia Bailey will host. This is your last chance to get tickets! www.RCMusic.ca for details.


    NIKKI YANOFSKY

    This week sees the return of a powerhouse vocalist to the GTA

    Montrealer Nikki Yanofsky became a jazz and pop sensation when she received a career push from Quincy Jones. Specifically, when Q produced her 2014 recording, Little Secret. She went a little popier on 2016’s Solid Gold, and she’s back out on tour this January.

    Listen to Mark Wigmore’s 2015 conversation with Nikki Yanofsky.


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    Nikki is at the Living Arts Centre’s Hammerson Hall in Mississauga on Thursday, and then the Flato Markham Theatre on Friday. www.Markham.ca for info on that show.


    LULA LOUNGE: DAVID BUCHBINDER’S ODESSA HAVANA

    Lula Lounge hosts David Buchbinder’s Odessa Havana and a CD Release for the group’s third recording: Conversation of the Birds.

    The show begins at 7 pm on Wednesday night: $15 advance tickets and $20 at the door. Dinner reservations are recommended for guaranteed seating. www.Lula.ca for info.





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