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November 15, 2014

Bloor-Yorkville Shines Bright for Holiday Magic

On Saturday, November 15, the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the spectacular annual community free concert event in support of the Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR).

Between 5pm – 6:30pm, families, friends and music lovers are invited to the Village of Yorkville Park for the Official “Flick the Switch” Lighting Ceremony and a special performance by Molly Johnson. Back by popular demand after a stand-out Holiday Magic performance in 2011, the Juno Award winning jazz vocalist will ring in the holidays with the Bloor-Yorkville community performing songs from her new album “Because of Billie”, an album of Billie Holiday songs that plays homage to the iconic jazz singer. The evening’s musical entertainment will start with a performance by folk rock artist Andrew Austin.

The BYBIA will transform the Village of Yorkville Park and Bloor Street into a dazzling display of lights shining bright throughout the neighbourhood. In addition to the Christmas tree located in the Village of Yorkville Park, a 20-foot tree glowing with an LED light display will sit outside the ROM at Avenue Road and Bloor Street. Patrons of the neighbourhood can look forward to shopping, dining and enjoying the attractions this year surrounded by festive lighting along the tree-lined streets.

For full event information, please visit: www.bloor-yorkville.com/holiday_magic/

November 4, 2014

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica: Tribute to Rex

The NDTC makes a long awaited return to Toronto. Please join us in welcoming the dance Theatre Company and pay tribute to co-founder and artistic director, the late Professor Rex Nettleford at the Sony Centre on November 4th”, says Seth George Ramocan, Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto.

Under Artistic Director Barry Moncreiffe, the Sony Centre performance will include Professor Nettleford’s signature choreography “Dialogue for Three”, as well as pieces from the NDTC’s recent season which ended on August 17th, 2014 at Jamaica’s Little Theatre.

Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford, OM, FIJ, OCC, was a Jamaican scholar, social critic, choreographer, and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, the leading research university in the Commonwealth Caribbean. In 1962, Nettleford co-founded the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, an ensemble which under his direction, incorporated traditional Jamaican music and dance into a formal balletic repertoire.
The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, recently completed its 52nd Season.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front street East

 
Date: November 4, 2014
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October 30, 2014

Voice of Asia – Astana Opera

The symphony orchestra, choir and soloists of Astana Opera will present the concert program Voice of Asia, introducing a broad spectrum of Kazakh musical performing art. The original sound of ancient folk instruments dombyra and kobyz will communicate a flavour of the endless Kazakh steppe. The program includes Kazakh national songs and music written by modern composers A.Zhubanov-L.Khamidi, Y.Rakhmadiev, T.Mukhamedzhanov as well as excerpts from great masterpieces of Verdi, Rossini, Offenbach, Borodin, Bernstein. The second half of the performance will present Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concert. Erzhan Kulibaev, prizewinner in many international competitions, will play on the Stradivarius “Rode” 1722, courtesy of the Maggini Foundation.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front street East

 
Date: October 30, 2014
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October 25, 2014

The Wynners

A Legend in the History of Hong Kong Music…

Performing to sold-out crowds around the world…

2014 marks the year of the largest concert series in World Vision Canada’s history and of the decade! Hong Kong’s Iconic band, The Wynners, re-unites in 2014 and in full force for a concert tour like no other. The Wynners is firing up to rock the Canadian stage touring around 4 cities, ending centre stage in Toronto at the Sony Centre. All 5 members of The Wynners is set to take the crowd in, leaving it all on the stage with back to back golden melody hits! It will definitely be a once in a lifetime concert you won’t want to miss! Get your tickets now before they are sold out!

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East

 
Date: October 25, 2014
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October 25, 2014 – October 26, 2014

The BSM’s Halloween Extravaganza!

Say boo at the Bata Shoe Museum this Halloween and join us for a spooktacular weekend of family fun! Decorate a Halloween inspired cookie, make a special craft and play I Spy in the galleries. Kids who wear their costumes get in free!

Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th; Drop in during Museum hours.

Bata Shoe Museum — 327 Bloor Street West (at St. George).

COST: Included with Museum admission; kids in costume get into the Museum for free!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 416.979.7799 or www.batashoemuseum.ca

 
Start: October 25, 2014
End: October 26, 2014
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October 22, 2014 – October 26, 2014

imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival

October 22-26th, 2014. Come celebrate their 15th anniversary with the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. This international festival celebrates the latest works by indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media.

The Festival will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and other various venues. Please review the website for further details.

Website: www.imaginenative.org

 
Start: October 22, 2014
End: October 26, 2014
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October 16, 2014

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra

Ancient Chinese instruments lead a grand Western orchestra through melodies rooted in 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture in a program including vast repertoire of Shen Yun’s original music and celebrated classics from Berlioz and Dvořák.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 and is part of internationally acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts. With unparalleled collaborations among composers, conductors and musicians, they integrate Chinese instruments in a Western orchestra on a grand scale—an achievement requiring a command of both musical traditions—and deliver original compositions crafted exclusively for the one-of-a-kind orchestra.

Website and tickets: www.shenyunperformingarts.org/symphony

Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Date: October 16, 2014
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October 4, 2014

Oktoberfest Dinner Cruise

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Oktoberfest Dinner Cruise ($86.27 per person)

Put on your lederhosen and get your polka on aboard the Showboat! The Oktoberfest Dinner Cruise includes a three hour cruise and a delicious German-inspired buffet dinner with schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut and more.

Mariposa Cruises has been sailing the city’s Harbourfront from April to New Year’s Eve for more than 25 years and welcomes over 100,000 guests each season. Mariposa Cruises has built its reputation as the leader in the Toronto harbour, with an impressive fleet of seven distinctive ships, varying in size and style. Docked in a prime location at Toronto’s waterfront alongside Queens Quay Terminal, Mariposa Cruises can accommodate groups of 15 to 575.

Website: tickets.mariposacruises.com/index.php?event_id=896

September 28, 2014

Shahkar Bineshpajooh

Shahkar Bineshpajooh is an Iranian poet, songwriter and singer (born in Tehran, Iran in 1972). At fifteen, he began writing poetry and music, and taught himself to play the guitar, piano, drums, and percussion without instruction. His family opposed his interest in music, and he immersed himself in other academic fields while producing several albums and poetry.

In 1995 he founded the first Fusion Music Concert, and in 1998 the first and last Pop Music Festival – both were banned and he was subsequently banned for five years to perform in any concert in Iran. In 1997 he released “The Lady of Orient” album, and between 1999 and 2006 wrote, translated and published several books including Pablo Neruda’s “The Eternity of a Kiss.” During this time he also produced and recorded the albums “The Note (Eskenas),” “Your Majesty” and “Literature of another ilk.”

His latest album was recorded in Paris and performed with the Yerevan Opera Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine’s national Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and Kiev’s Opera Orchestra. In 2013 he performed with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and now he comes to Canada for the first time to perform at Roy Thomson Hall.

For tickets: www.roythomson.com

Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Date: September 28, 2014
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September 21, 2014

Francophonie en fête

Trinity Square, 1 Trinity Street

September 21, 2014

Francophonie en Fête is a not for profit organization that celebrates the diversity of francophone and francophile community of the Greater Toronto through the presentation an annual musical festival. The main mission of the festival is to reinforce the identity and the feeling of belonging of the francophone community and to develop as well the pride to be francophone, especially in minority situation. We wish to support the French language in Ontario by organizing in the GTA events that value our diverse francophone cultures. This is how, in the past editions of the festival, we have welcomed more than 7,000 spectators.

Free Admission.

For more information, please visit francophonie-en-fete.com

The Distillery District — 55 Mill Street