The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-21T22:00:06Z New Song Celebrates Tonga's People and Environment 2018-01-21T22:00:06Z new-song-celebrates-tonga-s-people-and-environment Recently a visitor to Tonga penned and recorded a song called "Tonga, The Friendly Isles (Tongan Hula)" in tribute to their visit to Tonga.  Just like Captain Cook, it calls Tonga the Friendly Isles, but musical artist Lou Davids adds that Tonga is also "a lovely place I like to go". The song paints a colourful picture of Tonga's environment with statements like "every beach and place I go, the people make me smile" and "it's a paradise where maidens dance, of islands green and blue". The song reminds you that "tropic paradises are so few" which implies that Tonga's unique culture, heritage and environment should be preserved and celebrated.  The music has a cross-over Pop/Hula beat and flows like Tonga’s unique dance the Tau’olunga: a solo female dance. The "Friendly Isles" solo track can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon Music or heard for free on Spotify.  Lou Davids has a web page at https://tonganhula.wordpress.com   For more information or to have a listen please visit one of the following links: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tonga-friendly-isles-tongan/id1068023491 Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/Tonga-Friendly-Isles-Tongan-Hula/dp/B01AXGADJ8 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5UOVF1anqDoOgGTcMTt6FG Things to do in Perth City, Western Australia 2018-01-17T03:13:26Z things-to-do-in-perth-city-western-australia Perth City is an amazing family friendly place we've researched the best and free things to do in Perth City for families with kids of all ages. Families visit the City of Perth for many reasons, perhaps a trip into the City to meet their partners for lunch or an early dinner after work.  Families lock to the City on the weekends to the Elizabeth Quay area where you'll find a fantastic nature play playground, cafe's, gelato's, burger bars, restaurants and even an open plan water park.   Other attractions include the Perth Library, WA Museum and Scitech.  King's park is another go to place for families where you'll find many amazing play areas including the Rio Tinto Naturescape playground. Buggybuddys Perth City guide is a must read for any families living in or visiting the City of Perth, Western Australia. Cartoon Music Videos Creating a Stink 2018-01-15T01:41:32Z cartoon-music-videos-creating-a-stink Children's music is really taking off thanks to Stinky Ninja's album Musical Style Adventures. Twelve songs covering the evolution of modern music from fully acoustic Folk music through to fully electronic Hip-Hop. Each song features a skilled vocalist and is accompanied by award winning musicians. Children can learn more about music on Stinky Ninja's website www.stinkyninja.com  which contains information about each song and each artist.  For each of the twelve songs Stinky Ninja is releasing an animated cartoon which can be viewed on YouTube  or via the Stinky Ninja website. Kids can engage with music in such a fun way and closed captions allow everyone to sing along to the words. Songs include: - Princess and the Prawn a Folk song with vocals by Mark Holden - Oh Windy Day a Country song with vocals by Dennis Wallace - Piper Sally a Jazz song with vocals by Toni Randle - Stinking Beauty an R&B song with vocals by Sally Ford - Tres Amigos Stinky a Latin song with vocals by Mireya Ramos - Stinky Duck Blues a Blues song with vocals by Pat Powell - Funky Emu a Funk song with vocals by Jerson Trinidad - Jack in Giantland a Disco song with vocals by Lisa Maxwell - Little Red a Rock song with vocals by Cisca - Lori Lorikeet an 80's Synth Pop song with vocals by Beata - Don't Cry Stinky a Reggae song with vocals by Cheyenne - Stinky Locks a Hip-Hop song with vocals by Mighty Ash Stinky Ninja’s album Musical Style Adventures is available as a CD or download: https://stinkyninja.bandcamp.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/musical-style-adventures/1310175216 https://open.spotify.com/artist/0XOfnvDUny09A6vr9VAOhB Visit Stinky Ninja: www.stinkyninja.com Subscribe to the Stinky Ninja YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcdskC6NtFqxPCMg267nFQ Follow Stinky Ninja: http://www.facebook.com/stinkyninja https://twitter.com/realstinkyninja https://www.instagram.com/ninjastinky/ Australia’s largest health, wellbeing, spiritual and natural therapy event; FREE to attend! 2018-01-14T22:21:55Z australia-s-largest-health-wellbeing-spiritual-and-natural-therapy-event-free-to-attend Across three days, the first MindBodySpirit Festival of 2018 is set to tantalise the mind, body and spirit of over 12,000 Brisbanites. From Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February, the local community can discover, educate and stimulate their senses in search of a more holistic lifestyle. The Festival, which is FREE to attend, will bring together the very best of health supplements, organic produce and skincare, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, spirituality and personal growth. The 2018 Seminar Series, Interactive Workshops and Speaker’s Lounge will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 50 guest speakers who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual connections, health and nutrition. Special guest speakers include leading spiritual life coach Athina Bailey, with how to ‘Design your Future’. Sheridan Williamson, a qualified holistic Nutritionist and a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) practitioner from Changing Habits, will be sharing information about the link between food and anxiety. You will also have the chance to join free Yoga classes with the passionate Lauren Verona and create positive energy by stimulating the senses with Kasi Kaye! Find mesmerising performances and interactive entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including Kiero Raphael with ‘The art of coffee cup reading’, spiritual medium Jason McDonald with a live audience demonstration that’s sure to impress. Plus, don’t forget to stick around for Native American chanting and dancing with Red Horse for a performance that’ll get you up off your seat with excitement! For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies will also be tempted with the range of raw, vegan, nutritious and intolerance conscious demos at the popular Soul Kitchen! Find founder and owner of Wray Organics, Deborah Wray with her tasty gluten and dairy free recipes with certified organic ingredients plus nutritional medicine practitioner Kathy Ashton with foods that prevent inflammation and boost gut health.  