In Toronto, a small-town girl meets a big-city rocker in the musical hit Rock of Ages, opening Apr 20 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The arena-rock love story is told through the mega-hits of such ‘80s bands as Journey, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more. The Ontario Science Centre transforms into Hogwarts for Harry Potter: The Exhibition starting Apr 9. Visitors can explore the wizarding world with 200-plus costumes, props and artifacts from the beloved films, displayed in elaborate settings like the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut and the Great Hall.
For generations families have bonded over the hilarious antics of Warner Bros. cartoon stars like Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and more. The elaborate process that went into the making of these animated characters is revealed in The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons at The Winnipeg Art Gallery. Samples from the studio’s production art from the 1930s-60s are on display until May 30. From Apr 25 – May 1 serious oenophiles to casual sippers gather at the 9th annual Winnipeg Wine Festival. Events include a grape stomp and complementary food-and-wine pairings at local restaurants.
Check out the Barenaked Ladies as they embark on a new chapter for the band without former member Steve Page. Vocalist Ed Robertson ensures that fans will still hear favourites from the last 20 years, as well as songs from their new record. The Edmonton Opera’s Otello is the last of Verdi’s trio of Shakespeare operas, and melds the tale of jealousy and betrayal with music both compelling and complex. It plays Apr 24, 27 and 29 at the Jubilee Auditorium.
Foodies are rejoicing over the return of Dine Out Vancouver Apr 26 – May 6, an annual event celebrating the city’s dining scene. Top restaurants from around the city offer three-course meals ranging in price from $18-$38, optional wine pairings are available.
The Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival kicks off Apr 16 with 10 days—and nights—of winter sports, free outdoor concerts, art exhibits and fashion shows.
On Apr 24 and 25, fans of sci-fi, horror, anime, comics and animation converge on the BMO Centre for the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. This year’s lineup features Leonard Nimoy and Billy Dee Williams, as well as stars from the Twilight films.
Fresh from her emotional Olympic run, Joannie Rochette joins gold medal winners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, as well as other top skaters, for Stars on Ice on April 24. Douglas Coupland, Adrienne Clarkson and Tim Wynne-Jones are just some of the writers who come from home and abroad to take part in the Ottawa International Writers Festival. From Apr 22 – 27, listen to your favourite poets, novelists, screenwriters and non-fiction writers read from their work and discuss literature in this modern age.
In April, Banff hosts renowned Canadian landscape artist Robert Sinclair. The Whyte Museum showcases the Robert Sinclair: Dust of Days exhibit from Apr 10 – Jun 13—this retrospective display explores Sinclair’s evolution as an artist. Plus, the Willock & Sax Gallery presents Robert Sinclair’s Travel Log exhibition Apr 8 – 14—new works include watercolours, artist’s albums and acrylic sculpture.
Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, located in the heart of the downtown on Argyle Street, wraps up its season with an ambitious production of Peter Pan, running from Apr 13 – May 30. An actor will “fly” on the stage for the first time. The cast of 22 includes many local talents; Halifax native Blair Irwin stars as Wendy.
Victoria’s Crystal Garden welcomes Culinaire–Victoria’s Premier Food Tasting Experience, Apr 22. Savour a tantalizing array of bite-size offerings from many of the region’s best chefs and purveyors of fine food. Try new foods and new restaurants or rediscover an old favourite.