Spillway Fund Irene Wanjiru Exhibition

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Special DJ set of music from across the African Diaspora by Todd the Rocket.
The Spillway Fund seeks to help preserve and protect the natural environment of southern and midcoast Maine by promoting clean energy, supporting sustainable agriculture, and encouraging a passion for the area’s unique natural heritage through arts residencies and education.

Irene Wanjiru was born in a small village on the slopes of Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano straddling the border between Kenya and Uganda. Irene has exhibited widely throughout Nairobi, and taught a workshop in wood carving for women at the National Museums of Kenya. She has been artist-in-residence for several summers at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in Rutland, Vermont, and is the 2015 artist-in-residence at the Spillway Fund in Southport, Maine.

Humans and animals both mythical and real interact in her art, inhabiting an imaginative, fecund world that is wholly African (the spirit and workaday worlds always just around the corner from each other), yet draws comparison to the surrealism of Max Ernst and the expressionism of Max Beckmann. Her work is at once dramatic and playful, revealing and life-affirming.

Maine Yoga Festival

Electric Flow: An Uprising – Third Annual Maine YogaFest kickoff event

An electrifying and dynamic 2-hour vinyasa practice led by Nantucket-based yoga teacher Caitlin Marcoux and accompanied by Portland’s own Todd the Rocket. Caitlin, who’s roots are grounded in modern dance and PranaFlow will encourage you to dig in deep, let go even deeper, tap into your inner primal rhythms, spiritual prowess and creative juices. Use mantra, meditation and creatively sequenced waves of energetic vinyasa asana to explore your physical and subtle body. Let yourself be guided by the music and embody the collective consciousness. Join the uprising.

Todd the Rocket’s Maine Yoga Fest appearance at Electric Flow: An Uprising is accompanying his childhood friend from Nantucket Island, Caitlin Marcoux. They share a nearly 30-year friendship and are thrilled to be collaborating on this inspired and uplifting program.

“Electric Flow” with my Hero

A photo posted by caitlinmarcoux (@caitlinmarcoux) on Feb 13, 2015 at 5:24pm PST This Friday, I have the singular experience of DJing the music for the Maine Yoga Fest’s kickoff event.  “Electric Flow: An Uprising” will be led by one of my oldest and dearest friends on this Earth, Caitlin Marcoux. To say I’m honored …

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Navigate

“Navigate” Conference 2013

The International Association of Privacy Professionals(IAPP)will be hosting Navigate in Portsmouth, NH on June 21, an event where participates will explore new angles on context, the privacy experience, and the future of privacy.

Serving up the fresh, colorful perspectives of emerging trailblazers and visual artistry in dramatic new format, Navigate will turn the privacy dialogue on its head.

Todd the Rocket was asked to not only DJ music live at the event, but also curate a mixtape to be used as a promotional tool for the conference event.

Gather ‘Round the Riots: The Navigate 2013 Mixtape by Toddtherocket on Mixcloud

Summer Speakeasy

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Summer Speakeasy at Cambridge Street, Nantucket, MA

A summer-long residency at the hoppingest little soul shack in downtown Nantucket, MA. Sponsored by Triple 8 Distillery and Cisco Brewers.

 

 

Sunday Soul Series

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Sunday Soul Series at the Lobster Shanty | Salem MA

A sunny summer mix of global soul on Sunday afternoons in downtown Salem. Sponsored by Triple 8 and Cisco Brewers

Four Seasons in a Day

Four Seasons in a Day Fashion Show

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
 

MECA’s Maine: Four Seasons in a Day Fashion Show fundraiser held on April 20, 2013, featured the work of MECA students and alumni and celebrated the addition of Textile and Fashion Design to MECA’s curriculum, made possible by a gift from Roxanne Quimby.  The event was sold out in advance and featured live models on a runway, and a spectular array of talent, with DJed music by Todd the Rocket, who also provided a teaser mixtape prior to the event.

Frock N’ Roll

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Pairing local musicians with local fashion designers: a benefit for the Portland Music Foundation

Music by Darien Brahms, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Isobell with Sontiago, Samuel James with Ayperi,Todd the Rocket and j.hjort, The Hot Tarts and The Baltic Sea

Fashion design by Alicia Allen Jewelry, Ponomo, Ferdinand, pinecone+chickadee, Rogues Gallery, Never Sleep, Golden Apple, brook there, Jen Burrall Designs, Local Ink, Milo in Maine and Sophronia Designs

A fundraising event created to benefit the Portland Music Foundation, Frock n Roll pairs some of the most talented local musicians of Portland with some of the most talented fashion designers in the city. Who needs Fashion Week in New York when we have Frock n Roll in Portland?

Frock n Roll centers around the vision of bridging the local worlds of fashion design and music as the two are constantly borrowing from one and inspiring the other. Think along the lines Sex Pistols and Vivienne Westwood. Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier. The Baltic Sea and pinecone+chickadee. September 18 will be similar to a fashion show, though instead of a runway, musicians will be performing on stage while modeling the clothes and accessories designed for them. Its the perfect way for an audience to witness the melding and extraordinary relationship between these two forms of art.

Italia150

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Portland, Maine, March, 2011—The 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy – from a collection of independent city states to what eventually became the modern Republic of Italy – occurs in March 2011.  Italia 150 Portland, to be held Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at The Portland Company at 58 Fore Street, celebrates Italian tradition and the influence modern Italy has in the USA and Maine through quality farm to table food, drink, art, fashion and design.

The event begins with a cocktail hour and dinner prepared by Chef Lee Skawinski of Cinque Terre (named by Epicurious.com as one of the “Top Ten Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the U.S.”) and Vignola , features Italian and Italian-inspired art installations, fashion and design products, and culminates in an Italian-inspired dance party with DJ Todd the Rocket.

The event is sponsored by Cinque Terre and Vignola, CIEE Study Abroad, Tri-Sports/Vespa of Topsham,Gorgeous Gelato, Golden Apple Design by Diana Duane, Ponomo, The Spannocchia Foundation, Institute for Italian Studies, The Italian Life Expo and Turina Italian Wines.