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INTERVIEW WITH SASS JORDAN

By Anita Malhotra Toronto-based rock singer Sass Jordan’s earthy vocals and powerful lyrics have rocked North American ears ever since she released her debut album Tell Somebody in 1988. Recipient of a 1989 Juno award for Most Promising Female Vocalist … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH MARIE CHOUINARD

By Anita Malhotra Renowned Montreal-based choreographer and dancer Marie Chouinard is known for her groundbreaking dance works and exploration of the human body. Starting in 1978, she built her reputation with highly personal, experimental solo works, some of which attracted … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH LEVI PONCE

By Anita Malhotra Los Angeles artist Levi Ponce is best known for his large-scale public murals, which he began creating in 2011 to beautify his neglected childhood neighborhood of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. His work inspired other muralists … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH LISA SCHULTE

By Anita Malhotra Neon artist Lisa Schulte has been creating neon for events and films in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, earning her the moniker “The Neon Queen.”  Hired to create a futuristic city for a special event … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH MARK SELIGER

By Anita Malhotra Acclaimed portrait photographer Mark Seliger has photographed an impressive list of celebrities and public figures that includes Mick Jagger, Serena Williams, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama.  Starting his career with Rolling Stone in 1987, … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH CRISTIAN MUNGIU

By Anita Malhotra Romanian film director Cristian Mungiu has distinguished himself with a series of award-winning films that explore social issues in Romania in a highly realistic style. The best known of these is the riveting drama 4 Months, 3 … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH BENJAMIN VON WONG

By Anita Malhotra Toronto-born, 29-year-old photographer Benjamin Von Wong pushes the technical and artistic limits of photography like few other photographers do. His elaborately staged, fantastical photographs – often set in unconventional locations – look like they were created using … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH HONJI WANG AND SÉBASTIEN RAMIREZ

By Anita Malhotra In the six years that they have worked together, Europe-based dancers and choreographers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez (Company Wang Ramirez) have created an innovative body of work that blends hip-hop with other dance styles while exploring … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH CYNTHIA HARVEY

By Anita Malhotra Dancer, ballet stager and teacher Cynthia Harvey first distinguished herself in the ballet world as principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where she performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others, and appeared with Nureyev & Friends. She then … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW

By Anita Malhotra Growing up in a family of professional musicians, Toronto-based singer and arranger Emilie-Claire Barlow sang in commercials as a child and went on to release her debut album in 1998 at the age of 22. She followed … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH ALBERTO VEIGA (BAROZZI/VEIGA)

By Anita Malhotra Spanish architect Alberto Veiga and Italian architect Fabrizio Barozzi began collaborating in 2004, making a name for themselves with a series of award-winning submissions to architectural competitions in Europe. Their unique and strikingly beautiful buildings and designs, … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS LAUDERDALE (PINK MARTINI)

By Anita Malhotra Few people can say they have appeared as a soloist with a major symphony orchestra, aspired to be mayor, founded a band whose albums have sold more than three million copies, and worn a cocktail dress in … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH EMIL VIKLICKÝ

By Anita Malhotra Often described as the “Patriarch of Czech jazz piano,” pianist and composer Emil Viklický was born in 1948 in Olomouc, Moravia and later moved to Prague. Although his formal training was in mathematics, in the ‘70s he … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH KENNY WERNER

By Anita Malhotra Brooklyn-born jazz pianist, composer and educator Kenny Werner studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music and jazz improvisation at the Berklee Institute. Greatly influenced by the Boston piano teacher Madame Chaloff and the Brazilian concert pianist … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE COCKBURN

By Anita Malhotra In his 45-year career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ottawa-born Bruce Cockburn has produced 31 albums of passionate, evocative songs based on his personal experiences and his observations while travelling, often in war-torn countries and in a … Continue reading

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