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  • I Can See You

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    I Can See You
    A little indie and a little art rock... Pop, poetry and modern expression in a beautifully pained existence. Buy your copy now!
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  • I'll Be Good

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    I'll Be Good
    An aggressive and virtuosic collection of original solo piano compositions. These pieces without words tell deeply personal stories. Video: Like Franz Liszt and Metallica in a cage match!
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    "Wildly original, often chaotic, eclectic as all get-out, and quite a ride."
  • A LIttle Dark Music

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    A Little Dark Music
    Featuring four introspective tracks with an ambient tone, this collection of original piano compositions explore real world themes like the environment, poverty and Sept 11. Includes Earth Hour, a 60-minute continuous composition inspired by and best experienced in the dark.
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  • The Dignity Song

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    The Dignity Song
    This deeply melancholic yet powerful pop ballad brings a voice to the invisible pain of loss, isolation and loneliness that exist as we age.
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  • Sunflower by Frank Horvat; photography by Andreas Krappweis

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    Sunflower
    2014 – marimba, piano, optional sound effects at the end of the piece – 6:00   This composition is a musical memorial to those who perished on Flight MH17. Surrounded by the insanity created by man, a beautiful farmer’s sunflower field was their final resting place. - Frank Horvat
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  • diskriminatsiya by Frank Horvat

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    diskriminatsiya
    2014 – flutes & pre-recorded audio/electronics – 11:06 Performances World Premiere: August 26, 2014, London, UK Samantha Chang (flute) Christopher Lee (flute) The issue of LGBT discrimination in Russia was never very prevalent on my social justice radar. After all, I’m straight, not gay. I live in a country where (I hope) my gay friends […]
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  • Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes by Frank Horvat

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    Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes
    2013 – violin & piano – 14:30 Performances World Premiere: June 24, 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Zornitsa Radionova (piano) Movements: 1. Ruthless (4:30) 2. Master Manipulator (5:00) 3. Brilliant (5:00) Recording MIDI Demo This composition musically depicts the fictional main character from the TV show, Damages. At the time of composing this work, […]
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  • The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour

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    The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour
    2014 – for period instruments – 2 violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord – 12:00 Performances World Premiere: April 12, 2014 Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith (violin) Valerie Gordon (violin) Justin Haynes (viola da gamba) Sara-Anne Churchill (harpsichord) The 4 movements of this composition are inspired by various chapters in the life of Laure Beauséjour, the protagonist in the […]
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  • The Man, The Snake and The Fox

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    The Man, The Snake and The Fox
    2013-14 – for violin, various native courtship flutes, piano, native drum – 7 movements 15:30 in total duration Performances World Premieres: September 28, 2013 in Ottawa & February 8, 2014 in Toronto Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Ron Korb (flute) Mark Ferguson/Frank Horvat (piano) Beverly Souliere (native drum) Programme Notes This composition is based on the Ojibway […]
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  • Typhoon Haiyan. Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT

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    If Not Us, Then Who?
    2014 – for clarinet, cello, piano, pre-recorded audio/electronics – 10:15 Performances World Premiere: March 8, 2014 Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) Other Performances: July 12, 2014, Musideum Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) MIDI Demo Programme Notes From November 26 to December 6, 2012, seventeen thousand people gathered […]
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    Life For Mars
    2013 – for solo piano – 4:53 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premieres: November 14 & 23, 2013 Vlada Mars (piano) Musideum, Toronto & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes I’ve had an opportunity to see Vancouver pianist and composer, Vlada Mars, a number of times here in Toronto. Every […]
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    08/14/13 – Cairo
    2013 – for bass clarinet, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 12:45 Performances World Premiere: February 27, 2014 Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet) Programme Notes Viewing footage on YouTube, I was completely shocked by the brutality of the violence in the crackdown on protesters in Cairo, Egypt on August 14, 2013. Within hours, hundreds were […]
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    Whistleblower
    2013 – for flute, cello, marimba, electric piano – 9:47 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Flute Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Marimba Part (pdf) Electric Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 3, 2013 Marie Bennett (flute), Dorothy Deen (cello), Ben Wahlund (marimba), Mi-Yound Chun Kim (electric piano) Naperville Chamber Players, Warrenville Illinois Recording MIDI Demo […]
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    Do You Know Me?
    2013 – for soprano, violin, cello & piano – 6:55 composed by Frank Horvat & Katya Tchoubar Sheet Music Score (pdf) Soprano Part (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: September 3, 2013 Katya Tchoubar (soprano), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Frank Horvat (piano) Casa Loma, Toronto Canada […]
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    Parents’ Expectations
    2013 – for viola, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 10:15 Performances World Premiere: 2014 Brett Deubner (viola) Programme Notes The piece is inspired by a documentary I watched online about the life of Steve Reich. In one part of the doc, Reich recounts the divorce of his parents and how his father disapproved […]
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    Lac-Mégantic
    2013 – for solo piano – 10:39 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: September 23, 2013 Lisa Tahara (piano) Music Mondays, Toronto Canada Other Performances: June 15, 2014 Lisa Tahara (piano) Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes This is a composition that attempts to chronicle the […]
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  • The Dignity Song

