Holly Cole at BPAC


Photo courtesy of BPAC.

Where: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Main Theatre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: February 28, 2019, @ 8pm
Cost: Tickets $59 Regular, $54 Member. Group pricing available. To purchases online visit www.burlingtonpac.ca, or call 905-681-6000 or in person at the box office.

Details: BPAC is thrilled to host multi JUNO award-winner Holly Cole as she tours her new album HOLLY featuring classics such as They Can’t Take That Away From Me and Everybody Loves Somebody. These classics showcase her dynamic artistry while bringing currency to these timeless tracks.

Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Russ Titelman (Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, Ricki Lee Jones) and arranged by pianist extraordinaire Larry Goldings, HOLLY, was mostly recorded at Sear Sound Studio in New York City alongside an exemplary cast of both New York and Toronto based musicians. The album was recently nominated for a 2019 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

Holly is lauded internationally for her sensuous and original music, receiving praise as a pre-eminent interpretative singer working between the poles of jazz and pop. Her unique interpretations are applauded as being highly musical, intensely original, sophisticated, witty and sexy. In her hands, even familiar repertoire – from Hank Williams to Cole Porter – enjoys the potential to shine like never before. Holly never fails to present her music with style, humour and grace, sending it out on journeys straight to the listener’s heart. Her approach is sensual and intense, non-calculating and without any retro pretensions.

Approximate run time: 90 minutes

More Info: www.burlingtonpac.ca

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; (add.info.: 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 www.ago.ca, 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: www.ago.ca  @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
 www.cahoots.ca/goodmorning, 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.

More Info: www.cahoots.ca

The 40th Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre


Fay and Fluffy

Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.
When: February 13-23, 2019
Cost: Wed-Sat – $20 Evening Pass. PWYC Rush tickets available each day. Available at Box Office 416.975.8555 or www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb

Details: Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for its 40th year this February! For two weeks, The Rhubarb Festival transforms Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre into a hotbed of experimentation, exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, comedy, music, installation, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to experience the most adventurous ideas in performance and catch your favourite artists venturing into uncharted territory.

Festival highlights include:
-A special presentation of Tobias Herzberg’s solo show Feygele from the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, in partnership with the red light district
-In The Apocalypse Plays: A Legacy Project, Natasha Greenblatt teams up with her mother, Kate Lushington, to finish a performance trilogy started by Kate at Rhubarb in the 1980s
-The Princess Show, a fully lip-synced anime drag performance from Halifax company HEIST
-Deafies’ Unique Time, a new show created by three BIPOC D/deaf artists (Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Ralitsa Rodriguez, and Ali Saeedi), in partnership with Edmonton’s Sound Off: A Deaf Theatre Festival
-An evening of stand-up featuring some of the city’s best queer and POC comics, including Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Hoodo Hersi, Elvira Kurt, and more
-The AMY Project takes over the cabaret to present the culminating showing of their Performance Creation Program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour trans women and trans femmes, directed by Bilal Baig
-A Trouble of Queers, a cabaret by the acclaimed DIY QTBIPOC festival, Bricks and Glitter featuring Carolina Brown, Mikiki Burino, Monica Garrido, and more
-A brand new cabaret from Toronto’s favourite drag storytellers, Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé, involving kids as both audience members and performers
-A new partnership with Progress to introduce The Performance Bus, which will shuttle audiences between Buddies and the Theatre Centre on Rhubarb’s opening night and Progress’ closing night with a host and pop-up performances along the way
-New short works from Makram Ayache, Rhiannon Collett, Athena Holmes, Katie Swift, Hanlon McGregor + Syrus Marcus Ware, and more

More Info: www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb @buddiesTO

The Stupid Good Comedy Show at The Social Capital Theatre

The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Avenue
When: February 9, 2019 at 8pm
Cost: Tickets $10 advance at www.stupidgood.eventbrite.ca. Discount tickets are $5 at the door for students, arts workers and performers.

About: One night only of Improve Comedy! NOW Best of Toronto and Canadian Comedy Award-winning The Sufferettes on the same bill as The Coincidence Men…who will be joined by special guest Lisa Merchant!

Making comedy, theatre and sometimes other things – the Sufferettes are Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette. They began performing together in 2008 as part of the weekly competitive improv show, Catch23 Improv, in Toronto. In 2011, the duo began touring internationally performing in such cities as London, Berlin, Vienna, Graz, Ljubljana, Sarnen, Bochum, Karlsruhe, Edmonton, Rochester and more. With multiple television appearances and credits from The Second City, they’ve shared in awards for the web series “Space Riders” and a Dora nomination, but still find time to confirm that life is suffering. Not to be missed!

With 100 years of collective comedy experience between them, The Coincidence Men are Kerry Griffin, Ralph MacLeod, Gord Oxley and Marcel St. Pierre. Respected vets, teachers and coaches in Toronto’s improv, sketch and comedy “scene” since the early 1980s, they’ve been individually involved with Canadian Comedy Award-winning groups like Monkey Toast and Slap Happy and the sketch-comedy-Gemini-Award winning comedy duo Fast n Dirty. With appearances on CBC, The Comedy Network, YTV and more, they’ve been founding alumni and creative forces behind Toronto’s much-loved Bad Dog Theatre Company. All are alums of Theatresports, three of them are Second City alums, and another one founded and runs The Social Capital Theatre.

More Info: www.coincidencemen.com @ConincidenceMen @The SocialCapitalTheatre @TheSufferettes

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