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October 20, 2013

Category: Performing Arts

Live Jazz

12:00 Noon Brunch Matinee:
EXCELSIOR DIXIELAND JAZZ.
3:30pm: CLUB DJANGO:
Traditional Gypsy-Swing Sextet.
7:00pm: LAURA HUBERT BAND
featuring Peter Hill-Piano.
9:30: HARLEY CARD CD Release:
Harley Card-Guitar, David French-Sax, Matt Newton-Piano, Jon Maharaj-Bass & Fabio Ragnelli-Drums.

For more details: www.TheRex.ca

Venue: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West

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Date: October 20, 2013
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Fiddler on the Roof

This affectionately humorous portrait of life in a Jewish village in Tsarist Russia centres on Tevye, a milkman-philosopher who finds his values challenged by his daughters’ insistence on following their hearts rather than the dictates of tradition. Meanwhile, more sinister changes are on the horizon – ones that threaten the community’s very existence.

For tickets: Box office at 1-800-567-1600 or www.stratfordfestival.ca

Location: Festival Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: April 23, 2013
End: October 20, 2013
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Location: Stratford Festival

Blithe Spirit

As research for his next novel, Charles Condomine engages a medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a séance, which inadvertently raises the ghost of his late wife, Elvira. For Charles’s current wife, Ruth, Elvira’s presence is no laughing matter, particularly since Elvira seems eager to reclaim her former husband – either in this world or the next.

For tickets: Box office at 1-800-567-1600 or www.stratfordfestival.ca

Location: Avon Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: May 16, 2013
End: October 20, 2013
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Location: Stratford Festival

Les Misérables

Cameron Mackintosh presents his acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.

The New York Times calls this production of LES MISÉRABLES “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five-star hit, astonishingly powerful.” The Star-Ledger says “a dynamically re-imagined hit. This LES MISÉRABLES has improved with age,” and NY1-TV proclaims “this new production actually exceeds the original. Musical theatre fans can rejoice: ‘Les Mis’ is born again.”

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master of the House” and many more.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Princess of Wales Theatre — 300 King Street West

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Start: September 27, 2013
End: October 20, 2013
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Location: Mirvish Productions

The Weeknd

Platinum-selling Canadian artist, producer, and visionary, The Weeknd, headlines his fall tour hitting major cities in Canada and U.S. before wrapping up with three hometown shows in Toronto, Ontario at Massey Hall October 17, 19-20.

For more details and tickets: www.MasseyHall.com

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Start: October 17, 2013
End: October 20, 2013
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Location: Massey Hall

From Dvorák to Tchaikovsky

Enjoy tuneful selections with the appealing flavours of Spain, the Czech Republic, and Russia.

Come for: Bruch’s impassioned Violin Concerto No. 1 is one of the most beloved of all works of this kind. It packs plenty of fireworks in its surging finale, too.

And more: BBC Music Online says that soloist Vilde Frang’s “vigour, irreverence and imagination make her a vital and refreshing force.”

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Start: October 19, 2013
End: October 20, 2013
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Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

A Story Before Time

On the Mainstage | Oct. 16-24, 2013 | Grades 1-5.

Original music, dance and theatre unite to bring this entertaining and insightful Aboriginal creation story to life. The exquisite musical score blends traditional Iroquoian songs with contemporary music, incorporating both Mohawk and Cayuga languages. A Story Before Time carries the metaphors, symbols, dreams and beliefs of a people, weaving a rich and powerful cultural narrative.

For tickets and information: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

Venue: Young People’s Theatre — 165 Front Street East

 
Start: October 16, 2013
End: October 24, 2013
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Location: Young People’s Theatre

Enchanted April

WWI is over but a gloom still hangs over London. Lotty and Rose are two housewives who need some enchantment in their lives. Impulsively, Lotty answers an ad in the paper that reads, “Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy. To be let for April. Cook, gardens, ocean view.” And so their adventure begins. Recruiting two other women in need of escape, they dive into the experience of a lifetime, rediscovering themselves among the wine, wisteria and sunshine in a play that is timeless, funny and joyfully restorative.

For more details: www.shawfest.com

Location: Festival Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Shaw Festival 2013
Start: June 25, 2013
End: October 26, 2013
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Peter Grimes

Ben Heppner embodies one of the most iconic roles in 20th-century opera.

After the moral catastrophe of World War II, Benjamin Britten held up a mirror to English life as no other composer has, before or since. Britten earned his reputation – and wrote arguably the best opera of the 20th century – with this gripping psychological study of a village by the sea. His evocative music personifies the unrelenting power and loneliness of the ocean, and reveals the life of an alienated fisherman with spellbinding drama.

Performance time is approximately three hours and 15 minutes including two intermissions.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: October 5, 2013
End: October 26, 2013
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Our Betters

If this play were a personal ad, it would read: rich American women in search of nobility seeking poor British men with titles – a forerunner of Downton Abbey? When American Bessie Saunders comes to London, she is thrust into the world of women of wealth and men of status. The games, the lies, the affairs – what she hears and witnesses, particularly in the garden house of her older sister Pearl, is a mercilessly funny look at Europe’s smart set. Sexy, stylish, provocative and very funny – writer and critic Graham Greene called it “the best social comedy of this century.”

For more details: www.shawfest.com

Location: Royal George Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Shaw Festival 2013
Start: April 3, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Shaw Festival