Category: Entertainment

Goethe Film Series: Stronger Than Blood at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Stronger Than Blood, October 10 at 6:30pm @ Tiff Bell Lightbox

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street W
When: Dealer, October 3 at 6:30pm, Chiko, October 8 at 6:30pm, and Stronger Than Blood, October 10 at 6:30pm. Presented with English subtitles.
Cost: $10 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in person or by phone (day of sales only) or online (as of 10 days prior to screening). NOTE: All Goethe Films are open to audiences 18+.

Details: The Goethe-Institut Toronto proudly presents its powerful and thrilling October film series, Stronger Than Blood, featuring three outstanding and complex German gangster films over the last two decades. Dealer (1999) by Thomas Arslan, Chiko (2008) by Ozgur Yildirim, and Stronger Than Blood (2009) by Oliver Kienle.

ver the last 20 years, a thriller sub-genre of gangster films has carved out a popular and critically acclaimed niche in German cinema. ​Some films tell hard-hitting street crime stories, some are tender explorations of inner-city life and love. All introduce us to fresh, complex characters that appeal to audiences well beyond their own worlds as they navigate conscience, honour, and responsibility for their actions.

In this exhilarating new Goethe Film Series, the three genre-based films featured are multi-award winning and contain some of Germany’s top artists before they were stars. These films tell heartbreaking stories through the eyes of immigrants, from a male perspective.

Dealer, written and directed by Thomas Arslan and winner of the Fipresci Prize, is based on an intimate portrait of a young Turkish man and his rising career in crime and features some of Germany’s top film actors, Tamer Ygit, Idil Üner (Short Sharp Shock), and Birol Ünel (Head-On). Chiko, Özgur Yildirim’s debut film, is critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, and set in four Arab blocks of Berlin. It tells the story of a man who must choose between a life of crime and a life of friendship and loyalty. Stronger Than Blood, the final film in the series, is a multi-award winning and entertaining film about a young man’s journey in the drug trade and features an all-star cast of Jacob Matschenz (Never Look Away), Burak Yiğit (Victoria), Aylin Tezel (7500) and Liv Lisa Fries (lead in Babylon Berlin).

Curated by programmer Jutta Brendemühl, Goethe-Institut Toronto actively promotes an ongoing dialogue and exchange between Canadian and German artists and critics. Goethe-Institut Toronto brings the best in contemporary German culture to Canada, seen through a global lens and across the genres.

anging from features to docs, shorts to animation, drama to comedy, and the experimental to international, the Goethe Film Series offers film lovers the opportunity to see a top selection of German contemporary arthouse film in Toronto’s premier cinema.

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Art of Time Ensemble Marks the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road

Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West
When: September 26 – 28, 2019 at 8pm
Cost: Tickets: $25-$64 (Discounts for students, under 30s and groups 10+). Can be purchased online at or call 416.973.4000

Details: To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road, the Art of Time Ensemble, under the artistic direction of founder Andrew Burashko, presents the entire album – re-imagined, re-invented and performed by top Canadian artists from the worlds of pop, classical, and jazz.

The legendary album will be performed by Canadian pop icons Andy Maize (Skydiggers), Jeremy Fisher, Craig Northey (of cult favourite Odds) and Jason Plumb (of The Waltons).

Art of Time first performed the Abbey Road album in 2009; each track was “re-invented” through newly-commissioned arrangements by different composer/arrangers including: Roberto Occhipinti, Shelly Berger, Robert Carli, Kevin Fox, Jonathan Goldsmith, Jim McGrath, Dan Parr, David Occhipinti and Cameron Wilson.

The outstanding musicians who will perform these re-visioned works include: Andrew Burashko – Piano, John Johnson – Sax, Andrew Downing  – Bass, Kevin Turcotte – Trumpet, Douglas Perry – Viola, Rob Piltch – Guitar, Drew Jurecka – Violin, and many others.

Abbey Road was released on September 26, 1969 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time as well as one of the most important in the history of popular music. In 2003, the album was placed at number fourteen on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Some of The Beatles most enduring songs are on Abbey Road: Something, Come Together, Here Comes The Sun, Because. Get ready for a huge treat.

