Category: Entertainment

Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie at BPAC

Where: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: October 17, 2018
Cost: Regular $59  and Member $54. Can be purchased by telephone, online or in person: 905-681-6000,

Details: Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie will mark the one-year anniversary since Canada lost this important icon. This event will be a special evening to celebrate the man, the music and his legacy. Will include performances of Gord Downie songs and shared stories by Twin Flames, Bruce McCulloch, Tom Wilson, Danny Michel, Trent Severn, Matthew Barber, and Damhnait Doyle. Speakers will also include Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and Sarah Midanik, President & CEO of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Funds raised at this inaugural event will go directly to the DWF, and the designation of the Downie/Wenjack Fund Legacy Space at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre – the first performing arts centre in Canada to do so. Legacy Spaces are designated spaces that are dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and the journey of reconciliation.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improving the lives of First Peoples in Canada. In collaboration with the Wenjack family, the goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to aid the collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education and action. Funds raised through Legacy Spaces help support the development of resources for the spaces as well as DWF programming such as Legacy Schools, ReconciliACTIONs and events that serve to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together.

More Info:  @BurlingtonPAC  @burlington_pac

Haroldfest 2018: Toronto’s only Longform Improv Festival Returns

Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West; Cahoots Theatre, 388 Queen Street East, Unit 3; The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Avenue, 3rd floor
When: October 16-20, 2018
Cost: Tickets range in price and can be purchased at

Details: Haroldfest, Toronto’s only longform improv festival, returns for the second year with performances and workshops by top improvisers at Comedy Bar, Cahoots Theatre and The Social Capital Theatre. The fest will bring world class performers including Armando Diaz (Magnet Theatre), Big Grande (Upright Citizens Brigade), and STRIKE (The Assembly) to their stages, as well as Toronto Fringe favourites Moonstruck, Sex T-Rex and Ashley with a Y.

Will also feature Toronto’s best improv troupes including The Sufferettes (Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette), 2 MAN No-SHOW (Ken Hall and Isaac Kessler), Big in Japan (Adam Cawley, Sean Tabares, Sarah Hillier, Kevin Thom, and Ken Hall), S&P (Isaac Kessler, Cameron Algie, Kevin Whalen and Matt Folliott), Jibber Jabbar, Orson Whales, Grim Diesel, Pepperoni Pizza Cats and TallboyzIIMen.

Haroldfest audiences will see the best comedians from across North America including the stars and writers of shows including Baroness Von Sketch Show, Cupcake & Dino, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, People of Earth, Workin’ Moms, Because News and more.

Haroldfest will also include workshops by Armando Diaz, Jan Caruana, Isaac Kessler and Adam Cawley. The Assembly is a Toronto-based longform improv collective dedicated to making good improv and great improvisers.

More Info: The full line-up and schedule visit
@theassemblyimprov  @TheAssemblyTO

An Evening With Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder at BPAC

Ricky Skaggs Courtesy of BPAC

Where: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: October 16, 2018 at 8pm
Cost: Tickets can be purchased at 905-681-6000 or online at or in person at BPAC Box Office.

Details: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) welcomes you to have ‘A Night on the Town’ with ‘Country Boy’ Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder. The legendary bluegrass superstar brings his roots revival jamboree ‘An Evening With Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder’ to the BPAC for its only stop in Southern Ontario.

Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music.

Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs.

Skaggs is due to be inducted into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this fall. Skaggs was also inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame this September.

The 2018/2019 BPAC season will also include: LEGACY: A Tribute to Gord Downie, Dean Brody: Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour, Martin Levac: Dance Into the Light, Royal Wood with special guest Elise LeGrow, A Next Generation Leahy Christmas, The Andy Kim Christmas, Holly Cole and much more!

More Info: The full schedule of BPAC Events is available here:


Studio 54 Documentary opens in Toronto and Montreal


Liza Minelli, Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol and Halston at Studio 54. Photograph by Adam Schull.

Where: Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West; Toronto & Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas, Montreal
When: Opens October 12, 2018
Cost: General Admission is $11.50 at Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema and can be purchased at

Details: Glamour, greed and thumping tunes put Studio 54 at the epicenter of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, director Matt Tyrnauer’s (Valentino the Last Emperor, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Citizen Jane) feature documentary Studio 54 tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

For 33 months, from 1977 to 1980, Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan. A haven of hedonism, tolerance, inclusion and acceptance as well as glitz and glamour.  Attracting a steady stream of celebrities including regulars like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Jones and more the club was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district. Rubell was the outgoing bon vivant who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club and Schrager was the behind-the-scenes creative mastermind who shunned the limelight. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon imploded in financial scandal and the club’s demise.

With unprecedented access to Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure-trove of rare footage, director Matt Tyrnauer’s Studio 54 constructs a vivid, glorious Disco Noir portrait of a phenomenon, and tells the story of two friends who stuck together through it all.

**Running time:  98 minutes**

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Six Pianos at Koerner Hall


Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. West
When: October 12, 2018 at 8pm
Cost: Tickets from $22 to $67.50 and can be purchased at or 416.504.1282

Details: The musical spectacle that is Six Pianos opens Soundstreams’ 36th season at Koerner Hall. Showcasing a rich and varied contemporary repertoire for multiple pianos, exemplified by Steve Reich’s seminal work. There’s also a world premiere for multiple pianos from Canadian composer André Ristic, alongside works from Cage, Lutosławski, Alexina Louie and Colin McPhee. The performance features a who’s who of pianists/percussionists including Russell Hartenberger, Greg Oh, Stephanie Chua, Ryan Scott and Midori Koga.

More Info:  @soundstreams @soundstreams

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