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April 15, 2014

Music in the Time of War

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 – 1:00 pm. Pianist Philip Chiu presents a program of music composed during, and in response to, the two world wars: Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, the second movement of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major and Chiu’s own arrangement of the Suite for Oboe and Piano, Op. 17 by Pavel Haas.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Date: April 15, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Form, Colour, Line

Form, colour and line are three of the most basic elements of a work of art that can be perceived by the senses, but they also offer a rich ground for breaking boundaries and for artists to explore new ideas by departing from convention. Natasha Gouveia and Laura Marotta make bold statements about colour, most notably in their critique of it, and through their process showcase at once intellectual and playful approaches to the constraints of line and form. Where noted abstract painter Ellsworth Kelly envisioned his seminal monograph Line Form Colour as an “an alphabet of plastic pictorial elements,” Form, Colour, Line picks up this notion and carries it forward, into three dimensions and away from traditionally “masculine” forms of minimalism.

Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive

Website: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

 
Start: March 6, 2014
End: April 18, 2014
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Easter at Fantasy Fair

Visit Fantasy Fair and bounce 30 feet on the Drop & Hop tower, scale the Rock’N'Climb walls and ride the Canyon Coaster at the XD Simulator. Grab a Bite in the Food Court, Then Hop on down to Centre Court to Visit the Easter Bunny April 5th -19th.
Fantasy Fair is OPEN YEAR-ROUND. Visit fantasyfair.ca for more details.

Fantasy Fair — 500 Rexdale Blvd

Website: www.fantasyfair.ca

 
Start: April 5, 2014
End: April 19, 2014
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TIFF Kids International Film Festival

April 8 – April 20, 2014. TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world — films that take children and parents out of the everyday, and use the power of film to foster thought and encourage discussion about the complex and challenging issues facing young people today, and have lots of fun doing it.

Whenever possible, screenings include an opportunity to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the film’s ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more.

With TIFF Kids, you can be sure the time your family spends in the theatre will be more than just a day at the movies.

We look forward to seeing you and your children at next year’s Festival!

For more details: www.tiff.net/tiffkids/festival

Venue: TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King St. West

 
Start: April 8, 2014
End: April 20, 2014
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Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF Kids International Film Festival

April 8 – April 20, 2014. TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world — films that take children and parents out of the everyday, and use the power of film to foster thought and encourage discussion about the complex and challenging issues facing young people today, and have lots of fun doing it. Whenever possible, screenings include an opportunity to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the film’s ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more. With TIFF Kids, you can be sure the time your family spends in the theatre will be more than just a day at the movies. We look forward to seeing you and your children at next year’s Festival!

Website: tiff.net/festivals/tiffkidsfestival

TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King St. West

 
Start: April 8, 2014
End: April 20, 2014
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Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt has become one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, celebrated for her work with familiar subject matter and domestic still lifes. The deceptively simple bliss of these scenes reveals a sophisticated approach to everyday life. Her works are skillfully executed and present nuances of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject that leave viewers of Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and occasional unease. These substantial artworks have multi-layered meanings for the artist, and for the viewers who encounter the range, subtlety and power of this remarkable painter. At once highly contemporary and deeply rooted in the traditions of art history, Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity that she brings to her practice.

The exhibition Mary Pratt is not a retrospective in the customary sense of the word. Concentrating on Pratt’s oils and mixed media paintings, the exhibition juxtaposes more than sixty works from different times in Pratt’s career. It mirrors the manner in which she approaches her subject—as an interwoven conversation of themes. Despite describing herself as “consistently inconsistent,” Pratt has enduring preoccupations. Her time is not dictated by clocks but rather numbered by daily rituals and the act of making ready. Pratt dwells on her surroundings, allowing a sideways autobiography through the objects and individuals that encompass her.

Touring nationally, the exhibition allows visitors across the country to view widely recognized as well as rarely seen works from the past five decades, gathered from private and public collections. It showcases Pratt’s “tougher” paintings (to use her own description of them) alongside allusive works, all embodying the intensity and compassion with which she views her world.

For more details: www.mcmichael.com/marypratt/

Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
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Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Hercules

Peter Sellars returns to direct a dream cast in his acclaimed production of Handel’s timeless and poignant tragedy.

The ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles was also a war general who knew first-hand the devastating psychological traumas that imperilled returning veterans. With Hercules – Handel’s take on Sophocles’ play – Sellars creates a healing work in which the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications of reunion find their voice.

Performance time is approximately three hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: April 5, 2014
End: April 30, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Uptown Abbey & Speakeasy

Come and join the fun, and see if Lieutenant Carumbo can solve the case before everything is turned Upside Downton, in this classic Drawing Room Mystery!
A hilarious spoof of the popular British TV Drama.

Opening April 11th: Speakeasy! A roaring 20′s Murder Mystery:
Flappers and Gangsters and Guns… Oh, my!
Come and join the fun and participate in the solving of a hilarious whodunit?!

For more details: www.MysteriouslyYours.com or toll-free 1-800-NOT-DEAD.

Venue: Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre — 2026 Yonge Street

 
Start: February 9, 2014
End: April 30, 2014
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Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography

In 1977, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) purchased its first photograph: Arnold Newman’s collage portrait of Henry Moore, a fitting complement to the 1974 gift of Moore’s plasters to the gallery. This purchase marked the initial focus for collecting photography at the gallery: portraits of artists. The photography holdings have since grown to number more than 50,000 works. Though the collection now spans the wide reach and long history of the medium, portraits remain one of its strongest threads.

In Part II of Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography – a show that Toronto Star art critic Murray Whyte called “utterly beguiling” – discover a fresh selection of more than 120 portraits from the AGO’s permanent collection, along with select loans from local private collections. Organized under two new propositions, these works showcase the descriptive power of the medium but also its malleability.

“We are Not Ourselves” highlights the ways artists have manipulated photographic materials to create or reveal strange states of being. Through collage, long exposure, darkroom doubling and retouching, among other techniques, each of these photographs lead us from the realm of the familiar and recognizable to other more mysterious planes of existence.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

What’s So Funny? Recent Acquisitions of Humorous Art

December 21, 2013 – May 2014.

In 1976 the Trier-Fodor Foundation gave the Art Gallery of Ontario more than 1100 works by the humorist and illustrator Walter Trier. The gift was accompanied by an endowment to support the acquisition and exhibition of humorous, satirical and illustrative graphic art. More than 500 prints and drawings, representing highlights in the history of caricature, have been purchased with this fund. This installation features works that have been acquired in the past five years, which date from the late 1700s to the early 1800s.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: December 21, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario