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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

Aniplex to release final Naruto album with five fan-picked songs

NARUTO FINAL BEST cover
Cover artwork for NARUTO FINAL BEST.

Aniplex held a poll for Naruto fans to select songs in the last compilation album for the animated series titled NARUTO FINAL BEST. The album has eleven songs, all opening and closing themes from the two series, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, which aired over the span of 14 years.

The songs included in NARUTO FINAL BEST are:

  1. Blood Circulator by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
  2. Blue Lullaby by Kuroneko Chelsea
  3. Pino to Amerie by Huwie Ishizaki
  4. Kara no Kokoro by Anly
  5. Tabidachi no Uta by ARUMIKURIKAMAKI
  6. ZetsuZetsu by Swimy

The songs chosen from the online poll are:

  1. Haruka Kanata by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
  2. GO!!! by FLOW
  3. Namikaze Satellite by Snorkel
  4. CLOSER by Joe Inoue
  5. Sign by FLOW

Accompanying the CD is a DVD of the endings and openings, a booklet and Naruto sticker.

NARUTO FINAL BEST goes on sale December 13th, 2017.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Aniplex

Celebrate the sun with Carnaval del Sol

Argentinean band Entangados in 2016
Argentinean band Entangados in 2016

With summer just around the corner, the sun is out and so are the festivities. Carnaval del Sol returns to Concord Pacific Place for two days of Latin American food, music, crafts and fun July 8th and 9th, 2017.

Enjoy live performances with bands from Central and South America, fresh cooked treats from Mexico to Argentina, relax with a cold one in the beer garden, browse handicrafts and even take in a game of soccer! Or take a trip without having to board a plane at the YVR Travel Plaza and learn about a new culture through cooking demonstrations. Of course, Carnaval del Sol has events for children in the Kids Plaza — fun for the whole family!

Carnaval del Sol runs Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. This free to attend event is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

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.

Symphony of the Goddesses to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will be making a stop at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a guest performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert scheduled for broadcast on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015.

Nintendo made the announcement on their Legend of Zelda Facebook page, adding that the concert will include selections from the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes.

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes will be available for purchase October 23rd, 2015.

Source: Facebook

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.

Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest delights Vancouver Zelda fans

Good things come in threes, including The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest which returned for a third time to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre Friday night. Following the naming convention used in the series to identify a new adventure, this four-movement concert includes new songs with the unforgettable arrangements from previous performances. Packed full with fans of all ages, this musical experience brought the adventures and memories of the popular Legend of Zelda gaming franchise to life.

Cosplayers masquerading as their favourite Zelda characters in the theatre lobby.
Cosplayers masquerading as their favourite Zelda characters in the theatre lobby.

Prior to the doors opening, the audience, some in costume, crowded the theatre’s lobby. As in previous years, tour merchandise was available for purchase; a new shirt featuring the Skullkid and poster from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask along with music books for guitar and piano. I dropped the $35 for the t-shirt/poster combo, because why not?

An announcement indicated the doors to the theatre itself had opened and that it was time to be seated. The seats I’d purchased through Ticketmaster were in the dress circle and close to the west wall. What I didn’t expect was that we would have a clear view of the stage and screen; I’d half expected an obstructed view with the angle of the walls.

Opening with a montage of over 25 years of Zelda games, conductor Amy Andersson led the orchestra in recreating the world of Hyrule, with a little help from the giant screen flashing footage from the series. Following the overture, executive producer Jason Michael Paul appeared on stage to introduce a special video message from Nintendo’s own Shigeru Miyamoto, the mastermind behind the Legend of Zelda series. Speaking in Japanese with English subtitles, Miyamoto divulged some of the background behind the series’ legendary soundtrack.

Then it was into Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time with it’s upbeat and catchy tempo. Immediately after, we were treated to a medley of boss music: Mini-Boss and Dinosaur Boss Battles from Ocarina of Time, Molgera from The Wind Waker, Fraaz from Spirit Tracks, and Fyrus from Twilight Princess. It was beautiful to hear these adrenaline-raising scores!

With the opening notes of the Majora’s Mask introduction, the audience let loose with cheers and clapping. A popular title considering it’s recent re-release on the Nintendo 3DS, we enjoyed excerpts of the Clock Town theme, Majora’s Wrath, and Oath to Order songs. A quick transition took us into another handheld game: A Link Between Worlds with a composition of melodies of overworld.

The orchestra has returned to the stage following the intermission.
The orchestra has returned to the stage following the intermission.

After another brief word, this time from director Eiji Aonuma, it was back to Ocarina of Time, beginning with a classic — the creation of Hyrule by the hands of the goddesses Din, Nayru and Farore. An array of songs followed, including the opening title sequence, Zelda’s theme, Hyrule Field, Lost Woods, Sheik’s theme, and the climactic battles between Ganondorf and Ganon.

