Saturday, February 25, 2017

Five Faces for Evelyn Frost


It's obvious why this generation is experiencing so much anxiety and depression. This is an excellent commentary on identity and social media at Canadian Stage in English or French (see website for details). A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THÉÂTRE FRANÇAIS DE TORONTO. FEB 14 - MAR 5 (ENGLISH) MAR 21-25 (FRENCH).
Laurence Dauphinais
Steffi DiDomenicantonio
Tara Nicodemo
Nico Racicot
Alex Weiner 

Guillaume Corbeil
Steven McCarthy
Claude Poissant
Martin Labrecque
Nicolas Basque
Max-Otto Fauteux
Janicke Morissette
Philippe Massé
Natalie Gisèle
Jocelyn McDowell
Jean–François Brière
Melanie Hall

More Time Warp Than ESP: Déja Vu

With the same director (Tony Scott, 2006) and score composer (Harry Gregson-Williams) as The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), this is like Inception and other time-space-continuum-manipulation films, but in N'awlins. Interesting backstory re:post-Katrina production on imdb. Some theological points touched on (see Patheos' brief take on it) and of course a Hollywood ending, but def my cup o' tea. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

5 1/2 Hours of Wagner

Götterdämmerung by Wagner


Siegfried Andreas Schager
Brünnhilde Christine Goerke
Hagen Ain Anger
Alberich Robert Pomakov
First Norn Lindsay Ammann
Waltraute/Second Norn  Karen Cargill
Gutrune/Third Norn Ileana Montalbetti
Gunther Martin Gantner
Woglinde Danika Lorèn
WellgundeLauren Eberwein
FlosshildeLindsay Ammann
Conductor:   Johannes Debus
Director: Tim Albery
Production Designer:   Michael Levine
Lighting Designer: David Finn
Choreographer: Patti Powell
Chorus Master: Sandra Horst
With the COC Orchestra and Chorus
A Canadian Opera Company production

Banner image: (l-r) Robert Pomakov and Ain Anger in Götterdämmerung (COC, 2017), photo by Michael Cooper.

We are shameless Robert Pomakov fans, both at the Four Seasons Centre or at his bar, Opera Bob's. Ain Anger was also excellent.
Loved the whole production: no falling asleep in this one! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Art in the TTC


January 21 – May 21, 2017


This map, created by The Artful City in collaboration with the Martin Prosperity Institute and presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, is the first comprehensive visual view of public art in Toronto. It reveals important patterns of production, ownership, and networks linking artists over time.
Over the last 50 years Toronto's public art landscape has grown dramatically, embracing new artists, mediums, policies and funding sources. However, this development has been concentrated in particular neighbourhoods and has prioritized certain forms of practice over others. This map shows who has access to the vast majority of the artwork and who does not. It also illustrates what type of work has received the most support.
We invite you to explore and help complete this evolving map by identifying areas in need of public artworks. What does public art mean to you? What can it look like in the future?

Community Gallery

The Community Gallery in the Weston Family Learning Centre is an exhibition and project space which provides a platform for artistic experimentation and dissemination. Focused specifically on the processes of making art, and those ideas which feed into contemporary artistic practice, the gallery seeks to take risks and push the boundaries of how work is traditionally represented within formal institutions. The space draws also on the voices of those groups, regardless of age, sex, profession, and socio-economic constraints, who are at once represented and marginalized within normal institutional channels. In doing so, the Gallery steps away from conventional definitions of what is meant by the word "Community", seeking new interpretations and evolutionary paths for the possibilities of art-making. Visit for past projects in the Community Gallery.

The Artful City is a project uniting many of Toronto's cultural and educational institutions who share a commitment to supporting healthy and imaginative cities. This cumulative research, as well as the public feedback collected over the course of the AGO installation, will be presented in May 2017 at the Public Art; New Ways of Thinking and Working symposium organized by York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Organized by the The Artful City and the Art Gallery of Ontario
This exhibition is free admission

Above text and image from

This was a morning well-spent. Excellent seminar and field trip with diverse in-subway examples and little-known info about the artists and their pieces from the 1970s onwards.

Cheated a bit by leaving the subway to see Michael Awad in Telus House.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Liv Stein at CanStage


Music is the only thing that matters in the life of celebrated concert pianist Liv Stein. When her son Henri dies, she gives it all up - the piano, her career, her marriage, herself. But the unexpected visit of a young promising piano student claiming to have shared Henri's last couple of years forces Liv to face past demons she is trying to forget. A mysterious pact is made that seems to reawaken Liv's will to Liv... Canadian Stage Artistic and General Director Matthew Jocelyn directs this suspenseful and exquisitely crafted drama by one of the most prodigious young voices in new German theatre.

"Liv Stein is a unique and unexpected examination of the relationship between truth and happiness. If something makes us happy, does it have to be true? In a moment when our fundamental relationship to truth is being challenged, this work provokes the audience to consider the shades of grey in what we think of as black and white"


Marc-Andre Blanchard, Nicola Correia-Damude, Caroline Gillis, Leslie Hope, Sheila Ingabire-Isaro, Geraint Wyn Davies

Photo and text from Photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann 

This was a sensual production—not just because of the sexy bits—but because of the use of rich elements such as colour, fabric (especially drape and lack thereof), rose petals, colour and lighting. Grief was a main theme but not in a saccharine way. Good performances, but I felt Sheila Ingabire-Isaro's (as Lore) was too self-conscious, like it was her first role; she distracted from what could have been seamless. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Calvary ✞

Like all films about the Church, this one is difficult to watch. But these performances are not to be missed.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at St. Paul's Basilica

Photo credit: Orthodox Arts Journal

PROGRAMSergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943, Russia)The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in PrayerExcerpts from Vespers (All-Night Vigil):    My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord    Praise the Name of the Lord    Rejoice O VirginRiho Esko Maimets (b. 1988, Canada) Three Prayers from the Holy Rosary:I. Formula Trinitarium     II. Credo     III. Pater NosterWorld PremiereOmar Daniel (b. 1960, Canada)Sõduri Ema – Part IIIWorld PremiereAlfred Schnittke (1934-1998, Russia)Three Sacred Hymns:     Hail to the Virgin Mary     Lord Jesus, Son of God     Lord’s PrayerArvo Pärt (b. 1935, Estonia)SummaThe Woman with the Alabaster BoxNunc dimittisDopo la vittoriaEncore: Onnis on inimene by Kreek, which I knew from my Talla Vocal Ensemble CD  Riho Esko Maimets’s world premiere supported by Philip & Eli Taylor. (disappointing)Omar Daniel’s world premiere supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. (good but piece at theremin concert was better)