It’s a fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthy, holistic and wholesome life so start here at the Brisbane MindBodySpirit Festival. Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 72,000 visitors nationwide. The 2018 Festival will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Doors open 9am daily.  - ENDS -  For all media enquiries, interviews, images, media passes and promotions, please contact: Laura White - Marketing 03 9276 5531 | laurawhite@eea.net.au Making Classical Crossover Music 2018-01-14T02:23:07Z making-classical-crossover-music Classical crossover music – that genre of music that floats between Classical and Pop – comes to us in different ways.  One form of classical crossover involves classically trained musicians and singers performing popular and contemporary music in the classical format in which they're trained.  This might be as simple as an opera singer performing a contemporary hit song.   Sometimes contemporary pop music is arranged and performed in Classical or traditional orchestral form.  This might happen when a symphony orchestra performs the works of a famous rock band in classic orchestral style.  In this case the performance may lose the original music's rock feel and sound just like an orchestra of ages past.  And then occasionally, a popular musician or singer wants to perform a Classic work – although in recent times this kind of pop musician crossover is often a rock singer recording a jazz album instead of a purely Classical work.   Some musical purists may resent classical crossover music as they feel their Classical music genre is being tainted or misrepresented, but they may be needlessly upsetting themselves.  Mozart wrote music that he thought would be popular in order to draw sufficient crowds to ensure himself an income.  Schubert wrote about 600 pop songs – and if they’d had a top ten hit parade at that time he would have been on it.  Beethoven’s music often reflected his inner turmoil and this is no different to songwriters like James Taylor and others who compose their music from the same inner place.  In other words, it’s all music!   The original composers themselves did not limit themselves to one musical genre of the day and composed freely wherever their inspiration took them.  The famous composers couldn’t have been pioneers and revolutionaries in music if they hadn’t explored folk songs, short works, trios, symphonies, and so on.  It was the critics who tended to stand back and posture that certain compositions were too “avant garde”.   The experimental three album series “Classical Made Modern” fulfills the Classical Crossover genre by taking a seemingly unique approach in taking famous Classical compositions and performing them in new styles of rock, jazz, hip hop and more.  The method in producing these tracks involves taking old and public domain manuscripts and creating “lead sheet” arrangements (melody lines and chords) of famous Classical music compositions.  Then each new “song” is imagined, arranged and performed in a contemporary style based on the “feel” of the melody and chords.   Out of the over 40 tracks in the three albums, composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann and Tchaikovsky have three of their works featured.  Dvorak, JS Bach and Faure each have two compositions performed in modern styles, while composers such as Liszt, Vivaldi, Grieg, Mozart, Satie, Handel, Rachmaninoff, Borodin, Mendelssohn, Puccini, Brahms, Wagner, and Debussy also have their own space.  Sometimes the new tracks work well and genuinely sound like new contemporary compositions distinct from their Classical origin, and this is purely a credit to the genius of the original compositions: that they are rich musical compositions that can indeed be moved between genres.   Some of the most played tracks in the Classical Made Modern album series include: Chopin’s Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No. 4), JS Bach’s “Air On a G String” Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, Chopin’s Nocturne in F Minor (Opus 55. No. 1), and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor (Opus 3, No. 2).  If you'd like to find out more, simply search for Classical Made Modern 1, 2 and 3 on iTunes, Amazon Digital Music, and Spotify or visit the official web site at www.classicalmademodern.com blOOturtle Publishing announces new eco-friendly kids book 2018-01-11T22:38:13Z blooturtle-publishing-announces-new-eco-friendly-kids-book Sydney 12 January 2018 — The team at eco-friendly book company, blOOturtle Publishing, is excited to release their second book Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan with its lively storyline and a message beyond.  Her first book Darcy and the Dinosaurs a wonderfully fun story with stunning illustrations. The same creators deliver again with Ballerina Monkey not only a colorful jungle story, but one which encourages all kids (and adults) to find the courage to stand up for their dreams. The book is an “honourable tale of belief, dignity and determination that reminds us all of the value of being true to ourselves,” says Romy Sharp in her book review on justkidslit.com.  Inspired by life when Nicole’s older son had been going through an “unboyish” time at the age of 4, Ballerina Monkey was written after she observing the difficulties her son was facing in front of other children and the environment. Nicole’s intention was to help him, and to tell him that he is okay just the way he is.  “Even as adults, being true to oneself in the face of outside pressures can be immensely challenging. As a child, the opinions of others carry so much weight, and being able to shoulder that weight takes courage,“ reflects Nicole.  But the book also teaches that sometimes you need even more than just desire to pursue your ideas. Developing your skills can be often discouraging and only resilience and determination can help you progress. “Nicole has found with her book the core of our concern at blOO. We want to be there for kids, creating a joyful and lively world but also helping them in their development, in their future – just like our motto Thinking Kids – Thinking Planet," explains Nicola Ganaye, Creative Officer of blOOturtle Publishing, and Founder of its ground-breaking eco-friendly trOOblOO program.  The book is available worldwide on the 18th of November via: http://blooturtle.com/product/ballerina-monkey/  You can find insights into the book and the author on: http://blooturtle.com/ballerina-monkey/index_bm.html  blOOturtle is very happy to release such a fantastic story following earlier books including Ogie (Ogopogo) about the (nice) Canadian sea monster, the first book by Nicole Madigan, Darcy and the Dinosaurs and also the first German book Die Wiese by Susan Bagdach.  New contracts with the international children's author A.H. Benjamin and the Amazon bestseller author Sarah Cannatta will be fulfilled in the upcoming months. For more information on blOO visit our website, www.blOOturtle.com or contact us at books@blooturtle.com . Sydney Suicide Survivor To Help Launch Groundbreaking Suicide Prevention Book 2018-01-08T01:42:58Z sydney-suicide-survivor-to-help-launch-groundbreaking-suicide-prevention-book Monday 8th January 2017   Sydney Suicide Survivor To Help Launch Groundbreaking Suicide Prevention Book ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day’: Stories of triumph from Australians who refused to give into darkness In a bid to address Australia’s suicide epidemic, 10 inspirational Australians have united to share their stories of triumph over depression and suicide for a groundbreaking new book, which is set to be launched in NSW this February. Written and edited by Brisbane author Jas Rawlinson, ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day,’ includes personal memoirs from a diverse range of Australian figures, including mental health  advocate Dan Price, who almost lost his own life to suicide several years ago. Mr Price, who was discovered by emergency crews on December 4th of 2014, ‘intoxicated and in a world of his own’ after walking ‘heel-to-toe’ across the outer rail of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, says he was extremely lucky to have survived. “By the time they spotted me I’d almost made it to the first big bridge pylon. Suddenly there were sirens coming from every direction—police, fire, ambulance, police rescue—and the Harbour Bridge was shut down. “Reaching through, five or six police quickly grabbed my suit pants and shirt to stop me from falling—or jumping—and after a petrifying 15 minutes or so, a harness was lowered by my side. The railing I was on was so dangerous that no one could jump the fence to help me, and I had to put the harness on myself,” he shared. Three years on, Mr Price is now now a passionate mental health advocate who has travelled across the world sharing his story of hope after trauma, and encouraging others that ‘It ain’t weak to speak.’ Alongside Mr Price, ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day,’ includes 9 other stories of triumph over mental health, including those from inspirational speaker and childhood cancer survivor Michael Crossland, paraplegic aerial artist Lauren Watson, Domestic Violence advocate Sonia Anderson, and many others. 32 year old author Jas Rawlinson, who lost her father to suicide at age 18 and suffered depression for much of her teenage and early adult life, says she was inspired to create something that would help others realise that they weren’t alone, and that recovery was possible. A survivor of family violence and domestic assault, her story is also featured in the book. “When you’re stuck in a hole, it’s hard to believe that things could ever change, and that’s when people give up. I wanted to use the power of storytelling to show people—through real-life memoirs—that where you are in your journey right now, is not where you have to stay.” “Suicide is never the solution, but I know that it can feel that way at times—that’s why it’s so important for us to talk about mental health and share our triumphs.” Featuring mental health resources from Lifeline, along with personal memoirs from Australians who have battled everything from childhood cancer and PTSD, to debilitating disabilities, eating disorders, the death of a child, and more, Ms Rawlinson says it is her hope that every person reading can relate to at least one story. “I really wanted this book to speak to anyone and everyone, so I spent a long time searching for a diverse range of voices from both men and women around Australia; to show that no matter what you’re going through, the dark times never last so long as you keep pushing forward.” Released in October 2017 through the award-winning Ocean Reeve Publishing, the book has received high praise from readers across Australia, and even the UK. “It’s been wonderful to hear how many people have been touched by the stories in my book so far. But I think what has blown me away the most, is having a young man from the UK get in contact to tell me how much he needed this book, and how he stumbled across it after having been hospitalised for attempting suicide,” says Ms Rawlinson. “He wrote to me and said that he’d just finished reading the book and was lying there in tears, because he was so happy to know that there were others out there who knew what he was feeling, and understood. “If this book can help ignite a spark of light within darkness, then that’s more than I could ever hope for.” The book has also received strong