Category: Entertainment

The Nutcracker at Sony Centre


Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St East
When: December 22, 2018. Two Shows Only, 2pm and 7pm
Cost: To purchase tickets please visit, or call 1.855.872.SONY (7669)

Details: Toronto International Ballet Theatre (TIBT), in collaboration with Bolshoi Ballet, presents an unforgettable production of The Nutcracker. This classic presentation will feature ballerina powerhouses Anastasia Stashkevich and Vyacheslav Lopatin, principal dancers of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.

In Tchaikovsky’s  famous The Nutcracker, the story of a young girl’s journey to a magical land on Christmas Eve, is perhaps not only the composer’s most famous work but also one of the most beloved ballets of all time. Using Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the world’s best dancers, Toronto International Ballet Theatre presents a unique version of The Nutcracker, maintaining its imperial beauty and grandeur, but with unique choreography and an innovative vision.

Anastasia Stashkevich is a Russian Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. She has been praised as one of the company’s stand out artists. Her repertoire includes the role of Lise in Sir Frederick Ashton’s  La fille mal gardée; Swanilda and L’Aurore in  Coppelia; the title role in Yuri Burlaka’s  Esmeralda; Marie in Yuri Grigorovich’s  The Nutcracker; Ballerina in Mikhail Fokine’s  Petrushka; and Galya in Alexei Ratmansky’s  Bright Stream, amongst many others. Her awards include the Bronze medal at the Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition (2002) and the Silver medal at the Arabesque Ballet Competition in Perm, Russia (2004).

Vyacheslav Lopatin was born in  Voronezh,  Russia, and studied at the Voronezh Choreographic College, after which he apprenticed at the  Moscow Choreographic Academy. In 2003 he joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where he presently works under the tutelage of  Boris Akimov. He was promoted to the rank of first soloist in October 2009,  to leading soloist in September 2011,  and appointed to the rank of principal dancer in July 2017. In 2009 Lopatin and  Natalia Osipova  received a special prize from the jury of the  Golden Mask  award for their partnership in the Bolshoi’s production of  La Sylphide.

More Info: @SonyCentreTO @SonyCentreTO

From the Water at Tarragon Theatre

From the Water: Shawn Lall as Doctor/1277X. Photo by Will King.

Where: Tarragon Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue
When: December 12 – 16, 2018
Cost:  $22 Student/Artsworker, $32 general admission. Preview tickets (Dec 12) are $17 Student/Artsworker, $27 general admission. Purchase tickets at

Details: From the Water is a domestic drama in a supernatural crisis. Millions of people are disappearing, civilization is moving underground, and the downfalls keep coming. Alex wants to stay, Peter wants to fight, Ava wants closure, and the Numbers are preparing for extinction. This grounded science fiction thriller uses creatures and clones to define what it means to be human, and explores the strength it takes to fight against an unstoppable force.

Seven Siblings Theatre has been successfully producing work by established playwrights for over four years. The company is excited to be producing its first original script by Artistic Director, Will King. Having been in various forms of development for over a year, From the Water has been a collaborative process in the rehearsal room, with the actors and director probing deeper into the motivations, themes and discoveries of this story. What has emerged is an engaging play about love, loyalty, defining identity and what it truly means to be “home”.

Features Anna Silvija Broks as Alex, Will King as Peter, Shawn Lall as Doctor/1277X and Hilary Wirachowsky as Ava. Directed by Erik Helle. Written by Will King.

SHOW WARNINGS: Violence, strong language, gunshots, haze, and e-cigarettes

More Info: twitter @SevenSiblingsCo @SevenSiblingsTheatre

Holiday Encounters: Yuletide Remix at The Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: December 9, 2018 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Doors at 6pm
Cost: Free Admission (or PWYC reserved seating)

Details: How do holiday traditions resonate today? Join us for “Holiday Encounters – Yuletide Remix,” as SlowPitchSound remixes your favourite seasonal music. Bring your treasured yuletide vinyl and hear it spun into exciting new sounds right before your ears. We’re re-imagining the traditional, Bing Crosby will never sound the same again!

Fresh off Electric Messiah’s three-night run, SlowPitchSound, will be ready to unwind and turn your favourite holiday vinyl into holiday magic.

 Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound is a full time artist who is known for experimenting with music, visuals and live performance. He is the 2018 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence and co-winner of the 2018 CMC Toronto Emerging Composer Award.

More Info:
@GladstoneHotel @SlowPitchSound

The Wizard of Oz – A Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical!!

The Wizard of Oz cast. Photo by Bruce Zinger

Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
When: November 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Cost: Ticket prices range from $27-$99 Adults; $27-$69 Children under 12; $256 Family 4-Pack and can be be purchased at, by phone at 1.855.599.9090 or in person at the Elgin Theatre Box Office. For group discounts call THE Group Tix Company at 647.438.5559 or Toll Free at 1.866.447.7849

Details: Dog-walker Dorothy, Camille Eanga Selenge, finds herself in OZ and as the enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, after she accidentally squishes the Wicked Witch of the East (blame global warming).
With hilarious help from Sugarbum, the Good Witch of the North, Michael De Rose – who comes from a long line of Bums including the legendary Plumbum; and the funniest trio with more courage (Daniel Williston), heart (Eric Craig) and brains (Matt Nethersole) since The Three Stooges; plus the cheers and boos from the audience, Dorothy might make it back home to her hacky sack playing friends and the Ossington Summer Street Festival with some newfound confidence and a future full of promise!

Directed and choreographed by Tracey Flye, 
music directed by Joseph Tritt and written by Matt Murray

Follow the Yellow Brick Road back to the Elgin Theatre this holiday season, because “there’s no place like home!”

More Info: For a complete performance schedule visit  @rosspettypro@rosspettypro #wizardofozTO

Dividing Lines at The Theatre Centre


The Theatre Centre, Franco Boni Theatre, 1115 Queen St. West
When: November 18 – December 2, 2018. Previews on November 18, 20 & 21. Opening night is November 22
Cost: Tickets ($15 – $25) now on sale via The Theatre Centre box office or, 416.538.0988

Details: They say blood is thicker than water. 
I say, love is thicker than blood.

How do you want your life to end? In Dividing Lines, Beatriz Pizano places individual choice in the context of the history of a continent. Moving from personal to political to spiritual,  this daring, live photo-essay offers no easy answers.

We can talk about dying.
“For me, Dividing Lines is a meditation on how I want to live,” says writer/performer Beatriz Pizano. “We don’t talk about dying. In fact, as children we are mostly taught to fear death. While losing someone you love is the deepest pain, and that pain never goes away, it was through my personal experience that I also learned that it takes real love to let someone who is suffering go. Through this piece, I wanted to open up the possibility for conversations around death to take place.

Created by Aluna Theatre’s Beatriz Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus with Brandon Valdivia, Dividing Lines exemplifies Aluna’s continuing commitment to risk and experimentation. Following several years of development in Toronto, and through the Banff Playwrights Lab, Dividing Lines sees its Toronto premiere at The Theatre Centre this November.

More Info: #DividingLinesTO

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