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Mississauga: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra presents a fully-staged production of "La Bohème" February 7 & 9

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra took its first steps into the world of grand opera with a sold out, fully staged production of Carmen on April 29, 2017. The MSO returns to grand opera on February 7 and 9 with a fully staged production of La Bohème, Puccini’s passionate, timeless, indelible story of love among young artists in 19th century Paris. This highly anticipated, not-to-miss cultural event will take place within the splendour of Hammerson Hall, a world-class theatre that is at the heart of the Living Arts Centre, and feature the creative...

Toronto: Toronto celebrates Jessye Norman with a series of events starting February 11

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Toronto celebrates the life, art and works of Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate Jessye Norman, the iconic American opera star, humanitarian and civil rights activist, through a series of events starting Monday, February 11th, 2019.   Visit www.glenngould.ca for details on all the events.

Divine: A Jessye Norman Tribute 

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

Monday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 13

Presented in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, this special tribute features...

Toronto: Complete casting announced for the Canadian production of "Dear Evan Hansen"

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen producers Stacey Mindich and David Mirvish are pleased to announce complete casting for the Canadian production of the multi Tony Award-winning musical. Performances begin March 5, 2019 at Toronto’s historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Jessica Sherman, seasoned Toronto actor and singer who has worked extensively in the U.K. will play ‘Heidi Hansen’, Charlottetown and Stratford Festivals favourite, Claire Rankin will play ‘Cynthia Murphy’, and Stratford and Shaw Festival actor Evan Buliung, recent Dora Award winner for...

Toronto: Submissions now open for the 2019 Tom Hendry Awards

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Each year we host an annual awards competition honoring Canadian playwrights in a wide range of categories, including the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, Carol Bolt Award, TYA Award, Stage West Pechet Comedy and Musical Awards, Lifetime and Honorary Membership Awards, and the Bra D’Or Award. The awards are named after Tom Hendry, a founding member of PGC who passed away in 2012. The awards offer generous cash prizes and winners are recognized in a ceremony that takes place in the fall each year.

Carol Bolt AwardThe Carol Bolt Award for...

Toronto: Christine & Tom Sing the Mildly Amusing Songs of Eli Pasic!" February 12

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Irritating audiences since 2012, Eli Pasic and his mildly amusing songs will make a one-night-only appearance at Jazz Bistro on Tuesday, February 12th (at 7PM) featuring stage performers Christine McKeon and Tom Finn!

CHRISTINE MCKEON is an established jazz vocalist and event entertainer throughout the GTA. Her theatre credits include the London Fringe Festival, the Grand Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, and five seasons at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. She currently studies improv and stand-up comedy at the Second City Toronto and performs...

Toronto: "Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue" comes to Toronto November 23-December 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Civic Theatres Toronto presents the glitter and sparkle of Bollywood with the Canadian premiere of Taj Express, at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Theatre November 23 – December 1, 2019.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 18, 10AM and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone, or in person at select Civic Theatres Toronto box offices.  

Set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) Taj Express explodes with...

Toronto: PlayME Podcast's new play is "What a Young Wife Ought to Know"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Expect Theatre’s PlayME (www.playmepodcast.com) - the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas - and Canada's #1 podcaster, CBC Podcasts (www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts ), announce that renowned playwright Hannah Moscovitch's What A Young Wife Ought To Know is available now as an audio drama in three binge-able chapters. An additional episode featuring an interview with Moscovitch will be available on January 22.

PlayME is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, Spotify, and online at cbc.ca/playmeCBC and PlayMEpodcast.com (www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/arts-culture/playme/index.html...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents "What a Young Wife Ought to Know" January 30-February 17

Monday, January 14, 2019

It's 1920s working-class Ottawa, and young wife and mother Sophie (Anna Sudac) is the host of the evening. We are immediately situated in her mysterious, somewhat supernatural world where Sophie speaks directly to the audience, desperate for answers about marriage and contraception: WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW.Moscovitch plants the play's ending at its beginning, but never gives away the specifics of the stunning conclusion as Sophie's story unfolds. We know her deceased sister (Alexandra Montagnese) will speak to her. We know her stable-boy...

