18th Annual Christkindl Market

18th Annual Christkindl Market
~ Canada’s Original ~

Thurs. Dec. 4th – Sun. Dec. 7th at Kitchener City Hall,
200 King St. W., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Candlelight Procession with the Grand Philharmonic Choir on Thurs. Dec 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Meet at Victoria Park Clock Tower and walk up Gaukel to City Hall A festival of German Christmas. Over 70 food and gift vendors. 27 + performances by choirs, bands, and dance groups. Live nativity, model railway, puppet show, Kinderecke for crafts, visit with Christkindl, Angels, Knecht Ruprecht,  Klaus the Organ Grinder, Haribo Bear, Blacksmith demonstrations, skating, Christkindl Post Office. Free admission. Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free parking at City Hall lot on Sunday.

Information: 519-741-2200 x 7387

www.christkindl.ca

ROYAL HORSE SHOW

THE 92ND ROYAL HORSE SHOW RETURNS TO TORONTO

NOVEMBER 7-16, 2014

This world-class equestrian competition welcomes top international riders and provides family entertainment and excitement for all.

TORONTO, ON – The excitement and action of thrilling equestrian sport returns to the Ricoh Coliseum November 7-16, with the return of the Royal Horse Show, part of the 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Over 800 horses of all shapes and sizes will amaze and inspire with their grace, beauty and athleticism as they compete for over $800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles over the ten days.  This Toronto tradition features top national and international riders from across Canada, the United States, Europe and South America. Children, teens, adults, Pan-American Games champions, Olympians and World Cup Finals champions all have a place on the competition stage at The Royal Horse Show – where the genders compete on equal footing and horsepower often trumps all.   NEW this year, making their Royal and Canadian debut, the Grand National Shetland Pony Races will have families picking favourites opening weekend November 7 and 8.  Australian “horseman, entertainer and bush poet” Guy McLean will return to illustrate his incredible bond with his equine partners, November 11 through 16.  If you missed seeing them at this summer’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, the entire Canadian Dressage team will be competing in the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup presented by Butternut Ridge, November 12 and 13.  Opening Friday November 7th and Saturday November 8th are great double bill nights at the Royal Horse Show with the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship, where the biggest Canadian names (ten-time Olympian Ian Millar, teammates Jill Henselwood and Mac Cone, and upwards of 20 others) will battle for the title, and the two coveted berths in the prestigious international division the following week. Horseware Indoor Eventing is back, providing a ‘mashup’ of cross-country riding and show jumping. The modified obstacle course features rugged hedges, walls, a bank and drop mixed with fragile stadium jumps, whose poles fall at the tip of an equine toe. Port-Perry, Ontario’s Waylon Roberts has taken the title more times than not.  Rounding out opening weekend with thrills and spills is the Ontario Toyota Dealers Royal Rodeo, Sunday November 9, starring bulls, broncs and the much-loved star of CBC’s Heartland – Amber Marshall – back to co-host.  The second week of equine activities at the 92nd Royal will welcome an outstanding slate of international riders including America’s Beezie Madden, fresh from her bronze medal finish at the World Equestrian Games this summer following her wins at the World Cup Finals in 2013 and Hickstead earlier this year. Her Olympic teammate and double gold-medalist McLain Ward has enjoyed the winner’s circle on many occasions in Toronto, and you can be sure Jessica Springsteen, Laura Kraut, Todd Minikus, Leslie Howard and the rest of the stellar field would like to take their place in the winner’s circle as well.  In order to do that, they will have to prove their worth over courses designed by the just-named designer for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil – Brazil’s own Guilherme Jorge. They will surely welcome the sneak preview of his work.  Top Irish, Belgian and Columbian riders will join the North American contingent to complete the international field for 2014, including Ireland’s Conor Swail, who would love a repeat of his 2013 Leading International Rider title.  Competitive highlights of the week will include the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix presented by Hudson’s Bay, the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open, the $34,000 Jolera International Welcome and the $75,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge.  Three new full national classes for young riders have been added to The Royal Horse Show this year. The 2014 Running Fox Royal Championship Medal is a two-phase (flat and over-fences) jumper-based equitation competition for riders under the age of 21. After successful pilot projects in 2013, The Royal has expanded both the All-Canadian Junior Jumper Division and The Royal Horse Show Pony Jumper Division to full divisions.   About the Royal Horse Show and 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ~ The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.  This year, The 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 7-16, 2014 in the Direct Energy Centre and Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. The Royal Horse Show CSI4*-W is just one of a handful of ‘four-star’ competitions in North America and was voted the top indoor horse show in North America by the North American Riders Group. To purchase tickets, request media accreditation, view competition schedules, LIVE webcasting, and for complete results please visit www.royalfair.org

