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Fleck Dance Theatre

Weekend Roundup, January 21st to 23rd

Friday: Peter Oundjian leads the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in a trio of classical favourites (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Friday, January 21
Wind down from a busy week at Koerner Hall with The Royal Conservatory Orchestra and award-winning young pianist Grace Kim. The ensemble, led by Toronto Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Oundjian, is set to serenade audiences with Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony, Rachmaninov’s The Rock and Debussy’s impressionistic La Mer.

See Toronto’s landscape transform through the eyes (and lenses) of talented contemporary and historical photographers—Stephen Bulger Gallery’s new exhibition, The Toronto Show, gathers images of the city spanning from the late 19th century to the present day.

Head down to Harbourfront Centre as hundreds of Toronto-area dancers burn up the Fleck Dance Theatre stage. B-boys, ballerinas and belly dancers are just a few of the fleet-footed folks who can be seen at this exciting, weekend-long extravaganza of dance.

Saturday: See Kim Dorland's A Walk in the Forest and many other new works at Angell Gallery (image courtesy of Angell Gallery)

Saturday, January 22
The always provocative artist Kim Dorland opens his highly-anticipated exhibition, Nocturne, tonight at Angell Gallery. Dorland’s latest series features spectral figures and eerie paintings of the skull of his greatest inspiration, Tom Thomson. Also at the gallery: new photographic works by Bonnie Baxter.

The soulful sound of Lauryn Hill resounds tonight at The Sound Academy—her first Toronto appearance in a decade. The acclaimed if mercurial artist breathes life into the lyrics from her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, as well as (possibly) some fresh tunes from a long-rumoured but never confirmed new album.

Don’t forget your earplugs while gearing up for tonight’s Monster Jam at the Rogers Centre.  The roaring trucks are revving up to thrill with daring tricks from current freestyle champion Charlie Pauken and world champion Tom Meents.

Sunday: Groove with Robert Plant (photo by Man Alive)

Sunday, January 23
Robert Plant is getting a lot of mileage out of his current “rootsy” incarnation. Tonight he offers the second of two concerts at the Sony Centre, accompanied by his Band of Joy. The former Led Zeppelin frontman’s melodic mix of rock and folk inspires a truly unique musical style.

Fly through the skies with legendary test pilot Mike Carriker on a journey of education and innovation at the Ontario Science Centre. In it’s OmniMax Theatre, the new Imax film Legends of Flight takes you soaring through the skies on an expedition through the past and future of flight.

Today is the final day to view Constructions: Contemporary Norwegian Arts and Crafts at the Design Exchange. This exhibit features a variety of objects from Scandinavia and emphasizes—as the title suggests—methods of construction in a variety of art and design disciplines.

Luminato Preview—Theatre, Dance, Music and Wonder

These highly anticipated events are to keep you entertained during Toronto’s illuminating festival arts festival.

The Children's Crusade finds hope in conflict (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann).

The Children's Crusade finds hope in conflict (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann).

PASSION AND PATHOS
JUNE 5 & 6, 8 TO 11 Over its previous two editions some of Luminato’s most ambitious and awe-inspiring performances have been those commissioned specifically for the festival. Among this year’s slate of world premieres is The Children’s Crusade, a highly anticipated new opera by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. Featuring more than 100 diverse performers and a battery of medieval instruments, the 90-minute work is based on the tragic story of a 13th-century expedition involving thousands of young people who set out for the Holy Land to spread hope in a time of conflict. Something of a hybrid piece, The Children’s Crusade also incorporates contemporary sonic and visual elements: notably, innovative director Tim Albery stages the opera in a strikingly derelict warehouse; the standing audience moves through the space, following the company on its inspiring, yet ultimately doomed campaign. 153 Dufferin St., 8 p.m., $40.

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