February 25, 2014
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. Ballet Jörgen Canada presents a diverse program of classical and contemporary ballet that showcases the company’s trademark innovation, warmth, humour and beauty. This one-hour program features gems from the repertoire, including excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and other great classics, a peek at Robert Desrosiers’s new creation, Bouffonia, and intimate dance pieces capturing the beauty of life.
For more details: www.coc.ca
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West
Grizzlies, Piranhas & Man-Eating Pigs.
With over 20 years of photographing for National Geographic, Joel Sartore knows that there’s more to the job than just traveling to distant locales and shooting pictures. From charging animals to exotic ailments, things can, and do, go very wrong in the field. Hear about the rewards and punishments from someone who has paved the way—and reaped the rewards.
For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
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.
Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 28, 2014.
The Toronto Zoo in celebrating International Polar Bear Day by “Bundling Up For Polar Bears”! The Zoo’s “Bundle Up For Polar Bears” initiative is where we invite families, individuals, schools and businesses to join the Zoo in bundling up by putting on your favourite sweater, hoodie, or jacket and turning down your thermostat by two degrees between February 24th and 28th. Register by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can log your participation.
For more details: www.TorontoZoo.com
Location: Toronto Zoo — 361 A Old Finch Avenue
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
Harbourfront Centre offers over 100 skating classes for kids, teens and adults, taught by our experienced
and supportive skating instructors. All classes take place on The Natrel® Rink, alongside the scenic shore of
Lake Ontario. We have a heated change room with lockers, there’s underground parking, and we’re always
accessible by TTC. For more information, please visit our website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate or
call us at 416-973-4093.
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
Kafka’s terrifying but bizarrely comic story bursts onto the stage in a theatrically explosive new version.
The ordinary, unremarkable life of the Samsa family is turned upside down when their son, Gregor, the sole provider for the family, emerges one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a gigantic insect. His family’s feelings of revulsion turn to resentment with horrifying results.
This hugely acclaimed production combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split level set. Domestic tragedy or a metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosisis fantastic, surprisingly funny and powerfully poignant.
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West
A soldier’s view of service, injury and recovery. From the war in Afghanistan, through the dream world of morphine induced hallucinations to the physiotherapy rooms of Headley Court, it explores the real consequences of injury, both physical and psychological, and its effects on others as the soldiers fight the new battle for survival at home.
The play is a darkly comic, authentic and uplifting tale of survival.
Directed by Stephen Rayne (over 65 productions worldwide including Royal Shakespeare co and Royal National theatre. Most recently Our Town Ford’s Theatre The Merry Wives of Windsor Shakespeare Theatre DC, Chantecler Tango Buenos Aires), written by Owen Sheers (Resistance, The Passion, The Gospel of Us, White Ravens, The Dust Diaries, Calon) and composed by Jason Carr (Born Again, The Water Babies, Six Pictures of Lee Miller, the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Sunday in the Park with George, La Cage aux Folles and A Little Night Music.)
For more information visit www.charlie-f.com
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Princess of Wales Theatre — 300 King Street West