Performance time is approximately two hours and 55 minutes including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Mystery. Murder. Madness. A bride unlocks the rooms of her mysterious husband’s castle. A woman, lost in the woods, descends into madness. Robert Lepage’s ground-breaking production established the Canadian Opera Company universally as a visionary and compelling company
Performance time is approximately two hours including one intermission. Sung in Hungarian and German with English surtitles.
Sampradaya Dance Creations celebrates its 25th anniversary year with nirantara – beyond space and time. Visually and aurally compelling, choreographer Lata Pada’s Bharatanatyam-based work explores worlds known and unknown, where space and time are interwoven into a continuum, perpetual and elusive. Featuring a stunning dance ensemble performing to live music by India’s acclaimed versatile pianist composer Anil Srinivasan and the superbly talented Carnatic vocalist, Sikkil Gurucharan
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is held every month of May and features some 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers. They exhibit at more than 175 venues throughout the GTA. The Festival is devoted to celebrating and fostering the art and the profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes.
The Festival is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.
Memory Unearthed features the photographs of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991), one of the official Lodz ghetto photographers. From 1940 to 1944, Ross took work-permit identification card photos for the ghetto's ever increasing Jewish population consolidated into Lodz ghetto by the Nazi regime. He also took “official” images, promoting the ghetto's work efficiency , and at the same time he documented the grim daily life in the ghetto: suffering and despair, starvation and diseases, the exploitation of the workers, the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz.
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal present a diverse mixed programme in this Toronto premiere. Very contemporary in its current approach, BJM performances are sexy, explosive, original and accessible, and its dancers are highly acclaimed. The term “jazz” in the name refers more to a “jazzing up” of classical ballet rather than a musical or dance style. The programme includes choreography by Benjamin Millepied (Closer), Andonis Foniadakis (Kosmos) and Barak Marshall (Harry). An energetic presentations of strong, expressive and demanding dance.
The annual Doors Open offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.
Physically, Louise Lecavalier is an arresting composite of David Bowie and Tilda Swinton. She is, in the world of contemporary dance, as iconic as both. So Blue marks her volcanic emergence as a choreographer. The first 30 minutes of So Blue, its vibrant, swirling soundtrack composed by Turkish-born Montréaler Mercan Dede, features Lecavalier in a perilous solo. Joined by Frédéric Tavernini for the second half, their raw, shared energy reaches dizzying heights.
When repertoire needs turning upside down Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre turns to its Californian connection, Colin Connor. True to form, Connor explores uncharted waters, casting CCDT artistic director Deborah Lundmark in his domestic tempest, The Weather In The Room.
In Shostakovich Trilogy (Parts 1 and 3), Alexei Ratmansky turns to the towering musical figure and explores the conflicting dualities of art and politics, imaginative freedom and responsibility, that shaped much of the composer’s life. Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness is a four-part reflection in dance exploring Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy and the shifting moments of consciousness.
The Becel Heart & Stroke’s Ride for Heart starts at the Exhibition Place Gate at 8:00am and brings together 14,000 riders of all ages and levels. Ride up and down the Don Valley Parkway without a motorized vehicle in sight. Riders are asked to get at least $100 in sponsorship for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Three loops are offered: 25kms, 50, and 75. It’s a popular event and last year’s Ride sold out.
From the simplicity and intimacy of the famous fairy tale on which it is based, The Sleeping Beauty opens out into a spectacle of grand virtuosity, generous and incomparable displays of technique, ravishing stagecraft and unapologetic theatrical ostentation. This classical ballet nonpareil remains one of the National Ballet’s most beloved and admired works.
Several thousand downtown office workers take to the street at 7:30pm for the Scotiabank Rat Race in support of the United Way. United Way Toronto is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city. Working in partnership with others, the United Way mobilize people and resources to address the root causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better. Established in 1956, the United Way supports agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals, families and communities.
The Honda Indy Toronto is an annual IndyCar Series race, which had been held annually since. The track has 11 turns, is a 2.824-kilometre (1.755 mi) street circuit, and is located at Exhibition Place. Pilot test the track on Friday, qualify for pole position on Saturday and race on Sunday.
It is now IndyCar's second-longest running street race, only behind the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
North by Northeast (or NXNE) is an annual music and arts festival held each June in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The festival’s main focus has always been live music, but it also includes a film festival, a comedy festival, art components, and a digital interactive media conference.
Each year, NXNE Music presents hundreds of bands from Canada, the United States and all over the world at over 50 Toronto music venues. Most venues host six bands a night (from 9 p.m. onward). The festival takes over Toronto’s downtown core, with many venues grouped along Queen Street West, College Street, and the Bloor Street Annex.
An 11-day extravaganza of music, dance, visual arts, theatre, literature, film and performance, in which one can view hard-to-see shows such as Stones in her Mouth, bringing together ten Maori women who, through chants, songs, oratory and dance, unite in protest and rage while also conveying resilience and adaptivity; Pina, a 3-D homage to the life and work of choreographer Pina Bausch, written and directed by Wim Wenders; Keys on the Street – A Recital of Urban Dance and Piano with Angela Hewitt and Tré Armstrong. Check the programme!
The Toronto Triathlon is a unique urban triathlon on the downtown highways of Canada’s largest city, a journey through Toronto’s unique landscape, as concrete jungles dissolve into picturesque hills and valleys.
The event includes a Duathlon, a Sprint course (750m swim, 20K bike, 5K run) and an Olympic distance (5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run). The first wave of competitors starts at 9:30am at Coronation Park in front of the gates of Exhibition Place. The Bike course takes the competitors onto the Gardiner Expressway and up the Don Valley Parkway up to Eglinton Avenue and back.