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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

KANSAS Live Concert Album Leftoverture Live & Beyond to be Released Nov 3, 2017

America's legendary progressive rock band, will release their new live album "Leftoverture Live & Beyond" on November 3, 2017. This is the first live album since 2009 for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as 'Carry On Wayward Son' and 'Dust in the Wind,' to progressive epics like 'Miracles Out of Nowhere.'

Billboard.com had the exclusive first listen of the live track of "Carry On Wayward Son". The feature includes an interview with KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. To read the interview and to stream the song, head here: https://goo.gl/dwScdB


The song will be available tomorrow on all streaming platforms. Links to retailers can be found below:

Website www.kansasband.com
iTunes http://itunes.com/kansas
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yxEJX9
Spotify http://spoti.fi/2b0Oi3j
Google Play http://bit.ly/2asRFhn

The upcoming album is now available for pre-order at www.kansasband.com.

"Leftoverture Live & Beyond," produced by Jeff Glixman, features nineteen songs selected from twelve shows recorded during KANSAS's Spring 2017 Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. The set list includes classic hits, deep cuts, new songs from 2016's studio album "The Prelude Implicit," and culminates with the band's sextuple-platinum breakthrough album, "Leftoverture," performed in its entirety.

Kansas perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 27, 2017 in Bethlehem, Penn

Lisa Lake/Getty Images

Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of "Leftoverture," and the release of "The Prelude Implicit," KANSAS embarked on their biggest headlining tour in decades. The overwhelming success of that tour led the band, along with Inside Out Music, to release selected songs from the tour as a live album.

"When we saw how much our fans enjoyed the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour shows, we knew we had to record a live album," said KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. "When it came to finding someone to produce it, we thought the best possible person would be the guy that produced 'Leftoverture' forty years ago. So, we called Jeff Glixman!"

"I'm really excited with how this live album sounds," adds producer, Jeff Glixman. "This band is on fire. Producing this live album was truly an undertaking, but I am confident that KANSAS fans will enjoy the end result."

"Leftoverture Live & Beyond," will be released on November 3, 2017, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by The Orchard. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, four 180 Gram Vinyl boxed set, and digitally on iTunes and Google Play.

Leftoverture Live & Beyond Track Listing:
1.) Icarus II
2.) Icarus
3.) Point of Know Return
4.) Paradox
5.) Journey from Mariabronn
6.) Lamplight Symphony
7.) Dust in the Wind
8.) Rhythm in the Spirit
9.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
10.) Section 60
11.) Carry On Wayward Son
12.) The Wall
13.) What's on My Mind
14.) Miracles out of Nowhere
15.) Opus Insert
16.) Questions of My Childhood
17.) Cheyenne Anthem
18.) Magnum Opus
19.) Portrait (He Knew)

KANSAS is currently on the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. More information on the tour, including specific Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com.

For more information on KANSAS, Leftoverture Live & Beyond, and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, visit @kansasband via website, Facebook, and Twitter.



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5 Tips to Stay Energized and Eat Healthy Throughout the Year

HOW TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY EATING

Most people are in for a big adjustment as they transition into a busy fall routine. After summer vacations and back-to-school preparations, it’s important to get back on track with everyday healthy eating habits. To keep you and your family energized throughout the year and powered up to tackle the day, Halifax-based Dietitian Coleen Nolan shares her top five healthy-eating tips:

1. BREAK THE FAST. Fuel your engine by eating a nutritious breakfast that provides energy and essential nutrients for healthy growth and development, maintains healthy body weights and improves focus. Skip the sweet cereals and go for higher fibre varieties (more than 4g per serving) with less sugar (less than 10g per serving), or try smoothies. For something different, go for soaked oats.

TIP: The night before, combine steel-cut oats, protein powder or skim milk powder, hemp hearts, with boiling water, stir, top with nut butter, berries, cover and chill. It’s loaded with tasty and healthy fuel to start your day off right. It’s delicious!

2. SWAP OUT SUGAR. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that less than 10 per cent of daily calories come from added sugars. For a typical 2,000 calories per day diet, this is less than 12 teaspoons per day maximum in added sugars. In fact, one can of soda pop may contain 10 teaspoons of sugar. Yikes! Try flavouring plain or mineral water with fruit, veggies, or herbs, cucumber and fresh mint, or lemon, lime and oranges – it’s super refreshing!

TIP: Got juice lovers at home? Mix fruit juices with water and ice to reduce the amount of sugar over time. It’s easier than cutting it out all together and works great with chocolate milk and plain milk, too. Also, try switching from flavoured yogurts to plain yogurts and simply add fresh or frozen fruit with drizzle of honey or maple syrup. How to Swap when Baking? Try substituting one-third of the sugar in recipes with skim milk powder to decrease the sugar.

