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December 11, 2013

Category: Performing Arts

Classic Albums Live: Band on the Run

8:00pm. Single Tickets: $38, $48, $58. Subscribe from $29. Band on the Run is the album that restored critical acclaim to Paul McCartney, eventually climbing the charts to become a commercial smash. Forty years after its release, this ambitious album from Paul McCartney and Wings has aged remarkably well, showcasing their talent for song-craft and nuanced arrangements. Sunny acoustic pop “Bluebird” alongside the title track and “Jet”, one of McCartney’s best solo recordings, capture key member ingredients at their best. One of the most celebrated post-Beatles albums, Band on the Run is a great choice to recreate live on stage, note for note and cut for cut.

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

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

 
Date: December 11, 2013
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Location: Rose Theatre Brampton

Free Concert Series – Espejo

December 11, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Canada’s award-winning “Reina Latina” (Latin jazz queen), Eliana Cuevas is flanked by some of the country’s top jazz musicians (bassist George Koller, pianist Jeremy Ledbetter, and percussionists Mark Kelso and Daniel Stone) to perform highlights from her highly anticipated album, Espejo. Much-lauded for her expanded range as a composer and performer, Cuevas’s deeply personal oeuvre offers an intense and passionate journey of the soul.

For more details: www.COC.ca

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

 
Date: December 11, 2013
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Pops Christmas

The TSO has filled a giant Christmas stocking with festive holiday cheer—just for you!

Come for: Special guest for the occasion is Ashley Brown, Broadway’s original Mary Poppins. She returns after wowing TSO Pops audiences last season with her fresh, electrifying performances.

And more: You’ll enjoy favourite seasonal music of all kinds, and you’ll get a chance to join with the TSO for a traditional sing-along.

Program: Favourite Seasonal music.

Pops concerts add an orchestral flair to popular tunes from screen, stage, and more. Prepare for dazzling show-stopping artistry at each performance!

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Start: December 10, 2013
End: December 11, 2013
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Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Festival of Carols

On Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30pm the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, led by Noel Edison, will ring in the season with its annual holiday tradition, Festival of Carols, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. This year the Choir welcomes special guest, tenor superstar Ben Heppner. Ben will sing some fireside favourites and join with the Choir for O Holy Night and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, among others.

The concert will include a wide range of choral music fit for the season, from the contemplative to the traditional, along with some rousing favourites. Stories for the season, told by Noel Edison and Ben Heppner, add to the festive mood and a carol sing-along will encourage the audience to add their voices to this welcome to the holiday season.

Visit the concert webpage: www.tmchoir.org/tmcPerformances/festival-of-carols.cfm

Venue: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church — 1585 Yonge Street

 
Date: December 11, 2013
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God of Carnage

This hilarious award-winning comedy begins when two sophisticated couples meet to discuss a playground incident involving their children. What starts as a civilized get-together quickly devolves into a scrappy, laugh-out-loud evening that The New York Times called “A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct.”

A David Mirvish Presentation of a Studio 180 Theatre Production.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street

 
Start: November 23, 2013
End: December 15, 2013
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Location: Mirvish Productions

Annie (TYA)

On the Mainstage | Nov. 11 – Dec. 19, 2013 | Grades SK-7.

Leapin’ Lizards! Everyone’s favourite comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals – winner of 9 Tony Awards! After escaping the orphanage, Annie sets off in search of her parents. In a series of adventures, the spunky, optimistic redhead dodges the evil machinations of orphanage matron Miss Hannigan, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and encounters a billionaire looking to improve his image. Some of Broadway’s most popular show tunes, including Tomorrow, It’s the Hard Knock Life and Easy Street are featured in this Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) version of the renowned musical.

For tickets and information: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

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

 
Start: November 11, 2013
End: December 19, 2013
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Location: Young People’s Theatre

The Little Mermaid

Toronto is awash with excitement in light of news that Ross Petty Productions has announced that the 18th annual holiday pantomime at the Elgin Theatre will be THE LITTLE MERMAID, running November 22, 2013 – January 4, 2014. Petty is leaving behind the Brothers Grimm and entering Hans Christian Andersen territory through this classic story, but with a Petty pivot – his first-ever foray into the fishy fairy tale where anyFIN goes!

Currently starring as the title role in Evangeline at The Charlottetown Festival, musical theatre power house Chilina Kennedy will star as the Little Mermaid, bringing forth an impressive resume of stage work and critical acclaim that includes her role as Mary Magdalene in the Stratford to Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar. With an aquatic collection of friends by her side, the title character’s quest for true love and happiness is aided by Dan Chameroy’s sea-lacious Dame Plumbum, returning to the Elgin stage with his perennial persona as the Little Mermaid’s aunt. Starring opposite Kennedy as the handsome Prince, and the buoy of her dreams, is actor and Canadian Idol Season 1 finalist, Marc Devigne.

For more details or tickets: www.rosspetty.com

Venue: Elgin Theatre — 189 Yonge Street

 
Start: November 22, 2013
End: January 4, 2014
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Location: Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Aladdin

World Premiere!

In an exotic, faraway land, one man’s life is about to change with the lucky rub of an ancient lamp—and you’re invited to join the magic carpet ride.

Welcome to ALADDIN, Disney’s new Broadway-bound musical, adapted from the hit film and featuring some of the best-loved music by Academy® and Tony Award®-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Beguelin.

Brought to you by the producer of Toronto’s record-breaking hits The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, ALADDIN will be directed and choreographed by Tony®-winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and will feature the award-winning and acclaimed design team of Bob Crowley (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes) and Natasha Katz (lights), with illusions by Jim Steinmeyer.

With its timeless story, extravagant sets and costumes and a host of memorable characters and songs, ALADDIN will transport you to a place you only know in your dreams. Go ahead, make a wish. And discover a whole new world, in a whole new way… at ALADDIN.

www.mirvish.com/shows/aladdin

Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street

 
Start: November 1, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: Mirvish Productions

Once

Winner of eight 2012 Tony® Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience.

Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us.

For tickets or information: www.Mirvish.com

Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West

 
Start: November 26, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: Mirvish Productions