Monthly Archives: October 2014

Continuum Souvenir

Continuum Contemporary Music are celebrating 30 years this season. I’m an admirer of ambitious projects, and they don’t get much bigger than this.  Jennifer Waring’s note in the program explains Souvenir, Continuum Contemporary Music’s collaboration with film-maker Gary Popovich presented … Continue reading

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Esprit’s brassy Polaris

Tonight was the opening concert in Esprit’s Orchestra’s 32nd season. Esprit & their Music Director Alex Pauk are champions of new Canadian music, presented alongside excellent compositions from around the world. Tonight’s program is a perfect illustration. The first half … Continue reading

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Circle Jerk press release

Soup Can Theatre Press Release Media Contact: Sarah Thorpe – Soup Can Theatre, safeword, and Aim for the Tangent Theatre proudly presentCIRCLE JERK Sex. Death. Bananas. Concept by Justin Haigh.  Written by Justin Haigh, Scott Dermody, Brandon Crone, and … Continue reading

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Michaelangelo, Rodin and genius

My first look yesterday at the new Art Gallery of Ontario show, “Michaelangelo: Quest for Genius”, was an ecstatic experience. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so strongly that a curatorial team understand me & my concerns coming to this … Continue reading

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Alcina preview at RBA

The season of Thanksgiving continues, as I feel extraordinarily blessed for the wonderful day I am having. Not only did I have my three best nights in the theatre since the beginning of October (two performances of Falstaff and one … Continue reading

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A Butterfly with laughter and tears

It’s like no Madama Butterfly I’ve ever seen. The new Canadian Opera Company production is really the same one they’ve been staging for years, yet very different in its new incarnation. There are two parallel casts performing Puccini’s intercultural tear-jerker … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Elizabeth DeShong

Elizabeth DeShong is singing big roles in the biggest houses. She’s sung Suzuki (the role she’s singing in a Canadian Opera Company production that’s opening tonight at the Four Seasons Centre) at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera Company, … Continue reading

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