3. GRAB’N GO SNACKS FOR SUPERMOMS AND DADS. With hectic schedules, busy work days, and after-school activities, grown-ups need all the energy they can get. Too busy to cook from scratch or tempted by sugar-and-fat-laden treats? Look for nutritious, convenient and portable snacks at your grocery store. For example, Snack’n Go Salads are made with superfood ingredients including wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and healthy plant-based protein and fibre to keep you satisfied longer between meals (which can help promote healthy weight). Plus, they are vegetarian, contain less than 200 calories, less than 10g of fat, with no added preservatives, and no added sugar. They come in a convenient 115g snack-size bowl with a handy snap-off spoon.

TIP: Snack’n Go salads are great on their own, as an energizing snack between meals or a post-workout boost, or as a protein topping on green salads, or a healthy side to any meal. Need a little more protein? Add a small handful of nuts, cheese, or a hard-boiled egg to any of the Snack’n Go Salads.

4. POWER UP YOUR SNACKING ON-THE-GO! Be sure to add a source of protein and fibre into snacks to carry you through until your next meal. Try a power smoothie made with plain Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, spinach or kale.

TIP: Set up handy, easy-to-grab snack bins in the cupboard and fridge. Once a week, replenish the bins with fruits, nuts, cheese, vegetables and hummus.

5. MEAL AND SNACK PLANNING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. Try setting up a menu for the week and get input from the family. Before supper, or the night before, veggies can be washed and cut for the next day. Building basic life skills in the kitchen will come in handy when your kids are grown up and will help save time for busy parents.

TIP: Studies have shown that kids who grew up eating together as family tend to have healthier eating habits as adults.


Snack’n Go Salads are made with superfood ingredients including wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and healthy plant-based protein and fibre to keep you satisfied longer between meals (which can help promote healthy weight). Plus, they are vegetarian, contain less than 200 calories, less than 10g of fat, with no added preservatives, and no added sugar. They come in a convenient 115g snack-size bowl with a handy snap-off spoon.

Summer Fresh Snack ‘n Go Salads come in 5 delicious flavours including:

Five Bean – Super Charge: Super charge your fibre intake with this fresh and zesty protein packed Five Bean salad including chickpeas, black-eyed peas, navy, red and black beans in a honey cider vinaigrette.

Multi-grain Quinoa – Energy: An energizing blend of quinoa, bulgar and pearl barley fused with sweet apricots and raisons tossed in an apple vinaigrette

Nine-Grain – Balance: A balancing blend of nine wholesome grains including lentils, wheatberry, rice, couscous, mung beans mixed in a light vinaigrette.

Power Grain – Boost: Boost your iron intake with this vitamin-rich medley of farro, pearl barley, beans, slices of Kalamata olives, feta cheese and gourmet rice tossed in a lemon vinaigrette

Tabouleh – Detox: A delicious detoxing blend of kale, parsley, bulgar and tomatoes in a light citrus vinaigrette

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Walker Lukens New Album "Tell It To The Judge" Now Available + Fall 2017 Tour Dates


"Tell It To The Judge...holds true to Lukens' penchant for blending genres and techniques,
 from rootsy organic to ambient electronic."
- Billboard
"a monster slab of garage-y blues that manages to sound fresh
by very subtly bucking convention"
- UPROXX
"The four songs on Never Understood are wonderfully inventive
and convey Lukens' refreshing attitude."
- NPR World Cafe


Walker Lukens is set to tour this fall, kicking off in Tulsa, OK on November 2nd and wrapping up in El Paso, TX on November 20th. The tour hits cities including Denver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Walker Lukens recently released his new album Tell It To The Judge via Modern Outsider Records! Produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, this highly anticipated record brings together some of Walker's most prominent tracks to date, such as "Every Night" and "Lifted", with new tunes for fans to enjoy. The album is now available via Billboard, Spotify, iTunes, & Amazon.

Walker has been called "one of the best songwriters in Texas" (Free Press Houston.) The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called "wonderfully inventive" (NPR World Cafe,) a "non-sexually intimidating version of Prince'" (Austin Chronicle,) and a "veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions" (Indy Week).

In 2013, Walker released his first full length record Devoted, garnering praise from outlets like NPR's All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard. The word spread far and wide, taking Lukens all over the US with his backing band The Side Arms, made up of Kyle Vonderau (guitar), Zac Catanzaro (drums, percussion), Mckenzie Griffin (vocals, keyboard, percussion), and Grant Himmler (bass, vocals).

After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music at with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, 'Every Night,' has been streamed over a million times now. Their second collaboration, 'Lifted' from Never Understood EP (Modern Outsider) spent 11 weeks in total on the specialty commercial radio charts, including 5 weeks in the Top 5 and 3 weeks at #1!

This year, Walker & The Side Arms tackled a U.S. tour and performances at festivals such as Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Mountain Jam, Float Fest, Savannah Stopover, and more.


Tell It To The Judge is now available via Billboard, Spotify, iTunes, & Amazon. For more information, please visit http://www.walkerlukens.com/.

Upcoming Shows
Oct 6 - Hot Springs, AR @ Hot Water Hills Festival
Oct 7 - Shreveport, LA @ Prize Fest
Nov 2 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Nov 3 - Kansas City, MO @ The Rino
Nov 4 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Nov 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Nov 8 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic
Nov 9 - Seattle, WA @ Timbre Room
Nov 10 - Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 11 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Nov 12 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Nov 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Nov 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
Nov 18 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Nov 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Nov 20 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
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Boyz II Men "Under the Streetlight" - New Album Out Oct 20, 2017

Celebrating over 25 years in show business, four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men return with their latest album Under the Streetlight (Sony Masterworks) available October 20, 2017. A tribute to the classic, harmony driven sound that inspired the iconic R&B trio, Under the Streetlight, features a personal selection of timeless songs chosen by founding member Nathan Morris, tenor Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris, plus one original song - all with a Boyz II Men twist. The album is available now for preorder.


“Growing up and experiencing doo-wop music, definitely influenced Boyz II Men’s sound,” said Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men. “Under the Streetlight has been a passion project that we’ve wanted to create for a while to bring us back to our roots and make the music that inspired us when we first started the group.”

On Under the Streetlight, Boyz II Men put their spin on classics such as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), “Stay” (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) and “I Only Have Eyes for You” (The Flamingos) along with an original composition, “Ladies Man.”

The album also features three guest vocalists who join the trio: Multi-platinum R&B artist Brian McKnight on “I'll Come Running Back To You,” “Tears On My Pillow,” and “A Sunday Kind Of Love”; Olivier Award Winner Amber Riley (Glee, London’s Dreamgirls) on “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”; and ten-time Grammy® winners Take Six join the trio on “A Thousand Miles Away.”

Fresh off their sold-out tour with New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul, fans can catch the best-selling R&B group sold Boyz II Men during their ongoing residency at the famed Mirage in Las Vegas and on their global tour.

For information on tour dates and to keep up with everything Boyz II Men, head to www.BoyzIIMen.com and follow them @BoyzIIMen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Boyz II Men – Under The Streetlight (Sony Masterworks)

Tracklisting:

1 Why Do Fools Fall In Love
2 A Thousand Miles Away (feat. Take 6)
3 Stay
4 I Only Have Eyes For You
5 Up On The Roof
6 I'll Come Running Back To You (feat. Brian McKnight)
7 Tears On My Pillow (feat. Brian McKnight)
8 A Sunday Kind Of Love (feat. Brian McKnight)
9 Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (feat. Amber Riley)
10 Ladies Man
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"This Is Home" Ski Film Brings Top Athletes to Vancouver

From Europe to North America and back again, "This is Home" follows Faction Collective athletes - including Johnny Collinson, Adam Delorme, Tim McChesney, Candide Thovex, Henry and Kelly Sildaru, and many others - as they return to their respective bases around the world to show us how they get it done on home turf. Revisiting old playgrounds and favorite lines, finding new challenges and scoping out secret spots, this film chronicles what it means to be a freeskier today – where the conditions are what you make of them, and the search for that perfect ride begins in your own backyard.


This special film tells a great story of some of the best skiers in the world.



The Canadian Premiere of Faction Collective's "This is Home" will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at RIO Theatre (1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC). Doors open at 6pm for athlete signings, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets are available at http://riotheatre.ca/movie/this-is-home/


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Arts Umbrella Splash Raises Over $540,000 for Youth Arts Education

Arts Umbrella Splash Raises Over $540,000 for Youth Arts Education

On Saturday, October 14, one of the most anticipated events of the season returned for its 35th year with a big splash! Arts Umbrella's Splash art auction and gala showcased nearly 100 works by prominent B.C. artists, and raised a record-breaking $540,000 in net proceeds to help make high-quality arts education accessible for young people in British Columbia.

Every year, Arts Umbrella, Canada's leading non-profit arts organization for young people hosts a gala and coveted art auction where they can meet acclaimed local and international artists and fellow art lovers while browsing and bidding for original pieces. Celebrating the 35th anniversary, Splash was held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and once again attracted over 500 business and community leaders, patrons and art aficionados.

"With a record-breaking art auction, this was a landmark evening for Arts Umbrella," says Paul Larocque, president & CEO of Arts Umbrella. "We are truly honoured by the generosity of our community, including the many extraordinary artists who gave their very best to support our mission to help young people explore their potential through the arts."


