Don’t let the cold get you down, there’s plenty of hot cultural action to be had all across the province. It’s a great time of year for music-lovers in particular, but all of you culture-vultures will be able to find something to keep you warm.
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THE WHOLE SHEBANG at The Tett
City of Kingston and The Tett Centre for Creativity and learning present The Whole Shebang: The Tett Centre Grand Opening – a FREE event on Saturday, January 31, 2015.
The newly renovated Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning’s Grand Opening, The Whole Shebang, is an interactive, family-friendly experience. After more than 18 months of planning, local artists, under the guidance of Andrea Nann, Artistic Director of Dreamwalker Dance Company, have created The Whole Shebang – an event that brings to life the creative and collaborative nature of the Tett. Every corner of the Tett will be alive with a diverse array of performance pieces, installation art, and optional participation.
The Whole Shebang will run from 1-3:30 pm, doors open at noon. Click here for more info.
OPERA ATELIER at Versailles
Congratulations to Opera Atelier, one of Ontario’s major cultural exports on being asked to move into the palace! At the launch of their 30th anniversary season, Opera Atelier has announced that from now on, every other year they will perform as part of the season at the Opera Royal at the Palace of Versailles in France. Read more about it in The Toronto Star or visit operaatelier.com
PIANOS in the CITY
The TSO’s RBC Piano Extravaganza kicks off with Steinway pianos across several downtown Toronto locations, where free interactive programmes will take place. Each venue will be hosted by a special guest artist. Festival curator, Grammy-award winning pianist Emanuel Ax, will also drop in at each location. Each pianist will perform short works, and encourage members of the public to play on the Steinway piano!
11:00am – 2:00pm
RBC Plaza Building, 200 Bay Street – Underground PATH
Union Station, 65 Front Street West – Main Hall
CBC Atrium, 250 Front Street West – On Stage
Hospital for Sick Children, 170 Elizabeth Street
12:30pm – 1:30pm
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West – Lobby
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
Die Walkure – Opening this weekend!
A warrior goddess risks all to preserve the future in Wagner’s matchless epic featuring some of the most powerful music ever conceived, including the iconic « Ride of the Valkyries. »
Directed by Atom Egoyan and conducted by Johannes DebusS
tarting January 31, 2015. More info here
ROYAL CONSERVATORY of MUSIC Concert Series
Kicking off the first few months of programming at The Royal Conservatory of Music at Koerner Hall is Pavlo, featuring special guests Enrico Galante on saxophone, G. Pinto on violin, and a dance troupe!
Now living in Tampa Florida, Pavlo’s roots are from the little Greek village in Toronto called the Danforth. He has travelled the world several times over, performing his very distinct style of music he calls « Mediterranean Guitar Music. » With two gold albums, two Juno Award nominations, two decades of composing, performing, producing and recording to his credit, Pavlo is currently recording his 11th album, a collaboration with Remigio Pereira (The Tenors).
For more information, click here.
Get Naked @ THEMUSEUM
Visit Downtown Kitchener and Get Naked! THEMUSEUM will present over 100 works by Canadian artists from the Canada Council Art Bank in a unique exhibition curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. These works present subjects who are depicted or represented as nude, unclothed or naked. « Getting Naked » will explore what it is about the naked body that causes such powerful reactions in viewers, including the feeling that art depicting nudity shouldn’t be shown outside of gallery walls.
Visit themuseum.ca to learn more about this and the other exciting programs that are heating up downtown Kitchener this winter!
WORLDSTAGE Returns to Harbourfront
Check out this trailer for the highly successful WORLDSTAGE festival, brought to you by our friends down at the Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are on sale now!
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
In Mozart’s darkly witty masterpiece, an icon of seduction is brought to blistering life, his sexual magnetism undimmed as he faces his inevitable downtfall.
« Bravo to director Tcherniakov for stripping away the centuries of ornamentation to show us the true portrait underneath.
Miss this one at your peril. »-
Toronto Star(full review here.)
Featuring Russell Braun as Don Giovanni, conducted by Michael Hofstetter. This production is presented in association with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi Theatre and Teatro Real Madrid.
More info here
Fri. January 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Tue. February 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri. February 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Thu. February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Wed. February 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Beauty, Identity, Pride:
Native North American Footwear
Created by Indigenous peoples from diverse regions of North America, ninety pairs of shoes, boots and moccasins will showcase exquisite craftsmanship, regional patterns, and beautiful decoration. The exhibition features rarely seen artifacts chosen entirely from the Bata Shoe Museum’s foremost and comprehensive collection of Native footwear.
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AGA KHAN presents THE LOST DHOW
Dec 13 2014 to Apr 26 2015
In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th century (China’s Tang Dynasty), the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls.
Through the display of approximately 300 objects from its cargo, this exhibition tells compelling stories about the ship, its crew, and the treacherous movement by sea of domestic and luxury wares between continents 1,200 years ago.
Click here for tickets to the North American Premiere.