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January 18, 2014 – April 27, 2014

Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt has become one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, celebrated for her work with familiar subject matter and domestic still lifes. The deceptively simple bliss of these scenes reveals a sophisticated approach to everyday life. Her works are skillfully executed and present nuances of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject that leave viewers of Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and occasional unease. These substantial artworks have multi-layered meanings for the artist, and for the viewers who encounter the range, subtlety and power of this remarkable painter. At once highly contemporary and deeply rooted in the traditions of art history, Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity that she brings to her practice.

The exhibition Mary Pratt is not a retrospective in the customary sense of the word. Concentrating on Pratt’s oils and mixed media paintings, the exhibition juxtaposes more than sixty works from different times in Pratt’s career. It mirrors the manner in which she approaches her subject—as an interwoven conversation of themes. Despite describing herself as “consistently inconsistent,” Pratt has enduring preoccupations. Her time is not dictated by clocks but rather numbered by daily rituals and the act of making ready. Pratt dwells on her surroundings, allowing a sideways autobiography through the objects and individuals that encompass her.

Touring nationally, the exhibition allows visitors across the country to view widely recognized as well as rarely seen works from the past five decades, gathered from private and public collections. It showcases Pratt’s “tougher” paintings (to use her own description of them) alongside allusive works, all embodying the intensity and compassion with which she views her world.

For more details: www.mcmichael.com/marypratt/

Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
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Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection

April 24, 2014 – April 27, 2014

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

This world premiere production of De Idas Y Vueltas celebrates the Latin American songs that have been integrated into flamenco and uses these transmigrations to explore how things come and go in our lives, sometimes they return forever altered, other times they never return at all.

Flamenco, an art form like no other, speaks to the heart and touches the soul. This award winning company of Canadian and Spanish singers, musicians and dancers deliver the power of this expressive art with elegance and passion. The Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company never fails to enthrall audiences, eliciting shouts of “ole” and standing ovations. Come and be captivated.

Joining the company from Spain: “El Junco” (dancer), Óscar Lago (guitarist) and Manuel Soto (singer).

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: April 24, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

April 28, 2014

A Return To Stilife

Post dinner, which will be prepared by Charles Khabouth’s La Société, Patria and Weslodge, distinguished guests of Suzanne Rogers will experience Khabouth’s famous STILIFE Nightclub for one evening only. Produced by Charles Khabouth, Suzanne Rogers Presents, and Sennheiser, A RETURN TO THE STILIFE will be an exceptional evening of entertainment and excitement.

MADONNA, PRINCE, GEORGE MICHAEL, ERIC CLAPTON, WAYNE GRETZKY, KARIM RASHID, ROD STEWART, MARTIN SHORT, EUGENE LEVY, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER and DEAN AND DAN CATENACCI are just some of the celebs to frequent the club.

A Toronto nightlife institution, STILIFE Nightclub will forever be remembered as more than a venue- rather an era in time, design, music and fashion culture that epitomized the pinnacle of the Downtown Toronto social scene. A time and place that saw the avant-garde mingle with the starving artist, the celebrity toast with the socialite and the up-and-coming DJ both steal and set the scene.

STILIFE fueled much of the arts and design scene when it launched in 1982. Shaping our city’s entertainment district, Charles Khabouth rented the dirt floor basement of a warehouse space at Richmond and Duncan. At the time, the area was deserted; neighbourhood parking lot attendants packed up and went home at six and the street lights shut off at 11. For the privilege of placing his next club in no man’s land, Khabouth paid all of $4 per square foot. He then took $1.1 million and built STILIFE. The club was rendered in high fashion by the Toronto design firm Yabu Pushelberg. STILIFE had doormen dressed in fur coats and was very exclusive: Khabouth gave entrance cards only to those with the requisite fashion sense or attitude. “STILIFE was the product of my being arrogant and cocky and doing all kinds of things I wouldn’t do today,” Khabouth admits. “Sometimes, if I felt like going inside for a half-hour, I’d tell the doormen, ‘No one’s coming in.’ It didn’t matter if there was no one inside. If I didn’t feel like letting anyone in, they didn’t come in.” There were huge lineups every night.

WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2014, 11pm – 1am.

WHERE: The Carlu (7th Floor) — 444 Yonge Street

Music By: The Misshapes

 
Date: April 28, 2014
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April 29, 2014

Legendary Ladies

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.

