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Review: RIOT A disorderly cocktail of theatre, spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and circus.

This year’s Luminato Festival has an obvious political theme, but RIOT is where even the coldest human truths will be served to you on a platter alongside Glee-style hits, neon spandex and graceful aerialists. There...

Luminato Festival – Top 5 Guide

  Conceived in 2007 as a way to shine a spotlight on Toronto as a culturally vibrant and globally connected city rich in creativity, Luminato quickly became one of the preeminent international arts festivals in North...

What do Meghan Markle and Tosca have in common?

As we watched Meghan Markle walk down the aisle on Saturday in her chic Givenchy gown and gloriously expansive veil, my eye was perpetually drawn to her fresh brown eyes and impeccably refined and elegant...

Manolo Blahnik: THE ART OF SHOES

The Bata Shoe Museum, a North American cultural landmark with a strong international reputation, is delighted to announce the opening of the highly anticipated travelling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning retrospective by...

Opera America Conference – June 2018

Opera is enlivened by difference. Diverse artists, audiences, trustees and staff all bring powerful perspectives to our industry and make opera stronger. An inclusive creative environment thrives on mutual respect and authentic community connections. Through...

Italian National Day: Castello Italia at Casa Loma 2018

  For four years now Casa Loma has been transformed into "Castello Italia" to celebrate Italian National Day, also known as la Festa della Repubblica, and Italian Heritage Month in Canada. Every year the event attracts...

My thoughts on Glyndebourne losing their general director

My thoughts on the news that Sebastian F. Schwarz stepping down as Glyndebourne general director. There is a lot happening in the world of entertainment right now, so it's understandable if the news of Sebastian Schwarz...

Countdown to Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah

On Sunday, December 17 at 2 PM,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents its wildly popular Sing-Along Messiah, Toronto’s largest sing-along classical Christmas concert. “Christmas just would not be the same without being part of this beautiful and cathartic event.” — CBC News,...

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

I know you are running out of ideas for that person who is not only super creative, but already has everything. Here are a few holiday gift ideas that may spark some excitement and ease...

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Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in Tights

An Athlete in Tights is the culmination of a three-year collaboration between American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre principal dancer Roberto Bolle and Vanity Fair photographer...

Do You Question the Value of Celebrity? Do You Love Beauty?

Julianne Moore as Ingres's 'Grand Odalisque', New York City, by Michael Thompson, 2000, publ. April 2000. Michael Thompson. © 2000 Michael Thompson.   If you haven't...

Ten things to see in Toronto this weekend – November 10 to 13, 2011

1. LANG LANG BEETHOVEN SERIES Lang Lang is in Toronto for a 10-day engagement. He takes on all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, plus works...

The ALS mystery and Wagner and Puccini’s toughest critics

Every once and a while I find myself having to take a small break from writing and maintaining this wonderful site because something has...

Ten (classical and opera) things to see in Toronto this weekend

1. Mariinsky Orchestra, VALERY GERGIEV, conductor 
ALEXANDER TORADZE, piano The legendary Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg, established over 200 years ago, is “the world’s first...