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Attached Photos: Making their Royal and Canadian debut, the Shetland Pony Races pack thrills and excitement into pint-size packages. Appearing opening weekend November 7 and 8. Mollie Bailey/Chronicle of the Horse Photo.

 

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Toronto Operetta Theatre presents La Gran Via

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presents

THE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF CHEUCA/VALVERDE’S ZARZUELA

LA GRAN VIA

 

Toronto, 15 October 2014…A champion of music theatre in all its diversity, Toronto Operetta Theatre presents the Canadian Premiere of the Spanish zarzuela, LA GRAN VIA by Chueca and Valverde on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Premiered at Teatro Felipe in 1886, this renowned zarzuela is a bold mixture of comic fantasy, social comment, political satire and the indelible music of Spain.  The work was inspired by the creation of a gleaming new avenue in the heart of Madrid – La Gran Via – a thoroughfare that has become as famous as London’s Piccadilly or Broadway in New York.  “We have taken Chueca’s short form zarzuela or genero chico” says Guillermo Silva-Marin, “and added well-known works from other zarzuela masters…just as was done during that time in Madrid.”  The full afternoon will be a musical revue in the grand manner of the world’s most exciting entertainment centres.

LA GRAN VIA will be led from the piano by José Hernández. Originally from Andalusia in southern Spain, Hernández received his musical education in Madrid and began his professional career there as a conductor and pianist.  Reflecting its mandate to promote talented Canadian artists, LA GRAN VIA features Colombian born soprano Margie Bernal and rising Torontonian mezzo Dina Shikhman.  Returning to TOT will be Argentinian/Canadian baritone Diego Catalá  and tenors Fabián Arciniegas from Colombia and Pablo Benítez from Venezuela, all enthusiastically applauded in last season’s LA REVOLTOSA (THE SAUCY SEÑORITA).  TOT’s own Guillermo Silva-Marín – who hails from Puerto Rico – will be the stage director for this exciting and witty afternoon of music theatre from Spain.

LA GRAN VIA will be immediately followed by Olé España, a post-concert reception with wine and a light gourmet buffet in the Lobby of the Bluma Appel Theatre, adjacent to the Jane Mallett Theatre.  Hosted by the TOT Board of Directors, the reception will give zarzuela lovers the opportunity to meet the Consul General of Spain, Don Pablo Ruiz Jarabo and Josefina Torres, President of the Club Hispano of Canada and mingle with our artists, TOT Friends and special guests.

Toronto Operetta Theatre is grateful for the support of  the Jackman Foundation, the Bedolfe Foundation, KPMG, Barrick, Gluskin Sheff, the Canada Council, Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. All performances at the wheel chair accessible St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts – Box Office (416) 366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. Online sales www.stlc.ca. For information, call TOT at (416) 922-2912.

For further information contact Henry Ingram at 416-922-2912.

Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes

Our first major event of the semester starts September 15th and runs until September 26th:

Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

Revealing a total of 190 rare photographs, newspaper clippings and political cartoons from different European archives, the exhibition “Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes” tells Europe’s dramatic story of the 20th century,­ a past between freedom and tyranny, democracy and dictatorship. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I, the exhibition illustrates the rise of Italian Fascism and Soviet Communism, the world economic crisis and the takeover of the Nazi regime in Germany, leading to the catastrophe of World War II. It continues with the struggle of newly formed democracies after decades of dictatorships and depicts Europe’s journey from the Cold War to the Peaceful Revolution.

