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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of November 25

Friday, 25 November 2016 11:43

It’s Friday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top arts and entertainment picks for your weekend ahead.


Oliver Jones performed in the Long and McQuade performance hall Thursday night for a “Live to Air” concert, and it was no easy feat for the 82-year-old jazz legend out of Montréal. No sooner had he finished tickling the ivories as only he can here at JAZZ.FM91, an hour later he was on the stage at The Jazz Bistro on Victoria Street. Mark Wigmore spoke to Oliver earlier this year about his seemingly endless retirement tour.

It looked like his Toronto Jazz Festival gig back in the summer was going to be Oliver's last time through the city, but he's back for two more shows, Friday and Saturday at The Bistro. Both will see 9pm starts. His trio includes Eric Legase on Bass and Jim Doxas on drums. Of course Oliver is a contemporary of the master, Oscar Peterson. Oliver's comeback some 15 years ago started when the duo played on stage together in Montréal. for info on this weekend's performances.


The multi-million dollar renovation has been completed at the Royal Alex., and so the Mirvish's have gone big with a Pre-Broadway run of the Newfoundland 9-11 musical, “Come From Away”.

This week saw the Canadian Gala premiere of the production. This story was penned by Canadian writing team David and Irene Hein. The talented duo conducted all kinds of research and workshops to tell their tale, and it’s an interesting one. The show follows the events of September 11th, 2001 through the eyes of locals in Gander, Newfoundland. On that day, 38 planes with 6500+ passengers and crew were stranded on the Rock and the residents of the remote berg took-in an international cross section of worried travelers. The extraordinary circumstances are cheerfully chronicled in the show. It runs until January 8th at the freshly renovated Royal Alex. for tickets.


If you are feeling anxiety about Christmas shopping, there may be a one stop solution this weekend. The One of a Kind Christmas Show began Thursday at the Enercare Centre on the Exhibition Grounds. It runs through next weekend. Picture hundreds of vendors displaying and selling their unique, unusual, and often original products that make for perfect gifts. Food, clothing, decor, furniture, fashion, jewelry and the kitchen sink can be found in the dozens of aisles at the One of Kind. HGTV designer Tiffany Pratt will be on stage Saturday, and there's daily fashion shows. The show is open 10-9 daily except 10-6 on Sunday. Click here for more details.

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