April 12, 2013
Category: Performing Arts
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, all of which have become bestsellers. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was released in September 2010. His next book entitled Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls will be published in late Spring 2013. David Sedaris will appear for one night only, featuring all-new readings of his work and a book signing.
Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East
8pm. Armed with one of the most recognizable voices in the business, Engelbert Humperdinck has been a formidable musical force for more than 45 years. His hits “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Man Without Love” and “Spanish Eyes” earned him ardent fans around the globe; his consummate ability to entertain has kept those fans eternally devoted to him. Set to win the hearts of a new generation with his upcoming album of duets, Humperdinck hits Toronto for the first time in a decade for one enchanted evening.
For tickets: box office at 416-872-4255 or www.masseyhall.com
Venue: Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street
8 pm. The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of three American presidents (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), and received 18 Grammy Awards and 12 honorary doctorates. But it is in the court of public opinion that Franklin’s legacy truly stands the test of time: the number one vocalist of all time (as named by Rolling Stone magazine) is forever beloved for her soul masterpieces “Respect,” “A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.”
For tickets: box office at 416-872-4255 or www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
4:00pm: HOGTOWN SYNCOPATORS. 6:30pm: SARA DELL: Sara Dell-Vocals/Solo Piano. 9:45pm: 2013 Grammy Nominee: New York’s MANUEL VALERA: Manuel Valera-Piano, Yosvany Terry-Sax, Roberto Occhipinti-Bass, and Ludwig Afonso-Drums.
For more details: www.TheRex.ca
Location: The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
World Stage Production
She She Pop (Germany)
Performed in German with English surtitles
Mirroring the story of King Lear and his daughters, She She Pop members take to the stage with their own aging fathers to enumerate their inheritances and negotiate how power, money, memory and love are passed along across the generations. With the drive of a game show, this heart wrenching and humourous work strives to find the intersections of responsibility and respect between parents and children. She She Pop, based in Berlin and Hamburg, is one of Germany’s most important performance collectives.
When: April 17-20, 2013
Location: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
More Information: Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage
Nova Bhattacharya and Louis Laberge-Côté celebrate the power and beauty of abstraction and the
transformative experience they have undergone in their creative relationship over the last decade. Tickets: $19.50-$34.
For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Location: Harbourfront — Enwave Theatre
DATES: April 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 2013
TIMES: 7:30 P.M. (*with the exception of Sunday, April 7 matinee at 3 P.M.)
Mozart’s The Magic Flute is an enchanting romp through a fairly-tale land in which dragons and spirits roam
and perseverance is rewarded by true love. A magical tale that delights audiences of all ages, The Magic
Flute is a wonderful adventure for the whole family.
One of the most-performed operas worldwide, The Magic Flute is perhaps Mozart’s greatest popular
success. It tells the tale of a prince, Tamino, who is sent by The Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter
Pamina from her nemesis Sarastro. Accompanied by the endearingly incorrigible Papageno and with the aid
of a magic flute, the besotted Tamino ventures into the temple and quickly finds that all is not as it seems. TICKET PRICES: $35 – $155.
For more details: www.operaatelier.com
Location: The Elgin Theatre — 189 Yonge Street
Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture describes a generation of
artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity to create
innovative and unexpected new works—in painting, sculpture, installation,
performance and video—that reflect the current realities of Aboriginal peoples
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of
grunt gallery, the exhibition includes work by: Jackson 2bears, KC Adams,
Sonny Assu, Bear Witness, Jordan Bennett, Raymond Boisjoly,
Corey Bulpitt & Gurl 23, Kevin Lee Burton, Raven Chacon,
Nicholas Galanin, Maria Hupfield, Mark Igloliorte, Cheryl L’Hirondelle,
Duane Linklater, madeskimo, Dylan Miner, Kent Monkman,
Marianne Nicolson, Skeena Reece, Hoka Skenandore, and
For more information, visit thepowerplant.org
HATCH is Harbourfront Centre’s annual performing arts residency programme. This is your chance to
encounter some of the most original, exciting and fresh voices in theatre, dance and performance our city
has to offer. The audience is invited to engage and interact with the artists following their presentations.
For more information, visit the Harboufront Centre website.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A JOURNEY TO OZ LIKE NO OTHER
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that recently delighted Toronto audiences of all ages with the revival of The Sound of Music.
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
NOW ON STAGE!
AT THE ED MIRVISH THEATRE
244 Victoria Street, Toronto
Act One – 1 hour 5 minutes
Intermission – 20 minutes
Act Two – 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Visit Mirvish.com for more information.