The exhibition was developed by the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich, the Deutschland Radio Kultur and the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship. It is presented by the German Consulate in Toronto with the help of the WCGS and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

Details: Sept 15 – 26, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Modern Languages atrium (i.e., right when you walk in the main doors).

Posters

Promotional posters are available. They measure 11” x 16”. We’d be happy to mail them out to you. Just let us know how many and to what address. You can also simply print out the attached poster if that’s easier for you.

Schools

Simply contact Lori Straus for more information if you’d like to bring a school class to the exhibit.

Have a wonderful weekend!

See also our previous report by Robert Tischer:
http://www.echoworld.net/B14/B1404/b1404rtdicdem.html

DanceWorks presents the world premiere of “elsewhere”

DanceWorks presents the world premiere of elsewhere

An adelheid dance projects production choreographed by Heidi Strauss

Toronto, (August 25, 2014) – DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest running contemporary dance series, presents the world premiere of elsewhere, an adelheid dance projects production choreographed by its award-winning Artistic Director, Heidi Strauss. This highly anticipated work launches DanceWorks’ 2014-15 season and runs September 25-27 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps.

The newest work by acclaimed choreographer Heidi Strausselsewhere takes inspiration from the anthropological concept of ‘affect’ – our human capacity to affect, or be affected. The choreography maps a condition that gives everyday life a quality of continual motion, felt within impulses, expectations and encounters; an internal graph of lived intensities. A kinetic meditation, elsewhere bears witness to our resilience, posing moments of tenderness, force and surrender.

Performed by five remarkable dancers – Danielle Baskerville, Miriah Brennan, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson and Brendan Wyatt - who lend a vivid intimacy to the work which is the company’s first independent creation for an ensemblealso bringing together talented designers Jeremy Mimnagh (sound & projection), Rebecca Picherack (lighting) and Teresa Przybylski (set & costume).

adelheid will also partner with Grimm Pictures to create a series of short films based on elsewhere, co-created by Grimm’s Laura Taler, adelheid’s Artistic Associate Jeremy Mimnagh and StraussThese will be screened in public contexts where dance is not usually seen in Toronto, including Pattison Onestop subway platforms, shopping malls, underground walkways and high-rise elevators. The films will move elsewhere into the realm of public art.

Five years in the making, elsewhere has been supported by partnerships across Canada forged in the earliest stages of research and development, including residencies at the Theatre Centre (Toronto), Public Energy (Peterborough) and Dance Victoria (Victoria, B.C.). After its Toronto premiere, elsewhere will be presented at Public Energy (Oct. 10), Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Oakville, Oct. 8) and Danse Cité (Montreal, Oct. 1-4). The presenting partnerships that follow the premiere represent a commitment rare in the culture of contemporary dance, where the life of a choreographic work is so often transient.

Heidi Strauss is a resident artist at the Theatre Centre. She was artist-in-residence at Factory Theatre from 2008 to 2012, during which she created as it is, the Dora Award-winning this time, and still here. Her most recent work, Everyday Anthems, commissioned by Christopher House for the ensemble of the Toronto Dance Theatre, was presented at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage and hailed as “a triumph” by the Globe and Mail. With a keen interest in the development of the dance form, Strauss was co-artistic director of hub14 for nearly four years, implementing and facilitating new residency possibilities for research and creation, as well as performance platforms. She supports the process of other creators as an outside eye, teaches regularly in Toronto and Montreal, and has worked in theatre (Volcano, Necessary Angel), opera (Canadian Opera Company, Frankfurt Oper) and film (Mimnagh, Grimm Pictures), and as a performer (recently: Ginette Laurin, Yvonne Coutts, Sylvain Emard, Jenn Goodwin). Strauss is the recipient of the 2012 KM Hunter Award for Dance, and last year was named Toronto’s best choreographer by NOW magazine’s readership. adelheid dance projects formed in 2008 after a series of collaborations between Heidi Strauss and Jeremy Mimnagh. The two run adelheid together, with Strauss as Artistic Director and Mimnagh as Artistic Associate.

