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Kevin Crabb
Kevin Crabb

Drummer Kevin Crabb returns to Toronto to record the new CD, Waltz for Dylan

Kevin Crabb grew up in Toronto but has lived in Los Angeles since his college days at Pepperdine University. His debut CD, Waltz for Dylan, was recorded in his hometown and features nine original compositions. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge  Go to full article
John McLean
John McLean

Mr. Something Something: Afrobeat with a message

Deep African beats and environmental activism make a special appearance in Potsdam this week. Toronto-based band Mr. Something Something is playing at La Casbah Moroccan restaurant Thursday night at 8:30 pm. The band's music is rooted in Afrobeat. It's a style created by the legendary musician and political activist Fela Kuti of Nigeria. It features lots of drums playing hypnotic grooves, horns punctuating phrases, and lyrics with a message. The band describes its music as "the soundtrack to a joyful revolution." Mr. Something Something was co-founded by John McLean, who's actually a Potsdam native. He hasn't been here since he was little, and he told David Sommerstein he's excited to return. McLean says he and childhood friend Larry Graves have played together since they were in first grade. Advance tickets are $8, $10 at the door. You can get yours by calling 315-274-9696 or e-mailing  Go to full article

Preview: "The Vinyl Cafe" in Ogdensburg

Host Stuart McLean brings The Vinyl Cafe Christmas Show to the George Hall Auditorium in Ogdensburg this Friday night. Tickets are still available. The special event is the finale of a yearlong celebration of NCPR's 40th anniversary. The live holiday show will feature McLean's stories for the season and special musical guests. Todd Moe spoke with McLean about The Vinyl Cafe radio show that airs Sunday afternoons at 3 pm on NCPR.  Go to full article
Jonathan Tortolano
Jonathan Tortolano

Something old and new on the cello

Cellist Jonathan Tortolano returns to his home state Saturday for a recital at the Commmunity Church in Stowe (noon). Tortolano grew up in Vermont, studied with renowned cellist Elsa Hilger and lived and performed in Europe for years. He now lives in Toronto and regularly performs with orchestras across the region, including the Orchestra of Northern New York. He told Todd Moe that his recital on Saturday will include a solo suite by Bach, a work by George Crumb, and a new piece for cello.  Go to full article

In Toronto, Two Cultures Collide

The arrest of 17 Muslim men and boys in a Toronto suburb on terror charges has triggered a new debate over Canada's approach to immigration. Tolerance and multiculturalism are mainstream values in Canada, especially in liberal Ontario. But some Canadians -- including members of the Muslim community -- worry that a growing number of immigrants don't share common values with their fellow citizens. Brian Mann reports from Toronto.  Go to full article

Rough Water for New Fast Ferries

The "Spirit of Ontario" has been tied to its dock in Rochester since the ferry company suspended service in September after less than three months of daily trips to Toronto. Mayor William Johnson says meetings this week are aimed at convincing the city council and Rochester's state Legislature delegation that quick action is needed on his plan to save the ferry. The Rochester-Toronto boat is one of two high speed ferries that began operations on the Great Lakes this year. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Qirmbach reports, the other ferry had a better first season.  Go to full article

Lake Ontario to Cool Toronto

The city of Toronto is using the deep, chilly waters of Lake Ontario as "green" air conditioning for some of its skyscrapers. David Sommerstein explains how.  Go to full article
Tom Rooney as Hamlet. David Cooper photo.
Tom Rooney as Hamlet. David Cooper photo.

Theatre Review: Hamlet at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

A full-length production of Shakespeare's Hamlet runs at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through January 27. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article

Toronto Kickstarts Recycling Initiative

Ontario appears to be ready to take more steps to protect the environment on the north side of the Great Lakes. The new liberal government wants to rid the province of its bad name, especially on issues like recycling and composting. That means diverting 60 percent of the province's garbage from landfills within the next five years, which could be good news for landfills south of the border. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, the city of Toronto is taking the lead.  Go to full article
Aura Carcueva, Denis Akiyama. Photo: David Hawe.
Aura Carcueva, Denis Akiyama. Photo: David Hawe.

Theatre Review: Tiger of Malaya at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

The world premiere of Tiger of Malaya has opened the Studio Series at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and runs through December 6. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent performance and has this review.  Go to full article

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