Category: Events

Cavalia’s Odysseo Comes to Mississauga

Where: The White Big Top, 5399 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga
When: June 21 – July 16, 2017
Cost: Tickets are $39.50 to $139.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit of the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $139.50 to $224.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). To book online visit

Details: Odysseo, Cavalia’s new adventure, has been touring under the world’s largest big top since fall 2011. The production is a veritable revolution in live performance.

Known as the world’s largest touring production, Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. This larger-than-life show sends hearts racing, but it is also a feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul. Audiences of all ages are passionately rediscovering the century-old relationship between human and horse. As friends, partners and inseparable performers on stage, 65 horses and 48 artists lead the spectator on a great journey in a world of dreams where, together, they discover some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes.

Beyond the impressive technical display and equestrian and acrobatic numbers that are unlike anything ever seen on stage, Odysseo is first and foremost a work that feeds the soul. The poetry flowing from this grand adventure shines a light on a more humane world where human and horse may live in harmony.

More Info:  @Cavalia

The Evidence Room at the ROM

Evidence Room Interior Perspective

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: June 25, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Cost: The Evidence Room is included with Museum admission.

Details: This powerful exhibition examines the chilling role architecture played in constructing the Auschwitz death camp. Widely acclaimed as a critically important work on its debut at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the 2016 Venice Biennale, this haunting installation is on display in the ROM’s Samuel European Galleries.

The Evidence Room features reconstructions of key objects central to the research work of Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, one of the three exhibition principals. His careful analysis of the architecture of Auschwitz, introduced as evidence in a landmark court case, established that it was purposefully designed as a death camp. This ground-breaking research became a source for a new and emerging discipline—architectural forensics—which encompasses architecture, technology, history, law, and human rights. The exhibition is a compelling illustration of the role of architectural forensics as a means to establish the past and capture collective memory.

Designed by Waterloo architecture professors Donald McKay and Anne Bordeleau, The Evidence Room includes full-scale reconstructions of three key components of the Auschwitz gas chambers – a gas column, gas-tight door, and gas-tight hatch – augmented by more than 60 plaster casts of architectural evidence, including blueprints, architects’ correspondence, contractors’ bills, photographs, and drawings. Constructed entirely in white, the installation compels visitors to recognize the enormity of the calculated architectural decisions which culminated in the creation of a death chamber, and the reconstructed elements serve as silent material witnesses to the horrors of Auschwitz.

In preparation for this exhibition, the ROM bought together an advisory council consisting of a diverse group of community leaders to ensure its challenging themes were appropriately and sensitively addressed.

The exhibition will be included in related Secondary School Visits programs led by ROM Learning teachers. Related programming, including the popular ROMSpeaks and ROMConnects series, will take place throughout the exhibition’s engagement, many events in partnership with community organizations.

More Info:  @ROMToronto

Anishinaabeg: Art & Power at ROM

Jackson Beardy, Fisher with a Broken Tail, 1972. 972.347.1

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: June 17 – November 19, 2017
Cost: Included in ROM General Admission and free guided tours for the general public are led by Indigenous docents paired with the ROM’s Department of Museum Volunteers.

Details: Anishinaabeg: Art & Power is a celebration of the beauty, power, and passion of Indigenous art. On display in the Museum’s Third Floor Centre Block, the exhibition explores the history, traditions, and legends of the Anishinaabeg through several hundred years of their art.

The Anishinaabeg are one of North America’s most populous and diverse Indigenous communities, and their art was deeply influenced by their interactions with different communities over time. The exhibition builds on a universal theme of art moving with people, changing in interesting directions as communities intersect.

The exhibition primarily focuses on Anishinaabeg beadwork and paintings of the Woodlands School. Dating from 1875 to 1925, the beadwork reflects the changes in the art of the Anishinaabeg, also known as the Ojibwa, as they encountered other Indigenous peoples in their westward movement to the plains and through an increasing settler population. The Woodland School, well-known through the work of Norval Morrisseau, blossomed in the early 1970s. This school of painting shared with the world Anishinaaabeg traditions and beliefs that had for many generations been silenced by church and state. The beaded regalia and paintings are contextualized by an array of early Anishinaabeg objects, while present day works of art offer current commentary on ancestral traditions and issues. The exhibition’s 140 two- and three-dimensional objects originate from Quebec to Saskatchewan and as far south as Minnesota.

