October 21, 2013
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
STUDENT JAZZ ENSEMBLES:
Ensembles of Kelly Jefferson,
Don Englert & Gary Williamson.
9:30pm: JOHN CHEESMAN
14-Piece Big Band
Led by Drummer/Composer
For more details: www.TheRex.ca
Venue: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
On the Mainstage | Oct. 16-24, 2013 | Grades 1-5.
Original music, dance and theatre unite to bring this entertaining and insightful Aboriginal creation story to life. The exquisite musical score blends traditional Iroquoian songs with contemporary music, incorporating both Mohawk and Cayuga languages. A Story Before Time carries the metaphors, symbols, dreams and beliefs of a people, weaving a rich and powerful cultural narrative.
For tickets and information: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
Venue: Young People’s Theatre — 165 Front Street East
WWI is over but a gloom still hangs over London. Lotty and Rose are two housewives who need some enchantment in their lives. Impulsively, Lotty answers an ad in the paper that reads, “Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy. To be let for April. Cook, gardens, ocean view.” And so their adventure begins. Recruiting two other women in need of escape, they dive into the experience of a lifetime, rediscovering themselves among the wine, wisteria and sunshine in a play that is timeless, funny and joyfully restorative.
For more details: www.shawfest.com
Location: Festival Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Season 3 starts April 15, 2013
Toronto’s newest and tallest attraction has adventure lovers taking a walk OUTSIDE – around the circumference of the roof! So, do you dare to test your limits and experience the thrill of a lifetime?
EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its 35 year history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.
Visit the EdgeWalk site for more information and to book your adventure today!
Ben Heppner embodies one of the most iconic roles in 20th-century opera.
After the moral catastrophe of World War II, Benjamin Britten held up a mirror to English life as no other composer has, before or since. Britten earned his reputation – and wrote arguably the best opera of the 20th century – with this gripping psychological study of a village by the sea. His evocative music personifies the unrelenting power and loneliness of the ocean, and reveals the life of an alienated fisherman with spellbinding drama.
Performance time is approximately three hours and 15 minutes including two intermissions.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™.
For tickets: www.coc.ca
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West
If this play were a personal ad, it would read: rich American women in search of nobility seeking poor British men with titles – a forerunner of Downton Abbey? When American Bessie Saunders comes to London, she is thrust into the world of women of wealth and men of status. The games, the lies, the affairs – what she hears and witnesses, particularly in the garden house of her older sister Pearl, is a mercilessly funny look at Europe’s smart set. Sexy, stylish, provocative and very funny – writer and critic Graham Greene called it “the best social comedy of this century.”
For more details: www.shawfest.com
Location: Royal George Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
It’s really no wonder that Canada’s Wonderland is Canada’s premiere amusement park. It’s where families come to spend quality time with each other and their good friends, g-forces. There’s Leviathan, a new roller coaster in 2012 that boasts speeds of 125 mph with an 80-degree drop as well as such thrilling rides as Vortex, Shockwave, Behemoth and the 301-foot WindSeeker.
And for the kids, there’s Planet Snoopy and the new Dinosaurs Alive! Seven acres of Jurassic fun with over 40 life-sized dinos. And if you like water park thrills, there’s Splash Works, a 20-acre water park featuring The Plunge, Super Soaker, the Lazy River and enough thrill rides to leave you and your family closer and prunier than ever.
Canada’s Wonderland opens on May 5th.
Open daily May 17th – September 2nd.
Weekends from September 7 to October 27th.
Location: Canada’s Wonderland — 9580 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario
For more information, please visit the Canada’s Wonderland website.
One of the greatest ways to explore the city is walking at street level through Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Guided walking tours are offered for free by ROMwalks every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon from May through October. Tour leaders from the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Department of Museum Volunteers present thoroughly researched guided tours through some of the city’s most distinctive neighbourhoods, visit historic landmarks and illuminate the architectural and historical significance of Toronto’s building.
All ROMwalks are free and no reservations are needed, with the exception for ROMwalk Plus walks.
See www.rom.on.ca/en/activities-programs/bus-walks-travel for more details.
“The most powerful figure in contemporary art.” — ArtReview
Although Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one of the most prolific, provocative and significant artists at work today, audiences in North America have had little exposure to his vast and varied output. That will change this summer, when the AGO becomes the only Canadian stop on a North American tour that is already drawing crowds — and controversy — at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Featuring photographs, sculpture, installation art and audio and video pieces, Ai Weiwei: According to What? examines how the artist spotlights the complexities of a changing world and probes such issues as freedom of expression, individual and human rights, the power of digital communication and the range of creative practice that characterizes contemporary art today both in China and globally.
This exhibition was organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and curated by the Museum’s chief curator, Mami Kataoka.
For more details: www.ago.net
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West