Sun Ra Arkestra
During this week of innumerable amazing shows (check Hot Tickets for proof), don't lose sight of this one-off performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra in collaboration with dance company Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.
The Saturday (October 20) show at the newly opened Daniels Spectrum (formerly the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre, 585 Dundas East) is the final stop on the revolutionary free-form big-band-jazz group's world tour. Sun Ra himself died in 1993, but the 15-member orchestra's in good hands with long-time member/premier avant-garde saxophonist Marshall Allen at the helm.
The free show consists of an adapted performance of Bill Coleman's dance Hymn To The Universe set to the mu sic of Sun Ra, followed by a community gathering. Regent Park School of Music students kick things off at 2 pm.
Victorious Sarah Harmer
Eight years after launching a battle against Nelson Aggregate to stop it from mining 30 million more tons of limestone in the Mount Nemo area, Sarah Harmer and orgs Niagara Escarpment Commission, PERL, Conservation Halton and others learned on Friday, October 12, that the courts had decided in their favour. The Juno-winning singer/songwriter, who grew up in the area, said in reaction, "When you believe in something and you act and you work hard on things, they can have positive results." Harmer's currently part of a delegation touring the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route.
Austin fans of press-shy Toronto R&B innovators the Weeknd got bad news on Sunday, October 14, when singer Abel Tesfaye tweeted that their ACL Fest performance that night was cancelled - doctor's orders. "Apparently I pushed my limits last night," he tweeted. "I'm deeply sorry to all my fans that were expecting to see me."