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    The Dignity Song
    2012 – for voice & piano – 4:40 music by Frank Horvat, words by Adam C. Nihmey Recording Album: The Dignity Song Buy Song: iTunes & CDBaby Date: April 14, 2013 Location: Raven Street Studios, Ottawa Musicians: Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat Mixing/Mastering: Jean Martin   Programme Notes This deeply melancholic […]
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  • Composition

    Wasteland 2
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:08 Recording Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics My bed’s getting cold as the alarm clock rings The sun’s shining in with purpose of day […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Was My Time Worth It?
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:27 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Christine Duncan (vocals), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes (guitar), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics I sung it over […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Waiting…in Three Chords
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:35 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Waiting by the phone For messages and codes Pretty pigments […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    This is a Story
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:08 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (vocals & keys) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Well, this is a story of I don’t know what About things from the […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    The Hurting Game
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 1:36 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin  
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Sun and Rain
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:27 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Justin Haynes (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics I remember when the […]
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    Song for the Bluebird
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 6:28 Recording Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics Just between you and me Can you see The lines of life Have broken down But who’s around to […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    John’s Suggestion
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 6:49 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Christine Duncan (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics John has made the suggestion The suggestion […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Inspired by the One I Love
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:51 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics Green hills tumbling down And the wind […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    Dark to Light
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:25 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Michael Davidson (marimba), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin Lyrics Out of blackness light must come Out of […]
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  • I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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    As Powder Falls
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 11:01 Recording Album: I Can See You Buy Song: releases January 21, 2014 Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Michael Davidson (marimba), Joseph Phillips (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   Lyrics As powder falls As […]
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    Working with the Sun
    2009 – for prepared solo piano – 2:00 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Recording Album: A Little Dark Music Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: January 2010 Location: CBC Studios Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano & synthesizer) Engineer: Dennis Patterson   Programme Notes Working with the Sun is inspired by a YouTube video of the […]
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  • Frank Horvat recording in home studio

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    Much music to write, so little time
    There is so much music I have yet to write and I realized not too long ago that there is so little time left to do it. You know that feeling when you have so much to say, so much to contribute, but not enough time? That was the scary/sad realization I had over a […]
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  • Lighthouse Walk

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    Aaah, the Summer of 2012
    That was my Summer of 69. Yes, 2012 was my best summer ever. All I want to do in life is create… but there’s never enough time. It was probably the summer of 2012 that inspired Lisa and I to create a 5-year plan. As fellow artist, John Campbell, knows, yes, we’ve made a plan. […]
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    I’m in a New York State of Mind
    I’m in a Holiday Inn in the lower east side of New York City. Looking out the window, I see rooftops characteristic of what I’ve seen in countless movies and TV shows. NYC has such a vibrancy and rapid pace that’s really unequalled anywhere else. People here are friendly but direct. To be blunt, they […]
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  • Song Talk Radio

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    Who Missed Frank’s Radio Interview?
    The Song Talk Radio guys – Phil, Bruce & Neel – invited Frank onto the show to talk about his song, Waiting…in Three Chords. Seems they had lots of fun talking about song structure and debating whether Frank’s song is more of a pop song or a classically-based song. What do you think?
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  • Frank Horvat & Jean Martin in the recording studio for the album I Can See You

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    Back to the Studio!
    This week, producer, Jean Martin and I are back to work on the 2nd album for The Frank Horvat Band. I know, not much rest since the first album just came out in January, but the creative juices were pumping this spring and I have a lot of new and exciting musical ideas I’d like […]
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  • It's My 40th Birthday!

