Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Sacred and Profane – Lucca Photography Biennale

The Lucca Photography Biennale / Photo Lux Festival returns this year to examine the eternal dualism between the Sacred and the Profane. Dualities between elements like...

They’re Alive! Live Footage of Super Villains

Ready to hear what Against the Grain's Super Villains have to offer? Read the Super Villains post, sit back with a cold Steam Whistle,...

awake but dreaming – Book Launch Party Pics

I was invited to the launch of Maya Chendke's new book, Awake but Dreaming, at the Shangri-La in Toronto. Awake but Dreaming explores the...

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8 1/2 plus 4 Oscar Winners = NINE

There are no words for how amazing Federico Fellini's original 1963 film "8 1/2" is. It's the story of a film director (Marcello Mastroianni) who has a severe case of director's block. The film captures the process of creation, and unfolds...

Iris van Herpen’s Innovative Haute Couture Arrives at the High Museum of Art

Iris van Herpen, the visionary Dutch fashion designer and cutting-edge artist will be presenting an exhibition of technological haute couture at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. Inspired by diverse influences in the arts, sciences, music and philosophy. Marking the High’s first presentation of fashion...

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 America, with more than 3,000 performances...

Hadrian: An Ancient Rulebreaker

The Canadian Opera Company premieres An Opera For Our Time The Canadian Opera Company took a exciting risk by commissioning an opera from Rufus Wainwright about the fascinating history of the Roman Empire, and one of its most important emperors, Hadrian. For those...

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 updo. The updo, adorned by that beautiful...

Rustic Charm at Symphony in the Barn

  Concerts within the setting of a living farm, where chickens lay their eggs and horses graze, give a completely different ambiance to what culture is all about; AGRI-Culture." — Michael Schmidt, Founder & Co-Artistic Director   Every once and a while I get invited to...

Rose Marie: French Girl + English Boy = Canadian Love Story & Canadian Fashion courtesy of Wish Opera

Wish Opera Presents: Rose Marie: French Girl + English Boy = Canadian Love Story   Wish Opera collaborates with Canada’s creative elite to produce opera with fashion and style.  Partners in Rose Marie include Charles Pachter, renowned for his iconic renderings of the Canadian...

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 yet visited Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008, please make the effort to take in this...

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 yet visited...

Christian Dior Vintage Couture at the ROM

In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to present Christian Dior, an original ROM exhibition focusing on...

Not to be missed: Free Performance Featuring Alberto Zedda, and Olga Peretyatko

A special, never seen before event featuring the music of Rossini! Music, film, live TV, with the public acting as protagonist. This looks like a lot...

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Your Election Toolkit – Focus on the Arts

It is lead up week to the Federal Election in Canada on May 2 and as usual the arts in Canada remain a largely...

Tony Awards 2014: Highlights and Performances

Host Hugh Jackman (C) onstage during the 2014 Tony Awards. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesThe 68th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held this past weekend...

Join Opera Atelier for an evening at Versailles

Join Opera Atelier for this intoxicating evening of mouth-watering delights, alluring auctions, and bewitching performances.   Wednesday, June 6, 2012 * The Evergreen Brickworks 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto Drinks...

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I have been so busy over the last few weeks and meaning to write some in-depth reviews of the productions and concerts I have...

Factory Theatre: Diversity Beyond the Great White North

Toronto based, Factory Theatre continues to commit to diversity this season as it programs "Beyond the Great White North," six new plays, each written...

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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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FW17 Guo Pei & Caroline Scheufele

On July 2, 2017, at the prestigious hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris, Guo Pei presented her fourth Couture Collection, this time in collaboration...

653 Swedish singers hit out at ‘culture of sexual harassment’

Photo of the Royal Swedish Opera by Holger.Ellgaard for Wikimedia ____ via IQ Live Music Intelligence Story by By Jon Chapple on 15 Nov 2017 Sweden's classical music...

Opera in Interesting Places: Against the Grain

Against the Grain Theatre is another local company that has taken the tradition of opera and flipped it on its head, presenting classic works...

Concert in Memory of tenor Salvatore Licitra

Salvatore Licitra NYTimes Report of his death This concert will take place on October 31, 2011 at the Merkin Concert Hall, New York City. For more information...

Meet Anna Netrebko in person

For all you lucky New York City inhabitants, and for those enamoured enough to travel over for the event, Anna Netrebko, currently starring as...