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

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


The TD Toronto Jazz Festival begins officially on Friday with Jazz FM91 as a proud media partner. The festival has moved to Yorkville, so keep that in mind. Concerts begin on Friday with this guy taking the lead at the newly reinvigorated Concert Hall.

Randy Bachman will play a jazz and blues focused show on Friday with special guests Walter Trout and Laila Biali. Also on Friday, husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes play the Jazz Bistro, with Bill in town for the second consecutive year. Renee just picking up a Juno for her latest work.

And Heather Bambrick will be joined by June Garber and the Russ Little quartet at the Home Smith Bar found within the comfy setting of the Old Mill Inn, that’s Friday night as well. for all the listings.


Luminato is entering week two of its 2017 programming. The festival of creativity wraps on Sunday. How about this for crazy? An urban dance-meets-ice skating mashup, as Montreal troupe Le Patin Libre take the Mattamy Rink at Maple Leaf Gardens this week. The event it titled Vertical Influences.

There’s also the marching band musical theatre piece En Avant Marche! Which is getting its North American premiere this week at the Bluma Appel Theatre. And beginning Friday it’s the hip hop festival Breakin Convention which will take place both at David Pecaut Square and The Sony Centre. And in The Famous Spiegeltent, which is also at David Pecaut Square, I like the looks of My Brightest Diamond starring musician Nova.. that’s this upcoming weekend in the tent. for all the details.

And we mentioned this on Friday. The Indigenous Arts Festival begins this week - National Aboriginal day is Wednesday and that launches this festival at beautiful Fort York in downtown Toronto. It runs through Sunday. There will be music, dance, food, theatre and storytelling, which of course is a wonderful Indigenous tradition. Wednesday really is the big day with tons of programming. for info.


It’s time again. Time to watch strapping human beings do back flips off of horses! It’s Odysseo by Cavalia, but this time in Mississauga as opposed to its downtown Toronto location in 2015. If you can believe it, this show is the largest touring production on earth. It features 65 horses and 50 riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians.

Mark Wigmore spoke to Artistic Director Darren Charles and a selection of the horse trainers last time Odysseo was in the GTA. Listen at the 4:45 mark in the Soundcloud file below.

Odysseo opens Wednesday and runs through July 16th. It’s housed under the White Big Top next to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. for tickets.

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