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February 21, 2014

The Intergalactic Nemesis II

8:00pm. Single Tickets: $41, $48, $55. Subscribe from $31.25 Child (12 & Under): $25. Same format. New story. No previous Intergalactic experience necessary. In this awesome live-action graphic novel, artwork from an original comic-book story is projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voice all the characters, one performer creates all the sound-effects, and a keyboardist performs the score. LIVE. In 1933 the robot emissary disappears in deep space, it’s up to Molly Sloan to rescue him. Unbeknownst to Molly, her former fiancé has miraculously arrived on Robonovia where the Cerebretron is malfunctioning. Timmy has only just begun to master his telekinetic powers and a sinister robot is up to something terribly nefarious. Will it all get sorted out?

For tickets please visit: www.rosetheatre.ca or via phone at 905-874-2800.

Venue: The Rose Theatre — 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, Ontario

Date: February 21, 2014
Location: Rose Theatre Brampton

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
Location: Canadian Opera Company

Soweto Gospel Choir


“Soweto Gospel Choir is wonderful! You have never seen or heard such infectious joy – guaranteed!!” – Brian May, Queen.

Grammy Award winning, Soweto Gospel Choir will return to North America in January, 2014 for an 11 week national tour with its show ‘Divine’, celebrating 10 years! Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at the Sony Centre for One Night ONLY!

Over the last 10 years the Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world. They have collaborated, recorded and performed with artists including Bono and U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Peter Gabriel, Josh Grobin as well as Andre Rieu. They have performed in front of President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and of course their spiritual fathers, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

It all started in Australia in 2003 with their first ever ticketed performance in Melbourne. It has been an incredible journey from the streets of Soweto to the World’s most prestigious venues. Since that day, Soweto Gospel Choir has gone from completely unknown to being heralded around the world as one of the great vocal ensembles. Along the way they have won 2 Grammys, an Emmy and an Oscar nomination and have just released their 6th album ‘Divine Decade’. Soweto Gospel Choir is thrilled to be coming back to North America 10 years on.

Soweto Gospel Choir is not to be missed!

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Tip-off: 7:00pm.

For tickets: www.Raptors.com

Venue: Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

Date: February 21, 2014
Location: Toronto Raptors Basketball Club

What Makes It Great?® Beethoven Violin Concerto

Critics originally panned the première of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in 1806. Now, the piece is recognized as one of the greatest violin concertos ever written.

Come for: TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow scales the Mount Everest of music for violin: Beethoven’s expansive, sweet-natured, and eloquent concerto.

And more: Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, completed in 1911, is a work of enormous scope, overflowing with energy and nobility.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

Date: February 21, 2014
Location: Roy Thomson Hall

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
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
Location: Canadian Opera Company

DanceWorks DW204 – Signal Theatre (Dance Theatre)

A Soldier’s Tale, a hybrid dance/theatre work co-produced with the National Arts Centre and the Canada Dance Festival, was conceived by Signal Theatre’s artistic director Michael Greyeyes. The performance examines the aftermath and costs of war.

Featuring 13 performers, Greyeyes researched the lives of soldiers and the disturbing and ongoing trauma wrought upon their lives and those of their families.

John Gzowski composed the musical score. A sample, recorded live at The Music Gallery on Nov. 17, 2013 as part of Signal’s presentation, Concert During Wartime, is available to stream (from the Harbourfront Centre website).

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

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Start: February 20, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre

Free Tours of the Winter Garden Theatre

This February the Winter Garden Theatre will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

On February 16, 1914 the Winter Garden Theatre opened to the public.
It closed in 1928 due to declining interest in vaudeville and survived virtually unchanged until its restoration in the 1980s.

Learn more about the history and restoration of both the Winter Garden and Elgin theatres
by joining us this Family Day for a free public tour at 11 a.m.

There will also be free tour on Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m.

Dates & Times:
Monday, February 17 at 11 a.m. – Family Day and
Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m. – Heritage Weekend.

Location: 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Start: February 17, 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