Congratulations! Anslem Douglas Winner of Black Canadian Award for Best Caribbean Style Artist

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Anslem Douglas at Black Canadian AwardsAnslem Douglas, songwriter of the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning hit “Who Let The Dogs Out?,” has won the Black Canadian Award over five other nominees AMMOYE, JAHSMIN DALEY, SHALLI, SOCA EMPEROR and MS PAIGE for Best Caribbean Style Artist.

The awards, which took place in front of a full crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this past Saturday, June 7, is the first of its kind in Canada and was jam-packed with the highest quality of entertainment. Not just a music awards show, the program included many honorees from all walks of life in the Black community in Canada, including fashion and business.

WEBSITES: www.anslemmusic.com /www.BlackCanadianAwards.com

Anslem performed his 2000 massive internationally-acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out?” made famous by the Baha Men, but was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by the Trinidadian-born and now Toronto-based singer-songwriter. It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording, which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and was featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

Anslem has a new album out called Project A.D. released in the spring of 2012, and it has been on heavy rotation in the U.S. and offers much more than just the traditional style soca.

This hip, upbeat album winds its way around energetic dance mix riffs and mellow grooves. The unique, husky yet sultry sound of Anslem’s vocals fit like a glove, especially on some of his more sizzling x-rated tunes like “The Sex You Give To Me,” I Ain’t Gettin’ None,” and the funkadelic and very danceable “Slap-It.” Arrangements and production is slick yet raw at the same time as evidenced in the beat-driven, house-styled tracks “Love Making” and “Forever” (where his voice sounds very reminiscent of early Seal recordings). The more psychedelic-inspired “Tony Needs a Daddy” and the soul-baring “Mrs. Brady” shows off the softer melody and lyrics from Anslem’s arsenal.

Anslem’s other contributions for 2013 include the single, “Do You Think He Will Understand”, a power Soca called “Bacchanal”, a neo-Calypso single, “Dancing With You”, and a piece written specifically for women “When You Wine.” Project A.D. and the singles are all now available on iTunes and CD Baby.

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects a commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trailblazers and leaders within the community.

For more information, photos, mp3s, advance CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

Vote For Anslem Douglas for Best Caribbean Style Artist at 2014 Black Canadian Awards!

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Anslem DouglasBLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 EVENT – SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH

VOTE

ANSLEM DOUGLAS

FOR

BEST CARIBBEAN STYLE ARTIST

**NEW DATE!! – VOTING BEGINS SAT. MAY 19TH – TUES, JUNE 3RD  ** 

 

YOUR VOTES COUNT!!

Visit www.BlackCanadianAwards.com and click on the Vote! tab

Please vote freely and often

for your favourite Caribbean Style Artist

ANSLEM DOUGLAS!

Anslem Douglas, songwriter of the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning hit “Who Let The Dogs Out?,” has placed in the top six list of nominees, alongside AMMOYE, JAHSMIN DALEY, SHALLI, SOCA EMPEROR and MS PAIGE for Best Caribbean Style Artist at the upcoming BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 Event. Other award nominees include JULLY BLACK, K’NAAN, SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH, and KARDINAL OFFISHALL.

WHO: Anslem Douglas

WHAT: BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 (As part of Black History Month)

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Boulevard, CNE Grounds, Toronto, ON / (416) 263-3800

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

TICKETS: Please visit http://tickets.ticketwindow.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=1621

WEBSITES: www.anslemmusic.com /www.BlackCanadianAwards.com

www.BlackCanadians.com /www.queenelizabeththeatre.ca

Who hasn’t heard of the 2000 massive internationally-acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out?” Sure it was made famous by the Baha Men (a band that utilized a popular style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo), but did you know it was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by Trinidadian-born and now Toronto-based singer-songwriter Anslem Douglas? It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording, which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially – and which is very different from the version that most of us know. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and was featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects a commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trailblazers and leaders within the community. The organization has received more than 20,000 total nomination votes over the past eight months.

For more information, photos, mp3s, advance CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

 

Sultans of String Take Home World Group Trophy at 14th Annual SiriusXM Indie Awards

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Sirius XM Indies AwardFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 11, 2014

[Toronto, ON]  Canada’s high octane string slingers, Sultans of String, took home the trophy for World Group of the Year at the 14th Annual SiriusXM Indie Awards (“The Indies”), for their revved up roots-worldbeat-symphonic mash-up, Symphony! 

Sultans of StringPast recipients of this illustrious Award include such luminaries as Johnny Reid, Adele, Alex Cuba, Tom Waits, The Sheepdogs, and Arcade Fire (for the complete list of this year’s nominees and recipients, pls visit http://www.indies.ca).

