Amira Medunjanin – Canadian Tour 2017

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EVENT TITLE: AMIRA /Queen of Sevdalinka/

PERFORMANCE BY: Amira Medunjanin (vocal), Ante Gelo (guitar), Zvonimir Sestak (bass)
ABOUT AMIRA

Sarajevo-born AMIRA was in her teens in 1992, when the Bosnian war and its following atrocities broke loose. According to a recent interview she gave the Observer’s Ed Vulliamy, the idea of being a singer was then still unformed in her young mind. Instead, she eagerly rushed to attend the risky, do-it-yourself, literally underground gigs that her husband-to-be Bekim Medunjanin helped organize in city cellars at the time, joining other fascinated, rhythm-hungry young people in sheltering from the violence which gripped their city. AMIRA is largely responsible for the recent popularity of sevdah, which has left Balkan ground and reached more and more European homes, gaining rave reviews from world music magazines and reverberating to spellbound live audiences. From Japan, Taiwan, Stockholm to Liverpool, Istanbul to Helsinki and from boisterous jazz festivals to laid-out-bare solo performances, her vocal charisma unfailingly moves and captivates.

Dubbed “Bosnia’s Billie Holiday” by music journalist and author Garth Cartwright, the comparison reflects the way in which Amira turns sevdah inside out, finding new contexts and forms within a tradition that is hundreds of years old.

What is Sevdalinka?
Much like the Portuguese saudade, or the Spanish duende, sevdah expresses the state of a mournful, melancholy heart, a yearning and a hymn to a love that pains you even at its most euphoric moments. In a collective global narrative soulfully built and popularized by Cesaria Evora’s Capoverdean morna, Amalia Rodriguez’s Portuguese Fado, Edith Piaf’s lamenting French chanson and, more notably, Billie Holiday’s legendary angst-ridden jazz standards, Amira Medunjanin embodies the heart and soul of traditional Balkan sevdalinka.

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Sarajevska Večer 2016

sarajevoSarajevo Night, as it has become an annual tradition, will beheld at Restaurant Flamingo’s this year on Friday, November 25th. This year Gremy Concerts has the honor of organizing the event for all Sarajevans and all the Friends.

We have a line up of musicians and artists looking to entertain you long into the night with familiar music of Sarajevo Legends Indexi, Bijelo Dugme, Crvena Jabuka, Kemal Monteno and so many more.

Thanks to Flamingo’s Restaurant we have a venue to get together for an awesome DERNEK. Entry is only 10.00 to help us cover the cost of organizing. Dinner and beverages are up to you.

Come out and party with us on November 25th. Doors open at 7PM. Dernek begins at 9PM.

To buy tickets on-line CLICK HERE
For more info call 416-993-2697

See you soon – Vidimo se uskoro!

The Waiting Room, Jasmin Geljo and Igor Drljača

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A71 Entertainment Presents

The Waiting Room

An Igor Drljaca film

Opening theatrically in Toronto June 3, TIFF Bell Lightbox – 350 King St. West

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Nominated for two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jasmin Geljo)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Cynthia Ashperger)

“supremely poetic” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“an intricate hall of mirrors” – Richard Porton, Cineaste

“skillfully told in present and in flashbacks” – Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun

Writer/Director Igor Drljaca, and lead actor Jasmin Geljo are available for interviews.

Toronto – May 24, 2016
Following a very successful international festival run that included Locarno, TIFF and Rotterdam, and two 2016 Canadian Screen Award nominations, Igor Drljaca’s haunting character study, The Waiting Room, returns to Toronto for a theatrical run starting June 3, TIFF Bell Lightbox.

A performer who once brought slapstick laughter to TV viewers in his native former Yugoslavia, Jasmin (Jasmin Geljo) is a rootless soul. Now an underemployed actor in Toronto, he finds the pieces of his former and present life meshing uncomfortably. When he is cast for a role set amidst the very Bosnian-Herzegovinian civil war he escaped decades earlier, the line between fiction and reality become blurred.

Pointedly not a war story, The Waiting Room is about the long legacy of wartime effects, and the often-tragic backstories that immigrants carry.

Drljaca’s second feature after the acclaimed KrivinaThe Waiting Room was partly inspired by Geljo’s life story.

“He was a successful actor in pre-war Sarajevo and was part of a wildly-popular televised stage show called Audicija (The Audition),” says director Drljaca. “Jasmin, like many others, left his homeland during the war in the 1990s, aware that his stay would likely be permanent, but always hoping to return. Zeljko Kecojevic, who plays Zoran in the film, was also a member of Audicija, and like Jasmin, moved to Toronto.”

Drljaca says a key consideration was to never show actual war scenes, even in flashback. “Rather, the intention was to tie every scene into the present. When Jasmin is cast as an actor showing an ‘idyllic’ trip from coastal Croatia into the heartland of pre-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, I wanted to blur the lines of fiction and re-creation, the tragic and the absurd.”

Himself a native of Sarajevo, Drljaca has lived in Canada since 1993, where – with his producing partner Albert Shin (In Her Place) – he has gained notice as a blazingly creative cinematic storyteller. The Waiting Room is his second feature film, his first (Krivina), and many of his shorts have also screened at TIFF, and other major festivals. His in-development third feature Tabija has already received backing from the Cannes Film Festival’s L’Atelier program.

