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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...

Following the Footprints of trace, an Interview with Jeff Ho

Interview by Diana Di Mauro Last month I was invited to trace at Factory Theatre in downtown Toronto. It's a brand-new, one-man-two-piano-play written, composed and performed by Jeff Ho, described as, “A painfully personal story of family and...

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Arts Workers Getting Rich off of Exposure Dollars

This is a running joke between musicians and stage performers. Everyone has heard the elevator pitch for some "exciting" opportunity that promises incredible  exposure....

Danielle de Niese’s wardrobe make headlines…Wait, what?

Yes, I love fashion. Yes, I love opera, but when the New York Times decided to do an introspective feature on what Danielle de...

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...

Art Life and Stilettos News Roundup

The Met drops its Blackface Otello, Abbado Receives a Posthumous Honour, Carnegie Hall Loses Their Chairman. After 124 years, The Metropolitan Opera is breaking with tradition and...

The Films of Luchino Visconti” Retrospective at TIFF

Luchino Visconti (di Mondrone) is an Italian film, opera and theatre director and screenwriter. He was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan and...