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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Rock Out at BPAC with I Mother Earth & Finger Eleven!


Photo Credit: Frances Caludikar

Where: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Main Theatre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: January 25, 2019
Cost: $69.50 Regular, $64.50 Member. Group pricing available. To purchase visit, 905.681.6000 or in person.

Details: Two of Canada’s most successful alternative rock bands are joining forces for one incredible concert! Singing hits like “One Thing” and “One More Astronaut”, I Mother Earth and Burlington’s own Finger Eleven will each take the stage to perform individually and together.

I Mother Earth have released five albums, and in 1994 took home the JUNO Award for Best Hard Rock Album of The Year, beating out their own childhood idols Rush for the award. To celebrate their 20th year, the band reunited with original lead singer Edwin for a concert in 2016. The reunion sparked a national tour and the band formally reunited, heading into the studio to create new music. I Mother Earth is made up of musicians Jagori Tanna (guitar), Christian Tanna (drums), Edwin (lead vocals), and Chuck Dailey (bass).

Founded right here in Burlington in 1990, Finger Eleven (originally Rainbow Butt Monkeys) have released six full-length albums, including the JUNO-Award winning Them Vs. You Vs. Me, and experimented with a variety of styles such as hard rock, classic rock, heavy blues, and textural pop. Finger Eleven is made up of musicians Scott Anderson (vocals), James Black (guitar), Rick Jackett (guitar), and Sean Anderson (bass). Finger Eleven have released seven albums, have won the SOCAN International Achievement Award in 2006, and been nominated for seven JUNO Awards, winning the JUNO for Rock Album of The Year in 2008.

This concert is a dream come true for 90’s music lovers and new music enthusiasts alike and BPAC is thrilled to have these two powerhouse rock bands take over the main stage.

More Info: twitter @ImotherEarth @Finger_Eleven
instagram @finger_eleven #rockband

Hair at Hart House Theatre

(l-r) Claire Boudreau as Mary, Mikaela MacGillivray as Natalie, David Andrew Reid as Hud, Sidney Klips as Diane. Photo credit – Scott Gorman

Where: Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle
When: January 18 – February 2, 2019
Cost: Adults $28, Seniors $17, Students $15, $12 Student tickets every Wednesday evening. Purchase at

Details: Hair, the original rock musical, celebrates its 50th anniversary at a time of new-found social justice movements and civil unrest. When a tribe of freedom-loving hippies is confronted with the realities of war and an oppressive government hell-bent on conflict, they become even more committed to their ideals of freedom, liberty from social shackles and the space to form individual expression…through “long, beautiful Hair”…

Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado; music by Galt MacDermot; produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler; originally produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre; directed by Julie Tomaino.

Cast includes Andrew Perry (Berger); Christian Hodge (Claude); Marisa Dashney (Sheila); Will Mackenzie (Woof); David Andrew Reid (Hud); Katie Miller (Jeanie); Georgia Fox (Dionne); Sophie Berkowitz (Crissy); Hunter Agnew (Hubert/Dad/Walter); Kevin James Doe (Margaret Mead/Principal/Ronny); Caitlin McMaster (Tribe/Linda/Dance Captain); Sidney Klips (Tribe/Diane); Claire Boudreau (Tribe/Mary); Jaymie Sampa (Tribe/Suzanna); Amy Janssen (Tribe/Emmaretta); Mikaela MacGillivray (Tribe/Natalie/Mom); Bianca Orvis (Tribe/Marjorie); Makenna Marshall (Tribe/Leatta); Sean O’Connell (Tribe/Steve); and Brendan Flynn (Tribe/Paul).

*WARNING: Coarse language, mature themes, sexually explicit scenes and nudity
*Approximate running time: 2 hours with one intermission

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Annie Sloan on Pantone’s “Living Coral”

Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Pack a punch of colour and brighten up your living space this year with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Considered to be one of the world’s most respected experts in paint and colour, Annie created the Chalk Paint range three decades ago to answer the need she had for a versatile paint that would work beautifully on furniture without priming or sanding; that would be easy to use and quick to dry; and that could be used for a number of different paint techniques. Her Chalk Paint lineup features 36 shades that can be easily mixed to create any colour you desire, and with little to no black pigment, you can mix the brightest of shades.

With Pantone recently announcing their Colour Of The Year 2019 as “Living Coral”, Annie helps us to recreate this bright and vivacious colour. She recommends using one part Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk, a pure bright red, with three parts of Tilton, a mustard yellow. Use one of Annie’s silicone MixMats to experiment with mixing the colours together in various ratios until you achieve your desired hue.

Living Coral

“Living Coral is a vibrant, almost neon coral, rare throughout the history of colour, because a shade this strong would have been expensive to make. To me, it conjures up the flavours of India and Morocco, of spices and sunsets,” says Annie.

Chalk Paint is available online and in 50 countries around the world including Canada. Pricing starts at at $15 for a 120 ml pot and $44.95 for a 1 litre can. To find a location near you and for more info visit

Image features Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. Wall Panels – A sunset-inspired palette of colours in Antoinette, Barcelona Orange, Emperor’s Silk and and Antoinette and Barcelona Orange mix. Radiator – Antoinette. Table top and floorboards – Scandinavian Pink. Table legs – Honfleur. Daybed covered in Antoinette Linen Union.

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