In 2003, a white Muslim convert named Michael Muhammed Knight wrote a novel called THE TAQWACORES about a fictional music scene that managed to be both hardcore punk and Muslim at the same time. The book was an underground best-seller, and more importantly, struck a nerve with disenfranchised young Muslims everywhere. Soon after, actual “Taqwacore” bands began to form all over North America. This documentary film joins Michael and bands like The Secret Trial Five and The Kominas on their first tour / pilgrimage across the U.S.A., as they challenge Muslims and non-Muslims alike with audacious anthems like Sharia Law in the U.S.A. and Mohammed was a Punk Rocker. Their spiritual odyssey leads them to Pakistan, and their rocky attempt to bring punk to the streets of Lahore. Produced by EyeSteelFilm (Up the Yangtze, RIP!: A Remix Manifesto). Released By EyeSteelFilm / KinoSmith. 80 minutes.
THRILLER: A Devil’s Night Extravaganza Featuring the Music of Michael Jackson performed live by Quadrasonic & IVANA SANTILLI
On devil’s night, 2009 Toronto’s very own Ivana Santilli performs Michael Jackson’s Thriller album live with the Quadrasonic orchestra, Wade O’Brown and Chico Ramirez as part of THRILLER Presented by Quadrasonic, Toronto’s go-to crew for all music that’s funky, unique and electronic. Generously supported and made possible by Heineken Music, Thriller will be a live, note for note rendition of the iconic 1982 album of the same name that will take place at the historic Great Hall 1087 Queen Street West, at 10 p.m, and will be preceded at 7 p.m by Robot’s Ball: SPUN, an early art show featuring video, dance, and music by celebrated local artists and curated by the artist Ulysses Castellanos.
Opening the evening is a video screening of films by Jubal Brown, Jennifer Matotek, Jorge Lozano, Maria Legault, Lauren DiMonter, Aleks Ognjanovich, Hugo Ares and Ulysses Castellanos’s Superexorcist video installation. Robot’s Ball: SPUN will close the art show – a high-energy Mash-up of Music, Video, Performance Art and Contemporary Dance featuring performances by Ulysses Castellanos and Ottawa’s Theodore Pelmus as well as a dance piece by Malgorzata Nowacka and Timothy Spronk (The Chimera Project) a collaborative tour de force that promises to raise the hair on the back of the neck.
DJ’s Boris Kidconga, Alvaro C, DMT, Andy Roberts, LBC & Baller will kick Thriller into 5th gear as they warm up the stage for a vintage phenomenon incarnate – The music of the Legendary Album by the late King of pop as every keyboard patch, every fat Moog bass line, every horn stab and mathematically calculated drum beat comes to life as the master production of Quincy Jones fashioned it.
Get Familiar with Christian Rich who are teaming up with Clinton Sparks and the popular street wear brand Hellz Bellz to launch the “Famous Girl” EP for their new single Famous Girl available oniTunes. The campaign involves the release of a Famous Girl T-Shirt designed by Hellz Bellz and the release of a CD and Digital EP of remixes and original new music executive produced by Clinton Sparks including the Famous Girl music video and production by Bjorn from Peter Bjorn & John, Clinton Sparks, and a few guest suprises. Stay tuned for more info on the release of the Famous Girl EP
Christian Rich “Famous Girl” by getfamiliar