DanceWorks began as a collective of independent dance artists in 1977 and has grown to become Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance. Strong in the belief that dance has the power to illuminate, engage and transform all who participate, DanceWorks offers seasons of eclectic, exhilarating choreography programmed to intrigue, challenge and enthral. DanceWorks adds to the theatrical experience with danceflics, Carol’s Dance Notes and post-performance conversations with artists. DanceWorks is the administrator of the CanDance Network and Dance Ontario Association.

 

“Strauss’ choreography… is one of both tenderness and danger, opening up doors to a whole raft of subliminal imagery.”

– Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail, 2013 about Everyday Anthems.

 

DanceWorks presents the world premiere of adelheid dance projects’

elsewhere

as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps

Choreography: Heidi Strauss

Performers: Danielle Baskerville, Miriah Brennan, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson, Brendan Wyatt

Sound and Projection Design: Jeremy Mimnagh

Set and Costume Design: Teresa Przyblyski

Lighting Design: Rebecca Picherack

Outside Eye: Ginelle Chagnon

Film Collaborators: Laura Taler/Grimm Pictures, Jeremy Mimnagh

 

Thursday, September 25 to Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8PM (Post-show Talkback: Friday, Sept 26)

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre)

231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

 

Tickets: $28 – $37 Adult; $15 CultureBreak (Students under 25); Discount for Seniors and groups.

Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online: www.danceworks.ca

An Enemy of the People by Tarragon Theatre

Tarragon Theatre presents

An Enemy of the People

By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Florian Borchmeyer
Translated by Maria Milisavljevic

Directed by Richard Rose

Starring Tom Barnett, Joe Cobden, Matthew Edison, Brandon McGibbon,
Richard McMillan, Tamara Podemski and Rick Roberts

TORONTO (August 25, 2014) - Tarragon Theatre launches its 2014-15 season with an English-language rendition of Florian Borchmeyer‘s and Thomas Ostermeier‘s celebrated adaptation and production of An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. In what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the theatre season in Toronto, this contemporary mirror for our times previews from September 16, opens September 24 and runs to October 26 in Tarragon’s Mainspace.

Richard Rose, Tarragon’s Artistic Director, explains: “I attended Florian Borchmeyer’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People in a production by Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubühne Theatre, Berlin in May 2013. Their contemporary take – both in adaptation and production – spoke clearly, directly and with complexity to the current Canadian struggle of environment versus economy. With the support of Florian Borchmeyer and  Thomas Ostermeier, I am honoured that we will be able to stage a version of their compelling production.” Written in 1882, Ibsen’s parable echoes the questions of today as it grapples with how we balance our conscience and our comfort – censored scientists, environmental crises, anarchist manifestos and the pitfalls of majority rule. As Rose recalls: “Tar sands, climate change, fracking, pipelines, Walkerton, the cod and salmon fisheries, tailing ponds and ethical oil; all came to mind as I experienced this production. I knew instantly that we had to produce it.” Tarragon’s international playwright-in-residence, Maria Milisavljevic, translates Florian Borchmeyer’s adaptation which sets the classic but timely drama in a 21st-century spa town. The Chief Medical Officer of a small Norwegian town, Dr. Thomas Stockmann, has made a shocking discovery, but to go public with his test results will spell the end of his town’s prosperity. The people don’t know that the newly-built Baths are contaminated with industrial waste, and if the world finds out, it will send the community into economic collapse. What is in the public interest when what is good for the economy comes into conflict with what is good for the environment? Is democracy the form of government best suited to address environmental problems? Rose has pulled together an exceptionally talented ensemble for this thrilling work. Award-winning film, television and stage actor Joe Cobden (Tarragon’s Little One, Soulpepper’s Twelve Angry Men) portrays Dr. Stockmann; Rick Roberts (2014 ACTRA Toronto Award for title role in CBC-TV movie Jack about Jack Layton; Tarragon’s The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Molière, John and Beatrice) plays his brother and town councillor who is also Chairman of the Baths’ board of directors. Tom Barnett (Tarragon’s Courageous, How It Works; Theatre Passe Muraille / Mirvish national tour of The Drawer Boy), Matthew Edison (Tarragon’s The Real World?, Forests; Canadian Stage’s Amadeus, Proof) and Brandon McGibbon (Tarragon’s Forests, The Misanthrope; Broadway’s ONCE) portray the publisher, editor and reporter of the local newspaper. Richard McMillan (11 seasons at Stratford Festival; Tarragon’s After Akhmatova, Molière; four Dora Awards) is Stockmann’s father-in-law, and Tamara Podemski (first Canadian actress and first Native American to win Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance Film Festival, original Canadian cast of RENT then RENT on Broadway, Bruce  McDonald’s film Dance  Me  Outside) plays Stockmann’s wife. Set and costume design is by Michelle Tracey, lighting design by Jason Hand, sound design by Thomas Ryder Payne. The stage manager is Marinda de Beer.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a Norwegian playwright who authored some of modern theatre’s most celebrated plays: Brand (1865), A Doll’s House (1868), Peer Gynt (1876), Ghosts (1881), An Enemy of the People (1882), Rosmersholm (1886), Hedda Gabler (1890) and The Master Builder (1892). Ibsen is widely considered to be one of the most important playwrights of the modern era. Richard Rose is the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre. Prior to joining Tarragon in 2002, Rose was Founding Artistic Director at Necessary Angel (a position he held from 1978-2002), Associate Director for Canadian Stage Company, Director of the Stratford Festival Young Company and spent ten seasons directing at the Stratford Festival. He has directed plays across Canada, the United States, and in London’s West End in styles ranging from the environmental to the classical. Rose is well known for developing new work, including four plays that won the Governor General’s Award and nine other nominated plays. He is a four-time Dora Award winner for direction and production and has had numerous nominations. He has also been honoured with a Doctorate of Sacred Letters (jure dignitatus) from Thorneloe University (Sudbury, his home town), the Canada Council Walter Carsen Award for Excellence in the Arts and the City of Toronto’s Barbara Hamilton Award for the same.

