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September 6, 2014

rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes

Brought to vibrant life by a full orchestra and chorus, “rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes” is an exciting new concert coming to the Sony Centre that celebrates the inherent artistic nature of video games and features music depicting memorable moments from some of the most popular and beloved video games of all time.

Developed by the creative team behind “Dear Friends,” “More Friends: Music from Final Fantasy,” and “Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses,” “rePLAY,” is the spiritual successor to one of the most acclaimed concerts to ever hit the stage, “Play! A Video Game Symphony.” The “rePLAY” live concert experience places the beautiful music of games in a whole new context, while striving to the lofty goal of introducing the arts to gamers and games to the world of the arts.

The music serves as a focal point to displaying the incredible worlds that are created for these games, and highlights the art, animation, visual fidelity, and technical feats that make the medium so compelling across the globe. A powerful concert for the entire family, gamer and non-gamer alike, “rePLAY” is an experience that proves to be unforgettable.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East

 
Date: September 6, 2014
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July 16, 2014 – September 7, 2014

The Mountaintop

July 16 – September 7.

A storm rages outside as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr settles into Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. He is exhausted, having just delivered his powerful “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech about his hopes for the days ahead and the view he has seen of the Promised Land. When room service arrives, he meets a beautiful and slightly mysterious young hotel maid. Through their intimate and ultimately transformative conversation, we hear the hopes and fears of King – both the leader and the man – as he is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy. Critics called it “wondrous, hilarious, and heartbreaking.”

Three seasons ago we presented Suzan-Lori Parks Topdog/Underdog, in collaboration with Toronto’s highly respected Obsidian Theatre. Directed by their Artistic Director Philip Akin, the play moved into Toronto for a winter run where it gained more critical kudos and several awards. I am thrilled to reconnect and start another journey with Obsidian with Katori Hall’s beautiful and important play. – JM.

The Mountaintop is recommended for ages 14+

For tickets: www.shawfest.com or call the box office at 1.800.511.SHAW.

Venue: Studio Theatre — Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

 
Start: July 16, 2014
End: September 7, 2014
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Location: Shaw Festival

September 5, 2014 – September 7, 2014

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival

September 5 – September 7, 2014. The 15th annual Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle, Port Credit’s Blues & Jazz Festival, Mississauga’s musical Mardi Gras. Featuring Canadian & International musicians throughout the village.

Website: www.southsideshuffle.com

Location: Port Credit, Ontario

 
Start: September 5, 2014
End: September 7, 2014
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September 10, 2014

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

After highly successful performances on Broadway and across the United States, Mike Tyson announced today that he will take his acclaimed one-man show, “”MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH,”" to Toronto. Penned by his wife, Kiki Tyson, the show will take the stage in Air Canada Centre’s intimate theatre setting.

“After a successful run at the MGM in Las Vegas, on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, and last year’s American tour, I’m excited to take ‘MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH’ to Toronto and share it with my Canadian fans,” said Tyson. “‘Undisputed Truth’ is my story- I’m giving my all. I’m proud to take the show to a new audience.”

“MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH” is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. This riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.

By the age of 12, Tyson had been arrested 38 times. His journey from the dangerous streets of Brooklyn in the 1970s and early 1980s to becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of all-time, one of most recognized faces on the planet, and the most incredible fighter of his generation is exceptional. His mistakes, his joys, his sorrow, his life have been the source of countless articles, documentaries, movies, hearsay, and, most of all, fascination. Now, for the first time, Canadian audiences will get to better understand him, listening to Tyson himself.

For tickets: www.ticketmaster.ca

Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

 
Date: September 10, 2014
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September 12, 2014

Lewis Black

Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

Tickets: www.masseyhall.com or 416-872-4255

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: September 12, 2014
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September 15, 2014

Charles Bradley & Joss Stone

No two artists have been more responsible for the incredible revival of Traditional Soul Music in the past decade than Charles Bradley and Joss Stone. This all too rare Soul Explosion features the two in their only appearance together, anywhere. For lovers of Soul Music this once in a lifetime collaboration is not to be missed.

Joss Stone burst onto the international scene at the age of 15 with her debut album, Soul Session. Since then the British R&B sensation has sold out Massey Hall (2005), collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger and A. R. Rahman, won a Grammy Award, and has put out five more albums with a new one set to be released in 2014. At 26, she’s just getting warmed up.

Charles Bradley has seen—and lived—it all. On his own since his teens, the funk and soul singer travelled around America working odd jobs and performing tributes to James Brown before finally landing a record deal with Daptone Records – bringing him to an international audience. His 2013 album Victim of Love, is a powerful thank-you note at once beautiful and blistering—just like Bradley’s performances.

Tickets: www.masseyhall.com or 416-872-4255

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: September 15, 2014
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September 16, 2014

The Black Keys

“…the best, most consistently gripping album the Keys have ever made…Turn Blue is as apocalyptic, in its way, as that Clash epic [London Calling]: loaded with risk, distress and payoff.” – Rolling Stone.

The Black Keys will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour begins Sept. 5 in Columbus and runs through December, with dates at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, among others. See next pages for complete worldwide tour details. Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. local time to all fans pre-ordering the album at www.theblackkeys.com. Tickets go on-sale to the general public starting Friday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time.Tickets for Toronto go on sale Friday, May 23rd.

The tour supports the duo’s highly anticipated new album, Turn Blue, which will be released May 13 on Nonesuch Records and is now streaming exclusively on iTunes.

For tickets: www.Ticketmaster.ca

Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

 
Date: September 16, 2014
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September 18, 2014

Opening Night: Joshua Bell

The season kicks off with a scintillating programme that opens with a carnival and ends with a kaleidoscope of folk tunes. Any performance by the gifted and charismatic Joshua Bell is a not-to-be-missed event!

For tickets: www.tso.ca

Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Date: September 18, 2014
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August 3, 2014 – September 20, 2014

Antony and Cleopatra

August 3 to September 20.


Opens August 14.

Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: August 3, 2014
End: September 20, 2014
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Location: Stratford Festival

May 21, 2014 – September 20, 2014

King John

May 21 to September 20.

Opens May 28.

War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favour of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.

For tickets: www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre — Stratford, Ontario

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Start: May 21, 2014
End: September 20, 2014
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Location: Stratford Festival