Toronto: Native Earth presents a Raven Spirit Dance's "Gathering Light" February 7-10

Monday, January 14, 2019

For this year’s Niimi’iwe: Indigenous Dance Showcase, Native Earth proudly presents Raven Spirit Dance’s production of GATHERING LIGHT, choreographed by the Artistic Director Michelle Olson for a Toronto Premiere on February 7 to 10, 2019 at Aki Studio.

A celebration of the natural world, GATHERING LIGHT follows the journey of seed to flower, beginning with the stirrings of consciousness to the full embrace of transformation. Delving into the impulses rooted in our bodies that travel through us to find light, this quartet exposes the...

New York: Carole King celebrates "Beautiful"’s 5th anniversary with Chilina Kennedy

Monday, January 14, 2019

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrated five years on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre January 12. To commemorate the occasion, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter took the stage to perform the show’s final number and gave a special post-show performance with the show’s current star, Chilina Kennedy.

With a book by Tony and Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features an array of songs written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and Barry Mann and...

Toronto: Young People's Theatre presents "We Are All Treaty People" February 11-22

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is pleased to present We Are All Treaty People, created by the Artists of Making Treaty 7 and co-produced by Quest Theatre and Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, on the Mainstage from February 11 to 22, 2019.

Two children – one Indigenous, one white – are told by the Trickster they cannot be friends due to the terms of Alberta’s Treaty 7. But the Trickster’s words inspire them to prove him wrong. Using history, song, story, dance and puppetry, this inspiring production forges understanding between the citizens...

Toronto: Bad New Days presents "Paolozzapedia" February 16-March 2

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bad New Days returns with another provocative genre bending piece, their newest full-scale production since 2017’s Dora award winning Flashing Lights. In Paolozzapedia Adam Paolozza and company blend Bad New Days’ signature potent theatricality, fusing together family stories from Italy with scraps of memory from Adam's youth in Oshawa, in a carnival of surreal images haunted by the specter of death.

Paolozzapedia is an auto-fictional-biography investigating how memory, like storytelling, is itself a creative act, shaping who we are...

Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre presents Florian Zeller's "The Father" February 3-24

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coal Mine Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of THE FATHER, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Coal Mine Co-Chief Engineer Ted Dykstra, and starring Nicholas Campbell in the pivotal role of a man losing himself to Alzheimer’s.

Florian Zeller, “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (Independent) is the next playwright to know! Winning the 2014 Molière Award for France’s Best Play was the first of many awards and accolades THE FATHER has since received around the world, including a Tony...

Toronto: The Glenn Gould Prize Celebrates Jessye Norman takes place February 20

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jessye Norman, winner of the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize, has selected the gifted American jazz singer and composer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, as the recipient of The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CAD).  The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize is given to an outstanding young artist who shows the promise of an exceptional lifetime contribution to enriching the human condition through the arts, such as that exhibited by the young Glenn Gould.

Ms. McLorin Salvant will perform in the award ceremony and concert, The Glenn Gould Prize Celebrates...

Stratford: Stratford Festival's work is being showcased far beyond Stratford

Thursday, January 10, 2019

People will have a number of opportunities to see the work of the Stratford Festival on stages in Toronto and Montreal, as well as on screens across Canada and internationally this year.

“Over the next several months a wide cross-section of the Festival’s work is being presented in the world beyond Stratford,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “Four productions will be on stage in Toronto and Montreal – a groundbreaking production of Shakespeare, a contemporary staging of a 17th-century comedy, and two gripping plays developed...

Toronto: Monkey Toast's "The Arkin and Friends" moves to Streetcar Crowsnest with Sandra Battaglini January 20

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast, has an all new improv format, show and venue. We hope that you’ll join us for the first night of The Arkin and Friends. It all takes place on Sunday, January 20th at The Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, M4M 2T1. Doors: 7pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. www.crowstheatre.com / monkeytoast.com.

