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The Cure on the Main Stage at Bestival Toronto finale

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The Cure on the Main Stage at Bestival Toronto finale. Photo: Cherryl Bird

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Otis Redding Foundation Tribute Song to MLK
Students at the Otis Redding Foundation music camp recorded a song, released today, January 12, in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday next Monday. The song, Show Lovewhich they recorded virtually during the pandemic in 2020, includes audio clips of Dr. King delivering the Loving Your Enemy sermon at the Dexter Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL in 1957.

Ohio Players & Bootsy Collins performing at Cincinnati-Baltimore Halftime show
Ohio Players and Parliament-Funkadelic star Bootsy Collins will be performing at Halftime at the Cincinnati and Baltimore playoff game on Sunday, January 15

Wintersong Announces Music Festival Headliners – Ontario
Headliners for their 4th annual Wintersong music festival may be familiar to you. Montreal indie-pop band Stars, two-time Juno Award-winniner Dan Mangan, and 80s new wave/synth-pop band Men Without Hats, are joined by the 2022 Polaris hortlisted OMBIIGIZI, a collaboration between Zoon’s Daniel Monkman and Status/Non Status’ Adam Sturgeon, and local indie-folk band Man Made Forest. The festival draws thousands to the Stouffville area giving a much-needed boost to the local economy.

Women in Music Educational Summit
The Women in Music programming, January 25-27, includes topics on everything from publishing to digital and social media strategy this year as part of its mission to empower and advance women in the music industry. Panels include leading industry professionals like Samantha Kirby, Cheryl Paglierani, Mari Davies, Jenna Gaudio, Dann Liebermann, Leslie Powell, and Heidy Vaquerano.

Debauchery at the Dakota – Opera X BurlesqueToronto
Toronto’s Opera Revue company presents Debauchery at the Dakota, their boundary-pushing collaboration with local burlesque choreographer, A’Slayna Von Hunt (Bootleggers Burlesque,High Society Cabaret, A’Slayna Von Hunt: The Deadly Dame comic), in an opera and mixed-gender pre-Valentine’s burlesque performance in a popular local venue, The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., on February 11 at 7 p.m.

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