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November 20, 2013

The Company of Heaven and St. Nicolas cantatas

November 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

The Company of Heaven uses poetry, choral music and glorious solo singing to tell the story of the angels and their tumultuous battle with Satan. The TMC is thrilled to welcome Soulpepper founding member and Dora Award-winner Diego Matamoros as the speaker. He will recite the dramatic poetry assembled by Britten’s collaborator R. Ellis Roberts for the piece – ranging from biblical sources through works by Theodosius, Christina Rossetti and William Blake. Britten composed the work in 1937 as incidental music for a BBC radio broadcast for Michaelmas. The Company of Heaven contains the first solo written by Britten for his longtime partner Peter Pears, a setting of Emily Bronte’s A thousand gleaming fires. Acclaimed Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth will be singing this role. Lesley Bouza, who appeared to critical acclaim with the TMC last season in Carmina Burana and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, will be the soprano soloist.

St. Nicolas recounts legendary episodes from the life of St. Nicolas (270–343 AD), Bishop of Myra (located on the Mediterranean coast of modern-day Turkey). The dramatic legends from the life of the saint – from his miraculous birth, through saving sailors on a stormy sea to his rescue of three pickled boys – are enhanced by Britten’s music with its striking contrasts in instrumentation, vocal style and musical textures. The full TMC along with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Festival Orchestra, and tenor Colin Ainsworth bring the drama to life.

The concert takes place Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 7:30 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge St, 1 block north of St. Clair). New this year, tickets start at $35. Tickets are: $35–$76; $35–$70 for seniors; and $25 VoxTix for patrons 30 and under. Tickets are available from the TMC Box Office online (www.tmchoir.org/tmcPerformances/boxOffice.cfm) or by calling 416-598-0422, ext 221.

Location: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church — 1585 Yonge Street

For more details: www.tmchoir.org/britten

Date: November 20, 2013
Location: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Live Jazz

Chris Gale-Sax, Dafydd
Hughes-Keys, Drew Birston-Bass & Tim Shia-Drums.
Rich Underhill, Perry White & Kelly Jefferson-Saxes,
Marc Rogers-Bass, and
Stych Wynston-Drums.

For more details: www.TheRex.ca

Venue: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West

Date: November 20, 2013

Identity — Free Concert Series

November 20, 2013. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Jazz Series.

One of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian jazz scene, baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage teams up with stellar sidemen Dave Restivo (piano), Mike Downes (bass) and Mark Kelso (drums) for a high-octane hour of original music from their JUNO Award-nominated album, Identity. Always unique and distinctive, Beddage infuses gospel and blues into modern hard bop, drawing inspiration from jazz legends ranging from John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins to Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk and Chick Corea.

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Six inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances and engaging presentations that feature both up-and-coming young artists and established international stars. All performances are FREE to the public, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early as late seating is not available.

For more information: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

Date: November 20, 2013
Location: Canadian Opera Company

Beethoven and Strauss

Nov. 20 & Nov. 23. In its light-heartedness and amiable tunes, Beethoven’s Fourth contrasts sharply with the Third and Fifth, but supplies just as much satisfaction and creative ingenuity. TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis is passionate about the music of Berg and the Seven Early Songs, which are performed by soprano Erin Wall.

Come for: Richard Strauss’s rollicking musical depiction of Till Eulenspiegel offers an encyclopedia of musical humour, from sly digs at dusty academics to cartoon-style slapstick.

And more: (Mostly) light-hearted music by serious composers.

Program: Beethoven: Overture to The Consecration of the House; Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Berg: Seven Early Songs; and
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

Start: November 20, 2013
End: November 23, 2013
Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival

November 19 – November 24, 2013. Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival showcases environmentally themed films as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and appropriate action on the ecological health of the planet.

For more information: www.planetinfocus.org

Venue: TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King Street West

Start: November 19, 2013
End: November 24, 2013

David Bowie Is

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

Start: September 25, 2013
End: November 27, 2013
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble

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

Start: November 2, 2013
End: December 1, 2013

ROM Friday Night Live

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

Start: October 18, 2013
End: December 6, 2013
Location: Royal Ontario Museum

Winners and Losers

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

Start: November 10, 2013
End: December 8, 2013

Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.

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
Start: September 18, 2013
End: December 15, 2013
Location: Ryerson Image Centre