Category: Events

A Christmas Carol at The Historic Campbell House Museum

The Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St West (steps from Queen and University/Osgoode subway station).
When: December 12 – 22, 2018.
Cost: All tickets for the two preview performances on December 12 are $20. Tickets for all other performances are $20 for children/students, $25 for seniors/arts workers and $30 for adults. Tickets are available at

Details: A perfect medley of mirth, music, and the macabre, A Christmas Carol promises to be a highlight of the holiday season!

The Three Ships Collective – with the support of Soup Can Theatre – presents a new and immersive adaptation of Dickens’ timeless holiday classic set in the historic Campbell House Museum! Audiences are invited to step into the world of Victorian London and follow flinty miser Ebenezer Scrooge on his ghostly journey of redemption.

With an original text by Justin Haigh and directed by Sarah Thorpe, this production of A Christmas Carol offers a fresh and meaningful take on the familiar tale, complemented by live musical elements courtesy of Musical Director Pratik Gandhi.

Bringing this work to life is a stellar cast featuring Thomas Gough as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiffany Martin, Kholby Wardell, Jim Armstrong, Alex Dallas, Christopher Fowler, John Fray, Tamara Freeman, Mike Hogan, Christopher Lucas, Margo MacDonald, William Matthews, and Amy Marie Wallace, with Makenna Beatty and Chloe Bradt sharing the role of Tiny Tim.

Accessibility: Because of the historic nature of the Campbell House Museum, this production is, unfortunately, not accessible for persons in wheelchairs or similar mobility devices. Please contact us for any other questions or concerns regarding accessibility.

Run Time: Approximately 75 minutes. Please note that due to the immersive and mobile nature of this production, audience members will be required to stand for a significant portion of the performance. A very limited number of seats can be reserved for patrons unable to stand for extended periods of time. Please contact the Campbell House Museum at 416.597.0227 ext. 2, or [email protected], to confirm availability of these seats and to reserve in advance.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the ROM

Glass-House Guard ©Wayne Jones, Australia. Highly Commended, Under Water category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
When: December 1, 2018 – March 30, 2019
Cost: Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a separately ticketed exhibition that will be on display in the ROM’s Third Floor Centre Block. Tickets are available at

Details: The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Featuring 100 original images, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world’s best nature photography, from fascinating animal behavior to breath-taking landscapes. New this year and unique to the ROM’s presentation is an interactive coral reef installation that immerses the public in the undersea world of this vital ecosystem.

Inspired by a photo in the exhibition’s Underwater category, the ROM’s exploration of a coral reef invites visitors to learn about the diversity and sustainability of life on a reef, including those located in Canada. The display highlights the human impact on these ecosystems while inspiring change, with visitors participating in rebuilding a reef as part of this immersive experience.

The underwater exploring continues on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, when National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry delivers the Wildlife Photographer of the Year keynote lecture Luminous Seas. Known for his photographs of undersea wildlife and environments, Skerry’s visual storytelling highlights the problems facing the world’s oceans.

This year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition also features four Highly Commended entries from three notable Canadian photographers: award-winning National Geographic photographer Shane Gross from Regina, SK, and photographers Liron Gertsman and Jess Findlay from Vancouver, BC.

The popular ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest gives both amateur and professional photographers the chance to win an Explore Borneo adventure tour for two, courtesy of G Adventures, and have their photo on display at the ROM. Running from November 15, 2018 to February 15, 2019, the contest invitess partipants to share their own nature photography on social media and tag #ROMWPYON.

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#ChurchToo at The Assembly Theatre

The Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St W
When: November 30 – December 2
Cost: Tickets from $15 – $35 and can be purchased at

Details: Theatre of the Beat presents ​#ChurchToo​​, a collective creation by seven playwrights from across North America. Directed by ​Matt White with dramaturgy by Theatre of the Beat’s Artistic Director ​Johnny Wideman​​, #ChurchToo explores the struggle of wading into the realities of sexual assault and examines the difficulties of speaking out in a community where the topic of sex is often considered taboo.

Featuring an ensemble cast of ​Meghan Fowler, Brendan Kinnon, Lindsey Middleton, ​​and Robert Murphy​​, this collection of scenes by ​Alison Brookins, Jonathan Brower, Joy De Vito, Charlie Gray, Gary Kirkham, Megan Piercey Monafu, ​​and ​Hillary Rexe aims to create space for conversations and truth-telling in regards to sexual abuse in Christian communities.

