Category: Multicultural Attractions
February 8, 2014
Italian singer-songwriter power duo Gigi D’Alessio and Anna Tatangelo return to Roy Thomson Hall for the first time since 2007.
Gigi D’Alessio is known for his masterful interpretations of Neapolitan melodic song. He is also a record producer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, drums, organ, and accordion). His credits include more than 40 albums, a Diamond record and 100 Platinum records. Alessio’s partner Anna Tatangelo is an Italian pop singer who at 15 became the youngest person to win the Newcomer’s Award at the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival singing contest.
For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
February 21, 2014
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
May 18, 2013 – February 23, 2014
The tradition of hosting highly visual exhibitions in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) continues with Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). On display at the ROM from May 18, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Faces to Remember features Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and comes from the renowned collections of the Museum’s Far Eastern section.
Showcasing a culturally important, but often-overlooked aspect of Chinese art and culture, the exhibition’s portraits are astonishing in their detail and embedded symbolism. The visual appeal of the exhibition’s 25 works – some remarkably large – is enhanced by a number of sartorial and personal accessories, objects carefully selected for their resemblance to those seen in the paintings.
Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, ROM Assistant Curator, Chinese Pictorial Arts, is the exhibition’s curator. She explains, “Portraits are a way to commemorate people, whether known or unknown to us. The portraits displayed in the exhibition, as well as the personal accessories, provide us with a better understanding of the Chinese people of the past, their aspirations and moral values.”
For more details: www.rom.on.ca
Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park
November 30, 2013 – March 2, 2014
The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 showcases the dynamism, creativity, and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to and during the First World War. Featuring paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the exhibition chronologically traces the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as expressionism, futurism and cubism.
The exhibition’s focus on the years 1910 to 1918 represents an intense chapter in European and world history, marked by sweeping social change, technological developments and scientific advances. During this time of tremendous creativity and innovation, European cities were evolving, and artists, who were founding groups, staging exhibitions and issuing manifestoes, likewise adapted and responded to 20th-century modernity.
The Great Upheaval spotlights the dynamism of this fertile period — as artists hurtled toward abstraction and the ultimate “great upheaval” of a catastrophic war — while presenting some of the foundational modern masterpieces that shaped the art of future generations.
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West