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Emeli Sandé plays The Drake

Emeli Sande plays The Drake | Toronto Star Singer Emeli Sandé topped U.K. charts with her debut, Version of Our Events, and received the Critics’ Choice Brit Award.  HANDOUT PHOTO Emeli Sandé, who plays The Drake on Wednesday, is the next big thing from the U.K. Nick Krewen  Special to the Star Published on Tue Mar 06 2012 Looking for the Next Big Thing? You can find her Wednesday night onstage at…


Lawrence Hill’s The Book Of Negroes leaps from the page

Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes leaps from the page | Toronto Star Lawrence Hill will read from his bestselling The Book of Negroes accompanied by live music in concert at Koerner Hall. By: Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Sun Feb 12 2012 Bestselling novel The Book of Negroes is going multimedia. On Valentine’s Day, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, led by founder and artistic director Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, is teaming up with author Lawrence…


Toronto’s Cold Specks making her mark

Entertainment / Music Etobicoke native Al Spx, turns heads in London, is now in Toronto opening for St. Vincent on Thursday.      Al Spx is Cold Specks. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Wed Dec 14 2011   If you were a betting soul, you could safely wager that Cold Specks is glad her telemarketing days are over. But it was only recently that 23-year-old Etobicoke native Al Spx,…


Herbie Hancock gives it all a try

Herbie Hancock gives it all a try | Toronto Star Longtime Gershwin fan’s Massey Hall show just latest outlet for broad-minded creator.   Herbie Hancock at home with keyboards both acoustic and electronic … thanks to Miles Davis. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Thu Oct 20 2011 Legendary jazz innovator Herbie Hancock might be considered something of a prodigy, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking his upcoming…


Plundering the past with Phil Collins

Plundering the past with Phil Collins | Toronto Star A mature pop titan becomes a covers act for the first time.  Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Fri Oct 08 2010 “I just bought a second cannon.” Not exactly the words you expect to hear flowing from the mouth of Phil Collins. But the 59-year-old’s chief passion these days is no longer music, but collecting 1820-1840 era Texas…