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Mariposa Folk Festival 2019

Jeremy Fisher – July 6, Ruth Stage @3pm & July 7, Sunshine Folkplay Stage @2:45pm

Where: Tudhope Park, Orillia
When: July 5-7, 2019
Cost: Weekend Pass (25+) $160, Weekend Pass (19-24) $79, Weekend Pass (13-18) $26, Friday Evening Pass $105, Flex Pass (Valid Saturday or Sunday) $125 and Camping Passes are available at **Tickets prices will increase on July 1.**

Details: More than 60 Artists, 11 Stages, 100+ Performances, 3 Glorious Days!
One of the longest running folk festivals in North America, the Mariposa Folk Festival is beginning its 59th year building on an amazing legacy. Mariposa is renowned for its wide range of folk/roots artists, with 150+ performances of every kind that showcase music, dance and spoken word – but there’s lots more going on than that at the Mariposa Folk Festival! Much of the folk music events and programming invites audience participation of all ages exposing, engaging and educating patrons in folk culture.

Some of the highlights this year include Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Stars, First Aid Kit, Jason Isbell, Birds of Chicago, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Carole Pope, Jennifer Castle and many more. So come out and enjoy!

More Info:  @MariposaFolk  @MariposaFolk

Coding Chaos

 at The Tell

The Tell, 401 Richmond Street West
When: May 2, 2019. Pre-concert chat @ 7:30pm, concert @ 8pm.
Cost: Advance Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. At the door: $30 adults, $20 students. Visit

Details: Jazz and artificial intelligence combine to take centre stage when Spectrum Music presents their latest work, Coding Chaos. A TD Discovery Series Special Projects, Coding Chaos features six new works by emerging composers born out of the jazz scene each exploring new technological advances through cross-genre composition. The featured Spectrum composers on the program include Mason Victoria, Chelsea McBride, Jackson Welchner, Suzy Wilde and guest composers Nebyu Yohannes and Harrison Argatoff.

Pushing the boundaries of the digital experience in music, Coding Chaos combines live performance with artificial performance, featuring the electric trio of Bruce Cassidy (EVI), Larnell Lewis (electric drums) and Chris Pruden (keys). Treated as another musician in the ensemble, the artificial intelligence unit will not only react to the music through sound as its own jazz improviser, it will also produce a visual element that will be projected on screens surrounding the audience as it responds to the music.

A preconcert chat with software artist, Ryan Kelln will discuss AI’s role in our society presently and going forward. In a digital world where technology constantly blurs the lines between fact and fabrication, the Spectrum composers ask: will we lose our sense of identity and grasp on reality – or will technology give us room to grow?

Spectrum Music is a collective of new-generation of Canadian composers and music curators who create and present genre-defying new music that fuses many genres. Rooted in jazz and creative music, the core of their philosophy has grown from the idea that the future of jazz music lies in its synthesis with other genres.

More Info: @401Richmond @SpectrumMusicTO

Hand To God at Coal Mine Theatre


Frank Cox-O’Connell and Tyrone. Photo credit: Kristina Ruddick

Where: Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When: April 21 – May 12, 2019
Cost: All Tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 +hst)
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Details: All hell is breaking loose at Coal Mine Theatre for the Toronto premiere of Hand to God, a blasphemous puppet show written by Robert Askins, directed by Mitchell Cushman and starring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating, Francis Melling and Nicole Underhay.

In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery runs the church puppet club. Her grieving teenage son finds solace in his homemade sock puppet, Tyrone. That is until Tyrone goes rogue and hijacks control of Jason. He shocks the congregation with his foul-mouthed insinuations and wild accusations. And by spinning his head around Exorcist-style! A hilarious lesson in humanity, Hand to God tackles all the big themes including life, death…and crafting.

Produced on Broadway in 2015 and nominated for five Tony Awards, including for Best New Play, Hand to God was the most produced play in the 2016/17 American theatre season with 13 productions staged across the country. For its Toronto premiere, Mitchell Cushman returns to the Coal Mine to revisit this twisted play about a satanic sock puppet, which he first directed at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2017.

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