Neu Im Ensemble: Ambur Braid

Bombshell Canadian coloratura soprano Ambur Braid, one of the great talents in her field, is about to begin her first season as an ensemble member of the Frankfurt Opera as Queen of the Night. We captured her portrait, published in Oper Frankfurt, in a window-lined east-end Toronto studio donated by the generous Jenny Burton, and ran the gamut of emotions from silly to stunning to sensational. You can see more of our shoot and read about Ambur’s many accolades on http://amburbraid.com/home/. xo

PACHANGA – ALI X x XIMENA

The words of ‘Pachanga’ translate to “Party, tomorrow is never promised” in Mexican slang. Faced with creating a visual for this stellar Summer track from Azari & iii’s new manifestation, ALI X x XEMINA, I went in deep on the state of the world today. It got chewed up and spit out in the life story of a chicken, an apt metaphor for American greed I think. What do you think? It’s working on many layers so I’m curious what you guys take away from it. Have a listen to more of this group on their Soundcloud @ https://soundcloud.com/alixxximena

Direction: Jennifer Toole // Starring: Xemina, Meredith Jay, Nohemie Renaud & Sarah Toole // Make-Up: Elena Pacienza // Hair: Amber Fairlie @ The Manor Salon // Styling: Megan Ann Wilson // Choreo: Jenny-Anne McCowan

Available on http://www.neinrecords.co.uk/

Pink Dawn Video Launch Invite & Teaser

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This past May I was introduced to Carmela Antonio in a coffee shop on Ossington by an angel. Carmela’s vibrant energy and enthusiasm had me hooked right off the bat, but then she loaded up a new song she had recorded, strapped her headphones on me, and inspiration struck. I had been looking for a new artist full of potential to try out my hand at directing with, and Carmela’s muse hit me hard. “Pink Dawn” is the track. It is an ethereal rendition of the fragility of unrequited love. It is streaming now exclusively on carmelaantonio.com. Be sure to have a listen. The video will have it’s inaugural screening with a live performance by Carmela on Sept. 15th at Milk Glass Co. The video debut performance will naturally take place amongst the opening of The Goddess Array Pt. 2 art show. Doors are at 6pm. Show is at 10pm. Party until LATE. We have much to celebrate. Please consider this your formal invitation. RSVP to jennifer@jennifertoole.com. xo

Acronym Ensemble.

The Acronym Ensemble is a group of twelve musicians from NYC who are dedicated to unearthing the unpublished musical scores of the Baroque era. Have a listen at the hauntingly beautiful yet very civilized sounds of their latest album, WUNDERKAMMER, and make sure to go to the next show. Find concert listings HERE.

We shot this series a couple months back in the middle of an oppressive New York heat wave with only the small risk of NY traffic to contend with. I love a good thrill. xo

Vanessa.

Vanessa-1The enviable beauty encasing the brilliant mind in a visual tribute to singer Sade and photographer Mario Testino’s “Towel Series.”

Photo: Jennifer Toole // Make-Up: Christina Spina

www.jeaninemackieband.com

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It’s a beautiful thing to be able to celebrate my momma, singer Jeanine Mackie. I created a new space online where fans can watch her perform and listen to her sweet musical stylings. She’s totally magical. Click through and hear for yourself. xo

Web design for www.jeaninemackieband.com by Jennifer Toole