Thunderous applause filled the auditorium as the waves of the Great Sea lapped at the giant screen above the orchestra announcing The Wind Waker. As with the previous movement, compositions of many of the game’s vast musical library, notably the Great Sea, Outset Island, Tetra’s theme, Hyrule Castle and Ganondorf Battle. It brought back so many memories when I first played the game over a decade ago.

Once everyone returned to their seats and the houselights dimmed signalling the end of the intermission, the orchestra refreshed the fans with a beautiful rendition of the fairy’s fountain theme. Composer Koji Kondo appeared on screen to address the audience on his work for the franchise. As the screen faded out, the opening to Twilight Princess began to the delight of the crowd. A selection performed included Midna’s theme, Hyrule Field, Ganondorf Battle and Midna’s departure.

The final movement returned to a classic: A Link to the Past. Chills ran down my spine as Link raced to save Princess Zelda in the depths of Hyrule Castle. With Zelda’s theme, Agahnim Battle, the amazing Dark World overture, Ganon Battle and a Legend of Zelda medley that made for a memorable selection.

The orchestra revisited Majora’s Mask with the Song of Healing, Termina Field, Deku Palace, Song of Time and a reprise of Clock Town. Andersson then walked from the stage twice with the audience on their feet cheering, but returned to lead two encores; the first with Dragon Roost Island from The Wind Waker and then Ballad of the Goddesses from Skyward Sword.

For a third tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest did not disappoint, bringing new songs in with ones performed on previous tours. It’s a great mix of what brings the Legend of Zelda series to life — the heartwarming motifs of a particular character, to an exotic jingle welcoming you to an unexplored portion of the map, and aggressive battle theme to draw you closer to the fight. The orchestra and chorus really do bring the music from this amazing series to life. If The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest is in your town, be sure to grab some tickets and friends for a magical evening!

New FLOW song for Naruto musical

FLOW talks to fans at Anime Central in 2011.
FLOW talks to fans at Anime Central in 2011.

Japanese rock band FLOW announced through their Facebook page that a new song called “Hikari Oikakete” has been recorded for the upcoming Live Spectacle Naruto musical.

The song itself will be released on March 21st, 2015 when the musical opens in Tokyo, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore as well as being available for purchase through iTunes.

A number of FLOW’s songs have been used as opening themes for the Naruto anime, including “GO!!!”, “Re:member”, and “Sign”.

Live Spectacle Naruto is a live retelling of the first 27 books of the Naruto manga series through music, dance and action sequences.

Source: Facebook

Zelda concert returns for third tour

Orpheum stage before The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest
Stage for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC

If you missed the first two The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tours, you’re in luck. Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. are teaming up again to bring The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest back with stops across the North America, Europe and Japan.

The four-movement symphony will include new musical selections and visuals to recreate the experience brought forth in the Legend of Zelda series. Performed with local orchestras, this is a night to celebrate the iconic 28 year-old video game franchise.

United States

  • January 21, 22, 2015 in Nashville, TN at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • January 30, 2015 in Honolulu, HI at the Concert Hall
  • February 27, 2015 in Boston, MA at the Symphony Hall
  • April 30, 2015 in Atlanta, GA at the Cobb Energy Center
  • June 20, 2015 in Austin, TX at the The Long Center PAC
  • October 22, 2015 in Houston, TX at the Jones Hall

Canada

  • March 20, 2015 in Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre PAC
  • May 20, 2015 in Edmonton, AB at the Northern Jubilee Hall
  • May 22, 2015 in Vancouver, BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • May 23, 2015 in Calgary, AB at the Southern Jubilee
  • May 30, 2015 in Montreal, QC at the Place des Arts

Mexico

  • March 6, 2015 in Monterrey at the Arena Monterrey
  • March 8, 2015 in Mexico City at the Arena de Ciudad

Japan

  • February 7, 2015 in Tokyo at the Tokyo International Forum

Sweden

  • April 16, 2015 in Stockholm at the Ericcson Globe

United Kingdom

  • April 17, 2015 in London at the SSE/ Wembley Arena

Germany

  • April 19, 2015 in Dusseldorf at the Mitsubishi Electric Hall

France

  • April 23, 2015 in Paris at the Palais de Congres

Italy

  • April 24, 2015 in Milan at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi

Tickets for some of the performances are on sale through the Zelda Symphony web site with more becoming available on December 8, 2014.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest in Vancouver

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest poster
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest poster

You can’t say no to an amazing adventure a second time around. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest (that’s a mouthful) returned to Vancouver’s Orpheum theatre for an encore performance. As the first concert in 2012 was such a success, Nintendo and the event producers decided to add a “second quest” with a new selection of pieces from the Legend of Zelda video game series. For this adventure, conductor Susie Benchasil Seiter led the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and UBC Opera Ensemble Choir in a four-movement symphony that covered the land of Hyrule and its neighbours from the depths and into the skies. Continue reading The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest in Vancouver