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April 28, 2014

A Return To Stilife

Post dinner, which will be prepared by Charles Khabouth’s La Société, Patria and Weslodge, distinguished guests of Suzanne Rogers will experience Khabouth’s famous STILIFE Nightclub for one evening only. Produced by Charles Khabouth, Suzanne Rogers Presents, and Sennheiser, A RETURN TO THE STILIFE will be an exceptional evening of entertainment and excitement.


A Toronto nightlife institution, STILIFE Nightclub will forever be remembered as more than a venue- rather an era in time, design, music and fashion culture that epitomized the pinnacle of the Downtown Toronto social scene. A time and place that saw the avant-garde mingle with the starving artist, the celebrity toast with the socialite and the up-and-coming DJ both steal and set the scene.

STILIFE fueled much of the arts and design scene when it launched in 1982. Shaping our city’s entertainment district, Charles Khabouth rented the dirt floor basement of a warehouse space at Richmond and Duncan. At the time, the area was deserted; neighbourhood parking lot attendants packed up and went home at six and the street lights shut off at 11. For the privilege of placing his next club in no man’s land, Khabouth paid all of $4 per square foot. He then took $1.1 million and built STILIFE. The club was rendered in high fashion by the Toronto design firm Yabu Pushelberg. STILIFE had doormen dressed in fur coats and was very exclusive: Khabouth gave entrance cards only to those with the requisite fashion sense or attitude. “STILIFE was the product of my being arrogant and cocky and doing all kinds of things I wouldn’t do today,” Khabouth admits. “Sometimes, if I felt like going inside for a half-hour, I’d tell the doormen, ‘No one’s coming in.’ It didn’t matter if there was no one inside. If I didn’t feel like letting anyone in, they didn’t come in.” There were huge lineups every night.

WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2014, 11pm – 1am.

WHERE: The Carlu (7th Floor) — 444 Yonge Street

Music By: The Misshapes

Date: April 28, 2014


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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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
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
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario


When we first produced it in 2000, Opera Atelier “rescued Persée from two centuries of slumber, to the astonishment and delight of audiences and critics alike” (The Toronto Star). We are thrilled to be returning to one of the company’s cornerstone productions this season, and to be bringing it to Versailles, where it has not been on stage since it inaugurated the Royal Opera House in 1770. Called “an exquisite piece” (The Globe and Mail) and “a masterful ‘run-don’t-walk’ production” (Classical 96.3 FM), and “a resounding triumph” (The WholeNote), Persée is a lavish retelling of the Classical Perseus myth.

For tickets: www.operaatelier.com

Venue: Elgin Theatre — 189 Yonge Street

Start: April 26, 2014
End: May 3, 2014


A darkly truthful parable of a generation struggling under the pressures of success and entitlement.

A Company Theatre production in association with Canadian Stage.

Americans Zack and Abby appear to have it all: an apartment in a promising neighbourhood in Paris, an affectionate marriage, and Zack’s admirable mission to eradicate pediatric AIDS through his work with Doctors Without Borders. But when Abby finds Zack at home one day when he’s supposed to be at work, the revelations that follow rock their seemingly idyllic life.

The Company Theatre, our Berkeley Street Partners who presented 2012’s Speaking in Tongues and 2011’s The Test, return with a suspenseful, Hitchcockian play that shines a light on the darker side of our personal relationships.

“A perceptive drama… and a nail-biting psychological thriller.” – New York Times.

“When it comes to theatre, to be in the company of The Company Theatre is to be in good company indeed.” – Toronto Sun.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street

Start: April 6, 2014
End: May 4, 2014

Hot Docs

April 24 – May 4, 2014. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival. Each year the festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge docs from Canada & around the globe, reaching audiences of over 180,000.

Please consult website for locations and movies: www.hotdocs.ca

Start: April 24, 2014
End: May 4, 2014
Location: Hot Docs

Beatrice and Virgil

Horrific truths, buried in layers of history are unearthed through fact, art and imagination when Henry visits a taxidermist. An innovative stage adaptation of Martel’s controversial but critically acclaimed novel, this powerful and provocative piece will enthrall audiences with its fragile beauty and ugly truths.

For tickets: www.factorytheatre.ca

Venue: Factory Theatre — 125 Bathurst Street

Start: April 12, 2014
End: May 11, 2014


ARRABAL, an exciting World Premiere, is an explosive story told entirely through dance and the music of multiple Academy Award® winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) and his band Bajofondo.

Using a modern tango dance vocabulary never seen before, director Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) and choreographer Julio Zurita create a dramatic vision that is emotional, sexual and powerful. With a book written by Tony Award® nominee John Weidman (Contact), follow Arrabal, our heroine, in this coming of age story as she enters the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs and discovers the violent history that took her father and disrupted a nation. ARRABAL is based on the true story of the political violence that threatened to destroy Argentina in the 1970’s. With a live band and performers direct from Buenos Aires, experience the sensual beauty and political intrigue that is ARRABAL.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street

Start: February 4, 2014
End: May 11, 2014
Location: Mirvish Productions