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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of April 24th

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


The Hot Docs International Film Festival begins on Thursday, and it’s bigger, better and wider in scope! The programmers have outdone themselves in 2017 with programmes that focus on Japanese culture, the arts, and stories of obsession! There’s also a glut of Indigenous stories to be told in 2017 including the Festival's opening night film, ‘Bee Nation’.

‘Bee Nation’ tracks students from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation taking part in a province wide spelling Bee in Toronto. The inspiring doc leads a pack of hundreds from all over the world. Mark will shares his top picks on Thursday’s Arts Reports, but treat yourself to a doc or 10! for tickets and screening times.


She is a quintessential voice within the jazz genre. The great Ella Fitzgerald will be celebrated around the world on Tuesday with events marking the 100th anniversary of her birth.

On Monday evening, Jazz FM91 gets a jump on the festivities with a special Ella’s Eve Live to Air broadcast. Heather Bambrick, Barbra Lica, Tia Brazda, David Restivo, Morgan Childs, Ross MacIntyre and Kevin Turcotte will take part. Listen at 7:00pm to hear JAZZ.FM91’s  tribute to The First Lady of Song live from our Long and McQuade Performance Hall.

On Tuesday Jazz FM91 is going to honour the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald with hourly tracks, and clips from musicians speaking about the legend. Listen for Jamie Cullum, Larnell Lewis, Holly Cole, Jason Marsalis, Emilie Claire Barlow, Robi Botos and more.

Also Tuesday, singer Billy Newton Davis will pay tribute to Ella at the Poetry Jazz Cafe in Kensington Market. It's part of the Kensington Jazz Festival's Spring series. The wildly talented vocalist is known for his energetic solo albums, his heartfelt ballads and his collaborations with The Nylons, Deadmau5 and Celine Dion! The Poetry Jazz Café  is at 224 Augusta Avenue. Showtimes are 7-8pm and 9-10pm - $20 Cash Cover @ the door. The band will feature Stu Harrison on the keys, Mike Downes on Bass & Ben Ball on the kit.  or for info.


Fans of the series "Breaking Bad" are being spoiled rotten thanks to yet another stellar season of "Better Call Saul". Season 3 of the AMC spinoff series stars the great Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman. It’s the prequel dramedy that tells the back-story of how a small time New Mexico lawyer (and occasional scam artist) broke bad in his own way. Of course he becomes the crooked 1-800 lawyer fans went bananas for during Breaking Bad’s run. Here's a moment from Monday’s episode.

In this third season we are witnessing a desperate Jimmy McGill travelling to some dark places to survive, otherwise known as ‘Breaking Bad’. Also, plenty of your old pals from the original series continue to show up, including, fast-food fried chicken franchise owner/drug cartel ringleader, Gus Fring; portrayed by the incredible Giancarlo Esposito.

“Better Call Saul” Season 3 continues tonight on AMC Monday at 10pm.

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