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September 30, 2014

PeopleMakeTheWorldGo’Round

12 – 1 p.m. Acclaimed Toronto-born pianist, arranger and music director Michael Shand teams up with stellar sidemen Marito Marques (drums) and Andrew Stewart (electric bass) in a high-octane hour featuring highlights from their recently released album Patience for Life, as well as a sneak peek at new material for an upcoming release. Blues, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Funk, House, R & B, Soul and Latin music are the raw elements that form Shand’s identity, but jazz is the common thread that binds them all together.

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Six inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances and engaging presentations that feature both up-and-coming young artists and established international stars. All performances are FREE to the public, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early as late seating is not available.

Website: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: September 30, 2014
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Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will tour the US and Canada this fall in support of the new album, Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar (coming September 9). Fans who purchase tickets will receive a CD copy of the album for every ticket ordered. This offer will be redeemed via a promo code at MusicRedemptions.com. Customers will receive an email with instructions on how to receive their copy of the CD following their purchase.

For tickets: www.masseyhall.com

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: September 30, 2014
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October 2, 2014

Brush Up on your Shakespeare

12 – 1 p.m. In celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the artists of the University of Toronto’s Opera Division offer a selection of arias and ensembles from operatic works based on the plays of the legendary bard.

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Six inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances and engaging presentations that feature both up-and-coming young artists and established international stars. All performances are FREE to the public, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early as late seating is not available.

Website: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: October 2, 2014
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October 3, 2014

The Blue Dot Tour with David Suzuki and Friends

The Blue Dot Tour, a cross country celebration featuring David Suzuki and a star-studded line up of Canadian performers, artists and leaders comes to Massey Hall. Don’t miss your chance to see David Suzuki, the Barenaked Ladies, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, Shane Koyczan and Stephen Lewis on October 3.

The Blue Dot Tour is the celebration of a simple yet powerful idea: that all Canadians should have the right to drink clean water, breathe fresh air and eat healthy food.

Line up subject to change without notice.

For tickets: www.masseyhall.com

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: October 3, 2014
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Shahram Shokoohi and Babak Jahanbakhsh

Shahram Shokoohi entered the spotlight in 2010 when he auditioned for the singing show, The Next Persian Star. In 2011, his first album, Modara, was released in Iran. The critically acclaimed album became one of the best-sellers in 2011. The album contains Persian Classical music and flamenco tracks. Shokoohi is the first artist to release a crossover album in Iran.

Babak Jahanbakhsh is an Iranian singer who has been playing music since he was 5 years old. At age 11 he began learning under Masoud Mirdamadi, one of the famous Iranian music composers.

For tickets: www.roythomson.com

Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Date: October 3, 2014
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October 4, 2014

Cher: D2K TOUR 2014

Cher who is currently on her 49-city D2K Tour will be adding 14 additional performances beginning mid- September. The announcement was officially confirmed by Cher during her interview on NBC’s Today Show which aired this morning.

The D2K Tour is in support of Cher’s Warner Bros. Records album Closer to the Truth which includes the No. 1 dance hit ‘Woman’s World’. The tour has received rave reviews across the country:

“Cher turns ‘farewell’ tease into an exceptional entertainment ride. The truth is, Cher doesn’t need to stop.. She is in exceptional form, as a singer, entertainer and tour guide through her 50 years in show business. And it all worked magically under the vast, rainbow-colored umbrella known as ‘Cher’.” — Boston Globe.

“It seemed that no one in the crowd would object to Cher’s touring forever.” — NY Times

For tickets: www.Ticketmaster.ca

Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

 
Date: October 4, 2014
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October 2, 2014 – October 4, 2014

Rachmaninoff Symphony 2

Oct. 2 and Oct. 4. The surging emotions of Rachmaninoff’s expansive Symphony No. 2 and the poetic musings of a Chopin concerto anchor this enthralling programme. The revered veteran maestro David Zinman takes the podium and the outstanding Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili does the solo honours.

For tickets: www.tso.ca

Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Start: October 2, 2014
End: October 4, 2014
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October 5, 2014 – October 7, 2014

Steve Winter

Join award-winning photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards to stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face to face with his subjects.

While these felines may be endangered, they’re still wild, unpredictable creatures—and tracking them in their own domains can be more dangerous still. Winter has been attacked by rhinos and gotten stuck in quicksand while working in the field. But he’s had lighter moments as well: mishaps with remote-controlled cameras and managing to photograph a cougar under the famous “Hollywood” sign. Throughout it all, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while reinvigorating efforts to save them.

One of Winter’s snow leopard images won him the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. His decade-long project to document the world’s shrinking but resilient tiger species recently culminated in the stunning National Geographic book, Tigers Forever, co-authored with Sharon Guynup.

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

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Start: October 5, 2014
End: October 7, 2014
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October 7, 2014

A Play of Passion

12 – 1 p.m. Tenor Colin Ainsworth (appearing in the COC’s production of Falstaff) and pianist Stephen Ralls perform three song cycles written for them by distinguished Canadian composer Derek Holman: The Death of Orpheus, A Lasting Spring and A Play of Passion.

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Six inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances and engaging presentations that feature both up-and-coming young artists and established international stars. All performances are FREE to the public, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early as late seating is not available.

Website: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: October 7, 2014
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David Gray

Twenty-one years since his first studio album, David Gray’s tenth and latest, Mutineers, finds the singer-songwriter steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history.

David Gray is one of the UK’s leading music artists both at home and overseas including countless accolades after the phenomenal success of White Ladder. His 2009 release Draw The Line was met with critical praise and Foundling, Gray’s 9th studio album picked up where Draw the Line left off creating a new chapter of lush, soulful songs that found the artist returning to his folk music roots.

For tickets: www.masseyhall.com

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: October 7, 2014
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