The ROM’s Youth Cabinet, an integrated group of culturally diverse youth led by emerging Indigenous professionals, is collaborating with an Indigenous elder, storyteller, and writer to create stories inspired by the Museum’s permanent Indigenous collection. This online anthology appears on Wattpad, the global storytelling platform, in late June 2017.

Inspired programming complements the exhibition. ROM Speaks, the Museum’s signature lecture series, offers fascinating and thought-provoking presentations, including award-winning Canadian First Nations artist Kent Monkman and playwright/author/journalist Drew Hayden Taylor. Indigenous Now, the June 16th edition of Toronto’s most popular destination Friday Night Live (FNL) features live performances, food vendors, and gallery activations.

The exhibition is incorporated into curriculum-linked programs for elementary, secondary, post-secondary school groups, and adult English language learners. For the family, Gallery Trail activity guides are available for download on the ROM Learning Portal or can be picked up on-site. To enhance the exhibition experience, visitors are encouraged to stop in to the Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples on Level 1.

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The Waterfront Artisan Market Returns to HTO Park this Summer!

339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue)
When:  May 20 – October 7, 2017 every Saturday @ 11am to 8pm, Rain or Shine
Cost: Free Admission

Details: The Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) presented by The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA) and operated by Scadding Court Community Centre, returns to HTO Park this summer! Toronto’s own Waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers.

Visitors to WAM will have the opportunity to shop and dine against the stunning backdrop of Lake Ontario while enjoying live entertainment, including the multi-award winning Waterfront Singing Ambassadors. The Singing Ambassadors will return for their sixth year on Toronto’s Waterfront, performing impromptu a cappella renditions of classic and modern summer hits, and offering assistance, directions and recommendations to visitors on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, from 11am to 6pm, June 22 to September 4.

Browse and shop for finely-crafted jewellery, unique works of art, delicious foods and artisanal gifts at the Waterfront Artisan Market. Stand out this summer with custom wood watches and sunglasses by G Fox & Co.; shop for upcycled, hand-made, hypoallergenic sterling silver jewellery by Spirit of Vera; create a FREE 3D photo which can be used to design custom bespoke glasses from Specsy; experience professional and high quality henna art services from Nasrin’s Henna Design; pick up drinking glasses, platters, planters, candles, lamps, jewellery, vases and art handcrafted from 100% post-consumer materials at Reciclar Factory; and indulge in Spanish extra virgin olive oil, Japanese stone-ground matcha green tea, Peruvian dark chocolate, and raw honey with ginger or turmeric from Menos.

Food lovers will rejoice with the wide selection of cook on-site food vendors. Enjoy shade-grown artisan coffee from ethical sources by Firebat Coffee; savour mouth-watering Mexican street food from Chorizos La Abuela; devour authentic home-style Ecuadorian beef empanadas, paella or pulled pork and chicken skewers accompanied by rice, beans, and salad from La Fiesta Catering; and bite into sweet roasted corn on the cob from  the Mighty Cob, among dozens of other delectable choices.

More Info: @WaterfrontBIA

Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg: Red Giselle at Sony Centre

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
When:  May 11-13, 2017, Four Performances Only!
Cost:  Ticket prices  range from $55-$145 and can be purchased   in person at the Sony Centre Box Office (open Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm), over the phone at 1.855.872.SONY (7669) or  online at Ticket prices do not include service charges or delivery  fees. Discounts  for groups of 8+ please contact 416.916.7878.

Details: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Show One Productions are excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the internationally renowned Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg with their visually arresting production of Red Giselle at the Sony Centre.

Red Giselle is choreographer Boris Eifman’s moving love letter to one of the greatest Russian ballerinas of all time, Olga Spessivtseva. She became famous dancing Giselle, and was also fated to a tragic end due to mental illness. Life during the 1917 revolution became near impossible and Spessivtseva was forced to flea Russia. Her career spanned 20 years where she travelled the world and received rave reviews, but her fears and anxieties always followed.
Music for the production is by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alfred Sсhnittke and Georges Bizet.

When founding Eifman Ballet St.  Petersburg in 1977, Eifman broke the rules and resisted the  trends to develop his own  personal form of expression that combines classical  and contemporary dance and theatre. Now, celebrating their 40th anniversary, Eifman and the Eifman Ballet continue to push boundaries for ballet lovers in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia, while remaining true to the form developed four decades ago.

More Info:  @SonyCentreTO  @ShowOneProd

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