Haitian hip-hop artist Vox Sambou offers an inspiring mix of powerful music and social action, pointing to the great possibilities of blending the arts with community activism. A key hip-hop figure in Montreal, Vox is a member of the celebrated ensemble Nomadic Massive and assisted in launching the Solid'Ayiti initiative after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti last winter.
I curled my body around some blue-jean-covered legs as the human attached to them started to read a copy of The New York Times pulled from the antique rack in the cramped lobby of the most famous literary landmark in Manhattan, The Algonquin Hotel. A momentary purr slipped out as I cosied up to watch the morning hubbub begin. It was a few weeks before my historic home would celebrate its 107th birthday.
Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, tells the story of a poor widow and her spirited son who are visited one night by three Kings, needing shelter as they cross the desert following a marvellous star. When Amahl decides to send his own special gift to the child they seek, a miracle happens.
This performance will be followed by a concert of seasonal music, soloists, and a jazz ensemble. The cast includes Denise Williams and Lawrence Cotton, led by musical director William Shookhoff. There will be two performances on Sunday December 21 at St. Matthew's Cathedral (875 Queen St. E.), at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are Adults $20 / Seniors, Students, Children $15 / Quartet (2 Adults, 2 Children) $50.
I was privileged over the summer to be allowed to drop in on Toronto's Girls Rock Camp, hopscotching from room to room as various groups were working out songs. It was a marvel to witness girls teaming up musically:
"Well I think it might work better in F-sharp."
"You think so? Let's try it." (they jam)
"Or maybe we can try this chord?" (audio sample)
"Oh that works better!"