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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF AUGUST 21st

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







    TD NEWMARKET MUSIC FESTIVAL


    Is it possible the GTA has room for another Jazz Festival?? After a weekend of music in Markham, Waterdown and Norfolk County, Newmarket is next in line with three days of festivities. On hand, Steely Dan aficionados Pretzel Logic, The After Hours Big Band, The Robert Lee Jazz Sextet, George St Kitts, and many more. www.newmarketjazzfestival.com for info on the event. Music starts on Friday, but consider a special show from Joy Lapps & Larnell Lewis on Thursday at Old Town Hall. 





    SOULPEPPER: THE SECRET CHORD: A LEONARD COHEN EXPERIENCE


    We found out a few weeks ago that Jazz FM91 won a New York Festivals Award for the tribute concert to Leonard Cohen that we broadcast on the airwaves. Soulpepper will journey to the Tower of Song this week.



    The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience continues through Friday at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in The Distillery District. Once again, Mike Ross is at the helm of this musical Soulpepper experience. Mike is one of the talented people behind huge success of “Spoon River” which just enjoyed a run in New York City. For this tribute to Cohen he will be joined by Humber grads, Ottawa’s Scott Hunter on bass, Jon Challoner on Trumpet, and a whole slew of singers taking on works from the master. Extra shows have been added, don't miss it. www.Soulpepper.ca for tickets.



    HOT DOCS CINEMA: EXPO 67: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
     
    I try to defend the popularity of Expo 86 in Vancouver, but Expo 67 always cramps my style! As a westerner, I often tell people how cool it was that BC was able to welcome the world, but the Montreal Centennial juggernaut always seems to shine a little brighter, and the proof is in the pudding, a new documentary on Expo 67 begins screenings this week at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.



    50 years after the event in Montreal, the full story is told in this new doc, Expo 67: Mission Impossible. It includes never-before-seen footage of the festivities, and reminds us just how colossal of an endeavor it was. A whole new island was added to the city, 847 buildings were constructed, as well as three bridges, trains, an amusement park and more…  in just over 1,500 days. Go experience the World Fair all over again at The Bloor. www.HotDocsCinema.ca for screening times.




    BONUS IDEAS


    THE EX

    The Ex continues this week. The midway is buzzing, the exhibit areas are busy, the food is wild (with a nod to the east coast this year) and lots of music of course. Look for concerts all over the Ex grounds, but with the bigger acts playing the big Bandshell. Monday sees the return of 80s rockers, The Box. Tuesday, it's Colin James, and on Wednesday, a fabulous night of reggae with Jay Douglas and Marcia Griffiths. www.TheEx.com for tickets and details.



    THE REX: ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI

    Roberto Occhipinti performs the late show this Saturday at The Rex. He’s a serious man, which means he's always got a serious band. What a year Roberto is having, including his new CD, Stabilimento, with a crackerjack group of musicians playing on it. He can do it all, classical, jazz, world music. He played the Rex with Hilario Duran last week, and this Saturday should be another great night of jazz in the city. www.TheRex.ca for info.






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