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Anitra Hamilton

Weekend Roundup, March 18th to 20th

Friday: Sarah McLachlan sings

Friday, March 18
The sweet melodies of Sarah McLachlan (along with band members Butterfly Boucher and Melissa McClelland) echo through Massey Hall as she stops in Toronto on her Sarah and Friends tour. Sing along to classic favourites and listen in on new hits from her gold-certified new album Laws of Illusion.

Satiate a hunger for fine contemporary art today: talented Toronto-based artist Anitra Hamilton displays her most recent mixed-media works in an exhibition at Georgia Scherman Projects.

The Direct Energy Centre is now in full blossom, as Canada Blooms has taken over its enormous exhibition space. The stunning show features six acres of fragrant flowers, including those displayed in Canada’s largest floral competition, as well as the Juno Rocks Gardens dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Juno music awards.

Saturday: See Onegin brought to life (photo by Bruce Zinger)

Saturday, March 19
See the written word translated into dance as the National Ballet of Canada stages an adaptation of Pushkin’s Onegin. Choreographed by John Cranko, the performance offers a compelling combination of physical movement and literary inspiration at the Four Seasons Centre.

The Lost Fingers, an acoustic trio from Quebec City, strums out swing-jazz versions of pop hits from the 80’s at Glenn Gould Studio. Expect to hear intriguing renditions of classics by the likes of Michael Jackson and AC/DC, along with French-language hits of the band’s own creation.

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and now it’s your final chance to see the Irish comedy Good Mourning Mrs. Brown at the Princess of Wales Theatre. The droll performance follows Mrs. Brown and her sons as they plan a funeral for Granddad Brown in an oddball effort to show him how much he is loved.

Sunday: Jane Coop tickles the ivories

Sunday, March 20
Enjoy an afternoon of classical pianoworks by an internationally renowned chamber musician, as University of Toronto alumna, scholar and pianist Jane Coop returns to the city to deliver an exquisite recital of works by Beethoven and Scriabin.

At Papermill Theatre, local troupe Theatre Archipelago presents I Marcus Garvey, a play honouring the Jamaican journalist and entrepreneur who inspired Garveyism, a global movement of African Redemption. This production uses music and other media to detail Garvey’s life and his journey of activism in Jamaica, England, the United States and Canada.

Wind down the weekend at International Centre, home to the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show. A plethora of pairings and tastings with wine, beer, cheese and other fare are available. Or, check out the vendor booths and see ongoing demos by Food Network chef Chuck Hughes in the Bosch Sip & Savour Kitchen.

September Editor’s Picks: Art

One of Anitra Hamilton's Humpty Dumpty series of works.

An image from Anitra Hamilton's Humpty Dumpty series.

OPENS SEPTEMBER 11 The veneer of civility that has historically cloaked the use of political violence is exposed at Georgia Scherman Projects, where Anitra Hamilton offers a must-see solo exhibition. Her new Humpty Dumpty series of uniformed military officers with shattered-eggshell heads, exemplifies this notion on both a superficial and—in the reassertion of a beloved nursery rhyme’s grim underpinnings—subtextual level. Alongside other pieces by Hamilton from the past 20 years, these works highlight a career spent scrutinizing boundary-enforcing constructs like hierarchy, territory and ownership.

 Judi Michelle Young's Soul By Tracks (detail) sculpture.

Judi Michelle Young's Soul By Tracks (detail).

OPENS SEPTEMBER 17 Works of art invariably hold significance for their creators; those by Judi Michelle Young are not only imbued with her personal history, they illuminate an important and oft-overlooked aspect of Canada’s past. At the Canadian Sculpture Centre, Young’s Just Us/Justice exhibition assembles sculptures that incorporate both Eastern and Western concepts to narrate the experience of a “head tax” family, born from one of the many Chinese workers who built Canada’s railroads in the late 19th century, but who then had to pay the government to remain here. Young is specially positioned to examine this subject—in 1899, her father was one of the earliest Asian workers to be granted Canadian citizenship.

François Dalegret's Lumikiik lamp is one of many displayed works at the Design Exchange.

François Dalegret's Lumikiik lamp is one of many displayed works at the Design Exchange.

ON NOW If Canadian achievements are arguably underrepresented when it comes to cataloguing the international history of design, then those of Quebec have been largely ignored. Consider this: Quebec in Design, the latest exhibition at the Design Exchange, is the first ever large-scale showcase of the province’s long and fascinating design tradition. With two major components—the first examining the work of interior decorators in the 1930s to the whiz-bang wonder fostered by Expo ’67; the second a study of innovations from the 1970s to the present day—the survey employs such objects as François Dallegret’s Lumikiik lamp to reveal the vital role design has played in the enhancement of Quebec’s cultural identity.