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November 17, 2012

Category: Performing Arts

Matt Dusk in Concert – Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic

The Bloor-Yorkville BIA, is very pleased to announce that Matt Dusk will be in concert for this year’s Official Lighting Ceremony, a kick off to Holiday Magic! On November 17th, 2012 between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, friends, families and music-lovers are invited to the Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland and Bellair Streets) for a special performance by Matt Dusk – one of Canada’s most beloved male vocalists! He has forged a career in music that has resulted in 3 critically-acclaimed studio albums including a Gold record for the debut album ‘Two Shots’ and a Gold record for his third album ‘Good News’. Dusk has had three number one radio hits: “All About Me” (Canada), “Back in Town” (Japan) and “Good News” (France). He is an alumnus of the St. Michael’s Choir School and studied under jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson at York University. He is currently working on his latest album which will be released in October. Don’t miss Matt Dusk at this exclusive Toronto performance to debut his new material. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided! FREE EVENT!!! www.bloor-yorkville.com

Start: November 17, 2012 5:00 pm
End: November 17, 2012 6:00 pm

An Evening with Joe Bonamassa

At 8:00pm. Joe Bonamassa has been lauded as one of the world’s greatest guitarists and he is fast evolving into a full-blown truly charismatic and mesmerizing blues-rock star, as well as a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. To support the recent release of his new DVD, Beacon Theatre: Live From New York and his upcoming new studio album Driving Towards The Daylight in May, Bonamassa is back on tour with exciting new songs to perform. Box office: 416-872-4255. Tickets: $69 – $99. www.masseyhall.com/eventdetail/1122

Start: November 17, 2012 8:00 pm
End: November 17, 2012 10:00 pm
Location: Roy Thomson Hall

Gordon Lightfoot

At 8:00pm. Multiple JUNO-winner and Grammy nominee Gordon Lightfoot returns to Massey Hall this fall. The 150 concerts that have followed the Canadian music icon’s first two sold-out concerts at Massey Hall in March 1967 have become legendary. They have been described by the Toronto Star “as a defining event in the cultural life of Toronto,” the iconic singer-songwriter continues his sixth decade of touring, and will be at Massey Hall for four nights this November. www.MasseyHall.com

Start: November 14, 2012
End: November 17, 2012
Location: Massey Hall

La Cage Aux Folles

WELCOME TO La Cage Aux Folles! Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards® including the award for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, leaving audiences in stitches night after night!

Starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin (Christopher Sieber), who moonlights as the glamor­ous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly!

LA CAGE is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together… stay fabulous… and above all else, stay true to themselves! With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and dangerous Cagelles,” LA CAGE is an indisputable musical comedy classic… and this extraordinary new version shows you why!


La Cage Aux Folles Toronto
Start: October 10, 2012
End: November 18, 2012
Location: Royal Alexandra Theatre

Jekyll and Hyde

American Idol star and Tony® Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy® Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE. After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Tony® and Grammy® Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Oscar® and Grammy® winner Leslie Bricusse returns in a stunning new pre-Broadway production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon. www.mirvish.com/shows/jekyllandhyde

Start: November 14, 2012
End: November 18, 2012
Location: Ed Mirvish Theatre

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

It’s time that Fifty Shades of Grey got SPANKED! SPANK! is the unauthorized musical parody that captures all of the naughty fun of the book in this saucy and hilarious show! Part Chippendales, part Second City…all in one delicious package! Grab your girlfriends and get there early for pre-show drinks and a specialty SPANK! cocktail will be served Stay after the show for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself and meet the cast! Don’t miss the sexiest, funniest, and most exciting show of the year! SPANK! is written and directed by Jim Millan, along with an all-star cast of top comedic actors and improvisers. Best known as the Director for Kids In The Hall, Millan’s work has appeared in 37 countries, 17 languages and has sold over 10 million tickets over the last decade. Recent credits include Marijuannalogues with Tommy Chong, Spiderman on Broadway, Larry King Standing Up, and Mythbusters Live. CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT. SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press. www.mirvish.com

Start: November 14, 2012
End: November 18, 2012
Location: Panasonic Theatre

Speaking in Tongues

When a woman goes missing, four marriages fall into a mess of sex, lies, and neglect. Through it all, each couple desperately searches for fulfillment and the line between right and wrong becomes dangerously blurred.

Speaking in Tongues is a thrilling play fresh from Australia; a multi-faceted adventure that reveals the darker side of human nature. The Company Theatre, our Berkeley Street Partners who presented 2011’s critically-acclaimed The Test, return with this intriguing and intelligent play in which nine parallel lives are interlocked by lust, infidelity, and one mysterious stiletto.


Start: October 29, 2012
End: November 24, 2012

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s perpetually winsome, subversive, cunning and hilarious children’s classic is given a glorious ballet treatment by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon that is the very measure of the original.

Outrageously, eye-poppingly theatrical, with stunning sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, and set to an energetic, riveting score by Joby Talbot, Wheeldon revisits and brings to the stage many of the familiar characters from the book, but in ways, and in such brilliant choreographic arrangements, that we feel we’re meeting them for the first time.

A co-production with England’s Royal Ballet, the work was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic when it premiered in 2011, enthralling and astounding audiences show after show with its mind-boggling stagecraft, startling choreographic statements and its perfectly nuanced blend of classical dance and sheer entertainment. And all on a summer’s day!


Start: November 10, 2012
End: November 25, 2012
Location: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The Arsonists

Gottlieb Biedermann has a problem. Two strangers have weaseled their way into his home and he’s pretty sure they’re the arsonists who’ve already torched much of his small town.

Perhaps by turning a blind eye what he doesn’t want to see won’t happen. Or will it? Wickedly funny, Swiss playwright Max Frisch’s famous post-World War II political farce about our all-too-human ability to ignore acts of despicable evil gets its Canadian premiere in this not-to-be-missed production from the director and designer of Canadian Stage’s 2009 runaway hit ‘Art’. Stage favourites Michael Ball and Fiona Reid star as Biedermann and his wife Babette. Toronto-based songwriter/musician Justin Rutledge composes original music, performing live on stage with a full band.


Start: November 11, 2012
End: December 9, 2012

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection

The Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto’s newest cultural destination, will open its doors on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with a spectacular exhibition that features never before-seen works by eight of Canada’s leading artists.

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection focuses on the Black Star Collection of approximately 292,000 historic black and white photojournalistic prints, as seen through the eyes of internationally-renowned Canadian contemporary artists Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics, David Rokeby and Michael Snow.


Ryerson Image Centre
Start: September 29, 2012
End: December 16, 2012