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World Press Photo | Until Tuesday October 21 |

The powerful images of the World Press Photo contest return to Toronto where they can be viewed at the Allen Lambert Galleria, in Brookfield Place, every day from 9am to 9pm. An event which should not be missed, World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, known for holding the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest, as well as a separate annual contest for journalistic multimedia productions in association with Human Rights Watch and the annual Tim Hetherington Grant.

For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism. The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public. All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year. In addition to selecting the World Press Photo of the Year, the contest determines winners in categories such as Spot News, General News, Observed Portraits of people, Staged Portraits, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Nature.

Our Country's Good | Until Sunday October 26 | Royal Alexandra Theatre

In 1788, Britain opened Australia’s first penal colony with 734 men, women and children—criminals—sent into exile “for our country’s good.” This brilliant historical drama tells the powerful, true story of a ragbag cast of those first convicts who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes.

On the 25th anniversary of its Olivier Award-winning premiere, original, acclaimed director Max Stafford-Clark brings his new production of this great classic. A co-production by Karl Sydow, an Out of Joint, and Octagon Theatre Bolton production.

Kurios – Cabinet of curiosities | Until Sunday October 26 |

Cirque du Soleil’s new show immerses the spectator in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients senses and challenges perceptions, leaving one to wonder: "is it real, or just a figment of the imagination?" Reality is Relative, says the programme.

Kurios is an ingenious blend of unusual curiosity acts and stunning acrobatic prowess, a Cirque’s trademark. The audience is led into the curious cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that’s as beautiful as it is mysterious.

Madama Butterfly | Until Friday October 31 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Love waits for no one. The story of the young geisha Cio-Cio San, her devotion to her American husband, and her subsequent heartbreak, unfold to Puccini’s exquisite score in one of the world’s best-loved operas.

Performance time is approximately two hours and 40 minutes including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Helen Lawrence | Until Saturday November 1 | St Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock collaborate to create a production that is at the frontier of new media use in performance. Inspired by post-war film noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated simulations in this beautifully crafted suspense-filled tale. As Vancouver struggles to reorganize itself after World War II, forces diverge as to who should really hold the power.

Falstaff | Until Saturday November 1 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

No money. No morals. No problem. Falstaff's life of sport and pleasure comes crashing down when his appetites lead to an ill-advised seduction scheme. Director Robert Carsen lovingly evokes 1950s England in this modernized production of the Canadian Opera Company, which recently had great success at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Met.

Performance time is approximately two hours and 50 minutes including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

What makes a Man | Until Sunday November 2 |

French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour is one of the world’s last living “showmen” who, at 90 years, is still a dazzling performer and songwriter. Created from his rich and diverse catalogue of songs, What Makes a Man is inspired by the life he lived, observed and wrote about. In a moment of personal self-examination, four distinct aspects of one man are born: poet, survivor, performer and prophet, collectively embodied by four extraordinary vocal artists.

A living portrait that deconstructs the fabric of personality, this world premiere piece is being created by Jennifer Tarver, director of Venus in Fur (2013), and Toronto’s Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street partners for the next three seasons.

Wicked | Until Sunday November 2 | Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon)

Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony awards, Wicked is one of Broadway’s biggest musical blockbusters. Two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, with emerald green skin, is smart and fiery but misunderstood while the other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. They grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes | Until Tuesday November 25 | Art Gallery of Ontario

For more than 12,000 years, the Great Lakes region has produced a distinct culture of Anishinaabe artists and storytellers. These artists and stories are being celebrated with Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, featuring artworks by leading modern and contemporary artists -- including Norval Morrisseau, Bonnie Devine, Robert Houle, Keesic Douglas, Michael Belmore, Daphne Odjig and others -- who sought to visually express the spiritual and social dimensions of human relations with the earth.

The traditional home of the Anishinaabe peoples -- comprised of Algonquin, Mississauga, Nippissing, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), Potawatomi and Saulteaux nations -- the region includes Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec in addition to eight U.S. states and has inspired generations of stories and experiences that are spiritual, political and challenge certain accepted accounts of history. These same sources of inspiration are visible in traditional Anishinaabe arts included in the exhibition, including clan pictographs on treaty documents, bags embroidered with porcupine quill, painted drums and carved pipes, spoons and bowls.

Alex Colville | Until Sunday January 4 | Art Gallery of Ontario

More than 100 works by Canadian iconic painter Alex Colville marks the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the exhibition honours Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

Known for painting decidedly personal subject matter, Colville’s painstakingly precise images depict an elusive tension, capturing moments perpetually on the edge of change and the unknown, often imbued with a deep sense of danger. Featuring works assembled from museums and private collections nationwide, many of which have never been shown publicly, the exhibition spans Colville’s entire career.

Art Toronto | From Friday October 24 to Monday October 27 | Metro Convention Centre

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. A popular event attended by art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto showcases galleries and is the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of collectors and dealers. Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.

Arcadia | From Tuesday November 4 to Sunday December 14 | Royal Alexandra Theatre

Tom Stoppard tale of secrecy and intrigue has been hailed by several critics as a masterpiece. It’s a mystery wrapped in a love story, wrapped in a scandal. In its unravelling, the play zigs and zags from mathematics to poetry, and from sex to gardening! It is arguably one of Stoppard’s funniest and most moving plays.

This Shaw Festival production was a record-breaking, a sell-out hit and an Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winner.

Older and reckless | From Thursday November 6 to Sunday November 9 | Berkeley Street Theatre

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of this unique project showcasing work from older artists, this is a rare opportunity to see some of Canada’s most celebrated choreographers including Susie Burpee (Cloud 9), Bill Coleman, Robert Desrosiers, and Esmeralda Enrique, as well as American dance icon Douglas Dunn. Presented as a series of short works accompanied by live musicians

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