“Receiving this Award is such a wonderful honour. We love telling Canadian stories through our music, and there is no greater inspiration for our songs than the amazing people and places that touch our lives. We feel very fortunate to be able to share these stories with others”, says bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool.

Known for dizzying music jams, poly-rhythms and raucous riffs, the Sultans of String sound can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the bustling markets of Lebanon and Cuba!

Acclaimed promoter and former A&R man David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Jerry Jeff Walker) states, “Over the decades, I’ve worked with numerous top ten and #1 Billboard artists. In all that time, I have not worked with composers more talented than Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté from Sultans of String. Not only are they a superb writing team, they are also amazing arrangers & musicians. Symphony! is a gigantic leap forward.”

Since forming (lucky) 7 years ago, Sultans of String have been on a meteoric rise with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, including a JUNO nomination, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000entries), plus invitations to play with such legendary artists as The Chieftains, David Bromberg, and Livingston Taylor. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney guests on Symphony.

The band is performing non-stop on both sides of the border in support of the new offering.

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http://www.sultansofstring.com

RECENT & UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE

Dec 1 – Koerner Hall – CD Release, Toronto ON
Dec 4 – Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston MA
Dec 5 – Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
Dec 6 – Joe’s Pub, New York NY
Dec 7 — Building 24 Live, Reading PA
Dec 8 – Bridge Street Live, Collinsville CT

2014

Jan 11 – Hamilton Place, Molson Canadian Studio, Hamilton ON
Jan 18 — Mary Webb Centre, Highgate, ON
Jan 19 — Private Concert, Mississauga, ON
Jan 29 — Capitol Theatre, Nelson BC
Jan 30 — Creston Concert Society, Creston, BC
Feb 1 — Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC
Feb 2 — Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC
Feb 3 – Langham Theatre, Kaslo BC
Feb 4 — Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC
Feb 5 — Roundhouse Theatre, McBride, BC
Feb 7-8 — Performing with Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops, BC
Feb 22 — Performing with Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Glad Tidings Auditorium Sudbury ON
Mar 22 — Performing with Northumberland Symphony Orchestra, Cobourg ON
Apr 2 — House About Tonight, Spotsylvania VA
Apr 3 – Strand Theater, Waynesville NC
Apr 4 — Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro NC
Apr 5 — The White Horse, Black Mountain NC
Apr 6 – BK House Concerts, Asheville NC
Apr 11 — Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series, East Lansing, MI
Apr 16 – acting as Official Cultural Ambassadors for City of Toronto at the Intelligent Community Forum Summit in Toronto
Apr 26 — 2:00-3:00pm, Listen live on AM740 Zoomer Radio- Live from the ZoomerPlex, Radio Hall Concert Series
Apr 26 — Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra, ON, Family show
Apr 27 — Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra POPS concert
May 4 — Kingston Road Village Concerts w/ Anwar Khurshid (Oscar-winning Life of Pi), Toronto ON
May 7 — Flato Markham Theatre MEDIA Event launching the 14/15 concert season
May 11 — Minnesota Orchestra, Young People’s Concert – matinee
May 13 — Prologue to the Performing Arts Showcase, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga ON
May 16-18 — Trails Tales Tunes Festival, Norris Point Gros Morne National Park, NL
May 30 — La Petite Boite Noire, Sherbrooke, QC
May 3–  L’Agitée, Quebec City, QC
June 4 – Poisson Rouge, New York NY
June 5 —  acting as Official Cultural Ambassadors for City of Toronto at the Intelligent Community Forum Summit in New York City!
June 6 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC
June 13 – Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora ON
June 14 — Heartland Concerts at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road, Greece, NY
June 22 — Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival- Multifest, Halifax NS
June 28 — Toronto Ribfest, Centennial Park, Etobicoke
July 1 – Canada Day Concert at Niagara Falls ON
July 2 — Skye Theatre, Maine
July 3 — Bower’s Barn Concert Series, Damariscotta, Maine
Juy 4 – Maine venue tba
July 6 – Taste of Lawrence Festival, Toronto ON
July 12 – Globus Theatre – young audience/morning performance, Bobcaygeon ON
July 17 — Norwood Village Green Concert Series, Norwood NY
July 18 & 19  – Stewart Park Festival, Perth ON
July 19 – The Branch, Kemptville ON
July 21 — Parc Pine Beach, Dorval QC
July 25 — Ottawa Chamberfest, Young Audience show, Ottawa ON
July 26 — National Gallery Amphitheatre, Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa ON
Aug 2-3 – Blue Skies Folk Festival, Clarendon ON
Aug 4 – Newmarket Jazz Festival, Newmarket ON
Aug 8 — South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, FL
Aug 9 — Arts Garage- Delray Beach FL
Sept 19 – Aeolian Hall, London ON
Sept 20 — Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton ON
Sept 21 – Tiffin Bay Folk Club – Midland ON
Sept 27 – Sleeping Giant Folk Society, Thunder Bay ON
Oct 1 – Sarnia Concert Society, Sarnia ON
Oct 2 —  The Ark, Ann Arbor MI
Oct 4 — FullScore Chamber Orchestra – Gala Concert – Lake County IL
Oct 6 — FullScore Chamber Orchestra – Kids Koncerts – Lake County, Chicago IL
Oct 8 – Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL
Oct 24-26 – Performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver BC
Nov 21 — Our Times Coffeehouse, Long Island, NY
Nov 22 — Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA
Nov 23 — Caffe Lena – matinee young audience show – Saratoga Springs NY
Nov 23 – Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY
Nov 28 — Performing with Ontario Philharmonic, Regent Theatre, Oshawa ON
Nov 29 — Performing with Ontario Philharmonic at Flato Markham Theatre, Markham ON
Dec 4 — performing as part of the Canadian Arab Institute fundraiser