Follow an array of characters through seven vignettes, each bringing to life stories about hidden trends within our church communities. From the secret relationship of a young woman and her pastor, to discriminatory church policies, all the way to bringing forth allegations against persons in power, ​#ChurchToo ​​illuminates the messy dynamics that accompany the complicated truths of power and sexual abuse. Commissioned by Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada, this provocative piece aims to engage audiences across the country in ​urgent conversations regarding this often-ignored issue.

Written by ​Alison Brookins, Jonathan Brower, Joy De Vito, Charlie Gray, Gary Kirkham, Megan Piercey Monafu, ​​& ​Hillary Rexe.

More Info: @theatrebeat @theatreofthebeat @assemblytheatr  @assemblytheatre

The Rise and Fall of Target Canada at The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre, 551 Mount Pleasant Rd.
When: November 29 – December 2, 2018
Cost: General Admission is $30 and can be purchased at

Details: The Passionate Players – a community theatre fundraising initiative from two of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies Outside the March and Convergence Theatre – returns for their fifth production, this time the World Premiere of A Community Target. Written and compiled by emerging Canadian playwright Robert Motum, the play is directly lifted from interviews with scores of former Target Canada customers and employees, from cashiers all the way to the CEO and everyone in between.

On January 15, 2015, less than two years after they opened their first Canadian stores, Target announced that they would be discontinuing operations in Canada. At the time, the story was analysed by every business critic and financial pundit on television; they spoke about numbers, shareholders, and stocks. What was strikingly absent from this conversation, however, were the voices of the 17,600 Canadians who had just lost their jobs and had their lives upheaved. A Community Target shares these stories in an intimate, personal and communal way.

The production will be performed in and around one of Toronto’s oldest cinemas and one-time vaudeville house, The Regent Theatre, and will be staged in a promenade style, giving audience members the opportunity to explore every inch of this historic building.

A Community Target will feature a cast of thirty community members – non-professional performers who are participants in the The Passionate Players Program. Now in its fifth year, The Passionate Players is a benefit endeavour from Outside the March and Convergence Theatre. The program offers community members interested in gaining hands-on experience in theatre the opportunity to train and participate in a full-fledged production. All proceeds from the production go to supporting the not-for-profit creative endeavours of both companies.

**Note: The main floor of the Regent Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

More Info: @OutsideTheMarch

The Festival of Trees will light up The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Lobby


The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Family Lobby, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: November 22 – December 20, 2018
Cost: Some events are free. To purchase tickets to performances call 905.681.6000 or online at

Details: This holiday season The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s lobby will be lit up with a colourful and festive display of trees that is sure to spark some  yuletide enthusiasm in anyone that visits. The 2nd Annual Festival of Trees is a joint community fundraising initiative by The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) and the Arts & Culture Council of Burlington (ACCOB). The 25 6-foot, pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are all generously donated by Canadian Tire – Burlington Stores.

Each Christmas Tree is sponsored and decorated by a local business or organization within the Burlington community. Patrons and visitors to BPAC will have the opportunity to take one of these stunning trees home by purchasing raffle tickets for the Festival of Trees draw. All trees will be raffled off and winners announced during intermission on Thursday, December 20 at The Andy Kim Christmas show. Proceeds benefit the BPAC/ACCOB Community Studio Theatre Initiative, which provide’s greater access to BPAC for local community performing arts organizations. Raffle Tickets can be purchased in person in the BPAC Family Lobby – 1 ticket for $2, 3 tickets for $5, 7 tickets for $10.

Stop by BPAC to take a stroll through the Festival of Trees and light up your holidays! The 2nd Annual Festival of Trees will feature surprise performances and fun activities for the whole family. BPAC will be open daily from 12pm to 4pm, and prior to evening performances, throughout the Festival, with extended hours based on Lobby activity.

Holiday programming at BPAC includes: John  McDermott Christmas with Special Guests Dala December 2, Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas December 5, National Ballet Theatre of Odessa’s The Nutcracker December 7 & 8, A Next Generation Leahy Christmas December 13, and The Andy Kim Christmas December 20. All BPAC Presents Holiday performances are generously sponsored by Cogeco.

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