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February 9, 2014

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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Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Toronto Marlies

Face-off: 3:00pm.

Amazing American Hockey League action!

For tickets: www.marlies.ca/tickets/ticketprograms.asp

Venue: Ricoh Coliseum — 100 Princes’ Blvd (Exhibition Place)

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Date: February 9, 2014
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Kuumba

Harbourfront Centre gives Toronto a rich blend of Caribbean and African sounds and flavours at Kuumba (Feb. 7-9), part of the TD Then & Now Series and in association with Black Artists’ Network Dialogue (BAND).

For Black History Month, Kuumba explores and discusses whatidentitymeans in 2014. The curatorial lens of identity branches out from Harbourfront Centre’s The Big Idea, Legacy. Kuumba will challenge and address stereotypes while engaging the public to reflect on what the future has in store for today’s cultural scene. Together identity and legacy will be woven in throughout the weekend events, including comedy, dance, film, panel discussions, workshops and family activities. Best of all, most events are free.

For more information: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/kuumba

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: February 7, 2014
End: February 9, 2014
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

CN Tower – March Break Fun!

March 10-14, 2014. March Break Week. This March Break make the CN Tower your next big adventure. Explore the world’s #1 elevator ride, Look Out and Glass Floor observation levels, the ride, movie, plus enjoy March Break activities. At a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches), the CN Tower is Canada’s National Tower, an engineering Wonder and Toronto’s must see.

Monday, March 10: PACHI the porcupine, the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Games.
PACHI has been busy visiting communities and schools across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. Stop by to say hello, give him a high-five or take a photo and be sure to pick up your very own PACHI sticker. Complete PACHI Toronto 2015 activity sheets and enter for a chance to win great prizes!

Tuesday, March 11 – Friday, March 14: 4 days of Engineering Fun!
Design your very own tower of power! Learn how super structures are constructed and put your building knowledge to the test. Discover all the cool ways engineers influence the world around us with fun activities designed by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers in celebration of National Engineering Month.
(10am-3pm daily).

Monday, March 10 – Friday, March 14: 5 days of Frozen* Fun!
Celebrating the in-home release of Disney’s Frozen*, complete Anna, Elsa and Olaf activity sheets and enter for a chance to win a Blu-ray copy of Disney’s Frozen*.
Available on Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo PackTM March 18, 2014.
*©Disney 2014.

CN Tower by the Numbers: Participate in a fun, fact-filled scavenger hunt throughout the CN Tower and enter for a chance to win great prizes!

EdgeWalk – OPEN March 8-16 for March Break: Due to popular demand EdgeWalk will open during March Break and then officially for the full season as of April 14, 2014.
www.edgewalkcntower.ca

For more details: www.cntower.ca

Location: CN Tower — 301 Front Street West

 
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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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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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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

The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S.

An immersive theatre experience that whisks participants away to world of travel, discovery, adventure and mystery at the Bata Shoe Museum. An original play by Daniele Bartolini.

Enter the world of Bartholomew S – a mysterious voyager that brings change to the places he visits and individuals he encounters. In this unique, interactive theatrical experience, small groups of participants will spend the evening with character whose life has been impacted by the mysterious Bartholomew S. Each group will be drawn into the retelling of encounter that takes place in, and had been inspired by, one of the galleries of the Bata Shoe Museum. These stories are each told by diverse individuals and take place in different environments, countries and epochs. At the end of the evening participants are then left to answer a question: is Bartholomew S. a real person, or merely a legend?

Date: Every Friday in February – 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th – at 7pm.

Location: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West (at St. George station).

Cost: Tickets – $50 and include performance and wine and cheese reception with the cast following the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.batashoemuseum.ca/tickets.

For more info: www.batashoemuseum.ca or 416-979-7799.

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Start: February 7, 2014
End: February 28, 2014
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