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The Season’s Hottest Shows

THE TOP SUMMER MOVIES, THEATRE, MUSIC AND DANCE

Shakespeare

The audience enjoys an actor’s performance in the heart of High Park.

Shakespeare in High Park

To Sept. 3

Canadian Stage marks 35 years of outdoor Shakespeare
performances in High Park in 2017. This year, King Lear, the Bard’s famous tale of a mad ruler’s downfall, will alternate evenings with Twelfth Night (or What You Will), a comedy of mistaken identity and gender. Whichever performance you choose, get there early to snag a good seat. High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor St. W., canadianstage.com

Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical

To Sept. 3

Be inspired by the story of Carole King, one of the most successful songwriters and solo acts in pop music history. Follow King’s rise to stardom, from her time writing with ex-husband Gerry Goffin to the launch of her solo career. Along the way, enjoy hits like “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and the title song, “Beautiful.”
Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., mirvish.com

Billy Bishop Goes to War

July 1–Aug. 5

The Soulpepper theatre company
presents one of the most critically acclaimed and widely produced Canadian musicals of all time, Billy Bishop Goes to War. The production, written by John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson, tells the story of Billy Bishop, a First World War fighter pilot, though a series of anecdotes examining his high-flying exploits and his ambivalence
toward war, nationalism and what it means to be a hero.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts,
50 Tank House Ln., soulpepper.ca

Toronto Fringe Festival

July 5–16

Programming is selected entirely by lottery, ensuring that new, avant-garde and established acts all have an equal opportunity to get noticed and try new material. It also ensures that shows are varied, novel and full of surprises. Several notable productions began as Fringe Festival premieres, including Kim’s Convenience, ’da Kink in My Hair and Life After. Along with theatrical productions, the Fringe includes dance, visual art, buskers and the FringeKids Venue, where kids pay only five dollars per show. Various venues, fringetoronto.com

Beaches International
Jazz Festival

July 7–30

More than 100 established and emerging musicians perform each year at the Beaches jazz fest, which encompasses genres from calypso to new age to Latin to blues. This year includes the return of Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside, the Beaches Jazz Latin Carnival and music at the Beach Village Kew Gardens. Also, gourmet food trucks fill Queen Street East between Woodbine and Beech from July 27 to 29.
Various venues, beachesjazz.com

SummerWorks
Performance Festival

Aug. 3–13

Each August, SummerWorks, Canada’s largest curated performance festival, hosts more than 60 theatre, dance, music and live art performances by over 500 artist in venues throughout the city. The juried festival is one of the most important places for artists to launch new works, both locally and abroad.
Various venues, summerworks.ca

Hot Dates in Halifax: January

Live Art Dance presents the Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre January 17-19

January 6: Saint Cecilia Concert Series Cellist Denise Djokic and the rest of the musically gifted Djokic family reunite for the annual Family Traditions concert.

January 12: Impersonator Thane Dunn marks the King’s birthday by bringing the Annual Elvis Birthday Tour to the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

January 16:  Canada’s top junior hockey players, including Halifax Mooseheads star Nathan MacKinnon, showcase their talents for big-league scouts at the CHL Top Prospects Game at the Halifax Metro Centre.

January 17 to 19: Live Art Dance Productions presents The Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Featuring a solo by Susanne Chui and original scores by Christine Fellows-Dodson, this is a rich and varied contemporary dance show by Lesandra Dodson.

Continuing: One of Halifax’s top contemporary galleries for 20 years, Studio 21 recently moved to a new home on Hollis Street, about a two-minute walk from the Via Rail station.


Hot Date: The National Ballet’s Very Important Date

(photo: Bruce Zinger)

NOVEMBER 10 T0 25  Back by popular demand, the National Ballet of Canada combines classical dance and sheer imagination in its production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which first wowed Toronto audiences in 2011. Created by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale also features innovative set design and costumes that bring the beloved characters to life. Don’t be afraid to tumble down the rabbit hole—this performance transports the entire family to a magical new world. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $25 to $239; call 416-345-9595 or visit here for showtimes and to purchase tickets.  —Ana Taveira

October Hot Dates in Halifax

Spanish Flamenco star David Romero makes his first visit to Halifax for the Fall for Flamenco Festival. Photo: Soda Plaza

October 4 to 8: With a midway, petting zoo, live entertainment, animal displays and much more, the Maritime Fall Fair at Exhibition Park on Prospect Road is a rite of autumn for Halifax families.

