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Lower Ossington Theatre

Return to Avenue Q in Toronto with the Lower Ossington Theatre

Avenue Q Toronto

DECEMBER 13 TO MARCH 3  At some point we all wish we could ditch the day-to-day grind and go back to college. That common desire is central to Avenue Q, a coming-of-age story about a young man’s search for a job, an apartment and a purpose in life. Of course that’s not the only conceit: the Tony Award-winning play is performed by both human actors and puppets. It’s also gut-bustingly funny, taking audiences on a journey of self-discovery through politically incorrect, adult-oriented humour. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Ave., $49 to $60; call 416-915-6747 or visit Ticketwise for showtimes and to buy.  —Eva Voinigescu

Weekend Roundup: March 9 to 11

Friday: The piano at Hugh's Room is sure to get a workout

Friday, March 9
Be at Hugh’s Room when an all-star cast of musicians perform the work of songwriting great Randy Newman. The wit and lyrical brilliance that infused songs by Etta James, Tom Jones and Joe Cocker will be in full force at this tribute.

It’s bound to be an evening chocful of blonde hair and pink accessories at the Lower Ossington Theatre when Legally Blonde: The Musical struts onstage. You’ll cheer as Elle Woods, sorority-girl extraordinaire, enrolls in law school and silences naysayers.

Ballet Jorgen unites the lyricism and innovation of ballet throughout the ages in this weekend’s production of classical and contemporary ballet. This two-show run by one of Canada’s leading modern dance companies is sure to inspire and delight as it glides across the Betty Oliphant Theatre stage. (more…)

Bonus You Are Here: Ossington Avenue

Earlier we told you about a few of our favourite places on super-hip Ossington Avenue.
Of course there were too many to reasonably cram into a single article, so we figured
a second post was well warranted.

Delux

COSMOPOLITAN CUISINE Chef and owner Corinna Mozo drew upon her Cuban-Québécoise heritage to create the menu at Delux, which features simple yet flavourful dishes like steak frites, crispy duck confit, pressed Cubano sandwiches, and… wait for it… donut balls. Gobble up these gastronomic goodies inside a sophisticated dining room that hasn’t lost its neighbourhood feel. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: January 20 to 22

Friday: Clarinetist James Campbell performs with Sinfonia Toronto (photo by Tim Leyes)

Friday, January 20
Start your weekend with a touch of class at Sinfonia Toronto’s Black and White performance at the Glenn Gould Studio. Featuring the talents of Canadian clarinetist James Campbell and Russian pianist Dmitry Gordin, the recital—of chamber works by Shostakovich and Mozart—promises to weave these two exquisite soloists together in a musical dialogue you won’t soon forget.

You won’t be able to sit still as Harbourfront Centre reprises its Dance Ontario Weekend, a three-day extravaganza with dozens of local dancers, choreographers and musicians. Enjoy a heart-pounding spectrum of musical styles—from ballet, to flamenco, to Middle Eastern—both live and on film.

Our beloved Sesame Street muppets are all grown up, and foul-mouthed to boot. Tony Award-winning Avenue Q, the riotous coming-of-age musical comes to the Lower Ossington Theatre, and explores coming-of-age anxieties through such tongue-in-cheek numbers as “What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.”

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