Week in Review: March 17
Music Streaming on the Rise
For the first time ever, paid music streaming services including those like Spotify and Beats Music have broken the $1 billion mark with an estimated 28 million customers worldwide. This 50% increase over the past year is largely due to consumers who are attracted to the inexpensive and legal alternative to trying out various tunes without the commitment of purchasing an entire album.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis Inspires at TED
In her first performance since tragically loosing her leg in last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis proved her strength and resilience in a duet performed with partner Christian Lightner. On display was Haslet-Davis’ new and highly-advanced prosthetic developed by fellow amputee Hugh Herr.
A Celebration of World Puppetry Day
This Friday, March 21 marks the 11th annual celebration of World Puppetry Day. Originated by members of Iranian puppet theatre Dzhivada Zolfagariho, this niche celebration was created to recognize and applaud puppets of all kinds.
See what famed Argentine puppet master Eduardo Di Mauro has to say on this singular art form recognized on this special day.
Aleksandar Antonijevic Retires from the National Ballet
After 23 years as a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, principal ballet dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic is set to retire. His final performance in a full-length dramatic role will be in the dazzling and powerful Onegin based on the narrative poem by Alexander Pushkin on Saturday, March 22 in Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre.
Not one to take things easy, Aleksandar has big plans for his retirement, as seen in this video.
Amanda Palmer Seizes the Moment
While in Vancouver for the prestigious TED conference, musician Amanda Palmer jumped on the chance to stage a spur-of-the-moment concert at the Vogue Theatre – an all-ages “Ninja Gig” in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Those in attendance included Chris Kluwe, Amy Cuddy, and Chris Hadfield, among others.