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Wildlife Photographer of the Year at ROM

Giant Gathering © Tony Wu. Photographed in the Indian Ocean, off the northeast corner of Sri Lanka. Sperm whales are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: December 16, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Cost: Tickets are available for $8 + the price of ROM General Admission. Student and Senior tickets are $5 surcharge, and tickets for children aged four to 14 years are $3 surcharge. ROM Members experience all ROM exhibitions free of charge. To purchase tickets visit

Details: The winners of this year’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were recently announced.  South African photographer Brent Stirton was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 by a panel of international judges for his image Memorial to a species. His image will be among the 100 photographs showcased in the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

Stirton’s winning image of a dehorned Black Rhino, killed by poachers in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve was chosen from among almost 50,000 submissions from around the world. The winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Stirton’s image exposed the tragic consequences of the illegal international trade in rhino horns.

Canadian Josiah Launstein, from Pincher Creek, Alberta, was also recognized in the 11 to 14-year-old category for his photo The hairy raincoat. The 12-year-old photographer made his Wildlife Photographer of the Year debut as a finalist in 2015 with two entries in the 10-year old and under category.

On loan from the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Now in its 53rd year, the exhibition is based on an international competition with entries from 92 countries. Selected by a panel of six judges, the exhibition features 100 of the best photos, two grand title winners, and winners in several categories including youth categories from photographers as young as 10 and under. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the exhibition will be presented at the ROM.

The ROM will complement the exhibition with additional programs and a photo contest for adults and youth. A ROMSpeaks keynote lecture will be delivered by acclaimed wildlife photographer Joel Sartore on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Sartore will share his multi-year quest to document the world’s wildlife for the National Geographic Photo Ark project.

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The Story at Christie Pits Park

The Story (image by Daria Domnikova)

Where: Christie Pits Park (Christie Station on the Bloor Line). Meet up at the  south/east corner of the Park at Christie and Bloor.
When: December 11-30, 2017, @ 7:30pm, opening Night is December 13. No performances on December 17, 24, 25, 26
Cost: No Advance Reservations Required. Admission by Donation.

Details: Common Boots Theatre returns to outdoor winter theatre with Martha Ross’s award-winning The Story, presented in association with Soulpepper Theatre as part of their annual Family Festival.
With hope and humour, the production imagines the nativity as a parable for modern times. The audience follows three wise men as they navigate a complicated world of existential shepherds, imperial soldiers, charming thieves, a bumbling angel, a deranged tyrant, and a lost choir. They are all in search of a headstrong young woman, and her baby born in a trash heap, hiding out in Christie Pits.

One in four children in Toronto is living in poverty. As the chasm between the rich and the poor continues to grow and the global refugee crisis rages, this serious comedy about a young woman facing poverty and persecution is more timely and compelling than ever.

Written by Martha Ross and directed by Jennifer Brewin and Katrina Darychuk. The all-new cast and creative team, which includes members and alumni of the Soulpepper Academy are: Alex Bulmer, Christef Desir, Shakura Dickson, Dan Mousseau,  Marcel Stewart; directors Jennifer Brewin and Katrina Darychuk, music director John Millard, lighting designer Glenn Davidson, set designer Shannon Lea Doyle, and costume designer Alexandra Lord.

Common Boots Theatre’s annual outdoor winter production is a 60-minute processional play, performed entirely outdoors throughout December. The audience follows the actors from scene to scene across spectacular urban landscapes. Local choirs serenade audiences as the show plays out.

More Info:  @commonboots

A Christmas Carol, the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!

(l-r) Eddie Glen as Cratchit, Cyrus Lane as Scrooge, AJ Bridel as Jane, Kyle Golemba as Jack, Dan Chameroy as Plumbum. Photo by Bruce Zinger

Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
When: November 24 – December 31, 2017
Cost: Ticket prices range from $27-$99 Adults; $27-$69 Children under 12; $256 Family 4-Pack. Can be purchased online 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: Holiday hilarity will ensue as this timeless tale is fractured to Ross Petty specifications. 
Christmas Eve, 1850s London (Ontario) and Scrooge has discarded his humbug credo for some new big plans to own the holiday season. “I MUST HAVE THE HOLIDAYS! I MUST HAVE THEM!! I MUST!!!” Cratchit, Marley and all the Ghosts of Christmas are joined by newly minted lovebirds Jane and Jack, a girl group, and a gang of Ghostdusters to teach Scrooge the real meaning of Christmas. With hit songs, high-energy dancing, silly jokes, up-to-the-minute topical references, and hilarious ad-libs, Mr. Scrooge may indeed be won over to the bright side.

