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FLOW to tour North America in 2020

FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.
FLOW addresses their fans at Anime Central in 2011.

Japanese rock band FLOW is touring the world in 2020 with stops in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Only two cities in Canada made the list: Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON.

Some of FLOW’s songs were used as opening themes for Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, including GO!!!, Re:member and Sign. Series including Eureka Seven and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion have also used songs recorded by the band.

North American cities on the tour are:

  • May 25th, 2020 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
  • May 26th, 2020 at Canton Hall in Dallas, TX
  • May 28th, 2020 at the City National Civic Center in San Jose, CA
  • May 29th, 2020 at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA
  • May 31st, 2020 at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver, BC
  • June 3rd, 2020 at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto, ON
  • June 5th, 2020 at the Sony Theater in New York City, NY
  • June 7th, 2020 at Foro Didi in Monterrey, Nuevo León
  • June 9th, 2020 at Sala Puebla in Mexico City, Mexico

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 6th, 2019.

Source: Facebook

Crunchyroll shares streaming data for August, September 2019

Top 20 Titles on Crunchyroll for August-September, 2019
Top 20 Titles on Crunchyroll for August-September, 2019

Crunchyroll is publishing some of its viewership data from the months of August and September 2019. The anime streaming service has over 50 million registered users and 30 million followers through its social media channels.

Serving more than 200 countries, Crunchyroll shared the top streaming countries per subscriber for this time period. These include:

  1. Uruguay
  2. Romania
  3. Italy
  4. India
  5. Colombia
  6. Portugal
  7. Peru
  8. Dominican Republic
  9. Philippines
  10. El Salvador

Worldwide, Crunchyroll users spends roughly 85 minutes a day watching anime; below are the top 20 series, listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • Bleach
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Fairy Tail
  • Fire Force
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • Isekai Cheat Magician
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

For Canada, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Black Clover
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Fairy Tail
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece

For the United Kingdom, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden

For Mexico, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece

For Brazil, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece

For Russia, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DR. STONE
  • Fairy Tail
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One-Punch Man
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero

Source: Crunchyroll

Market Mexico comes to Robson Square on September 16, 2017

Viva Mexico!

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver (between the Vancouver Art Gallery and Law Courts) will host Market Mexico in celebration of the North American nation’s day of independence, which coincidentally, is the same day.

From 11:30 am until 12:00 midnight, stalls selling all sorts of traditional Mexican fare including tacos, tortas, elotes, pan dulce and churros. In addition to these tasty treats, cultural handicrafts and artwork will also be for sale. Live music and films will offer entertainment during the event, with the Grito being performed at 6:00 pm by the Mexican Consul General Berenice Diaz-Ceballos.

Market Mexico is a free event, on the ice rink level at 800 Robson Street.

Riding the bus in Matamoros

In Canada and the US, we’re all accustomed to taking the bus with these shiny new vehicles, accessible ramps, air conditioning and displays showing the next stop. In Matamoros, Tamaulipas, taking the bus is a whole new adventure and for the uninitiated, an eye-opening experience.

The vehicles are former school buses from the United States; they’ve been repainted from their traditional yellow and sometimes fancifully decorated with images of patron saints or soccer teams. The sides of the bus advertise their route, namely large shopping centres like Chedraui, Soriana or HEB. Maintenance is an afterthought; the tires are balding, some of them have rust, and even holes in the floors. However, you won’t find trash lying around or anyone smoking. The only form of air conditioning are the windows; most of them open and when the driver brings the bus up to speed, it’s refreshing. Gone are the rows of seats; they’ve been rotated to the side so they face the centre and railings along the ceiling help keep balance once the driver is under way.

Fares are reasonable at $9 MXN ($0.62 CAD/$0.50 USD); the drivers keeps their change in a little wooden box up front with the coins all neatly stacked. Even with the passengers being jostled by the uneven streets, the coins don’t topple over. Don’t expect to tap in with a pre-paid card or anything of the sort; it’s all cash based.