2015

Jan 15 — Performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Lighter Classics Series, Edmonton AB
Jan 17 — Performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony for Kids, Edmonton AB
Jan 18 – West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg MB
Mar 7 — Welland Port-Colborne Concert Association performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Mar 8 – Claude Parlour Concerts, Caledon ON
Mar 28 – Cornwall Concerts, Cornwall ON
Apr 11 – Kirkland Arts, Kirkland ON
May 9 — Performing with Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Stratford ON
July 1 – City of Owen Sound


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards- Winner — World Group of the Year
•  2014 IMA Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Song —winners tba
•  2014 IMA Independent Music Award Finalist Chris McKhool – Music Producer – “Symphony!” – winners tba
•  2013 Festivals & Events- Performer of The Year
•  2014 ISC International Songwriting Competition- Honorable Mention (out of 19,000 entries)– Instrumental
•  2013 SiriusXM Indie Awards – World Group of the Year
•  2013 Folk Music Ontario-Songs of the Heart Award Winner – Instrumental
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2012 Festivals & Events-Entertainer of The Year
•  2011 Ontario Contact – Artist of the Year
•  2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album
•  2011 2x ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist  – Instrumental, World Music
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
•  2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favourite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 International Songwriting Competition winner – Instrumental

“The blending expands the potential reach of the group…while offering a wonderful experience for this travelling band of merry music-making men to cross their music with yet another genre.” Toronto Star

“Since they started out working as an instrumental duo, violinist Chris McKhool and guitarist Kevin Laliberte have kept adding players and guests, even occasional singers. Now there’s a whole orchestra backing the global fusion project on their new fourth album Symphony! But whether it’s four or 40, the band taps an irrepressible enthusiasm.” Calgary Herald

[“There’s chemistry] in the violinist’s classical touch and Lebanese ancestry and the guitarist’s feel for rumba-flamenco grooves and jazz or rock jams. Today touches of Celtic, Gypsy jazz, Klezmer music and other influences fill out the mix… Symphony! manages to swing very nicely and the orchestra doesn’t sound like aural wallpaper for the band.” Edmonton Journal

“A new fusion of roots and classical…the results are mind blowing.  Even though the instrumentation is different, you get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… any fan of world beat or contemporary instrumental music is sure to absolutely flip for this gem.  Hot stuff throughout and a sure bet to notch a Juno and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” Midwest Record, Chicago

“Sultans of String seem to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed — a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk, and indeed anything else that takes their fancy.. this is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival.” Maverick Magazine

“What this band does is not only good fun, it’s stocked wall-to-wall with irresistible international musics – gypsy jazz, flamenco music, Inuit melody, ukulele raveups, visiting musicians from the Chieftains…Lebanese music, you name it. If it’s got strings and fingerboards, count them in. What they never forget to provide, though, is enough melodic charm to beguile almost anyone. The large orchestra certainly does give them gravitas but, on their own, they’ve got as much charm as they need.” Buffalo News

 

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Why You Should Use ManageFlitter To Help You Manage Your Twitter Account

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ManageFlitter My favourite tool for managing Twitter accounts is ManageFlitter. It helps us to figure out who we’re following on Twitter that is either inactive or not following us back and it allows us to unfollow up to 100 people per day with the free version of the service.

A commercial version of ManageFlitter was launched in February 2011 by a company called Melon Media in Sydney, Australia, whose chief executive officer is Kevin Garber.