The Waiting Room is a TimeLapse Pictures, Gearshift Film and YN Films production, and it has been generously funded by Telefilm Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and The Harold Greenberg Fund.

About TimeLapse Pictures

Filmmakers Igor Drljaca and Albert Shin met at York University while studying in the film production program and created TimeLapse Pictures, their production company based in Toronto, Canada. Having completed three feature films and nearly a dozen short films, the company has garnered worldwide attention that has earned them countless awards. www.timelapsepictures.ca

About Gearshift Films

Gearshift Films was founded in 2009 by award-winning filmmakers Jordan Barker and Borga Dorter.  The Toronto-based company produces film and television projects with a universal appeal and high entertainment value across a wide spectrum of genres.  Gearshift Films recently wrapped production on the family adventure film LOST AND FOUND starring Jason Patric (Lost Boys, Speed 2) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).  Other feature credits include TORMENT starring Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) and HOME SWEET HOME by French genre director David Morley http://www.gearshiftfilms.com/

About YN Films

YN FILMS was established in 2006, with offices in Toronto and Istanbul and has produced many award winning short films, documentaries and feature films including WHITE AS SNOW (dir: Selim Gunes), which premiered at the Chicago Film Festival ’10.  YN Films is currently developing several projects with filmmakers from the Middle East and Canada, which include THE FABULOUS ADVENTURES OF INÉS (Carl Bessai), BORHAN (Mahmoud Al Massad), and IN THE NAME OF HONOUR (Noura Kevorkian). http://www.yeninesilfilm.com/

About A71 Entertainment Inc.

A71 Entertainment Inc. is a newly formed distributor on the Canadian Feature Film landscape. Recent releases include NUMB (2016), ACROSS THE LAND (2016), THE RAINBOW KID (2016). The company, focused on bringing high-quality festival films to theatres, was founded by Chad Maker, David Miller and Kirk Comrie in 2013. Upcoming releases include JACKIE BOY, and Ken Finkleman’s AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN. For bookings contact: screenings@a71entertainment.com

For more info, set up interviews, request screener links, get GAT:

Daniela Ponce | daniela@gat.ca | 647-239-3034
Ingrid Hamilton | ingrid@gat.ca | 416-731-3034

PICTURES: gat.ca/media | FILM | The Waiting Room

Gremy and Dynamic Productions

While working on the upcoming concerts line up we thought to let you know we have partnered with Dynamic Productions in an effort to offer more services to musicians and bands from all over the World who may be interested in recording, music production and promotion here in Canada.

For more details visit the site or give us a call. Team Gremy

Zdravko Čolić – Toronto 2015, Concert Video

Čola and the Band in Toronto

Čola and the Band arrived to Toronto yesterday afternoon. Today and tomorrow is all about resting in preparation for the big night on Saturday. See you all at Sound Academy on Saturday!

Džej Ramadanovski – Concert December 25 and 26, 2015

Džej Ramadanovski  – Concert – 25 & 26. December 2015 at 7pm
Join Džej Ramadanovski at FLAMINGO’S Restaurant, for an evening of fun and celebration.
Flamingo’s Restaurant
385 The West Mall, Toronto

Admission Ticket: Advance $35 at the Door $40.

Haris Dzinović Concert in Edmonton

We are happy to announce Haris Dzinović Concert in Edmonton on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9PM. Doors open at 8PM.
10030 -102 Street, Edmonton
Tickets at Ticket Locations $40, at the door $45
Membership for the Starlite room je $5 per 2 people and it is paid at the door.
More Info 780-906-6620 or visit us on Facebook
The Old Citadel is a 1925 brick building in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, two blocks south of Jasper Avenue, the city’s main street. The building was originally built as a “citadel” (church or place of worship) for the Salvation Army. By 1965 it was converted into the first venue of the Citadel Theatre company, with the company taking its name from the name of the building. After the company moved to a new purpose-built theatre building on Churchill Square in 1978, the building was converted to a concert hall and bar. The concert venue inside was for many years named the Rev Cabaret. Under this name, it hosted a variety of concerts including early 1990s shows of then-unknown American bands Nirvana and Green Day. In 2003 the Rev closed, and was reopened as the Starlite Room in 2004, which operates as a members-only club.[1] As of 2012 the lounge/bar downstairs is called The Brixx Bar & Grill.

Haris Dzinović and Željko Samardzić Together In Concert

FOR THE FIRST TIME TOGETHER IN CONCERT and you get to be there…
Haris Dzinović
 and Željko Samardzić and their bands are putting on a Concert together. Only in Toronto and only on Friday March 27th, 2015. Here are the details:

FRIDAY, MARCH 27th
SOUND ACADEMY
1 Polson Street, Toronto
Doors open at 8PM, Concert at 9PM
Ages 19+

Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 1st ON LINE and in the stores near you
Pre-sale 60.00 / At the door 70.00, while supplies last
VIP Pre-sale 80.00 / At the door 90.00, while supplies last

Goran Bregović Toronto Concert 2014

Thank you all who came and made this concert an absolute blast. We hope you had a great time at the concert. Kool Haus was packed, concert sold out, Brega, Alen and the band had a fantastic time on stage and so did we behind the scene. We hope to do this again some time soon. Keep checking the site and our FB page for new events and updates.