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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of December 19

Friday, 16 December 2016 10:56

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


Broadway fans will want to act now to get tickets to see a stage legend Monday night! Irish/Canadian vocal superstar Colm Wilkinson was the Phantom here in Toronto for many years, and portrayed Jean Valjean in the London and Broadway productions of Les Misérables in London. He’s a staggering talent.

Colm is performing “Broadway and Beyond” at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Yonge Street Monday night. Not only will he treat you to his Broadway hits, but he’s a beautiful pop and folk singer too. Don’t miss Colm Wilkinson – Click here for tickets. 8 p.m. start time.


TIFF is back with holiday programming, and for the third year in a row, the series “Spirited Away”.

Totoro, Catbus, No Face, Teto, and more return to TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of Spirited Away: The Films Of Studio Ghibli. If you are not familiar, it’s the world famous Tokyo animation studio behind countless television shows and films. It’s 30 years strong for the Japanese cultural juggernaut. This mini festival of Ghibli productions begins on Saturday, Christmas Eve. The event takes its name from the great film by Hayao Miyazaki, and will include his latest, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”.

It’s a festival filled with highlights for animation fans. Spirited Away runs through January 10th. Click here for details


Second City always does something special for the holidays and this year is no different. This is your big chance to see the touring Toronto Second City cast in action. About half of last year’s touring troupe ended up as part of the main stage cast this year, so what an opportunity to see the players next in line for improv greatness.

Nothing is sheltered from Second City’s comedic gaze and we are the benefactors. “Eat, Buy, Repeat: The Second City’s Guide to the Holidays” celebrates the best and worst of the holidays. Expect sketch, songs, characters and the SC take on current events. Click here for tickets, and there are plenty of matinee performances too. The show runs through January 6th.

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