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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of January 20th

Friday, 20 January 2017 14:35

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


Next Steps is the ongoing dance series at Harbourfront Centre, but this weekend is a season highlight. Dance Weekend 2017 begins Friday and runs through Sunday welcoming an explosion of creativity at the arts hub at the foot of Lake Ontario. 25 Dance companies in total including two world premiere works. Friday the lineup includes The Egyptian Dance Company, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen and Ritmo Flamenco.

Saturday features Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Ryerson’s theatre program and Dance City Corps. On Sunday, Alyssa Martin and Jade’s Hip Hop Performance Company, and so many others. It’s a $10 suggested donation when you attend. Visit for details on Next Steps Dance Weekend 2017.


Let’s head to the theatre. Soulpepper is back with a very exclusive engagement. You have just three weeks to see this remount of the monarchy tale originally staged at The Stratford Festival. “The Last Wife” tells the story of Henry the Eighth and his sixth and final wife, Katherine Parr. It was written by Kate Hennig, Alan Dilworth directs.

In 2015, “The Last Wife” sold out at Stratford before rehearsals even began. The play isn’t a total period piece either, it’s been given a contemporary bent. Visit for tickets, previews begin Saturday night.


A wild display of colour will open to the public this weekend at the Liss Gallery. Owner Brian Liss is always looking for something dazzling to hang on his walls in Yorkville, and he’s decided to go with the art of Greg Angus beginning Saturday night.

Greg is a local talent and he’s been exhibited around the world, including in France, and Scotland. One of his paintings is even in the Canadian Embassy in Japan. He uses oil paint and wax to create his psychedelic wonders, and has worked with William Shatner to promote his piece “New Frontier”. That also happens to be the name of this show. It has a gala opening Saturday night, and opens to the public following that. Visit to see Greg’s collection. 

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