Category: Events

Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur at ROM


Gujarat, Palanquin (Mahadol), c. 1700–1730, gilded wood, glass, copper, and ferrous alloy, Mehrangarh Museum Trust. Neil Greentree, photographer.

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
When: March 9 – September 2, 2019
Cost: Adult $32, Child (4-14) $21, Senior (65+) $28, Student (with valid student card) $27.50, Youth (15-19) $27.50, Infant (0-3) Free. Tickets can be purchased online at

Details: Explore the spectacular royal arts of one of India’s greatest former kingdoms, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Alluring jewellery, lavish tents and canopies, vibrant paintings, and opulent decorative arts tell stories of kingship, strategic alliances, the role of women and life at court. Amassed over the course of nearly four centuries, these treasures reflect the history and artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty, one of the longest continuous royal lineages in the world, that ruled this desert kingdom until India’s independence in 1947.

Treasures of a Desert Kingdom features masterpieces drawn from the collection of the former royal family, most of which are on display outside their palace setting for the very first time. While the stunning objects highlight India’s multifaceted past, they reveal a lasting cosmopolitan culture that was sustained by a delicate balance between local and external influences, and tradition and modernity.

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World After Dark at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
When: March 6 – 9, 2019
Cost: Tickets range from $35 – $45, and $25 for arts workers and can be purchased on line at The show is approximately 65 minutes long with no intermission.

Details: Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, presents the World Premiere of World After Dark, reclaiming the night – a metaphor for the sensual, the embodied and the feminine. The production is directed and choreographed by Shannon Litzenberger, featuring lead performances by renowned Canadian dance artists Louis Laberge-Coté and Linnea Swan and an outstanding ensemble of performers.

Inspired by Christopher Dewdney’s Award-winning book Acquainted with the Night, World after Dark explores the relationship of the physical and metaphorical night. From the three stages of nightfall to the science of the cosmos; from the birth of nightlife to the empire of dreams; from the biology of nocturnal creatures to the mythology of the night sky, Dewdney’s compelling poetic reveries and scientific explanations journey us on an epic voyage through the mysteries of night.

The work features an innovative responsive video design by Elysha Poirier that immerses the audience and interacts in real time with the dancers on stage. In addition, dance dramaturgy and voice/text coaching by Gerry Trentham, creative advisement and collaboration by Marie-Josée Chartier, text arrangement, editing and contributions by Guillermo Verdecchia, lighting and set design by Ken Mackenzie, sound design by John Gzowski and costume design by Alexandra Lord.

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VETS Canada’s 3rd Annual In Her Boots Event

Where: Cities across Canada, coast to coast
When: March 2, 2019
Cost: You too can help by donating online at

Details: Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) will be holding their third annual In Her Boots awareness event in cities across the country on March 2, 2019. In recognition of International Women’s Day, volunteer teams across the country will be Boots on the Ground visiting women’s shelters and drop-in centres to provide donated comfort items whilst searching for female Veterans in need of VETS Canada’s emergency aid.

The aim of  VETS Canada: In Her Boots is to create dialogue and raise awareness regarding the issue of homelessness (and related issues) amongst female Veterans and their families; a topic too often overlooked. Read about the success of In Her Boots 2018 at

Please help us spread the word/join in the conversation by using the hashtag #InHerBoots2019

More Info: @vetscanada #IWD2019 #InHerBoots2019

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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