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 Grey Goose Notables, he recently came up with that whacky idea called #happyvotinghourTO that helped lead to record voter turn out in the recent Toronto election. He was also a member of the Executiviva! Ambassador Program for the TO2015 Pan/Parapan Games.

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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


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.


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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A Star is Born and Her Name is Katherine Waterston

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 9:00 AM

When it comes to the world of entertainment, we are a society that loves to discover that new talent. That new star. The new IT. That someone who at first glance on that screen, you feel that wow.

Recently, we had the fortune to host a private screening for

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The Modern Day Book Fair Is More Than Just Books

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:23 PM

As the literary and publishing world evolves, the desire to have collective gatherings connecting the global industry has increased.

That said, something special is happening in Toronto this weekend, as the public will be invited along with industry mavens to what looks like will be an annual world class book...

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The Great Toronto Dream Is at Stake on October 27

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:11 PM

The city we love is at stake, and one wonders if our city ever dreamed we would arrive at such a critically defining moment.

We are often referred to as the most multicultural open city in the world where the opportunity to make ones dream a reality is in fact...

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Do You Know About Open Streets TO?

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Every day all of us, no matter what skin colour, no matter how much money one has, and no matter what job we have, will use the same thing to get from place to place.

It's called a street.

We use this every day of every month and every year....

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