February 1, 2014
Category: Performing Arts
Two of America’s premier singer-songwriters join forces for an acoustic evening backed by nothing but their superb voices, first-rate guitar playing and charming reminiscences. Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have appeared together on the Massey Hall stage before—most recently in 2008, and we’re glad they’re back: these elegant, captivating meetings between cherished friends and collaborators make for dynamic song-and-story swaps that are difficult to resist.
For tickets: www.MasseyHall.com or 416-872-4255.
Venue: Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street
Iconic children’s entertainer Raffi created the soundtrack of a generation with the beloved 1976 album Singable Songs for the Very Young and subsequent hits “Baby Beluga,” “All I Really Need” and “Bananaphone.” Following sold-out Roy Thomson Hall shows and the publication of his book on social media and its effects on children, Lightweb Darkweb, Raffi is back for more singalong fun.
Proceeds benefit the Centre for Child Honouring.
For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
A new production of an inspiring 5-star hit from the UK that’s part musical, part documentary.
A Canadian Stage production and Canadian premiere.
In 2006, the everyday life of the quiet town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. Playwright Alecky Blythe recorded extensive interviews with the residents of London Road and turned them into an intelligent, startling, and raw piece of theatre set to music by Tony Award-winning Adam Cork. Having captured the heart of England last year, this 5-star musical documentary reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can inspire a community.
★★★★★ (out of 5) – Evening Standard, Independent, Financial Times, Metro, Time Out.
“Show of the Year.” – Time Out.
For more details: www.canadianstage.com
Venue: Bluma Appel Theatre — 27 Front Street East
Atom Egoyan explores love, fidelity and the frailties of the human condition.
Celebrated director Atom Egoyan returns to the COC, bringing his signature style to this wry comedy about two couples gambling with faith and desire. Featuring a cast of exciting young opera stars and distinguished, seasoned veterans, this work is full of both farce and folly. Yet Mozart’s sublime musical depiction of the honest and intimate struggles of love and temptation is truly one of the greatest pieces about relationships ever written.
Performance time is approximately three hours, 5 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
North American Premiere
From the producers of the international phenomenon, Riverdance, comes a brand new show!
Heartbeat of Home is a music and dance spectacular! A world-class cast of thirty-eight of the best Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban dancers and musicians will create a dream world of joyous, high-energy, heart-stopping performances.
Modern, mesmerizing, emotionally satisfying and fun! Heartbeat of Home is a crowd-pleaser for a new generation. Toronto audiences will be the first to see this exciting new show before it goes on its North American tour.
Visit www.heartbeatofhome.com for more information.
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street
Kafka’s terrifying but bizarrely comic story bursts onto the stage in a theatrically explosive new version.
The ordinary, unremarkable life of the Samsa family is turned upside down when their son, Gregor, the sole provider for the family, emerges one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a gigantic insect. His family’s feelings of revulsion turn to resentment with horrifying results.
This hugely acclaimed production combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split level set. Domestic tragedy or a metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosisis fantastic, surprisingly funny and powerfully poignant.
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West