12 – 1:00 pm. Toronto vocalist Shannon Butcher and her powerhouse quartet celebrate the sophisticated ladies of song who brought swing and style to the golden age of jazz. Acclaimed for her sultry vocals and sassy sense of fun, Butcher’s distinctive style is steeped in the great tradition of legendary ladies like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, yet possesses a contemporary sensibility and sophistication all her own.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: April 29, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

April 5, 2014 – April 30, 2014

Hercules

Peter Sellars returns to direct a dream cast in his acclaimed production of Handel’s timeless and poignant tragedy.

The ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles was also a war general who knew first-hand the devastating psychological traumas that imperilled returning veterans. With Hercules – Handel’s take on Sophocles’ play – Sellars creates a healing work in which the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications of reunion find their voice.

Performance time is approximately three hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

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

 
Start: April 5, 2014
End: April 30, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

February 9, 2014 – April 30, 2014

Uptown Abbey & Speakeasy

Come and join the fun, and see if Lieutenant Carumbo can solve the case before everything is turned Upside Downton, in this classic Drawing Room Mystery!
A hilarious spoof of the popular British TV Drama.

Opening April 11th: Speakeasy! A roaring 20′s Murder Mystery:
Flappers and Gangsters and Guns… Oh, my!
Come and join the fun and participate in the solving of a hilarious whodunit?!

For more details: www.MysteriouslyYours.com or toll-free 1-800-NOT-DEAD.

Venue: Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre — 2026 Yonge Street

 
Start: February 9, 2014
End: April 30, 2014
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April 30, 2014 – May 1, 2014

Mahler Symphony 9

Is Mahler’s Ninth a symphony of farewells—to love, to folk music, to the hustle and bustle of modern times, to life tself—or a voyage towards a new level of being? Either way, it leads you on a journey like no other.

Come for: Mahler’s music—the late symphonies in particular—needs a seasoned conductor to do it justice. The TSO’s distinguished Conductor Laureate meets every challenge of this epic work.

And more: Big orchestra, big emotions, big rewards.

7:15pm Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on April 30th.

This concert will be performed without an intermission.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Start: April 30, 2014
End: May 1, 2014
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Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

May 1, 2014

Hamilton Children’s Choir & Young Voices Toronto

This collaborative concert brings together two of Canada’s leading children’s choirs under the direction of Zimfira Poloz, who has been the artistic director and conductor for both choirs over the past decade.

The Hamilton Children’s Choir, formed nearly 40 years ago, has participated in many festivals and competitions across Canada and in Europe, and won many top awards, including most recently the Grand Prize at the 2012 1st Xinghai International Choir Championships in China.

Young Voices Toronto (formerly High Park Choirs of Toronto) is the Children’s Choir-in-Residence at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Established in 1986, the JUNO-Award-winning choir has performed at many major Canadian festivals and in 2009 toured Germany and France.

Made possible by the generous support of Edwards Charitable Foundation.

Concerts suitable for ages six and up.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Date: May 1, 2014
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Location: Roy Thomson Hall

Appassionato

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.

12 – 1 p.m. Award-winning young Canadian pianist Leonard Gilbert showcases his virtuosity and expressive range in a dynamic program featuring Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, as well as works by Bach, Ravel and Chopin.

For information: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: May 1, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

October 26, 2013 – May 1, 2014

Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography

In 1977, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) purchased its first photograph: Arnold Newman’s collage portrait of Henry Moore, a fitting complement to the 1974 gift of Moore’s plasters to the gallery. This purchase marked the initial focus for collecting photography at the gallery: portraits of artists. The photography holdings have since grown to number more than 50,000 works. Though the collection now spans the wide reach and long history of the medium, portraits remain one of its strongest threads.

In Part II of Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography – a show that Toronto Star art critic Murray Whyte called “utterly beguiling” – discover a fresh selection of more than 120 portraits from the AGO’s permanent collection, along with select loans from local private collections. Organized under two new propositions, these works showcase the descriptive power of the medium but also its malleability.

“We are Not Ourselves” highlights the ways artists have manipulated photographic materials to create or reveal strange states of being. Through collage, long exposure, darkroom doubling and retouching, among other techniques, each of these photographs lead us from the realm of the familiar and recognizable to other more mysterious planes of existence.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario