Marcello Cabezas
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Marcello Cabezas is a highly respected & award winning culture/experience producer, performer, host, city builder and marketer. He is the recipient of the prestigious Arnold Edinborough Award for his contribution to national arts & culture development and the Toronto Star has called him "the show business jack of-all-trades, master of most". Chosen as one of the national Canadian Grey Goose Notables, he was a member of the Executiviva! Ambassador Program for the TO2015 Pan/Parapan Games. Currently, he is a co-chair and member of the steering committee for Expo Canada 2025 and is in development on various projects for Canada 150. Born and raised in Toronto, he loves his home town and is developing Toronto Unites, a one of a kind celebration of the city to commence in 2018.

Entries by Marcello Cabezas

Bold Millennials Are Making Hamilton Canada's Next Great City

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 1:23 PM

As we have seen in recent days, movements can change the world. Sometimes for good and sometimes, well, who knows.

This writer is known to be one of the fiercest champions of a city we know as Toronto. So why is another city holding our gaze?

Well, the current movement...

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Blue Jays' Wild Card Moment Shows The Unifying Power Of Sport

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2016 | 3:30 PM

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Josh Donaldson celebrates with third-base coach Luis Rivera as he scores on a three-run walk-off home run hit by Edwin Encarnacion in the eleventh inning on Oct. 4, 2016. (Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

With one swing it was over.

The cheers deafening. The...

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Why Did National Seniors Day Go Almost Entirely Ignored?

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 11:16 AM

National Seniors Day happened in Canada on Saturday and we didn't do anything about it. Did you?

This annual day seems to come and go with no real movement to inspire everyone to cheer in unison, "time to get up and show your respect and do something."

But...

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How Two Married Actors Make It Work On And Off The Stage

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 1:07 PM

The commitment needed to make a marriage work is one thing.

Staying the course amid the ups and downs of a husband and wife who both are actors is quite another.

There are no bi-weekly paycheques. Many days are spent away from each other working on jobs in who knows...

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The November Ticket Will Change Your Entertainment Habits

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 3:53 PM

The hottest theatre ticket in town these days may surprise you.

Introducing the November Ticket, a brilliant idea from a collective of artists that decided to do something that seems challenging in an oh so competitive marketplace.

Arm and arm, they decided to work together.

Sharing resources benefits...

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We All Have A Say In The Future Of Ontario's Culture Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 2:13 PM

In a world where a two-way exchange between government and citizen is the goal, it's encouraging when we see it actually happening.

Like, actually.

Since the end of September, there have been a number of interactions and calls for insights from citizens.

The end goal is to create the...

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Meet Canada's Next Top Opera Stars

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Pressure.

One night. One stage. One opportunity to change your life.

It's not The Voice. It's not American Idol. It's not The X Factor.

Pins and needles sums up the recent third edition of Canadian Opera Company's (COC) Centre Stage , where audiences bore witness to some of...

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Why You Should Consider Arts and Culture Policy When You Vote

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 10:58 PM

Arts and culture has become a sector in the Canadian economy that has developed into a need to have versus a nice to have.

Over recent years, many Canadians have quickly understood the value of the billions of dollars the sector pours into the economy, the hundreds of thousands it...

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The Definitive List of Voting Dos and Don'ts

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 6:18 PM

There is an election happening, have you heard?

If advance poll numbers are any indication, Canadians are engaged like never before in recent memory and are coming out in big numbers.

Cafe chatter, cooler talk and dinner conversations are all infused with that same question: "What will Canada wake up...

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Why WayHome Wins Best Human Festival of Summer 2015

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 4:45 PM

The communal experience, now known as the WayHome Music & Arts Festival, created a blank canvas for attendees to literally live amongst each other for a three-day period this past July.

I was there.

What seemed to be an experiment of sorts in fact created lasting impressions inspiring...

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How Not to Be a Douche at the Toronto International Film Festival

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Lights. Camera. Action.

In a few days, show business' big fete lands in Toronto and you are all invited.

The excitement of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is building and everyone can feel it.

It's a time that brings out the best and at times the...

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How Hamilton's Collective Pursuits Are Creating Canada's Brooklyn

(27) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 6:03 PM

In case you haven't heard, you can do anything in Hamilton. We even have a t-shirt to prove it. That place known as "steel town" is no more.

We have had the opportunity to experience this renaissance over the last 11 months, and see it now not as a fad,...

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How Panamania Is Inspiring a City Like Never Before

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 9:19 PM

There is movement happening right now as you read this.

PANAMANIA. 250 performances & exhibitions over 35 days.

Simply put, it has ignited a collective energy in a city and connected citizens of all backgrounds like never before.

"United We Play" seemed to be the overarching goal for...

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How Luminato Inspires The Inner Artist In All of Us

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:21 PM

Oh, Dirty Dancing we love you.

Remember THAT song? "Now I've had the time of my life. No I never felt like this before..."

Cut to last week when two men stood on stage belting out the lyrics as if their lives depended on it.

...
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Why Awards Could Inspire Canadian Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 7:36 PM

Winning an award means something. For the recipient. For the public.

It changes the way we perceive someone or something.

In the Canadian fashion scene, there have been some recent efforts to use awards as way to shine a light on designers, and the specialists who make up this world....

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How a School Reunion Is Changing the Face of Canadian Theatre

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:44 PM

Here's a riddle for you: What do you get when you pair a school with 42 actors playing 100 different characters with 40 original songs and dance numbers over a three hour period filled with 15 hours of scripted material unfolding simultaneously?

The answer is Canada's largest experiment in immersive,...

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How Horses and Humans Can Create Rare Art That Connects Us

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 1:57 AM

At a time where we as a planet are often said to be disconnected, it is once again art that brings us back to remember what is important.

We are a world filled with nature, humans, and animals. All of whom have a beating heart and magic the other can...

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How a Canadian Film Got a Second Week at the Cinemas

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 12:29 PM

Oh, to be artistically relevant. And engaging. And funny. And smart.

We are talking about a romantic comedy. That magic formula. What is it?

Winning "Most Awkward Sex Scene" at the 2015 Canadian Film Fest?

Visualize that for a moment.

Take one more.

Putting all that aside...

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Why an Oscar & Tony Winner Chose Toronto for His New Play

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 1:39 PM

In the world of the arts, there is one word that often will kick start a new work.

Trust.

But that trust needs to be triggered by a question many are apprehensive to ask.

"Do you want to do this?"

We as Canadians often get a bad rap for not...

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Why the Hit Show Schitt's Creek Is Coming Back

(10) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 6:28 PM

The general sentiment is that a good show will find an audience no matter what. Fans who like it will gladly tell everyone why they should be watching.

And then there are the critics. Will they be on side as well is always the question.

This television season has seen...

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