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Mary Poppins

Weekend Roundup: Aug 3 – 6

On Friday night, the Calgary Fringe Festival kicks off with uncensored, non-juried performances featuring both local and international playwrights and actors. Where recommends Push in Case of Emergency by local playwrights Kyle Schulte, Brett Gartley and Talore Peterson. This comedy-drama explores the interactions of group of strangers unexpectedly trapped in an elevator. The show begins at 6:30 pm at Lolita’s Lounge, tickets $12.

After opening with a stellar concert lineup at Shaw Millennium Park on Thursday night (more…)

Weekend Roundup, December 2 to 4

Friday: Diana Thorneycroft's Group of Seven Awkward Moments is among the images at Gallery TPW's Photorama

Friday, December 2
‘Tis the season to deck the halls with quality artwork. Photography enthusiasts need look no further than 25th anniversary of Gallery TPW’s Photorama show and sale, which has its public opening tonight. Then drop into Gallery 44 for its annual Wall-to-Wall sale, featuring framed and unframed works by Toronto artists.

Inject a bit of spirit into your holiday season with the Soulful Messiah, Quincy Jones’ award-winning R&B rendition of Handel’s classic. At Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre, Ballet Creole celebrates its 10th year of performing this work with their signature blend of ballet, modern and African-Caribbean dance.

La Bohème’s timeless tale of artists grappling with love, death and paying the bills is well-suited to its new incarnation by theatre company Against the Grain. Puccini’s infamous opera is pulled into the present-day, translated into English and set entirely within the confines of bohemian hangout Tranzac.

There’s more to do after the jump!

Hot Date: Mary Poppins Pops In

The cheery chimney sweep kicks up some dust in Mary Poppins (photo by Joan Marcus)

NOVEMBER 10 TO JANUARY 8 The Broadway magic of Mary Poppins has already enchanted six and a half million people worldwide with its endearing story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers. Now Toronto audiences have their chance to see the singing wonder-nanny on stage in this latest offering from Mirvish Productions, which includes tunes such as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Rachel Wallace descends with her magic umbrella as the show’s title character, while Canadian Nicolas Dromard takes on the role of Bert, the Cockney jack-of-all-trades. Princess of Wales Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $35 to $130; call 416-872-1212 or visit here for tickets.