October 27, 2013
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
A Canadian Stage production.
A young actress is determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic erotic novel Venus in Fur. During her audition, she gets caught up in an electrifying game of cat and mouse with the director, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. The hottest ticket on Broadway last year, this brilliant and unexpected showdown of the sexes was nominated for the Best Play Tony Award.
“Smart. Sexy. Hilarious.” – Vogue.
“Ninety minutes of good, kinky fun.” – New York Times.
For more details: www.canadianstage.com
Venue: Bluma Appel Theatre — 27 Front Street East
A Canadian Stage Production in co-production with the Hopscotch Collective in association with the Theatre Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.
Three unlikely roommates are enduring the harsh Whitehorse winter as the 2007 Robert Pickton murder trial plays out on the TV. One of them, Garin, must confront the mystery of his missing aboriginal mother’s identity as his father dies of liver failure and threatens to take her story with him.
Yukonstyle is a play for the new generation of Canadians who are less concerned with what it means to be “Canadian” than they are with how to get by in this country of mountains, bison, fast food, serial killers, and snow.
For more details: www.canadianstage.com
Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street
Saturday, October 5, 2013 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm;
Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm;
Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm;
Sunday, October 13, 2013 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm;
Monday, October 14, 2013 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Thanksgiving);
Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm; and
Sunday, October 27, 2013 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Price: $42.50 plus HST.
Casa Loma is pleased to offer an Archery Workshop catering to adults only. Join our NCCP trained archery coach, Shawn Adams, for an opportunity to learn the history and techniques involved in the ancient sport of archery. This hands-on workshop is suited to beginners and will afford all participants the chance to develop and hone their archery skills.
Casa Loma Archery classes are very popular! Class size is small and limited to 10 people/session. To avoid disappointment, please register early.
Price includes admission to Casa Loma.
To register, please phone 647-725-0707.
For more details: www.casaloma.org/events.index.gk#20415
Location: Casa Loma — 1 Austin Terrace
Guest Curated by Gerda Cammaer and Pierre Tremblay
Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries is a selection of experimental film and video works produced by students of the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, under the mentorship of professors and co-curators Gerda Cammaer and Pierre Tremblay.
For more information: www.ryerson.ca/ric
RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE — 33 GOULD STREET
For the past 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been dazzling—and surprising—her fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist and one of music’s most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million (and 14 Grammy nominations) and has won countless awards, from a Grammy and an Emmy to numerous honors for her tireless activism.
She comes to Massey Hall on her She’s So Unusual Tour to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of her iconic debut album of the same name which spawned four Top-5 hits on the Billboard 100 (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Time After Time, She Bop and All Through the Night). She will play the album in its entirety to honor and thank her legion of fans that have stood by her since the beginning.
For more details and tickets: www.MasseyHall.com
Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street
Ai Weiwei – Beijing, China
World-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will exhibit a new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. 3,144 interconnected bicycles will form a three-dimensional structure creating an incredible visual effect.
Yong Jiu, literally translated as “forever”, is the foremost bicycle brand in China; Ai re-interprets such everyday found objects in an abstract and symbolic way.
The sheer quantity of bikes and the diverse perceptions of viewing points create a colossal labyrinth-like, visually moving space, which represents the changing social environment in China and around the globe.
Film Screening: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
City Hall Council Chambers: 7pm /9pm /11pm /1am /3am /5am
The inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
Widely considered to be one of the most significant cultural figures of his generation, Ai Weiwei successfully assumes multiple roles, including conceptual artist, architect, curator, designer, film-maker, musician and activist. Using traditional and innovative methods of production, he links the past with the present while exploring the geopolitical, economic and cultural realities affecting the world with humor and compassion. His most recent work appeared in the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West (At Bay Street)