Category: Events

Made with Love – Toronto Regional Finals


Fermenting Cellar – Distillery District, 28 Distillery Lane
When: April 8, 2019, 6pm to 11pm
Cost: Early bird (Until March 25) – $55. General Admission – $65. Tickets are available at each participating venue and online at Tickets at the door – $75. One ticket for the event includes a complete tasting of all showcased cocktails, food-pairings as well as a right to vote for your favourite cocktail creation/favourite Barchef. **19+//Non-refundable**

Details: Made with Love is the annual event that allows you to discover what your city’s craft cocktail scene has to offer. The 10th edition of the Toronto Regional Finals will take place at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, and will undoubtedly impress cocktail lovers who are on the hunt for some out-of-this-world flavours.

Don’t miss the cocktail event of the year where the city’s most talented Barchefs gather to highlight Toronto’s cocktail culture. These regional finalists will present exclusive cocktail recipes to impress a panel of renowned judges and guests. Judges and attendees will face the challenging (and delicious!) task of tasting and evaluating their creations based on originality, creativity and flavour balance.

Tyler Congdon – Bar Sazerac
Axl Gonzalez – Los Colibris
Jordan Fricker-Vermeltfoort – The Mule
Alex Lakusta – Miss Thing’s
Adam Karpowicz – The Broadview Hotel
Kyle Rist – Mixologist Inc
Albert Chan – Victor Restaurant
Derick Dubblestyne – Antler
Jess Morton – Drinksmith
Mpilo Ferreira – Bar Sazerac
Julian Manley – Labora Restaurant & Bar
Natasha Rossi – Madrina Bar Y Tapas
Ana Marcelino – Independent
Blaise Couturier – Bar Sybanne
Nathanial Jai Smallwood-Wallace – Independent
Griffin Harbury – Mother Tongue
John Y Ko – Marché Mövenpick Canada

The two crowned winners of each category, Public’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, will represent Toronto at the National Finals taking place in the spring. The finalists will try to win the coveted title of best Barchef in the country, and have a chance to win one of 10 trips to one of the Made With Love affiliated distilleries: 2 trips to Italy with Campari; 2 trips to Nicaragua with Flor de Caña; 2 trips to New Orleans with Sazerac; 2 trips to Kentucky (USA) with Woodford Reserve; 2 trips with Made with Love.

More Info: @madewithlove_ @_MadeWithLove_

Angélique at Factory Mainspace

Where: Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street
When: April 3 – 21, 2019
Cost: Ticket prices range from $40-$50 for regular performances. Student and Senior prices also available. To purchase online visit

Details: Factory and Obsidian Theatre are excited to announce the Toronto premiere of Angélique by award-winning Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, directed by Mike Payette with a thrilling live score performed by SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble. The cast, arriving in Toronto following an engagement at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, features Jenny Brizard as Angélique, Chip Chuipka as Ignace, Karl Graboshas as François, Olivier Lamarche as Claude, Omari Newton as César, PJ Prudat as Manon, France Rolland as Thérèse.

In 1734, Marie Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman known for her outspoken disdain towards servitude and her masters, set fire to Montréal, completely destroying a hospital and dozens of houses including her owner’s residence…or so the story goes. Despite there being very little evidence against her, Angélique was convicted, tortured and publically hanged for her “actions”.

Informed by historical transcripts from the infamous trial and set against the backdrop of Nouvelle-France, Lorena Gale’s award-winning musical play investigates Angélique’s life in the years leading up to the fire, seamlessly weaving between Canada’s oft-denied history of slavery to the timelessness of systemic racism in contemporary culture.

Born in Montreal, Lorena Gale was an award-winning actress, director and writer who worked extensively across Canada. In 1998, Angélique, which was her first play, won the du Maurier National Playwriting Competition and was nominated for Outstanding New Play at Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards. In 1999, it was published by Playwrights Canada Press and received an off-Broadway production. Lorena Gale passed away in 2009.

More Info:

2019 Encore! Dance Hall of Fame

Karen Kain. Photo by Karolina Kuras

The Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street East Old Toronto
When: March 24, 2019
Cost: Tickets cost $175 each and can be purchased online at 

Details: The 2019 Encore! Dance Hall of Fame, presented by Dance Collection Danse, will be an unforgettable event that honours and celebrates dynamic lifelong contributions to dance in Canada by a group of remarkable individuals. The annual fundraising event unites the dance community from coast to coast to celebrate honourees for their lifelong contributions to dance in Canada.

