New Music: “Love Too Soon” by Born Ruffians

Pop with a cool edge and a shot of heartache is what the new single, “Love Too Soon”  from emerging Toronto based Born Ruffians will bring to your playlist.  

With the sweet voice of front man Luke Lafonde, along side fellow band members Mitch Derosier and Andy Lloyd, this latest release from one of Canada’s coolest bands sees the return of original drummer Steve Hamelin.

The video directed by alt-rock band July Talk’s  Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis, is set in a dreamy backstage and follows Lafonde as he navigates down the passageway telling a  bittersweet tale of a lost love. 

Pretty sure you’ll want to add it to your playlist too, so here’s a link!

photo credit: Matt Barnes

SCOPE Miami Beach 2017 x Amar’e Stoudemire’s The Melech Collection

SCOPE Miami Beach 2017 has announced a very special collaboration with Amar’e Stoudemire’s The Melech Collection, his contemporary art educational platform.

The Melech Collection translates to “King”, and is the genesis of Stoudemire’s acclaimed career in sports, a lifelong interest in culture, and dedication to philanthropy. Uniting seemingly disparate audiences of sports and contemporary art, The Melech Collection teaches the value of cultural capital through the cumulative knowledge of mind and body; to be truly empowered, awareness and action must exert in conjunction.

Stoudemire will curate a 40 foot installation as a highlight of SCOPE Miami Beach’s Special Programs.  Additionally, Stoudemire will conceptualize and lead a lively panel discussion in SCOPE’s Atrium, moderated by Sotheby’s.

Definitely on my “Must-See” List for this edition of SCOPE Miami Beach!

Image courtesy of SCOPE Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 Kabinett Sector

Art Basel has announced the gallery lineup for their Kabinett Sector in Miami Beach which includes thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases and solo presentations by both established and emerging artists, more than half of whom are women.

This year’s Kabinett sector at Art Basel in Miami Beach will include 24 projects by Etel Adnan, Anni Albers, Taku Aramasa, Alice Attie, Ashley Bickerton, Andrea Bowers, Colette Brunschwig, Cheng Ran, Farida El-Gazzar, Flavio Garciandía, Hans Hofmann, Kim Jones, Shozo Kitadai, Kiki Kogelnik, Irene Kopelman, Brigitte Kowanz, María Martínez-Cañas, Hélio Oiticica, Kiyoji Otsuji, Pavel Pepperstein, Yoshishige Saito, Anne-Marie Schneider, Ivan Serpa, Shirana Shahbazi, Joan Snyder, Grete Stern, Bill Traylor, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi and Haegue Yang. 

I am especially looking forward to seeing the Japanese photography from Annely Juda Fine Art, the gouache and graphite drawings of Argentinian artist Irene Kopeleman (b.1974)  at Galeria Labor and Brigitte Kowanz’s new work at Galerie Krinzinger.

More details about this cool sector here after the jump.

Image credit: Shozo Kitadai Courtesy Annely Juda Fine Art

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Supporting the Arts: Broward Cultural Division Seat at the Table Discussion

Lousy weather did not stop me or some of the regions arts movers and shakers from attending the “Seat at the Table (for the future of Broward Arts)” at the Broward Cultural Division this evening.   In attendance were people from the visual arts, theater arts, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, teachers, arts organization chairs, curators, collectors, an art appraiser and  other arts disciplines – all of us united by our serious concerns for the future of the arts in the county.

The origin of this event was based from the exchange of ideas at an earlier event that took place last month: “Art, Culture and the Creative Economy in Ft. Lauderdale” Panel Discussion at Pipeline Workspaces. 

While there was no official agenda, there was a considerable amount of sharing of information that made 2 hours fly by.  At the start we were given large index cards with instructions to draw or write what our vision or mission for the future of the arts in Broward is. These we learned would be complied for a future slideshow as part of the branding for moving those visions forward.

Then we learned about the Creation Station Lab,  covered a brief overview of advocacy techniques, and did get to discuss a couple of  the visions attendees had for the future of the arts in the region.

Robert Anstett, Coordinator for Digital Initiatives for Broward County Libraries
Grace Kewl-Durfey, Broward Cultural Division Arts Administrator
Broward Arts Connection Framework

Afterwards, there was time for some quick networking where I got to exchange information with several amazing creators and found out about a great monthly event in Historic Sistrunk from writer/director educator Darius Daughtry ,  and  about her upcoming film about domestic violence and  her dating web series from actress/producer Sandra Justice :

Art Prevails Projects Presents Saturday Sessions
Bae Night

 

Upcoming Film “loving Till It Hurts”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For sure, I’m looking forward to the next Seat at the Table Discussion session and to being more involved in the Broward County local arts scene.

Special thanks to artist + writer Kristin M Beck of Art Buzz Studio for telling me about this great event!