This show is made possible with support of The Slaight Family Foundation

In 2003, Second City Alumnus and (future) Academy Award winning actor, Alan...

Toronto: "Prince Hamlet" directed by Ravi Jain returns to Toronto February 6-24

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

One of the most thrilling and original adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet ever performed returns to Toronto. Canadian Stage presents Ravi Jain’s critically acclaimed Prince Hamlet at the Berkeley Street Theatre, February 6-24, 2019.

Award-wining director, Ravi Jain's daring and diverse Prince Hamlet breaks through the old restrictions on gender, race and ability, allowing Shakespeare’s work to be told, seen and heard in a bold new way.

The plot for Hamlet remains the same. Struggling with the death of his father the king...

Toronto: Solo Productions presents "Mary's Wedding" January 31-February 16

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A love story set against the backdrop of World War I, Mary's Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.

When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and they must surrender their fates to the tumultuous times of the First World War. Their love story extends from the fields of Canada's Prairies to the battlefields of France's Moreuil Wood, as the playwright weaves time, dreams and memory together to remind us that...

London: The Grand Theatre presents Margaret Atwood's "The Penelopiad" January 22-February 9

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace) brings her acerbic wit and inspired originality to the Spriet Stage this January with the Grand Theatre production of THE PENELOPIAD, her sly spin on Homer’s The Odyssey. This epic retelling of The Odyssey through Penelope’s eyes stars one of Canada’s finest classical actors, Seana McKenna, in her only stage appearance this year, directed by acclaimed actor/director Megan Follows. The Title Sponsor for THE PENELOPIAD is Women for Women (W4W).

THE PENELOPIAD, Ms....

Toronto: Alumnae Theatre presents Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" January 18-February 2

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Women uplifting women through kinship, strength, and power. Not unlike the Alumnae Theatre Company over the past 101 years. Top Girls demonstrates the #MeToo movement through stories that are ever-present today.

Following Marlene, a career-driven woman fighting the glass ceiling through empowering women’s success in business at the Top Girls Employment Agency. Celebrating her promotion at a dinner party with five strong women from history, literature, and art. Each share stories of love, war, women’s rights, and liberation. But Marlene’s...

Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre Company presents "Fine China" and "A Perfect Bowl of Pho" January 23-February 10

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Two college-aged sisters reunite in the wake of their father’s death, while a college student cum playwright cum narcissist decides to pen a genre-bending musical about everyone’s favourite Vietnamese noodle dish. These are the worlds of Fine China by Julie Phanand A Perfect Bowl of Pho by Nam Nguyen, an unlikely pair of comedies from former students of Woodlands High School and current students at McGill and U of T.

fu-GEN Theatre Company is proud to present this double bill of work by two extraordinary youth. In its debut at the 2018...

Toronto: Haley McGee returns to Toronto with her smash hit show, "The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale" February 5-9

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hot off the heels of a sold out premiere run in the UK, Haley McGee returns to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale as part Progress, the international festival of ideas and performance, playing at the Theatre Centre from Feb 5-9.  UK press lauded the show as“deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest” (Exeunt), “a powerhouse performance” (★★★★ The Stage) and it was listed in The Guardian’s ‘Readers’ Favourite Theatre of 2018.’

Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa, promising to pay off her...

Toronto: The NAGs Players announce their 2019 panto – "Dick Whittington and His Cat"

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The NAGs Players are pleased to present their production of Ben Crocker’s Dick Whittington and his Cat.

Join Dick and his cat Tommy (irritatingly supported by Fairy Bowbells) in 14thcentury England as they go on a magical and musical journey to London and then to the shores of Morocco and back. Along the way, Dick meets the evil King Rat and his band of ratlings, the beautiful Alice Fitzwarren and her father (who bears a remarkable resemblance to his own brother and to the Emperor of Morocco), the slow-moving Idle Jack and, of course,...

