Marcello Cabezas
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Marcello Cabezas is a highly respected culture/experience producer, city builder and marketer. He is the recipient of the prestigious Arnold Edinborough Award for his contribution to national arts & culture development. Among various media shout outs, The Toronto Star has called him "the show business jack of-all-trades, master of most" while The Grid recently celebrated the arrival of his new culture digest for Toronto. He loves the city he calls home, and hence he has been pegged as "the 416 provocateur."

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A Star is Born and Her Name is Katherine Waterston

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 8:00 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 | 4:23 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 | 3:11 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 | 2:55 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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The Arts Festival You've Dreamed Of But Don't Know About

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Not a day goes by that I don't receive a phone call, text or email from someone asking what is new and fresh to go see in the arts. "C'mon Marce, give me the goods," is a common ask.

Reasons are anything from, "got to impress this girl I am...

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Time for Toronto to Step Up and Be Real About Its Flaw

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:39 PM

It's late. Really late. Like 3:49am late. July 28, 2014.

I am listening to Kevin Drew. He is from Toronto for those who don't know.

I can't sleep. I have just returned from a brisk walk. In the rain. With my umbrella (a borrowed one for the record). Mind spinning....

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Why the World's Greatest Restaurant Festival Chose Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Food. Some see it as a functional thing. Some see it as a ritual. Some see it as a way to break bread connect with family, with friends, with strangers.

Food is something that connects people. Creates a bond. Creates memories.

Over the last 15 years, Toronto has become...

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#NXNEART2014 Animates the City Like Never Before

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:18 PM

So you woke up this morning. Coffee. Shower. Breakfast. World Cup scores.

Walking. Seeing construction. Buildings being built. Gravel. Empty walls.

Empty of life. Empty of humanity.

Lacking inspiration. Frustrated. Must get to work.

Now, imagine your mind stimulated with something else. Something with imagination. Something with heart....

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Why a Field Trip Is So Much More Than a Music Festival

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:53 PM

As Toronto continues to grow as a global culture hub, Field Trip is emerging as an annual homegrown star that has its roots in celebrating our cities most important asset: us.

The multi-disciplinary arts, music and food festival heads into its sophomore year this weekend, and its celebration...

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The Best Art Events of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 3:32 AM

Arts-related happenings in 2013 had a variety of show stoppers for revellers to experience. We shout out the highlights, and why they made the list.

In the "multi -disciplinary festival that wowed at all", the Summerworks Performance Festival featured everything from one on one performances, a live...

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Canadian Fashion Designers Show They Are World Class

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 3:05 PM

With what seemed to be the final designer showing last week for spring/summer looks, Toronto has beamed over the month as Canada's top designers have shown they are "moving fashion forward." Though there were many happenings, the main event was World MasterCard Fashion Week 2014 Spring/Summer runway shows....

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The Real Stars of TIFF Weren't the Celebrities

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:42 AM

So, what did you see? What a crop of films. What a 10 days that was.

Oh TIFF; how Toronto, how Canada, how the entertainment world loves you so. The largest public film festival globally. Over 432,000 attendees and over 30 films sold. But, who are the real folks making...

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Eight More Canadian Artist Mavens You Want To Know

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 5:54 PM

Oh, Canada Part 2. We continue our list of Canadian arts mavens you should know. Our source? Some more make it happen Canadians who are plugged in to what is current and relevant. Here we go.

Entrepreneur & online publisher Joanna Track, founder of eLUXE & the...

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Seven Canadian Arts Mavens You Want to Know

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 9:07 PM

Oh, Canada. Yes, we all felt the nationalistic pride this past week as we celebrated our nations' 146th birthday. And what a better time to turn the spotlight on some "arts maven" Canadians that you may not know, but should.

Who better to share their thoughts then some make...

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The Case for a Canadian Film Channel

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Let's start with an experiment. Take 10 seconds to write down as many Canadian films as you can. Ok, so how many did you come up with? "Not many" is the answer I received when asking the question to random folks.

Films like Porky's, Meatballs and...

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Canadawood is Born for Real

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 8:08 AM

David Rotenberg, one of Canada's most notable acting teachers and coaches, said something in class one day that has always stuck with me. It was about the idea that all artists should always live their lives and specifically arrive at every audition immersed in a state of being,...

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Giving the World a Reason to Dance

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Imagine a lot of you are part of the over 12-million folks who have been given the Pep Talk from our new endearing voice on what the world should be. That's right. Kid President. An eight-year-old endearing kid is telling it like it is.

It's powerful stuff. I...

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How Can We Incentivize Artists?

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:38 PM

And so it begins. A new year. But did you hear?

"We need to support the arts, and we need to support more of it."

These words are ever-present in chats with my arts community colleagues. So, it got me thinking: What does "support" actually mean? Well, the...

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Let's Go Back to the Sandbox Days

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 11:56 AM

It's amazing to think we all started in the same place -- the sandbox. Remember that place where we were collectively open to new rascals joining in, new ways, new toys, and new energy? The place where if someone had one leg, one arm, one toe less than us...well, we...

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