February 23, 2014
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
February 22 – February 23, 2014. IceFest transforms Bloor-Yorkville into a magic winter wonderland with fantastical sculptures carved from a breathtaking 35,000 lbs. of ice. The Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair St. & Cumberland St.) will welcome families to come celebrate winter in Toronto. Cumberland Street will be closed to traffic Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm, so that visitors can enjoy seeing over 35 ice sculptures. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition, a themed ice exhibition, on-street performers, complimentary “Kiddie Cube” with a collectible toy inside and ice carving demonstrations throughout the area. A Photo Opportunity area and Shop with Heart event will take place in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
For more details: www.bloor-yorkville.com/icefest/icefest.html
Location: The Village of Yorkville Park — Bellair and Cumberland Streets
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.
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
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
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The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 showcases the dynamism, creativity, and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to and during the First World War. Featuring paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the exhibition chronologically traces the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as expressionism, futurism and cubism.
The exhibition’s focus on the years 1910 to 1918 represents an intense chapter in European and world history, marked by sweeping social change, technological developments and scientific advances. During this time of tremendous creativity and innovation, European cities were evolving, and artists, who were founding groups, staging exhibitions and issuing manifestoes, likewise adapted and responded to 20th-century modernity.
The Great Upheaval spotlights the dynamism of this fertile period — as artists hurtled toward abstraction and the ultimate “great upheaval” of a catastrophic war — while presenting some of the foundational modern masterpieces that shaped the art of future generations.
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West