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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF OCTOBER 30th

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


    CONCERTS: GOSPEL AND JAZZ & PJ PERRY W/ BERNIE SENENSKY TRIO


    This Saturday and Sunday at Daniel’s Spectrum in Regent Park, it’s Gospel and Jazz: A Family Reunion. The renowned Toronto Jazz Orchestra, led by Josh Grossman, and the Juno award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, are getting together for this historic collaboration, celebrating the connections between jazz, blues and Gospel music. The production will feature the 40-voice Toronto Mass Choir and the 18-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra along with special guest vocalists and dancers. The programme will also involve students from the Regent Park School of Music and offer free admission to other students who might not otherwise have access. Check www.Danielsspectrum.ca or www.eventbrite.ca





    Also this week, PJ Perry joins Neil Swainson, Terry Clarke and Bernie Sensensky for three nights at the Jazz Bistro. Steve Wallace will take on bass duties on Thursday. It’s a quartet featuring some of the best this country has to offer, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. www.JazzBistro.ca to make your reservation.

     



     

    THE MCMICHAEL GALLERY: ALEX JANVIER


     
    Alex Janvier is an astounding artist. He’s one of the members of The Indigenous Group of Seven, or The Other Group of Seven as they are sometimes known. On now at the Kleinberg mainstay, a major retrospective, organized by the National Gallery of Canada. It celebrates Alex Janvier’s lifetime of creativity, knowledge and perspective, gained through his love of the land, art and Dene culture. 100 paintings cover his 65-year career, some that have never been on display before. You may have seen his work already, and if you haven’t expect vivid colours and his signature dazzling calligraphic lines. Take the time to see the talents of the man from the Cold Lake First Nations in Alberta. Alex Janvier at the McMichael. www.McMichael.com for info and tickets.

     

     
     

    TIFF: BLACKSTAR & BOOMBOX
     

    TIFF Bell Lightbox is busy this week with two exciting events happening at Toronto’s hub of cinema. On Thursday, Boombox is going to transform the space at King and John into a massive school for the arts, with sensory and VR experiences awaiting attendees. It’s the annual fundraiser for TIFF, with funds supporting women in film. It should be a great night. Pick up tickets through www.TIFF.net

     



     

    Beginning Friday, it’s the 7-week program, Black Star; celebrating 100 years of black actors on the big screen. The run begins with screenings of In the Heat of the Night and Canadian film, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones. www.TIFF.net/blackstar for info.





    BONUS IDEAS:

    COC: CENTRE STAGE


     

    It’s one of the truly inspiring events put on by The Canadian Opera Company each year. The Centre Stage Vocal Competition is Wednesday at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Canadian Opera Company has selected seven finalists from across the country to showcase as part of a gala cocktail fundraiser. The final seven were chosen out of 134 singers! 1st prize is $10,000, a performance opportunity at Ontario’s Elora Festival, and a highly coveted invitation to join Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, the COC Ensemble Studio. Doors are at 5:30 pm for the cocktail reception, the competition beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $100 dollars. www.COCCentreStage.ca for info.

     

     







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