praise from Dion Jensen, Author and Founder of ‘Success For Soldiers,’ who labelled it ‘one of the most superbly disguised and undervalued books’ that he had ever read. “I deal with depressed and suicidal people as a matter of course, and I can say with full credibility and honesty, that Jasmine's book is a CRITICAL component in overcoming the darkness,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “There are 3 words that hold the greatest power when speaking to someone in the hole: "I've been there." This book is a collection of not only those that have been there, but have beaten it.” Thanks to the assistance of a generous financial donor, Ms Rawlinson will be bringing her book to NSW next month, with two mental health events/book launches set for the first weekend in February. Locals are invited to come along and hear both Ms Rawlinson and Mr Price share their stories of triumph over suicide and adversity at the two events, the first of which will be held in Surry Hills on February 3rd, in collaboration with The Indigo Project. A second event will be held the next day at the Open Door Cafe (All Saints Anglican Church) in Nelson Bay. Both events are free to the public. To RSVP, and for more details, head to the Sydney and Newcastle Facebook Event pages. To learn more about Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day, visit www.jasrawlinson.com THIS CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE THE GIFT OF GIVING NOW AND PAY LATER WITH ZIPPAY 2017-12-18T22:46:04Z this-christmas-experience-the-gift-of-giving-now-and-pay-later-with-zippay MEDIA RELEASE 12 DECEMBER 2017 THIS CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE THE GIFT OF GIVING NOW AND PAY LATER WITH ZIPPAY A win for you and your loved ones this Christmas, gifting connoisseur, Gift It Now, is here to make your festive shopping experience hassle free by saving you time and money with zipPay, an alternate payment option allowing customers to “buy now and pay later.” With a wide range of experiences to gift including hot air ballooning, winery tours, jet boating adventures, and skydiving thrills, you will be amazed with what you can fit under the tree this year, that won’t be tossed aside within a few months. Statistics from the ASX-listed company zipMoney indicate that during the month of December the total percentage of people that transacted in experiences, increased from 3.6% for an average month to 8.4% for December. Speaking on the shopping trend of experiences, CEO and co-founder of zipMoney Larry Diamond said millions of transactions were analysed through their Pocketbook app to see how people actually spend at Christmas and were completely amazed by the numbers. “The experience category was the clear and consistent stand out for Christmas spend with the numbers of people buying experiences more than doubling in December over the rest of the year. Experiences are clearly the go-to gift for many Australians," Mr Diamond said. Gift It Now promotes the idea that experiences are better than things, and that’s epitomised through the selection of experiences that will allow you to spend quality time and create memories that will last a lifetime, something you can't place a dollar value on. Gift it Now Marketing Manager Brittney Deguara said, “Gift It Now is giving shoppers the opportunity to give more than the usual clothes, shoes and toy options this Christmas.” “Forget about the struggles of finding a park or waiting in queues at shopping centres, buying online is the way to go this festive season and with the integration of zipPay, finding gifts for the whole family has never been easier or more affordable.” “We believe experiences are better than things and we want Australia to share that mantra this year by gifting loved ones with memorable experiences rather than forgettable items,” Ms Deguara said. Gift It Now is a leading source for gifting travel experiences listing over 2000 products in Australia. With no booking fees, instant e-vouchers, free express gift pack postage, free exchanges and zipPay, shopping for presents has never been easier. ENDS Nyarai Chapingidza - Public Relations Officer | m: 0421 493 704 | Nyarai@experienceoz.com.au  Aussie in-store music leader, Marketing Melodies partners with Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand 2017-12-14T05:57:34Z aussie-in-store-music-leader-marketing-melodies-partners-with-spotify-backed-soundtrack-your-brand-1 ● Marketing Melodies selected as exclusive ANZ reseller for Swedish business Soundtrack Your Brand ● Soundtrack Your Brand offers a leading subscription-based music streaming service licensed for commercial and public spaces ● Recent study shows 9.1% sales increase when in-store music matches brand Melbourne: 14 December, 2017 – Marketing Melodies, Australia’s most progressive and truly independent in-store music provider, today announces an exclusive reseller agreement with Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand, for the Australia and New Zealand markets. Soundtrack Your Brand was founded in Sweden in 2013, with a mission to kill bad background music. Its flagship solution, Soundtrack Business, is a music-streaming platform licensed for commercial and public spaces. Some of the company’s multinational customers include McDonald’s, TAG Heuer, as well as TONI&GUY, along with thousands of small-to- medium businesses across 100 countries. Marketing Melodies is Australia and New Zealand’s leading supplier of background music, digital signage and other retail technology, catering to over 4,600 retail stores including Witchery, The Just Group, Grill’d, Kathmandu and Optus. The reseller agreement will see Marketing Melodies exclusively provide access to Soundtrack Your Brand’s technology and grants retailers and business owners access to the world's largest music library for commercial use, for the first time in Australia and New Zealand. For retailers and restaurateurs, ambient music can have a profound impact on dwell time and sales. Soundtrack Your Brand recently partnered with The Swedish Trade Federation to complete