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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of January 27th

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


Jonathan Goad is the beloved Stratford-based actor who has been cast in over 100 plays over the last several decades, including the critically acclaimed 2015 Stratford production of ‘Hamlet’. He’s also a regular on CBC Television, appearing in The Republic of Doyle, Heartland, and Murdoch Mysteries.

Goad enjoyed a turning point in his career when he appeared in the Company Theatre production of “A Whistle In The Dark”. 12 years later, the celebrated actor is sitting in the Director’s chair for the first time thanks to the company’s Toronto premiere of “JOHN”, the most recent play by Internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker.

John is set in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A Civil War buff and his girlfriend are staying at a bed and breakfast, and their curious host is witnessing their relationship troubles. All the while, the cast is surrounded by thousands of inanimate objects; trolls, dolls, teddy bears and all kinds of other bric-a-brac; items that seem to have a life of their own.

Mark Wigmore sat down with Jonathan Goad to learn more about the play, Jonathan’s distinguished career, and what why Annie Baker has caught the world’s attention.

It’s layered, experimental, supernatural and award winning. Annie Baker’s JOHN has previews Sunday and Monday and then gets its opening night on Tuesday January 31st. It runs through February 19th at Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre. Visit for tickets.


The Power Plant is throwing a party Friday at its Harbourfront location. The longstanding hub of contemporary art is offering up its Winter exhibitions, and the public soirée begins at 8pm. Gaëtane Verna and her team at the Plant have put together 4 exhibitions. Jonathas de Andrade's ‘On Fishes, Horses and Man’ is set to add a little mortality tension to your evening. Latifa Echakhch's ‘Cross Fade’ is also on the roster. Maria Hupfield object art is titled ‘The One Who Keeps on Giving’, and Kapwani Kiwanga's ‘A Wall is just a Wall’, deals in disciplinary architecture. Get ready to be challenged!! 231 Queens Quay West. Visit to learn more.


The Kensington Market Jazz Festival Sunday Jazz Brunch series continues this weekend. The event is 12 to 3pm on Sundays at the Trinity Common at 303 Augusta, just south of College. Richard Underhill is on board this week. Book your table now at

And what a night it will be Friday at the Rex. Expect a big crowd to see Chris Donnelly on the Keys, Ernesto Cervini on the kit and Dan Fortin playing Bass. Myriad3 have had a good couple of years with some unbelievable recordings and extensive touring. The trio play the Rex Friday night. Don't miss it!

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