October 8: Cape Breton fiddle legend Natalie MacMaster returns to Halifax, with a Celtic-tinged concert at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

October 13: From 6pm to midnight, the streets of downtown Halifax are abuzz with excitement, energy and art aplenty. Nocturne is a free fall festival featuring art exhibitions and performances in public spaces throughout the city. Visit their website to plan an itinerary.

October 11 to 19: Even with autumn’s chill in the air, the Fall for Flamenco festival offers a fiery blast of music and dance. Venues around the city host workshops and performances, showcasing locals and visiting talent. And organizers have saved the best for last: on October 19, Spanish flamenco star David Romero makes his first visit to Halifax, joined by guitarist Flavio Rodrigues and vocalist Pedro Obregón.

October 28: The city’s major-junior hockey heroes the Halifax Mooseheads take on their Maritime rivals P.E.I. at the Metro Centre.

 

Editor’s Choice –

October 16 to 20: The Halifax Pop Explosion is the East Coast’s biggest annual celebration of indie/alternative music. This year, the lineup includes Dan Mangan, Al Tuck, Wintersleep and many more.

Weekend Roundup: Thursday Sep 20 – Sunday Sep 23

Dean and Britta at performing until Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Theatre Junction GRAND.

Thursday, September 20 Be sure to check out the Calgary Home + Design Show at the BMO Centre, running until Sunday, September 23. The weekend event will feature inspirational design solutions and helpful home advice. The show will host over 350 exhibitors and a variety of industry experts including Sarah Daniels and Philip DuMoulin, hosts of HGTV’s Urban Suburban; Bruce Hopkins (more…)

Hot Date: GlobalFest at Elliston Park

The tenth annual GlobalFest fireworks competition is on now, taking place at Elliston Park in the city’s southeast. Nightly presentations include a spectacular fireworks display set against a backdrop of powerful music.

Beginning at 6 pm nightly, the festival includes the OneWorld night market, showcasing numerous global food and artisan vendors as well as four performance stages with music and dance performances. Fireworks commence at sundown, between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets $15, children under five free. Parking available along 17th Avenue SE. Shuttle buses run between Marlborough Mall and Elliston Park each night, $6 for a round-trip ticket.

The finale at last year’s GlobalFest. Photo: Courtesy J&J Photography Ltd.

Don’t miss this week’s presentations from: China, tonight, Brazil Wednesday, August 22 and The United States, Friday, August 24.

Where Recommends: The Eclipse finale show (Sunday, August 26), designed by Canadian Patrick Brault. The show features a stellar playlist including songs by indie-pop rockers Modest Mouse and Icelandic vocalist-guitarist Jonsi.

 

Weekend Roundup August 10 – 12

Enjoy Calgary’s beautiful August weather at these great outdoor events this weekend and relax on Sunday by watching the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremonies.

AFRIKADEY! FESTIVAL Saturday Aug 11

On Saturday, the Afrikadey! Festival at Prince’s Island Park celebrates Calgary’s rich African culture, 10 am until 10 pm. Merchants and food vendors will be set up around the park, and the main stage features a star-studded lineup including Sudanese hip-hop act Emmanuel Jal and contemporary Ethiopian ensemble Krar Collective. Tickets $25 adult, $20 youth, available at the gate.

MARDA GRAS Sunday Aug 12

Experience that vibrant New Orleans Mardi Gras atmosphere right here in Calgary at this weekend’s annual Marda Gras festival. The event will be held between 33rd Avenue and 34th Avenue SW in the Marda Loop neighbourhood. (more…)

Hot Date: Chinatown Street Festival

Interior of the Chinese Cultural Centre. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.

This Saturday, the annual Chinatown Street Festival takes place in the vibrant historic area between Centre Street and First Street SE and along Second Avenue and Third Avenue SE.

