Rockin’ out with Supertash & guest Kat Leonard @ Breakdown EP launch party

unnamedIt was a super fantastic night of music, friends and celebration at 3030 Dundas West last night, with two reasons to party: Supertash launching her Breakdown EP and Kat Leonard’s birthday (with Leonard performing as the opening act)!

Leonard treated us to a sneak peek of her new solo show in progress My Selfie, a comedic, frank and thought-provoking piece on positive self/body image. More than just an ode to body parts, this is a singing, dancing, storytelling trip in and around the external self – and we are all so much more than the sum of those parts. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for future performances of My Selfie.

Supertash (aka Natasha Jolly) and band rocked our world with tunes from Breakdown, as well as some selections from her last record Before the World Ends. Featuring kick-ass vocals, outstanding musicianship and passionate lyrics – especially on the title track and “Serial Killer” (Supertash’s ode to Dexter) – as well as some soulful, keyboard-driven pop (“Control Freak,” which brings to mind the sounds of Sade), Breakdown is full of heart and edge. Joining Supertash onstage last night were: Frank Bartoletti (lead guitar), Dave Carreiro (bass), Rick Carreiro (drums) and Toad (keys/guitar/back-up vox).

You can check out Supertash’s music on Soundcloud and iTunes, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s a little taste of Breakdown – “Serial Killer”:

And here are some pix from last night’s music/birthday bash extravaganza:

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Top 10 of 2014

Friends & fellow artists of Nik Beat perform a track at the launch for his Famous For Falling CD @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club

Seeing as I already took a bit of a peek out of my December hiatus with the Sleepy Beauty post last weekend – and as this is the last day of 2014 – thought I’d take another peek out to post my top 10 of 2014. Here it is, from a variety of disciplines, in alphabetical order:

Nik Beat: Famous For Falling CD/chapbook launch @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club
The De Chardin Project @ Theatre Passe Muraille
Elizabeth Rex (East Side Players) @ Papermill Theatre
I Hate Todd: The Moves Pt. 1 CD launch @ The Horseshoe Tavern
Lisa MacIntosh: ASK photography exhibit @ 3030 Dundas West
Memento Mori (Tracey Erin Smith/SoulO Theatre) @ Toronto Fringe
Mercury Fur (Seven Siblings Theatre Company) @ Unit 102 Theatre
Romeo and (Her) Juliet (Headstrong Collective/Urban Bard) @ Bloor Street United Church
Jessica Speziale: Shine CD launch @ The Duke Live
Trace (Theatre Gargantua/Vertical City) @ SummerWorks

Have a big fun and safe New Year’s Eve, all. See ya’s next year! xo

Lisa MacIntosh ASK exhibit: beautiful photos of 15 remarkable women

LMP_AskPoster2014Photographer Lisa MacIntosh opened her ASK exhibit of photographs at 3030 Dundas West last night – to great success and lots of fun!

MacIntosh uses natural lighting, indoors or outdoors, photographing her subjects in spaces that are special to them to create her stunning black and white images of 15 strong, go-to, positive-force women.

Some of the expressions are dreamy, some pensive, some whimsical. All are beautiful. Whether the subject is looking directly at the camera, somewhere off in the distance, or at a beloved animal friend or object, MacIntosh’s photographs capture the essence and energy of these remarkable women.

The atmosphere of excitement, love and support was palpable as friends, family, colleagues and a handful of the women featured in the exhibit filled the space. Old friends and new friends ate, drank, chatted – and excused themselves as they leaned across tables to see the framed images that lined the wall behind the bench seating. All good – everyone was there to support the artist and the women she photographed. Loved the vibe in that space at 3030 – will definitely be going back.

All images are $400, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Ronald McDonald House, an organization near and dear to MacIntosh’s great big heart.

Subjects for ASK include (in order of exhibit appearance, left to right):

Gael Hannan – hearing loss consultant/writer/actor/public speaker
Genna Bauder – social innovator/founder & owner loft104
Talli Osborne – inspirational speaker/punk rocker
Lita Mae Button – boxer/mom/nurse/motivational speaker
Kate Drummond – actor/former teacher/dreamer/jock/dog lover
Marnie McBean – Olympian/mentor/author/speaker
Sam Campbell – media maven by day/cowgirl by night
Jill Miwa – physicist/traveler/photographer
Brenda Bronfman – founder & ceo wishing well sanctuary/peace seeker
Anita Kunz – artist/illustrator/teacher
Katie ‘Kaboom’ McConnell – musician/accordionist/artist
Jo-Anne McArthur – animal advocate/photographer/author
Sook-Yin Lee – broadcaster/filmmaker/musician
Andrea Ramolo – musician/teacher/dancer/road warrior
Amanda Palmer – musician/author/asker

Running Red Lights (Scarlett: lead vocals/percussion/acoustic guitar, Dave Puzak: guitar, Kevin Howley: drums/vocals and Jeff Carter: bass) rocked the house with high-energy, foot-stomping original tunes and covers. Everyone had a blast.

ASK is up at 3030 until October 15 (it was originally scheduled till Oct 4, but was recently extended for 2 more weeks!). Get on over there, have a pint and check out these amazing pictures. You can also follow Lisa MacIntosh on Twitter. Enjoy!

In the meantime, here are a few snaps I took last night:

Folks enjoying the company, the food and the art @ 3030 Dundas West
Running Red Lights
Scarlett, lead vocalist of Running Red Lights

Upcoming art & photography exhibits: Nora Camps & Lisa MacIntosh

Wanted to quickly shout out two upcoming art exhibits:

Painter/photographer Nora Camps exhibit CAPRICCIO. Real and Imaginary, with guest artists Marietta Camps, MaryAnn Camps and Pamela Williams @ the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills – from August 28 to September 7.

Photographer Lisa MacIntosh: ASK exhibit @ 3030 Dundas West – from September 4 to October 4. LMP_AskPoster2014

In the meantime, you can check out some previous cowbell posts on a Pamela Williams exhibit, and my photo shoot and interview with Lisa MacIntosh.