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Eric Peterson

Weekend Roundup: February 24 to 26

Friday: See Eric Peterson in Seeds (photo by Maxime Cote)

Friday, February 24
Journalism makes for compelling theatre in Annabel Soutar’s Seeds. Outlining the David-and-Goliath legal battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and a biotech company over canola seeds, the play is a suspenseful and insightful nail-biter. Starring Eric Peterson, it’s on stage now at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

Be there as The Canadian Art Foundation’s Reel Artists Film Festival kicks into high gear with today’s free afternoon filmmakers panel, and a trio of fascinating documentaries. Portrait of Resistance takes you into the heart of activist art, Thomas Ruff peeks behind the scenes of the German artist’s studio, and Mark Lewis explores the intricacy behind the filmmaker’s deceptively simple works. All screenings take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox; there are even more on Saturday and Sunday!

Die-hard Grease fans rejoice! Now you can show your passion for Danny, Sandy and the gang by singing in the aisles during a Sing-Along Grease screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox . Wear your poodle skirts and skinny ties, learn to hand jive, and most definitely be there for this touring sensation’s one-and-only Toronto stop. (more…)

Hot Date: Billy Bishop’s Back

Eric Peterson in Billy Bishop Goes to War (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Eric Peterson in Billy Bishop Goes to War (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

JANUARY 22 TO FEBRUARY 27 Soulpepper Theatre Company’s revised production of the 1978 musical play Billy Bishop Goes to War was such a sell-out hit when it reappeared last August that it’s touching down again for another run. Starring original co-creators Eric Peterson and writer-composer John Gray, and  directed by Ted Dykstra, this high-flying tale about a World War I fighter pilot sees Peterson perform 18 different roles. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Monday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30 p.m., $29 to $70; call 416-866-8666 or click here to buy.

August Hot Date—Soulpepper’s Latest

Eric Peterson plays multiple roles in Billy Bishop Goes to War.

Eric Peterson plays multiple roles in Billy Bishop Goes to War.

AUGUST 8 TO 29 Soulpepper Theatre Company’s revival of the 1978 musical Billy Bishop Goes to War stars both of its creators John Gray and Eric Peterson. This high-flying tale about a World War I fighter pilot sees Peterson—best known for his role on the popular television comedy Corner Gas—perform 18 different roles! Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Monday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 2 p.m., $28 to $45; call 416-866-8666 to buy.