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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of February 6th

Monday, 06 February 2017 12:02

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


It’s the final week for the extended run of “Mystical Landscapes” at the AGO. And if you haven’t already, run don’t walk to this exhibit. The exhibit features stunning, surreal and contemplative works from Van Gogh, Munch, O’Keefe, Emily Carr, Monet and dozens of others. These rock stars of the art realm were also mystics in their own right… seeking to reflect the powers beyond, and that’s the thesis of this show. Mark Wigmore spoke with Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator of International Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

5 years in the making, and one of only two stops on the planet, “Mystical Landscapes” can gloat 35 paintings from 15 countries all in the name of artistry that displays a spiritual path to an intersection of art, nature and the spirit world. It heads to the Musee D’Orsay next, so don’t miss it. Visit for tickets and timing. Mystical Landscapes runs through Sunday.


Fans of CBC’s ‘Kim’s Convenience’ get a chance to see how it all began this week. In a surprising development, the core cast have reunited to perform the original play on the Soulpepper stage

Soulpepper’s Ins Choi first staged his hilarious and touching family story six years ago at the Fringe Festival. From there it became a Soulpepper mainstay, embarked on a national tour, and then transformed into a CBC Television Sitcom.

Kim’s Convenience follows a fractured Korean immigrant family running a convenience store in Toronto’s diverse community of Regent Park. Mark Wigmore spoke to Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon who play Appa and Umma in the show.

The stage version of Kim’s Convenience begins Wednesday and runs through March 4th. If you haven’t seen it before, or if you have only seen the television show, don’t miss this rare opportunity. Head to for tickets.


Two shows to recommend this week!

Recording newcomer Denielle Bassels is set to perform. The Indie-swing chanteuse releases her debut album, ‘What About Wool Wishbags’, this Wednesday at 8pm at Lula Lounge. The record is a mix of gypsy jazz, blues, folk, with a tinge of pop. Visit  for info. JAZZ.FM91’s Jaymz Bee will be dropping in to lay some vocals down too!

And guitar great Mike Stern makes a Markham appearance on Thursday. The six-time Grammy-nominated American jazz legend has been a prominent band leader and solo act for years, but got his start with Blood Sweat and Tears before landing successive gigs with Miles Davis in the 1980s. This Thursday, the primarily electric performer will play the Flato Markham Theatre and will be joined by Dennis Chambers, Bob Franceschini & Alain Caron of UZEB fame. Visit for tickets and info.

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