Savour the flavours of authentic Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese eats in the Dragon City Mall shopping complex or at one of the food booths located along Third Avenue. Merchant booths will also be set up along Third Avenue with various clothing, accessories and gifts for sale. Karaoke, tai chi and other demonstrations will be held along Second Avenue SE. (more…)

Hot Date: Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia

April 18
One of the most fascinating historical tales comes to life in Anastasia by Ballet Jörgen. Told like never before, this is the story of a young Russian Grand Duchess who was born into privilege and then thrust into turmoil when her father, the Tsar, fell from power during the Russian Revolution. Using the company’s signature storytelling and powerful style of dance, this is a compelling representation of a tragic event that was once a captivating historical mystery. $35-$50. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2700. www.shenkmanarts.ca

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 30 to April 1

Chic coats, cool jewellery, and plenty to decorate the home are on offer at this weekend's Ottawa Antiques Show.

Friday, March 30
The Ottawa Antiques Show is back for its annual spring edition, bringing with it a slew of great finds. But make no mistake: this isn’t your grandma’s show. While it does boast an assortment of century-old antiques, it’s also the place to find designer goods and hidden treasures. Vendors carry a selection of retro and vintage products; think designer jewellery by Tiffany & Co., haute couture accessories from Chanel and Hermès, handbags by Prada, and Rolex watches. Happy hunting!

Celebrate Canada’s diverse musical talent with Classical JUNOs in Concert, where JUNO nominated performers, such as Susan Hoeppner and Christina Petrowska Quilico, break out an array of instruments to perform classical pieces, including those by nominated composers. The afternoon concert is free and held in the lobby of the National Arts Centre.

Saturday, March 31
Step into the fantastical world of Tara Luz Danse – Les Billes, a creation of choreographer Anik Bouvrette, at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Here, dancers incorporate unusual objects into their movements: large marbles, lit hoops, and Chinese lanterns that resemble planets. In this lush performance of contemporary dance that has charmed both children and adults – not an easy task – the audience gets swept up in the question “When I close my eyes, in my imagination, I see…”

Come and be astounded by the magic of world-class illusionist Greg Frewin in his Vegas-style show, Beyond Belief, at the Théâtre du Casino. Frewin is the only magician to have won every major magic award in North America, and he has performed throughout the world. His show, featuring tigers, showgirls, and amazing illusions, will undoubtedly leave you beyond belief, just as it’s name promises. (more…)

Save the Date: The National Ballet of Canada’s 2012/13 Season

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Just as theatre company Mirvish Productions was announcing its upcoming schedule, so too was another of the city’s performing arts institutions, the National Ballet of Canada, presenting its own highly anticipated 2012/13 programming—a selection that promises to thrill and inspire with its diverse mix of celebrated classics and groundbreaking new works.

The fall season opens with a whimsical bang when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns to the Four Seasons Centre stage from November 10 to 25, 2012. Having received rapturous reviews when it premiered at last year’s Luminato festival, this lavish co-production with England’s Royal Ballet reimagines Lewis Carroll’s most beloved work through the grace and lyricism of dance. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 3 to 5

Quinsin Nachoff is just one of the performers taking the stage at the Ottawa Winter Jazzfest.

Friday, Feb. 3
Jazz up your weekend by taking in the international and local talent at the first annual Ottawa Winter Jazzfest. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz enthusiast or looking to diversify your musical tastes, this festival promises to thaw that winter chill. Hop all over downtown Ottawa, from the National Arts Centre to Club SAW to the Mercury Lounge to catch the smooth sounds of artists such as Megan Jerome, Quinsin Nachoff, Remi Bolduc, and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble of Chicago.

Experience Ottawa’s diverse architecture and examine the relationship between architecture, the arts, and politics through music with Polytectures. This sound walk was created by Montreal’s Antoine Bédard and 10 local musicians. Through a variety of musical styles, Polytectures allows visitors and locals alike to experience Ottawa’s architecture in new ways by pairing songs with local landmarks. Although the entire walk is an hour long, it has been divided into sections with warm-up breaks for Winterlude.

If you’re a film buff with a soft spot for independent cinema, then you’re going to want to Get Iced this weekend. The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa is presenting 10 new Super 8 short films made by local filmmakers in cooperation with Winterlude. Afterwards, unwind with drinks at the Soviet-style reception hosted by Avant-Garde Bar and Gift Shop. The party continues at the bar after 9:30pm with live music and no cover charge.

This Friday, Yamantaka //Sonic Titan and Boyhood bring the party to Babylon. Yamantaka //Sonic Titan are a psychedelic opera group that fuses noise, metal, folk, and pop music to create an east-meets-west culture clash extravaganza. Boyhood is new on the Ottawa scene, bringing catchy songs with haunting melodies. (more…)