Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Bridge to the Future: commemorating the Hungarian Revolution

In Commemoration of The 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution & The 135th Anniversary of the Birth of Béla Bartók With the Performances of Piano Works by Bartók, as well as Works by Kodály, Liszt, Dohnányi, Lehár, and Kálmán Mary … Continue reading

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Ayre: An Evening of Osvaldo Golijov

When the organizational wizards of Against the Grain Theatre decided to present Ayre: An Evening of Osvaldo Golijov beginning November 10th I doubt that anyone recognized the significance of the date.  Had the American electorate made their expected repudiation of … Continue reading

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Ayre: counter-discursive affirmations

I needed that. Ayre, the piece I saw/heard just now in its noon-hour incarnation at the Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series, will be presented tonight in a fuller version by Against the Grain Theatre , but I doubt they’ll … Continue reading

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Balancing on the Edge

New circus and new music collide in boundary pushing, radical circus performances featuring special guest, DJ P-Love from New York. Co-produced in association with Harbourfront Centre Theatre by Thin Edge New Music Collective and A Girl in the Sky productions. … Continue reading

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Freedom First – Hungary 1956 Film Festival

FREEDOM FIRST – HUNGARY 1956 FILM FESTIVAL November 17 – 20, 2016 Hungary cinematically celebrates 60 years of freedom and honors its Canadian connection at the Freedom First – Hungary 1956 Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox Featuring a number of … Continue reading

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Farewell Norma

I had another look at the Canadian Opera Company’s Norma tonight, the closing performance of their fall season. It was both a chance to get a closer look as well as to see a slightly different cast. Elza van den … Continue reading

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COC Centre Stage 2016

Tonight was the annual Centre Stage event at the Four Seasons Centre, a combination of competition and gala celebration.  It was wonderful seeing so many familiar & famous faces in an audience including Stephen Lord, Gunta Dreifelds, Bruce Ubukata and … Continue reading

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Questions for Caitie Graham – Paradise Comics

Since graduating from the Performance Acting Program at Ryerson University in 2014, Caitie Graham has become a committed member of the theatre and youth education community in Toronto, as well as an advocate for work that engages young women. Her … Continue reading

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Interview with James Anagnoson

It’s 40 years that James Anagnoson has been part of a duo with Leslie Kinton, to be celebrated in a sold-out concert Sunday November 13th at the Royal Conservatory of Music. By coincidence I happened to listen to their version … Continue reading

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Naomi’s Road: an opera about a shameful moment in Canada’s history

Michael Mori, Artistic director of Tapestry Opera posted the following on Facebook (the press release follows immediately below): When we started planning Naomi’s Road, a show deals with the shameful treatment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII, it was well before Trump’s … Continue reading

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