Category: Events

Impressions in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and More at AGO


Place du Théâtre Français, Paris Rain, 1898 (oil on canvas) by Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903); 73.7×91.4 cm; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, USA; ( Avenue de l’Opera.); The William Hood Dunwoody Fund; French, out of copyright.

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
When: February 16 – May 5, 2019
Cost: Timed-entry tickets  go on sale to the public on Feb. 1, 2019 and are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults. Tickets will be available online at, in person and by phone.

Details: Beloved for their lush landscapes and sea vistas, the masterpieces of Impressionism are some of the world’s most recognizable artworks. The distinctive styles of Monet, Degas, Pissarro and others are seen on the walls of the most monumental museums, but are also present in our daily lives through countless reproductions on posters, notecards and calendars.

An upcoming AGO exhibition broadens that view of Impressionism, shining a new light on the work of some of the world’s most famous artists. In a groundbreaking first, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more explores the Impressionists’ fascination with industry, technology, and labour during the rapid industrialization of Paris and France in the 1800s. This collection of rare and exceptional artworks  invites AGO visitors to imagine their own city in the changing streets, lives and landscapes of late 19th century France.

Organized by the AGO and curated by Dr. Caroline Shields, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of European Art, this  revelatory exhibition features over 120 paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and period films, including rare works from museums in the United States and Europe. The exhibition is also accompanied by a variety of thematic programs, menus and other offerings.

More Info:  @AGOToronto

Premiere of Good Morning, Viet Mom at Aki Studio


Photo of Franco Nguyen by Dahlia Katz

Where: Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
When: February 16 – March 3, 2019
Cost: ASL Interpreted performances: February 22 & March 1. Tickets $28, Senior/Student Arts Worker $22, Previews $15, Wednesday Pay-What-You-Can. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 416.531.1402, in person at the Aki Studio Box Office
 or emailing [email protected]

Details: Cahoots Theatre proudly announces the premiere of Good Morning, Viet Mom, written and performed by  Franco Nguyen  with direction by  Byron Abalos. The production is Nguyen’s hilarious and heartfelt story about a second-generation Canadian being raised in Toronto by his single mother. Nguyen shares personal  stories about his childhood, about his relationship with his mother – a complex and private woman, and about their emotional trip to Vietnam together; his  first time ever and her first time since she left 28 years ago. Authentic and irreverent, Good Morning, Viet Mom is about family, history and love.

After a sold-out run at the 2017 Toronto Fringe (where it  appeared as  soaring in liquid skies), Good Morning, Viet Mom was further developed for the Next Stage Festival in 2018, where it also sold-out the entire run. Immediately following the premiere of this new Cahoots production, the show is scheduled for three performances at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre before heading west to the 10th anniversary SPARK Festival at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, B.C.

Franco Nguyen is an award-winning-multi-hyphenate-comedian-filmmaker-writer-director. Byron Abalos  is a theatre creator, producer and administrator and has been nominated for multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards for acting and producing.

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The Toronto Premiere of The Father at Coal Mine Theatre

Cast of The Father. Photo credit – Kristina Ruddick

Where: Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When: February 3 – 24, 2019
Cost: All Tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 +hst). To purchase visit

Details: Honest and humorous, The Father is a deeply affecting look at the realities of living with Alzheimer’s while being cared for by loved ones who are becoming increasingly unrecognizable. An empathetic and experiential journey through the eyes of a man in mental decline, the production is disorienting, challenging and profound.

The Father is written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Coal Mine Co-Chief Engineer Ted Dykstra, and stars Nicholas Campbell in the pivotal role of a man losing himself to Alzheimer’s. The remainder of the cast features Beau Dixon, Trish Fagan, Paul Fauteux, Michelle Monteith and  Oyin Oladejo.

Florian Zeller, “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (Independent) is the next playwright to know! Winning the 2014 Molière Award for France’s Best Play was the first of many awards and accolades The Father has since received around the world, including a Tony Award nomination for Best Play – and the Tony Award for Frank Langella as the father. Arguably the most lauded play ever written about dementia, this procution is Zeller’s first play to be presented in North America.

Ted Dykstra directs the multi-award winning Canadian film and TV star Nicholas Campbell in the daunting role of the father, André. Campbell is well-known for playing the title role on the Gemini Award-winning TV drama Da Vinci’s Inquest, and his regular collaborations with director David Cronenberg. Recently, Campbell made his return to the stage, after many years away, as part of the award-winning indie theatre production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.