Sometimes there’s live entertainment on board. A musician will board with their guitar and amp and play for a portion of the ride, asking for donations before hopping off.

Most importantly, despite their worn down appearances, these buses are critical to Matamoros as everyone rides them. Students going to school, mothers out for their daily shopping, people going to work, and yes, tourists like myself.

With the bus, you get to see much of the city and it’s an easy way to get around. Matamoros retains a lot of its historic colonial-style architecture with brightly coloured homes, many surrounded by vibrant trees and greenery. There are some rough-looking parts, though looks can be deceiving. There’s a lot of charm and the bus helps you reach it in Matamoros.

Fiesta Mexicana 2016 photos

You’d be forgiven if you thought the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood was actually Mexico today. Part of the month-long celebration of MexicoFest, the Fiesta Mexicana 2016 brings a part of the Latin American country up north without having to actually travel south of the border. The historic roundhouse hosted live music, entertaining lucha libre and of course, delicious fare!

Missed all the fun? You can view it all on Gallery.

Miku Expo 2016 to tour seven cities across North America

Hatsune Miku, the virtual turquoise-pigtail singer from Japan, will be performing in concert as part of Miku Expo which will travel through Canada, the United States and Mexico in 2016.

Miku, a sixteen year-old computer-generated vocal synthesizer created by Crypton Future Media, has generated a massive following not only in her native Japan, but around the world. While she is not “human”, a creative graphical setup allows Miku to be projected in a 3D environment to sing and interact with the crowd wherever she goes. Miku has stood on stage with Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams and even guest-starred on television with David Letterman!

  • Seattle, WA at the WaMu Theater on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
  • San Francisco, CA at The Warfield on Saturday, April 30th, 2016
  • Los Angeles, CA at the Microsoft Theater on Friday, May 6th, 2016
  • Dallas, TX at The Bomb Factory on Saturday, May 14th, 2016
  • Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 20th, 2016
  • New York City, NY at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, May 28th, 2016
  • Mexico City, DF at the El Plaza Condesa on Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Tickets can be purchased in advance online through the Miku Expo web site.

Symphony of the Goddesses adds more tour dates, including Canada, Mexico, Europe

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

The wildly popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is on the road again! With success around the world, the live musical concert based on the Legend of Zelda video game series had added more dates to its schedule as it tours the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Germany.

A full orchestra performs the four-movement symphony with selections from titles in the franchise including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Visuals from the franchise accompany the music, bringing more impact to the experience.

Unlike traditional symphonies, fans are encouraged to cosplay and wear their favourite Legend of Zelda gear to the concerts. Posters, t-shirts and music books will be available for purchase at each venue and through the symphony’s online store.

The 2016 leg of the concert will stop in 26 cities. Tickets can be purchased in advance through The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses web site.

  • Nashville, TN at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on January 21st and 22nd, 2016
  • Boston, MA at the Symphony Hall on February 23rd, 2016
  • Costa Mesa, CA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 8th, 2016
  • Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre on March 19th, 2016
  • Jacksonville, FL at the Moran Theatre on March 24th, 2016
  • Kansas City, MO at the Music Hall Kansas City on March 26th, 2016
  • Memphis, TN at the The Orpheum on March 31st, 2016
  • New Orleans, LA at the Saenger Theater on April 1st, 2016
  • Columbus, OH at the Ohio Theater on April 3rd, 2016
  • Charlottesville, VA at the JPJ Arena on April 8th, 2016
  • London, UK at the SSE/Wembley Arena on April 23rd, 2016
  • Guadalajara, Mexico at the Auditorio Telmex on May 11th, 2016
  • Monterrey, Mexico at the Arena Monterrey on May 13th, 2016
  • Mexico City, Mexico at the Arena de Ciudad on May 15th, 2016
  • San Antonio, TX at the Majestic Theater on May 21st, 2016
  • Los Angeles, CA at the Dolby Theater on June 13th, 2016
  • Austin, TX at the Long Center on June 23rd, 2016
  • Montreal, QC at the Place des Arts on June 25th, 2016
  • San Francisco, CA at the Davies Symphony Hall on August 21st, 2016
  • Atlanta, GA at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on September 10th, 2016
  • Edmonton, AB at the Southern Jubilee on September 21st, 2016
  • Vancouver, BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on September 23rd, 2016
  • Paris, France at the Palais Des Congres on October 8th, 2016
  • Lisbon, Portugal at the Coliseu de Lisboa on October 14th, 2016
  • Essen, Germany at the Grugahalle on October 15th, 2016
  • Chicago, IL at the Chicago Auditorium on November 12th, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a joint production between Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc.