Last year’s launch was a testament to the importance of recognizing Canada’s remarkable dance artistry. This year, the list of inductees is just as impressive – from Kathak and ballet to Indigenous and modern dance. The inductees include Karen Kain, C.C; Menaka Thakkar; Lois Brown; Len Gibson; Patricia Beatty, C.M.; David Earle, C.M.; Peter Randazzo; Françoise Sullivan, O.C., C.Q.; Louise Lecavalier, O.C.; Chief Kenneth Harris and Elder Margaret Harris; Community Builders Ivan Fecan and Sandra Faire and Michael Crabb who will be honoured with the Dance Luminary award – supported by William J.S. Boyle. The induction ceremony will be hosted by singer/songwriter Micah Barnes and will feature live performances from today’s dance makers.

Highlights will include:
-Live ceremony featuring inductees and celebrity presenters hosted by singer/songwriter Micah Barnes
-Silent Auction with an incredible array of must-have products and services
-Sumptuous food stations and cocktail reception
-Fabulous live performances by the current generation of elite dancers

More Info:

No Woman’s Land at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Photo by Zahla Saleki

Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
When: March 14 -16 @ 8pm
Cost: The earlier purchased, the more you save. Prior to the week of the show – $36; During the week of the show – $40; Day of Show – $42. Discounts: Seniors – $28, Arts Industry – 20% discount, Students – $15 and Groups of 10+ – $23. For tickets call 416.973.4000 or purchase online at

Details: Toronto’s Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT) proudly makes its DanceWorks Mainstage debut with the Toronto premiere of No Woman’s Land, an evocative new work based on real stories of women in refugee camps. The production integrates responsive video design, original and verbatim text, live singing as well as original composition and sound design – taking audiences on a journey that reveals the plight and resistance of refugee women.

Choreographed and directed by JDT Artistic Director Roshanak Jaberi, and created with a powerhouse artistic team and an ensemble of six performers, this interdisciplinary and dynamic dance theatre work runs for 3 nights only at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, direct from its Public Energy world premiere at Peterborough’s historic Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (March 9-10).

All of the themes and stories in this work are based on true accounts, derived from interviews conducted with Syrian, Tamil and Somali refugees, among others.

 The world is experiencing the biggest mass displacement of people since WWII; No Woman’s Land is a timely and urgent work that is viscerally impacted by the realities of refugees.

Undergoing two years of passionate research and dancemaking, this visual and sonic feast is created with and performed by Victoria Mata, Irma Villafuerte, Nickeshia Garrick, Drew Berry, Denise Solleza and Ahmed Moneka.

More Info: @DanceWorksTO

Resilience Gala for International Women’s Day Features Jully Black

Where: Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto Street
When: March 8, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Cost: $75 (Dinner & Dessert) and $20 (Dessert Only). All funds raised will support the work of Daily Bread Food Bank in battling hunger in our city. Tickets can be purchased online at

Details: Join Azeeza for Women for an evening of celebration and inspiration at the International Women’s Day “Resilience” Gala held in partnership with the Daily Bread Food Bank. The Gala will highlight the adversity and obstacles overcome by strong women and their relentless pursuit in conquering barriers for both themselves and their families.

The keynote speaker is a woman who epitomises spirited resilience, sheer grit and creativity: Canada’s very own “Queen of R & B Soul”, Jully Black. Jully will share her story of struggle and triumph, growing up in a large family where she was raised by her single mother in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of Toronto, to now becoming one of the “25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever” (CBC Music). She will also perform an inspiring song acapella.

“It’s a huge honour to be hand picked to deliver the keynote presentation at the 1st Annual Azeeza for Women Gala on the evening of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2019. It is Resilience that helped me fight through the interference of many trials and tribulations and win, and it is that same Resilience that will help us as nation rise today and rise together!” Jully Black

The event will feature RAW (Raging Asian Women) Taiko Drummers, a Torontonian performing arts ensemble and Naeema Hassan, a creative artist who uses poetry and academia to bring light to issues affecting Muslim communities worldwide. A short “Power Panel” of some of Toronto’s movers and shakers will share a few words about resilience and their contributions towards advancing equity for women locally and abroad.

More Info:

Next Page »