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Daily Dose: Venues Galore!

Kollaboration Shoutouts

Kollaboration Toronto receives support from various artists in the community.

Here’s a recap of some supporters this season:

Check out the finalists one more time!

Buy your tickets at:  http://bit.ly/PcEDmw

Online ticket sales up and running on TicketMaster!

Kollaboration Toronto is 20 days away! Don’t miss your chance to see Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead, KRNFX, and our top finalists live on September 15th at Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Our ticket platform is now available through TicketMaster.

Purchase online tickets at: http://bit.ly/PcEDmw

You can also save 10% on online processing fees by purchasing tickets from a staff member or volunteer. The ticket also gets you into the afterparty for FREE before 11:30PM!

Hope to see you there!

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Daily Dose: Trucks roll into TIFF – Eat. St. Style

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) annually celebrates the art of filmmaking. This ten day film festival features movie screenings, festivals, workshops, and more. The industries’ high profile and independent movie makers come together. There might even be a chance to catch a glimpse of a celebrity.

This year, the public will see more than film and red carpets rolling at the festival. That’s right, trucks. FOOD TRUCKS. 

On September 6-16, a variety of food trucks will gather together. The public will decide on which truck satisfies their taste buds.

According to TorontoFoodTrucks.ca, an official schedule alotting times and locations is to be announced.

You can follow Toronto Food Trucks and TIFF on Twitter for updates.

 

 

 

Facebook Contest: Win a pair of Kollaboration Toronto Tickets!

On Tuesday, Kollaboration Toronto launched a Facebook contest for a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for the September 15th show (featuring Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead & DJ Zo, KRNFX, our Top Finalists and more).

CONTEST RULES:

*THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AUGUST 19!

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Daily Dose: Toronto Tempo

Videographer and Time-Lapse Photographer, Ryan Emond compiled thousands of photos to commemorate the city of Toronto.

Time lapse photography creates illusions of movement where minutes, seconds, or even months into seconds of elapsed time (shot per frame).

Check out Ryan’s time-lapse gallery here.

Kollaboration KoffeeHouse Kickoff!

On Friday, August 3rd, Kollaboration Toronto Koffeehouse guests, performers, staff and volunteers enjoyed a night of music, refreshments, and lasting memories on a private floor of the Black Swan Tavern.

This year, Kollaboration Toronto implemented Independant Volunteer Projects (IVP’s) to spread awareness, give back to the community, and raise money. A successful Blood Donation IVP took place in June. This Koffeehouse IVP was lead by HR Associate, Michelle, and her group: Brian, Jess, Elizabeth, Hamy, Cindy, Stephanie, Gabe, and Julian.

The event celebrated, “Empowerment through Entertainment” as fresh, local talent hit the stage. The venue quickly filled up with 100+ guests, comforted in leather seats, as Marketing Director, Chris, introduced the performers.

  • Rachel Jong opened the night with an acoustic rendition of  “Love on Top” by Beyonce.
  • The hip-hop duo, Fly, mixed rap, vocals, and live instrumentals for an up-beat performance.
  • Kenneth Yeung impressed the crowd with his unique acapella beats and vocals with his loop machine.
  • Ryan Flores shared soothing original songs and a special medley.
  • Markham’s Got Talent winner, April-Joyce Bulangcao effortlesly powered through an Adele cover.
  • Daniel Oh pleased the audience with his unique renditions.
  • Kollaboration Toronto 2011 runner up, Pat Simeon, ended off the night with a stellar performance.

The Koffeehouse-A night full of music, chatter, and laughter-segways into Kollaboration Toronto‘s show on September 15th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Don’t forget to purchase your early bird tickets here. 

Kollaboration Toronto sincerely appreciates all the performers, guests, staff, and volunteers who continue to support!

Composer and Vocalist: Kenneth Yeung

Meet Kenneth Yeung, a vocalist and composer who brings a unique, authentic spin on acapella arrangements. See him live at the Kollaboration Koffeehouse – only a few days away!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kenneth Yeung, I’m a singer from Toronto.  I’ve been singing and composing for various local jazz and R&B groups for many years now.  These days I’m creating acapella arrangements live, using just my voice, a microphone and a loop machine.”

2) What inspired you to become a singer?
I grew up listening to groups like Boyz II Men, and jazz greats like Bobby McFerrin and Take 6.  They inspire my music.  But my biggest inspiration is my high school music teacher.  She taught me what it means to work hard at something and about the importance of being yourself.”

3) Define success.
To me, success simply means finding something that you’re passionate about, something you love doing, and being able to use that to have a positive influence on other people.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
My advice is the same for anyone: don’t worry about everyone else and just focus on what you do best.  Be the best at being you.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
Too many to list!”

Enjoy drinks, food, and live music this Friday, August 3rd!

Musician and Singer: Daniel Oh

Meet Daniel Oh, a talented musician and vocalist!

 

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“I’m a 17-year old student from Toronto, Ontario. I have been a performing singer since I was 14, and have since performed at such places as the World Expo in China. I will be attending the University of Toronto next year for Commerce.

 

2) What inspired you to become a singer?
“Nothing, specifically. I’ve just always enjoyed singing. In addition, I’ve been an avid musician for most of my life, and I consider vocals just another instrument that I can play.”

 

3) Define success.
“Success is when you accomplish something that you have set out to do.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
“Practice and find places that you can play – this means anywhere: school, venues, etc.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
“I don’t have one song that I can name as my favourite, but at the moment it seems that I’ve been listening to “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” by Sam Cooke a lot recently.”

 

Join Daniel and other talented performers at this Friday’s Kollaboration KoffeeHouse!

Musician and Singer: April-Joyce Bulangcao

Join Kollaboration Toronto for our first ever “Koffee House” this Friday, August 3rd at 8pm in the Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave, Toronto). Enjoy live music, refreshments, snacks, and a chance to win great prizes! (For more information, visit and RSVP on our Facebook event)

Now meet one of our performers, April-Joyce Bulangcao!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“My name is April-Joyce Bulangcao (April-Joyce). I am thirteen years old and I love to sing. I started singing when I was seven years old. I learn music at Ontario Conservatory of Music, and  I take piano and vocal. I like to sing because many people inspire me to inspire others, and my motive is to serve and inspire.”

2) What inspired you to become as singer?
“When I was a young kid, I would listen to music all the time and try to sing it,but when it came to performing in front of the public I would become very shy.But now, I got used to performing so I don’t become nervous that much. Also people with different talents inspire me to try my best in what I’ve got and become the person who I am today.” 

3)  Define success.
“To me,success is setting out a goal and staying determined until you have achieved that goal. Success is also taking the opportunities that will lead to success.For example,whenever I see auditions being held for a talent search I go for it,and I’ll do my best. It is not just about winning because sometimes it can turn out to be a great experience for you.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian Pacific Islander) youth aspiring to become artists?
“Advice that I can give for API is to always do your best when you’re performing and to be different and unique.At times you can be very proud of what you have achieved,but you always have to put in your mind that you have to be humble around people. Also,to always put your heart and soul into your work,and never give up.”

5) Favorite song of all time?
“My favourite song of all time is Hero by Mariah Carey.”


Come see April-Joyce perform with a great line up of talent this Friday!

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