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The Bald Soprano (La Cantatrice Chauve) at Berkeley Street Theatre

The cast of The Bald Soprano (La Cantatrice Chauve) by Eugène Ionesco, a Théâtre français de Toronto production. Photo by Adrien Volle

Where: Berkeley Street Theatre, Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street
When: October 23 to November 3, 2019. Opening night October 23 at 8pm; 
Wednesday to Friday at 8pm; Saturday Matinee at 3:30pm; Sunday Matinee at 2:30 pm
Cost: Tickets: Regular – $49; Senior – $40; under 30 and artists – $20; PWYC on Wednesdays & Thursdays; Saturday Rush Tickets – $20 at the door; Group rate for 8 or more – $25 per ticket.
Purchase online at or call Box Office 416.534.6604

Details: To kick off its new season, Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) is offering Ionesco’s seditious and absurd comedy, The Bald Soprano. Directed my two-time Dora Award winning director Chanda Gibson, the production will be presented in French, with surtitles in English.

The clock strikes seventeen. In a middle-class house in London, Mr. and Mrs. Smith have finished their supper. By the fireside, they chat about the benefits of yogurt for digestion and a family in which everyone is named Bobby Watson. Mr. and Mrs. Martin then arrive and are surprised to discover that they are man and wife. Suddenly, a firefighter appears in search of a blaze to extinguish.

In this work characteristic of the theatre of the absurd, the famous Franco-Romanian author Eugène Ionesco takes pleasure in denouncing the superficiality and conformism of a depraved bourgeoisie by emphasizing the banalities which consume their daily life. He crafts a world in which communication is everything but says nothing … a reality not so different from our own.

Featuring Sébastien Bertrand, Sophie Goulet, Geneviève Langlois, Pierre Simpson, Christina Tannous and Manuel Verreydt. Set Design – Alexandra Lord; Costume Design – Yvan Castonguay; Sound – Ben Gibson; Stage Management – Gabriel Dubé.

More Info: @theatrefrancais @theatrefrancais

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival presents iNDigital Space 

Tipi Kaga – A game in the Lakota Language about building a Lakota Tipi.

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox (main floor), 350 King Street West
When: October 23-27. 10am to 5pm
Cost: Free

Details: imagineNATIVE is excited to announce iNDigital Space, a free, large-scale presentation of indigenous-made digital works and games. Located in a newly curated space on the main floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this year’s iNDigital Space will be designed by the Indigenous arts collective Article 11, multi award-winning set designer Andy Moro.

Running throughout the 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 22-27), iNDigital Space is an exciting, interactive and educational space, unlike any other, dedicated to enhancing the presentation, development and discourse on Indigenous-made digital and interactive media at imagineNATIVE.

iNDigital Space will host  over 15 contemporary Indigenous digital and interactive media works to explore and play including special guest and award-winning game designer, Elizabeth LaPensée, who will be presenting her newest project When Rivers Were Trails, a choose-your-own adventure about the Anishnaabeg in the 1890’s dealing with the impacts of allotments Acts on Indigenous communities.

iNDigital Space will also feature VR works by multiple award-winning Dene singer-songwriter and VR artist Casey Koycza, who utilizes a wide skill-set within media-based outlets such as experimental video and virtual reality as a platform to present his visions. Play as BB the bouncing bannock and dodge hungry crows as long as you can in Dallas Flett-Wapash’s web game Waskwetin Pahkwesihkan (Bannock Bounce),  or start learning and practicing Baybayin, the ancient writing script of the Tagalog people of the Philippines in Mylene Haus’s Tower of Baybayin.

iNDigital Space will also host  daily Art Talks where artists and game makers will be discussing Audio, Video Games, VR and Interactive Education. At the  Night of the Indigenous Devs special event on Friday October 25, audiences can  listen to a handful of iNDigital Space creators talk while their game is played live all in a TIFF Theatre. The iNDigital Space invites everyone to  explore, play and see an exciting showcase of indigenous VR, video games, AR, interactive websites and more!

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital & interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.

