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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF OCTOBER 23rd

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

    TAPESTRY OPERA - JAZZ CONCERT FOR DISASTER RELIEF BENEFIT

    Starting off with an event that was put together in a hurry, and for good reason.

    The Tapestry Opera Company has been given an Imperial Bosendorfer piano, the very same brand that Oscar Peterson famously owned and loved. It’s a beautiful instrument. To debut it to the community, Tapestry is putting on a disaster relief concert to benefit efforts in Mexico, Dominica, Puerto Rico and India. This Wednesday at the company’s new studios found within the Distillery District, an opera performance will begin at 7pm, and then at 10, Juno winner Robi Botos leads the charge with a special jazz portion of the evening. Tickets are $30 and the exact address is the Ernest Balmer Studio - Studio 315, That’s 9 Trinity Street in the Distillery.

    For info:

    https://tapestryopera.com/disaster-relief-benefit-concert/






    UNSOUND


    Unsound is the electronic music event that was born in Poland but made its way to Toronto via the Hearn Generating Station during the 2015 and 2016 Luminato Festivals.



    The boundary pushing music festival that features ambient soundscapes and accompanying visuals will not be held at the Hearn in 2017, instead it will be broken up into two events taking place at The Sony Centre. Friday’s Halloween High is the first evening, followed by Halloween Hangover on November 3rd.


    I like the lineup of both nights, but am leaning towards the second event where the Emmy-winning composers of the score for the hit Netflix TV show, Stranger Things, present sections of their evocative synthscore live.


    To learn more its www.SonyCentre.ca for Unsound info.






    THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS
     
    Up next, the International Festival of Authors continues this week with programming for every type of book lover. Novels (graphic and regular), poetry, non-fiction, biographies; IFOA has it all! The Festival takes place at Harbourfront Centre through Sunday. On Thursday, a conversation with John Boyne and Emma Donoghue, the Irish Canadian author and screenwriter of Oscar Award winner, Room.

     
    Listen to Mark’s interview with Emma here:



    Both celebrated authors will be at the Brigantine Room this Thursday at 8 pm.

    Staying with the Emerald Isle, Irish novelist Colm Toibin is in for a conversation on Saturday. And Monday night, a sit down with the shortlisted Fiction writers up for the Governor General’s Literary Award. That’s at the Fleck Dance Theatre.

    www.IFOA.org for all the details on the Festival.




    BONUS PICKS


    MIRVISH: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is on now at the Princess of Wales Theatre. It’s one of the more inventive stage productions I have witnessed this year. The show’s conceit is to put us into the mind of a teenager with autism.

     



     

    Christopher is 15 and his parents are going through a nasty divorce. In the middle of that emotional storm is the curious death of a dog that Christopher loves. In fact, it’s one of the few living beings that Christopher is able to show true affection towards. Thanks to a beautifully crafted script, and the play’s inventive sound, visuals and set design, the audience gets to experience how a young man with autism sees the world; all with heartstring-pulling drama and moments of joyous relief.

    The original book was a bestseller, the London’s West End and Broadway stage adaptations were celebrated with 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tonys back in 2015.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is all it’s cracked up to be. www.Mirvish.com for tickets.




















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