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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of February 13th

Monday, 13 February 2017 10:32

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


Mirvish has put together a big treat for Broadway fans this week. The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret begins Tuesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

It’s a strict, one-week engagement at the Princess of Wales in Toronto. Randy Harrison from Queer as Folk fame steps into the Emcee role. Leigh Ann Larkin portrays Sally Bowles. It goes without saying, this show features some of the most beloved songs in theatre history. "Cabaret" for one, "Maybe this time" and many others. Cabaret is set in the seedy Berlin haunt The Kit Kat Klub during the lead up to Nazi Germany. The Isherwood classic gets the 50th anniversary treatment this week in Toronto. Head to for tickets.


Guitar lovers will want to make their way to Burlington this week. With good traffic depending where you are in the GTA, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is a pretty quick trip, which is nice because of the stunning entertainment calendar the team there have put together recently.

The African Guitar Summit sees some of the finest Canadian guitarists of African origin play Burlington on Thursday night. These guys play great music, but share stories too. Their debut album received the ‘World Music Album of the Year’ award at the Junos in 2005, and they enjoyed another nomination in 2007. Visit for ticket info.


Black History Month continues with a big event that starts on Wednesday. The 5th annual Toronto Black Film Festival is a celebration of African American and Canadian stories and storytellers. Films to look out for include Sound of Redemption, the documentary on saxophonist Frank Morgan. It screens Thursday.

Ella’s Voice screens Sunday and is a specific look at jazz queen Ella Fitzgerald and her vocal abilities. And on Friday it’s Music is our Weapon, the doc that follows musicians in Kenya looking to find empowerment through song. TBFF’s crown jewel is an evening with actor Louis Gossett Jr. Click here for tickets and timing.

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