I love this tool because it’s so easy to use and the free version is sufficient for the bulk of ManageFlitter users. You simply go to www.manageflitter.com and sign in using your Twitter account. Be sure you’re signed in to Twitter first so that you can allow ManageFlitter access by authorizing them to pull in your data. You click the red Start button and ManageFlitter pulls in all the people you’re following on Twitter. Then you go to the Manage tab if it doesn’t direct you there automatically, which it often does. From there you can see in the left column, tabs for who is Not Following Back, who has No Profile Image (I don’t follow accounts without a profile image), which accounts are Non-English and who is Inactive. Generally, I click on Inactive first and if someone hasn’t tweeted in a month, I unfollow them. Then I go to Not Following Back and unfollow those accounts held by people who aren’t following me back.

My strategy is to work regularly on searching (using keywords or #hashtags) for people or organizations on Twitter that I’m interested in or who my clients would be interested in and then put them into Lists via keywords to later help filter their feed and find those people more easily so they can talk to them. I will also follow people recommended to me through shoutouts and hashtags like #FF (Follow Friday) or #MM (Music Monday), etc.

Once a month I use ManageFlitter to see who I’ve followed who is inactive or not following back and I unfollow them because let’s face it, they won’t be of any benefit to me. You can always choose to continue to follow a certain amount of Twitter accounts held by those who won’t follow you back because they’re celebrities, news sources or leading specialists in their field because you value the content of their tweets, but I think you should keep those to a minimum in order to keep your ratio of following to followers more even and therefore more appealing to others.

ManageFlitter’s Account Search feature is also excellent for defining who you’re looking for on Twitter and it will pull in a list of people you might want to follow based on the parameters of your search. Click the Refine tab to get the whole form and fill in what’s relevant to you. It always tends to pull in those who have heaps of followers first. As you know, sometimes those people won’t be the ones to follow you back. Always look for their ratio of followers to following to make your decision before you follow someone and make sure they tweet regularly. You can follow people directly from ManageFlitter too.

ManageFlitter also has a Power Post feature under the Engagement tab that enables you to preschedule your tweets to go out at peak times throughout the day. You can use Tweroid to help you to determine what times are best for you to tweet to reach your optimum audience. You can connect your Facebook account and LinkedIn account as well so that you can preschedule posts for them.  You can program in a Recurring tweet as well. I’m not sure how many tweets you can preschedule at once with the free version but you can probably do quite a few. You can ask ManageFlitter questions using their Support form under the Dashboard tab.

There are many additional features you can get including Analytics if you pay to upgrade your account but I find that for my clients’ purposes as well as their budgets that the free version is fine.

All you really need to help manage your Twitter account is ManageFlitter. Check out their blog for more great tips.

PERCOLATE: Let Your Best Self Filter Through by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

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Percolate

PERCOLATE

Let Your Best Self Filter Through

By Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

CEO – The Best Ever You Network, Hay House author

Is there a voice inside of you that’s urging you to make changes and seek a richer, more fulfilling life? Do you feel like you’ve been searching for something more meaningful, even if you don’t know exactly what it is?

Have no fear—Percolate will show you how to let your best self filter through and thrive! In this empowering, heartwarming—and often humorous—book, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino will help you wake up to what’s possible, allow your heart and mind to simmer with fresh ideas to achieve your goals and enhance your well-being, and enable your spirit and passion to rise to the top like the foam on your latte.

Elizabeth will guide you through the Percolate Process, a nine-point plan she developed with Dr. Katie Eastman that teaches you how to implement positive changes to excel in every aspect of your life. It’s simple, practical, and fun! Go ahead . . . grab a cup of your favorite joe, put your feet up, and start percolating. Ah, can’t you just taste the inspiring brew as your most powerful thoughts blend together to bring the authentic, best you to the world?

The PERCOLATE Process, a nine-point plan that teaches you how to implement powerful, positive change to thrive in every aspect of your life. It’s simple, practical, and fun!

The PERCOLATE ProcessTM is a 9 point plan she developed with Dr. Katie Eastman that teaches you how to implement positive changes to excel in every aspect of your life. It’s simple, practical, and fun! Co-developed by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino and Dr. Katie Eastman, this valuable tool combines inspiring, practical exercises and Elizabeth’s heart-warming story and ideas with empowering psychological principles. The PERCOLATE Process is based on Elizabeth’s own method of change and discovery. In 1998, after nearly losing her life to an allergic reaction, she chose an “I will survive and thrive” attitude. Elizabeth was motivated as a mother and wife to move forward, which required a first step of accepting this new “Elizabeth”, being bold enough to allow her confidence to surface and constantly reminding herself, “I am enough.” 