Cyrus Lane will make his Petty Panto debut as everyone’s favourite Christmas curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Also, starring AJ Bridel, Dan “Plumbum” Chameroy, Eddie Glen, Kyle Golemba and David Lopez.

More Info:   @therosspetty #ScroogeLoose

Santa Arrives at Bramalea City Centre

Where: Bramalea City Centre, 25 Peel Centre Drive
When: November 16 – December 24, 2017
Cost: Santa VIP Experience Package is $79.95. Pet Photos with Santa Packages range from $29.95 to $49.95. Visit to book your ticket and time.

Details: No matter how old we get, Santa’s arrival is always met with excitement. Santa arrives at Bramalea City Centre and will be meeting with boys and girls and their four-legged friends for traditional Santa visits where no appointment is needed, the Santa VIP Experience and special Pet Photos with Santa!

Bramalea City Centre Santa VIP Package includes: a private visit with Santa; capture all the fun with your own camera and video recorder; a VIP photo package that includes an 8×10 photo, 2- 6×8 photos, 4 – 4×6 photos, 8 wallet-sized photos; a digital download and a holiday tree ornament; children will receive a special gift from Santa.
Santa VIP Experience Hours:
December 1-3, 2pm – 8pm
December 8-10, 2pm – 8pm
December 15-23, 2pm – 8pm
December 24, 9am – 3pm

Pet Photos with Santa are limited to our furry friends! Pet Photos with Santa Hours:
November 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
December 3, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Holiday Shopping Hours at Bramalea City Centre:
December 10, 10am – 8pm
December 11 – 15,  9am – 10pm
December 16, 9am – 11pm
December 17,  9am – 10pm
December 18- December 23, 9am – 11pm
December 24, 8am – 6pm
December 25, CLOSED
December 26, Boxing Day8am – 8pm
December 27- 30, regular mall hours
December 31, 11am – 6pm
January 1st, 2018  11am – 6pm

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The Canadian Premiere of Poison at Coal Mine Theatre

Where: The Coal Mine, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When:  November 15 – December 3, 2017
Cost: On sale now – all tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 +hst) at

Details: The Canadian Premiere of Euro-hit Poison by award-winning Dutch playwright Lot Vekemans with translation by British writer Rina Vergano, marks the first commissioned translation by Coal Mine Theatre. The production is directed by Peter Pasyk and stars Ted Dykstra and Fiona Highet.

Alone in a room for the first time in years, a couple is brought back together again after a harrowing breakup. As old wounds are re-opened, new truths surface and the real reason behind their separation is learned. Tender yet hard-hitting, Poison holds up a (hopeful) mirror to humanity where love and humour can still be found in the midst of so much brokenness.

Poison has since been translated into eight languages and staged across Europe, Russia, South America, China, South Africa, Mexico, and received its American premiere at the Beckett Theater in New York in 2016. A Dutch film version, one of the many planned international film adaptations, is due in 2018.

Director Peter Pasyk returns to the Coal Mine after helming the Coal Mine hit and Dora Award-nominated Killer Joe in the 2015-16 season. More recently he has directed The Circle by Geoffrey Simon Brown at Tarragon Theatre, and the world premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company at The Theatre Centre. Coal Mine Co-Chief Engineer Ted Dykstra co-stars with Fiona Highet in this taut two-hander.

Coal Mine Theatre presents fearlessly challenging plays, produced, directed, designed and performed at the highest possible level. With less than 100 seats available per performance, Coal Mine is inspired by the intimacy and excitement of the off-off-Broadway experience. The Coal Mine’s fourth season under Chief Engineers Diana Bentley and Ted Dykstra premiered with The Aliens by Annie Baker and continues with Poison by Lot Vekemans; Rumours by Fleetwood Mac: A Coal Mine Concert; and Category E by Belinda Cornish.

More Info:  FB/coalminetheatre  @coalminetheatre  #cmPoison

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