August 22, 2013
Category: Performing Arts
Just For Laughs is thrilled to announce that British actor and comedian Russell Brand will be hitting select Canadian cities this summer! Don’t miss Russell with his brand new live show in Toronto on Thursday, August 22 at The Sony Centre at 8pm.
Since exploding to US stardom in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, British actor and stand-up comedian Russell Brand has established himself as one of the comedy world’s true heavyweights. However, before hitting the big screen, Russell toured throughout the UK, Australia and the US, and released three stand-up specials: Shame (2006), Russell Brand: Only Joking (2007), and Russell Brand: Scandalous (2009). Russell has also hosted both the MTV Movie Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards (twice).
The star of such box office hits as Get Him To The Greek, Rock Of Ages, Arthur, Hop, Bedtime Stories, Despicable Me and The Tempest, Brand can currently be seen hosting his wildly popular unscripted late-night series, Brand X on FX Network, which was recently renewed for a second season. Brand has also written two books, the New York Times bestseller My Booky Wook: A Memoir Of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up, as well the follow up, My Booky Wook 2: This Time, It’s Personal.
He is currently in pre-production for Paramount Pictures’ The Hauntrepreneur produced by Michael Bay, and is slated to star in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut later this year, which though untitled, probably won’t be Juno 2. But don’t quote us on that.
Venue: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East
WORST POP BAND EVER:
Chris Gale-Sax, Adrean Farrugia-Piano, Drew Birston-
Bass & Tim Shia-Drums.
9:30pm: Aubrey Dayle’s MY ID:
Rich Brown-Bass, and
For more details: www.TheRex.ca
Venue: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theatre history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to Toronto, starring critically-acclaimed actress Rachel York as Reno Sweeney and directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall. The New York Times calls it “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY” and USA TODAY hails it as “GLORIOUS and EXHUBERANT!”
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”
For tickets or information: www.mirvish.com
Location: Princess of Wales Theatre — 300 King Street West
There is much to celebrate at the 2013 Scotiabank Buskerfest and that celebration will be taking place in our new home on Downtown Yonge Street.
The longest and most vibrant street in the world will become the venue for the largest Epilepsy event in the world and North America’s largest
Street Performer Festival!
The largest festival in the Toronto summer entertainment season, the festival is spontaneous, colourful, and bursting with the unexpected.
There is something for everyone; silent comedy and slapstick, daredevils and musicians, high skill circus acts and a wide variety of music, clowns,
contortionists, acrobats, aerialists, puppets, fire and a few things we have no words to describe.
Location: Yonge Street (between Queen and College Streets)
Produced and directed by rock legend Steven Van Zandt and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman, The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream is a hybrid of a Rock concert and a Broadway show, Rock N’ Soul dance party meets the Jersey Boys. A bioconcert that is completely original in its concept, Once Upon A Dream was a sold-out hit on Broadway, thrilling audiences and critics alike. More than just a concert experience, the audience is taken through the history of The Rascals, and the history of the 1960s through their music, which includes such smash hits as “Good Lovin’”,”Lonely Too Long”, “It’s a Beautiful Morning”, “How Can I Be Sure” and “Groovin’.” Their story is told through a combination of live narrative and performance, film reenactments of pivotal moments in history for the band, and archival performance and news footage.
The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream has audiences dancing in the aisles every night. A feel-good experience for everyone who loves music, and a wildly entertaining story of one of America’s most influential rock bands. Don’t miss it!
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West
It’s not always fun being the smallest. Unless you are the world’s smallest ninja!
This summer, The Second City is pleased to bring you a hilarious new adventure for all ages, Princess Polly and the World’s Smallest Ninja. Come along as Princess Polly sets out to save the kingdom, with the help of a tiny ninja, whose skills will baffle your eyes!
Complete with wonderful original songs, a heart-warming tale, and plenty of surprises, Princess Polly is a production that will delight kids and parents alike!
Recommended for ages 5 – 102. Performances: July 4 to September 1.
Thursdays & Sundays at 1:00pm. (Doors open at 12:30pm).
Tickets: Individual Tickets $14. Family 4-Packs $45.
For groups of 10 or more, contact email@example.com
Location: The Second City – 51 Mercer Street (at Blue Jays Way)
This summer, see Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy Macbeth and early comedy The Taming of the Shrew under the stars. Both works will be playing outdoors throughout the summer on alternate nights, a rare repertoire summer at Shakespeare in High Park. This pay-what-you-can event is one of Toronto’s favourite traditions.
Please note: When you make a contribution, our ticketing system will assign you a random seat number for each ticket. Because all reservations are general admission, please disregard any seat number that appears in your shopping cart and confirmation receipt.
Location: High Park
This summer, guests can experience one of the best views in Toronto while enjoying a relaxing drink, a barbeque and some outstanding music on our outdooor terrace.
Tuesday June 25: Casa-Palooza.
Jessie Pitcher brings his signature acoustic sound to a wide variety of musical styles. Captivating renditions of familiar classics meld seamlessly through 90s rock and current pop hits. www.jessepitcher.ca
Tuesday, July 23: All That Jazz at Casa Loma.
Jazz and blues vocalist Cara Matthew released her debut album, “Make You Feel My Love,” in 2009. Her record features arrangements of tunes by Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan and other popular artists. www.caramatthew.com
Wednesday, August 14: Happy Days at Casa Loma.
The Dreamboats are bringing back good ol’fashioned Rock n’ Roll! Playing selections from The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and more. The Dreamboats deliver an exciting nostalgic show. www.thedreamboatsband.com
Thursday, September 3: A Night at the Opera at Casa Loma.
NARIA is and contains 4 brilliant voices whose vocal prowess and original compositions features opera, pop techno and world music with classical high notes while exhibiting their intimate personal style. www.nariagroup.com
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Cover Charge: $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door (cash only at the door).
Food, Beverages, Wine and Beer are available for purchase on-site.
Dates and artists may be subject to change. For more information, please visit www.casaloma.org or phone 647-725-1822 to buy your tickets now.
Location: Casa Loma — 1 Austin Terrace
From June 28 – September 6, Virgin Mobile presents INDIE FRIDAYS, free concerts every Friday night from 8-10pm. Toronto’s biggest patio will be the hot spot to cool down with performances by in demand cover-band Dwayne Gretzky, indie darlings Plants and Animals, and Toronto hip hop sensation Cadence Weapon.
For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit ydsquare.ca
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square — Yonge and Dundas Streets