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April 26, 2014

Brad Mehldau Trio

Pianist Brad Mehldau has collaborated with musicians within (Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter) and outside of the jazz genre (Willie Nelson, Renée Fleming), composed film scores, curated jazz series and recorded solo works. But the trio’s where he shines brightest. His current threesome—together since 2005 and featuring Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. On March 13, 2012 Nonesuch Records released an album of original songs from the Brad Mehldau Trio – Ode – the first from the trio since 2008’s live Village Vanguard disc and the first studio trio recording since 2005’s Day is Done. Nonesuch released the Brad Mehldau Trio’s Where Do You Start, a companion disc to the critically acclaimed Ode, on September 18, 2012. Whereas Ode featured 11 songs composed by Mehldau, Where Do You Start comprises the Trio’s interpretations of 10 tunes by other composers, along with one Mehldau original.

For tickets: www.MasseyHall.com or 416-872-4255.

Venue: Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

Date: April 26, 2014
Location: Massey Hall

DanceWorks DW206 – BBoyizm

With his new creation, Crazy Smooth (Yvon Soglo) tackles themes of love expressed via camaraderie, community, aggression, romance and joy. Can love be expressed through the bravado of street dance?

Crazy Smooth’s follow up from his extensive Canadian tour is a new street dance creation that increases the level of contemporary urban dance. The skill and technique from this company of dancers will amaze and make you wonder if your eyes are deceiving you.

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Start: April 25, 2014
End: April 26, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre

Creativ Festival

April 25 – April 26, 2014. It’s about inspiration, creativity and shopping. See what’s hot, new and next in sewing, knitting, beading, quilting, needlework, scrapbooking, crafting and more. Exhibits, demos and more.


Location: International Centre — 6900 Airport Road

Start: April 25, 2014
End: April 26, 2014
Location: Creativ Festival

Jim Gaffigan

Show times: April 26 — 7:00pm and 9:30pm.

Jim Gaffigan has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing.

His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night’s “Letterman” and “Conan.” His writing and voice work on the animated series “Pale Force” for Conan led to nominations for both a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award.

Gaffigan has had breakout guest appearances on many comedies and dramas ranging from “Portlandia” to HBO’s cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in all three versions of “Law & Order”.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East

Date: April 26, 2014

Inspired by Love

You’ll enjoy many of opera’s greatest hits on this melodious programme, from the merry overture to The Marriage of Figaro, to Offenbach’s lilting barcarolle, and the instantly recognizable Flower Duet from Lakmé. The orchestral selections are equally alluring, including Tchaikovsky’s soaring portrait of the ‘starcrossed’ young lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

Come for: Two brilliant singers bring their blossoming artistry to the TSO.

And more: In 2009, the young Portuguese conductor, Joana Carneiro, was appointed Music Director of California’s Berkeley Symphony, in succession to Kent Nagano.

Light Classics concerts feature a varied selection of classical favourites and include engaging introductions about the music from the stage. You’re sure to leave the performance humming!

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

Start: April 26, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox

The best in Major League Baseball!!!

Game times: April 25 @ 7:07pm; April 26 @ 1:07pm; and April 27 @ 1:07pm.

For tickets: www.bluejays.com

Venue: Rogers Centre — 1 Blue Jays Way

Start: April 25, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
Locations: Rogers Centre

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club

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
Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

This world premiere production of De Idas Y Vueltas celebrates the Latin American songs that have been integrated into flamenco and uses these transmigrations to explore how things come and go in our lives, sometimes they return forever altered, other times they never return at all.

Flamenco, an art form like no other, speaks to the heart and touches the soul. This award winning company of Canadian and Spanish singers, musicians and dancers deliver the power of this expressive art with elegance and passion. The Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company never fails to enthrall audiences, eliciting shouts of “ole” and standing ovations. Come and be captivated.

Joining the company from Spain: “El Junco” (dancer), Óscar Lago (guitarist) and Manuel Soto (singer).

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Start: April 24, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre


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
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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