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    I’m 40!?
    Huh? I haven’t given this much thought. It kind of sneaks up on you doesn’t it? I’ve always had that gnawing feeling in my gut that time is running out (that’s pretty much what my new album, I Can See You, is all about) but should 40 make that feeling worse or has nothing changed? […]
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  • Earth Hour

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    Earth Hour… Nooooo #momentofdarkness
    I’ve been participating or you could say, celebrating, WWF’s Earth Hour from the start. One year they invited me to play an Earth Hour party and that’s when I realized that music sounds different in the dark. [more on that party here] That experience inspired me to write a 60-minute soundtrack for the night. Over […]
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  • WWF Snail Mail

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    Disappointment in the mail turns into a bigger question
    I have to start by being transparent and saying that I used to work at WWF-Canada. I left that org a little over two years ago and since then I keep on getting their snail mail, urgh. I’ve emailed and called four or five times now asking to be permanently removed from their list. Why […]
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  • Earth Hour by Frank Horvat

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    Earth Hour is two weeks away and…
    … I just realized I haven’t organized a performance of my piano piece of the same name. After having played at an Earth Hour event in 2009, I composed an Earth Hour soundtrack. A 60-minute piano piece written in and performed in the dark to mark this international lights-out event that happens every March in […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Utah

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    To a composer, world premieres should be awesome, right?
    I’ve been really lucky these past 6 months or so. Wonderful performers and wonderful concert series have premiered so many of my compositions. What better feeling can a composer have than sitting in an audience hearing their notes come alive in a big hall? It is definitely a powerful feeling but not the joyous one […]
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  • Glove Box Donation

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    The gloves that keep on giving
    I got lucky and I hope some other people will too! I ordered gloves for the band merch table at 4imprint. I was leery about the whole process (those reasons are a whole other story). When the box arrived with the finished gloves, one of my fears was realized… the printing on the gloves didn’t […]
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  • The Frank Horvat Band in Concert

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    TFHB Plays 3PM & 9PM Today! (not tomorrow, not again for a while, TODAY)
    It’s certainly been some kind of week for me. The band launched its new video for, Inspired by the One I Love, we are under consideration for a Polaris listing, I’ve battled through some ever present health demons, I’ve looked at the budget and realized there isn’t any money for a Spring TFHB tour BUT […]
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  • On the Road to the Polaris

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    On the Road to the Olympics…uh, I mean the Polaris
    When a musician releases a CD, we see it play out on social media. It looks like a lot of fun. The CD reviews, media attention, radio play, the tour, all the concerts, etc. Everything looks perfect like there were never any hardships along the way. It is kind of like watching the athletes compete […]
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  • Notebook - Inspired by the One I Love

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    What love inspires in us
    When I was 17, I fell totally and completely in love. I feel so fortunate to have had that moment, that chance to have that incredibly powerful feeling. That moment where you feel the world is yours, where anything is possible. It is thrilling and scary all at the same time. It’s all encompassing, not […]
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  • Huffington Post Article by Frank Horvat

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    Stop listening to me and Neil Young and listen to the scientists
    I’m mentioned on the same page of The Huffington Post as Bieber and Neil Young… ok those are links to separate articles but still, an article I wrote has been published in their Music section! And, the article combines my two passions. Read it here…
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Reviews

  • Stuart DerdeynStuart Derdeyntheprovince.com

    ...put something together that really can be compared to Pink Floyd and the more out there aspects of Bjork... A must hear.

  • Cyrus RhodesCyrus Rhodesmusemuse.com

    The soundscapes are interesting, infectious, and hypnotic. The CD
    [I Can See You] works best for those who want musical ambiance to fill their sonic space. I found the listening experience quite refreshing, highly original and unique.

  • John TeraudsJohn Teraudsmusicaltoronto.org

    Frank Horvat is one of the few pianists whose living includes performing the music they themselves have created. It’s interesting that, during these anniversary years for Chopin and Liszt, the two seminal composer-pianists, I haven’t noticed many people stopping to appreciate those who carry on that tradition.

diskriminatsiya Premiere in London

Steps away from the Russian Embassy in London, Frank's piece about LGBT discrimination premieres August 26. More details and event info...

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