Tarragon Theatre presents

 An Enemy of the People

By Henrik Ibsen

Adapted by Florian Borchmeyer

Translated by Maria Milisavljevic

Directed by Richard Rose

Starring Tom Barnett, Joe Cobden, Matthew Edison, Brandon McGibbon,

Richard McMillan, Tamara Podemski, Rick Roberts

Set and Costume Design by Michelle Tracey

Lighting Design by Jason Hand

Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne

 

Opens September 24 and runs to October 26, 2014 (previews from September 16)

Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1X3

Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm and select Saturdays at 2:30pm: Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11.

Regular Tickets: $27-$53 (Previews: $21-$25)

Cheap Seats: For every performance beginning September 25, 10% of the house is available for specially-priced $15 tickets at the door, starting at 6pm for evening performances and 1pm for matinees.

Tickets can be purchased through Patron Services at 416.531.1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com

Justin Trudeau on Black Ribbon Day

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Black Ribbon Day

OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Black Ribbon Day:   “Today, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, nations around the world join in solemn reflection of the pain and suffering endured by millions of people under totalitarian regimes.   “This pact, signed by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in 1939 and which carved up Eastern Europe, robbed millions of their national and personal freedoms, and subsequently led to some of the darkest days in human history.     “Many of those who came to Canada to escape Nazism and Stalinism still bear the scars of the atrocities that were committed against them and their loved ones. These Canadians and their descendants continue to strengthen our democracy and national fabric, and we must never forget their stories.   “On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I urge all Canadians to reflect on the significance of this day, and to reaffirm our collective commitment to freedom, democracy, and human rights.”

King Lear extended for second time

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King Lear extended for second time;

joins Plummer and Hutt’s Tempests

as top-sellers in Festival history

 

August 20, 2014… Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino’s King Lear, starring Colm Feore, is entering the record books as one of the Festival’s top-selling Shakespeare productions of all time. To meet the overwhelming demand for tickets, the production is being extended until October 25.

“Antoni Cimolino’s King Lear, starring the incomparable Colm Feore, with masterful performances by our Stratford company, is one of the great productions in our 62-year history,” says Executive Director Anita Gaffney. “Like Christopher Plummer’s Prospero in 2010 and William Hutt’s farewell performance in the same role in 2005, Colm’s Lear has seized the imaginations of theatregoers, inspiring tremendous sales.

