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Maryem Tollar

Hot Date: Take the Kids to the COC’s GrimmFest

A Scene from Dean Burry’s The Brothers Grimm (photo: Anand Maharaj)

DECEMBER 4 TO 8  Once upon a time there were two siblings who collected stories of evil stepmothers and big bad wolves. At least that’s how Dean Burry tells it in The Brothers Grimm, his one-act children’s opera about the pair who brought us the fables of Rapunzel, Cinderella and more. Burry’s work is just one of the highlights of GrimmFest, the Canadian Opera Company’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Brothers’ famous tales. The family-friendly event also includes COC artists singing Grimm-inspired arias, and Juno winner Maryem Tollar recounting legends from Arabic, African and Gypsy cultures. Various venues, The Brothers Grimm tickets $15 to $25, all other shows free; call 416-363-8231 or click here for further details.  —Eva Voinigescu