Elizabeth Hamilton-GuarinoABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, Hay House author and Best Ever You Network CEO, lives her daily life with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. In 1998, Elizabeth nearly lost her life due to an allergic reaction to almonds. In 1999, she had a second near-fatal allergic reaction while pregnant and was hospitalized for more than a week.

Elizabeth understands firsthand the challenges life can bring and has worked with thousands across the globe to illuminate their light within and help them live their best life. In 2008, Elizabeth left a 17 year career in the financial services industry to start The Best Ever You Network, which is now a leading multimedia provider of lifestyle and self-help content. Elizabeth hosts “The Best Ever You Show” on Blogtalkradio, which has over one million global listeners.

With Brian Hom, she co-founded the Food Allergy Zone to find a cure and the cause of food allergies and she is a spokesperson for FAACT – Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team.

Now she adds “author” to her resume. In PERCOLATE: Let Your Best Self Filter Through (April 2014), Elizabeth empowers readers to implement powerful, positive change to thrive in every aspect of your life. Elizabeth has a degree in communications and broadcasting and also works as a business and life coach. Elizabeth is a social media expert with an emphasis on business consulting, transitional growth and change, and platform development. She lives with her husband and four boys in Maine. Visit BestEverYou.com for more information about Elizabeth’s work and passions.

PERCOLATE – Let Your Best Self Filter Through

 By Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc. (April 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401942989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401942984

For interviews, artwork, excerpts or more information, contact:

Erin Dupree| Publicist | Hay House, Inc.
646.484.4957 
EDupree@HayHouse.com

PRAISE FOR PERCOLATE

“How can an aardvark and a platypus help you change your life? How can #WWBWD help you make better decisions? And what does brewing coffee have to do with being healthier and happier? For the answers to these and other life-altering questions, look no further than Percolate, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino’s masterwork. I highly recommend this book if you want to live more fully, laugh more heartily, and leave a lasting legacy for your loved ones!”

— Noah St. John, best-selling author of The Book of AFFORMATIONS®, http://www.NoahStJohn.com

“For years I have enjoyed bringing clarity and joy into my life by taking time each morning to reflect on my blessings over a hot cup of coffee. Now I have a new favorite way to ‘percolate,’ thanks to this wonderful book! After following Elizabeth on The Best Ever Your Network, I am so happy that she has found a new way to share her inspirational message with us all!”

Michelle Phillips, best-selling author of The Beauty Blueprint, http://www.MichellePhillips.com

“Elizabeth shows us how to follow our hearts and have the courage to really be ourselves—that we’ve been percolating all along.”

— Gary Kobat, international authority on integrative well-being

“I love the Java Jive, and it loves me . . . and I really love Percolate, a bold and flavorful blend of higher wisdom, experience, and common sense. Drink deep of this rich brew, and you’ll enjoy life to the fullest.”

— Stephen Powers, Grammy Award–winning producer and co-founder of Agape Media International

“Percolate is a gift—a marvelous one—filled with intelligence and beauty.”

Michael McGlone, actor

“If you can’t wait to get your hands on another self-help book filled with dogma and strict directions, then Percolate isn’t for you. However, if you’ve been searching for a book that can brilliantly guide you to guide yourself, search no more.”

— Gabe Berman, author of Live Like a Fruit Fly

“Put down this book if you don’t want to do the work.”

— Fred Cuellar, Diamond Cutters International

“It takes only moments to learn that Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino has a gift for connecting with people. She shares her own personal experiences, and those of others, in a way that challenges each of us to become our best. The stories in Percolate continue to express her inspirational spirit and will simply make you feel good.”

Sarah C. Bazey, Mrs. International 2012 and president and CEO of Simplex

Construction Supplies, Inc.

“Percolate is the perfect title for Elizabeth’s book because anyone who knows her personality will agree that she is like a constant, contagious, and inspirational jolt of caffeine. This is a woman who lives every minute of every day to the fullest. Elizabeth’s cup runneth over, and if we can sip in just a little bit of her wisdom and experience, we should consider ourselves lucky!”

Anthony Turk, Hollywood publicist

“Percolate is compelling from the very first words. I couldn’t put it down, and I was moved to tears within the first few pages. Give yourself the delicious joy of journeying through this inspiring book with Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino.”

— Margaret Paul, Ph.D., author of Inner Bonding, http://www.innerbonding.com

 

Visit www.PercolateBook.com for more information.