More Info: @imagineNATIVE @imagineNATIVE

Mînowin at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Dancers of Damelahamid

“The crust of the earth was soft, the light was twilight and there was no running water. A hand reached down and picked up some clay, breath took the clay to the four corners and wherever it landed we awakened.” – The Dancers of Damelahamid

Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
When: October 18-19, 2019
Cost: Tickets range from $36 – $42, with group rates, senior/CADA, students, and arts industry discounts available. To purchase tickets, please visit or Harbourfront Centre Box Office 416.973.4000.

Details: DanceWorks presents Mînowin, a stunning new multimedia work by Dancers of Damelahamid, a celebrated Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The production is created by Dancers of Damelahamid and choreographed by Margaret Grenier.

Mînowin integrates narrative, movement, song, performance, and multimedia design, connecting to landscapes from contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. Mînowin describes how we clarify direction as we recover and reinterpret the teachings that define and redefine who we are, accessed through story, dance and song.

Dancers of Damelahamid draws from origin stories and explores ways to translate these perspectives through a contemporary lens. Using new mediums, including 3D motion graphics and interactive technologies, Mînowin will engage with the complexities surrounding conventional performance space. The production will balance the space by adding contemporary reflections of Indigenous identity through multimedia elements, in order to immerse the audience in a narrative that illustrates moments of connection, understanding, and renewal.

Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and time-depth of the many beautiful Indigenous cultures across Canada. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.

DanceWorks will also present a Student Matinee on October 18, 2019.

More Info: @DanceWorksTo @DanceWorksTo

Charo: Hot Flamenco Night at BPAC


The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: October 12, 2019 @ 8pm
Cost: Tickets are $69.50 and can be purchased online at or by calling 905.681.000 or in person

Details: Instantly recognizable for her witty humour, loveable accent and mastery of the flamenco guitar, Charo has been an integral proponent of contemporary Latin music since the 1970s. Although popular as a musician, singer, comedienne, stage and screen performer, it is Charo’s trademark quirky comedy and expressions – Cuchi-Cuchi! – which has endeared her to the world.

Charo: Hot Flamenco Night will feature a mixture of her patented rhythms and mastery of classical guitar. It is a combination of the most exciting and original music of today and the most famous classical masterpieces in the world. Charo performs passionately throughout, blending heart and soul with her unique Flamenco style. This date is the only Canadian date for this legendary performer.

Charo is an American music and pop culture icon who has entertained millions throughout her career. She also teams up with top-name DJs and producers from around the world, who add their dance mixes to Charo’s virtuoso guitar performance to creates dance hits.

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Early Rubens Exhibition at AGO


Peter Paul Rubens, Daniel in the Lions’ Den, c. 1614 – 1616. Oil on canvas, Overall: 224.2 x 330.5 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1965.13.1. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W
When: October 12, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Cost: Timed-entry tickets can be booked online at, in person and by phone. Tickets are free for AGO Members and Annual Pass holders, and individual tickets are $25. Visitors 25 and under who are not holders of free Annual Passes may claim free tickets in person on the day of their visit, subject to availability.

Details: His flair for the dramatic was matched only by the ambition and scale of his artworks. One of the most renowned painters in Western art history, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a master storyteller whose larger-than-life paintings illustrate stories from mythology, history and the Bible. Featuring over 30 large-scale paintings – including several never before shown in North America – and more than 20 works on paper. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco (FAMSF).

A revealing look at artworks produced in Antwerp between 1609 and 1621, Early Rubens is organized thematically, offering insights into the evolution of Rubens’s studio, his innovative adoption of early copyright law and Antwerp’s violent history. The exhibition also spotlights two works from the AGO Collection: Massacre of the Innocents from 1610, and Rubens’s largest and most realized oil sketch The Raising of the Cross, from 1638. Measuring 4.5 feet by 6 feet, The Massacre of the Innocents masterfully combines Italian drama with Flemish realism to create a brutal and compelling anti-war statement.

Early Rubens is accompanied by a variety of AGO events, talks, courses and performances.

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