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April 10, 2014 – April 13, 2014

Arabesque presents their signature expression of Middle Eastern dance. In Sawah (wanderer/tourist/vagabond), the dance company and orchestra delve deep into a wide range of dance and music styles. The artistic character of Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia are represented as well as instances where the East and West have influenced each other. Where the paths of Middle East dance nuance meet and depart other forms is a fascinating journey. The audience is invited to join the company on this adventure. Expect the unexpected. Sawah explores the traditional and the innovative, often weaving in and out of foreign influences, begging the question: “Who influenced who and what is the Arab artistic nuance?” If you have followed Arabesque in the past, be aware, you are in for a surprise. Sawah leads you from pure Arab classics such as the music of Ahmed Adaweya, Feirouz, and Farid El Attrache, to some other unexpected places.

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

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: April 10, 2014
End: April 13, 2014
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

April 5, 2014

Zakir Hussain and The Masters of Percussion

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

 
Date: April 5, 2014
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Location: Roy Thomson Hall

Amanda Martinez

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

April 2, 2014

Nana Mouskouri

World-renowned singer, UNICEF ambassador, international statesperson and philanthropist, Nana Mouskouri receives the distinguished National Order of Québec, and an honorary degree from McGill University this week. Her visit coincides with the announcement of The Happy Birthday Tour—a global tour, which kicks off on her birthday, this October in Athens. She comes to Canada next spring to perform at Roy Thomson Hall.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Date: April 2, 2014
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Location: Roy Thomson Hall

March 27, 2014 – March 29, 2014

Jasmyn Fyffe and Natasha Powell

Bringing Caribbean, contemporary and urban dance influences to the stage, Gimme One Riddim is a captivating dance-theatre production set to the music of Jamaica’s freedom soundtrack – ska. Honouring the likes of Prince Buster, Millie Small, The Skatalites and The Wailers, this new work celebrates hope, freedom, and unity.

A mix of contemporary, urban and Caribbean dance influences are set to a ska soundtrack in the first NextSteps production by these emerging choreographers. Keep your eyes on these two – the success of this show has lead to its third remount!

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

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: March 27, 2014
End: March 29, 2014
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

March 20, 2014 – March 22, 2014

Rina Singha

Circle of Bricks explores the vast versatility of the rhythmic elements in kathak dance. Choreographer Rina Singha and guest director Danny Grossman, along with kathak dance artists Hemant and Vaishali Panwar, Reshmi Chetram, Shanta Chikarmane, Nisheeth Nirjhum Proshanti, Chad Walasek, Divya Gossai, Sharda Samaroo, Neetika Sharma, Farzana Aluddin and guest artist Eddie Kastrau engage the audience by contemporizing traditional stories and relating them to modern day life and experiences.

A tribute to Rina Singha’s master Guru Shambhu Maharaj, Circle of Bricks presents the traditional patterns and intricate technique of kathak (one of eight styles of Indian classical dance) while highlighting the expressive joy and excitement that comes from allowing rhythm to decorate and guide body movement.

Rina Singha is an unstoppable dynamo who presents this new creation at the age of 76. Drawing on training she received from a guru who taught her to dance inside a circle of bricks – a painful way to learn not to misstep – Rina offers a rich kathak experience.

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

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: March 20, 2014
End: March 22, 2014
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March 13, 2014 – March 16, 2014

Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada

Celebrating 25 years in Canada, artistic director Sudha Khandwani explores new trends in Indian dance through performances and symposia with live streaming between Toronto and other parts of the world.

Sudha Khandwani always presents a range of contemporary Indian dance from around the world, including programming from local Toronto companies. This festival will give you an insider’s viewpoint of the scope of Indian dance through Sudha’s curated vision.

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

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: March 13, 2014
End: March 16, 2014
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

March 11, 2014 – April 13, 2014

Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey

The City of Toronto’s Spadina Museum, in partnership with VisionTV/ZoomerMedia, proudly present the Canadian premiere of Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey, March 11 to April 13, 2014.

The exhibition features costumes and photographs from the series, Downton- themed tours and teas. The tour takes visitors through the museum’s family and servants’ spaces and links the characters and events from the TV show to real Toronto history.

Twenty authentic Downton Abbey costumes from Seasons 1 to 3 have been borrowed from Cosprop, Ltd., the London-based costume house that designs and creates the beautiful clothing worn by the cast of the television show. Nine of the costumes have accompanying hats, from Lady Sybil’s nurse’s scarf, to Lady Cora’s wide-brimmed picture hat, to Lady Mary’s cloche worn with her pregnancy suit. The costumes are all historically accurate, some made entirely of new textiles, and others using a mix of new and vintage fabrics.

Two ticket options are available: Exhibit and Tour; or Exhibit, Tea and Tour. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed Mondays. Tickets for this exhibition are available for purchase online at www.spadinamuseum.streamintickets.com

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.toronto.ca/spadina ; Facebook.com/spadinamuseum or follow us on Twitter @spadinamuseum

Start: March 11, 2014
End: April 13, 2014
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February 21, 2014

Soweto Gospel Choir

EARLY PURCHASE OFFER: ALL TICKETS ONLY $49.50 with code EARLYB.

“Soweto Gospel Choir is wonderful! You have never seen or heard such infectious joy – guaranteed!!” – Brian May, Queen.

Grammy Award winning, Soweto Gospel Choir will return to North America in January, 2014 for an 11 week national tour with its show ‘Divine’, celebrating 10 years! Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at the Sony Centre for One Night ONLY!

Over the last 10 years the Grammy and Emmy Award Winning Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world. They have collaborated, recorded and performed with artists including Bono and U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Peter Gabriel, Josh Grobin as well as Andre Rieu. They have performed in front of President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and of course their spiritual fathers, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

It all started in Australia in 2003 with their first ever ticketed performance in Melbourne. It has been an incredible journey from the streets of Soweto to the World’s most prestigious venues. Since that day, Soweto Gospel Choir has gone from completely unknown to being heralded around the world as one of the great vocal ensembles. Along the way they have won 2 Grammys, an Emmy and an Oscar nomination and have just released their 6th album ‘Divine Decade’. Soweto Gospel Choir is thrilled to be coming back to North America 10 years on.

Soweto Gospel Choir is not to be missed!

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East

February 11, 2014 – February 16, 2014

Toronto Black Film Festival

The Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world.

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) was created in 2013 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a not-for-profit, professional, artistic organization dedicated to promoting Cinema, Art and Culture in Canada and abroad. The Fabienne Colas Foundation is also the creator of the very successful Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF).

For more details: www.torontoblackfilm.com/2014-festival/#/film-selection

Location: Various Venues

 
Start: February 11, 2014
End: February 16, 2014
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Toronto, Ontario