April 5, 2014
A legend in his native India, Zakir Hussain is the world’s pre-eminent tabla virtuoso. For his Masters of Percussion, Hussain has invited a coterie of gifted musicians to take part in a rhythmic tempest that showcases the best of instruments like the ghatam clay pot, the sarangi and the sitar. V. Selvaganesh of Remember Shakti and drummer Steve Smith, formerly of Journey, are among the thundering lineup.
For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
Amanda Martinez’s Mexican and South African roots get equal play in her music, a marvellous mash-up of both cultures and flamenco soul. A cherished presence on the Toronto scene, Martinez has garnered praise for her remarkable voice, as well as her philanthropy with local and international organizations. Her new album, Mañana, is produced by acclaimed Grammy Award-winner Javier Limón (Mariza, Buika).
For tickets: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Winter Garden Theatre — 189 Yonge Street
dance Immersion’s 2014 showcase features two breathtaking companies presenting a myriad dance expressions informed by their own personal evolvement in dance. This presentation features Ohio’s critically acclaimed Azaguno and Toronto’s KasheDance.
Azaguno founder/dance director and choreographer, Zelma Badu-Younge, and founder/executive and music director, Paschal Yao Younge, bring to stage the world premiere of Africa Meets Asia. The performance will explore the fusion, juxtaposition and similarities of African and Asian dance and music. Azaguno, a multi-ethnic international touring group based in Athens, Ohio, focuses on performance of traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Through intercultural works, Azaguno brings to the stage a unique African theatrical experience.
KasheDance is hailed as embodying artistic diversity in technique, form and presentation. This company echoes in a new genealogy of Afro-contemporary dance steeped in modern dance, ballet and rooted in dances of the diaspora. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KasheDance will perform Ke-ashe (Interludes within), a work that unleashes a person’s restraint to freedom in the internal and external interludes of life. Recalcitrare (2011) is about dance at the crossroads; where definition is insignificant to technical execution, form, content, choreographic exploration and personal artistic expression. Finally, 5…, a journey of three pieces choreographed since KasheDance’s inception where the final sections will dance the story of migratory bodies in motion; unrelenting artistic inquiry in form, place and time.
For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/
Location: Harbourfront Centre
When: April 4-6, 2014
Where: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place Hall D — 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto M6K 3C3
Time: Friday Noon-9pm; Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: All Online: $11; Adults: $14; Seniors: $11; Children under 12: Free + sample tickets with select exhibitors.
Show Info: Canada’s favorite celebration of local food, home cooking, eating and shopping! The Good Food Festival & Market is all about food and LOTS of it! Nibble through hundreds of exhibitors featuring food and food-related products. Explore what’s new in the world of ethnic cuisine, gourmet fare, natural foods, cooking ingredients, kitchen wares and expert advice.
April 4 to April 6.
Come experience and enjoy the fine wines of the festival!
From local to international wines and from white to red, your taste buds will enjoy the samples being offered!
For more information please visit: www.goodfoodanddrinkfestival.com
Location: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
On the Mainstage | Mar. 24 – Apr. 13, 2014 | Grades 4-8.
The award-winning playwright of The Monster Under the Bed has fused Greek mythology and modern themes to create a high-stakes adventure story. Freddie, a 12 year-old boy, receives urgent, cryptic text messages from his soldier Dad in an unnamed, war-torn country. While he attempts to decipher these messages, an Ogre and the Queen of Minos appear in his backyard, dragging him into the past in the role of Theseus, whose destiny was to slay the Minotaur and save his father, King Aegeus. Freddie accepts the quest believing it is the only way he can help his Dad, who is trapped in a foreign war with no way out.
For tickets and information: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
Venue: Young People’s Theatre — 165 Front Street East
October 26, 2013 – April 13, 2014.
Esther and Arthur Gelber Treasury.
The focus of this installation is a rare cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) drawing, a remarkable new AGO acquisition made collaboratively by several major Surrealist artists. The creation of cadavre exquis drawings began in the 1920s as a parlour game. One artist made marks on a piece of paper, covered that section, and then passed the paper to the next person. As the paper travelled around the room, multiple artists made additions. The Surrealists were astounded by the powerful results of this activity, which reinforced their belief in “automatism,” the idea that works of art could be produced as expressions of the subconscious, the irrational and dreams. Many artists incorporated automatist approaches into their artistic practices.
For more details: www.ago.net
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West