Toronto: Boris Eifman's ballet "Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA" runs May 9-11

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Show One Productions and Civic Theatres Toronto proudly present Russia’s premier contemporary ballet company Eifman Ballet in Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA, on stage for three performances only, May 9–11, 2019, at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. This heart-rending choreographic love letter to the illustrious Russian composer implements Artistic Director Boris Eifman’s signature sublime theatricality, delving into the tormented psyche of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as he battles to reconcile his public persona with his inner demons.

Mississauga: Theatre Erindale presents "Blithe Spirit" January 24-February 3

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

“Blithe Spirit sparkles with out-of-this-world charm and spectral hijinks.” - Bag & Baggage

“[It is] the outrageous frivolity with which Coward treats mortality that makes the piece so bracing” - The Daily Telegraph

“It’s the gossamer-like nature of the piece, its sheer levity of spirit, that makes it such an enduring achievement" - The Daily Telegraph

Theatre Erindale's Transformative season continues with Noël Coward’s comedic classic Blithe Spirit.

Marriage. Ghosts. Noël Coward. When a séance goes...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announce Franco Nguyen's "Good Morning, Viet Mom" February 16-March 3

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Cahoots Theatre proudly announces the premiere of Good Morning, Viet Mom,written and performed by Franco Nguyen with direction by Byron Abalos, Aki Studio, February 16 – March 3, 2019.

Good Morning, Viet Mom is Nguyen’s hilarious and heartfelt story about a second-generation Canadian being raised in Toronto by his single mother. Nguyen shares personal stories about his childhood, about his relationship with his mother–a complex and private woman, and about their emotional trip to Vietnam together; his first time ever and her first time...

Toronto: Bound to Create presents the world premiere of "Isitwendam (An Understanding)" March 20-31

Monday, January 7, 2019

Isitwendam (An Understanding): Ojibwe - A word that describes a feeling of sorrow andempathy. It suggests that no matter what hurt has been inflicted, there is anunderstanding of that wrong and the chance to be forgiven is present.

Does healing have an expiry date?

When Brendan White’s new job with Indian Affairs sends him out to discredit a ResidentialSchool survivor’s reparation claim his whole world turns upside down. As he learns thetruth about this troubled and often unspoken part of Canadian history, Brendanrediscovers...

Toronto: Call for papers about John Marston's "The Dutch Courtesan" extended to January 31

Monday, January 7, 2019

Conference: Strangers and Aliens in London and Toronto: Sex, Religion, and Xenophobia in Marston’s The Dutch CourtesanDates: 22-24 March 2019

Length of abstract: 250 words

Place: University of Toronto Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Final date for submitting abstracts: extended to 31 January 2019

Date of announcing accepted papers: 15 February 2019, or earlier

Targeted scholars: senior doctoral students, recent doctoral graduates, and early career scholars

Object:...

Toronto: The Royal Alexandra Theatre will dim the marquee lights to mark the passing of the Lunds and Galt McDermot

Monday, January 7, 2019

Two theatre greats died in December 2018, both with history at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.  Dancer and teacher Blanche Lund died on December 1, 2018, and composer Galt McDermot died on December 17, 2018. Because of the holidays the theatre did not have a chance to properly mark the passing of these remarkable people. We will do so now.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, the marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra will be dimmed at 8 PM for Blanche Lund, and also to remember the passing of her partner and husband, Alan Lund, who died in 1992. 

Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents the Canadian premiere of Franz Schubert's "Fierabras"

Monday, January 7, 2019

On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Opera in Concert turns to the works of Franz Schubert, the legendary genius of the Romantic movement in music and his posthumously premiered final opera, FIERABRAS.    The single performance – a Canadian Premiere – takes place at the St. Lawrence Centre at 2:30 pm.   “Throughout his career, Schubert sought to make his mark as an opera composer”, notes General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin “but events and the censors prevented his dramatic works from reaching the stage.  We are delighted to present this amazing work...

Ottawa: Applications for the 2019 UPROAR arts festival are now open

Monday, January 7, 2019

UPROAR arts festival is a new multidisciplinary arts festival in Ottawa Ontario, that showcases work by female and genderqueer artists.

