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February 6, 2014

A Soldier’s Tale

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.

12 – 1 p.m. Acclaimed Canadian choreographer/director Michael Greyeyes offers a sneak preview of his powerful new dance theatre work portraying the lives of soldiers and their families in the aftermath of war. Written by Tara Beagan, artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts, with music by John Gzowski, A Soldier’s Tale loudly echoes George Santayana’s soliloquy: only the dead have seen the end of war.

For more details: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: February 6, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

dance Immersion

Celebrating Our Men in Dance brings some of Canada’s finest male choreographers to the forefront in a showcase that highlights the many ideas and expressions by dance artists of African descent. This Black History Month presentation features an inter-generational cast from across the country that will share dance works displaying the many perspectives from our men in dance. Nine diverse choreographers will grace the stage with works that include traditional and contemporary African, breakdancing, contemporary, dancehall and more. Audiences will embark on a journey full of expressions that will take you to the edge of your seat as you connect to the movement being presented.

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: February 6, 2014
End: February 8, 2014
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

London Road

A new production of an inspiring 5-star hit from the UK that’s part musical, part documentary.

A Canadian Stage production and Canadian premiere.

In 2006, the everyday life of the quiet town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. Playwright Alecky Blythe recorded extensive interviews with the residents of London Road and turned them into an intelligent, startling, and raw piece of theatre set to music by Tony Award-winning Adam Cork. Having captured the heart of England last year, this 5-star musical documentary reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can inspire a community.

★★★★★ (out of 5) – Evening Standard, Independent, Financial Times, Metro, Time Out.

“Show of the Year.” – Time Out.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Bluma Appel Theatre — 27 Front Street East

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Start: January 19, 2014
End: February 9, 2014
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Brushing It In the Rough: Women, Art & Nineteenth-century Canada

Continuing to highlight its strong Canadiana collection, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents Brushing It In the Rough: Women, Art & Nineteenth-century Canada. This intimate display showcases the pictorial responses of three nineteenth-century women – Anna Jameson, a traveler; Susanna Moodie, a settler; and Alice Killaly, a native-born resident – to their Canadian experiences. Each woman produced art within society’s parameters and their stories reveal the circumstances behind the use of their talents for financial gain. Augmenting the earlier works, the art of Ruth Abernethy provides a contemporary lens onto the role of women in settler society. The exhibit’s 23 works are displayed from Saturday, August 24, 2013 to Monday, February 17, 2014 in the Wilson Canadian Heritage Exhibition Room of the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, located on Level 1 of the ROM’s Weston Family Wing.

For more information: www.rom.on.ca

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

 
Start: August 24, 2013
End: February 17, 2014
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Così fan tutte

Atom Egoyan explores love, fidelity and the frailties of the human condition.

Celebrated director Atom Egoyan returns to the COC, bringing his signature style to this wry comedy about two couples gambling with faith and desire. Featuring a cast of exciting young opera stars and distinguished, seasoned veterans, this work is full of both farce and folly. Yet Mozart’s sublime musical depiction of the honest and intimate struggles of love and temptation is truly one of the greatest pieces about relationships ever written.

Performance time is approximately three hours, 5 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

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

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: February 21, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Un ballo in maschera

An all-star cast includes Canada’s great diva Adrianne Pieczonka and the exciting tenor Dimitri Pittas.

Composed directly after his hugely successful Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera depicts a deeply human tale of forbidden passion between two very grown-up lovers. This stunning production sets Verdi’s abiding love triangle in the American south of the 1960s, with its undertones of Kennedy-era tensions and power plays.

Performance time is approximately three hours including two intermissions.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

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

 
Start: February 2, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

A Masked Ball

The Canadian Opera Company presents A Masked Ball, Verdi’s bittersweet opera of forbidden passion amidst dramatic political machinations and turmoil. An all-star cast features great Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and American tenor Dimitri Pittas in role debuts as the opera’s two lovers, Amelia and Riccardo, embroiled in political intrigue beyond their control. Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina returns to the COC as the mysterious fortune teller Ulrica, rising star British baritone Roland Wood makes his Canadian debut as Amelia’s husband, Renato, and Ensemble Studio graduate Canadian soprano Simone Osborne is the saucy page, Oscar. Stephen Lord, one of North America’s most distinguished conductors, leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Verdi’s thrilling score. This production from directors Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito sets the action in an invented reality that draws on American culture, mythology and visuals from the heightened Kennedy-era politics of the 1960s to the red carpet pageantry of awards shows in the new millennium. Striking period sets and costumes evoke the television series Mad Men, full of the colour, optimism and vitality of the early 1960s, along with the occasional more contemporary detail.

Single tickets for A Masked Ball are $12 – $332 (with specially priced $22 tickets available for people under the age of 30). To purchase, go to www.coc.ca, call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or visit the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

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

 
Start: February 2, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911)

The tradition of hosting highly visual exhibitions in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) continues with Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). On display at the ROM from May 18, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Faces to Remember features Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and comes from the renowned collections of the Museum’s Far Eastern section.

Showcasing a culturally important, but often-overlooked aspect of Chinese art and culture, the exhibition’s portraits are astonishing in their detail and embedded symbolism. The visual appeal of the exhibition’s 25 works – some remarkably large – is enhanced by a number of sartorial and personal accessories, objects carefully selected for their resemblance to those seen in the paintings.

Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, ROM Assistant Curator, Chinese Pictorial Arts, is the exhibition’s curator. She explains, “Portraits are a way to commemorate people, whether known or unknown to us. The portraits displayed in the exhibition, as well as the personal accessories, provide us with a better understanding of the Chinese people of the past, their aspirations and moral values.”

For more details: www.rom.on.ca

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

Tribes

The Canadian premiere of this witty, daring, and jarringly emotional play that was the “Year’s Best” in New York in 2012.

A Theatrefront Production produced in association with Canadian Stage. A Canadian premiere.

Billy is deaf but his unconventional family has tried to raise him as part of the hearing world. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman who is becoming deaf herself, that he finally discovers what it means to be heard. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk and New York Theatre Critics Circle awards, Tribes is an intelligent, provocative, and jarringly emotional play that gets its Canadian premiere at Canadian Stage.

“Extraordinary.” – The New Yorker.

“Dazzling.” – New York Post.

“#1 New Play of the Year!” – New York Magazine.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street

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Start: February 2, 2014
End: March 2, 2014
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Heartbeat of Home

North American Premiere

From the producers of the international phenomenon, Riverdance, comes a brand new show!

Heartbeat of Home is a music and dance spectacular! A world-class cast of thirty-eight of the best Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban dancers and musicians will create a dream world of joyous, high-energy, heart-stopping performances.

Modern, mesmerizing, emotionally satisfying and fun! Heartbeat of Home is a crowd-pleaser for a new generation. Toronto audiences will be the first to see this exciting new show before it goes on its North American tour.

Visit www.heartbeatofhome.com for more information.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street

 
Start: January 21, 2014
End: March 2, 2014
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Location: Mirvish Productions