November 17, 2013
One of the central works of the classical ballet canon, and one of the most enduringly resonant and deeply affecting of all works of theatrical art, Swan Lake has enthralled audiences since its premiere in Moscow in 1877. Set to a timeless and famously evocative score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet is marked by a thematic and stylistic dynamism that embraces the fantastic and mythic while remaining rooted in the most universal of human emotions.
Swan Lake retains the captivating, 19th-century fairy-tale quality of the ballet while grounding the narrative in a richly suggestive earthiness that accentuates the tension between the sensual and the ethereal, the natural and the supernatural. The emotional and thematic complexities that are revealed in choreographer James Kudelka’s re-telling of the story are heightened and complemented by Santo Loquasto’s exquisite and vibrant sets and costumes, both conveying the ballet’s tragic beauty and powerful effect with consummate artistry.
For tickets: www.National.Ballet.ca
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West
When: November 15-17, 2013
Where: International Centre, Hall 5 — 6900 Airport Rd. Mississauga L4V 1E8
Time: Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults: $15; Students (13-18): $12; Seniors: $12; Children under 12: Free.
Show Info: The British Isles Show Canada is Canada’s largest consumer show celebrating everything English, Irish, Scottish, & Welsh all under one roof. Celebrating 22 years, The British Isle Show features a large number of specialty retailers offering goods imported from across the pond as well as a host of entertainers throughout the weekend. Known for special appearances directly from Coronation Street, this show attracts thousands of loyal expats and enthusiasts from across Ontario looking to shop and be entertained.
12:00 Noon Brunch Matinee:
EXCELSIOR DIXIELAND JAZZ.
3:30pm: CLUB DJANGO:
Traditional Gypsy-Swing Sextet.
7:00pm: TOM REYNOLDS TRIO
with George Koller & Lorne Nehring.
9:30: N.Y.’s MELISSA STYLIANOU:
Melissa Stylianou-Vocals, Jamie Reynolds-Piano, Gary Wang-Bass
& Mark Ferber-Drums.
For more details: www.TheRex.ca
Venue: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
Straight from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, North America’s debut of hit exhibition includes culture icon’s original stage costumes, instruments, album art and music videos.
This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers North America its first chance to take an exciting odyssey through the world of pioneering artist David Bowie—musician, performer and style icon—in the acclaimed exhibition David Bowie is, direct from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, England. Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive, the multi-media show exposes the groundbreaking artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film. David Bowie is will open on Sept. 25, 2013 and runs to Nov. 27, 2013, giving Toronto two full months to live the experience. The AGO is the exhibition’s first stop on its world tour.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as “united in sound and vision in a way rarely seen in a museum,” David Bowie is marks the first international exhibition devoted to the British-born musician and performer (born David Robert Jones in 1947), who has sold more than 140 million albums to date throughout his genre-defying career. Organized thematically, the show immerses visitors in a spectacular and interactive trip through Bowie’s numerous personae and legendary performances, with particular attention paid to his artistic influences. His experiments with Surrealism, German Expressionism, Music Hall, mime and Japanese Kabuki performance are all explored in an explosion of colour, light and sound.
For more information: www.ago.net/david-bowie-is-coming-to-the-ago-this-fall
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West
While making her mother’s Everything-That-Is-Bad-For-You casserole, Iris struggles with life, family and the unwieldy laws of the universe. Beth Graham (co-creator of the acclaimed Drowning Girls) has painted a heartbreaking but funny portrait of family in crisis.
For tickets: www.factorytheatre.ca
Venue: Factory Theatre — 125 Bathurst Street
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) stays up late as
ROM Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) returns for
its fourth season of eight cutting edge Friday
nights in Toronto. This popular adult only event
(ages 19 +) redefines the museum experience from
7 pm to midnight each Friday night from October
18 to December 6, 2013.
#FNLROM continues to offer hip and eclectic
entertainment and inventive programming,
including dance, film presentations, music, art,
interactive conversations and contesting. ElectriCITY Events returns to deliver the city’s hottest house
DJs every week, as well as live house jazz by Jamie Ruben Trio and U of T JazzProgram. Local and
international spoken word poets also perform weekly. Friday Night Live continues to serve up some of
Toronto’s best known and best loved pop-up food vendors, including City Gourmet, Pimenton, The
Saucy Pierogi, Curbside Bliss, Gourmet Gringos, HotBunzz Street Cuizine, Kanto by Tita Flips,
LaRivolta, and Little Tomato Catering, New this season FNL features international and domestic craft
beer Peroni and Amsterdam.
For more details: www.rom.on.ca
Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park
An exhilarating, playful, and brutally honest two-hander from the producers of 2013’s Someone Else.
Produced by Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre, in association with Crow’s Theatre, Presented by Crow’s Theatre in association with Canadian Stage
Winners and Losers is a staged conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of modern-day capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships. Theatre artists and long-time friends Marcus Youssef and James Long sit at a table and play a game they made up called “winners and losers,” in which they name things and people — Pamela Anderson, microwave ovens, Goldman Sachs, their fathers — and debate whether, from their perspective, these things are winners or losers. As the conversation unfolds, the competition quickly begins to have an unanticipated cost.
“Youssef… and Long… have delivered the goods — the thrilling, experimental, theatrical goods.” – Georgia Straight.
“The experience for the audience is exhilarating.” – Vancouver arts journalist Jo Ledingham.
“Verbal fireworks.” – The Globe and Mail.
For more details: www.canadianstage.com
Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street
Guest curated by Steve Loft. Main Gallery, University Gallery, Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall.
This exhibition presents photographs from the Black Star Collection with contemporary works by aboriginal artists to examine the role of the artist as activist, as chronicler and as provocateur in the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights and self-empowerment. Artists include Vernon Ah Kee, Sonny Assu, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Dana Claxton, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Alan Michelson, Theo Sims, Skawennati and Jackson 2bears.
For more information: www.ryerson.ca/ric
RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE — 33 GOULD STREET