May 9, 2013
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
April 17, 20, 26, 30
May 9, 12, 15, 18, 24
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)
Opening the Canadian Opera Company’s spring season is Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece, Lucia di Lammermoor, starring American soprano Anna Christy in a production created for her by director David Alden for English National Opera. Her shattering performance there was met with great critical and popular acclaim. Alden’s production transports audiences into the darkly brooding world of Sir Walter Scott’s Gothic novel in which Lucia is treated as little more than chattel within a brutal, power-driven society. American tenor Stephen Costello and American baritone Brian Mulligan make their COC debuts as Lucia’s lover, Edgardo, and Lucia’s vengeful brother, Enrico, respectively. Distinguished maestro Stephen Lord leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Donizetti’s cascading romantic melodies.
Single tickets for Lucia di Lammermoor are $12 – $325 (with specially priced $22 tickets available for people under the age of 30).
To purchase, go to coc.ca
call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231
Visit the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The CanAsian International Dance Festival lights up the stage! This year
promises an emotionally spectacular line-up that includes some of the best and most memorable
performers from past festivals mixed with performances by world-class artists making their Toronto debut.
New this year is the introduction of special workshops devoted to contemplative writing, dance and
calligraphy; a special Japanese film screening, magical labyrinth walks and the ever-popular noodle
night. This year’s festival takes place from April 28 to May 12 with performances at Harbourfront Centre
(207 Queens Quay West). Festival passes cost $50 or single tickets are available for $30 or $25 for
students|seniors by calling 416-973-4000 or online at www.HarbourfrontCentre.com.
This exhibition is included with General Admission pricing. This winter the AGO offers a glimpse into the world of legendary musician and artist Patti Smith through an intimate exhibition featuring photographs, personal objects, and a short film. Patti Smith: Camera Solo provides a rare opportunity to experience a different side of this rock icon – best known for her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s – through her poetic expression in the visual arts.
The first presentation of Smith’s works in Canada, this exhibition highlights the continual connections between Smith’s photography and her interest in poetry and literature. For more than four decades, she has documented sights and spaces infused with personal significance. Her visual work possesses the same unfiltered, emotional quality prevalent in her poetry and music lyrics: their allure lies in their often dreamlike imagery; their modest scale belies their depth and power.
For more details: www.ago.net/patti-smith-camera-solo
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes.
As a leading proponent of photography, the Festival increases exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.8 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.
For more details: www.contactphoto.com
Location: Various Venues
The Junction Business Improvement Area is pleased to launch another year of Photography in the Junction – part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
From May 1 – 31, the Junction will be home to 18 venues showcasing the fine photographic works of over 20 artists. Come stroll Toronto’s emerging art and design destination and discover a collection of unique pop-up galleries ranging from cafes to restaurants to retail stores. On May 4th you will be able to enjoy the opening receptions for several photography shows at these galleries along Dundas St. West at Keele St. and have the chance to appreciate the artists and their work.
Furthermore, please join us for our opening gala reception on Saturday May 4th from 6PM to 10PM at Dundas St. W and Pacific Ave. for an evening dedicated to celebrating Photography in the Junction. Come and find out what the festival is about, experience a digital photographic work presentation and partake in the audience choice awards. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the kick-off to Photography in the Junction, with the highest concentration of participating venues in the city for the duration of the internationally acclaimed CONTACT Photography Festival.
For more details: www.thejunctionbia.ca/contact-2013
Location: The Junction Business Improvement Area
FROM THE CREATORS OF SOUTH PARK. Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it’s the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says “It’s the best musical of the last 25 years.” And The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it, “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language.
For tickets please visit: http://www.mirvish.com/shows/thebookofmormon
Location: Princess of Wales Theatre — 300 King Street West
Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art will explore how the city’s burgeoning economy of the time fostered a unique demand for artworks both religious and civic, as well as the collaborative nature of artistic production, a closer look at the workshops of artists, the stories behind the works and their subjects and insight into conservation research. Visitors will interact with the exhibition at numerous hands-on stations, offering the opportunity to explore inside the Renaissance artist’s studio, discover the pigments and tools used, hear music from a book whose pages will be reunited for the first time in over a century, view footage of Florence and see aspects of the works through the microscopes of conservators.
For more information: www.ago.net/RevealingTheEarlyRenaissance
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West
The new year brings a celebration of art and culture of the Inuit people of Cape Dorset (Kinngait) through three distinct exhibitions that bring into light this rich artistic community in the northern territory of Nunavut and its prolific contribution to the documentation of Inuit life and traditions that span over half a century.
These three unique exhibitions that form Exploring Cape Dorset Art are accompanied by many exhibition-related events and programs and are on display at the McMichael beginning in January and February, 2013 until June 16, 2013.
For more information: www.mcmichael.com
Location: The McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario
The premier social event Torontonians have been waiting for all winter is back – the third season of ROM Friday Night Live returns Friday, May 3, 2013. The city’s original and ultimate cultural social party for young adults is back and better than ever with more live
entertainment and in-gallery experiences, more food and drink options, and more Museum spaces open
to enjoy in unconventional ways every Friday night from May 3 to June 21, 2013.
For more information please visit: www.rom.on.ca
Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park