the world’s largest ever study into the effects of music in commercial settings. The study found in-store music that matched the brand resulted in an average 9.1 per cent increase in overall sales, compared with playing randomly selected popular songs. Results also showed an average increase in sales per food and beverage unit categories, including 15.6 per cent sales growth in desserts and 11 per cent in sides when brand fitting music played, indicating people prefer to spend more time in a venue with brand-aligned music. Key features of the Soundtrack Business solution includes: Users can schedule their playlist sequence so that music suits different times of the day and creates different moods; Managers of various retail locations can control music across as many sites as needed. Managers can make changes to a single location’s playlist or instantly update the music in all stores; A remote app allows staff to fine-tune the volume or skip songs in order to adjust the playlist to changing conditions in real-time; Users have access to ready-made soundtracks, which are professional selections of music specially made for business identities. They are always updated, will never go silent and are never repetitive. The solution combines data analysis with hands-on expertise to deliver content that fits individual brands, boosts sales and makes staff happier. Marketing Melodies Founder, Dean Cherny, said: “We understand that thousands of businesses in Australia and New Zealand have been inadvertently using Spotify illegally, not realising the platform is a non-commercial service. Through our partnership with Soundtrack Your Brand, we can offer access to a growing music catalogue of millions of songs across 180 music channels, which are continuously updated with fresh sounds and specially designed for differing commercial environments. “This is a game changing development, and we’re thrilled to channel this solution through to retailers locally,” continued Mr Cherny. In 2016, Soundtrack Your Brand expanded from the Nordics into over 100 countries worldwide. Since the beginning of last year, the business has seen revenue and user base growth by close to 400 per cent. Meysam Majd, Global Partner Manager said: “Background music today is sold as a utility, and there’s rarely much thought going into what music brands are playing and why. We’re dedicated to improving the background music experience for retail owners, staff and consumers alike. Our business has been undergoing an aggressive growth strategy, and we are constantly scoping out potential partners in regions we’ve not yet entered. When we chose to expand into Australia and New Zealand, the team at Marketing Melodies was an obvious alignment. They are a proven market leader in the category, and we are delighted to have them join us as our exclusive ANZ partner. “We look forward to helping local retailers take their background music to a whole new level, legally,” continued Mr Majd. The Soundtrack Your Brand solution is available via Marketing Melodies from today. For more information, please visit http://soundtrack.marketingmelodies.com.au (use the following voucher code for one month free: marketingmelodiesxsyb). Any sales enquiries should be directed to Dean Cherny via dean@marketingmelodies.com.au or +61 3 9016 3576. ENDS Notes for Editors About Marketing Melodies and other retail technology, catering to over 4,600 retail stores. http://www.marketingmelodies.com.au/ About Soundtrack Your Band digital signage services Marketing Melodies is widely recognised as Australia's most progressive and #1 truly independent in-store music provider. Marketing Melodies also offers Soundtrack Your Brand is a Spotify-backed company founded in 2013 on a mission to kill bad background music. Headquartered in downtown Stockholm, the company has spent the last couple of years building the world’s best music streaming service for businesses. The company provides businesses with a state-of the-art music platform and a scientifically proven content curation model, crafted by connoisseurs and perfected with technology. https://www.soundtrackyourbrand.com/ Research from Soundtrack Your Brand and The Swedish Trade Federation Download the full study findings, here: https://www.soundtrackyourbrand.com/lp/hui Marketing Melodies Media Contacts Jennifer Gillis or Ashleigh Manion at DEC PR j.gillis@decpr.com.au or a.manion@decpr.com.au +61 2 8014 5033 Soundtrack Your Brand Media Contacts Sven Grundberg grundberg@soundtrackyourbrand.com +46 (0)70 288 36 39 NEW ALBUM CREATES QUITE A STINK 2017-12-01T22:21:52Z stinky-ninja-launches-new-album-at-backlot-studios Stinky Ninja is excited to release Musical Style Adventures a new album for children and for parents who love their kids to enjoy real music. The album was created in Melbourne by brother and sister team Adam and Vashti Sivell with mix of local and international artists. Exploring the evolution of popular music from Folk through to Hip-Hop Musical Style Adventures can be enjoyed by all ages for its musical performances and for its funny lyrics. Stinky Ninja’s album Musical Style Adventures takes the whole family through the evolution of modern music from folk to hip-hop with 12 original songs. Mark Holden kicks off the musical journey with a folk song accompanied by Adam Stoler on mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Each track features talented artists, arrangements, and instrumentation unique to each style. Each week Stinky Ninja will release an animated video clip to accompany the songs from the album. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Adam & Vashti Sivell are the brother and sister team behind Stinky Ninja. ‘We wanted songs that could be appreciated by all ages. We worked with children and played tracks at local schools to ensure that each song was accessible to kids. Of course we leveraged Vashti’s music teaching and early childhood music experiences and input from other educators to make the tracks fun and engaging.’ remarked Adam Sivell (co-creator of Stinky Ninja). Stinky Ninja’s album is an adventure in musical styles that includes: Folk, Country, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Disco, Rock, 80’s Pop, Reggae, and Hip-Hop. Lyrically every song tells a story, with most based on classic fairy tales with a Stinky Ninja twist. To ensure an authentic sound for each style of music the Stinky Ninja album features an amazing vocalist for each track. The vocalists include the legendary Mark Holden, Dennis Wallace’s amazing country sound, Toni Randle’s voice that really swings, Sally Ford from the Melbourne Ska orchestra, Mireya Ramos from the Latin grammy award winning mariachi band Flor De Tolache, Pat Powell’s super smooth tone, Jerson Trinidad’s angelic voice, Lisa Maxwell gets everyone dancing, Cisca really rocks, Beata Robins from Quimbombo, Cheyenne Kavanagh’s super soulful sound, and Mighty Ash’s mighty mc’ing!. Instrumentally Stinky Ninja’s album also includes a wide variety of talented folks that contribute their sounds to the Stinky Ninja album. Guitarists include Melbourne funkmaster Ishan Cooper (also plays bass), Adam Stoler (also plays banjo and mandolin), Dennis Wallace, and Lance Sua.  Mireya Ramos on violin. Peter Drummond from Dragon on drums and Jessica ‘La Timbalera’ Rodriguez on percussion. Rebecca Kleinmann on piccolo, Rachel Therrien on trumpet, Sally Ford plays saxophone, Vashti Sivell on keys and pianos. On bass the album includes Edwin Canito Garcia, Evan Tweedie, and KidNot. Accompanying each song is a an animation that brings the song and story to life. Stinky Ninja features along with a cast of colourful characters who dance around and act out the funny lyrics. Stinky Ninja’s album Musical Style Adventures was written and produced in Melbourne by Adam & Vashti Sivell, mixed by HB Recordings, mastered by Lachlan Carrick @ Moose Mastering with performances recorded around Melbourne, Sydney, and New York. Stinky Ninja’s album Musical Style Adventures is available from: https://stinkyninja.bandcamp.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/0XOfnvDUny09A6vr9VAOhB Visit Stinky Ninja: www.stinkyninja.com Subscribe to the Stinky Ninja YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcdskC6NtFqxPCMg267nFQ Follow Stinky Ninja: http://www.facebook.com/stinkyninja https://twitter.com/realstinkyninja https://www.instagram.com/ninjastinky/ YOU BEAUTY! A SECOND CHANCE FOR MRS AUSTRALIA WORLD: DR LOVEJOT KAUR 2017-12-01T02:00:06Z you-beauty-a-second-chance-for-mrs-australia-world-dr-lovejot-kaur After placing runner-up in May 2016, Lovejot Kaur thought her hopes of being crowned Mrs Australia World, and representing her adopted country internationally at the Mrs World finals were dashed. However, a twist of fate has given the 35-year-old Adelaidian a second chance to fulfil her dream and travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to represent Australia at the Mrs World finals on the 16th of December, 2017.A wife, mother to a three-year-old son and full-time dentist, Love was encouraged by her husband to enter Mrs Australia World for her own empowerment, and for the opportunity to further her philanthropic engagement with Share the Dignity, Ovarian Cancer Australia, White Ribbon Australia and as an ambassador for Teal Wings of Hope and Queens Without Scars.When she didn't bag the crown in 2016, Love was very disappointed: “I thought my dream was over, well, for at least a little while,” said Love.But when the Mrs Australia World national director, Karen Sabarre approached Love to step up and take the crown of Mrs Australia World 2017:“It was a dream come true! I was told that out of all the candidates, I was the most deserving and just like that, I had been given a second chance.” Love is grateful for how the Mrs World competition has forced her to open up and challenge herself, and is looking forward to meeting the other delegates from all over the world at the finals next month.Love’s goal is to empower all women and girls to achieve their dreams, and believe in their inner strength.“I want all females to face the world with no fear in their hearts. The most essential asset a girl has is not beauty; it’s confidence and faith in herself,” said Love.The Mrs World competition is the largest of its genre, with the primary criteria being that representatives are married, and Love will be facing off against women from all over the world for the coveted title. Born and raised in India, Love was encouraged by her family to explore the world, and take pride in her achievements but it wasn’t until she moved to Australia 11 years ago that she felt she had the freedom to be a truly independent woman. For Love, Mrs World is a life-changing chance to represent the country that has given her the opportunity to express herself, and build her identity. “What I love and miss most about India is the traditions, the food and my family of course, but what I love most about Australia is the freedom that I am my own person, rather than only someone’s wife and someone’s daughter. Australia gave me a voice,” Love said. Australia has never won a title at Mrs World in the pageant's 33 year history, and so Love hopes to change that for the country she now proudly calls home. - ENDS - For further information or to request an interview with Mrs Australia World 2017 Lovejot Kaur, please contact:Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Wordstorm PR is delighted to be representing Carrol Boyes 2017-11-29T23:44:45Z wordstorm-pr-is-delighted-to-be-representing-carrol-boyes The Carrol Boyes range encompasses the perfect balance between art and function and is inspired by the human form and the beauty of nature. The company designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of over 1,000 hand-crafted metal homeware, giftware, flatware and tabletop products . The Carrol Boyes brand has set up an Australian company to respond to the needs of the local market and are launching in David Jones in February 2018. Monica Rosenfeld, Managing Director of WordStorm PR, said “We are thrilled to be working with Carrol Boyes. We are passionate about magnifying the voice of