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October 26, 2013

Category: Performing Arts

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
Location: Shaw Festival

Gino Vannelli

8:00pm. Single Tickets: $70, $75, $80. Subscribe from $53.
“I Just Wanna Stop”, “Wild Horses”, “Black Cars”.
Whether performing piano-voice concerts in theatres, singing before symphony orchestras in concert halls, or with a pop ensemble to throngs of enthusiastic fans, Gino remains impassioned and true to his art as ever. Along with some of the pop charts’ most requested classics, Gino Vannelli’s standing as a powerful and innovative live performer and his well hewn musical skills as composer, poet, producer and arranger, keep his career rising to greater heights. Gino’s last show at The Rose sold-out in days, so don’t miss your chance to see this pop music icon live in concert.

For tickets please visit: www.rosetheatre.ca or via phone at 905-874-2800.

Venue: The Rose Theatre — 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, Ontario

Date: October 26, 2013
Location: Rose Theatre Brampton

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
Location: Canadian Opera Company

Eric Burdon

Celebrate one of the biggest voices of the British Invasion on his band’s 50th anniversary. The former front man for The Animals, Eric Burdon has been in high demand lately, writing a memoir, releasing an album (‘Til Your River Runs Dry) and performing a string of shows. Last year’s performance at South by Southwest—where he played with Bruce Springsteen, a lifelong fan—led to a repeat engagement in March.

For more details and tickets: www.MasseyHall.com

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

Date: October 26, 2013
Location: Massey Hall

Brahms Symphony 2

Oct. 23, 24 and 26. The TSYO joins the TSO side-by-side for Dvorak’s brilliant Carnival Overture. Afterwards, hear the Orchestra perform Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 which breathes the contented air of a warm summer’s day, laced with gentle Viennese charm.

Come for: Skip rush hour with magnificent orchestral music introduced by CBC’s Tom Allen – it’s the perfect way to transition into your evening.

And more: Enjoy free hors d’oeuvres before the concert.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

Start: October 23, 2013
End: October 26, 2013
Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck

Legendary music icons and Grammy® Award winners, Brian Wilson (Co-founder Beach Boys) and Jeff Beck (Yardbirds) announced today a co-headlining North American tour. Two of the music industry’s most celebrated entertainers will kick off their tour on September 27th in Hollywood, FL and will visit 20 cities as they bring an evening of historic musical collaboration to fans across North America.

Beck recently joined Wilson in the studio as a guest on Wilson’s upcoming album on Capitol Records. “Jeff is one of the most amazing guitarists I’ve ever worked with and his vibe is inspiring,” says Wilson. “I feel having Jeff Beck co-headline with me is a cool and exciting addition. We’ve got some new tunes we want to try out on a live crowd as well as doing some great music from our catalogues.”

Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. Wilson was barely out of his teens when he co-created some of the most beloved records ever… nine consecutive gold albums that featured such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me, Rhonda” and “California Girls”…just to name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Wilson co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed with The Beach Boys.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Venue: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East

Date: October 26, 2013
Location: Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

Live Jazz

12 Noon Brunch Matinee: DANNY MARKS & FRIENDS. 3:30pm: BOB CARY ORCHESTRA: Big
Band led by Trumpeter Bob Cary. 7:00pm: JUSTIN GRAY’s RUBIX featuring Andrew Kay-Sax/Effects.
9:45pm: HUMBER FACULTY featuring Denny Christianson-Trumpet, Kirk MacDonald-Sax, Ted
Quinlan-Guitar, & Mark Kelso-Drums.

For more details: www.TheRex.ca

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

Date: October 26, 2013

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
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

Start: September 29, 2013
End: October 27, 2013


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

Start: October 13, 2013
End: October 27, 2013