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The Lavazza IncluCity Festival Announces its 2022 Official Lineup

ICFF and The Distillery District are proud to join forces and announce the 2022 Lavazza IncluCity Festival will take place for the first time at The Distillery Historic District,...

Music in the Barns Returns

Music in the Barns makes a triumphant return with their latest installation concert, animating three of the Artscape Wychwood Barns' spaces for...

Can virtual Film Festivals ever compare to the real thing?

Can virtual Film Festivals ever compare to the real thing? Thanks to TIFF and ICFF, we see that it's possible, but first,...

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The Lavazza IncluCity Festival Announces its 2022 Official Lineup

ICFF and The Distillery District are proud to join forces and announce the 2022 Lavazza IncluCity Festival will take place for the first time at The Distillery Historic District, from June 27 – July 16, 2022. The Distillery Historic District transforms into a...

Music in the Barns Returns

Music in the Barns makes a triumphant return with their latest installation concert, animating three of the Artscape Wychwood Barns' spaces for a fully-curated evening of art, music and food celebrating the collective's debut album. Experience the best in...

Can virtual Film Festivals ever compare to the real thing?

Can virtual Film Festivals ever compare to the real thing? Thanks to TIFF and ICFF, we see that it's possible, but first, we need to take a look at what makes a Film Festival come to life.

Music in the Gardens with Arcady

Diana Di Mauro will be performing By The Roadside, a set of 5 Miniatures based on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and composed by Ronald Beckett at Music in the Gardens with Arcady on September 12. The song cycle...

Horror Films, Women in Film and Baba Yaga with @konstantina.mantelos

Konstantina Mantelos joins Diana Di Mauro to talk about acting in a hopeful horror film, heading up a film production company and flipping the narrative on Baba Yaga and the witch in the woods. Anything...

7 Artists Illustrate Couture for Vogue

Stunning drawings from the classic world of fashion illustration.

Current Mood: Angélique Kidjo

Music is a gift of comfort; of connection. Music creates a space for acceptance, inspiration and strength. Most importantly, music heals. I think we all know this, even if only subconsciously. I know we...

Digital Festival O

Opera Philadelphia presents its first-ever digital festival this summer with free on-demand streams of past productions. Enjoy opera on the couch with their first-ever Digital Festival O, featuring streams of Denis & Katya, We Shall Not Be Moved, The Barber of Seville, Sky...

Creatives in Toronto: October Events

Here is my round-up of events, opportunities, workshops and performances that may be of interest to the Creatives in Toronto community. Interested in finding out more?...

The haute list

Gratuitous photos of ripped men covered in pizza dough. It’s art, don’t judge. Exhibition by Chris Curreri. Don’t know your fachs from your fermatas? Do "falcon,"...

Ten things to see in Toronto this weekend – November 10 to 13, 2011

1. LANG LANG BEETHOVEN SERIES Lang Lang is in Toronto for a 10-day engagement. He takes on all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, plus works by Mendelssohn,...

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Current Mood: Angélique Kidjo

Music is a gift of comfort; of connection. Music creates a space for acceptance, inspiration and strength. Most importantly, music heals.

Bringing women conductors to the front of the orchestra

Another day, another person deciding your value based on gender. Thankfully, some Arts Organizations are starting to confront the systemic discrimination that is unfortunately,...

Theatre Closure: Opera Lyra Ottawa Ceases Operations

Another day, another not-for-profit arts organization shutting its doors because of accumulated debts, inflated operating costs, and dwindling audiences. Opera Lyra Ottawa brought culture...

Interview with Bass-Baritone Mark S. Doss, pt 1 of 3

After months of work, I'm finally ready to reveal the latest addition to Art Life and Stilettos. I will be featuring video interviews and...

Brendan Healy is the new Artistic Director of Canadian Stage

After a wide-reaching candidate search, Montréal-born award-winning theatre director and actor Brendan Healy, 43, has been appointed Artistic Director of Canadian Stage. Currently Artistic Director, Performing...

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The Lavazza IncluCity Festival Announces its 2022 Official Lineup

ICFF and The Distillery District are proud to join forces and announce the 2022 Lavazza IncluCity Festival will take place for the first time at The Distillery Historic District, from June 27 – July 16, 2022. The...

Christian Dior Vintage Couture at the ROM

In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to present Christian Dior, an original ROM exhibition focusing on the early years of Christian Dior haute couture, 1947 to...

The Misunderstood Meaning of Diversion in Fashion

On the opera stage we constantly hear stories of staging race and diversity gone bad. I would generally argue that the opera stage is one of the last places to fully grasp the concept of...

Current Mood: Angélique Kidjo

Music is a gift of comfort; of connection. Music creates a space for acceptance, inspiration and strength. Most importantly, music heals. I think we all know this, even...

Arts Workers Getting Rich off of Exposure Dollars

This is a running joke between musicians and stage performers. Everyone has heard the elevator pitch for some "exciting" opportunity that promises incredible  exposure. Another personal favourite is the pitch from a charitable organization, one...

Embracing Your Passion: Inspiration for Multi-Talented Artists

How many of you have felt limited to pursuing one passion? The message often heard is, "Just focus on one thing as the rest becomes a distraction."  "Doing everything will turn you into that embarrassing Jack of all trades,...

Mezzosoprano Frederica Von Stade On Her Glorious Career

For your viewing pleasure, the lovely Frederica Von Stade talking about her life, her career, and the glamour of working at the Met Opera. Von Stade is a renowned mezzo-soprano, with an elegant, effortless voice...

Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in Tights

An Athlete in Tights is the culmination of a three-year collaboration between American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre principal dancer Roberto Bolle and Vanity Fair photographer Bruce Weber. In the mostly pictorial book, published in 2009, Bruce Weber...

Manolo Blahnik: THE ART OF SHOES

The Bata Shoe Museum, a North American cultural landmark with a strong international reputation, is delighted to announce the opening of the highly anticipated travelling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning retrospective by...

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8 1/2 plus 4 Oscar Winners = NINE

By art life and stilettos · November 18, 2009 · 0 Comments · · edit There are no words for how amazing Federico Fellini's original 1963 film "8 1/2" is....

MAC + Hello Kitty

This beautiful promo ad for MAC Cosmetics Hello Kitty! collection was released almost a year ago, but is worth looking at again. Director Floria...

Meryl Streep on vocal stamina, studying opera and "just the breath"

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:20:52 -0800  Interview courtesy of NPRMeryl Streep: The Fresh Air InterviewMeryl...

Highlights from the Opera America New Opera Showcase

On January 13, 2017, Opera America presented the New Opera Showcase at the historic Town Hall in New York City.This special one night only...

10 (Opera and Classical) Things To Do in Florence: July

It may be almost impossible to get away from the July heat in Florence (I've tried), but fortunately the incredible number of musical events...