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Weekend Roundup: April 20 to 22

Friday: Popular show Riverdance steps into Toronto for its final performances

Friday, April 20
Be wowed one last time by the phenomenal footwork of Riverdance. The internationally acclaimed Irish music and dance spectacular is at the Sony Centre through to Sunday as part of its last ever tour of North America.

Operatic soprano Renée Fleming brings her sensational voice to Roy Thomson Hall this evening. Accompanied by pianist Hartmut Holl, the “People’s Diva” is sure to dazzle with her dynamic stage presence and an intriguing program of songs by the likes of Schoenberg and Korngold.

The Theatre Centre continues to stage its adaptation of William Faulkner’s darkly comedic novel As I Lay Dying, which follows a family’s journey through the Mississippi countryside as part of a 40-mile funeral procession. (more…)

Hot Date: Riverdance’s Celtic Rhythm

APRIL 19 TO 21 An incomparable evening of Irish song and steps awaits as Riverdance returns to Toronto one last time. Now in its final year, the show tells the history of Irish culture with unrivaled, gravity-defying footwork and rich Gaelic music. While similar productions will continue to tour, the original phenomenon, which debuted in North America 16 years ago, is now wrapping up. Don’t miss your chance to see the show that popularized the mesmerizing art of Irish step dance. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Thursday and Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8 p.m., $34 to $89; call 1-855-872-7669 or navigate here to purchase tickets.

Riverdance: A Night to Remember


The Irish Dance Troupe takes the stage performing the spellbinding number "Riverdance" at the end of Act 1. Courtesy Clark James Mishler, Courtesy of Abhann Productions

by Allison Onyett

Seeing Riverdance has been on my bucket list since I first watched the energetic Celtic troupe on TV in my teens. Even from the comfort of my living room their swift footwork was exhilarating. Tuesday night at the Jubilee Auditorium, I finally had the opportunity to see the show live.

Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan started Riverdance in Dublin in 1995. Their vision was to create a unique, exciting performance rooted in folk memory and arts of the Irish people. On tour with Broadway Across Canada in its 16th season, the Irish phenomenon continues this tradition, and tells the history of Celtic culture through Irish dance. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, June 12 to 14

The weather is warm and the weekend is here; get out and see the city!

Friday: Indulge in fine seafood at Fisherman's Wharf.

Friday: Enjoy the seafood at Fisherman's Wharf.

Friday, June 12
Sample everything from Alberta whiskey to Zen Green Tea Liquor in the open-air ambience of the waterfront at the Toronto Drinks Show.

Surrender to the artistry of Searching For… a showcase of art work and stage performances created by FireSlide Productions and the artists and writers belonging to their workshops.

Dive into the Fisherman’s Wharf of San Francisco for a sophisticated selection of seafood like the signature coquilles St. Jacques: a medley of bay scallops, shrimp, lobster and crab meat in a white wine and cream sauce baked with parmesan cheese.

Renowned soprano Measha Brueggergosman performs this month with the TSO (photo by Joy von Tiedemann).

Saturday: Hear soprano Measha Brueggergosman (photo by Joy von Tiedemann).

Saturday, June 13
Examine the evolution of painted pottery over the last 500 years at the Gardiner Museum’s exhibition Clay Canvases: The Fine Art of Painted Ceramics.

Marvel at Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman as she pays homage to composers Richard Strauss and Béla Bartók with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Experience the enchanting flow of flying feet and fiddles at a performance of the award-winning Riverdance at the Canon Theatre.

Join Russell Peters for a hilarious evening of impressive impersonations and cultural humour at the Air Canada Centre.

Sunday: Treatments from Shizen Spa are a great way to unwind (photo by Getty Images).

Sunday: Unwind at Shizen Spa (photo by Getty Images).

Sunday, June 7
Soak in the sun and the blues on the beach during the Waterfront Blues Festival at Woodbine Park.

Get wrapped in a blanket of flower petals and revel in the soft texture and aroma of the signature rose wrap treatment at Shizen Spa.

Delight in a decadent croque-monsieur and mimosa for brunch on the sunlit terrasse of Le Sélect Bistro.

June 2009 At A Glance

—By Danielle Milley

May Hot Date—Celtic Thunder

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Opens May 9 Mirvish Productions closes its season on a high kick with Riverdance, an energetic and exciting blend of dance, music and song from the Emerald Isle. Enjoy a lush score composed by Bill Whelan, a Stonehenge-like setting and exuberant dancers known from sea to sea for giving traditional Irish dancing a fiery twist. Canon Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $20 to $99; call 416-872-1212 to purchase.