“This is the second and final extension for King Lear,the runaway hit of the season, which is helping to fuel a 25% increase in sales to Shakespeare productions.”

In the Toronto Star’s 4-star review, Richard Ouzounian declares that the production “unquestionably catapults Colm Feore into the ranks of the world’s greatest living actors.” Mr. Ouzounian adds: “If you have been longing to encounter greatness in the theatre, it’s waiting for you at the Stratford Festival.”

Mr. Feore receives high praise from The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood, who speaks of his “intense pathos” and “affecting clarity.” Mr. Isherwood states that Mr. Feore’s performance in the play’s final moments is “as harrowing as any I’ve seen.”

Similarly, The Globe and Mail’s J. Kelly Nestruck speaks of Mr. Feore’s “very fallible and fleshy Lear,” saying, “He is every centimetre a man.”

The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones was especially moved by Mr. Cimolino’s “rigorously human take” in what he describes as a “deeply compassionate production.”

Tickets for the following newly added performances go on sale to Members on Thursday, August 21, and to the general public on Friday, August 22:

  • Tuesday, October 21, at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 23, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m.

In addition to Mr. Feore, the production features Maev Beaty as Goneril, Evan Buliung as Edgar, Sara Farb as Cordelia, Jonathan Goad as the Earl of Kent, Brad Hodder as Edmund, Stephen Ouimette as the Fool, Liisa Repo-Martell as Regan and Scott Wentworth as the Earl of Gloucester.

King Lear runs until October 25. For tickets, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca.

King Lear is sponsored by Sun Life Financial. Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen-Burfield & family, Cecil & Linda Rorabeck, Barbara & John Schubert and Catherine & David Wilkes.

Support for the 2014 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Claire & Daniel Bernstein.

The 2014 season runs until October 25, featuring King Lear; Crazy for You; two versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Beaux’ Stratagem; Man of La Mancha; Alice Through the Looking-Glass; Hay Fever; King John; Mother Courage and Her Children; Antony and Cleopatra; Christina, The Girl King; and more than 200 events in The Forum.

Ethnic Media Exhibit at CNE

Ethnic Media Exhibit:

fantastic,
beautiful display of cultures

By William Doyle-Marshall

The first Sunday since the Canadian National Exhibition opened its gates for the 136th time. Canadians and other friends around the world are here on the grounds operated on 197 acres by the City of Toronto for 18 days up to Labour Day. The massive array of foods, rides, booths, games and culinary offerings as well as health furniture – beds, recliners and beauty products – are among attractions. Honestly you need more than one day to appreciate all that the exhibition offers.

An exhibition of more than 400 ethnic newspapers is a fairly new addition to the schedule of things to see and do. Thomas S. Saras, president and CEO of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada says the organization represents 750 publications and 150 producers and directors of TV and Radio programs, in more than 65 languages nationwide. It is the 16th year that the council is in partnership with the CNE. Saras and his team of volunteers are proudly welcoming visitors to their space, near to the performing stage in the Direct Energy building. The exhibition is a surprise to some who see the cross-section of newspapers and magazines for the first time. However, these media outlets are serving an audience of more than five million Canadians, new and not so new, Saras says.

“There are also 156 radio and television producers and directors, serving, informing and entertaining the members of the various linguistic and cultural communities. They are the perfect tools for a company to reach the new Canadian markets and promote their products, according to the President.” Another way is the visibility, which means getting involved in the events of the communities in areas with high concentration of members of specific ethnic community,” he notes However, these media outlets are serving an audience of more than five million Canadians, new and not so new, Saras contends. “There are also 156 radio and television producers and directors, serving, informing and entertaining Communities of the various linguistic and cultural communities. They are the perfect tools for a company to reach the new Canadian markets and promote their products. “Another way is the visibility, which means getting involved in the events of the communities in areas with high concentration of members of specific ethnic community,” the organization’s chief spokesperson notes.

