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February 22, 2014

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

Minnesota Swarm vs. Toronto Rock

Game time: 7:00pm

The best in professional lacrosse action!

For tickets: www.TorontoRock.com

Venue: Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

Date: February 22, 2014

San Antonio Rampage 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)

Toronto Marlies
Date: February 22, 2014
Location: Toronto Marlies


Dariush is considered one of, if not the greatest Iranian artist in the history of pop, best known for his warm and poignant bass voice heard in both ballads and socio- political songs. He is also a social activist who has been promoting education, awareness and prevention with regards to social maladies such as human rights violations, substance abuse, AIDS, street children and the plight of refugees, among others.

Dariush and his music have swept the worldwide musical scene with an unforgettable and powerful mission. He has endeavored to create music of lasting worth and substance and through the years he has remained a true believer in the power of love and knowledge triumphing over tyranny and oppression. His inherent musically and timbre, coupled with a passionate belief in the importance of civil liberties, and political and human rights have made him an international symbol of free Iran.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Venue: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East

Date: February 22, 2014
Location: Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

Orchestra Olympics

As our Canadian athletes participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the instruments of the orchestra are also in training. They will be competing at the prestigious Orchestra Games, and your family is invited to witness the events.

Come for: As our Canadian athletes participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the instruments of the orchestra are also in training. They will be competing at the prestigious Orchestra Games, and your family is invited to witness the events.

And more: From the ceremonial introduction to the low note limbo, from the fast note dash to the marathon, you will be drawn into the excitement of the original Orchestra Olympics!

Come to the concert half an hour early for a special pre-concert performance in the lobby!

Young People’s Concerts are performances for families with children ages 5 – 12. We regret that we cannot allow children under 2 years of age into any TSO concert.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

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

Move Your Paws For The Polar Bear Cause – 1K & 3K Walk/Run

Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Join the cause and walk or run in support of our polar bear family, including our new cub!
Open to all runners, walkers and fitness folk of all ages and abilities. Bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun, fitness and fundraising. All proceeds raised from the event go towards Polar Bear Conservation! For online entry, pledge forms and further information and start times go to www.CanadaRunningSeries.com. Please note registration includes admission for the day, non-transferable. Parking is $10.

For more details: www.TorontoZoo.com

Toronto Zoo — 361 A Old Finch Avenue

Date: February 22, 2014
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Toronto, Ontario

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