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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of January 30th

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


You may remember the much talked about ‘Hogtown Experience’ that was staged several times at the Historic Campbell House in 2015 and 2016. Hogtown remains one of Toronto’s only large-scale immersive theatre experiences. The idea was that you wandered the hall’s of the building and were almost a part of all these scenes from 1930s era Toronto. Politics and prohibition speeches upstairs, jazz, gambling and a speakeasy downstairs. The Hogtown collective is back, this time with the show ‘Dancock’s Dance’. Sam Rosenthal and Drew Carnwath are once again at the helm, Mark Wigmore spoke to the duo on Arts Toronto.

In Dancock’s Dance you are placed firmly into the action, and once again it’s at Campbell House at Queen West and University. This time the building is being transformed into an asylum. This is Guy Vanderhaeghe’s play reimagined. It follows John Carlyle Dancock who returns from World War One with what we now know as PTSD. It’s a song and dance love story in the oddest of settings. Dancock’s Dance opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Click here for tickets and showtimes.


It’s hard to believe, but playwright Stephen Sondheim had a massive failure on his hands at one point, and the tale is told this week at the Bloor Cinema. ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened’ was a pick at the New York Film Fest last year, it features Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin and others reflecting on the legendary, failed Broadway musical ‘Merrily We Roll Along’. Sondheim composed the experimental show in 1981, right after his hit “Sweeney Todd.”

It’s a loving and nimble doc that looks behind the curtain of this Sondheim flop. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened continues through Thursday at the Bloor. Visit for info.


The Wolves of East L.A. are back in Southern Ontario promoting a new record. The new one from Los Lobos is ‘Gates of Gold’.

What a career for these guys, hard to believe that Los Lobos has been around since the 70s; they just celebrated 40 years together. Of course, Lobos are best known for having a huge hit with ‘La Bamba’, but the group is so much more; experimental, bluesy, they can improvise with the best of them, and Lobos also plays the beautiful traditional Mexican music too.

The Wolves play The Burlington Performing Arts Centre Tuesday, the Oakville PAC on Wednesday, St Catherine’s on Thursday, Richmond Hill on Friday and Kingston at that Grand Theatre on Saturday. Visit for more info.

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