Maria Saras-Voutsinas, executive director of NEPMCC would love to be able to take the exhibition and spread it around the world. It is dream she doesn’t think would be realized. Looking at the collection of publication in the booth at the CNE she says passionately “you almost feels like this is the only place where you can walk into and you look at a wall and every single country that’s represented is there. We are all together, brothers and sisters. There is no conflict and it’s just a beautiful display of cultures around you. You know, it’s breathe-taking. When you stop and really look at our display you say: ‘wow. This is fantastic in such a time of strife all over the world. You just need that moment when you can just look at that wall and say ‘this is good. This is healthy’.

Community leaders, politicians and the Toronto Police Service participated in the official launch of the exhibition. Saras acknowledged the assistance they provided to his organization in making their work successful over the years. Brian Ashton, president of the Canadian National Exhibition, and Dr. Jean Augustine were among those receiving tokens of appreciation. Premier Kathleen Wynne, an ardent supporter of the council sent her greetings through newly elected MPP Hang Don who acknowledged that members of the ethnic communities depend on these publications to know about government policies and other issues related to their families. Mayoral candidate John Tory praised NEPMCC for its role in bringing people together. Dr. Tony Ruprecht, former member of Ontario Parliament, hosted the programme and he stressed the role of the ethnic community including its media in keeping Canada and preventing Quebec from separating from Canada.

Peter Sloly, Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police said it is an interesting thing to have the Ethnic Press Council at the Canadian National Exhibition which represents for many Canadians one of the greatest national symbols. “It’s a symbol of what’s important about family, what’s important about society, commerce, everything that makes a democracy work,” Sloly reflected. The ethnic press for him is equally important as a symbol that makes a democracy work. The ethnic media represents the voice of new comers, pushes a democracy to be more inclusive, focuses on human rights and inclusion. With two great symbols working together at the same time, the Deputy Chief of Police was honoured to represent the third great institution – policing. “The media need to be better, policing needs to be better, business and commerce need to be better. “As long as we keep working together things will be better in Canada,” the top law administrator said.

Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati, the council’s Ombudsman hopes all visitors to the Ex during the host of activities will come to the council’s booth and learn about the media of the different ethnic groups in Canada. “There are publications of every community here and it is interesting to see and to take the papers and have the relation with the communities through the media,” he added.

Right up to Labour Day Sara and members of the NEPMCC will be on hand to greet visitors to the exhibition and converse with them about the various publications on display. Just as booths at the CNE are offering products from around the world so too are the ethnic magazines and newspapers found at the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada’s display of ethnic publications.

August 18 2014

15th Scotiabank Buskerfest

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“JOHNman” from Berlin

15th Annual
Scotiabank BuskerFest

in support of Epilepsy Toronto

Announces New and Returning Acts from around the Globe!

AUGUST 21-24, 2014 throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood

Toronto, June 24, 2014 Epilepsy Toronto is pleased to present their signature fundraising event, Scotiabank BuskerFest.  In partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA, they are proud to announce an outstanding roster of international and Canadian acts, both new and returning, for the 15th edition of Toronto’s international street performers festival. Scotiabank BuskerFest runs Thursday, August 21 to Sunday, August 24 throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood, from Queen to College Streets and surrounding areas (including Trinity Square Park and Yonge-Dundas Square).

An estimated one-and-a-half million spectators attended the festival last year – an astounding success for its first year along the downtown Yonge Street corridor. Organizers are anticipating at least as many this year, as more buskers than ever before – over 120 of the best street performers in over 50 acts from across the country and around the globe – bring their world-class talents to Canada’s most populous city.

Buskers retain proceeds from “the hat” passed after their performances except for shows on the Scotiabank Stage in Yonge-Dundas Square: for the first time ever, each performing act will be doing one performance on this stage over the course of the weekend, and all proceeds will go to Epilepsy Toronto!

Joining the previously announced FlameOz (returning) and Reuben DotDotDot (new) from Australia, and NoMaD Cirquel (new) from Austria and Les Frères Taquins (new) from Belgium, are several outstanding international acts, including:

From Australia

  • Bendy Em (returning), a pint-sized former gymnast with a wicked wit who bends and contorts her body into freakily mind-boggling positions.

From Ireland

  • Jack Wise (returning), a Molotov cocktail of comedy and magic – including swallowing a real 24″ steel sword!

From Japan

  • Ikeda Yosuke (new), a unique style of performance blending mime with graphic and acoustic arts – the lyrics of a song appear in many different ways with the music.

