No Divas-just Essential Opera

I hope they don’t take this the wrong way, but I just can’t call Erin Bardua and Maureen Batt divas. Yes, I know that they’re operatic sopranos who are also the founders of Essential Opera, a Toronto-based opera company whose mandate is to provide audiences and singers the opportunity to experience opera “at its most […]

May 3rd is Free Comic Book Day!

Wondering what to do when May comes around? How about popping over to your local comic book shop for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) on May3rd? FCBD is full of fun! You get to choose 5 or more comic books for FREE! Comic books are made by DIFFERENT publishers. DC Comics publishes Superman and Batman, while Marvel publishes Spiderman, […]

A Suite Fit for a King

When he first began piano lessons as a child, could Noam Lemish ever have imagined that he’d one day play to sold-out houses in Israel (where he grew up), the US, Canada, Europe and Bhutan? That he’d do his doctoral studies in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto?  Or that he’d perform with percussionist […]

HERE the Wild Things are!

When you were a child, did your parents read you the story of Max, the disobedient child who is sent to his room without his dinner? Did your eyes widen as – instead of sulking – Max sailed away on a ship of his own imagining, to the land of the Wild Things, whom he […]

Louise Pitre: YPT, Potato Chips and “Great Advice”

Louise Pitre is a household name. Especially in my house, where three of the toughest critics I know (who happen to be my children) regularly discuss her talent and pose questions about her career. They are fascinated to hear that she originated the role of  Fantine in the Canadian production of Les Misérables, (for which […]

A Word with Rosa Laborde about Marine Life

Rosa Laborde has a way with words. And sometimes, as an actor and award-winning playwright, those words have their way with her. Her latest play Marine Life will be presented at the Alameda Theatre Company’s 6th Annual De Colores Festival of New Works by Latin-Canadian Playwrights on Friday October 18. When we talk about it, […]

Young People’s Theatre Opens Season with A Story Before Time

Young People’s Theatre’s season opens with an age-old story: the Dora-nominated  A Story Before Time, a colourful interpretation of the Iroquois Creation Story from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre told through music, dance and drama.  Written by Drew Hayden Taylor and created by director/choreographer Santee Smith,  A Story before Time also features original music composed by Donald Quan, which […]

Double Star Turn for Stratford Festival’s Luke Humphrey

The things that are happening to Luke Humphrey this year! For starters, though in just his third year at Stratford, he’s been playing chivalrous musketeer D’Artagnan in the Festival’s Three Musketeers to considerable acclaim (see our June 14th post for more on this). He’s also just opened in his second lead role in John Murrell’s Taking Shakespeare, […]