Updated Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - A not-for-profit advertorial-free website
Welcome to my not-for-profit calendar of some current and upcoming events - from theatre
& arts to wine & food. It's a compilation of things that I have and/or am planning to attend.
As a long-time weekly columnist at the National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, etc.
I am pleased to share with you my views on some of these local happenings
appreciate your feedback - you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming Up - Starting on Monday May 22
I have attended this annual Trade Fair and can recommend it! click here to see
* * * Don't miss this very entertaining *** production of 7 Stories by Morris Panych - March 3 - 11 Updated & well directed by Rebecca Ballarin - Hart House Theatre A man stands on a seventh-storey building ledge and contemplates suicide.
Before he can get too far, he is confronted by the self-absorbed (and oftentimes absurd) people
who live inside the building. In 7 Stories, multi-award winning Canadian playwright,
Morris Panych, creates a meta-theatrical gem of a black comedy;
full of fanciful characters with a wistfully existential conclusion. Adults: $28 / Seniors: $17 / Students: $15 (front reserve seating recommended) Click here for information
* * * February 26-28, 2017
Canada's #1 Food & Beverage Trade Show This huge trade show is a must-see all foodservice profesionals from owners, chefs & sommeliers to students.
Only three days - Sunday & Monday from 10 am to 5 pm and Tuesday until 4 pm.
The show will be featuring celebrity chefs, live cooking competitions and hundreds of displays of foodservice
food and beverage products. Visitor Registrations are $50+ HST prior to February 25, 2015.
February 23-26, 2017
From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, to gallery dealers and
interior designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto's favourite contemporary art fair. Artist Project celebrates its 10th year with another exciting show at the Better Living Centre. book your tickets today
Here is my review of The Audience posted opening night Monday, January 17 Rated *+ out of ***
The opening night first act seemed somewhat stiff and modestly entertaining. The second act more relaxed, more personable and certainly much better - the highlight being a 5-second sequence of two of the Queen's corgis scampering across the stage. Unfortunately, 8 people in orchestra row A (five rows from the front at $107 net per seat) left after Act 1. Fiona Reid is a splendid wonderfully expressive actress blessed with buckets of personality - I always enjoy her performances. Having said that, it's hard to compare last year's live simul-broadcast of Helen Mirren's stellar rendition of Elizabeth from London (very well deserving of the Tony award she won for Best Performance by an Actress in 2015 in New York). Overall, the play itself is very good, the parade of Prime Ministers engaging (especially Kate Hennig as Margaret Thatcher) and overall production quite good. If only I knew more about the Prime Ministers portrayed - it certainly would have made the play more engaging. However, factoring in the cost of a pair of orchestra seats $232.50. combined with high expectations, this 2 hour production was not as fulfilling as hoped for. Meanwhile, I am dismayed by the Mirvish ads that oversell this production, along with the bland uncritical review in the Toronto Star (where the Mirvish ads appear). If you must see this production, National Post readers can take advantage of a25% discount for seats for any performance -click here
For a truly insightful review see: J. Kelly Nestruck in The Globe & Mail