From Spain

  • Ale Risorio (new), an eccentric, absurd clown with a bag full of unusual and unexpected props.

From the United Kingdom

  • Billy Kidd (returning), one of the few female magicians in the world who hosts Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic: the Magic of Science. She reads people’s minds, turns paper to money and produces the most unsuspecting things out of nowhere; and
  • Mat Ricardo (returning), an award-winning performer with incredible showmanship, razor-sharp wit, tricks nobody else in the world can do and unsurpassed sartorial elegance.

From the United States

  • Kamikaze Fireflies (returning), a triple Guinness World Record holding two-person vaudeville smack-down from Los Angeles that juggles, cracks whips and climbs on people, stacking chairs, German Wheels, and even shopping carts! Just last week they received four ‘Yeses’ from the judges of America’s Got Talent!

Among the great, returning local performers from the GTA:

  • Art $ Fortune, a one-of-a-kind fortune-telling, ‘robotic’ statue who stilt walks! Drop a coin into the booth and watch Art come to life!
  • Chalk Chick brings the streets of Toronto colourful sidewalks, love, and joy.
  • Fireguy, ever-popular with his sophisticated fire-breathing and world-class devil sticks.
  • Hercinia Arts Collective entertain with their hilarious act “Money Fish” – synchronized swimmers out of water and looking for audiences everywhere.
  • Mental Floss Side Show, a vaudevillian duo that brings exhibits from the five corners of the globe – all with a little dash of snake oil.
  • Oparty twists balloons into incredible creations – from one balloon dog to a 400+ balloon motorcycle!
  • The Silent Violinist combines balloons and mime dressed in her visually stunning balloon dress with a gigantic wing spread.
  • Stilt Guys, with their HIGH energy, HIGH stamina, HIGHLY interactive roaming stilt performances.
  • Stiltdancer & Friends, a team of dynamic stilt artists who dance and play on their gravity-defying stilts.
  • The Twisted Ones share their crazy gigantic balloon creatures with audiences – a giant spider hat, or a beautiful butterfly costume anyone?
  • Internationally acclaimed living statue Kate Mior.
  • Max T. Oz, a sleight-of-hand magic favourite who has been at each and every festival since its inception;
  • And, of course, the festival would not be complete without veteran festival busker Silver Elvis, a mechanical metal man who moves for money, honey – “thank you, thank you very much”

And new from Quebec:

  • Chasseurs de Rêves: a tribe of larger-than-life stilt puppets shines in colours and movements, with an elegant bird and majestic elephant.
  • CiRcO LoCo: Argentine tango dancers, circus artists, knife thrower and tribal belly dancing make for an awesome concoction of circus, stunts & mystery!
  • Les Vitamines: a colourful, high-energy duo that dazzles with acrobatic feats punctuated by improvised acts during which the public is invited to join in the fun.

And even more amazing buskers to be announced in the coming weeks!

Admission to Scotiabank BuskerFest is by voluntary donation to Epilepsy Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping more than 40,000 Torontonians with epilepsy, and their families, through counselling, employment support, advocacy and education.

 

15th Annual

Scotiabank BuskerFest

in support of Epilepsy Toronto

Thursday, August 21 – Sunday, August 24, 2014

throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood:

Yonge Street all the way from Queen to College and surrounding areas (including Trinity Square Park and Yonge-Dundas Square).

 

Thursday noon – 11 pm; Friday noon – 11pm; Saturday 11am – 11pm; Sunday 11am – 8pm

Admission is by voluntary donation to Epilepsy Toronto

 

For information, visit: www.scotiabankbuskerfest.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuskerFestToronto, Twitter: buskerfestto  hashtag: #SBBF

 

About Scotiabank BuskerFest

Since its inception in 2000, Scotiabank BuskerFest has featured hundreds of the best street performers from around the world, hosted millions of amazed spectators and helped raise much-needed funds for Epilepsy Toronto, a charitable organization that provides services to those living with epilepsy and their families. Scotiabank BuskerFest is the largest street performers’ festival in North America and is the largest Epilepsy awareness-raising event in the world.

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