Fiesta Mexicana 2015 photos

The Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown was packed Sunday afternoon for the annual Fiesta Mexicana. As part of the month-long MexicoFest, Fiesta Mexicana gives an opportunity to explore Mexican culture through food, music, crafts and performances from both local and international groups.

Joaquin Ernesto González performs on stage. Live lucha libre! Nahualli Folklore Society spices things up with a traditional dance

Weren’t able to make it out to Fiesta Mexicana? Take a trip to Mexico without having to leave your house through the pictures on Gallery!

Celebrate Mexico at the Fiesta Mexicana on September 6

Mexico Vivo performance in 2013
Come experience the colourful culture from Mexico!

On Sunday, September 6th, come out to the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver for some food, music and fun at Fiesta Mexicana. Hosted by the Comunidad Mexicana en Vancouver – Service Society, Fiesta Mexicana is a free event starting at 12:00 pm and finishing at 6:00 pm and filled with the best of Mexican culture.

The live entertainment includes performances by the mariachi band Los Dorados, Sonora King, Tren al Sur, Monika Schwartzman, Latin Sound Gustavo Herrera y Laura Rivera, Felix Zazueta, Joaquin Ernesto Gonzalez, Grupo Nahuatl, Grupo America, adn Grupo Akari Karate. There will also be lucha libre, zumba, and the Grito de Independencia.

Fiesta Mexicana is part of the month-long celebration of all things Mexican including a Latin American film festival, art exhibits, seminars on economic expansion between Mexico and Canada and cultural lesson. For further information, visit the MexicoFest web site.

Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions to tour North America, Australia

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions celebrates music spanning more than a decade from the popular Nintendo franchise.

Pokémon now joins the ranks of having its vast library of music performed live in concert. Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions brings the best of the popular video game series in orchestrated arrangements coordinated to video from the franchise.

The concerts will tour Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia this year, followed by Europe in 2016. Additional cities and dates are possible.

So far, the confirmed list for Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions includes:

  • May 1st, 2015 8:00 pm at the Joseph Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore, MD
  • June 6th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
  • June 12th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
  • June 13th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH
  • June 14th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
  • June 19th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
  • June 20th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
  • July 9th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego, CA
  • July 11th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
  • July 12th, 2015 8:00 pm at the City National Civic in San Jose, CA
  • July 18th, 2015 8:30 pm at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA
  • July 22nd, 2015 8:00 pm at the Orpheum in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • July 25th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX
  • July 26th, 2015 2:30 pm at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX
  • August 20th, 2015 8:00 pm at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
  • August 22nd, 2015 8:00 pm at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
  • August 28th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, ON, Canada
  • August 30th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Place Des Arts in Montreal, QB, Canada
  • September 11th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
  • September 12th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN
  • September 15th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA
  • September 17th, 2015 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR
  • October 23rd, 2015 8:00 pm at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico
  • October 25th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico
  • November 20th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • November 21st, 2015 2:00 pm at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • December 3rd, 2015 7:30 pm at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
  • December 4th, 2015 8:00 pm at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL
  • January 24th, 2016 2:35 pm at the Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA
  • February 5th, 2016 8:00 pm at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, MI

Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 28th, 2015. Visit the Pokémon web site for further details and links to purchase tickets.

Source: Pokémon