Spring comes early with YPT’s The Secret Garden

In these dog days of winter, the thought of a spring flower’s bloom is a welcome one. There are blooms aplenty in The Secret Garden, which has just taken root at Young People’s Theatre (YPT). The story centres on 10-year-old Mary Lennox, a recently orphaned girl who must emigrate from India to Yorkshire, England. While […]

Underplayed Valen-Tunes

Yep, we’ve decided. We’re going to pass on the usual treacly Valentine’s Day songs this year that get relentless airplay on FM airwaves. So what to listen to instead? We sought the reliable opinion of Richard Simon, an educator, lover of classic rock and commendium of pop musicology. Here are our recommendations of underplayed decades-spanning […]

Salem is a state of mind in Hart House Theatre’s The Crucible

Travelling to Salem, Massachusetts (where The Crucible is set) is a bit like journeying back to the year 1692. Not just because this small town never got rid of its supernatural mythos—but because the town retains an affection for (and features a bustling tourist industry centered on) the infamous “witch trials” of that year. About […]

Yehonatan Berick and AYR Trio open 2018 with Piano Trio Masters

5 at the First Chamber Series opens 2018 with the AYR Trio‘s Piano Trio Masters. Violin virtuoso Yehonatan Berick is the “Y” in the group’s name, bookended by his collaborators: pianist Angela Park (the “A”) and cellist Rachel Mercer (the “R”). In truth, his nickname is “Big Y”, and though his website bio describes him […]