entrepreneurs who are improving the lifestyle of their customers and clients. Carrol Boyes is a perfect example of this. Carrol’s talent and passion for design has flourished into an extremely successful international business. Each of her products are exquisite. With Christmas just around the corner, the range makes ideal gifts for anyone who values beauty and quality and wants to experience these every day through beautiful and practical homewares products.” For more information contact: Grace: grace@wordstormpr.com.au Date Night With Your Pooch 2017-11-28T09:42:38Z date-night-with-your-pooch Gourmet Pawprints brings you "Date Night With Your Pooch". Yet another Pawfect Food and Wine Experience from the team who know how to include your best friend. Fancy dinner, wine and a movie with your best friend? Join us for a night in the vines at our unique outdoor pop up Doggy Winery Cinema. Witchmount Winery is only 25 minutes from Melbourne and is the picturesque vineyard, where our dog friendly evening is hosted. Grab a blanket or chair and your best friend, we have everything else sorted for you!  Screening Murder on the Orient Express with Open Captions for our hearing impaired folks and all dog ticket sales go directly to Guide Dogs Victoria. With heaps of pre-movie entertainment this is a fun filled evening of Paws and Pours. Our caring team will be on hand throughout the night, helping you find that pawfect patch of grass, hold a lead or maybe just take your gorgeous pooch for a 5 minute walk while you grab another wine, no problem!  Read More Edwin Canito Garcia plays bass on new Stinky Ninja album 2017-11-24T22:26:01Z edwin-canito-garcia-plays-bass-on-new-stinky-ninja-album Melbourne Australia, November 25, 2017 - (Press Release) - Edwin Canito Garcia adds his talents to Stinky Ninja's fun new children's album Musical Style Adventures. The album includes more than 20 amazing musicians across 12 styles of music.  Edwin Canito Garcia performs on the following tracks: -Princess and the Prawn; a folk song featuring Mark Holden on vocals. -Oh Windy Day; a country song featuring Dennis Wallace on vocals. -Piper Sally; a jazz song featuring Toni Randle on vocals. -Stinking Beauty; a r&b song featuring Sally Ford on vocals. -Tres Amigos Stinky; a latin song featuring Mireya Ramos on vocals. About Edwin Canito Garcia Edwin Canito Garcia was born in New York City and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and received his M.M. in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Production at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has been a faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma, HOSTOS Community College CUNY, and has worked as an educator for over 10 years combined in the NYC Public Schools District, Union Public Schools District and the Broken Arrow Public Schools District. He specializes in upright bass and electric bass studies, improvisation skills, music technology, Afro-caribbean and south American studies, recording and music business. Edwin Canito has performed and recorded with many notables in the Jazz, Latin Jazz and Latin Pop idioms of music. Some of those notables include: Freddie Bryant Trio, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Phil Woods, Charlie Porter, Sharel Cassidy, Bobby Porcelli, and is currently a musical director for NYC percussionist, Frank Valdes. His mentors and influences include: John Patitucci, John Benitez, Andy Gonzalez, Christian McBride and Ron Carter. About Stinky Ninja Stinky Ninja’s album Musical Style Adventures takes the whole family through the evolution of modern music from folk to hip-hop with 12 original songs. Mark Holden kicks off the musical journey with a folk song accompanied by Adam Stoler on mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Each track features talented artists, arrangements, and instrumentation unique to each style. Each week Stinky Ninja will release an animated video clip to accompany the songs from the album. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Adam & Vashti Sivell are the brother and sister team behind Stinky Ninja. ‘We wanted songs that could be appreciated by all ages. We worked with children and played tracks at local schools to ensure that each song was accessible to kids. Of course we leveraged Vashti’s music teaching and early childhood music experiences and input from other educators to make the tracks fun and engaging.’ remarked Adam Sivell (co-creator of Stinky Ninja). Stinky Ninja’s album is an adventure in musical styles that includes: Folk, Country, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Disco, Rock, 80’s Pop, Reggae, and Hip-Hop. Lyrically every song tells a story, with most based on classic fairy tales with a Stinky Ninja twist. To ensure an authentic sound for each style of music the Stinky Ninja album features an amazing vocalist for each track. The vocalists include the legendary Mark Holden, Dennis Wallace’s amazing country sound, Toni Randle’s voice that really swings, Sally Ford from the Melbourne Ska orchestra, Mireya Ramos from the Latin grammy award winning mariachi band Flor De Tolache, Pat Powell’s super smooth tone, Jerson Trinidad’s angelic voice, Lisa Maxwell gets everyone dancing, Cisca really rocks, Beata Robins from Quimbombo, Cheyenne Kavanagh’s super soulful sound, and Mighty Ash’s mighty mc’ing!. Instrumentally Stinky Ninja’s album also includes a wide variety of talented folks that contribute their sounds to the Stinky Ninja album. Guitarists include Melbourne funkmaster Ishan Cooper (also plays bass), Adam Stoler (also plays banjo and mandolin), Dennis Wallace, and Lance Sua.  Mireya Ramos on violin. Peter Drummond from Dragon on drums and Jessica ‘La Timbalera’ Rodriguez on percussion. Rebecca Kleinmann on piccolo, Rachel Therrien on trumpet, Sally Ford plays saxophone, Vashti Sivell on keys and pianos. On bass the album includes Edwin Canito Garcia, Evan Tweedie, and KidNot. Accompanying each song is a an animation that brings the song and story to life. Stinky Ninja features along with a cast of colourful characters who dance around and act out the funny lyrics. Stinky Ninja’s album Musical Style Adventures was written and produced in Melbourne by Adam & Vashti Sivell, mixed by HB Recordings, mastered by Lachlan Carrick @ Moose Mastering with performances recorded around Melbourne, Sydney, and New York. Stinky Ninja’s album Musical Style Adventures is available from: https://stinkyninja.bandcamp.