January 5, 2014
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosts Mesopotamia in its premiere North American engagement from June 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The internationally touring exhibition of the ancient civilization is presented in Toronto by the British Museum in collaboration with the ROM.
More than 3,000 years of accomplishments by the civilization are explored in the exhibition. Widely credited with the invention or development of writing, long-distance communication, law, trade networks, and the first empires, Mesopotamian society also launched and advanced literature and sophisticated art, concurrently with great intellectual, spiritual, and scientific advances. These achievements still influence us today.
Mesopotamia showcases more than 170 priceless objects from the eminent collections of the British Museum. These artifacts, most never before seen in Canada, are augmented by those from the ROM’s own renowned collections and other leading institutions, including the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum, Philadelphia), and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Presented in a series of well-defined themes, the exhibition features an outstanding selection of artifacts: stunning jewellery, dramatic stone sculptures, and impressive wall reliefs.
Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park
In an exotic, faraway land, one man’s life is about to change with the lucky rub of an ancient lamp—and you’re invited to join the magic carpet ride.
Welcome to ALADDIN, Disney’s new Broadway-bound musical, adapted from the hit film and featuring some of the best-loved music by Academy® and Tony Award®-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Beguelin.
Brought to you by the producer of Toronto’s record-breaking hits The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, ALADDIN will be directed and choreographed by Tony®-winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and will feature the award-winning and acclaimed design team of Bob Crowley (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes) and Natasha Katz (lights), with illusions by Jim Steinmeyer.
With its timeless story, extravagant sets and costumes and a host of memorable characters and songs, ALADDIN will transport you to a place you only know in your dreams. Go ahead, make a wish. And discover a whole new world, in a whole new way… at ALADDIN.
Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street
One, and Two, and More Than Two presents a survey of significant work by Toronto-based artist Micah Lexier. United by his interests in temporal and graphic systems of organization and measurement, this exhibition brings together an important selection of recent work that reflects the artist’s diverse and dynamic practice. Featuring four solo pieces, three collaborations, and one new, ambitious curatorial project, One, and Two, and More Than Two witnesses Lexier at all levels of his practice. Whether working individually (One), in a collaborative process (Two), or encompassing hundreds of different artists (More than Two), Lexier’s work evinces witty and playful reflections on the creative processes of making and presenting art.
For more details: www.ThePowerPlant.org
Location: The Power Plant — 231 Queens Quay West
Winner of eight 2012 Tony® Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience.
Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us.
For tickets or information: www.Mirvish.com
Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West
Sometimes one musical isn’t enough! THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) is a satiric love-letter to musical theatre of the 20th century. Experience a clever and hilarious story told five different ways, using five of the most be-loved musical theatre styles written by Broadway’s most famous composers including: Rogers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Kander & Ebb and Andrew LLoyd Webber. Direct from an award-winning, sold-out run, at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival, and starring an all-Canadian cast, get ready for musical theatre heaven! “This is the show for you! A delightful, fizzy concoction!” (Associated Press).
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street
Get into the holiday spirit with ROM for the Holidays (RFTH): two weeks of special family experiences at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). From Thursday December 26, 2013 to Sunday January 5, 2014, this year’s holiday activities are filled with toys, games, and excitement for all to enjoy with great value for your family. All ROM for the Holidays activities take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, and are included with general admission.
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park
Drawing inspiration from a century old tradition of landscape painting, initiated by Tom Thomson and the members of the Group of Seven, Toronto-based artist Kim Dorland will be showing his latest work as a culmination of his artist-in-residence project at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Curated by McMichael’s Chief Curator, Katerina Atanassova, the exhibition will explore Dorland’s painterly approach to nature and welcome the inclusion of works by Tom Thomson, David Milne, Frederick Varley and others from the McMichael Collection.
For more details: www.mcmichael.com/exhibitions/index.cfm
Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario
Tickets on sale December 30, 2013!
The two largest cities in Canada will welcome the hockey world in 2015, with Toronto and Montreal sharing hosting duties for the IIHF World Junior Championship in both years.
For tickets: www.hockeycanada.ca/2015juniors
Venue: Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street
The Art Gallery of Mississauga, in a unique collaboration with Toronto Pearson International Airport, is proud to present Holding Pattern, a site-specific mixed media installation by contemporary miniature painter Tazeen Qayyum at the airport’s Terminal 1 departure lounge.
“The AGM is thrilled to collaborate with the Toronto Pearson International Airport on this exhibtion. I am fascinated by the lull of time and suspended animation of airport departure lounges, in particular the potential to find a sense of connection with art when we least expect it. This sense of connection and space for conversation are concepts that the AGM aims to activate with visual art, whether within gallery space or beyond. Our mandate is to bring art to the community and the community to art, and what better space to engage the complex nuances of global community than at the airport?”
In Qayyum’s work, the familiar and iconic airport passenger seat is rendered crimson with floral motif filigree that is
interlaced with cockroaches. The beautiful and the undesirable are side by side, each one partially camouflaged by the other.
Qayyum views the roach as a stand-in for “others” who are different from ourselves, the “others” upon whom judgement is
imposed for their difference.
Designed to enrich travel through Toronto Pearson, the extensive art and exhibitions program contributes to creating a diverse, vibrant and delightful atmosphere. The program features large scale permanent public art by international and Canadian artists, including Richard Serra, Jaume Plensa and Susan Schelle and Mark Gomes. Changing exhibtions are presented in galleries throughout Terminal 1 and showcase local art, culture and heritage in order to create a sense of place.
Location: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, Domestic Departures, across from Gate D20
ROM Contemporary Culture and the Cape Farewell Foundation present a visionary art exhibition, Carbon 14: Climate is Culture, curated by David
Buckland and Claire Sykes. A culmination of a two-year project, the exhibition opens in the Roloff
Beny Gallery and Thorsell Spirit House at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on October 19, 2013 –
February 2, 2014, as part of the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + Festival.
Cape Farewell began the project in November 2011, when artists, including film makers, poets and
musicians, met with scientists, economists and other climate change professionals, to spark a creative
dialogue on issues related to climate change. The resulting Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition
features 13 art installations, including seven new commissions by Canadian and international artists,
from various disciplines, all confronting the facts of climate change and responding in powerful and
For more details: www.rom.on.ca
Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park