The festival will run from August 8th to 10th 2019 at Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue).

If you’re a female or genderqueer artist with a cool project, we want to hear from you!

HERE’S THE DEETS:Applications open: Monday January 7th, 2019 at 9AM EST

Application close: Monday February 25th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST

Late applications will not be considered. All applicants...

Toronto: PARADIGM productions premieres "The Scavenger's Daughter" January 15-27, 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019

PARADIGM productions premieres The Scavenger’s Daughter, a testosterone infused fugazi of a play. At the edge of an unknown Empire - blood, sweat and the stench of rot permeate citizens mired in a never ending imperial war. This large scale independent production is part of three plays that make up award-winning playwright Susanna Fournier’s (Stencilboy and Other Portraits, LULU v. 7// aspects of a femme fatale, Patrick Conner Award Winner 2018) THE EMPIRE; The Philosopher’s Wife (Aki Studio December 2018), The Scavenger’s Daughter (Buddies in...

Toronto: Istituto Italiana hosts the North American premiere of "From Treblinka to Auschwitz" January 29

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto presents the North American premiere of From Treblinka to Auschwitz: a dialogue between witnesses on January 29 at 6:30 PM in honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day. This theatrical reading of excerpts from Auschwitz Testimonies by Primo Levi and Leonardo De Benedetti and The Hell of Treblinka by Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman, takes place at the Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road, and admission is free.Actors Michael Miranda and Martin Julien interpret text by Levi and Grossman respectively,...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces programming for the 40th Rhubarb Festival February 13-23

Friday, January 4, 2019

Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for its 40th year this February! For two weeks, The Rhubarb Festival transforms Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre into a hotbed of experimentation, exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, comedy, music, installation, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to experience the most adventurous ideas in performance and catch your favourite artists venturing into uncharted territory.

Rhubarb Festival Director Mel Hague comments, “I am so excited to share the programming for...

Toronto: First Annual Sketch to the Death! takes place January 6, 13 and 27, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The first annual Sketch to the Death! sketch comedy tournament will take place three Sundays in January at The Social Capital Theatre. Sketch to the Death! will feature a sample of sketch comedians from all experience levels, fighting to be crowned Toronto sketch champions! The 2019 Sketch to the Death! will showcase 30 troupes, who will compete in five shows over three weeks. Guest judges and audiences will determine the winner. Sketch to the Death! will include performances by: Alex Brown, Beggar's Canyon, Blitz, Cereal in a Mason Jar, Chad...

Toronto: Dave Carley's new play "Canadian Rajah" runs January 30-February 16, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CANADIAN RAJAH is a new play written by Governor General Award Nominated playwright, Dave Carley (Midnight Madness, Writing With Our Feet, The Edible Woman). It tells the true story of Esca Brooke – the firstborn son of one of the legendary “White Rajahs” of Sarawak.

Although Esca Brooke should have been first in line to be the Rajah of Sarawak (now part of Malaysia), he was exiled to the backwoods of Canada where he would go on to become a prosperous and respected member of Canadian society in his own right. However, as he aged, there...

Toronto: January 2019 on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Whether you call them resolutions or aspirations, most of us go into the new year intending to make this onebetter, do more of some things and less of others. We want to be inspired, reduce stress, learn something new, pursue our interests, meet people, and share more quality time with friends and family members. Did you know that there are more than 200 arts events - exhibitions, concerts, films, talks, and more - here on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor every month, all year year long? Here are some ideas for starting your 2019 with inspiring...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes special guests, Mary Wiens and comedian Seán Cullen January 12

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back! We hope that you’ll join us as we welcome special guests, award winning journalist/producer, from CBCRadio’s Metro Morning, Mary Wiens and award winning actor/author/comedian, Seán Cullen! It all happens on Saturday, January 12th at The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. (secondfloor), Toronto, M4K 1N1. Doors: 7:30pm / Show 8pm. $15 in advance or at the door. monkeytoast.com / @mttoronto

Mary and Seán will be interviewed by Canadian Comedy...

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