Website Links for Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino:

www.PercolateBook.com, www.BestEverYou.com, www.FoodAllergyZone.com, www.EGuarino.com

Radio show: www.blogtalkradio.com/BestEverYou

The (Virtually) Real Life by Boris Glikman

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The (Virtually) Real Life by Boris GlikmanI recall that day well. My friends and I were checking out an abandoned, run-down mansion on the outskirts of town and that’s when we noticed that strange, inexplicable things were beginning to happen… 

Every time we open a door to some room to take another look at it, the room and the things in it have changed and look completely different. The more adventurous amongst us explore the building more thoroughly, only to discover that it has an impossibly paradoxical structure. One girl gets spooked out and, in her hurry to get out of the house, jumps through the ground floor window. A moment later we hear a shriek of horror and bewilderment coming from the top floor – her senses refuse to accept that she ended up there and not on the overgrown lawn in the front yard.

Then someone screams out, “Don’t you see what is happening! None of this is real! This is all Virtual Reality! Someone is running this game and we are its involuntary, unwitting participants. So we can do anything; break all of society’s taboos, take any risks, shoot one another, because it is all a counterfeit, simulated world.”

At once I devise a way of putting this remarkable claim to the test. I speed off in my car and start driving along train tracks that ascend to a great height before ending abruptly in mid-air. My car goes for a graceful flight through the sky, spinning and turning, soaring up on the warm air currents, then gradually descending, rising again higher and higher, then stopping and hovering in mid-air.

Finally, I get tired of flying and crash-land on top of a high-rise building. ‘I wonder if I have sustained any injuries,’ I think to myself. ‘If this really is a virtual world, then I should be just fine!’

It occurs to me that if in fact my life has been virtual reality all along, then that would certainly explain a lot of things. I always thought this world and my life in it never made any sense – things were just too absurd and incoherent. Horrible, unthinkably terrifying events like massacres, famine, persecutions, injustices which would never happen in the real world kept occurring, time after time after time.

Now I could see why certain things kept getting lost and disappearing in my life, why my life never worked out right, why something always got in its way and ruined its forward progress. Now I could comprehend why I could never fit in anywhere and always felt at odds with the whole world, for this wasn’t an authentic environment, but rather an artifice of someone else’s mind; a degenerate, corrupt copy of the real reality.

No, this wasn’t the universe that the Absolute Being had created, according to His flawlessly sublime and ideal specifications, but rather a miscreation of some devious, impious, immoral human being. And so it contained within its make-up all the faults, deficiencies and imperfections that every human construction possesses, as well as being coloured by the particularly nasty character of the cad running this simulation.

It was also obvious that this contemptible creature held, for some reason or another, an intensely bitter grudge against me in particular. He obviously meted out the worst of his cruel tricks on me, judging by how my life has been just one senseless absurdity after another.

‘What kind of a person am I, really, outside of this sham construction? What is my life actually like in the real world? Who is the wise guy that created this diabolical game? What’s he got against me? Wait till I find my way out of this virtual world and get my hands on him! I’ll make him pay for all he has done to my life!’

And just then, an even more devastating thought strikes me: ‘What if I am the evil genius who created and is operating this game? What if it is I who has inflicted all of this misery, pain, suffering onto myself and the whole world? But why would I do that? Why would I torment myself so?’

Live Wire Music Series Presents Latin Grammy Winner Alex Cuba at The Octave Theatre on Mar. 29, 2014

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Alex CubaLive Wire Music Series Kingston is wrapping up this year’s season with a concert at The Octave Theatre on Saturday, March 29 featuring the spectacular Cuban-Canadian guitarist and singer Alex Cuba and his new band. Alex sings in both Spanish and English and has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. On his newest album Ruido En El Sistema he continues his exploration of rock, soul, pop and Latin funk, and solidifies his stature as one of North America’s most critically acclaimed musicians.

Alex’s first stage appearance on national TV was age of four, playing claves in a group directed by his father. Alex went on to study guitar, tres, percussion and bass. He was born in Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and now lives in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. With his vintage Gibson electric guitar and forgoing conventional stereotypes that typify much of the Latin music landscape, Alex is defining his own “Latin Soul” genre and crafting brilliant songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers.

 

Live Wire Music Series presents
Alec Cuba  www.alexcuba.com
Saturday, March 29, 2014  7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available) on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452), Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Press for Alex Cuba

“HE’S LIKE MARVIN GAYE, SINGING SOUL TO A NEW GENERATION…” –  Boston Globe

“BEST PERFORMANCE: ALEX CUBA.” – National Post

“STAYING TRUE TO HIS SPANISH-LANGUAGE FOLK-FUNK-ROCK HYBRID HAS PAID OFF.” – Billboard

“ROARING WITH ROCK GUITAR LICKS, UNDERPINNED BY A LACY AND OBLIQUE BUT STEELY CUBAN RHYTHMIC STRUCTURE, ALEX CUBA’S MUSIC SUPPLIED PROVERBIAL TROPICAL HEAT IN THRILLINGLY UNEXPECTED WAYS.” – Miami Herald

“…A HIGH-QUALITY ALBUM—SHINY, SMART, AND AS SHARP AS CUBA’S RAZORED SIDEBURNS.” – Georgia Straight

“WICKED GUITAR, UNDENIABLY SOULFUL VOCALS. HIS PACKAGE IS SIMPLICITY, AND HE WEARS IT WELL” – popmatters.com 

“…LIKE GETTING A COAT OF SUNSHINE APPLIED TO YOUR EARDRUMS…” – Halifax Chronicle Herald

Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Paths, Success, and Love

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Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Paths, Success, and Love

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CMCS Speaker and Performance Series I

Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Paths, Success, and Love

Toronto, ON (March 3, 2014)The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) proudly introduces its second location The IndustReal Arts Room (688 Richmond Street, Toronto, ON) with premiere event Moving Forward on Saturday, March 29, 2014. A Canadian and Australian joint production, Moving Forward applies media, social justice, and science to empower individual and social change in a cross-disciplinary and intimate setting.

Dr. Louis Massey opens the series with his inspirational talk on empowering individual paths. Dr. Massey holds a PhD in SoftwareDr. Louis Massey Engineering and is professor of Computer Science at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.  Born in Montreal, he is the author of several articles and book chapters on artificial intelligence and mental information processing. On the fiction side, Dr. Massey writes poetry and short stories. He published “The River: Car ton bras sait porter l’épée” in Canadian Voices Volume 2. As a visual artist, he specializes in photography and oil and acrylic painting. He has exhibited at Gallery 22 in Kingston and was a finalist for the Salon Prize 2012.

Dr. Samita Nandy (www.samitanandy.com) and Emmanuel Lopez Dr. Samita Nandy(www.motivatorman.com) join for a talk about success in celebrity culture and inner heroism. Lopez, also called ‘Motivatorman’ has been central to understanding the positive effects of movie heroes as cinematic role models for personal empowerment. Featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and City TV’s Fashion Television, Lopez works with live audiences to maximize their passion for filmsEmmanuel Lopez Motivatorman as examples of individual change. Samita Nandy reveals the secret behind the success of celebrities and empowers social change through her individual journey on writing fame. Featured on CBC, CP 24 and Rogers Television among many more, Dr. Nandy holds a PhD in media and celebrity studies. Her sensual dance Sacred Eco-Feminist Move will debut along with her innovative words.

Myles Wright (www.myleswright.com) is a music Myles Wrightcomposer, arranger and teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. He studied at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and completed a Masters at the University of Miami. In addition to jazz, Myles is inspired by many styles of music, including ethnic beats such as those heard in the Sacred Eco-Feminist Move.

Ashima Suri  (http://www.ashimasuri.com/) performs the first part of her three-staged performance: ASHES.  Ashima Suri is the Artistic Director forAshima Suri Limitless Productions (www.limitlessproductions.ca), a Social Activist performer, a Writer, a Public Speaker, and a certified Life Coach. Featured on Global Television, OMNI TV and FUSIA magazine, she empowers individuals, facilitates meaningful employment and brings social change through worldwide performances, interactive programs, workshops and one-on-one coaching. In collaboration with Choreographic Consultant from inDANCE, Hiroshi Miyamato, Mentor, Takako Segawa, and Visual Artist, Vishal Misra, Ashima tells a story of a woman who, through the reflection of herself in the painting, begins to shed the many layers and expectations of herself to the point where all that is left are ashes. Each stage represents an emotional release of anger, letting go and fearless resolution / re-birth.

Schedule

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Opening Reception

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Panel with Louis Massey, Samita Nandy, Emmanuel Lopez, and Ashima Suri

9:00 – 9:15 pm – Q / A

9:15 – 10:30 pm – After Party

Dress Code: Semi-Casual

Venue: The IndustREAL Arts Room (688 Richmond St., Toronto, ON) next to Queen West

Cover Charge: $10

For title sponsorship and media interviews, contact info@cmc-centre.com or call 416.985.8887.

For high resolution images, please send an email to info@cmc-centre.com with your name, title, media you represent and your telephone number.

The Perfect Proposal Song for This Valentine’s Day is by Sultans of String!

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Happy Valentine's Day from Sultans of StringWorld music super group Sultans of String, who play everything from flamenco to Arabic folk, gypsy-jazz to Cuban rhythms are back in Ontario after a successful 10 date tour in beautiful British Columbia during which they performed with Symphony of the Kootenays, led by conductor Jeff Faragher who joined the Sultans on the tour on cello, as well as the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra.

The band includes leader and violinist Chris McKhool, Kevin Laliberte and Eddie Paton on guitars, Drew Birston on bass, Chendy Leon and Alberto Suarez on percussion.Sultans of String Quintet

Chris McKhool and Sultans of String would like to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day this week.

I wanted to share this song I wrote as a proposal for my wife Catherine… We are both environmentalists, and we met at a composting convention… I was hired to sing environmental songs that day, and Catherine was the environmental representative at the London School Board at the time. We met over a composting unit, and our relationship just grew organically from there…

Please have a listen to Will You Marry Me, the perfect proposal song if you’re thinking of popping the question to your loved one this February 14th!

Coming up next for Sultans of String is a performance with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:00 PM, at Glad Tidings Church, 1101 Regent Street, Sudbury ON.

If you have an opportunity to see Sultans of String in concert, don’t miss it because you’ll be in for a magical evening! Get their new and most ambitious album to date, Symphony!, now at www.sultansofstring.com under the Listen/Buy tab. You can WIN a box set of all four of their CDs by participating in their Valentine’s Day contest on Facebook. The contest post is pinned to the top of their page at www.facebook.com/sultansofstring. Good luck!

The Troop by Nick Cutter

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troop coverBook Review
Title: The Troop
Author:  Nick Cutter
Publisher: Gallery Books
Released: February 25, 2014
Pages: 368
ISBN-10: 1476717710
ISBN-13: 978-1476717715
Stars:  4.5

Do you know how hard it is to kill something? Nothing wants to die. Things cling to their lives against all hope, even when it’s hopeless…You hold on to life until it gets ripped away from you. Even if it gets ripped away in pieces. You just hold on. ~ from The Troop by Nick Cutter

I’ve read a lot of horror novels in my day, although admittedly most of them were when I was younger. I’m a fan of Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Robert McCammon, Peter Straub, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and of course, Stephen King, who said about this book,

“The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it’s a perfect gift for a winter night.”

I couldn’t agree with him more. The Troop by Nick Cutter is the scariest, creepiest, most disturbing novel I’ve read in years. Perfectly marketed as a Novel of Terror, The Troop is a book best read during the daytime with the lights on so that you can avoid the inevitable nightmares you’ll be plagued with if you read it before bed. There were scenes in this book that were so unsettling that I had to put the book down and go back to it later, and I read it during mornings. Described as part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later (Thinner by Richard Bachman also comes to mind), this is one exceedingly freaky, well-paced read.

The Troop is the unforgettable tale of Scoutmaster Tim Riggs and the scouts of Troop Fifty-Two: five fourteen-year-old boys who head out for a weekend wilderness survival expedition (meaning no cell phones) on deserted Falstaff Island in the tiny fishing community of Lower Montague, Prince Edward Island and come into contact with a strange, extremely thin man who changes the course of their lives. One by one members of the troop are infected with a bioengineered, parasitic hydatid worm (originally created in a laboratory to be used in a weight loss product) that infuses them with a hunger that cannot be satiated and causes them to do things that they never would have imagined they were capable of.  What is certain to become the infamous “kitten” and “turtle” scenes immediately come to mind and if I’m ever locked in a dark closet I will surely lose my mind.

Kent (popular jock), Max and Ephraim (best friends: one calm, the other explosive, but well liked by others), Newton (overweight nerd) and Shelley (odd duck) are a tight-knit group of teenage boys who have grown up together and evolved as boy scouts from Beavers to Cubs and from Scouts to Venturers. We learn about their backgrounds and personalities as the story unfolds and as a result we care about them (or most of them because let’s face it, no one cheers for a sociopath) which makes it all the more upsetting to witness their individual transformations during the most terrifying experience of their lives. Indeed, something wicked this way comes!

Divided into three graphic and gory parts: The Hungry Man, Infestation, and Contagion and scarier than any ghost story I’ve ever read, The Troop is so frightening because the cause of its horror is something that could conceivably happen. Many of the chapters are prefaced with either newspaper or magazine article, geographical survey report, excerpts from scientific papers, evidence logs from the police investigation and sworn testimony of individuals involved with the events occurring on FalstaffIsland. As we are given more of the details surrounding the development and legacy of the Modified Hydatid worm, we’re pervaded with dread and feel increasingly sicker about the fate of the boys.

I’m wondering if author Craig Davidson will wish that he didn’t use the pseudonym of Nick Cutter for The Troop after its release later this month as it will undoubtedly be a bestseller and a huge success for him.

I loved this book and the only reason it didn’t get a 5 star review from me is because the boys’ characters are fairly clichéd, albeit enjoyable. However, this story stayed with me from the time I finished reading it until I wrote this review (a month), so if you read one horror novel this year, it has to be The Troop.

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