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/0XOfnvDUny09A6vr9VAOhB Visit Stinky Ninja: www.stinkyninja.com Subscribe to the Stinky Ninja YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcdskC6NtFqxPCMg267nFQ Follow Stinky Ninja: http://www.facebook.com/stinkyninja https://twitter.com/realstinkyninja https://www.instagram.com/ninjastinky/   IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR SINGING – AND SOMETIMES WINNING 2017-11-23T00:03:16Z its-a-good-night-for-singing-and-sometimes-winning 2017 CONDA AWARDS 39TH ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE DRAMA AWARDS WESTS NEW LAMBTON DECEMBER 2 2017 IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR SINGING – AND SOMETIMES WINNING THE annual City of Newcastle Drama Awards night is not just an occasion for honouring the quality of the theatre works staged in the preceding year. It also gives company members and theatregoers the chance to see and enjoy the ever-expanding skills of performers and backstage workers in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter. The 2017 CONDA Awards ceremony, which will be held at the Wests New Lambton Starlight Room on Saturday, December 2, starting at 7pm, will include six very different musical numbers, featuring a total of 55 performers with a wide range of ages. There will be a youth musical number, featuring singers and dancers, aged 9 to 13, established musical participants in a bright and lively work, a classical, long-established song, and a big rock musical piece. The awards staging team are keeping the song titles and performers’ names a secret to surprise and delight the watchers on the night. The Awards ceremony hosts are actors Drew Holmes and Elise Martin with Newcastle-raised musical star Tom Handley as a guest presenter. Handley auditioned for and won a place in the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) music theatre three-year degree course just before doing the HSC examination at Hunter School of the Performing Arts in 2008. Six months before his graduation in 2011, he auditioned for a role in a touring production of the hit musical Wicked and was the only student in his WAAPA year to be selected. He performed in the show for more than two years, with the tour including Australian state capital cities and seasons in Asian and New Zealand cities. He has recently been an ensemble member in an Opera Australia production of My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, that has had repeat seasons in state capitals. The attractions between the award announcements will also include video interview celebrations of the theatre work of retiring entertainers Lesly Stevenson and Val and Bill Hitchcock. Lesly Stevenson founded the Dance and Performing Arts Academy (DAPA) in 1988, the first training entity in Newcastle to cover all the performing arts. In 2001, she bought the Roxy Theatre in Hamilton, a venue she had hired on occasions for theatre, dance and singing performances, and renamed it the DAPA Theatre. The theatre’s backstage rooms were used for classes. She was President of CONDA Inc, the organisation which manages the CONDA Awards, for several years, and won two CONDAS – for Best Female Performer in a Musical in 2008, for her role in The Full Monty, and the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award for her overall theatre involvement. The DAPA Theatre has been bought by WEA Hunter, which plans to rename it as The Creative Arts Space. It will continue to be used for training people and for performances. Val and Bill Hitchcock managed Newcastle’s first and longest running show-and-meal company, Club 71 Dinner Theatre, since 1980, and as they are now in their 80s, decided to close it as virtually all the other people who had assisted in the preparation and serving of meals have retired from their involvement. Club 71 was established in 1971, with the Hitchcocks joining as performers in 1974. They stepped into the roles of running the company when its founders, Ken Mantle and Madge Ormerod, stood down. Bill mainly focused on offstage activities during the Club 71 shows, while Val shared her cooking role with appearing in more than 80 plays for the club and other theatre companies. The awards night will also have a video sequence showing the celebrations of several theatre companies which reached significant milestones in the 2017 theatre year. The videos were put together by CONDA Inc’s major awards night partner, Out of the Square Media. CONDA Awards will be presented in 22 categories, plus an Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award, with no nominations for that award. The winner will be announced on the night. The strength of the theatre work of Newcastle and Lower Hunter companies is shown by the nominations that were announced on November 9. Thirty-nine shows received a total of 126 nominations, with 25 staging groups represented. The Awards night staging team is drawn from people and organisations involved in Newcastle and Lower Hunter theatre. The production managers are Martin Adnum, the founder and Managing Director of Out of the Square Media, and Rachelle Schmidt Adnum, the founder and Principal of The Voice Studio Newcastle, which trains people in singing and vocal technicalities. She has won three CONDA Awards for her performances. Rachelle is also the Artistic Director of the Awards night. Musical Director Daniel Wilson conducts a 13-member band and put together the musical arrangements for the song-and-dance numbers. James Tolhurst is the Supervising Choreographer. Lifelike Atmospheres is a CONDA event partner, doing the sound and lighting as a sponsorship. Contact Ken Longworth, 4942 2410, for more information