More Info: @coalminetheatre

Ring in the Chinese New Year at the ROM

Enjoy Music/Happiness Together 同樂會. Republic of China,1912–1949. Woodblock print, ink and colour on paper 53.0 × 29.6 cm, each. Yangliuqing, Tianjin 天津楊柳青 ROM, a: 969.168.32, b: 969.168.33

Where: Royal Ontario Museum – Gods in My Home is on display on Level 4, Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costumes
When: Opens January 26, 2019
Cost: Included with Museum admission can be purchased online at ROM Members can enjoy an exclusive exhibition preview, taking place on January 25, 2019.

Details: The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to present the ROM-original exhibition Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features a selection of ancestral portrait paintings and popular prints that traditionally were part of Lunar New Year observances and celebrations in Chinese households. Opening on January 26, 2019 to coincide with the widely-celebrated holiday, Gods in My Home explores the connections between the domestic, material and spiritual life of Chinese society.

Gods in My Home comprises over 100 objects spanning the late Imperial period to the early 20th century Republic era. With a focus on ancestral paintings and popular prints of deities, the exhibition explores the connection between these two seemingly separate genres. Chinese families believed that the presence of these images both blessed and protected the family lines.

In traditional Chinese culture, celebrating the New Year was not only a time to worship gods and divinities, it was also a time to commemorate family lineage. The exhibition includes nine large ancestor portraits, commissioned by prosperous families, as well as printed ancestral scrolls that were more affordable. The popular print pieces, created on ordinary paper and pasted on walls and doors, served as religious talismans to ward off evil spirits and bless the family home. Many of these prints were considered common objects when first collected by the ROM in the early 1900s, and are now considered important cultural objects that illuminate the domestic beliefs and famly values inherent in Chinese life.

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Double Bill: Fine China & A Perfect Bowl of Pho at Factory Theatre

Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
When: January 23 – February 10, 2019
Cost: Regular Tickets $30

Details: Recent high school graduates from The Woodlands School in Mississauga, ON are back and better than ever, with seventeen performances of Fine China​ as part of a double-bill with Nam Nguyen’s ​A Perfect Bowl of Pho​ at the Factory Theatre Studio Theatre. Both productions are works by Vietnamese Canadian youth, both creators are under 22 years old.

Fine China
What do the phrases: ‘you should eat,’ ‘don’t stay out too late’ and ‘put on a jacket’ have in common? They’re the first-generation immigrant way of saying ‘I love you.’ Love is embedded so deeply in our words and actions that we forget it’s there. It becomes as much the source of conflict as it is for healing. As estranged sisters Kim and Audrey reconnect after the death of their father old tensions arise, repressed feelings come to a head, and appliances are broken as the fate of the family is left in question.

Playwright and Director: Julie Phan
Cast: Nam Nguyen, Nightingale Nguyen, Julie Phan
Sound Designer: Colwyn Alletson
Lighting Designer: Abby Palmer

A Perfect Bowl of Pho
The year is 2019. An open-minded Toronto theatre audience (read: unsuspecting victims) sits down in Factory Theatre Studio to watch a play about the history of pho, the Vietnamese rice noodle soup (read: a thinly-veiled metaphor for Viet culture and identity). They came to see theatre that’s diverse (read: a lot of Asians plus one white guy), thought-provoking (read: pandering to educated liberals), and fun (read: it’s a musical), all from the mind of one talented young Vietnamese-Canadian playwright (read: a narcissist). A hush falls over the crowd as a flute plays, and lights rise on a poor Vietnamese farmer…

Playwright: Nam Nguyen
Director: Gianni Sallese
Cast: Meghan Aguirre, Kenley Ferris-Ku, Max Gu, Sai Lian Macikunas, Victoria Ngai, Nam Nguyen, Justin Park, Jacob Peng, Lucinda Qu, Brendan Rush, Kenzie Tsang
Musicians: Randy Chang, Brendan Rogers, Rena Seeger, Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Charlotte Wong-Labow, Joey Zhuang
Music Director – Kevin Vuong
Composers: Wilfred Moeschter & Nam Nguyen
Additional Music: Sam Clark
Lighting Designer: Abby Palmer
Costume Designer: Bailey Hoy

More Info: @FuGeneTheatre  @FuGeneTheatre

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