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October 21, 2013

Category: Performing Arts

Live Jazz

6:30pm:
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
STUDENT JAZZ ENSEMBLES:
Ensembles of Kelly Jefferson,
Don Englert & Gary Williamson.
9:30pm: JOHN CHEESMAN
JAZZ ORCHESTRA:
14-Piece Big Band
Led by Drummer/Composer
John Cheesman.

For more details: www.TheRex.ca

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

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Date: October 21, 2013
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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

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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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Location: Shaw Festival

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

Venus In Fur

A Canadian Stage production.

A young actress is determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic erotic novel Venus in Fur. During her audition, she gets caught up in an electrifying game of cat and mouse with the director, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. The hottest ticket on Broadway last year, this brilliant and unexpected showdown of the sexes was nominated for the Best Play Tony Award.

“Smart. Sexy. Hilarious.” – Vogue.

“Ninety minutes of good, kinky fun.” – New York Times.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Bluma Appel Theatre — 27 Front Street East

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Start: September 29, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Canadian Stage

Yukonstyle

A Canadian Stage Production in co-production with the Hopscotch Collective in association with the Theatre Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.

Three unlikely roommates are enduring the harsh Whitehorse winter as the 2007 Robert Pickton murder trial plays out on the TV. One of them, Garin, must confront the mystery of his missing aboriginal mother’s identity as his father dies of liver failure and threatens to take her story with him.

Yukonstyle is a play for the new generation of Canadians who are less concerned with what it means to be “Canadian” than they are with how to get by in this country of mountains, bison, fast food, serial killers, and snow.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street

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Start: October 13, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Canadian Stage

La Bohème

A brilliant young cast of Bohemians takes us on an unforgettable coming-of-age journey.

Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youthful flirtation, passionate love and heartbreaking tragedy springs to life in this beautiful new COC production, capturing the romance and artistic brilliance of France’s Belle Époque.

Performance time is approximately two hours, 10 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

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

 
Start: October 3, 2013
End: October 30, 2013
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

I Love Lucy

Canadian Premiere!!!

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!

It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”

For more details: www.mirvish.com/shows/ilovelucyliveonstage

Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West

 
Start: October 15, 2013
End: November 3, 2013
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Location: Mirvish Productions