Gala emcees Fred Lee and Gloria Macarenko

The spectacular event was co-chaired by Christie Darbyshire and Bruce Munro Wright, emceed by Gloria Macarenko and Fred Lee, and throughout the night attendees were treated to dynamic performances by the Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Pre-Professional Theatre Students. The evening was anchored by a live auction led by Canadian multidisciplinary artist, curator and cultural leader Hank Bull. Immediately following the auction, guests were treated to a lively afterparty set to the musical stylings of DJ Chloe.

Splash was made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor TD Bank Group. Arts Umbrella was also pleased to partner with luxury jewellery brand David Yurman, which donated a stunning signature raffle piece.


Canadian sculptor Marie Khouri and Scottie Dunn

Arts Umbrella believes art can change the lives of young people in profound ways, which is why the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 22 to find and explore their artistic voices, regardless of their socio-econonic status. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than two thirds participating at little to no cost to their families. Since Splash was introduced in 1983, Arts Umbrella's largest annual fundraiser has raised over $6 million in net proceeds, all of which supports youth-oriented initiatives, including free community programming, scholarships and bursaries.

For more information, visit Artsumbrella.com.

About Arts Umbrella
Art can change the lives of children in incredible ways, which is why Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through dance, theatre and visual arts. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 22 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than half participating at little to no cost to their families.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Eating Well to Win: Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking {Recipe Book by Richard Ingraham}


Richard Ingraham (private chef of actress Gabrielle Union and NBA veteran Dwyane Wade) had just launch his first cookbook in late September 2017 called "Eating Well to Win". This cookbook is includes flavorful recipes that help his celebrity clientele reach their peak performance.

Do you love to eat? Most of us do and of course, we want something that is healthy and delicious at the same time. I had a chance to look through this amazing cookbook. The recipes are amazing and creative. I refer to it when I need inspiration on making a home-cooked, healthy meal for the family.


How you can have a peak performance diet and learn the benefits of eating well to win?

Chef Richard’s book is designed for those who want to change their diet to achieve peak performance, whether that be at the gym or the office. This is an insider’s guide to how it really happens. Step-by-step in 90 recipes he will show the CrossFit enthusiast, the working mom and the weekend golfer how to eat for optimum performance because he knows all of the secrets, and it’s not all kale smoothies and grilled chicken. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he’s learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. Readers will get advice on how changing what you put in your body will change what you put out into the universe and make you feel better physically and emotionally. It’s not just about making sure you get the right mix of veggies and carbs. This is about feeding your spirit as well. Chef Richard is serving up recipes for inspired living.

Peak performance eating from Chef Richard ─ chef to the stars:

Chef Richard Ingraham has been personal chef for NBA star Dwyane Wade for more than a decade. The Miami native is also a Chopped contender and the founder of the private chef network, ChefRLI, which caters to professional athletes. Now this chef to star athletes is ready to share the secrets of cooking for a peak performance lifestyle. He’s worked with top tier athletes in all the major sports including Asante Samuels, Santana Moss, Antrel Rolle and Michael Oher from the National Football League, Manny Machado and Jon Jay from Major League Baseball and NBA stars Patrick Ewing, John Wall and of course, Dwyane Wade. Chef RLI has also worked with top entertainers such as Gabrielle Union and Kelly Rowland. The company’s corporate clients include the Food Network and Walmart.

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I was able to make a dessert recipe, Toffee Black Bean Brownies, and it turned out really good. My child couldn't even tell there were beans in them. Oh, and I took out the instant expresso.  You'll find it on page 166 of the cookbook. I sprinkled chocolate chips and peanuts for decoration and texture.

Toffee Black Bean Brownies
Toffee Black Bean Brownies

Non-stick cooking spray
1 cup canned black beans
½ cup canola oil
2 eggs
½ cup Hershey’s special dark
unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon instant espresso
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup bitter sweet chocolate bar pieces
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ toffee pieces

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease a 9-by-9 inch square, baking pan.
3. Using a blender or food processor, puree the beans with the canola oil.
4. Add the eggs, special dark cocoa, maple syrup, espresso and vanilla.
5. Melt the chocolate chips, and add to the blender or food processor.
6. Blend on medium high until smooth.
7. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
8. Add the flour mixture to the blender/food processor and pulse until just incorporated.
9. Stir in the chocolate pieces, and pour the brownie mixture into your prepared pan.
10. Top the brownie mixture with the toffee. You can take a toothpick and swirl the toffee into the brownies if you like.
11. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the surface looks dull around the edges and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a few crumbs.
12. Let brownies cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and removing from the pan. I know it’s going to be hard to wait, but trust me it’s worth it.


Disclosure: I received a complimentary digital copy for review purposes. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.


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